pentaxnc1 The Daily VR Zone News Summary   1 April 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • NVIDIA talks about its plans and hopes for both its mobile Tegra platform and its workstation-oriented Project Denver CPU based off the ARM architecture;
  • Tier-1 notebook ODMs are reportedly thinking to cutting out the ExpressCard expansion slot from all future designs in an attempt to conserve space and cut costs;
  • Images of a mirrorless Pentax camera featuring interchangeable lenses and a retro, rangefinder-esque look has started leaking onto the Internet;
  • Nokia has released the entire source code for the latest (and final) version of Symbian in a bid to keep the mobile operating system alive in the developer community;
  • The recently-released Angry Birds Rio game for smartphones get reviewed, and
  • our sister site SGCafe has published its review on the latest game that has taken the world by storm: Crysis 2.

Hardware news

Sapphire Pure Black X58 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: It has been a few years since Sapphire has put out a new motherboard. Here we are though, getting ready for a look at their first Intel motherboard since the days of the Intel Pentium 4! The Sapphire Pure Black X58 supports USB 3.0, SATA 6, and CrossfireX for starters! Is the Sapphire Pure Black X58 motherboard going to be the right board for you? Read on to find out!

Kingston HyperX Genesis 4GB 2133MHz DDR3 Memory Kit Review @ Bigbruin.com
Description: The aesthetics may be slightly different from what we expect from Kingston, but the under the hood of the HyperX Genesis 4GB 2133MHz DDR3 kit the performance is the same. Testing on a Sandy Bridge system showed that this kit has the ability to offer high speed performance with minimal effort thanks to the plug and play nature of XMP profiles.

Corsair TX850V2 850 Watt Power Supply Review
Description: Fast forward to today and we now have the Corsair TX Version 2. The specific power supply on the bench right now is the Corsair TX850V2. On the surface, the TX850V2 differs little from its predecessor. Connector availability remains the same and if it wasn't for the sticker denoting it as a TX850V2 instead of a TX850W, you probably wouldn't know they were different. Corsair took a good look at the internals and decided to make some changes there, bringing with it improved efficiency and higher quality DC output. Read on as we take an in depth look at the Corsair TX850V2.

Asus P8P67 LE Motherboard Review @ ITShootOut.com
Description: The P8P67 LE is the baby of Asus’ extensive full-ATX Sandy Bridge motherboard range. The variant we are looking at today is one of the B3 editions, meaning it doesn’t suffer from the potential SATA issue that plagued the first generation of all P67 motherboards.

Laptop makers to stop using ExpressCard slots?
Description: There are reports that some Tier-1 laptop manufacturers are considering dropping ExpressCard ports on all laptops – to reduce size and costs. ExpressCards haven't been successful and almost all laptops now include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and enough USB ports to make these modules quite unnecessary.

NVIDIA Interview: Tegra 2 and Project Denver – March 31, 2011 @Hi Tech Legion
Description: Paul at HiTech Legion chats with Nick Stam, NVIDIA technical marketing director and Bruce Chan, senior PR manager of Tegra 2 to discuss the past, present and future of Tegra. With the announced Tegra roadmap outlining the creation of powerful ARM-based, multi-core, ultra low-power processors that are significantly faster than anything the tech industry could have imagined, how much will the lines be blurred between desktop and mobile computers in the future? How far is NVIDIA willing to push the performance envelope of sub-1W computing?

Prolimatech Super Mega CPU Cooler Review @ Vortez
Description: Prolimatech first came into the market with their Megahalem using a very original dual tower that came in a package the same size as other traditional tower heatsinks such as the Thermalright Ultra Extreme. It proved to be highly successful amongst enthusiasts but from our own results it failed to keep up with Thermalright's offering, its closest competitor. Moving on three years from then, Prolimatech have made tweaks to their design and are ready to take on the top coolers once again with their new ultimate Super Mega iteration, this time facing the Noctua NH-D14, Thermalright Silver Arrow and Venomous X.

