National Clean Off Your Desk Day Shortbread

7 Up

  1. Mad Money’s Jim Cramer picks Intel as his #2 stock of 2011
  2. Intel on the Windows / ARM port: It could be a good thing for us – Ars Technica
  3. ATi-Forum on MSI’s Bulldozer motherboard (in German)
  4. KitGuru: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 power requirement revealed
  5. WSJ: Verizon to offer iPhone users unlimited data plans
  6. Download Squad reports VLC for iOS now available from Cydia
  7. Sophos: Facebook will not end on March 15th. Hoax news story spreads like wildfire

National Clean Off Your Desk Day

  1. Computerworld: Intel says Light Peak interconnect technology is ready
  2. Amazon cloud can help hack Wi-Fi networks: expert
  3. Fast Company: Google Bike lets riders virtually navigate the neighborhood

Hardware news

  1. Notebook Italia: Asus Eee PC 1015B E 1215B with AMD E-350 APU (in Italian)
  2. TC Magazine: Asus bundling network / audio hybrid card with Intel X58 ROG motherboard
  3. Ars Technica: ioSafe’s portable drives come with full metal jacket, free data recovery
  4. TC Magazine: Huntkey’s X7 500W power supply gets 80 Plus Platinum certification
  5. VR-Zone: Corsair H60 specifications released
  6. Dealzon’s deals: $200 coupon for 17.3″ hp dv7t quad-core i7 2nd gen /

    8GB RAM / Blu-ray & $50 coupon for 15.6″ hp dv6t quad-core i7 2nd gen


  1. TR alum Dustin Sklavos covers CES 2011: Toshiba’s tablet and glasses-free 3D
  2. Notebook Italia on Acer’s Iconia tablet with AMD’s C-50 1GHz (in Italian)
  3. TUAW: Happy fourth birthday, iPhone
  4. TUAW editorial: The GPL, the App Store, and you


  1. Download Squad: Ubuntu 11.04 officially switches default media player to Banshee
  2. OMG Ubuntu on five ‘new’ screenlets for Ubuntu: Gmail, clock, and more
  3. Phoronix reports Cedega to be replaced by GameTree Linux Software
  4. TC Magazine: Microsoft says Office 2010 is the fastest-selling consumer Office yet
  5. PCMag reports Apple patches serious OS X bug
  6. PCWorld: One-third of all malware appeared in 2010
  7. TUAW: Happy 10th birthday, iTunes
  8. SlimBrowser 5.00.142
  9. ID3 renamer 4.1.1


  1. VG247: Hydra-exclusive Portal 2 gameplay filmed at CES, controller to get “level pack”
  2. Joystiq on Kinect hacks: Gesture-based Modern Warfare, Zelda, and Doom
  3. Ars Technica on Killzone 3

CES 2011 coverage

  1. OCC and Tweaknews cover CES 2011
  2. PC Perspective covers CES 2011: Corsair Link technology

    looks to expand on monitoring and control of your PC

  3. Hardware Canucks cover CES 2011: Sapphire, MSI, and Corsair
  4. Legit Reviews covers CES 2011: EVGA, MSI, Crucial, and Razer
  5. BCCHardware covers CES 2011: Crucial, Thermaltake, and Plextor & LiteOn
  6. Björn3D covers Cooler Master @ CES 2011
  7. BCCHardware covers OnLive @ ShowStoppers CES 2011


  1. SPCR’s Sandy Bridge review part 1 and part 2
  2. Tech ARP’s BIOS option of the week – SM I/O buffers control
  3. OCIA reviews 4GB OCZ PC3-16000 Platinum XTE dual channel kit
  4. techPowerUp! reviews Zalman ZM-MH200 U3 dual HDD dock
  5. Ultimate Hardware reviews Sapphire Radeon HD 6970
  6. PureOC reviews Asus Radeon HD 6870 DirectCU
  7. Overclockers Online reviews Samsung CLX-3185FW color laser multi-function printer
  8. Benchmark Reviews on Thermaltake Challenger Pro gaming keyboard
  9. APH Networks on Gigabyte Aivia K8100 keyboard
  10. Real World Labs review Thermaltake LUXA2 LM300 Touch Pro HTPC case
  11. KitGuru’s Airen RedWings and Aimaxx eNVicooler fans roundup
  12. SPCR reviews Noctua NH-C14 CPU cooler
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    • FuturePastNow
    • 9 years ago

    It’s official: AM3+ motherboards look exactly the same as AM3 mobos.

