VR-Zone Tech News for the Geeks May 2012 Issue

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. Porsche Design and Research In Motion launch P'9981 smartphone in Singapore Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/porsche-design-and-research-in- motion-launch-p-9981-smartphone-in-singapore/16107.html May 31st, 2012 The P'9981 claims to incorporate the best in design and technology features from Porsche Design and Research in Motion respectively. It features a forged stainless steel The Porsche Design P'9981 was unveiled in Singapore, in frame, hand-wrapped leather rear cover, sculpted QWERTY November last year. Today, the company and Research in keyboard, and crystal clear touch display. Powered by Motion have jointly announced that the smartphone will a 1.2GHz processor and 8GB onboard memory, the retail in all Porsche Design stores and authorized retailers smartphone is built with Liquid Graphics technology that from today. offers a highly responsive touch experience with seamless graphics, and runs BlackBerry 7 OS. The P'9981 also features HD video recording, 24-bit high resolution graphics, microSD card slot for expansion, advanced sensors, and built-in support for Near Field Communications (NFC). So how is the P'9981 different from other QWERTY BlackBerry devices on the market? Well, the differences include the design, as well as its exclusive Porsche Design user interface, Wikitude World Browser augmented reality app experience, and a premium, exclusive PIN that easily identifies the owner as a holder of a Porsche Design P’9981 smartphone. The Porsche Design P’9981 smartphone from BlackBerry will be available at all Porsche Design stores in Singapore, as well as authorized retailers at S$2,800. Megaupload lawyers aiming to have case thrown out Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/megaupload-lawyers-aiming-to- have-case-thrown-out/16106.html May 31st, 2012 The lawyers for file-sharing firm Megaupload are attempting to get the copyright infringement case against the company quashed and assets unfrozen. 1

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone The lawyers for file-sharing firm Megaupload are attempting EU to bring Germany to court to get the copyright infringement case against the company quashed and assets unfrozen. over not storing user data Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/eu-to-bring-germany-to-court-over- not-storing-user-data/16105.html The company's legal team claims that US federal authorities May 31st, 2012 have no right to charge the company, as it is outside their jurisdiction, since it is a Hong Kong-based firm. Lawyers also claim that no papers were formally served, which means Megaupload could get off on a technicality of law, rather than its proposed innocence. The European Commission is bringing Germany to court "This case was flawed from the start, once this case gets over failing to store telephone and email data for a six month dismissed it cannot be fixed," said Ira Rothken, US general period, as required under European Union laws. counsel for Megaupload, who specialises in intellectual The European Commission is bringing Germany to court property lawsuits. He said the FBI had made a fatal mistake over failing to store telephone and email data for a six month in its case against the file-sharing company by not following period, as required under European Union laws. proper protocol. The Commission is seeking a fine from the European Court of Justice against Berlin for not implementing the 2006 EU directive, which requires telecommunications companies to store phone records and internet logs for at least six months so that police can more easily investigate crimes. The directive was to be implemented in a new German law, but in March 2010 the country's highest court overturned the law, calling it a grave intrusion to the right to privacy. The court called for the law to be revised so that it did not infringe upon the rights of individuals. Narrower legislation has since been proposed, but the Commission said that this would not fully comply with the EU directive. Rothken is also seeking for frozen assets, totalling millions of dollars, to be freed up. This was a strong criticism from the start, as lawyers for Megaupload claimed that it and its staff were being prevented from properly defending itself due to the freezing of its money. The popular storage website was shut down in January when the home of Kim Dotcom, Megaupload's founder, was raided by New Zealand police. He and several of the company's executives were arrested and attempts to extradite them to the US were made. The situation caused panic throughout the file-sharing world, with many similar websites shutting down o ver fear of similar prosecution. Dotcom and other key employees face charges of racketeering, copyright infringement, and conspiring to commit money laundering. A judge ruled in March that the "Ongoing delays in transposing the directive into national court order used to seize a number of Dotcom's belongings law are likely to have a negative effect on the internal was unlawful, and this latest claim by the Megaupload's market for electronic communications and on the ability lawyers suggests the entire case may become another farce of police and justice authorities to detect, investigate and in the history of botched lawsuits. prosecute serious crime," the Commission said, according to the Associated Press. The Commission is hoping to secure a fine of €315,000 for every day that Germany fails to comply with the EU law, starting with the day of the court ruling. If secured this could add up to millions if the country's Chancellor, Angela 2

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Merkel, fails to pass the law, which won't be easy, given a providing 3D models and YouTube videos, in addition to strong stance against privacy invasion in the country. historical information for research or just for curiosity. Google partnered with UNESCO, the World Monuments Fund, Getty Images and Ourplace for information and photographs. Historic sites opened to all with Google World Wonders Google has been launching a number of projects as part of the Google Cultural Institute to preserve and share famous Project historical material. It is publishing high-resolution images Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/historic-sites-opened-to-all-with- of the Dead Sea Scrolls, digitizing the archives of Nelson google-world-wonders-project/16103.html Mandela, and showcasing the world's art as part of its Art May 31st, 2012 Project, which expanded form 17 museums to 151 in April. The Google World Wonders Project can be accessed here. Google has launched the World Wonders Project, which lets people from around the world get a panoramic view of some Gigabyte goes ultra-light with of the world's most iconic historical locations. X11 Ultrabook Google has launched the World Wonders Project, which lets Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-goes-ultra-light-with-x11- people from around the world get a panoramic view of some ultrabook/16101.html of the world's most iconic historical locations. May 31st, 2012 A whopping 132 sites spanning 18 countries are on offer, dwarfing the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. These span a variety of categories, including archaeological sites, architecture, cities and towns, historical sites, monuments and memorials, palaces and castles, parks and gardens, places of worship, regions and landscapes, and How about a 975g Ultrabook? Sounds tempting doesn't wonders of nature. it, at least if you're a road warrior that spend a lot of time travelling with your notebook. The good news is that Gigabyte's X11 Ultrabook officially weighs in at 975g, Among the collection are Stonehenge, Pompeii, the Kyoto although the model at the launch event came in even lighter temples, Shark Bay, and the Yoesmite National Park. The at 973g, only surviving ancient Wonder, the Great Pyramid of Giza, is How about a 975g Ultrabook? Sounds tempting doesn't not on the list, but we expect it is only a matter of time before it, at least if you're a road warrior that spend a lot of Google expands this collection to feature more important time travelling with your notebook. The good news is “wonders” throughout the world. that Gigabyte's X11 Ultrabook officially weighs in at 975g, although the model at the launch event came in even lighter at 973g, The service employs Street View technology to provide a digital look at sites that may otherwise be inaccessible to many people. Since many of these could not be filmed by Google's cars, the company used trikes that carried cameras close enough to take pictures. Having the worlds lightest Ultrabook is a nice claim to fame, It is not just a Street View look at the famous but the question is if the X11 will prove to be competitive buildings or natural formations, however, as Google is also 3

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone enough in the long run. As you'd expect, this is an Ivy Bridge you've got a good mix out of a productivity point of view. powered Ultrabook, although Gigabyte didn't specify which Less impressive is the 35Wh 4730mAh Li-Polymer battery CPUs the X11 will ship with. We're curious about the choice which isn't likely to last more than 5-6h at light use, although of chipset as well, as according to the specifications the X11 Gigabyte didn't specify the battery life. sports the HM77 chipset rather than the Ultrabook specific At US$999-1,299 depending on CPU the X11 isn't a budget UM77 chipset. model for sure and we have a feeling that despite its light It's disappointing to see 4GB of soldered on DDR3 memory weight, it's going to have a tough time competing with the with no alternative SKU's, nor any way of upgrading the more established notebook makers. Time will tell, but at memory, we would really have liked to have seen an 8 GB least this is easily the best notebook in terms of build quality SKU at least. Likewise the 128GB mSATA SSD isn't exactly that we've seen from Gigabyte to date. as roomy as it gets and once again Gigabyte doesn't appear to offer any alternative SKUs. Doom 3 for Xbox and PS3 supports head mounted display Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/doom-3-for-xbox-and-ps3-supports- head-mounted-display/16100.html May 31st, 2012 Doom’s co-creator, John Carmack said in a press-release today that Xbox’s & PlayStation’s Doom 3 will have support for “3D TVs, monitors, and head mounted displays [allowing] players to experience the game with more depth than ever before. We think shooter fans everywhere will love it.” What’s exciting for gamers is that Doom 3 will support head mounted displays! Doom’s co-creator, John Carmack said in a press-release today that Xbox’s & PlayStation’s Doom 3 will have support for “3D TVs, monitors, and head mounted displays [allowing] players to experience the game with more depth than ever before. We think shooter fans everywhere will love However, the biggest letdown is the glossy 11.6-inch it.” What’s exciting for gamers is that Doom 3 will support 1366x768 display, this really is last year's spec and we were head mounted displays! hoping for at least a 1600x900 display, if not a 1920x1080 Head mounted displays is a rather futuristic toy that many display as per Asus' new UX21A. At least the screen bezel is might not be able to afford, but the notion of seeing matte which should help reduce additional reflections. blood and gore gushing directly into your eyeballs is every Gigabyte has skimped a bit on some other features too, such hardcore gamer’s dream (okay, maybe just a few…). If as only including single band 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and a single you don’t have access to a hideous display helmet, Carmack USB 3.0 port, despite the fact that the chipset supports up claims that if you purchase the Doom 3 BFG Edition it will to four ports so there's not even an issue about cost. The come with “enhanced graphics.” remaining connectivity options include a single USB 2.0 port, a mini DisplayPort, a D-sub connector and Bluetooth 4.0. You also get a microSD card reader and a 1.3Megapixel Microsoft's Chuck Chan webcam. accidentally revealed details about Windows 8 Release Preview Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-s-chuck- chan-accidentally-revealed-details-about-windows-8-release- preview/16099.html May 31st, 2012 The build quality of the X11 is light years ahead of what we've seen from Gigabyte in the past and contrary to what you'd think, the carbon fibre body feels very sturdy. Throw in a pretty good keyboard and a large, easy to use touch pad and 4

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Microsoft has stirred up some more gossips with its recent “accidental” blog post about the Windows 8 Release Preview. Vice President of Windows Development team, Chuck Chan, posted a rather detailed blog about the Windows 8 Release Preview on the Windows Hardware and Driver Developer Blog. According to thenextweb.com, the blog post wasn’t actually supposed to go live until June 1st. No worries Microsoft, we’re not stalking you or anything. The blog has been removed, but there’s a screen capture for those that may want read more into it. Microsoft has stirred up some more gossips with its recent “accidental” blog post about the Windows 8 Release Preview. Vice President of Windows Development team, Chuck Chan, posted a rather detailed blog about the Windows 8 Release Preview on th e Windows Hardware and Driver Developer Blog. According to thenextweb.com, the blog post Apple has been very tight-lipped about their Mac Pro wasn’t actually supposed to go live until June 1st. No worries line, and it doesn’t seem like they will be making an Microsoft, we’re not stalking you or anything. The blog has announcement about it anytime soon. Jim Dalrymphle, an been removed, but there’s a screen capture for those that Apple insider, is confident that Apple won’t discontinue the may want read more into it. Mac Pro. In a recent Amplified podcast with Dan Benjamin, Dalrymple gave a resounding “no” when asked by Benjamin if there was a “chance” that Apple will cut the Mac Pro line. Bejamin followed up with, “You’re really confident in that? You feel good about that?” Dalrymple’s response was just laughter, and the podcast continued. The last Mac Pro update was in July 2010—that’s almost two years ago. In an industry where tech updates and new products churn out every second, Apple’s practice of keeping product development top secret is extreme. Apple has been so secretive about the Mac Pro matter that even a facebook petition with 14.9k likes has yet to persuade Apple to give an answer. Professionals who rely on the Mac Pro to produce their work are not technically angry with the lack of news regarding an update to their computer, but rather they want to know if they should move onto other hardware and/or platforms in case there’s no update for the Mac Pro. Apple's Mac Pro line may continue Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-s-mac-pro-line-may- continue/16098.html May 31st, 2012 Apple has been very tight-lipped about their Mac Pro Appleinsider.com asked Lou Borella, self-proclaimed line, and it doesn’t seem like they will be making an professional editor and graphic animator, if he was worried announcement about it anytime soon. Jim Dalrymphle, an about the future of the Mac Pro. Borella states that he enjoys Apple insider, is confident that Apple won’t discontinue the most of Apple’s products, but because he relies on his Mac Mac Pro. Pro to make a living—that he needs “a little clarity.” 5

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Many Mac Pro users who are tired of waiting for an update Verizon's FiOS to offer 300 are opting to build “Hackingtosh” systems—customized hardware PCs with Mac OS running it. Apple is making $5.1 Mbps package billion from the Mac line for the quarter, so it is puzzling Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/verizon-s-fios-to-offer-300-mbps- to see why Apple hasn’t been updating a product line that’s package/16095.html raking in so much money. Nonetheless, it is advisable for May 31st, 2012 anyone to not purchase a Mac Pro now as the product hasn’t received any major updates in two years. Chances are Apple will continue the Mac Pro line, but the question is when they will let consumers know. Currently, Apple offers a Mac Pro with up to 12 cores under the hood—thus, a top of the line Mac Pro system can handle Verizon’s FiOS will increase its current bandwidth offering just about anything. Nevertheless, two years is two years, as well as pricings. FiOS will offer a new “ultimate” package and people want something new. that includes 300 Mbps downstream and 65 Mbps. It’s currently unknown whether Verizon plans to replace its current ultimate package (150 Mbps up/35 Mbps down) or ZTE Athena claims title of adjust it to a lower tier offering. The lowest tier package of 15 Mbps down/5 Mbps up is expected to remain, but the world's thinnest smartphone 35/25 Mbps up packages will increase to 75/50 Mbps up, [Rumor] respectively. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/zte-athena-claims-title-of-world-s- thinnest-smartphone-rumor-/16096.html May 31st, 2012 A few days ago, Oppo announced that its Finder was “world’s thinnest smartphone,” and today ZTE is making a move at that title with its Athena smartphone. The Oppo Finder is 6.65 mm thick, but that’s old news because ZTE’s Athena will be 6.20 mm thick. Nothing is official yet, but according to Verizon’s FiOS will increase its current bandwidth offering rumors, the Athena will boast some impressive specs. as well as pricings. FiOS will offer a new “ultimate” package that includes 300 Mbps downstream and 65 Mbps. It’s currently unknown whether Verizon plans to replace its current ultimate package (150 Mbps up/35 Mbps down) or adjust it to a lower tier offering. The lowest tier package of 15 Mbps down/5 Mbps up is expected to remain, but the 35/25 Mbps up packages will increase to 75/50 Mbps up, respectively. Changes with regard to the pricings of the packages are not yet known. However, if the new 300 Mbps package replaces the 150 Mbps package, expect the new ultimate package to cost a bit—if not a lot—more. The current ultimate package runs a cool $199.99 per month, and if FiOS current ultimate customers opt to keep their ultimate package—it may cause even more anguish when the bills come around. Apple TV OS may be demoed A few days ago, Oppo announced that its Finder was “world’s thinnest smartphone,” and today ZTE is making a move at at June's WWDC that title with its Athena smartphone. The Oppo Finder is Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-tv-os-may-be-demoed-at-june- 6.65 mm thick, but that’s old news because ZTE’s Athena will s-wwdc/16090.html be 6.20 mm thick. Nothing is official yet, but according to May 31st, 2012 rumors, the Athena will boast some impressive specs. The title of thinnest smartphone may change hands at any given time, and it’s nice to see manufacturers competing with each other to deliver the best of the best. 6

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone May 31st, 2012 Tech blog BGR claims to have it from a "trusted source" that Apple is going to showcase the operating system for its television set at this year's Worldwide Developer's Conference in June. Tech blog BGR claims to have it from a "trusted source" that Apple is going to showcase the operating system for its television set at this year's Worldwide Developer's Japan has made its first arrest under the new version of its Conference in June. anti-piracy act, known as the Unfair Competition Prevention According to the report, it is unlikely that Apple will Act. demonstrate the actual television at the event, but will be Authorities in Japan have made the first arrest under the showing off their operating system for the device. The source Unfair Competition Prevention Act since the amendments alleges that Apple wants to give developers a chance to made last year to combat piracy. Nintendo posted a press develop components to interface with the television before release (in Japanese) about the incident. The accused, a it is released. 39-year-old man from Saitama, is said to have sold R4 cartridges, devices used to pirate games for the Nintendo DS, to three separate individuals over the Internet between February 14th and March 9th for 7,200 yen (roughly $91 USD). The Aichi Prefectural Police Department carried out the arrest on Wednesday. In the press release, Nintendo expressed its hope that this arrest would cause the devices to disappear from the marketplace. While the R4 and similar devices (known in Japan as majikon) have been illegal to sell for years, there was no criminal penalty for doing so. This meant the devices were easily obtainable both on the Internet and on the streets of electronics districts throughout Japan. In December of 2011, however, a revision was made to Japan’s Unfair Competition Prevention Act which allows for criminal penalties to be applied to, in the words of the law, According to BGR's report, “the act of providing devices to circumvent technological "This new OS is said to be much more feature-complete than restriction measures.” the current OS that runs on the Apple TV, and is apparently Nintendo did not comment about the details of the case the one that Apple's upcoming HDTV will run. Yes, that one. other than applauding the efforts of the Aichi Prefectural We've heard Apple is actively trying to court manufacturers Police Department. Also included in the announcement was to use a new "control out" API in order for third-party news of a man arrested in Fukuoka this past February for manufacturers to make accessories that are compatible with modding Wii consoles to allow them to play copied software the new Apple TV OS and the upcoming "iTV." It's said that had been backed up to a USB hard drive. He was that by using the API, it will be possible to control any also charged with violating the new Unfair Competition connected components all from the Apple remote (and the Prevention Act along with the Japanese Copyright Act, Apple remote iOS app as well, we're assuming)." though his case did not deal directly with majikon devices. Nintendo also praised majikon sale bans in countries around The nation is likely ready for a "smart" television, and the the world, such as Korea, Taiwan, the UK, Italy, Holland, and FCC might soon make a decision that will ease such a release Germany. for Apple. Recently, WantChinaTimes reported that its sources had told them FoxConn was a lready receiving orders for the Apple might be closer to Apple TV, and was currently in the ""trial production stage." getting the iPad in China However trustworthy BGR deems its source, this is not Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-might-be-closer-to-getting- a confirmation of anything. It has released inaccurate the-ipad-in-china/16091.html information before regarding hardware. However, the blog May 31st, 2012 issued correct information regarding iOS releases in 2011, and could very well be correct this time too. First Arrest Made Under Japanese Anti-Piracy Act On Wednesday, Apple crossed a barrier which had been Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-arrest-made-under-japanese- preventing it from selling a 3G device in China. This could anti-piracy-act/16088.html very well be the iPad, which Apple has had trouble selling in the country due to a legal battle. On Wednesday, Apple crossed a barrier which had been preventing it from selling a 3G device in China. This could 7

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone very well be the iPad, which Apple has had trouble selling in collecting physical copies of video games may not come to the country due to a legal battle. an end after all. According to the Wall Street Journal, Cloud gaming services such as Valve’s Steam are stirring "According to the website of China's Telecommunication up the traditional brick and mortar gaming market, but Equipment Certification Center, an Apple device with third- according to WSJ.com, Sony will not abandon the optical generation, or 3G, data capabilities has been issued the disk in its next gaming console. Hence, the days of people license needed for the company to begin sales in China. collecting physical copies of video games may not come to The device would be compatible with the network of China an end after all. Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd., Apple's longtime partner in In 2013, Sony will release the PlayStation 3’s successor with releasing its popular iPhone and iPad devices. The notice on improved hardware while maintaining most of the same the website didn't name the device, listed as 'model number business strategies. Sony has reported profit from its PS3 A1430.'" platform the last two years, and Sony’s Chief Executive, An I D lookup on EveryMac.com’s product identifier r eveals Kazuo Hirai, hopes that the new console will continue to rake that the number A1430 belongs to the 3rd generation Apple in the profits. iPad. This model includes both Wi-Fi and cellular service. Many brick and mortar companies that associate themselves Previously, Chinese regulators did approve a Wi-Fi only with Sony will be at risk of incurring huge losses in revenue version of the iPad. However, this device never did go on sale if Sony did decide to go the downloadable content only route anywhere in the country. This is likely due to Apple's legal in the next Sony gaming console. GameStop, a major outlet battle with Proview, a Chinese manufacturer who claimed to for many PS3 games, agrees that it will need to transition to a own the 'iPad' trademark in China. cloud system of distributing gaming titles to remain relevant There is an enormous amount of growing that Apple could in the gaming market. However, as with any major industry potentially do in China, and it needs to resolve its battles transitions, it will take some time to adopt. soon. This new step, whatever it was, could be very beneficial "If we all agree the technology is inevitable—which I for Apple’s business in China, which is considered the most think it is because it's like death and taxes—it's still important market to Apple after North America. going to take longer to happen than it did for music and In the meantime, Apple still needs to get a better foothold movies," GameStop’s CEO, Paul Raines, commented about in the country. Currently, Android phones dominate the the gaming market’s transition to a cloud based platform. nation's market, and Microsoft recently claimed that Perhaps Sony is trying to maintain a good relation between Windows phone sales were also surpassing the iPhone there. itself and its business partners by opting to keep the optical drive as the main mean of software decoding. However, that does not mean that Sony is unaware of the inevitable Sony's future gaming console market transition to the clouds. Sony intend to integrate will have an optical drive more downloadable contents into its future console, more Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-s-future-gaming-console-will- than it currently has in its PS3 console. have-an-optical-drive/16094.html In addition to maintaining good relationships with its May 31st, 2012 partners, Sony believes that worldwide internet connections are not stable enough for it to make a complete transition to downloadable only contents. Sony wants its product to be in the hands of as many people as possible, and to make a product that requires a fast and stable internet connection only limits that objective. Cloud gaming services such as Valve’s Steam are stirring up the traditional brick and mortar gaming market, but according to WSJ.com, Sony will not abandon the optical disk in its next gaming console. Hence, the days of people 8

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone (cisco.com) Emergence and increasing popularity of mobile devices such as smart phone and tablets have become a big part of why more and more people are in need of a connection to the internet. In 2011, 10.3 billion devices connected to the internet, but by 2016 18.9 billion devices will require a connection. Essentially, each person on earth right now requires about 1 internet connection, but in 2016 you will Until Sony releases a cloud only console, those of us that need 2 connections as you may own two or more devices that have shelves of PlayStations CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays may require a connection. continue tout our tangible collections for the world to envy. Each person on earth may not own more devices that require an internet connection, but more and more people Cisco's VNI predicts the are gaining access to the internet globally. The internet is expected to reach 3.4 billion users in 2016—that’s a 45% internet will be four times increase in users from 2011’s estimate! larger by 2016 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/cisco-s-vni-predicts-the-internet- will-be-four-times-larger-by-2016/16093.html May 31st, 2012 Cisco’s Visual Networking Index (VNI) recently released its (cisco.com) annual report that predicts the internet will be four times Furthermore, improvements to networking infrastructures larger in 2016. Factors that contribute to the internet’s rapid will deliver faster connections for users, and a faster growth include—but not limited to—increased number of connection means more downloading and uploading. devices that can connect to the internet, more internet users, Currently, the average fixed broadband connection is about faster broadband speeds, more video media, and expansion 9 Mbps, but by 2016 it will increase about four folds to of Wi-Fi access. approximately 34 Mbps. Cisco’s Visual Networking Index (VNI) recently released its Availability and open access to Wi-Fi connections may be annual report that predicts the internet will be four times a great business practice for growing businesses such as larger in 2016. Factors that contribute to the internet’s rapid internet cafés, but it just so happen that great business growth include—but not limited to—increased number of practices also contribute to the internet’s rapid growth. devices that can connect to the internet, more internet users, Cisco forecasts that over half of the world’s internet faster broadband speeds, more video media, and expansion connection will come via Wi-Fi connections. of Wi-Fi access. If you think the internet is an immense virtual space now, The VNI suggests that global IP traffic will reach 1.3 imagine what it will be in four years. If the internet is all zettabytes (1 zettabyte = 1 trillion gigabytes). The total corners of the earth now, cyberspace will be the Milky Way in amount of IP traffic in 2011 is about 369 exabytes, but Cisco the coming years. If you’re planning to contain the internet expects the annual IP traffic to increase by 330 exabytes to its current state right now, check out VR-Zone’s “how to between 2015 and 2016. destroy the internet” article, but if you’re looking to forward to taming the a virtual monstrosity that will come about, then just sit back and wait for it to come roaring at you. A full report from Cisco’s VNI can be found here. 9

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone from hundreds of normal cycling situations and accident Check out Hovding's airbag simulations. helmet if you want to cycle in style Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/check-out-hovding-s-airbag-helmet- if-you-want-to-cycle-in-style/16092.html May 31st, 2012 A STM32 microcontroller is the brain of the necklace, and —according to Hövding—it is designed to conserve energy Let’s just admit it, bicycle helmets are bulky and ugly, but a so riders don’t have to worry too much about charging Swedish company has come up with a design for an airbag- their necklace. One setback of the necklace is that its main helmet design that just might make you want to put it on. function is to protect riders from "abnormal movements"— The Hövding design company has concocted an airbag therefore, if a rock come flying at you while you are on your necklace that deploys when a person is detected as falling off bike, you would get hit by the rock first and then fall off your or in a bicycle accident. The Hövding bicycle necklace has bike as the airbag deploys. various sensors built in that detect the cyclist’s movement, “Hövding will only be deployed if the bicyclist and can deploy in a fraction of a second before impact. makes an abnormal movement in an accident. This means that Hövding will not protect bicyclists from objects falling directly onto their head from above. However, this type of bicycling accident is extremely rare.” - hovding.com The benefits of having an airbag protecting you from a bicycle accident is great, but will it look as good on you as it did on the Hövding supermodel? Let’s just admit it, bicycle helmets are bulky and ugly, but a Swedish company has come up with a design for an airbag- helmet that just might make you want to put it on. The Hövding design company has concocted an airbag necklace that deploys when a person is detected as falling off or in a bicycle accident. The Hövding bicycle necklace has various sensors built in that detect the cyclist’s movement, and can deploy in a fraction of a second before impact. The integrated sensors detect linear and angular motion Asus' Maximus V Formula to so it doesn’t matter which direction you fall or fly, the airbag will deploy to reduce the degrees of injuries that be available in two SKUs may ensue. Much like a computer that has learned a thing Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-maximus-v-formula-to-be- or two about human behavior, the Hövding necklace is available-in-two-skus/16089.html run by sophisticated algorithms that call up information 10

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone May 31st, 2012 So far Asus has been very secretive about one feature of its upcoming Maximums V Formula R.O.G. motherboard and even covered up part of the motherboard when showing off the board at various events. VR-Zone can now exclusively reveal what the hidden feature is and we've also found out that Asus will be offering two slightly different SKUs of the motherboard in question. So far Asus has been very secretive about one feature of its upcoming Maximums V Formula R.O.G. motherboard and even covered up part of the motherboard when showing off the board at various events. VR-Zone can now exclusively reveal what the hidden feature is and we've also found out that Asus will be offering two slightly different SKUs of the motherboard in question. Beyond what we reported b ack in March, not that much As we mentioned, Asus will be offering two SKUs of appear to have change with the board itself, but it looks like the Maximus V Formula, one with and one without the Asus will be bundling a dual band mini PCI Express 802.1a/ ThunderFX USB sound card and amplifier. We're still not b/g/n Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 4.0 card with the board, something sure we get the point of the ThunderFX as a motherboard that wasn't clear at the press event. bundle, as this C-Media 6631 powered USB sound card appears to have been designed more for console use as a headset amplifier and noise cancelling solution. We'd rather have had the noise cancelling built into the motherboard audio in this case via some external microphone array, but then again, a pair of noise cancelling headphones ought to do the job just as well. Asus should be unveiling the Maximus V Formula at Computex next week, alongside a range of other new R.O.G. products at a special press event. We would expect the Maximus V Formula to be yet another expensive model from Asus, but it should be less than the P8Z77-V Premium at least. Sadly this is the best picture we've managed to dig up of the two SKUs iPhone Users are Heaviest The big secret that Asus was hiding on the boards with Data Users, Unclear Why a small cardboard cover with an R.O.G. logo on it is a Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/iphone-users-are-heaviest-data- headphone amplifier. Sadly we don't have a picture of it, users-unclear-why/16087.html but it's using a Texas Instruments 6120A2 amplifier, an May 31st, 2012 amplifier Asus has used in some of its higher-end sound cards like the Xonar Essence STX. We're still not sure about the audio codec for this motherboard, so we'll have to wait and see, as Asus is simply using its SupremeFX IV branding which doesn't really give away a lot of details, as the company has used various audio controllers with the SupremeFX A new report on heavy data users shows that iPhone owners branding. account for a vast majority of the heaviest data users, but the data is unclear as to why that is. According to a new report from the technology research firm Analysys Mason, owners of Apple’s iPhone are more data hungry than users of any other smartphone. iPhone owners now account for 80% of the top 10% of data users, massively eclipsing Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone users combined. In fact, going as far as the top 30% shows a very Apple-heavy trend, surprising when you consider that Android phones, due to their open platform, allow data to be used far easier 11

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone and more frequently, or that Apple’s devices are still using The representatives from the four leading brands will be 3G networks, meaning that their network connections run aiming to showcase the (subzero) overclocking potential of slower than the new 4G Android models being offered. the top motherboards/graphic cards that they will be using, as well as gun for world records using G.Skill's critically The data was collected using an on-device tracker, installed acclaimed TridentX memory modules. Our team will be on over 1,000 devices across the US and Western Europe, there every day to keep an eye on their progress and report that monitors smartphone behavior. Heavy data users, while their successes to our readers. accounting for a small percentage of the total sample size, tended to use four times as much data on average than normal users. American smartphone owners also tended to SpaceX and Intelsat sign deal use more data than their European counterparts, with an average of 30% of users consuming more than 500MB of for first commercial Falcon data per month, compared to 8-13% for Europe. Heavy space rocket launch It’s not clear what is causing the massive uptick in data usage Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/spacex-and-intelsat-sign-deal-for- by iPhone users. While iPhone 4S users are more likely to first-commercial-falcon-heavy-space-rocket-launch/16086.html use more data than earlier models, Siri (available only on May 31st, 2012 the 4S model) cannot account for the massive amount of data, with typical Siri usage being only a few MB per month. It is possible that the data may be skewed, as the sample size is fairly small, given that there are hundreds of millions of smartphone users across the world, but at the moment Analysys Mason is unsure of the cause. Following last week's successful shuttle mission to the Image credit: zuchronicles International Space Station, SpaceX has secured a contract with the world's leading satellite provider, Intelsat, for the G.Skill Memory Overclocking first commercial launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket. Following last week's successful shuttle mission to the Extravaganza @ Computex International Space Station, SpaceX has secured a contract Taipei 2012 with the world's leading satellite provider, Intelsat, for the Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/g.skill-memory-overclocking- first commercial launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket. extravaganza--computex-taipei-2012/16083.html May 31st, 2012 This is the first time a private company has been signed to launch a rocket of this magntitude, which is the most powerful in the world, second only to the Apollo-era Saturn V moon rocket. The Falcon Heavy is capable of lifting 53 metric G.Skill has organized a "World-Class Overclocking tons into low orbit around the Earth or over 12 metric tons Invitational" at their Nangang booth during the Computex into geosynchronous transfer orbit, the latter of which is the Taipei 2012 show days, featuring international superstars aim under the Intelsat contract. like Kingp|n and Elmor from leading manufacturers ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte and EVGA. This is an extremely important deal, as it allows SpaceX When: June 5th – 9th, 11am – 5pm to launch the world's largest satellites and opens doors Where: Computex Taipei 2012, Nangang Exhibition Hall, to further space missions, making the company extremely Booth I0118 attractive to a variety of international space agencies. Who: 12

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone May 31st, 2012 Microsoft is planning to expand its Xbox service and brand beyond the console market, making it a universal tool for the entire spectrum of visual, auditory and interactive entertainment. Microsoft is planning to expand its Xbox service and brand beyond the console market, making it a universal tool for the entire spectrum of visual, auditory and interactive entertainment. “The Xbox has arrived at an important inflection point in its growth and development,” said Yusuf Mehdi, Chief Marketing Officer of the Interactive Entertainment Division at Microsoft. “In particular, in the last year, the Xbox has transcended from a gaming console to a broad entertainment device inclusive of movies, TV, music and "SpaceX is very proud to have the confidence of Intelsat, a sports.” leader in the satellite communication services industry," said Elon Musk, CEO and Chief Designer of SpaceX. "The Falcon Microsoft has already been expanding its Xbox service by Heavy has more than twice the power of the next largest adding 60 voice-controlled applications and over 200,000 rocket in the world. With this new vehicle, SpaceX launch premium movies and TV shows, and that is only in the last systems now cover the entire spectrum of the launch needs six months. We can expect further growth as Xbox becomes for commercial, civil and national security customers." a universal entertainment brand. SpaceX is making a name for itself throughout the world and Mehdi attributes this expansion beyond gaming to the revolutionising the approach to space exploration, which strong lifecycle of the Xbox 360, which has sold more units has until now been limited to government space agencies, year-on-year even though it's now in its seventh year. People many of which are seeing severe budget cuts due to the are also using their Xbox 360 more and more, with an international economic turmoil. Opening space to private average Xbox LIVE subscriber spending 84 hours per month enterprises allows for advances to continue to be made, on the console, in comparison to the 150 hours of TV watched indeed often at a faster pace, while not adding unnecessary by an average American. debt for nations around the world. NASA signed a $1.6 billion contract with SpaceX for over a dozen shuttle missions to the International Space Station in order to provide supplies to the astronauts there. It also inked a similar $1.9 billion deal with rival commercial space firm Orbital Sciences. Smaller ventures are being made by others, such as Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, which is using Android smartphones and Kinect motion trackers in microsatellites. The financial details of the Intelsat deal were not disclosed. Image Credit: SpaceX “To date, our success with Xbox has been led by a box in the living room,” said Mehdi. “Moving forward, Xbox will Microsoft planning Xbox go beyond the box to reach all new families of devices. Just as Xbox has grown to mean more than just games, it also expansion beyond consoles is more than just a console. This year, Xbox becomes the Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-planning-xbox-expansion- premium entertainment service for Microsoft. Whether on beyond-consoles/16085.html your PC, tablet, TV or phone, Xbox will be a gateway to the best in music and video, your favorite games and instant access to your friends.” 13

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone A major part of this move to multiple devices will be the launch of Windows 8, which will feature Xbox as the one- stop shop for entertainment software. This will open the service to users of multiple devices and will expand the current 67 million Xbox 360 owners to potentially hundreds of millions of people running Xbox-enabled devices. Microsoft will unveil its Xbox plans at E3 next week, which will include new games, new ways to use Xbox for entertainment, such as its upcoming music service, and “a few surprises.” The game will take advantage of the Predator Technology THQ heralds wrestling 2.0 engine for new animations, transitions and modified controls. The game will feature a career-style mode, as revolution with WWE '13 well as WWE Universe, which will dynamically introduce Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/thq-heralds-wrestling-revolution- matches, alliances, rivalries and unpredictable moments with-wwe-13/16084.html based on player decisions. May 31st, 2012 The WWE Creation Suite allows players to develop and customise their wrestlers, entrances, arenas, finishing moves, storylines, highlight reels and more, and these can be shared with other players around the world. THQ has announced a wrestling revolution with WWE '13, promising “the most authentic, extensive and fervent “WWE ’13 is certain to ignite our enthusiastic, worldwide experience to data,” with improvements to the commentary fan base and encourage them to live a revolution that system and a single-player campaign based on the “Attitude simply cannot be ignored,” said Sean Ratcliffe, VP of Era” sparked by Stone Cold Steve Austin. Global Brand Management at THQ. “WWE Live will bring the impassioned WWE live event experience into the THQ has announced a wrestling revolution with WWE living rooms of consumers, while critical core gameplay '13, promising “the most authentic, extensive and fervent improvements and a serious dose of attitude will enable experience to data,” with improvements to the commentary them to experience WWE action like never before.” system and a single-player campaign based on the “Attitude Era” sparked by Stone Cold Steve Austin. The game will launch on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii on 30 October in North America. The major new feature of the game is WWE Live, an audio and presentation system that provides a more realistic experience of the wrestling phenomenon, with enhanced PC Show 2012 Floor Plans commentary, sound effects and crowd participation. and Booth Locations Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pc-show-2012-floor-plans-and- It wouldn't be WWE without some out of the ring action booth-locations/16082.html either, so WWE '13 will come with Spectacular Moments, May 31st, 2012 such as ring breaks and barricade crashes, which will make the fights that bit more exciting. Another highlight of the game will be its single-player campaign, based on the “Attitude Era,” otherwise known as The 22nd PC SHOW is back again next month at Suntec the “Austin Era,” that began nearly 15 years ago with Stone Convention Centre for its 2012 iteration! Check out which of Cold Steve Austin's rebellion. Players will get to relive this your favourite brands and shops will be participating in the celebrated period of WWE history with eight characters from show from our exclusive floor plans and start planning your the era, including Sheamus, Undertaker, Mankind, Chris hoots! Jericho, Big Show, Mark Henry, and Stone Cold himself. Level 4 (Halls 401-404) Current WWE Champion CM Punk will also be on the list, along with other well-known Superstar wrestlers. 14

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Level 6 (Halls 601-603) For those of you that are lucky enough to get your hands on a Samsung Galaxy S III, we congratulate you on owning one of the hottest Android devices. For those of you that are still stuck in 2011’s Galaxy S II, Samsung may alleviate your pain with its recent release of an official ICS firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S II I9100G. Instructions for flashing some ICS goodness onto your SGII are found here. Those with the SGIII can also rejoice as Samsung also released an official carrier unbranded firmware in case you want to ditch your current firmware—not that you need to of course. There’s no doubt that Samsung’s generosity in releasing some official firmware will lead to some impressive third party ROMs in the future. RIM betting it all on BlackBerry 10 Official ICS firmware release Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rim-betting-it-all-on- blackberry-10/16080.html for Galaxy S II and S III May 31st, 2012 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/official-ics-firmware-release-for- galaxy-s-ii-and-s-iii/16081.html May 31st, 2012 In Hein’s closing statement of his letter to investors he essentially told investors that RIM’s future depends on the BlackBerry platform. RIM’s new strategies might be pouring For those of you that are lucky enough to get your hands most of its remaining assets into developing the BlackBerry on a Samsung Galaxy S III, we congratulate you on owning platform to stay competitive with iOS and Android, or start one of the hottest Android devices. For those of you that are licensing their products and/or services. still stuck in 2011’s Galaxy S II, Samsung may alleviate your pain with its recent release of an official ICS firmware for the Research In Motion is on the verge of being bought out Samsung Galaxy S II I9100G. by another company. In a recent letter to investors, RIM’s CEO Thorsten Heins confirmed that RIM had contacted J.P. Morgan and RBC Capital Markets to review RIM’s financial stability and goals. 15

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone processes with a goal of eliminating fragmentation, duplication and inefficiencies. While there will be significant spending reductions and headcount reductions in some areas throughout the remainder of the fiscal year, we will continue to spend and hire in key areas such as those associated with the launch of BlackBerry 10, and those tied to the growth of our application developer community." RIM certainly hasn’t tossed in the towel just yet, but if it continues to hemorrhage money then the BlackBerry brand is going to be a goner. PC Show 2012 Promotions: In Hein’s closing statement of his letter to investors he essentially told investors that RIM’s future depends on the Energizer BlackBerry platform. RIM’s new strategies might be pouring Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pc-show-2012-promotions- most of its remaining assets into developing the BlackBerry energizer/16079.html platform to stay competitive with iOS and Android, or start May 31st, 2012 licensing their products and/or services. “To further enhance our commitment to successfully completing our transformation, after the release of our year-end financial results, we engaged J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and RBC Capital Markets to assist the Company and our Board of With smartphones getting more powerful dual- and even Directors in reviewing RIM’s business and financial quad-core processors, battery life is an issue with such high performance. These advisors have been tasked to performance. One alternative is getting a portable battery help us with the strategic review we referenced on charger that can be used to charge your phones on the go. our year-end financial results conference call and Well, Energizer will be showcasing their portable chargers to evaluate the relative merits and feasibility of and external battery packs at the PC Show 2012. Read on. various financial strategies, including opportunities to leverage the BlackBerry platform through Energizer XP2000 partnerships, licensing opportunities and strategic business model alternatives." Ten years ago, almost every business professionals owned a BlackBerry, but now RIM has only approximately 78 million users worldwide. Adding to the painful decline in users, the Available in black and white, the Energizer XP2000 is a BlackBerry platform has only about 80,000 apps to back it 2000mAh @5V/1A portable charger for smartphones, iPod up. Whereas, Android has about 250,000 apps and iOS has and MP3 Players and gaming devices. It comes with a over 350,000 apps. charging cable and four tips (Apple, microUSB, miniUSB Scaling down and getting rid of “baggage” may help RIM’s and Nokia) and pouch. It can deliver an additional time cause. Blackberry 10 will have to be RIM’s saving grace, so of up to 4hr for smartphones, 12hr for cellphone, 68hr for it is understandable that Hein is calling for a spending and Bluetooth connectivity and 50hr for music players. headcount reductions. RIM has removed various executives, PC Show 2012 price: S$69.90 and average jobs may also be sacrificed to the sake of Energizer XP4003 BlackBerry 10’s development. “We will also continue to review RIM's organizational structure and clearly define accountabilities for all key businesses and business 16

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone May 31st, 2012 The Motorola DEFY XT will make its debut at the PC Show 2012, along with the other Star products like the XOOM 2 tablet, as well as ATRIX 2 and RAZR smartphones. The Motorola booth can be located at no. 303, level 3, and Singtel, Starhub and M1 booths. Motorola Defy XT The Energizer XP4003 is designed for tablets, smartphones and other devices. With a 4000mAh @5V rating, it boasts to be capable of charging two devices at once. Comes in black and white finish, the XP4003 is bundled with a charging cable, Apple device cable, three tips (microUSB, miniUSB and Nokia) and pouch. It can provide an additional 8hr for smartphones, 4hr for tablets and 100hr for music players. PC Show 2012 price: S$109.90 Energizer XP18000 The Motorola Defy XT is designed with durable materials such as anti-reflective lens, scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass and claims to be dust-proof, water-resistant and scratch-proof. It is equipped with a 1700mAh battery, which is one of the largest battery capacities in the market to date. Usual Price: S$399 PC Show Promotion: TBA Motorola RAZR The Energizer XP18000 external battery pack is all you need to charge almost any devices - smartphones, iPod and MP3 players, gaming devices, portable DVDs, Bluetooth headsets, digital cameras, video camcorders, Apple 13-inch Macbook, netbooks and even laptops. It packs 18000mAh rating and can charge up to three devices at the same time. It offers additional 112hr for smartphones, 6hr for laptops and up to 540hr for music players. PC Show 2012 price: S$299.90 The Energizer products are distributed by Sprint Cass and the booths can be located at B2050, B2035 (Sprint Cass), Available in Black and Glacier White, the Motorola RAZR B2072 and 315. is a sleek and slim smartphone, measuring just 7.1mm. It features diamond-cut aluminum accents and hyper-vibrant 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display, KEVLAR fibre PC Show 2012 Promotions: coating and Corning Gorilla Glass. It is preloaded with Smart Motorola Actions that lets you automate everyday tasks and enable Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pc-show-2012-promotions- motorola/16078.html 17

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone better battery life and Motorola MotoCast app, mobile cloud PC Show Promotion: TBA computing straight from your PC to the Motorola RAZR. Usual Price: S$799 The Motorola Booth located at no 303, level 3, and the PC Show Promotion: TBA Motorola products can also be found at SingTel, M1 and Starhub booths. Motorola ATRIX 2 PC Show 2012 Promotions: Soul by Ludacris Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pc-show-2012-promotions-soul-by- ludacris/16056.html May 31st, 2012 Audiophiles who are looking for good deals on headphones may want to check out Soul by Ludacris at the PC Show 2012. The stylish headphones can be located at booth B2035 and B2050. Soul by Ludacris SL300 Gold/White and Black Designed with top-notch, cutting-edge materials and technology, the ATRIX 2 is equipped with a 1GHz dual- core processor for faster browsing and video playback. It sports a stunning 4.3-inch qHD screen and advanced 3D graphics for seamless game play and hours of entertainment. With ATRIX 2, you can access up to 10 free EA game titles, such as Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, Need for Speed Shift, Dead Space, EA SPORTS FIFA 10, THE GAME OF LIFE, MONOPOLY, The Sims 3, Tetris, Worms and Bejeweled 2. Normal Price: S$699 PC Show Price: TBA Motorola XOOM 2 The SL300 has a superior over-ear design with full ear cup articulation that ensures the best and most comfortable fit. It features advanced driver and circuitry design that offers superb bass, clear mids and highs with high-precision audio balance. On top of that, the SL300 is also equipped with Active Noise Cancelling Technology that eliminates unwanted sounds and noises. PC Show Price: S$599 with FREE iPair HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER worth S$69 Soul by Ludacris SL150 The new Motorola XOOM 2 is slightly lighter than its XOOM sibling, with brighter display and higher battery capacity; the battery claims to offer up to 10 hours of video playback. The Android tablet has splash-proof coating, scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass and features a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display. With the integrated MOTOPRINT app, users can print wirelessly from the Motorola XOOM 2. Usual Price: TBA 18

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Windows Phone 8 to have global search function [Rumor] Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/windows-phone-8-to-have-global- search-function-rumor-/16077.html May 31st, 2012 An anonymous tipper has told insideris.com that there will be a global search feature in Windows Phone 8 that makes it easier for people to pull up contacts, apps, games, etc. Essentially, the global search function is a keyword based query algorithm that eliminates things that don’t match The Soul by Ludacris SL150 has a sleek-folding design what you desire, and retaining the choices that you may for easy storage and claims to be compatible with most want. smartphones and multimedia devices with 3.5mm or 1/4- An anonymous tipper has told in sideris.com t hat there will inch headphone jack. It also comes with tangle-resistant be a global search feature in Windows Phone 8 that makes cable for easy cable management and gold-plated connector it easier for people to pull up contacts, apps, games, etc. for seamless signal transfer. Essentially, the global search function is a keyword based PC Show Price: S$449 with FREE iPair HEADPHONE query algorithm that eliminates things that don’t match AMPLIFIER worth S$69 what you desire, and retaining the choices that you may want. Soul by Ludacris SL100 Blue/Red/Pink (New!) (mock-up of the global search function, neowin.net) The global search feature is especially appealing for mobile users, because if they have a lot of apps, documents, contacts, etc… then it would be much easier to do a search The SL100 is a lightweight and durable headphone that for what they want instead of having to scroll from screen features superb bass, clear mids and highs with high- to screen. There are similar “search” functions on Android precision audio. Comes in three vibrant and vivid colors, the and iOS devices, but perhaps Windows Phone 8 attempting headphones is compatible with Apple products and other to win over future users through ease of use. smartphones and comes with a tangle-resistant cable and a protective road case for convenience storage on the go. The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is just around PC Show Price: S$349 the corner (June 5th-7th), and Microsoft is expected to reveal some more details regarding its Windows Phone 8. Hopefully, they confirm the global search feature as it Signeo South East Asia (SEA) Pte Ltd is the distributor of would be awesome if Windows Phone 8 users can pull up SOUL by Ludacris products. Their booths can be located at anything on their device from the home screen. the PC Show (booth number B2035 and B2050). 19

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone which could be read as Jelly Bean 5.1. In reality, Android 4.1 Meet Google's $199 Tablet - is the next step, to be followed with 4.2 in the fall. Nexus 7 is HD Ready, Android This version also brings OpenGL ES to the latest version released by the Khronos Group, but don't expect fantastic 4.1, Runs on Tegra 3 performance - while you will get what you paid for, Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/meet-google-s-199-tablet--nexus-7- Rightware's Taiji OpenGL ES 2.0 test revealed a framerate is-hd-ready-android-4.1-runs-on-tegra-3/16076.html of mere 18 frames per second, significantly slower than May 31st, 2012 smartphone and tablets powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3. This has lead us to believe that Google is using LPDDR2 memory at 533MHz or 667, given that the 3D engine seems starved for data. All in all, it seems that ASUS and NVIDIA could not found better partner for its $249 concept tablet from CES 2012. There is a lot of talk about Google's upcoming tablet, which The mighty Google itself. allegedly will be manufactured either by ASUS, Pegatron or a third source. However, we now have what are probably the final specs of the product which is to be revealed in just a few PC Show 2012 Promotions: weeks. Philips According to the specification which recently appeared on Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pc-show-2012-promotions- the Rightware's PowerBoard, Google Nexus 7 is the official philips/16045.html name for the widely expected $199 tablet which resembles May 31st, 2012 the NVIDIA Kai platform. As you might have assumed, Nexus 7 will combine a quint-core (4+1) Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.3GHz. ASUSTeK Computer is in charge of manufaturing the device, which carries a lot of resemblance to the concept ASUS and NVIDIA jointly showed at CES 2012. The concept went into more detail couple of months later as NVIDIA revealed its For those of you who are looking for new speaker systems $199 Kai development platform. Codename for this tablet is at the upcoming PC Show 2012, be sure to check out the - "Grouper", perfectly fitting in Google's codebook. Google Philips booth on level 4, Hall 403, booth number A2028. The names its hardware upon fishes, while operating systems Star products include the Philips Docking Speaker AS851, are named after deserts. New builds of their core business, Docking Speaker AS351 and SoundBar Home theater with the search engine - are named after wildlife animals of the Ambisound HTS9140. continental kind. Philips Docking Speaker AS851 Five-point multi-touch is hardware accelerated (utilizing Tegra's fifth core and Synaptics IP) on top of a seven inch screen with 1280x800 pixel resolution i.e. HD Ready. The pixel density is a bit higher than 215 pixels per inch. Stylish and elegantly designed, the Philips Docking Speaker AS851 boasts Digital Sound Processing technology that delivers clear, detailed and powerful sound without When it comes to the software part, Google decided to distortion. It has a smart-designed FlexiDock that fits and outfit the Nexus 7 with Android 4.1, the very latest version charges Android phones, and features Bluetooth wireless of its popular mobile operating system. Do note that the music streaming capability from Android devices. codename for Android 4.1 is not Ice Cream Sandwich, but rather Jelly Bean. While numerous Android fan sites wrote Usual Price: S$349 lyrics about "Android 5.0 Jelly Bean", the fact of the matter PC Show Price: TBA is that Android 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 all have their respective Philips Docking Speaker AS351 codenames, with Jelly Bean being the code for 4.1. Truth to be told, the built-in OS corresponds to the code "JRN51B", 20

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Meet the New Cyberespionage Program: Flame Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/meet-the-new-cyberespionage- program-flame/16065.html May 31st, 2012 Researchers have discovered a massive piece of malware that seems to be yet another cyberweapon designed to target Iran and other Middle Eastern nations. The Philips Docking Speaker AS351 sports a compact design Remember Stuxnet, the malware that has been called the that suits any lifestyle and rooms. It claims to offer superb first cyber weapon, designed specifically to target Iran’s gaming sound effects and shielding technology that blocks nuclear enrichment program and possibly developed by mobile phone interference. With precise-tuned bass pipes, hackers in the employ of Israel, the US, or another anti- the speakers can deliver deep bass reproduction. It has Iranian nation? Well, say hello to its younger sister. battery or AC power option for music enjoyment anywhere, Kaspersky Labs discovered and dubbed the malware and supports Bluetooth wireless music streaming from “Flame.” Dwarfing Stuxnet in size, it is believed to be part Android devices. of an ongoing, highly coordinated cyberespionage operation Usual Price: S$249 being run by some nation, though exactly which is unknown PC Show Price: TBA at this point. Though it obviously was not written by the same group that wrote Stuxnet, the complexity, geographic scope of infection, and behavior indicate that it is the work of Philips SoundBar Home Theater with Ambisound HTS9140 a large organization, something on the level of a nation-state. This marks Flame as another piece in the growing arsenal of cyberweaponry and warfare. Early analysis of Flame indicates that its primary purpose is to spy on users of infected computers, stealing documents, conversations, and keystrokes, along with opening a backdoor to allow tweaks and new functionality or new pieces of malware to be sent remotely. Kaspersky has called it “one of the most complex threats ever discovered.” It contains over 20 megabytes (a MASSIVE amount of data for a piece of malware) with all of its modules included, including multiple libraries, SQLite3 databases, encryptions of various strengths, and 20 hot-swappable plug-ins that provide various functionality for the attackers. It even includes a strikingly unique choice of language; some of the code is written in LUA, a highly uncommon choice for malware. It appears that Flame has been operating from as early as The Philips SoundBar Home Theatre HTS9140 has a slim March 2010, but it has remained undetected by antivirus and premium design with high-quality brushed aluminum companies until recently. This is very interesting, especially that looks to enhance your living space. Equipped with built- considering the size of the package. Generally, the larger in Ambisound technology and Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, a piece of software, the easier it is to detect as malicious, it delivers high-fidelity surround sound and provide users though in this case, the malware remained undiscovered for with amazing listening experience. The SoundBar design is more than two years. Clues have appeared that Flame may optimally fitted for 40-inch or larger flat TV, and it also actually date back as far as 2007, around the same time features Full HD 3D Blu-ray for a truly immersive 3D movie Stuxnet and its sister weapon DuQu were being coded. Due experience. to the size and complexity of the code, however, complete Usual Price: S$1,399 analysis may take years. (For comparison, Stuxnet took more PC Show Price: TBA than six months to fully analyze) Flame was discovered roughly two weeks ago when the UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU) asked Kaspersky to look into reports filed in April of computers from the Iranian Oil Ministry and the Iranian National Oil Company with malware which stole and deleted information 21

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone from the machines. Researchers searched through their have been found to have been on machines in Europe on archive of automated reports, eventually putting together December 5th, 2007 and Dubai on April 28th, 2008. a picture of Flame that showed it infecting machines Kaspersky Labs estimates that Flame has infected around across the Middle East. It was dubbed Flame after one 1,000 machines. This might seem paltry, especially in of the modules in the toolkit. Some of the capabilities comparison to the Flashback attack that affected more include a module that turns on the internal microphone than 600,000 Macs around the world, though it’s obvious of the infected computer to record any conversation in that this malware isn’t the usual cybercrime type, instead the vicinity, a module that connects to nearby Bluetooth being specifically targeted to a certain area of the world. devices (if the computer is Bluetooth-capable) to siphon Each infection Kaspersky has found appears to have been contact information from phones, and a module that grabs specifically targeted, with no specific industry or system screenshots of activity such as messaging and email before targeted in particular. sending them through a covert SSL channel to the C&C (command and control) servers. In an attempt to throw researchers off their scent, the attackers manipulated the compilation date of some of the There is also a sniffer module that collects network packet modules, making it appear that they were compiled in 1994 information, sending usernames and password hashes back or 1995, when they’re using code that wasn’t released until to the attacker, which can be used to hijack admin accounts 2010. or high-level access to other machines on the network. There is no specific kill date coded into the malware, but a Because of its size, Flame transmits itself in pieces. The kill module can be sent to the system, which erases all trace first piece is a 6 megabyte component containing around of the malware from the system, including any screenshots 6 modules, which are extracted, decompressed, decrypted, or other data that’s been stored waiting to be sent to a server. and written to various locations on the disk. The malware then connects to a C&C server to deliver information about Watch out for any stray blinking activity lights from your the infected machine and receive further instructions. There computer... are five hardcoded domains, and also an updatable list that new domains can be added to should the other domains be Possible FCC decision could taken down or abandoned; while waiting, the malware sniffs traffic, takes screenshots, or performs whatever other action make it easier for Apple is needed by the attacker. to compete with cable TV Despite its similarity to Stuxnet and DuQu in target and implications, Flame doesn’t resemble either of those two in providers framework used, design, or functionality. Stuxnet and DuQu Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/possible-fcc-decision-could-make-it- were compact and efficient, though still somewhat large by easier-for-apple-to-compete-with-cable-tv-providers/16068.html malware standards. Flame is absolutely massive due to its May 31st, 2012 dormant capabilities which seem to be included to give the attacker options for other attack vectors after installation; compare its 20 MB to Stuxnet’s 500 KB. Only two specific things are similar between Flame and Stuxnet; everything else is entirely different. One of those similarities is an export function that allows the malware to be executed on the system. Also, it spreads The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) is through the autorun and .lnk vulnerabilities on the local considering a change in the definition of "multichannel machine, and the print spool vulnerability to spread on a video programming distributor", or MVPD. Such a move local network. would make much easier for Apple to compete with pay TV providers in the case that they release a long rumored iTV. However, Flame does not spread itself. The propagation methods are disabled by default, and the USB exploit is The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) is disabled immediately after infecting a USB drive inserted considering a change in the definition of "multichannel into the computer. It’s likely that this is a measure taken video programming distributor", or MVPD. Such a move to prevent the rapid, uncontrollable spread of the malware, would make much easier for Apple to compete with pay TV lessening the likelihood of discovery. In comparison, providers in the case that they release a long rumored iTV. Stuxnet’s rapid and widespread infection accelerated the Right now, MVPDs include cable providers such as DirecTV discovery process in that malware’s case. It’s also possible and Comcast. But with the advent of online video content that the propagation methods were enabled by default, but sources, such as Hulu and Netflix, the FCC is thinking about were turned off after the outing of Stuxnet. broadening the definition of the term. Cable companies are Researchers have yet to determine how an initial infection urging the FCC not to decide too quickly - such a decision occurs before it begins to spread. There’s a possibility it’s could completely disrupt the pay TV industry. using a zero-day exploit researchers have yet to find, because it is able to infect a fully patched machine running Windows 7. The earliest signs of Flame trace back to a computer in Iran on March 1st of 2010, but other unique files found in Flame 22

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Today, 9to5mac released a supposed picture of the back plate of Apple's next iPhone. Later, they released higher resolution photos and enumerated some of the new aspects featured in the leaked plates. As frequently happens before the release of a new iPhone, the last few months have seen a buzz of leaks and rumors regarding the upcoming iPhone, which will likely be revealed in the fall of this year, alongside iOS 6. This year included the prominent rumor of a larger iPhone screen. FCC logo If the FCC does change the term's definition, it would be very good news for Apple, in the case that they wanted to release a TV set, and their own channels to go with it. The way it is now, if Apple wanted to deliver their channels through a TV set, they would have to negotiate with each The photos posted today on 9to5mac feature both black and channel they wanted to deliver. Channels, not eager for white versions of the next generation iPhone back. The black consumers to abandon cable yet, would not give Apple an and white parts of the back are just trim, and most of it is easy time, and therefore make things very costly. manufactured out of metal. One interesting characteristic But if the FCC goes with this decision, then Apple won't have of this new back is the metal antenna band, which actually worry about negotiating with TV studios and nothing will appears to be molded into the metal backplates. prevent them from offering channels of their own just like Apple has shown interest in unibody designs before, regular cable providers. introducing unibody notebooks in 2008. Apple patent filings Nothing is certain at the moment, not with the FCC, nor for unibody earbuds, and for a process to manufacture Apple. While a smart television set from Apple has been seamless device housings were also released this year. rumored for a long time, and also mentioned as an idea by The authenticity of 9to5mac’s leak has been called into Steve Jobs, there has never been any official information question by critics, as it seems to indicate that the headphone about its development. jack of the upcoming iPhone will actually be located in the If everything continues on the same course that it is going, bottom corner of the device, rather than the top. Such a TV will not be the same in the next decade. With so many change has never occurred in any of the iPhones, although new ways to access video content, cable providers are no this feature has existed in Apple's iPod touch. longer exclusive options. In the case that Apple did release a 9to5mac also included a picture of what they believe to be smart TV, and the FCC did broaden the definition of 'MVPD', the next iPhone’s frame and screen. The screen included a then the world would be well on the road to a completely centered FaceTime camera, and a relocated earpiece. The revamped TV industry. tech-blog believes from the photo of the alleged front screen that "Apple is definitely testing these units with the Micro- Alleged photos of iPhone 5 SIM technology from the iPhone 4/4S". When released, the iPhone will come with iOS 6, and other back released new features such as a 3D Map application, LTE and an Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/alleged-photos-of-iphone-5-back- improved processor. released/16067.html May 31st, 2012 Will an Opera-facebook marriage end with a happy ending? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/will-an-opera-facebook-marriage- Today, 9to5mac released a supposed picture of the back end-with-a-happy-ending-/16075.html plate of Apple's next iPhone. Later, they released higher resolution photos and enumerated some of the new aspects featured in the leaked parts. 23

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone May 31st, 2012 Facebook recently acquired Instagram for approximately $1 billion, and if the rumors are true then it might fork out another $1.4 billion to buy out Opera. Facebook recently acquired Instagram for approximately $1 billion, and if the rumors are true then it might fork out another $1.4 billion to buy out Opera. According to WSJ.com, Opera’s ad revenue tripled year on year in the first quarter, pocketing about $6.9 million— Facebook’s IPO price was $38, but now it’s fluctuating in which constitutes 15% of the company’s total revenue. In a the low $30’s range. Will acquiring Opera and increasing recent article on VR-Zone, we discussed that possibility of its mobile presence help Facebook dig itself out of a hole? Facebook making a move at constructing a browser of its The tactic makes sense, but if Facebook’s execution is own. flawed then stock value will surely continue to dip. Whether Facebook intend to take a big stake in the mobile advertising market, or develop an internet browser for the masses, it can take a page or two out of Google’s Chrome success. Google proved that a company with almost no presence in the internet browser market can become a heavyweight contender. Facebook shares one main advantage that Google held when Chrome came to be—that is, Facebook and Google has a lot of user information. Developing a browser for the masses requires massive amounts of user data, and Facebook does not lack in that department. Samsung's new Chromebook and Chromebox launched Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-s-new-chromebook-and- chromebox-launched/16074.html May 31st, 2012 Despite Opera’s small market share, the Opera Mobile browser seems to be a popular choice among mobile users. Opera monetizes from its browser by selling ad space on its home screen, and if Facebook acquires Opera it will have access to an immense amount of user information as well as connections to advertisers. Although we've already seen Samsung's new Chromebox, it's WSJ.com reported about 168.8 million users currently uses now official alongside a new Chromebook, both featuring the Opera Mobile browser. Furthermore, Opera entices upgraded hardware compared to the first generation of users to continue using its browser because it is “speedier” Chromebooks. To go with the new products, Google has also than its competitors. Similar to the Amazon’s Silk browser, upgraded its Chrome OS to version 19 which adds support Opera’s browser displays a page after it compresses the for a fair new features, least not Google Drive and remote contents through its own server. desktop support, in beta. Although we've already seen Samsung's new Chromebox, it's now official alongside a new Chromebook, both featuring upgraded hardware compared to the first generation of Chromebooks. To go with the new products, Google has also upgraded its Chrome OS to version 19 which adds support for a fair new features, least not Google Drive and remote desktop support, in beta. 24

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone weighs in at 1.48kg and the battery is said to be good for six hours of usage. The Chromebox on the other hand is something of an odd mix, as despite fairly low-end hardware, it sports a pair of DisplayPort connectors (both DP++ compatible), a DVI port, six USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, a combined headset jack, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0. According to some of the early reviews it also has a spare mini PCI Express slot internally. That said, there seems to be Common features between the new Samsung Series a higher-end SKU with a 2.5GHz Core i5-2540M CPU which 5 550 Chromebook and the Chromebox is an Intel could for an interesting compact build if you upgrade the Celeron processor and 4GB of RAM, as well as a 16GB SSD. SanDisk mSATA SSD. Not exactly mind-blowing hardware specifications, but considering the previous generation of Chromebooks only sported a dual core Atom processor and 2GB of RAM, it's a pretty big step up. Price wise the Series 5 550 will set you back US$449 for the Wi-Fi only version, whereas the 3G model in the US adds The two systems are far from identical though, as due to another US$100 to the total cost, not taking into account the more expensive nature of the Chromebook, the Series the data costs beyond the included 100MB of free data. The 5 550 only comes with a 1.3GHz dual core Celeron 867 standard Chromebox retail for an affordable US$329, but processor whereas the Chromebox gets a faster 1.9GHz dual the Core i5 model isn't nearly as cheap at US$499.99. We're core Celeron B840. Admittedly, the Celeron 867 in a much not sure Google's Chrome OS is the way to, mostly due to the cooler running chip with a TDP of a mere 17W, compared to connected nature of the OS and as soon as you don't have 35W for the Celeron B840, but as neither model sports turbo internet connectivity, your device becomes mostly useless, boost support, we'd rather have seen the faster chip in the unless you're only relying on what Google calls "offline- Chromebook as well. capable web apps". Samsung has managed to come up with some attractive looking hardware though, which might be enough to win some customers over. Windows 8 Chinese Preview build 8400 leak Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/windows-8-chinese-preview- build-8400-leak/16073.html May 31st, 2012 The Series 5 550 also comes with 802.11a/b/g/n W-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a memory card A preview version of Windows 8 has been leaked onto the reader, a DisplayPort (DP++ compatible), combined headset internet. The Chinese Windows 8 preview version, tagged as jack, a 720p webcam and optional 3G connectivity. It also the “8400 build”, have been making its way around forums sports a 12.1-inch display with 1280x800 resolution, an and torrent sites. If you have tried out the consumer review island-style keyboard and a large button-less track pad. It version that Microsoft released a while back, then you may 25

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone notice the app layout of the desktop. The 8400 build reveals ARCTIC (formerly known as Arctic Cooling) has been relatively small changes to the previous consumer review a leading cooling products manufacturer ever since 2001. build. Today the company offers a wide variety of cooling solutions for CPUs, graphics cards and other components. However, even though ARCTIC is a popular manufacturer among enthusiasts, they did not limit their lineup to high end products alone. Today we are going to review the Alpine 11 PLUS, a budget-class CPU cooler designed mainly as an alternative to stock coolers and as an option for system builders and OEMs. ARCTIC (formerly known as Arctic Cooling) has been a leading cooling products manufacturer ever since 2001. Today the company offers a wide variety of cooling solutions for CPUs, graphics cards and other components. However, even though ARCTIC is a popular manufacturer among enthusiasts, they did not limit their lineup to high end products alone. Today we are going to review the Alpine 11 PLUS, a budget-class CPU cooler designed mainly as an alternative to stock coolers and as an option for system A preview version of Windows 8 has been leaked onto the builders and OEMs. internet. The Chinese Windows 8 preview version, tagged as the “8400 build”, have been making its way around forums and torrent sites. If you have tried out the consumer review Serenade using the Futulele version that Microsoft released a while back, then you may Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/serenade-using-the- notice the app layout of the desktop. Build 8400 reveals futulele/16071.html relatively small changes to the previous consumer review May 31st, 2012 build. Looking into starting a band but don’t have the money to invest in a Les Paul or a Roland Keyboard? How about buying an iPad and downloading an instrument app? Another instrument app has officially arrived and it’s called the Futulele—a ukulele derivative. The Fututele has been in development for a while, but a refined version hasn’t been seen until now. The 8400 build is reported to have updated Windows Metro 8 apps, boot screen, cursors, wallpapers, and some features that provide for a better experience for multiple monitor users. Currently, there hasn’t been any report of an English Preview version leak yet. Microsoft announced that it will release an official Windows 8 Preview version the first week of June, and they are due to give a keynote at Computex on Looking into starting a band but don’t have the money June 6th—hence, we might find out more about an official to invest in a Les Paul or a Roland Keyboard? How release. about buying an iPad and downloading an instrument app? Another instrument app has officially arrived and it’s called the Futulele—a ukulele derivative. The Fututele has been in Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 development for a while, but a refined version hasn’t been seen until now. PLUS CPU Cooler Review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/arctic-cooling-alpine-11-plus-cpu- The ukulele app has many features including, but not limited cooler-review/16072.html to, max. 132 chords, adjustable chorus, delay, EQ and reverb, May 31st, 2012 and real time recording of the tunes you’re playing. The Fukulele app is decked out with a Hawaiian theme that includes a few flowers on the screen. For five bucks, you can be the next digital Jason Mraz. 26

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May 31st, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone U.S. Patent Application No. 2005/0012723 on a Apple's multitouch patents "system and method for a portable multimedia client", assigned to Move Mobile Systems (named under attack inventor: Matt Pallakoff) Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-s-multitouch-patents-under- attack/16069.html U.S. Patent Application Publication No. May 31st, 2012 2003/0063073 on a "touch panel system and method for distinguishing multiple touch inputs" (assigned to a group of individual inventors; first-named inventor: Bernard O. Geaghan It’s not strange for companies to go after each other’s patents, but usually the names of the two parties are known. Two of Apple’s most important patents are under attack In this particular case, however, we don’t know who is from an unknown party. U.S. Patent 7,469,381 and making a move against Apple. One theory is that Google 7,479,949 are patents related to the multitouch software that is behind the filing, and it’s a legitimate theory. Apple has Apple uses in its products. been using patents ‘381 and ‘949 to impose limitations on top Android manufacturers such as Samsung, Motorola, and HTC. Not surprisingly, everyday there’s a new patent war, but as it stands, many tech giants need to carve out a stake in the “multitouch” department to keep their devices competitive. It’s unlikely that ‘949 will be an Apple’s exclusive in the future since it mainly deals with the tolerance level and angle of the initial touch movement on a touch interface. Two of Apple’s most important patents are under attack from an unknown party. U.S. Patent 7,469,381 and 7,479,949 are patents related to the multitouch software that Apple uses in its products. According to fosspatents.com, these are the reexamination requests of the patents by the anonymous party. 7,469,381: PCT Publication No. WO 03/081458 on "controlling content display", by AOL/Luigi Lira, published on As seen in Figure 35, the patent cites the angles that coincide October 2, 2003 with the touchscreen behaviors. Any manufacturer can U.S. Patent No. 7,786,975 on a "continuous scrolling deviate from the angles shown in Figure 35 to mitigate the list with acceleration"; inventors are Bas Ording, patent’s specificities. Scott Forstall, Greg Christie, Stephen O. Lemay and An in depth conversation of the two patents under Imran Chaudhri examination can be found here. PCT Publication No. WO 01/029702, which later resulted in U.S. Patent No. 7,152,210 on a "device and method of browsing an image collection"; assigned to Philips (named inventors: Elise van den Hoven, Josephus Eggen) 7,479,949: U.S. Patent Application Publication No. 2002/036618 on a "method and apparatus for detecting and interpreting path of designated position", assigned to Canon (named inventors: Masanori Wakai and Satomi Kayano) U.S. Patent Application Publication No. 2006/0101354 on "gesture inputs for a portable display device", assigned to Nintendo (named inventors: Hideyuki Hashimoto and Shigetoshi Kitayama) 27

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June 2nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks! For instance, the general expectations - at the same TDP VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly level - is that Intel would provide roughly 40% performance publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the increase when going from Sandy Bridge EP to Ivy Bridge geeks. EP Xeon E5 series. The first 25% of that would obviously come by jumping from 8 to 10 cores with the associated cache increase to 25 MB L3. The next 10% on top of that High End Ivy Bridge and 25% (i.e. extra 12% from the base line) would come from the frequency increase - for instance, the successor to the 2.9 Haswell: Intel to trade TDP GHz Xeon E5-2690 would be a 3.2 GHz 10-core part in the same 135W TDP bracket. The remaining few % is, of course, for performance minor CPU enhancements and DDR3-1866 server memory Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/high-end-ivy-bridge-and-haswell- support. intel-to-trade-tdp-for-performance/16047.html June 2nd, 2012 Similarly, in the 150W workstation field, we'd get a 3.4 GHz 10-core part replacing the current 3.1 GHz 8-core one. Now, what if the Ivy Bridge EP was to follow the same general server 150W limit as its 4-socket 15 core cousin, the In the recently launched Sandy Bridge "Xeon E5" series, the Ivy Bridge EX, and add the same extra percentage to the top bin part, E5-2687W, was 'allowed' 150W TDP, compared workstation parts? The extra 10% TDP would comfortably to the 130W TDP of its desktop cousin, Core i7-3960X. Will give us some 7% higher frequency, enabling 3.4 GHz 10-core the TDP increase continue? On server/workstation parts - server and 3.6 GHz 165W workstation 10-core parts. So, if seemingly yes. What about the desktops then? Turbo is used constantly, one would have 10 cores per socket running on 4 GHz effective frequency in a workstation - no Remember how the 8-core die of the Core i7-3960X had to overclocking needed. Not bad... be limited to 6 active cores to fit the 130W TDP standard high end desktop limit while keeping competitive frequency? Well, to provide similar competitive frequency while keeping Watch out Haswell server parts then - 165W TDP limit is all 8 cores turned on - for the far more lucrative workstation expected there for high end server parts, implying possible market where you charge twice per pop - Intel went to 150W 180W TDP for the Haswell workstation parts, if Intel decides TDP per that same Socket 2011, for the first time. This to follow the trend. So, we'd be guaranteed some nice GHz enabled a 3.1 GHz 8 core part, which as of today is the fastest figures there, on top of Haswell execution enhancements. X86 CPU. Will Intel continue to increase TDP limits on its high end What about the high end enthusiast desktop market then? CPUs? The customer pressure in scientific and technical For now, it seems, the 'recommended' 130W TDP there stays computing to do so is there, and growing. Often, increasing for the time to come - it may be just too expensive to justify the frequency - and therefore TDP - is the only tool left extra validation work here, compared to the highly lucrative standing after all the I/O and compiler optimisations for server and workstation markets. However, as long as the extra performance are done, and adding more cores is not board makers go along, we can still push the unlocked 'X' an option in many apps that just don't scale to more cores or 'K' parts to sky high beyond 200W power - just without or, worse, charge license fees per core. Workstations and warranty... technical computing servers are the standard example, in a way similar to top-notch gaming rigs in this sense. Computex Best Choice So, the sources pointed out to us that, over the Ivy Bridge Awards 2012 and Haswell generations, there will be the high end CPU TDP Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/computex-best-choice- increase across the board to 150W and then 165W - and here awards-2012/16134.html we're talking also about generic high end MP servers with 4 June 2nd, 2012 sockets or more, including the 'E7 v2 (Ivy Bridge-EX)' and 'E7 v3 (Haswell-EX)' generations. This is a noticeable jump over 135 watts allowed up to now, and could signal even more TDP for the workstation-specific 'W' parts. Alongside Computex – which kicks off on Tuesday next week – there are a fair few awards being given out and one of them is the Best Choice Awards which took place this week. The products will be on display at Computex, but we got an 1

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June 2nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone early look and some hands on time with some of the winning products, as well as some other interesting ones that didn't quite make it. Alongside Computex – which kicks off on Tuesday next week – there are a fair few awards being given out and one of them is the Best Choice Awards which took place this week. The products will be on display at Computex, but we got an early look and some hands on time with some of the winning products, as well as some other interesting ones that didn't quite make it. We won't be listing all the winning products, but we've added a link to the Best Choice Awards website which provides a full list of winners in all the different categories. A lot of big, familiar companies like Acer, AMD, Asus, MSI, Nvidia, Promise and Synology scored awards, some of them even in multiple categories. Sadly we didn't get a chance to have a play with everything on display, but we did spot a few new bits of hardware and some interesting demos. First up we got a quick play with Acer's CloudMobile which sports a 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8260A SoC, 1GB of RAM and at least in terms of the model we saw, 8GB of internal storage, although there's a microSD card slot for further expansion. It also has a 720p display and although we didn't get a chance to benchmark the handset, it felt very snappy. Other features include 2GB of RAM as standard – with support for up to 4GB – a 320 or 500GB hard drive, two USB 3.0 ports, four front USB 2.0 ports, a memory card reader, a pair of audio jacks with S/PDIF out support, an HDMI and D-sub connector, Gigabit Ethernet and built in Wi-Fi. Asus is for some reason targeting the business market with this system; although we have a feeling it'll be more popular as a second or third home PC. Intel Announces Breakthrough in Plastic Chassis Design, Makes Cheaper Ultrabooks Possible Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-announces-breakthrough-in- plastic-chassis-design-makes-cheaper-ultrabooks-possible/16133.html June 2nd, 2012 The rubber clad back of the handset felt good to the touch, although we're curious as to how well this will last long term. The CloudMobile might not be as svelte as some of its competitors, but that might not be a huge downside, as not all of us like ultra-thin phones that you can barely hold in your hand. It looks as if the CloudMobile will ship with Android 4.0.4, or at least that was what was installed on the Intel's all-out effort to make Ultrabook the mainstream unit on display. personal computing device is faced with several hurdles, pricing being a big one. The ultra-sleek notebooks need rigid Next up we have a new nettop from Asus, the EB1033 which materials, turning manufacturers to monolithic aluminum sports a new, even slimmer design. This is a strange little chassis, driving up costs. Intel did its partners' homework, beast, as it sports an Atom D2550 or D2700 CPU depending by achieving what it calls a breakthrough in structurally- on the market, as well as a GeForce 610M discrete GPU. rigid plastics and chassis design, which will help make the According to the Asus representative on location the reason Ultrabook more affordable. for the Nvidia GPU is that Asus couldn't get the system certified for Windows 7 due to poor Intel graphics drivers, In its latest Chip Shot (micro press-release), Int el announced something we know won't be solved until Windows 8 arrives. a breakthrough in chassis design and structurally-rigid plastics, which can help Ultrabook manufacturers make chassis that are just as slim and durable as those made out 2

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June 2nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 2nd, 2012 of expensive materials, such as aluminum. Intel's engineers deviced a reference-design Ultrabook chassis, which is a fraction of the cost, while being equivalent in "quality" (read: durability), to chassis that are machined out of blocks of aluminum, or die-cast metal. Sources in Apple's supply chain pointed out to DigiTimes that it would be "highly difficult" to relocate Apple's production lines to the United States. Currently, almost all of Apple's products are actually assembled in Asia. Sources in Apple's supply chain pointed out to Digitimes that it would be "highly difficult" to relocate Apple's production lines to the United States. Currently, almost all of Apple's products are actually assembled in Asia. Apple CEO Tim Cook has indicated that he would like to see the company’s products manufactured in the United States. But this might be harder to do than it sounds. Assuming Apple decided to start assembling their products in the U.S, it would be extremely costly to import (Image Credit: audiovisualjunkie / Flickr (CC)) components from overseas. In addition, since wages in the U.S are higher than the wages paid to Apple’s Asian Intel's breakthrough doesn't involve creation of newer laborers, this would make such a transition even more materials than those widely available today, but 'structural difficult financially. reduction analysis' of the common Ultrabook chassis design, which achieves added strength to chassis designed using existing plastics. The way we understand it, Intel may have found ways to reinfoce sheets of ABS plastic that make up the body and bezels. Intel's claim of the new plastic chassis being just as durable as metal ones is a particularly interesting one. Intel announced that it will share the results of its work with its ecosystem partners (Ultrabook manufacturers), and products implementing the new innovation could be out by 2013, after further refinements. As long as it drives down costs, and doesn't affect rigidity, we're not complaining. Online democracy? Facebook letting users vote on privacy Cook in a Foxconn factory "Since moving a supply chain from one place to another policy takes time, while enterprises are mainly concerned about Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/online-democracy-facebook-letting- costs, if there is no profitability in moving, the related users-vote-on-privacy-policy/16130.html upstream component makers are unlikely to follow Apple in June 2nd, 2012 moving to the U.S.," said the Digitimes report. According to a report in The New York Times, the advantages to having Assembly lines in close proximity to component manufacturers extend beyond price savings - the paper Facebook is going to allow its user base noted that there are many highly skilled laborers who work of nearly 1 billion people to vote on changes in its privacy with "breathtaking" speed and flexibility which could not be policy. matched by American factories. Cook brought up the fact that some Apple components, like the iPhone’s custom ARM-processor and Gorilla Glass are Apple's Tim Cook would like manufactured in the United States. But, he mentioned that iDevices assembled in the there are few actual tool and die makers in the country. USA "There's an intense focus on the final assembly. Could that be Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-s-tim-cook-would-like- done in the U.S.? I sure hope so," said Cook. "But look, how idevices-assembled-in-the-usa/16128.html many tool and die makers do you know in America? I could ask them, nationwide, to come here tonight and we couldn't fill [a few hundred seats in] this room." Apple has fallen under heavy criticism for its poorly paid workers in China’s Foxconn factory, which manufactures some of Apple’s products. 3

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June 2nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone If Apple really took the plunge, and went for domestic Marvel’s intention to stir up more media attention for their manufacturing, they could erase this bad publicity by Avengers may or may not be the main motive, but everyone properly paying properly worked employees, with proper needs a little R&R after a long day of work. According oversight to ensure fair working conditions and payment. It to Dan Cook—Psychological Support Coordinator contactor could also add a dash of patriotism to the company's image, for NASA—films, books, and music “help keep the crew which could work favorably for it's reputation in the United connected to home, which is a huge morale boost while being States. away for long periods of time.” But, reality is reality. There are clearly hurdles that Apple Currently there are six crew members on the ISS consisting would have to overcome in the meantime. It is up to the of 2 NASA, 1 European, and 3 Russian Astronauts. I hope company to decide whether or not they see the disadvantages they have popcorn! as short term, and the benefits worthy enough of taking the risk. New UICC (SIM card) form factor is 40% smaller than Marvel sends "The current design Avengers" into space to the Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/new-uicc-sim-card-form-factor- International Space Station is-40-smaller-than-current-design/16131.html June 2nd, 2012 (ISS) Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/marvel-sends-the-avengers-into- space-to-the-international-space-station-iss-/16132.html June 2nd, 2012 After the 55th ETSI Technical Committee (ETC) meeting in Osaka Japan on June 1st, the committee has agreed to a new form factor for the UICC, or SIM card. If the ads, magazines, comics, and movie weren’t enough for The new SIM card form factor will have all the same Marvel to promote their “Avengers,” then what is enough? functionality as the previous, but the ETC announced that Apparently, Marvel wants to take it a notch higher than the new form factor takes into consideration the amount of Earth—literally—and send The Avengers into space. space the SIM card occupy in phones. In the fourth form factor (4FF), the SIM card will be 40% smaller than current design; measuring at 12.3mm wide x 8.8mm high x 0.67mm thick. A new SIM card design doesn’t mean that the new form factor won’t be backward compatible. It will be packaged and delivered in a form that will fit current phone models as well as future models. If the ads, magazines, comics, and movie weren’t enough for Marvel to promote their “Avengers,” then what is enough? Apparently, Marvel wants to take it a notch higher than Earth—literally—and send The Avengers into space. Marvel Studios recently announced that they will be working with NASA to uplink the film The Avengers for astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) to enjoy. This is not a mere Marvel charity screening; it is Marvel’s way of associating itself with one of the most respected space exploration organizations. There were more than one proposals of the new SIM’s form factor. Apple Inc., Nokia, and RIM presented their designs “The studio is privileged to share ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ and it seems like Apple has won ETSI’s approval. Apple’s with those up in space exploring the universe. A special nano-SIM design is 12.3mm x 8.8mm, and thus it’s a clear thanks goes to NASA for utilizing their incredible technology match to ETSI’s formal statement regarding the new SIM to make this special screening miles above us in space card standard. happen. It is a screening that would make Tony Stark envious," says Louis D’Esposito, Marvel Studio’s Co- President and Executive Producer of The Avengers. 4

