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NVIDIA Prepares Two More
GK104-based cards - GeForce
GTX 660 Ti and 670
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-prepares-two-more-gk104-
based-cards--geforce-gtx-660-ti-and-670/15728.html
April 30th, 2012




According to our sources, NVIDIA was delighted with the
yields achieved by the 28nm GK104 (Kepler) chip, that they            GeForce GTX 670 should feature 1344 CUDA cores, same
decided to launch not one, but two high-end SKUs before               uncut 256-bit memory controller and paltry 2GB GDDR5
they start releasing value parts.                                     memory. The clocks should be set at around 915-950MHz
The word on the street was that NVIDIA worked on GTX 680              for the GPU, and 1.25GHz QDR for video memory, resulting
and GTX 690 since third quarter of 2012, and once the work            in 156GB/s of video memory bandwidth. Estimated price for
was done on the GTX 680 - the company pulled no stops to              the part should be around $399-429, going head to head
make GTX 690 the highest performing single slot dual-GPU              against the Radeon HD 7950.
card. However, even with high yield of fully enabled GK104            GeForce GTX 660 would be a different bird, with no less
chips enabling the launch of GTX 680 (which are in constant           than whole GPC (Graphics Processing Cluster) disabled ,
shortage sans one AIB that allegedly has an exclusive deal            resulting with 1152 CUDA codes. Memory bus would be cut
for some markets), there is a lot of 3.5 billion transistor chips     to 192-bit, meaning again - the odd combination of either
which aren't performing up to par.                                    768MB or 1.5GB. Given that it's 2012, we don't see anyone
In order to address those chips, NVIDIA will launch not one,          launching a product with 768MB of video memory. This part
but two cut-down versions of the GK104 chip: the Geforce              should go for $199-249, targeting AMD Radeon HD 7800
GTX 660 (or 660 Ti) and GTX 670 (or 670 Ti). According                Series (Pitcairn GPUs).
to WCCFTech, the GK104-335-A2 will power the GTX 670,                 The pricing structure would leave a pretty large hole between
while GTX 660 may be powered by another revision. Given               $249 and $399, but so is the performance difference
the way NVIDIA labels the GPUs, we would not be surprised             between the two. That room is left to the partners to come
if some of NV partners are in a lot of hot water, since NVIDIA        up with overclocked cards, liquid cooled products, multiple
typically uses three-number customer codes (GX1XX-XXX-                memory configurations etc. According to our sources, don't
AX).                                                                  expect GK107 to come to desktop anytime soon - all the
                                                                      allocated volume goes into laptops and Ultrabooks.
                                                                      NVIDIA pricing structure (for now), should look as follows:

                                                                         • $999 - GTX 690 4GB
                                                                         • $579 - GTX 680 4GB OC (Preferred AIB Pricing)
                                                                         • $499 - GTX 680 2GB
                                                                         • $379 - GTX 670 4GB (Preferred AIB Pricing)
                                                                         • $399 - GTX 670 2GB
                                                                         • $249 - GTX 660 (Ti?) 1.5GB

                                                                      Products are expected to be formally announced next week,
                                                                      with mass availability and custom designs by Computex

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Taipei 2012, which is scheduled to take place between June                 questions squarely. This looks like an excellent case for an
5-9 at World Trade Center and Nangang Exhibithion Hall in                  appeal.” If this case is appealed, rest assured that we will
Taipei, Taiwan.                                                            continue to cover it and all the implications this case will
                                                                           bring.

Judge Rules Facebook
"Likes" Not Free Speech                                                    Crytek backtracks on used
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/judge-rules-facebook-likes-not-free-   games ban controversy
speech/15729.html                                                          Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/crytek-backtracks-on-used-games-
April 30th, 2012                                                           ban-controversy/15727.html
                                                                           April 30th, 2012




                                                                           Crytek caused major controversy last week when it said
In the US District Court of Eastern Virginia, a judge has
                                                                           that a used games ban on next-generation consoles would
ruled that “Likes” on Facebook do not garner the same
                                                                           be “absolutely awesome,” but after a player backlash the
protections as other forms of expression as laid out in the
                                                                           studio now says its comments were “not intended to be taken
First Amendment.
                                                                           seriously.”
Are Facebook “likes” of a political candidate protected forms
                                                                           Crytek caused major controversy last week when it said
of speech like wearing a campaign pin, creating signs and
                                                                           that a used games ban on next-generation consoles would
murals, or other forms of political expression? According to
                                                                           be “absolutely awesome,” but after a player backlash the
the District Court of Eastern Virginia, the answer is “no.”
                                                                           studio now says its comments were “not intended to be taken
The plaintiffs in the case Bland v. Roberts, 2012 claimed                  seriously.”
that Sheriff Roberts, recently re-elected, decided to
terminate their employment after the election season due
to their endorsement of his opponent on Facebook. Their                    Rasmus Hojengaard, director of creative development at
endorsement consisted of “liking” the candidate’s Facebook                 Crytek, upset fans last week by suggesting the company
page. Sheriff Roberts claims that he simply had to let the                 might only be in it for the money, which it claims it is losing
plaintiffs go for cost-cutting and budgetary requirements.                 to used games and piracy, thanks to Crysis 2 being the most
                                                                           pirated game of 2011.
The court ruled that simply liking the page did not constitute
enough of an activity to be protected as speech. The court
said: “In cases where courts have found that constitutional                Rumours of mechanisms to prevent players from using
speech protections extended to Facebook posts, actual                      second-hand games on the Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4
statements existed within the record.”                                     have been circulating for a number of weeks, but gamers
This is especially troubling, as the court has access                      have been staunchly against the idea, which not only
to numerous First Amendment precedents stating that                        prevents resales and cheaper access to what are often very
protected speech is not required to be actual speech, such as              expensive games, but could have a knock-on effect on
Tinker v. Des Moines, which established that wearing black                 the survivability of brick-and-mortar stores, which are the
arm bands in protest of governmental actions in Vietnam                    primary businesses that profit from this area.
was protected, and Texas v. Johnson, which established that
even flag burning is protected under the First Amendment.
                                                                           "My comment made in the interview released on the 24th
Perhaps the court was simply confused by the difference                    of April, touching upon 'blocking sales of used games', was
between “liking” something on Facebook and telling                         not intended to be taken seriously nor representative of the
someone that you like something in the course of a                         opinion of Crytek," Hojengaard said.
conversation. Or, perhaps the court doesn’t realize the
implications of liking something on Facebook, which
includes publicly listing your support on the page, informing
your friends list about your like, informing the owner of the
page, and even allowing advertisers to use that information
to tailor ads for you or your friends. It certainly isn’t just “one
click of a button on [a specific] Facebook page.”
The court also laid the foundation for a qualified immunity
defense for Roberts, although whether this position is
defensible or not is questionable. As Eric Goldman, associate
professor of Law at Santa Clara School of Law and director
of that school’s High Tech Law Institute, said in comments
made about the case to Ars Technica, “we might otherwise
excuse Roberts' firings through qualified immunity, or in
fact maybe the budget cutting wasn't pretextual, but the
judge's techno-confusion prevented it from reaching those

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What is hard to take seriously is this dismissal of his earlier    Some collectors even buy limited edition consoles of certain
comments, which were quite explicit and detailed about how         colours just for that something “unique” to add to their
no other software industry would tolerate the sale of second-      collection.
hand products and that “from a business perspective” he            The Midnight Purple edition will launch on 20 May, the
would like the game industry to “fix that issue.” There was        same day that Mario Tennis Open hits the stores. There is
no hint of the comments being tongue-in-cheek, nor, indeed,        no word on a special bundle available, but we imagine stores
that they were his personal opinion alone.                         will offer one to encourage sales.

It seems clear that the company saw player reaction and
decided it needed to do some damage control. Perhaps
                                                                   Dell launches Alienware high-
a better strategy would be for senior representatives of a         end gaming laptops
company to think about what they say, how it will affect           Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/dell-launches-alienware-high-end-
players, and how it will be seen as the policy of the company      gaming-laptops/15725.html
before opening their mouth.                                        April 30th, 2012



Interestingly, if Hojengaard's views are not those of Crytek
itself the company has been tight-lipped about what its
actual views on used games are.
                                                                   Dell has launched three new Alienware laptops to fulfil
                                                                   the needs of mobile gamers, with a wide variety of choices
Nintendo announces Midnight                                        available for an ideal gaming rig.
                                                                   Dell has launched three new Alienware laptops to fulfil
Purple 3DS                                                         the needs of mobile gamers, with a wide variety of choices
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nintendo-announces-midnight-   available for an ideal gaming rig.
purple-3ds/15726.html
April 30th, 2012
                                                                   The Alienware M14x features a 14-inch high-definition
                                                                   display, with an option to increase the resolution from
                                                                   1366X768 to 1600X900. There are a range of processor
                                                                   options, including the 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 and a range of i7
                                                                   processors up to 2.7GHz. Users can choose between a 1GB or
                                                                   2GB GDDR5 Nvidia GeForce GT 650M. There is up to 16GB
Nintendo has announced a new colour for its 3DS handheld
                                                                   of RAM available and an up to 750GB HDD or 512GB SSD
gaming console, Midnight Purple, set to release with Mario
                                                                   can be employed.
Tennis Open in late May.
Nintendo has announced a new colour for its 3DS handheld
gaming console, Midnight Purple, set to release with Mario         The Alienware M17x features a 17.3-inch wide high-
Tennis Open in late May.                                           definition display, with resolution choices from 1600x900
                                                                   to 1920x1080 and a choice of FHD, LED, or LED with 3D.
The colour of royalty is the latest in Nintendo's 3DS palette,
                                                                   There are three Intel Core i7 processors to choose from,
which currently includes Cosmo Black, Aqua Blue, Flame
                                                                   ranging from 2.3 GHz to 2.7GHz, and higher when Turbo
Red and Pearl Pink. While existing players are unlikely to
                                                                   Boost is employed. For graphics, users can choose between
buy a new 3DS for this colour alone, new players will have
                                                                   three 2GB cards, the Nvidia GeForce GT 660M, GeForce GT
a wider selection to choose from, setting them apart from
                                                                   675M, or the AMD Radeon HD 7970M. Up to 32GB of DDR3
fellow portable gamers.
                                                                   RAM is available, while users can choose between a 500GB
                                                                   or 1TB HDD, or 512GB SSD.




Colour choices might seem like something inconsequential,
but many players like to have a variety of choices,
particularly if their favourite colour is among those on offer.

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The Alienware M18x comes with an 18.4-inch wide LED                 New evidence suggests Google’s collection of personal data
FHD display with a resolution of 1920X1080. There are five          from Wi-Fi networks by its Street View cars was not the work
Intel Core i7 options, ranging from 2.3 GHz to 2.9 GHz, with        of a rogue engineer.
a stock overclocked option that should provide up to 3.8GHz         Google has claimed that the collection of personal
speeds. For graphics users can choose from a 2GB Nvidia             information from wireless networks across the country by
GeForce GT 660M or GeForce GT675M, or for the more                  its Street View fleet was the work of a rogue engineer
ambitious users can employ two 675Ms with SLI or, in the            without the aid or knowledge of anyone else at the company.
near future, two AMD Radeon HD 7970Ms with CrossFireX.              However, new details from a FCC investigative report
There is room for up to 32GB of DDR3 RAM, while strangle            suggest that supervisors and managers within the Street
only a 750GB HDD option was listed, but we expect an SSD            View program knew about the data harvesting, including
option will also be made available.                                 receiving a detailed report from the engineer in October
                                                                    of 2006 detailing everything that had been done and that
                                                                    payload data, which included website requests, emails,
All models come with Windows 7 and a choice of a DVD or
                                                                    passwords, and other personal information.
Blu-ray player, in addition to a slew of standard connectivity
features, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI, USB 3.0 and             Google maintains that the information was never used
USB 2.0.                                                            in other initiatives within the program, but when the
                                                                    FCC requested the data Google had collected, they were
                                                                    refused. Google claimed that if they were to hand over the
“Our customers want the most immersive gaming                       information, they could be breaking federal privacy and
experience possible, and we’ve taken the all-powerful M14x,         wiretapping laws. The data was collected from 2007 to 2010,
M17x, and M18x laptops and made them even better,                   with no less than seven engineers working on the code, five
delivering the latest technologies for almost every need,”          of whom tested the code, and one who went through it line
said Frank Azor, GM of Alienware. “We’ve always offered the         by line to review for bugs or errors.
latest technology for the best gaming experience possible,
                                                                    Many questions about the case still remain. The FCC was
and our enhanced lineup will let you pwn any competitor and
                                                                    blocked by the engineer at the heart of the data harvesting
provide the sensory experience that we know you crave.”
                                                                    plan, called “Engineer Doe” in the FCC report, who invoked
                                                                    his Fifth Amendment right to protect himself from self-
These laptops are not cheap, however. The M14x starts at            incrimination. However, the FCC found that, since the
$1,099, the M17x retails for $1,499, and the M18x sells for         data was unencrypted and being broadcast to anyone with
$1,999. That is just the “standard configuration” too, which        the capability to listen to Wi-Fi signals, the data was not
means any extras or improvements will bump up the price             protected by federal wiretapping laws. Despite finding that
further.                                                            Google was not in violation of any laws, the FCC fined Google
                                                                    $25,000 for obstructing the investigation.
                                                                    Google’s attorney, E. Ashton Johnson, sent a letter to
                                                                    the FCC accepting the fine and ending the investigation.
                                                                    However, in that letter, Johnson attacks the FCC, claiming
                                                                    that the company had done nothing wrong and that it
                                                                    was the FCC itself which had obstructed and prolonged
                                                                    the investigation, with investigators dragging their feet and
                                                                    filing for extensions to the investigation, which Google
                                                                    accepted voluntarily. As Johnson points out in the letter,
                                                                    “This is hardly the act of a party stonewalling the
                                                                    investigation.”


                                                                    LG Cloud to launch tomorrow
                                                                    in Sth Korea and the U.S.
                                                                    Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-cloud-to-launch-tomorrow-in-sth-
                                                                    korea-and-the-u.s./15723.html

Google Knew About Wi-Fi                                             April 30th, 2012


Data Harvesting
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-knew-about-wi-fi-data-
harvesting/15724.html
April 30th, 2012
                                                                    In following suit with competitors all around and what is a
                                                                    definitive path, LG is also raising some of its services up onto
                                                                    the Cloud with the Beta of its LG Cloud online storage service
                                                                    having been given the green light.
                                                                    In following suit with competitors all around and what is a
                                                                    definitive path, LG is also raising some of its services up onto


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the Cloud with the Beta of its LG Cloud online storage service
having been given the green light.
The service will provide online storage sharing via your PC,
mobile device, smart TV etc. in which music, photos and
videos can be shared between these devices signed into the
same account.




                                                                       That date is November 13, 2012. We previously established
                                                                       via spurts of info that November was the expected month for
                                                                       its arrival, but now we have something more subsantial to
                                                                       confirm the date of release.
                                                                       While details on the title remain limited at this time, it's been
                                                                       said that the next iteration in the Black Ops series is set 10
                                                                       to 15 years ahead of the first and with a connection to the
                                                                       original Black Ops story in some form or fashion.
                                                                       No doubt we'll get more of an idea of what's on the cards once
                                                                       E3 kicks off. Also keep you eyes peeled for an official trailer
                                                                       as early as tomorrow.

Additionally the service allows for the exporting of 3D
content recorded on an Optimus 3D/3D Max, allowing it to               Nokia gears up its Lumia 900
the shared to a TV that is capable of playing it back.                 for launch in the UK
2GB of space is provided straight off the bat following free           Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-gears-up-its-lumia-900-for-
signup, with that shifting up to 5GB if an LG device has been          launch-in-the-uk/15721.html
purchased. Further is that for the first 6 months users will           April 30th, 2012
have 50GB of space to tinker with.
LG is working on the implementation of optional paid
storage, but pricing is yet to be settled on. LG Cloud will
launch tomorrow in South Korea and in the U.S. with more
regions to follow.

                                                                       It's been indicated that Nokia's flagship Windows Phone
Target reveals release date                                            based handset, the Lumia 900 is due to appear on shelves
for Black Ops II                                                       across the UK in a couple weeks with a pre-order listing on
                                                                       Amazon UK showing availability as being from May 14th.
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/target-reveals-release-date-for-
black-ops-ii/15722.html                                                It's been indicated that Nokia's flagship Windows Phone
April 30th, 2012                                                       based handset, the Lumia 900 is due to appear on shelves
                                                                       across the UK in a couple weeks with a pre-order listing on
                                                                       Amazon UK showing availability as being from May 14th.
                                                                       That date is certainly not set in stone and there is admittedly
                                                                       a note stating that the date is subject to change, but in any
Thanks to some revealing information on its newly available            case we know the handset isn't at all far away from launching
pre-order cards we now have something solid to assume the              now.
date in which Black Ops II will be launched.                           If pre-ordering is the chosen means for purchase, the phone
Thanks to some revealing information on its newly available            can be secured SIM-free and unlocked at at £479.99 (about
pre-order cards we now have something solid to assume the              $780 US / 590 Euro).
date in which Black Ops II will be launched.
Retailer Target, like almost all other retailers now is now
accepting pre-orders for the game, but unlike the others,
Target's pre-order cards give confirmation to both the name
of the title, Black Ops II, and its release date.




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Nokia's sleek 4.3-inch Lumia 900 has proven to be quite the
popular choice with strong initial sales post its U.S. launch
in early April. It's expected that the success of the phone               Please be advised that, as we did for previous platforms
will branch out into other markets across the globe in weeks              that were launched in the year-end sales season, we
to come. With that said, we're still waiting on confirmation              will announce the launch date and price in each market
from Nokia as to which other countries are lined up to                    sometime after E3. Nintendo’s basic strategy is to expand
receive it.                                                               the gaming population. We would like as many people
The Lumia 900 was launched in several color choices,                      as possible, regardless of age, gender and game play
including Black, Cyan and White. There is talk of a Magenta               experience, to have access to our product messages.
one arriving in the not too distant future as well, but this is           From that perspective, for our digital business to grow
yet to be confirmed.                                                      drastically, it is imperative for us to expand the exposure of
                                                                          the digital download products to potential consumers
                                                                          So, it seems we'll be waiting much closer to the actual release
Nintendo to remain tight                                                  date of the unit before the juicy details are shared out. With
lipped on Wii U pricing and                                               that said, at least we will get to witness a Wii U in final form
                                                                          during this year's E3 event whilst being provided with more
release date at E3                                                        specifics on its functionalities and capabilities.
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nintendo-to-remain-tight-lipped-on-   Additionally, Nintendo will be announcing most of its
wii-u-pricing-and-release-date-at-e3/15720.html                           launch titles for the game at E3 as well as what several
April 30th, 2012                                                          other developers are planning for the months ahead of the
                                                                          console's release.


                                                                          AMD Trinity APU Preview:
                                                                          Evolution or Devolution?
                                                                          Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-trinity-apu-preview-evolution-
Following an announcement pertaining to its latest financial              or-devolution-/15716.html
results, Satoru Iwata, the leader of Nintendo has made a                  April 30th, 2012
statement that directly indicates the company's intention to
withhold information on the launch date and pricing for its
next-gen Wii U home console while at E3 2012.
Following an announcement pertaining to its latest financial
results, Satoru Iwata, the leader of Nintendo has made a
statement that directly indicates the company's intention to
withhold information on the launch date and pricing for its               On 15th May 2012, AMD will launch the successor of
next-gen Wii U home console while at E3 2012.                             their consumer oriented Fusion A-series "Llano" APUs,
A commitment has been made by Nintendo to launch the                      codenamed "Trinity", which will be powered by their new
console at some point this year, but with this latest statement           "Piledriver" cores (still 32nm follow-up of the much derided
(seen below) it is clear they aren't in a rush to put it out on           Bulldozer). We take an exclusive look at the architecture
shelves just yet.                                                         behind it... and run full suite of benchmarks in an upcoming
                                                                          piece.

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Summary of Trinity APU improvements - now using
"Piledriver" modules (2nd generation of Bulldozer, still the
obtuse 2 integer/1 FP unit per module design), featuring
DDR3-1866 memory support (1600 for notebook) and
depending on SKU, up to 384 Radeon "Cores".




Technical Specifications and block diagram of the Trinity's
die made with GlobalFoundries 32nm SOI process .




                                                               The new Turbo Core 3.0 now balances power envelope of the
                                                               CPU/GPU to fit within the TDP, dynamically throttling the
                                                               clocks to fit the workload of the running application. There
                                                               is no indication on whether this is handled by hardware or
                                                               software driver (ahem quack3.exe).




                                                               Trinity still employs the VLIW4 architecture of the Radeon
The desktop APUs are still rated at 100W TDP like Llano        6xxx instead of more modern Graphics Core Next on recent
models (not too surprising considering that they are both      AMD Southern Islands GPUs (UVD engine on the Radeon
on the same manufacturing process), with 17W/25W/35W           7xxx was backported though). 3D performance is still
models for mobile variants. Operating frequencies are          nothing to get excited about, with last week's benchmarks
expected to be between 2.0-3.8GHz on the CPU and               on leaked official material putting it to be behind the Nvidia
424-800MHz on the GPU. FMA3 instruction set (which is          GT550, which can only handle entry level HD gaming.
the one adopted by Intel on the upcoming Haswell, instead of
FMA4 first seen on Bulldozer) makes a debut here. Improved
scheduling, branch prediction and prefetcher also account
for allegedly higher IPC (still no L3 though).




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                                                                     exactly the point of building up the Adrenaline, so that you
                                                                     can "Bullet Time" once you have the chance.


                                                                     What if you had run out of Adrenaline. Well, there's the
                                                                     "Dodge Shoot" whereby Max is able to enter a similar slow-
                                                                     motion state like Bullet Time, although that only works when
                                                                     Max is leaping (forward, backward or sideways) and not on
                                                                     the ground when avoiding enemies' shootings. And best of
                                                                     all, you are able to dodge and shoot at the same time. Sounds
                                                                     easy? Truth be told, both "Bullet Time" and "Dodge Shoot"
                                                                     require a lot of practice and getting used to. For experienced
                                                                     gamers like us, we would find ourselves making Max crouch
                                                                     more than often, than make him leap, dodge or shoot at the
What is AMD's perception of "good enough" CPU                        enemies.
performance? Stay tuned for our full suite of benchmarks on
the Trinity A10-5800K APU!


Max Payne 3 Preview
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/max-payne-3-preview/15718.html
April 30th, 2012




May Payne is a third-person shooter video game launched
in 2001, and was the first to feature the unique bullet time-
based gun-fights that was also used in the movie, The Matrix.        There is a multiplayer mode on Max Payne 3 (Gang Wars)
VR-Zone was at Rockstar Games office for a sneak peek                and according to a Rockstar Games spokesperson, Bullet
of their latest game, Max Payne 3, which is due to launch            Time will also be available in this mode. So you may be
next month.                                                          asking how would Bullet Time work in a multiplayer mode?
                                                                     Well, the first player to enable Bullet Time will move slightly
                                                                     faster than his or her opponents in sight. On top of that,
                                                                     any player that is within the first player's line of sight will
                                                                     also enter into Bullet Time state, though they will be in a
                                                                     slower version of that state, giving the first player the slight
                                                                     advantage. The Gang Wars multiplayer mode is also a series
                                                                     of matches based on events in the single player campaign.
                                                                     For example, you might need to defuse bombs set in your
                                                                     territory if your team grabbed the most turf, which is similar
                                                                     to Capture the Flag. These will be linked through Max’s
                                                                     narration in relation to the cut scenes.
                                                                     Even though we didn't have as much time as we wanted to
                                                                     with the preview, we believe that Max Payne fans would not
                                                                     be disappointed with what Max Payne 3 has to offer. The
The third installment of the popular Max Payne series
                                                                     game is scheduled to go on sale on 18 May for the PlayStation
brings about improved and detailed graphics, new plot on
                                                                     3 and Xbox 360 game consoles, while the PC version will be
Max's life, while retaining his witty monologues, the game's
                                                                     launched on 1 June.
signature Bullet Time shooting, as well as the graphic novel
style of story-telling with panels, voice overs and flashbacks.      Check out this YouTube video on Max Payne 3 Design and
                                                                     Technology Series: "Bullet Time"
We had our hands on one part of the game whereby it has
been eight years since Max left New York City and is working
in a private security sector for a wealthy Rodrigo Branco in
Sao Paulo, Brazil. The wife of the boss has been kidnapped
                                                                     Core i7-2600 & 2700K Sandy
and Max needs to deliver the $3 million ransom for her               Bridge chips take a small
safety. However, things didn't proceed as planned and Max
and his partner have to shoot their way out to stay alive.
                                                                     price dive
                                                                     Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/core-i7-2600--2700k-sandy-bridge-
The in-game health system is similar to the previous Max
                                                                     chips-take-a-small-price-dive/15719.html
Payne games, whereby to refill your health bar, you will need
to consume painkillers that are commonly found in places.
There is also an Adrenaline bar which builds up after every
kill, although you would find that you will deplete it very fast
when you use the "Bullet Time" shooting too often. But that's

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April 30th, 2012                                                       XP1000A for Feature Phones and Bluetooth Headsets
                                                                       The lightweight XP1000A serves the needs of the consumers
                                                                       who use feature mobile phones and Bluetooth headsets.
                                                                       It is easy to use and has a smart LED screen that
                                                                       displays the battery life and charging status. The XP1000A
                                                                       can recharge a phone or headset in approximately four
In a logical manoeuvre on its pricing regime, Intel has
                                                                       hours, and upon charging, the feature phone can have up
just shaven pricing down, albeit only slightly, on two of its
                                                                       to six hours of extra talk time (varies with different phones).
beloved previous-generation Sandy Bridge Core i7 CPUs -
namely the Core i7-2600K and Core i7-2700K.
In a logical manoeuvre on its pricing regime, Intel has
just shaven pricing down, albeit only slightly, on two of its
beloved previous-generation Sandy Bridge Core i7 CPUs -
namely the Core i7-2600K and Core i7-2700K.
The cuts certainly aren't as significant as many would have
hoped, but a saving is a saving and in this case with Ivy
Bridge now fired out the gate the cuts help the two models
retain their price/performance ratio.
The Core i7-2600K has taken a fall of about 10€ ($13 US),
now sitting at 255 to 260€. Although contrary to the current
exchange rate, Amazon US has it listed at just $308.98 US
at the time of writing.
Meanwhile, the Core i7-2700K sees a shaving of about 15€,
now costing around 275€ which works out to $364 US at
this time. However, Amazon also has it listed lower at just            XP2000A for iPhone and Smartphones
$329.49 US right now.
                                                                       More users are purchasing power-hungry devices with
                                                                       faster microprocessors, graphic co-processors, display
Energizer "Energi To Go"                                               screens, all in a slim product design. The credit card-
portable chargers comes to                                             sized XP2000A is made for the Apple iPhone and
                                                                       other smartphones, providing instant power backup for
Singapore                                                              the smartphones on the go. The XP2000A has a LED
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/energizer-energi-to-go-portable-   battery power indicator, and charges a smartphone in
chargers-comes-to-singapore/15715.html                                 approximately four hours; the smartphone boasts up to four
April 30th, 2012                                                       hours of extra power (varies with different phones and
                                                                       usage).




With mobile phones becoming more powerful and packed
with more features, battery life can be an issue for most
users. Battery maker Energizer has announced four new
portable chargers “Energi To Go” for mobile phone users
which will stop them from worrying anywhere, anytime.




                                                                       XP4003 for Tablets and Smartphones
                                                                       For power users who own both smartphones and tablets, the
                                                                       XP4003 is the ideal mobile charger. It has twice the footprint
                                                                       of the XP1000A and the XP2000A, and is able to charge both
                                                                       the smartphone and the tablet at the same time. The charger
                                                                       has a LED battery status indicator and takes approximately
                                                                       three hours to fully charge devices. Upon charging, a tablet
                                                                       can have up to four hours and a smartphone up to eight
                                                                       hours (varies with different phones and tablets).


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SP1001 Mobile Solar Charger                                        Monster has collaborated with Diesel to produce the
                                                                   Diesel VEKTR (left pic), which aims to offer consumers
The SP1001 mobile solar charger is ideal for drivers,
                                                                   comfortable and premium quality audio enjoyment in a
travelers, and outdoor loving people. Weatherproof, dust-
                                                                   stylish and compact design. The VEKTR has a silkscreen
proof and heat resistant, it is specially designed for rugged
                                                                   Mohican head on both ear cups with contrasting black, grey
outdoor use. The SP1001 provides an alternative means to
                                                                   and brushed aluminium, finished with rubberised paint. The
charge it via USB, and takes about four hours for this device
                                                                   cables also feature a special triangular section that prevents
to be charged and ready to use.
                                                                   tangling.
Pricing and Availability
                                                                   Inspired by one of Asia's most prominent producer,
The XP1000A is priced at S$39.90, XP2000A is priced at             J.Y. Park, the Diamond Tears claims to incorporate
S$69.90, XP4003 is priced at S$109.90 and the SP1001 is            similar technology used in Beats by Dr. Dre headphone
priced at S$79.90. The Energi To Go mobile phone chargers          line. Its cosmetic design is based on the moniker "edgy
are immediately available in Singapore, at EpiCentre,              like diamonds and smooth like tears", and looks visually
Challenger, GainCity, Evergreen group Pte Ltd, Popular,            stimulating and daring that many consumers might like. The
Harvey Norman and Cyberactive. Once consumers have                 Diamond Tears is targeted at young audiophiles who want an
purchased their selected Energizer Energi To Go portable           superb audio quality with exquisite fashion-forward design.
chargers from these stores, they can get free tips for life upon
                                                                   The Monster Diesel VEKTR and Diamond Tears will be
registration, at http://www.energizerpowerpacks.com/sg/.
                                                                   available in mid and end May at S$580 and S$669
                                                                   respectively.
Monster launches 2012
headphones line-up in
Singapore
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/monster-launches-2012-
headphones-line-up-in-singapore/15714.html
April 30th, 2012




Monster has recently unveiled their 2012 headphone
collection in Singapore, with the country being the first
to officially launch "Inspiration", "Diesel" and the highly
anticipated "Diamond Tears" range in the world.

                                                                   The Monster Inspiration claims to be Monster's first noise-
                                                                   cancelling over-ear headphone that is perfect for use at
                                                                   home, office or on commute and flights. It features a
                                                                   unique angled plush ear cup and allows users to interchange
                                                                   their headbands to suit their style preferences at any time,
                                                                   any day. The Inspiration also incorporates noise cancelling
                                                                   and isolation technology that can block out noise for
                                                                   your immersive audio enjoyment. The Monster Inspiration
                                                                   headphones will be available end of May at S$669 in
                                                                   titanium or pearl white finish.

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                                                                literally billions of combinations of game requirements and
                                                                hardware configurations.
                                                                With such complexity, it’s no wonder that gamers have been
                                                                flocking to consoles, points out Huang. As long as the game
                                                                is made for your console, it’s as simple as putting the disk in
                                                                the system and turning it on. NVIDIA is looking to bring the
                                                                PC gaming market as close to this as possible.
                                                                Huang announced a new initiative, called the “GeForce
                                                                Experience,” a cloud-computing solution to the problem.
                                                                NVIDIA plans on storing every possible system
                                                                configuration in a database alongside system requirements
                                                                and recommendations. A simple application will allow the
For the active lifestyle and athletic consumers, the            user to connect to NVIDIA’s database and check their system
iSport headphones (left pic) is sweatproof and washable,        against any game in their library. The servers would then
and provides hassle-free experience while engaging in           tell the application what the optimal settings for the game
strenuous activities. It is designed to deliver supeior audio   in question are for the system it’s on; the application would
performance with great clarity, articulation and deep bass,     then make the necessary changes to the configuration files
and comes with advanced noise isolation technology. The         automatically.
angle of the ear pipe is fully adjustable that it contours to   To enthusiasts, this may not seem like a big deal, but with the
the unique angles of each ear, and the headphones features      increasing popularity of netbooks, ultrabooks, and efficient,
ControlTalk inline control system that users can access         low-power computers, NVIDIA’s idea could be the deciding
music playback control via their smartphones. For those who     factor behind a new gamer choosing to play on the PC instead
are interested, there is also a yellow iSport LIVESTRONG        of the console.
edition, whereby part of the money would go to the
LIVESTRONG foundation.                                          The beta will be available for download on June 6th. We will
                                                                continue to report on this new development over the coming
The Gratitude headphones is a collaboration with popular
                                                                months.
American band, Earth, Wind & Fire, and boasts specially
engineered noise isolation technology for impressive audio
quality. It sports an eye-catching rose gold finish, and is     Bionic Eye Tests Planned for
designed and personally tuned by the band. The Monster
iSport and Gratitude headphones are selling at S$290 and        2013
S$369 respectively. The iSport LIVESTRONG edition is            Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/bionic-eye-tests-planned-
retailing at S$309.                                             for-2013/15712.html
                                                                April 30th, 2012

NVIDIA Announces GeForce                                        Biomedical researchers from the University of New South
                                                                Wales are hoping to test fully functional bionic eye implants
Experience                                                      on humans in 2013. The prototypes consist of 98 electrodes
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-announces-geforce-   that stimulate the nerve cells in the patient’s retina. The
experience/15713.html                                           retina functions by converting light into electrical impulses
April 30th, 2012                                                which are then sent to the visual cortex in the brain, allowing
                                                                the person to see. The bionic implant would stimulate the
Many pundits have announced the end of PC gaming
                                                                retina through direct electrical impulses, allowing the users
over the years. With the rise of console popularity among
                                                                to differentiate between light and dark.
gamers, many would claim that certainly PC gaming is dying.
NVIDIA, makers of the popular GeForce video cards, is           Gregg Suaning, a professor from the University of New
looking to bring back gamers wooed away by the ease of          South Wales Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering,
access to console games.                                        is one of the leaders of the research. He is also the lead
                                                                researcher responsible for Bionic Vision Australia’s wide-
The problem as NVIDIA sees it, according Jen-Hsun Huang,
                                                                view device, the first prototype designed to restore sight to
the company’s president and CEO, is that PC games require
                                                                those with degenerative retinal conditions. Suaning released
a greater knowledge about the capabilities of the system
                                                                a statement in which he said, “Our primary aim is to
than required by consoles. Many games require users to
                                                                complete the first prototypes of the bionic eye so they can be
dig into the configurations and tweak various graphical and
                                                                tested in human recipients in 2013.”
post-processing settings in order to make the game run
at peak performance while maintaining excellent graphical
quality. However, according to NVIDIA’s statistics, 80% of
gamers do not adjust their quality settings. With hundreds
of thousands of system configurations, it can be daunting
for an individual gamer to know for certain what their
system is capable of. To add to the confusion, more
than 200 games have been released since the start of
2012, and each of those games has an individual list of
system requirements and recommendations. This leads to


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                                                                       Washington, would “commend” the legislators for taking the
                                                                       “first step in addressing [the] problems in cyber security.”),
                                                                       Microsoft is now saying that “any proposed legislation”
                                                                       should allow them to cooperate with law enforcement while
                                                                       “[allowing] us to honor the privacy and security promises we
                                                                       make to our customers.”
                                                                       The issue arises from a specific phrase in the legislation,
                                                                       which says that “notwithstanding any other provisions
                                                                       of law,” companies may share information with any
                                                                       government agency that requests it, be that the IRS, the NSA,
                                                                       the Department of Homeland Security, or any other. That
                                                                       phrase, “notwithstanding,” is the root of the problem. The
                                                                       drafters of the legislation put that phrase in there specifically
                                                                       to allow CISPA to override any privacy laws currently in
                                                                       effect. Rep. Jared Polis from Colorado, a Democrat and
The new device works by taking an image with a camera,                 one-time Web entrepreneur, argued on the House floor
such as one mounted on a pair of glasses, which is processed           that CISPA would throw out “every single privacy law ever
by an external processor in a computer or smartphone.                  enacted in the name of cyber security.”
The processed information is then sent to the bionic eye’s
                                                                       Dan Auerbach, a staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier
chip, which stimulates the retina through direct electrical
                                                                       Foundation, an organization focused on privacy and other
impulses of the nerves.
                                                                       concerns in the modern, computer-driven world, welcomed
The University of New South Wales has spent $2.5 million               Microsoft’s new statement. “We're excited to hear that
to upgrade its labs so that researchers could develop the              Microsoft has acknowledged the serious privacy faults in
technology behind this device. The upgrades include high               CISPA,” he said. “We hope that other companies will realize
temperature presses, laser cutters, plasma reactors, probing           this is bad for users and also bad for companies who may be
machines, and a “clean room” to develop the electronic                 coerced into sharing information with the government.”\
components. “The new laboratory gives us the capacity
                                                                       Microsoft released the following statement to CNET:
to not only design and test, but to also fabricate novel
and intricate bionic implants,” Suaning said. “It will yield           Microsoft has previously stated support for efforts to
enormous potential and promise for future biomedical                   improve cyber security, and sharing threat information is
research and clinical outcomes.”                                       an important component of those efforts. Improvements to
                                                                       the way this information is shared would help companies
The labs were opened on April 27th.                                    better protect customers, and online services in the United
                                                                       States and around the world from criminal attack. Microsoft
Microsoft Backs Away from                                              believes that any proposed legislation should facilitate the
                                                                       voluntary sharing of cyber threat information in a manner
CISPA Support Due to Privacy                                           that allows us to honor the privacy and security promises we
                                                                       make to our customers.
Concerns                                                               Legislation passed by the House of Representatives
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-backs-away-from-cispa-
support-due-to-privacy-concerns/15710.html
                                                                       yesterday is a first step in this legislative process. Since
April 30th, 2012
                                                                       November, there has been active, constructive dialogue
                                                                       to identify and address concerns about the House bill,
                                                                       and several important changes were incorporated. We look
                                                                       forward to continuing to work with members of Congress,
                                                                       consumer groups, the civil liberties community and industry
                                                                       colleagues as the debate moves to the Senate to ensure the
                                                                       final legislation helps to tackle the real threat of cybercrime
                                                                       while protecting consumer privacy.
Microsoft is backing away from its support of the
controversial bill after serious concerns about the privacy of         CISPA was passed by the US House of Representatives by
Internet users have come to light.                                     a vote of 248 to 168 on April 26th. President Obama has
Microsoft, one of the earliest supporters of the controversial         promised to veto the bill should it reach his desk.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (better known
as CISPA), is now changing course, withdrawing much of
its support of the bill. Microsoft voiced its support of the           Intel to push MIC
bill in November of 2011, months before most of the privacy            aggressively for Exascale
concerns in the legislation were brought to light. It wasn’t
until April 5th that a major petition was started online,
                                                                       computing
                                                                       Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-to-push-mic-aggressively-for-
garnering more than 800,000 signatures, and it wasn’t until
                                                                       exascale-computing/15711.html
April 16th that an anti-CISPA coalition released an open
letter condemning the legislation.
While not wholeheartedly supporting CISPA (Fred
Humphries, the top lobbyist for the software giant in

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April 30th, 2012                                                   What's the only major problem, besides of course having
                                                                   to re-compile your apps code to get the best performance?
                                                                   Well, everytime you get away from the on-board memory
                                                                   via the PCIe bus to retrieve stuff from the system memory,
                                                                   the performance will - just like in GPUs - drop dramatically,
                                                                   even several times. Intel may solve a part of that by using
                                                                   a much faster, simpler sub protocol for rapid data transfer
Yes, it is Larrabee reborn - this time the focus is                over PCIe, since there's no QPI based MIC as of yet. In fact,
strictly on supercomputing and general technical computing         Intel might decide never to make a QPI based one, if they
acceleration. What's the focus?                                    succeed in allowing the future MIC chips to be, in a way,
                                                                   normal CPUs that can boot an OS - of course not Windows,
Remember Larrabee, Intel's big time attempt to get into            I guess - on their own, without requiring a Xeon CPU front
the discrete GPU business? Well, it may have failed in             end. However, if Xeon E5 or E7 nodes are still kept as the
this respect, but the core architecture was transplanted to        front end, then linking a bunch of MIC chips on board via
another market segment that would welcome its approach             QPI to all of them as a sort of coprocessor makes much more
- high performance computing. After all, the idea of using         sense from system memory sharing point of view too.l
a simplified - in this case, Pentium like - core as a front
end to a big, wide SIMD FP engine, and multiplying that
by over 50 times on a single die with a high bandwidth             Now, the newest Nvidia and AMD GPUs, the top end
interconnect between the cores, and also high bandwidth            versions of Kepler and Southern Islands, can boot a custom
external memory connection alike that on GPUs, does make           OS actually, and run as standalone CPUs of a sort if need be.
sense for a number of technical and scientific computing           Of course, their highly custom instruction set architectures
jobs. And, why not, top end gaming physics too...                  would require a custom OS environment, but that can also
                                                                   change. Then, the MIPS, Alpha and SPARC derivatives of
Intel call this family of products MIC - Many Integrated           Chinese CPUs are all expected to have very wide, high core
Core, chips, or 'Knights' line. The first MIC to be offered        count SIMD FP versions with multi-teraflop performance
to the discerning public, in a limited quantity for a sort         per chip by 2014 too. Even if they are a process generation
of pilot introduction, is 'Knights Corner', basically a GPU-       behind still by that time, the much simpler, more efficient
like PCIe accelerator card with a 22-nm process MIC chip           RISC front ends would likely make their overall performance
that integrates some 50 cores for roughly 1 TFLOPs DP FP           quite competitive.
performance, or nearly 6 times that of the Xeon E5 top
processor bin right now, within a similar power budget - a
critical point required to get to, say, Petaflop within 10 racks   In summary, Intel MIC is a flagship representative of the
now, or Exaflop level performance within a single datacentre       new family of devices that evolved the GPU Compute into the
size and power budget in 2018.                                     Supercompute, with higher performance per socket leading
                                                                   to less sockets required - especially as we hit the physical
                                                                   scaling limits of aggregating tens of thousands of multi-core
                                                                   CPUs to reach multi-petaflop and exaflop computing levels.
                                                                   The immense per-chip double-precision FP performance
                                                                   and easier programmability due to the common X86 front
                                                                   end help too, however the competition from several other
                                                                   vendors, including the GPU and CPU makers, will have very
                                                                   competitive solutions of their own.


                                                                   Prolimatech Megahalems
                                                                   Revision C CPU Cooler
                                                                   Review
                                                                   Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/prolimatech-megahalems-revision-c-
                                                                   cpu-cooler-review/15709.html
                                                                   April 30th, 2012

The thing that differentiates MIC from ATI or Nvidia
GPGPUs is that it's front end is a X86 core, therefore the
same programming model can apply for both the main CPU
and the accelerator, rather than resorting to OpenCL or
CUDA. On the other hand, the first MIC cores are based
on a 64-bit enhanced version of the 16 year old Pentium               Undoubtedly Megahalems, the first CPU cooler which
that fronts a very wide SIMD FP unit, whose dual-issue in-         Prolimatech released in 2008, is largely responsible for the
order instruction approach limits the maximum achievable           high reputation of the company among enthusiasts and
FP rates. Intel will surely fix that in the next round, but        their highly successful market penetration despite the steep
using the X86 as a front end, with all the associated baggage,     competition. Today we are going to test and review the third
remains a double-edged sword.                                      revision of the Megahalems CPU cooler which, despite the
                                                                   virtually unchanged design and physical dimensions, the

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cooler today can be installed on virtually all recent Intel and         April 30th, 2012
AMD CPUs.
Undoubtedly Megahalems, the first CPU cooler which
Prolimatech released in 2008, is largely responsible for the            Microsoft quietly released a fix to close a major security hole,
high reputation of the company among enthusiasts and                    which allowed anyone with basic computer knowledge to
their highly successful market penetration despite the steep            hijack anyone's Hotmail account.
competition. Today we are going to test and review the third
revision of the Megahalems CPU cooler which, despite the                Microsoft quietly released a fix for a severe security risk
virtually unchanged design and physical dimensions, the                 discovered in their Hotmail servers. The flaw affected
cooler today can be installed on virtually all recent Intel and         Hotmail’s password reset system, allowing an attacker to
AMD CPUs.                                                               reset the target’s email password without their knowledge.
                                                                        In fact, the error was so severe that any and every Hotmail
                                                                        account was vulnerable to the attack.
Manufacturer features and specifications                                The flaw relied on an error in the way Hotmail handles
                                                                        password reset requests. In order to prevent anyone but the
    • Top fin made of scratch-resistant Stainless Steel to
                                                                        owner of the account from resetting the password, Hotmail’s
      preserve shine.
                                                                        servers use a token-based system, where the user clicks a link
    • Minimal air resistance between fins allowing best                 in an email sent to them by Hotmail’s servers which contains
      balance between noise and performance. For all                    the token information; the link then allows the user to reset
      out performance, fan RPM at 1600 or above is                      their password. The flaw lied in the way Hotmail’s servers
      recommended.                                                      verified the tokens, allowing attackers to reset the passwords
    • Heatpipes are lined up in a straight line to prevent              of any account they wanted.
      air back draft allowing air to easily pass through the            The hack was so easy to perform that hackers initially offered
      heatsink body.                                                    to crack any Hotmail account for as little as $20. Eventually,
    • Wide gaps between fins with mathematically                        the method became known to a wider audience and began to
      calculated thickness to maximize best air-to-surface              spread like fire across the internet, but was more prevalent
      cooling rate.                                                     among the Arab communities. The flaw was discovered
                                                                        independently by a Saudi hacker at dev-point.com and by the
    • Easy-to-install retention mechanism for LGA 775,                  team at Vulnerability Labs. Vulnerability Labs discovered
      1366, 1155, 1156 and 2011 and AM2/AM2+/AM3/
                                                                        the flaw on April 6th, but waited until April 20th to report it
      AM3+.
                                                                        to Microsoft, who released a fix within hours of receiving the
    • Includes easy-to-apply high grade thermal compound,               notice.
      a perfect sidekick to all Prolimatech heatsinks.
                                                                        If your account was hacked using this method, it will be fairly
    • New Universal Backplate to support all Intel platforms.           easy to spot, as your password will no longer work when
    • Two sets of fan clips for a duo-fan installation.                 attempting to access your account. Regaining access to your
                                                                        account may be a problem, however, because one of the first
Heatsink Dimension                  (L)130mm X (W)74mmX                 steps a hacker takes in an attack like this is to change the
                                    (H)158.7mm                          recovery information once access to the account has been
                                                                        obtained. This prevents the target from regaining access
Heatsink Weight                     790 g
                                                                        to their account. Submitting a support ticket to Hotmail’s
Heatpipe                            Ø 6mm X 6pcs                        support staff would be the only recourse available at that
Suggest Fan                         120mm X 120mm X 25mm                point.
                                    140mm X140mm X25mm
Suggest Noise Level (dBA)           Below 26dBA
                                                                        DARPA Looking to Recycle
Air Flow                            57 CFM
Direction of heatsink               Faces the rear exhaust              Space Junk
                                    system fan                          Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/darpa-looking-to-recycle-space-
                                                                        junk/15706.html
CPU Platform                        Intel Socket LGA
                                                                        April 30th, 2012
                                    775/1366/1156/1155/2011
                                    AMD Socket AM2/2+/3/3+



Microsoft Fixes Severe
Hotmail 0-day Password                                                  In a move that gives a new sense of hope to space exploration
Hole After Widespread                                                   exthusiasts, DARPA announced a plan to recycle space junk
                                                                        and derelict satellites for use in military communications
Exploitation                                                            networks and other projects, taking the first step towards
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-fixes-severe-hotmail-0-   space-based servicing and repair facilities.
day-password-hole-after-widespread-exploitation/15707.html              The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better
                                                                        known as DARPA, is looking into the possibility of turning

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disabled, out-of-commission satellites into new, functioning      On the other hand, Zynga recently acquired the developer
systems. Barring that, they hope to at least salvage              OMGPOP, makers of the wildly popular social game Draw
components, such as antennas and solar arrays, for use in         Something. The move came shortly after Draw Something
new satellite systems.                                            topped Zynga’s Scrabble clone Words With Friends, with
                                                                  12.2 million concurrent players. Reports indicate the sale
DARPA is hosting the “Fostering Sustainable Satellite
                                                                  was somewhere around $180 million, although no exact
Servicing” conference in Arlington, VA on June 26th. This         figure has been released.
event will be focused on discussing various legal, technical,
and political issues involved in salvaging satellites and their   The acquisition of OMGPOP has caused some amount of
components.                                                       strife and division internally at Zynga, with reports that
                                                                  many insiders, including the company’s founder, are looking
"Reusing existing satellite components may not only               to unload their stock in the company. The strife stems from
dramatically lower the cost of [geosynchronous orbit]             disagreement about the future direction of the company,
satellite missions for Defense Department needs,” says            with dissenters saying the company should stick with what
Dave Barnhart, the program manager for DARPA’s Phoenix            made them successful in the first place: social games on
program, “but may also serve to demonstrate, through              Facebook and other social networking platforms.
advanced techniques and technology, a model for future on-
orbit servicing activities.” DARPA’s Phoenix program was          Currently, Zynga is looking to end their reliance on
established for the same purpose.                                 Facebook’s platform for their business model, with a new
                                                                  focus on developing mobile games like the iOS versions
Satellites have a finite lifespan, and when they fail they are    of Words With Friends and Draw Something, although
typically moved into what is known as a “graveyard orbit.”        history shows that many of the social networks that have
Dead satellites remain in these orbits indefinitely. Many         grown up in the past few years looking to dethrone Facebook
of these satellites still have usable parts and components,       have either failed or been swallowed up into Zuckerberg’s
however, which is why DARPA is interested in them. The            giant. Only time will tell if the same fate will befall Zynga’s
Phoenix program is looking to create two new types of             attempts.
spaceship: small “satlets” that could attach to the antennas
of dead satellites and use them to create a working system,
and a satellite servicing ship that could be sent up to repair    HighPoint launches the
and service dead and dying satellites.
                                                                  RocketStor USB 3.0 dock
This news is particularly interesting with the recent
announcement of Planetary Resources and their asteroid            with RAID, claims 10Gbps
mining plans. In short, Planetary Resources hopes to capture
a near-Earth asteroid in the next few years and bring it
                                                                  speeds
                                                                  Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/highpoint-launches-the-rocketstor-
into an orbit either around the moon or at one of Earth’s
                                                                  usb-3.0-dock-with-raid-claims-10gbps-speeds/15705.html
lagrangian points. A space-based servicing capability would
                                                                  April 30th, 2012
be greatly beneficial to a space-based mining operation.
DARPA’s satellite servicing plans could be the first step to
a new industry centered on servicing a burgeoning private-
sector space industry.


Zynga Posts Big Loss to Start                                     We've already seen HighPoint's peculiar USB 3.0 RocketU
2012                                                              cards with performance claims of 20Gbps and now the
                                                                  company has followed up with the RocketStor that might
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/zynga-posts-big-loss-to-
                                                                  actually be able to take advantage of some of that claimed
start-2012/15704.html
                                                                  performance. The RocketStor is a simple USB 3.0 hard drive
April 30th, 2012
                                                                  dock, but with a pair of USB 3.0 connectors at the rear.
                                                                  We've already seen HighPoint's peculiar USB 3.0 RocketU
                                                                  cards with performance claims of 20Gbps and now the
The first quarter of 2012 has been very rough on social games     company has followed up with the RocketStor that might
giant Zynga, with the company posting a large loss and            actually be able to take advantage of some of that claimed
internal strife casting doubt over the future of the company.     performance. The RocketStor is a simple USB 3.0 hard drive
Zynga, the polarizing social gaming developer, has posted a       dock, but with a pair of USB 3.0 connectors at the rear.
loss to begin the 2012 year. The loss comes from the period
from January to March, despite the company’s revenues
rising by 32% over the same period. Zynga’s total revenue
was $321 million, with their gross revenue from virtual
goods and ads coming to a new record for the company,
at $329 million. User numbers were up, Zynga recently
launched six new games, and eight of the top ten games on
Facebook were owned by Zynga. Zynga is also planning on
launching its own social gaming platform in order to reduce
its reliance on Facebook’s platform. With all these positive
numbers, the revenue loss seems to be incongruous.

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                                                                        been waiting for, as both of these just announced models
                                                                        will end up just below the P8Z77-V LE in Asus' range of Z77
                                                                        motherboards. We've seen LX and LE boards in the past
                                                                        from Asus, but the LK is a new budget model we haven't seen
                                                                        in previous generations.
                                                                        If you like many others have found Asus' range of P8Z77-
                                                                        V motherboards a bit on the expensive side, then the new
                                                                        P8Z77-V LK and P8Z77-V LX models might be what you've
                                                                        been waiting for, as both of these just announced models
                                                                        will end up just below the P8Z77-V LE in Asus' range of Z77
                                                                        motherboards. We've seen LX and LE boards in the past
                                                                        from Asus, but the LK is a new budget model we haven't seen
                                                                        in previous generations.
                                                                        We're not entirely sure what Asus is trying to achieve by
HighPoint is offering two different versions of the                     offering so many models as right now we have no less than
RocketStor, the Smart Backup and the Smart RAID. The                    seven P8Z77 SKUs if we include the Premium, plus two
main differentiator appears to be that the backup model                 mini ATX, one ITX, the Sabertooth, the WS and soon to be
is intended for Windows and comes with backup software                  two Maximus V boards with a potential third launching at
and a one-touch backup button, whereas the RAID version                 Computex. That's no less than 15 models in total and as you'll
is intended for OS X and comes with a basic RAID drive                  see with these two new additions, only very minor features
management utility. For some reason the Windows version                 differ.
doesn't appear to support RAID, although it might be
possible to do this in the disk manager regardless of the
software that HighPoint supplies.




                                                                        The P8Z77-V LX is the new entry level model and it has a
                                                                        smaller PCB at 305x218mm and gone are fancy features like
In theory the RocketStor should work with any USB 3.0
                                                                        heatsinks on the MOSFETs. Still, it's not quite the scrape
connection as long as you have two ports available and
                                                                        of the barrel, although Asus hasn't really included any extra
HighPoint doesn't appear to claim that you need one of its
                                                                        features either. You get the standard six Intel SATA ports,
USB 3.0 add-in cards. Either model can accept up to two
                                                                        two x16 PCI Express slots that can operate in dual x8 mode,
3.5 or 2.5-inch drives, or one of each for that matter. The
                                                                        two x1 PCI Express slots and three PCI slots. There's no
Windows model launched a little while back and retails for
                                                                        TB_Header on this board, as it doesn't have the required x4
around US$90, whereas the Mac model is over twice the
                                                                        PCI Express slot, something it shares with the P8Z77-V LE.
price at US$189, although that price includes a two port PCI
                                                                        No extra USB 3.0 controllers are to be found here either, so
Express x4 USB 3.0 host controller.
                                                                        you have to make do with a header for two internal USB 3.0
                                                                        ports, as well as six USB 2.0 ports.
Asus reveals two budget
friendly P8Z77-V motherboard
models
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-reveals-two-budget-friendly-
p8z77-v-motherboard-models/15703.html
April 30th, 2012




If you like many others have found Asus' range of P8Z77-
V motherboards a bit on the expensive side, then the new                The rear I/O isn't terrible with a PS/2 port, four USB 2.0
P8Z77-V LK and P8Z77-V LX models might be what you've                   ports, two USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, three audio

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jacks, optical S/PDIF out and a D-sub, DVI and HDMI port.                April 30th, 2012
Price wise this board comes in at around US$140, not an
incredible saving compared to the P8Z77-LE, but it might
get cheaper over time.

                                                                         What appears to be HP's first Windows 8 tablet has made an
                                                                         appearance in what is allegedly and internal HP presentation
                                                                         slide. It's only a render of what the device might look like,
                                                                         but it gives us a good idea as to what to expect from HP's
                                                                         first Windows 8 tablet, which will be using an x86 CPU as
                                                                         it's targeting businesses rather than consumers.
                                                                         What appears to be HP's first Windows 8 tablet has made an
                                                                         appearance in what is allegedly and internal HP presentation
                                                                         slide. It's only a render of what the device might look like,
                                                                         but it gives us a good idea as to what to expect from HP's
                                                                         first Windows 8 tablet, which will be using an x86 CPU as
                                                                         it's targeting businesses rather than consumers.
                                                                         The tablet in question is simply named the HP Slate 8 and
For an extra US$5-10 you could pick up the P8Z77-V LK                    it should sport a 10.1-inch display of unknown resolution.
which has a slightly larger PCB at 305x224mm, yet is still               It will come with Windows 8 Professional and has support
smaller than the P8Z77-V LE at 305x244mm. The overall                    for both multi-touch and stylus based input. HP will also
feature set of the P8Z77-V LK is similar to the P8Z77-                   be offering an "enterprise level" docking solution which
V LX, but here you get angled SATA connectors which a                    presumably means keyboard, mouse, display and wired
bonus compared to the P8Z77-V LE, although no extra SATA                 Ethernet connectivity. A wide range of security features will
controller is present. The slot layout has also been improved            come as standard as well, such as TPM, HP's ProtectTools
by adding a x4 PCI Express slot in lieu of a PCI slot, but               software and support for Computrace device tracking.
we can't spot a TB_Header on this model. Asus has also
kitted out the P8Z77-V LK with an ASMedia USB 3.0 host
controller for a total of six USB 3.0 ports and a small heatsink
on part of the MOSFETs.




                                                                         The slide also claims that the tablet will measure a mere
                                                                         9.2mm thick, that's slimmer than Apple's iPad and that it'll
                                                                         weigh in at 680g, yet somehow be able to deliver 8-10h of
                                                                         battery life. It's not clear if HP will use an Intel or AMD
                                                                         processor, but due to the corporate business angle of the
Around the back you get a PS/2 port, two USB 2.0 ports, four             Slate 8, we'd guess we'll see a 17W Ultrabook CPU from Intel
USB 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, six audio jacks, an              in it once it potentially launches.
optical S/PDIF and a D-sub, DisplayPort, DVI and HDMI
connector. The only thing you lose out compared to the
P8Z77-V LE is an eSATA port, but price wise this board                   MIT Researchers Develop
is about $10-15 cheaper than the P8Z77-V LE and if you
don't need the extra eSATA and SATA ports, we'd go for the
                                                                         Glare-Free Self-Cleaning
P8Z77-V LK out of the two. One other thing that we noticed               Glass
is that neither of these two new models features Asus' TPU,              Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mit-researchers-develop-glare-free-
USB BIOS Flashback or USB Charger+, so you're trading off                self-cleaning-glass/15701.html
some features for cost. Both models should be available as               April 30th, 2012
of now.
                                                                         A glare free, self-cleaning, hydrophobic, non-reflective
                                                                         glass has been developed by researchers at Massachusetts
                                                                         Institute of Technology (MIT).

HP's first Windows 8 tablet
leaks, maybe
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-s-first-windows-8-tablet-leaks-
maybe/15702.html




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The technology is based on a nano sized scale, and its
special properties come from a microscopic landscape of
conical spikes. These cones make the special glass resistant
to fogging, glare and reflection. Additionally, they make
                                                                 Two months ago, Yahoo filed a lawsuit against Facebook,
the glass hydrophobic, meaning it repels water. It is so
                                                                 claiming that the company had violated several of their
hydrophobic, in fact, that MIT released a video showing
                                                                 patents, mostly related to social networking. Earlier this
water droplets bouncing off the glass like beach balls.
                                                                 month, Facebook countersued, charging Yahoo of violating
The water resistant properties of this material cause it to      some of Facebook’s own patents.
be self-cleaning. Water, naturally rolling down the glass’s
                                                                 Yahoo points out, however, that eight out of the ten patents
surface, collects and carries away dirt and dust particles,
                                                                 that Facebook mentioned were acquired in the last five
leaving a clean and shining screen.
                                                                 months. Apparently, none of these eight patents were even
Kyoo-Chul Park, co-author of the paper describing the new        developed by Facebook, and some of them even predated the
technology, explains that the glass will aid in increasing the   social networking website completely. Thus, Yahoo explains
efficiency of photovoltaic panels by reducing the amount         that “any, if not all, of these patents were acquired by
of sunlight lost in reflection. In addition, researchers hope    Facebook for purposes of retaliation against Yahoo in this
that the technology will help to improve other optical           case.”
devices, including consumer electronics like cell phones and
                                                                 Facebook denies these accusations, and said in a statement
computer monitors.
                                                                 that "we remain perplexed by Yahoo's erratic actions. We
From a consumer’s standpoint, the addition of this               disagree with these latest claims and we will continue to
technology to the market would mean a vastly improved end        defend ourselves vigorously."
experience. With a huge market for screen covers and other
                                                                 These battles between both Facebook and Yahoo intersect
protection accessories to keep cell phones and other devices
                                                                 with a time of great change for both. Yahoo is radically
clean and glare free, this new glass could eliminate hassle
                                                                 changing the company’s course, having lain off 2,000
and expense from the life of an average electronics user.
                                                                 employees earlier this month. Meanwhile, Facebook is
Consumers, however, may have to wait for some time before        preparing for an IPO as early as next month, with an
having access to such impeccable glass. The microscopic          anticipated valuation of $100 billion.
nature of the technology leaves its efficiency in question.
                                                                 Regardless of “whodunit” so far as concerns the patent
More testing must be done to ensure that the glass is not too
                                                                 allegations, Yahoo bemoans that both companies had
fragile to withstand the conditions of practical applications.
                                                                 an agreement to approach each other about intellectual
                                                                 property issues before bringing each other to court. Yet,
Yahoo Accuses Facebook of                                        Yahoo claims that “Facebook provided no notice to Yahoo
                                                                 of any alleged infringement, and Facebook never attempted
'Retaliation'                                                    to resolve any alleged infringement of any of its patents by
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/yahoo-accuses-facebook-of-   Yahoo prior to asserting them in litigation.”
retaliation-/15699.html

                                                                 Asus' P8Z77-V Premium gets
April 30th, 2012


                                                                 almost official
                                                                 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-p8z77-v-premium-gets-almost-
                                                                 official/15700.html
                                                                 April 30th, 2012
  According to Yahoo, Facebook is retaliating against the
company by claiming violation of ten patents, some of which
Yahoo accuses Facebook of purchasing deliberately for the
charge.
According to Yahoo, Facebook is retaliating against the
company by claiming violation of ten patents, some of which      Remember that new Asus Z77 motherboard we reported
Yahoo accuses Facebook of purchasing deliberately for the        about the other day? It appears that the P8Z77-V Premium
charge.                                                          is almost ready for launch, as now a collection of much
                                                                 more detailed pictures have made an appearance online,

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courtesy of a subsidiary Asus website, although since then
the pictures have been pulled.
Remember that new Asus Z77 motherboard we reported
about the other day? It appears that the P8Z77-V Premium
is almost ready for launch, as now a collection of much
more detailed pictures have made an appearance online,
courtesy of a subsidiary Asus website, although since then
the pictures have been pulled.



                                                                 The board also has an ASMedia controller for a pair of
                                                                 extra USB 3.0 ports, although it appears that the P8Z77-V
                                                                 Premium has fewer USB 3.0 ports in total than the P8Z77-V
                                                                 Deluxe, as it only seems to have four rear ports and two front
                                                                 ports. Asus seems to have implemented around 20 power
                                                                 phases on the board, but it's a little bit hard to tell once again,
                                                                 due to the angles of the pictures.




Luckily we grabbed the pictures before that happened, so
we can shed some more light on the P8Z77-V Premium. It
looks like most of our conclusions where correct with regards
to the features of the P8Z77-V Premium, but we did miss a
couple of things. For starters, the board has four additional
SATA 6Gbps ports which suggest that there should be one
3Gbps eSATA port alongside the six SATA 6Gbps, three
SATA 3Gbps ports and of course an mSATA slot.




                                                                 As for Thunderbolt support, well, it appears we were right
                                                                 once again, as although we haven't been able to locate the
                                                                 physical Thunderbolt chip on the motherboard, if you look
                                                                 just above the third PCI Express x16 slot on the board, Asus
                                                                 has spelled out Thunderbolt on the PCB which pretty much
                                                                 gives it all away, despite the cropped rear I/O picture which
                                                                 doesn't show the mini DisplayPort connector. Note that the
                                                                 text was photoshopped out on the picture above, but not on
                                                                 the one below.




Unlike the P8Z77-V Deluxe, the P8Z77-V Premium also
appears to sport dual Intel Gigabit Ethernet ports if our eyes
don't deceive us. It has also been suggested by some websites
that the board will ship with a 32GB mSATA SSD and we'd
guess we're looking at a Marvell powered mSATA SSD due
to the fact that it sports DRAM cache, but we couldn't say for
sure and we haven't managed to find another mSATA SSD
that looks the same.




                                                                 Now all we need is an official launch date and that US$300
                                                                 plus price tag to have close to the full picture of this board,
                                                                 but this isn't likely to appear for a couple of days at least.
                                                                 We're not entirely sure that Asus got the mix of features right
                                                                 on this board, but it's most definitely as feature packed as it
                                                                 gets, as long as you can afford it.

