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How power supplies work Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/how-power-supplies-work/11366.html March 5th, 2011

Even though power supply units are the most critical part of almost every electronic device, being a component absolutely vital to their operation, they rarely are given the attention they deserve. Almost no technology equipment can operate without them since electronic devices cannot operate using the utility grid AC voltage, which also varies in level and frequency depending on your position on the planet. There are more than eight types of power supplies currently available; in this article we are going to focus on only the two types available for household and business equipment: linear and switching power supplies. Even though power supply units are the most critical part of almost every electronic device, being a component absolutely vital to their operation, they rarely are given the attention they deserve. Almost no technology equipment can operate without them since electronic devices cannot operate using the utility grid AC voltage, which also varies in level and frequency depending on your position on the planet. There are more than eight types of power supplies currently available; in this article we are going to focus on only the two types available for household and business equipment: linear and switching power supplies. Several people may believe the power supplies are limited to computer applications. That is incorrect since almost every piece of technology need a power supply to operate. Some examples include and are not limited to your phone charger, your TV and your alarm clock. As we mentioned before, no electronic equipment can operate on AC voltage. It is the power supply's job to convert AC voltage to another form, suitable for the equipment. Or, to be even more accurate, the definition of a power supply is that "it is an apparatus designed to convert one form of electric energy to another".

The vast majority of users are simply not aware of the presence of power supplies because they are integrated into the equipment. Most of them are not replaceable because those devices have no expandability or upgradeability and are (hopefully!) designed to exceed the product's lifetime. For example, you cannot replace the power supply of your TV because there is no way to upgrade or expand your TV and force it to require more power, meaning that ultimately there is no reason to perform a power supply upgrade. Computers are an entirely different matter; they are fully expandable and customizable, meaning that not only each and every one of them has different power needs but that the needs of every single computer can be altered several times during its operational lifetime. A power supply transforming the utility grid AC voltage to DC voltage for the equipment to use must perform certain functions at the highest possible efficiency and at the lowest possible cost. The basic functions usually are: 1. Rectification - Convert the input AC voltage to DC voltage. 2. Voltage transformation - Adjust the supplied voltage to the required levels. 3. Filtering - Smoothen the ripple of the supplied voltage. 4. Regulation - Control the supplied voltage regardless of line, load and / or temperatures changes. 5. Isolation - Electrically isolate the input voltage source from the output. 6. Protection - Prevent any damaging power phenomena from reaching or take effect at the output.

IT Show 2011 Promotions: ASUS Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011-promotionsasus/11436.html March 5th, 2011

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Aside from attractive discounts and promotions, ASUS will also be launching some new products at next week's IT Show 2011 at Suntec City Convention Centre. Read on for the various star products that will be sold at their booth. Booth Location (Level, Booth Number) Level 4, Hall 402 & 403, Booth 8220 (ASUS) Update: Added ASUS laptops and netbooks

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ASUS Easy User Interface Enjoy Simultaneous printing and scanning by connecting an All-in-one printer to the router via the USB port. Also, connect external hard disks to enjoy instant file sharing with family and friends. 300,000 Sessions Perfect for P2P Download Download Master provides up to 300,000 sessions for unparalleled P2P performance – offering an unprecedented 20 times larger bandwidth than traditional routers. Such a large volume of P2P or BitTorrent downloads are accomplished rapidly with assurance of complete data transfers throughout the day – even when the users’ PCs are turned off. Solid Wireless Performance Combined with its powerful CPU, the ASUS RT-N16 delivers maximum bandwidth, ensuring effortless synchronous file transfers and downloads, flawless video streaming, incredibly low-ping wireless gaming and VoIP calls with minimized jitter.

ASUS RT-N56U Dual Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router

Usual price: S$189 IT Show price: TBA

Dual-band for Lag-free Entertainment Double your wireless performance and bandwidth with simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands speed up to 300Mbps concurrently. While basic internet applications like browsing or file downloading can occur in 2.4GHz, wireless high definition content streaming takes place in the 5GHz band at the same time. Plug-n-surf and Hassle-free Management ASUS EZ UI offers you an intuitive router setup without read manuals. What’s more, you can enjoy simultaneous printing and scanning by connecting an All-in-one printer to the router via the USB port. You can also connect external hard disks to enjoy instant file sharing with family and friends. Multi-Function Twin USB Ports With effortless connectivity to a range of devices and FTP, SAMBA, UPnP AV server and DLNA standard compatible all supported, sharing and networking become easier than ever. Plus, the RT-N56U can continue downloading FTTP, FTP and BitTorrent file to the USB disk all day even when your PC is turned off. Additionally, the twin USB ports allow the router to offer printer and file server functions. Usual price: S$259 IT Show price: TBA

ASUS O!Play MINI Media Player Mini in Size – Massive on Entertainment ASUS O!Play MINI media player fits a wealth of high definition content and features in a single small device. It offers true high definition (HD) video and 7.1-channel audio for you to enjoy great movies, music and photo-sharing with your family and friends. The most powerful decoding and most popular media formats supported The O!Play MINI brings new HD experiences to viewers, free from format compatibility worries. It supports Blu-ray Disc ISO, MKV, RMVB (1080p), H.264, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD MA, OGG, FLAC and many others. Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Channel surround and full HD 1080p bring you theater-like enjoyment Dolby TrueHD digital surround decoding and passthrough take full advantage of Blu-ray Disc quality with 7.1-Channel audio output. Full HD 1080p video through HDMI offers up to six times the resolution of traditional DVD, browse photos, even listen to music. IT Show price: TBA

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Easy Wireless File Sharing - No more difficult set-up process! Enjoying your PC file is so easy The ASUS O!Play Air provides users with the easiest way to share files wirelessly. If you have the AP, all you need to do is to click the “infrastructure” item and that’s it. Enjoy more Internet media contents in the living room The On-line Media feature allows you to browse over 100 Internet TV channels, 20,000 Internet radio stations, Internet photo sharing sites, and weather updates directly streamed over the Internet to your O!Play. Internet TV: ABC, BBC News, NBC, fox sports, NHK…over 5,000 stations Internet Radio: Over 20,000 stations ASUS O!Play HD2 Experience the World’s first USB 3.0 Media Player Install any 3.5-inch hard disk and O!PLAY HD2 instantly becomes a large-capacity mobile storage device . Transfer media via USB 3.0 from PC to the O!PLAY HD2 boasts up to 10 times faster than USB2.0. 3.5-inch Hard Disk Storage Capacity With NetworkingAttached Storage (NAS) Support O!Play HD2 offers extensive media center features with server functionality for iTunes, Samba and more for fast local network file access and management.

