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Title: VR-Zone Tech News for the Geeks Dec 2011 Issue

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December 1st, 2011 VR-Zone.com Stuff for
the Geeks!
That would have been all well and good were it
not for the fact that the dentist then
overcharged him, sent his records to the wrong
insurance company, and refused to provide a new
copy of those records so he could give them to
his actual insurance company. The incident
was so bad for Lee that he decided to
post a negative review of Makhnevich's
practice on both Yelp and DoctorBase, saying
Avoid at all cost! Scamming their customers!
VR-Zone Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly
publication covering the latest gadgets and
stuff for the geeks. Dentist fines customer
for posting negative review online Source
-for-posting- negative-review-online/14116.html De
cember 1st, 2011
Of course, the anti-defamation agreement meant
that he was required to never say a bad word
about his dentist, no matter how poorly he had
been treated. ANewYorkdentisthasfinedacustomerforp
review online, highlighting the underhanded
nature of anti- defamationcontractsandhowtheyarebe
ingabusedtoensure a company's good reputation in
spite of poor treatment.
Makhnevich then sent Lee a number of 100 fines,
alleging he had infringed her copyright. It is
not exactly clear why the dentist went with this
argument, as the case appears to be one
of contract violation rather than copyright
infringement. The case raises significant
questions over the rampant use of anti-defamation
contracts among certain businesses,
which employ underhanded legal wrestling to
ensure that their reputation remains intact,
regardless of the actual treatment of
customers. Lee filed a lawsuit against
Makhnevich, which has resulted in the medical
law agency Medical Justice Services, which
wrote the contract in question, cancelling
it and telling all of its clients to stop
using it. Lee's lawyer, Paul Alan Levy,
said It is outrageous that a patient
would have to sign away his constitutionally
protected right to get treatment for a
toothache. A New York dentist has fined a
disgruntled customer for
posting a negative review online after it was
revealed that he had inadvertantly signed an
anti-defamation contract before having a
toothache addressed. The bizarre case began
when 42-year-old Robert Lee visited Stacy
Makhnevich's dental practice to deal
with a bad toothache and tooth
infection. Lee claims he was given
Safari was fastest then, now the slowest
according to Futuremark's Peacekeeper Source
n-now-the- slowest-according-to-futuremark-s-peace
a contract to sign, the terms of which
included an anti- defamationclause,whichhesaidhe
questioned,butultimately agreed to in order for
Makhnevich to treat his pain. 1
December 1st, 2011 December 1st,
2011 Futuremark has released a new version
of the Peacekeeper, which is a web browser
benchmarking program to keep up- to-date with the
increasingly recognized HTML5 standards. Along
with this new release, Futuremark also
reveals some interesting data on how the
browsers landscape has changed over the last two
and a half years. Read on to find out
more. Leader of performance
benchmarking software Futuremark has just
released their latest version of the
Peacekeeper, a freeware to measure and
compare web browser operation speeds. The
Peacekeeper is completely reconstructed
to support HTML5 standards, and can accurately
compare any browsers on a large variety of
hardware configurations. It utilizes JavaScript
functionality to assess the speed of the
browser, which is a good thing, as it is
one of the most common programming languages
for websites today. Through this method,
Internet connection speeds and latencies
will not affect scores for each
comparison. Hardware comparisons can be made with
the Peacekeeper via a control browser used across
all devices to be benchmarked. This is due to the
fact that the power of the processor is
highly associated with the browser performance.
Published by VR-Zone Firefox is
most popular with Peacekeeper
users, accounting for almost 30 of all
results. Chrome has held the title of
fastest browser since May 2009 but Opera is
closing the gap. AccordingtoFuturemark,withtheupd
atedPeacekeeper,even the most outdated of
hardware will have a proper place
in benchmarking. Samsung announces PM830 series
of mSATA SSD's for Ultrabooks Source
0-series-of- msata-ssd-s-for-ultrabooks/14115.html
December 1st, 2011 Samsung has been a
long time OEM/ODM of notebook SSD's, least not to
Apple, but not the company has announced
that it's about to break into the Ultrabook
market with its new PM830seriesofmSATASSD's.Th
ecompanyalsohasamodel for hard drive caching,
suitable for Ultrabooks, notebooks
and desktops. Samsung has been a long time
OEM/ODM of notebook SSD's, least not to Apple,
but not the company has announced that it's
about to break into the Ultrabook market
with its new PM830seriesofmSATASSD's.Thecompanya
lsohasamodel for hard drive caching, suitable for
Ultrabooks, notebooks and desktops. The PM830
series will be available in capacities of 64,
128 and 256GB, with a 32GB version for hard drive
caching. The drive uses Samsung's latest 20nm
class toggle mode DDR NAND flash and Samsung
is promising read speeds of up to 500MB/s and
write speeds of up to 260MB/s over a SATA 6Gbps
interface. The press release didn't mention which
SSD controller was being used and the picture
below doesn't reveal any details beyond the
Samsung NAND flash.
Here are some interesting facts that have
surfaced through data collected from
Peacekeeper over two and a half
years period 2.6 million results
submitted since Peacekeeper launched in
March 2009. 3140 different browser versions
tested. Safari was fastest when Peacekeeper
launched. It is now the slowest on Windows and
Mac. IE has shown the greatest improvement
with an average score increase of almost
450. Safarihasshowntheleastimprovement,just1
60faster in two years on Windows
systems. 2
December 1st, 2011 In
addition to that, Samsung has also included
256-bit AEI encryption to keep the data safe for
government people that leavetheirnotebooksinthebac
kseatoftaxis.Samsungisonly planning on selling
the PM830 to OEM partners which is
a shame,asitlookslikeitcouldprovetobeaniceupgradeo
ption for some Ultrabooks and what not. It looks
like the future of notebooks SSDs is mSATA, for
better or worse. Intel and Total Immersion
plan augmented reality chips Source
ion-plan- augmented-reality-chips/14114.html Decem
ber 1st, 2011 Chip giant Intel is
teaming up with Total Immersion to introduce
augmented reality features into its
upcoming computer chips, potentially giving it a
further edge over the competition.
Chip giant Intel is teaming up with
Total Immersion to introduce augmented
reality features into its
upcoming computer chips.