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US House of Representatives                                                The White House does not approve of CISPA, however,
                                                                           which it claims does not provide important safeguards for
ignores Obama veto threat by                                               privacy, confidentiality and civil liberties. It criticised the
passing CISPA                                                              broad nature of the sharing of information that would
                                                                           be allowed under the law and the legal immunity offered
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/us-house-of-representatives-ignores-
                                                                           to prevent privacy and antitrust lawsuits when companies
obama-veto-threat-by-passing-cispa/15698.html
                                                                           comply with the new rules.
April 30th, 2012


                                                                           The White House wants a different bill to be passed, one
                                                                           authored by Senator John Rockefeller and supported by the
                                                                           majority of Democrats in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
                                                                           It allows for the Department of Homeland Security to order
                                                                           companies that maintain critical infrastructure, such as
The US House of Representatives has passed the Cyber                       water and power facilities, to meet higher standards of
Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), defying a                 security. This follows numerous reports about the threat to
threat by the White House to veto the bill.                                such essential infrastructure.
The US House of Representatives has passed the Cyber
Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), defying a
                                                                           US President Barack Obama has the power to veto the bill,
threat by the White House to veto the bill.
                                                                           and while traditionally this presidential power is avoided as
                                                                           much as possible, it may be employed in the unlikely even
The Act was approved by a vote of 248 for and 168 against,                 that CISPA is also passed in the Senate.
leading supporters of the bill to claim that it has the support
of Republicans and Democrats alike.

                                                                           Crytek dismisses
The bill allows for federal agencies like the National Security
Agency (NSA), which already eavesdrops overseas in efforts                 TimeSplitters 4 rumours
                                                                           Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/crytek-dismisses-timesplitters-4-
to protect American interests, to share secret cyber threat
                                                                           rumours/15697.html
information with US companies to help protect against
                                                                           April 30th, 2012
attacks.


It does not appear that cybersecurity is the issue, however,
but rather the sweeping powers given and the potential for
the abuse of user privacy on the internet, a concern held
by numerous internet-based firms which might be forced to                  The UK branch of Crytek, which was known as Free Radical
share information.                                                         before Crytek bought it, has dismissed rumours of a fourth
                                                                           instalment of its popular TimeSplitters series.
                                                                           The UK branch of Crytek, which was known as Free Radical
While advocates of CISPA have attempted to differentiate                   before Crytek bought it, has dismissed rumours of a fourth
it from the equally controversial Stop Online Piracy Act                   instalment of its popular TimeSplitters series.
(SOPA), critics like Demand Progress and the Centre for
Democracy and Technology believe it is equally damaging to
online privacy.                                                            Rumours of the game surfaced in recent weeks after reports
                                                                           that the studio had restarted development, which appeared
                                                                           to be cancelled in 2007. The rumoured release was expected
                                                                           to launch on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 consoles, which
                                                                           are not expected until the end of next year.




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Crytek UK denied this was true, saying “it's not in                the company make significant losses, with even a deal with
development,” news that will disappoint fans of the                Microsoft for Windows Phone 7 devices doing little to help.
first-person shooter series, the last instalment of which,
TimesSplitters: Future Perfect, launched in 2005.




                                                                   Apple is in third place with 35.1 million units shipped, giving
                                                                   both rival companies a significant lead. If Nokia continues to
                                                                   lose money and Apple continues to soar, however, we could
It may be that, since Crytek took over, the UK studio has          see Nokia drop into third place in the coming years.
been forced to work on titles like Crysis 3, expected to release
in Spring 2013. This is upsetting news for fans, but possibly
less than the developer's call for used game bans on next-         Thanks to widespread success in many of its businesses,
generation consoles.                                               Samsung reported a rise in quarterly profit of a whopping
                                                                   81 percent, bringing in 5.05 trillion won ($4.5 billion), its
                                                                   highest quarterly profit since 2008.
The next TimeSplitters game might not be in the works, but
the company quipped that it “spent all of the development
budget on buying monkeys,” suggesting it might be working          The company said it “cautiously” expects its momentum to
on a real-life version of the game in its Nottingham office.       continue, a view echoed by many analysts.



Samsung overtakes Nokia to                                         China to go ahead with
become global phone leader                                         'National Processor
                                                                   Architecture', but which one?
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-overtakes-nokia-to-
become-global-phone-leader/15696.html
April 30th, 2012                                                   Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/china-to-go-ahead-with-national-
                                                                   processor-architecture--but-which-one-/15695.html
                                                                   April 30th, 2012




Samsung has become the global leader in the mobile phone
market, knocking Nokia out of its prior first place position,
which it held for the last 14 years.
                                                                   Reports say China is going ahead with its own nationwide
Samsung has become the global leader in the mobile phone           instruction set architecture, something that will surely not
market, knocking Nokia out of its prior first place position,      be X86. This is a massive endeavor - what may really
which it held for the last 14 years.                               happen?
                                                                   We've been reporting quite a bit about China's multiple
The Korean electronics giant already dominates the TV              CPU development and production efforts across many
and flat screen market, but with Nokia losing ground in            instruction sets, even those long ignored in the West like
the smartphone race, it is no surprise that Samsung has            the Alpha, for instance. Now, the news, also referred to in
managed to take its crown.                                         the US press (source http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-
                                                                   news/4371529/China-mulls-national-IC-architecture-
                                                                   spec ) is that there was a top level meeting last month at their
Samsung shipped 93.5 million mobile phones in the first            Ministry of Industry and IT to start the selection process
quarter of this year, compared to 82.7 million by Nokia,           for their own National CPU Architecture choice, meaning an
which rose to fame for its feature phones in almost every          instruction set, first and foremost. Cutting off the licenses
sector of the market. Failure to keep up with the success          and national security come up as possible reasons too. And
of the iPhone and Android smartphones, however, has seen           no, that most likely doesn't mean a processor instruction set
                                                                   with instructions written in Chinese language, huh.

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This is a big one, because it means that, among at least five      First picture of the Sony NEX-
instruction sets to choose that are locally further developed,     F3 leaks
one would become the preferred one. Basically, we got MIPS         Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-picture-of-the-sony-nex-f3-
in Loongson and Ingeniq, covering all from smartphone to           leaks/15694.html
supercomputer; then 'Shenwei' Alpha, mostly for military-          April 30th, 2012
linked workstation, servers, supercomputers and such;
'Fengtian' SPARC in the same fields as Alpha; Icube UPU
integrated CPU-GPU for mobile and microserver markets,
and over a dozen ARM licensees.


I made some calls here, and the take is this: there is concern
                                                                   Sony is expected to update its entry level NEX camera family
about MIPS' possible sale of the company and the associated
                                                                   shortly and the new model has now been confirmed to be the
IP and such, but MIPS is trying to sell itself for over a
                                                                   NEX-F3. A single picture of the new camera – or at least part
decade now, without results. Plus, Loongson seemingly has
                                                                   of it – has made its way onto the internet and it looks like it's
an architectural license of the architecture, enabling them to
                                                                   at least bringing one new feature with it.
modify and evolve it as needed - no matter what happens
to the original license provider. After all, tens of millions of   Sony is expected to update its entry level NEX camera family
mini PCs with Loongson are there for Chinese schools here.         shortly and the new model has now been confirmed to be the
And, the Alpha core in Shenwei is a derivative of a 1995           NEX-F3. A single picture of the new camera – or at least part
design, for which the IP challenge would be all but gone.          of it – has made its way onto the internet and it looks like it's
Therefore, these two architectures, by themselves having           at least bringing one new feature with it.
been acknowledged as the most elegant and simple that the          Not much is known so far about the NEX-F3, but piecing
West had by the end of last century and so easy to develop         together information posted on Sonyalpha Rumors gives
further, are good candidates. Then, the Icube's own, existing      us at least an idea as to what to expect. The camera was
ISA, that has both CPU and GPU integrated at the register          expected to launch last month, but was apparently delayed
set and execution level, comes in for consideration too.           for some unknown reason. The big selling point of the NEX-
                                                                   F3 was said to be a "180 degree LCD" and it was suggested
                                                                   that it would work much in the way as the display on
Beyond this, we're pretty sure if will not be another              Samsung's MV800, i.e. it tilts up and over for self-portraits.
instruction set to be defined from scratch, especially not         We're not entirely sure if this will be the case or not, but as
by a committee. Defining a new ISA is a colossal task, and         you can see from the picture below, the NEX-F3 does indeed
something that, in the West, hasn't really been done since the     appear to have a swivel display of some kind and it doesn't
Alpha over two decades ago. We all still seem to be enslaved       appear to be the same kind of swivel display as the NEX-C3
by the archaic X86, and no, don't blame Intel for it. It's is      has.
IBM that made the far reaching bad decision to propel X86
into the PC realm 30 years ago, just to save a bit of money
compared to the vastly superior Motorola 68000, the one
used by Apple Mac soon later - its power enabled the first
GUI, after all.


China needs to keep a choice of architectures, it's a large
country and big market unto itself, and a bit of competitive
spirit would help those architectures develop faster and keep
prices in check.


After all, a single chosen ISA will not be pressed to innovate
and advance, if being granted the market dominance and
government support. Beyond that, the whole thing would
need a big ecosystem, with design and simulation tools,
compilers, libraries, and so many other things.
                                                                   We also know from this picture that Sony has stuck a
                                                                   16.1Megapixel sensor in the NEX-F3, which is actually
Let's see what happens, based on what I was told this              0.1Megapixels less than in the current NEX-C3. The design
morning, the decision is likely by early next year, and there      has clearly been changed, although only marginally so, but
could be more than one 'winner' at the end.                        one interesting addition is the flash button located just
                                                                   behind the NEX accessory port. This suggests that the NEX-
                                                                   F3 might have a built in flash which would be a big selling
                                                                   point. The NEX-F3 is expected to be announced sometime
                                                                   in the middle of next month now, so we'll either have to wait



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for more leaks or the official announcement to find out more    Other features consist of headers for four USB 2.0 ports, a
about this upcoming camera from Sony.                           serial port header and an LVDS header. The rear I/O is fairly
                                                                basic with a power connector, two USB 2.0 ports, a Gigabit
                                                                Ethernet port, a pair of audio jacks, an optical S/PDIF out,
Giada launches mini-ITX                                         a D-sub and an HDMI port. Admittedly the MI-HM65T isn't
motherboard with mobile                                         really a consumer product and it's missing a few features
                                                                like USB 3.0, but it could make for a very compact HTPC or
Sandy Bridge CPU                                                something similar. Sadly we don't have any information with
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/giada-launches-mini-itx-    regards to pricing, but the MI-HM65T should be shipping
motherboard-with-mobile-sandy-bridge-cpu/15693.html             out to Giada's resellers as of now.
April 30th, 2012

                                                                Palit GeForce GTX 680
                                                                Jetstream 2GB Review
                                                                Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/palit-geforce-gtx-680-jetstream-2gb-
                                                                review/15691.html
                                                                April 30th, 2012
Low profile mini-ITX motherboards seem to be something
of a trend at the moment and Chinese Giada has come
up with an interesting take on the subject. Its new MI-
HM65T mini-ITX motherboard is unusual in as much as it
features a mobile Intel CPU and the mobile HM65 chipset,
a combination you don't see that often in consumer desktop
hardware.                                                       Last month when Nvidia launched their consumer GeForce
                                                                Kepler architecture, Palit was the first AIB vendor to debut
Low profile mini-ITX motherboards seem to be something          a non-reference GTX 680 design with their Jetstream
of a trend at the moment and Chinese Giada has come             series, featuring a reworked 6-phase PWM (DrMOS) and an
up with an interesting take on the subject. Its new MI-         attractive triple-fan blue LED cooler.
HM65T mini-ITX motherboard is unusual in as much as it
features a mobile Intel CPU and the mobile HM65 chipset,        The Palit GeForce GTX 680 Jetstream 2GB takes up two
a combination you don't see that often in consumer desktop      slots (means 4-way SLi is achievable) and uses a triple fan
hardware.                                                       cooler (8cm at the sides, 9cm in the middle) for maximum
                                                                airflow to eliminate any hotspots. The black and gold colour
                                                                scheme is not too gawdy and should not look out of place in
                                                                most setups.




                                                                Stacked 8+6 pin PCIe power connectors (as opposed to 6+6
                                                                pin on reference designs) allow pushing the power limit up
                                                                to a theoretical 300W.


The MI-HM65T will work with all of Intel's mobile Sandy
Bridge processors, but it seems like the base model will
come with the Celeron 867 which is a dual core 1.3GHz part
with basic Intel HD graphics and a TDP of a mere 17W.
The motherboard sports a single SO-DIMM slot, two SATA
6Gbps ports, an mSATA slot and a half-size mini PCI Express
slot. No standard expansion card slots are available, as this
motherboard is intended to very low profile systems.



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No change at the I/O panel, with Palit sticking with full-
sized HDMI/DP ports and dual DVI (one of them single
link only, meaning up to 1920x1200 @ 60 Hz). The
obvious improvement from the previous generation GTX
580 flagship is that we can now run triple-display 3D Vision   Box accessories wise we get dual 6-pin to 8-pin PCIe splitter,
Surround from a single card (previously only possible on       a HDMI to DVI-D converter, and a DVI to analog VGA
SLi setups), although it might be hampered on graphically      dongle (no idea why anybody would need this anymore in
intensive scenarios or higher resolutions by the puny 2GB of   2012).
framebuffer.




                                                               Netgear first out with
                                                               802.11ac Wi-Fi router
As expected from non-reference designs, the Palit card         Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/netgear-first-out-with-802.11ac-wi-
comes factory overclocked by 80-100MHz on the core and         fi-router/15692.html
75MHz on the memory base clock.                                April 30th, 2012




                                                               Looking to boost the speed and range of your Wi-Fi network?
                                                               Then maybe Netgear's new R6300 802.11ac router is what
                                                               you've been waiting for, as it promises speeds of up to
                                                               1300Mbps. That said, Netgear has thrown in a few other
                                                               features as well, which is a good thing as it's not the cheapest
                                                               router around.
                                                               Looking to boost the speed and range of your Wi-Fi network?
                                                               Then maybe Netgear's new R6300 802.11ac router is what
                                                               you've been waiting for, as it promises speeds of up to
                                                               1300Mbps. That said, Netgear has thrown in a few other

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features as well, which is a good thing as it's not the cheapest   Netgear is recommending that the R6300 should be used
router around.                                                     with 3x3 450Mbps MIMO Wi-Fi adapters on the 2.4GHz
                                                                   band, or 3x3 802.11ac MIMO adapters, although for some
802.11ac has several advantages over 802.11n of which speed
                                                                   reason Netgear doesn't actually offer a compatible 802.11ac
is the most obvious, but as the standard also supports
                                                                   adapter to go with the R6300 which is a bit odd. Price wise
beamforming the standard is also said to offer improved
                                                                   the R6300 is actually quite competitive at US$199.99 (S
range due to reduced interference. Throw in some multi-
                                                                   $249) when it arrives in May, which compares to high-end
user MIMO where each connected device can receive and
                                                                   simultaneous dual-band 802.11n routers, so at least the good
independent data stream and you got a pretty good set of
                                                                   news is that the extra speed won't cost you a lot more on the
features. The downside is a move to the 5GHz band which
                                                                   router side of things.
can be finicky is some countries where few channels are
support, especially as 802.11ac uses twice as wide channels
at 80MHz compared to a maximum of 40MHz for 802.11n,
although 160MHz channels can also be used for faster data
                                                                   Lenovo Singapore launches
transfer speeds.                                                   IdeaCentre A720, IdeaPad
Netgear's R6300 router sports speeds of up to 1300Mbps             Y480 and ThinkPad Edge
over 802.11ac, but it also supports simultaneous 2.4GHz
802.11n Wi-Fi at speeds of up to 450Mbps. This suggests            E430
that we're looking at a 3x3 MIMO device due to the high            Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lenovo-singapore-launches-
802.11n speeds, although Netgear doesn't actually mention          ideacentre-a720-ideapad-y480-and-thinkpad-edge-e430/15683.html
how many antennas the router has. The router also has              April 30th, 2012
five Gigabit Ethernet ports, four for LAN and one for
WAN connectivity, two USB 2.0 ports for printer or storage
sharing as well as a WPS and a Wi-Fi on/off button.



                                                                   Lenovo Singapore has announced the launch of their quad-
                                                                   core IvyBridge products - the IdeaCentre A720 all-in-one
                                                                   PC, IdeaPad Y480 and ThinkPad Edge E430 laptops. The
                                                                   A720 claims to incorporate a foldable screen with 10-
                                                                   point multi-touch for comfortable use; the IdeaPad Y480
                                                                   is designed to bring high-performance entertainment, while
                                                                   the stylish ThinkPad Edge E430 is targeted at business
                                                                   users.




The only specifications in terms of the hardware inside the        Lenovo IdeaCentre A720
router that Netgear has decided to share is that it sports         Sporting a sleek metallic exterior, the Lenovo IdeaCentre
an unspecified Broadcom chip, 128MB of RAM and flash               A720 claims to be the industry's slimmest 27-inch all-in-
memory, as well as having high-powered radio amplifiers,           one (AIO) at just 24.5mm. It has an adjustable hinge that
something usually only found in more expensive routers             allows the frameless screen (with 10-point multi-touch) to
such as the R6300. On the software side Netgear has added          be pulled towards the user at -5-degree and folded back up to
its “Genie” dashboard to make the router easy to use for           90-degree, making it extremely comfortable to use even after
your average consumers and there's also an app for iOS             long hours. Internally, it is powered by NVIDIA GeForce
and Android devices that lets you control the router. The          graphics, up to 1TB hard disk and 64 GB SSD storage. Other
R6300 also supports DLNA and AirPrint as well as being             features include Dolby Home Theatre V4 audio, Lenovo
pre-configured with Wi-Fi encryption.                              High-Sense (720p HD) Webcam, and Lenovo IdeaTouch (a
                                                                   suite of touch-optimized applications and games).

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                                                                1TB of storage that can be combined with solid state drive
                                                                storage, USB 3.0 ports and a high resolution web camera.
                                                                The ThinkPad E430 also comes with Lenovo Solution Center
                                                                powered by Intel Small Business Advantage.
                                                                Pricing and Availability
                                                                The Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 will be available from the first
                                                                week of June, retailing at S$2,699. The IdeaPad Y480 will
                                                                be available from the first week of May with a retail price of
                                                                S$1,499, while the ThinkPad Edge E430 will be available in
                                                                mid-May, starting from S$1,249.


                                                                Samsung GT-i9300 service
                                                                manual surfaces
                                                                Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-gt-i9300-service-manual-
                                                                surfaces/15690.html
Lenovo IdeaPad Y480                                             April 30th, 2012
Featuring a dark gray finish, the Lenovo IdeaPad
Y480 laptop is designed to handle intensive multimedia
applications and comes with a back-lit keyboard and large
touchpad for computing comfort. It is equipped with
NVIDIA GeForce GTX660M graphics (with 2GB GDDR5
VRAM), and full high definition display that is ideal for
gaming and multimedia. On top of that, the IdeaPad Y480         One thing that is as yet not confirmed is if the Samsung
comes with Dolby Home Theatre V4 enhanced audio, JBL            GT-i9300 is the Galaxy S III or not, but regardless of this
designed speakers and OneKey Theater II to provide bright       details from the service manual of the upcoming GT-i9300
images and richer audio for your enjoyment.                     has surfaced and it looks like it'll be a top of the range device
                                                                from Samsung. One thing in the GT-i9300's favour that it
                                                                would be the Galaxy S III is that it's listed as sporting a
                                                                1.5GHz quad core CPU, although that's 100MHz faster than
                                                                the just announced Samsung Exynos 4 Quad.
                                                                One thing that is as yet not confirmed is if the Samsung
                                                                GT-i9300 is the Galaxy S III or not, but regardless of this
                                                                details from the service manual of the upcoming GT-i9300
                                                                has surfaced and it looks like it'll be a top of the range device
                                                                from Samsung. One thing in the GT-i9300's favour that it
                                                                would be the Galaxy S III is that it's listed as sporting a
                                                                1.5GHz quad core CPU, although that's 100MHz faster than
                                                                the just announced Samsung Exynos 4 Quad.
                                                                The GT-i9300 also sports a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED
                                                                display, but it's not clear if this is a plus model or not, so it
                                                                might still be a pen-tile screen. Other features mentioned in
                                                                the service manual includes an 8Megapixel camera with auto
                                                                focus and an LED flash, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-
                                                                Fi, A-GSP, USB 2.0 OTG, 21Mbps HSDPA+ and 5.76Mbps
                                                                HSUPA. The GT-i9300 can also record and play back 1080p
                                                                video, although this is fairly common for higher-end phones
                                                                these days.




Lenovo ThinkPad E430
The ThinkPad E430 is built to meet the requirements of
every SMB. The 14-inch business laptop has a black lid with
rounded corners and is equipped with the latest Intel Core
processors, choices of integrated or discrete graphics, up to

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There are still plenty of features missing and some doesn't
appear to line up with previous rumours, such as the camera
which isn't exactly what we'd call an upgrade over the Galaxy
S II. The fact that the drawing of the handset also includes
buttons have us wondering of this really is the Galaxy S III,
or an entirely different model, but the GT-i9300 has been
suggested as the model that will appear as the Galaxy S III
time and time again in the rumour mill. It should all become
a lot clearer in about a weeks' time, but until then we'll just
have to take this as yet another rumour.




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VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks!
                                                                        announcement of an official Olympics phone, which would
  VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly                          explain why Samsung picked London for this event.
  publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the
  geeks.
                                                                        Samsung is seen by many as the most viable contender to
                                                                        Apple in both the smartphone and tablet markets, with both
Samsung Galaxy S III spec                                               companies fighting in the courts to gain the upper hand
                                                                        in their bitter battle. The Galaxy S 3 might have a fighting
leaked ahead of official                                                chance against existing iPhone models, but rumours are
unveiling                                                               circulating that Apple plans to release its next iPhone in early
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-spec-leaked-
                                                                        Summer.
ahead-of-official-unveiling/15768.html
May 3rd, 2012

                                                                        ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe Review:
                                                                        Redefining the ITX Gaming
                                                                        PC
                                                                        Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-p8z77-i-deluxe-review-
                                                                        redefining-the-itx-gaming-pc/15357.html
The specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S III have been
                                                                        May 3rd, 2012
leaked by an employee of a Chinese firm affiliated with the
company, according to reports.
The specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S III have been
leaked by an employee of a Chinese firm affiliated with the
company, according to reports.

                                                                        Mini-ITX motherboards are stripped down variants of
The device, which will have its official unveiling later today          their full sized counterparts, doing away with non-essential
in London, is said to pack a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display              expansion options and using "good enough" components. In
capable of 1080p resolution, a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, an 8-              recent times ASUS has dabbled in small form factor systems
megapixel camera with LED flash, and will run Android Ice               with great success - their Republic of Gamers GENE series
Cream Sandwich.                                                         of mATX motherboards has a cult following of enthusiast
                                                                        builders. The P8Z77-I Deluxe, paired with the latest Ivy
                                                                        Bridge processors, represents the motherboard giant's latest
The Jakarta Post reports that Samsung launched an                       salvo for the mindshare of performance ITX system buyers.
investigation into the leak, discovering that it was carried out
                                                                        Package and Bundle
by a Korean employee at an unnamed Chinese affiliate. The
details were allegedly sold to “a local firm” and were likely
then sold to the media.




                                                                        The P8Z77-I Deluxe - Overall a very functional layout
At the time of writing there are several hours to the                   with the standout item being the 8-pin EPS connector and
official unveiling, which is believed will coincide with the            vertically fitted daughterboard for the voltage regulators.
                                                                        Traditionally, ITX motherboards have been fitted with the

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bare minimum of power circuitry due to space and budget          No obvious anamolies underneath - and we have the
constriants, ruling out the possibility of high TDP operation.   soldering points of a full PCIe 3.0 x16 slot. Actually instead of
                                                                 Z77, ASUS could have used a stripped down/marginally less
                                                                 expensive Z75 PCH instead since there is no SLi/CrossFireX
                                                                 action here.




At the I/O panel area, we get a generous eight USB
ports (Four of them USB 3.0), triple display connectivity
(single HDMI, DP, DVI-D), Gigabit LAN, Wifi/Bluetooth
4.0 connectors, two eSATA 3GB/s and buttons for actuating        Although this is not something you'll see on most ITX setups,
Clear CMOS/BIOS Flackback functions. Although there are          the mounting of a 140mm Thermalright Archon CPU tower
only three audio jacks at the rear, 8-channel audio can still    was not obstructed by the VRM daughterboard.
be achieved if the side speakers are connected to the front
panel jacks.




                                                                 Depending on the size of the enclosure, we can fit a dual slot
                                                                 graphics card like the HD 7970 (the ASUS board does come
Onboard SATA comes directly from the Z77 PCH, with the           with Lucid MVP for fps boosting voodoo). Clearance from
white ports for 6Gb/s operation.                                 the CPU socket is pretty good too, even with a large heatsink
                                                                 used here..




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Tablet market begins to                                                  Amazon showed strong potential in the fourth quarter of
                                                                         2011, shipping 4.8 million units and grabbing 16.8 percent
slump due to poor Android                                                of the market, but this share fell to just over 4 percent in the

sales
                                                                         first quarter, allowing Samsung to regain its spot in second
                                                                         place.
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/tablet-market-begins-to-slump-due-
to-poor-android-sales/15767.html
May 3rd, 2012                                                            Despite the weakness in Android shipments, IDC predicts
                                                                         that they will rebound quickly, particularly with new
                                                                         products from Samsung and Lenovo, which many see as
                                                                         viable alternatives to the iPad. New low-cost products from
                                                                         Amazon and Google will also play a huge role in restoring
                                                                         the might of Android.

Poor sales of Android tablets is having a negative effect upon
                                                                         The launch of Windows 8-based tablets in the fourth quarter
the overall tablet market, with a sharp decline in shipments
                                                                         of this year will have a dramatic effect on the market, with the
across the sector.
                                                                         effect of Microsoft's operating system yet to be determined.
Poor sales of Android tablets is having a negative effect upon           IDC predicts that Apple will stay in top place and that it will
the overall tablet market, with a sharp decline in shipments             be the runners-up who will be competing most fiercely.
across the sector.

                                                                         Activision promises
The fourth quarter of 2011 saw record-breaking shipments
of 28.2 million units, partly due to Christmas sales, but the            "disruptive innovation" in Call
first quarter of 2012 saw a large drop, even bigger than that            of Duty: Black Ops II
expected when the normal seasonal slowdown is taken into                 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/activision-promises-disruptive-
consideration.                                                           innovation-in-call-of-duty-black-ops-ii/15766.html
                                                                         May 3rd, 2012

The International Data Corporation (IDC) predicted a drop
of 34 percent, but the figure was 38.4 percent, with strong
sales from Apple failing to make up for a steep drop in
Android shipments.


Apple shipped 15.4 million iPads in the fourth quarter of                Activision has countered claims by EA that Call of Duty:
2011, but that figure dropped to 11.8 million in the first               Black Ops 2 looks like a “tired” game by promising it will be
quarter of this year. Its market share increased from 54.7               “groundbreaking and visceral” and will feature “disruptive
percent to 68 percent, however, ensuring it remains in first             innovation.”
place.
                                                                         Activision has countered claims by EA that Call of Duty:
                                                                         Black Ops 2 looks like a “tired” game by promising it will be
                                                                         “groundbreaking and visceral” and will feature “disruptive
                                                                         innovation.”


                                                                         The two studios are competing for the lucrative Christmas
                                                                         season sales, with EA releasing its first-person shooter
                                                                         Medal of Honour: Warfighter a few weeks earlier. Activision

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is not giving up without a fight, however, and hints that it             With 40nm, 32nm and now 28nm process node, foundries
has a few surprises it its sleeves.                                      such as TSMC and GlobalFoundries utilized test wafers with
                                                                         ARM Cortex-A9 processor logic. The reason is simple - test
                                                                         the ultimate performance of the process node, i.e. achieve
"Hands down, this is the most ambitious Call of Duty                     as high clock as possible. At 40nm, we saw GlobalFoundries
ever," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision. "We are                   delivering 2GHz, while TSMC delivered 2.5GHz. However,
bringing disruptive innovation to the franchise and we are               at 28nm process node, GlobalFoundries reached 3GHz first
doing it on several fronts. We're pushing the boundaries                 (almost a year ago), while TSMC had its test chips operating
technologically, graphically, and from a narrative and                   at 1.7-2.5GHz. Thus, we were pleasantly surprised when we
gameplay perspective."                                                   received a press release from TSMC, stating that the foundry
                                                                         managed to clock ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor test-
                                                                         chip all the way to 3.1 GHz.




The studio is promising “an experience that Call of Duty
fan have never seen before,” adding that it is challenging
assumptions in relation to the single player campaign and its
multiplayer setting, the latter of which will feature zombies
and come with more ways to play. It is touting its storyline,
which features multiple branches and meaningful choices
                                                                         TSMC used its 28nm HPM (High-Performance Mobile)
that impact the narrative, as a key element of what will set
                                                                         process node which for example, is used by Qualcomm
the game apart from its rivals.
                                                                         for its dual-core Snapdragon S4 SoC processors. While
                                                                         you should not expect to see a 3.1GHz processor in a
The game launches on 13 November, competing not just                     mobile phone, tablets, clamshells and Ultrabooks are whole
with Medal of Honor: Warfighter, but Halo 4 and Assassin's               another ballgame. The foundry now claims the company
Creed III as well, making this holiday season an exciting time           has now demonstrated its technology leadership in PPA
for gamers.                                                              capabilities (Performance, Power, Area). For a comparison,
                                                                         TSMC's 40nm node was nowhere as successful, given that
                                                                         NVIDIA Tegra 3 has five Cortex-A9 cores operating at up to
                                                                         1.7GHz - the very maximum TSMC was able to achieve with
                                                                         that process node. This was confirmed with the following
                                                                         statement:
TSMC Catches
GlobalFoundries with their                                               "At 3.1 GHz this 28HPM dual-core processor
own 28nm Cortex-A9 Core at                                               implementation is twice as fast as its counterpart at TSMC
                                                                         40 nm under the same operating conditions," said Cliff
3.1 GHz                                                                  Hou, TSMC Vice President, Research & Development. "This
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/tsmc-catches-globalfoundries-with-   work demonstrates how ARM and TSMC can satisfy high
their-own-28nm-cortex-a9-core-at-3.1-ghz/15753.html                      performance market demands. With other implementation
May 3rd, 2012                                                            options, 28HPM is also highly suited for a wide range of
                                                                         markets that prize performance and power efficiency."




The foundry battle between TSMC, world's largest foundry
and GlobalFoundries, world's second or third foundry -
is heating up. Today, TSMC announced that the company
managed to clock the ARM Cortex-A9 core all the way to
3.1GHz using 28nm process node.



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                                                                     touch Valve and a sure fire way to help retain the lead as the
                                                                     number one online game delivery system.


                                                                     E FUN brings $130 Android
                                                                     4.0 ICS 7-inch tablet to
                                                                     market
                                                                     Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/e-fun-brings-130-android-4.0-ics-7-
                                                                     inch-tablet-to-market/15763.html
                                                                     May 3rd, 2012




                                                                     Tablet maker E Fun is dabbling in a saturated market with
Now you know what to expect with second generation 28nm
                                                                     yet another 7-inch model to hit the scene, the Next 7S. Before
parts from Qualcomm, and first generation 28nm from
                                                                     you yawn however, it is running Ice Cream Sandwich with a
NVIDIA, Texas Instruments etc. It will be interesting to see
                                                                     price tag of just US $129.99.
how Intel will compete with its lower clocked 32nm Medfield
and upcoming 22nm Silvermont.                                        Tablet maker E Fun is dabbling in a saturated market with
                                                                     yet another 7-inch model to hit the scene, the Next 7S. Before
                                                                     you yawn however, it is running Ice Cream Sandwich with a
Steam adds Remote                                                    price tag of just US $129.99.
Downloading feature to avoid
pre-loading pain
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/steam-adds-remote-downloading-
feature-to-avoid-pre-loading-pain/15764.html
May 3rd, 2012




A new feature has made its way into the latest Steam beta
client which gives users some more flexibility in terms of
managing their game downloads.
A new feature has made its way into the latest Steam beta
client which gives users some more flexibility in terms of
managing their game downloads.
The new Remote Downloads feature allows Steam users to               For that money you'll get a 7-inch slate with a 800 x 480
be able to manage their game libraries remotely by logging           display, 1GHz single core processor, 4GB of internal storage
into the official Steam website and accessing their games list.      (which can be expanded via the residing MicroSD slot), and
From there downloads can be initiated and monitored all              an Android 4.0.3 running OS.
within a standard web browser. The only requirement is that          It should be noted this little $130 tablet does not support
the user's main machine needs to be online and logged into           Google Play at this time, leaving you with the option of
Steam at the time.                                                   Barnes & Noble's Nook shop or the GetJar App Store.
Valve's Steam Apps for Android and iOS currently allow for
game purchases as well, but there is no ability to interface
them with a user's home install; at least not yet. With that
                                                                     InCase Book Jacket and
said, given the new Remote Downloads feature is accessible           Magazine Jacket for iPad 3,
via a standard web browser, smartphone users shouldn't run
into any problems making use of it that way.                         coming to Singapore
                                                                     Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/incase-book-jacket-and-magazine-
Brilliant idea really. Will save people getting home and             jacket-for-ipad-3-coming-to-singapore/15762.html
having to twiddle their thumbs while pre-loading is done.
The download can be initiated long before with the game
ready to play as soon as you walk in the door. Another nice



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                                                               Is Apple Ten Years Behind In
May 3rd, 2012


                                                               Security?
                                                               Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/is-apple-ten-years-behind-in-
                                                               security-/15761.html
                                                               May 3rd, 2012
Renowned accessories maker InCase has recently launched
their new Book Jacket and Magazine Jacket for the              Recently, Macs across the world were exposed to a family of
latest third-generation Apple iPad. From the InCase            malware known as Flashback. The spread of this malware
website, the Book Jacket is currently sold out in              was aided by Apple’s seemingly senseless delay in patching
US, while the Magazine Jacket will be made available           a software flaw that has been known to them since January,
soon. Both products are scheduled to retail in stores          the same flaw Microsoft patched within three weeks. By the
in Singapore by end of next week.                              time it was patched, more than 600,000 Macs had been
                                                               infected by the malware. Referring to this security failure,
InCase Book Jacket for iPad 3
                                                               Eugene Kaspersky, founder of Kaspersky Labs, declared that
                                                               Apple was “10 years behind Microsoft” when it comes to
                                                               security.
                                                               But is that really a fair comparison? Some say it’s not, that
                                                               trying to compare Microsoft and Apple when it comes to
                                                               security is like comparing apples to oranges.
                                                               Microsoft learned the importance of security the hard way
                                                               when Windows XP released. To this day, Windows XP
                                                               receives more attacks, malware, Trojans, worms, and viruses
                                                               than any operating system on the market. Shortly after XP
                                                               released, in January of 2002, Bill Gates issued his famous
                                                               “Trustworthy Computing” memo to all Microsoft personnel,
                                                               which sparked a company-wide focus on security. Today,
The InCase Book Jacket for third generation Apple iPad         Windows 7, while still not perfect, is far more secure than
(and iPad 2) has a pebbled texture with suede lining that      Windows XP was at the same point of its lifecycle. Instead
gives a premium look and feel, but without compromising        of trying to outpace the virus writers, Microsoft outsourced
on the protection for the device. It features a new magnetic   the protection from malware and viruses to the antivirus
cover that wakes and sleeps your iPad, and four viewing        software industry, freeing them up to focus on securing
angles and one working angle for comfortable typing. It also   and patching just the operating system. This also allows
has an elastic band which helps to secure the iPad for easy    companies like Oracle and Java to patch their programs
transport. Available in Black/Black and Dark Cranberry/        without Microsoft’s input.
Grey, the InCase Book Jacket is retailing at S$99.             Apple, though, has a disdain for third-party antivirus
InCase Magazine Jacket for iPad 3                              software, insisting on patching third-party software security
                                                               flaws itself. Without any transparency in their security
                                                               responses, it can take Apple far longer to patch flaws,
                                                               and often the underground communities, such as the
                                                               jailbreak community for iPhones, where the same tight-
                                                               lipped attitude about security, have fixes for security flaws
                                                               before Apple has fixed the issue.
                                                               "It's only a matter of time before a serious worm hijacks
                                                               tens of millions of devices and thousands of App Store apps
                                                               at once, and similar on the desktop," Jonathan Zdziarski,
                                                               a forensic scientist who hacks into iPhones for viForensics,
                                                               said. "Flashback seemed small potatoes; more of a warning
                                                               that Apple runs the risk of screwing up as big as Microsoft in
                                                               letting poor design lead to widespread attacks."
The popular InCase Magazine Jacket has been redesigned
for the latest Apple iPad 3. It has a durable hardshell back
that offers streamlined protection against bumps and drops,
                                                               Researchers Claim Cyber
and features integrated magnets to wake and sleep your iPad    Attacks Could Be Prevented
when you open and close the screen cover. Simply fold the
screen cover back, and the Magazine Jacket converts into a     By "Hyperspeed Signalling"
stand with two viewing angles and a working angle that is      Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/researchers-claim-cyber-attacks-
ideal for typing. The Incase Magazine Jacket for iPad 3 will   could-be-prevented-by-hyperspeed-signalling-/15760.html
be available in Black/Black and Cranberry/White at S$75.       May 3rd, 2012

                                                               Security researchers from the University of Tulsa are
                                                               reporting that they have found a way to allow network
                                                               admins to take pre-emptive protective measures to secure
                                                               their networks by identifying an attack before it even reaches

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its target. The report was published in the International                 The Core i3-3110M is said to be clocked at 2.4GHz, the same
Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection; in it, the                 speed as the current Core i3-2370M which just happens to
researchers and engineers who worked on the project                       be Intel's fastest 35W TDP Core i3 mobile Sandy Bridge chip.
explain that by slowing network traffic almost imperceptibly              The Core i3-3110M is in fact very similar and keeps the 35W
(just a few milliseconds per packet), network security                    TDP, 3MB L2 cache and two cores with hyper threading,
software would be given enough time to identify whether a                 although it gains Intel HD 4000 graphics and support for
packet is malicious or not.                                               faster memory which is a bonus.
After identifying the attack, an algorithm developed by the               Apparently Intel has seemed fit to reduce the clock speed
team would send high-speed, high-priority packets across                  for the GPU to 1GHz compared to 1150MHz for the Core
the network to the target of the attack, engaging defensive               i3-2370, but hopefully the upgraded GPU core will more
measures before the attack can even be carried out. It works              than make up for that reduced top turbo speed for the GPU.
by reserving optimal network paths for high-priority traffic              We'd expect further models to follow, but with a launch this
and routing everything else across an extra connection or                 late in the year, we're only likely to see a couple of additional
two, slightly slowing normal traffic across the network.                  Core i3 models this year.
This new method, one of the authors of the report cautions,
shouldn’t be seen as a miracle cure for network security.
Adapting an existing network to run this algorithm would
                                                                          Asus updates its ProArt
require investing in caching technology and defensive                     professional displays with the
programs, and allocation of network pathways for the
command and control signals for the defensive measures                    PA2428Q
                                                                          Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-updates-its-proart-
could be seen as a waste of network capacity. Additionally,
                                                                          professional-displays-with-the-pa2428q/15758.html
the system is only as capable as the sensors being used to
                                                                          May 3rd, 2012
detect an attack. Attack variants or newly created attacks the
sensors are unable to detect can still slip through and cause
havoc.
New security software in development is showing promise,
however. One program, being developed at Dartmouth
College and the University of Calgary would allow network
infrastructure to effectively monitor itself by detecting
                                                                          When it comes to professional monitors, brands like Eizo,
changes in sequences of code from within the kernel,
                                                                          Mitsubishi and NEC springs to mind, but Asus is trying to
potentially identifying malicious programs. When combined
                                                                          make some room for its range of ProArt displays in this high-
with the new hyperspeed signaling algorithms, the network
                                                                          margin market space. The latest addition is the PA2428Q
security professional now has the capability of preventing all
                                                                          which is an updated version of the PA246Q and carries on
but the most serious attacks from even breaching the first
                                                                          the tradition of using a 1920x1200 IPS panel.
line of defense.
                                                                          When it comes to professional monitors, brands like Eizo,
                                                                          Mitsubishi and NEC springs to mind, but Asus is trying to
Intel is planning more mobile                                             make some room for its range of ProArt displays in this high-
Core i3 processors                                                        margin market space. The latest addition is the PA2428Q
                                                                          which is an updated version of the PA246Q and carries on
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-is-planning-more-mobile-core-
                                                                          the tradition of using a 1920x1200 IPS panel.
i3-processors/15759.html
May 3rd, 2012                                                             The biggest difference between the PA2428Q and the older
                                                                          PA246Q is a move from CCFL to LED backlight. This is most
                                                                          likely a standard white LED backlight though, rather than
                                                                          the much more expensive RGB backlight found on some
                                                                          high-end professional displays. The other upgrade consists
                                                                          of four USB 3.0 ports rather than USB 2.0 ports for the older
                                                                          PA246Q.
Details of a full-fat mobile Ivy Bridge Core i3 processor have
turned up and it looks like we were right about the fact
that these chips will be arriving much later this year than
their higher-end siblings. The chip in question is the Core
i3-3110M and it's expected sometime in Q3 this year, which
right now is pretty far away for anyone looking at getting a
budget Ivy Bridge notebook.
Details of a full-fat mobile Ivy Bridge Core i3 processor have
turned up and it looks like we were right about the fact
that these chips will be arriving much later this year than
their higher-end siblings. The chip in question is the Core
i3-3110M and it's expected sometime in Q3 this year, which
right now is pretty far away for anyone looking at getting a
budget Ivy Bridge notebook.


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                                                                       Not much is known about the VAIO T11 which is the 11.6-
                                                                       inch model, but it should at least share some of its features
                                                                       with the larger VAIO T13. For whatever reason, Sony only
                                                                       saw fit to kit out the new VAIO T13 with a meagre Core
                                                                       i3-2367M CPU which is a paltry 1.4GHz chip with no turbo
                                                                       boost. The press release didn't make a mention of a chipset,
                                                                       but it's possible that we're looking at the UM77 chipset, or
                                                                       one of the other announced 7-series models. Why? Well,
                                                                       we'd guess it would make a lot of sense to stick a low-end
                                                                       Sandy Bridge CPU in the VAIO T13 if Sony was planning on
                                                                       higher-end versions with Ivy Bridge in a months' time, as
                                                                       at least the company can try to build up some hype in the
                                                                       meantime.




Asus still includes features like its "QuickFit" on screen
display virtual scales/rulers for various standard photo sizes         Another no so impressive feature is the inclusion of a 320GB
as well as centimetres and inches. You also get a height-              5,400rpm hard drive, although Sony has at least also fitted
adjustable stand with pivot, swivel and tilt support for               a 32GB mSATA SSD for some caching action. The 13-
an ergonomic working environment. Connectivity includes                inch in display is a standard 1366x768 model, rather than
DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI and D-sub, just as with the older               something a bit more appealing. Sony has also included
model, but it's not clear if Asus is still including an audio jack     802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a USB 3.0 and a USB 2.0
or a memory card reader.                                               port, an HDMI and D-sub connector, a memory card reader,
                                                                       a combined headphone/mic jack, a Gigabit Ethernet port
It's not clear as to when the PA2428Q will be available for            and a 1.3Megapixel webcam.
purchase and Asus has as yet to announce official pricing,
but it should end up cost in excess of US$500, much like the
PA246Q.


Sony launches VAIO T
Ultrabooks, uses wrong CPU
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-launches-vaio-t-ultrabooks-
uses-wrong-cpu/15757.html
May 3rd, 2012




Intel's Ultrabook branding doesn't really matter all that
much for some notebook makers, as they've been making
ultra-thin notebooks for years and one of those companies
are Sony. Despite this, Sony has announced a pair of VAIO
T series Ultrabooks with 11.6 or 13.3-inch displays and a few          The overall design on the VAIO T looks a lot like the much
other interesting features, but sadly Sony is about a month            more impressive VAIO Z and the screen hinge design is nigh-
too early, as we end up with a Sandy Bridge CPU rather than            on identical as the laptop ends up resting on the bottom of
Ivy Bridge.                                                            the screen when in use. That said, at 1.6kg, the VAIO T13 is
                                                                       a fair bit heavier, but this should be a much more affordable
Intel's Ultrabook branding doesn't really matter all that              model from Sony, although no pricing was announced. The
much for some notebook makers, as they've been making                  press release is hinting on SSD only versions and we'll have
ultra-thin notebooks for years and one of those companies              to wait and see what the T11 has to bring to the table, but so
are Sony. Despite this, Sony has announced a pair of VAIO              far we're not overly impressed with the T13, but a sprinkle of
T series Ultrabooks with 11.6 or 13.3-inch displays and a few          Ivy Bridge might change our mind in a months' time or so.
other interesting features, but sadly Sony is about a month
too early, as we end up with a Sandy Bridge CPU rather than
Ivy Bridge.



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Samsung UK pre-announces
15-inch Series 9 Ultrabook
with Ivy Bridge
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-uk-pre-announces-15-inch-
series-9-ultrabook-with-ivy-bridge/15756.html
May 3rd, 2012




Intel's Ivy Bridge processors for Ultrabooks aren't set
to arrive for another month, but that hasn't stopped
Samsung's UK branch to show off one of its upcoming
Series 9 notebooks featuring one of the new processors. The             The NP900X4C also comes with 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with
NP900X4C as the model is known as is Samsung's first                    WiDi support, Bluetooth 4.0, a micro HDMI port, two USB
15-incher in the Series 9 family of notebooks and it does               3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, a combo headphone/mic jack,
come with at least a couple of noteworthy features for those            an SD/MMC card slot and a 1.3Megapixel webcam. The
looking for a larger Ultrabook.                                         notebook also has two custom ports for a D-sub and an
                                                                        Ethernet port via dongles, not exactly an elegant solution,
Intel's Ivy Bridge processors for Ultrabooks aren't set                 but it allows Samsung to keep the notebook at a mere
to arrive for another month, but that hasn't stopped                    14.9mm thick. An integrated 62Wh 8-cell battery is also part
Samsung's UK branch to show off one of its upcoming                     of the package, but Samsung didn't provide any details with
Series 9 notebooks featuring one of the new processors. The             regards to the battery life.
NP900X4C as the model is known as is Samsung's first
15-incher in the Series 9 family of notebooks and it does
come with at least a couple of noteworthy features for those
looking for a larger Ultrabook.
Samsung has gone with a mid-range CPU choice for its first
entry into the 15-inch Ultrabook space with a Core i5-3317U
which is a 1.7GHz part with a top turbo speed of 2.6GHz.
Samsung has paired the CPU with the HM75 chipset, 8GB of
1600MHz DDR3 memory and a 128GB SSD and we're most
likely looking at an mSATA drive here.                                  Samsung has also included a backlit keyboard, a large multi-
                                                                        touch “clickpad” i.e. a button-less touchpad and a light
                                                                        sensor for both the screen and keyboard that automatically
                                                                        adjusts the backlight. We would expect the NP900X4C to
                                                                        arrive in early June, but sadly Samsung didn't provide
                                                                        any pricing information. That said, we'd expect the latest
                                                                        addition to the Series 9 to be sitting comfortably in the
                                                                        expensive category of notebooks, least not thanks to its all-
                                                                        aluminium chassis.


                                                                        Microsoft to Roll Out $99
                                                                        Xbox Bundle
                                                                        Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-to-roll-out-99-xbox-
                                                                        bundle/15755.html
                                                                        May 3rd, 2012
The 15-inch screen features a resolution of 1600x900 which
is at least a step up over your average 1366x768 display that
we've become all too used to see and Samsung has once again
gone for a panel with 400nits brightness. As you might've
already guessed, the graphics power comes courtesy of
Intel's integrated HD 4000 IGP, which isn't as terrible as
previous iterations, but a bit of a shame considering the size          According to The Verge, Microsoft will be selling a ninety-
of the notebook.                                                        nine dollar Xbox bundle with a four-gigabyte model and a
                                                                        Kinect motion sensor device.
                                                                        According to The Verge, Microsoft will be selling a ninety-
                                                                        nine dollar Xbox bundle with a four-gigabyte model and a
                                                                        Kinect motion sensor device.

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                                                                         Today, RIM confirmed that current BlackBerry owners will
                                                                         not receive the much anticipated Blackberry OS 10 update.
                                                                         The only way to get it will be to purchase a new Blackberry
                                                                         handset.
                                                                         Today, RIM confirmed that current BlackBerry owners will
                                                                         not receive the much anticipated Blackberry OS 10 update.
                                                                         The only way to get it will be to purchase a new Blackberry
                                                                         handset.




Currently, such bundles sell for three-hundred dollars at                Considering the new features of this firmware, and the
retailers. But that doesn’t mean Microsoft has suddenly                  types of phones for which it is built, this news will come
undergone a charitable change of heart. The catch to the two-            as no surprise to those who have kept up with the new
thirds price reduction is two years of a fifteen dollar a month          OS. Yesterday, RIM previewed Blackberry 10 at Blackberry
subscription plan.                                                       World 2012, releasing an "Alpha Dev" phone to developers.
It’s a smart idea on Microsoft’s part. At the end of a two               The new phone is stylized after popular smartphones,
year period, customers will be paying slightly more than                 featuring a full touch screen with no physical keyboard.
they otherwise would have for the same bundle and a                      With these radical new modifications, the software would
similar subscription. However, despite the extra charges, it             be infeasible on the smaller and much differently built
is entirely likely that customers will still go for the option of        BlackBerry devices of the past. Although this consequence
paying less now. For some, fifteen dollars a month is a lot              was probably inevitable, it is bound to disappoint fans who
more realistic than three hundred dollars in a day.                      already own BlackBerry devices.
Included in the subscription is a two year warranty,                     RIM's choice to upgrade BlackBerry software to a more
membership to Microsoft's Xbox Live Gold service, and                    modern and marketable form has been compared to
possible extra streaming material. If customers are so                   Microsoft's migration from the enterprise oriented Windows
inclined, they can break from the contract early by paying an            Mobile, to the more mainstream Windows Phone. This
early termination fee. However, the sum of this fee has not              change, while not a disaster, could be thought of as a
been disclosed.                                                          small failure. iOS and Android dominate the market, with
The announcement has been made while Microsoft                           Windows phone lagging far behind.
and other gaming companies prepare for next month’s                      What remains to be seen is how these changes will end up
Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, the biggest                affecting RIM’s position. If some BlackBerry fans are excited
industry showcase.                                                       about these new changes, there are certain to be others who
If the bundle does end up selling well, Microsoft will receive           will not be. However, considering where RIM is right now,
more customers and more money simultaneously, albeit                     new customers are probably the real goal.
over a more prolonged period of time. It just goes to show               While business users may stick with BlackBerry for the
that good things really to come to those who wait.                       various infrastructures it offers, how lay users will respond is
                                                                         unknown. Will the new design and overhauled OS be enough

Current BlackBerry Users
                                                                         to pull them over, or will it just bore a market with too many
                                                                         superior devices to care? Only time will tell.
Will Not Receive BlackBerry
OS 10 Update                                                             How to Circumvent ISP Block
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/current-blackberry-users-will-not-
receive-blackberry-os-10-update/15754.html
                                                                         of The Pirate Bay
                                                                         Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/how-to-circumvent-isp-block-of-the-
May 3rd, 2012
                                                                         pirate-bay/15752.html




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May 3rd, 2012                                                            May 3rd, 2012




The week started with the British High Court ordering                    Where HDDs still have the upper hand over SSDs in terms
UK Internet Service Providers (ISPs) BT, Everything                      of storage capacity in line of their respective price points,
Everywhere, O2, TalkTalk and Virgin Media to block. Read                 for those seeking out the best of both worlds and cost not
on how to laugh at the block and continue using the site.                being of primary concern, OCZ has just been confirmed to
                                                                         have updated its consumer level Octane series of SSDs with
The problem with banning the approach to a specific website              a new 1TB variant that remains 2.5-inch in size and sports
is the fact that we still live in unregulated Internet (even             the SATA 6Gb/s interface.
though ACTA and CISPA are seriously endangering current
state of play), and such bans are fairly easy to avoid. For              Where HDDs still have the upper hand over SSDs in terms
example, if you live in the UK and are affected by the recent            of storage capacity in line of their respective price points,
High Court order to ban access to The Pirate Bay, it should              for those seeking out the best of both worlds and cost not
not be an issue to access the site - if you are one of users of          being of primary concern, OCZ has just been confirmed to
The Pirate Bay, that is.                                                 have updated its consumer level Octane series of SSDs with
                                                                         a new 1TB variant that remains 2.5-inch in size and sports
The easiest way is to use services such as the                           the SATA 6Gb/s interface.
Anonymouse.org, a website which was designed to answer
the two Great Internet Firewalls of Great Britain and
Germany. As you are probably aware, the governments of
Great Britain, Germany and Australia all just love to bash the
Chinese government for censoring the access to the Internet
- while they are censoring access to its own citizens as well.
We even noticed a website setup to enable you to search
The Pirate Bay (and other websites) with minimal amount of
work, located on the following address:




                                                                         The 1TB model was announced at the time of OCZ's Octane
                                                                         series launch back in October of last year, but had been yet
                                                                         to make its arrival to the masses.
                                                                         Using the Indilinx Everest controller, the drive uses 25nm
                                                                         MLC NAND flash along with 512MB of DRAM cache and
                                                                         provides read and write rates of up to 460MB/sec and
                                                                         330MB/sec respectively. 4K random access performance is
                                                                         rated at up to 24,000 read and 32,000 write IOPS.
Now, instead of all the fuss about illegal sites, which can't
be stopped just like the grey economy cannot be stopped                  Pricing hasn't yet been revealed, but those serious enough
(in fact, some governments use it as a leverage against                  to be wanting one of these won't be too bothered by the
organized economies), why not work on a global, restriction-             inevitably steep tag. The OCT1-25SAT3-1T is slated for
free distribution network for content? After all, if you did not         release around the middle of this month.
learn the lesson that people want to pay for content when
the option is given (it is in human nature to own something,
not steal something) with Amazon, Apple iTunes, App Store,
                                                                         First official gameplay trailer
Valve's Steam, Hulu, Netflix etc…                                        for Black Ops 2 released
                                                                         Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-official-gameplay-trailer-for-

OCZ readies up 1TB Octane
                                                                         black-ops-2-released/15750.html
                                                                         May 3rd, 2012

SSD for market
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ocz-readies-up-1tb-octane-ssd-for-
market/15751.html




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No more than a couple days after we learned of its release            Over at the external I/O panel, we see a plethora of USB ports
date, that being November 13th this year, Activision has              (10), six of them being USB 3.0 (UASP capable). Besides
unveiled the first official trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops II.   the dual Gigabit Ethernet (Intel and Realtek solutions) and
                                                                      6Gb/s eSATA, we get the usual 7.1 channel integrated audio
No more than a couple days after we learned of its release
                                                                      and an Optical S/PDIF out. On the integrated display output
date, that being November 13th this year, Activision has
                                                                      front we get full-sized HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.1A
unveiled the first official trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
                                                                      connectors, and regretably no more space to add another
The video supports a storyline akin to Terminator that takes          connector for three simultaneous displays. One interesting
place in the near future (2025 to be exact) with a kaboodle of        gimmick on recent ASUS boards is the "USB Bios Flashback"
high tech gadgets, quad-rotor drones and other unmanned               capability, allowing the user to move between BIOS releases
aerial weaponry thrown into the frey.                                 stored on a thumbdrive without the need to install a CPU or
Have a watch of the trailer below for your first real taste of        memory.
what's taking place in a time set 13 years into the future.

           Unprintable Content (Video, Flash, etc.)

Black Ops is back. Experience near-future black operations
with the next evolution of the legendary Call of Duty: Black
Ops. Pre-order now


ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Review
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-p8z77-v-deluxe-
review/15685.html
May 3rd, 2012




Cynically speaking, Z77 motherboards are just refined
versions of their P67/Z68 predecessors, giving motherboard
vendors a chance to build on on existing innovations                  Accessories and Documentation - a Wi-Fi 802.11 AGBN +
and eradicate notorious design flaws, particularly in the             Bluetooth 4.0 (Broadcom based) module can be installed at
UEFI BIOS firmware and electrical engineering department.             the I/O panel and wired with two low-profile antennas.
Today we review a refined and feature packed offering in
ASUS's P8Z77-V Deluxe, and run benchmarks with an Ivy
Bridge i7-3770K processor at 4.8GHz against two other
contenders.
ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe is an ATX sized Socket 1155
motherboard that is fitted with the latest Intel Z77 "Panther
Point" PCH (Platform Controller Hub), optimized for the
also newly released 3rd generation "Ivy Bridge" Core i5/i7
processors. The product positioning of the "Deluxe" is of the
higher end mainstream (entailing more bells and whistles),
just below the Republic of Gamers enthusiast boards and
the upcoming "Premium" SKU that has 4-way multi-GPU
support, bundled mSATA SSD and onboard Thunderbolt
support.




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Here we have the Z77 Express "Panther Point" PCH block
diagram, which is more or less a tweaked Z68 PCH with the
addition of native USB 3.0 support and Rapid Start/Smart
Connect technologies.




                                                                       The update is a refreshing one for the ageing Android 3.2
                                                                       Honeycomb running device bringing several new features
                                                                       to the table aside from the redesigned user interface with
                                                                       new app icons and resizeable widgets. Owners who update
                                                                       will also be greeted with an improved web browser, power
                                                                       management and much more.


                                                                       Japanese Cell Phone Sends
                                                                       Vibrations Directly to
Huawei provides Android                                                Eardrums
4.0 ICS update for its 7-inch                                          Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/japanese-cell-phone-sends-
                                                                       vibrations-directly-to-eardrums/15739.html
MediaPad                                                               May 3rd, 2012
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/huawei-provides-android-4.0-ics-
update-for-its-7-inch-mediapad/15749.html
May 3rd, 2012




                                                                        A technology has been developed by ROHM, an electronics
                                                                       supplier in Japan, allowing handset users to listen by
                                                                       touching the phone's corner to their ears.
The Huawei Mediapad tablet which first launched in                     A technology has been developed by ROHM, an electronics
October of last year has just been given the ability to be             supplier in Japan, allowing handset users to listen by
updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich via the Huawei               touching the phone's corner to their ears.
download center. As the 330MB update isn't available for
download over the air, to update you will need to download
software for your PC to be able to apply it.
The Huawei Mediapad tablet which first launched in
October of last year has just been given the ability to be
updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich via the Huawei
download center. As the 330MB update isn't available for
download over the air, to update you will need to download
software for your PC to be able to apply it.




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                                                                  May 3rd, 2012




                                                                  Google is constantly striving to provide new and better
                                                                  ways of using their products to their end users. One
                                                                  way they do this is through the Google Labs program.
                                                                  Essentially an extended beta, Google Labs allows Google to
                                                                  test functionalities and programs that its developers have
                                                                  been working on in the wider world. Eventually, if the
                                                                  Lab proves popular and useful, Google will incorporate it
                                                                  into its existing products. Today, Google announced the
                                                                  “graduation” of three Labs: Automatic Message Translation,
                                                                  Title Tweaks, and Smart Mute.
                                                                  Title Tweaks changes the order of the text in the tab header
                                                                  for Gmail, allowing users to more easily see when they have
                                                                  unread email, and how many unread messages they have.
                                                                  Smart Mute adds improved algorithms to Google’s muting
The technology is based on a phenomenon known as                  of emails, ensuring that noisy, constantly updating threads
'cartilage conduction', discovered by Hiroshi Hosoi of Nara       do not clutter up a user’s inbox. The most interesting new
Medical University in Japan. Hosoi found that by attaching        feature, however, is the new Automatic Message Translation.
a vibrating source to ear cartilage, vibrations travel to the     Automatic Message Translation leverages Google’s
inner ear, where they are transmitted to the eardrum. Thus,       translation servers to make any email received in a language
the vibrations can actually be heard without sound waves          foreign to the user automatically translate into that user’s
passing through the air.                                          native language. For example, if a user in California were
ROHM's application of cartilage conduction involves a             to receive a message from a potential business partner
vibrator, located in the corner of a cell phone handset. The      in Shanghai, but the message were written in Mandarin,
cell phone's user will touch the corner of the device to his      Google could automatically translate that message into
'tragus' (the protrusion in front of the earlobe), and sound      English, facilitating communication between these two
signals will be sent in the form of vibrations to his eardrums.   individuals. If desired, Gmail can leave messages in the
                                                                  original language as well if, for instance, the user happens to
The idea of this technology is to provide a way for people
                                                                  be multilingual; certain languages can be marked as “do not
to communicate in loud and busy environments. Since the
                                                                  translate” in cases such as this.
tragus is located directly above the ear canal, it can be
simultaneously depressed while talking in order to block out      During testing, Google learned from Apps for Business users
all sound excluding the phone conversation.                       that the automatic translation was a killer feature when
                                                                  dealing with multinational teams and coordinating projects
ROHM will be previewing the technology between May 10
                                                                  across language barriers. Some users just wanted to read
and 12 this year, at the '113th Annual Meeting of ORL Society
                                                                  foreign newsletters, and they too loved this new feature.
of Japan' in Japan's Niigata Prefecture. Hosoi will be giving
a lecture on the technology at the same event.                    Google will be rolling out these changes to their entire user
                                                                  base over the next few days. The original announcement can
Japan is known for its variety of cell phones, many eccentric
                                                                  be read on Gmail’s official blog, located here.
or impressively futuristic. Thus, it is no wonder that ROHM
has developed, rather than simply resorting to a noise
cancelling Bluetooth headset.                                     Microsoft preps Union Flag
                                                                  themed Xbox 360 Bundle for
Gmail Now Includes Auto-
                                                                  May 25th
Translation                                                       Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-preps-union-flag-themed-
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gmail-now-includes-auto-      xbox-360-bundle-for-may-25th/15748.html
translation/15737.html




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May 3rd, 2012                                                            May 3rd, 2012




                                                                         Rovio has just reached yet another milestone in rapid pace
                                                                         with an announcement pertaining to its latest entry in the
Another bold themed Xbox 360 bundle pack is just around
                                                                         Angry Birds franchise, Angry Birds Space. The game has
the corner which is all about the UK. In timely fashion
                                                                         tipped a staggering 50 million downloads in just 35 days.
for the Olympics in London (although Microsoft aren't
directly linking it to this), Microsoft's upcoming Xbox 360              Rovio has just reached yet another milestone in rapid pace
Celebration Pack will hit shelves donned with the Union                  with an announcement pertaining to its latest entry in the
Flag on the console itself, the bundled Kinect sensor and the            Angry Birds franchise, Angry Birds Space. The game has
wireless controller.                                                     tipped a staggering 50 million downloads in just 35 days.
Another bold themed Xbox 360 bundle pack is just around                  "Angry Birds Space hit 50 million downloads within 35
the corner which is all about the UK. In timely fashion                  days, making it the fastest growing mobile game yet and
for the Olympics in London (although Microsoft aren't                    breaking all our previous records. This has been simply
directly linking it to this), Microsoft's upcoming Xbox 360              amazing, and the whole Rovio team is thrilled to see such a
Celebration Pack will hit shelves donned with the Union                  fantastic reception for the game."
Flag on the console itself, the bundled Kinect sensor and the
wireless controller.




                                                                         Angry Birds Space retains all the best elements of what has
                                                                         always made the series so addictive and sprinkles additional
                                                                         goodies into the mix with its gravitational influences. The
                                                                         game originally launched with 60 levels, and Rovio recently
                                                                         added 10 new ones for the iOS and Android versions. The
                                                                         game is also available for PC and Mac users.
                                                                         As noted by Rovio in its announcement, this game has now
                                                                         taken the lead as the fastest growing mobile game released
                                                                         to date. Bravo Rovio.
The bundle has been confirmed to arrive on Friday May 25th
comprising a special edition white Xbox 360 4GB console,
Kinect sensor and wireless controller. As mentioned, the                 Calvin Klein iPhone 4/4S
bundle all also include commemorative Union Flag skins                   cases now available in
for the console, Kinect bar and controller. Further is the
inclusion is a couple Kinect games; Kinect Adventures and                Singapore
Kinect Sports and three months of free Xbox Live Gold use.               Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/calvin-klein-iphone-44s-cases-now-
                                                                         available-in-singapore/15745.html
There is a matching special edition Microsoft Wireless
                                                                         May 3rd, 2012
Mobile Mouse 3500 also just around the corner (launching
May 3rd at £29.99). The Celebration pack will set you back
£249.99.