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June 2nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Facebook’s current business structure is not sustainable, Facebook may acquire and an entry into hardware development will help boost investor’s confidence. Surely we have seen this scenario Research In Motion to before for other companies, and in most instances it seems develop smartphone to work. Microsoft started out as a software company, and Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/facebook-may-acquire-research-in- down the road the Xbox was born. Google was just a search motion-to-develop-smartphone/16129.html algorithm, but now it’s involved in just about all aspects of June 2nd, 2012 hardware development in many sectors. If the expert’s prediction is true—that, Facebook will acquire RIM—then the world may see another smartphone platform in the making. The BlackBerry 10 may turn into a “Facebook-enhanced” smartphone. Facebook can capitalize on its advertising dominance through apps and other features of a smartphone, especially on a phone that Before 2006, Facebook was a college dropout’s project, but they develop themselves. six years later that same Facebook might take over Research So long BlackBerry 10. Hello FaceBerry Uno. In Motion (RIM)—a multibillion dollar company. Facebook recently bought out Instagram for about $1 billion, and then rumored to also be in the process of buying out Opera for Crucial Adrenaline 50GB $1.4 billion. RIM’s market cap is about $5.2 billion—that’s five times Instagram’s check! Caching SSD Review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/crucial-adrenaline-50gb-caching- ssd-review/16127.html June 2nd, 2012 Crucial, the renowned European manufacturer of memory modules, was amongst first companies to have released a commercial SSD. The firm is a subsidiary company of Micron, the microchip developer and manufacturer. Both the company and the technology have come a long way since Before 2006, Facebook was a college dropout’s project, but then, with Crucial now offering a full line-up of SSD drives six years later that same Facebook might take over Research for any kind of user. Today we are going to have a look at In Motion (RIM)—a multibillion dollar company. Facebook the Adrenaline, a 50GB caching SSD based on the popular recently bought out Instagram for about $1 billion, and then Dataplex caching software. rumored to also be in the process of buying out Opera for Crucial, the renowned European manufacturer of memory $1.4 billion. RIM’s market cap is about $5.2 billion—that’s modules, was amongst first companies to have released five times Instagram’s check! a commercial SSD. The firm is a subsidiary company of One of the major factors that may have contributed to Micron, the microchip developer and manufacturer. Both Facebook’s IPO disappointment is that Facebook doesn’t the company and the technology have come a long way since have anything tangible. Eighty-two percent of Facebook’s then, with Crucial now offering a full line-up of SSD drives revenues come from advertising, and that alone may have for any kind of user. Today we are going to have a look at prevented investors from snatching up Facebook’s stocks. the Adrenaline, a 50GB caching SSD based on the popular Dataplex caching software. “Facebook is under pressure from investors and needs a long term project,” according to Paul Amsellem— Mobile Crucial offers little to no information regarding the drive’s Network Group’s marketing expert. specifications and features in their website, except from the usual marketing page. Two PDFs are available, one with a simple installation guide and one explaining the terms of the 3 year long warranty. For users who still do not understand what a “Caching SSD” is and how it works, Crucial offers a short explanation: How Crucial Adrenaline works. A simple upgrade that allows you to keep your existing hard drive, Crucial Adrenaline comprises a 50GB Crucial m4 SSD, 3.5" adapter bracket, SATA cable, and Dataplex™ caching software**. The solution intelligently places, or "caches", the most frequently needed files (active data) on the SSD and leaves less frequently used files (inactive data) 5

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June 2nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone on the hard drive. The result? Faster application load times location capability—so there’s no reason not to believe that and increased boot speed. Apple has re-vamped the rest of their app inventory. An easy upgrade. Another significant upgrade that many Apple fans need is the multitasking. Multitasking is very hardware dependent, Because Crucial Adrenaline works with your existing usually needing upwards of 1GB RAM or more to be efficient hard drive, there’s no need to transfer files or programs. and feasible. According to recent rumors, the iPhone 5 will Simply connect the SSD to your motherboard with a come with at least 1GB of ram and an ARM CPU. We don’t standard SATA cable, start the computer, and then install know how many cores Apple intend to deliver, but a dual the Dataplex caching software. Once the software is core is a must if the iPhone wants to cover multitasking. installed and the system has been rebooted, the software seamlessly integrates your existing hard drive and Crucial In ten days, Apple is due to make a keynote at the WWDC Adrenaline into a single storage system. Fully automated, in San Francisco, so we may find out more about these “re- the software then runs in the background and requires no vamped” features in iOS 6. user management. PowerA to unveil Android iOS 6 apps will "deliver mobile gaming system at E3 groundbreaking Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/powera-to-unveil-android-mobile- gaming-system-at-e3/16125.html enhancements" June 2nd, 2012 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ios-6-apps-will-deliver- groundbreaking-enhancements-/16126.html June 2nd, 2012 PowerA will unveil an Android-powered hand-held gaming system at E3 next week, marking the latest move into the growing field of mobile gaming. Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 will have a slimmer body, and a PowerA will unveil an Android-powered hand-held gaming bigger screen, but also a new iOS. A source close to Apple system at E3 next week, marking the latest move into the has revealed that the iOS core aesthetic will remain intact, growing field of mobile gaming. while the iOS apps coding has been rewritten to match the new iPhone’s hardware. The MOGA Mobile Gaming System is a combination of a Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 will have a slimmer body, and a gaming controller, software development kit, and the MOGA bigger screen, but also a new iOS. A source close to Apple Pivot game library app. has revealed that the iOS core aesthetic will remain intact, while the iOS apps coding has been rewritten to match the new iPhone’s hardware. The MOGA Controller allows users to connect their Android “Basically, you wont know it is iOS 6 until you launch app,” 2.3+ devices, both smartphones and tablets, and play games the source told idownloadblog.com. with all the features one would expect, including dual analog sticks, two shoulder buttons, four action buttons, and home, Speculation is that the iPhone 5’s larger screen size (rumored start and select buttons. It is also pocket-sized and connects 4’’) will require some modification to current apps anyway. via Bluetooth, removing the necessity of cumbersome wires. Hence, it is not that Apple is inclined to tear up their 350K Phones are clipped onto the controller to provide the screen + apps, but rather it needs to be done. Since it needs to be and computing power behind the games. A larger controller done, why not make it better? will also be released. The source claims that the re-written apps will “deliver groundbreaking enhancements.” The Maps app certainly looks like it took a page or two out of Google’s Map app—3D 6

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June 2nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Measuring 380 x 270 mm, with a thickness of 3 mm, the CompoXite uses a non-directional 3D-textured surface pattern, which gives optical mouse sensors uniform tracking The system's launch titles will include N.O.V.A. 3 – Near in all directions (fig. 1, below). Further, it is HDST-optimized Orbit Vanguard Alliance, Six-Guns, Dungeon Hunter 3, (a high-precision laser+optical tracking technology). Its Painkiller: Purgatory HD, Duke Nukem 3D, Sky Gamblers: surface weave pattern has uniform gaps between threads Rise of Glory, PAC-MAN, Virtua Tennis Challenge, which reveal a secondary neon-orange silicon layer to the Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II, Atari’s Greatest Hits HDST sensor, which then get picked up to enhance tracking (including Centipede, Asteroids and Battlezone) and Mike V: resolution (fig. 2, below). EpicGear addressed the issue of Skateboard Party. the mouse cable rubbing against the edge of the mousepad, adding friction and affecting control, by designing the edges of the CompoXite to be curved (fig. 3, below). Lastly, the The MOGA Mobile Gaming System will be available in the bottommost layer of the mousepad, which makes contact second half of the year. with the surface below (a desk or a table), is made up of a special silicon material that ensures maximum traction. EpicGear CompoXite Gaming Mousepad Revealed Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/epicgear-compoxite-gaming- mousepad-revealed/16123.html June 2nd, 2012 EpicGear, the emerging gaming peripherals company behind the Meduza gaming mouse, and HybridPad, plans to launch a fleet of new products, at this year's Computex event. These include its first keyboard, named DeZimator, and a new mouse-accessory named Skorpious. It also plans to make additions to its mousepad lineup, with the CompoXite series mousepads. We got a bunch of pictures. EpicGear's newest mouse-pad, the CompoXite, keeps is Moving on to the endurance part, EpicGear's CompoXite, design focus on two elements: control and endurance. It like most high-end mousepads, consists of several layers. appears to be designed for high-precision mouse movements The real measure of the product's durability is not in the using HDST mice (such as the Meduza), making it ideal for layers staying intact, without tearing apart; but with the FPS snipers. layers maintaining their adhesion with each other. While most mousepad makers use glues and epoxies to bind the various layers, EpicGear sealed them in place, using high- temperature and compression to melt the fabric and silicon layer, forming a heat-seal (fig. 4, below). Lastly, you don't have to worry about damage caused by your beer Diet Double Dew spills, as the fabric has a fluid-repellent finish (fig. 5, below). 7

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June 2nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone The Kinect has proved a popular alternative to Nintendo's Wii console, but it has also become a major tool outside of gaming. It has been considered for home security and is even being used to help dock satellites in space. This latest use in surgical theatres could become the norm EpicGear plans to unveil the CompoXite HDST-enhanced within the next 10 to 15 years, according to John Brennan, mousepad at Computex, and launch it to the market some president of the British Society for Endovascular Therapy. time in August. We're just getting started with our exclusive EpicGear coverage. Stay Tuned! Google Doctors trial Kinect for registers .google, .docs, .lol surgery Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/doctors-trial-kinect-for- and other domains surgery/16124.html Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-registers-.google-.docs-.lol- June 2nd, 2012 and-other-domains/16122.html June 2nd, 2012 Doctors are trialling Microsoft's Kinect camera and software to help with surgeries, further expanding the uses of the motion tracking device beyond console gaming. Google has registered a large number of top-level domain Doctors are trialling Microsoft's Kinect camera and software names, including trademarks like .google, names relating to help with surgeries, further expanding the uses of the to core business products like .docs, and stranger choices motion tracking device beyond console gaming. like .lol. Google has registered a large number of top-level domain names, including trademarks like .google, names relating St. Thomas' Hospital in London, in association with to core business products like .docs, and stranger choices Microsoft Research and Lancaster University, is testing like .lol. the Kinect's gesture controls and voice commands with its surgeons carrying out keyhole surgery, allowing the team to interact with a computer that shows a 3D image of the part Most websites use fairly generic domain extensions, of the body that is being operated on. like .com, which accounts for nearly 50 percent of websites out there. Other popular ones include .net, .org, and ones that relate to the country of origin, such as .co.uk for the UK The surgeons have responded positively to the technology, and .sg or .com.sg for Singapore. calling it “easy to use.” Traditionally a surgeon would have to shout commands across the room to someone who would operate the computer with a keyboard and mouse, but Domain registry firm ICANN has introduced a program the new approach gives greater control and provides less where a wider variety of words can be used for these disruption, and also prevents contamination that is possible top-level domains. Google is one of the first major from touching computer peripherals during an operation. technology business to jump on this bandwagon, dividing domain registrations into four main categories: trademarks (.google), core business domains (.docs), user experience improvement domains (.youtube), and “interesting and creative” domains (.lol). 8

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June 2nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone It has been more than seven weeks since the lawsuit between Oracle and Google began, but the question at the heart of that case, whether or not the structure, sequence, and organization (SSO) of the 37 Java APIs that were used could be copyrighted, has finally been answered. The presiding judge has concluded that a partial verdict that Google infringed on the SSO is invalid as the SSO is not copyrightable, though this decision could be overturned on appeal. This means that Google doesn’t have to worry about an injunction, or ban, against their Android operating system for at least a couple years. If this decision is overturned on appeal, then the question of whether or not Google’s use of the APIs is protected under the fair use defense will have to be determined either by a new jury or by a judicial ruling; Google argues that a new jury being selected means that they would have to reevaluate the infringement, The problem with some of these is that they make domain which would cause an even longer delay. For now, Google’s names longer to type and could end up causing confusion seemingly rash decision to defend itself in court has paid for finding websites. For example, does Google plan to have off; it gets away scot-free (for a few years, at least). Few if google.google or youtube.youtube? We expect not, but it any other companies would have taken on the risks Google may use its new acquisitions to make it known what its did with this decision. The proverbial jury is still out on this products are, so instead of google.com/music, it might be case, at least until Oracle appeals the decision, but Google music.google. has more immediate IP litigation worries relating to a long list of Android-related lawsuits against Google, Motorola (a newly-acquired subsidiary), and other device makers, The fourth category is interesting, as it could give Google a such as Samsung and HTC. Two weeks ago, a US trade bit of a monopoly on generic internet terms, like the “laugh agency ordered an import ban on Motorola’s (now Google’s) out loud” acronym “lol” that it registered. What it plans to Android devices, and less than a week later a German court use this and similar domain extensions for is anyone's guess. ordered a permanent injunction on the same devices. It would be understandable for the jurors, who just spent Google has promised that security and abuse prevention seven weeks of their life missing work and being reimbursed are a high priority with these new top-level domains, and far below the minimum wage, to ask why the judge couldn’t it will work with all ICANN-accredited registrars and brand have decided the copyrightable issue firest, and saved them owners to develop rights protection mechanisms. all the hassle. The reason Judge Alsup (the presiding judge) waited until the infringement trial was over was because the judge knew from the start that any decision on the “We’re just beginning to explore this potential source of copyrightability of the API SSO would face a huge risk for innovation on the web, and we are curious to see how appeal and overturning. He had already looked into the issue these proposed new TLDs will fare in the existing TLD last year when he denied Google a motion for summary environment,” said Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist for judgment, and he certainly wouldn’t have put the question Google and one of the fathers of the internet. “By opening before a jury had he been completely certain of the ruling up more choices for Internet domain names, we hope people he was planning to give. Throughout the trial, Judge Alsup will find options for more diverse—and perhaps shorter— showed nothing but consideration for the jury, even telling signposts in cyberspace. Google and Oracle that, should they settle, they should do so before the weekend so as to minimize the impact on the jurors’ lives. Judge Rules Oracle APIs Not Clearly, given that the judge himself is unsure of the Copyrightable defensibility of his ruling in the Federal Circuit Court of Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/judge-rules-oracle-apis-not- Appeals, the next stop for the trial should Oracle pursue copyrightable/16121.html it, those who are overjoyed by this ruling should be a bit June 2nd, 2012 more cautious. Google built key components of the Android operating system on a highly controversial legal theory that will ultimately be decided by either the Federal Circuit or the Supreme Court of the United States. A couple of years might seem like an eternity in a field like software development and mobile operating systems, but it’s obvious that Google has much longer-term interests in the Android operating Judge Alsup has ruled that the entire infringement point system. And to be frank, a ruling that the judge himself in the case between Oracle and Google was moot, as the was unsure of in no way means that there was no case. Java APIs in question were not copyrightable, and therefor This decision is unprecedented; no comparable amount were open to use by anybody for free. This decision sets a of software code (400 class definitions and thousands of landmark precedent in software law and copyright law, and methods) has been held uncopyrightable despite satisfying will surely be tested in appeal. the originality requirement. Both sides had reason to appeal should the case have gone against them. 9

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June 2nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 2nd, 2012 “This action was the first of the so-called ‘smartphone war’ cases tried to a jury,” began the order on copyrightability, which, although technically true, is not the first case to be resolved; a number of other cases were filed after the Oracle v. Google which have been adjudicated without juries. More importantly, this case has unique characteristics that other smartphone-related cases don’t, instead dealing with Hamburg-based ROCCAT Studios is looking to capture a key patents instead of copyrights, or without the parties in entry-level price-point with its newest mouse, the ROCCAT question being in the middle of negotiating a licensing deal Lua. The ambidextrous mouse is outfitted with Pro Optic prior to the case. Even among copyright lawsuits, this is a R2 sensor, three buttons, and a groovy illuminated logo. rare case, because it deals not only with the infringement The Lua, according to its makers, is "The Classic 3-Button and fair use, but whether or not infringement is possible in Mouse: Re-Mastered." the first place (i.e. can this material be copyrighted?). The Gamers often find themselves content with just a good judge, realizing the import of this decision and just how gaming-grade 3-button mouse, without fancy macro many people would be analyzing it, clarified the intended buttons, or adjustable weights. The same demographic also limitation of the scope of his holding at the end, saying: “This includes those who are new to the PC gaming platform, and order does not hold that Java API packages are free for all don't want to be scared away with expensive peripherals. to use without license. It does not hold that the structure, For them, Hamburg Germany-based ROCCAT Studios has a sequence, and organization of all computer programs may groovy new mouse, the ROCCAT Lua. The company released be stolen. Rather, it holds on the specific facts of this case, some of the first pictures of the entry-level mouse. the particular elements replicated by Google were free for all to use under the Copyright Act.” Judge Alsup, rather than attempt to dictate how an evolving marketplace can operate, instead decided to say that method definitions are so inherently functional that they can’t be copyrighted, pointing to interoperability considerations to back up his ruling. The example of a method definition he gives is: public static int max (int x, int y) The method described here is a public (accessible by all the other code) and static (it gets initialized immediately when the program runs, and only one copy is needed since it never changes) function called “max” that returns an “int” (or integer) result based on the interaction of two variables, x and y, which are also integers. The problem is that programmers like myself know that this is a fairly simple, broad function; object-oriented languages like Java The ROCCAT Lua is an ambidextrous (symmetrical, can be (and even non-object-oriented languages like C) allow for far used by both lefties and righties) 3-button gaming mouse. more complex function names, which can deal with highly Its two main buttons are separated by a scroll-wheel with specific, even proprietary, formats for variables, returned middle button, and a tracking resolution adjustment button. data, or even project- or class-specific formats, data types, Speaking of which, the mouse packs a Pro Optic R2 sensor, or highly specific types of functions designed to do a with a maximum tracking resolution of 2,000 DPI. The particular task within the project, and Oracle never claimed a switch allows gamers to adjust it in steps of 250 DPI, from monopoly over a generic function like “max.” The API part of 250 DPI, all the way up to 2,000 DPI. The switches backing the lawsuit was about a far larger and more expansive body the two buttons are said to be extremely durable, and of work than just basic mathematical functions. made by Omron; while the scroll-wheel is designed to have It is now up to the higher courts to decide on whether or not locking incremental steps, instead of smooth turning. While the specific code is copyrightable or not. Should the side with it ensures that you select the right weapon in the middle of a Judge Alsup, then Google is cleared and a new precedent game (by preventing over-scrolling), scrolling through long is set in copyright law when dealing with writing software. web-pages or documents could get cumbersome. Should they side with Oracle, then the question becomes whether or not the way Google used the code constituted fair use. Either way, this case is going to be very interesting to watch as time goes on. Rest assured, we will continue to cover this case as it makes its way through the courts. In many ways, it’s just getting started. ROCCAT Shows Off Lua Entry-Level Gaming Mouse Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/roccat-shows-off-lua-entry-level- gaming-mouse/16120.html 10

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June 2nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 2nd, 2012 Today, Microsoft has announced the Windows 8 Release Preview which offers improvements to Mail, Photos and People apps. The company has also unveiled the details on the Upgrade Offer Program for customers who intend to purchase a new Windows PC. The ROCCAT Lua features an ambidextrous V-shaped design, with thumb-rests on either side. This allows both palm and claw grips, using either hands. The company did not give out details such as dimensions and weight, but we feel the Lua is a mid-sized mouse that's as big as Razer Salmosa. ROCCAT mentioned choosing top-tier materials in the construction of the Lua. While the brand names "ROCCAT" and "Lua" are etched into the surface of the mouse, the company logo is illuminated arctic blue, with a soft "breathing effect" to its glow. Today, Microsoft has announced the Windows 8 Release Preview which is available for download at http:// preview.windows.com, in 14 languages. The new Release Preview claims to offer a fast, seamless experience for touch, as well as keyboard and mouse. The Windows 8 Release Preview features improvements to the Mail, Photos and People apps, with increased personalization options for the Start Screen, multi-monitor support. It also offers new Family Safety features and enriched privacy and security controls, as well as new Bing applications - Travel, News and Sports. The company has also unveiled their Windows Upgrade Offer program for consumers purchasing a new Windows PC in Singapore. The offer provides consumers who buy "We took the beloved three-button mouse design and an eligible Windows 7 PC the option to purchase a injected it with our innovative gaming engineering – and downloadable upgrade to Windows 8 Pro at an estimated created a killer tool that gives props to the past while heading retail price of just S$17.99 (inclusive of GST). However, there boldly into the future," said René Korte, ROCCAT Founder are some requirements which customers have to adhere to. and CEO. "The Lua delivers everything gamers need for control, comfort and style – all in a sleek and slim design that Consumers who have bought a Windows 7 PC that is pre- offers perfect comfort for every hand," he added. installed with Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate, and includes a matching and valid The ROCCAT Lua will be released to the market worldwide, OEM Certificate of Authenticity, will need to register from towards the end of July or early August. It is targeting a price http://www.windowsupgradeoffer.com from 2 June. And point of US $29.99 (SG $38.7). when Windows 8 has been officially released, customers will receive an email from Microsoft which will contain the promo codes and purchase instructions. Note that the Microsoft announces Upgrade Offer Program is only applicable for new Windows Windows 8 Release Preview 7 PCs that have been purchased during the eligibility period of 2 June 2012 - 31 January 2013. And the Windows 8 Pro and Upgrade Offer Program download must be redeemed before end February 2013. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-announces-windows-8- release-preview-and-upgrade-offer-program/16118.html For more information on the Windows Upgrade Offer Program - http://www.windowsupgradeoffer.com. 11

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June 2nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone ECS Rolls Out First Socket FM2 Motherboard - A85F2-A Deluxe Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ecs-rolls-out-first-socket-fm2- motherboard--a85f2-a-deluxe/16119.html June 2nd, 2012 ECS jumped the gun with launching its socket FM2 motherboard, the Black Series A85F2-A Deluxe. The motherboard seats AMD's next-generation "Trinity" accelerated processing units (APUs) in the FM2 package, and is based on the new AMD A85 FCH chipset. There are a total of eight SATA 6 Gb/s on the A85F2- A Deluxe, seven of which are assigned as internal ports, The A85F2-A Deluxe from ECS is the industry's first and one eSATA. Apart from IDE and AHCI, the A85 SATA socket FM2 motherboard to be officially launched. The controller supports RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 modes. The board launch comes ahead of Computex 2012, where socket FM2 also has a total of six USB 3.0 ports, four of which are motherboards from various vendors will be exhibited. The located on the rear panel, and two are given out through a FM2 platform seats second-generation "Trinity" accelerated standard front-panel header. The APU-integrated graphics processing units (APUs) from AMD, which are based on a controller gives out display through a range of display output combination of its new "Piledriver" x86 micro-architecture connectors, including DVI, D-Sub, HDMI, and DisplayPort. for the CPU component, and VLIW4 architecture for the The new platform supports triple-monitor Eyefinity for Radeon GPU component. The A85F2-A Deluxe is based on a productivity. 8+1 channel HD audio (VIA-made CODEC), new chipset by AMD, the A85 FCH (Fusion Controller Hub). and gigabit Ethernet (Realtek-made PHY), make for the rest of it. ECS will likely target a sub-$150 (US) price point with the A85F2-A Deluxe. It will be available when the platform launches, a little later this quarter. In related news, previous-generation A75 and A55 FCH chipsets are compatible with socket FM2 APUs, and ECS plans to launch a number of value FM2 socket motherboards based on them, namely, A75F2-A2, A75F2-M2, A55F2-A2, A55F2-M3. GELID Outs Icy Vision Variant for Radeon HD 7900 The A85F2-A Deluxe is a standard ATX motherboard, which Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gelid-outs-icy-vision-variant-for- builds on the feature-set of the A85 FCH. The FM2 APU radeon-hd-7900/16117.html is powered by a 4+1 phase VRM. The VRM utilizes ECS' June 2nd, 2012 Super Alloy chokes. The MOSFETs, probably conventional DPAK, are cooled by a chunky gold-colored heatsink. The CPU VRM draws power from an 8-pin EPS connector. The FM2 APU is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, which support up to 32 GB of dual-channel DDR3 memory, with speeds as high as DDR3-2600 MHz, made possible with overclocking; and two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots. The GELID Solutions launched a variant of its Icy Vision topmost of the two is electrical x16 capable, while the other graphics card cooler for AMD Radeon HD 7970 and HD is x8 capable, borrowing 8 lanes from its neighbouring slot. 7950. Called the Icy Vision-A, the cooler is designed keeping AMD CrossFireX is supported, so is Hybrid CrossFire, which in mind the mount-hole spacing, the die-area of the 28 nm allows you to run a compatible mid-range Radeon HD 7000 "Tahiti" silicon, and the added load-out of memory chips and series graphics card in tandem with the APU's integrated MOSFETs that come with the new high-end graphics cards. graphics core. Other expansion slots include three PCI- GELID Solutions launched a variant of its Icy Vision Express 2.0 x1, and two legacy PCI. graphics card cooler for AMD Radeon HD 7970 and HD 7950. Called the Icy Vision-A, the cooler is designed keeping in mind the mount-hole spacing, the die-area of the 28 nm "Tahiti" silicon, and the added load-out of memory chips and MOSFETs that come with the new high-end graphics cards. 12

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June 2nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone The Icy Vision-A ships with a large contingent of heatsinks. There are as many as 14 heatsinks for the memory chips (HD 7900 series have 12), three heatsinks for rows of MOSFETs, and other smaller heatsinks of various shapes and sizes, for graphics cards in which MOSFETs are spread around. The auxiliary heatsinks have adhesive thermal pads, while GELID included a syringe of its in-house GC-2 thermal compound, for the main heatsink. Apart from HD 7970 and HD 7950, the cooler includes support for other AMD Radeon GPUs, such as HD5850, HD5870, HD6850, HD6870, HD6950, HD6970, HD7850, and HD7870. GELID's current flagship graphics card cooler, the Icy Vision Rev. B, lacks support for Radeon HD 7970 and HD 7950. This could be because the AMD "Tahiti" GPU package has a metal support brace around the die, which is designed to reinforce the package, and ensure that the chip's massive number of pins (balls) apply uniform pressure on the PCB. The support brace has a diamond-shaped cutout surrounding the die, and it is possible that the die and its support brace prevent uniform contact with the base of the Ivy Vision Rev. B heatsink, as it is. The new Icy Vision-A has a diamond-shaped bump on its GPU base, which fits the Tahiti package like a glove. Available soon, the Icy Vision-A from GELID is priced at US $55 (SG $71). Manchester City Captain, Vincent Kompany, to appear at Dell Booth at PC Show 2012 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/manchester-city-captain-vincent- kompany-to-appear-at-dell-booth-at-pc-show-2012/16116.html June 2nd, 2012 The heatsink of the Icy Vision-A bears a conventional aluminum fin-stack design. At the base, five 8 mm-thick exposed-copper heat pipes make indirect contact with the GPU over a copper plate. The heat pipes then transport heat to two aluminum fin stacks, where heat is dissipated to the air flow produced by two 92 mm UV-reactive fans. The Manchester City fans would be pleased to know that the team heatsink has as many as 85 aluminum fins. Measuring 216 x captain, Vincent Kompany, will be making his appearance at 95 x 52 mm (LxWxH), the Icy Vision-A would require three Dell's booth, at the PC Show 2012 next week. Read on. expansion card slots in your system. It weighs about 465 g. 13

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June 2nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone The PC Show technology fair is back, from 7 to 10 June next The TomTom Via 220, 260 and 280 are designed as Smart week. And Vincent Kompany, Captain of Barclays Premier GPS devices for the daily drivers. The series are integrated League (BPL) Champions, Manchester City Football Club with TomTom’s award-winning navigation software, which will be making his appearance at Dell's booth on Saturday, claims to provide extra clarity such that drivers will never 9 June, 6.30pm – 8.30pm. miss their next turn again. Dell customers will be able to take a picture or get an Via 220 autograph with the BPL Player of the Season with proof of Usual Price: S$199 purchase of any Dell product at the PC Show. On top of PC Show Price: S$149 that, they will also get to enjoy a whole host of exclusive Via 260 offers, as well as exciting activities, including a lucky draw Usual Price: S$239 featuring the top prize of a trip for two to Poland. Other PC Show Price: S$199 prizes include daily exclusive Euro 2012 adidas merchandise Via 280 such as t-shirt, cap or shoe bags. Usual Price: S$279 PC Show Price: S$229 PC Show 2012 Promotions: TomTom Go 2000 TomTom Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pc-show-2012-promotions- tomtom/16115.html June 2nd, 2012 Looking for a GPS device for your car? Take a look at the Via 200 and GO 2000 Series at TomTom's booths at the PC Show 2012. TomTom's booths can be located on level 3 Concourse (booth number 304), and level 4 (booth number 2022). TomTom Via 200 series The TomTom Go 2000 series feature the latest in design, hardware and software that can deliver an unrivalled, premium navigation experience. It comes equipped with Advanced Lane Guidance, TomTom IQ Routes, Hands-free Calling via Bluetooth and South East Asia maps for smoother driving. Go 2050 Usual Price: S$399 PC Show Price: S$349 Go 2050 World Usual Price: S$479 PC Show Price: S$429 14

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June 2nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone The TomTom's booths can be located on level 3 Concourse (booth number 304), and level 4 (booth number 2022). PC Show 2012 Promotions: Brother Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pc-show-2012-promotions- brother/16113.html June 2nd, 2012 Brother will be at the PC Show with good offers on The Brother DCP-7060D monochrome laser multi-function their printers and multifunction centres. Check out the centre offers 3-in-1 features - print, copy and scan - with promotions on the HL-2130 laser printer, DCP-7060D automatic double-sided printing with speeds up to 24ppm multi-function centre and MFC-7860DW monochrome for A4. It also comes with 3-year on-site warranty, with laser multi-function centre at their booth in Hall 402, booth choice of standard or high-yield toner. number A2027. Usual Price: S$188 Brother HL-2130 PC Show price: S$168 + Free shopping vouchers Brother MFC-7860DW The Brother HL-2130 is a compact monochrome laser printer that can print A4 documents at up to 20ppm. It comes with extended 3-year carry-in warranty and helps you save on affordable replacement toners at only S$32. If you need faxing capabilities in addition to print, copy and scan, then this Brother MFC-7860DW monochrome Usual Price: S$118 laser multi-function Centre 5-in-1 is all you need. It has PC Show price: S$66 wireless networking capabilities and boasts print speeds of Brother DCP-7060D up to 26ppm for A4 documents. The MFC-7860DW also comes with automatic double-sided printing with added functionality to save on printing of junk faxes with PC Fax. Usual Price: S$398 PC Show price: S$348 + Free shopping vouchers The Brother products are showcased in Hall 402, Booth A2027 (Newstead Technologies). 15

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June 2nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Asus vs Gigabyte: OC battle for i7 Ivy Bridge 7 GHz supremacy Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-vs-gigabyte-oc-battle-for-i7-ivy- bridge-7-ghz-supremacy/16112.html June 2nd, 2012 Just yesterday “HiCookie” showed off his YouTube video of his 7.03GHz overclock of an i7 3770K Ivy Bridge using a Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H board and liquid nitrogen, but today (HiCookie's Validation) we found another validation of the same CPU at 7.07GHz There's no reason to believe that these two are the only ones using an Asus Maximus V GENE by Andre Yang. that achieved 7+GHz on their respective platforms, and I won't be suprised if there's going to be a 7.1 GHz i7 Ivy Bridge OC validation soon. Hardware details for iPhone 5, and picture of new maps application released Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hardware-details-for-iphone-5-and- picture-of-new-maps-application-released/16111.html June 2nd, 2012 Just yesterday “HiCookie” showed off his YouTube video of his 7.03GHz overclock of an i7 3770K Ivy Bridge using a Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H board and liquid nitrogen, but today we found another validation of the same CPU at 7.07GHz using an Asus Maximus V GENE by Andre Yang. A big difference between Yang’s and Cookie’s validation was Dissecting the beta version of iOS 6, 9to5mac has provided a that all the cores were enabled on the Asus board, whereas, lot of information on the upcoming iPhone device (N41AP/ half the cores were disabled on Cookie’s Gigabyte board. iPhone5,1). They also included a photo and details of the Yang achieved his clock using 1.92V of juice, and Cookie upcoming 3D map application. pumped in 1.956V. Both achieved the insane clock with a multiplier of x63. Dissecting the beta version of iOS 6, 9to5mac has provided a lot of information on the upcoming iPhone device (N41AP/ iPhone5,1). They also included a photo and details of the upcoming 3D map application. 9to5mac included the following details in their report: -The iPhone running iOS 6 uses Darwin Kernel Version 13.0.0, which is one version above the latest developer version of Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion. - The processor to be used in the upcoming iPhone will use a processor, codenamed "A5-***" at Apple. The last three digits have been omitted by 9to5mac to protect their source. The codename indicates that the new chip could be a variant of Apple's A5 processor line, and may not (but might) be upgraded to "A6". -The next iPhone will use an entirely new GPU chip, which doesn't seem to exist yet, called "SGX543RC". As it doesn't (Yang's Validation) actually exist, 9to5mac was unable to provide any details regarding the GPU's specs. -The next iPhone will have 1 GB of RAM, an upgrade from the iPhone 4S' mere 512 MB. 9to5mac also released a shot of the new maps application. 16

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June 2nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Tim Cook at Foxconn This picture differs from a rendering that 9to5mac released SACOM has visited Foxconn's factories on multiple earlier, which featured the GPS/Compass icon connected occasions, and after performing over one hundred directly to the 3D icon. But, on the iPhone version of the interviews, has arrived at the conclusion that problems maps application, the buttons will be separated to avoid like inhumane treatment, salary cuts, and high production accidently hitting either of them. targets are still issues there. 9to5mac ends the article, hinting that there is a new iOS SACOM spoke to Routers on the subject saying, application from Apple that has yet to be enumerated. "The frontline management continue to impose humiliating disciplinary measures on workers. The above findings Apple & Foxconn worker demonstrate that Apple and Foxconn have not turned over a new leaf." abuse still prevalent Geoffrey Crothall of the China Labour Bulletin concurs with Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple--foxconn-worker-abuse-still- SACOM, explaining, prevalent/16110.html June 2nd, 2012 "I haven't seen any real evidence of any significant changes. At the moment they're just tinkering around the edges and doing PR stunts ... I don't think there's a short term fix to the situation at Foxconn. It's too big, it's too complicated." Foxconn has increased worker salary, but overtime cuts make it so that the salary has actually only decreased. Public Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour sentiment of Foxconn, and even Apple for how they have (SACOM) says that Foxconn hasn't cleaned up their act, handled the allegations of poor conditions there, is low right following the company’s promise to improve conditions for now. It seems the conscience of an international market with their workers. millions of i-devices is eager to help relieve the situations of those who make them. Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) says that Foxconn hasn't cleaned up their act, following the company’s promise to improve conditions for Amazon Granted Digital Gift their workers. Patent Earlier this year, the Fair Labor association audited Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amazon-granted-digital-gift- Foxconn's working conditions, and uncovered labor patent/16109.html violations including illegal working hours, and a disregard June 2nd, 2012 for employee health and safety. Foxconn is the world's largest electronic parts manufacturer, and manufactures many of Apple's products, including the iPad and iPhone. Tim Cook himself paid the company a visit and yet, according to Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM), Foxconn and Apple have not cleaned up their act. Amazon has been granted a patent by the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) for a system of delivering digital items to another person as a gift. Shockingly, no one had yet patented this idea. Wait, wait, wait, is this right? Did Amazon just patent every future Christmas, Hanukkah, birthday, wedding, insert-gift- giving-celebration-here? Well, no. But they have received a patent on one of the most common forms of gift-giving in the world today, namely a 17

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June 2nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone system for selecting a digital gift (read: movie, music, eBook, Google admitted in 2010 that Street View cars were etc.), sending a notification to the recipient, and allowing the collecting more information than intended. The cars were recipient to download the gift. only supposed to collect Wi-Fi access point locations, but also inadvertently captured email and text messages, There’s a twist to the patent, however. It also describes the passwords, histories, and other personal data from ability for the gift-giver to delay payment for the item until unsecured wireless networks as far back as 2007. The FCC the digital gift has been accepted. If the gift hasn’t been report blamed a “rogue” engineer, but also showed that accepted and downloaded by a specific time, the order can senior management at Google knew about and signed off be cancelled and no payment will be made by the gift-giver. on the Wi-Fi sniffing project. Google was fined $25,000 The rest of the patent describes ideas that are fairly common for deliberately impeding and delaying the investigation, a to most people who have used the Internet over the past four charge which Google’s top lawyer vehemently denied in a years or so. Granted, Amazon applied for the patent back in letter to the FCC, claiming that it was the governmental 2008, and at the time it would have been a fairly innovative agency itself which had been stalling, though Google did pay idea, but today it seems like a fairly obvious idea. the fine. Broad patents such as this have been a rallying cry against When the report was released, Timothy Pilgrim, the the United States patent system, especially with the massive Australian Privacy Commissioner, told the Australian adoption of the idea by the tech industry. Financial Review that his office would be examining the report and would determine whether or not to refer the At the moment, Amazon has not implemented the delayed matter to the Australian Federal Police. Today, he told payment model for its digital gifts yet, but it will be reporters that there would be no new investigation, saying, “I interesting to see if, now that the patent has gone through, have decided not to open another investigation into Google Amazon adds the delayed payment feature to its Kindle and Street View. In reaching this decision, I have considered the Amazon Video stores. It would be a welcome addition to a FCC’s report and don’t consider that a new investigation wildly popular service. would reveal any information that would change our original finding.” In 2010, Google was found to have breached the Australian Privacy Act through the collection of Wi-Fi payload data, with the case being referred to the APC. The APC dropped the case, however, after determining that Google’s data collection was “inadvertent,” rather than a deliberate act. Google published an apology to all Australians and conducted a “privacy impact assessment” in response to the commissioner’s findings at the time. Israel Denies Ties to Flame Malware Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/israel-denies-ties-to-flame- malware/16104.html June 2nd, 2012 Australian Privacy Commissioner Not Pursuing Google Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/australian-privacy-commissioner- Israeli officials have denied any connection to the Flame not-pursuing-google/16108.html malware, after media reports connected statements from the June 2nd, 2012 vice-Prime Minister to the cyberespionage threat uncovered by Kaspersky Labs Israel is dismissing charges that it had anything to do with the Flame malware discovered by Kaspersky Labs. Several news reports on the malware toolkit (though not our coverage) linked comments made by the vice-Prime Minister, Moshe Ya’alon, with the malware, Australia's Privacy Commissioner has declined to open a which researchers have tentatively labeled a weapon of second investigation into Google's collection of private data cyberespionage, though full analysis could take years. A through its Street View cars. spokesman for the Israeli government, however, told BBC reporters that Ya’alon had been misrepresented in the The Google Street View Wi-Fi snooping case continues to reporting of the comments. Security researchers have also churn along, with the Australian Privacy Commissioner, been quick to point out that it’s far too early to pinpoint the despite a report from the US Federal Communications source of the attack. Commission (FCC) proving it wasn’t the work of one lone engineer, has said he will not launch a second investigation The comments were made by Mr. Ya’alon, who also happens into the incident. to be the Minister of Strategic Affairs, while discussing 18

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June 2nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone the attacks on Army Radio, Israel’s military radio station. modern consumer computer network interface cards, wired “There are quite a few governments in the West [with] or wireless, are only capable of using 1Gbps, or 1,024Mbps; rich high-tech [capabilities] that view Iran, and particularly in layman’s terms, four computers downloading at full speed the Iranian nuclear threat, as a meaningful threat, and could not use up the bandwidth available on this connection. can possibly be involved with this field,” he said. “I would Technically, Kabel Deutschland hasn’t provided the fastest imagine that everyone who sees the Iranian nuclear threat real-world connection. That honor belongs to Sigbritt as a significant one, and that is not only Israel, it is the entire Löthberg, whose son arranged for a 40Gbps fiber connection Western world, headed by the United States of America, to be sent straight to her house in 2007; he said he sent his would likely take every single measure available, including 75-year-old mother the connection, roughly 10 times as fast these, to harm the Iranian nuclear project.” When asked to as the Kabel Deutchsland connection, to prove that fiber is clarify the comments, a spokesman said, “There was no part viable for residential connections. of the interview where the minister has said anything to The new Kabel Deutschland connection wasn’t for imply that Israel was responsible for the virus.” residential use, however. It was set up for a local school Other speculation has linked America with the malware, as a field test for an upgraded cable network using the including a completely unverifiable claim by an “anonymous 862MHz spectrum, channel bonding, and the EuroDocsis official” to NBC that the US was behind the attack, but that 3.0 standard. Crucially, the test proved that upgrades didn’t he had “no first-hand knowledge” of the attack. The US has require new civil engineering work. The company did not also denied responsibility for the attack. specify how many channels had been bonded, which could be Kaspersky Labs, the security firm that discovered the significant, since some capacity of the network would need malware, has said that it could take years to determine where to be left open for other cable services, such as TV signals. the toolkit had originated. However, their researchers have In a statement to press, Lorenz Glatz, the CTO of Kabel noticed that whoever was behind the malware appears to be Deutschland, said that “the Schwerin field test shows that slowly retreating, covering their tracks as the go. “It’s very an 862MHz upgraded cable network is able to broadcast tough to shut down 80+ C&C (command & control) servers download speeds of up to 4.7Gbps. Using this speed, a DVD at the same time,” explained Roel Schouwenberg, one of could theoretically be downloaded within eight seconds,” he Kaspersky’s senior security researchers. “Some of them are continued, although, “current standard laptops or modems not active anymore. I think this is some sort of effort to buy cannot even process these high speeds. It will take many themselves some time and change the game plan if the need more years until users find online services and web content would arise. We’ve seen it in the past that after some period that need[s] a download speed of up to 4.7Gbps.” of silence [the] operation is rebooted.” The question of whether or not ISPs could provide speeds The UN has described Flame as a significant espionage tool like this profitably is often swept aside by the excitement and issued its “most serious” cyber security warning to date. for the new possibilities, although at the moment it’s fairly However, others have suggested that the threat has been obvious that speeds such as this are not possible in a overblown by all the media coverage. It seems that every residential or even commercial sense. Despite this, and time there’s a new malware threat detected, it gets labeled a despite the fact that no one could fully utilize such a huge threat, or the worst malware ever, no matter its actual connection at home, it’s fun to think about. I mean, who purpose. wouldn’t want such a ridiculously fast connection? German ISP Reaches New Speed Milestone Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/german-isp-reaches-new-speed- milestone/16102.html June 2nd, 2012 In a field test for infrastructure and standards upgrades, Kabel Deutschland has announced reaching a new real- world speed milestone for cable providers. How fast is your current internet connection? Does it meet your needs? Chances are it does, but as history shows, speeds are constantly increasing. However, this latest milestone is insane, considering that the average home connection is 100Mbps or less. Kabel Deutschland, a German cable operator, has claimed to be the first ISP in the world to successfully create a broadband download speed of 4,700Mbps in a real-world field test. Let me put that in perspective for you: most 19

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. Star Wars: The Old Republic to get level cap increase, new planet, species, and companion Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/star-wars-the-old-republic-to-get- level-cap-increase-new-planet-species-and-companion/16175.html June 5th, 2012 The increased level cap will mean more story for all classes, an important feature of the game from the beginning. Currently when players reach level 50 their main storyline ends and they are forced to play Flashpoints and Operations for additional story, or repeat the daily quests, which have begun to employ text-based instructions more often, moving BioWare has unveiled some of the new content and features away from BioWare's much-touted fully-voiced characters. that will be coming to Star Wars: The Old Republic this year, We can expect a return to proper storytelling with the new including a level cap rise, new abilities, a new planet, new content for each class, however. species, new companion, and lots of additional high-level content. BioWare has unveiled some of the new content and features From the rise to level 50 players acquired five primary that will be coming to Star Wars: The Old Republic this year, companions, with a sixth in the form of a ship droid. A including a level cap rise, new abilities, a new planet, new new companion will be available to all classes, the HK-51 species, new companion, and lots of additional high-level Assassination Droid. It looks like players will have to fight content. it first before gaining control. It also appears that this is a shared companion across all classes, marking a sharp shift away from the unique companions of each class. This The level cap and new abilities will be the main attraction likely means that the same-sex romances that BioWare for most players. BioWare was tight-lipped about the exact promised are even further away from entering the game. number of levels involved, but we can likely expect it to be However, Ray Muzyka, CEO of BioWare, commented that 5 or 10, a standard for most MMOs. We likely also won't “new companions,” plural, were on the way, so it may just be see this until later this year, from September onwards, and that the studio is keeping the others under wraps for now. perhaps closer to Christmas. The company has not revealed if this will come in a standard free update or as part of a paid expansion, but we expect the latter. As with any level cap increase, new skills are to be expected. The E3 reveal video showcases two of these, a roundhouse kick for the Jedi Knight, and a spinning lightsaber attack for the Sith Inquisitor, adding some new AOE capability to the classes. A new playable race will be available, the Cathar, a kind of humanised cat-people, which players will have encountered throughout the existing in-game world. Races are primarily cosmetic, of course, so this won't really affect gameplay, but 1

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone it will some provide additional variety to the game. Again, Muzyka promises there will be new species, plural, to look A new Operation, Terror From Beyond, looks like it will forward to. involve the invasion of alien forces from worm holes, leading to some pretty unique boss fights and encounters, including floating pillars and what appears to be a colour-themed battle that is sure to enrage the colour blind among us. Since players will need somewhere new to level up, we can expect to travel to the new planet of Makeb, a planet overrun by the Hutt Cartel, which will be the primary focus of the storyline there. This is a little-known planet that BioWare claims has never been seen before in the Star Wars universe. This gives the studio a lot of artistic freedom, but it may disappoint fans who were hoping for one of the more iconic locations, like Kahyyyk, the homeworld of the Wookies. A new Warzone, Ancient Hypergates, will give the booming player-versus-player community lots to look forward to. It is not clear what the objectives are, but we can imagine it involves claiming and holding the hypergates. Regardless, it looks like there will be plenty of player-killing fun involved. Fans of each type of end-game content will be pleased to know that there is new gameplay on the way. The first new space mission since launch, called Space Station Assault, is coming, replete with plenty of tight spaces to squeeze through while shooting down enemy ships. The illusive “secret space project” the studio has been working on remains a hermetically-sealed affair. Players can also expect a new version of Nightmare difficulty mode, which promises to be more difficult than its current version. Update 1.3, which will release soon, likely in late June or early July, will feature a group finder and additional unlocks as part of the legacy system, which will let players 2

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone gain experience faster in the core gameplay areas they love, whether it is PvP, space combat or Flashpoints. In July gamers will also be able to play the game for free up to level 15, giving a taste of the action in a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars: The Old Republic may have lost many subscribers, dropping from 1.7 million to 1.2 million at the last EA earnings call, as well as a number of its developers, but it looks like there is still plenty of content to look forward to. Batman: Arkham City is coming to the Wii U in the new Nintendo reveals Wii U games Armored Edition, where players can enjoy the Wham!, Crash! and Kapow! of the Caped Crusader with the use of at E3 the new controller for accessing Batman's utility belt and Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nintendo-reveals-wii-u-games-at- guiding weapons like the baterang to their destination. From e3/16174.html watching the demo it is clear that this will be a useful feature June 5th, 2012 in the game. Nintendo has unveiled 23 game titles for its upcoming next- generation console, the Wii U, at this year's E3 gaming event, promising to “revolutionise your living room.” Nintendo has unveiled 23 game titles for its upcoming next- generation console, the Wii U, at this year's E3 gaming event, promising to “revolutionise your living room.” The new gamepad is the major feature of the Wii U and it will feature trigger buttons, shoulder buttons, an infrared receiver, which removes the need for wires, an accelerometer, built-in rumble, camera and microphone, ZombiU lets gamers participate in the zombie apocalypse and speakers. The Wii U will also support two of these, with inside their living rooms, making substantial use of the dual gamepad experiences coming in the future. Nintendo new controller. Players can use it as a scanner, to make is promising that this will lead to “new disruption” via sniper shots, to hack doors, and even to create a zombified “asymmetric gameplay.” version of themselves via the built-in camera. The audience responded extremely well to this one and we expect it will be a major attraction for the Wii U on launch. The iconic game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, responsible for most of Nintendo's successful franchises, revealed that Pikmin 3 will be coming to the Wii U, complete with more detailed Pikmin, thanks to the improved resolution of the hardware, Rock Pikmin that can break hard objects and can be aimed at specific targets, a challenge mode, and map and gameplay options via the new touchscreen gamepad. A new Nintendo console would be nothing with Mario, and so we can expect New Super Mario Bros U, which will feature the typical side-scrolling platform action, but the addition of new gameplay elements, including a boost mode for racing through levels with friends. Music and fitness are two big genres since the launch of the Wii and Kinect, and these will continue to be a focus with the Wii U. 3

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone The balance board makes a return after a whopping 43 million copies of Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus were sold. Wii Fit U continues the same gameplay, but adds new features, with a fitness meter that can upload calories burned on a daily run, and off-TV play where content is shown on the Wii U controller screen. Exercise has never seemed so exciting. “My body is ready.” The Miiverse is Nintendo's new social gaming network, which players will experience once the console is powered up. Miis will wander about and congregate, and players can communicate via their Miis with speech bubbles, which will display text and handwritten notes and images, like Swapnote. Players will also be able to share screen captures of games, share recent activity and scores, and display facial expressions to represent their current mood. This feature will eventually roll out to the 3DS, PC, smartphones and Just Dance 4 is on the way, with new songs and dances, but tablets, connecting Nintendo players across all platforms. the Wii U gamepad will let one player adjust the gameplay live, keeping dancers on their toes in ways that even Michael Jackson might have struggled with. For those who prefer to sing, the working title of Sing might be suitable. Instead of facing the screen players can face their friends and use the Wii U controller to display lyrics, a rather clever use of the dual-screen capability. The Wii had Wii Sports, but the Wii U has Nintendo Land, a themepark style game that features 12 attractions or minigames that make use of the studio's iconic characters. Some of these include Legend of Zelda Battlequest, Luigi's Ghost Mansion, Donkey Kong Crash Course, Takemaru's Ninja Castle, and an Animal Crossing game. We can likely expect Mario and other Nintendo classics to be there also. Nintendo promises that players need to give this a go in person to really see what Wii U has to offer. It will release Other games on the horizon include Scribblenauts with the Wii U, likely as a bundle. Unlimited, Mass Effect 3, Tank Tank Tank, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Trine 2: Director's Cut, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Lego City, Assassin's Creed 3, Rabbids Land, Rayman Legend, Your Shape, Sports Connection, and The Avengers. 4

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Some may have their doubts about the Wii U, but clearly Nintendo is pulling out all the stops and could change the way we play games, just as it did with the original Wii half a decade ago. The initial reveals look very promising and we expect to see further unique uses of the Wii U controller to surface in the future. EA's Keynote Speech @ E3 - Games as a Service Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ea-s-keynote-speech--e3--games-as- a-service/16172.html Next was Madden NFL 13, with Hall-of-Famer Michael June 5th, 2012 Irving presenting some new features and commenting on the improved physics engine. Dubbed the “Infinity Engine,” the new physics model takes players’ mass, speed, and hit location into account, and dynamically creates the correct forces acting on the players to produce life-like collisions. Gone are the days of scripted animations determining when a player is downed. Also shown was a new Career mode, which connects you to your friends and revolves around your EA's presentation at E3 focused on blockbuster titles player as he strives to enter the Hall of Fame, with virtual and integration across multiple platforms, especially social twitter feeds, dynamic news stories, and RPG-like XP. Also networks, along with continuing support for earlier games in revealed is that the career mode can either be taken from the the form of DLC and expansions. perspective of a current player, a legend like Joe Montana or I’m going to come right out and say it. I don’t have a Michael Irving, or from a custom player. You can even take problem with DLC. In fact, I think DLC is a wonderful way the shoes of a coach like John Madden and play through a of prolonging a game’s life, especially if you’ve really enjoyed coach’s career. Madden 13 will release later this year. that game. I will grant that there are ways that DLC is used horribly, namely paid DLC on the disc or forcing the gamer to pay for DLC to get the full experience. EA has often been accused of bad practices when it comes to DLC, but they decided to focus on that during their E3 presentation. Their talk wasn’t focused entirely on DLC, but instead on gaming as a rich experience, rather than a singular event. Instead of thinking of the game as residing on a particular disc, EA wants us to think of a game as a world that extends beyond the console to other areas of our lives, including social networks and smartphone integration. Next, it was Maxis’ turn to take the stage, with two announcements. The first was SimCity Social, which looks to topple all the FarmVille clones and provide a “real simulation” on the Facebook social game platform. While I sincerely hope Maxis can pull off a miracle, I fear that SimCity Social is going to become just another city-building time-sink on Facebook with forced social features and ridiculous microtransactions. The presentation kicked off with a demonstration of Dead Space 3, the newest game in the survival horror franchise. Taking place on a snowy world, the demo showed off co- op gameplay and a massive worm-like boss encounter. The game will release February of 2013. 5

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone They next showed off the new PC version of SimCity, and this was far more exciting. For the first time, SimCity will include multiplayer, allowing you and your friends (or just yourself if you’re of a more megalomaniacal bent) to take control of multiple cities in the same region, with cooperative and competitive goals and with every action you take affecting every other city in the region. Your cities will also be connected to what was called “a world of SimCities,” with actions and global goals behaving similarly to their smaller- scale multiplayer counterparts. Look for it to release on PC later this year. Bioware took the stage next, praising the community of players in Star Wars: The Old Republic, who have invested more than 520 million hours into the game since launching 6 months ago. The surprise announcement was that The Old Republic would be getting a free-to-play trial similar to what World of Warcraft has done. Free players will be able to advance to level 15 without having to pay a dime, but will need to subscribe in order to advance beyond that point. A massive new content release is also coming in July, with a new playable race (pictured above), new instances, new warzones, and new high-level content. Battlefield 3 was next, with developers from DICE explaining the new features coming to the multiplayer juggernaut in the coming months, as well as providing some interesting statistics tracked by the game, such as 40 million flight hours logged and 1.9 trillion bullets fired by the 15 million players in Battlefield 3 since launch. The big feature announced, available now on PS3 and next week for PC and Xbox, is a new community feature called Battlefield Premium. Seemingly an answer to Call of Duty: Elite, the premium service for that shooter’s multiplayer community, Battlefield Premium will give players 20 new weapons, multiple new camo patterns and dogtags, as well as access to the 5 expansions for the Battlefield 3 game. Next was the highly anticipated shooter, Medal of Honor. Shown running on the Frostbite 2 engine, all of the conflicts in the single-player campaign have “a dotted line to real-world conflicts and hotspots.” The demo showed an attack on a Somali pirate compound, complete with destructible terrain and buildings. Multiplayer features were also announced, with a “global multiplayer campaign” featuring 12 Special Forces teams from 10 countries around the globe, such as the Russian Spetznas, the British SAS, the American SEALs, and so on. No release date was announced, but we’ll keep our eyes open. Included in this group is the already-released Return to Karkand, an expansion that released shortly after launch. Also included are Close Quarters, an infantry-centric expansion coming out this month with small, tight, infantry- only maps, Armored Kill, a vehicle-centric expansion with some of the largest maps in Battlefield to date releasing in September, Aftermath, with maps based around the ruined city of Tehran after the earthquake featured in the single-player campaign, releasing in December, and End Game, focusing on high-speed lethality and introducing motorcycles, releasing in March of 2013. All of this is available to gamers for $49.99. EA Sports again took the stage and began announcing new features for FIFA 13. Calling the FIFA franchise a social network for football fans, EA announced new social features, 6

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone including iPad and iPhone versions of the game which integrate seamlessly with the current social framework created for FIFA 12. In fact, it was announced that FIFA 12 players’ levels and XP will transfer between the games, allowing returning players to start right where they’d left off in the previous game. Messi was announced as the cover athlete, due to his skillful footwork being the inspiration for EA’s new handling system in FIFA. Using similar techniques to the physics engine detailed for the Madden series and refined physics for the ball, the improved AI can now think two or three plays ahead, with complex attacks being used to break through a tough defense. The example shown was a player running to a position for a pass from a player that had yet to receive the ball, though when the pass came he was in Finally, EA ended on a graphics spectacle by showing off perfect position to score a goal. Look for FIFA 13 this fall. Crysis 3. The jaw-dropping visual fidelity of the demo was enough to get anyone interested, but the open world design and interesting locales allowing for a freeform style of gameplay are sure to bring in gamers who would otherwise write off Crysis 3 as just a pretty graphics engine. Called an “urban rainforest,” the environment allows for a huge variety of landscapes to fight across, along with multiple paths to completing objectives. Look for the release of this hotly anticipated game in February of 2013. Keep your eyes open for more of our E3 coverage as the week continues. ASUS's Prototype 40-phase The crown jewel in EA’s presentation was the announcement Z77 Motherboard - Wolverine! of a “multi-yea, multi-product” deal with the UFC. THQ had Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-s-prototype-40-phase-z77- a stranglehold on the UFC license for three years, but now motherboard--wolverine-/16173.html the UFC is partnering with EA to produce games for its “half June 5th, 2012 a billion fans in 175 countries,” so that they can “finally get the best UFC videogame possible.” No word was given on when the first game would be releasing, but I suspect it will be within the next year and based on the previous EA MMA engine. Remember the Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 that we reported yesterday which had 32-phase power? ASUS has one- upped its fiercest rival with a 40-phase motherboard, albeit still a non-production but working prototype codenamed Wolverine. The prototype ASUS motherboard codenamed Wolverine as pictured below shares an uncanny resemblance to the P8Z77-V series, with the obvious exception of the 40- phase power design. Annoyingly, silkscreen markings of the drivers and PWM controllers used were blacked out but it is certainly a radical departure from the usual DIGI+ VRM design. Time will tell if ASUS will (re-)adopt the marketing After dropping the UFC bombshell, EA continued by friendly "MOAR PHASES IS BETTER" metric approach, announcing that Criterion would be developing another which is silly as there will be a diminishing point of return Need for Speed game. Titled “Need for Speed: Most really. Wanted,” it’s based around the premise of the previous Most Wanted game of becoming the most wanted racer. Criterion For example, the ROG Maximus V Gene implements just plans to do this by creating an open-world racing game with 8+4 beefy phases, but that didn't hinder its prowness in deep social integration, allowing you to compete against claiming most subzero overclocking records. your friends in multiple categories, such as fastest time or highest ranked. Each action in game will award you points, and these points are how much of the social competition is scored. No word on a release date. 7

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Electronic Arts has shown off trailers and demos of some of its upcoming games as part of Download 2012 at this year's E3 gaming event, including Dead Space 3, Madden NFL 13, SimCity and SimCity Social, four new DLC packs for Battlefield 3, and Need For Speed: Most Wanted. “A few years ago the game you bought was the game you got. Now our games offer so much more. We don't stop creating when the game is ready. We go on building more content that connects and extends the experience,” said John Riccitiello, CEO of EA. The first game shown was Dead Space 3 from Visceral Games. The game will feature new locations, including the depths of space and a frozen planet infested with Necromorph. There will be new characters like John Carver and new gameplay modes like drop in/drop out co-op, which is demonstrated below. The game launches in February 2013. Madden NFL 13 promises to deliver "physics you can feel," thanks to the new Infinity Engine. "Every impact is more intense, every battle is more realistic," according to Cam Weber, GM of American Football at EA. He said that the engine will deliver a countless number of animation possibilities, so no two plays will look or feel the same, while interactions between players will be more organic. The Infinity Engine takes into consideration the character's mass, speed and momentum, and this can affect their balance and performance in a game. A character's physical attributes also have more impact, with smaller players unable to push through larger players, but having more speed and agility. Finally, the game is putting an end to pre- defined endings, so players can struggle on and try to regain their balance after being tackled, compared to previously just having to give up and watch the animation play out. The game will also feature a Connected Careers mode, which provides strong gameplay progression, a dynamic storyline, and social integration, allowing players to create or join leagues with up to 32 other people. Gamers can play as NFL legends, as themselves, or as a coach, giving a wide variety of EA reveals E3 demos for Dead gameplay options. Each game will earn the player XP, which Space 3, Madden NFL 13, can be spent to upgrade their character's abilities, adding an element of RPG to the sports game. Players can reach the SimCity, Battlefield 3, Need Hall of Fame, retire from the league, and watch as the story For Speed: Most Wanted unfolds around them, with a virtualised Twitter feed to add some immersion to the experience. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ea-reveals-e3-demos-for-dead- space-3-madden-nfl-13-simcity-battlefield-3-need-for-speed-most- wanted/16169.html Check out some gameplay below, with Kinect voice June 5th, 2012 commands demonstrated. "One of our best known franchises, SimCity, has seen a lot Electronic Arts has unveiled a host of games at this year's of immitators over the years," said Lucy Bradshaw, GM of E3, including Dead Space 3, Madden NFL 13, SimCity and Maxis. "But I'm very happy to say that we are gaining back SimCity Social, four new DLC packs for Battlefield 3, and our crown as king of the city builders." Need for Speed: Most Wanted. 8

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone SimCity Social is, as many expected, coming to Facebook. Check out the trailer below. Perhaps the best bit about it is "More City, less Ville." We wonder what that could be a reference to. Lenovo Singapore introduces new IdeaPad Ultrabooks with PC users won't miss out either, however, as a new SimCity third generation Intel Core game is on the horizon, complete with multiplayer, dynamic processors challenges and Godzilla. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lenovo-singapore-introduces- new-ideapad-ultrabooks-with-third-generation-intel-core- processors/16171.html June 5th, 2012 There's more first-person shooter goodies on the way with Battlefield 3 Premium, announced by Dice. It offers two weeks early access to new content, 20 new weapons, 10 new vehicles, 20 new maps, new dog tags, strategy guides, advanced features and more. The early access will be the big thing, and Dice is not just content with the two DLC updates it has already announced, namely the infantry-heavy Close Lenovo has launched their new sleek and chic IdeaPad Quarters due in June and the tank-heavy Armored Kill due U310 and U410 Ultrabooks with third generation Intel Core in September; it has also announced Aftermath, a survival processors, large storage capacity, rich audio, fast boot up, patch set in a destroyed city, due in December, and End instant resume and prolonged battery life. The IdeaPad Game for high-speed action and motorcycles, due in March U310 will be retailing at the upcoming PC Show 2012. 2013. The IdeaPad U310 measures 18mm, weighs 1.7kg and boasts up to seven hours of battery life on a single charge. Powered by the new third generation Intel Core i5 processor, the U310 is equipped with 32GB SSD cache, 500GB hard drive and Intel GMA 4000 HD graphics. The Ultrabook also incorporates Lenovo Smart Update that can automatically update email, IM chats and social media messages even when in sleep mode. Price starting from S$1,499, the Lenovo IdeaPad U310 will be available from Lenovo retailers on 7 June, as well as at the PC Show 2012. Criterion is bringing racing back to the fore with Need For Speed: Most Wanted, which "makes competition out of everything," including race times, pursuits, and jumps, which earn players speed points and puts them higher on the Most Wanted list. Check out the gameplay below. 9

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone The IdeaPad U410 is equipped with third generation Intel The Fujitsu LIFEBOOK AH532 can provide superb visuals, Core i5 processor, 4GB DDR3 memory , 32GB SSD and seamless video playbacks and great audio quality for a real features a large 750GB hard drive. It incorporates Nvidia theatre and gaming experience. It is equipped with the latest GeForce 610M with 1GB VRAM that provides seamless third generation Intel Core i5 and i7 dual-core processors, gaming and high quality video playback. The U410 claims to and boasts a 15.6-inch SuperFine High Definition TFT offer ultra-fast boot up and quicker resume from sleep mode back-light LED wide-screen display, with the latest NVIDIA compared to non-optimized devices and will be available in GeForce GT 620M with Optimus technology and DTS Boost Singapore by end of June. Its starting price is S$1,599. Sound system. The AH532 also comes with an optional modular bay that fits a Dual Layer DVD Super Multi Writer At the event, Lenovo also announced its partnership with and Dual Layer Blu-Ray Writable Drive. The AH552 will ERIIN, an upcoming Singapore-based multi-label online retail at S$1,388 (inclusive of GST), while the AH532 will retailer, in organizing the “STREET CANDY” fashion show. have a price tag of S$1,888 (inclusive of GST) at the PC Show The show revolves around the idea of fusing street style, 2012. fashion and technology, and is ERIIN's debut runway show in Singapore. Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific launches new 2012 Summer LIFEBOOKS Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/fujitsu-pc-asia-pacific-launches- new-2012-summer-lifebooks/16168.html June 5th, 2012 This afternoon, Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific launched their new 2012 Summer LIFEBOOKS which include AH552, 13.3- The LIFEBOOK U772 claims to be the world's thinnest inch S-series SH772 and SH572, as well as the world's 14-inch Ultrabook with a thinness of 15.6mm and weighs thinnest and lightest 14-inch U series. And best of all, the 1.45kg. It sports a 14-inch SuperFine, High Definition LED LIFEBOOKS will be retailing at this week's PC Show 2012. Backlit display, with Intel HD 4000 Graphics and latest DirectX 11 support, you can have a vivid, clear video- conference meetings as well as high quality video playback. Powered by Intel vPro processor, the U772 features BIOS Lock, optional Trusted Platform Module (TPM), Hard Disk Lock and Anti-theft Lock Slot for improved manageability and maximum protection. The LIFEBOOK UH572 is designed as an affordable Ultrabook with decent and long battery life. It weighs 1.6k and comes equipped with the latest Intel HD 4000 Graphics to deliver clear visuals, vibrant colors and smooth high- definition (HD) videos on its 13.3-inch High Definition SuperFine LCD display. The Fujitsu LIFEBOOK U772 will 10

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone retail at S$2,888 (inclusive of GST), while the UH572 will be selling at S$1,298 (inclusive of GST) at the PC Show 2012. MSI shows Futuremark's The 13.3-inch LIFEBOOK SH772 and SH572 are equipped 3DMark for Windows 8 with the latest third generation Intel Core processors that can deliver dynamic performance and security, enhanced benchmark at Computex user experience and longer battery life. Both come with the Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-shows-futuremark-s-3dmark- enhanced Anytime USB Charge for continuous charging of for-windows-8-benchmark-at-computex/16167.html more mobile devices even when the LIFEBOOK is turned June 5th, 2012 off. The SH772 is available in Comfort Black soft finish and priced from S$2,888 (inclusive of GST), while the SH572 comes in stylish Shiny Black, Ebony White, and Garnett Red at S$2,088 (inclusive of GST). And some more pics of the models at the event - Like two years ago, also during Computex, when MSI showed Futuremark's 3DMark 11 Deep Sea Demo, visitors to the popular Taiwanese AIB maker's booth can catch a short demo loop of the upcoming 3DMark for Windows 8 running on a high end system equipped with a pair of GTX 680 Lightning in SLi. Video of 3DMark for Windows 8: Futurmark's upcoming 3DMark for Windows 8 (DX9 and DX11, will allow apples-to-apples comparison between ARM and X86 powered devices) demo was shown at MSI's booth section dedicated to the release of the new GTX 680 Lightning, which we reported about previously. The benchmark is expected to be released later this year after the launch of Windows 8. The system powering the demo was quite high end, loaded with a Sandy Bridge-E 3960X processor, X79 Big Bang- XPower II motherboard and a pair of GTX 680 Lightning 11

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone in SLi. Expert eyes of yours truly estimates the framerate a dual GTX 680 with 4GB of ram). According to our sources of the demo sequence to be between 20-50FPS, which does Nvidia does not usually allow AIB vendors to release custom not bode well with lesser hardware and relatively puny designs of their dual GPU cards (GTX590 and GTX295 processors on tablets. comes to mind), limiting the amount of differentation among competitors other than price. ASUS's ROG MARS III is decked with the trademark red and black theme of their Rampage/Maximus motherboards, MSI Afterburner software monitoring we shown on an and uses a triple fan heatpiped cooler within double slot adjacent monitor next to the running demo, showing the form factor, a welcome change from the obtuse three-slot of GPU usage to be 99% and the core temperature at 63 degrees their DirectCU II cards from past. There are three 8-pin PCIe celsius with the fan speed hovering below 50%. The temps connectors (implying up to a whopping 525W of power draw could probably be better if the components placed not inside potential) present on the board and a red button to activate a passively ventiliated acrylic enclosure. 100% fan speed for overclocking. For display outputs we get a single mini-DP port and three DVI headers. Sadly, there is only a single SLi connector which limits things up to only 4- way GPU. ASUS ROG Mars III sighted - Dual GTX 680 with 8GB of The project manager on-site told us that the board we are seeing is still an early engineering sample and that they RAM! will still be making some tweaks to its PCB and cooler Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-rog-mars-iii-sighted--dual- design before shipping sometime later this year. Since its gtx-680-with-8gb-of-ram-/16166.html predecessor MARS II (dual GTX 580) was one of the most June 5th, 2012 expensive and elusive cards ever, we won't be too surprised if the MARS III follows suit. Its raining GPUs here at Computex Taipei, and the latest offering revealed by ASUS's Republic of Gamers team after their HD 7970 Matrix is the dual Nvidia Kepler GK104 based MARS III, featuring an unprecedented 8GB of GDDR5 memory and a triple-fan dual slot cooler. Admittingly, a lot of us are confused why these dual GTX 680s boards exist (e.g EVGA's GTX680 2Win Gemini) since there is already the rather dashing GTX 690 (which is also 12

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone three guards without slowing his stride. The game is due out in the spring of 2013. EA Sports was next, with lots of emphasis on Kinect integration within the games. They demoed FIFA 13, which Microsoft's E3 Keynote uses Kinect’s voice recognition to allow for substitutions and formation changes without entering a menu. Interestingly, Speech and somewhat hilariously, the game will issue a yellow- Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-s-e3-keynote- card to a player if they swear at the referee for a bad call. speech/16165.html Next, Joe Montana, famed quarterback for the San Francisco June 5th, 2012 49’ers, came out to demo the play-calling and audible calling Microsoft has shown its plan for the future with their features in Madden 13 with Kinect’s voice sensor. He was E3 presentation, focusing less on hardcore gamers than able to seamlessly change plays and call hot-routes on the on integration into every part of Xbox 360 owners’ lives. fly. Madden 13 was also used in another demo, but we’ll get They continued their commitment to core gamers, however, to that momentarily. with blockbuster announcements and premieres scattered More videos were shown, with a Fable game tied into the throughout the presentation. The first was a cinematic and Kinect sensor, which seemed like it will be just another gameplay trailer for the highly anticipated Halo 4. disappointing Kinect shooting gallery tie-in, Forza Horizon, The tagline “an ancient evil has awoken” seems to imply coming out October 23rd, which takes the Forza level of that the third race seen in the gameplay is the Precursors, detail on track racing and translates it to road races, and the a race mentioned in the Halo lore but never seen in the next Gears of War game, Judgment. games. There seem to be some gameplay enhancements and graphical flourishes that haven’t been seen in previous The trailer seems to show the humans losing the war, then games in the series. We will keep our eyes open about this drops a bomb by showing the main character, who the viewer one as the release date, which was vaguely hinted at being assumes to be the usual Marcus Fenix, to instead be Baird, a sometime “this year,” draws closer. supporting character from the previous three games. All we know at this point is that it looks to be the same Gears you know and love, and it releases sometime in 2013. Next, Kinect was showcased, as the presenter announced that Kinect’s voice recognition software was getting support for 12 new languages, before proceeding to demo the Spanish capabilities of the device. He then announced that Kinect and Xbox would also be getting 35 new content providers, including Nickelodeon, Univision, WatchESPN, the NBA, and the NHL, all in full high definition, and all integrated with the Kinect sensor. Next, Xbox Music, Microsoft’s answer to iTunes and Google Play, was announced, with a library of “more than 30 million songs” at launch. No word was given on exactly how the service would function, other Also shown was a new Splinter Cell game. Subtitled than that it was integrated across Windows 8, Windows “Blacklist,” this game sees Sam Fisher in the role of the Phones, and Xbox. leader of his shadowy organization, calling the shots and Next, Nike announced that they were bringing their Nike attempting to stop a terrorist plot to strike at a set of + fitness program to the Kinect, tying it into their other countries on the “blacklist,” to whom they have issued services and using it to deliver “the same training [they] give an ultimatum to withdraw all troops or “[they] will bring [their] star athletes” at the Nike Training Center. Kinect’s the war to [the blacklisted countries’] home lands.” The motion sensor reportedly allows them to give feedback as demo showed off the execution mechanic, which allows Sam accurately as their specialized equipment at the Training to mark multiple targets before taking each of them out Center does, which is good news for gamers wanting to in a cinematic flair. The developers emphasized that this get into shape. The program will launch during the holiday mechanic, previously seen in the last game, was more fluid season this year. and dynamic, allowing for more kill opportunities, such as a Other games were announced throughout the presentation, moment where Sam ran through an encampment and killed including a demo of Tomb Raider, more information on the 13

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone South Park game, now subtitled “The Stick of Truth,” as well will not feature a quad-core processor, like the 3G version in as various Xbox Live Arcade games. The most impressive Europe and India. idea, however, was Xbox SmartGlass. Samsung will be offering the Galaxy S III on five carriers in SmartGlass is Microsoft’s method of integrating themselves the United States, beginning this month. The phone will not into your life at every level possible, and I for one feature a quad-core processor, like the 3G version in Europe welcome our new Redmond-based overlords. By tying your and India. smartphone, tablet, laptop, and console together into one The carriers who will have the phone are AT&T, Sprint, seamless environment, Microsoft is looking to deliver a far T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular. Information richer multimedia experience. For instance, your Windows about pricing and retail availability was not released by 8 tablet could be used to control a video game. The example Samsung. This information will be released by the carriers used here was Madden 13, where a player doesn’t like his themselves over the next few weeks. Late last month, an play choices for the current situation; he uses his tablet to unlocked version of the device was selling on Amazon for draw a new play, and then runs it in the game, tapping the $800. player on the tablet to pass the ball to him at just the right moment to score a touchdown. SmartGlass isn’t just for games, however. Imagine you’re sitting at home, watching the Game of Thrones on HBO Go (again, the example used). Your tablet could become a map of Westeros while you’re watching, letting you know where events are taking place and providing more information on the world of the show. Or maybe you’re watching a movie on the go, but you get home before the movie’s over; rather than sit and finish watching on the tablet, you could send it directly to the console, continuing from the moment you were at on the tablet, which now becomes a method of receiving information on the cast, plot, characters, whatever the director or producer wants to provide that they couldn’t before without breaking your immersion in the movie. Samsung did reveal that cellular services will start from $199. Internet Explorer was also announced as coming to Xbox, with SmartGlass and Kinect integration. Kinect works as a Last month, at the launch of the Galaxy S III in London, voice-input device, allowing you to control the browser with Samsung announced that the device would sport a quad- your voice, while your smartphone, which tends to be within core 1.4 GHZ processor based on the ARM Cortex A9. In arm’s reach of almost a billion people around the world while India and Europe, 3G versions of the phone do have a they watch use their TV at home, becomes the cursor and, quad-core processor. In the U.S, however, the device will presumably, the keyboard, allowing you to interact with the instead feature a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon page exactly as you would normally. S4 processor. The final demonstration was for the highly anticipated Call According to Samsung, the dual core processor will offer of Duty: Black Ops 2. The game was shown in a playable speed and performance increases comparable to that of form, with some interesting weapons and situations, ranging a quad-core processor, while preserving battery life. A from a sniper rifle with variable power that can shoot Samsung spokeswoman also explained that the processor is through walls and equipped with an infrared scope, to better fit for U.S networks. "We get the same speeds because automated flying drones that attack targets marked by the we are using [the] Krait version of the ARM architecture," player. The plot revolves around terrorists taking control of she said. armies of automated drones used by the US military, and the The Galaxy S III runs on Android 4.0 ("Ice Cream player has to fight back. Sandwich", or ICS) with TouchWiz enhancements and 2GB Look for more of our E3 coverage as the week goes on. of internal RAM. The device sports 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass 2.0 from Corning to protect the display from cracks and scratches. Samsung Galaxy S III to According to Samsung, the phone is crafted for optimum launch on five carriers in the performance on the country’s fastest 4G LTE and HSPA+ 42. U.S this month Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-to-launch-on- MSI GTX 680 Lightning five-carriers-in-the-u.s-this-month/16163.html June 5th, 2012 makes its debut at Computex Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-gtx-680-lightning-makes-its- debut-at-computex/16164.html June 5th, 2012 Samsung will be offering the Galaxy S III on five carriers in the United States, beginning this month. Howver the phone 14

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Hot on the heels of their new BigBang MPower line of motherboards, MSI is showing off her overclocking oriented GTX 680 Lightning at their Nangang booth during this year's Computex Taipei. Retaining the much acclaimed Twin Frozr IV cooler from the Radeon 7970 Lightning ( our review ), the MSI GTX 680 Lightning edition promises to marry cooling efficiency with overclocking dexterity. No details on the clock speeds yet but we were a tad disappointed that it only came with 2GB of frame buffer instead of the 4GB that we're starting to see from the competition. The new boy also incorporates Military Class III components and its GPU reactor contraption which provides extra capacitors behind the core for improved power potential. The GTX 680 Lightning retains the same I/O panel configuration as the reference cards (gold plated though) with a single DP, HDMI and two DVI connectors. At the other end of the card we get the usual 3x3 OC voltage check points (VGPU, VMem, VPLL) and 8 + 8 pin PCIe power connectors for some extreme power draw. iOS 6 to feature system wide Facebook integration Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ios-6-to-feature-system-wide- facebook-integration/16162.html June 5th, 2012 15

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone According to 9to5mac, Facebook will be integrated into iOS World IPv6 Day Coming - 6 in a system wide fashion, similar to what iOS already has with Twitter. Y12K? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/world-ipv6-day-coming-- According to 9to5mac, Facebook will be integrated into iOS y12k-/16158.html 6 in a system wide fashion, similar to what iOS already has June 5th, 2012 with Twitter. The Internet is set for one of its most radical and massive changes in its history, and you won't even notice. How many of you know of the coming apocalypse? No, I’m not talking about the zombies. I did an article on that earlier. I’m talking about the global IPv4 address shortage, which should soon become just as irrelevant as the zombies. First, a little background for those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about. The Internet sends signals to servers based on an addressing system. When I say “internet address,” you might be thinking of “www.google.com” or Mockup of faceboom sharing in iOS photos something similar (like this site!), but I’m really talking application - from 9to5mac about 173.194.37.51. That’s Google’s IPv4 address, the actual iOS 6 integration with Facebook was reported a few days address of the server housing Google’s webpage. Every DNS ago by TechCrunch. This matter has been a topic of interest server on the web knows where to send a signal when it’s but doubt for some time, after Apple and Facebook tried to addressed to that specific string of numbers. I covered this a negotiate integration into iOS 4. Those talks fell apart, and bit in my article about destroying the Internet. while a Facebook application is available in the iOS store, The problem, and thus the coming apocalypse, is caused no official integration has ever been made between iOS and by the fact that we are running out of IPv4 addresses. This Facebook. may seem astounding when you consider that IPv4, which But, apparently that is going to change soon. 9to5mac, creates addresses from four numbers ranging from 0 to 255 citing “sources familiar” with the matter, reports that iOS 6 (why those particular number were chosen is another article Facebook integration will be very similar to the integration entirely), gives us a total of roughly 4.3 billion addresses to that iOS already has with Twitter. On Apple’s mobile choose from. Even after taking overhead addresses used for platform, users will be able to set their Facebook login in network administration and unusable addresses out of the their account settings. This will then keep them logged in for equation, there should be plenty of addresses available. So all applications integrated with Facebook. what happened? Like Twitter, there will be an option to share directly to Smartphones, that’s what happened. Over the past decade Facebook from the iOS photos application. Sharing photos the number of mobile devices connecting to the Internet will bring up what is being called a “social sheet” by some has exploded, and each device needs its own address. This to post an accompanying status message with what is being is compounded by the rapid expansion of computer use shared. at home and at work, as well as the expansion of data centers and servers to house the growth of the content on the Besides sharing content, Facbook integration in iOS will also Internet, all of which needs IP addresses. be present on the platform's App store. A feature called “App liking” will be available, so that users can tap an actual So now that we know what the problem is, what’s the Facebook “like button” on an application page. The app solution? Well, it’s a little thing called IPv6. will then be shared to their Facebook Timeline, with an IPv6 is the next version of the IP protocol, and it’s so massive optional accompanying status message. This will be very that it’s hard to wrap your head around. With IPv6, we could useful as a publicity feature to help increase exposure and give each of the 7 billion people living on this planet 4.8 x discoverability for applications. 10^28 addresses (that’s 48 followed by 27 0s). Think about There has been much talk lately regarding a “Facebook that for a second. That’s a massive number of addresses. phone”, which many critics have been quick to denounce. The address also looks different from IPv4 to IPv6. It goes without saying that the iPhone is a very popular An IPv6 address doesn’t have just 4 numbers, it smartphone. The more phones that can be readily purchased has 8 4-digit hexadecimal numbers, written like this: with Facebook support, the less sense the idea of a “Facebook fe80:0000:0000:0000:0202:b3ff:fe1e:8329. The zeros can phone” is actually making. be shortened to make it easier to read, so it could also be written as fe80:0:0:0:202:b3ff:fe1e:8329, or even fe80::202:b3ff:fe1e:8329. An interesting occurrence, then, is the loopback address (the address where the computer is talking to itself) for IPv6, which is 0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1, or ::1. 16