Weather: You can search World Weather by geographical Region or country Usual price: S$249 IT Show price: TBA

ASUS introduces WL-330N3G 6-in-1 Wireless-N mobile router Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-introduces-wl-330n3g-6-in-1wireless-n-mobile-router/11474.html March 5th, 2011

Use your iPhone as a remote control The On-line Media feature allows you to browse over 100 Internet TV channels, 20,000 Internet radio stations, Internet photo sharing sites, and weather updates directly streamed over the Internet to your O!Play. Internet TV: ABC, BBC News, NBC, fox sports, NHK…over 5,000 stations Internet Radio: Over 20,000 stations Weather: You can search World Weather by geographical Region or country Pricing to be announced

The ASUS WL-330N3G offers all the benefits of a standard wireless router, with multi-role functionality and an extremely user-friendly setup. All of these features fit in a tiny device that is easy to carry, making the WL-330N3G ideal for travelers and business people who wish to extend their internet access when on the road. Singapore (March 5, 2011) - The ASUS WL-330N3G offers all the benefits of a standard wireless router, with multi-role functionality and an extremely user-friendly setup. All of these features fit in a tiny device that is easy to carry, making the WL-330N3G ideal for travelers and business people who wish to extend their internet access when on the road. Incredible flexibility The first thing to note about the WL-330N3G is its compact size - its footprint is smaller than a business card. While this makes it very easy to carry and literally pocket sized, it does not come at the expense of functionality. This is a full wireless router designed for those on the move, especially students, commuters and mobile professionals.

ASUS O!Play Air HDP-R3 Media Player Full HD 1080p and Full Format Support (including RMVB) O!Play Air takes the trend to bring new HD experience to viewers in the living room. Users do not have to worry about the compatibilities of file formats to the most formats of the video, music and picture. 3


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button, and a 10/100 Ethernet connection for hooking up with modems, other routers and various Ethernet-enabled devices. For those looking to replace a fixed line, or to simply take their broadband connection with them when traveling or commuting, the WL-330N3G offers a perfect balance of value and performance. Specifications Ethernet

Six-in-one multi-role functionality for multi-user sharing Delivering spectacular utility and value, the WL-330N3G works as six different devices rolled into one. First and foremost, it is a mobile wireless router, connecting devices such as notebooks and smartphones to one broadband internet service. Second, it can be used as a universal repeater in conjunction with other routers to extend the range of an existing connection. Third, the WL-330N3G also functions as an access point when combined with a broadband modem, enabling connectivity for a host of devices.

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Operating frequency Data rate

• WAN / LAN x1, RJ-45 for 10/100 BaseT • Ethernet and 802.3 with max. 10/100Mbps bit rate and auto crossover function (MDI-X) • AC input 100V - 240V, 50 - 60Hz • DC output 5V, 2A max. 2.4GHz • 802.11n: Up to 150Mbps • 802.11g: 6 - 54Mbps

Encryption / authentication Management

• 802.11b: 1 - 11Mbps Supports 64 / 128-bit WEP, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK • DHCP server • Web-based administration • System event log • Firmware upgrade

Internet connection type The WL-330N3G can also be deployed as an Ethernet adapter for Ethernet-capable devices like game consoles, printers and cable set-top boxes. Finally, the WL-330N3G has both hotspot and 3G sharing modes built in. As a hotspot, it can serve as a mobile WiFi connection for several PCs, while in 3G sharing mode, it provides internet connectivity for several devices through the 3G network. This mode works in conjunction with a 3G USB adapter Superior coverage and speed made simple The WL-330N3G with up to 150Mbps data rate is easy to configure. The fast process is extremely simple thanks to ASUS Plug-n-Surf and network detection. Plus, the numerous ways this coverage can be extended to a host of different devices, all in a very portable manner, makes the WL-330N3G a very powerful connectivity enabler. With its streamlined design, the only buttons and connections on the WL-330N3G are the power port, USB port, reset

USB application Dimensions

• Save / restore configuration file Automatic IP, static IP, PPPoE (MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP, HSDPA 3G USB adapter 90 x 38.9 x 12.8mm

Source: ASUS Press Release

Rumor: BlackBerry Messenger Will Run On Android and iOS Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rumor-blackberry-messenger-will-runon-android-and-ios/11468.html March 5th, 2011

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Are you a big fan of RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger, but have a change of heart lately? No worries, we just learned that RIM is planning to bring its famous BlackBerry Messenger app to Android and iOS devices.

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Description: NZXT's Sentry LXE is a unique and well-executed product that allows the PC enthusiast a wide range of monitoring and fan control options in an attractive remote unit. The fit and finish is excellent and the functionality is firstrate with an intuitive layout incorporated into the touch screen LCD display. Consumer Electronics and Software News: Description: The company announced the service, which is available only in the US, on the Bing blog yesterday. The post said that Bing deals will launch with “more than 200,000 unique offers in over 14,000 cities and towns across the US”.

It is still unclear what RIM’s strategy is, but it looks like they will offer a light version of BlackBerry Messenger to other platforms. Meaning, additional features like photo and file sharing only available to BlackBerry users. So far no details on timing yet, but Android and iOS users can look forward to some time this year.

The Daily VR-Zone News Summary - 04 Mar 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--04mar-2011/11471.html March 5th, 2011

Description: A wave of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have targeted popular blogging site WordPress.com, the site and security researchers said. Description: Sony has admitted that PlayStation 3 consoles have been seized by customs officers in the Netherlands. Description: The system consists of a head or base unit and two bookshelf style speakers that combine to make decent little audio system. It’s also an alarm clock with a built-in snooze button so the system can even wake you up. The Micro System allows you instant access to hundreds of channels of music so you’ll always find something for you or your family and friends to listen to. Description: A top South Korean cybersecurity company says about 40 government and private websites are under cyberattack. Gaming News: Description: The ex-Blizzard employees of Runic Games, have done the unthinkable and brought their 2009 PC sleeper hit Torchlight to the Xbox Live Arcade.

And rounding up the news for the week: Review of the Patriot XRB 64GB Solid State Drive; Diamond All-In-Wonder HD Premium AIW5000 review; Microsoft's Bing launches deals service; Sony says PS3 consoles seized in Netherlands , and Epic Would “Love” to Bring Gears of War series to PlayStation . Hardware News: Description: SSDs are expensive. However, you can help alleviate this wallet pressure by getting one without too much storage space. Today we look at one of the smallest available SSD sizes, a 64GB from Patriot known as the Torqx TRB. Description: The Battle Hero with its bold graphics is squarely aimed at gamers. Solid aluminum construction gives it a solid feel and also helps to dissipate heat. Pop out storage drawers and twin cooling fans should keep most people satisfied beyond just the cooling performance. Description: The Zotac GTX 560 Ti AMP! is a heavily preoverclocked video card. The Zotac GTX 560 Ti AMP! Edition’s core clock weighs in at 950 MHz, 128 more from the stock 822 MHz. The Zotac GTX 560 Ti’s memory clock also gets bumped up from 4004 MHz to 4400 MHz.

Description: The Gears of War series has appeared exclusively on the Xbox 360 for four years, but that hasn’t deterred Epic’s desire to get the third-person shooter onto PlayStation.

LUXA2 ready to accessorise your iPad 2 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/luxa2-ready-to-accessorise-youripad-2/11472.html March 5th, 2011

Thermaltake's LUXA2 branding announced the pre-launch of Apple iPad 2 product line on the same day Apple revealed their upcoming iPad 2. And according to them, they're products are good to go as soon as Apple's iPad 2 go on sale.