Published by VR-Zone The revelation came at
the Reuters Global Media Summit, where
Antoine Brachet, marketing chief of Total
Immersion, said that his company is working
closely with Intel on its chipset to
introduce some augmented reality features
like gesture recognition. This is a highly
significant move, as it means that
augmented reality technology would come as part
of the hardware itself and not require software
downloads to work, which will help with the
growth and adoption of the technology. Intelinve
stedinTotalImmersioninMarch,signallingavoteof conf
t investmentmightpayoffwithanewfeaturethatIntelcan
tout overcompetitors,butTotalImmersionhasnotlimite
ditselfto Intel, as it also inked a recent deal
with rival chipmaker Texas Instruments. Augmente
d reality works by overlaying real life images
and videos with digital information, including
text and graphics. For example, check out
this magician's use of augmented reality to
enhance a card trick. Augmented reality has
yet to expand to become a major consumer
technology, but it has shown a lot of potential,
with UK supermarket chain Tesco introducing it to
help people see products before they buy them
online. It is not yet clear when we will
see the new Intel chips, but Brachet
suggested that it would be between two
and three years, depending on how well
consumers accept the technology. ZiiLABS to
showcase Android 4.0 based JAGUAR tablet at CES
2012 Source http//vr-zone.com/articles/ziilabs-t
o-showcase-android-4.0- based-jaguar-tablet-at-ces
-2012/14111.html December 1st, 2011 ZiiLABS,
a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative
Technology Ltd. is ready to break the
ground at CES 2011 with theirJAGUARreferen
cetabletbasedonthelatestAndroid4.0 (Ice Cream
Sandwich). Equipped with quad-core
Cortex-A9 based ZMS-40 media processor, it is
touted to possess Blu-ray qualityhigh-profile1080P
H.264andWebMsupport.Readon to find out what it is
capable of. 3
December 1st, 2011 Media
processor and platform company,
ZiiLABS has announced that they will
be showcasing their JAGUAR reference tablet
with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich at
the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show 2012 which
will start from 10th of January. The JAGUAR is
said to deliver a comprehensive range
of OEM ready 7-inch and 10-inch tablet solutions
that combine excellent performance, battery life
and industrial design. It features two variants
of the Cortex-A9 processor which is the ZMS-20
Dual-Core and the ZMS-40 Quad-Core
processors. ZiiLABS is confident of the new
tablet's media capabilities, thanks to its
Blu-ray quality 1080p High-Profile H.264
video capabilities and WebM support. It also
provides high quality video conferencing
capabilities via its dual camera system, and
uses standard APIs such as OpenCL and
Renderscript to perform real-time image
processing. Corsair Intros Vengeance SO- DIMM
Memory Modules Source http//vr-zone.com/articles
/corsair-intros-vengeance-so-dimm- memory-modules/
14110.html December 1st, 2011
Published by VR-Zone Corsair
Vengeance SO-DIMM modules make use of high
layer countPCBs(highernumberofPCBlayerscontributet
ogreater electrical and signalling stability),
the PCBs are colored black, to give them a
premium feel. There's no room for a
thick heatsink, but Corsair used
millimeter-thick metal plates to serve as
heatspreaders. Corsair will be
launching three kits consisting of
these modules, two of which are 8 GB (2x 4 GB),
and one being a single 4 GB module kit. Among the
two module kits, there's a DDR3-1866 MHz kit,
and a DDR3-1600 MHz one. The lone module
kit consists of a DDR3-1866 MHz stick.
The modules don't require more than 1.5
volts DRAM voltage, though achieve their rated
speeds at rather loose timings, by desktop
standards of course. Part numbers and
specifications are tabled below.
of DIMMs
Part Number
1866MHz, 10-10-10-27, 1.5V
Corsair introduced a new line of DDR3
memory modules in the SO-DIMM form-factor,
targeting high-performance notebooks, gaming
notebooks, and mobile workstations.
Corsair's new modules promise to bring a
similar level of tuning headroom as their
bigger standard DIMM cousins.
1600MHz, 9-9-9-24, 1.5V
1866MHz, 10-10-10-27, 1.5V
Corsair's Vengeance family struck a
fine middle-ground between the
overclockability of its high-performance
yet expensive Dominator series, and the
affordability of its XMS3
series. For obvious reasons of space and
electrical constraints,
Corsair couldn't port the design ideology of
Dominator to the SO-DIMM form-factor, but doing
so for Vengeance seemed possible. Hence,
Vengeance SO-DIMM family.
Thi La, Vice President of Memory Products at
Corsair, says "As more complex applications
and games are available in the market, many
laptop users are looking for an easy way to
improve their system performance in order
to have the best experience.Our new Vengeance
high-performance laptop 4
December 1st, 2011
Published by VR-Zone
memory kits allow performance-minded customers to
boost their memory performance and capacity in an
instant." Although
launched, we don't have prices of these kits at
hand, as they are not listed on popular stores
just as yet. Cubitek Has Big Aluminum Case Plans
for 2012 Source http//vr-zone.com/articles/cubit
ek-has-big-aluminum-case-plans- for-2012/14109.htm
l December 1st, 2011 Pictured above is the main
facade. You can find four exposed 5.25-inch
drive bays, and a dust-protected inlet for the
200 mm intake fan. You can also get an idea of
the outer texture of the aluminum body, dark
brushed aluminum. Cubitek wants to play in
the big league of premium all- aluminum PC
cases, targeting almost every consumer
form- factorATXmid-tower,EATXfull-tower,HPATX,mic
ro-ATX, and even mini-ITX. All part of the
company's new ICE series, these cases will be
fabricated with extruded aluminum that's as much
as 3 mm thick in some parts, making the cases
both sturdy, and radiate heat better. We got to
take a peak at each of these. The series starts
off with the most common PC form-factor, the ATX
mid-tower. The ATX Ice is larger than
most mid- towers, treading very close to being
categorized a full-tower. It measures 230 x
508.5 x 513 mm (WxHxD), weighing in at 7.1
kg (net.). As mentioned earlier, Cubitek designed
these cases with aluminum sheets as thick as 3 mm
to give them the sturdiness of 1 mm thick SECC
steel. The internals don't used anodized
aluminum, rather exposed. This helps with
radiating heat. Although some
cable management holes are rubber-valved,
there are some wide open holes, such as
the one next to the PSU bay, a
cutout over the CPU socket area (to help with
handling coolers with backplates),andoneonthetop-
leftcornerofthemotherboard tray (for CPU power
capbles. You can immediately tell that Cubitek's
Ice cases are not tool-free. 5
December 1st, 2011
Published by VR-Zone
have found a way where by people can place a
sample of their own saliva on their touchscreen
for analysis of their health. Since these
touchscreens can detect very small
capacitance changes, we thought they could
serve as highly sensitive detection
platforms for disease biomarkers, the
scientists mentioned. Through the
demonstration of a prototype screen,
they managed to show that the detection of
various concentrations of bacteria is
possible.Improvements still have to be made
to allowthesystemtosensedifferentkindsofbacteria,
andgiving a more accurate assessment of the
disease involved. Perhaps we can hope that when
the technology is ready, people
with severeorprolongedillnesscanmonitortheirownhe
althstatus comfortably from home, as well as
diagnose a serious issue early enough to receive
help with this kind of convenience. There's
nothing "loud" about the rear panel. You
find the
usual PSU bay at the bottom, a 120 mm grilled fan
exhaust, two rubber-valved holes for water
cooling tubing, and the expansion slot bays.
