VR-Zone Tech News for the Geeks Jul 2011 Issue 1

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Published by: VR-Zone June 30th, 2011 VR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. Sandy Bridge-E delayed until January 2012 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sandy-bridge-e-delayed-until- january-2012/12816.html Wow, what's going on at Intel? It seems like the company has decided to delay its entire consumer desktop roadmap, as we've now heard from a very reliable source that Intel has pushed back the Sandy Bridge-E launch from Q4 this year to January 2012. Wow, what's going on at Intel? It seems like the company has decided to delay its entire consumer desktop roadmap, as we've now heard from a very reliable source that Intel has pushed back the Sandy Bridge-E launch from Q4 this year to January 2012. We have a feeling that Intel is doing an AMD and what we meanbythatisthatIntelisfocusingonitsserverCPUbusiness insteadofonconsumers.AMDdelayeditsconsumerBulldozer launch in favour of its Opteron CPUs and it's possible that this is part of what made Intel change its strategy. The Sandy Bridge-ECPUsarebasedonthesamecoreasIntel'supcoming LGA-2011 and LGA-1356 Xeon processors and these are big chips which mean fewer chips per wafer. As such it's entirely plausible that Intel is trying to stock up on chips for its Xeon platforms, but this is only speculation from our side at this point in time. As the Sandy Bridge-E CPUs are set to replace Intel's aging LGA-1366Coreiplatformitlooksliketheenthusiastendofthe marketisgoingtohavetowaitanotherquarterbeforetheycan gettheirhandsonthenewplatform.Thisisgoingtodisappoint quite a few people out there, but this is still a very tiny market for Intel and it's unlikely that it will affect Intel's profits much, if at all. Hopefully there won't be any further delays, although it'salsoentirelypossiblethatthisisacalculatedmovebyIntel, asthecompanylaunchedanewLGA-1366CPUonlythisweek, but it's believed to be the last of a dying breed. Too Hot to Handle: Sony issues BIOS update for 535,000 VAIO notebooks at risk of overheating Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/too-hot-to-handle-sony-issues-bios- update-for-535-000-vaio-notebooks-at-risk-of-overheating/12815.html June 30th, 2011 June 30th, 2011 Sony has just issued an urgent BIOS update for certain F and CseriesVAIOnotebooks.Theaffectedmodelsweresoldinthe first half of 2010 and are at risk of overheating due to a faulty thermal management system. According to Sony, the BIOS update should fix the issue. More than half a million units worldwide are affected, of which 120,000 are in Southeast Asia. More than half a million VAIO notebooks are at risk of overheating due to a faulty thermal management system, according to Sony. A product recall was previously issued but Sony now says that a BIOS update will fix the problem. The affected parts have serial numbers starting with VPCF11 or VPCCW2 and were sold in the first half of 2010. 535,000 notebooks are affected worldwide, about half of which are in the US. Of the remainder, 103,000 are in Europe, 120,000 are in Southeast Asia and 52,000 are in Japan. The number of overheating cases reported so far is said to be between 30 and 40. No injuries have occured, but the notebooks can get hot enough to warp the plastic casing and cause burns. To check if your Sony notebook is affected, refer to Sony's support website . Sony advises owners of affected notebooks to cease all usage until the fix has been applied. 1

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June 30th, 2011 This is hardly the first notebook recall in recent years, though recallsaremoreoftenduetonotebookbatteries.In2008,Sony recalled 73,000 VAIO notebooks due to a similar overheating issue. Sony was forced to recall over 4 million notebook batteries back in 2006 after a notebook battery exploded in Japan. Skype announces updated client for Android, brings video calling to supported smartphones Published by: VR-Zone According to the official press release, Skype for Android 2.0 will allow users of Android-powered smartphones to "make and receieve free 1-1 video calls over Skype between their Android phone", as well as with other Skype contacts who are making use of the service on other platforms. In addtion, the client will work with both WiFi and 3G data connections, although Skype recommends the use of a "strong WiFi connection" for best results. Users will also notice that the user interface for Skype's new client has been given an overhaul, as shown in the image below. According to Skype, this was done to ensure that users can easily gain direct access to all of the key functions that are available in the client. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/skype-announces-updated-client-for- android-brings-video-calling-to-supported-smartphones/12809.html June 30th, 2011 For the longest time, users of Android smartphones could only watch in envy while their iOS-totting friends were happily utilizing Skype's services to initiate video calls among their fellow iOS users, but it seems that things are about to change for the better very soon. This is because Skype just announced the availability of an updated client which it has confirmed will be bringing that missing feature to the Android platform. Android users, let the video calls begin. Skype may have been present on mobile platforms for a long time, but the unfortunate truth is that the Android version of Skype still has some way to go before it can be proclaimed to have finally achieved feature-parity with the one that is currently available for Apple's iOS. This is especially true, considering how Skype for Android still lacks support for video calls, a feature that was made available for iOS 4 in late December last year. However, just as good things always comes to those who wait, it would seem that today is the day Android users can finally have something to phone home about, for Skype has just announcedtheavailabilityofanupdatedversionofitsAndroid client, which is designed to bring that missing feature to what is currently recognized as "the fastest growing mobile OS". Of course, in addition to video calls, users can also continue to make use of Skype's services as a means to make calls to landlines and mobiles, as well as send SMS’s to their friends and family members under Skype's existing rates. That being said, you might want to hold your horses first. VR-Zone was given the opportunity to interview Skype's Mark Douglas, who confirmed that support for video calls is currently limitted to only four devices in the initial rollout, and they are HTC's Desire S, Sony Ericsson's Xperia neo and Xperia pro and Google's Nexus S, although Skype has confirmed that more devices will be added to its compatibility list in time. However, there is no way to get the feature working on unsupported phones, as Douglas has confirmed that the 2

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June 30th, 2011 app is closed-ended. This means that devices which fulfill the minium requirements (Android 2.3 + meets the OS's video requirements) but are not on the compatibility list will be locked out from making video calls via Skype on their smartphone,althoughtheywillstillhaveaccesstoalltheother services. Also, those of you who are hoping for a greater degree of integrationofSkypeintoAndroidwillprobablybedisapointed to know that the company has got no plans to do so, but that is only because the developers are limitted to what Google Published by: VR-Zone Above: 8 USB 2.0 ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports and a single HDMI display output. allows them to do via the SDK. And last but defintiely not least, no, group video conferencing is not available on this new release, although Douglas did suggest that such a feature might eventually make its way into future versions of its mobile Skype client once smartphones gain access to much more powerful and capable hardware. Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Preview Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-ga-z68xp-ud3-issd- preview/12810.html June 30th, 2011 Above: The power delivery system uses DrMOS (Driver +MOSFET) Intel specifically designed the 20GB SSD 311 to be used as a cache drive with Z68's Smart Response Technology. Now Gigabyte has taken the mSATA version of the SSD 311 and bundleditontoafull-fledgedZ68motherboard,hopingtosave you the hassle of purchasing the SSD separately. We haven't had the chance to test out this unique motherboard yet, but look inside for a quick tour. Above: An additional two USB 3.0 ports are accessible via header. A Marvell 88SE9172 controller provides two additional SATA 6 Gbps ports (grey). Above: Gigabyte's trademark blue colour scheme. 3

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June 30th, 2011 Above: Thetwox16slotscanbeusedinax8/x8configuration for SLI/CrossFire. Gigabyte has used the Realtek ALC889 audio codec and RTL8111E ethernet controller. Published by: VR-Zone Behind The Scenes: The Making of the Jay Chou ASUS N43 Notebook Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/behind-the-scenes-the-making-of-the- jay-chou-asus-n43-notebook/12808.html June 30th, 2011 Today, VR-Zone barged into a secret ASUS design facility where Jay Chou has been spending some of his time to design anddeveloptheN43notebook.Weareshownwithsomeofhis works that are eventually incorporated into the final design of the notebook. Let us walk you through the workplace of Jay Chou now. Above:Thekeysellingpointofthismotherboard-anonboard Intel SSD 311 20GB solid state drive. Today, VR-Zone barged into a secret ASUS design facility where Jay Chou has been spending some of his time to design and develop the N43 notebook. The ASUS designers revealed that Jay Chou spend some of his nights in this facility over the last 6 months entering only by the back door to avoid any unwanted attention. His visits to ASUS are even kept a secret frommostoftheASUSemployees.Weareshownwithsomeof hisworksthatareeventuallyincorporatedintothefinaldesign of the notebook. Let us walk you through the workplace of Jay Chou now : StaytunedforourfullreviewoftheGigabyteGA-Z68XP-UD3- iSSD! 4

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June 30th, 2011 This is the place where Jay Chou sat down with ASUS designers to ponder over the design, colors and features that Published by: VR-Zone The ASUS designers eventually picked this one and a few others to mix and match to form the perfect J he wish to see in the notebook. This is also the place he drew the J letter in calligraphy. ThesearetheJlettercalligraphydrawnbyJayChouandoneof them is picked by the ASUS designer as the signature J found on the N43 notebooks. The signature J letter is found on the box and notebook 5

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June 30th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Jay Chou has written on some Post It notes specifically wanting a hot pink color notebook and exceptional sound quality. Initially, he wanted a really bright pink but through numerous revisions,thecoloriseventuallytoneddowntotheoneyouare seeing now. That's all for the walk through of his workplace in the ASUS Design facility. Olympus officially announces three new Micro Four Thirds cameras Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/olympus-officially-announces-three- new-micro-four-thirds-cameras/12807.html June 30th, 2011 Jay Chou and the ASUS designers have drawn this together and is eventually imprinted onto the notebook cover While Panasonic may have claimed an early head start in this race with the recent launch of the GF3, it is clear that Olympus is not about to let itself get outdone anytime soon, for the company has just announced three new Micro Four Thirds system cameras that look set to give Panasonic's GF3 a run for its money. VR-Zone brings you the coverage. Not so long ago, Panasonic and Olympus made headlines when they jointly announced the creation of the Micro Four Thirds system. The new standard was initially met with varying degrees of skepticism. Some pundits claimed that the concept was superfluous because the use of large lenses would negateanysize-relatedadvantagesthatMicroFourThirdswas founded upon. Fast forward to 2011, and what was once considered a 'superfluous' standard has quickly matured into one of the most popular segments in the digital camera market due to its ability to capture excellent stills in a compact-sized body. As evidence of this success, Olympus saw it fit to announce not one, but three new Micro Four Thirds cameras today that at the National Geographic Store in VivoCity, Singapore. 6

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June 30th, 2011 The latest additions to the Micro Four Thirds stable are the E-P3, Olympus's flagship model, and the smaller E-PL3 and E-PM1. Hirobumi Imano (above), Olympus Imaging Corp.'s general manager for the design centre, was given the task of officially unveiling the new devices to the world. Imano described how the new cameras reflect the design principles which have been a focal point of the company's PEN cameras even since their conception: "A camera should not be a toy.. the Olympus PEN is a product that is designed to deliver the happiness of photography all overtheworldwithouttwomainobstacles-difficultyinusage, andprice.PENexludesasenseofclassandrefinement,andits feature set is always expanding. And today, we will introduce the E-P2's sucessor, which sports the same design but is a completely different camera in its own regard, along with two additional products", he said in Japanese. Toshiyuki Terada (above), senior manager of Olympus' SLR division,thendescribedsomeofthenewfeaturesofthenewE- P3, E-PL3 and E-PM1. In a nutshell, the new E-P3 will feature a faster autofocus algorithm, an extremely sensitive sensor capable of ISO 12800, TruePic VI technology and a capacitive OLED touchscreen. The E-PL3 will boast a tilting widescreen LCD display and support for high-speed continous shooting, while the 7 Published by: VR-Zone smaller E-PM1 will get Live Guide, which allows users to control the camera's background defocusing. Terada also announced the availability of two new large- aperture prime lenses for its entire Micro Four Thirds camera lineup, the 12mm, F2.0 "Snap Lens" and the 45mm, F1.8 portrait lens.

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June 30th, 2011 Lamptron to Release Slider- based Fan Controller Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lamptron-to-release-slider-based-fan- controller/12804.html June 30th, 2011 Lamptron,aChina-basedmanufacturerofcomputermodding accessories, has announced the FC9 fan controller. The FC9 uses sliders to control up to four fans and includes customizable LED lighting. See inside for more pictures. Lamptronisdoingawaywithknobsonitslatestfancontroller. The FC9 uses sliders instead to control the fan speed, supportinguptofourfans.Eachchannelcandeliverupto50W of power (or just over 4A), which is more than enough for high performance fans. The dimensions of the FC9 are 148.5 x 42.5 x 75mm, which means it will fit into a 5.25" bay. The FC9 will be available in silver or black, with both models including customizable LED lighting. The FC9 supposedly requires a 600W+ power supply for optimal operation, but unless you really use that many high-powered fans it doesn't really make sense. Pricing for the FC9 has not been announced. The Daily VR-Zone News Summary - 29 June 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--29- june-2011/12798.html June 30th, 2011 In today's news roundup: Nanya is claiming that the contract prices for DRAM could decline even further due to issues such Published by: VR-Zone asweakPCend-userdemandandconsequentinventorybuild- up at OEMs, and that prices may continue to fall in July; AMD's next-generation Opteron microprocessors which are basedofftheBulldozermicroarchitecturewillreportedlyboast a new feature where by users can tweak the chip's maximum TDP, thus allowing them to strike a balance between power consumption and performance; Netvolution has launched its very own Avenue App Store for Microsoft's desktop Windows operating system, in which users can browse through apps by popularity and category, and be informed about featured and new apps; Eurocom Corporation has announced its supportforthehigh-performanceKillerWireless-N1102high- performance wireless network adapter as another available wireless card option in its premium notebook solutions; Blizzardannouncedtheavailabilityofanew'Starteredition'of the popular World of WarCraft game, in which gamers will be allowed to play for free until their character reaches level 20, afterwhichtheirlevelswillremaincappeduntilthefullversion is purchased, and PSP owners can expect to see more action fromLord"TheMostBadassFreakinOverlordIntheCosmos" Zetta, for Nippon Ichi has confirmed that it will be porting thePS2title,MakaiKingdom,overtoSony'shandheldgaming console, and is expected to be released for sale on September 22. Hardware news Sentey Burton Full-Tower Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews Description: The Sentey Burton GS-6500 is a full tower enclosure developed for enthusiasts who desire high performance and a sexy exterior. This case flaunts its multiple LED fans, and LED buttons, turning heads in the process. The Burton, is one of several models belonging to the Extreme Division line of computer cases, and it is available in 3 flavors; The GS-6500 in glossy black, the GS-6500B with blue highlights and grills, and the GS-6500R with red highlights and grills. It's pretty easy to glance at the exterior of this case and be charmed into submission... DRAM contract prices may decline further, says Nanya Description: Weak PC end-user demand and consequent inventory build-up at OEMs have put pressure on contract prices for DRAM, Nanya Technology has pointed out. Prices may continue to fall in July as OEM clients slow down their pace of orders, Nanya said. TEAM Group TR1151 USB 3.0 42-in-1 USB 3.0 Card Reader Review Description: USB 3.0, the big brother of the USB 2.0 bus standard which was introduced way back in 2000, is now here and in force after quickly gaining momentum in the market afterbothASUSandGIGABYTElaunchedboardsatCES2010 with USB 3.0 chips onboard. As a quick recap, USB 3.0 claims to offer a ten times improvement over USB 2.0, which has a maximum bandwidth of 480Mbit/s or 60MB/s. USB 3.0 has a maximum bandwidth of 5Gbit/s or 625MB/s. While we are notsureifyouwouldactuallyknowsomeonewhohasachieved speeds this high, the potential is there as the products that make up USB 3.0 such as chips and devices ramp up in terms of performance. Liteon iHES212 12x Internal Blu Ray Review - XSReviews 8

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June 30th, 2011 Description: Blu Ray might just be a stop gap before true HD streaming, but for now it’s one of the easier ways to get hold of high definition movies and other media; especially since it’s becoming more affordable. While they used to cost hundreds ofpounds,nowyoucangetyourselfaninternaloneliketheone we’re reviewing today for around £60. This one is the Liteon iHES212 12x Internal, let’s give it a look. OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 480GB PCIe SSD Review @ Legit Reviews Description: OCZ gave everyone a hint of things to come at Computex 2011 with a sneak peak of the third generation of the RevoDrive. We've been impressed with our previous encounters with this SSD line and this time is no different as we give the RevoDrive 3 X2 480GB PCI-E SSD a test drive. Is it fast? Well, how does 1500MB/s reads grab you? Oh yeah, there's TRIM support too! Adesto to sample CBRAM Description: Adesto Technologies Corp. of Sunnyvale in California is sampling a completely new type of RAM called CBRAM. The CB stands for Conductive Bridging and the RAM differs from traditional DRAM in several important aspects. First of all CBRAM is non-volatile and secondly it scales well downto at least 12nm, where it isvery difficultto manufacture traditional DRAM – to put it mildly. AMD's Next-Generation Opteron "Bulldozer" Chips to Feature Adjustable TDP. Description: Advanced Micro Devices' next-generation Opteron microprocessors based on Bulldozer micro- architecture will support capability to adjust maximum thermal design power (TDP). The technology will allow customers to regulate TDPs in order to balance power consumption and performance of data centers. Consumer Electronics and Software News Cooler Master NotePal Infinite EVO Notebook Cooler Review Description: Even as far as fans go, I really thought I had seen it all. 80mm fan, 120mm fans, all the way up to a single 20mm fan; I have tested them all as far as standard fans go. If I remember correctly, I even tested a cooler with a rather large "squirrel cage" style fan that was the size of a hamster wheel. I also recall that that fan idea didn't work out too well and offeredverylittleinthewayofactualcoolingtothelaptop.This time around Cooler Master uses a blower style fan, or rather a pair of them, to do the cooling in the notebook cooler we received for testing. With SkypeKit, Skype wants to be everywhere Description: Skype opened up its development platform to all comers Tuesday, but it still has a disconnect between revenue generation and its platform efforts. Like many companies trying to build a dominant position in the technology ecosystem, Skype is navigating the path between dollars and devs. Windows Gets an App Store of Its Own: Avenue Description: Windows users, don’t you wish there was a vendor-agnostic, one-stop shop for downloadable software? Something with easily browsable categories, ratings, reviews and simple purchase options? Several companies are trying to make an Apple App Store-like software shop for Windows. Yesterday we noted the launch of Pokki, a store that puts Published by: VR-Zone mobile-style applets on the PC desktop. Avenue is a user friendly, lightning fast and immediately available option for fully functioning Windows apps. Custom Firmware Alternatives For Your Wireless Router Description: For most users a good wireless router is the one that you set up in a few easy steps and forget about it as long as it gets you online. But beyond the stock features that came with your router, there are many things that the hardware you bought might be capable of. Luckily for you, people have been workingonwaystogetthefancystuffrunningonyouraverage $60-$100 device. After a relatively simple upgrade to a free third-party firmware, you'll be able boost your wireless signal, prioritize what programs get your precious bandwidth, and do lots of other stuff usually reserved for pro-grade wireless routers. Nvidia gets excited about Alienware notebooks Description: And it's all thanks to its own GTX 580M GPU, the company says. You can buy the Alienware M18x notebook now if you're richer than the sense you have. There's an option to have two of the GPUs under the hood if it takes your fancy. Machines that feature the GTX 580M, says Nvidia, are among the fastest DirectX 11 machines you'll find on the market. It claims the GPUs offer up to six times the tessellation performance of "any other notebook GPU" along withaperformanceincreaseof20percentcomparedtothelast lot. The World's fastest Notebooks now support the World's fastest Wireless Card! Description: Eurocom Corporation, a leading developer of long lifespan, fully upgradable notebooks, high performance mobile workstations, All-in-One desktops and mobile servers is announcing support for the Killer Wireless-N 1102 high- performance wireless network adapter as another available wireless card option in Eurocom systems. The addition of the Killer Wireless-N 1102 adapter by Bigfoot Networks gives Eurocom customers an ultra high-performance wireless card for their custom built notebook. The HP TouchPad Will Come With Its Own Facebook Tablet App (Leaked Pics) Description: The world has been waiting for an official Facebook tablet app, and waiting, and waiting. But that app may not appear on the iPad first (although Facebook is working on an iPad app for sure). Instead, Facebook’s first tablet app will appear on the HP TouchPad, which comes out this Friday and runs the WebOS it bought with Palm. This app wasnotbuiltbyFacebookbutbyHP,muchlikehowRIMbuilt the Facebook app for the Blackberry Playbook using Facebook platform Gaming news World of WarCraft is free until Level 20 Description: Sick of the 14-day trial in World of Warcraft ? There is a change for the better. Calling it the Starter edition, Blizzard will be making World of WarCraft free-to-play until your character reaches level 20 and their levels will remain capped until you purchase the full version. Makai Kingdom conquering PSP in Japan this September Description: Fans of Nippon Ichi strategy RPGs like the Disgaea series can definitely look forward to more of their 9

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June 30th, 2011 favorite titles re-released for the PSP. The PS2 title Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome (known as Phantom Kingdom in Japan) will be out for Sony's portable system in Japan on September 22. OnLive Talking to Sony and Microsoft About Streaming Games Description: The service offered by OnLive is quite intriguing, as it allows you to play games on any number of platforms. A high-end game plays just as well on the OnLive MicroConsole which hooks up to your TV as it does on your PC or laptop, regardless of the specifications of either computer. At E3, Well, it seems that Microsoft sure is not about to take its time with its browser development schedule, especially if this latest piece of news is of any indication. In just less than 80 days, the Redmond giant has pushed out yet another Platform PreviewforitsupcomingInternetExplorer10webbrowserfor developers to test and experiment with. And based on what we have seen, it appears that one thing is clear: Microsoft is deeplycommittedtoenhancingauser'sonlineexperiencewith its web browser. Published by: VR-Zone of new features, it was definitely a good sign for users, as it means that Microsoft is definitely taking steps to ensure that Internet Explorer remains as up-to-date as possible with the latest web standards. Fast forward to the present, and it seems that Microsoft is not about let up development on Internet Explorer 10 any time soon,foraquickvisittotheInternetExplorerTestDriveHome PagerevealsthatthesecondPlatformPreviewforitsupcoming web browser has already been made available for download. Yep,allthisinlessthan80daysafterthefirstPlatformPreview was launched. Way to go, Microsoft. the company even demonstrated the ability to stream games on an iPad; figuring out a way to handle the controls on a touchscreenaside,it'simpressive.TwoplacesOnLivewouldn't mind also being available on are Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It might seem like a stretch, but it's in the process of speaking to both companies about possible support. Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview 2 now available for download Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/internet-explorer-10-platform- preview-2-now-available-for-download/12803.html June 30th, 2011 However, unlike the first Platform Preview which had extremely little to show off to developers, Platform Preview 2 is actually loaded with a ton (figuratively speaking) of new features which are bound to be of great interest to web developers, especially if they have already committed themselves to the new HTML5 standard. According to a blog post made by Dean Hachamovitch, who serves as the corporate vice president in charge of the Internet Explorer team, these new features come in the form of support for a wide variety of web technologies, such as Positioned Floats, HTML5 drag-drop and the HTML5 File Reader API, among many others. Most importantly, though, has got to be the fact that HTML5 forms are now supported as well, although web developers were quick to note that Microsoft's decision to not include support for the text-shadow attribute was a major disappointment. If you would remember, we heaped praise on Microsoft in a story written two months ago when news broke out that the Redmond giant had already commenced work on the next version of its Internet Explorer web browser, and had even released a working Platform Preview of Internet Explorer 10 for developers to get their hands wet, in spite of the fact that Internet Explorer 9 was barely even a month old at that time. Even though the Platform Preview had little to show in terms 10

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June 30th, 2011 A demonstration of Positioned Floats support in IE10 Platform Preview 2... application performance and security. Published by: VR-Zone Interested? Well, the usual disclaimer about pre-release software definitely applies, even if the application comes direct from a company that is as established and reputable as Microsoft. Considering that Platform Previews were never meanttobeserveasfull-fledgedwebbrowsers,itgoeswithout sayingthatthisparticularrelease,liketheonebeforeit,should not be used as one. However, if you just want to have some funinplayingaroundwiththevariousnewfeaturesmentioned above, the second Platform Preview for Internet Explorer 10 can be downloaded off the Internet Explorer Test Drive home page here . Corsair HX1050 1050W PSU review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/corsair-hx1050-1050w-psu- review/12801.html June 30th, 2011 ...and HTML5 forms. In addition to the various new features, Microsoft claims that the Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview 2 application also boasts enhancements in a variety of areas such as web It appears as if Corsair has been releasing more high- end power supplies than RAM modules during the past few months. It was only a few weeks ago that we reviewed the currently most powerful power supply Corsair offers, the AX1200, and the exceptional TX850 V2. Today we are going to examine and review a unit in between those two, their Professional Series HX1050 modular power supply. It appears as if Corsair has been releasing more high-end power supplies than RAM modules during the past few months. It was only a few weeks ago that we reviewed the currently most powerful power supply Corsair offers, the AX1200 , and the exceptional TX850 V2 . Today we are going to examine and review a unit in between those two, their Professional Series HX1050 modular power supply. Manufacturer’s features and specifications 11

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June 30th, 2011 • Guaranteedtosustainitsfullratedwattageatanambient temperature of 50°C • Up to 88% energy-efficiency under real-world load conditions • Single +12V rail design providing up to 87.5A • Multi-GPU ready • Active Power Factor Correction (PFC) with PF value of 0.99 • Supports ATX12V 2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 standards. Backwards compatible with ATX12V 2.01 • Auto switching circuitry for universal AC input from 90-264V • Over Current/Voltage/Power Protection, Under Voltage Protection and Short Circuit Protection provide complete component safety • Dimensions: 150mm(W) x 86mm(H) x 180mm(L) • MTBF: 100,000 hours • Safety Approvals: UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TÜV, CCC, C-tick +5Vsb 3.5A +12V 87.5A 9.6W -12V 0.8A 17.5W CMPSU-1050HX AC 100-240V INPUT ~ 13A-7.5A 50/60Hz DC +5V +3.3V OUTPUT MAX 30A 30A CURRENT MAX 180W 1050W COMBINED WATTAGE TOTAL POWER: 1050W @ 50°C ambient temperature HP mulling WebOS licensing The inevitable looks like it's about to happen, HP has started talks with various potential partners to see if anyone's Published by: VR-Zone interested in licensing its WebOS for handheld devices. Apparently a number of companies are interested, although thisgenerallydoesn'tmeananythinguntilalicenseagreement has been signed. The inevitable looks like it's about to happen, HP has started talks with various potential partners to see if anyone's interested in licensing its WebOS for handheld devices. Apparently a number of companies are interested, although thisgenerallydoesn'tmeananythinguntilalicenseagreement has been signed. According to Bloomberg, WebOS is being considered as a choice to Google's Android OS and Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, something that almost has to happen if HP wants the platform to survive. It's a dog eat dog world in the mobile device OS market with Apple and Google dominating it at the moment. WebOS is somewhere at the bottom of the pecking order having been a proprietary solution owned by Palm before HP bought the company and although it has a lot of unique features and several benefits over its competitors, it lacks market share. Samsung is rumoured to be one of the companies interested, but considering the company is already involved in just about every single mobile OS platform, bar iOS, at least directly, this isn't entirely surprising. The question is who else will jump on board, as HP needs all the device partners it can get to grown the ecosystem for its WebOS, especially as its lacking in developer support for apps. The way the market has developed, this has become a key part of any mobile OS, as if you can't offer the apps your customers want, they'll go elsewhere. HPisalsoexpectedtobeputtingitsWebOSonitsdesktopand notebook computers, but as a virtualised environment rather thanasadualbootsolution.Thereasonbehindthismoveisso that users could access their mobile device apps even on their desktop, something that could prove to be a small win for HP. That said, if it remains exclusive to HP PC's, it's not likely to go down well with WebOS users, as very few consumers tend to like to get tied in with a single brand for all their products, notwithstanding Apple users. Olympus set to launch new m4/3 cameras later today Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/olympus-set-to-launch-new-m43- cameras-later-today/12800.html June 30th, 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-mulling-webos- licensing/12802.html June 30th, 2011 If you're looking at getting a new mirrorless camera then you might want to hold off a little bit, as later today Olympus is set to unveil no less than three new micro 4/3 cameras, of which pictures of two models have already leaked. Full specs of one model has also made an appearance on the web ahead 12

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June 30th, 2011 ofthelaunchandoneoftheheadlinefeaturesofOlympus'new models is superfast auto-focusing. If you're looking at getting a new mirrorless camera then you might want to hold off a little bit, as later today Olympus is set to unveil no less than three new micro 4/3 cameras, of which pictures of two models have already leaked. Full specs of one model has also made an appearance on the web ahead ofthelaunchandoneoftheheadlinefeaturesofOlympus'new models is superfast auto-focusing. The three new models are the PEN E-P3, E-PL3 and E-PM1, all based around the m4/3 lens and sensor system. So far, full details of the E-P3 has tipped up, alongside with a couple of pictures of the E-PM1. As far as the E-PL3 is concerned, it seems like we might have to wait until the official launch later today. The E-P3 is Olympus new high-end m4/3 mirrorless model and it features what Olympus calls Instant AF. This almost sounds too good to be true, but Olympus has created a sensor for its new cameras with 35 focus points that are spread across most of the sensor surface and it features what is believed to beinfra-redsensorstofurtherimprovetheAFspeed.Olympus claims that this camera has the fastest AF of any camera with interchangeable lenses which says something about how good it should be. Further improvements over the E-P2 – a camera which shares a very similar body and design with the E-P3 – include an OLED touch screen which is expected to feature a higher resolution compared to Olympus current m4/3 cameras. Despitehavingatouchscreen,Olympushasincludedaregular mode dial as well as two customizable scroll wheels for more advanced users. The E-P3 is also Olympus first m4/3 camera to offer 1080 video recording, albeit only interlaced video at 60fps. It recordsvideointheAVCHDorMJPEGformatsanditcanalso shoot in 720p. A few new lenses are also expected and to get the most out of the new, superfast AF you need to team the camera up with the new lenses. Published by: VR-Zone As far as the E-PM1 is concerned, we're looking at a tiny m4/3 camera, albeit apparently not as small as Panasonic's GF3 and it's meant to share its design, but not size with the E-PL3. As far as specifications are concerned, we'll have to wait for the official word from Olympus, but the good news is that we'll be at the launch event in Taipei to bring you the full details of these new cameras and lenses. MSI's CX480 notebook features top mounted battery indicator Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-s-cx480-notebook-features-top- mounted-battery-indicator/12796.html June 30th, 2011 So far we've already seen quite a few notebook models from MSI this year, but the company is continually updating its line up and the new CX480 follows the CX640 in terms of overall design, but it has a few features of its own. MSI has really started to get the fact that design matters and beyond having managed to put together something that looks attractive, the company will also offer the CX480 in multiple colours and we have some exclusive pictures of the blue model. So far we've already seen quite a few notebook models from MSI this year, but the company is continually updating its line up and the new CX480 follows the CX640 in terms of overall design, but it has a few features of its own. MSI has really started to get the fact that design matters and beyond having managed to put together something that looks attractive, the company will also offer the CX480 in multiple colours and we have some exclusive pictures of the blue model. 13