Description: The HD Premium 5000 (aka AIW5000) bundles an ATI HD5570 graphics card with an ATI HD 750 tuner. This duo has the power to handle the most frequently used video signals for viewing, recording and other routine multimedia tasks. 5


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LUXA2 might not ring any bells to most people yet, but how about Thermaltake? Yes, LUXA2 is indeed a division of Thermaltake which specialise in exquisite design with a touch of luxury. They has been manufacturing accessories for iOS devices for about 2 years and according to their press release, they are ready to spoil customers with their wide range of iPad 2 accessories. Besides offering standard protective cases in different materials, they also have a iPad car mount and iPad stand which allows your tablet to sit upright for your hands-free reading or viewing pleasure. And according to their Director, "(they) will be ready to launch our incredible accessory line when Apple releases iPad 2,�

Opera approved for Mac App Store; users under the age of 17 need not apply

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Have you started using Apple's new Mac App Store to handle software downloads on OS X? Well, if you do, you might have noticed that a new addition was made to Apple's software repository today. Apparently, Opera's browser has just been approved by Apple's App Store team, and is now currently available for download from the aforementioned service. However, it will also seem that Apple has imposed some restrictions on who can download Opera's web browser onto their Macs. Indeed, a quick look at some of the requirements listed by Apple on Opera's product page in its Mac App Store has revealed an interesting fact; the company clearly thinks that web browsers have the potential to frequently feature suggestive or severe adult themes, and has taken action to stem the flow of undesirable content by requiring that downloaders be at least 17 years of age. To prove that we are not trying to pull a fast one on you, here is a screenshot of the very requirement, taken from iTunes Japan:

Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/opera-approved-for-mac-app-storeusers-under-the-age-of-17-need-not-apply/11469.html March 5th, 2011

Is the browser business moving into adult territory? Well, Apple apparently thinks so: while it has approved of Opera's free web browser being listed in its Mac App Store for users to download and use, the company has also posted a requirement that users must of a certain age before they can be allowed to do so. Who'd have guessed that dowloading a simple web browser could be such serious business?

The good news is that existing Opera owners need not fret: the copy of Opera available from Apple's App Store is the exact version that is currently being offered for download directly from Opera's home page.

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Still, it should probably come as no surprise that Opera had some rather interesting things to say about its browser being flagged out as unfit for OS X users under the age of 17. "Seventeen is very young, and I am not sure if, at that age, people are ready to use such an application. It's very fast, you know, and it has a lot of features. I think the download requirement should be at least 18," quipped Jan Standal, VP of Desktop Products for Opera Software. So what happens for potential Opera users who fail the age verification check? Simple: bypass the check by downloading the browser direct from the company's home page.

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The wireless HP Officejet 6500A Plus e-All-in-One E710n produces laser-quality color documents at a low cost per page that allows SOHO and SMB users to print high-impact marketing materials in-house. Featuring HP ePrint, users can print anytime, anywhere using any mobile device. The HP Officejet 6500A Plus eAIO E710n also uses 40% less energy than comparable laser printers and has an automatic twosided printing function which helps cut paper usage by up to 50%. The printer also has a 2.36-inch color touchscreen display to easily copy, fax, print, scan and access apps. Key features: • Achieve laser performance at a low cost per page o

Get great value, using individual, high-capacity ink cartridges designed for the office.

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Print at up to 32ppm black/31ppm color and at laser-comparable (ISO) speeds up to 10ppm black/7ppm color.

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Print borderless documents with vivid color graphics and sharp text, using HP Officejet inks.

• Stay connected whether you’re in or out of the office

IT Show 2011 Promotions: HP (Printers) Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011-promotions-hpprinters-/11465.html March 5th, 2011

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With HP ePrint, you can print from anywhere, anytime by emailing to your HP Officejet 6500A Plus eAIO E710n.

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Use up to 40% less energy than comparable laser products, with an ENERGY STAR qualified all-inone.

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Cut paper usage by up to 50% with the automatic two-sided printing and PC Fax Send which enables paperless fax sending and archiving.

Usual price: S$399 HP will be participating in this year's IT Show, and needless to say its offerings will consist of both computing devices like desktop and notebook PCs, as well as a wide range of imaging solutions in the form of printers. In this post, we shall take a look at the latter of HP's IT Show 2011 lineup. HP's booth can be found at Level 4, Booth 8150, Hall 401.

HP Photosmart Wireless e-All-in-One Printer B110a

HP Officejet 6500A Plus eAiO Printer E710n

Print lab-quality photos, everyday documents and web content on the fly, without using a PC. HP ePrint combined with affordable individual inks lets you easily produce impressive prints from anywhere, anytime. Key features and benefits:

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• Print when it’s most convenient for you from across the world or across the room. With HP ePrint, simply email a photo or document to your printer and pick up the pages later. • Create impressive photo projects, and even print directly from the device itself with integrated memory card slots. • The HP TouchSmart frame allows you to print photos, scan, copy and print web content without the use of a PC. • Boost productivity with wireless connectivity at a press of a button, allowing you to share this all-in-one with other Wi-Fi enabled PCs from anywhere in your house. Usual price: S$229

First Core i3-2310 and i5-2410 notebooks go on sale Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-core-i3-2310-and-i5-2410notebooks-go-on-sale/11466.html March 5th, 2011

The first notebooks with Intel's dual core mobile Sandy Bridge processors have just started to arrive at retailers, at least if you're lucky enough to live in Taiwan, although other countries should have them soon too and the first two models we've spotted are both from Acer. Intel's little chipset snafu has delayed the shipment a bit, although the dual core models weren't really expected until about now anyhow. The first notebooks with Intel's dual core mobile Sandy Bridge processors have just started to arrive at retailers, at least if you're lucky enough to live in Taiwan, although other countries should have them soon too and the first two models we've spotted are both from Acer. Intel's little chipset snafu has delayed the shipment a bit, although the dual core models weren't really expected until about now anyhow.

The Core i5-2410M is slightly faster at 2.3GHz, but as this is an i5, it will also turbo to either 2.6GHz for both cores or 2.9GHz on one core. It has the same base graphics core clock of 650MHz as the Core i3-2310M, but it will turbo a little bit faster to 1200MHz. So what's different between these two OEM models and the other models that Intel includes on its price list? Well compared to the Core i5-2520M the turbo speed boost is much lower, as this 2.5GHz processor will go all the way to 3GHz with both cores working, that's a 500MHz boost compared to 300MHz for the Core i5-2410M. The graphics will also turbo to 1300MHz, although this is unlikely to be as useful. Finally the Core i5-2410M lacks support for Intel's AES, TXT and vPro technology and this to us suggests that Intel has designed it as a consumer CPU, but as a model with turbo boost, something the Core i3's lack. As for the notebooks, well, Acer has equipped both models with Nvidia GeForce GT 540M graphics with 1GB of memory, a 640GB hard drive, an optical drive, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and handily a USB 3.0 port as well. Other features include Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI out, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a webcam and various other standard features you'd expect to find on a modern notebook. The Aspire 4750G weighs in at 2.25kg and comes with a 6-cell 4400mAh 48Wh battery which Acer claims is good for up to 4.5h of battery life, while the Aspire 5750G weighs in at 2.6kg and features the same battery.