Beating the ATX specification, there are
eight bays instead of seven. This
should help with multi-graphics card setups
in which one of the graphics cards
occupies the bottom-most expansion slot of
an ATX motherboard. Spit on your phone for
good health Source http//vr-zone.com/articles/sp
it-on-your-phone-for-good- health/14108.html Decem
ber 1st, 2011
Apple iPhone 4 on fire, twice Source
- twice/14106.html December 1st, 2011 In two
bizarre accounts, two separate Apple iPhone 4
ignited themselves in dangerous proximity to
users, but ultimately causing nothing more
than the inconvenience of losing the phone
and some disruptions of the moment. Will Apple
find out if this is just a duo of accidents or a
flaw in manufacture
process? Technological advancements
empower our phones to do so many things, but
soon you can spit on your phone to know
if you'redownwithflu,quiteliterally.Anewdevelopeme
ntfrom Koreanutilizescapacitativescreenslikethoseo
nsmartphones to detect the presence of
bacteria. 6
December 1st, 2011 Apples
iPhone 4 is hot, by every sense of the
word. In one week, two iPhone 4 have been
reported to combust spontaneously, but
luckily no one was hurt. In the
latest incident, a lady by the name of
Ayla Mota had her iPhone charging as she
slept, when the phone suddenly
released sparks and smoke. While the phone
was dangerously close to her, she was
awakened quickly enough and resolved
the situation before any harm came to her. Just a
few days before, a similar situation occurred
onboard a flight in Australia, which was dealt
with by the flight attendant promptly, ensuring
that no one was hurt. It seems a little too close
to be taken as coincidence, but it is good to
keep in mind that Apples iPhone 4 has one of the
largest market share in the world, so this
statistics amount to nothing more than one- off
incidents. While the Cupertino company has yet to
make a public statement about the incidents, it
can be expected that thorough investigation and
compensation be carried out. Project
Homecoming, Singapore's first joint recycling
initiative, launched Source http//vr-zone.com/ar
ticles/project-homecoming-singapore-s-first- joint
-recycling-initiative-launched/14107.html December
1st, 2011
Published by VR-Zone Andrew
Koh, senior director and
general manager, consumer imaging and
information products division, Canon Singapore,
who is also the lead spokesperson for
Project Homecoming, gave an insight
on the background of the recycling
initiative. Started in Japan in 2008,
six printer brands (Epson, Canon,
Brother, Dell, HP and Lexmark) came
together, with cooperation from Japan
Post Office, to provide convenient location
for public to recycle their cartridges.
The project was called "Ink
Cartridge Satogaeri" (which directly
translated to Homecoming). In Singapore,
Project Homecoming is an expansion to
this similar scheme and is first in the
region to launch. Public simply needs to go to
one of the 13 designated libraries - Ang Mo Kio,
Bedok, Bishan, Bukit Merah, Geylang East,
Jurong Regional, Jurong West, Marine Parade,
National Library _at_ Victioria Street, Queenstown,
Tampies Regional, Toa Payoh and Woodlands
Regional - and dispose their ink cartridges
or toners into the recycling box (picture
below). In case you are wondering why HP
has been left out from the original
recycling intiative, that is only
because the company has their own Planet
Partners program. HP has also introduced the
industrys first closed loop ink
cartridge recycling process, combining
plastic from post-consumer recycled original
HP ink cartridges and other sources, such
as recycled water and soda bottles, in the
manufacturing of new
original HP ink cartridges. Thisafternoon,fi
vemajorprintercompanies-Brother,Canon, Dell,
Epson and Lexmark with support of National
Library Board and National Environment Agency,
jointly announced the launch of Project
Homecoming, Singapore's first joint brand ink
and toner cartridge recycling initiative.
Published by VR-Zone
December 1st, 2011 According to Elaine Ng,
chief executive officer of National
December 1st, 2011
Library Board (NLB), at least one recycling bin
can be found at 13 designated libraries.
There are plans to introduce the recycling
bin to the remaining 10 libraries in
Singapore, though that would be the next phase of
the project. Increasingly, our phones are
becoming our best assistants. A recent
discovery, however, begins to question just
how much of our privacy is compromised as
a factory-installed program is found to reveal
every infomation from our phone to the
respective companies that made it. Are our
personal infomation as safe as we think it
is? Recently a program has
been unveiled to be embedded deep into some
Android phones which records just about
every single thing a user can do with his or her
phone. All the data goes back to the hardware
manufacturers of the phone, which includes
account passwords, credit card numbers and
other sensitive infomation. There is also no way
to opt out of being monitored. This discovery
was first made when an Android
developer Trevor Eckhart used a packet
sniffer program to track all data that
enter and exit his HTC EVO 4G smartphone.
At the center of all this is the software
developer Carrier IQ, the company that created
this monitoring method for almost all mobile
device manufacturer. Upon realizing that Trevor
had branded their software as a rootkit
(a term equivalent to malware) in community
sites, Carrier IQ promptly sued him, only to
back off when an International digital rights
advocacy organization Electronic Frontier
Foundation stepped in to help Trevor. In
their apology letter to Trevor, Carrier
IQ mentioned that their software does not
record keystrokes, amongst other inputs, but a
video circulated by Trevor shows that this is
not true. As of now, there is no easy way
to remove the program other than to install
a new operating system on your phone. That, of
course, generally involves removing the
warranty from the phone, so it is not a good
solution for most people. For now, much
remains to be seen from the response of
uch a program.
