In today's news roundup:

  • Intel has seemingly thrown in the towel with its Itanium architecture and has started moving out its engineers from the Itanium team to its Xeon departments;
  • ASRock's Fatal1ty P67 Professional motherboard gets reviewed;
  • Kyocera’s dual-touchscreen Echo smartphone is now officially available through Sprint in the U.S;
  • Samsung is reportedly planning to bridge the performance gap between a traditional desktop PC and a smartphone by aiming to launch a new smartphone fitted with a 2GHz processor core by 2012;
  • Ridge Racer 3D for Nintendo's latest portable video game console, the Nintendo 3DS, gets reviewed, and
  • The rumour mill is claiming that Nintendo's upcoming sucessor to its Wii video game console might feature "a tablet with buttons" for its controllers

Hardware news

Thermaltake Frio – CLP0564 @ Computing on Demand
Description: With the loud design of many products entering the market today, it seems that there has been a lack of balance between the design and the function, whereas the function doesn't say as much about the performance as the appearance does. Thermaltake thinks they can regain some of my confidence by enticing me, the enthusiast, with a CPU cooler that claims it can do the job and looks like it should be able to without the zany design elements some have chosen to opt for over functionality.

Thermaltake Max 5G USB Drive Enclosure Review @ Bigbruin.
Description: I'm finding it difficult to find anything I would offer up as a suggestion for the Thermaltake Max 5G USB drive enclosure. It supports the latest version of USB while being backwards compatible to previous generations, it provides active cooling with dual 80mm LED fans, it has an integrated support stand, and it has an easy way to turn off the fan's LEDs.

Xigmatek Elysium Case Review on Technic3D (German)
Description: (Machine translation)The Xigmatek Elysium is the next PC-Case in the Technic3D Editorship. The Elysium Enthusiast Big-Tower supports HPTX motherboards and have very much place for Cooling-Fans and a Watercooling Kit. We will check this and many more in the following Review.

ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional Review @ ocaholic
Description: With the P67 Profess1onal Fatal1ty, ASRock has a high-end Sandy Bridge motherboard in its portfolio which especially targets the gaming market. Next to a very attractive design the board also features three PCI-Express x16 slots and ten SATA-Ports. Furthermore we're also very curious if this motherboard can be overclocked well.

Evercool Transformer 4+ Plus CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
Description: Evercool's original Transformer 4 CPU cooler, with its dual 120mm fans, 8mm copper heatpipes and direct touch design should have been a top performer in the CPU cooling market. It wasn't. The newer Transformer 4 PLUS, with its higher speed PWM fans performs much better and adds socket 1156 support into the mix. In fact, the cooling is quite good and even has the cooling muscle to support some moderate overclocking.

Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 Mini ITX Motherboard/ CPU Combo Review @ OCIA.net
Description: After being in development since 2006, AMD was finally able to debut their Fusion APU at the 2011 CES. If you haven’t been keeping up with processing technology as of late, APU stands for Accelerated Processing Unit and is AMD’s CPU + GPU combo chip. Today we are going to be taking a look at a motherboard / APU combo from Gigabyte, the GA-E350N-USB3. The E350N utilizes the Brazos platform and more specifically, the Zacate APU which features a dual-core Bobcat CPU operating at 1.6 GHz and AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics.

Intel Relocates Itanium Engineers to Xeon Projects
Description: Intel Corp's officially claims that Xeon processors may offer better level of performance and availability than the company's Itanium. According to people with alleged knowledge of the matter, Intel had been specifically reappointing engineers from the Itanium teams into development of Xeon central processing units (CPUs).

Intel and Micron Announce 20nm NAND Flash
Description: Intel's G3 SSDs may be the new hotness, but the company announced along with Micron that it has made a new, finer 20nm process technology for manufacturing NAND flash memory. The new 20nm process produces an 8 GB multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash device.