So what we're looking at is the Acer Aspire 4750G and the Aspire 5750G. The first model is a 14-incher while the second one is a 15.6-incher and both models are available with either a Core i3-2310 or a Core i5-2410. We should point out that both of these CPUs differ somewhat from Intel's other announced 35W dual core mobile processors, but more on that a little bit later. The Core i3-2310M clocks in at 2.1GHz and it sports Intel HD Graphics 3000 with a base clock speed of 650MHz and it will turbo all the way up to 1100MHz when needed. Price wise you're looking at S$1,115 for the Aspire 4750G with the Core i3-2310 processor and S$1,249 for the same model with the Core i5-2410M. The Aspire 5750G starts at S $1,163 with the Core i3-2310, but costs the same as the Aspire 4750G with the Core i5-2410M processor. Acer is currently the only notebook manufacturer to offers Sandy Bridge based notebooks in Taiwan with the B3 stepping chipset from Intel, 8


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but it shouldn't take long for other manufacturers to get their products ready as well.

IT Show 2011 Promotions: Lenovo Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011-promotionslenovo/11464.html March 5th, 2011

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VeriFace face recognition software – an interesting and secure way to log in to your PC, and also great conversation starters

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Integrated Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity for internet on the move

Usual price: starting at S$1,449 Lenovo G470

If you are heading to this month's IT Show with the objective of netting a new PC, you might want to make a note not to miss Lenovo's booth this year. Up on Lenovo's list of offers are a couple of notebook PCs and a desktop machine up for grabs at discounted prices. Lenovo's booth will be situated at Level 4, Hall 401, Booth 8358.

• Polished and Ergonomic

Now that the world we live in is becoming increasingly digitized, it should probably be of little surprise that the humble desktop and notebook PC have been elevated from being luxury toys to essential tools needed to perform a wide variety of tasks today. And if one is going to invest in a PC for both work and play, why not take a look at what Lenovo has got to offer consumers in this year's IT Show?

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Sleek exterior design with smooth top cover and single-piece brush-metal interior paneling around the keyboard providing a cool-to-touch surface

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Lenovo IdeaPad Z460

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OneKey Rescue System – makes data backup and recovery simple so you can spend time on more enjoyable tasks

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With OneKey Theater II, optimized audio-visual settings for brighter images and richer audio are enabled at the press of a button

Samsung Stealth spotted at FCC Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-stealth-spotted-atfcc/11463.html

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Samsung has showcased a 4G handset at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year. Now it looks like the phone could be launching soon, since it was recently spotted at Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

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It's a wonder to me that there weren't more Windows 7 tablets in the market like the BModo12G. The prevailing logic is that if you need to do "real work", you're better off with a laptop. However, despite having an Apple iPhone 4 and iPad, my experience is that there are quite a few things you do wish could have been better supported by the Apple line-up, and not have to always hunt for ‘alternatives’ to simple tasks like transferring files (e.g. Dropbox), watch Flash videos (e.g. Skyfire Browser), print documents (e.g. Airprint) and using mobile broadband USB sticks with unlimited and inexpensive data plans (separate 3G plan or Sim card cutting). So how does the BModo12G compare with other tablet devices? Read on.

Samsung unveiled their first 4G LTE phone at CES in January, which was the temporary codename then, though it will have a formal name when it goes on retail. Recently, a 4G Samsung handset was spotted at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), called Samsung Stealth, model SCH-I510. From the FCC documentation, this phone and the Samsung 4G LTE look different and it is likely both are not one and the same. Earlier news reports stated that the Samsung I510 will feature a 4.3-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display (800x480 resolution), 8-megapixel rear camera, supports WiFi and runs Android 2.2 Froyo mobile operating system. The Samsung SCH-I510 is said to be available in Q2 this year.

A new Windows 7 tablet with a difference: the BModo12G Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/a-new-windows-7-tablet-with-adifference-the-bmodo12g/11367.html

Bmodo12G: A Windows 7 Touchscreen Tablet

Unboxing the BModo12G: Quick Start Guide and Power Cord To my pleasant surprise, Bmodo has not fallen into the trap of delivering a crippled product just to save a few dollars (which is in my opinion what a few other tablets have done and ended up being cheap but irrelevant). The Bmodo screen is capacitive (read: pretty responsive) with an acceptable screen resolution. After a few hours with it, I realised that 10


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given the Windows interface, Bmodo’s screen size of 11.6-inch is probably the optimal size (The smaller 10-inch Windows touchscreen tablets may be uncomfortable for some users). If the screen were any smaller, I feel that sidebar scrolling would be quite impossible with adult fingers. Tapping on small icons and tabs will also be difficult on a smaller screen size. The netbook-like specifications on the BModo12G just means that you’re not going to be playing Mass Effect 2 or other serious First Person Shooter (FPS) games on it anytime soon. However, anything that runs on a netbook will run on the Bmodo tablet. You will probably want to plug in a mouse for moderate gaming requirements, since the on-screen keyboard could otherwise make things a little tricky. Here's a look at its hardware specifications: LCD Module

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Memory Internal Mass Storage Bluetooth Wi-Fi GPS

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Camera G-Sensor Graphics

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Capacitive Multi Touch LCD TFT 11.6-inch HD Glare (1366 x 768) Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Intel Atom Pineview-M N450 + ICH8M; 1.66GHz, 677Mhz, 512K L2 1GB DDR2 800MHz SSD 32GB 2.1 + EDR Integrated 802.11 b/g/n Mini PCI Interface GPS card. Support A-GPS and S-GPS function HSPA/HSUPA/WCDMA 2100/1900/900/850 Mhz: Compliant with 3GPP TS25.101 (R6). GSM/GPRS/ EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz: Compliant with 3GPP TS 05.05 (R99) 1.3 M pixel Webcam Display Orientation (3-axis sensing) Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 500 with Discrete 1080p HD Video Accelerator 1 x DC-in 2 x USB2.0 Ports 1 x OMTP Jack (Audio Jack) 1 x SD/SDHC (32GB Max) Slot 1 x SIM Card Slot (unlock) 1 x Mini HDMI 1 x Hotkey 1 x 26-Pin Connector (For docking station. Sold Separately)

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The Daily VR-Zone News Summary - 03 Mar 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--03mar-2011/11461.html March 5th, 2011

In today's news roundup: AMD has reportedly contracted Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to manufacture its Hudson-series chipsets, which support the new Brazos platform; Two of ECS's motherboards, the ECS H67H2-M Black Deluxe and the H57H-MUS, get reviewed; Rumours about what users can expect in an upcoming 'iPad 3' have started circulating online; Android pushes ahead of iOS and RIM to become the world's most widely used mobile operating system, and Epic Games launches a free expansion pack for Infinity Blade while dropping off 50% of the game's retail price. Hardware News: AMD contracts TSMC to make Hudson chipset, says paper Description: AMD has contracted Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to manufacture its Hudsonseries chipsets, which support the new Brazos platform, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report. The paper did not name its source. In Win Track Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews Description: With good cooling performance from the four included fans and an innovative front panel design, In Win's Track chassis is an interesting mid-tower chassis that also includes several tool-free features and a blacked-out interior and rear panel. The big 220mm side panel intake fan keeps the graphics and CPU nice and cool and also boasts blue LEDs that can be switched on or off from the panel mounted switch. Exceleram EP3001A PC3-10666 2x2GB Memory Review @ Madshrimps Description: The new EP3001A memory modules from Exceleram are using Powerchip Rev D 128x8 and even if the rating is PC3-10666, they are very overclockable and come at a very affordable price. Antec P193 Review - XSReviews Description: Antec recently announced a refresh to their performance one line of cases and they were kind enough to 11


