gow The Daily VR Zone News Summary   15 April 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • AMD Radeon HD 7000-series rumoured for May production ;
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP overclocked video card review;
  • Apple: White iPhone 4 is real (and late) ;
  • Review of the BlackBerry PlayBook;
  • Sony PlayStation 3 sales hit 50 million , and
  • Gears of War 3 beta impressions .

Hardware news

Radeon HD 7000-series rumoured for May production

Description: AMD is reportedly already preparing its next series of Radeon HD 7000-series GPUs, and planning to start mass production of the new chips in May this year.

Thermaltake Challenger Pro Gaming Keyboard Review

Description: The keyboard is a vital piece of equipment to any gamer looking for that certain edge. Thermaltake’s Challenger Pro has a few unique features to set itself apart from the rest of the field.

Intel DH67BL MicroATX Motherboard Review

Description: The DH67BL has all the necessary features that a HTPC or anyone needing a small powerful computer would need. The DH67BL has the LGA1155 socket that supports the newest Intel Core i7/i5/i3 Sandy Bridge processors.

ASUS GeForce GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP Overclocked Video Card Review

Description: The latest mid-range card to greet us comes from ASUS and is part of the new NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti series. The model we're looking at today is part of both the DirectCU and TOP series and carries with it both a healthy overclock and upgraded cooling system.

ASUS P8P76 WS Revolution motherboard

Description: ASUS’ WS series, which is shortened for Workstation, targets users who find quality and stability to be the key features to any PC, while enabling the same PC to use its performance to the max on said motherboard.

Consumer Electronics and Software news

Apple: White iPhone 4 is Real (and Late)

Description: Ten months after the iPhone 4 was announced, Apple is still reassuring us that the white model is on its way-possibly. After Bloomberg reported the white iPhone 4 should be on sale by the end of the month.

BlackBerry PlayBook Review

Description: The BlackBerry PlayBook isn't just the third major tablet platform to launch, or the first one to deeply poke at figuring out why 7-inch tablets should exist—it's literally the future of BlackBerry, since the QNX-based OS is going to be the gooey software heart of BlackBerry phones in the next year or so.

Windows Vista: No IE10 for you

Description: Microsoft's new browser, Internet Explorer 10 (IE10), will not run on Windows Vista, either now in its developer preview form or when the software ships, the company confirmed today.

Skype for Android has a major security flaw

Description: A major security flaw has been discovered in the Skype for Android app, one which could put the sum total of a user's private data in danger of being accessed by others.

Spotify Limits Free Music Service

Description: Spotify AB said it is cutting back on its free music-streaming service, as the European start-up tries to boost the number of paying subscribers and attempts to expand into the U.S.

Egreat S800 Ultra HDMI Network Media Player Review

Description: Build quality, easy swappable 3.5'' HDD tray, dual OS, built-in WiFi and 7.1 analog audio outputs are just some of the many features that place the S800 Ultra by Egreat next to the best network media players the market has to offer today.

Gaming news

Reports: Nintendo unveiling new video game console

Description: It's not officially E3 season until the first big rumors start swirling. And there's a big one making the rounds related to Nintendo and a potential successor to the popular Wii console.

PlayStation 3 sales hit 50 million

Description: Sony announced today that the PlayStation 3 has sold 50 million units worldwide as of March 29. Not only that, but PlayStation Move has been enjoying some success too, with 8 million units sold worldwide as of April 3.

Gears of War 3 Beta Impressions

Description: We here at IGN have had a few days to get our feet wet in the Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta before anyone else. But we aren't here to brag (well, maybe a little), we're here to let you know what we think.