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VR-Zone Tech News for the Geeks Jul 2012 Issue

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A monthly roundup of VR-Zone.com Technology News covering facebook, google, apple, baidu, social media, PC, gadget, geek, technology, intel, microsoft, AMD, NVIDIA, ARM, Samsung, iphone, android, internet

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VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks!
                                                                     The Galaxy S II recently got an update to ICS so the S II Jelly
  VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly                       Bean upgrade may not be a priority for Samsung. However,
  publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the          the S II is more than capable for powering the latest Android
  geeks.                                                             and it will be a shame if Samsung decides to not provide
                                                                     official Jelly Bean support for its S III predecessor.

Samsung to provide Jelly                                             This is the message straight from the “world’s largest
                                                                     smartphone manufacturer”:
Bean upgrade for "eligible"                                          “Samsung will soon announce which additional devices are
devices                                                              eligible for the Jelly Bean update. As the world’s largest
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-to-provide-jelly-bean-
                                                                     smartphone manufacturer, Samsung leads the Android
upgrade-for-eligible-devices/16500.html
                                                                     community with best-in-class devices like the Galaxy S III,
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                                                                     and is creating new device categories with products like
                                                                     the Galaxy Note. Samsung has delivered the most Nexus-
                                                                     branded lead OS devices and we are pleased that Google will
                                                                     be bringing Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S customers
                                                                     the first experiences of Jelly Bean on a handheld device.”


Samsung is really stepping up to the plate now-a-days, and           Microsoft Office 2013 icons
unlike other Android OEMs, Samsung is quickly jumping                and built-in PDF editing
on the Android Jelly Bean upgrade train. In a recent                 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-office-2013-icons-and-
announcement, Samsung notified users that they will be               built-in-pdf-editing/16497.html
providing upgrades for Jelly Bean “eligible” devices.                July 1st, 2012




                                                                     Office 2013 will be Microsoft’s next installment of its office
                                                                     suite software, and, as with all other previous releases, there
                                                                     will be new icons to represent each particular program. Oh
                                                                     yea, MS Office 2013 will also have built-in PDF editing!
                                                                     Office 2013 will be Microsoft’s next installment of its office
                                                                     suite software, and, as with all other previous releases, there
                                                                     will be new icons to represent each particular program. Oh
                                                                     yea, MS Office 2013 will also have built-in PDF editing!
Samsung is really stepping up to the plate now-a-days, and
unlike other Android OEMs, Samsung is quickly jumping
on the Android Jelly Bean upgrade train. In a recent
announcement, Samsung notified users that they will be
providing upgrades for Jelly Bean “eligible” devices.
Eligible devices can mean anything more than two, three,
four, and maybe even all of Samsung’s Android devices. As            Two MS Office 2013 icons shown on liveside.net may be the
much as we hope that Samsung will provide Jelly Beans for            blueprint to the whole suite. As seen from the OneNote and
many of its devices, it’s also very unlikely that Samsung will       the Excel icons, the letter that corresponds to the programs,
put forth the resources to provide Android upgrades for its          “N” and “X”, are imprinted in white into a rectangle at a
lineup of Android powered devices.                                   slightly skewed angle. There’s a very slim chance that the
Their flagship device, Galaxy S III, is the first candidate to       rest of the icons for MS Office 2013 will deviate from that of
receive the Jelly Bean update. If you consider the Galaxy            the OneNote and Excel examples.
Nexus a Samsung device (which it is…) then the S III will
be the second. Nonetheless, the S III along with a few
other Samsung devices will receive Jelly Bean in the coming
months.


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                                                                     Furthermore, the annoying font caching requirement is
                                                                     eliminated in the update so you’ll never have to wait for the
                                                                     cache to finish building before a video starts.
                                                                     For those that are on PowerPC Macs with ATI Radeon
                                                                     7500/9200, NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra, or Intel GMA
                                                                     950 the update also means “video output improvements.”
For those that want to edit PDF documents in MS Office,
                                                                     There are a variety of other improvements and fixes in VLC
the 2013 suite will come with PDF editing built-in. All that
                                                                     2.0.2, but there are no official ETA on a Windows 64 bit
needs to be done prior to editing a PDF is locating the file
                                                                     package just yet. There is an experimental Windows 64 bits
and opening it, and there is no need to install third party
                                                                     VLC installer, but the official release for Windows only has
software.
                                                                     the 32 bits installer for now. Check out the official release
The public beta release of MS Office 2013 is rumored to be           page for full details on the VLC 2.0.2 update.
on the way within a week or two so be on the lookout for it.
 You may be able to try out all the nifty features and decide
for yourself if the suite is worth an investment.                    First Look: ASUS ROG
                                                                     Maximus V Extreme (Z77)
VLC 2.0.2 enhanced for                                               - An Overclocker's Dream
Retina Display                                                       Motherboard
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/vlc-2.0.2-enhanced-for-retina-   Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-look-asus-rog-maximus-v-
display/16494.html                                                   extreme-z77--an-overclocker-s-dream-motherboard/16453.html
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For those that already own a MacBook Pro with Retina
Display (HiDPI), VLC 2.0.2 is now available for enhanced             Last month we looked at the much coveted Maximus V
experience on devices with Retina Displays.                          Formula and today we have another board from the ASUS
                                                                     Republic of Gamers team in our hands. Featuring 4-way
                                                                     GPU support and an elaborate host of overclocker centric
                                                                     features in an extended ATX form factor, could the Maximus
                                                                     V Extreme be the Z77 motherboard that hardcore Ivy Bridge
                                                                     enthusiasts have been waiting for?
                                                                     Last month we looked at the much coveted Maximus V
                                                                     Formula and today we have another board from the ASUS
                                                                     Republic of Gamers team in our hands. Featuring 4-way
                                                                     SLi/CrossfireX support and a host of overclocker centric
                                                                     features in an extended ATX form factor, could the Maximus
                                                                     V Extreme be the Z77 motherboard that hardcore Ivy Bridge
                                                                     enthusiasts have been waiting for?



For those that already own a MacBook Pro with Retina
Display (HiDPI), VLC 2.0.2 is now available for enhanced
experience on devices with Retina Displays.




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                                                                 The package includes accessories like SATA cables and
                                                                 wireless antennas and the mandatory documentation and
                                                                 driver CD.




Here we have the box of the Maximus V Extreme, which
includes a flip-open section highlighting some of the features
of the motherboard and specifications.




                                                                 First introduced with the X79 Rampage IV Extreme, one
                                                                 of the key attraction of ASUS's top Z77 offering is the
                                                                 "OC Key", a pass-through dongle which adds a menu
                                                                 overlay on the active DVI display signal to adjust usual
                                                                 overclocking parameters, without incurring any precious
                                                                 CPU interrupts. The latest version also allows direct trigger
                                                                 of OC Key without touching the ROG Connect button on
                                                                 the motherboard and can monitor actual CPU load with the
                                                                 amount of electrical current supplied.
                                                                 One minor drawback is that it only supports up to
                                                                 1920x1200 @ 60Hz (our Dell 30-inch native resolution is
                                                                 2560x1600), due to the fact that it takes single link DVI only.




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Also found on the other Z77 ROG Formula/Gene boards, the
bundled mPCIe combo card comes with a mSATA expansion
slot and a wireless module capable of Wi-Fi 802.11 AGBN +
Bluetooth 4.0.

                                                                        The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly investigating
                                                                        Google over patent abuse charges against Motorola Mobility
                                                                        Unit, which is now owned by Google. The FTC have allegedly
                                                                        issued a civil investigative demand and will be seeking to
                                                                        establish whether or not Motorola is reaching out to rivals
                                                                        such as Microsoft and Apple and making good faith efforts
                                                                        to license its technology to these competitors.
                                                                        The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly investigating
                                                                        Google over patent abuse charges against Motorola Mobility
                                                                        Unit, which is now owned by Google. The FTC have allegedly
                                                                        issued a civil investigative demand and will be seeking to
                                                                        establish whether or not Motorola is reaching out to rivals
                                                                        such as Microsoft and Apple and making good faith efforts
                                                                        to license its technology to these competitors.
                                                                        An anti-trust investigation is already being conducted by
                                                                        the FTC to establish whether Google’s search-result rankings
                                                                        and other business practices are carried out in a way that is
                                                                        detrimental to competitors.
                                                                        "We take our commitments to license on fair, reasonable and
                                                                        non- discriminatory terms very seriously and are happy to
                                                                        answer any questions," a Google spokeswoman said today.
                                                                        Earlier this month, the FTC filed a statement with the ITC,
                                                                        whose primary responsibility is to protect US markets from
                                                                        unfair trade practices, recommending that limits should be
                                                                        placed on efforts by corporations to attain orders blocking
                                                                        imports of competitors’ products over the use of patents that
                                                                        are essential to industry-wide technological developments..
                                                                        With regards to Motorola, the question at hand is whether
                                                                        it is licensing its patented technology on fair, reasonable
                                                                        and non-discriminatory terms. FRAND terms, which are
In addition to the standard ribbon cables for CrossFireX and
                                                                        intended to ensure that major corporations avoid abusive
SLi, ASUS has also bundled convenient 3-way and 4-way SLi
                                                                        patent-related behavior, are an essential check and balance
hard bridges for multi-GPU operation.
                                                                        in the Information Technology industry and any behavior
                                                                        that seems to not be fair and reasonable can lead to
                                                                        complaints being filed by rivals.
                                                                        For instance, Motorola has been accused of demanding
                                                                        excessive licensing fees for legal access to its technology.
                                                                        Microsoft has made claims that Motorola has demanded
                                                                        about $4 billion per year for patents related to its Xbox
                                                                        gaming console. Motorola asserts that there is no truth to
                                                                        these claims.
                                                                        The European Commission has already opened a patent
                                                                        abuse investigation into Motorola, due to complaints from
                                                                        Microsoft and Apple.


                                                                        Apple Cleared of Scrambling
                                                                        Patent Infringement
Google Faces Anti-Trust                                                 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-cleared-of-scrambling-patent-
                                                                        infringement/16489.html
Probe on Patent Claims                                                  July 1st, 2012

Abuse
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-faces-anti-trust-probe-on-
patent-claims-abuse/16491.html


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Apple has yet another win under its belt with a pre-trial
decision by a US District Court judge that clears Apple of the
scrambling technology patent asserted by Samsung.
In yet another success on Friday, Apple convinced California
District Court Judge Koh that it is not infringing Samsung's
claim relating to U.S. Patent No. 7,362,867, which is an
"apparatus and method for generating scrambling code in
UMTS mobile communication system".
Apple and Samsung are gearing up to go head-to-head in
a trial scheduled to start in the US in late July. Last week
Apple won a string of pre-trial decisions relating to patents
in what many are describing as a 'winning streak'.

Cupertino appears well-positioned for the upcoming trial,
having already been granted pre-trial injunctions against
Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Nexus, while
Samsung's 10 claims against Apple has been reduced to 6 by
the Court.
The two companies are currently embroiled in legal disputes
over smartphone technology patents in ten countries.




Apple registers 8 more
patents with China's Hong
Kong IP Dept
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-registers-8-more-patents-
with-china-s-hong-kong-ip-dept/16490.html
July 1st, 2012




Apple has successfully registered 8 more patents with
China’s Hong Kong IP Department to add to its huge
international patents portfolio.
Apple has successfully registered 8 more patents with
China’s Hong Kong IP Department to add to its huge
international patents portfolio.
The Newsstand design patent is self-explanatory, but the
patents regarding the keypad and messaging aspects of iOS
are not as obvious. Check it out for yourself and tell us
whether or not you think Apple deserves to have these
patents registered.




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                                                                       over the power load but also because laboratory grade
                                                                       instruments have to be used for taking readings.
                                                                       For that purpose, we performed major hardware and
                                                                       software upgrades on the testing station that we have been
                                                                       using for the past couple of years. In order to be able
                                                                       to fully control our testing procedures and emulate real
                                                                       world conditions as closely as possible, we upgraded our
                                                                       reading instruments and replaced our resistive loads with
                                                                       fully electronic loads, thus achieving quality and accuracy
                                                                       in line with the most expensive of power supply testers
                                                                       currently available.




                                                                       In order to create a real-world environment for our testing
                                                                       we decided to modify and use a common SECC steel tower
                                                                       case for housing the power supplies during our testing.
                                                                       Inside the case we installed three Watlow Firerods, rated at
Behind the scenes: VR-Zone's                                           500W power each, the output of which is being controlled
                                                                       by a common AC rheostat.
PSU Testing Station Mark II
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/behind-the-scenes-vr-zone-s-psu-
testing-station-mark-ii/16485.html
July 1st, 2012




Here at VR-Zone we continuously strive to provide you
with the highest quality and most accurate product reviews.
Thoroughly and accurately testing a power supply is a
complicated matter, not only because the testing has to
be done in a controlled environment and with full control
over the power load but also because laboratory grade
instruments have to be used for taking readings. For
that purpose, we performed major hardware and software
upgrades on the testing station that we have been using for            The stock rheostat and its axle have been replaced with
the past couple of years. In order to be able to fully control         a multi-turn precision rheostat for accuracy, driven by a
our testing procedures and emulate real world conditions               DC motor with a modified speed control circuit which is
as closely as possible, we upgraded our reading instruments            controlled by our CompuLAB interface and custom software.
and replaced our resistive loads with fully electronic loads,          In layman's terms, we only have to enter our desired ambient
thus achieving quality and accuracy in line with the most              temperature in our software and it automatically adjusts the
expensive of power supply testers currently available.                 power of the Firerods to match it throughout our testing.
In VR-Zone we continuously strive to provide you with
the highest quality and most accurate product reviews.
Thoroughly and accurately testing a power supply is a
complicated matter, not only because the testing has to
be done in a controlled environment and with full control

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Apple Users Unlikely To
Switch
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-users-unlikely-to-
switch/16487.html
July 1st, 2012




A study by Goldman Sachs has shown that, not only are
iOS users unlikely to switch from Apple's products to a
competitor's products, but that they are also extremely
valuable to the company, making up nearly half of the
company's market cap.
One analyst, Bill Shope at Goldman Sachs, has estimated
the value of loyal Apple users, which are unlikely to switch
to another platform, at nearly $295 billion. In a note to
investors on Friday, the analyst said that he believes the
average iOS customer is worth $1,053, assuming the average
selling price of an iOS device is $535 with an erosion of
5%, a gross margin of 45%, and annual defections of 5%.
Sharpe wrote that, without considering content, services,
peripherals or growth potential, his valuation implies a
value of nearly $295 billion for the current install base.          It has been almost five years since Valve released Half-Life
That represents roughly 55% of Apple’s current market cap,          2: Episode 2, and up until now there have been very little
before including the $110 billion cash balance the company          signs that Valve will continue or is working on another Half-
has, a continuously growing install base or the Mac and iPod        Life game. A few days ago, however, some supposed leaked
businesses.                                                         concept art of the next Half-Life surfaced via Valve Time.
Goldman Sachs also conducted a survey of 1,000 iOS users,
which found that 21% of respondents would never defect
from Apple’s platform, regardless of discounts. More than
half of those who would switch, however, said they would
need a discount of greater than 30% in order to do so. 71% of
respondents said they were “highly likely” to choose Apple
for their next tablet or smartphone; only 1% were “unlikely”
to stick with Apple.


Possible Half-Life 3 concept
art
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/possible-half-life-3-concept-
art/16488.html
July 1st, 2012




It has been almost five years since Valve released Half-Life
2: Episode 2, and up until now there have been very little
signs that Valve will continue or is working on another Half-
Life game. A few days ago, however, some supposed leaked
concept art of the next Half-Life surfaced via Valve Time.




                                                                    The concept art doesn't reveal much about what Valve may
                                                                    have in mind for the next Half-Life because most of the

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pictures are depictions of Alyx Vance and some apparel for
enduring cold weather. The ending of Half-Life 2: Episode
2 suggested that Freeman and Vance were heading to the
Borealis, hence, the crashed helicopter in the snow and some
snuggly outfits.




                                                                   To begin with, the ASUS Dragon HD 7850 DirectCU
                                                                   II (SKU: DRAGON HD7850-DC2O-2GD5) features slightly
                                                                   differerent board and cooler designs from those of the ASUS
                                                                   HD 7850 DirectCU II reference (HD7850-DC2-2GD5) and
                                                                   ASUS HD 7850 DirectCU II TOP (HD7850-DC2T-2GD5).
                                                                   The PCB features a strong 6 + 2 + 1 phase VRM, which
                                                                   consists of ASUS' SuperAlloy chokes (don't whine on
You can check out all the concept art via this Facebook page,      load), high-grade LFPAK MOSFETs, Japanese condunctive
and follow this steam forum thread and decide for yourself if      polymer capacitors, tantalum capacitors, and Digi+ VRM
Valve is indeed working on another Half-Life title. We have        controller (likely rebadged CHiL CHL8318), which works
reached out to Valve concerning the concept art, but have          with the included GPU Tweak software to provide software
not received any response. We’ll update if and when Valve          voltage control. The card draws power from two 6-pin PCIe
decide to reply.                                                   power connectors


ASUS Readies Dragon HD
7850 DirectCU II Graphics
Card
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-readies-dragon-hd-7850-
directcu-ii-graphics-card/16484.html
July 1st, 2012




                                                                   The cooling assembly of the ASUS Dragon HD 7850
                                                                   DirectCU II is a slight variation of the cooler featured on the
                                                                   other HD 7850 DirectCU II cards. While its top stage (shroud
ASUS unveiled pictures of its Radeon HD 7850 DirectCU II           and two 80 mm fans) is identical, the heatsink beneath
Dragon Edition graphics card. The new SKU is designed for          is different, in that it appears to make use of five greatly
specific markets, and is expected to be priced on par with         S-shaped 8 mm-thick nickel-plated copper heat pipes to
reference clock speed models, perhaps even replacing the           convey heat from the GPU to the aluminum fin stack. In
HD 7850 DirectCU II. Factory overclocked speeds, and a             the other HD 7850 DirectCU II cards, there are just three 8
revamped DirectCU II cooler give it the edge, even as it steers    mm-thick heat pipes, which pass through the length of the
clear of the HD 7850 DirectCU TOP.                                 heatsink.
Regardless of how high-end graphics card SKUs fare in the          While the aluminum fins are stacked along the length of the
markets, it's the cost-performance "sweetspot" SKUs ($150-         PCB in this design, they are arranged along the height of
$250), that provide bread and butter to GPU makers.As              the PCB, in the older HD 7850 DirectCU II cooling solution.
NVIDIA readies new GPUs for this segment in its GeForce            The aluminum fins themselves feature a curvy, turbulence-
GTX 600 series, AMD wants to make the most out of its              inducing design, for better heat dissipation. Beneath the
current offerings. As part of its efforts, it recently altered     main heatsink is a base plate heatsink that draws heat from
the reference clock speeds of SKUs such as HD 7750.                the VRM MOSFETs and memory chips. Although there are
ASUS is ready with a new custom-design graphics card               no hot components on the reverse side of the PCB (that
targeting select markets (Greater China region is one such         we know of), ASUS strapped the PCB with a back-plate,
market), which offers factory-overclocked speeds and noise-        complete with a "hot surface" caution sticker.
optimized cooling at prices comparable to those of some of
the most affordable Radeon HD 7850 graphics cards in the
market, perhaps even replacing its own Radeon HD 7850
DirectCU II (reference clocks) graphics card. It is named
Dragon HD 7850 DirectCU II. To sweeten the deal in the
immensely competitive market segment, ASUS tossed in a
few goodies.


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                                                                       Judge Koh then ordered Apple to post a $96 million bond
                                                                       — the sum being an estimation of the damage suffered
                                                                       by Samsung from the temporary ban on its sales —should
                                                                       the iPhone maker lose to Samsung in later proceedings,
                                                                       scheduled for 2014. The sales ban in the United States will
                                                                       be effective immediately when Apple posts the bond.
                                                                       With the Galaxy SIII already the subject of preliminary
                                                                       legal proceedings by Apple, there is little doubt that either
                                                                       a settlement or further legal proceedings lie ahead for the
                                                                       Samsung Google partnership.
                                                                       This case has ramifications for future patent disputes
The ASUS Dragon HD 7850 DirectCU II comes with clock
                                                                       relating to fair and reasonable, non-discriminatory
speeds that are higher than AMD reference specifications,
                                                                       licensing.
but lower than those of the HD 7850 DirectCU II TOP. The
GPU is clocked at 910 MHz, and the memory at 1250 MHz
(5.00 GHz GDDR5 effective), against AMD reference clock                Xbox 360's Future Hangs in
speeds of 860/4800 MHz. It packs 2 GB of GDDR5 memory,
across a 256-bit wide memory interface. Based on the 28 nm             Balance
"Pitcairn" silicon, the Radeon HD 7850 is armed with 1,024             Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/xbox-360-s-future-hangs-in-
Graphics CoreNext stream processors. Display outputs have              balance/16482.html
changed with the ASUS Dragon HD 7850 DirectCU II,                      July 1st, 2012
compared to the other HD 7850 DirectCU II models. This
card features two DVI, and one each of standard-size HDMI
1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2, whereas the other cards have two
mini-DisplayPort connectors.
Pricing of the ASUS Dragon HD 7850 DirectCU II is a
mystery, though it's expected to be highly competitive with            Motorola's patent claim against Microsoft's Xbox 360
the other reference-clocked HD 7850 graphics cards in the              gaming console has resulted in a ruling by the ITC that the
market. Expect a US $199-229 price-range, if the card ever             Xbox 360 console infringes four Google/Motorola patents;
makes it stateside.                                                    however it’s not all bad news for US Xbox fans just yet due
                                                                       to a remand ordered by the Federal Trade Commission.
Apple Wins Samsung Galaxy                                              Motorola's patent claim against Microsoft's Xbox 360
Nexus Injunction                                                       gaming console has resulted in a ruling by the ITC that the
                                                                       Xbox 360 console infringes four Google/Motorola patents;
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-wins-samsung-galaxy-nexus-   however it’s not all bad news for US Xbox fans just yet due
injunction/16483.html                                                  to a remand ordered by the Federal Trade Commission.
July 1st, 2012




Apple has won a second victory in the space of a week against
Android devices today with an American judge granting its
request for an injunction against Samsung.
The Galaxy Nexus smart phone by Samsung and Google has                 Motorola’s claim of Standard Essential Patents against
been barred from the US market - the world's largest just              Microsoft is allegedly being investigated by the Federal
ahead of China – due to the probality that it is engaging in           Trade Commission, a six-member decision-making body
patent infringements against competitor Apple Inc.                     who have now ordered a remand of the decision, referring
Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court for the Northern               it back to the Administrative Law Judge. While this
District of California found the Galaxy Nexus probably                 doesn't necessarily mean that the preliminary ruling will be
infringes four patents belonging to Apple Inc and agreed               overturned, it is likely that a variation will be made to the
to grant an injunction to Apple while the court considers              initial determination in Microsoft’s favour.
Apple's claim that the South Korean company has infringed              The Commission's remand decision has directed
its patents.                                                           Administrative Law Judge Shaw to apply the Commission's
"Apple has clearly shown that it is likely to suffer irreparable       opinion in the matter of S3 Graphics v. Apple, a case where
harm in the absence of preliminary injunctive relief," Judge           the final outcome was an outright dismissal, despite an
Lucy Koh stated.                                                       initial ruling that established several infringements.

The four patents that Samsung has likely breached are:                 The ongoing patent dispute between the hardware giants
Slide-to-lock/unlock, Data tapping, Auto correct and Siri's            has seen a rejection by Microsoft of Motorola’s offer of
unified search function.                                               settlement. The future of both Android phones and Xbox
                                                                       360s in the United States continues to hang in the balance

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with a deadline being set for a final decision to be made by            July 1st, 2012
the ITC on July 2.


KT will make indoor LTE
speed faster with 'One Chip
Femto Cell'                                                             According to a study by Korea Communications Commission
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/kt-will-make-indoor-lte-speed-      (South Korea's FCC equivalent), the Motorola Droid Razr
faster-with-one-chip-femto-cell-/16447.html                             XT910 emitted 1.38 SAR, the highest amount of radiation
July 1st, 2012                                                          measured from popular smartphones since 2009. Prolonged
                                                                        exposure to harmful electromagnetic waves may cause
                                                                        ADHD in young humans.
                                                                        The smartphone that emits the most amount of
                                                                        electromagnetic radiation in South Korea is found to
                                                                        be Motorola's Razr. Korea Communications Commission
KT (formerly Korea Telecom) announced yesterday that                    disclosed the electromagnetic wave data of all the
it will eventually expand the commercialization of 'LTE                 smartphones that have been registered since 2009 in South
Femto Cell' throughout South Korea. 'LTE Femto Cell' is a               Korea. And on July 2nd, they are going to announce
miniscule base station that allows users to enjoy fast LTE              the measured data of smartphones' Specific Absorption
WARP even in basements, buildings and metropolitan cities.              Rate (SAR) through South Korean National Radio Research
                                                                        Agency's website (http://www.rra.go.kr).
'LTE Femto Cell,' a miniscule base station, offers a stable
LTE service inside buildings by being installed in gaps within
the buildings. The installation can increase LTE speed in
major areas by three to five fold.




LTE Femto Cell consists of a modem and a CPU in a
typical SoC, built with the aim of small size, low electricity
consumption and low cost.
In addition, KT's LTE Femto Cell utilizes the world's best
424,000km optical communication internet cable, which
enables it to provide a stable and fast LTE network, whereas
the standard 3G Femto Cell utilizes VDSL interent cable.
Moreover, LTE Femto Cell can send and receive LTE signals
to and from all the gaps within buildings. The feature is
being recognized as a critical technology for stable VoLTE
voice calls. KT is planning to offer a stable VoLTE service by
linking its service to virtualization technology of LTE WARP
and LTE Femto Cell which will reduce any interference of
borders between base stations.                                          SAR means how much electromagnetic wave can be
                                                                        absorbed into bodies. The maximum allowed upper limit
                                                                        in South Korea is 1.6W/kg. Only products that meet the
Motorola's Droid RAZR emits                                             standard rate are allowed to be manufactured and sold.

most radiation, Korean study                                            So far, there has not been a centralized database of
                                                                        such records, which made it difficult for users to
shows                                                                   check every single time they purchase a new phone.
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/motorola-s-droid-razr-emits-most-    Korea Communications Commission has been preparing
radiation-korean-study-shows/16479.html                                 disclosing a comprehensive list of SARs based on

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'Electromagnetic wave Comprehensive Policy' established in
September of 2011.
A certain fruit flavoured company's products also showed a
relatively high SAR. Among Apple's products, 'iPhone 3G'
is tops with 1.18W/kg, followed by 'iPhone 3GS' with 1.13W/
kg. The only Apple product that had SAR below 1.0W/kg
was 'iPhone 4', which emits 0.89W/kg.
Samsung's products boasted the lowest SARs among all the
products that were tested, which were only about 30% of the
standard rate. Galaxy S2 HD was measured to output from
0.24 to 0.402W/kg and Galaxy Note 0.269 to 0.405W/kg.
Meanwhile, although LG's 'Optimus LTE Tag' had a
relatively low SAR about 0.607-0.749W/kg, 'Optimus LTE
2' was shown to emit a high SAR with 1.12-1.2W/kg.
In last May, Electronics and Telecommunications Research
Institute announced that the more a child uses a cellphone,            Next, Star Wars: The Clone Wars complete season four will
the more he or she is likely to develop ADHD (Attention                arrive on Blu-ray and DVD October 23. If an animated spin
deficit hyperactivity disorder).                                       off of one of the most popular franchise in history has made
                                                                       it past the fourth season then it has some substance to it
                                                                       (personally, I love it). You can save yourself some money
Today's Announcements:                                                 and enjoy watching the CG version of Obi-Wan hack enemies
Guardians of Middle-Earth,                                             with his light saber on DVD or spend extra on the Blu-ray.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars,                                             If you opt to purchase the Blu-ray version then you’ll be
                                                                       getting extra content such as an extensive database of special
and Prototype 2                                                        effects footage, concept art, and 3D character and object
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/today-s-announcements-guardians-   turnarounds visualization. More details here.
of-middle-earth-star-wars-the-clone-wars-and-prototype-2/16481.html
July 1st, 2012




Time for another quick update on what’s going on in the
gaming and entertainment world. Today we have news
regarding Lord of the Rings: Guardians of Middle-Earth,
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Prototype 2.
Time for another quick update on what’s going on in the
                                                                       To end things off, Activision made it clear that they will
gaming and entertainment world. Today we have news
                                                                       no longer create games for Radical Entertainment, thus a
regarding Lord of the Rings: Guardians of Middle-Earth,
                                                                       possible indefinite end to the Prototype franchise. However,
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Prototype 2.
                                                                       Activision will release the PC version of Prototype 2 on July
First off, Monolith showed us a preview video of its                   24th as planned.
upcoming title Lord of the Rings: Guardians of Middle-
Earth at E3, but no actual gameplay. So finally it arrives, a          “We're very proud of what we achieved with the Prototype
video revealing some actual game play. Will it be another              franchise, but unfortunately, the Blacklight virus didn't
disappointing LOTR title or will developers get it right this          spread as far as it could,” Radical said on their Facebook.
time around. You decide. Expect the game to hit the shelves              Activision is looking into what it can do with Radical, and
this fall.                                                             one option is to sell the studio.


                                                                       Twitter and LinkedIn call it
                                                                       quits
                                                                       Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/twitter-and-linkedin-call-it-
                                                                       quits/16480.html
                                                                       July 1st, 2012




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After several years of partnering with each other, Twitter              games. That’s not including tasks that uses less time than
and LinkedIn have decided to part ways. Their partnership               making phone calls. What about for making phone calls?
began in 2009, but even a long term relationship such as                 Well, according to O2, making phone call accounts for less
theirs was not strong enough to keep them together.                     a tenth of the total amount of time people spend on their
                                                                        smartphone—12 minutes.
After several years of partnering with each other, Twitter
and LinkedIn have decided to part ways. Their partnership               If you want to analyze it even further, just take 12 minutes
began in 2009, but even a long term relationship such as                and times that by 30 and you’ll find out that (based on O2’s
theirs was not strong enough to keep them together.                     data) people are spending roughly 360 minutes on their
                                                                        smartphones making or taking calls per month!
LinkedIn suffered a huge blow recently when over 6 million
users had their password stolen, and this could possibly                So unless people have carry overs on their smartphone plan,
be one of the reasons why Twitter decided to distant itself             the thousands of minutes they’re paying for are going to
from LinkedIn. Furthermore, a $5 million lawsuit came                   waste every month. Now you know why carriers offer high
about when users said that LinkedIn’s security policy had               minute plans, and charging outrageous amounts for the
contradictions that did not abide to industry standards.                data. Even they know you will most likely NOT use your
                                                                        phone for making or taking calls.
Secondly, Twitter has amassed such a huge following that
it simply doesn’t need or want to share its potential ad
revenues with LinkedIn. Users can post a Tweet directly
from LinkedIn, but they can no longer directly share their
                                                                        Megaupload's Kim Dotcom
post to LinkedIn from their Twitter account.                            extradition update
                                                                        Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/megaupload-s-kim-dotcom-
The split could be mutual in every respect, but LinkedIn’s
                                                                        extradition-update/16477.html
recent security breach suggests that it will take some time for
                                                                        July 1st, 2012
LinkedIn to restore its reputation.


Talking on a smartphone is
not a priority
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/talking-on-a-smartphone-is-not-a-
priority/16478.html                                                     The case against Kim Dotcom has just gotten a little weaker,
July 1st, 2012                                                          and there may be a slim possibility that his extradition to the
                                                                        U.S. may not happen.
                                                                        The case against Kim Dotcom has just gotten a little weaker,
                                                                        and there may be a slim possibility that his extradition to the
                                                                        U.S. may not happen.
                                                                        We reported earlier that New Zealand’s High court ruled
According to analytics from O2, people are using their
                                                                        that the FBI’s warrants for searching and seizing of
smartphones more for tasks that are unrelated to making or
                                                                        Dotcom’s properties were “invalid.” In the ruling, the court
taking phone calls.
                                                                        determined that the warrants were too vague and that they
According to analytics from O2, people are using their                  didn’t specifically state any evidence or offenses against
smartphones more for tasks that are unrelated to making or              Dotcom’s Megaupload site.
taking phone calls.
                                                                        Dotcom’s lawyer, Ira Rothken, told a radio station in New
                                                                        Zealand that his client has been violated not only once
                                                                        but twice during the search and seize process. Rothken is
                                                                        defending his client’s innocence by saying that Megaupload
                                                                        is used for storage and that Dotcom is not directly involved
                                                                        in the distribution of any copyrighted materials. Secondly,
                                                                        after New Zealand’s High court verdict, Rothken claims
                                                                        that the FBI’s seizure of Dotcom’s properties was wrongful
                                                                        because “they weren’t allowed to.”
                                                                        Under New Zealand law, extradition requires that a person
                                                                        must be punishable by jail sentence in both of the countries.
                                                                          Therefore, if somehow Dotcom manages to wiggle his way
                                                                        out of jail sentence in New Zealand then his extradition to the
                                                                        U.S. may not happen. The New Zealand High court ruling
                                                                        is a small victory for Dotcom and company, but he and his
                                                                        supporters still have long ways to go.



People spend about 25 minutes on average per day on
their smartphone surfing the internet, 17 minutes on social
networking, 16 minutes on music, and 14 minutes on playing

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                                                                         competitions have got to offer before releasing a product of
UMC and IBM to create 20nm                                               their own.
FinFET chip                                                              However, it still stands that the opportunity cost of delaying
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/umc-and-ibm-to-create-20nm-finfet-   BlackBerry 10 is that RIM has to keep on losing money if they
chip/16476.html                                                          aren’t making money from their main product.
July 1st, 2012
                                                                         “It is necessary to change the scale and refocus the company
                                                                         on areas of highest opportunity,” Thorsten Heins, RIM’s
                                                                         CEO, answered to the press regarding the company’s
                                                                         decision to delay BlackBerry 10 and laying off workers.
                                                                         RIM is reporting that it’s losing almost much as money this
After having reportedly landed a contract to produce                     year as it earned last year. RIM netted $695 million last year
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chip, United Microelectronics                   in profit, but it posted a net loss of $518 million this year.
Corp (UMC) has confirmed that they will be partnering with               Part of RIM’s refocusing involves reducing the number
IBM Corp to produce a next gen 20nm chip that features                   of phone offerings to put more resources into developing
FinFET 3D transistors.                                                   BlackBerry 10.
After having reportedly landed a contract to produce                     Apple is not doing this, but Android and Microsoft are
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chip, United Microelectronics                   licensing their OS to OEMs, so RIM is said to be looking into
Corp (UMC) has confirmed that they will be partnering with               eliminating the exclusiveness of the BlackBerry brand.
IBM Corp to produce a next gen 20nm chip that features
FinFET 3D transistors.
FinFET is a space saving, finbased, multigate architecture
                                                                         Google blames Android
aimed at energy efficiency. According to UMC, they are                   fragmentation on
hoping that their 20nm R&D capacity along with IBM’s
FinFET know-how will help expedite the development of the                manufacturers
next gen 20nm chip.                                                      Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-blames-android-
                                                                         fragmentation-on-manufacturers/16473.html
“We are happy to engage with a recognized technology leader              July 1st, 2012
such as IBM for this technology advancement effort,” says
UMC’s VP, I.C. Chen.
“Leveraging IBM’s technology expertise to shorten our
20nm and FinFET R&D cycle will create a win-win situation
for UMC and our customers.”
UMC has announced prior that it plans to invest $8 billion
to expand its 28nm chip making capacity, and therefore                   Google has blamed the fragmentation of the Android
establishing a solid foundation for R&D of 20nm chips in the             platform on manufacturers and suggested the nature of the
future.                                                                  ecosystem would mean that it would never be the same as
                                                                         Apple's approach with iOS.

RIM's "refocusing" plans                                                 Google has blamed the fragmentation of the Android
                                                                         platform on manufacturers and suggested the nature of the
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rim-s-refocusing-plans/16474.html
                                                                         ecosystem would mean that it would never be the same as
July 1st, 2012
                                                                         Apple's approach with iOS.


                                                                         Hiroshi Lockheimer, VP of Engineering on the Android
                                                                         team, said that it was up to manufacturers to provide
                                                                         upgrades to the latest version of Android, and that since
RIM has confirmed that the BlackBerry 10 will be delayed                 Android is open source, they have the freedom to make those
until the first quarter of next year because developers cannot           upgrades or not, and on their own timeframe.
deliver a complete software by the end of this year. Adding
injuries to insult, RIM is hemorrhaging money and has to lay
                                                                         “It’s up to the manufacturers to see what their targets are;
off nearly a third of its employees.
                                                                         some may say we want to be the first one, or they may decide
RIM has confirmed that the BlackBerry 10 will be delayed                 a fully customised reskinned experience is what they want to
until the first quarter of next year because developers cannot           do,” Lockheimer said.
deliver a complete software by the end of this year. Adding
injuries to insult, RIM is hemorrhaging money and has to lay
off nearly a third of its employees.
At this point, RIM may be better off delaying BlackBerry 10
until a highly refined product is completed. iOS 6 and Jelly
Bean will most like make their debut later this year, so that
might give RIM a competitive edge by looking at what the


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Fragmentation has long been a major criticism of Android,              If you thought Google might start stealing away Apple
with hundreds of devices out there on different versions               customers, however, you'd be wrong, as initial reports
of the mobile operating system, which means many people                and benchmarking tests show that Chrome for iOS suffers
cannot access the latest features, games, or apps, which               speed issues when it comes to JavaScript, with Anandtech
require the newest version of the software.                            reporting that MobileSafari works faster, and one reviewer
                                                                       of the app stating that Chrome “runs 3.5 times slower doing
                                                                       JavaScript than Safari.”
While Lockheimer argues that this is a natural side-effect
of the freedom of the Android model, he also suggested
that fragmentation would be less of a problem in future, as            Apple's policy on not allowing custom JavaScript engines,
Google is working on a platform developer kit to encourage             like Google's open source V8 engine, is the reason behind
developers and manufacturers to accelerate updates and to              the slower speeds, and, of course, Apple won't share Safari's
make sure the manufacturers have time to optimise their                Nitro engine either, leaving rival browsers on iOS lagging
products to ensure those updates are released.                         behind unnecessarily.


                                                                       BlackBerry 10 delay
Google brings Chrome                                                   drives analyst fears of RIM
browser to iPhone and iPad                                             bankruptcy
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-brings-chrome-browser-to-
                                                                       Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/blackberry-10-delay-drives-analyst-
iphone-and-ipad/16472.html
                                                                       fears-of-rim-bankruptcy/16471.html
July 1st, 2012
                                                                       July 1st, 2012




Google has released its Chrome web browser on the iPhone,              Research In Motion (RIM) could face bankruptcy, analysts
iPad and iPod Touch, allowing users to sync with the browser           say, after delaying the release of its BlackBerry 10 mobile
on their desktop and laptop computers.                                 operating system and cutting staff numbers by 5,000.
Google has released its Chrome web browser on the iPhone,              Research In Motion (RIM) could face bankruptcy, analysts
iPad and iPod Touch, allowing users to sync with the browser           say, after delaying the release of its BlackBerry 10 mobile
on their desktop and laptop computers.                                 operating system and cutting staff numbers by 5,000.


The 12.8MB download gives iOS users access to version                  The Canadian firm, which was once a dominant player
19.0.1084.60 of Chrome, which will help Google expand the              in the burgeoning smartphone market, reported abyssmal
reach of the browser beyond the 310 million active users it            quarterly results, with losses of $518 million, several times
currently has, up from 160 million at last year's I/O event.           more than analysts predicted. This sent shares down by
                                                                       more than 20 percent and lead to some brokerages cutting
                                                                       their price targets by up to 50 percent.
Chrome touts high browsing speeds, a bookmark sync
option, and deep integration with other Google products,
including Google Drive and Google Apps, so it is interesting           RIM had originally planned to release BlackBerry 10 this
to see it show up on Apple's tightly-controlled App Store.             year, but fans of RIM will need to wait until early next year at
                                                                       the earliest to get their hands on a new smartphone powered
                                                                       by the operating system. The delay comes at a bad time
                                                                       for the company, as it was this software and the range of


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devices built around it that were largely expected to save the
company.




                                                                         One of the main reasons why Android has drawn so many
                                                                         loyal users is because many Android devices support Adobe
                                                                         Flash. The days of “I can watch Flash videos on phone”
                                                                         will soon be over as Adobe has declared that it will cease to
                                                                         support mobile Flash on August 15th.
                                                                         Okay, we all know (or at least people that care enough to
                                                                         dig into these things) that Steve Jobs—and by extension—
                                                                         Apple had issues with Adobe, therefore iPad loyalists never
Nomura Equity Research believes “the company will                        got official Flash support. Essentially, Jobs decreed that the
eventually fail” if it continues its current operational plan,           iPad will not have Flash support, and therefore it doesn’t.
and even BlackBerry 10 will not help it make a successful                 Some devs have managed to make some flash contents work
turnaround.                                                              on the iPad through certain app, but it’s nothing comparable
                                                                         to streaming YouTube contents from a desktop.
                                                                         It’s simple with the iPad, but why is Adobe deciding
Analysts at Citi said the company “could run out of cash” and            to stick it to Android users now after several years of
also expressed doubt about the viability of BlackBerry 10 as             supporting mobile Flash? There could be a variety of
the saving grace many expect it to be. Cannacord Genuity                 reasons, but one main reason is perhaps there are just too
agreed on this point, suggesting that RIM's only hope would              many Android devices (with all sorts of specs) to support
be to sell. However, Baird Equity Research believes there are            —fragmentation. Imagine working on trying to make one
no buyers interested in the plummeting firm.                             software compatible with literally thousands of devices from
                                                                         different OEMs. On top of that, Android users are all over
                                                                         the place with regards to the OS that’s powering their phone.
The delay has also forced RIM to implement new cost-
cutting measures, including plans to axe 5,000 jobs, which               Albeit, over half of all Android users are still on Gingerbread,
amounts to 30 percent of its workforce. With fewer                       there are many more that are on Froyo, Eclair, ICS, etc… Did
employees and the threat of bankruptcy looming ever closer,              I mention that some OEMs also heavily modify their Android
there are tough times ahead for the BlackBerry maker.                    OS (i.e. Amazon’s Kindle Fire)? Okay, you get my point by
                                                                         now—that is, it just takes a lot of work to make Flash work
                                                                         on Android devices.
                                                                         People that purchased Android tablets and smartphones
Adobe will stop supporting                                               recently with the intention of using their devices to view
mobile Flash beginning                                                   Flash content will just have to live with the fact that their
                                                                         device may not support Flash in the future.
August 15                                                                Flash may become obsolete in the future, as HTML 5 is
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/adobe-will-stop-supporting-mobile-   supposed the next medium for delivering media online. So
flash-beginning-august-15/16470.html                                     Adobe may not be dropping Flash support for mobile devices
July 1st, 2012                                                           based solely on how much work is needed to make it work,
                                                                         but rather they may see HTML 5 as replacing Flash sooner
                                                                         than we expect.
                                                                         It’s unknown when HTML 5 will become the predominant
                                                                         form for delivering online content, but we can’t help it
                                                                         if Adobe wants to stop supporting mobile Flash. Until
                                                                         then, Android users will have to anxiously await a complete
One of the main reasons why Android has drawn so many                    YouTube transition to HTML 5. Again, Android users will
loyal users is because many Android devices support Adobe
Flash. The days of “I can watch Flash videos on phone”                   have until August 15th to get the most out of their “Flash
will soon be over as Adobe has declared that it will cease to            enabled device.”
support mobile Flash on August 15th.                                     Click here to see Adobe’s reasoning on why they are dropping
                                                                         mobile Flash support.




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Today's Announcements: The
Expandables 2, The Amazing
Spiderman and Guild Wars 2
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/today-s-announcements-the-
expandables-2-the-amazing-spiderman-and-guild-wars-2/16467.html
July 1st, 2012

We have a bunch of video game announcements for you
today. Starting things off is The Expendables 2 Video Game,
coming to the XBLA, PSN, and PC. A tie-in to the upcoming
Expendables 2 movie, the game will tell the story leading
up to the movie. Players will be able to play one of four
characters as they attempt to rescue a kidnapped billionaire.
Offering four-player local and online co-op as well as            Dropbox adds "undo"
challenges to compete with each other in, the game will
feature the over-the-top action the Expendables franchise         command
is known for, and has been set up to provide a seamless           Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/dropbox-adds-undo-
introduction to the upcoming movie. While no exact release        command/16469.html
date has been given, look for it to release before the movie      July 1st, 2012

comes out on August 17th.



                                                                  Undoing an accidental action while using many computer
                                                                  programs is as easy as hitting an “undo” option, and Dropbox
                                                                  has only just started implementing the undo command.
                                                                  Undoing an accidental action while using Dropbox is as
                                                                  easy as hitting an “undo” option, and Dropbox has only just
                                                                  started implementing the undo command.




Next up is a game that already released on PS3 and
Xbox 360: The Amazing Spiderman. While it has garnered
mediocre reviews in the press, Activision has confirmed that
the game is being brought to the PC. PC gamers wanting to
get their hands on the web-slinger’s newest game will be able
to purchase the game on Steam on August 10th.


                                                                  “We just launched a quick way for you to unwind those
                                                                  slips of the mouse or gaffes on the keyboard when you’re
                                                                  using Dropbox on the web. Now if you make a mistake when
                                                                  moving, renaming, copying or even deleting a file or folder,
                                                                  you can quickly reverse it. Just click the ‘Undo’ link in the
                                                                  green dialog that appears at the top of your screen. (Ctrl+Z
                                                                  and ?+Z work too!)”
                                                                  So the next time you accidentally uploaded a file to Dropbox,
                                                                  you can instantly undo that action without having to go
                                                                  through the troubles of manual removing those files from
                                                                  your box.
Finally, the highly-anticipated MMO, Guild Wars 2, has had
its release date announced by NCSoft. Guild Wars 2 will have
its final beta weekend July 20-22, with the game releasing in     Microsoft Surface Tablet may
North America and Europe on August 28.
                                                                  not come preloaded with
                                                                  Office 2013
                                                                  Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-surface-tablet-may-not-
                                                                  come-preloaded-with-office-2013/16468.html




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July 1st, 2012                                                     July 1st, 2012

                                                                   Microsoft has begun to share with select partners some
                                                                   specific details about what users can expect when upgrading
                                                                   to Windows 8 from Windows XP, Vista, or 7. Reportedly,
                                                                   the following points were released privately this month by
If you are planning on purchasing the upcoming Windows             Microsoft:
RT Surface tablet, keep in mind that it may not come with
Office 2013 preloaded. Insiders suggest that Microsoft has             • Users upgrading to Windows 8 from Windows 7
only just finished the beta, and therefore Office 2013 may               Starter, Home Basic or Home Premium will be able
launch a few months later than Windows 8 and the Surface                 to maintain their existing Windows settings, files and
RT tablet.                                                               applications.
                                                                       • Users upgrading to Windows 8 Pro from any Windows
                                                                         7 edition will be able to maintain all existing settings,
                                                                         files, and applications.
                                                                       • Users upgrading to Windows 8 Enterprise (which will
                                                                         only be available to volume licensees with Software
                                                                         Assurance contracts) from Windows 7 Professional or
                                                                         Enterprise will be able to maintain all settings, files and
                                                                         applications.
                                                                       • If upgrading from Windows Vista, only personal files
                                                                         will be maintained, unless SP1 is installed, in which
                                                                         case system settings will also be maintained.

If you are planning on purchasing the upcoming Windows                 • Users can upgrade from Windows XP with SP3
RT Surface tablet, keep in mind that it may not come with                installed, but only personal files will be maintained.
Office 2013 preloaded. Insiders suggest that Microsoft has
                                                                   All other installations of Windows 8 will require a full
only just finished the beta, and therefore Office 2013 may
                                                                   format, leaving none of the data intact. This includes cross-
launch a few months later than Windows 8 and the Surface
                                                                   language installations and cross-architecture installations
RT tablet.
                                                                   (i.e., moving from a 32-bit edition to a 64-bit edition).
Now if consumers won’t get a Surface tablet with MS Office
                                                                   Earlier this month, Microsoft launched its latest Windows
2013 then what will they get? Chances are MS will preload
                                                                   Upgrade Offer, which will allow users who purchase a
the RT tablet with an earlier version of MS Office and
                                                                   Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013
offering Surface tablet users opportunities to upgrade to
                                                                   to purchase a copy of Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99 when
Office 2013 when it’s ready.
                                                                   it becomes available. Analysts expect that Windows 8 will be
People that are interested in the Pro Surface tablet may           shipped to manufacturers in July, with general availability
not have to worry as much as MS Office 2013 may launch             coming sometime this fall.
alongside the Pro tablet.
MS does not have a robust app developing community like
that of iOS or Android, so an MS Office preloaded Surface
                                                                   Delta Expanding WiFi Offering
tablet will be one of the main reasons why people will             to International Flights
consider the Surface at launch. Savvy tablet users know            Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/delta-expanding-wifi-offering-to-
that office suite apps are available for purchase on both iOS      international-flights/16456.html
and Android, and for increased productivity they just need         July 1st, 2012
a small and cheap keyboard add on (some peripherals are
more expensive than others, it just takes a little bargain
hunting to find a cheap alternative).
                                                                   Delta Airlines has announced that by early 2013 its fleet of
Polaris Office, Documents To Go, and OfficeSuite Pro,
                                                                   international aircraft will have internet connectivity through
among others, are some of the popular office software that
                                                                   the use of Ku-band satellites.
are available for Android and iPad. The prices of these apps
vary, but if paying for a document editing app is not a priority   Delta has announced that they will begin offering their in-
then people can opt to use free software like Google Doc.          flight internet service on their fleet of international aircraft,
                                                                   encompassing roughly 150 aircraft including models such as
We don’t know how robust MS Office is on the Surface tablet,
                                                                   the Boeing 777, 767, transoceanic 757, 747, and the Airbus
yet, but hopefully the Office suite that comes preloaded with
                                                                   330. The satellite-provided service will begin operations on
the Surface tablet is on par with its desktop counterpart.
                                                                   the planes in early 2013, complementing existing air-to-
                                                                   ground service already in place for domestic flights.
Windows 8 Upgrade Details                                          Delta Airlines, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is among
Leaked                                                             the largest WiFi-enabled aircraft providers in the world, with
                                                                   over 3,000 daily flights connected to the web. These flights
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/windows-8-upgrade-details-
                                                                   include the entirety of its domestic fleet, some 550 mainline
leaked/16458.html
                                                                   aircraft, and more than 250 additional aircraft, including all
                                                                   of their Delta Connection regional jets.

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Delta’s WiFi portal, called “Delta Connect,” provides free                 the tablet market for Google will result in more developers
access to real-time travel information, news from The                      flocking to this area, so this may not be a major problem.
Wall Street Journal, People magazine, and other services,
including Amazon.com (from March). The new international
service will use high-bandwidth Ku-band satellites for
internet coverage. Scheduled for 2015, when the rollout is                 Nexus Q
complete, Delta plans to be operating roughly 1,000 WiFi-
capable aircraft in its fleet.
                                                                           Those looking for a less mobile device for music may enjoy
                                                                           the Nexus Q, an unusually-designed home entertainment
Google unveils Nexus 7                                                     sphere, which plugs into speakers or a TV and allows
tablet, Nexus Q music device,                                              streaming of music from Google Play. With a price-tag of
                                                                           $299, however, it is more expensive than Google's new tablet
Google Glass, and Siri-                                                    and does less things, so consumers may not be as enamoured
busting Google Now                                                         by it as interior designers appear to be. It will ship in mid-
                                                                           July as well.
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-unveils-nexus-7-tablet-nexus-
q-music-device-google-glass-and-siri-busting-google-now/16466.html
July 1st, 2012

                                                                           Google Glass


                                                                           It was only a few short months ago when Google unveiled a
                                                                           new research project to develop augmented-reality glasses,
Google has unveiled the Nexus 7 Android tablet, the                        but a mock demo of its features had fans salivating and
Nexus Q music device, Google Glass for consumers, and                      throwing their wallets at Google employees in anticipation.
a Siri-like Android service called Google Now, making the
search giant's I/O event this year jam-packed with exciting
                                                                           The company is now going beyond merely a “what if”
announcements.
                                                                           scenario, with the only questions remaining being “when?”
Google has unveiled the Nexus 7 Android tablet, the                        and “how much?” Google is hoping to have a version of the
Nexus Q music device, Google Glass for consumers, and                      glasses ready for public consumption within two years, with
a Siri-like Android service called Google Now, making the                  a price tag expected to be drastically lower than its existing
search giant's I/O event this year jam-packed with exciting                developer cost of a pricey $1,500.
announcements.

                                                                           The glasses are effectively a smartphone on your head, albeit
Nexus 7                                                                    without a phone network, allowing users to see, hear and
                                                                           speak in a semi-android experience. The company hopes
                                                                           to bring a Google Maps experience to the glasses, among a
The company showcased the Nexus 7, its 7-inch Android-                     variety of other features shown in the demo.
powered tablet computer with a 1280x-800 pixel high-
definition display, a Tegra-3 chipset, quad-core CPU, 12-
core GPU, and a dirt cheap price tag starting at just $199,                If none of that was impressive, some Google Glass-wearing
with a release date of mid-July in the US, UK, Canada and                  skydivers almost stole the show.
Australia. The low price is for an 8GB model, with a 16GB
version available for $249.
                                                                           Google Now

Google is hoping to entice multimedia buffs of all kinds by
preloading the Nexus 7 with the film Transformers: Dark of                 If you were won over by the sweet nothings whispered in
the Moon, the book The Bourne Dominion, magazines like                     your ear by Siri, you might want to consider cheating with a
Condé Nast Traveler and Popular Science, and music from                    certain little green robot. As part of the Android Jelly Bean
bands including Coldplay and the Rolling Stones. There is                  offering, Google announced a new service called Google
also $25 free credit provided on Google Play for a limited                 Now. As the name implies, it's all about getting information
time.                                                                      to the user immediately, and so it mimics many of the
                                                                           offerings of Siri, such as finding the score of a sports match
                                                                           or locating a nearby restaurant.
Not everyone is impressed with the announcement,
however. Jan Dawson, chief telecommunications analyst at
Ovum, criticised Google's approach, suggesting the tablet                  That is all pretty standard fair, but where Google Now
would not be sustainable long-term, due to subsidising of                  differs, and potentially wins out, is that it seeks out
the cost to keep the price down, and that Google has failed                information before you even ask it. When you leave your
to address problems with Android for tablets, such as the                  house it looks for traffic updates. When you go to a
sparsity of tablet-sized apps. Of course, more success in                  restaurant it checks the menu and recommends the top-
                                                                           rated choices. So instead of having an electronic friend who

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will answer your questions, you have an electronic friend              the Pokéstar Studios to make their own Pokémon-starring
who will make suggestions and pre-empt your actions.                   movies.


                                                                       Some of the Pokémon up for grabs include Eevee, Riolu,
Nintendo announces release                                             Tyranitar, Arcanine, and Mareep. Those who get Dream
                                                                       Radar will also be able to catch the new Therian Formes of
date for latest Pokemon                                                Tornadus, Thundurus and Landorus.
games
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nintendo-announces-release-date-   Gamers looking to learn more about the various Pokémon
for-latest-pokemon-games/16465.html                                    will also be able to buy the Pokédex 3D Pro from the
July 1st, 2012                                                         Nintendo eShop, expanding upon the original Pokédex 3D
                                                                       with details about all known Pokémon to date.


                                                                       Twitter to combat trolling
                                                                       and hate speech
                                                                       Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/twitter-to-combat-trolling-and-hate-
Nintendo has announced the release date for the latest                 speech/16454.html
Pokémon games, including two DS titles and one                         July 1st, 2012
downloadable 3DS game.
Nintendo has announced the release date for the latest
Pokémon games, including two DS titles and one
downloadable 3DS game.
                                                                       Twitter is attempting to combat trolling and hate
Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 will               speech on its micro-blogging service, which could see a
join a host of other Nintendo colour variations of the classic         difficult balance between removing offensive material and
monster-catching series on 7 October, playable on both the             maintaining freedom of speech.
DS and the 3DS in 2D mode.                                             Twitter is attempting to combat trolling and hate
                                                                       speech on its micro-blogging service, which could see a
                                                                       difficult balance between removing offensive material and
Collectors will want a 3DS, however, as there are rare                 maintaining freedom of speech.
Pokémon to catch in the downloadable Pokémon Dream
Radar title, which lets players use their 3DS camera,
motion control and augmented-reality technology for a                  Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter, told the Financial Times that
more interactive experience. Creatures caught can then be              the company was planning to address the issue, which he
transferred into the other two games.                                  said was in some cases “horrifying.”


                                                                       Racial abuse appears to be on the increase on the service,
                                                                       which limits messages to 140 characters. Recent examples
                                                                       of high-profile cases include racist remarks by users against
                                                                       footballers Ashley Cole, Ashley Young, Stan Collymore,
                                                                       and Fabrice Muamba, all of which resulted in police
                                                                       investigations and, in some cases, arrests.


                                                                       Measures to tackle the problem could include censoring
                                                                       responses from accounts that do not have followers, a profile
                                                                       picture, or a biography, making them more likely to be
                                                                       newly-created accounts designed specifically for the purpose
                                                                       of “trolling,” internet lingo for users who go out of their way
                                                                       to cause offence purely for the fun of it.




The sequels to the Black and White versions will see the
return of Cheren and Bianca to the region of Unova two
years after the events of the original games, with new areas
to discover, including Virbank City, where players can visit


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Of course, the problem with such measures is that genuine
accounts that have failed to secure followers or update their
profile may be caught up in this. That said, if Twitter is clear
about its policy then more users will update their profiles
to avoid the restrictions. Trolls may do likewise, however,
simply uploading fake photos and biographies, and possibly
even following themselves from multiple troll accounts.


However, Costolo does not want to Twitter to be too heavy-
handed with its actions. He said the service will continue to
allow pseudonyms, as that is the only way some people can
speak freely in some parts of the world.


He expressed frustration at finding the perfect balance
between the two extremes, recognising that “emboldening
people to speak politically” can also embolden trolls and lead
to further cases of hate speech.


The debacle is a problem for many on the internet, as it is
a fine line between protecting people and crossing into the
dangerous waters of online censorship.




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VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks!
  VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly
                                                                        The number 8 is clearly a big deal for Microsoft over the
  publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the
                                                                        next year or two, with many considering the next version
  geeks.
                                                                        of Windows to be a potential game-changer and money-
                                                                        maker for the company. Windows Phone 8 is also looking
Next Xbox could be called                                               promising, and, of course, Xbox is central to Microsoft's
                                                                        strategy to entice people to its operating systems.
Xbox 8 as Microsoft secures
domains                                                                 Xbox 8 as the next console name is all about brand unity
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/next-xbox-could-be-called-xbox-8-   then, and the gamble could pay off big-time, as it ensure
as-microsoft-secures-domains/16528.html                                 that people think of Microsoft's collective product line when
July 3rd, 2012                                                          approaching any of the three. Using 720 only differentiates
Microsoft's next-generation gaming console may be called                the Xbox console from Windows, while Xbox 8 could be the
Xbox 8 rather than the expected Xbox 720.                               beginning of a new marketing style for the software giant.


The Redmond, Washington-based company managed to
secure a number of domain names from a Chinese national                 Activision and Tencent
named Cheng Juan, after bringing two cases to the National
Arbitration Forum.                                                      announce Call of Duty Online
                                                                        for China
                                                                        Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/activision-and-tencent-announce-
The domains include XboxPhone.com, XboxTablet.com,
                                                                        call-of-duty-online-for-china/16527.html
XboxLiveTV.com, XboxCompanion.com, Xbox8.us and
                                                                        July 3rd, 2012
Xbox8.org, according to Fusible.


On the surface of it, Microsoft may simply be pre-empting
any potential future Xbox products it may plan to release and
ensuring it owns the relevant domain names. However, the
new Xbox would only be the third of its kind, so a literal Xbox         Activision and Tencent have announced Call of Duty Online,
8 would be decades away, making a move to protect its name              a massively multiplayer online first-person shooter targeted
now a little hasty.                                                     at a Chinese audience.
                                                                        Activision and Tencent have announced Call of Duty Online,
                                                                        a massively multiplayer online first-person shooter targeted
                                                                        at a Chinese audience.


                                                                        Gamers are still gearing up for Call of Duty: Black Ops II,
                                                                        which is to get a revamped Nuketown map, but players in
                                                                        China will have something potentially just as exciting within
                                                                        the Call of Duty franchise.


                                                                        Details are thin, but a trailer shows that the game plays
                                                                        fairly similarly to other titles in the series, with pretty good
                                                                        graphics to boot, which is often an area that receives some
                                                                        cartoonisation by many studios in order to combat the
                                                                        intense lag possible in MMO games.


Xbox 720 is a logical extension of the Xbox 360 name,
simply doubling the number, but Xbox 8 seems like an                    According to reports, the game will be free-to-play, likely
odd potential choice for the console, until we take into                charging players for additional content, maps, gear and
consideration Microsoft's big investment in Windows 8 and               weapons. It will also draw on previous content from other
Windows Phone 8, which will have a shared core.                         Call of Duty titles, while adding new material from Tencent.

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                                                                        will return lower than previously estimated growth and
                                                                        profits.
The game would undoubtedly appeal to players around the
world, but it looks like it will initially only launch in China.
This may be a strategic move to entice gamers to buy Black
Ops II later this year or localisation may simply be taking
some time to do. It may also turn out that Call of Duty Online          Twitter opens up through
never launches elsewhere in the world, but we expect that
this is unlikely.
                                                                        transparency campaign
                                                                        Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/twitter-opens-up-through-
                                                                        transparency-campaign/16525.html
                                                                        July 3rd, 2012

Microsoft writes off $6.2
billion over 2007 acquisition
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-writes-off-6.2-billion-
over-2007-acquisition/16526.html
                                                                        In an effort to make their business more transparent, Twitter
July 3rd, 2012
                                                                        has released some rather interesting figures in regards
                                                                        to its compliance to remove copyrighted materials and
                                                                        government requests.
                                                                        In an effort to make their business more transparent, Twitter
Microsoft has written off a whopping $6.2 billion after                 has released some rather interesting figures in regards
admitting that one of its largest acquisitions, made five years         to its compliance to remove copyrighted materials and
ago, was essentially worthless.                                         government requests.
Microsoft has written off a whopping $6.2 billion after                 In the category of copyrighted content removal, Twitter
admitting that one of its largest acquisitions, made five years         received 3,378 requests from January 1 to June 30 this year.
ago, was essentially worthless.                                          Out of the 3,378 requests, Twitter complied with about 600
                                                                        of them—so the compliance rate is roughly 20%.
The software giant bought aQuantive, an advertising agency,             However, when it came to government requests for user
in 2007, hoping to compete with Google after it bought                  information and withholding of content, Twitter complied
DoubleClick. It was the largest acquisition in the company's            75% of the time. Another thing to note is that the majority of
history at the time, with $6.3 billion spent, dwarfed only by           the government requests are through agencies in the United
the $8.5 billion it spent on Skype last year.                           States.
                                                                        Christine Chen, Spokeswoman for Twitter, told Venture Beat
                                                                        that “the more transparent that companies and governments
The deal failed to deliver, however, with Microsoft still
                                                                        are, the more meaningful the public debate can be about the
lagging behind its rivals in the advertising market and many
                                                                        free flow of information online.” Get full details on what
of aQuantive's executives moving on to greener fields.
                                                                        exactly Twitter is trying to do here.


                                                                        iPhone combusts in
                                                                        teenager's pocket
                                                                        Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/iphone-combusts-in-teenager-s-
                                                                        pocket/16524.html
                                                                        July 3rd, 2012



It took five years for Microsoft to admit its failure,
announcing to investors that it would take a “non-cash
charge” of $6.2 billion, almost the entire amount spent on
the ill-fated acquisition.                                              iPhones are supposed to be of the highest quality, and rarely
                                                                        do we get news about an Apple product exploding while in
                                                                        someone’s pocket.
The decision will have a significant affect on the company's
profits this year, and particularly for the company's fiscal
fourth quarter. Microsoft is expecting to turn a net profit
of $5.25 billion, almost guaranteeing the company will lose
money this quarter.


The dire news for Microsoft does not end there, however,
as it also admitted that some of its other products are not
performing so well, including Bing and MSN, which it said

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                                                                      under the California sun. Although you can find an article
                                                                      on Samsung's recent Galaxy smartphone explosion here.
                                                                      Orange cones along with yellow caution tape now surround
                                                                      the out-of-commissioned Jelly Bean statue, but prior to that,
                                                                      some passerby allegedly dipped their hands into the Jelly
                                                                      Bean’s torso and stole some of the flavorful organs.


                                                                      Chinese woman sentenced to
                                                                      10 years in prison for stealing
                                                                      a mobile phone
iPhones are supposed to be of the highest quality, and rarely         Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/chinese-woman-sentenced-to-10-
do we get news about an Apple product exploding while in              years-in-prison-for-stealing-a-mobile-phone/16521.html
someone’s pocket.                                                     July 3rd, 2012

In a recent Finnish pub SK24 report, 17-year-old Henri
Helminen had his iPhone spontaneously began to heat
up and nearly drowned him in a cloud of smoke. The
phone’s Lithium battery may have something to do with the
combustive event, and although there are no confirmations
as to what caused the iPhone to fail so miserably, a video may        What is a justifiable punishment for a mobile phone theft?
help you figure out how.                                               How about a slap on the wrist, reparation, and a month
                                                                      or two in jail? Apparently, a Chinese woman’s phone theft
           Unprintable Content (Video, Flash, etc.)                   crime landed her a 10 year prison sentence. The woman’s
                                                                      punishment has sparked a debate on whether or not the
                                                                      sentence is absurd or just.
Android Jelly Bean melts                                              What is a justifiable punishment for a mobile phone theft?
under California sun                                                   How about a slap on the wrist, reparation, and a month
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/android-jelly-bean-melts-under-   or two in jail? Apparently, a Chinese woman’s phone theft
california-sun/16522.html                                             crime landed her a 10 year prison sentence. The woman’s
July 3rd, 2012                                                        punishment has sparked a debate on whether or not the
                                                                      sentence is absurd or just.
                                                                      Forty-eight year old Zhang Yun stole a mobile phone from
                                                                      her employer—claiming, she did so because she was not
                                                                      compensated for her service. The phone theft was traced
                                                                      back to Zhang through the use of security surveillance. Yun
                                                                      tried to hide her tracks by burying the phone in a radish field,
Google’s Android Jelly Bean is hot, so hot that it melted.            but ultimately her employer managed to cast a decade long
 I’m not talking about the actual OS causing smartphones to           prison term unto her former employee.
melt, but rather the Android Jelly Bean’s head on the lawn of
Google’s Mountain View campus melted due to extreme heat              According to ecsn.cn, the phone’s value is 60,000 (~$9,444),
under the California sun. Although you can find an article            and if you think that’s an absurd number then you have every
on Samsung's recent Galaxy smartphone explosion here.                 right to think so. The average income per year for people in
                                                                      China is less than the value of the phone which Yun stole.
                                                                       On top of her 10 year prison term, Yun has to also pay a fine
                                                                      of 20,000 yuan (~$3,148).
                                                                      A Survey taken on tencent.com has revealed that 95% agreed
                                                                      that the sentence is much too harsh. Will people’s interest
                                                                      in this Yun’s punishment give her a chance at another trial
                                                                      to reduce the degree of punishment? What do you think?