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send a few for us to take a look at. Today we're reviewed the P193, the top of the performance pile. Let's see how it's features stack up. Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion Description: The Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 is Gigabyte's first attempt at the Brazos platform. The GA-E350N-USB3 is on the upper tier of the Brazos line, featuring the E350 processor. This CPU is dual core clocked at 1.6Ghz and has 1MB L2 cache. Paired on the same die is a Radeon HD 6310. This GPU is clocked at 500MHz and has 80 stream processors. On the board we get all of the usual Gigabyte features as well. There's the 2x copper PCB to reduce electrical waste and improve signal quality. Installed are 50,000hr. Japanese solid state capacitors. Gigabyte includes their 3/3/3 technology, which means USB 3.0, SATA3, and 3x powered USB ports. The extra power to the USB ports allows greater stability, compatibility, and the auto charge feature. ASUS Rampage III Extreme Black Edition - Layout and Design @ ocaholic Description: With the Rampage III Extreme Black Edition, ASUS is planning the next strike in the high-end gaming and overclocking market. This board will come with a lot of features like for example an additional Xonar soundcard as well as a Bigfoot Killer NIC network card. For overclockers they further refined the power design and they've also overworked the BIOS and added some new options. Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 6GB (3x2GB) PC3-12800 Kit Review @ Bigbruin.com Description: The Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 6GB (3x2GB) PC3-12800 kit is very stable and offers solid performance. The extra features that Crucial have added to their standard Ballistix sticks not only give the consumer more bang for the buck, but make this a very attractive kit, considering that they're priced right in line with other 1600MHz triple channel kits. ECS H67H2-M Black Edition Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews Description: The ECS H67H2-M Black Deluxe motherboard is a very solid board all the way through. Its performance rivaled that of the Intel P67 Burrage motherboard and at times outperformed it. We expected performance to suffer a bit while the on-board graphics were being used but that was not the case. Intel and ECS have done a brilliant job of sorting out the usability of this system.... ECS H57H-MUS (V1.0A) LGA1156 Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps Description: Designed to support latest Intel CPUs with integrated graphics and built around Intel's H57 chipset, the H57H-MUS board from ECS also features a complete bundle composed of a USB 3.0 and SATA 6G expansion card, which makes the board a future-proof powerful computing platform, in a mATX board format Consumer Electronics and Software News: Razer Anansi MMO gaming keyboard review at Examiner Description: The Razer Anansi MMO gaming keyboard may not be revolutionary, but it’s still a capable (and colorful)

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gaming keyboard well-suited to virtually any style of PC game —MMO or otherwise. Mobile editing in Google Docs now in 45 languages Description: Last November, we launched the ability to edit mobile docs in English. Today we’re excited to announce that you can now edit your docs on the go in 44 more languages. Tablets of 2011: What to Look For Description: Last year promised to be the year of the tablet, and at least for Apple, it was indeed. The nearly ubiquitous iPad managed not only to outsell every other tablet on the market by a wide margin, it also exceeded Mac sales in the last quarter. But even if Apple is not likely to lose its throne anytime soon, competition is finally making itself present. If Android's gains in the smartphone market serve any indication it should be an interesting year for tablets as well. OvisLink AirLive N.MINI 300Mbps Wireless-N Mini-AP review @ Madshrimps Description: The AirLive N.MINI AP multifunctional device (Router, AP or Client) from OvisLink has very small dimensions and can be used in various situations like building a small hot-spot in an area that has only Ethernet available, or we can use it as a regular Wireless LAN adapter, connected to our computer via UTP. iPad 2 Rumors: Which Were True & Which Will Wait for the iPad 3 Description: Since the launch of the original iPad, we’ve been keeping you apprised of rumors surrounding the iPad 2. Now that the iPad 2 has been unveiled, we can officially start speculating about the iPad 3 — because as far as the Apple rumor mill is concerned, it’s never too soon to start gossiping about gadgets. Android Pulls Ahead, While HTC Enjoys The Ride Description: Android in the U.S. pushed ahead of smartphone platform rivals iOS and Blackberry in January, according to Nielsen Wire, and is finding more popularity among younger consumers. That has helped HTC become the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the U.S. after Apple and Research In Motion, winning both the Android and Windows Phone 7 manufacturing race ahead of rivals Motorola and Samsung. How It’s All Coming Together for Ubuntu as the Cloud OS Description: Canonical, purveyor of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, is on a quest to make Ubuntu the go-to server operating system for cloud computing. If it succeeds, it will validate the stance that there is a definite place for open source in cloud computing, and it’s at the layers where differentiation might well become a non-factor in the years to come. Gaming News: GDC: Magicka: Vietnam – Wizards with Napalm Description: When Arrowhead Game Studios' Magicka came out earlier this year, it took up the number one slot on a lot of digital distribution sales sites. Though it may look at a glance like a Diablo-style game, that's not an especially accurate description. The gameplay is surprisingly involved, requiring you to tap in combinations of eight magical elements and then activate them for various effects. The challenge of remaking Azeroth 12


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special kind of chokes and the board is also equipped with a user selectable dual BIOS and a POST80 debug LED display.

Epic Games Launches Free Infinity Blade Expansion, Cuts Full Game Price 50% Description: Deals. You love 'em, we love 'em, and as such, we feel it's our duty to direct your attention to an App Store near you. Epic's award-winning touchscreen triumph, Infinity Blade, is now half-off, and a free expansion released today nearly doubles the size of the game.

Sapphire's Z68 unveiled at CeBIT Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sapphire-s-z68-unveiled-atcebit/11462.html March 5th, 2011

It's easy to forget that Sapphire is back in the motherboard business, as so far the company has only launched three boards, but at CeBIT Sapphire was showing off two additional models for Intel's Sandy Bridge platform, one full size ATX board with the Z68 chipset and one mini-ITX board with the H67 chipset. Neither board appeared to be retail ready, but we'd expect the mini-ITX board to be available before the Z68 board. It's easy to forget that Sapphire is back in the motherboard business, as so far the company has only launched three boards, but at CeBIT Sapphire was showing off two additional models for Intel's Sandy Bridge platform, one full size ATX board with the Z68 chipset and one mini-ITX board with the H67 chipset. Neither board appeared to be retail ready, but we'd expect the mini-ITX board to be available before the Z68 board. The Z68 appears to be going under the name of PI-CI7S33Z68 as for now, but Sapphire tends to have much better retail names for their boards, so we'll have to wait until the launch to find out what it'll be. We're not quite followings Sapphire's design either, as the board has three x16 PCI Express slots of which the second one only work in dual x8 mode while the third one is limited to four lanes worth of bandwidth. This is all fine and good, but the only other expansion slots are three PCI slots, of which two will be unusable in CrossFireX or SLI and there doesn't appear to be a reason why the topmost slot is missing. Sapphire has added two additional SATA 6Gbps ports via a third party controller for a total of four SATA 6GBps ports and four SATA 3Gbps ports. We're not quite sure why Sapphire put the additional two ports so far away from the six connected to the Intel chipset, but at least it should reduce confusion as to which ports goes where. There are also headers for eight USB 2.0 ports and as with previous models Sapphire is using its

One other interesting feature we spotted is that Sapphire has fitted a Proadlizer to the PWM, a feature that so far only appears to be popular on high-end graphics cards. Around the back we find a PS/2 port, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a Bluetooth dongle, DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI and D-sub connectors and 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out. Overall we're not sold on this board, it has some interesting features, but the slot layout isn't what we'd hope to see on a Z68 board. The mini-ITX H67 board is as far as we can tell currently called IPC-CI7S1DH67 but again, we're expecting a much better retail name. Sapphire decided to go with a single x16 slot for this design, which is pretty much all you can fit to a miniITX board, although hidden at the bottom of the board is a mini card PCI Express slot into which something like a Wi-Fi card can be installed. You also get two SATA 6Gbps and two SATA 3Gbps ports and two headers for an additional four USB 2.0 ports. Around the back Sapphire has managed to squeeze in four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a Bluetooth dongle, DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI and a Dsub connector as well as 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out.