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June 30th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Add to that various storage options, an optical drive, 802.11b/ g/nWi-Fi,Bluetooth3.0,GigabitEthernet,twoUSB2.0ports, a USB 3.0 port, HDMI, D-sub, a pair of audio jacks, a memory cardreaderandawebcamandyougotasomewhatbetterthan average notebook. However, MSI has added at least one nifty feature, a battery charge indicator located next to the power button. This consists of four green LEDs which will switch off in order and once you hit 10 percent battery life the last LED will start flashing. The standard 6-cell 4,400mAh battery is said to be good for up to 8.5h of usage and a one hour charge replenishes 80 percent of the battery power. The screen has an ambient light sensor and it adjusts the screen backlight automatically based on ambient light and there are 16 brightness levels. At 2.2kg the CX480 is somewhat on the chunky side, but still a fairly standard14-incher.Itwillbeavailableinblack,whiteandblue as per our pictures. No word on pricing as yet, but we'd expect it to be slightly cheaper than the CX640 which would put it in the very affordable category. The CX480 is by all intents and purposes a fairly average 14- inch notebook with a 1366x768 resolution screen, a choice of an Intel Core i3-2310M or Core i5-2410M processor and it should support up to 8GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory. That said, MSI has kitted it out with a GeForce GT 520M graphics card with 1GB of dedicated DDR3 graphics memory and in as much as this is Nvidia's most basic 500-series mobile GPU, it should still prove to be a smidgen faster than Intel's HD 3000 graphics. Rumour: NVIDIA's next- gen Kepler taped out, AMD Southern Islands in September Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rumour-nvidia-s-next-gen-kepler- taped-out-amd-southern-islands-in-september/12799.html June 30th, 2011 After an eternity at 40nm, thanks to 32nm cancelation and 28nm delays, the GPU industry is finally transitioning to TSMC's long, long awaited 28nm HKMG process. Fudzilla reports that NVIDIA's next-gen GPU, based on the Kepler architecture, has already been taped out. On the AMD side of things, we have heard reports of Southern Islands tape-out datingallthewaybacktoMarch2011.AMD'sSouthernIslands GPUs could release as early as September, with NVIDIA's Kepler releasing earliest in Q4 2011; more likely Q1 2012. At this early stage, there is still very little known about the next generation. While AMD has recently presented it's future GPU architecture at AMD Fusion Developer Summit, the HD 14

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June 30th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Samsung to launch Korea's first Android-based Smart Home Phone on July Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-to-launch-korea-s-first- android-based-smart-home-phone-on-july/12797.html June 30th, 2011 Considering how Google's Android operating system was originally designed to be an OS which is meant to be used exclusively by smartphones, it would be expected that Samsung's idea of introducing a line of portable media players that are powered by Android would raise more than just a few eyebrows. However, leave it to Samsung to put a unique spin on its latest Galaxy Media Player by launching it as a VoIP device that is capable of making phone calls via the power of the Internet. Now that has got to be some rather creative thinking on the Korean electronic giant's part. Now that a smartphone is capable of fulfilling just about every single task under the sun that consumers could possibly ask for, would you pay good money to purchase an Android- powered device which is designed to serve as a portable media player,muchliketheapproachApplehastakenwithitsiPhone and iPod Touch product lines? Well, it seems that Samsung believes that there is still a large enough market out there for such devices to justify the release of yet another addition to its Galaxy line of portable media players. However, in what has got to be rather interesting twist to the story; Samsung will not be selling the its new Galaxy player as the portable media player that it is supposed to be, but as a mobile phone which is capable of making actual phone calls. Wait, say what? 15 7000 generation is expected to be a tweaked version of the VLIW-4 architecture currently used only in HD 6900 series. Of course, it is possible that the one line of the HD 7000 series -perhapsHD7900-willfeaturethenewAMD'sGraphicsCore Nextarchitecture,followingasimilararchitecturesplitasseen in the HD 6000 series. Other rumours also suggest AMD will be splitting GPU lines between TSMC and Globalfoundries. While optimistic rumours peg Southern Islands' release date at mid-Q3, SemiAccurate suggests that September is a more likelyreleasedateforthefirstHD7000GPUs.Thebottleneck, as usual, is TSMC, and it remains to be seen when they can fab 28nm wafers, and in what quantity? Incredibly, the first 40nm GPU, the HD 4770, was released over 2 years back. Pegged back at 40nm, both NVIDIA and AMDhaveonlyofferedincrementalperformanceupgradesfor theGeforce500andHD6000generations.TheGPUindustry, in general, desperately needs an efficient 28nm process - over to TSMC. Well, according to the official press release from Samsung, the upcoming portable media player, which is also known as the Galaxy 070, will be able to function as a mobile phone of sorts due to the use of VoIP to achieve this feat. In fact, to further convey the message that the Galaxy 070 is capable of functioning as a mobile phone (albeit without a SIM card), Samsung has announced that it has teamed up with LG U+ for the Galaxy 070's official launch on the first of July this year, where the device will reportedly be marketed as Korea's first ever Smart Home Phone to be based off the Android operating system. Further sweetening the deal are the hardware specifications of the Galaxy 070: Samsung has confirmed that the device will boast a four-inch Super Clear LCD screen, a rear-facing camera capable of capturing still images at a maximum resolution of three megapixels, a T-DMP module, WiFi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, 8GB of memory and support for additional storage via the use of microSD cards. Customers who purchase the Samsung Galaxy 070 Smart Home Phone from LG U+ will be charged the same tarrifs that are currently has in place for existing "Internet Phones". However,thecompanyhasalsoaddedthatitwillbeenhancing the functionality of the device by allowing consumers to access the all-important Android Market on the Galaxy 070, a decision which will definitely appeal to users considering how important a role apps play in the popularity of a mobile platform. No information about the Galaxy 070's pricing has been revealed by either company. ASUS and Jay Chou jointly announce special edition N series notebook PC Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-and-jay-chou-jointly-announce- special-edition-n-series-notebook-pc/12795.html

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June 30th, 2011 June 30th, 2011 Today, ASUS and renowned Taiwanese musician, singer- songwriter and actor Jay Chou have jointly announced the new special edition N-series notebook PC. The 14- inch notebook PC features the latest second generation Intel processor, SonicMaster audio technology (from the collaboration with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower), and unique designs from Chou. VR-Zone brings you the coverage. Updates : Check out Behind The Scenes: The Making of Jay Chou N43 Notebook The event kickstarted with a symphony comprised of ASUS laptops, conducted by ASUS chairman Jonney Shih and Taiwanese celebrity Jay Chou playing the piano. And later, both unveiled the Jay Chou special edition N-series notebook PC. No,itisn'texactlyacelebrityendorsement;Chouwasthechief designer who has worked with the ASUS design centre on the laptop. Shih said that the company's vision is to produce more of such distinct products which are incomparable and 16 Published by: VR-Zone he is happy to have Chou as the designer for the special edition N-series. To conceptualize the design, it boils down to how the combination of the consumers sixth senses and ASUS'advancedtechnologies,andbringouttheincomparable experience to the users. According to Chou, he had used "incomparable" as the theme for one of his concerts and that the design of the special edition N-series is very much like east meets west. Shih also presented Chou with an honored employee pass which means the celebrity is officially working for the company. Here are some pictures of models with the ASUS special edition N-series laptop:-

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June 30th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-releases-new-cinema-3d-tv-monitor- for-sale-in-south-korea/12779.html June 30th, 2011 Wouldn't it be nice if you could have a 3D-capable television set that is so small and compact, it could also double up for use as a PC monitor? If your answer to that question is a resounding "yes", well, we got some good news for you, and it comes in the form of LG Electronics' new MX235D Cinema 3D TV monitor, which is reportedly capable of fulfilling the aforementioned need, and then some. Now that 3D technology is fast becoming mainstream, it is hardly surprising to see manufacturers start rolling out new 3D-capable television sets and monitors as though there is no tomorrow. Unfortunately, consumers who are on the lookout for a one-size-fits-all 3D-capable device will probably find themselves disappointed, as most 3D-capable television sets are definitely too big to be used as PC monitors without causing some serious neck issues on the user's part, and 3D- capable monitors typically lack support for certain A/V jacks which are widely used by many digital appliances today. However, it seems that users who are finding themselves caught in the aforementioned situation now have a potential solution to their needs, and it comes in the form of LG's new MX235D Cinema 3D TV monitor, which was just released for retail in South Korea yesterday. LG releases new Cinema 3D TV monitor for sale in South Korea According to the official press release posted by LG Electronics, the MX235D boasts an ultra-thin bezel which measures16.8mmandisfittedwith3Dconversionchipswhich allow for on-the-fly conversion of digital content from 2D to 3D without the need to pass the device through additional software needed for doing so. In addition, LG has claimed that the MX235D utilizes passive 3D technology; this allows users to do away with the heavy and cumbersome battery-operated active shutter 3D glasses which have been said to have the side effect of potentially inducing dizziness among users. Add that to the fact that the MX235D's 23-inch display size is small enough to be able to double up as a PC monitor, and you have a rather decent one-size-fits-all, 3D-capable device which can shuttle between the roles of both a HDTV and a HD monitor effortlessly. Last but definitely not least, LG has also confirmed that the MX235D television set will come equipped with various standard features such as a pair of 5W speakers, a USB port for playing back content via external storage devices, and 17

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June 30th, 2011 built-in support for MP3 playback. This means that users who are planning to utilize the MX235D as a monitor due to its size can potentially make use of the device's media playback capabilities to enjoy their digital media content without even having to turn on the PC to do so. No mention about global availability for the device has been made by LG, although you may be interested to know that the MX235D is currently available for sale in South Korea at the price of 479,000 won (approx US$445). Microsoft officially launches Office 365 for businesses Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-officially-launches- office-365-for-businesses/12786.html June 30th, 2011 Rememberthelittlestoryweranafewmonthsbackabouthow Microsoft was attempting to make life easier for businesses by pitching the then beta version of its cloud-based productivity suite, Office 365, as a solution to allow business consumers the luxury of not having to worry about maintaining their own IT infrastructure? Well, the good news is that users can finally start migrating away from the beta, for Microsoft has justofficiallylaunchedthefinalizedversionofOffice365today in a media event held at Swissotel The Stamford. Hit up the link for the coverage of today's event... For those who would remember, VR-Zone ran a story a couple of months ago which talked about Microsoft's unveiling of the then beta version of its cloud-based productivity solution for businesses. Known as Office 365, the idea was that Microsoft's new offering, which combines the functionality of Microsoft office, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft Lync Online together into a single, tightly-integrated cloud offering will help business users to enhance their productivity by ensuring that their data will remain accessible at all times, online collaboration willbeasseamlessaspossible,andthattheITdepartmentcan spend more time dealing with user-specific issues. That sounded great and all, save for one little problem: there was no mention as to when the finalized version of Office 365 will be released for public use. Fortunately, the last piece of the puzzle has fallen into place, for Microsoft has officially announcedtheavailabilityofOffice365inapresseventheldat Swissotel The Stamford, where it will be offered to businesses 18 Published by: VR-Zone at a modest subscription fee of US$6 a month per user. And speakingattheevent'sopeningaddresstodaywasproductivity guru Michael A. Podolinsky, who described in great detail the importance of the cloud and Microsoft's Office 365 in helping businesses transform themselves and achieving even greater productivity. "Because of the connectivity aspect of the cloud... 60% of the ITfocusthisyearisgoingtobeaboutit.Andwithalmostthree- quarters of the people and companies involved in it, this is a tipping point which we will not go back from," he said, while adding that adoption of Office 365 is expected to be seamless due to the fact that most consumers are already familiar with the way Microsoft Office works. Podolinsky also described how businesses do not have to worry about compatibility or security issues on Office 365, as Microsoft will ensure that the software on its servers always remainuptodate,andthatsystemsadministratorswillalways have full control over their data in the cloud to ensure that company files or information do not get removed or destroyed without the proper authorization. Up next was Microsoft's Chief Operating Officer for Asia Pacific, Andy Pickup, who talked about what users can expect from Office 365 now that the finalized version of the service is already available for subscription.

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June 30th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone "This is the first time Microsoft has offered a premiere productivity suite in a cloud-based service format. Customers will be able to choose between a rich client that is downloaded on one's device and used in that way, or to opt for a cost- effective, affordable and predictable service fee that allows them to access Office through the power of the Internet," he said. In addition, Pickup also described other benefits users can expect to derive from utilizing its Office 365 solution, such as the assurance of having 99.9% server uptime and a "rich and powerfulexperience"thatstemsfromtheseamlessintegration among various Microsoft services, along with ready access to the service regardless of location via an Internet connection. All of this, he said, can be had for a subscription fee that costs less "than a cup of cappuccino". "Ourheadsareupinthecloud,butourfeetareveryfirmlyhere on the ground," he quipped. That being said, we should point out that Microsoft has got a total of seven different price plans for users who are keen to sign up for Office 365. The one which Pickup described as costing only US$6 a month is targeted at small businesses and individuals, and offers 25GB of email, along with access to Office Web Apps, SharePoint and the Lync enterprise instant messaging client. Larger enterprises will have up to six price 19

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June 30th, 2011 plans to choose from, four of which cost between US$10to US $27 per user per month, while the other two for kiosk workers are priced at US$4 and US$10 per person. Of course, the more costly plans will come with added features such unlimited Exchange storage, the full desktop Office suite, Lync voice capabilities and Office Professional Plus. Alternatively, there is also the free 30-day trial which can be obtained from the Microsoft's product page if you feel the need to give Office 365 a test spin before deciding to commityourselftoafull-timesubscriptionfortheservice.Last but definitely not least, more information about the various components which make up the complete package that is Office 365 can also be obtained there . Google releases tool to convert SWF files into HTML5- compatible content Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-releases-tool-to-convert-swf- files-into-html5-compatible-content/12791.html June 30th, 2011 When you've got certain OEMs making sure that their bestselling products are designed not to play nice with the current online standard known as Flash, what is a socially responsible corporation to do to ensure that users will still be able to enjoy much of the web's beauty? Simple: release a tool which converts the offending code into nice HTML5- compatible instructions. Which is exactly what Google's new Swiffytoolisallabout.ReadontofindoutmoreaboutSwiffy... Pundits may claim that Flash is well on its way to becoming irrelevent soon while pointing to the introduction of the new HTML5 standard as the basis for their convictions, but the truthofthematteristhat,despiteitscapabilitiesandpotential, it will still take some time before the world is ready to migrate to a web that is powered purely by HTML5. Until then, there is little to be gained from turning one's back on well-established standardswhicharewidelyusedinthedisseminationofonline content today, such as Adobe's Flash platform. However, if for some reason you have chosen to drop Flash completely in your daily web-browsing needs, fret not. Google has, in its typical "Don't be evil" fashion, released a tool which allowsuserstoconvertSWFfilesintoviewablecontentwritten in HTML5 code so that they can continue to enjoy their online experience without having to feel left out over their decision to do so. Published by: VR-Zone This tool, which is known as Swiffy, has been described by Google as one that as originally built by an intern by the name of Pieter Senster as a means to explore how the company could find a way to get Flash animations working on devices which do not support the standard. Apparently, Google was so impressedbySenster'seffortsthatthecompanydecidedtonot only hire him as a full-time staff, but also assembled a team to commence work on the project, which resulted in the birth of the Swiffy tool that is now currently available for use as a Google Labs feature. For those who are wondering how Swiffy works, here's how it is done as described by Google's Marcel Gorden, who is also the product manager for the tool: Swiffy uses a compact JSON representation of the animation, which is rendered using SVG and a bit of HTML5 and CSS3. ActionScript 2.0 is also present in the JSON object, and is interpreted in JavaScript in the browser. This representation makes the Swiffy animations almost as compact as the original SWF files. That being said, we should probably point out that Swiffy does not play very nice with Internet Explorer, as the tool insists thatonlyaWebKit-basedbrowserwillbecapableofdisplaying the results of the conversion accurately. Still, the introduction ofsuchatoolwilldefinitelybegoodnewsforuserswhowantto view Flash animations on devices that do not support Adobe's Flash platform. Be Quiet Dark Rock Advanced C1 CPU cooler review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/be-quiet-dark-rock-advanced-c1-cpu- cooler-review/12792.html June 30th, 2011 During the past few months we brought you the reviews of several power supply units from Be-Quiet, a German manufacturer. The company produces more than just power supplies though, offering a wide range of cooling products as well. Today we have yet another product from Be-Quiet to test 20

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June 30th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone and review but it is no power supply this time; it is the Dark Rock Advanced C1, a high performance CPU cooler. During the past few months we brought you the reviews of several power supply units from Be-Quiet, a German manufacturer. The company produces more than just power supplies though, offering a wide range of cooling products as well. Today we have yet another product from Be-Quiet to test and review but it is no power supply this time; it is the Dark Rock Advanced C1, a high performance CPU cooler. Manufacturer features and specifications • For gaming, multimedia and CAD systems even at maximum processing power. • Suitable for overclocking operation. • Extremely efficient up to more than 180 watt. • Maximum cooling efficiency, Delta T 10.9 @ 100 watt. • Quietoperationwith1×SilentWingsPWMfan,6.6–18.8 dB(A). • High-quality materials with dark nickel surfaces. Thermal resistance 0,109 @ CPU Power disposal (Rth @ P) Overall dimensions without mounting material (L x W x H) (mm) Total weight CPU Wattage Range (W) Socket compatibility Backplate Mounting Push pin mounting Fan model, number Anti vibration fan fixing Rubber string Stainless steel clip and contact ring Overall noise level (dB(A)) @ 900/1250/100% (rpm) Fin dimensions (L x W) , thickness (mm) Number of fins Fin material Base material CPU contact surface Heatpipe number, Diameter (mm) Surface treatment 122 x 95 x 167 1100gr 180 LGA 775 / 1155 / 1156 / 1366, AM2 / AM2+ / AM3 / 754 / 939 / 940 Yes SilentWings PWM , 1 Yes 6,6 / 14,4 / 18,8 122 x 72 x 0,4 44 Aluminium Copper CNC machined 6; 6 Nickel plated Fan dimensions (mm) Speed @ 100% PWM (rpm) Air flow @ 100% (CFM; m3/h) Air pressure (mm H2O) Bearing type Rated voltage (V) Input current (A) Input power (W) PWM Controller Connector Cable length (mm) Cable sleeve Livetime L10 @ 25 °C (hours) 120 1500 50,5; 85,8 1,63 FDB 12 0,09 1,09 Yes 4-pin Molex 200 Yes 300.000 Angry Birds finally smashes into Windows Phone 7 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/angry-birds-finally-smashes-into- windows-phone-7/12790.html June 30th, 2011 Microsoft may have left a less-than-favourable impression on Rovio Mobile by using the Angry Birds logo in an advertisement to tout that theWindows Phone 7 will have a ton of cool apps well before the latter has yet to even commit to such a port (if at all), but the latest turn of events seems to suggest that the game's developers have since decided to let bygones be bygones. After all, that can be the only reason Angry Birds is now available for download on Windows Phone 7, no? It is common knowledge that in the smartphone space, having a top-notch operating system is no longer enough to win the hearts of consumers over to a company's side. Rather, the one factor which can potentially make or break a mobile operating systemtodayliesinthesizeofitsapprepository,andsufficeto sayconsumersarenotgoingtobeinterestedinanewplatform if it cannot offer the same popular apps that are currently available on competing operating systems. While it is clear to all that Microsoft has got its work cut out for it in terms of being able to deliver a well-populated app repository that is capable of attracting consumers to its Windows Phone 7 platform, consumers will undoubtedly be gratified to know that the world's most popular casual game forsmartphones,AngryBirds,isfinallyavailablefordownload on their WP7-powered devices. 21

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June 30th, 2011 The Windows Phone 7 port of Angry Birds is identical to the ones that have already been released for both iOS and Android, so suffice to say Windows Phone 7 users are not going to be getting any extra love from Rovio in the form of additional platform-exclusive content. However, we'd dare say that owners of Windows Phone 7-powered handsets will probably be more than satisfied to finally have their chance in experiencing just how addictive the act of flinging some furiousaviansontohugegreenpigscanbe.Ofcourse,domake sure that you keep your bird-flinging acts out of sight from the boss; we don't want to be held responsible for any unhappy exchanges between you and your superiors about how the office is supposed to be a place for working, and not gaming. Oh, and one more thing, the Windows Phone 7 version of Angry Birds is not a free download. Rather, you will have to fork out US$2.99 for the right to engage in some avian-bovine carnagefromtheluxuryfromyoursmartphone.Buthey,that's a small price to pay for what the game is really worth, right? ASUS MATRIX GTX 580 Platinum Review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-matrix-gtx-580-platinum- Remember the ASUS MATRIX GTX 580 Platinum from Computex? That behemoth of a card has landed, and it's packed full of features targeted at hardcore overclockers. Join us as we journey into the MATRIX and push it to the limits... ASUS' MATRIX brand has been around for quite some time now.Memorablemodelsfromyesteryearwhichhavegarnered many accolades include the 9800GT MATRIX, 9600GT MATRIX and MATRIX GTX 285. The latest addition to the family, the MATRIX GTX 580, is apparently inspired by exotic sports cars and even Formula 1 racing cars. Aesthetics aside, ASUS has lined up a whole slew offeatures.TheseincludeaDirectCUIIcooler,19-phaseSuper Alloy Power, a specially-designed GPU Tweak utility, TweakIt buttons and ProBeIt voltage measurement points. 22 Published by: VR-Zone The MATRIX GTX 580's box is even larger than most motherboardboxesoutthere.Thisisreallyunnecessaryinour opinion since there's so much empty space inside. Asus N43SL Gets Jay Chou Endorsement (Live Coverage) Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-n43sl-gets-jay-chou- endorsement-live-coverage-/12789.html June 30th, 2011 review/12682.html June 30th, 2011 Asus is launching a certain N-series laptop with Jay Chou endorsement in W Hotel. Our correspondents who are now in Taipei is uncovering what secrets there might be with this Jay Chou endorsement. Hop on to find out more. *Update* Check out more videos inside as well as our official coverage here. Also check out Behind the Scenes : Making of Jay Chou N43 notebook

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Published by: VR-Zone June 30th, 2011 Asus, together with Jay Chou has launched the N43SL laptop inWHotel,Taipeitoday.TheN43SL,whichisaspecialedition is endorsed by Jay comes with four of his albums and 3 MTV videos albums bundled in this N43SL special edition notebook. The company has additionally worked with Bang and Olufsen for its ICEpower Sonicmaster speakers to bring awesome sound to the notebook PC. ASUS N43SL Jay Chou Edition powered by Intel Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz processor, NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M graphics, 4GB memory and 500GB 7200rpm hard drive will be available in two colors; Gold and Peach. This 14" 2.4kg model will first be on sale in Taiwan tomorrow for NT36000 (USD 1250). For Singapore market, it will be on sale from the first week of July for S$1298. However, this model is not expected to be sold in US and Europe market. "Design inspiration has always been part of Asus DNA and we are honored to appoint a talented singer and songwriter like Jay Chou to infuse new elements of design in our N series laptop", said Jonney Shih, Asus chairman. At the event, Jay performed on the piano with Jonney Shih as the conductor on a stage with Asus notebooks. 23 Model with N43SL

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June 30th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Jay Chou and his staff pass Check out more videos next page as well as our official coverage here . Also check out Behind the Scenes : Making of Jay Chou N43 notebook AOC To Roll Out USB-Powered LCD Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/aoc-to-roll-out-usb-powered- lcd/12787.html June 30th, 2011 another model with the Jay Chou notebook AOC is going to push out their USB-Powered LCD which was showcased at the CEA Line Show in New York last week. lovely pose AOC e2251Fwu USB-powered LCD monitor will feature 16:9 1920 x 1080 resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 200 cd/m2 brightness and a 5ms response time. It is likely to retail in August. However the price is still unknown at the moment. Facebook Hires 'GeoHot' Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/facebook-hires-geohot-/12784.html 24

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June 30th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone June 30th, 2011 Facebook has reportedly hired well-known hacker George Hotz, a.k.a. GeoHot. He became famous after jailbreaking the iPhone in 2008 and hacking the Playstation 3 last year, for which he was sued by Sony. But, like several hackers-turned- insiders in recent years, it seems GeoHot has also decided to go legit after all. George Hotz, better known by his handle GeoHot, has been working for social networking giant Facebook since May. GeoHot is best known for jailbreaking the Playstation 3 last year and then being sued by Sony. In April, he entered into a settlement with Sony under which he agreed never to hack Sony's products ever again. GeoHot distanced himself from the subsequent 'revenge' hacking of Sony by Anonymous, even saying on his blog that "hacking into someone elses server and stealing databases of user info is not cool". It seems that he decided to go legit just like several hackers in recent years. Facebook has not yet revealed his exact job scope, though one can easily guess what it entails. Facebook has been known to regurlarly hold nightsessionscalled"hackathons"duringwhichengineersare encouraged to write new code. ASRock Brings PCIe 3.0 To Fatal1ty Z68 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asrock-brings-pcie-3.0-to-fatal1ty- z68/12783.html June 30th, 2011 ASRock will be the first to push out motherboards with PCIe 3.0 standard. The ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 is equipped with two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots allowing NVIDIA Quad SLI and AMD CrossFireX. More details inside. The Fatal1ty brand motherboard is marketed as a high end premium product. Combining the Fatal1ty with PCIe 3.0 configuration, you will get the ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 motherboard. It comes with two PCIe 3.0 25

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June 30th, 2011 x16 slots and one PCIe 2.0 x16 slot which are capable of NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX. The PCIe 3.0 is a next generation standard for PCI Express which has twice the bandwidth compared to PCIe 2.0. Other features include the integrated PLX PEX8608 chip which enables multiple PCIe devices to run at the proper speed simultaneously and the Fatal1ty Mouse Port which has a wide range polling rate from 125Hz to 1000Hz. See more specifications at the ASRock Website . The Daily VR-Zone News Summary - 28 June 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--28- june-2011/12781.html June 30th, 2011 In today's news roundup: NVIDIA has announced the availability of its new mobile GeForce GPU, the GT580M, which the company claims is the fastest mobile GPU ever made; AMD's first processor to sport its "Zosma" core, the Phenom II 960T, has been spotted for sale in Japan in spite of the fact that the chip was originally launched as an OEM- only model and as such was extremely difficult to find off the retail shelves; Sony has unveiled the latest addition to its VAIO Z series of notebooks, which weighs a mere 1.2 kg , measures16.65 mm thin, sports a 13.1-inch screen capable of a 1600 x 900 resolution and boasts a full-voltage Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU along with a solid state drive; LaCie has unveiled the latest additions to its LaCie Porsche Design line of portable hard disks, which come in the form of the P9220 (mobile) and P9230 (desktop) and boast the use of a premium scratch-resistant casing; Sony claims its recent security woes were caused by fact that hackers took offense to the way the company attempted to protect its video game content, and Rumour has it that Odin Sphere, which is a jRPG game, will getting a HD port and that the game will most likely be downloadableoffeitherthePlayStationNetworkorXboxLive. Hardware news Patriot Gauntlet USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure @ Review the Tech Description:UpforreviewtodayI’vegotanexternalharddrive enclosure from patriot Memory called the Gauntlet. This hard drive enclosure is essentially a solid piece of aluminum that will not only protect the drive inside, but will help to keep it cool as well. The Gauntlet features a USB 3.0 connection for fast read and writes, but it also has a backup button on it to allow you to instantly backup your data to the external drive. News From NVIDIA: The World's Fastest Notebook GPU, The GeForce GTX 580M, Is Available Now & Has Been Benchmarked Description:FollowingthesuccessfullaunchoftheGTX560M last month, NVIDIA is now introducing the GeForce GTX Published by: VR-Zone 580M, the world's fastest notebook GPU. Supporting DirectX 11, PhysX and 3D Vision, the 580M notebooks can happily deal with whatever is thrown their way, as our benchmarking article shows. Patriot Wildfire 120GB Solid State Drive Review Description: Little Jimmy is now here and Team SandForce can start the game. This game is played on websites, e-tail and retail outlets all over the country. For me, SSDball is more exciting than any sport I watch on TV because I've got front row seats on the first base line. All of the action happens right in front of me and this season is going to be exciting. AMD's Zosma core spotted in Japan Description: AMD's first processor to sport its "Zosma" core, has gone on sale in the Land of the Rising Sun. The Phenom II 960T, was introduced in the third quarter of 2010, a few months after the launch of 6-core Phenom IIs. However it was only launched as an OEM model and it was jolly hard to find one anywhere. DDR4 Memory Now Projected to Debut in 2014, But Ramp Up Rapidly. Description: It took over three years for DDR3 dynamic random access memory (DRAM) to take off and become dominating type of memory and it looks like it will remain on the market till at least 2015 as the debut of DDR4 is now delayed till 2014 and even with rapid ramp of the latter shipments will crossover only sometimes in 2015 (more likely later). Engineering sample Zambezi overclocked to 4636 MHz (Russian) Description: (Machine translation) Frequency characteristics of processor performance in the Zambezi Socket AM3 + still covered with a secret , known only authentically about their ability to automatically accelerate by up to 1 GHz . The situation is exacerbated by rumors that it was unsatisfactory frequency potential processors Zambezi current revision caused the delay of their appearance on the market. In such conditions it is difficult to determine how representative in terms of frequency potential appearing on the Web screenshots engineering samples of processor performance Socket AM3 +. AMD's Llano A8-3850 to cost US $135 Description: We managed to get our hands on what appears to be an official price for the upcoming quad-core desktop Llano part that should hit retail/e-tail just a day before the Independance Day, or simply, Sunday 3rd of July. Consumer Electronics and Software news Apple starts selling a Thunderbolt cable, RAID systems to use it with Description: Admittedly there aren’t many peripherals that use Thunderbolt, or many Macs that have Thunderbolt ports, but as Apple gears up for a whole slew of new Thunderbolt- enabled computers, a bunch of new peripherals are also in the pipeline. And in order to tap that opportunity, Apple introduced a new Thunderbolt cable today, available in the online store for $49. 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June 30th, 2011 Description: Sony has taken the wraps off its new VAIO Z Series at a press event in Europe. Weighing in at 1.2 kg (2.64 lb) and measuring 16.65 mm (0.65 in) thin, the “ultra- mobile” notebook PC sports a 13.1-inch, 1600 x 900 pixel, anti-reflective display and packs a full-voltage Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU along with solid state drive. Designed for users who don’t want to choose between desktop power and notebook portability, the VAIO Z Series also comes with a Power Media Dock that connects to the notebook via a “Light Peak” optical cable to add quad monitor support, an optical drive, extra connectivity options and AMD Radeon HD graphics. Maingear Titan 17 Notebook Review Description: Our evaluation system consists of an Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition processor, a hexa-core desktop CPU operating at 3.46 GHz. Other notable hardware includes a 17.3” LED-backlit display running at 1920 x 1080, two Nvidia GeForce GTX 485M graphics cards, 6GB of Kingston DDR3-1333 memory, a 120GB Intel 510 solid state drive, a 750GBWesternDigital7200RPMharddrive,aBlu-rayoptical drive,BigfootKillerWireless-NUltimatenetworkadapterand integrated Bluetooth technology, all running under Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. PCTV Nanotech T2 Review @ XSReviews.co.uk Description: PCs are no longer the domain of purist business and gamer types, they have a myriad of functions and come in a variety of fifferent shapes and sizes. Today I’m reviewing a product that brings TV watching to your laptop, netbook or desktop via a simple USB plugin. Let’s see if its as good as similar products we’ve reviewed in the past. LaCie Shows Off New Porsche USB 3.0 HDDs Description: USB 3.0 offers faster data transfers so it seems fitting that LaCie enlisted the help of a company like Porsche to design its new USB 3.0 hard drives. Building on an eight- year-old relationship with Porsche Design, the company today celebrated the addition of the P9220 (mobile) and P9230 (desktop) HDDs to its P9000 line of electronics. Opera lands its Swordfish browser Description: Plucky web browser firm Opera has released version 11.50 of its software, and warned the opposition that it is about to make a big splash on the web. Gaming news Sony says it was only hacked because it tried to protect its content Description:EmbattledentertainmentfirmSonyclaimsitwas only hacked because it tried to protect its video game content. Sony CEO Howard Stringer, who faces calls for his resignation over the hacking incidents, spoke at a shareholders' meeting where he tried to explain why Sony was the main victim of the recent spate of hacker attacks. Odin Sphere To Get High Definition Port ? Description: Treat this as a rumor but if sources are correct, one of the nice RPGs from Japan will getting a HD port. Odin Sphere, originally from PS2 is made by Atlus and launched back in 2007. There is not much information as of now but based on the source, the game is likely a download on either PlayStation Network or Xbox Live. Dungeons and Dragons: Daggerdale lands on PC 27 Published by: VR-Zone Description: Atari has announced that Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale is now available for the PC. We didn't really like the hack-and-slash title, calling it "a terrible use of Wizards of the Coast's timeless license" (ouch), but hey, maybe you're a huge completist and absolutely must play through anything and everything having to do Forgotten Realms. If that's the case,youcanpickupthegamefor$14.99atafinee-tailernear you. NVIDIA Launches GeForce GTX 580M GPU Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-launches-geforce-gtx-580m- gpu/12782.html June 30th, 2011 One month after the introduction of the GeForce GTX 560M, NVIDIA now launches the new king, GTX 580M. It even showcases some of the benchmarks done in GTX 580M SLI. More details inside. A new king in the NVIDIA mobile graphics arena has been announced. Benchmarks such as StarCraft II, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Far Cry 2 have shown great differences (up to 30FPS) between the GTX 580M and GTX 560M.

