Friday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. TC Magazine: PCI-Express 3.0 specifications are out in the open
  2. Graphics first: Nvidia claims that only a successful GPU can become an HPC accelerator
  3. ATi-Forum posts new roadmap of all upcoming AMD CPUs (in German) –

    Fudzilla and TC Magazine break it down in English

  4. Mac Rumors: Mac OS X 10.6.5 addresses display issues on new MacBook Air
  5. Network World: Software bug derailed Windows bid to top Linux in supercomputing speed
  6. Shacknews: Portal 2 delayed; hits stores April 20 in

    North America and Australia, April 22 in Europe

  7. IGN: Why don’t we finish more video games?
  8. Hands-on “Rage: Mutant Bash TV” on iPhone (video)


  1. C|Net reports Dell doubles profit to $1.02 billion

    and Mozilla’s 2009 revenue increases 34%

  2. LA Times: Swedish prosecutors get OK to seek arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder
  3. Ars Technica: P2P lawyers face discipline for demanding cash from innocents

    and pirate-slaying censorship bill gets unanimous support

  4. C|Net reports Google’s own office blurred out on Street View
  5. Forbes: FTC hires hacker to help with privacy issues. It didn’t last.
  6. DSLReports: 50 ISPs harbor half of all infected machines
  7. Top 19 countries with the fastest Internet connection speeds ranked by Akamai
  8. Betanews: MySpace integrates with Facebook, ending social networking wars
  9. PC Perspective podcast #131
  10. BCCHardware podcast #75
  11. Dealzon’s deals: $99 off Mac mini, $150 off 15.6″ hp G62-340us, $450 off coupon

    for 15.6″ Lenovo IdeaPad Y560d 3D, and $15 off coupon for PlayStation Move bundle

Hardware news

  1. X-bit labs: Russian university teams up with T-Platforms for exascale supercomputing tech
  2. TC Magazine: Aspire 1430 11.6″ laptop listed by Acer

    and ASRock reveals its LGA 1155 motherboard line-up

  3. SemiAccurate: Asus adds tactical vest to its TUF motherboards

    and the regular Sandy Bridge motherboards from Asus

  4. TC Magazine: PNY rolls out 4GB and 8GB DDR3 kits for desktops and notebooks

    and CompactFlash 6.0 specifications released, enable faster memory cards

  5. VR-Zone: PowerColor introduces Active Mini DisplayPort to single-link DVI-D adaptor
  6. DigiTimes: Touch panel demand continues to surge in 4Q10
  7. C|Net: Panasonic’s 103″ 3D plasma a mere $100K
  8. Fudzilla: ARM wants to kill off Intel on Google TV
  9. 9 to 5 Mac: Web browsing and coming to new Apple TV via hack
  10. C|Net reports Orb TV aims to deliver streaming video sites Google TV can’t

    and hp Envy 100 enables remote printing

  11. TC Magazine: SteelSeries delivers MMO Keyset for the Shift gaming keyboard

    and Razer and Belkin develop the Nostromo gaming keypad

  12. Yahoo! Connected TV: Get started developing your paid TV

    widgets for distribution to millions of TVs worldwide in 2011


  1. Engadget’s exclusive: Woz misquoted! ‘Almost every app that I have is better on the iPhone’
  2. SemiAccurate: Wi-Fi Alliance talks about Wi-Fi Direct
  3. Ars Technica: Verizon mulling wired broadband pricing tiers for 4G wireless
  4. DSLReports: Cell carriers want 3rd party signal boosters killed off
  5. AnandTech: Qualcomm reveals next-gen Snapdragon MSM8960:

    28nm, dual-core, 5x performance improvement

  6. Mac Rumors: T.J. Maxx offering 16GB Wi-Fi iPads for $399 [Updated: Marshalls, too]
  7. Engadget: Archos 101 now shipping, Android tablet game really heating up
  8. Marvell prototypes a few good Android tablets, Engadget goes hands-on
  9. DigiTimes: RIM PlayBook in North America market in 1Q11, worldwide in 2Q11

    and sources reveal some PCB suppliers for iPad 2

  10. Analysts: Android tablets to grab 15% of tablet market in 2011
  11. C|Net’s hands-on with the Dell Inspiron Duo
  12. Nokia: Some N8 units have a ‘power management’ issue
  13. PreCentral: Palm Pre 2 for sale in U.S. for $449.99 direct from hp
  14. TechFlash on the return of Microsoft’s Kin: Basically, it’s a Zune phone
  15. TC Magazine: Windows XP Embedded-running phone available for purchase
  16. VR-Zone: Registry hack allow mounting of Windows

    Phone 7 handsets as portable USB drives

  17. Engadget’s Motorola Defy review
  18. C|Net’s first look at iOS 4.2
  19. Mac Rumors: ‘Severe’ VoIP bug in iOS 4.2 Golden Master?

