The Daily VR-Zone News Summary – 4 Feb 2011
To wrap up this week’s news: reviews of the QNAP TS-419P+ Turbo NAS and In Win IronClad case; Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba recall Sandy Bridge machines; Nokia Considering Windows Phone 7 adoption; Greenp0ison finally unleashes iOS 4.2.1 untethered jailbreak; ‘Fallout: New Vegas’ DLC debuts on PC, PS3 this month; and Battlefield 3 teased: jets, destruction, 64 players on PC.
Description: The QNAP TS-419P+ is most definitely targeted at the home market. It doesn’t quite pack the same punch as the small business and corporate devices with their Intel ATOM processors, 1GB RAM and 512MB flash memory but it has all the same software features to give it that extra edge over the competition.
Description: Today we are taking a look at an additional offering from Galaxis called the Ares. According to the box, the case is available in two color schemes: Black / Blue and Black / Red. Galaxis sent their blue variation, but it is nice to see more than just the typical blue being offered.
Description: The excellent cooling performance is probably its greatest asset, and the fact that this cooling comes at a relatively low noise penalty is just icing on the cake. A roomy interior that will mount just about any hardware you would want to throw at it is a big plus as well.
Description: HighPoint, a maker of add-on storage controllers, unveiled on Thursday a new controller that can merge the advantages of a solid-state drive (SSDs) with benefits of hard disk drives (HDDs). The card is based on a recently announced HyperDuo technology by Marvell and is the first of its kind.
Description: People who have acquired Dell, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba PCs with a flawed Intel chipset will be able to return the machines. On Monday Intel said it had discovered a design issue in a recently-released support chip, the Intel 6 Series, code-named Cougar Point.
Consumer Electronics and Software News:
Description: HP TippingPoint on Wednesday announced the dates for its Pwn2Own hacking competition — March 9-11 in Vancouver — and that Google has augmented the contest’s $105,000 cash award fund with an additional $20,000 for anyone who can compromise the Chrome browser.
Description: Microsoft and Nokia could collaborate to bring Windows Phone 7 to Nokia’s smartphones, according to rumors sparked by Nokia CEO Stephen Elop’s comments.
Description: The new greenp0ison release is notable because it allows for an untethered jailbreak of your iDevice. Prior to rc5, iOS 4.2.1 could only be subjected to a tethered jailbreak, meaning that anytime the device needed a reboot it would first need to be connected — “tethered” — to a computer running the proper software.
Description: Considering it’s how much an iPad costs, $500 seems like a decent deal for an 11.6-inch netbook and a phone, especially the very latest 4G phone powered by a dual-core processor.
Description: T Mobile has officially announced that they will be launching the Samsung Galaxy S / Vibrant 4G this month. Although there is no info on the price of the phone, T Mobile has confirmed the news about its launch.
Description: EA has finally shared some Battlefield 3 details with fans—you can read and see even more in the latest issue of Game Informer—and what we know makes us very hopeful about the title.
Description: PC and PlayStation 3 owners of role-playing game Fallout: New Vegas will get their hands on the first piece of downloadable content February 22.
Description: Microsoft has totaled the figures and released details on the most played games on Xbox Live and the best-selling XBLA and Indie Games.