                                                                      Ivy Bridge i7 vs Bulldozer FX
                                                                      @ 4.6GHz - July 2012 Battle of
                                                                      the Flagships
                                                                      Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ivy-bridge-i7-vs-bulldozer-
                                                                      fx--4.6ghz--july-2012-battle-of-the-flagships/16520.html

Google’s Android Jelly Bean is hot, so hot that it melted.
 I’m not talking about the actual OS causing smartphones to
melt, but rather the Android Jelly Bean’s head on the lawn of
Google’s Mountain View campus melted due to extreme heat

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July 3rd, 2012




After months of BIOS firmware updates and software
patches, both platforms from Intel and AMD should have
reached some level of maturity by now. We run a myriad
of tests with HD 7970 GHz Edition CrossfireX and G.Skill
16GB 2400MHz ram to see how everything goes at a typical
4.6GHz CPU overclock.
Price Comparison
Intel Core i7-3770K -USD$349
AMD FX-8150 - USD$199.99
Prices from NewEgg as of 3rd July 2012


CPUID Validation
Intel    Ivy   Bridge  i7-3770K   setup   -      http://
valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2425748
AMD Bulldozer FX-8150 setup - http://valid.canardpc.com/
show_oc.php?id=2426606


Operating System
Windows 7 SP1 with all Windows Update patches until 2nd
July 2012
Core Parking Fix




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                 Apple faces Snow Leopard
                 trademark lawsuit in China
                 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-faces-snow-leopard-
                 trademark-lawsuit-in-china/16519.html
                 July 3rd, 2012




                 Apple is facing yet another lawsuit over trademarks in China,
                 and this time it deals with their Snow Leopard OS.




                 Apple is facing yet another lawsuit over trademarks in China,
                 and this time it deals with their Snow Leopard OS.
                 The recent Chinese court decision to award Proview
                 Technology $60 million in its dispute with Apple over the
                 “iPad” trademark may be considered as extortion to an
                 extent, but no one really knows what went on behind the
                 scene three years ago.
                 Move forward a few days, and a Chinese household chemical
                 company by the name of Jiangsu Xuebao is suing Apple for
                 infringing on their “Snow Leopard” trademark. The Chinese
                 translation for “Xuebao” is Snow Leopard, hence, they are
                 claiming that Apple is infringing their trademark based on
                 the translation.
                 The case against Apple this case may not be as strong
                 as Proview’s case since the chemical company registered
                 “Xuebao” and not the English translation. In the end,
                 however, it all depends on how the Chinese court decides to
                 rule this matter.
                 Jiangsu Xuebao is demanding an $80,645 compensation as
                 well as an apology, and a court hearing has already been
                 scheduled for June 10. Apple can settle this matter with
                 money demanded and apologize, but if that Apple does that
                 it may be perceived as a crack in the Cupertino-tech giant’s
                 armor.
                 Whichever method Apple decides to go about the Snow
                 Leopard trademark dispute, it’s almost a guarantee that
                 other companies, individuals, and/or organizations are


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currently looking into to how Apple has violated their                   Which leads us to the question - why Microsoft started to
trademarks.                                                              follow Apple with its OS prices? Is Windows 8 bombing that
                                                                         badly with the user experience groups, media and analysts
                                                                         that the company is going for price dumping so that it could
Microsoft's Risky Move:                                                  say that Windows 8 installed on XXX million of computers?
Upgrade to Windows 8 for
Just $14.99 and $39.99                                                   ITC denies Apple's bid for
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-s-risky-move-upgrade-to-
windows-8-for-just-14.99-and-39.99/16515.html
                                                                         emergency ban on HTC
July 3rd, 2012                                                           products
                                                                         Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/itc-denies-apple-s-bid-for-
                                                                         emergency-ban-on-htc-products/16517.html
                                                                         July 3rd, 2012




Microsoft chose the first working day of the third quarter to
announce the Windows 8 Upgrade pricing model. We expect
to see a lot of fireworks over this one, since the upgrade cost
dropped beyond belief. Bought a new computer and want                    In a last-minute ditch to prevent HTC from importing HTC’s
Windows 8 Pro? That’ll be $14.99, sir.                                   One series smartphone into the U.S., Apple filed for an
Even with all the marketing preparations, Microsoft pulled a             emergency ban of HTC’s product with the U.S. ITC, but
never-before-seen move to get as much traction as possible.              ultimately the agency denied the request.
The whole idea of paying hundreds of dollars for an                      In a last-minute ditch to prevent HTC from importing HTC’s
operating system seems like an idea from 1990s. Faced with               One series smartphone into the U.S., Apple filed for an
obvious competition in the form of Apple and its continuous              emergency ban of HTC’s product with the U.S. ITC, but
reductions in upgrade prices, Microsoft pulled quite an                  ultimately the agency denied the request.
unexpected move.
                                                                         Apple filed a complaint against HTC for infringement of a
                                                                         patent that dealt with the detection of phone numbers in
                                                                         emails, and if tapped, the number can be directly dialed
                                                                         without having to manually input the number.
                                                                         After several days of reworking the phones, HTC received
                                                                         approvals of U.S. customs officials. However, Apple
                                                                         remained adamant that HTC had not completed all the
                                                                         requirements necessary to get the ban lifted. HTC argued
                                                                         that the infringement which Apple was referring to was
                                                                         beyond HTC’s control, because the Gmail app which
                                                                         infringed Apple’s patent was a closed-source software from
                                                                         Google.
                                                                         Since HTC’s product bans were lifted, their stock prices rose
                                                                         and today it added nearly 1 percent to its NT$393.50 at
                                                                         closing—a tremendous boost for a company that haven’t
                                                                         seen a figure like that in almost four weeks.
                                                                         HTC’s peaked smartphone market share was 10.7 percent
                                                                         in the second quarter of 2012, but has since slipped to 4.5
                                                                         percent due to Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy line.
If you own a Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 operating
system, you will be able to upgrade the system to Windows 8
Professional for just $39.99. The company released images                Today's Announcements:
of its Windows 8 upgrade advisor which will take you                     Assassin's Creed III, Rome:
through the process. If you wish to order the version on a
DVD, you will have to pay $69.99.                                        Total War sequel, Starship
If you have just bought the computer (Windows 7 SP1),                    Troopers: Invasion, and Halo
                                                                         4: Forward unto Dawn
you will be able to upgrade for just $14.99, with that offer
expiring end of January next year (2013). This is a quantum
shift from Windows 7 upgrade prices, which ranged from                   Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/today-s-announcements-assassin-s-
$119.99 for Windows 7 Home Premium to $199.99 for                        creed-iii-rome-total-war-sequel-starship-troopers-invasion-and-halo-4-
Windows 7 Professional.                                                  forward-unto-dawn/16516.html

Naturally, if by some odd reason you don't have a Windows
license already, regular prices will be announced in the next
couple of weeks.

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July 3rd, 2012




Assassin’s Creed III, if you don’t already know, is headed to
a retail store near you October 30 along with fandom extras.
  If RTS is your flavor then Sega has announced that it will
release a sequel to the 2004 Rome: Total War. If you’re
not in the mood for video games then some futuristic sci-fi
flicks may tickle your fancies. Starship Troopers: Invasion
hits store on Blu-ray and DVD August 24. The game won’t           Metacritic raved about Rome: Total War in 2004 and gave
drop for couple more months, but the live-web series Halo         it a 92 rating, and in 2012 Sega announced that they will be
4: Forward Unto Dawn will begin airing this fall.                 releasing a sequel. Surprising? Not especially. Rather, it’s
                                                                  surprising that it hasn’t occurred to the developers sooner
                                                                  that they can capitalize on an outstanding game by releasing
                                                                  a sequel.
                                                                  The cinematic of Hollywood’s Starship Troopers may have
                                                                  disappointed many, but perhaps CGI-animated Starship
                                                                  Troopers: Invasion will help the franchise regain the
                                                                  interest of fans. The Blu-ray and DVD is set to hit August 28.
                                                                  Last but not least, Halo 4 the game is taking up much of
                                                                  the spotlight surrounding the Halo brand, but don’t forget
                                                                  that the series Halo 4: Forward unto Dawn is coming this
                                                                  fall. So while you wait for Halo 4 to launch, you can catch
                                                                  some Master Chief live-web action via Halo Waypoint and
                                                                  Machinima. Trailer? Of course. It's a little short, I know.
                                                                   Enjoy!



Assassin’s Creed III, if you don’t already know, is headed to     Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for
a retail store near you October 30 along with fandom extras.
  If RTS is your flavor then Sega has announced that it will      $40
release a sequel to the 2004 Rome: Total War. If you’re           Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/upgrade-to-windows-8-pro-
not in the mood for video games then some futuristic sci-fi       for-40/16518.html
flicks may tickle your fancies. Starship Troopers: Invasion       July 3rd, 2012
hits store on Blu-ray and DVD August 24. The game won’t
drop for couple more months, but the live-web series Halo
4: Forward Unto Dawn will begin airing this fall.
In the next Assassin’s title you will take on a young American
frontier in the midst of a revolution, but there’s no point
in outlining that now. What’s important at the moment,
however, is that Ubisoft will deliver a special edition for       An upgrade to Windows 8 won’t set anyone back, and if
North and South America. For $119.99 you can purchase the         one carpools for a couple days he will be able to upgrade to
special edition of Assassin’s Creed III for PS3 or Xbox 360       Windows 8 Pro from Windows 7, Vista, and XP.
with a 9’’ statue of connor, a special flag, and a belt buckle.
If you’re not a console gamer, then the downloadable Digital
Deluxe Edition for PC is available for $64.99. The PC Deluxe
Edition won’t come with any physical toys, but there will
be extra in-game contents such as George Washington’s
notebook which contains actual stories from the American
Revolution.




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                                                               The next step will be downloading the upgrade, and how fast
                                                               the download finishes varies on network conditions on both
An upgrade to Windows 8 won’t set anyone back, and if a        sides.
person carpools for a couple days he will be able to upgrade
to Windows 8 Pro from Windows 7, Vista, and XP.
In addition to wooing consumers to upgrade with a relatively
reasonable promotional price tag, Microsoft is also tagging
on Windows Media Center for free through the “add
features” after an upgrade is purchased.




                                                               Once the upgrade finishes downloading, users will be given
                                                               the options to install the upgrade now or later via various
                                                               methods which include USB drive or ISO-to-DVD.
                                                               If people prefer to purchase the physical backup DVD it will
                                                               cost an extra $15, and a complete retail upgrade version will
                                                               also be available for $69.99. The promotions of both retail
The Windows 8 upgrading process is very similar to             and downloadable upgrades end January 31, 2013.
previous versions of Windows. Users are notified that
the upgrade may cause incompatibilities among the users’
current hardware, and then they will be given the options to   Micron Acquires Elpida and
keep all, some, and none of the current Window’s files and
settings. Also, depending on the version of Windows a user     the Future of Computer
is upgrading from, he may not be able to keep all settings     Memory for $5 Billion
and or files.                                                  Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/micron-acquires-elpida-and-the-
                                                               future-of-computer-memory-for-5-billion/16514.html
                                                               July 3rd, 2012




                                                               The modern world has ton of companies that were on
                                                               the verge of making a revolution, only to exhaust its cash
                                                               reserves and crash before they could change the world.

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Regardless of are we talking about 3dfx and 48-bit color, or
Elpida and ReRAM i.e. Resistive RAM - the story remains
the same.
In the very recent past, we saw many of long-lasting industry
standards coming to pass, but the basic principle how
computer operates - hasn’t changed in a very long time.
Regardless of being a mainframe, server, desktop or a                 If you ask any fan for any company, he or she will tell you that
smartphone, the principle is the same - computing logic               the most important asset of that company are the products,
(CPU, GPU, SoC) has several layers of immediate memory                be that a mobile phone, graphics card or a Formula 1 team.
(Level 1-3), followed by the system memory (Level 4) and              However, should you ask the CEO of the said companies
ending with storage subsystem (5th level onwards). That               “what is the most important asset”, the answer would be
subsystem ranges from a hard drive or a USB stick to large            almost unanimous: people.
external storage boxes (NAS – Network Area Storage).
                                                                      There are no products if there aren’t people behind them,
But what if a technology comes along that unifies the                 and Roy Taylor’s career was quite stellar - from founding
system memory with the storage, and offers bandwidth                  NVIDIA Europe, The Way Its’ Meant To Be Played to first
exceeding the one offered by the Level 1 memory (L1                   Tegra design wins with telecoms around the world. After
cache, for example)? Last year, we saw Micron and Intel               leaving NVIDIA, we saw relatively unknown MasterImage
Demonstrating Hybrid Cube Memory, a 512MB stacked                     3D rising into the technical and mainstream press. Now,
DRAM which achieved bandwidth of 128GB/s from a single                Roy’s job is to make Rightware a well-known brand.
chip (imagine a CPU with 4 memory channels and 512 GB/s).
That concept is just the beginning. ReRAM or Resistive RAM
is considered to be the next phase of memory, supporting the
pairing with DRAM and NAND Cells, and ready to replace
both in the future. Elpida was considered as the company
closest to mass production but due to turmoil in the DRAM
industry and as one of consequences of big earthquake in
Japan - had to file for bankruptcy in March 2012.
Enter Micron - the company announced that “the parties
have signed a definitive sponsor agreement for Micron to
acquire and support Elpida.” For 200 billion yen, i.e. 2.5
billion U.S. Dollars will be paid off to Elpida’s creditors
(secured and unsecured). Furthermore, the company will
acquire Elpida as a company for $750 million, as well as
additional $1.75 billion secured in annual payments going
until 2019. This caused another shakeup on the Taiwanese
market as well, as Micron acquired 24% Share of Rexchip               This Futuremark spinoff may be creating and shipping its
Electronics Corporation for about $334 million. Elpida                creations to Volkswagen-Audi Group (VAG) or BMW, but
owned 65% of Rexchip, bringing Micron’s share to 89%.                 the real challenge will be to enter one of “big-wigs” such as
Jointly, Elpida and Rexchip can manufacture more than                 Samsung, Sony, HTC - you’ve guessed it right - smartphone
200,000 300mm wafers (wspm), increasing Micron’s                      and tablet makers. If you like in China, you can already enjoy
overall capacity to massive 600,000 wafer starts per month            their 3D interface for Android operating system made in
(all foundries manufacture chips using 300mm wafers).                 cooperation with Konka, as well as some other designs we’re
                                                                      not able to publish at present.
                                                                      Can Rightware become a household name or will the
Roy Taylor, Ex-VP in NVIDIA                                           company end up being acquired by some player? There’s no
and MasterImage 3D Joins                                              answer. Just like Dave Perry’s Gaikai and its recent $380M
                                                                      acquisition by Sony Computer Entertainment.
Rightware
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/roy-taylor-ex-vp-in-nvidia-and-
masterimage-3d-joins-rightware/16512.html
July 3rd, 2012




Today, Rightware announced that a former MasterImage 3D
and NVIDIA executive joined the team in the position of
Chief Sales Officer (CSO). The person that started NVIDIA’s
push in Europe and won many deals for MasterImage 3D will
push its future outside the hardware world - by expanding
the 3D user interface to as many devices as possible.


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                                                                      In a recent investment report from Pacific Crest, analysts
                                                                      predict that Apple will launch a 7.85’’ iPad mini this October
                                                                      priced at around $299.
                                                                      In a recent investment report from Pacific Crest, analysts
                                                                      predict that Apple will launch a 7.85’’ iPad mini this October
                                                                      priced at around $299.
                                                                      Rumors of a 7’’ budget slate from Apple have been on
                                                                      the table for a while, and they’re still rumors. However,
                                                                      many OEMs have been either rumored or confirmed to be
                                                                      developing and launching 7-inchers, so it’s no surprise that
                                                                      Apple don’t want other tablet makers to cannibalize their
                                                                      brand.
                                                                      “Based on our supply checks, we expect Apple to launch a
                                                                      7.85” iPad in October. We anticipate an entry-level 7.85”
                                                                      iPad with 8GB of NAND capacity to price at $299,” states the
                                                                      report.
                                                                      The late Steve Jobs, was an opponent of a 7-incher, but
                                                                      apparently Tim Cook, Apple’s current CEO, have something
                                                                      else in mind. An article from Tab Times a couple of months
                                                                      ago rumored that the R&D in Cupertino was testing a 7.85’’
                                                                      tablet.
                                                                      Also in the report, analysts suggest that the current
                                                                      gen iPad will receive some upgrades which may include
                                                                      a repositioning of the camera, improved touchscreen
                                                                      interface, reduced weight, and improved battery life. As for
                                                                      the iPad 2, the firm predicts that its shelf-life will end with
                                                                      the launch of the iPad Mini.


                                                                      Mozilla announces Firefox
                                                                      Mobile OS
                                                                      Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mozilla-announces-firefox-mobile-
                                                                      os/16511.html
                                                                      July 3rd, 2012




                                                                      The WebOS platform is virtually extinct due to stiff
                                                                      competitions from iOS and Android, but more than anything
                                                                      else, the WebOS “technology wasn’t there yet.” Paul Mercer,
                                                                      former senior director of the WebOS project, claimed that
                                                                      WebOS was “ahead of its time.” So perhaps now is the time
                                                                      for a web based mobile OS to take on the challenge. Firefox
                                                                      announced today that they will be partnering with various
                                                                      OEMs and carriers to create an open sourced HTML5-driven
Apple iPad Mini to launch this                                        mobile platform using the Firefox brand—it’s called, “Firefox
October                                                               Mobile OS.”

Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-ipad-mini-to-launch-this-
october/16513.html
July 3rd, 2012




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The WebOS platform is virtually extinct due to stiff
competitions from iOS and Android, but more than anything
else, the WebOS “technology wasn’t there yet.” Paul Mercer,
former senior director of the WebOS project, claimed that
WebOS was “ahead of its time.” So perhaps now is the time
for a web based mobile OS to take on the challenge. Firefox
announced today that they will be partnering with various
OEMs and carriers to create an open sourced HTML5-driven
mobile platform using the Firefox brand—it’s called, “Firefox
Mobile OS.”




                                                                In an earlier presentation this year, Mozilla teamed up with
                                                                Telefónica’s Digital unit to demonstrate how every feature
Firefox claims that they will be able to “unlock many current
                                                                of a phone such as calling, messaging, and games can be
limitations of web development” by utilizing their “Boot to
                                                                powered by HTML5.
Gecko project.” The Mozilla technology, they also claim, will
allow HTML5 applications to access capabilities of phones       Mozilla is quick to hint that they are not aiming to take
which have been only available through native applications      on the “high-end” smartphone market just yet. Their
previously.                                                     mobile OS platform will initially be aimed at entry-level
                                                                smartphones, whereby, they are hoping that the elimination
                                                                of “unnecessary middleware layers” will allow mobile
                                                                operators to fully customize the OS for the right price and
                                                                functionality.
                                                                OEMs such as ZTE has announced that they intend to
                                                                produce smartphones featuring Qualcomm's Snapdragon
                                                                CPUs to run the Firefox Mobile OS.
                                                                The project has already submitted various Web APIs to W3C
                                                                for standardization, and Gary Kovacs, Mozilla’s CEO, hope
                                                                that the arrival of Firefox Mobile OS will spark “openness,
                                                                innovation and opportunity” from users and developers on
                                                                the web.

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Press Release:                                           the Web as a platform for all. Today, hundreds of
                                                         millions of people worldwide use Mozilla Firefox
  Industry support is growing behind Mozilla’s plans
                                                         to discover, experience and connect to the Web on
  to launch a new fully open mobile ecosystem
                                                         computers, tablets and mobile phones. For more
  based on HTML5. The operating system, which
                                                         information please visit https://www.mozilla.org/
  Mozilla today confirmed will use its Firefox
  brand, will power the launch of smartphones built      Supporting Quotes from Operators
  entirely to open Web standards, where all of the       Matthew Key, Chairman & CEO of Telefónica
  device’s capabilities can be developed as HTML5        Digital commented, “Firefox OS will bring a better
  applications.                                          smartphone experience to a higher proportion of
  Mapping to key Firefox footprints around the globe,    the population at a lower cost. This is crucial for
  leading operators Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat,          us to accelerate the adoption of smartphones in
  Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica and          developing markets. The breadth of support for this
  Telenor are backing the open Firefox OS as             initiative across the industry makes it clear that
  an exciting new entrant to the smartphone              there is an opportunity in the market for a new, open
  marketplace. They have also identified the potential   mobile ecosystem.”
  of the technology to deliver compelling smartphone     Fared Adib, Product Chief at Sprint said, “Sprint
  experiences at attainable prices.                      continues to support an open mobile ecosystem
  Device manufacturers TCL Communication                 that enables choice for Sprint customers and a
  Technology (under the Alcatel One Touch brand)         healthy competitive ecosystem for the technical
  and ZTE today announced their intentions to            community. Firefox Mobile OS can help us drive
  manufacture the first devices to feature the new       an HTML 5-based platform for creating lower
  Firefox OS, using Snapdragon™ processors from          cost smartphone options for prepaid, postpaid and
  Qualcomm Incorporated, the leader in smartphone        wholesale customers.”
  platforms. The first Firefox OS powered devices are    Thomas Kiessling, Chief Product and Innovation
  expected to launch commercially in Brazil in early     Officer at Deutsche Telekom said, “Deutsche
  2013 through Telefónica’s commercial brand, Vivo.      Telekom’s objective is to provide our customers a
  The Firefox OS for mobile devices is built on          choice from a variety of attractive, and best of
  Mozilla’s “Boot to Gecko project” which unlocks        breed, products and services – from DT as well as
  many of the current limitations of web development     from our partners. Partnering is key for Deutsche
  on mobile, allowing HTML5 applications to access       Telekom and our cooperation with Mozilla is one
  the underlying capabilities of a phone, previously     important initiative for us. We support Mozilla’s
  only available to native applications. Telefónica’s    Firefox OS project since we really believe that it
  Digital unit joined forces with Mozilla earlier this   embodies openness, innovation, and competition,
  year to take this work and showcase a new phone        and it is part of a growing cloud and HTML5-
  architecture where every phone feature (calling,       based ecosystem. As a function of our commitment,
  messaging, games, etc.) is an HTML5 application.       our Innovation Laboratory’s Silicon Valley Center
                                                         is working closely with Mozilla’s development team
  Due to the optimization of the platform for entry-
                                                         and e.g. is contributing NFC enabling software to
  level smartphones and the removal of unnecessary
                                                         Boot to Gecko Platform.”
  middleware layers, mobile operators will have
  the ability to offer richer experiences at a range     Orlando B. Vea, Chief Wireless Advisor of Smart
  of price points including at the low end of the        said, “We welcome the introduction of the Firefox
  smartphone price range, helping to drive adoption      OS, and we recognize the exciting potentials of an
  across developing markets.                             HTML5-based, fully open mobile ecosystem. As the
                                                         leading wireless services provider in the Philippines,
  Mozilla and all other participants are committed to
                                                         we are keen to work with industry players like
  ensuring the project is fully open and the reference
                                                         Mozilla to create relevant and delightful mobile
  implementation of the required Web APIs is being
                                                         Internet experiences for Filipino mobile users as we
  submitted to W3C for standardization.
                                                         make data connectivity even more pervasive in the
  “The introduction of the open mobile OS                country.”
  continues the Mozilla mission to promote openness,
                                                         “Firefox entering the smartphone market is a
  innovation and opportunity on the Web for users
                                                         welcome development and we look forward to
  and developers. As billions of users are expected to
                                                         seeing HTML5 bring mobile technology to new
  come online for the first time in the coming years,
                                                         levels not thought possible before,” Vea added.
  it is important to deliver a compelling smartphone
  experience that anyone can use,” said Gary Kovacs,     Cesare Sironi, Head of Innovation and Industry
  CEO, Mozilla. “The large number of operators and       Relations, Telecom Italia commented, “Mobile
  manufacturers now supporting this effort will bring    operating systems natively based on HTML5 will
  additional resources and diversity to our global       lower the barriers to provide our customers with
  offerings.”                                            performing and innovative mobile applications and
                                                         services. Open web technologies are the key for
  About Mozilla
                                                         the development of a sustainable and valuable
  Mozilla has been a pioneer and advocate for the
                                                         application ecosystem.”
  Web for more than a decade. We create and promote
  open standards that enable innovation and advance
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  Kristin Skogen Lund, CEO Telenor Digital Services
  commented, “We are pleased to be part of the
  coalition supporting the launch of the new open
  mobile ecosystem. This will enable free and open
  service distribution to our customers, in addition
  to providing attractive smartphones at attainable
  prices, which is especially important for the
  adoption in emerging markets”.
  Essa Al Haddad, Chief Commercial Officer at
  Etisalat Group said: “Etisalat aim to enrich the user
  experience and improve the life of its customers
  by providing enhanced services across a complete
  portfolio of devices and operating systems. Firefox
  OS will provide an open source platform to our
  customers and various ecosystem players, such as
  application developers, to experience innovative
  services. Thanks to this strategic initiative, the
  industry will benefit from a sustained growth in
  mobile data and the development of cutting edge                       “Multiplayer fans of Call of Duty: Black Ops LOVE
  applications, as well as the promise of affordable                    Nuketown,” said Mark Lamia, Studio Head of Treyarch.
  smartphone devices that provide an enriched                           “Flat out, Nuketown was a blast to play before, and we're
  customer experience.”                                                 excited about the reimagined Nuketown 2025 in Call of
                                                                        Duty: Black Ops II. We can't wait to play with everyone come
                                                                        this November.”
Call of Duty: Black Ops II to
get reimagined Nuketown                                                 The map will be given for free as a bonus download across
map                                                                     all platforms to anyone who pre-orders the game before its
                                                                        release on 13 November.
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/call-of-duty-black-ops-ii-to-get-
reimagined-nuketown-map/16510.html
July 3rd, 2012                                                          Weekend website troubles
                                                                        raise questions over internet
                                                                        reliability
                                                                        Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/weekend-website-troubles-raise-
                                                                        questions-over-internet-reliability/16508.html
                                                                        July 3rd, 2012
Treyarch has revealed that it is revamping the popular
Nuketown map for the upcoming first-person shooter Call of
Duty: Black Ops II.
Treyarch has revealed that it is revamping the popular
                                                                        Storms and the “leap second” have caused severe downtime
Nuketown map for the upcoming first-person shooter Call of
                                                                        for many websites over the weekend, including popular
Duty: Black Ops II.
                                                                        services like Reddit, Foursquare, Netflix, Instagram, and
                                                                        Amazon Web Services, raising questions over the reliability
The original Nuketown was a small multiplayer map set in a              of the internet in the face of relatively simple obstacles.
fake town used for simulating nuclear effects on urban life,            Storms and the “leap second” have caused severe downtime
replete with mannequins and other interesting terrain.                  for many websites over the weekend, including popular
                                                                        services like Reddit, Foursquare, Netflix, Instagram, and
                                                                        Amazon Web Services, raising questions over the reliability
Nuketown 2025 will involve a re-imagining of the classic                of the internet in the face of relatively simple obstacles.
map, though Treyarch is remaining tight-lipped about what
this will involve. The combat will remain close-quarters like
the original, but the setting will involve a 1960s conception of        The United States has suffered lightning storms in recent
what a futuristic home would look like, giving that somewhat            days, with many along the East Coast left without power,
dated science-fiction appeal.                                           which has caused a knock-on effect to any internet-based
                                                                        service operating in the area.


                                                                        This meant that Amazon Web Services was partly knocked
                                                                        offline, with even its back-up generator roasted by the
                                                                        storms. Since many companies rely on this service for
                                                                        hosting, thousands of other websites were affected by
                                                                        downtime. Netflix, Instagram and Reddit were also affected.

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                                                                         July 3rd, 2012

Nature is one thing, but the addition of an extra second
added to the world clock, designed to address fluctuations
in the Earth's rotation, resulted in chaos in the way many
feared the Millenium Bug would.


                                                                         Samsung has launched the S Health “personal wellness”
                                                                         application for the Galaxy S III, hoping to help improve the
                                                                         health of its smartphone users.
                                                                         Samsung has launched the S Health “personal wellness”
                                                                         application for the Galaxy S III, hoping to help improve the
                                                                         health of its smartphone users.


                                                                         The app, which was first demonstrated at the Galaxy S III
                                                                         Unpacked launch event in May, collects and collates data on
                                                                         the user's health to chart changes and help with improving
The leap second added to Coordinated Universal Time                      lifestyle.
(UTC) at midnight on 30 June meant that many services
that rely on the precision of time to deliver data suffered
disruption, including severe errors where data was out of                The software is compatible with a number of healthcare
sync or missing entirely.                                                sensors, including blood glucose meters, blood pressure
                                                                         monitors and body composition scales. These currently
                                                                         include the Lifescan Blood Glucose Meter, connected via
Websites affected by this included Reddit, FourSquare,                   USB, the OMRON Blood Pressure Monitor and Body
LinkedIn, Gawker, and StumbleUpon, among many others.                    Composition, and the A&D Blood Pressure Monitor and
Even online booking systems were disrupted, and doubtless                Body Composition, the latter two connecting via Bluetooth.
there were other incidents around the world as a result of the
extra second.


Google avoided the problem by dividing the extra second
throughout the day, adding just a few milliseconds at a time
over regular intervals. This meant its clocks had already
taken the extra second into account before it was suddenly
added to UTC.


The disruption raises questions about the reliability of the
internet in the face of such relatively simple issues.


Electrical storms are a common occurrence, and when even
backup generators face outage because of them it suggests
we have not yet developed sufficient protection for computer
equipment from the forces of nature.
                                                                         Much of the data is added automatically through the above
                                                                         devices, but users can also manually enter information about
The leap year issue is a computer problem, but since Google              diet, exercise, medication intake, and other relevant health
was able to bypass any difficulties, and since 25 leap seconds           data.
have been added since 1972, this is more of a sign of lack
of preparation than lack of skill. In fact, Google shared
its "leap smear" solution on a blog last September, giving               For those who need a little motivation to improve their
many services ample time to copy its approach and save                   health, the app is integrated with Twitter, allowing users to
themselves and their customers many headaches.                           share goals and achievements, and get the support of others
                                                                         in their quest for better health.


Samsung launches S Health                                                The app can be downloaded through the More Services app
                                                                         on the Galaxy S III.
app for Galaxy S III
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-launches-s-health-app-for-
galaxy-s-iii/16507.html




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                                                                         Four years ago, he started an adventure called Gaikai i.e.
Court Deals Blow To                                                      a cloud gaming service which would harness the power of
Samsung Patent Claims                                                    GPUs to run multiple virtual instances of the same game and
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/court-deals-blow-to-samsung-         give the high-end gaming experience to everybody.
patent-claims/16492.html                                                 For example, Gaikai technology was able to virtualize six
July 3rd, 2012                                                           instances of World of Warcraft onto the single Kepler-based
                                                                         GPU, presumably GeForce GTX 680. Naturally, the problem
                                                                         with pixel streaming services was that in order to serve, let’s
                                                                         say a million WoW gamers you would need to have - in the
                                                                         very best case scenario – 166,666 GPUs. For some other
                                                                         games, they were able to run from eight to twelve instances.
                                                                         Now, while we know of two cases where future Tesla GPUs
On Saturday the ongoing legal battle over patents between                will be deployed in a similar volume, you can be sure that
technology giants Apple v Samsung & Google took another                  those supercomputers won’t be used for gaming.
step forward as California District Court Judge Lucy Koh
                                                                         Thus, when we heard the announcement between Gaikai and
refused all of Samsung's pre-trial summary judgement
                                                                         Samsung, it was clear to us that there is a bidding war going
motions against Apple's smart phone patents.
                                                                         on for the company, and the biggest question was – who
On Saturday the ongoing legal battle over patents between                will provide the biggest ROI to the investors that backed the
technology giants Apple v Samsung & Google took another                  project since 2008, as well as who will expand the service.
step forward as California District Court Judge Lucy Koh
                                                                         The answer to that is no other than Sony Computer
refused all of Samsung's pre-trial summary judgement
                                                                         Entertainment. While Sony has laid low following one of the
motions against Apple's smart phone patents.
                                                                         biggest security disasters of our time (70 million accounts
Samsung submitted the motions after Apple filed                          stolen), the company wants to come back swinging into
motions against it for purported smartphone-related IP                   profitability, and it is obvious that SCE believes Gaikai is
infringments, plus Apple's FRAND-related antitrust claims.               the “Secret Sauce” the company needs to win over tens of
As the matter has progressed, Apple's defense of it's patents            millions of gamers.
has been found to be mostly sound , while Samsung's
                                                                         Also, big winners are investment groups and companies such
technology and Google's programming ethics have been
                                                                         as Benchmark Capital, Intel Capital, Limelight Networks,
called into question by Apple's string of wins.
                                                                         NEA, Qualcomm, Rustic Canyon Partners and TriplePoint
In this decision the Court found Samsung / Google did not                Capital. Even though it is not mentioned, we were informed
have sufficient property rights over the patents in dispute              that some players at NVIDIA are also quite happy with the
to justify an injunction favoring them, and they were all                acquisition as there were some green people funds involved
refused. By rebuffing Samsung's claims to those patents, the             in not just one, but several funds which invested in Gaikai.
court has put the Samsung / Google partnership on the back
                                                                         What we find especially funny though, is that the executives
foot in the lead-up to the trial in late July.
                                                                         at Sony Computer Entertainment specifically denied any
The string of courtroom wins by Apple in relation to                     takeover attempt. However, we all know when the big
several patents as well as procedural issues are highlighting            companies are lying e.g. deceiving the general audience and
Samsung's design strategy and direction and the ethics                   its own investors in order to outbid the competitor, which in
of Google's programming involvement in the smartphone                    this case was – Samsung. The Korean CE giant was very close
market.                                                                  to Gaikai and announced quite a substantial “get together”
Judge Koh's decisions and Apple's concise submissions on                 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo held in early July in
this matter highlight what appears to be a dubious design                Los Angeles, CA.
and software practices by Samsung and Google.
                                                                         Ultrabook Sales Picking Up:
Gaikai Cloud Gaming                                                      11% of the Market Already?
Platform Sold to Sony for                                                Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ultrabook-sales-picking-up-11-of-
                                                                         the-market-already-/16401.html
$380 Million                                                             July 3rd, 2012
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gaikai-cloud-gaming-platform-sold-
to-sony-for-380-million/16506.html
July 3rd, 2012



Ever since Dave Perry started his big push in the media for
                                                                         According to Intel, 2012 is the year of the Ultrabook.
Gaikai, seasoned analysts could see a distinctive pattern –
                                                                         According to AMD, 2012 is the year of the Ultrathin. No
this will be the year of sale or the last funding series ahead of
                                                                         matter how you look at it, the fall should be marked with
the IPO. In the end, it was the first one, with Sony winning
                                                                         thin notebooks. NPD Group shows that both companies are
the bidding war alongside quite a few interested parties.
                                                                         right, as consumers are starting to purchase more and more
There is no doubt in our mind that David “Dave” Perry is an              compact laptops.
industry legend with several multi-million titles that came
from the era before gaming became “larger than Hollywood”.

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All the major players in the industry are pulling forward          July 3rd, 2012
with the thin notebooks. Regardless of the platform
manufacturer, being thin is not just the obsession in fashion,
but the computing world seems to like thin as well.
NPD Group, a well-known market analysis firm released
a report on notebook sales in the U.S. during the first
five months of 2012. The report states that Ultrabook and
Ultrathin devices (the group makes no difference between           The legal battle for the "iPad" in China is finally over, and
Intel and AMD) already make for almost 11% of premium              Apple is to pay Proview Technology $60 million.
priced notebooks on the U.S. retail market. When it comes          The legal battle for the "iPad" in China is finally over, and
to premium price, the bar is set at $700. While this sounds        Apple is to pay Proview Technology $60 million.
quite good, the fact of the matter is that the premium
notebook market in the U.S. is allegedly dominated by Apple,       Apple claimed that it had purchased the rights the iPad
as sales of premium Windows-based notebooks dropped by             brand in 2009 from Proview Technology, but Chinese
17%.                                                               authorities said that transferred never happened. The iPad
                                                                   is one of Apple's most important products, and China is one
Looking into the report, it seems that Windows devices             of the most lucrative markets. So Apple has to swallow this
are pressured from multiple sides. For starters, we are            $60 million bullet and move forward.
witnessing the rise of mobile devices such as tablets, as
well as the continuing wait for the Microsoft Windows              Two Apple stores were said to launch in China, one
8 operating system. Most premium notebook customers                in Shenzhen and another in Chengdu, but were delayed
are well-educated in market trends and the technology in           possibly because of the Apple-Proview dispute.
general, and in general they want to get the latest and            According to the Tech In Asia, the court proceedings
the greatest. Do note that the analysis did not cover the          ended July 25, but it was not until today that an official
graduation month e.g. June, which we estimate to be one of         announcement was made. Apple reportedly offered Proview
strong pushers for awarding graduates, as well as Fathers          Technology $16 million, but that sum was well short of
Day events.                                                        Proview Technology's asking price of $400 million.
Furthermore, the report served a point on smoke and                Investors, creditors, and bankers have been keeping a sharp
mirrors. While there seems to be an illusion of Apple              eye on Proview Technology since the trademark dispute
dominating the premium notebook sales, the fact of the             began in 2010, and why not? Proview just netted $60 million
matter is that Apple’s Mac OS X operating system share             for the "iPad" name.
isn’t growing at the pace stock analysts would like to. For
example, In August of 2011 Mac OS X had a 6.03% share.
Almost a year later, the share grew to 6.72%. At the same          Asustek co-brands Nexus 7
time, Microsoft Windows OS share dropped from 92.90% to
92.23%. Tectonic movements? We don’t think so. It looks to
                                                                   to increase value of their own
us that the company has a core audience that continuously          brand
upgrades its platform as soon as the new one shows, but most       Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asustek-co-brands-nexus-7-to-
of new customers come from purchasing tablets and mobile           increase-value-of-their-own-brand/16503.html
phones.                                                            July 3rd, 2012
Still, seeing Ultrabooks capturing 11% of the market is
encouraging, as it helped to drive the ASP (Average Selling
Price) up by $13 for the overall Windows PC platform when
compared to 2011. When Ultrabook platform first appeared
on the market, we saw the prices averaging $900 and more,
but the prices are now coming down to a more reasonable            Asustek and Google are partners in the development and
level, dipping to an average of $885 in May 2012.                  distribution of the Google Nexus 7, and, according to analyst,
                                                                   Asustek is utilizing the co-branding opportunity to enhance
Second half of the year will be a completely different story.
                                                                   their brand rather than to make money.
Over the past seven weeks, we attended no less than five
trade shows and conferences, in which it was clearly shown
what level of innovation we can expect – Windows 8 will
bring a series of touchscreen thin notebooks e.g. Ultrabooks/
Ultrathins, and only the end of the year report will confirm
or deny real trends in the industry.


Chinese court demands Apple
pays $60 million for "iPad"
trademark
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/chinese-court-demands-apple-
pays-60-million-for-ipad-trademark/16504.html




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Asustek and Google are partners in the development and
distribution of the Google Nexus 7, and, according to an               Today's Announcements:
analyst, Asustek is utilizing the co-branding opportunity to           Super Mario Bros 2, Monster
enhance their brand rather than to make money.
The price tag of a Nexus 7 will be $199.99, and that’s the
                                                                       Hunt 4, Gears of War:
same price as the production cost. Now, why would an                   Judgement, Left 4 Dead 2:
                                                                       Cold Stream
OEM produce a co-branded device for no profit, and hoping
just to break even? An analyst, Thompson Wu of Credit
Suisse, from Taiwan suggests that Asustek is not aiming                Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/today-s-announcements-super-
to net any profit from the Nexus 7. Contrary to traditional            mario-bros-2-monster-hunt-4-gears-of-war-judgement-left-4-dead-2-
OEM business methodology, they are seeking to build their              cold-stream/16501.html
brand in a system where OEMs “have limited opportunities               July 3rd, 2012
to differentiate” from the brands which Asustek is making
hardware for.
“We believe Asustek realizes that in a market where OEMs
have limited opportunity to differentiate without content
and operating systems, it's demonstrating its edge via
research and development and innovation, while building
upon its brand value,” Wu says.                                        In today’s announcement; the Mega Mushroom returns in
                                                                       the next Super Mario Bros title, a long overdue trailer for
Asustek has already cemented itself as a high quality OEM,             Monster Hunt 4, Gears of War: Judgment will possibly
but perhaps they are aiming for something more. Perhaps                launch in early 2013, and the Cold Stream DLC for Left 4
they want to totally dominate the Android tablet market,               Dead 2 is due out July 24.
and the recent flood of Asus-branded Android tablets is
testimonies to how “valuable” the Asus brand is.                       In today’s announcement; the Mega Mushroomreturns in
                                                                       the next Super Mario Bros title, a long overdue trailer for
                                                                       Monster Hunt 4, Gears of War: Judgment will possibly
Apple charges for required                                             launch in early 2013, and the Cold Stream DLC for Left 4
                                                                       Dead 2 is due out July 24.
free service in Italy
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-charges-for-required-free-
service-in-italy/16502.html
July 3rd, 2012




Apple is constantly going after other companies for patent
infringements, and, ironically, consumers are constantly
going after Apple for consumer rights infringements. In
a recent article we discussed that Chinese consumers were
unsatisfied with Apple’s support in China, and now it’s the
Italian’s turn to take a bite out of the Apple pie.
Apple is constantly going after other companies for patent
infringements, and, ironically, consumers are constantly
going after Apple for consumer rights infringements. In
a recent article we discussed that Chinese consumers were
unsatisfied with Apple’s support in China, and now it’s the
Italian’s turn to take a bite out of the Apple pie.
It is the law in Italy for consumers to have the right to get two
years of free assistance on electronics and durable goods,
but it just so happens that Apple is only offering one year
                                                                       Super Mario Bros is Nintendo’s most revered franchise and
free and consumer has to pay to get support in the second
                                                                       the release of Super Mario Bros 2 later this summer will
year. Basically, Italians that are paying for an extra year of
                                                                       make many reminisce on the days of the NES and Super
support from Apple need to get their money back.
                                                                       NES. As depicted in a recent screenshot (above) of the 3DS
According to Reuters, various Apple divisions in Europe                XL, the gameplay appears to remain true to the early days
have already been imposed with fines of 900,000 euros, and             of Super Mario. Mario and/or Luigi begin a stage at point A
if Apple continues to not comply with Italian authorities then         and finish at point B, and along the way they collect power
another 300,000 euros will be imposed. Apple has 30 days               ups and coins to receive extra continuations.
to respond to the AGCM’s compliance request.



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But wait, what do we have here? Is that a gigantic Mario
smashing and leveling the whole stage? It appears that the
Mega Mushroom will be among the lineup of power ups in
Super Mario 2. Take that Koopas!
Next, Capcom announced Monster Hunter 4 at the Tokyo
Game Show 2011, but there weren’t any trailers until now.
 An official release window for Japan is spring 2013, and for
North American fans, keep nagging Capcom if you want an
NA release.
Moving onto FPS, the previous rumored launch date for
Gears of War: Judgement was around the end of this 2012,
but according to Game Informer, Microsoft may be releasing
it in early 2013 instead.
Disappointing news for GoW fans, but cheer up, if you’re a
fan of Left 4 Dead then just know that Valve has announced
they will be releasing the Cold Stream DLC July 24. So
hopefully some additional zombie-mutant-blasting can be a
substitute for alien-blasting for another couple of months.
 Valve also promises some highly requested “surprises” will
be a part of the DLC if you decide to purchase Cold Stream.




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VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks!
                                                                        Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, faces extradition to
  VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly                          Sweden over charges of alleged rape and sexual assault,
  publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the             which he denies, claiming that he is being set up over his role
  geeks.                                                                as a whistle-blower. The case has overshadowed the work of
                                                                        WikiLeaks, but this latest release may take the limelight off
                                                                        Assange and back to the group's efforts.
Wikileaks to publish 2.4
million Syrian emails                                                   Image Credit: WikiLeaks
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/wikileaks-to-publish-2.4-million-
syrian-emails/16561.html
July 5th, 2012                                                          Twitter reunites dog with
                                                                        owner
                                                                        Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/twitter-reunites-dog-with-
                                                                        owner/16560.html
                                                                        July 5th, 2012
Whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks is to publish 2.4 million
emails from Syrian officials and government accounts,
marking the latest project in its efforts to show the world
what is going on behind closed doors.
Whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks is to publish 2.4 million
emails from Syrian officials and government accounts,
marking the latest project in its efforts to show the world             The power of the internet to affect real lives was
what is going on behind closed doors.                                   demonstrated recently when Twitter helped reunite a dog
                                                                        with his Irish owner.

The emails reputedly reveal communication between the                   The power of the internet to affect real lives was
Syrian government and Western companies, suggesting                     demonstrated recently when Twitter helped reunite a dog
potential controversy over the alleged collusion between the            with his Irish owner.
Syrian regime and its supposed enemies.
                                                                        The adventurous Jack Russell terrier called Patch took an
Sarah Harrison of WikiLeaks told journalists that the leak              hour train ride from Kilcock, County Kildare, to Dublin,
will cause embarrassment to both Syria and its opponents,               where Irish Rail realised this did not look like a normal
with messages dating from August 2006 to March 2012, and                passenger.
some originating in Syria's Ministry of Presidential Affairs.
                                                                        The company tweeted “Lost dog!” with a picture of the
                                                                        animal and after 500 retweets over the course of just 32
                                                                        minutes, the owner, Deirdre Anglin, noticed that it was her
                                                                        pet.




The source of the leak has not been revealed, but Harrison
claims that WikiLeaks is confident that they are genuine. The
group has already begun posting the emails online, with a
handful available to be viewed from today.



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                                                                        All of the spam detected was from compromised Yahoo
                                                                        accounts, so it probably says more about Yahoo than it
                                                                        does Android, but all of the messages also feature “Sent
                                                                        from Yahoo! Mail on Android” at the bottom, as well as an
                                                                        Android-specific Yahoo.com email.




Patch disappeared on Tuesday night, possibly to ask other               Zink found that most of the infections were in the following
dogs what the best public transport to Dublin was, and                  countries: Chile, Indonesia, Lebanon, Oman, Philippines,
Anglin posted pictures on Facebook to see if anyone saw him.            Russia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Ukraine, and Venezuela. He
Little did she know that it would be a different social network         said that users in developed countries tend to have fewer
entirely that would lead to their reunion.                              malware infections than those in developing countries like
                                                                        many of the above.

“It was good she showed up so quickly, because the staff in
the office were getting quite attached to him,” said Barry              Zink also suggested that the infections are the result of
Kenny, spokesperson for Irish Rail.                                     downloading illegitimate apps, including a possible rogue
                                                                        Yahoo! Mail app.

While lamposts might still be a hotspot for dogs to
congregate, it looks like pet owners will be turning to Twitter         Smartphones are, in many ways, more computer than
instead when posting their “missing dog” posters.                       phone, but users tend to not treat them like they would their
                                                                        PC or laptop, which most people have anti-virus software
                                                                        for. As the smartphone market continues to boom, users will
                                                                        need to adjust their security habits.
Microsoft discovers Android
spam botnet                                                             Image Credit: Bodo Akdeniz
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-discovers-android-spam-

                                                                        FBI to shut internet access
botnet/16559.html
July 5th, 2012

                                                                        to thousands of infected
                                                                        computers
                                                                        Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/fbi-to-shut-internet-access-to-
                                                                        thousands-of-infected-computers/16558.html
Microsoft has discovered an Android botnet responsible                  July 5th, 2012
for sending large volumes of spam across the web, raising
further concerns about the security of mobile operating
systems.
Microsoft has discovered an Android botnet responsible
for sending large volumes of spam across the web, raising
further concerns about the security of mobile operating
systems.                                                                The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is to shut down
                                                                        internet access to thousands of computers around the world
                                                                        which have been infected with the DNSChanger trojan.
Terry Zink, security engineer for Microsoft, revealed that
spam messages are being sent from the Yahoo! Mail app on                The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is to shut down
Android, showing that at least one botnet exists on Google's            internet access to thousands of computers around the world
popular mobile platform.                                                which have been infected with the DNSChanger trojan.



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A whopping 350,000 computer users may lose their internet           July 5th, 2012
connection on Monday 9 July as the FBI takes extreme
action to deal with the threat posed by this malware. 85,000
of the infected computers are in the United States, while
20,000 are in the UK.


The trojan, which has been in the wild for five years,              Olympus announced today that they're developing a new
infects DNS servers and let Estonian cybercriminals redirect        AR glasses prototype, which they're calling "MEG4.0", that
internet traffic to websites with adverts on them, from which       will incorporate all the know-how they've accumulated in
they gained millions of dollars of profit.                          making wearable computing devices thus far.
                                                                    Google made big waves when it announced Project Glass,
                                                                    and chances are they will be the ones to popularise AR
                                                                    glasses when the product finally ships, in the same way Apple
                                                                    popularised voice control.
                                                                    But Google certainly wasn't the first company to envision
                                                                    a future where everyone walks around looking like Vegeta
                                                                    from Dragonball.


                                                                    In fact, Olympus's been trying to make them for over a
                                                                    decade now. First with IBM in 1999, and more recently with
                                                                    NTT DoCoMo.


                                                                    At CEATEC 2010 in Japan, Olympus and NTT DoCoMo even
                                                                    showed off a working prototype, called AR Walker, that was
                                                                    connected to a HTC Touch Diamond Windows Mobile 6.5
                                                                    handset. Representatives said that the prototype would have
                                                                    to be revised - to make it comfortable for prolonged usage
                                                                    and, well, support anything other than WinMo 6.5 - before
                                                                    it could be commercialised.
The FBI obtained a court order in March to allow the
Internet Systems Consortium to deploy and maintain
temporary clean DNS servers in order to give users time             Two years on, the AR Walker is nowhere closer to
to repair their infected computers, but the substantial cost        commercialisation. At last year's CEATEC it wasn't even on
involved in keeping such systems in place meant it was only         the showfloor.
a matter of time before the plug would be pulled and infected
computers become isolated from the internet.
                                                                    But who needs NTT DoCoMo when the world's your
                                                                    oyster, now that Google has effectively captured the whole
There is a simple fix for the trojan, however, and                  world's imagination with Project Glass?
those concerned about potentially losing their internet
connections have been advised to use the free DNS Check
web tool from McAfee to scan for and remove the malware.            Olympus announced today that they're developing a new
                                                                    AR glasses prototype, which they call "MEG4.0", that
                                                                    will incorporate all the know-how they've accumulated in
Unfortunately it is unlikely that all those affected by the         making wearable computing devices thus far.
trojan will remove it in time, leaving many users without
access to the web, emails, social networks, and other internet
services.


Olympus Japan announces
that they're "back" in the AR
Glasses game with MEG4.0
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/olympus-japan-announces-that-
they-re-back-in-the-ar-glasses-game-with-meg4.0/16556.html




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The MEG4.0, in its current state, is 196mm-long, lightweight               People waited over a decade for Diablo III, and that wait has
at under 30g (including battery), and equipped with a high-                amounted to a game that doesn’t have enough content for
luminance QVGA display (320x240, 10cd/m2?2,000cd/                          people to enjoy in the long run. Blizzard admits Diablo III
m2). According to past reports of Olympus-made AR glasses                  does have “enough for a long-term sustainability end-game.”
(not the MEG4.0), the experience is likely to be similar to                In a recent official forum post, Community Manager Bashiok
looking at a 7-inch display from a meter away.                             wrote:
                                                                            “We recognize that the item hunt is just not enough
A gyroscope sensor is also embedded into the MEG4.0,                        for a long-term sustainable end-game. There are
which will come in handy when connected to smartphone                       still tons of people playing every day and week, and
applications via Bluetooth 2.1. There's also mention of a                   playing a lot, but eventually they're going to run
positioning sensor, although there's no confirmation if this                out of stuff to do (if they haven't already). Killing
is GPS.                                                                     enemies and finding items is a lot of fun, and we
                                                                            think we have a lot of the systems surrounding
                                                                            that right, or at least on the right path with a few
Olympus also described the MEG4.0 as energy-efficient,                      corrections and tweaks. But honestly Diablo III is
lasting approximately eight hours under "normal usage                       not World of Warcraft. We aren't going to be able
scenarios", which they've defined as "having the display                    to pump out tons of new systems and content every
on for 15 seconds every three minutes". If you were to                      couple months. There needs to be something else that
leave the display on all the time, a full charge is good for                keeps people engaged, and we know it's not there
approximately two hours.                                                    right now.
                                                                            We're working toward 1.0.4, which we're really
Even without comparing it to Project Glass specs (er...                     trying to pack with as many fixes and changes we
specifications), I get the feeling that Olympus will need to                can to help you guys out (and we'll have a bunch of
further re-iterate the MEG4.0 (it doesn't even have a camera                articles posted with all the details as we get closer),
on it) before I could wear it as happily as this guy here:                  and we're of course working on 1.1 with PvP arenas.
                                                                            I think both those patches will do a lot to give people
                                                                            things to do, and get them excited about playing, but
                                                                            they're not going to be a real end-game solution, at
                                                                            least not what we would expect out of a proper end-
                                                                            game. We have some ideas for progression systems,
                                                                            but honestly it's a huge feature if we want to try to do
                                                                            it right, and not something we could envision being
                                                                            possible until well after 1.1 which it itself still a ways
                                                                            out.”
                                                                           Blizzard may not have spent a whole decade working on
                                                                           Diablo III, so we can’t expect them to deliver a product
                                                                           that will keep gamers entertain for another ten years. And
                                                                           speaking of hindsight, rarely does a major gaming studio
                                                                           step forward and admit they did not deliver “enough”
                                                                           content in their product.
                                                                           Moving onto the solutions for maintaining player interest in
                                                                           Diablo III, Blizzard claims that they are working to include
                                                                           more modes and content in future patches. For Diablo III
                                                                           to simply “end” may not be in the best interest of players,
                                                                           therefore, a progression system will be a very welcoming
                                                                           solution. In essence, if Blizzard opts to go for the progression
Blizzard admits Diablo III                                                 route, it means that they will have to dedicate a lot resources
                                                                           and development time into creating new and unique content
does not have enough for                                                   —which then leads to the question of, “will I have to pay for
"long-term sustainability"                                                 these new contents?”
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/blizzard-admits-diablo-iii-does-not-   If fans know anything about Blizzard, they should know that
have-enough-for-long-term-sustainability-/16557.html                       Blizzard takes a lot of time to develop a new game and/or
July 5th, 2012                                                             content. Even Blizzard admits that the progression system
                                                                           that is being proposed is “still a ways out.”
                                                                           If players are willing to wait a decade to dive right back into
                                                                           the Diablo franchise, then there’s a high possibility that they
                                                                           will wait for Blizzard to add more to Diablo III. However, by
                                                                           admitting that they did not provide enough content to keep
People waited over a decade for Diablo III, and that wait has
                                                                           players interested, Blizzard may also be assuming that if they
amounted to a game that doesn’t have enough content for
                                                                           don’t act quickly to add more things for people to do then the
people to enjoy in the long run. Blizzard admits Diablo III
does have “enough for a long-term sustainability end-game.”

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value of the Diablo brand will shrink—which isn’t something           his product actually reflects how desirable an Apple product
Blizzard wants.                                                       is in China.
                                                                      Okay, onto a more serious matter. How is this not some
Buy and eat an iPhone for                                             sort of copyright or trademark infringement? According to
                                                                      a staff member of the Shenyang Industrial and Commercial
less than a dollar                                                    Bureau, the popular iPhone ice cream does not infringe
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/buy-and-eat-an-iphone-for-less-   Apple’s copyright or trademark because food and tech are
than-a-dollar/16555.html                                              in two different sectors. Hence, if Apple wants to own the
July 5th, 2012                                                        logo or trademark in the food and tech sectors, it will have
                                                                      to register the logo and trademark in both sectors.
                                                                      The ice cream sells for 1 yuan (~$0.16) each. Excuse me sir,
                                                                      how many can I get for a dollar?


Would you eat an iPhone? Alright, it’s hard to imagine                No Retina for iPad Mini
anyone being able to digest a Lithium battery, silicon chips,         Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/no-retina-for-ipad-mini/16554.html
PCBs, metals, etc… But how about slurping away at an                  July 5th, 2012
iPhone ice cream on a hot day? That sounds a lot more
delectable than a real iPhone.




                                                                      Speculations that Apple will release an iPad Mini has been
                                                                      rampant, but aside from the “Mini” 7.85’’ portion of the
                                                                      rumors, we don’t know much else regarding what Apple may
                                                                      have in store for consumers.
                                                                      Speculations that Apple will release an iPad Mini has been
                                                                      rampant, but aside from the “Mini” 7.85’’ portion of the
                                                                      rumors, we don’t know much else regarding what Apple may
                                                                      have in store for consumers.
                                                                      However, some interesting new rumors have led many
                                                                      to believe that the iPad Mini will come with the display
Would you eat an iPhone? Alright, it’s hard to imagine
                                                                      technology found in the iPhone 3GS. The third gen iPad
anyone being able to digest a Lithium battery, silicon chips,
                                                                      has a Retina display boasting a 2048 x 1536 resolution.
PCBs, metals, etc… But how about slurping away at an
                                                                        However, the Retina display may not be available on the
iPhone ice cream on a hot day? That sounds a lot more
                                                                      iPad Mini as the price point is well below that of the lowest
delectable than a real iPhone.
                                                                      priced version of the third gen iPad.
An ice cream maker in the Lioaning Province of China has
                                                                      For the smaller iPad Mini to be compatible with many
created an iPhone ice cream that is very popular among
                                                                      current Apple iOS tablet apps, it has to have a screen
students in the area, according to a report from Sina. Before
                                                                      resolution of 1024 x 768. By applying the display technology
being able to dig into the tasty treat, a person has to tear up
                                                                      that’s in the iPhone 3GS, Apple can produce a 7.85’’ tablet
a wrapper that has a picture of a product that looks exactly
                                                                      that will have the same resolution as the two previous gen
like the iPhone 4. Once the wrapper is off; people can chomp
                                                                      iPads for a much cheaper price.
away at an ice cream that looks like Apple’s logo.
                                                                      No iPad Mini with Retina display? I suppose Apple can still
                                                                      compete with other 7’’ tablets without the need of a Retina
                                                                      display.


                                                                      CM Storm Sentinel Advance II
                                                                      Review
                                                                      Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/cm-storm-sentinel-advance-ii-
                                                                      review/16552.html
                                                                      July 5th, 2012




                                                                      Looking for a new mouse? Get ready for CM Storm’s
The owner admits that there’s nothing especially unique               latest addition to their premium line of gaming device. The
about the taste of the ice cream, so perhaps the popularity of        Sentinel Advance II comes straight out of a Transformer

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movie, complete with a streamlined ergonomic shape, multi-           • 128KB Sentinel X Memory – For storage of profiles and
colour LED lights and an OLED display. Everything about                macros directly in the mouse itself
this mouse spells high tech and next generation.                     • Customizable Profile Light Effects – For changing
Packaging                                                              colours when changing profiles
The front of the outer packaging features black with red             • On The Fly DPI Fine Tuning – Changing DPI by
accents, with the 200 to 8200 DPI capability of the new                pressing a button
Avago ADNS-9800 sensor emphasised as the main selling                • Add Your Clan or Community Logo – Personalizing a
point.                                                                 32x32 logo for display on the OLED screen
                                                                     • Advanced Driver Panel – For recording of
                                                                       macros, mapping functions to mouse buttons and
                                                                       customization
                                                                     • Weight Fine Tuning System – Adjust the weight and
                                                                       balance of the mouse using 5 x 4.5g weights
                                                                     • Storm Tactics Multiplier Key – Double available
                                                                       buttons to 17 by using combinations of buttons.


                                                                  The contents of the box are pretty sparse - A
                                                                  pamphlet directing you to www.cmstorm.com to download
                                                                  applications and drivers, another pamphlet detailing
                                                                  warranty information, a set of replacement mouse feet and
                                                                  the actual mouse itself. While the lack of a CD is certainly
                                                                  environmentally friendly, the actual size of the software is
The back of the box lists the specifications of the mouse.        a considerable 125MB, which could be a drawback for users
                                                                  with slower internet connections or restrictive data caps.




The feature flap is cleverly fastened by two Velcro dots. After
lifting the flap, the actual mouse is revealed while the inner
flap explains the specifications in greater detail:




   • Superior Gaming Grade Sensor – For higher precision
     and elimination of Z-Axis issues
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                                                                           U.K’s court has determined that HTC does not infringe four
NC State researcher develops                                               of Apple’s patent, and thereby opening the door further
"clickjacking rootkits"                                                    for other smartphone manufacturers to compete in a $219
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nc-state-researcher-develops-          billion global market.
clickjacking-rootkits-/16553.html                                          Apple tried to knock out HTC in the U.K. by claiming that
July 5th, 2012                                                             its patents regarding photo management, slide to unlock,
                                                                           changing of the alphabet through scrolling, and software
                                                                           allowing users to touch two spots at the same time were
                                                                           infringed.
                                                                           The court ruled, however, that HTC did not infringe three of
Android has seen increasing numbers of threats from                        the patents, and one was invalid.
malwares and viruses recently. As the popular open sourced
                                                                           The disappointment continues as Apple is faced with
platform becomes even more widespread, so will the threats.
                                                                           trademark lawsuits in China, and failed attempts at banning
 Researchers at NC State have found a hole in the Android
                                                                           HTC’s One X, among others, in the U.S.
GUI and services that allows malwares to disguise itself as
a normal app. The team developed a “clickjacking rootkit”                  Earlier this year, and late last year, Apple won various patent
that allows malwares to hijack a phone’s regular icon and                  suits against big brands such as Samsung across the globe,
replaces it with its own user-information-theft software.                  but that rush of victories have been slowed in recent months.
Android has seen increasing numbers of threats from                        “Competition is healthy, but competitors should create
malwares and viruses recently. As the popular open sourced                 their own original technology, not steal ours,” Apple
platform becomes even more widespread, so will the threats.                spokesperson said in an email to the press.
 Researchers at NC State have found a hole in the Android                  While Apple remains adamant about protecting its interest
GUI and services that allows malwares to disguise itself as                in the court room, competitors worldwide are seeking
a normal app. The team developed a “clickjacking rootkit”                  to compete with Apple through innovations in the
that allows malwares to hijack a phone’s regular icon and                  marketplace.
replaces it with its own user-information-theft software.
                                                                           Andrea Sommer, spokeswoman for HTC, addressed the
The clickjacking rootkit allows people to disguise their                   press by saying HTC was happy with the U.K’s court
malwares in the form of legitimate Android software. What                  ruling, and that HTC (among others) was “disappointed that
this means is that icons of a normal (non-harmful) software                Apple continues to favor competition in the courtroom over
gets replaced with a malware, and when a user clicks on                    competition in the marketplace.”
the seemingly “normal” icon he will launch an application
that may seem to function normally, but underneath it are
hijacking codes that steals user information.                              Samsung GALAXY Chat
This vulnerability, as you will see in the video                           targets entry-level Android
demonstration, is apparent in Android ICS 4.0.4. The
rootkit hasn’t been tested on previous Androids, but the                   market
chances of this vulnerability existing on previous platforms               Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-galaxy-chat-targets-entry-
are high. Android Jelly Bean 4.1 is still being investigated,              level-android-market/16550.html
and until then we cannot assume that any Android OS is                     July 5th, 2012
secured.
The rootkit exposes how various malwares can infect an
Android phone and steal user information. Even harmful
apps can pass as being “normal” and un-harmful can still be
downloaded from Google Play. All this is possible because
the vulnerability doesn’t require root access.
                                                                           The Samsung GALAXY brand, seemingly, is attached to
                                                                           higher end devices, and in a bold move, Samsung has
Apple loses 4 patent claims                                                decided to market an entry-level Android phone under the
against HTC in the U.K.                                                    GALAXY marker. Samsung is releasing the GALAXY chat
                                                                           this month to markets in Europe, Latin America, Middle
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-loses-4-patent-claims-against-
                                                                           East, and Asia. This new smartphone, they claim, will be
htc-in-the-u.k./16551.html
                                                                           available “at a competitive price point.”
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U.K’s court has determined that HTC does not infringe four
of Apple’s patent, and thereby opening the door even further
for other smartphone manufacturers to compete in a $219
billion global market.

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                                                                 Will this GALAXY device sell? Perhaps, but this candy-bar
                                                                 QWERTY phone is well below the high-end standard of other
                                                                 GALAXY devices.


                                                                 Former Apple exec says
                                                                 Nokia should abandon
                                                                 current CEO and adopt
                                                                 Android
                                                                 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/former-apple-exec-says-nokia-
                                                                 should-abandon-current-ceo-and-adopt-android/16549.html
                                                                 July 5th, 2012

The Samsung GALAXY brand, seemingly, is attached to
higher end devices, and in a bold move, Samsung has
decided to market an entry-level Android phone under the
GALAXY marker. Samsung is releasing the GALAXY chat
this month to markets in Europe, Latin America, Middle
East, and Asia. This new smartphone, they claim, will be
available “at a competitive price point.”                        Nokia, according to Jean-Louis Gassée, should fire current
                                                                 CEO, Stephen Elop, dismiss its current board, ditch
                                                                 Microsoft Windows Phone, and adopt Google Android.
                                                                 Nokia, according to Jean-Louis Gassée, should fire current
                                                                 CEO, Stephen Elop, dismiss its current board, ditch
                                                                 Microsoft Windows Phone, and adopt Google Android.
                                                                 Gassée, former executive for Apple in the late 80’s and
                                                                 90’s, claims that Elop knows nothing about what makes
                                                                 smartphone, smartphone.
                                                                 “He has zero experience in terms of what makes a
                                                                 smartphone maker tick. And what is his experience in
                                                                 supply chain management? Zero,” he told Computing in an
                                                                 exclusive interview.
                                                                 Elop has been widely criticized for his decision to not offer
                                                                 Windows Phone 8 upgrades to Nokia's current line up
                                                                 of phones. This is a puzzling move considering major
                                                                 Android smartphone manufactures—such as Samsung—
                                                                 offer OS upgrades to their smartphones even after the device
                                                                 has been released.
                                                                 Furthermore, Gassée accuses Elop of not carrying out
Specs-wise, the GALAXY chat will have a 3.0’’ touchscreen        business strategies that he should have.
(240 x 320), full QWERTY keypad, 850MHz single core
processor, 4GB internal memory, and Android ICS to boot.         “He did a very good thing, which is to tell everyone that
 These specs closely reflect that of the GALAXY phones from      it is an eco-system ‘play', not a platform play. That was
2-3 years ago.                                                   very insightful. But then he reveals the plans without
                                                                 implementing them. Everyone knew that Symbian phones
You can’t blame Samsung for trying to sell more phones           were dead-enders and Nokia's partners – the carriers – ran
using the GALAXY tag, but a “GALAXY” branded phone               away from Symbian in large numbers,” Gassée gave Elop a
with an 850MHz single core may cause people to think less        small compliment but tagged on a lengthy criticism.
favorably of a Samsung GALAXY phone—this is relative to
current high-end GALAXY devices (i.e. S III, Note, etc…).        When Gassée said Elop “reveals the plans” he was referring
                                                                 to a Nokia blog leak that ultimately gave away the company’s
Aside from the substandard specs, Samsung will release           strategy.
the Chat with some preloaded software that it hopes will
provide for a complete mobile experience. ChatON will be         Now, onto Nokia’s ultimate failure. Gassée says that Elop
Samsung’s exclusive chatting software that enables users to      should have eloped with Android instead of Microsoft. By
“spontaneously” group chat or message. For gaming, the           making Windows Phone their primary platform, Gassée
Chat will come with “Game Hub”, a “pre-packed” software          affirms that Nokia did not side “with the winner.”
with the “most popular social games.” A multimedia               The clear cut winners in the smartphone business, as of this
software, AllShare Play, will enable people share and view       moment, is Google’s Android and Apple's iOS, and since iOS
contents from other devices. If I don't know any better, I can   is exclusive to Apple, that leaves Android the only alternative
say that the Chat will come with a lot of Samsung bloatware.     to siding with the “winner”.
                                                                 However, contrary Gassée’s belief about the winners in the
                                                                 smartphone arena, the International Data Research (IDC)

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firm predicts that Windows Phone will match iOS’s market               screen with twice the resolution and prices starting at
share by 2016.                                                         $499.00.
Gassée has every reason to believe that Elop is not leading
Nokia in the right direction, but we will have to wait and see         Google plans to release its new small tablet, the 'Nexus 7'
if Nokia's decision to stick with its current CEO (and hope            this month in the U.S, Australia and the UK. The Nexus 7, no
that their bank account doesn’t run dry until 2016) will pay           doubt gaining its moniker from its 7" screen, has a 1280 X
off.                                                                   800 resolution display and the new Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean'
                                                                       operating system.
Google, Microsoft & now
Apple vie for the 'Second                                              Unfortunately, the Nexus 7 doesn't take advantage of the
                                                                       one of the greatest features of the Android OS over Apple's
Device Market'                                                         iOS - memory expansion. Android system users have always
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-microsoft--now-apple-vie-   enjoyed the ability to add memory to their devices by simply
for-the-second-device-market-/16542.html                               inserting a memory card into an expansion slot in their
July 5th, 2012                                                         device. The Nexus 7, oddly, lacks such a memory expansion
                                                                       slot. While the Nexus 7 is fully featured, other than the lack
                                                                       of a memory expansion port, the price is competitive with
                                                                       other comparable devices at $199.