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Back to the coming apocalypse, or rather the end of the (MS-7751 v2.1). Apart from the identical PCI-Express slot coming apocalypse; at 0001 GMT, on Wednesday, June 6, layout, there are quite a few differences between the two. To 2012, all DNS servers across the world will turn IPv6 support begin with, the LGA1155 socket is powered by a stronger 16- on permanently. Most internet users won’t even notice phase VRM, with SFC chokes and DrMOS, which is stronger that the change has been made, because home computers than that of the Z77A-GD80. Apart from the 24-pin ATX and have been building in support for IPv6 for a few years 8-pin EPS, the board draws power from a 6-pin PCIe power now, and most ISPs will take another few years to turn connector, which supports the add-on cards. IPv4 off entirely. Even with both IPv4 and IPv6 running simultaneously, users won’t be blocked from certain parts of the web if they don’t meet certain requirements; certain IPv4 addresses have been reserved and are used to “tunnel” requests between IPv6 servers through IPv4 connections. In essence, this Wednesday should be the biggest day that you won’t even notice. MSI BigBang MPower Series Motherboards Detailed Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-bigbang-mpower-series- motherboards-detailed/16160.html June 5th, 2012 As mentioned before, the Z77 MPower has an identical expansion slot layout to that of the Z77A-GD65, with three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (x16/NC/NC or x8/x8/NC or x8/x4/ x4); and four PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slots. The Z77 MPower is not big on SATA connectivity, with just two SATA 6 Gb/ MSI Showed off its brand new line of motherboards for s, four SATA 3 Gb/s ports; it has four more USB 3.0 ports overclockers, the Big Bang MPower. The lineup includes than the Z77 PCH expends (totaling 8), with connectivity two models, the Z77 MPower (LGA1155, Z77 Express), and that includes 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, gigabit Ethernet, and X79 MPower (LGA2011, X79 Express). The design-focus is display outputs that include HDMI and DisplayPort. backing the platform with a strong VRM, and adding a load Overclocker-friendly features of the Z77 MPower include of things to tinker with. "OC Certification", OC-in Warranty (warranty valid even on MSI has had its chances at solidifying a brand of damage caused by overclocking), and "total fan control." motherboards for the high-margin (but low-volume) gamer- overclocker segment, which its rivals are tageting (eg: Republic of Gamers by ASUS, G1.Killer by GIGABYTE, and Fatal1ty by ASRock). Its latest is creation of the Big Bang MPower line, which according to the people at MSI we spoke with, have been created taking in a lot of feedback from PC enthusiasts across various tech fora. The MPower series will be launched with two models, the Z77 MPower (socket LGA1155) and X79 MPower (socket LGA2011), targeting the "Ivy Bridge" and "Sandy Bridge-E HEDT" processor platforms, respectively. We begin with taking a look at the Z77 MPower. Pictured above, is the X79 MPower, MSI's latest socket LGA2011 motherboard. While the company didn't place a placard next to the exhibit, we've learned a few things about this beast. Its PCB layout is largely derived from that of the X79A-GD65 (8D), with a few notable additions. The LGA2011 processor is powered by a 9+2 phase VRM, which draws power from two 8-pin EPS connectors. Its expansion slot layout is identical to that of the X79A- GD65 (8D), with five PCI-Express x16 and one PCI-Express x1. An additional pair of SATA 6 Gb/s ports are added. Its connectivity is revamped to accommodate 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, and a few additional USB 3.0 ports, apart from a Pictured above, the Z77 MPower carries the internal similar OC feature-set to the one found on the Z77 MPower. codename MS-7751 v3.0, which implies that its PCB layout may have been derived from that of the Z77A-GD65 17

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone The Z77 MPower could occupy a price-point between those location, with many born in China since the event completely of the Z77A-GD65 and Z77A-GD80; while the X79 MPower unaware of what happened. occupies one between those of the X79A-GD65 (8D), and BigBang XPowerII. The US government called on China to provide a “full public accounting of those killed, detained or missing,” and also China bans searches for called for those imprisoned to be freed. The request is likely to fall on deaf ears, however. Tiananmen Square massacre Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/china-bans-searches-for-tiananmen- square-massacre/16161.html Google previously got into hot water with the Chinese June 5th, 2012 government over its censorship of search results, resulting in a lengthy stand-off between the two before they eventually reached a compromise, where users can redirect to the Hong Kong website. Tensions still exist, however, and Google has been very vocal about its opposition to the regime's clampdown on freedom of information. In yet another crackdown on free speech, China has banned searches for terms relating to the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, where hundreds of pro-democracy protesters Judge denies Apple request were killed by government forces. to bar Steve Jobs quotes in In yet another crackdown on free speech, China has banned searches for terms relating to the 1989 Tiananmen Square Motorola trial massacre, where hundreds of pro-democracy protesters Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/judge-denies-apple-request-to-bar- were killed by government forces. steve-jobs-quotes-in-motorola-trial/16159.html June 5th, 2012 The revolt on 4 June, 1989, 23 years ago to this day, is being censored from Chinese search engines, with terms like “six four,” “23,” “candle” and “never forget” failing to return any mention of the event. There are even reports that the Chinese characters for the A judge has refused Apple's request to prevent quotations word “today” are banned and the emoticon for a candle has from its co-founder and former CEO, the late Steve Jobs, to been disabled on Weibo, the country's equivalent to Twitter. be used in the trial against Motorola Mobility. A judge has refused Apple's request to prevent quotations from its co-founder and former CEO, the late Steve Jobs, to The move suggests a widespread government crackdown on be used in the trial against Motorola Mobility. any references to the killings on that day, which some human rights groups estimate could number into the thousands. Select comments by Jobs featured in Walter Isaacson's biography of the man can be utilised by Motorola, which is now owned by Google, as part of its defence after Apple failed to secure a ban on them. The passages include the following revealing statement by Jobs: “Our lawsuit is saying, 'Google, you fucking ripped off the iPhone, wholesale ripped us off.' Grand theft. I'm willing to go to thermonuclear war on this.” Searches for information on Tiananmen Square simply return tourist information on the location, conveniently glossing over one of a number of blotches on the history of the ruling regime. This has proven fairly effective in removing the negative connotations associated with that 18

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone The ROG Matrix 7970 is ASUS' addition to a growing line of upcoming Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards by various AMD add-in board (AIB) partners, with extremely high (≥25% factory OC), although its exact clock speeds are not revealed Apple clearly views Jobs' remarks as a potential hurdle to at this point. What we do know, is that the card will be backed winning the case. In its filing it said: “To avoid any potential by a strong VRM, which will support its factory OC, and then prejudice to Apple if Motorola attempts to use the book some. The card draws power from two 8-pin PCIe power to appeal to the jury's passion, Apple asks that the court connectors. prevent any reference to the Jobs book during the trial.” The judge, Richard Posner, denied the request, providing no explanation for his decision. Apple is attempting to remove the book as evidence from its case against Samsung also, but the judge's decision in this trial may affect that one. Apple also suffered another setback late last week when Judge Posner ordered that Apple must not insinuate that the case should be a popularity contest between the companies and their products, particularly given how well-liked Apple products generally are. This obviously has no bearing on whether or not Motorola allegedly infringed Apple's patents. Apart from consolidated voltage measurement points, the The case goes to court later this month. card has override switches for fan-speed, and voltages, including a one-push safe-mode. LEDs update the user on voltage. The card packs two BIOS ROMs, one with the factory-OC, and the other with a failsafe BIOS, which can be ASUS Shows Off ROG Matrix toggled by flicking a small switch on the top of the card (next to the CFBI connectors). 7970 Graphics Card The card is cooled by an enormous triple-slot cooling Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-shows-off-rog-matrix-7970- solution, which consists of two aluminum fin stacks, which graphics-card/16157.html draw heat from the GPU base, and are ventilated by two June 5th, 2012 120 mm fans. The top of the cooler has a groovy multi-color illuminated ASUS Matrix logo. Display outputs of the Matrix 7970 could include two dual-link DVI, and four DisplayPort connectors, which amount to the card being able to drive 6- display Eyefinity. More details are awaited. ASUS latest graphics card in its coveted Republic of Gamers series, is the ROG Matrix 7970, a high-end graphics EA unveils E3 game line-up card with a Radeon HD 7970 on steroids, with enough Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ea-unveils-e3-game-line- connectivity to drive 6-display Eyefinity. up/16156.html June 5th, 2012 ASUS latest graphics card in its coveted Republic of Gamers series, is the ROG Matrix 7970, a high-end graphics card with a Radeon HD 7970 GPU on steroids, with enough connectivity to drive 6-display Eyefinity. 19

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Electronic Arts (EA) has unveiled its line-up of games that will feature at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at the Los Angeles Convention Center this week. Electronic Arts (EA) has unveiled its line-up of games that will feature at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at the Los Angeles Convention Center this week. The flagship titles will include Battlefield 3, Medal of Honor, Crysis 3, Madden NFL, FIFA 13, Star Wars: The Old Republic, SimCity, Dead Space 3, and Need For Speed Most Wanted. Two new themed digital expansion for Battlefield 3, entitled Sports fans won't be missing out either, with FIFA Close Quarters and Armored Kill, will be unveiled at the 13, scheduled for release in Autumn, opening up the event. They will launch for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and latest football action to almost every platform imaginable, PC, with Close Quarters releasing this month and Armored including all the current-generation consoles, handhelds, Kill releasing in September. and iOS and Android devices. Fans of American football will have Madden NFL 13, due in August, and NCAA Football 13, due out on 10 July, to look forward to, while basketball Crysis 3 will be featured, showing off amazing graphics and supporters will have NBA Live 13, releasing in October, gameplay of Prophet as he traverses the Seven Wonders of and hockey fans will have NHL 13, releasing in September, Liberty Dome in New York City, combining the cityscape of making a healthy line-up for EA Sports. the second game with the jungle adventure of the first. The game is scheduled for release in 2013. All of this and more will feature as part of EA's extensive presentation at this year's E3. Stay tuned for more details Medal of Honor: Warfighter, due in October, lets players from the popular gaming event over the coming days. experience what it's like to be some of the most elite soldiers in the US army, tying in gameplay with real-life terrorist activity, with Tier 1 operators available in multiplayer. CDC Says Zombies Not Real Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/cdc-says-zombies-not- real/16154.html A new SimCity game, using the GlassBox simulation engine, June 5th, 2012 is coming in February 2013, featuring more city-building, with the added functionality of connecting with friends and facing “real-world challenges,” which likely involve things like traffic congestion, pollution, crime and disasters. Star Wars: The Old Republic has suffered some bad publicity The CDC has officially stated that zombies do not exist, after recently, with subscriptions falling from 1.7 million users a string of bizarre and gruesome news stories captured the to 1.2 million, and staff layoffs and server merges ensuing. popular imagination. EA and BioWare are still promising a lot for the remaining playerbase, however, including more PvP, more end-game The Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued an official group content, new social features, and new storylines. statement over the weekend in response to several gruesome Update 1.3, featuring a group finder, is just around the attacks and incidents of cannibalism i n the past week. In the corner. statement, the CDC officially denied the existence of zombies in an attempt to calm the hysteria over a coming “zombie apocalypse.” 20

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone According to a report published by the Huffington Post, David Daigle, a spokesman for the CDC, said that the CDC “does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms).” The attack in Miami that stirred up the zombie fears isn’t the only zombie-like attack in recent news, however. In Canada, Luka Rocco Magnotta, an adult-film actor, murdered a man with an i ce pick before eating the corpse. In Maryland, a 21- year-old college student admitted that he h ad dismembered his roommate before eating his heart and brain. Gawker is also reporting that health officials and hazmat teams have so far been unable to identify the source of what is being called a “mysterious rash” breaking out over various ASUS showed off an early version of the Maximus V parts of Florida. In one reported incident, a 41-year-old man Extreme. The company is yet to finalize a whole bunch of with the rash named Zachary Bird went on a rampage after things, including heatsinks' designs. What sets the Maximus he was pulled over by police officers, spitting blood into one V Extreme apart from the Maximus V Formula, is PCI- trooper’s eyes and banging his head on the officer’s cruiser Express load-out. While the Formula relies entirely on several times. In a bid for understatement of the year, the the PCI-Express 3.0 x16 link from the processor to wire police report described his demeanor as “extremely agitated out its three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, in x16/NC/NC or and enraged.” x8/x8/NC or x8/x4/x4 configurations, depending on how For some, the CDC report should offer comfort. Others will they're populated; the Maximus V Extreme incorporates worry about the phrase “does not know of,” though we would a PLX PEX8747 PCI-Express 3.0 switch, which doubles like to stress that zombies as understood in popular culture the platform's PCIe lane budget. The Maximus V Extreme, are a work of fiction. The CDC is the foremost knowledge on hence, has four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (red) slots, which can diseases and mental conditions, and if they say say that it’s be arranged as x16/NC/x16/NC, x16/NC/x8/x8, or x8/x8/ not zombies, that’s good enough for this writer. x8/x8, depending on how they are populated. Other (visible) expansion slots of the Maximus V Extreme As of this writing, “zombie apocalypse” ranks as the 19th include a PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x4), and an open- most popular search term on Google, though it peaked over ended PCI-Express x4. While the PLX PEX8747 expands the weekend at number 3 on the list. the PCIe lane budget of the processor, a PLX PEX8613 bridge chip doubles the PCIe lane budget of the Z77 PCH. ASUS ROG Maximus V Apart from wiring out additional PCIe slots, the bridge helps drive a variety of onboard devices, including a Thunderbolt Extreme Pictured controller (single Thunderbolt + mini-DP connector), at Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-rog-maximus-v-extreme- least three additional SATA 6 Gb/s controllers (we count pictured/16155.html a total of 12 SATA ports), and an unknown number of June 5th, 2012 additional USB 3.0 controllers. The LGA1155 socket is powered by a 12-phase Digi+ VRM, which draws power from an 8-pin EPS and a 4-pin ATX connector, just like the Crosshair V Formula. There appears to be the usual contingent of features exclusive to the ROG family, inslucing consolidated voltage-measurement points, The third and final addition to ASUS Republic of Gamers ROG Connect, etc., and connectivity that includes 802.11 b/ (ROG) Maximus V motherboard series is the Maximus V g/n, Thunderbolt (with mini-DP display output), USB 3.0, Extreme (M5E). ASUS reserved its launch to follow that of HDMI (display output), 8-channel HD audio, probably two the Maximus V Formula and the already-launched Maximus gigabit Ethernet interfaces, etc. The Maximus V Extreme will V Gene, in what is a classic case of saving the best for the last. be further detailed in the days to come. Its launch is expected ASUS launched its ROG Maximus V line of socket LGA1155 to follow that of the Maximus V Formula. motherboards based on the Intel Z77 Express chipset, with the Maximus V Gene, which launched alongside the ASUS ZEUS Combines X79 company's first wave of P8Z77-V line of motherboards. Its second addition to the series, the Maximus V Formula, has HEDT with Dual-GPU since been picture in several events, but is yet to be launched. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-zeus-combines-x79-hedt-with- Its top model, the Maximus V Extreme, has been MIA, until dual-gpu/16152.html now. June 5th, 2012 21

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone ASUS has an enviable amount of engineering potential and of 8-pin and 6-pin PCIe power connectors. The outputs of resources. Often, the two come together, to create magical both the GPUs are given out as a mini-DP + Thunderbolt PC enthusiast hardware, such as its ROG MARS and ROG connector, a 2-port controller is driving the Thunderbolt ARES series super high-end graphics cards. The next such links, apart from standard DisplayPort and HDMI. creation is ZEUS, which is a shocking fusion between a socket LGA2011 motherboard, and a dual-GPU graphics card. If there was one product that forced visitors' jaws to drop to the floor, it was ASUS ZEUS. A concept X79 motherboard, the ZEUS demonstrates ASUS' enormous engineering potential. It is a combination of a Sandy Bridge- E HEDT (LGA2011, X79 Express) motherboard and a dual- GPU graphics card occupying the expansion slot area. The processor, its VRM, all onboard devices, and two "high- grade PCI-Express 3.0" GPU subsystems occupy the same PCB. There are as many as 8 SATA 6 Gb/s ports on the ZEUS, two from the X79 PCH, six from additional controllers. Including the four SATA 3 Gb/s ports from the PCH, there are a total of 10 internal, and 2 eSATA ports. There are a total of 12 USB 3.0 ports, 8 on the rear-panel, 4 via headers. To top off the monstrous package, there is one gigabit Ethernet interface, and 8+2 channel HD audio. The LGA2011 socket is surrounded on all four sides by components that matter. To its north, is the 10-phase Digi + VRM that powers the processor. To its east and west are a total of eight DDR3 DIMM slots, which can hold up to 128 GB of quad-channel DDR3 memory, beyond the 64 GB limit for unregistered DIMMs of SB-E HEDT platform. To its south are two sets of graphics card VRM areas, which power each of the two GPU systems. The two GPUs are directly wired to the two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 links of the processor, while the third PCI-Express 3.0 x8 link goes into driving ASUS was pretty explicit in stating that the ZEUS is a other onboard components. concept-design. It's not a question of when, but if the motherboard ever makes it to the market. If it does, it will be in very limited quantities, and will cost a fortune. MSI Rolls Out GTX 670 Power Edition Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-rolls-out-gtx-670-power- edition/16151.html June 5th, 2012 At this point ASUS didn't reveal exactly which GPUs are behind that chunky heatsink, but we have a hunch that it's MSI announced a pair of new graphics cards under its a pair of AMD Radeon HD 7970 (Tahiti XT) GPUs. What GeForce GTX 670 Power Edition lineup. The two combine makes us doubly sure that these are AMD-made GPUs, is MSI's in-house PCB design with its Twin Frozr IV cooling that NVIDIA does not recognize the Sandy Bridge-E HEDT solution, and feature triple over-voltage, and an enhanced platform as PCI-Express 3.0-compliant, something ASUS is PWM design. stressing on, on the marketing poster of the ZEUS. Each GPU has its own set of memory, and draws power from a pair 22

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone MSI launched two new graphics cards based on the common idea of a GeForce GTX 670 Power Edition, a standard variant which sticks to NVIDIA reference clock speeds of 915 MHz core, 980 MHz GPU Boost, and memory speed of 6.00 GHz (model: N670GTX PE 2GD5); and an overclocked (OC) variant, with 1019 MHz core, 1079 MHz GPU Boost, and an untouched 6.00 GHz memory (model: N670GTX PE 2GD5/ OC). The MSI GeForce GTX 670 Power Edition is 3-way and 2- way SLI-capable (4-way SLI possible with a future driver update). Its display outputs include two dual-link DVI, and one each of HDMI and DisplayPort. The card is capable of driving up to four displays, and 3D Vision Surround, thanks MSI's Power Edition GTX 670, evidently, uses an in-house to the Kepler GPU's revamped display logic. Based on the 28 design PCB, which could be made out by its length. One of nm GK104 silicon, the GeForce GTX 670 packs 1344 CUDA its design goals include providing a stronger VRM than the cores, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 one NVIDIA reference design PCB offers. We could make memory interface that is occupied by 2 GB of memory. out components such as SFC chokes (which don't whine on MSI did not give out pricing information. load), and expect MSI to use top-grade components such as International Rectifier DirectFETs, and Hi-C capacitors, all of which it used on its Radeon HD 7870 HAWK graphics PC Show 2012 Promotions: card. MSI claims that the enhanced PWM design on its GTX 670 Power Edition is capable of delivering 25% higher SanDisk current than NVIDIA's PCB. Its Triple Overvoltage feature Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pc-show-2012-promotions- gives user fine-tuning ability over GPU, Memory and PLL sandisk/16150.html (Aux) power domains, using the Afterburner software. June 5th, 2012 If you're looking to get a new solid state drive, microSDHC memory cards or USB thumbdrives, SanDisk might have some good offers for you. And yes, there are a couple of booths on Hall 4, Hall 6 and level 3 that are selling SanDisk products at the PC Show 2012. Read on. SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive The other big feature of the MSI GeForce GTX 670 Power Edition, is the Twin Frozr IV cooling solution. The same solution can be found on the Radeon HD 7870 HAWK. The cooler uses a single large aluminum fin array that spans along the entire length of the card, to which heat from the GPU is fed by five 8 mm-thick nickel-plated copper heat pipes. The aluminum fin array is then ventilated by two 80 mm fans. The Twin Frozr IV cooler features an easily detachable shroud, which allows end users to clean the heatsink periodically, to keep dust away. The fan and shroud are made of dust-repellent plastics. MSI claims its Twin Frozr IV cooler offers temperatures 20°C lower, and is 11.7 dBA quieter than NVIDIA reference design cooling solution. The SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive claims to be up to ten times faster than a 7200 RPM hard disk drive, and enables 23

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone users to boot their PC in less than 16 seconds and quickly kept safe from unwanted eyes with SanDisk’s SecureAccess shut down the system, delivering a significantly improved software, while secure online backup (up to 2GB) gives user experience to desktop and notebook users. It has no the most important files on the drive additional protection moving parts which means decreasing the risk of data loss against data loss. due to shock and vibration and making it more reliable and Usual Price: S$36 (16GB), S$63 (32GB), S$112 (64GB) durable than a typical hard disk drive. PC Show Price: S$44.50 (16GB), S$79.50 (32GB), S$139.50 Usual Price: S$269 (120GB), S$499 (240GB), S$1,199 (64GB) (480GB) PC Show Price: S$229 (120GB), S$449 (240GB), S$949 The SanDisk booths can be located at the following:- (480GB) SanDisk Ultra microSDHC/microSDXC UHS-I Cards S/N Reseller Booth Number 1 AD Industries B2095 2 Harvey Norman B2008 3 Sprint Cass B2035 & B2050 4 Reddotphoto B2001 5 Newstead 306 6 Best Bargain B2088 7 Directions B2097 & B2111 8 Gain City B2006 & A2028 9 Cybermind A2061 & A2047 10 Bell Systems B2089 11 Kao Yap A2029 12 Addon A2001 The SanDisk Ultra microSDHC and microSDXC UHS-I PC Show 2012 Promotions: cards are ideal for consumers who want to get the most out of today’s high-performance Android smartphones and tablets. Samsung The cards feature transfer speeds of up to 30MB/s, enabling Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pc-show-2012-promotions- apps to respond faster, and deliver UHS Speed Class 1 and samsung/16146.html Class 10 ratings for the highest video recording performance June 5th, 2012 available, which make shooting Full HD video and high- megapixel images a breeze. Usual Price: S$23 (16GB), S$55 (32GB), S$99 (64GB) PC Show Price: S$31 (16GB), S$63 (32GB), S$126 (64GB) SanDisk Extreme USB Flash Drive Samsung will be at the PC Show 2012 this week. If you're looking for some good deals for TVs, digital cameras, laptops, smartphones or tablets, their booths can be located at A2009b and A2025 in Hall 4. Samsung Smart LED TV ES7500 and ES8000 The SanDisk USB 3.0-enabled Extreme USB Flash Drive allows you to transfer, store and share large files up to 10 times faster with speeds of up to 190 MB/sec. With a compact slider design, the Extreme USB makes it easy to carry your work around with you wherever you go. Data is 24

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone PC Show price: TBA Samsung NX210 digital camera The Samsung Smart LED TV ES8000 and ES7500 offer cutting-edge technologies that deliver clear images in both 2D and 3D. The ES8000 Micro Dimming Ultimate analyzes the picture in hundreds of pieces to optimize the LED backlight and video signal for each piece in real time, Available in black and white, the NX210 follows the NX’s by increasing peak whites in areas of lower gradation. design heritage, with a premium metallic finish. Like its This leads to an overall 20 percent increase in brightness predecessor the NX200, the NX210 also offers a 3-inch and allow home entertainment enthusiasts to enjoy richer AMOLED display for viewing images and Full HD movies in colors, brighter pictures and higher contrast ratios. The brilliant resolution. With easy access to Wi-Fi functions, the technology also eliminates the "halo" effect and image NX210 allows quick sharing with friends and family, whilst distortion associated with diffused light. ES8000 also sports with Samsung Mobile Link users can show off their best a new metallic U-shape stand that adds to the sophistication images on phones and tablets, or on the big screen with TV this TV brings to any room. The unique, minimalistic design Link connecting the NX210 wirelessly to internet-enabled belies its sturdiness and stability. TVs. Usual Price: 55” ES8000 - S$6,499; 55” ES7500 - S$5,999; Usual Price: TBA 46” ES7500 - S$4,499 PC Show price: TBA PC Show price: TBA Samsung WB850F digital camera Samsung's booths can be located at A2009b and A2025 in Hall 4. Gigabyte's 32-Phase Power Motherboard: Z77X-UP7 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-s-32-phase-power- motherboard-z77x-up7/16147.html June 5th, 2012 Gigabyte showed off their new flagship Z77 motherboard, Z77X-UP7 which comes with a supermassive 32-phase power design. It is also one of the first boards on Ultra The WB850F features a 21x optical zoom, and a 16.2- Durable 5 technology featuring the new International megapixel BSI CMOS sensor technology that can reduce Rectifier IR3550 VRMs. image noise and distortion, even under low light conditions. It has SMART Wi-Fi technology that lets user email the photos or share them on social networks including Facebook, or post videos to YouTube via Wi-Fi connectivity. It also has built-in GPS and Live Landmark to download maps and find information from nearby locations. With Microsoft Sky Drive, it enables pictures to be easily accessible via the cloud. Usual Price: S$599 25

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Gigabyte showed off their new flagship Z77 motherboard, Press Release on Ultra Durable 5 Technology Z77X-UP7 which comes with a supermassive 32-phase power design. It is also one of the first boards on Ultra Durable 5 technology featuring the new International Rectifier IR3550 VRMs. These innovations allow for higher efficiency and a much smaller footprint.. According to a Gigabyte spokeperson, the cost of just having this 32-phase power using IR3550 is equivalent to a low-end motherboard. Other features of this board include Bluetooth 4.0, onboard mSATA slot for mSATA SSDs, 4-way SLI/CrossFireX, Lucid Virtu Universal MVP GPU virtualization, Dual Gigabit LAN and Realtek ALC898 audio. Taipei, Taiwan, June, 5th 2011 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today introduced their latest Ultra Durable™ 5 technology, featuring a range of high current capable components including the industry’s highest rated 60A IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs that provide the best quality power delivery to the CPU for record-breaking performance, cool and efficient operation and extended motherboard lifespan. GIGABYTE is yet again raising the bar of motherboard quality and durability with their Ultra Durable™ 5 technology, which includes high current capable components for the CPU power zone including the highest rated and awarded IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs from International Rectifier, 2X Copper PCB and high current Ferrite Core Chokes rated up to 60A which together are able to deliver up to 60°C* cooler temperatures than traditional motherboards. Featured on a range of new motherboards based the Intel® X79 and Z77 Express Chipsets, GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 technology is the next evolution in quality motherboard design. “As the exclusive motherboard manufacturer to utilize the amazingly efficient IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs from International Rectifier, GIGABYTE has spent a considerable amount of engineering resources to ensure our Ultra Durable™ 5 motherboards are our best Ultra Durable™ 26

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 5th, 2012 motherboards yet,” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 motherboards are especially optimized for water cooled systems and overclocked Intel® Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge “K” SKU CPUs due to their exceptionally low operating temperatures, and make the perfect match for anyone looking to push their system to limits.” Toshiba announced the first consumer SSDs that utilize its 19 nm-class NAND flash memory. The flash memory innovator released as many as 11 new SSD models, spread across 2.5-inch standard, 2.5-inch 7 mm-thich, and mSATA form-factors. Toshiba announced the first consumer SSDs that utilize its 19 nm-class NAND flash memory. The flash memory innovator released as many as 11 new SSD models, spread across 2.5-inch standard, 2.5-inch 7 mm-thich, and mSATA form-factors, utilizing the 19 nm-class NAND flash memory which it announced in early-April. “We are delighted that IR’s award winning IR3550 Apart from higher densities (capacities), the new SSDs PowIRstage® provides the high current, thermal capability offer a suite of new technologies that are Windows 8 and outstanding performance to power GIGABYTE’s new optimized. These include SATA revision 3.1-compliance Ultra Durable™ 5 motherboard series,” said Deepak (new power-management features); Deterministic Zeroing Savadatti, Vice President and General Manager, IR’s TRIM, a performance-optimized TRIM garbage-collection Enterprise Power Business Unit. mode that will be exclusively available with Windows 8 and future Linux kernels; Quadruple Swing-by Code (QSBC), a performance-optimized error-correction feature; and a About IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs read-only mode, which prolongs life offers security on The award winning IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs feature devices such as IPCs. greater power e¬fficiency and are the highest rated Power Among the 11 models launched, are four each for 2.5-inch Stage in the industry, able to provide up to 60A of power. standard and 2.5-inch 7 mm-thick form-factors, and three This ensures the best power delivery to the CPU, for mSATA form-factor models. Apart from physical thickness, more stable operation and better overclocking performance. the two 2.5-inch lines are identical, and are available in GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 motherboards also use both capacities of 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB. The 64 IR digital PWM controllers and IR PowIRstage® ICs, for a GB variant offers transfer rates as high as 440 MB/s, while uniquely seamless power delivery system. the other variants offer transfer-rates up to 524 MB/s. The mSATA line includes 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB variants, with comparable performance to their 2.5-inch cousins. The Single Package Design exact model numbers are tabled below. IR has leveraged its world class packaging technology developed for the DirectFET®, improving the thermal capability and layout of the PowIRstage® significantly over that of other MCM packages. Toshiba Announces First SSDs with 19 nm-class NAND Flash Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/toshiba-announces-first-ssds- Although announced today, Toshiba's new SSDs won't reach with-19-nm-class-nand-flash/16148.html the markets before August. 27

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Sony unveils VAIO Z, VAIO S, VAIO E and VAIO T Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-unveils-vaio-z-vaio-s-vaio-e- and-vaio-t/16145.html June 5th, 2012 Sony has introduced their VAIO Summer’12 series of notebooks which include the VAIO Z, VAIO S, VAIO E and the company's first Ultrabook, VAIO T. On top of that, the Japanese electronics company has also debut the new 15th anniversary VAIO Z model. To commemodate the company's 15th anniversary, Sony Sony VAIO T has decided to come up with the anniversary model for the VAIO Z series. The new VAIO Z is designed for the mobile professional and has an elegantly sleek form factor, measuring 16.7mm thin and weighing slightly over 1kg. It claims to be constructed of carbon fibre in a hexa-shell design and is powered by Intel Core i7 quad-core processor with RAID-0 SSD for higher reliability and faster boot-up. The laptop is able to achieve up to 11 hours with optional battery, and features USB charging. With the Power Media Dock, the VAIO Z can support up to four displays (including the notebook's screen) via HDMI and VGA output. It will be available in stores from end June. While pricing has yet to be released, the 15th anniversary model could be retailing at S$3,999. Sony VAIO S The Sony VAIO T claims to be the company's first Ultrabook to go to market, and comes equipped with full-featured connectivity including VGA, LAN, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and HDMI ports. It also has a Memory Stick and SD card slot for convenience of viewing your photos or videos on the machine. The VAIO T uses a hybrid HDD and SSD drives that offers shorter boot time for faster operation and high capacity storage. It also features "Rapid Wake + Eco", faster USB charging, longer battery life, and Gesture Control that lets you interact with the copmuter with intuitive hand movements. Available in 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch displays, the Sony VAIO T is equipped with Intel's third generation 1.7GHz Core i5-3371U processor and runs Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit). The 11.6-inch model will be available from mid-June while the 13.3-inch model will retail from end-June at all Sony Stores and authroized outlets. Available in 13.3- and 15.5-inch LCD displays, the VAIO S is built to be a full-featured mobile PC with superb Sony VAIO Z performance for both home and business users. Equipped with Intel's thid generation Core i7 processor and Dynamic Hybrid Graphics System - using two graphics processors to best suit the application - with Nvidia GeForce GT640M LE GPU or integrated Intel HD graphics 4000, the VAIO S boasts six hours of battery life and come with a slot-in optical drive to read your discs. It also features xLOUD and Clear Phase technologies that boost volume levels without distortion. Scheduled to retail this month, the 13.3-inch 28

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone VAIO S series come in black, silver, white and pink finishes, while the 15.5-inch model is available only in black. Sony VAIO E Among the five new kits launched today, are the HyperX T1 KHX26C11T1K2/8X, HyperX T1 KHX24C11T1K2/8X, HyperX T1 KHX21C11T1K2/16X, HyperX T1 KHX21C11T1K2/8X, and HyperX Blu KHX16C10B1K2/16X. The KHX26C11T1K2/8X, the star-attraction in this article, comes with advertised clock speed of DDR3-2666 MHz, and is optimized for Intel Core "Ivy Bridge" processors (probably because of its XMP v1.4 profile, which is not supported on older Sandy Bridge LGA1155 platform). It utilizes tall The Sony VAIO E comes in E14P, E series 11 and E series HyperX T1 heatsinks that help sustain its advertised speeds. 15, and is designed for users who want smart, ease of use It consists of two 4 GB modules that make up its 8 GB and choice of colors to fit one's lifestyle. The VAIO E Series capacity. The modules achieve DDR3-2666 MHz (1333 MHz 11 and 15 sport 11.6- and 15.5-inch displays respectively and actual), with CAS latency of 11T, and DRAM voltage of 1.65V, are available in white, black and pink. It has a large touchpad which is particularly high for the newer breed of 20 nm-class with button-free control that lets you navigate and scroll DRAM. Kingstong kept the pricing under the wraps. pages easily. The VAIO E Series 11 will be available from mid June while the Series 15 will retail from end June. The KHX24C11T1K2/8X (2x 4 GB), KHX21C11T1K2/16X (2x 8 GB), and KHX21C11T1K2/8X (2x 4 GB) also utilize the HyperX T1 heatsink design as pictured above. They Kingston Ships HyperX pack XMP v1.4 profiles for DDR3-2400 MHz, DDR3-2133 MHz, and DDR3-2133 MHz, respectively. All three operate DDR3-2666 Dual-Channel at their advertised speeds with a CAS latency of 11T. While Memory Kits the KHX24C11T1K2/8X operates at a DRAM voltage of Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/kingston-ships-hyperx-ddr3-2666- 1.65V, the KHX21C11T1K2/16X, KHX21C11T1K2/8X make dual-channel-memory-kits/16144.html do with 1.60V. June 5th, 2012 Lastly, there's the KHX16C10B1K2/16X, which comes with lighter HyperX Blu heatspreaders, packs two 8 GB modules that total 16 GB, and come with JEDEC profile of DDR3-1600 MHz (800 MHz actual), with CAS latency of 10T, and DRAM voltage of 1.50V. The HyperX T1 KHX24C11T1K2/8X, HyperX T1 KHX21C11T1K2/16X, HyperX T1 KHX21C11T1K2/8X, and Kingston Technology started shipping its HyperX dual- HyperX Blu KHX16C10B1K2/16X are priced at US $89.99, channel DDR3 memory kits optimized for Intel Core "Ivy $219.99, $74.99, and $129.99, respectively. Bridge" platform, some of which come with profiles for speeds as high as DDR3-2666 MHz. The company also announced XMP certification of its upcoming HyperX MSI Slider S20 Windows 8 DDR3-2800 MHz kit by Intel. Sliding Ultrabook Pictured Kingston Technology started shipping its HyperX dual- Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-slider-s20-windows-8-sliding- channel DDR3 memory kits optimized for Intel Core "Ivy ultrabook-pictured/16143.html Bridge" platform, some of which come with profiles for June 5th, 2012 speeds as high as DDR3-2666 MHz. The company also announced XMP certification of its upcoming HyperX DDR3-2800 MHz kit by Intel. MSI put to rest the looming question of whether it has Ultrabooks planned, by unveiling one of the industry's first implementations of Intel's "Letexo" sliding-Ultrabook form- factor, which was first shown to the world at IDF Beijing. 29

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone MSI's Slider S20 is a Wintel at heart, combining 22 nm "Ivy his presentation that Thunderbolt devices designed for the Bridge" processor with Windows 8. Mac will not work seemlessly on the Windows PC without a certified driver. MSI put to rest the looming question of whether it has Ultrabooks planned, by unveiling one of the industry's first implementations of Intel's "Letexo" sliding-Ultrabook form- factor, which was first shown to the world at IDF Beijing, 2012. MSI's Slider S20 is a Wintel at heart, combining 22 nm "Ivy Bridge" processor with Windows 8. Pictured above, the Slider S20 from MSI is a slider- Ultrabook. It combines the functionality of a tablet, thanks to its responsive touchscreen, with that of a notebook, thanks to its slide-out base, which has a chiclet keyboard, for those extended typing sessions. At this point, we're unsure if the keyboard portion has a trackpoint, or if the touchscreen ends up being the only pointing device. In marketing videos from both Intel and Microsoft, we've seen people using the touchscreen to point, and the slide-out keyboard for typing, so we guess that's the case with the Slider S20, too. The Slider S20 will have a full range of connectivity found with conventional (clamshell) Ultrabooks, including USB 3.0 ports, WLAN b/g/n, and possibly 3G/4G. It is driven by Microsoft Windows 8 operating system, and a dual- core Intel "Ivy Bridge" Core low-voltage processor. MSI will The previously exobitant (Apple-only) cable prices are display the Slider S20 at its Computex booth. It also raises expected to fall with the introduction of more vendors hope that the company has a full-fledged Ultrabook lineup, (including mainstream names like Belkin and WD) and in the works. optical cables will allow running lengths up to 20 metres. Intel Thunderbolt Briefing at Computex - New motherboards and devices! Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-thunderbolt-briefing-at- computex--new-motherboards-and-devices-/16142.html June 5th, 2012 There were a plethora of interesting devices on show during the Intel Thunderbolt media event just now, which was held at the Taipei's premier shopping mall Bellavita. We spotted some never seen before and upcoming ASRock/Gigabyte motherboards with new Cactus Ridge 4C controller, MSI's external PCIe graphics that was shown during CES and debuting products from the likes of OCZ and LaCie. Jason Ziller, Intel's Director of Thunderbolt Marketing gave an update on the Thunderbolt ecosystem, introducing the many new PC vendors who have come onboard and their products since the Apple exclusive on Thunderbolt expired not long ago. Interestingly, he stressed repeatedly during 30

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Motherboards These are a current list of motherboard vendors that Intel are working with implementing Thunderbolt support on consumer off the shelf motherboards. You've already seen the ASUS P8Z77-V Premium, I ntel DZ77RE-75k and MSI and MSI Z77A-GD80 be fore, but they are single connector designs (Cactus Ridge 2C). GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4 TH The more expensive but forward looking Cactus Ridge 4C host router - which allows for two Thunderbolt ports (uses 4 PCIe lanes from the PCH). ASRock Z77 Extreme 6/TB R1.0 (4C) 31

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP5 TH Thunderbolt Devices MSI GUS, a Thunderbolt PCIe Graphics Breakout Box first seen at CES 2012, with enough bandwidth (PCIe x2 or x4 depending on the host controller used) to run Crysis Warhead (had a lot of input lag though). An ASUS ROG G55VW (Ivy Bridge i7, GTX660M) with a single Thunderbolt port Only a single slot graphics card is supported, and an external power adapter is needed to keep things running. 32

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone OCZ's Little Foot portable storage device (mSATA SSD) And oh... We've seen the LaCie's Little Big Disk before during our Thunderbolt motherboard review... now theres a new version that includes dual eSATA ports. Intel Haswell-EP Brings DDR4, to Eat up to 160W, 190 Amps Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-haswell-ep-brings-ddr4-to-eat- up-to-160w-190-amps/16141.html June 5th, 2012 33

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 5th, 2012 Our HPC expert Nebojsa "Nova" Novakovic just posted details about Intel's 2013 and 2014 platforms. We dug a bit deeper and discovered what exact details are coming to limelight in 2014. Given the increasing competition in the Big Data space between a CPU and a GPU, we were not surprised to hear A year ago, at this same Computex, Ultrabooks were formally that Intel decided to shift away from the traditional model introduced to the world - and started shipping few months which meant 65W, 95W and 130W. Upon landing in Taipei, later. It's a year now, what tidings will the second generation while yours truly did check in at The Westin Taipei around bring? 10PM, the night wasn't close to ending as I was invited for a midnight tour in one of numerous R&D offices. For those A year after Sean Maloney's coveted talk introducing them - that follow me on Foursquare, no - I did not check in. :) he's now the top boss of Intel Greater China, a sure-growth market for the near future - Ultrabooks are seen everywhere. As Nova elaborated in his exhaustive and insightful article Yes, MacBook Air brought out the concept first, but Intel with Ivy Bridge-EP in 2013, Intel will bring out higher TDP- made it popular - the multi-million funding effort covering draw processors, and that trend is set to continue with up to marketing, component design, integration and such didn't 16-core Haswell-EP monster which targets the introduction go without use, either. in the second half of 2014. The main competitor for Haswell- EP will not be AMD with their unannounced successor of the Besides the obvious CPU upgrade to Ivy Bridge, which yet unannounced Abu Dhabi Server CPU (confused yet?), it should save power and improve graphics - and yes, 8 will be a combination of NVIDIA Maxwell GPU paired with GB RAM should be standard now - there will be other an Project Denver-based Server CPU. interesting new features expected from the models shown at The processor will be available at different clock speeds the Computex. and with the different amount of enabled CPU cores, but the main power characteristics are 120W, 135W, 145W and 160W. There will not be any sub-100W TDP parts, as the Better display resolution, to at least come closer to the company was told that it has to compete against NVIDIA tablets, is the first thing on the menu. The Asus Zenbook Tesla GPUs, which all come in 225 and 300W range. With Prime UX series, with its Full HD 1920x1080 IPS - but still Tesla K10 (Dual-GK104, server version of GTX 690 with ECC the unproductive 16:9 aspect ratio unfortunately - screen and 8GB of GDDR5 memory) coming at 375W, and GK110- is a good example. Thankfully they also have improved based K20 drawing 300W with 12GB of GDDR5 memory, it keyboards (12% increase in key travel) over the previous is obvious what Haswell-EP has to do. generation too, which were borderline unusable. Either way, the age of useless 1366x768 resolution, similar to late last Power draw characteristics require dedicated four and five century PCs some 20 years ago, should be finally over, or at rail solutions to feed the CPU. We were shown a prototype least on the premium offerings. of the platform which draws less than 100 Amps in typical working conditions, with Turbo Mode jacking that up to 120 Amps. What will make overclockers wet is the fact that Fancy formats: How about convertible notebook/tablet Haswell silicon is designed to accept draws of up to 190 hybrids? Dual-screen ones, as funny as it sounds? Various Amps on AIR, meaning we might get another overclocking user preferences will be targeted by new form factors, with king if its able to sustain 190A when you freeze it and the touchscreen convertible being the most interesting one increase the voltage to let's say, 1.575V i.e. 300W. to watch. Again, such machine would have to have a different As far as the platform goes, The 2013/14 server and screen and aspect ratio though, likely a 16:10 beyond HD - workstation platform is called Grantley. It will support say 2560x1600 - to really outclass the best . DDR3 or DDR4, with extensive memory options. We were a bit intrigued by the amount of DIMMs/SO-DIMMs which Intel supports with the single 72-bit (64+8) lane (times four Wider casing choices, as the plastics comes into the and six), bringing this author back into 1999 and the 8- foray combined with lightweight, but expensive, metal channel RDRAM DEC Alpha… funny to see history repeating enclosures. Sturdy but cheap plastic is now able to handle itself with the amount of supported DIMMs per channel. the Ultrabook design criteria. Finally, plethora of new However, don't expect to see any of this before the IDF Fall interfaces, including the low latency direct PCIe external 2013 (behind the closed doors) or CeBIT 2014 for public protrusion called Thunderbolt, and of course more of USB3, appearance. If the schedule slips, see you on Computex HDMI, DisplayPort and the mandatory Gigabit Ethernet. Taipei 2014. The vendors will, hopefully, not forget that it's not just the Pre-Computex - Ultrabooks innards, but also outside componentry that makes a high end laptop. So, the screen quality, keyboard usability and in the second generation, a trackpad reliability are just as important. We'll tell you more mixed lot on the actual models during the show. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pre-computex--ultrabooks-in-the- second-generation-a-mixed-lot/16140.html 34

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone PC Show 2012 Lucky Draw Details - S$10,000 Cash and Product Prizes! Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pc-show-2012-lucky-draw-details-- s-10-000-cash-and-product-prizes-/16139.html June 5th, 2012 We have gotten confirmation about the lucky draw bounty at the upcoming PC Show 2012 held at Suntec this weekend. Did you really think Google was the only company working Every $50 spent at the show entitles the purchaser to a lucky on a “Glass” project? Microsoft is currently working on an draw coupon for a chance to win S$10,000 cash and various Xbox Smart Glass tablet, and is supposed to show some of product prizes including a Samsung Galaxy S III! its features off at the next E3. A “Microsoft Confidential” · DIVOOM DIVO Premium Speaker by Mojito Ventures preview of the Smart Glass tablet is going to reveal the Pte Ltd following details about the tablet: · CRESYN C300 Lifestyle Headphone by Mojito Ventures Microsoft may be in the process of building an application Pte Ltd that takes care all of your enterntainment needs. The future · WOCOL/PISEN 6000mAh Battery Pack by Mojito of the Xbox may not be just a game console, but a multimedia Ventures Pte Ltd hub. The Smart Glass app/tablet are possibily just pieces in Microsoft's grand scheme to take over home entertainment. · STUFF SINGAPORE EDITION Subscription 1 year by Big Fish Publishing Pte Ltd Will the Smart Glass tablet be a “normal” tablet killer, or is it just a cheesy marketing name to get people interested? · AVIRA Premium Security Suite (12 months - 3 users) Hopefully we’ll know soon. by Aurica Pte Ltd · CRESYN BJOUX Swarovski Crystal Earphone by Mojito Ventures Pte Ltd Intel making an effort to · WOCOL/PISEN 3000mAh Battery Pack by Mojito boost Ultrabook's popularity Ventures Pte Ltd Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-making-an-effort-to-boost- ultrabook-s-popularity/16138.html · STUFF SINGAPORE EDITION Subscription 6 months June 5th, 2012 by Big Fish Publishing Pte Ltd · DIVOOM IRIS 02 2.0 USB Speaker by Mojito Ventures Pte Ltd · SINCERELY YOURS Personalized Mobile Covers by NPE Prints Communications Pte Ltd Tablets are digging into sales of laptops, and Intel doesn’t want the laptop breed to die totally. The growing popularity of the iPad is just one of the problem laptop manufacturers Microsoft's Smart Glass have to deal with. Intuitive touchscreens, slim, ultra- tablet pre-E3 rumors portable, and just plain fun to play with are just some of the Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-s-smart-glass-tablet-pre- aspects that make tablets more desirable than a laptop. Intel e3-rumors/16114.html started a $300 million fund last year to help small companies June 5th, 2012 develop ultrabooks, which Intel hope would lead to an ultrabook revolution that might help make ultraportable laptops as popular as iPads/tablets. Did you really think Google was the only company working on a “Glass” project? Microsoft is currently working on an Xbox Smart Glass tablet, and is supposed to show some of its features off at the next E3. 35

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Why is a chip maker (no, the chips you’re eating right now) putting so much effort into helping manufacturers with their engineering development? It would seem like Intel doesn’t Tablets are digging into sales of laptops, and Intel doesn’t want to lower the prices of their chip to make ultrabooks want the laptop breed to die totally. The growing popularity cheaper. Current Intel CPUs are priced around $200—one of the iPad is just one of the problem laptop manufacturers of the costliest component in a PC, if not the most. have to deal with. Intuitive touchscreens, slim, ultra- Advanced Micro Devices’ (AMD) Trinity CPU is a cheaper portable, and just plain fun to play with are just some of the option to Intel’s CPU, and that’s another front that Intel has aspects that make tablets more desirable than a laptop. Intel to battle. Even with the competitor’s price lower, Intel seems started a $300 million fund last year to help small companies adamant about not lowering the price of their “premium” develop ultrabooks, which Intel hope would lead to an CPUs. ultrabook revolution that might help make ultraportable laptops as popular as iPads/tablets. At the upcoming Computex event in Taipei, Taiwan, PC manufacturers that have been working with Intel will reveal some ultrabooks that have less flex-plastic casings, faster boot time, and touchscreens. Intel’s effort to boost ultrabook’s popularity through price reduction may or may not end up in vain, but heck, I would rather buy a sturdy ultrabook with a built in keyboard and touchscreen any day —for $499, that is. We can all dream, right? Ice Cream Sandwich still not powering enough Android devices Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ice-cream-sandwich-still-not- The problem with trying to ultrabooks competitive with powering-enough-android-devices/16136.html tablets is not so much its function, but rather its price. June 5th, 2012 Current quality ultrabook such as the Asus Zenbook UX31 costs about $1,000, and an iPad retail price starts at $499. Intel claims that if manufacturers adopt “aerospace” engineering method, that, it will cut down the production costs of ultrabooks. Through various components rearrangement within the ultrabook’s casing, Intel asserts Even with all the hype around Android Ice Cream Sandwich that it will make ultrabooks with plastic casing be just as (ICS) launch a few months ago, the sweet Android platform durable as the ones with metal casings. have yet to narrow the gap between itself and Gingerbread (GB). Gingerbread currently powers about 65% of all "We didn't develop a new material. We are able to use an Android devices, whereas, ICS is powering only about 7%. existing plastic with an existing manufacturing technology. It just requires some more upfront thought initially about how to lay your system out and how you can bring these things together and tie them in," Intel’s Chief Executive Paul Otellini told Reuters. 36

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June 5th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Even with all the hype around Android Ice Cream Sandwich the new iPhone may be the first iOS device to have AirDrop (ICS) launch a few months ago, the sweet Android platform capability. have yet to narrow the gap between itself and Gingerbread “The Broadcom BCM4334 single-chip dual- (GB). Gingerbread currently powers about 65% of all band combo chip provides a complete wireless Android devices, whereas, ICS is powering only about 7%. connectivity system with ultra-low power consumption for mass market smartphone devices. Using advanced design techniques and 40nm process technology to reduce active and idle power, the BCM4334 is designed to address the needs of highly mobile devices that require minimal power consumption and compact size while delivering dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity.” -broadcom.com AirDrop is Apple’s file sharing protocol that doesn’t need of a Wi-Fi network, configuration, and/or USB storage device. For those that have used AirDrop on your OSX Lion PCs, then chances are you find the interface very easy to use. If Apple enables this option in the next iPhone, then there may be no need to ever plug your iPhone into your computer for mp3’s or other files again. A variety of factors influence how GB and ICS are distributed among Android devices. However, one of the main factors, if not the relevant, is manufacturers just don’t want to put the work into releasing ICS to their customers. It may take manufacturers some effort and resources to spread the ICS goodness, and consumers are always grateful when there’s a free upgrade. It’s just too bad most of the world’s Android users have yet to taste ICS. AirDrop on iPhone 5? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/airdrop-on-iphone-5-/16135.html June 5th, 2012 The Broadcom BCM4330 is currently the chip of choice for connectivity on the iPhone 4S, but the upcoming iPhone 5 will have the BCM4334—dual band Wi-Fi card (2.4/5 GHz). It’s interesting to note that many Apple devices with dual band Wi-Fi cards are AirDrop capable. If that’s the case then the new iPhone may be the first iOS device to have AirDrop capability. The Broadcom BC M4330 is c urrently the chip of choice for connectivity on the iPhone 4S, but the upcoming iPhone 5 will have th e BCM4334— dual band Wi-Fi card (2.4/5 GHz). It’s interesting to note that many Apple devices with dual band Wi-Fi cards are AirDrop capable. If that’s the case then 37

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June 7th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks! were some people who weren’t able to do that or didn’t like it VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly as much and stopped playing partway through it,” Miyamoto publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the said. “So we’re in the phase where we’re looking back at geeks. what’s worked very well and what has been missing and how can we evolve it further.” Shigeru Miyamoto talks Zelda He said that the original footage of Zelda on the Wii U for Wii U at E3 was an experiment to “showcase some of the HD visuals,” Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/shigeru-miyamoto-talks-zelda-for- but Nintendo has been watching a shift in gaming tastes, wii-u-at-e3/16199.html with some prefering casual experiences and others prefering June 7th, 2012 more in-depth experiences, the latter of which the company has traditionally focused on. He added that Nintendo is looking at the most important element of Zelda and trying to make a game that lots of Popular game designer Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that people can play. Given the mention of casual experiences, Nintendo is hard at work trying to figure out a way to bring this could mean a game that moves away from traditional The Legend of Zelda to the Wii U next-generation console in Zelda gameplay, which could upset the core Nintendo a way that players will enjoy. fanbase. The company may try to make a game that suits both types of players or may even release two titles. Popular game designer Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that Nintendo is hard at work trying to figure out a way to bring The Legend of Zelda to the Wii U next-generation console in a way that players will enjoy. The original Wii U reveal last year showcased Zelda in high- definition fighting a spider, with the new gamepad used to access the inventory. Since then, however, we have seen and heard nothing about it, with no sightings of Link on the E3 floor. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, however, Shigeru Miyamoto, the man behind Zelda, Mario, Donkey Kong and other Nintendo classics, revealed the reasons why the studio is taking its time on a Zelda Wii U title. Regardless, Miyamoto said that only when Nintendo has found the right game from its multiple experiments will it be happy to announce it, suggesting we won't see a Zelda game for the Wii U's launch and unlikely any time within the six to twelve months immediately after. Miyamoto also explained that the reason why Pikmin 3 was created for the Wii U and not the Wii is the high-definition graphics, which allow players to zoom out and still see their Pikmin hard at work, something that he considered very important. “With the last game, Skyward Sword, that was a game where you had motion control to use your weapons and a lot of different items, and I thought that was a lot of fun, but there 1

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June 7th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Mid Computex blues: Apple still to have the Ultimate UltraBook? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mid-computex-blues-apple-still-to- have-the-ultimate-ultrabook-/16198.html June 7th, 2012 Midway through the Computex, and dozens of ultrathins - One thing jarred my eyes, literally - Toshiba came out with including AMD and ARM based ones, some thoughts come a 'concept model' having, guess what, 21:9 screen. While to our minds... the unlucky cross-eyed among us may actually like such On the first day of Computex, Intel's Kirk Skaugen showed a wiiiiiide screen, any attempt to actually do anything on that the PC Client division somehow passes him way better a stretched out 1792x768 screen aside from, of course, than the gruesome powerful servers he was handling until watching a wiiiiiiide movie, would be useless. Try typing a recently. And, yes, all the UltraBook goodies, now in the document in MS Word or alike? After the menus and bars Ivy Bridge generation, were the stars of the show. Me being are blown up to be actually visible, you can see maybe 3 lines an idealist, I dearly hoped that at least some vendors will of text at a time, having to incessantly scroll till either your use the new CPUs improved graphics speed and resolution fingers or your pointing device give way. handling, therefore coming out with some models that have proper screens at least matching what modern $500 high Remember, the story about 'must 16:9' was to save those few end tablets have - 1920x1200 16:10 aspect screen is not much bucks on the panels so that the vendors cut glass cheaper, to ask for? If Asus Transformer and Huawei MediaPad have at the expense of our productivity. Now, isn't 21:9 a more it, why can't any vendor's UltraBook? expensive custom format that doesn't fit this 'price-sensitive' mentally myopic attitude so common in Taiwan and Korea IT industry, especially the LCD gang? Why not do the 16:10 then? Well, as the recent rumours show, Apple is gonna do exactly that for their upcoming MacBook Pro ultrathin refresh. Now, we'll have 15-inch 2560x1600 retina resolution 16:10 screen driven by the highest-speed Ivy Bridge ULV part, 16 GB DDR3-1600 RAM and so on... just add touchscreen and convertibilty, and you got the best of everything - super graphics, productivity, speed, and of course the looks. As much as I personally dislike the company, this is the first Apple product I may actually want to buy... hey 'PC vendors', wake up!!! The Ultimate UltraBook will still be from Apple, and it's all your own fault! Well, to my disappointment, so many new models didn't improve on this at all! 1366x768 and 1600x900 shared the podium, both still in the unproductive irritating 16:9 movie watching aspect ratio (hey, tablets are for movie watching, notebooks are for work first!). OK yes, Asus and a few had Apple Looking to Open Stores 1920x1080 Full HD screens, but that's a few among the many... what to do. in Shenzhen and Chengdu Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-looking-to-open-stores-in- shenzhen-and-chengdu/16197.html June 7th, 2012 Apple is looking to open new stores in Shenzhen and Chengdu, despite a legal dispute with a Shenzhen-based company over the iPad trademark. 2

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June 7th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone In the midst of a battle with Proview Technology over pixels into the same space as a current iPhone screen, the iPad trademark, Apple is looking to open two new leading to double the resolution of the highly-praised Retina flagship stores, according to government officials yesterday, display. This creates a display far sharper than any display in the cities of Chengdu and Shenzhen. Opening the stores currently on the market. would boost Apple’s business in China tremendously, as At 1280x800 pixels, the makers of this new milestone they currently only have five mainland stores open, three in have managed to pack some very tiny liquid crystals Shanghai and two in Beijing. into the display to produce such a resolution on a 2.3- China is rapidly growing in importance to Apple. In April, inch screen. The company reportedly used polysilicon Apple reported that its quarterly profit had almost doubled TFTs as the driver elements while making the screens, after a large jump in iPhone sales; most of that increase which had to be manufactured in a low-temperature had come from mainland China. But more legal action environment. In addition to smoothing out jagged edges, could result if Apple tries to sell its iPads in Shenzhen. as would be expected from a higher-resolution display, JDI Robert Xie, a lawyer for Proview Technology, which is based representatives said that text characters are sharper and in Shenzhen, said that Proview would seek an injunction images cause viewers to experience sensations similar to against Apple if they tried to sell their tablets in Shenzhen. those that would be experienced when looking at objects in the real world. Currently, Apple and Proview are locked in a legal dispute in the Higher People’s Court in Guangzhou over the right to use the iPad trademark, which Proview claims it owns. Both sides are reportedly in the midst of court-mediated negotiations. Apple’s flagship stores are usually the center of attention for tech-savvy consumers, with people constantly coming in to tinker with the latest products, especially during product launches, when huge crowds of Apple fans and tech enthusiasts gather at the stores like pilgrims traveling to a religious site. But Apple also faces the problems of unauthorized resellers, who take smuggled imports of their products to less wealthy cities for resale, and piracy, a problem so all-pervading in China that entire counterfeit Apple stores have been set up, with employees who thought they were truly working for Apple. Apple submitted documents on Monday to the government in Shenzhen to open a store in Holiday Plaza, an upscale mall in the Nanshan district. “Apple is in the final stage Some argue that the Retina display on the iPhone 4 and 4S and only needs to submit an environmental permit in order reached the peak of what is discernible with the human eye. to gain approval,” an official with the Market Supervision In response, JDI conducted tests with an undisclosed group Administration said. Apple received approval in late May of subjects; they determined that viewers were able to see the to set up a business unit to handle retail sales and after- difference, with subjects reporting that images were clearer sales service in Chengdu, located in southwestern China, or sharper than other high-resolution displays. JDI said that, according to an official with the Chengdu Industry and after these studies, this new technology should mark a new Commerce Administration bureau. Despite offering no LCD display milestone, adding that the image produced is official comment, Apple’s website shows that they are hiring comparable to film-based photography equipment. Apple Store staf f in Shenzhen and Chengdu. Some analysts are hailing the new screen as the death knell for the personal computer, although it’s only a matter of time before manufacturers incorporate these displays into Japan Display Inc Unveils not only mobile phones and tablets, but also laptops and Revolutionary New Display desktop monitors. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/japan-display-inc-unveils- JDI said they would provide more information, along with revolutionary-new-display/16196.html a demonstration of the new technology, at the 2012 SID June 7th, 2012 International Symposium, Seminar, and Exhibition. 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords uploaded to hacker website - LinkedIn Japan Display Inc. has unvelied a display that reportedly confirms breech blows other high-definition displays, including Apple's Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/6.5-million-linkedin-passwords- Retina display, out of the water. uploaded-to-hacker-website--linkedin-confirms-breech/16189.html A new breakthrough has occurred in small form-factor screens with a new direct-view display created by Japan Display Inc. The screen manages to pack twice as many 3

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June 7th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 7th, 2012 security of our members very seriously. If you haven't read it already, it is worth checking out my earlier blog post today about updating your password other account security best practices." A list was uploaded to a Russian hacker website, alleging to contain the passwords of 6.5 million LinkedIn user accounts. IDC predicts Android will LinkedIn later confirmed that some of the passwords were legitimate, though it said nothing about how they were peak in 2012 - Windows obtained. Phone will pass iOS by 2016 A list was uploaded to a Russian hacker website, alleging Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/idc-predicts-android-will-peak- to contain the passwords of nearly 6.5 million LinkedIn in-2012--windows-phone-will-pass-ios-by-2016/16188.html user accounts. LinkedIn later confirmed that some of the June 7th, 2012 passwords were legitimate, though it said nothing about how they were obtained. Earlier today, the social networking website reported that it had found no evidence of a breech in its website, despite reports from users that their passwords were located on the Market research and analysis firm IDC (International Data list, which has since been pulled off of the website it was Research) predicts that Android will peak this year, and that originally uploaded to. Windows Phone will surpass iOS by 2016. It also forecasts that a market will remain for Blackberry devices, despite their current gloomy status. Market research and analysis firm IDC (International Data Research) predicts that Android will peak this year, and that Windows Phone will surpass iOS by 2016. It also forecasts that a market will remain for Blackberry devices, despite their current gloomy status. Later, however, LinkedIn confirmed in a blog post that user accounts had indeed been compromised. "We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts." said the post. It went on to explain that passwords to compromised accounts had been disabled, and that emails had been sent to compromised users providing instructions to reset their passwords. Since phishing attacks often utilize fake emails with links to fake websites, LinkedIn said it will not include links in the emails. Paul Kocher, president and chief scientist of Cryptography Research, believes that LinkedIn was more vulnerable to In a June 6 report, IDC forecasts that Android OS will attack due to the way they hashed user passwords. According continue to be the top-shipping smartphone OS through the to Kocher, "They did not hash the passwords in a way that year 2016, but that 2012 will be its peak. It also predicts that somebody would need to repeat their search for each account the future of smartphones rests on the backs of three major and they did not segregate and manage the (user) data smartphone platforms: Android OS, iOS, and Windows in a way that they would not get compromised. The only Phone. This shouldn't come as a surprise to those who know thing worse they could have done would be to put straight very much about the state of smartphones, as these three are passwords in a file, but they came pretty close to that by the big options right now. failing to salt." IDC also predicts that, if Nokia’s strength in emerging “Salting” is a procedure of using hashes unique to individual markets continues, then Windows Phone's market share will passwords, instead of using the same hash for every actually surpass that of iOS by 2016. duplicate password. "Underpinning the smartphone market is the constantly Just because a user's password appeared on the list does not shifting OS landscape," said IDC senior research analyst, mean that their accounts were logged into by the hackers. Ramon Llamas. "What remains to be seen is how these But according to Kocher, it is likely that the hackers have different operating systems—as well as others—will define access to the corresponding usernames as well. and shape the user experience beyond what we see today in order to attract new customers and encourage LinkedIn director Vicente Silveira wrote, "It is worth noting replacements." that the affected members who update their passwords and members whose passwords have not been compromised IDC also had some comments to make about Research benefit from the enhanced security we just recently put in in Motion's Blackberry. The analysis firm believes that place, which includes hashing and salting of our current Blackberry will occupy six percent of the market share in password databases." 2012, actually putting it in fifth place behind "all others." Silveira went on to say, "We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused our members. We take the 4

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June 7th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone "There will continue to be a market for BlackBerry OS- powered devices, despite Research In Motion's current woes," said IDC's report. Kingdom Hearts 3D will launch on 31 July to celebrate Since Symbian is currently on the decline - because Nokia the franchise’s 10th anniversary, enhancing the action has switched its focus to Windows Phone- the market share role-playing gameplay with StreetPass features, AR Card for other smartphone platforms will drop three percent, compatibility and support for the Circle Pad Pro accessory. IDC predicts, leaving Blackberry in fourth place. A lot of critics have been very pessimistic about Blackberry's future. Perhaps there remains hope for Blackberry as a smaller The creative among us may enjoy Scribblenauts Unlimited, option, but an option nonetheless. which follows the game's hero Maxwell as he explores an unbound world and solves puzzles, all with the help of almost By the end of 2016, IDC anticipates mobile phone shipments any object the player can think of creating. will rise from 1.8 billion to 2.3 billion units. Nintendo unveils 3DS lineup Disney fans will be treated to some platform adventure with at E3 Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion, which brings the Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nintendo-unveils-3ds-lineup-at- Disney world to life with the 3D capability of the handheld e3/16194.html console. Inspired by Castle of Illusion, Micky Mouse will be June 7th, 2012 able to use paint and paint thinner in new ways to affect the game world. Other titles, including Transformers Prime, Rabbids Rumble, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, and Heroes of While the focus of E3 for Nintendo was on its upcoming next- Ruin will also launch on the 3DS this year. generation console, the Wii U, the company also has a slew of new games for the 3DS on the way. While the focus of E3 for Nintendo was on its upcoming next- generation console, the Wii U, the company also has a slew Let these girls introduce of new games for the 3DS on the way. ADATA products to you! Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/let-these-girls-introduce-adata- Mario is back in New Super Mario Bros. 2, which continues products-to-you-/16193.html the side-scrolling platform adventure with an even stronger June 7th, 2012 focus on collecting coins than ever before. Players can also transform into Gold Mario and Raccoon Mario for some added gameplay variety, while the new Coin Rush mode offers some competitive multiplayer fun. The game will also feature a cooperative two-player mode over wireless connection. It will launch on 19 August. For those who prefer their Mario a little more flat, there is Paper Mario: Sticker Star, which takes advantage of this series' ability to switch between 2D and 3D modes, with the added element of sticker collecting, which empower Mario with new abilities. Luigi is not getting ignored either, with Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon providing some spook-filled adventure as Luigi explores several haunted mansions, stunning ghosts with his flashlight and solving puzzles. Castlevania: Lord of Shadow – Mirror of Fate brings some action gaming to the 3DS, combining 3D graphics with traditional 2D gameplay. Alucard, the son of Dracula, returns for this title. 5

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June 7th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Theres more on the next page... Sony's PlayStation is not the cheapest, or on the market the quickest, but its the best Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-s-playstation-is-not-the- cheapest-or-on-the-market-the-quickest-but-its-the-best/16192.html June 7th, 2012 It’s not the first, it’s not the cheapest, but it has to be the best is Sony’s new slogan for their upcoming gaming console (PlayStation 4). Jack Trenton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America emphasizes the price of the Sony’s gaming console entails more quality than quantity. It’s not the first, it’s not the cheapest, but it has to be the best is Sony’s new slogan for their upcoming gaming console (PlayStation 4). Jack Trenton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America emphasizes the price of the Sony’s gaming console entails more quality than quantity. "We've never been first. We've never been cheapest. It's about being the best. If you can build a better machine, and it's going to come out a little bit later, that's better than rushing something to market that's going to run out of gas for the long term,” says Trenton at 2012’s E3 press conference. 7

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June 7th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone The PlayStation 3 had a rough beginning, and wasn’t able to pull in profit until two years ago. Microsoft’s Xbox and Nintendo’s Wii chipped away at Sony’s flagship console, but even so, Trenton insists that a quality product will always obtain more customer loyalty in the end. "Ideally, in a perfect world, you want the best machine that ships first, that's cheapest. But the number one goal is to be the best machine, and that's what we're always focused on," he proclaimed. Sony’s new console is rumored to be code named “PlayStation Orbis,” and is expected to be released sometime in 2013. Some gossips have also gone as far as to speculate that developers are already in the process of making video games for Sony’s new console. Subzero Overclocking, LN2 Pots by Kingpincooling.com Memories, SSDs and Babes @ G.Skill's Computex Booth Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/subzero-overclocking-memories- ssds-and-babes--g.skill-s-computex-booth/16191.html June 7th, 2012 This year, G.Skill showed off their record breaking TridentX DDR3 modules and Sandforce SF-2281 based Phoenix III SSDs alongside an LN2 overclocking demostration graced by representatives from the top motherboard makers. We took a look at some of the exhibits... Swedish overclocker Elmor representing MSI on Tuesday Schedule of events and showtime Japan's Fredyama and VR-Zone legend Shamino (good mood) for ASUS on Wednesday 8

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June 7th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone G.Skill finally refreshed their Phoenix line of SSDs with a SATA III model (SF-2281 based). Capacities of 120GB and 240GB will hit retail end of this month (June). G.Skill's record breaking TridentX memory modules ( our review) , capable of achieving frequencies beyond 3000+MHz in the hands of knowledgable enthusiasts and good CPU memory controller. MSI's GX60 Gaming Laptop comes equipped with Radeon HD 7970M... and Trinity A10-4600M APU Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-s-gx60-gaming-laptop- comes-equipped-with-radeon-hd-7970m...-and-trinity-a10-4600m- apu/16190.html June 7th, 2012 Our ever vigilant counterparts at Chinese VR-Zone spotted a rather interesting gaming laptop SKU from MSI filled with AMD hardware - the GX60 is powered by a top of the line Radeon HD 7970M and a Trinity A10-4600M APU. Is it a marriage made in heaven? Here at the Computex show halls, extinct dinosaurs and hidden nuggets often lurk behind the maze of products on display. It takes a good eye and sometimes coercion to seek them out. 9

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June 7th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone No word on the pricing or availability yet but we expect them to cost a bit less than the other Intel models in the lineup to be an attractive proposition. Qualcomm's WTR1605L - multi-band 4G LTE chip Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/qualcomm-s-wtr1605l--multi- band-4g-lte-chip/16097.html June 7th, 2012 MSI's GX60, the latest AMD Trinity SKU in its comprehensive line of gaming laptops, retains the same bulky 15.6 inch form factor, Steelseries keyboard Qualcomm announced today that they will be releasing and Dynaudio speakers as its illustrious predecessors a multi-band LTE chip that can potentially change the (our review of the GT780R) demographics of current smartphones. The new Qualcomm LTE (WTR1605L) chip will support seven frequencies— three frequencies below 1.0 GHz, three above, and one at 2.5 GHz+. Qualcomm announced today that they will be releasing a multi-band LTE chip that can potentially change the The processor is a quad-core AMD Trinity A10-4600M demographics of current smartphones. The new Qualcomm (lets get this clear - two Piledriver modules, four integer LTE (WTR1605L) chip will support seven frequencies— cores) and discreet graphics by the recently launched 28nm three frequencies below 1.0 GHz, three above, and one at 2.5 Radeon 7970M GDDR5 (again don't be fooled by the GHz+. marketing - its closer to the desktop 7870 but with slower clocks). Presumably there is some kind of power saving graphics switching voodoo here as the integrated 7660G can only pair with equivalent VLIW-4 GPUs for hybrid CrossfireX (7970M is GCN). For storage, we get a speedy 2 x 64GB Sandisk U100 SSD in RAID-0 for the system drive and a WD 500GB mechanical drive for secondary usages. MSI also put in a fancy Qualcomm Atheros Killer NIC chip for reduced networking latency during gaming sessions. Current smartphone landscapes involve many carriers with many different types of 4G. AT&T and Verizon both have 4G LTE, but each carrier operates it on different frequencies. The WTR1605L will help consolidate those differences in LTE frequencies, and help manufacturers focus on a single piece of tech instead of splitting up their processes into different carrier requirements. In addition to multi- band capability, the WTR1605L will be manufactured on a 28nm process to reduce power consumption--how can manufacturers resist such a darn good piece of tech? 10

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June 7th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone The prospect of a single smartphone being able to operate on multiple carriers’ data frequency brings about a whole new meaning for “world phone.” Many current world phones can operate as a text and talk phone, but often times when it comes to a carrier’s data its more than a struggle—it’s downright near impossible. However, the WTR1605L is still subject to the FCC’s approval, so don’t go searching for “WTR1605L world phones” just yet. Qualcomm announced that the chip will be released next month, and will be integrated into smartphones by as early as the end of this year. Stunning ASUS Models @ Monday's Computex Press Conference Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/stunning-asus-models--monday-s- computex-press-conference/16170.html June 7th, 2012 During the ASUS Computex press conference last Monday, the world got to see the company's cloud strategy and upcoming Transformer tablet convertibles. What about the other models at the event? 11

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June 7th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Moreover, Apple’s iOS will maintain its steady hold of its Less feature phones and current market share of about 20% for the next five years. more smartphones The smartphone platform that the IDC predicts will Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/less-feature-phones-and-more- experience the most growth is Window’s Mobile. Declining smartphones/16187.html Symbian and BlackBerry OS market share will be snatched June 7th, 2012 up by Windows Mobile, and in five years it will be on even playing field with Apple’s iOS. 1,000 workers riot at Foxconn's Chengdu iPhone/ iPad plant The mobile phone market is forecasted to slow down in Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/1-000-workers-riot-at-foxconn-s- the coming years. According to the International Data chengdu-iphoneipad-plant/16186.html Corporation (IDC), the mobile phone market will grow about June 7th, 2012 4% year over year—the lowest annual growth rate since 2009. The mobile phone market is forecasted to slow down in the coming years. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the mobile phone market will grow about 4% year over year—the lowest annual growth rate since 2009. Analysis by the IDC reveals that the Working conditions at the Foxconn plant in Chengdu slow growth rate is due to many people holding onto doesn’t seem to get any better. According to a report their “feature phones”—non-smartphone, or “text and talk” from wantchinatimes.com, a riot consisting of nearly 1,000 phones. Global economic conditions are preventing people workers took police several hours to subdue. from purchasing newer phone models, and the IDC projects that there will be a 10.0% decline in feature phone shipments this year. Smartphone, however, will be providing some cushion for feature phone’s slow growth, as smartphone is projected to experience a 38.8% growth year over year. The growth is due to high carrier subsidies, decreased average smartphone prices, increase device varieties, and low cost data plans. Working conditions at the Foxconn plant in Chengdu doesn’t seem to be getting any better. According to a report from wantchinatimes.com, a riot consisting of nearly 1,000 workers took police several hours to subdue. The Chengdu plant is responsible for producing a massive amount Apple’s iPhones and iPads. Despite Foxconn’s/ Apple’s effort to convince the world that they’re putting a lot of effort into improving worker conditions—it doesn’t seem like whatever they’re trying is working. The riot started when guards were trying to stop a thief, and some workers, who had held grudges against the guards, tried to prevent the guards from catching the thief. What began as a few workers trying to secure a thief’s safe passage, soon escalated into nearly 1,000 workers chucking pots, pans, garbage, and even fireworks from their dormitory windows. Several workers were arrested, and some public facilities Google’s Android OS, as projected by the IDC, will continue were damaged. Forget the damages; the advent of another to be the most shipped over the next five years. However, riot at a Foxconn plant reveals that there are still a lot of its growth will hit a wall this year, and it will either maintain its market share of about 60% or decrease from there. 14

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June 7th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone tension between workers and authorities in the Chengdu plant—that is something that cannot be fixed easily. In a gamplay demo at E3 we are treated to what is initially a We don’t know what Foxconn and Apple have done exactly cutscene. Then suddenly we realise we are playing the game. to improve worker’s conditions, but whatever they’re doing, The graphics do not dumb down for gameplay and there are it hasn't convinced workers that it’s “all about worker’s no loading screens, pauses, or giveaway signals that show happiness.” that what is on screen has transitioned to actual gameplay. This is impressive to watch and the studio promises that the entire game will be like this. Star Wars 1313 wows gamers at E3 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/star-wars-1313-wows-gamers-at- Star Wars may take place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far e3/16185.html away, but with 1313 it is about to get the gritty realism of the June 7th, 2012 present-day world. A release date has not yet been revealed. See the Nintendo Wii U in LucasArts is wowing gamers at E3 with Star Wars 1313, a gritty mature-rated take on the iconic sci-fi universe with no action lightsabers, no gimmicks, and no corny dialogue - just pure Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/see-the-nintendo-wii-u-in- first-person shooter goodness. action/16184.html LucasArts is wowing gamers at E3 with Star Wars 1313, a June 7th, 2012 gritty mature-rated take on the iconic sci-fi universe with no lightsabers, no gimmicks, and no corny dialogue - just pure first-person shooter goodness. The first thing that is apparent is the unusual title for the With only one of the three next-generation consoles coming game. There's no mention of Jedi, Sith, the Rebels, Empire, out this year, Nintendo's Wii U is understandably getting a or galactic warfare. Even Bounty Hunters, which the game lot of attention at E3. Like the original Wii it is something will focus on, are not mentioned, leading to an air of mystery that has to be experienced to fully appreciate, but gamers can around the game's storyline. get some insight from a number of demonstration videos. With only one of the three next-generation consoles coming 1313 is a reference to a level in the multi-level skyscraper out this year, Nintendo's Wii U is understandably getting a planet of Coruscant, and it is on this level, deep down below lot of attention at E3. Like the original Wii it is something the glistening cityscape that fans are familiar with from the that has to be experienced to fully appreciate, but gamers can films and other games, that the criminal underworld thrives, get some insight from a number of demonstration videos. murdering and stealing their way through life. Immediately we see that this is a far cry from what we're used to in the First, check out the new gamepad itself. It has all the buttons child-friendly Star Wars canon. you'd expect from a controller, as well as touchscreen that can be used with your fingers or a stylus, effectively bringing the Nintendo DS experience to the Wii. It wouldn't be Wii without motion control, however, so it also features a motion sensor, gyro sensor and geomagnetic sensor, which not only means it can be used to perform in-game actions; it even knows when you turn around. At yesterday's presentation at E3 Nintendo revealed over two dozen games that will be coming to the Wii U, including Nintendo classics like Mario and Pikmin. Check out some of the lineup below. What is even more shocking about the game is the level of detail in the artwork, which makes the entire game look as For a more detailed look at Pikmin 3 and New Super Mario good as what other games only produce for their trailers. Star Bros. U, see the following trailers: Wars: The Old Republic, for example, had some amazing CGI videos, but the in-game art was considerably more cartoony. Star Wars 1313 defies these expectations. 15

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June 7th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone convincing; he says that the reason is because there are so many cultures involved. The real stars of the show, however, are ZombiU and Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition, both of which show off both the high-resolution graphics of the Wii U and the innovative, and what seems like just plain fun, ways of making use of the new controller. Check out the gameplay reveals, and notice the black controller, which suggests there will be two versions of the console. Nintendo is giving hands-on demos of five of the 12 themed mini-games from Nintendo Land, the “showcase” title that will likely accompany the Wii U and give players a taste of the different styles of gameplay possible with the new controller. Chris Grant from Polygon gives a good overview of what these gaming experiences are like. The Elder Scrolls Online E3 trailer and details revealed Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-elder-scrolls-online-e3-trailer- and-details-revealed/16183.html June 7th, 2012 E3 has seen a lot of focus on console gaming, but the PC market is still going strong, particularly the MMO genre, which will soon see another rival in the form of The Elder In terms of gameplay, players can choose from one of three Scrolls Online. factions, which will span the key areas of the original games: Morrowind, Dagorfall, and Skyrim. E3 has seen a lot of focus on console gaming, but the PC market is still going strong, particularly the MMO genre, which will soon see another rival in the form of The Elder The game will play fairly traditionally, allowing players Scrolls Online. considerable freedom in choosing quest lines, with some quest givers coming to the player, which is an interesting twist. The UI is also a major focus, with efforts to make At the gaming conference the developer behind the game, it as minimal as possible, to make the combat feel more ZeniMax, which is licensing the title from Bethesda, revealed immersive. a teaser trailer of what we can expect. There is no footage of combat, nor any information on how that will play out, but we can likely expect it to be a cross “Teaser” is pretty appropriate, as the video just gives us a between the Elder Scrolls games and World of Warcraft. glimpse of the various races. However, an exclusive SpikeTV interview with Paul Sage, Game Director, provides a first look at the in-game world and some additional gameplay Of course, fans of the single-player games need to bear in details. mind that while this is the same world, with its deep lore, it is not the same people behind it, as Bethesda is little more than a licenser and publisher for this title. How the game pairs up to the classics then is anyone's guess. The first thing that is apparent is that the art style is a little more cartoony than fans of the recent Skryim title The Elder Scrolls Online is due out in 2013. will be used to. This is not entirely surprising, as the game will be competing with World of Warcraft and many MMO developers claim that art needs to be toned down a little to prevent lag in such an expansive world with so many players involved. Sage's explanation for the change is less 16

