International Shareware Day Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. MPAA, RIAA: Lawsuits won’t protect content
  2. Dell 2.0: Company shifts focus to Oracle-like acquisition campaign
  3. X-bit labs: Intel starts to sample next-gen SoC for smartphones (Medfield)
  4. Core i7-2600K engineering sample listed on eBay
  5. SemiAccurate: P67 and H67 boards get priced
  6. Fudzilla: AMD HD 6950 works at 800MHz

    and Radeon HD 6950 is in a class of its own

    and XFX rolls out a new HD 6850

  7. ShaderToyMark 0.2.0 benchmark available with better SLI and CrossFire support
  8. Joystiq: Mass Effect 3 outed on EA Store [Update: Listing yanked by EA]

International Shareware Day

  1. Ars Technica: Switching ISPs? You may not get much better service
  2. DSLReports: Comcast testing lower pricing for 105Mbps tier

    and Verizon, DirectTV testing LTE-based home broadband

    and FCC’s Baker wonders why neutrality plan isn’t public

  3. Ars Technica reports Operation: Payback changes course, may be fizzling out

    and OpenLeaks to mimic WikiLeaks—minus the “political agenda”

  4. Engadget on Motorola’s new logo: It’s red
  5. PC Perspective’s podcast #132
  6. Apple’s Steve Wozniak: “We’ve lost a lot of control
  7. 9 to 5 Mac gets its Steve Jobs doll contraband

Hardware news

  1. Light Peak will not see wide-spread adoption – chip developer
  2. C|Net: Google Chrome Cr-48, black MacBook: Separated at birth?
  3. Sharky Extreme’s biweekly CPU prices
  4. TC Magazine: Strontium debuts the pWn series gaming memory and

    Sharkoon serves up the Vibe Fixer Pro HDD / SSD mounting frame

  5. Seagate Momentus XT firmware update [215451]
  6. Engadget: Patriot intros Supersonic USB 3.0 flash drive, milks 100MB/sec from a single chip
  7. C|Net on Blu-ray’s next barriers: DVRs, thinner notebooks
  8. Engadget: Shogun Bros. Chameleon X-1 mouse flaunts its hidden gamepad and

    modder creates robotic Level 10 case, intimidates fellow gamers in the process

Newegg holiday bargain hunter 12/11

  1. $40 off hp SW350A 12.1MP digital camera
  2. 10.3″ Samsung BD-C8000 3D Wi-Fi-ready portable Blu-ray player

    (extra $80 off with promo code EMCYTZT244)

  3. $50 off Zalman FG1000 FPSGun mouse
  4. $40 off Asus Rampage II Extreme motherboard
  5. $20 off Sony Optiarc BR-5100S BD-ROM drive
  6. $5 off Sparkle GeForce 210 512MB


  1. C|Net: iPad mini rumors surface again
  2. Survey: iPad news-reading eating away at print media
  3. TUAW: hp adds more printers to AirPrint-compatible list
  4. DailyTech: Apple seeks CDMA engineers, Gmail for Android gets updated
  5. Windows Phone 7: Early sales figures should be the least of anyone’s concerns
  6. C|Net: That exploding Droid? Maybe not so much
  7. Engadget: T-Mobile says it’ll launch ‘4G’ tablets in 2011 and Motorola

    Android tablet specs and Honeycomb home screen leaked in Taiwan?

  8. C|Net reviews ViewSonic ViewPad 7 and

    Verizon’s 4G VL600 modem is dangerously fast (review)

  9. Engadget’s smartphone buyer’s guide
  10. Engadget posts Nexus S and BearExtender PC reviews
  11. InsideHW reviews Samsung Omnia 7: Galaxy S in a Windows suit
  12. Download Squad: Android Market getting a much-needed

    update with two new categories and more to come

  13. SuperSite’s Windows Phone app of the week: AP Mobile
  14. TechFlash reports PopCap scores two of the best selling iPhone apps of 2010
  15. TUAW: Angry Birds developers to launch ‘Bad Piggy Bank‘ mobile payment system


  1. Phoronix: AMD’s Linux team takes another blow and

    Nvidia comments on its Linux driver architecture

  2. Dedoimedo on Super OS – Do we really need it?
  3. HTG explains: Which Linux file system should you choose?
  4. AV-Comparatives: Retrospective test – November 2010 (PDF)
  5. SuperSite’s Google Chrome vs. the world, part 2: Chrome Web Store
  6. Network World on Chrome OS: 10 thigs you can (and can’t) do with the Google PC
  7. TUAW: Mac App Store has software developers optimistic
  8. Wine 1.3.9
  9. Advanced SystemCare 1.40 beta


  1. Big Download: UK teenager arrested for causing Call of Duty server attack
  2. C|Net on the 10 most disappointing games of 2010
  3. Shacknews reports Deus Ex: Human Revolution extended

    CGI trailer reveals more backstory, augmented action

    and Mass Effect2 trekking to PS3 on 1/18 in N.A., 1/21 in Europe and

    Civilization V DLC brings new scenario and two new civs on December 16

    and Civilization V patch brings oodles of fixes, soon

    and NFS Hot Pursuit ‘Super Sports‘ DLC announced

    and Quake Arena Arcade finally coming to XBLA on December 15

  4. Battlefield Blog: Pure gameplay action from Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam
  5. Bethesda Blog: New Vegas game update available on PS3

    will be on Xbox 360, Steam next week

  6. Super Meat Boy and Team Fortress 2 updates released on Steam
  7. Shacknews Weekend Confirmed episode 38 (podcast)
  8. posts Christmas gift guide 2010: Gaming

