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The Daily VR-Zone News Summary – 29 Mar 2011


In today's news roundup:

  • A guide to turn your Radeon 6950 into a Radeon 6970;
  • SilverStone GF06 HTPC chassis gets reviewed ;
  • New York Times introduces online content paywall with monthly subscriptions ranging from $15 to $35;
  • Acer Iconia dual touch-screen notebook, now available for pre-order;
  • First DLC characters for Mortal Kombat revealed , and
  • Review of  console game WWE All Stars.

Hardware news

POV GeForce GTX 590 Review

Description: Point of View is a long time specialist for GeForce cardsand has recently increased the highly overclocked TGT Editions in the overclocking segment.

Swiftech Polaris 120 Heatsink Review

Description: Swiftech has been a major name in air cooling in the past and with the Polaris 120 they are solidly throwing their hat back in the ring. The tower style cooler is a break from their Helicoid design but the performance shows they have done their homework.

Turn your Radeon 6950 into a Radeon 6970 Guide

Description: ITShootout provides a step by step visual guide on how to unlock your Radeon HD6950's latent shaders and turn it into a fully fledged Radeon HD6970 – a card costing almost twice as much

Fractal Design Define XL Full Tower Case Review

Description: The Fractal Design Define XL Full Tower Computer Case is the flagship offering into the U.S. market from the Swedish based manufacturer. The Fractal Design Define XL offers some very unique features and a great amount of flexibility in a very stylish, yet minimalist design case.

SilverSton?e GF06 HTPC Chassis Review

Description: SilverStone Technologies launched a successful line of home theater cases back in 2009 with the Grandia series (GD04 and GD05) and this review is going to cover the new and improved model, the Grandia GDO6.

BitFenix Colossus Window Full Tower Chassis Review

Description: The version of the Colossus I received was the all black version with optional blue or red LED lighting, with the controls hidden in a lockable front storage tray. On top of that, I haven't even gotten to the wire management on the front of the chassis or the tool-free interior.

Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB Hard Drive review

Description: Featuring the industry's largest 3TB capacity and third-generation SATA 6Gb/s controller interface, the Seagate Barracuda XT is also the first product to create a Windows XP-safe software solution for overcoming the 2TB barrier.

Consumer Electronics and Software news

New York Times Introduces Online Content Paywall

Description: Visitors to the New York Times website will now be charged for access to news articles following the start of the publication's new strategy yesterday, with monthly subscriptions ranging from $15 to $35.

GIGABYTE Aivia M8600 Wireless Macro Gaming Mouse Review

Description: GIGABYTE has done quite a good job on the Aivia M8600. The box packaging is very, very unique with a cylinder tube that comes apart in 3 pieces – the mouse in its own section, with a bag of goodies (charger, batteries, etc) in another section.

Review of AC Ryan Playon!HD Mini 2

Description: For those of you that took a look at the AC Ryan Playon!HD2 1TB and thought to yourself, well that looks great, but I already have a PC full of movies, why do I need one in my lounge too? Well, that’s a good question and here to answer it is the Mini 2, the storage free, networking content hub that you’ll soon want in your living room setup.

Google Sets Role in Mobile Payment

Description: Google Inc. is teaming up with MasterCard Inc. and Citigroup Inc. to embed technology in Android mobile devices that would allow consumers to make purchases by waving their smartphones in front of a small reader at the checkout counter.

Acer Iconia dual touch-screen notebook available for pre-order

Description: Acer's Iconia notebook doesn't have a keyboard or trackpad – instead, it features two 14-inch touchscreen displays. And it's available for pre-order now.

Amazon Cloud Player lets you play your music from anywhere

Description: Amazon has just entered the streaming music business with the launch of Cloud Player, a music player that lets anyone upload their music to Amazon's servers and play them via the web or Android.

Cooler Master Choiix Cruiser Mouse Review

Description: The Choiix Cruiser mouse does exactly what it is designed to do, which is provide smooth and accurate cursor movements on a wide variety of surfaces. That alone makes it a great choice for traveling laptop users, and the tiny USB receiver and adjustable height round out a well-made, affordable input device.

Gaming news

First DLC characters for Mortal Kombat revealed

Description: Mortal Kombat isn't in stores for a few more weeks, but Netherrealm has already revealed the first two characters you'll be able to add to the game's already impressive roster as download content.

Resident Evil: Raccoon City is 'a spin-off', takes series in 'new direction' – Capcom

Description: The game, which is being developed by SOCOM studio Slant Six, looks to be quite a departure for the Resident Evil series, with 4-player squad shootouts replacing the traditional slow-paced monster scares.

WWE All Stars Review

Description: No matter the wrestling video game, it seems players always want to be WWE Legends like Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior. This hunger has been satiated in the past with unlockable characters in the SmackDown vs. Raw series and the standalone (yet lackluster) WWE Legends of WrestleMania. Now, the big names of yesteryear are back alongside some of the current headliners in WWE All Stars.

Trailer Park: Welcoming the 'Arrival' in 'Mass Effect 2'

Description: Today, fans of BioWare's incredible intergalactic adventure Mass Effect 2 will get another chance to explore space. A scene from 'Mass Effect 2. The studio has released a new episode, "Arrival," that is available for download on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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