                                                                       Samsung's entry into this market, the 'Galaxy Note' is
Bloomberg announced on July 4th that Apple is releasing a              confusing. With its 5.3" 1280 x 800 pixel screen - is it a large
smaller and cheaper version of its wildly popular iPad near            smartphone or a small tablet? Potential customers don't
the end of this year. This rumor, which has been swirling              seem to able to figure it out and predictably sales have been
for months is also confirmed by the Wall Street Journal                disappointing.
in an article announcing that production has begun on a
compact version of the iPad. With Apple's almost cult-like
customer base, this smaller iPad will no doubt rocket directly         Microsoft has also embarked on challenging the tablet PC
to 'King of the Hill' status in the second device market.              market with 'Surface'. Surface is equipped with Windows 8, a
Google and Microsoft are fiercely challenging with 'Nexus 7'           10.6-inch touch screen and supports a stylus that uses digital
and 'Surface.'                                                         ink. It also supports a full-size keyboard that comes with
                                                                       touchpad which can enable one to use it as a laptop.


                                                                       The price of the Surface has not been announced, but it is
                                                                       expected to be competitively priced with currently available
                                                                       small tablets and slightly less ecxpensive than 'New iPad'.
                                                                       The biggest drawback is that there is no niche established for
                                                                       Windows 8 though.


                                                                       The release of the new small tablet by Apple is expected to
                                                                       solidify its position in the market and pose quite a challenge
                                                                       current small laptop makers.


Bloomberg announced on July 4th that Apple is releasing a
smaller and cheaper version of its wildly popular iPad near            LG's latest smartphone move:
the end of this year. This rumor, which has been swirling for
months is also confirmed by the Wall Street Journal in an              Apple-like batteries
article announcing that production has begun on a compact              Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-s-latest-smartphone-move-apple-
version of the iPad. With Apple's almost cult-like customer            like-batteries/16496.html
base, this smaller iPad will no doubt rocket directly to               July 5th, 2012
'King of the Hill' status in the second device market. Google
and Microsoft are fiercely challenging with 'Nexus 7' and
'Surface.'
The upcoming iPad, rumored to be released in October, is
reported to be smaller and less expensive than the currently           The latest move by LG ELectronics' in the smartphone
available model. Early reports reveal a device with a screen           market is now an Apple-like battery. Starting this fall, LG has
smaller than 8 inches, screen resolution of 1024 x 768 and             decided to follow Apple's lead and integrate batteries into
falls in the price range of $200 to $250. The currently                the design of its major smartphones. This battery integration
available model, the 'New iPad' or iPad 3, has a 9.7 inch              with smartphone design results is a much sleeker phone, but
                                                                       the user can no longer replace the battery when it fails.

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                                                                Foxconn's CEO resigns for
                                                                unknown reasons
                                                                Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/foxconn-s-ceo-resigns-for-unknown-
                                                                reasons/16548.html
                                                                July 5th, 2012




                                                                Foxconn’s CEO, Terry Cheng, has decided to call it quits
The latest move by LG ELectronics' in the smartphone
                                                                and is awaiting approval of his resignation from the board
market is now an Apple-like battery.
                                                                chairman.
                                                                Foxconn’s CEO, Terry Cheng, has decided to call it quits
Starting this fall, LG has decided to follow Apple's lead and   and is awaiting approval of his resignation from the board
integrate batteries into the design of its major smartphones.   chairman.
This battery integration with smartphone design results is a
                                                                Terry Cheng, an engineering specialist, joined Hon Hai in
much sleeker phone, but the user can no longer replace the
                                                                2007 after serving ten years as Texas Instruments' president
battery when it fails.
                                                                of Asian operation. Cheng took over for previous CEO Chen
                                                                Wei-liang on January 1, 2012.
LG is planning to put integrated batteries into its soon to     It’s unclear why Cheng has decided to step down only after
be released 'Optimus View 2'. Insiders at LG Electronics        just a few months of captaining Foxconn. Terry Gou, board
confirmed that beginning with the Optimus View 2, almost        chairman, is reportedly trying to persuade Cheng to keep his
all smartphones made by LG will have integrated batteries.      post.
                                                                Foxconn incurred losses of around HKD 218 million (~$28.1
Design and size are the major factors cited by both LG          million) in 2010, and was able to regain some lost ground in
and Apple when asked why they decided to use integrated         2011, netting about HKD 73 million (~$9.4 million).
batteries. Integrated batteries allow manufacturers to put
the batteries in between components which can reduce
thickness. LG indeed took advantage of that when they
                                                                Zhi Zhen Internet Technology
manufactured the Optimus View, reducing its thickness by        sues Apple for "Siri"
                                                                trademark
1mm. Integrating the batteries into the design allows simpler
and more elegant design.
                                                                Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/zhi-zhen-internet-technology-sues-
                                                                apple-for-siri-trademark/16547.html
The fact that LG's Optimus View sold well in the South          July 5th, 2012
Korean market helped LG in its decision to go with
integrated batteries, according to analysts. The Optimus
View, which was released in March, has sold over 300,000
units despite the limelight put on LG's 'Galaxy Note.' While
the Optimus View was a bit slower in reaching the 300,000
units sold mark, compared to Optimus LTE, sales results
were considered to be quite good in the relatively obscure 5-   After the dust of the Proview-Apple iPad dispute has settled,
inch smartphone niche.                                          the barrage of trademark infringement claims against Apple
                                                                in China is beginning to build up steam again. A few days
                                                                ago, a chemical company filed a complaint against Apple for
A major strength of LG's integrated battery is that it is
                                                                the Snow Leopard trademark, and today Zhi Zhen Internet
constructed using lithium polymer that is about 40% more
                                                                Technology has come forth with a complaint about the “Siri”
efficient than batteries in current use.
                                                                trademark.
It is harder to exchange old integrated batteries with
new ones but the latest LG batteries have overcome that
shortcoming to a great extent by making the batteries more
efficient.




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                                                                            Cloud Strife and AVALANCHE is making a comeback to the
                                                                            PC, and this time Square Enix hopes that FF7 will grab an
                                                                            even larger fan base through achievements unlocking and
                                                                            sharing of profiles online.
After the dust of the Proview-Apple iPad dispute has settled,
the barrage of trademark infringement claims against Apple                  In one of our recent publishing, we revealed that Square Enix
in China is beginning to build up steam. A few days ago,                    registered FinalFantasyVIIPC.com, and now we know why.
a chemical company filed a complaint against Apple for                        It wouldn’t make much sense for Square Enix to register
the Snow Leopard trademark, and today Zhi Zhen Internet                     that domain to announce anything but Final Fantasy VII.
Technology has come forth with a complaint about the “Siri”                 As per improved graphics for the game, we speculate that
trademark.                                                                  there may be minor improvements, but nothing big because
Zhi Zhen is claiming that their “Xiao i” robot is the rightful              the DirectX requirement is still based on DX9—late 2002
owner of the Siri trademark, because according to the official              APIs. The only features that are confirmed for the next PC
Zhi Zhen website, Xiao i is described as the “Chinese Siri”—                release will be 36 achievements to unlock and online profile
a “chatting robot system”                                                   sharing.
Apple’s website describes their Siri technology as being                    System requirements:
able to “understand what you say, knows what you mean                       • Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 (32/64-bit)
and even talk back.” Apple’s robotic-query-answering Siri,
Zhi Zhen believes, is similar to their chatting system in                   • 2GHz Processor or faster
description (not so much in function), and therefore Zhi
Zhen should be the owner of the Siri trademark.                             • 1GB RAM
Zhi Zhen reportedly contacted Apple in May to settle the
                                                                            • DirectX 9-compatible graphic card
dispute without litigation, but nothing fell through, which
then led the internet firm to file a lawsuit against Apple on               The ETA for FF7 is unknown, and the site is teasing fans
June 21.                                                                    with the generic phrase “coming soon.” There is a trailer,
                                                                            and while FF7 loyalists wait for the game, they can download
                                                                            some wallpaper from the site with resolution of up to 2048
Final Fantasy VII returns to                                                x 1536!
PC with achievements and
online profiles                                                             New Mac OS X backdoor
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/final-fantasy-vii-returns-to-pc-with-   discovered
achievements-and-online-profiles/16545.html
                                                                            Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/new-mac-os-x-backdoor-
July 5th, 2012
                                                                            discovered/16544.html
                                                                            July 5th, 2012




Cloud Strife and AVALANCHE is making a comeback to the
PC, and this time Square Enix hopes that FF7 will grab an
even larger fan base through achievements unlocking and
sharing of profiles online.                                                 Kaspersky Lab has discovered a new Mac OS X backdoor
                                                                            being used for an Advanced Persistent Threat campaign,
                                                                            creating further concern about the security of Apple's
                                                                            desktop operating system.
                                                                            Kaspersky Lab has discovered a new Mac OS X backdoor
                                                                            being used for an Advanced Persistent Threat campaign,
                                                                            creating further concern about the security of Apple's
                                                                            desktop operating system.



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Researchers at the Russian security firm discovered that
Uyghur activists in China were being targeted by hackers,         RIM CEO denies BlackBerry
who sent customised emails with a zipped attachment               is in trouble
containing malicious Mac code, disguised by a jpeg image.         Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rim-ceo-denies-blackberry-is-in-
                                                                  trouble/16541.html
                                                                  July 5th, 2012
The code is a new and primarily undetected variant
of the MaControl backdoor, which supports both i386
and PowerPC Macs, and once executed, it connects to a
Command and Control server, which gives an operator
access to files and the ability to run commands on the
infected Mac.
                                                                  Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of Research In Motion
                                                                  (RIM), has denied that the BlackBerry is facing the strong
                                                                  likelihood of failure, as many analysts predict.
                                                                  Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of Research In Motion
                                                                  (RIM), has denied that the BlackBerry is facing the strong
                                                                  likelihood of failure, as many analysts predict.


                                                                  Heins, who took over the top job in January of this year,
                                                                  is facing increasing pressure from investors and supporters
                                                                  of the BlackBerry platform after recent announcements that
                                                                  BlackBerry 10, the expected saving grace for the company,
                                                                  would be delayed until next year. Despite many questions
                                                                  about the company's future, Heins remains adamant that
                                                                  there is “nothing wrong.”


                                                                  “There's nothing wrong with the company as it exists right
                                                                  now,” he told a Canadian radio show, according to Reuters.
                                                                  “I'm not talking about the company as I, kind of, took it over
Kasperksy Lab found that the Command and Control server           six months ago. I'm talking about the company (in the) state
utilised in the infection of its research computer was located    it's in right now.”
in China, suggesting the source of the attack comes from
within the restrictive country, where activists frequently risk
exposure from targeted malware.


“Macs are growing in global popularity, even amongst high-
profile people. Many choose to use Mac OS X computers
because they believe it’s safer,” said Costin Raiu, Director
of Global Research & Analysis at Kaspersky Lab. “However,
we believe that as the adoption increases for Mac OS X,
so will both mass-infection attacks and targeted campaigns.
Attackers will continue to refine and enhance their methods
to mix exploits and social engineering techniques to try
and infect victims. Just like PC malware, this combination
is commonly the most effective and cybercriminals will
continue to challenge Mac OS X users’ security, both
technically and psychologically.”


Macs were largely considered more secure than Windows-            The problem with this kind of denial is that it appears to be
based computers for years, often leading to many users            mostly within the company, as a slew of analysts recently
not installing any anti-virus software. However, hackers are      suggested that, even with BlackBerry 10, RIM faces the
beginning to target Apple's software more often and many          distinct possibility of bankruptcy, with its shares and profits
users are paying the price for security complacency.              plummeting in recent months.


Recently Apple took down a comment from its website which         In response to these predictions, Heins said that RIM is not
claimed that Macs are not susceptible to the same volume of       “in a death spiral” and that it is not ignoring the world out
malware as Windows computers, showing that the company            there.
is no longer confident that this is the case.


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“We do not believe RIM is a company at the end,” he said.
“RIM is a company at the beginning of a transition that we
expect will once again change the way people communicate.”


However, it looks like he will have a hard time convincing
people that the end is not in sight for the BlackBerry.




Xbox co-creator reveals $99
Android gaming console
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/xbox-co-creator-reveals-99-android-
gaming-console/16540.html
July 5th, 2012                                                            The fact that the console will run on Android means it
                                                                          should theoretically be possible to play any existing Android
                                                                          games, though scaling them for a TV may be a problem.
                                                                          Presumably a separate Ouya Market will be employed for
                                                                          Ouya-compatible games, but undoubtedly someone will find
                                                                          a way to access the normal Android Market and its larger
                                                                          selection of titles.
One of the co-creators of Microsoft's Xbox is reportedly
working on a $99 Android-powered game console that
provides games for free.                                                  Those excited about the project will have to wait a while,
One of the co-creators of Microsoft's Xbox is reportedly                  however, as it is currently only in the design stage, with
working on a $99 Android-powered game console that                        a few concept images of the device, which looks like a
provides games for free.                                                  slightly rounded cube (and thus reminiscent of Nintendo's
                                                                          GameCube, albeit without the bright colours), available.

Ed Fries, one of the people behind the original Xbox, and
designer Yves Béhar, the man behind the design for the One                Concept images of the interface show that it looks a little like
Laptop per Child project, are developing what could become                Xbox Live.
a potential fourth major console for the next generation of
console gaming.


The project is called Ouya (or Oooh! Yah!, as the phonetics
is obviously designed to convey) and the significantly lower
price-tag could give all the current players a run for their
money, even beating out Microsoft's recent $99 Xbox, which
requires a two-year subscription to Xbox Live to get it at that
price.


Even better for the cash-strapped among us, the games will
reputedly be free, which will win over many of those who
cannot afford the often extravagant prices of current console
games. Of course, this point also raises questions about how
developers will make profits and how high quality the games
                                                                          As mobile games become a bigger part of the industry, the
will be; chances are ads will be involved to make up the
                                                                          possibility of bringing these back to the traditional console
shortfall.
                                                                          arena is an interesting one, but the chances of it completely
                                                                          toppling the reign of the existing console giants is likely slim.




                                                                          ASUS Transformer Pad
                                                                          Infinity TF700T Hands-on
                                                                          Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-transformer-pad-infinity-
                                                                          tf700t-hands-on/16509.html




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July 5th, 2012




We first saw during CES 2012 an early engineering
sample of the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T,
which is essentially a 1920x1200 screen upgrade of the
much acclaimed Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF200 . Our
counterparts at Chinese VR-Zone have put it through its
paces to find out why it is probably the best convertible
Android tablet around.
The ASUS Transformer Pad TF700T is the direct successor
of the Eee Pad Transformer Prime. It is equipped with a
1920 x 1200 Full HD screen (yey 16:10) and a 1.6GHz quad        Obviously the main attraction of the Transformer series is
core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor which also has a 12 core          the QWERTY keyboard dock companion which provides an
GPU (there is also a LTE SKU with Qualcomm's Snapdragon         additional battery, SD card reader and USB OTG port. The
S4 dual core). It also comes with 1GB of DDR3L RAM and          chiclet keyboard design itself is similar to its predecessors
32 or 64GB flash storage capacity.                              and offers common Android shortcuts and is comfortable for
                                                                typists .
For its chassis, ASUS retained the attractive spun aluminum
shell with 3D coaxial hairline polish for the body. This time   Built for road warriors, the TF700T will last an impressive
however, it uses plastic for its antenna housing in order to    9.5 hours of continuous use and 14 hours when docked.
avoid interference with its WiFi and GPS functionality.
                                                                Lightweight and Fashionable
                                                                The TF700T measures 263mm x 180.8mm x 8.5mm and
                                                                weights around 598g.




                                                                The spun aluminum finish is a uniquely ASUS design




The display panel is LG's high definition Super IPS+ and
has a wide 178 degree viewing angle augmented with a
whopping 600 nits ultra bright backlight which allows
viewing under glaring conditions or outdoors. In addition,
the Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protects the screen from cracks
and scratches. The TF700T supports 802.11 g/b/n wireless
protocol, Bluetooth v3.0 and A2DP.


Like most other recent ASUS tablets and Ultrabooks, the
                                                                When docked, it looks like a small notebook computer
TF700T uses in-house SonicMaster technology for an above
average audio experience. One can take very sharp photos
quickly due to its rear 8MP camera with 5-element lens, large
F/2.2 aperture, LED flashlight and back illuminated CMOS.




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Although the entire setup is still fairly slim even when       The bottom is brush metal finished with rubber feet
docked; it is still a wee bit thicker than most Ultrabooks




                                                               Antec announces the
The power and sleep button is located on the upper side of
                                                               availability of the High
the TF700T                                                     Current Pro Platinum 1000
                                                               Watt Power Supply Unit
                                                               Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/antec-announces-the-availability-of-
                                                               the-high-current-pro-platinum-1000-watt-power-supply-unit/16539.html
                                                               July 5th, 2012




                                                               Antec today announced the availability of their new 1000W
                                                               power supply. The High Current Pro Platinum unit boasts
                                                               an 80 Plus Platinum certification, modular design, four 12V
                                                               rails and a 7-year long warranty. Othen notable features
                                                               include "stealth wires" (darkened wires and connectors that
                                                               reduce visibility in the chassis when connected and routed)
The volume button is located on the left. However, without     and a set of slim 8-pin connectors.
ridges or raised indications, locating it becomes a bit of a
challenge




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                                                                “Fatal1ty” Wendel to meet the specific needs of fellow
                                                                gamers in performance, stability, and ease of integration to
                                                                reduce system downtime.
                                                                Built for Gamers - The OCZ Fatal1ty 1000W PSU sports a
                                                                gaming-ready look with a sleek design, clean connectors, and
                                                                a glowing red LED fan. With a high build quality using 100%
                                                                Japanese capacitors and a powerful single +12V rail, this
                                                                PSU is capable of delivering 1000W of continuous power at
                                                                50°C ideal for a demanding multi-GPU gaming rig.
                                                                Efficient Performance - With 80-PLUS Gold certification
                                                                and powered by a large 140mm thermally-controlled fan
                                                                to reduce heat in your case, maintain ultimate stability
                                                                and silence during the most intense gaming sessions by
                                                                eliminating distracting noises from your PC.
                                                                Premium Modular Cabling System - Featuring individually-
"We wanted to give users the best possible feature set          sleeved modular cables, the Fatal1ty Series eliminates
for their investment in a 1000 watt power supply. We            unnecessary wire clutter for a cleaner overall presentation
designed a highly versatile, practical cabling to maximize      and superior airflow in high end systems that are packed
cable management options and pushed High Current Pro            with components.
to Platinum-certified efficiency to create a PSU package        Leading Warranty and Support - The Fatal1ty 1000W Series
unrivaled by competitors at this wattage class."                comes backed by a 5-Year warranty for the ultimate peace of
                                                                mind."

OCZ Fatal1ty 1000W PSU                                             • Continuous 1000W output at 50°C
Review                                                             • Built with 100% Japanese low ESR 105°C capacitors
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ocz-fatal1ty-1000w-psu-        • Single +12V rail
review/16538.html
July 5th, 2012                                                     • Temperature and load controlled 140mm double ball-
                                                                     bearing fan with Red LED
                                                                   • 80-Plus Gold certified for up to 90% efficiency (typical
                                                                     load)
                                                                   • Individually sleeved modular cables
                                                                   • Active Power Factor Correction (PFC)
  Even though OCZ bought PC Power & Cooling several
years ago, the firm never stopped developing and marketing         • ErP compliant for low power usage in standby
power supplies under their own brand name. Today we are            • Heavy-duty protection circuitry
going to have a close look at one of the latest and most
powerful units from OCZ, the Fatal1ty 1000W unit. As the           • Dimensions: 150mm(W) x 86mm(H) x 180mm(L)
name suggests, this is a product “approved” by Johnathan           • MTBF: 100,000 Hours
“Fatal1ty” Wendel, the famous professional gamer. OCZ
                                                                   • 5-Year Warranty
goes as far as to market this unit as a “gaming” power
supply. Although it will certainly not help you attain better
framerates or become a professional gamer yourself, the
Fatal1ty 1000W certainly has a very distinct set of features    Apple granted patent for
which have it standing out of the crowd.                        peripheral treatment for
Even though OCZ bought PC Power & Cooling several
years ago, the firm never stopped developing and marketing
                                                                head-mounted displays
                                                                Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-granted-patent-for-peripheral-
power supplies under their own brand name. Today we are
                                                                treatment-for-head-mounted-displays/16537.html
going to have a close look at one of the latest and most
                                                                July 5th, 2012
powerful units from OCZ, the Fatal1ty 1000W unit. As the
name suggests, this is a product “approved” by Johnathan
“Fatal1ty” Wendel, the famous professional gamer. OCZ
goes as far as to market this unit as a “gaming” power
supply. Although it will certainly not help you attain better
framerates or become a professional gamer yourself, the
Fatal1ty 1000W certainly has a very distinct set of features    Google’s Project Glass, thus far, has amounted to essentially
which have it standing out of the crowd.                        a camera mounted eye glass, and the possibility of making
Manufacturer’s features and specifications                      personal computing available anytime and anywhere seems
                                                                out of reach. While Google is hacking away at trying to
"Pros don't just play games, pros win games! - Dedicated to     make their augmented reality glasses a reality, Apple has
delivering premium power solutions, OCZ’s latest PSU was        been tampering with the notion of computing through head-
co-developed with twelve-time world champion Johnathan          mounted-displays.

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Google’s Project Glass, thus far, has amounted to essentially
a camera mounted eye glass, and the possibility of making
personal computing available anytime and anywhere seems
out of reach. While Google is hacking away at trying to
make their augmented reality glasses a reality, Apple has
been tampering with the notion of computing through head-
mounted-displays.




A patent granted to Apple today outlined some key features
that reveal Apple may be on a collision course with Google
in the future. The patent entitled “Peripheral treatment
for head-mounted displays” discusses the techniques for
projecting an image into someone’s eyes through the use of
head-mounted-displays.
The Abstract section states:
“Methods and apparatus, including computer program
products, implementing and using techniques for projecting
a source image in a head-mounted display apparatus for a          Basically, an image will be projected onto someone’s eye via
user. A first display projects an image viewable by a first eye   LCD screens, and to fill in the gaps of a user’s peripheral
of the user. A first peripheral light element is positioned to    vision, the patent include “mechanisms” for coverage of
emit light of one or more colors in close proximity to the        a person’s entire field of vision. The distinction between
periphery of the first display. A receives data representing      Apple’s head-mounted device and Google’s is that Google’s
a source image, processes the data representing the source        Glass won’t cover all of a person’s field of vision.
image to generate a first image for the first display and to
generate a first set of peripheral conditioning signals for
the first peripheral light element, directs the first image
to the first display, and directs the first set of peripheral
conditioning signals to the first peripheral light element. As
a result, an enhanced viewing experience is created for the
user.”

                                                                  Promising news for tech junkies, but will Apple make a
                                                                  head-mounted device that appeals to the masses—will it
                                                                  be attractive to wear in public? Or will it be a hideous
                                                                  contraption?


                                                                  US Patent Office expands
                                                                  across major cities, spurs
                                                                  new wave of inventions?
                                                                  Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/us-patent-office-expands-across-
                                                                  major-cities-spurs-new-wave-of-inventions-/16534.html
                                                                  July 5th, 2012




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The US Patent Office announced on Monday that it will open            In order to enable the complete platform qualification
four new satellite branch offices early 2013 in Detroit, Dallas,      (processor, motherboard, chipset, memory modules etc.,
Denver and Silicon Valley.                                            Samsung started sampling the key industry vendors
                                                                      with DDR4 memory modules. The very first DDR4
The US Patent Office announced Monday that it will open
                                                                      server modules come in the shape of "Registered Dual
four new satellite branch offices early 2013 in Detroit, Dallas,
                                                                      Inline Memory Module" with 16GB (128 Gbit) capacity.
Denver and Silicon Valley .
                                                                      Performance is no slouch either - while the DDR3 Registered
                                                                      ECC memory featured clocks of 1333 and 1600 MHz,
Those wishing to register new patents will no longer have to
                                                                      the official designation PC4-17000 (+16GB/s), shows that
trek to Washington, where there are currently over 640,000
                                                                      DDR4 is continuing where DDR3 stopped: DDR4-2133 (2.1
patent applications awaiting first review. The new offices,
                                                                      billion transfers per second). At the same time, the power
each in a seperate time zone, will enable the Patent Office to
                                                                      consumption was reduced by as much as 40%, with the
hire more staff to deal with that backlog.
                                                                      operating voltage being 1.2V, compared to 1.35V. Current
                                                                      (Amps) remained the same.
By locating offices at known centers of R&D, the Patent
Office wants to also help spur the innovation economy
nation-wide by speeding up the application process.


“The single most important step we can take to support an
economy built to last is to bring new inventions to market
as quickly as possible,” said David Kappos, director of the
Patent and Trademark Office.


It is expected that each new office will form the basis of a
hub including local inventors, investors, entrepreneurs and
law firms.
                                                                      While first memory modules are manufactured in 30nm
                                                                      process node, Samsung announced that the shipping
Mr Kappos explained that after comprehensive lobbying by              memory modules will feature 20nm DDR4 DRAM. Once
various cities, Detroit was chosen as a location because of           20nm chips arrive, Samsung will be in position to offer
it's automotive innovation, Dallas for its energy technology          8GB, 16GB and 32GB DDR4 modules. If we do the math
development, the Silicon Valley for its ongoing development           on Haswell-EP and -EX platforms, we're talking about
of computer science, and Denver for both its status as an             256GB of memory per CPU, or 1TB on a single quad-socket
aerospace center and because a high proportion of highly              motherboard.
educated veterans live there, and the Obama administration
has a policy to hire more veterans.                                   Besides memory modules, expect DDR4 in SAS/SATA
                                                                      Express controllers, low-end and performance graphics
                                                                      cards, accelerator cards and so on.
Samsung Announces 16GB
DDR4 DIMM Modules for 2014                                            4K Video Hits the Sweet
Platforms                                                             Spot: A $945 4K Webcam?
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-announces-16gb-ddr4-      Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/4k-video-hits-the-sweet-spot-
dimm-modules-for-2014-platforms/16533.html                            a-945-4k-webcam-/16531.html
July 5th, 2012                                                        July 5th, 2012




It takes a long time to certify a platform, especially one
intended for mission-critical tasks. While desktop and                While RED Digital Camera and other manufacturers like
notebook platforms typically end up qualified within 2-3              JVC are keeping the prices of 4K cameras in the non-
quarters, it often takes up to 2 years to verify that all the parts   palatable price range for the vast majority of consumers,
of server platform work in order.                                     Point Gray has released a $945 camera capable of recording
                                                                      video in 4K quality (full 4096x2160 resolution).
We already wrote about DDR4 memory as the integral
part of the future memory standards, especially with Intel            4K video, i.e. 3840x2160 or 4096x2160 resolution represent
Haswell and AMD's Post-Abu Dhabi future architectures.                the next step, "the beyond HD" resolution in digital
Furthermore, GDDR6 memory is also expected to debut in                cinematography. With pioneering cameras such as RED
2014, meaning we have about a year to year and a half to go           One, Scarlet or Epic as well as JVC's GY-HMQ10 are priced
with the current DDR3/GDDR5 combination.                              in thousands of dollars, a small Canadian company is
                                                                      changing the pecking order.
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Point Grey Research Inc. is a Canadian company out of                 "PC, Mac, linux,PS3, XBOX360, Wii, iphone, ipad, itouch,
greater Vancouver area, with all the design, research and             androids, playbook, WD TV Live, Roku, boxee box,
manufacturing located on one spot - no Made in China here             OpenElec, XBMC, Apple TV, Google TV, LG smart TV,
- dedicated to bring the next generation of technology in             Sony TV and players, Panasonic VIERA, Samsung TV and
surveillance. While majority of companies are stuck in a race         players and all rooters including DD- WRT."
to the bottom, Point Grey Research wants to reach the top,            When it comes to amount of TV channels, you can access
and Flea3 webcam represents the next stage of evolution in            over 70 regionally locked channels and services, ranging
the crowded webcamera space.                                          from Netflix or Hulu websites to BBC's iPlayer, Speed or
                                                                      ESPN TV networks. Furthermore, if you're a law-abiding
                                                                      U.S. citizen and find yourself on the road, you'll lose all the
                                                                      access to services such as Amazon Web Player.
                                                                      With Unotelly DNS service - not anymore. The question is,
                                                                      what do you think?


                                                                      Gates asserts that Surface
                                                                      tablet won't hurt OEMs
                                                                      Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gates-asserts-that-surface-tablet-
                                                                      won-t-hurt-oems/16536.html
                                                                      July 5th, 2012
Flea3 is one of world's first, if not the first webcam that
uses the USB 3.0 standard, capable of delivering Full HD
(1920x1080) resolution in up to 150 frames per second. If
that level of fidelity is not high enough, you can capture up to
21 frames per second using the 4096x2160 (True 4K) pixel
resolution. The camera uses Sony Exmor R (IMX121) 8.8
million CMOS sensor known from Cyber-Shot cameras, with               In an eco-system where OEMs and Microsoft are each
electronics extended in a way that capturing 4K video is not          other’s benefactor, MS’s recent decision build its own tablet
a gimmick, but a real thing.                                          may have been perceived as a blind-sided blow to OEMs. Bill
If you're interested in shooting 4K video and are running on          Gates, in a recent interview with Charlie Rose, defends this
a very tight budget, this webcam just might be the thing you          company’s decision by asserting “you can have a rich eco-
need. You can mount various lenses onto the CS mount as               system of manufacturers” even if the line between PCs and
well. While not ideal, this just might be the closest thing we        tablets is removed.
have to a sub-1000 dollar 4K camera.                                  In an eco-system where OEMs and Microsoft are each
                                                                      other’s benefactor, MS’s recent decision build its own tablet
                                                                      may have been perceived as a blind-sided blow to OEMs. Bill
Can Unotelly Really Remove                                            Gates, in a recent interview with Charlie Rose, defends this
the Content Borders?                                                  company’s decision by asserting “you can have a rich eco-
                                                                      system of manufacturers” even if the line between PCs and
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/can-unotelly-really-remove-the-
                                                                      tablets is removed.
content-borders-/16529.html
July 5th, 2012                                                        "I actually believe you can have the best of both worlds. You
                                                                      can have a rich eco-system of manufacturers and you can
                                                                      have a few signature devices that show off, wow, what's the
                                                                      difference between a tablet and a PC?"
                                                                      There’s no doubt that there is a fine line between current
                                                                      PC’s and tablets, and Gates’ statement resonates the
Regional restrictions are single most common cause of
                                                                      possibility that OEMs may one day become an extinct breed.
content piracy. Today, we live in a internetworked world and
                                                                       Current PC’s are much more powerful in terms of flexibility
for as long as you try to keep those borders closed, you'll have
                                                                      and productivity, but tablets are slowly building momentum
a potential legal issue. Until now.
                                                                      in both departments.
While you can already watch for example, British television if
you use apps such as ExPat Shield, Unotelly is the first global
DNS system we can think of. The concept behind the service
is to rely on multiple DNS (Domain Name Servers) across
the globe and give access to US television to the rest of the
world, or UK television etc.
According to the information we received from the app
maker Kostas Polichronos, Unotelly works on multiple
devices and doesn't exactly have a limitation on what device
it can work on. The number of supported devices is amazing,
which is not uncommon - if you have Internet connection,
you can use UnoDNS service:

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                                                                          Ultrabooks from various OEMs are under attack in light of
                                                                          the U.S. granting Apple the design patent for the “wedge or
                                                                          teardrop” profile in the MacBook Air.
The Surface tablet will come preloaded with an Office suite,              Taiwan’s PC brands and laptop makers will meet with
not to mention a cover that conveniently turns into a                     local government officials to discuss the possible impact
keyboard.                                                                 of Apple’s 14 year ownership of the design patent. The
Professionals who rely heavily on their laptop PCs to create              meeting is to include major brands such as Acer Inc.,
documents and presentations may find the Surface tablet                   Asustek Computer Inc., Compal Electronics Inc., and Hon
especially attractive since it will cover much of the bases               Hai Precision Industry Co.
regarding productivity, and as for flexibility, the Surface is            According to Focus Taiwan, the meeting may spur
slim and very mobile. Now, if the Surface possesses both                  discussions on how to counter Apple’s possible lawsuit
flexibility and productivity then how is it distinguishable               against Taiwan’s manufacturers. The U.S. market makes up
from a laptop PC?                                                         a huge portion of the Taiwan’s ultrabook exports; therefore,
Perhaps the only base that the Surface tablet doesn’t cover               it is crucial that these OEMs are ready to face the possibility
is the power aspect. Take for example, if a professional                  of having their products barred from entering the U.S.
needs a device that is powerful enough to encode an HD                    “We should share our information with Taiwanese vendors
video quickly, then perhaps an RT Surface may not be an                   in case Apple takes action against them,” said Wang Mei-
option. The same can’t be said for the Pro Surface tablet,                hua, director-general of the Ministry of Economics Affiars’
which will most likely boast an Intel processor found in most             Intellectual Property Office.
ultrabooks.
                                                                          The patent situation is dire if OEMs don’t find a solution,
Therefore, the only “wow” factor that coincides with the                  such as developing a new design for ultrabooks instead
Surface tablet is that it’s more of a PC killer rather than a             of cloning Apple’s wedge design. Worse comes to worst,
product that will compete with current tablets.                           OEMs can file an opposition to the validity or applicability
Gates may have contradicted himself by attaching a “rich                  of Apple’s design patent.
eco-system of manufacturers” to the topic of the Surface
tablet. There won’t be any competition if Microsoft is to
charge OEMs for the Windows 8 OS, while negating the cost                 HP webOS smartphone dead
of an OS in their product. Price is one of the main criteria in           or alive?
competition, and without competition there is no “rich eco-               Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-webos-smartphone-dead-or-
system of manufacturers.”                                                 alive-/16532.html
Gates may be referring to the "rich eco-system" between                   July 5th, 2012
Microsoft, Apple, and Google.


Ultrabook OEMs face
possibility of U.S. importation
ban                                                                       Awhile back, HP was rumored to be working on an all touch
                                                                          interface webOS smartphone to compete with the EVO, but
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ultrabook-oems-face-possibility-of-
                                                                          AT&T did not favor the phone because it did not have LTE—
u.s.-importation-ban/16535.html
                                                                          thus HP pulled the plug.
July 5th, 2012
                                                                          Awhile back, HP was rumored to be working on an all touch
                                                                          interface webOS smartphone to compete with the EVO, but
                                                                          AT&T did not favor the phone because it did not have LTE—
                                                                          thus HP pulled the plug.

Ultrabooks from various OEMs are under attack in light of
the U.S. granting Apple the design patent for the “wedge or
teardrop” profile in the MacBook Air.



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                                                                      July 5th, 2012




                                                                      A 19-year-old Japanese college student has been arrested
                                                                      for distributing software that circumvented Nintendo’s copy
                                                                      protection, thereby, enabling Wii console owners to play
                                                                      pirated games via a USB drive.
                                                                      A 19-year-old Japanese college student has been arrested
                                                                      for distributing software that circumvented Nintendo’s copy
                                                                      protection, thereby, enabling Wii console owners to play
                                                                      pirated games via a USB drive.
Transparent House, a design firm that worked with HP on
the rumored phone, uploaded a demo video of the phone to              The teenager made the software available on his website, and
Vimeo nine months ago, and left the video live up until now.          according to Asahi Shimbun, he told the police “my website
 The video is no longer available on the Transparent House’s          was making money, so I kept it running.” There were no
Vimeo channel, which then begs the question why are they              distribution of any video games, physical goods, or service
deciding now to remove the video?                                     provided by his site, and the $2,500 which he earned was
                                                                      strictly through advertisement.
                                                                      According to the Unfair Competition Prevention Act, “the act
                                                                      of providing devices to circumvent technological restriction
                                                                      measures” is an offense punishable by law.
                                                                      Japanese authority believes that the young man is not the
                                                                      creator of the software which he is accused of distributing.
                                                                         Therefore, he may face charges on the account of
                                                                      distribution while authority hunts for the creator of the
                                                                      software.




About a year ago, rumors of an HP webOS smartphone, code
named “Stingray”, surfaced that looked eerily similar to that
of the Transparent House Vimeo upload. HP’s aspiration
for the smartphone market through webOS ultimately
failed, and the company decided to discontinue all webOS
operations last year.
It's clear that HP has no intention of reviving the forsaken
webOS hardware development, therefore, the removal of the
video from Vimeo may be due more to HP’s desire to not
have to deal with the press’ inquiries about the possibility of
a webOS resurrection. That said, we have reached out to HP
and Transparent House regarding the removal of the video,
but no one is available to comment on the matter.
WebOS is practically dead, but we'll keep you all posted if we
get confirmation of a possible HP webOS revival.


Japanese teenager arrested
for distributing Wii software
mod
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/japanese-teenager-arrested-for-
distributing-wii-software-mod/16530.html



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  publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the
  geeks.


Michael Fassbender to take
main role in Assassin's Creed
film
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/michael-fassbender-to-take-main-
role-in-assassin-s-creed-film/16599.html
July 9th, 2012



                                                                       The films were originally intended to be a team effort
                                                                       between Ubisoft and Sony, but negotiations failed to
Actor Michael Fassbender is to take on the main role in                produce a deal. Ubisoft has since decided to go it alone,
the upcoming Assassin's Creed film, which he will also co-             setting up Ubisoft Motion Pictures in 2011, giving it a
produce.                                                               significant role in the film industry, where adaptations are
                                                                       on demand.
Actor Michael Fassbender is to take on the main role in
the upcoming Assassin's Creed film, which he will also co-
produce.                                                               Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, said
                                                                       that Fassbender was their first choice to play the main
                                                                       character. German-born and Irish-raised Fassbender has
The adaptation of the popular video game series will see               starred in many significant roles in recent years, including
Fassbender star as Desmond Miles, who explores the lives               playing Magneto in X-Men: First Class and Lieutenant
of his assassin ancestors through the Animus machine,                  Archie Hicox in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.
allowing him to experience the time periods of the Crusades,           He has also voice characters in video games, including Logan
the Renaissance, and, in the upcoming third game, the                  in Fable III.
American Revolution.

                                                                       There is no word yet on co-cast or a possible release date,
Ubisoft Motion Pictures is hoping to turn its largest game             but we likely won't see the film for around three years.
franchise, with 30 million games sold since the series' debut          Meanwhile, Assassin's Creed III will be out on 30 October
in 2007, into a blockbuster success, with several films                for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, and 23 November for PC.
planned over the coming years, most likely exploring the
different epochs of history that the games traverse through.
The fate of the future films will largely rest on the initial one,
however, as many planned series have failed to take off due
to poor sales, such as the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
film in 2010.




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                                                                      With Apple seeking to patent the "wedge" shape chassis
3rd Gen. Ultrabooks Pack 3D                                           design of its MacBook Air, Ultrabook ecosystem partners
HD Displays, New Sensors                                              seem to be looking up to Intel for solutions that could save
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/3rd-gen.-ultrabooks-pack-3d-hd-   them future trouble with the Cupertino, California-based
displays-new-sensors/16598.html                                       company. This could mean that Intel could come up with
July 9th, 2012                                                        [patent] troll-proof designs that partners could build on. The
                                                                      chassis design could implement two standardizations: the
                                                                      first is a new durable hinge (that joint between the two halves
                                                                      of the notebook), and the second is chassis materials. Intel
                                                                      recently announced a breakthrough in design that allows
                                                                      chassis made of plastic to have durability comparable to
                                                                      those made with aluminum, which could result in reduced
                                                                      manufacturing costs (once the technology has proliferated
Even as the market for super compact notebooks, or
                                                                      enough, and good volumes are reached). Third generation
Ultrabooks, is a work in progress; sources in the supply
                                                                      Ultrabook could see this chassis become standard.
chain have a fair idea of what's in store with third-
generation Ultrabooks, based around Intel's next CPU                  Lastly, Intel could mandate the use of solid-state drives
micro-architecture, codenamed "Haswell." The Ultrabook                (SSDs) as storage devices, and quite some R&D could be
appears to be going the smartphone way on multiple fronts.            carried out for coming up with a newer battery standard.
Even as the market for super compact notebooks, or                    In conclusion, notebook manufacturers will find Intel
Ultrabooks, is a work in progress; sources in the supply              babysitting the Ultrabook specification looking deep into
chain have a fair idea of what's in store with third-                 2013, as well. The improved display, sensors, and chassis
generation Ultrabooks, based around Intel's next CPU                  design sure are things to look forward to.
micro-architecture, codenamed "Haswell." The Ultrabook                With inputs from DigiTimes.
appears to be going the smartphone way, on multiple fronts.

                                                                      Activision and Terminal
                                                                      Reality announce The
                                                                      Walking Dead game
                                                                      Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/activision-and-terminal-reality-
                                                                      announce-the-walking-dead-game/16596.html
                                                                      July 9th, 2012




To begin with, it's no revelation that the third generation
of Ultrabooks, super-compact notebooks whose basic                    Activision Blizzard and developer Terminal Reality have
specifications are governed by Intel, will be based on its            announced a video game of the popular The Walking Dead
next-generation CPU architecture, codenamed "Haswell."                zombie TV series.
The new processors will be built on existing 22 nm silicon            Activision Blizzard and developer Terminal Reality have
fabrication processes, but will pack architectural changes            announced a video game of the popular The Walking Dead
that will yield higher performance, and faster graphics.              zombie TV series.
According to sources closely associated with companies
that contract-manufacture Ultrabooks (ODMs), third
generation Ultrabook will pack better displays, better                The game will be a first-person action title that allows
display capabilities, improved chassis design, and a suite of         players to take on the role of Daryl Dixon, accompanied by
new sensors that add new user-interface elements.                     his brother Merle, as they try to get to the safety of Atlanta. It
                                                                      is being described as a “do-whatever-you-need-to-survive”
There is talk of displays with stereo 3D and HD resolutions.          game, suggesting plenty of suspense and grittiness to match
1920 x 1080 pixels seems like a plausible resolution standard         the show.
candidate, as today's Ultrabooks already do 720p. Display
panel makers achieved extremely high pixel densities with
displays of certain high-end smartphones and tablets,                 “The work AMC has done with the TV series has been
and it's expected that these could make their way into                amazing and we're ecstatic at the opportunity to be brought
Ultrabooks, without impacting costs significantly. Further,           into the fold,” said Drew Haworth, Creative Director at
standardizing multi-touch displays is on the cards, even for          Terminal Reality. “The studio is made up of fans of the
Ultrabooks in the conventional "clam-shell" form-factor.              show, and we think other fans will see that the situations
Next up, there's talk of giving the Ultrabook a suite of              and walkers featured in our game are every bit as gruesome
sensors, that gel with the user interface of Windows 8.               and shocking as they are in the TV series — they look, move
Facial recognition and gesture recognition, integrated with           and react as expected with full authenticity — and they will
the operating system, seem high on the cards. Other                   surprise you. The player's fight-or-flight survival instinct is
sensors could include those which are common with today's             constantly engaged. 'Flight' is usually a good bet.”
portable computing devices, such as accelerometer and
digital compass.

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Players will frequently find themselves in situations where
they need to assess threats and analyse everything as they try
to avoid being spotted by the undead walkers, which will use
a combination of sight, sound and smell to hunt them down,
making it extra difficult for players hoping to survive the
onslaught. There will be a choice of fighting or using stealth
to escape, providing an interesting balance of brute force and
tactical gameplay.


To make things even more tense, players will have a limited
supply of everything, requiring them to ration supplies.
Food, medical equipment, ammunition and other goods will
be scarce and scattered around the in-game world, and                  The game lineup includes: New Super Mario Bros. 2, Luigi's
players will be required to use their wit and intellect in             Mansion: Dark Moon, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Mario Kart
choosing the best supplies.                                            7, Super Mario 3D Land, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow –
                                                                       Mirror of Fate, Heroes of Ruin, Kingdom Hearts 3D, and
                                                                       Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. Some footage and trailers
The game will release in 2013 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3,             of these can be seen here.
and PC.


Nintendo to showcase 3DS                                               Other games that will be available to try out will
                                                                       include Pokémon Conquest for the DS, and Kirby's Dream
XL and games at Comic-Con                                              Collection: Special Edition and Just Dance 4 for the Wii.
                                                                       There is no word on the possibility of the Wii U being
2012                                                                   available for demos, but we expect Nintendo might have a
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nintendo-to-showcase-3ds-xl-and-   few surprises up its sleeves.
games-at-comic-con-2012/16595.html
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                                                                       Comic-Con runs from 12-15 July. Those wishing to attend
                                                                       the Nintendo Gaming Lounge do not require a Comic-Con
                                                                       badge to gain entry.


                                                                       ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II
Nintendo is to showcase the 3DS XL handheld console and                TOP 2GB Review
a number of games for the 3DS and Wii at Comic-Con 2012                Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-gtx-670-directcu-ii-top-2gb-
later this week.                                                       review/16580.html
Nintendo is to showcase the 3DS XL handheld console and                July 9th, 2012
a number of games for the 3DS and Wii at Comic-Con 2012
later this week.


The gaming company announced the 3DS XL, which
features a screen that is 90 percent larger than standard
                                                                       Everyone already knew back in early May that the Nvidia
versions, in late June, but this event will give the public a
                                                                       Kepler GK104 based GTX 670 is a serious contender for the
chance to try it out before its launch on 19 August.
                                                                       price-performance crown. We re-visit that conclusion again
                                                                       with ASUS's factory overclocked GTX 670 fitted with their
Nintendo also plans to show off a large number of upcoming             DirectCU II heatpipe cooler and run a few tests with the
games for the 3DS and 3DS XL at booth #5135 and at                     latest 304.79 drivers.
the Nintendo Gaming Lounge, which the company will be                  Quick recap on the GTX 670
hosting at the San Diego Ballroom near the Comic-Con
                                                                       As we can see from this block diagram of the GK104 die,
event.
                                                                       the GTX 670 has one of eight SMX units disabled, which
                                                                       is a common way of putting crocked ASICs that do not
                                                                       meet full binning standards to good use instead of throwing
                                                                       them away. As a result, the GTX 670 has 12.5% less fillrate/
                                                                       pixel pushing performance and lower TDP than the GTX
                                                                       680, much like how the HD 7950 Tahiti Pro is to the HD
                                                                       7970 Taihiti XT. Given that everything else remains the
                                                                       same (number of ROPs, memory bus bandwidth, fancy AA
                                                                       algorithms and other technologies), do the loss of shaders


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really matter for most use cases? We find out in the following   back to the more practical 2-slot design (rather than obtuse
pages..                                                          3-slot), allowing for better motherboard compatibility and
                                                                 quad-GPU setups. Having said that, ASUS opted for their
                                                                 own custom PCB which is longer than the surprisingly short
                                                                 7-inch board from Nvidia, presumably to accomodate the
                                                                 extra power circuitry.




                                                                 No changes at the I/O panel from the reference GTX670/
                                                                 GTX680 offerings (1 x HDMI, 1 x DP, 2 x DVI).


The red slash marks box design of the ASUS GTX 670
DirectCU II TOP is similar to the GTX 680 we reviewed a
while ago, which is not too surprising given their common
heritage.




                                                                 There is also a metal backplate at the back spanning across
                                                                 the whole card, adding to the impression that it is a premium
                                                                 product. A beefy four micro-capacitors can be found behind
                                                                 the GPU core, which can give it more instantaneous power
                                                                 as opposed to two on the regular board.




Most of the recent graphics cards with the DirectCU II
coolers that we've seen recently from ASUS have reverted

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Two 6-pin PCIe power inputs add 150W of power on top of                  Nokia and RIM are sailing in turbulent weather, but HTC’s
the 75W supplied by the slot (GTX 670 has a 170W TDP).                   situation may not be as bad. The Taiwan-based handheld
There are red/green LEDs to indicate if the connectors are               manufacturer is expected to ship 8 million units in the 3Q.
plugged in correctly.                                                     Unfortunately, analysts also predict that HTC will only ship
                                                                         7 million units in the 4Q.
                                                                         HTC’s problem is mainly due to stiff competitions from
                                                                         its Asian competitor from South Korea—Samsung. The
                                                                         two Android-favored smartphone makers both have flagship
                                                                         devices that are comparable in specs, but Samsung’s
                                                                         GALAXY SIII seems to be besting HTC’s One X by a slight
                                                                         margin.
                                                                         Nokia, RIM, and HTC are currently under immense pressure
                                                                         to catch up to Samsung and Apple, and hopefully Nokia,
                                                                         RIM, and HTC don’t bow out of the smartphone race—
                                                                         leaving consumers with fewer choices when selecting their
                                                                         next handset.


                                                                         NVIDIA and AMD will likely
                                                                         stick with TSMC's 28nm
Nokia, RIM, and HTC steadily                                             Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-and-amd-will-likely-stick-

losing grounds to Samsung                                                with-tsmc-s-28nm/16593.html
                                                                         July 9th, 2012
and Apple
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-rim-and-htc-steadily-losing-
grounds-to-samsung-and-apple/16594.html
July 9th, 2012
                                                                         Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) may
                                                                         have lost its contract with Qualcomm to produce the
                                                                         Snapdragon S4, but it’s still holding onto NVIDIA and
                                                                         AMD. Sources familiar with TSMC’s business outlook are
                                                                         confident that NVIDIA and AMD will continue to rely on
Samsung and Apple are dominating the smartphone market,                  TSMC to manufacture their chips.
and that trend won’t stop in the second half of 2012. Various            Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) may
reports have concluded that Nokia, RIM, and HTC won’t be                 have lost its contract with Qualcomm to produce the
able to compete with Samsung and Apple in the later part of              Snapdragon S4, but it’s still holding onto NVIDIA and AMD.
this year.                                                               Sources familiar with TSMC’s business outlook are confident
Samsung and Apple are dominating the smartphone market,                  that NVIDIA and AMD will continue to rely on TSMC to
and that trend won’t stop in the second half of 2012. Various            manufacture their chips.
reports have concluded that Nokia, RIM, and HTC won’t be                 Sources have indicated to DigiTimes that:
able to compete with Samsung and Apple in the later part of
                                                                           “TSMC has the upper hand over Samsung in 28nm
this year.
                                                                           technology, yield rate and price and therefore
Nokia has been struggling to make its mark on the                          changing foundry partnership involves high risks,
smartphone market ever since Android and iOS became                        the sources said. In addition, Nvidia is expected
the predominant smartphone OSs. Windows Phone, being                       to consider Samsung's ARM-based processors in
Nokia’s primary smartphone platform, hasn’t helped Nokia                   competition with its Tegra 3 processors.”
regain its market share. Nokia is currently on shaky grounds
                                                                         TSMC worked with AMD on the 28nm Southern Islands
as it is betting heavily on Windows Phone 8—which won’t be
                                                                         graphics chips, and production is scheduled to begin this
available to current Nokia devices.
                                                                         fall. AMD is also expected to adopt TSMC’s 28nm Bulk
“It will also be more difficult for Nokia to push sales of               CMOS technology in 2013, which helps to further confirm
Windows Phone 7.5-based models in the third quarter as                   that TSMC will hold onto other contracts despite losing
consumers are waiting for the launch of Windows Phone 8                  Qualcomm.
smartphones,” sources told DigiTimes.
                                                                         Update: According to X Bit Laboratories Samsung and
Onto RIM’s woes, the once-upon-a-time smartphone goliath                 TSMC will both manufacture the Snapdragon S4 for
will delay their latest platform until early 2013. BlackBerry            Qualcomm. We revealed earlier that UMC reportedly won
10 (BB10) is supposed to be RIM’s savior, and if RIM doesn’t             a contract to produce the S4, which hints that Qualcomm
deliver an OS that can compete with iOS and Android, then                may have switched foundry. There are no confirmations as
more people will be out of a job—or even worse, RIM goes                 to whether or not Qualcomm will continue its partnership
bankrupt. The company is reportedly spending over $1                     with TSMC in the future.
billion to produce and market BB10.



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The new iPad to launch July
                                                                         July 9th, 2012


27 in China
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-new-ipad-to-launch-july-27-in-
china/16592.html
July 9th, 2012

                                                                         Without much fuss, ASUS slipped out a revision of its
                                                                         Radeon HD 7950 DirectCU II graphics card. The revision
                                                                         breaks away from the common board design between the
                                                                         HD 7950 and HD 7970 DirectCU II models, and uses newer,
Chinese consumers may not be happy with Apple’s customer                 compact PCB and cooler. The revision could ready ASUS for
support, but apparently they’re still consuming Apple                    future price cuts of the GPU.
products like it is oxygen. Apple’s revenue in Greater China             Without much fuss, ASUS slipped out a revision of its
was $7.9 billion (20% of global total) according to a financial          Radeon HD 7950 DirectCU II graphics card. The revision
report released on March 31. With the Proview-Apple iPad                 breaks away from the common board design between the
dispute out the way, Apple may now unleash the new iPad                  HD 7950 and HD 7970 DirectCU II models, and uses newer,
unto the Chinese market. How much more money will                        compact PCB and cooler. The revision could ready ASUS for
Apple rake in beginning July 27 when the new iPad is set to              future price cuts of the GPU.
release in China? Who knows, if the trend continues like all
other Apple products, the new iPad will definitely be a hot
commodity.
Chinese consumers may or may not be happy with Apple’s
customer support, but apparently they’re still consuming
Apple products like it is oxygen. Apple’s revenue in Greater
China was $7.9 billion (20% of global total) according to a
financial report released on March 31. With the Proview-
Apple iPad dispute out the way, Apple may now unleash the
new iPad unto the Chinese market. How much more money
will Apple rake in beginning July 27 when the new iPad is
set to release in China? Who knows, if the trend continues               The new board design will be applied to both the standard
like all other Apple products, the new iPad will definitely be           and TOP variants. Its most notable feature is the reduced
a hot commodity.                                                         length, which appears to be down by an inch, if not more. It's
                                                                         unclear if there are any casualties of this design change. The
According to Want China Times, the first batch of iPads will
                                                                         cooler appears to be just a compacted version of the original,
only have Wi-Fi, but that doesn’t mean that the 3G version
                                                                         that looks a little less rough on the edges. According to one
won’t appear soon after. Apple has been given network
                                                                         source, the new cooler features denser aluminum fin stacks,
license from Chinese authorities some time in May, so the
                                                                         and uses six heat pipes to transport heat, instead of five on
3G version will undoubtedly be an integral part of the iPad
                                                                         the original design. A secondary heatsink runs the entire
world in China.
                                                                         length of the obverse side of the PCB, drawing heat from
Recent rumors suggest that Apple will be releasing a                     memory, MOSFETs, and other hot ancillary components,
refreshed version of the new iPad later this fall alongside the          and cools them under the air-flow of the main heatsink.
iPad Mini, so Chinese consumers who are up to date on their
Apple gadgets will most likely hold out until the latest iPad
is released.
Although the iPad is clear for sales in China, Apple is
still facing multiple trademark lawsuits which include their
outdated “Snow Leopard” OS and the “Siri” communication
technology.
Apple may have just lost $60 million to Proview, but that’s
a small price to pay considering China is generating 20% of
Apple’s total revenue.

                                                                         The display output configuration is also changed, with
ASUS Shrinks Radeon HD                                                   the revision featuring two dual-link DVI apart from one-
7950 DirectCU II                                                         each of HDMI 1.4a and standard-size DisplayPort 1.2; in
                                                                         comparison to the original featuring two mini-DisplayPorts,
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-shrinks-radeon-hd-7950-
                                                                         and just one dual-link DVI. Apart from the design changes
directcu-ii/16591.html
                                                                         mentioned, both the base and TOP models of the new HD
                                                                         7950 DirectCU II graphics cards retain the clock speeds of
                                                                         the originals. The base model ships with 800 MHz core, 5.00
                                                                         GHz (effective) memory; while the TOP model ships with
                                                                         900 MHz core and 5.00 GHz (effective) memory.


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                                                                       AMD Piledriver FX and
                                                                       Opteron refresh? After
                                                                       summertime..
                                                                       Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-piledriver-fx-and-opteron-
                                                                       refresh-after-summertime../16588.html
                                                                       July 9th, 2012



The revised ASUS HD 7950 DirectCU II graphics cards will
initially sell at the same prices as those of the originals,
although it's expected that the revisions will give ASUS a
better cushion against falling prices. Based on the 28 nm              The eagerly awaited Vishera FX desktop and Abu Dhabi
"Tahiti" silicon, the Radeon HD 7950 from AMD features                 server refreshes of AMD processor lines seem scheduled for
1,792 Graphics CoreNext stream processors, 112 TMUs, 32                late summer or early fall (Q3 to Q4 2012) as of now. What's
ROPs, a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface holding 3                  in store?
GB of memory, and support for the DirectX 11.1 API.
                                                                       Yes, Bulldozer core microarchitecture didn't exactly impress
                                                                       on the desktop, with the power-performance ratio being the
iPad Mini to be manufactured                                           biggest problem even with discounted pricing. On the server
in Brazil and keeps 4:3                                                front, the dual die 8 core-pair 'Interlagos' implementation of
                                                                       Bulldozer fared somewhat better as there are more apps that
screen ratio                                                           can benefit from many-thread resources, especially integer
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ipad-mini-to-be-manufactured-in-   bound Web environments where the shared FP units aren't
brazil-and-keeps-4-3-screen-ratio/16589.html                           that much of a hindrance.
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                                                                       Since the Trinity APU already has the updated 32nm
                                                                       'Piledriver' core included, the question was when will we
                                                                       really see it in the desktop and server general purpose CPUs.
                                                                       While there may be samples of Vishera floating around, this
Recent rumors are suggesting that the iPad Mini will be                Bulldozer desktop follow-on is still nowhere near the official
manufactured in Brazil, a twist on Apple's history of having           release. The 'Abu Dhabi' dual die follow-on to Interlagos,
their products manufactured in China.                                  implementing the 'Piledriver' core, is howewer, pretty much
                                                                       confirmed for the September to October timeframe.
Recent rumors are suggesting that the iPad Mini will be
manufactured in Brazil, a twist on Apple's history of having
their products manufactured in China.
Hon Hai plays a big role in manufacturing quite a
few iPhones, among other Apple devices, for worldwide
consumption, so the news that the iPad might come via
Brazil’s plants may surprise some. Apple has long employed
Asian OEMs to produce their Apple products, but Hon Hai
is reported to have outsourced much of their workload to the
Brazilians.
Thus, although the iPad Mini may be manufactured in Brazil,
it will still be under the directions of Hon Hai and Apple.            Any reason to wait? Well, there are two expected main
Sources that suggested the iPad Mini will be manufactured              benefits: one is the supposedly improved instructions per-
in Brazil also added confirmation to the torrents of rumors            clock efficiency, which could be up to 15% based on the
surrounding the 7.85’’ display of the iPad Mini. The iPad              more optimistic figures, and the other one is the higher
Mini is rumored to have the same height as the Google Nexus            clock frequency, up to some 20% vs similar Bulldozer
7, but the width may be wider—perhaps to accommodate the               cores especially on the Opterons. Finally, yes, Haswell-
extra .85’’.                                                           compatible FMA3 fused multiply add format. And, oh yes,
                                                                       further improved power management. Note that there will
Other Apple tablets have retained the 4:3 aspect ratio, and            be no new sockets (meaning AM3+ and G34/C32 still),
it appears the iPad Mini will continue that tradition. This            everything has to fit within the current TDP, memory and I/
is in direct opposition to other major tablet vendors such as          O bandwidth limits. No support for PCI Express 3.0 either...
Amazon, Google, and Asus who are currently endorsing and
implementing the 16:9 ratio.                                           Now, how would it impact the competitive positioning? Not
The rumored launch date for the iPad Mini is sometime in               much as of now - 22nm Ivy Bridge-E / EP updates (more
October, the same time frame for the launch of many other              on that this week) to Core i7 and Xeon E5 lines will keep
hand held devices, specifically tablets. This fall will be an          the performance chasm as it is today. It would, however,
exciting part of the year for many tech enthusiasts.                   show that AMD is still in the game and continuing to develop
                                                                       its CPU/Heterogenous Computing stuff so that, by the time


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the Steamroller and Excavator core designs come, it can                     Hewlett-Packard (HP) decided several days ago that it won’t
hopefully compete again vs Intel.                                           back Microsoft’s Windows RT tablets at launch, and that
                                                                            announcement left many wondering which OEM giant will
                                                                            fill in the hole left by HP. Wonder no more, according to
BitTorrent aims to                                                          Bloomberg, Samsung will launch a Windows RT tablet later
revolutionize the internet                                                  this October.

again with Torque                                                           Hewlett-Packard (HP) decided several days ago that it won’t
                                                                            back Microsoft’s Windows RT tablets at launch, and that
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/bittorrent-aims-to-revolutionize-the-
                                                                            announcement left many wondering which OEM giant will
internet-again-with-torque/16587.html
                                                                            fill in the hole left by HP. Wonder no more, according to
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                                                                            Bloomberg, Samsung will launch a Windows RT tablet later
                                                                            this October.
                                                                            Microsoft’s decision to launch its own hardware created
                                                                            quite a stir among partnering OEMs, and HP was not
                                                                            hesitant to express their discontent with the Microsoft
                                                                            Surface decision. We’ve discussed, recently, the various
                                                                            impacts that the Surface will have on the OEMs that
BitTorrent has become an integral part of the internet
                                                                            partnered with Microsoft in the past, and one of the major
since its inception ten years ago and the folks that helped
                                                                            impacts is the price point in which OEMs has to deal with if
deliver BitTorrent is aiming to revolutionize the internet
                                                                            they produce a Windows RT tablet.
even further—with something they call BitTorrent Torque.
                                                                            The Surface will not incur an operating system cost, but
BitTorrent has become an integral part of the internet
                                                                            OEMs that want to produce a Windows RT tablet will have
since its inception ten years ago and the folks that helped
                                                                            to pay for the OS (unless Microsoft decides to offer Windows
deliver BitTorrent is aiming to revolutionize the internet
                                                                            RT for free, which is unlikely). Therefore, OEMs won’t be
even further—with something they call BitTorrent Torque.
                                                                            able to compete with Microsoft in pricing without having to
BitTorrent Torque, according to the official BitTorrent site,               cut corners.
will allow developers and users to integrate BitTorrent into
                                                                            Despite many OEMs’ opposition to the Surface, Samsung
web browsers.
                                                                            will launch its own ARM Windows RT tablet alongside the
“Simply put, it allows anyone to utilize our powerful                       Surface. We can speculate that Samsung’s hardware cost
technology to create completely fresh and new experiences                   will be lower than Microsoft’s, and therefore, that may help
for users with just a couple lines of code.”                                Samsung to lower the price of their Windows RT tablet.
One such integration, dubbed Paddle Over, involves drag                     Apple’s iPad still dominates the tablet market as it is
and drop of files for transfer between computers, social                    currently holding onto 58 percent of the market share. The
sharing tools, social networks, and more. Another feature                   ARM-based iPad, along with other ARM devices, outnumber
is OneClick, which allows torrent downloads to turn into                    Intel and AMD-based devices by a longshot.
normal in-browser downloads.
                                                                            Intel has been trying to crack into the ultra-mobile market
The team claims that BitTorrent Torque is their attempt                     for quite some time, and the relatively successful backing
at providing internet developers and users with the                         of the ultrabooks is a testament to Intel’s persistent. The
opportunity to become even more involved with the                           Surface Pro will come with an Intel based processor, which
BitTorrent technology.                                                      makes the Surface Pro a borderline tablet-ultrabook device.
“Torque Labs is part of our ongoing commitment to maintain
an open conversation between our developers and our
developer community. We are confident that together we
                                                                            Get ready for CyanogenMod
can create some really kick-ass applications.”                              10
                                                                            Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/get-ready-for-
BitTorrent Torque is currently in alpha, but the team hopes
                                                                            cyanogenmod-10/16585.html
that the internet community will help drive their new
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technology “beyond desktop clients.” Interested? Check out
the official BitTorrent Torque page.


Samsung to launch Windows
RT tablet this October
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-to-launch-windows-rt-
                                                                            An official stable version of CyanogenMod 9 was released
tablet-this-october/16586.html
                                                                            last week, and according to developers at XDA, the release
July 9th, 2012
                                                                            of Jelly Bean may cause CM9 to have a very short shelf life.
                                                                            An official stable version of CyanogenMod 9 was released
                                                                            last week, and according to developers at XDA, the release
                                                                            of Jelly Bean may cause CM9 to have a very short shelf life.
                                                                            Most ICS-capable devices are also capable of running Jelly
                                                                            Bean (JB), and that means the CM team will most likely

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switch to supporting CyanogenMod 10 exclusively. Despite                 So imagine a chair that rocks and back and forth (or side to
not having early access to the JB source code, the CM team               side) when Iron Man is bombarded with enemy firepower.
is apparently already prepping to start work on CM10.                     How about feeling the wind in your face when the Avatar is
                                                                         flying through the air? Sounds a lot like a ride at Universal
The CM team is awaiting the AOSP JB release, so expect the
                                                                         Studio or any major theme park, right?
team to continue to deliver full support for CM9 until then.
  CM7 will continue to be maintained, but don’t expect too               Pair the motorized chairs and real world elemental effects
much updates (if any at all) in the future.                              with a 3D big screen and you have 4DX.


Take a ride with 4DX at the
movie theater
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/take-a-ride-with-4dx-at-the-movie-
theater/16584.html
July 9th, 2012




4DX is the next big thing in cinema, as if 3D movies aren’t
good enough. This new method for delivering cinematic                    CJ CGV owns 700 screens in Asia, and this alone offers
thrills at the movie is backed by CJ CGV—a large South                   the multiplex firm a huge leverage in pushing for adoption
Korean multiplex firm.                                                   of 4DX. There are currently 29 4DX theaters spread out
                                                                         across the globe, and CJ CGV is planning to expand the 4DX
                                                                         experience to 1,500 theaters by 2016.
                                                                         A 3D movie ticket costs almost twice as much as a regular 2D
                                                                         ticket, so we can safely assume that a 4DX experience will
                                                                         cost movie goers more than an arm and a leg.
                                                                         I’m sorry honey; we can’t have the overpriced popcorn
                                                                         today.


                                                                         TSMC remains confident in
                                                                         their 28nm manufacturing
                                                                         Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/tsmc-remains-confident-in-
                                                                         their-28nm-manufacturing/16583.html
                                                                         July 9th, 2012




4DX is the next big thing in cinema, as if 3D movies aren’t
good enough. This new method for delivering cinematic
thrills at the movie is backed by CJ CGV—a large South
Korean multiplex firm.                                                   Reports earlier last week revealed that United
                                                                         Microelectronics Corp (UMC) had won a contract with
3D movies have been around for quite some time, and in
                                                                         Qualcomm to produce the Snapdragon S4 chips, and that
most cases all that are required is 3D glasses. Moving onto
                                                                         contract came at the expense of Taiwan Semiconductor
4DX, and no, the extra “D” does not literally mean an extra
                                                                         Manufacturing Co. (TSMC).
dimension. The extra dimension which 4DX is referring to
are additional special effects that sync with the movie reel.            Reports earlier last week revealed that United
                                                                         Microelectronics Corp (UMC) had won a contract with
                                                                         Qualcomm to produce the Snapdragon S4 chips, and that
                                                                         contract came at the expense of Taiwan Semiconductor
                                                                         Manufacturing Co. (TSMC).
                                                                         TSMC is touted as the world’s largest contract chip-maker,
                                                                         but it's losing its contracts to the likes of UMC and Samsung.
                                                                           Korea Times has reported Samsung will be producing
                                                                         Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chips using the Korean tech-
                                                                         giant’s 28nm manufacturing process.
                                                                         According to various reports, Qualcomm’s decision to switch
                                                                         partners may not be due to TSMC’s production quality,
                                                                         but rather due to quantity. Despite Qualcomm’s lack of

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confidence in TSMC’s ability to keep up with demands,                    shouldn’t they? The upcoming Google 7’’ slate will be
TSMC still believes that their 28nm manufacturing process                competing with the likes of the Kindles and Nooks, which
is among the leaders.                                                    already have huge development communities.
“We do not comment on business with clients. We're                       XDA developers have already begun working on various
confident in our leadership status in 28-nm and will fulfill             custom features for the unreleased Nexus 7, and why
customers' demands in the fourth quarter,” said a company                shouldn’t they? The upcoming Google 7’’ slate will be
spokesperson.                                                            competing with the likes of the Kindles and Nooks, which
                                                                         already have huge development communities.