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Published by: VR-Zone June 30th, 2011 When compared to the previous generation, the GeForce GTX 580M easily beats the GTX 480M in all the benchmarks. Even after the enabling of 3D Vision, the GeForce GTX 580M is still able to produce more than 30FPS in all the benchmarks at 1920 x 1080 resolution. If a single GTX 580M isn't good enough for you, check out the performance of GTX 580M in SLI. FPS are increased by an average of 85% with the enabling of SLI. GeForce GTX 580M GeForce GTX 570M GeForce GTX 560M GeForce GT 555M CUDA 384 336 192 Up to 144 Cores Processor 1240MHz 1150MHz 1550MHz Up to Clock 1506MHz Memory Clock 1500MHz 1500MHz 1250MHz Up to 1569MHz Memory Interface 256-bit 192-bit Up to 192-bit Up to 192-bit Width Product Link Expect manufacturers to pack the GeForce GTX 580M GPU into their gaming laptops. Manufacturers such as Alienware has already equipped their M18x and M17x laptops with GTX 580M and offering SLI option while manufacturer Clevo has included 3D Vision as well. For more details on the benchmarks, please visit the NVIDIA website . Sony launches sub 1.2kg VAIO Z Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-launches-sub-1.2kg-vaio- z/12780.html June 30th, 2011 There's no doubt that there's a certain love/hate relationship for many with the Sony VAIO Z series of notebooks, the hate mostly coming from the fact that the Z series is so expensive that most of us can only dream of owning one. However' the company's latest incarnation of the Z series have taken things 28

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June 30th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone From what we saw at the launch event, the new VAIO Z is a to a whole different level, as Sony has managed to come up with a machine that weighs less than most netbooks, yet packs the power of a high-end notebook. There's no doubt that there's a certain love/hate relationship for many with the Sony VAIO Z series of notebooks, the hate mostly coming from the fact that the Z series is so expensive that most of us can only dream of owning one. However' the company's latest incarnation of the Z series have taken things to a whole different level, as Sony has managed to come up with a machine that weighs less than most netbooks, yet packs the power of a high-end notebook. On the not so great side the new VAIO Z has a very thick screen bezel which makes it larger than it could've been. That said, with a 1920x1080 screen resolution (or 1600x900 is some markets) we're sort of willing to live with the bezel. Part of the reason for the bigger bezel, at least at the top is the 1.3Megapixel webcam which Sony has kitted out with one of its Exmor sensors and it's said to be offering better details in low-light situations. There's also a lot of corresponding space on both sides of the keyboard, but on the upside there's also a rather large wrist rest and a reasonable size touch pad. The touch pad is buttonless, but features a fingerprint reader. The keyboard is backlit which is also a nice addition. seriously impressive machine, although with a few minor irks that we don't quite get. But let's start with some of the good points, first of all the weight is nothing short of impressive as you're looking at a notebook with a 13.1-inch screen and a 35W mobile CPU that weighs in at a smidgen under 1.2kg, somewhat dependent on the configuration. That makes most netbooks look obese and even more so when you realise that the VAIO Z is a mere 16.65mm thick. In terms of ports and connectivity there's plenty on offer, although once again we're curious about the reason behind some of the options on offer. For starters, Sony is sticking to its dual card readers, in this case located around the front, one forMemoryStickandoneforSDcards,allthelatestvariations areofcoursesupported.Onthelefthandsideyou'llonlyfinda single port and it's a D-sub connector, which we think is a very questionable inclusion on a notebook like this. On the right hand side we have a USB 3.0 port (more on this shortly), a USB 2.0 port with charge support, an HDMI port, an Ethernet port with a special fold-out connector and finally a 3.5mm 29

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Published by: VR-Zone July 4th, 2011 VR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. Fusion Power: AMD A8-3850 APU Tested Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/fusion-power-amd-a8-3850-apu- tested/12581.html July 4th, 2011 AMD has been touting its Accelerated Processing Units as the next big thing. Combining a quad-core CPU and a Radeon HD GPU into a single chip, these purportedly offer a superior blend of CPU and graphics performance to Intel's offerings. Join VR-Zone as we put AMD's very first A-series APU to the test. AMD's acquisition of ATI back in 2006 was its first step towards integrating CPUs and GPUs. Since then AMD has been sounding the Fusion horn at regular intervals. At the start of this year we finally got the first APU, the low-power E-350 which was aimed at nettops and netbooks. The next logical step was to bring the APU to mainstream desktops and notebooks, the outcome of which is none other than Llano. A8-3850 A8-3800 A6-3650 A6-3600 CPU Cores 4 CPU Clock 2.9GHz 2.4GHz 2.6GHz 2.1GHz Turbo Core No 2.7GHz No 2.4GHz L2 Cache 4MB (1MB/core) GPU HD 6550D HD 6530D TDP 100W 65W 100W 65W Price US$135 ??? US$115 ??? AMD has four A-series APUs lined up, but only the A8-3850 and A6-3650 are currently priced and available. Both models are rated for 100W TDP and do not support Turbo Core. The A8-3850's CPU is clocked at a rather modest 2.9GHz, which is not surprising since there is also an onboard GPU to take intoaccount.TurboCorewillonlybeusedontheA8-3800and A6-3600 to maximize single-threaded performance while still keeping within a 65W TDP. Desktop Llano supports dual-channel memory at up to DDR3-1866 speed. This is significantly faster than Sandy Bridge's (official) DDR3-1333 support, and for good reason, as you'll see shortly. The A8 and A6 series will also be differentiated via integrated GPU performance. We'll take a look at that on the next page, but, first, some pictures of the real deal: TheCPUportionofLlanoconsistsoffourtweakedStarscores. There is no L3 cache, but AMD increased the L2 cache size to 1MB per core instead. Add some other minor improvements and you squeeze 6% more performance out of what is, frankly, an ageing microarchitecture that dates all the way back to 2003. Performance should be very similar to a Athlon II x4 of similar clockspeed. A-Series APU Comparison 1

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July 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone AMD preparing Brazos-T platform for Windows 8 tablets Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-preparing-brazos-t-platform-for- windows-8-tablets/12849.html July 4th, 2011 DonanimHaber has uncovered AMD's next evolution to the recently released Z-series APUs, the Hondo APU on the Brazos-T platform. The first Z-APU, Z-01, is basically a power optimizedC-50,bringingdownTDPto6W.However,Z-01still used the Hudson M1 FCH, designed primarily for notebooks/ nettops. AMD's focus for the Brazos-T platform is a FCH moresuitablefortablets,cuttingdownredundantfeaturesand saving power. The Hondo APU is largely similar to the Desna Z-01 APU - 2 Bobcat cores at 1.0 GHz and a Radeon HD 6250 GPU. However, Hondo does away with a PCIe interface - redundant for tablets as they don't feature discrete GPUs. Also, the VGA interface is removed, to leave 2 digital video outs in form of DP, eDP or HDMI. In addition to further tweaks, the result is a reduction in TDP from 5.9W to 4.5W for the APU. Llano uses a brand new CPU socket - the 905-pin Socket FM1. The gap in the center is faintly reminiscient of Socket 754 fromdaysofyore.Thegoodnewsis,heatsinkscompatiblewith Socket AM2/AM3 will also work with FM1. However, it is the new Hudson M2T FCH which undergoes most changes compared to the Hudson M1 used with Z-01 APU. The package dimensions are reduced to 19x19mm, a single 3 GB/s SATA port is featured and USB 2.0 controllers is cut down to 8. As with the APU, PCIe has been excised completely, and there are no legacy USB1 controllers. An addition is a Secure Digital IO for improved WiFi. The result is a major cut in power consumption for what AMD calls "app power" - or typical power consumptions while running typical tablet apps. The "app power" for the entire Brazos-T platform is an impressive 2W only, which is half that of Desna+Hudson M1. Of course, the TDP will be higher. The Brazos-T platform is set to be in production by Q2 2012, well in time for the Windows 8 release - which is optimized for tablets as well. In 2013, AMD will transition to Samara, and surely 28nm, offering further reduction in power consumption and next gen graphics. It is important to note that Windows 8 will run on ARM systems as well, so AMD's primary competition will be ARM. Intel is not standing still either, with Atom-based Medfield SoCs due to release in Q1 2012. Samsung partners SingTel to provide more content for Smart TV consumers Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-partners-singtel-to-provide- more-content-for-smart-tv-consumers/12847.html 2

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July 4th, 2011 July 4th, 2011 Samsung has recently announced that it is the first in the search engine will also bring true-to-life content right to the user’s living room. SingTel Video Store is an online video store with Asian and otherinternationalcontent.Itisthefirstsuchstoreonthenew range of internet TVs with the option to watch directly on your TV, without the use of a set-top box. Users can preview the clips with thumbnails, descriptions and watch movie trailers of upcoming movies or stream movies. In addition, owners of Samsung Smart TVs will be able to access the 3D VOD contentat no additional cost by downloading the ‘Explore 3D’ application available on Samsung Apps from 1 July 2011. A total of 20 3D clips will be made available. As part of Samsung’s collaboration with Dreamworks, the service will feature exclusive 3D movie trailers from How to train your Dragon, Shrek: The Final Chapter and the latest Kungfu Panda 2 as well as music videos from popular Korean bands - Girls Generation, Super Junior, and BoA. There are also eight 45-minute documentaries produced for IMAX theatres. Samsung expects to increase the number of clips available on demand to 100 by end 2011. 3 Published by: VR-Zone A Visit To ASUS Headquarters In Taipei Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/a-visit-to-asus-headquarters-in- taipei/12834.html July 4th, 2011 industry to launch SingTel video applications and their Smart TV will also provide more content with 3D Video-On-Demand ("VOD") service. Read on for the details. While VR-Zone was in Taipei for the official product launch of JayChoueditionASUSN-serieslaptop,wealsogotthechance to visit ASUS headquarters and check out some of the new products which are going to be launched soon. Read on. SamsungElectronicsannouncedthatitwillbeprovidingmore content for Smart TV consumers via its two newly developed SingTelApplicationsandSamsung3DVODservicefrom1July 2011. The Korean company has partnered SingTel to develop two Smart TV applications – SingTel Video Store and SingTel Video Search. SingTel Video Search allows consumers to access the desired web video content in standard definition, high definition and 3D content that can be found through an online catalogue. Apart from movies, consumers also get a wide variety of content ranging from entertainment to news and can easily search for videos across multiple video sites. The 3D video Cecilia Huang, marketing director of ASUS, gave the media a deeper insight of the company and what it does. "ASUS is a global technology leader in the digital era and we focus on the mastery of technological innovation and design perfection. And in ASUS, we are in search of the incredible. We have over 11,000 employees worldwide, with over 3,000 are in R&D, 77 support centres and 50 branch offices globally. Last year, we reached US$10.1 billion revenue and we target US$12 billion this year," Huang said. The notebooks, Eee PC netbooks and desktops (including EeeTop and EeeBox PCs) account for 74.7 percent of ASUS' globalrevenue,whilecomponentslikemotherboardsandLCD displaysmakeup24.2percent;theremaining1.1percentcome from other product categories.

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July 4th, 2011 Henry Lin, engineer of ASUS Golden Ear Team, was also present to talk about the company's proprietary SonicMaster technology and let the media listen to the difference in audio quality from ASUS laptop's speakers compared to conventional ones. Michelle Hsiao, designer for ASUS, talked about working with the Taiwanese celebrity Jay Chou on the special edition N- series laptop. Hsiao said that Chou began working with the ASUS design team earlier this year for a period of six months. The first production unit came out in April but because of color selections and corrections, the final approved version wasoutonlyinJune.Here'salookinsidetheworkroomwhich is laid with the various design revisions. Published by: VR-Zone Sony VPL-HW30ES home theatre 3D projector lands in Singapore Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-vpl-hw30es-home-theatre-3d- projector-lands-in-singapore/12845.html July 4th, 2011 Sony has recently announced its latest 3D home theatre projector VPL-HW30ES. Incorporating the company's proprietary Dynamic Lamp Control Technology, it boasts amazing brightness levels for users to experience 3D "cinema-style" movies in their own living room. 4

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July 4th, 2011 Sony has announced the VPL-HW30ES 3D home theatre projector that incorporates Sony’s latest lamp technology, Dynamic Lamp Control system. Movie fans can now enjoy an unrivalled 3D cinematic experience with stunning 3D images thatarethreetimesbrighterthanSony’sfirst3Dhometheatre projector, the VPL-VW90ES which was launched in Asia Pacific last year. Sony’s latest Dynamic Lamp Control Technology significantly boosts the brightness levels entering the shutters of the 3D glasses, maximising the picture’s impact and the lamp’s efficiency. The opening and closing of the shutters on the 3D glasses are intelligently synchronised to ensure that each eye receives the accurate image, thus reducing crosstalk to a minimum. In order to achieve an optimal viewing experience that feels natural on the eye, the Full high definition 3D VPL-HW30EShometheatreprojectorisequippedwithSony’s High Frame Rate SXRD Panel (1920x1080), for exceptionally sharper, dot-free images. The new VPL-HW30ES delivers contrast ratio of 70,000:1 and brightness of 1,300 lumens. In addition, “3D crosstalk” is further reduced to a minimal thanks to the 240Hz SXRD panel drive system and the unique Dynamic Lamp Control Technology. The automatic Advanced Iris Control feature enhances the contrast levels in accordance with the scene by maximising black and white levels without diminishing peak brightness.Sony’snewMotionflowtechnologyallowstheVPL- HW30ES to display twice as many images per second. This algorithm, unique to Sony, reproduces dramatically sharper and smoother movements and reduces the image motion blur for a crisper image. The VPL-HW30ES is capable of taking 2D and simulating 3D images, bringing new life to classic movies from the past and allowing a wide variety of content, such as live sports, to be enjoyed. Sony’s innovative Independent 2D/3D Picture Mode on the VPL-HW30ES allows you to select separate parameters for 2D and 3D content and to change each setting individually to optimise each picture image settings whether watching in 2D or 3D. The VPL-HW30ES also runs very quietly with an advanced air discharge system for a highly efficient cooling system, suppressing noise level to a mere 22dB without interrupting the viewer’s immersion during the movie-going experience. The VPL-HW30ES is compatible with Sony’s new active shutter glasses, the TDG-PJ1, which are 18 grams lighter than the previous model (59g compared to 77g). The TDG-PJ1, charged in 30 minutes provides 30 hours of continuous watching. In conjunction with the new glasses, Sony has announced a new transmitter, the TMR-PJ1, which synchronises3Dcontenteffortlesslytogenerateahigh-quality natural 3D effect. The VPL-HW30ES will be available across Asia Pacific in July 2011 at the SRP of USD$$3,999 (without 3D glasses and transmitter). The TDG-PJ1 and TMR-PJ1 are sold separately. Key features highlight: - Dynamic Lamp Control Technology significantly boosts brightness levels - Full high definition 3D Published by: VR-Zone - High Frame Rate SXRD Panel (1920x1080) for exceptionally sharper, dot-free images - 240Hz SXRD panel drive for minimised cross talk - High Contrast ratio of 70,000:1 - Dazzling brightness of 1,300 lumens - Motionflow technology for sharper and smoother images for less motion blur - Independent 2D/3D Picture Mode - Automatic Advanced Iris Control feature enhances the contrast levels New Iriver P8 portable media player shows up for sale in Russia Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/new-iriver-p8-portable-media-player- shows-up-for-sale-in-russia/12842.html July 4th, 2011 Iriver may have been rather quiet down here in this part of the world, but that does not mean that the company has been letting its line of portable media players remain stagnant as well. Apparently, a new portable media player known as the IriverP8whichsportsquiteafewinterestingfeatureshasbeen spotted for sale in Russia. When was the last time you heard of a new product announcement from Iriver? Say, maybe five months ago , with the introduction of the U100 back then? Well, it seems that the Korean consumer electronics manufacturer is back once again with yet another new portable media player to compete in the market, and it comes in the form of the white Iriver P8, as shown below: According to the official hardware specifications available on Iriver's product page, the P8 portable media player sports a five inch touchscreen which is capable of a native resolution of 800 x 480, along with a battery which is reportedly capable 5

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July 4th, 2011 of providing the P8 with up to nine hours of continuous video playback or approximately 40 hours of audio playback on a single charge. In addition, Iriver claims that the P8 boasts a sufficiently powerful processor which is capable of handling 1080pvideoplayback,supportforexternaldisplaysviaHDMI, and well as built-in compatibility with a wide range of media formats such as MP3, WMA, OGG, APE, FLAC, WAV, AVI, XviD, WMV, MKV, JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF and TXT. NoinformationtheP8'spricingandavailabilityhasbeenmade public yet, so do check back for updates. NEC introduces PA series projectors for corporate conference rooms and large classrooms Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nec-introduces-pa-series-projectors- for-corporate-conference-rooms-and-large-classrooms/12844.html July 4th, 2011 NEC has introduced the PA series projectors - PA600X, PA550W and PA500U - designed for business professionals. The projectors boast brightness of up to 6000 lumens, and are stackable with up to four projectors to be stacked vertically or horizontally to provide 24,000 lumens. The NEC PA series projectors are available now. NECAsiaPacifichasannounceditslatestPAseriesprojectors- PA600X, PA550W and PA500U. The new series of advanced professional projectors is designed for corporate conference rooms and large classrooms that require an installation projector.Anabundanceofnewfeatureshavebeenincludedin thePAseriesthatimproveitsqualityoveritsprecedingmodels in the NP Installation series. The center lens design of these three new models is an advancement that makes retrofitting existing installations easier and more cost effective. The new chassis also provides enhanced connectivity with HDMI and DisplayPort inputs. Premiering in NEC’s projector lineup is Crestron Roomview, which allows users to directly connect their projector to the managed network for monitoring and control. With a brightness level ranging from 5000 to 6000 lumens and an Published by: VR-Zone offering of three different native resolutions, the PA Series is a complement to any large room requiring demanding AV support. The virtually maintenance-free projectors, with up to 4000 hours of lamp and filter life, lower users’ total cost of ownership and lengthen the projectors’ lifecycle. Additionally, these three new models offer stacking capability, which allows up to four projectors to bestacked vertically or horizontally to boost the image brightness up to 24,000 lumens. This feature is an asset to larger-sized screens and environments with additional ambient light. With Integrated Device Technology HQV, a high-performance video processing and scaling system, users can present with superior image quality using the technology’s pixel-based, motion-adaptive de-interlacing to remove undesirable motion artifacts. Additionally, selectable ECO Mode technology extends each projector’slamp life, while eco-conscious features like quick start (3 to 4 seconds), autopower on and direct power-off further advance the projector’s lifetime. Specifications: - Up to 6000 lumens inXGA, WXGA and WUXGA native resolutions - Lamp life up to 4000hours with ECO Mode - Connectivity includes HDMI with HDCP, DisplayPort, dual computer and 5BNC - Stacking capability (up to 4 projectors) - HQV processing - Windows Network Projector Function directly connects to networked projectors without the need for additional proprietary software - Windows RemoteDesktop Function allows the control of the projector with a keyboard and mouse through the USB input - Windows NetworkDrive and Media Connection functions display multimedia files (.jpeg, .bmp,.png, .mpeg2 or .wmv9) - Complete line offive bayonet-style lenses - Image Express Lite enables wired/wireless transmission of an image to the projector without theneed for external components - Image Express 2.0 enables image transmission in real time over the network to a single projectoror multiple projectors simultaneously - 3D Reform squares the image by adjusting horizontally, vertically or diagonally when the projector is placed at an off- set angle - Keystone correction helps display the image properly when the projector is set up at an angle tothe screen - Geometric correction allows the projector to display square- looking images on cylindrical, spherical or cornered screens 6

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July 4th, 2011 - Horizontal andvertical lens shift - Edge Blending technology creates panoramic images with multiple projectors - DICOM Simulation - Cabinet control lock - Password protection - Email notificationsto inform the system administrator when the projector’s lamp approachesthe end of its useful life The PA600X, PA550W and PA500U projectors ship with a 2- yearlimited warranty and will isavailable nowat anestimated retail price as per below:- PA600X Projector with standard lens - S$6,299 PA550W Projector with standard lens - S$6,299 PA500U Projector with standard lens - S$7,799 Apple hacked by AntiSec? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-hacked-by-antisec-/12841.html July 4th, 2011 Withallthehoo-hathatiscurrentlytakingplaceincyberspace over the recent spate of webpages and servers belonging to major companies and corporations getting attacked by hackers,itwouldreallybeoflittlesurprisethatsomeinstantly- recognizable names will eventually find their way as entries on the hackers' hit list. And the next big victim of an alleged hacker attack is seemingly that of Apple, which has reportedly had one of its servers compromised and administrator data stolen. Or did it? Now that news about how big-name companies and corporations have been getting their share of the limelight by being the unfortunate victims of a hacking spree has spread aroundtheInternetlikewildfire,itshouldhardlybesurprising that most people will be waiting to see which is the next unlucky company to find its servers getting compromised by yet another hacker group, and how much damage the latter could inflict on the company in the process. And as it turns 7 Published by: VR-Zone out, we did not have to wait very long: a report posted by The Wall Street Journal claims that Apple is now the latest victim of such an attack, and that the damage consists of a number of root and administrator accounts being stolen. According to the report, a group of computer hackers calling themselves AntiSec (supposedly the shorthand for Anti- Security) has claimed responsibility for the alleged attack on Apple, while adding that they were able to make off with the passwords of as many as 26 root and administrative accounts. Apparently, AntiSec was able to gain access to Apple's information by making use of a security flaw found in the software used by many companies to power their servers, although no mention was made about the software's name. That being said, while certain sites are dismissing the claims made by AntiSec due to the lack of evidence available to verify that the attack was indeed successful, it seems that AntiSec might not have been boasting after all, for technology website ZDNet has seemingly managed to obtain a list of what apparently contains the passwords to the compromised accounts, as shown below:

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July 4th, 2011 Apple has yet to make an official statement about the attack, soanyinformationastowhetherthehackerswereabletowalk away with personal data belonging to consumers remains to be seen. Yahoo! launches new Yahoo! Clues search service Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/yahoo-launches-new-yahoo-clues- search-service/12840.html July 4th, 2011 How does the idea of being able to "instantly discover what’s popular to a select group of searchers – by age or gender – over the past day, week or even over the past year", or to have "controls at your fingertips that let you slice and dice Yahoo! searchers by criteria such as gender, age group and regional interest, or gain deep insights from comparing search terms" sound like? Well, those are the kind of needs which Yahoo! appears to be extremely keen on solving with the launch of its new Yahoo! Clues online search service. Read on to find out more about Yahoo! Clues... 8 Published by: VR-Zone Most online search engines are fully capable of delivering broad but relevant results for any search string at the click of a single mouse button, but there will always be trend-watchers who would like to have the ability to narrow down their search results in order to have abtter idea of just what is currently popular among users of differing age groups, genders, or even regions? And these are the kind of users Yahoo! is clearly aiming to please with the introduction of its new Yahoo! Clues service, which the company claims is reportedly capable of offering "fun and engaging ways to explore what users are searching for on Yahoo!while offering a 'behind the scenes' look into popular search trends". According to the company, the latest version of Yahoo! Clues now sport various new features, chief of which is the introduction of "Top Trends, which is Yahoo! claims allows for "endless exploration of the most popular search terms on Yahoo!Search".Thecompanygoesontoexplainhowuserscan make use of filter selections to "choose a combination of time range, gender, age group and geographic location, and even search term category" to have Top Trends deliver the results they are seeking, as shown in the example below.

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July 4th, 2011 In addition to "Top Trends" Yahoo! has also announced the availability of a variety of other enhancements that has been added to Yahoo! Clues, with some examples being: • New site design – Clues now includes a home page with navigation to the Top Trends and Trend Analysis features. • More data – History from one month to over 12 months, and covering over three times as many search terms as the previous release. • Globalcoverage–AllEnglish-languagesearchesglobally are available. • New map – Trend Analysis includes a brand new map that puts the data at the center of the experience with Thatbeingsaid,Yahoo!Cluesisstillcurrentlyinbeta,although adventurous users can give the service a spin over at http:// clues.yahoo.com/ Nokia announces developer competition for Series 40 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-announces-developer- competition-for-series-40/12839.html July 4th, 2011 Considering how a large app repository is vital to any mobile phoneplatform'ssurvivaltoday,whatisanestablishedmobile phone company like Nokia to do now that it needs to find a way to encourage developers to produce applications for its software platform? Simple: organize a competition and put some fascinating prices up for grabs in order to gain the attention of its user base. Which is exactly what Nokia is 9 Published by: VR-Zone doing right now with the “Create for Millions” consumer and developer competition that is currently taking place for its Series 40 platform. Does Nokia's Series 40 mobile phone platform sound familiar to you? Well, for those of you who may not be aware, that is the name of the software platform that is currently used by the Finnish mobile phone giant to power its mid-end smartphone and luxury Vertu product lineup, and has the honour of being recognized as the world's most widely used mobile phone platform . However, it is clear that Nokia wants to further enhance the Series 40's appeal in the form of providing users with more applications to choose from, and it is attempting to do so by organising a competition for both developers and consumers to submit their ideas for consideration. beautiful neat map visualizations. Known as Create for Millions, the developer and consumer competition allows developers the opportunity to offer their Java and web-based apps to "millions of consumers worldwide" while still being able to win cash and prizes which are valued at EUR 1,000,000. Consumers, on the other hand, can make use of this opportunity to "submit their ideas for the applications they'd like to see on Nokia Series 40 mobile phones", with Nokia claiming that authors of winning entries will be able to visit the Nokia World event that is slated to be heldlaterthisyear,wheretheycanseetheirideas"cometolife in person" and "meet the developers who created them". Nokia has stated that the applications which are to be submitted for consideration should fall within one of the four categories, namely: • In the Know - News and locally relevant information apps • Fun & Games - Games and entertainment apps • Emotional Closeness - Social networking apps • Access to Knowledge - Life improvement apps, for example education or health In addition, Nokia has confirmed that it will be offering a total of 10 cash prizes for each category, and that a top price of EUR 50,000 awaits the best contribution. In addition, submitters of top apps in each category will "win a variety of non-cash prizes such as user experience reviews and app marketing assistance", while "special prizes will be awarded to apps that

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July 4th, 2011 showcase the best touch feature in an app, the best location- aware app and the best overall Series 40 web app". If that has gotten the developer in you interested, more information about the Create For Millions developer and consumer competition for Nokia's Series 40 mobile platform can be found here . ASUS unveils ProArt Series PA238Q monitor for graphics professionals Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-unveils-proart-series-pa238q- monitor-for-graphics-professionals/12838.html July 4th, 2011 The 23-inch ASUS ProArt series PA238Q monitor claims to deliver superb graphics performance that are ideal for professional applications. With QuickFit Virtual Scale, it can displayimagesanddocumentsintheirtruesizeonthescreen. The ASUS PA238Q is designed to meet the needs of graphic designers and other professionals. The 23-inch IPS-paneled PA238Q is the latest addition to the ProArt Series of displays, LED-backlit model with native 1920x1080 resolution. It reproduces 100% of the sRGB color space, with every individualmonitorprecisioncalibratedatthefactorytoensure unmatched color accuracy. The PA238Q ships with ASUS- exclusiveQuickFitVirtualScalesoftwaretodisplayphotosand documentsintheirtruesizeonscreen.Intermsofergonomics, a fully adjustable and sturdy stand complements a wide I/O range,whichincludesHDMI,DisplayPort,DVI-D,D-sub,and multiple USB ports. Meticulous factory calibration IPS technology allows for 178-degree viewing angles, prevent color loss and wash even from extreme vertical and horizontal viewing directions. The internal firmware of the PA238Q uses a 10-bit lookup table for RGB coloration, going beyond Published by: VR-Zone the standard 8-bit table used inconventional monitors. This results in smoother and more accurate color gradation and reproduction. The 50,000,000:1 contrast ratio generates true dark/light distinction and spectacular image quality. Productivity-boosting features ASUS bundles exclusive QuickFit Virtual Scale functionality with the PA238Q, powering true-sized displays of photos and documents on the screen. It also supports alignment, centimeter and inch-based grids for added flexibility. Users can activate QuickFit via a simple hotkey at any time. This goes along picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture viewing for easier multitasking. Additionally, thePA238Q’s stand integrates fully-adjustable height, tilt, swivel, andpivot, makingforeasierworkandenjoyment.Thefourconveniently- located USB ports on the PA238Q (two on the side, two on the back) afford easy access to a wide range of storage devices and file formats, helping users display content instantly. Extensive input/output options As a fully-featured high-end monitor, the PA238Q offers a complete portand connector array. HDMI makes it effortless toinsertthePA238Qintoanymodernmultimediaandcontent sharing setup, while the inclusion of Display Port, DVI-D, and D-sub maintains connectivity options with a wide range of devices so consumers can use the monitor as a single display formultiple sources. Razer BlackWidow, BlackWidow Ultimate and Anansi: now available for Mac Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/razer-blackwidow-blackwidow- ultimate-and-anansi-now-available-for-mac/12837.html July 4th, 2011 Think that Windows is the only operating system that can make the best use out of sophisticated gaming keyboards, such as Razer's BlackWidow and Anansi? Well, think again: the American computer peripherals manufacturer has just announcedtheavailabilityofboththeaforementionedgaming keyboardsinthestandardMackeyboardlayoutwhichitclsims are capable of "offering the same competitive edge for Mac gamers as their PC brethren". Keyboards are all the same, regardless of the OS that they are connected to, right? Well, tell that to the large numbers of Mac fans out there, many of whom will gladly start a fierce debate about seemingly unlimited advantages the Mac keyboard layout has over its Windows counterpart. And if you happen to be a Mac gamer, this latest bit of news will most probably make your day, for Razer has announced that it will bebringingitsBlackWidow,BlackWidowUltimateandAnansi gaming keyboards over to users of the world's second most popular operating system, Mac OS X, complete with support for the standard Mac key layout. 10

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July 4th, 2011 Razer BlackWidow: Mac Edition The Razer BlackWidow: Mac Edition’s sports the use of mechanical switches which, according to the company, "provides a distinctive tactile feedback that simulates the experience and precision of performing a mouse click", thus "giving gamers an entirely new keyboard feel". In addition, Razer claims that the BlackWidow: Mac Edition also boasts an "ultra robust construction, fully programmable keys, 5 additional macro keys, and on-the-fly macro recording", features which reportedly "make the BlackWidow: Mac Edition a fully equipped and revolutionary gaming keyboard". The Razer BlackWidow: Mac Edition gaming keyboard is currently available for sale globally at the price of US$79.99. Razer BlackWidow Ultimate: Mac Edition added features not found on the BlackWidow, such as having individual backlit, illuminated keys, as well as the availability of media and USB passthrough jacks. The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate: Mac Edition gaming keyboard is currently available for sale globally at the price of US$129.99. Razer Anansi: Mac Edition 11 Published by: VR-Zone Said to be designed with the MMO gamer in mind, the Razer Anansi: Mac Edition gaming keyboard allows gamers to "executeseventimesmorecommandsinstantlycomparedtoa standard keyboard" thanks to the seven thumb modifier keys located below the space bar. In addition, the Razer Anasi: Mac Edition gaming keyboard boasts over 100 programmable keys and five additional gaming keys that allow gamers to "further expand their repertoire of boss-killing abilities and macros, providing total control with convenient and instantaneous command executions". The Razer Anansi: Mac Edition gaming keyboard is currently available for sale globally at the price of US$99.99. SingTel offers 100 more tickets to Lady Gaga showcase Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/singtel-offers-100-more-tickets-to- lady-gaga-showcase/12836.html July 4th, 2011 The quintessential "big brother" to the Razer BlackWidow, the BlackWidow Ultimate: Mac Edition boasts a couple of Telecommunication operator SingTel has announced that it will be offering 100 more tickets to Lady Gaga showcase that is happening on 7 July this week. Well, if you want to stand a chance to win the tickets, just dress up in Lady Gaga-inspired costumes,comeovertoSingTelComcentrefountaincourtyard today at 4.30pm. Read on for the details.

