fullimage The Daily VR Zone News Summary   22 Feb 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • Gigabyte is expected to launch a new overclocker-friendly motherboard, the X58-OC, which will supposedly feature various options not found on standard enthusiasts boards;
  • Intel finally updates its aging Itanium lineup with the new Poulson processor;
  • Microsoft charts out its ambitious plans to sway cloud computing and software-as-a-service applications to its fold via an extremely large ecosystem based on Windows 7, Internet Explorer and Windows Live;
  • Apple's draconian restrictions pertaining to in-app subscriptions has drawn friendly-fire from evebn its own partners;
  • Gran Turismo 5 gets an update, and 
  • Sony has been rumoured to be hard at work on a new version of the PlayStation 3 console that cannot be compromised by the master key discovered by 'geohotz' and the fail0verflow group.

Hardware News:

ATi Forum.de investigates the top AIB of 2011. Last year, Sapphire won and so how will it end this year? The contenders for this year are Sapphire, HIS, ASUS, XFX, PowerColor, MSI, Club3D, Gigabyte, Vertex3D, GeCube and, Diamond. The survey runs until 21 April 2011 so cast your votes today.

PQI 64GB SDXC Class 10 Flash Memory Card Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: The 64GB PQI SDXC card has a very impressive storage capacity with respectable performance numbers. For example the Canon EOS Rebel 550D/T2i DSLR camera records HD video and the user's manual recommends at least Class 6 memory cards in order to record 1080p video smoothly. The PQI 64GB SDXC card should be able to keep up when recording 1080p video and images in continuous burst mode. Having a card that pushes 20MB/s read and write also means you can easily offload all of images and videos from the memory card to computer…

Corsair Vengeance 12GB DDR3 1600 CL9 Memory Review on Technic3D (German)
Description: (Machine translation) The Corsair Vengeance 12GB DDR3 1600 CL9 Memory-Kit arrived Technic3D. Technic3D will see as good they are with Overclocking against the G.Skill Trident, Mushkin Ridgeback and Corsair Dominator Memory Kits on Windows 7 64 Bit and the Gigabyte X58 Extreme Mainboard. You can see 1.932MHz (1,65V) with 9-11-11-24 (2T) and more in the following Review.

Corsair Graphite 600T Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
Description: It seems that vanity has no limit, as there aren't many markets more entwined in style and appearance than the consumer electronics industry. It makes sense, since these are called Personal Computers, after all. Identity is everything to consumers, which is what makes computer cases such a personal choice for system builders. Corsair is helping to make these decisions a little easier for enthusiasts by offering their Corsair Graphite 600T computer case. Like most things that come from this performance-orientated company, the Graphite series of computer enclosures delivers what people want most. In this article, Benchmark Reviews investigates the CC600T model for functionality and value.

Crucial Ballistix Tracer Black PC3-12800 Review @ OCIA.net
Description: What always surprises me about computer memory, is that for months it can hover around the same price range, and then seemingly overnight the bottom will drop out. About this time last year I was reviewing some Ballistix Tracer Red in a 4Gb dual channel kit, and now they have that same pair listed for half the cost, even less at some online retailers. As far as I can determine, prices fell through the floor sometime between the holidays and prior to CES 2011 last month. For those users still on DDR2 who have been holding off on a memory upgrade, waiting for prices to come down, now may be the perfect opportunity to do so.

ASUS GeForce GTX 580 DirectCU II Review @ Overclockers Australia
Description: ASUS kick-started the year with a new range of non-reference Radeon HD 6900 and GeForce GTX 500 series graphics cards, both featuring an exclusive DirectCU II cooler with copper heat pipes and twin cooling fans. Today we overclock and test the GTX 580 version – let's see if it's a worthwhile addition to their range.

Micron: Our 25nm NAND Flash Memory Is Perfectly Fine.
Description: Transition of NAND flash memory manufacturing to 25nm fabrication process seems to have run into issues. Some customers of OCZ Technology have complained about lower capacities of solid-state drives based on 25nm memory and also their lower performance. But Micron Technology, the maker of 25nm NAND flash memory, claims that the memory itself has the same reliability as previous-generation and competing makers of SSDs are to be blamed.

Intel updates Itanuim architecture with Poulson
Description: Intel is finally starting to talk about the upcoming Poulson chip, the first real update to the Itanium architecture in years. While the chip may be huge and technically complex, it is hard to see anyone other than die-hard HP big iron shops actually caring.

