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Nokia and Microsoft Sign Agreement Ahead of Schedule

Razer Unleashes Razer Hydra Motion-Sensing Controllers

Silicon Power Unveils Color-Changing USB 3.0 Drive

Innovision Presents Largest Glasses-Free 3D Screen

Buffalo WZR-HP-G450H Rolled Out, Supports Speeds Up To 450 Mbps

Toshiba Launches 19-nm NAND Flash Memory

Synology Launches DiskStation DS411+II NAS Server

Powercolor Launches Single-Slot Radeon HD 6850 Graphics Card

Nokia and Microsoft Sign Agreement Ahead of Schedule

Nokia and Microsoft today announced the signing of a definitive agreement on a partnership. The agreement is consistent with the joint announcement made on February 11.

In addition to agreeing to the terms of their partnership, Nokia and Microsoft also announced significant progress on the development of the first Nokia products incorporating Windows Phone. Nokia has also started porting key applications and services to operate on Windows Phone and joint outreach has begun to third party application developers.

So, according to the agreement:

  • Nokia will deliver mapping, navigation, and certain location-based services to Windows Phone. Microsoft will provide Bing search services across for Nokia devices.
  • Windows Phone developer registration will be free for all Nokia developers.
  • A new Nokia-branded global application store will be opened based on the Windows Marketplace infrastructure. Developers will be able to publish and distribute applications through a single developer portal to consumers that use Windows Phone, Symbian and Series 40 devices.
  • The Windows Phone ecosystem will take advantage of Nokia's billing agreements with 112 operators in 36 markets.
  • Microsoft will receive a running royalty from Nokia for the Windows Phone platform, starting when the first Nokia products incorporating Windows Phone ship.

With the definitive agreement now signed, work will continue on developing Nokia products on the Windows Phone platform with the aim of securing volume device shipments in 2012.

Source: Microsoft

Razer Unleashes Razer Hydra Motion-Sensing Controllers

Razer announced today Razer Hydra, its first set of two gaming motion-sensing controllers powered by Sixense. The novelty is available standalone or bundled exclusively with Valve's Portal 2.

Razer Hydra lets you extend your body motions directly into PC games. In Portal 2 this means you can interact with physics puzzles, shoot portals and leap across wide chasms in three dimensions. Aside from Portal 2, Razer Hydra is optimized for over 125 popular PC games, including titles like Left 4 Dead 2 and World of Goo.

Controller features:

  • Thumb-ergonomic analog stick for fluid control
  • 4 Hyperesponse action buttons
  • Rapid-fire trigger and a bumper for faster in-game response
  • Non-slip satin grip surface
  • True six degree-of-freedom magnetic motion tracking
  • Lightweight, anti-tangle braided cable

Base station features:

  • Low-power magnetic field, low power consumption
  • Ultra-precise sensor for 1-mm and 1-degree tracks
  • No line of sight to controllers required
  • Low latency feedback

Pre-orders for Razer Hydra will be accepted from May, and shipments will start in June 2011. Razer Hydra and Portal 2 bundle will cost 139.99 EUR (204 USD).

Source: Razer

Silicon Power Unveils Color-Changing USB 3.0 Drive

Silicon Power unveiled its new Blaze B10 USB 3.0 flash drive with a geometric pattern applied with heat-sensitive ink. The pattern color changes gradually from blue to red depending on drive temperature.

Furthermore, Silicon Power includes a heat-sensitive sticker on B10 retail packaging for users to test out the color-changing effect of Blaze B10.

Speaking of technical specifications, the novelty offers reads speeds of up to 70 MB/s. Sized 72.4 x 17.4 x 10.0 mm, it weighs 9.5 g. Capacity ranges from 8GB to 32GB.

Blaze B10 should also be scratchproof and fingerprint-free.

Source: Silicon Power

Innovision Presents Largest Glasses-Free 3D Screen

At Display 2011 exposition, Innovision presented a 70-inch display capable of producing stereoscopic content that can be watched without special glasses. One important advantage is that the display is dead-zone-free.