Angry Birds Space reaches
for the stars with 50M                                                   Calvin Klein is a popular fashion brand, although it seems
downloads in 35 days                                                     like the company has also come up with the line of
                                                                         accessories for the Apple iPhone. The Calvin Klein iPhone
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/angry-birds-space-reaches-for-the-
                                                                         4/4S cases are now available in stores.
stars-with-50m-downloads-in-35-days/15747.html
                                                                         CK-081 Metallic Laser Case



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Available in Gold, Pewter, Silver, Royal Blue and Red, the      The CK-082 Jacquard ck signature case is a fashion-hybrid
CK-081 Metallic Laser Case features the Calvin Klein Logo       iPhone case that not only looks fashionable but it also
design at the back. The minimalistic snap case has an           provides the protection to the iPhone while on the go. It
ultra thin reflective metallic cover that keeps your iPhone     features two piece hardshell protection with inlaid woven CK
protected.                                                      Signature, and comes in Khaki/Brown, Black, Cream, and
                                                                Black/Cherub.
Price - S$59
                                                                Price - S$69
CK-080 Metallic Laser Case
                                                                CK-083 CK Monogram case




The CK-080 Metallic Laser Cases are also available in
the five colors, though the rear incorporates CK Signature      Available in Khaki/Brown and Off White/Champagne,
design, rather than the logo. Like the CK-081, the case also    the stylish CK-083 CK Monogram case offers hardshell
comes with an ultra thin reflective metallic cover to protect   protection with inlaid CK Signature Mongram which could
your iPhone.                                                    appeal to fashionistas.
Price - S$59                                                    Price - S$69
CK-082 Jacquard CK Signature Case                               The Calvin Klein iPhone 4/4S cases are now available at
                                                                iStudio and Multimedia Integrated, and will retail in Nubox
                                                                and EpiCentre outlets by mid-May.


                                                                HGST cranks up SAS SSD
                                                                interface speed to 12Gbps
                                                                Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hgst-cranks-up-sas-ssd-interface-
                                                                speed-to-12gbps/15744.html
                                                                May 3rd, 2012




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By the look of things we can expect a doubling in SAS speeds            humble DVD drive. Its latest addition, the BDR-2207 adds
in the not too distant future from 6Gbps to 12Gbps and                  support not only for BDXL discs, but also 3D Blu-ray content
HGST – soon to be a part of Western Digital – is set to                 and a few Pioneer specific features.
demo its first SSD using the new 12Gbps SAS interface next              The BDR-2207 will write to all standard disc formats such
week at a SCSI trade association technology showcase in the             as BD-R, BD-R DL/TL/QL, BD-RE, BD-RE DL/TL and all
US. However, it looks like this is only the beginning when it           standard DVD and CD formats including DVD-RAM and it
comes to new SAS SSDs, as it's apparently possible to put two           will of course also read all of these formats, plus the ROM
SAS interfaces on a single drive for double the bandwidth.              versions of the above as applicable. It'll write to BD-R SL/
By the look of things we can expect a doubling in SAS speeds            DL discs at 12x, BD-R TL-QL discs at 6x and all BD-RE
in the not too distant future from 6Gbps to 12Gbps and                  formats at 2x. As for DVD discs the drive tops out at 16x for
HGST – soon to be a part of Western Digital – is set to                 recordable discs and 8x for re-writeable discs and dual layer
demo its first SSD using the new 12Gbps SAS interface next              discs. CD-R discs can be written at 40x and CD-RW discs at
week at a SCSI trade association technology showcase in the             24x.
US. However, it looks like this is only the beginning when it
comes to new SAS SSDs, as it's apparently possible to put two
SAS interfaces on a single drive for double the bandwidth.
HGST hasn't revealed much in terms of details about its new
SAS SSD, but the company has apparently already tested
it with SAS cards from LSI and PMC-Sierra at speeds of
12Gbps. The press release is also briefly mentioning the
dual interfaces and talks of potential bandwidths of 4.8GB/
s per drive. This would be very impressive in the HPC server
market and we can see a lot of companies wanting to get their
                                                                        However, this in itself doesn't really put the BDR-2207
hands on these much faster SSDs.
                                                                        apart from the competition, but Pioneer bundles a copy
The advantage of the SAS interface over for example going               of CyberLink's PowerDVD 10 with support for Blu-ray 3D
with a PCI Express SSD is that SAS drives uses standard 2.5             playback which might appeal to those interesting in putting
or 3.5-inch form factors and can often be used with existing            together an HTPC using this drive. It also sports what
infrastructure, whereas PCI Express SSDs have a much more               Pioneer calls PowerRead which is supposed to help improve
limited appeal as most servers only has space for one or two            video playback from smudges and lightly scratched discs or
drives. That said, dual interface drives would require new              skip ahead slightly on badly smudged or scratched discs.
backplanes, but this is still a much more affordable upgrade            It also features an auto quiet mode which reduces the
than swapping out an entire server farm for servers with                rotational speed of the drive when playing Blu-ray and DVD
additional PCI Express slots.                                           movies and QuickStart which is meant to shorten the time it
Hopefully HGST will be revealing more details about its new             takes from when you insert a disc until it's available to play
SAS SSDs in the near future, but SAS 12Gbps isn't expected              by up to 42 percent.
to arrive until early next year. Hopefully this means that              At US$99.99 the BDR-2207 is far from the cheapest Blu-ray
we'll see a move to SATA 12Gbps as well, since the two                  writer you can get these days, but most of the cheaper models
standards have been upgraded almost in tandem for the past              come without software. Pioneer is expecting the BDR-2207
couple of iterations. That said, it looks like the SATA IO              to start shipping later this month.
wants consumers to use SATA Express rather than move
on to SATA 12Gbps for the time being, so for those looking
at getting the fastest possible SSD come next year, a SAS               Samsung launches the Series
12Gbps based drive might be the way to go.
                                                                        7 Gamer with Ivy Bridge CPU
                                                                        Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-launches-the-series-7-
Pioneer goes 3D with new                                                gamer-with-ivy-bridge-cpu/15742.html
                                                                        May 3rd, 2012
Blu-ray drive
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pioneer-goes-3d-with-new-blu-ray-
drive/15743.html
May 3rd, 2012


                                                                        When it comes to notebooks, Samsung has as yet to become a
                                                                        go to brand for most of us, but the company keeps improving
                                                                        and its Series 9 notebooks caught the attention of more than
Blu-ray never really took off as far as optical drives in               one notebook buyer. Now the company is trying to get into
computers are concerned, but there are still a few companies            the already fairly crowded gaming notebook sector with its
like Pioneer who's trying to push for the format to replace the         Series 7 Gamer and even though the company has a rather
humble DVD drive. Its latest addition, the BDR-2207 adds                understated design, there's some serious hardware to be
support not only for BDXL discs, but also 3D Blu-ray content            found inside the Series 7 Gamer.
and a few Pioneer specific features.
                                                                        When it comes to notebooks, Samsung has as yet to become a
Blu-ray never really took off as far as optical drives in               go to brand for most of us, but the company keeps improving
computers are concerned, but there are still a few companies            and its Series 9 notebooks caught the attention of more than
like Pioneer who's trying to push for the format to replace the
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one notebook buyer. Now the company is trying to get into
the already fairly crowded gaming notebook sector with its
Series 7 Gamer and even though the company has a rather
understated design, there's some serious hardware to be
found inside the Series 7 Gamer.




                                                                At 3.8kg's the Series 7 Gamer isn't exceptionally heavy
                                                                considering its size, but it's hardly something you're going
                                                                to want to lug around with you on your commute to work.
                                                                Samsung has priced the Series 7 Gamer at US$1899 with a
                                                                copy of Windows 7 Home Premium, but you'll have to be
                                                                pretty serious about being able to play games away from
                                                                home on your notebook to splash out that much cash on a
                                                                notebook these days.


Depending on where you live, the Series 7 Gamer will be         Intel's LGA-1356 Xeon's
available in black and/or orange and at least initially it'll
come with a quad core Core i7-3610QM CPU clocked at             coming this quarter, follows
2.3GHz and a max turbo clock of 3.3GHz. Samsung will
apparently stick no less than 16GB of RAM in the Series 7
                                                                by Pentiums
                                                                Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-s-lga-1356-xeon-s-coming-this-
Gamer as standard and you also get 1.5TB worth of storage
                                                                quarter-follows-by-pentiums/15741.html
space with an 8GB ExpressCache. Graphics comes courtesy
                                                                May 3rd, 2012
of Nvidia's rebranded GeForce GTX 675M which should still
be pretty decent.




                                                                It would appear that Intel is finally getting ready to unveil
                                                                its LGA-1356 Xeon processors later this quarter and initially
                                                                we'll see the Xeon E5-2400 series, a platform that will
                                                                support up to two sockets. Oddly enough, Intel is said to be
                                                                planning a couple of Pentium models that are compatible
                                                                with the LGA-1356 socket, something that doesn't make
                                                                sense at first.
                                                                It would appear that Intel is finally getting ready to unveil
                                                                its LGA-1356 Xeon processors later this quarter and initially
                                                                we'll see the Xeon E5-2400 series, a platform that will
                                                                support up to two sockets. Oddly enough, Intel is said to be
                                                                planning a couple of Pentium models that are compatible
                                                                with the LGA-1356 socket, something that doesn't make
                                                                sense at first.
The 17.3-inch display sports a resolution of 1920x1080 and      The E5-2400 series of Xeon CPU's will be covering a wide
400nits brightness. Other features include a Blu-ray drive,     range of market spaces and is intended for a lot of vertical
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi with Intel WiDi support, Bluetooth 4.0,       applications such as networking equipment and various
Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a       other non-standard applications, as well as cover Intel's mid-
DisplayPort and HDMI port, a pair of audio jacks, a D-sub       range server segment. There will be CPU's with a mere four
connector, a memory card reader and a 2Megapixel webcam.        cores and four threads all the way up to eight core models
As you can see from the pictures, the Series 7 Gamer has a      with support for 16 threads ranging in price from US$192 to
massive 4-prong power connector and it's supplied with a        Us$1440.
200W AC adapter to charge the 8-cell battery pack which         That still doesn't explain the Pentium SKUs though, but
is only good for a mere 3.7 hours. Interestingly Samsung        Intel has produced a few strange beasts in the past, such
appears to have borrowed the rear hot air exhausts vents        as the single core, hyper threaded Celeron P1053 for the
from Gigabyte's P2542G notebook, although this is actually      LGA-1366 socket, clocked at a mere 1.33GHz. This was a chip
a good thing as it vents the hot air away from the user.        specifically designed for the embedded market and we have
                                                                a feeling the two upcoming models, the Pentium 1403 and
                                                                1407 are heading for the same market sometime later this
                                                                year.


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The Pentium 1403 is said to be a 2.6GHz part, with the
1407 being a 2.8GHz part. Both models have two cores and              Apple predicted to become
5MB of L3 cache which sounds somewhat odd. The TDP                    direct mobile service
should be 80W which is fairly high considering Intel has
slower clocked Xeon models at 50 or 60W TDP with far more             provider
cores operational. Notably both models will support triple-           Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-predicted-to-become-direct-
channel memory, as the LGA-1356 shares the same amount                mobile-service-provider/15735.html
of memory channels as the LGA-1366 platform. It's unlikely            May 3rd, 2012
that either model will ever end up in retail and both are so
called “off-roadmap” models.


First Skyrim DLC details to be
announced today
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-skyrim-dlc-details-to-be-   A veteran wireless industry strategist has predicated that
announced-today/15736.html                                            Apple will launch a direct wireless service for the iPad and
May 3rd, 2012                                                         iPhone, while Google will follow suit.
                                                                      A veteran wireless industry strategist has predicated that
                                                                      Apple will launch a direct wireless service for the iPad and
                                                                      iPhone, while Google will follow suit.


                                                                      Whitey Bluestein, who has advised companies on mobile
Bethesda will provide details today of the first downloadable         strategy for over two decades, told attendees of the Informa
content (DLC) for its popular role-playing game Elder                 MVNO Industry Summit in Barcelona that Apple was likely
Scrolls V: Skyrim.                                                    preparing a major new move into the wireless service
                                                                      market.
Bethesda will provide details today of the first downloadable
content (DLC) for its popular role-playing game Elder
Scrolls V: Skyrim.                                                    Citing a series of Apple's pending patents from 2006
The company's VP of PR and marketing, Pete Hines,                     onwards, one of which deals with network architecture
confirmed in a tweet that the first info would drop some time         required to become a wireless service provider, Bluestein
today.                                                                postulated that Apple will change how it approaches wireless
                                                                      for its products in the future.
Fans have already uncovered hints as to what the DLC might
involve, however. A recent update to the game included a
folder entitled “DLC01,” which contained game assets for              He predicted that the launch of such a service, which would
Snow Elf characters, a Snow Elf Princess, crossbows and new           provide phone, data, voice and roaming, would be “in the
vampires animations like feeding and hypnosis, according to           near future,” citing an extension of the network architecture
CVG.                                                                  patent in Autumn of last year.




Bethesda also trademarked the title Dawnguard in March,
suggesting it might be the name of the first Skyrim DLC,
particularly given the vampire link in the game assets.
The company has also launched Kinect support for the
game today, though this is currently limited to the English
language, with over 200 voice commands available.                     He speculated that Apple will likely offer mobile data plans
                                                                      with iPads, rather than selling them with AT&T or Verizon
                                                                      data plans, which could upset its former partners. However,
                                                                      this would give Apple direct control and a larger slice of the
                                                                      profits, though it will have to fork over an initial investment
                                                                      to make up for the subsidies offered by existing operators.

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Bluestein suggested Apple will avail of its popular iTunes
Store, where there are 250 million accounts, to offer
activation, data and international roaming plans.


Other plans could include an ala carte model for providing
iPhone customers with voice, data and message plans as an
alternative to their existing mobile operator.


Bluestein also believes that Google will follow suit, taking
advantage of its ability to acquire companies and services to
fill the gaps in its system.
                                                                  However, Apple still lists a 4G option for the new iPad for
“The battleground is set, but Apple will be the first mover,”     UK customers, which means it has failed to comply with the
said Bluestein. “Google will have to scramble because it lacks    ASA's demands. This has resulted in the ASA expanding its
retail distribution, experience with subscriber services and      investigation.
the iTunes ecosystem of content. iTunes and the iTunes
Store provide Apple with one-click buying and customer
                                                                  An anonymous source at Apple told the BBC that the
care. Google can acquire most of these capabilities, as it has
                                                                  company had not directed staff to remove all references
before, but it is not a core competency of the company.”
                                                                  to 4G from the website, suggesting wilful defiance of the
                                                                  regulator, or perhaps some communication breakdown
UK watchdog widens iPad                                           inside Apple.

4G investigation after Apple
                                                                  Apple previously got in trouble in Australia over similarly
compliance failure                                                misleading advertising relating to the 4G feature of the new
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/uk-watchdog-widens-ipad-4g-   iPad. After pressure from the country's advertising watchdog
investigation-after-apple-compliance-failure/15734.html           it agreed to offer refunds to affected customers, an offer it
May 3rd, 2012                                                     may be forced to make to UK customers in the near future.




                                                                  Microsoft Investing in Barnes
                                                                  & Noble's Nook e-Reader
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is to widen its         Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-investing-in-barnes--
investigation into false advertising for Apple's new iPad over    noble-s-nook-e-reader/15733.html
the tablet's 4G capabilities after Apple failed to comply with    May 3rd, 2012
its initial requests.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is to widen its
investigation into false advertising for Apple's new iPad over
the tablet's 4G capabilities after Apple failed to comply with
its initial requests.
                                                                  Microsoft invests $300 million in Barnes & Noble, giving
The UK advertising watchdog began an inquiry in early April       them a large stake in a newly forming subsidiary company
after receiving numerous complaints about the promised 4G         of the bookstore giant.
feature, which does not work in the UK, due to a lack of          Microsoft is looking to influence the world of eBooks,
4G networks and different frequencies used, which means           eReaders, and college textbooks with a $300 million
even the rollout of network availability will net resolve the     investment into a new subsidiary company being formed by
problem.                                                          Barnes & Noble. The as-yet unnamed company will focus on
                                                                  Barnes & Noble’s digital bookstore as well as their college
                                                                  textbook business. After the investment, Microsoft will own
It appears that some of those issues were resolved after the      17.6 percent of the new company, and will produce a Nook
ASA launched discussions with Apple. The ASA agreed it            application for the Windows 8 operating system, which
would close the file once Apple removed every reference to        unofficial sources have pegged as being released in October
4G from its UK website.                                           of this year.
                                                                  Barnes & Noble announced their intention to split their
                                                                  business into physical and digital stores. The formation
                                                                  of this new company to handle digital books and college
                                                                  textbooks could be the first step towards that endgame.

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Some commentators believe that it could have a detrimental
effect on the company, however, saying that the move will
not help save the physical Barnes & Noble stores; it’s possible
the split could even accelerate the physical stores’ decline.
The partnership between Microsoft and Barnes & Noble
also signals an end to the patent disputes. Barnes & Noble
released the Nook eReader to compete with Amazon’s Kindle
in 2009. Microsoft then sued the bookstore giant in March
of last year, claiming that the Nook tablet, which runs on the
Android operating system, infringed on their patents.
Barnes & Noble, like many other book sellers, has been
struggling to cope with the eBook revolution. Competing
with Amazon’s reduced prices for used books was difficult
enough, but with the popularity of the Kindle, and eBooks              Now, research has been released from multiple research
in general, book stores have been struggling to compete.               groups around the planet announcing the creation of
With the cost of publishing an eBook at almost nothing,                silicene, a one-atom thick layer of silicon equivalent to
publishers have quickly embraced the format, leading to                graphene. This presents a lot of promise to researchers
higher profits. Readers enjoy the new format as well, as               and engineers, because silicene, being based on silicon,
it allows them to carry a library of books with them in a              should be compatible with current electronics and electronic
convenient, lightweight format.                                        fabrication techniques. The research groups created the
Shortly after the announcement of the collaboration, Barnes            silicene sheet by condensing silicon vapor onto a silver
& Noble’s stock price rocketed to $25 per share, an increase           substrate. Currently, we only have proof that silicene exists,
of around 85%. Trading slowed as the day wore on, and                  as the scientists observed it through a scanning tunneling
Monday closed with Barnes & Noble up 52%.                              electron microscope, but they theorize that silicene should
                                                                       have highly desirable electrical properties, perhaps even
                                                                       close to the electrical conductivity of graphene.
Silicene Could Beat Graphene                                           The next step is to grow silicene on an insulator, so that
to Market                                                              it can be used to create a circuit. At least four research
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/silicene-could-beat-graphene-to-   groups managed to successfully create silicene on a silver
market/15732.html                                                      substrate, so it’s highly likely that they’re working to find
May 3rd, 2012                                                          an insulator that will allow them to repeat their success.
                                                                       With silicon reaching the physical limits of its capabilities
                                                                       sometime in the next decade, silicene could be exactly what
                                                                       the electronics industry needs.


                                                                       Tim Cook Says Apple Will Not
Silicene, a single-atom thick layer of silicon, could beat             Combine iPad and MacBook -
graphene to the components market due to the industry’s
familiarity with silicon and its properties.
                                                                       Mocks Windows 8
                                                                       Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/tim-cook-says-apple-will-not-
Graphene is a truly wondrous molecular structure. Since                combine-ipad-and-macbook--mocks-windows-8/15731.html
its discovery a few years ago, scientists have become more             May 3rd, 2012
and more excited about the possibilities graphene affords.
It is the most conductive material in the known universe
with surprising optical qualities, and IBM has shown that
graphene could allow computers to operate close to the
terahertz range (one terahertz, or THz, is equal to roughly
1,000 gigahertz, or GHz). The problem is that graphene
does not have a band gap. A band gap is the difference in              According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple will not be
energy from an on state, where electrons are flowing through           combining the iPad and Macbook Air into a new product.
a circuit, and an off state, where no electron motion is               Cook compares Microsoft's decision to run Windows 8 on
possible. Without a band gap, it’s extremely difficult to build        multiple products to meshing a refrigerator and toaster.
transistors, which have to be able to switch from “on” to “off”        According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple will not be
and back again very quickly. Some progress in creating a               combining the iPad and Macbook Air into a new product.
band gap in graphene has been made, but the material is still          Cook compares Microsoft's decision to run Windows 8 on
years or possibly decades away from being used in current              multiple products to meshing a refrigerator and toaster.
computer components.
                                                                       Microsoft plans for Windows 8 to run on PC's, tablets,
                                                                       laptops, and various other devices. According to Cook, this
                                                                       unified platform compromises product functionality. As
                                                                       such, he made it quite clear that Apple has no intentions of
                                                                       converging the iPad and Macbook Air.


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"You wouldn't want to put these things together because you                exploiting music and other creative works without paying a
end up compromising in both and not pleasing either user."                 penny to the people who created them."
says Cook. "Some people will prefer to own both, and that's                But according to Laurence ('Loz') Kaye of the Pirate Party
great too. But to make the compromise of convergence, we're                UK, "The truth is that we are on a slippery slope towards
not going to that party."                                                  internet censorship here in the United Kingdom." Kaye isn't
Steve Jobs himself was a detractor from the idea of a Mac                  the only one to question the approach of blocking websites
with an iPad-like screen, calling it "ergonomically terrible".             to counter piracy.
In order to demonstrate his point, Cook said in an analogy                 Although UK ISP Virgin Media complied with the court
"You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but you                    order, they expressed to the BBC their view that "changing
know, those things are probably not going to be pleasing                   consumer behavior to tackle copyright infringement also
to the user." Reportedly, Microsoft's head of PR Frank                     needs compelling legal alternatives, such as our agreement
Shaw jokingly responded in a tweet that Cook was actually                  with Spotify, to give consumers access to great content at the
referring to a toaster-oven.                                               right price."
Despite its detractors, Microsoft may yet have an honest                   Spotify is a music service launched in 2008, giving its users
shot with Windows 8. Their idea of using Windows on                        an ad supported option of listening to music for free. "Piracy
tablets is not new to them. Immediately before the release of              is so old fashioned!" goes one of their many advertisements.
Apple's first iPad, Microsoft launched the Slate PC running                “When it's free and easy to listen to music on Spotify, who
Windows 7. That product ended in failure, and the Slate was                needs music piracy?” Although this may be jumping the gun
abandoned very soon afterwards. But the Windows 8 to run                   a bit, perhaps Spotify is on to something.
on future tablet PC's may fare better, since the operating
                                                                           There continues to be great debate regarding decisions to
system has been specifically designed in a simplistic and                  block websites, which many consider an inevitable first step
minimal way to better fit the tablet layout.                               in establishing internet censorship. Instead of changing the
Time will tell whether or not Tim Cook is right in his                     internet, more companies may start seeking to change the
ideas. Steve Jobs was legendary for his sense of style and                 entire system of entertainment.
ergonomics. Perhaps what Cook thinks about Windows 8
will serve as a litmus test to see whether he shares these same
insights.


UK ISPs Ordered to Block
'The Pirate Bay'
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/uk-isps-ordered-to-block-the-pirate-
bay-/15730.html
May 3rd, 2012




The British High court has ordered UK ISPs Sky, Everything
Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media to block
The Pirate Bay, self-proclaimed "galaxy's most resilient
BitTorrent site" and "world's largest BitTorrent tracker".
The British High court has ordered UK ISPs Sky, Everything
Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media to block
The Pirate Bay, self-proclaimed "galaxy's most resilient
BitTorrent site" and "world's largest BitTorrent tracker".
In November, the British Phonographic Industry ordered
the same from ISPs, but they refused to do so without a court
order. Now, with the court order in place, all these ISPs will
be placing a block on The Pirate Bay, excluding a sixth ISP,
BT, which requested more time to consider their position in
the matter.
This means that internet users in the UK will no longer be
able to access the site, which hosts links to a treasure trove
of illegally pirated games, movies, music and more.
"The High Court has confirmed that The Pirate Bay infringes
copyright on a massive scale." said BPI chief executive Geoff
Taylor. "Its operators line their pockets by commercially


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Assassin's Creed early
concept art and demo
revealed
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/assassin-s-creed-early-concept-art-
and-demo-revealed/15797.html
May 7th, 2012




Ubisoft has revealed initial concept art and an early concept
demo for Assassin's Creed, giving some unique insight into
how the game was originally conceived.
Ubisoft has revealed initial concept art and an early concept
demo for Assassin's Creed, giving some unique insight into
how the game was originally conceived.


Both the artwork and the demo show that the game was
initially intended to be a Prince of Persia spin-off called
Prince of Persia: Assassins, but that many of the original
gameplay elements and ideas were already in place early on
before they decided to make it into an entirely new franchise.


The video below shows a number of concept demos, with the
Assassin's Creed one starting at the 1:30 minute mark. After
viewing it, it is not surprising that the game was given the go-
ahead, as it showed the typical throat-stabbing and sneaking
around that we have come to expect from the Assassin’s
Creed games.




The concept art also shows similar ideas, while also hinting
at the original Prince of Persia setting.




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                                                                  Researchers, having spent a great deal of time studying
                                                                  how this process works in the bacteria, have successfully
                                                                  imitated it themselves, literally 'growing' magnets. Magnets
                                                                  are important components of computer hard drives, and this
                                                                  new technology could potentially create much faster ones.
                                                                  The researchers have also managed to produce biological
                                                                  "wires" using the membranes of cells. In the future these
                                                                  membrane wires could be used in place of traditional metal
                                                                  wires to transfer information through computers, and could
                                                                  potentially be used in surgery as well.
                                                                  Nature has been a constant source of inspiration for human
                                                                  innovation throughout the centuries, inspiring flight, the
                                                                  invention of Velcro, and other inventions in the making,
                                                                  such as possible cancer fighting nanoparticles. Thus, while
This release is a rare glimpse into how a game studio             scientists work to create power quantum computers, nature-
operates and how games develop from a conceptial stage into       inspired designs and materials may be the course of
a blockbuster success on release.                                 traditional computer technology.

Assassin's Creed III launches on 30 October.                      Blizzard touts global play in
                                                                  Diablo III
                                                                  Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/blizzard-touts-global-play-in-diablo-
Researchers look to magnet-                                       iii/15795.html

producing bacteria to create
                                                                  May 7th, 2012


bio-computer components
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/researchers-look-to-magnet-
producing-bacteria-to-create-bio-computer-components/15796.html
May 7th, 2012

Researchers from the UK and Tokyo are imitating iron-
eating microbes to create bio-computer components.                Blizzard has announced that Diablo 3 will feature “global
                                                                  play,” letting players in any region around the world play on
Technology is shrinking, and nearing its physical limit. Until    any server they want.
it reaches that final stage however, scientists are looking for
new ways to create tinier computer components, which are          Blizzard has announced that Diablo 3 will feature “global
becoming increasingly difficult to create using conventional      play,” letting players in any region around the world play on
methods. A team from UK's University of Leeds and Japan's         any server they want.
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology are seeking
the answer in bacteria that ingest iron.
                                                                  The much-anticipated hack-and-slash role-playing game
                                                                  will have servers divided into three regions, the Americas
                                                                  (which includes Australia and New Zealand), Europe and
                                                                  Asia. However, players will not be forced to play on servers
                                                                  within their region.


                                                                  This is a step in the right direction for allowing players
                                                                  maximum freedom, but it is not without its flaws, as players
"We are quickly reaching the limits of traditional electronic     will have to create new characters in each region, rather than
manufacturing as computer components get smaller."                being allowed to import their existing character from one
said Dr. Sarah Staniland of the University of Leeds,"The          region to another. This is likely due to technical limitations,
machines we've traditionally used to build them are clumsy        but should still be explored in future for a truly region-free
at such small scales." She went on to say that "Nature has        experience.
provided us with the perfect tool to [deal with] this problem."
Magnetospirilllum magneticum, the bacteria being used
in the study, generally lives in watery environments like
ponds and lakes. Staying deep below the surface in oxygen
poor water, they align themselves with earth’s magnetic
pull, swimming up and down searching for a preferred
concentration of oxygen.
When these organisms ingest iron, proteins interact with the
element inside of them to create crystals of the world's most
powerful magnetic material - magnetite.


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                                                                         LG is the second largest TV manufacturer in the world,
                                                                         behind Samsung, so getting the support of this company is
                                                                         a major boost for Google's TV efforts, which failed to entice
                                                                         customers in 2010. A revamped version of the software
                                                                         has been released and the internet-enabled TV market has
                                                                         shown strong growth potential, with IHS iSuppli predicting
                                                                         60 percent growth this year, so it is no wonder Google and
                                                                         its allies are giving it another shot.




                                                                         There are no details yet about screen sizes or estimated
                                                                         prices, but we can likely expect something in the medium
                                                                         range, perhaps around 36 or 40-inches, to cater for as wide
                                                                         an audience as possible, with prices likely to be reasonably
                                                                         steep, given the relative newness of the technology.

Real-money auctions will also be restricted by region.
This is not entirely surprising, as there are likely legal               The TV will initially only be available in the US, but LG said
restrictions and complications that would apply for cross-               it would be evaluating the success of it there to decide if it
region auctioning involving real cash.                                   will expand into the European and Asian markets.


Another difficulty, though not necessarily a restriction, is
that players will need to recreate their friends lists and               Unlocked Ivy Bridge CPUs:
items from scratch, in addition to their characters, so it is
effectively like re-rolling to experience something new.                 i7-3770K worth getting over
                                                                         the i5-3570K?
For those with friends halfway across the world, however,                Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/unlocked-ivy-bridge-cpus-i7-3770k-
it still opens up the gameplay considerably and could help               worth-getting-over-the-i5-3570k-/15793.html
players who like to play at off-peak times in one region find            May 7th, 2012
players at peak times elsewhere.


Diablo III launches on 15 May.


                                                                         We address one of the most pertinent question that is on
                                                                         the minds of new Ivy Bridge platform shoppers - is the
LG to launch Google TV later                                             hyperthreading capable / 2MB more L3 cache i7-3770K
                                                                         (US$313) worth the almost 50% price premium over
this month                                                               the i5-3570K (US$212), especially when both chips are
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-to-launch-google-tv-later-this-   overclocked at 4.8GHz?
month/15794.html
May 7th, 2012




LG will launch a Google TV later this month, according
to a senior executive at the company, giving new hope for
Google's internet-connected TV platform.
LG will launch a Google TV later this month, according
to a senior executive at the company, giving new hope for
Google's internet-connected TV platform.


The LG Google TV will begin production on 17 May in LG's
Mexican factory and will be available for purchase from the
week of 21 May, two weeks time.




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                                                                   May 7th, 2012




                                                                   THQ and Relic Entertainment have announced Company of
                                                                   Heroes 2, the sequel to the popular real-time strategy game,
                                                                   which will see players face off in the harsh winters of Russia.
                                                                   THQ and Relic Entertainment have announced Company of
                                                                   Heroes 2, the sequel to the popular real-time strategy game,
                                                                   which will see players face off in the harsh winters of Russia.


                                                                   The first instalment of the game, released in 2006, focused
                                                                   on the Western Front of World War II, but Company of
                                                                   Heroes 2 will give players the opportunity to experience the
                                                                   epic battles on the Eastern Front, where the Red Army will
                                                                   be tasked with pushing back the Nazi invaders.


                                                                   The game uses Relic Entertainment's Essence 3.0 Engine,
                                                                   which adds some new technological advancements to the
                                                                   game, including dynamic battle tactics, improved graphical
                                                                   fidelity and additional environmental destruction, not to
                                                                   mention a slew of new Commander abilities.




                                                                   “Company of Heroes 2 is a true successor, introducing a new
                                                                   front, new protagonists and new technology while retaining
                                                                   the unique mix of strategic gameplay and competitive
                                                                   multiplayer that made the original Company of Heroes
                                                                   such a success,” said Greg Wilson, Producer at Relic
                                                                   Entertainment.


                                                                   The developer plans to release a slew of downloadable
                                                                   content after launch to enhance the game's life-cyle, but it is
                                                                   not yet clear what this content will involve.


                                                                   Company of Heroes 2 is currently slated for release in early
                                                                   2013 for PC.
THQ and Relic Entertainment
announce Company of Heroes Intel SSD 910 800GB (PCIe)
2                           Preview
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/thq-and-relic-entertainment-   Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-ssd-910-800gb-pcie-
announce-company-of-heroes-2/15792.html                            preview/15788.html




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May 7th, 2012




Back at IDF Beijing 2012, Intel unveiled its enterprise
data centre/cloud computing oriented 910 series "Ramsdale
MLC" PCI Express Solid-State Drive, available in 400GB
($1,929) and 800GB ($3,859) capacities. We do a quick
preview of the new 25nm HET MLC based card before
putting it through some heavy duty real world tests over the
next few weeks for a formal review.
As Lars mentioned during his 910 SSD launch
coverage piece, traditional SATA and SAS interfaces are
becoming increasingly inadequate for high-performance
SSDs and from Intel's SSD roadmap, PCI Express is
the future interface for its high-end SSDs. The 800GB          Four discreet SAS controllers handle fourteeen NAND
engineering sample that we have in our labs has three          packages each, and each controller is recognized as a
stacked PCBs (400GB only has two) and uses a 1U low-           separate 200GB volume, which can be aggregated together
profile form factor (full length bracket included). Eight      by software RAID (quite puzzling why there is no native
PCI Express 2.0 lanes provides up to 4GB/s of transfer         hardware solution for its considerably high price). The
bandwidth in each direction and the drive draws up to 25W      PCIe to SAS bridge (under the silver heatsink) is a fairly
by default and 38W in high performance mode.                   ubiquitous LSISAS2008 ASIC (PowerPC 440 @ 533MHz),
                                                               which is good for plug and play, out of the box operating
                                                               system compatibility.




Here we have the 25nm HET (High Endurance Technology)
MLC NAND in TSSOP packages, which has comparable
write endurance to 50nm SLC. Intel rates it up to 14
petabytes of writes (or ~18000 times/50 years worth of a
full 800GB transacted per day), much better mileage and
reliability than what your typical SSD or mechanical hard
drive can achieve.




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                                                                      Price: S$1,298 (including GST)
                                                                      ASUS N series




ASUS announces four Ivy
Bridge laptops in Singapore
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-announces-four-ivy-bridge-
laptops-in-singapore/15789.html
May 7th, 2012                                                         The newly redesigned ASUS N Series multimedia notebooks,
                                                                      which include the N46, N56 and N76, boast pro-grade
                                                                      sound, stylish elegance and third generation Intel Core
                                                                      processors. It utilized ASUS SonicMaster audio technology,
                                                                      exclusive ASUS Super Hybrid Engine II technology to offer
                                                                      two-second instant on resume, and features wide-view
                                                                      screens with up to full HD 1080p resolution.
ASUS has announced their new range of Ivy Bridge laptops              Availability: Now
in Singapore - K series, N series and ROG G series. Both the          Price: S$1,498 (including GST)
K and N series are now available, while the ROG G series will
be retailing in June next month.
ASUS K series                                                         ASUS ROG G series




The new ASUS K series notebooks are super-thin and                    The new ASUS ROG G Series gaming notebooks features
light, constructed with aluminium and textured finish that            Intel third generation Core i7 processors and the latest
is durable gives a classy look. It is equipped with third             NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M/670M GPUs with up to 3GB
generation Intel Core processor, NVIDIA GeForce 600 series            of GDDR5 VRAM, up to 16GB of DDR3 DRAM and support
graphics, exclusive SonicMaster Lite audio, and claims up             for dual hard drives in RAID 0/1. It has dual-fan intelligent
to three times the battery longevity. The K series also               thermal mechanism that ensures the system runs cooler and
incorporates ASUS IceCool Technology that ensures cooler              longer, built-in subwoofer, ASUS SonicMaster Lite audio
notebook's palm rests, SuperBatt Technology for extended              and active shutter glasses with NVIDIA 3D LightBoost
battery charge-cycle lifespan (up to three times that of              technology for immersive 3D experience.
normal notebooks), and two-second Instant on from sleep               Availability: June
mode and longer standby times with ASUS Super Hybrid                  Price: ASUS G55VM S$2,698 (including GST), ASUS
Engine ll Technology.                                                 G75VM S$2,998 (including GST)
Availability: Now

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HP ENVY 14 Spectre Review:                                       Ports                              HDMI, headphones, USB
                                                                                                    2.0, USB 3.0, RJ-45, mini-
Ultrabook with unique glass                                                                         display

design                                                           Slots                              2-in-1 integrated Digital
                                                                                                    Media Reader for SD and
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-envy-14-spectre-review-                                      MMC cards
ultrabook-with-unique-glass-design/15717.html
                                                                 Webcam                             HP TrueVision HD Webcam
May 7th, 2012
                                                                                                    with Integrated Digital
                                                                                                    Microphone
                                                                 Audio                              Beats Internal Speakers,
                                                                                                    Beats Audio Playback with
                                                                                                    HP Triple
                                                                                                    Bass Reflex Subwoofer; HP
With more Ultrabooks coming to the market, consumers                                                Wireless Audio
may be confused between them and the thin and light              Network Interface                  Integrated 10/100/1000
notebooks. HP had unveiled the stylish ENVY 14 Spectre                                              Gigabit Ethernet LAN
at CES this year, but is this portable machine as good as it                                        (RJ-45)
looks? VR-Zone finds out.                                        Wireless                           802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth
                                                                 Weight                             starts at 1.8kg
                                                                 Dimension                          327 x 221x 20 mm
                                                                 Operating System                   Windows 7 Professional 64-
                                                                                                    bit


                                                                 Facebook Adding Messenger
                                                                 Feature to Increase
                                                                 Transparency
                                                                 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/facebook-adding-messenger-feature-
                                                                 to-increase-transparency/15787.html
                                                                 May 7th, 2012




The HP ENVY 14 Spectre was unveiled early this year,
though it only arrived in Singapore around end February.         Facebook's messenger is becoming even more transparent.
The latest member to HP's ENVY portfolio features a clever       Now, users will be better able to see when you type and when
and unique use of midnight Corning Gorilla Glass on the          you have read their messages.
outside and silver glass on the inside, which combined to        Facebook's messenger is becoming even more transparent.
give an extremely stylish look. Not to mention, this also        Now, users will be better able to see when you type and when
differentiates the HP from the other Ultrabooks on the           you have read their messages.
market today.
According to the company, the ENVY 14 Spectre has a
14-inch diagonal screen that is packed inside a 13.3-inch
diagonal body, and the reason HP has chosen the name
"Spectre" was to evoke a sense of mystery. Like its sibling in
the series, this one also comes with Beats Audio technology
which promises superb audio experience to the users.
Howver, the Beats Audio headphones were not included with
the review unit and you may have to purchase it separately.
Here's a look at the specifications of the HP ENVY 14
Spectre:-
                                      HP ENVY 14 Spectre
Processor                          1.8GHz Intel Core i7-2677M    This new level of transparency creates a dilemma for users
                                                                 who want to ignore awkward messages, or don't have the
Chipset                            Intel HM65 Express
                                                                 time for responding. If you read a message that has been
Memory                             4GB DDR3                      sent to you, the sender will be able to tell whether or not you
Hard disk                          128GB SSD hard drive          have already read it. It is obvious that this functionality could
Graphics                           Intel HD graphics 300         potentially serve to facilitate misunderstandings.
Display                            14-inch (1600x900 pixel       This entire functionality is based off of "read receipts", which
                                   resolution)                   will be accessible not only to individuals, but to users in a

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group-chat setting. Under a sent message, the names of the
people presumed to have read it will be listed.
The update allowing for this new feature will be first
released to Facebook's messenger application, and then to
the website, and later to its default mobile apps.
Strangers to the Facebook application will not understand
why there is a need for a "messenger" application in the first
place. But messaging, in its text-message like chat form, is
not available in Facebook's default mobile application. While
messages can be sent from the app, they are more like email,
and cannot easily be used for conversational purposes.
A lesser known fact about Facebook’s messaging capabilities
is that users of Facebook do not need a smartphone to
message on the fly. A 'dumbphone' is sufficient, if enabled
with Facebook for the purpose of texting. So, if users are
wary of other people seeing so much about their messaging
                                                                        Champions Dream[s]cape, here posing with local Palit
antics, they could switch to messaging off of their normal cell
                                                                        distributor Convergent Systems' Michael Tan, with each
phones. Facebook cannot tell whether or not users have read
                                                                        member walking away with almost SGD$1000 worth of Palit
regular texts.
                                                                        GTX 680 Jetstream 2GB, Patriot 60GB SSD and Nvidia 13'
                                                                        laptop sleeve.
Palit Nvidia CS Tournament
Prize Presentation Event
Report
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/palit-nvidia-cs-tournament-prize-
presentation-event-report/15765.html
May 7th, 2012




Last Thursday evening, the winners of the inaugural
Palit Nvidia Counter-Strike Tournament, dream[s]cape and
Momentum, were awarded nearly $7,000 worth of product
prizes at a dinner event, in conjunction with the launch
of Palit's GeForce GTX 680 Jetstream edition here in                    Runner-up Team Momentum, together with local Palit
Singapore.                                                              product manager Cheah Wei Min, got themselves a
Last month, Palit and Nvidia partnered to co-sponsor a                  decent prize bundle consisting of Palit GeForce GTX560
Counter-Strike Source online 5v5 competition organized                  Ti, PATRIOT Division2 1866 8GB Kit and Nvidia 13' laptop
by VR-Zone, named the "Palit Nvidia CS Tournament", in                  sleeve.
tandem with the marketing activities for the launch of the
award winning and current single GPU king of the hill Nvidia
GeForce GTX 680. Sixteen teams from around the region
participated to shoot it out for very attractive prizes, ranging
from Palit's own custom GTX 680 Jetstream Edition to
Patriot SSDs and high speed memory kits.
Interested readers can still check out the round by round
action with video highlights and demo replays at the http://
cs.palit.biz event microsite.




                                                                        Prize presentation aside, the event was held to promote the
                                                                        official launch of the Palit GTX 680 offerings in Singapore,
                                                                        with Cheah Wei Min giving a short presentation about the
                                                                        AIB's innovations included in the new GeForce cards.

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                                                           Also available in Singapore retail stores is the regular
                                                           reference GTX 680 design, which is a good buy too.




                                                           All the guests at the event were treated to a sumpteous
                                                           buffet and had a chance to play Battlefield 3 on a Nvidia 3D
                                                           Surround rig, which can be now comfortably driven from a
                                                           single 6-series Nvidia GPU.




Here we have the Palit GTX 680 Jetstream edition (our
review), available in 2GB and 4GB memory configurations.
Besides spotting their own triple-fan heatpipe Jetstream
cooler, the card is equipped with a 5-phase DrMOS VRM
design (as opposed to 4-phase analog on the reference),
purportedly giving it better overclockability.




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                                                                         Early pictures of the DX79SI from last year showed the board
                                                                         with a total of 10 SATA ports, but in the end the board only
                                                                         arrived with six, to many potential buys disappointment.
                                                                         The DX79SR has at least in part remedied this by sporting an
                                                                         extra Marvell SE9128 SATA controller which adds two more
                                                                         SATA 6Gbps ports.
                                                                         The rear I/O has also been changed slightly with the addition
                                                                         of two more USB 3.0 ports courtesy of a four port host
                                                                         controller, although we're not sure who the manufacturer is.
                                                                         Again, this was a feature missing on the DX79SI which it
                                                                         had space for. Intel has also done some minor changes to the
                                                                         PCB layout, there are no longer any lane switches between
                                                                         the first and second PCI Express x16 slots and many of the
                                                                         capacitors appear to have been changed.




Intel updates the DX79SI with
the DX79SR
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-updates-the-dx79si-with-the-
dx79sr/15785.html
May 7th, 2012




If you remember, when Intel initially revealed the X79
chipset it was said to feature additional SAS ports which
over time were meant to be additional SATA ports, but in
the end the chipset arrived with no extra storage interfaces
at all. Even though Intel was expected to remedy this with
a later chipset revision, this doesn't appear to be the case             The DX79SR will ship with an internal Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 2.1
anymore, but Intel has decided to issue a revised version of             module that attaches to one of the USB 2.0 headers. Sadly it's
its DX79SI motherboard with additional connectivity in a                 limited to 150Mbps Wi-Fi and if you have a chassis with no
couple of areas.                                                         plastic parts or large enough holes to the outside world so to
                                                                         speak, it'll be hard to get any kind of signal with this module.
If you remember, when Intel initially revealed the X79
                                                                         Intel also includes a mouse pad and a thermal probe with the
chipset it was said to feature additional SAS ports which
                                                                         board. The DX79SR is set to replace the DX79SI entirely and
over time were meant to be additional SATA ports, but in
                                                                         it should end up costing around US$300 (S$375) at launch
the end the chipset arrived with no extra storage interfaces
                                                                         which should be later this month.
at all. Even though Intel was expected to remedy this with
a later chipset revision, this doesn't appear to be the case
anymore, but Intel has decided to issue a revised version of
its DX79SI motherboard with additional connectivity in a
                                                                         Samsung's Galaxy S III gets
couple of areas.                                                         benchmarked, impresses
                                                                         Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-s-galaxy-s-iii-gets-
                                                                         benchmarked-impresses/15784.html




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May 7th, 2012




Although Samsung's new Galaxy S III has received mixed
reports in terms of features and design compared to the
expectations of Samsung's new flagship handset, one area
where it doesn't disappoint is in terms of performance. Early
benchmarks are out and the Galaxy S III is pretty much the
fastest handset you will be able to get your hands on soon.
Although Samsung's new Galaxy S III has received mixed
reports in terms of features and design compared to the
expectations of Samsung's new flagship handset, one area
where it doesn't disappoint is in terms of performance. Early
benchmarks are out and the Galaxy S III is pretty much the
fastest handset you will be able to get your hands on soon.        With a faster version of ARM's Mali-400/MP4 GPU inside
Both Anandtech and Nordic Hardware have put the new                the Exynos 4 Quad SoC, Samsung has also managed to
handset through a range of benchmarks and the two                  impress in terms of 3D performance. In fact, at the moment
publications have come up with fairly similar numbers. In          there doesn't appear to be a single handset that performs
the Sunspider JavaScript benchmark we're looking at the            better in GLBenchmark 2.1, although the iPhone 4S comes
fastest ARM powered handset to date, although interestingly        close in the Pro tests. Admittedly this is only during off-
Intel's Atom powered Xolo X900 is actually top dog in this         screen testing as there's no v-sync to limit the frame rate.
specific test.                                                     With v-sync enabled there are plenty of handsets that
                                                                   offer the same performance, but then again this would
                                                                   be expected. The handset doesn't fare quite as well in
                                                                   RightWare's Basemark ES 2.0, but it's still one of the faster
                                                                   handsets here too.
                                                                   Opinions might we split over the design, features and so on,
                                                                   but if you're looking for what at least for the time being is the
                                                                   fastest handset in the market, the Galaxy S III is most likely
                                                                   what you're going to want. That said, it's questionable as to
                                                                   what extent this extra performance will translate into actual
                                                                   usable performance that have an impact on your day to day
                                                                   usage of your handset. The Galaxy S III looks like it could be
                                                                   a gamer's dream, that is if there were any games good enough
                                                                   to take advantage of all the GPU power on offer. Either which
                                                                   way, Samsung has proven that it can make better quad core
                                                                   ARM SoC's than Nvidia, which is no mean feat in itself.


                                                                   Microsoft details Windows
                                                                   Media Center for Windows 8
                                                                   Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-details-windows-media-
In Rightware's BrowserMark Samsung is way ahead of its             center-for-windows-8/15783.html
closest competitor which is oddly enough Asus' Transformer         May 7th, 2012
Prime tablet, but considering that the Galaxy S III is some
53,000 points and change ahead of it, we wouldn't exactly
call it close. In fact, there are plenty of dual core phones
                                                                   Unlike previous versions of Windows, Microsoft is planning
that were launched last year that can't even manage 53,000
                                                                   quite a change for Windows 8 when it comes to Windows
points in this specific benchmark and that should speak
                                                                   Media Center. The company has explained the upgrade path
volumes for how fast the Galaxy S III is.
                                                                   from Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro and it does hold at least
In Basemark the Galaxy S III gets beaten by the HTC one S          one surprise, although it seems like Microsoft might've gone
and HTC's other flagship phone the one X beats the Galaxy S        a little bit too far this time around.
III in Vellamo, but in the latter case we're looking at the dual
                                                                   Unlike previous versions of Windows, Microsoft is planning
core Qualcomm powered version for the US market rather
                                                                   quite a change for Windows 8 when it comes to Windows
than the Tegra 3 powered international version.
                                                                   Media Center. The company has explained the upgrade path
                                                                   from Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro and it does hold at least
                                                                   one surprise, although it seems like Microsoft might've gone
                                                                   a little bit too far this time around.


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No matter if you start out with a retail, upgrade or OEM           It has been nearly a year since we had a look on the Venom
version of Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, you can install             Voodoo, Akasa’s best CPU cooler to this date. However, high
Windows Media Center, but it will be available as two              thermal performance and a fancy appearance usually are not
distinctly different upgrade packages. If you're on Windows        a priority for mainstream users who are looking for good
8 then you'll have to get what is known as the Windows 8           overall performance at the lowest possible price. Realizing
Pro Pack which upgrades your system to Windows 8 Pro               that, Akasa released the Nero 3 cooler, a product which the
with Media Center. On the other hand if you already have           company claims that offers both peak performance and near
Windows 8 Pro, then you get the Windows 8 Media Center             silent operation combined with a strongly competitive retail
Pack which gets you to the same end result.                        price. We will thoroughly examine and test the Nero 3 CPU
                                                                   cooler in this review.
Microsoft hasn't come clean with the pricing as yet, so it'll be
interesting to see what the upgrade costs are, especially from     Socket type                         Intel LGA775, LGA1155,
the more basic version of Windows 8, as you're in essence                                              LGA1156, LGA1366 &
upgrading to Windows 8 Pro at the same time. However,                                                  LGA2011
there's a big catch in all this, as Microsoft has dropped                                              AMD Socket AM2, AM2+,
native DVD playback in Windows 8, so you'll either need a                                              AM3 & FM1
third party solution, or Windows Media Center to be able to        Cooler dimensions                   120 (W) x 86.7 (D) x 160 (H)
watch DVDs on your computer. That said, for many of us                                                 mm
this is likely to be a non-issue, but it's still an odd move by    Heatsink material                   High grade aluminium fins,
Microsoft.                                                                                             copper heatpipes
Windows 8 will come with support for H.264, VC-1/WMV               Heatpipe                            6mm x 4
and MP4 part 2 and it'll handle AVI, MPEG-2 TS (M2TS/              Weight                              609g
MTS), MP4 and ASF video containers natively. Add to this
                                                                   Installation                        Push pins (Intel LGA775 /
support for non-disc based Dolby Digital Plus, AAC, WMA,
                                                                                                       1155 / 1156 / 1366)
MP3 and PCM audio in M4A, ASF, MP3 or WAV containers
                                                                                                       Screws (Intel LGA2011)
and you got all the formats Microsoft will support without
additional upgrades. Windows Media Center will add DVD
                                                                                                       Cam-lever clip (AMD)
playback, although this will only be supported from within
Windows Media Center itself and it will also add support for       Fan dimension                       120 x 120 x 25mm
playback of VOB files and of course recording and playback         Fan speed                           500-1500 RPM (PWM
of TV content if your PC has a compatible TV-tuner card.                                               controlled)
                                                                   Max airflow                         50.54 CFM
Considering the vast option of third party programs to
handle most of this, Microsoft might very well have shot           Max air pressure                    1.32 mm H2O
itself in the foot here, as we can't see a lot of users getting    Noise level                         24.6 dB(A)
Windows Media Center over some of the – in our opinion             Voltage rating                      DC 12V
– much better options available. The only reason would be          Bearing type                        EBR
because of some obscure DRM limitation if you want to use          Fan life expectancy                 40,000 hours
your PC as a DVR, but that's really all we can think of. At
                                                                   Fan connector                       4pin PWM
the end of the day it'll all come down to cost and if Microsoft
manages to price things right for once, it might not be all bad    Product code                        AK-CC4007EP01
news.
                                                                   LG reveals the Optimus LTE2
Akasa Nero 3 CPU Cooler                                            in Korea
Review                                                             Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-reveals-the-optimus-lte2-in-
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/akasa-nero-3-cpu-cooler-       korea/15781.html
review/15782.html                                                  May 7th, 2012
May 7th, 2012




                                                                   It's not easy being top dog in the smartphone market these
 It has been nearly a year since we had a look on the Venom        days, as shortly after Samsung announced the Galaxy S
Voodoo, Akasa’s best CPU cooler to this date. However, high        III, its Korean counterpart LG revealed its Optimus LTE2
thermal performance and a fancy appearance usually are not         handset. The company held back on some key specs, but the
a priority for mainstream users who are looking for good           Optimus LTE2 looks set to be another interesting device that
overall performance at the lowest possible price. Realizing        will go head to head in the 720p screen resolution market.
that, Akasa released the Nero 3 cooler, a product which the
company claims that offers both peak performance and near          It's not easy being top dog in the smartphone market these
silent operation combined with a strongly competitive retail       days, as shortly after Samsung announced the Galaxy S
price. We will thoroughly examine and test the Nero 3 CPU          III, its Korean counterpart LG revealed its Optimus LTE2
cooler in this review.                                             handset. The company held back on some key specs, but the


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Optimus LTE2 looks set to be another interesting device that      The Optimus LTE2 also supports wireless charging via a
will go head to head in the 720p screen resolution market.        dock, although it's not clear if this comes with the handset or
                                                                  if it's an optional accessory. The camera is also said to come
LG didn't reveal the processor in the Optimus LTE2, so
                                                                  with some kind of smart features and it appears to offer voice
it's unclear as to what kind of performance we can expect.
                                                                  notes to go with the pictures. Finally the Optimus LTE2 will
However, this is as far as we're aware the first phone to
                                                                  come with Android 4.0.x and it should arrive in Korea in the
feature 2GB of RAM and we doubt LG would pair this up
                                                                  next couple of weeks and it'll be available on at least three
with a mediocre processor. LG is of course claiming that this
                                                                  Korean networks.
will allow you to run more apps simultaneously, but this is
generally not an issue on devices with 1GB of RAM.
                                                                  Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of
                                                                  War Ultimate Collection now
                                                                  available
                                                                  Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/warhammer-40-000-dawn-of-war-
                                                                  ultimate-collection-now-available/15780.html
                                                                  May 7th, 2012




                                                                  The Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War Ultimate Collection
                                                                  is now available to purchase, combining all previous versions
                                                                  of the popular real-time strategy series set in Game
                                                                  Workshop's futuristic war-torn setting.
                                                                  The Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War Ultimate Collection
                                                                  is now available to purchase, combining all previous versions
                                                                  of the popular real-time strategy series set in Game
                                                                  Workshop's futuristic war-torn setting.


                                                                  This edition will feature the original Dawn of War, plus
                                                                  its three expansions, Winter Assault, Dark Crusade and
                                                                  Soulstorm, in addition to Dawn of War II and its two
                                                                  expansions, Chaos Rising and Retribution.


                                                                  The games, developed by Relic Entertainment and published
                                                                  by THQ, were previously released in Game of the Year
                                                                  Editions and Gold Editions, which included one expansion
The actual screen size wasn't revealed either, but the device     pack, but this is by far the most comprehensive collection
looks huge, however LG did reveal that it's a TrueHD IPS          available, with a reasonable price cost.
screen. That said, this isn't a 1080p screen, but it's expected
to be 720p and LG is taking aim at Samsung's pen-tile Super
AMOLED displays as this screen offers a full RGB matrix. LG
also claims a 40 percent battery life improvement compared
to the Optimus LTE, although this might in part be thanks
to the 2,150mAh battery pack.




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Prices vary from retailer to retailer, but Overclockers UK has        game industry, which is being helped along by the likes of
the pack available for £21.98, cheaper than the Steam price           Kickstarter.
of the last expansion alone, which retails for £29.99. For
those new to the games, or those wishing to grab a bargain,
this is certainly worth considering.                                  Persson also added that he no longer considers his company
                                                                      Mojang to be “indie,” most likely due to its growing
                                                                      mainstream success.
The game is only available on PC.


                                                                      Facebook to raise $10.6
Minecraft creator slams EA                                            billion in IPO
for "destroying" gaming                                               Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/facebook-to-raise-10.6-billion-in-
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/minecraft-creator-slams-ea-for-   ipo/15778.html
destroying-gaming/15779.html                                          May 7th, 2012
May 7th, 2012




The creator of the popular Minecraft game has criticised               Facebook plans to raise a whopping $10.6 billion as part of
big shot gaming company Electronic Arts, claiming it is               its initial public offering (IPO), making for one of the largest
“destroying” gaming.                                                  moves to go public in the technology industry.
The creator of the popular Minecraft game has criticised              Facebook plans to raise a whopping $10.6 billion as part of
big shot gaming company Electronic Arts, claiming it is               its initial public offering (IPO), making for one of the largest
“destroying” gaming.                                                  moves to go public in the technology industry.
                                                                      The world's dominant social network suggested an IPO price
                                                                      for shares at between $28 and $35 today, which would bring
Markus Persson, better known as Notch, took offence to
                                                                      in between $77 billion and $96 billion.
EA's decision to market some of its products with the
term “indie,” such as in the “EA Indie Bundle” on Steam,              The figure is estimated to be $10.6 billion at the end of the
which includes DeathSpank: DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue,              day, but it could be as much as $12 billion if sales go well, or
Gatling Gears, Shank, Shank 2 and Warp.                               even a mind-staggering $13.6 billion if it clears shop.
                                                                      These figures would give Facebook a market value similar
                                                                      to that of Amazon, which has grown beyond being just an
“EA releases an 'indie bundle'? That's not how that works,
                                                                      online book store, including the success of its Kindle range.
EA. Stop attempting to ruin everything, you bunch of cynical
bastards,” Persson said on Twitter, adding: “Indies are
saving gaming. EA is methodically destroying it.”




Persson was careful to qualify his remarks by saying that
he's not questioning the games, which he considers good, but
rather EA's misuse of the term.


It does raise questions about how appropriate the “indie”
term is for products published by one of the world's largest
gaming companies, and if EA's marketing team is trying
to cash in on the growing success of the independent

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                                                                        The patches address issues that affect Windows, Office
                                                                        and .NET. While details on each of the patches are limited
                                                                        at this time, we do know that the patches will resolve 23
                                                                        vulnerabilities that may lead to remote code execution and
                                                                        information disclosure.
                                                                        full details will be announced by Microsoft on release, which
                                                                        is at exactly 10 am PDT (5 pm GMT) on May 8th.


                                                                        k|ngp|n achieves 1442MHz
                                                                        core clock on air cooled GTX
                                                                        680
                                                                        Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/k-ngp-n-achieves-1442mhz-core-
                                                                        clock-on-air-cooled-gtx-680/15776.html
                                                                        May 7th, 2012




                                                                        Overclocking expert k|ngp|n has been tinkering a lot with
                                                                        his EVGA GTX 680 SC card lately and recently reported his
                                                                        result of a whopping 1957MHz on the core using extreme
                                                                        cooling measures.
                                                                        Overclocking expert k|ngp|n has been tinkering a lot with
                                                                        his EVGA GTX 680 SC card lately and recently reported his
Facebook's trading figure will be 13 to 16 times the revenue            result of a whopping 1957MHz on the core using extreme
it is forecast to make this year, according to Max Wolff, an            cooling measures.
analyst for GreenCrest Capital. Google only trades at up to             Since then he moved onto seeing what he could do with
6 times its current year's projected revenue, showing the               a more day to day setup, confining himself to air cooling
considerable faith being put into the long-term investment              and reaching for the skies once again. Despite the more
strength of Facebook.                                                   limited cooling properties in place, the card still managed
“We certainly haven't ever seen a tech IPO on this grandiose            to handle being boosted from the default frequency of
a scale,” said Lise Buyer from IPO advisory firm Class V                1058MHz (1124MHz Boost) to 1.44GHz.
Group, according to Reuters.


Microsoft lines up seven
patches for Windows, Office
and .NET next week
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-lines-up-seven-patches-
for-windows-office-and-.net-next-week/15777.html
May 7th, 2012




                                                                        You can see in the screenshot grab that k|ngp|n had applied
                                                                        1.212v to the card which is the highest voltage limit set by
Another round of patches are scheduled for release by                   NVIDIA, while the memory frequency sat at 1812MHz (or
Microsoft next week, on the 8th of May to be exact which                3623MHz effective).
many refer to as Patch Tuesday. There are seven to come
out in total with four being rated as Important, and three              The platform used for the result was Intel's i7-3960X,
Critical.                                                               overclocked just shy of 5GHz and the system memory at
                                                                        1245MHz (2490MHz). The result of this overclock allowed
Another round of patches are scheduled for release by                   k|ngp|n to achieve a 3DMark 11 score of P12745.
Microsoft next week, on the 8th of May to be exact which
many refer to as Patch Tuesday. There are seven to come
out in total with four being rated as Important, and three
Critical.



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                                                                       Details of a couple new all passively-cooled "Nano PCs"
Ultrabook prices soon to take                                          from Foxconn have emerged with an announcement soon
a dive with plastic material                                           to follow. The two new models include the AT-5300 which
                                                                       is powered by Intel's Atom D2700 processor, and an AMD
used                                                                   E-450 "Brazos" APU powered variant in the AT-5600.
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ultrabook-prices-soon-to-take-a-
dive-with-plastic-material-used/15775.html
May 7th, 2012




A report from Focus Taiwan confirms that much cheaper
Ultrabooks are around the corner. The Ultrabook market has
remained very pricey no thanks to expensive all-aluminum
chassis' people could often care less about.
A report from Focus Taiwan confirms that much cheaper
                                                                       The sub US $200 price points for both the AT-5300 and
Ultrabooks are around the corner. The Ultrabook market has
                                                                       AT-5600 sound appealing, but it must be made known that
remained very pricey no thanks to expensive all-aluminum
                                                                       they are barebones machines requiring DDR3 SO-DIMM
chassis' people could often care less about.
                                                                       module(s) to be added (taking up to 4GB) and a 2.5-inch
Intel's Taiwan chief Jason Chen has stated that in the                 HDD/SSD.
second half of this year "it is likely there will be US$599
                                                                       Measurements of these little units come in at 190 x 135
models in selected regions, but the mainstream price should
                                                                       x 38 mm with a weight of about 600g. Connectivity is
fall around US$699." Chen believes that as a result of a
                                                                       respectable with a couple USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports,
significant price drop, Ultrabooks will end up accounting for
                                                                       an SD/SDHC/MS/MS Pro/MMC card reader, 802.11n Wi-
between 30 and 40% of all notebook shipments for the year.
                                                                       Fi, Gigabit LAN, HDMI and D-Sub.




The new breed of upcoming cheaper ultrabooks will
comprise a combination of cheaper materials, with the                  Certainly, one of the major highlights is the totally fanless
casing itself to use fiberglass-reinforced plastic that has been       nature of these little units, while consuming no more than
claimed by Intel to respond similarly to metal chassis' in             24W of power at full load.
torque tests. There will also be select models that sport              As mentioned, an official announcement is on the way soon
aluminum-coated plastic chassis'.                                      from Foxconn on its new Nano PC line and they are expected
                                                                       to be made available worldwide soon after.
Foxconn to roll out two "Nano
PC" fanless barebone units                                           Toshiba Singapore launches
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/foxconn-to-roll-out-two-nano-pc- new notebooks and glasses-
fanless-barebone-units/15774.html
May 7th, 2012                                                        free 3D TV
                                                                       Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/toshiba-singapore-launches-new-
                                                                       notebooks-and-glasses-free-3d-tv/15771.html
                                                                       May 7th, 2012



Details of a couple new all passively-cooled "Nano PCs"
from Foxconn have emerged with an announcement soon
to follow. The two new models include the AT-5300 which
is powered by Intel's Atom D2700 processor, and an AMD
E-450 "Brazos" APU powered variant in the AT-5600.

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Toshiba Singapore has announced their latest notebook
PCs which include the stylish Satellite M800, Satellite
L800, Satellite C800 for the lifestyle and fashion-conscious
consumers; Satellite P850 that offers glasses-free 3D
technology and Qosmio X870 which claims to be the
ultimate gaming and multimedia machine. On top of that,
the company also unveiled the Toshiba 55RZ1 glasses-free
3D TV with Quad full HD resolution, and the Power TV
series of LED TVs with the new REGZA ENGINE for sharper
images and superior audio quality.