    [Update: Fixed in iOS 4.2.1]

  20. Engadget: Apple posts iOS 4.2.1 GM seed, iPads salivate in wait
  21. DailyTech: Android Market to get boost with Android 2.3 “Gingerbread”

    and Netflix mobile apps add little to bottom line

  22. PCWorld: Microsft may turn to Windows Phone 7 for its tablet operating system
  23. C|Net reports Nokia Ovi Store hits 3 million daily downloads
  24. Download Squad: CrossLoop brings remote desktop control to Android
  25. Shacknews: “Lightweight” Angry Birds queued up for Android devices


  1. TDL AKA Alureon rootkit now infecting 64-bit Windows 7 platform
  2. Microsoft Windows turns 25
  3. TweakTown’s AMD Catalyst 10.11 Windows 7 driver analysis
  4. TUAW: Boot Camp, MacBook firmware updates appear in Software Update

    and Safari 5.0.3 update adds “more accurate” results in Safari’s address field,

    Flash fix & more and AirPrint on steroids: First look at Printopia, bringing shared

    printer support for iPad

  5. Lifehacker: Mozy 2.0 for Mac speeds up backups and offers native looks
  6. ‘Tis the season for deals on Office for Mac
  7. Google renames, bulks up Google Apps, following Microsoft’s Office 365 rebranding
  8. OMG! Ubuntu!: Install Compiz 0.9.2 in Ubuntu 10.10
  9. Ubuntu Sharing: Beautify Ubuntu desktop window border with Emerald themes
  10. HowtoForge: How to install Google Earth on Ubuntu 10.10
  11. Sophos posts FAQ: Security and Facebook’s new messages system
  12. 7-Zip 9.20
  13. AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.20.1155 beta
  14. SiSoftware Sandra Lite 2011 17.20
  15. Adobe Reader
  16. Google Chrome 9.0.587.0
  17. Google Chrome 8.0.552.208 for Mac & Linux and 8.0.552.200 for all platforms
  18. Chromium 9.0.589.0
  19. Latest Opera 11 development snapshot build: Meet your new address

    field, mouse gestures, and updated mail panel & extensions

  20. SlimBrowser 5.00.134 Final
  21. iTunes Agent 1.3.4


  1. Joystiq: GameStop enjoyed sales of $1.9B

    in Q3; Kinect, Move in ‘very short supply’

  2. Forbes: Meet the man who just made a half million from the sale of virtual property
  3. Microsoft Lync to link up with Kinect via new video connector
  4. Ars Technica on the $99 gaming PC: The OnLive microconsole in pictures
  5. Bitmob’s OnLive microconsole comparison test: Shooters
  6. Shacknews reports Deus Ex: Human Revolution gameplay

    trailer showcases Adam Jensen’s survival skills

  7. Joystiq: Natural Selection 2’s closed beta starts today, new trailer yesterday
  8. GameTrailers have Operation Flashpoint: Red River

    exclusive live action debut trailer HD

  9. PC Gamer reports Final Fantasy XIV free trial extended again
  10. Kotaku shares rumor: BioWare’s new Mass Effect is a multiplayer spin-off
  11. Alan Wake lights up Xbox Live Games on Demand
  12. Fudzilla: Sega preparing Dreamcast collection?
  13. Eurogamer: Good Old Games to sell The Witcher 2
  14. Shacknews reports CoD: Black Ops updates detailed by Treyarch
  15. Shacknews has CoD: Blacks Ops guide – multiplayer perks and killstreaks
  16. FiringSquad reviews Call of Duty: Black Ops (PC)
  17. Ars Technica reviews Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

    and Pac-Man Championship Edition DX

  18. Steam’s weekend deal – Sniper: Ghost Warrior at 50% off


  1. Benchmark Reviews on 240GB OCZ RevoDrive X2 PCI-Express SSD
  2. Expreview examines Nvidia’s implementation of power

    consumption protection with GeForce GTX 580

  3. SuperSite for Windows reviews D-Link’s Boxee Box
  4. TR alum Dustin Sklavos reviews Antec Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 speakers
  5. The Windows PC ClickPad finally improved?

