Jobs Friday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. Ars Technica on the PC: Simply less interesting than it was in 1998 – 2003
  2. TC Magazine reports Seagate and LSI develop tech for faster, larger hard drives
  3. MacRumors: Steve Jobs suggests Blu-ray not coming soon to Mac anytime soon
  4. Wired reports smartphones with Intel chips to debut next year
  5. Fudzilla reports Nvidia’s reference GTX 460 packs 768MB
  6. Donanim Haber claims to have GeForce GTX 460 prices (in Turkish)
  7. Epic Games: It’s a myth that we’ve abandoned the PC
  8. PC Gamer reports Elemental: War of Magic will have the best DRM


Jobs Friday

  1. C|Net reports regulators bound to challenge Google-ITA
  2. DigiTimes reports Rambus licenses LED lighting patents to GE lighting
  3. Apple PR: Steve Jobs iPhone 4 “conversation” is a fake
  4. lifehacker: How to stay safe on public Wi-Fi networks
  5. Would you accept increased taxes to give broadband to every citizen?
  6. Ars Technica reports judge “rejected all of the EFF’s arguments” on P2P cases
  7. Engadget reports Lenovo’s 3D IdeaPad Y560d laptop now available for multi-dimensionals
  8. C|Net reports Apple’s first iAds hit the iPhone
  9. BGR reports Apple iTunes in the cloud definitely happening soon, wireless syncing
  10. DailyTech reports Wikileaks reportedly in shambles, secure submission system dies
  11. C|Net reports T-Mobile to halt Sidekick sales
  12. TC Magazine reports new Microsoft technology enables batteries to be installed in any direction
  13. FastCompany: Intel’s robot butler serves, clears, and does dishes
  14. PCPer podcast #111
  15. VR-Zone reports Gigabyte announces 800 series overclocking contest
  16. AnandTech’s G.Skill memory kit #4 giveaway
  17. Newegg’s early morning shell shocker
  18. Dealzon’s deals: 15% off Dell Outlet computers, $350 off 14″ IdeaPad Y460 i3m,

    $125 off 17.3″ hp G72-250US, and $200 off 4.3″ TomTom Go Live 740 GPS

Software

  1. Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 2
  2. KDE Software Compilation 4.4.5
  3. Microsoft Office 2010: What’s still missing?
  4. Ars Technica reports IBM embraces Firefox, adopts it internally
  5. Trillian 5 revealed
  6. [H]ard|OCP’s Catalyst driver performance comparison
  7. Everest Ultimate Edition 5.50.2183 beta
  8. Symbian-Guru.com is over
  9. Engadget reports Nexus One gets yet another Android 2.2 Froyo update, FRF91
  10. Neowin: Android 3.0 “Gingerbread” details uncovered
  11. iOS 4: Exchange mail, contacts, or calendars may not sync after update
  12. Ars Technica’s hands-on with iMovie for iPhone 4

Gaming

  1. May NPD: Red Dead redeems lagging month, Mario nabs third
  2. CVG reports 64% of gamers prefer physical copies over digital downloads
  3. Asylum: You might have known, but handheld gaming is huge
  4. Switched reports movie critic Roger Ebert reluctantly relents in fracas over artsy games
  5. Shacknews has QuakeCon 2010 registration, hotel reservation details
  6. Joystiq reports NBC working on video game show pilot for primetime
  7. TC Magazine reports iBuyPower using MAGIC to make games support multi-touch
  8. New system or new living room? Sony vs. Nintendo on 3D tech
  9. Big Download reports Project Offset officially shut down at Intel; founders launch Fractiv LLC
  10. Shacknews reports final Portal 2 E3 2010 videos now available
  11. FiringSquad reports Medal of Honor beta expands to EA Gun Club members
  12. Fudzilla reports Microsoft ramps up for another Halo
  13. Joystiq reports Xbox 360 Kane & Lynch 2 demo out today, requires code
  14. Possible solution for lag problems with BFBC2 on PC
  15. Steam client and Team Fortress 2 updates released
  16. Video game sale on Impulse Driven

Systems and storage

  1. Engadget’s Acer Aspire One 521 and 721 review and Toshiba Libretto W100 preview
  2. Benchmark Reviews on ASRock Core-100HT Core i3-330M HTPC
  3. HotHardware reviews Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R: USB 3.0, SATA 6G
  4. Motherboards.org reviews Biostar X58 TPower
  5. OC3D reviews 4GB Corsair Dominator GT 1600MHz memory kit
  6. Guru3D reviews 120GB Corsair Force 120 (F120) SSD
  7. Hexus.net reviews 64GB Crucial RealSSD C300
  8. OverclockersHQ reviews Seagate GoFlex Series