                                                               The new Toshiba Satellite M800, L800 and C800 claim to
                                                               offer smarter productivity, better enjoyment and portability
                                                               to consumers. The stylish laptops are available in wide
                                                               range of configurations, screen sizes and colors. All the new
                                                               Satellite models now come with at least one USB 3.0 port,
                                                               Bluetooth 4.0, PC Health Monitor and Toshiba's eco Utility
                                                               that helps to conserve power. The Satellite M800 has a
                                                               starting price of S$1,199 with choice of Intel Core i3-2350M
                                                               2.3GHz, i5-2450M 2.5GHz or i7-3612QM 2.1GHz processor;
                                                               the Satellite L800 has a starting price of S$1,099 with choice
                                                               of i3-2350M 2.3GHz or i5-2450M 2.5GHz processor; and
The new Toshiba Qosmio X870 is designed unique Toshiba
                                                               the Satellite C800 has a starting price of S$869 with Intel
Black Widow finish, superb performance and audio quality
                                                               Core i3-2350M 2.3GHz processor.
for the for gaming enthusiasts. It is powered by the third
generation Intel Quad-Core processor, the latest Nvidia
GTX670M graphics (with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM) and 32GB
RAM, which should be sufficient to handle most intensive
                                                               Verizon Representatives
applications and games. It has a 3D-enabled 17.3-inch full     Avoiding iPhone
high definition (HD) display, and supports the latest Nvidia   Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/verizon-representatives-avoiding-
3D Vision active shutter glasses and Nvidia LightBoost         iphone/15769.html
technology for immersive 3D viewing experience. The            May 7th, 2012
Qosmio X870 also comes equipped with two Harman
Kardon stereo speakers, Blu-ray disc player and HDMI
connector that lets you stream 3D content from the portable
machine to a 3D-capable TV.
The Toshiba Qosmio X870 will be available from June in         Messaging boards and a test by CNNMoney show that lately,
South East Asia with starting price from S$3,699 (inclusive    Verizon has been directing customers to 4G Android phones
of GST), depending on configurations.                          over the Apple iPhone 4S.
                                                               Of late, messaging boards and a test by CNNMoney show
                                                               that Verizon has been directing customers to 4G Android
                                                               phones over the iPhone 4S.




                                                               An overwhelming number of people on forums and other
                                                               outlets, have reported that Verizon associates will not
                                                               recommend that they purchase an iPhone. This is always
                                                               because Verizon iPhones are not compatible with 4G.



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CNNMoney’s David Goldman did a test to see whether this               'bolted on' to the experience. This created some amount of
was true, contacting Verizon representatives on the phone             customer confusion."
and over the internet.                                                The upcoming incarnation of Windows, Windows 8, has
“The iPhone is a great phone, but it's on 3G,” said a Verizon         been highly controversial in recent times due to its addition
Wireless store representative from New York City, “I'm not            of a smartphone style UI called 'Metro'. But clearly,
going to recommend a phone that's outdated.”                          simplicity has been a common theme in the preparation for
                                                                      future Windows operating systems. "Windows 8 provides us
Another representative explained that there isn’t anything
wrong with the iPhone. He went on to say that “It just costs          with an opportunity to reimagine our approach to services
                                                                      and software and to design them to be a seamless part of the
the company a lot of money for returns when customers find
                                                                      Windows experiences." said Jones.
out that a faster 4G network is available and the iPhone's
only on 3G.”                                                          Such simplifications extend beyond the termination of
                                                                      Windows Live and the introduction of Metro. In the future,
When recommending smartphones, Verizon representatives
                                                                      for example, all contacts and messaging will simply fall
have tended to point customers to 4G Android phones, such
                                                                      under 'People app' and 'messaging app'.
as the Droid Razr and LG Lucid.
                                                                      While Microsoft has been highly criticized for its interface
It is relevant to note that Verizon, along with other iPhone
                                                                      in the upcoming Windows 8, it has also took flak in the
carriers, end up paying much higher subsidies up front for
                                                                      past for being too similar to Macintosh operating systems.
the iPhone than for other smartphones. It is possible that
                                                                      At least now, Microsoft is finally coming up with new ideas
Verizon is trying to reduce its iPhone sales for this reason.
                                                                      to revolutionize and individualize their operating system.
Also, they may want to reduce the load on their 3G network,
and funnel more customers into their newer, larger and
more stable 4G network.
Asked whether or not sales representatives were being told
to avoid the iPhone, Verizon spokesman Tom Pica did not
directly answer the question, explaining that Verizon does
try to help their customers better understand what products
to buy.


Microsoft to Terminate
'Windows Live' Brand
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-to-terminate-windows-
live-brand/15770.html
May 7th, 2012

Microsoft said it will do away with 'Windows Live', a brand
which has been a notorious confusion to customers.




The Windows Live brand was intermingled with various
Windows services, giving them new names and confusing
long term users of Microsoft Windows. An example of this
is ‘Windows Live Movie Maker’, a Windows video editor by
the company. In previous versions, the software had simply
been ‘Windows Movie Maker’.
Microsoft itself has admitted to the confusion the brand
caused. Microsoft VP Chris Jones said online that, "Windows
Live service and apps were built on versions of Windows that
were simply not designed to be connected to a cloud service
for anything other than updates, and as a result, they felt


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VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks!
  VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly
  publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the
  geeks.                                                               Lenovo announces latest
                                                                       ThinkCentre M and Edge
Microsoft to update Kinect                                             Series PCs
with cross-game fitness                                                Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lenovo-announces-latest-
                                                                       thinkcentre-m-and-edge-series-pcs/15822.html
tracking                                                               May 9th, 2012
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-to-update-kinect-with-
cross-game-fitness-tracking/15823.html
May 9th, 2012




Microsoft is planning to introduce Kinect cross-game fitness           Lenovo has announced its latest lineup of ThinkCentre M
tracking, which could make the Xbox 360 with Kinect the                and Edge Series desktop and all-in-one PCs, designed to
primary choice for fitness enthusiasts who also like to game.          fulfil the needs of business professionals.

Microsoft is planning to introduce Kinect cross-game fitness           Lenovo has announced its latest lineup of ThinkCentre M
tracking, which could make the Xbox 360 with Kinect the                and Edge Series desktop and all-in-one PCs, designed to
primary choice for fitness enthusiasts who also like to game.          fulfil the needs of business professionals.


The software studio will update the Xbox 360 dashboard                 The ThinkCentre Edge 92z all-in-one comes with a 21.5-
software to allow the cross-application exercise tracking,             inch high-definition Infinity Glass LED display, 10-point
according to anonymous sources cited by The Verge. This                multi-touch, Intel Wireless Display technology, and a built-
will let players continue to monitor their fitness while               in high-definition camera and array microphone. Users have
playing a larger variety of Kinect games.                              a variety of choices for processors, up to an Intel Core
                                                                       vPro i7, while the Lenovo Solution Centre powered by Intel
                                                                       Small Business Advantage comes as standard. This retails
Microsoft will also release a heart-rate monitor accessory,            for $699.
currently codenamed Joule, as as part of the “Kinect Play
Fit” update, to enhance the fitness tracking aspects of Kinect
titles.




The Joule accessory will not be required to make use of
cross-game fitness tracking, but it will provide additional
features by allowing wireless communication of heart rate
activity to ensure that users are reaching their targets for
weight loss and general fitness.


There is no release date set for the update, but more details
are expected at the E3 gaming event next month, where other
Kinect and Xbox plans will be revealed.
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The ThinkCentre Edge 72 desktop offers similar choices                      game's release to February 26, 2013. We wanted to let our
from the third generation Intel Core vPro processor family,                 loyal (and very patient!) fans know this as soon as possible.”
but also features support for two independent displays. This
is one of the more affordable options at $439.
                                                                            The game was originally scheduled for release on 16 October
                                                                            in North America and 19 October for the rest of the world,
The ThinkCentre M72z all-in-one offers a 20-inch LED                        but gamers will now have to wait over than four months
backlit LCD display, with touch screen optional, and a choice               more. It also means that the studio misses out on the
of Intel Core i3, i5, i7 processors, with Lenovo EE3. This                  lucrative Christmas shopping season, but it would also
build is designed for space-saving, with a 65 percent smaller               face stiff competition then from other major first-person
footprint compared to traditional desktops of similar spec.                 shooters.
Security is also important here, with Lenovo PC Auto Lock,
a TPM security chip, and an optional self-encrypting HDD.
This computer retails for $599.


The ThinkCentre M72e desktop is an affordable build
designed for large businesses and state government
organisations. It features a small form factor micro tower,
with an Intel Core vPro processor and up to 16GB of RAM.
Optional WiFi and Bluetooth enhances the connectivity
abilities of the system. This sells for $499.


The ThinkCentre M82 desktop features a similar micro
tower and spec as the M72e, but adds some extra security
with the Trusted Platform Module chip and enhanced
thermal levels for greater reliability. It retails for $599.
                                                                            Levine cited a similar delay with the original BioShock,
                                                                            touting the developer's dedication to delivering as high
All of Lenovo's latest business range also tout high green-                 quality a title as possible.
friendly standards, either using less energy or employing less
packaging to reduce unnecessary waste.
                                                                            The game will not be shown at big gaming events this year
                                                                            like E3 and Gamescom either, as the studio does not want
The M72e, M82, and M72z are available from June. The                        to show a version of the game it is unhappy with. It also
Edge 92z is available from July. The Edge 72 is available                   said that preparations for these events takes away from
from September.                                                             development time.


BioShock Infinite delayed                                                   The BioShock title for the PlayStation Vita has also been
                                                                            delayed, as BioShock Infinite is taking higher priority.
until next year
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/bioshock-infinite-delayed-until-next-
year/15821.html
May 9th, 2012
                                                                            AMD to Fight Nvidia with
                                                                            HD 7970 GHz Edition, 7990
                                                                            Launch Imminent?
                                                                            Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-to-fight-nvidia-with-hd-7970-
Steampunk first-person shooter BioShock Infinite has been                   ghz-edition-7990-launch-imminent-/15820.html
delayed until next year, with developer Irrational Games                    May 9th, 2012
blaming the delay on a desire to polish the game further.
Steampunk first-person shooter BioShock Infinite has been
delayed until next year, with developer Irrational Games
blaming the delay on a desire to polish the game further.


"When we announced the release date of BioShock Infinite                    While the fanboys in AMD camp are asking themselves
in March, we felt pretty good about the timing,” said                       how the company will react to superior benchmark results
Ken Levine, creative director of Irrational Games. "Since                   of competing Kepler-based graphics cards, the company is
then, we've uncovered opportunities to make Infinite into                   working in silence on improving the performance of its
something even more extraordinary. Therefore, to give our                   flagship discrete parts.
talented team the time they need, we've decided to move the                 According to a report on the Australian Atomic PC magazine,
                                                                            AMD will boost the reference clock from 925MHz to a

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round figure of 1GHz. The reason why the original 7970           It turns out that Samsung was not satisfied with the
did not operate at 1GHz, i.e. "GHz Edition" (as AMD              performance of the dual-core processor and decided to
touted in its marketing materials for 7870 and 7770) was         postpone the release of both Samsung Galaxy SIII and
- engineering sample ASICs required too much operating           Galaxy Note 10.1 until the quad-core chip, Exynos 4412 was
power for qualification within the 230W TDP.                     ready with proper performance.
                                                                 However, Exynos 4412 had a troubled birth as well. The first
                                                                 tapeouts did not yield chips capable of such performance,
                                                                 as Samsung Semiconductor was occupied with a prospect
                                                                 of new clients as well. With the new findings in order how
                                                                 to make quad-core operate at sufficient thermal limitations,
                                                                 Exynos 4412 was taped out in the final revision and brought
                                                                 a significant jump in performance.




The first 28nm Tahiti silicon required quite a significant
bump in voltage in order to achieve the 1000 MHz clock,
and AMD decided to launch the board clocked 45 MHz
faster than its predecessor, HD 6970. However, later bins of
production silicon got better and we've grown accustomed
to seeing the products from AIC partners (board vendors)         In fact, the performance rose by a significant margin.
clocked at 1.0, 1.05, 1.15 GHz. We've also seen factory          When we saw the initial results using the test silicon, the
overclocks in the 1.3GHz range, making a viable competitor       performance was at the levels of Qualcomm Snapdragon S4.
for NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680, which is currently out of          However, with the new silicon revision and the powerful
stock everywhere since launch.                                   Mali GPU (we expect T-604 based one, rather than the
                                                                 Mali-400MP) the performance skyrocketed.
But the preparations aren't stopping there, as the improved
silicon will also power the Radeon HD 7990, a dual-GPU           We've stumbled on Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000
board codenamed New Zealand that competes with the               on Rightware's Powerboard, one of largest databases of
(gorgeous looking) GTX 690. AMD is expected to release the       benchmarked mobile devices. The fastest score we've ever
board in time for Computex Taipei 2012 in early June, with       stumbled across was 37 (Snapdragon S4), but the new
retail availability to follow in mid-June. The Radeon HD         Exynos 4412 quad-core processor achieves 60. Needless to
7990 would keep the clock as close to the original 925MHz        say, this level of performance belongs to the next-generation
of Tahiti XT (don't be too surprised to see an Über mode bios    of devices, rather than the present.
switch like on HD 6990)                                          As such, we expect that GT-i9300 (Samsung Galaxy SIII)
Furthermore, early next week the Sunnyvale based outfit will     and GT-N8000 (Galaxy Note 10.1) will significantly increase
flog the power sipping Trinity APUs, i.e. Fusion A10 series      the bar among numerous competitors, like ASUS's (Nvidia
of processors featuring the Radeon 7000 Series graphics          Tegra powered) Transformers and Apple's next iPad refresh.
processors (rebranded Northern Islands VLIW-4 parts with
Southern Islands UVD engine).
                                                                 Digilink readies up well
Its a good time to buy AMD (currently 6.77 - 6.90 on
the NYSE)...                                                     loaded 8-inch Android 4
                                                                 tablet for cheap
Samsung's Next-Gen Galaxy                                        Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/digilink-readies-up-well-loaded-8-
                                                                 inch-android-4-tablet-for-cheap/15819.html
Note 10.1 Tablet is a Quad-                                      May 9th, 2012

Core, not a Dual-Core
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-s-next-gen-galaxy-
note-10.1-tablet-is-a-quad-core-not-a-dual-core/15807.html
May 9th, 2012

                                                                 Details of a cheap yet respectably spec'd up 8-inch tablet
                                                                 from Digilink have surfaced online, with the folks over at
                                                                 Netbook news providing a video preview for us ahead of
                                                                 launch.
                                                                 Details of a cheap yet respectably spec'd up 8-inch tablet
Back at the MWC 2012 in Barcelona, Samsung showed dual-          from Digilink have surfaced online, with the folks over at
core powered GT-N8000 tablet. Even though it does not            Netbook news providing a video preview for us ahead of
have a full HD resolution, Samsung decided to make a lot of      launch.
changes in the final version.
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The Android 4.0 ICS running tablet with a presumed model         phones have CDMA support and are expected to arrive
name of DI-807H runs a 1.2GHz Boxchip A10 processor (w/          sometime in the second half of the year; most probably
Mali 400 GPU), 512MB RAM, 4GB NAND flash storage, IPS            exclusive to Sprint given the long partnership between the
capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1024 x 768 and a     two companies.
microSD card slot accepting up to 32GB cards.
The tablet has a thickness of 11.9mm and build quality is
apparently very impressive given its presumed price point.
It also boasts a pretty beefy 5600mA battery. Other features
include Mini USB and Mini HDMI connectivity, a 0.3MP
front facing and 2MP rear facing camera, audio jack and
an accelerometer. There is no 3G or Bluetooth connectivity
built-in, but it does of course have WiFi.
Based on the confirmed cost of US $93 each when
purchasing 500 units, the retail price is expected to come in
at somewhere around US $120.


Kyocera shares details on
upcoming Hydra and Rise
Android 4.0 handsets
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/kyocera-shares-details-on-   Let's touch base on the specs of the phones, which I will
upcoming-hydra-and-rise-android-4.0-handsets/15818.html          be quick to mention are somewhat underwhelming for
May 9th, 2012                                                    yet to be released Android handsets. They both have 3.5-
                                                                 inch sized HVGA capacitive IPS LCD touchscreens running
                                                                 a resolution of 480 x 320. while inside lurks a 1GHz
                                                                 Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon processor. Both phones
                                                                 are equipped with 2GBs of ROM, 512MB RAM and a
                                                                 microSD card slot taking cards of up to 32GB. There is also a
                                                                 3.2MP rear positioned camera on each phone with LED flash
Kyocera is soon to hit up the U.S. market with a couple new      and camcorder function.
Android phones dubbed the Hydro and Rise, both of which          Aside from its form factor, the Hydro has one other
run almost identical specs across the board with the only        difference on the spec sheet when compared to the Rise, that
discerning difference being in their form factors.               being its IPx5 and IPx7-level water resistance that protects
Kyocera is soon to hit up the U.S. market with a couple new      it against sprayed water and immersion of up to one meter
Android phones dubbed the Hydro and Rise, both of which          deep for as long as 30 minutes.
run almost identical specs across the board with the only        Both handsets will ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream
discerning difference being in their form factors.               Sandwich out of the box.


                                                                 Microsoft confirms $99 Xbox
                                                                 360 Kinect bundle deal
                                                                 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-confirms-99-xbox-360-
                                                                 kinect-bundle-deal/15817.html
                                                                 May 9th, 2012




                                                                 Confirming unofficial reports last week which at the time
                                                                 seemed almost too good to be true, Microsoft has now put
                                                                 up an offer on the Microsoft Store website for an Xbox 360
                                                                 + Kinect bundle for a mere US $99.
                                                                 Confirming unofficial reports last week which at the time
                                                                 seemed almost too good to be true, Microsoft has now put
                                                                 up an offer on the Microsoft Store website for an Xbox 360
                                                                 + Kinect bundle for a mere US $99.
                                                                 It must be noted that the deal isn't set in stone for the
                                                                 long term and Microsoft mentions that they may choose to
The Hydro is your more traditional candybar design, while        terminate it at any time. And if you're wondering what the
the Rise includes a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Both         catch is, indeed there is one. You are required to sign up for

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a $14.99 a month Xbox Live Gold subscription for 2 years as            The ValueStar L Series desktop houses a Core i7-3770S at
a part of the deal.                                                    3.1GHz, 8GB of dual-channel memory, GeForce GT 435
                                                                       graphics, a 2TB HDD and comes with a 23-inch display.
The other important thing to note is that at the end of the
day you end up being slightly further out of pocket versus
just buying an Xbox 360 4GB + Kinect bundle outright and
setting yourself up on 2 years of Xbox Live Gold. At about
$300 outright for the bundle and a year of Xbox Live Gold
being $59.99, this equates to a total of $420.
If you compare that to the $99 deal + its $360 of 2 year Xbox
Live subscription, that totals $460, leaving you $40 out of
pocket. Nonetheless, some may still prefer this route to pick
up a new 360 with low initial costs.




                                                                       The LaVie L notebook is a 15.6-inch (1366 x 768) sized model
                                                                       packing a Core i7-3610QM clocked at 2.3GHz, 1TB HDD,
                                                                       8GB of RAM, a BDXL burner, USB 3.0 and an optional
                                                                       digital TV tuner.
But otherwise, it's all above board and what you see is what
                                                                       Both models along with the renewed LaVie S, E, M and
you get. To place the order you just need to bring the above
                                                                       ValueStar W and N Series models are expected to hit
offer code (885370366266) to your local Microsoft Store.
                                                                       Japanese stores a little later this month.

NEC equip ValueStar desktop                                            HP unveils more than 30 new
and LaVie notebook models                                              products for business users
with Ivy Bridge                                                        Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-unveils-more-than-30-new-
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nec-equip-valuestar-desktop-and-   products-for-business-users/15805.html
lavie-notebook-models-with-ivy-bridge/15816.html                       May 9th, 2012
May 9th, 2012




NEC Japan has refreshed specs on both its existing                      Today in Shanghai, technology giant HP has announced
ValueStar L Series desktop and LaVie L Series notebook                 30 new products designed for the business users
models which include the use of Intel's third generation "Ivy          which include EliteBook Folio 9470m Ultrabook, the
Bridge" Core processors.                                               durable EliteBook P-series notebook PCs, as well as desktop
                                                                       PC series consisting of Compaq Pro 4300 Business Desktop
NEC Japan has refreshed specs on both its existing
                                                                       and All-in-One PC, Compaq Pro 6300 and Compaq Elite
ValueStar L Series desktop and LaVie L Series notebook
                                                                       8300.
models which include the use of Intel's third generation "Ivy
Bridge" Core processors.




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HP EliteBook Folio 9470m
The sleek 14-inch HP EliteBook Folio 9470m Ultrabook
measures 19mm thin and weighs just over 1.63kg, and claims
to offer enterprise-class docking, security features and the
reliability that business users require. It can boot quickly
from sleep and has a full array of connectivity options such
as built-in 4G wireless WAN, Ethernet, VGA, DisplayPort
and USB 3.0, as well as option for a secondary battery for
extended usage. The company also introduced the HP ENVY
Pro Ultrabook and the ENVY SpectreXT Pro with embedded
TPM security chip to secure data in email and information on
solid state drive. The three Ultrabooks feature for optional
a-band wireless capabilities and optional three-year limited
warranties.



                                                                HP ProBook 6570b


                                                                The HP ProBook b-series mainstream notebook PCs,
                                                                available in 14- or 15.6-inch displays with UMA or discrete
                                                                graphics, are protected by a durable case with wear-resistant
                                                                tungsten-colored finish. The ProBooks incorporate HP 3D
                                                                DriveGuard that help to protect the notebooks against
                                                                bumps, as well as keep data safe. The HP ProBook 6470b
                                                                and 6570b are equipped with Intel vPro Technology that
                                                                provides enhanced IT manageability capabilities, while the
                                                                ProBook 6475b comes with the latest AMD technology for
                                                                affordable business productivity. Designed for small and
                                                                medium businesses, the ProBook S-series notebook PCs
                                                                come in durable aluminum casing and provide easy-to-
HP EliteBook 2170p                                              use security. Measuring 13.3- to 17.3-inches, the S-series
                                                                notebooks offer seamless video conferencing in the office
The EliteBook 2170p claims to be HP’s smallest and lightest
                                                                and entertainment enjoyment in both Intel and AMD-based
business notebook. Weighing 1.31kg, the 11.6-inch notebook
                                                                configurations.
PC boasts up to eight hours of battery life and offers
enterprise-class connectivity, security and management
features. It is also compatible with the common docking
stations in HP business notebook portfolio. Featuring a 12.5-
inch high-definition (HD) display, the HP EliteBook 2570p
comes with an optical drive and extensive connectivity
options. With the new HP 2570p Docking Station and long-
life battery support, you can have advanced features and
extended usage on the HP EliteBook 2570p.
Available in 14- or 15.6-inch displays, the HP EliteBook
8470p and 8570p premier business notebooks deliver
smooth audio quality from SRS Premium Sound PRO and
claim to be provide good good durability, manageability,
security features as well as expanded battery options for the
mobile road warriors. The EliteBook 8470p is said to be
capable of providing up to 36 hours run time on a single
charge, with the optional HP Ultra Extended Life Notebook
Battery.

                                                                HP Compaq Pro 4300 SFF


                                                                The HP Compaq Pro 4300 All-in-One touts itself to be the
                                                                company’s most space-efficient commercial all-in-one built
                                                                for business users. Powered by the latest third-generation
                                                                Intel Core processors and Intel HD Graphics, the HP
                                                                Compaq Pro 4300 All-in-One sports a 20-inch LED backlit
                                                                display and comes with multimedia-rich features and superb
                                                                graphics, and smart connectivity such as a serial port and

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expandable storage including solid state and self-encrypting          4 lineup. Here's a breakdown of the improvements to expect
hard drives.                                                          from the update :-


For small businesses, the HP Compaq Pro 4300 Small Form
Factor Desktop PC has a small footprint, is equipped with
the latest Intel processors, offers business-class quality and
reliability, and is affordably priced.
                                                                      Owners of the 128GB model will be particularly wrapped
Pricing and Availability                                              with levels of performance now equal to the 512GB's
The HP EliteBook Folio 9470m is expected to be available              enterprise-grade characteristics using nothing more than a
in October 2012 and pricing will be announced at a later              firmware update.
date. The HP ENVY SpectreXT Pro Ultrabook and HP ENVY                 Following the release of firmware 1.4RC, Ryan Petersen,
Pro Ultrabook have a starting retail price of approximately           CEO of OCZ said, "OCZ strives to deliver new features and
US$1,099 and US$849, respectively, and are expected to be             superior performance with our premium Vertex 4 solid
available in June 2012.                                               state drives by continuing to enhance our firmware and
                                                                      making those improvements available to all our valued
                                                                      customers. With firmware v1.4, OCZ continues to fulfill
The HP EliteBook 2170p and HP EliteBook 2570p start at                its promise of delivering the most innovative, and highest
approximately US$1,399 and US$1,299, respectively, and                performing SSDs on the market, regardless of file and data
would be available in July 2012. Both the HP EliteBook                type, I/O workload, queue depth, and drive capacity."
8470p and 8570p start at approximately US$1,199 and are
expected to be available in June 2012. The HP ProBook                 The firmware upgrade is available for download via this link
6470b and 6570b start at approximately US$899, the HP                 as of now, with Vertex 4 SSDs soon to start shipping to
ProBook 6475b starts at approximately US$799 and the HP               resellers sporting the final v1.4 firmware.
ProBook s-series starts at approximately US$799. All three
HP ProBook series are expected to be available in June.
                                                                      U.S Facebook users login
                                                                      from phones more than
The HP Compaq Pro 4300 All-in-One starts at
approximately US$529, while the HP Compaq Pro 4300 SFF                computers
starts at approximately US$499. Both are expected to be               Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/u.s-facebook-users-login-from-
available in July 2012.                                               phones-more-than-computers/15809.html
                                                                      May 9th, 2012

OCZ provides highly
impressive firmware 1.4
update for Vertex 4 owners
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ocz-provides-highly-impressive-
firmware-1.4-update-for-vertex-4-owners/15811.html                    According to Internet Marketing research company
May 9th, 2012                                                         comScore, U.S users of Facebook spent more time accessing
                                                                      the social networking website from their phone than from
                                                                      their computer in March.
                                                                      According to Internet Marketing research company
                                                                      comScore, U.S users of Facebook spent more time accessing
                                                                      the social networking website from their phone than from
Following the launch of OCZ's Vertex 4 series of Indilinx             their computer in March.
Everest 2 powered SSDs about a month ago, owners of these             The time spent from cell phones averaged 441 minutes,
drives have just been provided with a real tasty morsel in the        compared to an average 391 minutes from personal
form of a firmware update that gives a pretty considerable            computers.
boost to the drives' existing performance characteristics.
                                                                      Actually considering the nature of social networks makes
Following the launch of OCZ's Vertex 4 series of Indilinx             this news unsurprising. Users of social networking sites like
Everest 2 powered SSDs about a month ago, owners of these             Facebook customarily discuss the regular happenstances of
drives have just been provided with a real tasty morsel in the        their life. Doing so in real-time has been made possible
form of a firmware update that gives a pretty considerable            by the addition of social network apps into smartphone
boost to the drives' existing performance characteristics.            application stores. Users can post about events as they occur,
In fact, in some cases (particularly with the lower capacity          and upload pictures on the spot.
variant) sequential write performance is almost doubled and
sequential read performance at low queue depths also sees
a decent boost.
No matter how you look at it though, Firmware v1.4 will see
notable performance improvements right across the Vertex

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                                                                    movie tickets." says research director for NPD Connected
                                                                    Intelligence, Linda Barrabee.
                                                                    Popular payment applications now include the PayPal app,
                                                                    Starbucks, and Fandango movies. Also popular are payment
                                                                    accepting applications, such as Square and Pay Anywhere.
                                                                    Android is certainly not alone in its variety of mobile
                                                                    payment apps, as iOS has quite a similar list itself.




Facebook's 901 million users make it no surprise that it
was the most used on smartphones out of those mobile
social network applications surveyed, including Twitter and
Foursquare.
A comScore spokeperson said in a statement,
"Social networking proved to be a particularly popular
                                                                    But the entire mobile wallet scheme is not complete. Unlike
activity on smartphones with several brands demonstrating
                                                                    with credit cards, one does not simply walk into a store and
exceptionally high engagement, in some cases higher than
                                                                    expect their phone to be accepted. The convenience of the
the corresponding time spent by users via traditional web
                                                                    technology is enough to convince people to use it where its
access.
                                                                    available, but the market is slow to fully adopt it yet.
Analysis of the share of time spent across apps and browsers
                                                                    "Ultimately,” says Barrabee,” the success of mobile payment
revealed that even though these access methods had similar
                                                                    and wallet initiatives rests on changing entrenched
audience sizes, apps drove the lion’s share of engagement,
                                                                    consumer behaviors, and shifting the reliance on, and use
representing 4 in every 5 mobile media minutes. Analysis
                                                                    of, physical wallets and all of its contents to a mobile
of the top properties also revealed widely varying degrees of
                                                                    (digital) version. In order to do this, and facilitate on-the-
time spent between app and browser access methods."
                                                                    go consumer transactions and commerce, wireless carriers,
This news is bound to provoke discussion about                      credit card companies, and e-commerce companies need to
smartphones taking place of personal computers. This idea           make sure the process is convenient, simple, and secure for
has yet to be statistically evaluated. The increasing amount        consumers."
of things that people can actually do from their smartphones
makes it a possibility. But, in any case, it is quite clear
that mobile devices are gaining a huge dominance in social          Samsung unveils more Ivy
related activities, which is what phones are for anyways.
                                                                    Bridge notebooks, this time
                                                                    it's the Series 5
35% Android device owners                                           Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-unveils-more-ivy-bridge-
buy things with their phones                                        notebooks-this-time-it-s-the-series-5/15814.html
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/35-android-device-owners-buy-   May 9th, 2012
things-with-their-phones/15808.html
May 9th, 2012

Owners of Android phones are making purchases with their
cell phones more and more frequently, according to NPD.
From large transactions, to so-called "micro-transactions",
Android applications are being used more often to buy things        It appears that Samsung is planning world domination, well,
online and in stores. According to research firm NPD, March         at least when it comes to Ivy Bridge based notebooks, as
statistics said that 35% of Android users were using mobile         the company has unveiled another three new models. What
payment applications, up 8% from last month.                        we’re looking at this time around is the more affordable
Applications are being introduced into the Android store all        Series 5 and more specifically the 550P sub-set which consist
the time to let smartphones purchase more and more things.          of 15 and 17-inch models.

"Consumers are doing everything from basic utility (bill            It appears that Samsung is planning world domination, well,
pay, moving money, and account management) to using the             at least when it comes to Ivy Bridge based notebooks, as
phone itself to pay for goods and services of limited value         the company has unveiled another three new models. What
(micro-transactions), including buying a cup of coffee or           we’re looking at this time around is the more affordable
                                                                    Series 5 and more specifically the 550P sub-set which consist
                                                                    of 15 and 17-inch models.
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First out is the largest of the three new models, the
NP550P7C which has a 17.3-inch screen with 1600x900
resolution. It also sports a quad core, Core i7-3610QM CPU
which is a 2.3GHz part with 6MB of L3 cache. Other features
include a GeForce GT 650M GPU, 8GB of DDR3 memory,
a Blu-ray drive and a 1TB hard drive as standard. Samsung      The NP550P7C should launch later this month and
has also thrown in 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi courtesy of an Intel    according to a UK online retailer we can expect a price
based card, Bluetooth 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, a pair of USB     of around £730 (US$1,180/S$1,475) excluding VAT for the
3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, a D-sub connector         larger model of the three. The NP550P5C with the GeForce
and a webcam.                                                  GT 650M is slightly cheaper at around £600 (US$970/S
                                                               $1,210), although this model isn’t likely to arrive until next
                                                               month.


                                                               Fujitsu and Lenovo
                                                               announces DisplayLink based
                                                               USB 3.0 port replicators
                                                               Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/fujitsu-and-lenovo-announces-
                                                               displaylink-based-usb-3.0-port-replicators/15813.html
                                                               May 9th, 2012




                                                               If you've been going around wanting for a USB 3.0 based
The other two models both fit under the NP550P5C model         port replicator for your notebook, then we have good news,
name which as far as we’ve managed to find will come with      as both Fujitsu and Lenovo has announced a product each
a Core i5-3210M CPU, although Samsung hasn’t officially        based on DisplayLink's USB 3.0 chipset. The two products
specified which CPU the SKU comes with. Here we sadly          differ slightly, but both use the DL-3900 chipset with offers
have a 15.6-inch display with 1366x768 resolution and the      dual display connectivity.
differentiator between the two models is that one comes with   If you've been going around wanting for a USB 3.0 based
a GeForce GT 650M and the other doesn’t. Samsung will          port replicator for your notebook, then we have good news,
offer SKU’s with 6 or 8GB of DDR3 memory, up to 1TB of         as both Fujitsu and Lenovo has announced a product each
storage and a DVD drive. Connectivity appears to be the        based on DisplayLink's USB 3.0 chipset. The two products
same as for the 17.3-inch model.                               differ slightly, but both use the DL-3900 chipset with offers
                                                               dual display connectivity.
                                                               In the age of the Ultrabook, port replicators are set to make
                                                               something of a comeback, as many people need more than
                                                               a handful of ports on their notebook. A port replicator
                                                               also makes it much easier to connect your notebook to an
                                                               external display, a wired network and of course keyboards
                                                               and mice as well. The neat thing with a USB 3.0 based port
                                                               replicator is that you only need to attach a single cable, yet

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the performance will be vastly much better than similar USB           May 9th, 2012
2.0 based products.




                                                                      Come next month, Intel will expand its range of mobile Ivy
                                                                      Bridge CPUs will some more dual core models as well as
                                                                      some new ULV models and although this in itself is no big
                                                                      secret, pricing of the upcoming models have now turned up.
                                                                      This gives us a good idea as to how Intel is positioning the
                                                                      various SKU's and it also makes for an easy comparison to
                                                                      the current models.
                                                                      Come next month, Intel will expand its range of mobile Ivy
                                                                      Bridge CPUs will some more dual core models as well as
                                                                      some new ULV models and although this in itself is no big
                                                                      secret, pricing of the upcoming models have now turned up.
                                                                      This gives us a good idea as to how Intel is positioning the
                                                                      various SKU's and it also makes for an easy comparison to
                                                                      the current models.
Starting with Fujitsu and its USB 3.0 Port Replicator PR08            Starting at the top – cost wise that is – we have the Core
we're looking at a couple of unusual features. For starts,            i7-3667U and Core i7-3520M, both of which are dual core
Fujitsu has added DisplayPort connectivity to the PR08                models priced at US$346. This is a mere US$32 cheaper
which means that you can use a 2560x1600 display with                 than the quad core Core i7-3720QM and the same as the
it and this is as far as we're aware a first for a USB 3.0            current Core i7-2649M and Core i7-2640M. With regards
port replicator. It also sports a DVI-I port which can be             to the Core i7-3667U you're actuall getting a CPU that's
used with an adapter to provide a D-sub connector. Other              300MHz slower than the Core i7-2649M, but in all fairness,
ports include a Gigabit Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports,             the Core i7-2649M isn't a ULV model, but rather an LV
two USB 3.0 ports – albeit not at full speed as you might             model with a 25W TDP. The Core i7-3520M on the other
already have guessed – and audio jacks for 2.1 or 5.1-channel         hand is 100MHz faster than the Core i7-2640M.
audio. Again, we're not aware of any other USB based port             Next up we have the Core i5-3360M at US$266, or the
replicator that offers 5.1-channel sound.                             same price point as the Core i5-2540M, but with a 200MHz
                                                                      higher base clock. The last two models are the US$225
                                                                      Core i5-3427U and Core i5-3320M. Here only the Core
                                                                      i5-3320M is a direct replacement in terms of cost as it should
                                                                      replace the Core i5-2520M and once again we're looking at
                                                                      a 100MHz clock speed improvement. The Core i5-3427U is
                                                                      actually US$25 cheaper than any of Intel's current Core i5
                                                                      ULV models and it's clocked 100MHz faster than the Core
                                                                      i5-2557M which makes it the only relative bargain in this
                                                                      collection of upcoming mobile CPUs.


                                                                      Asus launches R.O.G.
                                                                      desktop with Ivy Bridge, GTX
                                                                      680 and more
Lenovo has gone down a much more traditional route with               Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-launches-r.o.g.-desktop-with-
its ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock which offers a pair of DVI ports,           ivy-bridge-gtx-680-and-more/15810.html
five USB 3.0 ports – once again, not at full speed – Gigabit          May 9th, 2012
Ethernet and some kind of audio ports. Lenovo provided an
MSRP of US$179.99 and an availability date of May 15th,
whereas Fujitsu decided to provide neither a price, nor a
launch date.


Upcoming mobile Ivy Bridge                                            We're far from sold on Asus' range of desktop systems and its
CPU pricing revealed                                                  R.O.G. series has yet to really impress, but the new CG8580
                                                                      does at least have some pretty decent specs to say the least.
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/upcoming-mobile-ivy-bridge-cpu-
                                                                      This time around Asus has pulled out all the stops and gone
pricing-revealed/15812.html
                                                                      with an Ivy Bridge CPU, a GeForce GTX 680 graphics card,
                                                                      Xonar DX audio and even a pair of SSD's in RAID, although
                                                                      most of these features are optional.

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We're far from sold on Asus' range of desktop systems and its
R.O.G. series has yet to really impress, but the new CG8580
does at least have some pretty decent specs to say the least.
This time around Asus has pulled out all the stops and gone
with an Ivy Bridge CPU, a GeForce GTX 680 graphics card,
Xonar DX audio and even a pair of SSD's in RAID, although
most of these features are optional.




                                                                  Expansion slots consist of three x16 PCI Express slots, two
                                                                  x1 PCI Express slots and two PCI slots. The system also has
                                                                  four SATA 3Gbps and four SATA 6Gbps ports, four USB 3.0
                                                                  ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, a PS/2 port, Gigabit Ethernet,
                                                                  7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out, DVI, D-sub and
                                                                  HDMI out and a front card reader as well as a pair of 3.5mm
                                                                  jacks for a headset. A 700W PSU is also part of the package
The CG8580 will come with a Core i7-3770K CPU                     as well as an unspecified optical drive – the pictures are
overclocked to 4.6GHz, between two and 16GB of DDR3               showing a Blu-ray drive – a hot-swappable drive caddy, a
1600MHz memory and a choice of graphics cards which               keyboard, an Asus gaming mouse and a Wi-Fi card.
consists of a GeForce GTX 560 Ti – or two in SLI – or a GTX
680. Amusingly, Asus hasn't specified which motherboard
it has kitted out the CG8580 with and there's not even a
mention of chipset, but we'd presume it's the Z77 chipset.




                                                                  Asus bundles the CG8580 with Windows 7 Home Premium
                                                                  64, Office 2010 starter and a copy of LucidLogix Virtu MVP.
                                                                  This is all good and well, but what we have a hard time
                                                                  understanding is Asus' choice of chassis. There's nothing
                                                                  about Asus' R.O.G. chassis that makes us want to buy this
The default configuration will have a hard drive and Asus         system and the outright ugly rear-end of the chassis doesn't
claims that it will offer models with up to 10TB of storage       help the overall look of it. That said, we all have different
space. A pair or 128GB SSD's in RAID 0 is also available as a     taste and we're sure there are people that disagrees with us,
cost option, although we do hope that the SSD's Asus use is       but we'd suggest having a look at it in person before going
a lot faster than four times as fast as a hard drive as per the   ahead and ordering one of these systems. Due to the various
claims in the company website. The standard audio solution        configurations there's no word on price, but the CG8580
is via a Realtek ALC892 audio codec, but optionally one of        should be available as of right now.
Asus' Xonar DX cards can be fitted.




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EA to invest $80 million in                                                Jury finds Google infringed
next-gen console games                                                     Oracle's Java copyright
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ea-to-invest-80-million-in-next-gen-   Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/jury-finds-google-infringed-oracle-s-
console-games/15806.html                                                   java-copyright/15804.html
May 9th, 2012                                                              May 9th, 2012




Electronic Arts (EA) has promised a whopping $80 million                   The jury in the Oracle versus Google trial has found
investment in games for next-generation consoles over the                  that Google infringed the copyright of Java, which Oracle
next year, expressing a staunch belief that the console                    acquired when it bought Sun Microsystems in 2009.
market still has potential.                                                The jury in the Oracle versus Google trial has found
Electronic Arts (EA) has promised a whopping $80 million                   that Google infringed the copyright of Java, which Oracle
investment in games for next-generation consoles over the                  acquired when it bought Sun Microsystems in 2009.
next year, expressing a staunch belief that the console
market still has potential.
                                                                           The San Francisco jury agreed with Oracle's claims that
                                                                           Google infringed its copyright on three charges, but found in
Over the course of the company's 2013 fiscal year, which                   favour of Google on two others.
ranges from 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013, EA will invest
$80 million in games for consoles like the Wii U, Xbox 720
                                                                           There was disagreement over whether or not Google's
and PlayStation 4.
                                                                           actions fall under “fair use” laws. The judge, William Alsup,
                                                                           said that there is “zero finding of liability on any copyright
“We are strong believers that console will return to strong                so far,” citing the defence of “fair use” as being still in play.
growth, representing great opportunity, one that is in
lockstep with our digital plan,” said John Riccitiello, CEO of
EA.




                                                                           Oracle wants $1 billion in compensation over the affair, but
                                                                           the infringed copyright, which only amounts to nine lines of
                                                                           Java code employed in Android, can only result in statutory
                                                                           damages ranging from $200 to $150,000.

$80 million might sound like a lot on paper, but it's a small
figure when translated into the funds needed for AAA games,                While it looks like a victory for Oracle, the potential damages
some of which cost more than that alone. Even if only $10                  it will gain are extremely small compared to what it was
million was afforded to each game it would result in only                  looking for. Google wants a mistrial declared, in which case
eight games from EA for the newest consoles.                               it won't have to pay anything.


Of course, this is only its investment for this year. With the             The trial is not over yet, however. A second phase, involving
next Xbox and PlayStation consoles not releasing until late                the same jury, will cover Oracle's claims that Google
2013 EA may be being a bit more cautious with its spending.                infringed two of Oracle's Java patents in Android.
A good chunk of its investment over the coming year could go
to Wii U titles, with Nintendo's new console releasing later
this year.
                                                                           Nevada approves license for
                                                                           Google self-driving cars
                                                                           Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nevada-approves-license-for-google-
                                                                           self-driving-cars/15803.html

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May 9th, 2012                                                           May 9th, 2012




The US state of Nevada has approved the first licence for
self-driven cars designed by Google, paving the way for a               While there are a lot of internal arguments between JEDEC
revolution in road travel.                                              members when exactly DDR4 is supposed to arrive on
                                                                        market (2013 or 2014), Micron is pressing forward with the
The US state of Nevada has approved the first licence for               first evaluation DDR4 prototypes operating at 2400 MHz.
self-driven cars designed by Google, paving the way for a
revolution in road travel.                                              To get the DDR4 certification process going, Micron
                                                                        Technology Incorporated announced that the company
                                                                        begun shipping the first engineering samples of "fully
A modified Toyota Prius will be the first self-driven car to hit        functional DDR4 DRAM modules" in DIMM form factor to
the streets, powered by software designed by Google to take             its major customers. Micron expects to have the memory
the steering wheel out of the hands of drivers.                         ready for mass production by fourth quarter of this year, for
                                                                        fast adoption by key industry players in 2013.
                                                                        The focus on DDR4 is reducing the power consumption
Google has tested its self-driven cars with trained drivers
                                                                        while increasing the performance over prevalent DDR3
who could take control if the software bugged out and
                                                                        standard. The memory was developed in conjunction with
managed to cover 140,000 miles without a single accident,
                                                                        Taiwan's Nanya (part of Formosa Plastics conglomerate),
apart from a bump received by a car behind when stopped
                                                                        utilizing Micron's 30nm process node.
at traffic lights.




In fact, while we might think safety is an issue for self-
driven cars, the opposite could prove through. A Californian            The 4 Gigabit, 512MB DDR4 x8 memory chip promises
Senator, Alex Padilla, said that “the vast majority of vehicle          memory densities of up to 8GB per single DIMM module, i.e.
accidents are due to human error.” Removing the human                   mainstream systems with 32GB of memory, 64 and 128GB
element could mean safer road travel.                                   going to the high-end. Micron will make memory chips with
                                                                        x8, x16 and x32 solder connections, reaching clocks from
                                                                        2.4-3.2 billion transfers per second, i.e. "effective GHz", as
Other car companies are seeking licences for self-driven cars           memory vendors like to put it.
in Nevada and the state's Department of Motor Vehicles                  One of biggest players in the industry, Intel Corporation
believes these will be the cards of the future. Other states and        doesn't plan to introduce the DDR4 memory before 2014,
countries around the world are likely to follow suit.                   with the first server chipsets for Haswell-EX. Desktop and
                                                                        mobile would only follow in 2015 with Broadwell, a 14nm
                                                                        die-shrink of Haswell.

Micron Announces First                                                  Naturally, when a company like Intel is resisting the
                                                                        introduction during 2013, one might think that the game
DDR4 DRAM Memory Module:                                                is over. However, companies such as AMD, NVIDIA,
DDR4-2400, DDR4-3200                                                    Qualcomm and TI are on the opposite side of the spectrum.

Incoming
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/micron-announces-first-ddr4-dram-
memory-module-ddr4-2400-ddr4-3200-incoming/15799.html




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How the GeForce GTX 690 is
a Prime Example of NVIDIA
Reshaped?
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/how-the-geforce-gtx-690-is-a-prime-
example-of-nvidia-reshaped-/15786.html
May 9th, 2012




Recently, NVIDIA introduced its current king of the hill
product in the form of two GK104 GPUs placed on the same
board and called the part GeForce GTX 690. In the next
couple of days, we will see the launch of GTX 670. We'll                  Second part of the execution initiative was the broken Fermi
dig a bit deeper and see the consequences of recent strategy              die, i.e. GF100. The first batch of engineering silicon that
moves.                                                                    was supposed to go head to head against the AMD/ATI came
Many of you, our respected readers, industry analysts, media              back from TSMC in a non-functional state. While ATI had
were all surprised at the cadence NVIDIA executed its Kepler              a similar problem in 2005 with its R520 Fudo, NVIDIA's
launch. This is the first time the company launched both                  problem was not a single transistor as with R520 (X1800),
high-end and mainstream GPUs in its history (GeForce 4 Ti /               it was the die as such.
MX launch comes to mind, but the MX part was based on                     At the GPU Technology Conference in 2010, Jen-Hsun
GeForce 2 die).                                                           Huang explained; We found a major breakdown between
The Birth of Kepler came from Fermi                                       the models, the tools and reality. So when we first got the
                                                                          first Fermi back, that piece of fabric, so imagine we're all
If we want to come to the point of how GeForce GTX 690                    processors, all of us seem to be working. But we can't talk to
came to life, we have to go back all the way to October 2009.             each other. It's like we're all deaf, we're all mute and deaf.
While AMD gathered large number of press, analysts and                    And we found out it's because this connection between us
partners for what it turned out to be the final nail in the ATI           is completely broken.It turns out the reason why the fabric
Technologies coffin (ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series was the                    failed isn't because it was hard, but because it sat between
last before the rebrand into AMD Radeon) - NVIDIA did a                   the responsibility of two groups. The fabric is complicated
gathering of a different sort.                                            in the sense that there's an architectural component there's
The quarterly global meeting was not in a good mood.                      a logic design component and there's a physics component.
The global economy was heading south, and the executive                   My engineers who know physics and my engineers who
management pulled what seems to be the decision that                      know architecture are in two different organisations, and
turned the company around - instead of reducing headcount,                so you see this underlap of responsibility... 'is it my job or
complete executive management shifted to a $1 salary after                your job?' If you'd just simply moved it from one side to
tax and benefits. While "the $1 CEO club" usually means                   the other side they'd been more than happy to pick up the
executives receive millions of dollars in stocks and other                slack, but we let it sit right in the middle. 'Let's be both of
types of compensation, Jen-Hsun Huang and his team                        our jobs'... that's a bad answer."
decided otherwise. The total salary AFTER tax and benefits                The result of GF100 was newly found approach for the
was cut to $1, and no employee would get fired.                           subsequent Kepler generation. It was decided to do a die-
Some executives decided not to stick around and left, but the             shrink of Fermi dies such as GF100 (GTX 480), GF104
remaining majority of executives suddenly had an army of                  (GTX 460) etc. giving birth to GF110 (GTX 580), GF114
zealots who were grateful somebody else is weathering the                 (GTX 560 Ti) and so on and so forth. In that time,
storm for them.                                                           AMD executed Evergreen architecture (Radeon HD 5000),
                                                                          Northern Islands (Radeon HD 6000) and now Southern
                                                                          Islands (Radeon HD 7000). However, NVIDIA had a new
                                                                          approach to launching the parts and for the first time, the
                                                                          company was working on three dies at the same time, what
                                                                          was called high-power, high-efficiency and low-power dies,
                                                                          i.e. entry, mainstream and high-end silicon. The high-end
                                                                          silicon is supposed to debut really soon, on a HPC event on
                                                                          May 10th.
                                                                          When the company received first GK100, GK104 and GK107
                                                                          dies, the performance of GK104 shocked the company
                                                                          executives. Our sources were telling us that there was a
                                                                          genuine surprise from CEO to PR/Marketing/Sales teams,
                                                                          since GeForce GTX 660 part was outperforming GTX 580 by
                                                                          a significant margin. The decision was made to rebrand the
                                                                          part into GTX 660 and 670 Ti, with GK100 taking the role of

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head honcho. Then, AMD came out with Radeon HD 7970,              the board. Beside the fan fins, there are no plastic parts on
the very first part based on its Southern Islands architecture.   the card. The PCB is a 10-layer one with a layer of copper ("2
The performance unveiled was the reason why the author of         ounce", popular amount of copper on PCBs) for increased
these lines got multiple calls from NVIDIA insiders asking        thermal conductivity.
"Does AMD have hidden cores in the die? What did they             The cooling solution for this card was really expensive. In
disable?" However, with Southern Islands being AMD's first        fact, we've been told that the company budgeted this part
compute intensive part (just like G80/Tesla and GF100/            for over three times as much as the most expensive cooling
Fermi were compute milestones for NVIDIA), the company            system they've used so far (you've guessed it right, GTX 295
had to sacrifice some efficiency/performance for their first      and 590 cooling had a price tag of an "arm and a leg"). The
true GPU compute architecture.                                    base for the heatsink used to be plastic, but it is now made
The decision to rebrand GK107 into GTX 680/690 was                of aluminum with trivalent chromium plating. The bimetal
made. Furthermore, the company decided to further                 approach results in extreme rigidity, which prevents PCB
increase the performance of the high-end die, giving birth to     from bending down. This is one of reasons why NVIDIA
GK110. GK110 will debut in just three days, but this is the       didn't needed to use a plastic or aluminum backplate to
part that targets the HPC i.e. GPGPU community. We were           reduce PCB flex (GTX 295, GTX 590 being prime examples) -
told that the number of pre-orders for Kepler-based Tesla         base of the heatsink is a stabilizing element itself. Two vapor
cards (Tesla 3000 Series) should exceed the overall number        chambers did not change as much from GTX 590, but with
of Teslas shipped so far (over 150,000 units sold).               the reduced thermal load, these chambers are more efficient
                                                                  since they're not pushed as hard as it was the case with
                                                                  previous boards. Going back to the base, you can see that it
                                                                  is perforated to better drive the airflow across the board.
                                                                  An injection-molded magnesium alloy was used for fan
                                                                  housing, and it fits the aluminum base without danger of
                                                                  vibrations causing any bending, as was the case with plastic
                                                                  housing on an aluminum or even plastic base.
                                                                  The decision to put polycarbonate windows has two sides -
                                                                  one to give you a look into aluminum fins, and another to
                                                                  show you if the heatsink accumulated dust on itself and to
                                                                  give it a good cleaning. From personal experience, decision
                                                                  to go all-metal (besides the plastic fan blades, but metal
                                                                  ones would be a potential security hazard) also reduces the
Getting back to GK104, the newly reorganized NVIDIA               amount of dust that gathers purely by statically charged
board team went on to build the GTX 680 first. Then, they         plastics.
followed up with Gemini (GTX 690) and the lessons learned         All in all, the GTX 690 is engineered like no graphics part
on building the Gemini PCB were used on GTX 670. It is            before, and the decision to price it as high as the company
not excluded that you are even going to see a GTX 680             did will keep it out of reach for vast majority of users. But,
board using the PCB from the upcoming GTX 670, since it           just like the car industry has million dollar cars such as
improved two steps. Seeing a GTX 680 4GB using a PCB that         Bugatti Veyron or Rimac Concept One, this industry has a
is smaller than GeForce GTX 550 and Radeon HD 7650 was            top performing dual GPU part.
considered impossible, but the new engineering cadence at
                                                                  Good news for the graphics industry as such is that NVIDIA
the green company is executing on target.
                                                                  doesn't plan to stop using these materials in future boards.
GeForce GTX 690                                                   You can expect to see the technologies used on GTX 690
All of this brings us to why GeForce GTX 690 product is           to spread on the high-end line-up, and GeForce, Tesla and
a paramount product for the company. The performance              Quadro parts are all planned to get the highest quality
achieved by GK107 and GK104 were beyond targets and the           components going into the future.
decision was made to go against AMD with a dual-GK104
board.                                                            Current iPad was actually
                                                                  'Plan B'
                                                                  Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/current-ipad-was-actually-plan-
                                                                  b-/15798.html
                                                                  May 9th, 2012



The performance results of the board show that engineers
did not sacrifice anything in the design and you can run
the card at GTX 680 clocks without any issues. We've been
talking to our sources in the AIB board manufacturing             According to Raymond Soneira, CEO of DisplayMate
community, and seeing a 1.2GHz clock for both GK104 dies          Technologies, the current iPad is not the device that Apple
isn't all that uncommon.                                          originally intended as the tablet’s third incarnation.
During the creation phase, GeForce GTX 690 was planned
as the no-cost-sparing part, with top parts being used across

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According to Raymond Soneira, CEO of DisplayMate                         fairly slim at the moment, but the Aspire E1-421 is a budget
Technologies, the current iPad is not the device that Apple              notebook to every extent of the word.
originally intended as the tablet’s third incarnation.                   Brazos 2.0 has arrived, well, at least unofficially as Acer has
                                                                         started to sell its Aspire E1-421 in parts of Asia and it sports
                                                                         AMD's yet to be announced E1-1200 APU. The details are
                                                                         fairly slim at the moment, but the Aspire E1-421 is a budget
                                                                         notebook to every extent of the word.
                                                                         Besides the 1.4GHz E1-1200 APU, Acer has equipped the
                                                                         Aspire E1-421 with a measly 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard
                                                                         drive. As this is a 14-inch notebook, Acer has also squeezed
                                                                         in a DVD drive for those that still rely on optical discs for
                                                                         their storage needs.




Raymond Soneira, CEO of DisplayMate Technologies, said
in an interview with CNET that the third generation iPad
was going to be thinner, sporting a new display from Sharp,
featuring so-called "IGZO" technology.
"The plan was to use this new technology called IGZO from
Sharp — a lot higher electron mobility that allows them to
make the transistors a lot smaller and the circuit elements
a lot smaller," said Soneira in his interview with CNET.
"There's no question that the iPad 3 is Plan B. They pushed
amorphous silicon to a higher [pixels per inch] than anybody
else."
Apparently, Sharp's IGZO wasn't ready in time for the iPad,
and Apple had to go with their plan B. It's also been reported
that Sharp could not keep up with the manufacturing
demand that the new iPad would have necessitated.
But despite what could be seen as a disappointment, the iPad
is in no sad condition, nor is it exactly a Stone Age device. The
current version of the iPad is packed with plenty of fantastic
specs, including the high resolution Retina display and a five
megapixel iSight camera. That isn't to speak of the Apple
A5X CPU.
This news does match several rumors that floated about
before the iPad was revealed, suggesting that Apple would
indeed try to use the IGZO technology from Sharp. The
affirmation of this case is sure to be fresh fuel for rumors of
the next iPad.                                                           The GPU of the E1-1200 is according to the label on the
                                                                         notebook a Radeon HD 7310 and it shares at least 256MB
As the old saying goes, imitation is the sincerest form of               of system memory which makes the paltry 2GB look even
flattery. And, as one observer pointed out, it seems that plan           stingier. Other features include 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and a 6-
B for Apple is plan A for everybody else.                                cell battery. The chipset should support native USB 3.0, but
                                                                         it's possible that Acer is using an older chipset that doesn't
Acer sneaks out the Aspire                                               support USB 3.0, as we would've thought the company
                                                                         would high-light this feature, but there's no mention of it.
E1-421 with Brazos 2.0 APU                                               Let's hope AMD has some more interesting partners lined up
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/acer-sneaks-out-the-aspire-e1-421-   for the launch of Brazos 2.0, as the Aspire E1-421 is hardly
with-brazos-2.0-apu/15802.html                                           the kind of product that will draw a lot of attention to AMD's
May 9th, 2012                                                            new budget APUs. It's interesting that we're looking at a CPU
                                                                         clock of 200-250MHz slower than the current Brazos APUs,
                                                                         but hopefully this is a sign of much improved CPU cores.




Brazos 2.0 has arrived, well, at least unofficially as Acer has
started to sell its Aspire E1-421 in parts of Asia and it sports
AMD's yet to be announced E1-1200 APU. The details are

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                                                                        It's not too often that a manufacturer pulls apart one of its
Seagate is readying Pulsar.2                                            products down to near component level and then explains
SSD with 12Gbps SAS                                                     in detail what it has done to create the product in question,
                                                                        but Samsung has decided to give us a peek inside its 13.3-
interface                                                               inch Series 9 notebook. In all fairness it doesn't give away
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/seagate-is-readying-pulsar.2-ssd-   every little detail, but the Series 9 is no less impressive on
with-12gbps-sas-interface/15801.html                                    the inside than one of Apple's MacBook Air's.
May 9th, 2012
                                                                        It's not too often that a manufacturer pulls apart one of its
                                                                        products down to near component level and then explains
                                                                        in detail what it has done to create the product in question,
                                                                        but Samsung has decided to give us a peek inside its 13.3-
                                                                        inch Series 9 notebook. In all fairness it doesn't give away
                                                                        every little detail, but the Series 9 is no less impressive on
                                                                        the inside than one of Apple's MacBook Air's.
It was only last week that HGST, a division of Western Digital
announced that it was working on a 12Gbps SAS SSD and                   Samsung does have some advantages over many of its
now Seagate has followed up with its own announcement,                  competitors, as the company produces all major components
but with a little bit more meat on the bones. Seagate is                that would go inside one of its notebooks. Looking at the
getting ready to show off its 12Gbps SSD at the SCSI Trade              display this is very obvious as Samsung is using an extra slim
Association technology showcase this week and Seagate was               LCD with a custom made controller board, something many
kind enough to provide a name for the product, Pulsar.2.                of its competitors can't offer to this degree.

It was only last week that HGST, a division of Western Digital
announced that it was working on a 12Gbps SAS SSD and
now Seagate has followed up with its own announcement,
but with a little bit more meat on the bones. Seagate is
getting ready to show off its 12Gbps SSD at the SCSI Trade
Association technology showcase this week and Seagate was
kind enough to provide a name for the product, Pulsar.2.
The Pulsar.2 will as such have a SAS 12Gbps interface
and Seagate is targeting the new SSD towards the server
and storage solution market. Little else is known about the
product, but Seagate is making a big deal about the fact
that using SAS 12Gbps drives rather than PCI Express based
SSDs allows for better scalability and serviceability, in the
latter case thanks to the hot swap ability of SAS drives.
                                                                        The keyboard features OLED technology for the backlight
Unlike HGST, Seagate doesn't talk about any dual interface              rather than LED, something we didn't know and according
option for increased performance; however the press release             to Samsung this is a first on a notebook. The touchpad is
mentions a move towards SAS 12Gbps on hard drives in the                also different than in your average notebook, as it's made of
future. The advantage in this case though is that SAS 12Gbps            polyethylene terephthalate or PET rather than relying on a
and 6Gbps drives can be used in a mixed environment where               more traditional PCB design and this apparently allows it to
say, an older SAS controller is being used, but once the                be some 40 percent thinner than your average touchpad.
controller or server is upgraded, the drives would potentially
offer a small performance boost.
Seagate also let us know that the SAS 12Gbps standard
is expected to be finished by the end of the year, but no
products are expected in the market until 2013 and most
won't turn up until the second half which seem quite late
for something that's being demoed already. That said, we're
talking server products here and reliability is everything, so
corner cutting isn't exactly an option.

                                                                        Unusually for a notebook, Samsung designed a single
Samsung pulls apart its                                                 sided PCB as apparently this would allow for a 16 percent
Series 9 notebook for your                                              reduction in thickness compared to a traditional notebook
                                                                        PCB. That said, as with most notebook motherboards,
viewing pleasure                                                        Samsung has broken it up into three different parts to fit
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-pulls-apart-its-series-9-   around the cooling fans, with all the external connectors
notebook-for-your-viewing-pleasure/15800.html                           being fitted to two separate PCBs from the motherboard
May 9th, 2012                                                           itself. The only standard component used is the mSATA SSD
                                                                        and it also appears to be the only user upgradeable part in
                                                                        the Series 9.



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The cooling system consists of two heatpipes and a pair of
4mm thick fans, a fairly unusual design choice, but most
likely a necessity due to the thin design. The 40Wh 6-
cell battery pack takes up nearly as much space as the
motherboard, although it's flanked by the speakers which
are taking up a fair amount of space. Judging by the massive
engineering that went into the Series 9, we wouldn't expect
any big changes for Samsung's Ivy Bridge version. Instead
we presume that Samsung will simply swap out the chipset
and the CPU on the motherboard and go with the same
chassis design, but it's possible that Samsung will surprise
us and come up with something even more impressive. Hit
the source link below for more pictures and details.




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VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks!
                                                                     2.0 port. The handset measures 121.6x64.1x10.5mm and
  VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly                       weighs in at 119g. The Omnia M ships with Windows Phone
  publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the          7.5 as well as a wide range of Samsung apps and 25GB of free
  geeks.                                                             SkyDrive storage space. No word on availability as yet, but
                                                                     we'd expect the handset to roll out shortly.

Samsung announces the
                                                                     Belkin is working on
Omnia M Windows Phone 7
                                                                     802.11ac Wi-Fi products
smartphone                                                           Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/belkin-is-working-on-802.11ac-wi-fi-
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-announces-the-omnia-m-   products/15849.html
windows-phone-7-smartphone/15850.html                                May 11th, 2012
May 11th, 2012




                                                                     We've already seen a few 802.11ac "5G" Wi-Fi products
                                                                     and now Belkin has announced that it will be adding its
                                                                     own products to the handful or so already announced
If you're on the hunt for an affordable, large screen Windows        solutions from its competitors. Sadly Belkin didn't go into
Phone 7 handset, then maybe Samsung's new Omnia M is                 any specifics, but we do at least have a basic idea of what the
what you've been waiting for. Admittedly no pricing was              company is planning.
announced, but judging by the features, the Omnia M should
be a mid-range model with a price to match.                          We've already seen a few 802.11ac "5G" Wi-Fi products
                                                                     and now Belkin has announced that it will be adding its
If you're on the hunt for an affordable, large screen Windows        own products to the handful or so already announced
Phone 7 handset, then maybe Samsung's new Omnia M is                 solutions from its competitors. Sadly Belkin didn't go into
what you've been waiting for. Admittedly no pricing was              any specifics, but we do at least have a basic idea of what the
announced, but judging by the features, the Omnia M should           company is planning.
be a mid-range model with a price to match.
                                                                     For starters, Belkin is working with Broadcom and will be
The biggest selling point of the Omnia M would be its 4-             using its chips in its upcoming products. Belkin is planning
inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of what we               at least one 802.11ac router with a throughput of 1.3Gbps
presume is 800x480 pixels. As with most Windows Phone                and we'd expect a few cards/dongles as well, although for
7 devices, the Omnia M has a 1GHz single core CPU and we             what it's worth, Belkin appears to be targeting upcoming
should be looking at one or another model from Qualcomm              mobile devices with built in 802.11ac. Specifically Belkin
here, but Samsung hasn't mentioned any specifics as yet.             is talking about backup and data synchronization when it
                                                                     comes to mobile devices and it's possible that the company
                                                                     is planning some kind of “home cloud” storage solution.
                                                                     Belkin is also pushing 802.11ac as the clear choice for
                                                                     streaming HD video around the home, so we wouldn't be
                                                                     surprised if the company is launching some kind of TV
                                                                     compatible adapter, or maybe even some kind of media
                                                                     player with built in 802.11ac support. These are of course
                                                                     only guesses as to what Belkin might be planning, but the
                                                                     good news is that Belkin is expecting to have its first 802.11ac
                                                                     products in retail come this summer, which is only a month
                                                                     or two away.