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June 7th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Benchmark your Android with this Hatsune Miku app [video] Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/benchmark-your-android-with-this- hatsune-miku-app-video-/16182.html June 7th, 2012 Even if you don’t own an Android device, hit the jump to watch Hatsune Miku dance along to the Nyan Cat song! Even if you don’t own an Android device, hit the jump to watch Hatsune Miku d ance along to the Nyan Cat song! MikuMikuBench is a free Android app that lets you benchmark your device by watching Hatsune Miku dance in sync to that infectiously addictive song ( note: all three links are videos containing the Nyan Cat song, differing Of course, nobody really expects MikuMikuBench only in length. Please don’t click on any of them; curiosity to be reliable for benchmarking purposes. But just won’t kill the Nyan Cat. No, it will only feed the cat). in case you’d like to know how well your device does compared to other Androids anyway, Japanese blog Octoba has listed the MikuMikuBench scores for quite a few of them (mostly Japan-only). - IS03 … 1946 - MOTOROLA PHOTON … 2347 - IS04 … 2361 - DesireHD … 3093 - Galaxy NEXUS … 3277 (GPU rendering ON) - Xperia arc … 3884 - ARROWS Z … 3933 - Galaxy Note … 4531 If you’re going to give MikuMikuBench a whirl, do let us know what device you have A frames-per-second count on top lets you know and how high it scored via comments below. how well your device handles 3D rendering in real-time, and at the end of the song-and-dance you also get a benchmarking score that makes it PC Show 2012 Promotions: easy to compare performance between devices. Norton When not running the benchmark test, you can also Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pc-show-2012-promotions- freely spin Hatsune Miku around, zoom in and out on norton/16181.html the 3D model through “pinch” gestures, and put her in June 7th, 2012 one of a variety of still poses or animated sequences by selecting something from the scrolling menu at the bottom. Apart from Hatsune Miku, there is also a Kagamine Rin version of this app, called RinRinBench, w hich is also free to download. Norton by Symantec will be at the PC Show 2012 this week, and their star products include the Norton 360 V6 and Norton 360 Everywhere. If you're looking for these security software for your PC, be sure to check them out at various booths - Newstead (Level 3, 310), Harvey Norman (Level 4 A2026 and Level 6 B2008), Cybermind (Level 4, A2047) and Gain City (Level 4 A2028). 17

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June 7th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Norton 360 Everywhere NORTON S$39 ANTIVIRUS 2012 1 USER NORTON S$65 FREE HP x3000 ANTIVIRUS 2012 Wireless Mouse 3 USER worth $29 NORTON S$99 FREE HP x3000 ANTIVIRUS 2012 Wireless Mouse 5 USER worth $29 NORTON S$49 INTERNET SECURITY 2012 1 USER NORTON S$89 FREE HP x3000 INTERNET Wireless Mouse SECURITY 2012 1 worth $29 USER 3LIC NORTON S$149 FREE Canon The Norton 360 Everywhere will make its debut at the INTERNET iP2770 BubbleJet PC SHOW 2012. It claims to be a comprehensive security SECURITY 2012 5 Printer worth $79 solution that provides security across platforms and devices. USER Designed for users who have multiple devices and want a NORTON 360 6.0 S$65 simple, easy-to-use security solution, the software provides AP 1 USER protection for PCs, Macs, Android-based phones and tablets, NORTON 360 6.0 S$119 FREE HP wireless right out of the box. AP 1 USER 3LIC Keyboard & Mouse Norton 360 version 6.0 worth $59 NORTON 360 6.0 S$169 FREE Canon SOP 5 USER iP2770 BubbleJet Printer worth $79 NORTON 360 S$189 Debuting at the PC EVERYWHERE SHOW 2012 1.0 1 USER 5LIC Slashed down to S $159 only, limited to 50units PC Show 2012 Promotions: Seagate Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pc-show-2012-promotions- seagate/16180.html June 7th, 2012 The Norton 360 version 6.0 fine-tunes the PC's settings to keep it running at top speed. It also frees up memory so applications start up and run faster, and it removes Running out of storage on your hard drive? Well, you can unnecessary files to improve the computer's performance. check out the storage devices from various vendors at the The software can automatically back up and encrypt PC Show 2012 this week, including Seagate's GoFlex Satellite important files so that users can retrieve them in case of a and GoFlex ultra-portable drive (USB 3.0). Read on. hard drive crash, natural disaster or other mishaps. Seagate GoFlex Satellite Norton 360 version 6 and Norton 360 Everywhere can be purchased at Newstead (Level 3, 310), Harvey Norman (Level 4 A2026 and Level 6 B2008), Cybermind (Level 4, A2047) and Gain City (Level 4 A2028). DESCRIPTION SRP PC SHOW 2012 SPECIAL 18

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June 7th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone EPI - Level 3 meeting room 301 - 302 Booth 11481 PC Show 2012 Promotions: Sennheiser Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pc-show-2012-promotions- sennheiser/16179.html June 7th, 2012 Audiophiles looking for a headphone replacement or new The Seagate GoFlex Satellite mobile wireless storage device headphones may want to check out some of the great offers allows users to carry their media library with them while from Sennheiser at the PC Show 2012. Their booth can be on-the-go and wirelessly stream movies, photos, music and located at the Concourse Area on level 3, booth no. 315, by documents to their iPad, Android tablet, smartphones or Newstead as well as Song Brothers on level 6, booth no. any Wi-Fi enabled device via the GoFlex Media app or B2108. web browser. It featues a fast USB3.0/USB2.0 connection and downloadable Media Sync software that allows for Sennheiser HD 239 easy transfer of media and documents from a PC or Mac computer. Usual price: S$299 PC Show price: TBC Seagate GoFlex ultra-portable USB 3.0 drive Featuring the world-famous balance and detail of DuoFol transducers mounted in an open-aire headphone chassis, the Sennheiser HD 239 headphone is all about performance. Listeners can expect great audio precision and extraordinary balance throughout the frequency spectrum of sound. The butter-soft hybrid earpads breathe easy and contribute to The Seagate GoFlex ultra-portable USB 3.0 drive is a sleek the long-term wearability of the headphones. and lightweight hard drive that provides up to 10 times Usual Price: S$159.90 faster file transfer speeds vs. USB 2.0. It also offers huge PC Show price: TBA storage capacity, up to 1.5TB. The GoFlex ultra-portable drive is ultra-upgradable. It comes with USB 3.0 connection Sennheiser X 2 Gaming headset (backward compatible with USB 2.0) and can also be upgraded to eSATA or FireWire 800 connections simply by switching the cable. Usual price: GoFlex ultra-portable 1TB (USB 3.0) - S$229 ; GoFlex ultra-portable 1.5TB (USB 3.0): S$249 PC Show price: TBC Newstead - Level 3 315 Booth 11640 Cybermind - Level 4 A2047 Booth 11639 Pertama - Level 6 B2008 Hall 602 Booth 11639 19

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June 7th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Liquidmetal Technologies CEO confirms the use of Liquidmetal in future Apple products Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/liquidmetal-technologies-ceo- confirms-the-use-of-liquidmetal-in-future-apple-products/16178.html June 7th, 2012 CEO of Liquidmetal Technologies has confirmed that Apple will be using the glass-like metallic substance called "Liquidmetal" in upcoming products. This is exciting news Weighing a mere 54g, the newly launched X 2 is Sennheiser’s due to the strength, flexibility, and aesthetic appeal of the first ever Xbox headset, designed to provide a durable and material which could be ideally be used in Apple's iOS family robust alternative for cost-conscious gamers who do not of devices, such as the iPhone and iPad. want to compromise on quality. It comes with a noise CEO of Liquidmetal Technologies has confirmed that canceling microphone that lets you converse clearly with Apple will be using the glass-like metallic substance called your team mates. "Liquidmetal" in upcoming products. This is exciting news Usual Price: S$39 due to the strength, flexibility, and aesthetic appeal of the PC Show price: TBA material which could be ideally be used in Apple's iOS family of devices, such as the iPhone and iPad. There was a long standing rumor that liquid metal Sennheiser RS160 wireless headphone technology would be used in the iPhone 5, which turned out to be untrue. Currently, the technology is not mature enough for that. But regardless, Liquidmetal Technologies' CEO Tom Steipp stepped forward and confirmed that Apple will indeed be using the substance in future products, without any specific examples of what those products will be. The Sennheiser RS 160 is a two-part system that combines the best wireless audio quality with a truly versatile compact Concept of an iPhone made of Liquidmetal - by transmitter for listening at home, on-the-go or at the office. Antoine Brieux This wireless headphone system consists of a pair of wireless Steipp explained that Apple took a license on Liquidmetal headphones (HDR 160) and a compact transmitter (TX 160) in August of 2012, and stated that "Apple along with us which runs on AC or battery power to best accommodate are commercializing Liquidmetal in the consumer electronic your applications. space." Usual Price: S$299 Liquidmetal is a material that could very well suit Apple's PC Show price: TBA line of iOS devices, such as the iPad and iPhone. Twice as strong as Titanium, Liquidmetal could make the iPhone a far more durable product. At the same time, the material is very The Sennheiser products can be located at the Concourse flexible, with a smooth and slick finish reminiscent of liquid Area on level 3, booth no. 315, by Newstead as well as Song (hence "Liquidmetal"). Brothers on level 6, booth no. B2108. Using this material in the iPhone would give Apple an advantage over other cell phone makers- though, some would argue they already have one - because the use of Liquidmetal in the iPhone would be exclusive to Apple. The simplistic, reflective design of Apple’s products is 20

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June 7th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 7th, 2012 well known. While many try to imitate this look, the metallic-glass substance would give Apple an edge that other cell phone makers couldn't beat without using the material themselves, which would be very difficult to imitate - Liquidmetal consists of a specific mixture of many substances, including zirconium, titanium, nickel, copper and more. Warner Bros and Turbine have announced the release date and pre-order details for Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan, which introduces mounted combat and other features to the Tolkien-inspired MMO game. Lenovo reveals Windows 8 Warner Bros and Turbine have announced the release date and pre-order details for Lord of the Rings Online: Riders "ThinkPad" tablet of Rohan, which introduces mounted combat and other Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lenovo-reveals-windows-8-thinkpad- features to the Tolkien-inspired MMO game. tablet/16177.html June 7th, 2012 Lenovo revealed a new Windows 8 tablet, and demonstrated Riders of Rohan, the fourth expansion for Turbine's free-to- it to Engadget at Computex today. play title, will launch on 5 September as a digital download, increasing the level cap from 75 to 85 and adding a ton of The tablet has been unofficially titled "ThinkPad", with no new content. relation to the Android tablet of the same name. The tablet boasts a 10.1 inch screen with a 1366x768 pixel resolution and has two webcams - an 8 megapixel camera on the back, The biggest feature of the game will be mounted combat, and a 2 megapixel front facing camera. where players will employ larger War-steeds that level up and have skills and traits, adding substantial new gameplay options to the game. Players will be able to fight from atop their horse in special areas of Rohan and the horse itself will also fight, kicking and biting like any loyal steed would. Lenovo officially confirmed the tablet to CNET, and explained that the device was cooperatively developed by Microsoft, Intel and Lenovo. The representative speaking said the tablet will offer "great battery life, responsive touch performance, and great multimedia features." While there were no official details mentioned regarding You might think this gives players an unfair advantage over other specs like the processor, Engadget believes that the enemies on foot, but enemies are mounting up as well, tablet uses a type of Clover Trail processor and that the leading to roving warbands, which will give mounted players battery could live for ten hours on a single charge. a run for their money throughout the Plains of Rohan. There is no marketing information regarding the tablet - no name, no pricing, and no market ETA. This is because Windows 8 has not been released on the market yet. When it does, there will be a veritable slew of other tablets besides this one to choose from. Windows 8 is being designed with a "Metro" interface that will be available on both PC's and tablets. Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan release and pre-order details announced Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lord-of-the-rings-online-riders-of- rohan-release-and-pre-order-details-announced/16176.html 21

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June 7th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone War-steeds are inspired not only by the Horse-lords of Rohan, but by the Mearas, noble horses of extraordinary strength and intelligence, like Shadowfax, the steed Gandalf rode into battle. The customisation options for these horses will extend beyond skills, with a variety of appearances to choose from, including additional ones from the LOTRO Store. Turbine has opened pre-orders for the game immediately, with three versions to choose from: the Base Edition, retailing for $39.99, the Heroic Edition, retailing for $49.99, and the Legendary Edition, retailing for $69.99. All three versions include the Steed of Eastemnet, an exclusive Rohan horse, and the Friend of the Mark exclusive in-game title. The Heroic Edition adds the Hauberk of the Mark cosmetic piece and the Evendim, Moria and Lothlorien quest packs, which is a good deal for Premium players who Players will also get new skills for their characters and the are missing that content. The Legendary Edition is where gameplay won't all be on horesback. New armour and gear it's at, however, with the long-awaited sixth inventory bag will also be available and we can likely expect additional (available to purchase separately from the Store for those crafting options, if not a new tier altogether. There is no who buy one of the other versions), Crystal of Remembrance word on instances and raids, but it would be hard to imagine that adds an additional legacy to a Legendary Item, and an expansion without them. That said, Rise of Isengard exclusive Rohan content that will grant a unique skill for launched last year with its cluster of instances delayed by War-steeds. several months, so it is not entirely outside the realms of possibility. An expansion would not be anything without new regions to play in and Rohan is promising to be the largest region to date, nearly twice as big as Moria, the iconic and expansive location that players still sing praises about to this day. Hundreds of new quests and dozens of new deeds will be available here. And this is only Eastern Rohan. Western Rohan will be added in future updates. It would not be a Tolkien game without some good story either, so we can expect the coninuation of the Epic Story. Players will witness the breaking of the Fellowship at Amon Hen, will forge alliances with the Ents of Fangorn, and will aid Éomer, adopted son of King Théoden, as he tries to protect Rohan from the forces of Sauron. Those who pre-order any version will get immediate bonuses, including a statted Rohan Elite Guard cloak, and a Rohan Soldier appearance for Soldiers on Landscape, the recently added feature that expands Skirmish Soldiers to the wider world. The Heroic and Legendary Editions also provide the Outrider's Token, which grants +25% XP for all characters up to level 75, helping get players more quickly into the action throughout Rohan. 22

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June 9th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks! an oxymoron since every companies want to rake in the cash, VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly but how does Apple intend to keep its image of “quality” and publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the “consumers come first” if—by chance—Apple gets accused of geeks. more false advertisement in the future? Sergey Brin and Larry Page How will Apple's false to undergo FTC antitrust advertisement affect probe consumer's views? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sergey-brin-and-larry-page-to- Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/how-will-apple-s-false- undergo-ftc-antitrust-probe/16224.html advertisement-affect-consumer-s-views-/16225.html June 9th, 2012 June 9th, 2012 Despite Apple’s strict quality standard in all aspects of their products, the company has agreed to a $2.25 The Google Empire has grown so much that the Federal million settlement in Australian court because of false Trade Commission is stepping in to try to slow it down. Next advertisement on their latest iPad product. The penalty up on the FTC's agenda are, according to Bloomberg.com, incurred by Apple may be a small fee for misleading probing sessions for Sergey Brin (co-founder of Google) and customers, but how will it influence consumer's view of Larry Page (CEO of Google). Apple in the future? The Google Empire has grown so much that the Federal Trade Commission is stepping in to try to slow it down. Next up on the FTC's agenda are, according to Bloomberg.com, probing sessions for Sergey Brin (co-founder of Google) and Larry Page (CEO of Google). Despite Apple’s strict quality standard in all aspects of their products, the company has agreed to a $2.25 million settlement in Australian court because of false advertisement on their latest iPad product. The penalty incurred by Apple may be a small fee for misleading customers, but how will it influence consumer's view of Apple in the future? The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission claimed that the third generation iPad did not support true 4G LTE as advertised. Although Apple has agreed to settle, the presiding Australian judge has yet to give his approval on the settlement. Apple has since changed its iPad product from “iPad WiFi + 4G” to “iPad WiFi + Cellular.” Two million dollars is a small loss for the multibillion dollar company, but losing a false advertisement lawsuit makes one think that Apple cares more about making money than delivering quality product. Of course the prior statement is (Left: Brin, Right: Page) 1

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June 9th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Suspicion of Google’s unfair advertisement practice in its grant Apple patents that essentially banned the Galaxy Tab search engine will be the FTC’s target in the upcoming 10.1 in Australia. disposition. Google announced that the FTC had begun a Samsung is seeking revision to the following patents: review of their business practice on June 24th last year, and the FTC announced that it hope to finish its investigation by • 2006330724 - Unlocking a device by performing the end of this year. gestures on an unlock image (Granted April 1, 2010) Google’s big-wigs are not riding the hope that the FTC won’t • 2007283771 - Portable electronic device for photo sue them, and they have opted to hire Williams & Connolly management (Granted May 20, 2010) LLP as counsel for their upcoming interview. William & • 2008201540 - List scrolling and document translation, Connolly LLP have represented some major figures such as scaling, and rotation on a touch-screen display Bill Clinton and Edward Kennedy, so it seems like Google’s (Granted February 11, 2010) execs are getting ready for a possibility of an antitrust suit. • 2009200366 - List scrolling and document Jill Hazelbacker, spokeswoman for Google, says that Google translation, scaling, and rotation on a touch screen has no intention of not cooperating with the FTC’s display (Granted July 23, 2009) investigation. “We are happy to explain our business to regulators and answer any questions they may have,” she In the eye of consumers, petty patent wars may mean that says. tech companies are money hoarding conglomerates. On the other hand, Samsung may think that their Galaxy Tab 10.1 is The question still remains, has the FTC gathered enough a wonderful piece of tech that should be in the hands of every evidence to file an antitrust suit against one of the wealthiest Aussie. Suing a company for patent infringements is older company in history? than the dinosaurs, but suing the people that grant patents is relatively new. Samsung sues patent commissioner in Australian ZTE Tania added to lineup of Federal court Windows Phone Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-sues-patent-commissioner- Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/zte-tania-added-to-lineup-of- in-australian-federal-court/16223.html windows-phone/16222.html June 9th, 2012 June 9th, 2012 What can a company do when it loses a patent battle to its opponent? Perhaps, the loser can give up and move on, but Last month Microsoft claimed that Windows Phones were with Samsung losing is not an option. Instead of giving up its outselling iPhones in China, and the entrance of ZTE Tania patent battle with Apple in Australia, Samsung is now suing into the WP arena may just back up that claim. the Australian patent commissioner. What can a company do when it loses a patent battle to its opponent? The loser can just give up and move on, but with Samsung losing is not an option. Instead of giving up its patent battle in Australia with Apple, Samsung is now suing the Australian patent commissioner. Last month Microsoft claimed that Windows Phones were outselling iPhones in China, and the entrance of ZTE into the According to itnews.com.au, Samsung has filed a statement WP arena may just back up that claim. of claim in Australian Federal court on May 22 to review the patent commissioner’s decision (between 2009 and 2010) to ZTE has been all over the place with regards to its smartphone development. Two weeks ago rumors emerged 2

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June 9th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone that ZTE was trying to take over the crown of “world’s thinnest smartphone,” and this week there’s physical evidence that ZTE will release the Tania for China Unicom. The Tania will boast a 4.3’’ 800 x 480 display, 512 MB RAM, 1.4 GHz CPU, 4 GB of internal storage, and a 5 megapixel rear camera. Can we say Windows Phone is starting to surge? Or do we have to wait a little longer to see it’s just a momentary adrenaline rush by manufacturers? Windows 8 provides improved Another improvement that the team touched upon in Windows 8 was communication via chat clients that require multimedia performance and sending and receiving video and audio. They claimed that Windows 8 will have an automatic switch which recognizes uses less power when the system is using its encoding/decoding hardware Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/windows-8-provides-improved- for communication or playback. When the PC is used for multimedia-performance-and-uses-less-power/16221.html communication (i.e. Skype) the hardware will switch to low June 9th, 2012 latency mode, which provides for less delay between video/ audio transmissions. “In playback mode, the average latency of the pipeline is about 575ms. This delay is necessary for a smooth playback experience when consuming video, but unacceptable for The much anticipated release of Windows 8 may have a real-time video communication. In low latency mode, on the lot to do with its new user interface, and optimization for other hand, the measured latency is well under the target touchscreen devices, but the Windows 8 team also claim goal at each of the measured video resolutions,” says Steven that the new OS will come with improved multimedia Sinofsky, the team’s blog poster. performance while utilizing less system resources. These benchmarks may be impressive, but real world The much anticipated release of Windows 8 may have a consumer experiences may differ. The Windows 8 team's lot to do with its new user interface, and optimization for claims will be put up to the test soon as Windows 8 is touchscreen devices, but the Windows 8 team also claim rumored to drop around October this year. that the new OS will come with improved multimedia performance while utilizing less system resources. Analyst predicts Apple will reveal third MacBook line next week Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/analyst-predicts-apple-will-reveal- third-macbook-line-next-week/16215.html June 9th, 2012 In today’s blog post on msdn.com, the Windows 8 team revealed some remarkable data of how their revamped Windows 8 multimedia platform managed to decrease CPU Ming-Chi Kuo, KGI Securities analyst expressed his belief utilization by over 50% across various environments. For in a report issued today that Apple will release a thinner, example, WMV decoding required 32% CPU utilization in Retina-equipped Mac notebook next week. Kuo is also of Windows 7, but in Windows 8 it was cut to just 14%. the opinion that Apple will discontinue its line of 17-inch MacBook Pro's. The team credits some of their feat to their partnership with the “silicon chip industry,” because the significant drop in Ming-Chi Kuo, KGI Securities analyst expressed his belief CPU utilization is due to the addition of dedicated hardware in a report issued today that Apple will release a thinner, which takes over most of the multimedia decoding / Retina-equipped Mac notebook next week. Kuo is also of encoding process. the opinion that Apple will discontinue its line of 17-inch MacBook Pro's. “With Windows 8 running on a Windows 8 certified PC, video decoding for common media formats will be offloaded to a dedicated hardware subsystem for media. This allows us to significantly lower CPU usage, resulting in smoother video playback and a longer battery life, as the dedicated media hardware is much more efficient than the CPU at media decoding.” 3

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June 9th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Apple to dish out $2.2 million for Australian 4G blunder Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-to-dish-out-2.2-million-for- australian-4g-blunder/16214.html June 9th, 2012 Apple was accused of misleading the Australian public by advertising the iPad as 4G compatible, even though it could not connect to any of the 4G LTE networks in Australia. Apple has agreed to pay about $2.2 million to make amends for it. According to the report, Apple was accused of misleading the Australian public by advertising the iPad as 4G compatible, even though it could "We expect Apple (US) to unveil a new MacBook series not connect to any of the 4G LTE networks in Australia. independent from the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines Apple has agreed to pay about $2.2 million to make amends at Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. We for it. expect the new MacBook to have the following features: (1) Basic 13" model to be priced at US$1,199 (2) No disc drive (3) To come in both SSD and HDD (4) Lighter and slimmer than MacBook Pro, with equal computing power (5) Retinal display with tapered edge, larger battery capacity" Kuo thinks that this notebook will be released alongside upgraded versions of Apple's existing 13-inch and 15-inch notebooks, being reluctant to get rid of the 13-inch model due to its incredible popularity. Kuo has predicted in the past that Apple will discontinue In the U.S, what's advertised as 4G is often just a souped up its 17-inch MacBook Pro, and continues to affirm this point, version of 3G. This is called HSPA+, as opposed to HSPA citing estimates that the computer constitutes only 1% of (3G). In other countries - or at least Australia - this practice Apple's notebook sales. is not apparently acceptable. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission called Apple out for advertising the iPad as being 4G compatible even thought it could not connect to any of the country's real 4G LTE networks. The iPad's LTE chip is compatible with 700 MHz and 2100 MHz bands. Meanwhile, Australia's 700 MHz band is occupied by Television broadcasts, and the only other option is the 1800 MHz band, which the iPad cannot connect to. While Apple has agreed to refund Australian customers who believed that the iPad would be compatible with 4G LTE, the Note that the mention in this image of an independent company is also going to be dishing out $2.2 million dollars graphics chip under the 13" MacBook Pro is an error - it for the ordeal as well, according to The Australian. should be integrated graphics Right now, on its Australian website, Apple is not advertising Apple's WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) is the iPad as 4G compatible. It does use the term "ultrafast going to be held from next Monday to Friday. Everybody is, wireless"; although, it would seem that this entire situation therefore, watching next week to see what products of the proves Apple can't really compete with the fastest networks annual rumor mill will be confirmed or denied. The same in the country - not yet, in any case. goes for this story, which is only one of many that project The 700 MHz band will be cleared up for wireless devices in new products/upgrades for the WWDC event. Australia in 2013. 4

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June 9th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone While it may be another year or two before these WiFi Speeds Set to Increase devices hit the market, and even longer before they become as ubiquitous as WiFi has, the future of wireless in a Few Years communication between devices is looking very promising. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/wifi-speeds-set-to-increase-in-a-few- years/16213.html More information can be found here. June 9th, 2012 The Hotmail Metro makeover Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-hotmail-metro- makeover/16220.html June 9th, 2012 Thanks to a new specification utilizing the 60GHz band of the wireless spectrum, you can look forward to streaming HD video seamlessly from one device to another, or transferring massive files in the blink of an eye, though it Leaked images of Microsoft Hotmail’s new look may lead will take a few years for the technology to be common in the you to think that Microsoft is trying to consolidate the marketplace. appearance of all their user interfaces on just about all WiFi is set to see a dramatic speed increase in the next few platforms (Windows, Hotmail, Live, etc). years, with faster routers and new devices capable of taking Leaked images of Microsoft Hotmail’s new look may lead advantage of the incredible speeds offered by the newest you to think that Microsoft is trying to consolidate the specifications. Known as 802.11ac and 802.11ad, these appearance of all their user interfaces on just about all specifications will allow for far faster data transfer speeds platforms (Windows, Hotmail, Live, etc). than is currently possible. 802.11ac operates along the 5GHz spectrum and is designed for whole-home coverage, but the Windows 8 Metro interface may be just the beginning largest speed increase will come from the 802.11ad devices. to a total overhaul of most of Microsoft’s user platforms. Operating in the 60Ghz frequency, this specification allows Hotmail is the latest recipient of Microsoft’s metro for transfer speeds of up to 7Gbps, orders of magnitude makeover. Although the leaked images look eerily similar greater than the 802.11n specification, the current fastest to Google’s Gmail current looks, it does seem like Microsoft implementation of wireless technology. is making an attempt at trying to boost usability of their upcoming Windows 8 by making their Hotmail branch look The WiFi Alliance, the international organization similar to the new OS. responsible for certifying and approving new standards and devices, expects that 802.11ac product certification will Below are some leaked images of the new Hotmail UI: begin in early 2013, but 802.11ad won’t begin until late next year, possibly longer. The certification process for the latter may not even include routers or modems. Many of the uses for 802.11ad are shorter-range than current wireless networks are set up for, with data being transferred within the same room rather than across a building; the signal is limited by the wavelength, since signals at 60GHz are much more easily blocked than signals with lower frequencies. The first devices to utilize 802.11ad are expected to be small devices like ultrabooks, smartphones, and televisions; imagine sending an HD video straight from your phone or laptop to your TV with no lag or compression, or a thin, light laptop that communicates with a docking station, which contains all the networking and expansion ports for the laptop, at speeds nearing USB3.0 wirelessly. These types of devices are the first kind expected to utilize 802.11ad. Research has already been happening in Singapore, as well as the United States, as far back as 2009 with the goal of producing chips that communicate on the 60GHz band in small, efficient packages. A prototype was revealed last year with signal speeds of 2 Gbps, less than half of the first confirmed device’s 4.6Gbps and almost a quarter of the maximum speed of the specification, but the developers claim that the slower speed allows their chip to use less than 15% of the power required for a device operating at maximum speed, making it perfect for use in hardware like tablets and smartphones, where efficiency and power consumption are the top concerns for any technology. 5

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June 9th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone their product lineup may carry over to the MacBook lineup. According to a recent KGI analyst report, Apple may opt to call all their laptops MacBook in the future—dropping the “Air” and “Pro” from their current various lineup of MacBook laptops. Apple ditched the numerical system of the iPad and opted to call their latest tablet “the new iPad,” and the restructuring of their product lineup may carry over to the MacBook lineup. According to a recent KGI analyst report, Apple may opt to call all their laptops MacBook in the future—dropping the “Air” and “Pro” from their current various lineup of MacBook laptops. Rumored specs for the “new Macbook” include—but not limited to—disposing of current LCD tech and going with the high resolution Retina display. Furthermore, the all-in- one MacBooks will be slimmer than, and as powerful as, an “upgraded” 2012 MacBook Pro. The projected price point for an upgraded 2012 MacBook Pro will be the same as the new MacBook--$1,799. However, the new 15’’ MacBook will boast a 2880 x 1800 Retina display while the upgraded 2012 15’’ MacBook Pro will retain its current 1440 x 900 display. If the rumors for the new MacBook are true, then consumers will likely opt for the new MacBook instead of the Pro version. Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI expects that Apple intends to keep the MacBook Pro line on the table until consumer switches over to the new MacBook completely, and why wouldn’t they? The main ingredients to Apple’s new MacBook recipe include the following: The “Newmail” portion of the makeover is just a placeholder, • Slimmer form factor, 18mm for 13’’ model and 19mm and it will most likely revert back to “Hotmail” once the new for 15’’ model interface goes live. So don’t worry about your @hotmail, because it won’t be changed to @newmail—at least most of • No optical drive on any new MacBook us hope it won’t. • Retina display: 2560 x 1600 for 13’’ and 2880 x 1800 Sources that obtained the leaked images report that the for 15’’ Hotmail makeover isn’t just for appearance sake, but it’s • 50% narrower display edges compared to current also “faster and cleaner”—more emphasis on the faster. MacBook Pros The source also states that the new Hotmail UI provide • 15-20% increase in battery capacity a much more “simple, [and] fluid…interactive design,” that optimizes for enhanced functionalities on mobile devices The arrival of the Retina display into the MacBook lineup such as tablets and smartphones. may be the biggest factor that will persuade consumers to adopt the MacBook brand as a singular entity. Expect all Apple fans to brag about their high resolution MacBooks in Apple may add Retina display the future—and yes, they won’t be referring to their laptops and dispose of "Pro" in as “Air” or “Pro”, just MacBook. MacBooks Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-may-add-retina-display-and- Microsoft's proposed dispose-of-pro-in-macbooks/16219.html June 9th, 2012 detachable dual screen smartphone Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-s-proposed-detachable- Apple ditched the numerical system of the iPad and opted to dual-screen-smartphone/16218.html call their latest tablet “the new iPad,” and the restructuring of 6

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June 9th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 9th, 2012 swag, you will get some curious eyes if your phone rings and you broke your phone in half just to take the call. Due to the source's request, vr-zone cannot display all the images in regards to Microsoft's proposed detachable dual screen smartphone, but you can view all the images as well as the related article here. Microsoft isn’t even close to catching up with Android or iOS in the smartphone race, but that doesn’t mean it’s Nokia take over by Samsung not conjuring up new ideas to promote their Windows very unlikely Phone platform. In a recent patent publishing, we find Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-take-over-by-samsung-very- that Microsoft is working on a detachable dual display unlikely/16217.html smartphone. June 9th, 2012 The Lumia 900 had a relatively lack luster launch, and that speaks volume for its maker, Nokia. There have been rumors that a Nokia take over is inevitable since its current business strategies are taking it nowhere, but south. The Nokia Lumia 900 had a relatively lack luster launch, and that speaks volume for its maker, Nokia. There have been Microsoft isn’t even close to catching up with Android or rumors that a Nokia take over is inevitable since its current iOS in the smartphone race, but that doesn’t mean it’s business strategies are taking it nowhere but south. not conjuring up new ideas to promote their Windows Essentially, all the news about Nokia currently revolves Phone platform. In a recent patent publishing, we find around the Lumia 900 or an imminent take over. Sales of the that Microsoft is proposing a detachable dual display Lumia 900, according to various sources, seems to be “OK,” smartphone. but the Nokia Windows smartphone just can’t keep up with The detachable displays basically have the same function as a Android or iPhone. Many of us may wonder if a union, if at Bluetooth headset and a smartphone, but with the exception all possible, between Nokia and Android may have saved the that the Bluetooth headset has a built in screen. Okay, I may drowning phone maker. be over simplifying Microsoft’s detachable screens, but, in One recent rumor is that the South Korean tech giant function, it is what it is—that is, you can talk on one display Samsung maybe the one to intervene in Nokia’s dying while viewing other things on another display. hours and help it survive, but that’s a farfetched tale. With Microsoft’s planned dual displays smartphone, a user Nokia and Samsung both make smartphones, but Samsung can use one display for voice service, and the other for data has dedicated itself to the Android platform while Nokia service. For instance, you can talk to your business partner to Windows. Integrating the two companies’ business about his proposal with one screen while viewing his PDF strategies and infrastructures will make it complicated for document with the other screen. both parties—hence, a Samsung takeover of Nokia is very The two displays, in essence, works as two multi-touch unlikely. devices that have direct access to each others’ components. Microsoft, however, is likely to be Nokia’s savior as the two Each display will have various sensors built into them have strong ties with each other through their smartphone so that they can recognize each other’s proximity, and relationship. Google took over Motorola Mobility and now functions. Users can drag and drop icons from one displays it’s a Googlerola Android smartphone, so the possibility of to another, or manipulate files using one display while a Micronokia Windows smartphone isn’t beyond anyone’s viewing those manipulations in real-time on the other. fantasy. Hence, there may be a possibility that you can use one However, ever since rumors of a possible Samsung takeover display as a multi-touch keypad to edit a word document of Nokia started, market shares of Nokia have risen by about displayed on the second display. 6%, after a 40% fall the last three months. Will the rumors For simplicity sake, a Bluetooth headset and a smartphone help Nokia regain its 40%? Not likely, but if anyone want to will accomplish many of the functions of Microsoft’s proposed dual screen smartphone, but in terms of tech- 7

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June 9th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone take a big gamble and bet on a Samsung-Nokia union, it may to enhance FPS gaming. Although FPS gamers represent provide for a big pay day. Again, it is very unlikely. a significant portion of the gaming community, RPG and strategy games are equally popular. We believe that this fact led Corsair to design and release the Vengeance Unreal Engine 4 is more K90 Mechanical Keyboard and the M90 Gaming Mouse, peripherals designed with RPG/RTS gamers in mind, both powerful but requires less of which we are going to examine and review today. horsepower Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/unreal-engine-4-is-more-powerful- Manufacturer’s features and specifications but-requires-less-horsepower/16216.html June 9th, 2012 Vengeance K90 Performance FPS Mechanical Keyboard • Light, responsive Cherry MX Red mechanical switches for fast, efficient gaming action • 45g actuation Force • 2mm to actuation and 4mm to bottom The Unreal Engine (UE) 3, which powers a variety of high profile video games, requires some major horsepower to pull • Rated for 50 million operations its dynamics and particles, but all that may change with the • Gold contacts upcoming UE4. • Tuned silicon dome keyswitches: F1 through F12, Esc, The Unreal Engine (UE) 3, which powers a variety of high PrtScn, Scroll Lock, Pause/Break, Insert, Home, Page profile video games, requires some major horsepower to pull Up Page Down, Delete, and End its dynamics and particles, but all that may change with the upcoming UE4. • Three banks of eighteen G Macro Keys with Macro Record and Bank Select hot keys During the last E3 event, the UE3 “Samaritan” demo ran off not one or two, but three GeForce GTX 580. At the 2012 E3, • 36Kb of onboard memory for storing up to three sets however, UE4 ran an impressive “Elemental” demo using of eighteen G keys for gaming on the go only just one GTX 680—that’s right, one. • On-the-fly, macro recording A single 580 is not as powerful as a single 680, but three 580 • Laser-etched, backlit keys with four illumination levels is. What does this mean? Yes, you’ve guessed it; upcoming (off, 66%, 75%, and full illumination) selectable from games utilizing the UE4 may not require some extreme rig the keyboard to pull off all the in game fancies. Furthermore, the UE4 will include real time visual scripting (Kismet 2) so users edited • Six multimedia keys — Stop, Previous, Play/Pause, codes will be in effect immediately. Next, Mute, Volume Up/Down — with Solid metal, weighted volume "drum roller" • Windows Lock key for uninterrupted game play Corsair Vengeance K90 • Metal top plate for increased strength, durability and Mechanical Keyboard & M90 rigidity Gaming Mouse Review • USB pass-through connector giving easy access to a Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/corsair-vengeance-k90-mechanical- USB port on the back of the keyboard (USB 2.0/1.1/1.0) keyboard--m90-gaming-mouse-review/16212.html • USB Connector with gold plated contacts June 9th, 2012 • 2m non-tangle cable • Adjustable feet tilt for optimum personalization and positioning A few weeks ago we had a look at the Vengeance K60 Vengeance M90 Gaming Mouse Mechanical Keyboard and the M60 Gaming Mouse from Corsair, a set of gaming peripherals designed specifically • 5700 DPI Avago Technologies ADNS-9500 to enhance FPS gaming. Although FPS gamers represent LaserStream Gaming Sensor a significant portion of the gaming community, RPG and • Adjustable DPI in 100 DPI increments strategy games are equally popular. We believe that this • 1000Hz/500Hz/250Hz/125Hz — fact led Corsair to design and release the Vengeance 1msec/2msec/4msec/8msec response time — user K90 Mechanical Keyboard and the M90 Gaming Mouse, selectable peripherals designed with RPG/RTS gamers in mind, both of which we are going to examine and review today. • Tracking rate of up to 165 inches per second, up to 30g acceleration, automatic frame rate control A few weeks ago we had a look at the Vengeance K60 Mechanical Keyboard and the M60 Gaming Mouse from • Adjustable lift distance - Five selectable levels to fit Corsair, a set of gaming peripherals designed specifically your play style 8

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June 9th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone • Surface quality detection • 15 programmable buttons Angry Birds might be good fun and extremely popular, but it's probably one of the last games we would think of that • Nine ergonomically placed, side-mounted would benefit from the high-definition treatment. Cartoon programmable buttons 2D graphics just tend not to look noticeably different with a • Comfortable ergonomic design with soft-touch higher resolution. The short-sighted among us might benefit surfaces and grip improving textures from the larger displays on a TV screen, but we could just as easily hold our smartphones and tablets closer to our faces • Omron left and right click switches rated for eight for the same effect. million operations • 48KB of on-board memory for storing up to six "on the go" profiles with active profile LED Casual mobile gaming like Angry Birds is typically seen as a threat to the console market, but if it can actually • Aluminum metal frame and base for improved rigidity tap into the latter and help it grow, perhaps with some and mass distribution unique gameplay features (Wii U motion-controlled bird- • Solid metal, weighted scroll wheel with rubberized catapulting, anyone?), then it might just be more of an asset scroll surface for improved finger traction control and than a threat. feel • Ultra Low Friction PTFE pads for smooth performance and accurate gliding Nintendo wants low price for • USB Connector with gold plated contacts Wii U • 1.8m lightweight non-tangle cable Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nintendo-wants-low-price-for-wii- u/16210.html June 9th, 2012 Activision confirms Angry Birds HD for consoles Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/activision-confirms-angry-birds-hd- for-consoles/16211.html June 9th, 2012 Nintendo is aiming for a low price for its Wii U next- Bird-flinging pig-squashing action is coming to consoles generation console that it expects will leave consumers with the release of Angry Birds HD, according to the game's “pleasantly surprised.” developers. Nintendo is aiming for a low price for its Wii U next- generation console that it expects will leave consumers In an unusual move, Activision plans to release the casual “pleasantly surprised.” game for consoles in full high-definition, with more details only weeks away. Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo America, told IGN that “unlike our competitors when they've launched "We'll have some news for you in about two weeks," historical systems to maybe start at a really high price and Activision told The Escapist. "Wait until you see Angry Birds work their way down, we don't believe in that. We want to on consoles in HD." launch at a price that's going to represent an ongoing great value.” He compared the company's plan to that of the Wii, which stayed at a $250 price tag for a long time. He said Nintendo wants to launch at a price it can sustain over a significant period. “I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised, if you will, about the way we're managing the value equation," he added. It is not clear what consoles we can expect the game on and if it will be a download-only title or something that finds its way onto store shelves. 9

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June 9th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone ASUS sneaks in a dual-port Thunderbolt expansion card during Computex Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-sneaks-in-a-dual-port- thunderbolt-expansion-card-during-computex/16209.html June 9th, 2012 Every year at Computex Taipei, certain vendors have this He does not believe competing products will affect annoying practice of slipping in new products throughout Nintendo's business model, either. "We don't look at what the 5-day event, unannounced of course, hence the need for other people are doing; we step back and say, 'What would be us journos to re-visit the show halls to see what we've left out. fun? What would be unique? What would be different?'” He ASUS previously showed off the ThunderboltEX expansion expects gamers to get the Wii U for Mario, Zelda and other card for select Z77/H77 motherboards and potential support Nintendo franchises, as well as the multiplatform games on upcoming AMD AM3+ boards, and today they sneaked from third-party developers, suggesting there is no need for in a dual Thunderbolt port expansion card featuring the an additional game system. more expansive but full fledged Intel Cactus Ridge 4C host controller. Every year at Computex Taipei, certain vendors have this Exactly what the price will be is under wraps for now, but annoying practice of slipping in new products throughout Nintendo has likely learned from the poor initial sales of the the 5-day event, unannounced of course, hence the need for 3DS, when it cut the price from $250 to $169.99 just a few us journos to re-visit the show halls to see what we've left out. months after launch. Nintendo will want to avoid a repeat ASUS previously showed off the ThunderboltEX expansion scenario by pricing the Wii U as low as possible to begin with card for select Z77/H77 motherboards and potential support in order to achieve the “mass market product” the company on upcoming AMD AM3+ boards, a nd today they sneaked in is aiming for. a dual Thunderbolt port expansion card featuring the more expansive but full fledged Intel DSL3510 Cactus Ridge 4C host controller. There is some potential that the Wii U could be priced at $250 or maybe even less. The hardware, while significantly better than the Wii, is not exactly top of the range by Like its single port sibling, the ThunderboltEX/Dual plugs today's standards, so it won't cost Nintendo an arm and into a PCIe x4 slot and has a cable to interface with a leg, and thus won't bump up prices unnecessarily. The the TB_HEADER pinout on select ASUS Z77/H77 or system could come with just the new controller, relying upcoming AM3+ motherboards. Two full-sized DisplayPort on the fact that many people will already have one or interconnect cables are provided to encapsulate DP signals two Wiimotes from their existing Wii system. Nintendo from the graphics card output with the Thunderbolt data will probably also market a bundle for completely new streams. customers. The “barebones” approach will keep costs down and make the Wii U very attractive for lower budgets and even hardcore gamers who plan to eventually buy an Xbox 720 or PlayStation 4. 10

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June 9th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Equipped with an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor and the latest DIGIC 5 imaging processor, the new EOS 650D features a 3-inch 3:2 ratio Vari-angle ClearView LCD II capacitive touchscreen that lets you do the familiar touch gestures including swiping and pinching. The display also comes with anti-smudge coating and reduced reflective glare when taking pictures under bright conditions. The EOS 650D incorporates a host of improved functions and new creative imaging features such as wide ISO range from 100 to 12800 (expandable to 25600), Multi Shot Noise Reduction function whereby the camera can shoot four consecutive shots and automatically merge and align to compensate for noise while improving detail and definition. With the new Handheld Night Scene mode, photographers can capture dark scenes without using a tripod. Canon has also improved the EOS Scene Detection technology. Users can now apply In case you missed it earlier, ASUS also teased Thunderbolt the effects (Grainy/Black & White, Soft Focus, Toy Camera, support on upcoming revised AMD AM3+ motherboards. Miniature, Art Bold,Water Painting, & Fish-eye) directly to their pictures without additional post-processing on the computer. Canon launches EOS 650D, In addition to the EOS 650D, Canon has also announced world's first digital SLR the EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and the EF40mm f/2.8 camera with touch panel STM. The EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM features reduced Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/canon-launches-eos-650d-world-s- chromatic aberration with the inclusion of one UD lens first-digital-slr-camera-with-touch-panel/16208.html element and one PMo aspherical lens element. The EF40mm June 9th, 2012 f/2.8 STM comes in an ultra-compact and lightweight design, with a fast f/2.8 aperture, 7-blade circular aperture and aspherical lens elements to achieve high image quality. While the EOS 650D is announced today, you will not see the camera at this week's PC Show 2012 in Singapore. According to the company, the EOS 650D with the EF- S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens will be available from all Canon has announced their new EOS 650D for amateur Canon authorized dealers at the end of June. The EOS 650D photographers. The latest addition in the EOS range claims with EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens will be available to be the world's first digital SLR camera with intuitive around mid July. touch panel, and features continuous AF Servo and powerful Pricing is as follow:- DIGIC 5 imaging processor. Body only - S$1,149 EOS 650D with Kit I (with EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II) - S$1,299 EOS 650D with Kit II (with EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM) - S$1,699 11

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June 9th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone ASUS's AMD AM3+ Motherboards to get Intel Thunderbolt support? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-s-amd-am3-motherboards-to- get-intel-thunderbolt-support-/16207.html June 9th, 2012 In one of the more intriguing discoveries during a relatively lackluster Computex, our counterparts at Chinese VR- Zone spotted an interesting feature on the upcoming ASUS ROG Crosshair V Formula-Z and other refreshed AMD The mainstream M5A99FX PRO R2.0 and M5A99X EVO AM3+ motherboards - Intel Thunderbolt support! R2.0... Over at the ASUS Computex booth at Nangang, we noticed a top to bottom refresh of all of the motherboard giant's Sockets AM3+ offerings for the AMD Bulldozer FX/Phenom II processors. We badgered a product manager for details and he answered with a cryptic "meet Windows 8 WHQL requirements" without elaborating on the changes. First we looked at the upcoming ROG Crosshair V Formula- Z (revised C5F), sneakily displayed at the bottom of a glass case. From what we know, the memory overclock capabilities of the board have been fine-tuned and storage options buffed up (internal SATA gains two ports and eSATA another additional port). The onboard sound solution was also bumped to Supreme FX III. ... also with the miracle header at the edge of the respective boards. And then we saw something in the corner... Thunderbolt expansion header (TB_HEADER) for their new ThunderboltEX add-in card (more on that futher down). 12

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June 9th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone And on the Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 too... What makes this discovery controversial is the fact that AMD is not part of the Thunderbolt group and has criticized the proprietary standard in the past, demonstrating their The function of the TB_HEADER pinout is for power and to alternative “Lightning Bolt” at CES this year. Intel is also send/receive signalling information (for hot plug and pray the only one supplying the Thunderbolt chips and has kept events) between the ThunderboltEX expansion card and the a tight leash over who or what gets the development kit motherboard BIOS, the former being announced this week and certification. Not to mention the tedious BIOS and for adding Thunderbolt functionality to select ASUS Z77 nightmare O/S driver integration for the current handful motherboards. The card itself requires a PCIe x4 slot and devices to work on Windows. probably uses a Cactus Ridge 2C host router (only has one It remains to been seen whether Intel will allow ASUS to Thunderbolt port as opposed to the 4C variant which has bridge this divide… two). Another full-sized DisplayPort interconnect cable is provided to encapsulate DP signals from the graphics card with the Thunderbolt data streams. O2 Set to Block Access to Pirate Bay Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/o2-set-to-block-access-to-pirate- bay/16204.html 13

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June 9th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 9th, 2012 causes an apparent physical change in the screen before receding back into the screen when no longer needed. After receding, there is reportedly no after-image of the button; the screen is as smooth as it was to begin with. The panel is a flat, transparent surface that adds little to no thickness to a standard display, as it becomes incorporated The latest British ISP to announce compliance with a court- into the display stack. This allows manufacturers to create ordered block of The Pirate Bay is O2, along with their devices with all-new ergonomics and form factors, since subsidiary Be Broadband. they no longer need to worry about where the screen and More European ISPs are blocking access to The Pirate Bay, keyboard are in relation to what the user is seeing. When with British ISP O2 preparing to block its customers from the technology is triggered, the layer deforms around the the popular file-sharing site at 0001 GMT on June 8th. This required area, creating buttons or shapes of specific sizes, also means that customers of Be Broadband, a subsidiary heights, and firmness on the surface of the screen. These company of O2, will also lose access to the site. buttons can be seen and interacted with just like real, physical buttons. O2 is the latest ISP to acquiesce to an order by the High Court in April; a judge ruled that The Pirate Bay was in fact The new technology will be on display at SID in the I-Zone, facilitating copyright infringement by providing links from using a prototype Android-powered tablet. The original which pirated content could be downloaded. In a statement, press release can be read here. A video showing off the new O2 said that “[t]he main UK internet providers were ordered tech can be seen here. by the high court to block access to specific IP addresses and URLs used by The Pirate Bay website. We have no option but Apple Seeks Injunction to comply with this order and will be doing so overnight.” Be Broadband also posted a message about the measures, in Against Samsung Galaxy S III this case on their company blog, stating that “[o]ur parent company was one of the named ISPs so we are obliged to in U.S. comply. We wouldn’t choose to do this voluntarily but we Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-seeks-injunction-against- need to comply with UK laws just like any UK business. samsung-galaxy-s-iii-in-u.s./16200.html We’re aware of the concerns voiced by members about the June 9th, 2012 broader issue.” Of the ISPs featured in the court order, only TalkTalk has yet to comply with a block of the Swedish-based file sharing site. BT also has yet to block access to the site, but they were granted extra time to make the necessary arrangements; a spokesman for the ISP said that they would be making an Apple is seeking to include Samsung's Galaxy S III announcement “in due course.” smartphone, yet to be released in the U.S., in the litigation against Samsung regarding the Galaxy Nexus they co- developed with Google. New Haptic Interface Late last Tuesday, Apple brought a motion against Samsung Developed, Will Be formally asking the court for permission to add the Samsung Showcased at SID Galaxy S III as another product affected by their motion Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/new-haptic-interface-developed-will- for an injunction against the Galaxy Nexus, which Samsung be-showcased-at-sid/16203.html co-developed with Google. The current litigation against June 9th, 2012 Samsung is its second in California’s courts, and this motion shows Apple is taking the offensive against Android. Earlier in the week Apple filed a complaint with the ITC seeking an immediate importation ban on 29 HTC devices that allegedly infringe on Apple’s patents. The same patent used against HTC, a “data-tapping” patent, is one of two patents Apple is using to target the S III. A new haptic interface which allows buttons and shapes Apple purchased an S III to inspect it for patent violations to physically rise from a touchscreen as needed has been in the United Kingdom, where the device has been available developed, and will be showcased at this year's SID I-Zone. since May 29th; it’s not scheduled to launch in the United In a press release today, Tactus Technology, a company States until June 21st. The motion notes that press reports based out of Fremont, CA, announced the first public indicate that “Samsung has already sold over nine million demonstration of its Tactile Layer component, a “next- preorders of the Galaxy S III; indeed, the Galaxy S III has generation haptic user interface” that has buttons, been reported to be the most extensively preordered piece guidelines, or shapes rise from the surface of the touchscreen of consumer electronics in history.” Apple is still analyzing before receding back into invisibility. the S III in regards to infringement of two other patents filed against the Galaxy Nexus, but decided to help facilitate and The Tactus Tactile Layer is the first deformable tactile accelerate the court’s analysis by limiting the request to two surface. It creates dynamic physical buttons that users can patents which are clearly infringed: a unified search patent see and feel before entering data into the device. 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June 9th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Apple’s lawyers reportedly spoke with Samsung’s on May recognizes a DropBox popup as just a “regular” function that 31st to discuss including the S III among the accused requires permission. Thus, once given permission, a user’s products. They asked, among other things, for Samsung to DropBox account may become full and that leads to user “confirm that it will not launch the Galaxy S III in the United having to pay additional fees for more storage space. States until the Court has ruled on Apple’s preliminary This strategy may work in DropBox’s favor as many users injunction motion,” but Samsung’s lawyers replied on June view DropBox as a legitimate free tool that doesn’t harm 4th that the motion “will have no bearing on the release date their computers in any way. Google’s Drive is DropBox’s of the Galaxy S III.” competitor, but what Drive hasn’t achieved so far is having Yesterday afternoon local time, Samsung replied to the a lot of users pay them directly. motion put forth by Apple, arguing that the court should deny the request as it’s too late to supplement the motion YouTube to stream 2012 that was put forth back in February; they suggested that a new preliminary injunction motion is needed. Summer Olympic for free to The full text of Apple’s motion can be found here. 64 countries Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/youtube-to-stream-2012-summer- olympic-for-free-to-64-countries/16205.html The DropBox money making June 9th, 2012 strategy Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-dropbox-money-making- strategy/16206.html June 9th, 2012 In 2011 YouTube streamed the Prince William and Kate Middleton wedding, and next month it will be streaming free live HD contents of the 2012 Summer Olympics to 64 countries in Asia and Africa. DropBox has long been a popular cloud storage service, but apparently the cloud exclusive company has some other motives in mind to make more money. That strategy is actually pretty simple—popups that ask users to agree to import and share their contents whenever a device is plugged into a PC. In 2011 YouTube streamed the Prince William and Kate Middleton wedding, and next month it will be streaming free live HD contents of the 2012 Summer Olympics to 64 countries in Asia and Africa. According to the BBC, securing coverage rights may cost “billions of dollars” for many broadcasting companies who wish to cover the events on their respective networks. Hence, it is amazing—and a mystery—that YouTube managed to pull off this deal with the International Olympic DropBox has long been a popular cloud storage service, Committee (IOC). but apparently the cloud exclusive company has some other Regardless of whatever went on behind the scene to get motives in mind to make more money. That strategy YouTube the broadcasting rights, this is incredible news for is actually pretty simple—popups that ask users to agree many countries around the globe. As long as there’s an to import and share their contents whenever a device is internet connection (possibly broadband for HD contents), plugged into a PC. people from the 64 selected countries can stream live the We all appreciate some free cloud storage, but DropBox is Olympic Games without having to pay a dime—or whatever trying to slither its way into user’s pocket by telling users currency they’re using. Some of these countries include to sync their device every time it’s plugged in. Albeit, many India, Indonesia, Kenya, and Nigeria. A complete list can be users will actually read the popup thoroughly before giving found here. “permission” to import, but there are quite a few people who 15

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June 9th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Link to the IOC's announcement concerning the 64 countries Snipers are outdated because soon there might be a homing is down, but here's the full list: bullet. Larry Shipers, a mechanical engineer, claims that his prospective self-guided bullet can improve a shooter’s The live-streaming on the IOC’s YouTube channel accuracy by as much as 90%! will provide exclusive digital access to the London 2012 Olympic Games in territories where digital Current bullets, when fired, spin at such a fast rate that it broadcast rights have not already been acquired by is theoretically not possible to alter its axis of revolution. the IOC’s broadcast partners: Shipers’ simple solution to this—he calls it his “secret sauce”—is to make the bullet not spin. If the bullet doesn’t Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Bhutan, spin, then added technology can provide guidance like it Cambodia, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, does for a self-guided missile. Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, The 0.50-caliber bullet has an optical sensor in the nose, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. a battery powered 8-bit processor with included guidance algorithm, and four tiny motored fins in the tail to help And in 42 Sub-Saharan African territories on a non- it accomplish its mission. Wind and other environmental exclusive basis, including: factors can throw a bullet off course by as much as 30 feet, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, but Shiper claims that his bullet’s trajectory is only altered Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, by a few inches in his computer simulation. Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, A smooth-bored barrel is required for the bullet to function Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial correctly, but the bullet can be loaded into a standard Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, cartridge without any modifications. Shiper states that Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, electronics mockup in demo bullets withstood the initial Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, launch. The only problem now is finding funding for Shiper Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, to build a complete prototype. Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. last.fm user privacy breached Self-guided bullet will following massive linkedin improve shooter's accuracy password leak Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/last.fm-user-privacy-breached- by 90% following-massive-linkedin-password-leak/16201.html Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/self-guided-bullet-will-improve- June 9th, 2012 shooter-s-accuracy-by-90-/16202.html June 9th, 2012 Snipers are outdated because soon there might be a homing bullet. Larry Shipers, a mechanical engineer, claims that his prospective bullet can improve a shooter’s accuracy by as much as 90%! There has been another security breach on yet another popular website, and this time it’s last.fm—a popular music website. Last.fm’s leak is just another suit following the six million users of LinkedIn.com—a professional social networking site —having their passwords exposed. A notice from last.fm states that they take user’s privacy “very seriously,” and urged users to “change their passwords immediately” for further security measures. "Can it be coincidence? It seems unlikely to me. There's a mystery in the middle of the LinkedIn breach about how they got the data. You have to worry there's a common vulnerability,” Graham Cluley—Sopho’s security expert— told the BBC. The recent privacy meltdown by some major sites may be due to more than just skilled hackers, but possibly more to shared common security flaws between the hacked sites. Experts and victimized sites recommend that users use different passwords for their various online accounts. This 16

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June 12th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks! “We are confident that the service will be popular globally,” VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly says a Samsung official. To further emphasize that Samsung publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the wants to make its mark on social networking, they want their geeks. social network to have “a server-based computing structure and disperse with a network of servers across different countries.” Samsung wants to make a The South Korean tech giant is a force to reckon with and we will see if their newly found aspiration for social networking social network like Facebook pays off. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-wants-to-make-a-social- network-like-facebook/16254.html June 12th, 2012 Razer Blade gaming laptop lands in Singapore Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/razer-blade-gaming-laptop-lands-in- singapore/16253.html June 12th, 2012 We all know Samsung is one of the “big shots” in hardware R&D and manufacturing, but news out of the Korea is that Samsung will launch a Facebook of its own. Sources from within Samsung are actually referring to the social networking project as the “Samsung Facebook.” The Razer Blade, which claims to be the world’s first true gaming laptop, was unveiled last year. It retailed in North America in Q4 2011, and today, the company has brought the gaming machine to Singapore. We all know Samsung is one of the “big shots” in hardware R&D and manufacturing, but news out of the Korea is that Samsung will launch a Facebook of its own. Sources from within Samsung are actually referring to the social networking project as the “Samsung Facebook.” Developing a platform that attempts to provide non- Facebook functionalities is one thing, but trying to compete with Facebook with a Facebook-like service will be quite a challenge. Currently, Samsung has a social networking service called “Family Story” that allows photo sharing, chatting, and schedule reminders available on selected Samsung devices. Developers are hoping that they can build upon the Family Story framework to produce a cross platform social Min-Liang Tan, chief gamer and CEO of Razer, introduces networking service that can compete or be better than the Razer Blade which boasts a 17.3-inch full high definition Facebook. If the features of Family Story only consists of screen, measures 2.24cm thin and weighs 2.92kg. (It is a what’s listed above then it has a long way to go before it can lot slimmer and lighter than most of the gaming laptops compete with Facebook. of similar screen sizes in the market to date). The Razer Samsung officials hope to launch a “polished and finished” Blade is not just portable, but it also promises performance; version of Family Story by the end of this year. The social it is powered by an Intel Core i7 2640m CPU and NVIDIA networking service will be only on Samsung devices first, and GeForce GT555m GPU which are sufficient to run most then it will make its way to other devices of other brands and of the latest 3D games including Diablo 3, StarCraft 2, OS. Samsung hasn't confirmed an exact name which it wants Battlefield 3, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Mass Effect to use for its Facebook-killer. 3. Singapore will be the first country in Asia, outside of North America, to have the Razer Blade. 1

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June 12th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone check it out at Best Denki at Orchard Takashimaya (http:// ap.razerzone.com). HTC launches Desire V, Desire C and One S in Singapore Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/htc-launches-desire-v-desire-c-and- one-s-in-singapore/16252.html June 12th, 2012 HTC Asia has announced the launch of their next generation Desire series phones - Desire V and Desire C - with Beats Audio technology, and the One S which claims to be the slimmest and most elegant phone yet. All three phones will be available on 16 June, this weekend. The gaming laptop has a sleek aluminum black finish, green back-lit LED keys and green-lit halo on the power button. One unique feature of the Razer Blade is the Switchblade User Interface (on the right of the keyboard) that allows you to bind an infinite number of commands, skills and macros to the 10 dynamic adaptive tactile keys with custom icon overlays for the game you are playing. While the Razer Blade looks to be a great portable gaming laptop, we wondered if there are many gamers who would bring their gaming laptop wherever they go, set it up and play their favorite game. Most of the gaming laptops today are designed to be desktop replacements, and to remain stationary on your table in your room than to be lugged around with due to their bulkiness. According to a Razer spokesperson, the company has done their research and surveyed online gamers with regards to this trend of mobile laptop gaming. But unfortunately, Razer is unable to share the figures and findings on that. So you may be asking, how much is the Razer Blade? Well, the Razer Blade will retail at S$3,999.99 and is going to be available this Thursday, 14 June. Needless to say, that The HTC Desire C is designed as an affordable smartphone is more expensive than the other gaming laptops, and even for users who are getting their first Android phone, or the new Macbook Pros that were recently announced at upgrading from an existing one. It features the latest HTC WWDC. Not to mention, the Razer Blade will not be using Sense 4.0, powerful battery, access to thousands of apps on the third generation Intel Core processors, but the second Google Play, and runs Android 4.0 ICS. It is available in red, generation ones which the company said is sufficient to white and black finishes, and priced at S$338 (before telco run the latest games. But if you want a out-of-this-world subsidies). gaming laptop and don't mind paying such a high premium, 2

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June 12th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Resembling the One X, the new HTC One S features a sophisticated light-to-dark gradient finish on its aluminium body. It is equipped with a 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and sports a 4.3-inch bright Super AMOLED screen. The phone is also crafted with contoured Corning Gorilla Glass that provides sufficient durability. The One S runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with HTC Sense 4, and features new camera capabilities - you can take pictures even when you are shooting HD videos. The HTC One S has a price tag of S$948 (before telco subsidies) and comes with free Beats Solo Headset. Apple inks deal with TomTom for maps Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-inks-deal-with-tomtom-for- maps/16251.html The Desire V is the company's new Android smartphone with June 12th, 2012 dual-SIM card slots for busy business professionals who need to keep track of their work and personal lives on a single mobile companion. It sports a brilliant 4-inch display, and features the latest HTC Sense 4.0 integrated with Android 4.0. The HTC Desire V (3G and GSM) claims to be the most affordable 4-inch smartphones on the market, offers one of the best-in-class interfaces and lets users switch easily After Apple's announcement that it would be ditching between networks for better coverage, regardless of where Google Maps in favour of its own Map app at its keynote they are. The Desire V will retail at S$498 before contract. WWDC address, TomTom has revealed that the Cupertino, California-based company has signed an agreement to use its maps. After Apple's announcement that it would be ditching Google Maps in favour of its own Map app a t its keynote WWDC address, TomTom has revealed that the Cupertino, California-based company has signed an agreement to use its maps. The details of the agreement have been kept under wraps, but it should give Apple global rights to use TomTom Maps, which cover over 200 countries and territories, and encompass over 35 million kiometres across the world. This is an interesting revelation, as it suggests that Apple is still relying on others to provide its map technology, whereas Google is compiling its own data. Of course, with such strong rivalry between the two companies it is not surprising that Apple would rather ink a deal with someone else. 3

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June 12th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Agnes Leung, senior project manager for CommunicAsia, gave some statistics about the annual information and communications technology (ICT) exhibition and conference that is held in Singapore - with close to 2,000 local and international exhibitorsand 200 expert speakers at the CommunicAsia2012 Summit. The wide range of Encroaching on Google's territory is likely to only escalate technologies that will be showcased include 3.5G/LTE/4G, tensions between the two companies, but there is an element Display Technologies, IPTV, Mobile Media and Advertising, of “fair game” in the technology industry at the moment, Mobile Innovations, IP-enabled and NextGen Services with competing firms stepping on each other's toes fairly and Applications, Near Field Communications, Wireless regularly and in fairly obvious ways. Often these rivalries are Technologies and Satellite Communications. muted when there is a reliance on products, such as Apple's use of Samsung chips or Google Maps, but that is slowly Some of the event highlights include the worldwide launch changing as companies seek to become more self-sufficient of Winmate Communication E-430M; Zensorium Tinke, a or establish ties with other third-party vendors. dongle that can measure heart rate, respiratory rate and the amount of oxygen in one's bloodstream - first in Asia; soft launch of Panasonic "rugged" Tablet; worldwide launch Apple's new Maps app is one of the big driving points of ThinkCube Cronus, an open source cloud computing behind iOS 6, the latest version of its mobile operating solution; Taztag TazPad, the world's first Android tablet system due out in Autumn. It will feature vector-based maps with NFC and Zigbee technology, fingerprint sensor and for smoother and more fluid graphics and text, even when Secure Element; Senko "Connected Home"; and Vidyo zooming, panning and tilting, a Flyover mode for interactive VidyoPanorama that offers immersive video conferencing - 3D views, real-time traffic information, and local search. first in Asia. Chinese Telecommunications equipment and services We contacted Apple for more details on this deal and will company Huawei will have a huge presence at update you as soon as we get them. CommunicAsia2012 with the launch of their new Ascend series smartphones. Last year, Nokia has a presence at CommunicAsia2011, but it looks like the Finnish company CommunicAsia2012 and will not be participating this year; neither is Korean electronics manufacturers Samsung or LG. EnterpriseIT2012: What to There is also a new Mobile Monday (MM) Developer expect Lounge at CommunicAsia2012 whereby experts get to Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/communicasia2012-and- share their views on unique opportunities in various Asian enterpriseit2012-what-to-expect/16249.html markets. There will also be the launch of the first ever June 12th, 2012 Mobile Southeast Asia Report that highlights the unique strengths of Southeast Asia in mobile arenas. The theme for CommunicAsia2012 Summit is "Strategies to a connected world", and there will be 14 tracks, two workshops, more than 170 sessions and over 200 speakers including Jolin Aliza Knox, managing director of Commerce for Google The CommunicAsia2012, EnterpriseIT2012 and APAC, and Ambassador David A.Gross - Wiley Rein LLP. BroadcastAsia2012 are back, at Marina Bay Sands and Suntec Convention Centre from 19 to 22 June. At the press conference this morning, Singapore Exhibition Services Microsoft charges Tablet (SES) and Huawei shared some key highlights and statistics for the show. OEMs a whopping $85 for Windows RT Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-charges-tablet-oems-a- whopping-85-for-windows-rt/16250.html 4

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June 12th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 12th, 2012 When Microsoft announced its tablet strategy with the Windows RT, many thought that Microsoft will change its pricing model for OEMs too, signaling a shift in strategy. Reality is however, vastly different with Microsoft requesting as much money as OEM version of the Windows 7 Home Premium. During our meetings with multiple vendors on the Computex Taipei, we were talking about pricing options for taking the Windows RT route instead of (free) Android from Google. While it was rumored that Microsoft decided to change their ways and offer a price of about 35 dollars – the reality is that Windows RT will cost staggering USD$80-95 dollars, with $85 being the most commonly quoted price. This means that there is no way that a similar specced Windows RT powered device will be priced in the same league as its Android-ARM competitiors. While this opens a path for more impressive devices, it seems to us that Microsoft and Intel both took the Ultrabook route and charge “an arm and a leg” for the RT-powered tablet. Given that NVIDIA’s BoM (Bill of Materials) sped past the $100, there isn’t a lot of room for sub $500 tablets. In fact, we were told that the launch tablets will probably go for $549-799, which isn’t exactly the most affordable product. Premium products will go for $799 and $899. What do you think, is this pricing outrageous or expected and if you are considering, would you buy a Windows RT- based tablet or not? Highlights from AMD's Computex Taipei Showcase Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/highlights-from-amd-s-computex- taipei-showcase/16248.html June 12th, 2012 Computex Taipei might be over already but we still have a couple of stories from there to fill. Here we take a look at some of the Opteron and Trinity APU FM2 motherboards and Radeon 7000 series GPUs, presented to you by the fabulous AMD booth girls. 5

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June 12th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Facebook integration is the other big feature of iOS 6 and Apple brings Maps and something that has made it into OS X Mountain Lion also. Users will be able to see notifications in the Notification Facebook integration to iOS 6 Centre, update their status from there, view their friends in Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-brings-maps-and-facebook- the Contacts section, schedule events and birthdays using integration-to-ios-6/16247.html the Calendar, Like content from the App Store and iTunes, June 12th, 2012 and share content easily. Siri, the big feature of the iPhone 4S, is also getting a facelift, adding new language support and some additional functionality, like asking Siri to update Facebook or Twitter, launch an app, or use Eyes Free mode to interact with the Apple has announced iOS 6, which brings over 200 new iPhone with just the user's voice. features to its popular mobile operating system, including Apple Maps and Facebook integration. Passbook is an interesting new app that lets users buy and Apple has announced iOS 6, which brings over 200 new compile all their tickets and passes in one place. Users can features to its popular mobile operating system, including scan coupons, check into a hotel, or store their concert Apple Maps and Facebook integration. tickets. A neat feature is that it will automatically display passes based on the user's location, so, for example, a users The software update will launch on the iPhone, iPad who enters a coffee shop will instantly have access to their and iPod Touch and will include an Apple-designed map loyalty card. The app will also alert users of last minute gate app, helping Apple remove its reliance on Google Maps, changes and flight delays at the airport. improvements to Siri, and a ticket app called Passbook. iOS 6 also features Guided Access, which lets users lock “iOS 6 continues the rapid pace of innovation that is helping the device into a single app, improvements to the Safari Apple reinvent the phone and create the iPad category, browser, support for FaceTime calls over mobile networks, delivering the best mobile experience available on any VIP Mailbox functionality, a Do Not Disturb option for calls, device,” said Scott Forstall, SVP of iOS Software at Apple. and improvements for Apple's growing Chinese audience. “We can’t wait for hundreds of millions of iOS users to experience the incredible new features in iOS 6 including The beta version and SDK are available immediately for iOS the new Maps app, expanded Siri support, deep Facebook Developer Program members. The update will release for integration, Shared Photo Streams and the innovative new free in Autumn, most likely accompanying a new iPhone Passbook app.” device. Apple's Maps app is the pivotal feature of the new release, Apple reveals OS X Mountain featuring vector-based map elements that make graphics and texts smooth and zooming, panning, and tilting fluid. Lion features Turn-by-turn navigation, with spoken directions, Flyover for Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-reveals-os-x-mountain-lion- interactive 3D views, real-time traffic information, and local features/16246.html search makes this a viable alternative to Google Maps. June 12th, 2012 Apple has officially announced OS X Mountain Lion, the ninth major release for its Mac operating system, with new and revamped features inspired by tablet and smartphone computing. Apple has officially announced OS X Mountain Lion, the ninth major release for its Mac operating system, with new and revamped features inspired by tablet and smartphone computing. The release comes with over 200 features, including a revamped Messages app, Notification Centre, system- wide sharing, Facebook integration, dictation, Power Nap, AirPlay Mirroring, game centre, and Gatekeeper for enhanced security. 9

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June 12th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Mountain Lion will be available as an upgrade from Lion or Snow Leopard for $19.99 from the Mac App Store and will iCloud is built into the core of the operating system, making release in July. it easier to store, access and share files from the cloud. System-wide sharing allows users to share links, photos, videos and other files from any app to a wide variety of third- Apple updates MacBook party services, including Facebook, Twitter, Flicker and Vimeo. Facebook integration means friends will show up in range, releases new Contacts, content can be easily shared, and notifications will MacBook Pro show up in the Notification Centre. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-updates-macbook-range- releases-new-macbook-pro/16245.html June 12th, 2012 iMessages replaces iChat, integrating message sharing across all Apple devices, including the iPhone, iPad, Apple has announced its new lineup of Mac laptop and iPod Touch. Users can send group messages, add computers, with improved design and beefier specs under attachments (including high-definition video), and continue the hood. a conversation from any device associated with the user's account. It also features instant messaging with AIM, Yahoo, Google Talk and Jabber. The revamped MacBook Air, which Apple claims revolutionised the laptop market, will offer processor options up to a 3.2GHz (with TurboBoost) dual-core i7, memory of up to 8GB, 512GB Flash storage, and a high- definition camera for FaceTime. Best of all, and a surprise for Apple, is that it will be $100 cheaper than previous models. The new version is available from today. The MacBook Pro range is also getting an upgrade, with the 13-inch model featuring choices of a 2.5GHz i5 or 2.9GHz i7 processor, while the 15-inch model features a choice between 2.3GHz or 2.6GHz quad-core i7. Graphics will also be improved, up to 60 percent faster than previous models, and the devices will also come with USB 3.0 ports. The Notification Centre allows users to see notifications from OS X and third-party apps in a single place, with customisation options so users can alter which notifications they receive and how many items are shown at a time. There is also a feature to temporarily suspend all notifications when users want no distractions. Dictation lets users dictate text anywhere it can be typed, including in apps from third-party developers, while Power Nap allows the device to update mail, contacts, and other core areas while the device is in sleep mode. There will also be a new MacBook Pro with a 15-inch Gatekeeper improves security by giving more control over 2880x1800 resolution retina display, called by Apple “the apps. Settings can be altered so that only apps from the most beautiful computer we have ever made.” It is lighter Mac App Store can be installed, apps from anyone who than the 13-inch model, thinner than a person's finger, and has a unique Developer ID from Apple can be installed, or packs a punch, with up to a 2.7GHz quad-core i7, up to 16GB any app from anyone can be installed. App sandboxing and of RAM, up to 768GB of Flash storage, a GeForce GT 650 M kernel ASLR also help protect against malware and other graphics card, ThunderBolt and USB 3.0 ports, and a battery cyberattacks. life of up to 7 hours. Prices start at $2,199 and the new model is available immediately. This release will also feature AirPlay Mirroring, so users can send full high-definition video streams from their Mac The ever wasteful Apple is touting that users can watch to a HDTV, the Game Centre for iOS social gaming on full 1080p video with more than three million pixels left a Mac, a faster Safari browser, with Smart Search Field, over. That is a whopping 220 pixels per inch. It seems that improvements for Apple's growing Chinese audience, and the revamps to all of its devices include the move to the over 1,700 new APIs to enhance developer content. retina display, despite it offering a much higher resolution than needed, or indeed noticeable, on a computer. Some 10

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June 12th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone improvements that will help, however, include 75 percent less reflection and 29 percent more contrast. The star of the show will undoubtedly be iOS 6, though the features of the updated operating system have yet to be revealed. A new version typically accompanies a new It does not appear that any of the other Mac devices are hardware product and it is widely believed that iOS 6 will getting an upgrade at this time. launch with the iPhone 5 in Autumn. However, it is not expected that Apple will announce the latter at WWDC. Apple to unveil iOS 6 at WWDC The event will also feature showcases of OS X Mountain Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-to-unveil-ios-6-at- Lion for the Mac, which will go on sale in Summer. This wwdc/16244.html updated version is intended to beat Microsoft's Windows June 12th, 2012 8 to the punch by implementing tablet and smartphone- inspired features and usability. More details, like a release date and price, are expected today. NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M Apple is to announce new software and hardware at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this week, with (Kepler) spotted on leaked iOS 6 top of the agenda. image of 2012 MacBook Pro Apple is to announce new hardware and software at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this week, with board iOS 6 top of the agenda. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-geforce-gt-650m-kepler- spotted-on-leaked-image-of-2012-macbook-pro-board/16243.html June 12th, 2012 “We have a great WWDC planned this year and can’t wait to share the latest news about iOS and OS X Mountain Lion with developers,” said Philip Schiller, SVP of Worldwide Marketing at Apple. “The iOS platform has created an entirely new industry with fantastic opportunities for developers across the country and around the world.” Speculations about Apple adding Retina displays to their upcoming lineup of MacBooks may be true after all, because Activities at the event will include technical sessions with a leaked image of Apple’s new MacBook Pro logic board Apple engineers, hands-on labs for providing code-level revealed an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M (Kepler) GPU. assistance, meet and greet with fellow developers, the Apple Design Awards, and, of course, the various announcements from the top dogs at Apple. Speculations about A pple adding Retina displays t o their upcoming lineup of MacBooks may be true after all, because a leaked image of Apple’s new MacBook Pro logic board revealed an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M (Kepler) GPU. Tim Cook, who took over as CEO from the late Steve Jobs Since the resolution of a Retina display will be much higher last year, will show off some of the new lineup starting at than that of the current LCD/LED displays, a GPU upgrade 10:00am PST (6:00pm GMT), and we'll be sure to fill you in is definitely a good sign. Moreover, the source claims that on all the details. the 2012 15’’ MacBook Pro will not change in appearance at all, and it will offer three different CPUs—2.3/2.5/or 2.7 GHz Ivy Bridge. Apple is expected to unveil a series of new Mac computers, with faster processing power. 11

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June 12th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Although the rumors of Retina displays in MacBooks only apply to “the new MacBook,” it is adding validity to the rumors because the 650M is a step up from the Radeon 6750M/6770M in the current offerings of MacBook Pros. Targus Father's Day Special Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/targus-father-s-day- special/16240.html June 12th, 2012 Targus has recently launched their new suite of accessories for Apple devices which are not only stylish, but also The new Targus Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard for iPad is practical and incredibly mobile whether for work or leisure. lightweight and ergonomically designed. Ideal for travelling, Here are some of the new products that you can get as gifts the keyboard provides a comfortable typing angle which for Father's Day. minimises strain on the wrists and arms. With a battery life lasting up to seven months, the keyboard is equipped with Targus Lap Lounge for iPad and tablets (AWE7601US) a low power indicator that pre-empts users when to charge the Targus Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard. Price: S$79.90 Targus Backup Battery for iPad (APB27US) Is the new iPad too warm for comfortable holding after a period of usage? Not if you're using the new Targus Lap Lounge. The Lap Lounge is made up of soft, comfy cushioned bottom which is designed to rest easily on the lap without the need for an additional pillow between the lap and a regular, hard-bottomed iPad stand. The top consists of a sturdy stand to lean the iPad or any 10-inch tablet for hands-free viewing The Targus Backup Battery for iPad claims to provide 5 to 10 pleasure, and you can also the stand for different viewing hours of extra juice for added convenience and mobility. It angles while gaming or movie-watching. can even charge a smartphone up to 3 - 5 times before it runs out. Boasting Lithium polymer technology which ensures a Price: S$89.90 long life span, the four level battery indicator on the battery Targus Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard for iPad (AKB33AP) provides ample warning when a recharge is required. Price: S$69.90 Post-Computex high end GPU analysis - More memory for Radeon, quad-GPU attempts for Kepler? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/post-computex-high-end- gpu-analysis--more-memory-for-radeon-quad-gpu-attempts-for- kepler-/16239.html 12

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June 12th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 12th, 2012 Back to Nvidia, there was a n ot-so-secret' card and then another gem hidden inside You-Know-Who's showroom - a quad-GPU, dual PCB monster made out of four GTX680- class GK104 GPUs in one card. Aside from handling something like 600 - 800 W of consumption even if the clocks are slowed a bit, it remains interesting to see who While the volumes aren't high, most vendors had enough would buy this - only the users keen on buying TWO of them, to show at least a sample of GTX680 - and occasionally a of course, for 8-way SLI. GTX690 - on their booths, while AMD gunned for higher clock revisions and more memory. Now, if such a card ever gets released, two big problems prop So, you thought all was over this summer with Nvidia up: the thermals, of course, and the latencies: having TWO GTX680 gaming benchmark leads over AMD? Not exactly: layers of PLX PCIe V3 bridge chips to accomodate four GPUs first, even on the meetings behind closed doors, accusations on one PCIe link adds something like 300 ns of extra latency flew - likely with some reason - of Nvidia's "little more than for every single word transfer, which can impact both FPS paper launch" with being extremely hard to get cards and gaming and GPU compute. limited volumes / yields / name it. Of course, if the GK104 is full of such problems, how would then the upcoming nearty double-sized GK110 die fare in the availability department? Also, if you're really into 8-way (compute), why not get four dual GPU boards with a mainboard having four native x16 Anyway, all major vendors had both top end AMD and PCIe V3 slots, like the Asus Z9PE-D8 WS or EVGA SR-X, and Nvidia GPU boards displayed, aside from those vendor- put in two Xeon E5 CPU to have 16 core feeding all those specific GPU houses like say Galaxy and EVGA on Nvidia GPUs as well? After all, if willing to spend so much on 8 GPU side, or Sapphire and Powercolor on the AMD side. Anything units, may as well spend a bit on unreleased, unlocked CPUs interesting worth highlighting? to handle them, too... App developers still favor Apple over Android Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/app-developers-still-favor-apple- over-android/16237.html June 12th, 2012 Well, remember that the initial AMD HD7970 was very Despite Android’s dominance in sales of devices, Apple’s iOS conservatively binned, with plenty of upwards potential even products still command the attention of most of the mobile without the usual OC tricks? And, of course logically, the app developers. According to various analytics and reports, process would have been further fine tuned since then? mobile app developers find more benefits in developing for So, the HD7970 GHz edition existence was pretty much Apple’s platform first. confirmed by the vendors around, and yes its availability should be as good as - or even wider than - the GTX680. Despite Android’s dominance in sales of devices, Apple’s iOS A, say, 1075 MHz default clock HD7970 would beat back products still command the attention of most of the mobile the GTX 680 in even more gaming tests, not just the app developers. According to various analytics and reports, highest resolutions ones. Also, more importantly, it would mobile app developers find more benefits in developing for reach an admirable 1.1 TFLOPs in double precision FP peak Apple’s platform first. performance! Not far from the expected GK110 die expected Eric Shmidt, Google’s Executive Chairman, said last year half a year later, at much lower price for now. that the Android’s market share dominance will in turn drive developers to favor the Android platform over Apple’s. This should be good news for GPU compute guys, who Shmidt’s prediction that volume will drive more developers need all the double precision FP performance they can to make apps for Android is partially true, but what he get. But they also need more memory to store the GPU didn’t know was that volume won’t necessarily reflect higher compute datasets without going often across the slower PCIe revenues. bus to the system memory. So, in the absence of FirePro Various factors influence a developer’s decision to whether cards based on this chip (AMD workstation GPU division, or not to start on an Apple platform or an Android’s. One wake up please??), Sapphire has its 6 GB HD7970 version of which is based solely on the probability of an app making finally shown here, running in CrossFire. With 1100 MHz money. Apple paid out $700 million to developers in the last GPU 'turbo button' and large memory to boot, this is an quarter of 2011, whereas, Google paid out only $210 million inexpensive serious GPU compute card for those willing to for the whole 2011 calendar year. Flurry, a mobile app- get into teraflop-class FP through the OpenCL programming tracking service, reports that—given both platforms have the model - yet still at gaming card prices. 13