You may be spied on by your own phone
Source http//vr-zone.com/articles/you-may-be-spi
ed-on-by-your-own- phone/14105.html 8
December 1st, 2011 Lenovo storms China with three
new mobile devices Source http//vr-zone.com/arti
cles/lenovo-storms-china-with-three-new- mobile-de
Published by VR-Zone and larger battery
capacities ascending with screen sizes. The
Android Honeycomb 3.2 mobile platform completes
the package for these two tablets. While the
prices are not known yet, Chinese sources state
that the LePad S2005 may be for sale within the
December 1st, 2011 Intel planning wireless
dock for Ultrabooks using WiGig Source
ultrabooks-using-wigig/14104.html December 1st,
Lenovo has announced three new mobile
devices for the Chinese market. The LePad
S2005, S2007 and S2010 are the
t will they meet the mark of their fellow
countrymen? It looks like Intel is having big
plans for Ultrabooks, at least as far as docking
stations are concerned as beyond the
wired Thunderbolt docking stations we've already
reported about, it appears that Intel is also
working on a wire-free option. The peculiar
thing here though is that Intel is planning on
using WiGig technology courtesy of the Wireless
Gigabit Alliance. It looks like Intel is
having big plans for Ultrabooks, at least as far
as docking stations are concerned as beyond the
wired Thunderbolt docking stations we've already
reported about, it appears that Intel is also
working on a wire-free option. The peculiar
thing here though is that Intel is planning on
using WiGig technology courtesy of the Wireless
Gigabit Alliance. Never heard of WiGig
before? Let us give you a quick
introduction as to what WiGig is. The
Wireless Gigabit Alliance consists of a
wide range of technology company's including
among others, Intel, AMD, Broadcom, Cisco,
NEC, Marvell, MediaTek and Qualcomm to mention a
few of the key hardware manufacturers,
although many others such as Microsoft,
Nvidia, Dell, Samsung, Nokia, Panasonic
and Toshiba are also involved. What these
companies are working on is an extension of the
802.11 standard that will allow for wireless
speed of an expected 7Gbps in the end, some
then times faster than what 802.11n is expected
to peak at. WiGig is transmitting at 60GHz,
otherwise known as Ultra Wide Band, although
it's also backwards compatible with the 5GHz and
2.4GHz bands, but the highest speeds are
only expected at very short range using the 60GHz
band. So what doesthishavetodowithadockingstationf
orUltabooks?Well, to keep things simple, it
allows for a high-speed, short range wireless
signal to be used to connect the Ultrabook to the
dock sans any kind of wires. There are some
limitations though, as you'd still have to plug
in power to the Ultrabook sooner or later and in
Intel's specification you still have to plug in
the Ethernet cable into the Ultrabook itself if
you want to take advantage of Intel's network
features such as vPro.
Lenovo has recently unleashed a trio of tablets
in China. The LePad S2007, LePad S2010 and LePad
S2005 are set to help the Chinese company gain
grounds in their own country. In accordance
to the data network available in China,
all the tablets are WCDMA enabled to access data
network via Chinese telco Unicom. The LePad
S2005 is a worthy mention as it belongs
to the emerging category of devices that
comes between a phone and a tablet, owing to
its 5-inch screen, which is similar to Dell's
Streak 5 and Samsung's Galaxy Note. It has
a Low Temperature Polycrystalline Silicon
Display with a resolution of 800 by 480,
featuring a 178-degree viewing angle.
This phone is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core
processor and 1GB of memory, giving it processing
capabilities on par with most high-end
smartphones. Other specifications include a
1.3- megapixel front camera, a 5-megapixel
rear camera, WiFi connectivity, High Definition
Multimedia Interface (HDMI) support and a
1650mAh battery. It is said to come
with Android Gingerbread. The LePad S2007 and
S2010 are tablets with 7-inch and 10- inch
screens respectively. Each of them possesses a
1280 by
800 resolution In-Plane Switching display
with a contrast ratio of 1500 to 1. They run on
1.5GHz dual-core processors and 1GB of memory,
with other similar hardware to that of
LePad S2005 except for the 8-megapixel rear
cameras 9
December 1st, 2011 The upside of
going wireless is of course the fact that
you don't need to plug anything in to the
system to dock it. WiGig should also
provide enough bandwidth to cope
with justabouteverythingyou'dneedfromadockincludin
gdisplay interfaces, USB connectivity and
audio. The downside is increased cost, as not
only do you need a WiGig compatible chip in the
Ultrabook, but also in the dock. Of course in
the future we might see displays with built in
WiGig support into which you'd plug an external
mouse and a keyboard and that would be all you'd
need, rather than having to connect it all to yet
another device. Considering that the WiGig
standard has anything but launched as
yet, it seems like this solution is one
for the future, but it's nonetheless
interesting to see where things might be
heading. One thing appears fairly certain
though, Intel is set to make Ultrabooks succeed,
one way or another and if consumers don't want
them, then business users will have to take them
as a replacement for sub-notebooks which have
been quite popular with people that travel a
lot. Samsung announces the first ARM Cortex-A15
based SoC Source http//vr-zone.com/articles/sams
ung-announces-the-first-arm- cortex-a15-based-soc/
14101.html December 1st, 2011 If there was
every any doubt that ARM based processors
were going to be limited in terms of performance,
Samsung's new 32nm Exynos 5250 Cortex-A15
based 2GHz dual core SoC should put a lot of
doubters minds at rest. This is but a first step
of what we can expect over the next couple of
years from the ARM camp and we have a feeling
that the x86 guys are going to start to see some
serious competition in the entry- level notebook
segment once Microsoft launches Windows 8 for
ARM. If there was every any doubt that ARM
based processors were going to be limited in
terms of performance, Samsung's new 32nm Exynos
5250 Cortex-A15 based 2GHz dual core
SoC should put a lot of doubters minds at rest.