                                                                     Microsoft to launch Internet
                                                                     Explorer with Kinect support
Other features include 4GB of user accessible storage,
384MB of RAM, a 5Megapixel rear camera, plus a front
                                                                     on Xbox 360
                                                                     Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-to-launch-internet-
camera for video calls, HSDPA 7.2Mbps connectivity,
                                                                     explorer-with-kinect-support-on-xbox-360/15848.html
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS and a micro USB

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May 11th, 2012                                                         Ubisoft and Marvel Entertainment have teamed up to deliver
                                                                       an aptly-timed Avengers game for the Xbox 360 with Kinect
                                                                       and Nintendo Wii U.
                                                                       Ubisoft and Marvel Entertainment have teamed up to deliver
Microsoft is to launch a version of Internet Explorer for the          an aptly-timed Avengers game for the Xbox 360 with Kinect
Xbox 360 gaming console, which is set to feature Kinect                and Nintendo Wii U.
motion capture support.
Microsoft is to launch a version of Internet Explorer for the          Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth will feature interactive
Xbox 360 gaming console, which is set to feature Kinect                environments inspired by Marvel's comic artwork and the
motion capture support.                                                Secret Invasion storyline.


The software firm is testing a modified version of IE9 for             The game will feature 20 different characters, including
the console, according to anonymous sources cited by The               popular Avengers like Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and
Verge. The browser will operate exactly like the one on the            Thor, in addition to other super heroes and super villains
PC, allowing users to search the web in the comfort of their           form the Marvel Universe.
living room.


The integration of Kinect gestures and voice controls will
make for an enhanced experience, however, as users will be
able to search via Bing for web pages in this manner.




                                                                       “We are excited to team up with Marvel Entertainment to
                                                                       bring some of the most iconic comic book characters from
                                                                       the Marvel line-up to life in motion-gaming,” said Tony
                                                                       Key, SVP of US sales and marketing at Ubisoft. “Fans of
Users will not require a Kinect to make use of the Xbox 360            the Marvel universe and superhero games are going to love
web browser, but it will reportedly be fine-tuned specifically         the extensive combinations of characters, motion-controlled
for Kinect use, so users will not be getting the full experience       moves and competitive gameplay.”
without the motion capture camera.
                                                                       Motion control is being touted as a huge element of this
Microsoft's Internet Explorer was once the unequalled                  game, which is not surprising, given it will be launching
champion of the web browser arena, but it has been steadily            on the two dominant motion control gaming consoles. The
losing market share to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.              choice to launch on the Wii U suggests we might see
Integrating it into its more popular products may be a good            some additional elements that take advantage of the tablet
way to go, and the use of Kinect support will also encourage           controller.
more Kinect sales.
                                                                       Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth will launch in Autumn.
No release date has been revealed, but further details may
surface at E3 next month.
                                                                       Zotac GeForce GTX 680 2GB
                                                                       meets Subzero Ivy Bridge
Ubisoft announces Avengers                                             3770K
                                                                       Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/zotac-geforce-gtx-680-2gb-meets-
game for Kinect and Wii U                                              subzero-ivy-bridge-3770k/15815.html
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ubisoft-announces-avengers-game-   May 11th, 2012
for-kinect-and-wii-u/15847.html
May 11th, 2012



                                                                       We've been covering the GTX 680 since day one with
                                                                       our reviews of several different cards. Today we're doing
                                                                       something a little different. We're going to have a look at the

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competitive scene benchmarking performance of the GTX
680 using a cascade cooled Ivy Bridge i7-3770K on an ASUS
P8Z77-V Deluxe. Zotac have kindly provided a sample for
our benchmarking.
Introduction
It's coming up to two months since the launch of Nvidia's
GTX 680. You can check out our launch coverage here.
We've also looked at some non reference models. Today
we're doing something a bit different. Instead of an orthodox
GPU review, we'll run through the traditional overclockers
3D benchmarks using a Zotac GTX 680 with a heavily
overclocked cascade cooled 3770K to see how it does.
First up, we'll take a look at the GTX 680 Zotac kindly
provided for our article.




                                                                The card is a standard reference model, with 1536 Shader
                                                                processors clocked at 1006 Mhz (base) to 1056Mhz (boost).
                                                                The 2Gb of GDDR5 memory is clocked at 6008 Mhz
                                                                effective. The full specifications of the card are seen below.


                                                                Model
                                                                                               Model            ZT-60101-10P
                                                                Interface
                                                                                               Interface        PCI Express
                                                                                                                3.0* x16
                                                                                                                (Compatible
                                                                                                                with 1.1)
                                                                Chipset
                                                                                               Chipset      NVIDIA®
The Zotac GTX 680 comes with a nice bundle of extras. In                                       Manufacturer
addition to common accessories such as DVI-VGA adapter,                                        GPU          GeForce®
molex to 6pin PCIe connectors, manual and driver, Zotac                                                     GTX 680
have included full versions of three Assassins Creed games, a
                                                                                               Core clock   1006 MHz
three day Trackmania pass and additional software utilities.
                                                                                                            (base) - 1058
                                                                                                            MHz (boost)
                                                                                               Stream       1536
                                                                                               Processors
                                                                                               Shader Clock na
                                                                Memory
                                                                                               Memory           6008 MHz
                                                                                               Clock
                                                                                               Memory Size      2 GB
                                                                                               Memory           256-bit
                                                                                               Interface
                                                                                               Memory Type      DDR5
                                                                3D API
                                                                                               DirectX          DirectX® 11
                                                                                               OpenGL           OpenGL® 4.2
                                                                Ports

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                                   DVI          2 (DVI-I and             The European Parliament has passed new regulations that
                                                DVI-D)                   significantly reduce the price of mobile phone calls and data
                                   HDMI-Ports 1                          usage when travelling in the European Union.
                                   DisplayPort- 1                        The European Parliament has passed new regulations that
                                   Ports                                 significantly reduce the price of mobile phone calls and data
                                   VGA          (With                    usage when travelling in the European Union.
                                                included
                                                DVI-to-VGA
                                                adapter)                 Beginning in July, there will be a cap on mobile data usage
                                                                         of 70c per MB, while calls will be capped at 29c per minute,
General
                                                                         including VAT. Data charges will drop further in future
                                   Tuner            None                 years, down to 45c per MB in 2013 and just 20c per MB in
                                   RAMDAC           400 MHz              2014.
                                   Max              2560 x 1600
                                   Resolution
                                   RoHS             Yes                  Additionally, mobile users will be able to choose a different
                                   Compliant                             operator when abroad than the one used at home, starting
                                                                         in 2014. This is intended to encourage more competition in
                                   SLI              Yes (3-way)
                                                                         the market and give users greater freedom, as they will be
                                   Supported
                                                                         able to select a new tariff in their destination country without
                                   Cooler           With fan             having to change their number or phone.
                                                    (dual-slot)
                                   Dual-            Yes
                                   Link DVI
                                   Supported
                                   Windows® 7 Certified for
                                   Capability Windows®
                                              7 with
                                              DirectCompute
                                              support
Packaging
                                   Package          Driver Disk
                                   Contents         User Manual

                                                    DVI-to-VGA
                                                    adapter

                                                    2 x Dual
                                                    MOLEX to
                                                    6-pin PCIe
                                                    power cable
                                                                         Currently there are different roaming prices throughout
                                               TrackMania 2              Europe, with some that are relatively cheap and others that
                                               Canyon 3-Day              are astronomical, sometimes as much as €5 per MB and 35c
                                               Game Pass                 per minute for calls, which have already been subject to caps
                                   Game Bundle ZOTAC                     in recent years.
                                               Assassin’s
                                               Creed® 3-
                                               Game Pack                 These insane roaming prices have contributed to what is
                                                                         being called the “bill shock” phenomenon, where holiday-
                                                                         makers or business people receive outrageous bills for
                                                                         mobile usage abroad, where the same usage at home would
Europe introduces cheaper                                                have resulted in minimal charges.
roaming laws
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/europe-introduces-cheaper-roaming-   The European Union believes these new laws will save an
laws/15846.html                                                          average business person over €1,000 a year, while those
May 11th, 2012                                                           wanting to make a few calls while on holiday will also enjoy
                                                                         significant savings.




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Ivy Bridge proven to suffer
from poor thermal grease
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ivy-bridge-proven-to-suffer-from-
poor-thermal-grease/15844.html
May 11th, 2012




Intel has as yet to offer a full explanation as to why it changed
the way its interfacing the IHS with the CPU die on its
Ivy Bridge processors and previous reports weren't clear on
how much of an effect Intel's move to using thermal grease
had on the actual cooling performance. Thankfully Japanese
website Impress PC Watch has come to the rescues and done
some testing by itself and the publication has clearly proven
that Intel's thermal interface material isn't up to scratch.
Intel has as yet to offer a full explanation as to why it changed
the way its interfacing the IHS with the CPU die on its                 Move up to an average overclock of 4.6GHz and the
Ivy Bridge processors and previous reports weren't clear on             difference is even bigger with 15 degrees for the Freezer
how much of an effect Intel's move to using thermal grease              Pro and a massive 20 degrees difference using the Liquid
had on the actual cooling performance. Thankfully Japanese              Pro. On top of all that, higher stable overclocking speeds
website Impress PC Watch has come to the rescues and done               without thermal throttling were reached at lower Voltages
some testing by itself and the publication has clearly proven           using either of the replacement TIMs, although once again
that Intel's thermal interface material isn't up to scratch.            the best results were achieved using the Liquid Pro which
                                                                        allowed a stable 5GHz overclock on air at 1.55V. We should
                                                                        mention that the rather large and expensive Thermalright
                                                                        Silver Arrow SB-E CPU cooler was used for these tests, so
                                                                        mileage might vary depending on cooler choice, but even so,
                                                                        the results speak for themselves.
                                                                        If anything, this is an issue that Intel shouldn't be having, as
                                                                        it's not as if we're talking about low-cost Celeron or Pentium
                                                                        models here, but rather premium models with overclocking
                                                                        enabled. We can only hope that Intel will consider changing
                                                                        its thermal grease for something a little bit more advanced
                                                                        on the K-series CPUs, as the company can't expect users to
                                                                        replace it by themselves and thus voiding their warranties.
                                                                        It's also quite embarrassing that such a small cost is what's
                                                                        holding these new CPUs back, but as has been suggested
                                                                        elsewhere, this might be part of Intel's plan so it can flog
                                                                        some more Sandy Bridge-E CPUs.

First of all, we wouldn't recommend anyone to tear off the
integrated heat spreader on their CPU, as for one it voids              Mozilla bemoans Windows 8
your warranty and moreover you might actually damage                    RT - a 'return to the digital
your CPU. That said, Impress PC Watch tore off the IHS on
a Core i7-3770K, wiped off the Intel thermal grease and then            dark ages'
replaced it with OCZ's Freeze Extreme and Coollaboratory's              Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mozilla-bemoans-windows-8-rt--a-
Liquid Pro to see how much of a difference a change of                  return-to-the-digital-dark-ages-/15838.html
thermal interface material would make.                                  May 11th, 2012

Coollaboratory claims that its Liquid Pro TIM offers 82W/
mk of thermal conductivity and hitting up some reviews it
seems to be superior to OCZ's Freeze Extreme, something
the Impress PC Watch test also showed. However, both
materials were vastly superior to whatever gunk Intel sticks
inside its CPU's, as at the standard 3.5GHz clock speed the
temperature was reduced by 8 degrees C using the Freeze                 In a blog post, Mozilla's chief counsel Harvey Anderson
Extreme and 11 degrees C with the Liquid Pro.                           wrote that the anti-competitive restrictions of tablet
                                                                        oriented Windows RT (Windows on ARM) indicate “an
                                                                        unwelcome return to the digital dark ages."

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In a blog post, Mozilla's chief counsel Harvey Anderson
wrote that the restrictions of Windows RT (Windows on             NEC announces 999g 13.3-
ARM) indicate “an unwelcome return to the digital dark            inch LaVie Z notebook in
ages."
                                                                  Japan
                                                                  Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nec-announces-999g-13.3-inch-
                                                                  lavie-z-notebook-in-japan/15843.html
                                                                  May 11th, 2012




                                                                  If there's a company that seems to understand what
                                                                  Ultrabooks is all about – and no, we're not talking about
                                                                  Apple – it has to be NEC, as its upcoming LaVie Z is a
                                                                  mind-blowingly light Ultrabook that weighs in at a mere
                                                                  999g. This is at least in part thanks to its lithium-magnesium
                                                                  alloy chassis which is said to be half the weight of the usual
                                                                  aluminium alloys used in notebooks.
                                                                  If there's a company that seems to understand what
                                                                  Ultrabooks is all about – and no, we're not talking about
                                                                  Apple – it has to be NEC, as its upcoming LaVie Z is a
                                                                  mind-blowingly light Ultrabook that weighs in at a mere
                                                                  999g. This is at least in part thanks to its lithium-magnesium
                                                                  alloy chassis which is said to be half the weight of the usual
                                                                  aluminium alloys used in notebooks.
                                                                  Sadly, the company didn't reveal much in terms of
Windows RT is a kind of future Microsoft Windows                  specifications beyond the fact that we're looking at a 13.3-
OS specifically designed for tablet friendly ARM chips.           inch Ultrabook. All that we can deduct from the pictures is
Restrictions on RT make it impossible for compatible              that it'll have at least one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, a
browsers besides Internet Explorer to access special APIs to      single audio jack, an HDMI port and a memory card reader.
take full advantage of platform features.
Mozilla is creating a Firefox for the PC version of Windows
8. But, if it does create a version for RT, it will be unable
to compete with Internet Explorer due to the restrictions.
Additionally, while RT is specifically designed for tablets, it
may also expand to laptops and other devices in the future,
further spreading the restriction problem.
There is no elephant in the room about Internet Explorer
being the scourge of internet browsers. There are many
people who use Internet Explorer for one reason -
downloading a new browser. But if RT’s restrictions come
to pass, according to Mozilla's Asa Dotzler, "there's no way
another browser can possibly compete with IE in terms of
features or performance."
Critics have pointed to Apple's iOS, which has similar
restrictions on applications, giving its own ‘Safari’ browser     NEC also revealed that the LaVie Z will be using an Intel
advantages over competition. But Dotzler argues that              ULV Ivy Bridge CPU which isn't exactly a surprise and we'd
Microsoft has former agreements with the EU regarding             presume the company is using the UM77 chipset as well as
browser choice on Windows. He writes that the restrictions        an mSATA SSD, or possibly something even smaller to help
are "in direct violation of the promises [Microsoft] made to      keep the weight down. Sadly we'll have to wait until later this
developers, users, and OEMs about browser choice."                summer for the LaVie Z to launch and we have a feeling its
                                                                  price won't be as light to carry as the Ultrabook itself.
Andersen ended his post by admonishing Microsoft to
drop these upcoming restrictions, and embrace their more
traditional path of user choice.                                  Samsung's 17.3-inch Series
Of the three relevant operating systems- Mac OS, Linux and        7 notebook with Ivy Bridge
Windows- Windows is the in-between; not as open as Linux,
but not as closed as Mac. Each OS, therefore, appeals to          lands
different people, and gives them a good variety of choice.        Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-s-17.3-inch-series-7-
                                                                  notebook-with-ivy-bridge-lands/15842.html


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May 11th, 2012




Another day, another new notebook from Samsung, what
can we say, but the company is nothing but busy launching
products. This time we're looking at the mid-range Series
7 Chronos, or more specifically the top of the range
NP700Z7CH which comes with a Core i7-3615QM quad core
Ivy Bridge CPU.
Another day, another new notebook from Samsung, what
can we say, but the company is nothing but busy launching
products. This time we're looking at the mid-range Series
7 Chronos, or more specifically the top of the range           At US$1,499.99 (S$1,879) it's also something of a bargain
NP700Z7CH which comes with a Core i7-3615QM quad core          for what you get in terms of features and although Samsung
Ivy Bridge CPU.                                                hasn't really changed the design from its predecessor, it's
                                                               hard to know the overall looks of the NP700Z7CH.
Besides the 2.3GHz CPU, Samsung has kitted out the
NP700Z7CH with 8GB of DDR3 memory as standard, a 1TB
hard drive with 8GB of ExpressCache and a GeForce GT           Panasonic shoves Core i5
650M graphics card with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. The 17.3-
inch screen sports a 1920x1080 resolution as you'd expect      chips in a netbook package
and there's also a slot loading DVD writer and some JBL        Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/panasonic-shoves-core-i5-chips-in-a-
branded speakers.                                              netbook-package/15841.html
                                                               May 11th, 2012




                                                               Apparently Panasonic doesn't think Intel's Ultrabooks are
                                                               all that and although its new Let's note J10 is a fair bit
                                                               chunkier than an Ultrabook at 35mm thickness, these 10.1-
                                                               inch notebooks somehow manages to pack a 35W TDP Core
                                                               i3, i5 or i7 CPU without burning up. What's even more
                                                               impressive though is that they can delivery up to 12.5h
                                                               battery life, a feat we'd like to see some Ultrabooks pull off.
                                                               Apparently Panasonic doesn't think Intel's Ultrabooks are
                                                               all that and although its new Let's note J10 is a fair bit
                                                               chunkier than an Ultrabook at 35mm thickness, these 10.1-
                                                               inch notebooks somehow manages to pack a 35W TDP Core
Samsung has also thrown in 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth      i3, i5 or i7 CPU without burning up. What's even more
4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports,   impressive though is that they can delivery up to 12.5h
an HDMI port, a mini DisplayPort, a D-sub connector, a pair    battery life, a feat we'd like to see some Ultrabooks pull off.
of audio jacks, a memory card reader and an HD webcam          The base model isn't all that exciting with a Core i3-2350M
as part of the package. No word on battery life, but we'd      and a 320GB hard drive, but move up a notch and you
imagine the 8-cell battery pack should last a good few hours   get a Core i5-2450M with a 128GB SSD and things start to
at least. At 2.84kg the NP700Z7CH isn't exactly the most       get interesting. Panasonic is also offering the J10 with an
portable notebook around, but at just under 25mm thick it's    optional Core i7-2640M and an optional 256GB SSD or a
far from the fattest 17.3-inch notebook out there.             1TB hard drive. Common features include 4GB of RAM as
                                                               standard (8GB for the Core i7 model), a 10.1-inch screen
                                                               with 1366x768 resolution, an Intel Centrino Advanced-N +
                                                               WiMAX 6250 card which sports WiMAX speeds of up to
                                                               28Mbps in Japan, Gigabit Ethernet, a USB 3.0 port, two USB
                                                               2.0 ports and SD card reader, HDMI and S-sub ports and a
                                                               pair of audio jacks. Bluetooth is optional for some reason,
                                                               but all SKUs come with a protective carrying case.




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                                                                         Panasonic has paired the CPU up with the HM76 chipset,
                                                                         4GB of DDR3L 1333MHz memory and a 640GB hard drive.
                                                                         Other features include a DVD writer, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi,
                                                                         Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, an SD
                                                                         card reader, an HDMI port, a D-sub connector and a pair of
                                                                         audio jacks, but oddly enough no Bluetooth support and no
                                                                         webcam.




The standard battery is good for 7.5-8h of usage (HDD/SSD)
while the extended battery pack which adds 13mm to the
thickness of the J10 allows for between 11.5 and 12.5h of
usage (HDD/SSD). At 990g with the standard battery and no
protective casing this is an extremely impressive machine in
terms of portability, but once again the pricing isn't exactly
in the realm of affordability. The Core i3 model comes in
at 120,00 Yen (US$1,500/S$1,880), with the Core i5 model
with a 128GB SSD at 170,000 Yen (US$2,130/S$2,670) and
an insane 267,250 Yen (US$3,345/S$4,189) for the Core i7
model with a 256GB SSD.
Now if Panasonic would just catch up in the design                       Optional features include a larger 750GB hard drive or a
department a little and lower them prices, we'd almost                   256GB SDD, 8GB of memory, Bluetooth 4.0 and a Blu-
consider a Let's note J10 just for the portability factor, as            ray drive. The 15.6-inch screen offers 1920x1080 resolution,
at under 1kg with a full-fat CPU and a for the size decent               something in itself which is a bit of a selling point on this
resolution screen, this is a really cool mobile work horse.              1.895kg heavy notebook. Actually, that's quite light for a
                                                                         15.6-inch notebook and competes easily with most 14-inch
                                                                         notebooks, although this is with the standard battery pack
Panasonic announces its first                                            which is only rated for 3h usage, whereas the optional large
Ivy Bridge notebook in Japan                                             battery packs adds another 310g and an additional 3h of
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/panasonic-announces-its-first-ivy-
                                                                         battery life for a total of 6h of untethered usage.
bridge-notebook-in-japan/15840.html
May 11th, 2012




Best known for its Toughbook range of notebooks in most
of the world, Panasonic produces a range of more consumer
friendly notebooks in its home country of Japan and the
company has announced its first Ivy Bridge based model, the
Let's note B11. We're used to seeing fairly compact models
from Panasonic, so this high-end 15.6-inch laptop isn't the
typical product we'd expect, but it does pack a lot of high-
end features at least.
Best known for its Toughbook range of notebooks in most
of the world, Panasonic produces a range of more consumer                The only problem is that Panasonic is expecting you to part
friendly notebooks in its home country of Japan and the                  with an insane 175,00 Yen (US$2,190/S$2,739) for the base
company has announced its first Ivy Bridge based model, the              model, with the fully loaded model coming in at a mind
Let's note B11. We're used to seeing fairly compact models               boggling 284,250 Yen (US$3,560/S$4,460), which is most
from Panasonic, so this high-end 15.6-inch laptop isn't the              likely a lot more than most people would be willing to pay
typical product we'd expect, but it does pack a lot of high-             for a notebook these days and then there's that retro design
end features at least.                                                   and round touch pad...
The Let's note B11 sports a Core i7-3615QM quad core CPU
which is a 2.3GHz part with 6MB L3 cache and a 45W
TDP, that will turbo boost up to 3.3GHz on a single core.

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                                                                  hardware. In saying that, only the R-464L supports DDR3
AMD shows off embedded                                            1600MHz memory, as the R-272F is apparently limited to
APU performance, pulls the                                        DDR3 1333MHz. As for the rest of the specifications and
                                                                  more interestingly the consumer version of Brazos 2.0 we're
presentation pronto                                               going to have to hold out a little longer.
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-shows-off-embedded-apu-
performance-pulls-the-presentation-pronto/15839.html
May 11th, 2012                                                    Exclusive: Intel's mobile
                                                                  Haswell chipset names
                                                                  revealed
                                                                  Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/exclusive-intel-s-mobile-haswell-
                                                                  chipset-names-revealed/15836.html
                                                                  May 11th, 2012
It would appear that we're very close to AMD's Brazos
2.0 unveiling as the company had posted a performance
preview of its upcoming R-series of embedded APUs on
its website, although it has since then been taken down.
The benchmark graph contained in the PDF is showing the
upcoming R-464L APU as being more than twice as fast as
Intel's Core i7-2710QE in terms of graphics performance.          Intel has as yet to launch all of its mobile Ivy Bridge
                                                                  chipsets, as we're still waiting for a couple of business-end
It would appear that we're very close to AMD's Brazos
                                                                  chipsets, but VR-Zone can now exclusively reveal Intel's
2.0 unveiling as the company had posted a performance
                                                                  next generation mobile chipsets for the Haswell CPUs.
preview of its upcoming R-series of embedded APUs on
                                                                  Interestingly, Intel has cut back from no less than seven
its website, although it has since then been taken down.
                                                                  chipset for Ivy Bridge to a more acceptable five chipsets for
The benchmark graph contained in the PDF is showing the
                                                                  Haswell, or the same amount of options as it offered for
upcoming R-464L APU as being more than twice as fast as
                                                                  Sandy Bridge.
Intel's Core i7-2710QE in terms of graphics performance.
                                                                  Intel has as yet to launch all of its mobile Ivy Bridge
AMD is planning a range of embedded APUs, although the
                                                                  chipsets, as we're still waiting for a couple of business-end
only two included in the graph is the R-464L and the R-272F.
                                                                  chipsets, but VR-Zone can now exclusively reveal Intel's
Sadly AMD didn't provide any specifications for the CPU
                                                                  next generation mobile chipsets for the Haswell CPUs.
or GPU part beyond the 35W TDP, but we're most likely
                                                                  Interestingly, Intel has cut back from no less than seven
looking at an adaptation of a mobile chip here, especially
                                                                  chipset for Ivy Bridge to a more acceptable five chipsets for
as AMD is making comparisons with various 35W mobile
                                                                  Haswell, or the same amount of options as it offered for
CPU's from Intel, including the 45W Core i7-2710QE which
                                                                  Sandy Bridge.
is an embedded version of a mobile quad core CPU.
                                                                  Part of the reason for the move to fewer chipsets is that
                                                                  Intel is moving to a one chip platform for some of its
                                                                  mobile Haswell processors, or should that be SoCs? As we've
                                                                  reported time and time again, the platform will be known
                                                                  as Shark Bay and so far the chipsets have been known as
                                                                  Lynx Point and in the case of the single chip solution Intel
                                                                  is putting what it's calling Lynx Point LP – LP for low power
                                                                  we presume – on the same package as the CPU and GPU.
                                                                  With that out of the way, the five chipsets that will arrive
                                                                  for Shark Bay are the HM87, HM85 and HM80 for general
                                                                  consumer notebooks, the UM83 for Ultrabooks and the
Admittedly, AMD is comparing its GPU performance to that          QM87 for business focused notebooks for the corporate
of Intel's older HD 3000 graphics which isn't an entirely fair    market space. Only the HM87 and QM87 chipsets will
comparison, but until Intel actually announces its embedded       support RAID and Intel Smart Response technology, which
Ivy Bridge chips AMD is at least comparing apples to              in the latter case we don't understand why Intel wouldn't
apples so to speak. As you can see from the graph above,          want to add to its entire range of mobile chipsets, as it makes
AMD has a 45 percent and a 106 percent lead in terms              a lot more sense in a notebook than on a desktop.
of average performance across 3DMark 06 and 3DMark                That's sadly all the information we have on the new mobile
Vantage compared to the Core i7-2710QE.                           chipsets for the time being and it's of course possible that
In as much as GPU performance matters in some                     things can change between now and next year, as they so
embedded applications, we're fairly certain that any              often do. What we are expecting though in terms of features
potential customers are also looking for good CPU                 on these new chipsets is a full set of SATA 6Gbps ports as well
performance and here AMD hasn't provided any details.             as additional USB 3.0 ports, although as to how important
As for the rest of the test setup AMD was using its own           this will be in the notebook segment is questionable, as very
development motherboard codenamed Pumori which is                 few notebooks has more than two SATA devices and three or
based on the A75 chipset as well as 4GB DDR3 1600MHz              four USB ports.
memory and a 160GB hard drive, hardly mind blowing

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                                                                      Dion Weisler, senior vice president, Printing and Personal
HP Global Influencer Summit                                           Systems Group for HP said that from APJ (Asia Pacific and
in Shanghai                                                           Japan) perspective, the company's strategy has been very
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-global-influencer-summit-in-   clear. "We are operating in a tremendous growth market
shanghai/15835.html                                                   which made the composition of Asia Pacific and Japan, with
May 11th, 2012                                                        two of the largest markets in the world - China being the
                                                                      largest PC market in the world and Japan being third largest
                                                                      in the world. There are 1.3 billion people in China (officially)
                                                                      and over a billion people in India, 230 million in Indonesia,
                                                                      80 million in Vietnam etc. We have got very diverse markets
                                                                      when we think about Australia, Japan and Singapore. They
                                                                      are very matured markets as compared to emerging markets
                                                                      in China and India. The depth of 80 products that we have
VR-Zone is one of the media to attend the HP Global
                                                                      launched the last few days means that our strategy is that
Influencer Summit in Shanghai, China this week whereby
                                                                      "One size does not fit all". We need to have different products
the company unveiled more than 80 products for both
                                                                      for different customers with different services and after
business and mainstream consumers. President and CEO
                                                                      sales," said Weisler.
Meg Whitman, and executive vice president, Printing and
Personal Systems Group were also present at the event,




                                                                      One of the highlights at the summit is the HP ENVY
                                                                      SpectreXT (whereby XT denotes extremely thin). It is
"It has only been about a month and a half that we
                                                                      positioned as a premium Ultrabook, but will be priced
announced our PC and Printing businesses are going to be
                                                                      slightly more affordable than its ENVY 14 Spectre sibling
joining forces to forge the Printing and Personal System
                                                                      that was launched in February. For Singapore, the
Group. And I would say we have made great products in
                                                                      SpectreXT will also come with the concierge service that was
the process. We are going to simplify our business; we are
                                                                      offered on the ENVY 14 Spectre. It will only be available
going to remove complexities from HP by putting the two
                                                                      on SSDs and have a starting retail price of US$999. The
businesses together. Importantly, we are going to make it
                                                                      SpectreXT is scheduled to be available in Asia Pacific starting
easier for customers and partners to do business with HP.
                                                                      from end May.
So increasingly, you will see a unified brand, a unified design
language, which would make our PC and printing business               According to a HP executive, laptops that do not conform to
much stronger. And you would also see the interoperability            the Ultrabook specifications is called "Sleekbooks", though
between devices as well" said Whitman.                                the term seems to be coined and used only by HP. The AMD
                                                                      version of the Sleekbooks, in A6 and A10 processor variants,
                                                                      will have a starting price of US$699, though it will not be
                                                                      made available for countries in the Asia Pacific.


                                                                      GIGABYTE GTX 670 OC
                                                                      WindForce 3X 2GB Review
                                                                      Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-gtx-670-oc-
                                                                      windforce-3x-2gb-review/15831.html
                                                                      May 11th, 2012




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Nvidia's newest GK104 (Kepler) powered GeForce GTX 670,
positioned to go against the HD 7950, is simply a GTX 680
with one of eight SMX units disabled and reduced core clock
speed, retaining everything else like the 256-bit GDDR5
memory bus and 32 ROPs. We review GIGABYTE's non-
reference take on the new US$399 entrant that really doesn't
differ much from their flagship model.
As we can see from this block diagram of the GK104 die,
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
really matter for most use cases? We find out in the following
pages...




From the onset, we must say that GIGABYTE's GTX
670 OC WindForce 3X 2GB card looks exactly the same
as its flagship non-reference GTX 680 model that we've
reviewed earlier this year... because it is! Other than a white
sticker that identifies it as a GTX 670 over existing silkscreen
on the PCB , the card we are looking at today has the
same component layout, output connectors and and cooling
solution as the top dog, which is a good thing as the old
design is engineered for more overclocking headroom and is
pin compatible with the crippled GK104 die anyway.




                                                                   Unlike the standard GTX 670/GTX 680 design,
                                                                   GIGABYTE's choice pf 8+6 PCIe power inputs allows the

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card to scale up to 300W of power instead of the anemic
225W.                                                          SK-Hynix's 1.5GHz GDDR5 BGA modules makes its way on
                                                               this board as well, arranged in a 256-bit bus configuration
                                                               for up to 192GB/s of memory bandwidth.




As we've mentioned earlier, the GTX 670 has a familar
board design. 5-phase digital VRMs allows for more power
headroom and efficiency while the use of 2oz copper and        To take care of the default 170W of TDP, GIGABYTE
sensible chokes/capacitors on the PCB ensure uninterrupted     deployed their " WindForce 3X" direct touch copper
gameplay without the chance of things going up in blue         heatpipe cooler, which is actually similar in design to the
smoke.                                                         ASUS's DirectCU II (they share the same heatsink OEM,
                                                               Cooler Master). Each of the three 80mm PWM capable fans
                                                               are rated up to 0.35A at 12V. There is also a dedicated
                                                               heatsink for the MOSFETs and the whole cooler is secured
                                                               to the card by only four screws.




The Taiwanese TSMC made GK104 Kepler, although not
as GP compute friendly (dismal 1/32 DP to FP ratio) as
its direct AMD Taihiti competitor, is an efficiency monster
when it comes to 3D benchmarks and gaming. Actual
frequency headroom varies with voltage and the quality of
the ASIC, but generally we should be able to hit 1.2-1.35GHz
with conventional cooling and near 2GHz with subzero.          EA says mobile games won't
                                                               wipe out console industry
                                                               Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ea-says-mobile-games-won-t-wipe-
                                                               out-console-industry/15834.html
                                                               May 11th, 2012




                                                               The CEO of Electronics Arts (EA), John Riccitiello, has gone
                                                               on record saying that mobile games will not wipe out the
                                                               console gaming industry, despite fears expressed by some
                                                               investors and analysts.


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The CEO of Electronics Arts (EA), John Riccitiello, has gone     tablet, or smartphone is something that is becoming
on record saying that mobile games will not wipe out the         increasingly important.
console gaming industry, despite fears expressed by some
investors and analysts.
                                                                 He compared the mobile platforms as a “peer” to the Wii,
                                                                 Xbox and PlayStation systems, a rare recognition of the
During a keynote address at the CTIA Wireless conference         potential of the mobile gaming industry that has boomed
in New Orleans, Riccitiello outlined his vision for the          over the past few years. EA has already promised to invest
future of the mobile game industry, highlighting that it will    $80 million in next-generation console games.
exist simultaneously with other gaming sectors rather than
completely replacing it.
                                                                 “Mobile games are not going to wipe out the console
                                                                 business,” Riccitiello said.
"Games, more than any other type of application or function,
are driving dramatic growth in the mobile industry," he
said. "Mobile games will co-exist and even interoperate with
games on consoles, PCs, and cable television."                   Apple and Foxconn to share
                                                                 costs of improving working
Riccitiello said that there were four rules for success in the
mobile games market. The first is that games always become       conditions
                                                                 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-and-foxconn-to-share-costs-
the dominant area when a new device is released, whether it
                                                                 of-improving-working-conditions/15833.html
is a PC, tablet or smartphone. He expects the same to apply
                                                                 May 11th, 2012
to internet-connected TVs in the future.




                                                                 Apple and Foxconn are to share the cost of improving
                                                                 working conditions at factories in China, Foxconn's CEO,
                                                                 Terry Gou, has revealed.
                                                                 Apple and Foxconn are to share the cost of improving
                                                                 working conditions at factories in China, Foxconn's CEO,
                                                                 Terry Gou, has revealed.


                                                                 "We've discovered that this (improving factory conditions) is
                                                                 not a cost. It is a competitive strength," said Gou, according
                                                                 to Reuters. "I believe Apple sees this as a competitive
                                                                 strength along with us, and so we will split the initial costs."


The second rule is that this is a “branded world,” where         It is not clear if this will be an equal split and what is included
usually only games with demonstrated quality and brand           in the “initial costs,” but it shows that Apple takes this matter
recognition generate revenue. He dismissed the majority of       seriously and is willing to invest some of its money into the
games on mobile platforms as little more than “lunch boxes,”     factories where its lucrative products, such as the iPhone and
touting colourful graphics over a poor application. Of course,   iPad, are made.
it is somewhat biased for one of the biggest brands in the
world to say that branding is so important, when we all know
that independent games have sprung up everywhere to great
success.


The third rule is that the platform wars won't mean replacing
one with the other, but having several platforms exist
simultaneously. This is the key to the console part, which
Riccitiello believes can still compete with the mobile gaming
industry, and that games will exist everywhere, on big and
small screens, with no erosion of core business.


The fourth rule is that games and gamers are forming
ecosystems, which will in future become more of a cross-
platform and cross-device phenomenon. Having access to           There have been numerous criticisms of the working
games, friends and achievements across a PC, console,            conditions at these plants, following a spate of suicides in

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recent years. An investigation by the Fair Labour Association         already have a prototype up and running, with plenty of
uncovered a number of labour law violations, including                pedestrians running around.
excessive overtime and poor living conditions.

                                                                      Kickstarter has become a major asset to the independent
Both Apple and Foxconn have pledged to address the issue,             games industry, opening the doors to more controversial
called by some Apple's “Nike moment,” a reference to the              or innovative titles. However, restrictions to US companies
sweat shop allegations facing the shoe maker in the 1990s.            means that UK-based Stainless Games was forced to create
Foxconn has already increased wages for staff and plans to            a company in the US to pursue funding in this way.
hire more workers to cut down on overtime. This has hurt its
profits considerably, but if Apple is prepared to take some of
the cost, Foxconn should still be able to reach its projected         Gamers who donate $1,000 to the project will be featured in
10 percent revenue growth this year.                                  the game. Even better, donators can choose who they want
                                                                      to be a pedestrian, so it may be time to get out the old grudge
                                                                      book. The project currently has over 4,500 backers and has
                                                                      raised over $160,000.
Controversial Carmageddon
game seeks Kickstarter
funding                                                               Twitter demeans recent info
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/controversial-carmageddon-game-   dump
seeks-kickstarter-funding/15832.html                                  Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/twitter-demeans-recent-info-
May 11th, 2012                                                        dump/15824.html
The controversial pedestrian-killing game Carmageddon                 May 11th, 2012
will make a return thanks to a Kickstarter project to raise
$400,000.


The original game was released in 1997, but even before its
debut there was staunch criticism of its extreme violence,
with threats of a sales ban forcing the developer, Stainless          Twitter responded to a recent massive dump of usernames
Games, to replace running over pedestrians with the more              and passwords, saying that many of them were duplicates or
acceptable running over zombies (perhaps the zombie                   banned spam accounts.
community disagrees).
                                                                      Twitter responded to a recent massive dump of usernames
                                                                      and passwords, saying that many of them were duplicates or
An uncensored version of the game was released a year later.          banned spam accounts.
Since then we have had numerous similar games, including              On Monday, five files were uploaded to the text storage
Grand Theft Auto, which caused similar controversy and                website Pastebin.com. These files stored over 55,000
even lawsuits for the alleged encouragement of crime                  username/password combinations of Twitter users. Only
amongst youths.                                                       allowing 512 kb uploads, the website could not accept the
                                                                      massive dump of information in a single file.




                                                                      Twitter spokeswoman Rachel Bremer said of the situation
                                                                      via email that "We are currently looking into the situation."
Carmageddon: Reincarnation is now being worked on by five             She also attempted to discredit the attempt as a whole,
of the original eight developers at Stainless Games. They             claiming that "It's worth noting that, so far, we've discovered
                                                                      that the list of alleged accounts and passwords found on

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Pastebin consists of more than 20,000 duplicates, many                   "If you want to look at a macro level, there are a lot of
spam accounts that have already been suspended, and many                 similarities to everything in the market that's an Ultrabook
login credentials that do not appear to be linked (that is,              today," Wolff told Engadget. "It is not because those guys
the password and username are not actually associated with               (Apple) did it first. It's just that's where the form factor is
each other)."                                                            leading it."
Public sentiment towards the situation is not friendly.                  “Apple may like to think they own silver, but they don't,"
Users entrust a good deal of personal information to social              Wolff said. "In no way did HP try to mimic Apple. In life there
networking websites, believing that the information will be              are a lot of similarities."
guarded with security and care. However, it is possible that             This statement, explaining the apparent similarities between
the information was not obtained via an exploit or security              the two products, could also be seen as a humorous slander
flaw, but through phishing attacks. In that case, the blame              of the so called "patent wars", which is often viewed as a
would not fall to Twitter, but on users careless enough                  trifling back and forth in lawsuits between Apple and other
with their information to use fake “bugged” versions of the              tech corporations, disputing design similarities.
Twitter website.
                                                                         Besides dismissing allegations of imitation, Wolff also went
Although no less than 58,978 accounts were uploaded to                   on to highlight differences between the Spectre XT and the
Pastebin, the actual percentage of violated users is quite low.          MacBook Air, pointing out the XT's rubber coated bottom,
If Twitter's claim to 140 million active users is accurate,              magnesium chassis, it's brush pattern, and use of Beats
then the number of accounts on Pastebin constitutes                      Audio.
approximately 0.04% of Twitter's active user base.
                                                                         There are only so many usable laptop designs, and even
                                                                         fewer that really standout. In the future, laptops may become
HP's Steve Wolff dismisses                                               more and more visually generic, just like cars and television
claims of imitation - says                                               sets.

Apple doesn't own silver                                                 HP's Envy Sleekbooks and
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-s-steve-wolff-dismisses-claims-
of-imitation--says-apple-doesn-t-own-silver/15825.html                   Ultrabook's announced,
                                                                         not as small as the names
May 11th, 2012


                                                                         suggest
                                                                         Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-s-envy-sleekbooks-and-
                                                                         ultrabook-s-announced-not-as-small-as-the-names-suggest/15829.html
                                                                         May 11th, 2012

HP executive Steve Wolff responded to a question about the
Envy Spectre XT laptop's uncanny similarity to the MacBook
Air, saying that Apple does not own silver.
HP executive Steve Wolff responded to a question about
the Envy Spectre XT laptop's similarity to the MacBook Air,
saying that Apple does not own silver.                                   In addition to the Envy Spectre XT, HP also announced an
                                                                         additional four Envy notebooks, the 14 and 15.6-inch Envy
The Envy Spectre XT Ultrabook by Hewlett-Packard has                     Sleekbooks and the Envy Ultrabooks. The main difference
been compared to Apple's MacBook Air in its look and                     is that the Ultrabooks will be Intel only, whereas the
design. Steve Wolff, HP's vice president of Industrial Design            Sleekbooks will feature Intel and AMD processors, with the
explained that these similarities are not due to imitation, but          Sleekbooks having a lower starting price.
are simply necessitated by the path of technology.
                                                                         In addition to the Envy Spectre XT, HP also announced an
                                                                         additional four Envy notebooks, the 14 and 15.6-inch Envy
                                                                         Sleekbooks and the Envy Ultrabooks. The main difference
                                                                         is that the Ultrabooks will be Intel only, whereas the
                                                                         Sleekbooks will feature Intel and AMD processors, with the
                                                                         Sleekbooks having a lower starting price.




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                                                                 The 14-inch models weight in at 1.81kg and all models are
                                                                 apparently 19.8mm at their thinnest point. HP claims up to
                                                                 8h of battery life for the 14-inch models and up to 9h battery
                                                                 life on the 15.6-inch models. The Intel equipped Ultrbooks
                                                                 also supports Intel’s Rapid Start, Smart Response and Smart
                                                                 Connect technologies.




For whatever reason HP figured it was a good idea to offer
its new Envy models with the current generation of Intel
ULV processors, rather than wait for early June when Intel’s
Ivy Bridge ULV processors become available. As such, both
the Sleekbooks and Ultrabooks are available as of right now
in the US, although the 15.6-inch Sleekbook won’t arrive
until late June, as it’ll feature a second generation APU from
AMD.                                                             Price wise the 15.6-inch Sleekbook will be the cheapest
                                                                 model with a starting price of US$599.99 (S$750), followed
                                                                 by its 14-inch sibling at US$699.99 (S$875), the 14-inch
                                                                 Ultrabook at US$749.99 (S$940) and finally the 15.6-inch
                                                                 Ultrabook at US$799.99 (S$1,000). All models will come in
                                                                 the two tone black/red colours you see in the pictures, as
                                                                 well as a brushed metal and black finish for a US$25 price
                                                                 premium. In the US it appears that the 14-inch Sleekbook
                                                                 will be known as the Envy 4t series and the 15.6-inch
                                                                 Ultrabook will be known as the Envy 6t series.


                                                                 Sony Mobile launches its first
                                                                 LTE smartphones, only in
Common features include a standard screen resolution of a
mediocre 1366x768, the aforementioned CPU options, 4GB
                                                                 Japan for now
                                                                 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-mobile-launches-its-first-lte-
of DDR3 1600MHz memory, hard drives in the Sleekbooks            smartphones-only-in-japan-for-now/15828.html
and hard drives with 32GB mSATA SSD’s for caching in             May 11th, 2012
the Ultrabooks, 802.11/a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Gigabit
Ethernet, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI and an SD card reader.
All models will also sport beats branded speakers and an HD
webcam. HP will also offer an optional discrete AMD Radeon
HD 7670M GPU with 2GB of dedicated graphcis memory
with some of the SKUs.

                                                                 Parting with Ericsson seems to have been a good move by
                                                                 Sony, as so far this year we've seen a big increase in new
                                                                 devices from Sony Mobile and the company has announced
                                                                 its first two LTE equipped handsets, although for the time
                                                                 being they remain exclusive to the Japanese market. The
                                                                 Xperia GX and Xperia SX is the name of the two new
                                                                 Android smartphones which seems to use slightly older
                                                                 Xperia designs.
                                                                 Parting with Ericsson seems to have been a good move by
                                                                 Sony, as so far this year we've seen a big increase in new
                                                                 devices from Sony Mobile and the company has announced
                                                                 its first two LTE equipped handsets, although for the time
                                                                 being they remain exclusive to the Japanese market. The
                                                                 Xperia GX and Xperia SX is the name of the two new
                                                                 Android smartphones which seems to use slightly older
                                                                 Xperia designs.

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The Xperia GX seems to share its basic curved design with
the Xperia Arc, although the front and rear are clearly     HP's new Envy Spectre XT
different, but seems to have a little bit in common with    almost impresses
the Xperia S. Feature wise we're looking at a huge 4.6-     Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-s-new-envy-spectre-xt-almost-
inch 720p display, a dual core 1.5GHz SoC – presumably      impresses/15827.html
from Qualcomm – 16GB of flash memory and a 13Megapixel      May 11th, 2012
camera.




                                                            Apparently HP didn't get Microsoft or Intel's memos about
                                                            screen on premium notebooks/Ultrabooks being increased,
                                                            as its new Envy Spectre XT ticks pretty much every other
                                                            check box when it comes to being a premium Ultrabook.
                                                            HP's new addition to its Envy Spectre range is by all means a
                                                            nice looking notebook and the company has even managed
                                                            to reduce the weight by a fair amount compared to the
                                                            original Envy Spectre, yet it's not quite there.
                                                            Apparently HP didn't get Microsoft or Intel's memos about
                                                            screen on premium notebooks/Ultrabooks being increased,
                                                            as its new Envy Spectre XT ticks pretty much every other
                                                            check box when it comes to being a premium Ultrabook.
                                                            HP's new addition to its Envy Spectre range is by all means a
                                                            nice looking notebook and the company has even managed
                                                            to reduce the weight by a fair amount compared to the
                                                            original Envy Spectre, yet it's not quite there.
The smaller Xperia SX sports a 3.7-inch screen of unknown
resolution, the same dual core 1.5GHz SoC, 8GB of flash     The 14-inch Envy Spectre came in at a less than impressive
memory, an 8Megapixel camera, IrDA, mobile wallet and       1.81kg and although it somehow still passed as an Ultrabook.
mobile TV –using the Japanese One-Seg standard. The         HP seems to have taken some of the criticism to heart with
Xperia SX weighs in at a mere 95g which apparently makes    the Envy Spectre XT as the company has gotten the weight
it the world's lightest LTE handset.                        down to just over 1.39kg, although it also has a smaller
                                                            13.3-inch display. Despite this, the Spectre XT is only 11mm
                                                            narrower than the Spectre, while being 2.5mm deeper, but
                                                            HP has also managed to shave 2.5mm of its height making
                                                            it a mere 17.5mm thick.




                                                            Feature wise HP has as yet to reveal the exact CPU options,
                                                            but we're making the assumption here that we're looking
                                                            at a Core i5 or i7 ULV CPU here and it will of course have
                                                            an Ivy Bridge chip. The base configuration will come with
Common features between the two models include Android      4GB of DDR3 1600MHz memory and a 128GB mSATA SSD,
4.0, LTE download speeds of up to 75Mbps, Exmor R camera    although a 256GB option will also be available.
sensors, HDMI output, DLNA support and the ability to
control the phones via the TV remote when connected to a
compatible Sony TV. Both models will be available in both
black and white and should launch in Japan sometime this
summer.




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                                                                Samsung readying more
                                                                affordable MHL equipped
                                                                displays
                                                                Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-readying-more-affordable-
                                                                mhl-equipped-displays/15826.html
                                                                May 11th, 2012




                                                                The USB-IF might not approve of the MHL standard, but
                                                                it isn't stopping mobile handset markers from using the
                                                                standard. One limitation so far though is that you need to
HP is also kitting out the Spectre XT with 802.11a/b/g/n        use a dongle to connect your phone or tablet to a display
Wi-Fi with WiDi support, Bluetooth of some kind, a Gigabit      of some kind, but this might soon be another accessory we
Ethernet port, an HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port,    won't need, as more and more displays with MHL support is
a memory card reader, a combined headphone/mic jack and         launching and Samsung has added two new, more affordable
an HD webcam. You also get a backlit keyboard and what HP       models to its line-up.
calls an "Imagepad" or trackpad to the rest of us – although    The USB-IF might not approve of the MHL standard, but
HP is using the kind that has no physical buttons – and let's   it isn't stopping mobile handset markers from using the
not forget the four Beats branded speakers.                     standard. One limitation so far though is that you need to
                                                                use a dongle to connect your phone or tablet to a display
                                                                of some kind, but this might soon be another accessory we
                                                                won't need, as more and more displays with MHL support is
                                                                launching and Samsung has added two new, more affordable
                                                                models to its line-up.
                                                                Samsung's first display with MHL support was the
                                                                S27B750V which is a comparably expensive 27-inch full HD
                                                                display, although in this case you're also paying a pretty
                                                                penny for the design which is rather unusual, if not to
                                                                everyone's taste. The new models on the other hand might
                                                                lack some of the design flair, but they'll save you a bit of
                                                                money. First up is the S27B550V which is yet another full
                                                                HD 27-inch model and it's followed by its smaller 23-inch
                                                                sibling, the S23B550V which also sports a full HD panel.



The design of the Spectre XT is appealing and so is the 8h
of claimed battery life and HP even has a decent software
bundle with a copy of both Adobe Photoshop Elements
and Premiere Elements included. Sadly all of this is for
naught thanks to the horrible 1366x768 display, we really
don't understand what HP was thinking here and it's not
as if there's a shortage of 13.3-inch 1600x900 displays if
the company didn't want to go all the way to 1920x1080
or beyond. It's sad when a big company like HP misses
the goal by such huge margin on what is a premium
product. Admittedly the US$999.99 (S$1,250) starting price
is actually quite good for the Spectre XT when it arrives on
June 8th, but we can only hope that HP will offer a display
upgrade by then.                                                The S27B550V has been on sale in the US for a little
                                                                while, but the S23B550V has only just launched and both
                                                                models are still generally not available in other markets.
                                                                Beyond the resolution, common features between the two
                                                                models include a 2ms GTG response time, a static contrast
                                                                ratio of 3000:1, two HDMI inputs, a D-sub input, a pair
                                                                of audio jacks for audio in and out and a pair of 5W
                                                                speakers. The S23B550V features a brightness of 250cd/
                                                                m2 and a 40W power consumption whereas the S27B550V


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features a 300cd/m2 brightness and a slightly higher power
consumption of 50W.
Price wise the S23B550V can be had for around US$200 (S
$250) with the S27B550V coming in at twice that at around
US$400 (S$500). It's worth nothing that although both
models support MHL input via one of the HDMI ports, we
have yet to see a micro USB to MHL cable, but with support
for MHL arriving in more and more TV's as well as computer
monitors we'd expect these to arrive in the coming months,
unless the USB-IF or the HDMI group throws a spanner in
the wheel, which has happened before, hence why HDMI to
DisplayPort cables are anything but common.




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                                                                         Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/facebook-increases-ipo-size-by-25-
                                                                         percent/15888.html
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SSD manufacturers. Today we are going to have a look at
their fastest consumer SSD drive, the Pyro SE. The Pyro SE
120GB drive is a Sandforce SF-2281 based SSD, boasting
speeds up to 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write. How does
it compare against other popular drives already out in the
market? We will find out in this review.
Patriot Memory is one of the leading US based RAM and SSD                Facebook has added nearly 25 percent to its initial public
manufacturers. Today we are going to have a look at their                offering (IPO), which could raise funds of up to a whopping
fastest consumer SSD drive, the Pyro SE. The Pyro SE 120GB               $16 billion, much more than originally expected.
drive is a Sandforce SF-2281 based SSD, boasting speeds up
to 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write. How does it compare                   Facebook has added nearly 25 percent to its initial public
against other popular drives already out in the market? We               offering (IPO), which could raise funds of up to a whopping
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                                                                    A company spokesperson further emphasised the lack of
Despite the public ownership of a good chunk of the                 veracity to the claims, stating that there is “absolutely
company, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will retain               nothing to it” when it comes to the rumoured takeover.
voting power of 55.8 percent, giving him a small majority           The speculation of Apple acquisitions within the TV market
control. His percentage was originally expected to be 57.3          make sense with the widespread belief that the company is
percent.                                                            planning to launch its own TV set, dubbed iTV, but as far as
                                                                    Loewe is concerned, there is clearly no merit to the rumours.

Initial estimates for Facebook's IPO were around $10.6
billion, with a liberal estimate of $13.6 billion if investors      Google patents Project Glass
went mad for Facebook shares. It looks like the frenzy to
grab a slice of the social network's pie has gone well beyond       augmented reality glasses
that, however, with the company more likely to bring in             Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-patents-project-glass-
$16 billion. In contrast, search giant Google only pulled in        augmented-reality-glasses/15886.html
around $2 billion with its IPO in 2004.                             May 16th, 2012




German TV maker Loewe
denies Apple acquisition                                            Google has patented its Project Glass augmented reality
                                                                    technology, which marks a further step in bringing the idea
rumours                                                             to reality.
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/german-tv-maker-loewe-denies-
                                                                    Google has patented its Project Glass augmented reality
apple-acquisition-rumours/15887.html
                                                                    technology, which marks a further step in bringing the idea
May 16th, 2012
                                                                    to reality.
AppleInsider claimed exclusive news of the alleged takeover
deal, suggesting that Loewe's financial advisor strongly
encouraged acceptance of the terms, a decision on which was         The       search     giant      filed     three       patents,
reportedly due on 18 May.                                           numbered D659,739, D659,740 and D659,741, for a
                                                                    “wearable display device” and a “wearable display device
Since then, Rainer Hecker, chairman of Loewe's board of
                                                                    frame,” showing several versions of augmented reality
directors, told shareholders that there had been “no contact”
                                                                    glasses, some that have lens and others that are just a frame.
between the two companies.

                                                                    The science-fiction like technology was demonstrated in a
                                                                    video last month, spreading like wildfire across the internet
                                                                    as consumers rooted for what could become the next big
                                                                    thing since smartphones and tablet computers.




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Interestingly the patents were filed on 26 October of last year
and were granted yesterday, suggesting the company has
been working on this idea for some time. Others like Valve
and the US military are toying with similar technology, but
Google's securing of patents could give it a major advantage
against the competition.

                                                                      If you are wondering what NVIDIA did pack in the 7.1 billion
The technology is being researched at the company's                   transistors, the answers are as follows:
Google X laboratory and prototypes are being tested
by Google's executives, including Sergey Brin and Vic                    • 2880 CUDA Cores
Gundotra, showing support for the technology coming from                 • 15 SMX Clusters
the very top, which is a good sign for the likelihood that we
might see Project Glass on store shelves in the future.                  • 384-bit Memory Controller
                                                                         • Up to 24GB of GDDR5 memory
                                                                         • 2nd Gen ECC
                                                                         • Hardware GPU Silicon Virtualization
NVIDIA's Monster GPU for                                                 • Hyper-Q (Slashes CPU idle time by allowing multiple
                                                                           CPU cores to simultaneously utilize a single Kepler
Tesla K20, 2013 GeForce and                                                GPU, dramatically advancing programmability and
Quadro Cards                                                               efficiency)
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-s-monster-gpu-for-tesla-      • Dynamic Parallelism (Simplifies GPU programming
k20-2013-geforce-and-quadro-cards/15884.html                               by allowing programmers to easily accelerate all
May 16th, 2012                                                             parallel nested loops – resulting in a GPU dynamically
                                                                           spawning new threads on its own without going back
                                                                           to the CPU)
                                                                         • 50-85% Double Precision Rate to Single Precision
                                                                         • At least 1.5 TFLOPS DP FP64
                                                                         • Target: 250 GB/s bandwidth
During the GTC 2012 opening keynote, NVIDIA announced
two Tesla cards, K10 and the K20. While the K10 is                    The reason for the wait until the fourth quarter does not
effectively a 8GB Tesla-version of the GeForce GTX 690, the           lie with the company, though. The one spec remaining was
K20 brings the monster silicon - 7.1 billion transistors.             the amount of memory that Tesla K20 will have, and the
                                                                      answer is not the easy one; amount of memory. Currently,
The long awaited Kepler GK110 made a public appearance                NVIDIA has access to 6GB and 12GB memory (up to 24
during yesterday's GTC 2012 opening keynote, arriving to              chips per board), but there are developments that might
the world stage in the form of NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPU                   double the amount of memory in a single chip. Given that
Computing card, a DP-FP GPGPU beast. Curiously the actual             Tesla is a part with 70% gross margin, there is plenty of
availability is pushed all the way to Q4 2012, in time for the        space for NVIDIA to even order a small quantity and pay the
actual debut at SC’12 in Salt Lake City . The unpublished goal        associated premium of high-density 8Gbit (1GByte) GDDR5
is to have a Tesla card sit on top of Top 500 list of world’s         memory chips.
most powerful supercomputers with upgraded Jaguar, i.e.
Titan at Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL). Given
that there will be around 15,000 Tesla K20s in the system,
that is one heck of a competitor for the crown.


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The K20 is not the only GK110 based Tesla, though.            The new PROLiNK PRO1301WE is a USB-powered LED
We’ve learned that the company will offer more affordable     monitor that features a slim 8mm frame with glossy black
products as well, most likely with 1-4 SMX cores disabled,    exterior, and is one of the slimmest and lightest LED
i.e. 192-768 CUDA cores might end up disabled from lesser     monitors available in the market, weighing a mere 654g. You
ASICs.                                                        can mount on your laptop or view the display horizontally
GK110 will not appear in Quadro or GeForce products this      or vertically on a separate stand. It can be folded against the
year. It is expected that NVIDIA will fight AMD’s new         back of the laptop and is also very convenient to store away,
Graphics Core Next based FirePro at SIGGRAPH 2012             making it extremely ideal for mobile road warrior.
(early August 2012), with GK107 and GK104 based parts,        PROLiNK WNR1012 4G Wireless-N MIMO AP/Router
while professionals will probably have to wait for GK110-
based Quadro until April 2013 (NAB 2013). GeForce gamers
should get their hands on GeForce GTX 700 Series sooner,
though. Did we just mention GTX 780? Dang...


PROLiNK to launch 13.3-inch
USB monitor and 4G wireless-
N MIMO AP router at PC Show
2012
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/prolink-to-launch-13.3-
inch-usb-monitor-and-4g-wireless-n-mimo-ap-router-at-pc-
show-2012/15883.html
May 16th, 2012



                                                              The PROLiNK WNR1012 incorporates various features
                                                              including wireless access point, universal repeater, 3G/4G
                                                              and network-attached storage. It boasts up to 300Mbps data
                                                              transfer speeds and users can also remote access to their
PC Show, the mid-year IT and consumer electronics trade       secure private networks by plugging in a 3G USB dongle,
fair will be held at the Suntec Convention Centre from 7 to   as well as file sharing with multiple users. On top of that,
10 June. And PROLiNK will be launching their new portable     setting up the router is a breeze with the WNR1012's new
USB-powered 13.3-inch LED monitor, and 4G Wireless-N          setup wizard.
MIMO AP/router at their booth.                                 The PROLiNK PRO1301WE 13.3-inch LED monitor
PROLiNK PRO1301WE LED monitor                                 and WNR1012 4G Wireless-N MIMO AP/router will be at
                                                              PROLiNK's booth (A2061) at the PC Show 2012 from 7 to 10
                                                              June, retailing at S$229 and S$59 respectively.


                                                              Sony Singapore launches
                                                              Android-powered Walkman Z
                                                              series
                                                              Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-singapore-launches-android-
                                                              powered-walkman-z-series/15880.html


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May 16th, 2012                                                Z1050 comes in 16GB capacity and will retail at S$429 in
                                                              Sony Stores and authorized outlets this month.




Sony Singapore has launched their Walkman Z series mobile
entertainment player which claims to be the first to be
powered by Google Android. It will be available at all Sony
stores and authorized outlets this month.




                                                              Nvidia launches three new
                                                              GeForce 600 GPUs for
                                                              desktops
                                                              Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-launches-three-new-
                                                              geforce-600-gpus-for-desktops/15882.html
                                                              May 16th, 2012




                                                              The plot thickens, as Nvidia and its partners have announced
                                                              no less than three new budget GPUs in the 600-series, or
                                                              have they? Judging by the specifications, we're in fact not
                                                              looking at new GPUs here at all, but once again re-branded
                                                              GPUs from yester year.
                                                              The plot thickens, as Nvidia and its partners have announced
                                                              no less than three new budget GPUs in the 600-series, or
                                                              have they? Judging by the specifications, we're in fact not
The Sony Walkman NWZ-Z1050 series features five Clear         looking at new GPUs here at all, but once again re-branded
Audio Technologies - S-Master MX, Clear Bass, Clear           GPUs from yester year.
Stereo, DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) and
EX headphones to provide portable and quality audio           The three “"new" GPUs are the GeForce GT 610, GT 620
experience from Sony Walkman. Powered by 1GHz Nvidia          and GT 630 which appear to be the rebranded versions of
Tegra 2 dual-core processor and running Google Android        the GeForce GT 520, GT 430 and GT 440 respectively. The
2.3.4 Gingerbread operating system, the Sony Walkman          dead giveaway that we're not looking at new GPUs here is the
NWZ-Z1050 sports a 4.3-inch anti-reflective touchscreen       PCI Express 2.0 interface, as Kepler has native PCI Express
and comes with xLOUD speaker system that can provide          3.0 support. We're not even going to bother listing the specs
high level of clear sound reproduction from its integrated    here, as nothing has changed in terms of clock speeds or
speaker. The mobile entertainment player has a W.BUTTON       rated performance.
that lets you explore your music collection intuitively and
enjoy the onscreen visualizations while the music plays. It
will also automatically sort your music collection from 14
mood-themed channels, based on your mood and time of the
day.
Aside from music playback, you can share and connect
to other DLNA-enabled devices, as well as access and
download from over 450,000 apps from Google Play
(Android Market). On top of that, you can also display
your videos. photos and games on your TV via the micro
HDMI connector, or wirelessly via Bluetooth to compatible
speakers, headphones and hi-fi systems. The Sony Walkman

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                                                                           and mouse, although a USB hub would still be required.
                                                                           The internals remain the same as far as we're aware, namely
                                                                           a dual core Cortex-A9 ARM SoC with ARM Mali-400MP
                                                                           graphics, 1GB of RAM, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.




                                                                           In one end of the device is an HDMI port which allows the
                                                                           Cotton Candy to be attached directly to a display, be it a
Nvidia has made some minor changes to its reference PCB                    computer screen or a TV and in the other end is a USB port
pictures though in case of the GT 620 which is sporting a                  which allows it to be plugged into a computer and acting
different cooler than the GT 430, but that's about as much                 as a separate system while being able to take advantage of
as the company has bothered with these products. What's                    the keyboard and mouse/touchpad. By default it'll ship with
even more disappointing is that the OEM GT 630 card is                     Android 4.0 as mentioned above, but a copy of Ubuntu Linux
based on an actual Kepler chip, so why the retail cards will               will also be an option.
use an antiquated chip is anyone's guess. Apparently Nvidia
                                                                           It's not all good news though, as apparently FXI has no
has more love for its OEM customers than consumers who
                                                                           intention of accepting any further orders and the current
buy cheap card to upgrade their PCs with.
                                                                           lot are simply sold as development devices. The company is
We also spotted an interesting change on Nvidia's website.                 looking for a partner to work with to try and sell the devices
Rather than having GeForce as a product category as it has                 into retail. As far as the pre-orders are concerned, FXI has
been in the past, Nvidia is now listing it as a sub category               started to contact those that pre-ordered from Scandinavia
under "Processors" alongside its Quadro, Tegra and Tesla                   first with Europe being second on the list and the rest of
products. Admittedly GPU stands for Graphics Processor                     the world potentially not getting their units until later in the
Unit, but it's a confusing change none the less.                           summer.


