The Daily VR-Zone News Summary – 24 Feb 2011

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In today's news roundup:

  • Intel is reportedly planning to demonstrate its new Medfield platform for tablet PCs in the upcoming Computex 2011 event held at Taipei;
  • The market for NOR flash memory is set to shrink by as much as six percent this year;
  • Android and Nokia Maemo users can play with a beta of the Firefox 4 browser which has been specially made for both operating systems;
  • The Google Nexus S officially loses the ability to perform Facebook syncing;
  • A new Crysis 2 trailer has emerged, and
  • Dead Space 2 is set to gets its first set of DLC on March 1 this year.

Hardware News:

Intel expected to offer 3rd-generation MID platform Medfield in 3Q11
Description: Intel, in order to compete with ARM architecture devices which are prevailing in the tablet PC industry, has had Medfield, its third-generation MID platform, enter testing by Taiwan-based hardware partners, with products to be demonstrated at Computex Taipei 2011 and shipments to begin as early as the third quarter, according to industry sources.

Edimax ES5500 G Gigabit Switch Review -XSReviews
Description: The easiest way to get yourself some faster network transfer rates is to throw a Gigabit switch into the mix. That's what I'm looking to do today with the Edimax ES 5500G 5 port gigabit switch. Is it worth the money? Does it give good transfer rates? That's what we're here to find out.

FSP Aurum AU-600 -600W PSU Review on Technic3D (German)
Description: (Machine translation) The FSP Aurum AU-600 -600W PSU arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review from Technic3D the next PSU with four +12V rails (18A), 120mm Fan, 6x SATA hard disk connectors and 3x PCI-e 6+2-Pin

NOR flash memory shipments set for 2011 drop
Description: NOR flash memory is going to take a slight knocking this year, with IHS iSuppli research claiming that the market will drop by nearly six percent.

Deepcool Ice Matrix 400 Review at Overclockers Online
Description: When looking at the entire picture, Deepcool’s Ice Matrix 400 is a spectacularly assembled piece of equipment. Combining four heat pipes with a simple 120mm fan, the heat sink does well at keeping the CPU at acceptable operating temperatures.

Thermaltake MAX 5G External HDD Enclosure Review @Hi Tech Legion
Description: The Thermaltake Max 5G 3.5” HDD Enclosure offers a solution to data and OS portability. Offering 5Gbs USB 3.0 transfer speeds along with SATA III capability, the Thermaltake Max 5G offers portability along with all of the speed one would expect from an internal HDD. The Max 5G is also the first external HDD enclosure offering the superior cooling capabilities of twin 80mm fans. These fans also offer a little eye candy with glowing blue LEDs which are selectable on or off accenting a sleek black enclosure design. The Thermaltake Max 5G is, of course, backwards compatible to USB 2.0/1.1, as well as SATA II/I. The Thermaltake Max 5G also offers quick and easy installation to go along with rock solid build quality.

ASRock P67 Profess1onal Fatal1ty – Layout and Design @ ocaholic
Description: With the P67 Profess1onal Fatal1ty, ASRock has a high-end Sandy Bridge motherboard in its portfolio which especially targets the gaming market. Next to a very attractive design the board also features three PCI-Express x16 slots and ten SATA-Ports.

Antec LanBoy Air ATX Case Review
Description: At first glance you can tell this is an enthusiast and gamer-oriented product. Antec touts the LanBoy Air for its highly customizable and modular design. Weighing 20.3 lbs (9.2 kg), the case can be outfitted with an insane fifteen 120mm fans — so you know the "Air" moniker belongs in its name. Perhaps more intriguing, nearly every part of the case is modular, even the motherboard and PSU mounts.

Scythe Mine 2 cooler @ Hardwareoverclock.com
Description: The Mine 2 CPU Cooler is based on a twin cooler Layout. Eight copper heatpipes transport heat to two generously dimensioned cooling blocks. By placing the fan in between the 2 heatsink towers, intake as well as exhale airflows are optimized to provide high performance. By default, the Mine 2 will be delivered with a centrally placed, adjustable 140 mm Slip Stream PWM & VR fan. Although the fan supports the PWM feature, the user can manually adjust the PWM bandwidth between 470 to 1,370 rpm and 740 to 1,900 rpm.

