Joybee GP2 mini projector from BenQ now available in the Middle East

February 21, 2012 by  
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Press Release:

BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations and global DLP projector leader recently launched its second-generation Joybee GP2 projector to the region.

Manish Bakshi, General Manager of BenQ for the Middle East and Africa, said: “We are proud to launch our flagship projector product for 2012, BenQ Joybee GP2, after having recently announced our record results for the past year. With the innovative Joybee GP2, I am confident we can maintain BenQ’s position as the undisputed leader in the projector market particularly in the MEA region.”
“The key feature of this palm-sized projector is an all-in-one Apple iPhone/iPod-compatible dock which is designed for the ‘App’ generation. Users can put a spin to house parties, sleepovers, camping expeditions or even expeditions abroad. The possibilities are limitless,” he added.

This mini projector hosts a number of advanced features which include: an optional battery pack, highly power-efficient 3LED projection technology, 720p HD-ready short-throw projection, 200 ANSI lumen brightness, superior multimedia connectivity (connectable to Apple iPads and other tablet computers via HDMI), multiple format support, SD card slot, USB Reader, File Transfer to 2GB onboard memory from computers and two 2W stereo speakers.

A revolutionary mobile entertainer, the Joybee GP2 leads the category with unparalleled audiovisual multimedia enjoyment on the go. Light and compact at a mere 565g, this palm-sized device features an all-in-one iPhone/iPod-compatible dock. With a simple plug ‘n play, users can share videos, photos and games with their family and friends on a brilliant 160” cinematic display or hit the beat via the music playback function effortlessly.

The simultaneous charging capability ensures continuous enjoyment. What’s more, BenQ has designed an optional battery pack to go with this nifty device, offering users three full hours of big picture fun when the battery is fully charged.

The BenQ GP2 has been designed to provide a user-friendly experience like no other. It is packed with multimedia connectivity applications to support just about any home entertainment and personal media devices and to process a variety of multimedia formats from videos, photos and music files to MS office and PDF documents. The USB Display feature allows users to connect their computers to the GP2 using a USB cable with no driver required, while the USB File Transfer function help users transfer their multimedia files to the 2GB onboard memory storage for light traveling.

BenQ has added an unconventional touch to the user interface with navigation elements from popular multimedia devices ensuring the mini projector is much more convenient to use and easier to enjoy.

The BenQ Joybee GP2 is priced at AED 2499 and is available at all leading electronic retailers in the UAE including but not limited to Sharaf DG, Emax, Plug-Ins, Jacky’s, Techlink, among others. It is also available in leading IT/Electronics dealer shops in Bur Dubai and Deira (both retail and wholesale).

Du suffers Internet cable cut

February 21, 2012 by  
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UAE telecom du has issued an official statement announcing an undersea Internet cable cut that occurred at 7:45am yesterday.

According to the statement, traffic has been re-routed over alternative cables, but users will continue to experience degraded speeds until the issue has been resolved.

Du has already began the repair process and hopes to bring the performance back to normal within a “few days”.

Here’s the complete statement:
“We are issuing this statement in order to alert our customers to a possible degradation of internet services as a result of an international submarine cable cut that took place at 7.45am, 21 February: due to the undersea FLAG cable cut between Dubai and Oman. The cable cut may affect some Internet users who may witness degradation in internet speed as we expect some slowness especially in peak times.

We would like to assure our customers that we have taken immediate action to ease the situation by re-routing our traffic over multiple alternative cable systems to reduce the impact of the cable cuts. Although the incident is not under our control, we are working with the concerned parties to ensure a quick resolution of this issue. According to cable operators, repair process has already started and performance is expected to go back to normal levels within the coming few days.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused and we are committed to providing further updates and actions being taken to restore capacity performance to the normal levels.”

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Available Today

February 21, 2012 by  
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It’s the moment Blackberry Playbook owners have been waiting for and it’s finally here – the much-awaited and long-deserved OS 2.0 which brings a plethor of new functionality into your Playbook and makes it much more useful of a device to say the least.


Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) announced that the new BlackBerry® PlayBook™ OS 2.0 will be released for download today. BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 delivers an enhanced tablet experience and allows you to use the BlackBerry PlayBook in new ways throughout the day – at work and at play.

“Building on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet’s proven web browsing, multimedia and multitasking strengths, the new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 introduces a range of new communications and productivity enhancements as well as expanded app and content support,” said David J. Smith, SVP Mobile Computing, Research In Motion.

New BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 features include:

  • Integrated email client with a powerful unified inbox: With BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 you have the option to use a  unified inbox that consolidates all messages in one place, including messages from Facebook®, LinkedIn® and Twitter®, as well as personal and work email accounts.
  • Social Integration with Calendar and Contacts apps:  The built-in calendar harnesses information from social networks and makes it available where and when users need it.  Contact cards are also dynamically populated with updated information from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to create a consolidated view of contacts.
  • New apps and content: Thousands of new apps are being added to BlackBerry App World™ today (including a range of Android® apps that will run on the BlackBerry PlayBook). A new BlackBerry Video Store1 is launching today. Enhanced web browsing capabilities are also available with BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0.
  • Updated BlackBerry Bridge app: BlackBerry® Bridge™ is a unique app that provides a Bluetooth® connection between your BlackBerry PlayBook and core apps on your BlackBerry® smartphone (including BBM™, Email, Contacts, Calendar and Browser) in order to let you view the content on the larger tablet display. With BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, it’s easier and quicker than ever to take documents, web pages, emails and photos that appear on your BlackBerry smartphone and display them on your BlackBerry PlayBook for an optimized viewing and editing experience. The updated BlackBerry Bridge app also provides a new remote control feature that allows a BlackBerry smartphone to be used as a wireless keyboard and mouse for a BlackBerry PlayBook.
  • Improved mobile productivity: Updated document editing functions, the new Print To Go app, and increased control and manageability of corporate data with BlackBerry® Balance ™ allow you to get more out of your BlackBerry PlayBook every day. Plus, an updated virtual keyboard with auto correction and predictive next word completion learns how you type to enable faster, more accurate typing.

In conjunction with the release of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, RIM is making available an initial release of BlackBerry® Mobile Fusion that will include support for managing BlackBerry PlayBook tablets and BlackBerry smartphones2 in an enterprise. The full release of BlackBerry Mobile Fusion (with mobile device management capabilities for iOS and Android devices) is planned for general availability in late March 2012. For more information about BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, please visit


The BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 software update is now available as a free download for all BlackBerry PlayBook tablets.

Fractal Design Define R3 USB 3.0 Black Pearl Mid-Tower Chassis Review

February 21, 2012 by  
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QUOTE: “As I was making a meeting with Lian Li on the CES show floor, I happened to show up a few minutes early. While JP from Lian Li was talking to someone I stood and waited my turn, but as I did I was also scouting the floor for my next meeting and I happened to see the Fractal Design booth. After I finished up with JP, I walked over to the Fractal booth and was greeted by a representative who I caught looking at my press badge to see who I was. So offhandedly I asked him, am I on some sort of blacklist I don’t know about? I know it was a bit tongue and cheek to say that to them, but it set the mood for a great conversation and what must have been a twenty minute tour around their both looking at what I had missed along with a sick looking BF3 case mod.

As I was leaving to make the next meeting, which I was serious late for at this time, I was given a card and told to contact them for anything I wanted to look at. While my original request some time ago was to obtain the Define XL, since then my views have changed a bit on what I wanted to look at. In the discussions I asked for simply and affordable chassis that you guys are proud to stand behind and if that goes well, I still want to see that Define XL. For now, Fractal has fulfilled everything they had said would happen in Vegas. Today we are looking at the mid-tower, Define R3 USB3.0 in Black Pearl from Fractal Design.”

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Corsair Vengeance K90 Gaming Keyboard Reviewed in

February 21, 2012 by  
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“This time we are going to take a look at the new high-end K90 keyboard, which is the best keyboard Corsair has to offer at the moment. Many
manufacturers have published mechanical keyboards lately, so naturally Corsair wanted their share of the action. Let’s see if K90 can stand
out from the crowd.”

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NZXT Sentry Mix Fan Controller Review

February 21, 2012 by  
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Over decades of evolution, the growth and development of technology has exponentially increased, and with that, consumers obtain better technology than ever. When it comes down to computer products, we can see a similar pattern of technological growth. Generally speaking, with each new improvement to the product itself, performance seems to be one criterion that is rarely missed. Nowadays, while most companies do a fairly good job in keeping the heat down while increasing its performance, in some instances, this may not be enough. If you like to overclock, pushing your components to the limit may produce a little more heat than the manufacturer intended. At the same time, no one likes a computer that sounds like a jet taking off. With that in mind, since most computer components don’t operate at 100% load at all times, what’s there to stop those who want make their own decision on how fast their fan spins? For enthusiasts out there who want to keep performance and manual control over their fan speed, rest be assured, as NZXT has introduced a new product in their line — the Sentry Mix. Like its predecessor, the NZXT Sentry Mesh reviewed by my colleague Jeremy, it features multiple channels to control your fans. But what’s nice about it is not only a revamped appearance, but a whole 50W is fed to each of the six channels. Yes, you have read that correctly. 50W. I am not saying you should plug in your house fan, but want to see what’s packed under the hood? Read on to find out!

