large The Daily VR Zone News Summary   12 April 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • Intel is attempting to close the gap with ARM with tablets powered by its Oak Trail and Cedar Trail processors;
  • XFX's Radeon HD 6870 1GB Black Edition graphics card gets reviewed;
  • Microsoft's Bing has reportedly secured 30% of the search engine pie, all of it at the expense of Google;
  • Cisco has killed off its Flip business unit to focus on its enterprise-centric networking offerings;
  • AIKA SEA officially goes live today, and 
  • Microsoft's Xbox 360 console will reportedly start hosting free-to-play games on its Xbox Live service.

Hardware news

Antec Kuhler H20 920 CPU Water Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: Of the self contained kits we have tested the Corsair Hydro H70 is what we would consider the Antec Kuhler H2O 920 water coolers closest competition. The Corsair Hydro H70 is the second generation self-contained water cooling kit that was designed in part by Asetek. The Antec Kuhler H2O 920 is the third generation self-contained water cooling kit that was also just happens to designed by Asetek. Due to the fact that Asetek helped design both CPU coolers it makes sense that their newer product cools better than the previous model. The Antec Kuhler H2O 920 on the extreme setting out performed the Corsair Hydro H70 at every clock frequency that we ran the Intel Core i7 930 processor at…

XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Black Edition Video Card Review
Description: Who would've thought we'd ever be looking at XFX cards based on an AMD GPU? It's been a long time since we've looked at something from XFX. Going through our content archive, it was August of 2007 and the victim was the 9800 GTX+. So much has happened since then, though, and in that time we've seen the Black Edition series created from the company; a series that has had some of the best looking cards around. I say best looking as I haven't had the chance to look at one until today. Today we see if the Black Edition is all bark and no bite, or if its bark is just the entrée to a menacing bite for main

Antec Kuhler H2O 920 Liquid Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews
Description: Since Corsair popularized their version of Asetec's "LCLC" (low cost liquid cooling) system back in 2009, it seems that every time you look, another variation on the theme appears. Other manufacturers have leapt into the fray, and Antec's initial entry into the market, the Kühler 620, impressed us with its amazing performance. Now Antec's introduced a new product, the Kühler 920. At first glance it seems very similar to Corsair's Hydro H70 product, but Antec distinguishes their offering with exceptional performance and features.

Cubitek HPTX Tank Review @ Vortez
Description: The Tank series features 3 different designs, we will be taking a look at the biggest of the 3 today – HPTX Tank. As with all the cases in this series, the HPTX Tank is fully aluminium. It is wide, allowing up to 190mm tall CPU coolers to be installed and can house XL-ATX motherboards such as GIGABYTE's G1 Assassin and EVGA's SR-2. Being able to house such big hardware also means long graphics cards can also be installed within the HPTX Tank, in fact up to 340mm of clearance is available! With lots of cooling, lots of space and lots of features I'm expecting some good results from this case, Lian Li ought to be very afraid.

Intel seeks "relevancy" with Oak Trail tablets, talks up Cedar Trail instead
Description: Intel has admitted that it has significant ground to catch up in its aim to become “relevant” in the tablet market this year, with hopes pinned on the release of its Oak Trail platform, for now, at least.

Cyberpower Gamer Xtreme 4000 Sandy Bridge System Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: What can be said about a full system that does exactly what we expected it to do? More specifically, what can't we say! In short, this system pretty much rocked the socks off of everything I am currently using in my main system. Time for an upgrade. Well, first I'll have to convince the wife that a shiny new CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 4000 is worth skipping a few meals. I'm not saying that the CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 4000 is expensive; quite the contrary. If you were to purchase all of the parts to build a comparable system at Newegg.com, you may just be surprised…

Patriot Supersonic 32GB USB 3.0 Review @ XSReviews.co.uk
Description: Supersonic is the name and… probably, going fast and stuff, its it’s… Anyway, here’s a review of another Patriot flash drive. It’s got a 32GB capacity, USB 3.0 functionality and its Quad Channel. Read on to find out how it performs.