    • ew
    • 9 years ago

    [b<]Computerworld: Intel says Light Peak interconnect technology is ready[/b<] [quote<]Light Peak, announced in 2009, was originally designed to use fiber optics to transmit data among systems and devices, but the initial builds will be based on copper, said David Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager of Intel's Architecture Group, in an interview with IDG News Service at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.[/quote<] Light Peak just went from 0 to boring at 299,792,458 meters per second.

    • ew
    • 9 years ago

    [quote<]National Clean Off Your Desk Day Shortbread[/quote<] I'm outraged by the implications!

    • glacius555
    • 9 years ago

    Sooo.. What exactly does Razer’s controller mean to me, besides being an alternative control method?

    • blastdoor
    • 9 years ago

    I think Cramer might be wrong on Intel. While Intel is currently a very profitable company, the risks posed by ARM are rising. Smart investors should realize that ARM poses the biggest threat to the x86 cash cow that Intel has ever faced. I’m not saying that ARM is a threat to Intel’s existence, or the success of x86 in the market. What I’m saying is that it’s a threat to Intel’s profitability. Intel might eventually have to cut prices to compete with ARM and that will hurt profits. That probably won’t happen this year or even next year, but the year after that, quite possibly so. And so a cloud will hang over this stock, making any rallies short-lived.

      • jdaven
      • 9 years ago

      Jim Cramer wrong?!? Never! Lol!

      • beck2448
      • 9 years ago

      I agree. Smartphone capability will be enough in coming years to replace laptops for many.

      • Ronald
      • 9 years ago

      To be fair, Jim Cramer made Intel his #2 stock before the Windows / ARM announcement at CES:

      This is what he said on his show after the announcement:

      [url<][/url<] Scroll down to "Next, Thursday, we hear from my second favorite Dow Stock... Intel..."

    • poulpy
    • 9 years ago

    [quote<]VI. Download Squad reports VLC for iOS now available from Cydia[/quote<] Just caught up with the fact it had been kicked out, nice touch Apple! Users across the world welcome the move and rejoice in the knowledge they're back to the stone age with mandatory format conversions with 3rd party tools.. Love my iPod Touch for it's a great piece of hardware but I sure hate Apple for these kind of things.

      • Deanjo
      • 9 years ago

      Place the blame where blame is due. It was VLC that requested the app be removed. Not Apple.

        • poulpy
        • 9 years ago

        The situation isn’t very clear but given Apple’s previous behavior I wouldn’t give them the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise.

        From the person who some accused of being responsible for the pull:
        [quote<] A number of people and -unfortunately- popular bloggers have jumped to the obvious conclusion: the VideoLAN project, and I in particular would be idealist morons who care more about technical license details than users, and we would have constrained Apple. This is not quite true.[/quote<] [quote<]I am inclined to believe what Eben Mogel, from the Software Freedom Law Center, foretold me 2 months ago: Apple would remove VLC simply because it cannot stand software distributed under the GPL on its stores[/quote<] [url<][/url<] Edit: How's that -1 material?! I'm quoting the dev himself..

        • designerfx
        • 9 years ago

        what about the blame for apple for not following the GPL? granted, it is their choice, but that doesnt’ excuse it

      • Corrado
      • 9 years ago

      Nope, the dev requested it be removed, plain and simple. He felt like the DRM put on top of the app when it was being downloaded was a violation of the GPL, and thusly asked for it to be removed.