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July 4th, 2011 Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) has announced that it is offering an additional 100 tickets to Lady Gaga’s showcase available to her fans. To stand a chance to win a ticket, fans are invited to dress-up in Lady Gaga-inspired costumes and gather at the SingTel Comcentre fountain courtyard at 4:30pm on 4 July. They will then be asked to sing and dance along to a selection of Lady Gaga’s latest hits. Tickets will be awarded to the most creative fans with the most interesting performances. AMPed customers can also stand a chance to win one of 100 showcase tickets simply by downloading Lady Gaga’s songs from AMPed. There are also 10 exclusive meet-and- greet passes up for grabs to allow fans to rub shoulders with the world’s reigning queen of pop. Winners will be selected through a lucky draw whereby customers who have downloaded more songs will have a higher chance of winning. Fans can win VIP showcase tickets and backstage passes for themselves and up to nine friends through the ‘Gagafy Yourself’ competition on SingTel’s Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/singtel ). As part of the VIP experience, theywillalsoenjoyaridetotheshowcaseinachauffeur-driven luxury stretch limousine. The prize will be awarded for the most creative submission. Asanaddedbonus,fanscanwatchLadyGaga’sshowcasefrom mid-July on mio TV on-demand channels and on SingTel’s MobileTV video streaming service. The SingTel AMPed ‘Born This Way’ Lady Gaga showcase will be held on 7 July 8pm. Be Quiet Dark Power Pro P9 550W PSU review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/be-quiet-dark-power-pro-p9-550w- psu-review/12833.html July 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone units. During the past few weeks we have reviewed two units from their Straight Power series, the E8 CM 680W modular PSU and the mainstream E8 400W PSU. Today we are going to have a thorough look at the weakest power supply of Be- Quiet’sbestseries,theDarkPowerProP9550Wpowersupply. Be-Quiet is a company based in Germany which for the past few years has been creating computer related products for enthusiasts. The company has a long list of products but their primary focus lies on high quality and silent power supply units. During the past few weeks we have reviewed two units from their Straight Power series, the E8 CM 680W modular PSU and the mainstream E8 400W PSU . Today we are going to have a thorough look at the weakest power supply of Be- Quiet’sbestseries,theDarkPowerProP9550Wpowersupply. Manufacturer’s features and specifications • For high-res gaming, professional graphics • For stable high-end multi-GPU applications • 12V multi-single rail operation, overclocking • Cable management • Extremely quiet running • Top efficiency (80 PLUS Gold) Continuous power (W) Peak power 500 ms (W) Form factor ATX 12V Form factor EPS 12V Modular cable management Special technology Voltage (Vac) Frequency (Hz) Input current (A) PFC, active PF Power factor at 100% load Compliant to Intel C6 mode Power consumption in standby (W) Average life time (h / 25°C) Operating temperature (°C) 550 650 ATX12V Version 2.3 EPS12V Version 2.92 YES LLC, DC/DC 100 - 240 50 - 60 8 - 4 YES 0.99 YES < 0,3 100.000 0 - 40 The Daily VR-Zone News Summary - 1 July 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--1- july-2011/12828.html July 4th, 2011 Be-Quiet is a company based in Germany which for the past few years has been creating computer related products for enthusiasts. The company has a long list of products but their primary focus lies on high quality and silent power supply 12

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July 4th, 2011 In today's news roundup: OverClocked Inside has announced the availability of a new interactive tool on its website which allows users to determine whether their favourite CPU coolers will fit with their motherboard of choice "by moving the desiredCPUheatsinkfancombinationvirtuallyontheselected motherboard"; Hynix has found itself back it court once again, this time over a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Cascades Computer Innovation LLC, which has accused former of infringing on its DRAM patents in a range of products, including the Hynix DDR3 range, without asking for licensing permission; Google has updated the Google search experience for BlackBerry 6.0 WebKit enabled devices by adding a number of enhanced search features integrated throughout the homepage and search result pages, making searching faster and easier on www.google.com, especially on touch-enabled Blackberry devices; Adobe is attempting to court dissatisfied users of Final Cut Pro X and Avid Media Composer announcing its plans to offer a such consumers a 50 percent discount on either Premiere Pro CS5.5 or CS5.5 Production Premium; Word has it that several subscribers of the popular Star Wars Galaxies online game have taken action against Sony Online Entertainment by filed a class- action lawsuit against the company in a bid to prevent it from shutting down the game, and The King of Fighters XIII will be headingforconsolesonOctober27thisyearatapricefor7,140 yen in Japan (asia ver to be confirmed) but fans can expect some interesting surprises and add-ons to the console port. Hardware news MSI Big Bang Marshal (Intel P67 Express) Motherboard Review Description: MSI has had an interesting couple of years. During CES 2010 we saw them show off their new line of Big Bang motherboards with Lucid Logix's Hydra chips on them. Unfortunately we saw this demo stutter through 3DMark Vantage. They were able to recover from that and managed to put out a few good boards with this package in them. We took a look at a couple of them here on TweakTown (and will probably look at more to come). Then this year at CES, we heardfromonesourceatMSIthattheywereplanningonusing the Hydra as more of a bridge chip for adding extra PCIe 2.0 lanes on their high end boards to enable tri and quad SLI as well as Crossfire. So, the question is, where does Hydra fit into the Big Band series now? Fit for fan - does the cooler fit on the motherboard ? Description: n the year 2001 ocinside.de already followed the question, which CPU cooler can be used for which motherboard. With this interactive fit for fan guide one can find out exactly this with a few clicks, by moving the desiredCPUheatsinkfancombinationvirtuallyontheselected motherboard. The interactive fit for fan guide is a complete new development, which already contains some AMD Socket AM3/AM3+, Socket AM2/AM2+, Socket 939, Socket 754 and also older Socket A motherboards and some HSFs for each Socket. Additionally one can visit a review and check the current price of each cooler or motherboard directly after the selection. Kingston HyperX H2O 4GB 2133MHz DDR3 Memory Kit Review @ Legit Reviews Published by: VR-Zone Description: Sick looks and integrated water cooling top off thisspecialH2OeditionfromKingstonwiththeirHyperX4GB 2133MHzkit.LegitReviewspushestheKingstonHyperXH2O 2133Mhz memory kit in our Sandy Bridge test bench to see if there is any more juice that can be squeezed out of it and we will show you how this DDR3 memory kit stacks up to some run of the mill 1600MHz memory. NZXT Havik 140 CPU Cooler Review @ Vortez Description: The Havik 140 is a completely new and fresh design to come out of NZXT’s lab. As the name instigates, it is designed to take advantage of better performing but quieteroperating140mmfans.ThermalrightandNoctuahave been the first to introduce such concepts and given the rising popularity of 140mm fans into the mainstream, it wasn’t long tillconsumersweregoingtoseetheseonCPUcoolers.Perhaps theclosestcompetitortotheNZXTistheThermalrightArchon which also comes with its own 140mm fan. The Havik looks like a very traditional heatsink on initial impressions. It boasts six 6mm heat pipes, uses an aluminium and copper construction, has a densely packed laminar fin array and dimensionscomparabletoothertowerssuchastheVenomous X. As such, we expect performance to be comparable. The highlight is of course the inclusion of two uniquely shaped 140mmfans,afirstfortowercoolers.Theoverallpackagefrom NZXTisacompleteonebutcanNZXTcompeteoutsideoftheir comfort zone? Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 - Layout and Design @ ocaholic Description: With the Z68X-UD7-B3 Gigabyte presents it flagship model which supports Intels latest Sandy Bridge CPUs.Thisboardalsocomeswiththenewcolorschemewhich really is very nice to look at. Furthermore there is the long feature list which comes with every motherboard that is based on Intels latest Z68 chipset. Hynix sued in DRAM patent row Description:reshfromitslegalfightwithpatenttrollRambus, the semiconductor outfit has found itself on the receiving end of a suit filed by Cascades Computer Innovation LLC (CCI). The Korean technology company has fingered Hynix as using its DRAM patents in a range of products, including the Hynix DDR3 range, without asking for licensing permission. The patentinquestionisnumber6,366,130,titledthe"HighSpeed Low Power Data Transfer Scheme", which CCI claims Hynix has been "contributorily infringing". AMD A8-3850 Lynx APU Processor @ Benchmark Reviews Description: When AMD merged with ATI in 2006, they immediately began working on combining discrete level graphics onto the die with an x86 CPU, thus forming an Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). In 2009, AMD expanded on that effort by launching VISION with the intent of shaping the performance of a PC to fit the needs of the user. Five years afterthemerger,AMD'sdesignhascometofruitionindesktop form.Inthisarticle,BenchmarkReviewsistakingalookatthe AMD A-Series A8-3850 APU. Consumer Electronics and Software News Improved Google Search for BlackBerry 6.0 devices Description: Today we’ve updated the Google search experience for BlackBerry 6.0 WebKit enabled devices. We’ve added a number of enhanced search features integrated 13

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July 4th, 2011 throughout the homepage and search result pages, making searching faster and easier on www.google.com, especially on touch-enabled Blackberry devices. What WebOS Means To HP, Linux, And You Description: In John’s review of the new HP TouchPad, he claimedthat“WebOSistherealstarofthisshow.TheOSoffers true multi-tasking and uses a system of “cards” and “stacks” to display active applications.” I think it’s worthwhile to remind everyone that WebOS is built atop the Linux kernel, and that has several interesting ramifications. HP has continued Palm’sdedicationtouserexperience,andWebOSshouldmake it abundantly clear that “Linux” need not be synonymous with “complex and arcane”. But there’s a lot more than just superficial window dressing to consider. Creative ZiiO Multimedia Android Tablet Review on Technic3D (German) Description: (Machine translation) The Creative ZiiO Multimedia Android Tablet arrived Technic3D. Enjoy exceptionalwirelessaudioplaybackforallyourmusic,movies, and games with the ZiiO 7-Inch Wireless Entertainment Tablet from Creative. The compact touch-screen tablet not only offers convenient mobile computing, but it also lets you stream lossless audio to Bluetooth-compatible wireless speakersystemsorheadphones.Itfeaturesavivid7-inchcolor display as well as an HDMI-out for enjoying movies on a big- screen HDTV... Steelseries 6Gv2 Mechanical Review @ XSReviews.co.uk Description: Have to say, I’m a big fan of the mechanical keyboard. My personal gaming setup has a Steelseries 7G and I use a Zowie Celeritas while working. With that in mind, you canunderstandwhyIwaslookingforwardtothisreview.Once again I get to spend an afternoon playing some games and typing away on another mechanical keyboard, the cut down version of my own 7G, the 6Gv2. Razer Hydra unboxing & first impressions Description: The Razer Hydra combines the features of a gamepad and motion controller into two ergonomically shaped controllers vaguely similar to the Wii’s Motion controller and Nunchuck combo. Each Hydra controller is similar to a large, more ergonomic Wii ‘Nunchuk’ with a thumbstick and a total of eight available buttons: 5 buttons around the base of thumbstick, as well as 1 bumper, 1 trigger, and the thumbstick itself (which can be pressed). Adobe starts 'switcher' campaign to lure Final Cut Pro users Description: Adobe leapt on Final Cut Pro X frustrations Fridaywithanewswitcherpromo.AnyonewithacopyofFinal Cut Pro or even Avid Media Composer can get a 50 percent discount on either Premiere Pro CS5.5 or CS5.5 Production Premium. The software house gave a knowing tweak to Apple that chastised it for dropping imports of the old version and traditional imports from tape. Gaming news Star Wars Galaxies Players File Suit Against Sony Description: VentureBeat reports that several SWG subscribers have written in claiming that they actually filed a class-action lawsuit against SOE to prevent the company fromshuttingdownthegame.ThelawsuitalsocentersonSOE swinging it's Ban-Hammer in the forums, and how one player 14 Published by: VR-Zone was labeled as the protest "ring leader" and threatened with a permanentbanfromallSOEgames.Evenmore,SOEallegedly threatened to sue this specific "ring leader" for trying to cause "unlawful harm to the company." The King of Fighters XIII gets release date for consoles, adds Billy Kane Description: The King of Fighters XIII will be heading for consoles on October 27 this year at a price for 7,140 yen in Japan (asia ver to be confirmed) but fans can expect some interesting surprises and add-ons to the console port. For a start, SNK Playmore has confirmed Billy Kane as a playable characterintheconsolever.Thishasbeenawaitformanyfans worldwide, KOF XIII will be available for PS3 and Xbox 360 on the same day. Call of Duty convention deploys Sept. 2-3 Description: Activision is aiming to build the Call of Duty community in a big way. The publisher last month announced Call of Duty Elite, a new service for fans of the military first- person shooter series with a wealth of social networking bells and whistles. Today, Activision followed that up with the introduction of Call of Duty XP 2011, a convention it dubbed a "celebration" for the game's community. Andino Texas & PowerPlus series iPhone 4 and iPad 2 cases Review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/andino-texas--powerplus-series- iphone-4-and-ipad-2-cases-review/12752.html July 4th, 2011 With everyone around you owning a brilliant piece of Apple's technology, one of the few ways you can differentiate and personalise your gadget(s) is with all sorts of individualistic cases and sleeves. If you are looking for something that is rugged yet looks good with whatever you are wearing, read on and check out what Andino has to offer. Besides denim cases, we will also take a look at an external battery case for the iPhone 4 that is also made by Andino.

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July 4th, 2011 One of the decision that most iPhone and iPad users have to make after getting their cherished device is what kind of case to pick. Not only does the case serve its primary task of protecting your gadget, it also allows you to personalise and stylise your beloved iPhone or iPad. While there are literally tons of different designs, materials and functions out there in the wild, this is probably the first mass-marketed iOS device cases that comes in denim. This should strike a cord with many, as jeans go along with almost anything right? Based in Singapore, Andino has come out with a line of denim cases and has thoughtfully included a crystal screen protector with all their cases, including the external battery case as well. With three different shades of denim available throughout their Texas line of cases, today we have a hands-on feel with their cases and see how it fits with our iPhone 4 and iPad 2. Samsung gives its Series 9 notebooks some Sandy Bridge love Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-gives-its-series-9-notebooks- some-sandy-bridge-love/12831.html July 4th, 2011 Samsung's ultra-thin 11.6-inch Series 9 notebooks have finally been upgraded to Intel's ULV Sandy Bridge CPUs, while the larger 13.3-inch version was given a spec bump or a price reduction. That said, neither model is exactly what we'd call cheap,butyoudogetaverysleekandstylishlookingnotebook for your money. Samsung's ultra-thin 11.6-inch Series 9 notebooks have finally been upgraded to Intel's ULV Sandy Bridge CPUs, while the larger 13.3-inch version was given a spec bump or a price reduction. That said, neither model is exactly what we'd call Published by: VR-Zone cheap,butyoudogetaverysleekandstylishlookingnotebook for your money. The first generation 11.6-inch Series 9 notebooks from Samsung featured a previous generation Intel Core i3-380UM processor clocked at 1.33GHz, whereas the new models are actually getting a slightly slower processor in the shape of the Sandy Bridge based Core i3-2357M which is clocked at 1.3GHz. Both CPU's sports 3MB of L3 cache, two cores and four threads, but the Core i3-2357M has 1W lower TDP, Intel's much improved HD 3000 graphics (350/950MHz clock in standard/turbo modes) with support for Intel Quick Sync videoandafewotherfeaturesand finallyitalsosupportsAVX. The base model retains the pathetic 2GB of RAM and 64GB SSD, although the price has come down from US$1,199, to US$1,049 for the base spec. Luckily Samsung has come to its senses and offers an upgraded model with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD for US$1,249 which is a price we'd be happy to pay for a usable notebook compared to the base version. Both version will be available in the US from August. The 13.3-inch models have gone through a lesser transformation with the CPU being upgraded from a Core i5-2537M at 1.4GHz to a Core i5-2467M at 1.6GHz. The turbo frequency for the new model is still capped at 2.3GHz, but its graphics core will go all the way to 1,150MHz, compared to 950MHz for the older version. Samsung has also added a Core i7 option with the 2617M CPU which has a slightly lowerbaseclockthantheCorei5-2467M,astheCorei7-2617M starts out at 1.4GHz, but it'll turbo up to 2.6GHz. It also has an additional 1MB of L3 cache, but surprisingly it has the same graphics clock as the Core i5-2537M. It's worth pointing out that the Core i5-2467M lacks support for Intel VT-d and Trusted Execution Technology, something the Core i7-2617M offers. The MSRP for the first generation model was US$1,649 and Samsung is no offering its base model as a much more affordable US$1,349 which includes the Core i5-2467M CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. At US$1,649 you're looking at an upgrade to a 256GB SSD and finally US$2,049 gets you the Core i7-2617M model with 6GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. All three models have already gone on sale in the US. UEFI coming to TI's OMAP SoCs courtesy of Insyde Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/uefi-coming-to-ti-s-omap-socs- courtesy-of-insyde/12830.html July 4th, 2011 With ARM processors being part of the Windows 8 eco system there are going to be some changes needed to how ARM systems work and as you may know, there's no BIOS to be found on a smartphone or tablet. Well, this is about to change as Insyde has announced that it will be offering a version of its UEFI for Texas Instruments OMAP processors which is apparently a requirement to make ARM processors play nice with Windows 8. 15

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July 4th, 2011 With ARM processors being part of the Windows 8 eco system there are going to be some changes needed to how ARM systems work and as you may know, there's no BIOS to be found on a smartphone or tablet. Well, this is about to change as Insyde has announced that it will be offering a version of its UEFI for Texas Instruments OMAP processors which is apparently a requirement to make ARM processors play nice with Windows 8. Not a lot of details are known, but Insyde is working hard to make sure its InsydeH2O UEFI works with TI's OMAP platform ahead of the launch of Windows 8. There's no word on other ARM solutions being supported, but we'd be surprised of TI was the only company working with UEFI makers to get ready for Windows 8. Luckily there's still plenty of time to get everything working, but the two companies are obviously eager to get things up and running as quickly as possible, as for them Windows 8 is a big step in a new direction. We wouldn't expect to see the amountofoptionsasyouwouldinsideaUEFIforanx86based machine, although as this is mostly intended for laptop usage, think laptop BIOS/UEFI and you'll get an idea of the options you'll have, i.e. not that many. That said, a few options are needed to make Windows happy and it's also suggesting that it might be possible to install other operating systems on these upcoming ARM based products. Ricoh splashes out 10 billion Yen on Pentax Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ricoh-splashes-out-10-billion-yen-on- pentax/12829.html July 4th, 2011 Remember Ricoh, the company behind the crazy GXR interchangeable sensor camera and who's known for its GR Digital series of high-end point and shoots? Well, they also happen to make printers and copy machines, but that's beside the point, as the company has decided to further its camera business unit by purchasing Pentax from Hoya. Remember Ricoh, the company behind the crazy GXR interchangeable sensor camera and who's known for its GR Digital series of high-end point and shoots? Well, they also happen to make printers and copy machines, but that's beside the point, as the company has decided to further its camera business unit by purchasing Pentax from Hoya. It's actually quite an interesting move, as Ricoh is one of the smallest digital camera makers out there today, although the company has focused on making fairly niche market cameras with somewhat unusual features. Pentax on the other hand was merged with Hoya – a Japanese optical company- back in 2008. Hoya is known for its high quality photographic filters, but when Hoya merged with Pentax it wasn't its camera business that Hoya was after, but 16 Published by: VR-Zone rather its expertise in medical products, such as endoscopes and various other things. As such, Hoya is now selling off the Pentax camera business unit, something that was expected to happen much sooner. Apparently Ricoh is also getting Pentax binocular and security camera related business units as part of the deal. Judging by the press release Ricoh will also take over Pentax manufacturing plant in Vietnam. Interestingly the press release mentions that part of the reason why Ricoh bought Pentax is because the company is interested in a small and lightweight interchangeable lens camera system, but we can't see Ricoh splashing out the rumoured 10 billion Yen (about US$124 million) for Pentax's Q-system which was announced recently. We'll simply have to wait and see how things develop, but hopefully we'll see a stronger product portfolio from Ricoh/ Pentax on the DSLR side, as for as much as Pentax has some excellent lenses and some very durable high-end DSLR's, the company has always been a little bit behind the competition when it comes to features. Samsung Galaxy S II's slightly- underpowered sibling appears, calls itself the Galaxy Z Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-galaxy-s-ii-s-slightly- underpowered-sibling-appears-calls-itself-the-galaxy-z/12826.html July 4th, 2011 If desktop and notebook OEMs are able to install hardware of differing performance levels into the same notebook and sell themfordifferentpricestocatertoavarietyofconsumerneeds and desires, it would make sense that is was only a matter of time before smartphone OEMs start adopting this practice as well. And it seems that Samsung is all ready to start doing so with the introduction of the Galaxy Z, which, according to reports, is a slightly underpowered version of its current Galaxy S II smartphone. Read on to find out more... Apparently, there were rumors floating about that Samsung was planning to release a slightly "downgraded" version of its current Galaxy S II smartphone, but nothing beats having official information from the likes of either the Korean electronics giant or its partners to confirm or disprove the rumor. And as it stands, the rumor is currently looking very confirmed at this point of time, considering how details of a Galaxy Z smartphone have surfaced on Swedish telco Three Sweden's product page:

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July 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The writeup provided by Three Sweden in its product page describes the Samsung Galaxy Z smartphone as a "little brother" of sorts to the established Galaxy S II, a statement which is backed up by the device's hardware specifications. Apparently, the Galaxy Z will utilize a 4.2-inch Super Clear LCD screen capable of WVGA resolutions, while a yet- unknown 1GHz dual-core processor (rumored to be NVIDIA's Tegra 2 System-on-a-Chip) provides the smartphone with the raw power it needs to perform most general-purpose tasks. In addition, Three Sweden has confirmed that the Galaxy Z will be running off version 2.3 of the Android operating system (aka Gingerbread) and will come with support for a variety standard features such as Wi-Fi, GPS and an FM radio tuner. Last but definitely not least, the Galaxy Z will also sport 5MP camera which is capable of a 4x digital zoom and HD video recording support, while the device's 8GB internalmemorycanbeexpandedviatheuseofmicroSDcards with capacities of up to 32GB. Unfortunately,theGalaxyZdoesnotappeartobeavailablefor sale anywhere outside of Sweden at this point of time, where it is priced at 3995 Kr or approximately US$633. Corsair Unleashes Its Force Series GT SSD Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/corsair-unleashes-its-force-series-gt- ssd/12821.html July 4th, 2011 17

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July 4th, 2011 CorsairhasshippeditsForceSeriesGTSSD,whichutilizesthe SandForce controller and features a chassis which is coloured with its trademark fiery red theme. More details inside. Corsair's Force Series GT SSD is targeted at hardware enthusiasts who will appreaciate the performance it has to offer. Using the new SandForce SF-2280 SSD processor and ONFI synchronous flash memory, the Force Series GT is able to deliver read speeds of 555MB/s, write speeds of 525MB/ s and up to 85,000 random write IOPS. Although the Force Series GT SSD is a SATA 3 model, it will still be backward compatible with SATA 2 ports, allowing more options for consumers. The Corsair Force Series GT SSD will be available in July with a suggested retail price of US$149 for the 60GB and US$279 for the 120GB model. Pricing for the 240GB model is still unavailable. Facebook to launch something "awesome" next week, speculations abound Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/facebook-to-launch-something- awesome-next-week-speculations-abound/12824.html July 4th, 2011 Facebook lovers, hang on to the edge of your seats next week. This is because the world's most popular online social networking service has announced its plans to launch something big and "awesome" during that period, and that it will most possibly be centered around the "mobile or tablet arena". And no, we are not making this up: that is exactly what Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg told reporters in his visit to the company's Seattle office a couple of days ago. That being said, does anyone want to hazard a guess as to what this big, "awesome" launch could possibly be about? Faceook users, hang on tight to the edges of your seats. Apparently, something very big and "awesome" from the 18 Published by: VR-Zone world's most popular online social networking is slated to be heading our way some time next week, and that this new feature, which has been developed in Facebook's Seattle office, will reportedly be centered around the "mobile or tablet arena". That was what Facebook's very own CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, told reporters during a visit to the aforementioned office a couple of days ago, on Wednesday. The Seattle office is widely recognized as the one which drives most of the company’s mobile efforts, and has been known to have played a "central role in the development of Facebook’s unified mobile site, which was unveiled at the end of March 2011". And just as most would have expected, news of the company'sannouncementhavespreadthroughoutcyberspace like wildfire, and speculation as to what kind of "awesome" service Facebook intends to launch next week runs rampant. However, most pundits are claiming that an official Facebook app for the iPad, along with a possible photo-sharing app for the iPhone, are the most likely candidates for next week's mystery launch, and for good reason. After all, Mark Zuckerberghimselfhasbeenrumouredtobetakingapersonal interest in delivering a tablet-optimized app for the iPad, which has been "allegedly in developement for almost a year", and leaked images of what is widely believed to be those for theaforementionedphoto-sharingappfortheiPhonehasbeen released by TechCrunch recently, as shown below:

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July 4th, 2011 That being said, it is also possible that Facebook might have somethingcompletelydifferentupitssleevesinstoreforusers next week. Indeed, ZDNet is speculating that Facebook might just be preparing to launch its very own App Store competitor, which is currently codenamed Project Spartan. Unlike most traditional application repositories on the market, Project Spartan is unique in the sense that it is written in HTML5 and is designed to be accessible by most web browsers. In theory, this means Facebook might have a very good chance of beating Apple at its own game in the App Store department, as it grants users instant access to what is potentially a huge external repository of apps without the need to jailbreak their iOS-powered devices. Of course, this is nothing but speculation, so we'd suggest that you take in the aforementioned information with a pinch of salt. Still, one thing is certain: the world is going to have a very exciting week ahead of it. Jabra Stone2 wireless Bluetooth headset: now available in white Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/jabra-stone2-wireless-bluetooth- headset-now-available-in-white/12823.html July 4th, 2011 black finish that has been the only available color option up till now. Published by: VR-Zone As the "cool white" version is essentially nothing more than the same Stone2 with a different colour, it has all the specifications and capabilities as its matte black predecessor possesses.Thisincludesitsextremelysmallphysicalfootprint, compatibility with virtually all Bluetooth-enabled devices, the same 10-hour battery life, as well as support for voice- activated commands, voice-enabled apps and voice guidance. And yes, it also features the same A2DP technology which is reportedly capable of allowing users to "enjoy listening to musicstreamingwirelesslyfromanA2DP-enabledphonewith greater clarity and at easy, healthy volume levels". Do you remember Jabra's Stone2 wireless Bluetooth headset? You know, the one that is small enough to fit nicely into the palm of one's hand, and yet is capable of boasting an exceptional battery life of up to 10 full hours of wireless talktime? Well, leave it to Jabra to crank the Stone2's desirability up a notch by announcing the availability of a new "cool white" variant of its wireless Bluetooth headset which it claims is designed to appeal to style-conscious consumers. Three months ago , VR-Zone was invited to attend a hands- on seesion with Jabra's then new wireless Bluetooth devices, where we were informed that one of the products that was available on display, the Jabra Stone2, may be considered for a cosmetic upgrade in the form of a new colour choice in the later part of the year, and that the new colour would be either white or red. As it turns out, Jabra did indeed deliver on its promise, for the company has just announced the availability of a new variant of the Stone2 wireless Bluetooth headset that now sports a bright, "cool white" body instead of the matte That being said, if you have been holding off that purchasing the Stone2 over the lack of colour choices available, there should be little reason to do so anymore, now that Jabra has refreshed the Stone2 product line with the aforementioned "cool white" version. And just so you know, the white Stone2 is already available for sale at the price of S$198. 19

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July 4th, 2011 Canonical releases Ubuntu One Files app for Android Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/canonical-releases-ubuntu-one-files- app-for-android/12822.html July 4th, 2011 With so many cloud storage providers to choose from today, you'dthinkthatthereishardlyanymorespaceforcompetitors totrytheirluckinthiscrowdedmarket,right?Well,Canonical apparently does not think so, for the company has just made available its Ubuntu One cloud storage solution to Android users, which can can accessed via the Ubuntu One Files app that is now available for download on the Android Market. Read on to find out more about Canonical's Ubuntu One cloud service for Android... Mention the name "Ubuntu" to most people and chances are you will be greeted with blank stares as though you had just spoken some kind of Martian word that nobody recognizes. That, or get drawn into a long ideological debate about just how important a role Ubuntu is playing the the Linux community by making desktop Linux distributions much friendlier for end-users to play around with. That being said, there is a lot more to Ubuntu than just the desktop Linux distribution that bears its, and one of the services its founding company, Canonical, have released in recent years is that of Ubuntu One, which is a cloud storage service that allows users to store their data online for easy archival and accessibility. And it is this very service which Canonical has just made available to Android users via its Ubuntu One Files application, which is now downloadable off the Android Market at no cost: Of course, you might probably scratching your head and wondering about Ubuntu One's capabilities, considering how there are countless other cloud storage providers which are Published by: VR-Zone seemingly offering more of the same thing. Well, according to ablogpostmadeontheofficialUbuntuOneblogatCanonical, Ubuntu One Files will allow users to "automatically back up photographs taken from an Android phone’s camera directly to their Ubuntu One personal cloud", thus ensuring that users can rest assured that they have a completely up-to-date photo library in their Ubuntu One cloud at all times. In addition, the blog post claimed that users can perform file sharing directly through the Ubuntu One Files app by simply tapping and holding on the file to instantly post it straight to Facebook, Twitter, or their personal blog. Ofcourse,withUbuntuOnebeingacloudservice,italsocomes with the standard features users have come to expect from one, such as the ability to let subsccribers store their data into Canonical'sserversandaccessthemfreelyaslongastheyhave a working connection to the Internet. And as an added bonus, Canonical has confirmed in an interview with The Inquirer that it will never rummage through its subscribers' personal data, preferring instead to give them benefit of the doubt that they do not have any illegal or copyrighted content in their storage accounts. "Wedonotmonitorwhatpeoplestoreintheirpersonalclouds. Each person that signs up to Ubuntu One must agree to the legallybindingtermsandconditions,whichclearlyoutlineour acceptableuseandconductpolicy...UbuntuOneservicesallow users to store data on Canonical's servers, but this data can not be in breach of any applicable law and or any individual's data protection or privacy rights," said Cristian Parrino, vice president of online services at Canonical. Sounds good? Well, it gets better: Ubuntu One is free to use, and all you need is to sign up for an account and you get access 20