Galaxy Nexus available once                                              First things first, if you’re wondering if the Nexus 7 will
                                                                         be root-able, then yes it is. The Nexus 7 will come with an
again in Google Play                                                     unlockable bootloader, and an instruction guide has already
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/galaxy-nexus-available-once-again-   been set up. Check it out here.
in-google-play/16582.html
                                                                         Next up is full tablet UI for the Nexus 7, as the tablet will
July 9th, 2012
                                                                         come with a UI optimized for phones. Google unveiled
                                                                         their tablet at the I/O using a phone interface, and that
                                                                         disappointed many. So the folks at XDA have conjured up a
                                                                         quick hack pack that will allow users to unlock the Nexus 7
                                                                         to full tablet interface.
                                                                         Now if you don’t want to put in the work to customize
                                                                         the Nexus ROM yourself, download some pre-packed ones.
The Galaxy Nexus is once again available in the Google
                                                                           These ROMs and kernel will include: (some, if not all)
Play store after a few weeks of going on hiatus due to an
                                                                         insecure, init.d support, overclocking to 1.5 GHz, voltage
injunction from Apple’s lawsuit.
                                                                         tweaks, zip aligned, superflows apps removed, busybox, ad-
                                                                         blocking host file, aroma installer, and DSP manager.


                                                                         RIM Will Burn Through $1
                                                                         Billion To Launch BB10
                                                                         Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rim-will-burn-through-1-billion-to-
                                                                         launch-bb10/16579.html
                                                                         July 9th, 2012
The Galaxy Nexus is once again available in the Google
Play store after a few weeks of going on hiatus due to an
injunction from Apple’s lawsuit.
Although Google Play marks the Galaxy Nexus as available
again, Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung hasn’t officially
ended. The Samsung-Apple dispute is ongoing, and the
availability Galaxy Nexus is that it “ships in 1-2 weeks” and            RIM is currently flushed with cash, and analysts believe
not immediately.                                                         that they will need that cash in order to get BlackBerry 10
                                                                         launched.
Yesterday, the 9th Circuit Court temporarily lifted the ban
on the Galaxy Nexus sales, but Apple has not responded to                Research In Motion is flushed with cash, despite a poor
the court’s decision. Samsung is not ready for clear sailings            quarter and an announcement that BlackBerry 10 is getting
just yet, but if you want to buy the Galaxy Nexus then now               delayed. Current cash-on-hand for RIM is around $2.25
is the time to do it before Apple files another lawsuit against          billion, or about $4.29 per share of the company. Analysts
Samsung.                                                                 are predicting now that most of that cash will be burned
                                                                         through to launch BlackBerry 10, possibly destroying the
                                                                         book value of RIM stock. Analysts at Barclays are only
Root, Kernel, ROMs, and                                                  projecting a “burn” of $677 million and targeting RIM stock
                                                                         at $6 per share; this implies that they are valuing the patents,
much more for unreleased                                                 handset business and BBM network at roughly $1.6 billion.
Nexus 7                                                                  However, J. Mintzmyer, an analyst from SeekingAlpha, has a
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/root-kernel-roms-and-much-more-      different opinion on RIM’s cash situation. He has calculated
for-unreleased-nexus-7/16581.html                                        the average expense per quarter for the company at $386
July 9th, 2012                                                           million for research and development and $690 million for
                                                                         sales. Using these figures, he expects RIM to lose roughly $1
                                                                         billion in cash over the next three quarters as BlackBerry 10
                                                                         gears up for launch. Assuming that BlackBerry 10 flops, RIM
                                                                         will have $1.25 billion in cash, or $2.38 per share, along with
                                                                         warehouses filled with Playbook tablets and new BlackBerry
                                                                         phones; even if this inventory has to be sold at 50% of retail,
XDA developers have already begun working on various                     the company will make money. Mintzmyer calculates that if
custom features for the unreleased Nexus 7, and why                      the business and inventory is worth $1 billion, the network

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is worth $1 billion, and the patents are worth a conservative             July 9th, 2012
$2 billion, the stock is still worth $10 per share. He says the
only way the shares are worth only $6 would be if the patents
were worth only $1 billion and RIM was out of cash.
In essence, Mintzmyer is saying investors should buy
stock in RIM, as even though the company will burn
through roughly $1 billion in cash, the stock price is severely
undervalued at the moment.                                                UKFast, a hosting specialist in the UK, has revealed what
                                                                          it believes are the top 10 cyber security failings of 2012,
                                                                          showing a surprising amount of complacency among people
FBI submits incomplete                                                    when going online.

evidence in Megaupload's                                                  UKFast, a hosting specialist in the UK, has revealed what
                                                                          it believes are the top 10 cyber security failings of 2012,
Kim Dotcom extradition case                                               showing a surprising amount of complacency among people
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/fbi-submits-incomplete-evidence-in-   when going online.
megaupload-s-kim-dotcom-extradition-case/16577.html
July 9th, 2012
                                                                          “As a society we rely on technology more than ever
                                                                          nowadays. We communicate through social networks, pay
                                                                          bills and manage our bank accounts online, and carry a
                                                                          wealth of personal data around with us on our mobile
                                                                          phones,” said Stuart Coulson, director of data centres at
The FBI has sparked a debate amongst the lawyers in Kim                   UKFast. “We are so comfortable sharing information on the
Dotcom's extradition hearing by submitting just 40 pages of               net that people don’t realise that their over-sharing could
emails out of the 22 million stored on Megaupload's servers.              hand cybercriminals access to their bank accounts and leave
                                                                          them vulnerable to identity fraud.”
The ongoing Megaupload saga continues, with arguments
over what evidence Kim Dotcom will be allowed to see in
order to prepare his defense. A New Zealand judge has                     The top 10 security issues are:
ordered the FBI to copy 150TB of potential evidence that
they seized from the Megaupload servers they seized, though
it’s still unclear as to how much of the data Dotcom will be              1. Images
given access to. Now, it appears that the FBI has “cherry-
picked” just 40 pages of evidence out of some 22 million
emails stored on the cyberlocker site’s servers; they intend
to hand over these 40 pages before an extradition hearing,                Some users are actually posting images of their credit
sparking a heated disagreement between the prosecutors                    and debit cards online, making it incredibly easy for
and Dotcom’s defense lawyers that could delay that hearing.               cybercriminals, as they only need the three-digit security
The head of Dotcom’s legal team has said that the summary                 number on the back, of which there are only 1,000 possible
document is inadequate; the legal team is being forced to                 combinations.
argue their case with “their hands tied behind their backs.”
The Crown Prosecutor for New Zealand, however, has said
that having all the information for a hearing that merely                 The idea of posting pictures of credit and debit cards may
determines whether or not Dotcom can be tried in the US is                surprise many people, as it seems like an obvious oversight.
unnecessary. If the case does indeed proceed to an American               However, often the reason why people share these images is
court, this issue will be argued again, delaying any trial even           because of what is displayed on the card.
further.
The Department of Justice has suffered some major criticism               Our research revealed that dozens of people shared pictures
for their handling of the case against the eccentric Dotcom;              of their cards to show off a photo that has been printed on
the criticism stems from many areas, including the use of                 the card, either of themselves or the “stock” photo, such as in
illegal search warrants in order to secure the evidence for               one case of the Manchester United team. These photos also
the case as well as their refusal to return non-infringing                show the full card name and number, however.
material to the Megaupload users. The Department of
Justice is still charging Dotcom with running what they call
an “international organized criminal enterprise,” though at               2. Sharing Contact Numbers
this rate an actual trial is still a long way off.


UKFast reveals top 10
security failures
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ukfast-reveals-top-10-security-
failures/16575.html




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Many people share their new phone number on Facebook,
and while this is bad enough, the “via Facebook for iPhone”      6. QR Codes
note shows hackers that the number belongs to a brand
spanking new iPhone. All a hacker has to do is text the phone
with a malware-laced message.
                                                                 QR codes have grown big time with the boom in the
3. Location Services                                             smartphone market, but the lack of information surrounding
                                                                 them means that users could be putting their devices at risk.
                                                                 Flyers containing a QR code may provide access to a genuine
                                                                 app, a viral marketing campaign, or some malware waiting
                                                                 for the next victim. Often users are too quick to scan any
                                                                 barcode they encounter, without considering the possible
                                                                 threats.


When users have location services enabled, their updates         7. Public Computers
to Facebook, FourSquare, and other social media services
will tell all and sundry where the user is. This might seem
harmless enough, but when one message tells people that
they are at home, and the next tells people that they are away
on holidays for two weeks, the message would-be burglars
see is: “Here is my home address. It will be empty for the
next few weeks. Make yourself at home and try not to steal
too much.”


4. Password Stealing Tricks




Many free password strength checks are not designed to
test the strength of your password, but rather the strength      Clicking “Stay logged in” on a public computer is an obvious
of your security awareness, as they often simply log the         faux pas, but it is one many do largely from habit, leaving
passwords you enter and then employ them in all kinds            their accounts exposed to the next individual who uses
of criminal activity. Some people not only hand over their       the computer. While many people will simply log out of
Facebook passwords in this manner – some do the same with        an account they encounter, not everyone is so honourable.
their bank account passwords.                                    Users need to be extra cautious when accessing public
                                                                 computers, which include test products in stores, such as a
                                                                 display iPad.
5. Reusing Passwords

                                                                 8. Public Wi-Fi




                                                                 Public Wi-Fi is not secure, which means anyone can snoop
                                                                 on what users are doing. Certain high security things
                                                                 like online banking are best employed on a private Wi-Fi
                                                                 network.


                                                                 9. Downloads




Many people still use just one password for all their online
activity, which means that if one account is compromised, all
of the user's accounts are vulnerable to attack. This is such
a common issue that it has been largely to blame for huge
attacks on email servers, with some people's Hotmail being
hacked, only to give cybercriminals their password for their
Gmail and Facebook accounts as well. Each different account
should have its own separate and unique password.


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Downloads remain one of the most common sources of                 “The Find and Call app has been removed from the App
malware, as many users download files, software and apps           Store due to its unauthorised use of users' address book
that they know next to nothing about. Users should always          data, a violation of App Store guidelines,” said Trudy Muller,
be extremely cautious with downloads, ensuring they are            spokesperson for Apple. The app has also been removed
genuine products from a genuine source, and that they              from Google Play.
actually instructed the download to begin.


10. Shortlinks




The limited space on Twitter has led to a number of link
shorteners like Bit.ly coming on the scene. These provide
a valuable service, but they also help mask links, which
means a user has a harder time finding out if that link to
a supposedly cute kitten is not directing them to malware.
Twitter's implementation of its own link shortener has
helped this issue somewhat, but users still need to be careful
when clicking shortened links.


First iOS App Store malware                                        Android has suffered with malicious apps for some time
                                                                   now, largely thanks to the openness of its platform, but
detected                                                           Apple's closed approach to iOS has helped it evade disguised
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-ios-app-store-malware-   malware until now, making this break in Apple's security
detected/16574.html                                                particularly significant.
July 9th, 2012

                                                                   The developer of the app claims the spam messages are the
                                                                   result of a bug, which is being fixed, but that explanation is
                                                                   unlikely to wash with many people. Even if the incident is
                                                                   genuinely an error, the bad press alone suggests that Apple
                                                                   and Google will be hesitant to reinstate the app.
The first malware on Apple's iOS App Store has been
detected, marking the latest in a series of security problems
                                                                   Apple's reputation for producing devices and software with
for the Cupertino, California-based company.
                                                                   high security has taken several knocks recently. A backdoor
The first malware on Apple's iOS App Store has been                in Mac OS X is being exploited to target activists, while
detected, marking the latest in a series of security problems      Apple itself has removed its security guarantee as it finds the
for the Cupertino, California-based company.                       popularity of its products drawing the eyes of more hackers,
                                                                   spammers and cybercriminals.

Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab found a trojan
disguised as a Russian-language app called Find and Call
in both Apple's App Store and Google Play, formerly the
Android Market.
                                                                   Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to
                                                                   launch in Sept with 5.5-inch
Once downloaded and installed, the malware grabs GPS               Display & 13MP Camera
coordinates and steals the user's address book, using              Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-galaxy-note-2-to-launch-
the emails and phone numbers to send spam messages,                in-sept-with-5.5-inch-display--13mp-camera/16568.html
recommending friends try out the Find and Call application.
Since it appears to come from a genuine user, more people
get sucked into the malware scheme.




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July 9th, 2012                                                     memo features. The new technologies including the sensor
                                                                   technology introduced to 'Galaxy S3' are said to be limited
                                                                   on Galaxy Note 2, however compatiblilty with other devices
                                                                   has been improved.


                                                                   Pantech, in second place behind Samsung in the South
This fall, Samsung plans to follow up its wildly successful        Korean smartphone market, is planning to release a 5.3
Galaxy Note and hopefully repeat the performance with              inch quad-core smartphone with a capacitive screen this
its latest offering, the Galaxy Note 2. While most sources         October.
have pegged the release date as sometime in October, other
sources have reported that Samsung will release the new
                                                                   As the demands for bigger screen smartphones
model in September in an effort to beat the new iPad to the
                                                                   increase smartphone makers are responding accordingly.
street.
                                                                    Composing documents and playing games, the features that
                                                                   used to be exclusive to tablet PCs or laptops, are now arriving
                                                                   on 'big' smartphones.




                                                                   Google denies Microsoft's
                                                                   Android spam botnet claim
                                                                   Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-denies-microsoft-s-android-
                                                                   spam-botnet-claim/16572.html
                                                                   July 9th, 2012




                                                                   Google has denied claims by Microsoft about the existence of
                                                                   an Android spam botnet, but security firms are not so sure.
This fall, Samsung plans to follow up its wildly successful        Google has denied claims by Microsoft about the existence of
Galaxy Note and hopefully repeat the performance with              an Android spam botnet, but security firms are not so sure.
its latest offering, the Galaxy Note 2. While most sources
have pegged the release date as sometime in October, other
sources have reported that Samsung will release the new            Terry Zink, security engineer for Microsoft, blogged earlier
model in September in an effort to beat the new iPad to the        this week about a possible threat, citing Android-specific
street.                                                            email addresses and a “Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android”
                                                                   note at the bottom of the message.
The latest "phablet" is said to sport a slightly larger 5.5 inch
screen, featuring a precursor to Samsung's flexible screen,        Google said its investigation of the issue shows that Android
the 'Unbreakable Plane'. The new smartphone will come              has not been compromised and that spammers operating
equipped with a quadcore processor and is rumored come             from PCs are simply formatting their emails to make them
with 2 GB of memory and run the latest Android 4.1 'Jelly          look like they originate from Android smartphones, a tactic
Bean' OS. An insider disclosed that "the camera resolution         designed to help them evade spam filters. Google said there
of the new model is expected to be around 12-13 MP, a              was no evidence of an Android botnet.
considerable improvement over the 8MP of its predecessor,
the Galaxy Note."


Galaxy Note 2 boasts improved memo and document editing
features. After the introduction of the original Galaxy Note,
Samsung offered various writing features including 'S Note'
through 'Premium Sweet Upgrade' and the Galaxy Note 2 is
anticipated to have professional writing features for several
specialized fields.


An insider has reported that the writing features supported
by Galaxy Note 2 will be further specialized into general
business, design, and sales, each of which needs special

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                                                                  a slow uptake in customer adoption of new 4G smartphones
                                                                  capable of taking advantage of the new network; most 4G
                                                                  rollout in the US has been centered on major cities like New
                                                                  York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami. Across the Pacific,
                                                                  however, China Mobile has been working hard deploying
                                                                  its 4G TD-LTE network; while no phones yet exist to take
                                                                  advantage of this network for sale in China, the vice GM, Li
                                                                  Zhengmao, recently said that the phones would be coming
                                                                  to the market soon. One such phone is set to be available by
                                                                  the end of the year, with at least ten available by the middle
                                                                  of 2013 and more than 100 by 2014, including a 4G-capable
                                                                  version of Apple’s iPhone.
                                                                  This gives us the first hard deadline for the iPhone’s release
                                                                  in China, though there is a possibility that this timeframe
                                                                  will slip. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information
                                                                  Technology, or MIIT, has yet to approve of China Mobile’s
                                                                  plan. In fact, the MIIT has been slowing China Mobile’s 4G
                                                                  plans for some time, so there is a strong possibility that the
                                                                  iPhone could be delayed even longer.
Google is not the only one questioning Microsoft's claims.
Kevin Mahaffey, head of security firm Lookout, said that his      Even if the plan is approved of in its entirety, waiting two
company had found security issues with the Yahoo! Mail            years for a China Mobile-compatible iPhone is probably the
app and had advised Yahoo of the problem, suggesting there        last thing their customers wanted to hear, but China Telecom
might be a threat, but that it is related to a third-party app    and China Unicom can breathe a collective sigh of relief; no
and not Android itself.                                           matter the new phone released by Apple, they won’t have to
                                                                  worry about fast 4G competition in China until 2014 at the
                                                                  soonest.
However, Chester Wisniewski, senior security advisor at
Sophos, said that there was some evidence that the spam
came from smartphones. He said that Sophos could not see          Amazon Planning to Create
that the formatting had been faked, and some things, such
as email addresses owned to mobile operators, could not be
                                                                  Smartphone
                                                                  Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amazon-planning-to-create-
altered.                                                          smartphone/16570.html
                                                                  July 9th, 2012

Zink has since admitted that it is possible that the messages
were sent from PCs, with key elements faked to give the
illusion of coming from smartphones, but that he believes
it more likely that malware on Android has become more
prevalent, that this is motivating spammers to abuse the
platform, and that therefore the spam is being sent from an
Android botnet.                                                   Reports have surfaced of Amazon's ambitious plans to
                                                                  incorporate a smartphone into their line-up of inexpensive
                                                                  hardware tied into their digital marketplace.
Image Credit: Tom-b
                                                                  It seems like Amazon isn’t done challenging Apple, as
                                                                  several sources have reported that Amazon is developing
China Mobile Announces 4G                                         a smartphone to compete with Apple’s iPhone, along with
                                                                  other handheld devices running Google’s Android operating
enabled iPhone in 2014                                            system. It’s safe to assume that the phone would run on an
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/china-mobile-announces-4g-    Amazon-branded version of the Android operating system,
enabled-iphone-in-2014/16571.html                                 similar to the operating system that runs their Kindle Fire
July 9th, 2012                                                    tablet.
                                                                  Reportedly, Foxconn is working with Amazon on the device;
                                                                  Amazon is looking to acquire patents covering wireless
                                                                  technology as well, in order to help protect itself from
                                                                  patent litigation, such as the massive battle raging between
                                                                  Apple and Samsung. Originally Amazon had considered
                                                                  buying patents from InterDigital Inc., though those plans fell
China Mobile has announced, among plans for the                   through when the Pennsylvania-based company announced
expansion of their 4G network, that Apple will be releasing       in June that they would be selling the patents to Intel for
an iPhone compatible with the new network by 2014.                $375 million. Amazon is currently looking for new sellers
While 4G service has been around for a while in the US, it        from whom to purchase wireless technology patents.
has seen a very limited roll-out due to the cost of placing new   A smartphone would give Amazon a foothold in the growing,
hardware across essentially an entire continent, along with       lucrative handset market in which traditional manufacturers

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shipped 398.4 million units last quarter. Amazon took a               Even though summer is in the full swing, it's not that
stab at the tablet market as well with their release of the           companies are taking their time off. According to our
Kindle Fire, and a smartphone would help them bolster their           sources, AMD is gearing up to launch the dual-GPU card,
strategy of focusing on profits from digital books, songs, and        illusive Radeon HD 7990 in the second half of July.
movies. While sales of the Kindle Fire haven’t been as quick          Known under the codename "New Zealand", Radeon HD
as Amazon had hoped, it showed that the company could                 7990 represents AMD's highest-end part from the Southern
provide solid hardware comparable to its competitors for              Islands architecture. Consisting out of two Tahiti XT GPUs
cheaper than they could. If Amazon can continue this trend,           and 6GB GDDR5 memory (special edition 7990s could reach
we might see a new line of cheap, sturdy smartphones tied             12GB), Radeon HD 7990 goes head to head against the
into Amazon’s massive library of digital goods soon.                  GeForce GTX 690.
                                                                      By default, AMD has the advantage in terms of 50% more
Acer founder recommends                                               video memory (GTX 690 has 4GB), significantly higher
Microsoft stick to software                                           memory bandwidth and the new Turbo mode, technology
                                                                      similar to the Turbo mode used on NVIDIA Kepler-based
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/acer-founder-recommends-
                                                                      cards with a few major differences.
microsoft-stick-to-software/16569.html
July 9th, 2012                                                        Our sources are telling us that the boards are starting to
                                                                      be sampled, all in preparation for the product launch in
                                                                      the second half of July. We will release more details as
                                                                      the launch day approaches, as well as the final retail price,
                                                                      which still isn’t decided as we write this story. While we
                                                                      know AMD's press deck, the company has a long tradition of
                                                                      changing the price at the last moment.
Acer founder, Stan Shih, has publicly expressed that                  At the same time, a lot of AMD partners are running the card
Microsoft should stick with its core business—software. He            in their labs but aren't aware of the actual product launch.
“recommends” that Microsoft should withdraw from the                  We will see in just a few weeks time.
hardware market because it will have a negative impact on
the OEMs that are partnering with Microsoft.
Acer founder, Stan Shih, has publicly expressed that
                                                                      All Your Data Belongs To
Microsoft should stick with its core business—software. He            Zuckerberg - Facebook
“recommends” that Microsoft should withdraw from the
hardware market because it will have a negative impact on
                                                                      Invests in Asian Undersea
the OEMs that are partnering with Microsoft.                          Cable
“I think Microsoft's getting involved in the hardware                 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/all-your-data-belongs-to-
business is designed to promote its Win8 OS. But I sincerely          zuckerberg--facebook-invests-in-asian-undersea-cable/16562.html
recommend they withdraw from the hardware market when                 July 9th, 2012
they get what they want,” Shih said.
Contrary to Shih’s belief that Microsoft’s entrance into the
hardware market will hurt OEMs, Bill Gates believes that
OEMs and Microsoft can share an eco-system.           Gates
wants the Surface to eliminate boundaries between PCs and             Facebook has announced that it, along with a consortium of
tablets.                                                              other investors and firms, is investing into the development
The PC market has slowed down in recent years due to                  of the Asia Pacific Gateway, a new undersea cable that aims
increasing consumer interests in tablets. Shih believes,              to increase the speed, availability, and reliability of internet
however, that laptop PCs can remain competitive in the                access in South and East Asia.
personal computing sector—specifically for students.                  News has reached us of a new investment made by Facebook
“For students, laptops with keyboards will still be the best          into an Asian undersea cable project. Called the Asia Pacific
choice,” he said, pointing out that many current tablets lack         Gateway (APG), the new cable is designed to improve
a physical keyboard.                                                  internet speeds and availability for both consumers and
                                                                      businesses. The APG will run from Malaysia to South Korea
                                                                      and Japan, more than 10,000 kilometers, with branches
AMD Radeon HD 7990 Debuts                                             leading to other countries along the route. A spokesman
as a Very Limited Edition in                                          from Facebook said the investment would help support their
                                                                      efforts to boost membership in South Asia, which is already
July?                                                                 one of their fastest growing markets. “Our investment in
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-radeon-hd-7990-debuts-as-a-   this cable will help support our growth in South Asia,
very-limited-edition-in-july-/16567.html                              making it possible for us to provide a better user experience
July 9th, 2012                                                        for a greater number of Facebook users in countries like
                                                                      India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and
                                                                      Singapore,” the spokesman said, although he declined to
                                                                      reveal how much the social networking giant had invested


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in the cable plan, only confirming that a group of investors
(including Facebook) had invested a total of $450 million.       Is a thinner Sony Playstation
The construction and maintenance of the APG is being             3 on the way?
funded by a group that includes two of the largest               Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/is-a-thinner-sony-playstation-3-on-
Chinese ISPs, China Telecom and China Unicom. The fiber          the-way-/16564.html
optic cable will allow faster upstream and downstream            July 9th, 2012
connections to North American servers. “This lowers our
dependencies on Singapore as the main gateway for internet
traffic,” said the consortium’s chief executive, Saiful Husni.
“We can now channel high volumes of this traffic on our
network with the lowest latency, directly to the US.” In
essence, by removing servers in Singapore as a gateway,          Sony has filed paperwork with the FCC that seems to indicate
the latency drops as Internet signals have fewer servers and     that a new model of PS3 is on the way.
cables to go through before reaching North America.              It appears that there may be a new model of PS3 on the
                                                                 horizon. Sony has a habit of redesigning their flagship
                                                                 console every few years, taking advantage of cheaper costs
                                                                 and new efficiencies in manufacturing. If history is anything
                                                                 to go by, the new model will be smaller and cheaper than
                                                                 current models; Sony released a compact, cheap version of
                                                                 the PlayStation 2 at the end of its lifecycle and it appears that
                                                                 they might be doing the same thing here for the PlayStation
                                                                 3.
                                                                 Japanese site Pocket News is reporting that Sony has filed
                                                                 paperwork with the FCC, which a perusal of their site
                                                                 confirms, for a new model of the PS3; the model numbers
                                                                 listed in the paperwork are in the CECH-4000 range, as
                                                                 opposed to the current models, numbered CECH-3000. The
                                                                 pictures included with the filing don’t give any indication
                                                                 of size or capabilities, but there have been rumors of a
                                                                 thinner console on the horizon. This filing may indicate that
                                                                 those rumors were true; at the very least, we expect to hear
                                                                 something official from Sony soon.
While Facebook’s growth in the US has shown signs of a
sharp slowdown according to a report in the Wall Street
Journal, a study by Nielsen suggested that the social network
was booming in Asia, enjoying a rapid growth rate. The
study showed that Japanese-based visitors to Facebook had
skyrocketed to 17.2 million in May, more than doubling from
the number of visitors at the beginning of the year. The
report also indicated that South Korea was also enjoying
a similar boom, with room for even more growth in the
coming months. Despite this rapid growth, Facebook still
trails behind Mixi in Japan and Cyworld in South Korea,
both domestic social networks that benefit from having
local servers with faster, more reliable connections than
Facebook’s US-based servers.
Other markets that Facebook could capitalize on with a more
reliable Asian connection are India and the Philippines,
both areas with a heavy presence on Facebook but patchy
connectivity. A faster, more reliable connection would
benefit both users and Facebook, as usability of the site
would increase, making users’ interactions easier and
leading to more users for Facebook.
Facebook is not the first major internet company in the
US to invest in major internet infrastructure, however. In
2008, Google announced that it would be investing in a
$300 million undersea cable between Asia and the US called
Unity. It was completed in April of 2010, and provides a
trans-Pacific link capable of transmitting up to 7.68 Tbit/s.




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                                                                  3.0, the PCI-Express Gen 4.0, is already underway. PCI-
  VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly                    Express 4.0 will be designed to further double bandwidth
  publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the       over its predecessor. A single PCI-Express 4.0 lane will be
  geeks.                                                          able to push 16 GT/s. The SIG also touched on the concept
                                                                  of PCIe-attached storage, pointing out how PCIe add-on
                                                                  card storage devices such as SSDs and HBAs benefit from
PCI Local Bus Turns 20, PCI-                                      processor-integrated PCI-Express 3.0 root complexes.
Express 10, PCI-SIG Looks                                         Addressing the issue of portability and proliferation to
                                                                  newer, smaller form-factors, the SIG talked about PCIe
Ahead                                                             OCuLink, a new cable-based standard (such as Thunderbolt,
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pci-local-bus-turns-20-pci-   USB), that lets two devices communicate with each other
express-10-pci-sig-looks-ahead/16624.html                         without a host-device hierarchy, with minimal protocol
July 11th, 2012                                                   overhead. The standard appears to be based on PCI-
                                                                  Express 3.0 x1, and offers 8 Gb/s bandwidth (single-
                                                                  lane). The connector is designed to support up to four
                                                                  PCIe lanes, resulting in a staggering 32 Gb/s bandwidth.
                                                                  The SIG touched briefly on upcoming standards such as
                                                                  next-generation form-factor that's part of the Mini CEM
The Peripheral Component Interface (PCI) Special Interest         specification, and the SFF-8639, a connector standard that
Group (SIG) celebrated 20 years of the PCI local bus, an I/       will become relevant with PCIe-attached storage devices.
O technology in use by computers to this date. This is also
the 10th year for PCI-Express interface, which drives most
of today's high-bandwidth computer devices. The SIG gave          Researchers make
us a glymse of what lies ahead.                                   breakthrough with phone-
The Peripheral Component Interface (PCI) Special Interest
Group (SIG) celebrated 20 years of the PCI local bus, an I/O
                                                                  charging t-shirt
                                                                  Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/researchers-make-breakthrough-
technology in use by computers to this date. This is also the
                                                                  with-phone-charging-t-shirt/16625.html
10th year in market for PCI-Express interface, which drives
                                                                  July 11th, 2012
most of today's high-bandwidth computer devices. The SIG
gave us a glymse of what lies ahead.




                                                                  Researchers have created a t-shirt that can store electricity
                                                                  and be used to charge mobile phones and other portable
                                                                  devices.
                                                                  Researchers have created a t-shirt that can store electricity
                                                                  and be used to charge mobile phones and other portable
                                                                  devices.


                                                                  A duo at the University of South Carolina, Professor
                                                                  Xiaodong Li and researcher Lihong Bao, managed to convert
                                                                  a cheap t-shirt bought at a discount store into a wearable
(Image Credit: Jonathan Zander)                                   power source.
The PCI-SIG notes that while the greater part of the
past 20 years posed challenges related to bandwidth, the
                                                                  The t-shirt was soaked in flouride, dried and then baked in
future adds newer ones, including compacting the PCI-
                                                                  an oxygen-free room at a high temperature, which changed
Express interface to newer, smaller form-factors, with
                                                                  the fabric from cellulose to activated carbon, without
newer electrical configurations. This leaves bandwidth
                                                                  damaging the flexibility of the material.
(performance) and form-factors as the two factors the SIG
has to keep in mind, when drafting future standards.
Addressing the issue of performance the SIG noted that
development of a succeeding standard to PCI-Express Gen

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The result is that the fabric could be used as a capacitor,
which can store an electrical charge. The outcome was
further enhanced by coating the fibres with manganese
oxide, resulting in what Li called a “stable, high-performing
supercapacitor.”                                                         It will also be open to rooting, which won't void the warranty,
                                                                         and the team behind it say “hackers welcome,” inviting
                                                                         hardware hackers to create their own peripherals.
The professor said that when these are stacked together
they could be used to charge phones and tablet computers,
making clothing that little bit more useful than it currently            Supporters of the project have come out in force, pledging
is.                                                                      anywhere from $10 to $10,000, with rewards for pledges
                                                                         ranging from reserved usernames and a copy of the console
                                                                         to developer goodies and dinner with the creators. A
Of course, the potential downside is the unknown risks of
                                                                         whopping $2,925,677 has been pledged at the time of
wearing “charged” clothing. Electric shock is one possibility
                                                                         writing, and growing rapidly.
that will need to be addressed, made even more problematic
when considering what might happen if the fabric gets wet.
If these concerns were addressed, however, we might be                   With the next-generation of consoles just around the corner
plugging into our t-shirts and jeans instead of the wall                 and such significant support for Ouya, we could see some
sockets.                                                                 major new competition in the market that the big three,
                                                                         Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony, may find difficult to match.
Image Credit: University of South Carolina
                                                                         SteelSeries Ships Siberia V2
Ouya console raises $3                                                   Frost Blue Edition Gaming
million and counting                                                     Headset
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ouya-console-raises-3-million-and-   Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/steelseries-ships-siberia-v2-frost-
counting/16623.html                                                      blue-edition-gaming-headset/16622.html
July 11th, 2012                                                          July 11th, 2012




The Ouya $99 Android-powered gaming console has taken
a huge step towards reality with the raising of nearly $3                Mark another one to the plethora of Siberia V2 variations.
million on Kickstarter in just over 24 hours.                            SteelSeries announced the retail availability of its Siberia V2
                                                                         Frost Blue Edition USB gaming headset. The new variant is
The Ouya $99 Android-powered gaming console has taken                    characterized by a mostly-white body, with soft blue lighting
a huge step towards reality with the raising of nearly $3                on its earcups.
million on Kickstarter in just over 24 hours.
                                                                         Mark another one to the plethora of Siberia V2 variations.
                                                                         SteelSeries announced the retail availability of its Siberia V2
The console, which will run on Android 4.0, will make                    Frost Blue Edition USB gaming headset. The new variant
gaming incredibly affordable, not only because of its low                is characterized by a mostly-white body, with frost blue
initial price, but because the games will all be free (though we         lighting on its earcups.
expect some kind of advertising or locked features to entice
developers to make games for this platform).


The console will feature a Tegra3 quad-core processor, 1GB
of RAM, 8GB of internal flash storage, Bluetooth, Wi-fi,
HDMI, USB 2.0, and a wireless controller and touchpad.

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                                                                           Rovio, the developer behind the popular Angry Birds series,
                                                                           has released a trailer for its next game, Amazing Alex, which
                                                                           promises to bring more physics-based puzzles to mobile
                                                                           gamers.
                                                                           Rovio, the developer behind the popular Angry Birds series,
                                                                           has released a trailer for its next game, Amazing Alex, which
                                                                           promises to bring more physics-based puzzles to mobile
The Siberia V2 Frost Blue Edition is a medium-large size                   gamers.
gaming headset with a native audio processing logic, which
connects to the system over USB 2.0. The same connection
is used to power the illumination, made up of 16 LEDs (8                   The game focuses on Alex, a kid who sets up various
on each earcup), which produce a "frost blue" glow. The                    contraptions with his toys, giving players over 100 levels
brightness and illumination mode of these LEDs can be                      of physics puzzles that will make use of toy cars, footballs,
configured by the SteelSeries Engine software, which is also               balloons, and any piece of furniture in the vicinity.
used to configure the USB DAC driving the headset.


                                                                           Another unique feature of the game is a level creator, which
                                                                           means gamers can expand the possible game experiences
                                                                           with 35 interactive objects, a number which is sure to grow
                                                                           over time. Player-created levels can also be shared online
                                                                           and Rovio is promising plenty of free updates.


                                                                           If the game is as well-crafted as Rovio's bird-flinging pig-
                                                                           crushing antics the gaming world could be in for another
                                                                           puzzle phenomenon.


The Siberia V2 uses a pair of 50 mm drivers with 18                        Amazing Alex launches tomorrow, 12 July for the iPhone,
Hz to 28 kHz frequency response, and 40 Ω impedance.                       iPad and Android devices.
The microphone, which is retractable into the left earcup,
features 50 Hz to 16 kHz frequency response, -38 dB
sensitivity, and a uni-directional pickup pattern, backed by               Scientists discover graphene
active noise-cancellation. The USB cable extends to a total
of 3 m.
                                                                           heals itself
                                                                           Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/scientists-discover-graphene-heals-
                                                                           itself/16619.html
                                                                           July 11th, 2012




                                                                           Scientists have discovered that the material graphene has
                                                                           the power to heal itself, opening up new possibilities for a
                                                                           number of future applications.
                                                                           Scientists have discovered that the material graphene has
                                                                           the power to heal itself, opening up new possibilities for a
                                                                           number of future applications.
The Siberia V2 Frost Blue Edition USB headset by
SteelSeries, is priced at US $119.99 (around S$150).
                                                                           The material is made up of carbon sheets that are just a single
Angry Birds developer shows                                                atom in thickness, making them incredibly thin and very
                                                                           easy to damage. Yet their fragility also introduces a major
trailer for next game                                                      strength, the ability to self-repair.
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/angry-birds-developer-shows-trailer-
for-next-game/16621.html



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The discovery was made by scientists at the University of                replacements for Galaxy S3 smart phones because of
Manchester and SuperStem Laboratory of the Engineering                   premature screen burn-in. The AMOLED screen, used in
and Physical Sciences Research Council in Daresbury, both                the popular Galaxy S3, is often susceptible to 'burn-in'
in the UK. The co-discoverer of the material, Nobel Prize                or a permanent discoloration of particular areas of the
winner Konstantin Novoselov, was part of the research team.              screen. Burn-in is generally caused by a combination of
                                                                         inconsistency in the material used to make the screen and
                                                                         the same image being shown shown on the screen for long
                                                                         periods of time, such as a 'splash screen' or menu screen.
                                                                         For the past week or so, many Korean bloggers and
                                                                         community members have been hotly debating Samsung's
                                                                         recent denials of problems with the new AMOLED screens.


                                                                         The problem showed up almost immediately after Samsung
                                                                         introduced the AMOLED screen with the Galaxy S2. Screen
                                                                         burn-in was a frequent problem with the S2 and Samsung
                                                                         had to offer warranty repair of the screen or exchange of the
                                                                         defective unit with a new one. They apparently learnt their
                                                                         lesson with the Galaxy S3 and have solved the problem - not
                                                                         by rectifying the underlying problem but sneakily changing
                                                                         the product manual to avoid in-warranty repairs.
Research on the flimsy sheets frequently produced holes, but
the scientists were shocked to find that nearby atoms would              Samsung warns its users in the S3 product manual 'Do not
snap into place to repair the breach. It did not matter if these         operate your device with a paused screen for a long time."
were carbon, metal or hydrocarbon atoms – they all did the               Further the manual states flatly "We are not responsible for
job at mending the material. However, pure carbon atom                   any problem arising from the said cause." This effectively
would push metal atoms out of the way to create an even                  shifts the responsibility of screen burn-in to the consumer,
more perfect repair job.                                                 disregarding any manufacturing or technology problem with
                                                                         the new screens, allowing Samsung to avoid any warranty
                                                                         replacements of the screens.
“We know how to connect small strips of graphene, to drill
it, to tailor it, to sculpt it, and it now seems we might be
able to grow it back in a reasonably controlled way,” said Dr.           The bigger problem lies in the fact that most customers
Quentin Ramasse, co-author of the study, published in Nano               do not pay much attention to the product manual before
Letters.                                                                 purchasing a new device and won't realize that Samsung is
                                                                         using this tactic to avoid replacement of defective units.
It is not yet clear what this could be practically used for, but
the possibilities are endless, as self-repairing material could
be in used in almost any field.
                                                                         Toshiba Releases AL13SE
                                                                         Series 10K RPM Enterprise
Image Credit: Quentin Ramasse                                            HDDs
                                                                         Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/toshiba-releases-al13se-series-10k-
                                                                         rpm-enterprise-hdds/16618.html
Samsung denies                                                           July 11th, 2012

responsibility for Galaxy S3
screen burn-in
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-denies-responsibility-for-
galaxy-s3-screen-burn-in/16616.html
July 11th, 2012
                                                                         Toshiba launched the AL13SE series of enterprise hard
                                                                         drives, built in the 2.5-inch form-factor, with SAS 6 Gb/s
                                                                         interface. The drives come in capacities as high as 900 GB,
                                                                         and with spindle speeds of 10,500 RPM.
                                                                         Toshiba launched the AL13SE series of enterprise hard
                                                                         drives, built in the 2.5-inch form-factor, with SAS 6 Gb/s
Disputes are arising over the recent discovery that Samsung              interface. The drives come in capacities as high as 900 GB,
is unwilling to take responsibility for warranty replacements            and with spindle speeds of 10,500 RPM.
for Galaxy S3 smart phones because of premature screen
burn-in.
Disputes are arising over the recent discovery that
Samsung is unwilling to take responsibiliity for warranty

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The AL13SE series consists of four models based on
capacity, the 300 GB AL13SE300, 450 GB AL13SE450,
600 GB AL13SE600, and 900 GB AL13SE900. All four                         Sony's new S-Series XQD cards will be available in 32
models offer read/write seek times of 3.7 ms and 4.1                     GB and 64 GB capacities, priced at US $260 and $460,
ms, respectively. Although with a typical spindle speed of               respectively. A media with 168 MB/s of bandwidth allows
10,500 RPM, the drives feature Supported Enhanced Power                  professional photographers to capture approximately 108
Condition State (SEPCS) technology, which lowers spindle                 frames in continuous shooting, in the RAW format. This
speed in tune with the amount of drive activity, to conserve             would allow photographers covering fast-moving subjects
power. All four models pack 64 MB caches.                                (such as athletics, motorsport, wildlife in action, etc.,) the
Measuring 69.85 mm x 100.45 mm x 15.00 mm, (W x D x H),                  ability to pick the best shot from a wider range of shots.
the drives weigh about 240 g, and feature typical power draw             Higher bandwidth also benefits workflow, where on-site
of 4.7W. The company did not release performance numbers                 image processing time can be chopped. Data transfer is
of its own, but recommended the use of 512 byte sector size.             one of the most time-consuming parts of a photographer's
                                                                         workflow.
Joel Hagberg, vice president of marketing at Toshiba’s
Storage Products Business Unit, said "The AL13SE Series                  To let users take advantage of the S-Series XQD cards
provides enterprise customers with capacities up to 900GB                beyond their compatible imaging equipment, Sony also
that support a broad range of enterprise applications,”                  launched two new devices a PC/Mac-compatible XQD card
adding “The increased performance and reliability of the                 reader (model MRW-E80) that uses USB 3.0 interface
AL13SE reflect our collaboration with our key partners                   (USB 2.0 backwards compatible); and an ExpressCard 34-
to deliver small form-factor hard disk drives that address               compatible card reader (model QDA-EX1).
market requirements for mission-critical storage.”                       Commenting on the launch, Viviano Cantu, Director of
                                                                         Consumer Media for Sony Electronics, said "Professional
Sony Launches S-Series XQD                                               photographers need to shorten their workflow - the time
                                                                         between shooting, processing and editing," adding "With
Memory Cards                                                             transfer times up to 30% faster than even the fastest CF
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-launches-s-series-xqd-memory-   cards, the S Series gives new meaning to high-performance
cards/16617.html                                                         digital image capture, more than conventional CF can offer,
July 11th, 2012                                                          for pro shooters and advanced photo enthusiasts."


                                                                         Man vs Machine -
                                                                         Biomechanical legs gets an
                                                                         upgrade
                                                                         Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/man-vs-machine--biomechanical-
Sony launched what it touts to be the fastest memory card
                                                                         legs-gets-an-upgrade/16614.html
ever made. The S-Series memory cards from Sony conform
                                                                         July 11th, 2012
to the XQD specification, and guarantee read/write speeds
of 168 MB/s, a tiny bit faster than the fastest CompactFlash
card in the market.
Sony launched what it touts to be the fastest memory card
ever made. The S-Series memory cards from Sony conform
to the XQD specification, and guarantee read/write speeds
of 168 MB/s, a tiny bit faster than the fastest CompactFlash
                                                                         The human gait has been tuned over millions of years of
card in the market.
                                                                         evolution to be as efficient as our anatomy allows. But
                                                                         technology is catching up, according to scientists in the
                                                                         United States.
                                                                         A pair of biomechanical legs that accurately recreates
                                                                         human locomotion has been developed by scientists at the
                                                                         University of Arizona.
                                                                         M. Anthony Lewis and Theresa Klein, researchers from
                                                                         the university’s Robotics and Neural Systems Laboratory,

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have published their findings in the Journal of Neural                     July 11th, 2012
Engineering revealing the development of a highly
advanced pair of mechanical legs that are able to mimic
human walking in a “biologically accurate, energy-efficient
manner.” The legs are intended for researching how humans
learn to walk, but potential future applications include
giving the ability to walk back to patients with spinal-cord
injuries.                                                                  Kingston Digital launched its newest line of secure USB
                                                                           flash drives, under the DataTraveler Locker+ G2 series.
The scientists, of the university’s Department of Electrical               The drives use USB 2.0 HiSpeed interface, and provide
and Computer Engineering, claim their biomechanical legs                   some very mainstream transfer speeds, but provides native
are the most advanced ever, and the first to accurately                    data encryption, and a cross-platform user authentication
reproduce human gait characteristics.                                      system.
The new legs can adjust for varying surfaces with the help of              Kingston Digital launched its newest line of secure USB
a small computer taking readings from load sensors in the                  flash drives, under the DataTraveler Locker+ G2 series.
feet, allowing the legs to mimic the up and down movement                  The drives use USB 2.0 HiSpeed interface, and offer
of human legs.                                                             some very mainstream transfer speeds, but provide native
The legs consist of a copy of the human hip, knee and ankle                data encryption, and a cross-platform user authentication
controlled by nine “muscles”, which are in fact Kevlar straps              system.
that move up and down as required. The movements are
determined by an electronic version of the central pattern
generator (CPG), a neural network in the base of the spine
which is semi-autonomous from the brain. The CPG gathers
information from the body and responds to the environment
accordingly. This is why humans can walk without thinking
about it.
When the elements of the legs were combined with the
electronic CPG, the legs were able to move in much the same                The Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G2 is available in four
way as a human. This was verified by comparing to data                     capacities, 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB, and 32 GB; and offers transfer-
gathered in human studies, paying particular attention the                 rates as high as 10 MB/s reads with 5 MB/s writes, a trade-
movement at the hip and knee.                                              off for the drive's native (hardware) data-encryption feature.
While other bipedal robots, perhaps the most famous of                     The drive uses an auto-run user-authentication system that's
which is Honda’s ASIMO, are able to walk, run and even                     password-based, and runs on both Windows and Mac OS
climb stairs, the energy required to do so is so great that                X. The system sets a changeable master password on first
battery life is a major limitation to their widespread use.                use, which can then be used to grant access to all the
This design is claimed to be the first which does so without               contents of the drive, or select contents, using account-based
using vast expanses of energy. The implications of this could              authentication. Up to 20 accounts, each having access to
include legs that could walk all day without recharging. This              select portions of the drive's contents, can be created. The
would obviously be a huge leap forward in the rehabilitation               drive locks down and formats itself after 10 invalid login
of spinal cord injury victims.                                             attempts.
This development is an example of what Lewis calls                         Measuring 58.00 mm x 18.6 mm x 9.75 mm, the Kingston
“soft robots, which can be used around human beings”,                      DataTraveler Locker+ G2 has an operating temperature
continuing that “conventional robots derive their heritage                 range of 0-60°C. It is built in the conventional capped
from industrial robots and they are very stiff – they wouldn’t             form-factor, with a ruggedised metal body covering most
be safe around grandma. So this is a step in that direction.”              parts of the drive. Commenting on the launch, Andrew
                                                                           Ewing, Flash memory business manager, Kingston, said
Where to from here? According to Lewis the next
                                                                           "Data security for consumers is simple and affordable with
phase includes the addition of tactile sensors and vision
                                                                           the new DataTraveler Locker+ G2. The data encryption
capabilities “so that if you stumble, the system will correct
                                                                           makes this the perfect USB drive to keep your information
itself and not fall over.” He went on to state that they have
                                                                           safe and out of strangers’ hands in case it ever gets lost."
received interest in the legs from two major corporations
and that they “are currently looking at transferring this                  Backed by a 5-year warranty, the 4, 8, 16, and 32 gigabyte
technology to one of them.”                                                variants of the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G2 are priced
                                                                           at $18, $21, $37, and $82 (USD), respectively. Kingston also
                                                                           started a co-branding programme that allows businesses
Kingston Intros DataTraveler                                               ordering in sizable quantities to have their company logos
Locker+ G2 Secure Flash                                                    printed on the drives.

Drive
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/kingston-intros-datatraveler-locker-   Microsoft to release Windows
g2-secure-flash-drive/16612.html
                                                                           8 in October
                                                                           Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-to-release-windows-8-in-
                                                                           october/16613.html


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July 11th, 2012                                                        July 11th, 2012




Microsoft has announced that Windows 8 will release in
October, with enterprise customers and hardware partners
                                                                       Samsung won its latest legal battle with Apple by being, in
getting access as early as August.
                                                                       the words of the judge, “not as cool,” a rare occasion where
Microsoft has announced that Windows 8 will release in                 not being hip might actually be a good thing.
October, with enterprise customers and hardware partners
                                                                       Samsung won its latest legal battle with Apple by being, in
getting access as early as August.
                                                                       the words of the judge, “not as cool,” a rare occasion where
                                                                       not being hip might actually be a good thing.
The highly-anticipated next version of Windows will be
available to manufacturers in the first week of August
                                                                       Judge Colin Birss ruled that Samsung was not guilty of
and early August for enterprise customers with Software
                                                                       infringing Apple's patent for the design of the iPad because
Assurance benefits.
                                                                       Samsung's Galaxy Tab designs produced a different effect.

General availability will be by the end of October, which
                                                                       “They do not have the same understated and extreme
means Windows 8 and Windows RT computers will be
                                                                       simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design,” Birss
available to buy starting in October. Upgrades to Windows
                                                                       said. “They are not as cool. The overall impression produced
8 will also be available then.
                                                                       is different.”




The Windows 8 commerce platform will be turned on at the
beginning of August so developers can begin earning money
for their apps.

                                                                       The judge said that the tablets may seem similar when
This news suggests Microsoft is well on track for a major
                                                                       viewed from the front, but there were significant differences,
Christmas blitz of Windows 8 products, which should
                                                                       particularly with the “unusual details on the back.”
include desktop PCs, laptops, and tablets. A whopping 231
markets across the world will sell Windows 8, with 109
different languages available.                                         The two firms have been at each other's throats for
                                                                       several years now after Apple originally accused Samsung
                                                                       of “blatantly copying” its designs. A series of tit-for-tat
Microsoft also announced that Windows 7 has passed the
                                                                       lawsuits in nearly a dozen different countries has resulted in
630 million licences milestone, making it the best-selling
                                                                       temporary product bans, numerous appeals, and a general
operating system of all time. The company will be hoping
                                                                       mockery being made of the patent system.
to beat that figure with Windows 8, which has the added
advantage of functionality for the booming tablet market.
                                                                       Samsung issued a statement saying: “Should Apple continue
Samsung wins case against                                              to make excessive legal claims in other countries based on
                                                                       such generic designs, innovation in the industry could be
Apple by being "not as cool"                                           harmed and consumer choice unduly limited.”
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-wins-case-against-apple-
by-being-not-as-cool-/16611.html




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                                                                        RIM's CEO, Thorsten Heins, denied that the company is in
RIM to sell corporate jet,                                              trouble, but many analysts believe that even with BlackBerry
thinks BlackBerry future not                                            10 the firm faces the real possibility of bankruptcy.

so bleak
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rim-to-sell-corporate-jet-thinks-
blackberry-future-not-so-bleak/16610.html                               Western Digital Announces
July 11th, 2012
                                                                        WD Red HDDs for SOHO NAS
                                                                        Systems
                                                                        Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/western-digital-announces-wd-red-
                                                                        hdds-for-soho-nas-systems/16609.html
                                                                        July 11th, 2012
Research In Motion (RIM) is to sell one of its corporate jets
in order to raise much-needed funds, while the company has
also suggested that the delay of BlackBerry 10 might not be
such a bad thing after all.
Research In Motion (RIM) is to sell one of its corporate jets
in order to raise much-needed funds, while the company has
                                                                        Western Digital's family of consumer hard drives has a new
also suggested that the delay of BlackBerry 10 might not be
                                                                        member after Blue (balanced), Green (low power), and Black
such a bad thing after all.
                                                                        (high performance); the WD Red. The new line of consumer
                                                                        SATA hard drives are designed to fill the vaccum between
The Canadian smartphone maker may get between $6                        WD's cost-effective consumer hard drives, and expensive
million and $7 million for one of its two corporate jets, which         enterprise hard drives.
holds nine people. The firm will keep its 14-passanger jet,             Western Digital's family of consumer hard drives has a
but it looks like upper management might be flying in less              new member after Blue (balanced), Green (low power),
style in the future as RIM tries to save $1 billion in operating        and Black (high performance); the WD Red. The new line
costs this year alone.                                                  of consumer SATA hard drives are designed to fill the
                                                                        vaccum between WD's cost-effective consumer hard drives,
                                                                        and expensive enterprise hard drives. Western Digital
With heavy cuts being made and analysts fearing the worst               is specifically targeting SOHO (small/home office) NAS
for the company's success, RIM's new marketing chief,                   (network-attached storage) systems, with up to five drive
Frank Boulben, was remarkably upbeat about the recently                 bays. Such NAS devices are usually in the desktop form-
announced delay of BlackBerry 10, which many saw as the                 factor, while those with more bays are usually in the rack-
potential saviour of the company.                                       mount form-factors, and target larger businesses.




                                                                        The WD Red is designed to offer durability comparable to
                                                                        enterprise segment SATA hard drives. For starters, they are
                                                                        designed for 24x7 operation, with energy efficiency. Think
                                                                        of them as a refined, durable version of WD Green. Since
“The short delay is not detrimental if the quality is there             performance of NAS devices, particularly SOHO NAS, are
when we launch early next year,” Boulben told Reuters.                  limited by local network bandwidth (usually 1 GbE), the
“We will have much more attention and focus and ability to              design focus of WD Red appears to be reliability, more than
leverage our carriers.”                                                 performance.


Of course, Boulben's job is to make the company look good,
so it is not entirely surprising that he is putting a positive
spin on things. The “short” delay is from late 2012 to early
2013, missing out on the lucrative Christmas period, and the
company may not be able to wait that long if things continue
to decline.



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                                                                      that could accelerate its fabs acquiring 450 mm wafer
                                                                      manufacturing capabilities. Wafers with 450 mm diameter
                                                                      reduce manufacturing costs, and work to increase yields.
                                                                      Intel initially committed an investment of approximately
                                                                      $1 billion to ASML's research and development programs
                                                                      that are developing new technologies for 450 mm wafer
                                                                      manufacturing (bigger wafers), and extreme ultraviolet or
                                                                      EUV silicon lithography (smoother transition to finer silicon
                                                                      fabrication processes). The investment could accelerate the
                                                                      two R&D programs by as much as 2 years.
                                                                      Intel also announced purchase 10 percent shares of
The WD Red hard drives are built in the 3.5-inch                      ASML issued before the transation, for roughly $2.1 billion.
form-factor, with SATA 6 Gb/s interface. The lineup                   The company committed to purchasing another 5 percent
initially includes three models, the 1 TB WD10EFRX, 2                 (at $1.05 billion). Together, the share purchase and R&D
TB WD20EFRX, and 3 TB WD30EFRX. All three models                      investments total up to $4.1 billion.
feature 64 MB caches. Western Digital did not mention
a specific spindle speed, and marked it as "IntelliPower."                              Phase        Phase 2 EUV         Total
One would find a similar rating for WD Green, which have                              1 450-mm       Lithography
sub-5900 RPM spindle speeds that vary between 5400-5900                              Lithography
RPM, depending on the disk activity.                                  R&D           €553 million      Incremental €829 million
                                                                      Investment in (~$680            €276 million (~$1.0
                                                                      ASML          million) over     (~$340        billion) over 5
                                                                                    5 years           million) over years
                                                                                                      5 years
                                                                      Equity          €1.7 billion (~ Incremental €2.5 billion (~
                                                                      Investment in $2.1 billion), €838 million $3.1 billion)
                                                                      ASML            10 percent      (~$1.0        15 percent
                                                                                      of pre-         billion),     of post-
                                                                                      transaction     5 percent     transaction
                                                                                      shares          of post-      shares
A USP of the WD Red is NASware, a combination of
                                                                                                      transaction
technologies that make the drives fit for NAS. These include
                                                                                                      shares
improved durability for 24x7 operation, error-recovery
controls that make the drives better suited for RAID,                 Total           €2.2 billion €1.1 billion (~ €3.3 billion (~
improved technical support from WD, and tested support for                            (~$2.7          $1.4 billion) $4.1 billion)
NAS devices. Western Digital will be working with a variety                           billion)
of NAS device manufacturers to ensure compatibility with              Status          Pending         Pending
their upcoming products.                                                              regulatory      regulatory
                                                                                      approval        and ASML
Available through select distribution channels, the 1 TB, 2
                                                                                                      shareholder
TB, and 3 TB variants of WD Red hard drives will be priced
                                                                                                      approvals
at US $109, US $139, and US $189, respectively.
                                                                      The two companies will close the transactions after due
                                                                      regulatory approvals, and shareholder vote. Intel's senior
Intel Buys 15% Stake in                                               vice president and COO, Brian Krzanich, said "Productivity
                                                                      improvements driven by enhanced wafer manufacturing
ASML to Speed up Fab                                                  technologies, especially larger silicon wafers and enhanced
Machines Development                                                  lithography technologies with EUV are direct enablers of
                                                                      Moore's Law, which delivers significant economic benefits
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-buys-15-stake-in-asml-to-
                                                                      to consumers," adding "The transition from one wafer size
speed-up-fab-machines-development/16608.html
                                                                      to the next has historically delivered a 30 to 40 percent
July 11th, 2012
                                                                      reduction in die cost and we expect the shift from today's
                                                                      standard 300-mm wafers to larger 450-mm wafers to offer
                                                                      similar benefits. The faster we do this, the sooner we can
                                                                      gain the benefit of productivity improvements, which creates
                                                                      tremendous value for customers and shareholders."
                                                                      What does this mean to consumers? Intel is making
Intel just committed to spending $4.1 billion, to grab a              an all-out effort to ensure it doesn't hit a fab process
15% stake in ASML Holding NV, a company that specializes              roadblock to keep its tick-tock CPU development cycle
in equipment for semiconductor foundries. The company                 going. Technologies like 450 mm wafers are important to
particularly values this purchase as it is in the process of re-      maintain acceptable yields, as complexities of chips rise
equipping its fabs to let them dole out bigger semiconductor          exponentially, every few generations. The advancements in
wafers, improving yields and cutting manufacturing costs.             EUV lithography technology, on the other hand, will enable
                                                                      chips with finer transistors and circuits.
In its latest press release, Intel announced acquisition
of a 15 percent stake in ASML Holdings NV, a move
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This 21.5" Android 4.0
"tablet", from Japanese OEM
Kouziro, doubles as a 1080p
monitor
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/this-21.5-android-4.0-tablet--from-
japanese-oem-kouziro-doubles-as-a-1080p-monitor/16607.html
July 11th, 2012




Your typical 10" tablet too small for your tastes? Try
the SmartDisplay FT103, a 21.5" Android 4.0 tablet from
Japanese computer maker Kouziro that can also be used as a
1080p full-HD display (via micro-HDMI). It does, however,
have some serious shortcomings - find out what after the
jump.
First of all, although all of the verbiage detailing Kouziro's
SmartDisplay FT103 describes it as a "tablet", there is really            The touchscreen, as with most around this size, uses optical
nothing portable about this device. With dimensions of                    imaging technology (cameras at the edges of the screen
512.8(W) x24.8(D) x353(H)mm and a weight of roughly 5                     detect shadows that form when you press on the touchpanel)
kilograms, for all intents and purposes this is practically an            that supports up to two points of contact at once.
Android all-in-one "PC".

                                                                          In their press release, Kouziro did not address if the touch
                                                                          capabilities would be useable while in monitor mode. The
                                                                          fine print at the company's webstore, however, clearly says
                                                                          that touch is not supported when used as a display. This is
                                                                          rather unfortunate, given that the FT103 comes with two
                                                                          USB2.0 ports - hook the device up to your Windows PC via
                                                                          HDMI and USB, and all you really need are some compatible
                                                                          drivers for the functionality to work.


                                                                          Rounding up the Android 4.0 device's features are 802.11g/
                                                                          n WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a 1.2-megapixel
                                                                          front-facing camera, ethernet port, headphone jack and
                                                                          stereo speakers.
To that end, the makers deemed it fit not to include an
accelerometer or even a battery. The FT103's AC adapter
needs to be plugged in at all times for it to operate.                    The Kouziro SmartDisplay FT103 is available in Japan
                                                                          starting today, direct from Frontier, the PC maker's
                                                                          webstore.
Powered by a Texas Instrument dual-core OMAP 4428
processor (1GHz maximum clock speed) with 1GB of
LPDDR2 memory and 8GB of on-board storage (expandable
via SDHC, up to 32GB), the SmartDisplay FT103 isn't exactly               Thermaltake Outs BigTyp
the fastest Android around either, which is a shame given
Kouziro's asking price of 34,800 yen (US$438). And that's                 Revo Top-Flow CPU Cooler
without a 3G antenna, too - not that you need one, since the              Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/thermaltake-outs-bigtyp-revo-top-
FT103 is not designed to be carried around.                               flow-cpu-cooler/16606.html
                                                                          July 11th, 2012


Still, the device packs enough horsepower to handle most of
the apps you'll find available on the Google Play market.


Its key selling point is a 21.5", 1920x1080 full-HD TFT LCD
touchscreen, and the fact that it can be used as an external              Thermaltake is looking to cash in on the PC enthusiast
monitor. Brightness is rated at 250 cd/m2, contrast ratio                 community's newfound love for high-end top-flow (down-
1000:1, and response time at 5ms.

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draft) CPU coolers. The company rolled out the BigTyp Revo,      July 11th, 2012
a large C-type CPU cooler, along the lines of Noctua NH-C14.     Astronomers in Australia have confirmed a remarkable
Thermaltake is looking to cash in on the PC enthusiast           discovery: the first known “middleweight” black hole.
community's newfound love for high-end top-flow (down-           Researchers from Australia, France, Britain and the United
draft) CPU coolers. The company rolled out the BigTyp Revo,      States worked together to refine estimates of the size of the
a large C-type CPU cooler, along the lines of Noctua NH-C14.     black hole, whose existence was first published in Nature in
                                                                 2009.
                                                                 Prior to this find, the only black holes that were confirmed to
                                                                 exist were so called “stellar mass” back holes, up to 30 solar
                                                                 masses, or 30 times the mass of the Sun, and supermassive
                                                                 black holes with masses in the region of a million to a billion
                                                                 solar masses.
                                                                 The black hole, named HLX-1, or “hyper-luminous X-ray
                                                                 source 1”, is located about 300 million light years away in
Measuring 148 x 141 x 105 mm, excluding the 120 x 120 x          a galaxy called ESO 243-49 and falls in between the two
25 mm fan, the BigTyp Revo is a medium-large sized CPU           previously known categories in terms of mass, at around
cooler. Its design consists of a CPU base, where five 6 mm-      20000 solar masses.
thick copper heat pipes make direct contact with the CPU,
conveying heat to a large aluminum fin stack that is arranged    The research team was led by Dr Sean Farrell from the
along the plane of the motherboard. The heatsink is then         School of Physics at the University of Sydney. Explaining
ventilated by a military green coloured 120 mm fan, which        the discovery, Dr Farrell said “black holes are areas where
supports PWM control, and spins at speeds of 800-1,800           the matter is so densely squeezed into a small space,
RPM. Other components, such as CPU VRM, and memory               that it makes gravity pull strongly enough to stop light
can be cooled under the air-flow of this fan.                    from escaping” and “black holes change state from a high
                                                                 luminosity to a low luminosity X-ray state, and back again.
                                                                 As they change state they release jets of superfast moving
                                                                 plasma which can be measured by the radio waves emitted.”
                                                                 Using the Australian Telescope Compact Array and NASA’s
                                                                 Swift satellite, the team analysed radio emissions during two
                                                                 state transitions of HLX-1 in September and December of
                                                                 2010, and August 2011. They found that it exhibited the same
                                                                 radio activity shown by black holes when they change state.
The Thermaltake BigTyp Revo fan can push up to 85.16             In the words of Dr Emil Lenc, “we know that when black
CFM of air, with a noise level as low as 20 dBA. The             holes suck in gas they create X-rays, but there’s a sort of
fan draws power from a 4-pin PWM fan header. Its rated           reflux, with the region around the black hole shooting out
life time is 30,000 hours. The BigTyp Revo is designed to        jets of high energy particle that hit gas around the black holes
handle thermal loads of up to 160W, meaning most kinds           and generate radio waves. So what we tend to see is the X-
of CPUs, with moderate on-air overclocking. Most current         ray emission and then, a day or two or even a few days later,
CPU socket types are supported, including Intel sockets          the source flares up in radio waves.” As HLX-1 changes state,
LGA2011, LGA1155/1156, LGA1366, LGA775; AMD sockets              it undergoes this “transient jet ejection”.
AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2, and FM2/FM1.
                                                                 By examining the radio emissions released by HLX-1, the
                                                                 team were able to calculate its size. Dr Farrell said “we’ve
                                                                 been able to refine our estimate of how big HLX-1 is to be
                                                                 around 9 x 103 times the size of our sun and 9 x 104 times
                                                                 the size of our sun.”
                                                                 “It’s further proof that HLX-1 is indeed sized as an
                                                                 intermediate mass black hole.”


                                                                 AMD Does a Negative
Thermaltake did not reveal pricing of the BigTyp Revo,           Preannounce of its Second
although we expect it to be around US $50, if not more.
                                                                 Quarter Results
                                                                 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-does-a-negative-preannounce-
Astronomers Confirm First                                        of-its-second-quarter-results/16604.html

"Middleweight" Black Hole                                        July 11th, 2012


Discovered
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/astronomers-confirm-first-
middleweight-black-hole-discovered/16602.html




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When the news ain't good, the best thing you can do is               When Microsoft surprised the whole world by unveiling its
to divide the bad news into multiple segments, and that's            Surface tablet in an event in Los Angeles, the company put
exactly what AMD did with its pre-announce of weaker-                an accent on its innovative aluminum-magnesium chassis.
than-expected quarterly results.                                     Now, it seems that the chassis Microsoft insisted on is
                                                                     bringing more trouble than the company anticipated.
Next week will bring us the second quarter earnings
from players such as Intel, AMD, Microsoft and others.               According to a report at DigiTimes, there are troublesome
Just a week after Microsoft announced its "non-cash                  rumors spreading from the sources very close to the
accounting charge", which will drag down the profit of the           manufacturing well where all those Intel and NVIDIA
company, AMD went through what is called "a negative pre-            powered Surfaces are supposed to come from. As we all
announce".                                                           know, while it is all candy dandy when western companies
                                                                     announce their products, but given that they're producing
The company announced that the revenue for the second
                                                                     their wares in Far East, it is only logical where the (bad)
quarter (April 1st to June 30th) decreased by around 11%
                                                                     news will come from. During the said press conference,
from the first quarter results. When we take the first quarter
                                                                     Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky talked a great deal how the
results into account ($1.59B), it looks like AMD will hover
                                                                     company produced the thinnest chassis in the world, using
around $1.41 billion mark, without any indication of profit
                                                                     MegVapor technology, baking magnesium at ultra-high
or loss. Previously, the company stated that they expect to
                                                                     temperatures.
see a 3% increase, which means the revenue dropped by as
much as 14%. What happened for such a dramatic drop?