Sapphire's boards are still looking a bit rough and ready, but given some time we're confident that Sapphire will come out with some excellent boards as long as the company listens to customer feedback. We're quite eager to find out what Sapphire is working on for AMD's upcoming platforms as well, since Sapphire is a strong AMD partner on the graphics card side.

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LG launches Optimus 2X and Optimus Black Android smartphones Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-launches-optimus-2x-and-optimusblack-android-smartphones/11449.html March 5th, 2011

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by the year 2011. This would probably be the highest in the world.," Lim says. At the event, VR-Zone has the opportunity to hands-on the Optimus Black and Optimus 2X. LG Optimus Black

This afternoon, LG Singapore held a media event to launch the highly anticipated Optimus 2X and Optimus Black Android smartphones. (Nope, no sign of Optimus 3D for this event). Both smartphones are going to be available soon. The LG Optimus Black features a 4-inch NOVA display that boasts 700 nits brightness. This means even if you are under the outdoor sun, you will have no problem looking at the screen and navigate the various phone functions you want.

James Park, president of LG Southeast Asia, region representative, said that the LG Optimus devices that are introduced today feature world's first technological and innovative designs that set new standards for the user experience. At the top, we find the power button, micro USB and 3.5mm audio connectors. Above the display is the 2-megapixel camera for video calls. The Optimus Black is also extremely slim, measuring approximately 9.2mm.

Augustine Lim, director for Mobile Communications, LG Electronics Singapore, was there to share the company's aggressive vision to be the leader in the smartphone market. "Starting from today, LG will set new standards for smartphones in 2011. The range of Optimus devices will ensure that there will always be a device to meet your requirements. From 2009 to 2010, the world has experienced exponential growth in the smartphone segment - approximately 67%. This phenomenon growth rate will also be seen here in Singapore where we expect in excess of 70% adoption of smartphones

On the right are the volume controls and a unique "G" button (or Gesture button). Pressing and holding the G button allows user to do various things with the phone by touching or shaking the phone.

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802.11n networking gears are now widely used since the approval of IEEE 802.11n standards in October 2009. 802.11n offers wireless speeds of up to 300Mbps as compared to 802.11a/g which is only up to 54Mbps. Right now, Wireless-N routers can be found at less than 100 (Singapore) dollars, making it a good time for users to upgrade from their obsolete Wireless-G ones. In this shootout, we will compare two economically-priced Wireless-N routers, the TLWR1043ND from TP-LINK and the ESR-9850 from EnGenius which are both below the hundred dollar mark.

Opening the rear cover reveals the 3.7V 1500 mAh Lithiumion rechargeable battery, the SIM card slot which is beside the rear 5-megapixel camera, and the microSD card slot. The LG Optimus Black will be available in April 2011 at a recommended retail price of S$768 (before telco subsidies). It is currently running Android 2.2 Froyo, though LG mentioned that it will receive upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread in the near future.

Budget Wireless-N Router Comparison: EnGenius ESR-9850 vs. TP-LINK TLWR1043ND Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/budget-wireless-n-router-comparisonengenius-esr-9850-vs.-tp-link-tl-wr1043nd/11375.html March 5th, 2011

802.11n networking gears are now widely used since the approval of IEEE 802.11n standards in October 2009. 802.11n offers wireless speeds of up to 300Mbps as compared to 802.11a/g which is only up to 54Mbps. Right now, WirelessN routers can be found at less than 100 (Singapore) dollars, making it a good time for users to upgrade from their obsolete Wireless-G ones. In this shootout, we will compare two economically-priced Wireless-N routers, the TL-WR1043ND from TP-LINK and the ESR-9850 from EnGenius.

MSI releases R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-releases-r6950-twin-frozr-iiipower-edition/11404.html March 5th, 2011

MSI has launched the R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition graphics card, featuring AMD's Radeon HD 6950 GPU. The new R6950 features MSI's latest Twin Frozr III dual fan thermal solution, 6+2 phase power delivery and triple overvoltage support for extreme overclocking.

MSI has launched the R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition graphics card, featuring AMD's Radeon HD 6950 GPU. The new R6950 features MSI's latest Twin Frozr III dual fan thermal solution, 6+2 phase power delivery and triple overvoltage support for extreme overclocking. 20% More Airflow with Exclusive Propeller Blade Technology The MSI-exclusive Propeller Blade technology found on the latest Twin Frozr III thermal solution features air channels on the edge of the blades to improve total airflow by up to 20%. The dual 80mm PWM-controlled fans, heat pipes, large nickel-plated copper base and high fin density all serve to rapidly dissipate heat from the GPU. Under full load, the R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition's GPU runs 11?C cooler than the reference AMD card, and noise level is lowered by 13.9 dB. The large improvements shown underlines the cooling efficiency of the Twin Frozr III. 15


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To cater to the needs of various user groups, MSI developed the exclusive P/S Switch function for controlling the speed of the fans. The Performance Mode provides optimal cooling performance, where low GPU temperature is a priority. On the other hand, the Silent Mode can be used while watching movies or even during gaming when fan noise is required to be as low as possible. 21% more performance than reference Board with Triple Overvoltage and 6+2 phase VRM

Triple Overvoltage is implemented to greatly improve overclockability by allowing users to utilize the popular MSI Afterburner overclocking utility to adjust the VGPU, VMEM and VDDCI. To achieve maximum performance, the 6+2 phase voltage regulation module (VRM) delivers 37% more power than the reference design, providing more stability at high loads. When overclocked, the R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition offers up to 21% more performance than the reference card. Handpicked components for the best quality and stability

MSI's Military Class graphic cards became a favorite among enthusiasts for its military-grade components. To get closer to perfecting board design, MSI has now introduced the nextgeneration Military Class II components, including tantalum core Hi-C capacitors that last eight times longer, Super Ferrite Chokes (SFC) that deliver 30% more power, and solid capacitors which have a lifespan of up to 10 years.

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An iPad 2, you say? Well, China got the real deal two days ago! Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/an-ipad-2-you-say-well-china-got-thereal-deal-two-days-ago-/11444.html March 5th, 2011

So Apple has unveiled their new iPad 2 tablet to loads of fanfare from the Apple faithful. That is fine, but it would seem that all the hype that arose from the tablet's veil of secrecy never made it into China intact. Apparently, a Chinese IT website known as DGtle had managed to get their hands on the real deal as early as two days ago, and even has the photographic evidence to back up its claims. But is that iPad 2 in its article really the actual iPad 2 that was released this morning?

