In today's news roundup:

  • AMD has lanched a new embedded MCM video card, the AMD Radeon E6760, which is reportedly derived from the company's mobile 6700M series GPUs;
  • GIGABYTE has introduced yet another factory-overclocked version of the Radeon HD 6970 graphics card, the GV-R697OC2-2GD, otherwise known as the HD 6970 WindForce-3X OC2;
  • Research In Motion (RIM) has officially unveiled its latest addition to the BlackBerry line of corporate-centric smartphones, the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930;
  • Nokia has announced that its flagship Symbian smartphone, the Nokia N8, will soon be made available in a pink version and is said to come bundled with the 'Anna' upgrade for the operating system pre-installed;
  • Sony is taking steps to resume its PlayStation Network services after it has been taken offline due to security compromises, and
  • GameSpy talks about its experience with two classes in the upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG – the Bounty Hunter and the Imperial Agent.

Hardware news

MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti HAWK Video Card Review
Description: As much as I love the recently looked at Lightning cards from MSI, their high price tag continues to let us know that they're not for everybody. This is ultimately where the HAWK series comes in to the picture. Essentially the HAWK series is very similar to that of the Lightning when it comes to what MSI want to achieve, but instead of aiming for the fastest card overall like they do with the Lightning, they aim for the fastest at the easier to swallow mid-range price point.

Intel Core i7 990 X Review @ ocaholic
Description: With the Core i7 990 X Intel has a new flagship in its portfolio. Therefore they decided to increase the multiplyer by one step which results in a clock speed of 3.46 GHz. Thanks to this CPUs six cores and twelve threads one can expect it to get the performance crown.

DIY Guides: How To Install/Remove Intel Socket 1366 CPU @ PCSTATS
Description: PCSTATS receives a good deal of questions from readers who don't know how to install an Intel Core i7 CPU into a fresh motherboard, or upgrade a socket 1366 processor to a faster model. We thought we'd run off a quick DIY Guide illustrating the procedure for installing a socket 1366 CPU for the benefit of our readers.

Xigmatek Loki SD963 Heatsink Review @ Frostytech.com
Description: On the test bench today is Xigmatek's mid-compact Loki SD963 heatsink. The Xigmatek Loki SD963 stands 134mm tall, weighs 430 grams, comes equipped with a 92mm fan mounted on rubber vibration absorbing fan posts and will support a second 92mm fan if desired (not included). Over the next few pages Frostytech will tell you if the Xigmatek Loki SD963 heatsink is worth its weight in aluminum, or junk for the recycling bin. Let's begin.

Enermax Hoplite Midi Tower PC Case Review @ Real World Labs
Description: With an impressive range of features, high build quality and a very tempting price tag the latest Hoplite midi tower by Enermax is proof enough that they've got what it takes to also dominate the PC Case market.

AMD Launches Radeon E6760: The Next Embedded Radeon
Description: Lately we’ve been working on expanding our GPU coverage to include more GPUs that aren't directly sold to consumers discretely or as part of a package. Up until now we’ve mostly focused on 4 classes of GPUs: Desktop, Mobile/IGP, High Performance Computing (HPC), and we’ve spent some time dabbling with System on a Chip (SoC) GPUs for smartphones/tablets/netbooks. This range of products mostly covers the different GPUs seen in consumer products and in commercial supercomputing, but there is still a large gap in there for non-consumer business uses. This is the embedded market, and today we’re expanding our GPU coverage to include those GPUs.

Elpida drops some 30nm DDR3 info
Description: Elpida just announced that their 30nm DRAM process is ramping up, and the release has a bunch of goodies buried in it. 30nm production has been in process for a while now, but the details have not been widely dispersed.

Gigabyte Intros Faster HD 6970 OC2 WindForce3X Graphics Card
Description: Gigabyte rolled out its second factory-overclocked custom-design Radeon HD 6970 graphics card model, the GV-R697OC2-2GD, or the Gigabyte HD 6970 WindForce-3X OC2. The card makes use of the same exact Ultra Durable VGA+ PCB used on the GV-R697OC-2GD, as well as the WindForce-3X cooler, but comes with higher clock speeds of 920 MHz core and 1375 MHz (5.50 GHz GDDR5 effective) memory; compared to 900/1375 (5500) MHz on the GV-R697OC-2GD, and 880/1375 (5500). In all three cases, Gigabyte didn't tinker with memory clock speeds.


Consumer Electronics and Software news

Apple to Roll Out New iMacs?
Description: At last, Apple will refresh its line of iMac all-in-one computers, adding the latest Intel Core i5/i7 “Sandy Bridge” architecture and that new Thunderbolt port, according to reliable sources.

Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Shock Spin Gaming Headset Review @Hi Tech Legion
Description: Thermaltake has a new addition to the gamer audio market with the Tt eSPORTS Shock Spin gaming headset. The Shock Spin puts a bit of style in the mundane headset market. Amongst the Shock Spin's looks are some good features as well. Driving the sound are two neodymium magnet speakers for enhanced performance. There is an optional in line volume controller. Instead of an attached mic on the Shock Spin, it is included separately. For comfort there is an auto adjusting rubber head strap and ergonomic shaped velvet ear cushions. The input is a 3.5mm connector which means it can be used with compatible devices as well as the computer. Thermaltake offers 3 colors; Shining White, Diamond Black, an Royal Red.

Logitech G27 Racing Wheel Review @ Real World Labs
Description: Higher quality materials, improved dual force-feedback motors, 900-degree wheel rotation, improved response and RPM/Shift indicator LEDs are just some of the improvements found on the latest G27 Racing wheel by Logitech compared to its predecessor, the award winning G25.

Beginners Guides: Understanding and Creating Batch Files
Description: Batch files can save time by automating specific actions taken on the computer down to one simple click. They can also potentially hide damaging code, so a good understanding of what they are, how they work, and how to create your own, is crucial to today's IT force.

Watch How the Police Raid a Cellphone
Description: Everyone knows the cops have tools to get inside your phone. But what do they do? They suck your iPhone's entire soul in 15 minutes. With one single click. This is what it looks like.

BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 officially unveiled
Description: RIM has officially unveiled the latest addition to their lineup of BlackBerry Bold phones. Called the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930, it will be RIM’s thinnest BlackBerry phone to date. The Bold 9900/9930 will finally make the transition to a touchscreen phone. For all you dedicated QWERTY keyboard lovers, don’t worry, RIM hasn’t gotten rid of them, the Bold 9900/9930 will still have one and this time RIM claims it’s their best keyboard to date.

Nokia N8 to come in pink with Symbian Anna update
Description: Nokia has announced a pink version of its flagship Symbian phone, the Nokia N8. It will come preloaded with the Symbian Anna update, at around the same time as the update will become available to all other N8 users.


Gaming news

Sony to Resume PlayStation Network Services, Says “No Evidence” Credit Card Info Stolen
Description: Sony will resume some PlayStation Network services and beef up its security nearly two weeks after a hacker attack forced Sony to shut it down. The company made the announcements during a press conference in Tokyo. Kaz Hirai, Sony’s executive deputy president and the likely successor to CEO Howard Stringer, started by offering “our deepest and sincerest apologies” for the outage of the PlayStation network, as well as apologizing to customers whose personal information has been compromised.

The Interrogation Room: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Description: We got a chance to play the first 10 levels of Star Wars: The Old Republic's Bounty Hunter and Imperial Agent classes — and we got a peek at the upcoming MMO's space combat as well. Is it better than the prequel films? Hell, what isn't?