Christmas Eve Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. DSLReports: FCC releases full neutrality rules
  2. Skype – The Big Blog has a further update on Skype downtime
  3. Ars Technica: iPad 2 may arrive with flatter shape, better speakers
  4. Funky Kit receives Intel’s Sandy Bridge review kit
  5. Fudzilla: Core i5-2400 beats i5-650 up to 80+ percent
  6. TechRadar UK: Microsoft wants Windows 8 to relaunch PC gaming
  7. Ars Technica: OpenBSD code audit uncovers bugs, but no evidence of backdoor

    and Mozilla improves sync setup and WebGL in Firefox 4 beta 8

  8. BBC News reports Microsoft warns on IE browser bug

Christmas Eve

  1. DailyTech: Microsoft lets users know their data was leaked from the cloud
  2. Ars Technica: Comcast + NBCU approval likely in January with some strings attached
  3. Fudzilla: How much do tech companies spend on lobbying?
  4. TC Magazine: Apple, Dell & HTC sued over MP3 processing patent
  5. TUAW: Apple looking to hire voice technology, speech recognition specialists
  6. Business Insider: 10 ways Google is turning into Microsoft
  7. Ars Technica: MasterCard may cut off file-sharing sites over piracy

Hardware news

  1. VR-Zone reports Google Chrome Cr-48 laptop found for sale on eBay
  2. X-bit labs: Micron ramping up new IM Flash fab without Intel
  3. Fudzilla: Intel plans 70+ percent of Q3 2011 to be 32nm
  4. DigiTimes: PC makers face difficulty cutting into car electronics industry
  5. TC Magazine: Gigabyte G1-Killer X58 motherboard with ammo clip-based heatsink
  6. Expreview: Kingmax unveils the first 2400MHz DRAM module without heatsink
  7. SemiAccurate: AData launches DDR3L 1600MHz SO-DIMMs
  8. Sparkle announces GeForce GTX 460 Sabrina Edition
  9. DigiTimes: Logitech requires Gigabyte to suspend Revue shipments
  10. TC Magazine: Gigabyte preps the M7650 wireless mouse and

    Thermaltake unveils the Max 5G active-cooled 3.5″ drive enclosure

  11. Gizmodo: What happens when you steal a hacker’s computer
  12. Dealzon’s deals: $189 off 15.6″ Toshiba A665-S6088 i5, 15% coupon for 23″

    Lenovo IdeaCentre B510, $720 coupon for 65″ Mitsubishi 3D DLP TV, and

    $150 coupon for Denon AH-NC800 headphones


  1. DSLReports: T-Mobile to unveil 42Mbps HSPA+ at CES
  2. Ars Technica reports Android Market carrier billing comes to AT&T
  3. TC Magazine: Leaked ad plans confirm arrival of Dell Streak 7 tablet
  4. DigiTimes: ODM notebook makers developing tablet PCs with thermal modules or fans
  5. VR-Zone: BenQ’s 10″ tablet spotted in China, runs off Android 2.2
  6. WSJ: Why I don’t want an iPad for Christmas
  7. TUAW cites survey: 19% of households with iPads are likely to buy another
  8. TC Magazine: Skyfire for iPad available in the App Store
  9. AnandTech and TechReviewSource review Samsung Galaxy Tab
  10. VR-Zone: Hacked Nokia N900 running Google Android 2.3
  11. DailyTech: HTC hopes to force “Sense” into Windows Phone 7
  12. Engadget: Skype finally brings video calling to iPhone 4, maybe other mobile platforms?
  13. TUAW: Apple updates iOS Remote app to version 2.1

    and Yelp’s iOS app goes universal

  14. Switched: Mighty Eagle now available for “Angry Birds’ players (with iDevices)


  1. TUAW: Screencast your Mac to Apple TV over AirPlay and

    AirMedia Player for Windows: Stream from iOS to your Windows PC

  2. HowtoForge on VBoxHeadless – running virtual machines

    with VirtualBox 4.0 on a headless Ubuntu 10.10 server

  3. Linuxers: How to setup and configure a printer on Ubuntu or Fedora Linux
  4. n00bs on Ubuntu: Install Guayadeque music player on Ubuntu 10.10
  5. Dedoimedo: How to format large disks in FAT32 – Lindows style
  6. Download Squad: Google’s Chrome for a Cause campaign

    resulted in $1 million being donated to charity

  7. KDE Software Compilation 4.6 RC1 release announcement
  8. openSUSE announces Milestone 5 (M5) with kernel interactivity patch
  9. Mandriva 2010.2 is out
  10. Intel Network Adapter driver for Windows 7 15.8.1
  11. VirtualBox 4.0.0
  12. CCleaner 3.02.1343
  13. Belarc Advisor
  14. Hard Drive Inspector 3.87
  15. Simple Port Forwardding 3.0.16
  16. ATI Tray Tools beta
  17. ID3 renamer 4.0.14
  18. JetAudio 8.0.11