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June 12th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone same amount of users—for every $1.00 a developer earns in Microsoft is infamous for taking other’s innovation and iTunes Apple Store he gets $0.23 from Google Play. making it “better,” Intel is famous for expensive processors, and the OEMs that uses Microsoft’s and Intel’s products Therefore, in terms of monetary compensation, it is much in their own product are famous for hiring a lot of low- wiser for a developer to work on an app for Apple first then wage workers. That said, will Intel’s, Microsoft’s, and OEMs’ port it to Android. past success continue to thrive with Windows 8 or will the world experience a complete shift towards Apple’s end to end products and Android’s open source platform? The next major factor that influences developer’s decision to go with Apple first is because Apple’s iOS software and hardware aren’t as fragmented as Android’s. Currently, Microsoft is infamous for taking other’s innovation and Android runs on 1,363 device models from 599 different making it “better,” Intel is famous for expensive processors, brands. Moreover, most of the Android devices still run and the OEMs that uses Microsoft’s and Intel’s products on the outdated Android 2.3 (65%), and the most recent in their own product are famous for hiring a lot of low- Android ICS powers only about 7% of the devices. wage workers. That said, will Intel’s, Microsoft’s, and OEMs’ past success continue to thrive with Windows 8 or will the world experience a complete shift towards Apple’s end to end products and Android’s open source platform? Computex 2012 is over, and although it may seem that the research and development of the various products showcase Apple’s tight consolidations of their various devices help feats of design and ingenuity, the products also reflect a hazy developers create apps that put much more emphasis on outlook for the Microsoft-Intel-OEM alliance. device compatibility. Apple’s most up-to-date platform, iOS 5, powers 86.2% of Apple’s devices according to data Microsoft has been under pressure for years now to create a gathered by the Train Times app for the iPhone and iPod Microsoft exclusive platform that can compete with Android touch. and Apple OS/iOS. While the majority of the world still uses Windows PCs, the reality is that the technology landscape Lastly, users on the Apple platform are more likely to pay has shifted towards mobility, and that is where Android and for an app as compared to Android users. This makes sense iOS have dominated. because if your friend purchases an app in iTunes and then raves about it, then chances are you may want that app, too, This is evident because Windows Phone comprises of only if you own an Apple device. However, that may not be the about 7-8% of the world’s total smartphones, whereas case if you own an Android device since the app may not be Android has a stake of about 60% and iOS with 20%. available or not compatible with your device. Whether or not Microsoft’s Metro platform takes off remains to be seen, and Microsoft will have to go above and Android may be dominating the sheer volume of devices it beyond to persuade iOS and Android app developers to give powers, but that volume is not the main factor in driving Metro a shot. developers to make apps for it—and by extension, not generating the revenues that Shmidt had hoped it would for Intel is under pressure to put more resources into R&D Google. of mobile processing and to cut prices on their chips— something Intel is known to not do. The iPad and ARM equipped Android tablets are becoming more and more Industry giants betting popular as 19.4 million units were shipped in 2010, but that number exploded to 68.4 million in 2011—and is expected heavily on Windows 8's to increase by 85% in 2012. The rapid growth of non-Intel success based tablets has caused Intel to put a lot of resources into Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/industry-giants-betting-heavily-on- Ultrabooks, which Intel hopes will help the laptop PCs regain windows-8-s-success/16236.html lost ground. June 12th, 2012 OEMs are under pressure to cut prices on all their products without reducing quality. Apple has created a cult following for their products, and Android has seduced manufacturers with a royalty-free OS that is highly optimized for ARM chips. OEMs that are still hanging onto Microsoft and Intel 14

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June 12th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone for an OS and CPU for their products are stuck with paying rumors. Until Apple gives an official statement about for an OS and Intel’s expensive chip. dropping support for certain products, stay tune! ARM processors are already optimized for mobile devices The complete list of links can be found here. —and it certainly does not cost as much as an Intel chip —so manufacturers that have chosen to go the Android- NVIDIA Computex 2012 Show ARM route can build high quality devices without cutting corners. Moreover, people within the industry speculate Girls that Microsoft plans to charge OEMs approximately $100 for Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-computex-2012-show- each Windows 8 OS installation, and Windows Phone 8 may girls/16234.html follow with a premium price tag as well. June 12th, 2012 The outlook for the Microsoft-Intel-OEMs alliance doesn’t look very good, but perhaps Windows 8 will turn their bleak circumstance around. The key to its success is not so much in how it may or may not outperform competing platforms, but rather experts predict that Windows 8 needs heavy amounts NVIDIA showed off some of their Tegra 3 tablets, of promotions. smartphones and Kepler GPUs at their Nangang Computex What makes this whole thing a mess is that Microsoft booth. Why were we so impressed? is playing catch up to Android and iOS in the mobility The Trio of Showgirls who agreed to this photoshoot department, Intel is refusing to cut prices on its processor, and OEMs is pay high royalties to Microsoft and Intel while under pressure to make high quality products. These three groups have long been each other’s benefactor, but if Windows 8 fails we may experience an industry-wide storm of resentment and bad blood. Apple's undownloadable iOS 6 beta builds links leaked Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-s-undownloadable-ios-6-beta- builds-links-leaked/16235.html June 12th, 2012 A list of links directed to some of Apple’s iOS 6 beta builds has been leaked, and although the links direct people to “Your session has expired,” it helps legitimizes speculations that Apple will be dropping iOS 6 support for various products. A list of links directed to some of Apple’s iOS 6 beta builds has been leaked, and although the links direct people to “Your session has expired,” it helps legitimizes speculations that Apple will be dropping iOS 6 support for various First up, the sexy GTX 690 featuring two Kepler GK104 products. GPUs The links include third-gen iPad and iPad 2, iPhone 4S/4/3GS, fourth-gen iPod touch, second and third-gen Apple TV, a iOS 6 Beta PDF Guide, an installation PDF guide for Apple TV software, and Safari 6 Developer Preview for Lion. From the list it seems like Apple will be dropping support for first-gen iPads, and all iPod touch prior to the fourth-gen. Apple owners that own devices that aren’t on the leaked list don’t be disappointed just yet, because these are only 15

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June 12th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Facebook privacy policy voting fails due to low turnout Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/facebook-privacy-policy-voting-fails- due-to-low-turnout/16233.html June 12th, 2012 The result is out, and the Facebook democracy experiment has failed. Facebook’s attempt at asking users to vote on whether or not the current privacy policy should change ultimately gathered only 342,600 votes. That may be a lot of voters if you’re talking about a city, but Facebook has over 900 million users! The result is out, and the Facebook democracy experiment has failed. Facebook’s attempt at asking users to vote on whether or not the current privacy policy should change ultimately gathered only 342,600 votes. That may be a lot of voters if you’re talking about a city, but Facebook has over 900 million users! “A very very small minority of people that use Facebook voted, which was pretty disappointing from our point of view,” says Jaime Schopflin—spokeswoman for Facebook. “A very very small” amount of people is an understatement. If you do the mathematical calculation, the turnout for the voting is a minuscule 0.1%. Facebook states that a 30% voting turnout is necessary to consider the vote as binding. If you’re in the mood to ridicule Facebook even more, then 0.1% means that 99.9% of Facebook users didn’t know or care enough to click on the “Privacy Policy” link. Crytek's future is in free to play titles Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/crytek-s-future-is-in-free-to-play- titles/16232.html 18

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June 12th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 12th, 2012 An Indie-gaming-film industry trio consisting of the film 9’s Shane Acker, Brown Bag Films, and Valve will be teaming up to create the upcoming film Deep. Utilizing Brown Bag Films’ experience in producing children’s animated TV programs and Valve’s Source game engine, Acker will direct an Indie genre that may end up as another Valve indie film distribution. Cevat Yerli, CEO of Crytek, has revealed that the company’s An Indie-gaming-film industry trio consisting of the film 9’s future lies in free to play (F2P) titles. Sony, among other Shane Acker, Brown Bag Films, and Valve will be teaming big names in the gaming industry, is already putting big up to create the upcoming film Deep. Utilizing Brown money into developing upcoming F2P titles such as Bullet Bag Films’ experience in producing children’s animated TV Run, so it’s understandable that Crytek seeks to head in the programs and Valve’s Source game engine, Acker will direct F2P direction also. an Indie genre that may end up as another Valve indie film distribution. Cevat Yerli, CEO of Crytek, has revealed that the company’s future lies in free to play (F2P) titles. Sony, among other According to GameInformer.com, "Valve's tools and big names in the gaming industry, is already putting big technologies, based on its Source game engine, allow Acker money into developing upcoming F2P titles such as Bullet and Brown Bag real-time rendering, and editing, simplified Run, so it’s understandable that Crytek seeks to head in the character animation.” F2P direction also. If Deep makes a deep enough impression on viewers/critics, Yerli made it clear at the 2012 E3 that his company will not then perhaps a transition to a video game will be much easier be putting any more effort into developing boxed products since the movie utilizes the Source engine to begin with. In in the future. Warface, Crytek Kiev’s multiplayer FPS, will any case, chances are Deep will be distributed through Valve, mark the studio’s entrance into the F2P realm. Yerli went as and the game too if it comes about. far as to say that Crytek’s commitment to F2P development involves not only effort but also monetary investments to back it its product. Anonymous retaliates against “As evident in Warface, our approach is to ensure the best internet censorship in India quality, console game quality. That implies budgets of Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/anonymous-retaliates-against- between $10 million to $30 million, so no compromise there, internet-censorship-in-india/16230.html but at the price-point of $0 entry,” says Yerli. June 12th, 2012 Step aside Kickstarter game developers, big time gaming studios may not beat you with passion and dedication for the art, but they will surely beat you with money. Many current boxed products are “milking customers to death” Yerli claims—because gamers have to dish out the One way to retaliate against governance censorship of the initial investment to buy the boxed product and if they want internet is to hack the sites of the organizations/companies the updates and DLCs, they need to pay additional fees. that support censorship. Anonymous, an internet activist Crytek, along with other major studios, believes that the group, has been hacking into various sites and temporarily future of gaming lies in F2P because games will become disabling them to express their frustration towards banned services rather than the traditional standalone products. sites and blocked contents by various Indian internet service providers (ISPs). The good news is major game studios, such as Crytek, are considering to become more involved in the F2P market, and the bad news is that they will have loads of money to back up their F2P games—bad news because independent and startup developers will have a much harder time competing in the F2P arena. Shane Acker, Brown Bag One way to retaliate against governance censorship of the Films, and Valve team up to internet is to hack the sites of the organizations/companies that support censorship. Anonymous, an internet activist produce "Deep" group, has been hacking into various sites and temporarily Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/shane-acker-brown-bag-films-and- disabling them to express their frustration towards banned valve-team-up-to-produce-deep-/16231.html sites and blocked contents by various Indian internet service June 12th, 2012 providers (ISPs). Recently the Indian government approved the Ashok Kumar order which was designed to protect copyrighted music and films in India. However, Anonymous claims that the implemented policy has an indirect effect on people to don’t pirate copyrighted contents on the internet. 19

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June 12th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Sites such as Pastebin, Piratebay, and Dailymotion are currently banned or blocked by India's ISPs, and Anonymous claims that copyright infringements based on users who post pirated contents do not reflect the “common man” that use the sites to share a lot of necessary non- copyrighted contents. If the Droid RAZR HD intends to compete with the SIII, its dimension must support a screen that is as big as or bigger “File sharing is the lifeline of the internet, that’s why it came than the SIII. The screen resolution is reported to be 1196 x into being,” says tomgeorge in the Anonymous’ chat room. 720, which is the exact same resolution as the SIII. Anonymous’ method of retaliation may not be viewed as Next, and probably the most crucial component, is the civilized, but the group argues that the Indian government CPU which is rumored to be a Snapdragon S4 dual-core. isn’t concern with how private organizations are censoring The European version of the SIII boasts a quad-core, so India’s internet. there’s not much competition there. However, for the North “We are not protesting arbitrary, extra-judicial censorship, American market, the RAZR HD and SIII will both have a where not even the government knows—or cares— dual core so the playing field seems to be leveled. who controls what,” says @anamikanon, an Anonymous One crucial part of the rumored RAZR HD that may make member. it lose out to the SIII is that it may come with 1 GB RAM, In addition cyber guerilla warfare through DDOS attacks, that’s 1 GB less than the SIII. Even if it can’t compete with Anonymous has also been spotted in various parts of India the SIII in specs, it sure as heck looks cool enough for me to in masks and holding up anti-censorship signs. According to utter “Beam me up captain” into it. the BBC, the group intend to continue its protest and hacking attacks until the Indian government lifts restrictions that Anonymous deems unfair. Linaro optimized Android ICS performs 100% better than Rumored Droid RAZR HD vs stock AOSP Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/linaro-optimized-android-ics- Galaxy S III specs performs-100-better-than-stock-aosp/16228.html Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rumored-droid-razr-hd-vs-galaxy-s- June 12th, 2012 iii-specs/16229.html June 12th, 2012 Keep your current Android smartphone, because the Linaro dev team has managed to boost performance of the stock The Droid RAZR HD may be Motorola’s answer to Android ICS 4.0.4 by 100%! Okay, these optimizations only Samsung’s Galaxy SIII, and the leaked images look apply to ARM devices, but chances are you have an ARM awesome, but are the rumored specs as impressive as the Android phone. SIII? Keep your current Android smartphone, because the Linaro dev team has managed to boost performance of the stock Android ICS 4.0.4 by 100%! Okay, these optimizations only apply to ARM devices, but chances are you have an ARM Android phone. Through various hardware and software optimization, the Linaro Android 4.0.4 achieved an average of 60 fps in all 0xBenchmarks (OpenGL Cube, OpenGL Blending, OpenGL Fog, and Flying Teapot), whereas, the stock AOSP 4.0.4 was getting around only 30 fps. 0xBenchmarks mainly deals with the CPU, so the impressive performance increase does not reflect the GPU. The Droid RAZR HD may be Motorola’s answer to Samsung’s Galaxy SIII, and the leaked images look awesome, but are the rumored specs as impressive as the NHTSA aims to create federal SIII? safety guidelines for in-car Appearance wise, the Droid RAZR HD looks like a piece of space age technology from Star Trek. The leaked images technology reveal that the back plating of the phone is made of carbon Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nhtsa-aims-to-create-federal-safety- fiber like its cousins—the RAZR and RAZR MAXX, the guidelines-for-in-car-technology/16227.html dimension and weight are currently unknown, but rumor June 12th, 2012 has it that it will come with a 3000 mAh battery, which is likely to add a hefty number to the overall weight of the phone. 20

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June 12th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Infotainment systems and navigational equipments all make conditions, but also appeases to what consumers want— the experience of being in a car more enjoyable, but not checking Facebook status updates while driving. necessarily safer. It’s great to have an MP3 player built into your car, but is it necessary to have an in-dash system that Verizon and AT&T drop can surf Facebook or check Twitter? Dropbox 50GB promotion Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/verizon-and-at-t-drop- dropbox-50gb-promotion/16226.html June 12th, 2012 It only takes a split of a second to cause an automobile Dropbox currently partners with various cellular carriers to accident, but the general consensus among automotive add an extra 48GB of cloud storage, but AT&T and Verizon makers is that tasks not related to handling a vehicle when have opted to not partner with Dropbox. The promotion behind the wheel should not “take longer than two seconds.” runs the length of an “average” contract, and neither carrier Infotainment systems and navigational equipments all make has any comments concerning their decision. the experience of being in a car more enjoyable, but not Dropbox currently partners with various cellular carriers to necessarily safer. It’s great to have an MP3 player built into add an extra 48GB of cloud storage, but AT&T and Verizon your car, but is it necessary to have an in-dash system that have opted to not partner with Dropbox. The promotion can surf Facebook or check Twitter? runs the length of an “average” contract, and neither carrier According to wired.com, The National Highway Traffic has any comments concerning their decision. Safety Administration (NHTSA) is aiming to create national distracted-driving guidelines for automakers. These guidelines may possibly reflect popular behind the wheel habits such as talking on the phone without a handless device, or it may also include regulations on how an infotainment device operates when a car is in motion. There is currently no exact “blueprint” on how manufacturers should develop or integrate their in-dash technology, and so many automobile makers are still considering the two second distraction rule. However, if the NHTSA aims to propose some federal guidelines for an in car technology such as an infotainment system then Gloria Bergquist—spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers—suggests that a “single set of guidelines should address all of these devices…[and] not go device by device.” A speculation on why Verizon and AT&T are opting to not give users some mega cloud storage is perhaps because they According to NHTSA’ Deputy Administrator Ron Medford, have found and alternative to Dropbox—perhaps, Google writing a single guideline for in car devices may cause Drive? This is strictly theoretical, but it won’t surprise ambiguity between devices that might not be included in anyone if Google has somehow undermined Dropbox, and the guidelines. For instance, a smartphone that acts as a stuck their nose into Dropbox’s business strategy. remote for controlling an infotainment system may not be considered as a part of the guideline since it is not listed as part of the device. Therefore, a more general guideline will be more useful as it applies to both of the devices that are causing distracted driving. The NHTSA’s intention to make guidelines that encompasses general unsafe driving practices doesn’t mean that it’s trying to make it hard on automakers. “We can and will do both, we’re moving towards finalizing the guides for automakers on in vehicle electronic devices that provide the features consumer want without… sacrificing safety by distracting the driver,” Medford told the press at Telematics Detroit. Medford’s choice of words may possibly imply that the NHTSA will cooperate with automakers, and vice versa, to create a system that not only provides safer in-car driving 21

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June 14th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. Blizzard launches Diablo 3 real-money auction house Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/blizzard-launches-diablo-3-real- money-auction-house/16291.html June 14th, 2012 The ever-crafty Blizzard has learned from years of experience with World of Warcraft, where it has banned players for farming gold and then selling it for real money on Blizzard has launched its real-money auction house for various websites, many of which are advertised by spammers Diablo III in the Americas, with players able to buy and sell in game. Blizzard's solution for Diablo III was to effectively loot in-game with real US dollars, Australian dollars, and hire these gold farmers by legalising the concept, with Mexican pesos. Blizzard getting a nice 15 percent cut of the profits. Blizzard has launched its real-money auction house for Diablo III in the Americas, with players able to buy and sell The company has implemented tight security on this loot in-game with real US dollars, Australian dollars, and feature, requiring that all participating players have an Mexican pesos. authenticator, which is very understandable, though some have criticised the requirement, as they believe it forces them to dish out additional funds. Users can, however, employ The feature, which was delayed from the original Diablo a mobile authenticator. A Battle.net SMS Protect service, III launch, adds a deeper economic element to the game which requires users to enter codes sent to their mobile that goes well beyond the normal auction house and makes phone, will also be employed for anyone using PayPal as a gold-farming, the traditional bane of online games for years, payment method. a potentially lucrative affair for both players and Blizzard itself. European players have to wait another while before getting access to the real-money auction house, which is restricted Some players are unhappy with the idea, which they consider by region. Players wanting to use the Chilean peso, Argentine a “pay to win” scenario, since gamers can simply buy good peso and Brazilean real will also have to wait. In-game gear with their hard-earned cash instead of earning it in messages suggest the European launch will be tomorrow, game, while others who like to grind have touted it as a nice Friday 15 June, so gamers should not have to wait too long way to make some extra cash. before parting with their €250 on an uber digital sword or shield. The problem with the system is that items are going for extraordinarily high prices, with many on sale for the Wikileaks founder Julian maximum price of $250, several times more than the cost of the game itself. While obviously the vast majority of these Assange loses extradition will never sell, the system would not be in place if at least someone out there, rich or insane, did not buy items with appeal real world cash. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/wikileaks-founder-julian-assange- loses-extradition-appeal/16290.html June 14th, 2012 1

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June 14th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Julian Assange, founder of whistleblowing website oriented form-factor. These include 12 thumb macro buttons Wikileaks, has lost his appeal against extradition to (G9~20), two central macro buttons (G7~8), the three main Sweden, where he faces charges of alleged rape and sexual buttons (left, middle, right clicks), and two side-scrolling molestation. key-type buttons that can be clicked by tilting the scroll- wheel. Julian Assange, founder of whistleblowing website Wikileaks, has lost his appeal against extradition to Sweden, where he faces charges of alleged rape and sexual molestation. The UK's Supreme Court made the verdict today by a majority of 5 to 2, denying further requests for submissions by Assange's legal team, leaving the Swedish whistleblower one step closer to a possible prison sentence. The court rejected his claims that the European Arrest Warrant used by Swedish authorities was invalid and unenforceable, a view likely to be echoed by European courts. The 12 thumb macro buttons are divided into two sets, each with its own index bar, and uniquely shaped caps, which gradually become intuitive, and are designed to be ergonomic. Each of the 12 are labeled with illumination, and the color of the illumination can be customized from the RGB palette, using the Logitech Gaming Software application, from where you assign macro functions. The illumination's brightness, and type (eg: constant, pulse, groove, etc.,) can be customized. The mouse ships with three reference macro profiles, of which two are for popular MMOs. The mouse is clearly not meant for claw grip, and only palm grip gives you access to the thumb buttons. Assange's lawyers have 14 days to file an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights, a last-ditch effort to prevent his extradition, where his team will claim he has not had a fair hearing in the UK. The 40-year-old faces allegations that he raped one woman and sexually molested another. He denies the accusations, labelling them as an attempt to subdue him for his part in orchestrating some of the world's largest leaks of classified government and military documents and cables ever. Logitech Intros G600 MMO Under the hood, is a razor-sharp 8,200 DPI optical sensor, with the chops to process 11.25 megapixels/second. This Mouse yields an acceleration of 25G, and 4.06 meters/second Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/logitech-intros-g600-mmo- speed. The mouse uses the USB interface, with 1,000 mouse/16288.html reports/second rate. It uses a fiber-sleeved 2 m USB cable. June 14th, 2012 Measuring 118mm x 75mm x 41mm, the G600 MMO has a fixed weight of 133 grams. Its traction is care of two large teflon feet, with 0.09 µm (dynamic) and 0.14 µm (static) coefficients of friction. Its three main buttons can hold up to 20 million clicks, and the feet hold good for 250 km of wear (that's a lot). Peripherals giant Logitech rolled out its latest G-Series The Logitech G600 MMO gaming mouse is expected to reach gaming mouse, this time targeting the MMORPG market. markets in July, with a price-tag of US $79.99 (SG $102.62). The G600 MMO gaming mouse packs a staggering 20 buttons, and is designed for games in which quick access to as many macro buttons as possible, is key. With a design that is clearly inspired by the Razer Naga, the G600 MMO packs a total of 20 buttons in its right- 2

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June 14th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone sound that important until the example of plane tickets is Passbook promises to be given, where a gate change automatically updates the ticket and notifies the user, saving considerable time and headache major selling point for iOS 6 at the airport. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/passbook-promises-to-be-major- selling-point-for-ios-6/16287.html June 14th, 2012 Cards and passes can, of course, be deleted from the app, with Forstall demonstrating a little visual fun as the card is shredded on the screen before you. Not an essential feature, of course, but the attention to detail is nice. One of the new features of iOS 6 revealed by Apple at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this week is Passbook, an app that stores and intelligently displays tickets and passes, and one that shows particular promise. One of the new features of iOS 6 revealed by Apple at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this week is Passbook, an app that stores and intelligently displays tickets and passes, and one that shows particular promise. Passbook is an incredibly simple idea. It takes all your tickets, passes, and loyalty cards and keeps them in a single, easily-accessible location, almost as if you had them all stored in your physical wallet. Scott Forstall, SVP of iOS at Apple, called it “the simplest way to get all your passes in one place.” The success of Passbook is almost guaranteed, because it takes what already exists – digital passes – and improves This simplicity is a major selling point, but even more the concept by addressing key concerns like trying to find a appealing is the functionality, which automates some of the ticket or forgetting to use your loyalty card. It does not try to process based on your location. For example, when you introduce a full-on virtual wallet, where most stores still rely enter a Starbucks café your loyalty card will be immediately on hard cash or credit cards, but employs the existing digital accessible from the lock screen (providing, of course, you passes of stores that have already invested in smartphone have location tracking enabled). You can then just swipe scanners that can read the barcodes on shiny, reflective across the icon to open and display it, just as you would with touchscreens. the unlock bar to access the rest of the phone. It is this taking of what is currently available and improving it that has been considered a hallmark of Apple in recent years, and we see it again in the form of Passbook. Intel plans on releasing 3rd gen Core-i3 after June 24 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-plans-on-releasing-3rd-gen- core-i3-after-june-24/16284.html June 14th, 2012 Intel announced earlier today that its 3rd-gen Core-i3 will be available after June 24th, as opposed to press reports that it won’t be available until August. The app will even display the balance on the card and will update immediately when a payment has been made, removing the need to constantly ask employees how much you have left on your card. Another feature that was highlighted is the fact that the passes are “live” and thus constantly updated. This does not 3

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June 14th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone The news came out of Intel’s Taiwan branch when official clarified to the press that Intel had no intentions of withholding or delaying its entry-level Ivy Bridge CPU. Adding to Intel’s announcement, the official said that Intel will continue to focus on shifting 40% of consumer notebooks to Ultrabooks by the end of 2012. Current global economic conditions and delay of the i5 and i7 may hamper that goal. First on the list is Andr/PJApps-C, which Sophos identifies Taiwan’s Acer Inc. had to revise their Ultrabooks production as a tool for cracking paid apps. Next is the Andr/ forecast to accommodate Intel’s delay and gloomy market BBridge-A, also known as “BaseBridge,” which uses HTTP conditions. Ultrabooks will account for 12-15% of Acer’s to communicate with central servers to communicate total notebooks shipment in 2012, as compared to their potentially confidential information. Thirdly, there’s the previous forecast of 12-20%. Andr/BatteryD-A which claims itself as a “Battery Doctor,” but in reality it communicates with HTTP servers to Sophos Mobile Security's top communicate potentially confidential user information. Fourth on the list is Andr/Generic-S, which Sophos claims five Android malware to be an aggressive adware that varies in potentially harmful Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sophos-mobile-security-s-top-five- functions. Lastly, there’s the Andr/DrSheep-A, which is a android-malware/16283.html firesheep-like exploit that hijacks a user’s Facebook, Twitter, June 14th, 2012 and LinkedIn sessions. 10,000 Nokia employees will be out of a job Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/10-000-nokia-employees-will-be- out-of-a-job/16282.html Sophos Mobile Security for Android just released its data in June 14th, 2012 regards to the top five most commonly detected malware on Android. The data were gathered through installations of Sophos Mobile Security for Android on various devices, and from 118 different countries. Sophos Mobile Security for Android just released its data in Sad news today for the employees of Nokia as officials have regards to the top five most commonly detected malware on announced that the company plans to cut approximately Android. The data were gathered through installations of 10,000 jobs globally. Sophos Mobile Security for Android on various devices, and from 118 different countries. 4

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June 14th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Sad news today for the employees of Nokia as officials have A company’s flagship product development should always announced that the company plans to cut approximately be treated as if it’s the heart of the company, and any leaks 10,000 jobs globally. essentially rips apart the company’s most important organ —and in turn, tremendous monetary loss. The time frame Nokia plans to shut down its R&D department in leading up to the release of the Samsung Galaxy S III were Ulm, Germany, and Burnaby, Canada. Also its central filled with legitimate info leaks, but also some outrageous manufacturing plant in Salo, Finland will be slashed. speculations. In a recent post on Samsung’s official blog site, Competition from Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android the S III R&D team revealed how they were able to keep the based smartphones have taken a huge chunk out of Nokia’s S III’s R&D on the down low while maintaining their sanity market share. Samsung ousted Nokia en route to becoming in spite of the chaos around them. the largest seller of cellphones. Nokia now has a 22% market The S III R&D team basically lived a double life; a top secret share compared to Samsung’s 25%. S III life and a life outside of the S III. It was quite obvious The struggling cell phone company also reported a net loss that the family of the S III R&D teams knew of the team’s of €1.07 billion last year, and that trend doesn’t seem to be work, and, more often than not, the team was asked directly stopping. Nokia’s share price plummeted 7% to €2.05 in by members of their family about the S III. today’s early Helsinki trading hours. Nokia official state that the company intends to cut jobs and other assets to “ensure Nokia’s long-term strength.” For the time being, Nokia’s strength lies in making affordable phones—whether it’s a feature phone or a smartphone. However, immense competitions from Samsung, Taiwan’s HTC, and China’s ZTE (ZTE is focused on mass producing budget phones) will make Nokia’s planned recovery extremely difficult. Just last year Nokia was still the top cellphone maker, but a year later, 10,000 Nokia employees will suffer because Nokia was unable compose a business model to keep itself relevant. How Samsung S III engineers “I got so many questions about the GALAXY S III from my friends and family. By I’d say ‘don’t ask me or you’ll get me kept their work under wrap fired. I told them to check it out after it was officially made Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/how-samsung-s-iii-engineers-kept- public,” said Senior Engineer Young Doo Jin. their-work-under-wrap/16281.html Byung Joon Lee, S III mechanical engineer, added, “My June 14th, 2012 eldest son is in the 6th grade. He knew that I had worked on the GALAXY S and S II. So I guess he assumed that I’d do S III also. Every time he saw an article on the internet about the GALAXY S II he’d ask ‘Dad! You’re making the SIII, right?’ But all I could say was ‘I don’t really know.’ It A company’s flagship product development should always was really awkward.” be treated as if it’s the heart of the company, and any leaks Senior engineer, Yong Min Ha, simply avoided speaking to essentially rips apart the company’s most important organ his family about work completely. —and in turn, tremendous monetary loss. The time frame “I love my wife and my adorable kids. But I just never told leading up to the release of the Samsung Galaxy S III were them about my job from the beginning. Haha,” he said filled with legitimate info leaks, but also some outrageous humorously. speculations. In a recent post on Samsung’s official blog site, the S III R&D team revealed how they were able to keep the Outside of family inquiries, the team members had to take S III’s R&D on the down low while maintaining their sanity discuss the S III’s progress with people outside of the team in spite of the chaos around them. through verbal arrangements only—meaning, no pictures or drawings of any sorts were used. This made it especially difficult when the team had to present prototypes to partners and suppliers. “Because we were only permitted to see the products and others weren’t. We had to explain the GALAXY S III with all sorts of words. The Procurement Department had to set a price for the GALAXY S III and purchase the materials based on our verbal explanations. It was hard for everyone I guess. Hahaha,” Byung Joon Lee explained. 5

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June 14th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone “You always want Chrome to look great, no matter what device you’re using. Apple recently announced a new laptop with a Retina high-resolution screen, and we’re committed to polishing Chrome until it shines on that machine.” The 15’’ MacBook Pro with Retina display announced at WWDC will boast a 2880 x 1800 resolution. Hence, Google is showing a lot of love for Apple’s product, but will users with regular 1080P monitors reap any benefits from the Chrome development team’s effort? During the prototype building stage, the team had to make Mini Battery Logger data three different prototypes in a given time frame to avoid design leaks. For instance, a team member working on the indicates 13'' Retina display antenna design had to make several antennas, and all of MacBook Pro which had to be different for each of the prototypes. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mini-battery-logger-data- “Generally, we manufacture the antenna based on the final indicates-13--retina-display-macbook-pro/16278.html design and request for authorization,” Senior Engineer June 14th, 2012 Beoung Sun Lee said. “However, for security reasons, we had to make the antenna over and over. We had to come up with a new antenna every time the new design came out. To be honest, it was quite tiring and frustrating.” Apple announced at WWDC that the upcoming 15” MacBook To cut down on the time outside of their workbenches, the Pros will feature Retina displays, but they did not mention team members often resorted to helicopters to get from one anything about a 13” version with Retina displays. However, place to another. Talk about a roller coaster—helicopter a recent data fetch from Mini Battery Logger reveals that a rides in the S III team’s case—ride for these engineers. “MacBookPro10,2” sports a 6580 mAh battery. The coding Apparently, some of the engineers at Samsung are well paid scheme of the MacBook Pro has led to speculations that tech-secret agents. Apple will be introducing a 13’’ Retina display MacBook Pro alongside the 15’’ version. Google Chome optimizes in preparation for Apple's Retina display MacBooks Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-chome-optimizes-in- preparation-for-apple-s-retina-display-macbooks/16279.html Apple announced at WWDC that the upcoming 15” MacBook June 14th, 2012 Pros will feature Retina displays, but they did not mention anything about a 13” version with Retina displays. However, a recent data fetch from Mini Battery Logger reveals that a “MacBookPro10,2” sports a 6580 mAh battery. The coding scheme of the MacBook Pro has led to speculations that Apple will be introducing a 13’’ Retina display MacBook Pro alongside the 15’’ version. The Google Chrome team reported Wednesday that, in light The current 13’’ MacBook Pro has the name “MacBook of the upcoming Retina display MacBook, they have began Pro9,2” and the 15” is named “MacBookPro9,1.” If Apple to revamp Chrome and optimizing it for high resolution is consistent with its current naming scheme then the displays. MacBookPro10,2 may as well be the future 13’’ MacBook Pro with Retina display. According to the report from Mini Battery Logger, the MacBookPro10,2 has a 6580 mAh battery—which is higher 6

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June 14th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone than the early 2011 13’’ MacBook Pro’s 5770 mAh. Google becomes a founding The increase in battery capacity is an indication of the performance bump in GPU and resolution requires that member of Ads Integrity Apple integrate a higher capacity battery. If the confirmed Alliance 15’’ MacBook Pro’s GeForce 650M holds true and becomes Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-becomes-a-founding- available in the 13’’, then the data gathered by Mini Battery member-of-ads-integrity-alliance/16276.html Logger does correlate to another version of a Retina display June 14th, 2012 MacBook Pro. Please note that there are no conclusive evidences that the data gathered by Mini Battery Logger is legitimate. LulzSec's Ryan Cleary indicted in U.S. court Google announced late yesterday that it is now a part of Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lulzsec-s-ryan-cleary-indicted-in- the Ads Integrity Alliance, a partnership among some of the u.s.-court/16277.html web’s largest presence to fight bad ads. June 14th, 2012 Ryan Cleary, a 20-year-old British citizen, was indicted by a jury in Los Angles on Tuesday on charges of hacking into websites of Sony, Fox, and PBS. Google announced late yesterday that it is now a part of the Ads Integrity Alliance, a partnership among some of the web’s largest presence to fight bad ads. The search engine giant claims that it has been fighting spam contents and ads by removing millions of ads and thousands of advertisers from their ad service. Ryan Cleary, a 20-year-old British citizen, was indicted by “In 2011, Google alone disabled more than 130 million ads a jury in Los Angles on Tuesday on charges of hacking into and 800,000 advertisers that violated our policies on our websites of Sony, Fox, and PBS. own and partners’ sites, such as ads that promote counterfeit Cleary’s group, LulzSec, is accused of obtaining confidential goods and malware,” states the Official Google Blog. information, defacing websites, and server attacks using The alliance consists of—but not limited to—Google, AOL, compromised computers—or, “botnet.” The FBI says that Facebook, Twitter, and IAB. According to Google, the Cleary’s actions have negatively impacted a large number of alliance aims to share certain information with each other, businesses. and create industry-wide policies and best practices for ads An FBI spokeswoman states that: "Cleary is a skilled hacker. and their creators. He controlled his own botnet, employed sophisticated Google believes that their involvement in the Ads Integrity methods and his broad geographic scope affected a large Alliance reflects their desire to “put the world’s information number of businesses and individuals." at [user’s] fingertips.” Internet spam is destroying the LulzSec is an affiliate and/or have some connections integrity of the web and Google thinks that “the web is worth to the hacktivist group “Anonymous”—which has been fighting for, which is why [they] strongly support the Ads active in India in recent news. According to the Integrity Alliance’s efforts to tackle bad actors who seek to Chicago Tribune, LulzSec initially targeted organizations damage it.” that supports internet censorship, but later expanded their reach to Scientology and global baking system. Sony Xperia miro won't The FBI states that they would let overseas authorities’ prosecution against Cleary “take its course” before they seek amaze you, but it may be free to extradite Cleary in the U.S. A U.K.’s court date for Cleary with contract is set for the 25th of June. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-xperia-miro-won-t-amaze-you- but-it-may-be-free-with-contract/16275.html 7

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June 14th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 14th, 2012 Memory: 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal storage Camera: 5 MP rear with LED flash Battery: 1500 mAh Budget conscious smartphone consumers now have another OS: Android 4.0 ICS option with the addition of the Sony Xperia miro to a long The Xperia miro is expected to hit the shelf later in the third list of mid-range Android devices. It’s true that that Sony quarter of this year. Staying true to it's pop culture-esque currently does not have a flagship iPhone-killer like the values, Sony will be releasing the Xperia miro in a variety of Samsung Galaxy SIII or an HTC One X, and it doesn’t seem colors. like Sony intend to release a spec’d out Android phone for the time being. Source: sonymobile.com Budget conscious smartphone consumers now have another Reference: gsmarena.com option with the addition of the Sony Xperia miro to a long list of mid-range Android devices. It’s true that that Sony currently does not have a flagship iPhone-killer like the ZOTAC GTX 670 TwinCooler Samsung Galaxy SIII or an HTC One X, and it doesn’t seem like Sony intend to release a spec’d out Android phone for Pictured the time being. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/zotac-gtx-670-twincooler- pictured/16273.html June 14th, 2012 NVIDIA not only disturbed the performance-thru-extreme GPU segments of AMD with the GeForce GTX 670, but also rubbed salt on its wounds with an insultingly compact-yet- efficient PCB design of its reference design board. One of its bigger board partners, ZOTAC, is ready with a custom- design graphics card that keeps in tune with this design Phone enthusiasts may not find anything worth raving about principle, the GTX 670 TwinCooler. with respect to the miro, and it would seem so. The NVIDIA not only disturbed the performance-thru-extreme phone comes with a Qualcomm MSM7225A single core GPU segments of AMD with the GeForce GTX 670, but also processor which may limit its usability when it comes to rub salt on its wounds with an insultingly simple yet efficient online contents such as flash videos or HD videos. Aside compact PCB design of its reference design board. One of from the lack lustered CPU, everything else about the phone its bigger board partners, ZOTAC, is ready with a custom- screams “free with a two year contract.” design graphics card that keeps in tune with this design Specs: principle, the GTX 670 TwinCooler. Display: 320 x 480 LED backlit @ 165ppi CPU: 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7225A single core GPU: Adreno 200 Dimensions: 113 x 59.4 x 9.9mm Weight: 110g 8

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June 14th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone back plating surfaced, and this week we have some amazing pictures of a fully assembled iPhone 5. How people find the time to create realistic images to add fuel to the wildfire of rumors about the iPhone 5 never cease to amaze us. Last week pictures and videos of the iPhone 5’s back plating surfaced, and this week we have some amazing pictures of a fully assembled iPhone 5. Without further ado, here are some pictures courtesy of Flickr user Martin uit Utrecht, some talented person(s), and Rhinoceros 3D . Pictured above, the ZOTAC GTX 670 TwinCooler (model no. ZTGTX670-2GD5TCR001/ZT-60305-10P) is really short - about 60 mm shorter than NVIDIA reference design. The cooling assembly is ZOTAC's in-house design. The cooler uses two dense aluminum fin stacks, to which heat is conveyed by copper heat pipes that make direct contact with the GPU. The two are ventilated by an 80 mm fan, each. The cooler makes the card a tiny bit thicker than what two expansion slots allow, although it shouldn't eat up the third expansion slot. The ZOTAC GTX 670 TwinCooler, despite its compact size, packs factory-overclocked speeds. Its core (base) is clocked at 954 MHz (vs. 915 MHz reference), with a GPU Boost frequency of 1033 MHz (vs. 980 MHz reference), and surprisingly, a memory speed of 6208 MHz (vs. 6008 MHz reference, a frequency most manufacturers don't tinker with). The card packs 2 GB of GDDR5 memory across a 256-bit wide memory interface. The 28 nm GK104 silicon is configured to have 1344 CUDA cores, 112 TMUs, and 32 ROPs. The card draws power from two 6-pin PCIe power connectors. It supports 3-way SLI. Display outputs include two DVI, and one each of HDMI and DisplayPort connectors. ZOTAC plans to launch the card worldwide, on the 20th of June. Prices vary greatly by market. What a fully assembled iPhone 5 may look like Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/what-a-fully-assembled-iphone-5- may-look-like/16274.html June 14th, 2012 How people find the time to create realistic images to add fuel to the wildfire of rumors about the iPhone 5 never cease to amaze us. Last week pictures and videos of the iPhone 5’s 9

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June 14th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone At its base, six nickel-plated copper heat pipes make indirect contact with the CPU. The six then convey heat to each of the two aluminum fin towers, where under the air-flow of 120 Prolimatech Intros Black mm or 140 mm fans, heat is dissipated. The perpendicular Series Genesis CPU Heatsink tower focuses on cooling the CPU, with most of its exhaust Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/prolimatech-intros-black-series- making its way out of the case, while the parallel tower could genesis-cpu-heatsink/16272.html end up cooling other components on the motherboard such June 14th, 2012 as memory and VRM, under its air-flow. Wacky, high-end heatsink designer Prolimatech announced a new black variant of its Genesis CPU heatsink, famed for its asymmetric design. The new Black Series Genesis has been launched exclusively through a certain European retailer, and will be generally available soon. Wacky, high-end heatsink designer Prolimatech announced a new black variant of its Genesis CPU heatsink, famed for its asymmetric design. The new Black Series Genesis has been The Black Series Genesis supports a full range of CPU socket launched exclusively through a certain European retailer, types, including LGA2011, LGA1155/LGA1156, LGA1366, and will be generally available soon. LGA775; AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2, FM2/FM1; although you should ensure your case and motherboard have just enough room for it. Apart from the heatsink itself, major parts of the mounting kit are black. The new Black Series Genesis, apart from its matte- black anodised aluminum fins, is identical to the original, launched back in February, 2011. It is a large category CPU heatsink, which uses a dual aluminum fin tower As mentioned earlier, the Black Series Genesis from design, except that while one of its fin towers is arranged Prolimatech, is launched exclusively by a European retailer, perpendicular to the plane of the motherboard (like most Overclockers UK. It is priced at £59.90 (US $93, SG $119). tower-type heatsinks), the other one is arranged parallel to It will be generally available a little later. that plane (like most top-flow heatsinks). 10

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June 14th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone may mark the end of a very faithful exploit, the loss of Jailbreakme doesn't signal any doom for the jailbreaking community. Apple probably can't stop June 21 launch of Samsung Galaxy S III Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-probably-can-t-stop-june-21- launch-of-samsung-galaxy-s-iii/16271.html June 14th, 2012 Famed JailbreakMe exploit put to rest in iOS 6 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/famed-jailbreakme-exploit-put-to- rest-in-ios-6/16270.html June 14th, 2012 Last Friday, Apple's lawyers were threatening to sic a temporary restraining order on Samsung's Galaxy S III to stop the device from going on sale on June 21, its launch date. Now that is hardly likely to happen. After two years, Apple has finally managed to patch the Last Friday, Apple's lawyers were threatening to file a bug behind the famed 'JailbreakMe' exploit. This occurs less temporary restraining order on Samsung's Galaxy S III to than a year after the hacker responsible for discovering the stop the device from going on sale on June 21, its launch date. exploit, 'Comex', left jailbreaking for an internship at Apple. Now that is hardly likely to happen. After two years, Apple has finally managed to patch the Among the other Apple vs. Samsung cases that are going on bug behind the famed 'JailbreakMe' exploit. This occurs less right now in the United States, Apple was hoping that Judge than a year after the hacker responsible for discovering the Lucy Koh would make a preliminary injunction request for exploit, 'Comex', left jailbreaking for an internship at Apple. the Samsung Halaxy S III, to add to an existing pile of similar requests which Apple has made for Samsung products. The well-guarded JailbreakMe exploit was the first jailbreak that could be used with the iPad 2, and has lived unfettered for two years’ time. The exploit was particularly loved for its ease and simplicity - the procedure of jailbreaking a device using it involved simply visiting a website in the iOS browser, and a few seconds later, the process was done. But now, in iOS 6, the exploit has finally been patched. Jailbreaker pod2g notes via Twitter "R.I.P. the exploit used by developers to root the device. Found by @comex in 2010. A 2 years old bug closed with iOS 6." Obviously, the immediate suspicion in everyone's mind is But, according to a report by Reuters, Judge Koh ruled that that Comex revealed the bug to Apple now that he is working the requests would "overload her calendar". A date of July for them. There isn't any proof of that, but it's certainly a 30 has already been set for the trial on the previous Galaxy possibility. cases. As disappointing as this may be, the good news is While Apple could still theoretically request a ban for a that the kernel bug exploit couldn't be used for general separate hearing date, it most likely won't be able to do so release jailbreaks, as it required an iOS developer account. before the June 21 launch of the Galaxy S III in the U.S. Therefore, any jailbreaks currently being developed for iOS 6 (like the one announced by iPhone Dev Team's Musclenerd) It's no secret that Apple thinks Samsung products are should not be affected by the patch. generally shameless ripoffs of their own. In the case of the Samsung Galaxy S III, a Samsung lawyer commented that Jailbreakers tend to have their own stock of secret exploits in the case that Apple destroys one of them. So, while it 11

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June 14th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Apple is only trying to "prevent a phone from getting to the The Justice Department has already shaken the eBook public that is better than Apple's in many, many respects." publishing industry with a lawsuit that alleges publishers colluded with Apple to fix prices on eBooks, rather than "U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, letting the market set the prices. Several publishers settled effectively dashed Apple's hopes of stopping the launch of in April, but Apple and the remaining publishers continue Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's new Galaxy S III smartphone, to fight the suit. In the cable probe, the Justice Department which also runs on Android. Koh had said Apple's push to is taking a close look at data caps that have been used by get a court order blocking the June 21 launch would overload TV providers like Comcast and Time Warner have used to her calendar… Koh last week said Apple could ask for a try and deal with the rapid growth of online video traffic. temporary restraining order against the Galaxy S III phone, The limits are needed, the companies claim, in order to but that would likely delay the trial over a Galaxy tablet and stop heavy users from overwhelming their networks. Online other smartphones. In her order on Monday, the judge said video providers like Netflix, however, have accused cable Apple would have to request a new hearing date if it wanted companies of using the limits at stopping consumers from to stop sales of the Galaxy S III phone. That likely would not dropping their television services and switching completely take place before the phone's scheduled launch. Apple has to online video services. There is also concern that the not said what its next move will be." cable companies’ online video offerings, many of which -Reuters have begun service in just the past year, will get an unfair advantage by not affecting data cap limits or receiving priority traffic on the networks. Comcast did nothing to Justice Department alleviate those accusations when they announced in March that its Xfinity app on the Xbox 360 would not be counted Investigating Cable Providers, against their subscribers’ data caps, unlike every other video Net Neutrality service available on the system. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/justice-department-investigating- Because of this announcement, the Justice Department cable-providers-net-neutrality/16269.html is examining whether or not Comcast violated legal June 14th, 2012 requirements made of the company in 2011 in order for them to secure approval for the takeover of NBCUniversal. Under those legal terms, Comcast cannot “unreasonably discriminate” against other companies transmitting data over its network or treat its own content differently than it treats theirs. Comcast claims that they have not, in fact, violated those requirements, because they are not treating The US Justice Department is looking into antitrust claims data from the Internet any differently; they are claiming against various cable companies throughout the US to find that they have a loophole in that Xfinity uses data only out if they've been acting anticompetitively when it comes to from Comcast’s internal network, not the public Internet. the distribution of online video through their networks. “We have consistently treated all video carried over the public Internet the same whether it comes from our sites or The U.S. Justice Department has begun conducting a large, anywhere else on the public Internet,” the company said. wide-ranging antitrust investigation into cable companies and whether or not they are attempting to stifle upcoming Another issue being investigated are paywalls around certain competition from online video providers. Officials have content providers that require users to have an active cable spoken to several online companies, including Netflix and subscription, such as ESPN’s WatchESPN service, which can Hulu, as well as cable providers like Comcast and Time only be accessed in mobile form after entering your cable Warner Cable, about issues such as data caps. No comment subscription details. The Justice Department is investigating was given about the investigation. whether these paywalls are anticompetitive, as well as whether contracts signed by providers and entertainment The problem arises from the fact that cable companies, groups are anti-competitive by requiring subscribers to which provide bundles of television channels as well as high- purchase packages of channels, whether or not they actually speed internet access, are having their traditional channel watch those channels. bundles as well as video rental on demand services bypassed by customers using online services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. Companies, having invested billions of dollars CISPA Being Pushed By US into the construction and maintenance of their networks, have little to no incentive to get out of the business of Senate providing television channels, and major entertainment Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/cispa-being-pushed-by-us- groups with multiple television stations are highly invested senate/16268.html in the current model of television viewing, because by June 14th, 2012 requiring cable companies to license packages of channels rather than picking individual channels, they ensure that all their channels, no matter how popular, make it into homes, and are able to receive fees for stations that would otherwise wither and die from lack of viewership. The probe The controversial successor to SOPA and PIPA is being from the Justice Department serves as a highlight into pushed by leadership in the Senate, and may soon make how shifts in patterns of television viewership are shaking progress towards the President's desk. and reverberating through the television entertainment industry. 12

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June 14th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Remember SOPA and PIPA, the pieces of legislation that run their own domain, without worrying if a certain address sought to protect copyright by destroying fundamental ideas has been used already. of how the Internet functions? There’s another piece of More than 1,900 applications have already been received, legislation, very similar in nature, and seeking to do the and not just for business names; some of the applications same things that SOPA and PIPA did making its way through include city-based domains like .NYC or .berlin, industry- the U.S. Senate. Currently the legislation, known as CISPA, specific domains like .cars, and even domains based on is stalled on Capitol Hill, but recently there were two key web-slang. With so many applications, there are, of course, indicators that progress would begin on working through the some duplicates; .africa and .eco have both had at least bill soon. two applications put in for them, but even if only 10% of The first indicator was a statement made by Senator Harry the current applications go live next year, the number of Reid, in which he essentially promised action on the various domains on the Internet will double. cybersecurity bills floating through the Senate. He pushed This is not the first time that new domains have been added; forward the controversial bill, reportedly stating that “I domains such as .info and .biz were added previously in [have] put everyone on notice: We are going to move to 2000 and 2004, but not all of the domains added then have this bill at the earliest possible date,” meaning that the been successful or widely adopted. Where .biz and .info took Democratic Party, currently in control of the Senate, is in off, relatively speaking, .museum and .coop have remained fear of losing their position at the end of this election year largely unused. The difference this time is that there will be and is looking to push legislation through before the election. hundreds of new domains added, rather than just a few. The second indicator is news that has surfaced regarding a Another difference is that those whose applications are potential compromise in the works regarding an issue that approved will have control over the entire domain. They has kept the versions in the House and the Senate from being will decide who can and cannot receive an address on that reconcilable, that issue being standards. The Senate bill domain, as well as how much to charge for that address. The includes mandatory standards, which the proponents in the potential returns on these investments have garnered some Senate claim is necessary for the protection of the Internet serious financial backing for some of the groups. A start-up infrastructure in the U.S., but to members of the House, company called Donuts Inc, for example, has claimed to have controlled by the Republican Party, mandatory standards raised roughly $100 million to pay for the registration fees are a burden on business that will stifle and crush economic for 307 domains and create the infrastructure required to growth in the sector. Senator Lindsey Graham, however, said run those domains. in an interview that a compromise is being drafted between The problem, however, is the same problem that plagued the two groups, which would mean progress on the bill can the previous expansions. That problem, namely, is consumer be made. awareness and understanding. The .com domain has All of this is happening on Congressional time scales, so remained dominant for so long partly because it was so don’t expect anything to happen any time soon, but it looks widely adopted and is used so frequently that it is what like their will soon be another bill for the various Internet most users immediately think of when thinking about an communities to go to war against. internet address, and it will most likely remain the dominant domain. Also, smaller companies may have a harder time marketing their domains, whereas a company like Microsoft, ICANN Preparing To Release with brand recognition and a loyal customer base, will see New Domains much better returns and traffic on their domains. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/icann-preparing-to-release-new- We’ll keep our eyes open and report on any interesting domains/16265.html developments as ICANN prepares to unleash a torrent of June 14th, 2012 new domains on the Internet. Analysts like Apple's WWDC unveil, but disappointed there was not more After the slow trickle of new domains over the past decade, Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/analysts-like-apple-s-wwdc-unveil- ICANN is set to open the floodgates next year, with hundreds but-disappointed-there-was-not-more/16264.html of new domains set for approval in 2013. June 14th, 2012 Next year, the Internet will play host to a group of new domains. Familiar domains, such as .com and .net, will become less prevalent as new domains open up for various uses. ICANN, the organization that oversees the DNS services and addressing system for the Internet, plans to give out new Analysts have responded predominantly positively to domains to any organization which can afford a registration Apple's new software and hardware lineup unveiled at the fee of $185,000. This means that companies like Microsoft, Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in Moscone Coca Cola, Nike, cities like New York and London, or any West, San Francisco, but the lack of surprises has caused other group that can come up with the registration fee can some concerns. 13

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June 14th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Analysts have responded predominantly positively to disappointed by the lack of hardware products, and he said Apple's new software and hardware lineup unveiled at the investors “likely expected more.” Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in Moscone West, San Francisco, but the lack of surprises has caused Alex Gauna at JMP said the software was as forecast, but some concerns. said the lack of surprises caused stocks to fall, with particular disappointment about the lack of Apple TV announcements. Philip Elmer-Dewitt at Fortune collected a number of analyst comments on Apple's keynote address, with the The general consensus is that what Apple delivered is good, majority of them praising the new features of iOS, but many but more was expected or desired, which leads to the expressing disappointment at the lack of hardware launches. question if “good” is good enough. This is the first WWDC since the passing of Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Bill Shope from Goldman Sachs said that the addition of Siri Jobs - and it shows. for the new iPad will help with the momentum it expects to continue this quarter, while FaceTime running over a mobile connection will strengthen Apple's platform against rivals on the market. He expressed scepticism about Apple's need to ARCTIC Freezer i30 CPU develop its own Maps app, but said that Siri integration will Cooler Review help with competitiveness. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/arctic-freezer-i30-cpu-cooler- review/16263.html Mark Moskowitz from J.P. Morgan noted three June 14th, 2012 key software-driven services in Apple's announcement: Passbook, Maps and FaceTime over a mobile network. He believes this will strengthen things for the iPhone 5 launch, with Passbook considered a precusor to a mobile payment service from Apple that the financial firm calls “iPay.” A few weeks ago we tested and reviewed one of the most basic CPU coolers ARCTIC offers at this point of time, the Alpine 11 PLUS, which proved capable of satisfying basic user needs. Today however we are going to have a look at the nemesis of the Alpine 11 PLUS; the large tower CPU cooler we have for review today listens to the name Freezer i30 and is the largest and most expensive Intel CPU cooler ARCTIC currently produces. A few weeks ago we tested and reviewed one of the most basic CPU coolers ARCTIC offers at this point of time, the Alpine 11 PLUS, which proved capable of satisfying basic user needs. Today however we are going to have a look at the nemesis of the Alpine 11 PLUS; the large tower CPU cooler we have for review today listens to the name Freezer i30 and is the largest and most expensive Intel CPU cooler ARCTIC currently produces. Max. Cooling Capacity 320 Watts Heatpipe Direct-Touch Ø 8 mm x 4 (double-sided) Gene Munster from Piper Jaffray commented on Apple's Heatsink Material Aluminum fins x 48, move to “meaningfully differentiate iOS from Android.” It thickness: 0.5 mm said the partnership with Facebook makes the iPhone the Fan (mm) ARCTIC F12 PWM: de-facto Facebook phone and Google is unlikely to have a 120 mm, 400 – 1,350 RPM similar partnership. He expects Apple to ink deals with other (PWM controlled) firms in order to further get rid of Google's presence on the Airflow 74 CFM / 125.7 m³/h iPhone. Bearing Fluid Dynamic Bearing Noise Level 0.3 Sone (@1,350 RPM) Chris Whitmore from Deutsche Bank praised the increasing Current, Voltage 0.22A / 3.5 - 12V “stickiness” of the iOS and Mac platforms, but indicated that Dimensions (Product) 100 (L) x 139 (W) x 161 (H) the announcements were in-line with expectations. mm Net Weight 0.9 kg Ben Reitzes from Barclay said that software was ahead Limited Warranty 6 years of expectations, but he was surprised not to see Apple Dimensions (Packaging) 123 (L) x 161 (W) x 187 (H) introduce the ability to make apps for Apple TV. He was also mm 14

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June 14th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone around various levels in order to help Swampy the Alligator itemnumber UCACO-FI30001-GB have a shower. It won one of the awards due to its UPC 0872767005051 personality, consistent narrative, vibrant graphics, intuitive Gross Weight 1.4 kg controls, simple game mechanics, and great sountrack. Its optimisation with iOS and integration with various iOS features was another selling point. Apple unveils Apple Design Award winners at WWDC Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-unveils-apple-design-award- winners-at-wwdc/16262.html June 14th, 2012 Apple has announced the Apple Design Award winners at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in Moscone West, San Francisco. Out of over half a million apps across the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, Apple selected just a handful which it believed deserved special mention at its event. National Parks by National Geographic is an informational app, providing details about popular parks throughout the United States. It was chosen for its strong design, attention Winners in the iPhone Developer Showcase include Jetpack to detail, high production quality, subtle and compelling Joyride by Halfbrick Studios, Where's My Water by Disney, animations and transitions, beautiful photo galleries, and and National Parks by National Geographic, by none other photo tips. Maps integration was another factor in its win. than the National Geographic Society. Jetpack Joyride is a game that lets players fly around platform levels in a variety of jetbacks, collecting coins along the way. Apple said it was one of the winners because “it uses iOS graphics and audio frameworks extensively to enable really fun graphics, it's optimized for Retina Display on iPad and iPhone, has a great soundtrack, delivers outstanding responsiveness and performance, and integrates with Game Center, In-App Purchase, Facebook and Twitter.” Basically it shows off the iPhone and iOS at its best. Winners in the iPad Developer Showcase include Bobo Explores Light by Game Collage LLC, DM1 – The Drum Machine by Fingerlab, and Paper by FiftyThree, by FiftyThree Inc. Where's My Water is another game, but this time a physics-based puzzle where players help navigate water 15

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June 14th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Bobo Explores Light is an educational app that teaches basic scientific concepts relating to light, such as lasers, reflection, refraction, photosynthesis and bioluminescence, all with the use of experimentation, self-driven discovery and humour. Apple selected it because it is “state-of-the-art” and for making learning fun compared to more traditional digital textbooks. Winners in the Mac Developer Showcase include Deus Ex: Human Evolution – Ultimate Edition by Feral Interactive Ltd, Limbo by Playdead Aps, and Sketch by Bohemian Coding. The Deux Ex title is a cyberpunk-themed action role-playing game available on OS X. It was selected for its compelling and immersive gameplay, great graphics, and enormous DM1 is, as its extended name suggests, a drum machine environments. Apple called it “one of the … most impressive app that lets users turn their iPad into a virtual sound AAA games on the Mac App Store.” engine. It won an award for its “tight integration with iOS audio frameworks,” in addition to its high performance, rich feature set, finely-tuned interface, and beautiful visual design. Limbo is a side-scrolling puzzle adventure for OS X, winning an Apple Design Award for its minimal UI, unique and compelling graphics, strong narrative, fluid movements, simple controls, and strong integration with OS X graphics and audio technology. Paper by FiftyThree is a creativity app that lets users draw sketches, diagrams, and illustrations in a way that makes them look high quality. Apple picked it for its excellent concept and execution, the feeling it gives when people draw with it for the first time, its innovative tools and rendering style, and the fact that it takes full advantage of the Retina Display to create the illusion of drawing on real paper. 16

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June 14th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone unique interactivity, learning and gameplay, and touted it as “a great example of the results students can produce on iOS.” Sketch is a professional vector graphics app for OS X, chosen for its integration with OS X and powerful design capabilities, including “non-destructive boolean operations on curves and objects.” Qihoo 360's AK 47 to gun down competitors with retina display Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/qihoo-360-s-ak-47-to-gun-down- competitors-with-retina-display/16261.html June 14th, 2012 Apple also selected two winners in its Student Developer If you think Apple is one of the few big name companies Showcase: daWindci by Reality Twist GmbH, Mimimi using retina displays in their products, you’re right—but Productions and Little Star by BiBoBox Studio. The former is a smaller-scale Chinese software company will feature the a 3D project created by students at Mediadesign Highschool retina display in their upcoming “AK 47” smartphone also. of Applied Sciences in Munich, winning for its clever design, simple gameplay, integration with iOS and 3D visuals. If you think Apple is one of the few big name companies Little Star is a 30-page interactive children's book designed using retina displays in their products, you’re right—but and developed by students at Dalian Nationalities University a smaller-scale Chinese software company will feature the in China. Apple selected it for its beautiful illustrations and retina display in their upcoming “AK 47” smartphone also. 17

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June 14th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Qihoo 360, mainly known for their antivirus and web but a slight speed boost to the 12 cores Xeon model has been browser software, will be producing a budget smartphone implemented recently. that sports some relatively good specs. No, this is not an iPhone knock off, because it’s not called the “i”AK 47 Windows 8 is IT and smartphone (just AK 47). This is the first “budget retina Android smartphone” that I’ve developers friendly heard of, there may be others but I have yet to come across Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/windows-8-is-it-and-developers- it. The official name of the phone is not known, and AK 47 friendly/16259.html is what Qihoo 360’s chairman, Zhou HongYi, calls it. Can June 14th, 2012 this budget AK 47 retina smartphone gun down competing devices? Tim Cook says 2013 Mac Pro will recieve "revolutionary In Microsoft’s keynote at the TechEd conference in Orlando, speakers demonstrated Windows 8’s IT/developer-friendly features" features such as built-in capability to run Windows 8 and 7 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/tim-cook-says-2013-mac-pro-will- side by side at the same time. recieve-revolutionary-features-/16260.html June 14th, 2012 Apple has not said much—actually, they didn’t say anything at all—about their Mac Pro line for the last two years, but after the WWDC on Monday, Tim Cook has given an official announcement to the future of the Mac Pro. Apple has not said much—actually, they didn’t say anything at all—about their Mac Pro line for the last two years, but after the WWDC on Monday, Tim Cook has given an official announcement to the future of the Mac Pro. In Microsoft’s keynote at the TechEd conference in Orlando, In an email to inquirers, Cook states that Apple is “working speakers demonstrated Windows 8’s IT/developer-friendly on something really great for later next year [and other] features such as built-in capability to run Windows 8 and 7 revolutionary features” for the Mac Pro’s 2013 update. side by side at the same time. Here’s the full email: Linda Averett, leader of Microsoft’s developer experience team, demonstrated Windows 8’s hypervisor software Thanks for your email. Our Pro customers like you running a virtual instance of Windows 7. She said that the are really important to us. Although we didn’t have built in virtual software enables “IT pros [to] check out how a chance to talk about a new Mac Pro at today’s things work in different versions.” event, don’t worry as we’re working on something really great for later next year. We also updated the “I find it exceedingly convenient,” she added. current model today. The virtual instance of Windows 7 can also run side by side with Windows 8 in a split screen mode. This feature is We’ve been continuing to update Final Cut Pro especially useful for IT and developers who want to compare X with revolutionary pro features like industry how a software/app runs on different versions of Windows leading multi-cam support and we just updated at the same time. Aperture with incredible new image adjustment features. Adding to Averett’s claim of Windows 8 flexibility, she demonstrated how a user customized version of Windows 8 can also be booted from a USB drive. We also announced a MacBook Pro with a Retina It seems like Microsoft is aiming to entice developers Display that is a great solution for many pros. to check out their new platform by making it easier for them to troubleshoot and develop applications in a virtual environment. However, will these “IT & developers- Tim friendly” features equate to regular consumers’ early There have been circulating rumors that Apple is putting an adoption of Windows 8? end to the Mac Pro line since it’s been two years since there has been any major update. However, Cook’s announcement solidifies Apple’s stance on the future of the Mac Pro. Any spectacular hardware or design update remains to be seen, 18

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June 14th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 14th, 2012 AMD AFDS Seattle: Trinity follow-on, Kaveri, to have true shared memory Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-afds-seattle-trinity-follow-on- kaveri-to-have-true-shared-memory/16258.html June 14th, 2012 During its WWDC announcements yesterday, Apple made an announcement regarding iOS' voice assistant 'Siri' which, along with many other iOS features, has seen upgrades in iOS 6. According to the company, Siri voice assistance will be added to a number of cars. During its WWDC announcements yesterday, Apple made an announcement regarding iOS' voice assistant 'Siri' which, AMD Fusion Developer Summit has just started in Seattle, along with many other iOS features, has seen upgrades in here are some of the initial news, with more to follow iOS 6. According to the company, Siri voice assistance will While one can debate the performance pros and cons of the be added to a number of cars. Trinity APU, its tight level of CPU-GPU integration is a fact, This "Eyes Free" system will make it much easier and safer including the shared memory controller and such. However, to do a lot of the things which usually make cell phones and even more is coming, as seen on the keynote presentation driving a bad combination. two hours ago. The 2013 Trinity follow-on, Kaveri, will have true shared, unified address space between the CPU and GPU, with common user calls and sharing of data between them. This will eliminate the data copying or wasted bandwith having to reference it indirectly, and come a step forward in integrating the two further. It's supposed to help in both 3- D graphics and the compute. After the show, a source confirmed that Kaveri will be a true Southern Islands GCN part in the GPU department, without any remnants of the HD6XXX VLIW-4 architecture, and that the Steamroller CPU core parts there would solve a couple of remaining major drawbacks of the Piledriver "Through the voice command button on your steering wheel, architecture. you'll be able to ask Siri questions without taking your eyes off the road," said Apple on its iOS 6 website. In fact, in order to even further prevent any visual distractions, the Eyes Free Whether it includes - finally - each core getting its own FPU system will prevent the iOS device from lighting up when the and instruction scheduler, or something else like common feature is being used. The screen will stay dark, as the only L3 cache for CPU and GPU, non existent till now, was thing needed to interact with it will be voice. not answered. The point is, Intel's Haswell desktop with "With the Eyes Free feature, ask Siri to call people, select supposedly vastly improved graphics (GT3, 40EUs and and play music, hear and compose text messages, use Maps 64MB cache) - but likely no such high level enhancement like and get directions, read your notifications, find calendar true shared memory - will be out at the same time. So, getting information, add reminders, and more," said Apple. out Kaveri as early as possible should be an imperative for the AMD APU time. And, yes, since the sockets are changed Apple's iOS chief Scott Forstall mentioned nine car everytime, how about quad memory channel option this manufactures taking part in the addition of Eyes Free time, as DDR4 support is too early then, yet more bandwidth technology to vehicles, including BMW, General Motors, is needed for the GPU at least? Mercedes, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota, Chrysler, and Honda. This feature will presumably take advantage of another Siri and cars - "Eyes Free" upgrade to the iOS software, which is the new Maps technology to make cell application by Apple. Apple is abandoning Google Maps in the new version of iOS, using their own application which phones and driving a safer will include turn-by-turn navigation guides with spoken combination directions, real time traffic information, and alternate route Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/siri-and-cars--eyes-free-technology- suggestions. to-make-cell-phones-and-driving-a-safer-combination/16256.html This makes sense when considering controversy last year involving Apple's location-tracking on iOS devices. At the time, the company claimed that the collection of anonymous location data was taking place to create a "crowd-sourced traffic database" to be a part of a future "improved traffic service." 19

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June 14th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Along with rumors about Apple's iTV, and Google's self- it will come as pleasant news to these people that iOS 6 beta driving vehicle, it seems that IT makers are at least has already been jailbroken on at least one A4 device. partly turning their attention to improving conventional Musclenerd of the iPhone Dev Team confirmed this on his technology with the digital marvels of today. Twitter, and also explained that many things, including the It is nice to see the experience of older inventions being jailbreak app/tweak/mod store Cydia, are not yet working improved and upgraded, rather than forgotten and replaced. on the jailbroken iOS. This particular jailbreak is "tethered", meaning that a command must be sent to the modified device in order to boot it up, which requires that it be iOS 6.0 beta gets jailbroken tethered to a computer, and often involves the use of command line procedures or batch files. on an A4 device Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ios-6.0-beta-gets-jailbroken-on-an- It shouldn't be any surprise, therefore, that musclenerd also a4-device/16255.html says that users should not expect an iOS 6 beta jailbreak June 14th, 2012 release anytime soon. However, the news should still be encouraging to interested users, as it shows that progress is being made towards a more sufficient jailbreak even now while iOS 6 is still in its beta stage. Jailbreaker ‘musclenerd’ announced via Twitter that he had jailbroken his A4 iPod touch, running iOS 6 beta. The Google faces £500,000 fine jailbreak is premature, and tethered. A release should not be if found guilty of violating expected in the near future. Jailbreaker ‘musclenerd’ announced via Twitter that he had UK's data protection laws by jailbroken his A4 iPod touch, running iOS 6 beta. The VR-Zone.com jailbreak is premature, and tethered. A release should not be Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-faces-500-000-fine-if-found- expected in the near future. guilty-of-violating-uk-s-data-protection-laws/16257.html This year’s WWDC has been one of the most exciting of all, June 14th, 2012 perhaps second behind the 2007 WWDC which was held prior to the release of the original iPhone, and saw 5,000 attendees. Not only has this WDDC seen the announcement of upgrades to Apple's entire notebook line, but a major new entry into Apple's iOS operating system, iOS 6. In the midst of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) investigation of Google in the U.S., UK's Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is also investigating possible cover up of unauthorized data capture by Google’s Street View cars in 2010. Now, while still in its beta stage, the iOS 6 software has already been jailbroken. Jailbreaking is a process by which users circumvent the limitations of iOS by using a custom kernel, and thereby In the midst of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) gain root access to the device's file system. This gives users investigation of Google in the U.S., UK's Information the ability to install themes, apps, tweaks, and other minor/ Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is also investigating possible major modifications to the iOS software. cover up of unauthorized data capture by Google’s Street View cars in 2010. Jailbreaking has been seen as a necessity to even soft-core modders and customization enthusiasts, as iOS has been a According to guardian.co.uk, Google obtained highly private notoriously closed and unchangeable system. But many new data that include email messages, browsing history, features are being introduced now which, at least for some, passwords, and even medical records of people in the UK— will negate the very need to jailbreak. This is a good thing, some, if not a lot, of the information were obtained without since jailbreaking can be a difficult process, and voids device user’s consent. warranties. Google told the ICO in 2010 that the data gathered by the But regardless, there will still be a good crowd who wants Street View cars were a mistake, and that Google personnel more access to their devices than Apple will give them, and 20

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June 14th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone did not use the data or even bothered to look at it. However, on Tuesday the ICO officially began a new investigation. "During the course of our investigation we were specifically told by Google that it was a simple mistake and if the data was collected deliberately then it is clear that this is a different situation than was reported to us in April 2010," the ICO wrote to Google. Google’s spokeswoman states that Google will be “happy to answer the ICO’s questions,” and full cooperation is not out of the question. A backbreaking antitrust investigation by the FTC is in full swing in the U.S, and the regulatory attacks from different countries seem to just be starting for Google. 21

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June 17th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks! June 17th, 2012 VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. Verizon FiOS "wows" every People looking into Samsung’s Series 5 laptops should take a man, woman, and child look at the AMD series. While the 13’’ i5 Ivy-Bridge Series 5 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/verizon-fios-wows-every-man- will certainly outperform (clock for clock) the AMD platform woman-and-child/16319.html in the CPU department, the refreshed 13’’ AMD Series 5 has June 17th, 2012 the Radeon HD 7500G—which is much more attractive than an Intel HD 4000. Why companies are choosing 6.18.2012 to make announcements is a mystery, and Verizon is also adding to that mystery by hopping onto the 6.18-bandwagon. On that day, Verizon (accompanying Microsoft’s and Nokia’s big announcements) will be making an announcement that may confirm their FiOS broadband service change. Why companies are choosing 6.18.2012 to make announcements is a mystery, and Verizon is adding to that mystery by hopping onto the 6.18-bandwagon. On that day, Verizon (accompanying Microsoft’s and Nokia’s big announcements) will be making an announcement, or rather a commencement for their FiOS broadband service change. Speculations of FiOS change in bandwidth packages have People looking into Samsung’s Series 5 laptops should take a gone on for awhile now, and most likely Verizon will make an look at the AMD series. While the 13’’ i5 Ivy-Bridge Series 5 official announcement regarding those changes on Monday. will certainly outperform (clock for clock) the AMD platform Verizon will change their current highest package, among in the CPU department, the refreshed 13’’ AMD Series 5 has others, from 150 Mbps downstream to 300 Mbps. It is also the Radeon HD 7500G—which is much more attractive than speculated that Verizon will increase their current pricings an Intel HD 4000. along with the increase in bandwidth. Most average consumers will be content with a laptop that A recently uploaded video to YouTube teases consumers has an Intel HD 4000, but it may not get the job done with a semi apocalyptic blackout of all devices--which, for casual gamers who want to do multimedia intensive within seconds come back on and “wowing” anyone that’s activities such as 3D gaming. Web contents such as flash in front of a device connected to the internet. The video videos are very CPU intensive, but many video games are seems to imply that Verizon FiOS saved the world from the CPU and GPU intensive—thus, Samsung may have done doldrums provided by competing ISPs. See for yourself. them self a favor by adding some more GPU horses to their Series 5 laptops. AMD Samsung Series 5 laptop Not only does the 13’’ AMD Series 5 laptop have more GPU power, but it’s also cheaper. The Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge’s have more GPU power than premium comes at the expense of the graphical processing aspect. The 13’’ AMD version of the Series 5 is $100 cheaper Intel Series 5 than its Intel counterpart, and for $699 you can have a Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-samsung-series-5-laptop-have- system that is balanced between CPU and GPU. more-gpu-power-than-intel-series-5/16318.html 1

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June 17th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 17th, 2012 Samsung SGH-T699 Android ICS slider phone to arrive on T-Mobile Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-sgh-t699-android-ics- Sprint and Motorola may be teaming up to bring consumers slider-phone-to-arrive-on-t-mobile/16317.html a QWERTY slider Android phone. While Android 4.0 ICS June 17th, 2012 aims to eliminate the need for a hard keypad, it doesn’t hurt to also have an ICS device with some solid buttons for those that don’t like to touch their screens. Sprint and Motorola may be teaming up to bring consumers a QWERTY slider Android phone. While Android 4.0 ICS aims to eliminate the need for a hard keypad, it doesn’t hurt A barrage of slider Android phones seem to be hitting to also have an ICS device with some solid buttons for those consumers, and until people forsaken the QWERTY hard that don’t like to touch their screens. keypad like they did BlackBerrys, these slider devices will A picture alone doesn’t say much about the phone, but remain a part of manufacturers' to-do list. chances are the Sprint-Motorola slider phone is an entry to mid-range device. Several years ago the QWERTY Sidekick from Motorola seemed to dominate the hands of teens and young adults. Perhaps Sprint and Motorola is aiming to bring back the past. From the screenshot, the phone shows the possibility that A barrage of slider Android phones seem to be hitting it’s running ICS—evident through the virtual buttons on the consumers, and until people forsaken the QWERTY hard right side of the screen. It’s hard to gauge the size of the keypad like they did the BlackBerry, these slider devices will screen as there’s no reference objects in the picture, but it’s remain a part of manufacturer’s to-do list. quite realistic to expect the screen to be 3.5-4.0’’. T-Mobile and Samsung is working together to deliver Hardware-wise, if the phone is running ICS, we can guess the SGH-T699-an ICS slider device boasting a Qualcomm that a 1.0+GHz single or dual core CPU is humming under Snapdragon processor (not known if it’s an S3 or S4). the hood, 4GB of internal storage for the ICS firmware, and at least 512MB RAM for minimal multitasking. Tmonews.com has confirmed that the SGH-T699 will have a 5 MP rear camera, Snapdragon processor, and Android ICS For more discussion on this phone, click here. 4.0.4 out of the box. If T-Mobile is trying to bring back the “Sidekick” in a refined package, then the SGH-T699 may just do the job. CM9 Nightly build for People that are still using a T-Mobile Sidekick may have a Samsung Galaxy S III now reason to upgrade to an Android device now. Although, I available doubt many people hung onto their nifty slider phone from Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/cm9-nightly-build-for-samsung- the mid 2000’s. galaxy-s-iii-now-available/16315.html June 17th, 2012 Sprint-Motorola QWERTY slider ICS Android phone Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sprint-motorola-qwerty-slider-ics- android-phone/16316.html If you’re a fan of CyanogenMod Android based ROMs and you own a Galaxy S III then there’s great news! An official 2

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June 17th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone CyanogenMod 9 Nightly build has been released courtesy of the devs over at XDA-developers.com. If you’re a fan of CyanogenMod Android based firmware and you own a Galaxy S III then there’s great news! An official CyanogenMod 9 Nightly build has been released courtesy of the devs over at XDA-developers.com.. The CM9 S III ROM aims to lessen the TouchWiz UI on the stock Samsung ICS, and converts the S III to a more AOSP look. There are a few issues with this release, however, and it’s not quite perfect just yet. If you use your S III’s radio function then you will have to download an FM app from the market when switching over to this CM9 build. 3

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June 17th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Also, avoid taking pictures that require flash as it may cause “problems”, and the LED doesn’t light up when you charge your phone. If you want more details, head over t he official CM9 Nightly SIIl XDA thread. There are no benchmarks yet to show performance differences between the CM9 and the stock ROM. Nokia 808 Pureview may come to North America Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-808-pureview-may-come-to- north-america/16314.html June 17th, 2012 Symbian OS smartphone is a dying breed, but Nokia may not have given up just yet. A Nokia Facebook post has revealed that Nokia may release the Symbian based 808 Pureview 41 MP camera smartphone to the North American market. Symbian OS smartphone is a dying breed, but Nokia may not have given up just yet. A Nokia Facebook post has revealed that Nokia may release the Symbian based 808 Pureview 41 MP camera smartphone to the North American market. The Nokia US Facebook post regarding an "808 reasons to be excited" has led many to speculate that Nokia is referring to none other than their 808 Pureview phone. Most likely they will release an unlocked version of the 808 Pureview, but it's also possible that some carriers may be interested in the 41 MP goliath. “808 reasons to be excited about Monday,” states Nokia’s Facebook page. 4

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June 17th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone In February, Nokia announced their 808 Pureview camera phone, but official stated that the product was not intended for the North American market. That may all change this Monday, and North American consumers may have a 41 MP camera smartphone in hand soon. Forty-one megapixels! Like. Symbian OS? We will see. Butter shows why Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 is cool Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/butter-shows-why-qualcomm- snapdragon-s4-is-cool/16313.html June 17th, 2012 How do you show off how much better your processor is compared to your competitors? Maybe you can stress test your processor against your competitors using third party software. Or perhaps show people how your processor can out clock your competitors. How about butter? No, really, butter. How do you show off how much better your processor is compared to your competitors? Maybe you can stress test your processor against your competitors using third party software. Or perhaps show people how your processor can out clock your competitors. How about butter? No, really, butter. The Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core has been shown to beat other dual cores and keep up with some quad cores in various benchmarks, but that wasn’t enough for Qualcomm to prove that their product is among the elites. Lets observe how Qualcomm shows off how “cool” their CPU is. The Snapdragon S4 doesn't need real butter to show that it runs like butter. If you're in the market for a smartphone featuring the S4, then be on the look out for the HTC One X or One S (specs vary depending on markets). Sexy looking white iPhone 5 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sexy-looking-white- iphone-5/16312.html June 17th, 2012 Aside from the fingerprint smudges (hopefully the new For every yin you need a yang, and last week we saw the yin of iPhone aren't fingerprint magnets), these realistic pictures the iPhone 5 so it is only proper that this week we admire the may as well be the real thing! yang. Whether you’re a fan of the black iPhone or white one, you can’t deny that both are quite sexy in their own rights. U.S. military is looking into For every yin you need a yang, and last week we saw the yin of the iPhone 5 so it is only proper that this week we admire the iOS and Android to power yang. Whether you’re a fan of the black iPhone or white one, their agencies you can’t deny that both are quite sexy in their own rights. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/u.s.-military-is-looking-into-ios-and- Here are some beautifully rendered images of the white android-to-power-their-agencies/16311.html iPhone 5, and keep in mind that these images are only based of leaks and rumors. 5

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June 17th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 17th, 2012 Leaked document reveals more details about Xbox 720 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/leaked-document-reveals-more- details-about-xbox-720/16310.html June 17th, 2012 RIM is in trouble yet again because the U.S. military may just switch over most of their mobile devices to Apple’s iOS or Google Android devices. More details about the Xbox 720 have been revealed in a 56 page document leak. Within the documents are details regarding, but not limited to, improved CPU power, the Kinect “Glasses”, integration of cross platform devices, and affordability. More details about the Xbox 720 have been revealed in a 56 page document leak. Within the documents are details regarding, but not limited to, improved CPU power, the Kinect “Glasses”, integration of cross platform devices, and affordability. RIM is in trouble yet again because the U.S. military may just switch over most of their mobile devices to Apple’s iOS or Google Android devices. The BlackBerry is currently the device of choice for Pentagon among other U.S. military branches. RIM’s biggest customer is the U.S. military, but official within the military have already voiced their position on RIM’s BlackBerry platform not being able to keep up with current iOS and Android tech. The Xbox 720 is proposed to have 6X the CPU power Pilot programs employing platforms other than BlackBerry compared to the Xbox 360. While it is currently unknown has already been implemented, and representatives from the how Microsoft intends to do this, it is rumored that they Department of Defense (DoD) hope that it would improve will use 6-8 ARM or x86 cores to achieve the next gen information sharing and collaboration among the different performance. Furthermore, for backward compatibility, it is branches of the military. rumored that they will be utilizing 3 so PPC cores to power current 360 games. The Pentagon’s chief of information officer, Teri Takai, says that flexibility provided by non-BlackBerry platforms to develop custom applications is what makes the move to platforms such as iOS or Android so attractive. Furthermore, the BlackBerry devices which the DoD currently employs does not emphasize enough mobility. “People have been calling for this for years. It’s acknowledging that the world is moving toward mobility and the department’s got to move in that same direction,” says Dennis Moran, vice president for Harris Corp. In addition to mobility and flexibility, third party software has also provided iOS and Android with solid security which is possibly the most important aspect of any military devices. A Fixmo—third party software provider—Android Dell Streak device has already received warm welcomes by the military because it’s able to provide security, mobility, and flexibility. RIM, as it should, is also making moves to make sure the Augmented reality seems to be another area of focus U.S. military doesn’t abandon their platform completely. in the 720. The leaked documents state that the new The Mobile Fusion platform may be RIM’s savior as they Kinect technology will seamlessly integrate “the digital claim that it can manage rival devices as well as their own world with the physical world” as well as controlling your BlackBerry products. media experience via “Gesture, Voice and Touch.” While Google’s Project Glass aims to integrate daily activities with the digital world, it seems like Microsoft is aiming 6

