The Daily VR-Zone News Summary – 8 July 2011
In today's news roundup:
- The Intel Core i3-2120 is a very capable processor that felt just as fast and responsive on the desktop as the higher-end Core i5-2600K processor;
- Kingston's DataTraveler Ultimate G2 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive features read/write data transfer speeds well exceeding the 150MB/s barrier;
- Apple's rumored next iPad could have a higher-resolution screen;
- According to a few lines of newly discovered code, is Facebook coming up with their music service? ;
- The Medic and Assault classes will be merged in Battlefield 3's multiplayer mode, and
- Developer Playdead confirmed the release of Limbo for PlayStation 3 in the U.S. on July 19.
Description: The Intel Core i3-2120 is a very capable processor for the $149.68 price tag that online retailers are asking for it. It was able to do everything we asked it to during testing and the test system felt just as fast and responsive on the desktop as the higher-end Core i5-2600K processor. It was only when we got deep into the benchmarking that we were able to find the strengths and weaknesses of the Core i3-2120
Description: With Read/Write data transfer speeds well exceeding the 150MB/s barrier the latest DataTraveler Ultimate G2 64 USB 3.0 flash drive by Kingston is without doubt the fastest USB flash drive to pass from our test bench to date.
Description: The Razer Hydra PC motion controller delivers silky-smooth, responsive motion control, but its overall performance is highly dependent upon which (and what types) of games you play—and your own willingness to put up with the learning curve it imposes.
Description: With the Z68X-UD7-B3 Gigabyte presents it flagship model which supports Intels latest Sandy Bridge CPUs. This board also comes with the new color scheme which really is very nice to look at. Furthermore there is the long feature list which comes with every motherboard that is based on Intels latest Z68 chipset.
Description: Today we're going to be looking at our first A75 chipset motherboard in the form of the ASUS F1A75-V Pro. Of course, we've already done a big preview on this board that covered everything on the board and the BIOS; because of that we'll be getting straight into the test system, talk about overclocking and get into the performance side of things.
Description: The Genesis is very unique in its design; it is composed of two radiators, one upright and the other designed as a down-draft heatsink to cool memory modules, MOSFETs and the motherboard Northbridge. This makes the Genesis a very versatile cooler and a promising one at that as it combines the sheer cooling potential of a regular heatsink and the motherboard cooling capability of down-draft coolers such as the Noctua NH-C14.
Consumer Electronics and Software news
Description: Google said its new unveiled social communication service, Google+, will likely be made available to its business customers by the end of the year. Thus far, the system is not geared for enterprise use yet.
Description: Apple's rumored next iPad could have a higher-resolution screen capable of being used for high-end video editing and photography, analysts say.
Description: The one iPhone/two iPhone fifth-gen rumor mill continues to grind, and after yesterday’s supposedly definitive claims that Apple was readying a single iPhone 5 for launch in September this year, rather than a two model lineup including an iPhone 4S, now there’s more intel suggesting otherwise.
Description: After 32 raids across Italy (and one in Switzerland), 15 alleged members of Anonymous have been arrested. The detainees, aged between 15 and 28 with five under 18, have been accused of performing denial of service attacks on Italian Web sites belonging to the government, and on both state and private broadcasters.
Description: A long-anticipated music streaming, downloading, and sharing service could be on the very near horizon for Facebook users, as a few lines of newly discovered code found by blogger Jeff Rose suggest.
Description: While the HTC ThunderBolt remains without its crucial update to Gingerbread, it appears that Verizon is prepping to get Android 2.3 out to another phone in the very near future as documentation has appeared today indicating that the Droid Incredible 2 Gingerbread update is imminent.
Description: Electronic Arts and studio Criterion Games will release a new, downloadable Burnout game this fall for the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. Burnout Crash! will focus on the franchise's Crash mode, where players rack up points by slamming into vehicles and triggering explosions.
Description: Developer Playdead confirmed the release of Limbo for PlayStation 3 in the U.S. on July 19. It hits Europe a day later on July 20. A price has not been revealed. Limbo will hit Steam worldwide on August 2. A Japan release date has not been decided yet.
Description: DICE has revealed that the Medic and Assault classes will be merged in Battlefield 3's multiplayer mode, and it's eradicating the dedicated doctor and handing lifesaving duties to the Assault men.