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SATA 3 6Gbps SandForce SSD Preview @ Legit Reviews
Description: Since the inception of the line, the Vertex name has been synonymous with performance and helped propel OCZ to a prominent position in the SSD market. Not resting on their laurels, OCZ has jumped out in front again with the Vertex 3 to be the first to launch a line featuring the latest SandForce controllers paired with a SATA III 6Gbps interface and 25nm NAND, while others ostensibly seem a little more conservative in their speed to market. Just how high has the bar been set? Read on to see.


Consumer Electronics and Software News:

New Firefox 4 for Android Available Now
Description: Firefox 4 for Android and Nokia Maemo devices is now available in a new beta version that’s made huge leaps in terms of stability and performance.

Coolermaster Spawn gaming mouse: comfortable, powerful, portable
Description: Good things come in small packages, and Coolermaster’s Spawn gaming mouse is one of them, packing a good balance of features and comfort into a small, inexpensive, capable gaming mouse.

A Sleeping OS X Lion Stirs
Description: The iPad 2 nears! An iPad 3 is on the horizon! iPhone 5 is coming! Maybe an iPhone nano! New MacBook Pros! New iMacs! Maybe even an Apple television! Of all the Apple rumors out there right now, there’s a odd lack of talk about something we know is coming — and soon: OS X Lion.

Eurocom Launches Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Processor in its Panther 2.0
Description: Eurocom Corporation (www.eurocom.com) announces support for Intel's new high performance i7-990X Extreme Edition Processor inside the EUROCOM Panther 2.0 performance notebook. The addition of the Intel Core i7-990X to the long list of processor options gives Eurocom customers even greater choice when customizing their unique systems.

What the iPad 2 Needs to Steal From Android and WebOS
Description: Motorola and HP proved that companies can make tablets with UI as usable, if not more so, than the iPad. Now, with the iPad 2 being announced next week, Apple is the one that needs to play catch-up to others. But is it possible without drastically retooling iOS?

Replace or Add User Profile Fields in WordPress @ Computing on Demand
Description: If you take into consideration that WordPress is the most widely used blogging platform, it is confusing why they are still living in the past. I am referring to the usage of AIM, Jabber, and Yahoo in the user's profile. Currently, within WordPress, there is no way for you to modify these choices. However, with a few simple lines of code in our functions.php file, we can bring WordPress into the 21st century.

New Google PageRank Algorithm Debunked
Description: In my recent article on SEJ about Google PageRank I suggested that a new formula could be in action. The article has gone big on Twitter and LinkedIn, with hundreds of shares. And from some comments, it looks like many people accepted it for a fact.

Google Drops Facebook Sync On Nexus S: Google/Facebook Battle Continues
Description: The reason Google cites is because Facebook contacts “cannot be exported from the device” and thus do not allow users to “control their data” as freely as Google would like.


Gaming News:

New Crysis 2 Trailer Focuses On Story, PC Multiplayer Demo on March 1
Description: With about a month to the launch of Crysis 2, the folks from EA released another trailer focusing on the story and giving a sneak of the transition of story from its predecessor. The trailer revolves around Jacob Hargreave, a man with an obsession with the Nanosuit for most of a century. Check out “Prophet’s Journey” below

Dead Space 2 Gets Severed March 1
Description: Finished strategically dismembering an entire space station's worth of Necromorphs? Go back and do it all over again on March 1, this time from a different perspective, in the first DLC pack for Dead Space 2: Severed.

FTC agrees to investigate "deceptively free" iPhone games
Description: The Federal Trade Commission has confirmed it will investigate mobile games that are advertised as free but then entice players into buying virtual goods within the game, especially those that target younger users. This comes after several complaints surfaced by parents who found out their children were racking up huge purchases without understanding what they were doing – including one young gamer who managed to download more than $1,400 in virtual Smurfs currency…

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