HIS Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X TurboX Video Card Review
Description: Today we've got a fancy HD 6870 from HIS; the IceQ X TurboX. It's a bit of a tongue twister, but we're fairly sure we're going to love it as it carries that IceQ tag along with the Turbo tag, our two favorite from HIS. Before we look closer at the actual card, though, let's check out the package that HIS has got gone on. Then we'll see the IceQ cooler they're using before looking at the specifications. We'll then finally get into the performance that's on offer.


Consumer Electronics and Software news

Nexus takes the click out of the computer mouse
Description: The clicking sound we hear when we press a mouse button is part of the device's switching mechanism, that has also become a kind of audible comfort cushion for computer users. However, Dutch component manufacturer Nexus believes that in these days of notebook trackpads and tablet touchscreens, we no longer need the audible confirmation that a requested action has been performed – we can see it onscreen. The company has now discovered some silent switching technology and installed into a couple of its input peripherals, so that they operate without so much as a squeak.

Your mobile phone is watching you … closely
Description: While most of us know it is theoretically possible for our movements to be tracked by detecting which tower our mobile phone is connected too, it might come as a shock to see just how much of a digital footprint we leave as we go about our daily lives

SteelSeries Scope Pro Gaming Glasses Review
Description: The Scope Pro Gaming glasses by SteelSeries and Gunnar help reduce eye strain and fatigue while at the same time they can improve your gaming performance by reducing glare, improving contrast and enhancing detail.

Internet Explorer 9: Better Than Ever @ InsideHW
Description: On 14th March, a new chapter in the never-ending browser war began. In the blue, Microsoft corner, the long-awaited Internet Explorer 9 finally made its official appearance. After several months of open testing of beta versions, we got the finished product, promising high performance and a simple interface, ready to ease your work and entertainment on the web…

Google’s Music Search Engine Quietly Vanishes From The Web
Description: A tipster pointed out the disappearance of the old Google Music Search landing page to us, which doesn’t necessarily mean it vanished recently, but I’ve searched everywhere for mentions of Google officially or unofficially retiring the service and have been unable to find any reports about it. I wonder if simply nobody noticed it was gone, or that my search skills or simply not what they used to be.

Symbian source code released by Nokia
Description: Just to confirm with people that they’re finally done with the aging operating system, Nokia has released the source code to the latest version of Symbian to the public. Originally a job for the Symbian Foundation, Nokia took over when the foundation closed its doors late last year. Now the code for the Symbian platform is out in the wild, as well as the SDK and build tools. Now other developers can take Symbian and pick up where Nokia left off, and hopefully they’ll be creating something new in the process – maybe a heavily modified, homebrew version of Symbian that would make even Android and iOS users want to use? (Although highly unlikely) What we do know is that Nokia is finally saying goodbye to Symbian as it prepares itself for the arrival of Windows Phone on their hardware. Bad news for the Symbian devices coming out later this year though – when people find out there’s no more love for the operating system from the parent company, will they even be bothered to give those new Symbian phones a shot?

Pentax NC mirrorless camera spotted with vintage design
Description: Corroborating earlier rumors surrounding a mirrorless Pentax camera, several press photos have finally surfaced. The images are tied to the model NC-1, which is said to represent one of the smallest mirrorless cameras to arrive on the market, while the company is also alleged to be working on a second mirrorless system with a larger build.


Gaming news

Angry Birds Rio for Android @ TestFreaks
Description: The birds are back! This time our fine feathered friends are traveling to Rio to rescue their fellow birds who are being held captive by smugglers. Today the Amazon Appstore for Android was unveiled and with it the release of the newest version of everyone’s favorite way to pass the time called Angry Birds Rio. I figured I would take a quick look at it for you, it’s certainly worth getting I think.

Nintendo 3DS vs Smartphone Gaming: Which Wins?
Description: Nintendo has released the 3DS, the next generation of its mobile gaming console and successor to the immensely popular DS, at an interesting time for mobile gaming, adding 3-D capability, better graphics and a 3-D camera to the proven dual-screen format of the Nintendo DS.

Crysis 2 Review for PC
Description: Crysis. The game that made mainstream rigs come to a cripple back in 2007. Its lush graphics and physics that boast “realism” remains as a visual and performance benchmark for today’s games and hardware. We find out if Crysis 2 is worth the bang for the buck for the hardcore gamer in you.