The company quoted the following: "The lower preliminary
revenue results are primarily due to business conditions
that materialized late in the second quarter, specifically           Unlike its competitors, such as Apple's methodology for the
softer-than-expected channel sales in China and Europe as            iPad's aluminum case, it might be that Microsoft "overdone
well as a weaker consumer buying environment impacting               it" in terms of mass production. According to sources in
the company's Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)                  the know, MegVapor technology suffers from lower yields
business."                                                           and producing five million cases will not be as easy as the
                                                                     company originally planned.
Given that AMD is very sensitive to the consumer markets,
the problematic economy in China and Europe took a big               Microsoft pulled a lot of extra weight in terms of creating
toll on the company. Good news is that AMD decreased its             its first computer e.g. tablet PC, but the lack of experience
internal spending to just 605 million dollars, meaning there         is obviously costing the company a great deal. First sacrifice
is around 800 million dollar revenue that could or won't             was to quit on the idea of launching the Windows RT and
cover for losses. One thing is certain, though. AMD needs to         Windows 8 Pro versions together (Intel version will only
start investing in new business opportunities, otherwise the         follow in 3-4 months after the release of NVIDIA-powered
company risks to continue being under the pressure as chip           version).
manufacturer, instead of being a solutions provider.                 To us, this looks like typical Microsoft behavior,
                                                                     underestimating the engineering and manufacturing effort
War of the Tablets - Microsoft                                       that takes place in creation of every product. For example,
                                                                     even though many engineers think of iPad as an Apple
Surface production troubles                                          product, one of Silicon Valley's dirty secrets is a little known

and iPad origins
                                                                     matter of who created the first iPad. Unlike the official
                                                                     stories which get repeated over and over, the first iPad was
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/war-of-the-tablets--microsoft-   created almost five years before Apple launched the product,
surface-production-troubles-and-ipad-origins/16601.html              in a project which was backed by a large semiconductor
July 11th, 2012                                                      player that wanted to have a signature product for their
                                                                     newly-acquired ARM division from Intel. Thus, the company
                                                                     went in and spend couple of million dollars, let's say six - to
                                                                     have a small team of people create the complete hardware
                                                                     product, coupled with a Linux version of operating system
                                                                     that ran on ARM core. Fortunately for Apple, and very
                                                                     unfortunately for the said company - management wasn't

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marvelous as the name of the company would imply and
they've canned the project.                                             Coming soon: Larger
Those people left the project, got employed by Apple. Fast              storage densities thanks to
forward a couple of years, and there we have the late Steve
Jobs with a tablet in his hand. Thus, one might think that
                                                                        Ferroelectric Nanomaterial
Microsoft learned on mistakes of the past, but the company              breakthrough
is acting more like Marvell, and less like Apple… who got               Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/coming-soon-larger-storage-
almost the finished product in their hands (and still took 4            densities-thanks-to-ferroelectric-nanomaterial-breakthrough/16590.html
additional years to develop).                                           July 11th, 2012
Somehow, we believe that Microsoft will have to join Boeing,
its neighbor in the State of Washington and put a tight
control over its supply chain. Boeing suffered a three year
delay and a manufacturing catastrophe with outsourcing
and offshoring key components of Boeing 787 Dreamliner
and who knows, Microsoft just may be forced to do the
same with its new supply chain. Because no matter what                  Electron holography has allowed Brookhaven scientists to
columnists of reputable publications write, to manage a                 observe nanomaterials at the atomic level. This discovery
hardware supply chain... it's a whole new ballgame called               may pave the way for a new generation of storage devices.
physics.
                                                                        Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven
                                                                        National Laboratory have captured images of the electric
Corsair Accelerator 30GB                                                fields created by exotic ferroelectric nanomaterials with
                                                                        picometre precision. This trillionth of a metre resolution is
Caching SSD Review                                                      crucial for understanding these materials. To achieve this
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/corsair-accelerator-30gb-caching-   they made use of a technique called electron holography on
ssd-review/16603.html                                                   two particular ferroelectrics, insulating barium titanate and
July 11th, 2012                                                         semiconducting germanium telluride. These materials were
                                                                        engineered at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
                                                                        Brookhaven physicist Yimei Zhu said of this, “this kind
                                                                        of detail is just amazing – for the first time ever we can
                                                                        actually see the positions of atoms and link them to local
                                                                        ferroelectricity in nanoparticles. This kind of fundamental
  One of this year’s most popular system upgrades is the                insight is not only a technical milestone, but it also opens up
installation of a caching SSD, mainly due to their low cost             new kinds of engineering possibilities.”
and trouble-free installation. There are many approaches                Ferroelectrics are related to the better known
which manufacturers take when designing a caching SSD;                  ferromagnetics, which are found in everything from toy
others opt for maximum performance, others strive for                   magnets to computer hard drives. Ferromagnetic materials
balance and others aim for the best possible value. Today               have magnetic dipole moments, meaning they always orient
we will have a look at a device which falls into the last of            towards north or south. On a large scale, these dipole
the three design categories, the Corsair Accelerator 30GB               moments align and we observe magnetisation as attraction
Caching SSD. The 30GB version of the Accelerator drive can              and repulsion. With an external magnetic field, the dipole
be found selling for as low as 60 USD but can the small drive           can be switched, allowing the material to be altered. This
really provide a noteworthy performance boost? We will find             is the basis of modern storage media, as the flipping of
out in this review.                                                     individual dipoles is analogous to the ones and zeroes in a
One of this year’s most popular system upgrades is the                  computer’s binary language. This enables the material to be
installation of a caching SSD, mainly due to their low cost             “written” onto, and, as these materials retain their memory
and trouble-free installation. There are many approaches                even when turned off, they are fundamental in our modern,
which manufacturers take when designing a caching SSD;                  computer based world.
others opt for maximum performance, others strive for                   Ferroelectrics also have a dipole moment, but with a positive
balance and others aim for the best possible value. Today               or negative electric charge, rather than a magnetic charge.
we will have a look at a device which falls into the last of            The polarisation of these ferroelectrics can be altered with
the three design categories, the Corsair Accelerator 30GB               the application of an external electric field in the same way
Caching SSD. The 30GB version of the Accelerator drive can              that the magnetisation of ferromagnetics can be flipped with
be found selling for as low as 60 USD but can the small drive           a magnetic field. This characteristic of the ferromagnetic
really provide a noteworthy performance boost? We will find             materials is due to a subatomic asymmetry, which was
out in this review.                                                     imaged by the Brookhaven scientists.
                                                                        One major possibility is a new generation of compact,
                                                                        high capacity storage devices. While on the surface
                                                                        ferroelectric devices may seem very similar to the analogous
                                                                        ferromagnetic devices, they have much greater potential
                                                                        for data manipulation. Like ferromagnetics they are non-
                                                                        volatile, but, according to Zhu, “ferroelectric materials
                                                                        can retain information on a much smaller scale and with

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higher density than ferromagnetics. We’re looking at moving             with Huawei, the Western SI vendors better beware. After
from micrometres down to nanometres. And that’s really                  all, they themselves killed off their only advantage - their
exciting, because we now know that on the nano scale each               own CPUs like Alpha or MIPS or HP-PA - to be left
particle can become its own bit of information.” In the                 essentially as large scale Intel or AMD system integrators.
words of Brookhaven’s Myung-Geun Han, “ferroelectrics                   At that point, price and little tweaks, plus support, become
could ramp up memory density and store an unparalleled                  the only differentiators, and the Chinese can do it just
multiple terabytes of information on just one square inch of            as well, if not better. After all, for over a decade, even
electronics.”                                                           IBM's main PC server server design solution, integration
                                                                        and manufacturing facility for Asia Pacific was right in
The next challenge is scaling up individual ferroelectric
                                                                        Shenzhen. The staff must have learned a lot during all those
nanoparticles into useful devices. The key to this is in
                                                                        years, before many of them moved to the local big vendors,
understanding how tightly they can be packed without
                                                                        including Huawei...
compromising their individual polarisations. This is vital
because ferroelectrics require some space between them to
operate effectively. The work done by the Brookhaven team
with electron holography will instrumental in determining
                                                                        2013 Haswell Mobile CPU
how this can be achieved.                                               Lineup - Power Sippers to
                                                                        Guzzlers
Huawei moves into                                                       Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/2013-haswell-mobile-cpu-lineup--

supercomputing (too)
                                                                        power-sippers-to-guzzlers/16597.html
                                                                        July 11th, 2012
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/huawei-moves-into-supercomputing-
too-/16600.html
July 11th, 2012

The Shenzhen giant company which, as its proponents will
repeat, started without any government help - although,
of course, it is well linked with it today - is, in line with           One may think that the Ivy Bridge 17W Ultrabook bins power
their 'next IBM' strategy we unveiled here some months ago,             consumption is a great feat, but it may pale to next year
widening its reach.                                                     22nm Haswell's 15 watts TDP - including the PCH chipset in
                                                                        the same CPU package! What happens then if you want a bit
Geographically, they pretty much covered the Earth, and                 more performance at a bit more TDP? The answer is...
their componentry are bound to go beyond this planet too,
in Chinese space missions. Target market wise, the telecoms             ... well, nothing! Haswell (Shark Bay platform) will,
(both consumer and enterprise related) markets are covered              according to the well informed sources, bring in a much
as well, with CPUs and systems markets now under the                    sharper TDP range distinction, even in the mobile markets.
assault.                                                                So, above the coveted - and a big focus for Intel anyway -
                                                                        UltraBook domain, there will be a huge chasm above.
The newest arena Huawei is entering is at the very top:
supercomputers. Why bother, when it rarely makes money?                 Haswell Ultrabook ULV parts, codenamed Lynx Point LP, all
Well, Huawei management, according to our sources, thinks               being dual core but offering a choice of one to three graphics
high performance computing can make money, and not just                 units, are expected to be all budgeted at 15W TDP for the
in China. There is enough differentiation to make the designs           whole dual die package, including the CPU and the PCH, the
blades and other nodes more HPC optimised, both CPU and                 old 'South Bridge'. Now, that's something of an advantage
memory performance wise, and then use Huawei network                    over the 17W plus a few watts for a chipset in the current Ivy
and interconnect expertise to improve on the inter-system               Bridge. You save both on power and on the board space, yet
connection efficiency, where even the Infiniband leaves a lot           gain quite a bit of performance, especially in graphics, doing
to be wanted.                                                           away the need for a power sucking discreet GPU.

Huawei, according to our high level sources, already got a
substantial system portion of some of the upcoming ultra
large systems in China, including what would likely be the
world's first 100 Petaflop supercomputer in a year's time, at
least five times as fast as the just unveiled fastest US system
two weeks ago. This includes the node board design and
rack infrastructure, among others. Of course, more of the
same will follow, both above and below that performance
threshold - some of it likely with Chinese - even Huawei's
own - CPUs.

Since supercomputers are a costly and tough to earn money
market with even tougher customer support for most generic
vendors like HP or Dell, it'll be interesting how Huawei
will handle the challenges of high performance computing
                                                                        What happens if you either want to go up in performance,
marketing, sales, integration and support. If the past is
                                                                        or want to save some bucks (for heaven's sake UltraBooks
anything to go by, looking how Cisco fared trying to compete
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should not cost more than MBAs) and go for standard format
notebook? Well, you'll have to change the socket and and
the TDP. The chipset will not then be in the CPU package
anymore, but you'll have a flexibility to choose between two
and four CPU cores. The power envelope? In the first case,
37W TDP, and in the second case, 47W TDP. Wow, quite a
difference when it comes to cooling and battery life...

Of course, we haven't covered yet the top end, with four
cores, GT3 graphics and that 'something extra' L4 cache
on a separate die in the CPU package, linked over a wide
backside bus. Here we talk about 57W TDP, of course for a
very powerful desktop replacement device.


The impact? After the migration to Haswell, the massive
TDP distinction between different parts will impact even
the formats, with ever thinner and lighter UltraBooks on
one side, and constant-weight heavy mainstream stuff on
the other. Of course, the uber enthusiast 18-inch or so
monster gamer notebooks will also be there for the 57W
parts, driving - hopefully - 4K-quality 16:10 screens at
acceptable framerates with those GPUs by then. After all,
if today's Apple Mac 15-inch can deliver 2880x1800, why
can't a future 18-inch Haswell notebook bring in 3840x2400
display? It surely won't take more juice than the CPU driving
it...




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                                                                          the United States) in connection with the Samsung
                                                                          Galaxy Nexus and any product that is no more than
                                                                          colorably different from it and infringes the ‘604
                                                                          patent. At a minimum, Apple believes compliance
                                                                          with the Courter’s order requires immediately
                                                                          removing for sale the Galaxy Nexus from all
Apple recently sent out various emails demanding retailers                physical and online venues under your direction or
to cease the act of “importing, offering to sell, or selling              control.
within the United States,” the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.                    It appears that Apple is hell bent on closing down all avenues
  Apparently, Apple assumes that it’s justifiable to go after           of Galaxy Nexus distribution in the United States. Samsung
retailers that affiliate themselves with Samsung.                       may have the pocket to support the legal battles against
Apple recently sent out various emails demanding retailers              Apple, but the small time retailers may not.
to cease the act of “importing, offering to sell, or selling            Retailers that have strong ties with Apple such as Wal-Mart
within the United States,” the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.                    and Best Buy may consider compliance, but there are still
  Apparently, Apple assumes that it’s justifiable to go after           others that may not follow through with Apple’s request.
retailers that affiliate themselves with Samsung.
The following email was sent to one such retailer:
                                                                        First Unreal Engine 4
  Re: Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., et al.
  United States District Court, Northern District of                    Game is PC Exclusive, Tim
  California, Case No. C-12-00630 (LHK)                                 Burtonesque "Fortnite"
  We represent Apple Inc. in the above-referenced                       Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-unreal-engine-4-game-is-pc-
  action.                                                               exclusive-tim-burtonesque-fortnite-/16655.html
                                                                        July 14th, 2012
  We enclose a copy of the June 29 preliminary
  injunction order entered by the U.S. District Court
  for the Northern District of California in this case
  together with a copy of Apple’s U.S. Patent No.
  8,086,604 (the “604 patent”). With the posting of
  the requisite bond, the order is now in effect.
                                                                        With the Comic-Con in full swing in downtown San Diego,
  The order provides as follows:                                        the time has come for Epic Games to unveil the first title
  For the foregoing reasons, Apple’s motion                             based on the fourth generation of its ultra-successful Unreal
  for a preliminary injunction is GRANTED.                              Engine. To us, the announced title looks like something
      Accordingly, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.;                       produced by Tim Burton. Fortnite only goes to show just how
  Samsung Electronics America, Inc.; and Samsung                        flexible UE4 is.
  Telecommunications America, LLC; its officers,                        E3 came and went, but besides the long awaited public
  directors, partners, agents, servants, employees,                     announcement of Unreal Engine 4 - we did not see much
  attorneys, subsidiaries, and those acting in concert                  from Epic Games. In the week marked by Comic-Con
  with any of them, are enjoined from making, using,                    Conference 2012 which is taking place in San Diego, CA, Epic
  offering to sell, or selling within the United States,                Games hosted a panel with Tanya Jessen and Cliff Bleszinski
  or importing into the United States Samsung’s                         discussing the first UE4 game. Titled Fortnite, it looks like it
  Galaxy Nexus and any products that is no more                         came straight from Tim Burton's animated movies.

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                                                                  shadow buffers to capture the first ray bouncing off in the
                                                                  scene.
                                                                  Knowing Epic, this game will be quite an amazing gameplay
                                                                  experience. As far as engine goes, we might want to add - it's
                                                                  looking to be an epic one (pun intended).


                                                                  Intel's Next-Gen Atom
                                                                  Processors to Only Arrive End
                                                                  of 2013
                                                                  Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-s-next-gen-atom-processors-to-
                                                                  only-arrive-end-of-2013/16629.html
First and foremost, the title is PC-exclusive, since no console
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is capable of handling the graphics demands of the brand
new UE4 engine. This title is no kiddy game, though.
According to Tanya (producer), Fortnite is a "co-op sandbox
survival game".



                                                                  Behind the scenes, Intel is trying to raise uncertainty
                                                                  around its competitors in the mobile field which have as
                                                                  crushing share as Intel has on the PC market. However, with
                                                                  continuous delays of their next-gen hardware, one must ask
                                                                  is "Intel's manufacturing advantage" really all that?
                                                                  Over the course of last couple of weeks, the author of
                                                                  these lines traveled 38,000 miles back and forth between
                                                                  three continents and the amount of information received
                                                                  sometimes leaves a person analyzing for week or so - where
                                                                  the shift in the industry actually is.
Coming in 2013, this game utilizes DirectX 11 engine to
its full extent, so don't expect to see the game running on       Quite a good example is the comparison between four
DirectX 9 or DX10 capable hardware. This is as next-gen as it     recently held conferences - NVIDIA's GPU Technology
can get, so better get those DirectX 11 APUs and GPUs ready       Conference, AMD Fusion Developer Summit, Freescale
for an adult bonanza in a world which can only be described       Technology Forum and Qualcomm UPLINQ. However,
as a combination of "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" and       there was one common thread between all four mentioned
"Corpse Bride".                                                   conferences - where is Intel, what are they doing with their
                                                                  mobile lineup, have you seen their reference phones etc.
When it comes to the features of Unreal Engine 4, it features
a completely new digital pipeline which enables artists to go     Given that we have a tendency for demanding meat rather
from demos such as Samaritan to cartoony style animation,         than listening to lovely FUD stories, we started digging to
all using one workflow. Naturally, all the workflow in the        see where is Intel hiding its Valleyview SoC processors which
world won't help you if the engine itself would not be a          threaten to "unleash the power of Intel's manufacturing"
work of art. One good example just how advanced UE4 is            and all other typical marketing stereotypical statements.
a quote from Tim Sweeney, co-founder of Epic Games and            When we spoke with sources within Intel last year, we were
lead developer of Unreal Engine 4:                                told that their true mobile attack will come in 2012. When
                                                                  Mobile World Congress ended in February, we were told that
"Global Illumination refers to the calculation of light           the full out attack will start on the next MWC (February
bouncing around a scene. GI is responsible for many of the        25-28th, 2013). According to the latest roadmaps, that target
subtle shading effects and ambience we see in real-world          is becoming more and more distant, with Valleyview SoC
environments, as well as glossy and metallic reflections.         and the corresponding BayTrail platform won't see the light
Introducing real-time Global Illumination into Unreal             of day before the end of 2013, with the proper rollout of
Engine 4 is the biggest breakthrough in lighting since            respective products (mobile phones, tablets, microservers)
Unreal Engine 1 introduced real-time Direct Illumination          during 2014.
in 1995."
In order to enable Global Illumination (you can see GI at
work in the second screenshot), the company developed
new technique called SVOGI, which stands for Sparse Voxel
Octree Global Illumination. UE4 is able to maintain the real-
time octree data structure encoding all visible direct light
emitters in the scene in multiple resolutions. This way the
authors created a scalable effect which can go from high-
end graphics processors to a more mainstream environment.
Best part of SVOGI is that Epic did not went to request
a feature-set in new graphics processors, rather utilized

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                                                                   In fact, based on our sources, the physical Socket 2011
                                                                   format and pin number will be the most widely adopted one
                                                                   across all high end product ranges, from single socket high
                                                                   end enthusiast PCs like those using the Core i7 3960X today
                                                                   and its Ivy Bridge follow-ons later, to all the dual processor
                                                                   Xeon E5 workstations and servers now and in 2013, and all
                                                                   the quad processor and beyond Xeon E7 platforms, from
                                                                   the upcoming Ivy Bridge EX to its socket-compatible follow
                                                                   ons Haswell EX and, sometime in 2015 or 2016, 14 nm
                                                                   Broadwell EX. And, you may have seen from my old friend
                                                                   Charlie Demerjian at SemiAccurate that the (likely early
                                                                   2014) Haswell EP dual socket Xeon E5 v3 will also keep the
On paper, the whole platform looks promising. We have              physical Socket 2011 format, just a very different pinout.
Bay Trail-T and Valleyview-T for mobile phones (until
then, you're stuck with Oak Trail-based Atom Z6xx                  Obviously, even with the same socket and pin number,
processors) which will support LPDDR3 memory from Day              the pinouts would differ - in the EX series, there will be
1. Valleyview-T will be available in quad-core format as well,     more QPI links, at least three, and the memory interface
which means that by Q4 2013 both Qualcomm and TI need              will be to the external dual-channel buffers rather than
to have their processors candy-dandy, given the lead from          directly to the DIMMs. Since the Haswell EX and beyond
HiSilicon, NVIDIA and Samsung.                                     are confirmed to support DDR4 memory, don't be surprised
                                                                   to see some sort of unofficial DDR4 support even in their
The only problem is that taking a look at competitor's
                                                                   predecessor, the Ivy Bridge EX, less than a year from now - at
roadmaps, they seem to be more than ready for
                                                                   least for 'validation' purposes. Of course, that would require
continuously-delayed "Intel chips that will change the
                                                                   clocking the memory controller much higher, up from 1600
world". Ultimately, Intel plans to utilize its 22nm fabs to
                                                                   to 2666MHz JEDEC standard speed level, but then, Intel has
the full extent, with the future migration to 14nm, but the
                                                                   just enabled that memory controller speed in the Ivy Bridge
mobile platform is looking to lag one process node behind
                                                                   EX anyway for the lockstep mode functionality. Therefore,
the traditional desktop/notebook/server processors. The
                                                                   if keeping the same speed, but using the future external
official line is that the company still prepares 22nm mobile
                                                                   DDR4 memory buffer, you possibly could 'test' DDR4-2666
node, but that node slipped deep into the 2013 and as we all
                                                                   memory enablement on that CPU too.
know, you can buy 22nm processors from Intel… today.
All in all, the company has a lot of work on its plate and while   The key take is that, seemingly, Intel accepted the Socket
you can never discard Intel's size and the will to put billions    2011 format as sufficiently versatile to manage the physical
of dollars (if needed be) to get their products right. But         format and cooling issues for the near future at one go - with
for now, Valleyview's main competitor will be custom 64-           high TDP parts coming on all high end fronts, having the
bit ARM architectures such as Project Denver from NVIDIA           unified socket platform for thermal validation will help a lot
and Qualcomm, as well as 64-bit ARM processing cores               with heatsink, board space and other issues that come along.
from HiSilicon, Samsung, Texas Instruments, Marvell and            So, the users and peripheral vendors alike have a reason
countless others. Furthermore, AMD will have their first           to cheer up, as their highly valued cooling solutions and
generation of hybrid x86 + ARM + GPU processors.                   enclosures should stay relevant quite a bit longer...
Love the smell of napalm in the morning.
                                                                   AMD cuts prices on the high
Socket 2011 to become the                                          end GPUs - in preparation for
dominant Intel high end                                            the dual GPU HD 7990?
physical format even on Xeon                                       Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-cuts-prices-on-the-high-end-
                                                                   gpus--in-preparation-for-the-dual-gpu-hd-7990-/16654.html
EX - but different pin-outs, of                                    July 14th, 2012

course
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/socket-2011-to-become-the-
dominant-intel-high-end-physical-format-even-on-xeon-ex--but-
different-pin-outs-of-course/16633.html
July 14th, 2012
                                                                   The sped-up HD 7970 GHz edition came out last month to
                                                                   knock down the GTX 680 from the gaming performance
                                                                   throne. Now, and before another top level announcement,
                                                                   the rest of the high end line up received price adjustments to
                                                                   further attack Nvidia gamers' holdout.
With all the confusion of different little sockets on the          Three weeks ago, the 1050 MHz - in perpetually switched
desktop end of the story, from LGA1156 to 1155 to, next year,      on Turbo mode - HD 7970 GHz edition officially broke
1150, will Intel do the same to its high end? The answer is -      through the 4 TFLOPs FP per GPU - or any other kind of
no, at least till 2014. Even the 4-socket and above Xeon E7        processor - barrier, and also, with sped up GPU, memory and
families will follow suit.                                         drivers - dethroned the Nvidia GTX 680 from the gaming

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performance leadership. While now we await the dual GPU                    have the OS pre-installed), can be purchased in the store
HD 7990 offering to 'handle' the Nvidia GTX 690, AMD is                    as "Full Retail" or "OEM" packages, or bought in bulk via
targeting the rest of the high end gamers by reducing the                  Microsoft's various volume licensing programmes. Those
MSRP prices on the rest of the high end line up as of Monday               already with licenses of older versions of Windows can
July 16th.                                                                 typically buy "Upgrade" licenses.
                                                                           While "Full Retail" is the package intended for sale to
                                                                           consumers who want full copies of the various variants
                                                                           of Windows, these consumers typically end up buying the
                                                                           significantly cheaper "OEM" version, which is intended for
                                                                           purchase and installation by system integrators. The OEM
                                                                           version is supposed to be sold with hardware, but as far
                                                                           as most retailers are concerned, it's not cast in stone. The
                                                                           only differences between the two are superficial (better
                                                                           product presentation and slightly better aftersales support
                                                                           for the "Full Retail" package), and cease to matter once
                                                                           the operating system is up and running. Microsoft wants to
                                                                           change this.
                                                                           According to Thurrott and Foley, there will be three ways
                                                                           in which consumers can get their hands on a Windows
                                                                           8 license: buy devices that have it pre-installed; upgrade
                                                                           their existing Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
                                                                           installations using Upgrade copies; or buy what will come to
The AMD Radeon HD 7970 will come down to $429                              be known as "System Builder" copy.
USD, and the AMD Radeon HD 7950 will be available                          The System Builder copy, as Thurrott and Foley describe,
for $349 USD. Both will be bundled with the Three-for-                     is similar to today's OEM copies, except that its EULA (end
Free promotion, getting three free DirectX® 11 games                       user license agreement) could allow people to purchase it
for free (a $100 value) with the purchase of any AMD                       standalone (or with components to build new PCs with),
Radeon™ HD 7900 Series product. One key benefit here                       and install it without needing to be "system integrators."
is, of course, getting 3 GB of graphics memory that the                    The move could simplify the forms in which the operating
competition doesn't have, for play at maximum resolutions                  system will be made available to the public, on the web, and
or details. Also, the more mainstream AMD Radeon HD                        through retail stores. How the move impacts pricing is a
7870 GHz Edition will now be available for $299 USD,                       totally different issue, something we'll learn more about as
inclusive of a free copy of DiRT Showdown (a $50 value).                   we inch closer to the October 2012 (tentative) launch of the
With this move, the standard GTX 670/680 cards will feel                   operating system.
increased pressure, as well as the impending GTX 660 next
month, but the real icing on the cake would be the early
launch of Sea Islands at the year end, before Nvidia can bring
in the big die GK110 into consumer cards.                                  Apacer Outs SAFD 25A Series
                                                                           Enterprise SSDs
Microsoft Scrapping Retail                                                 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apacer-outs-safd-25a-series-

Boxes of Windows 8 in Favour
                                                                           enterprise-ssds/16652.html
                                                                           July 14th, 2012

of System Builder Package?
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-scrapping-retail-boxes-of-
windows-8-in-favour-of-system-builder-package-/16653.html
July 14th, 2012

                                                                           Apacer launched its newest line of enterprise/industrial
                                                                           SSDs, the SAFD 25A series. Built in the 2.5-inch form-factor
                                                                           with SATA 6 Gb/s interface, the SSDs come in variants with
                                                                           SLC and MLC NAND flash memory.
                                                                           Apacer launched its newest line of enterprise/industrial
Full retail copies of Windows could become a thing of the                  SSDs, the SAFD25A series. Built in the 2.5-inch form-factor
past with Windows 8. According to Windows Weekly co-                       with SATA 6 Gb/s interface, the SSDs come in variants with
hosts, Redmond plans to make the new operating system                      SLC and MLC NAND flash memory.
available in fewer kinds of packages.
Full retail copies of Windows could become a thing of the
past with Windows 8. According to Windows Weekly co-
hosts Paul Thurrott and Mary Jo Foley, Redmond plans to
make the new operating system available in fewer kinds
of packages. A license to use Windows is either sold by
computer manufacturers (on desktops and notebooks that

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                                                                        The Kontron KTT30/mITX makes use of an NVIDIA Tegra 3
                                                                        quad-core (4 + 1 power-saving core) SoC. Its four CPU cores
                                                                        are built in the ARM Cortex-A9 micro-architecture, and are
                                                                        clocked at 900 MHz. It features NVIDIA GeForce ULP GPU.
                                                                        The GPU is capable enough to handle 3D acceleration, 1080p
                                                                        video playback, and an LVDS link with 2048 x 1536 pixels
                                                                        resolution. The GPU also provides h.264, MPEG4 hardware
                                                                        encoding/decoding acceleration. The Tegra 3 SoC is backed
                                                                        by up to 2 GB of DDR3L system memory (RAM).
                                                                        The KTT30/mITX is filled to the brim with connectivity.
                                                                        For expansion, the board has a total of three mPCIe slots,
                                                                        of which one doubles up as mSATA, and another one as
                                                                        reserved for 3G HSDPA MODEM. The board has a SIM card
The SAFD25A SSDs from Apacer are designed for enterprise                slot on-board. Apart from the three, the board has two SD
environments with demanding data-transaction loads, or                  card slots, and a bootable eMMC module.
large amounts of "hot-data" (data that's frequently accessed,
                                                                        There are a plethora of peripheral interfaces, some more
such as a database). The company did not reveal what is
                                                                        familiar to the PC crowd, others with embedded/COM
the make of its controller, but specified some performance
                                                                        designers. PC users will find a total of three USB 2.0
numbers on its end: up to 475 MB/s reads, up to 360 MB/s
                                                                        ports (two standard type A, one micro-USB), a gigabit
writes, up to 50,000 IOPS random access performance.
                                                                        Ethernet interface, stereo analog and multi-channel digital
While the SAFD25A packs single-level cell (SLC) NAND                    (SPDIF) audio outputs, and HDMI 1.4a display output
flash memory, Apacer also has a cost-effective multi-                   supporting digital resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 pixels.
level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory-based variant,                       Embedded connectivity includes two RS232 (8-wire serial/
the SAFD25A-M. There is just one capacity option for the                COM), LVDS display output supporting up to 2048 x 1536
two - 512 GB.                                                           pixels @ 18 bpp, three MIPI connectors (1x DSI, 1x CSI, 1x
                                                                        either DSI or CSI), eighteen GPIO connectors, a 2-pin DC
Kontron Designs Tegra 3                                                 power input, and 4-pin PWM fan output.
                                                                        The KTT30/mITX has a target power draw of less than 7
Mini-ITX Motherboard                                                    Watts, it should be able to run off a fairly light and compact
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/kontron-designs-tegra-3-mini-itx-   AC adapter. It should be able to drive most Linux derivatives
motherboard/16651.html                                                  for the ARM machine architecture, including Android and
July 14th, 2012                                                         Chrome OS. Find finer details in the datasheet.


                                                                        Microsoft unveils Halo 4 Xbox
                                                                        360 bundle
                                                                        Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-unveils-halo-4-xbox-360-
Computer-on-module (COM) and industrial PC (IPC) major                  bundle/16649.html
Kontron designed the first NVIDIA Tegra 3 motherboard in                July 14th, 2012
the mini-ITX (slim) form-factor. The board measures 17 x 17
cm, and should fit in most ITX/ATX cases.
Computer-on-module (COM) and industrial PC (IPC) major
Kontron designed the first NVIDIA Tegra 3 motherboard in
the mini-ITX (slim) form-factor. The board measures 17 x                Microsoft has unveiled a limited edition Halo 4 themed Xbox
17 cm, and should fit in most ITX/ATX cases. The board                  360 bundle, with a copy of the standard edition of the game
is armed with most current and legacy connectivity, and a               and a 320GB console.
powerful SoC.                                                           Microsoft has unveiled a limited edition Halo 4 themed Xbox
                                                                        360 bundle, with a copy of the standard edition of the game
                                                                        and a 320GB console.


                                                                        The bundle was briefly available for pre-order on Microsoft's
                                                                        online store with a price tag of $399.99, but was pulled soon
                                                                        after media outlets reported on it, suggesting it may have
                                                                        been put up earlier than planned.


                                                                        The bundle features a very cool Halo-skinned console and
                                                                        two matching controllers. The console features LEDs and
                                                                        even makes different sounds when turned on and when the
                                                                        disc drive opens. It also comes with the standard Xbox 360
                                                                        headset and, of course, the game itself.


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                                                                        is drawn from Molex connectors, and a 40 mm fan ventilates
                                                                        the whole enclosure.




Those who are not enamoured by the aesthetics might still
fork out for this bundle for the exclusive Halo 4 content it
offers, including a unique armour skin, unique weapon skin,
unique emblem, matching avatar armour and unique avatar
prop.                                                                   Looks simple enough? The three drive bays of the Icy
                                                                        Dock MB994IPO-3SB come with detachable caddies, the
                                                                        drives (HDDs, SSDs, optical drives) have to be installed
It is not clear how many units will be available, but the               manually, and the process isn't exactly tool-free:
“limited edition” tag suggests there's a set number on offer,
which will likely be whipped up over the Christmas holidays.


Halo 4 launches on 6 November.




Icy Dock Intros Unique Dual
2.5" + Slimline Bay Internal
Enclosure
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/icy-dock-intros-unique-dual-2.5--
slimline-bay-internal-enclosure/16647.html                              The Icy Dock MB994IPO-3SB is made almost entirely of
July 14th, 2012                                                         metal. The front bezel, the body cover, and the hot-swap
                                                                        bay lids are made of SECC steel with matte black powder-
                                                                        coating. Each bay has its own activity LED. The enclosure
                                                                        could be a life-saver for those with slim form-factor (SFF)
                                                                        cases that ship with just one 5.25-inch drive bay, and have
                                                                        limited number of other bays.

Icy Dock unveiled its newest enclosure, the MB994IPO-3SB.
It is designed to reorganize a 5.25-inch drive bay into two
2.5-inch hot-swap bays with SAS/SATA backplanes, and a
slimline optical disc drive bay. Somebody likes bentos.
Icy Dock unveiled its newest enclosure, the MB994IPO-3SB.
It is designed to reorganize a 5.25-inch drive bay into two
2.5-inch hot-swap bays with SAS/SATA backplanes, and a
slimline optical disc drive bay. Somebody likes bentos.

                                                                        The Icy Dock MB994IPO-3SB is slated for market release
                                                                        on 31st July. Its price is still under the wraps.


                                                                        Assassin's Creed III delayed
                                                                        for PC, next games will go
                                                                        further back in time
                                                                        Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/assassin-s-creed-iii-delayed-for-pc-
The design concept behind Icy Dock MB994IPO-3SB is                      next-games-will-go-further-back-in-time/16648.html
painstakingly simple: use one to convert a 5.25-inch drive
bay in your system into three bays: two 2.5-inch hot-swap
SAS/SATA, and a slimline (notebook) optical drive. The
three bays are wired out directly from behind, where power


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Assassin's Creed III has been delayed for the PC, while future
instalments of the popular game series will go further back
in time rather than continue their gradual shift towards the
present day.
Assassin's Creed III has been delayed for the PC, while future
instalments of the popular game series will go further back
in time rather than continue their gradual shift towards the
present day.


Alex Hutchinson, Creative Director at Ubisoft, delivered the
bad news that the third title will not launch on 30 October
on the PC, but the console version appears to be unaffected.
Hutchinson did promise that the game will be out in time for
Christmas, however, and that the delay won't be long, so we
can probably expect it out by the end of November.


As for future games, Hutchinson told a Comic-Con panel:
“I don't think we'll necessarily always go forward, or we're
dooming ourselves to run out of history.”




                                                                  Updates: According to GameSpy, the game is still on for
                                                                  October 30th release.


                                                                    Ubisoft PR just contacted us to let us know that
                                                                    the PC version of Assassin's Creed 3 is still "coming
                                                                    out on October 30, day and date with the console
                                                                    versions." Joystiq, who we sourced in our initial
                                                                    post, has updated their story as well. So apparently
                                                                    Alex Hutchinson, who is the creative lead on
                                                                    Assassin's Creed 3, simply misspoke at the Comic-
                                                                    Con panel yesterday. I'm still pretty skeptical about
The first game dealt with the Crusades in the 12th Century,
                                                                    AC3 making that release date on the grounds that
the second covered the Renaissance in the 15th Century,
                                                                    history is not on Ubisoft's side. Nearly every PC
and the upcoming third game deals with the American
                                                                    version of a multi-platform Ubisoft game has met
Revolution in the 18th Century. If this trend continued
                                                                    with some sort delay, most recently Ghost Recon:
then players would only have a small period of time left to
                                                                    Future Soldier and Rayman: Origins. It's hard for
play in, with modern history making for a less convincing
                                                                    me to believe that Assassin's Creed 3 is going to
playground for the Templar versus Assasins storyline.
                                                                    break from that unfortunate tradition.

Hutchinson's comments suggest the studio is already
looking at other time periods for future titles. There is a lot
                                                                  Billionaire Richard Branson
of potential over the course of history and once the games        to be first tourist in 2013
break the existing sequence the possibility of jumping back
and forward to other iconic periods opens up.                     space voyage
                                                                  Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/billionaire-richard-branson-to-be-
                                                                  first-tourist-in-2013-space-voyage/16646.html




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                                                                     Digg sells for just $500,000
                                                                     Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/digg-sells-for-
                                                                     just-500-000/16645.html
                                                                     July 14th, 2012

Billionaire Sir Richard Branson is to be first among
hundreds of people to travel 60 miles into space in the 2013
maiden voyage of the Virgin Galactic programme.
Billionaire Sir Richard Branson is to be first among
hundreds of people to travel 60 miles into space in the 2013
maiden voyage of the Virgin Galactic programme.                      Digg, once one of the internet's biggest social content voting
                                                                     sites, has been sold for a measly $500,000, highlighting the
                                                                     intense competition in the field.
529 people have already booked their holidays for late 2013,
but they won't want to be “in the Sun” for this once in a            Digg, once one of the internet's biggest social content voting
lifetime trip, worth $200,000 per ticket. Only 528 people            sites, has been sold for a measly $500,000, highlighting the
have been in space since the first mission of Yuri Gagarin           intense competition in the field.
in 1961, making this a ground-breaking achievement if
successful.
                                                                     Betaworks nabbed the website for the bargain sum,
                                                                     promising to turn it into a cloud-based platform, adding to
The SpaceShipTwo, or SS2, spacecraft will be launched by             its existing offerings, which include Bitly, SocialFlow and
the WhiteKnightTwo aircraft into space. Six people can               Bloglovin'.
be flown at a time, making for plenty of flights, with 80
successful test launches to date.
                                                                     “Over the last few months, we've considered many options
                                                                     of where Digg could go, and frankly many of them could not
                                                                     live up to the reason Digg was invented in the first place --
                                                                     to discover the best stuff on the web,” said Matt Williams,
                                                                     CEO of Digg. “We wanted to find a way to take Digg back to
                                                                     its startup roots.”




Branson and his children, Holly and Sam, will be the first to
boldly go where only a handful of people have gone before.


Celebrities and the rich are all lining up for the gravity-
defying experience, with those confirmed on the list
including Sarah Brightman, Bryan Singer, and Stephen                 Digg's fate was pretty much sealed after most of its staff
Hawking. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are rumoured to be             left to join Social Code in May, leaving the company with
among the number, and Branson hopes to sell 700 tickets in           a skeletal crew on which to operate. The low sale value
total by the time of the first flight, a figure that should easily   reflects what little Digg now has to offer, both in terms
be achieved.                                                         of skilled engineers and a once popular, now quiet social
                                                                     content network.

The budding astronauts will required a week of training
before their flight. In addition to the incredible sights from       Digg was established by Kevin Rose in 2004, long before
space, they will also be able to experience the weightlessness       most of today's popular social media sites even existed,
of zero gravity.                                                     allowing users to "digg" stories and content they liked
                                                                     and "bury" stuff they didn't. Its glory days are long gone,
                                                                     however, largely replaced by rival firms like Reddit, not to

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mention the tweeting of Twitter, +1'ing of Google+, and               for online forum users to have similar (and sometimes,
liking of Facebook.                                                   identical) user names and passwords for multiple websites.
                                                                      If you have an NVIDIA forums account, and you think your
                                                                      VR-Zone forums login details are similar or identical, we
                                                                      recommend that you change your password on our forums,
NVIDIA Forums Hacked, User                                            immediately.
Data Compromised
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-forums-hacked-user-data-
compromised/16644.html
                                                                      ASUS Maximus V Extreme is
July 14th, 2012                                                       a Time Machine - Pause and
                                                                      Un-Pause Benchmark Runs!
                                                                      Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-maximus-v-extreme-is-a-time-
                                                                      machine--pause-and-un-pause-benchmark-runs-/16643.html
                                                                      July 14th, 2012

Late Thursday, NVIDIA deactivated its user forums
(forums.nvidia.com) on the company website, citing security
reasons. According to the company, a security breach was
discovered. Critical user data may have been compromised.
Late Thursday, NVIDIA deactivated its user forums                     Imagine having the ability to pause a prolonged WR
(forums.nvidia.com) on the company website, citing security           benchmark attempt halfway and walk off for a smoke/snack,
reasons. According to the company, a security breach                  carrying on where you left off later. The latest beta BIOS
was discovered (the forums website was hacked). Critical              update for the Maximus V Extreme does just that, which
user data may have been compromised (stolen). Even as                 is a godsend for hungry or breathless extreme overclockers
investigations into the breach are underway, the company              around the world.
ascertained that the hackers gained access to user data such
as user names, hashed passwords along with random salt                Imagine having the ability to pause a prolonged WR
value, e-mail addresses of the users, and contents of the             benchmark attempt halfway and walk off for a smoke/
"About Me" field.                                                     snack, carrying on where you left off later. The latest beta
                                                                      BIOS update for the Maximus V Extreme (our own review
The forum passwords, according to NVIDIA, are not stored              coming soon) does just that, which is a godsend to hungry or
in plain text, but in a hashed form. Passwords in this form,          breathless extreme overclockers around the world.
along with random salt values, could have been accessed.
Along with user names and passwords, the hackers also                 Procedure (OCKey must be installed):
gained access to the registration e-mail addresses of the             CTL + F1 = Pause
users. These addresses are typically used by forum software           CTL + F1 = Unpause
to send administrative messages (about registration status,
                                                                      If reboot during a pause phase, shutdown and use OCKey to
private messages, friendship requests, infractions, and
                                                                      unpause and turn on again to make sure it boots properly
bans), and for password recovery.
                                                                      without being paused.
                                                                      This latest development on the Maximus V Extreme comes
                                                                      after a host of other innovations on the recently released
                                                                      motherboard which includes Subzero Sense (integrated
                                                                      thermometer with subzero support) and VGA Power Control
                                                                      (i2c access to control voltage and OCP/LLC settings). We will
                                                                      update this section again after we ask ASUS engineers about
                                                                      how this time machine works.


                                                                      Samsung doesn't want you to
                                                                      use their smartphones... sort
                                                                      of
                                                                      Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-doesn-t-want-you-to-use-
                                                                      their-smartphones...-sort-of/16641.html
                                                                      July 14th, 2012


NVIDIA will likely enforce a password (and possibly
registration e-mail address) change once the forums are
back online. The company also strongly recommended that
people with similar login details on other forum websites,
change their passwords and relevant info. To avoid having
to remember multiple login details, it is common practice

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  The Galaxy S3 has been under heavy scrutiny recently.        a cell phone near or inside a heater, a microwave or any
Some people have claimed that Samsung was deliberately         cooking equipment, or a high pressure container' and 'Do
trying to avoid its warranty obligations regarding screen      not let children or pets lick or bite a cell phone or its battery'.
burn-in problems by sneaking in new disclaimers. We             The latest reported blow-up of Galaxy S3 was because a
bring to you some other common scenarios where Samsung         customer heated the phone near a microwave.
doesn't want you to use their phones.
The manual is a link between a company and its customers.      An insider source explained that "warnings in manuals are
 It is where all the product use and warranty information      to suggest or advise rules and insights that users should
is found. Although lots of paper manuals are disappearing,     observe in ordinary environments rather than companies
companies are beginning provide electronic versions. They      trying to evade any responsibilities," and also added that
also usually have legal teams to go through and include        "unless one purposely and unreasonably messes up a
warnings in an effort to prevent anything that could harm      product, any user will receive proper warranty services."
customers or the companies.



                                                               Puremate announces 3D
                                                               protective screen film for
                                                               Galaxy S3
                                                               Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/puremate-announces-3d-protective-
                                                               screen-film-for-galaxy-s3/16638.html
                                                               July 14th, 2012




The following phrase or one like it is always included in
a mobile phone product manual: 'Be cautious using cell
                                                                  Puremate, a protective case maker based in South Korea
phone while walking or moving.' However, it is rather
                                                               has released a 3D fit screen protective film for Galaxy S3
contradictory to warn against using cell phone while moving
                                                               recently. The unique feature of the new Puremate screen
because cell phone is basically a mobile phone (phone that's
                                                               protector is that it fits the curvature of the screen perfectly,
been designed for mobility!)
                                                               covering the entire screen. It provides the screen complete
                                                               protection from any damage. The Puremate 3D fit screen
The reason why this warning has been appearing in manuals      protector is the first to be developed in the world using only
is that more and more customers who have been injured          South Korean technologies.
in accidents while using a mobile phone have begun suing       Puremate, a protective case maker based in South Korea
the mobile phone manufacturers. Similar to the infamous        has released a 3D fit screen protective film for Galaxy S3
Mcdonalds hot coffee warning, the reason behind ruling         recently. The unique feature of the new Puremate screen
when customers win these lawsuits is usually the lack of       protector is that it fits the curvature of the screen perfectly,
clarity or information in manuals. Companies have been         covering the entire screen. It provides the screen complete
forced to include even the most obvious warnings in their      protection from any damage. The Puremate 3D fit screen
product manuals to avoid costly judgments against them.        protector is the first to be developed in the world using only
                                                               South Korean technologies.

The warning about recently popular burn-in problem is
included in the manual because of that reason as well. The
AMOLED display is what Samsung has been employing
since Galaxy S. Ordinary users do not typically experience
screen burn-in because they occur when a user leaves a
paused screen turned on for a long time or lets a screen
display the same images repeatedly. For any burn-in to
occur because of the reasons mentioned above, a user would
have to turn on the screen for a long time on purpose. But
even before any screen burn-in happens, a phone would
likely be out of power.


In the past year, however, customers requesting product
exchanges due to broken displays drastically increased.
After noticing this increase Samsung began to include the
warning about improper usage causing screen burn-in.
Similar warnings in the product manual include 'Do not put

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While screen protectors have previously been available, until            makes use of an algorithm to extract useful information
now protective films only covered a partial area of Galaxy               from the data gathered. According to NeuroVigil’s website,
S3 screen due to its contour. Galaxy S3 users who wanted                 “the iBrain is a miniature electronics box attached to a light
a screen protector that covered the entire screen had to                 and flexible elastic head harness and electrodes that can
resort to a flexible urethane film and attaching it with an              effortlessly be applied to the head during sleep.” It has a
adhesive spray. Although a urethane film offers flexibility              rechargeable battery and USB port for data transfer.
and complete coverage, it is susceptible to a yellowing effect           In a preliminary test of the iBrain’s capabilities, the device
when it is exposed to sun for a long time. Urethane films can            was fitted to Hawking’s head and he was asked to “imagine
also cause a failure in the device if the liquid adhesive seeps          that he was scrunching his right hand into a ball.” While his
into the device while applying the film. With no adhesive                body has long lost the ability to do this, his motor cortex
liquids required by the new Puremate screen protector, this              can still generate electrical waves in his brain. The device
is no longer a danger.                                                   was able to identify which movement he was imagining by
The optical properties of the new screen protector are                   monitoring this electrical activity.
excellent, allowing at least 93% light transmittance, not                The dream is that this technology will enable Hawking
compromising the vivid visuals of the Galaxy S3 HD Super                 and others to communicate by using their thoughts and
AMOLED screen. The film is currently patent pending.                     imagination to instruct a computer to generate words on
                                                                         their behalf.
Mind Reader: Stephen                                                     Low presented this work on July 8 at the Francis Crick
Hawking Tries Out The iBrain                                             Memorial Conference in Cambridge, UK. The topic of
                                                                         the conference was “Consciousness in humans and non-
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mind-reader-stephen-hawking-tries-
                                                                         human animals.” NeuroVigil has gained publicity through its
out-the-ibrain/16642.html
                                                                         association with Hawking, but Low stresses that the
July 14th, 2012
                                                                         technology has been developed for everybody. He states that
                                                                         the “mind-mapping” performed by the iBrain is not limited
                                                                         to this particular communication application, but has so
                                                                         many potential uses that Low funded the startup on his own,
                                                                         refusing offers of venture capital.
                                                                         “I knew that if they funded us they would want to concentrate
Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest scientific minds of our             only on one specific use for the device,” he said. “I didn’t pay
time, has long relied on technology to communicate. Now he               myself for three years. I wanted to build a better telescope –
is trialling a device that may one day convert his thoughts              one that could be pointed all around the universe.”
directly into speech.                                                    With his motorised wheelchair and distinctive computer
Stephen Hawking suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,              voice, Stephen Hawking is one of the most iconic figures
also know as motor neuron disease. This disease involves the             in modern science. He is the author of A Brief History of
progressive weakening and atrophy of muscles. It leads to an             Time, which has sold over 10 million copies since its initial
inability to move independently and difficulty with speaking,            publication in 1988.
swallowing and breathing. The 70 year old has been confined
to a wheelchair for decades and a computer speaks for him.
In spite of this, he has made a number of important advances
                                                                         Steam deep discount sales
in modern cosmology and found time to author a number of                 hurt developer
popular science books.                                                   Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/steam-deep-discount-sales-hurt-
Since losing his speech in the 1980s, Hawking “speaks” by                developer/16637.html
using a series of cheek twitches to select words on a screen.            July 14th, 2012
However, this is a slow process, and as he loses control of his
cheek, the need to find another way is becoming more and
more important.


                                                                         In a recent interview with Games Industry, head of EA’s
                                                                         Origin, David DeMartini says that Steam sales are hurting
                                                                         developer by “cheapening” the image and branding of the
                                                                         products.
                                                                         In a recent interview with Games Industry, head of EA’s
                                                                         Origin, David DeMartini says that Steam sales are hurting
                                                                         developer and partners by “cheapening” the image and
                                                                         branding of the products.
                                                                         When asked whether or not Origin will offer the same type
                                                                         of “deep discount” sales like Steam, DeMartini said no. He
Enter Philip Low: founder, chairman and CEO of healthcare                believes that developers have poured incredible amount of
company NeuroVigil. Low’s device, called the iBrain, records             time and resources into their product should be rewarded
brain activity from a single point on the scalp. The device              with fair pricings, and therefore the games should not be sold
                                                                         like it’s a “going-out-of-business sales.”
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“We won't be doing that. Obviously they think it's the right
thing to do after a certain amount of time. I just think it            The hackers claim that this act was done to demonstrate
cheapens your intellectual property. I know both sides of it,          Yahoo's lack of security, not as a threat. It does raise
I understand it. If you want to sell a whole bunch of units,           questions about Yahoo's approach to user data, as account
that is certainly a way to do that, to sell a whole bunch of           details should always be encrypted, regardless of where they
stuff at a low price. The gamemakers work incredibly hard              are stored or how secure one believes the servers to be.
to make this intellectual property, and we're not trying to
be Target. We're trying to be Nordstrom. When I say that, I
mean good value - we're trying to give you a fair price point,         D33DS Company appears to be a new group on the scene,
and occasionally there will be things that are on sale you             though it is not clear if it has any affiliation with other
could look for a discount, just don't look for 75 percent off          hacking groups like Anonymous and Lulzsec. It offers paid
going-out-of-business sales.”                                          hacking services, promising full privacy for those who
DeMartini also claims that Steam maybe benefitting from                request this. It is also considering a Distributed Denial of
the humungous sales, but the partnering publishers are                 Service (DDoS) offer if there is enough interest.
hurting because they are making next to nothing on the
games they produced.
                                                                       Hacking has become a growing concern for internet users,
“Also what Steam does might be teaching the customer that              governments and companies, with many high-profile cases,
"I might not want it in the first month, but if I look at it in four   such as numerous attacks on Sony's servers, including its
or five months, I'll get one of those weekend sales and I'll buy       PlayStation Network, highlighting that more needs to be
it at that time at 75 percent off." It's an approach, and I'm          done to ensure account security.
not going to say it's not working for Valve. It certainly works
for Valve; I don't know if it works as well for the publishing
partners who take on the majority of that haircut.”
Origin, according to DeMartini, is attempting to build a               Chinese online stores open
cloud gaming platform that doesn’t rely on heavy discounts
to attract customers. Rather, Origin will build “long-term”            for iPhone 5 pre-orders
relationships with its customers through other methods                 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/chinese-online-stores-open-for-
—such as, publishing independent, “crowd-funded”, and                  iphone-5-pre-orders/16635.html
charging no fees for 90 days.                                          July 14th, 2012

Steam is currently having a summer blowout sale.                       Online retailers in China are accepting pre-orders for the
                                                                       unreleased and un-announced iPhone 5, Apple's much-
                                                                       anticipated next smartphone.
Hackers allegedly steal
450,000 Yahoo account                                                  Taobao, the country's largest e-commerce website, lists
details                                                                numerous offers for the iPhone 5, with many sellers showing
                                                                       concept pictures and expected specifications, while also
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hackers-allegedly-steal-450-000-
                                                                       asking for a deposit of as much as 1,000 yuan, which is
yahoo-account-details/16636.html
                                                                       around $160. At least one seller wants the full payment
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                                                                       up front, totalling a whopping 6,999 yuan, which is about
As many as 450,000 account details have allegedly been                 $1,100.
stolen from a Yahoo server by a new hacker group.

                                                                       Reuters reports that sellers plan to buy the new model in
The group, which goes by the name D33DS Company                        Hong Kong or the US and then bring it back to China for re-
(“Leetspeak” for “deeds,” which uses numbers in place of               sale, exploiting the delayed release date that mainland China
letters), claims to have hacked into a subdomain of Yahoo's            usually suffers from.
website to gain access to unencrypted account information.


The data is believed to belong to Yahoo's VoIP service, Yahoo
Voices, which runs on the company's instant messenger.




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With no delivery estimates and so few details about the
device to go on, one would think that no one would pre-order
the non-existant product. However, reports suggest that the
pre-orders are selling like hotcakes, with some users buying
two of the hallowed phones.


China is a major market for technology that Apple has been
attempting to expand further into. It has five stores in the
country and plans to open more, while consumers there
often turn to the black market to get their hands on Apple
products.


The new iPad release in China on 20 July.




EA and BioWare announce
Ultima Forever: Quest for the
Avatar
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ea-and-bioware-announce-ultima-
                                                                      “As huge fans of the Ultima franchise, the team at BioWare
forever-quest-for-the-avatar/16634.html
                                                                      Mythic is not only excited to be able to bring this reimagining
July 14th, 2012
                                                                      of the original rich world to the fans of the classic RPGs, but
                                                                      also to introduce a new generation of gamers who have never
                                                                      had a chance to discover why this is one of our industry’s
                                                                      most beloved worlds,” said Eugene Evans, Studio GM at
Electronic Arts (EA) and BioWare have announced the latest            BioWare Mythic.
title in the popular Ultima role-playing game series, Ultima          Details about gameplay are under wraps for now, but EA
Forever: Quest for the Avatar.                                        promises to show off more at Comic-Con this weekend
Electronic Arts (EA) and BioWare have announced the latest            (check out booth #5405). Gamers can also sign up now for a
title in the popular Ultima role-playing game series, Ultima          chance to take part in the beta.
Forever: Quest for the Avatar.
It has been over a decade since the last Ultima game, and             Windowed Corsair Carbide
the original Quest of the Avatar, the fourth game in the
series, was released all the way back in 1985, when pixelated         300R Launched
artwork was all the rage.                                             Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/windowed-corsair-carbide-300r-
                                                                      launched/16632.html
This latest game will see action role-playing matched with
                                                                      July 14th, 2012
BioWare storytelling, reintroducing players to the world
of Britannia. Since BioWare launched Star Wars: The Old
Republic and since Ultima Online is well-known in the
annals of gaming history, you would be forgiven for thinking
this game is another MMO, but it is a standard single-player
game, though there will also be a multiplayer experience.

                                                                      For those in need of taking a peek into their gaming PC build
                                                                      every so often, or showing it off to others at a LAN party,
                                                                      Corsair launched a new variant of its Carbide series 300R
                                                                      value gaming PC chassis, with a windowed side panel.
                                                                      For those in need of taking a peek into their gaming PC build
                                                                      every so often, or showing it off to others at a LAN party,
                                                                      Corsair launched a new variant of its Carbide series 300R
                                                                      value gaming PC chassis, with a windowed side panel.




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                                                                        [Disclaimer: The following views are solely the author's
                                                                        and do not necessarily represent those of the VR-Zone
                                                                        team]
                                                                        The ancient (some 25 years old by now) PS/2 keyboard
                                                                        and mouse interface, developed by IBM for the same-
                                                                        named PC series in the mid eighties, is pretty much
                                                                        adequate for those two input devices, unless you're
                                                                        talking about extreme gamer-style super-responsive mice
                                                                        that send their movements like 1,000 times a second
                                                                        or so. The little Intel 8042 keyboard controller chip
                                                                        handled all the work, not bothering the CPU much there.
                                                                        However, these connectors are, despite the still wide device
                                                                        availability, increasingly rare on the modern mainboards
                                                                        nowadays. Why?
The side panel of the new Carbide 300R is decked up with
a large, square, clear acrylic window, with two 140/120 mm
fan vents. This is a window with a view, letting you see
everything from the PSU to CPU cooler, nearly every drive
bay, and the entire length of installed expansion cards (such
as graphics cards).




                                                                        Well, conspiracy theorists say that when Intel first pushed
                                                                        their Universal Serial Bus, one major issue for them then was
                                                                        that the CPUs weren't fully loaded by then-typical OS and
                                                                        apps, so there had to be ways found to coerce buyers to part
                                                                        with their money for ever faster CPUs any possible way. One
The windowed side panel really is the only thing that sets the          way was to load the CPUs with the I/O processing burdens,
new Carbide 300R Windowed apart from the original. Made                 such as 'software sound' instead of Sound Blaster, 'software
mostly of SECC-steel, the 300R measures 19.1” x 8.3” x 17.7”,           modems', and, yes, USB. The trick with USB was that it
supporting ATX and micro-ATX motherboards. It features                  constantly had to be polled by the CPU, even if the peripheral
three 5.25-inch drive-bays, and four 3.5-inch/2.5-inch drive            connected did absolutely nothing, like the case of a keyboard
caddies (without SATA backplanes).                                      without any key pressed. Polling introduces interrupts, task
Its cooling system consists of a total of six 140 mm/120                switching and such overhead, which of course bogs down
mm fan mounts, including a front 120 mm intake, a 120                   the CPU, introducing the 'need for more speed'. Sometimes,
mm rear exhaust fan. The interiors are all-black, with the              even PC benchmarks were, and still are, slightly but still
motherboard tray featuring cutouts for cable and CPU cooler             negatively affected by using the USB keyboard and mouse
management. The front utility panel includes two USB 3.0                instead of the PS/2 one. Not to mention the battery drain on
ports (standard header), and front-panel HD audio jacks.                mobile devices...
Carrying the SKU CC-9011017-WW, the Carbide Series
300R Windowed case from Corsair is priced at US $99.99.                 Fast forward to today and USB 3.0. It is the first USB update
In comparison, the original 300R goes for US $89.99.                    to finally remove the need for polling. After all, the bloatware
                                                                        of today knows well how to load any CPU, even multi core
Blast from the Past - USB                                               ones, so too-probing I/O interfaces become a liability. Now,
                                                                        if you have a super-speed mouse that needs polling to get
polling induced performance                                             its response speed, it can have it - but a keyboard with a

slowdowns
                                                                        few letters typed per second, doesn't need it that much,
                                                                        obviously.
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/blast-from-the-past--usb-polling-
induced-performance-slowdowns/16620.html
July 14th, 2012                                                         Here's the problem though - there are no USB 3 keyboards.
                                                                        Simply, they don't need USB3 extra speed, so why add the
                                                                        cost? Then comes the Thunderbolt, essentially an extended
                                                                        PCIe v2 lane combined with a DisplayPort link onto a single
                                                                        connection. Now, this goes, via the controller, directly to
                                                                        the chipset or CPU PCIe lanes, with minimal complexity
                                                                        - therefore less CPU load as well. So, both USB3 and
You all remember how USB, even when used by the
                                                                        Thunderbolt peripherals should, where possible, reduce or
keyboards and mice, tend to ever so slightly slow down the
                                                                        eliminate the unnecessary CPU I/O monitoring load left
system, due to the often unnecessary CPU polling? Well,
                                                                        from the ancient USB times.
once even these key input devices standardize on USB3 and
Thunderbolt, that sorry story should be over...


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Again, you're not likely to see these two interfaces on
keyboards and mice. So, to complete the picture, the old
PS/2 should, in my mind, make the comeback - and yes,
both connectors, just like in the good old days without the
artificially induced slowdowns.




                                                                  The business end of these price cuts focus on SSD 520 series,
                                                                  the performance-segment consumer SSD family from Intel.
                                                                  Most popular capacity variants, such as 60 GB, 180 GB, 240
                                                                  GB, and 480 GB, are slated for price-cuts:

                                                                     • SSD 520 60 GB: OEM price down from $99 to $89;
                                                                       Reseller pack down from $109 to $99 (9% cut)
                                                                     • SSD 520 120 GB: OEM price down from $179 to $129;
                                                                       Reseller pack down from $189 to $139 (26.4% cut)
Intel Mulls SSD Price Cuts                                           • SSD 520 180 GB: OEM price down from $269 to $189;
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-mulls-ssd-price-
                                                                       Reseller pack down from $279 to $199 (28.6% cut)
cuts/16631.html
July 14th, 2012                                                      • SSD 520 240 GB: OEM price down from $339 to $249;
                                                                       Reseller pack down from $349 to $259 (25.8% cut)
                                                                     • SSD 520 480 GB: OEM price down from $799 to $494;
                                                                       Reseller pack down from $809 to $594 (37.7% cut)

                                                                  Prices of Intel's newest mainstream SSD line, the SSD 330
Intel is chalking out a wide range of price cuts for its          series, are also boud for cuts. In fact the most interesting
consumer SSD families, which will likely take effect in           pack of cuts target this series:
August. The updated pricing will see prices go down by as
much as 37 percent. Prices of several models in the SSD 320,         • SSD 330 60 GB: Reseller pack price down from $94 to
SSD 330, and SSD 520 series, are on the chopping block.                $69 (26.5% cut)

Reliable sources told VR-Zone that Intel is chalking out a           • SSD 330 120 GB: Reseller pack price down from $149
wide range of price cuts for its consumer SSD families, which          to $104 (30.2% cut)
will likely take effect in August. The updated pricing will see      • SSD 330 180 GB: Reseller pack price down from $234
prices go down by as much as 37 percent. Prices of several             to $154 (34.1% cut)
models in the SSD 320, SSD 330, and SSD 520 families, are
on the chopping block.                                            In all, Intel is making an effort to capture large swathes of the
                                                                  market with these prices, to compete with other players in
                                                                  the consumer SSD market. Many of these prices are already
                                                                  in effect with competitors' SSDs, respective to the capacities,
                                                                  in markets such as the US. All prices mentioned above are
                                                                  in USD, excluding taxes, and the OEM prices are price-per-
                                                                  unit in multi-unit quantities.


                                                                  Genius Outs Lychas HS-G550
To begin with, prices of most lower-capacity models of the        Foldable Gaming Headset
SSD 320 series remain untouched. It's the 300 GB and              Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/genius-outs-lychas-hs-g550-
600 GB models that Intel is after. Given its mainsteam            foldable-gaming-headset/16630.html
performance, buyers need a bigger incentive to buy higher         July 14th, 2012
capacity SSD 320 drives. Each of the two are available in
four packages, spanning two form-factors: 2.5-inch 9.5 mm-
thick, and 2.5-inch 7 mm-thick. The OEM price (in multi-
unit quantity) of the SSD 320 300 GB is slated to go down
from US $499 to $444, a 11% cut. The retail package (off-
                                                                  Peripherals major Genius launched the Lychas HS-G550
shelf) of the drive is expected to go down from $519 to $464.
                                                                  gaming headset. The headset's ear cups are foldable, making
The SSD 320 600 GB, on the other hand, will see its OEM
                                                                  it easy for LAN party-animals to take it places. The HS-G550
price drop from $1,039 to $859; and retail price from $1,059
                                                                  also packs a feature rarely found on headsets in its price-
down to $879.
                                                                  range.
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Peripherals major Genius launched the Lychas HS-G550                   Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute in Colorado
gaming headset. The headset's ear cups are foldable, making            took to Twitter to proclaim the good news.
it easy for LAN party-animals to take it places. The HS-               “Just announced: Pluto has some company – We’ve
G550 also packs volume control for each individual ear cup,
a feature rarely found on headsets in its price-range, which           discovered a 5th moon using the Hubble Space Telescope!”
allows you to fine tune the volumes to each of your ears, and          the tweet read. Stern continued with “we fully expect to
make it easier for you to hear teammates without voice-chat.           discover still more moons”, hinting at an exciting time ahead
                                                                       for astronomers.
                                                                       “Every time we look harder, we find another.”
                                                                       The moon was spotted by Mark Showalter of the SETI
                                                                       Institute in Mountain View, California, while pouring over
                                                                       images captured by Hubble.




Each ear cup tilts and swivels along three joints with the
head-band, which allows you to fold the headset. Just one
of the two ear cups has the common cable, reducing cable
clutter. The microphone is suspended on a hinged arm,
like with most headsets. The ear cups have an eliptical-
shaped around-the-ear cushion. Although it doesn't looks
otherwise, the head-band is cushioned.


                                                                       The new addition to Pluto’s family has not yet been officially
                                                                       named and is being referred to simply as P5 for the time
                                                                       being. The plan at this stage is to wait and see how many
                                                                       more moons Pluto has before working on names. “If
                                                                       we’re naming them as a group, we’ll just handle it a little
The headset packs a pair of 50 mm neodymium drivers, with              differently,” says Stern.
102 ±3 dB sensitivity, 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response,
and 32 Ω impedance. The microphone, on the other hand,                 Size-wise, P5 is a tiny dot in space, measuring somewhere
has an omni-directional pickup pattern, with 56 ±3 dB                  between 10 and 25 kilometres in diameter. It joins Charon,
sensitivity, 100 Hz to 10 kHz frequency response, and 2.2              Nix, Hydra and the recently discovered P4 in Pluto’s current
kΩ impedance. Both the headset and mic are analogue, and               list of companions. While the team are confident of finding
connect to the source using standard 3.5 mm jacks. The cord            more moons in the future, they concede it is no easy task.
is roughly 2.5 m long, with no pesky volume control modules            “We’re looking right next to Pluto, so there’s this bright
(they're on the ear cups).                                             searchlight that we have to deal with.”
Available now in the US and Canada, the Lychas HS-G550                 This discovery is of interest to Stern as he is the principal
gaming headset from Genius is priced at US $49.99.                     investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission. This will fly
                                                                       by Pluto in 2015, and, as exciting as the discovery of a moon
                                                                       is, it does also represent a potential hazard for the spacecraft
Dwarfs in Good Company as                                              heading in that direction at 48,000km/hr. Of this Stern
Fifth Pluto Moon Discovered                                            said “the inventory of the Pluto system we’re taking now
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/dwarfs-in-good-company-as-fifth-
                                                                       with Hubble will help the New Horizons team design a safer
pluto-moon-discovered/16628.html
                                                                       trajectory for the spacecraft.”
July 14th, 2012                                                        There also seems to be hints of some puzzle in the
                                                                       relationship between Pluto and her moons. Charon, the
                                                                       largest, orbits Pluto in 6.5 days. P5 has an orbit about three
                                                                       times as long as Charon’s. Nix’s “Pluto-year” is four times
                                                                       as long as Charon’s, P4’s five times and Hydra’s six. In
                                                                       the words of Showalter, “the moons form a series of neatly
                                                                       nested orbits, a bit like Russian dolls.”
The news of a fifth moon discovered orbiting Pluto is exciting         “The way these things are spaced in a uniform way – there’s
for astronomers, as there may be more to the dwarf's system            a story in that, but we don’t know what it is yet.”
than we previously thought.
                                                                       Before it’s demotion to dwarf planet in 2006, Pluto had
The dwarf planet Pluto has another companion, it has                   been known as the ninth planet in our solar system since its
recently been discovered, with the announcement of a fifth             discovery in 1930. It was thought to be alone until Charon
moon being sighted by the Hubble Space Telescope.


