panasonic The Daily VR Zone News Summary   8 June 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • Corsair is issuing a recall for certain Force 3-series SSDs equipped with its SandForce controllers over hardware and firmware issues;
  • Panasonic has announced that its new dual core 1.4GHz, ARM Cortex A9-based processor for television sets, which are touted to be the industry's fastest, will be available for sampling this month;
  • Google has released version 12 of its Chrome browser, which is said to feature several improvements in security, privacy and graphics capabilities;
  • Samsung has reportedly issued members of the CyanogenMod software team with free Galaxy S II smartphones with the sole objective of encouraging the group of hackers to successfully develop a working port of the well-known custom Android ROM for its smartphones;
  • Nintendo of America 's president has admitted that certain aspects of the Wii U's gameplay capabilities that were presented at E3 were footages nicked from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation3 consoles, and
  • Joystiq has announced that it has been able to score a preview of the new "Horde mode" for the Gears of War 3 video game.

Hardware news

EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: The Superclock is a nicely built CPU cooler that is easy to install and has looks that are subtle yet flashy at the same time. When it comes to performance the EVGA Superclock HSF performed as well as the Zalman CNPS11X at 4GHz and that is rather impressive not only from a performance standing, but also because the Zalman costs almost $30 more as it costs $79.99. In order to get the performance numbers seen in this review EVGA went with a 120mm fan kicking out 84CFM and that is the trade off for this CPU cooler…

OCZ Technology Agility 3 240GB Review
Description: On the surface the OCZ Agility 3 looks like a great bargain, just like the Agility 2. You get a SandForce SF-2281 controller, the same used in the award winning Vertex 3 and the same great 3 year warranty. When the Vertex 2 and Agility 2 were launched over a year ago, the differences were in the programming and the Agility 2 was great value given that you got the same level of performance once the high IOPS burst of the Vertex 2 passed.

HIS Radeon HD6850 IceQ-X Turbo @ 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 HD6850 Turbo 1GB video card which comes factory overclocked at 820MHz GPU and 1100MHz Memory. Increasing clocks on any video card requires above average cooling and HIS know that they have nothing to worry about, their IceQ cooler is up to the job. Benchmark Reviews aims to provide you with an unbiased review of the HIS HD6850 IceQ X Turbo and report back our findings, keeping you informed on the latest technologies available on the market today.

DIAMOND V-Stream wireless PC to TV WPCTV1080H USB to HDMI Interface Review @Hi Tech Legion
Description: One of their newest products is the DIAMOND V-Stream wireless PC to TV WPCTV1080H USB to HDMI Interface. The V-Stream allows a wireless HDMI connection from any computer or laptop using a couple USB transmitters. The V-Stream is capable of pictures up to 1080p with full HD audio. The transmitters have a range of up to 30 feet. Since this will allow a wireless PC connection, it negates the need for any expensive set top boxes and lets you use your computer with full functionality to play movies, music, or presentations. Included in the package are 2 USB transmitters, a USB base receiver, quick start guide, and HDMI cable.

Auras Shagon ARC-118 Heatsink Review @ Frostytech.com
Description: The Auras Shagon ARC-118 heatsink is built around four 6mm diameter copper heatpipes and a 50x100mm aluminum fin stack. The heatsink features an exposed heatpipe base and utilizes a single 2400-1000RPM 92mm PWM fan for all its cooling needs. Since this heatsink is equipped with a 92mm fan, noise levels tend to be moderate at stock speeds and whisper quiet at minimum RPM. Total heatsink foot print is 101x88mm, its weight is 460 grams.

Corsair Recalls Certain SSDs with SandForce Controllers.
Description: Corsair Memory, a leading manufacturer of memory modules and a well-known provider of solid-state drives (SSDs), announced a recall of certain SSDs with SandForce controllers. According to the company some of Corsair Force 3-series 120GB SSDs require both new firmware as well as hardware repair.