FXI almost ready to ship the
Cotton Candy computer on a
USB stick
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/fxi-almost-ready-to-ship-the-cotton-
candy-computer-on-a-usb-stick/15881.html
May 16th, 2012

                                                                           The Cotton Candy is an interesting device, but we're not sure
                                                                           if there's a big enough market for it outside of the developer/
                                                                           hobby community. It has some appeal, but as to why you'd
                                                                           want to bring it with you over a notebook on your business
It's been over six months since we last reported about FXI's               trip is beyond us, as you couldn't use it in the airport for one
Cotton Candy "computer on a USB stick" and although                        and not all hotels allow you to plug in HDMI devices to their
the hardware remains mostly the same, the company has                      TV's and you'd still have to carry a keyboard and a mouse
spruced up the product design in time for the launch. The                  with you. It's possible we're missing the point here, but as a
company is in fact shipping its first pre-order units as of now            smart TV upgrade for a "dumb" TV, it might not be such a
and if you placed an order for a Cotton Candy, then you'll be              bad fit, as long as it handles most media formats, which it
glad to know that the final units are shipping With Android                ought to.
4.0.
It's been over six months since we last reported about FXI's               Netgear first with USB
Cotton Candy "computer on a USB stick" and although
the hardware remains mostly the same, the company has                      802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter, also
spruced up the product design in time for the launch. The                  announces second router
company is in fact shipping its first pre-order units as of now            Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/netgear-first-with-usb-802.11ac-wi-
and if you placed an order for a Cotton Candy, then you'll be              fi-adapter-also-announces-second-router/15879.html
glad to know that the final units are shipping With Android                May 16th, 2012
4.0.
The biggest change is the actual design of the device itself
which is now made out of white plastic. At the rear the
microSD card slot has been joined by a micro USB port which
should make it easier to add thinks like a wired keyboard

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Buffalo beat Netgear to retail by two days with its 802.11ac
router, as by the time you're reading this, Netgear's R6300
802.11ac router should be available in retail, well, at least as
long as you live in the US. Not content having one 802.11ac
router, Netgear has also announced a second router, as well
as – and much more importantly – a USB 802.11ac Wi-Fi
adapter.
Buffalo beat Netgear to retail by two days with its 802.11ac
router, as by the time you're reading this, Netgear's R6300
802.11ac router should be available in retail, well, at least as
long as you live in the US. Not content having one 802.11ac
router, Netgear has also announced a second router, as well        As for pricing and availability, well, as we mentioned,
as – and much more importantly – a USB 802.11ac Wi-Fi              the R6300 is available as of right now for the previously
adapter.                                                           announced price of US$199.99 (S$250), with the R6200 and
The new router, dubbed the R6200 is as you might've                A6200 arriving later this month for US$179.99 (S$230) and
gathered from the model name, the R6300's little brother.          US$69.99 (S$90) respectively.
Netgear has castrated it on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz as this
is a 2x2 MIMO router, rather than a 3x3 MIMO router and as
such it's limited to 300Mbps and 867Mbps respectively. You
                                                                   App devs notice iOS 6 hits in
do at least still get Gigabit Ethernet, but this time around you   analytics software
only get a single USB 2.0 port. These are the only differences     Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/app-devs-notice-ios-6-hits-in-
we can see based on the very limited specifications provided       analytics-software/15878.html
by Netgear and as such you do at least still get 128MB of RAM      May 16th, 2012
and flash memory.
                                                                   iOS application developers are spotting devices running iOS
                                                                   6 in application usage logs.
                                                                   iOS 6 is the next incarnation of the iOS software used in
                                                                   Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This update is highly
                                                                   anticipated, due the addition of new software features,
                                                                   including a new Maps application with a 3D option.
                                                                   9to5mac reports that developers running analytics software
                                                                   are beginning to notice users running versions of iOS 6.
                                                                   Analytics software let developers keep track of who is using
                                                                   their applications. This information includes the version of
                                                                   iOS that said users were running.




The USB adapter is called the A6200 and if your quick
deduction skills have lead you to think that this is also a
300/867Mbps device, then you'd be correct. One major issue         Image courtesy of 9to5mac
here is that the Broadcom chip used is limited to USB 2.0          While most hits began appearing sometime in the past week,
speeds of 480Mbps, so it'll be interesting to see how the          some developers reported hits as early as late April. Several
A6200 performs in an 802.11ac Wi-Fi environment, as worst          versions of iOS6 have been going around the Apple campus.
case scenario, the USB 2.0 bus is a bottle neck here. That         This indicates that the software is likely going to be released
said, taking network overheads into account, the USB 2.0           soon, presumably during June’s World Wide Developers
bus might not be an actual issue. At least Netgear added a         Conference.
swivel port on the adapter which allows you to position it
                                                                   There is always excitement when Apple prepares to update
horizontally and vertically.
                                                                   its software, especially that of mobile devices. So many

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people actually own Apple devices, which are getting                   to Chrome also syncs your bookmarks, apps, extensions,
improved on every year. While there will surely be much to             history, themes, and other settings.” The functionality,
rejoice about in iOS6, users should not expect the addition of         while available in today’s stable release of Chrome, will be
Android-like widgets and major home screen changes. While              gradually released over the next few weeks.
hackers will always have their way with the software, the              It is clear that cloud functionality is the future of computing.
official UI style of iOS has stayed very consistent throughout         People frequently own more than one computing device.
its history, and isn’t likely to change any time soon.                 Desktops, laptops, tablets and cell phones can make work
On the 14th, The Wall Street Journal revealed that Apple will          cluttered and decentralized. The kind of functionality that
also be revealing updates to the iCloud service at this year’s         Google is implementing will help bring a user’s digital life
WWDC. New features will include sharing and commenting                 together, staying focused, organized and efficient.
features on photos, and video syncing capabilities.
                                                                       Facebook app redesigned -
Google Chrome introducing                                              imitates Instagram
cross-device 'Tab Sync'                                                Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/facebook-app-redesigned--imitates-
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-chrome-introducing-cross-   instagram/15870.html
device-tab-sync-/15877.html                                            May 16th, 2012
May 16th, 2012




The Google Chrome browser for PCs, tablets and cell phones
is getting an update to save user tabs across multiple devices.        Facebook's mobile applications for Android and iOS have
The Google Chrome browser for PCs, tablets and cell phones             been modified, so that timeline pictures now appear three
is getting an update to save user tabs across multiple devices.        times larger than before.

It’s a cloud-like feature which saves your opened tabs into            Facebook's mobile website, and applications for Android
your Google account, where they can be accessed and opened             and iOS have been modified, so that timeline pictures now
in Chrome across multiple platforms. This means you can go             appear three times larger than before.
from a recipe viewing session on your PC to your cell phone,           Facebook recently announced it's decision to acquire
keeping the exact same website tabs. The feature will also             Instagram for $1 billion. This transaction has not been made
save browsing history, so users can even go back to pages              official by the Federal Trade Commission. Nevertheless, it
they had previously browsed before.                                    seems that Facebook is already imitating the popular picture
                                                                       sharing application.
                                                                       Up until now, users scrolling through the Facebook
                                                                       application saw pictures in their newsfeed as thumbnails.
                                                                       To view these pictures in fullscreen, the thumbnails needed
                                                                       to be tapped, and the image loaded in a new window. This
                                                                       arduous process made the application far less streamlined,
                                                                       and difficult to use.
                                                                       Now that the mobile website and app has been updated on
                                                                       both the Android and iOS platform, there is no need to open
                                                                       a new window to view pictures. Pictures can be seen in the
“If you’ve got Chrome for Android Beta,” says the Google               actual newsfeed, 3x bigger than in the previous application.
Chrome blog, “you can open the same recipe tab right
on your phone when you run out to the store for more
ingredients. The back and forward buttons will even work,
so you can pick up browsing right where you left off.”
Browser tabs let people view multiple pages in the same
browser. In a normal viewing session, a user might open
many different tabs while working on a project. This lets
people easily do multiple tasks at once, or research multiple
sites on the same topic.
Right now, mobile Chrome is only available for Android
users. But Google is currently coding a version for iOS as
well. The versatility offered by this functionality will be
useful for people working in various situations. Being able to
go from a computer to a cell phone grants flexibility to work
in multiple environments.
Additionally, Google explains, “Open tabs aren’t the only
things that sync when you sign in to Chrome. Signing in

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                                                                           However, Computing News also erroneously implied that
                                                                           Apple had actually reached out to Kaspersky labs for a
                                                                           security analysis of Mac OS. However, Kaspersky later
                                                                           explained that this news was based on information taken out
                                                                           of context.
                                                                           Instead, the Russian security company independently
                                                                           performed the analysis of Mac OS, revealing that the
                                                                           software has not been taking security much too seriously.
                                                                           "As Mac OS X market share continues to increase, we expect
                                                                           cyber-criminals to continue to develop new types of malware
                                                                           and attack methods. In order to meet these new threats,
                                                                           Kaspersky Lab has been conducting an in-depth analysis
                                                                           of Mac OS X vulnerabilities and new forms of malware."
                                                                           said Grebennikov in a statement. "This security analysis of
                                                                           Mac OS X was conducted independently of Apple; however,
                                                                           Apple is open to collaborating with us regarding new Mac
                                                                           OS X vulnerabilities and malware that we identify during our
                                                                           analysis."
                                                                           This news follows the recent outbreak of the now infamous
                                                                           'Flashback', a Macintosh trojan horse. This trojan was able
Newcomers to the Facebook application may not understand                   to infect hundreds of thousands of Mac computers, thanks
what a relief this will be to users. However, good app                     to a vulnerability in Java. This vulnerability has now been
desginers know that detail is everything. Little things are                patched, but it began a concern for whether Macintosh
frequently the difference between a good app, and a bad app.               computers are truly secure.
With mobile devices becoming the key way that American
                                                                           In the past, Macs have been the go-to computers for security,
users interact with Facebook, it is important that the
                                                                           due to their lack of viruses, malware and trojans. But many
company maintain the application and keep it easy to use.
                                                                           researchers argue that this has been largely due to Macs’
                                                                           previously lower market share, rather than a particularly
Mac OS X is 'really                                                        difficult-to-breach operating system.

vulnerable', says Kaspersky                                                "Market share brings attacker motivation," said Kaspersky
                                                                           in April. "Expect more drive-by downloads, more Mac OS X
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mac-os-x-is-really-vulnerable--says-
                                                                           mass-malware. Expect cross-platform exploit kits with Mac-
kaspersky/15866.html
                                                                           specific exploits."
May 16th, 2012


                                                                           Zynga buys mobile gaming
                                                                           startup Wild Needle
                                                                           Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/zynga-buys-mobile-gaming-startup-
                                                                           wild-needle/15876.html
Following an investigation into the security and                           May 16th, 2012
vulnerability of Mac OS, Kaspersky's CTO Nikolay                           Social gaming firm Zynga has bought mobile games
Grebennikov explained that "Mac OS is really vulnerable."                  company Wild Needle in efforts to boost its game
Following an investigation into the security and                           development talent.
vulnerability of Mac OS, Kaspersky's CTO Nikolay
Grebennikov explained that "Mac OS is really vulnerable."
                                                                           The gaming startup launched in 2010 and secured funding
                                                                           of $2.5 million from Thompson and Shasta Ventures. It is
                                                                           not yet clear how much Zynga paid to acquire the team, but
                                                                           it is likely in the lower end of the company's spending range,
                                                                           estimated at between $5 million and $20 million.


                                                                           Wild Needle developed Shoptown Hero for iOS, a freemium
                                                                           social game that tasks players to save a small town from
                                                                           a tycoon called Fat Ralph using virtual store goods and
                                                                           customer negotiation, a nice little twist that is probably a
                                                                           homage to the new-found haggling power introduced with
                                                                           the global recession.

"Our first investigations show Apple doesn't pay enough
attention to security. For example, Oracle closed a
vulnerability in Java, which was a target for a major botnet               However, the game did not really take off, with less than 100
several months ago." Grebennikov told Computing News.                      likes on its Facebook page. It was discontinued at the end of
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last month, with no explanation for the reasons why, though            the lower market share of Symbian, which Nokia abandoned
obviously it was due to the Zynga deal. The website for the            for Microsoft's platform, is taken into account.
game and the studio itself have also been taken offline.

                                                                       The biggest loser in the smartphone battle is Research In
It is not yet clear if Zynga will relaunch Wild Needle's game          Motion, the maker of the once popular BlackBerry. Last year
or if it will simply get the staff to work on its existing projects.   its US market share was a healthy nine percent, but this year
What is clear, however, is that this is unlikely to be the             it has dropped to a measly three percent.
last acquisition Zynga will make this year in its efforts to
dominate the social gaming arena.
                                                                       The continuing success of Android has been partly attributed
                                                                       to a slew of new smartphone models by Samsung and HTC,
                                                                       two of Google's main allies in the battle against Apple and
Android continues to improve                                           smaller rivals.

market share
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/android-continues-to-improve-
market-share/15875.html                                                Tablet website traffic
                                                                       grew 10 times faster than
May 16th, 2012


                                                                       smartphones
                                                                       Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/tablet-website-traffic-grew-10-times-
                                                                       faster-than-smartphones/15874.html
                                                                       May 16th, 2012

Google's mobile operating system Android is continuing to
dominate the market with significant growth in market share
in a number of the world's major markets.
Google's mobile operating system Android is continuing to
dominate the market with significant growth in market share
                                                                       Global website traffic on tablet computers has grown ten
in a number of the world's major markets.
                                                                       times faster than that of smartphones, according to a report
                                                                       by Adobe, which reveals the continuing strength of both
A report by Kantar WorldPanel revealed that in the first               mobile device markets.
quarter of the year Android more than doubled its market               Global website traffic on tablet computers has grown ten
share in Spain and Italy, with figures now at 72 percent and           times faster than that of smartphones, according to a report
49 percent respectively. It also almost doubled its share in           by Adobe, which reveals the continuing strength of both
Germany to 62 percent.                                                 mobile device markets.


However, the US and UK were not as favourable, with Apple              The report found that in the first two years since the
closing the market share gap thanks to strong demand for its           introduction of tablets, the share of website visits grew
iPhone 4S.                                                             approximately 10 times faster than the rate for smartphones.
                                                                       Last year alone tablet traffic grew by more than a whopping
                                                                       300 percent.


                                                                       This phenomenal growth is expected to continue over
                                                                       the next few years, with tablets' share of website traffic
                                                                       exceeding that of smartphone traffic by early 2013. By 2014
                                                                       tablet traffic will account for 10 percent of total website
                                                                       traffic.




Windows Phone has seen some growth too, more than
doubling to six percent in Germany and reaching between
three and four percent in France, Italy, the UK, and the US.
These are not particularly exciting results, especially when
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The study also gives some hope for those worried about
the fate of PCs. While tablets are becoming more and more
engaging, PCs are still used three times as frequently for
visiting websites.


“As businesses rethink their digital experiences to include
mobile strategies, tablets are emerging as the consumer
device of choice,” said Brad Rencher, SVP and GM of Digital
Marketing Business at Adobe. “Digital CMOs are wise to take
a mobile first approach to optimize their digital content and
marketing initiatives with a focus on the tablet experience
because the consumer demands it.”


A previous study by Adobe released in January also showed             VR-Zone was at Funan DigitaLife Mall around noon, and
that tablet users on average spent more per purchase than             spotted a long queue that formed from inside to the
any other online consumer, which makes tapping into                   outside of the complex. Gamers who have pre-ordered the
the tablet market a potentially highly lucrative area for             Diablo III game will need to join the queue to collect
businesses.                                                           their Standard Edition box set. Surprisingly, the queue was
                                                                      moving relatively fast and acording to Asiasoft, the gamers
                                                                      in line are being verified at the verification counter and
Image Credit: Adobe                                                   then given a queue number; they will be free to leave the
                                                                      queue after. At 3pm, gamers will collect their box sets based
                                                                      on the range of queue numbers that are flashed on the
Diablo III Officially Launches                                        number displays.
Today
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/diablo-iii-officially-launches-
today/15873.html
May 16th, 2012




Diablo fans have waited 12 years for this day, as
Blizzard officially launches the popular third-person dark
fantasy action role-playing game. Asiasoft Corporation, the
distributor for Blizzard in Southeast Asia, held the launch
event at Funan DigitaLife Mall in Singapore at 3pm to
coincide with the global launch time.

                                                                      Seth Chan, a 24-year old clerk, was first in the pre-order
                                                                      queue since 6am yesterday morning and for being a hardcore

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fan, he walks away with the Standard Edition of the game, as
well as a Collector's Edition.




Also spotted at the event were ASUS showcasing Nvidia          Needless to say, we expect to see cosplayers at such gaming
technology with their desktop system that is equipped with     event, like this female demon hunter with two crossbows
Rampage IV Extreme, ASUS GTX680 (reference) and GTX            - one of the five distinct classes in Diablo III. 3PM isn't
680 DirectCu II Top, Intel Core i7-3820, CoolerMaster          just the official Diablo 3 launch time, but is also the official
Hyper 412 Slim, Gskill DDR3-1600 CL9 16GB (4GB x4), OCZ        time that gamers can get on the game servers to play.
Vertex 4 128GB, CoolerMaster Silent Pro M2 1500W PSU,          Unfortunately, up to the time of posting, we have heard from
and 3x VG278H 3D monitors; ROG CG8580 and CG8565               many players that they are experiencing an "Error #37" in
gaming desktop PCs; and Jinx gaming T-shirts that are          terms of connecting to the servers. So if you are experiencing
retailing at S$32 at the event.                                such problems, do try again later.
                                                               Oh, and if you have collected your pre-order and still at
                                                               Funan DigitaLife Mall, you may want to stay for the lucky
                                                               draw at 6.30pm and the grand lucky draw at 8.45pm where
                                                               you stand a chance to walk away with exclusive game
                                                               premiums like SteelSeries Diablo III gaming mice, headsets
                                                               and mousepads.


                                                               AMD Trinity A10-4600M APU
                                                               Review: Jumping the Shark?
                                                               Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-trinity-a10-4600m-apu-review-
                                                               jumping-the-shark-/15830.html
                                                               May 16th, 2012




                                                               AMD has gained considerable market share in the budget
                                                               computing segment since last year's launch of the Llano
                                                               APU, with "good enough" CPU performance balanced with
                                                               entry discreet level graphics to boot. After the uncompetitive
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showing of Bulldozer with their FX enthusiast chips and
Opterons, followed by harrowing departures of historically
key personnel, the remaining team went back to the drawing
board and made a few tweaks to their 32nm BD core
architecture. Their efforts resulted in Piledriver, which will
debut with the 2012 Trinity Mobile APUs today and then
feature in server and desktop product refreshes later this
year. Is this the light at the end of the tunnel or just another
epic facepalm for AMD?
Introduction
AMD's 2012 Consumer top to bottom VISION product
positioning with FX CPUs for the enthusiasts, Trinity APUs
for the mainstream and Brazos for the entry level.
                                                                   The desktop APUs are still rated at 100W TDP like Llano
                                                                   models (not too surprising considering that they are both
                                                                   on the same manufacturing process), with 17W/25W/35W
                                                                   models for mobile variants. Operating frequencies are
                                                                   expected to be between 2.0-3.8GHz on the CPU and
                                                                   424-800MHz on the GPU. FMA3 instruction set (which is
                                                                   the one adopted by Intel on the upcoming Haswell, instead
                                                                   of FMA4 first seen on Bulldozer) makes its debut here.
                                                                   Improved scheduling, branch prediction and prefetcher also
                                                                   account for higher IPC than the Husky cores used in Llano.




Summary of Trinity APU improvements - now using
"Piledriver" modules (2nd generation of Bulldozer, still the
obtuse 2 integer/1 FP unit per module design), featuring
DDR3-1866 memory support (1600 for notebook) and
depending on SKU, up to 384 Radeon "Cores".




Technical Specifications and block diagram of the
partitioning inside the die


                                                                   Integrated northbridge and memory controller




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                                                                     HD
                                                               A10-4655M 4 / 2            3.2 /    25W       4MB      384      497 /
                                                                     7620G                2.3                                  360 MHz
                                                                                          GHz
                                                                     HD
                                                               A6-4455M    2/1            2.8 /    17W       2MB      256      424 /
                                                                     7500G                1.9                                  327 MHz
                                                                                          GHz

                                                               Expect to see desktop Trinity APUs surfacing in the next
                                                               quarter, with the chips using the new FM2 socket and
                                                               motherboards.


                                                               ASRock's Z77 Extreme9 gets
The new Turbo Core 3.0 now balances power envelope of          official, priced
the CPU/GPU to fit within the TDP, dynamically throttling      Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asrock-s-z77-extreme9-gets-official-
the clocks to fit the workload profile of the active running   priced/15872.html
application. There is no indication on whether this is         May 16th, 2012
handled by hardware or software driver (ahem quack3.exe).




                                                               The first of the super-premium Z77 motherboards has
                                                               arrived, ASRock's Z77 Extreme9 and it comes with a price
                                                               to match. As loaded with features as this motherboard is,
                                                               it looks like ASRock missed out on one must have feature
                                                               for this segment – or at least so it appears – namely
                                                               Thunderbolt.
                                                               The first of the super-premium Z77 motherboards has
                                                               arrived, ASRock's Z77 Extreme9 and it comes with a price
                                                               to match. As loaded with features as this motherboard is,
                                                               it looks like ASRock missed out on one must have feature
                                                               for this segment – or at least so it appears – namely
These are the 32nm Trinity mobile SKUs that are officially     Thunderbolt.
announced today:
                                                               Despite this little miss on ASRock's behalf, the Z77 Extreme9
                                                               is loaded to the brim with features and it defiantly one
AMD A-Series Mobile APUs (FS1r2 package, 35W TDP,              ups MSI's recently announced Z77A-GD80 and Intel's
DDR3-1600 support)                                             DZ77RE-75K, at least as long as you don't need/want
                                                               Thunderbolt connectivity. That said, we're still waiting for
Model GPU    CPU CPU L2                    RadeonGPU           Asus' P8Z77-V Premium and whatever Gigabyte is working
             Cores / Clock Cache           Cores Clock         on that'll slot in above the Z77X-UD5H.
             Modules (Max/                       (Max/
                     Base)                       Base)
       HD
A10-4600M    4/2     3.2 /   4MB           384   686 /
       7660G         2.3                         497
                     GHz                         MHz
       HD
A8-4500M     4/2     2.8 /   4MB           256   655 /
       7640G         1.9 GHz                     497
                                                 MHz
       HD
A6-4400M     2/1         3.2 /   1MB       192   686 /
       7520G             2.7 GHz                 497
                                                 MHz

AMD A-Series Mobile LV / ULV APUs (FP2 package,
DDR3-1333 support)
ModelGPU CPU CPU TDP                 L2    RadeonGPU
               Clock
         Cores /                     Cache Cores Clock
               (Max/
         Modules                                 (Max/
               Base)                             Base)
                                                               However, we're not here to talk about the competition right
                                                               now, as it's time to take a closer look at the Z77 Extreme9. For

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starters, the board has no less than five x16 PCI Express 3.0            May 16th, 2012
slots with the second slot being the main slot when a single
card is being used. Thanks to a PCI Express bridge chip of
some kind, the Z77 Extreme9 will also work in dual x6 or four
x8 modes using slot one, three, five and seven, where one and
three are used for dual x16 mode. The sixth x16 slot operates
at PCI Express 2.0 speeds and offer four lanes of bandwidth.
There's also a single x1 PCI Express 2.0 slot and a mini PCI             Well, that didn't take long; the first 802.11ac Wi-Fi products
Express slot that houses a dual-band combo 802.11a/b/g/n                 have hit retail courtesy of Japanese Buffalo Technology,
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 card.                                            so if you fancy getting some Gigabit plus speeds over the
The board also has the standard four SATA 3Gbps and                      airwaves, you now can. That said, the company has only
two SATA 6Gbps ports via the chipset, but ASRock has                     announced a router and a Wi-Fi bridge so far, so if you were
added another four SATA 6Gbps ports via a pair of ASMedia                hoping to get a USB dongle for your notebook, then you'll
ASM1061 controllers. The board also has headers for four                 have to wait a bit longer still.
front USB 3.0 ports via an Etron EJ188 host controller, six              Well, that didn't take long; the first 802.11ac Wi-Fi products
USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire port and a serial port of all things.          have hit retail courtesy of Japanese Buffalo Technology,
You also get features like a POST80 debug LED and a power                so if you fancy getting some Gigabit plus speeds over the
and rest button.                                                         airwaves, you now can. That said, the company has only
Around the back of the board we have a PS/2 port, no less                announced a router and a Wi-Fi bridge so far, so if you were
than eight USB 3.0 ports of which four are via a second Etron            hoping to get a USB dongle for your notebook, then you'll
EJ188 host controller, two USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port,                 have to wait a bit longer still.
a FireWire port, a pair if Gigabit Ethernet ports courtesy               The two products are the AirStation WZR-D1800H router
of a couple of Broadcom controllers, 7.1-channel audio with              and the WLI-H4-D1300 wireless media bridge. Both
optical S/PDIF out, an HDMI port and a clear CMOS button.                products sport dual band 2.4GHz and 5GHz backwards
                                                                         compatibility, as well as 5GHz 802.11ac speeds of up
                                                                         to 1,300Mbps. Neither product looks anything like what
                                                                         Buffalo was showing at CES and CeBIT earlier this year and
                                                                         both products are in fact quite plain.




An interesting addition is the bundled front USB 3.0 port
drive bay module or Wi-SB Box as ASRock calls it. Not only
is it home to two USB 3.0 ports, but it also houses the Wi-Fi
and Bluetooth antennas and a pair of LEDs to indicate that
it's transmitting data. There's also space for a 2.5-inch drive
to be mounted in the module.
On a whole, not a bad board, but the pricing is a bit off-
putting, albeit not much more than other super-premium
motherboards. In Europe the board is retailing for around
                                                                         That said, when it comes to network equipment, it's not the
€320 (US$410/S$520), or about €20 more than a Core
                                                                         looks that count, but rather the features and functionality
i7-3770K. That said, Asus' P8Z77-V Premium has also found
                                                                         and there are plenty of features on offer. The AirStation
its way online and should retail for around €400 (US$515/S
                                                                         WZR-D1800H offers simultaneous dual band Wi-Fi with
$650), or about as much as a cheap computer these days.
                                                                         speeds of up to 450MBps in the 2.4GHz band and up to
                                                                         1.3Gbps in the 5GHz band. It also has five Gigabit Ethernet
Buffalo first with 802.11ac                                              ports of which one is for the WAN connection.

Wi-Fi products in retail                                                 There's also a USB port that accepts storage devices and
                                                                         printers. The AirStation WZR-D1800H also sports WPS and
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/buffalo-first-with-802.11ac-wi-fi-
                                                                         Buffalo's AOSS push button setup and it's said to come with
products-in-retail/15869.html


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an easy to use step by step setup wizard which would be new
by Buffalo standards.




                                                                Sadly neither product has support for external antennas,
                                                                but judging by the supported speeds, we're looking at 3x3
                                                                MIMO products here for both bands. Buffalo is asking for
                                                                US$179.99 (S$229) for either product, which makes the
The WLI-H4-D1300 is fairly similar in terms of overall looks,
                                                                wireless bridge a bit on the expensive side considering it
but it only has four Gigabit Ethernet ports to which your
                                                                offers far less functionality compared to the router. Both
devices would be connected. Basic functionality is the same
                                                                products are available in the US as of right now and we'd
as for the router, but the WLI-H4-D1300 has a simple push
                                                                expect Buffalo to roll them out in other markets in the next
button for locking it to the 5GHz band. Both products appear
                                                                few months.
to have a user adjustable stand which offers horizontal and
vertical mode.
                                                                Toshiba launches 13.3-inch
                                                                Regza tablet with Android 4.0
                                                                Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/toshiba-launches-13.3-inch-regza-
                                                                tablet-with-android-4.0/15868.html
                                                                May 16th, 2012




                                                                There's no doubt tablets are evolving, but the question is in
                                                                which direction and Toshiba's new 13.3-inch Regza AT830
                                                                tablet is a product we don't really get. Admittedly, Toshiba
                                                                has kitted it out with a 1600x900 display which is better than
                                                                your average 10-inch tablet, but with 1080p models on the
                                                                horizon, this feels like a product that has failed before it even
                                                                hit retail.
                                                                There's no doubt tablets are evolving, but the question is in
                                                                which direction and Toshiba's new 13.3-inch Regza AT830
                                                                tablet is a product we don't really get. Admittedly, Toshiba
                                                                has kitted it out with a 1600x900 display which is better than
                                                                your average 10-inch tablet, but with 1080p models on the


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horizon, this feels like a product that has failed before it even
hit retail.




The AT830 comes with a 1.4GHz Tegra 3 SoC, 1GB of RAM,
64GB of eMMC memory for storage and Android 4.0. You
also get that 1600x900 13.3-inch IPS panel, 802.11b/g/n
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, support for the Japanese One-Seg TV
standard, an 5Megapixel rear camera, a 2Megapixel front
camera, a micro HDMI port, an SD card slot, a headset jack
and a micro USB port.




                                                                    The battery is said to be good for up to 13h of continuous
                                                                    video playback, or 5h of TV viewing which has to
                                                                    be considered acceptable considering the large screen.
                                                                    However, the biggest fly in the ointment is Toshiba's price
                                                                    tag of 80,000 Yen (US$1000/S$1260) which is just an
                                                                    insane amount of money to pay for an overgrown Android
The tablet weighs in at 1kg and measures 344x211x9.9mm              tablet. We'd wait for some more interesting devices to arrive
(WxDxH), so it's not the most portable device around and            later this year, or failing all else, even get a 64GB iPad, as it
most definitely not something you're going to want to hold          has a higher resolution screen, weighs less and costs less, as
at some distance for extended periods of time, unless you're        crazy as it sounds.
planning on using it as an arm strengthening exercise tool.
We managed to dig up some performance numbers courtesy
of +D PC User Japan and with an overall score of 2,916 the          The Desire C leaks, is HTC's
AT830 doesn't really impress. That said, it's running a much
higher resolution display than your average smartphone or
                                                                    new budget handset
                                                                    Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-desire-c-leaks-is-htc-s-new-
tablet, so we'll cut it some slack, but even so, the memory and     budget-handset/15867.html
I/O scores don't really impress.                                    May 16th, 2012




                                                                    What was expected to be known as the Wildfire C appears
                                                                    to have been given a last minute name change and should
                                                                    instead appear as the Desire C when it launches, potentially
                                                                    later this month. Pictures of the handset first appeared
                                                                    last week, but now more detailed information has appeared
                                                                    courtesy of Vodafone Portugal. Updated: Now with video
                                                                    What was expected to be known as the Wildfire C appears
                                                                    to have been given a last minute name change and should
                                                                    instead appear as the Desire C when it launches, potentially

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later this month. Pictures of the handset first appeared
last week, but now more detailed information has appeared
courtesy of Vodafone Portugal.
The Desire C isn't one of HTC's most exciting devices to
date, as it sports a fairly small 3.5-inch display with 480x320
pixel resolution. It's also said to have what we can only call a
sub-par 600MHz SoC by 2012 standards, especially as most
of HTC's competitors manage to ship 1GHz chips in their               The main selling point of the laptop will be, like the
competing models.                                                     new iPhone and iPad, the “Retina” display, which is being
                                                                      described as “jaw-dropping.” This will be the largest size
                                                                      Apple has released a Retina display for and users will be
                                                                      able to choose from multiple resolution modes to adjust
                                                                      sharpness and brightness. The exact resolutions are not yet
                                                                      known, as Apple has decided to insult the intelligence of its
                                                                      users by labelling them by size, such as “big” and “small.”


                                                                      Another major feature is the addition of a USB 3.0 port,
                                                                      the first Mac to feature the super-fast next-generation
                                                                      connection. It is also expected to have two Thunderbolt
                                                                      ports, giving users a choice for faster file transfers.


                                                                      A release date and pricing have yet to be revealed.


Other features include 4GB of storage, a 5Megapixel camera,           Source and Image Credit: 9to5Mac
Wi-Fi, A-GPS and HSDPA connectivity. Nothing that really
makes it stand out from the competition as such, but it will at
least be running Android 4.0.x when it arrives. It's also said        Blizzard and Valve ink deal on
to have a 1,230mAh battery and it should retail for less than
€200 (US$260/S$325). Price wise it might be able to offer
                                                                      DOTA trademark
                                                                      Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/blizzard-and-valve-ink-deal-on-dota-
some competition, but we're not sure how much of a market
                                                                      trademark/15864.html
there is for a half arsed budget handset like this, especially
                                                                      May 16th, 2012
as the competition will get you more processing power for
around the same cost.                                                 Blizzard and Valve have reached an agreement on the use of
                                                                      the DOTA (Defence of the Ancients) trademark.



Apple preparing 15-inch                                               Valve comes off better in the deal, managing to keep the
                                                                      name for its DOTA 2 upcoming title.
Retina display MacBook Pro
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-preparing-15-inch-retina-
display-macbook-pro/15865.html
                                                                      Blizzard will change the name of Blizzard DOTA to Blizzard
May 16th, 2012
                                                                      All-Stars, which it said “ultimately better reflects the design
                                                                      of our game.”


                                                                      Blizzard's EVP of game design, Rob Pardo, said that both
                                                                      studios recognise that “players just want to be able to
Apple is working on a 15-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina               play the games they're looking forward to,” suggesting it
display and USB 3.0, according to a report by 9to5Mac.                acknowledged that fighting against Valve's use of the name
                                                                      would look bad to its playerbase.
Apple is working on a 15-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina
display and USB 3.0, according to a report by 9to5Mac.


The new model is expected to be an ultra-thin version of the
existing MacBook Pro, ditching the optical drive in order to
achieve this, which will force users to rely on the Mac App
Store or USB Superdrive for software installations.


The mockup image designed by 9to5Mac below shows the
predicted thinness of the new MacBook Pro on the left
compared to the older model on the right.

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"We're pleased that we could come to an agreement with              wait. The game is looking amazing and we can't wait to show
Blizzard without drawing things out in a way that would             it to everyone at E3 in a few weeks.”
benefit no one," said Gabe Newell, president of Valve.

                                                                    A number of highly-anticipated games have been delayed
There are no details about financial terms or other aspects         recently, including BioShock Infinite. Unlike that game,
of the agreement.                                                   however, the fact that Tomb Raider will still be shown off at
                                                                    E3 suggests the version the studio currently has won't be too
                                                                    far off from the end product, which might give players hope
DOTA 2 is scheduled for release some time this year.                for an early release next year.



New Tomb Raider game
delayed until 2013
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/new-tomb-raider-game-delayed-
until-2013/15863.html
May 16th, 2012




Square Enix and developer Crystal Dynamics have
announced that the latest Tomb Raider game, intended to
once again reboot the series, has been delayed until 2013.
Square Enix and developer Crystal Dynamics have
announced that the latest Tomb Raider game, intended to
once again reboot the series, has been delayed until 2013.


Darrell Gallagher, head of Crystal Dynamics, said that the
studio had two aims when it set out to make the new Lara
Croft title, to craft a “modern” Tomb Raider game and to
make the “best game of our careers.”


It is this latter goal that has led to the game being pushed
back from its original release schedule in Autumn of this year
to some time in the first quarter of 2013, a delay of a number
of months that will also mean the game will miss out on the         Rovio's Angry Birds hits yet
lucrative Christmas shopping season.
                                                                    another milestone, over 1
                                                                    billion downloads
                                                                    Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rovio-s-angry-birds-hits-yet-
                                                                    another-milestone-over-1-billion-downloads/15861.html
                                                                    May 16th, 2012




                                                                    Milestone after milestone, Rovio has never slowed down
                                                                    from the get go since the coming of Angry Birds, what with
                                                                    having even gone to the unforeseeable extent of becoming
                                                                    a cultural icon and paraphernalia in the form of shirts,
                                                                    packpacks, soft toys and much more seen almost everywhere
                                                                    these days.
“We're doing things that are completely new to Tomb Raider
in this game and the additional development time will allow         Milestone after milestone, Rovio has never slowed down
us to put the finishing touches into the game and polish it         from the get go since the coming of Angry Birds, what with
to a level that you deserve,” Gallagher said. “We believe that      having even gone to the unforeseeable extent of becoming
this is the right choice and I guarantee it will be worth the       a cultural icon and paraphernalia in the form of shirts,


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packpacks, soft toys and much more seen almost everywhere             sporting a flexible OLED-equipped device; that is if you
these days.                                                           haven't already sprung for one of Samsung's tasty morcels.
In what was going to be an inevitable crossing point, the
Angry Birds series has now been downloaded over a billion
times. As such, Rovio thought it worthy of a little animated
                                                                      2K announces Spec Ops: The
video in celebration which you can watch below.                       Line demo on Xbox 360 and
At this rate, with the sky the limit and Rovio using such             PS3
a large portion of it, perhaps a feature film will indeed be          Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/2k-announces-spec-ops-the-line-
outed, and sooner than we think.                                      demo-on-xbox-360-and-ps3/15862.html
                                                                      May 16th, 2012

LG is currently gearing up
for flexible OLED display
production
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-is-currently-gearing-up-for-   2K has announced that the demo of third-person military
flexible-oled-display-production/15858.html                           shooter, Spec Ops: The Line is going to be available for Xbox
May 16th, 2012                                                        360 from tomorrow, and for the PlayStation 3 on 17 May.
                                                                      Xbox Gold members have access to the game since last week.




It has been rumoured that LG is now building a production
line for flexible OLED screens which is setting them back
around US $176 million. Supposedly their first wave of
flexible (unbreakable?) OLED displays will be 730 x 460mm,
but it is yet to be established when LG plans to have its
preparations finalized and production underway.
It has been rumoured that LG is now building a production
line for flexible OLED screens which is setting them back
around US $176 million. Supposedly their first wave of                In the single-player demo, you play as Captain Martin
flexible (unbreakable?) OLED displays will be 730 x 460mm,            Walker in search for Colonel John Konrad and his missing
but it is yet to be established when LG plans to have its             battalion, The Damned 33rd. Needless to say, you get to
preparations finalized and production underway.                       engage in action-packed fire fighting in Dubai, which has
                                                                      been cut off from the rest of the world after a series of
                                                                      sandstorms. In the two early chapters of the game, you will
                                                                      get to use a variety of weapons and explosives, even using
                                                                      sand as a weapon to strategically bury enemies in their
                                                                      path. The Spec Ops: The Line also features an expansive,
                                                                      class-based multiplayer experience with visually stunning
                                                                      environments where players are encouraged to use their
                                                                      sand-filled surroundings to thwart their enemies.
                                                                      Pre-orders is available in Singapore at all leading gaming
                                                                      outlets and for those of you who pre-order Spec Ops: The
                                                                      Line will receive a free upgrade to the Fubar Pack which
                                                                      include additional multiplayer gameplay perks such as:

Some sources are anticipating production to commence as               Officer Class Unlocks at Rank 1
early as the end of this year, but there are other more               Officer Class Gameplay Bonuses
conservative and believable estimates floating about that
point to sometime in 2013 or possibly even 2014 before                Increases effectiveness of other classes
manufacturing begins.
                                                                      Increases teammate's firepower against enemies
Flexible OLED displays show strong potential in being a
much welcomed attribute to the world of smartphones                   Decreases teammate's damage taken against enemies
and tablets, not to mention wearable gadgets and newer
generations of TVs.                                                   Trigger ammo drop and grenade drops for teammates
Certainly, as is the case with any new form of technology
making its way to consumers, expect to dig deep down                  Unique Officer class kit
into those pockets to be one of the first kids on the block
                                                                      Clan Accessory Pack


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Exclusive skins/accessories for all classes                            The ASUS O!Play Media Pro Smart TV set-top box is
                                                                       scheduled to be available in August. Pricing information to
Unique and visually distinctive items                                  be announced closer to retail date.
                                                                       Specifications
2X XP for 1 Week

AK47 Unlocks at Rank 1                                                 Supported video formats             MPEG1/2/4, H.264, VC-1,
The Spec Ops: The Line will be available in Singapore                                                      RM/RMVB, XVID
for the Xbox 360 (S$69.90) and PlayStation3 (S$79.90)                  Supported video file                mp4,
game consoles and Windows PC (S$59.90) on 29 June 2012.                extensions                            .mov, .avi, .asf, .wmv, .flv, .mkv,
                                                                                                           .ts,
ASUS Singapore announces                                                                                   m2ts, .dat, .mpg, .vob,mts, .iso,
                                                                                                             .trp
O!Play MediaPro Smart TV                                               Supported audio formats             MP3, WAV, AAC, OGG,
Set-Top Box                                                                                                FLAC, AIFF, Dolby® Digital
                                                                                                           AC3m,
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-singapore-announces-o-play-
                                                                                                           DTS®Digital Surround,
mediapro-smart-tv-set-top-box/15860.html
                                                                                                           Dolby® Digital Plus, PCM/
May 16th, 2012
                                                                                                           LPCM,
                                                                                                           Dolby® TrueHD,ID3 Tag,
                                                                                                           MS-ADPCM, LC-AAC,
                                                                                                           HE-AAC ,COOK ,RA-lossless
                                                                       Supported image formats             JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF
                                                                       Supported subtitle formats          .srt, .sub, .smi, idx
ASUS Singapore has launched the O!Play MediaPro Smart                                                      +sub, .ssa, .ass
TV set-top box that claims to support over 50 media                    Television system                   Digital TV: DVB-T
formats, and an integrated digital TV tuner that adds digital          Wireless technology                 802.11b/g/n
capabilities to your Smart TV.
                                                                       I/O ports                           1 x power (DC-in) input, 2 x
                                                                                                           USB 2.0, 1 x Gigabit LAN,
                                                                                                           1 x mini HDMI port, 1 x
                                                                                                           analog audio/video output,
                                                                                                            1 x digital audio output (S/
                                                                                                           PDIF), 1 x SD/MMC card
                                                                                                           slot,
                                                                                                           1 x RF-in, 1 x IR
                                                                       Dimensions                          151.85mm x 106.7mm x
                                                                                                           29.03mm
                                                                       Weight                              175g
                                                                       Power                               12Vdc, 2A
                                                                       Power consumption                   10W



                                                                       Lenovo caters to workstation
With this new ASUS O!Play Media Pro Smart TV set-
top box, you can make every TV smart with its multi-
                                                                       users on a budget with
format compatibility, fast connectivity, extensive access to           ThinkStation E31 tower and
live services, and easy content sharing with other devices.
The O!Play Media Pro Smart TV set-top box supports over                SFF
50 media formats and comes with an integrated DVB-                     Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lenovo-caters-to-workstation-users-
T digital TV tuner that adds instant digital capabilities              on-a-budget-with-thinkstation-e31-tower-and-sff/15856.html
to any television set. It comes with 802.11n Wi-Fi and                 May 16th, 2012
Gigabit Ethernet connectivity that offer high speed access for
downloading and streaming of high definition content. The
ASUS also features exclusive O!Direct and O!MediaShare
functions that can connect to other devices from desktops to
pads and smartphones, and an intuitive Electronic Program
Guide(EPG) that allows scheduling of content up to seven
days in advance. You can access popular live services                  Lenovo has just unveiled its new ThinkStation E31
including YouTube XL, Acetrax, Facebook, DailyMotion,                  series workstation which comes in two flavours; a more
Picasa, as well as dozens of Internet TV and radio channels.           expandable conventional sized tower and a compact SFF
                                                                       based one.

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Lenovo has just unveiled its new ThinkStation E31                May 16th, 2012
series workstation which comes in two flavours; a more
expandable conventional sized tower and a compact SFF
based one.
Both of these budget workstation offerings can be purchased
with up to 32GB of RAM, either an Intel Xeon E3-1200 CPU
or one of Intel's Ivy Bridge processors. The machines also       According to a report from China Daily, Foxconn chief Terry
pack nine USB ports, four of which are USB 3.0, but that's       Gou spoke concerning the Apple iTV, a device that has been
where the consistencies between the two start to diminish.       rumored for a long time.
                                                                 According to a report from China Daily, Foxconn chief Terry
                                                                 Gou spoke concerning the Apple iTV, a device that has been
                                                                 rumored for a long time.
                                                                 Last year, rumors about the legendary iTV reached a peak
                                                                 when Walter Isaacson released his Steve Jobs biography.
                                                                 In the book, Steve jobs talked about how he had finally
                                                                 "cracked" an easy to use and integrated television.
                                                                 Now, according to China Daily, “Gou said Foxconn
                                                                 is making preparations for iTV, Apple Inc’s rumored
                                                                 upcoming high-definition television, although development
                                                                 or manufacturing has yet to begin.”




The full tower version can house up to three HDDs; ie. 9TB,
while the SFF has space for only two drives, ie. 6TB. With
that said, Lenovo also provides the option to jump over to
solid state drives if one is more speed inclined.
Both machines use Intel's HD P4000 graphics solution
in base trim, but the options differ in terms of discrete
alternatives between the large and small machines with the
former offering up to an NVIDIA Quadro Q4000 and the
latter a Quadro Q600.


                                                                 Cult of Mac's mockup of the Apple iTV, based on reports
                                                                 from an anonymous source
                                                                 Readers may become confused by the 'iTV', which has
                                                                 no relation to a real Apple product similarly named
                                                                 “Apple TV”. The Apple TV is a sort of media console for
                                                                 TVs, streaming content from iTunes and computers to an
                                                                 unrelated television set. The iTV on the other hand is
                                                                 a theoretical fully fledged HDTV created by Apple, fully
                                                                 integrated with Apple hardware and software.
                                                                 The iTV has been compared to the iPhone, which
                                                                 revolutionized the cellular industry. Thus it is suggested that
                                                                 the iTV may similarly revolutionize the television industry,
                                                                 using the underexploited technology of modern television.
                                                                 The idea that Siri will be integrated into this iTV is one that
                                                                 Techland’s Tim Bajarin expounds upon, saying “While Siri’s
Pricing on both ThinkStation E31 workstation PCs starts at       speech and artificial intelligence technology is focused on
$629 US. The full sized model is set to arrive on June 5th       mobile today and tied to related databases such as Yelp,
and the compact variant on June 13th. You can keep an eye        mapping services and more, in an Apple TV world, Siri would
out via the following link for the new models to appear on       instead be tied to a database focused just on finding and
Lenovo's website anytime within the next week or so.             accessing TV programs and online video content.
                                                                 Television was the pre-digital technological pastime, and
Foxconn chief talks Apple iTV                                    it is clear that conventional technology is transforming
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/foxconn-chief-talks-apple-   dramatically in the wave of the digital revolution. With the
itv/15851.html


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help of Apple, who knows? Couch potatos just might get
popular again.


Apple may ditch Google Maps
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-may-ditch-google-
maps/15852.html
May 16th, 2012




                                                                  Imagery created by C3 technologies; image courtesy of
                                                                  9to5mac
According to "trusted sources", 9to5mac reports that Apple
                                                                  9to5mac reports an application featuring this 3D tech from
iOS 6 will feature a new Map application with 3D features
                                                                  C3 Technologies will be included on iOS 6, in place of the
from C3 Technologies.
                                                                  current Google Maps application.
According to "trusted sources", 9to5mac reports that Apple
                                                                  As far as mapping is concerned, Apple is behind its Google
iOS 6 will feature a new Map application with 3D features
                                                                  owned Android competition. A big feature of Android
from C3 Technologies.
                                                                  phones is their turn-by-turn voice navigation, which the
                                                                  iPhone does not have. Using their own maps application may
                                                                  give Apple the chance to majorly expand user features, giving
                                                                  a much more useful and integrated end product. But, then
                                                                  again, it could end up being an underdeveloped scheme to
                                                                  gain more territory from its competitor. Only time will tell.


                                                                  U.S. Postal Service bans
                                                                  overseas mailing of Lithium-
                                                                  ion devices, effective May
                                                                  16th
                                                                  Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/u.s.-postal-service-bans-overseas-
Apple's current map application is from Google, using             mailing-of-lithium-ion-devices-effective-may-16th/15855.html
Google maps and features. Apple has been quite conspicuous        May 16th, 2012
about their resentment towards Google's app, and they are
clearly seeking to dethrone it.
The Google maps application allows users to view the entire
earth in map and satellite modes. The app also features
Google Street View, allowing users to view certain areas on
the maps from a pedestrian perspective. The application is
useful for navigation, giving users a GPS-like system for         Inevitably creating a wave of headaches for some, but with
navigating to and from locations.                                 a basis pertaining to safety, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS)
                                                                  has stated that from the 16th of May it will no longer
C3 Technologies' mapping system, which has been described         be allowing devices containing lithium-ion batteries to be
as Google Earth on steroids, is a big step up from anything       shipped overseas.
that even Google has to offer. Utilizing declassified missile
targeting methods, the company can create brilliant 3D            Inevitably creating a wave of headaches for some, but with
maps of world locations. Unlike Google Earth - which              a basis pertaining to safety, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS)
features user generated 3D models overlaid on flat satellite      has stated that from the 16th of May it will no longer
pictures - this mapping system goes beyond terrain and            be allowing devices containing lithium-ion batteries to be
cities, including 3D cars, vegetation, and more. The extreme      shipped overseas.
level of detail and realism of this tech can be seen in this C3   This means cell phones, laptops, e-readers, cameras, MP3
demo.                                                             players etc. etc. which will require you to pony up for
                                                                  shipping through FedEx, UPS or DHL if you need such
                                                                  devices shipped abroad.
                                                                  USPS is prohibiting the international mailing of anything
                                                                  with a lithium-ion battery due to the possibility of it catching
                                                                  fire or exploding under certain circumstances and with
                                                                  improperly stored or fully charged batteries posing a risk
                                                                  during flights.
                                                                  The USPS has also banned these devices from being shipped
                                                                  to APO, FPO and DPO locations. On the upside, the

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restrictions won't last forever and it's been said that come
January 2013 it anticipates that customers will be able to
mail limited quantities of lithium batteries internationally
providing they've been properly installed in the electronic
device.
"International standards have recently been the subject of
discussion by the International Civil Aviation Organiza-
tion (ICAO) and the Universal Postal Union (UPU), and
the Postal Service anticipates that on January 1, 2013, cus-
tomers will be able to mail specific quantities of lithium bat-
teries internationally (including to and from an APO, FPO,
or DPO location) when the batteries are properly installed
in the personal electronic devices they are intended to
operate."


J&W readies up nano-ITX
sized M001 Cedar Trail nettop
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/j-w-readies-up-nano-itx-sized-m001-
cedar-trail-nettop/15854.html
May 16th, 2012




J&W has let loose details on its new Intel Cedar Trail based
fanless nettop, the M001 which confines itself to the nano-
ITX form factor and runs super trimmed dimensions of just
135 x 128 x 45 mm minus the WiFi antenna and stand.
J&W has let loose details on its new Intel Cedar Trail based              This little nettop is driven by an Atom D2550, N2800 or
fanless nettop, the M001 which confines itself to the nano-               N2600 processor and has a single DDR3 SO-DIMM socket
ITX form factor and runs super trimmed dimensions of just                 supporting a module of up to 4GB along with a single 2.5-
135 x 128 x 45 mm minus the WiFi antenna and stand.                       inch bay for storage via SATA 3Gb/s.




                                                                          Connectivity comprises three USB 2.0 ports (two at the
                                                                          front, one at the rear), Gigabit LAN, HDMI, VGA, 802.11n
                                                                          WiFi and RS232 serial (COM). The unit also houses a SD/
                                                                          SDHC/MS/MS Pro/MMC card reader and sports an all-
                                                                          metal body doubling up as a heatsink to keep this all-
                                                                          passive little nettop a happy chappy tucked away in a crevice
                                                                          somewhere.
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                                                                        7. Storm tactics key for deactivation of Windows key
                                                                        8. 1000Hz driverless polling / 1ms response time
                                                                        9. Two port enhanced USB 2.0 hub
                                                                       10. Detachable wrist rest
                                                                        11. Braided cable for durability
                                                                       12. Non-slip rubber coating


                                                                       Model                         SGK-6000-GKCM1 (Brown
                                                                                                     Switch)*
                                                                                                     SGK-6000-GKCL1 (Blue
                                                                                                     Switch)*

Pricing and availability info on J&W's M001 nettop is yet to                                         SGK-6000-GKCC1 (Black
be disclosed.                                                                                        Switch)*


Coolermaster Trigger                                                                                 SGK-6000-GKCR1(Red
                                                                                                     Switch)*
Mechanical Gaming Keyboard                                             Key Switch                    * CHERRY Black / Blue /
Review                                                                 N key Rollover
                                                                                                     Brown / Red
                                                                                                     6
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/coolermaster-trigger-mechanical-
gaming-keyboard-review/15853.html                                      Macro Key                     5
May 16th, 2012                                                         Polling Rate                  1000Hz / 1ms
                                                                       Backlighting                  All keys
                                                                       USB                           2 x USB hub
                                                                       Windows Key Disable           Yes
                                                                       Onboard Memory                64KB
                                                                       Media Keys                    Yes
   CoolerMaster is a highly popular company among                      Wrist Rest                    Detachable
enthusiasts, with their reputation coming from their
                                                                       Dimension                     475(L) x 162(W) x 25(H) mm
extensive line-up of computer chassis, power supplies and
                                                                                                     18.7(L) x 6.5 (W) x 0.98(H)
cooling solutions. However, lately CoolerMaster has been
                                                                                                     inch
adding a lot of new products to their Storm series, their
gaming peripherals line-up. Today we will have a close                 Weight                        1260 g / 2.78 lb
look on the latest mechanical keyboard from CoolerMaster,              Warranty                      2 years
which the company baptized the “Trigger”, which is clearly             UPC Code                      884102013515: SGK-6000-
aiming towards hardcore gamers and mainly of the FPS                                                 GKCM1 (Brown Switch)*
kind.                                                                                                884102013553: SGK-6000-
                                                                                                     GKCL1 (Blue Switch)*

CoolerMaster is a highly popular company among                                                       884102013584: SGK-6000-
enthusiasts, with their reputation coming from their                                                 GKCC1 (Black Switch)*
extensive line-up of computer chassis, power supplies and
cooling solutions. However, lately CoolerMaster has been                                             884102013560: SGK-6000-
adding a lot of new products to their Storm series, their                                            GKCR1(Red Switch)*
gaming peripherals line-up. Today we will have a close                 Notice                        * The availability of
look on the latest mechanical keyboard from CoolerMaster,                                            CHERRY MX switch types
which the company baptized the “Trigger”, which is clearly                                           will vary based on region.
aiming towards hardcore gamers and mainly of the FPS
kind.
Manufacturer’s features and specifications

   1. High durability gold-plated Cherry switches rated for
      over 50 million key strokes
  2. Multi-media control keys for convenient sound control
  3. 5 macro keys with profile management
  4. 18K gold plated ultra low latency USB plugs
  5. Anti-ghosting 6 key rollover
  6. 64KB on-board memory for profile storage

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VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks!
                                                                        Suggest Fan                       120mm X 25mm ,120mm X
  VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly                                                            12mm
  publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the             Suggest Fan Speed                 1000~2000rpm
  geeks.
                                                                        Suggest Noise Level (dBA)         Below 26dBA
                                                                        CPU Platform                      Intel Socket LGA
Prolimatech Samuel 17 CPU                                                                                 775/1366/1156/1155
                                                                                                          and AMD AM2/AM2+/
Cooler Review                                                                                             AM3/AM3+.
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/prolimatech-samuel-17-cpu-cooler-   Heatsink Dimension                (L)121.2mm X (W)120mmX
review/15917.html                                                                                         (H)45mm
May 18th, 2012                                                          Heatsink Weight                   410 g
                                                                        Heatpipe                          Ø 6mm X 6pcs



                                                                        CM Storm announces the
CPU coolers come in all shapes and sizes. For the obvious
reasons, here in VR-Zone we usually review cooler capable of
                                                                        Sonuz headset
                                                                        Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/cm-storm-announces-the-sonuz-
delivering very high thermal performance and/or excellent
                                                                        headset/15916.html
acoustics. Today however we will have a look at the
                                                                        May 18th, 2012
Samuel 17, a product from Prolimatech designed with a
different purpose in mind; to be capable of delivering the
highest possible overall performance while being only 45mm
tall. How does Prolimatech’s David compare against the
numerous Goliaths currently available? We will find out in
this review.
CPU coolers come in all shapes and sizes. For the obvious               Cooler Master's gaming brand – CM Storm – keeps on
reasons, here in VR-Zone we usually review cooler capable of            expanding its range of products and its latest addition is the
delivering very high thermal performance and/or excellent               Sonuz gaming headset which is a simpler, more affordable
acoustics. Today however we will have a look at the                     option than the Sirus. For starters, the Sonuz is a stereo
Samuel 17, a product from Prolimatech designed with a                   headset rather than a surround sound model like the Sirus,
different purpose in mind; to be capable of delivering the              although it does have a few selling points of its own.
highest possible overall performance while being only 45mm
tall. How does Prolimatech’s David compare against the                  Cooler Master's gaming brand – CM Storm – keeps on
numerous Goliaths currently available? We will find out in              expanding its range of products and its latest addition is the
this review.                                                            Sonuz gaming headset which is a simpler, more affordable
                                                                        option than the Sirus. For starters, the Sonuz is a stereo
Manufacturer features and specifications                                headset rather than a surround sound model like the Sirus,
                                                                        although it does have a few selling points of its own.
   • Unique 6-high quality-heatpipe-down-draft style CPU
     heatsink.                                                          Due to the fact that there's only a single speaker in each of the
                                                                        ear cups of the Sonuz, CM Storm has been able to increase
   • Super compact heatpiped CPU cooler at 45mm tall,
                                                                        the size of the drivers to 53mm, although in comparison
     perfect for HTPC system.
                                                                        the Sirus has a single 40mm and three 30mm drivers per
   • No installation interference issue.                                ear. The impedance has also been increased from 16/32
   • Supports low RPM 120mm fans on a relatively smaller                Ohm to 45 Ohm, although this should have little effect when
     heatsink body.                                                     connected to your average PC, but sadly the sensitive is down
                                                                        from 105dB to 98dB (+/-3dB), but at least the frequency
   • Decreases   temperature             on     surrounding        PC   range remains the same at 10-20,000Hz.
     components.
   • Supports ATX, microATX and mini-ITX form factors.
   • Supports Intel LGA775/1156/1366 and AMD AM2/
     AM2+/AM3/AM3+.




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                                                                     The only problem beyond the somewhat odd fit of the Sonuz
                                                                     that we can see is pricing, as the Sirus can be had for around
As this is a stereo headset, there's only a simple in-line           US$100 now and the only pricing we managed to find for
remote with a volume control and a mic mute button, but              the Sonuz places it at around US$115, although admittedly
that's really all you need, so no complaints here. The cable         this was through a South African online retailer, so it's not
is of the increasingly popular braided type and it terminates        an entirely fair comparison.
in the left ear cup at one end and to a pair of 3.5mm jacks
at the other. This is also where the detachable microphone
is located. The ear cups have a diameter of 97mm, but the
                                                                     PlayStation Network to get
heatset itself is slightly unwieldy, at least judging by the early   game pre-loading feature
production headset we had a brief try with back at CeBIT.            Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/playstation-network-to-get-game-
The headset can be adjusted easily and it features a soft pad        pre-loading-feature/15915.html
at the top as well as on the ear pads, but due to the large bits     May 18th, 2012
of plastic it's made up of, if feels quite big and heavy when
on your head, despite the fact that it should be lighter than
the Sirus.


                                                                     Sony is rolling out a new feature for the PlayStation Network
                                                                     that will allow users who pre-purchase a game to download
                                                                     it before release.
                                                                     Sony is rolling out a new feature for the PlayStation Network
                                                                     that will allow users who pre-purchase a game to download
                                                                     it before release.


                                                                     The pre-loading ability will begin next week with Sorcery,
                                                                     a game that lets players use the PlayStation Move motion
                                                                     controllers to fire magical bolts at a host of mystical
                                                                     creatures inspired by Irish legend.


                                                                     Valve's Steam software already comes with a similar pre-
                                                                     loading feature, which is one of its many appeals, and the
                                                                     rising popularity of downloaded games has given many
                                                                     gaming firms pause for thought about the future direction of
                                                                     the industry.



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Sony is clearly beginning to recognise what makes digital
downloading work, which is not having to spend several
hours, or in some cases, when users have poor internet                 Axing 18,000 jobs would save the company a whopping $1
connections or the download servers are being throttled,               billion a year, according to Brian Marshall, an analyst for ISI
days downloading a game, especially on launch day.                     Group, but with the company expected to lose $5 billion of
                                                                       its annual revenue this year, down from $127 billion to $122
                                                                       billion, job cuts alone won't save it.
Pre-loading a game will give players more time to download
a title before it even releases, which will remove a lot of the
anguish and frustration players feel when a game releases.             The company's latest CEO, Meg Whitman, indicated that she
Since gamers need to pre-purchase to avail of this service it          wants to spend more on research and development in order
will also help drum up some early sales.                               to encourage more innovation. She plans to reduce expenses
                                                                       in other areas of HP in order to afford this research, so we
                                                                       can likely expect further cutbacks and lay-offs throughout
Of course, since the game will be downloaded and will only
                                                                       the company.
need to be unlocked on launch day, it begs the question
whether or not any resourceful gamers might find a way to
play it before its intended release.

                                                                       ZTE admits major security
                                                                       hole in US smartphone
HP to axe 30,000 jobs                                                  Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/zte-admits-major-security-hole-in-
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-to-axe-30-000-jobs/15914.html   us-smartphone/15913.html
May 18th, 2012                                                         May 18th, 2012

                                                                       ZTE has admitted that its Score smartphone has a security
                                                                       vulnerability that could allow hackers to hijack the device.


                                                                       Security researchers discovered that anyone who has the
                                                                       hardwired password for the device could access it easily,
Hewlett-Packard (HP) is to axe up to 30,000 jobs in efforts            bypassing all security in place.
to make the company more competitive in the face of the
rising might of the smartphone and tablet markets.
                                                                       The vulnerability was described as “highly unusual,”
Hewlett-Packard (HP) is to axe up to 30,000 jobs in efforts
                                                                        because it was found to be deliberately put in place for future
to make the company more competitive in the face of the
                                                                       updates to the software by ZTE. Whether this was intended
rising might of the smartphone and tablet markets.
                                                                       for malicious purposes or was just “sloppy programming”
                                                                       has not yet been determined, according to security firm
The company has nearly 350,000 staff, making the cuts                  CrowdStrike.
close to 10 percent of its entire workforce. Anonymous
sources close to the company cite figures between 25,000
                                                                       The security hole will exacerbate fears that ZTE and similar
and 30,000 as the estimated job losses on the table.
                                                                       Chinese companies like Huawei are in league with the
                                                                       Chinese government and deliberately providing backdoors
It is believed that HP may announce the cuts next                      in their technology for exploitation. The companies have
Wednesday at its quarterly earnings call, which is widely              denied these allegations, but the denials have done little to
expected to show the continuing failure of the company to              calm suspicious minds.
adapt to competition to the once-dominant PC market.



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                                                                        an ultra-bright and power efficient viewing experience.
                                                                        It is equipped with 1GHz dual-core processor with 16GB
                                                                        flash storage, 8-megapixel camera with fast capture, HD
                                                                        recording and Sony technology that can capture 2D and
                                                                        3D panoramic images. Other features include HDMI and
                                                                        DLNA connectivity; xLoud, Clear Bass and 3D surround
                                                                        audio technology, near field communication and Xperia
                                                                        SmartTags. Available in silver and black, the Sony Xperia
                                                                        P has a recommended retail price of S$688 before telco
                                                                        subsidies and comes with an embedded battery, fast charger,
                                                                        USB cable, standard headset, two Xperia SmartTags and
                                                                        HDMI cable.
                                                                        Powered by 1GHz dual-core processor, the Xperia U features
                                                                        a 3.5-inch Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA
ZTE said it is “actively working on a security patch” for the
                                                                        Engine for superb quality viewing. It has a 5-megapixel
Score vulnerability, which it will send over-the-air in the
                                                                        camera with unique fast capture, HD recording capabilities
near future. It did not give a timeframe for when the patch
                                                                        and can capture 2D and 3D panoramic images. The
would be released, but urged users to install it as soon as it
                                                                        phone also features xLoud and 3D surround sound audio
is rolled out.
                                                                        technology for crisp and loud music enjoyment. Priced at S
                                                                        $488 before contract, the Xperia U is available in white or
There have been reports that other ZTE models, such as                  black, with additional yellow and white exchangeable caps
the Skate, also feature the vulnerability, with passwords               respectively in the box. It comes bundled with a standard
available online. ZTE has denied this, however, claiming it             battery, power charger, USB cable, screen protector and
only affects the Score.                                                 SmartHeadset.
                                                                        The Xperia sola is NFC enabled and is bundled with Xperia
                                                                        SmartTags to enable quick app loading and easy content
Researchers will likely be studying the company's                       sharing. It claims to offer a unique Floating touch navigation
smartphone range in the coming days and weeks, which                    for an easy web browsing experience on its 3.7-inch Reality
could spell the beginning of a nightmare period of negative             Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine. It is equipped with
publicity for ZTE.                                                      a 1GHz dual core processor, xLOUD and 3D surround
                                                                        sound audio technology for superb music enjoyment. The
                                                                        Xperia sola comes in white or black with embedded battery,
                                                                        standard charger, USB Cable, standard headset and four
Sony Xperia P, U and sola                                               Xperia SmartTags, and retailing at S$588 without contract.
land in Singapore                                                       On top of that, Xperia users get free 50GB storage for life
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-xperia-p-u-and-sola-land-in-   before the end of December 2012. Simply download the Box
singapore/15912.html                                                    app from the Google Play store on the Xperia smartphone to
May 18th, 2012                                                          enjoy the free 50GB storage.