This is but a first step of what we can expect
over the next couple of years from the ARM camp
and we have a feeling that the x86 guys are
Published by VR-Zone going to start to see some
serious competition in the entry- level notebook
segment once Microsoft launches Windows 8 for
ARM. The Exynos 5250 is but a stepping
stone for Samsung, yet the company claims that
it offers twice the processing power over one
of its Cortex-A9 based Exynos chips clocked
at 1.5GHz, or some 14,000 DMIPS compared to
7,500 DMIPS. Beyond that, Samsung has doubled the
memory bandwidth to 12.8GB/s, twice than not only
of current dual core Cortex- A9 ARM processors,
but also twice that of Intel's latest
Atom processors. Samsung didn't specify the
graphics core in the press release but the
company did mention that the GPU used is
more than four times faster than what we
presume is the ARM Mali-400 MP used in its
current Cortex-A9 based processors. That said,
we're not sure that's going to be good
enough as Samsung is making some bold
claims of WQVGA or 2,560x1,600 resolution
support and you're going to need one beefy GPU to
run 3D stuff at that kind of resolution.
Samsung also claims that the extra memory
bandwidth is needed to be able to handle these
kinds of resolutions. That said, on devices with
3D displays, we're still expecting to see
resolutions of 1,280x800 as that would be
exactly half of WQVGA, ideal for 3D displays in
other words. Butwait,there'smore,a
lotmore.TheExynos5250alsosports an embedded
DisplayPort interface that supports panel
self- refresh technology which in simple terms
means that static pages doesn't require the GPU
to be powered up so that they can be displayed,
instead this is handled by the frame buffer
in the timing controller. Shall we keep
going? For those interesting in snapping
pictures and video the Exynos 5250 should
impressive with the ability to
shoot 8Megapixel stills at 30fps and 1080p video
at 60fps. There's also a hardware video codec,
HDMI 1.4, USB 3.0 connectivity (finally!) and
SATA, eMMC4.5 and eSD3.0 support so there's no
shortage of storage options available for the
device makers. Although Samsung claims that the
Exynos 5250 was designed specifically for
high-end tablets, we can easily see this
chip ending up in some Android or Linux based
notebooks in the not too distant future,
especially when you consider the SATA support as
it makes it easy for the notebook makers to
use standard components. The Exynos 5250 is
currently sampling to Samsung's customers and
is expected to go into mass- production in
Q2 next year which means that by this time
next year we should have products in the market
sporting the new 10
Published by VR-Zone same shield as the
Fatal1ty cards, but with a blue
tinted window. We're not entirely sure what else
has changed, but Creative Japan is touting this
as a mid-range model. It comes bundled with a
3.5mm to dual RCA cable and an
optical Toslink cable as well as Creative's Media
Toolbox software, something you don't get with
the basic Recon3D model. Ital
soappearsthatallthetwonewmodelswillbebundledwith a
"beamforming microphone array" in Japan which is
meant toallowforclearersoundduringthingslikevoicec
allsorvideo conferencing. The two new cards
aren't expect to arrive until January, so we
might see them in other regions as well by
then andsadlyCreativeJapandidn'tprovideanypricingf
orthetwo new addiotions. Report Production of
AMD's desktop Trinity APUs from March
2012 Source http//vr-zone.com/articles/report-pr
oduction-of-amd-s-desktop- trinity-apus-from-march
-2012/14099.html December 1st, 2011
December 1st, 2011 processor. It will be
interesting to see how much better the ARM
Cortex-A15 core performs and what kind of device
the hardware makers can come up with. Creative
announces additional Sound Blaster Recon3D
cards in Japan Source http//vr-zone.com/articles
/creative-announces-additional-sound- blaster-reco
n3d-cards-in-japan/14100.html December 1st,
2011 We've already seen the Sound
Blaster Recon3D and Sound Blaster Recon3D
Fatal1ty Professional, but it looks like Japan is
getting an exclusive on no less than two
additional models, the Sound Blaster Recon3D
Professional Audio and the Sound Blaster Recon3D
Fatal1ty Champion edition. Both cards are of
course based on the new Sound Core3D chip from
Creative whichthecompanywastoutingasaquadcoreaudio
processor a little while ago. We've already
seen the Sound Blaster Recon3D and
Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional, but
it looks like Japan is getting an exclusive on no
less than two additional models, the Sound
Blaster Recon3D Professional Audio and the
Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion edition.
Both cards are of course based on the new Sound
Core3D chip from Creative whichthecompanywastoutin
gasaquadcoreaudioprocessor a little while
ago. The Fatal1ty Champion is quite
similar to the Fatal1ty Professional and
the main difference as far as we can tell is the
inclusion of a front mounted I/O bay that appears
to be identical to the one supplied with the
older Sound Blaster X- FiTitaniumFatal1tyChampions
cards appear to be identical. AMD's
next-generation A-Series APUs for desktops are
set to enter mass production in March 2012.
First to production will be 65W APUs, to be
branded A10-5700, A8-5500, A6-5400 and A4-5300
series. Higher performance 100W APUs
will be produced two months later, from May
2012, branded as A10-5800 and A8-5600
series. Considering the 65W APUs go into
production with a two months headstart, we
can expect the 65W Trinity SKUs to release
before their 100W counterparts. However,
AMD may choose to hold out for a simultaneous
release. Previous rumours suggested that Trinity
may release before Ivy Bridge, but this report
concludes a release around the same
time- frame, if not later, than Ivy Bridge.
The Professional Audio version on the other
hand ends up somewhere between the Sound
Blaster Recon3D and the Sound Blaster
Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional, as it has the
New to the A-Series will be a new segment - A10,
while the A8, A6 and A4 segments from Llano will
continue. AMD expects improvedsupplyforTrinitythan
kstohigheryieldsandgreater 11
December 1st, 2011 number of wafer starts at
GloFo's 32nm. The report did not mention details
about Trinity's notebook release -
arguably the most important market for Trinity.
All information thus far suggests the market
maintaining status-quo, with
Intel retainingCPUperformanceleadershipabdAMDconti
nuingto offer far superior graphics and good
price/performance ratio. Before Trinity
releases, AMD's Llano range will see a
final refresh with A8-3870K, A6-3670K, A8-3820,
A6-3620 and A4-3420 set to release in January
2012. Cedar Trail-M In December After
All? Source http//vr-zone.com/articles/cedar-tra
il-m-in-december-after- all-/14098.html December
1st, 2011 Faced with increasingly
tough competition from ARM- powered
tablets, mediocre Q3 2011 sales (-32 YoY),
and other difficulties, launch of 32 nm
"Cedar Tail-M" Atom processors has so far been
a troubled affair. At one point this month, there
were even strong indications that the new
Atom chipswon'tmakeitbeforeChristmas.Afreshreport,
however, comes brings back some hope for a
December 2011 launch. Faced with increasingly
tough competition from ARM- powered
tablets, mediocre Q3 2011 sales (-32 YoY),
and other difficulties, launch of 32 nm
"Cedar Tail-M" Atom processors has so far been
a troubled affair. At one point this month, there
were even strong indications that the new
Atom chipswon'tmakeitbeforeChristmas.Afreshreport,
however, comes brings back some hope for a
December 2011 launch. Intel's Atom N2800 and
N2600 processors designed
for netbooksandultraportablemobilePCsmightstillbel
aunched by Intel in December 2011, according to a
recent report by DigiTimes. Sources told the
industry observer that any delays in the launch
of the new chips could have only been because of
weak demand for Atom processors and
chipsets, since the target platforms of
these chips are reeling with
intense competition from tablets and other mobile
computing devices running ARM processors.