      [quote<]Rémi Denis-Courmont [who is a lead contributor to the VLC project, and therefore had the grounds to pursue a licensing claim based on his included and GPL'ed code within the VLC iOS app –Ed.] waged a one-man campaign against Applidium's iOS port of VLC, claiming the app violated the GNU public license (GPL) because App Store purchases have Digital Rights Management (DRM) applied to them. The end result seems somewhat counterproductive, because now unless you downloaded VLC before it was pulled from the App Store, you can't install it on your iOS device at all. So much for ensuring that VLC can be freely distributed. It's also important to note that VideoLAN, the group that's responsible for the desktop version of VLC, had nothing to do with getting Applidium's VLC port removed from the App Store; as an organization, VideoLAN itself did not pursue removal of the VLC app from the App Store. As berserk as it sounds, it really has been all about one guy's beef with the App Store's rules. One guy with a vested interest in seeing Apple lose to his employer, Nokia. [Note that for many open source projects, the distinction between a single developer and 'the project' is not always clear and the hierarchy (or lack thereof) may be somewhat ad-hoc; we don't know the internal politics or leadership structure of the VideoLAN project nor Denis-Courmont's administrative role. –Ed.][/quote<]

        • poulpy
        • 9 years ago

        See my other reply, it’s difficult to know exactly what happened with all the speculations going around the web but Rémi Denis-Courmont, the dev in question, has a different opinion.
        Anyways got it installed on my iPod Touch so now I just have to prevent some of the iTunes I connect to to wipe it all out..

          • Deanjo
          • 9 years ago

          There is no question what happened. It is all clearly outlined in their mailing-lists.

          • jdaven
          • 9 years ago

          Lol! Poulpy you are a great example of denial/anti-ism theory (which I just made up). Find a situation that could propagate your world-view about something/someone you don’t like. Fit the facts to your liking and then say its unclear when shown that your facts might not be right.

          You would make a great politician. Never back down from your preconceived notions even in the face of overwhelming evidence. Classic!

            • poulpy
            • 9 years ago

            Dude you might want to chill out, I’m quoting the actual dev involved and giving my source which is far more than any other in this thread has done.
            Yet I’m not yapping death to Apple, I’m saying situation didn’t look clear to me and Apple has been there and done that before so I wouldn’t be surprised if they were on the wrong here.

            There are rules governing the GPL and there are terms applying to the Apple Store. I don’t see the need to wrap up something that’s Free of charge into a DRM blanket in the first place and when it suits them, or when there’s enough pressure, Apple has been known to make amendments to their terms.

            As the dev said his request for something to be done regarding the breach to the GPL was more than two months ago which sounds pretty slow in terms of execution when a lawsuit could be pending and they can/have pulled overnight other apps.

            Either way I don’t like apps being pulled in general and especially in this case where the Video playback/conversion management for Apple handhelds is appalling.

          • Corrado
          • 9 years ago

          Its not difficult to know what happened. He plainly said he requested Apple remove it from the store because he feels that the DRM put in place prevents ‘free distribution’ and thusly violates the GPL. End of story. Theres on Apple conspiracy here. He’s been saying for weeks/months he’s thinking of taking it down, but finally did.

            • poulpy
            • 9 years ago

            Reading his last entry he doesn’t seem to have finally done anything, his request seems to have been done 2+ months ago in an attempt for Apple to alter their terms so the GPL wasn’t violated anymore.
            Anyway let’s agree to disagree, it seems done and dusted for everyone whereas to me this was a case of trying to get the terms to be flexible where they were stupidly rigid, it didn’t happen and they pulled the app.

      • blastdoor
      • 9 years ago

      My problem with this situation isn’t the loss of VLC, it’s the fact that conversions must involve third party tools. I would prefer that iTunes automatically do the conversions to h264. That’s preferable to the current situation because it would get rid of the need for third party tools (which confuses many users) and it’s preferable to VLC because the iDevices are optimized for playback of h264, not all of the other formats out there (and that makes a big difference in terms of battery life).

    • JeffKlahorst
    • 9 years ago

    Is there a prize for first post of the day?

      • poulpy
      • 9 years ago

      Yep you get thumbed down, that’s the price 🙂

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