                                                                        VIA announces 1080p
                                                                        capable, fanless Pico-ITX
Sony Mobile Communications has announced that the                       based AMOS-3002 PC
Xperia P, U and sola are officially available in Singapore.             Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/via-announces-1080p-capable-
The Android smartphones retail today, and claim to offer                fanless-pico-itx-based-amos-3002-pc/15911.html
convenient sharing of content with easy connectivity across             May 18th, 2012
multiple screens.




                                                                        The ultra compact fanless PC market has just seen the
                                                                        addition of a new entry from VIA sporting the company's tiny
                                                                        EPIA-P900 Pico-ITX board.
                                                                        The ultra compact fanless PC market has just seen the
                                                                        addition of a new entry from VIA sporting the company's tiny
                                                                        EPIA-P900 Pico-ITX board.




The Sony Xperia P sports a 4-inch Reality Display with
Mobile BRAVIA Engine WhiteMagic display technology for

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                                                                make the AMOS-3002 a flexible solution for a wide range of
                                                                embedded applications. Front I/O includes, two COM ports,
                                                                one Cfast slot, four USB 2.0 ports, including two lockable
                                                                ports for increased ruggedization, line-in/out, and one DIO
                                                                port, while rear I/O includes, one VGA and one HDMI port,
                                                                two GLAN ports for dual Gigabit networking and a further
                                                                2 USB 2.0 ports. Optional Wi-Fi and 3G networking are
                                                                available through a MiniPCIe expansion slot.
                                                                Note*: The AMOS-3002 is also available with the use of a
                                                                EPIA-P830 Pico-ITX board featuring a 1.0GHz Nano™ E-
                                                                Series processor for an increased operating temperature
                                                                range up to 70°C."
The new VIA AMOS-3002 combines VIA's 1.0GHz Eden X2
dual core processor with its HD media capable VX900H            Apple invents process of
media system processor (MSP) on the aforementioned
board, making it an attractive option for situations like in-   manufacturing a unified,
car infotainment.
                                                                seamless device housing
                                                                Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-invents-process-of-
                                                                manufacturing-a-unified-seamless-device-housing/15907.html
                                                                May 18th, 2012




                                                                A post on Patently Apple enumerates the manufacturing
                                                                process of a new seamless, unitary design for electronics
Its completely fanless, all-passive operation combined with     housings. Apple may use this future process to create devices
a super small footprint and the ability to smoothly run 1080p   that appear as a single, undivided piece.
content will be the major selling point of the AMOS-3002.
                                                                A post on Patently Apple enumerates the manufacturing
Running dimensions of just 19.7 cm x 10.4 cm x 4.9 cm           process of a new seamless, unitary design for electronics
(WxDxH) with its robust chassis that can withstand tons of      housings. Apple may use this future process to create devices
abuse in terms of temperature and shock, the unit is packed     that appear as a single, undivided piece.
with a solid array of connectivity including dual Gigabit
ethernet, optional 3G & WiFi via a MiniPCIe expansion slot,     Today, March 17th, the US Patent & Trademark Office
Cfast slot and room to house a 2.5-inch HDD. Adding to          published a patent application from Apple, concerning the
that are a couple COM ports, six USB 2.0 ports, line-in and     manufacturing a seamless product housing.
outputs, a DIO port, VGA and HDMI.




"Able to operate completely fanlessly within a robust
chassis, the VIA AMOS-3002 leverages the digital
excellence of the VIA EPIA-P900 Pico-ITX board,
combining a 1.0GHz Eden X2 processor and the VX900H
media system processor, to provide customers with an
embedded system that delivers all the latest features and
digital media standards required for a diversified range
of embedded applications including telematics, in-vehicle
control, machine to machine controller (M2M), digital
signage and kiosks.
                                                                Every electronic has openings,          seams, cracks, and other
Storage is provided through a Cfast slot for a flash            indicators that the device is not       a single component. Even
drive while an optional storage sub-system expansion            the comparatively sleek iPhone          is divided into two parts,
chassis offers support for a standard 2.5" SATA drive.          the upper and lower case. This          can be seen on the seam
Comprehensive I/O functions on front and rear panels            surrounding the device screen.

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But Apple wants to change that. Using ultrasonic welding - a            May 18th, 2012
process already used by Apple to attach internal components
- in conjunction with metal foil, Apple has designed a process
to create a completely seamless electronic case.
The process involves the ultrasonic welding of housing
components with internal components, finished with a layer
of ultrasonically bonded metal foil layers which cover the
outside. This creates a unified and singular piece, with no             In Apple's digital store, the word 'jailbreak' was being
visible seams, cracks, or anything to indicate that it was ever         replaced with a censored 'j*******k'. After much ridicule
in multiple pieces.                                                     on Twitter and the blogosphere, Apple quickly removed the
                                                                        censorship.
The result is a smooth, rounded product that will probably
look like something out of science fiction, once a good artist          In Apple's digital store, the word 'jailbreak' was being
gets his hands on it. The design is in stark contrast with              replaced with a censored 'j*******k'. After much ridicule
the boxy, angular iPhone 4. If Apple wants a good way to                on Twitter and the blogosphere, Apple quickly removed the
rejuvenate its mobile product line, this is probably the way            censorship.
to go. Nobody on the market has anything like this. Even                It made for a confusing day in the blogosphere. Almost as
the smoothest smartphones and electronic devices are not as             quickly as the bizarre act was noticed, it vanished. Users
aesthetically flawless as a device with no seams whatsoever.            realized earlier, however, that switching the ratings system
                                                                        to a different country in iTunes store removed the censor
                                                                        anyways. It turns out that this practice has actually been
                                                                        occurring for months. The blogging community chose today
                                                                        to take notice of it, however.




                                                                        Jailbreaking, in the Apple sense, is an act of the user
While this should delight the lay consumer, others are likely
                                                                        community to remove the locked prohibitions of Apple
to be highly disappointed if such a product is released. Apple
                                                                        mobile devices, namely the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
is notorious for their difficult-to-open electronic devices,
                                                                        This allows a user to gain root access to the operating
making it hard to perform self-repairs. A seamless design
                                                                        system, and perform major modifications. Apple has been
would make such repairs virtually impossible, and if they
                                                                        historically opposed to this practice. Cult of Mac writer
could be done, they would certainly destroy the look.
                                                                        Killian Bell remarked "I can imagine that the reaction you
But hackers and do-it-your-selfers do not constitute the                get from mentioning the word 'jailbreak' within the Apple
mobile market. The iPhone is a part of culture. Practically             camp in Cupertino is almost identical to that you get when
everyone can recognize one, and plenty of smartphone                    mentioning the word 'bomb' on an airplane"
buyers will go for it, probably even more so in the case of
                                                                        The word started appearing censored with asterisks in
such a radical design overhaul.
                                                                        iTunes store listings containing it. For example, an episode
In any case, the kind of product that Apple could produce               from the classic cowboy TV series 'Roy Rogers' appeared as
using this new process would look, in the simple words of its           'J*******k' instead of 'Jailbreak'. Many bloggers assumed
late founder and CEO Steve Jobs, "truly magical".                       that this was a petty act of retaliation against the jailbreak
                                                                        community. Others thought perhaps that it was flunked
                                                                        attempt to censor the word from App listings.
Apple censors and un-                                                   In any case, Apple apparently took notice of the community
censors the word 'jailbreak'                                            ridicule, and the censoring is now being removed.
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-censors-and-un-censors-the-   Interestingly enough, the un-censoring is taking place a tad
word-jailbreak-/15905.html                                              slowly, and some items still appear censored even now.

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Conspiracy theories aside, this humble writer finds the              OpenCL is being pushed as the API of choice, which is
situation amusing, and thinks that Apple was simply                  a testament to the Khronos Group. For the future of the
displaying an uncommon sense of humor - but perhaps we'll            GPGPU computing, we’ve been told that there is a lot of
never know.                                                          interest in moving away from the conventional x86 CPUs
                                                                     and replacing them with ARM cores. However, ARM needs
                                                                     to resolve the bandwidth issue, since GPU requires much
From GTC 2012: AMD R7970                                             more data than ARM is able to provide. You can put this in
Preferred over NVIDIA Kepler                                         “good and bad news for Intel” category.

in Real GPGPU Deployments?                                           To us, all of this sounds ideal for AMD, and our sources went
                                                                     on to say that the real limitation is in the way how AMD
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/from-gtc-2012-amd-r7970-
                                                                     positions its products. “AMD went for cheap and affordable”,
preferred-over-nvidia-kepler-in-real-gpgpu-deployments-/15903.html
                                                                     said our source. "They don’t have anything for the servers
May 18th, 2012
                                                                     and that’s what guts them. Our clients go AMD 7970, but
                                                                     then we have to go with a 5U chassis and put up to eight
                                                                     Radeon HD 7970 cards, but we cannot compete on space
                                                                     optimized 1U and 2U, since AMD has no purpose-built
                                                                     (GPGPU) products for that."


During the Emerging Companies Summit at the NVIDIA
GPU Technology Conference, we spoke with several startups
and experienced companies, seeing an interesting emerging
pattern.
Apparently, if a company requires a quick, raw compute
speed where there isn’t a lot of need for complex coding, such
as the image or file compression and decompression, that
company will be advised for a following cadence - GTX 280
- GTX 480 - GTX 580 - HD 7970.
That’s right, while the Kepler GPU architecture offers a lot
more capabilities, there are a lot of applications with simple
code that requires a lot of raw horsepower. In such case
scenario, 2048 cores inside a Radeon HD 7970 will mean
more than 1536 cores on a GTX 690. This lead to clients              And here lies the sad truth. GPGPU is turning to be a big
ordering Radeon HD 7970 boards rather than going GeForce             business for NVIDIA, earning more money than AMD is able
GTX 680 or a product which NVIDIA would prefer to be used            to pull from their consumer endeavours. BUT, since there
in GPGPU – the Tesla C2075, or the new K10.                          are no contemporary server-grade parts from AMD and “if
                                                                     the company requires a 2U or 1U, AMD solution is SOL and
                                                                     we go NVIDIA”.
                                                                     The quotes above come from several C-level executives, and
                                                                     you can see how similar they are.
                                                                     Here’s an advice for AMD - if you guys want to make money
                                                                     using your existing technology, how about qualifying a HD
                                                                     7970 with 6GB of ECC memory and call it FireStream 7970?
                                                                     Just that there aren’t any surprises when next round of
                                                                     financial results come in and NVIDIA once more demolishes
                                                                     AMD by effectively making a technology which is inferior in
                                                                     simple GPGPU apps.


                                                                     Acer gears up business
                                                                     oriented TravelMate P243
                                                                     notebook with Ivy Bridge
                                                                     Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/acer-gears-up-business-oriented-
                                                                     travelmate-p243-notebook-with-ivy-bridge/15910.html
                                                                     May 18th, 2012




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Acer has just unveiled a new business focused 14-inch laptop              May 18th, 2012
in the UK under its TravelMate lineup, suited up with a third-
gen Ivy Bridge processor.
Acer has just outed a new business oriented 14-inch laptop in             We have to say that Intel's first Thunderbolt equipped
the UK under its TravelMate lineup, suited up with a third-               motherboard is something of an anti-climax, as the
gen Ivy Bridge processor.                                                 DZ77RE-75K is nigh on identical to the DZ77GA-70K,
                                                                          although we spotted at least one change beyond the
                                                                          Thunderbolt port. On top of that, it's also quite an expensive
                                                                          motherboard, more so than MSI's Z77A-GD80.
                                                                          We have to say that Intel's first Thunderbolt equipped
                                                                          motherboard is something of an anti-climax, as the
                                                                          DZ77RE-75K is nigh on identical to the DZ77GA-70K,
                                                                          although we spotted at least one change beyond the
                                                                          Thunderbolt port. On top of that, it's also quite an expensive
                                                                          motherboard, more so than MSI's Z77A-GD80.
                                                                          So the major difference between the DZ77RE-75K and it's
                                                                          more affordable sibling, the DZ77GA-70K is the inclusion
                                                                          of a mini DisplayPort connector which is also the standard
                                                                          interface for Thunderbolt and of course the Cactus Ridge
                                                                          Thunderbolt chip. Sadly Intel cheaped out on it first
                                                                          Thunderbolt motherboard and used the DSL3310 – or
                                                                          L3310L as it's referred to in the manual – which only offers
                                                                          the equivalent bandwidth of two PCI Express lanes. In other
The TravelMate P243 packs an Intel Core i5 based Ivy Bridge               words, don't expect full Thunderbolt performance from this
CPU, whilst the remaining specs are fairly standard fare with             board, as it won't deliver it.
its 14-inch (1366 x 768) display, 750GB HDD, HD webcam
and a USB 3.0 port.
In top trim, up to 8GB of RAM can be optioned for along
with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M GPU. Base pricing starts
at £339 (about $536) in the UK, but we're not yet sure when
exactly the P243 will hit shelves.




                                                                          The second change is that due to the addition of the
                                                                          Thunderbolt interface, the bottom PCI Express x4 slot on
                                                                          the DZ77GA-70K is now a PCI Express x1 slot on the
                                                                          DZ77RE-75K. We should also point out that it's now being
                                                                          routed via the PLX PCI Express bridge, rather than being
                                                                          directly connected to the chipset, despite the fact that the
                                                                          Thunderbolt chip is only really using two PCI Express lanes.
                                                                          It's possible that this is due to at least in part the lack of a
                                                                          PCI Express x2 interface, but it's highly unlikely, as there's
                                                                          no reason as to why Intel would have to use all four lanes
Intel's first Thunderbolt                                                 to connect the DSL3310 if it only requires two, so either
equipped motherboard nearly                                               the Thunderbolt chipset actually uses up four lanes for its
                                                                          physical board interface, or Intel has just taken the easy
here                                                                      route out.
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-s-first-thunderbolt-equipped-
motherboard-nearly-here/15909.html




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Price wise we found the DZ77RE-75K listed for CA$312 (S
$399) in Canada and around €260 (S$420) in Europe, or
some €15 more than MSI's Z77A-GD80. Admittedly we don't               The O!Play Media Pro supports all standard video formats
know what MSI will bundle with its board and Intel does               such as MPEG1/2/4, H.264, VC-1 and RM/RMVB. It
offer a good bundle with a 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 2.1            handles all standard video containers such as MP4, MOV,
module and it also sports more USB 3.0 ports, a pair of               WMV, FLV, MKV, TS, MTS, MT2S, MPG, VOB and even ISO
Gigabit Ethernet ports, FireWire and eSATA, but we'll wait            files. Throw in audio support for AC3, DTS, Dolby Digital,
and see which Thunderbolt chip MSI has used to make any               Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, AAC, HE-AAC, PCM,
comparisons between the two boards. We're also expecting              FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, RA and a few others and you've
Thunderbolt products from both Asus and Gigabyte at                   got most common formats and then some supported. It
Computex in a couple of weeks' time and admittedly Intel is           also displays all standard image formats and handles most
still cheaper than Asus with its P8Z77-V Premium which is             common subtitles formats.
currently listed at a wallet cringing €400 (S$650).


Asus launches the O!Play
Media Pro set-top box
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-launches-the-o-play-media-
pro-set-top-box/15908.html
                                                                      When it comes to internet streaming, the O!Play Media
May 18th, 2012
                                                                      Pro supports YouTube Leanback/XL, Muzee, Acetrax and
                                                                      Dailymotion, but you can also access Facebook and Picasa
                                                                      as well as listen to internet radio. Apparently other services
                                                                      are also supported, but Asus didn't specify which ones. Sadly
                                                                      we don't know when the O!Play Media Pro will be available
If you live in a country with DVB-T terrestrial digital TV, then      or how much it'll retail for. One other downside is that
Asus' new O!Play Media Pro set-top box might be of interest           many countries are already moving to DVB-T2 which the
to you, as beyond being a DVB-T tuner with EPG support,               O!Play Media Pro doesn't seem to support and as such this
it's also a media player that supports just about every format        product might already be out-dated by the time it launches,
you can throw at it. On top of that, it will also stream video        but hopefully it supports both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 DVB-T
from a wide range of online services.                                 broadcasts. Also keep in mind that it only supports so called
If you live in a country with DVB-T terrestrial digital TV, then      free-to-air channels, so if you live in a country with no free
Asus' new O!Play Media Pro set-top box might be of interest           channels, this product is sadly not for you.
to you, as beyond being a DVB-T tuner with EPG support,
it's also a media player that supports just about every format
you can throw at it. On top of that, it will also stream video
                                                                      Akitio launches the Cloud
from a wide range of online services.                                 Hybrid NAS/DAS
                                                                      Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/akitio-launches-the-cloud-hybrid-
                                                                      nasdas/15906.html
                                                                      May 18th, 2012




                                                                      In as much as NAS devices are handy when it comes to
                                                                      backing up data, streaming audio and video over a home
We're not sure what chipset Asus is using in the O!Play               network and many other things, one of the downsides is that
Media Pro, but previous models have relied on Realtek                 the performance when it comes to actually putting the data
chipsets as far as we're aware. That said, it sports a Gigabit        on them isn't always there. Akitio has come up with a home
Ethernet port, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi – sadly no 5GHz support –            storage solution that attempts to solve this issue by being a
a pair of USB 2.0 ports, an SD/MMC card slot, a mini HDMI             combination NAS/DAS with USB 3.0 connectivity.
port – this seems to be a space limitation – an optical S/            In as much as NAS devices are handy when it comes to
PDIF out, a 3.5mm jack for analogue video out and a mini RF           backing up data, streaming audio and video over a home
antenna connector with a supplied adapter. You also get a             network and many other things, one of the downsides is that
rather good looking remote which for once isn't one of those          the performance when it comes to actually putting the data
terribly fiddly things to use if the picture is anything to go by.    on them isn't always there. Akitio has come up with a home
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storage solution that attempts to solve this issue by being a
combination NAS/DAS with USB 3.0 connectivity.
Admittedly we're growing somewhat tired of the whole
"cloud" hype and the Cloud Hybrid as Akitio calls its latest
device is clearly trying to build in the cloud storage hype.
The base specifications consist of an unspecified 300MHz
processor, 32MB of DDR memory and 2MB of flash memory,
i.e. not the most impressive specifications out there, but
with only room for a single hard drive, the Cloud Hybrid
isn't intended to be a high-end storage device, but rather
something you'd use for streaming media around your
home.




                                                                 As far as performance is concerned, Akitio claims 60MB/
                                                                 s sustained transfer rates using Samba which isn't
                                                                 exceptional, but pretty decent for an entry level device such
                                                                 as this. Keep in mind that you'd get better performance
Interestingly, Akitio is using Microsoft's exFAT file system     over USB 3.0, but the enclosure is limited to SATA 3Gbps
which so far isn't widely used on anything outside of high-      drives, although this shouldn't be an issue for your average
capacity flash memory cards. Connectivity consists of a          hard drive. At US$99 (S$125) the Akitio Cloud Hybrid isn't
single Gigabit Ethernet port as well as the aforementioned       terribly expensive for what you get, but keep in mind that
USB 3.0 port. The idea, even judging by Akitio's ideas behind    this isn't the type of device you want if data security matters
the product is that you load data onto the Cloud Hybrid via      to you.
USB 3.0 and then connect it up to your home network to
access the data.
The good news is that Akitio has added support for a
                                                                 Samsung shrinks its LPDDR2
wide range of standard technologies such as UPnP-AV,             products to 2Xnm, doubles
DLNA, iTunes music server, FTP, Samba and much more.
The device is configured via a standard web GUI and it's         the capacity
compatible with UPnP clients like the Xbox 360, PS3, iTunes      Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-shrinks-its-lpddr2-
and Windows 7 MCE, but Akitio also offers a mobile app so        products-to-2xnm-doubles-the-capacity/15904.html
you can access the data via iOS or Android devices and it can    May 18th, 2012
even be used to record directly to from some Toshiba Regza
TV's. There's also support for remote access over the internet
via a web portal.



                                                                 DDR4 will potentially arrive in the server space come next
                                                                 year, yet most mobile devices are still using DDR or DDR2
                                                                 memory, with only a handful shipping with DDR3 memory.
                                                                 Samsung has announced that it has managed to improve
                                                                 things in several ways by shrinking its LPDDR2 memory to
                                                                 2Xnm.



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DDR4 will potentially arrive in the server space come next
year, yet most mobile devices are still using DDR or DDR2
memory, with only a handful shipping with DDR3 memory.
Samsung has announced that it has managed to improve
things in several ways by shrinking its LPDDR2 memory to
2Xnm.
For starters, the die shrink allows Samsung to produce
more affordable 4Gbit memory dies than what the company
could using its 3Xnm technology, something that in the long
run should make for more affordable devices. However, the
initial benefit is that Samsung can now package four dies in a
single memory package for 2GB chips, twice that of what was
commonly available using 3Xnm manufacturing technology.
Add to this the fact that Samsung has managed to shave off
20 percent of the height of the actual memory chips – down
to a mere 0.8mm – and you have an ideal candidate for PoP
or Package on Package type usage where the DRAM sits on
top of the ARM SoC, a common thing in many smartphones
for example. Considering that the market is already moving               Google's solution of leaving the location nameless has not
towards 2GB of RAM in smartphones, this clearly the way                  gone over well with Iran, however. Ramin Mehmanparast,
forward for any DRAM manufacturer that wants to stay on                  spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, said that Google
top of the competition.                                                  must restore the name or face “serious damages.”

Samsung's new LPDDR2 memory will be available in speeds
of up to 1,066MHz, but it said to be more power efficient                He said that Google had already been warned about legal
than its 30nm siblings at the same speed. The new DRAM                   action, but clearly it has ignored it. It is not yet clear if Iran
chips went into mass production last month and should be                 will pursue its threat and if it will be successful in restoring
available to Samsung's partners shortly. The press release               the Persian Gulf's name on Google Maps.
also quoted expected market share numbers of LPDDR2 by
IHS iSupply who claims that about 13 percent of the market
of mobile devices will use LPDDR2 this year, with 49 percent             The location can still be found easily with a search for
next year and 63 percent by 2014.                                        "Persian Gulf," but the dispute just goes to show how much
                                                                         power there is in a name.

Iran threatens to sue Google
over Persian Gulf map
                                                                         Real Cost of 20nm Chips:
omission
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/iran-threatens-to-sue-google-over-
                                                                         Only for the Big Boys, 100
persian-gulf-map-omission/15902.html                                     Milion to Break Even
May 18th, 2012                                                           Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/real-cost-of-20nm-chips-only-for-
                                                                         the-big-boys-100-milion-to-break-even/15885.html
                                                                         May 18th, 2012




Iran has threatened to sue Google over its omission of the
disputed name of the Persian Gulf on Google Maps.
Iran has threatened to sue Google over its omission of the               During the NVIDIA GTC 2012 conference, we spoke
disputed name of the Persian Gulf on Google Maps.                        with several sources from the world of semiconductor
                                                                         manufacturing and the figures given were not…
                                                                         encouraging.
The historic location between Iran and the Arabian
                                                                         During the NVIDIA GTC 2012 conference, we spoke
Peninsula was left without a name on Google's popular map
                                                                         with several sources from the world of semiconductor
service due to a conflict between Iran and some Arab states
                                                                         manufacturing and the figures given were not…
over what it should be called.
                                                                         encouraging. Furthermore, parallel to GPU Tech
                                                                         Conference, there was a Semico Impact Forum being held at
Traditionally the name was known as the Persian Gulf, a                  the Double Tree Hotel in San Jose, CA.
throwback to the old region of Persia, which is now Iran                 While NVIDIA was publicly discussing the 28nm availability
and Afghanistan. However, some claim that it should more                 issues (yields are very high, wafer availability is low) and
properly be known as the Arabian Gulf, highlighting tensions             TSMC was the only semiconductor maker at the conference,
between Iranians and Arabs.

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Semico Impact Forum faired a grim message to the fabless
chip designers.                                                        "In order to make sure everything is continuing to run as
                                                                       it should, we've decided to move out our target launch for
                                                                       the real-money auction house beyond our original estimated
                                                                       date of May 22," the company said in a statement posted by
                                                                       community manager Bashiok, infamous for telling players to
                                                                       lower their expectations of the game.


                                                                       Blizzard has not revealed a new date for the auction house,
                                                                       but that is not surprising, as it has a lot on its plate with game
                                                                       errors and disgruntled players.




According to sources with an extensive knowledge of the
industry, the shift from 28nm to 20nm will take place over
the course of next year, starting in the second half of 2013. It
is expected that 20nm process node will only expand during
2014, with the shift to 14nm being “the big one”. But going
from 28nm to 20nm is not going to be a walk in the park                “As many of you are aware, technical issues occurring within
either. In order to amortize for the 20nm shrink, you will             hours after the game's launch led to players experiencing
need to amortize costs over at least 100 million devices.              error messages and difficulty logging in,” the company said.
                                                                       “These issues cropped up again last night for the Americas
This is also the primary reason why the shift to 20nm will             and Europe servers. Despite very aggressive projections,
only be bulk (no SOI) with less options than 32/28nm.                  our preparations for the launch of the game did not go far
NVIDIA, Qualcomm, TI, AMD ship products in sufficient                  enough.”
volumes to be able to afford the switch, but that will not be
the case with smaller manufacturers.
On the other hand, the cost of 40/32/28nm production is                Blizzard expressed “regret” over the situation, apologised for
going to drop significantly after the big players migrate to a         the difficulties faced, and thanked players for their patience
new process node and leave ample capacity at older nodes.              – as if they had any choice when faced with the dreaded Error
                                                                       #37.

Blizzard delays Diablo III real-                                       The company said it is constantly monitoring performance
money auction house                                                    of servers and has applied a number of optimisations to
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/blizzard-delays-diablo-iii-real-   deal with the “Zerg rush” (sorry, wrong game). It has also
money-auction-house/15901.html                                         identified an issue with achievements not being earned
May 18th, 2012                                                         or saved, which it said it is investigating further and will
                                                                       provide an update on soon.


                                                                       All of this will do little to appease upset fans, but at least the
                                                                       game was not delayed until next year.


Blizzard has delayed the launch of the real-money auction              Apple in iPhone talks with
house in Diablo III and has apologised for its lack of
preparations which led to error messages and many gamers               China Mobile
being unable to play.                                                  Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-in-iphone-talks-with-china-
                                                                       mobile/15900.html
Blizzard has delayed the launch of the real-money auction
house in Diablo III and has apologised for its lack of
preparations which led to error messages and many gamers
being unable to play.
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May 18th, 2012                                                          PopCap Games has launched a high-definition version of
                                                                        its classic gem-busting game Bejeweled for Apple's iPad,
                                                                        complete with support for the retina display on the new
                                                                        model.
                                                                        PopCap Games has launched a high-definition version of
                                                                        its classic gem-busting game Bejeweled for Apple's iPad,
Apple is in talks with China Mobile, the world's largest                complete with support for the retina display on the new
mobile phone network, to offer the iPhone to millions of                model.
Chinese consumers.
Apple is in talks with China Mobile, the world's largest
                                                                        The game features all four modes from the original (Classic,
mobile phone network, to offer the iPhone to millions of
                                                                        Butterflies, Diamond Mine and Zen), but delivers the
Chinese consumers.
                                                                        gameplay in full high-definition graphics, optimised to run
                                                                        on the new iPad with its high resolution display.
Xi Guohua, chairman of China Mobile, confirmed that the
two companies had entered discussions, indicating that both
                                                                        Gamers will be able to make a myriad of special gems, such
sides are keen to ink a deal.
                                                                        as Flame gems, Star gems, Supernova gems and Hypercubes,
                                                                        in addition to earning badges and achievements in the Game
China Mobile rules a whopping 67 percent of the                         Centre, where they can go up against friends and earn a place
Chinese telecommunications market, with over 660 million                on the leaderboard.
customers, but lack of support for the iPhone is seen as a
contributing factor to a steady drop in customers, who are
going to China Unicom and China Telecom, both of which
offer Apple's flagship device. This deal is therefore extremely
significant for the long-term success of the company.




                                                                        “The iPad has become a de facto standard for tablet gaming
                                                                        and is an ideal platform for the Bejeweled franchise,”
However, there are problems with compatibility between                  said Giordano Bruno Contestabile, business director of
the iPhone and China Mobile's 3G network,which employs                  the Bejeweled franchise at PopCap Games. “This native
the unique TD-SCDMA standard. This means Apple will be                  adaptation is one of our best yet, and will enthrall players
forced to offer only 2G on its devices.                                 with fantastic HD graphics and optimized gameplay. As
                                                                        Bejeweled further evolves, we’ll continue to bring exciting
                                                                        new iterations, updates and content to millions of new and
This problem is expected to be resolved with the                        existing players.”
introduction of the next iPhone and LTE in China, but the
latter is unlikely to happen until 2014 or later, according to
analysts.                                                               The game is available immediately, or within 24 hours across
                                                                        the globe, from the Apple App Store and iTunes for $3.99,
                                                                        €2.99 or £2.49.

PopCap launches Bejeweled
                                                                        SOUL by Ludacris SL100GW
HD for iPad
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/popcap-launches-bejeweled-hd-for-
                                                                        headphone, now available in
ipad/15899.html                                                         Singapore
May 18th, 2012                                                          Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/soul-by-ludacris-sl100gw-
                                                                        headphone-now-available-in-singapore/15897.html




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May 18th, 2012                                                       Not a great deal is known based on what the sources have
                                                                     provided, but it appears this supposed new top dog mobile
                                                                     graphics offering from NVIDIA will be a scaled down version
                                                                     of its desktop Kepler based brother, the GTX 680.



SOUL by Ludacris has announced the gold and white
SL100GW headphone in Singapore. The lightweight
and durable headphone sports a vibrant and vivid colour and
features superb bass, clear mids and highs with high-
precision audio.




Hiphop artiste Ludacris has recently launched the gleaming
Gold and White version of the popular SL100 headphone,
the SOUL by Ludacris SL100GW, in Singapore. The latest
addition to the line of "SOUL by Ludacris" headphones                The GTX 680M is expected to have approx. half as many
is designed by the award-winning team, and features an               CUDA cores, either 744 or 768 according to sources, with
advanced headband pad with ear cups for comfortable                  its 256-bit memory interface and SLI configuration support
listening. Compatible with Apple products and other                  retained. The flagship mobile GPU will boast up to 4GB of
smartphones, it claims to offer high-precision audio balance,        GDDR5 memory and is said to suck up as much as 100W of
and superb bass with the built-in advanced driver. The               power.
   headphones comes with a tangle-resistant cable and a
protective road case for convenience storage on the go. The          When paired with Intel's Core i7 3720QM processor the
SOUL by Ludacris SL100GW is available at all authorized              GPU managed a 3DMark 11 score of 4,905 points under
retailers and is priced at S$349.                                    the Performance preset. It is anticipated that the 680M will
                                                                     be as much as 37% quicker than the GTX 670M in certain
                                                                     scenarios.
NVIDIA preparing GTX-680M
for presentation at Computex
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-preparing-gtx-680m-for-
presentation-at-computex/15898.html
May 18th, 2012




Unconfirmed details have come about pertaining to
a supposed GTX-680M mobile graphics solution from
NVIDIA launching at next month's Computex 2012 event in              Little else has been revealed about the GTX-680M at this
Taipei.                                                              time such as clock rates etc. but if rumour holds true we're
Unconfirmed details have come about pertaining to                    only a little over couple weeks away from the full rundown.
a supposed GTX-680M mobile graphics solution from
NVIDIA launching at next month's Computex 2012 event in
Taipei.

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Promo video for LG's Optimus
4X HD quad-core smartphone
surfaces
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/promo-video-for-lg-s-optimus-4x-
hd-quad-core-smartphone-surfaces/15896.html
May 18th, 2012




LG's first quad-core powered smartphone, the Optimus 4X
HD is almost upon us with its arrival set for sometime
next month into several European countries including the
UK, Germany, Sweden, Italy and Poland. Pricing, global                 PayPal has announced the "PayPal Mobile Payments
availability and exact launch dates between countries is yet           Standard" solutions which provide all merchants with a
to be made clear however.                                              mobile payment checkout experience that is optimized
LG's first quad-core powered smartphone, the Optimus 4X                for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. It detects whether
HD is almost upon us with its arrival set for sometime                 customers are using their mobile device for payment and
next month into several European countries including the               redirects them to a mobile-optimized payment page even if
UK, Germany, Sweden, Italy and Poland. Pricing, global                 the merchant's website is not optimized yet. On top of that,
availability and exact launch dates between countries is yet           the online payment processing company has also unveiled
to be made clear however.                                              the "Mobile Commerce in a Box" solution in Singapore
                                                                       that helps businesses build mobile-optimized websites with
A promo video has now emerged from LG confirming                       mobile friendly user-interface, from conversion of their
several attributes of the phone including what the "4X"                online stores in less than an hour and at no additional
means. LG touts the deliverance of "eXcellent Performance”,            cost. This way, businesses stand to benefit from increased
“eXceptional Display” and “eXquisite Design", resulting in a           browsing time, lower bounce rates and higher conversion
smartphone that is "Beyond eXpectation".                               rates, leading to increased sales.
           Unprintable Content (Video, Flash, etc.)                    Renowned coffee shop group, Pacific Coffee Company, was
                                                                       at the event to showcase the use of My Perfect Cup loyalty
Certainly, specs are looking super impressive in line of the           card that lets users top up the stored-value using their PayPal
premium end of today's smartphone world and it should                  account, and purchase the food and beverages with the use
prove to be quite the popular choice for shoppers looking out          of Quick Response (QR) code from their mobile device.
for a high end Android handset this summer.                            This makes the entire cashless transaction extremely easy
                                                                       and convenient. We also saw the supposed two-step PayPal
                                                                       purchases from online sites including movie tickets, travel
PayPal offers mobile-                                                  package as well as gadgets.
optimized websites and
checkout for business in
Singapore
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/paypal-offers-mobile-optimized-
websites-and-checkout-for-business-in-singapore/15895.html
May 18th, 2012




This morning, PayPal announced two mobile commerce
solutions for businesses in Singapore - mobile-optimized
shopping websites and checkout - that would help increase
mobile sales.
                                                                       According to Elias Ghanem, managing director of PayPal
                                                                       Southeast Asia and India, we are seeing a lot of devices
                                                                       becoming more social and connected, and mobile.
                                                                       "Three years ago, we were talking about the online and the
                                                                       offline whereby online (and mobile) constitute 4% of the

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entire $400 billion retail business around the world. Today,               May 18th, 2012
that number has gone to 6% for online and mobile. But
most importantly, almost 40% of the offline transactions are
influenced by an online device. What if in terms of being an
influencer becomes a transactor? In 2013, we are removing
the letter "e" from ecommerce; we believed that the online
and offline have completely blurred and the change for all
our merchants is now the entire retail. There is $10 trillion              According to “people familiar with the situation”, Apple’s
opportunity around the world for both local consumers and                  next iPhone will sport a bigger 4-inch screen, and is already
foreigners. In 2010, Singaporeans had spent $1.1 billion                   ordering them from suppliers in South Korea and Japan.
online and through their mobile and in 2015, it was projected
to be $4.4 billion. This shows that more Singaporeans are                  According to “people familiar with the situation”, Apple’s
using their mobile to shop online" Ghanem said.                            next iPhone will sport a bigger 4-inch screen, and is already
                                                                           ordering them from suppliers in South Korea and Japan.
                                                                           According to a source, the screen will measure four inches
Naughty Dog release new                                                    from one corner of the screen to the next. This size is 30%
trailer for first non-Uncharted                                            larger than current 3.5 inch screen which Apple has used for
                                                                           the iPhone since its introduction in 2007.
PS3 title, "The Last of Us"
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/naughty-dog-release-new-trailer-for-
first-non-uncharted-ps3-title--the-last-of-us-/15894.html
May 18th, 2012




Those talented game developers over at Naughty Dog who
graced us with the Uncharted series for Sony's PlayStation
3 console have just outed a new cutscene trailer for one of                This increase in screen size is likely a competitive move
their upcoming games scheduled for release on 12/31/2012.                  on Apple’s part. Other smartphone manufacturers have
Those talented game developers over at Naughty Dog who                     been using bigger sized screens for a long time, including
graced us with the Uncharted series for Sony's PlayStation                 Samsung, which recently introduced a Galaxy smartphone
3 console have just outed a new cutscene trailer for one of                sporting a large 4.8 inch screen.
their upcoming games scheduled for release on 12/31/2012.                  With smartphones taking on more and more roles previously
The upcoming game is titled "The Last Of Us", the first PS3                dominated by computers, consumers want larger screens to
game from Naughty Dog that's not a part of the much loved                  work on, allowing for bigger virtual keyboards and a better
Uncharted series.                                                          media viewing experience. Thus smartphone manufacturers
                                                                           are moving to larger screens.
           Unprintable Content (Video, Flash, etc.)                        A larger screen size might convince the undecided to go for
                                                                           an iPhone. The hardware specs of Apple’s smartphone are
"Survive an apocalypse on Earth in The Last of Us, a
                                                                           not unimpressive, and its aesthetics are universally admired.
PlayStation 3-exclusive title by Naughty Dog. Here, you
                                                                           Perhaps one if its few drawbacks in the average consumer’s
will find abandoned cities reclaimed by nature. Here is
                                                                           eye is a now comparatively smaller screen.
a population decimated by a modern plague. Here, there
are only survivors killing each other for food, weapons, or                “A likely shakeup in the design of a larger-screen iPhone
whatever they can get their hands on. Here, you find no                    could go a long way in boosting its "wow" factor, convincing
hope.                                                                      fans to trade in their old iPhones for new ones,” said Shawn
                                                                           Wu, an analyst at Sterne Agee. He went on to say, “"People
Joel, a brutal survivor, and Ellie, a brave young teenage
                                                                           love the current design — but it's 18 months old."
girl who is wise beyond her years, must work together if
they hope to survive their journey across the US."                         Apple isn’t a company that generally follows the standard,
                                                                           because it is often in the unique position of setting the
The folks over at IGN have also been able to tee up a Q&A
                                                                           standard. This new flexibility on Apple’s part might indicate
with Creative Director, Neil Druckmann and Game Director,
                                                                           bigger changes yet to come.
Bruce Straley about the upcoming game via this link. It
certainly holds a good amount of promise and hopefully we'll
get a taste of some in-game footage during next month's E3                 Google rolls out "Knowledge
event.
                                                                           Graph" feature
                                                                           Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-rolls-out-knowledge-graph-
Next iPhone might have a 4-                                                feature/15890.html

inch screen
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/next-iphone-might-have-a-4-inch-
screen/15891.html

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May 18th, 2012                                                   The ability to see relevant information to a topic without
                                                                 even clicking on websites will certainly be a big convenience
                                                                 to users. The jury is still out, however, on exactly how they
                                                                 will react to the new feature. Compared to other Google
                                                                 modifications such as instant search, Knowledge Graph is
                                                                 actually very unobtrusive. It does its job without interfering
                                                                 with regular user search functionality.
Google is rolling out an encyclopedia-like feature helping to    Websites are the ones who are likely to dislike this feature.
eliminate the amount of time users need to spend finding         If users can get the information they need without visiting
information, and making Google searches less ambiguous.          specific websites, then sites that used to get a lot of traffic for
Google is rolling out an encyclopedia-like feature helping to    certain queries may receive significantly less exposure than
eliminate the amount of time users need to spend finding         before. The feature may also attract antitrust regulators,
information, and making Google searches less ambiguous.          some of whom are already wary of Google's practices.
The feature has been compared to an encyclopedia. Google         In any case, searching with Google is becoming a more
calls it "knowledge graph". The idea is to display immediate     and more seamless process. Starting with Instant Search,
information relevant to a user’s searches in a box at the side   googling is becoming an almost "clickless" procedure. This
of Google's standard search results. For example, somebody       will not only make searching with Google more easy, but will
googling C.S Lewis will immediately see a biographical blurb     improve the voice search feature of Android phones, and the
at the side, displaying information and facts about the 20th     possible Google Glasses of the future.
century author and Christian apologist.
More ambiguous queries, such as "Beethoven" will induce a
list of possible meanings. The query could refer to Ludwig
                                                                 LG readies up Optimus UI
van Beethoven, the 19th century composer. It could also          3.0 update for ICS running
refer, however, to 'Beethoven', an American film series.
Knowledge Graph will give users the option to see search
                                                                 handsets
                                                                 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-readies-up-optimus-ui-3.0-
results about only one, moving him from a nebulous string
                                                                 update-for-ics-running-handsets/15893.html
of unrelated information, to a more specific and useful list
                                                                 May 18th, 2012
of results.




                                                                 LG has just finished polishing off an update for the user
                                                                 interface on its Android 4.0-running smartphones which
                                                                 while not bringing anything all that remarkable to the table,
                                                                 does carry with it a number of convenient additions which
                                                                 LG says will help make users' lives easier in getting tasks
                                                                 done with a faster and simpler interface overall.
                                                                 LG has just finished polishing off an update for the user
                                                                 interface on its Android 4.0-running smartphones which
                                                                 while not bringing anything all that remarkable to the table,
                                                                 does carry with it a number of convenient additions which
                                                                 LG says will help make users' lives easier in getting tasks
                                                                 done with a faster and simpler interface overall.
Knowledge Graph, example visualization
                                                                 Dubbed Optimus UI 3.0, one of the key components of the
This new feature is fed with the knowledge that Google
                                                                 new UI is an enhanced Quick Memo feature, allowing the
has accumulated from dozens of online sources, including
                                                                 user to produce quick notes using their fingers. These notes
Wikipedia, CIA World Factbook, and Google books. Google
                                                                 can then be shared via social networks, email, or sent as a
notes that, with access to billions of facts, this new feature
                                                                 txt message.
will be able to provide a broad and coherent perspective on
user queries. Google will customize the facts displayed on a
certain search based on previous searches, providing more
relevant results for individual users.
Google views this as the biggest feature they have launched
in years. Ben Gomes, Google Fellow and vice president of the
company's search group says, "To put this into perspective,
one of the biggest launches in the past was Universal Search.
The Knowledge Graph features affect a larger fraction of
queries than Universal Search. Users will see these features
more often than they see Google Maps in Google Search."


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                                                                          Provided with one of these SSDs is a cable with a couple
                                                                          buttons on the end; red and green in color. Both are designed
                                                                          to ensure any existing data on the drive is wiped, with one
                                                                          ensuring the drive itself can never be used again.
Other additions comprise an icon customiser for adjusting                 Pressing the green button instantly wipes all data on the
the look of certain app's icons, an extra Download category               drive and re-initializes it with random code right the way
for less limiting and easier organisation methods as well as              through to prevent data recovery procedures from being
a new Voice Shutter feature which allows the user to take a               successful.
photo simply by yelling a command at the device.                          The red one takes things several notches higher; it self
In polishing off the update, some other minor additions                   destructs the drive on a physical level. Pressing this button
were thrown in including the ability to unlock the phone by               sends a surge of additional voltage to the NAND chips and
dragging anywhere on the screen and a new camera feature                  thus they are physically destroyed so as to eradicate all
that helps you pick the best photo among multiples.                       possibility of any data being retrieved off them thereafter.
The Optus UI 3.0 update from LG will be a part of the                     Of course, the drive is for the rubbish bin following a press of
Optimus LTE II smartphone, scheduled for launch next                      this button, but RunCore believes there are certain situations
week in Korea. Following that, the update will be made                    where the red button will provide the ultimate in peace of
available for the quad core LG Optimus 4X HD launching                    mind.
next month.                                                               "A less subtle method is the physical destruction of your
                                                                          SSD by applying an over-current to the NAND flash
RunCore intros InVincible                                                 memory and thereby physically destroying these. The
                                                                          RunCore InVincible product series is catering to embedded
SSD with physical "self                                                   computer systems requiring high-speed serial switched
                                                                          fabric interconnects for rugged design implementation
destruct" feature                                                         and more flexible power ranges. Delivering optimized
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/runcore-intros-invincible-ssd-with-   storage options particularly in mission-critical fields such
physical-self-destruct-feature/15892.html                                 aerospace, military and general industrial applications.
May 18th, 2012
                                                                          With these devices your private data protection is entering
                                                                          an entirely new stage of security. This is especially
                                                                          important in an ever more mobile environment were
                                                                          sensitive data and information are frequently being carried
When it comes to ensuring your sensitive data doesn't end                 along, making it a potential risk to being used by
up in the wrong hands, SSD maker RunCore has come up                      unauthorized 3rd parties. With the RunCore InVincible you
with the most extreme solution one could think of; a quick,               now have a highly advanced data protection solution for
easy and definitive way to eradicate any possibility of your              most demanding professional usage which is also suited for
data being retrieved for access by others.                                the private sector where data security is becoming an ever
When it comes to ensuring your sensitive data doesn't end                 more important concern."
up in the wrong hands, SSD maker RunCore has come up                      You can view a video from RunCore below which explains
with the most extreme solution one could think of; a quick,               and demonstrates the self-destruct function (inclusive of
easy and definitive way to eradicate any possibility of your              smoke) further.
data being retrieved for access by others.
The company has just launched a new series of SSD dubbed                            Unprintable Content (Video, Flash, etc.)
InVincible (you'll soon see that there's a bit of irony in
this name), which while providing nothing extraordinary in
terms of the usual specs in line with what else is available on
the SSD market these days, it has one feature in particular
that stands right out; the ultimate in data security.




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VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks!
  VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly
  publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the
  geeks.


Get your hands on a Samsung
Galaxy S III today, but only in
Dubai
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/get-your-hands-on-a-samsung-
galaxy-s-iii-today-but-only-in-dubai/15958.html
May 22nd, 2012




                                                                   Expect the S III to hit Europe’s shelf on May 29th, but for
                                                                   residents of North America no exact date has been set.
Dubai, the city of luxurious living and extremely expensive
cars, has received yet another luxury item that many around
the world have yet to even touch. Samsung’s new flagship           Thunderbolt comes to the
device, the Galaxy S III, has already been spotted on shelf of
a local mall.
                                                                   Windows PC - ASUS P8Z77-V
Dubai, the city of luxurious living and extremely expensive        Premium and MSI Z77A-GD80
cars, has received yet another luxury item that many around        Review
the world have yet to even touch. Samsung’s new flagship           Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/thunderbolt-comes-to-the-windows-
device, the Galaxy S III, has already been spotted on shelf of     pc--asus-p8z77-v-premium-and-msi-z77a-gd80-review/15929.html
a local mall.                                                      May 22nd, 2012




                                                                   We evaluate two new flagship Z77 motherboards targeting
                                                                   different price points - ASUS's P8Z77-V Premium billed
                                                                   as a feature packed, four-way GPU capable workhorse
                                                                   while MSI opted for a more understated approach with
                                                                   their Z77A-GD80. Both of them feature a debuting Intel
                                                                   'Cactus Ridge' Thunderbolt controller, which we will cover
                                                                   quite extensively in this piece.
                                                                   Introduction
                                                                   Since its introduction early last year, Thunderbolt, co-
If you envy the rich and famous of Dubai for their lavish          developed by Apple and Intel, has experienced a relatively
living styles and sonic fast cars, then you should probably        slow adoption rate, with the technology formerly known as
know that owners of the Galaxy S III in Dubai are checking         "Light Peak" featuring exclusively in Apple's Mac products
out how jealous the rest of the world is right now—on their        and prosumer-grade storage/display offerings. The reasons
phone!                                                             for the snafu were high implementation costs (i.e $59
                                                                   for 0.5m cables made by Apple) and a very stringent
The price of the phone in Dubai was AED2, 499 (~$680).
                                                                   certification process. Intel looks like it wants to cherry
                                                                   pick vendors and products, turning away small time device
                                                                   makers and forbidding self-validation efforts, rendering the
                                                                   Thunderbolt ecosystem into a snob club as opposed to
                                                                   commonplace standards like USB.


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With a choice of copper or optical fiber cabling now supplied    The devices on the Thunderbolt tunnel can be daisy
by more vendors, and the new 'Cactus Ridge' host router          chained (up to six) and will be seen as a native PCIe device
bringing down costs and idle power usage, Intel is claiming      or DisplayPort monitor by the Operating System. A master
more widespread availability of the technology in this year's    clock on the host controller also keeps synchronization
Ultrabooks, and PC motherboard designs from the likes            issues in check, which is useful for realtime applications like
of ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI. We should also see more               video editing.
Thunderbolt enabled devices at the upcoming Computex
Taipei.




                                                                 OEM/ODMs have the option of implementing the full speed
                                                                 DSL3510 (two DP connectors, four lane PCIe) or the more
                                                                 economical DSL3310 (one DP connector, two lane PCIe)
                                                                 controller.




Thunderbolt offers data transfer speeds of up to 10 Gb/s full
duplex per channel (much faster than USB 3.0's 5Gb/s) and
uses a low profile connector that is almost identical to mini-
DP (DisplayPort).                                                Google' Prius making
                                                                 yesterday's sci-fi a reality
                                                                 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-prius-making-yesterday-s-
                                                                 sci-fi-a-reality/15954.html
                                                                 May 22nd, 2012




                                                                 The idea of a self-driven vehicle is nothing new, but the only
                                                                 problem is that companies producing such technology have
                                                                 to go through various legislations to make it legal. Google
                                                                 has managed to convince legislators in California to pass a
                                                                 bill that will allow Google’s recently developed Autonomous
                                                                 Prius to cruise on public roads.



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Warning: if you like driving your car and being in control
of it, then this particular article might just make you a little
mad.
The idea of a self-driven vehicle is nothing new, but the only
problem is that companies producing such technology have
to go through various legislations to make it legal. Google
has managed to convince legislators in California to pass a
bill that will allow Google’s recently developed Autonomous
Prius to cruise on public roads.
Senate Bill 1298, authored by Senator Alex Padilla, passed
with a unanimous vote of 37-0. The bill will go on the
assembly floor for the State Assembly to vote on, and is           The world of computers running all aspects people’s lives
expected to pass within the next few months.                       is just around the corner. I just hope that Google’s
                                                                   autonomous car doesn’t turn into one of those sci-fi flick that
                                                                   depicts robots and computers destroying mankind because
                                                                   humans lost control over them. Got thoughts on how
                                                                   Google’s autonomous car will turn out? Post a question or
                                                                   comment below!


                                                                   In-cell touch panels and
                                                                   Taiwan's manufacturing woes
                                                                   Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/in-cell-touch-panels-and-taiwan-s-
                                                                   manufacturing-woes/15945.html
                                                                   May 22nd, 2012




(Sen. Padilla in Google's Autonomous Prius, courtesy of the
                                                                   If you’re looking forward to Apple’s next generation iPhone
Associated Press)
                                                                   5, then you should know a little bit more about the business
Padilla endorsed the bill by saying, “Thousands of                 end, as well as the display technology will influence the new
Californians tragically die in auto accidents each year. The       iPhone’s look and feel.
vast majority of these collisions are due to human error.
                                                                   If you’re looking forward to Apple’s next generation iPhone
Through the use of computers, sensors and other systems,
                                                                   5, then you should know a little bit more about the business
an autonomous vehicle can analyze the driving environment
                                                                   end, as well as the display technology will influence the new
more quickly and accurately, and can operate the vehicle
                                                                   iPhone’s look and feel.
more safely.”
                                                                   Mass production of in-cell touch panels by Sony was
It seems as if Google has struck yet another gold mine, but
                                                                   launched in February. The new type of touch panel is thinner
Google won’t be able to monetize on the Autonomous Prius
                                                                   than current panels that are equipped in today’s high end
just yet. For the vehicle to be considered safe on California’s
                                                                   phones. iPhone fans can expect the next generation iPhone
public streets it would have to follow strict guidelines and
                                                                   to be no less than 1.0mm slimmer than the current iPhone 4.
standards set by the California High Patrol (CHP).
Although Google’s new car can drive itself, the general
consensus is that a licensed driver must be at the helm
regardless. So don’t be too quick to assume that if you don’t
have a license you can just purchase an autonomous car.
If you’re a car enthusiast and you’ve managed to read this
far into the article you might be thinking what’s the point of
having a car if you can’t even enjoy controlling it? Safety is
one thing but the thrill of knowing when you are the master
of your domain is another. Perhaps I dwell too much on
the thrill to realize the significance of the safety end of an
autonomous car.
Even if I don’t personally want to be driven everywhere by a
computer, Arizona, Hawaii, Florida and Oklahoma are other
states that have a similar bill in the making that will support
Google’s autonomous car.




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As you can see from the diagram above, Sony’s in-cell touch               attacks either, with some claims that hackers are bypassing
panel essentially eliminates the need for a touch sensor                  the authentication server.
between the cover glass and LCD screen. The LCD screen
in the iPhone 5 will have the touch control built in, thus,
shaving off approximately .50mm.                                          Blizzard will roll back affected characters to restore them,
                                                                          their items and gold, but some progress may be lost in the
Reports from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests                 process.
that Apple will also do away with the glass backing and
adopting the metal backing which will slim down the iPhone
even further. In addition to the backing change, Kuo also
predicts that Apple will try to integrate a slimmer battery
that, along with other major changes, will ultimately shave
0.96mm off the current iPhone 4.
Several other companies beside Sony from around the globe
are vying for Apple’s business. Sharp Corp, and Toshiba
from Japan are already scheduled to start production of in-
cell panels for Apple. Tech giant LG from South Korea is
also in the discussion. Many would also question why there
aren’t any Taiwanese companies in that category.
According to tapeitimes.com, one of the leading Taiwanese
display manufacturers, AU Optronics Corp, is lagging
behind its Japanese and South Korean competitors. AUO is
not expected to begin mass product of similar in-cell touch
technology until the third or fourth quarter.
For the panel display manufacturers in Taiwan, this is
definitely a big blow since they simply can’t compete                     This situation only exacerbates a series of problems that
with companies from other countries for Apple’s business.                 players have encountered with the game, particularly the
  Nevertheless, the advent of the in-cell touch panels is                 dreaded Error #33, which prevents gamers from playing.
exciting news enough for many iPhone fanatics to forget that              This problem arose again on Sunday on European servers,
the “made in Taiwan” text won’t be appearing on the inside                but rumours are circulating that the servers were taken
on the upcoming iPhone 5.                                                 offline to deal with an SQL injection attack.


Blizzard nightmare grows as                                               This slate of issues raises significant questions about
Diablo III accounts hacked                                                whether or not Blizzard did the right thing to force users
                                                                          onto servers to play the game, which opens a whole host of
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/blizzard-nightmare-grows-as-diablo-
iii-accounts-hacked/15957.html
                                                                          security issues, not to mention the simple problems of server
May 22nd, 2012
                                                                          uptime and internet connectivity, which does little to entice
                                                                          those who only want to enjoy the single-player experience.


                                                                          Blizzard recently apologised for its insufficient preparations
                                                                          for the launch day rush. It also decided to delay the
                                                                          introduction of the real-money auction house, which was
                                                                          probably a wise decision now that hacked accounts are a
Blizzard is in further hot water over its recently                        concern. The cynical among us might even wonder if this was
released hack-and-slash role-playing game Diablo III, after               the reason Blizzard delayed its release in the first place.
numerous reports of hacked accounts and stolen in-game
money.
Blizzard is in further hot water over its recently
released hack-and-slash role-playing game Diablo III, after               Steve Ballmer calls Windows
numerous reports of hacked accounts and stolen in-game
money.
                                                                          8 "rebirth" of Microsoft's OS
                                                                          Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/steve-ballmer-calls-windows-8-
                                                                          rebirth-of-microsoft-s-os/15952.html
                                                                          May 22nd, 2012
Eurogamer states that one of its writers, Christian Donlan,
was the victim of a hacked account over the weekend, but
reports are rolling in that this is not an isolated problem.


A growing number of players are finding their accounts have
been hijacked, their inventories cleaned out, and their gold
stolen. Having an authenticator may not protect from these


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Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, has called Windows 8 the              May 22nd, 2012
“rebirth” of its operating systems, making it one of the most
pivotal products in the company's history.
Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, has called Windows 8 the
“rebirth” of its operating systems, making it one of the most
pivotal products in the company's history.                             After meeting approval by regulators throughout the world,
                                                                       Google has announced that it has closed its deal to acquire
                                                                       Motorola Mobility, giving it access to a huge portfolio of
Speaking at the Seoul Digital Forum, Ballmer said the new              important mobile phone patents.
operating system was “a dawning of the rebirth of MS                   After meeting approval by regulators throughout the world,
Windows” and called it “the most important piece of work               Google has announced that it has closed its deal to acquire
we've done.”                                                           Motorola Mobility, giving it access to a huge portfolio of
                                                                       important mobile phone patents.
The latest version of Windows is similar to Windows 7
for traditional desktop users, albeit with some improved               Larry Page, CEO of Google, announced the finalisation
features, such as a revamped task manager, faster boot                 of the deal today, which had been held up by months
times, and integration with the cloud. It is the Metro                 of investigation by various regulators. The European
interface that is getting most of the attention, however, as           Commission and US Department of Justice approved the
it is here that tablet users will see Windows 8 and its tiled          buyout in February and Google was given the final green
screen in action.                                                      light by Chinese regulators yesterday, on the condition that
                                                                       Android remains free.


                                                                       The $12.5 billion deal gives Google access to 17,000 patents
                                                                       and over 7,500 pending patents. It is widely believed that
                                                                       it was this collection that Google is interested in, as it gives
                                                                       the company huge legal powers, in both protection and
                                                                       prosecution, which could turn the tides in the Apple versus
                                                                       Android war.




Ballmer said that the market had changed dramatically, with
just a few platforms now available, most notably Windows,
Apple and a variety of forms of Linux. He predicted that this
number will get smaller in the next few years, with the cloud
being a major deciding factor.
                                                                       Sanjay Jha has stepped down as CEO of Motorola Mobility
He estimated that up to half a billion users will be using             and will be replaced by Dennis Woodside, formerly
Windows 8 next year, suggesting the platform provides the              President of the Americas region at Google. Page credited
“best economic opportunity” to develop for. Ballmer also               Woodside as a major player in increasing Google's US
revealed that Skype for Windows 8 is on the horizon.                   revenue from $10.8 billion to $17.5 billion in less than
                                                                       three years, which is a good sign for the now Google-owned
                                                                       Motorola Mobility.
Summing up how the company feels about Windows 8,
he said it was the “deepest, broadest and most impactful”
operating system it has created to date. The first two terms           Page said that many users going online today “may never use
are likely accurate, but to see how much impact it will have           a desktop machine,” highlighting the rise of smartphones
we will have to wait until its release later this year.                and tablet computers as viable alternatives to a PC or laptop
                                                                       for many internet users. Tapping and paying with a mobile
                                                                       phone is another innovation that he considers huge, and
                                                                       clearly Motorola Mobility will play a big factor in that growth
Google closes Motorola                                                 for Google.

Mobility deal
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-closes-motorola-mobility-
deal/15951.html




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VIA announces ultra-
affordable $49 Android PC,
we go hands on
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/via-announces-ultra-affordable-49-
android-pc-we-go-hands-on/15949.html
May 22nd, 2012                                                           Around the back the board has a 12V power connector, a D-
                                                                         sub and HDMI connector, four USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet
                                                                         port, a pair of audio jacks and a microSD card slot. Storage
                                                                         would have to be added via USB or the microSD card slot,
                                                                         which should be enough for the target market, but it might
                                                                         not be to everyone's taste.
Google's Android OS has so far ended up in just about
                                                                         One hardware limitation of the WM8750 SoC is that it
every device imaginable, but apparently one market has
                                                                         doesn't support resolutions above 720p and although the
so far been ignored, the humble desktop. Taiwanese
                                                                         APC was mostly working flawlessly during our short demo,
VIA Technologies spotted this omission though and has
                                                                         this is a little bit disappointing in a world of 1080p displays,
developed the APC – or Android PC – which actually is more
                                                                         no matter if it's your computer screen or your TV. Admittedly
of a motherboard than a complete solution.
                                                                         this is a low cost solution and it didn't have any problems
Google's Android OS has so far ended up in just about                    playing back video from locally stored files nor streaming
every device imaginable, but apparently one market has                   from YouTube.
so far been ignored, the humble desktop. Taiwanese
VIA Technologies spotted this omission though and has
developed the APC – or Android PC – which actually is more
of a motherboard than a complete solution.
Rather than coming up with a really compact solution
like FXI's Cotton Candy, VIA simply sliced a mini ITX
motherboard in half and ended up with a 170x85mm
motherboard which more or less fits in a standard mini-ITX
chassis, although you'd need a couple of supports for one
side of the motherboard.




                                                                         The power draw of the APC peaks at 13.5W; although idle
                                                                         power is a mere 4W and VIA claims that this is ten times less
                                                                         than your average PC and we have no reason to doubt them
                                                                         here, as although desktop PCs have become more power
                                                                         efficient, 135W is still not all that much power.
                                                                         Although not a lot in terms of software was installed on
                                                                         the demo unit we were shown, VIA has tweaked Android
                                                                         – and we think the APC was running Android 2.3, but we
                                                                         actually forgot to ask – to make it work better with keyboards
The hardware is fairly basic as VIA has tried to keep the                and mice. The company is still doing a lot of hardware
price as low as possible and as such the company went                    compatibility testing with devices such as USB Wi-Fi dongles
with an ARM11 SoC from its Wondermedia subsidiary in                     and so forth and should be providing more details closer to
the shape of the WM8750. This is an 800MHz chip and it                   launch.
won't be breaking any speed records as such, but it does at              Speaking of which, the APC will officially launch in July for
least feature hardware assisted 1080p video decoding. A fair             the very affordable price of US$49 (S$65) and it will come
few features of the WM8750 weren't implemented in this                   with a 15W power adapter as well as Android pre-installed
specific solution, but VIA did at least kit out the APC with             on the flash memory. You might have noticed that below the
512MB of DDR3 memory as well as 2GB of flash memory for                  product name on the PCB it reads "A bicycle for your mind"
the OS.                                                                  and VIA is sort of trying to say that the APC is so cheap and
As this is a "PC" it also has a BIOS chip, an audio                      there are so many things you could potentially do with it, that
controller and an Ethernet controller which we were told                 it's just your mind holding you back.
was offering Gigabit speeds, but the press release talks about
10/100Mbps, so we're entirely sure what is supported here.
The APC can either be powered by an external 12V adapter,
or via an internal 4-pin 12V connector. The board also has a
standard USB 2.0 header and chassis connector pin header.




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As for more advanced hardware in the future, well, we'll
sadly have to wait and see, as VIA wants to feel the waters          Leica M9-P Hermes
with the APC first to see if there's enough market for a             The Leica M Monochrome claims to be the world’s first
product like this. If the company decided to make a higher-          in black and white digital rangefinder camera with the
end product at some point down the road we'd like to see a           iconic M System that is truly special for photographers
more powerful SoC and the inclusion of a SATA port, but we           who appreciate the magic of authentic black and white
have a feeling that this would bring up the cost of the product      photography. The camera maker also introduced two new
quite significantly.                                                 limited edition; LEICA M9-P Edition Hermès and LEICA
                                                                     M9-P Edition Hermès – Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas,
Leica Camera Asia Pacific                                            which are the third in the premium special editions created
                                                                     in collaboration with Hermès. The new Leica X2 cameras
announces seven new                                                  which now comes with faster autofocus in low light and with
products in celebration                                              an optional electronic viewfinder, which is ideal for semi-
                                                                     professional photographers and photography enthusiasts
of "Das Wesentliche" in                                              who want experience similar to the M-System. The latest
                                                                     V-LUX 40 model has a compact body and offers numerous
Singapore                                                            new features in comparison to its predecessor, the Leica V-
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/leica-camera-asia-pacific-       Lux 30. Leica also announced the Leica APO-Summicron-M
announces-seven-new-products-in-celebration-of-das-wesentliche-in-   50mm f/2 ASPH lens, as well as S-Adapter H that allows all
singapore/15947.html                                                 the Hasselblad H-system lenses to be mounted on a Leica S2
May 22nd, 2012                                                       camera body.




Leica Camera Asia Pacific has unveiled seven new products
in celebration of "Das Wesentliche" (the essential element in
the art of photography) in Singapore, which include Leica M
Monochrome, LEICA M9-P Edition Hermès and LEICA M9-
P Edition Hermès – Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas.




                                                                     Leica V-LUX 40


                                                                     Kodak's patent claims
                                                                     against Apple
                                                                     Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/kodak-s-patent-claims-against-
                                                                     apple/15940.html




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                                                                     Facebook shares decline two
May 22nd, 2012


                                                                     days after IPO - Zuckerberg
                                                                     loses $2.2 billion
                                                                     Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/facebook-shares-decline-two-days-
                                                                     after-ipo--zuckerberg-loses-2.2-billion/15939.html
It seems like Apple is constantly trying to fight off intellectual   May 22nd, 2012
property theft, but in the case of U.S. Patent No. 6,292,218
Kodak actually won the judge over.