Published by VR-Zone Sourc
es in the industry are still optimistic
about Atom's future. Despite dwindling
netbook sales, there is still room for it,
particularly in the emerging markets.
The Atom netbook ecosystem suffered a huge
setback earlier this year, with Samsung deciding
to discontinue selling netbooks. The development
left netbook at the hands of only two
notable companies who can deliver in
large volumes, Acer and ASUStek. In
December 2011, ASUS will unveil 10-inch netbook
models based on Cedar Trail Atom processors,
the Eee PC 1025C and Eee PC 1025CE. By the
end of this year, ASUS will have shippedanestimate
d4.6-4.8netbooks,andisexpectedtoship 4-4.2 in
2012. Acer's volumes will be similar to ASUS',
sources note. Australian court
overturns Samsung Galaxy Tab ban Source
urns-samsung- galaxy-tab-ban/14097.html December
1st, 2011 An Australian court has
overturned a preliminary injunction thatbannedthes
aleoftheSamsungGalaxyTabinthecountry, but Apple
has indicated that it will appeal the decision,
which could lead to further difficulties for
Samsung. An Australian court has overturned a
ruling that banned the saleofSamsung'sGalaxyTabint
hecountry,givingtheKorean consumer electronics
giant some relief in a hotly
contested patent battle. The Federal Court ruling
said that there was little evidence to suggest
that Samsung's tablet computer infringed
a touchscreen patent that Apple had
secured a preliminary injunction on. 12
December 1st, 2011 The court went further by
dismissing the original ruling as clearly
wrong, according to a report by the Associated
Press. The full bench argued against Federal
Court Justice Annabelle Bennett's October ruling,
stating that she failed to properly assess
Apple's case, which the court now believes would
be unlikely to win if the matter went to trial.
Published by VR-Zone Berg Little Printer prints
in a big way Source http//vr-zone.com/articles/b
erg-little-printer-prints-in-a-big- way/14095.html
December 1st, 2011
aphic printsinaminute,butitcanbringconcisenewstoy
oubyyour bedside,alongwithsomesocialgossips,ifyou
want.Checkout how this small box can pack a big
surprise. Bennett's preliminary
ruling banned the sale of the 10.1-inch
version of the Galaxy Tab, based on
Apple's long-standing claims that it slavishly
copied its design for the iPad. Today'sdecision
comesjustintimeforthelucrativeChristmas shopping
season, which Samsung will be keen
to take advantage of. However, Apple said
that it will appeal the ruling at
the Australian High Court, so the injunction will
remain standing until Friday to allow time for
that to take place. The Galaxy Tab is
largely seen as the primary competitor to
the iPad, leading some, including the
European Union's Competition Commissioner
Joaquín Almunia, to question the potentially
anti-competitive nature of these kinds
of injunctions, which have also resulted in
a sales ban of the Galaxy Tab in
Germany. Samsung indicated that it was happy
with this latest turn of events, claiming that it
proves Apple's case lacked any legal merit.
Berg, a design studio based in London, has
recently unveiled a new printer. No, it is not
your typical consumer fare that shows off its
infinitely dense dots-per-inch rating or its
ultra- fast print speeds for the fast-paced and
impatient workforce. The Berg Little Printer is a
lifestyle product which may attract people with
its fun and personal take on printed matters.
No biggerthanaRubik'scube,itservesupyourdailysubsc
ription of various contents such as news,
puzzles, social updates, messages sent from
friends, and much more, with the press of a
button. All of them will be neatly styled into
receipt-sized prints. Management of the
subscription can be carried out easily with
its included smartphone app, while contents
are distributed to the printer via wireless
connection and Cloud technology. The printer
itself comes in a minimalist package
bearing urban-style design, a rising
trend in design-oriented communities.
Inside, an inkless thermal printer head
does the work and takes away the need to replace
cartridges. The prints produced take after the
style of graphic design which includes visual
cues from traditional halftone
lithography and modern pixel art. Bergs
product does seem like an elegant marriage of
advanced technology and modern styling primarily
motivated by human intuition. While it may not
be the thing for every geek out there, it is
likely to have a fair amount of market appeal,
especially to ladies. Unfortunately, pricing and
availability details have yet to be revealed, but
you can sign up on their mailing list to get the
latest updates. 13
Published by VR-Zone Furthermo
re, the platform just needed development
time to complete the complete 2012 platform
(Maho Bay) and processor (Ivy Bridge). This
wasn't helped by a wave of and process problems
and retirements that recently started
to happen at Intel, as the original baby boomers
(joined Intel in 1970 and 1980s) are beginning to
leave the company. Additionally, the company
needs time to develop drivers for the graphics
part. After all is said and done, the new
Ivy Bridge processors should debut in April-May
2012 timeframe alongside Maho Bay platform i.e.
B75, Q75 and Q77 chipsets. Android Ice Cream
Sandwich coming to LG phones Source
wich-coming- to-lg-phones/14087.html December
1st, 2011 LG has promised updates of
Android Ice Cream Sandwich to their top-tier
phones, but will they fail to meet the mark
again as they had with Android Gingerbread? Read
on to find out which of your phones will be
blessed with the new OS.
December 1st, 2011 Intel delays Ivy Bridge to
Q2 2012 Source http//vr-zone.com/articles/intel-
delays-ivy-bridge-to- q2-2012/14088.html December
1st, 2011 Few months ago, rumors due to
process problems appeared that Intel is going to
delay the launch of their 22nm Ivy
Bridge processors from January to March 2012.