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XFX Radeon HD 7770 Super Overclocked Edition Video Card Review

February 21, 2012 by  
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So far, XFX released four different video card models based on the new Radeon HD 7770 GPU. Let’s see how the Super Overclocked Edition version fared in our tests.

“The new Radeon HD 7770 (a.k.a. “Cape Verde XT”) is a mainstream graphics chip based on the latest graphics architecture from AMD, dubbed “Graphics Core Next” or simply “GCN,” which supports the new PCI Express 3.0 connection and the latest DirectX version (11.1). Let’s see how the Super Overclocked Edition from XFX fared in our tests.”

RunCore Pro V Max 120GB SATA III SSD Review

February 21, 2012 by  
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“RunCore is not one of the companies that immediately comes to mind when thinking of SSD manufacturers but they have been churning out drives since 2007. We’ve even featured the SATA II version of the Pro V awhile back. The SF-1200 controlled, SATA II drive proved to be a good performer although at the time the pricing was a little above the competition. Back to present day, the Pro V line has been upgraded to the newest SandForce SF-2281 controller and along with that, the interface has been upped to 6Gbps SATA III. They sent us over the Pro V Max 120GB version for evaluation so we’ll get started by telling a little bit about it…”

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XFX Radeon HD 7770 Super Overclocked Edition Video Card Review

February 21, 2012 by  
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So far, XFX released four different video card models based on the new Radeon HD 7770 GPU. Let’s see how the Super Overclocked Edition version fared in our tests.

“The new Radeon HD 7770 (a.k.a. “Cape Verde XT”) is a mainstream graphics chip based on the latest graphics architecture from AMD, dubbed “Graphics Core Next” or simply “GCN,” which supports the new PCI Express 3.0 connection and the latest DirectX version (11.1). Let’s see how the Super Overclocked Edition from XFX fared in our tests.”

Google bypassing IE9 privacy settings to track you

February 21, 2012 by  
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Over the weekend The Wall Street Journal posted an article on how Google was bypassing the default privacy settings on the Safari browser, used on iOS and Mac OSX devices, to track the general web surfing behavior of consumers for better and more accurate advertisement by third party companies.

Yesterday Microsoft did a search of their own and found out that Google is indeed bypassing Internet Explorer’s default privacy settings as well.

When the IE team heard that Google had bypassed user privacy settings on Safari, we asked ourselves a simple question: is Google circumventing the privacy preferences of Internet Explorer users too? We’ve discovered the answer is yes: Google is employing similar methods to get around the default privacy protections in IE and track IE users with cookies,” wrote Dean Hachamovitch, Corporate Vice President, Internet Explorer.

The issue stems from a technical point, in that both Safari and IE stop 3rd party cookies by default to monitor consumer behavior. This is done by monitoring a Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P) statement within the 3rd part cookie to see what the site will use the cookie for. P3P is an official privacy standard set by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that various websites use to show their privacy policies.

Technically, Google utilizes a nuance in the P3P specification that has the effect of bypassing user preferences about cookies.”  Hachamovitch continues, “P3P-compliant browsers interpret Google’s policy as indicating that the cookie will not be used for any tracking purpose or any purpose at all. By sending this text, Google bypasses the cookie protection and enables its third-party cookies to be allowed rather than blocked.”

The IE team has made a ‘Tracking Protection List’ that current IE9 users can utilize to protect themselves from Google’s bypass procedures by clicking here.

Google soon fired back at Microsoft earlier today.

It is well known–including by[sic] Microsoft–that it is impractical to comply with Microsoft’s request while providing modern Web functionality,” Rachel Whetstone, senior vice president of communications and policy for Google, said in a statement to CNET this evening. “We have been open about our approach, as have many other Web sitesToday the Microsoft policy is widely non-operational,” she continued. “A 2010 research report indicated that over 11,000 Web sites were not issuing valid P3P policies as requested by Microsoft.”

We’ll keep you updated as the drama unfolds.

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