Apple may have just released its brand new tablet device today, but chances are that most people who have been keeping up with the rumour mill regarding information about the iPad 2 would have had quite a good idea as to what the average user to expect from Apple's new new device. Add that to the fact that leaked renders of the iPad 2 were reportedly making their way around the depths of cyberspace before the actual launch event, and it should probably come as little surprise that many would have had a mental image of how the product would look like as well. However, it also seems that no one can beat the Chinese when it comes to digging out Apple's secrets, and a recent article posted a couple of days ago on a Chinese website known as DGtle seems to confirm that fact. Apparently, DGtle was able to obtain actual photographs of the iPad 2 two days before its launch, and had posted them all on its website for readers to make some comparisons. Here are some of the images:

Reference: MSI Press Release

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What do you think? Did DGtle really get its hands on actual images of the iPad 2 while it was in its final stage of product development, or is that device we see nothing more than a very well-crafted clone? Source and images courtesy of DGtle

IT Show 2011 Promotions: Lexmark Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011-promotionslexmark/11443.html March 5th, 2011

Are you in need of a new printer? Well, Lexmark will be one of the companies taking part in this year's IT Show, and you can be sure that they will have some cool products up their sleeve to offer consumers. Let's take a look at what they have. Lexmark's booth will be located at Level 6, Hall 601, Booth No. 6137, so be sure to look out for it. Star Buy: Lexmark X5650 All-in-One printer

To ensure that we were not being taken along for a ride, we compared some of the pictures with those that were posted in Engadget's hands-on with the actual iPad and it turns out that the similarities were rather striking. In fact, the only inconsistency we spotted between DGtle's and Engadget's images was that DGtle's device had a black bezel, while the official iPad 2 sports a white-coloured bezel instead.

• A Wireless all-in-one with Quick Connect laptop port for easy connectivity and set-up. • Delivers print speeds of up to 25 ppm black and 18 ppm color with 25-page automatic document feeder. • Easy-print from a camera or memory device with labquality sharpness. 17


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Lexmark Prevail Pro 708

For those who want to see how Steve Jobs wow the audience with the announcement of iPad 2 and more, now you can. Apple has just posted the QuickTime video for the iPad 2 keynote address that happened earlier.

• A Wireless 3-in-1 with fax inkjet printer for environmentally-conscious and budget-conscious users • Offers the industry’s lowest black printing cost at SGD7.90 for 510 pages • Delivers Wireless-N capability for longer range and more reliable signals for faster file transfer rates Usual price: S$449 Lexmark E260D laser printer

IT SHOW 2011 Lucky Draw Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011-lucky-draw/11440.html March 5th, 2011

1st Prize: S$ 20,000 cash 2nd Prize: S$ 3,000 cash 3rd Prize: S$ 2,000 cash 4th Prize: S$ 1,000 cash 5th Prize: S$ 900 cash 6th Prize: S$ 800 cash • An A4 monochrome laser printer that boasts professional print quality and rapid print speeds of 33 pages per minute (ppm)

7th Prize: S$ 700 cash 8th Prize: S$ 600 cash

• Offers efficient desktop printing for individual users or small groups with a print quality of 1200 x 1200 dpi

9th Prize: S$ 500 cash

• Environmentally friendly with built-in duplex printing feature and replacement toner cartridge with a 3,500 page yield

10th Prize: S$ 400 cash 11th Prize: S$ 300 cash

Usual price: S$299

12th Prize: S$ 200 cash

Apple's iPad 2 Media Event streaming video now available

(* Remember to redeem your IT SHOW lucky draw coupons @ Level 6 - Hall 602 of Suntec Singapore)

Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-s-ipad-2-media-event-streamingvideo-now-available/11441.html

IT Show 2011 Promotions: Microsoft Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011-promotionsmicrosoft/11437.html

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As always, Microsoft will be making an appearance in this year's IT Show, which will take place at the Suntec City Convention Centre from 10 to 13 March. So what does the Redmond giant have in store for bargain hunters this year? Let's take a look. The mouse and keyboard combination is an essential tool for computing, and there is no doubt that you'd want to have the best tools when it comes to carrying out your daily computing needs, right? Well, Microsoft has got a wide variety of electrical rodents and keyboards in store for this year's IT Show, so you are bound to find something that strikes your fancy. Microsoft Mice Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse

The Arc Mouse is designed to be just as fashionable as it is functional. With a revolutionary crescent moon shape, Arc folds shut by almost half, providing consumers with the comfort of a full-size mouse with the portability of a notebook mouse. When flipped shut, Arc automatically turns off and can easily be slipped into a bag, or placed in the included black carrying case to protect the mouse while on the go. Usual price: S$89.00 Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000

The new Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse is revolutionary mouse design, powered by the award-winning BlueTrack sensor that tracks better than laser or optical. Put your finger on the touch strip and zip through your documents with absolute ease. Flatten the Arc Touch to power off and slip into any pocket. • New! Unique design pops up for comfort and folds flat for portability. • New! Touch strip offers flick scrolling and customizable touch buttons. • BlueTrack Technology allows people to ditch their mouse pads and use their mice on virtually any surface, including granite, marble, carpet and wood. • Snap-in Nano transceiver gives consumers the option to leave the transceiver plugged into the computer or conveniently store it magnetically under the mouse. • 2.4GHz wireless technology gives consumers a confident wireless connection. • Two-color battery light indicator warns consumers when it’s time to replace the battery. • Ambidextrous design and rubber side grips give consumers comfort and durability. Microsoft Arc Mouse (original design)

• Proprietary Microsoft BlueTrack sensor that exceeds laser and optical technology. Tracks precisely on surfaces like polished marble, carpet and wood. • Side Button for increased productivity • Plug-and-go nano receiver that you can leave in your laptop’s USB port. • Up to 10 months battery life. • Battery status indicator light lets you know when your battery is running low • Confident 2.4GHz Wireless has up to a 9m wireless range • Available in 7 colors Usual Price: S$59.90 Microsoft Wireless Mouse 5000

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• Proprietary Microsoft BlueTrack sensor that exceeds laser and optical technology. Tracks precisely on surfaces like polished marble, carpet and wood.

• Transceiver-free and confident wireless connection to your Bluetooth PC

• Modern design and premium finish, with comfort for either hand.

• More responsive, more precise, and smoother tracking (compared with standard laser products)

• Simply snap in the transceiver for convenient on-the-go storage.

• Battery light indicates when your battery is running low

• 2.4 GHz wireless delivers up to a 9m range.

• Ergonomist-approved ambidextrous design provides comfort in tight on-the-road situations

• Use your mouse without power interruption for 8 months.