    Synaptics ClickPad IS Series 3 preview at Engadget

  6. PureOC reviews Antec DF-85 Dark Fleet case
  7. [H]ard|OCP reviews Zerotherm ZT-10D CPU cooler
Comments closed
    • amirol
    • 9 years ago

    Dear Nvidia …you think fermi cannot be so successful GPU to become an HPC accelerator… oh poor GG FORE SEE. Too Hot Power Hungry Fermi …

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago


      amirol, I know english isn’t your first, 2nd or third language, and really, I think most people here would say that it’s not a language you speak at all, but if you could please layoff the ol’ nvidia bashing for a bit. I know, they’re evil. probably jen moonlights as darth vader. God knows he looks like a robot man. But I think it would probably serve the best interests of everyone on the site if you could. We’d all love to hear some crazy non-nonsensical post from you about how horrible apple, intel, or any other major company is. I realize you might never put something negative about amd out there, but at least it’s a start.

      Thanks man.


        • UberGerbil
        • 9 years ago

        You know how you feel about this guy and his posts? I suspect that’s the way a lot people here feel about you and yours.

          • sweatshopking
          • 9 years ago

          Lol. hopefully not you Uber.

          Whilst that maybe true, There are a few differences, and I might be a bit biased here:

          1. My grammar is pseudo correct.
          2. I’m not specific biased on one company. Whilst many of my responses maybe designed to hopefully get a response, I’m much more balanced, and interested in dialogue rather than just attacking people. I would say I do generally bring some points to the table, and have links to often back them up. Sometimes though (blastdoor and the pokemon connection) might just be annoying. I get that.
          3. I’m probably better looking than he is. I read somewhere that better looking people get away with more. I expect that’s how it is on here too. I realize you can’t see me, but I’m not sure that’s relevant.
          4. My clan. While people may find my posts annoying, I know there are a few people who enjoy them. Stug, plastic, flip, madman, meadows, the list goes on. we enjoy each other. nothing weird about a group of men (except meadows, cause she said she’s a 24 year old babe) enjoying each other.

          If you seriously feel that my posts detract from the tech report experience, let me know how you’d like them augmented, and I’ll do my best to facilitate. As a staff member, I want to be sure that things are done as the customers like!

            • amirol
            • 9 years ago

            Dear Sweet Shop King.. I m not a native fan. I loved Nvidia up to 8800 GTX while the ATI 3xxx saw the light of the day,and while I purchased that card for my late rig,with the price of my blood…800$ and …..after a while I saw a friend of mine grabbed a 3870 x2 about half the price of my card while it was more than an Ultra version which made by nvidia..sooner after that HD 4xxxx were born while the raw power in T-Flop was too great..

            Up to now what I have seen is a BOAST and nothing from the lovely ( Really I love the way he looks) Nvidia manager.Unfortonatly to him I am a free of charge saleperson for AMD becouse of the way they support mainstream peaple as me with avrage money and is so humanistics than the way that money lover Companies as Intel-Nvidia… while i am in it-classes or related places ONLY advise the people to buy AMD even I dont like the PHENOME one but for the money thay have I advice ATI AMD and when I check their PCs I alway write Name : AMD/TI Fanman
            and for company : AMD Lovefoundries…. while I am here, miles far from My lovely firm..I swear I dont catch anything ..but I do..BUT BUT If AMD becomes more Expensive in the future and delay the Philosophy of supporting the avrage people I never advise them….
            Now days Nvidia ( Perhaps Intel ) have learnt a lesson ( I Think ) that only money and high prices is not the way a company needs… if they become better I love them Too.. I am in love of the ways not the Gestures…. Forgive me and my Bias.. I am so common.
            Again I beg your parden couse of my bad grammer and bad English Litracy.
            Thank you all.

          • amirol
          • 9 years ago

          Uber means supper here. For Example Uber man or Super man . I like the way you name yourself ,while you suspect me I m not an English Native. I have too many problems to speak about things I know . I come here to learn and my post-posts were nothing technically but a way to communicate.If I spoke about weather and climate, I became so jocking,but in smalltalk and greetings it needed to start with something to be accepted,I am sorry if I made a point that was washy and suspecting.Its about 2 years I am reading TR every day after and before work,and its needed to start. I like TR, even you reject me. Thank you UberGebril ,I founded something in your post which really helped me.

