In today's news roundup:

  • AMD's Asif Rehman talks about the company's new PowerXpress technology and how it will stack up against the likes of NVIDIA's Optimus and Lucid's Virtu;
  • EVGA's GeForce GTX 550Ti FPB Edition DirectX 11 graphics card gets reviewed;
  • Twitter introduces a new feature which allows users to permanently access its services via HTTPS;
  • Eurocom adds Intel 510 series SSDs to its line of high-performance mobile workstations;
  • More new updates and surprises awaits fans of the popular smartphone game known as Angry Birds thanks to a certain tie-up with Microsoft's Bing, and
  • Battlefield 3 gets a new gameplay trailer.

Hardware News:

Enermax Hoplite Mid Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: Today we are looking at the newest mid-tower case offering from Enermax called Hoplite. On paper the Hoplite has loads of features like hot swap bays, hard drive dock, and even ability to have a 2×120 radiator installed internally. So join us as we give the Hoplite a good looking over and see just what it does have to offer.

Zalman Z9 Plus Mid-Tower Case Review @ Bigbruin.com
Description: Over the years, Zalman cases have won many awards, but for many users their cases were just too expensive to justify. Zalman recognized this and set out to offer cases that everybody could afford, without sacrificing their typical quality. The Zalman Z9 Plus is one of these lower cost cases that manages to offer features usually found only on more expensive cases.

Titan Hati CPU Cooler Review on Technic3D (German)
Description: (Machine translation) The Titan Hati Heatsink arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review the Titan Hati with one or two 120mm Fans and three 8mm Heatpipes compared with many other Cooler on a Intel Core i7 CPU. Better than the Fenrir Evo?

Sharkoon QuickPort XT USB 3.0 PLUS dock @ XtremeComputing
Description: Today I will be reviewing the Sharkoon QuickPort XT USB 3.0 PLUS hdd dock. Sharkoon have been around for quite a while, and have built up a good reputation of reliable useful products. Today I will see how this USB 3.0 dock compares to a USB 2.0 dock. I am hopeful this dock will beat the older standard, and am somewhat excited to be dealing with this product – as it will be my first encounter with USB 3.0!

AMD PowerXpress 4.0 & Interview with AMD's Asif Rehman @ Rage3D.com
Description: AMD's new PowerXpress technology has appeared from the depths China's Baidu, and indicates how AMD will combat NVIDIA's Optimus technology and newcomer Lucid's Virtu technology. Read more about AMD PowerXpress and the basics of hybrid and switchable graphics in our Interview with AMD's Asif Rehman

EVGA GeForce GTX 550Ti FPB Edition DirectX 11 Video Card Review @Hi Tech Legion
Description: The EVGA GTX 550 Ti FPB video card is a major improvement over the GTS 450. The EVGA GTX 550 Ti is factory overclocked at 951 MHz (Core) from the default 900 MHz. The memory clocks are also bumped up on the EVGA GTX 550 Ti FPB to 4356 MHz from the standard 3600 MHz. Like all EVGA video cards, the GTX 550 Ti FPB video card comes bundled with EVGA’s Precision and OC Scanner software. EVGA offers a 3 year warranty on the GTX 550 Ti, which covers parts and labor and can be extended when the video card is registered on EVGA’s website within 30 days of purchase.

Kingwin USI-2535U3 USB 3.0 to SATA HDD Adapter Review @ Tweaknews
Description: Kingwin has been effective in creating a product that allows access to data in a quick, easy, and inexpensive way. The USI-2535U3 USB 3.0 to SATA adapter is versatile enough to use with any SATA drive and small enough to carry anywhere. The USB 3.0 interface ensures fast file transfers, and backward compatibility with USB 2.0 make this a truly adaptable tool for computer users of all skill levels.

Antec Twelve Hundred v3 Review – XSReviews.co.uk
Description: While we may have reviewed many Antec cases before, do you think I'm going to turn down the chance to review some revamped versions of their entire performance one line? Exactly. Today I spent my 9-5 taking pictures and testing the Antec 1200, the big boy of the bunch. This is the v3 that comes with a USB 3.0 connector and an SSD drive slot. Let's see how it does in the contemporary arena.


Consumer Electronics and Software News:

Logitech HD Webcam C510 @ TestFreaks
Description: Up on the review block today I’ve got another HD webcam from Logitech, the C510. A little bit ago I looked at the C910, which is pretty much the top end camera, this C510 is more middle range offering 720P resolution. The resolution is lower but the features are the same like pan, tilt and zoom and numerous special effects. The C510 even includes a nice little carrying case so you can take it with you and keep it protected.

Twitter Adds Permanent HTTPS Setting to Improve Security
Description: Twitter has taken a big step towards improving account security with a new setting that permanently enables HTTPS. HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) allows encrypted communication between networks and users. It creates a secure tunnel through the inherently chaotic web, decreasing the chance that somebody will access a user’s account information on an open Wi-Fi network, for example.

Computing on Demand: To The Cloud: Windows Live & Remote Access
Description: Most of you have probably seen the commercials from Microsoft touting the cloud experience behind Windows 7 and Windows Live. The thing is… many of us that have Windows 7 don't really know how to do some of the things they show in those commercials. In this multi-part series, we will attempt to demystify the "cloud" and show you how to make it happen.

Xtrememac Tango TRX Bluetooth iPhone/iPod Dock @ TestFreaks
Description: Xtrememac is a well known Apple mobile device peripheral maker who in the past has provided Tesfreaks with cases and chargers for review. Today we will look at their Bluetooth enabled iPod/iPhone speaker dock – the Tango TRX. Besides charging and playing music from a docked iPod or iPhone, it can also wirelessly stream music from any Bluetooth stereo capable devices including Android and Blackberry models.

SteelSeries Scope Pro Gaming Glasses Review @ Vortez
Description: SteelSeries are well known within the gaming community for their high-quality gaming peripherals. They stand out as a brand that are concerned with delivering products that serve a purpose. Knowing their products well and speaking with them recently I know that they are keen to design products that are purposeful rather than gimmicky. Today's product under review may on initial impressions appear to be the latter but read over the pages and you will be assured otherwise.

Eurocom adds Intel 510 series Solid State Drives SATA 6 GB/s to Mobile Workstations
Description: Eurocom Corporation (www.eurocom.com) announces support for Intel's new high performance 510 Series of Solid-State Drives inside their Mobile Workstations.

Google To Test Mobile Payments In NY And SF
Description: While Apple has reportedly decided to forgo NFC-related hardware/software in iPhone 5 because of a lack of standards, Google is to begin testing NFC-based mobile payments at selected stores in New York and San Francisco according to an article in Bloomberg.


Gaming News:

Angry Birds Gets Many Updates, Mini Series On Youtube
Description: It is getting pretty exciting for Angry Birds fans as Rovio, the company who makes the game is releasing several updates this month. Firstly, there is a sneak peek at Rio’s gameplay.

Take Out That Sniper in Episode Two of the Battlefield 3 Gameplay Trailer Series
Description: Part two of DICE's ongoing Battlefield 3 gameplay trailer series has arrived, and in this episode of Fault Line, Good Effect on Target, the squad is pinned down on a rooftop by a sniper. Get ready to see Frostbite 2's version of destructible environments in action.

Pilotwings Resort Soars on the 3DS
Description: We're firing up our Nintendo 3DS and playing its games. First up, Nintendo's own Pilotwings Resort.