duke The Daily VR Zone News Summary   3 June 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • Looking to get a nice 2.5-inch external HDD enclosure? Check out the latest Icy Box IB-230StU3-G by RaidSonic ;
  • The MSI P67A-GD65 motherboard sports the latest in Military Class II technology, offering top quality and stability;
  • Microsoft says that the upcoming Windows 8 operating system is designed to bridge the PC-tablet divide;
  • Do you know that there are some 85 apps for that being developed by the Army for use in combat? ;
  • 'Duke Nukem Forever' demo and trailer have been launched today. and
  •  IGN finds out which country has the cheapest games in the world, and which country charges the most for games.

Hardware news

RaidSonic ICY BOX IB-230StU3-G 2.5″ USB 3.0 HDD Enclosure Review @ Real World Labs

Description: If you just joined the USB 3.0 trend and you’re looking to get yourself a nice 2.5 inch external HDD enclosure then the latest Icy Box IB-230StU3-G by RaidSonic with its brushed aluminum body, performance, anti-vibration/shock feature and attractive price tag might just be what you’re looking for.

Thermaltake Jing Heatsink Review @ Frostytech.com

Description: Thermaltake’s Jing heatsink, a dual fan tower style cooler that comes in a bright shade of nuclear green. The green is supposed evoke nature and ‘Jing’ supposedly means ‘wind’ in Mandarin

MSI P67A-GD65 Motherboar?d Review @Hi Tech Legion

Description: The MSI P67A-GD65 motherboard sports the latest in Military Class II technology, offering top quality and stability. The MSI P67A-GD65 also features the latest evolution of the OC Genie intelligent auto-overclocking feature as well as a completely new Click-BIOS system featuring a Universal Extensible Firmware Interface.

HIS Radeon HD6870 IceQ-X Turbo-X Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews

Description: HIS first introduced its IceQ coolers in 2003 to its Radeon 9800PRO series of video cards, eight years later HIS return with the IceQ X cooler, which thankfully performs much better than it looks. In this review the IceQ X cooler is strapped onto a HIS HD6870 Turbo X video card which comes factory overclocked at 975MHz GPU and 1150MHz memory.

LEPA G500-MA 500 Watt Power Supply Review

Description: LEPA’s G series PSU’s are rebranded MODU87+ power supplies. The last time we had one of the MODU87+ PSU’s on the bench, it was the 800W model and it scored quite well. As such, we expect this unit to have performance and features of the same caliber.

Consumer Electronics and Software news

Launch of Apple’s iCloud predicted to cause ‘collateral damage’ on RIM

Description: The anticipated ability of Apple’s iCloud network to take some processing and traffic burdens from wireless carriers’ networks has been predicted by one analyst to cause “collateral damage” for rival handset maker Research in Motion.

Windows 8 Bridges PC-Tablet Divide

Description: A Microsoft official said that applications built for Windows 8 will run on both the tablet and PC versions of the new operating system, regardless of the underlying hardware.

Google Apps ending support for older browsers

Description: If you’ve been hesitant to update your Internet browser, you may want to pay attention to this. Google announced that it will begin phasing out support for users who are not using the most up-to-date browsers.

Apple Cracking Down on iPhone, iPad ‘Giveaways’

Description: Apple is cracking down on iPad and iPhone offers that fall foul of its Guidelines for Third Party Promotions. Fortune reports that Apple is now enforcing rules that it set out in January that govern sweepstakes and giveaways involving its products.

Army Testing Smartphones in Combat

Description: Want to fight a war? There are some 85 apps for that being developed by the Army as it seeks to adapt off-the-shelf smartphones and tablet computers for use in combat.

Gaming news

‘Duke Nukem Forever’ Demo and Trailer Launched Today (NSFW)

Description: “Duke Nukem Forever,” a game that has taken nearly 15 years to produce, has released a titillating trailer that taps into the most obscene, mammary-loving, chauvinistic instincts that reside (to varying degrees) in all Duke fans.

Web browser, online store headed to 3DS next week

Description: Nintendo will release an update to its 3DS handheld next week that adds an Internet browser and an online store.

The Cheapest Games in the World

Description: We decided to check out which country has the cheapest games in the world, and which country charges the most for games.