• Use Back button or press wheel for Auto-scroll for easy navigation

Usual Price: S$59.90 Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000

• Carrying case included Usual price: S$74.90 Microsoft Keyboards Microsoft Sidewinder X4 keyboard

• Press up to 26 keys simultaneously without ghosting • Assign up to 18 macros per profile • Proprietary Microsoft BlueTrack sensor that exceeds laser and optical technology. Tracks precisely on surfaces like polished marble, carpet and wood. • Side Button for increased productivity • Premium and sophisticated design • Confident 2.4Ghz wireless connection with up to 9m range, even in crowded wireless environments • More responsive, more precise, and smoother tracking. D

• Adjust key-legend backlighting with three illumination levels plus “off” • Manually toggle from standard mode to one of two gaming modes Record a sequence of keystrokes—macros can be easily shared Access Play/Pause, Previous Track, Next Track, and Mute Usual price: S$89.90 Microsoft Arc Keyboard

• isplays dynamic 3D overlay of all open applications • Scroll side to side as well as up and down • 10-month battery life Usual price: S$69.90 Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 20


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• Make every day easier with Taskbar Favorites for Windows 7. These five keys will map instantly to the first five icons on your Windows 7 taskbar, allowing you to access your favorite applications faster than ever before. • Type more comfortably with low-profile Quiet Touch keys. The palm rest and removable feet provide a more comfortable wrist posture. The Arc Keyboard shares the same design language with Microsoft Corp.’s best-selling Arc Mouse, with a beautifully curved profile, clean lines, and an ultraportable, lightweight shape. • Eye-catching form factor makes the keyboard a stylish statement piece that fits in with home décor. • Thin and lightweight design weighs less than one pound so the keyboard can easily be picked up and moved from room to room.

• Microsoft’s Comfort Curve encourages natural wrist posture and is easy to use. • Bundled Wireless Mouse 5000 offers the highly advanced tracking with Bluetrack technology —go more places than optical and laser. • The 2.4 GHz wireless USB Mini-Transceiver connects wirelessly up to a 9m range. Usual price: S$119.00 Microsoft Wireless Desktop 800

• Snap-in Nano transceiver gives consumers the option to leave the transceiver plugged into the computer or conveniently store it under the keyboard. • Four-way directional pad offers the capabilities of arrow keys while taking up less space. • 2.4GHz wireless technology gives consumers a confident wireless connection and a range of up to 9m, even in a crowded wireless environment. Usual Price: S$89.90 Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000 (with Wireless Mouse 5000)

Packed with performance and value, the Wireless Desktop 800 offers: • 2.4Ghz wireless connection that is secure and works up to 9m 1000 dpi optical wireless mouse • Compact wireless keyboard with hotkeys • Up to 15 months battery life for keyboard Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000

• Spill-Resistant, Quiet Touch Keys • Hot Keys — One-touch access to Windows® Media Player, e-mail, Home, calculator, My Documents, Zoom, instant messaging, and photos. • “My Favorites” Keys — Customize these 5 keys to instantly bring up the photos, folders, files, and Web pages you use most. Simply push and hold to set. Usual price: S$99.00 Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000

• Microsoft’s thinnest (16mm) and lightest wireless keyboard ever (415g including 2 AAA batteries) • No need for a USB transceiver as it uses Bluetooth wireless technology found on most laptops. • Comes with the long-awaited Bluetooth Number Pad which provides laptop users with their most portable number-crunching companion ever. • Microsoft’s Comfort Curve keyboard layout encourages natural wrist posture for reduced wrist strain. Usual price: S$149.00

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HP Palm TouchPad and BlackBerry PlayBook share similar user interface Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-palm-touchpad-and-blackberryplaybook-share-similar-user-interface/11439.html March 5th, 2011

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1. A4Tech G10-660L World 1st MeetingMan Presenter's Mouse 2. A4TECH KL-126 Gaming LED Backlight Keyboard 3. A4TECH GL-5300 G7 No Any Lag Mini Wireless Desktop 1. A4Tech G10-660L World 1st MeetingMan Presenter's Mouse 2. A4TECH KL-126 Gaming LED Backlight Keyboard 3. A4TECH GL-5300 G7 No Any Lag Mini Wireless Desktop

HP Palm TouchPad was announced at the recent "A New HP World" event in Shanghai, and with Research in Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook launching next month, it seems that both tablet devices have some things in common.

HP and Reseach in Motion (RIM) are pointing fingers at one another, well, commenting on the resemblence of their tablet devices. HP acquired Palm last year and this year, it launched their TouchPad which runs on Palm's WebOS platform. RIM is known for their BlackBerry smartphone devices though the company has also hopped onto the tablet bandwagon, and has unveiled the PlayBook at CES 2011 in January. At one glance (above picture), one can easily see the similarities in terms of user interface of both tablet devices: The TouchPad and PlayBook have the same app bar at the bottom with various colorful icons; the status/time and date bar at the top; and the home screens that can be easily navigated with a swipe of your finger. It is sometimes inevitable that similarities do exist between products, and for consumers, it doesn't really matter to them who is copying who. End of the day, whether the product will sell depends on its usability, features, performance and price tag. According to HP and RIM, both companies have said they will continue to optimize their products to bring the best experience to users.

A4Tech New Products at IT SHOW 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/a4tech-new-products-at-itshow-2011/11430.html March 5th, 2011

iPad 2 hands-on Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ipad-2-hands-on/11435.html March 5th, 2011

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While it's all impressive on paper, how does the iPad 2 really performs and how does it feel? Well, here's a quick hands-on review.

So how exactly does Apple's new offering feel and look? Well, here are some hands-on thoughts from the fine folks at Engadget. • This thing is insanely fast. We're not joking -- it's blazingly fast. Everything the iPad 2 does feels like it's on turbo. We're uploading a video of the some evidence of this, you'll be appropriately stunned. • The design feels great in your hands. Sleek, super thin -much nicer to hold than the previous version. Definitely has more of a magazine than book feel. Everything is tight and solid. It is pretty amazing how thin they've gotten the device. • Even software made for the first generation device feels better here. Safari is definitely sped up. Games looked great on-screen, though obviously there are no updates to the resolution of screen technology here.

The new features of iOS 4.3 includes a faster Safari browser, iTunes Home Sharing, AirPlay enhancements, iPad side switch preference (rotate or mute), and the Personal Hotspot feature for iPhone 4. "With more than 160 million iOS devices worldwide, including over 100 million iPhones, the growth of the iOS platform has been unprecedented," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "iOS 4.3 adds even more features to the world's most advanced mobile operating system, across three blockbuster devices-iPad, iPhone and iPod touch--providing an ecosystem that offers customers an incredibly rich experience and developers unlimited opportunities." So what exactly are the new features? Faster Safari - The Nitro JavaScript engine that Apple pioneered on the desktop is now built into WebKit, the technology at the heart of Safari, and more than doubles the performance of JavaScript execution using just-in-time compilation.

• This is an evolutionary step, but we definitely don't feel like it's lacking for features. People are going to gobble these up when they see the new apps.

iTunes Home Sharing - allows iOS 4.3 users to play music, movies and TV shows on an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch® from their iTunes library on a Mac® or PC over a local Wi-Fi network.

They've even posted a video on their site on how much faster the iPad 2 is. And it is impressive what you can do with dualcore on a tablet.

Enhancements to AirPlay - With iOS 4.3 you can stream additional content including video from third party apps and web sites, videos from the Photos app and previews from the iTunes app to your TV

iOS 4.3 to launch on March 11th Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ios-4.3-to-launch-onmarch-11th/11434.html March 5th, 2011

Personal Hotspot - This feature in iOS 4.3 lets you bring Wi-Fi with you anywhere you go, by allowing you to share an iPhone 4 cellular data connection with up to five devices in a combination of up to three WiFi, three Bluetooth and one USB device. Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch 3rd generation, iPod touch 4th generation, iPad and iPad 2, it will be available for download starting 11th March.

Apple will be pushing out their latest version of their mobile operating system on March 11th, along with some new features. 23

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