Consumer Electronics and Software news

Kyocera Echo dual-touchscreen smartphone released on Sprint
Description: Kyocera’s dual-touchscreen Echo smartphone is now available through Sprint in the U.S. The standout feature of the Echo is the extra screen real estate provided by the two 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen displays connected by a pivot hinge that allows the device to be used in the traditional single screen configuration or folded out so each display can be used independently, side-by-side or combined to form a 800 x 960 pixel 4.7-inch display – albeit divided by a black bar formed by the frame.

Samsung Plans to Release a 2GHz Dual-Core Smartphone by 2012
Description: Two years have passed since the first 1GHz smartphones hit the market, and Samsung is already looking at the next big milestone in the smartphone gigahertz race: 2 GHz. Such processor speed, Samsung claims, will narrow the gap between a smartphone and a full-fledged desktop PC, at least when it comes to data processing power.

GoPro HD HERO Camera review @ OCAU
Description: That's right, the GoPro HD HERO is an onboard or helmet camera for use in sports, wet or dry. It's the real deal too – once you are aware of these tiny cameras, you start seeing them everywhere, in top-level motorsports and extreme sports, right through to shows like Mythbusters and Top Gear. Even footage of the Chilean Mine Rescue was shot with one, and at 0:39 in this video you can see one mounted in Google's self-driving car.

Tt eSPORTS Azurues Gaming Mouse Review @ Vortez
Description: Tt eSports' current portfolio of gaming mice includes the Black, the Azurues and the recently announced Black Element. Today, Vortez will be reviewing an inexpensive, no-frills ambidextrous mouse: the Azurues, which is not to be confused with Azureus, a BitTorrent client now known as Vuze

GIGABYTE T1125N-CF1 11.6-inch Tablet Convertible Notebook Review
Description: What we have here is an 11.6" notebook that measures in at 11.4" x 8.7" x 1.1" and weighs 3.8 pounds. It's a little heftier than you'd expect in an 11.6" device, but that's due in part to the fact that this is no ordinary notebook; it's a convertible. The hinge and touch screen adds a bit of beef to this notebook turned tablet; it would have been nice if they had made it a little thinner to compensate.

ASUS RT-N56U Wireless-N Gigabit Router @ Benchmark Reviews
Description: Stylish and router are two words that would not normally be put together in a sentence without a negative term preceding them somehow, but the tables are turning now as we look at the latest offering from ASUS. Today, Benchmark Reviews brings you the ASUS RT-N56U Dual Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router. As you will see in the images that follow, the ASUS RT-N56U certainly has an air of class about it and is different in that way from 99% of routers on offer today.

Corsair HS1 Gaming-Headset Review on Technic3D (German)
Description: (Machine translation) The Corsair HS1 Gaming-Headset arrived Technic3D. -The circumaural, closed-back design offers the long-term playing comfort and immersive multi-channel audio that you demand as a gamer, with a unidirectional noise-cancelling microphone that lets you be heard loud and clear, and audio controls that are easy to use without taking your head out of the game.- We will check this and many more in the following Review.


Gaming news

Prey 2 preview: Alien sequel
Description: Prey 2 is so radically different from the first game in terms of look, gameplay and feel that it should really be approached with entirely different expectations. Though the universe may be the same and is set to include an appearance from Prey's former protagonist, Tommy, this isn't the straightforward sequel you may have expected from Human Head Studios.

Ridge Racer 3D Nintendo 3DS Review
Description: Ridge Racer is the true form of arcade racer that we have all come to know and love. You take control of a car, drive it as fast as you can and race to the finish, all the time overtaking cars. The Ridge Racer formula is in full effect in this game with powerslides being the order of the day and boost also helping you overtake the other AI cars. If you have played a Ridge Racer game before, you know what this game is all about.

Wii 2, code-named Project Cafe, will have tablet controller?
Description: Rumors peg Nintendo's next console as having "iPad with buttons" for a controller; Wii backwards compatibility reportedly confirmed.