The Daily VR-Zone News Summary – 1 Feb 2011


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In today's daily news roundup: more information about the SATA degredation on borads utilizing Intel's Cougar Point chpset has been revealed; Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak confirms that Apple is facing problems with the white iPhone 4; LG has finally taken off the wraps over its upcoming LG Optimus 3D smartphone and Square ENIX has revealed more information about the elusive Final Fantasy Type-0 game.

Hardware News

Thermaltake BlacX 5G Hard Drive Docking Station Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: The Thermaltake BlacX 5G Hard Drive Docking Station is a dream come true for folks that want to set up a rotating drive backup scheme. You could backup to a drive for two weeks and then swap out the drive with a second drive while placing the first drive in a secure place. This would allow you to easily set up a disaster recovery plan for a home server without having to use a cloud based service if you so desired…

Nearly 8 Million Faulty 6 Series Chipsets Called Back By Intel @ Legit Reviews
Description: I just got off a conference call with Intel and it looks like they got a mess on their hands right now. Intel had a design oversight with one of the metal layers of their 6 series chipset, so they need a re-spin of the silicon to fix the issue. This issue is on all 'Cougar Town' 6 series chipsets and Intel said that slightly less than 8 million of these chipsets have already been made. All of those chipsets have Serial-ATA (SATA) ports within the chipsets that may degrade over time, potentially impacting the performance or functionality of SATA-linked devices such as hard disk drives and DVD-drives…

Arctic Cooling Accelero GTX Pro Review @ Rage3D.com
Description: Arctic Cooling pioneered the dual slot blower fan external exhaust heatsink design, and has pushed forward into dual and triple fan extreme cooling solutions. Will their Accelero Xtreme give new life to a GTX 275, staving off that upgrade payment for a few more months?

Rumours About New Dual-Chip Flagship Graphics Card from Nvidia Resurrect.
Description: Nvidia Corp. reportedly plans to release a new dual-chip flagship graphics card next month in a bid to compete against AMD Radeon HD 6990, the forthcoming flagship from the arch-rival. The novelty will, apparently, be based on the top-of-the-range code-named GF110 graphics processing unit (GPU)…

MeeGo reference devices – possible N9 prototypes?
Description: Intel has reportedly been showing off prototype smartphones based off its upcoming Medfield platform…

AMD Brazos gains traction with the motherboard makers
Description: If there was any doubt that AMD's Brazos platform was going to become popular with the board partners or not, then the news that AMD has at least eight retail motherboard partners with a current total of 18 board designs on the way, should put that doubt to rest. The interesting thing here is that we're just talking motherboard design wins here, it doesn't include various small form factor barebone and system design wins.

ARM announces its R5 and R7 MPCore processors.
Description: The chips are designZoomed to extend the architecture's footprint in mobile baseband environments (3G and 4G), mass storage applications as well as industrial and automotive markets – or the same market that Intel is targeting with its extended Atom processor strategy. According to ARM both the R5 and the R7 can be manufactured in single- and dual-core flavors.


Consumer Electronics and Software news:

Wozniak Confirms Issues with White iPhone 4
Description: The white iPhone 4 has been on the way for a while and, after several delays, rumors as to why Apple is having trouble producing the device are rife. One of the more widely believed reports is that the white casing has resulted in a degradation in image quality on the phone’s camera. Though it seems plausible, Apple has neither confirmed nor denied this rumor. This past weekend, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak did…

MacWorld Expo 2011 Show Coverage @ Benchmark Reviews
Description: MacWorld Expo, the annual gathering of the Apple faithful, has been a regular event since the first San Francisco show in January, 1985. As a Mac programmer, I attended that show, and every one since then up through the early 2000s. After I transitioned to Java and Web development, the computer I used became less important, and the 2003 show was the last I attended until this year. The 27th annual MacWorld Expo was dramatically different from what I remembered…

TextExpander 3 Review @ TestFreaks
Description: Explaining what TextExpander 3 is about can be hard especially to the neophyte. If you have dealt with macros in the past then this utility can seem familiar. The bulk of the TextExpander works through snippets, which are abbreviations that auto, populates user created content whether it is a paragraph, letter or email signature.

LG Optimus 3D To Have a Dual-Lens 3D Camera
Description: LG has announced it will unveil its glasses-free 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D, at the Mobile World Congress held February 14-17 in Barcelona.

Alienware M17X10: A Close Encounter @ InsideHW
Description: ell’s managed to make its Alienware brand synonymous with the best money can buy in the gaming department in recent years, and garnered quite a following among hardcore gamers that way. Well, after years of staring at their models at various fairs, we’ve finally had the chance to test one out for ourselves. The model that we’ve received is a 17” model, bearing the name M17X10…

Google Gives Docs “Easy Justification” and More
Description: Google is certainly no stranger to frequent updates, with their “release early, iterate often” perspective creating both loyal followers and vocal dissidents. However, those updates are often so frequent that average users miss them entirely. That may be the case for Google Docs users, who recently received three updates, according to the Google Docs blog. If these updates flew under the radar, don’t worry: that’s how it was for most of us.


Gaming news:

More FF Type-0 details emerge
Description: With plenty of recent news about Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2, it was only a matter of time until more information was revealed about the next Final Fantasy game on the PSP, subtitled Type-0. Originally dubbed Final Fantasy Agito XIII, game director Hajime Tabata revealed more details about the game to Japanese magazine Famits

DC Universe Online's February Update
Description: DC Universe Online isn't even a month old, but the developer is ready to talk about the first wave of new content

Sega Rally Online Arcade announced… but isn't it just Revo all over again?
Description: A new Sega Rally game is headed for PSN and Xbox Live Arcade later this year, cherry picking the best cars and features from the arcade version of Sega Rally 3 and the console version of Sega Rally Revo. Thing is, the arcade-only Sega Rally 3 is little more than an enhanced version of the console game that came out in 2007, which is already available as a digital download. So what gives?

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