It seems like Apple is constantly trying to fight off intellectual
property theft, but in the case of U.S. Patent No. 6,292,218
Kodak actually won the judge over.
                                                                     On their second day of trading, Facebook's stocks dropped
In this particular case, Kodak claimed Apple that infringed          below their offer price, losing Mark Zuckerberg's personal
patents related to the image previewing technology in U.S.           fortune $2.2 billion.
Patent No. 6,292,218. Last January, a judge ruled in
Apple’s favor that there were no infringements on the patent.        On their second day of trading, Facebook's stocks dropped
  However, the ITC had a different opinion and decided to            below their offer price, losing Mark Zuckerberg's personal
review the judge’s decision.                                         fortune $2.2 billion.

The case was transferred to Judge Thomas Pender, as the
previous working the case retired. Judge Pender released
his initial statement today:
  “I hereby reaffirm on remand that no violation of
  Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended,
  has been found in the importation into the United
  States, the sale for importation, or the sale within
  the United States after importation of certain mobile
  telephones and wireless communication devices
  featuring digital cameras, and components thereof,
  in connection with claim 15 of U.S. Patent No.
  6,292,218.”
It would seem as if Apple was ready for clear sailing, but in
judge Pender’s Conclusions of Law section, he states that:
  “The accused Apple iPhone 3G infringes claim 15 of                 Mark Zuckerberg - image from TechnoBuffalo
  the ‘218 patent.”
However, the infringement of the iPhone 3G is invalid due to         On May 17th, Facebook sold 421.2 million shares at a price
the obviousness, and that the Kodak’s specific patent claims         of $38 each, earning the company $16 billion in the biggest
were ‘invalid’.                                                      technology IPO in history, following a good deal of hype and
Thus, Apple didn’t quite get the okay just yet. Based                hoopla. On today, the 21st, the shares sank 11.3 percent to
on Judge Pender’s statement regarding the iPhone 3G                  $33.90 at 12:37 P.M in New York. Before this, the shares had
infringement, it is almost a guarantee that Kodak will               gone down as low as $33, 13.7 percent.
continue to put its claim on U.S. Patent No. 6,292,218.
Kodak’s Chief of intellectual property, Timothy Lynch,               As a consequence, Facebook's chariman and chief executive
released a statement saying that Kodak is “pleased that the          Mark Zuckerberg lost $2.2 billion. Ranking 26th on the
ALJ has concluded that Kodak's patent is infringed by Apple          Bloomberg Billionaires Index on May 18, Zuckerberg’s stake
and RIM. We expect to appeal to the full Commission his              is valued at $17.1 billion. Zuckerberg wed 27-year old
recommendation on validity. The ALJ's recommendation                 Pricsilla Chan on Saturday, the day after the IPO.
represents a preliminary step in a process that we are
confident will conclude in Kodak's favor.”
                                                                     Analyst Martin Pyykkonen with Wedge partners said in a
Kodak isn’t exactly the envy of the technology world at the
                                                                     phone interview, "If you went out and spent on Friday, you’re
moment since it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
                                                                     not canceling the order for the Lamborghini just yet. For the
four months ago. The once upon a time tech company is
                                                                     most part, those with a substantial stake still have plenty of
barely staying afloat and is fighting hard to keep its value
                                                                     value."
until another tech giant buys it out—perhaps Apple.

                                                                     On its first day, the IPO suffered from trading glitches.
                                                                     Robert Greifeld, Chief Executive Officer of Nasdaq credited
                                                                     these glitches to a “poor design" with software driving
                                                                     auctions for IPOs.


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One trader, mistakenly pressing the wrong buttons,                 means that Cupertino will continue to have no Apple stores,
accidently cancelled his order in a "happy accident" on            until one is put somewhere else.
Friday. Those who did not join the hordes on Friday to nab         Apple will be including a "world-class" auditorium in their
stock in the IPO should be glad that they did not.                 new building. It is possible that they will conduct future
                                                                   product releases at their campus, rather than events like
                                                                   the Worldwide Developers Conference, where they have
                                                                   customarily launched many new products.
Apple releases brochures to                                        Apple's rotund new building would do much to increase their
neighbors, discussing new                                          presence in the surrounding area. However, before Apple
campus                                                             can start construction on the new project, they will have to
                                                                   receive the city's permission. Why the city wouldn't approve
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-releases-brochures-to-
                                                                   is anyone's guess, but until they do, there can be no official
neighbors-discussing-new-campus/15937.html
                                                                   ETAs issued, or any plans set in motion.
May 22nd, 2012


                                                                   The Leap: Gesture Control
                                                                   Revolution?
                                                                   Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-leap-gesture-control-
                                                                   revolution-/15936.html
Apple sent out a brochure to its neighbors in Cupertino,           May 22nd, 2012
looking for feedback on its planned "Campus 2", for which
the company hopes to break ground this year.                       If you watched Minority Report and thought that the
                                                                   computer interface Tom Cruise’s character used was
Apple has been seeking to build a new campus for nearly a          something you would like to use, you might be getting
year now. On June 7th of 2011, Apple's late founder and CEO        your shot sooner rather than later. A new USB device
Steve Jobs presented the idea to the Cupertino City Council,       called The Leap purports to make just such an interface
bluntly stating "Apple's growing like a weed....it's clear we      possible. It works by creating a three-dimensional bubble
need to build a new campus."                                       about eight cubic feet in volume of what the creators are
The technology giant plans to break ground on the project          calling “interaction space.” The device is supposedly capable
later this year, and hopes to occupy it by 2015. The slick and     of detecting your gestures down to an accuracy of .01
futuristic design, as shown by conceptual renderings of the        millimeters, making it roughly 200 times more accurate
building, have made it a hot topic of conversation on blogs        than the other well-known gesture technology, Microsoft’s
since Jobs announced it. Jobs himself described the building       Kinect.
to the council, saying "It's a bit like a spaceship landed."       The video posted below was provided by Leap Motion,
                                                                   the company behind this new product, and apparently
                                                                   shows footage from a real unit, rather than a computer
                                                                   rendering and fancy post-processing effects. Before you ask
                                                                   any questions, let me answer a few that I know you’re going
                                                                   to ask. First off, no, we have no idea what hardware is hidden
                                                                   inside The Leap. Leap Motion has said nothing about the
                                                                   tech, other than claiming it’s “unlike anything currently on
                                                                   the market.” While that’s obviously press-release phrasing
                                                                   for “we don’t want to tell you how it works,” what it probably
                                                                   uses is either some form of LIDAR (a light-based form of
                                                                   radar) or a higher definition version of the Kinect sensor,
                                                                   which only uses a 640x480 camera. On the software side, we
                                                                   also have no idea what kind of magic is at work other than
                                                                   Leap Motion’s vague “patented mathematical approach.”
                                                                   The Leap is available for pre-order for $70, and Leap Motion
The brochure sent out to Apple's Cupertino neighbors               expects to ship the device early next year. Developers can
released new details regarding the campus. 9to5mac                 get a free unit and an SDK, though there is more than likely
obtained one such brochure, and released the details on its        a limit to the number of devices that will be given away.
blog. Of many details it mentioned, the brochure clarified         More information should be available as soon as the device
that the new campus is not going to replace 1 Infinite Loop        is released to developers.
as Apple's primary center.                                         I have doubts about the practicality of the device, as
Apple also explained that it plans to receive an LEED              personally I know that holding my arm out for hours every
certification to measure the sustainability of the new             day in order to use my computer would be extremely tiring.
campus. This is likely at least partly due to the massive solar    I also have my doubts about the interaction being somehow
panel array that will be on its roof.                              faster or more efficient than a mouse and keyboard. I could
                                                                   see it heralding a new age in mobile interactions, however,
One bit of information in the brochure will not please Apple
                                                                   and I think this kind of technology will see great promise in
enthusiasts - the building will not be open to the public, and
                                                                   that field. We will keep our eyes on Leap Motion; we could be
will not have any Apple store inside of it. Ironically, this

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witnessing a revolution in interaction, or another flash-in-        PR nightmare) system that cuts users off of the network, or
the-pan company with a promising idea that fails to deliver.        they are laying the foundation of a future where they stand
                                                                    to rake in exorbitant profits from a large percentage of users
                                                                    regularly passing their data cap and having to pay for extra
Comcast Suspends Data Cap,                                          data.
Prepares for Tiered Pricing                                         Comcast may also be attempting to draw attention away
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/comcast-suspends-data-cap-      from their new XBox service, which allows their customers
prepares-for-tiered-pricing/15934.html                              to stream the company’s cable offerings through their Xbox
May 22nd, 2012                                                      using the IP protocol. Critics complain that this violates the
                                                                    FCC net neutrality rules, since the data cap doesn’t apply
                                                                    to this service, but Comcast claims that they’re in the clear
                                                                    because it isn’t “technically” competing with online video
                                                                    services because they’ve allocated a new slice of their cable
                                                                    pipeline to the product.
Comcast users outside two as-yet-unnamed markets will               Until the trials finish, Comcast customers will have no data
have unlimited data usage during the testing of Comcast's           caps, though local traffic congestion measures, where speeds
new data pricing model.                                             are throttled for heavy data users when local networks
                                                                    become congested, will remain in effect, so customers should
Comcast customers finally have something to be thankful             download to their hearts’ content.
for. The largest cable ISP in the United States is switching
its 250GB monthly data cap for a tiered model with a higher
cap and a method to purchase extra data.                            Early MSI socket FM2
Comcast has long been accused of trying to force the internet
into being a secondary service to its cable television business.
                                                                    motherboard tips up
                                                                    Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/early-msi-socket-fm2-motherboard-
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is among the critics who accuse
                                                                    tips-up/15944.html
Comcast of using the data caps to protect its cable television
                                                                    May 22nd, 2012
business from the threat of free or cheaper alternatives
online, such as Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube.
Comcast executive VP David L. Cohen said in a conference
call with reporters that a cap which causes users to be denied
service if they exceed it sends the wrong message, especially
since it only affects a “small percentage” of their customers,
though the company declined to elaborate on what that               Thanks to one of our forum members we can show you an
percentage is. He continued, saying that they “want to send         early picture of an AMD socket FM2 motherboard from MSI.
a signal to customers that our network is robust and has            Admittedly the forum post doesn't mention the fact that it's
tremendous capacity. We don’t want customers to have a              from MSI, but the product model number gives it away.
sense that [they] can’t use this app on the internet.”
                                                                    Thanks to one of our forum members we can show you an
Comcast is preparing two trials in different markets. Both          early picture of an AMD socket FM2 motherboard from MSI.
trials will impose a 300GB cap with a $10 charge per 50GB           Admittedly the forum post doesn't mention the fact that it's
beyond that, but one trial will increase the cap with faster        from MSI, but the product model number gives it away.
tiers of internet service. “This will effectively offer unlimited
use of service,” bragged Cohen. “Customers can buy and use          The board is simply called the MS-7778 and it actually looks
as much data as they like.”                                         like an OEM product from MSI and we'd guess the target
                                                                    customer is one of the big brand name PC makers like HP
Cohen then admitted that Comcast doesn’t want its users             or Dell. The blurrycam picture doesn't really help when
to think the network has unlimited capacity. The cap is             it comes to spotting a lot of details on the board, but we
being raised a mere 50GB and the company is committing              can clearly see the single x16 PCI Express slot, three x1
considerable time and effort into monitoring customer usage         PCI Express slots and a half size mini PCI Express slot for
for an early warning and automated billing system. This             something like a Wi-Fi module.
comes at a time when more and more people are ditching
cable television in favor of online video. This trend will cause
data usage to continue to grow over time, as video streams
consume a lot of bandwidth. A feature-length HD movie can
use more than 3.5GB of bandwidth, for instance.
The dirty little secret is that this trend is actually a good
thing for Comcast. The price of moving data across networks
continues to fall, and Comcast is paying a smaller and
smaller percentage to move data into and out of its networks.
This begs the question of why Comcast is even bothering to
keep a cap, which they declined to explain in a clear manner.
This leaves two possibilities: either Comcast is truly having
an issue with a small percentage of its userbase using too
much bandwidth and are looking for a less draconian (read:

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                                                                         motherboard for business users and as such it comes with
                                                                         Intel's Small Business Advantage in the box.
                                                                         Intel's SBA is a software package that makes it easy for
                                                                         small businesses to manage their PCs without a dedicated IT
                                                                         support team, or at least that's the idea behind the software.
                                                                         It features a software monitor that keeps software up to date
                                                                         and working, a backup and restore application, a USB port
                                                                         blocker that prevents unauthorized USB devices to be used
                                                                         with the computer, a power saving feature and a "PC Health
                                                                         Center" which performs maintenance tasks on the system
                                                                         during non-working hours.




The board also seems to have six SATA ports of which two
are fitted to the edge of the board at 90 degree angle, a
single USB 3.0 pin header and two USB 2.0 pin headers.
What we can see of the rear ports it looks like four USB 3.0
ports, an Ethernet port, a DVI and D-sub connector and 7.1-
channel audio with optical S/PDIF out. We would guess this
motherboard is using the upcoming A85 chipset from AMD,
although the current chipsets are meant to be compatible
with the new CPU's, albeit with a socket change.
                                                                         So what about the motherboard? Well, the Q77M vPro
AMD has already announced that the company will be                       doesn't look all that special, it's a fairly typical mATX
unveiling its new CPUs at Computex in two weeks' time, so                motherboard with one x16 PCI Express 3.0 slot, one x16 PCI
unless there are some more leaks, we're going to have to wait            Express 2.0 slot with four lanes of bandwidth and two PCI
until the 6th of June to find out the full details of the new            slots. It also has the standard set of four SATA 3Gbps and
platform.                                                                two SATA 6Gbps ports, a front USB 3.0 header, as well as
                                                                         headers for four USB 2.0 ports, a serial port, a parallel port
ASRock first with Q77                                                    and a TPM module.

motherboard, a little bit too                                            The rear port layout is fairly basic with a PS/2 port, six
                                                                         USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, Intel Gigabit LAN –
early in fact                                                            this is a requirement for the SBA software to work – 5.1-
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asrock-first-with-q77-motherboard-   channel audio and a DisplayPort, DVI and D-sub connector.
a-little-bit-too-early-in-fact/15943.html                                The choice of DisplayPort over HDMI clearly makes this
May 22nd, 2012                                                           a motherboard targeted for more professional use, but it's
                                                                         really the only thing that makes this board stand out a bit
                                                                         from the crowd.



Intel's Q77 chipset isn't expected to launch for another
week and a half or so, but that hasn't stopped ASRock
from launching its first product based on the chipset, the
Q77M vPro motherboard. As the name inclines, this is a
motherboard for business users and as such it comes with
Intel's Small Business Advantage in the box.
Intel's Q77 chipset isn't expected to launch for another
week and a half or so, but that hasn't stopped ASRock
from launching its first product based on the chipset, the
Q77M vPro motherboard. As the name inclines, this is a

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The Q77M vPro is already on sale for around US$125 (S                   May 22nd, 2012
$160) which is a pretty steep price premium over something
like ASRock's own H77 Pro4-M which offers a better feature
set for a mere US$90 (S$115), so unless you really need the
Intel SBA software and the DisplayPort connector, there are
plenty of more affordable options out there.


Intel is going after the                                                It's easy to forget that the LGA-1155 platform is also home
                                                                        to Intel's E3-series of Xeon processors and Intel recently
Gigabit cable modem market                                              updated its entire E3-series of Xeon's to Ivy Bridge. To go
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-is-going-after-the-gigabit-   along with the new CPUs Intel also released a new chipset,
cable-modem-market/15942.html                                           the C216 and Asus has produced a new motherboard based
May 22nd, 2012                                                          on this chipset called the P8C WS where WS stands for
                                                                        Workstation.
                                                                        It's easy to forget that the LGA-1155 platform is also home
                                                                        to Intel's E3-series of Xeon processors and Intel recently
                                                                        updated its entire E3-series of Xeon's to Ivy Bridge. To go
                                                                        along with the new CPUs Intel also released a new chipset,
A little known fact is that Intel is competing in the cable             the C216 and Asus has produced a new motherboard based
modem market and the company is showing off its latest                  on this chipset called the P8C WS where WS stands for
DOCSIS 3.0 gateway at the Cable Show. The bad news                      Workstation.
is that it doesn't appear that we'll see any commercial                 Unlike the previously launched P8Z77 WS, the P8C WS is
implementations until next year, which at least isn't too far           actually a fairly basic model that lacks features like a PLX
away.                                                                   bridge chip, extra SATA/eSATA controllers and so forth
A little known fact is that Intel is competing in the cable             and it's actually a fairly basic motherboard. The choice of
modem market and the company is showing off its latest                  chipset makes this more of a workstation board though,
DOCSIS 3.0 gateway at the Cable Show. The bad news                      mostly due to certification which will make this an approved
is that it doesn't appear that we'll see any commercial                 motherboard for a lot of businesses.
implementations until next year, which at least isn't too far           Unlike its consumer siblings, the Xeon E3 processors have
away.                                                                   20 lanes of PCI Express bandwidth, but it doesn't looks like
Unlike most of its technologies, Intel has gone with a pet              Asus has taken this to heart with the P8C WS as it sports
name for its cable modem technology and its DOCSIS 3.0                  two PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots that operate in dual x8 mode,
products are simply known as Puma 6. The first test program             two PCI Express x4 slots – one via the CPU and one via the
using this technology will kick off next year in Korea, so if           chipset, as well as a single x1 PCI Express slot and a single
you're a SKbroadband customer this might very well be good              PCI slot.
news for you.
Beyond offering download speeds of up to 1Gbps, DOCSIS
3.0 is also promising upstream bandwidth of up to 240Mbps
depending on how the cable service provider configures its
channel bonding, as 24 channels are required for the top
download speed and another eight channels for the top
upload speed. Intel will be offering complete solutions to
potential partners, albeit not the actual cable modems, but
the company has a chipset for the modems.
With an increase in HD video content and larger application
downloads as many companies are shying away from
offering physical media for its software, we're all going to
need faster internet connections unless we're going to end
up spending even more time sitting around waiting for our
downloads to finish and this is a step in the right direction.
That said, cable internet providers tend to be fairly slow
at upgrading their infrastructure, so expect it to take a
bit longer before 1Gbps is standard on your average cable
network.                                                                As mentioned, Asus didn't add any additional SATA
                                                                        controllers and as such the board only has four SATA
                                                                        3Gbps and two SATA 6Gbps ports via the chipset. Other on
Asus' P8C WS motherboard                                                board connectors consists of a single USB 3.0 pin header,
                                                                        two internal USB 2.0 ports, one USB 2.0 pin header, one
target Xeon's with the C216                                             FireWire pin header and a serial port, a parallel port and
chipset                                                                 TPM module pin header.
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-p8c-ws-motherboard-target-     The rear I/O could've been a lot better considering the target
xeon-s-with-the-c216-chipset/15941.html                                 market, as Asus has simply gone with the same layout as

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for the P8Z77WS and dropped a couple of features. The                    the game on your TV or display at the same time as you’re
good news is that the dual Intel Gigabit Ethernet controllers            recording it. One neat trick is that it’s bus powered and as
are still in place, but beyond that you only get six USB 2.0             such doesn’t require an additional power adapter.
ports, a PS/2 port, two USB 3.0 ports, a FireWire port, 7.1-
channel audio with optical and coaxial S/PDIF out and a
single dual-link DVI port. What we're really missing here is a
DisplayPort connector, or two at that considering the target
market and the ability of this motherboard to drive up to
three displays and we feel Asus missed out here.
The only real tangible benefit of going for the P8C WS over
the P8Z77 WS is the support for the extra four PCI Express
lanes from the CPU rather than having to rely on a PCI
Express bridge to be able to take advantage of all four slots,
but you also miss out on extra SATA, eSATA and USB 3.0
ports to mention only a few features that aren't included.
The P8C WS is at least a fair bit cheaper to reflect this as it
looks like it'll retail for around US$240 (S$305) compared to
about US$340 (S$435) for the P8Z77 WS which might still
make it a worthwhile purchase for some.


Elgato announces the Game
Capture HD                                                               Elgato also supplies the Game Capture HD with some basic
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/elgato-announces-the-game-capture-   capture and editing software. This has a rather unusual
hd/15938.html                                                            feature which Elgato calls "Flashback Recording" which
May 22nd, 2012                                                           offers what most people would refer to as time shift record
                                                                         or pre-recording. However, in this case it’s only up to an
                                                                         hour worth of video, but at least it can come in handy for
                                                                         those times when you forget to hit record. The software also
                                                                         include direct uploading to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter
Slowly but surely more and more high definition video                    for easy sharing of your videos.
capture devices have started to appear, although most of
them haven’t exactly been priced at a consumer price point if
you wanted something besides a PCI Express card. Elgato’s
new Game Capture HD is set to change things at least for
those interesting in capturing HD gaming videos from a
console.
Slowly but surely more and more high definition video
capture devices have started to appear, although most of
them haven’t exactly been priced at a consumer price point if
you wanted something besides a PCI Express card. Elgato’s
new Game Capture HD is set to change things at least for
those interesting in capturing HD gaming videos from a
console.
                                                                         The Game Capture HD will be available next month for US
                                                                         $199.99 (S$255) which might still be a bit too expensive for
                                                                         most of us, but it’s far cheaper than most professional grade
                                                                         video capture hardware and it doesn’t require a high-end
                                                                         computer to do the video encoding in real time. The only
                                                                         limitation is that Elgato only supplies drivers for Windows 7
                                                                         and Mac OS X 10.7 or later.


                                                                         Corsair Vengeance K60
                                                                         Mechanical Keyboard & M60
The Game Capture HD connects to a PC or Mac over USB
2.0 and features a built in hardware video encoder that                  Gaming Mouse Review
records the video in 1080i30, 720p60, 576p60 or 480p/i60                 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/corsair-vengeance-k60-mechanical-
depending on the source/settings. It accepts HDMI - without              keyboard--m60-gaming-mouse-review/15935.html
HDCP copy protection - input as well as composite video
plus audio and is as such compatible with both Microsoft’s
Xbox 360 and Sony’s Playstation 3. And HDMI throughput
connector is also part of the package which allows you to play

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May 22nd, 2012                                                        Gaming palm rest with soft-touch surface for superior
                                                                      gaming comfort
                                                                   • Ø Storage for ten (10) sculpted FPS keys
                                                                   • Ø Key extraction tool included and storable in palm
                                                                     rest
  Corsair has always been a company close to gamers and            • Six multimedia keys — Stop, Previous, Play/Pause,
hardcore enthusiasts. Although the company is primarily              Next, Mute, Volume Up/Down — with Solid metal,
focused on delivering high speed RAM modules, SSDs and               weighted volume "drum roller"
power supplies, today we are going to have a look at two           • Windows Lock key for uninterrupted game play
products which literally place the company in direct contact
with the gamers; the Vengeance series K60 mechanical               • Metal top plate for increased strength, durability and
keyboard and the M60 gaming mouse. Although they are                 rigidity
sold separately, both products are specifically developed for      • USB pass-through connector giving easy access to a
hardcore first person shooter (FPS) gamers. We will closely          USB port on the back of the keyboard (USB 2.0/1.1/1.0)
examine both of Corsair’s latest additions to the Vengeance
                                                                   • USB Connector with gold plated contacts
series in this review.
                                                                   • 2m non-tangle cable
Corsair has always been a company close to gamers and
hardcore enthusiasts. Although the company is primarily
focused on delivering high speed RAM modules, SSDs and
power supplies, today we are going to have a look at two        Vengeance M60 Gaming Mouse
products which literally place the company in direct contact
                                                                   • 5700 DPI — Avago Technologies ADNS-9500
with the gamers; the Vengeance series K60 mechanical
                                                                     LaserStream Gaming Sensor
keyboard and the M60 gaming mouse. Although they are
sold separately, both products are specifically developed for      • Adjustable DPI in 100 DPI increments
hardcore first person shooter (FPS) gamers. We will closely        • 1000Hz/500Hz/250Hz/125Hz (1ms/2ms/4ms/8ms)
examine both of Corsair’s latest additions to the Vengeance          selectable response time
series in this review.
                                                                   • Tracking up to 165 inches per second, up to 30g
                                                                     acceleration, and automatic frame rate control
                                                                   • Adjustable lift distance — five selectable levels to fit
                                                                     your play style
                                                                   • Surface quality detection
                                                                   • 8 individually programmable buttons
                                                                   • Side mounted sniper button provides user settable DPI
                                                                     change while pressed for enhanced precision targeting
                                                                   • Comfortable ergonomic design with                     soft-touch
                                                                     surfaces and grip improving textures
                                                                   • Omron left and right click switches rated for eight
                                                                     million operations
                                                                   • Aluminum metal frame and base for improved rigidity
Manufacturer’s features and specifications                           and mass distribution
                                                                   • Solid metal, weighted scroll wheel with rubberized
Vengeance K60 Performance FPS Mechanical Keyboard                    scroll surface for improved finger traction control and
                                                                     feel
   • Light, responsive Cherry MX Red mechanical switches           • Ultra Low Friction PTFE pads for smooth performance
     for fast, efficient gaming action                               and accurate gliding
   • Ø 45g actuation Force                                         • USB Connector with gold plated contacts
   • Ø 2mm to actuation and 4mm to bottom                          • 1.8m lightweight non-tangle cable
   • Ø Rated for 50 million operations
   • Ø Gold contacts
   • Tuned silicon dome keyswitches: F1 through F12, Esc,
     PrtScn, Scroll Lock, Pause/Break, Insert, Home, Page
                                                                Major characters confirmed
     Up Page Down, Delete, and End                              for Mass Effect 3: Extended
   • Ten (10) additional sculpted FPS keys (W, A, S,
     D and 1 to 6) for superior reaction and control
                                                                Cut
                                                                Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/major-characters-confirmed-for-
     — interchangeable with the standard keyboard keys          mass-effect-3-extended-cut/15933.html



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                                                                 Revamped Wii U controller
May 22nd, 2012


                                                                 photo leaked
                                                                 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/revamped-wii-u-controller-photo-
                                                                 leaked/15932.html
                                                                 May 22nd, 2012
Several major characters have been confirmed for a return
in the Extended Cut of Mass Effect 3, BioWare's attempt to
appease fans who were angry at the game's disappointing
ending.
Several major characters have been confirmed for a return
in the Extended Cut of Mass Effect 3, BioWare's attempt to       The tablet controller for the Wii U has been revamped
appease fans who were angry at the game's disappointing          slightly and an image of the new version has been leaked
ending.                                                          online.
                                                                 The tablet controller for the Wii U has been revamped
                                                                 slightly and an image of the new version has been leaked
The confirmations came in a roundabout way from the actors       online.
who voice the characters. Admiral Steven Hackett, EDI and
Kaidan Alenko will be returning.
                                                                 A QA tester at gaming firm Traveller's Tales posted the photo
                                                                 on Twitter, but it and the account related to the user have
Lance Henriksen, who voices Hackett, told G4 that he             since been removed, probably after receiving a good telling
finished another recording session with BioWare, explaining      off from their superiors.
that it was because of “a problem with the abruptness of
the ending.” Tricia Helfer, who voices EDI, and Raphael
Sbarge, who voices Alenko, also confirmed recent returns to      The overall form of the device remains the same, but some
the studio.                                                      things have been altered and moved around. For starters,
                                                                 the controller now comes with full analogue sticks, rather
                                                                 than the flattened circle pad employed in the 3DS, which was
                                                                 shown in previous pictures.




The Extended Cut was announced in April after extensive
criticism of the game's ending, which did not take into
account the choices or actions made during the course of
gameplay. This was particularly an issue given that Mass         The start and select buttons have been moved from the
Effect 3 was advertised as letting players affect the outcome    bottom to the right-hand side and what appears like a new
of the game. The problem became so bad that even the Better      unlabelled button has been added beside the power button,
Business Bureau lambasted BioWare for false advertising.         and another beneath the D-pad. These may be merely
                                                                 aesthetic, however.
In fairness to the studio, however, it has taken this feedback
on board and will release the new downloadable content for       Another major thing about this new version is the inclusion
free in the Summer. This update will feature a number of         of the Wii U logo on the device, which suggests this will be the
personalised endings that will reflect the choices made in the   confirmed name for the console when it launches, despite
game, which should go a long way towards making up for the       some rumours that Nintendo might change the name at the
original blunder.                                                last minute.




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                                                                    until March 2012 when finally Chrome caught up and took
                                                                    over the crown.
                                                                    By February 2012, Chrome and Firefox were locked in a
                                                                    heated battle for browser supremacy. At the time Chrome
                                                                    owned 36.3%, while Firefox claimed 36.6%. Within just
                                                                    a few months, Chrome stepped in and secured first place
                                                                    and left many wondering which other niches can Google
                                                                    dominate on the internet? With the exception of Google+,
                                                                    Google’s answer for Facebook, Google has practically taken
                                                                    over the internet. Just about anything related to the internet
                                                                    or telephony involves the Google brand.
                                                                    Personally, I am a user of Chrome, and Firefox. Chrome is
                                                                    more user friendly in the sense that users can launch the
The Wii U is expected to release late this year and should be       browser and have a joyous experience without the hassle of
featured at E3 next month.                                          configuring the browser itself. However, when it comes to
                                                                    browser customization, I still believe Firefox has the upper
                                                                    hand. For instance, if I wanted to browse privately through
                                                                    a proxy I would have to set the proxy through Windows
Chrome takes over as                                                and not directly into the Chrome browser. With Firefox,
                                                                    however, all I have to do is install a proxy plugin and I can
browser king                                                        enter the proxy directly into the browser setting.
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/chrome-takes-over-as-browser-
king/15930.html
May 22nd, 2012




In September 2008 Google’s Chrome browser was a measly
3.1% according to w3schools.com, but in a mere three years
Chrome has managed to surpass Internet Explorer and
Firefox in browser usage. As of April 2012, Chrome’s usage
was 38.3%, followed by Firefox with 35.8% and 18.3% from
IE.




                                                                    The customization of the Firefox browser seems to be
                                                                    unlimited, but it is quite understandable why Chrome has
                                                                    overtaken Firefox as the more popular browser. There aren’t
                                                                    that many ‘browser-geeks’ out there, and since most of the
                                                                    world browse the internet it is only safe to assume that
(w3schools.com)                                                     people want a browser that works well right off the bat.
In September 2008 Google’s Chrome browser usage was a               In any case, Chrome has definitely won users over with its
measly 3.1% according to w3schools.com, but in a mere three         ease of use as well as speedy loading time. Until Google
years Chrome has managed to surpass Internet Explorer and           stumbles and repeat Microsoft’s mistake of creating debacle
Firefox in browser usage. As of April 2012, Chrome’s usage          browsers like IE7 & 8, we probably won’t see the reign of
was 38.3%, followed by Firefox with 35.8% and 18.3% from            Chrome come to an end anytime soon.
IE.

                                                                    Asus gets official on its
                                                                    first two Thunderbolt
                                                                    motherboards
In Chrome’s early days, IE owned the majority of the browser        Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-gets-official-on-its-first-two-
usage, but somehow Microsoft managed to mess things up.             thunderbolt-motherboards/15931.html
 Firefox stepped in and took the reign of browser king up


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May 22nd, 2012                                                   Now things are official and nothing has really changed in
                                                                 terms of the specifications, although it's at least confirmed
                                                                 that the P8Z77-V Premium will ship with a 32GB mSATA
                                                                 SSD for caching. We still don't know what controller Asus
                                                                 is using on the SSD and as such it's still impossible to make
                                                                 any predictions in terms of performance. Price wise nothing
                                                                 much has changed, as in Europe the board is still listed
A little bit earlier than we anticipated, Asus has unveiled      for around €400 (US$510/S$650) just as we reported last
not one, but two Thunderbolt equipped motherboards, the          week when Intel launched its first Thunderbolt equipped
previously seen P8Z77-V Premium as well as the P8Z77-V           motherboard, but we spotted the P8Z77-V Premium for a
Pro/Thunderbolt. The latter of the two is quite similar to the   slightly more affordable US$459 (S$585) on pre-order in the
P8Z77-V Pro, although with some minor differences and of         US, if affordable is a word you can use at this cost level.
course a price tag that should be a fair bit higher.
A little bit earlier than we anticipated, Asus has unveiled
not one, but two Thunderbolt equipped motherboards, the
previously seen P8Z77-V Premium as well as the P8Z77-V
Pro/Thunderbolt. The latter of the two is quite similar to the
P8Z77-V Pro, although with some minor differences and of
course a price tag that should be a fair bit higher.




                                                                 So what about the P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt? Well, for one
                                                                 it should be more affordable than the Premium, but we don't
                                                                 know by how much. The fact that you don't get an SSD,
                                                                 more basic Wi-Fi and a x16 PCI Express slot less should
                                                                 help keep costs down. In fact, the P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt
                                                                 is nearly identical to the P8Z77-V Pro, with only a couple
                                                                 of minor changes that we could spot. For one the P8Z77-
                                                                 V Pro/Thunderbolt lacks the full-size DisplayPort connector
                                                                 and a pair of USB 2.0 ports. The USB 2.0 ports have clearly
                                                                 been replaced by the Thunderbolt/miniDP connector and
                                                                 apparently Asus figured that the extra DisplayPort connector
We got an early glimpse of the P8Z77-V Premium courtesy          and as such triple-display output would be reserved for the
of Anandtech almost a month ago and then a few days later        Premium, as despite the P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt having
Asus released a few teaser images, although the company          four display connectors, only two of them can be used at
did its best to hide the fact that the board actually featured   once.
Thunderbolt. This attempt was somewhat in vain though,
due to the fact that Asus missed to Photoshop out the word
Thunderbolt on one of the images of the board and the fact
that you could clearly see the connector on the same image.
As a side note, this should as far as we're aware be the first
Z77 chipset motherboard that supports triple-display output
via Thunderbolt/miniDP, DisplayPort and HDMI.




                                                                 Some minor changes has taken place in terms of component
                                                                 layout at the rear edge of the motherboard as well with
                                                                 the ASMedia PCI Express to PCI bridge having been moved
                                                                 further down the PCB to make space for the Thunderbolt
                                                                 controller. The P8Z77-V Pro had space for what appears to
                                                                 be a PCI FireWire chip that was never implemented and

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as such this should have been a fairly minor change to the            Six months ago Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung for
actual functionality of the board. Missing of course is also          infringing Apple’s tablet design patents. The feud has been
the TB_Header connector, as it makes no sense having that             ongoing, but maybe the upcoming meeting between Apple’s
and it its place is another USB 2.0 header and it looks like          CEO, Tim Cook and Samsung’s Chief Executive, Choi Gee-
Asus has also added a serial port header and a TPM header             Sung, can put an end to the bickering.
to the P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt.                                       JK Sin, Samsung’s mobile division chief, said “there is still a
                                                                      big gap in the patent war with Apple but we still have several
                                                                      negotiation options including cross-licensing,” before taking
                                                                      off to America to accompany Gee-Sung.
                                                                      Apple and Samsung have reached out to each other in
                                                                      an attempt to settle previous lawsuits. According to
                                                                      pcworld.com, Steve Jobs contacted Samsung in July 2010
                                                                      to work out intellectual property issues between the two
                                                                      companies.
                                                                      If you have been following the Oracle and Google court
                                                                      battle then you can see some similarities between the two
                                                                      scenarios. Google used Oracle’s Java API to develop the
                                                                      Android smartphone OS, and initially Sun Microsystems
                                                                      (pre-Oracle buyout) didn’t have a problem with it. Several
                                                                      years down the road, however, when Google’s Android
                                                                      became the most dominant smartphone platform, Oracle
At the end of the day the big question is if there will be
                                                                      stepped in and filed lawsuits for infringement of copyrights.
enough demand for these kinds of products, but it seems
like all the top-tier motherboard makers – minus ASRock               Just like how Oracle provides the API for the Android
so far – are being on Thunderbolt as the next big thing.              platform’s development, Samsung provides Apple with
Admittedly Thunderbolt does offer some tangible benefits              hardware that are used in iPhones. Samsung can benefit
over every other external interface currently on the market,          from business of one of the world’s most coveted company,
but the price premium is still very steep compared to say USB         and Apple relies on Samsung for one of its hottest selling
3.0. For the professional market there's already a wealth of          product. No one should come out the loser in this situation.
devices that take advantage of the new interface, but much            Despite the indifferences between the two companies, it
less so for the enthusiast or high-end consumer and we can't          wouldn’t harm either company to settle their intellectual
but wonder if the professional market would splash out on             property arguments outside of court. If the Cook and Gee-
either of these two motherboards rather than wait for a               Sung doesn’t manage to work out some sort of bargain then
workstation with Thunderbolt support from someone like                we will see another Google-Oracle-esque court proceeding in
HP or Dell and that's only in the case of Apple not adding            about two months.
Thunderbolt support to its potential next gen Mac Pro.
Neither product has appeared on Asus website at the time
of writing and as such we haven't included any links to the           Why is Yahoo selling its stake
product pages.                                                        in Alibaba?
                                                                      Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/why-is-yahoo-selling-its-stake-in-

Upcoming Apple-Samsung                                                alibaba-/15924.html
                                                                      May 22nd, 2012
meeting might see an end to
feud
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/upcoming-apple-samsung-meeting-
might-see-an-end-to-feud/15927.html
May 22nd, 2012

                                                                      If you stumbled upon this using the Google search engine or
                                                                      any other search engines other than Yahoo, then this article
                                                                      will reflect Yahoo’s trouble’s and decline on the World Wide
                                                                      Web. Yahoo has just announced that it will about half its
                                                                      stake in the Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba for about
Six months ago Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung for              $7.1 billion. Why is Yahoo so in need of cash?
infringing Apple’s tablet design patents. The feud has been           If you stumbled upon this using the Google search engine or
ongoing, but maybe the upcoming meeting between Apple’s               any other search engines other than Yahoo, then this article
CEO, Tim Cook and Samsung’s Chief Executive Choi Gee-                 will reflect Yahoo’s trouble’s and decline on the World Wide
Sung put an end to the bickering.                                     Web. Yahoo has just announced that it will about half its
Samsung and Apple seem to have a love-hate relationship as            stake in the Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba for about
the two tech giants have been in business together for many           $7.1 billion. Why is Yahoo so in need of cash? Let’s delve
years. As of late, however, the trend has shifted towards the         into it shall we?
‘hate’ end of the spectrum.

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For starter, the stock prices of Yahoo have been steadily         that. But let’s just hope that Yahoo doesn’t squander it and
declining since 2000. Before the dot com bubble burst,            fall to the ranks of MSN or AOL. However, as it still stands
Yahoo stock prices reached an all-time high of $110.38 per        —if you didn’t use Yahoo to find this article, then we know
share on 12/31/1999. Right after the dot com burst, Yahoo         there hasn’t been any movement yet from Yahoo.
decides to do a 2:1 split on their stocks in hopes of regaining
their stock value. However, Yahoo’s stock value continued
to decline as two shares was worth less than $40 at around        Pioneer introduces new car
2003. So if you owned a single share of Yahoo stock at
around 2000, and kept that share until 2003 you actually
                                                                  audio video receiver AVH-
held onto a stock that lost about 2/3 of its value.               P8450BT with Advanced App
                                                                  Mode
                                                                  Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pioneer-introduces-new-car-audio-
                                                                  video-receiver-avh-p8450bt-with-advanced-app-mode/15948.html
                                                                  May 22nd, 2012




                                                                  With the Pioneer Advanced App Mode, you can now use your
(yahoo.com)
                                                                  iPhone, iPhone 4S or iPod Touch and its apps seamlessly on
However, Yahoo stock value began to increase and in 2003          the car dashboard. This enables the usage of apps in the car
another 2:1 split was conducted thereafter. This time around      with limited driver distraction.
people who held on to their stocks had something to rejoice
about as they’ve essentially had their stock value doubled.
 Yahoo stock prices remained relatively steadied at around
$30-40 per share, but went below $20 at around 2009.
 There haven’t been many companies that have been able to
maintain high stock values once they went public, and Yahoo
was no exception.
Onto my main point about why Yahoo is selling its stake in
Alibaba. Google has always dominated the search engines,
but ever since Bing entered the search engine market, Yahoo
has seen a steady decline in market share.




                                                                  Pioneer Electronics Asia Centre has introduced the latest
                                                                  car audio video receiver AVH-P8450BT with Advanced
                                                                  App Mode. Advanced App Mode is designed to utilize the
                                                                  processing power, storage capacity, network connectivity
                                                                  and apps of the iPhone 4/iPhone 4S and iPod touch
                                                                  (fourth generation) as the primary source of information
                                                                  and entertainment capabilities. It allow users to control
                                                                  most functions using similar touch and motion gestures like
(statowl.com)                                                     today's smartphones, but on a larger screen to ensure safer
According to statowl.com, at Bing’s inception into the search     in-vehicle operation.
engine market in June 2009 its market share was 4.21%,            Simply connect to an iPhone 4/iPhone 4S and iPod
and Yahoo’s was 7.92%. However, Yahoo has clearly lost            touch loaded with compatible third-party apps, and the
its advantage on Bing as Yahoo and Bing are now almost            “AppRadio” app will deliver the in-vehicle smartphone
even in Market shares (Yahoo: 7.48%, Bing:7.26%). How             experience for iPhone users by helping users stay current
can a company with nearly double the advantage in market          with recommended compatible third-party apps. The
share allow its competitor to catch up within a span of only      Pioneer Advanced App mode application “AppRadio” app
approximately three years? The answer to this question            is available for download free in the App Store. Compatible
would possibly require another full article to analyze, but in    apps for Internet radio service include AUPEO! Personal
short, Yahoo hasn’t been innovative enough to entice users        Radio, Livio Car Internet Radio and StreamS HiFi Radio.
to continue to use their search engine.                           There are also apps for drive analytics service such as
So to answer my initial question of why Yahoo decided to          DashCommand and Extra Mile. Additional apps to support
sell its stake in Alibaba—It might as well be Yahoo’s plan        Advanced Add Mode will be available in the near future.
to launch long term campaign to regain second place in the        Pioneer has also developed exclusive compatible apps for
search engine market, and $7.1 billion can help it achieve        Advanced App Mode:

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1) MIXTRAX app - Analyze your iPod touch and iPhone                      Once logged into So.cl you will see more graphics than
4/iPhone 4S music library (Internet connectivity required)               texts. If you’re visual person, chances are you will find
and generate non-stop mix play by cueing up songs, beat                  this approach to social networking very intuitive and fun.
matching, or adding effects. The MIXTRAX app is now                       Another very different approach to So.cl is that it constantly
available for download on iTunes.                                        streams other So.cl user’s search queries to your So.cl
                                                                         homepage. You might find this interesting because you are
2) Navgate Drive South East Asia app - Provides numerous
                                                                         seeing what’s the ‘hot’ and what’s ‘not’. However, you might
intelligent features such as traffic information, city guides,
                                                                         also find it quite annoying if you don’t really care about what
short route calculation time, simultaneous calculation of
                                                                         other people are searching for.
multiple route variants and many others.
                                                                         So what is So.cl? According to the official So.cl FAQ:

Microsoft crashes Mark                                                    “So.cl (pronounced "social") is an experimental
                                                                          research project, developed by Microsoft’s FUSE
Zuckerberg's wedding with                                                 Labs, focused on exploring the possibilities of social
So.cl                                                                     search for the purpose of learning.
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-crashes-mark-zuckerberg-     So.cl combines social networking and search, to
s-wedding-with-so.cl/15922.html                                           help people find and share interesting web pages in
May 22nd, 2012                                                            the way students do when they work together.
                                                                           So.cl helps you create rich posts, by assembling
                                                                          montages of visual web content.
                                                                          To encourage interaction and collaboration, So.cl
                                                                          provides rich media sharing, and real time sharing
                                                                          of videos via "video parties."
Just a day after Mark Zuckerberg gets married to long-
time girlfriend Priscilla Chan, Microsoft silently launches its           We expect students to continue using products such
experimental So.cl (“social”) service. Perhaps Microsoft is               as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other existing
trying to take advantage of the Facebook-CEO post wedding                 social networks, as well as Bing, Google and other
jubilations to gain some grounds in the internet social media             search tools. We hope to encourage students to
market. Chances are Priscilla is not allowing Mark to mix                 reimagine how our everyday communication and
work with their honeymoon, so this might be Microsoft’s                   learning tools can be improved, by researching,
most brilliant plan yet. In all seriousness, however, can                 learning and sharing in their everyday lives.”
Microsoft really hope to take away some of Facebook’s                    Just by reading this small section of the So.cl FAQ’s, you
users?                                                                   can guess that Microsoft is attempting to enter the social
Just a day after Mark Zuckerberg gets married to long-                   networking market by an indirect route. If you remember
time girlfriend Priscilla Chan, Microsoft silently launches its          Google’s Buzz, a previous fail attempt at social networking,
experimental So.cl (“social”) service. Perhaps Microsoft is              then chances are you will see a similar path for Google+.
trying to take advantage of the Facebook-CEO post wedding
jubilations to gain some grounds in the internet social media
market. Chances are Priscilla is not allowing Mark to mix
work with their honeymoon, so this might be Microsoft’s
most brilliant plan yet. In all seriousness, however, can
Microsoft really hope to take away some of Facebook’s users?
The answer is, no. There is just no way Microsoft can
overtake the $100 billion social networking giant. That’s not
to say that Microsoft can’t pull something out of its magic
hat in the future, but for the time being—expect very little
activity from So.cl. Signing up for So.cl is a rather easy
process. All you need is a Facebook or Windows Live ID.




                                                                         So.cl encourages its users to ‘continue using products such
                                                                         as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other existing social
                                                                         networks.” This indirect approach to social networking
                                                                         might work in Microsoft’s favor since they are not attacking
                                                                         Facebook head on, but instead they want to integrate the
                                                                         So.cl networking into the already existing frameworks of
                                                                         other social networks. Brilliant, yes, but will it work? Who
                                                                         really knows if Microsoft has really hit the jackpot on this




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idea, but what we know is that attacking Facebook head one
is not working. Certainly, it did not work for Google.


Logitec prepares super small
LAN-W300N/RS 802.11n
router
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/logitec-prepares-super-small-lan-
w300nrs-802.11n-router/15920.html
May 22nd, 2012




. Logitec Japan has let leak images and details on its latest           This compact mobile router is expected to become available
compact Wi-Fi router, the LAN-W300N/RS which is ready                   toward the end of the month at 3,570 JPY (about US $44).
for an imminent launch.
Logitec Japan has let leak images and details on its latest
compact Wi-Fi router, the LAN-W300N/RS which is ready                   Apple's iCloud hit with class-
for an imminent launch.                                                 action lawsuit by disgrunted
                                                                        ex-MobileMe subscribers
                                                                        Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-s-icloud-hit-with-class-action-
                                                                        lawsuit-by-disgrunted-ex-mobileme-subscribers/15919.html
                                                                        May 22nd, 2012




                                                                        A lawsuit is being filed against Apple, accusing the company
                                                                        of misleading consumers in the advertisement of its iCloud
                                                                        service.
                                                                        A lawsuit is being placed against Apple, accusing the
                                                                        company of misleading consumers in the advertisement of
                                                                        its iCloud service.
Running dimensions of just 56 x 42 x 13.5 with a weight of              AppleInsider discovered the lawsuit, filed by plaintiff
23g (excluding its equally compact AC adapter), this travel-            Danyelle Comer in U.S. District Court for the Northern
friendly router is available in black or white color options            District of California. The lawsuit complains of inefficient
and offers up to 300Mbps (802.11n) wireless speeds with                 transition from the subscription based MobileMe service to
security via WPA2-PSK (AES), WPA-PSK (TKIP) or WEP                      the free iCloud replacement.
(128/64bit).
                                                                        MobileMe is a subscription based suite of internet tools by
In terms of wired interfaces, the LAN-W300N/RS comprises                Apple, including an email service, webhost, online storage
a 10/100 Mbps downstream Ethernet connection along with                 feature and other utilities. In June of 2011, Apple announced
a WAN uplink.                                                           the new iCloud service which is to take the place of
                                                                        MobileMe. MobileMe is now closed to new subscribers, but
                                                                        former customers can access the service up until June 30th
                                                                        of this year.




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                                                                     The whole world isn't completely accepting of Windows
                                                                     Phone yet. Microsoft is hoping to remedy that with the
                                                                     upcoming Windows Phone 8. In the meantime, it might
                                                                     actually be getting a bit of love in China - well, a bit.
                                                                     According to Michel van der Bel, COO of Greater China
                                                                     Region at Microsoft, Windows Phone has nabbed 7 percent
                                                                     of the Chinese market share, as opposed to the iPhones 6
                                                                     percent.




This lawsuit makes a point out of the fact that MobileMe
was not free, and customers migrating from the service
experienced many troubles as a result of essentially
mandatory transition to iCloud.
"Throughout the migration, Apple failed to adequately
ensure that features MobileMe users were paying for would
be accessible, including access to their e-mail accounts for         If these numbers are correct, then the iPhone is experiencing
which customers pay additional fees," goes the complaint.            troubles in China - in July to September of 2011, the iPhone
"As a result, numerous MobileMe users suffered damage                occupied 10.4 percent of the Chinese market share. It slipped
from the inability to access their individual accounts."             to 7.5 percent between October and December. Now, it’s
                                                                     slipped again if it is indeed at 6 percent.
The filing accuses Apple of misrepresenting the iCloud
services, and argues that paying MobileMe subscribers                Van der Bel tells online Dutch magazine Emerce that
suffered "devastating consequences”. The suit says that              he expects the Windows Phone market share to keep
Apple should have been more prepared to make the                     growing in China, and states that, "Our smartphone and
transition from MobileMe to iCloud.                                  PC-tablet hybrid, which is suitable for the consumer, but
                                                                     also easy to insert in an existing business infrastructure.
The class-action lawsuit accuses Apple of several things,
                                                                     This allows us better than most competitors respond to the
including unjust enrichment and violation of the Magnus-
                                                                     consumerization of IT"
Moss Warranty Act.
                                                                     Since the publication is Dutch, this quotation has been
According to the suit, "Unfortunately for many users it
                                                                     automatically translated with Google. It is possible then that
doesn't 'just work' and has resulted in a series of headaches
                                                                     the reference to a "smartphone and PC-tablet hybrid" is
due to lack of syncing ability, lack of email functionality
                                                                     some sort of mistake, as Microsoft doesn't have any such
and other complications and losses and corruption of data.
                                                                     product yet. It is also possible that he refers to the Windows
In fact a number of users have been forced to hire outside
                                                                     8 smartphone-tablet hybrid that Nokia is thought to be
technical assistance at significant cost, just to migrate to
                                                                     working on.
the iCloud platform or get around it to obtain minimal
functionality of emails and other systems."                          Meanwhile, while Microsoft may have gained one percent of
                                                                     ground from Apple, this obviously doesn't mean that they
Anytime that users complain of services such as Facebook
                                                                     will or even can keep this lead, which could just be a sort of
or email providers, there are always those who respond with
                                                                     hiccup. But in any case, both of them have a lot of work to do
something along the lines of “You can’t complain if it’s free.”
                                                                     in defeating the common enemy - Android, which dominates
But MobileMe was not free, and perhaps, for once, this is
                                                                     the Chinese smartphone market at 69 percent market share.
a legitimate lawsuit filed in honesty, rather than a get-rich-
quick jab at juicing Apple.                                          Apple has an obvious upper hand in this battle, with a
                                                                     colossal application store. As far as applications go, Android
                                                                     and iPhone are the leaders. Windows has some major
Microsoft claims more                                                catching up to do if it wants to compete in this respect.
Windows Phone than iPhone                                            But does China even care about applications? Time will tell.
users in China
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-claims-more-windows-
phone-than-iphone-users-in-china/15918.html
May 22nd, 2012

According to a Microsoft official, Windows Phone 7 is
overtaking the iPhone in China.
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VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks!
                                                                 Medias NEC-101S - GSM 900/1800/1900MHz, UMTS
  VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly                   850/1500/1900/2100MHz
  publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the
                                                                 Although currently there is no word yet on which version of
  geeks.
                                                                 Android the 101T will run, it will most likely be on 2.3.5 since
                                                                 that's what Thailand's 101S is on.
NEC's Medias 101T Android                                        Apart from Mexico, the Medias 101T is expected to make its
                                                                 debut in North America as well sometime this year.
smartphone comes to Mexico
in June
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nec-s-medias-101t-android-
smartphone-comes-to-mexico-in-june/15994.html
May 24th, 2012




NEC Casio Mobile Communications announced today plans
to begin selling the Medias 101T Android smartphone in
Mexico from June, exclusively through Telcel, the country's
biggest mobile service provider.                                 Microsoft Integrating Flash
                                                                 into IE 10
                                                                 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-integrating-flash-into-
                                                                 ie-10/16003.html
                                                                 May 24th, 2012




                                                                 In a surprising change of pace, Microsoft revealed that it is
Weighing in at 117g, with dimensions measuring                   integrateing flash support into the Metro version of IE 10,
128x65x8.2mm, the Medias NEC-101T is a water-                    the latest version of its omnipresent browser.
proof (IPX5/IPX7 standards) and dust-resistant (IP5X
standard) Android smartphone imbued with a 4" FWVGA
(854×480) capacitive touchscreen.
According to NEC, as of 2011 the mobile penetration in
Mexico is estimated to be around 87%, with 20% of the
market belonging to smartphones. By the end of this year,
NEC expects smartphones' share to rise to at least 30%
The Latin-American country is the second stop on the
Japanese mobile maker's campaign to bring the Medias
brand outside of Japan and into the global mobile market.
Thailand was NEC's first stop; back in April the Medias 101S
was launched there..                                             Two years ago, with the advent of HTML5, Microsoft proudly
                                                                 declared the Age of Flash to be over, claiming that the future
Looks and specs-wise, the 101T is practically the same phone
                                                                 of video on the Internet would be HTML5 integrated video.
as the 101S; except with minute differences in terms of
                                                                 That prediction seems to have been a bit premature, as a
cellular network standards supported.
                                                                 majority of video content on the web today is still delivered
Medias NEC-101T - GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz, UMTS                 by Adobe’s Flash technology. Despite this, the general
850/1900/2100MHz                                                 assumption has been that Microsoft would be pursuing
                                                                 web-standard technologies alone with Internet Explorer
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10. Metro, the new UI standard adopted by Microsoft                  Zimbardo and his assistant Nikita Duncan claims that video
for Windows 8, doesn’t allow IE 10 users to expand its               games and pornography is the one of the main catalyst in the
capabilities with add-ons, unlike any other browser on the           destruction of American youths—males in particular.
market. In restricting IE like this, Microsoft is planning to        The discussion of how video games and pornography are
provide a unified, seamless UI to the end-user.                      influencing the way American males develop as human
In a surprising move, however, Microsoft has revealed that           beings is as touchy of a topic as it can get. A recent article
they will be integrating Flash directly into IE 10. They are         by gamesindustry.biz clarifies that Zimbardo claims video
reportedly doing this in a way that will not undermine the           games and pornography create an “arousal” and “addiction”
safety or reliability of the Metro UI environment (although          that make males “risk-averse [and causes them] to shy away
history has shown again and again that there is no such thing        from dealing with relationships, school, or work.”
as a perfectly secure environment).
Unsurprisingly, Microsoft realized that not including flash
with IE 10 would be far too restrictive to its users, with a
massive amount of online content being delivered by Flash.
Interestingly, however, Microsoft was able to add Flash
capabilities without contradicting any earlier statements
made by the company about standards and Flash with
regards to IE. This was made possible by a very close working
relationship with Adobe, as noted over two years ago by
Microsoft Corporate VP Dean Hachamovitch. “We work
closely with engineers at Adobe, sharing information about
the issues we know of in ongoing technical discussions,” he
said.
                                                                     Zimbardo uses examples from recent tragedies that were
Because of their close working relationship, Adobe was               correlated with gaming to make his argument. One example
able to provide Microsoft with access to the source code             was the death of Seungseob Lee due to 50 hours of playing
of Flash, allowing the software giant to seamless integrate          Starcraft continuously. Another example is the killing
the technology into IE 10. This allowed Microsoft to add             massacre that was carried out by a Norwegian male named
Flash capability without compromising their standards for            Anders Behring Breivik—who played a lot of Call of Duty and
reliability, compatibility, performance, and security, as well       World of Warcraft.
as not requiring an exception to the “no add-on” policy for
                                                                     The doctor and his assistant don’t directly blame technology
IE Metro.
                                                                     for the problems in male youths, but rather the “misuse” of
Microsoft, despite offering Flash capabilities in their newest       it.
browser, is still gearing for the end of Flash as it exists today.
                                                                     “Technology is not the issue. Rather, it’s the misuse of
They realized that removing Flash would cut users off from a
                                                                     technology. There’s a general overuse of video games and
vast majority of content on today’s web, but they are clearly
                                                                     porn – especially in social isolation – which is not balanced
positioned to determine what shape the web standards of the
                                                                     out by other activities like exercise, face-to-face socialization
future will take.
                                                                     with peers, or individual time with any kind of male mentor,”
                                                                     Zimbardo was quoted in an interview TED.com.
Development of male youth in                                         There’s no doubt that the correlation between video games
jeopardy due to video games                                          and porn is present when it comes to troubled youth, but
                                                                     does that mean causation?
and pornogprahy                                                      Zimbardo continued on in his interview with TED.com to say
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/development-of-male-youth-in-
                                                                     that “prescription drugs, illegal drugs, and overstimulation
jeopardy-due-to-video-games-and-pornogprahy/16002.html
                                                                     from enticing images and games” changes the brains of male
May 24th, 2012
                                                                     youths, and the consequence is that they get “left behind
                                                                     socially, sexually, and financially.”




The discussion of how video games and pornography are
influencing the way American males develop as human
beings is as touchy of a topic as it can get. A recent article by
gamesindustry.biz clarifies that Zimbardo’s claim that video
games and pornography create an “arousal” and “addiction”
that make males “risk-averse [and causes them] to shy away
from dealing with relationships, school, or work.”
Despite being one of the wealthiest nations in the world, the        It seems that Zimbardo and his assistant has a particular
American school system is also one of the lowest ranking of          section of men – the video game loving and pornography
any in the developed world, but is the government to blame           watching ones – all figured out. What about you? Where do
or are there other factors that influence how the youth of
America develops. That said, a doctor by the name of Phillip

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you place the significance of video games and pornography      "Neither Android nor iOS were the first to market with some
in how it shapes young men?                                    of these features, but the way they made the smartphone
                                                               experience intuitive and seamless has quickly earned a
                                                               massive following."
Android and iOS account for 8
of 10 smartphones in Q1                                            ASUS and StarHub announce
Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/android-and-ios-account-for-8-
of-10-smartphones-in-q1/16001.html                                 PadFone and PadFone Station
May 24th, 2012
                                                                   in Singapore
                                                               Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-and-starhub-announce-
                                                               padfone-and-padfone-station-in-singapore/16000.html
                                                               May 24th, 2012



Eight out of 10 smartphones shipped in the first quarter of
this year were powered by Google's Android or Apple's iOS
platforms, highlighting the continued dominance of the two
companies in the mobile industry.
Eight out of 10 smartphones shipped in the first quarter of    ASUS unveiled the PadFone and PadFone Station at Mobile
this year were powered by Google's Android or Apple's iOS      World Congress in February this year. Today, the Taiwanese
platforms, highlighting the continued dominance of the two     company has announced that the PadFone and PadFone
companies in the mobile industry.                              Station will go on retail from 2 June next month, and
                                                               exclusive to local teleco StarHub.

A report by the International Data Corporation (IDC)
revealed that Android's market share grew to 59 percent
in the first quarter, while the iOS market share grew to 23
percent. This is a combined market share of 82 percent, a
huge increase from the combined share of 54.4 percent in
the first quarter of 2011.


Rival mobile operating systems, including the defunct
Symbian and struggling BlackBerry OS, have continued to
lose market share. Symbian posted its largest decline to
date of 60.6 percent, resulting in a market share of just
10.4 percent. BlackBerry OS was down 29.7 percent, with a
market share of 9.7 percent. Windows Phone 7, however, saw
growth of 26.9 percent, but its market share increased from
a meagre 2.6 percent to a not much better 3.3 percent.




Android's growth continues at a phenomenal pace, with an
increase of 145 percent, while iOS is doing extremely well     The ASUS PadFone is powered by 1.5GHz Qualcomm
too, with a jump of 88.7 percent. If they and Windows Phone    8260A Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor and Adreno 225
7 continue to grow we will see further erosion of market       GPU, and runs Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
share from Symbian and BlackBerry OS.                          It features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display, 8-
                                                               megapixel camera with Fuji image processor and F2.2
                                                               aperture, and ASUS SonicMaster audio technology for
"The popularity of Android and iOS stems from a                superior audio experience. On the left are the micro-USB
combination of factors that the competition has struggled to   and micro-HDMI connectors which can dock neatly to the
keep up with," said Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst      PadFone Station tablet device. The PadFone is also equipped
with IDC's Mobile Phone Technology and Trends program.

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with 1520mAh lithium-ion battery and boasts up to 15.6
hours of talktime, and up to 360 hours of standby time.        Samsung Asia launches new
                                                               Series 9 and Series 5 500p
                                                               notebooks
                                                               Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-asia-launches-new-
                                                               series-9-and-series-5-500p-notebooks/15996.html
                                                               May 24th, 2012




                                                               This morning, Samsung Asia announced their second
                                                               generation Series 9 laptops which boast to incorporate the
                                                               world's thinnest and most compact chassis. The Korean
                                                               company also unveiled their Series 5 500p multimedia
                                                               notebook for consumers who want power features and high
                                                               quality multimedia experience.




Simply dock the phone to the back of the PadFone Station
and it becomes a fully-functional 10.1-inch Android tablet.
The PadFone Station works as a portable and larger
touchscreen display to the PadFone, and it also recharges
the phone for up to 64 hours of extended usage. Place the
PadFone Station onto the PadFone Station keyboard dock,
and you have a working "notebook PC"-like device. There
is also an optional Bluetooth stylus headset that lets you
draw effortlessly and picks up calls at the same time. Say,
if you have already docked the PadFone into the PadFone
Station, and a call comes in, you can either answer the call
with a cabled headset, a wireless Bluetooth headset, or the
Bluetooth Stylus headset. The PadFone Station Dock also
has its own battery that charges the PadFone for up to 102
hours of use, and comes with additional USB ports and card
reader.
The ASUS PadFone will retail at S$800 before telco
subsidies from 2 June, and customers who want the PadFone
Station can get it with a S$328 top up. The PadFone            The new Samsung Series 9 claim to have gone through
Station Dock and Bluetooth Stylus headset are priced at S      9,000 hours of design sketches and mockups and 24,000
$228 and S$128 respectively. StarHub customers who pre-        hours of research and development, to achieve premium
order the PadFone and PadFone Station between 25 to 31         design, superior performance and features for users. The
May will receive the PadFone Station Dock and Bluetooth        Series 9 features 15-inch display fitted into a stylish 14-
Stylus headset for free. For more details, visit http://       inch chassis, weighs 1.59kg and measures 14.9mm thin;
www.starhub.com/padfone.                                       the 13-inch Series 9 measures 12.9mm and weighs 1.16kg.
                                                               The Samsung laptops are powered by third generation Intel
                                                               Core processor, 4GB/8GB memory and 128GB/256GB SSD
                                                               configurations. Due to its slim form factor, the Series 9

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features VGA output (via dongle) and micro HDMI output;
the 15-inch features two USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 while the
13.3-inch has one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0.
According to the manufacturer, the Series 9 boots in 9.8
seconds with Samsung Fast Solutions, while Fast Start
offers a 1.4-second wake-up, and Fast Browsing provides
two-times faster web browsing. Scheduled to launch on 3
June, the 15-inch Series 9 will be available in Magnesium
(from S$1,788) and Aluminium chassis (S$2,488) while
the 13.3-inch Series 9 will be available only in Aluminium
Chasis (from S$2,188). Optional accessories include an
external optical drive with stylish finish and would be
available soon.




The Samsung Series 5 500p is equipped with third
generation Intel Core i7 Quad-core processor, Nvidia
GeForce GT630M graphics with 2GB VRAM, and up to
1TB storage. It sports a high-resolution anti-reflective
display with 300 nit brightness and features integrated JBL
speakers. The 14-inch model weighs 2.27kg and will be           Russian cybercrime overlord
available in Titan Silver and Pink flavours. The Samsung        jailed for spam botnet
Series 5 500p will be retailing in Singapore from 3 June from   Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/russian-cybercrime-overlord-jailed-
S$1,288.                                                        for-spam-botn