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June 17th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone to take entertainment to the next level through its Kinect technology. Fusion thinks that Square Enix is most likely registering the domain just to prevent anyone else from doing it, as a means of protecting its intellectual property. After all, the domain was previously registered to a Tippo Pasha in Norway, until it expired in 2010. Still, the doesn't exactly answer the question: why now? Could the domain registration be a sign of something bigger to come? Upon starting up your 720, you can use more than just the Of course, I'm not talking about a potential Final Fantasy VII peripherals that are specifics to the 720. Instead, you can remake for the PC. Square Enix has already said on multiple use tablets/smartphones/PCs/etc… to control your digital occasions that other FF titles currently in development take experience. precedence. Plus, even if they decide to remake FF7, it would probably not be for the PC (at least initially). “Use your phone, slate or PC to enhance primary game play or learn more about what you’re watching on TV. Start But what about a re-release of 1998's PC version of Final watching on any screen - pause - resume on another.” Fantasy VII? That would certainly fly within the realms of possibility. Especially if the files to the game have already For an expanded gaming experience the document states been uploaded to Steam, sitting there since 2011. that you can: “Leverage available screens to enhance primary gameplay. E.g. privately select your play on your personal screen and watch the result on the big screen.” Lastly, Microsoft wants to make their console affordable —with a proposed price point of around $300. Perhaps the Microsoft announcement on Monday will provide more insight into the supposed document leak. You can dig more into the leaked document here. Square Enix registers FinalFantasyVIIPC.com domain... but what for? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/square-enix-registers- What do you think? If Square Enix does indeed re-release finalfantasyviipc.com-domain...-but-what-for-/16309.html Final Fantasy VII for the PC on Steam or elsewhere, would June 17th, 2012 you purchase and play it? Apple 1 sells for $374,500 at a New York auction That’s “Final Fantasy 7 PC dot com” by the way, in case you’re Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-1-sells-for-374-500-at-a-new- wondering what in the world Viipc means. york-auction/16307.html According to a whois record first discovered by Fusion.com, June 17th, 2012 Square Enix yesterday (15 June 2012) made a domain registration for "finalfantasyviipc.com" under its company name. Would you buy a computer consisting of essentially a board and some microchips for $374,500? Someone did, but they 7

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June 17th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone didn’t buy any ordinary piece of hardware—actually, it was deadline.com suggests that Ubisoft may be in the process of more like purchasing a piece of history. working out a deal with Paramount Pictures to produce a Splinter Cell movie. Splinter Cell fans brace yourself for possible a major motion picture based off the video game. A recent article from deadline.com suggests that Ubisoft may be in the process of working out a deal with Paramount Pictures to produce a Splinter Cell movie. Ubisoft previously had talks with Warner Bros, but a deal never fell through. However, Paramount Pictures may be Ubisoft’s benefactor if indeed they are willing to invest in a Splinter Cell movie. Before you get excited, please remember that a lot of fantastic video games that went Hollywood end up busting rather than becoming a box office hit. Not everyone can pull of what Angelina Jolie did for Tomb (wikipedia.com) Raider (2001). Even then, hardcore Tomb Raider fanatics Would you buy a computer consisting of essentially a board will say that the movie itself did not reflect the awesomeness and some microchips for $374,500? Someone did, but they of the game. Lets hope that, if Splinter Cell hits the big didn’t buy any ordinary piece of hardware—actually, it was screen, Ubisoft and Paramount doesn't ruin a perfectly good more like purchasing a piece of history. game franchise by producing a shoddy movie. Remeber this? Motorola XT553 and XT889 sales begin in China Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/motorola-xt553-and-xt889-sales- begin-in-china/16305.html June 17th, 2012 Motorola Mobility and China Telecom is teaming up to release two—an entry-level and a mid-range—Android (wikipedia.com) devices to the Chinese market. The Motorola XT553 will be The Apple 1 sold for $374,500 at an auction in New York, an entry-level Android device targeted at budget conscious which was considerably higher than the estimated price of consumers, whereas the Motorola XT889 is targeted at $180,000. Android enthusiasts and professionals. Approximately 200 Apple 1s were produced in Steve Job’s Motorola Mobility and China Telecom is teaming up parent’s garage in 1976, but only about 6 or so remained in to release two—an entry-level and a mid-range—Android working conditions. When the Apple 1 was sold in 1976 for devices to the Chinese market. The Motorola XT553 will be $666.66 (a number Jobs came up with) it didn’t come with a an entry-level Android device targeted at budget conscious case, keyboard, monitor, or even a power supply. However, consumers, whereas the Motorola XT889 is targeted at it did come with an impressive 4 kilobytes of memory and a Android enthusiasts and professionals. 1 MHz processor. Possible Splinter Cell movie Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/possible-splinter-cell- movie/16306.html June 17th, 2012 Splinter Cell fans, brace yourself for a possible major motion picture based off the video game. A recent article from 8

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June 17th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone For China Telecom customers who want to have a beefier device can opt to go with the Motorola XT889 instead. The Motorola XT889 is expected to have a 1.2GHz dual core processor, a 4.3’’ 960 x 540 display, 1 GB RAM, and 16 GB of memory. Please note that the Motorola XT889 specs are based off similar devices from Motorola, and specs are not yet confirmed. Regardless of the specs, the Motorola XT889 runs Android 4.0 ICS, hence, we expect that it must have some half-decent specs. Extra features on the Motorola XT889 include splash guard nano-coating and 3G connectivity. There are no words as to the future availability of the two devices in European and North American markets. BioWare considering making Star Wars: The Old Republic free-to-play Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/bioware-considering-making-star- wars-the-old-republic-free-to-play/16304.html June 17th, 2012 BioWare is considering making its $200 million MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) free-to-play after the game suffered a substantial drop in subscribers, developer The Motorola XT553 is powered by an 800MHz Qualcomm layoffs, and impending server merges. MSM725A single core processor. Other notable features BioWare is considering making its $200 million MMO Star include a 4’’ 320 x 480 screen, 512 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM, Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) free-to-play after the and a 1735 mAh battery. As with any current entry-level game suffered a substantial drop in subscribers, developer Android devices, the Motorola XT553 runs on Android 2.3. layoffs, and impending server merges. Emmanuel Lusinchi, Lead Designer of the game, told GamesTM magazine: “We are looking at free-to-play, but I can't tell you in much detail. We have to be flexible and adapt to what is going on.” He added that SWTOR is facing stiff competition from free- to-play titles, many of which are “definitely good games” and that this “impacts [our] plan with what [we] want to do.” The comments were featured in an article on the GamesTM website, quoted from the magazine, but the article has since been removed, suggesting it was published ahead of time or BioWare did not want its free-to-play plans revealed to the public. 9

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June 17th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone just gotten longer as the website has now upped that delay to 3-4 weeks. It seems only a matter of time before the game goes free- to-play, however, and it appears that the studio is definitely making plans for the transition to the new payment model. Last week at E3 Zacks Equity Research commented on the impending introduction of micro-transactions to the game: “EA expects to earn significant revenue from additional features and through micro-transactions by selling in-game based items.” It seems as if Apple can’t keep up with customer demands, and Retina fanatics will have to wait awhile longer. People can arrange for an in store pick up, but that is limited to This is a model that has been used to great success by the store’s availability—and those that are lucky enough. competing MMO developer Turbine, which transitioned Hopefully Apple will have a steady supply available by this both its Dungeons and Dragons Online and Lord of the Rings holiday seasons. Online games to a free-to-play approach. Both games have since seen huge increases in players and a substantial boost in revenue for the company, lending many other firms to Microsoft to unveil Windows follow suit. 8 tablet on Monday Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-to-unveil-windows-8- tablet-on-monday/16302.html The move to free-to-play will take some time, however, as June 17th, 2012 new code needs to be developed to change the game so that it can be bought piecemeal or earned through excessive grind in-game. It is not clear how BioWare will approach things, but it seems that we can definitely expect an in-game store, likely starting with exclusive speeders and pets and progressing from there to include more essential parts of the Microsoft is to announce its own-branded tablet computer game. powered by Windows 8 on Monday, 18 June in Los Angeles, according to a source close to the company. Microsoft is to announce its own-branded tablet computer powered by Windows 8 on Monday, 18 June in Los Angeles, Apple delays Retina display according to a source close to the company. MacBook Pro, again Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-delays-retina-display- macbook-pro-again/16303.html The Wrap cited an anonymous insider who said that June 17th, 2012 Microsoft would unveil its own tablet at the event, shedding light on what has until know been a mysterious date that the company is secretly touting to key media around the world. We previously reported that Microsoft has sent out limited invites to a select number of news outlets, suggesting there Those of you that checked the Apple website to put in an will be a “major Microsoft announcement” and that “you order for the new MacBook Pro with Retina display may have will not want to miss it.” A variety of possibilities were on seen the notice for a 2-3 week delay. That delay may have the table, but it seems that the Redmond, Washington-based just gotten longer as the website has now upped that delay company is likely to unveil its first proper attempt at stealing to 3-4 weeks. market share from Apple's iPad. Those of you that checked the Apple website to put in an order for the new MacBook Pro with Retina display may have seen the notice for a 2-3 week delay. That delay may have 10

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June 17th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Windows 8, with its Metro tablet theme, is widely considered a viable competitor to both Apple's iOS and Google's Android, with its dual nature as a desktop OS and a mobile OS a potential selling point for many users. Windows Phone The Booster Brolly is an umbrella with flexible solar panels 7 failed to take off, but Windows 8 shows a lot of promise, attached to the canopy. The current from the solar panels and it seems that Microsoft is willing to back it up with its are transferred via electrical components down the carbon own self-manufactured tablet. fiber skeleton of the umbrella, and phones are charged via a USB port near the bottom of the umbrella’s handle. The developers claim that a phone can be charged in under three The announcement is scheduled for 3:30pm PST. We'll be hours when the weather is permitting. sure to fill you in on all the details. “The custom canopy has been fitted with 12 lightweight amorphous silicon triple junction solar cells that have the ability to convert light into electricity, through a series Booster Brolly umbrella help of highly sensitive photovoltaic semiconductors,” says Dr. Kenneth Tong, a UCL professor. “The current generated saves the planet and charges is then transferred, via a voltage regulator, to the handle of the umbrella where it is stored safely in high capacity your cellphone rechargeable batteries, or used to directly charge a mobile Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/booster-brolly-umbrella-help-saves- device through a USB port.” the-planet-and-charges-your-cellphone/16301.html June 17th, 2012 More than a novelty, the Booster Brolly may be a solution to Earth’s dying need for clean energy. Save the planet, one cellphone charge at a time. But, it just doesn’t look fashionable enough for the masses. Adobe releases Captivate What can you do with an umbrella and some small solar 6 e-learning software with panels on a sunny day? Why not turn it into a cell phone charging contraption? Apparently, that’s what scholars at HTML5 support the University College London did—in conjunction with Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/adobe-releases-captivate-6-e- Vodafone. learning-software-with-html5-support/16300.html June 17th, 2012 What can you do with an umbrella and some small solar panels on a sunny day? Why not turn it into a cell phone charging contraption? Apparently, that’s what scholars at the University College London did—in conjunction with Vodafone. It’s called the “Booster Brolly”, and it’s one of the many Adobe has released Captivate 6, the latest version of its e- devices that probably won’t make it mainstream, but it will learning software, with support for HTML5, which helps turn some heads if someone actually uses it in public. users quickly create e-learning and mobile learning content. Adobe has released Captivate 6, the latest version of its e- learning software, with support for HTML5, which helps users quickly create e-learning and mobile learning content. The pivotal feature of the update is HTML5, which Adobe has been making huge efforts to embrace in all its software. Users can also publish their HTML5 e-learning content on iOS and Android devices and a pause and resume feature 11

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June 17th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 17th, 2012 means that students can, for example, begin a course on their desktop PC, pause it and resume it from their smartphone. The software allows users to quickly create high-definition demos of e-learning coursework with the capture-as-a-video feature. Videos can be edited, transitions and smart shapes can be added, and audio and captions can be put in place. The International Data Corporation (IDC) has released a Videos can even be published straight to YouTube. report stating that new products and lower price points will increase tablet shipments—higher than previously expected. Moreover, the release of Windows 8/RT tablets won’t necessarily take shares away from iOS or Android, but rather it will help the overall tablet market grow. The International Data Corporation (IDC) has released a report stating that new products and lower price points will increase tablet shipments—higher than previously expected. Moreover, the release of Windows 8/RT tablets won’t necessarily take shares away from iOS or Android, but rather it will help the overall tablet market grow. Previously, the IDC expected 137.4 million units to be shipped in 2013, but that number received a 5.4 million unit boost after revisions to the forecast. Thus, 142.8 million units is expected to ship in 2013, and nearly doubles by 2016 with 222.1 million units. Captivate 6 comes with a slew of preloaded content, such as actors, widgets, animated rollovers and other interactive elements that enhance e-learning content. PowerPoint 2010 slides, with their objects and animations, can also be easily imported and any updates or changes will affect the original file through a built-in sync feature. The update also comes with enhanced quizzing, allowing users to add pre-tests, which can direct users to appropriate knowledge or skill level sections of a course based on their results. Enhanced LMS integration means content can also be easily published to Moodle, Blackboard, Plateau, Saba and SumTotal. “Today, learners expect engaging eLearning options on their iOS and Android devices – static presentations shrunk to fit mobile screens aren’t enough,” said Naresh Gupta, SVP of Print and Publishing atAdobe. “Captivate 6 gives subject matter experts and content creators the ability to deliver Apple iPad market shares are expected to increase from eLearning content to mobile devices that is as robust and 58.2% in 2011 to 62.5% by this year’s end. Whereas iOS interactive as the content delivered to desktops.” tablets are expected to increase in shares, Android based tablets will lose market shares—going from 38.7% to 36.5% by the end of this year. RIM’s BlackBerry tablets are Captivate 6 allows users to create SCORM- and AICC- expected to lose nearly 50% of their current market share— compliant courses and is available for purchase immediately going from 1.7% to 1%. for $899, or users can upgrade from Captivate 4 for $539 and from Captivate 5.5 for $359. The ICD credits Apple’s business strategy for the increase in iPad market share. The addition of Retina Display and 4G capabilities have enticed first/second-gen iPad users to iPad market share expected upgrade. Furthermore, Apple’s decision to leave the second- gen iPad on the market and moving it to a lower price point to grow while Android's is another factor for the iPad’s surge in market shares. decreases When Apple releases its sub $300 7’’ tablet, as speculated, Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ipad-market-share-expected-to- the IDC expects that Apple’s hold on the tablet market to grow-while-android-s-decreases/16299.html become even stronger. 12

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June 17th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone First Look: ASUS ThunderboltEX PCIe Upgrade Card Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-look-asus-thunderboltex-pcie- upgrade-card/16298.html June 17th, 2012 Officially announced at Computex last week, the ThunderboltEX PCIe expansion card (and its dual port version) brings single port 10Gbps Thunderbolt connectivity to some of the existing ASUS Intel 7-series, and even incoming AMD AM3+ motherboards. It arrived at our labs today so we took a quick look at how it worked. Based on Intel's DSL3310 Cactus Ridge 2C host controller, the ThunderboltEX card plugs into a PCIe x4 slot and has a cable to interface with the TB_HEADER pinout (board power and BIOS plug-n-pray events) on select ASUS Z77/ H77 or upcoming AM3+ motherboards. Another full-sized DisplayPort interconnect cable is provided to (optionally) encapsulate DP signals from the graphics card output with the Thunderbolt data streams. 13

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June 17th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone We will post usage experiences and performance figures together with our upcoming two-part LN2 review of the Maximus V GENE! Diablo III PC Game Review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/diablo-iii-pc-game- review/16297.html June 17th, 2012 Upon installation of the card, a new Thunderbolt menu appears in the Maximus V GENE's UEFi BIOS, allowing for adjustments to memory space reservation options It has been more than a decade since we last heard of which comes into play when resolving daisy chain hot Diablo. For the younger gamers, this title would probably plug detection issues. Intel engineers say a good be their first experience of dungeon crawling, demon slaying BIOS should assist Windows 7 with PCIe hot-plug by and getting acquainted with the Lord of Terror and his pre-allocating requited resources at boot stage, or else Underworld brothers. For gamers in the more senior years, subsequent hot plugged devices will be unusable and marked this will be an updated nostalgic experience of the days with a “yellow bang” error code of 12 (lack of resources) of mouse abuse and "click... click... click click... click click in the Device Manager until next complete re-enumeration click…..”. (i.e reboot). Back in the year 2000, players destroyed the soulstones of Mephisto and Diablo and later defeated Baal in the Worldstone Chamber; Mephisto (Lord of Hatred), Diablo (Lord of Terror) and Baal (Lord of Destruction ) are three of the Prime Evils in the game. These events should have left Sanctuary in peace, but Diablo himself had a much more cunning plan in his desire to take the battle beyond the mortal realm. This outlines the story of Diablo III and 14

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June 17th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone be prepared to head back into the basement of Tristram's try out Diablo III, as well as the game DVD and the CD-Key Cathedral, the infernal depths of Hell, and the very bastion to activate your game on Battle.Net, and a Diablo III-themed of Heaven itself. Before we go to the game play, let's take a notepad. look at what's in the Diablo 3 box set. You will need an Internet connection to be able to play the game (which is unlike the previous versions). This is Blizzard's way of preventing game piracy and it can get extremely annoying when you want to play a single player mode. Yes, you will still need to be connected online if you want to play on your own. I will shed some light on the advantages and disadvantages of this later on. Can HTC's One X take on Samsung's Galaxy S III in Korea? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/can-htc-s-one-x-take-on-samsung-s- galaxy-s-iii-in-korea-/16296.html June 17th, 2012 Taiwan's HTC is planning on releasing the One X in Korea some time next month, but how will it carve out any market share if its competing in market dominated by domestic firms? The HTC One X is a flagship product, and so is the Samsung Galaxy S III, but can the One X really take on the Korean market? Taiwan's HTC is planning on releasing the One X in Korea some time next month, but how will it carve out any market share if its competing in market dominated by domestic firms? The HTC One X is a flagship product, and so is the This is what the standard edition box looks like. From what Samsung Galaxy S III, but can the One X really take on the I have heard so far, they are rare in stores now due to being Korean market? out of stock (yes, they are very in demand by Diablo fans especially). Have a good look at it if you intend to spot them HTC has been producing relatively good products thus far, out on the retail shelves. It has got the embossed face of and the HTC One X is a prime example of HTC’s smartphone Diablo on the the front and a two-page sort of facade that flip prowess. open to the synopsis of the game on the inside. This has been According to koreatimes.co.kr , Samsung, LG, and Pantech a standard for almost all of Blizzard games. On the inside is a control 99% of the Korean cellphone market—thus, that cardboard casing with some guest passes to let your friends leaves a meager 1% for foreign firms to occupy. Despite 15

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June 17th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone sharing very similar specs (at least in numbers anyway), the One X and S III (non-North American versions) are actually quite different. HTC One X Samsung Galaxy S III Display 4.7’’ Super IPS 4.7’’ Super 720P AMOLED 720P CPU Quad-core 1.5GHz Quad-core 1.5GHz Tegra 3 Exynos Memory Max 32 GB storage Max 64 GB storage RAM 1 GB 1 GB Dimension 134 x 70 x 8.9mm 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm Weight 130g 133g If we were to compare the specs of the two phones, the One For the adventurous and tough dads (who’s actually a softie X loses out in the memory department as its 32 GB version is on the inside), the Motorola DEFY XT presents a reasonable- substantially lower than the S III’s 64 GB version. Both boast priced but still dynamic choice as a gift. Designed to quad core CPU’s, but the Exynos' biggest advantage is that withstand the hard knocks in life, the Motorola DEFY XT it’s manufactured under 32nm fabrication, as compared to is dust proof, water resistant and scratch proof, making the Tegra’s 40nm process. The display technology is actually it the perfect go-anywhere companion. With one of the a bit more complicated as it really depends on the conditions largest battery capacities of 1700mAh in the market, this and areas in which the phone operates. You would have to smartphone lets dad stay entertained and informed all day be a super display junkie to really see a “big” difference. and into the night. We can compare and analyze the specs of the two phones Price: S$399 (before contract) down to the tiniest details, but for simplicity sake, the SIII Motorola ATRIX 2 is slightly better than the One X. Hence, HTC is not trying to beat out Samsung in the specs department, but rather they are going to retail the phone for less. Korean analysts speculate that HTC will set the price of the One X at 800,000 won (~685 USD) as compared to the SIII’s 900,000 won (~770 USD). “Putting the actual quality and features of the new phone aside, foreign models just can’t withstand the overwhelming edge in brand image that Korean companies like Samsung or LG have,” a Korean industry official told koreatimes.co.kr. National pride for a domestic product may be HTC’s biggest challenge in trying to sell their One X in Korea, and it doesn’t seem like a 1% market share is worth putting too much effort into. Motorola Father's Day Special Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/motorola-father-s-day- For the sensational and fun-loving dads, who won’t resist a special/16294.html quick game of him-versus-you or a cooperative-play in any June 17th, 2012 one of the ten free EA games, which comes available with the Motorola ATRIX 2. With titles like Need for Speed™ Hot Pursuit, EA SPORTS™ FIFA 10 and MONOPOLY, there’s a game for everyone. Packed with a 1GHz dual-core processor, the Motorola ATRIX 2 promises to deliver blazingly fast connectivity. With a stunning 4.3 inch qHD screen, be prepared to roll your sleeves up for a smooth, crystal-clear Father's Day is just round the corner. If you haven't found and exciting game play with dad. a gift for your dad, perhaps you could consider these Price: S$699 (before contract) recommendations from Motorola. Motorola DEFY XT Motorola RAZR 16

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June 17th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone For the dads who are simply larger-than-life, the Motorola For the fashionable dads, the Motorola RAZR smartphone XOOM 2 emulates their personalities as the tablet provides a encapsulates a flair for style without sacrificing on features. richer entertainment and experience. Features like the 10.1- With sculpted glass face, diamond-cut aluminium accents inch widescreen HD screen provides a sharper and brighter and hyper-vibrant 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display, strategically designed edges means a better grip and display, this smartphone is dazzling on the outside yet hard- the intuitive app - MOTOPRINT, which allows dad to print working on the inside. Unique features like government- wirelessly, makes the Motorola XOOM 2 tablet easy on the grade encryption protects e-mails while the Smart Actions eyes, and easy on the hands. app lets dad automate everyday tasks so he can focus Price: S$899 on what’s act6ually more important. Couple the Motorola RAZR with dad’s swagger and he’s sure to be the envy of other dads. NVIDIA gets Windows 8 Price: S$799 (before contract) drivers certification Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-gets-windows-8-drivers- certification/16295.html MOTOACTV GPS Fitness Tracker and MP3 Player June 17th, 2012 Early adopters of Windows 8 won’t have to worry about NVIDIA driver issues as NVIDIA announced earlier this week that it has received Microsoft’s Windows 8 driver certification. For the athletic dads who love nifty gadgets, the MOTOACTV will make for the perfect choice. This lightweight device is designed with cutting-edge technology that is equivalent of Early adopters of Windows 8 won’t have to worry about having a professional fitness instructor and his favourite NVIDIA driver issues as NVIDIA announced earlier this DJ helping him train at all times. Equipped with Motorola week that it has received Microsoft’s Windows 8 driver AccuSense™ technology and GPS, dad can analyse his certification. performance and even compete with his friends via the MOTOACTV portal. Dad also has the option to stay “The WHQL certification of R302 drivers highlights connected to his Motorola Android-powered smartphone to the fact that NVIDIA is in lock-step with Microsoft answer calls and receive texts without breaking his stride. and is fully prepared for Windows 8,” states the NVIDIA blog. Price: S$399 The Windows 8 desktop PC R302 drivers will only be available for Windows 8, and the GeForce 302.80 beta Motorola XOOM 2 drivers are already available for download ( 32-bit and 64- 17

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June 17th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone bit ). The mobile GPU drivers are in the works, and NVIDIA KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo is at again, and this time he predicts that claims that it will be available soon. Apple will have the 13’’ MacBook Pro with Retina display in stores by early October. The certified drivers ensure Windows 8 users that they won't miss out on all the benefits that go along with an NVIDIA Apple did not mention a 13’’ MacBook Pro with Retina product. NVIDIA's 3D Vision in an array of devices will be display at WWDC, but Kuo asserts that it was not announced fully functional under Windows 8. because of assembly limitations. Kuo also predicted—prior to WWDC—that Apple will also include a 17’’ MacBook Pro "NVIDIA’s Windows 8 drivers support all the with Retina display also. Hence, Apple may keep their features in the new Windows Display Driver current model of having 13, 15, and 17’’ MacBook Pros. Model (WDDM) v1.2. The drivers also support award-winning NVIDIA 3D Vision and 3DTV Play Kuo also expects that the 13’’ MacBook Pro with Retina to products, allowing you to play more than 600 not have a discrete GPU (i.e. 650M) like that of the 15’’, games, watch Blu-ray movies and view photos – all but he predicts that Apple will opt to rely on the Intel HD in 3D." 4000 instead. Furthermore, he predicts that approximately 300,000 15’’ MacBook Pro will be ready for consumers Certainly, average consumers won’t have much use for the within this month. 302.80 beta drivers, but perhaps app developers and IT professionals who are looking into Windows 8 will find it useful. Microsoft's June 18 "major" announcement Analyst predicts 13'' Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-s-june-18-major- announcement/16292.html MacBook Pro with Retina to June 17th, 2012 be in store before Christmas On June 18th at 3:30 PM (Pacific Time), Microsoft will do Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/analyst-predicts-13--macbook-pro- something that will make some raise an eyebrow (or two if with-retina-to-be-in-store-before-christmas/16293.html you can), especially the folks at Apple. Microsoft recently June 17th, 2012 sent out a notification to various publishers to let them know that Microsoft is going to make “a major” announcement in Los Angeles. Aside from the secretive nature of this announcement, Microsoft is extending invitations to only certain publishers. KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo is at again, and this time he predicts that Apple will have the 13’’ MacBook Pro with Retina display in stores by early October. On June 18th at 3:30 PM (Pacific Time), Microsoft will do something that will make some raise an eyebrow (or two if you can), especially the folks at Apple. Microsoft recently sent out a notification to various publishers to let them know that Microsoft is going to make “a major” announcement. Aside from the secretive nature of this announcement, Microsoft is extending invitations to only certain publishers. This will be a major Microsoft announcement — you will not want to miss it. This is a non-transferrable invitation, however, if you would like to send your local colleague in your place, please submit that name and it will be reviewed. If you would like to bring a photographer please register that person as your additional guest. Please note – still photography and video will be limited. This is an outrageous guess, but perhaps Microsoft will make Windows RT free to OEMs? VR-Zone recently published 18

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June 17th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone an article sharing with viewers that Microsoft is planning to service provider to keep records on Internet usage, though charge $85 for that version of Windows . As many may agree initially only a dozen companies will be required to do so. that, that may be a bad business decision by Microsoft as iOS The previous regime, under the Labour Party, was forced and Android are dominating the tablet market. to abandon its plans to store every citizen’s internet data Or perhaps Microsoft will announce that they intend on a single, massive database after widespread protests of to purchase Nokia’s Mobile division to extend their the plan, and Theresa May says that there are no plans to smartphone business. Nokia is struggling and rumors has it resurrect that idea. The current bill will first be scrutinized that Microsoft may be the favorite to step in. by a joint committee in Parliament before efforts to pass it through Parliament and into law begins. To be honest, any guess is a great guess, but chances are the “major” announcement will have something to do with While police forces say the measure is absolutely needed in hardware. order to apprehend more criminals and continue to wage, in the words of Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, a “total war on crime,” Tory David Davies UK Preparing To Track has pointed out that the only people this will affect are the innocent and the inept. He pointed out the flaws in the idea Citizens' Internet Usage of storing everyone’s data, saying “you use an internet café, Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/uk-preparing-to-track-citizens- you hack into somebody’s [Wi-Fi], you use what’s called internet-usage/16285.html proxy servers, and [those] are just the easy ways.” He also June 17th, 2012 said “If they really want to do things like this - and we all accept they use data to catch criminals - get a warrant. Get a judge to sign a warrant, not the guy at the next desk, not somebody else in the same organization.” Apple Changes Tune on Mac A new bill before the British Parliament looks to require ISPs Malware to records massive amounts of data about every citizen's Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-changes-tune-on-mac- Internet usage in order to combat criminals' use of new malware/16289.html technologies. June 17th, 2012 Everybody, get your tin-foil hats ready. The UK is planning on increasing the surveillance of its citizens by monitoring their Internet use. A new plan from Her Majesty’s government would require all details of every Internet user’s activities to be stored for at least a full year in order to allow police and intelligence agencies to have access to it. These Apple is changing its tune when it comes to the prevalence details will include activity on social sites, emails, VoIP calls, of and problems posed by malware on their Mac platforms. gaming sessions, etc. Remember the marketing Apple used to do for their Mac Theresa May, the Home Secretary, calls the changes laptops and desktops? One of the key points they made was necessary in order to keep up with new technology and that Windows has thousands and millions of versions of how criminals use that technology. However, David Davis, malware and viruses to contend with, even making that point a senior member of the Tory party, said the new measures through their “Mac vs. PC” ads that aired on TV, which you are “incredibly intrusive” and will only “catch the innocent can see here. and incompetent.” The bill, entitled the Communications Even as recent as a few days ago, Apple was quick to point Data Bill, has been published and is before Parliament in out that OS X doesn’t get PC viruses and that the operating draft form, but a huge battle over the bill is looming, with system would defend against viruses and malware with members of the Liberal Democratic Party and Conservatives “virtually no effort on your part.” If you go to the “Why you’ll such as Mr. Davis calling for the watering down or love a Mac” webpage, you’ll see something different. abandonment altogether of the bill. In order to win over some of the critics, restrictions are likely going to be placed Previously, the website had listed these major points: on what kinds of data local authorities can access, but It doesn’t get PC viruses. civil liberties groups are still branding the bill a “snooper’s charter.” They are calling for law enforcement to start A Mac isn’t susceptible to the thousands of viruses targeting actual suspects, rather than every UK citizen. plaguing Windows-based computers. That’s thanks to built-in defenses in Mac OS X that keep you safe, Currently, UK telecommunications and ISP companies must without any work on your part. keep phone and email records from their own services for 12 months, but the new proposals would require them to Safeguard your data. By doing nothing. keep many more details, including websites visited. The new With virtually no effort on your part, OS X defends legislation stems from concerns among police and security against viruses and other malicious applications, or services that criminals and terrorists are evading detection malware. For example, it thwarts hackers through through the use of social media and online gaming in order a technique called “sandboxing” — restricting what to communicate with each other. Officers under the new actions programs can perform on your Mac, what legislation would still require a warrant to access details files they can access, and what other programs they about the records, but the government could request any can launch. 19

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June 17th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone If you go to the site today , however, this is what you’ll see: It’s built to be safe. Built-in defenses in OS X keep you safe from unknowingly downloading malicious software on your Mac. Safety. Built right in. OS X is designed with powerful, advanced technologies that work hard to keep your Mac safe. For example, it thwarts hackers through a technique called “sandboxing” — restricting what actions programs can perform on your Mac, what files they can access, and what other programs they can launch. It should be fairly obvious what caused the change in message from Apple. Just a few months ago, after all, researchers discovered that one particular piece of malware had infected over 600,000 Macs across the globe, including 274 in Cupertino, Apple’s hometown. In short, Apple realized that their claims would sound hollow now that their “hack-proof” systems had been definitively proven to be just as susceptible to malware as PCs. Apple can no longer deny that Mac malware is a reality, and even mentioned it in a WWDC keynote address for the first time in the history of that conference. Hopefully, Apple’s users will follow Apple off the high horse of superiority towards PC and learn to follow standard security practices, like not downloading unknown files and installing anti-virus software. 20

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June 20th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. Buffalo Rolls Out 2 TB MiniStation Shock-Resistant HDD Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/buffalo-rolls-out-2-tb-ministation- Measuring 82 x 118 x 22 mm (W x D x H), the MiniStation shock-resistant-hdd/16354.html HD-PNT2.0U3-GBJ weighs about 260 g. It comes with June 20th, 2012 installers for Buffalo Turbo PC software, which its makers claim, speeds up drive access by up to 2-times; and data encryption software. The drive further supports 256-bit AES native data encryption. The drive supports most devices apart from PCs and Macs, which can work with USB Mass Storage-class devices. These include the Sony PlayStation 3 (provided the drive is partitioned and formatted with FAT32 file-system). Buffalo Technology's Japanese arm released a new 2 TB variant of its MiniStation HDPNTU3 series portable hard Slated for a late-June launch in the Japanese markets (first), drives. A selling point of these drives is greater shock- the MiniStation HD-PNT2.0U3-GBJ is expected to be priced tolerance. You can afford to be just a little clumsy around at 31,080 Japanese Yen (US $390, SG$495). these drives. Buffalo Technology's Japanese arm released a new 2 TB Microsoft revamps Windows variant of its MiniStation HDPNTU3 series portable hard drives. A selling point of these drives is greater shock- Phone 8 start screen, adds tolerance. You can afford to be just a little clumsy around dual-core support these drives. The new MiniStation HD-PNT2.0U3-GBJ Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-revamps-windows- from Buffalo provides 2 TB of unformatted capacity, and phone-8-start-screen-adds-dual-core-support/16353.html the advantage of USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface, which June 20th, 2012 eliminates interface bottlenecks. A single cable is used for both connectivity and power. The drive is backwards- compatible with USB 2.0 HiSpeed interface. Microsoft has announced a host of new features that will come with Windows Phone 8, including a revamped start screen, dual-core processor support, more screen resolutions, microSD support, a digital wallet, and several improvements for business users. Microsoft has announced a host of new features that will come with Windows Phone 8, including a revamped start screen, dual-core processor support, more screen resolutions, microSD support, a digital wallet, and several Inside, the hard drive is protected by a shock absorbing improvements for business users. frame that dampens shockwaves that are transmitted by the sides of the drive, and shock absorbing rubber plates that dampen shock transmitted by the top and bottom. The new start screen is, besides the shared Windows The mechanism is supposed to give the drive higher shock core, the main attraction of Windows Phone 8. On the tolerance than most other portable drives, although Buffalo surface it looks just like Windows Phone 7, but the did not specify a shock threshold (hard drive manufacturers customisation options are vastly superior, mimicking those commonly do). The product page on Buffalo's website subtly of the upcoming desktop OS. cautions users against "intentionally" dropping the drive. 1

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June 20th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Essentially users can load pretty much anything into a tile, as “the most complete wallet experience.” Instead of just change the tile size, move things around, and generally make focusing on payments, the company wants to replace the their phone look and feel more unique to them. Microsoft entire wallet, including credit and debit cards, loyalty and gave examples of what this meant, with the start screen membership cards, saved deals, and tap-to-pay via NFC. showing a variety of music-based tiles for a music lover, This makes it much more comprehensive than even Apple's book-based tiles for a bookworm, game-based tilers for a recently unveiled Passbook feature, though it will remain to gamer, and so on. be seen how it works in action. Microsoft is again following in Apple's footsteps with a map update of its own, but instead o f relying on TomTom maps, it is using Nokia maps, with turn-by-turn directions and offline map support. Finally, the company is not ignoring the huge business user base out there, noting dissatisfaction with Windows Phone 7's enterprise features. Windows Phone 8 will fill the gaps, with encryption and secure boot, thanks to Bitlocker. It will also come with LOB app deployment, easy device management that will be similar to the desktop Windows experience, and, of course, Microsoft Office. Dual-core support is an important addition, given that Overall, Windows Phone 8 takes what was good about rival mobile platforms are skyrocketing ahead with faster the previous version and fills in a lot of missing features. processors that have many more cores. Efficiency and The shared code with Windows 8 remains the big reveal, battery life are two things that are holding back further however, and that will likely be the deciding factor in the multi-core support, but we can also expect quad-core growth of this platform. support in the future. Microsoft is also adding two new resolutions, making three total on offer: WVGA (800x480), WXGA (1280x768), and 720p (1280x720). The long-awaited microSD support will arrive with Windows Phone 8, giving users more storage options. Internet Explorer 10 is built into Windows Phone 8, featuring an anti-phising filter, four times faster JavaScript performance compared to Windows Phone 7.5, and two times the HTML5 feature support. Microsoft showed some SunSpider charts that revealed that the browser is faster Microsoft introduces "shared on Windows Phone 8 than rival smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S III and iPhone 4S. Windows core" with Windows Phone 8 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-introduces-shared- windows-core-with-windows-phone-8/16352.html June 20th, 2012 Microsoft has unveiled Windows Phone 8 at the Windows Phone Summit in San Francisco, with the biggest feature being shared code with Windows 8, creating a potentially universal experience across desktop computers and mobile devices. Microsoft has unveiled Windows Phone 8 at the Windows NFC support and the new Wallet feature are another major Phone Summit in San Francisco, with the biggest feature element of Windows Phone 8, with Microsoft touting it being shared code with Windows 8, creating a potentially 2

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June 20th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 20th, 2012 universal experience across desktop computers and mobile devices. Unlike Windows Phone 7, which was vastly different to Windows 7, both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 will have what Microsoft is calling a “shared Windows core,” which means the kernel and graphics support, among other things, The United States and Israel are allegedly behind the potent will be uniform across both operating systems, making it not Flame malware, which targets countries in the Middle East, only easier for developers to make cross-platform software, according to a US newspaper. but end-users will find it easier to transition between the The United States and Israel are allegedly behind the potent two. Flame malware, which targets countries in the Middle East, according to a US newspaper. Native code support for games, with shared drivers, will also mean that gaming on Windows Phone 8 will be much better The Washington Post cited anonymous Western officials than the previous version. Microsoft is promising "killer “with knowledge of the effort,” suggesting that the US games" this year. National Security Agency, the CIA and the Israeli military all worked together on crafting the complex computer virus. The target, it appears, is Iran, with the malware designed to “slow Iran's nuclear program,” potentially linking it with the Stuxnet virus that crippled Iran's nuclear facilities, which is also believed to be the work of the US and Israel. Of course, a major part of the equation is that Windows 8 is getting the Metro interface, with the various tiles that we have come to know from Windows Phone 7, so a large part of the change is on the desktop OS, not the mobile OS. Regardless, the shared Windows core will have developers jumping for joy and will greatly expand the Windows Phone developer base, as it will be easy to port apps and software from Windows 8 over. Windows Phone 7 failed to generate the kind of support that Apple's iOS or Google's Android has, but Windows 8 looks like a promising operating system, both for desktop The malware differs from Stuxnet in that it is not designed to computers and tablets, and bringing more of this potentially cause damage, but acts at a highly sophisticated level to steal winning formula to Windows Phone 8 could give rivals a run data, taking screenshots, recording sounds near the infected for their money. computer, and connecting and spreading to nearby devices via Bluetooth. Windows Phone 8 is due out in Autumn. Kaspersky Labs, which discovered Flame, noted that the majority of attacks, 189, were focused on Iran, but there were US and Israel allegedly 98 in Israel and Palestine, and 32 in Sudan. behind Flame malware Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/us-and-israel-allegedly-behind- Flame may be only the beginning of something much bigger, flame-malware/16351.html however. A former US high-ranking intelligence official told the Washington Post that the malware “is about preparing the battlefield for another type of covert action. Cyber- collection against the Iranian programme is way further down the road than this.” 3

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June 20th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Iran has since developed a fix for the virus, but given that The UK version of Amazon also listed the console last week, it had been in operation since 2010, chances are that there but it was priced at a much more modest £199, which are other undetected malware out there, secretly collecting equates to $315 or €248, a far more affordable price and information and paving the way for what some consider the much more in line with expectations. However, another UK next battlefront: all out cyber war. retailer, ShopTo, listed the Wii U for £279.85, so it is hard to tell which is the most accurate price. It may be that each retailer is simply putting up its own estimate, which only serves to confuse potential customers. Amazon leaks Wii U price and release date As for the release date, Amazon.de lists it as 21 December, Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amazon-leaks-wii-u-price-and- just days before Christmas. This will help with the busy release-date/16350.html holiday sales, but it may cause problems with people trying June 20th, 2012 to get the console in time as a gift for friends and family. Latest Diablo III patch stops Amazon has leaked the price and release date for Nintendo's players from earning XP much-anticipated next-generation console, the Wii U, and Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/latest-diablo-iii-patch-stops-players- the figures may come as a shock to some. from-earning-xp/16349.html June 20th, 2012 Amazon has leaked the price and release date for Nintendo's much-anticipated next-generation console, the Wii U. The German website, Amazon.de, listed the Wii U for pre- order at €399.99, which is roughly $508 or £323, making it somewhat pricier than expected. Blizzard's latest patch for its hack-and-slash role-playing game Diablo III has fixed several bugs, but introduced a The price may, of course, be an estimate and has yet to be major new one that stops players from earning experience confirmed by Nintendo, but if this is the launch price it begs points (XP). the question why Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo Blizzard's latest patch for its hack-and-slash role-playing America, promised that fans will be “pleasantly surprised” game Diablo III has fixed several bugs, but introduced a by the price. major new one that stops players from earning experience points (XP). The original Wii launched and stayed at $250 for a long time, but Amazon's Wii U price is more than double that. While In what is seemingly a never-ending series of glitches and the new controller is likely more expensive to make than a hiccups for the gaming company, Patch 1.0.3 stops players standard Wiimote, it would not justify the overall high cost, from receiving XP and also caps their characters at level 13, which will do little to attract families on low budgets, one of an extremely low level in the 60 levels of play available. the big audiences Nintendo secured with the original model. Reports suggest that only those who bought a digital copy of the game are affected by the bug. Years ago that might have been a small number, but many people buy digital downloads today, so the player base affected is likely huge. Games are also listed at €69.99, which is around $89 or £57, making them much more expensive than Wii titles, which cost around $50 at launch. Such high prices will likely drive away gamers, casual and hardcore. 4

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June 20th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Despite the monumentally game-breaking nature of this bug, there appears to be a simple fix. All users have to do is change their password and the XP will start rolling in again, according to player reports. The problem is that many players may not know about this fix and some may go through an entire dungeon before they realise they are not earning XP, with no compensation for such wasted time. For some it may be the last straw in a series of disaster s since the game launched, while for others it is yet another amusing reminder that game patches often break more than they fix. The Xperia ion was announced at CES earlier this year, sporting a 4.6-inch HD display, equipped with 1.5GHz dual- core processor, 16GB flash storage and 12-megapixel rear camera that can snap in just over a second with a single key press from sleep mode. Preloaded with Android 4.0 ICS, the Xperia ion will be made available in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore in Q3 2012. Xperia go Sony Mobile announces new Xperia smartphones in Southeast Asia Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-mobile-announces-new-xperia- smartphones-in-southeast-asia/16347.html June 20th, 2012 The sleek and stylish Xperia go isn't just all about looks; it is also durable and water resistant. It has a 3.5-inch Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine that Today, Sony Mobile unveiled six new Xperia smartphones offers superb entertainment. Powered by 1GHz dual core for the Southeast Asia market, which include Xperia ion, processor, the smartphone features a 5-megapixel camera Xperia go, Xperia acro S, Xperia neo L, Xperia miro and that can go into capture mode very quickly. Launching on Xperia tipo. Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the Xperia go is upgradeable to Xperia ion Android 4.0 ICS. It will be available from Q3, 2012 in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Xperia acro S 5

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June 20th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone the one used on the R7970 Lightning. The PCB uses an 8+3 phase VRM design that draws power from two 8-pin PCIe power connectors; uses a CHiL-made VRM controller with software interface for Afterburner; and high-grade components that include SFC chokes (don't whine on load), and International Rectifier DirectFETs. MSI includes its GPU Reactor module, which conditions power for the GPU. The N680GTX Lightning comes with out-of-the-box clock speeds of 1100 MHz (GPU base), 1176 MHz (GPU Boost), although the memory is left untouched, at 1502/6008 MHz (actual/effective). The GPU is armed with 2 GB of GDDR5 The Xperia acro S boasts a 4.3-inch HD Reality Display for memory, across a 256-bit wide memory interface. razor sharp clarity. It features full HD video recording, HD video chat, HDMI out to TV and is NFC-enabled for opening applications using the Xperia SmartTag. It is PlayStation certified and runs Android 4.0 ICS. The Xperia acro S will be available in Singapore and Indonesia in Q3, 2012. MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning Launched Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-geforce-gtx-680-lightning- launched/16348.html June 20th, 2012 Cooling the beast is MSI's in-house design TwinFrozr IV cooling solution, which made its debut with the Radeon HD 7970-based R7970 Lightning. The cooler, along with the PCB and its lavish VRM, make the card taller than usual, although it avoids needing more than two expansion slots in your system. The cooler uses a dense aluminum fin array, to which heat from the GPU is fed by five nickel-plated copper heat pipes (three 6 mm-thick, and two 8 mm-thick), which MSI launched its fastest custom-design GeForce GTX 680 make indirect contact with the GPU over a nickel-plated graphics card, the N680GTX Lightning. The card is armed copper base. The aluminum fin array is then ventilated with unlocked digital power VRM, TwinFrozr IV cooling by two 100 mm MSI PropellerBlade fans. MSI claims the solution, factory-overclocked frequencies, in a package that solution keeps the card 16 degrees cooler and 6.7dB quieter doesn't need more than two expansion card slots in your than NVIDIA reference design cooler. The memory and system. VRM are cooled by a separate heatspreader, which is cooled MSI launched its fastest custom-design GeForce GTX 680 under the fans' air-flow. There are DirectFETs even on the graphics card, the N680GTX Lightning. The card is armed reverse side of the PCB, which are cooled by a metal back- with unlocked digital power VRM, TwinFrozr IV cooling plate. solution, factory-overclocked frequencies, in a package that doesn't need more than two expansion card slots in your system. MSI promises additional overclocking potential thanks to the strong VRM and its Afterburner software, which can leverage on the CHiL VRM controller's capabilities. A couple of nifty overclocker friendly features are part The N680GTX Lightning from MSI combines a custom of the mix, including dual-BIOS with a liquid nitrogen design PCB with focus on a high-grade VRM, with its cooling-optimized BIOS, and a standard BIOS that packs TwinFrozr IV cooling solution, of similar specifications to 6

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June 20th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone the advertised clock speeds; and 3x3 OC Kits for real-time in the market, with a large aluminum fin heatsink spanning monitoring and control of the GPU, PLL, and memory its entire length. voltage domains, and monitoring of temperature zones. The main heatsink design consists of a dense array of aluminum fins (140 in number), to which heat from the GPU is conveyed by seven 8 mm-thick heat pipes. The main GPU block further has grooves for an additional six 8 mm-thick heat pipes that bridge it to the optional, secondary heatsink that can be attached to the reverse side of the card. This heatsink must be attached before venturing MSI is expected to price the N680GTX Lightning into overclocking. Together, the two heatsinks provide a somewhere around US $580 (S$734). staggering 20,000 cm2 of surface area for heat dissipation. Colorful Silences the GeForce GTX 680 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/colorful-silences-the-geforce- gtx-680/16346.html June 20th, 2012 Colorful will ship the card with at least NVIDIA reference Colorful could have a hard time convincing people they're clock speeds (1006/1058/6008 MHz core/boost/memory), not getting pranked looking at the industry's very first though we have reason to believe the card will be fanless, passive-cooled GeForce GTX 680 graphics card. The designed for overclocking, or could even come with factory- Chinese graphics card and motherboard designer pulled off overclocked speeds, looking at the pair of 8-pin PCIe power some very audacious and fascinating designs in the past, but connectors, indicating a strong VRM. It could also be this one takes the cake. interpreted as a VRM design in which load (and heat) is Colorful could have a hard time convincing people they're spread across several phases. not getting pranked looking at the industry's very first fanless, passive-cooled GeForce GTX 680 graphics card. The Chinese graphics card and motherboard designer pulled off some very audacious and fascinating designs in the past, but this one takes the cake. The card supports 4-way SLI. Display outputs include one each of DVI dual-link, HDMI, and DisplayPort connectors. Colorful is still assessing the viability of the product for mass-production. Called the Colorful iGame GTX 680 Passive Edition, the card Google Nexus 7'' to unveil at uses a completely silent cooling assembly for the 3.5 billion transistor GPU, without compromising on clock speeds. The I/O event in San Francisco idea behind the iGame Passive Edition appears to be not only Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-nexus-7--to-unveil-at-io- getting the GPU to work reliably at NVIDIA reference clock event-in-san-francisco/16345.html speeds, but also allow a degree of overclocking by end-users. The card itself is longer than most GTX 680 graphics cards 7

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June 20th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 20th, 2012 shot. In a rendering test using HTML5test.com, Dolphin was found 5-10X faster than the default browser, and 100% faster than Google Chrome. According to the people behind the Dolphin mobile browser —utilizing the Dolphin Engine (beta)—the Dolphin mobile browser for Android is the fastest HTML 5 browser by a long shot. In a rendering test using HTML5test.com, Dolphin The Kindle and Nook may have a surprise visitor next was found 5-10X faster than the default browser, and 100% month. Google’s 7’’ Nexus is rumored to unveil at Google’s faster than Google Chrome. I/O event from June 27-29 in San Francisco, and is expected to hit retail stores in July. Developers behind Dolphin claimed the dramatic differences between their browser and competing browsers were due to their careful attention to various areas of GPU/ CPU optimization and canvas rendering. “Dolphin has placed particular attention to canvas element, 2D context and text rendering. In addition, Dolphin Engine The Kindle and Nook may have a surprise visitor next made significant GPU technology improvements around month. Google’s 7’’ Nexus is rumored to unveil at Google’s GPU accelerated canvas rendering and optimized CPU / I/O event from June 27-29 in San Francisco, and is expected GPU parallel computing.” to hit retail stores in July. Google’s Nexus 7’’ will likely have a Tegra 3 quad core with Android 4.0 ICS as OS of choice. There aren’t any words on an official release date for Jelly Bean so it’s realistic to assume that the Nexus 7’’ won’t come with Jelly Bean out of the box. It does not have a rear camera, but a front facing camera is expected. “The 7-inch Nexus tablet PC already started shipping in June and is estimated to be available in the retail channel in July with the device's total shipments expected to reach at least three million units in the second half of the year.” The price of the Nexus 7’’ is set to be around $199, and will come with Wi-Fi for connectivity. According to Asustek’s They also claimed that the 450 score on HTML5test.com Chairman, Jonney Shih, due to the Nexus 7’s low price it only means that HTML5 based web apps/games will be better supports a Wi-Fi connection. Asustek and Google worked supported than other browsers. Check out their official post together on the Nexus 7, but Asus will also release its own 7’’ here. in August—priced at around $159-179. Linus Torvalds lashes out Dolphin for Android is the against NVIDIA fastest HTML5 mobile Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/linus-torvalds-lashes-out-against- nvidia/16343.html browser June 20th, 2012 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/dolphin-for-android-is-the-fastest- html5-mobile-browser/16344.html June 20th, 2012 According to the people behind the Dolphin mobile browser —utilizing the Dolphin Engine (beta)—the Dolphin mobile XDA’s developers may be the saviors of many halfhearted browser for Android is the fastest HTML 5 browser by a long stock Android OS out of the box, and NVIDIA and 8

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June 20th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Qualcomm are not making it any easier on advocates of open please everyone, it does allow us to provide the source. most consistent GPU experience to our customers, regardless of platform or operating system. XDA’s developers may be the saviors of many halfhearted stock Android OS out of the box, and NVIDIA and Qualcomm are not making it any easier on advocates of open As a result: source. In a recent YouTube video, Linus Torvalds was asked about 1) Linux end users benefit from same-day support NVIDIA’s lack of support for Linux, and Torvalds essentially for new GPUs , OpenGL version and extension said NVIDIA doesn’t give a “f*ck” about the open source parity between NVIDIA Windows and NVIDIA community and that all NVIDIA cares about is selling chips. Linux support, and OpenGL performance parity “It’s sad, because NVIDIA tries to sell chips, a lot of chips between NVIDIA Windows and NVIDIA Linux. into the Android market, and NVIDIA has been the single worst company we’ve ever had to deal with. So NVIDIA, f*ck* you,” Torvalds exclaimed. 2) We support a wide variety of GPUs on Linux, including our latest GeForce, Quadro, and Hardware manufacturers that sell their product through Tesla-class GPUs, for both desktop and notebook an open source platform like Android will get a lot of platforms. Our drivers for these platforms are heat from developers if they don’t provide support for updated regularly, with seven updates released so the hardware they make. XDA-developers’ ADAMOUTLER far this year for Linux alone. The latest Linux drivers sums the problem with NVIDIA’s and Qualcomm’s, often, can be downloaded from www.nvidia.com/object/ closed hardware rather nicely: unix.html. “Closed hardware makes it difficult for developers to isolate and troubleshoot problems. You can take a look into the past, almost one year ago, when Android 4.0 Ice Cream 3) We are a very active participant in the ARM Sandwich was released. The first fully supported processor Linux kernel. For the latest 3.4 ARM kernel – was the Samsung Exynos, followed up quickly by the Texas the next-gen kernel to be used on future Linux, Instruments OMAP, and shortly thereafter, the Samsung Android, and Chrome distributions – NVIDIA ranks Hummingbird. It was quite literally months of development second in terms of total lines changed and fourth in work, which involved getting data through official and not- terms of number of changesets for all employers or so-official channels to get ICS on these closed-hardware organizations. NVIDIA and Qualcomm processors.” “There is quite simply no reason whatsoever for an Open At the end of the day, providing a consistent GPU Platform like Android to be reduced to running on Closed experience across multiple platforms for all of our Hardware like Tegra or Snapdragon,” he added. customers continues to be one of our key goals. Update 1 NVIDIA issued a statement to Phoronix: Sharkoon DarkGlider Gaming Supporting Linux is important to NVIDIA, and Mouse Starts Selling we understand that there are people who are as Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sharkoon-darkglider-gaming-mouse- passionate about Linux as an open source platform starts-selling/16342.html as we are passionate about delivering an awesome June 20th, 2012 GPU experience. Recently, there have been some questions raised about our lack of support for our Optimus notebook technology. When we launched our Optimus notebook technology, it was with support for Windows 7 only. The open source community Teased before and unveiled during CeBIT 2012, Sharkoon's rallied to work around this with support from the flagship gaming mouse, the DarkGlider, is released to Bumblebee Open Source Project http://bumblebee- markets. The mouse is armed with a high-resolution sensor, project.org/. And as a result, we've recently made adjustable weight, teflon glides, and a mid-range price. Installer and readme changes in our R295 drivers Teased before and unveiled during CeBIT 2012, Sharkoon's that were designed to make interaction with flagship gaming mouse, the DarkGlider, is released to Bumblebee easier. markets. The mouse is armed with a high-resolution sensor, adjustable weight, teflon glides, and a mid-range price. While we understand that some people would prefer us to provide detailed documentation on all of our GPU internals, or be more active in Linux kernel community development discussions, we have made a decision to support Linux on our GPUs by leveraging NVIDIA common code, rather than the Linux common infrastructure. While this may not 9

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June 20th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone the DarkGlider for your gaming scenario, The mouse also comes with adjustable weight. Its underside tucks away a rack with four compartments that hold 3.1 and 3.7 g weights. In addition to its dry weight, you can customize the DarkGlider to weigh up to 150 g. Sharkoon made the DarkGlider available at a suggested retail price of 39.99 EUR (S$64.22, US $50), which Sharkoon DarkGlider uses a standard USB connection, with could pass off as a mid-range price, given the product's 1000 reports/second. Its cable is 1.8 m long, and sleeved for feature-set. The right-oriented mouse packs a total of six durability. Along with the weights, Sharkoon packed the two buttons, in addition to tracking resolution adjustments. sets of feet in a tin box. The mouse itself comes with a pouch, These include the three main buttons (left, middle, right), which makes it easy to carry around for LAN party gamers. two macro buttons at the thumb-rest, and two side-scroll/ macro buttons that can be used by tilting the scroll-wheel. Macros can be assigned by the included software, up to five macro layouts can be locally-stored on the mouse, thanks to its 256 KB memory. Special attention is given to on-the-fly tracking resolution Albino CM Storm Trooper adjustments, with the designers spending not just three buttons on it (increase, decrease, reset), but also a tiny Launched as CM Storm backlit LCD display that updates you on the tracking Stryker resolution in DPI. Speaking of resolution, the DarkGlider Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/albino-cm-storm-trooper-launched- is driven by an Avago ADNS-9500 LaserSensor, with up as-cm-storm-stryker/16340.html to 6,000 DPI tracking resolution, with 11,750 FPS, which June 20th, 2012 provide for 30 G acceleration, 1 ms response time, and 5 mm lift-off. On several recent occassions, we've spotted a white, windowed variant of CM Storm Trooper, about which the company's reps had been evasive, even avoiding calling it a "white Trooper". It turns out, that CM Storm had plans to carve out a different model, with a couple of changes to the original Trooper design. Enter CM Storm Stryker. To every Star Wars nerd and sci-fi buff walking the face of the Earth, the term "stormtrooper" would ring bells, as being the white and black (but mostly white) armor-clad soldiers of the The belly of the beast reveals that Sharkoon opted for Empire. Cooler Master's gaming brand CM Storm may have five interchangeable feet (selectable between ceramic and gotten precariously close to getting into trouble with 20th teflon), which maintain the right amount of drag for Century Fox with its CM Storm Trooper A TX full-tower case. the desired responsiveness. Sensor resolution and surface Had CM Storm ventured into making the case you see below, friction aren't the only two factors that can let you customize with the "CM Storm Trooper" name, it could have ruffled 10

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June 20th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone some feathers in Hollywood, especially given how Star Wars swap 2.5-inch SATA HDD/SSD slot-in bay near the front- continues to be a cash-cow for merchandise makers. panel, called X-Dock. The motherboard tray has plenty of valved holes for cable-management, and a hole at the CPU socket area (for easy management of coolers with back- plates). The Stryker's front-panel, apart from the X-Dock, includes two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HD audio front-panel jacks, and an eSATA port. The front-panel is crowned with a rubberized handle, which makes carrying the case around Cooler Master designed the "new" CM Storm Stryker by easy. whitewashing the CM Storm Trooper, and giving it a windowed side-panel. The company started selling the side- panel separately for owners of the Trooper, for US $20, and even carved out a new variant of the Trooper that comes with it, instead of the original, with large fan vents covered with lavish use of mesh. The white color and side panel really are the only two things that set the Stryker apart from the Trooper. Like most Cooler Master cases, cooling and ventilation is aplenty, with the Stryker. The case comes with provision for 120 mm two front-intake fans, provision for fans on the two 3.5-inch drive cages, a 200 mm fan on top (with detachable dust filter), a couple of 120 mm intakes on the bottom, and a 140 mm rear exhaust fan. It ships with two 120 mm front fans (white LED, 1200 RPM, 17 dBA), top 200 mm (1000 RPM, 23 dBA), and rear 140 mm (1200 RPM, 19 dBA). Measuring 250 x 605.6 x 578.5 mm (WxHxD), the Stryker is an ATX full-tower made primarily of SECC/steel. It is Available now, the albino CM Storm Trooper CM Storm big enough to accommodate motherboards in the XL-ATX Stryker is priced at 133 Euros (S$213). form-factor, with as many as 9 expansion card slot bays. Its interiors are as white as most of its exteriors, it uses dashes of black at the right places to contrast (its perforated 2K Games releases metal front consisting of drive bays and air intakes, a handle Civilization V: Gods & Kings for LAN party-animals, meshes on the sides, and subtle aesthetic touches). Black is also used to good effect in the expansion pack interiors, with the cable valves, and expansion slot covers. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/2k-games-releases-civilization-v- gods--kings-expansion-pack/16341.html June 20th, 2012 2K Games and Firaxis Games have released Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods & Kings, the first expansion pack for the acclaimed strategy game, adding several new features and The drive bay composition in the Stryker is completely types of gameplay. flexible, with up to nine 5.25-inch exposed bays, up to eight 3.5-inch bays (divided into two 4-bay cages, which occupy 2K Games and Firaxis Games have released Sid Meier's three 5.25-inch bays each), up to thirteen 2.5-inch bays Civilization V: Gods & Kings, the first expansion pack for the (converted from the two 3.5-inch cages), and a fixed hot- 11

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June 20th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 20th, 2012 acclaimed strategy game, adding several new features and types of gameplay. The most notable additions of this expansion are the reintroduction of religion and espionage, two elements that were in previous games but not in the original release of Smartphone, tablet and laptop users are at risk of ill health Civilization V. The religion feature allows players to choose a and poor posture, according to a report by the Chartered pantheon of gods and create Great Prophets to spread their Society of Physiotherapy. customised religion across the world, while espionage allows users to spy on foreign cities, steal advanced technologies, Smartphone, tablet and laptop users are at risk of ill rig elections, and perform coups. health and poor posture, according to a report by the UK's Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. The core game has also been expanded with new technologies, 27 new units, 13 new buildings, nine new The survey of 2,010 office workers found that close to two Wonders, nine new civilizations, and three new scenarios, thirds worked on mobile devices outside of office hours, with one focused on the Medieval period, the second detailing an average of two hours per day spent working on the devices the fall of Rome, and the third providing a Victorian outside office hours, which the Society claims can negatively steampunk experience, which will give players a little affect the health of users. something different to the more historic gameplay they are used to. The problem largely centres on the poor posture of these so-called “screen slaves,” who go from desktop devices at work to mobile devices while commuting and once they get home. Smartphones, tablets and laptop computers all require hunching over the device, compared to the more ergonomic design of desktop computers, leading to neck, shoulder and back problems. Other features include a reworked combat system and AI, which employs a more balanced army composition, an enhanced navy system that employs melee and ranged ships, and two new city-state types, Mercantile and Religious, for expanded questing and diplomacy. “We can’t wait for fans to get started on their quest to Overworking is another issue, as employees are increasingly achieve world domination in all-new ways with Civilization bringing their work home with them, thanks to the ease of V: Gods & Kings,” said Sid Meier, director of creative access to work files, email, and networks via mobile devices. development at Firaxis Games. “Gods & Kings is one of Staff are often attempting to divide their workload up over the best expansions we’ve ever created, delivering countless the day, but this can mean eating into lunch, travel and home hours of new gameplay experiences for Civ players around time, which ultimately can lead to heightened pressure and the world.” resulting stress-related ailments. The expansion is available immediately for $29.99 in the US “While doing a bit of extra work at home may seem like and will launch internationally on 22 June. a good short-term fix, if it becomes a regular part of your evening routine then it can lead to problems such as back and neck pain, as well as stress-related illness,” said Dr. Smartphone, tablet and Helena Johnson, chairwoman of the Chartered Society of laptop workers face ill health Physiotherapy. “This is especially the case if you're using hand-held devices and not thinking about your posture. Talk and poor posture to your employer if you are feeling under pressure.” Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/smartphone-tablet-and-laptop- workers-face-ill-health-and-poor-posture/16339.html 12

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June 20th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Of course, the issue of stress is more to do with work than mobile devices, but anyone who has used a smartphone, tablet or laptop for a long period will find it hard to deny that it can cause strain. Just like the age-old device for working on any type of computer, taking regular breaks is advised. Image Credit: Chartered Society of Physiotheraphy First Look: ASUS ROG Maximus V Formula (Z77) with ThunderFX audio Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-look-asus-rog-maximus-v- formula-z77-with-thunderfx-audio/16326.html June 20th, 2012 Here at VR-Zone, we hold ASUS's Republic of Gamers branded motherboards in high regard not only for their premium components, but also we know many exceptional individuals on the ROG team who toil on through cold Taiwanese nights and weekends, optimizing electrical traces on the PCB and fiddling with BIOS signal tweaks to deliver record breaking platforms for their users. Arriving almost two months after the initial Ivy Bridge Z77 launch, what does the belated Maximus V Formula bring to the (bench) table? 13

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June 20th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Facebook buys facial recognition firm Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/facebook-buys-facial-recognition- firm/16338.html June 20th, 2012 Facebook has bought facial recognition firm Face.com for up to $60 million, according to sources close to the company. Facebook is to pay between $55 million and $60 million for the company, lower than the up to $100 million suggested by early reports, and the deal will involve cash payments and a transfer of Facebook shares, the exact quantity of which is unknown. Facebook already employs the technology developed by Face.com to identify users and tag them in photos, but Face.com also offers similar facial recognition services to other firms. This deal will likely see the technology becoming exclusive to Facebook or licensed out for a fee, the latter of which seems unlikely, given Facebook will want to tout this feature over rivals like Google+. Face.com was set up in 2009 in Israel and has just 11 employees, all of whom will now join the team at Facebook. “By working with Facebook directly, and joining their team, we’ll have more opportunities to build amazing products that will be employed by consumers – that’s all we’ve ever wanted to do,” said Face.com in a statement. Facial recognition software previously got Facebook into trouble, however, due to concerns about user privacy. Uproar last year forced the company to provide an easier method to opt out of the feature, but clearly Facebook believes it is worth the hassle for the long-term viability of its popular social network. The deal is expected to close within the next few weeks. 14

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June 20th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Quick look at CommunicAsia 2012 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/quick-look-at- communicasia-2012/16337.html June 20th, 2012 While this year's CommunicAsia 2012 is said to be bigger and better than previous years, some of the big name companies such as Samsung, LG, Nokia, Microsoft, and NTT DoCoMo are no longer participating in this information and communications technology (ICT) exhibition and The Huawei Wingle E355 claims to be the world's first Wi-Fi conference. But if it's any consolation, Huawei is showcasing dongle that supports HSPA+ and Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n. You their products including the Ascend P1 Android smartphone, can insert your 3.5G SIM card, and there is also a microSD while ZTE has announced their LTE phone. Panasonic also card slot for you to share data wirelessly. it supports up to unveiled the ToughPad at CommunicAsia 2012. five devices simultaneously, Windows or Mac. There is also an optional power adapter if you do not want to plug the Wingle to your computer. Also spotted at the Huawei booth:- Huawei has a prominent booth right in the middle within the exhibition halls and among the range of products showcased, we spotted the Ascend P1. The Ascend P1 was announced at CES earlier this year (together with the P1 S), featuring dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 Cortex-A9 processor, 4.3- inch super AMOLED (960 x 540) touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass, 8-megapixel BSI rear-facing camera, comes with 1670mAh battery and runs Android 4.0 ICS. Pricing and availability will be announced closer to retail. 15

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June 20th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Color External Black Internal Original Aluminum Color Size Case W 230 H Dimension 338.5 D (mm) 363 Carton W 285 Size H 390 D (mm) 447 Weight Net 4 Weight (KG) Gross 5 Weight (KG) Material Aluminum M/B Mini ITX Cubitek Mini ICE ITX Type Enclosure Review Drive 5.25" 1 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/cubitek-mini-ice-itx-enclosure- Bay Drive ( Exposed review/15526.html Bay ) June 20th, 2012 3.5" 4 Drive ( Hidden ) Bay 2.5" 2 Drive ( Converted Bay by one 3.5" The ITX form factor is steadily gaining mainstream drive affections, with recent feature-filled motherboards like bay ) ASUS's P8Z77-I Deluxe boasting of everything including overclocking abilities. How does Cubitek's latest extruded I/O USB L:700(mm) aluminium enclosure fair in our water-cooled HTPC build? Panel 3.0*2 USB Introduction 2.0*2 Cubitek is one of the newcomers to the scene, with Audio*1 L:800(mm) the Taiwanese company leveraging on their decades of Mic*1 experience to create more ambitious enclosure designs for Expansion 2 the upper echelons of the market. One of their newest Slots product ranges is the brushed aluminium ICE series, featuring different models from mini-ITX to HPTX sizes. In Cooling Top 140(mm) 3pin; Outflow 49.05 this article we will attempt to build a watercooled mini-ITX System Fan L:250(mm) CFM;21.35dBA HTPC, and see whether the Cubitek Mini ICE is any good. ( Blue LED ) Bottom 140(mm) N/A Fan ( Optional ) PSU Standard ATX PSU ( Max. 160(mm) ) MaximumVGA Max. Compatibility 340(mm) long CPU Max. Cooler 90(mm) height Item Mini ICE Externals Name The outer layers of the Mini ICE enclosure is made from Item CB-ICI- extrusion aluminium, giving it structural strength and Number B104 corrosion resistance. In front, a pair of Power/Reset buttons 16

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June 20th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone and Blue/Red LED activity indicators for Power/HDD can be found, together with a pre-installed 5.25-inch black bezel for the only external drive bay. On top, we can see a large 140mm fan exhaust cutout and a row of I/O ports including USB 3.0 (blue). We're pleased the designers have gold plated the audio ports to keep the audio Four minature thumbscrews hold the side panels on each signal fidelity high. side. From the back, the Mini ICE isn't too different from the Cubitek have also modeled their logo badge and kept it small typical enthusiast ITX case, with two slots for that PCIe in order not to spoil the minimalist look of their case. graphics card and a pair of holes for water cooling piping. Annoyingly, a standard ATX power supply is to be mounted on top of the motherboard, which makes the installation of tall HSF towers impossible despite the case being fairly wide. 17

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June 20th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone The tablet is 9.3mm in thickness, and features USB 2.0 connectivity. It has full magnesium case (VaporMg), and weighs 576 grams. It boasts a full HD display that supports Hi-Fi like anti-vibration feet can be found at the bottom of Clear Type. Naturally, you would expect it to have access the case, which is a nice touch. to Windows apps. An optically bonded display provides a more natural writing/touch experience. It’s optimized for Windows 8, and has built-in dual 2x2 Memo antennas. There’s a built in kickstand, and a 3mm thick cover that converts into a multi-touch keyboard. HDMI is built-in, and so are the front and rear cameras. Microsoft's Surface Tablet concludes major As for pricing, the Windows RT version (32/64 GB) is announcement comparable to other ARM tablets (Asus Transformer Prime Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-s-surface-tablet- 32GB goes for about $500). The Pro version (Intel based, concludes-major-announcement/16335.html 64/128 GB) is priced in the range of Ultrabooks (~$700+). June 20th, 2012 The RT version will launch alongside Windows 8's launch date, but the Pro version won't come around until three months after. The major announcement has concluded, and the result? A Microsoft tablet called “Surface” that runs Windows 8. Let’s just ignore the bigwigs’ speeches and dive right into Other nifty features include a Touch Cover that turns the what matters, and that’s the specs and features of the Surface tablet different colors when activated. The Touch Cover tablet. 18

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June 20th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone itself has an accelerometer built in and you can personalize Of course this means that Samsung intends to compete with the colors of the Touch Cover as it comes with seven layers. Apple’s iPhone 5 with their Note II. The iPhone 5 will boast a Retina display and iOS 6, and the Note II will have a That’s it for Microsoft’s major announcement. tablet-esque screen size and Jelly Bean. Regardless of the Source: engadget.com v ia Live Coverage competitive intents of the two tech companies, hopefully both will deliver outstanding products that won’t disappoint Official Website: http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en/ consumers. us/default.aspx Official Press Release: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ news/press/2012/jun12/06-18announce.aspx Australia has new R18+ video games rating Samsung Galaxy Note II to Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/australia-has-new-r18-video-games- rating/16333.html drop this October June 20th, 2012 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-galaxy-note-ii-to-drop- this-october/16334.html June 20th, 2012 On January 1, 2013 Australians that have been deprived of ESRB mature-rated games will be able to legally obtain Rumors out of Korea are that Samsung will release a them. The Australian House and Senate have passed a bill successor to the popular Galaxy Note—smartphone-tablet that created an R18+ tag for video games. hybrid Android device. It is very likely that Samsung will dub their Galaxy Note successor as the Galaxy Note II. What is even more intriguing is that the Galaxy Note II may be a derivative of the Galaxy SIII—with the Note II retaining most of the S III’s specs except the screen size. On January 1, 2013 Australians that have been deprived of ESRB mature-rated games will be able to legally obtain them over the counter. The Australian House and Senate have passed a bill that created an R18+ tag for video games. In the past, video games that exceeded an MA15+ tag meant that they could not be sold in Australia. Titles such as Mortal Kombat, Syndicate, and Grand Theft Auto were either banned or had to be edited to conform to Australian laws. For a long time, various groups and lobbyists have been Rumors out of Korea are that Samsung will release a trying to persuade the government to approve legislations successor to the popular Galaxy Note—smartphone-tablet allowing higher ESRB rated games Australia, and the fruit of hybrid Android device. It is very likely that Samsung will their work has come to be. Starting next year, Aussies can dub their Galaxy Note successor as the Galaxy Note II. What perform fatality moves in Mortal Kombat—and do so legally. is even more intriguing is that the Galaxy Note II may be a derivative of the Galaxy SIII—with the Note II retaining most of the S III’s specs except the screen size. Solutions to Adobe Flash 11.3 The current Galaxy Note has a 5.3’’ screen, but according to issues in Firefox browser sources familiar with the matter the Note II’s screen will be Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/solutions-to-adobe-flash-11.3-issues- bigger. Adding to that, the Note II will utilize an unbreakable in-firefox-browser/16332.html plane (UBP) display, which is a precursor to the flexible June 20th, 2012 display. The Galaxy Note II will run Android Jelly Bean out of the box, and the launch date is rumored to be around October. Anyone that’s hot on the tail of anything iPhone will notice that the Note II’s launch date may overlap the iPhone 5’s launch date. 19

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June 20th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Users who have upgraded to Flash 11.3 and are using Firefox may be experiencing crashes or no contents loading when browsing sites such as YouTube. Firefox and Adobe have not been able to resolve the problem, but there’s a rather simple solution. Users who have upgraded to Flash 11.3 and are using Firefox may be experiencing crashes or no contents loading when browsing sites such as YouTube. Firefox and Adobe have not been able to resolve the problem, but there’s a simple solution. Despite Google's agreement in this case and several Firefox browsers that are currently running on Windows 7 others, it refused to cooperate with requests by a number and Vista that experiences crashes/or no contents on flash of governments, and labelled many of the requests as media sites should downgrade to Adobe’s previous version “troubling” and “alarming.” of flash. This, of course, will only be temporary as Mozilla announced that they are working closely with Adobe to “diagnose and address these issues.” “Unfortunately, what we’ve seen over the past couple Approximately a quarter of the world’s internet browsing years has been troubling, and today is no different. When are done with Firefox, and many multimedia sites utilize we started releasing this data in 2010, we also added Adobe’s Flash technology. So it's safe to say the Adobe- annotations with some of the more interesting stories behind Firefox Flash issues will be fixed soon. However, there is no the numbers. We noticed that government agencies from ETA on how long it will take for Mozilla and Adobe to fix this different countries would sometimes ask us to remove problem, but in the meantime Fi refox users can find a list of political content that our users had posted on our services. temporary solutions here. We hoped this was an aberration. But now we know it’s not,” said Dorothy Chou, Senior Policy Analyst at Google. Google removes terrorism “This is the fifth data set that we’ve released. And just videos, refuses to comply like every other time before, we’ve been asked to take with censorship requests down political speech. It’s alarming not only because free Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-removes-terrorism-videos- expression is at risk, but because some of these requests refuses-to-comply-with-censorship-requests/16331.html come from countries you might not suspect—Western June 20th, 2012 democracies not typically associated with censorship.” Examples given include a request by regulators in Spain to Google has revealed that it removed 640 videos from remove 270 search results for blogs and newspaper articles YouTube that allegedly promoted terrorism after receiving a referencing individuals and public figures, while a Polish request from the UK's Association of Police Officers, but it public institution asked Google to remove links to a website refused to give in to censorship demands by a number of the that criticised it. Google did not comply with these requests. world's governments. Google has revealed that it removed 640 videos from Other requests that Google refused to give in to included YouTube that allegedly promoted terrorism after receiving a a Canadian request to remove a YouTube video of a man request from the UK's Association of Police Officers, but it urinating on his Canadian passport and flushing it down the refused to give in to censorship demands by a number of the toilet, a Pakistani request to remove six YouTube videos that world's governments. satirised the Pakistan army, and US requests to remove a blog that allegedly defamed a law enforcement official and to remove 1,400 YouTube videos for alleged harassment. The videos in question were linked with five accounts suspected of promoting terrorism and were found to violate YouTube's Community Guidelines. The accounts Foxconn holds one of the were terminated and all videos associated with them were keys to Windows 8's success deleted. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/foxconn-holds-one-of-the-keys-to- windows-8-s-success/16330.html It is not clear if all 640 videos contained pro-terrorism June 20th, 2012 messages or if only a select number of them did, but all of them have now been removed, according to Google's latest transparency report on government requests. Many tech savvy individuals doubt Windows 8 will make a huge impact on current PC market at launch, but Foxconn thinks that their manufacturing proficiency and future 20

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June 20th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone innovations may hold one of the keys to Windows 8’s demands for components needed in Windows 8. However, success. even if Foxconn manages to wow consumers with super cheap Windows 8 optimized products, critics and average consumers have yet to rave or shut the door on Microsoft’s next gen PC platform. What are the keys to unlocking Windows 8 again? Perhaps Many tech savvy individuals doubt Windows 8 will make a it’s the cheap labor needed to manufacture those “cutting- huge impact on current PC market at launch, but Foxconn edge technology.” thinks that their manufacturing proficiency and future innovations may hold one of the keys to Windows 8’s success. Intel reaches supercomputing It’s clear that Windows 8 is Microsoft’s attempt at utilizing milestone with Xeon E5 touchscreens for an enhanced users experience on the PC, but as of right now much of the world’s PC users doesn’t processors have a touchscreen PC. Therefore, not only is a transition Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-reaches-supercomputing- to a touchscreen based PC a drastic change in user interface, milestone-with-xeon-e5-processors/16329.html but also people will have to invest in new technology to fully June 20th, 2012 utilize Windows 8. Intel is taking the supercomputing world by storm with its Xeon E5 processors, which broke a record for the fastest new processing technology to be adopted by supercomputers. Intel is taking the supercomputing world by storm with its Xeon E5 processors, which broke a record for the fastest new processing technology to be adopted by supercomputers. Foxconn’s chairman, Terry Gou, said that Windows 8 utilizes “cutting-edge technology” in areas such as machinery, The milestone is recorded in the 39th edition of the Top500 optics, material, software, and battery. However, current supercomputers in the world, with 77 percent of newly- OEMs may not be ready for an influx of demands in up to entered monster machines powered by Intel processors. date technology that can make the most of all of Windows Even when including older entries Intel rules a whopping 74 8’s “cutting-edge technology.” percent of the top 500, with 372 Intel-powered systems on Gou went on to say that his company has made progress the list. in the areas of machinery, optical technology, and energy- saving battery technology. Foxconn currently employs Intel stopped shy of the first three spots, which run on Power people in Japan and Taiwan to work with display suppliers BQC and SPARC64 processors, but the fourth, fifth, ninth such as Sharp and Chimei Innolux to research and and tenth on the list are all powered by Xeon. develop low-radiation, high-definition, and eye-control display technologies. Although Foxconn has a lot of resources within the Intel's highest entry at fourth place is the SuperMUC manufacturing and research sector, Gou is quick to also note supercomputer at LRZ in Germany, delivering 2.9 that small to medium sized high definition panels will be petaFLOPs of performance, which makes it the most short supply at Windows 8’s launch. Gou forecasts that the powerful computer in Europe and the largest installation company will be able to meet demands of consumers for based on Intel's Xeon range. touch based high definition displays within 3-5 years. If Foxconn can pump out most of the world’s iPhone demands, then there’s no doubt that they can meet 21