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21 July 4th, 2011 to 2GB of storage to get started off with. And in the event you need additional space, well, Canonical is already ready to offer them to you at varying subscription rates. ASUS Crosshair V Formula Review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-crosshair-v-formula- review/12668.html July 4th, 2011 Each time AMD or Intel releases a enthusiast chipset, you can be sure that ASUS will be ready with a Republic of Gamers motherboard. This time round, it's the 990FX and the motherboard waiting for us is none other than the Crosshair V Formula. And the answer is, well, nothing much at all. 990FX will use a faster HyperTransport 3.1 link when paired with Bulldozer, although with older processors it will revert to HyperTransport 3.0 speeds. Otherwise the number of PCIe lanes remains the same, and the chip is still manufactured on TSMC's 65nm process. The good news is that AM3 motherboards only need a BIOS update to support AM3+ processors, subject of course to the board's ability to handle Bulldozer's maximum TDP (125W) and the manufacturer's willingness to provide said update. ASUS , Gigabyte and MSI have already announced the models which will be receiving an update to work with AM3+ processors, while ECS' website says that they are currently working on it .AMDdoesnotofficiallysupportorendorsethis, however. The SB950 is essentially a renamed SB850. SB850 was ahead of its time with SATA 6Gbps support, unfortunately SB950 doesn't continue that trend and there's no USB 3.0 support. SB950 continues to integrate PCI and PATA support, which saves motherboard makers the cost of PCIe-to-PCI bridge chips. Published by: VR-Zone Nowthatwe'redonewiththat,let'shavealookattheCrosshair V Formula's specifications. At first glance it looks very similar to its predecessor, the Crosshair IV Formula, with a nearly- identical expansion slot layout. Notable changes include a doubling of maximum memory to 32GB, an increase in the number of USB 3.0 ports, and the eviction of FireWire. Asus appears intent on using in-house solutions as much as possible-JMicronandRenesashavebeendumpedinfavourof Asmedia's SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 controllers respectively. In our Z68 motherboard review we found the ASM1042 to be as good as other USB 3.0 controllers, but we've yet to see how theASM1061performscomparedtothemorepopularMarvell 88SE9128. We're also happy to see an Intel 82583V controller on the networking front, as these usually have the lowest CPU utilization. You might also remember the Crosshair IV Extreme, the big brother (literally) to the Crosshair IV Formula and a true hardcore overclocker's motherboard. So far there's been no word of a Crosshair V Extreme, but then there's probably no realneedforonegiventhesimilaritieswe'vealreadydescribed. Turn the page for a closer inspection of the motherboard. CPU Support Crosshair V Formula AMD AM3+ FX™/Phenom™ II/Athlon™ II/ Sempron™ 100 Series Processors Supports AM3+ 32 nm CPU Crosshair IV Formula AMD Socket AM3 ;Phenom™II / Athlon™II / Sempron™ 100 Series Processors AMD 140W CPU Support Supports CPU up to AMD Cool 'n' 8 cores Quiet™ Technology Supports CPU up to Supports 45nm 140 W CPU Chipset System Bus AMD Cool 'n' Quiet™ Technology AMD 990FX/ AMD 890FX/ SB950 SB850 HyperTransport 3.1 Up to 5200 MT/s ; HyperTransport™ 3.0 Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600/1333 Hz ECC, Non- ECC, Un-buffered Memory Dual Channel Memory Architecture 4 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR3 ECC,Non-ECC,Un- buffered Memory Dual Channel memory architecture Multi-GPU Support 3-Way SLI™ Technology Supports NVIDIA® Support ATI CrossFire™X Technology graphics cards

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July 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone 22 Supports AMD 3- Way CrossFireX™ Technology Expansion Slots 3 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (dual x16 or x16, x8, x8) 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode) 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1 1 x PCI 3 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (dual @ x16, triple @x16 x8 x8) 1 x PCIe 2.0 x4 2 x PCI 2.2 Storage AMD SB950 controller : 6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10 ASMedia® ASM1061 controller : 1 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red 1 x eSATA 6Gb/s port(s), red SB850 Chipset 6 xSATA 6.0 Gb/ s ports Support RAID 0,1,5,10 JMicron® JMB363 PATA and SATA controller 1 xSATA 3Gb/s port (Black) 1 xExternal power SATA 3Gb/s port on rear (SATA On- the-Go) LAN Intel®, 1 x Gigabit Marvell 88E8059 LAN Controller Gigabit LAN controller Audio - Creative ALchemy - Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection SupremeFX X-Fi 2 SupremeFX X-Fi built-in 8-Channel built-in 8-Channel High Definition High Definition Audio CODEC Audio CODEC - Supports Jack- - EAX® detection, Multi- Advanced™ HD 4.0 streaming, Front Panel Jack- - X-Fi CMSS®-3D retasking - X-Fi Crystalizer™ Audio Feature : - X-Fi® Xtreme - Creative ALchemy Fidelity™ - Supports Blu-ray - EAX® audio layer content Advanced™ HD protection 5.0 - Supports 1 Optical - THX® TruStudio S/PDIF out port at PRO™ back I/O - Supports 1 x S/ PDIF out header - Supports Jack- detection, Multi- streaming, Front Panel Jack- retasking - Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel USB ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller : 6 x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid- board) AMD SB950 controller : NEC® USB 3.0 controller - 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (at back I/O) AMD SB850 chipset - 12 x USB 2.0 ports (5 ports at mid- FireWire 12 x USB 2.0 board, 7 ports at port(s) (8 at back back I/O, 1 port at panel, black+white, back I/O is also for 4 at mid-board) ROG connect) 2 x 1394a port(s) (1 port at back I/O, 1 port onboard) ASUS Unique Features ROG Connect : - RC Diagram - RC Remote - RC Poster - GPU TweakIt Extreme Engine Digi+ : design UEFI BIOS features : - ROG BIOS Print ROG Connect GameFirst Extreme Tweaker Power Design: - 8+2 phase CPU power design CPU Level Up - 8 + 2 phase power MemOK! iROG Loadline Calibration - GPU.DIMM Post Intelligent overclocking tools: GameFirst - ASUS TurboV Evo iROG Extreme Tweaker - O.C Profile Overclocking Protection : Overclocking - COP EX Protection: (Component - COP EX Overheat (Component Protection - EX) Overheat Protection - EX) - Voltiminder LED - Voltiminder LED - ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Overclocking Features Parameter Recall) ASUS TPU : - CPU Level UP Core Unlocker ASUS Exclusive Features : - ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall) Turbo Unlocker Turbo Key II Core Unlocker ASUS Q-Connector

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July 4th, 2011 23 - MemOK! - AI Charger+ ASUS Quiet ASUS EZ DIY : - ASUS Q-Shield - ASUS O.C. Profile - ASUS EZ Flash 2 - ASUS MyLogo 3 ASUS Q-Design : - ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED) - ASUS Q- Connector ASUS Q-Shield ASUS Q-Fan 2 Thermal Solution : ASUS EZ Flash 2 - ASUS Fan Xpert ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 ASUS MyLogo 3 Back Panel I/O Ports 4 x USB 3.0 button(s) 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ 1 x External SATA mouse combo 1 x S/PDIF Out port(s) (Optical) 1 x eSATA 6Gb/s 1 x IEEE 1394a 1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s) 1 x LAN(RJ45) port 8 -Channel Audio I/O 8 x USB 2.0 (white port can be 1 x PS/2 Keyboard switched to ROG port(purple) Connect) 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 1 x Optical S/PDIF ports out 7 x USB 2.0/1.1 6 x Audio jack(s) ports (1 port is also for ROG Connect) 1 x Clear CMOS 1 x ROG Connect On/Off switch 1 x Clr CMOS switch Internal I/O Connectors 1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s) 2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s) 3 x USB 2.0 connectors supports additional 5 USB 2.0 ports 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (Red) 1 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (Black) 7 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s) 2 x CPU Fan connector(s) 3 x Chassis Fan connector(s) 3 x Optional Fan connector(s) 1 x S/PDIF out header(s) 1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s) 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s) 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s) 1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP) 1 x System panel(s) 8 x ProbeIt Measurement Points 1 x Power-on button(s) 1 x Reset button(s) 1 x CPU Level Up button(s) 1 x ROG Connect switch(es) Published by: VR-Zone 8 x Fan connectors: 1 x CPU / 1 x PWR / 3 x Chassis / 3 x Optional 7 x ProbeIt measurement points 3 x Thermal sensor connectors 1 x IEEE1394a connector 1 x SPDIF_out connector 1 x 24-pin ATX power connector 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector 1 x En/Dis-able Clr CMOS switch 1 x Core unlocker switch 1 x Turbo key II switch 1 x Power on switch 3 x Thermal sensor 1 x Reset switch connector(s) 1 x OC Station 1 x En/Dis-able Clr Header CMOS header(s) 1 x Go Button 1 x EZ Plug connector(s) (4- System panel pin Molex power connector connector) Accessories 1 x Go Button(s) User's manual I/O Shield User's manual 1 x I/O Shield

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July 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone 6 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s) 1 x 3-Way SLI bridge(s) 1 x SLI bridge(s) 1 x ROG Connect pack(s) 1 x ROG theme label(s) 1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s) 1 x ROG Connect Cable 1 x 2-in-1 ASUS Q- Connector Kit 1 x 2-in-1 SATA 6.0Gb/s Cables 1 x CrossFire cable(s) 2 x 2-in-1 SATA 3.0Gb/s Signal 1 x Q-connector(s) Cables (2 in 1) 1 x 2-port USB2.0 + ESATA Module cable(s) 1 x Crossfire Cable 1 x Cable ties 1 x Cable Ties Pack 1 x ROG Theme Label 1 x 12-in-1 ROG Cable Label BIOS Manageability Support Disc 32Mb Flash ROM, UEFI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI2.0a, Multi- Language BIOS WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE Drivers Sound Blaster® X- Fi 2 Utility Kaspersky® Anti- Pro Standard ROG CPU-Z ASUS Utilities 16 Mb Flash ROM AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI2.0a Multi- Language BIOS WOL by PME,WOR by PME,PXE Support DVD: - Drivers and applications * ASUS PC Probe II Virus * ASUS Update DAEMON Tools * ASUS AI Suite * Sound Blaster X- Fi Utility * Kaspersky® Anti- Virus 1-year license Form Factor ATX Form Factor 12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm ) ATX Form Factor 12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x24.5 cm ) Razer Introduces Transformer 3 Themed Peripherals Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/razer-introduces-transformer-3- themed-peripherals/12812.html 24 July 4th, 2011 Razer, manufacturer of gaming mice, keyboards and other related accessories, has released a series of Transformer 3- themed peripherals. Razer has lined up a gaming mouse, mousepad and laptop sleeve case to help you in your frag adventures just in case you haven't had enough 3D explosions at the latest Transformers movie. In their latest movie tie-up, Razer has introduced a series of Transformer 3 themed periperals which includes the Death Adder mouse, Vespula mousepad and a collector's edition Laptop Sleeve Case. The mouse and laptop case are available in four vibrant colors. Red and yellow represent the good Transformers a.k.a. Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. If you prefer the evil side, silver and purple represent Megatron and Shockwave respectively. The Transformer 3 themed Vespula mousepad is dual-sided, letting you choose between the SPEED surface for increased slide or CONTROL surface for increased precision. The Collector's Edition Laptop Sleeve Case features a hard yet flexible plastic shell for protection and shock absorption.

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July 4th, 2011 The Transformer 3 themed Death Adder mouse, Vespula mousepadandLaptopSleeveCasewillretailatUS$70,US$45 and US$50 respectively. Visit the Razer Website for more information. Still no release date for Gingerbread update on HTC's Desire Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/still-no-release-date-for-gingerbread- Sixteendaysago,HTCmadeheadlineswhenitfirstannounced that its Desire smartphone, which was released for retail last year, would not be getting Gingerbread due to it lacking the amount of memory needed to faciliate such an update, only to reverse its stand two days later by claiming that the company will trim the ROM down to a more manageable size by cutting some apps out of the release. Needless to say, HTC's sudden about turn resulted in smiles and joy from its consumer base. However, it seems that HTC is having some trouble with making up its mind on when it will be ready to release its Gingerbread update for the Desire. Apparently, the Taiwanese smartphone OEM 's original plan, as claimed in its Facebook 25 Published by: VR-Zone posting, was that users could expect to receieve information about the rollout timeframe for the update "early this week". That is fine and all, except that we are fast approaching the week's end, and HTC has done little more than release another announcement claiming that the Gingerbread ROM fortheDesireiscurrentlyundergoingtests,andthatanupdate on availability will be made in due time. Not surprisingly, HTC's latest announcement is not sitting well with many Desire owners who were expecting to receieve a proper roadmap or schedule of how the Taiwanese smartphone OEM is progressing with the update, and when the ROM could be expected to make its way into their handsets. Indeed, a quick look at some of the comments left behind by some Desire owners have revealed that HTC's customers are starting to lose patience with the company, and that some have already taken the plunge by ditching their Desires for a more up-to-date smartphone, or going the custom ROM route. update-on-htc-s-desire/12820.html July 4th, 2011 Just when you thought all is nice and well with HTC and the world now that the company has confirmed that it will indeed be updating its Desire smartphone with version 2.3 of the Android operating system (aka Gingerbread), out comes Murphy with his ominous Law, and it seems that not even a company like HTC can run away from it. And the result? Well, Gingerbread will still come to the Desire, but at a future, unspecified date. That being said, we have to admit that HTC's customers do haveapoint.Afterall,itwasHTCwhichputtheballinitscourt when it announced its plans to release a rollout timeframe for its Gingerbread update early this week, an act which it had failed to fulfill in spectacular fashion. Still, if it is of any consolation, HTC's new announcement does confirm that the Gingerbread update for its Desire smartphones is real, and that it will eventually be released to Desire owners for download. All that is missing now is the "when" part of the equation. Which, unfortunately for HTC, is the part which consumers are really only interested in. Samsung to release 32GB microSD Card (Class 10) Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-to-release-32gb-microsd- card-class-10-/12811.html

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July 4th, 2011 July 4th, 2011 Samsung's latest class 10 microSD card is said to use 32Gb 3- bit NAND flash memory chips and a 3-bit NAND controller. It will deliver up to 24MB/s in read speeds and 12MB/s in write speeds. This will be more than double the write speed of a standard class 4 card. Samsung is also planning to release a 64GB class 10 microSD card in 2012. Cloned Sony Walkman W250 audio player shows up in China Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/cloned-sony-walkman-w250-audio- player-shows-up-in-china/12819.html July 4th, 2011 If what they say about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery is true, it would seem that SONY should be flattered about the latest news that is currently going on in China. Apparently,anenterprisingOEMovertherehavedecidedthat SONY's W-Series portable audio player had a design that was so unique, it just could not resist the urge to produce a near- perfect knockoff of the original. It has been quite some time since we posted any news about the seemingly lucrative cloning business that China is known for, but rest assured that the scene there is anything abut quiet. In fact, it seems that enterprising OEMs over at China have decided move beyond their typical lineup of mobile phones,notebookPCsandtabletsbyropinginotherconsumer electronic devices to their list of potential candidates for cloning, and the most recent device to get the "friendly" treatment from China appears to be none other than Sony's very own W250 Walkman portable audio player: Published by: VR-Zone According to an article published by MicDigi, the knockoff audio player boasts specifications that are similar to its legitimate counterpart, such as having heart-shaped earbuds crafted out of soft rubber and 2GB of storage space. That being said, the site neglected to mention whether the knockoff features the same high-quality, water-resistant body that is present on the actual Sony W-250 Walkman portable audio player, although we suspect that it does not. In addition, the maximum battery uptime on both devices appear to be vastly different; while Sony claims that its W-250 is capable of up to 11 hours of audio playback on a single charge, MicDigi's report suggests that the knockoff is only capable of achieving a maximum uptime of approximately two to three hours. However, as it has always been the case with such knockoff devices, there is one aspect of the this cloned portable audio player which everybody will have to concede is far superior to the original W-250, and that is the size of its price tag. While Sony is charging no less than US$60 for the right to own one of its sports-hardened W-250 portable audio players, this particular clone from China can be purchased at the price of...wait for it...US$4.60. And no, we are not making this up. The Daily VR-Zone News Summary - 30 June 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--30- june-2011/12813.html July 4th, 2011 In today's news roundup: AMD may have been struggling to come up with a product that could hold its own against the might of Intel's Sandy Bridge since this year started, but some analysts are claiming that the company's Llano platform could be exactly what it needs to regain some market share; Engineers at IBM Research have reportedly discovered a way to store data in phase change memory technology for longer periods, a discovery which could potentially pave 26

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July 4th, 2011 the way for lower cost solid state chips that are faster and morereliablethantoday'smulti-levelcellflashmemorychips; Facebook has announced two new features for its Comments Box plugin, which lets third party websites embed Facebook comments: Chronological Sort, and Boost Comment; Apple has reportedly set up an FAQ to help veteran Final Cut Pro users make the transistion to Final Cut Pro X, and has evenstartedissuingrefundstodissatisfiedcustomers;Shanda Games International and Eyedentity Games have announced the availability of the popular DragonNest MMORPG for the South East Asia region, while confirming that the free-to- play game's localization will be carried out in Singapore, and Bungie has finally lifted the lid on Bungie Aerospace, which is a project that is designed to support small independent developersbyhelpingthemtolaunchmobileandsocialgames. Hardware news Patriot Wildfire 120GB Solid State Drive RAID Report Description: Currently sitting at the top of the storage subsystem throne is the SandForce SF-2281 controller when paired with Toshiba Toggle flash. Patriot, the innovative, awesome, totally groovy company that they are, decided to send us two of their Wildfire solid state drives using this magical combination that allow us to achieve blissful RAID 0 speeds on an inexpensive native SATA III motherboard. So how blissful you ask? How does over 1000MB/s sound? Larkooler KU3-241 WaterCooling Kit Review @ XtremeComputing Description: Today I will be reviewing the Larkooler KU3-241 ‘Extreme Performance G1/4" Liquid Cooling Kit’. I have never heard of GBU or Larkooler before, so we are in unchartered waters with this new water cooling kit. I have dabbled with water-cooling before, primarily working with Swiftech components, so I know what to expect from the big names – let’s see how this new contender fares. What Makes the Thunderbolt Cable Lightning Fast Description: It’s the chips. And we’re not talking about the Lay’s variety. We received good word from one of our friends, ArsTechnica’sownChrisForesman,thatthe$50Thunderbolt cable may be an active cable. He postulated that the cable may actually have chips containing firmware in it, making it more expensive to produce than your garden-variety HDMI cable — thus justifying the hefty price tag. Icy Dock MB982SPR-2S Review @ Vortez Description: Today we'll be looking at their dual 2.5" to 3.5" SATA drive convertor the snappily titled MB982SPR-2S. A tiny enclosure that not only accommodates dual 2.5" SDD/ HDD but also packs an integrated hardware raid controller that allows striping, mirroring and combined storage. Further to that the enclosure offers full compatibility with both PC and MAC systems making it a very flexible prospect indeed. Kingston Triple-Channel KHX2000C9AD3W1K3/6GX Review @ ocaholic Description: The Kingston H2O series belong to the most powerful modules which the memory giant actually has in its portfolio.Assoonasyoutakeacloserlookatthespecifications you'll see that they are very serious. According to Kingston these DIMMs need only 1.5 Volt to operate at 2133 MHz with 9-11-9-27 timings. Published by: VR-Zone ASUS F1A75-M Pro AMD APU Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews Description: Where the ASUS F1A75-M Pro truly excelled today was the performance of the integrated graphics. Every one of our graphics tests that we compared the Intel HD Graphics 3000 to the AMD A8-3850 with AMD Radeon HD 6550D there was a clear and decisive winner. For our recap of the graphics performance let's start with Total War: Shogun 2 in DirectX 9 mode. The ASUS F1A75-M Pro was able to pull out an average that was 143.4% faster than the Intel system at a resolution of 1280x1024... AMD Expected to Regain Market Share Description: Analysts today said that AMD got slaughtered by Intel in the first quarter of the year, but Forbes believes that Llano will help the company to regain market share. IBM Announces Phase Change Memory Breakthrough Description: Engineers at IBM Research in Zurich, Switzerland claim they've come up with a breakthrough in phase change memory (PCM) technology that, for the first time,wouldallowittostoredataforlongerperiods,potentially paving the way for lower cost solid state chips that are faster and more reliable than today's multi-level cell (MLC) flash memory chips. The trick is in figuring out a solution to a problem called "drift." Consumer Electronics and Software News 8-inch PMP with glasses-free 3D priced at US$179 Description: Despite the facts that there isn't much appropriate 3D content, and the viewing angles required for the 3D effect are limited (as was described in our Nintendo 3DS review) the list of glasses-free 3D gadgets increases. The HTCEVO3Dsmartphonewasthelatestaddition,butcertainly won't be the last. Perhaps not many readers have heard of the Chinese manufacturer Gadmei, although there is at least one reason to become acquainted with it. The company has releaseditsP83portablemediaplayer(PMP),whichiscapable of displaying 3D videos and images that are viewable without glasses, and is certainly one of the most inexpensive devices of its kind offered so far. Facebook Expands Sorting Options on Comments Box Plugin Description: Facebook has announced two new features for its Comments Box plugin, which lets third party websites embed Facebook comments: Chronological Sort, and Boost Comment. BenQ's DV-S11 projector camcorder is now shipping for $229 Description: BenQ's DV-S11 is now shipping in the US for $229. The DV S11 is a full-HD (1080P) camcorder with a pico- projector. It's got a 5mp camera and a large (3.5" 230K pixels) LCD. It stores images to an SD card, and includes an HDMI out port. We don't have any technical information about the projector itself, though. Apple Issues FAQ, Refunds for Final Cut Pro X Users Description: There has been a ton of complaints regarding Final Cut Pro X. Long time users of the editing software were not happy with the update to the software. Apple had dubbed the changes 'jaw dropping' and, while jaws were dropping, it wasn't because users were happy with the changes. Costing $299 via the Mac App Store, the update includes some major changes and is basically a complete rewrite. However, Apple 27

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July 4th, 2011 also ditched some features available with previous versions, raising questions about whether or not it was possible to open andeditprojectsproducedwitholderversionsofthesoftware. Samsung announces 32GB microSD card capable of 12MBps write speeds Description: Go shopping online for a microSDHC card and you'll find that while manufacturers don't hide the speed specs, they're not exactly crowing about 'em either. Make no mistake, though: Samsung is mighty proud of its new 32GB number, which boasts a class 10 speed rating and read / write rates of 24MBps and 12MBps -- ideal numbers for those of you who plan on making good use of your phone's 1080p camera. If you're a storage buff, you know that class 10 is the highest speed category for SD cards at the moment, and that it sits above classes 4 and 6 -- the tiers covering many other microSDHCs on the market. No word just yet on pricing, but we think it's safe to say you'll be dishing out a premium. SearchLion makes use of the empty space on the side of your display Description: If you’ve got a large monitor and wish you could make use of it more efficiently when you’re browsing search results you now can; thanks to the folks at SearchLion. The company has officially launched SearchLion: a search engine that’stoutedastheworld’sfirstsearchbrowser.Confusedyet? Don’t be. Gaming news Dragon Nest SEA announced, localizing in Singapore Description: Shanda Games International (SDGi), together with Eyedentity Games unveiled one of the top massive online action role playing games in Singapore. Titled Dragon Nest SEA, the companies held an official signing ceremony at Hard Rock Hotel, Resort World Sentosa with Thomas Lim, director of interactive media, games and publishing, Media Development Authority (MDA) as the witness. Limbo coming to Steam and PSN, Playdead handling the ports Description: Yesterday we reported that Limbo may be PSN- bound, if a Korean Game Ratings Board listing sought by Sony Computer Entertainment Korea is any indication. We reached out to developer Playdead for comment and CEO and co- founder Dino Patti got back to us today confirming the news. Bungie's Aerospace Revealed Description: Bungie has finally lifted the lid on Bungie Aerospace, a project it has been keeping under wraps for some time. No new game here; Aerospace is a service designed to support small independent developers. The idea is to help the teams launch mobile and social games. Intel Discontinues X25-E SSDs, Prepares For 710 Series Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-discontinues-x25-e-ssds- prepares-for-710-series/12814.html Published by: VR-Zone July 4th, 2011 Intel has informed their customers that their good old X25- E SSDs will be discontinued from 11th of July 2011 citing reasons such as short supply of 50nm SLC NAND flash and even greater demand for them. Of course, the main reason is that the X25-E has to make way for the arrival of Intel 710 series (Lyndonville, 25nm MLC HEDT) in mid August. Many online retailers have already ran out of stock and most likely not re-stocking again but you still can find some here and here Intel has informed their customers that their good old X25- E SSDs will be discontinued from 11th of July 2011 citing reasons such as short supply of 50nm SLC NAND flash and even greater demand for them. Of course, the main reason is that the X25-E has to make way for the arrival of Intel 710 series (Lyndonville, 25nm MLC HEDT) in mid August. Many online retailers have already ran out of stock and most likely not re-stocking again but you still can find some here and here 4.7-inch HTC Eternity leaks, runs Windows Phone 7 Mango Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/4.7-inch-htc-eternity-leaks-runs- windows-phone-7-mango/12818.html July 4th, 2011 If you're looking for a Windows Phone 7 handset that's almost the size of a tablet then HTC has you covered. Look no further than the freshly leaked HTC Eternity, sporting a 4.7-inch screen and a 1.5GHz CPU. Well, actually, you might just want to hold off, as even though it seems great at first, you want to dig a little bit deeper into the specifications before you make a purchasing decision. 28

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July 4th, 2011 If you're looking for a Windows Phone 7 handset that's almost the size of a tablet then HTC has you covered. Look no further than the freshly leaked HTC Eternity, sporting a 4.7-inch screen and a 1.5GHz CPU. Well, actually, you might just want to hold off, as even though it seems great at first, you want to dig a little bit deeper into the specifications before you make a purchasing decision. Iftheleakeddetailsprovetobethefinalspec,thentheEternity isn't exactly going to last an eternity, as it has a last-gen single core Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon SoC at its core, albeit at the fastest speed we've seen this chip running at without being overclocked. Furthermore the 4.7-inch SLCD screen is only sporting WVGA or 800x480 resolution, which is hardly that impressive today with plenty of qHD (960x540) devices in the market. On a more positive note, HTC has finally figured out that its customers want plenty of built in storage space and the Eternity packs 16GB of eMMC memory. The 512MB of RAM should be sufficient as well, although it's not quite as good as someofHTC'sotherdevices.Italsohasan8Megapixelcamera with auto focusing and a pair of LED lights that is capable of shooting 720p video. There's also a front facing camera for video calls. Other features include 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, DLNA support, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, aGPS, a digital compass, an FM radio, dual microphones and SRS surround sound. At nearly 131x71x10mm this is a chunky phone and even more so when you take into consideration that it weighs in at 170g. This is a WDCMDA/HSPA handset and it supports HSDPA speeds of up to 14.4Mbit/s and HSUPA speeds of up to 5.76Mbit/s. Part of the reason for the aging hardware is actually the OS, as Windows Phone 7 only runs on fairly limited hardware at the moment and until Microsoft decides to offer support for something better, we're going to be stuck with fairly old Snapdragon processors from Qualcomm. The same goes for the screen resolution, as for now the OS doesn't support qHD displays. That said, HTC has done its best to offer a highly specced handset based on the software limitations. There was no mention at the source of when the HTC Eternity would launch or how much it'll cost. Published by: VR-Zone Source: HTCInside Apple's Thunderbolt cable torn asunder, didn't contain magic Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-s-thunderbolt-cable-torn- asunder-didn-t-contain-magic/12817.html July 4th, 2011 What can we say, we adore iFixit and its teardowns of all things, well, electronic. However, we were a little bit surprised that they decided to tear open a cable, as we wouldn't have thought there was much to a cable. How wrong we were, as it seems like Apple's Thunderbolt cables are quite special after all, although there was no trace of magic or unicorns. What can we say, we adore iFixit and its teardowns of all things, well, electronic. However, we were a little bit surprised that they decided to tear open a cable, as we wouldn't have thought there was much to a cable. How wrong we were, as it seems like Apple's Thunderbolt cables are quite special after all, although there was no trace of magic or unicorns. AtUS$49.99apop,Thunderboltcablesaren'tcheapandyou'd be forgiven for thinking it's just a mini DisplayPort cable, as that's what we thought at first. It turns out that things are a littlebitmorecomplicatedthanthat,as10Gbit/sbi-directional data transfers over a handful of copper wires isn't done as easily as you'd think. In fact, Apple's Thunderbolt cables are active cables stuffed full of little chips. As such the Thunderbolt cables contain among other things a pair of Gennum GN2033 active-cable transceivers, one in each end. These transceivers have been designed to cope hand the high data speeds over what the company call “thin- gauge” cables, although the actual wires insdie the cables are extremely thin. The transceivers are there to maintain low- latency and prevent transmission errors. One potential downside here – beyond cost – is that the cable length is hampered and Gennum mentions 2-5 meters as the limitation. That said, as you can (hopefully) daisy-chain Thunderbolt devices, this shouldn't be an issue for most users of the interface. Now we just have to wait and see what the various Thunderbolt devices will cost and of course see if 29

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July 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone We didn't get a chance to see Sapphire's Z68 board at Computex, but the board has appeared on the company website as well as being listed by a few online retailers. The motherboard is called the Pure Platinum Z68 and as always with Sapphire boards it brings an interesting mix of features to the table. Sapphire has managed to position the Pure Platinum Z68 at a price point similar to Gigabyte's Z68X-UD3H and Asus' P8Z68-V, two boards that are offering fairly similar features, although Sapphire has managed to create something of a fusion of the two competitor's boards. That said, Sapphire still needtodosomeworkonitsboardlayoutsifthecompanywant to be really competitive. VR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. Sapphire's Pure Platinum Z68 almost here Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sapphire-s-pure-platinum-z68-almost- here/12926.html July 11th, 2011 We didn't get a chance to see Sapphire's Z68 board at Computex, but the board has appeared on the company website as well as being listed by a few online retailers. The motherboard is called the Pure Platinum Z68 and as always with Sapphire boards it brings an interesting mix of features to the table. The slot layout leaves something to be desired for one, as Sapphire has gone for three x16 PCI Express slots in a dual x8 and a single x4 config. This in itself isn't a bad thing, but considering that the remaining three slots on the board are all PCI slots, it's not ideal. That said, Sapphire has at least designed a board that won't disable any peripheral interfaces because there are too many PCI Express bus devices on the board, something that is common on many other boards. WelikethefactthatSapphireisstickingwithMarvellEthernet controllers, although do note that drivers for no Windows operating systems might be a bit tricky. The board also has a pair of additional SATA 6Gbps SATA ports, also courtesy of Marvell, on top of the two provided by the chipset alongside the four SATA 3Gbps ports. Sadly the board is missing a front USB 3.0 pin-header, although it has a total of four for up to eight USB 2.0 ports. Other little additions include a Molex connector for extra power to the PCI Express slots, a power andresetbutton,aBIOSselectionswitchandaPOST80debug LED display. 1

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July 11th, 2011 The PWM design is rather unusual, as Sapphire has replaced a fair few of the capacitors on the board with a We found the board listed for pre-order in Europe for about €139 (S$239) which is sadly about €10 (S$17) or so more than the similar models from Asus and Gigabyte. In as much as we want to like Sapphire's new boards, there are always a couple of things that puts us off them, especially compared to what's on offer from the more established board makers. The higher pricing also makes it difficult, but at the end of the day, we're going to have to see how the board performs before we draw any final conclusions. 2 Published by: VR-Zone Gingerbread update for HTC Desire to arrive by end July Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gingerbread-update-for-htc-desire-to- arrive-by-end-july/12920.html July 11th, 2011 We have always said that good things come to those who wait, and it seems that this saying applies to owners of HTC's Desire smartphone who are anxiously awaiting news of the eventual Gingerbread release for their handsets will probably have much to look forward to this month, for HTC has finally confirmed that the upgrade is a go, and that it could be ready for download by as early as end July. Doyouremembertheshortstoryweransometimebackabout howHTCwastakentotaskbyconsumersforreportedlyfailing to deliver an appropriate rtelease schedule for its Gingerbread upgrade for the Desire smartphone? Well, it would seem that the Taiwanese smartphone OEM has taken its customers' concern seriously, for in just 11 days after we published that story, HTC has released yet another announcement claiming that the Gingerbread upgrade for the Desire is well on track, and that users can expect to receive the update soon. proadlizer, something usually only found on really high- end motherboards and graphics cards. Sapphire has gone for an 8+2 PWM design and the company continues to use its unusual chokes with small heatsinks on top. The PWM is cooled by one larger and one smaller heatsink, although Sapphire seems to have decided against using a heatpipe to connect the two together. Around the back there's a PS/2 port, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports (via an ASMedia host controller), a Gigabit Ethernet port, 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out, a Bluetooth 2.1 dongle and a DisplayPort, HDMI, D-Sub and DVI connector. Missing is an eSATA port, although for most users an internal port should prove to be more useful. AccordingtoapostingthatwasmadeonitsFacebookpage,the internal tests which HTC carries out for firmware updates has reportedly gone so well that the company apparently thinks it suitable to push the OS upgrade downstream to consumers by the end of this month. And lest you think we are making this up, we have reproduced the actual announcement posted on Facebook here for you to view in the form of a screenshot:

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July 11th, 2011 That being said, Desire owners, if you have been toying with the idea over selling your smartphone due to fears that Gingerbread will not arrive in time to pull your device back from the obsolescence curve, well, you can ditch that idea now thatHTChasgivenitsassurancetostartrollingouttheupdate by the end of this month. Google tests out Cosmic Panda for YouTube Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-tests-out-cosmic-panda-for- youtube/12918.html July 11th, 2011 Do the words "Cosmic Panda" mean anything to you? Well, that is apparently the name for a new user theme Google has introduced for its YouTube online video streaming service, which reportedly claims to be capable of providing users with "a new experience for watching videos and playlists" among many other advantages which the old YouTube layout is not able to achieve. So what is so special about this new interface, andhowdoesitlooklike?Hitupthelinktofindoutmoreafter the break... With the sequel to Kung Fu Panda having been aired in cinemas all over the world just recently, you might be tempted to think that Cosmic Panda has got to be the code name for a yet-unannounced sequel to the Kung Fu Panda series of animated movies. Unfortunately, as much as we'd hate to disappoint you, Cosmic Panda is not a third release to Pixar's bestselling animated flim; rather, it is the name of a new YouTube interface which is reportedly capable of providing users with "a new experience for watching videos and playlists". 3 Published by: VR-Zone Choosing to activate Cosmic Panda results in YouTube ditching the typical white background for one of a dark grey hue. However, this only applies to certain pages; for the most part, the main homepage still retains much of the familiar layout most users have come to know and love. The most significant change users can expect to see under the Cosmic Panda layout will be that of the video playback page, which has been given a completely new look, as shown in the screenshot below:

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July 11th, 2011 Interested? Well, you can always give Cosmic Panda a spin over at this link if you are game enough to play around with a new user interface. Of course, with Cosmic Panda currently being nothing more than an experiment of sorts, chances are that you may run into certain show-stopping bugs or regressions,sodomakesureyoureportthosetoGoogleviathe FeedbacktabthatisprominentlydisplayedinYouTubeshould you decide to play round with Cosmic Panda. tumbles into the rabbit hole and returns to Wonderland that needs to be saved. So is this game as good, or even better than its predecessor? Read on. Back in 2000, American McGee's Alice was a cult classic game that re-invented a children's story. It sets Alice in a not-so-wonderful Wonderland, and gave players a twisted and warped perspective of an innocent child's tale. To carry the gritty plot forward, Alice was driven mentally insane by haunting memories of a fire that consumed her childhood home and family. This year, they return to continue her Published by: VR-Zone psychotic issues with Alice: Madness Returns. After 11 long years, Alice is still tormented by the same memories and plunges back into a Wonderland that needs to be saved once again. Whether or not that has anything to do with her mental state of mind, we'll leave that to you to experience yourself - Yes, we are holding back the spoilers. This second rendition successfully welds twisted imaginations, radical ideas and fluid combat together with a solid platform-styled experience. Sad to say, it isn't without some shortcomings. The game stays rooted as a platformer so you'll be jumping off ledges, landing carefully moving platforms and bouncing off mushrooms. To help you traverse through trickier levels, Alice is able to do double-jumps, air glides, and mid-air dashes. To keep things fresh, environmental gimmicks like steam vents keep Alice afloat to reach up to specific areas. There are also hidden pig snouts that you'll have to shoot for secret areas if you wish to fully complete the game. Whenever you feel lost, Alice's shrunken form (which is toggled by hitting the left- ctrl button) helps her see hints and clues otherwise hidden in her normal form. These clues are purple in colour and I am going to assume that they were markings denoted by the eerie Cheshire Cat. Speaking of that cat, he appears occasionally to suggestsubtlehintstohelpinyouradventuresinWonderland. Alice: Madness Returns PC Game Review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/alice-madness-returns-pc-game- review/12916.html July 11th, 2011 Alice: Madness Returns is the sequel to the popular 2000 Windows and Mac game, American McGee's Alice. And this time, Alice is still haunted by her past memories and she Alice's acrobatic finesse doesn't just help her traverse Wonderland. You will have to apply these skills in combat as well. The ability to dash and jump helps her dodge enemy attacks and pull herself out of danger when she is being surrounded. The game seems to pace the amount of enemies thrown at you by beginning with a small handful of foes, and eventually throwing everything in the sink at you as you progress. You will be up against some of the weirdest concoctions of enemies that include spider-like teapots, slugs, three-headed goop things, humanoid ants and more. Toolstodispatchyourassailantscomeinavarietyofweapons. Some examples are the Vorpal Blade (which is in reality a huge kitchen knife), a Pepper Grinder, and a "Rabbit Bomb". Each weapon is effective for specific monsters and you will find yourself switching them up on the fly. Thankfully, combat is fluid and once you have mastered the timing of dodging attacks,youwillfindyourselffeelinglikeanexpertcombatant. This is, of course, much more sensational if you managed to strike down every enemy without taking any hits. Sadly, we also found the Focus mode to function like a double- edged sword during combat. While it allows you to target enemies, the camera would change angle and sometimes 4

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July 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Mozilla moves Firefox 6 to Beta channel, version 7 and 8 now in the works Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mozilla-moves-firefox-6-to-beta- channel-version-7-and-8-now-in-the-works/12917.html July 11th, 2011 AreyouafanofGoogle'squick-releasescheduleforitsChrome web browser? Well, if you are, the latest piece of news concerning Mozilla and its FireFox web browser will probably appeal to you as well. Apparently, in less than a month after Firefox 5 has been launched, the browser vendor has already made the move to "promote" version six of its web browser to the Beta channel. And based on what we are seeing from the release schedules, it does not seem to be long before Firefox 7 and Firefox 8 will be finally upon us. Read on to find out more. Are you game to test out a web browser that has just recently been moved up from "Alpha" to "Beta" status? Well, if your answer to that question is a resounding "Yes", Mozilla will probably be glad to have a tester like you, for the browser vendor has in a recent announced revealed that the next version of its Firefox web browser, Firefox 6, is now available for public download via the Beta channel, where it will stay for thenext36daysuntilitgetsbumpeduptotheReleasechannel on August 16. preventsyoufromseeingwhat'sgoingonbehindyou.Enemies in Wonderland LOVE to sneak up from behind. According to the release notes that have been published for the Beta version of Firefox 6, the new browser is expected to provide users with more control over their privacy, and it comes in the form of what Mozilla dubs the new Data Management Window. Apparently, a report posted by The H claims that keying the string " about:permissions " into the address bar of Firefox 6 will bring up a list of options to fine tune the kind of data Firefox will allow online content to access, as shown in our example below: The H also claims that other user-centric enhancements that managed to make their way into the Beta release of Firefox 6 include a new Plugin Check tool which "automatically verifies the compatibility of installed plugins" such as Adobe's Flash Player,atrimmed-downstartuptimeandsupportforversion7 oftheWebSocketprotocol.Moreimportantly,theBetarelease of Firefox 6 is reportedly enhanced with better support for HTML5, DOM level 3 and newer networking technologies, among many other developer-centric improvements that are well documented in Firefox 6's developer pages . That being said, the fact that Mozilla has moved Firefox 6 up from the Alpha channel to its Beta channel means that something else needs to occupy the vaccant spot left behind by it in the Alpha channel. And this honour falls to what will eventually be known as Firefox 7, which has already been moved to the Aurora channel and is expected to take its place in the Beta channel come August 16, where Firefox 6 will be pushed out for its official release. Last but definitely not least, those who prefer to live on the bleeding edge of technology can also check out Mozilla's 5

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July 11th, 2011 Nightly channel, which is where channel Firefox 8 currently resides in. Of course, since we are talking about pre-release software, the same warnings about Mozilla's browsers potentially borking up your system badly is a possibility, so make sure you got your backups done and more importantly, resist the urge to load these browsers on production machines unless you want to give your office's IT department a royal nightmare. Purported AMD Bulldozer Benchmarks Leaked Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/purported-amd-bulldozer-benchmarks- leaked/12914.html July 11th, 2011 DonanimHaber have run an AMD FX engineering sample through a battery of tests. The engineering sample is said to be a B1 stepping chip clocked at 3.2 GHz. The Turbo Core 2.0 can up the clock speed up to 3.6 GHz with all cores active, or a whopping4.2GHzwithonly50%(i.e.4cores)active.Needless to say, these are likely not the final shipping clock speeds. The sample features 2MB L2 cache per module, for a total of 8MB and 8MB L3 cache shared between all modules (and cores). The motherboard used was a Gigabye 990FXA-UD5, a high end 990 FX motherboard. The GPU paired is a GeForce GTX 580. We have compiled a table of the benchmarks as reported by DonanimHaber. Benchmark Score 3DMark11 Fritz Chess P6265 29.58, 14197 kn/sec PCMark 7 3045 Cinebench R10 24434 X264 45.39 fps (P2), 136.29 (P1) In addition, it took 19.5 seconds to complete SuperPi 1M, which is much slower than Intel competition. However, in real world benchmarks, the story is rather different. In X264 Pass 1 the Bulldozer sample (henceforth mentioned as simply "BD")resultsawhopping136.29fps.Toputthisinperspective, Intel's fastest CPUs can only manage ~100 fps. However, it is Published by: VR-Zone always Pass 2 that is the real test. BD completes with 45.39 fps. The typical speed for a Core i7 2600K is ~36 fps, while Intel's 12-thread goliaths complete in the ~47 fps range. BD is clearly far superior to the 8-thread Sandy Bridge, while nearly catching up to the Gulftown champions. Even more impressive is the 3D Mark 11. While this score depends from platform to platform, when coupled with a GTX 580, the previous 3D Mark 11 champ Core i7 2600K struggles to achieve the P6000 mark, typically. BD easily sails by with P6265. In Fritz Chess, BD overpowers Core i7 2600K yet again, with a score of 14197 kn/sec. However, it falls short of GulftownCPUs,whicharetypicallyinthe17000-18000range. Finaly, in Cinebench R10, BD returns a score of 24434. With this score, it slots right in between Core i7 2600K and Core i7 990X. Theresultsareconsistent,forthemostpart.Inmulti-threaded applications,BDsignificantlyoutperformsCorei72600K,and almostcatchesupwith6-coreGulftown.Inlessmuti-threaded applications, like 3D Mark 11 or X264 Pass 1, thanks to an incredible1GHzTurboCore,BDovertakesGulftownCPUs.In all situations, BD ended up well ahead of Core i7 2600K. In every situation, BD was massively faster than Phenom II X6 1100T - more than 50% in many cases. Ofcourse,thesebenchmarksandcomparisonsshouldbetaken with a grain of salt - especially it being an engineering sample. If previous rumours of stock clocks up to 3.8 GHz and a price tag of only $320 are true, AMD could have a real winner on their hands. Even with the engineering sample's clock of 3.2 GHz,a$320isabargainforaCPUofthispower,wipingfloors with the mighty and similarly priced Core i7 2600K. Having been delayed, FX-Series CPUs are now expected to release for desktops in the late August / early September timeline, with more information expected in the coming weeks. HTC to start unlocking devices via firmware updates this August Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/htc-to-start-unlocking-devices-via- firmware-updates-this-august/12915.html July 11th, 2011 Remember how HTC made headlines not too long ago when theTaiwanesesmartphoneOEMclaimedthatitwilleventually sell its smartphones without locking down the bootloader? Turns out that users need not have to worry about older devices not getting some unlockable love fron HTC, for the company has announced that it will be issuing a firmware update to unlock the bootloader on some of its devices come this August. Read on to find out more. OEMs may lock down the bootloaders on their smartphones over perfectly valid security concerns, but it does not change the fact that such actions seldom, if ever sit well with tinkers 6

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July 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone According to the information posted by HTC, the HTC Sensation will be the first device to have its bootloader unlocked via the firmware update that is slated to be releasedsometimeinAugustthisyear,whilethecarrier-locked versionsofthesamedeviceforT-MobileandtheHTCEVO3D are expected to follow along shortly. In addition, the company has confirmed its plans to roll out the software update to other device, although it chose to remain silent about which models would be eligible for the firmware update. We’re thrilled to announce today that software updates to support bootloader unlocking will begin rolling out in August for the global HTC Sensation, followed by the HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile USA and the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint. We’re in the testing phasefortheunlockingcapabilitynow,andweexpect it to be fully operational by early September for devices that have received the software updates. We'll continuerollingouttheunlockingcapabilityovertime to other devices as part of maintenance releases and new shipments. and the hacker community, and for good reason. After all, it inteferes with the ability to install custom ROMs that can potentially provide a much greater experience than what the stock OEM ROM is capable of delivering. However, owners of HTC-branded smartphones can probably breathe a sigh of relief about not having to deal with this issue of locked bootloaders much longer, as the Tawanese smartphone OEM has recently announced on its Facebook page that it is on track to deliver a firmware update come August that will unlock the bootloader on certain HTC smartphones. Still, it does not change the fact that this piece of news will undoubtedly be well-received by many owners of HTC handsets who have been clamoring for unlocked bootloaders but have yet to so via third-party means over fears of potential brickingandvoidingofwarranty.NowallthatHTCneedstodo is to release a list of handset models will eventually be blessed with the bootloader unlocking firmware and all be nice and well. MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011 Asia Pacific Final - Wrapping Up Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-master-overclocking-arena-2011- asia-pacific-final--wrapping-up/12905.html July 11th, 2011 All good things must come to an end. We thus bring you the last part of our special report on the MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011 Asia Pacific Final. The beginning of the second day at the MSI Master OverclockingArena2011AsiaPacificFinalstartedwithapanel discussion involving principally MSI's marketing, as well as Research & Development (R&D) teams. Moderated by Tim Marshall, overclockers were able to talk directly with MSI staff on possible improvements that could be made to MSI's growing range of enthusiast-oriented products. 7

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July 11th, 2011 "T_M" looks unaware of all those "Lucky_n00b" assaults coming up. Published by: VR-Zone "Lucky_n00b" looking ready to take over the world (or the discussion at least). 8

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July 11th, 2011 "Just one more question, Tim." Published by: VR-Zone OCAU journalist "dirtyd" realises that his patience has reached its half-life. Planex introduces collectable WiFi dongles based off popular Japanese pop culture icons Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/planex-introduces-collectable-wifi- dongles-based-off-popular-japanese-pop-culture-icons/12912.html July 11th, 2011 WiFi dongles are supposed to be used as tools for getting online via a wireless connection and not for putting them up as exhibits, right? Well, tell that to Planex; the company has just introduced a new line of collectable WiFi dongles based off popular Japanese anime characters, some of which are cute enough to probably make anybody reconsider actually connecting them to a PC at all. Read on to find out more... Speak of USB WiFi dongles to most people and chances are they will tell you all about how generic and uninspiring such devices tend to look, and for good reason. After all, USB WiFi dongles are designed to be nothing more than tools that allow users to connect to the Internet via a wireless connection and arenotmeanttodrawattentiontothemselves.However,leave it to Japanese company PLANEX Communications to break the mould with the introduction of its new GW-USPetit line of USB WiFi dongles, which are sure to change the way you look that these tools forever. "DFORDOG" converses with "TOPPC" on improving power delivery. "Deanzo" decided to give "T_M" a long lecture on how to use MSI Afterburner 's profile settings: 9

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July 11th, 2011 While they may sport different designs, the hardware behind the collectible WiFi dongles are identical; hidden beneath the surface is a wireless chipset which supports the 802.11 n specifications and is capable of data transfer speeds of up to 150mbps. In addition, PLANEX has confirmed that the device is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS X, so you should not have to worry about any form of hardware or driver incompatibilities when using the WiFi dongles on your operating system of choice. Last but definitely not least, PLANEX has revealed that the dongles are based off four very popular Japanese pop culture icons, namely One Piece, Rilakkuma, Hello Kitty and more interestingly, Evangelion (in the form of Rei Ayanami and Asuka Langley Soryu), and that they will all cost 3,150 yen (appox US$39) apiece, regardless of design. Samsung Nexus S goes to space, on NASA's final space shuttle Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-nexus-s-goes-to-space-on- nasa-s-final-space-shuttle/12913.html July 11th, 2011 astronauts. Published by: VR-Zone Samsung and Google have jointly announced that the Nexus S is aboard NASA’s final space shuttle. The Nexus S from Google is part of research that will equip small, free- flying satellites called Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) used by the astronauts to provide a broader range of capabilities and give better communication between land and sky. Nexus S claims to be the first commercial smartphone certified by NASA to fly on the space shuttle and to be cleared for use on the International Space Station. The experiment will use the smartphone-enhancedSPHERESasremotelyoperatedrobots to conduct interior survey and inspections of the station, to capture mobile camera images and video, and to study how robots can support future human exploration. Source: Korea Newswire Motorola XT531 Domino + touchscreen Android smartphone to launch in August Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/motorola-xt531-domino-touchscreen- android-smartphone-to-launch-in-august/12911.html July 11th, 2011 The second official Google Phone, also known as the Nexus S manufactured by Samsung, has gone into space and according to the Korean manufacturer, the smartphone is onboard of NASA's final space shuttle as part of research for use by A new Motorola XT531 (also known as Domino+) is scheduled to launch in August. The Android touchscreen smartphone is reportedly to have a 3.5-inch display that supports HVGA resolution. Read on for details. 10

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July 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone and Xoom tablet devices and recently, the company has quietly announced a new smartphone, known as Domino+ (model:XT531).TheMotorolaDomino+XT531comesinblack or white flavors with glossy piano finish and sports a 3.5- inch HVGA display, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and powered by 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processor. It will also run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and according to sources, the Domino+ XT531 will retail at 2198 yuan (or approximately US$340). Samsung releases upgraded mono laser printers, slaps on new colours on them in the process Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-releases-upgraded-mono- laser-printers-slaps-on-new-colours-on-them-in-the-process/12910.html July 11th, 2011 Think that desktop PCs, notebooks, tablets and smartphones are the only devices which OEMs are willing to bless with hardware upgrades in order to ensure that they are capable of meeting consumers' ever-changing demands? Apparently, as far as Samsung is concerned, printers are also fair game for such upgrades, and leave it to the Korean electronics giant to do exactly that for its mono laser printers in the form of four new souped-up models. Upgrading the hardware of devices such as desktop PCs, notebooks, tablets and smartphones are acts which OEMs commonly engage in, as it allows them to deliver a faster and more up-to-date version of an existing product which is more suited to meeting the every-growing list of demands made by consumers. And as far as Samsung is concerned, it would seem that printers are also fair game for such upgrades, for the Korean electronics giant has just announced the launch of 11 four upgraded mono laser printers which it claims are "ideal for personal, home office and small office users". has done well this year with their new Atrix smartphone Accordingtotheofficialpressrelease,threeofthefourmodels will be based of Samsung's existing ML-1660 monochrome laser printer, and will bear the model names ML-1673, ML-1674 and ML-1678. Feature and performance-wise, they are essentially identical to the older ML-1660 monochrome laser printer in that the ML-1673, ML-1674 and ML-1678 will all share the same body and maximum printing speed of 16PPM, although Samsung claims that the newer models will give consumers the options to choose between three different colours to suit their working environment; blue (ML-1673), ivory (ML-1674) and pink (ML-1678). In addition, Samsung clams that the ML-1673, ML-1674 and ML-1678 will feature print resolutions of up to 1200 x 1200 and a faster 300MHz processor (versus the ML-1660's 1200 x 600dpi resolution and 150MHz processor) On the other hand, the fourth model is an upgraded version of the ML-2525 and will be marketed as the ML-2540K. While little about the ML-2540K's hardware specifications has been announced, Samsung has confirmed that the ML-2540K will feature a faster print speed at 24PPM and consume up to 23% lesser energy than its predecessor. In addition, Samsung is claiming that the new printer models are capable of enhance the daily user experience thanks to the integration of its one- touch print screen function onto the printer, which allows for easy printing on the contents that are currently displayed on a user's monitor. Nomentionaboutglobalavailabilityfortheupgradedprinters has been revealed by Samsung yet, although the company has claimed that the ML-167x series of printers will be selling in Korea at the price of 104,000 won (approx US$98), while the ML-2540K will cost users 159,000 won (approx US$150) M1 customers stand to win tickets to Faye Wong concert Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/m1-customers-stand-to-win-tickets-to- faye-wong-concert/12908.html

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July 11th, 2011 July 11th, 2011 Chinese singer and song-writer Faye Wong will be performing inSingaporeon29OctoberandifyouareanM1customer,you not only have priority booking but you also stand a chance to win a pair of tickets to the concert. More details inside. From the official news release, the M1 presents Faye Wong 2011 Concert Tour SunPerks points redemption promotion will commence from 9am on 11 July and conclude at midnight of 10 August 2011. Results will be announced on 25 August 2011. For more details, visit www.m1.com.sg/faye On top of that, according to SISTIC website, the official Faye Wong concert tee-shirt will also be given to the first 80 M1 customers, though whether that applies to the winners for the pair of tickets, it wasn't stated on the website. Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cables said to breach HDMI spec Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mini-displayport-to-hdmi-cables-said- to-breach-hdmi-spec/12907.html Published by: VR-Zone July 11th, 2011 Here's one of these stories that makes you wonder how silly things can get. The organization behind the HDMI specification, HDMI.org has gone out and said that mini DisplayPorttoHDMIcablesarebreachingtheHDMIspecand as such they're not to be sold. Here's one of these stories that makes you wonder how silly things can get. The organization behind the HDMI specification, HDMI.org has gone out and said that mini DisplayPorttoHDMIcablesarebreachingtheHDMIspecand as such they're not to be sold. Yes, you did read that correct, as apparently the HDMI specifications states that all HDMI cables has to have a male HDMIconnectorinbothends.Talkaboutbeingoverprotective over a standard that is already raking in millions in royalty payments that every cable and device makers has to pony up to the HDMI.org. SingTel may have their Lady Gaga showcase (which happened last week), but rival telco operator M1 also has something in their sleeves. Well, if you are a fan of popular Chinese singer Faye Wong, and also an existing M1 customer, you're in for a treat. M1 customers stand a chance to win a pair of tickets to Faye Wong's concert which is happening at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 29 October. All you need to do is simply redeem 50 SunPerks Points for a chance to win in the lucky draw. The ticket is priced at S$446 and there are altogether 400 pairs of tickets available for grabs. The cables in question aren't that widely in use so far, as the mini DisplayPort connector was only widely used on Apple's MacBook range of computers last year after having become a part of the DisplayPort standard in late 2009. The problem is that the DisplayPort interface doesn't use LVDS signalling like HDMI and DVI, so an active or passive adapter is needed and this is built into the cables that are now being pulled from the market. HDMI.org's solution to the problem is also ridiculous, as they're telling consumers to go out and buy a dongle with an adapterbuiltintofromminiDisplayPorttofemaleHDMIport, as these types of adapters are approved. We really can't see what kind of different it would make, except for the fact that it's an additional cost and hassle for consumers. Apparently the HDMI.org has recognized the fact that consumers want a single cable, but their only response right now is to say that such a cable can't be produced under the current licensing system, a pretty weak response in our opinion. 12

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July 11th, 2011 MSI announces the X460 notebook series Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-announces-the-x460-notebook- series/12906.html July 11th, 2011 We got an early look at MSI's new X460 series of notebooks backatComputex,butnowthecompanyhasofficiallyunveiled its new models. We've gotten our hands on the first official pictures of the X460 beyond the tiny ones supplied with the pressreleaseandwehavetosaythatthislookslikeyetanother interesting notebook from MSI. We got an early look at MSI's new X460 series of notebooks backat Computex ,butnowthecompanyhasofficiallyunveiled its new models. We've gotten our hands on the first official pictures of the X460 beyond the tiny ones supplied with the pressreleaseandwehavetosaythatthislookslikeyetanother interesting notebook from MSI. MSI's latest addition to its X-series of slim and light notebooks consists of the X460 and X460D. The X460 relies on integrated graphics while the X460D sports an nVidia GeForce GT540M. However, the X460 is available with a Core i7-2630QM CPU, while both models will otherwise feature the Core i5-2410M. Published by: VR-Zone MSI claims up to 8h battery life, but this is in low power mode and we really expected more from the 65Wh battery pack. The X460 weighs in at 1.98kg while the X460DX is a smidgen heavier at an even 2kg. Not exactly what we'd call light and at 22.3mmthick,itdoesn'tquitefitinthethincategorybytoday's standards either. That said, it's not bad for a 14-inch notebook with a built in optical drive. No word on a swappable drive option as per what we were told at Computex, but hopefully this will arrive later. Common features include a standard notebook resolution 1366x768 14-inch display – although MSI claims up to 170 degree viewing angles from the screen – up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, up to 750GB of storage and a built in optical drive. In terms of connectivity both models feature HDMI, D-sub, two USB 3.0, a single USB 2.0, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0+HSandGigabitEthernet.There'sofcoursealsoamemory card reader and an HD (720p) capable webcam. 13

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July 11th, 2011 MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011 Asia Pacific Final - Results, Winners, & The Road To Both Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-master-overclocking-arena-2011- asia-pacific-final--results-winners--the-road-to-both/12903.html July 11th, 2011 We take a look at the MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011 Asia Pacific Final results and whatever else which led to that. By 6.00 pm, one hour away from the end of the competition, twooftheempty100-oddlitretankshavealreadybeencleared out of the battle grounds. Relative to the Super PI round, the second leg of the competition - 3DMark 11 - is heavy thermal load indeed. More tanks were carted away as organisers laid out the prizes at the front: processors. The second component, which weighs more on the score is none other than Futuremark 3DMark 11 . MSI Published by: VR-Zone Compiled results brought to you by OVERCLOCKING-TV . Manyteamsthatwereleadingduringthe SuperPI roundwere found to be slipping down the slippery rungs of the results ladderasissuespiledupunderthefrost.TaiwanandMalaysia, both of which took the lead for Super PI 32M were found in the middle of the scoreboard as contestants launched into 3D. Australia climbed quickly with their strong 3DMark 11 results to join others at the top. The highest 3DMark 11 scores were generated by China. However, due to wallpaper non-compliance, the results were eventually voided. Team Katana simply spent the last minutes defeating themselves - a great way to redeem the Super PI mishap they incurred earlier on. Then it was time for more dancing: Stress takes on a physical form. The two components of the contestants' score are split 60/40: Like leaded non-eutectic solder. The first component - Super PI 32M - requires contestants to fix their processor core speed multiplier at 50 or less so as to account for the large variability seen in the average spread of Sandy Bridge-type desktop Guess the number of FFB-type blowers required to achieve such floppy hairstyles. submarines anyone? MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011 Asia Pacific Final - Booting Up The Arena Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-master-overclocking-arena-2011- asia-pacific-final--booting-up-the-arena/12902.html 14

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July 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone July 11th, 2011 We missed out on the customary details just to pump out our Ten Page Special. Time to roll back the clock, so we get to see more of the beginning! To kick off the event, MSI arranged some saucy young things on stage. That might be the rage these days. Jason Lee, Marketing Director of MSI. Present to grace the event was Hinajana July, Director of PT. Alfa Arha Andhaya. Alfa Arha Andhaya distributes MSI products in Indonesia. Hinajana July, Director of PT. Alfa Arha Andhaya Special guest, Dr. Engkos Koswara N. M. Sc/ Advisor ICT (Information Communication Technology & Transportation) was invited to give his speech as well. Capturingsaucyyoungthingsonyourcameraphonehowever, is something that has never stopped raging. Jason Lee, Marketing Director of MSI talks about MOA and proffers "thank yous" to all: Dr. Engkos Koswara N. M. Sc/ Advisor ICT (Information Communication Technology & Transportation). 15

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July 11th, 2011 Sony introduces new Micro Vault P series flash drives; up to 64GB Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-introduces-new-micro-vault-p- series-flash-drives-up-to-64gb/12904.html July 11th, 2011 Sony called their USB flash drive, Micro Vault and recently, the company has announced their new Micro Vault P series in Singapore with capacities of from 4GB to 64GB. The P series claimtobemoresleekandcompactwhichallowsuserstocarry with them conveniently. included its popular Click feature that let users reveal the USB connector without adding length to the body and protect it when not in use. Software for the Micro Vault P series includes File Rescue and x – Pict Story. File rescue provides recovery of important data that might have been deleted by mistake, while x – Pict Story allows the creation of an automated photo presentation using the files stored on the Micro Vault. Featuring storage capacitiesin4GB,8GB,16GB,32GB,and64GB,thenewMicro Published by: VR-Zone Chill Innovation KB-1BT Bluetooth Micro Keyboard review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/chill-innovation-kb-1bt-bluetooth- micro-keyboard-review/12900.html July 11th, 2011 Chill Innovation is a company founded back in 1996 and originating from Denmark, focusing mostly on high quality power supplies and silent cooling solutions. Today however we are not going to review either a power supply or a coolingsolution;ChillInnovation’slatestproductisaversatile bluetooth micro-keyboard for multimedia applications, the KB-1BT. Introduction Chill Innovation is a company founded back in 1996 and originating from Denmark, focusing mostly on high quality power supplies and silent cooling solutions. Today however we are not going to review either a power supply or a coolingsolution;ChillInnovation’slatestproductisaversatile bluetooth micro-keyboard for multimedia applications, the KB-1BT. SonyElectronicsAsiaPacifichasrecentlyintroducedtheirnew new high capacity Micro Vault P Series flash drives for users to store and share their songs, photos and videos easier. Withstoragecapacitiesofupto64GB,theMicroVaultPSeries features a small, stylish and easy-to carry design that gives users all the space they need wherever they go. Available in black or white, the Micro Vault P series has a slim profile, and a strap hole makes attaching to a key chain or mobile phone a snap. A 360-degree LED at the tip lets users know when data is being written, and when it is safe to remove. Sony has also Manufacturer’s features and specifications • Compact & Ultra-Slim design! • Multiple Platform Support! • Great for both business & pleasure! • Everything you need - in one device! • USB Nano Bluetooth Dongle included! Vault P Series will be available in Asia Pacific from mid-July 2011. Pricing details not available at press time. • 71 keys with Backlighting • Multimedia & function keys 16

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Dimensions: 31 x 31 mm Packaging: 103 x 192 x 53 mm Gross weight: 380g Bluetooth ® 2.0 Wireless Technology 30 days (battery standby time) 17 July 11th, 2011 • LED Flashlight or Laser Pointer built-in depending on model • Touchpad o o o o o Resolution: 400 DPI Supports 'point and click' 90degreerotationkey(horizontalandverticaluse) Sensitivity/speed toggle key • Dimensions and weight o Keyboard: 155mm x 61mm x 12mm o Net weight: 102g (including dongle) o o • Connection o o o Point-to-point technology pre-configured keyboard (Does not work as Hub) Up to 10 meter range • Power and battery o o o o o o Full-charge: approx. 4 hours Fast-charge: approx. 10 minutes for one day's use Battery: 850 mAH Lithium Polymer Power consumption (without backlight): <12mA Standby consumption: <1.3mA • Approvals o o o CE FCC RoHS • Compatibility:* o o o o o o o o Windows XP / Vista / 7, Mac & Linux-based PCs, Notebooks & Tablets. Apple iPad / iPad2 Apple iPhone & iPod Touch with OS 4.0 Windows Mobile 6.1 and 6.5 Nokia Symbian Google Android Sony Playstation 3 Allotherdeviceswithbuilt-insupportforBluetooth HID keyboards. Published by: VR-Zone MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011 Asia Pacific Final - Ten Page Special Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-master-overclocking-arena-2011- asia-pacific-final--ten-page-special/12899.html July 11th, 2011 This ten-page special is dedicated to the blood, sweat, tears and spent liquid nitrogen that went into the MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011 Asia Pacific Final here in Jakarta, Indonesia. Overclocking, hurray! Evaporating liquid nitrogen in a humid equatorial country like Indonesia is a spectacular sight. The gargle and spit of liquidnitrogenstirringvehementlyinanevaporatoristhevery sign of life in a healthy benchmarking setup. The coordination necessary for sub-zero overclocking is difficult to fathom for those who have never attempted so. For the rest - such as the participants of the MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011 Asia Pacific Final - it is likely an irreplaceable addiction. PaulC fills it up.