Panasonic's 1.4 GHz dual-core Smart TV chip is industry's fastest, should load Netflix quicker
Description: The next step for Panasonic's UniPhier family of processors for HDTVs and Blu-ray players has been unveiled, taking form as a 1.4GHz ARM Cortex-A9 based design that it claims is the industry's fastest for TVs. The MN2WS0220 will begin sample shipments this month and it can handle two HDTV streams, plus internet content and smart TV apps all at once while cutting power consumption from the previous generation by 40%. This follows in the footsteps of Toshiba's Cell-based CEVO TV processors that also bring multiple cores and high speed memory to bear. The other question of course is backwards compatibility, while some of the new Viera Connect apps for 2011 were also compatible with 2010 HDTVs, it'll be interesting to see if Panasonic's platform can take advantage of the new chip without making televisions that are currently on shelves obsolete, or if it considers joining forces with the Google TV cadre for apps like SlingPlayer and OnLive.


Consumer Electronics and Software news

Google Releases Stable Version of Chrome 12
Description: Google Chrome 12 is now the stable release of Google’s web browser, bringing several improvements in security, privacy and graphics capabilities. Chrome now checks downloaded files for malware, and Google claims it has designed the feature in such a way that it doesn’t have to know which URLs you visited or which files you downloaded to be able to detect malicious files. You can now also fine tune the data that websites store on your computer, including Flash Player’s Local Shared Objects (also known as Flash cookies), directly from Chrome.

Cooler Master CM Storm Spawn Gaming Mouse Review @ Tweaknews
Description: CM Storm continues their impressive lineup of gaming peripherals with the Spawn mouse. It looks great, performs even better, and provides a level of comfort that anyone favoring the claw-grip style will appreciate. There's enough buttons to provide plenty of customization options, and Japanese-made Omron switches are beneficial for heavy usage and long term durability.

Samsung courts modder community with free smartphones
Description: In an attempt to woo its Android developer base, Samsung recently shipped a number of its smartphones to members of a highly popular phone modification group. On Monday, four members of the CyanogenMod software team received Galaxy S II smartphones in the mail, direct from the company at no charge. The phones came with one simple directive—get CyanogenMod working on the phone.

Sony outs VAIO L all-in-one with 3D touchscreen
Description: Sony has announced an addition to its VAIO L Series, the All-in-One Desktop PC with 3D. The 24 inch 3D display has the same full HD resolution and touchscreen function as the VAIO L Signature shown at CES this year. It ships with a wireless keyboard and mouse, and one pair of USB rechargeable, active shutter 3D glasses.

Roccat Kulo 7.1 USB Virtual Surround Review – XSReviews
Description: Roccat recently sent us over the Kulo 2.0 headset. It did alright, but there were some issues. Already though, the peripheral maker has released a second edition, or an alternative version; this one coming with a virtual 7.1 surround sound card. It’s USB powered and has a reasonable price tag, but will it improve over its predecessor? Let’s see.

Microsoft details SkyDrive integration with Windows Phone Mango
Description: We already knew Windows Phone Mango would include SkyDrive functionality, but Microsoft has now released a few more details on some of the cloud storage features we can expect to see when the update rolls out, later this year. With the update, SkyDrive users will be able to share their stored photos via text message, e-mail or IM, and to upload their videos to the cloud with the touch of a button. They'll also be able to browse, share and edit uploaded MS Office documents directly from their handhelds, while searching through their entire SkyDrive via the Office Hub. Storage limits remain capped at 25GB, though Microsoft says we should expect to see more cloud-based features roll out in the near future (including a revamped, HTML5-based SkyDrive web interface), so more changes may very well be on the horizon.


Gaming news

Nintendo of America president admits Wii U reel wasn't all Wii U footage.
Description: In an interview with GameTrailers, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said that some of the footage in the Wii U reel shown at its press conference was actually from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Gears of War 3 Horde mode preview: Cash, challenge waves and boss battles, oh my!
Description: Epic has been waiting to reveal Horde mode for Gears of War 3 for quite some time. I was able to go through two different sessions, ten waves a piece, each putting me Lancer-to-face with some of the Locust horde's toughest enemies. Make no mistake: some of the tougher nasties from Gears of War 2 make a return, but now COG soldiers have to take down Berserkers and immulsion-infected Lambent Locust, too.