killer The Daily VR Zone News Summary   02 Mar 2011

In today's daily news roundup:

  • Bigfoot Networks announces its new high-performance Killer WiFi cards for notebooks;
  • Intel releases a new dual-core Atom processor for netbooks;
  • TP-Link showcases new energy-efficient powerline adapters at CeBIT;
  • Razer's Naga Epic MMO gaming mouse gets reviewed;
  • Sony is reportedly thinking of exploiting a loophole to get around the import ban on PlayStation 3 consoles in the EU, and
  • Dawn of War 2 : Retribution gets a new launch trailer.

Hardware News:

GIGABYTE P67A-UD4 Motherboard Performance Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: GIGABYTE Motherboards have always employed a wide variety of colors on them. At least until now. The GIGABYTE P67A-UD4 motherboard features the all new blacked out color scheme! First impressions, they look great! Unfortunately, looks won't do anything for performance. Today we are going to take the newly designed GIGABYTE P67A-UD4 out for a test drive. While it looks great, the question will be does it perform? Read on to find out if the performance matches the looks!

New, more effective optical fibers have semiconductive core
Description: Fiber optic cables can transmit over a terabyte of information per second – but that doesn't mean there still isn't room for improvement. One of those improvements, which was officially announced today, involves replacing the silica glass core of fiber optic strands with semiconductive zinc selenide. This new class of fiber optics, invented and created at Penn State University, is said to "allow for a more effective and liberal manipulation of light." The technology could have applications in the fields of medicine, defense, and environmental monitoring.

Sunbeamtech Rheosmart 6 Fan Controller Review @ XtremeComputing
Description: Sunbeamtech have been around for as long as I can remember, however due to their limited product range, they often don’t get the recognition they deserve. This latest fan controller will hopefully continue their high-quality, high-value reputation. Personally I own a Scythe Kaze Master, so I know what a quality fan-controller should do.

Coolit Vantage A.L.C. CPU Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews
Description: Sealed, all-in-one water coolers seem to be the fastest-growing segment of the CPU cooler market today. Air coolers are reaching their physical limits: given the room inside existing cases, and the (frequently ignored) weight limits defined for CPU coolers, something like a Prolimatech Megahalems is about as big as you can get without running into problems. Water cooling systems work around these problems by moving the heat exchanger off of the CPU socket, and using a fluid to transfer heat from the CPU to the heat exchanger. Coolit Systems has been making retail and bespoke liquid cooling systems for some years now, and the Coolit Vantage A.L.C. cooler brings new features and performance to the fray. Benchmark Reviews pits this new entry against existing air and water coolers in a performance showdown.

Be Quiet Silent Wings USC 12cm Review @ XSReviews
Description: It can't always be about the graphics cards, the gaming mice, the motherboards and the high powered speakers, right? Well no indeed, sometimes us reviewers have to look at something a little less exciting. Ladies and gents, may I present to you the BeQuiet Silent Wings USB 12cm fan. Let's check it out. Hurray!

Chip Shot: Intel Delivers New Dual-Core Intel® Atom™ Processor for Netbooks
Description: Today, Intel announced the dual-core Intel® Atom™ processor N570, providing netbook users Internet access on the go and a more responsive experience in the same compact form factor and great battery life as single-core Intel Atom processors. Running at 1.66 GHz, these processors support four threads, with 1 MB of L2 cache, 8.5W TDP and DDR3 667, helping spur further innovation around netbooks and other devices requiring the low power goodness of Intel Atom architecture.

NAND flash contract prices stable
Description: Contract prices for 16Gb, 32Gb and 64Gb MLC NAND flash chips dropped slightly in the second half of February, while 8Gb parts went flat, according to latest data posted by DRAMeXchange. Meanwhile, the price of 32Gb 3-bit per cell MLC products was similar to the level in the first half of the month.

Killer NICs Comes to Laptops for Latency Freaks
Description: Bigfoot Networks, the technology company behind the Killer line of networking products for online games, today introduced its new Killer Wireless-N family of high-performance Wi-Fi adapters for laptops.


Consumer Electronics and Software News:

Smartfish Whirl Laser Mouse w/ Anti-Gravity Comfort Pivot Review @ TestFreak
Description: The mouse is the one thing that most of use take for granted, not for how it’s used but for what can happen to you with long terms usage. For those of us that use a mouse everyday for hours on end we can be susceptible to RSI or repetitive stress injury. Sure there are companies out there that have come out with ergonomic mice, but only one claims to be the world’s first truly ergonomic mouse and that’s the Whirl from Smartfish. The mouse is wireless and it sits on top of pivoting platform so you hand moves more naturally when you’re using thus possibly reducing the risk of RSI to the user. The Whirl has been designed in collaboration with the #1 orthopedic hospital in the states, so they might know what they’re talking about.

Google’s Schmidt States Mobile Growing Faster than All Predictions
Description: Google representatives, especially those high up on the ladder, are no stranger to major events. This is especially true for Eric Schmidt who, over the years, has given keynote addresses at almost every top technology and business event even slightly related to his industry. It’s no surprise, then, that he would be selected for the opening keynote at the IAB Leadership Conference…

An Exciting Keynote for Skype at Enterprise Connect and News with Citrix
Description: Skype today announced a partnership with Citrix Systems that will expand Skype’s web and audio conferencing capabilities. Based on Citrix’s successful GoToMeeting product, Skype’s new Web conferencing and audio features are expected to become available towards the end of the year.

TP-LINK showcases new energy-saving powerline adapters at CeBIT 2011
Description: TP-LINK, a global provider of SOHO and SMB networking products, today announced a new range of powerline adapters which will be on display at CeBIT 2011. The adapters, which offer energy savings of up to 75%, feature a range of benefits from AC pass-through to speeds of up to 500Mbps, making them ideal for high demand usage.

Razer Naga Epic gaming mouse review at Examiner
Description: The Razer Naga Epic MMO gaming mouse is more than just a wireless version of the Razer Naga—it also sports some design enhancements to ‘level up’ the Naga even more.

Too Much Data? New Evernote Should Help
Description: Evernote launched a redesigned version of its iPhone software Tuesday, adding new views and features that further help organize thoughts on the go. Evernote 4, available in the iTunes App Store, now supports multiple attachments and up to 90 minutes of audio recording per note. A new resources button helps to find information based on context, and users can find notes on a map, based on the location where the data was entered, or browse by images or attachments.

Android Users Get An Official Taste Of Foodspotting Just In Time For SXSW
Description: Back in December of last year, I noted the existence of the first Foodspotting build for Android just in time for the holidays. Turns out, the app was a little undercooked — still in beta — and the team didn’t really want me giving out the link to download it. Whoops.


Gaming News:

Sony can get around LG patent shipment ban
Description: Sony could still get around the PS3 shipment ban thanks to a loop in the patent enforcement code…

Dawn of War 2: Retribution Gets Launch Trailer
Description: Retribution is setting in at Dawn of War 2 as the 2nd expansion of the original game goes on retail today. The game offers various campaigns from different races’ viewpoint in the sub-sector of Aurelia, new map for The Last Stand and of course, new units in multi-player.

Japanese developers comment on NGP
Description: With the introduction of the Sony NGP, it's inevitable that the people who will be working on the system's software, the game developers and publishers, will be putting in their two cents on the handheld device.