The Daily VR Zone News Summary   21 June 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • Chinese MIPS developer Ingenic has just announced the completion of a smartphone-capable 65nm MIPS24 compatible chip which comes bundled with its own integrated graphics and I/O;
  • ZOTAC International has expended its GeForce Multiview line-up with the release of the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 550 Ti Multiview graphics card;
  • Word has it that Facebook is keen on launching its own online music service, and that said service is rumoured to be ready for consumers to utilize by as early as August this year;
  • AMD has announced its resignation from BAPCo's SYSmark12 benchmarking suite, citing concerns over the tool's ability to provide users with "clear and reliable measurements to understand the expected performance and value of their systems" as the main cause for its decision;
  • The next installment to the Grand Theft Auto game series, GTA V, is rumoured to be currently in the works, and
  • Batman's crime-fighting sidekick, Robin, has been confirmed to be a playable character in the upcoming Batman: Arkham City game as part of an exclusive downloadable content pack for gamers who have preordered the game.

Hardware news

AZZA Toledo 301 ATX Mid Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: AZZA is a relatively new player in the computer market, not being around as long as some other case giants like Thermaltake or Antec, but made big waves with their Solano 1000 and Hurricane 2000 cases in their high end selection. Today we get to look at one of the mid-range budget options from Azzatek, the Toledo 301. Coming with standard case features like black interior and bottom mounted PSU, let's look at how well this case holds up to our testing.

BitFenix Colossus Venom Case Review
Description: This BitFenix Colossus Venom Big Tower is particularly noticeable by its unique design. The red LED lighting looks not bad, but especially the bright green of the Venom edition is a special highlight. Of course not only the design is important for the right choice of a computer chassis and therefore the BitFenix Colossus Venom case is tested at the ocinside.de online magazine.

NZXT H2 Classic Silent Midtower @ Hardwareoverclock.com
Description: The NZXT H2 Classic Silent Midtower is an very interesting tower with a lot of features. The 30W 3-step fan control, hot swap capable SATA HDD Dock and more. Also the noise insulation is very efficient.

Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Dirt 3 Edition Video Card Review
Description: Like the previous Dirt game, Dirt 2, the latest iteration from Codemasters, Dirt 3, is another big release for AMD. While maybe not quite as big as the second one which saw the implementation of DirectX 11, one would argue that this one could be even bigger because of the rave reviews the game has received, making it not only a game that looks good, but also a game that's good to play.

China develops MIPS processor for smartphones
Description: Chinese MIPS developer Ingenic has just completed a 65nm MIPS24 compatible chip complete with integrated graphics and I/O on the chip. The interesting oar is that, according to CEO and Chairman Qiang Liu, the processor only takes up 25% of the real estate that a processor from ARM would require.

ZOTAC announces GeForce GTX 550 Ti Multiview
Description: ZOTAC International, a leading innovator and the world’s largest channel manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and mini-PCs, today expands the GeForce Multiview line-up with the addition of the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 550 Ti Multiview. The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 550 Ti Multiview is the latest mainstream graphics card capable of delivering a seamless triple-display computing experience.

SGI wants Intel for super supercomputer
Description: Silicon Graphics International (SGI) has said that it will use the company's chips to help it build an extra speedy supercomputer by 2018. It will use specially designed accelerator chips made by Intel to build the beast, which it wants to be 500 times faster than the most powerful today. The ambitious plans were announced by Eng Lim Goh, SGI's chief technology officer, who said the company would marry Intel's many integrated core chips (MIC), which run millions of parallel threads by mixing x86 cores and others, with Xeon server CPUs.


Consumer Electronics and Software News

SteelSeries Shift Gaming Keyboard Review
Description: Upon receiving the SteelSeries Shift, I wasn't too excited to tell you the truth. I don't know why, but I think it just might be the amount of marketing power Logitech have. But it all disappeared once I looked at the box and started playing with it. The SteelSeries Shift box is actually quite attractive. Upon taking the keyboard out, you start to admire the look and feel of it. It's not too heavy or too light; the color feels just right (and that is my first rhyme for the day!).

LulzSec Mastermind Suspect Arrested in Essex, England
Description: A 19-year-old suspected to be the mastermind behind the hacker group LulzSec has been arrested in Wickford, Essex in England, in a joint action by the Scotland Yard and the FBI, Sky News reports. LulzSec recently got the public’s attention by hacking Sony’s servers, capturing hundreds of thousands of personal user records. The same group also claims to have attacked the servers of several major online games, such as EVE Online and Minecraft, as well as Nintendo, the CIA and the U.S. Senate.

Will Facebook Launch a Music Service in August?
Description: The music/tech rumor mill has been grinding away — not yet sated by the release of cloud-based music services from Google and Apple. The most recent grist? Facebook.

HTC Sensation Smartphone Review
Description: The HTC Sensation is the latest handset to show up to the dual-core Android smartphone party, boasting a 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen and an 8 megapixel camera to boot. The device hums along quickly and has plenty of UI tweaks, courtesy of HTC's Sense 3.0.

Windows Much Safer After Microsoft Killed Autorun
Description: Back in February, Microsoft released an update that curbed autorun behavior for all supported Windows platforms stretching back to Windows XP SP3 to Windows Vista SP2 (Windows 7 already had a "fixed" autorun behavior and Windows XP SP2 was no longer supported through updates). When comparing stats before and after the Microsoft update, we clearly see that blocking the autorun of removable storage had a significant effect on the infection rate. It may have been a tweak to stop a certain action on the users' part, but it was certainly effective.

AMD Resigns from BAPCo Over SYSmark12 Concerns
Description: What’s in a Benchmark? This is a pertinent question that all users need to ask themselves, because if you don’t know what a benchmark actually tests and how that relates to the real world, the scores are meaningless. Today, AMD has announced that they are resigning from BAPCo over…


Gaming news

GTA V In the works?
Description: Is it true? GTA V is here? What city will it mimic this time round? First of all; Size. Rockstar indicates that “Its the big one”. That has a very loose meaning. Personally I’m hoping for a city bigger than GTA:IV. However not much is known at the moment, as information about the game is bleak.

Batman Arkham City: Robin Revealed
Description: We have our first-look at Robin from Batman: Arkham City, courtesy of retailer Best Buy, which published the image of the Boy Wonder on its website today.