Multimedia

  1. HT4U on Zotac GeForce GTX 465 – including SLI benchmarks (in German)
  2. Technic3D reviews PowerColor HD 5670 PCS+ (in German)
  3. OCC reviews Axle Radeon HD 5450
  4. Hi Tech Legion reviews Diamond ATI TV Wonder HD750
  5. XSReviews on 1TB AC Ryan PlayOn!HD media hub
  6. ThinkComputers reviews Asus Xonar DX2
  7. TweakTown reviews 8GB Creative Zen X-Fi Style MP3 and video player
  8. Digital Trends and Engadget review Motorola Droid X
  9. Ars Technica on why Apple’s iPhone 4 bumper case is a rip-off
  10. BCCHardware reviews Thrustmaster Ferrari Motors F430 optical gamepad

Power, cases, and cooling

  1. LanOC Reviews on Choiix Power Fort Advanced
  2. TweakTown reviews XClio Blackhawk Color case
  3. HardwareLook reviews In Win Dragon Slayer mATX case
  4. TweakPC reviews Lian Li T1 Spider mini-ITX case (in German)
  5. IT trib has an exclusive look at Magnaphase Cooling, LLC
  6. KitGuru reviews Noctua NH-C12P SE14 cooler
  7. Futurelooks reviews Thermaltake Frio CPU cooler
  8. Legit Reviews on EVGA GTX 400 series high-flow exhaust bracket
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    • NeelyCam
    • 9 years ago

    l[

    • derFunkenstein
    • 9 years ago

    Ohhh, i thought maybe it was Steve Jobs birthday or something. I was hoping Ronald was trying to incite riots. :p

    • blastdoor
    • 9 years ago

    I totally agree with Stokes about the PC being less interesting today than it was 10 years ago.

      • PeterD
      • 9 years ago

      Sure it is. Look at the kids. They don’t give a damn. It’s just one of those bloody things their bloody schools wants them to work with.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      I don’t agree that it’s because of chip designs stalling. They were bound to get it down at some point and the ball has been passed to computer manufacturers.

      They dropped it. There has been no legitimate effort to even apply common sense to addressing issues with systems on the whole. They all just want to sell the same cookie cutter systems that use progressively more frivolous parts with inflated specs as some sort of futile marketing attempt.

      Why do most laptops still only have a few hours of battery life, when some with identical performance and no corners cut to save power get ten? There is no reason that laptops shouldn’t be able to get fifteen hours of battery or so.

      Why do desktops still idle at 60w+, not shut off graphics cards, and use huge cases with a bunch of fans spewing hot air when they are not perceivably faster in general use than laptops from years ago, while all the parts keep shrinking?

      Personally, this stuff drives me nuts. It’s just stupid and wasteful. You can build a desktop yourself with “weird” parts and swap out parts on laptops, but you’re stuck piecing it all together, spending tons of time trying to sort it out, and in the end, you’re still just paying for manufacturer’s mistakes.

      Computers would be very, very different if the industry made an honest effort to rethink how little sense it makes to have this collective race to the bottom and marketing with system specs that nobody understands because they don’t mean anything to begin with. There’s no practicality behind it.

      The funny thing is that this is what sets Apple apart, and they get to pretty much charge double for their computers, but nobody takes the hint.

        • indeego
        • 9 years ago

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          • OneArmedScissor
          • 9 years ago

          I could make a laptop that gets 15 hours of battery. It’s not rocket science, and that’s why it pisses me off that you can’t buy one that does that out of the box.

          It doesn’t take heavy batteries, and actually, I have seen a bunch of Core iX $500-800 laptops lately with 12 cell batteries, so manufacturers really don’t care, but lots of those still have worse battery life than other models of the same platform using 6 cell batteries. That goes back to what I was saying about frivolous parts used purely for marketing (bigger is better), when they could just be building the things better to begin with and advertising ridiculously long battery life.

          Two problems with the desktops thing:

          1) That has nothing to do with why desktops _[< *[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Core_i7_microprocessors#Quad-Core_Mobile_processors<]§ Some of those are actually better in every way than a Core i5 750, but a laptop would sit around 15w while a desktop will sit around 60w. It's the same CPU, chipset, and functionality, as both require a graphics card running over PCIe. Same deal with AMD. Their mobile and desktop chipsets are identical. However, the quad-core laptops idle around 12w, while the desktops sit around 40w. The mobile and "e" desktop models are available with the same clock speeds, and the desktop version idles at about 3w DC, so it's not as if there is some insane variation because of differences in power regulation due to the CPU itself. So what's the problem? Something about the motherboards, as far as I can tell. It's pretty common for their idle power use to vary from model to model of the same chipset more than an entire laptop actually uses, which is a heck of a red flag to me.

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