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was discovered in 1977. Nix and Hydra were discovered in              of Thales IFEC "The Avant system is the future of IFE for us,
2006 and P4 followed in 2011.                                         you can now get on board an aircraft and not just watch the
                                                                      movie in front of you, but perhaps view the moving map,
                                                                      play a game, or order meals or drinks simultaneously while
ARM and Google Android own                                            watching what's on the main screen."
the skies with Qatar's Boeing
787
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/arm-and-google-android-own-the-
skies-with-qatar-s-boeing-787/16626.html
July 14th, 2012




During the Farnborough International Airshow 2012, Qatar
Airways demonstrated its latest airplane, the Boeing 787
Dreamliner. However, for a technology site like VR-Zone
                                                                      Qatar Airways is not the only customer, though - British
we encountered something more interesting - the airplane
                                                                      Airways signed on as well, and will be equipping its future
entertainment system is powered by... Google Android.
                                                                      787s and with the same system as well. When it comes to
If you're an airplane enthusiast, you should not miss out             Airbus A380, both Qatar and British Airways signed Thales
visiting Britain for the Farnborough International Airshow            to develop the next generation system, which will debut
which takes place every second July. Today, Qatar Airways             next year. Codenamed i9000, it will bring next-generation
was kind enough to provide us with the information needed             hardware, continuing being powered by the Google Android
about their latest aircraft, the Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner.           operating system. Now, would you object having a 17.3" Full
The company configured the aircraft with 22 business class            HD tablet with 256GB of onboard storage? Or a 10.1" one?
seats and additional 232 in Economy class, both utilizing
                                                                      If you're wondering about the cost, bear in mind that in the
the same IFEC (In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity)
                                                                      airline industry, the only real measurement is the weight,
system - Thales Avant TPMU (Touch Passenger Media
                                                                      because this system, with all the crazy terabytes of solid
Units). Under this cryptic name, there are two versions -
                                                                      state memory - weighs 80% less than the previous system.
17.3" LCD for Business and 10.1" LCD for the Economy Class.
                                                                      According to our rough calculations, the savings in carrying
                                                                      less weight will reduce the fuel consumption by 0.8% per
                                                                      flight. If the plane consumes 33,000 gallons of (Jet-A)
                                                                      kerosene per long-range flight at 2 flights per day, the plane
                                                                      will save of 528 gallons of kerosene per day. At current
                                                                      prices, we are talking about $4,065 in savings. In a year,
                                                                      we're talking about saving $1.48 million. Given that Qatar
                                                                      refurbishes cabins every 5-6 years (and replaces them with
                                                                      even lighter solutions), this system will save at least 7 million
                                                                      dollars. Given its cost (give or take $1.5-2.2M per plane), we
                                                                      would not be surprised if Qatar and other airlines end up
                                                                      putting this system in as much planes as possible.


                                                                      Western Digital Announces
                                                                      WD2Go App, Dropbox
Unlike the previous-gen systems which all used boxes
beneath seats, i8000 Avant TPMU is a completely integrated
                                                                      Integration
                                                                      Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/western-digital-announces-wd2go-
unit consisting out of STMicro airline grade dual-core
                                                                      app-dropbox-integration/16605.html
processors based on the ARM architecture, 1GB of RAM
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and 256GB of SSD. That's right, a single 787 airplane
entertainment system will feature 508 ARM Cores, 254GB of
memory and 63.5TB of SSD space. This however, is not all,
as the central server comes with a 32-core processor (Intel
Xeon or AMD Opteron, your guess is as good as ours), 128GB
of memory and 4TB storage… all SSD, of course.
For operating system, Thales selected Google Android
                                                                      In the past eight months, integration with cloud storage
running a customized application suite. Furthermore, the
                                                                      services is entering mainstream. First Sony Ericsson (now
airplane comes with Wi-Fi and GSM connectivity, thus you
                                                                      Sony Mobile) packed 50GB (a $99 value) with its Android
will be able to connect your phones and tablets to Wi-Fi or
                                                                      phones, then Samsung, and now Western Digital is joining
3G GSM network and enjoy connecting to your family while
flying 38,000 feet in the air. In words of Alan Pellegrini, CEO

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the frame... by not offering any free storage on Dropbox.
Confused?
There's no secret that vendors are pushing the cloud storage
idea left and right. Going with Windows Phone platform
gets you 25GB "lifetime" storage on Microsoft's own Live
service, large amount of smartphone makers made their
announcements which ranged from 5 to 50GB of free storage
and now we have Western Digital offering - none.
The company launched second generation of their "WD
2Go" app with an appropriate press release touting tighter
integration with their personal cloud products such as My
Book Live, My Book Live Duo (2 HDDs) or their latest
entry, My Net N900 - a Wi-Fi router with embedded storage.
According to the company, "personal cloud products provide
shared storage on the home network, letting customers..."
to do this and that. Furthermore, you can move files
between mobile devices, Dropbox account and the WD
personal cloud. In case you exceed the available storage
on your Dropbox account or overflow the memory on
the smartphone, you can use email to send a link for
downloading the large file.




All in all, a neat package - but it would be much sweeter if
Western Digital added a bit of a free storage to the cloud
- given that their competitors already do so with select
products from the GoFlex line of external storage. The app
is available for Android and iOS, so if you're interested, head
to the respective stores.




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VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks!
                                                                          “It's for sure somebody who is fluent in Persian, but we don't
  VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly                            know the origin of those guys,” Seculert Chief Technology
  publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the               Officer Aviv Raff told the press.
  geeks.
                                                                          So far the threat has managed to infect infrastructures and
                                                                          computers of companies, engineering students, financial
Samsung accuses LG of                                                     services firms, government embassies in the Middle East—
                                                                          the majority of the infections are in Iran.
OLED technology theft                                                     The goal of the campaign is still under investigation, but
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-accuses-lg-of-oled-           experts have reported that gigabytes of data have been
technology-theft/16689.html                                               uploaded. Furthermore, the ongoing Mahdi threat suggests
July 17th, 2012                                                           that the campaign is a part of something bigger.
                                                                          “Somebody is trying to build a dossier of a larger scale on
                                                                          something. We don’t know what they are going to do at the
                                                                          end,” said Aviv.


Samsung is under attack from Apple on all fronts globally,                iPhone 5 to have thinner
but in South Korea Samsung is attacking competing firm
LG. LG and 11 other people have been accused of stealing
                                                                          screen
                                                                          Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/iphone-5-to-have-thinner-
Samsung’s OLED technology between 2010 and 2011.
                                                                          screen/16687.html
Samsung is under attack from Apple on all fronts globally,                July 17th, 2012
but in South Korea Samsung is attacking competing firm
                                                                          Apple's much-anticipated iPhone 5 will feature a thinner
LG. LG and 11 other people have been accused of stealing
                                                                          touchscreen, according to sources cited by the Wall Street
Samsung’s OLED technology between 2010 and 2011.
                                                                          Journal.
Three of the accused currently work at Samsung. LG is
denying that neither it nor its employees are involved in the
technology theft. Samsung is also tagging on the accusation               The paper cited insider knowledge of the upcoming
that LG has been poaching Samsung’s employees.                            smartphone, which it said will employ “in-cell” technology
                                                                          that allows for a thinner panel, which should make the
LG and Samsung are both prominent display makers, and
                                                                          overall device much thinner as well.
their products are shipped worldwide. OLED technology
allows manufacturers to produce thinner, lighter, and even
flexible displays.                                                        The technology works by integrating touch sensors into the
The two South Korean tech giants are currently vying to                   LCD itself, eliminating the need for a separate touch-screen
become the world’s largest suppliers of OLED displays.                    layer, which has been the norm for most devices to date. This
                                                                          will not only make the screen thinner – it will also improve
                                                                          the image quality.
Mahdi Trojan threatens
Middle East computer
infrastructures
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mahdi-trojan-threatens-middle-east-
computer-infrastructures/16688.html
July 17th, 2012

Seculert and Kaspersky have uncovered a cyber espionage
campaign targeting Middle Eastern countries, especially
Iran.
Dubbed as the Mahdi Trojan, the threat allows remote
attackers to steal information, monitor emails, hijack instant
messaging clients, record audio, log keystrokes, and take
screen shots of infected computers.
                                                                          Sharp and LG Display are reputed to be producing the ultra-
Security experts are suggesting that the attacker(s) are fluent           thin panels, which means that Wintek and TPK Holding,
in Persian because the communications tools used in the                   which make panels for the iPhone 4S, have failed to secure
campaign are written in Persian.                                          the lucrative contracts for the new device.
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The iPhone 5 is expected to release in Autumn of this year.
Some online stores in China have already started taking pre-
orders.


Concept Image Credit: HandyFlash


US Navy inks $7.7 million
deal for robot technology
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/us-navy-inks-7.7-million-deal-for-
robot-technology/16686.html
July 17th, 2012




The US Navy has partnered with iRobot to deliver robotic
technologies to sea warfare in a deal worth $7.7 million.
The US Navy has partnered with iRobot to deliver robotic
                                                                         “iRobot is pleased the Navy is continuing to invest in
technologies to sea warfare in a deal worth $7.7 million.
                                                                         its current fleet of robots. These upgrades will provide
                                                                         our troops with some of the most advanced, life-saving
The money will secure the Navy Sea Systems Command                       robotic technologies available today,” said Tim Trainer,
upgrades to the iRobot Aware 2 software and advanced                     interim general manager of the Defense & Security unit
sensor suites for 248 fielded Man Transportable Robotic                  at iRobot. “iRobot’s UAP improves mission effectiveness
System MK 1 MOD 1 robots, which are modelled after the                   while reducing workload and further minimizing operator
iRobot 510 PackBot.                                                      exposure to dangerous environments.”


The sesors include the iRobot Wide-Angle Robot Vehicle                   Robots are used throughout the world by military and civil
Vision System camera, thermal camera and User Assist                     defence forces, for a variety of missions, including search,
Package, giving more situational awareness via increased                 reconnaissance and bomb disposal. iRobot has delivered
fields of view and imaging in low light conditions. The                  over 4,500 robots as part of military contracts to date.
User Assist Package also improves the operator control unit,
adds GPS mapping and several critical semi-autonomous
                                                                         The robots and upgrades are expected to be delivered by
features, such as self-righting, retro-traverse and heading
                                                                         November.
hold, which can result in a faster, more successful use of
robots.
                                                                         Samsung Proves Apple is Not
                                                                         the Only Patent Troll
                                                                         Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-proves-apple-is-not-the-
                                                                         only-patent-troll/16684.html
                                                                         July 17th, 2012




                                                                         Samsung has purchased the development operations of
                                                                         British chip maker CSR, a move which grants the Korean
                                                                         giant 21 US-registered patents, as well as a perpetual
                                                                         license to use CSR’s handset technology. In exchange, CSR
                                                                         has agreed to cease developing handset connectivity and
                                                                         location technology, and to transfer 310 human brains to
                                                                         Samsung. Resistance is futile...
                                                                         Samsung is already one of the dominant players in the
                                                                         technology market, and with the acquisition of CSR,
                                                                         it has grown even stronger. The more technology that
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Samsung controls the rights to, the more power it will                     Electronic Arts (EA) is offering exclusive beta access to
have in the market. This is especially evident with this                   Battlefield 4 for anyone who pre-orders the Medal of Honor
move because Samsung effectively eliminated some of                        Warfighter Limited Edition.
its competition. Through the acquisition, CSR agreed                       Electronic Arts (EA) is offering exclusive beta access to
that it will no longer develop mobile connectivity and                     Battlefield 4 for anyone who pre-orders the Medal of Honor
location technology; i.e., it will no longer compete with                  Warfighter Limited Edition.
Samsung’s development of this technology. Instead of
Samsung competing with another company to develop better
technology for the consumer, it just purchased the company,                The pre-order bonus confirms the previously unannounced
and eliminated the competition. Again, less competition                    next title in the Battlefield series and should give players an
means less innovation and higher prices.                                   exciting first look at what developer DICE has in store.


                                                                           “Though Battlefield and Medal of Honor Warfighter each
                                                                           offer players a completely unique experience, they are united
                                                                           by their underlying technology base – Frostbite. These are
                                                                           two of the hottest shooters, coming together to deliver a one-
                                                                           two punch of action, intensity and shooter entertainment,”
                                                                           said Frank Gibeau, President of EA Labels.




The patents that Samsung acquired are very important to
wireless communication, as well. Much of the technology
that CSR developed were in the areas of Bluetooth and Wi-
Fi – in some ways the core of wireless technology. Now that
Samsung has a perpetual license to use the technology of
CSR, it no longer has to pay royalties. Of course, they did
pay $310 million dollar for the acquisition, but now Samsung
will be able to charge its own royalty fees to other companies
that use this important technology. This will certainly not
ease the already contentious nature of technology licensing.
At the end of the day, the consolidation of power amongst                  The beta will begin in Autumn 2013, more than a year
the technology giants means that there is less competition.                away. This all but confirms that we won't see the game until
This undoubtedly leads to less innovation and higher prices.               Christmas 2013 at the earliest. Battlefield 3 still has some life
It also means that there will be an increase in contentious                in it, with several more DLC packs on the way, including End
litigation regarding the licensing fees that Samsung will now              Game in March 2013.
be able to charge. The major technology players have made
clear that litigation is preferred over settlement.
                                                                           Pre-orders of the Limited Edition of Warfighter also unlocks
Unfortunately for the consumer, settlement is much better                  the Navy SEAL Sniper and McMillan Tac-300 sniper rifle for
than litigation.                                                           roughly 40 hours of multiplayer action.


EA offers Battlefield 4 beta                                               Medal of Honor Warfighter launches on Xbox 360,
access with Medal of Honor                                                 PlayStation 3 and PC on 23 October in the US and 26 October
                                                                           in Europe.
Warfighter Limited Edition
pre-orders                                                                 SteelSeries Sensei [RAW]
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ea-offers-battlefield-4-beta-access-
with-medal-of-honor-warfighter-limited-edition-pre-orders/16685.html
                                                                           Gaming Mouse Review
                                                                           Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/steelseries-sensei-raw-gaming-
July 17th, 2012
                                                                           mouse-review/16573.html
                                                                           July 17th, 2012




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All serious gamers will agree that a good mouse is all about
ergonomics, weight balance and tracking accuracy. It should
not be a liability during those critical reflex shoot-to-win
moments or tire you out when using it. Read on to find out
we think the SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] gaming mouse could
well be one of the best ambidextrous mouse ever.
Steelseries is a Danish maker of gaming-grade computer
peripherals founded in 2001, initially selling headsets and
mousepads before moving on to keyboards, mice and
other accessories. They also have a long history of being at
the forefront of the professional Esports scene, with world-
class teams like Evil Geniuses, SK-Gaming and Fnatic under
their sponsorship umbrella.




                                                               Sensei is not the only ambidextrous model that SteelSeries
                                                               sells, with physically smaller offerings like Kinzu and Kana at
                                                               more affordable price ranges with less buttons and a cheaper
                                                               infrared sensor.




Today we have the opportunity to review the company's
latest offering - Sensei RAW, a no-frills ambidextrous laser
mouse targeted at the upper echelons of dicerning gamers.
This newcomer is identical to the original Sensei minus
gratuitous features like the 32-bit ARM processor, LCD
menu screen and onboard memory. There is also a choice of
a glossy or rubberized surface.
                                                               Father of Intel 486, Pentium
                                                               Pro and Net Neutrality Joins
                                                               VMWare as the New CEO
                                                               Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/father-of-intel-486-pentium-pro-
                                                               and-net-neutrality-joins-vmware-as-the-new-ceo/16656.html
                                                               July 17th, 2012




                                                               If you are an industry insider, chances are you heard of
                                                               Patrick P. Gelsinger. If you're a consumer, chances are you're
                                                               reading this story through one of technologies which Pat
                                                               brought to market. Yet with the market opening, Pat will be
Specifications wise the Sensei Raw is no slouch, featuring     announced as the new CEO of VMware.
a 5670DCPI-12000fps laser sensor augmented by industry         We just received information that Patrick P. Gelsinger, an
leading Omron gaming-grade switches for the buttons.           industry veteran credited with dozens of information is one
                                                               step ahead of reaching his goal of becoming a CEO of a
                                                               technology company.
                                                               This chip engineer joined Intel in 1979 and quickly
                                                               progressed to the role of Director and later become the first
                                                               CTO (Chief Technology Officer) of Intel. Pat Gelsinger is
                                                               considered as the key contributor in development of the i286
                                                               (16-bit) and i386 (32-bit) microprocessor architectures.
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He was group leader on developing the Pentium Pro                  With Pat being the CEO of VMware, the company is gaining
and a person which brought Internet and Wireless-related           a person not afraid to take a bet on technology and insists on
technologies into Intel's product stack. The development of        developing that technology until it wins the market. Will it
Pentium Pro, as well as Intel's pushed focus on Internet           be enough to take VMware from 11,200 employees and $3.77
technologies represents the founding stone of VMware, a            Billion going into the future… we'll see.
company which Pat will start leading following the official
announcement.
                                                                   Silicon Power Outs Velox V70
                                                                   SSD
                                                                   Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/silicon-power-outs-velox-v70-
                                                                   ssd/16682.html
                                                                   July 17th, 2012




                                                                   Silicon Power announced its newest line of performance-
                                                                   segment client SSDs, the Velox V70. The drives come in
                                                                   capacities as high as 480 GB, and are driven by SandForce
                                                                   SF-2281 controllers.
Like him or not, he was pushing the technologies inside Intel      Silicon Power announced its newest line of performance-
which would often maddened the competitors, who had no             segment client SSDs, the Velox V70. The drives come in
other choice but to follow. However, Pat's coming of age           capacities as high as 480 GB, and are driven by SandForce
inside Intel, and being groomed to become a CEO took a             SF-2281 controllers.
dent downwards with the damaging contract Intel signed
with Rambus on bringing RDRAM to market. Mr. Gelsinger
pushed RDRAM to Pentium III and upcoming Pentium 4
platform, leading to so-called Caminogate, product recall
and a loss of billion dollars. The fall of Intel's stock in 2000
is something we believe it should be taught in schools, when
a company valued almost half a trillion dollars (peak was
$436.69 Billion) tumbled down by $174.88 billion in just
two days. To this date, Intel's market cap did not pass the
value the company lost in just those two days in August and
October.
Still, even with the Rambus story not developing in is groups'
favor, the star darkened when AMD's K7 architecture flat
out leveled Pentium III and subsequently less-efficient
Pentium 4 "NetBurst" architectures. Pat had a good chance
of becoming the CEO of Intel with the success of wireless
push and the wireless radio strategy, but insistence of            The Velox V70 is a client SSD built in the 9.5 mm-thick
Big Iron Pentium 4, cancellation of Tejas and the rise of          2.5-inch form-factor, with SATA 6 Gbps interface. The drive
Israeli-developed Core (Yonah, Conroe) architecture sent           features a brushed aluminum body that's anodized to a
Mr. Gelsinger to push for development of Intel's first             golden color. The drive uses 25 nm synchronous toggle-
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), codenamed Larrabee. Mr.            NAND flash memory along with the SF-2281 controller. It is
Gelsinger then begun a war against NVIDIA at the time when         available in 60 GB, 120 GB, 240 GB, and 480 GB capacities.
Larrabee extensively used NVIDIA and AMD intellectual
                                                                   All models in the series are rated with the same performance
property. With the bill reaching billions of dollars (our
                                                                   numbers - sequential speeds of up to 557 MB/s reads, up to
sources estimate that including the settlement with NVIDIA,
                                                                   507 MB/s writes, and up to 86,000 IOPS 4K random write
but excluding settlement with AMD, Intel lost around 4-4.5
                                                                   performance. The drives can tolerate shock of up to 1,500G.
billion dollars on Larrabee, i.e. LRB). That was also coup
de grace for Pat, who was pushed out from Intel and                The Velox V70 features nearly all SandForce-exclusives,
ended up being the Chief Operating Officer e.g. COO at             such as DuraWrite (wear-leveling). Features such as TRIM
EMC, a company located on the same street as Intel in              (garbage collection), NCQ, ECC, AES-128 native encryption,
Santa Clara, California (Intel is 2200 Mission Blvd, EMC is        come standard.
headquartered at 2831 Mission Blvd, just below the college         The drives are backed by 3-year warranties, and although
campus).                                                           Silicon Power did not release pricing, we expect it to be
However, he is credited with the development of a                  competitive.
framework with the FCC which later became "Net
Neutrality".



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                                                                      Sapphire launched its flagship graphics card, the Radeon
Valve Ports Steam and Left 4                                          HD 7970 GHz Edition Toxic 6GB. The card has been in
Dead 2 to Ubuntu                                                      development for over six months, and we've been tracking it
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/valve-ports-steam-and-left-4-     all the way back since CES. It combines a 28 nm "Tahiti" chip
dead-2-to-ubuntu/16681.html                                           on steroids, with 6,144 MB of memory. Yeah, that much!
July 17th, 2012                                                       Sapphire's "Spruce Goose" finally takes flight, as the
                                                                      company launched it as its newest flagship graphics card, the
                                                                      Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition Toxic 6GB. The card has been
                                                                      in development for over six months, and we've been tracking
   Months after beginning work on it, Valve formally                  it all the way back since CES. It combines a 28 nm "Tahiti"
announced that its Steam client and Source game engine                chip on steroids, with 6,144 MB of memory. Yeah, that much!
have been ported to Ubuntu, and that the two will be
introduced to the Linux crowd with Left 4 Dead 2.
Finally, a big game studio and distibution giant took the
leap of faith by porting its key IP to desktop Linux. Valve,
in its latest official blog post titled "Steam'd Penguins,"
announced a fully-functional Steam client for Ubuntu.
Valve's measured steps in Linux territory will be initially
confined to Ubuntu, a popular desktop Linux distribution.
Sticking to one distribution could help Valve minimize costs
incurred in optimizing things for every popular distro. The
client could work just fine on Ubuntu derivatives such as
Linux Mint, and the community is free to get it to somehow
work on other major (more enterprise-oriented) distros such
as Red Hat / Fedora and SuSE, if a few requirements are               The Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition Toxic 6GB was earlier
met.                                                                  based on the conventional HD 7970 chip, with AMD's out-
                                                                      of-the-blue introduction of the HD 7970 GHz Edition, the
Valve doesn't indend to make a half-hearted effort, and want
                                                                      company was forced to make some last minute changes. The
it to be as genuine as the Mac OS X port, which drew the
                                                                      card ships with out of the box clock speeds of 1,050 MHz
Apple crowd to its fold. The company ported its key game
                                                                      core, 1,100 MHz boost frequency, and 1,500 MHz (6.00 GHz
development IP, the Source engine, to Linux. Source has
                                                                      GDDR5 effective). These could have made for impressive
already been rewired to work with the OpenGL graphics API
                                                                      clock speeds, if the HD 7970 GHz Edition hadn't come to
on Mac OS X, and we'd imagine the Linux porting to have
                                                                      be. Yet, one should appreciate how Sapphire managed to get
been a bit easier on the developers.
                                                                      6 GB of memory clocked at 6.00 GHz (taking into account
The very first game to feature on Steam for Ubuntu is the hit         stability and power draw). The 6 GB of memory is spread
multi-player title, "Left 4 Dead 2" (L4D2). The developers            across twenty four 2 Gbit GDDR5 memory chips.
are still in the process of optimizing the game to get the most
performance (frame-rates) out of the Linux platform. The
game could be launched with SteamPlay capability, letting
gamers who already own the Windows or Mac OS X versions
of the game to simply download and play the game on
Ubuntu, at no extra cost. Other Valve game franchises, such
as Half Life, Counter Strike, Team Fortress, and Portal, will
join L4D2 in Tuxland, a little later.
Valve credits the Ubuntu port to Gabe Newell's interest in
porting the company's IP to Linux. The company already has
software for Linux, but those are merely servers for hosting
multi-player games.
                                                                      To power the beast, Sapphire is using an 8-phase VRM
Good one, Gabe!                                                       design, which uses "Black Diamond" chokes (lower core
                                                                      energy loss, doesn't whine on load), and International
Sapphire Debuts Radeon HD                                             Rectifier DirectFETs (quality meets avoinics standards). To
                                                                      improve signalling efficiency, Sapphire is using a 12-layer
7970 GHz Edition Toxic 6GB                                            PCB. The card draws power from two 8-pin PCIe power
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sapphire-debuts-radeon-hd-7970-   connectors.
ghz-edition-toxic-6gb/16680.html
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                                                                     July 17th, 2012




                                                                                        NASA's newest Mars rover faces a tricky
                                                                     landing, and scientists face an agonising wait...


                                                                     Nokia Slashes Lumia 900
                                                                     Price in Half
                                                                     Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-slashes-lumia-900-price-in-
                                                                     half/16678.html
To cool the beast, Sapphire deployed an in-house design              July 17th, 2012
cooling solution, which makes use of Vapour-Chamber
technology. The primary cooler design consists of a vapour-
chamber plate and a heatsink surrounding it, that make
contact with the GPU and memory chips on the obverse side
of the PCB; from which the aluminum fin stack draws heat.
Heat is conducted directly from the vapour-chamber plate,
                                                                     Nokia has but cut the price of their Lumia 900 smartphone
and by four nickel-plated copper heat pipes (two 8 mm-
                                                                     in half in the US with a two-year contract in a bid to increase
thick, two 6 mm-thick). The aluminum fin stack is ventilated
                                                                     anemic sales of their flagship smartphone.
by two 90 mm high-airflow fans. An anodized aluminum
back-plate cools memory chips on the reverse side of the             Just three short months after releasing their flagship
PCB.                                                                 smartphone, Nokia has cut the price of the Lumia 900
                                                                     smartphone in half. The cut from $99 to $49.99 (with a two-
                                                                     year contract) is seen by many as an attempt by Nokia to win
                                                                     market share back from Samsung and Apple. The company’s
                                                                     ambitions for the Lumia 900, sold through AT&T, were
                                                                     severely dented by a major software bug that caused many
                                                                     of the phones in the US to lose their data connection.
                                                                     Much of the consumer desire for the Lumia 900 was also
                                                                     damaged by news from Nokia that the device would be
                                                                     unable to run the newest version of Microsoft’s Windows
                                                                     operating system. A Nokia spokesperson denied that the
                                                                     price cut was an act of desperation, saying that the price cut
                                                                     was “not unusual” at this point in a smartphone’s life, calling
                                                                     it part of the company’s “normal strategy” for handsets.
The Sapphire HD 7970 GHz Edition Toxic 6GB packs                     There has been no word as to whether or not the price cuts
a suite of features for overclockers, including the TriXX            would be extended outside of the US, however.
software, with which clock speeds, fan speeds and voltages           Until the beginning of this year, Nokia had been the
can be tweaked, diagnostic LEDs on-board that indicate               worldwide leader in handset sales; Samsung has since
temperatures, and dual-BIOS, with a failsafe BIOS, which             overtaken Nokia as the world leader in handset sales.
protects against sloppy BIOS updates.                                According to Strategy Analytics, a market research firm,
Display outputs include two-each of dual-link DVI and mini-          Samsung sold a whopping 25% of all phones in the first
DisplayPort 1.2, and an HDMI 1.4a connector. The card                quarter of 2012, with Nokia in second place at 22.5%,
can pair with three more Radeon HD 7900 series GPUs,                 dropping by 24% in the previous year.
in CrossFireX configuration. Based on the 28 nm "Tahiti"             In attempting to staunch the corporate bleeding, Nokia
silicon, the AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition packs                    announced last month that it would be cutting another
2,048 Graphics CoreNext stream processors, 128 TMUs, 32              10,000 jobs, bringing the total number of jobs lost at the
ROPs, and a 384-bit wide memory interface. It supports the           company to 40,000. Another measure they will be taking is
DirectX 11.1 API.                                                    to phase out the Symbian operating systems on their phones
The card will be available from later today, in select markets,      in favor of Microsoft’s software.
and in limited quantities. The company did not give out
pricing.
                                                                     Data Suggests British
Mission Impossible: Mars                                             ISP Block of Pirate Bay
Rover Curiosity Headed for                                           Ineffective
                                                                     Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/data-suggests-british-isp-block-of-
Blind Landing                                                        pirate-bay-ineffective/16677.html
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mission-impossible-mars-rover-
curiosity-headed-for-blind-landing/16679.html


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July 17th, 2012                                                      approached Mora demanding money and then assaulting
                                                                     him.
                                                                     Three Chicago teenagers have been charged in connection to
                                                                     the attack and murder of 62-year-old Delfino Mora. Mora
                                                                     was collecting recyclable goods for money when Nicholas
Data from a major British ISP suggests that the court-               Ayala (17), Anthony Malcolm (18), and Malik Jones (16)
imposed ISP ban on The Pirate Bay has been somewhat                  approached him demanding money and then assaulting him.
ineffective.                                                         Mora was found unconscious in an alleyway, and was
After only a week of being blocked by British ISPs after a           brought to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston in critical
court order, a major internet provider in the UK has said            condition. He died several hours later, and an autopsy
that peer-to-peer traffic has returned to just below normal          revealed that head trauma was the cause of death.
pre-block traffic levels. This comes as no surprise to many          The main suspect in the murder, Malik Jones, was charged
critics of the ban who pointed out that tech-savvy users, the        as an adult with first-degree murder earlier today in court.
ones who most frequently use peer-to-peer networks, would
                                                                     What was so twisted about Mora’s tragic death was that
quickly find ways to circumvent the ban.
                                                                     the teenagers took turn recording the beating on their cell
British music industry executives have defended the move,            phone. One of the defendants then uploaded the video onto
however. The CEO of the music industry trade body in                 Facebook.
Britain announced that they would, in fact, pursue similar
                                                                     The video made its way around the Internet and eventually
action in the future, saying they would “take further steps to
                                                                     a friend of Mora’s contacted Mora’s son.
deal with illegal sites that line their pockets by ripping off
everyone who makes the music we enjoy.”                              Mora came from Mexico and worked in construction until an
                                                                     accident took away full functionality of his right arm 15 years
The particular ISP, which released its traffic information on
                                                                     ago. His family said that he occasionally roam the streets to
condition of anonymity, said that peer-to-peer traffic had
                                                                     collect recyclable goods to help support his 12 children and
peaked during the court proceedings, in large part due to
                                                                     wife.
the increased media coverage. Immediately after the ban
became enforced, the ISP said P2P activity dropped by                Angelica Mora (17), his youngest child, said that she was
more than 11% when compared to average traffic levels. A             looking forward to having her father at her high school
spokesperson said that they “saw a fall at the time of the           graduation. The Mora family intends to bury Mora’s
block made more dramatic by the increasing amount of such            remains in Mexico sometime this week.
traffic in the weeks leading up to it, but volumes are already
pretty much back to where they were before.” However,
they stressed that the figures dealt only with the volume of         Marissa Mayer becomes CEO,
traffic, not the number of users, meaning that it is possible        Yahoo!
that hardcore file-sharers have simply become more prolific          Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/marissa-mayer-becomes-ceo-
while casual users have been discouraged from using peer-            yahoo-/16675.html
to-peer services. Additionally, the data is unable to tell what      July 17th, 2012
is being downloaded or from where it is being downloaded
from, meaning that users might be using sites other than The
Pirate Bay.
The leader of the Pirate Party UK, Loz Kaye, said a renewal
in sharing copyrighted files was inevitable. “We’ve always
said that blocking is an ineffective method,” he said. “It’s not     Marissa Mayer is Yahoo’s new CEO, and if you must know,
in any way productive. Anyone who knows anything about               she’s an ex-Google employee. Many expected interim-CEO
how the internet works can get around it.” In fact, the Pirate       Ross Levinsohn to end up with the job, but he doesn’t have
Party UK has set up proxy servers to allow users to access           Google on his resume.
The Pirate Bay even if it has been blocked by their provider.
                                                                     Marissa Mayer is Yahoo’s new CEO, and if you must know,
                                                                     she’s an ex-Google employee. Many expected interim-CEO
Teens murder a man then                                              Ross Levinsohn to end up with the job, but he doesn’t have
posts video on Facebook                                              Google on his resume.
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/teens-murder-a-man-then-posts-   Yahoo has been struggling to keep up with competing search
video-on-facebook/16676.html                                         engines such as Google and Bing, and it’s not a shocker that
July 17th, 2012                                                      an ex-Google exec will be taking over the helm.
                                                                     Mayer has an impressive 13-year Google career, and that is
                                                                     perhaps the reason why Yahoo decided to pick Mayer over
                                                                     Levinsohn.
Three Chicago teenagers have been charged in connection to           According to Business Insider, Mayer was Google’s first
the attack and murder of 62-year-old Delfino Mora. Mora              woman engineer. During her times at Google she led
was collecting recyclable goods for money, when Nicholas             development and managed thousands of employees and
Ayala (17), Anthony Malcolm (18), and Malik Jones (16)               contractors.



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She managed Google’s search product for years, and led            “The Board of Directors unanimously agreed that
development of iGoogle, Google News, and Gmail. To                Marissa’s unparalleled track record in technology,
say that many of those products were a success is an              design, and product execution makes her the
understatement. Google controls the majority of the world’s       right leader for Yahoo! at this time of enormous
Internet search traffic, and Gmail has 425 million users as       opportunity,” said Fred Amoroso, Chairman of the
of June 2012. She may not be the main catalyst for Google's       Board of Directors.
success, but her involvement with the most widely used
search engine speaks volume for her resume.
Here’s what Yahoo co-founder David Flo had to say about
                                                                What to expect from
Mayer:                                                          Samsung at IFA, Germany
                                                                Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/what-to-expect-from-samsung-at-
“Marissa is a well-known, visionary leader in user experience
                                                                ifa-germany/16674.html
and product design and one of Silicon Valley’s most exciting
                                                                July 17th, 2012
strategists in technology development. I look forward to
working with her to enhance Yahoo's product offerings for
our over 700 million unique monthly visitors.”
A woman of just 37 years old will now lead Yahoo into what
they hope will be a new era of “renewed focus on product
innovation.”
                                                                Samsung is calling upon developers and partners far and
Press Release:                                                  wide to meet up with the South Korean tech-giant in Berlin
  SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 16, 2012                              this August at the IFA. Aside from the demos and flashy
                                                                presentations, what else can entice people to register for the
  Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) today announced that it
                                                                event?
  has appointed Marissa Mayer as President, Chief
  Executive Officer and Member of the Board of                  Samsung is calling upon developers and partners far and
  Directors effective July 17, 2012. The appointment            wide to meet up with the South Korean tech-giant in Berlin
  of Ms. Mayer, a leading consumer internet                     this August at the IFA. Aside from the demos and flashy
  executive, signals a renewed focus on product                 presentations, what else can entice people to register for the
  innovation to drive user experience and advertising           event?
  revenue for one of the world’s largest consumer               Samsung’s next big consumer electronics launch includes
  internet brands, whose leading properties include             the Galaxy Note II and the Windows RT tablet. The Galaxy
  Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Sports, Yahoo! Mobile,                 Note II is the successor to the popular smartphone-tablet
  Yahoo! Mail, and Yahoo! Search.                               hybrid Note, and rumors have led many to believe that the
  Mayer said, “I am honored and delighted to                    Note II will launch some time this fall—hence, the IFA will
  lead Yahoo!, one of the internet’s premier                    be a perfect event to show off the highly anticipated device.
  destinations for more than 700 million users.                 While many OEMs are not too thrilled about Microsoft
    I look forward to working with the Company’s                launching the Surface, Samsung is taking the OEM-
  dedicated employees to bring innovative products,             Surface disagreement in strides. Samsung will launch their
  content, and personalized experiences to users and            Windows RT tablet alongside Microsoft’s Surface (or within
  advertisers all around the world.”                            the same time frame).
  Most recently, Mayer was responsible for Local,               Many of us have at least glanced at the Surface tablet during
  Maps, and Location Services for Google, the                   Microsoft’s mysterious “announcement” phase, so we know
  company’s suite of local and geographical products            what type of product to expect. Again, the IFA will be a
  including Google Maps, Google Earth, Zagat,                   perfect event for Samsung to show how their Windows RT
  Street View, and local search, for desktop and                tablet may trump the Surface.
  mobile. Mayer joined Google in 1999 as its 20th
  employee and led efforts for many of Google’s most            Registration for the event runs from July 12 to July 29, and
  recognizable products, including the development of           prior announcements will be on August 1. D-day will take
  its flagship search product and iconic homepage for           place in Berlin on August 30 from 2 PM to 6 PM local time.
  over 10 years. Mayer managed some of Google's
  most successful innovations, launching more than
  100 features and products including image, book
                                                                Microsoft unveils Office 2013
                                                                Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-unveils-
  and product search, toolbar, iGoogle, Google News,
                                                                office-2013/16673.html
  and Gmail – creating much of the “look and feel” of
                                                                July 17th, 2012
  the Google user experience.
  Yahoo! Co-Founder David Filo said, “Marissa is
  a well-known, visionary leader in user experience
  and product design and one of Silicon Valley’s most
  exciting strategists in technology development. I
  look forward to working with her to enhance                   Microsoft has unveiled the latest version of its popular
  Yahoo's product offerings for our over 700 million            productivity software, Office 2013, promising a slew of new
  unique monthly visitors.”                                     features, a redesigned interface, and complete integration


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with Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Skype, and a number of           Kirk Koenigsbauer, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft,
other services.                                                   gave a demonstration of some of the new features users can
                                                                  expect with Office 2013.
Microsoft has unveiled the latest version of its popular
productivity software, Office 2013, promising a slew of new
features, a redesigned interface, and complete integration
with Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Skype, and a number of
other services.


Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, made the announcement at
a press conference in San Francisco, calling the new software
suite the “most ambitious release of Microsoft Office that
we've ever done.”


The main focus of Office 2013, which has gone under the
codename Office 15, is the new Windows 8 experience, with
a completely revamped interface that makes it look, feel
and act like Metro. Everything can be controlled by touch,
menus are hidden, but easily accessible when needed, and          Powerpoint will have touch controls, which allows users to
the cloud and social experience are built into the heart of the   zoom in and out, change slides, and so on with the use of
applications.                                                     their fingers. Annotations are also a big thing, letting users
                                                                  write notes on slides even in the middle of a presentation –
                                                                  particularly useful if there is an error that needs correcting or
                                                                  some additional information is needed. The stylus can also
                                                                  be turned into a laser pointer tool for more easily directing
                                                                  people's attentions to certain parts of a slide.




Collaboration is also a key feature across all of the programs,
with multiple users able to access the same documents from
the cloud and make use of new annotation tools to make
notes and changes with the use of a finger or stylus. Skype
integration means that people can set up a Skype call from
within the software and anyone in the conversation can load       Perhaps the coolest feature, however, is that the presenter
up, for example, a PowerPoint presentation for collaborative      will have a different view than those watching the
work.                                                             presentation, showing various extra buttons, how many
                                                                  slides are available, cheat sheets of notes, and even a clock
                                                                  and timer so the talk does not go over time.




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Outlook has a new layout, with touchscreen support again,
but it also comes with several new features. A quick actions
tab allows users to flag, move, or delete emails with a single
tap, while in line replies make for tidier email discussions.
The “peaks” feature lets users see a preview of the calendar,
people and other tabs without having to click into them,
kind of like previews of programs pinned to the Windows 7
taskbar.




It also comes with app support, with two apps demonstrated,
including Bing Maps, which will scan emails for addresses
and show them on the map, and Suggested Appointments,
which allows for easy saving to the calendar.                    The text will also resize for any device and users can use the
                                                                 live layout feature to insert, resize, and move images, etc.
                                                                 using their fingers, with guidelines set in place and the text
One Note becomes a bigger part of the Office suite, adding
                                                                 automatically wrapping around.
to its already popular note-taking abilities with things like
a radial menu, a circular context-aware menu that takes
away most of the clutter. Fonts can be changed in size or
colour using this, all with the use of finger or stylus, while
annotation is also easier than ever.




                                                                 Excell becomes more user-friendly in Office 2013, with some
                                                                 of its more complex features opened up to more casual
                                                                 users. There will be “smart filling” of tables, where Excell
                                                                 automatically fills the rest of a column or row with the
                                                                 applicable details based on the first or second input of data,
Word gets a new view called reading mode, which displays         while “quick analysis” will allow creation of tables and charts
documents like ebooks. They look much more impressive            with one or two clicks, even previewing what it will look like.
and have more functionality, including the ability to play
videos embedded in the document.




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The cloud is a big thing for Microsoft right now and plays
just as big a role in Office 2013, with users able to save and
access all their documents on the cloud. Settings and saved
dictionary additions will also carry over, and all of this can be
utilised form any device. It also has a “last location” feature
that highlights the last place the user worked on a document,
which is particularly handy for edits in large files.




                                                                    A preview is available immediately from Office.com. There is
                                                                    no word yet on a release date, but it will likely coincide with
                                                                    the launch of Windows 8 or follow not long after.




                                                                    Lower Intel SSD Prices Take
                                                                    Effect, 240 GB SSD 330 Model
                                                                    Introduced
Social is also pivotal, with Office 2013 adding people cards        Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lower-intel-ssd-prices-take-
to Sharepoint, along with a new user interface that is more         effect-240-gb-ssd-330-model-introduced/16672.html
intuitive and easier to use. It can also aggregate a multitude      July 17th, 2012
of social feeds, and documents can be shared to Facebook,
uploaded to a blog, or otherwise become part of a wider
social experience.



                                                                    The reduced suggested retailer pricing for Intel's SSD 320,
                                                                    SSD 330, and SSD 520 series that we reported last week,
                                                                    has taken effect, according to an Intel press-release. The
                                                                    company also announced a 240 GB variant of the SSD 330.



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The reduced suggested retailer pricing for Intel's SSD 320,
SSD 330, and SSD 520 series, which we reported last week,
has taken effect, according to an Intel press-release. The
company also announced a 240 GB variant of the SSD 330.




Intel reduced the MSRPs of the retail packages of several
SSD 320, SSD 330, and SSD 520 models, by 20-37 percent.
The price-cuts make the drives competitive against the                    According to a SweClockers report, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti
rest of the market, which typically responds quicker to the               will be launched in mid-August, in a date between the 13th
market in the area of pricing. You can find details of the new            and 19th. Seeing as how NVIDIA launched all its higher-end
prices in our older article.                                              SKUs in the GeForce Kepler family either on a Tuesday or a
                                                                          Thursday, August 14th and 16th are likely candidates for the
Before these price cuts, Intel appears to have ensured that
                                                                          launch.
the higher-capacity variants of SSD 330 series don't compete
with SSD 520 series models, as the former has better price-               The report also points out a few new details of the GPU. To
per-GB and price-performance ratio, while the latter has                  begin with, NVIDIA might leave the CUDA core count of the
superior performance. SSD 330 series was hence capped out                 GTX 660 Ti to be 1,344 (same as GTX 670), while cutting
at 180 GB. The new pricing appears to have created room for               down the memory bus width to 192-bit, holding 1.5 GB of
a new SSD 330 variant. The new variant comes with 240 GB                  memory, instead. Clock speeds could also be tinkered with.
capacity, and could be priced around US $199-210, between                 NVIDIA will likely price the GeForce GTX 660 Ti at US $299.
the SSD 520 180 GB and SSD 520 240 GB.                                    This could just about make it qualify as a price-performance
The numbers associated with the SSD 330 240 GB don't                      sweet-spot SKU. Products in this market-segment are sold
differ from the other members in the family. Sequential                   the most to PC gamers.
speeds remain up to 500 MB/s reads, up to 450 MB/s writes,
up to 42,000 IOPS 4K random reads, and up to 52,000 IOPS
4K random writes. The drive is built in the 9.5 mm-thick                  GTA V to be 'biggest open
2.5-inch form-factor with SATA 6 Gbps interface. The drive                world game to date'
will be available in notebook upgrade, desktop upgrade, and               Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gta-v-to-be-biggest-open-world-
OEM packages.                                                             game-to-date-/16670.html
                                                                          July 17th, 2012

GeForce GTX 660 Ti Inching
Towards Mid-August Launch
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/geforce-gtx-660-ti-inching-towards-
mid-august-launch/16671.html
July 17th, 2012                                                           In a recent Q&A, Rockstar claims that the next installment
                                                                          of Grand Theft Auto will be the “biggest open world game to
                                                                          date.” How will the Los Santos airspace be like in GTA V?
                                                                           Rockstar built the GTA franchise on fun sensless bloodshed
                                                                          and frustrating missions, so hopefully the airspace will
                                                                          incorporate the same elements as the ground.

 NVIDIA's newest performance-segment GPU, the GeForce
GTX 660 Ti, is inching towards a mid-August 2012 launch,
according to sources. The new GPU will allow NVIDIA to
capture a key sub-$300 price-point, in a cash-rich region
the punters commonly refer to as "price-performance sweet-
spot."
NVIDIA's newest performance-segment GPU, the GeForce
GTX 660 Ti, is inching towards a mid-August 2012 launch,
according to sources. The new GPU will allow NVIDIA to
capture a key sub-$300 price-point, in a cash-rich region
the punters commonly refer to as "price-performance sweet-
spot."
                                                                          In a recent Q&A, Rockstar claims that the next installment
                                                                          of Grand Theft Auto will be the “biggest open world game to

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date.” How will the Los Santos airspace be like in GTA V?
 Rockstar built the GTA franchise on fun sensless bloodshed
and frustrating missions, so hopefully the airspace will
incorporate the same elements as the ground.
GTA IV boasted a very impressive open world arena, but
GTA V will supposedly be even better. Cruising the streets
with a stolen car in high definition is just dandy, but what
about flying?
The Rockstar crew claims that it was not possible for them
to integrate an interactive high definition airspace that
matched the ground because it took too much work.
“The city was simply too small for effective and enjoyable
flying. It was the first time we made a high definition
open world, and it was a massive amount of work to make
something on that scale – we simply could not make an                 The design change will delay things for desktop variants
environment big enough for planes to work properly. Fear              of AMD's A-series "Trinity" APUs till October 2012. This
not, they are returning in what is our biggest open world             development even affects the launch of the A10-5800K,
game to date.”                                                        a "flagship" quad-core APU in the series, geared for
Can we expect a flight simulation-esque add-on in GTA V?              overclocking. An October launch would see the new A-
 Probably not, but what I’m expecting is massive amount of            series APUs launch simultaneously, or hot on the heels of,
bullets and bloodshed from gang wars in the air. I wonder if          AMD's next-generation FX-series processors, codenamed
you can hi-jack an airplane in mid air and toss the pilot out         "Vishera," built on the same "Piledriver" micro-architecture
the side of the plane.                                                that Trinity's x86 cores are derived from.
                                                                      In the mean time, AMD will gradually phase out existing
Desktop AMD "Trinity" APU                                             socket AM3 processors in the Athlon II and Phenom II
                                                                      series, and replace them with socket FM1 Athlon II, and
Launch Delayed to October                                             socket AM3+ Phenom II processors in the various price-
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/desktop-amd-trinity-apu-launch-   points they hold. AMD's Taiwan office declined to comment
delayed-to-october/16669.html                                         on the DigiTimes report.
July 17th, 2012

                                                                      Point of View and TGT Roll
                                                                      Out GT 640 Ultra Charged
                                                                      Graphics Card
                                                                      Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/point-of-view-and-tgt-roll-out-
                                                                      gt-640-ultra-charged-graphics-card/16668.html
Delays are back to haunt desktop variants of AMD's
                                                                      July 17th, 2012
next-generation A-series APUs. According to sources, a
last-minute design change forced AMD and motherboard
vendors to go back to the drawing boards.
Troubles can't seem to end for AMD's next-generation A-
series APUs for desktops, even as the notebook variants
are up and running on several designs by top vendors.
Sources among motherboard makers told industry observer
                                                                      Point of View and its buddies at TGT Tuning launched a new
DigiTimes that a last-minute design change forced AMD
                                                                      GeForce GT 640 graphics card with their "Ultra Charged"
and motherboard vendors to go back to the drawing
                                                                      clock-profile, which is basically 12.5 percent overclocked
boards. That's every company with working socket FM2
                                                                      speeds over NVIDIA reference. The clock speeds and TGT
motherboard designs we spotted at this year's Computex
                                                                      branding come at a price.
event.
                                                                      Point of View and its buddies at TGT Tuning launched a new
                                                                      GeForce GT 640 graphics card with their "Ultra Charged"
                                                                      clock-profile, which is basically 12.5 percent overclocked
                                                                      speeds over NVIDIA reference. The clock speeds and TGT
                                                                      branding come at a price.




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                                                                  The VX2703mh-LED from ViewSonic uses LED backlight
                                                                  illumination for the panel. Illumination is one of the most
                                                                  power-hungry components of a flat-panel display, and this
                                                                  is the area in which the company is looking to score some
                                                                  selling points. Its in-built Eco Mode feature causes a drop
                                                                  in power consumption by up to 40 percent. It has a typical
                                                                  power-draw of 28W, which goes down to 17W with the Eco
                                                                  Mode mode enabled.




The Point of View TGT Tuning GT 640 Ultra Charged comes
with factory-overclocked speeds of 1,006 MHz (core) and
2,020 MHz (memory), against NVIDIA reference speeds of
902 MHz (core) and 1,782 MHz (memory).
The card features a full-height PCB, with a single-slot air       The 27-incher provides a native resolution of 1920 x
cooler. The GPU is wired to 2 GB of DDR3 memory, across a         1080, with a response time of 3 ms (gray to gray), 170º
128-bit wide memory interface. Based on the 28 nm GK107           horizontal, 160º vertical viewing angles, 1,200:1 static and
silicon, the GeForce GT 640 is an entry- mid-range GPU            10M:1 dynamic contrast ratios, and 300 cd/m² maximum
based on the "Kepler" architecture. It packs 384 CUDA             brightness. The panel surface is matte black, with anti-glare
cores, 32 TMUs, and 16 ROPs.                                      hard-coating (3H). Display inputs include HDMI, DVI, and
                                                                  D-Sub (VGA).
The card relies on the PCI-Express 3.0 x16 interface
(backwards compatible with PCIe 2.0/1.1) for power. Display
outputs include one each of dual-link DVI-D, D-Sub (VGA),
and HDMI 1.4a.
Point of View / TGT Tuning are asking 115€ (S$178) for the
GT 640 Ultra Charged.


ViewSonic Launches 27-inch
VX2703mh-LED Monitor
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/viewsonic-launches-27-inch-
vx2703mh-led-monitor/16667.html
July 17th, 2012                                                   The stand of the VX2703mh-LED tilts of 3º forward, and
                                                                  16º backwards. Measuring 644 x 436 x 174 mm (with stand),
                                                                  the monitor weighs about 5.4 kg. It uses an internal power
                                                                  supply (AC input). For extras, the monitor features built-in
                                                                  stereo speakers with SRS Premium sound DSP, which draws
                                                                  signal from 3.5 mm jack, and HDMI.
                                                                  The VX2703mh-LED from ViewSonic is priced at US
Display major ViewSonic released its newest 27-inch               $299.99.
desktop monitor targeting small-medium businesses,
the VX2703mh-LED. Driven by a conventional TN-film
panel, the monitor provides 1080p resolution with a fast          Man stabs neighbour over
response time.                                                    World of Warcraft dispute
Display major ViewSonic released its newest 27-inch               Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/man-stabs-neighbour-over-world-of-
desktop monitor targeting small-medium businesses,                warcraft-dispute/16666.html
the VX2703mh-LED. Driven by a conventional TN-film                July 17th, 2012
panel, the monitor provides 1080p resolution with a fast
response time.


                                                                  A man allegedly stabbed his neighbour in the chest over a
                                                                  dispute about the popular World of Warcraft online role-
                                                                  playing game.
                                                                  A man allegedly stabbed his neighbour in the chest over a
                                                                  dispute about the popular World of Warcraft online role-
                                                                  playing game.



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21-year-old Justin Williams faces possible jail time over the
bizarre game-related incident, which left 20-year-old Jordan       Apple admits mistake,
Osborne in hospital.                                               returns to EPEAT green
                                                                   registry
Osborne claims that he heard an argument in his neighbour's        Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-admits-mistake-returns-to-
apartment, where Williams was fighting with fellow gaming          epeat-green-registry/16665.html
friends over his headset. Osborne said he went over and told       July 17th, 2012
Williams to stop freaking out over World of Warcraft, adding
“it's just a game,” to which Williams allegedly responded:
“It's not just a game, it's my life.”


At this point Osborne said Williams grabbed his throat,
punched him in the face, and then stabbed him in the chest.
It is not clear if Williams was holding a knife for the duration   Apple has admitted that it was a mistake to remove
of the verbal confrontation or went off to get it. Details like    its products from the EPEAT green rating system and
this will likely be raised in court.                               announced that all eligible Apple products are back on the
                                                                   registry.
                                                                   Apple has admitted that it was a mistake to remove
                                                                   its products from the EPEAT green rating system and
                                                                   announced that all eligible Apple products are back on the
                                                                   registry.


                                                                   “We’ve recently heard from many loyal Apple customers
                                                                   who were disappointed to learn that we had removed
                                                                   our products from the EPEAT rating system,” said Bob
                                                                   Mansfield, SVP of Hardware Engineering at Apple. “I
                                                                   recognize that this was a mistake.”


                                                                   He tried to defend Apple's green reputation and
                                                                   commitment to protecting the environment, saying it is “as
                                                                   strong as ever” and citing several examples of where Apple
                                                                   is an industry leader in removing toxins like brominated
                                                                   flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC), using
                                                                   recyclable materials in place of plastics where possible, and
                                                                   reporting in detail on greenhouse gas emissions for all of its
“Like they say, it takes over your life, man,” Osborne said,       products.
showing the scar from the stab wound to local media.

                                                                   Mansfield also lauded Apple's energy-efficiency, claiming all
The incident shows the potential for obsession and addiction       of its products exceed the ENERGY STAR 5.2 government
to get out of hand, though it is likely that there was an          standard. He took a pot shot at EPEAT by criticising the
underlying psychological problem in this case. The vast            IEEE 1680.1 standard on which it is based, claiming it
majority of gamers enjoy their hobby relatively peacefully,        could be improved by including environmental protection
and any disputes that do occur usually do not end in such a        advancements from the ENERGY STAR standard.
violent manner.


World of Warcraft, developed by Blizzard, has over 10
million subscribers, making it the most popular massively
multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) to date.
Its latest expansion, Mists of Pandaria, is expected to release
later this year.


Image Credit: QMI/Caters News




                                                                   Robert Frisbee, CEO of EPEAT, welcomed Apple's change
                                                                   of heart, thanking the share-holders for their support and

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welcoming Apple's “strong and creative thoughts on ongoing
standards development.”


Apple said its relationship with EPEAT “has become
stronger as a result of this experience,” though it boggles
the mind how exactly pulling out of something and then
returning to it after widespread complaints leads to a better
partnership.


The company faced widespread criticism after it pulled out
of EPEAT earlier this month, with Greenpeace challenging
Apple's environmental record and the City of San Francisco
refusing to buy any Mac products unless Apple returned to
                                                                         So far the number of users impacted by this mess-up is
the EPEAT programme.
                                                                         relatively small, with 300 enterprise customers and 60
                                                                         consumer customers reporting problems, though the figure
We expect the threat of lower sales and the loss of a number             is likely higher than that.
of government contracts, many of which require EPEAT
certification, played a large role in Apple's embarrassing u-
                                                                         Some companies shut down their anti-virus software to
turn.
                                                                         prevent the bug from occurring, leaving their computers
                                                                         exposed, and raising questions over whether or not
Symantec anti-virus update                                               Symantec's software is more of a hindrance than a help.

causes PCs to crash
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/symantec-anti-virus-update-causes-   Symantec is reputedly preparing to compensate users hit by
pcs-to-crash/16664.html                                                  this bug, which resulted in lost work hours and significant
July 17th, 2012                                                          headache, though it is not clear exactly what this will involve.
                                                                         Something tells us that a free year of anti-virus protection is
                                                                         not going to cut it with the disgruntled customers.




                                                                         Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler
Symantec made a major blunder with an update to its anti-
virus software, which caused a number of PCs to crash,
                                                                         Review
                                                                         Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/noctua-nh-d14-cpu-cooler-
forcing customers to seek professional servicing to get their
                                                                         review/16661.html
computers working again.
                                                                         July 17th, 2012
Symantec made a major blunder with an update to its anti-
virus software, which caused a number of PCs to crash,
forcing customers to seek professional servicing to get their
computers working again.


The problem, which results in consistent crashes and the                     Undoubtedly, overclockers and hardcore hardware
“blue screen of death,” affects some PCs running Windows                 enthusiasts are the most demanding target group, especially
XP with Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 or Norton anti-                when it comes to cooling, since they rarely settle for
virus software for business users.                                       anything but the best. One of the most reputable CPU
                                                                         coolers among enthusiasts is the Noctua NH-D14. Noctua’s
                                                                         behemoth has been available for some time now and always
Symantec said the bug was the result of a compatibility issue            is amongst the top 5 coolers an overclocker or enthusiast
and could be fixed by manually removing the software from                would recommend. We will see how it compares against the
affected computers. However, customers report that they                  vast competition in this review.
were left for hours with little to no help from Symantec,                Undoubtedly, overclockers and hardcore hardware
forcing them to try to fix their broken computers on their               enthusiasts are the most demanding target group, especially
own, with one user calling the security firm's support “a                when it comes to cooling, since they rarely settle for
joke.”                                                                   anything but the best. One of the most reputable CPU
                                                                         coolers among enthusiasts is the Noctua NH-D14. Noctua’s
                                                                         behemoth has been available for some time now and always
                                                                         is amongst the top 5 coolers an overclocker or enthusiast
                                                                         would recommend. We will see how it compares against the
                                                                         vast competition in this review.


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Socket compatibility                Intel LGA1366, LGA1156,               July 17th, 2012
                                    LGA1155, LGA775
                                    AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3,
                                    AM3+, FM1 (backplate
                                    required)
Height (without fan)                160 mm
                                                                          Research in Motion cannot seem to catch a break. A
Width (without fan)                 140 mm
                                                                          San Francisco jury determined that RIM infringed one of
Depth (without fan)                 130 mm                                Mformation Technologies’ patents, and awarded damages
Height (with fan)                   160 mm                                in the amount of $147.2 million. This was calculated based
Width (with fan)                    140 mm                                upon a figure of $8 per device connected to the BlackBerry
Depth (with fan)                    158 mm                                Enterprise Server. Even if this is overturned on appeal,
Weight (without fan)                900 g                                 it creates one more obstacle for RIM, and the entire
                                                                          smartphone market, to overcome.
Weight (with fan)                   1070/1240* g
Material                            Copper (base and heat-                Research in Motion cannot seem to catch a break. A
                                    pipes), aluminium (cooling            San Francisco jury determined that RIM infringed one of
                                    fins), soldered joints & nickel       Mformation Technologies’ patents, and awarded damages
                                    plating                               in the amount of $147.2 million. This was calculated based
                                                                          upon a figure of $8 per device connected to the BlackBerry
Fan compatibility                   140x140x25 &
                                                                          Enterprise Server. Even if this is overturned on appeal,
                                    120x120x25mm
                                                                          it creates one more obstacle for RIM, and the entire
Scope of Delivery                   · 1x NF-P14 premium fan               smartphone market, to overcome.
                                    · 1x NF-P12 premium fan               This verdict comes just days after Nokia added additional
                                    · 2x Ultra-Low-Noise                  infringement claims against RIM in Germany, and a few
                                    Adaptor (U.L.N.A.)                    weeks after RIM posted its first operating loss in 8 years.
                                                                          RIM has also announced that it will cut 5,000 jobs in
                                    · Y-Split Cable
                                                                          the coming months. The one time leading innovator in
                                    · 4x Vibration-                       the smartphone market seems to be one step closer to its
                                    Compensators (for using NF-           inevitable demise.
                                    P12 as case fan)
                                                                          Unfortunately for consumers, this verdict is terrible news. If
                                    · 4x Fan screws (for using            the verdict is somehow affirmed by the appellate court, it will
                                    NF-P12 as case fan)                   give companies that do not produce smartphones immense
                                    · NT-H1 high-grade thermal            power over those that do. For example, if Mformation
                                    compound                              claimed that a smartphone manufacturer had infringed
                                                                          upon a patent, the company could do one of two things. First,
                                    · SecuFirm2™ Mounting                 it could demand that the manufacturer pay huge royalties for
                                    Kits                                  the use of its technology. Alternatively, if the manufacturer
                                    · Noctua Metal Case-Badge             did not want to cooperate, then Mformation could point
Warranty                            6 Years                               to the verdict against RIM to coerce the manufacturer
Fan specifications                                                        into payment. Either way, Mformation would be able to
                                                                          collect massive royalty payments, and drive up the price of
Model
                                                                          smartphones.
Bearing
                                                                          It is not just Mformation that would be able to do this, either.
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)          1200 / 1300 RPM
                                                                           If this verdict is upheld, it will send a message to every other
Rotational Speed with               900 / 900 RPM                         company that holds a patent needed for the manufacture of
U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%)                                                        smartphones that they too can charge huge royalty fees. If
Airflow                             110,3 / 92,3 m³/h                     Mformation received $147.2 million for the infringement of
Airflow with U.L.N.A.               83,7 / 63,4 m³/h                      one patent, then why wouldn’t every other company increase
Acoustical Noise                    19,6 / 19,8 dB(A)                     its royalty fees? Moreover, it will act as an incentive to pursue
Acoustical Noise with               13,2 / 12,6 dB(A)                     any claim that might be infringement. The manufacturer
U.L.N.A.                                                                  will then be forced to just pay the increased royalty, rather
                                                                          than taking the risk that a jury may return an unreasonable
Input Power                         1,2 / 1,08 W
                                                                          verdict, such as this one.
Voltage Range                       12 V
MTBF                                > 150.000 h                           For RIM, this is a verdict that must be overturned. If it is not,
                                                                          then the company faces the very possibility that it will cease
                                                                          to exist in its current form. More importantly, however,
Research in Motion: One Step                                              this is a verdict that must be overturned for the entire
                                                                          smartphone market. If upheld, this will allow companies
Closer to the Grave                                                       that do not even produce smartphones to dominate the
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/research-in-motion-one-step-closer-   market, and stifle innovation. In addition, it will allow those
to-the-grave/16660.html                                                   companies to charge massive royalties for the use of their



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technology, and it will make smartphones unaffordable for             mean that they are acting in concert with Samsung, and fall
the average consumer.                                                 within the limits set forth in the injunction.
                                                                      Unfortunately, this is a lose-lose situation for the consumer.
Watch Out Samsung                                                     First, if Apple’s interpretation of the injunction is correct,
                                                                      it will be allowed to force a product off of shelves that the
Retailers! We Are Apple, Hear                                         retailer has already purchased. The retailer then has a stock-
Us Roar                                                               pile of expensive products that it cannot sell. Moreover, once
                                                                      the case goes to trial and is finally resolved, the Galaxy 10.1
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/watch-out-samsung-retailers-we-
                                                                      could be obsolete and the retailers will have lost out on
are-apple-hear-us-roar/16659.html
                                                                      that revenue. Plus, they would be stuck with the outdated
July 17th, 2012
                                                                      tablets. The retailer must make up the revenue somehow,
                                                                      and would likely lead to higher prices somewhere down the
                                                                      line. Second, if Apple is incorrect about the interpretation, it
                                                                      is still going to take time for the court to make a ruling. In the
                                                                      meantime, Apple is able to bully retailers into submission.
                                                                      Again, this forces the retailer to lose valuable sales while the
Not only has Apple obtained a preliminary injunction on               legal battle continues, and it gives the consumer one less
the sale of the Galaxy 10.1, but it has sent cease and desist         choice when purchasing a tablet.
letters to retailers that are selling tablets that they have
                                                                      All of this back-and-forth does nothing but cause more
already purchased. It is one thing to enforce the injunction
                                                                      friction between the two companies, and forces the idea of
against Samsung itself, but it is another to unfairly enforce
                                                                      a settlement further away. The best case scenario for the
an injunction to hurt the market and the customer.
                                                                      consumer is to have the two companies work out a way to
                                                                      put their differences behind them and settle this dispute
                                                                      out-of-court. This would allow the companies to focus solely
                                                                      on creating new and innovative products for the consumer
                                                                      to enjoy, rather than inhibiting competition through legal
                                                                      maneuvering. Unfortunately, these two companies have
                                                                      again lost sight of who matters the most – the customer.




Apple has put on a full-court press against the sale of the
Galaxy 10.1 tablet in the United States. Not only has Apple
obtained a preliminary injunction on the sale of the Galaxy
10.1, but it has sent cease and desist letters to retailers that
are selling tablets that they have already purchased. While
Apple certainly has a strong argument that the injunction
extends to retailers that currently have the Galaxy 10.1, there
is widespread sentiment that it is going way too far. It is
one thing to enforce the injunction against Samsung itself,
but it is another to unfairly enforce an injunction to hurt the
market and the customer.
The preliminary injunction that Apple obtained against the
sale of the Galaxy 10.1 states that Samsung and “its officers,
directors, partners, agents, servants, employees, attorneys,
subsidiaries, and those acting in concert with any of them,”
are forbidden from selling the Galaxy 10.1 in the United
States. The important consideration here is whether Apple
is allowed to prohibit third-parties that are not involved in
the lawsuit from selling a product that they already have in
stock. Normally, the conduct of those that are not directly
involved in litigation do not have to abide by an injunction.
Since the retailers are separate entities from Samsung, an
injunction would have no effect on their business. Apple,
however, argues that the last clause (“those acting in concert
with any of them”) allows it to enforce the injunction against
individual retailers because the retailers work to promote
and sell the product on behalf of Samsung. Thus, this would

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VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks!
                                                                    The announcements and notices published by Apple must
  VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly                      mention the court case and should be designed specifically
  publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the         to “correct the damaging impression” that Samsung’s
  geeks.                                                            products were simply poor imitations design-wise of Apple’s
                                                                    devices. “They do not have the same understated and
                                                                    extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design,”
Apple Ordered By UK Court                                           said the judge at the time. “They are not as cool. The
to Apologize to Samsung                                             overall impression produced is different.” The judge refused
                                                                    Samsung’s request, however, that Apple be forbidden from
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-ordered-by-uk-court-to-
                                                                    restating its claim that its design rights had indeed been
apologize-to-samsung/16723.html
                                                                    infringed by the South Korean company, saying that the
July 18th, 2012
                                                                    mobile giant was “entitled” to their opinion that the
                                                                    judgment was wrong.




A UK judge has ruled that Apple must run announcements
in newspapers, magazines and on its website that Samsung
did not, in fact, copy its device design with their Galaxy Tab
line of tablets.




                                                                    iPhone 5 has not entered final
                                                                    production phase
                                                                    Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/iphone-5-has-not-entered-final-
                                                                    production-phase/16722.html
                                                                    July 18th, 2012




                                                                    As the speculated fall launch date of the iPhone 5 draws near,
                                                                    the whirlwinds of rumors and speculations are becoming
                                                                    more and more specific. A recent rumor has suggested that
                                                                    Apple’s sixth-gen iPhone development is currently in the
                                                                    third stage “engineering verification test."

A judge in the UK has ordered Apple to publish
announcements on its website that Samsung did not copy
the design of its iPad. One of those notices is required to
remain on Apple’s website for a minimum of six months and
others must be run in various newspapers and magazines.
The ruling comes after the Cupertino-based company failed
in its attempt to block sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab
tablets. Apple and Samsung have yet to comment. The new
order was not included in Judge Colin Birss’s judgment
against Apple, but the possibility of this order was reportedly
discussed after the verdict has handed down.