  1. Fudzilla: Motorola asks for halt of Xbox 360 sales
  2. SuperSite for Windows on how Microsoft can fix the Xbox 360 in 2011
  3. X-bit labs: Sony may consider touch controls for PlayStation Portable 2
  4. Ars Technica reports new GT5 uberwheel comes with uberprice tag
  5. Big Download: R.U.S.E. Manhattan Project DLC delayed on Steam
  6. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II 1.1 update
  7. Joystiq: Red Dead Redemption doubling XP until 2011
  8. IObit Game Booster v2.1 mini-review
  9. GameInformer reports official Tomb Raider wallpapers released
  10. Hardware Heaven’s games review 2010 – part 2: The bad
  11. Hexus.gaming reviews Kinect Joy Ride (Xbox 360)
  12. Sporcle: Nintendo (NES) games by box cover
  13. Failed Diablo III character classes
  14. Steam continues holiday sale for 12/24

Systems and storage

  1. TechReviewSource on 15″ Asus N53JF-XE1 notebook
  2. Expreview’s ASRock P67 Transformer preview
  3. OCC reviews Asus Rampage III Formula
  4. Neoseeker’s Intel LGA 1156 motherboards 6-way roundup
  5. reviews 12GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 triple-channel kit
  6. Hardware Canucks test 40GB Mushkin Callisto Deluxe SSD single & RAID


  1. TweakTown reviews Diamond Radeon HD 6970 XOC 2GB
  2. Guru3D reviews MSI R6850 Cyclone Power
  3. Hardware Heaven reviews Gainward GeForce GTX 570 GLH Golden Sample
  4. TechReaction reviews MSI N480GTX Lightning
  5. AnandTech’s Asus MS238H review – Slim and affordable
  6. TechReviewSource on Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS
  7. TestFreaks review Denon AH-D510R over-ear headphones
  8. TechReaction reviews Arctic M551 gaming mouse

Case and cooling

  1. Tweaknews on Cooler Master HAF X case
  2. Real World Labs review GlacialTech Siberia CPU cooler
  3. FrostyTech reviews Zalman CNPS9900 Max heatsink
Comments closed
    • packfan_dave
    • 9 years ago

    Since Win8 will almost certainly be released +/- a year from the 3rd-gen Xbox (both are likely in the 2012-2013 timeframe, I think), I think I’d go with everyone else who thinks Win8 will not revolutionize PC gaming (though indirectly, the 3rd-gen Xbox launch and PS4 launch will, just by moving the baseline of what console ports are starting with to something a lot more modern).

    • cybot_x1024
    • 9 years ago


    • Umbragen
    • 9 years ago

    …Windows 8 to relaunch PC gaming?

    It really is beyond the pale that Microsoft would attempt to sell this over-used, never-delivered, steaming pile of marketing bullshit, yet again. What’s really insulting, from a gamer’s perspective, given how many times they’ve gone to this shallow, shallow well, is that they’ve yet come up with a really compelling reason to migrate from Windows XP; and as long as their first allegiance is to the XBox 360, they never will.

    • entropy13
    • 9 years ago


    • mcnabney
    • 9 years ago

    VI.TechRadar UK: Microsoft wants Windows 8 to relaunch PC gaming

    This sounds like the jock that date-rapes a girl thinking that if he brings her flowers a few days later everything will just be swell.

    /Somebody must have noticed that Windows on a PC aren’t necessary anymore in the age of iPads, smartphones, Xboxes, and browser-equiped HDTVs.

      • ClickClick5
      • 9 years ago

      I thought Windows 7 was to do this…
      Vista with DX10…

      I gave up hope.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 9 years ago

    III.TC Magazine: Leaked ad plans confirm arrival of Dell Streak 7 tablet

    A 7″ tablet sounds like the ideal size to me – larger enough than a smart phone to appreciate the extra screen real estate while being more portable in a PDA/organizer/portfolio way than ~10″ tablets. I’m not too huge on the whole tablet craze but something like that piques my interest more than 10″ tablets, with the latter I’d just as soon get a real laptop.

    • pdjblum
    • 9 years ago

    “WSJ: Why I don’t want an iPad for Christmas”:

    1)already have a kindle (not me personally)
    2)have good judgement
    3)have reason
    4)have logic
    5)don’t spend my hard earned money on toys for myself (unless you consider killer pc upgrades and parts toys)
    6)self esteem is not tied to ownership of apple products
    7)I have freewill
    8)I like to watch video on big monitors and tv’s
    9)not to mention wanting no part of the apple ecosystem, which has dumbed down people’s appreciation for non compressed music

      • sschaem
      • 9 years ago

      Only one reason for me.. its 500$
      If I had to own an apple product (I never had) I would go for the iTouch 4g for $185 . Great features for the price.
      But if the ipad2 is 400$ I’m game

      WSJ reasons seem like a joke. “I dont want it because game are addictive like cigarettes and Ipad got allot of great games.”

    • green
    • 9 years ago

    thanks for the shortbread ron!
    taking time out for this on christmas eve is appreciated

    also to the TR guys, nice to see the blue theme is coming along:

    §[<<]§ (assumed to be work in progress and on hold til some time after christmas or new years)

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 9 years ago

      Yay, she is more blue. Now if everything (except fonts) are a shade of blue that will be epic. Be nice to be a bit closer in color to the current clor scheme though (which seems a bit purplish).

    • south side sammy
    • 9 years ago

    So, Microsoft wants to …. blah, blah, blah………. If I recall correctly it was supposed to revolutionize gaming with Vista…… I won’t be holding my breath.

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