itanium The Daily VR Zone News Summary   23 Mar 2011

In today's news roundup: 

  • Intel has declared that it will continue to maintain development on the IA64 architecture, even after Oracle dismissed the platform as one that is about to reach EOL status soon;
  • DRAM contract prices are slated to increase by some 3% in 2H March;
  • Sprint announces HTC EVO 3D smartphone and EVO View 4G tablet ;
  • Apple has sued Amazon for using the words 'App Store' to market its app repository by claiming that the latter's move will mislead consumers into thinking that Amazon is selling Steve Jobs-approved apps;
  •  Singapore is slated to get the 3DS by March 28, and
  • Sony is alleging that hacker 'Geohotz' has removed critical data from his hard disks and left North America in order to put himself out of the court's jurisdiction.

Hardware news

MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone II OC Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: The MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone II OC 1GB graphics cards is based on the NVIDIA Geforce GTX 550 Ti GPU, but is kept nice and cool with the MSI Cyclone II cooling solution. The N550GTX-Ti Cyclone II OC is factory overclocked with the core clock set to 950MHz and the memory at 1075MHz. We put this overclocked GF116 card to the test to see how it performs, keeps cool and overclocks!

ASUS EAH6870 1GB Video Card Review @ ITShootOut.com
Description: The Radeon HD 6870, contrary to its somewhat confusing name, is not the successor to the Radeon 5870. Instead, it acts as an almost direct replacement for the Radeon 5850, both in terms of performance and in price. Today we are looking at the Asus variant which has some exclusive features including the Voltage Tweak functionality we have come to particularly enjoy when overclocking.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
Description: When it's all said and done, Arctic Cooling's new Freezer 13 Pro, with it's innovative “Cross Blow” feature, is a worthy successor to the Freezer series of coolers. As of this writing, it only seems to be available from the Arctic Cooling website for around $55 US.

Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 Flex Edition 2GB DDR5 DX11 Video Card Review @Hi Tech Legion
Description: Sapphire is back on the scene with the Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 FleX Edition. The Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 FleX comes with the onboard ability to use Eyefinity without the need of a DisplayPort monitor or Active DP adapter. The underlying 6950 is still the original stock model. This sports a 800MHz core clock and 1250MHz (5 Gb/s effective) memory speed. The HD 6950 has 2 DVI, 2 mini Display Port, and a single HDMI 1.4a slot. There is also advanced technology with the HD 6950, including dual graphics engines, 22 SIMD engines, and 88 texture units. Sapphire has also included TriXX utility support and their Vapor-X cooling solution.

NZXT H2 Review @ Vortez
Description: The H2 is a case that slots into NZXT's "Classic" series and is regarded as the "Silent Midtower" due to the fact that there are thick side panels which feature foam underlay. It differentiates itself from the gaudy gamer styled cases currently swarming the market, by offering elegance and a minimalistic approach to styling. Fans within H2 can be controlled through 3 stages giving the user complete control over audio levels emitted from the chassis. With much more to talk about, lets begin our analysis of the new NZXT H2 that launches today.

Fractal Design Define R3 Case Review on Technic3D (German)
Description: (Machine translation) The Fractal Design Define R3 is the next PC-Case in the Technic3D Editorship. Define R3 – the successor to the good selling Define R2! Now available with a bunch of improvements, including improved cable routing, air flow and bigger hole in M/B plate for mounting CPU coolers. We will check this and more in the following Review.

DRAM contract prices up 3% in 2H March
Description: In order to ensure chip supply, which reportedly is likely to be short of demand starting in May, PC and system vendors are more willing to accept higher prices, according to sources at DRAM makers. Prices will go up in April anyway as PC OEMs begin to rebuild their low inventory, even without taking into account the effects of Japan's earthquake on the chip supply chain, the sources said.

Intel: We Are Completely Committed to Itanium Platform.
Description: Intel Corp. on Wednesday said that it would continue developing Itanium-series microprocessors and the mission-critical platform will continue to exist. The company's statements were a response to Oracle's claims that the IA64 platform was nearing the end of life.


Consumer Electronics and Software news

Sprint announces HTC EVO 3D smartphone and EVO View 4G tablet
Description: HTC is getting in on the 3D action with Sprint announcing the upcoming release of the 4G-capable HTC EVO 3D smartphone, which will be appearing alongside the equally 4G-capable HTC EVO View 4G tablet.

ARM cooperating with Microsoft, says ARM Taiwan president
Description: ARM has been cooperating with Microsoft to develop processor architectures, according to president Philip Lu for ARM Taiwan at a March 22 press conference in Taipei.

Samsung invests $15 million in mobile 3D technology company
Description: MasterImage 3D announced today that it has received a $15 million investment from Samsung Ventures. The company is focused on 3D – for cinemas (with over 60 installations), mobile displays and 3D camera ASICs. We're guessing that Samsung is more interested in the glasses-free handset displays and cameras than the cinema 3D technology…

Apple’s Mac Chief Departs as Big Changes Come to OS X
Description: Apple SVP of Mac Software Engineering Betrand Serlet is leaving the company, according to a press release issued by Apple. He will be replaced by Craig Federighi, Apple’s VP of Mac software engineering. Frederighi’s chief responsibility at Apple has been OS X development.

Torvalds backs Google Android
Description: The man who gave the world Linux, Linus Torvalds, has dismissed claims that Google's Android violates the Linux licence.

Apple sues Amazon over "app store"
Description: Fruity peddler of broken iDreams Apple is suing the online bookstall Amazon, claiming that it invented the words "app store". Apple has been getting very defensive about the phrase "app store" lately. Microsoft has appealed to the Trademark and Patent Office to stop Jobs' Mob from suing everyone for using it.

Samsung Galaxy Tabs 8.9 and 10.1 Are Official: HD Video Recording And Superfast Networking Stand Out
Description: Samsung just announced their two new Galaxy Tabs, the 8.9 and the 10.1. Both are just 8.6 millimeters thick and support 4G and WiFi. Click through to watch the live video launch of these two Honeycomb tablets (with TouchWiz on top).


Gaming news

Singapore 3DS launch slated for March 28
Description: The 3DS may already be out in Japan, but gamers in Asia are still in the dark about when the handheld will be arriving in the region. Until now, that is, with a recent press release from Singaporean distributors MaxSoft confirming that the handheld will be available at all retailers in Singapore on March 28.

Sony: PS3 Hacker George "Geohot" Hotz in South America Attempting to Dodge Court Authority
Description: The ongoing PlayStation 3 security breach battle of Sony Computer Entertainment America versus George Hotz is set to continue on April 8. But according to the latest legal filing, it's possible Hotz will be a no-show as he continues what Sony calls "a campaign to thwart jurisdictional discovery at every turn" — a campaign that includes Hotz's convenient trip to South America.

Resident Evil Mercenaries 3D Dated in Japan
Description: There's some big Resident Evil news coming out of Japan today. Joining the announcement of Resident Evil Revival Selection for PS3 and Xbox 360 comes a final release date for Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D.