The Daily VR-Zone News Summary – 9 May 2011

box The Daily VR Zone News Summary   9 May 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • Acer's LED-backlit, twisted-nematic, 3D-capable monitor, the HN274H, gets reviewed;
  • Antec's latest addition to its HCP line of power supply units or PSUs, the Antec HCP-1200, gets reviewed;
  • A fundamental flaw in the design of most existing graphics APIs used to enable GPU-accelerated graphics processing on PCs have led to the discovery of several low-level security holes in the newly announced WebGL stack for browsers;
  • Electrical engineers in Korea have reportedly found a way to charge a cellphone by utilizing sound energy found in ambient noise and standard phone conversations;
  • Sony has officially confirmed that the company has no intention of restoring its online PlayStation Network services until it has fully tested and verified the integrity of the new security measures implemented to prevent such occurances from happening again, and
  • Rumour has it that Microsoft may be attempting to steal some of Nintendo's thunder at the upcoming E3 by announcing its own successor to the Xbox 360 at the event as well.

Hardware news

Acer HN274H 27-inch 120Hz 3D Monitor Review @Hi Tech Legion
Description: The Acer HN274H 3D Monitor is a widescreen monitor with an LED backlit Twisted-Nematic panel. The Acer HN274H 3D Monitor has a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz at the native resolution of 1920×1080. Users who have multiple devices can make use of the Acer HN274H’s four HDMI 1.4 ports as well as the Dual-Link DVI port for 3D entertainment. At the back of the Acer HN274H, there is a VGA port as well as an Audio-in jack for use of the built-in speakers. The 3D Vision emitter is also built into the top front bezel of the Acer HN274H so it is ready to be used with the bundled 3D Vision glasses right out of the box after the user installs the latest NVIDIA 3D Vision drivers.

In-Win BUC Review
Description: In Win recently released their new BUC mid-tower case to their DESTINY-Lite series. I was lucky enough to get my hands on one to review. How will it compare to it's big brother, the Dragon Rider? Would it make a good candidate for your next build? Well read on to find out more.

G.Skill Sniper Series PC3-12800 8GB Kit Review
Description: While out of the box the G.Skill Sniper Series kit we're looking at today comes with only a 1600MHz DDR clock, it does carry with it a 7-8-7-24-1T @ 1.6v setup. These are some tight timings which are made only better by the fact 1.6v is required and not the typical 1.65v. Being a new series also means we've got a new heatsink design. The Sniper Series carries with it a heatsink that resembles, well, a sniper rifle. It's not a bad looking heatsink and the crosshair like bits on each end add a nice touch.

Sapphire Pure Black P67 Hydra Motherboard Review
Description: While Sapphire did a good job with the X58 chipset, we indeed wondered how they'd go when it came to the newer P67 one. While most will argue that the X58 is the much better platform with Triple Channel memory and proper x16 / x16 lane setups, the P67 platform brings a breath of fresh air into the computer rooms of budding overclockers and general enthusiasts everywhere thanks to its great overclocking ability on the Intel i7 2600k processor. With some extremely strong options already available, the question is, should the Pure Black P67 Hydra from Sapphire be one we should look at? Well, there's only one way to find out, but before we look at the performance side of things let's first have a much closer look at what exactly the board has to offer.

Sentey Black Box Series BX1-4284 Mid Tower Case Review @ Bigbruin.com
Description: Sentey wants to be considered among the premium do-it-yourself brands, and with the Black Box Series BX1-4284 mid tower case they are well on their way. Version 2.1 of their black series case certainly didn't disappoint. We were immediately impressed with the fit-and-finish of the overall build and the implementation of the tool-less functionality.

Cooler Master Elite 371 Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
Description: Not too long ago all custom computer builds where done using beige boxes. Unlike their mass-built cousins, these cases had very few externally defining features. In the last five years, this has changed with many cases having very useful features or being very showy. Sadly, this has come at price, and with each year the costs of computer enclosures have risen. Cooler Master has addressed these rising costs with the Elite series of cases and with its newest addition the Elite 371. Priced for only $49.99, Benchmark Reviews determines if the Elite 371 has everything that is needed in cases or if too many corners have been cut for the sake of cost.

Antec HCP-1200 Watt Power Supply Review
Description: Antec is arguably the most well-known name in the computer power supply industry and rightfully so. They've been around since 1986 and have provided quality power supplies, cases, cooling products and more that fit the need of just about any type of build for both businesses and consumers. Over the last few years we've seen a large refresh in many of Antec's product lines, especially their power supplies. Today we are taking a look at the Antec High Current Pro 1200W power supply, the highest output PSU offered in the new HCP series.