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June 20th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone The news was revealed by Max Schafer, former Blizzard employee and co-founder of Runic Games, which now makes the Diablo-esque Torchlight series. “When I was working at Blizzard a million years ago we were working on Diablo 3 and it was an MMO,” Schafer said in an interview with I.Eat.Games. “We were going to do the Diablo version of World of Warcraft.” The revelation goes a long way to explain why Blizzard requires users to be online for Diablo 3, though obviously piracy prevention was another major motivation, as was Intel plans to deliver high computing performance beyond forcing people to be exposed to its cash cow: the real-money the supercomputer market with the new Xeon Phi range, auction house. due later this year, which will eventually cater for enterprise datacentres and workstations as well as supercomputing. Cray will be one of the first supercomputer firms to embrace the technology. “We are very excited to announce that our next-generation supercomputer code-named ‘Cascade’ will be available with the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, giving Cray customers the ability to push the limits of research and discovery,” said Peg Williams, SVP of high performance computing systems at Cray. “Our Cascade system will feature some of the most advanced and highly innovative HPC technologies ever put into a Cray supercomputer. Combining these features with industry-leading Intel Xeon processors and the new Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors will result in a very compelling system for HPC centers around the world.” An auction house is a typical element of MMOs, including Blizzard's World of Warcraft, and while the real-money Intel is aiming to reach exascale-level computation by 2018, element takes it a monumental step forward (or in many which is the next stage up from the current petascale and eyes: backward), it shows that Blizzard kept a few parts of its will revolutionise the processing speed of supercomputers intended MMO experience. around the world. The company considers its Xeon range a pivotal part of this advancement and is investing heavily in developing new architecture and fabric in order to achieve The MMO plans also shed some light on the substantial its goal. development period for the game. It spent a massive 11 years in development, and clearly part of this was due to the change of plans from an MMO to a more typical single-player Diablo 3 was originally an encounter, with a bit of multiplayer to spice it up. MMO Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/diablo-3-was-originally-an- It is not clear why Blizzard changed track, but it was likely mmo/16328.html a wise move, given the disappointing results of BioWare's June 20th, 2012 recent MMO attempt, Star Wars: The Old Republic, which the studio is considering making free-to-play. Obviously Blizzard's experience with World of Warcraft would have helped considerably with World of Diablo or Diablo Online, but it may also have cannibalised its existing subscriber base. It is certainly interesting, however, to muse about what a Diablo MMO could have been like, and to speculate if Blizzard's popular hack-and-slash role-playing game Diablo Blizzard might deliver one in years to come. 3 was originally intended to be a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game, explaining the internet requirement and the auction house. At the very least, Schafer has hinted that a Torchlight MMO may be on the horizon. Blizzard's popular hack-and-slash role-playing game Diablo 3 was originally intended to be a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game, explaining the internet requirement and the auction house. 22

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June 20th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 20th, 2012 Today is the big day, the “major” announcement by Microsoft. Despite the short notice, there has been a long list of speculations as to what this announcement may be about. Some rumors are just plain ridiculous, but the majority of the gossips seem to be landing upon a Windows based tablet. We are not part of their announcement says Barnes & Noble Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/we-are-not-part-of-their- announcement-says-barnes--noble/16327.html June 20th, 2012 Microsoft and Barnes & Noble are not going to announce a joint tablet venture. According to theverge.com, Barnes & Noble has reached out to the press to subdue speculations Today is the big day, the “major” announcement by that they are involved in Microsoft’s major announcement. Microsoft. Despite the short notice, there has been a long list of speculations as to what this announcement may be about. Some rumors are just plain ridiculous, but the majority of the gossips seem to be landing upon a Windows based tablet. Previous rumors stipulated that Microsoft and Nokia eloped and produced some sort of Windows tablet, however, that rumor may have changed direction—not totally, but a little off course. Sources have told techcrunch.com that the Windows tablet partnership is actually between Microsoft and Barnes & Noble. The two companies announced a “strategic partnership” with each other in April. In a joint venture with Barnes & Noble, Microsoft invested $300 million into “Newco” for a 17.6% stake. Barnes & Noble’s Nook e-reader/tablet device is currently running Android, and the upcoming announcement may reveal that future Nook devices are to We’re only hours away from what may be the biggest run Windows instead—or a Windows “Newco” e-reader/ Microsoft related news of the year, or the biggest PR flop. tablet. Either way, Barnes & Noble will not be a part of the hype and a spokesperson for them has specifically stated that “we RIM targets Singapore's are not part of their announcement.” military servicemen with Microsoft may announce a camera-less smartphone Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rim-targets-singapore-s-military- Windows Nook tablet servicemen-with-camera-less-smartphone/16323.html Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-may-announce-a- windows-nook-tablet/16324.html 23

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June 20th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 20th, 2012 If RIM is failing to catch they eyes of regular consumers, then perhaps they should go after a more specific group of people. RIM has launched a camera-less BlackBerry Curve 9360 aimed at restoring the social life of Singapore’s young people of the armed forces. RIM has not done much to wow the world, but perhaps helping to restore a military serviceman’s social life will help win the favors consumers in the future. Apple stores meeting, reasons unknown Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-stores-meeting-reasons- unknown/16322.html June 20th, 2012 A companywide Apple retail stores meeting has been called upon by Apple officials. Sources close to the matter are RIM is failing to catch regular consumers’ eyes, but perhaps unsure of the intention behind the meeting, but if Apple’s they can go after a more specific group of people. RIM has reputation for building up excitement and anticipation with launched a camera-less BlackBerry Curve 9360 aimed at any gathering remains true then perhaps there may be restoring the social life of Singapore’s young people of the something exciting in store for Apple’s retail stores. armed forces. Due to security reasons, the Singapore’s Ministry of Defense does not allow their young military enlistees to have a camera phone within any military confines. Hence, a camera-less device is certainly a solution to this dilemma. This bright idea has already been thought of and employed with Apple’s camera-less iPhone from M1 before. However, the camera-less iPhone has since been removed from the M1 mobile phones site, so RIM can now flaunt their camera-less Curve 9360 without having to worry too much about Apple. Moreover, this product may be attractive since it’s cheaper than an iPhone, and after two years of military service the person can switch back to an iPhone if he wants to. Update 1: Every Apple Store Employee Just Got A $4-Per- Hour Raise Update 2: Apple Will Spend ~0.004% Of Its Cash On A Generous Raise For Retail Employees A companywide Apple retail stores meeting has been called upon by Apple officials. Sources close to the matter are unsure of the intention behind the meeting, but if Apple’s reputation for building up excitement and anticipation with any gathering remains true then perhaps there may be something exciting in store for Apple’s retail stores. An Apple store in Boston is renting out a theater for 200 employees for this meeting, and insiders reported to appleinsider.com that the meeting will need “a projector, 24

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June 20th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone audio for the presenter and also computer hookup/audio.” “Some police forces believe the problem is too large to Naturally, this may mean that the meeting may be held tackle,” Ross Anderson, lead author of the study, told using live video/audio feeds from Apple’s headquarter in the BBC. “In fact, a small number of gangs lie behind Cupertino, California. many incidents and locking them up would be far more effective than telling the public to fit an anti-phishing However, it also seems like not all the Apple stores are toolbar or purchase anti-virus software. Cybercrooks impose having the meeting at the same time, which goes against disproportionate costs on society.” what a live feed is all about. Hence, there aren’t any succinct patterns to put our finger onto what the meeting may be Anderson compares cybercrime to a swamp, stating that about. It is also not clear whether or not Apple’s 200+ stores the only way to clean it up is to drain it by arresting the must all hold the same type of meeting. crooks. He credits, however, the FBI for doing most of the “heavy lifting” when it comes to actually going after online Gary Allen of ifoapplestore.com sent an email to criminals. appleinsider.com stating that an off-site meeting that includes most, if not all, employees is “not common”. He Anderson’s solutions to the uneven allocation of funds to does, however, think that the meeting may have something different areas of cybercrimes management is simple, make to do with introducing Apple’s new head of retail—John it even. Furthermore, he believes that legislations that Browett. protect online consumers should be on the governments’ agenda. Online payment and banking fraud has led many Hopefully, this national Apple store meeting will bring about to avoid online transactions altogether, therefore, indirectly more than just introducing a person—perhaps a “budget 7’’ affecting the economy. iPad to hit the shelf” type of announcement? Let’s just wait and see. Governments not spending enough on putting cyber criminals behind bars Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/governments-not-spending-enough- on-putting-cyber-criminals-behind-bars/16321.html June 20th, 2012 A recent study conducted through a partnership between the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and USA revealed that governments spent more money on fighting cybercrimes through software rather than allocating more money into arresting the people behind those crimes. A recent study conducted through a partnership between the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and USA revealed that governments spent more money on fighting cybercrimes through software rather than allocating more money into arresting the people behind those crimes. According to the BBC, the colleagues working on the study considered all “main types of cybercrime”, which includes “online payment and banking fraud”. The study found out that governments spend less than £10 million out of £640 million annually on putting people carrying out online crimes behind bars. Misallocation of funds led authorities to concentrate more on surveillance rather than actually going after suspects. 25

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June 22nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. Nintendo and Namco Bandai team up for Super Smash Bros. games Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nintendo-and-namco-bandai-team- up-for-super-smash-bros.-games/16386.html June 22nd, 2012 Masaya Kobayashi from Namco Bandai announced that Nintendo has teamed up with Namco Bandai to work on the they are bringing on board their best developers, including latest games in the Super Smash Bros. series, with two titles Yoshito Higuichi, producer and director of the “Tales” series, planned, one for the Wii U and one for the 3DS. Tetsuya Akatsuka, producer and director of Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs., the art and sound director of the Nintendo has teamed up with Namco Bandai to work on the SoulCalibur series, and the main development team behind latest games in the Super Smash Bros. series, with two titles the Tekken series, with more top talent expected to join the planned, one for the Wii U and one for the 3DS. production team over time. Masahiro Sakurai, head of game studio Sora and director of Since development is still in its early stages not much is the popular fighting games, revealed that work had begun on known about the games and how they will play, but they are the new Super Smash Bros. titles, explaining that he wanted expected to feature some interactivity options for those who to curb speculation by announcing the games now so that purchase both titles. Potentially this might mean the ability there is greater freedom during development. to unlock a character in one game and port them over to the other, with possible exclusive characters limited to each “The project has just gotten started,” Sakurai said. “Bear game as an enticement to buy both. in mind that not only are we developing two titles simultaneously, but we announced the project before we The Wii U is rumoured to release on 21 December a nd it is even started actual development, so I'm afraid we will likely doubtful if the latest Super Smash Bros. game will be ready have to keep you waiting for quite a while.” in time. The 3DS title is likely in a similar boat. Samsung investigating exploding Galaxy S III smartphone Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-investigating-exploding- galaxy-s-iii-smartphone/16385.html June 22nd, 2012 1

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June 22nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Samsung is investigating an incident where one of its Galaxy this incident was an issue of overheating, however, putting S III smartphones exploded in a user's car, raising fears over it down to massive external pressure. potential overheating problems. Samsung is investigating an incident where one of its Galaxy Samsung is not alone with overheating fears. Apple's S III smartphones exploded in a user's car, raising fears over ambitiously named “new iPad” reportedly suffered potential overheating problems. overheating problems when it launched in March. A user in Dublin, Ireland reported that during a commute The Samsung Galaxy S III launched in Europe at the end of he noticed white flame and sparks coming from the device May and in the US yesterday. It makes its debut in South before it exploded on the dashboard of his car. Korea on Monday, but reports of safety issues could hamper initial sales. “The phone burned from the inside out,” the user wrote in a post at popular Irish forum Boards.ie . “Burned through the plastic and melted my case to my phone. The phone kept Microsoft may be working on working but without any signal.” own-branded Windows Phone Samsung claims that its initial investigation found no 8 smartphone fault with the phone, but it intended to conduct further Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-may-be-working-on-own- investigations. The user admits that the fault may have been branded-windows-phone-8-smartphone/16384.html caused by a combination of the car mount and the car's June 22nd, 2012 heating system. The pictures provided by the user show scorch marks at the bottom of the phone, with the battery appearing untouched, suggesting it may not be the reason for the incident. Microsoft is rumoured to be working on an own-branded “That could have burned the side of my face or through my smartphone to help with initial growth of its Windows Phone pocket and my leg, or set fire to my bed,” the user said. “Its 8 operating system. very dangerous.” Microsoft is rumoured to be working on an own-branded smartphone to help with initial growth of its Windows Phone 8 operating system. “Our industry sources tell us that Microsoft may be working with a contract manufacturer to develop their own handset for Windows Phone 8,” said Rick Sherlund, analyst at Nomura, according to a Reuters report. Sherlund added that it is unclear if this will be a reference device or a handset that is intended to hit the market. Microsoft's response was ambiguous. It said it is a “big believer in our hardware partners,” suggesting it is reluctant to launch its own device for fear of driving off its partners, which include Nokia, Samsung, HTC and Huawei. Despite not admitting fault over this issue, Samsung gave the Irish user a new phone and promised “free stuff” as compensation. This appears to be the first report of an overheating problem with Samsung's latest flagship model, but a previous incident with a spare Galaxy S II battery in March, when a Korean schoolboy claimed that it exploded in his back pocket, may cause users some concern. Samsung denied that 2

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June 22nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Sixty-one percent of Brazil’s smartphones run Android, so it’s quite puzzling why HTC hasn’t been able to capture However, Microsoft revealed earlier this week that it was more market shares. HTC’s inability to capture Brazilian working on its own tablet computer, the Surface, so the customers may be more due to its commitment to producing company is clearly not shying away from the hardware mid-range to high end Android devices, rather than its market. inability to make Android phones. Perhaps if HTC were to produce more budget minded Microsoft's comments about hardware partners may even Android devices for Brazilians, it would retain an active role relate to the alleged deal with a “contract manufacturer” to in Brazil’s smartphone market. Alas, nothing else can be said develop the new device. except, adeus. The company unveiled Windows Phone 8 earlier this week, RT Surface battery life may touting a number of new and improved features, including a be shorter than the iPad revamped start screen, dual-core processor support, a digital Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rt-surface-battery-life-may-be- wallet, cloud integration, and a shared core with Windows 8. shorter-than-the-ipad/16382.html June 22nd, 2012 Windows Phone 8 is due out in Autumn, with or without a Microsoft smartphone. HTC pulls out of Brazil The Surface may come with a nifty keypad, a touch cover, Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/htc-pulls-out-of-brazil/16383.html and a kickstand, but does it come with a better battery life June 22nd, 2012 compared to the iPad? Computer World’s Gregg Keizer thinks the Surface won’t match up to the iPad in battery life. HTC has announced earlier this week that it will cease operations in Brazil, and although the news won’t have a huge impact on the smartphone market in the region, it will put some people out of a job. The Surface may come with a nifty keypad, a Touch Cover, and a kickstand, but does it come with a better battery life HTC has announced earlier this week that it will cease compared to the iPad? Computer World’s Gregg Keizer operations in Brazil, and although the news won’t have a thinks the Surface won’t match up to the iPad in battery life. huge impact on the smartphone market in the region, it will The surface is listed with 31.4Wh of battery power as put some people out of a job. compared to the iPad’s 42.5Wh. The battery capacity of The HTC Wildfire S (Android) and the HTC Ultimate (WP) the RT Surface is 25% less than the iPad’s, which puts the are the only two smartphones that HTC sells in Brazil, and Surface at about two-and-a-half-hours less (7.5 hours) than competition from LG, Samsung, and Nokia have made it the iPad’s battery life (10 hours). hard for HTC to establish itself. After several years of steady Although evidence may suggest the estimate is accurate, decline in market share, HTC’s spokesperson addresses the iFixit’s Kyle Wiens added that there are still too many press by saying: “unknowns” with regard to the Surface. Hence, we should all “After analyzing the sales numbers, we have decided to pull wait until a consumer product is available before assuming out of the Brazilian market.” the actual battery life. The news may not be problematic to many Brazilians, but for those that do own an HTC handset, they can count on HTC to continue to provide support, repairs, and replacements for existing customers. 3

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June 22nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 22nd, 2012 Windows Phone 8 to have data usage and cloud friendly features Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/windows-phone-8-to-have-data- usage-and-cloud-friendly-features/16381.html June 22nd, 2012 Today, in the continuation of our series on the Internet Protocol, we talk about IPv4, binary and the end of the internet as it has existed for the past 30 years. Last time, we talked about the formation of the Internet Protocol, the addressing system that allows the internet to function. Without the Internet Protocol, communication Running on the clouds may be one of Windows Phone between computers would be impossible, as routers would 8’s main focuses. Insider Paul Thurrott found evidence have no idea which computer to send a particular signal that “Data Smart” and traffic compression are Microsoft’s to. Today, we’re going to talk about the previous version of methods for more efficient use of data on Windows Phone 8. the Internet Protocol and still the most widely used version, known as IPv4. IPv4 Codified in 1981, IPv4 is the most widespread version of the Internet Protocol. When first introduced, it was believed that the number of addresses would be more than enough for the needs of the nascent Internet; the engineers who came up with the protocol suite could not have imagined the explosion of personal computers or mobile devices that would connect to the internet. In 1981, the 32-bit addresses used to identify various computers seemed to be more than enough. But what is a 32-bit number? To answer that, I need to Running on the clouds may be one of Windows Phone explain a little bit about how computers operate on an 8’s main focuses. Insider Paul Thurrott found evidence electrical level for those who don’t know. To those who know that “Data Smart” and traffic compression are Microsoft’s how a computer counts and what binary is, feel free to skip methods for more efficient use of data on Windows Phone 8. the next paragraph, or go ahead and read it for a quick refresher course. Data Smart will enable users to manage their data by keeping track of their usage by billing cycles, and breaks down data Computers operate by sending electrical signals through usage based on carrier data vs Wi-Fi. Essentially, Data various circuits on microchips and silicon boards. The Smart is a Windows Phone 8 built-in data meter that may electrical signal has two possibilities: if the circuit is open, help users from data overages—thus, preventing a hefty bill then no current flows, and its signal is “off,” whereas if the at the end of the month. circuit is closed, an electrical current flows through it, and the signal is “on.” These two possibilities are represented Internet Explorer 10 mobile browser will also have a data by a base-2 number system, called binary; on is 1 and off is usage friendly feature—basically a proxy-type service that 0. Computers use this numbering system to count by using compresses web traffic and thereby reducing data usage. It’s millions of circuits; for example, instead of counting “1, 2, 3, nothing new, Silk Browser on the Kindle uses the same type 4, 5,” binary counts as “1, 10, 11, 100, 101.” Each of the ones of technology, but nonetheless it’s an added bonus for people and zeros is known as a “bit,” and 8 bits make up a “byte.” A who browse the internet a lot on their phone. 32-bit number, therefore, is a binary number with 32 ones or An unlimited data plan is hard to come by with current zeros. For example, Google’s IP address, 74.125.130.106, can major carriers, and some of the built in data management also be written as 1001010.01111101.10000010.01101010, features in Windows Phone 8 will help keep users online with 4 octets of bits (or 4 bytes) separated by periods (purely longer without having to worry too much about paying extra to make it human-readable). for data overages. Now that we’ve had a refresher on binary and how the IPv4 address is constructed, you might be able to see the main The Internet Protocol: Past, problem with this addressing scheme; we’re running out of addresses. With any addressing system, there’s going to Present, and Future - Part 2 be a finite number of addresses; in the case of IPv4, there Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-internet-protocol-past-present- are nearly 4.3 billion addresses. With 7 billion people on and-future--part-2/16376.html the planet, this means that even if every person were given just a single address, we would be three billion addresses short. The biggest problem is this: People don’t have just one device. Today’s internet user is connected through a phone, a tablet, maybe even a computer or two. The last blocks of IPv4 addresses were recently assigned to the regional address 4

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June 22nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone issuing authorities, and it’s projected that IPv4 will be fully tapped out in Europe and North America by August of this year, with Asia, Africa, and South America following within two years. Once all of the IPv4 addresses are used up, that’s it. No more growth is possible on the Internet using IPv4, because there are no more unique IP addresses available. We have been aware of this problem for years, and a solution has been created. But its implementation among ISPs and various routers around the internet has been slow. That solution is called IPv6, and it will be the subject of the final part of our series on the Internet Protocol. Sapphire Changes Upcoming What's in a name change? Well, apart from ≥1 GHz GPU HD 7970 Toxic and Vapor- and ≥1.5 GHz memory clock speeds, the SKU introduces PowerTune with Boost, a feature touted to be comparable X Models to HD 7970 GHz to NVIDIA GPU Boost, although it functions in a markedly different way, as we found out, in our review. The shift to Edition the new SKU could also give Sapphire's new models the Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sapphire-changes-upcoming- advantage of being based on something recently announced hd-7970-toxic-and-vapor-x-models-to-hd-7970-ghz-edition/16379.html and proven to be generally faster than the GTX 680. June 22nd, 2012 In its press release, Sapphire also stated that the new Toxic and Vapor-X (Atomic) models will be announced "within the next few weeks." We knew from way back in December 2011, that Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz is working on custom-design Radeon HD 7970 graphics Edition Review - Tahiti's card models with some crazy factory-overclocked speeds. The company today reiterated that it's working on some of Boost from Overclocking and those models, but that the SKU is changed from HD 7970 to HD 7970 GHz Edition. A little more than a name change is Drivers behind the announcement. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-radeon-hd-7970-ghz-edition- review--tahiti-s-boost-from-overclocking-and-drivers/16362.html We knew from way back in December 2011, that Sapphire June 22nd, 2012 is working on custom-design Radeon HD 7970 graphics card models with some crazy factory-overclocked speeds. The company today reiterated that it's working on some of those models, but that the SKU is changed from HD 7970 to HD 7970 GHz Edition. A little more than a name change is behind the announcement. Today's review will focus on how the official increased clock frequencies of the 7970 GHz edition aka Tahiti XT2 - 1050MHz on the core (13.5% increase from 925MHz) and 1500MHz on the memory (9% increase from 1375MHz), help peg back or increase the performance delta over Nvidia's GTX 680 Kepler. We run a plethora of benchmarks on the latest beta drivers (Catalyst 12.7 and 304.48) from both camps, sometimes with interesting results to report. Whats New? Earlier today, AMD announced the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, a new SKU that is touted to be faster than NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680, enabling AMD to retake the single-GPU performance crown. We also learned that most of these HD 7970 GHz Edition cards will be sold by its various add-in board (AIB) partners. The biggest such AIB partner, Sapphire, soon followed up on AMD's announcement with one of its own, stating that the HD 7970 Toxic 6GB and Vapor-X (Atomic) series graphics card models it's working on, have been modified, and that they will carry the HD 7970 GHz Edition GPU. 5

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June 22nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone which results in higher performance. As an end result, DTE HD 7970 Tahiti XT HD 7970 GHz Edition Tahiti is responsible for about 3-4% performance uplift vs the TX2 113-C3860100-100 HD7970 GHz Edition with DTE disabled. 113-C3862000-004 Tahiti B0 CR XT C38601 GDDR5 3GB Tahiti B0 XT2 C38620 The DTE mechanism itself is an iterative differential model which works in the following manner. Starting from a 300MHz / 150MHz : 0.850V GDDR5 3GB set of initial conditions, the DTE algorithm calculates 925MHz / 1.38GHz : 1.170V 300MHz / 150MHz : 0.950V dTemp_ti/dt based on the inferred power consumption 1.05GHz / 1.5GHz : 1.256V over a previous timeslice (is a function of voltage, workload/capacitance, freq, temp, leakage, etc), and the thermal capacitance of the fansink (function of fansink and By now, you will all have read and experienced that the T_delta). Simply put, we estimate the heat into the chip original HD 7970 had fantastic overclocking potential, with and the heat out of the chip at any given moment. Based most cards able to scale to 1100MHz on the core without on this differential relation, it’s easy to work back from voltage increases. We note in the bios p-states dump that the your initial conditions and estimate Temp_ti, which is the peak core voltage during 3D loads have been raised to 1.256v temperature at any timeslice. A lot of work goes into tuning from 1.17v, so how will this affect TDP and heat output? Well, the parameters around thermal capacitance and power AMD introduced a new power management technique with flux, but in the end, you have an algorithmic way to always their new Catalyst 12.7 beta drivers... provide benefit over the previous worst-case assumption, but also to guarantee that it will be representative of the entire population of parts in the market. We could have easily done this through diode measurements, and used real temperature instead of digital temperature estimates…. But that would not be deterministic. Our current method with DTE guarantees that two parts off the shelf will perform the same way, and we enable end users to take advantage of their extra OC headroom on their parts through tools like Overdrive. Spot the differences between the regular 7970 and 7970 GHz ...Unfortunately, our efforts to find out more from the horse mouth about the exact scenarios when and how the boost will kick in was met with silence. DTE works as a deterministic model of temperature in a worst case environment, as to give us a better estimate of how much current the ASIC is leaking at any point in time. As a first order approximation, ASIC power is roughly a function of: dynamic_power(voltage, frequency) + static_power(temperature, voltage, leakage). Traditional PowerTune implementations assume that the ASIC is running at a worst case junction temperature, and as such always overestimates the power contribution of leaked current. In reality, even at a worst case ambient temp (45C inlet to the fansink), the GPU will not be working at a worst case junction temperature. By using an estimation engine to better calculate the junction temp, we can reduce this overestimation in a deterministic manner, and hence allow the PowerTune architecture to deliver more of the budget towards dynamic power (i.e. frequency) 6

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June 22nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Out of the three cards we've laid our hands on, the ASIC quality readings ranged from 59.8% to 61% - lower than the 70-80% that we've had on our bunch of other older 7970s. That said, we could run the new cards at 1.3V with MSI Afterburner without tripping the overvoltage protection and attained core frequencies of between 1260MHz and 1290MHz, slightly higher than the older cards. How much will the new cards cost? Starts from US$499. This places the 7970 GHz edition head on with the GTX 680's official MSRP. AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition Launched Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-radeon-hd-7970-ghz-edition- launched/16378.html June 22nd, 2012 AMD launched the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition graphics card. In its crosshairs is NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680, and retaking the single-GPU performance crown. The new chip, apart from a fully-configured ASIC, features ≥1000 MHz GPU clock speed. AMD launched the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition graphics card. In its crosshairs is NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680, and retaking the single-GPU performance crown. The new chip, apart from a fully-configured ASIC, features ≥1000 MHz GPU clock speed. Nope, the old and "new" cards are completely identical hardware wise. We've confirmed this fact with AMD and several AIB partners. Whats allegedly different is the hand- picked better ASICs that goes into the GHz edition cards. Unlike what previous reports from various sources in the media have been suggesting, the HD 7970 GHz Edition is not ASIC Quality and Overclocking based on a new ASIC, or even a new revision of the existing "Tahiti" one. Instead, it is made from hand-picked (binned) high-performing Tahiti chips, from existing batches. It goes with the internal codename "Tahiti XT2." The chip attains high clock speeds and overclocking headroom purely out of tolerance to higher voltages, or higher quality (low leakage) silicons, which can attain higher clock speeds at typical voltages. Speaking of clock speeds, AMD implemented PowerTune with Boost, a technology that sounds similar to NVIDIA GPU Boost. AMD clocked the HD 7970 GHz Edition at 1000 MHz (core), with 1050 MHz (core Boost). The Boost frequency is active for most applications, although some apps with unreal 7

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June 22nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 22nd, 2012 loads (eg: Furmark) can send the frequency down to 1000 MHz. AMD's Boost technology uses a "predictive" algorithm that takes into account how an application behaves, and how it should tune clock speeds (between Boost, nominal, and throttle p-states), and how the GPU voltage should be adjusted on-the-fly to support the clock speeds. Stability and performance seem to be a greater priority than power draw. Facebook has settled with a group of five users who sued over the use of their names, "likes", and images in Facebook's "Sponsored Story" advertising, which derives a user's friends' likes of advertiser pages to create an endorsed advertisement for that product. Facebook has settled a lawsuit regarding its “Sponsored Stories” ad feature, agreeing to allow users to have more control over the use of their personal information. The monetary value of the changes, according to an economist hired by the plaintiffs, is roughly $103 million, but Facebook will pay just over $20 million to settle the case, according to court documents filed on Wednesday. Sponsored Stories are advertisements that appear on a user’s page and generally consist of one of their friends’ The memory clock of the HD 7970 GHz Edition isn't left names, profile picture, and a claim that the friend “likes” untouched, it is stepped up to 1500 MHz,. using the same the advertiser. Five Facebook users filed a class-action Hynix-made GDDR5 chips that go into the GeForce GTX lawsuit against the social networking giant, saying that it 600 series. Thanks to the 384-bit wide memory interface, the violates California law by publicizing other users’ “likes” card ends up with a memory bandwidth of 288 GB/s. The without paying them or offering a way to opt out of the rest of the component load-out is identical to that of the HD service. Potentially, had the class-action status of the lawsuit 7970. been granted, Facebook would have faced over 100 million The 28 nm Tahiti silicon packs 2,048 Graphics CoreNext potential plaintiffs. stream processors, which at the given clock speeds, breaches The settlement agreement, filed on Wednesday, requires the 1 TFLOP/s double-precision floating-point performance that Facebook members will be able to control what content mark. The chip is armed with 128 TMUs, and 32 ROPs. is available for use by the Sponsored Stories. Facebook Like the HD 7970, the new HD 7970 GHz Edition draws agreed to keep these changes, among others, for a minimum power from a combination of 8-pin and 6-pin PCIe power of two years. The company has also agreed to pay $10 million connectors. AMD rates its peak power consumption at to organizations dedicated to educating safe use of social 250W, just 49W short of that of the GTX 690. Display networking; some groups set to receive money include the outputs include dual-link DVI, HDMI, and a pair of mini- Electronic Frontier Foundation and Stanford Law School’s DisplayPort connectors. The card can pair with any three Center for Internet and Society. An additional $10 million more Tahiti-based ones, in CrossFire configuration (that will be paid by Facebook for the plaintiff attorney’s fees. includes HD 7970 (925 MHz), HD 7950, and even HD 7970 This settlement has to be approved by U.S. District Judge X2). Lucy Koh in San Jose, who will weigh up whether the terms adequately benefit the members of the class-action suit. Koh had said that the plaintiffs had shown that economic injury could result from Facebook’s use of their names, photographs, and likenesses. During the course of the lawsuit, Facebook’s founder and Chief Executive, Mark Zuckerberg, was quoted as saying that trusted referrals were the “Holy Grail” of advertising. In addition, the suit cited comments from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg who said that the value of the Sponsored Story advertisements were at least two to three times the value of a standard ad without a friend’s endorsement. AMD is pricing the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition at US $499. It should be mostly sold as non-reference designs Microsoft Releases though its add-in board partners. SmartGlass SDK Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-releases-smartglass- sdk/16375.html Facebook Settles in California Lawsuit Over Advertising Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/facebook-settles-in-california- lawsuit-over-advertising/16377.html 8

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June 22nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 22nd, 2012 “key feature” of the device. In checks with various suppliers, Shaw Wu of Sterne Agee has heard that support for the network will be implemented in the next generation of the device. This would make sense, as China Mobile is the largest cellular company in the world, with more than 650 million subscribers to their cellular service. While trials for 4G networks are underway, widespread adoption in the Chinese Microsoft has taken developers by surprise by releasing the market is likely to be a couple of years away still. So, a strong SDK for its new SmartGlass technology less than two months 3G support is critical to a good showing should Apple release after unveiling the technology at E3. its iPhone on China Mobile. The release of Microsoft’s new SmartGlass technology, Further indications that Apple is looking to strengthen its which was a huge portion of their E3 presentation, may presence in the Chinese market include an enhanced support be closer than anyone thought. Microsoft has just released for Chinese languages in iOS 6. These enhancements include the software development kit, or SDK, giving developers the easier character input and support for Siri to understand tools they need in order to integrate the technology into their spoken Mandarin and Cantonese. apps and games. Shaw Wu also believes that the next generation of iPhone The SmartGlass technology allows developers to create will include a new form factor, a larger screen, and interconnected experiences between the Xbox 360 and 4G LTE capabilities. While there have been no official various Windows 8 devices. Some examples given in the announcements from Apple concerning these changes, E3 presentation involved a show being watched displayed various sources have speculated about an increased screen on a tablet, or control of various aspects of a game from a size in the next iPhone. Wu, in a letter to investors on phone. More information on Microsoft’s E3 presentation can Thursday, said he believes that the next generation iPhone be found here. won’t be released until October, placing it a full year after the Developers interested in trying out the technology can launch of the iPhone 4S. download the SDK from here. Included in the kit are the Xbox SmartGlass Studio, which allows developers to build Sharkoon Intros Skiller SmartGlass actions, a JavaScript library containing device APIs that will provide a consistent user experience across Gaming Keyboard the various platforms, and sample code to show developers Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sharkoon-intros-skiller-gaming- some possibilities of the new technology. keyboard/16372.html Most of the promise of SmartGlass will depend on June 22nd, 2012 developers integrating the technology into their games and applications, and the possibilities extend far beyond simply pushing video to your TV from your phone. Imagine drawing a new play in a football game designed to take advantage of a particular defensive formation directly on your tablet, or using your phone as a racing wheel. These and many German PC peripherals designer Sharkoon rolled out the more possibilities will see the light of day only if SmartGlass Skiller gaming keyboard. Its unique selling points include capabilities are built into the games, and Microsoft has high key-rollover, and the ability to store up to 10 macro started the ball rolling in a big way with the release of the profiles locally. Sharkoon also has a big surprise in store for SDK. you, its price. Watch this space for news on SmartGlass as developers have German PC peripherals designer Sharkoon rolled out the a chance to create new, innovative uses for the technology. Skiller gaming keyboard. Its unique selling points include high key-rollover, and the ability to store up to 10 macro profiles locally. Sharkoon also has a big surprise in store, Apple Increasing Presence in with its price. Chinese Market? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-increasing-presence-in- chinese-market-/16374.html June 22nd, 2012 Apple may be preparing to increase its market share in China by including support for China Mobile's 3G network in their Pictured above, the Skiller is touted by Sharkoon to be every next generation of the popular iPhone. bit gaming-grade. Apart from its 107-key QWERTY layout, Apple may be preparing for its next generation of iPhones the Skiller provides no less than 20 macro keys, which to be truly global devices with indications that support for double up as Windows 7-compatible quick-access keys, to China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA 3G cellular network will be a perform most common tasks. The included software allows 9

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June 22nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone you to create up to 10 macro profiles, and store them locally upcoming I/O event will shed some light onto Jelly Bean and on the keyboard. The 20 macro/quick-access keys are split its progress. into three sub-levels (the left, right, and top sets of macro keys make up for them). Macro profiles can be switched on- Microsoft issues takedown the-fly for each individual sub-level. notice for leaked Xbox 720 document Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-issues-takedown-notice- for-leaked-xbox-720-document/16370.html June 22nd, 2012 The WASD keys are interchangeable with haptic ones, Microsoft has demanded that the leaked Xbox 720 roadmap which help easy access with first and third-person action document be removed from a number of media websites, all games. A feature that cements the Skiller's classification as but confirming the legitimacy of the leaked details. a gaming keyboard is its 18 key-rollover (registers up to 18 Microsoft has demanded that the leaked Xbox 720 roadmap simultaneous key presses). Measuring 485 x 212 x 25 mm, document be removed from a number of media websites, all the Sharkoon Skiller weighs about 603 g. It uses a common- but confirming the legitimacy of the leaked details. membrane switch design. Its USB cable is sleeved in nylon, and is 150 cm long. Lastly, the surprising price we talked about a little earlier: Czech website Ihned.cz received a takedown notice from 14.99 Euros (SG $24). Alan Radford, Internet Investigator for Microsoft, claiming that it was “offering unlicensed copies of … copyrighted works published by Microsoft,” citing the “IEB Roadmap” as Buy the first Android Jelly the crux of the complaint. Bean smartphone Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/buy-the-first-android-jelly-bean- The document was leaked on Scribd, but it has since been smartphone/16371.html removed at the request of law firm Covington & Burling LLP, June 22nd, 2012 which lists Microsoft as a client. Android Jelly Bean may come sooner than expected, and where else can you stumble upon the news beside the Google Play Galaxy Nexus checkout page? Some of the features detailed in the 56-page leak include a faster processor, Kinect glasses, and cross-platform support with multiple devices. Android Jelly Bean may come sooner than expected, and Unwittingly, of course, Microsoft has verified that the where else can you stumble upon the news beside the Google contents of the document are authentic, as it would not bring Galaxy Nexus checkout page? in the legal hounds for pure speculation. Google recently launched their campaign to sell the Galaxy Nexus, and now it may be the first device to come with Android 4.1 Jell… Okay, it’s a little cut off, but what else can the rest of “Jell...” be? In any case, the Google Galaxy Nexus will have an update to Android 4.1, be it “Jell” or Jelly Bean. Hopefully the 10

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June 22nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone marketing officer of its device division, Shao Yang, saying Huawei to launch Windows that the company is currently lacking the ability to “get close to people and understand people.” Phone 8 smartphones Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/huawei-to-launch-windows- phone-8-smartphones/16369.html June 22nd, 2012 Lenovo to develop a product similar to the Asus Taichi Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lenovo-to-develop-a-product- similar-to-the-asus-taichi/16368.html June 22nd, 2012 Huawei is to launch smartphones and tablet computers powered by Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 operating systems, providing further competition in an already packed market. Huawei is to launch smartphones and tablet computeres powered by Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 and Windows Asus showed off its Taichi, a dual screen notebook, at Phone 8 operating systems, providing further competition in Computex 2012, and Lenovo was reportedly also planning to an already packed market. develop a similar type of notebook. Asus showed off its Taichi, a dual screen notebook, at The Chinese firm, which is the sixth largest mobile phone Computex 2012, and Lenovo was reportedly to also planning maker in the world, revealed that it had selected Windows to develop a similar type of notebook. Phone 8 for its handsets and is considering using it for There are no words as to how Lenovo plans to compete with tablets as well. Asus or entice consumers, and analysts remain skeptical that dual screen notebooks will become mainstream products. Reuters reports that the operating system in question is The increase in production cost is a big factor in how Windows 8, not Windows Phone 8, which was unveiled consumers are drawn toward a product. A touch panel will at the Windows Phone Summit yesterday. However, the increase the cost by $80-100, and consumers generally only shared Windows core means that Huawei may be looking accept a $30 increase for added touch capability. at Windows Phone 8 for smartphones and Windows 8 for “…since adding a touchscreen panel to a notebook will tablets. increase costs by US$80-100, while the upstream supply chain's investigations show that consumers can only accept a cost increase of US$30 for the addition of touchscreen capabilities, the gap of US$50-70 plus the increased costs from extra casing components may significantly challenge consumer acceptance of Windows 8-based products,” a source told digitimes.com The Asus Taichi is a full on notebook, but not quite tablet, and not quite a dual display (a person can't view both displays at the same time) PC. So what is it? Would consumers prefer a notebook that has two monitors built in that they can view at the same time? We'll see how Lenovo goes about developing their Taichi-killer. South Korea forces Blizzard Microsoft listed Huawei as one of the initial supporters of to refund Diablo III players Windows Phone 8, with the others being Nokia, Samsung Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/south-korea-forces-blizzard-to- and HTC, all of which previously supported the Windows refund-diablo-iii-players/16367.html Phone 7 platform. June 22nd, 2012 It is not clear how many Windows Phone 8 devices Huawei has planned, but one of them will be in its Ascend range and will launch in the US, Europe and China by the end of this year. The company also plans to ship up to 60 million smartphones this year, three times more than last year, South Korean regulators have forced Blizzard to offer full showing that it has tremendous growth opportunity. refunds for Diablo III over the extensive issues with the game that resulted in gamers not being able to play. Huawei is also hoping to increase brand awareness with a $200 million investment in advertising, with the chief 11

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June 22nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone South Korean regulators have forced Blizzard to offer full refunds for Diablo III over the extensive issues with the game that resulted in gamers not being able to play. The Fair Trade Commission in South Korea launched an investigation of Blizzard after it initially refused to refund players affected by its server problems. This goes against Korean consumer protection laws, which require refunds when a problem arises that is not caused by the consumer. With two-thirds of the game's Asian traffic coming from the country, it's no wonder why there were server problems, and it's no surprise that Blizzard did not want to lose so many customers. The company has since added more servers to address the downtime and it is now willing to give players their money back. Apple gives employees additional discounts on Macs and iPads Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-gives-employees-additional- discounts-on-macs-and-ipads/16366.html June 22nd, 2012 Apple employees can now purchase Mac and iPad with a 25% discount on top of their current 25% employee discount. There is a catch, however. Only those with characters below level 40, two-thirds of the way through the 60-level content, can avail of the refund. There is also a very tight window of opportunity for refunds, from 25 June to 3 July. Blizzard is introducing a refund program going forward which will allow any player with characters below level 20 to get their money back within 14 days of purchase, which should keep the consumer watchdog happy without losing too many players. Blizzard is also offering Diablo III users a 30 day free trial of Star Craft II: Wings of Liberty, but that is more marketing than compensation. Apple employees can now purchase Macs and iPads with a 25% discount on top of their current 25% employee discount. Tim Cook promised a new Mac and iPad discount in January for employees, and he kept his promise. Excluding Mac minis and MacBooks with Retina, employees are able to purchase Macs at up to $500 discounts, and iPads at up to $250 discounts. However, employees must meet several requirements to take advantage of the discounts. An employee has to be with the company for at least three months, and the discount can only be taken advantage of every three years. 12

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June 22nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone More good news for Apple employees as they many have can be undone by simply running the same executable with or will get a pay raise. The average reported raises are "-revert" command-line argument. between $2 and $4. This may make us wonder if Foxconn’s NVIDIA does not vouch for the reliability of the patch, and employees will reap any benefits from Apple’s goodwill. cautioned people against using it, if reliability is paramount. Its use comes with no warranties. You use it entirely at your own risk. Enthusiasts willing to take the risk, and seeking to NVIDIA Slips out PCIe Gen get what they paid for, can find the patch in the link below. 3.0 Patch for GeForce Kepler on X79 Systems Oracle's Larry Ellison buys Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-slips-out-pcie-gen-3.0-patch- Hawaiian island of Lanai for-geforce-kepler-on-x79-systems/16364.html Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/oracle-s-larry-ellison-buys-hawaiian- June 22nd, 2012 island-of-lanai/16365.html June 22nd, 2012 NVIDIA released a patch that enables PCI-Express Gen 3.0 interface mode for GeForce Kepler-based graphics cards, such as the GeForce GTX 680 and GeForce GTX 670, on Intel's Sandy Bridge-E HEDT (X79) platform. The patch is released on a use-at-your-own-risk basis, with adequate Oracle’s chief, Larry Ellison, is reported to have successfully cautions and disclaimers to end users. won a bid to buy 98% of the Hawaiian island of Lanai. It is Back in March, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680, which was unknown how much Ellison actually paid for the island, but touted to be the company's first PCI-Express Gen 3.0 GPU, the asking price was $500-600 million. disappointed some, when it didn't work in Gen 3.0 mode on Intel Sandy Bridge-E (X79) systems (the only Gen 3.0- capable systems at the time). On what is currently Intel's most premium client computing platform, GPUs built on NVIDIA's Kepler architecture work only in PCI-Express Gen 2.0 mode. NVIDIA removed support for PCI-Express Gen 3.0 on Sandy Bridge-E, post launch of the GTX 680, arguing that the platform while supporting PCI-Express 8 GT/s mode, isn't PCI-Express Gen 3.0 "certified," and hence to ensure the highest levels of reliability, support for Gen 3.0 mode was pulled. NVIDIA also assured at the time, that a patch would be released at a later date, which would re-enable Gen 3.0 on the platform. A little earlier this week, NVIDIA made good on its assurance, but with a few riders. Oracle’s chief, Larry Ellison, is reported to have successfully won a bid to buy 98% of the Hawaiian island of Lanai. It is unknown how much Ellison actually paid for the island, but the asking price was $500-600 million. Ellison is estimated to be worth $36 billion, and what else can he possibly do with all that money besides buy a lot of property? However, Ellision’s purchase of Hawaiian land may not be just for personal leisure. Lanai, nicknamed “Pineapple Island,” is home to 3,200 residents, and several luxury resorts. The 365 square kilometer island was a Pineapple NVIDIA released a patch which has to be used along with the plantation in the past, but for the past several decades it has latest stable GeForce drivers, that forces PCI-Express Gen been a bustling tourist attraction. 3.0 bus interface mode for GeForce GTX 680, GTX 670, and other Kepler family GPUs, on Intel Sandy Bridge-E HEDT (X79) platforms. The patch would enable the GPU to take advantage of 8 GT/s per lane interface bandwidth, which could come handy, if the card is running on a PCI-Express x8 (electrical) slot, in certain multi-GPU configurations. The patch is a roughly 400 KB executable, which takes effect simply by executing it, and rebooting the system. The patch 13

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June 22nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone David Murdock is the previous owner of Lanai, and Castle Carmack also points to the VR headset that he’s working on and Cooke is the current owner of the majority of hotels, golf as an example of the next gen gaming experience. courses, water utilities, and other business. However, Castle However, Carmack does not deny the fact that Sony, along and Cooke is reported to be losing as much as $40 million with other console giants, may look into VR as something a year on Lanai. they can work upon to deliver more than just life-like One of Silicon Valley’s wealthiest men is stepping in and renderings on the screen. expanding his business practice beyond technology and into “As a fully consumer thing, it is hard to imagine [the VR real estate. headset] happening in less than a year. Sony is already interested in this thing, and they are interested in seeing how they want to follow this up. I can easily imagine something Carmack says PS4 and 720 like that. Sony conceivably could have a product out in the won't live up to the hype next year. I have no inkling on internal plans, but as a Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/carmack-says-ps4-and-720-won-t- company I think they can do it.” live-up-to-the-hype/16363.html Furthermore, consumers of Xbox 360 expect that the 720 June 22nd, 2012 will deliver even more robust gaming experience from Kinect and other augmented reality devices. There’s no doubt that every major gaming console makers are working on some sort of “next gen” gaming experience. But who would have thought that the Nintendo Wii would have made such a big splash with its low end hardware at launch? Don’t expect leaps and bounds when it comes to the next gen tech of the Xbox 720 and Sony PS4, well, at least according to John Carmack. Intel Xeon family finally accepts the Larrabee in: Xeon Phi and its futures Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-xeon-family-finally-accepts- the-larrabee-in-xeon-phi-and-its-futures/16361.html June 22nd, 2012 At the ISC supercomputing conference in Germany, Intel finally gave the name to its MIC accelerator - the Xeon Phi. How does it stand against the competition, both the outside GPUs and its own Xeon brethren? Don’t expect leaps and bounds when it comes to the next gen Intel's Many Integrated Core accelerator chip, or MIC, or tech of the Xbox 720 and Sony PS4, well, at least according Knights Corner - depends what name you refer to - is the to John Carmack. compute offspring of the shelved Intel Larrabee high end Many current PS3 and 720 titles are not rendered in full HD GPU effort. The 50+ simple two-way in-order Pentium (yes, (1080P) at 60 FPS--most titles currently renders in 720P at 1995 Pentium!) like cores feed the same number of 512-bit 30 FPS. However, Carmack expects that the future consoles wide SIMD FP units, with the ability to deliver around 1 can render most, if not all, games in 1080P at 60 FPS. Aside TFLOPs peak in double precision at around 1 GHz. That is, from increased rendering and FPS power, Carmack doesn’t as long as you work out of on board 8 GB RAM that the initial see anything else revolutionary about Sony’s or Microsoft’s pre production cards in the first deployments have. Once next console. you cross to the PCIe connection to the mainboard, the data transfer latency bogs that down - but then, all GPUs suffer “Any creative vision that a designer could come up with, we from the same ailment anyway. can do a pretty good job representing on current generation and certainly on PC. In many ways I am not all that excited Intel has now officially christened the new kid on the block as about the next generation. It will let us do everything we Xeon Phi - phi, or golden ratio, being the famous 1.61... math want to do now, with the knobs turned up. If you take a constant that, together with the more famous Pi, defines current game like Halo which is a 30 hertz game at 720p; if our body proportions and the overall order of nature, as you run that at 1080p, 60 frames with high dynamic frame the pyramid builders and Leonardo Da Vinci would have buffers, all of a sudden you've sucked up all the power you it, among others. Yes, Phi is roughly the screen proportion have in the next-generation. It will be what we already have, of 16:10 monitors too, making them far more aesthetically but a lot better.” pleasing to look at than the somewhat disturbing 16:9 ones. Carmack emphasizes that virtual reality (VR) should be the next step in next generation gaming. Not surprisingly, 14

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June 22nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 22nd, 2012 Xeon Phi has one huge advantage over the OpenCL or CUDA-bound GPU compute solutions. It's an X86 chip. So, ultimately, you can program it in line like an X86 co processor together with your ordinary Xeon chippery, without having to resort to fancy programming interfaces and such. It helps cut the learning curve manifold, according to the users and vendor alike. The ready pool of supported Without any doubt, GDDR5 memory is prevalent high-speed apps will be impressive at the official launch later this year. memory of today. The standard attracted a lot of companies and powers systems from graphics cards to networking switches, from cars to rockets and even lunar landers. Thus, That being said, Xeon Phi also has one huge dis-advantage the big question remains, when the successor is going to over the OpenCL or CUDA-bound GPU compute solutions. arrive? It's an X86 chip. This means outdated, ISA baggage-loaded, less transistor-efficient and harder to scale core than the You might not know this, but AMD i.e. Advanced Micro custom tailored more modern GPU architectures like AMD Devices is actually the company behind the creation of GCN or Nvidia Kepler. And, at least behind the closed doors, GDDR memory standard. The company did a lot of great both AMD and Nvidia GPUs have been shown booting Linux work with GDDR3 and now with GDDR5, while GDDR4 was on their own, without requiring a CPU. simply too short on the market to drive the demand for the solution. In the words of our sources, "GDDR3 was too good So, how does it stand performance wise? Its double precision for GDDR4 to compete with, while everyone knew what FP throughput is the same as the typical AMD Radeon was coming with GDDR5." HD7970 card which costs one quarter of the amount but GDDR5 as a memory standard was designed as Dr. Jekyll with much smaller memory, 3 GB, and no ECC. The FirePro and Mr. Hyde. The Single-Ended GDDR5 i.e. Dr. Jekyll W9000 'proper' workstation version with ECC memory and was created to power the contemporary processors, while such will likely be much closer in price. Both AMD offerings the Differential GDDR5 i.e. Mr. Hyde was designed to reach 4 TFLOPs in single precision peak FP, twice that of the "murder Rambus and XDR". Ultimately, the conventional initial Xeon Phi. S.E. GDDR5 took off better than expected and clocked higher than anyone hoped for. While the estimates for the top standard were set at 1.5GHz QDR, i.e. 6 "effective GHz" The current Nvidia offerings based on Kepler GK104 are far with overclocking, we got both AMD and NVIDIA actually behind in both SP and especially DP FP. Only the yearend shipping retail parts at 1.5GHz, with overclocks as high GK110, with its 3 TFLOP SP and 1.5 TFLOP DP expected as 1.85GHz (7.4 "GHz"). This brought us to more than performance, will equalise the performance. But, by that 250GB/s achiveable bandwidth, meaning that the purpose time, AMD will have Sea Islands GPUs, and Xeon Phi might of Differential GDDR5 was lost. end up faster than it is now. Enter GDDR6. This is the memory standard that will take us to the 2020 and beyond, i.e. third decade of the 21st century. Phi should get that speed up sooner rather than later, as GDDR6 is being built with a lot of changes and accent on Intel's own Xeon high end CPUs will be faster in FP. The the driving silicon, that we expect this part to last, if not 3.3 GHz 10 core Xeon E5-2600 V2 Ivy Bridge EP will give outlast the GDDR3 memory, which launched in 2004 and you over 270 DP GFLOPS peak per socket around yearend, still makes for vast majority of GDDR memory shipments. while, a year later, Xeon E5 V3 Haswell EP should bring that The hard work at AMD is still going strong, with the up to beyond 600 DP GFLOPs for a 12 core version when effort now is starting to be on certifying the standard using the FMA optimisations. To keep themselves attractive, through AMD-chaired organizations at JEDEC. There is the Phi's should be at least 3x as fast per socket as the general a big number of interested parties, such as NVIDIA, purpose CPUs they augment - meaning 2 TFLOPs DP at least Intel, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, CISCO and others. by 2014. And yes, as it's an X86 after all, Phi could boot However, this is the field where AMD is the company in Linux on its own, Phi-only clusters becoming a possibility charge, and regardless for whom are you rooting for, without someday. AMD's memory team - our present (and the future) would look significantly different. Either way, you'll see Xeon Phi in quite a few upcoming supercomputers, including some No.1 world The Internet Protocol: Past, leader candidates this year and next. And yes, being in a Present, and Future - Part 1 typical GPU card format, it can fit in your standard high end Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-internet-protocol-past-present- desktop or workstation PC too. and-future--part-1/16355.html June 22nd, 2012 GDDR6 Memory Coming in 2014 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gddr6-memory-coming- in-2014/16359.html 15

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June 22nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone We're starting a three-part series on the Internet Protocol any given network is unstable, and that any signal may this week, in honor of the successful launch and growing be lost at any time. This means that IP is a connection- adoption of IPv6. In today's part, we discuss the history of less architecture, as opposed to a connection-oriented the internet, the need for a standardized communication architecture. While this does provide some challenges, protocol and the creation of IPv4. such as packets arriving out of order, data corruption not being checked, and packet duplication, it also allows How many IP addresses are left? This may seem like a for some amazing technical features, such as the near- silly question, and it’s something that most internet users indestructibility of the internet as a whole. don’t think about, but this is a question that could decide the future of the Internet. Over the next few days, in As a side note, this has led to a recurring urban myth that the recognition of the activation of a solution to the biggest Internet was designed to withstand a nuclear war, which is problem facing the Internet, I will be writing a guide to the completely false; the fact that the Internet would most likely Internet Protocol-- better known as IP, the backbone of all survive a nuclear war (at least as far as the infrastructure is communication across the internet. This guide will give an concerned) is a happy coincidence of its natural expansion overview of the history of the protocol, how it functions, an and redundancies. Another factor is the automatic, dynamic overview of IPv4, and an overview of the new IPv6, which routing of traffic over the internet through the use of the Internet Protocol Suite, making it nearly impossible to went live on June 6th. cut off one area of the internet from another. For more First, we’ll touch on the history and inner workings of the information on the durability of the Internet, feel free to read Internet Protocol. What is it? Why was it created? And how my previous article about it here. does it work? In 1974, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers History of the Internet Protocol (IEEE) published a paper by Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn entitled “A Protocol for Packet Network Intercommunication,” To understand the origins of the Internet Protocol, we which laid the groundwork for the TCP/IP model. IPv0 first need a quick refresher course on the history of the through IPv3 were developmental versions used between internet as a whole. What we know today as the Internet was 1977 and 1979. The most widely-used version of the protocol, originally called the ARPANET. Run by various universities known as IPv4, was officially standardized with the release and the US military, its purpose was to relay data between of RFC 791, in 1981. Next time, we will discuss the various computer centers across the country. Established specifications for IPv4, how it routes traffic to various in 1969, ARPANET grew over the years because of the servers around the globe, and the problem that its creators falling costs of computers in both money and space, allowing never saw coming. more universities and organizations to house their own computers. ARPANET eventually grew to the point where other networks, like the UK’s Mark I, began to be connected Researchers Create Gigapixel to the growing network of networked computers, leading to what we know of today as the Internet, short for “inter- Camera network.” Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/researchers-create-gigapixel- camera/16358.html In order for communications to be passed along the network, June 22nd, 2012 however, an addressing system was needed. Otherwise, a signal being sent to UCLA might be mistakenly sent to Los Alamos or MIT, leading to confusion and an inability to use the network for anything. Various methods were proposed, but the method which eventually became the standard was a suite of protocols known as the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol Model, Internet Protocol Suite, or TCP/IP. Researchers working for DARPA have announced the creation of a portable gigapixel camera, with technology that The Transmission Control Protocol offers an intermediary should allow for 50-gigapixel cameras. between applications looking to send data over the Internet and the IP packets; rather than an application having to Get out your checkbooks, ladies and gentlemen; the future break its data into packets with proper formatting and of camera technology is here. collision/signal loss detection, TCP handles all of that, Okay, so maybe it’s a little premature to be talking about allowing applications to simply send and receive data. purchasing this latest advancement. After all, it’s still in The Internet Protocol is the meat of modern networked the developmental stage. However, we’ve just been given a communications. IP works by creating a packet of glimpse into the future of camera technology, and the future information containing a header and the data being sent. is insanely detailed. The header includes information such as the destination Researchers working for the US Department of Defense’s and, optionally, what servers to route through on the way DARPA agency have developed a camera that is technically to the destination. It also includes the source address for capable of taking a 50,000 megapixel image. Now, DARPA the message and any other information required, such as has been responsible for many advancements through the “TTL,” or Time To Live, a timer that tells a server when it can years, including the internet and self-driving cars (which are ignore a packet coming in as having taken too long to reach not too far away from a consumer reality). And images taken its destination. by their new camera are reportedly a thousand times more The beauty of the IP’s design is its assumptions about detailed than current top-of-the-line digital SLR cameras, reliability. The IP specifications assume at all times that which tend to be in the 40-50 megapixel range. Currently, 16

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June 22nd, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone the team has only built a 1,000 megapixel camera, but they users to circumvent the block. However, a representative of are working on a 10,000 megapixel version with plans to the UK Pirate Party, a political group based on the Swedish continue pushing the capabilities as far as they can. political party of the same name and which opposes the blocks, told reporters at the BBC that more proxies had been While gigapixel images have been taken in the past, they made available, “within minutes” of the previous ones being have usually been composites captured by multiple lower- blocked. The representative claimed that roughly 10% of resolution cameras, or arrays with massive computational, their traffic on the proxy servers seemed to come from BT spacial, and monetary requirements; they also suffer from customers, 30% from VirginMedia, 15% from Sky, 6% from various geometric aberrations. The new camera is much TalkTalk and 3% from O2. smaller, and uses roughly 100 microcameras to create perfect images with much smaller individual processing The representative contiued, saying that public interest had requirements, before combining them all into a single image. driven traffic to the Pirate Party’s website after the ban took Their camera is powerful enough to read a postage stamp at effect. The increased traffic didn’t seem to be coming just roughly a kilometer away. for information on The Pirate Bay, either. He claimed that the party itself had seen an increased interest after listing Sitting at roughly 2.5 square feet, the aperture of the information on the proxies, with a “significant uptick” in camera is only a half-inch wide; the rest of the camera new membership and navigation of their site, with emails contains the microprocessors needed to process the and phone calls also markedly increasing. He added that information and combine it into a single, coherent image. “[b]locks on Pirate Bay have effectively short-circuited the Yet the researchers are confident that with advances in democratic process. Our internet policy is not being run by microprocessor technology the size could be shrunk to the our elected representatives; it is being dictated by the music point that it could be incorporated into a hand-held device; industry.” the researchers are quick to point out that their camera already uses sensors very similar to those in the most recent BT declined to comment for this article. iPhone. The most likely near-term use for the technology is in Yahoo and Facebook Granted security, with a single camera able to be placed in an area and monitor thousands of people with incredibly high-definition Time To Discuss Settlement imaging. If the UK’s CCTV program has taught us anything, Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/yahoo-and-facebook-granted-time- it’s that governments will gladly snatch this technology up in to-discuss-settlement/16356.html the name of security. The highly paranoid among you may June 22nd, 2012 now don your tinfoil hats. Look forward to massive increases in camera capabilities in the near future as this technology becomes more readily available. Yahoo and Facebook, locked into a patent lawsuit with each The Pirate Bay Circumvents other, have been granted a two-week extension by a federal judge in order to discuss settlement possibilities. British ISP Block Yahoo and Facebook are seeking an extension from the Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-pirate-bay-circumvents-british- courts in order to continue working on a settlement. They isp-block/16357.html believe the settlement talks in their high-profile patent June 22nd, 2012 lawsuit would be helped if the judge would delay certain deadlines, according to a filing on Tuesday. Earlier in the year, Yahoo sued Facebook over 10 of its patents, claiming that the social networking giant was guilty of infringement. Specifically, Yahoo is most concerned with Following BT's announcement of their block on The Pirate a patent that covers specific online advertising technology, Bay, the site has announced they have circumvented the calling Facebook, “one of the worst performing sites for block placed on them by British ISPs, after a High Court advertising” prior to their adaptation of Yahoo’s ideas. This ruling. was quickly followed by a countersuit from Facebook, in which they criticized Yahoo for being short-sighted in their The ongoing battle between The Pirate Bay and UK prioritization of “litigation over innovation.” ISPs has been shining a light on issues including internet censorship, special interest group control over Yahoo began the lawsuit while Scott Thompson was the CEO representative governments, and net neutrality. Recently, of the company, but shortly after starting the case Thompson more ISPs have announced a block of The Pirate Bay servers, was ousted from the company over concerns about his which the file-sharing site claims has already been bypassed. resume. On Tuesday, Yahoo’s attorney Kevin Smith asked a federal judge in San Francisco to push back various In April, the High Court ruled that ISPs were to prevent deadlines for two weeks, without objection or opposition their users from accessing the site. TalkTalk, Sky, Virgin, O2 from Facebook. He wrote that the extension would “facilitate and Everything Everywhere have already announced their settlement.” Representatives from the two companies have compliance with the order, with BT just recently joining declined to comment. them. When trying to access the site, BT customers receive the message “Error – site blocked.” BT also blocked access to proxy servers made available by The Pirate Bay to allow 17

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June 26th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks! Each socket will have four DDR4 DRAM channels. The VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly DDR4 DRAM specification will introduce a fundamental publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the change in the topology of DRAM components, which will be geeks. arranged "point-to-point". Each DRAM "channel" from the memory controller will support just one DRAM module, but there will be greater scope for DRAM makers to scale up Intel Haswell-EP Platform densities of the modules with advancements in technology and silicon fabrication process. Much like Sandy Bridge-EP, Detailed Haswell-EP will see a bulk of the platform's PCI-Express lane Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-haswell-ep-platform- budget being care of the processors' system agents; and will detailed/16419.html require external chipset for peripheral connectivity. June 26th, 2012 One significant and much-required change here is that the chipset will not hold the GbE interfaces for the platform. It is estimated that 1 GbE would reach obsoletion, at least in the enterprise space, in which faster interfaces such as 10 GbE, or even InfiniBand would have become "common". A certain DRAM major's frantic lobbying for the arrival of Since these are extremely bandwidth-hungry interfaces, DDR4 seems to be paying off, as we're seeing some of the Intel restructured the platform in a way that "common" first leaks of information related to Intel's next-generation onboard network interface controllers will be wired to the enterprise platform, Haswell-EP, slated for 2013-2014. PCI-Express root complexes of the processors, rather than Three crucial slides related to the platform component the chipset. arrangement, the innards of the processor and core-logic themselves, were leaked. Haswell-EP will be built on the 22 (this article is spread across three pages) nm silicon fabrication process, and will be perhaps the first platform to use DDR4 memory. Orbitz showing higher prices A certain DRAM major's frantic lobbying for the arrival of DDR4 seems to be paying off, as we're seeing some of the for Apple Mac users first leaks of information related to Intel's next-generation Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/orbitz-showing-higher-prices-for- enterprise platform, Haswell-EP, slated for 2013-2014. apple-mac-users/16418.html Three crucial slides related to the platform component June 26th, 2012 arrangement, the innards of the processor and core-logic themselves, were leaked. The first and most important portion of a leaked slide reveals the arrangement of the various key components in the platform. It reveals an arrangement that is not much different from today's Sandy Bridge-EP platforms, Apple users may be getting ripped off even more than just in which n-number of CPU sockets are wired to each the cost of their Mac computers and other Apple devices, other using fast QuickPath Interconnect (QPI). Intel will use with online travel agency Orbitz revealing that it shows dual-channel QPI, which doubles bandwidth over what is Apple customers more expensive options than those using available with today's enterprise platforms. Assuming each Windows. channel is clocked at 6.4 GT/s, the cumulative bandwidth Apple users may be getting ripped off even more than just would amount to 51.2 GB/s. the cost of their Mac computers and other Apple devices, with online travel agency Orbitz revealing that it shows Apple customers more expensive options than those using Windows. Research conducted by Orbitz revealed that Mac users tend to spend an average of $20 to $30 more per night on hotels than those using Windows, which is up to 30 percent of the average cost of a nightly hotel stay on the website. It was also revealed that Mac users are 40 percent more likely to book four-star or five-star hotels compared to PC users. 1

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June 26th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone The findings are not necessarily a surprise, as Apple Amazon's German website has lowered its price for the next- products have such a high price tag that many of its generation Wii U console, while Nintendo has promised that customers tend to be more affluent than supporters of the cost for the game system will be “reasonable.” Windows and Android. These are generalisations, of course, Amazon's German website has lowered its price for the next- as there are many rich users of Microsoft products and many generation Wii U console, while Nintendo has promised that people with an iPhone on the lower end of the payscale, but the cost for the game system will be “reasonable.” part of the widespread success of rival products to Apple is their affordability. Amazon.de previously listed the Wii U for €399.99, but it has since lowered it to €349, which works out at $435 or £279, still somewhat pricier than expected. The listed price is believed to be an estimate, but it is unusual for the online store to alter it so quickly. The UK version of the website set the price at a more modest £199, but has since removed it. What users tend to do is one thing, but Orbitz is seeking to capitalise on these spending habits by discriminating between Mac and Windows users, showing more expensive options for the former. When Orbitz detects that a user is making a search from a Mac computer it displays results that are, on average, 11 to Meanwhile, Nintendo's president, Satoru Iwata, has refused 13 percent more expensive than the Windows counterpart, to give a price, but promises that it will be “reasonable,” with some of the costlier options listed higher in searches for adding that the company won't make the same mistake it did Mac users. with the 3DS, which failed to take off initially due to its high price, forcing the company to make a substantial price cut only months after launch. Of course, Orbitz is not charging users more for the same deals. It is simply highlighting the more expensive options for Mac users. It also said that users can rank results by price The company's American president, Reggie Fils-Aime, to find cheaper options if they so choose. stated at E3 that gamers will be “pleasantly surprised” by the price, suggesting Nintendo already has a final price tag in mind. Orbitz might be arguing that Apple users want more luxurious hotels, but clearly the real crux of the matter is that Orbitz wants what it believes are its wealthier customers to It is widely expected that the actual cost will be closer to part with more cash, even when someone using a different $250, the original price for the Wii, which was one of the operating system might be getting a better deal. attractive qualities of the console that helped it expand beyond the core gamer base. Iwata also pledged that Nintendo will regain its profitability Amazon lowers Wii U by the end of this fiscal year, after posting its first loss this price, Nintendo promises year. "reasonable" cost Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amazon-lowers-wii-u-price- nintendo-promises-reasonable-cost/16417.html Akitio Combines USB 3.0 with June 26th, 2012 FireWire 800 in Latest HDD Enclosure Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/akitio-combines-usb-3.0-with- firewire-800-in-latest-hdd-enclosure/16415.html 2

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June 26th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 26th, 2012 Akitio announced its newest enclosure for 2.5-inch SATA hard drives and solid state drives, the Neutrino U3+. The enclosure features an all-aluminum body that doubles up as a heatsink, and a combination of USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 interfaces. Akitio announced its newest enclosure for 2.5-inch SATA Available soon, the Neutrino U3+ from Akitio will be priced hard drives and solid state drives, the Neutrino U3+. The at US $79. enclosure features an all-aluminum body that doubles up as a heatsink, and a combination of USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 interfaces. The enclosure is designed for desks, not exactly Dell expands XPS laptop pockets. range Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/dell-expands-xps-laptop- range/16416.html June 26th, 2012 Dell is expanding its XPS laptop range with the XPS 14 and XPS 15, providing portability, long battery life, and high performance in new screen sizes. The Neutrino U3+ provides fast interface options for both Dell is expanding its XPS laptop range with the XPS 14 and Mac and PC users, with FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 XPS 15, providing portability, long battery life, and high backwards-compatible), and USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 backwards- performance in new screen sizes. compatible). The enclosure draws power from an external power adapter, if connected to the host by FireWire. It The XPS 14 touts a 14-inch 400 nit HD+ edge-to-edge can enclosure HDDs and SSDs in the 2.5-inch SATA form- display, a 20.7mm thinness, a backlit keyboard, and up to factor, with up to 12.5 mm thickness (which is standard). Its 11 hours of battery life. Storage options include traditional controller supports drives with capacities up to 1 TB. HDD, 500GB SSD, and a 32GB mSATA card, with Intel Rapid Start and Smart Response. Users can also choose a version of the XPS 14 with integrated mobile broadband, designed to prevent signal interference through its black leather back and built-in antennas. Dell NetReady provides a pay-as-you-go session-based mobile broadband service when WiFi is not available. The XPS 15 features a 15-inch edge-to-edge display that is Its rear panel consists of a USB 3.0 micro type-B connector, up to 75 percent brighter than standard panels, a backlit a pair of FireWire 800 connectors (can daisy-chain), DC keyboard, Nvidia graphics card, and optional integrated power input, and a hard power switch. The body is mostly slot load Blu-ray disc drive, making it a good option for made of a thick sheet of aluminum, the bottom portion of multimedia enthusiasts. Storage of up to 1TB HDD, 500GB which is ridged, where heat dissipation takes place. The SSD, and 32GB or 128GB mSATA cards are available. enclosure, thus is completely fan-less. The body doubles up as the drive's heatsink. It is also designed to be stackable with other enclosures of its kind. 3

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June 26th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone The MiniStation Thunderbolt + USB 3.0 portable hard drive from Buffalo comes in two variants based on capacity: 500 GB (HD-PA500TU3) and 1 TB (HD-PA1.0TU3). Its combination of Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interfaces lets users of both the latest Mac and PC ecosystems run the drives with zero interface bottlenecks. The drive draws Both additions to the XPS lineup feature Dell ProSupport for power from whichever interface cable is connected. One of business customers, providing remote and on-site technical its sides has a USB 3.0 SuperSpeed micro-B connector and support, the Trusted Platform Module for enhanced a Thunderbolt port. Since there's just one of these, users BitLocker encryption security, and Configuration Services should ensure the drive stays at the end of their Thunderbolt that include customised BIOS settings and asset tags to help daisy-chain, if they plan to use other devices in tandem, with deployment of XPS laptops in businesses. sharing the same port from the host machine. The drive is backwards-compatible with USB 2.0 HiSpeed interface. “Following the success of our XPS 13, our customers wanted to see more of the XPS brand,” said Sam Burd, VP of the Personal Computing Product Group at Dell. “The XPS 14 and 15 laptops offer powerful performance, thoughtful design and a superb user experience, along with enterprise-friendly features so you can use them for work and for play.” The XPS 14 has a starting price of $1,099, while the XPS 15 starts at $1,299. Both are available immediately in the US and select countries throughout the world through Dell.com. The MiniStation Thunderbolt + USB 3.0 is housed in an aluminum body, with a translucent frosted top. It connects to Macs and PCs without needing any additional drivers. Buffalo Ships MiniStation When connected to Macs, users can take advantage of Time Machine for backing up their data. Backed by a 3-year Thunderbolt + USB 3.0 warranty, the 500 GB and 1 TB MiniStation Thunderbolt Portable HDD + USB 3.0 portable hard drive variants are priced at US Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/buffalo-ships-ministation- $199.99 and US $299.99, respectively. thunderbolt--usb-3.0-portable-hdd/16414.html June 26th, 2012 Sapphire Rolls Out HD 7870 FleX with Dual-X Graphics Card Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sapphire-rolls-out-hd-7870-flex- with-dual-x-graphics-card/16413.html June 26th, 2012 Buffalo Technology started shipping the MiniStation Thunderbolt + USB 3.0 dual-interface portable hard drive. The drive was unveiled by Buffalo Japan a little earlier this month, before the Austin, Texas-based firm released it worldwide. The drive lets you use 10 Gb/s Thunderbolt, 5 Gb/s USB 3.0, and even the 480 Mb/s USB 2.0 interfaces. Buffalo Technology started shipping the MiniStation Sapphire announced the Radeon HD 7870 FleX with Dual- Thunderbolt + USB 3.0 dual-interface portable hard drive. X graphics card. It features a reconfigured display output The drive was unveiled by Buffalo Japan a little earlier logic, which supports up to three DVI monitors, without this month, before the Austin, Texas-based firm released it needing active DP-DVI adapters. The card also features the worldwide. The drive lets you use 10 Gb/s Thunderbolt, 5 company's Dual-X cooling solution. Gb/s USB 3.0, and even the 480 Mb/s USB 2.0 interfaces. 4

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June 26th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Sapphire announced the Radeon HD 7870 FleX with Dual- The card is 26 cm long. It draws power from two 6-pin PCI- X graphics card. It features a reconfigured display output Express power connectors. It can pair with any other Radeon logic, which supports up to three DVI monitors, without HD 7800 series graphics card in CrossFireX configuration. needing active DP-DVI adapters. The first two monitors can Display outputs include one each of DVI-D, DVI-I, HDMI be connected to the two DVI ports, while the third one can 1.4a, and DisplayPort 1.2 connectors. Sapphire did not be connected to the HDMI port, without needing any active disclose pricing, but we expect it to charge a tiny premium adapters. Since HDMI is electrically compatible with DVI- over other AMD reference design HD 7870 graphics cards. I, the third monitor not only gets a digital connection, but also one that is HDCP-compliant. The card hence delivers Far Cry 3 delayed until a a true SLS (Single Large Surface) display head that spans across the three physical displays. December 4 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/far-cry-3-delayed-until- december-4/16412.html June 26th, 2012 Ubisoft announced earlier today that Far Cry 3 will be delayed until December 4, three months later than the previous planned release date of September 4. The second major feature is its cooling solution, said to be a variation of the Dual-X cooler, which the company used on a few high-end Radeon HD 7900 series models. The cooler uses a combination of 8 mm-thick and 6 mm-thick copper heat pipes to draw heat from the GPU, making direct contact with it, and transport it to the large aluminum fin stack that runs the entire length of the card. The stack is then ventilated by two 80 mm fans. Ubisoft announced earlier today that Far Cry 3 will be delayed until December 4, three months later than the previous planned release date of September 4. In Far Cry 3 you play as Jason Brody who is searching The Sapphire HD 7870 FleX with Dual-X graphics card ships for a missing girlfriend on a stranded island full of insane with AMD reference clock speeds, 1000 MHz core and 1200 mercenaries, especially Vaas—the lead antagonist. In the MHz (4.80 GHz GDDR5 effective) memory. The card holds demo at E3, the sceneries are spectacular, but that’s if you 2 GB of GDDR5 memory across a 256-bit wide memory have the time to actually catch a glimpse as you have to interface. Based on the 28 nm "Pitcairn XT" silicon, the constantly stab or gun down the enemies. Radeon HD 7870 packs 1,280 Graphics CoreNext stream The new Far Cry will be powered by the Dunia 2 engine, and processors, and is DirectX 11.1 compliant. three other studios are involved in the game development. Ubisoft has yet to confirm why the game is delayed, and releasing the game three months later means that there are stiff competitions from titles such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Halo 4. However, since the Far Cry 3 new release date is around the holiday season, the competition factor may be negated by demands during Christmas. Ubisoft raked in $1.3 billion in sales last year and the Far Cry franchise has to do a lot with it. The third installment is highly anticipated, and hopefully Ubisoft doesn’t disappoint now that they’re taking an extra three months to work on the title. 5

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June 26th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Buffalo WCR-HP-G300 High Power Wireless Router Review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/buffalo-wcr-hp-g300-high-power- wireless-router-review/16336.html June 26th, 2012 Buffalo is well known for their high power AirStation The AOSS/WPS and reset buttons are located on the right. wireless routers and their latest WCR-HP-G300 wireless N router aims to provide better wireless coverage by eliminating dead spots at an affordable price tag. Let's see how well this entry level router does. The WCR-HP-G300 is an entry level wireless router targeted at the consumer and Small Office Home Office (SOHO) market. It comes in a matt white finish and is extremely compact - its width can literally fit one's palm. The Buffalo also comes with a pair of 8dBi removable 2.4GHz dipole antennas for better reception. We managed to source a much more detailed internal image from the FCC product documentation website. The WCR-HP-G300 is powered by a Ralink RT3352 SoC 802.11b/g/n 2T2R WLAN System on a Chip (SoC). It also has Macronix MX25L3206EM2I-12G 16MB RAM and Macronix MX25L3205D 4MB Flash. On the top right of the board, are electrical pads for Serial and JTAG connections. GELID Releases 50 and 60 The front of the router holds the LED indicators for power, mm Silent Series Fans wireless, security, router and diagnostic. Apparently, there Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gelid-releases-50-and-60-mm-silent- are none for LAN or WAN. series-fans/16411.html June 26th, 2012 GELID Solutions expanded its Silent series fan lineup, not with newer, bigger, or quieter models, but for a change, with smaller, sub-80 mm ones. It launched the Silent 5 and Silent 6, which measure 50 mm and 60 mm, respectively. Although in sizes that scare away silent-PC enthusiasts, particularly users of compact HTPC cases, GELID is betting on low-noise to drive the two products home. GELID Solutions expanded its Silent series fan lineup, not At the rear of the router, we find a pair of RP-SMA with newer, bigger, or quieter models, but for a change, with connectors for the antennas, four LAN ports, a WAN port smaller, sub-80 mm ones. It launched the Silent 5 and Silent and a power jack. 6, which measure 50 mm and 60 mm, respectively. Although 6

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June 26th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone in sizes that scare away silent-PC enthusiasts, GELID is and workstations as a computational accelerator. While the betting on low-noise. performance of the seed units was either not that great or plain & simple confidential, its X86 + SIMD base was supposed to greatly help programmers comfortably make use of it without the CUDA or OpenCL complications. And, it did work - according to our high level sources in both China and Singapore, in some cases the code porting time differential is huge, like a few months to handle CUDA becoming few days to complete the MIC code port. So, right after the ISC supercomputer show in Germany, there were two interesting updates from our friends. The Silent 5 (model: FN-SX05-40) measures 50 x 50 mm, with a thickess of 15 mm. It can spin at speeds of up to 4,000 First, Intel Xeon Phi has managed to kick out the GPUs RPM, pushing 12.9 / 21.94 CFM of air. Even at those speeds, as the FP (floating point) accelerator in several very large its noise output is only as high as 23 dBA, according to the upcoming deals worldwide, including some in the 100 company. The fan uses standard 3-pin fan connector. PFLOPs range, for 2013 and 2014. We are talking here The Silent 6 (model: FN-SX06-38), on the other hand, about the replacements for the current single-digit leaders measures 60 x 60 mm, with 15.5 mm thickness. Its top speed of the TOP 500 list, that right now use Nvidia Tesla as the is lower, at 3,200 RPM, although its maximum noise output accelerator. A, say, 100 PFLOPs supercomputer composed is a tiny bit higher than that of the Series 5, at 24 dBA. At of an equal proportion of, say, Ivy Bridge EP Xeons and Xeon its top speed, it pushes 16 / 27.2 CFM of air. Like its smaller Phi's - i.e. each dual CPU node having dual Phi - would have sibling, it uses 3-pin fan connector to draw power. in excess of 80,000 Xeon CPUs and 80,000 MICs for the users to play with, as a single machine. Most importantly, like it or not, as a single homogeneous X86 instruction set machine. But wait, you'd say that the upcoming year-end Tesla K20 based on the GK110 would have higher DP FP peak performance at 1.5 TFLOPs compared to just slightly over 1 TFLOPs for the first MIC? So, Nvidia should keep the performance lead? Well, that's where the second point comes in from the sources. Intel is still tuning the clock speeds and final performance of the initial generation Xeon Phi, and, by the Both models feature Hydro Dynamic Bearings, which along time the November SC show in the States comes, it might with "perfectly balanced fan blades," contribute to the come much, much, closer to the claimed figures by Nvidia. "silent" operation. Both models are priced at US $5 (S $6.4). Also, with Intel's process resources and binning capabilities, don't be surprised to see a few different MIC speed bins and even memory sizes, including a larger 16 GB RAM model Intel Xeon Phi steals top HPC which Nvidia can't match with the GK110 for now. tenders, more SKUs to come Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-xeon-phi-steals-top-hpc- What should Nvidia do? Well, they have to figure out how to tenders-more-skus-to-come/16410.html handle being squeezed between the Xeon Phi 'common X86 June 26th, 2012 ease of use' and AMD Teraflop DP-FP consumer Graphics Core Next GPUs at consumer prices. Then, picking up ARM may not have proved to be such a smart idea at the end, if looking at high end computing. Simply, among the RISC architectures, ARM's multi-decade layers of baggage, and committee-style decision approach, don't help to scale over the X86, and there are much leaner RISC, like MIPS or Even prior to its name unveiling last week - or official Alpha, lurking around - the last two very much at the high announcement later in the year - Intel's Xeon Phi shook the end, coming from China... supercomputer world with supposedly snatching some of the upcoming large projects mostly away from Nvidia Tesla. What about its performance? Intel's MIC, now officially christened Xeon Phi, was known to have been seeded for a while across few dozen test sites worldwide, including our region - mostly in supercomputers 7

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June 26th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Well, Apple users will get the same dosage of security - Apple Changes Its Website, the 10.8 version of the OS X codenamed "Mountain Lion" will bring a similar feature, an "Apple-ized" version of Virus Proof No More Microsoft's UAC named "Gatekeeper". Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-changes-its-website-virus- proof-no-more/16360.html At the end of the day, attacking other platforms based on June 26th, 2012 your claim of security is something that will only bring attention and provoke people from other side of computing specter. NZXT Switch 810 Case Review For countless years, Apple insisted that their operating Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nzxt-switch-810-case- system is safer than ones running competing operating review/16409.html systems such as Microsoft Windows or Linux. At the same June 26th, 2012 time, Apple was one of easiest systems to break in (firewall disabled by default) and now, with egos wounded (and legally liable) from Flashback botnet, a change happened. Apple gathered a lot of negative press in terms of security, with hackers and crackers gaining access to the user files within half a minute, becoming a running joke of NZXT is a well-known company amongst enthusiasts which conferences such as Defcon. ever since 2004 has been developing and distributing some of the best computer cases available. Today the company has Still, the company rode the wave of "I'm a Mac and one of the largest computer case selections available, with a I'm a PC" focusing on the "fact" that Windows-based PC product for every kind of user and budget. In this review we systems get viruses, while OSX-based PC systems cannot will examine the Switch 810, a case from their crafted series (be inflicted). With the fact not being true anymore, and designed with hardcore enthusiasts and gamers in mind. Let Flashback botnet destroying the sense of security for the us see what NZXT has in store for hardcore enthusiasts this already insecure platform - Apple did what it does the best summer. - deploy its legal system to remove any traces of potential liability for the company. NZXT is a well-known company amongst enthusiasts which ever since 2004 has been developing and distributing some of the best computer cases available. Today the company has one of the largest computer case selections available, with a product for every kind of user and budget. In this review we will examine the Switch 810, a case from their crafted series designed with hardcore enthusiasts and gamers in mind. Let us see what NZXT has in store for hardcore enthusiasts this summer. • Unique hybrid full tower chassis optimized for extreme liquid cooling, airflow, or silence • Supports high-end water cooling solutions up to three fans for push and pull configuration: 90mm of internal top space with top 360/420mm and bottom 140/240mm radiator support for unmatched liquid cooling • Four watercooling cutouts for easy liquid cooling management on the rear panel • Spacious CPU cutout for mounting high-end CPU coolers without removing the motherboard • Removable top 5.25” plates to accommodate wide radiators The company is slowly changing its approach to security, with Geniuses in Genius bars recommending Anti-Virus • Clever hybrid fin design allows the user to choose products, security guides for mobile operating system iOS between maximum airflow or sound reduction (iPhone, iPad, iPod). Furthermore, do you remember User • Innovative right-mounted HDDs for easy hard drive Account Control (UAC), a controversial security routine replacement which debuted with Windows Vista, continuing its existence • Removable HDD pull-out cages and large storage with Windows 7 and Windows 8 as well? UAC was designed capacity for 7 hard drives to prevent users from installing different application types, restricting access to websites and so on and so forth. • Equipped with two 140mm pivot fan slots for directing airflow at 15? to the VGA and CPU 8