        • amirol
        • 9 years ago

        Thank you Josh.. In my Language josh means so hot. In my idea your comment is so hot that nearly burnt me . I loved the way AMD goes not the face they have.( If that was important Jen s so attractive.)
        A firm which thinks of two sides,the customer and the firm benefit , is admirable, no differ intel ,no differ nvidia . I think if we hadn t AMD these days we were speaking about coming doal cores…really .Thanks to AMD for the sake of being and having a good contest which the winner is The Customer and Industry progress .

        • amirol
        • 9 years ago

        I hated apple too ( I say what s Apple? Nothing except a bite beaten apple.??!!)But when I heared they are in love with AMD GPUs I thought ,the supporter of your friend is not your enemy even it s so evil… but I hate the way they make expence of making poor Foxcon workers poorer to make their pockets full of Buckets , but Intell intell I really hatttte them not their great cpus I advice their products unfortunately (only two times before for Laptops) I hate the way they manage to vanish other companies.I like capitalism and its paradise but not the faults they do.AMD and the companies so,( nearly and perhaps google and DEAR BILL GATES) are the Capilaism Paradise makers.
        Please help me to become better in my English.
        Thank you for your future support.

          • dashbarron
          • 9 years ago

          The guy has a pretty good opinion and at least tries to convey it. +1

            • amirol
            • 9 years ago

            dashbaron Thanks for your support .

    • anotherengineer
    • 9 years ago

    §[<<]§ "Eying-Total-Performance-Leadership" Ya that the majority of people can't afford, let me guess $1000 card lol Can you afford that sweats?

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      not a hope in hell!! i asked my wife if i could buy a new monitor, as my 15 inch is rather old, and she just laughed in my face. she said I could get a second job, and as long as she didn’t know about it, she wouldn’t care. but it had better not interfere with my responsibilities or inconvenience her. so. to make a long story short, no. no i cannot.

    • anotherengineer
    • 9 years ago

    “IGN: Why don’t we finish more video games?”

    Maybe because they take too much time and therefore become repetitive, boring and turn into a career, and 2ndly the time, I maybe log 1hr/wk on gaming.

    FFVI (3 US) finished it in 40hrs first time through.

    How many hours does one need to invest in FF11 to get “everything” or W0W????

    Probably why I only play CSS now, can fire it up play a map or two and shut it off.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      That’s funny. My issue is the opposite. I’m not going to spend $50+ and sit down to play a game that’s only a few hours long, so I haven’t really cared to play much since the PS1 RPG era.

      Ignoring MMOs, games in general seem much more linear and outright short than they were in the past. I don’t feel like it’s very satisfying when you just run through some levels and there’s nothing really open ended to it, so even if the game is short, I may lose interest in bothering with that before the end.

        • UberGerbil
        • 9 years ago

        So to make the both of you happy, games should be shorter and cost less. In other words, the games on the App Store are the future.

          • anotherengineer
          • 9 years ago


          Well I just don’t have the time, if a game takes say on avg 40hrs to beat and I can log say 1 hr a week, its going to take me 40 weeks to beat it.

          Now for WoW and FF11, if i ever bought those and started from level 1, how long would it take me to reach level 70 at 1 hr a week???

          I rest my case, as for price, I shelled out 70 for Chrono trigger at the time, and I think it was worth every cent, same with Ocarina of Time.

          I think the difference with the old console FF series was in 1 hour you could get something accomplished unlike WoW.

          Then again just found a good free game lol
          §[<<]§ edit: 4547 monkey metres baby :D

            • dashbarron
            • 9 years ago

            Madman and I were talking about it, but the Witcher comes to mind. It is a unique game but it has a slightly different view on all aspects of it, which I tribute to it being developed by Poles. Yet about 1/2 way through the game it just starts to get tiresome and old. I had to push myself to beat the game and it is sad considering I spent $40 on it.

    • dpaus
    • 9 years ago

    That AMD roadmap (‘Eight is Enough #III) doesn’t actually show /[

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      Oem’s still buy them .

        • Goty
        • 9 years ago

        HTPCs, too.

      • anotherengineer
      • 9 years ago

      2nd and 3rd world nations?

    • dpaus
    • 9 years ago

    Re: l[

      • Silus
      • 9 years ago

      Well, If Tegra 2 is any indication (which already spanks the current Snapdragon), Tegra 3 should be even better than that!

