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The Daily VR-Zone News Summary – 26 Jan 2011

In today news: NVIDIA's GTX 560 Ti Edition gets compared with AMD's Radeon HD 6950; MSI introduces the world's first AMD Fusion-compatible motherboard; the tenth beta release of Firefox has just been released for download; security experts in the Conficker Working Group ponder new ways to track and eradicate one of the most deaded pieces of malware for Windows; Hatsune Miku's Project DIVA game gets an update, and it appears that Zelda and his latest adventure will not be making their way to the Nintendo 3DS handheld video game console as a launch title.

Hardware News

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Versus Radeon HD 6950 1GB @ Legit Reviews
Description: This morning the video card market got a little more crowded as NVIDIA announced the GeForce GTX 560 Ti and AMD released a variant of the Radeon HD 6950 with 1GB of memory on it. Over the past week we've had a chance to test both of these cards that are aimed at the gamer that has around $250 to spend. Read on to see how both of these cards perform on our Intel Core i7-970 test system!

Zalman ZM850-HP Plus Power Supply Review @ OCIA.net
Description: Another area they have delved into is power supplies, offering a multitude of units ranging from 360w all the way up to 1,000w monsters. Today we will be taking a look at one of their newer power supplies, the ZM850-HP Plus, a modular power system that features a large 140mm cooling fan, heatpipe-cooled internals and an 80-Plus Silver certification…

Sapphire HD 6950 Review @ Tweaknews
Description: Sapphire's Radeon HD 6950 has proven to be an excellent overall product. With excellent build quality and a robust accessory hardware kit, it is still priced lower than a lot of the competition to date. Also adding in that Sapphire is still AMD's #1 seller, I'd be a fool to recommend anything but to consider this card if the HD 6950 is an option that you are itching to spend you money on in the near future…

Toshiba Debuts Ultra-Small Hard Drives with New Connectors
Description: Toshiba Corp. unveiled a new generation of its ultra portable hard disk drives (HDDs) in 1.8" for-factor. The novelties are based on the latest generation perpendicular magnetic recording platters, provide up to 220GB of capacity and utilize low-insertion force (LIF) Serial ATA connectors that enable a 10% smaller footprint compared to standard 1.8” drives using microSATA connectors…

Intel is finally getting ready to add native USB 3.0 support (in 2012)
Description: It's hard to be spot on when it comes to rumours about new technology coming from the various companies in the business, but nearly a year ago we wrote about Intel working on a USB 3.0 solution of its own, well, it seems like it didn't quite work out the way we were told by our source back then, but Intel is finally getting ready to add native USB 3.0 support. That said, it won't arrive until early 2012 alongside Intel's next generation platform (didn't that just launch?)

MSI N560GTX Ti Twin Frozer II review
Description: The MSI GTX560 Ti Twin Frozer II tested today indeed comes all customized and factory overclocked, Armed with some Military grade components and a robust build the dark PCB of the MSI GTX560 Ti Twin Frozer II will carry a GPU clocked at 880 MHz and it's memory at 4200 MHz, both thus a nice chunk faster than reference…

AMD Launches The Radeon HD 6950 1GB
Description: Today AMD is launching the long-awaited 1GB version of the Radeon HD 6950. For reasons we can't really delve in to, the NDA for the 6950 is expiring here at 4am PDT, however we're not ready to talk about the 6950 1GB quite yet. We'll be back in a few hours with a full explaination, but in the mean time we can say that performance is virtually identical to the 2GB card throughout our test suite at 1920×1200 and 1680×1050. It's only at 2560×1600 and under Eyefinity that we see the 2GB card make a name for itself…

MSI Intros First Mainboard with AMD's APU
Description: Monday MSI revealed the very first motherboard with AMD's new Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) already mounted out-of-the-box, perfect for a compact, low-key home theater PC…

Consumer Electronics and Software news:

TK-421 iPhone Case with Flip-Out Keyboard Review @ TestFreaks
Description: With the recent announcement of the Verizon iPhone 4 there will be more than a few Blackberry users making the switch over to the Cupertino created phone. One thing they may be missing with the iPhone 4 is the physical keyboard. Well there’s an app for that, actually there is a case for that. Today’s review item from Think Geek is a case with a built in wireless Bluetooth keyboard that provides a tactile interface for the Apple iPhone…

Use a Separator Page When Printing in Windows @ Computing on Demand
Description: Recently, it was requested by a customer that printer output be preceded by a separator page. Luckily, this is not restricted by devices (in most cases) and is rather easy to setup. This is very helpful in environments that have more than one user printing to a device. With a separator page, a user can differentiate their print from another person's print.

Browsers To Offer Official Behavioral Targeting Blocking
Description: Yesterday, Google and Firefox announced new tools to block behavioral targeting across the web. Behavioral targeting are a form of ads that use your online behavior to target specific ads to you, as you browse the web. Google calls these interest based advertising but most of the web calls them behavioral targeting…

Why iPads Aren't Ready For Classrooms… Yet
Description: A tony prep school in Knoxville, Tennessee has made it mandatory for every student between grades 4 and 12 to own an iPad. That might be a good idea, someday! But being this far ahead of the curve shortchanges students…

QNO Releases World's First Dual-Core CPU Router For Small & Medium Size Businesses
Description: Qno, a leading developer of broadband network management and security routers, today releases the QVF7305; the world's first Dual-Core CPU Gigabit Multi-WAN VPN QoS Router for SOHO/SMB users. The affordable price, high-speed, and high-performance capabilities provided by the QVF7305 dual-core CPU router, including internal LAN to WAN port speeds up to 400Mb/sec, make it perfect for businesses providing internet connections to customers, like internet cafes, restaurants, hotels, etc., who constantly struggle to maintain sufficient amounts of bandwidth

Firefox 4 Beta 10 Available for Download
Description: Mozilla released the latest Firefox 4 Beta Tuesday night. This release, beta 10, comes just 10 days after Firefox 4 Beta 9 hit the web.

Specs leak on HTC's upcoming tablet, the HTC Flyer
Description: HTC recently promised a tablet, and it appears they plan to deliver fairly soon: a 7-inch tablet with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor is slated to arrive sometime in March, according to a leaked spec sheet.

Conficker Group muses on hits and misses
Description: The Conficker Working Group has hailed its success in neutralising domains programmed to act as control hubs for the infamous worm, while lamenting its failure to mount a comprehensive clean-up operation against infected PCs or to bring its authors to justice…

Gaming news:

Hatsune Miku Project Diva Gets Version A, Details Unveiled
Description: Hatsune Miku Project Diva A will be getting a update. Known as Version A, they will also be available in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore (Locations and Dates)

Zelda, Kid Icarus Skipping 3DS Launch
Description: Nintendo 3DS fans looking to get their hands on Kid Icarus: Uprising and Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D will have to wait…

First look at Jaguar in Test Drive Unlimited 2
Description: Test Drive Unlimited 2 is gearing up for launch but there's still time for an exclusive reveal of one of the greatest car manufacturers in the world: Jaguar. Take a look at this video of classic cars, old and new, then rest assured you'll be able to take them all for a spin around virtual Ibiza come February 11.

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