The Daily VR-Zone News Summary – 20 May 2011

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In today's news roundup:

  • With this beginner's guide to assembling an HTPC  from MissingRemote.com, you can now learn how to build your very own HTPC;
  • Review of the Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 motherboard which has a non-integrated graphics and takes on the new Intel Z68 chipset;
  • Apple has now sealed deals with almost all of the big four record labels and is close to dominating the cloud music;
  • Microsoft and Facebook have teamed up to fight child pornography;
  • A series of Android phones from TV maker Sharp will be making their way to the US , and
  • Microsoft has announced a new back-to-school deal for students that will land the students a computer and an Xbox 360 game console for one low price.

Hardware news

Beginner's Guide to Assembling an HTPC @MissingRemote.com

Description: We recently covered some recommended parts for Building a Home Theater PC and today we are taking that one step further by taking you through each process of how you can build your very own HTPC. The process is not going to be identical to what you will experience as parts will vary depending on what you select, but hopefully this will give you the knowledge you need to have the confidence to try.

Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 Intel Z68 Motherboard Review

Description: Meet the Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 motherboard, a non-integrated graphics take on the new Intel Z68 chipset. While the Intel Z68 is reknown for combining the best the Intel P67 & H67 chipsets had to offer in one platform – and let's face it, also puts the final nail in the coffin of both.

ineo Tech I-NA317U+ HDD Docking Station and 3.5" HDD Storage Case Review @Hi Tech Legion

Description: The ineo I-NA317U+ is a single HDD dock that accommodates 2.5” or 3.5” HDDs with no necessary adapters. Just drop in the drive and it's ready to go. The ineo I-NA317U+ also offers the convenience of true Plug & Play in Windows XP/Vista/7, Linux and Mac OSX.c

LanCool First Knight PC-K63 Mid Tower Case Review

Description: What the basic idea is with LanCool, is to take all the good things out of the much more expensive Lian Li lineups, and with the use of steel over aluminum and plastic around the outside, LanCool has brought high dollar concepts to the masses at a really reasonable price.

Review case – Enermax Spinerex

Description: At first glance it would seem, given the possibility of expanding the fund drives, the presence of a system of forced air cooling and substantial weight almost over.

Consumer Electronics and Software news

Apple Is One Label Away From Dominating Cloud Music

Description: Even though Amazon and Google completely bailed on figuring out a deal with the top record labels, Apple pushed forward and has now sealed deals with almost all of the big four record labels.

Microsoft and Facebook team up to fight child porn

Description: Facebook is expanding its efforts to fight child pornography using Microsoft technology, Redmond announced in a blog post yesterday.

Sharp's flagship Android phones will come to US

Description: A series of Android phones from TV maker Sharp will be making their way to the US. That is the big news from the company today as it announced it will be bringing its line of Aquos-branded smartphones to markets outside of Japan…

Tt eSports Shock One Gaming Headset @ Benchmark Reviews

Description: Their new Tt eSports Shock One Gaming Headset distinguishes itself with flashy design and integrated DTS Surround Sensation, contrasting to the more common Dolby Headphone technology. The performance of the Shock One is important to both Thermaltake and DTS as they challenge a market filled with competition.

Plantronics Gamecom X10 Review @ XSReviews.co.uk

Description: There are plenty of third party headsets of varying quality and some – like the GameCom X10 – can be found for less than the official version. Let’s see how it compares.

Gaming news

Free 4GB Xbox 360 with $699 notebook purchase

Description: Microsoft has announced a new back-to-school deal for students that will land the students a computer and an Xbox 360 game console for one low price.

Rockstar probes 'isolated' crashing issues with 'L.A. Noire'

Description: Rockstar Games says they are investigating "isolated" technical issues that cause copies of crime drama L.A. Noire to crash or freeze.

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