Ultimately, even the rumors of that March
delay came untrue Intel pushed the launch
into the second quarter of 2012. Intelprocessorsfo
r2012carrythecodenameIvyBridge.These 22nmprocessor
swillbeknownasthe3000series,forexample Core
i3-3200, i5-3330 or the i7-3770 (regular
and K, S, T editions). The clock speeds will
vary from 3 to 3.5GHz, while the models now
officially support the prevailing
DDR3-1600 memory standard. The
parts were scheduled to debut in January 2012,
but as the time passed by, Intel wanted to
extract as much money as possible from the
existing Sugar Bay platform and the Sandy Bridge
architecture, with both bringing record profits
for the
r aftertheinfamouschipsetrecallatthebeginningof201
1.Intel marked a billion dollar loss with the
recall costs and obviously decided to milk the
existing products for as long as possible. The
fact that AMD's Bulldozer processors failed to
light up the market only increased that reason.
Ivy Bridge will come to market only when
necessary to do so. A good number of
smartphones from the LG Optimus series released
in 2011 have been promised upgrades to Android
4.0 14
December 1st, 2011 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). The
release dates of the updates are not known yet,
but the Korean company has said that they will
unveil their upgrade schedule by December, along
with a list of additional phones that will be
receiving the new OS. Amongst the family of
Android elite models, it was mentioned that the
Optimus 2X, Optimus Black, Optimus 3D and
the Optimus LTE will be graced by the highly
anticipated software from Google. LG will
also follow up with updates for as many
phones as they can, which is good news for owners
of older phones. LGs Facebook page
mentions We are also continuing to evaluate
the ICS OS to determine whether it is compatible
with the functionality, features and
performance of other LG smartphones to make the
ICS OS available on as many LG smartphones as
possible. These are big promises to be
kept, as the owner responses following the
annoncement show that previous update cycles of
Android Gingerbread for many of their phones are
either slow or lacking. Hopefully, LG would take
this opportunity to fulfil their promises and
regain more customer confidence. Creative
announces HN-900 headphones with active
noise- canceling for clear voice calls Source
900- headphones-with-active-noise-canceling-for-cl
ear-voice-calls/14094.html December 1st,
2011 Creative Technology has
recently announced their new HN-900
headphones with active noise-canceling
technology and full-size ear-cups that can
reduce ambient noise by up
Published by VR-Zone noise-canceling
headphones that reduce ambient noise
and comes with a detachable cable with
in-line microphone for voice communication
on the iPhone. The concealed microphones
in the ear-cups pick up surrounding noises
and these are electronically negated, effectively
reducing the noise byupto85.Withtheabsenceofunwan
tedsound,thefinely- tuned 40mm Neodymium drivers
offers great details of music or entertainment.
The Creative HN-900's audio cable also comes
with an in-line microphone and switch for a
convenient one-clickcallfunctionforvoicecommunicat
ionontheiPhone. If the headphones run out of
battery power, they can still be used in the
passive mode without the noise-cancellation functi
on. The Creative HN-900 noise-canceling
headphones are currently available
at the Creative online store
at sg.store.creative.com and The CREATIVE
Stores outlets at International Business Park,
Marina Square and authorised dealers in
Singapore from end Nov 2011 onwards at
the suggested retail price of S129. Celebrate
Christmas with Limited Edition SOUL by Ludacris
SL-150CS headphones Source http//vr-zone.com/art
icles/celebrate-christmas-with-limited- edition-so
ul-by-ludacris-sl-150cs-headphones/14093.html Dece
mber 1st, 2011 Looking for a new headphones
this festive season? Check out the limited
edition SOUL by Ludacris SL-150CS headphones in
chrome finish.
to 85, offering superb audip experience
anc clear voice communications.
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, the person behind the
brand "SOUL by Ludacris" personal audio
products, together with his design team,
has created a Limited Edition of the
SL-150CS headphone in chrome.
This beautiful SL-150CS headphone comes with two
different detachable 3.5mm headphone cables.
The standard 3.5mm 15
Creative Technology has recently announced the
new Creative HN-900 noise-canceling headphones, a
set of full-size active
December 1st, 2011 headphone cable with two ring
sleeves allows the user to use theSL-150CSasastere
ophonicheadphoneforaudioplayback, compatible with
all 3.5mm jack audio devices. The
additional in-line 3.5mm headphone cable with
three ring sleeves comes with a built-in remote
control and microphone, and allows the user to
enjoy heart-thumping stereophonic bass to his or
her favoritemusicandaudiotracks,whileprovidingthec
apability to answer phone calls on Apple iOS
devices such as iPhone, iPad and iPod as well.
The SL-150CS is a headphone that
folds downeasily,andcomeswithasemi-rigidpouchforpo
rtability and protection. 3DMark 2012 Android
devices invade a Windows world Source
vices-invade- a-windows-world/14089.html December
1st, 2011 Following on the footsteps
of the recently announced "3DMark for
Windows 8" benchmark, Futuremark
has revealed that the company is developing a new
3D benchmark called "3DMark for Android".
You've guessed it right, Futuremark is
developing one 3D benchmark to rule them all. We
have received press release stating
that Futuremark Corporation is announcing the
foundation of its Benchmark Development Program
for tablets powered by Android operating
system. The first product coming out of that BDP
is a next-generation benchmark "3DMark for
Android" (working title), with the goal of
becoming an industry standard gaming benchmark
for tablets. With this announcement, its official
that the targeted platforms for 3DMark 2012 are
both Android 4 tablets and Windows 8 devices - an
interesting prospect. Futuremark wants to
attract "companies involved in
the manufacture of Android powered devices are
invited to join Futuremark's Benchmark
Development Program to play a critical role in
the development of 3DMark for Android, from
Published by VR-Zone the primary graphics
interface. Results will be comparable through
Futuremark's ORB database. Seagate announces
second- gen Momentus XT Source
nd-gen- momentus-xt/14092.html December 1st,
2011 For Seagate's sake we hope that the
second time is the charm, as its first
generation of Momentus XT hard drives with
a small SLC SSD cache didn't exactly take the
world by storm. Currently the new Momentus XT is
only available in a single size of 750GB, plus
8GB of SLC NAND flash of course, although
the real change is actually the software part and
here Seagate has spent a lot of time optimizing
things. For Seagate's sake we hope that the
second time is the charm, as its first
generation of Momentus XT hard drives with
a small SLC SSD cache didn't exactly take the
world by storm. Currently the new Momentus XT is
only available in a single size of 750GB, plus
8GB of SLC NAND flash of course, although
the real change is actually the software part and
here Seagate has spent a lot of time optimizing
things. Seagate claims that the new Momentus
XT is close to 70 percentfasterthanitspredece
ssoranduptothreetimesfaster than a comparable
hard drive of the same size. That said, at the
moment the caching only applies to read
performance and eveninthiscaseonlyunderidealscenar
ioswheretheSSDpart of the drive has a chance to
cache the data. Even so it's no slouch compared
to other mechanical drives, although it's
no matchforanSSD.ForafewbenchmarksoftheMomentusXT,
head over to StorageReview.com.