Systems and storage

  1. Guru3D’s PC buyer’s guide – winter 2010
  2. Hardware Secrets has first look at Gigabyte’s GA-P67A-UD4 motherboard
  3. TR alum Dustin Sklavos reviews 750GB Seagate Momentus HDD
  4. TechSpot reviews 1GB Iomega eGo USB 3.0 portable hard drive
  5. KitGuru reviews 240GB OCZ RevoDrive X2 SSD
  6. CowcotLand reviews 40GB Corsair Force F40 SSD (in French)
  7. Legit Reviews on Bigfoot Networks Killer 2100 gaming network card


  1. TweakTown has Gainward GeForce GTX 570 GLH 1280MB overclocked
  2. HotHardware’s OC’ed GeForce GTX 480 shootout: MSI vs. Gigabyte
  3. X-bit labs review Nvidia GeForce GT 430
  4. TWL reviews Epson EX7200 projector
  5. Hardware Heaven on Razer’s StarCraft II peripherals
  6. BCCHardware reviews Tt eSports Challenger Pro gaming keyboard
  7. C|Net compares mechanical keyboards
  8. Examiner’s gaming mouse buyer’s guide – part 1

Power, case, and cooling

  1. Funky Kit reviews 875W Thermaltake Toughpower XT PSU
  2. Legit Reviews on BitFenix Survivor case
  3. X-bit labs review Thermalright Archon CPU cooler
  4. techPowerUp! reviews Xigmatek Aegir SD128264
  5. Viper Lair reviews Noctua NH-C14
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    • geekl33tgamer
    • 9 years ago

    Core i7-2600K ES on eBay. Bet Intel are really happy about the seller who’s offering these…

    • henfactor
    • 9 years ago

    iPad mini? Really? Isn’t that what we call an iPod touch?

      • UberGerbil
      • 9 years ago

      No, the iPod touch will become the iPad Nano. After a “must have” refresh or two, of course.

    • Deanjo
    • 9 years ago

    Maybe I missed it but did TR notice that AMD based motherboards are now getting SLI support (in addition to the Crossfire support).

    §[<<]§ r[

    • oldog
    • 9 years ago

    To the cognoscenti,
    Does net neutrality in any way affect DOS attacks?

    • DancinJack
    • 9 years ago


      • NeelyCam
      • 9 years ago

      Can’t wait.

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        I CAN WAIT. i’m interested, but I can wait.

      • jdaven
      • 9 years ago

      Wasn’t there a story on Friday about Intel releasing a chip for Tablets and ultraportables in 2011 but waiting until 2012 for smartphones. If this is the case, I just don’t see how Intel’s chip will compete with ARM SoCs in 2012. I can see four ARM chips (quad-core) running at 2.0 GHz+ for about 1W of power. That includes better PowerVR graphics engines.

      What will Intel have in 2012? A single core Atom SoC running at 1GHz at 1W? I don’t see this being very competitive.

        • UberGerbil
        • 9 years ago

        I agree that Intel has a huge set of problems in climbing the power wall, but I’m not sure comparisons to quad-core ARM is all that valid either — which shows they have their own set of challenges. There’s not a lot of apps that can take advantage of quads, even in the desktop space (and it’s not like many of the desktop apps that can, like image processing, are going to be running on phones — at least not until docking stations with HDMI and USB etc ports are commonplace… and the phone GPUs can drive 1080p+ monitors). The challenge for ARM is to raise single-thread performance without eating a lot of power; they also are going to be facing their transition to 64bit (without repeating the mistakes others, and they themselves, have made when moving up in address space). Intel does have those bases covered (though not in a particularly low-power way).

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 9 years ago


    Mass Effect 3. Jeez, back in the day, the sequels brought huge improvements such as better gameplay, new generation of graphics, physics, etc… Like Half Life 1 > Half Life 2
    Doom 2 > Doom 3

    Mass Effect 1 > 2 > 3 although good game, play and look the same. Curse the consoles.

      • Krogoth
      • 9 years ago

      Because, Mass Effect is suppose to be a single trilogy. Think of them as episode 1, 2 and 3.

      • Pettytheft
      • 9 years ago

      The days of graphical leaps and bounds are done. It take alot of money to make a new engine. Can’t believe you brought up HL. Yes, I want to wait more than 10 years for a game to be completed. I thought Valve was getting it right with the episodic content but here we are with no release date in site.

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 9 years ago

        Graphical leaps and bounds will come back… when the next generation console wars heat up.

          • Peffse
          • 9 years ago

          I really expect to see minor updates the next console generation.
          Antialiasing mandated, true 1080 HD instead of upscaled ED, etc etc

      • SonicSilicon
      • 9 years ago

      This seems to glossing over the time between releases and changes in technology.

      Doom : 1993 > II : 1994 > III : 2004
      Half-Life : 1998 > 2 : 2004 > 2ep.1 : 2006 > 2ep.2 : 2007
      Mass Effect : 2007 > 2 : 2010 > 3 : 2011

      Between the Doom and Doom II there wasn’t much time nor technology difference. It was a decade until the third installment.
      With Half-Life it was six years between the first and second main games.
      So why deride Mass Effect for a three year gap?

      The content is more important to the M.E. series than the presentation. On top of that, it serves the trilogy’s interest to remain on the same hardware (not requiring new hardware to finish the story,) thus the technology doesn’t have a whole lot of room for growth.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      Doom 2 > Doom 3

      Exactly right. Doom 2 was way the hell better than Doom 3.

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