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July 11th, 2011 Their silicon is might be sub-zero, but "Lam" from the Hong Kong team is under-20. The Ice Kachang maker. Published by: VR-Zone Better than watching fireworks. Way cooler too. The Daily VR-Zone News Summary - 8 July 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--8- july-2011/12599.html 18

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July 11th, 2011 July 11th, 2011 In today's news roundup: The Intel Core i3-2120 is a very capable processor that felt just as fast and responsive on the desktop as the higher-end Core i5-2600K processor; Kingston's DataTraveler Ultimate G2 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive features read/write data transfer speeds well exceeding the 150MB/s barrier; Apple's rumored next iPad could have a higher-resolution screen; According to a few lines of newly discovered code, is Facebook coming up with their music service? ; The Medic and Assault classes will be merged in Battlefield 3's multiplayer mode, and Developer Playdead confirmed the release of Limbo for PlayStation 3 in the U.S. on July 19. Hardware news Description:TheIntelCorei3-2120isaverycapableprocessor for the $149.68 price tag that online retailers are asking for it. It was able to do everything we asked it to during testing and the test system felt just as fast and responsive on the desktop as the higher-end Core i5-2600K processor. It was only when we got deep into the benchmarking that we were able to find the strengths and weaknesses of the Core i3-2120 Description: With Read/Write data transfer speeds well exceeding the 150MB/s barrier the latest DataTraveler Ultimate G2 64 USB 3.0 flash drive by Kingston is without doubt the fastest USB flash drive to pass from our test bench to date. Description: The Razer Hydra PC motion controller delivers silky-smooth, responsive motion control, but its overall performanceishighlydependentuponwhich(andwhattypes) of games you play—and your own willingness to put up with the learning curve it imposes. Description: With the Z68X-UD7-B3 Gigabyte presents it flagship model which supports Intels latest Sandy Bridge CPUs.Thisboardalsocomeswiththenewcolorschemewhich really is very nice to look at. Furthermore there is the long feature list which comes with every motherboard that is based on Intels latest Z68 chipset. Description: Today we're going to be looking at our first A75 chipset motherboard in the form of the ASUS F1A75-V Pro. Of course, we've already done a big preview on this board that covered everything on the board and the BIOS; because of that we'll be getting straight into the test system, talk about overclocking and get into the performance side of things. Description: The Genesis is very unique in its design; it is composedoftworadiators,oneuprightandtheotherdesigned as a down-draft heatsink to cool memory modules, MOSFETs and the motherboard Northbridge. This makes the Genesis a very versatile cooler and a promising one at that as it combines the sheer cooling potential of a regular heatsink and themotherboardcoolingcapabilityofdown-draftcoolerssuch as the Noctua NH-C14. Consumer Electronics and Software news 19 Published by: VR-Zone Description: Google said its new unveiled social communication service, Google+, will likely be made available to its business customers by the end of the year. Thus far, the system is not geared for enterprise use yet. Description: Apple's rumored next iPad could have a higher- resolution screen capable of being used for high-end video editing and photography, analysts say. Description: The one iPhone/two iPhone fifth-gen rumor mill continues to grind, and after yesterday’s supposedly definitive claims that Apple was readying a single iPhone 5 for launch in September this year, rather than a two model lineup including an iPhone 4S, now there’s more intel suggesting otherwise. Description: After 32 raids across Italy (and one in Switzerland), 15 alleged members of Anonymous have been arrested. The detainees, aged between 15 and 28 with five under 18, have been accused of performing denial of service attacks on Italian Web sites belonging to the government, and on both state and private broadcasters. Description: A long-anticipated music streaming, downloading, and sharing service could be on the very near horizon for Facebook users, as a few lines of newly discovered code found by blogger Jeff Rose suggest. Description: While the HTC ThunderBolt remains without its crucial update to Gingerbread, it appears that Verizon is prepping to get Android 2.3 out to another phone in the very near future as documentation has appeared today indicating that the Droid Incredible 2 Gingerbread update is imminent. Gaming news Description: Electronic Arts and studio Criterion Games will release a new, downloadable Burnout game this fall for the PlayStationNetworkandXboxLive.BurnoutCrash!willfocus on the franchise's Crash mode, where players rack up points by slamming into vehicles and triggering explosions. Description: Developer Playdead confirmed the release of Limbo for PlayStation 3 in the U.S. on July 19. It hits Europe a day later on July 20. A price has not been revealed. Limbo will hitSteamworldwideonAugust2.AJapanreleasedatehasnot been decided yet. Description: DICE has revealed that the Medic and Assault classes will be merged in Battlefield 3's multiplayer mode, and it's eradicating the dedicated doctor and handing lifesaving duties to the Assault men. Mach Xtreme Joins the SandForce Party; MX-DS TURBO SSDs Incoming Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mach-xtreme-joins-the-sandforce- party-mx-ds-turbo-ssds-incoming/12895.html July 11th, 2011

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July 11th, 2011 Mach Xtreme has become the latest entrant to the SandForce SF-2000 party with their MX-DS Turbo series of solid state drives.SpecificationslooksimilartothoseofSandForce-based drives from other manufacturers, and a three-year warranty is also par for the course. The MX-DS Turbo series will be availableincapacitiesrangingfromamodest120GBtoamind (and wallet) blowing 480GB. Mach Xtreme has announced their first Sandforce SF-2000- based solid state drives. The MX-DS TURBO series of SSDs is optimized for use with SATA 6Gbps, and will be available in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities as well as the less common 180GB size. The drives are backed by three-year warranties. The MX-DS TURBO joins the growing ranks of SF-2000- based SSDs. Pricing has not been stated but, given the amount of competition out there, can be expected to be aggressive. Taipei, Taiwan—July 08, 2011— Mach Xtreme Technology Inc., a worldwide leader in top perfor- mance, high reliability and user friendly designed PC components, today unveiled the 2.5” SATAIII MX-DS TURBO Series SSD. This series offers mobile and desktop users groundbreaking computing experience and unparalleled level of read and write performance. Advanced high speed SATAIII interface has been implemented in newer systems to remove previous performance bottleneck. The MX-DS TURBO Series is perfect to take advantage of that higher speed interface. This SSD series delivers performance that maximizes the throughput of a SATA III 6Gb/s interface with balanced read/write speeds. It supports DuraClass™ and DuraWrite™ technologies. DuraClass™ technology provides best-in-class endurance, performance and low power consump- 20 Published by: VR-Zone tion. DuraWrite™ technology optimizes writes to the ash memory over conventional controllers increasing the overall endurance and reliability of the complete SSD. Highly intelligent block man- agement and wear leveling also extends the overall endurance. It maintains backwards compatibil- ity with existing SATA II 3.0 Gb/s and SATA I 1.5 Gb/ s interfaces. The MX-MD TURBO drive delivers best-in-class read and write speeds clocking in at up to 555MB/s read and 510MB/s write along with the stunning maximum of 85,000 IOPS, low power consumption (stand-by 1.6W / active up to 2.8W) and superior durability (2.0 million MTBF) compared to previous generation SATA 3Gb/s drives. Available in capacities of 120GB, 180GB, 240GB and 480GB, Mach Xtreme Technology MX-DS TURBO SSDs come backed with 3 Year Warranty and outstanding after-sales service. See the original press release below: MX-DS TURBO Series 2.5” SSD at A Glance: • 2.5” SATA III MLC Solid State Drive • Max. Read Performance up to 555MB/s (480GB up to 500MB/s) • Max. Write Performance up to 510MB/s (480GB up to 420MB/s) • IOPS up to 85,000 • Power consumption: idle 1.6W / active 2.8W • MTBF: 2.0 million hours • Capacity: 120GB (MXSSD3MDST-120G), 180GB (MXSSD3MDST-180G), • 240GB (MXSSD3MDST-240G), and 480GB (MXSSD3MDST-480G) MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011 Asia Pacific Final - Setting Up & Some Setups Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-master-overclocking-arena-2011- asia-pacific-final--setting-up--some-setups/12896.html

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July 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone "ZoLKoRn" practises his proprietary paste-spreading technique: July 11th, 2011 See the whacky setups contestants assemble for the MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011 Asia Pacific Final. It's finally gearing up, alright! In the MOA battle grounds, trouble brews from the very beginning. Even the judges' table is a showcase of gung-ho- ism. Japan brought along a self-contained liquid-cooling kit, ready to be clamped in place for quick tests: The judges' table The Indonesian team's lineup of stuff, ready for deployment: Amongstthefirsttogettheirsystemsup;theVietnameseteam sure had a good idea of what to use the iPad for! Dell launches Access program in Southeast Asia Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/dell-launches-access-program-in- southeast-asia/12897.html 21

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July 11th, 2011 July 11th, 2011 In a world when consumerism reigns supreme, it is common knowledge that any company that does not make a serious attempt to connect and understand its customer base is not likely to remain in business for long. And it seems that Dell is only too aware of the importance of engaging with key influencers, for the company has taken yet another step to further reach out to the community with the launch of its new Dell Access program in a media event today held at the Art Trove. VR-Zone brings you the coverage. Nowadays, it would seem that merely delivering great productsthatarecapableofmeetingcustomers'demandsisno longerenough.Rather,today'sconsumersexpecttobeactively engaged as influencers who have a say in how a company's products should turn out, what features should be included into the final product, and so on. And it is clear that Dell is fullyawareoftheimportanceofengagingwiththecommunity, for the company has just announced the launch of its new Dell Access program which is designed to foster an exclusive community consisting of "brand advocates, influential media personalities and other key influencers to form a synergistic, passionate community that matters". Published by: VR-Zone "Dell Access is all about forging long-term relationships with the media, professional bloggers and key influencers. Members of Dell Access can expect to be invited to programs such as events, showcases, private workshops and product demonstrations," he said, while adding that such events will serveasplatformsforthecompanytoengagewithlike-minded people, as well as exchange ideas and discuss market trends. Unfortunately, Dell did not release any details pertaining to variousaspectsofitsAccessprogramsuchastherequirements (if any) to be met in order to be considered for admission into its exclusive inner circle yet. However, the company did announce that Access members can expect "a string of activitiesandannouncementsaroundtheregioninthecoming months", so do check back for updates. Lastbutdefinitelynotleast,hereareafewpicturesofthelovely ladies who were present at today's media event, which also served to double up as a showcase for Dell's various products such as its Streak and Venue mobile offerings, as well as its Alienware, Inspiron R, Vostro and XPS notebook lineups. Speaking at the event today was Dell's executive director for the consumer and SMB division for South Asia and Korea, Chue Chee Wai, who explained how Dell intends to make use of the new Access program to reach out to its community. 22

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July 11th, 2011 LG goes into portable gaming with Optimus 3D and games from Gameloft Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-goes-into-portable-gaming-with- optimus-3d-and-games-from-gameloft/12894.html Published by: VR-Zone July 11th, 2011 LG Korea has recently announced that it is jumping on the portable gaming market with its Optimus 3D smartphone and high quality games developed by Gameloft. According to the company,thephonewillcomepreloadedwithgamesandusers can download free and paid games in the coming months. LG has announced its entry into the handheld gaming market with the launch of the LG Optimus 3D in Korea and the introduction of 17 Stereoscopic 3D (S-3D) games from mobile video game developer Gameloft. Full versions of three Gameloft titles will come pre-installed on the new Optimus 3D smartphones with the remaining S-3Dgamesavailablefordownloadatsignificantlydiscounted prices for LG Optimus 3D owners. The three included S-3D games are Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, N.O.V.A. -- Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance and Let’s Golf! 2. The games were specifically chosen for the realism and immersive game play they would provide when digitally re-mastered into S-3D. Fourteen additional Gameloft S-3D games will be available for download via the 3D Games icon on the LG Optimus 3D. Titles including Assassin’s Creed: Altaïr’s Chronicles, James Cameron’s Avatar, Ultimate Spider Man: Total Mayhem, GT Racing:MotorAcademy,ShrekKart,ModernCombat2:Black Pegasus, Real Football 2011, Star Battalion, N.O.V.A. 2 -- Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, Dungeon Hunter 2, Fishing Kings, BackStab, Eternal Legacy and Shadow Guardian will be offered to Optimus 3D owners at half price for the first three months. Archer Craft, an LG produced S-3D game, will also be available as a free download. The LG Optimus 3D, the world’s first smartphone with full S-3D and Tri-Dual (dual-core, dual-channel, dual-memory) architecture, was designed for maximum performance and efficiency, ideal for the high processing power required for gaming and viewing videos. The LG Optimus 3D is currently being introduced in over 60 markets around the world. The preloaded games will be available from launch, with further 23

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July 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone StarHub announces availability of new mobile phone which recharges itself via solar energy Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/starhub-announces-availability-of-new- mobile-phone-which-recharges-itself-via-solar-energy/12893.html July 11th, 2011 Anybodywhohasserved,oriscurrentlyservingtheirNational Service will be fully aware of how much of a pain it is to hunt for a mobile phone which lacks a built-in camera unit and boasts a battery which is capable of extremely long uptimes on a single charge, especially since some camps still forbid their servicemen from bringing in their battery chargers. And leave it to StarHub with what is probably the best solution for such people,anditcomesintheformofiNOMobile'sphoneknown as the SOLO which can allegedly charge itself via solar power. Wait, say what? Choosing a proper mobile phone for National Service is never easy; in addition to the almost unreasonable requirement of gettingahandsetthatdoesnotsportabuilt-incameramodule, the device also need to boast an extremely long battery life, as somemilitarycampstodaystillenforcetheruleofnotallowing servicemen to bring their mobile phone chargers with them, due to various reasons. So what is a poor serviceman to do in the face of such restrictions? Well, thanks to StarHub, the answer is now as easy as pie, and it comes in the form of a new mobile phone from iNO Mobile known as the SOLO, which is reportedly capable of meeting the aforementioned restrictions, and then some. downloadable games rolling out over the coming months through a dedicated 3D Games icon. According to a press release issued by StarHub, the SOLO is designed to be an entry-level, affordable feature mobile phone that would appeal to military personnel and outdoor adventurers, a trait which StarHub attributes to the use of a solar charging battery in the SOLO. The company claims that users only have to place the rugged phone in an area which receieves a healthy amount of sunlight for the SOLO to recharge its lithium battery, with 24 hours being the magic number needed to attain a complete charge. In addition, StarHub has confirmed that the SOLO boasts an uptime of up to 200 hours when idle, or up to 200 minutes of talktime. In order to protect itself against the unintentional hard knocks and drops that are bound to happen in military life, StarHub has claimed that the SOLO will feature an Army-Green rubberise casing which protects the phone from such trauma, while further securing it against other hazzards such as splashes and dust.. Last but definitely not least, the SOLO will come equipped with a 1.8” LED screen with 65K colours, a mini-torchlight for night activities and an FMradio. Soundsinteresting?Well,ifyouthinkthattheSOLOwillmake a good mobile phone for your NS needs (or your son's NS needs, for that matter), we have got an additional piece of good news as well; StarHub has confirmed that the SOLO will be retailing at the relatively low price of S$99 with any one- year StarHub Mobile post-paid plan (exceptPowerValue 80) and can be purchased from all StarHub Shops and selected Exclusive Partners' outlets islandwide from 9 July onwards. Lenovo launches ThinkPad X1 in Singapore Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lenovo-launches-thinkpad-x1-in- singapore/12891.html 24

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July 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 claims to be the company's thinnest business laptop designed for the busy business professionals who want superb computing performance and portability. Weighing from 1.72kg, the ThinkPad X1 sports a 13.3-inch The laptop's keyboard has a "modernized" look and feel which the company claims would allow users to type 25% faster, and they are backlit that makes it easier to type even in dim- lighting situation. The power button and audio controls are laid neatly on the right edge of the keyboard. July 11th, 2011 Yesterday, Lenovo Singapore held a media event on a yacht at Marina@KeppelBaytolaunchtheirthinnestbusinesslaptop, the ThinkPad X1. VR-Zone brings you the coverage. Despite it's slim form factor, the X1 comes with the obligatory USB, HDMI, eSATA+USB, LAN, Wireless connectivity switch and memory card reader. Needless to say, there is no built-in optical drive, though Lenovo bundles an external DVD writer for use with the laptop. super bright infinity screen with Corning Gorilla glass that offers high durability and scratch-resistance. Lee Chown How, country general manager of Lenovo Singapore, talks about the company's new tagline - "For Those Who Do." - and also Lenovo's progress. "In Lenovo, we create the DO machines, the tools for users who see technology as an integral part of their lives. For them, technology is a tool to help them achieve the goals and be more productive. Our products are built to succeed with substance, tested with military specifications to achieve solid performance in any environment. The features and services that are built-in to our products also helped to drive down the immediate and long term costs. Each of the tools that 25

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July 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Sony Ericsson launches new Walkman-branded smartphone, the W8 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-ericsson-launches-new-walkman- branded-smartphone-the-w8/12892.html July 11th, 2011 Sony's Walkman is one of the more well-known brands when it comes to devices dealing with audio and video playback while on the move; as such, it is understandable that Japanese company is not about to let such an established brand fade to oblivion. And in what seems to be the best proof of Sony's commitment to the Walkman brand, the company has just announced the availability of yet another Walkman-branded smartphone, the W8, which Sony claims combines "Walkman functionality with smartphone fundamentals". Do you still remember the original line of Walkman-branded portable media players that were produced by Sony and highly regarded to be some of the best such devices in those days? Well, the good news is that the Walkman will still live on in Sony's product lineup, and the latest Walkman- branded device to leave Sony's factories for sale on the market today is a new smartphone known as the W8, which Sony claims combines "Walkman functionality with smartphone fundamentals" to provide a great user experience. 26 we incorporate into our ThinkPads and ThinkCentres are carefully developed with purposeful intent and helped to enhance end users experience," Lee said. Sony Ericsson claims that the W8 Walkman phone features a unique user interface similar to the one found on its Xperia mini product lineup, and that it can reportedly be user- customised for one-touch access to their most commonly used applications. In addition, the company has confirmed that the W8 will also come bundled with various standard features such as a 3.2 megapixel camera and wireless connectivity via 3G and WiFi, along with various other Walkman staples such asaWalkman-themedUIandwidgets,whilethesmartphone's display is provided by a three-inch capacitive touchscreen capable of HVGA resolutions, which Sony Ericsson claims is perfect for mobile gaming, browsing the web or watching Youtube videos. The W8's hardware is a little less impressive though; Sony Ericsson has confirmed that the W8 will feature a 600MHz processor and up to 128MB of built in memory, although the company was quick to point out that users can always expand the phone's available storage with the use of microSD cards of up to 16GB. Last but definitely not least, Sony Ericsson has announced that the W8 will be pre-loaded with version 2.1 (Eclair) of the Android operating system, along with support for the Android Market, although it made no mention about any possibility of a firmware upgrade to newer versions of Android. Still, if it is of any consolation, the company has claimed that the W8 will come with the MH 410 stereo headset as well as the MS450 stereo portable speakers. The Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman phone is currently available for sale in Singapore at the price of S$348 and sports a total of three different color schemes, namely Azure, Metallic Red and the "iconic Walkman Orange". Samsung releases prototype WebCL implementation for WebKit Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-releases-prototype-webcl- implementation-for-webkit/12890.html

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July 11th, 2011 July 11th, 2011 OpenCL may be a great API for giving applications access to the GPU for non-graphical computing in order to leverage its raw power for achieving greater performance levels, but the prominence of web-based apps means that there is a need to grant web developers the same low-level access in order to ensure that browser-based apps do not deliver sub-par performance, even when running off powerful hardware. This is where WebCL comes in, and it seems that the new standard has just been given a major boost in the form of Samsung's contribution of a prototype implementation for the WebKit rendering engine. We all know that OpenCL, along with NVIDIA's CUDA, are vital in bringing the benefits of general-purpose computing on GPUs (or GPGPU) to everyday applications in order to provide users with higher performance levels in their daily computing tasks. However, the growing importance of web- basedapplicationsmeansthatthereisaneedtoportOpenCL's GPGPUcapabiltiesintoamoreweb-friendlyformatinorderto ensure that online apps can gain access to the same low-level hardwareneededtodelivergreaterperformance.Andthegood news is that users may not have to wait too long for GPGPU support to make its way down to web apps, for word has it that Samsung has released a prototype implementation of WebCL for use with the WebKit rendering engine. According to a report published by Ars Technica, Samsung's prototype implementation was used to showcase how the technology "can be used to increase the frame rate of an animated N-body simulation on the Web". When put to the test against an identical simulation which made use of conventional JavaScript to achieve the same results, the JavaScript version was capable of achieving framerates of only up to 5-6 fps. This is in stark contrast to the same demo that was powered by Samsung's prototype WebCL implementation, which scored a maximum speed of up to 114 frames per second. Unprintable Content (Video, Flash, etc.) Samsung's prototype implemention of WebCL is reportedly only compatible with Apple's Safari web browser at this point of time, although Ars Technica has also claimed in that the Korean electronics giant has already open-sourced its WebCL implementation under the BSD license. Technically, this means that there is nothing to stop browser developers from checking out the source tree from Google Code (which is where the project is hosted) and collaborating to implement some form of rudimentary support in other WebKit-based browsers such as Google's Chrome. Inaddition, Nokiahasalsodevelopeditsownimplementation of WebCL which is apparently designed for use with the Gecko Runtime Enviroment, as it is currently compatble only with the Firefox web browser. However, not all Firefox users will 27 Published by: VR-Zone be able to take advantage of Nokia's implementation any time soon, as it only works with Firefox 4 and not the recently- released Firefox 5. This leaves Internet Explorer and Opera as the only browsers to lack any working implementations of WebCL, although we believe that this situation will change once more complete specifications of WebCL are made available by the Khronos Group. Ofcourse,neitherNokia'sandSamsung'simplementationwill work if you do not have OpenCL-compatible hardware.And if you need a good reason to upgrade your machine with some OpenCL-compatible hardware, well, here is one: apparently, Nokia is claiming that WebCL can be used for BitCoin mining, and for as much as up to US$10 a day. Yep, we are not making this up . Amazon's Cloud Player service now available for the iPad Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amazon-s-cloud-player-service-now- available-for-the-ipad/12880.html July 11th, 2011 Apple has yet to officially open its iCloud service for public use, but it seems that the Cupertino giant is already going to have to deal with competition from the likes of Amazon in winning the hearts of consumers over to its side, especially where music streaming and storage services are concerned. Apparently, Amazon has moved to draw first blood by adding inpartialsupportforiOSinitsCloudPlayerservice,alongwith a few extra features thrown in for good measure. Your move now, Apple. When Amazon first launched its Cloud Player service for consumers way back in March this year, critics were quick to point out that the multinational electronic commerce company had seemingly chosen not to include support for one of the world's fastest growing mobile platform; iOS. However, it seems that Amazon has since changed its stance over iOS support, and its latest announcement is probably the best proof of that fact.

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July 11th, 2011 In its press release, Amazon has confirmed the availability of a web-based version of the Cloud Player service, which can be accessed on an iPad via the built-in Safari web browser. And according to a report published by TUAW, Amazon has seemingly done a decent job in ensuring that the web-based version of Cloud Player remains faithful to the actual desktop client in most respects, even going as far as claiming that the web app looks and performs just like the desktop version. Unfortunately, it seems that the iPad is the only product in Apple's iOS lineup that will be getting any love from Amazon, for no mention has been made about support for other iOS- powered devices such as the iPod Touch and the iPhone. And even then, the fact that the iPad can only access Cloud Player via the web-based app will probably turn off iPad owners who prefer to have native apps for their devices, although we'd argue that a having a web-based app is still a much better alternative as opposed to being completely cut off from an online service. That being said, Amazon has also announced its plans to give users access to an unlimitted amount of storage to store their music files, and that this privillege will be made available to both free and paid accounts. However, this only applies to music bought directly off Amazon, and that there will still be a limit of 5GB for fersonal music uploads. Well, that is defintiely better than nothing. The Daily VR-Zone News Summary - 7 July 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--7- july-2011/12885.html July 11th, 2011 In today's news roundup: Toshiba has announced the launch of a new 1.12-micrometer pixel CMOS image sensor for smartphones, which is reportedly the industry’s smallest level pixel size and features the use of back-side illumication technology or BSI to achieve both enhanced sensitivity and Published by: VR-Zone improvedimagingperformance;HiTechLegionhaspublished a review of ASUS's GTX580 DirectCU II graphics card, which boasts a combination of direct copper contact and dual-fan cooling to produce up to 600% more airflow compared to the reference NVIDIA design; Google has announced the availability of a new "Download map area" feature in Google Labswhichallowsuserstodownloadmapdataforuseontheir smartphones with minimal data consumption; Rumour has it that Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer will be unveiling the first public beta of Windows 8 at the Consumer Electronics Show in early 2012; Konami has confirmed that it will be bringing Castlevania: Harmony of Despair over to PlayStation Network sometime this summer, and EA Games senior vice president Patrick Soderlund is claiming that Mirror's Edge 2 has not been abandoned, and that DICE is "working on something" to follow up on the well-received free running original. Hardware news Project BMW MPower level 10 PC a Mod project @ XtremeComputing Description: This all started one day when I spotted the thermaltake level 10 case sitting at show, I thought wow that looks very unique. I had been planning for a little while to do a carthemedmodandwiththelevel10beingdesignedbyoneof BMW’s design houses, I thought now was a good a time as any to actually do a BMW 3 series Mpower theme, so the concept was born. Now bear in mind this concept started way back last year. Corsair Obsidian 650D Mid-Tower Case Review Description: In many ways, the Obsidian 650D is a miniature version of the 800D, so we can understand why it has many of you swooning. Though at $190 you will have a difficult time justifying its price as it's one of the more expensive mid- towers around. Beyond this price point, the market is largely dominated by Lian-Li and we suspect most users looking to spend north of $200 on a chassis will want to spring for a full- tower model. MSI N580GTX Lightning Review @ ocaholic Description: With the GTX 580 Lightning, MSI has a graphics cardinitsportfoliowhichpromisestobeextraclass.Therefore the card comes with a completely customized TwinFrozerII cooler as well as a PCB that has been redesigned from bottom up. In this case you'll find numerous overclocking features combined with a reasonable noise level. For us this is reason enough to be very curious about the results. Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Full Tower Chassis Review Description: For some time now Thermaltake as well as many other manufacturers are in an unnamed war to deliver the most feature rich chassis at rock bottom pricing. Just like SilverStone's PS06 we recently looked at, Thermaltake is trying to give the end user a window, USB 3.0 and a hard drive dock. On top of this, you still have to present an attractive full package and offer cooling above and beyond the competition as well. Toshiba preps super-sensitive CMOS smartphone camera sensor Description: Toshiba has announced the launch of a new 1.12-micrometer pixel CMOS image sensor. It claims that the new sensor, designed for smartphones, offers the industry’s 28

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July 11th, 2011 smallest level pixel size. The new sensor is also said to feature enhanced sensitivity and improved imaging performance, the result of back-side illumination technology (BSI). ASUS GeForce GTX 580 DirectCU II 1.5GB DirectX 11 Video Card Review @Hi Tech Legion Description: The ASUS GTX580 DirectCU II is equipped with a large three-slot heatsink designed for a quieter and cooler performance. The ASUS GTX580 DirectCU II’s direct copper contact and dual-fan cooling solution produces up to 600% more airflow compared to the reference NVIDIA design. With two fans operating at lower fan speeds, the ASUS GTX580 DirectCU II can cool the GPU much more efficiently and with much less noise than with a single blower style fan. Consumer Electronics and Software News “Download map area” added to Labs in Google Maps for Android Description: When you’re visiting an unfamiliar location, GoogleMapsformobileisgreatforgettinganideaofhowclose you are to your destination, where streets and landmarks are in relation to each other, or just for getting “un-lost.” But what if you don’t have a data signal, or you’re abroad and don’t have a data plan? We say that if you use Google Maps for mobile, you’ll never need to carry a paper map again. The “Download map area” lab in Google Maps 5.7 for Android is a step in making that statement true even when you’re offline. What iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 could have Description: Apple’s next iPhone will be thinner and lighter with an 8 megapixel camera, according to a report Thursday. The new article bears the hallmarks of an intentional leak, and is the surest sign yet that we’ll see new iPhone hardware in September. Apple's faith-based security fails again Description:AGermangovernmentwatchdoghasjustworked out that the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch have 'critical weaknesses' that could be exploited by criminals. Apple saves money by not having to provide virus checking software or worrying too much about security. It has marketed this clever plan through its legions of fanboys who claim that they are safefromhackersbecausetheyhaveneverbeenhackedbefore. However, the Germans are particularly concerned about the iPhone, which is a little more popular and begging to be attacked. Motorola Droid 3 Now Available From Verizon Description: Verizon has put up Droid 3, the grandchild of Motorola’s legendary Droid smartphone, up for sale on its website. The Droid 3 sports a 1 GHz dual-core CPU, a 4- inch qHD (960 x 540 pixel) screen, an 8-megapixel camera and a slide-out, full QWERTY keyboard. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and offers 16 GB of storage, as well as all the other standard bells and whistles that adorn the Android smartphones of today, including Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, UMTS and aGPS support. Microsoft May Introduce the First Public Beta of Windows 8 at CES 2012 - Rumours. Description: Steve Ballmer, the chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp., will once again kick-off the Consumer Electronics Show in early 2012. Some web-sites are already 29 Published by: VR-Zone reporting that Microsoft will unveil the first public beta of Windows 8 at the trade-show. Gaming news Castlevania: Harmony of Despair Hitting PSN Description: Konami confirmed this morning that Castlevania: Harmony of Despair is coming to PlayStation Network this summer. The game was previously released exclusively through Xbox Live. Included with the PSN version is the "Beauty, Desire, Situation Dire" map pack, which contains the Pyramid of Ruin level as well as downloadable characters Julius Belmont and Yoko Belnades. Mirror's Edge 2 'not abandoned' - Report Description: EA Games senior vice president Patrick Soderlund says DICE is "working on something" to follow up well-received free running original. High Power Direct12 BR 1000W PSU review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/high-power-direct12-br-1000w-psu- review/12889.html July 11th, 2011 Today we are having a look at one more high performance product, the Direct12 BR (DP-1000BR) 1000W power supply from High Power, a company which just emerged in the retail market a mere 3 years ago. High Power however is a subsidiary company of Sirfa, a reputable OEM manufacturer of power supplies for many years, founded so as to give the manufacturer direct retail channel access. The specifications oftheHighPowerDirect12BR1000Wunitareattheveryleast interesting; we will find out how well it can compete against the stiff competition of the high performance PSU market in this review. Today we are having a look at one more high performance product, the Direct12 BR (DP-1000BR) 1000W power supply from High Power, a company which just emerged in the retail market a mere 3 years ago. High Power however is a subsidiary company of Sirfa, a reputable OEM manufacturer of power supplies for many years, founded so as to give the manufacturer direct retail channel access. The specifications oftheHighPowerDirect12BR1000Wunitareattheveryleast interesting; we will find out how well it can compete against the stiff competition of the high performance PSU market in this review. Manufacturer’s features and specifications • 80 PLUS BRONZE certified Offer 85% minimum efficiency at 50% load