G.Skill RipjawsX 2133 MHz review (German)
Description: (Machine translation) The G.SKILL RipjawsX 4GB DDR3-2133 CL9 Memory-Kit arrived Technic3D. Technic3D will see as good they are on Windows 7 64 Bit, Ubuntu 10.10 and the Gigabyte X58-UD7 Mainboard. You can see 2.133MHz (1,65V) with 9-10-9-28 (2T) and more in the following Review.


Consumer Electronics and Software News

Security flaws in new WebGL technology put PCs and data at risk
Description: Researchers at Context Information Security, an international security consultancy, have uncovered serious security flaws in the new WebGL technology that creates 3D graphics in a browser with the same speed and detail as hardware-accelerated PC games and applications. Context says that design level security issues give potentially malicious web pages low level access to graphics cards that could provide a ‘back door’ for hackers and compromise data stored on internet-connected machines.

Essential Windows 7 Tweaks: Part 3 @ Computing on Demand
Description: Every person has different tastes when it comes to their installation of Windows. Through the years that have been many things that I do right off the bat when getting my install "just right". In the XP days, the first thing I would do was to stretch the taskbar, enable Quick Launch, add an address bar, unlock it, then move those around a bit. If my taskbar wasn't set up this way, I HATED IT… in fact, I would move other people's around when I worked on their computers! Windows 7 is no different for me, however, the list isn't as exhaustive yet. We covered Part 1 and Part 2 of a multipart series, here is Part 3

Amazon Cloud Player Quietly Begins Working On iOS Devices!
Description: Back in March, alongside the roll out of Amazon’s new cloud-based music upload/player service, we noted one glaring problem: it didn’t work on iOS devices. You might think this had to due with Flash or another technology that iOS wasn’t compatible with, but it wasn’t. It looked like something else was simply blocking it from working. Well, good news. That’s no longer the case.

Korean technology could power phones by talking
Description: Electrical engineers in Korea have created a method of recharging a cellphone by sound. This could include ambient noise, music or even speech so a user having a conversation would charge the battery, UK daily The Telegraph reported this weekend. The louder the noise, the more electricity flows into the battery as well.

Windows Phone 7 Mango: more features leaked
Description: Earlier today, we reported about what new features the Windows Phone 7 Mango update would bring, well it turns out that it wasn’t the last of what has been revealed. A Chinese website called Cnblogs.com has leaked new footage of what WP7 Mango will be bringing. Even though the images from the site have been removed, the folks over at LiveSide.net managed to save the images before they were taken down.

Fujitsu's Stylistic Q550 business slate up for US pre-orders, starting at $729
Description: We're still not sure what's stylistic about Smart Card readers, fingerprint scanners and TPM modules, but you won't find them in many slates, so if you've been considering the Fujitsu Q550 — which has one of each — today's your lucky day. The Oak Trail-powered Windows 7 tablet with a 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 IPS screen is ready for US pre-orders today, with $729 bringing you the base model with a 30GB solid state drive and a two-cell rechargeable battery. $849 upgrades the slate to 62GB of storage and four cells worth of swappable Lithium-ion joy, while both sport front and rear cameras, HDMI out, a bootable USB 2.0 port, a full-size SD slot and dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi. Let's just hope the UI is a tad more optimized than last time.


Gaming news

Razer Onza Tournament Edition Review – XSReviews
Description: Hardcore PC gamers will certainly be no strangers to Razer and their gaming peripherals. Founded in 1998 to create the Boomslang mouse, the company has exclusively worked on PC peripherals until 2009, when they announced the first of a new range of console accessories: the Razer Chimera 5.1 gaming headset and the Razer Onza, an XBox 360 controller. Read on to find out how the Onza stacks up against the official Microsoft variants.

PSN Security Still Being Tested, Waiting Continues
Description: As one would expect following a debacle like what's happened with the PlayStation Network, Sony has made security its top priority. As such, that means it won't just throw PSN back online without thoroughly testing the strength of PSN's infrastructure. In other words, the waiting continues after 16 days.

Rumor: Microsoft Preparing to Announce Xbox 360 Successor at E3 in June
Description: Nintendo plans to unveil its Wii successor at E3 in June, and according to one report, it might not be the only console maker revealing next gen hardware on gaming's biggest stage. UK publication Develop is reporting that Microsoft could be preparing to counter Nintendo's Project Cafe with its Xbox 360 successor at E3.

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