Memory module firms enjoy rebound in March revenues
Description: Taiwan-based memory module houses Transcend Information, Power Quotient International (PQI) and Apacer Technology have reported sequential growth in revenues for March 2011 of 54.1%, 43.2% and 33.9%, respectively, joining fellow company Adata Technology that also enjoyed a substantial rebound in March sales compared to the prior month's levels.


Consumer Electronics and Software news:

Microsoft Bing Controls 30% Of Search Market, Google Slowly Sinking
Description: Microsoft has secured 30% of the search market, largely at Google’s expense, according to data from Experian Hitwise.

Mophie iPhone 4 Juice Pack Plus Review @ OCIA.net
Description: We had the opportunity to review the Mophie Juice Pack Air for the iPhone 3GS back in 2009. The model we will be looking at today is the Juice Pack Plus, but they also offer a slightly cheaper Air version. The difference being the Plus model has a 2000 mAh battery capacity vs. the 1500 mAh of the Juice Pack Air. The Juice Pack Air for the iPhone 3GS sported a 1200 mAh batter capacity. This additional capacity does increase the overall size slightly, though it seems to be fairly minimal.

Study: Smartphone Users Wasting Hundreds Of Dollars Per Year On Unnecessary Contracts
Description: A new study says that smartphone users are overpaying for their service by several hundred dollars each and every year. The study, put together by Billmonitor, notes that people are overspending primarily because they’re on contracts that wildly overshoot their needs. People have a habit of signing up for contracts with far more voice minutes than they use, and it’s primarily for this reason that smartphone users are paying much more than they need to. In other words, double-check your statement to make sure you’re on the right contract.

GIGABYTE T1125N 11.6-inch Tablet Convertible Notebook Unboxing
Description: The GIGABYTE T1125N is an 11.6" convertible notebook with a docking station. It comes in two varieties – a Core i3 U380 with the CF1 designation at $1,099 and the CF2 with the i5 U470 for $1,249. Both sport discreet graphics featuring NVIDIAs GeForce 310M DDRIII 512MB with support for NVIDIA Optimus Technology. We've managed to get our hands on the Core i5 version for an unboxing which features a nice added extra – a very high quality neoprene sleeve and of course the docking station.

Garmin Forerunner GPS watch gets a touchscreen
Description: Garmin has just announced the launch of a new GPS watch – the Forerunner 610, and it sports a touchscreen. Since it’s meant to be taken outdoors for serious running it won’t be just any touchscreen but a waterproof one. It is also responsive enough so that it can be operated with running gloves on. With features such as a pace, distance and time meter, a heart rate monitor, and the ability to race with friends who aren’t even in the same country, the Forerunner 610 is designed for the serious runner.

Cisco kills Flip camera business to refocus on networks
Description: Cisco today axed its Flip camera division in a bid to bring the company back into shape. The company provided few details but said its new "network-centric platform strategy" meant the former Pure Digital group had to be closed. Those on the FlipShare service would be supported through a "transition plan," though Cisco didn't say what that was.

Google acquisition of PushLife could teach Android to sing
Description: Google has acquired media synchronization software developer PushLife in a deal that reportedly cost the search giant $25 million. It's likely that PushLife's technology will be used in Google's upcoming music service for Android.


Gaming news

AIKA SEA Goes Live Today
Description: Following the closed beta test a fortnight ago, Asiasoft is finally putting the official tag on AIKA SEA. That’s right, the game is launching today, in fact now. AIKASEA will also be featured at the upcoming Asiasoft Games Festival 2011 (ASGF 2011) to be held in conjunction with Licence 2 Play 2011, Suntec City Hall 401 from May 27-29.

Free-to-Play Games Headed to Xbox 360
Description: Free-to-play games are already a very successful business model on PC (particularly in Asia) and soon they might become even more successful by expanding to Xbox Live. IGN reports that free-to-play games are headed to Xbox 360 next year, opening the door for games like FarmVille and Battlefield Heroes to come to Xbox Live.

Ocarina of Time 3D's Release Date Revealed
Description: It's the news that so many have been waiting for. Nestled gently just inside a press release sent out by Nintendo of America this morning was the official release date for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, the highly anticipated portable remake of Link's first polygonal adventure.