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                                                                  With Apple and Samsung both securing major patents,
                                                                  Research in Motion, makers of the BlackBerry smartphones,
                                                                  seemed to be falling behind in the ongoing smartphone
                                                                  wars. However, this week the USPTO granted RIM a rather
                                                                  broad and general patent on the keyboard for their new
                                                                  BlackBerry 10 keyboard and its logic-based text prediction.
                                                                  The patented system, rather than simply looking for typos,
                                                                  actively tries to predict what you’re trying to type by
                                                                  examining the context of the words or common expressions.
                                                                  With this patent, RIM has ensured that they don’t have
                                                                  to worry about another company poaching one of the key
                                                                  features of their new platform.
                                                                  While the official text of the patent is rather dry, the basic
                                                                  abstract can be read below.
                                                                  A handheld electronic device includes a reduced QWERTY
                                                                  keyboard and is enabled with disambiguation software.
As the speculated fall launch date of the iPhone 5 draws near,    The device provides output in the form of a default output
the whirlwinds of rumors and speculations are becoming            and a number of variants. The output is based largely
more and more specific. A recent rumor has suggested that         upon the frequency, i.e., the likelihood that a user intended
Apple’s sixth-gen iPhone development is currently in the          a particular output, but various features of the device
third stage “engineering verification test.”                      provide additional variants that are not based solely
                                                                  on frequency and rather are provided by various logic
The significance of this rumor is that it contradicts rumors      structures resident on the device.
that Apple has already begun production of the iPhone 5.
                                                                  The device enables editing during text entry and
Apple’s products go through various stages before the             also provides a learning function that allows the
consumer versions are made available. Since iPhone 5 is still     disambiguation function to adapt to provide a customized
in the third stage of EVT, there is a high possibility that it    experience for the user. The disambiguation function
will take another month or two before it enters the “design       can be selectively disabled and an alternate keystroke
verification test” stage.                                         interpretation system provided. Additionally, the device
If Apple is indeed currently in the final production stage then   can facilitate the selection of variants by displaying a
consumers can expect the iPhone 5 to drop early this fall         graphic of a special <NEXT> key of the keypad that enables
(mid September to early October), but if the later rumor is       a user to progressively select variants generally without
true then people may have to wait a little longer—maybe well      changing the position of the user's hands on the device.
into November.
                                                                  Micron Technology makes
RIM Granted Patent For                                            45nm PCM available in high
BlackBerry 10 Keyboard and                                        volume
Text Prediction                                                   Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/micron-technology-makes-45nm-
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rim-granted-patent-for-       pcm-available-in-high-volume/16721.html
blackberry-10-keyboard-and-text-prediction/16720.html             July 18th, 2012
July 18th, 2012




                                                                  Micron Technology has announced that it will begin
                                                                  distributing its 45nm Phase Change Memory (PCM) in high
                                                                  volume. The availability of Micron’s 45nm PCM in high
                                                                  volume, Micron claims, is an industry’s first.
                                                                  Micron Technology has announced that it will begin
                                                                  distributing its 45nm Phase Change Memory (PCM) in high
                                                                  volume. The availability of Micron’s 45nm PCM in high
                                                                  volume, Micron claims, is an industry’s first.
                                                                  The Boise, Idaho based company is aiming to bolster the
                                                                  feature phone market with their 45nm PCM, with future
                                                                  goals of further integrations into the smartphone and media
                                                                  tablet markets.
                                                                  Micron claims that their PCM will boost the performance
                                                                  of respective devices through enhanced boot time,


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simplification of software development, and overwrite           today, including NOR, NAND, PCM, LPDRAM and
capability.                                                     e·MMC™ embedded memory, meeting the need for
                                                                increased performance, expanding storage requirements,
In addition to increased performance, Micron also claims
                                                                mature technology replacement, and package capability.
that its PCM reduces energy consumption, and provides
“extremely high reliability.” As per industry standards, the    About Micron
PCM is fully compliant with JEDEC standards.                    Micron Technology, Inc. is one of the world's leading
Samsung and ST Microelectronics have looked into the same       providers of advanced semiconductor solutions. Through its
type of technology awhile back, but Micron Technology is the    worldwide operations, Micron manufactures and markets
first to make the PCM available in high volume.                 a full range of DRAM, NAND and NOR flash memory, as
                                                                well as other innovative memory technologies, packaging
Press Release:
                                                                solutions and semiconductor systems for use in leading-
Micron Announces Availability                                   edge computing, consumer, networking, embedded and
                                                                mobile products. Micron's common stock is traded on the
of Phase Change Memory for                                      NASDAQ under the MU symbol. To learn more about
                                                                Micron Technology, Inc., visit www.micron.com.
Mobile Devices
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BOISE, Idaho, July 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --                 www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=6950
Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:MU), one of the world's
leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions,          ©2012 Micron Technology, Inc. All rights reserved.
today announced an industry first with high-volume              Information is subject to change without notice. Micron
availability of its 45-nanometer (nm) Phase Change Memory       and the Micron orbit logo are trademarks of Micron
(PCM) for mobile devices, featuring 1-gigabit (Gb) PCM plus     Technology, Inc. e·MMC is a registered trademark of
512-megabit (Mb) LPDDR2 in a multichip package. As the          MultiMediaCard Association. All other trademarks are the
first company in the world currently offering PCM solutions     property of their respective owners.
in volume production, Micron is providing chipset vendors,
enablers, and handset manufacturers with a proven product        CONTACT: Jacob Rice
that meets the expanding needs of today's wireless market
and paves the way for enhanced features and capabilities.
PCM provides enhanced boot time, simplifies software                         Zeno Group
development and boosts performance with overwrite
capability. It also provides very low power consumption
and extremely high reliability. In addition, the design-                     jacob.rice@zenogroup.com
optimizing shared interface between LPDDR2 and PCM is
fully compliant with JEDEC industry standards.
Micron's 45nm PCM solution is currently targeted for                         650-315-3042
utilization in feature phones, with a future roadmap aimed
at addressing smartphones and media tablets.
"Our commitment to innovation and continued                     Judge Steps Down From
development of advanced products to address the voracious
demands of the wireless industry is clear and strong," said
                                                                Megaupload Case Over
Tom Eby, Vice President of the Wireless Solutions Group         Controversial Comment
at Micron. "We are determined to evolve and innovate            Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/judge-steps-down-from-
by continuing to offer the best-tailored solutions for both     megaupload-case-over-controversial-comment/16718.html
today's and tomorrow's market requirements."                    July 18th, 2012
Micron's PCM product line has established a foothold in
the wireless industry, as evidenced by longstanding key
relationships with global customers and enablers, ongoing
engagement with major device manufactures, and strong
cooperation with Intel Mobile Communications, which
includes recent PCM qualification.                              Judge Harvey has stepped down from the Megaupload
                                                                extradition hearings after a comment in which he called the
"Intel's Mobile and Communications Group is at the              US "the enemy" had brought his impartiality into question.
forefront of new cellular product and technology
enablement, and we see great value in Micron's                  Judge David Harvey, the judge who was overseeing the
PCM technology," said Stefan Butz, Vice President,              extradition case of eccentric Megaupload founder Kim
Marketing and Product Planning for Intel's Mobile and           Dotcom and other employees of the file locker site, has
Communications Group. "With a commitment to innovation          stepped down from the case after a comment he made
and standardization, as well as a long history of cooperation   brought his impartiality in the case into question.
with Intel, Micron is a trusted supplier."                      The comment was made at the NetHui internet conference
From entry-level phones to high-end smartphones and             on July 12th in Auckland, where he had been part of a
tablets, Micron supplies virtually every volatile and           discussion about the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Trans-
nonvolatile memory product utilized in wireless devices         Pacific Partnership is a controversial intellectual rights

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agreement in the works, much like ACTA in Europe,                         with the 30 best performers being invited to take part in a
involving the US and a dozen other countries. Judge Harvey                more complex series of tests in a lab environment.
mentioned that, under current laws, citizens of New Zealand               “I don't want to give too much away but it involves securing
could legally hack the DVD region codes designed to restrict              the control mechanisms of something that's vital to national
DVDs to specific countries in order to watch those movies;                interest and security,” said Neil Cassidy, operations director
this would no longer be true if TPP were to become law.                   of defence technology research group Qinetiq.
“Under TPP and the American [DMCA] you will not be able
to do that, that will be prohibited,” he said. “If you do, you
will be a criminal, that’s what will happen. There are all sorts
of ways this whole thing is being ramped up and if I could
use Russell’s tweet from earlier on: we have met the enemy
and he is US.”
For those who didn’t catch it, Judge Harvey was making a
play on words for the quote “we have met the enemy and he
is us,” itself a parody of a message sent by Commodore Perry
in 1813 after the Battle of Lake Erie, saying “we have met the
enemy and he is ours.”
The quote didn’t garner much attention or controversy
until three days later when the New Zealand Herald
quoted Professor Bill Hodge, a law professor at Auckland
University, as saying that the comment could possibly
“be seen as probably an extra-judicial comment that isn’t
helpful.” The story was then picked up by several other
media sources, including some US-based tech blogs.                        The ISC Squared security certification firm hopes that the
Judge Harvey has ruled several times in Dotcom’s favor,                   competition will get software developers thinking about
including having his internet access restored and ordering                security from the beginning of development, given that it
the US to hand over evidence gathered against him. His most               costs 100 times more to retroactively add security to existing
recent involvement with the case came a week ago when he                  applications.
delayed the extradition hearing from August until March in                A growing number of attacks against key infrastructure,
order to allow more time to resolve various legal arguments               such as power grids and water supplies, have caused many
revolving around the case. Judge Jan-Marie Doogue, the                    governments throughout the world to invest heavily in
chief district court judge of New Zealand, gave a statement               cyber security. A report released by McAfee earlier today
explaining Judge Harvey’s decision to remove himself from                 highlighted a number of vulnerabilities in the US electricity
the case, saying that “[he recognized] that remarks made in               grid, while previously many top oil executives warned of
the context of a paper he delivered on copyright law at a                 attacks against oil rigs.
recent conference could reflect on his impartiality and that
the appropriate response is for him to step down from the
case.”                                                                    ASRock UEFI BIOS Gets Web-
                                                                          Update Feature
UK hosting online treasure                                                Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asrock-uefi-bios-gets-web-update-

hunt to hire cyber security
                                                                          feature/16716.html
                                                                          July 18th, 2012

experts
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/uk-hosting-online-treasure-hunt-to-
hire-cyber-security-experts/16717.html
July 18th, 2012



                                                                          ASRock's latest innovation is a web-based BIOS update
                                                                          feature within the UEFI Setup program. Say goodbye to USB
                                                                          flash drives and command-line based BIOS flashing.
                                                                          AMI UEFI and its setup program SDK has thrown open a
The UK government is launching an online treasure                         wave of innovation from motherboard vendors, trying to
hunt and lab-based challenges to help find talented                       cram in every feature they can think of, into the system BIOS
computer users who can work on defending the country's                    setup program. Some of the wackier ones are web-browsers
infrastructure from cyber attacks.                                        and media-players, but perhaps a more sensible new one is
                                                                          a web-based BIOS update utility within the setup program,
The UK government is launching an online treasure
                                                                          courtesy ASRock.
hunt and lab-based challenges to help find talented
computer users who can work on defending the country's
infrastructure from cyber attacks.
The initial challenge will require people to find answers to a
series of questions as part of an online treasure hunt event,
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ASRock's newest UEFI BIOS setup program can update itself        ASRock's new Internet Flash feature will come standard
by downloading the latest BIOS ROM image from the web,           with upcoming products. Some currently-launched
if you can point it to a working Internet connection. Basic      motherboards could get the feature with a BIOS update.
network/IP configuration, including PPPoE authentication         Only this one time, you'd have to update the "old" way (using
can be made within the setup program. Once configured, the       a USB flash drive).
utility, called Internet Flash, looks up the latest version of
the BIOS for your motherboard on the web, downloads it,
and updates itself.                                              Motorola to avoid US sales
                                                                 ban
                                                                 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/motorola-to-avoid-us-sales-
                                                                 ban/16715.html
                                                                 July 18th, 2012




                                                                 Motorola Mobility is to avoid a US ban on the sale of its
                                                                 smartphones by altering them or signing a licensing deal so
                                                                 that they no longer infringe one of Microsoft's patents.
                                                                 Motorola Mobility is to avoid a US ban on the sale of its
                                                                 smartphones by altering them or signing a licensing deal so
                                                                 that they no longer infringe one of Microsoft's patents.
The new BIOS update method from ASRock beats every
other solution in terms of ease of use. You no longer need to    The Google-owned mobile firm suffered a setback in May
find the right BIOS ROM image from the Internet and copy         when the International Trade Commission ruled that it
it onto a USB flash drive, or need an OS installation (to use    infringed one of nine patents Microsoft launched claims
Windows-based utilities that perform web-update of system        regarding. The patent covers technology for scheduling
BIOS), or even use ancient command-line based update             meetings.
methods, in which one wrong command-line argument can
brick your motherboard.
                                                                 “While we can't share specific details, we have employed a
                                                                 range of proactive measures to ensure there is no continuing
                                                                 infringement under the ITC's interpretation of this single
                                                                 Microsoft patent,” said Becki Leonard, spokesperson for
                                                                 Motorola Mobility, according to Reuters.




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                                                                        their capability and demanding a ransom. Espionage and
                                                                        sabotage are two other big fears.




The easiest and most cost-effective solution is for Motorola
to axe the meeting technology, which is a minor aspect of
what it offers. Another possibility, and one that Microsoft
is encouraging, is for Motorola to license the technology for
what will likely be a hefty fee. We expect the company will
opt for the former.
                                                                        McAfee discovered that roughly 70 percent of the existing
Affected devices include the Atrix, Backflip, Bravo, Charm,             energy grid in the US is over 30 years old. These have been
Cliq, Cliq 2, Cliq XT, Defy, Devour, Droid 2, Droid 2 Global,           connected to the internet with no encryption or security in
Droid Pro, Droid X, Droid X2, Flipout, Flipside, Spice and              mind. A decade ago this may not have been such a big issue,
Xoom.                                                                   but with cyber attacks on the increase, this is a growing
                                                                        concern.

The sales ban is to go into effect from today.
                                                                        The automation of systems, which has made lives easier
                                                                        for many workers, comes at the price of more openness to
                                                                        attack. The increasing use of generic software to operate
McAfee warns of threat to                                               these facilities means that any vulnerabilities found in that
                                                                        software immediately expose the infrastructure, whereas
energy grid security                                                    proprietary software was more commonly used in the past.
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mcafee-warns-of-threat-to-energy-
grid-security/16714.html
July 18th, 2012                                                         “Security needs to be built into grid components at the
                                                                        planning and design phase,” said Tom Moore, VP of
                                                                        Embedded Security at McAfee. “Because the grid relies
                                                                        heavily on embedded systems it makes them ripe targets
                                                                        for intruders thus it is imperative to integrate security
                                                                        solutions natively in these devices. McAfee is working with
                                                                        its partners in industry and government to make great
Security firm McAfee has released details of a report                   strides on the technical front to mitigate the threats to these
into the security of energy grids, highlighting significant             critical systems we all rely on.”
vulnerabilities in older systems to attack.
Security firm McAfee has released details of a report                   Image Credit: Geograph.org.uk
into the security of energy grids, highlighting significant
vulnerabilities in older systems to attack.
                                                                        ADATA Outs XPG Gaming v2.0
McAfee had a stark warning for those who are complacement               Series DDR3-2400 8 GB Dual-
about securing key infrastructure like the electrical power             Channel Kit
grid, which powers pretty much everything we use. It said               Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/adata-outs-xpg-gaming-v2.0-series-
that a single targeted attack could compromise lights                   ddr3-2400-8-gb-dual-channel-kit/16713.html
and home appliances, heart monitors in hospitals, and air               July 18th, 2012
defence systems, among other things.


The report found that extortion was the biggest cyber threat
facing the energy sector, with criminals demonstrating



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ADATA Introduced a new high-performance 8 GB dual-
channel DDR3-2400 MHz memory kit, under its XPG
Gaming v2.0 series. The kit is optimized for Intel "Ivy
Bridge" Core processors, and comes at an attractive price.
ADATA Introduced a new high-performance 8 GB (2x 4
GB) dual-channel DDR3-2400 MHz memory kit, under its
XPG Gaming v2.0 series. The kit is optimized for Intel "Ivy
Bridge" Core processors, and comes at an attractive price.




                                                                      The drive powers itself with a rechargeable lithium ion
                                                                      polymer battery, which can keep it running for up to 5 hours,
                                                                      before needing a charge (can be charged by its included AC
                                                                      adapter, or by USB).
                                                                      It features a 802.11 b/g/n WLAN adapter, supporting
                                                                      wireless network bandwidths up to 150 Mbps. The adapter
                                                                      supports most common security standards, including WPA.
                                                                      Patriot has apps for iOS and Android on their respective
                                                                      content stores (App Store and Google Play), which lets
The new XPG Gaming v2.0 series modules ship with an                   you connect to the drive easily. When streaming data, the
Intel XMP 1.3 profile, which runs them at PC3-19200                   Gauntlet NODE acts as a WLAN server, with a web-access
(DDR3-2400 MHz) speed, with 10-12-12-31T DRAM                         configuration page.
timings, and at DRAM voltage of 1.65V. The module feature             “The Gauntlet Node is set to provide the most flexible
active heatsinks that dissipate heat using aluminum fins.             wireless storage solutions available”, says Mike Kroll, Patriot
The modules use 8-layer printed circuit boards (PCBs), with           Memory’s Director of Peripherals Product Management.
2 oz copper layers to improve signalling efficiency, and help         “With a DIY form factor that supports standard 2.5” HDDs
spread heat.                                                          and SSDs and includes built in features like WiFi and
The XPG Gaming v2.0 series 8 GB memory kit from ADATA                 USB 3.0 connectivity, the Gauntlet Node is an amazingly
started selling in US and Canada, at a price of US $89.99.            powerful way to expand the storage of popular mobile
                                                                      devices like smart phones, tablets, and ultrabook class
                                                                      laptops,” he added.
Patriot Releases Gauntlet                                             The Gauntlet NODE wireless drive enclosure from Patriot
NODE Wireless HDD/SSD                                                 Memory costs US $99.99. It is currently available in the US,
                                                                      and availability in other markets will be announced soon.
Enclosure
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/patriot-releases-gauntlet-node-
wireless-hddssd-enclosure/16710.html                                  Pico FPGA Hardware Beats
July 18th, 2012
                                                                      GPGPU in Password Cracking
                                                                      Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pico-fpga-hardware-beats-gpgpu-in-
                                                                      password-cracking/16705.html
                                                                      July 18th, 2012




Patriot Memory made an addition to its Gauntlet family of
storage devices, with the Gauntlet NODE portable wireless
HDD/SSD enclosure. Carry terabytes of data around without             There's no secret that graphics cards such as NVIDIA
bothering about cables.                                               GeForce, Tesla as well as AMD Radeon are being used
Patriot Memory unveiled the Gauntlet NODE, its newest                 by security agencies worldwide. Their goal is to crack the
storage product. We've been familiar with the drive since             passwords of suspects as much as 10-20x faster than the
this year's Computex event. The product is now generally              most expensive Intel processor is able to do. Today, another
available in the US. The Gauntlet NODE is a DIY portable              company is claiming its stake in lucrative security business.
HDD wireless enclosure, which can enclose a 2.5-inch hard             When it comes to password cracking business, agencies
drive (HDD) or solid-state drive (SSD) with SATA 3 Gb/s               all around the world rely on ElcomSoft software. Yet, the
interface (up to 1 TB volume size supported). Contents of the         company proved itself to be brave enough to experiment
drive can then be streamed wirelessly, or can be accessed as a        with the new architectures, instead of relying on proven
USB Mass Storage device, thanks to its USB 3.0 SuperSpeed             'big iron' hardware. Back in 2008, I wrote the first article
interface.                                                            on how ElcomSoft is enabling GT200 (GeForce GTX 280)
                                                                      cards to crack passwords 10-20x faster than the Core 2
                                                                      Duo processor. The article was greeted with a negative
                                                                      reaction from a very senior Intel executive, who threatened

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to "destroy NVIDIA" and offer faster computing than the
best of their own products. That faster part was called          Judge orders Apple &
Larrabee, and even in its ressurected form as 22nm Knight's      Samsung to reveal more
Corner, there are serious doubts can Intel still claim x86
compatibility for Xeon Phi or is that product... another         documents
Itanium?                                                         Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/judge-orders-apple--samsung-to-
                                                                 reveal-more-documents/16712.html
With the GPGPU or GPU Computing slowly breaking
                                                                 July 18th, 2012
into mainstream, ElcomSoft is at it again. The company
"discovered FPGA" architecture and accelerated two of its
password breaking suites using the high-performing Pico
FPGA hardware. The two suites in question are the same
applications which were the first to harness the power of
the GPU: Phone Password Breaker (EPPB) and Wireless
Security Auditor (EWSA).
                                                                 As the Apple vs. Samsung patent battles continue, and a
According to ElcomSoft CEO, Vladimir Katalov; "Field             recent order from Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, CA requires
Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) will fit the bill               that Samsung and Apple reveal more business sensitive
just perfectly. A single 4U chassis with a cluster of            documents.
FPGA’s installed can offer a computational equivalent of
over 2,000 dual-core processors. The power consumption           As the Apple vs. Samsung patent battles continue, and a
of FPGA-based units is dramatically less than that of            recent order from Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, CA requires
consumer video cards. For example, units such as Pico            that Samsung and Apple reveal more business sensitive
E-101 draw measly 2.5 W. FPGA-based solutions don’t              documents.
even approach the level of power consumption and heat            In the ruling, Koh gave the companies one week to refile their
generation of gaming video cards, running much cooler            sealing request. Filing documents under seal has become
and comprising a much more stable system."                       a standard procedure for companies to keep intellectual-
Now, truth to be told, we're not sure how much talk about        sensitive documents out of public eyes during the litigation
dual-core processors holds ground, but in order to reach         process.
the computational power of let's say AMD Radeon 7970,            In Koh’s order to Samsung and Apple, she concluded that
you would need to buy no less than 40 Xeon E5-2687W              both companies were hiding information that was not “truly
processors. However, if you compare EX-501, a 150W               sealable,” and, therefore, the respective parties must provide
PCIe board with six Pico M-501 modules and 3GB DDR3              more documentations for the case to proceed.
memory, you would need to purchase around 400 8-
                                                                 As per the same court order, Koh stated, “only documents
core E5-2687W processors to match its performance. This
                                                                 of exceptionally sensitive information…will be allowed to be
represents another shift in magnitude and serves as a strong
                                                                 redacted or kept from the public.”
reminder that the current x86 architecture is simply too
inefficient when it comes to specific computing demands.         Samsung has already suffered a several defeats when Koh
                                                                 granted pretrial injunctions against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab
                                                                 10.1 tablet and the Galaxy Nexus smartphone.


                                                                 Armed man scares off
                                                                 Internet cafe robbers
                                                                 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/armed-man-scares-off-internet-cafe-
                                                                 robbers/16711.html
                                                                 July 18th, 2012

If your job is to select the best system for Phone or Wireless
cracking, choosing four hundred 130W processors (which
require complete infrastructure consuming thousands and
thousands of watts extra) over a single board with six Xillinx
Virtex-6 processors is something only a fiscally irresponsible
                                                                 People go to Internet cafes to surf the internet, chat,
person would do. In fact, we might question sanity (or
                                                                 YouTube, play video games, and more often than not
corruption) of the said individual or organization.
                                                                 it’s a safe place to carry about any tasks requiring an
In phone password cracking, it seems that the new king is        Internet connection. However, two armed gunmen recently
taking place… however, having said that, we find it odd that     attempted to a rob busy Palms Internet Café—not realizing
ElcomSoft does not compare the latest hardware they have         that they were not the only one in the building with a firearm.
in store. The CPU and GPGPU figures given in this article
                                                                 People go to Internet cafes to surf the internet, chat,
come from my own testing, while ElcomSoft is showing its
                                                                 YouTube, play video games, and more often than not
results on yesterday hardware.
                                                                 it’s a safe place to carry about any tasks requiring an
                                                                 Internet connection. However, two armed gunmen recently
                                                                 attempted to rob a busy Palms Internet Café—not realizing
                                                                 that they were not the only one in the building with a firearm.


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The café’s surveillance cameras recorded the two thieves               10 yuan per day thereafter. After 90 days, Apple assumes no
scrambling for their lives as a patron unleashed his own               responsibility for the repaired product.
gun. Despite being armed, the thieves decided to hightail              In the new policy, Apple simply disposed of the time limit,
without returning fire.                                                leaving storage fees intact.
The two masked men stumbled and tripped over themselves                Local law consultants think that Apple’s changes in policies
as they made their way out the door. Luckily, it appears               is still not enough to prove that Chinese are being treated
(from the YouTube video) that no one was seriously injured             fairly. Furthermore, many still believe that there are still
from the robbery attempt—maybe a scrape or two on the                  portions of the policies that violate Chinese consumer laws.
robbers during the getaway.
Supposedly, this was not the first robbery attempt that the
Palms Internet Café had. About a year ago, three armed men             Team Intros Xtreem UHS-I
entered the café and robbed patrons of some cash, and unlike
the recent event, there were no armed patrons to shoo away
                                                                       Compliant Micro SD Cards
                                                                       Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/team-intros-xtreem-uhs-i-
the uninvited guests.
                                                                       compliant-micro-sd-cards/16707.html
                                                                       July 18th, 2012

Chinese consumers still
unhappy with Apple's new
customer service policies
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/chinese-consumers-still-unhappy-
with-apple-s-new-customer-service-policies/16709.html
                                                                       Team Group extended its Xtreem brand to its newest line
July 18th, 2012
                                                                       of high-performance UHS-I compliant micro-SDHC/micro-
                                                                       SDXC cards. The Xtreem brand has been associated with
                                                                       some of Team's memory modules for overclockers.
                                                                       Team Group extended its Xtreem brand to its newest line
                                                                       of high-performance UHS-I compliant micro-SDHC/micro-
                                                                       SDXC cards. The Xtreem brand has been associated with
Apple’s second largest market is China, and according to               some of Team's memory modules for overclockers.
various reports, Chinese consumers aren’t too happy with
Apple’s customer support in China. The China Consumer
Association (CCA) recently declared that Apple was not
providing enough customer support for Chinese consumers,
and the CCA’s position may not change.
Apple’s second largest market is China, and according to
various reports, Chinese consumers aren’t too happy with
Apple’s customer support in China. The China Consumer
Association (CCA) recently declared that Apple was not
providing enough customer support for Chinese consumers,
and the CCA’s position may not change.
According to Mic Gadget, Apple has amended certain                     Team's Xtreem UHS-I series consists of three variants, 16 GB
portions of their service and repair policies to alleviate             and 32 GB SDHC, and 64 GB SDXC. All three come with the
Chinese consumer dissatisfactions.                                     same performance numbers from the manufacturer, up to
In the previous repair policies, customers allowed Apple to            40 MB/s sequential reads, up to 10 MB/s sequential writes,
repair products using new or refurbished parts. However,               1 MB/s guaranteed, up to 500 IOPS random reads, and up
that portion of the policies has been removed, and in the new          to 150 IOPS random writes.
policies Apple has added:
  “Customers own repaired spare parts, while Apple
  owns old spare parts, and customers can forward
  their specific requirements to Apple’s repair center
  in advance…”
Local IT experts suggest that the terms has not changed,
and that regardless of the ownership of parts, Apple should
repair their products using new parts—not refurbished
parts.
Apple also made a change to its policy regarding the
“time limit” that consumers had before fees or ownership
                                                                       Supporting the SD 3.01 interface, with 3.3V core voltage,
relinquishment occur. Previously, Apple allowed customers
                                                                       the Team Xtreem UHS-I micro-SDHC/XC memory cards
30 days to pick up their repaired products before charging
                                                                       are designed for high-performance smartphones and tablets.
                                                                       When idling, the card cuts down power draw to help

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conserve battery. The company did not reveal pricing,
but mentioned that the cards will be backed by lifetime
warranties.


Microsoft Office 2013 tackles
the cloud and hardware
optimization
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-office-2013-tackles-the-
cloud-and-hardware-optimization/16706.html
July 18th, 2012




                                                                         Microsoft will also provide Office on the go through a
                                                                         temporary solution, dubbed “Office on Demand”, for its
Microsoft is taking its next Office platform into the clouds,            customers. Google Doc users may find this feature especially
and it’s making sure that the suite is optimized for nearly all          appealing since it allows people to collaborate on documents
hardware and devices.                                                    through group editing and commenting.
Microsoft is taking its next Office platform into the clouds,              “Office on Demand streams and launches a
and it’s making sure that the suite is optimized for nearly all            temporary copy of your personalized Office
hardware and devices.                                                      application without installing it permanently…”
An official Microsoft Office blog post states:                             “Collaboration and sharing - you can now co-author
                                                                           in all four Web Apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and
  “It doesn't matter if you have your hands on a PC, a                     OneNote). We've also integrated commenting and
  Mac, a touch-enabled Windows tablet, or a mobile                         sharing into the Web Apps hosted on SkyDrive and
  phone; Office takes full advantage of your hardware                      Office 365.”
  to give you the best possible experience and access
  to your work wherever you go.”                                         Microsoft is promising cloud features that may blow
                                                                         competitions out of the water. However, the price tag of
                                                                         MS Office may still deter some (evident from past Office
                                                                         products), but by optimizing Office for many devices and
                                                                         hardware, Microsoft may win over consumers that utilize
                                                                         different devices for their tasks.


                                                                         Sharkoon Intros X-Tatic S7
                                                                         Gaming Headset
                                                                         Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sharkoon-intros-x-tatic-s7-gaming-
                                                                         headset/16704.html
                                                                         July 18th, 2012




In addition to optimizing its Office product for different
hardware and devices, Microsoft will also allow users to
install up to 5 copies on PCs or Macs.                                   Sharkoon released the X-Tatic S7 USB gaming headset,
                                                                         which is a revision of the X-Tatic SR, featuring 7.1-
Building upon its Office 2010 Click-2-Run (C2R) technology,              channel surround using the Dolby Pro Logic IIx and Dolby
Microsoft claims that they have made “vast improvements”                 Headphone DSPs.
on their virtualization technology, which will “dramatically
simplify Office deployment for organizations.”                           Sharkoon released the X-Tatic S7 USB gaming headset,
                                                                         which is a revision of the X-Tatic SR, featuring 7.1
                                                                         virtual surround using the Dolby Pro Logic IIx and Dolby
                                                                         Headphone DSPs. The X-Tatic S7 is otherwise identical to
                                                                         the X-Tatic SR.




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                                                                 Taiwanese teen dies from
                                                                 two days of playing a Blizzard
                                                                 game
                                                                 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/taiwanese-teen-dies-from-two-days-
                                                                 of-playing-a-blizzard-game/16703.html
                                                                 July 18th, 2012




The X-Tatic S7 from Sharkoon works both as a digital             Activision Blizzard has another death attached to its
headset, making use of its DAC module, and as a stereo           brand. According to The Australian, an 18-year old,
analog headset, plugging into the source using a standard        surname ‘Chuang’, died from playing nearly two days of an
3.5 mm connector. The headset can hence work with a wide         unidentified Activision Blizzard game.
range of devices, including PCs, game consoles (PlayStation      Activision Blizzard has another death attached to its
3 and Xbox 360), portable audio, and static/HiFi systems.        brand. According to The Australian, an 18-year old,
                                                                 surname ‘Chuang’, died from playing nearly two days of an
                                                                 unidentified Activision Blizzard game.
                                                                 Chuang booked a private room in a café in Tainan, Taiwan
                                                                 around noon on July 13, and two days later on the morning
                                                                 of July 15, an attendant found Chuang resting on a table in
                                                                 the room. The attendant woke him up, Chuang got up, but
                                                                 only took a few steps before collapsing.
                                                                 He was rushed to the hospital where he was later
                                                                 pronounced dead due to cardiovascular problems during
                                                                 long hours of being sedentary.
                                                                 Chuang’s death due to long hours of gaming marks the
                                                                 second time in Taiwan that a person has died from extended
The X-Tatic S7 is essentially a stereo headset, with a pair of   gameplay.
40 mm drivers enclosed in the ear cups. The DAC module
(SCU) takes both digital (SPDIF) and analog (3.5 mm)
signals, and applies the Dolby Pro Logic IIx and Dolby           Apple awarded patents
Headphone DSP layers, which simulate 7.1 surround. The
headphones feature 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response,
                                                                 for OpenCL and dock with
120 dB ±3 dB sound pressure level, 30 mW output, and             moveable connector
30 ? impedance. The microphone is suspended on a flexible        Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-awarded-patents-for-opencl-
coil-based arm. It has an omni-directional pickup pattern. It    and-dock-with-moveable-connector/16702.html
features -58 dB ± 3 dB sensitivity, 100 Hz to 2 kHz frequency    July 18th, 2012
response, and 2.2 ? impedance.




                                                                 The U.S. Patent and Trademark office has awarded Apple 25
                                                                 more patents, two of which include Apple’s OpenCL, and a
                                                                 moveable connector in iDevices docking systems.
                                                                 The U.S. Patent and Trademark office has awarded Apple 25
                                                                 more patents, two of which include Apple’s OpenCL, and a
                                                                 moveable connector in iDevices docking systems.

Sharkoon is asking 119.99€ (S$185.75) for the X-Tatic S7.




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Without going into too many details in regard to Apple’s
OpenCL, the OpenCL patent covers the Apple’s hardware
and software leverage of CPUs and GPUs parallel processing.
  Supposedly, “traditional” GPUs and CPUs are configured
with different programming environment, and therefore
it's difficult for an application to fully utilize the available
processing powers of both GPUs and CPUs.
  “A computer implemented method comprising:                       The moveable connector patent for iDevices docking is
  determining, in response to an API (Application                  straightforward. The connector portion of an iDevice dock
  Programming Interface) request from an                           has a swivel-like mechanism that allows the connector to
  application running in a host processing unit, a                 move back and forth.
  total number of threads to concurrently execute one
  or more executable codes compiled from a single
  source for one or more target processing units,
  the API request including a global thread number                 Apple Most Popular Phone for
  having a multi-dimensional value; verifying if
  a thread group size has been specified by a
                                                                   Prospective Buyers?
                                                                   Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-most-popular-phone-for-
  particular one of the executable codes, the particular
                                                                   prospective-buyers-/16701.html
  executable code to be executed in a particular one
                                                                   July 18th, 2012
  of the one or more target processing units, the
  thread group size to partition the total number of
  threads; in response to verifying the thread group
  size has not been specified by a particular one of
  the executable codes, determining the thread group
  size for the particular target processing unit based
  on current resource usage status of the particular               A new survey has shown that most people planning on
  target processing unit; and loading the particular               purchasing a new smartphone are likely to purchase an
  executable code of the one or more executable codes              Apple iPhone... as long as they already own an iPhone.
  to be executed in a thread group of the thread group             How many people do you think plan on buying an Apple
  size concurrently in the particular target processing            iPhone? Turns out, it’s almost everyone. At least, as long as
  unit.”                                                           they already own one.
According to Patently Apple, OpenCL allows:                        According to a new survey of 400 consumers by Gene
“…an application to perform a task using any available             Munster, an analyst for Piper Jaffray, found that 65%
processing resources, such as CPUs and one or more GPUs,           of phone owners say that they expect their next phone
capable of performing the task.”                                   to be an iPhone. Compare that number to the 19% who
                                                                   plan on buying an Android phone, 6.5% who won’t be
                                                                   purchasing a smartphone, 6% who aren’t sure, and 2.5%
                                                                   who plan on purchasing a Blackberry, and you’ll see that
                                                                   among those surveyed, Apple’s device far outstrips any of its
                                                                   competitors. It is worth mentioning, however, that 52% of
                                                                   the survey group already owned an iPhone, which more than
                                                                   likely skews the results towards Apple’s devices. Munster
                                                                   acknowledges this, but still says that he thinks the iPhone


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can boost Apple’s share in the smartphone market from                     documents and lists, putting them potentially within Apple’s
roughly 20% to roughly 30% by 2015.                                       crosshairs as well. With that said, it’s still not clear exactly
                                                                          how broad or narrow the scope of this patent is and whether
51% of those who planned on buying an iPhone are waiting
                                                                          or not Apple will choose to include it in future litigation. The
on the iPhone 5, which to Munster means that roughly 85
                                                                          mobile giant files for and receives a huge number of patents
million iPhones are already as good as sold, based on his
                                                                          every year, but many of them are never utilized.
prediction of 170 million iPhones in 2013 and the results of
this survey. Also, 94% of iPhone users in the survey group                With the sheer number of ways this patent can be
plan on buying an iPhone for the next phone as well, which                implemented, however, it seems to be a very important
is a very good thing for Apple, considering that the iPhone               patent and would seem to be geared towards use in litigation.
now accounts for more than 50% of Apple’s revenue.                        Apple writes in the patent that “[in] some embodiments, the
                                                                          functions may include telephoning, video conferencing, e-
While very interesting, the weighting of the study towards
                                                                          mailing, instant messaging, blogging, digital photographing,
iPhone owners leaves me highly skeptical towards any
                                                                          digital videoing, web browsing, digital music playing, and/
conclusions drawn from the data. In fact, after removing the
                                                                          or digital video playing. Instructions for performing these
iPhone users from the data, a surprising shift happens.
                                                                          functions may be included in a computer program product
I feel that I should mention at this point that this is back-             configured for execution by one or more processors.”
of-the-napkin math and should in no way be taken as
                                                                          The patent granting comes just one day before its major
conclusive.
                                                                          opponent, Samsung, announced its plans to acquire 21
With 65% of those surveyed planning on purchasing an                      patents in a $310 million deal inked with semiconductor
iPhone, and 52% of the survey group owning an iPhone (with                company CSR. Those patents relate to handset connectivity
94% of those planning on purchasing another), that means                  and mobile location technologies.
that only around 14% of those surveyed plan on purchasing
an iPhone without ever having owned one. After removing
iPhone users, 38% plan on purchasing an Android phone,                    Man Thrown Out Of
28% plan on purchasing an iPhone, 13% will not purchase a
smartphone, 12% are undecided, and 5% plan on purchasing
                                                                          McDonald's Because Of
a Blackberry. This new set of data seems to indicate exactly              Wearable Computer
the opposite of the analyst’s conclusions.                                Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/man-thrown-out-of-mcdonald-s-
More studies need to be conducted to confirm or refute                    because-of-wearable-computer/16697.html
Munster’s findings, but I personally feel that, outside of                July 18th, 2012
Apple’s walled garden, Android phones still reign supreme.


Apple Granted Patent
on Displaying Lists and
Documents                                                                 A man was assaulted and thrown out of a McDonald's in
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-granted-patent-on-displaying-   Paris because of a Google-Glass-like device attached to his
lists-and-documents/16699.html                                            skull.
July 18th, 2012
                                                                          With Google’s new Glass making huge waves among
                                                                          developers and consumers, it might be a good time to
                                                                          consider some possible downsides to the technology that
                                                                          might not be immediately apparent as you fork over $1,500
                                                                          for a prototype. For instance, employees of McDonald’s in
                                                                          France might try and strip it off of your head while you try
                                                                          and enjoy the food you just purchased.
Apple has, after waiting five years, been granted a patent on
                                                                          Professor Steve Mann of the University of Toronto wrote
how lists and documents are displayed in a mobile operating
                                                                          an extensive blog post that reveals an unexpected collision
system.
                                                                          of privacy, culture, and the future of personal technology;
After more than five years, Apple has finally been granted                while visiting Paris, Mann alleges that employees of the
a key patent relating to the way lists and documents are                  McDonald’s he went to assaulted him and tried to physically
displayed within a mobile operating system. Yesterday,                    and aggressively remove a wearable computer eyepiece
patent number 8,223,134 was granted to the Cupertino-                     called the EyeTap, similar to the Google Glass, though
based company for “Portable electronic device, method,                    developed by Mann and worn by him in various iterations
and graphical user interface for displaying electronic lists              for over 13 years. Like Google’s augmented reality device, the
and documents.” According to the patent’s description, the                EyeTap displays information in Mann’s field of view as well
technology relies on a touch-screen display and includes the              as operating as a camera. Unlike Google’s device, however,
function for displaying lists and documents as well as how                the device is “permanently attached” to Mann and cannot be
they look on a mobile device.                                             removed from his skull “without special tools.”
Given the current patent wars raging among mobile                         Mann says that while he and his family were sitting by a
companies, it is entirely possible that this patent will find             window and eating, a McDonald’s employee pulled at the
its way into the fierce legal disputes between Apple and                  device, damaged it, and brusquely pushed him out of the
Samsung, though other operating systems display both
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restaurant after tearing up a doctor’s note explaining his       With the Google Glass and possible competeing products
medical need to wear it.                                         form Apple and Olympus, a persistent and pervasive
                                                                 surveillance state could become inevitable as governments
While Mann doesn’t explain in his post exactly what medical
                                                                 and corporations track and subpoena data gathered by the
condition requires him to wear the device, he also doesn’t
                                                                 devices for various purposes. On the other hand, authorities
explain exactly why the McDonald’s staff had such a hostile
                                                                 will be under surveillance just as much as the general
reaction to the EyeTap. He implies in the post that the
                                                                 populace, meaning that technology like this might be a huge
employees may have objected to him using what they
                                                                 force for the protection of individual freedoms and liberties.
saw as a recording device, pointing to a story of another
                                                                 However, unless you enjoy being thrown out of restaurants
American who claimed to have been manhandled by Parisian
                                                                 and banned from government buildings, don’t bolt your
McDonald’s employees after taking a picture of the menu
                                                                 fancy new device to your head.
and forced to erase the picture. Mann has yet to respond to
questions about his experience.
A spokesperson for McDonald’s said that the company              Scary giant snakes in
takes “the claims and feedback of our customers very
seriously. We are in the process of gathering information
                                                                 Resident Evil 6
                                                                 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/scary-giant-snakes-in-resident-
about this situation and we ask for patience until all
                                                                 evil-6/16698.html
of the facts are known.” If the employees’ goal was to
                                                                 July 18th, 2012
prevent surveillance in their restaurant, then they failed.
Mann’s eyepiece took several photos which show his alleged
assailants faces and ID badges, though the versions posted
on his blog have been obscured, labeling them instead
as Perpetrators 1, 2 and 3. Mann says that normally the
device does not record his vision, though if “the computer
                                                                 Zombies aren’t limited to just average sized humanoids
is damaged, e.g. by falling and hitting the ground (or by a
                                                                 (sometimes bigger than the average jock), and Resident Evil
physical assault), buffered pictures for processing remain
                                                                 6 will have small zombies, medium zombies, big zombies,
in its memory, and are not overwritten with new ones
                                                                 and giant zombies. Okay, totally redundant, but too many
by the then non-functioning computer vision.” Therefore,
                                                                 zombies of the same looks and sizes get boring.
“Perpetrator 1’s actions” caused images to be captured that
would not otherwise have been, meaning that he caused
himself and others within the restaurant to be photographed
by damaging the Eye Glass. If this account holds true,
McDonald’s owes Mann a huge apology. The internet
community has already pulled out their proverbial torches
and pitchforks over the story; by early Monday evening,
users had posted the personal phone numbers and email
addresses of McDonald’s CEO David Thompson and other
major executives within the company, though these were
later deleted. A boycott of the company has also been called
for.
Setting aside the actions of perhaps a group of
allegedly violent luddites, the story still raises some very
                                                                 Zombies aren’t limited to just average sized humanoids
tough questions about ubiquitous surveillance, wearable
                                                                 (sometimes bigger than the average jock), and Resident Evil
technology and even cybernetic enhancement. After all,
                                                                 6 will have small zombies, medium zombies, big zombies,
Mann’s device allows any user to record their experience
                                                                 and giant zombies. Okay, totally redundant, but too many
with almost no indication to those being recorded that
                                                                 zombies of the same looks and sizes get boring.
they are on camera, much like Google’s Glass. Despite his
allegations that the device only took images of the employees    Fans had a sneak peak and hands on of the next installment
because it was damaged, Mann’s work on the device in             of Resident Evil last week at Comic-Con in San Diego, CA.
the past has emphasized its potential for live broadcasting       They were able to play three missions for each of the three
of what it sees over the internet and “sousvelliance,” or        main characters—Leon S. Kennedy, Chris Redfield, and Jake
the ability for individuals to record authority figures rather   Muller.
than being recorded. In one essay, he even used the              What’s scarier than a zombie? Good question. If you have a
term “cyborglog” to describe recording all of a person’s         fear of slithery cold-blooded things then Resident Evil 6 will
experiences with a wearable computer, and that devices like      give you a good dose of giant zombie snakes (okay, it might
this would be to the individual what a “black box” flight        not be a zombie, because snakes look like zombies even if
recorded is to airplanes.                                        they’re not).
This also isn’t the first time Mann has had a run-in             Whatever Resident Evil 6 have in store for us, we all know for
with authorities over his personal technology. According         sure that there will be zombies. Play the game in a dimly lit
to Wired, he was removed from a Wal-Mart and has had             room with an energy drink if you want your senses to tingle
conflicts with the New York City police and the Secret           just a bit more during those sudden “in your face zombies”
Service. He even missed the premiere of a film about him at      moments (disclaimer: may or may not work—no studies to
the SXSW Festival in 2002 because airport security refused       back up claims).
to allow him to board a plane with his gadgets.

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Trailer? Of course:                                                       It was not too long ago that Mozilla released Firefox 13, and
                                                                          not surprisingly Firefox 14 is now available. Despite the
                                                                          quick transition from version 13 to 14, Mozilla claims to have
When Apple Loses, The                                                     fixed a lot of issues that were present in version 13.
Consumer Wins                                                             It was not too long ago that Mozilla released Firefox 13, and
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/when-apple-loses-the-consumer-        not surprisingly Firefox 14 is now available. Despite the
wins/16694.html                                                           quick transition from version 13 to 14, Mozilla claims to have
July 18th, 2012                                                           fixed a lot of issues that were present in version 13.
                                                                          Some of the bugs that were present in version 13 were not
                                                                          intrusive to everyday uses, but they were annoying enough
                                                                          that Mozilla had to provide a quick update to their Firefox
                                                                          browser.
                                                                          Security fixes in Firefox 14 range from critical to moderate,
                                                                          and none of which are significant enough for average
Motorola won a small victory today in Germany where a                     users to abandon the browser. However, web developers
court ruled that the Motorola Xoom tablet does not infringe               may be happy with some of the fixes help debugging and
on the design of the iPad.                                                development a little easier. Check out the full security fixes
This decision is a notable rebuke of Apple’s attempt to                   summary here.
quash any competition through legal maneuvering. Apple                    Mozilla claims that version 14 has an improved site identity
has notoriously brought suit against both Motorola and                    manager, which “prevents spoofing of and SSL connection
Samsung, claiming that their products infringe upon Apple’s               with favicons.” Also, version 14 addressed the JavaScript-
patented designs. In recent weeks Apple has been able to                  CSS conflict present in version 13. Again, this fix probably
ban two Samsung tablets in Germany, and it has obtained                   applies more towards developers.
an injunction on the sale of the Galaxy 10.1 in the United
States. Moreover, Apple has gone as far as targeting specific             Version 14 is not completely stable, and there are
retailers that are selling their remaining Galaxy 10.1 tablets.           “unresolved” issues that Mozilla may address in the next
It seems that the courts may finally be starting to push back.            patch. One key issues in version 14 is that the browser will
                                                                          crash if it’s launched while using a locked profile.
Unfortunately for the American consumer, this has no direct
impact on pending litigation in the United States. This                   Check out the full report on Firefox 14.
decision does, however, indicate that there may be a growing
worldwide sentiment that Apple is going too far. Will this
change the course that Apple takes in enforcing its patents
around the world? Probably not. But, this could certainly
cause some consumers to think twice about Apple’s business
practices, and punish the company where it hurts the most
– the bottom line.
Another unlikely winner in this decision may be Research
in Motion. Just last week, Nokia filed three additional
infringement claims against RIM in Germany. If today’s
decision is any indication, other courts in Germany may be
growing tired of the bickering between technology giants.
This is especially evidenced by the fact that both Apple and
Motorola’s claims were dismissed. In effect, they both won
and they both lost. A similar decision would be a welcome
result for RIM.
In the end, the real winner here is the consumer. Hopefully,
these companies will finally realize that it should be the
consumers who decide which product is better – not judges.
Image Credits: Amazon


Firefox 14 now available, but
still buggy
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/firefox-14-now-available-but-still-
buggy/16695.html
July 18th, 2012




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VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks!
                                                                      Diablo III may have been the biggest PC-game launch ever,
  VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly                        but it didn't get the best reception ever. Server side and
  publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the           in-game errors plagued the game from day 1, and after two
  geeks.                                                              months, many fans are still unhappy with the game’s lack of
                                                                      content.

CyanogenMod 9 for your                                                Diablo III may have been the biggest PC-game launch ever,
                                                                      but it didn't get the best reception ever. Server side and
mothers: RC2                                                          in-game errors plagued the game from day 1, and after two
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/cyanogenmod-9-for-your-mothers-   months, many fans are still unhappy with the game’s lack of
rc2/16747.html                                                        content.
July 20th, 2012                                                       A few weeks ago, a Blizzard admitted that Diablo III
                                                                      doesn’t have enough end-game sustainability, and yesterday
                                                                      Blizzard CEO, Mike Morhaime, also admitted that the game
                                                                      is lacking.
                                                                      In a rather long message to fans on the official forum,
                                                                      Morhaime pointed out Diablo III’s early missteps, and how
                                                                      Blizzard rectified it. However, he also pointed out that the
Despite recent reports that the CyanogenMod team may stop             game is lacking in content—which, to many is the ultimate
development of CM9 in favor of the latest Jelly Bean-based            failure of Diablo III.
CM10, the team has just released CM9 RC2 with support for
additional devices.                                                   “…we want people to continue playing and enjoying Blizzard
                                                                      games for a very long time.”
Despite recent reports that the CyanogenMod team may stop
development of CM9 in favor of the latest Jelly Bean-based            Morhaime is hoping that patch 1.1 will help convince players
CM10, the team has just released CM9 RC2 with support for             to stay loyal to the game through an added PvP mode.
additional devices.                                                   “I know many of you are also looking forward to patch 1.1,
The RC2 release adds further stability to CM9, and according          our PvP update, which will provide new experiences and
to the team, it's something that even “your mom” will be able         give you a whole new way to apply the skills you've picked
to use.                                                               up while battling demons. This patch will also build on the
                                                                      social and auction house changes I mentioned above, and the
The team added CM9 support for the following devices:                 team will continue to fix bugs and further tune game balance
                                                                      as well.”
   • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (all variants)
                                                                      He also promises that Blizzard is working on a gameplay
   • Samsung Galaxy S II AT&T (Skyrocket)
                                                                      system that will “provide players who have max-level, high-
   • Samsung Galaxy S II T-Mobile (Hercules)                          powered characters new goals to strive for as an alternative
   • Samsung Galaxy Note AT&T                                         to the ‘item hunt’.”

   • Samsung Galaxy S III (i9300, international GSM                   There are no time frames for when Blizzard will implement
     model)                                                           the new gameplay system or patch 1.1.
                                                                      Read the Morhaime’s full message here.
Important: The S3 release is only for the international
version with the Exynos chip, NOT the U.S. Snapdragon
version.                                                              Zalman Set to Launch
                                                                      CNPS14X by Late-July
Blizzard CEO addresses                                                Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/zalman-set-to-launch-cnps14x-by-

unhappy Diablo III players
                                                                      late-july/16745.html
                                                                      July 20th, 2012
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/blizzard-ceo-addresses-unhappy-
diablo-iii-players/16746.html
July 20th, 2012




                                                                      Although shown to the world at this year's Computex
                                                                      event, and reviewed by a select few sources, Zalman's new

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CNPS14X dual-stack CPU cooler will be generally available         of the fans are possible. The central fan spins at speeds of
only towards the end of July.                                     950-1,350 ±10% RPM, with noise levels of 17-21 dBA.
According to sources among a leading distributor in Japan,        The Zalman CNPS14X supports nearly every CPU socket
Zalman CNPS14X CPU cooler will be generally available             type available in the market today, including Intel LGA2011,
towards the end of July, 2012. In Japan, it will hit retail       LGA1155/1156, LGA1366, LGA775; AMD FM1, and AM3+/
stores by the 25th, priced at 5,480 JPY after taxes (S $87.6).    AM3/AM2+/AM2.


                                                                  NZXT Hale82 750W PSU
                                                                  Review
                                                                  Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nzxt-hale82-750w-psu-
                                                                  review/16744.html
                                                                  July 20th, 2012




                                                                   NZXT is a renowned manufacturer of high quality computer
Pictured above, the Computer Noise Prevention System              cases, with one of the biggest selections available today.
(CNPS) 14X is Zalman's newest high-end CPU air cooler.            However, the company has been trying to diversify toward
Measuring 140 x 126 x 159.3 mm (W x D x H), and weighing          related products and recently released several new power
875 g, it classifies under the "large" category of CPU coolers.   supply units with interesting specifications. Thus, today
                                                                  we are not having a look at any of their cases but at the
                                                                  Hale82 750W power supply instead, a promising modular
                                                                  unit featuring an 80Plus Bronze certification.
                                                                  NZXT is a renowned manufacturer of high quality computer
                                                                  cases, with one of the biggest selections available today.
                                                                  However, the company has been trying to diversify toward
                                                                  related products and recently released several new power
                                                                  supply units with interesting specifications. Thus, today
                                                                  we are not having a look at any of their cases but at the
                                                                  Hale82 750W power supply instead, a promising modular
                                                                  unit featuring an 80Plus Bronze certification.

                                                                     • 80+ Bronze Certification - The HALE82 series from
At the heart of its design is a pair of aluminum fin stacks,           NZXT operates with high efficiency: at 20%, 50%,
to which heat is conveyed by six 6 mm-thick copper heat                and 100% loads, efficiencies are 82%, 85%, and 82%
pipes, which pass through a polished copper CPU base. The              respectively.
heat pipes make indirect contact with the CPU over a slab of         • 100% Japanese Capacitors - High quality components
copper.                                                                promote longer lifespan and better reliability.
                                                                     • 120mm Two-Ball Bearing Fan - For smooth, silent
                                                                       rotation and optimal air intake.
                                                                     • Strong Single +12V Rail - A single +12V rail provides
                                                                       stability and ease of use with the ability to deliver clean
                                                                       currents under a heavy load.
                                                                     • Modular Design - Includes a selection of flat cables
                                                                       that allow the user to pick and choose which cables
                                                                       they want to use, maximizing cable management and
                                                                       airflow inside chassis.
                                                                     • Large Tower Support - Extended 8pin connector for
                                                                       bottom mounted cases or large cases.
                                                                     • Dual 8pin connector - For high end motherbaords
                                                                       dedicated to overclocking.
A custom-design 140 mm fan is nestled between the two                • Keeping it Safe - The HALE80 series offers over
aluminum fin stacks, which pulls air from one stack, and               voltage, current, power, temperature, under voltage,
pushes it through the other. The fan can be augmented                  and short circuit protection.
by two 140 mm fans strapped on to either sides of the
heatsink. According to Zalman, a total of 7 arrangements


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                                                                       Settings related to AMP are found in similar BIOS
ECS First Motherboard                                                  configuration pages as Intel XMP, the M.I.B. III (system
Vendor to Support AMP                                                  overclocking) section. AMP-certified modules will typically
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ecs-first-motherboard-vendor-to-   ship with multiple SPD profiles, some JEDEC-certified, and
support-amp/16743.html                                                 one or more AMP certified; again much like Intel XMP
July 20th, 2012                                                        certified modules.




ECS announced that it's the first motherboard vendor to
support the AMP (AMD Memory Profile) standard. Think of
AMP as the company's equivalent to Intel XMP. It's certainly
not the first time AMD toyed with custom SPD standards.
                                                                       An interesting trivia here is that AMP isn't AMD's first
ECS announced that it's the first motherboard vendor to                attempt at custom SPD profiles. The company has had a
support the AMP (AMD Memory Profile) standard. Think of                standard known as AMD Black Edition Memory, which
AMP as the company's equivalent to Intel XMP. It's certainly           works in a similar way to AMP, except that you need to
not the first time AMD toyed with custom SPD standards.                enable the advertised speed profile using AMD's Overdrive
                                                                       software. An example of such memory modules is pictured
                                                                       above. Interestingly, Patriot Memory is an OEM for AMD
                                                                       Radeon-branded memory, which is resold by tertiary
                                                                       partners such as VisionTek.




                                                                       AMD AMP could gain relevance in the coming months,
ECS' current (by means of a BIOS update) and upcoming
                                                                       when the company's second-generation desktop APUs,
motherboards will feature support for AMP, a SPD custom-
                                                                       codenamed "Trinity" launch, with a contingent of socket
profile standard along the lines of Intel XMP (eXtreme
                                                                       compatible FM2 motherboards. Also planned for later this
Memory Profile). The standard allows memory vendors to
                                                                       year is AMD's new core-logic for socket AM3+ "Vishera"
ship their modules with tiny bits of firmware that tell the
                                                                       second-generation FX processors. Opportinities aplenty for
system BIOS what specifications the module is capable
                                                                       the likes of ECS.
of, which exceed JEDEC-governed specifications. These
include high DRAM clock speeds, the right DRAM timings
to support it, and just the right DRAM voltages to support             Namco embraces
the two. Memory with high advertised DRAM speeds don't
run at them out of the box, and require manual overclocking,           Kickstarter-style model for
which can be avoided by features such as XMP and the new
AMP.
                                                                       pre-orders of Ni No Kuni
                                                                       Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/namco-embraces-kickstarter-style-
                                                                       model-for-pre-orders-of-ni-no-kuni/16742.html
                                                                       July 20th, 2012




                                                                       Namco Bandai is taking a leaf out out of Kickstarter's book
                                                                       with a unique approach to pre-orders for the Wizard's
                                                                       Edition of its upcoming Japanese role-playing game (JRPG)
                                                                       Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.
                                                                       Namco Bandai is taking a leaf out out of Kickstarter's book
                                                                       with a unique approach to pre-orders for the Wizard's

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Edition of its upcoming Japanese role-playing game (JRPG)            July 20th, 2012
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.


North American customers can take part in the aptly-
titled Ninostarter, a crowd sourcing initiative that rewards a
higher number of pre-orders by unlocking additional items            Finnish mobile firm Nokia has been downgraded by a credit
to be included in the Wizard's Edition.                              ratings agency as analysts fail to see how its deal with
                                                                     Microsoft for Windows Phone devices is paying off.
                                                                     Finnish mobile firm Nokia has been downgraded by a credit
The PlayStation 3 exclusive does not launch until 22 January         ratings agency as analysts fail to see how its deal with
2013, but gamers only have until 31 August of this year,             Microsoft for Windows Phone devices is paying off.
41 days away, to make their pre-orders, and to encourage
their friends and family, and perhaps total strangers, to pre-
order too if they don't want to miss out on the higher tiers         Credit agency Fitch Ratings lowered Nokia's rating from BB
of goodies.                                                          + to BB- after the company posted a net loss of a whopping
                                                                     $1.72 billion, almost four times the loss it made in the same
                                                                     quarter of last year.


                                                                     The agency also said Nokia's long-term outlook is “negative”
                                                                     and that it is “not convinced that the company will be able to
                                                                     stabilise revenues and reach an operating profit breakeven
                                                                     point.”




The current version of the Wizard's Edition includes the
game itself, a 300-page hardback Wizard's Companion
spellbook and bestiary, a plushie of Drippy, the helpful guide
of the story, and the exclusive Golden Mite and Golden
Drongo in-game familiars.


At the time of writing the Ninostarter project has 2507              Shares for Nokia have fallen around 80 percent since the
fans and progress towards the first pre-order goal is at 35          seemingly ill-fated deal with Microsoft in February 2011.
percent. It does not say what will be unlocked then, but we          There was some good news as investors helped shares rally
suppose that's half the fun of it. Let's just hope that it will be   12 percent on Thursday after Nokia revealed it still had a
worthwhile after begging all and sundry to grab a copy.              large cash pile at its disposal. This was short lived, however,
                                                                     as stocks fell again by five percent today among renewed
                                                                     fears about the company's future.
Kickstarter has been a popular way for game studios to
secure funding, but Namco's approach is a relatively new
method for enticing pre-orders of the limited edition. If it         Nokia plans to release a new set of Lumia smartphones in
catches on it could be copied by other big name gaming               September, but previous Lumia models have failed to take
companies.                                                           the world by storm, and many analysts see Windows Phone
                                                                     8 as the only saving grace available to Nokia. Even then, it is
                                                                     expected that it will take time for such devices to catch on.
The Wizard's Edition is available for pre-order for $99.99.


                                                                     Google enhances maps of
Nokia gets downgraded as                                             Europe, Africa and Asia
Microsoft deal fails to deliver                                      Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-enhances-maps-of-europe-
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-gets-downgraded-as-        africa-and-asia/16740.html
microsoft-deal-fails-to-deliver/16741.html




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July 20th, 2012                                                         HD 7970 Lightning graphics card. The company hopes to put
                                                                        its new FC-7970 LTG up for sale by the end of July.
                                                                        Are you one of those who spent a big chunk of dough on
                                                                        MSI's flagship Radeon HD 7970 Lightning graphics card
                                                                        before launches of NVIDIA's GTX 680 and AMD's own HD
                                                                        7970 GHz Edition, and are now uncomfortable with how
                                                                        close the two get to beating your card in performance?
Google has updated maps of a number of countries in                     EK Water Blocks (EKWB) has just the thing for you. The
Europe, Africa and Asia, making them more detailed and                  Slovenian PC water-cooling expert unveiled the FC-7970
accurate.                                                               LTG.
Google has updated maps of a number of countries in
Europe, Africa and Asia, making them more detailed and
accurate.
The maps for Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland,
Italy, Lesotho, Macau, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore and
Vatican City have all been revamped.
The updates add new coverage of previously unmapped
terrain, such as the National Heritage Areas of Ireland,
provide more detailed coastlines and bodies of water, and
have more accurate names for major points of interest.


                                                                        The FC-7970 LTG from EKWB is a full-coverage water
                                                                        block tailored for the MSI Radeon HD 7970 Lightning. The
                                                                        block covers most warm components on the obverse side of
                                                                        the PCB, including the Radeon HD 7970 GPU on steroids,
                                                                        the 12 GDDR5 memory chips, and the seventeen sets of
                                                                        International Rectifier DirectFETs. The reverse side of the
                                                                        PCB is left for the back-plate the card shipped with, there
                                                                        are no hot components on that side. The primary material of
                                                                        the block is copper, with stainless steel and acetal tops. The
                                                                        coolant-flow channel covers the VRM and memory areas, in
                                                                        addition to the GPU area. The block uses EKWB's FCLink
                                                                        system that makes plumming for standalone and multi-GPU
                                                                        setups easy.
                                                                        EKWB hopes to get the FC-7970 LTG available on the
                                                                        company website for purchase by 27th July. Detailed
Ferry routes are also more clearly labelled than before,                specifications and pricing will be available then.
and Google Maps will estimate a ferry time based on its
timetables if users try planning a route for their journey.
Local roads are more easily distinguished from highways,                LG Intros New PC Monitors
and multi-lingual names are now available for many of these
roads.
                                                                        with IPS Panel, MHL
Google Maps for Android is also getting an update, with the             Connectivity
maps for the 11 countries previously listed, in addition to             Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-intros-new-pc-monitors-with-ips-
Egypt, Poland and Ukraine, now available offline.                       panel-mhl-connectivity/16738.html
                                                                        July 20th, 2012


EKWB Readies Full-Coverage
Water-Block for MSI R7970
Lightning
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ekwb-readies-full-coverage-water-
                                                                        LG Display introduced the IPS7 series of premium desktop
block-for-msi-r7970-lightning/16739.html
                                                                        PC monitors. The series was given a worldwide launch. The
July 20th, 2012
                                                                        monitors embed IPS LED-backlit LCD panels, with MHL
                                                                        (mobile high-definition link) feature, letting you plug it to
                                                                        smartphones, tablets, and cameras.
                                                                        LG Display introduced the IPS7 series of premium desktop
                                                                        PC monitors. The series was given a worldwide launch. The
Slovenian PC water-cooling major EK Water Blocks (EKWB)                 monitors embed IPS LED-backlit LCD panels, with MHL
announced a full-coverage water-block for MSI's Radeon                  (mobile high-definition link) feature, letting you plug it to
                                                                        smartphones, tablets, and cameras.
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                                                                          July 20th, 2012




                                                                          It is no secret that Apple is one of key places where former
                                                                          AMD executives and engineers leave for. Over the course of
                                                                          past several years, we've seen quite a fair share of big names
                                                                          landing at the fruity company.
The IPS7 series make use of LG's Cinema Screen design,
                                                                          The amount of people that left AMD for Apple is small in
a USP of which is extremely thin bezels around the panel.
                                                                          overall headcount but as Intel's ill-fated $4.5 billion project
In this case, as low as 1.2 mm-thin. LG is one of the most
                                                                          proved, you need key talents in order to design the incredibly
popular in-plane switching (IPS) LCD panel makers, and is
                                                                          complex silicon-copper-hafnium structures which make for
quick to deploy its IP in these monitors, which results in
                                                                          processors of today.
horizontal and vertical viewing angles of 178°. The panel
is LED-illuminated, and that helps reduce its thickness                   Furthermore, over the course of past couple of years, we've
(exterior) to 14.1 mm.                                                    seen Apple becoming more aggressive in design of its
                                                                          proprietary silicon and in order to control its supply chain.
                                                                          Right now, Apple is in a bit of squeeze with 3rd party chips
                                                                          being in short supply (such as Qualcomm's baseband chips)
                                                                          and the company wants to change that. In order to change
                                                                          the reliance on 3rd parties, you need the very best engineers
                                                                          money can buy and if we take a look at a number of key AMD
                                                                          personnel that left the company (or were pushed out), there
                                                                          is no doubt that Apple is cooking something big in its labs.




The IPS7 series from LG is being launched with two
models, the 23-inch IPS237L, and the 27-inch IPS277L.
Both models feature 1920 x 1080 pixels native resolution,
5 ms response time, mega contrast-ratio, and 250 cd/
m² brightness. Its feature-set includes hardware colour-
calibration, an aggressive power-saving mode, and 6-axis
control. Apart from MHL, the display supports standard
HDMI using an adapter cable.
Commenting on the launch, J.J. Lee, Executive Vice
President and Head of the IT Business Unit of the LG Home
Entertainment Company, said "by combining CINEMA
SCREEN Design and MHL functionality with the industry's                   Both Raja Koduri (CTO, AMD) and Bob Drebin (CTO, AMD)
leading IPS technology, the IPS7 series is able to offer                  left AMD/ATI quite some time ago, and are now serving
stunning design and performance," adding "with the rapid                  senior executive roles (Raja is now CTO at Apple, while Bob
growth in the number of mobile smart devices such as                      serves as Senior Director). The most recent addition is not
smartphones and tablets, the availability of content has                  the one without a mark - John Bruno carries quite a long
greatly expanded. LG's IPS7 expands the user experience,                  history of roles first at ATI, then at AMD. John was the
enabling viewers to take full advantage of this content-rich              driving force behind ATI's entrance into the chip business,
environment."                                                             and his last project at AMD was the 2012 Comal platform,
Since this is a worldwide launch, LG did not reveal pricing,              with the key part being the Trinity APU.
as it varies greatly between markets.                                     Sadly for John, AMD's senior management obviously saw
                                                                          no use of a man whose projects generated vast amounts
                                                                          of revenue for AMD. It is no secret that a lot of industry
Former ATI, AMD Engineers                                                 insiders heavily criticize the (in)competency of the current
Gather at Apple: Desktop and                                              Chief Financial Officer, who according to the sources "could
                                                                          not see a golden geese even if he tripped on it". This is a direct
Mobile Chips Incoming?                                                    quote from a person that generated several billion dollars in
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/former-ati-amd-engineers-gather-at-   revenue to AMD, and was swiftly dropped after Rory Read
apple-desktop-and-mobile-chips-incoming-/16708.html                       took office.
                                                                          Forgetting what's going on with AMD, we view the hiring of
                                                                          John Bruno as a key sign that the crew that left AMD in
                                                                          2009 now has quite a lot of say inside the walls of Cupertino
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HQ - and hiring the very best people is something they will       branded Surface tablet, which should come in at around the
do. With John Bruno, Apple perhaps gained one last piece of       same price as an Ultrabook.
the puzzle needed to drive the development of its large-scale
processors for powerful processors.
                                                                  Otellini also said that there are over 140 Ivy Bridge-based
Now for the obligatory part to Apple-focused blogs that           Ultrabooks on the horizon, ensuring Intel's dominance in
read news like these - hiring John Bruno does not mean            a variety of mobile fields. He expects to see $699 Intel-
Apple will come with desktop chips in 2013, because it            powered Ultrabooks in Autumn.
takes anywhere between 3-5 years to bring a completely
new platform to market. Thus, Apple will be using Intel-
AMD-NVIDIA-Qualcomm parts in foreseeable future, but              Windows 8 will release on 26 October.
the core team that brought miracles with a very tight budget
is now in place. And Apple has enough R&D budget to create
everything Raja, Bob, John wanted to create, but were not
allowed to.
                                                                  Microsoft enhances Xbox
We wonder, will Carrell Killebrew, the ideological father of
Eyefinity and numerous GPU architectures (both at ATI and         Live security
AMD) be the next in line to be 'acquired' by Apple?               Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-enhances-xbox-live-
                                                                  security/16735.html
                                                                  July 20th, 2012
Intel reveals more than 20
Windows 8 tablets on the way
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-reveals-more-than-20-
windows-8-tablets-on-the-way/16736.html
July 20th, 2012                                                   Microsoft has improved the security of its Xbox Live
                                                                  service, including legal action to remove usernames and
                                                                  passwords uploaded to the internet, unique security codes
                                                                  sent to phones and secondary emails, and under-the-bonnet
                                                                  improvements to the software.
                                                                  Microsoft has improved the security of its Xbox Live
Intel has confirmed that more than 20 Windows 8 tablets
                                                                  service, including legal action to remove usernames and
are on the way, which makes for a promising mobile device
                                                                  passwords uploaded to the internet, unique security codes
launch for Microsoft's next version of its popular operating
                                                                  sent to phones and secondary emails, and under-the-bonnet
system.
                                                                  improvements to the software.
Intel has confirmed that more than 20 Windows 8 tablets
are on the way, which makes for a promising mobile device
launch for Microsoft's next version of its popular operating      Perhaps the biggest change is one that is behind the scenes,
system.                                                           a number of enhancements that went live with the Spring
                                                                  update to the service. Microsoft said that these will help it
                                                                  add further security improvements in the near future. For
The chip giant's CEO, Paul Otellini, said that the company        obvious reasons it did not specify what these changes were.
is “tracking more than 20 Windows 8 tablet designs based
on our low-power and low-cost Clover Trail Atom SOC, in
addition to a number of Core-based tablets.”                      One change that users will notice is the sending of security
                                                                  codes to mobile phones and secondary email addresses
                                                                  whenever someone makes a purchase or account change that
                                                                  does not come come from the member's trusted device. This
                                                                  will act as a significant protection from fraudulent activity,
                                                                  requiring hackers to jump through an extra, much harder
                                                                  hoop.