The company also showcased a display capable of producing both 2D and 3D content simultaneously. It's interesting that the screen can be rotated from landscape to portrait and the image remains stereoscopic.

On a side note, a similar solution was unveiled yesterday by Toshiba: dynabook Qosmio T851/D8CR, its first glasses-free 3D notebook able to display 3D and 2D content at the same time on one screen.

Source: AkihabaraNews

Buffalo WZR-HP-G450H Rolled Out, Supports Speeds Up To 450 Mbps

Japanese Buffalo has rolled out a new Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n wireless router WZR-HP-G450H that supports transfer speeds up to 450 Mbps thanks to MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) technology.

The router uses a Gigabit Ethernet port to connect to wired networks. It also provides direct VPN access with the use of USB keys and can transform a regular USB 2.0 hard drive into a network-attached storage solution.

The novelty is sized 35 x 158 x 165 mm.

WZR-HP-G450H will go on sale in Japan in June for about $200.

Source: Buffalo

Toshiba Launches 19-nm NAND Flash Memory

Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has fabricated NAND flash memory using the 19-nm process technology, the finest level yet achieved.

This process technology has already been applied to 2-bit-per-cell 64-gigabit chips that are the world's smallest and offer the highest density on a single chip 8GB. Toshiba will also add 3-bit-per-cell products fabricated with the 19-nm process technology to its product lineup.

Samples of 2-bit-per-cell 64-gigabit chips will be available later this month with mass production scheduled for the third quarter of the year.

Application of the 19-nm process technology further shrinks chips, allowing Toshiba to assemble sixteen 64-gigabit NAND flash memory chips in one package and deliver 128GB devices for application in smartphones and tablet PCs. The 19-nm process products are also equipped with Toggle DDR2.0, which enhances data transfer speed.

Source: Toshiba Corporation

Synology Launches DiskStation DS411+II NAS Server

Synology launched DiskStation DS411+II, a 4-bay NAS server dedicated to data sharing and backup. It delivers 110.73 MB/s reading and 105.48MB/s writing speeds on average in RAID 5 configurations in Windows environments.

The DS411+II consumes 60W in operation and 19.8W in hibernation. Its multiple scheduled power on/off, wake on LAN/WAN, and hard drive hibernation features further reduce energy expenses and extend the hard drives' life cycles.

The 4-bay DS411+II supports 3TB hard drives, accommodating a maximum of 12TB and providing a large capacity for data storage. Running on a 1.8GHz dual-core processor and 1GB DDR2 RAM, the DS411+II is equipped with 1 Gigabit LAN port, 2 USB 2.0 ports and 1 eSATA port.

The DS411+II is powered by DiskStation Manager 3.1 (DSM 3.1), the operating system of every Synology DiskStation.

The new NAS server is backed by Synology's 2-year limited warranty.

Source: Synology

Powercolor Launches Single-Slot Radeon HD 6850 Graphics Card

TUL Corporation announced today its first single-slot edition of Radeon HD 6850. The novelty clocks in at 775 MHz core speed and 1000 MHz memory speed, and allows building quad-CrossFireX rigs.

The PowerColor HD 6850 single-slot edition also takes advantage of PowerColor's Platinum Power Kit, utilizing 100% SMT type components: Volterra, Poscap and Proadlizer, enhancing the stability and efficiency. Furthermore, it uses three 8-mm heat pipes with a full cover cooling plate, dissipating heat from its large pure-copper base.


  • Part number: AX6850 1GBD5-I2DH
  • Interface: PCIe 2.1
  • Core speed: 775 MHz
  • Memory speed: 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective)
  • Memory: 1GB GDDR5
  • Memory bus: 256-bit
  • DirectX 11: Yes
  • CrossFireX: Yes
  • Outputs: DL-DVI-I, HDMI, 2 x mini DisplayPort

Source: TUL Corporation

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