empires The Daily VR Zone News Summary   1 June 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • The OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Solid State Drive is based on the latest SandForce SF-2200 series SSD processor and features SATA-III support;
  • The ioSafe Rugged Portable features a 750gb hard drive and can survive the roughest conditions;
  • ASUS unveils their new ROG G74Sx 3D gaming notebook with NVIDIA GTX 560M graphics for outstanding performance;
  • At the Computex 2011, Acer showcases their latest Windows Phone "Mango" handset and MeeGo tablet ;
  • Zynga has recently launched their new strategy combat game - Empires & Allies, and
  • Roku is adding a new product category  under the popular Angry Birds franchise .

Hardware news

OCZ Vertex 3 240 GB Review @ ocaholic

Description: With the Vertex 3, OCZ has a Solid State Drive in its portfolio which is based on the latest SandForce SF-2200 series SSD processor. The drive also features SATA-III support and OCZ claims that the drive can reach throughput rates of 500 MByte read speed and 550 MByte/s write.

Enermax SpineRex Review @ Vortez

Description: SpineRex first appeared at Computex 2010 and since then many have been waiting for its arrival – finally after years in the making, we have the SpineRex in our grasp for review. This large full-tower chassis features pre-installed LED fans including a large 250mm side panel with LED and fan speed control.

Sharkoon Flexi-Driv?e Extreme Duo 16GB USB 3.0 Thumb Drive Review

Description: Sharkoon currently has four flash based portable storage drives with two using the USB 3.0 interface. The Flexi-Drive Extreme Duo that we are looking at today is the flagship.

ioSafe Rugged Portable Review @ DragonStee?lMods

Description: The ioSafe Rugged Portable features a 750gb hard drive and is meant to fully protect your data through the roughest conditions you could possibly think of.

OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews

Description: Performance on the OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD was excellent and on the compressible data benchmarks, the drive exceeded the rated specifications of 550MB/s read and 500MB/s writes.

Consumer Electronics and Software news

Google’s Eric Schmidt Says He Admires Facebook

Description: Google Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says Facebook Inc. “has done a number of things which I admire.” Schmidt spoke yesterday at the AllThingsD’s D9 Conference

ASUS Unveils ROG G74Sx 3D Gaming Notebook

Description: The most portable one among them is the ASUS G74Sx gaming notebook that has a second generation Intel Core processor and NVIDIA GTX 560M graphics for outstanding performance. Other than the major specs, Asus will revealed the full details later this month.

Acer shows off Windows Phone Mango handset, MeeGo tablet

Description: At the Computex trade show in Taipei, Acer this week has shown off its scattershot approach to covering the mobile device market, which will include, among other things, a 10″ tablet running Intel’s MeeGo operating system, and a Snapdragon-powered smartphone running Windows Phone 7 “Mango.”

AMD releases new low-power chip for tablets

Description: The first chip in the Z-series, known as dual-core Z-01, will run at 1GHz speed. The chip draws power which is less than six watts and will deliver a prolonged battery life to tablets.

Mac OS update detects, deletes MacDefender ‘scareware’

Description: Apple today released an update for Snow Leopard that warns users that they’ve downloaded fake Mac security software and claims to scrub machines already infected with the so-called “scareware.”

Gaming news

Chinese convicts forced to play World of Warcraft

Description: Recent news reports say that in addition to hard labor during the day Chinese prisoners are being forced by prison guards to play World of Warcraft at night. The practise is called ‘Gold Farming.’ It is menial and repetitive.

Zynga Launches Empires & Allies Combat Game

Description: “Empires & Allies” is Zynga’s first strategy combat game that the company describes as a “CityVille Meets Risk.”

‘Angry Birds’ flying to Roku

Description: The Roku set-top box, popular with consumers as an easy way to watch Netflix and Amazon movies and TV shows at home, is adding a new product category later this summer — gaming, with the Angry Birds franchise.