sega The Daily VR Zone News Summary   7 April 2011

In today's news roundup:

• GIGABYTE G1.Assassin (Intel X58 Express) gaming motherboard review;
• Toshiba introduces small but SmartNAND chips;
• Google to finance $100 million worth of original programs for YouTube ;
• Sophisticated cyber thieves behind Epsilon attack;
• Sony PlayStation Portable holiday release may be dDelayed by Japan disaster, and
• SEGA today unveiled a teaser trailer for a new Sonic game.

Hardware news

GIGABYTE G1.Assassin (Intel X58 Express) Gaming Motherboard

Description: This board is the G1.Assassin; part of the G1 Killer line-up. When you pick this board up you get an X58 chipset, a Creative labs X-Fi audio card and a Killer NIC built onto the board. You all get this for US$529.99 on NewEgg.com which comes in a little less than buying the parts separately.

Sapphire Radeon HD 6790 1GB DDR5 DX 11 Video Card Review

Description: The Sapphire Radeon HD 6790 sits in that entry gamer market. The Radeon 6790 looks to edge out the competition with increased performance. It features a 840MHz core clock, 1050MHz memory clock, 800 Stream processors, and 40 texture units. Onboard there is 1GB of DDR5 memory with a 256-bit interface.

ASUS Rampage III Black Edition Review

Description: With the Rampage III Black Edition, ASUS has a new flagship in its portfolio. This board embodies the further development of the already very successfull Rampage III Extreme. The new kid on the block will try to win gamers and overclockers hearts with a very extensive delivery and lots of features.

Corsair Hydro H60 CPU Water Cooler Review

Description: The Hydro Series from Corsair has been king of hill for pre-built sealed kits since it came out. It seems that with Antec teamed up with Asetek now in the cooler market the hill now belongs to them. With that being said, the H60 is a good cooler. It is well built, quieter than previous Hydro Series coolers and I really like the new mounting system for the pump/coldplate

Tosh intros small but SmartNAND chips

Description: Toshiba is replacing its current 32nm process flash chips with 24nm SmartNAND: flash with on-chip error correction. The new chips will have faster controllers and deliver faster read and write speeds, although no numbers have been supplied.

Mainboard Maker "Predicts" Launch of AMD FX "Bulldozer" Chips at Computex

Description: Even though it is well known that Advanced Micro Devices has strong intentions to start commercial shipments of its FX-series code-named "Zambezi" microprocessors based on Bulldozer micro-architecture, the intrigue remains when exactly the company formally introduces new chips and reveal its levels of performance.

Consumer Electronics and Software news

Motorola Xoom Not Zooming Off Shelves

Description: The Xoom Android tablet and Atrix smartphone are being called out as poor performers, despite heavy marketing campaigns launched by Verizon Wireless and AT&T, respectively.

Google to finance $100 million worth of original programs for YouTube

Description: Google plans to create 20 special channels on its YouTube site, and will spend $100 million to create original programming to populate them.

Moody's cuts Nokia on weak market position

Description: Moody's cut its credit rating on Nokia, citing the Finnish mobile phone company's weakening market position and uncertainty over its transition to Microsoft's Windows Phone software.

Sophisticated cyber thieves behind Epsilon attack

Description: An online marketing firm hit by what may be one of the biggest data thefts ever was the victim of "highly sophisticated cyber thieves," according to its parent company. Alliance Data Systems Corp. also reiterated that only the names and email addresses of customers were stolen in the attack on its subsidiary, Epsilon, and not credit card information or social security numbers.

Google Adding Malicious Download Warnings to Chrome

Description: Chrome already has a "Safe Browsing" mode, which Google said "has done a lot of good for the Web," but there is still plenty of harmful content floating around on the Internet.

Thermaltak?e eSports Isurus headset Review

Description: In this review I’ll be taking a look at a really unusual set of Gaming headgear called the ISURUS in-ear gaming headset. Thermaltake have taken the headset era to another level by giving the end user the option of using a sleeker in-ear headset that won’t over time give you that uncomfortable ache you can have using a bulky traditional designed headset

Gaming news

Atari Sets Up Shop in the iPhone App Store

Description: Atari Greatest Hits includes Pong for free, and includes 99 games from the Atari 2600 and arcade system for purchase. By Jared Newman, Technologizer You may now count Atari among the classic video game systems to find a home in the iOS App Store.

Sony PlayStation Portable Holiday Release May Be Delayed by Japan Disaster

Description: The new PlayStation Portable, dubbed “NGP,” may be introduced in a single region this year instead of starting sales in Asia, Europe and the U.S. in time for the end-of-year holiday shopping season, said Jack Tretton, president of Sony Computer Entertainment of America, citing production problems related to the March 11 disaster.

Top 40 best free iPad games

Description: So you've got an iPad or your shiny new iPad 2 and come to the dawning realisation that you've no cash left to buy any games for it.

This is SEGA's Next Sonic Game

Description: SEGA today unveiled a teaser trailer for a new Sonic game slated for release later this year for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The video, which originated on SEGA's official Sonic Facebook page this morning, doesn't reveal much about the gameplay, only that it may feature both the old and new generation of Sonic characters.