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The Daily VR-Zone News Summary – 19 January 2011

In today’s news: Cooler Master’s Turbine Master cooling fan and HAF 912 casing get reviewed; AMD’s new G-Series APUs officially make their entry into the x86 embedded market; Apple COO claims that Android tablet are “Bizarre Product(s)”; Analysts claims that it is Windows 7, and not Android or iOS, that will be the fastest growing smartphone OS; Final Fantasy Type 0 has been confirmed to be a renamed Final Fantasy Agito XIII, and Sonic The Hedgehog’s creator Yuji Naka is reportedly working on a new non-Sonic related project.

Hardware News:

Cooler Master HAF 912 Case Review @ Tweaknews
Description:Cooler Master’s HAF 912 has proven to be a worthy addition to the HAF legacy, providing a budget, mid-tower chassis entry into the series with design elements and features seldom found in its price niche. While users will need to add a fan or two to make it live up to its “High Air Flow” moniker, the 912 is a very able chassis in other respects.

Cooler Master Turbine Master: Turbo-ventilation Review @ InsideHW
Description:You can never have enough enclosure fans, especially if the enclosure is situated on the floor and plays the role of the perfect dust magnet. On the other hand, bad coolers are only likely to present an additional dust accumulation location, and if they aren’t particularly quiet either, you’re in for a treat. Fortunately, Cooler Master’s more expensive models are nothing of the sort, and one of those is Turbine Master…

Cooler Master Turbine Master Review @ Vortez
Description:The design certainly seems optimised for ultra quiet running and despite the
very low 5v airflow performance its remaining performances at both 7v and
12v put it firmly in the frame for a decent award. Airflow is quite generous
considering the volume levels generated by the Turbine Master which truly
makes it a shortlisted unit for anyone looking to get one or more new case

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 6850 Video Card Review @ Benchmark Reviews
Description:We’ve already tested some HD 6850 GPUs before, but GIGABYTE offers their newest design with the Windforce 2x GPU cooler and Ultra Durable VGA technology. Additionally, this is the factory OC version which brings 820MHz (against 775MHz) GPU Core clock and 4200MHz (instead 4000MHz) GDDR5 Memory clocks. Let’s analyze the GV-R685OC-1GD model and see if it can be a serious contender against reference HD 6850 and GTX 460 graphics cards…

AMD G-Series Brings APUs to the x86 Embedded Market
Description: The embedded market is dominated by SoCs based on RISC processors such as ARM and MIPS. The low power consumption of these SoCs make them attractive. Other than ARM and MIPS, PowerPC and x86 also play a role. Intel, AMD and VIA have been trying their best to enable x86 …

Via Labs shows off optical USB3 zero client
Description:VIA WAS SHOWING off two USB3 goodies at CES, an optical zero client board and a USB3 flash controller. Both look to be really big sellers in their respective fields, but you will probably never know you are using them…

ECS P67H2-A motherboard review
Description:Today the turn goes to the folks from ECS who put out some serious kit on the market. ECS was also working on a few of these P67 motherboards and is making sure that both NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards work combined together. Yep, they are adding a Lucid Hydra chip like some of the competition is doing as well. Anyway, the offering tested today is the P67H2-A socket LGA 1155 motherboard which is powered by a 14-phase VRM.

Silverstone Sugo SG07B-W Micro ATX Case Review (German)
Description:The new Silverstone SG07 Sugo can be used to put high-end PCs in the smallest size. We have tested the exceptional case.

Consumer Electronics and Software News:

Eurocom Unleashes the Most Powerful 15″ Notebook on the Planet
Description:Eurocom announces an addition to its already extensive line of fully configurable, performance based Mobile Notebooks with the EUROCOM Racer. This new model will feature next generation technology from ATI, Intel and NVIDIA and will support Intel’s new seventh generation chipset platform, the Huron River HM 65. The EUROCOM Racer is expected to ship February 1, 2011

Tt eSports Challenger Pro Keyboard Review @ Bigbruin.com
Description:The low profile keys of the Tt eSports Challenger Pro are very quiet, and do not need to be pressed very hard for them to respond. The macro keys are conveniently placed on the sides of the keyboard so they can be quickly accessed in the heat of a game or during other more mundane activities. The other keys can easily be found by touch once comfortable with the keyboard…

Apple COO Calls Android Tablet a “Bizarre Product”
Description:Apple COO Tim Cook (the man currently taking over day-to-day operations for Steve Jobs) commented on the current competition during Tuesday’s earnings call. Cook made it clear that Apple doesn’t believe the Android-based tablets on the market are competition. He called these devices “scaled up smartphones” and continued to opine that he sees them as “bizarre product[s]” that don’t offer the “real tablet experience,” and he asserted Apple’s belief that it has a “huge, first-mover advantage.”

Windows 7 to be fastest growing smartphone OS
Description:Analysts at Ovum have announced a number of predictions for the telecoms industry in 2011, with expectations that Windows 7 will become the fastest growing platform for smartphones, while the mobile landgrab in emerging markets will begin to slow down with emphasis shifting to broadband.

World’s first full HDR video system sees like the human eye
Description:Anyone who regularly uses a video camera will know that the devices do not see the world the way we do. Now, however, researchers from the UK’s University of Warwick claim to have the solution to such problems, in the form of the world’s first full High Dynamic Range (HDR) video system.

Inclusion of Qt in Ubuntu 11.10 is a win for developers
Description:Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth has revealed that Nokia’s Qt development toolkit will be supported in future versions of the Ubuntu Linux distribution.

Microsoft Office Web Apps Get Performance Upgrade, Adds 30 Languages
Description:Microsoft’s web-based Office suite offers lots of space and a few advantages over Google Docs. Now they’ve added 30 languages to the interface and spell checker, along with some back-end speed and stability improvements.

Gaming News 

Final Fantasy Agito XIII is now Final Fantasy Type 0, New Trailer Announced
Description:All the expectations that Final Fantasy Type 0 is a new game can be thrown aside now, it is Final Fantasy Agito XIII renamed. This means a few things, the game isn’t related to the XIII series and various sources on the net have hinted possible spin-offs as the domains for type-1 to 3 has been registered.

Game Studio Calls New Game Hardware “Horrible”
Description:Right now, gamers play video games on the Xbox 360, the PS3 and the Nintendo Wii. One day, we will have new consoles. Won’t that be great? Um, no, not according to one of gaming’s biggest studios.

New Yuji Naka Game Announced
Description:Nintendo’s official UK magazine is reporting that Sonic the Hedgehog’s creator Yuji Naka is hard at work putting together an all-new 3DS adventure, and it will be an original IP. Is Sonic about to get snubbed?

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