The Daily VR-Zone News Summary – 25 Jan 2011
In today news: review of the SilverStone Strider Plus 600W power supply; Apple finalizing wireless e-wallet for iPhone 5, iPad 2; Huawei sues to alter Motorola-Nokia Siemens deal; and Dead Space 2 ‘Severed’ DLC announced.
Description: SilverStone’s new Strider Plus 600W is quite the nifty unit. It is built well, it performs well and to be honest, there just isn’t too much to complain about. Through our four tests, including the little run in the hot box the Strider Plus 600W continued to impress us by its line regulations and solid efficiency numbers.
Description: AMD made it clear to us that the 6800 series are a refresh of the 5800 series, and while they have made some performance tweaks and improvements (specifically in things like tessellation) there is no ground breaking performance update here, and the cards sit pretty much where their 5800 series counterpart did.
Description: With the EAH 6970, ASUS presents its first AMD Radeon HD 6970 based graphics card which has been equipped with 2 GByte GDDR5 memory. The successor of the very successful Radeon HD 5870 lets us hope for another superb graphics card with excellent performance not only because of higher clock speeds.
Description: In this review we like to test not only the power supply under real conditions, but also the difference between that 80Plus Gold power supply unit and previously tested 80Plus PSUs.
Description: It was only a matter of time until Nvidia added a mainstream performance graphics card to its GTX 500 series, and today we have that product. Known as the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, this new graphics card will retail for $250, placing it in direct competition with the Radeon HD 6870.
Description: Replacing the GeForce GTX 470 video card in the current product stack, NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 560 Ti uses a tuned GF114 GPU that finally delivers a full GF104 Fermi architecture.
Consumer Electronics and Software news:
Description: Samsung has a new Android smartphone that is recently launched in US, called Samsung Gem. Designed with decent hardware and affordability, the phone is carried by Verizon Wireless.
Description: A new report claims Apple will add near-field communication technology to this year’s anticipated iPad 2 and iPhone 5, giving users the ability to have their device serve as an electronic wallet for quick wireless transactions.
Description: Following increased pressure from the FTC, Google and Mozilla are introducing opt-out features to their Chrome and Firefox browsers. Soon, users will have the option to stop personalized advertisements, ads tailored to your Web-surfing habits that have sparked significant privacy concerns.
Description: China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd HWT.UL has filed a lawsuit to block Motorola from selling one of its business units to Nokia Siemens Networks, demanding that the $1.2 billion deal be altered to avoid infringing on intellectual property rights.
Description: Flash memory is so common nowadays that everybody takes it for granted, right? Not if SanDisk has got anything to say about it.
Description: Foursquare has just announced some staggering growth stats via an infographic today. The company said that it has now hit 6 million registered users, grew 3400 percent in terms of check-ins and saw a total of 381576305 check-ins in 2010.
Description: If we take a look at the things we like about the Shock headset, we can start out with the design. Shock has a different and proving design, which makes it stand out, which is a good thing. The design is collapsible, which is also a very cool detail, and also very practical.
Description: Sony Online Entertainment is flying high today, announcing that its new superhero MMO, DC Universe Online, has become the fastest-selling title in the company’s 16-year history.
Description: EA’s announced the first meaty Dead Space 2 DLC, which is in the works for both Xbox 360 and PS3 (no word on PC). Dead Space 2: Severed, as it’s called, extends the sequel’s single-player story with the addition of two standalone chapters featuring Dead Space: Extraction (Wii, PSN) leads Gabe Weller and Lexine Murdock.