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June 26th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone • Rear white light for visibility in dark environments “In order to satisfy high standard requirements from with a toggle switch customers who are willing to enjoy significantly improved performance of their PCs, SK Hynix has released the high- • Dual high-speed USB 3.0, hard drive dock along with end SSD products with our high performance NAND Flash,” a SD card reader for transfer and quick access to says Ji Bum Kim, head of SK Hynix Worldwide Marketing & multimedia Sales Division. • 5.25" hard drive hot swap with SATA III support SK Hynix’s client side SSDs are already released in Japan • Nine expansion slots for installing EATX and company spokesperson says that Korean and U.S. motherboards with Quad SLI or Triple Crossfire markets are next on the company’s agenda. • Supreme cooling capacity with up to ten 140/120mm fans • Stress-free wire management and 23mm clearance in the rear allows for superb wire-tucks • Ten large specialized cutout holes for easy cable management • Easily removable bottom filters in the front and rear to prevent dust from entering • Tool-less 5.25” and 3.5”/2.5” SSD hard drive installation for convenience and ease of accessibility • Large acrylic window with a view to show off the interior of your rig SK Hynix launches high performance client side SDD Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sk-hynix-launches-high- performance-client-side-sdd/16408.html June 26th, 2012 SK Hynix has officially launched its client side 2.5’’ SSD boasting SATA III features, 128 GB or 256 GB options, and TRIM. The packaging definitely seems fancy and “high-end”, but will the NANDs hold up and keep up with competitors? Check out S K Hynix’s SDD site fo r full specs and info. Update: Since some of you may wonder what the controller is for the Hynix line of SSDs, it may be using the LAMD LM87800 controller. The controller is not listed under the specs section, but the LAMD acquisition suggests that Hynix is using a LAMD controller--officially or not. Press release: SK hynix Inc. (‘SK hynix’ or ‘the Company’) announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire California-based storage solution company SK Hynix has officially launched its client side 2.5’’ SSD Link_A_Media Devices Corporation (‘LAMD’). boasting SATA III features, 128 GB or 256 GB options, and LAMD, founded in 2004, is a leader in the TRIM. development of semiconductor system-on-chip The newly released high performance SSD will have a (SoC) solutions for the data storage market. These max read speed of 510Mbps (random, 55K IOPS max) and SoC solutions, also called controllers, interface with max write speed of 470Mbps (random, 85K IOPS max). processors to significantly increase the speed and However, perhaps what makes Hynix's SDD stands out reliability of Flash memory. Upon completion of the from the rest is that the drive has ONFI synchronous NANDs built on 20nm processes. 9

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June 26th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone acquisition, LAMD will join SK hynix as a business Senior Manager unit focused on customized NAND based solutions. seongae.park@skhynix.com “We are excited to become a part of the SK hynix family. This will enable us to bring our advanced controller solutions to a wide range of data storage BioWare warns extended products to meet the rapidly increasing demands of the worldwide business and consumer markets” Mass Effect 3 ending won't As various mobile applications such as smartphones satisfy all and tablet PCs are being rapidly adopted and cloud Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/bioware-warns-extended-mass- computing grows in popularity, the NAND Flash effect-3-ending-won-t-satisfy-all/16407.html market has been evolving from raw NAND memory June 26th, 2012 solutions for USB and memory cards to value- added products equipped with controllers. The role of the NAND controller in premium products such as e-MMC (embedded Multi Media Card) and SSDs (Solid State Drives) has become increasingly important to meet the high memory densities and BioWare has warned that its Extended Cut for Mass Effect improved interface speeds required by end users. 3, expanding upon the controversial and disappointing “We expect our NAND Flash competitiveness will original ending, will not satisfy everyone. be further strengthened by the acquisition of BioWare has warned that its Extended Cut for Mass Effect LAMD which has extensive expertise in controller 3, expanding upon the controversial and disappointing technology and excellent engineering resources. original ending, will not satisfy everyone. SK hynix will leverage this acquisition and continuously develop value-added NAND solutions and respond to our customers’ needs,” said Mr. Oh Casey Hudson, executive producer of the game, said that he Chul Kwon, President and CEO of SK hynix. expects “a whole new wave of discussion and debate, maybe even controversy” over the Extended Cut, despite BioWare's “We are excited to become a part of the SK hynix efforts to address extensive criticism of the ending for the family. This will enable us to bring our advanced third instalment of the Mass Effect series. controller solutions to a wide range of data storage products to meet the rapidly increasing demands of the worldwide business and consumer markets,” “You can never completely satisfy everyone,” Hudson said. said Dr. Hemant Thapar, Founder and CEO of “We've seen a whole range of feedback, ranging from people LAMD. who wanted a total redo, to people who had concerns and About SK hynix Inc. questions about the original endings, to people who loved the original endings and have told us they don't want to SK hynix Inc., Korea, is the world’s top tier change anything.” semiconductor supplier offering Dynamic Random Access Memory chips (DRAM), Flash memory chips (NAND Flash) and CMOS Image Sensors (CIS) for Hudson claims that BioWare did not create the Extended a wide range of distinguished customers globally. Cut to make everybody happy, but rather because it saw The Company’s shares are traded on the Korea an opportunity to add value to the game experience. That Exchange, and the Global Depository shares are may be a hard point to sell, however, as there is little doubt listed on the Luxemburg Stock Exchange. that the studio came up with the free DLC pack due to About Link_A_Media Devices the controversy over the original ending. The situation even saw the Better Business Bureau and Advertising Standards Link_A_Media Devices, Santa Clara, California, Authority get involved, due to BioWare's claims that player USA is a leader in the development of semiconductor actions would affect the ending, which turned out not to be SoC solutions for the data storage market. the case. Its mixed signal processing and iterative data recovery technologies enable hard disk drive (HDD) and solid-state drive (SSD) OEMs to increase storage density and reduce manufacturing costs. These advantages enable Link_A_Media Devices customers to continue to meet the growing demand for high-performance and low-cost data storage in consumer, computing and enterprise storage networking applications. Contacts for Link_A_Media Devices Seongae Park, +82.2.3459.5325 Corporate Communications 10

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June 26th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone “There was some feedback that we can't address,” Hudon said. “There are people who just outright rejected the whole concept of the endings, and wanted us to start from scratch and redo everything. And we can't do that because that's not our story, we wouldn't know how to write that story.” This is further highlighted in an FAQ for the DLC pack, which states that the Extended Cut is “an expansion of the original endings” rather than a fundamental change. It provides greater detail, particularly on the impact of player decisions, which was for many gamers the crux of their complaints. Pachter claims that we could see the Xbox 720 selling for as little as $99, vastly cheaper than existing consoles and the expected low price of the Wii U, simply by locking customers The Extended Cut launches tomorrow, 26 June, for Xbox into a two year subscription TV contract. 360 and PC customers throughout the world. PlayStation 3 customers in the US will get access to it on the same day, but European PlayStation customers will have to wait until This might sound a little far-fetched at first, but there is 4 July. already a precedent for this in the $99 Xbox 360 when gamers sign a two-year Xbox LIVE contract. This model has also worked extremely well in the smartphone and tablet markets, where expensive devices can be sold for little or nothing, providing consumers commit to a regular bill. Microsoft may get cable companies to subsidise $99 This would make the major selling point of the new console about TV rather than games, though an updated Kinect could Xbox 720 help when it comes to competition with Nintendo's Wii U. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-may-get-cable-companies- to-subsidise-99-xbox-720/16406.html June 26th, 2012 The Wii U has a year advantage, however, with the Xbox 720 not expected for release until Christmas 2013. However, Pachter believes it won't actually release until Spring 2014 and that it will only launch with a limited number of stock, making for a potentially low-key launch. Microsoft's next-generation console, the Xbox 720, may be subsidised by cable TV providers, making it more affordable for customers, according to an analyst. BlackBerry maker RIM Microsoft's next-generation console, the Xbox 720, may be considering splitting subsidised by cable TV providers, making it more affordable company in two for customers, according to an analyst. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/blackberry-maker-rim-considering- splitting-company-in-two/16405.html Michael Pachter, analyst at Wedbush Securities, claims that June 26th, 2012 TV will be such a big factor of the next Xbox console that cable companies will cover some of the cost of the device in exchange for a subscription contract. “It's pretty clear to me that Microsoft intends to allow the Research In Motion (RIM), the company behind the Xbox 720 to function as a cable TV box, allowing cable BlackBerry, is considering splitting into two separate television service providers to broadcast over the Internet businesses, according to a report in a UK newspaper. through the box, with SmartGlass as the remote controller, Research In Motion (RIM), the company behind the and with the Xbox 720 using Windows 8 to split the TV signal BlackBerry, is considering splitting into two separate into multiple feeds, allowing consumers to divert different businesses, according to a report in a UK newspaper. channel feeds to different displays within the home.” The Sunday Times wrote that RIM is contemplating dividing its mobile phone manufacturing unit from its messaging network, but it did not reveal its sources for this claim. 11

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June 26th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone bench? Lian Li has just the chassis for you. The Taiwan- based premium PC chassis designer announced the PC- The report even suggests that RIM may sell the mobile V750, an E-ATX full-tower with a front-mounted PSU bay. unit, with potential buyers including Amazon and Facebook, It will be available in three variants: PC-V750A (all-silver effectively following suit with Motorola, which split into exterior and interior), PC-V750B (all-black exterior, silver Motorola Solutions and Motorola Mobility, the latter of interior), and PC-V750WX (all-black exterior and interior, which it sold to Google for $12.5 billion. with an acrylic windowed side-panel). The PC-V750 measures 230mm x (H) 440mm x (D) 586mm, its designers saved it some height by locating its PSU tray from its typical bottom-rear to bottom-front; and pushing The messaging network may not be immune from a selloff the 3.5-inch / 2.5-inch drive cage up, eating into what either, with Apple and Google as potential buyers or could've been a bunch of seldom-used 5.25-inch bays. The licensees of the technology, despite years of rivalry that has case thus ends up with just the one 5.25-inch bay, a zesty seen RIM go from a leader in the smartphone arena to a nine 3.5-inch bays, of which six have SATA back-plates, company struggling to keep up. giving them hot-plugging capabilities. These bays can be converted to 2.5-inch bays. The other three squat on the floor of the case. RIM could split into separate companies and not sell to anyone, but this seems like an unlikely event, as the two units would still struggle independently as if they were still operating under one banner. Another alternative solution is for the company to remain as one, but for a big technology company like Microsoft to come in and buy a large stake, which would give it some much- needed funds. Microsoft may be willing to part with some cash if it can secure RIM's support for Windows Phone 8, but the move may be even riskier than the partnership with Nokia, which has so far failed to pay off. Lian Li Outs PC-V750 E-ATX While the motherboard tray of the PC-V750 is wide Chassis enough to hold E-ATX motherboards, it's also tall, with Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lian-li-outs-pc-v750-e-atx- three additional expansion slot bays, that can be used to chassis/16404.html accommodate XL-ATX (eg: EVGA X79 Classified) and HPTX June 26th, 2012 (eg: EVGA SR-X); although the tray only has cutout for one CPU socket. A reinforcement beam runs the entire height of the case, and holds expansion cards firmly in place, preventing PCB bending. Lian Li released its newest aluminum PC chassis, the PC- V750. It is designed for E-ATX motherboards, although with as many as 10 expansion slot bays, it could become a chassis owners of EVGA SR-X platform seriously consider getting, after having fun to their hearts' content, with it on a test- bench. So your EVGA SR-X system is beginning to wear off on you, and you worry about keeping it on an open-air test- 12

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June 26th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Vampires, fiction or not, are the craze these days, and The PSU bay of the PC-V750 is located at the bottom-front what’s a good game without vampires? The Elder Scrolls portion of the case. A 3-pin AC power extension cable runs V: Skyrim’sDawnguard DLC drops June 26th for the Xbox through the case, connecting to it. Air ventilation is aplenty. 360. The Dawnguard DLC will add approximately 10-20 The entire front portion of the case is perforated. Right next hours of vampiric twist to the game. to the drive cage are two 120 mm front intake fans. Two 140 mm fans deck up the top. A 120 mm rear exhaust fan makes for the rest of the included fans. Front panel connectivity includes two USB 3.0 ports (standard header), HD audio front-panel jacks, and one each of USB 2.0/1.1 and eSATA. Lian Li did not release the pricing of the three PC-V750 variants. Skyrim: Dawnguard available June 26 for $20 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/skyrim-dawnguard-available- june-26-for-20/16403.html About a week ago, Bethesda offered beta downloads for a June 26th, 2012 selective few, and if players can dig enough into the DLC they may find more than 20+ hours of gameplay. The Dawnguard DLC will only be available in English and for the Xbox 360 at least for a month before other systems. There are no words on when the PS3 and PC DLCs will be available, much less in non-English. Dawnguard can be purchased for 1600 MS or $20, and Vampires, fiction or not, are the craze these days, and that’s nearly half the price of the full game, so hopefully what’s a good game without vampires? The Elder Scrolls V: players can get a lot bangs for their bucks. Skyrim’s Dawnguard DLC drops June 26th for the Xbox 360. The Dawnguard DLC will add approximately 10-20 hours of vampiric twist to the game. Updated: ASUS Working on Dual-HD 7870-based Republic of Gamers ARES Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/updated-asus-working-on-dual- hd-7870-based-republic-of-gamers-ares/16402.html June 26th, 2012 13

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June 26th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone ASUS is reportedly working on its second Republic of Club 3D First with Radeon HD Gamers (ROG) dual-GPU graphics card of the season, after the ROG MARS 3. Branded under the ARES name, 7970 GHz Edition the card will be a CrossFire-on-a-stick solution with two Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/club-3d-first-with-radeon-hd-7970- Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition "Pitcairn XT" GPUs. ASUS ghz-edition/16400.html probably avoided a pair of "Tahiti XT2" chips to prevent June 26th, 2012 competition with the MARS 3, or even capitalize on a price- point vacuum. ASUS is reportedly working on its second Republic of Gamers (ROG) dual-GPU graphics card of the season, after the ROG MARS 3 we spotted at Computex. Branded under the ARES name, the card will be a CrossFire-on-a-stick solution with two Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition "Pitcairn The introduction of Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition may XT" GPUs. ASUS is probably avoiding using a pair of have distrurbed the product lineups of some of AMD's Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition "Tahiti XT2" chips, to prevent bigger add-in board (AIB) partners, especially those with competition with the MARS 3, or even capture a price-point recently-launched or upcoming factory-overclocked HD vacuum. This is ASUS' second ARES-branded graphics card. 7970 (standard), but Club 3D is unfazed. The company is The first-generation ROG ARES was driven by a pair of perhaps the industry's first with a HD 7970 GHz Edition Radeon HD 5870 GPUs. It is pictured below. SKU. The introduction of Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition may have distrurbed the product lineups of some of AMD's bigger add-in board (AIB) partners, especially those with recently-launched or upcoming factory-overclocked HD 7970 (standard), but Club 3D is unfazed. The company is perhaps the industry's first with a HD 7970 GHz Edition SKU. To us, the second idea sounds more plausible. With the HD 7970 GHz Edition and GTX 680 firmly priced around the $500-$600 mark, with dual-HD 7970 cards being aplenty, priced around the $1000 mark, and of course NVIDIA's $1000 poetry on silicon (the GTX 690), there seems to be a vacuum created in the $650-$800 range, in which a graphics card that outperforms top single-GPU graphics cards, including highly-overclocked HD 7970 and GTX 680, could find room. The easiest option in front of ASUS is using Carrying the model number CGAX-7977SO, the card by Club a pair of 28 nm "Pitcairn XT" GPUs, which go into making 3D sticks to AMD's reference design, for both the PCB and the $350 Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition graphics card. cooling assembly, with just company branding stickers to According to the source, the new ARES will pack two fully- make for the difference. The card even sticks to reference unlocked "Pitcairn" GPUs (with complete stream processor clock speeds of 1000 MHz (GPU), 1050 MHz (PowerTune count and memory bus width). ASUS has not finalized the Boost), and 6.00 GHz (memory), for the Radeon HD 7970 clock speeds the two will ship with, but that the two will GHz Edition. feature 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, each. The card will draw Based on the 28 nm Tahiti silicon (Tahiti XT2 variant), the power from two 8-pin PCIe power connectors, and will have Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition is driven by AMD Graphics a TDP estimated to be around 300W. It's also quite likely CoreNext architecture, with 2,048 stream processors, 128 that ASUS uses a triple-slot cooling solution, much like TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory the first-generation ARES. Interestingly, the dual-GTX 680 interface, holding 3 GB of memory. The card supports PCI- MARS 3 uses a dual-slot cooler. Its tentative launch date is Express 3.0 x16 bus interface, draws power from 6 pin still being finalized. + 8 pin PCIe power connectors, and its display outputs Update (26/06/2012): We've been told by ASUS that the include dual-link DVI, HDMI, and two mini-DisplayPort project has been axed, and that the card will not make it to connectors. the market. Less than expected price/performance could be Club 3D Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition will even stick to behind the axe, and it makes sense. Given that the average AMD's suggested price of US $499 (S $637), though a small HD 7870 GHz Edition card sells for US $350, a pair of (+$20) mark-up could be added, depending on the region. these (GPUs, memory, VRM), along with a roughly-$50 PCIe bridge chip, and premium cooling, not to mention the design R&D, would have pushed the end retail price to $800, if not more, which gives it a bad price/performance ratio compared to existing dual-GPU options. 14

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June 26th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Zalman Unveils 1250W 80 Plus Platinum PSU Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/zalman-unveils-1250w-80-plus- platinum-psu/16399.html June 26th, 2012 Our informed guess about the OEM of the ZM1250 Platinum, looking at some of the pictures below, is Channel Well Technology (CWT), certainly a new platform. One can find CWT regulars (for PSUs in this range), such Zalman unveiled its newest premium power supply, the as dual-transformer design, a protection IC governing ZM1250 Platinum. Its name gives away a big chunk of its the secondary stage, APFC and LLC resonant circuitry, chops: 1250W capacity and 80 Plus Platinum efficiency and higher efficiency DC-DC switching (for the various rating conformance. It also features modular cabling, and a voltage domains). The protection IC shields against over/ large, quiet 140 mm fan. The ZM1250 even has an interesting under voltage/current and short-circuit. Another IC handles power-distribution chart. cooling, care of a large 140 mm temperature-controlled fan. Korean company Zalman, which specializes in cooling, power, and case-modding products, with ties to the PC enthusiast community that go a long way back, unveiled its latest high-end power supply, the ZM1250 Platinum. The model was made available to select markets outside Korea late last week, and its fact-sheet was scored by Overclockers Ukraine. The ZM1250 Platinum delivers 1,250W continuous power, Designed for the high-end market segment, the ZM1250 its efficiency is backed by the coveted 80 Plus Platinum Platninum from Zalman is expected to be priced at US $320 badge. Up to 93 percent conversion efficiency is guaranteed (about S $410). by its designers, at a load-range that spans across 20 to 100 percent (no "50 percent" rider for maximum efficiency). Other equally important compliances include ATX v2.3, SSI- Samsung's stacking method EPS v2.93, and ErP Lot6 2010. for arranging icons on Android Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-s-stacking-method-for- arranging-icons-on-android/16394.html June 26th, 2012 The ZM1250 Platinum uses a dual forward switching topology, with a full-bridge and LLC resonance circuit, DC- DC module. It uses a dual asymmetric +12V rail design, with Samsung is coming up with a new method for organizing a 45A rail powering the 24 pin ATX, CPU/EPS, which are icons for the Android OS in response to Apple’s claim over fixed to the unit, and and a large number of SATA, Molex, the folder organizing method. and Berg (floppy) connectors through five peripheral power hubs; all of which are modular connectors. The larger 65A rail drives the eight 6+2 pin PCIe power connectors, of which two are fixed, and six modular. 15

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June 26th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Chinese consumers think Apple is treating them unfairly Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/chinese-consumers-think-apple-is- treating-them-unfairly/16392.html June 26th, 2012 An insurgence of complaints from Chinese consumers due to “unfair maintenance terms” by Apple has prompted various Chinese consumer organizations to deem Apple as an unjust company. Samsung is coming up with a new method for organizing icons for the Android OS in response to Apple’s claim over the folder organizing method. Traditionally, items on a screen can be grouped together by dragging them into a folder, but Samsung is proposing that the items should be “stacked” instead. Although it’s an An insurgence of complaints from Chinese consumers due to intuitive work-a-around of the folder method, the stacking “unfair maintenance terms” by Apple has prompted various is limited to the certain amount of screen space. Chinese consumer organizations to deem Apple as an unjust company. The outburst of unsatisfied customers came about when Chinese consumers were (among other unjustly treatment) given an ultimatum to either pick up their repaired iPhone and iPad within a certain time frame or else they give up their ownership to the devices. According to globaltimes.cn, a local complaint center in Tianjin, alone, received 256 complaints against Apple from the beginning of 2012 to the end of May. Qiu Baochang, president the legal panel at China Consumers’ Association, says that Apple doesn’t lack in innovation, but they definitely lack in the consumer support and appreciation department. “The reason why Apple can neglect consumers' interests is because it has innovative products to win popularity, but protection of consumers' interests is more important at present,” he says. There are various proposed methods for expanding the stacked icons, which include expansions of the icons like an A Chinese resident (surenamed “Bi”) has already gone as accordion, or through a scrolling interface. The method that far as to file the country’s first consumer lawsuit against most closely resembles the opening and closing of a folder is Apple, because Apple shortened the warrantee period on a “secondary” screen that reveals all the stacked icons. his product--which, under regulations has to be at least one year. When it comes down to it, the stacked icon is a folder without the folder icon aspect. For the rest of the pictoral depictions According to Bi’s lawyer, Bi contacted Apple’s customer please visit patentbolt.com. service but nothing was resolved, and now he is seeking for the law to take his side to protect his consumer’s rights. In that same stretch, Bi’s lawyer also “hopes the lawsuit can 16

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June 26th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 26th, 2012 help change the company’s (Apple) attitude toward Chinese consumer.” Google lowers prices on Maps API usage Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-lowers-prices-on-maps-api- D-link recently released the Cloud 1200 and Cloud 2000 usage/16391.html routers, and as it says in its name the routers are enhanced June 26th, 2012 for mobility connections and cloud storage. D-link recently released the Cloud 1200 and Cloud 2000 routers, and as it says in its name the routers are enhanced for mobility connections and cloud storage. High traffic sites that previously paid high fees for using Google’s Maps API will have future bills cut by over 87%. In the past, Google charged $4.00 for every 1,000 maps downloaded, but under the new policy that fee is cut down to just $0.50. Like many other routers, the coffee mug shaped routers enable 802.11n Wi-Fi sharing between devices. The Cloud 1200 is a single-band wireless router set at 300Mbps, but the Cloud 2000 is a dual-band using 5GHz and 2.4GHz with a 600Mbps connectivity. High traffic sites that previously paid high fees for using Google’s Maps API will have future bills cut by over 87%. In the past, Google charged $4.00 for every 1,000 maps downloaded, but under the new policy that fee is cut down to just $0.50. Major sites such as foursquare relied heavily on Maps- generated content, and because of Google’s hefty fee they decided to move to OpenStreetMap as an alternative. A site that relied on Maps and generated a million hits a day had to pay $3,900/day in the past, not a small monthly bill for Aside from Wi-Fi sharing functionalities, the 1200 and startups if multiplied by 30 days in a month. 2000 both have USB ports that can be used to connect Google calculates that only 0.35% of its Maps API users have storage devices for cloud sharing of music, videos, files, etc… to pay, but that number does not imply the huge sum that between devices. Android and iOS users can also download Google gets from the high traffic sites. the D-Link SharePort Mobile app to connect their mobile devices to the network and access the shared files. Another reason why Google is slashing prices on Maps usage is perhaps due to Apple’s recent announcement that they will Parental control and user management is also easy in use their own map features in the next iOS. Competition the 1200 and 2000, because users can control who or from Apple and other cheaper alternative map services do which device can connect to the network using the mydlink not appear in Google’s announcement, but it is a huge reason software. For router control while on the go, users can why Google is lowering its pricing. download the mydlink Lite app for iOS and Android. The Cloud Router 1200 is $89.99, and the Cloud Router 2000 is $129.99 as listed on dlink.com. Coffee not included. D-Link releases Cloud Router 1200 and 2000 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/d-link-releases-cloud-router-1200- Thermaltake Armor Revo and-2000/16390.html Snow Edition Case Review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/thermaltake-armor-revo-snow- edition-case-review/16389.html 17

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June 26th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 26th, 2012 (Converted from one 5.25” drive bay) Hidden: 6 x 3.5’’ or 2.5’’ HDD Docking: 1 x 3.5’’ or 2.5’’ There is an endless number of enthusiast-grade cases Expansion Slots 8 available today, enough to satisfy both the taste and wallet Motherboards 9.6” x 9.6” (Micro ATX), 12” of any kind of user; and most of which are black. Today x 9.6” (ATX) we have a new performance case from Thermaltake for review, the new version of the renowned Armor series, the I/O Ports USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2, Armor Revo Snow Edition. Much like the name suggests, this eSATA x 1, HD Audio x 1 case features a fundamental difference from the majority of PSU Standard PS2 PSU the products currently available; a glossy snow white color LCS Upgradable Supports 1/2”?3/8”?1/4” which could turn Apple green with envy. water tube There is an endless number of enthusiast-grade cases Other CPU cooler height limitation: available today, enough to satisfy both the taste and wallet 180mm of any kind of user; and most of which are black. Today VGA length limitation: we have a new performance case from Thermaltake for 330mm review, the new version of the renowned Armor series, the Armor Revo Snow Edition. Much like the name suggests, this case features a fundamental difference from the majority of Motorola Mobility stays the products currently available; a glossy snow white color separate from Google which could turn Apple green with envy. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/motorola-mobility-stays-separate- P/N VO200M6W2N from-google/16388.html June 26th, 2012 Case Type Full Tower Dimension (H x W x D) 586 x 254 x 552 mm (23.1 x 10 x 21.7 inch) Net Weight 11.5Kg / 25.35lb Side Panel Transparent Window Color Exterior & Interior : Black & White Google paid $12.9 billion for Motorola Mobility last month, Material SECC and after countless hurdles to get approval from regulators Cooling System Front (intake) : Google announced they intend to keep Motorola Mobility as 200 x 200 x 30 mm Blue its own entity. LED fan x 1 (600~800rpm, 13~15dBA) Rear (exhaust) : 140 x 140 x 25 mm Turbo fan (1000rpm,16dBA) Top (exhaust) : 200 x 200 x 30 mm Blue LED fan (600~800rpm, 13~15dBA) Google paid $12.9 billion for Motorola Mobility last month, 140 x 140 x 25 mm or 120 x and after countless hurdles to get approval from regulators 120 x 25 mm (optional) Google announced they intend to keep Motorola Mobility as its own entity. Side (intake) : “It's important it stays on its own battlefield. We are not integrating Motorola with Google, we’re making sure it has Plug&Play 200 x 200 x 30 everything it needs to win in its own space. You shouldn’t mm fan (600~800rpm, expect full integration of the two companies,” Google’s Chief 13~15dBA) Finance Officer, Patrick Pichette, said. Bottom (Intake) : 120 x 120 x Although Google owns Motorola Mobility, there will not 25 mm (optional) be a “Googlerola” brand in the near future. Google now Drive Bays Accessible: 4 x 5.25’’, 1 x has access to a portfolio of 17,000 patents, which will give 3.5’’ Google a competitive edge in the smartphone and tablet 18

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June 26th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone market. Combine the patents and a mobile R&D department with Google’s thriving Android OS and the world has a smartphone/tablet conglomerate. Eric Schmidt, Google’s Chairman, affirms that the Motorola Mobility purchase is to help Google further its ideals of modernity through the acquisition of Motorola Mobility’s “products…people…[and] innovation.” “We bought Motorola for the sum of the patents, the products, the people, the innovation,” he says. It is unknown how Google intends to wedge itself into According to a map set up by Google, nearly every Motorola Mobility’s structure, but as it stands Motorola continent has languages that are at risk, endangered, Mobility will make its own product and consumers will severely endangered, or lost forever. Google is calling upon continue to have “Motorola” devices instead of “Googlerola” any interested parties, organizations, and individuals that devices. would like to contribute to the project to visit Google.org for more information. Google attempts to preserve endangered languages Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-attempts-to-preserve- endangered-languages/16387.html June 26th, 2012 According to Google, more than 3,000 languages are on the brink of extinction. By 2100, only 50% of the languages spoken today will remain. So instead of letting those 3,000 languages die out, Google is attempting to save it. According to Google, more than 3,000 languages are on the brink of extinction. By 2100, only 50% of the languages spoken today will remain. So instead of letting those 3,000 languages die out, Google is attempting to save it. Google launched the Endangered Languages Project yesterday with support from the A lliance for Linguistic Diversity. Through the collaborations of scholars, activists, and natives worldwide, Google is hoping that human efforts will help retain languages such as the Koro and Arogonese for future generations. The Navajo languages, spoken by various Native American tribes, are reported to only be spoken by 120,000 people in the U.S. A number that’s even closer to extinction is the Aragonese language, which is spoken by only about 10,000 people near the French border of Spain. 19

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June 28th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks! game qualities that could match current consoles to an VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly extent. publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. Skydivers help show off Google Glass camera OpenGL 3.0 ES due out as Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/skydivers-help-show-off-google- glass-camera/16463.html early as this summer or fall June 28th, 2012 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/opengl-3.0-es-due-out-as-early-as- this-summer-or-fall/16464.html June 28th, 2012 If you game on your mobile devices, then you may notice Sergey Brin, a figure of envy among nerds, geeks, normal that mobile gaming technology has come a long way since people, and well, quite frankly the whole world is envious of the days of Game Boy. However, many of the mobile devices his wealth, recently put some of his company’s money into a that people are currently playing video games on are still doing something that may not merit any investment at all. powered by OpenGL ES 2.0 (mobile version of OpenGL 2.0 that emphasizes minimization of battery consumption). OpenGL ES 2.0 is about five years old, so an upgrade is in order. OpenGL ES 3.0, based on Open GL 3.2+ and part of OpenGL 4.x, is due to appear on mobile devices as early as this summer or fall. If you game on your mobile devices, then you may notice Sergey Brin, a figure of envy among nerds, geeks, normal that mobile gaming technology has come a long way since people, and well, quite frankly the whole world is envious of the days of Game Boy. However, many of the mobile devices his wealth, recently put some of his company’s money into a that people are currently playing video games on are still doing something that may not merit any investment at all. powered by OpenGL ES 2.0 (mobile version of OpenGL 2.0 that emphasizes minimization of battery consumption). During Google’s I/O event, Brin broadcasted live feeds OpenGL ES 2.0 is about five years old, so an upgrade is in of skydivers free falling while wearing Google Glasses. order. OpenGL ES 3.0, based on Open GL 3.2+ and part of However, the Wi-Fi signals on the glasses were too weak so OpenGL 4.x, is due to appear on mobile devices as early as Google had to use antennas to amplify the signal to make the this summer or fall. live feed possible. The bad news is that some (if not a lot) of mobile devices Well? And then what? After the live feed, Google graciously that are currently on the market may not support OpenGL announced that developers can pre-order the Google Glass ES 3.0. However, devices that will feature the Mali T604 and for $1,500 smackers. Buying a Wi-Fi eye glass with mounted Adreno 320 will most likely support it. camera for $1,500 is hardly a justifiable investment. AMD, NVDIA, and Intel will most likely support OpenGL Google’s promo video of Project Glass revealed some sci- ES 3.0 sooner since they are the main players on desktop fi-esque augmented reality features, but if the consumer platforms, but chip makers that don’t play a huge role on version of the Glass (supposed launch is in 2014) is nothing desktops may see a slower transition. more than a glorified Wi-Fi camera eye glass then Google may just have spent years working on, well, a head mounted Mobile video games are quite impressive graphically camera. considering how outdated OpenGL 2.0 ES is, and with the adoption of OpenGL 3.0 ES in the future we may see mobile That’s not to say that Google won’t achieve full augmented reality integration with their Project glass, but hiring 1

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June 28th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 28th, 2012 stuntmen to jump out of an aircraft just to prove that Google Glass is capable of recording videos and broadcasting it is a rather questionable use of resources. Okay, Google has a lot of money to blow, but the point is people want to see some hints of the augmented reality from the promo video—not what a person sees when he is falling at terminal velocity. Here’s a reminder of what Google has promised us. Samsung’s next Galaxy Note is said to boast a 5.5’’ Super AMOLED screen, and if it gets any bigger people will have a HTC One X gets ported Jelly hard time grasping onto the phone while taking a call (but I suppose that's what Bluetooth is for). Bean Samsung’s next Galaxy Note is said to boast a 5.5’’ Super Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/htc-one-x-gets-ported-jelly- AMOLED screen, and if it gets any bigger people will have a bean/16462.html hard time grasping onto the phone while taking a call (but I June 28th, 2012 suppose that's what Bluetooth is for). Sources have told GSM Arena that Samsung is nearing the end of working on a Galaxy Note successor, and aside from the hefty screen real estate it will also have an appearance similar to that of the Galaxy S III. An Exynos 5250 may be the processor of choice along with 1.5 GB RAM for some The Google Galaxy Nexus is the first device to receive intensive multitasking. Android 4.1 Jelly bean, but that doesn’t mean developers People may also be able to get their hands on the device haven’t already begun porting the Nexus ROM to other sooner than expected. The previous rumored release date devices. Consider the HTC One X as one of the first few lucky was around October, but since the iPhone 5 is also coming targets. out in October, Samsung has decided it would be wiser to snatch away Apple’s potential customers by making the Note II available before the iPhone 5. Amazon to release new Kindle in two sizes Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amazon-to-release-new-kindle-in- two-sizes/16459.html June 28th, 2012 The Google Galaxy Nexus is the first device to receive Android 4.1 Jelly bean, but that doesn’t mean developers haven’t already begun porting the Nexus ROM to other We reported earlier that Amazon is working on a new devices. Consider the HTC One X as one of the first few lucky Amazon Kindle Fire, and more leaks and rumors are steadily targets. trickling in. Latest news regarding the new Kindle involves XDA developers have been working rapidly to create a specs such as quad core processors, metal casings, and useable build for the HTC One X, and although there are multiple tablet sizes. issues that need to be worked out, the build is useable. The devs state that there are problems with the Wi-Fi, Audio, camera, and more unknown issues. You can’t really complain about the known or unknown issues regarding the port as the HTC One X has a totally different chipset compared to the Galaxy Nexus. Samsung Galaxy Note II ups the ante with 5.5'' screen Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-galaxy-note-ii-ups-the- ante-with-5.5--screen/16461.html 2

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June 28th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone We reported earlier that Amazon is working on a new In a recent press release, the Video Electronics Standards Amazon Kindle Fire, and more leaks and rumors are steadily Association (VESA) announced the release of the Mobility trickling in. Latest news regarding the new Kindle involves DisplayPort (MyDP) Standard. This is extension of the specs such as quad core processors, metal casings, and DisplayPort will enable people to connect their mobile multiple tablet sizes. devices to displays and view their contents in full 1080p and/ or 3D. Google will release the Nexus 7 in July, and it’s aimed at shooting budget tablets like the Kindle Fire straight in the VESA wants OEMs to adopt this new standard as it makes heart. Amazon, however, is also prepping for battle as they it very convenient for people to fully utilize their mobile are rumored to also release a quad core powered 7’’ tablet devices on a daily basis. Many modern smartphones and of their own. Additionally, Amazon is also rumored to other mobile devices are powered by extremely efficient have slimmmed down the tablet to the thickness that of the and powerful processors that can put high quality media in previous gen iPad. How about making their tablet appeal to the palm of people’s hands; hence, it’s a no brainer that a every economic classes? Sources have gotten glimpses of the smartphone has the potential to be utilized as a medium for tablet says that Amazon is getting rid of the “cheap” plastic high quality entertainment. look of the previous Kindle in favor of a more high end metal MyDP leverages a simple micro-USB cable that can connect casing. to a TV/monitor via a DisplayPort or HDMI port. Once Amazon is going to face off with Google in the 7’’ arena, and connected, people can view their contents at full HD, in 24- why not get into the 10’’ ring at the same time? The 7’’ Kindle bit color, and at 60Hz. Enabling connection to DVI and VGA is currently the popular scavenger in the tablet kingdom. displays is also possible because a MyDP adaptor and active However, Amazon will also have a 10’’ "Hollywood" slate for converters will be available. the enthusiasts and stars. Sources that have actually handled The MyDP standard has a 1Mbps sideband channel to the two Kindle tablets note that the 10’’ will have a front provide bandwidth for support of multi-touch, keyboard, facing camera, and both will have a micro-USB port. There mouse, and remote control of an external display. Oh, since is an extra port on both slates which they assume may be an the micro-USB port is being used for connectivity to a display HDMI-out. anyway, why not just charge the mobile device at the same Amazon is responding to Google’s declaration of 7’’ war, but time? at the same time Amazon will begin to assert itself in the 10’’ One hundred and eighty companies have already backed the battle. A tablet battle on two fronts, I wonder if Amazon will MyDP standard, and VESA anticipates that consumers will have done enough strategizing to not go down quickly. begin seeing the new standard in ultrabooks, tablets, and smartphones as soon as the fourth quarter of 2012. VESA releases MyDP VESA Enables Mobile Devices to Share Full HD Video and 3D Content on Any Display With Release standard for mobile devices of MyDP Standard Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/vesa-releases-mydp-standard-for- New Mobility DisplayPort (MyDP) Standard mobile-devices/16457.html Delivers Industry's Highest Mobile-to-Display June 28th, 2012 Resolution through Existing Data Connectors NEWARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA®) today announced the release of the Mobility DisplayPort™ (MyDP) Standard. MyDP is an extension of the DisplayPort connectivity standard that enables In a recent press release, the Video Electronics Standards mobile devices to share high-definition video, Association (VESA) announced the release of the Mobility audio, and 3D content with the broad universe of DisplayPort (MyDP) Standard. This is extension of larger external displays through common, widely DisplayPort will enable people to connect their mobile adopted connectors. Offering the industry's highest devices to displays and view their contents in full 1080p and/ mobile-to-display image resolution, MyDP allows or 3D. consumers to experience their mobile content in full, uncompressed 1080p (HDTV). "Today's mobile devices with powerful processors and mass storage capacities have become the new hub of media content," said Soumendra Mohanty, senior director of marketing for Analogix. "However, consumers wish to experience their mobile content in a more diverse manner, beyond what a four-inch screen can offer. MyDP gives the industry a standard interface to break down screen size limitations, and Analogix is ready today with its compatible SlimPort products." With the MyDP standard, high-quality audio, video, and 3D content can be shared from a mobile device to a larger external DisplayPort or HDMI 3

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June 28th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone equipped display, including a PC monitor, digital PowerColor Outs Single-Slot, signage display or HDTV, using the micro-USB connector found on the majority of smartphones Low-Profile Radeon HD 7750 and tablets. By leveraging a simple passive cable, Graphics Card consumers can instantly experience their content at Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/powercolor-outs-single-slot-low- 1080P full HD resolution, 24-bit color, and 60Hz. profile-radeon-hd-7750-graphics-card/16455.html Consumers can also access the millions of legacy June 28th, 2012 DVI and VGA displays, projectors and TVs through the use of MyDP adaptors and active converters. The MyDP interface also includes a robust 1Mbps sideband channel that provides enough bandwidth to support accessory functions including multi- touch, keyboard, mouse, and remote control of the external display. Furthermore, MyDP enables charging of the mobile device battery, through Although it was Sapphire, which charmed visitors of its the MyDP cable, from the power provided by Computex booth with its single-slot, low-profile Radeon HD the DisplayPort-enabled display, while content is 7750 graphics card, PowerColor beat it to the punch by enjoyed. taking such a design to its logical conclusion, the market. PowerColor's HD 7750 LP is fully loaded, despite its puny "MyDP is a win-win for consumers and technology size. manufacturers," said Ganesh Tekkatte, senior product marketing manager at STMicroelectronics. Although it was Sapphire, which charmed visitors of its "MyDP is simple and flexible allowing content to Computex booth with its single-slot, low-profile Radeon HD be shared with today's displays through common 7750 graphics card, PowerColor beat it to the punch by connectors that are widely adopted, and will taking such a design to its logical conclusion, the market. support the advanced media and connectivity PowerColor's HD 7750 LP is fully loaded, despite its puny standards through the foreseeable future." size. Backed by VESA's nearly 180 member companies, MyDP adoption is expected in next-generation tablets, ultrabooks, and smartphones, with the first products scheduled to ship in the fourth quarter of 2012. MyDP's simple plug-and-play functionality with any external display benefits the entire mobile ecosystem by enabling better experiences and the delivery of new features and services. Consumers will benefit from the entertainment and productivity value of viewing and editing mobile content on a large screen; hardware manufacturers PowerColor designed a single-slot, low-profile cooling can evolve their systems to have more robust solution that consists of a copper plate, a dense aluminum business and gaming features; software developers channel array, and a 40-50 mm lateral flow fan that guides can create more mobile-centric office and 3D air through the channels, where heat dissipation takes place. entertainment apps; and carriers can provide a The card relies on the PCI-Express slot for power, and variety of new value-added services to leverage uses a 2+1 phase VRM to condition it. High-grade CPL- data plans and sell accessories like cables, docking made chokes, LFPAK MOSFETs, and conductive polymer stations, and more. capacitors, are used. Together, the VRM and cooler have the chops to keep the 1.5 billion transistor GPU ticking. "Consumers expect their mobile devices to interface with other CE products. However, in order to get this functionality, consumers are often forced to either purchase products from a single vendor, or leverage interfaces that have limited industry backing and adoption," said Bill Lempesis, executive director of VESA. "MyDP is an open standard that is backed by a large ecosystem of the leading technology companies. This gives consumers the ability to choose the devices they want, and share whatever content wherever they go." For more information about MyDP, please visit http://www.displayport.org. For more Despite limited VRM and cooling resources, the clock speeds information about VESA, please visit http:// of the PowerColor HD 7750 LP aren't lowered. The card www.vesa.org/ or connect with us on Facebook, sticks to AMD's older reference clock speeds of 800 MHz Twitter and YouTube. GPU, with 1125 MHz (4.50 GHz effective) memory (the newer revision ups core clock speed to 900 MHz for the HD 7750). It packs 1 GB of GDDR5 memory across a 128-bit wide memory interface. The Radeon HD 7750 is based on the 4

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June 28th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone 28 nm "Cape Verde" silicon, and is configured to have 512 Spartan Ops is 100% free! How many games give Graphics CoreNext stream processors, and support for the you free DLC for 10 weeks? entire AMD Southern Islands feature-set, including DirectX So what does this mean to you and your customer? 11.1, HD3D, AMD APP, and next-generation Eyefinity. Spartan Ops increase game value and overall Display outputs of the PowerColor HD 7750 LP include one enjoyment of Halo 4 with up to 12 hours of each of dual-link DVI-D, standard-size HDMI 1.4a (with 7.1 incremental gameplay in either single player or co- channel HD audio), and D-Sub (VGA). The D-Sub connector op multiplayer mode. is detachable. PowerColor includes a low-profile bracket, It’s like getting two campaigns with one game!” which can be used to install the card in slim form-factor (SFF) chassis. 343 took over Bungie’s duties in concocting the next Halo, and surely they, along with Microsoft, know how to touch a PowerColor did not reveal the pricing of the HD 7750 LP, gamer’s heart—free stuff! though we expect it to command a tiny premium over common HD 7750 cards in the market. Single-slot + low- More slides here. profile could end up being a major selling point. Coolermaster QuickFire Pro Halo 4 offers two campaigns Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for the price of one Review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/halo-4-offers-two-campaigns-for- Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/coolermaster-quickfire-pro- the-price-of-one/16452.html mechanical-gaming-keyboard-review/16451.html June 28th, 2012 June 28th, 2012 Halo fans are you ready for some free DLCs? Well, at least CoolerMaster has certainly been moving very quickly in that’s what a slide from Microsoft’s ExpertZone states. the gaming peripherals market; no more than 2 months ago we had a look on the high-end Trigger Mechanical Halo fans are you ready for some free DLCs? Well, at least Gaming keyboard and the company already released a new that’s what a slide from Microsoft’s ExpertZone states. gaming mechanical keyboard, the QuickFire Pro. Although In Halo 4, there will be a mode called “Spartan Ops” which the QuickFire Pro does not have the number of features or are additional missions that can be downloaded periodically. the versatility of the Trigger, it is a very interesting product Every week for 10 weeks, Spartan Ops will offer 5 new nevertheless. Read on for a detailed review on its quality, missions which players can play in single or co-op mode. Ten features and performance. DLCs will be offered, and if you did the math, that’s 50 extra CoolerMaster has certainly been moving very quickly in missions. The price you ask? Well, it’s free! the gaming peripherals market; no more than 2 months ago we had a look on the high-end Trigger Mechanical Gaming keyboard and the company already released a new gaming mechanical keyboard, the QuickFire Pro. Although the QuickFire Pro does not have the number of features or the versatility of the Trigger, it is a very interesting product nevertheless. Read on for a detailed review on its quality, features and performance. Manufacturer’s features and specifications • Mechanical CHERRY MX switches • USB 2.0 full speed • NKRO in USB mode • Multimedia shortcuts • 1000Hz/1ms response time • Windows key disabled in game mode “Spartan Ops is a great way to extend your single or co-op multiplayer experience. Each week, the • Partial Red LED backlight Spartan Ops team will deliver 5 new missions for • Removable braided USB cable with cable routing you to complete. These missions are introduced with a high-quality cinematic video so that you are well- briefed before you embark on your mission. Oh, and unlike most other games out there, season 1 of 5

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June 28th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone A New Zealand judge has publicly stated that the FBI’s Model SGK-4010-GKCC1 (CHERRY seizure of Megaupload data for court uses in the U.S. is Black) * “invalid.” SGK-4010-GKCL1 (CHERRY Blue) * According to High Court judge Justice Helen Winkelmann, the warrants provided by the FBI “did not adequately SGK-4010-GKCM1 describe the offenses to which they related.” She insists that (CHERRY Brown) * the FBI used general warrants to seize Kim Dotcom’s assets, and that the warrants themselves fell short of outlining SGK-4010-GKCR1 (CHERRY Dotcom’s allegations. Red) * New Zealand authorities are heeding judge Winkelmann’s Key Switch CHERRY Black / Blue/ verdict and claim that they are in the process of determining Brown/ Red * “what further action might be required.” Dotcom is N key Rollover 6/Full N Key currently on bail, and the majority of his $175 million worth Polling Rate 1000HZ/1ms of assets are either seized or frozen. Backlighting Partial Keys Windows Key Disable Yes Shimi robot DJ mixing it up Media Keys Yes Interface USB 2.0 Full Speed with human beings Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/shimi-robot-dj-mixing-it-up-with- Cable Length 1.8 m human-beings/16449.html Dimension 454(L) x 155(W) x 31(H) mm June 28th, 2012 17.9(L) x 6.1 (W) x 1.2(H) inch Weight 1300 g / 2.86 lb Warranty 2 years UPC Code 884102015687: SGK-4010- GKCC1 (Black) 884102015670: SGK-4010- Researchers at Georgia Tech’s Center for Music Technology GKCL1 (Blue) has developed a robotic DJ, dubbed elegantly as “Shimi”, that may give future human DJs a run for their money. 884102015694: SGK-4010- GKCM1 (Brown) 884102015700: SGK-4010- GKCR1 (Red) Notice * availability depends on regions New Zealand judge rules FBI's seizure of Megaupload's data "invalid" Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/new-zealand-judge-rules-fbi-s- seizure-of-megaupload-s-data-invalid-/16450.html June 28th, 2012 Researchers at Georgia Tech’s Center for Music Technology has developed a robotic DJ, dubbed elegantly as “Shimi”, that may give future human DJs a run for their money. A New Zealand judge has publicly stated that the FBI’s seizure of Megaupload data for court uses in the U.S. is According to Shimi’s creator, Professor Gil Weinberg, the “invalid.” robotic DJ is, more or less, a sophisticated “docking station” that adheres to the requests of people that have Android devices. Shimi utilizes a phone’s camera and face-detection features to detect which music selection a person may want to hear. Another cool method Shimi uses to detect a song choice is by “listening” to a rhythm—such as a person’s tapping—and 6

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June 28th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone then browses the phone's library to play the music that most closely relates to the preferred rhythm. People involved in the Shimi project hope that the robotic DJ will one day become a household item that “enhance” people’s life. They also claim that in the future there will be apps that will allow users to command Shimi through gestures such as waving a hand or shaking of the head. Weinberg is also making an attempt at commercializing Shimi through partnerships between Georgia Tech and entrepreneurs. Shimi will take part in the Google’s I/O festivities, and its creator hope that it will make a big enough impression to convince app developers to begin making apps The ADATA XPG SX910 is driven by LSI-SandForce SF-2281 to expand Shimi’s horizons. processor. It comes in three capacities, 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB. Unlike with the XPG SX900 series, a 64 GB model is excluded. The drives also take advantage of a reworked ADATA Releases XPG SX910 over-provisioning scheme by LSI, which results in higher SSD unformatted capacity. The drives are built in the 2.5-inch / Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/adata-releases-xpg-sx910- 9.5 mm-thick form-factor, with SATA 6 Gb/s interface. ssd/16448.html The 128 GB variant sells for US $189.99 (S $242), the 256 June 28th, 2012 GB variant for US $379.99 (S $485), and the 512 GB for US $749.99 (S $957). The three will gradully phase out older XPG SX900 models from the market. Samsung's own LTE baseband chipset shows up ADATA unveiled its newest performance-segment consumer SSD, the XPG SX910. The new product appears to be a in Korean Galaxy S3 slightly improved version of the XPG SX900 the company Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-s-own-lte-baseband- launched back in February. chipset-shows-up-in-korean-galaxy-s3/16442.html June 28th, 2012 ADATA unveiled its newest performance-segment consumer SSD, the XPG SX910. The new product appears to be a slightly improved version of the XPG SX900 the company launched back in February, 2012. Earlier this week Samsung released the another variant of the Galaxy S3 for the Korean market. A teardown of a retail unit yielded an interesting find - Samsung's own 4G LTE baseband chipset. Previously, many publications have reported on the many variants of the Galaxy S3, with different hardware components and even form factors to cater to the requirements of different regional markets. For example, USA buyers will get the SKU with a dual-core Qualcomm S4, instead of the much vaunted quad-core Exynos 4 SoC which does not have native LTE support. According to the company, the NAND flash chips used in South Korean electronics giant Samsung has released yet the XPG SX910 are put through an improved screening another permutation of the Galaxy S3 for the South Korean process, picking the best performing ones out for building market earlier this week and the new model comes with these drives. In industry jargon, the process is known as Samsung's own quad-core ARM SoC and LTE baseband binning. It's likely that this change enhanced the product chip. warranty. The XPG SX910 comes with a longer product warranty of 5 years, compared to 3 years of the XPG SX900. Developed in collaboration with AP, the 'CMC221S' LTE baseband will allow network subscribers of local telcos SK Despite improved NAND flash chips, the rated sequential Telecom and KT to enjoy high speed data connectivity. The transfer rates advertised for the XPG SX910 haven't changed chip supports 2G, GSM, 3G, WCDMA, 4G, and LTE, which from those of the XPG SX900. The drive reads at speeds technically makes it marketable to almost every country of up to 550 MB/s, and writes at speeds of up to 530 in the world. Another Galaxy S3 SKU for LG U+ gets an MB/s. Its maximum 4K random read/write performance additional chip for the 2G CDMA2000 that is also serviced is rated at 50,000 and 85,000 IOPS, respectively. Perhaps by other companies like Verizon Wireless. the improved flash chips result in improved "performance yields" (the performance you actually end up with). 7

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June 28th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone First is subnetting. Many people have asked me why their IP address looks different between their home networks and the address the rest of the internet sees. The reason for this is what’s known as “subnetting.” In essence, a DHCP server, or “Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol”, assigns an IP address from a very limited range on a private network so that communications between computers on the network can occur, while all outbound traffic is sent through the router with a single IP address. This allows people to have dozens of devices connected to their home network without the ISP needing to assign dozens of IP addresses to the home; instead, they can assign a single IP address, greatly reducing the number of addresses they need to hand out. Subnets are defined as networks within a specific range of Not much is known about the specifications of the new IP addresses, usually denoted with CIDR notation. The most silicon, but it is assumed that the chip is manufactured with common subnet is the class-C subnet, with a subnet mask of 40nm process technology. 255.255.255.0. This means that the first three bytes of the Samsung was previously successful in developing a LTE address are unchanging, with the last byte the differentiating chip called Kalmia in 2009, but did not support 2G or 3G part of the address; it can also be written 192.168.1.0/24, networks and was primarily deployed as a LTE data modem meaning that 24 bits are used only for the network prefix, in tablet PCs and smartphones. with the host being identified in the final 8 bits. This subnet is the most common, because it is used in nearly every Jong-Kyun Shin, the CEO of IT and IM of Samsung private home network. Electronics, said that the company plans to have more designs with its own baseband chip and that the Korean Subnetting, however, only slows the need for addresses, Galaxy S3 LTE demostrates "Korea has the fastest LTE" and allowing a single address to be defined for an entire network. "we are already considering moving on to VoLTE." This opens up far more addresses, though certain ranges are off-limits and servers still need a unique public IP address, Looks like Qualcomm has a new competitor to contend bringing us to the next stop-gap, reclaiming addresses. with... Many addresses that were assigned to organizations in the early days of IPv4 have still been unused, but cannot be assigned to anything else because they’re held in The Internet Protocol: Past, reserve for that organization. Others were assigned and Present, and Future - Part 3 used, but the server assigned to it has gone offline, Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-internet-protocol-past-present- leaving the address to sit unused but assigned. ISPs and and-future--part-3/16443.html regional IP assignment organizations have been culling June 28th, 2012 these unused and abandoned addresses and returning them to the regional pools of addresses, ready to be reassigned as needed. However, even this solution only kicks the proverbial can down the road. IPv6 – The Solution The ultimate solution to the address exhaustion problem is the new version of the Internet Protocol, IPv6. IPv6 is an In the final part in our series on the Internet Protocol, we expanded address space that allows for far more addresses discuss measures being taken to mitigate the exhaustion of than IPv4, effectively eliminating the exhaustion problem, IPv4 addresses, as well as IPv6. barring some massive uptick in networked devices (entirely Previously, we talked about the birth and history of the possible in the next few decades). Internet Protocol, the communication protocol that allows Unlike IPv4, which uses a 32-bit address space, IPv6 the internet as we know it to exist, and the creation of and problems with the current version of the protocol, IPv4. In uses a 128-bit address space, allowing for 2128 addresses, this final article, I’m going to talk about some attempts to or roughly 34 followed by 37 zeroes. To put this into mitigate the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses, as well as IPv6, perspective, this is enough to give every person on the planet, recently activated and trying to gain traction as the solution roughly 7 billion people, their own personal set of addresses to the problem. the size of the current IPv4 address space. Slowing the Death of IPv4 Let that sink in for a minute. Rather than roll out new infrastructure to support the new In essence, IPv6 eliminates the need for more address protocol version, many institutions and ISPs are instead space. There is no way with modern technology that the looking to ways to mitigate the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses. amount of addresses allowed by IPv6 will be exhausted. Whether through subnetting or the reassignment of unused It is quite possible that, given advances in technology and addresses, they’re looking to swell the remaining pool of miniaturization, one day IPv6 will be used up, but until then available addresses in order to slow the death of IPv4. While it more than meets our requirements. this doesn’t directly deal with the root of the problem, let’s discuss these solutions. 8

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June 28th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Although 37 devices may not seem like a big number, it is Microsoft Anti-Trust Fine because of the effort of the official CM9 devs that people outside of the official team can work on porting CM other Upheld by EU General Court devices. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-anti-trust-fine-upheld-by- eu-general-court/16446.html The CM team points out that the RC1 release will be the first June 28th, 2012 of many more RC1’s, and support for additional devices are on their to-do list. Check out the official post here for more details. I-O Data Unveils New Line of The EU General Court, their second highest court, upheld a USB 3.0 Portable HDDs with fine placed on Microsoft by anti-trust regulators in the lower courts. Two-Tone Bodies Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/i-o-data-unveils-new-line-of- The second highest court in Europe has upheld an antitrust usb-3.0-portable-hdds-with-two-tone-bodies/16440.html ruling against Microsoft, saying that it “essentially upholds June 28th, 2012 the Commission’s decision.” However, the court did reduce the record-setting fine from 899 million euros to 860 million euros. The fine was imposed four years ago because Microsoft had not provided certain information to its competitors as it was ordered to do in 2004. Anti-trust regulators in the European Union initially fined Microsoft 497 million euros for abusing its dominant I-O Data unveiled its newest line of portable hard drives, position in the market to drive away competition. They under the HDPC-UT series. The drives are designed with ordered Microsoft to make its server software code available two-tone bodies, in which its two sides have different, to competitors so that their products could work alongside somewhat-contrasting colors; and USB 3.0 SuperSpeed each other. They were also ordered to make specific changes interface. to their operating systems, such as removing Windows Japanese company I-O Data unveiled the HDPC-UT line of Media Player and Internet Explorer as built-in defaults portable hard drives featuring two-tone bodies, in which the for listening to music and browsing the internet. In 2008, two major sides have dissimilar and somewhat contrasting an additional fine was given for failing to comply with colors. The drive is initially offered in two color schemes, red the 2004 order. At a hearing in May of 2011, Microsoft’s + brown and white + gray (silky). lawyers argued that the fine was excessive and completely undeserved. A statement from the EU General Court in Luxembourg, however, states that the latest decision “rejects all the arguments put forward by Microsoft in support of annulment.” CyanogenMod 9-RC1 now available Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/cyanogenmod-9-rc1-now- available/16445.html June 28th, 2012 The drives are available in two capacities, 500 GB and 1 TB. Equipped with USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface, the drives rely on the interface (a single cable) for both power and connectivity with the host. It is backwards-compatible with USB 2.0, and works with most TVs and other digital devices that support USB mass-storage device standard. The drives are pre-formatted and include Windows installers for the Before taking off for the Google I/O in San Francisco, company's Mach Copy software, which works to speed up the CyanogenMod team announced the release of the file-transfers with the drive. CyanogenMod 9.0-RC1. The 500 GB white + silky gray (HDPC-UT500W) and red Before taking off for the Google I/O in San Francisco, + brown (HDPC-UT500R) models are priced at 10,500 the CyanogenMod team announced the release of the Japanese Yen (about S $168); while the 1 TB white + silky CyanogenMod 9.0-RC1. gray (HDPC-UT1.0W) and red + brown (HDPC-UT1.0R) models go for 15,015 Yen (S $240). It has been 225 days since Google unleashed Android ICS for developers to work on, and within that time the people working on CM9 has managed to whip out official support for 37 devices. The team claims that CM 9.0 RC1 is a stable build which they have put countless hours into producing. 9

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June 28th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone BioWare hints at more Mass Effect 3 DLC in future Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/bioware-hints-at-more-mass- effect-3-dlc-in-future/16441.html June 28th, 2012 BioWare is planning more downloadable content updates for Mass Effect 3, it has been revealed, despite just releasing an extended ending after extensive controversy over the original. BioWare is planning more downloadable content updates for Mass Effect 3, it has been revealed, despite just releasing Amazon Kindle Fire 2 an extended ending after extensive controversy over the expected in July original. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amazon-kindle-fire-2-expected-in- july/16439.html Mike Gamble, producer of the game, let slip that BioWare is June 28th, 2012 not intending to hang up its hat, tweeting: “Would now be Amazon's second-generation Kindle Fire tablet will launch a good time to talk about how we're doing more DLC in the on 31 July, according to person close to the company. future?” CNET cited “a credible source” for the close date, suggesting “That was a trick question,” he added in another tweet. that Amazon is seeking to up the competition against Apple's “We'll save the future DLC for future chats. Don't worry iPad range less than a year after the release of the first Kindle though...there's much more.” Fire, which sold well due to its dirt cheap price-tag of $199. The anonymous source said that the Kindle Fire 2 would come with a camera and physical volume buttons, but other details appear to be largely under wraps. Details about the new DLC are being kept secret for now, but Gamble's comments suggest we will see more than one update in the future. You would be forgiven for thinking that the studio would want nothing more to do with the game after the disastrous situation over the disappointing ending, which forced it to Another report by sometimes right, often wrong DigiTimes release yesterday's Extended Cut free of charge. suggested that Amazon would launch a similarly-priced 7- inch Kindle tablet with a higher resolution of 1,280x800, but the release date suggested is the third quarter. The company may already have had plans for future updates, however, or the return to the world to provide more explanation and options for the ending may have gotten the DigiTimes also speculated that Amazon would reduce the developers' creative juices flowing again, inspiring them to price of the existing Kindle Fire to just $149, making it even come up with new content. more affordable, but that would mean bigger losses on the hardware, given the Kindle Fire's estimated production cost of $201.70. Amazon is clearly profiting elsewhere, however, 10

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June 28th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone such as from advertising, its Kindle store, and Amazon Prime Samsung is expected to make an appeal of its own, saying it subscriptions, and if the bill of materials cost is lower than will take all necessary legal steps. It also believes the ruling many believe then it could afford to slash prices even further. will not significantly affect its business, with several other tablets and products available in the US market, including the Galaxy Tab in smaller sizes. The alternative is that Amazon could completely replace the old Kindle Fire with the new product and not worry about selling the first-generation device at a lower price. However, The Korean electronics giant claims that Apple's complaint tough competition from rivals, including Barnes & Noble, over a single design patent that focuses on just one aspect Samsung, Lenovo and Google's upcoming tablet, may force of its tablet's design means that “design innovation and Amazon to push prices even lower to remain ahead of the progress in the industry could be restricted.” In other words, pack. Apple is attempting to control the market and cripple competition through use of what Samsung calls “a generic design patent.” Judge bans sale of Samsung Apple has been widely criticised for orchestrating a patent Galaxy Tab in US war with Samsung and other Android supporters over the Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/judge-bans-sale-of-samsung-galaxy- past two years, resulting in a bitter tug-of-war in the courts tab-in-us/16438.html throughout the world, the cost of which is but a fraction of June 28th, 2012 the lucrative profits to be made by the victor in the tablet arena. Simple misreporting battery A judge has banned the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 fix for Galaxy S III i9300 tablet in the United States, marking the latest victory for Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/simple-misreporting-battery-fix-for- Apple in its ongoing dispute with rival tablet manufacturers. galaxy-s-iii-i9300/16437.html June 28th, 2012 A judge has banned the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the United States, marking the latest victory for Apple in its ongoing dispute with rival tablet manufacturers. US District Judge Lucy Koh ruled that Samsung's tablet should be taken off the market, after an appeal by Apple forced her to recognise that Samsung “does not have a right Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 owners who have been to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing experiencing abnormal battery usage during standby will be products.” happy to know that the battery is actually not draining as reported by the system. Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 owners who have been However, Apple is required to post a $2.6 million bond as a experiencing abnormal battery usage during standby will be protection against damages if the ban is found to have been happy to know that the battery is actually not draining as made in error, suggesting that Koh is still torn on the issue, reported by the system. having previously denied Apple's request for an injunction before the appeal. Owners of the i9300 may have noticed that their phone is reporting battery drainage between 50% and 70% during standby , and this is not true because XDA developers has found out that Samsung made a mistake in the power_profile.xml. Samsung, perhaps, mistakenly set the cell standby value to 34mA in the power_profile.xml. A simple fix to this is simply to reset the value to 3.4mA—which, XDA devs claim is a more “reasonable” value. A mod has been created by XDA devs to fix this problem, but it is important to note that the mod is intended to fix the wrong report, and not fix battery drainage from other user installed apps and/or profiles. “This mod will fix the wrong reporting of “cell stand by “usage to some extent. If your mobile has actual drain due to signal issues or some other issues do not blame me or any other for not fixing this.” 11

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June 28th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 28th, 2012 Check out the original thread here. Apple accuses HTC of misleading U.S. customs RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry N series will not include the officials iconic BlackBerry trackpad that we all associate many of Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-accuses-htc-of-misleading- RIM’s smartphone to. u.s.-customs-officials/16436.html June 28th, 2012 After Apple won their patent battle with HTC last month, they are hot on HTC’s tail once again even after HTC has gotten the green light from U.S. Customs officials. Only days after clearing customs, Apple is suggesting to the ITC that HTC may have lied to U.S Customs officials in order to have the ban lifted on their HTC One X device. RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry N series will not include the iconic BlackBerry trackpad that we all associate many of RIM’s smartphone to. According to n4bb.com, RIM developers will eliminate the trackpad from the N series by augmenting the QWERTY keyboard to favor a more touch favored interface. Eliminating the trackpad will not only make the N series devices look sleeker, but it also adds additional real estate to the touch screen. The days of running your fingers on the trackpad to navigate the menus and contents of a BlackBerry may come to an end soon, but the physical keypad will remain a key component for many who prefer it. Now, will RIM ever succeed in creating a full touch screen device that can compete with After Apple won their patent battle with HTC last month, Android and iOS? That’s totally different discussion, but for they are hot on HTC’s tail once again even after HTC has now it’s “goodbye trackpad” for the N series. gotten the green light from U.S. Customs officials. Only days after clearing customs, Apple is suggesting to the ITC that HTC may have lied to U.S Customs officials in order to have iPhone is slowly but steadily the ban lifted on their HTC One X device. gaining grounds on Android The patent infringement which Apple wanted to be corrected Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/iphone-is-slowly-but-steadily- entails a “system and method for performing an action on gaining-grounds-on-android/16434.html a structure in computer-generated data.” It only took HTC June 28th, 2012 a couple of days to remove those features to receive the go ahead to import their phone. HTC confirmed with the ITC that it had removed all the features that infringed upon Apple’s patent, but the Gmail client could not be tampered with since it was a close sourced feature from Google. Therefore, HTC is claiming innocence Google is currently enjoying a nice lead in the smartphone based on the notion that Google’s closed source app has market as the Android platform currently powers over half nothing to do with HTC. the world’s smartphone. However, that number is expected Apple, however, argues that HTC is responsible for any to decrease in the future as Apple is pushing to increase the patent infringements regardless of whether or not they have presence iPhones by enabling more carriers on their device. the source code to an application. Google is currently enjoying a nice lead in the smartphone market as the Android platform currently powers over half BlackBerry N series will not the world’s smartphone. However, that number is expected to decrease in the future as Apple is pushing to increase the have trackpad presence iPhones by enabling more carriers on their device. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/blackberry-n-series-will-not-have- trackpad/16435.html 12

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June 28th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone The IDC projects that Android based smartphone will hit The Super Wi-Fi supporters may meet some competition in a wall at around 62% market share, and from there it the future from cellular carriers who want to build upon their will experience a decline. Android tablet market share has stash of FCC approved bands. already started to trail off as it’s currently holding on to about Competition for the spectrums is one thing, but creating 36% compared to last year’s 38%. According to the IDC, a huge wireless network also requires huge investments to Apple’s iPad will enjoy a large cushion as it will own about create the backhauls for the networks. Each of the proposed 62% of the tablet market share. channels (previously TV channels) can theoretically provide In addition to possibly adding major carriers such as T- about 22Mbps, and the underlying intent is to use as many Mobile to the mix of iPhone enabled carriers, prepaid channels as possible to provide fast broadband service. services from Leap Wireless, Cricket, and Virgin Mobile has There are no confirmation as to how much the partnership announced that they will add the iPhone to their lineups of is willing to invest in the project, but for the project to take phones. off it requires more than just an initial investment. People Apple is slowly, but steadily gaining grounds on Google, will have to be willing to pay for the service which will and perhaps Android’s rapid growth is to blame for their most likely include additional fees for the construction and predicted downfall. Many apps on the Android platform maintenance of the backhauls. are not as refined as their iOS counterpart. Furthering A significant drawback of a huge wireless network is the Android’s troubles is the problem of fragmentation, which quality of a connection is also dependent on the geographic causes incompatibility of apps among the vast selection of nature of a region. Water, natural barriers, and man-made Android devices. elements will all play big roles in how much investment is Google is scheduled to reveal their latest Android version needed in the backhauls. soon, Jelly Bean, but even a newer and smoother platform Bringing about broadband service via abandoned spectrums may not help Google’s cause—evident through ICS failure to is quite ambitious, but anything can be accomplished with become OS of choice for Android devices. Only about 7% of the right amount of money. all Android devices currently run on ICS, and unless Google unite their OEMs and demand Jelly Bean enabled devices, we won’t see Jelly Bean make a huge impact on the Android Apple expands iTunes Store scene. in Asian region Although Android currently leads the pack in the amount Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-expands-itunes-store-in-asian- of Android powered smartphones, it currently has too many region/16431.html internal issues which may cause it to lose out to the iPhone, June 28th, 2012 and maybe even Windows Phone in the future. Super Wi-Fi for rural America via abandoned TV spectrums Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/super-wi-fi-for-rural-america-via- abandoned-tv-spectrums/16432.html Apple recently announced that they are expanding the June 28th, 2012 iTunes Store in the Asian region to include Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. Apple recently announced that they are expanding the iTunes Store in the Asian region to include Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Macau, A partnership between Google, Microsoft, and more than Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. 500 colleges and universities may provide broadband access In addition to the millions of international music artists to rural America via Super Wi-Fi. The partnership is seeking in the iTunes Store, Apple will add on talents from the to create wireless networks that will provide ~10Mbps Asian region to include, but not limited to, Chay Chou, channels to areas with radii of about 10km. Girls Generation, and Andy Lau. Apple claims that their A partnership between Google, Microsoft, and more than DRM-free music format is top notch, and that customers 500 colleges and universities may provide broadband access will receive audio files that are “virtually indistinguishable to rural America via Super Wi-Fi. The partnership is seeking from the original recordings.” Music won’t be the only thing to create wireless networks that will provide ~10Mbps available to the expanded Asian market. channels to areas with radii of about 10km. Apple will continue to distribute various shows and movies Super Wi-Fi will utilize spectrums that were once used by from various studios such as Sony, Fox, and Paramount. broadcasters before the adoption digital signals. The FCC Owners of devices such as the iPad, iPhone, and iPod in the will mostly likely auction off the abandoned spectrums in the Asian region will now also have access to the Apple Store’s near future, and if the Super Wi-Fi project is successful then 650,000 apps. the project will cement itself as one of the main bidder for the open waves. Customers will also have free access to the iTunes cloud which stores their purchased media files for backup or additional synching. Users who wish to purchase iTunes 13

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June 28th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone Match to add additional features such as storing an entire professional software. Apple leads the digital music music library for access at any time may also do so. revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its iTunes 10.6.3 will be available for download on Windows or revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining Mac for free and a valid credit card with a billing address is the future of mobile media and computing devices required for purchasing contents on iTunes. with iPad. Press Release: HONG KONG—June 27, 2012—Apple® today Press Contacts: announced the launch of the iTunes Store® in Christine Monaghan Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and nine additional countries in Asia featuring an incredible selection Apple of local and international music from all the major labels and thousands of independent labels. The cmonaghan@apple.com iTunes Store features local artists including Jay +1 (408) 974-8850 Chou, Girls Generation and Andy Lau, international artists including ADELE, The Beatles and Jason Mraz, and world-renowned classical musicians Fiona Martin including Lang Lang, Yo Yo Ma and Yuja Wang. Customers can choose from over 20 million songs Apple available to purchase and download on the iTunes Store. fmartin@apple.com +61 02 8987 8230 Apple is bringing the iTunes Store to music fans in Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. LSI Introduces MegaRAID Customers can also rent or purchase movies from the iTunes Store, with many available in Controllers with PCI Express stunning HD, from major studios including 20th 3.0 Interface Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lsi-introduces-megaraid-controllers- Home Entertainment, The Walt Disney Studios and with-pci-express-3.0-interface/16420.html Warner Bros. Pictures. The iTunes Store joins the June 28th, 2012 revolutionary App Store™ which offers more than 650,000 apps to consumers in 155 countries. The iTunes Store is the best way for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod®, Mac® and PC users to legally In order to answer the "choking" experience its old discover, purchase and download music online. controllers had while paired with more than couple of Solid All music on the iTunes Store comes in iTunes State Drives, LSI launched 10 new RAID controller cards Plus®, Apple’s DRM-free format with high-quality and HBA's (High Bandwidth Architecture, for integration on 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio virtually motherboards), all utilizing the PCI Express 3.0 interface. indistinguishable from the original recordings. The popularization of Solid State Storage, i.e. Solid State Drives (SSDs) caught a lot of traditional players off-guard. Even the highest bandwidth RAID solutions would end up iTunes® in the Cloud lets you download your choking after more than 4-5 SSD were connected, as it was previously purchased iTunes music to all your simply too much bandwidth and more importantly - the iOS devices at no additional cost, and new music number of I/O operations per second. purchases can be downloaded automatically to all your devices. In addition, music not purchased from Couple of months ago, we tested the MegaRAID 9260-8i the iTunes Store can gain the same benefits by using and 9265-8i and found that both controllers starting iTunes Match?, a new service that stores your entire experiencing issues after fifth drive would be connected, and music library in iCloud® for access at any time, that combining an SSD and seven Cheetah 15k7 drives made from any iOS device. iTunes Match is available for for the best experience (SSD Caching), or using two SSDs in purchase in the new countries added today. RAID0 and six 15,000 rpm drives in RAID5. Pricing & Availability iTunes 10.6.3 for Mac and Windows includes the iTunes Store and is available as a free download from apple.com/asia/itunes. iTunes Store purchases require a valid credit card with a billing address in country. Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and 14

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June 28th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone A recent study done by scholars at Boston University revealed that “patent trolls” cost individuals, organizations, and companies billions of dollars per year. In order to enable all the bandwidth required by the fast- adopting SSD technology, LSI Corporation revealed no less than 10 MegaRAID SAS+SATA controllers and Host Bus Adapters (HBA) utilizing the PCI Express 3.0. There are seven PCIe cards with 4 or 8 ports, and three HBA chip controllers for motherboard implementation. Naturally, things are not just about the bandwidth and I/ Ops, given that LSI is continuing to support enterprise-grade A recent study done by scholars at Boston University RAID data protection, SSD caching through CacheCade revealed that “patent trolls” cost individuals, organizations, Pro 2.0 application, CacheVault data protection, packing and companies billions of dollars per year. everything in a new tagline - "intelligent performance". In According to the study, $29 billion were put aside in 2011 by order to be able to offer the features required, LSI is using the companies, among others, to obtain rights to patented ideas. dual-core PowerPC processor operating at 800MHz, with Adding on to the immense cost mentioned above, there are 1GB DDR3 cache memory. “indirect” costs such as delays products, and loss of market The list of available models and pricing is as follows: share during the legal battles. LSI MegaRAID SAS+SATA Controllers “This [$29 billion] figure does not include indirect costs to the defendants' businesses such as diversion of resources, • MegaRAID SAS 9270-8i single $780 delays in new products, and loss of market share,” people • MegaRAID SAS 9271-4i single $540 involved in the study wrote. • MegaRAID SAS 9271-8i single $780 Industry bodies that buy patents with the main goal of licensing them are one of the main culprits in the • MegaRAID SAS 9271-8iCC kit $1085 causing the huge expense. Also known as “non-practicing • MegaRAID SAS 9286-8e single $995 entities,” (NPEs) these firms don’t make the products related to the patents they own, and since they own many patents • MegaRAID SAS 9286CV-8e single $1255 related to the work of other companies, individuals, and • MegaRAID SAS 9286CV-8eCC kit $1505 academic institutions they are also an obstacle for people who seek to make their innovative ideas a reality. LSI SAS+SATA HBAs: The BBC reported that 2,150 companies had to stage 5,842 • SAS 9207-4i4e single $335 legal battles against NPEs last year. Over half of the companies that had to put out the money to defend their • SAS 9207-8i single $305 patent rights last year were companies that earned less • SAS 9207-8e single $510 than $100 million per year. The direct costs of legal fees and indirect costs such as delayed products lead to less investment in research and development. "Patent trolls" cost many $29 The authors of the study added that NPEs are causing society more harm than good because they cause stagnation in billion last year innovation by putting too much emphasis on protecting their Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/-patent-trolls-cost-many-29-billion- “intellectual properties”. last-year/16430.html June 28th, 2012 U.S. military to launch social site like reddit Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/u.s.-military-to-launch-social-site- like-reddit/16429.html 15

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June 28th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone June 28th, 2012 June 28th, 2012 The U.S. military is launching a reddit knockoff called Eureka, but don’t expect anonymity as a point of focus Twenty-four suspected hackers has been either probed or when it comes to posting on Eureka. According to various arrested by U.S. law enforcements. The FBI has tracked sources, Eureka’s users will be mainly of the U.S. military, down various computer criminals that are responsible for and its content will be highly moderated. Instead of up over $205 million in credit/debit card fraud. voting or down voting user posted contents, Eureka will have restricted “ideas” which users can vote on. The U.S. military is launching a reddit knockoff called Twenty-four suspected hackers has been either probed or Eureka, but don’t expect anonymity as a point of focus arrested by U.S. law enforcements. The FBI has tracked when it comes to posting on Eureka. According to various down various computer criminals that are responsible for sources, Eureka’s users will be mainly of the U.S. military, over $205 million in credit/debit card fraud. and its content will be highly moderated. Instead of up voting or down voting user posted contents, Eureka will have Eleven of the suspected cyber criminals are from the United restricted “ideas” which users can vote on. States, and the thirteen others are from Europe and Asia. The suspects are all men ranging from eighteen to twenty- Therefore, Eureka may be more of a user generated manuals five years of age. Many of these men were involved in a credit or suggestion page for the U.S. military rather than an open card forum which distributed credit/debit card numbers for platform for raising awareness for news and ideas. fraudulent purposes. On top of highly moderated contents, Eureka will have Two men in New York have already been arrested, and are firewalls which mean that if you’re not a military personnel scheduled to appear in court next Tuesday. Suspects in or affiliated with the military then chances are you won’t the huge crackdown may face up to 40 years in prison for be able to access it. It’s quite clear that Eureka won’t be charges ranging from conspiracy to wiring of fraudulent available to the general public, and people familiar with the charges. matter states that the site will focus on expressing ideas that solve “problems that plague the military and hamper One of the higher profile suspect, Mir Islam-also known efficiency.” as “JoshTheGod”, has been charged with releasing 50,000 stolen credit card numbers. He is also reported to have Many private sector employers are seeking to eliminate admitted to helping UgNazi hack Twitter last week. social networking at work to promote efficiency, but the military, meanwhile, is seeking to use it to boost efficiency. The credit card forum which the men operated in was, aptly The idea behind it is counter intuitive, but not quite called “Carder Profit”, created in June 2010, but it was shut irrational. Reddit manager Erik Martin says that it “seems down in May after the FBI crack down. like a perfect fit” for the military to be utilizing the reddit format since both the social networking site and the military emphasize conciseness. Mojang offers beta Scrolls at Reddit uses acronyms such as TIL (Today I Learned) and a discount IAMA (Ask Me Anything) on their site, and Martin predicts Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mojang-offers-beta-scrolls-at-a- that the military may implement such communication discount/16421.html methods in their Eureka site. June 28th, 2012 FBI crack down on "Carder Profit" credit/debit card fraud Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/fbi-crack-down-on-carder-profit- How do you follow up a highly successful title like Minecraft? creditdebit-card-fraud/16428.html You create a new card game that’s supposed to take 16

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June 28th, 2012 Published by : VR-Zone “collectible card games to a whole new level.” The Mojang Interested? Check out the of ficial website f or more info. crew has been working on a game called Scrolls, and if you’re really interested to see if it has any Minecraft-esque flavors to it you can buy it during beta for a discounted price. How do you follow up a highly successful title like Minecraft? You create a new card game that’s supposed to take “collectible card games to a whole new level.” The Mojang crew has been working on a game called Scrolls, and if you’re really interested to see if it has any Minecraft-esque flavors to it you can buy it during beta for a discounted price. Think of Scrolls as Yu-Gi-Oh meets Magic: The gathering. You play the game by defeating your opponent’s “idols” with support summoning such as creatures, spells, enchantments, structures and siege weapons. How you win a card battle not only depends on your skills but also the cards in your deck, thus, building a strong deck will take some. Furthermore, the rarer card the stronger or more useful it is to your scrolls or card deck. The Mojang team is planning on moving to beta, and players can go ahead and purchase the game even though it’s still in beta. Players who are interested in buying the beta release will be buying a “half finished product at a reduced price.” Mojang claims that selling their product at a reduced price during beta will help them “shape the game into a successful product with [user given] feedback.” 17