Gigabyte to release X58-OC overclockers mobo
Description: Gigabyte is working on a new X58 motherboard totally pimped up and designed for overclocking, as their blog reported. The new color schema is quite wicked alright, anyway the mobo will be called the X58-OC and will come with four PCIe x16 slots and one PCI slot.


Consumer Electronics and Software news:

Microsoft's strategy for cloud devices and development of relevant applications: Establish a complete computing architecture of Cloud plus Client based on Windows 7, IE 9.0, and Windows Live
Description: Estimates by IDC, Gartner, Strategy Analytics, and Wall Street analysts show that the global PC shipment in 2014 would be at least 50% higher than 2010, and 18% of the growth would come from notebooks, compared to only 1% from desktops. According to Jochen Siegl, manager of ODM Business Development, Microsoft, it is obvious that untypical computing devices such as notebooks, netbooks, and smartphones are replacing desktops and becoming mainstream products in the market, but this also helps extend the average product life cycle of PCs.

Apple Smacks Readability In The Face With Subscription Rules; All SaaS In Trouble
Description: We’ve already been over (and over and over and over and over) Apple’s new iOS subscription rules. And the initial backlash has seemingly cooled down as everyone has moved on to the next hot topic of the hour. But it’s pretty clear that this issue is going to keep surfacing, because it really does screw a lot of developers. And sure enough, it’s already back today.

Google May Kill Chrome URL Bar
Description: Google is working on a “major” overhaul of its Chrome browser user interface (UI). Among the options on the table is the elimination of the URL bar, which could be the most significant UI change to the web browser since its invention. Another feature that appears to be already signed off is the support of multiple user profiles that can be used in parallel.

Antec Rockus 3D SoundScience 2.1 Speaker System Review @Hi Tech Legio
Description: The Antec Rockus 3D SoundScience 2.1 Speaker System is Antec's entry product into the sound market. The Rockus 2.1 Speaker System offers out-of-the-box professional quality sound. The Rockus contains two 25 Watt satellite speakers constructed out of anodized aluminum that offer clear highs and mids. There is a 100 Watt active subwoofer with a passive radiator that creates an extended low frequency response. Total output for the Ruckus is 150 Watts. SoundScience has also added 3Dsst™. This technology uses digital sound processing algorithms to simulate a surround sound environment. Inputs include 3.5mm, RCA, and optical (TOSLINK).

Windows Phone 7 update bricks some Samsung users
Description: Uh oh – bad news for Microsoft. After releasing the Windows Phone 7 update this week, some folks have ended up with an unusable phone and no way of fixing them save a factory reset or returning them to the store. Although the problem is said to only affect a limited number of people, it makes you wonder whether Microsoft’s decision of pushing out the updates themselves was a good decision to make. Hopefully this issue gets resolved sooner than later and won’t happen again in the future. On the bright side, this was only a minor update and not the long-awaited copy paste update for the phone – Microsoft could learn from this mistakes to make the next update a better experience for those who got their devices bricked this time around. How many of you have had problems updating your Windows Phone 7 device?

Sony makes neon-hued VAIO CA, CB official
Description: Sony on Tuesday took the second of its notebook concepts into reality on Tuesday by launching the VAIO CA and CB. The line comes in a wrap-around translucent plastic and has the option of rare neon orange and green hues that create a "glow" around the edges and the trackpad; black, white and (in Europe) pink are also available. TV integration is a cornerstone as they both have the option of WiDi 2.0 wireless video streaming to an adapter as well as Remote Keyboard to steer menus and the keyboard on a Bravia TV, Blu-ray player or PS3.

Windows Phone 7 update updates updater
Description: Microsoft has finally shipped an update to Windows Phone 7. Unfortunately, this is not the long-awaited copy-and-paste update. For that, we still have to wait until March. No, this new update updates Windows Phone 7's update mechanism. It's an update to allow next month's update to actually work properly.


Gaming news:

Sony Developing Hack-Proof PS3?
Description: Sony is currently working on a 'hack-proof' PlayStation 3 as a counter-measure against recent piracy concerns, according to EverythingHQ.

Donations pour in for PS3 hacker; Sony court battle continues
Description: George Hotz is in the middle of what could be a long, punishing legal battle with Sony, and his money is running out. "Media, I need your help. This is the first time I have ever asked. Please, if you support this cause, help me out and spread the word," he wrote on his newest blog entry. "I want, by the time this goes to trial, to have Sony facing some of the hardest hitting lawyers in the business. Together, we can help fix the system."

GT5 update revs onto PS3
Description: Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong recently announced a new online update for Gran Turismo 5 that is now available upon starting up the game. The new update adds a slew of features, including remote racing between PSN friends to level up their drivers.