initial specification to final delivery." Jukka
Mäkinen, CEO of Futuremark said, "in 2012 we
will bring 3DMark to the Android platform with a
professional grade benchmark that can be
trusted by manufacturers, suppliers and vendors
to provide the definitive measure of gaming
performance on Android while showcasing the
very best in real-time graphics and effects." We
also caught up with Oliver Baltuch,
President of Futuremark about the promised
result compatibility between the two. While
the benchmark development is in
very early stages, the company wants to have
comparable results between the two platforms
and in about a year from now, the
traditional "AMD vs. Intel" or "AMD vs. NVIDIA"
debates might take a backseat to "3DMark
Android 4 vs. 3DMark Windows 8". The benchmark
will measure gaming performance using CPU, GPU
rendering and physics tests, using OpenGL ES API
as 16
December 1st, 2011
Published by VR-Zone
The Momentus XT does have one upside compared to
most SSD caching solutions, it's platform
agnostic thanks to all the software being
stored in the drive firmware. Apparently Seagate
will be offering future upgrades for the Momentus
XT that will allow for write caching as well,
although 8GB of flash is still a fairly small
amount even compared to Intel's Smart Response
which requires a minimum of 18GB of SSD
storage space. Beyond all this, the current price
point is all wrong, as Seagate is asking for
US245 (S320) for the Momentus XT, money that
would easily buy you a fast 120GB SSD these
days. Ok, so there's a trade off in terms of
storage space, but overall you'll get vastly
better performance.
Published by VR-Zone
December 6th, 2011 VR-Zone.com Stuff for
the Geeks! VR-Zone Stuff for the Geeks is a
bi-weekly publication covering the latest
gadgets and stuff for the geeks. Australians use
Facebook in the bathroom, in church, and during
sex Source http//vr-zone.com/articles/australian
s-use-facebook-in-the- bathroom-in-church-and-duri
ng-sex/14154.html December 6th,
2011 Australians use Facebook during some
of the most intimate moments of life, according
to a recent survey, suggesting that social
networking is becoming a growing
obsession. Australians use Facebook and other
social networks while in the bathroom, in church,
and during sex, according to a recent
survey, suggesting that social networking is an
obsession for some.
Somehwat surprisingly, however, 21.5 percent of
people use social networks while in the bathroom,
which might make you
think twice about borrowing someone's phone to
make a call. Social media marketing firm Tick Yes
conducted the survey
of close to 900 people and found out some
surprising things about people's online
habits. We all know that people check social
networks at work, and this was confirmed in the
report, with 51.6 percent logging on during
office hours. 41.9 per cent check status
updates and tweets while watching
Even more shocking is that 3.2 percent log onto
Facebook, Twitter and other social networks in a
place of worship, such as a church, synagogue or
mosque. This will probably be the next big faux
pas instead of snoring during a sermon. And
finally 2.8 percent of those asked said they used
social networkswhilehavingsex.Outofthose,nearlytwo
thirdswere men. We can only imagine what they
were tweeting about.
TV, which is probably driving television
advertisers crazy. It is not surprising then
that 4.9 percent admitted that they
were addicted to social media. We expect the real
number is probably much higher than that. The
survey confirms a number of things,
said Peter Applebaum, managing director of
Tick Yes. We werent surprised that
Facebook is far and away the most
popular social media site, nor that almost half
of those surveyed said that their social media
usage has increased in the last year. But what
did raise a few eyebrows is the extent to
which Australians will stop what theyre doing
however enjoyable it may be to respond to a
tweet or post or update. 1
33.8 percent use social media while in bed and
23.3 per cent use it during meals. We might also
see the shopping lists of 14.8 per cent of
people, who might be better off browsing
price comparison websites instead.
December 6th, 2011 Source Press Release Image
Credit Wiki Commons Samsung to build
Flash memory chip factory in China Source
-memory-chip- factory-in-china/14153.html December
6th, 2011
Published by VR-Zone 10 billion factory in
South Korea. It hopes to have its Chinese plant
open by 2013. Bose announces
SoundLink Wireless Mobile speaker
in Singapore Source http//vr-zone.com/articles/b
ose-announces-soundlink-wireless- mobile-speaker-i
December 6th, 2011 Samsung has revealed
plans to build a Flash memory chip factory
in China as the lucrative smartphone
and tablet computer markets continue to grow.
Samsung has revealed plans to build a
Flash memory chip factory in China as the
smartphone and tablet computer markets
continue to grow. The Korean electronics giant
will spend upwards of 5 trillion won (4.5
billion) on the new plant, which will produce
20nm Flash memory chips. The exact location of
the facility has yet
Bose and Atlast Sound Vision, Singapore's
premium audio visual retailer and distributor,
have launched the SoundLink Wireless Mobile
speaker in Singapore. The
SoundLink WirelessMobilespeakerBluetoothspeakertha
tclaimstooffer superb audio performance,
mobility and durability in a compact form
to be decided. The move signals a vote of
confidence in the Chinese market, whichmanyseeasan
increasinglypivotalregionforelectronic goods.
Samsung is already investing in China with plans
to build a factory that will produce
flat-screen TVs, one of its strongest
industries. The plans will need
to be approved by the South
Korean government, which monitors foreign
investment made by Korean firms. However, it
appears likely that it will be given the
go-ahead. Samsung is a major player in the
memory market, producing Flashchipsforanumberofpor
tabledevices,includingApple's highly successful
iPhone and iPad ranges. The expansion into China
will help secure deals with Huawei and ZTE, both
of which are increasing tablet and smartphone
output. Samsunghasalsoincreasedchipproductionati
tsotherplants, including its only foreign
facility in Austin, Texas, and a new 2
December 6th, 2011 With
the Bose SoundLink
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