LBP2 The Daily VR Zone News Summary   28 Jan 2011

To wrap up this week’s news: review of the Evercool HPL-815 low profile heatsink; Intel will release its hardware-based security technology ‘by this year’; Finnish phone maker Nokia may actually make an Android phone; Schmidt refutes rumors over Google shakeup; and check out the Playstation 3 game review of LittleBigPlanet 2.

Hardware News

Evercool HPL-815 Low Profile Heatsink Review

Description: Standing just 45mm tall, the Evercool HPL-815 is a low profile heatsink suited for use in 2U thick computer cases. It’s equipped with a top mounted 80x80x15mm PWM fan that rotates at speeds of 4000-1000RPM, exhausting air downwards into a 23mm tall array of quilted aluminum fins.

The Brazos Review: AMD’s E-350 Supplants ION for mini-ITX

Description: For it to compete in these value markets, AMD couldn’t rely on its existing Phenom II derived architectures. The Phenom II and its relatives currently span a range of TDPs from 9W to 140W, and at the lower end of that spectrum we’re talking about some very low clock speeds and performance targets.

StarTech’s New Docking Stations Deliver Access To Four Drives

Description: StarTech launched two new 4-Drive External Hard Drive Docking Stations that support both USB and eSATA connectivity. Both of these new docking stations also accept 2.5- or 3.5-inch SATA or SSD drives.

Intel will release its hardware-based security technology ‘by this year’

Description: Intel recently bought McAfee, the second-largest maker of security software in the world. The deal is Intel’s largest acquisition to date, and has just won regulatory approval from the European Union.

GIGABYTE P67A-UD4 Motherboard Review

Description: The GIGABYTE P67A-UD4 board integrates with the Intel P67 Express chipset in order to deliver support for the following technologies: the Intel LGA1155 Core i3, i5, and i7 processor lines; DDR3 memory operating in Dual Channel memory mode up to 1333MHz officially; and either NVIDIA SLI or ATI CrossFireX graphics mode using matched video cards.

Consumer Electronics and Software news:

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910

Description: Today for review I’ve got the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 that’s one of the best out there today, and that’s not just my opinion either. This camera features the ability to do 1080P, has Carl Zeiss optics and features dual microphones.

Nokia may actually make an Android phone

Description: It looks like pigs can fly and hell has frozen over, because Nokia has hinted that it might actually ditch its own mobile operating system to make a phone that runs on Android.

HTC “Arrive” smartphone suspected to be a Windows Phone 7

Description: Taiwanese phone manufacturer HTC has quietly registered at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and it looks like their act has been uncovered. The company has register for their new product, which according to records, is called HTC Arrive.

Schmidt refutes rumors over Google shakeup

Description: The decision to hand Google’s CEO reins from Eric Schmidt to Larry Page was born not out of internal dissent or competitive fears over Facebook but rather out of the need to tighten up management.

Macworld 2011: Focus on Mac users, third-party companies

Description: If the can’t-miss story of Macworld Expo 2010 was about Apple’s first-time absence from the annual trade show, the theme of Macworld 2011 might be this: Apple presence at the show doesn’t matter so much anymore.

Gaming news:

Game review: LittleBigPlanet 2 – Playstation 3

Description: LittleBigPlanet 2 is one of the most heart-warming games you’ll play this year. Developed by Media Molecule and published by SCEE, LittleBigPlanet 2 continues Sackboy’s journey after the events of the first game.

Anarchy Reigns

Description: From the makers of Bayonetta and Vanquish comes a genre-bending online fighting game. Check out the debut trailer.