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July 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • Golf- Surface Fan Whisper quiet double ball-bearing (up to 800W) 13.5cm golf surface fan brings more airflow volume with less noise than convention. • Off- Delay Fan (Fan Stays On After System Off) It allows PSU fan to continue running after system shut down for few seconds approximately, it helps to exhaust residual air at the end of the heating/cooling cycle for extending component life. • Single+12VOutputRail-Offersmaximumcompatibility for the +12V demand. • 100% Japan- made Capacitors - Longer lifespan than electrolytic capacitors. (under 800W main capacitor only) • Reliable Japan- made Solid-state Capacitors - Enhance your system durability and stability even under extreme conditions. (apply to 850W and 1000W) • Easily Detachable and Flexible Modular Cables - Use only the cables you need. Reduce clutter from unused connectors and enhance the air flow inside your system. Specific color connectors and infixed socket with sticker design to ease installation. • PCI-Express Power Connectors - Sufficient and stable current to fully support SLI & CrossFire Systems • Advanced Double Forward Circuit and Double-Layer PCB - It brings more reliable, high efficiency and powerful power supply (Apply to 850W and 1000W) • All output cables with Nylon sleeve - Cable sleeve avoids cable clutter, allows neat and easy installation for an improved airflow. • Patented Easy Swap Connector - Quick and Easy installation • EuP 2010 Lot 6 compliant • RoHS Compliant - Made with hazardous-free components RoHS is the Restriction Of the use of certainHazardousSubstancesinelectricalandelectronic equipment. This has been a standard in Europe and is now becoming a standard in the world. Not only lead, but cadium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants are limited as well. • What you see is what you get. NO Tweaks! - True Wattage Rating is the industry's way of designating a power supply model's wattage capacity. It is based on the total DC output wattages that a power supply can continuously provide. Item Name Model Number Dimension (W / H / D)cm Fan Size Modular Cable DP-1000 BR HP-1000-G14C Rev A 15/16/8.6cm 13.5cm V +12V Rail Efficiency PFC Power Good Signal Hold Up Time MTBF Protection Operation Temperature 1Rail 85% Active 100~500ms >17ms >100,000 Hours UVP/OVP/OPP/ SCP/OCP/OTP 0~50 °C (Nominal Input Voltage) Safety Input FCC,CE.UL/c- UL,TUV,CB Voltage 100-240V Current Output +5V +3.3V +12V1 +12V2 +12V3 +12V4 -12V +5Vsb +5V/ +3.3V Combined +12V Combined 13A Total Watts 1000W 30A 28A 75A 3A 180W 900W Pioneer enters the PC speaker market Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pioneer-enters-the-pc-speaker- market/12888.html July 11th, 2011 Remember Pioneer? Well, the company hasn’t been doing great in the past few years has pulled out of several product categories and has of lately been focusing on its audio products. Now thecompany has decided to launch apair of PC speakerstotryandgrowitsaudioproductrange,butwe’renot if the company is going to be able to break into what’s already a very competitive market. Remember Pioneer? Well, the company hasn’t been doing great in the past few years has pulled out of several product categories and has of lately been focusing on its audio products. Now thecompany has decided to launch apair of PC speakerstotryandgrowitsaudioproductrange,butwe’renot if the company is going to be able to break into what’s already a very competitive market. The two new speaker models are the S-MM301 and S- MM751RU, we’d really hoped for some more memorable 30

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July 11th, 2011 modelnames,butalasthatwasn’ttobe.TheS-MM301isapair of stereo USB powered speakers that are targeting the laptop market, but Pioneer didn’t supply a picture, so we don’t know what the speakers look like. They’re said to have metal grills, triple coil drivers and built-in audio controls for volume and a mute button. More interesting is the S-MM751RU which is a set of 2.1- channel desktop speakers. The press release talks up the bass as it features what Pioneer calls “MAXX Bass Dynamic Sound with DSP Bass Enhancement” which is mean to improve the sound from the bass speaker. The entire system is rated at 40W,20Wforthesubwooferand10Wforeachofthesatellites. But what makes this set of speakers interesting is the volume control, or rather the additional features built into it. Pioneer has not only added a large volume knob and an audio line input,buttherearealsoplaybackcontrolsintheshapeofplay/ pause and forward/rewind buttons. Add to that a USB port and an SD card slot which allows for playback of WMA and MP3 files from suitable storage devices without turning on your computer and you have something a little bit different. We’re not so keen on the design though, as not only do the speakers look cheap in glossy black plastic, but the angular design isn’t very attractive. The S-MM301 has an MSRP of US $49 with the S-MM751RU coming in at US$129. Both models are available in the US now and are expected to be available in other markets shortly. InFocus launches affordable DLP projector range Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/infocus-launches-affordable-dlp- projector-range/12887.html July 11th, 2011 really good price point. In fact, InFocus are touting them as its lowest priced projectors, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Published by: VR-Zone Looking for an affordable DLP HD projector? InFocus has just announced a range of five new models of which two are 720p capable and the best thing of all is that they're coming in at a really good price point. In fact, InFocus are touting them as its lowest priced projectors, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. The new range is called the IN100 series and consists of the IN112, IN114, IN116, IN124 and IN126. The two interesting models are the IN116 and IN126, as they're the models than have a native resolution of 1280x800. The only difference we've managed to make out between the two is that the IN126 is slightly brighter than the IN116 at 2500/3200 lumens (Eco/ High) whereas the IN116 only manages 2200/2700 (Eco/ High). That said, the IN116 has a longer lamp life of 6000/5000h (Eco/High) compared to 4000/2500h (Eco/High) for the IN126.InFocusclaimthatthenewmodelsfeaturesanewlamp designthatlasts50percentlongerthanitspreviousgeneration of projectors and considering that projector lamps are quite costly, this is a good thing. The IN112 only manages 800x600 pixels, while the IN114 and IN124 offer a resolution of 1024x768. These models are more suitable in the office than for home cinema usage. The IN116, IN124 and IN126 all feature HDMI 1.3 video input as well, something the cheaper models are missing. Pricewisethesenewmodelsareverycompetitivelypricedwith the IN112 at US$339, the IN114 at US$399, the IN116 and IN124 at US$499 and finally the IN126 at US$599. InFocus will be offering all models globally according to its website, although we have a feeling that the prices might not be the same everywhere. MSI's A75A-G35 motherboard nears launch Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-s-a75a-g35-motherboard-nears- launch/12886.html July 11th, 2011 Looking for an affordable DLP HD projector? InFocus has just announced a range of five new models of which two are 720p capable and the best thing of all is that they're coming in at a So far MSI has only announced a single socket FM1 motherboard for AMD's Llano APUs, the A75MA-G55, but we've managed to score some pictures of the final version of MSI's upcoming A75A-G35 motherboard. It's not MSI's most 31

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July 11th, 2011 excitingmotherboardever,butit'sanentrylevelmodelsotake it for what it is. So far MSI has only announced a single socket FM1 motherboard for AMD's Llano APUs, the A75MA-G55, but we've managed to score some pictures of the final version of MSI's upcoming A75A-G35 motherboard. It's not MSI's most excitingmotherboardever,butit'sanentrylevelmodelsotake it for what it is. Published by: VR-Zone used heatsinks that are screwed on rather than relying on push-pins. The rear I/O consists of two PS/2 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, 7.1-channel audio and a D-sub, DVI and HDMI port. Overall there's very little to get excited about, but it's up for pre-order in Europe for as little as €71.50 (S$125) which makes it the cheapest ATX size A75 motherboard so far. This is so far MSI's first ATX board for AMD's FM1 APUs and as far as we know, this is its entry level ATX model. It should be followed by the A75A-G45 and A75A-G55, as well as the mATX A75M-P35 and A75MA-35. As such the features are fairly basic, in fact, some are outright cost savings. The slot layout isn't too bad, if a bit unusual with a x16 PCI Express slot at the top, three x1 PCI Express slots, a x4 PCI Express slot and two PCI slots. The board only has two DIMM slots, but considering the target market, we don't see this as too much of an issue. TheAMDA75chipsetprovidessixSATA6GbpsportsandMSI has fitted them all, alongside pin-headers for two front USB 3.0 ports (again provided by the chipset), four USB 2.0 ports, a serial and parallel port and a couple of things we're not quite sure what the pin-headers are for, but one of them appears to be for a TPM module. What's not so sexy is the two jumper blocks at the rear for manual switching between the display connectors, as only two ofthethreecanbeusedatthesametime.Thisscreamslowcost and it's something we've only seen on Chinese motherboards for the past couple of years now. On the plus side MSI have 32

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Published by: VR-Zone July 13th, 2011 VR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. Dell Venue smartphone review: the venue where style and professionalism call home Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/dell-venue-smartphone-review-the- venue-where-style-and-professionalism-call-home/12924.html July 13th, 2011 Dell is widely considered to be one of the later entrants into the market for a slice of the lucrative smartphone pie. And the fact that its first true-blue Android-powered smartphone, the Venue (and not the Streak), has only started seeing the light of day on the retail shelves recently is certainly not about to win the company any favors within the Android ecosystem. But could this be a classic example of "better late than never", and that Dell's new Venue might just have what it takes to holditsownagainstthelikesofestablishedmanufacturersthat have made a name for themselves in the Android smartphone space? VR-Zone puts it to the test. to make, and it seems that Dell is about to find that out for itself the hard way now that its first Android-powered smartphone, the Dell Venue, has only been introduced to the market recently when countless other manufacturers have already established themselves as major players in the Android ecosystem. And going up against such big players is definitelynottheeasiestoftasks,evenifDellhasanadvantage in the form of the Android operating system being extremely popular with consumers, which gives it an extremely large market to play with right from the get-go. However, there is also the possibility that Dell could be adheringtothewisesayingof"betterlatethannever",andthat it is always better to release a well-tested and stable product that will appeal to consumers as opposed to tacking on cutting edge technologies that have a knack for bleeding end-users a lotmorethantheyareworth.Butisthatalwaysthecase?Well, we are about to find out shortly, right after these hardware specifications. Dell Venue hardware specifications Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 system-on-a-chip with 1GHz Scorpion CPU Memory Display Operating System Cameras Storage capacity Frequency bands Wireless connectivity Weight 512MB RAM 4.1-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with native 800 x 480 resolution Android Froyo (v2.2.2) built over Linux kernel 2.6.32.9 8MP rear-facing camera 1GB, expandable with MicroSD cards of capacities up to 32GB 2G: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 3G: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth + A2DP + EDR 164g Noctua NH-C14 Review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/noctua-nh-c14-review/12624.html July 13th, 2011 Being a latecomer to any party is never a good decision In our labs today is an interesting product from the alpine nation of Austria. Noctua's NH-C14 processor heatsink possesses an interesting design which lets you mount the fan either above or below the fin array, promising compatibility 1

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July 13th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone withlargememorymodulesornarrowcasings.Readontofind out how Noctua's top-flow heatsink design stacks up. Noctua is quite well-known for their enthusiast-grade cooling solutions. In this article we'll be reviewing the Austria-based company's NH-C14 processor heatsink. The NH-C14 is a top- flow design similar to Noctua's earlier NH-C12P (which is still on sale). when it comes to fan mounting. For users of narrow/short casings, the fan can be mounted below the fin array, reducing the height of the heatsink to just 105mm. The fan can also be mounted above the fin array in the traditional configuration if you require additional clearance, for instance due to large memory heatspreaders (think Kingston's HyperX modules). And if neither of these constraints apply to you, both included fans can be used together to provide the maximum cooling performance. All recent processor sockets are supported by the NH-C14. Noctua offers a whopping six-year warranty, but it's not clear ifthisextendstothebundledfans,withoutwhichthewarranty would be rather superfluous since those are only parts liable to fail. We'll take a closer look at the NH-C14 on the next page. Heatsink Specifications Socket compatibility Intel LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA775 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1 ( backplate required ) Height (without fan) Width (without fan) Depth (without fan) Height (with fan) 105 mm 140 mm 166 mm 130 mm Width (with fan) Depth (with fan) Weight (without fan) Weight (with fan) 140 mm 166 mm 700 g 850/1000* g Material Fan compatibility Scope of Delivery Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating 140x140x25mm / 120x120x25mm 2x NF-P14 premium fan Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.) Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (U.L.N.A.) NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound SecuFirm2™ Mounting Kits TheNH-C14'skeydifferencefromtheNH-C12Pisitsflexibility Noctua Metal Case-Badge Warranty Fan specifications Model Bearing Rotational Speed (+/- 10%) Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%) Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%) Airflow Airflow with L.N.A. Airflow with U.L.N.A. Acoustical Noise Acoustical Noise with L.N.A. Acoustical Noise with U.L.N.A. Input Power Voltage Range MTBF 6 Years 1200 RPM 900 RPM 750 RPM 110,3 m³/h 83,7 m³/h 71,2 m³/h 19,6 dB(A) 13,2 dB(A) 10,1 dB(A) 1,2 W 12 V > 150.000 h LG unveils world's first glasses-free 3D monitor D2000 with eye-tracking technology Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-unveils-world-s-first-glasses- free-3d-monitor-d2000-with-eye-tracking-technology/12952.html July 13th, 2011 LG looks to be leading in the glasses-free 3D space with their Optimus 3D smartphone and now, the company has unveiled the glasses-free 3D monitor which claims to be the world's first. The 20-inch D2000 monitor incorporates eye-tracking 2

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July 13th, 2011 technology (with its built-in camera) to offer superb 3D visual experience to users. monitor was developed as a fully functional entertainment display capable of reproducing games, movies and images in all their realistic glory. The D2000's 3D effect comes courtesy of glasses-free parallax barrier 3D technology, and the application of the world’s first eye-tracking feature to the monitor. Existing glasses-free 3D technologies generally require viewers to stay within a tightly restricted angle and distance to perceive the 3D images. However, the D2000 is able to offer viewers more freedom and comfort viewing. Eye tracking in the D2000 works via a special camera sensor attached to the monitor which detects changes in the user’s eye position in real-time. With this information, the monitor calculates the angle and position of the viewer and adjusts the displayed image for the most optimum 3D effect. In addition to playing backexisting3Dcontent,theD2000hasahighlyrefined2Dto 3Dconversionfeaturewhichaddsanewdimensiontoexisting movies and game playing. The D2000 will be available in Korea this month, and introduced to other countries in the latter part of 2011. LG's new QWERTY smartphone comes in the form of Optimus Pro Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-s-new-qwerty-smartphone-comes- in-the-form-of-optimus-pro/12948.html July 13th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Korean maker LG has a great start this year with its line of Optimus smartphones namely Optimus 2X, Optimus Black and Optimus 3D. And recently, the company has a new upcoming phone with QWERTY keyboard and it is known as the Optimus Pro. LG today unveiled the world’s first glasses-free monitor utilizing eye-tracking technology to provide an optimal 3D visual experience at most viewing angle. The 20-inch D2000 LG has recently unveiled a new smartphone under the Optimus series, the Optimus Pro which claims to incorporate Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread and 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen display. While the screen is not exactly large compared to other phones on the market, the Optimus Pro has a QWERTY keyboard for convenience of typing messages.Thereisn'tmuchinformationabouttheLGOptimus Pro yet, except that it has a 3-megapixel camera, 800MHz processor and that it is positioned to be a mid-range device. The Optimus Pro is already retailing in Italy at €179 (US$249) and should be available worldwide soon. Google brings spam filtering to Google Voice Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-brings-spam-filtering-to- google-voice/12951.html July 13th, 2011 Most people hate dealing with telemarketers, especialy when they always seem to know when is the right (or wrong) time to bug people with a phone call and desperetely attempt to sell some sort of product or service which nobody wants to buy. And while it is still not possible for most users to rid themselves from telemarketers who make calls via a land or cell phone line, Google is attempting to help users achieve that goal online by introducing a spam filter for its Google Voice service, which is reportedly capable of automatically redirecting such calls into a dedicated spam folder. Way to go, Google. Most people regard telemarketers as a bane of telecommunications, and for good reason. However, it does not help that most telemarkers are able to carry on with their 3

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July 13th, 2011 jobs of harassing consumers over the phone due to their use of unlisted numbers, which makes it difficult for advanced caller ID systems to carry out any form of effective filtering to help users avoid such phone calls completely. Fortunately, it seems that Google is, in its typical "do not be evil"fashion,activelytakingstepstoensurethattelemarketers are not about to exploit the capabilities of Internet-based telephony. And it is going about it by implementing what is best described as a spam filter for Google Voice, a feature which the company claims is designed to automatically filter unwanted phone calls directly into a dedicated spam folder, much like how its spam filter for Gmail currently works. without the need for any interaction on the user's part. This feature can be enabled by navigating to the Calls tab of Google Voice settings and checking the box next to Global SPAM filtering, as shown below: Last but definitely not least, Rybak is claiming that the spam filter will only get better in time, as more contributions made by users in the form of identifying additional blacklisted numbers and correcting mislabeled spam numbers will allow Google to further refine the filter to ensure that users do not have to worry about having to deal with unwanted calls on Google Voice. Japan to get Lady Gaga- designed mobile printer in "early September" Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/japan-to-get-lady-gaga-designed- mobile-printer-in-early-september-/12950.html July 13th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Would you like to get your hands on a mobile printer that has reportedly been designed by the pop star Lady Gaga herself? Well, if you do, your best bet will be to ask a Japanese friend to assist you in purchasing and shipping the unit over from the Land of the Rising Sun, as Summit Global Japan has announced that the aforementioned printer will be making its way down to the Japanese market for retail come "early September". Now that celebrity-endorsed products are fast becoming a good method for capturing the hearts of consumers, it would make sense that many manufacturers are extremely keen on signing up various big-name superstars to design some of their products in order to make them stand out from the competition. And if you happen top be a huge fan of the pop superstar known as Lady Gaga...well, let's just say that Polaroid has got something in store for you, and it comes in the form of the GL10 mobile printer that is currently heading over to Japan for sale come "early September". According to a blog post by Google's software engineering intern Alexander Rybak, the search giant is able to implement such a feature simply because it has amassed a huge database of "spammy numbers" which was brought about by the contributions made by "thousands of Google Voice users who mark calls as spam everyday", as well as information that is own spam identification tools were able to pick up. And it is this massive database of blacklisted numbers that allows GoogletofurtherenhancetheuserexperienceonGoogleVoice by automatically directing calls made from its database of blacklisted numbers to the spam folder where they belong, all First unveiled at CES this year, the Lady Gaga-designed GL10 Instant Mobile Printer is touted as the first Polaroid brand product under the Grey Label line, which is a new brand that the singer launched for the company upon taking up the post asacreativedirectorforPolaroidproductslastyear.According to Polaroid, the GL10 boasts various features such as the use of the 2nd generation ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology which is reportedly capable of inkless printing by embedding color directly into the paper, wireless print capabilities via smartphone and a wide range of custom designed borders, among many others. Soundsinteresting?Well,youhavegottobepreparedtobreak the piggy bank if you want to get your hands on one of these Lady Gaga-designed GL10 mobile printers, for Summit Global Japan has confirmed that the printer will be selling at the suggested retail price of 17,800 yen (approx US$224). Ouch. WitsTech unveils new Android- powered A91 tablet device for sale in China Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/witstech-unveils-new-android- powered-a91-tablet-device-for-sale-in-china/12949.html 4

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July 13th, 2011 July 13th, 2011 According to the hardware specifications published by WitsTech on its product page, the Wits A91 tablet device is powered by 1GHz ARM Cortex A8-based CPU which is reportedly provided by Texas Instruments' OMAP3730 processor, while a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen capable of a native resolution of 1024 x 600 serves as the A91's display. In addition, the A91 features a decent 512MB of RAM, 2GB of flash memory and a battery pack which boasts a capacitiy of 3000 mAh, although the decision to include a low-resolution 1.3-megapixel camera will probably turn some potential customers off. That being said, WitsTech has also confirmed that the A91 will feature built-in support for Bluetooth and GPS, with optional support for 3G. Curiously, there is no mention about any form of support for WiFi support on the A91, although we'd figure that it is probably just an oversight on WitsTech's part, considering how most tablets, even China-branded ones, usuallycomestandardwithWiFicapabilities.Oh,anditcomes bundled with version 2.3 of the Android operating system. Last but definitely not least, it would seem that WitsTech has given the A91 a bit of a cosmetic overhaul in order to Published by: VR-Zone differentiate it from its older A81 tablet. For example, the A91 nowusesthreetouch-sensitivebuttonsatthefrontasopposed to the physical buttons that were present in the A81, and that the rear housing is now removable to allow users access to the A91's battery pack. It is a common perception that most, if not all of those China- branded tablet devices that are currently making their way ontotheretailshelvesinthegiganticChinesedomesticmarket are nothing more than cheap toys which sport poor build qualities and weak hardware, right? Well, leave it to WitsTech to prove such critics wrong with the introduction of its new A91 Android-powered tablet, which reportedly boasts certain improvements over its prodecessor, especialy in the looks department. Read on to find out more... Have you heard of a company known as WitsTech? Well, they maynothavegotmuchofapresence(ifatall)inmanypartsof theworld,butitseemsthatthecompanyisimmenselypopular in its own Chinese domestic market, where it specializes in the "manufacturing and marketing of portable multimedia devices" such as tablets. And apparently, it would seem that demand for WitsTech's products in China is decent enough for the company to justify releasing a new tablet known as the A91, which the company claims is a huge improvement over its predecessor, the A81. No information pertaining to pricing and availability for Witstech's A91 tablet has been released yet, although we'd expect it to be extremely affordable, considering how the device appears to be designed for sale only within the Chinese domestic market. Microsoft issues Critical security bulletin for Windows Bluetooth Stack vulnerability Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-issues-critical-security- bulletin-for-windows-bluetooth-stack-vulnerability/12947.html July 13th, 2011 Is your PC running off the Windows 7 or Windows Vista operating system? If your answer to that question is a "yes", you might want to start firing up the Windows Update utility in your operating system and performing a full system update today, for Microsoft has announced that it has released four security bulletins for this month's Patch Tuesday, and that one particular bulletin which has been marked as "Critical" is designed to patch a reported flaw in the Windows Bluetooth Stack found in both Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Well, we are now into the second week of July, and we all know what this means for most people whose PCs are running off the world's most popular operating system. That's right, Patch Tuesday is upon us once again, and Microsoft has 5

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July 13th, 2011 announced that it will making use of this period to close 22 known vulnerabilties for its software products by publishing foursecuritybulletins,threeofwhicharedesignedtopatchthe Windows operating system. According to the details posted by Microsoft on its security Of course, it goes without saying that the Bluetooth vulnerability which Microsoft is aiming to patch with its latest update will only affect users who have furnished their PCs with Bluetooth capabilities. This means that most desktop PC users could potentially ignore this particular security bulletin without the need to worry about leaving their systems open for determined attackers to gain access into, simply because most desktop PCs, be it self-assembled or purchased directly from an OEM, typically do not come with any built-in support for Bluetooth. On the other hand, notebook users would probably do well to take heed of Microsoft's advice and patch their operating systems with the aforementioned security bulletin, considering how Bluetooth wireless connectivity is a standard feature found on virtually all mobile computers that are being sold on the market today. And yes, it only affects Windows 7 and Windows Vista, so users of Windows XP can probably heave a sigh of relief...for now. Razer Mouse Bungee Helps Manage Your Mouse Cord Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/razer-mouse-bungee-helps-manage- your-mouse-cord/12946.html July 13th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Razer has launched their new Mouse Bungee accessory which comes with a new design to help manage the gaming mouse cord from dragging against surfaces or tangling, offering gamers the optimum gaming experience. The Razer Mouse Bungee is schedule to ship around end of July. blog, the three bulletins that will be released for the Windows operating system are centered around closing vulnerabilities found in the Windows Bluetooth Stack, its kernel-mode drivers and in the client/server run-time subsystem. Of all the threebulletins,theonerelatedtotheBluetoothStackhasbeen flagged as "Critical", and it is this particular security bulletin which the Redmond giant is urging consumers and corporate users to give priority to . Back in '96, when Quake and rocket jumping were synonymous with skilled gaming, there was another product that helped gamers keep their competitive spirits revved and theirmouseswipingoptimal–theMouseBungee.Andnow15 years on, Razer has taken this well-loved old-school accessory and given it a modern makeover to keep up with the next generation of professional gamers. Outfitted with a stable, taut arm, the Razer Mouse Bungee threads your mouse cord through to keep it from dragging against surfaces or tangling. This ensures your gaming experience isn't messed up by unnecessary cord hindrance. Anti-slip feet and a weight installed in the Razer Mouse Bungee?s base ensure it remains immobile no matter how aggressiveyourswipes.Razer'supdatedsleekdesignandpitch black finish makes it an essential space-saver and aesthetic addition to your gaming setup. Price: US$19.99 / EU€19.99 Availability: Razerzone.com – Pre-order Now Shipping 28 July, Worldwide – July 2011 Product features: - Anti-slip feet - Rust-resistant taut spring arm to allow cable flex - Head grip for mouse cord management - Weighted base for stability - Space-saving structure Samsung updates Galaxy Player 70 with new "Black Edition" variant Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-updates-galaxy-player-70- with-new-black-edition-variant/12945.html July 13th, 2011 6

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July 13th, 2011 Well, that certaintly did not take very long: in less than a month after Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy Player 70 portable media player with VoIP capabilities for use on LG's U+ telecommunications network, out comes the Korean electronics giant with a new version of its Galaxy Player 70 for its domestic Korean market. And guess what the new version of this portable media player is called? Why, the Samsung Galaxy Player 70 "Black Edition", of course. It sure seems that Samsung is on a roll with its Galaxy Player line of media players; in less than a month after it has struck up a deal with LG to sell its VoIP-capable Galaxy Player 70 device for use as Smart Home Phones on the latter's telecommunication networks, out comes the Korean electronics giant with yet another Galaxy Player-related piece of news for its domestic market. Apparently, word has it that Samsung has just introduced a new version of the Galaxy Player70portablemediaplayerforsaleinKorea,anditcomes in the form of the Galaxy Player 70 "Black Edition", which boastsafewfeaturesthatarenotpresentintheoriginalGalaxy Player 70 portable media player. use of a 5-inch display, a preloaded Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, a rear-facing 3.2MP camera, as well as access to standard wireless connectivity features such as WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS. No pricing for the Galaxy Player 70 "Black Edition" portable media player has been released by Samsung at this point of time. Published by: VR-Zone BlackBerry Bold 9900 to launch in US next month? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/blackberry-bold-9900-to-launch-in-us- next-month-/12944.html July 13th, 2011 Remember the little story we published a month ago about ResearchInMotionorRIMunveilingitsupcomingBlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone, while conveniently choosing to keep consumers in the dark by not providing any details about pricing and availability? Well, we got some good news; apparently BlackBerry fans who cannot wait to get their hands on RIM's newest smartphone need not have to wait for long, for word has it that the RIM is very close to launching the Bold 9900 in the US. And we all know what that means, right? We have covered its official unveiling a month ago, and brought you a hands on of the product itself when it was exhibited at RIM's booth during the recent CommunicAsia trade event, but in spite of all this publicity, it would seem that RIM is dead set in keeping the two key details of its upcoming BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone, pricing and availability, a well-guarded secret. However, it seems that good things do indeed happen to those who are patient, for word has it that RIM has broken its silence over the issue of the Bold 9900 availability in its annual shareholder meeting. According to a report published by Akihabara News, the new Galaxy Player 70 "Black Edition" will come preloaded with "several new educational services for Korean students", and this service apparently includes access to up to 5,000 free online courses. No detailed information about the aforementioned "educational service" was mentioned in the report, although we'd hazard a guess that the service will most likely consist of links to relevant reading material, or come in the form of e-textbooks to make it easier for Korean students to revise their work while on the move. In addition, as its name suggests, the new Galaxy Player 70 "Black Edition" portable media player will be available in any colour users want it to be, as long as it is black. Lastly, Akihabara News has claimed in its report that the "Black Edition" version of the Galaxy Player 70 sports specifications that are identical to those that are already present in the current Galaxy Player 70; this includes the According to a report published by Electronista, it was RIM's co-CEO, Mike Lazaridis, who spilled the beans about the BlackBerry Bold 9900's launch date during the meeting by claiming that the smartphone was "very close to a launch", and that he expected the device to make its way out onto retail shelves "over the next month". This ties in with the FCC's go-ahead for the device, which had reportedly cleared the BlackBerry Bold 9900 for sale in the US by late August, although Electronista is suggesting that US carriers are more likely to start selling the device only in September. 7

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July 13th, 2011 Also revealed during the shareholder meeting was RIM's aggressive plans to push the Bold 9900 smartphone out to consumers; Electronista has reported that the company intends to launch the smartphone with no less than "491 certification programs and 191 carriers". However, it seems that RIM is still intent on keeping a tight lid over the BlackBerry Bold 9900's pricing, as no information about this particular detail was released during the company's annual shareholder meeting, so suffice to say noonereallyknowsjusthowmuchtheBold9900smartphone will eventually cost when it hits US retail shelves sometime in lateAugustorearlySeptember.Ofcourse,youcanrestassured that we will be keeping tabs on this as well, so do check back for updates. Sony improves notebook Li-Ion battery technlogy Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-improves-notebook-li-ion- battery-technlogy/12943.html July 13th, 2011 Ifyou'refindingthatyournotebookbatterylifefallsabitshort ofyourexpectations,thenSonyhasgoodnewsasthecompany has managed to improve the capacity of its Nexelion hybrid Li-Ion battery cells. The original Nexelion battery cells were introduced back in 2005 and back then offered a good bump in battery capacity and although it's taken six years, we're now Ifyou'refindingthatyournotebookbatterylifefallsabitshort ofyourexpectations,thenSonyhasgoodnewsasthecompany has managed to improve the capacity of its Nexelion hybrid Li-Ion battery cells. The original Nexelion battery cells were introduced back in 2005 and back then offered a good bump in battery capacity and although it's taken six years, we're now getting another bump. The current generation of Nexcelion cells are rated at 2.2Ah per cell, but now Sony is getting ready to start shipping cells rated at 3.5Ah. The energy density has increased from 182Wh per kg to 226Wh per kg, although the new cells are slightly heavier than the current ones at an additional 10g per cell. Published by: VR-Zone still delivering 3.5Ah. Another bonus is that the new Nexelion cells are less temperature sensitive and won't suffer from premature discharging at low temperatures, something that is a problem for Li-Ion batteries. Sony should start shipping the new battery cells shortly and they should appear in battery packs for various notebooks and several other types of products like camcorders and what not. It'll be interesting to see how much difference in notebook battery life Sony's new Nexcelion cells make and let's hope Sony has managed to improve the reliability as well, so we don't get any more of those nasty exploding battery packs. Sony launches USB 3.0 hard drive, with home entertainment in mind Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-launches-usb-3.0-hard-drive- with-home-entertainment-in-mind/12942.html July 13th, 2011 Sony is breaking new ground by releasing an external hard driveforitshomeentertainmentproducts.Themodeliscalled the HD-PG5U and it will connect to a wide range of Sony products ranging from camcorders to TV's and of course the PS3. getting another bump. Sony is breaking new ground by releasing an external hard driveforitshomeentertainmentproducts.Themodeliscalled the HD-PG5U and it will connect to a wide range of Sony products ranging from camcorders to TV's and of course the PS3. The HD-PG5U will allow users to record HD TV programs when connected to compatible Sony Bravia TV's and it will allow owners of some of its Handycam camcorders to transfer footage directly to the drive without the need of a PC. The PS3 will be able to play back AVCHD video and photos via an app known as "Filmy" and the drive will of course also connecttoanyPCviaeitherUSB3.0orUSB2.0.Sonyhaspre- loaded the drive with its "Data Transfer Accelerator" software which is said to double the effective transfer rate, something we'll believe when we see it. The new cells can also be drained for more power than the current cells, as where the current cells have a cut-off point at 3V the new cells can go all the way down to 2V while 8