Intel will be competing with ARM, the firm powering the
Windows RT tablets, which will likely take up a larger share
of the market, thanks to their lower price tags. However,         Microsoft is also embracing a number of legal options to
Microsoft is not leaving Intel out of the picture, embracing      protect accounts. It has taken legal action against websites
the Core i5 processor for the “Pro” version of its own-           that host ill-gotten gamertags, usernames and passwords,

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many of which are obtained via malware or phishing                       As many as 20,000 computers are part of the botnet,
schemes. The company is hoping to discourage identity                    but without the command and control servers they are
theft, stealing accounts, and credit card fraud by threatening           ineffective.
account bans, console bans, and criminal prosecution.                    Spam, the bane of the internet, may become a thing of
                                                                         the past as more botnets are shut down across the world.
                                                                         Bredolab, a botnet responsible for a whopping three billion
“The internet has transformed the way we purchase goods
                                                                         spam emails every day, was shut down by Dutch police in
and services and added layers of convenience to our lives.
Yet, disappointingly, online fraud increasingly victimises               2010, and its mastermind, Georgiy Avanesov, was jailed
                                                                         earlier this year.
millions of unsuspecting consumers each year,” said Alex
Garden, GM of Xbox Live. “That is why our resolve at                     “Grum's takedown resulted from the efforts of many
Microsoft to battle fraud and our commitment to account                  individuals,” said Atif Mushtaq, security researcher at
security is stronger than ever. I hope you'll take a few                 FireEye. “This collaboration is sending a strong message to
moments to protect your account today.”                                  all the spammers: Stop sending us spam. We don't need your
                                                                         cheap Viagra or fake Rolex.”


Botnet responsible for 18                                                London 2012 Olympics
percent of world's spam                                                  embraces social media
                                                                         Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/london-2012-olympics-embraces-
taken down                                                               social-media/16733.html
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/botnet-responsible-for-18-percent-   July 20th, 2012
of-world-s-spam-taken-down/16734.html
July 20th, 2012




                                                                         The London 2012 Summer Olympics is embracing social
                                                                         media, including live athlete questions and answers, blogs
Security firm FireEye, spam tracker SpamHaus, and local                  of the events, and feeds from a wide variety of websites,
ISPs have shut down a botnet that they claim was                         including Facebook and Twitter.
responsible for 18 percent of the world's spam.                          The London 2012 Summer Olympics is embracing social
Security firm FireEye, spam tracker SpamHaus, and local                  media, including live athlete questions and answers, blogs
ISPs have shut down a botnet that they claim was                         of the events, and feeds from a wide variety of websites,
responsible for 18 percent of the world's spam.                          including Facebook and Twitter.
The botnet, called Grum, had control servers located
in Panama, Russia and Ukraine, with controllers of the                   The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has set up the
network redirecting to secondary servers as the net closed in            Olympic Athlete's Hub, which aggregates a variety of social
on them.                                                                 streams. The Inside the Olympic Village page provides a live
Hunting down the servers in Ukraine was particularly                     Q&A with athletes, keeping fans in touch with their favourite
challenging, given its prior reputation as a “safe haven”                competitors.
for such operations, but FireEye pressured ISPs to suspend
the servers there, which will serve as a stark warning to
spammers who think that relocation is an option.                         Instagram is collaborating with the IOC for “Faces of
                                                                         Olympians,” which will show a collection of athlete photos
                                                                         throughout the Games. With over 30,000 followers in just
                                                                         60 days, this medium will be a huge outlet for Olympic fever.


                                                                         The Olympic Challenge social game will launch soon,
                                                                         allowing fans to make predictions for the outcome of each
                                                                         event. A leaderboard will show who is making the most
                                                                         accurate forecasts, and integration with Facebook and Open
                                                                         Graph means predictions can be shared and friends can
                                                                         compete with each other for the winning outcome.




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                                                                           pioneers ASUS and Gigabyte, the three companies have been
                                                                           battling at the top since the early days for the mindshare and
                                                                           wallets of system integrators and DIY builders.
                                                                           Today we look at the MSI Z77A-GD65, a mainstream
                                                                           ATX board that is positioned below their premium GD80
                                                                           offering. Although Intel Z77 Panther Point based offerings
                                                                           have been released for almost one quarter already, most of
                                                                           us enthusiasts have got the impression the manufacturers
                                                                           have only finally sorted out their pesky BIOS firmware bugs,
                                                                           especially when it comes to overclocking.




More Olympics coverage will be found on Tumblr blogs,
a special Olympic Ticket badge can be obtained on
Foursquare, free tickets are up for grabs on Facebook, and
athletes are engaging fans on Google+.


“The Athletes’ Hub has already compiled Twitter and
Facebook feeds of over 2,000 verified Olympians. The
additions we are announcing today further demonstrate
the IOC’s continued efforts to socialize the Olympic Games
                                                                           The packaging of the Z77A-GD65 is typical of MSI's recent
and create a better, more engaging experience for fans and
                                                                           box designs, with the manufacturer keen to stress the
Olympic athletes around the world,” said Mark Adams,
                                                                           durability credentials of its "Military Class III" components.
Director of Communications for the International Olympic
Committee.


“Social media has been a great way to connect with fans and
share not just my stories but the stories of other amazing
people and athletes,” said Oscar Pistorius, South African
sprint runner. “I regularly use it to share my experiences and
provide inspiration for those who are overcoming obstacles
or just need an extra push to remember that hard work pays
off. I am truly blessed and thrilled to be participating in
the 2012 London Olympics and look forward to sharing my
Olympic experiences with the social media community and
inspiring young athletes to do amazing things.”




MSI Z77A-GD65 Review:
Military Class for Ivy Bridge
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-z77a-gd65-review-military-class-
for-ivy-bridge/16662.html
July 20th, 2012




Over the next few weeks we will be featuring a slate of
motherboards for mainstream DIY system builders to high
end enthusiasts. First up is MSI's Z77A-GD65, a solid value
offering that should satisfy the needs of most Ivy Bridge
users who wants to overclock.
                                                                           Accessories wise we get the standard SATA cables and I/O
Taiwan based MSI (also known as Micro-Star International),                 shield, as well as a single SLi ribbon connector and wires for
is one of the world's largest makers of computer                           connecting to the voltage probe points on the motherboard.
motherboards and video cards. Together with fellow early
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                                                                          July 20th, 2012




                                                                          Ferrari makes expensive super cars, and its brand/logos on
                                                                          anything can, seemingly, make an object worth much more
                                                                          than it is. Logic3 and Ferrari have teamed up to create in-
                                                                          ear and over-ear headphones that may burn a hole people’s
                                                                          pocket—as opposed to burning rubber.




                                                                          Ferrari makes expensive super cars, and its brand/logos on
                                                                          anything can, seemingly, make an object worth much more
                                                                          than it is. Logic3 and Ferrari have teamed up to create in-
                                                                          ear and over-ear headphones that may burn a hole people’s
                                                                          pocket—as opposed to burning rubber.
                                                                          Car enthusiasts, rejoice, or not, totally up to you. If you
                                                                          can’t afford an actual Ferrari, then perhaps you can pick up
                                                                          a Ferrari-inspired headphone for a couple hundred bucks.
                                                                          The Cavallino collection range from $366 to $209, and the
                                                                          Scuderia collection range from $327 to $156. What makes
                                                                          it even more authentic? You can snatch up one of these
                                                                          headphones from the official Ferrari store.
                                                                          Now if you’re feeling like a big spender, you can take your
Here we have the block diagram of the Z77 platform, key                   passion for Ferrari even further. For $956 you can have your
improvements over the previous 6-series generation being                  very own Ferrari Cavallino Rampante GT1, and for $628 you
PCIe 3.0 and native USB 3.0 support.                                      can own a Scuderia Ferrari FS1. There are other options in
                                                                          between the two aforementioned.
                                                                          Oh, I forgot to mention that they’re all audio docking stations
                                                                          with a slick remote.


                                                                          Russia labels nonprofits as
                                                                          "foreign agents"
                                                                          Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/russia-labels-nonprofits-as-foreign-
                                                                          agents-/16731.html
                                                                          July 20th, 2012




                                                                          Russian legislators have recently passed a controversial
                                                                          Internet bill that the United Nations feel will impede the
                                                                          ongoing open conversations between the government and its
                                                                          people.
                                                                          Russian legislators have recently passed a controversial
Logic3 and Ferrari team up to                                             Internet bill that the United Nations feel will impede the
make slick headphones                                                     ongoing open conversations between the government and its
                                                                          people.
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/logic3-and-ferrari-team-up-to-make-
slick-headphones/16732.html                                               According to The New York Times, the new bill will allow the
                                                                          Russian government to block websites that are considered
                                                                          “dangerous to children,” and nonprofits will be identified

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as “foreign agents” if they receive financing from outside of             other publishers, it will allow Amazon to create a monopoly.
Russia and if the government considers the organization to                The e-book monopoly, Sen. Schumer claims, will allow
be engaged in “political activities.”                                     Amazon to set the price of almost all future e-book products.
Navi Pillay, UN’s high commissioner for human rights, says                Apple filed a 31-page formal response to the DOJ back in
that the legislations are “stif[ling] all criticism of government         May, stating that it did not “conspire” with publishers to
authorities and limit the ability of individuals to address the           promote sales of e-books on the iPad.
issues of transparency, corruption and abuse of power.”                   “The government starts from the false premise that
She also urged the Russian government to “avoid taking                    an e-books ‘market’ was characterized by ‘robust price
further steps backward to a more restrictive era.”                        competition’ prior to Apple’s entry. This ignores a simple
                                                                          and incontrovertible fact: before 2010, there was no real
The Russian Foreign Ministry responded by saying:
                                                                          competition, there was only Amazon.”
“We consider Ms. Pillay’s statement as unbefitting to her
                                                                          Basically, Apple accused the DOJ of supporting Amazon’s
status as high commissioner and attempts to publicly accuse
                                                                          monopolistic quest rather than competition.
the leaders of the Russian state of failing to carry out some
kinds of ‘promises’ — as outside the framework of diplomatic              Sen. Schumer finalized his opinionated piece by saying that
ethics.”                                                                  innovations in the publishing industry will become stagnant
                                                                          if an e-book monopoly is created. This returns to the notion
United Russia deputy, Aleksandr Petrov, added—in a less
                                                                          that publishing is becoming more and more digitized, and
hostile tone:
                                                                          if Amazon controls all aspects of e-books then it will also
“We have one goal: to try, with the help of a number of laws,             control the innovations.
to create a certain stability, to provide for the integrity of the
Russian Federation. Yes, there should be political activity,
but it should not be allowed to rock the boat which is called             Nexus 7 dead pixels and
Russia.”
                                                                          lifting screens
President Vladimir V. Putin has seen increasing opposition                Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nexus-7-dead-pixels-and-lifting-
from various individuals, groups, and organizations, as he                screens/16730.html
begins his six-year term, and the recent initiatives and                  July 20th, 2012
legislations are perhaps to help bring about stability during
his presidency—nothing should “rock the boat which is
called Russia.”


Senator advises DOJ to drop
e-book antitrust lawsuit                                                  Google and Asus should have put a bit more work into
                                                                          quality control before they shipped some of the Nexus 7
against Apple                                                             units. Apparently, a few users on XDA have already reported
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/senator-advises-doj-to-drop-e-book-   dead pixels, displays that are lifting from the shell, and even
antitrust-lawsuit-against-apple/16728.html                                some light bleeding.
July 20th, 2012




The publishing industry is quickly transitioning to the
clouds and digital copies, and Amazon capitalized on this
transition when it released the Kindle in 2007—thereafter,
capturing 90% of the e-book market. A few months ago
the Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against
Apple (along with other publishers), but New York Senator
Charles Schumer is advising the DOJ to drop the case against
Apple and other publishers.
The publishing industry is quickly transitioning to the
clouds and digital copies, and Amazon capitalized on this
transition when it released the Kindle in 2007—thereafter,                Google and Asus should have put a bit more work into
capturing 90% of the e-book market. A few months ago                      quality control before they shipped some of the Nexus 7
the Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against              units. Apparently, a few users on XDA have already reported
Apple (along with other publishers), but New York Senator                 dead pixels, displays that are lifting from the shell, and even
Charles Schumer is advising the DOJ to drop the case against              some light bleeding.
Apple and other publishers.
According to Sen. Schumer, Amazon has the majority of the
e-book market share, and if the DOJ takes out Apple and

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                                                                     An average Microsoft branded keyboard and mouse may cost
Adventurous tech junkie may want to concoct home                     consumers a few bucks more than other brand peripherals,
remedies for the lifting screens, and bleeding light, but dead       and a recent leaked image of a Microsoft wedge-like touch
pixels are in a league of its own.                                   mouse suggests that Microsoft will continue to charge users
                                                                     a premium for an official Microsoft hardware.
It’s quite easy to fix the screen lifting issue, and the only tool
that’s required is something thin and a screwdriver. The             The Verge reports that the mouse will run for a cool $60.99,
process essentially amounts to tightening some loose screws          and quite frankly it’s too hard to tell whether or not the oddly
hidden under the back plate. Full instructions can be found          shaped mouse is worth the money. The surface of the mouse
here.                                                                hints that there may be multi-touch functionality.

In the end, since almost all recently purchased Nexus 7s
are still under warranty, the safest route to fixing any
cosmetic and hardware imperfections is to send it back to
the respective retailers.


Oddly shaped Microsoft
wedge mouse
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/oddly-shaped-microsoft-wedge-
mouse/16729.html
July 20th, 2012




Microsoft’s software may run all different operating systems
and devices, but that doesn’t mean that its open ended
business practice has prevented it from supplying PC users
with it’s own Microsoft branded peripheral. The Windows
8 release date is just around the corner, and it seems
like Microsoft will launch a wedge-like mouse that may be
optimized for the latest Windows release.
Microsoft’s software may run all different operating systems
and devices, but that doesn’t mean that its open ended
business practice has prevented it from supplying PC users
with it’s own Microsoft branded peripheral. The Windows
8 release date is just around the corner, and it seems
like Microsoft will launch a wedge-like mouse that may be
optimized for the latest Windows release.


                                                                     QuakeCon Details Announced
                                                                     Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/quakecon-details-
                                                                     announced/16724.html




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July 20th, 2012                                                              fashion or on a new PC – starting on October
                                                                             26th. Earlier this month at the Microsoft Worldwide
                                                                             Partner Conference, Tami Reller told attendees
                                                                             Windows 8 would be available in October. But
                                                                             now everyone has a specific date to mark on their
                                                                             calendars. It’s on mine!”
                                                                           Microsoft’s upcoming Windows platform will run on Intel,
Details for QuakeCon, the largest North American LAN party                 AMD, and ARM chips. The Windows RT Surface tablet will
and the largest free LAN party in the world, have been                     have an ARM chip, but the Pro Surface tablet will be Intel
revealed for this year's event.                                            based.
One of the biggest conferences gamers look forward to                      The next installment of Microsoft’s Office suite is still in beta
every year is QuakeCon, the annual conference put on by                    and is not likely to launch alongside Windows 8.
id Software. A bring-your-own-computer LAN party held in
Dallas, Texas, QuakeCon is the largest North American LAN
party and the largest free LAN party in the world. It was                  Assassin's Creed: Forsaken
first held in 1996 among members of the #quake channel of
the EFnet IRC network and has since grown to its current
                                                                           available on Dec 4 for $9.99
                                                                           Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/assassin-s-creed-forsaken-available-
size. More than just a multiplayer frag fest, QuakeCon is id
                                                                           on-dec-4-for-9.99/16726.html
Software’s premiere venue for showcasing new games, along
                                                                           July 20th, 2012
with hardware and peripherals developed by companies with
ties to id Software.
This year’s event will open with a keynote address from John
Carmack, co-founder of id Software. Various panels will take
place throughout the event, including topics like “The Game
of Making Games”, “Designing Multiplayer Games That
Last”, and “Idle Thumbs Podcast Live: Arena”. Members of                   Assassin’s Creed: Forsaken, written by Oliver Bowden, will
the panels will include many big industry names, such as                   be available on December 4 for $9.99. The book will depict
Marty Stratton of id Software and CEO of Insomniac Games                   another portion of Conner’s life—one in which readers will
Ted Price.                                                                 discover his “roots.”
Along with the games played for competition and fun,
many new and upcoming games will have playable demos,
including Dishonored and DOOM 3 BFG Edition. QuakeCon
will be taking place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas,
Texas, beginning on Thursday, August 2nd and ending on
Sunday, August 5th.
For more information, visit the QuakeCon website here.


Microsoft sets October 26 to
launch Windows 8
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-sets-october-26-to-launch-
windows-8/16727.html
July 20th, 2012




Whether or not you want to jump the gun and upgrade
to Windows 8 once it’s released, you may want to know
that Microsoft has announced that Windows 8 will launch
October 26.
Whether or not you want to jump the gun and upgrade
to Windows 8 once it’s released, you may want to know
that Microsoft has announced that Windows 8 will launch
October 26.
A blog post today on Windows Team Blog states:
  “…October 26th, 2012! That’s right! Just a
  few minutes ago, Steven Sinofsky announced at
  Microsoft’s annual sales meeting that customers will                     Assassin’s Creed: Forsaken, written by Oliver Bowden, will
  be able to get Windows 8 – whether in upgrade                            be available on December 4 for $9.99. The book will depict

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another portion of Conner’s life—one in which readers will             A release date for the iPhone 5 is still unknown, and yet
discover his “roots.”                                                  a Chinese accessories supplier already has an inventory of
                                                                       iPhone 5 cases. TVC-Mall has the iPhone 5 cases in eight
A spokesperson wrote that the book is:
                                                                       different colors—black, white, transparent, grey, red, rose,
“Set during the American Revolution, Connor has sworn to               blue, and purple.
secure liberty for his people and his nation and unleashes his
                                                                       There’s absolutely no reason to believe that TVC-Mall’s
powerful skills on the chaotic, blood-soaked battlefields of
                                                                       product fits the sixth-gen iPhone, but heck, the listing is
the hostile American wilderness. Assassin’s Creed: Forsaken
is the story behind who Connor really is and how he has                definitely adding to the iPhone 5 rumor mill.
become a deadly killer.”




Assassin’s Creed: III, the game that coincides with the                Although unconfirmed, the iPhone 5 will supposedly be
Bowden’s book, is set to drop October 31, and pre-orders of            longer in dimension, thinner, and have a smaller dock
the “Join Or Die Edition” is now available.                            connector. The case displayed on the TVC-Mall site shows a
                                                                       connector docking hole that is indeed smaller.
The Join Or Die Edition includes various bonus contents
such a medallion of the Assassins, and a George                        Sometimes a manufacturer receives schematics from leaks
Washington’s notebook that exposes “all the truths and                 before an official product launch announcement is made, so
secrets about the Assassins and the Templars during the                the TVC-Mall iPhone 5 cases may be legit. However, the site
American Revolution.”                                                  itself has a disclaimer that states:
What George Washington’s notebook doesn’t include is                   “As iPhone 5 has not been unveiled, we can’t guarantee
Conner’s full background, so, in truth, the Join Or Die                this product can be used in iPhone 5. If you have any
Edition won’t tell fans “all the truths and secrets.” So if fans       questions, please contact our friendly customer service
want to uncover Conner’s roots, they have to purchase the              representatives.”
book—for an additional $9.99.                                          I suppose TVC-Mall isn’t confident enough in the leaks to
Next up, Assassin’s Creed: Conner’s Vengeance the motion               declare that they are delivering a legitimate iPhone 5 case.
picture on DVD and Blu-ray for $29.99 (parody statement,
not meant to be taken seriously).


iPhone 5 cases availabe from
an online supplier
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/iphone-5-cases-availabe-from-an-
online-supplier/16725.html
July 20th, 2012




A release date for the iPhone 5 is still unknown, and yet a
Chinese accessories supplier already has an iPhone 5 cases
inventory. TVC-Mall has the iPhone 5 cases in eight different
colors—black, white, transparent, grey, red, rose, blue, and
purple.



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VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks!
                                                                        ground between cheap and slow HDD and fast but expensive
  VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly                          conventional SSDs.
  publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the
  geeks.


Mushkin Announces Catalyst
Cache SSD
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mushkin-announces-catalyst-cache-
ssd/16787.html
July 23rd, 2012



                                                                        Mushkin's approach to the concept circles around "high"
                                                                        capacity. Its Catalyst series of cache SSDs start at 50 GB,
                                                                        available at capacities as relatively high as 100 GB. Nvelo
                                                                        DataPlex is the governing software, the drive comes with a
Mushkin may not be the first to the market with cache-SSDs,             license to use it. The drives appear to be based on SandForce
but its latest Catalyst series seeks to address the problem of          SF-2281 controller.
low capacity in this class of SSDs, by being available in higher
than usual capacities, to hold more "hot data."
Mushkin may not be the first to the market with cache-SSDs,
but its latest Catalyst series seeks to address the problem of
low capacity in this class of SSDs, by being available in higher
than usual capacities, to hold more "hot data."




                                                                        The Catalyst cache SSDs from Mushkin offer sequential
                                                                        speeds as high as 550 MB/s reads, with 525 MB/s writes (495
                                                                        MB/s on the 50 GB model), with 90,000 IOPS 4K random
                                                                        write performance (85,000 IOPS on the 50 GB model). The
                                                                        drives are built in the 2.5-inch form-factor, with SATA 6
                                                                        Gb/s interface. Commenting on the launch, Mushkin's Brian
Cache SSDs traditionally come in capacities of around 16-32             Flood (director of product development) said "The Catalyst
GB, with the most capacious ones available till now, the                Cache SSD really is the best of both worlds. Users will
Crucial Adrenaline, being available in sizes up to 50 GB.               experience amazing speed while maintaining large amounts
Pure capacity isn't a major factor beyond a point, if you               of data on their computer. The best part, it's an upgrade that
understand how cache-SSDs work. A cache-SSD is that                     wont break the bank." Unfortunately the bank-saving prices
which temporarily holds frequently-accessed data on your                Flood is talking about, are still under the wraps.
hard drive. The frequency of access, and eligibility to reside
on the cache-SSD is monitored and governed by the cache-
software (such as Nvelo Dataplex or Intel Smart Response
                                                                        Ouya $99 Android console to
Technology). Data that is accessed frequently enough to be              be size of Rubik's Cube
eligibe to be stored on the cache SSD is called "hot-data."             Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ouya-99-android-console-to-be-size-
The bigger the cache SSD, the more hot data can be stored               of-rubik-s-cube/16786.html
(or more data can be deemed eligible for SSD storage). The              July 23rd, 2012
OS access hot-data from the SSD, and hence most common
usage on your PC becomes fast. As data on the cache SSD
loses access frequency below a threshold, it is kicked out
of the drive, to accommodate more hot-data. A full copy of
all data on the cache SSD is available at all times, on the
hard drive. SSD caching thus serves as a potent middle-

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The Ouya $99 Android-based console will be as small as                     tied to the PC enthusiast community, high-performance
a Rubik's Cube, according to the renowned designer Yves                    solid-state drives. A picture and data-sheet of its Reflex
Béhar.                                                                     series of client SSDs were leaked to the media.
The Ouya $99 Android-based console will be as small as
a Rubik's Cube, according to the renowned designer Yves
Béhar.
“Our console is quite small, around the size of a Rubik's cube,
and so it will easily fit anywhere in a room, or be easy to
throw in a backpack,” Béhar said, adding that his team is
deliberately avoiding making the console look like existing
ones on the market.
We noted previously that the box-shaped console resembles
the Nintendo GameCube, albeit somewhat less colourful, but
the size will make this device considerably different, given
that a Rubik's Cube can fit into the palm of your hand.
                                                                           MSI is using the trusty LSI-SandForce SF-2281 controller to
                                                                           drive its Reflex series, along with conventional synchronous
                                                                           NAND flash memory. The drive will be available in three
                                                                           models, 60 GB RX-60, 120 GB RX-120, and 240 GB RX-240.
                                                                           The three come with different performance numbers from
                                                                           each other.
                                                                           The RX-60 offers up to 525 MB/s sequential reads, up to 495
                                                                           MB/s sequential writes, and up to 85,000 IOPS 4K random
                                                                           writes; the RX-120 comes with slightly higher numbers of
                                                                           up to 550 MB/s sequential reads, up to 515 MB/s sequential
                                                                           writes, and up to 90,000 IOPS 4K random writes; with the
                                                                           series being topped by RX-240, and its 560 MB/s sequential
                                                                           reads, up to 525 MB/s sequential writes, and up to 90,000
                                                                           IOPS 4K random write performance.
                                                                           Being SF-2281 driven, the Reflex series has a conventional
                                                                           feature-set that includes TRIM, NCQ, and AES-128 native
                                                                           encryption. Expect pricing that's typical for similarly
The gaming system will feature a Tegra 3 quad-core ARM                     configured drives. Availability information is awaited.
processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of flash storage. Games will
be free-to-play, and the console will come with a controller
similar in size and design to that of the Xbox and PlayStation             Silent Hill: Downpour
consoles.
                                                                           developer faces closure
The Ouya console garnered huge support on Kickstarter,                     Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/silent-hill-downpour-developer-
where the $950,000 goal was easily surpassed. At the time                  faces-closure/16784.html
of writing, the project has 42,346 supporters and over $5.4                July 23rd, 2012
million pledged. With 16 days to go, this is a console that is
well on its way to reality.


MSI Enters SSD Business
with Reflex Series
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-enters-ssd-business-with-reflex-   The developer behind the game Silent Hill: Downpour is
series/16785.html                                                          facing the increasing likelihood of closing shop, which marks
July 23rd, 2012                                                            a premature demise for its new gaming project.
                                                                           The developer behind the game Silent Hill: Downpour is
                                                                           facing the increasing likelihood of closing shop, which marks
                                                                           a premature demise for its new gaming project.


After some more than decent motherboards and graphics                      Czech gaming firm Vatra Games is nearing the end of its
cards, MSI is readying its newest product line that is closely             days, according to Eurogamer sources.
tied to the PC enthusiast community, high-performance
solid-state drives. Pictures of its Reflex series of client SSDs
                                                                           “The new management team at Kuju have been conducting
were leaked to the media.
                                                                           a strategic review of all aspects of the business,” said Kuju
After some more than decent motherboards and graphics                      Entertainment, which owns Vatra Games. “As part of this
cards, MSI is readying its newest product line that is closely             process, the on-going business activities of the Vatra studio

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are currently under review. However, at this stage, no
decisions have yet been made.”                                         Microsoft requires developers to charge at least $1.49 for
                                                                       a Windows 8 app, which is 50 percent more than Apple's
                                                                       $0.99 requirement. This could be the reason why the
                                                                       company is being so generous with its free trial period, as
                                                                       the higher minimum cost could lead to a lot more complaints
                                                                       and refund requests when an app does not live up to the
                                                                       hype.




Downpour launched in the US and Europe in March of this
year to mixed reviews, getting a roughly 66 percent rating on
Metacritic. The game won support in some quarters for its
unique approach to some aspects of gameplay, including its
interesting weather system.


Vatra has been working on a God of War-style game, but
                                                                       The length of the trial may not hit home until compared to,
that title is believed to have been cancelled, or at least faces
                                                                       for example, the 15-minute refund window for Android app
cancellation with the talk of closing down Vatra, which only
                                                                       purchases. 15 minutes is not a lot of time to see if an app is
opened its doors in 2009. The company has over 50 staff and
                                                                       any good or not, and a purchase is still required before this
it is not clear what will happen to them, though its parent
                                                                       small grace period kicks in.
company will likely move some of them to another division.

                                                                       Microsoft's offering may cause rivals to adopt similar trials
The closure marks another sad tale in recent gaming news,
                                                                       if it really catches on, but what is good for consumers may
where a number of studios and even game stores are
                                                                       not be so attractive to developers, who may suffer from lower
struggling to keep in business.
                                                                       “impulse” sales.


                                                                       Windows 8 launches on 26 October.
Windows 8 apps to come with
"try before you buy" feature
                                                                       Apple to use smaller dock
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/windows-8-apps-to-come-with-try-
before-you-buy-feature/16780.html
July 23rd, 2012                                                        connector in iPhone 5
                                                                       Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-to-use-smaller-dock-
                                                                       connector-in-iphone-5/16779.html
                                                                       July 23rd, 2012




Microsoft is introducing a “try before you buy” feature for
apps in its Windows 8 store, giving users a week to see if they
really want to pay for the app.
                                                                       Apple is to employ a smaller dock connector in the next
Microsoft is introducing a “try before you buy” feature for
                                                                       version of its popular iPhone, according to sources close to
apps in its Windows 8 store, giving users a week to see if they
                                                                       the company.
really want to pay for the app.
                                                                       Apple is to employ a smaller dock connector in the next
                                                                       version of its popular iPhone, according to sources close to
The 7-day free trial is an interesting approach to apps on             the company.
the upcoming Windows 8 platform, providing a significant
period of time to give an app a test run.

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Reuters cited two people with knowledge that Apple is                     July 23rd, 2012
ditching its existing proprietary 30-pin port for a smaller 19-
pin port, which will also be proprietary.


The move could anger many people with current Apple
gadgets, as it means that none of the accessories, including
chargers and speakers, will work with the new device, forcing             Gigabyte's latest mid range Z77 entrant has the new IR3550
users to buy a slew of new products in addition to the phone              DrMOS from International Rectifier and two onboard
itself.                                                                   Thunderbolt ports provided by a Intel Cactus Ridge 4C
                                                                          controller, all in a very competitive price of US$249. What
                                                                          else do we get in the package?
The 21mm wide 30-pin dock has been the subject of                         Back during the initial Ivy Bridge platform launch some
speculation for some time now, particularly given reports of              months ago, Gigabyte rolled out their initial wave of Z77X
Apple's attempts to make the iPhone 5 smaller and thinner.                and Sniper3 motherboards, with very aggressive pricing
The MicroUSB ports used by rivals take up a lot less space,               coupled with comprehensive feature sets earning them
so it seems inevitable that Apple will adopt a smaller form               considerable market share among DIY system builders
factor for its proprietary ports.                                         and enthusiasts. Gigabyte then followed up at Computex
                                                                          with a new UP range of boards featuring their upgraded
                                                                          "Ultra Durable 5" set of technologies and (belated) native
                                                                          Thunderbolt support. Today we look at the Z77X-UP5 TH,
                                                                          which is a middle of the road offering positioned just
                                                                          below the 32-phase UP7 monstrousity that we saw during
                                                                          Computex.




A smaller port allows Apple to alter the design of the new
iPhone in both practical and aesthetic ways. It could look
slimmer, but it could also allow more room for a larger
battery, which may be required if the hardware gets a
significant boost.


The decision will benefit accessory makers, but it could
result in losing some of Apple's existing fans. The company
could have employed MicroUSB like almost everyone else,
which would save money and the environment, in terms of                   The box of the motherboard is adorned with logos and
people throwing away useless chargers, etc., but it would also            marketing messages, designed to inform prospective buyers
leave Apple with less control over the device and what users              of what they will be getting. One of the exciting new features
can and cannot do with it.                                                on Ultra Durable 5 boards is the use of Glass Fabric PCB,
                                                                          purportedly offering some measure of humidity protection
                                                                          which should please subzero users facing condensation
A partial solution may be available in the form of an adaptor,
                                                                          issues.
which will allow users to connect their old accessories. An
adaptor will still cost money, however, but with such a high
price tag on Apple products already, that may not have a
huge impact on sales.


Image Credit: PhonesOnline.ie


First Look: Gigabyte Z77X-
UP5 TH - A Real Bargain @
US$249, comes with dual
Thunderbolt
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-look-gigabyte-z77x-up5-th--a-
real-bargain--us-249-comes-with-dual-thunderbolt/16769.html




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                                                                  July 23rd, 2012




                                                                  LG posted some of the first pictures of its upcoming V720
                                                                  27-inch all-in-one (AIO) on the web. The AIO packs LG's
                                                                  popular Cinema Screen IPS LED 3D-capable display, with
                                                                  the latest PC hardware, including "Ivy Bridge" CPU and
                                                                  "Kepler" GPU.
                                                                  LG posted some of the first pictures of its upcoming V720
                                                                  27-inch all-in-one (AIO) on the web. The AIO packs LG's
                                                                  popular Cinema Screen IPS LED 3D-capable display, with
                                                                  the latest PC hardware, including "Ivy Bridge" CPU and
                                                                  "Kepler" GPU.
Usual set of documentation and accessories. Only 1 SLi
bridge was included as Nvidia does not allow the use of x4
slots (Ivy Bridge can do x8+x8 or x8+x4+x4 multi-GPU) for
SLi without an additional lane multiplexer.




                                                                  Pictured above (if you look closely enough), the display of
                                                                  the LG V720 is separated from the logic portion, which is
                                                                  located on the base. This arrangement allows the screen to
                                                                  have slim bezels. The display is internally wired to the logic
                                                                  portion, although it can take external input by HDMI. The
                                                                  display features 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, and supports
A PCIe x1 expansion card containing a dual antenna                stereoscopic 3D, with a native 2D-to-3D converter.
Atheros 802.11 abgn + BT Module is provided for modern
wireless connectivity.




                                                                  The LG V720 is available in two variants, the V720-
                                                                  D.AE50K, and the V720-U.AE30K. The V720-U.AE30K
                                                                  is driven by Intel Core i3-2370M "Sandy Bridge" dual-
                                                                  core processor clocked at 2.40 GHz, with 4 GB of dual-
LG V720 27-inch All-in-One                                        channel DDR3-1333 MHz memory, 750 GB HDD, slot-in
                                                                  DVD Super-Multi drive, and NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
Pictured                                                          GPU with 1 GB dedicated memory
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-v720-27-inch-all-in-one-
pictured/16778.html




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                                                                         The Muse 5G 2.5-inch variant is designed for 9.5 mm-
                                                                         thick (or less) hard drives or solid-state drives in the 2.5-
                                                                         inch form-factor, with internal SATA 6 Gb/s interface.
                                                                         The enclosure is bus-powered, and relies on a single USB
                                                                         cable for both power and host connectivity. The enclosure
                                                                         connects to the host over USB 3.0 SuperSpeed 5 GT/s
                                                                         interface. Its design suits pockets and bags better.




The V720-D.AE50K, on the other hand [pay attention!],
is driven by Intel Core i5-3210M "Ivy Bridge" quad-core                  The Muse 5G 3.5-inch, on the other hand, is designed for
processor clocked at 2.50 GHz, with 8 GB of dual-channel                 HDDs and SSDs in the 3.5-inch form-factor, smaller form-
DDR3-1600 MHz memory, 750 GB HDD with 16 GB cache-                       factors will work, too, but could require adapters. Unlike the
SSD, DVD Super-Multi drive, NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 M                      Muse 5G 2.5-inch, this variant requires external DC power
graphics with 1 GB dedicated memory. Features common                     input, and includes a power adapter to do the job. Like its
between the two variants include USB 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-               sibling, it supports SATA 6 Gb/s interface for the drives it
Fi networking, 4-in-1 card reader, and a TV tuner. Pricing               encloses, and connects to the host machine with USB 3.0
and availability information is not available.                           SuperSpeed 5 GT/s interface.


Thermaltake Intros Muse 5G
Series USB 3.0 Enclosures
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/thermaltake-intros-muse-5g-series-
usb-3.0-enclosures/16777.html
July 23rd, 2012



                                                                         Installing/removing the enclosed drive isn't a tool-free
                                                                         process on the 2.5-inch variant, as it requires unscrewing
                                                                         lids. Thermaltake does, however, include a screwdriver.
                                                                         With the 3.5-inch vatiant, a switch holds the lid in place,
Over the weekend, Thermaltake launched its Muse 5G line                  making it tool-free.
of HDD/SSD enclosures. Available in 2.5-inch and 3.5-
inch variants, the new enclosures feature slick brushed-
aluminum finish, and USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface.
Over the weekend, Thermaltake launched its Muse 5G line
of HDD/SSD enclosures. Available in 2.5-inch and 3.5-
inch variants, the new enclosures feature slick brushed-
aluminum finish, and USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface.



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Measuring 126 x 79 x 18.5 mm, the 2.5-inch Muse 5G weighs                July 23rd, 2012
about 97 g (dry weight). The 3.5-inch variant, on the other
hand, measures 203 x 118 x 55 mm, weighing 350 g. Brushed
aluminum makes up the top and bottom panels, while ABS
plastic makes up the frame, for both variants.
Thermaltake did not give out pricing information, but
indicated that this is a global launch.
                                                                         ...but it's still a ways off yet, so don't expect to see it at your
                                                                         local dealer this year.
Intel Core i7-3970X Arrives in                                           In a major milestone in the history of battery development,
Q4: Report                                                               UK researchers are closer to developing a lithium-air
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-core-i7-3970x-arrives-in-q4-   battery, which could deliver up to five times the energy per
report/16775.html                                                        unit mass that the existing lithium-ion technology allows.
July 23rd, 2012                                                          What does that mean in real terms? Well, how about talking
                                                                         all week on your mobile phone without a recharge? Or
                                                                         driving 800 kilometres in your electric car?
                                                                         The research was led by Professor Peter G Bruce of the
                                                                         University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and published in
                                                                         Science Express. The work describes a chemical reaction
                                                                         that allows the battery to be recharged without electrode
Intel will launch its first socket LGA2011 client processor in           degradation.
months, in Q4-2012. The Core i7-3970X Extreme will take
charge as the company's next flagship client processor, and              Of the discovery, Professor Bruce says “we have
it's yet another "speed-bump."                                           demonstrated that sustainable cycling is possible. That is the
                                                                         real step here. We haven’t solved all the practical problems
The Core i7-3970X Extreme, according to report, could ship               and it’s not a solution, but it does demonstrate this critical
with clock speeds of 3.50 GHz, with maximum Turbo Boost                  reaction can be sustained and cycled.”
clock speed of 4.00 GHz. Being an Extreme Edition SKU,
it will ship with unlocked base-clock multipliers, making                The push for a lithium-air battery is motivated by the fact
overclocking it a breeze.                                                that air is used as the cathode and lithium metal as the
                                                                         anode. Oxygen is cheap and light. This leads to batteries
                                                                         being conceived that don’t require the heavy casing to
                                                                         contain the electrodes we see today.
                                                                         In a normal lithium-ion battery, lithium ions are transferred
                                                                         from the cathode to the anode through an electrolyte. When
                                                                         the battery is used, the process is reversed and the ion flow
                                                                         produces an electric current.
                                                                         In the lithium-air model, oxygen enters the cathode and
                                                                         combines with lithium ions to generate lithium peroxide,
                                                                         which accumulates as the battery is discharged. In testing
                                                                         the researchers were able to produce this reaction repeatedly
                                                                         without decomposition using a thin film of gold as an
                                                                         electrode.
Based on the same 32 nm "Sandy Bridge-E" silicon as                      “Hopefully it’s not only gold that does it,” says Steve Visco,
its predecessor, the Core i7-3970X Extreme will pack 6                   president and CEO of Polypus, a California based company
cores, with HyperThreading enabling 12 logical CPUs for the              that is working on not only lithium-air, but also lithium-
operating system to deal with. The chip will be configured to            sulfur and lithium-seawater batteries. As gold is expensive,
have 15 MB last-level cache. It packs a quad-channel DDR3                he says it “would not be practical unless you are sending it
integrated memory controller, supporting up to 64 GB of                  into space where cost doesn’t matter.”
DDR3-1600 MHz memory (higher memory speeds possible
                                                                         “It certainly wouldn’t work for electric vehicles.”
with overclocking).
                                                                         The hope shared by Visco and Bruce is that they are on the
What's also likely is that the new i7-3970X Extreme could
                                                                         way. Bruce says his experiment is but one of many that must
displace the i7-3960X from its price, leading to its gradual
                                                                         be a success before this battery can actually be built.
phase-out from the market.
                                                                         “It’s still a long way off. What we’ve done demonstrates the
                                                                         importance of basic scientific studies in this area. If you
New Lithium-Air Batteries                                                rush out and try to make a battery with the knowledge that
Could Energize Electric Cars                                             currently existed you would be unlikely to succeed.”
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/new-lithium-air-batteries-could-
energize-electric-cars/16774.html




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BIOSTAR Outs Hi-Fi Z77X
Motherboard
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/biostar-outs-hi-fi-z77x-
motherboard/16772.html
July 23rd, 2012




                                                                The revamped audio design is the only defining feature of the
BIOSTAR released its first Hi-Fi series motherboard, the
                                                                new motherboard, which is otherwise similar, feature-wise,
socket LGA1155 Hi-Fi Z77X. Shown first to crowds at
                                                                to the T-Series TZ77XE4. The LGA1155 socket is powered
Computex, the Hi-Fi series is characterized by an onboard
                                                                by a 13-phase VRM. The CPU is wired to four DDR3-DIMM
audio design that focuses on amplification and getting rid of
                                                                slots supporting up to 32 GB of dual-channel DDR3-2400+
EMI.
                                                                memory, and three PCI-Express 3.0 slots (x16/NC/NC; x8/
BIOSTAR released its first Hi-Fi series motherboard,            x8/NC; x8/x4/x4, depending on the way they're populated).
the socket LGA1155 Hi-Fi Z77X. Shown first to crowds            Three PCI-Express 2.0 x1, wired to the Z77 PCH, are the
at Computex, the Hi-Fi series is characterized by an            expansion slots in its all-PCIe layout.
onboard audio design called "Puro Hi-Fi" that focuses on
amplification and getting rid of EMI.




                                                                The Z77 PCH gives out six SATA ports, from which two
                                                                are 6 Gb/s and four 3 Gb/s, all of which are internal ports
                                                                on the Hi-Fi Z77X. Other connectivity features include four
                                                                USB 3.0 ports (two on the rear panel, two via header,
                                                                all of which are driven by the PCH), gigabit Ethernet,
                                                                and display outputs that include one each of D-Sub, DVI,
                                                                and HDMI. BIOSTAR exclusives include THX TruStudio
BIOSTAR's new Hi-Fi audio solution consists of a common         Pro support, Lucid Virtu MVP (graphics virtualization) and
high-SNR 8-channel HD audio CODEC, the Realtek                  SmartSpeedLAN (network prioritization).
ALC898, with EMI dampening and amplifier circuitry.             BIOSTAR did not release pricing information.
BIOSTAR's approach to EMI dampening bears a stark
resemblence to that of ASUS. The entire audio portion of
the motherboard has its own ground-layer that's physically      Self Cleaning Cars on the
isolated from the rest of the motherboard (by an insulation
trace). This ensures other high-power components such as        Way!
                                                                Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/self-cleaning-cars-on-the-
the CPU VRM don't interfere with the analog audio outputs,
                                                                way-/16771.html
producing faint buzzing noises in the output channels, at
                                                                July 23rd, 2012
high volumes. The audio CODEC is topped off with a metallic
EMI shield.                                                     Eindhoven University of Technology researchers have
                                                                developed a new coating with a surface that can repair itself
                                                                after sustaining damage. Potential real-life applications for
                                                                this new material include never having to wash your car
                                                                again, or never having to wipe fingerprints off your phone’s
                                                                touchscreen.
                                                                The researchers published their findings in Advanced
                                                                Materials on July 17. The research was led by Catarina
                                                                Esteves of the department of Chemical Engineering and
The second major component of BIOSTAR's Hi-Fi audio is
                                                                Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology.
its amplifier. The company does not mention any known
amplifier chip in its data-sheets, leading us to believe that   Existing functional coatings contain at their surface nano-
the company is using a passive amp design, in which it is       sized functional groups that provide a specific service,
using "Hi-Fi grade" resistors and capacitors (electrolytic).    whether that be waterproofing or providing anti-bacterial
The company mentions that the amp can drive high-end            properties. The weakness of these coatings though is that
headphones with "100 dB loads and offer wide band-width,        they are easily and irreversibly damaged by light contact.
low noise, and high slew rate." The CODEC itself has 110 dB     Obviously with this weakness they are effectively useless for
signal-to-noise ratio for the front audio channels.             real-world use.


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Esteves and her team have pioneered a new method,
which includes developing surfaces with special “stalks”
carrying the functional chemical groups at their ends, and
distributing these throughout the coating. If the outer
surface layer is destroyed through scratching, the “stalks”
in the lower layer re-orient to the new surface, restoring
functionality.
At this stage the technology only works in the case of
superficial scratching; if the surface is completely penetrated
it will still be rendered useless.
In addition to the applications mentioned above, these new
coatings could find uses as varied as self repairing contact
lenses to jet aircraft that don’t need to be repainted. The            ASUS released revisions of most of its M5A99 (AMD
cleaner surfaces would also reduce in lower air resistance in          990FX, 990X), M5A97 (AMD 970), F1A75/A55 (AMD A75,
flight, reducing fuel costs.                                           A55) series motherboards, TUF Sabertooth 990FX, and its
Now Esteves and her team have plans to refine the                      flagship AMD platform motherboard, the ROG Crosshair V
technology further and hope to see it in production before             Formula. The revision of the latter is named Crosshair V
the decade is over. For now, though, you’ll have to keep               Formula-Z. Features common to all these revisions include
washing your car the old fashioned way.                                support for Fast Boot, ASUS Boot Settings, which lets
                                                                       you fine-tune system startup processes, and DirectKey, a
                                                                       button that loads up the BIOS setup program, similar to the
ASUS Outs First Windows 8-                                             Back2BIOS button found on Intel Desktop Boards Extreme
Ready Sockets AM3+, FM1                                                series.
                                                                       Apart from Windows 8-specific feature updates, ASUS took
Motherboards                                                           the opportunity to update the feature sets of several of its
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-outs-first-windows-8-ready-   motherboards in the above mentioned revisions. Features
sockets-am3--fm1-motherboards/16770.html                               such as Smart Digi+ Key, which are found on P8Z77-V
July 23rd, 2012                                                        series, are ported over. The ASUS-exclusive feature-set also
                                                                       includes 802.11 b/g/n netowork interfaces with Remote Wi-
                                                                       Fi Go!, a feature based on Wi-Fi Go!, that provides media
                                                                       streaming and remote desktop capabilities to smartphones
                                                                       and tablets.


ASUS released the industry's first AMD platform
motherboards that are ready for Windows 8. Readiness
for the new operating system is a little more than
sticking the label if the motherboard meets some criteria,
with the introduction of a few new ACPI and low-level
features that need some redesigning. Hence, the company
launched revisions of its current sockets AM3+ and FM1
motherboards designated by "R 2.0" in the model names.
Often, Windows [insert new version] certification labels
don't mean squat to PC enthusiasts. With Windows Vista
labels, it meant that the integrated graphics could handle
DirectX 9-accelerated Aero UI; Windows 7, not so much over             ASUS' ROG Crosshair V Formula-Z gets all the new features
that. Windows 8 readiness adds quite a few little hardware             of its R 2.0 mates, plus Extreme Engine Digi+ II (a VRM
requirements, to support new OS features such as Fast Boot             design found on Maximus V series). The audio is also
(start PC in under 2 seconds, different from S3 resume).               updated, SupremeFX III audio with "Red Line shielding."
While a few motherboard vendors announced Windows 8                    The portion of the motherboard that holds the HD audio
readiness for their motherboards, ASUS claims to be the first          CODEC and its anciliary AMP components is isolated from
with motherboards in the AMD platform that will feature                the ground-layer of the rest of the motherboard, minimizing
the Windows 8 readiness logo. Hardware redesigns meant                 EMI from other power-hungry components, which typically
that ASUS launches revisions of existing products. These               produce a faint buzzing noise in the output channels of
revisions are designated by "R 2.0" suffixed to the model              onboard audio. Apart from ground-layer isolation, a bulk
names.                                                                 of the audio portion, including the CODEC, is covered by
                                                                       a metallic EMI shield. The Crosshair V Formula-Z also
                                                                       features GameFirst II, a network prioritization tool with an
                                                                       intuitive new user interface (EZ Mode).
                                                                       Lastly, there's the F1A75/A55 R 2.0 series motherboards
                                                                       for first-generation A-series "Llano" APUs. The revised
                                                                       motherboards feature LucidLogix Virtu MVP (load-
                                                                       balancing GPU virtualization between onboard and discrete
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graphics adapters), DIP 2 with Digi+ VRM, Network                sharp edges are in, and the rounded ones are out. Is this
iControl (prioritization, diagnostics), and AI Suite II.         a significant change over Windows 7? Not really (at least I
                                                                 don’t think so).
Apart from the features mentioned above, the models are
largely similar to the motherboards they are revisions of.


Windows 8 RTM build 8518
screenshots
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/windows-8-rtm-build-8518-
screenshots/16768.html
July 23rd, 2012




October 26, that’s the official launch date of Windows 8,
and what is a major software release be if there aren’t new
screenshots—official and unofficial—here and there.
October 26, that’s the official launch date of Windows 8,
and what is a major software release be if there aren’t new
screenshots—official and unofficial—here and there.
Win Unleaked recently dropped some new screenshots of the
latest RTM build (8518), and for the people that like squares,
Windows 8 will not disappoint in that department.




                                                                 The next screenshots reveal that Internet Explorer 10 will
                                                                 integrate seamlessly with the desired Windows theme. IE 10
                                                                 will match the looks and feel of a desired theme.


(Windows 7 Borders and Appearance option screen)




                                                                 Windows 8, like all previous releases of Windows, will
                                                                 come with new themes, and backgrounds. Win Unleaked
                                                                 reports that the three new themes are “Windows, Earth, and
                                                                 Flowers.”




(Windows 8 Borders and Appearance option screen)
A quick comparison of Windows 7 and 8 Borders and
Appearance customization screens demonstrates that the

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                                                                    While we do not disclose the cost of Title Updates, we
                                                                    did offer to work with Trapdoor to make sure that
                                                                    wasn’t a blocking issue.
                                                                    We remain huge fans of Fez.”
                                                                  Polytron has openly stated that if Fez had been released on
                                                                  Steam instead of XBLA “the game would have been fixed…
                                                                  at no cost to [them].


                                                                  Beats buys back 25% of its
                                                                  shares from HTC
                                                                  Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/beats-buys-back-25-of-its-shares-
                                                                  from-htc/16766.html
                                                                  July 23rd, 2012



Lastly, the boot screen has changed to match Windows
8’s Metro persona. The boot screen has a slightly skewed
window with a small loading circle below it.
Win Unleaked’s administrator “vNext” claims that the most
recent build of Windows 8 is “incredibly stable and fast, it’s    Beats audio gears is the latest craze these days, but
far better than Windows 7 in all ways.”                           apparently some internal issues between HTC and Beats
                                                                  have caused the partnership to disintegrate, somewhat. In
                                                                  the company’s note to investors, HTC announced that it has
Fez won't receive patch on                                        agreed to let Beats buy back 25% of its total shares from HTC.
XBLA                                                              Beats audio gears is the latest craze these days, but
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/fez-won-t-receive-patch-on-   apparently some internal issues between HTC and Beats
xbla/16767.html                                                   have caused the partnership to disintegrate, somewhat. In
July 23rd, 2012                                                   the company’s note to investors, HTC announced that it has
                                                                  agreed to let Beats buy back 25% of its total shares from HTC.
                                                                  “HTC and Beats today announced a realignment of their
                                                                  business agreement that provides Beats with more flexibility
                                                                  for global expansion while maintaining HTC's major stake
                                                                  and commercial exclusivity in mobile.
Fez, one of the more popular indie on the Xbox, will
                                                                  Under the terms of the agreement, the founding members
not be getting the re-release of the dreaded patch that
                                                                  of Beats will buy back 25% of its total shares for a total
deletes players’ saved games. According to Polytron, Fez’s
                                                                  of approximately 75% ownership, with HTC remaining the
developer, Microsoft will charge too much for the patch to
                                                                  largest outside shareholder with approximately 25%.
be released, and therefore, the developer has decided to not
release the patch for the Xbox.                                   Over the last year, HTC and Beats have made great
                                                                  progress in sound innovation, product integration and brand
Fez, one of the more popular indie on the Xbox, will
                                                                  awareness with successes like the HTC One. HTC and
not be getting the re-release of the dreaded patch that
                                                                  Beats will continue to work closely, including a joint global
deletes players’ saved games. According to Polytron, Fez’s
                                                                  marketing campaign later this year.”
developer, Microsoft will charge too much for the patch to
be released, and therefore, the developer has decided to not      HTC is anticipating a $4.8 million loss from the Beats buy
release the patch for the Xbox.                                   back, which tags onto the 57.8% fall in net profit in Q2.
Polytron claims that the patch fixes various issues with the      Beats recently purchased MOG—music streaming service—
game including, but not limited to, frame rate problems,          for $14 million, and although Beats will probably benefit
loading issues, game-killing bugs.                                from the acquisition, it is unclear what HTC will get out of it.
Microsoft has denied that the fee was the reason behind           HTC’s One X flagship has garnered quite a few customers
Polytron’s decision to not re-release the patch.            In    through its high-end hardware, but the Beats audio
a statement released recently, Microsoft claims that it           integration may be one of the main selling points.
supports Polytron’s decision to re-release the patch, and that
it will remain a “huge fan of Fez,” even though Polytron and
Microsoft couldn't hammer out a solution.                         Mobile Ivy Bridge HD 4000
  “Polytron and their investor, Trapdoor, made the                and Trinity A10 - Can they
  decision not to work on an additional title update for
  FEZ. Microsoft Studios chose to support this decision
                                                                  handle CS:GO on the go?
                                                                  Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mobile-ivy-bridge-hd-4000-and-
  based on the belief that Polytron/Trapdoor were in
                                                                  trinity-a10--can-they-handle-cs-go-on-the-go-/16719.html
  the best position to determine what the acceptable
  quality level is for their game.

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July 23rd, 2012                                                    We thought of three different use cases representing the
                                                                   different kind of gamers:

                                                                      • Professional Esports Gamer - 1024x768 (4:3), all
                                                                        graphical details low.
                                                                      • Casual - 1366x768 (16:9), all graphical details low
One month before the official launch of Valve's Counter-              • Casual (Graphics) - 1366x768 (16:9), all graphical
Strike: Global Offensive (August 21st), we put two reference            details high (no AA/AF)
laptops from Intel (Ivy Bridge Ultrabook) and AMD (Trinity
A10) to the test to see if we can comfortably play this season's
hottest multiplayer shooter on the go.                             Disclaimer: The machines used in this tests are *NOT*
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) is the latest 2012        directly comparable - one being a mid-range Ivy Bridge
incarnation of the ubiquitous online Counter-Strike series,        UltraBook and the other a heavy 14-inch reference Trinity
featuring the same objective based gameplay and updated            A10 system.
with better graphics and new weapons. The game, jointly
developed by Valve and Hidden Path Entertainment, has
been in closed beta since the end of last year and had
initially promised to enable cross-platform play, which was
later canned due to update frequency issues on the console
platforms.
Based on the much acclaimed Source Engine, CS:GO's
graphical system still uses the aging DirectX 9 feature set,
which is not necessary a bad thing as beautiful textures/
artwork and immersive gameplay is more important than
gratuitious use of fancy shaders seen on today's shoddy
console ports. Already announced and picked up by several
prominent E-Sports tournaments and teams, the game looks
set to have a bright future, both for public casual and
competitive play


Benchmark Sequence and Methology:                                  Intel Reference Ivy Bridge UltraBook




We recorded a five minute demo sequence from an actual
multiplayer session on the de_train map and then used
Fraps to record FPS readings when we played them back on
the test subjects. Since the game engine sends and receives
64 reports per second to the game server, the client machine
should ideally maintain its FPS above that value so that no
real-time movement and bullet information is lost on the
screen. We are also looking for as little frame time variation
as possible between scenes so that screen jitter is avoided.




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                                                                      July 23rd, 2012




                                                                      Archos’ next budget Android slate may come with a full 1920
                                                                      x 1080 HD screen, and well, that’s pretty darn good for
                                                                      a “budget” tablet. The France-based consumer electronics
                                                                      firm has been competing with the likes of Asus and Apple
                                                                      in the growing tablet market, and Archos’ "LUDO G10"
                                                                      may help the firm gain some spotlight among the fierce
                                                                      competitors.
                                                                      Archos’ next budget Android slate may come with a full 1920
                                                                      x 1080 HD screen, and well, that’s pretty darn good for
AMD Reference Trinity Laptop
                                                                      a “budget” tablet. The France-based consumer electronics
                                                                      firm has been competing with the likes of Asus and Apple
                                                                      in the growing tablet market, and Archos’ "LUDO G10"
                                                                      may help the firm gain some spotlight among the fierce
                                                                      competitors.
                                                                      In a recent benchmark, a device labeled “Archos
                                                                      Ludog10” (LUDO G10) was listed as a 1920 x 1080 device,
                                                                      and as far as budget tablets go, it doesn’t make much
                                                                      sense to pair a full HD screen with outdated/underpowered
                                                                      hardware.
                                                                      Although it’s unconfirmed, Archos is rumored to adopt
                                                                      Texas Instruments' latest OMAP 4470 dual core chips
                                                                      clocked at 1.8GHz, and the PowerVR SGX554 GPU in the
                                                                      near future.
                                                                      Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chip may be the big shot in the high-end
                                                                      Android tablet market, but a budget slate featuring a 1.8GHz
                                                                      dual core is no joke—especially, if it’s paired with a full HD
                                                                      screen and a high performance multi-pipe SGX554 GPU.
                                                                      In the same benchmark, the LUDO G10 boasts Android 4.0.4
                                                                      ICS, but Jelly Bean may actually be the device’s OS of choice
                                                                      once it becomes consumer-ready.
                                                                      The LUDO G10 may be Archos’ next best budget slate, or it
                                                                      can be the firm’s transition into the high-end sector. Here’s
                                                                      to hoping that Archos will deliver an amazing OMAP 4470
                                                                      full HD slate for under $400.


                                                                      Wasteland 2 early phase
                                                                      screenshot
                                                                      Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/wasteland-2-early-phase-
                                                                      screenshot/16764.html
                                                                      July 23rd, 2012




                                                                      InXile entertainment has raised nearly $3 million from
                                                                      over 60K backers through Kickstarter and PayPal in its
                                                                      effort to resurrect the Wasteland franchise. After months
                                                                      of fund raising and fiddling around with various engines
"LUDO G10" is Archos' next                                            and elements, inXile has released a Wasteland 2 concept
                                                                      screenshot.
1080p budget tablet?                                                  InXile entertainment has raised nearly $3 million from
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/-ludo-g10-is-archos-next-1080p-   over 60K backers through Kickstarter and PayPal in its
budget-tablet-/16765.html                                             effort to resurrect the Wasteland franchise. After months
                                                                      of fund raising and fiddling around with various engines
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and elements, inXile has released a Wasteland 2 concept         Note: Donors and backers of Wasteland 2 are now able to
screenshot.                                                     upgrade their tiers, and change shipping information.


                                                                RT Surface tablet comes with
                                                                Office 2013...sort of
                                                                Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rt-surface-tablet-comes-with-
                                                                office-2013...sort-of/16763.html
                                                                July 23rd, 2012




                                                                Are you looking forward to getting your hands onto a Surface
                                                                tablet at launch, but wondering if it’ll come with the latest
The screenshot reveals various characters in a post-            MS Office suite? Wonder no more, the RT Surface tablet will
apocalyptic desert wasteland, but according to inXile’s Koy     come with the latest Office suite…sort of.
Vanoteghm, a barren desert lacking any signs of life won’t be
Wasteland 2’s only post-apocalyptic locales.                    Are you looking forward to getting your hands onto a Surface
                                                                tablet at launch, but wondering if it’ll come with the latest
Vanoteghem claims that modern conceptions of a post-            MS Office suite? Wonder no more, the RT Surface tablet will
apocalyptic world have changed, so inXile’s Wasteland 2         come with the latest Office suite…sort of.
development will have to adapt to include the new, and
“diversified” views of what a wasteland should look like.
  “In our effort to establish the appropriate look and
  feel for the re-launch of the Wasteland franchise,
  we sifted through a variety of media types available
  on the market for inspiration. Among all of the
  similarly natured games, CG film shorts, and
  various documentaries, it became increasingly
  clear that the modern day conception of a post-
  apocalyptic world has diversified.
                                                                If you go to the official Surface tablet page, and scroll all the
  Of course, the desert-oriented wasteland devoid of            way down to the bottom of the page you will see a single
  life was still there. But a newer and more compelling         sentence stating that the RT Surface “includes Office Home
  version which highlighted nature's reclamation of             & Student 2013 RT Preview.”
  vacated places took hold of our attention. This new
                                                                The preview version of Office 2013 will most likely include
  conception gives us the opportunity to generate a
                                                                everything that will be in the final version, but it’s a
  variety of environment types while staying true to
                                                                preview nonetheless, and users will have to spend some time
  the narrative. It also allows the location and geology
                                                                upgrading to the final version once it’s released.
  to dictate the flora and fauna, as well as the manner
  and state of decay. From the dry deserts and icy
  mountaintops of Arizona to the coastal conditions
  of LA and larger southern California region, each
  region generates its own flavor. You saw a bit of this        Firefox 15 to fix memory
  in our early concept pieces we had commissioned.              leaks for popular add-ons
  Because the early part of the game, where our                 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/firefox-15-to-fix-memory-leaks-for-
  development is currently focused, takes place in              popular-add-ons/16751.html
  Arizona, this first screen shot depicts (surprise) a          July 23rd, 2012
  desert scene.”
Wasteland 2 is moving towards game-play scenarios and in-
game environments prototyping, and since the public largely
funds the project, inXile will keep fans, backers, and the
press updated regularly.
InXile announced back in mid-May that they intend to use
the Unity engine to develop and run Wasteland 2, and it         A non-beta Firefox 15 is coming your way faster than you
appears that the inXile-Unity partnership has not changed.      think. Up until now, some Firefox add-ons drain more
  Vanoteghm says that inXile finds Unity’s Asset Store to       system memory than it’s worth, but the Mozilla team is
be more “appealing,” and therefore, it’s in the studio’s best   hoping that the next release will fix the majority of the
interest to stick with Unity-exclusive packages.                memory leaks (or at least the majority of the popular add-
                                                                ons).
                                                                A non-beta Firefox 15 is coming your way faster than you
                                                                think. Up until now, some Firefox add-ons drain more

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system memory than it’s worth, but the Mozilla team is                    the ITC ruled on Friday that there was no infringement;
hoping that the next release will fix the majority of the                 the only costs that they have accrued are legal fees. These
memory leaks (or at least the majority of the popular add-                fees are likely substantial, but they are nowhere near the
ons).                                                                     hundreds of millions of dollars that Samsung and LG agreed
                                                                          to pay.
Popular add-ons such as Adblock Plus, Video
DownloadHelper, GreaseMonkey, and Firebug causes                          As a result of this Hail Mary attempt by Kodak to remain
memory leak. As a result of these leaky add-ons, users may                relevant, Samsung and LG paid nearly one billion dollars,
experience Firefox slow downs and crashes.                                whereas Apple and RIM escaped virtually unscathed.
An excerpt from Nicholas Nethercote’s recent personal blog,
he wrote:                                                                 EA's CEO Sees Next-Gen
“Users who upgrade to Firefox 15 won’t have to upgrade
their add-ons to see the benefits. While it is hard to predict
                                                                          Consoles Coming Soon
                                                                          Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ea-s-ceo-sees-next-gen-consoles-
the effect of this improvement on any individual user,
                                                                          coming-soon/16757.html
many users should experience greatly reduced memory
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consumption, particularly on long browsing sessions. This
should result in better performance, fewer pauses, and fewer
crashes.”
While Firefox 15 promises memory leak fixes for a lot of
popular add-ons, Mozilla does not claim that the fix applies
to all add-on. There are literally thousands of add-ons, and
some add-on developers are more responsive than others
                                                                          EA's CEO in a recent interview with CNBC has said that he
when it comes to helping Mozilla fix the memory leak
                                                                          thinks the next generation of consoles will be coming soon
problems.
                                                                          in order to boost the NPD numbers of Sony, Microsoft and
Check out Nethercote’s blog for more on the memory fix.                   Nintendo.
                                                                          The gaming industry is not doing well, at least as far as Wall
Kodak Tries to Remain                                                     Street is concerned. Electronic Arts, along with other game
                                                                          developers and publishers that are publicly traded, have
Relevant: The ITC Says It                                                 been struggling with low stock prices. In his recent interview
Isn't                                                                     with CNBC, however, John Riccitiello, CEO of the publishing
                                                                          giant, said that he believes his company’s financial outlook
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/kodak-tries-to-remain-relevant-the-
                                                                          will turn around if it can move into next-gen consoles soon.
itc-says-it-isn-t/16762.html
                                                                          According to that logic, we should hopefully be seeing the
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                                                                          next generation of gaming consoles sometime in 2013. Other
                                                                          analysts have pointed to signs, such as hints and leaked
                                                                          details about the PlayStation “Orbis” and the Xbox “720”, as
                                                                          indications that we can expect an announcement sometime
                                                                          in 2013, either at CES or at E3.
The International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled on Friday
                                                                          In his interview, Riccitiello mentioned the company’s
that neither Apple nor Research in Motion infringed Kodak’s
                                                                          greatest challenges, which include a heavy saturation of the
patents. Unfortunately, Kodak was not the only victim in this
                                                                          market for the next console generation. He predicts that we’ll
dispute.
                                                                          hear official announcements about these consoles coinciding
For the past several years, photography pioneer Eastman                   with how those announcements will factor into their NPD
Kodak has been engaged in a battle with Samsung, LG,                      data. “I think a major catalyst coming forward and the most
Apple, and Research in Motion over intellectual properties                important catalyst coming forward is visibility on next-gen
relating to digital photography. Based upon a patent that                 consoles because that NPD data… that can and should be
Kodak filed in 1997, the company alleged that it was entitled             reversed out at some point probably starting next year.”
to large sums of money because the patent extended to the                 While this prediction isn’t the kind starting with “I believe
use of digital photography in mobile phones. The United                   we’ll see the next generation of consoles in…” it makes logical
States International Trade Commission, however, ruled that                sense. Financial data hasn’t been great lately, with Sony,
Kodak was wrong.                                                          Microsoft and Nintendo seeing, in some cases, double-digit
Initially, things looked good for Kodak. In 2009,                         losses in their sales figures for June, leading to the big three,
an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) issued an initial                       and major third party developers, seeing the writing on the
determination that Samsung and LG had infringed Kodak                     wall for this generation of consoles.
patents relating to previewing images on LCD screens. While               Another indicator to the major players in the gaming
the companies could have awaited a final determination, and               industry is the massive amount raised by the Kickstarter
even appealed that in federal court, they decided to pay one-             project for Ouya, a new console being developed which will
time royalty payments. Samsung agreed to pay $550 million,                run Android, be fully open for tinkering and will cost only
while LG agreed to pay $414 million.                                      $99 on launch; this project should serve as a big sign that the
The ALJ, however, did not rule on the claims against Apple                gaming public is ready for something new.
and RIM. This allowed those companies to continue the legal
fight rather than pay a massive settlement. Luckily for them,

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Minecraft Creator Sued By
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Patent Troll
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/minecraft-creator-sued-by-patent-
troll/16758.html
July 23rd, 2012

                                                                        You might have paid for the pricey keyboard dock, and even
                                                                        a pouch or two, but there’s good news (cause it's free). Asus
                                                                        will provide upgrades to Jelly Bean for their Transformer
                                                                        Pad TF300T line.
Mojang, creators of the indie hit Minecraft have been sued
                                                                        You might have paid for the