The Daily VR-Zone News Summary – 28 April 2011

portal2x The Daily VR Zone News Summary   28 April 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • AMD bringing Microsoft to their recently announced Fusion Developer Conference makes sense. ARM? 
  • The ASUS Rampage III Black Edition X58 motherboard is ripe with overclocking features and exclusive gaming technologies ;
  • BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet review. Does RIM have what it takes to compete at this level of consumer tablet? 
  • Apple has allegedly purchased the icloud. Is the company prepping its own online music and media storage service ?.
  • Duke Nukem Forever is coming to Singapore on 10 June 2011. Get teady to kill some aliens; and
  • Valve plans to launch 'Portal 2' DLC this summer .

Hardware news

Microsoft, AMD and ARM – The Future of Fusion @ Rage3D.com

Description: AMD bringing Microsoft to their recently announced Fusion Developer Conference makes sense. ARM? Well, it gives a nice insight into where AMD's Fusion APU strategy could take them, powered by a heterogeneous compute platform: OpenCL.

Mach Extreme MX-GX 16GB USB 3.0 Review at Overclockers Online

Description: When USB 3.0 was announced it seemed natural for USB flash drives to take advantage of the additional bandwidth. Mach Extreme Technologies is a new company that is looking to make a name and they are doing so with their MX-GX USB 3.0 thumb drives.

ASUS Rampage III Black Edition X58 Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion

Description: The Rampage III Black Edition comes in muted red and mostly black colored layout but keeps the aggressive ROG styling. The Rampage III Black Edition is ripe with overclocking features and exclusive gaming technologies, including the ASUS Thunderbolt LAN/Audio card combo, Extreme Engine DIGI+, BCLK Enhance, QPI/PCIe Tuning, GPU DIMM Post, etc.

Russia to produce 90nm MRAM chips based on Crocus' 2nd generation tech

Description: Crocus announced that they have successfully developed their 2nd generation MRAM products, using SVTC Technologies production ready tools. The company says that their MRAM technology can be scalable to 90nm, 65nm and smaller, and offers high speed, reliability, and reduced power consumption.

Lian Li PC-V1020 Review @ Vortez

Description: Equipped with 8 expansion slots, the PC-V1020 will support SLI and Crossfire allowing 305mm (12") graphics cards, the PC-V1020 also has a removable motherboard tray, support for lots of storage options and 3 preinstalled cooling fans – 120mm and 140mm.

Consumer Electronics and Software news

BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Review

Description: The BlackBerry PlayBook is RIM's entry into the burgeoning tablet market that is currently dominated by Apple. It faces a stiff competition from the iPad and the various Android tablets that are just now coming to market. Does RIM have what it takes to compete at this level of consumer tablet?

Apple May Have Purchased icloud.com Domain

Description: The rumor mill is adding more fuel to the reports that Apple is prepping its own online music and media storage service with news that the company allegedly purchased the icloud.

White IPhone 4 Creates Long Lines in Beijing

Description: The launch of Apple's iPhone 4 in a white casing generated a long line of Chinese customers outside one of the company's stores in Beijing on Thursday.

Sandberg 5.1 USB Surround Headset Review @ Real World Labs

Description: With their latest 5.1 USB Surround Headset featuring high build quality and near excellent audio reproduction Sandberg is going up against the best in the field but can their offering stand up to the challenge?

Razer Chimaera Xbox 360 headset Review – XSReviews

Description: The factor that seperates out the Razer Chimaera from most other headsets is that it’s wireless. To enable this Razer have created a pretty fancy looking wireless transmitter that stands tall in an inverted T shape of glossy black plastic.

Will the royal wedding break the Internet?

Description: When Kate Middleton and Prince William kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Friday afternoon, all bloody hell could break loose online.

Gaming news

Duke Nukem Forever to reach Singapore on 10 June 2011

Description: It has been a 15-year wait but soon, the wait will be over. Duke Nukem Forever will be launching in Singapore on 10 June 2011 on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.

Valve plans to launch 'Portal 2' DLC this summer

Description: If the stellar campaign and cooperative mode weren't enough, players will have another reason to revisit action title Portal 2 this summer.

A History of id Tech

Description: It's the engine that's powered some of the best of gaming for 20 years – so let's take a look back at the history of iD Tech.

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