lbp2 cover The Daily VR Zone News Summary   3 Feb 2011

In today’s news roundup: NVIDIA draws praise from researchers for attempting to create their own MPUs in the hardware industry; a Californian firm known as MicroUnity has attempted to sue the entire IT industry over patent infringements; Google officially launches a dedicated website for desktop access to the Android Market and announces built-in support for data encryption in its upcoming Honeycomb build for its mobile OS; our sister site takes Little Big PLanet 2 out for a spin and mobile gamers are now facing the biggest decision of 2011 of choosing between Nintendo’s 3DS and Sony’s NGP

Hardware News:

HyperX MAX 3.0 128gb Portable USB 3.0 SSD Review @ TestFreaks
Description: One way to take advantage of this bus speed is to pair a speedy Solid State Drive (SSD) with an enclosure using USB 3.0. Kingston is one of the first to enter this market with the release of its HyperX MAX 3.0, their external SSD based USB 3.0 drive. This drive uses flash memory in place of a mechanic drive which provides advertised read speeds of up to 195MB/sec and writes up to 160MB/sec. Kingston offers the HyperX MAX 3.0 in three capacities – 64GB, 128GB and 256GB…

Fractal Design Define XLR Review – XSReviews
Description: Fractal is penetrating the computer case market with affordable quality cases. Optimal for modding and always improving their current models for better performance and optic impression. Recently the Define R3 replaced it's R2 predecessor and now Fractal has introduced the performance Define XL case; the larger sibling of the R2/R3 cases which offers everything these cases have and a bit more. Or at least, so says Fractal…

Intel 6-Series Chipset Recall – Sandy Bridge Intel P67 & H67
Description: The design problem with Intel's 6-series chipsets is specific to the 'B2' stepping of Intel P67 & H67 chipsets. The flaw may result in 3Gb/s Serial-ATA II (SATA II) ports degrading over time, in the words of Intel "potentially impacting the performance or functionality of SATA-linked devices such as hard disk drives and DVD-drives." PCSTATS has created this page to collect and centralize all the manufacturer responses for our readers as they come in, rather than spread this important information out over dozens of individual news posts.

Gigabyte P67A-UD4 – Layout and Design @ ocaholic
Description: With the P67A-UD4 Gigabyte presents its cheapest P67 motherboard that features the new matte black design. In the past the UD4 used to be a good choice for people who were looking for a Gigabyte board with a reasonable price/performance ratio.

LSI WarpDrive SLP300 300GB PCI Express Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: Carrying six SandForce SF-1500 controllers, 384GB of SLC NAND and LSI's SAS8000 RAID controller it carries some serious hardware. At $7,500 a pop, it certainly carries an enterprise price. All of that hardware affords performance of up to 240K 4K Read IOPs and 200K 4K Write IOPs which is pretty incredible. The WarpDrive's closest consumer level competitor is the OCZ RevoDrive X2 which features four of the SandForce SF-1200 controllers in a RAID 0 array and MLC NAND. The WarpDrive has a much more compact design to accommodate narrow server racks in a data center…

Titan HATI cooler @ Hardwareoverclock.com
Description: TITAN introduces the Hati, a member of its FENRIR cooler family known for their powerful heat conductivity. Hati is equipped with a 12cm low-noise fan with high air volume. Its unique heat sink design allows users to mount one or two fans according to their preferences. So we have tested the cooler with 2 Fans on our Core i7 875K system

ASRock P67 Extreme6 Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
Description: The Extreme6 P67 motherboard from ASRock is one of their high-end products for the Sandy Bridge CPUs and features a 16+2 Power Phase Design, a decent software+hardware bundle along with the NF200 chipset to enable 3-way SLI on this P67 board.

Nvidia gets top marks for creating its own brand of MPU cores
Description: Nvidia's move to create and offer its own brand of MPU cores will give the company an upper hand in this industry…


Consumer Electronics and Software News:

MicroUnity sues entire IT industry
Description: Californian firm MicroUnity can certainly call itself a patriot after whipping up an impressive whirlwind of litigation that takes in a rather extensive list of companies, after filing a recent lawsuit at the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas Marshall Division.

CM Storm Strike Force SF-19 Laptop Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews
Description: In recent years when people solicit my opinion about buying a computer they are increasingly asking about laptops as opposed to desktops. They are turning to laptops as an all-purpose computing, working, and entertainment platform. High-end graphics, 19" screens and gigabytes of of bits can generate serious amounts of heat. But the vast majority of cooling options for laptops are meant for smaller machines with smaller heat profiles. For serious cooling CM Storm released the Strike Force SF-19 dual fan 19" laptop cooler. Model SGA-6000-KKYF1 is like the HAF X for laptops. Read on to see how the SF-19 performs under the Benchmark Reviews tests…

Microsoft IE Brags About Market Share Loss
Description: It’s hard to say that things are looking “grim” for a browser that still holds more than half the overall market share in the U.S., but Microsoft Internet Explorer tempts me into using the phrase. After all, their total decline has reached a full 12% as competitors Google Chrome (the up-and-coming desktop browser) and Apple Safari (the top tablet browser) have taken the scene. However, Microsoft doesn’t seem to think the decline is that significant a worry — at least if their own statements, which seem to bebragging about the market share loss, serve as any indicator.

iTwin Remote File Access System @ TestFreaks
Description: Ever want to access your files from a distance, but just don’t want to deal with networking issues or leaving your computer possibly open to the internet and all its evils lurking out there? There are ways to be able to access your files while you’re away like a NAS box or setting up remotes access but they can involve a bit of work and some knowledge is needed in terms of setting sit all up. Today for review I’ve got the iTwin and it’s a USB device that allows you to connect two computers together so you can share and access your files while you’re away from home or work. The iTwin connects any two computers together from basically anywhere in the world and it does this quickly and easily. With the iTwin you don’t need any networking knowledge, just plug and play and you’re sharing and accessing your files either on your home network on across the internet…

Honeycomb Brings Data Encryption to Android Tablets
Description: As much as we all like to hear about advanced cameras, more memory and faster processors in upcoming tablets, there’s one very important feature – especially to business customers – that’s been lacking from Android tablets so far: data encryption.

Facebook 'Instant Personalization' Privacy Concerns @ Computing on Demand
Description: Facebook has introduced a new feature, called Instant Personalization, that aims to personalize your web experience. The idea behind this is that Facebook's affiliate sites will have access to your profile information and use this to target you with things you are interested in. The question is… how much information do you want people to have, and do you want them to know this by default?

Introducing the Android Market website
Description: Over the past two years, developers around the world have helped make Android Market the go-to place for more than 100,000 apps, games and widgets. Previously, you could only access Android Market directly from your device, but today, we are introducing the Android Market website that lets you browse and search for great apps right from your web browser.


Gaming News:

Crysis 2 PC Requirements Unveiled, Graphic Cards Heave A Sigh Of Relief
Description: Waiting to play Crysis 2 and not sure if your graphic card is able to support it ? Well, your graphic card can probably heave a sigh of relief as the minimum requirements of Crysis 2 were unveiled on a German Crysis 2 facebook page.

Good Cop/Bad Cop: Should You Buy a 3DS or NGP at Launch?
Description: IGN attempts to answer the world's most pressing question faced by many aspiring gamers this year: to get a Nintendo 3DS, or load up on raw power with Sony's NGP powerhouse?

Little Big Planet 2 Review
Description: Our sister site SGCafe takes the recently-released title for the PlayStation 3, Little Big Planet 2 out for a spin. How did it fair?