        • dpaus
        • 9 years ago

        I’m hoping to see AMD get really aggressive with power conservation in a second-gen Brazos. I’d love to have a pocketable device with instant-on WebOS for routine tasks, but the ability to launch Win7 (or, by then, Win8) as a VM for when I need/want it.

          • Voldenuit
          • 9 years ago

          I’d rather see x86/windows apps evolve to a cloud service on low power devices than hardware vendors trying to fit x86 into areas it’s having trouble scaling down to.

          I think that’s a big opportunity MS needs to tap into, before they lose relevance in the ‘post-PC world’.

            • dpaus
            • 9 years ago

            Yes, but a lot of the not-quite-mainstream programs never will. As putting 100% trust in cloud-anything? Some of us old geezers will never do that, either.

            And FWIW, I’m not talking about trying to run AutoCAD or dB_Toolkit on a 5″ screen, but having a pocketable device that supports Bluetooth mouse+keyboard and can drive an external monitor for doing stuff like that.

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        spanks it how….? GPU is better, not hugely, but it is. cpu sucks balls. I wouldn’t say spanks. i’d say “is an improvement”.

          • Silus
          • 9 years ago

          The GPU is much better. Triangles per second are twice as much as the GPU in Snapdragon.
          And the CPU sucks balls ? Care to elaborate ?

          Tegra 2 = Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, up to 1.0 GHz
          Snapdragon (the best chipset) = MSM8x60 with a Scorpion dual cores, up to 1.2 GHz. As far as I can tell, Scorpion is a Cortex-A8 series.

          So where exactly is Tegra 2 “sucking balls” in the CPU department, especially when compared to Snapdragon ?

            • sweatshopking
            • 9 years ago

            I was thinking the tegra 1. I forgot it was dual core now. I also didn’t realize it was: “The Cortex-A9 is the world’s

            • Silus
            • 9 years ago

            Heh, I’m guessing that you don’t consider some “other” people’s posts “propaganda”, because they are right inline with what you say ?

            Anyway my “propaganda” goes usually hand in hand with some evidence, instead of just pure speculation or zealot faith, so if you disregarded my posts before, you were clearly having a few double standards of your own. Still, thanks for the “clan” offer. I would never join it, because of some of those double standards, but thanks anyway 🙂

            • sweatshopking
            • 9 years ago

            well for the record, it wasn’t an offer. just that if you behaved maybe you COULD get an offer. so far the clan is just me, so don’t take it too harshly 😛
            As for the fanboism, I don’t have any allegiance. I’ve posted trash about every company on here. I just don’t agree that any company is TEH BEST EVAR. It’s not a double standard. Neely loves intel. that amirol creature loves amd, and you love nvidia. it’s not a double standard, it’s true. I like nvidia ok, i’ve bought a few cards from them, I also like amd, and currently have an ati card. I don’t have double standards. I would say that I generally find you LESS rabid than amirol. MAN that guy…..
            I don’t personally SAY anything, hence the troll reputation…

            • anotherengineer
            • 9 years ago

            AMD and ATI >> your wife 😉

            As for fanboi’s I haven’t seen Prime1 since the release of fermi :O


            • Goty
            • 9 years ago

            You forgot Snapdragon’s biggest advantage: you can actually buy a product that uses it!

            • bittermann
            • 9 years ago

            Oh snap…

            • Silus
            • 9 years ago

            Yeah, but that’s the mobile market for you. Anyone that thought that in a market where there are SoCs by the dozen, Tegra would be an instant hit, has no idea of what’s he/she is talking about. It took a while, but Tegra 2 is taking off, with quite a lot of orders by many of the industry’s players:

            §[<<]§ And you can buy a Zune, which is powered by Tegra 1.

            • poulpy
            • 9 years ago


            • oMa
            • 9 years ago

            Scorpion is not cortex a8. Qualcomm says its a cortex a9 competitor. The snapdragons weve seen until now, is produced at 65 nm and has lower IPC and gpu performance than omap 3 (both 65 and 45 nm). The new snapdragon 45 nm should have much better graphics but only i minor single threaded performance bump(1,3 GHz or so)

      • Hattig
      • 9 years ago

      What’s good about the next gen Snapdragon is that the WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and FM radio functions are also on the chip now, never mind the telephony features. This makes the three chip solution that Apple uses look quite clunky. And let’s not think about the multi-chip solution that Intel plans to offer…

    • Meadows
    • 9 years ago


      • Silus
      • 9 years ago

      LOL, that was exactly what I was about to post 🙂

      Valve delaying a game ? That never happened before!

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