Thursday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. WSJ: AMD’s board clashed with CEO over (lack of mobile) strategy
  2. X-bit labs: JEDEC to standardize “sub-standard” solid-state drives
  3. Bye-bye, physical media? Sony closes CD plant
  4. TechFlash: PC shipments ho-hum in Q4 as consumers yawn, embrace iPad
  5. The App Whisperer: Covert video of Apple iPad 2 just released
  6. OCW: Fujitsu unveils ‘world’s first’ glasses-free 3D PC
  7. techPowerUp! reports GeForce GTX 560 called GTX 560 Ti and releases January 25th
  8. PC Gamer: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 to have more of a

    “survival element,” won’t make console compromises


  1. X-bit labs: GlobalFoundries set to spend $5.4 billion on expansion in 2011 and

    IBM & Samsung to jointly explore new semiconductor materials for sub-20nm processes

  2. Fudzilla reports Oracle sued for theft of source code
  3. C|Net reports German investigation of Novell patent sale halted
  4. DSLReports: Comcast merger conditions involve basic neutrality protections

    and users revolting against Shaw’s new, high pricing

  5. Ars Technica: Accuracy, nuance big casualties in latest War on Piracy salvo
  6. Nielsen Wire’s factsheet: The U.S. media universe
  7. C|Net on trends in digital photography: The not so good
  8. ABC News: Too much TV, screen time may mean earlier death
  9. HotHardware’s Two and a Half Geeks webcast – 1/12/11
  10. Ars Technica: Parrot AR.Drone to get new racing, aerial dogfight games

Hardware news

  1. Fudzilla: Sony’s new Fusion-powered Vaio priced in EU
  2. TC Magazine: Acer Aspire One 522 Brazos-based ‘netbook’ up for pre-order

    in the U.S. and Asus ships Sandy Bridge-based G73SW gaming laptop and

    Dell Latitude 2120 netbook makes its debut, dual-core Atom option included

    and Sony adds custom-built option for its 13.3″ Vaio S laptop

  3. SemiAccurate has Intel’s Patsburg chipset in detail
  4. Fudzilla: Asus officially launches Maximum IV Extreme

    motherboard and G.Skill shows its Sandy Bridge memory kits

  5. MSI said to be prepping overclocked, GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II – TC Magazine
  6. Engadget: Iogear drops two new wireless keyboards, one with Bluetooth
  7. Dealzon’s deals: $150 off 16” Toshiba A660D-ST2G02 AMD quad, $100 coupon

    for 23” Dell Inspiron One 2305, $25 coupon for hp Slimline s5780t i5, and $90 coupon

    for AKG K 172 HD headphones


  1. Engadget: Sprint promises ‘industry first’ at February 7th event and

    Samsung Mobile boss confirms Galaxy S successor, Galaxy Tab

    roadmap being announced next month

  2. BusinessWeek: Apple, Verizon took years to clear iPhone differences
  3. TUAW: Verizon iPhone reportedly unaffected by “death grip” issue
  4. TechFlash: Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon reign in CES data tests by RootMetrics
  5. C|Net reports Verizon Wireless adds 16 New York cell sites
  6. Bloomberg: Google Android more vulnerable than iPhone, antivirus maker says
  7. Fudzilla: California budget blow out caused by mobiles
  8. Ars Technica’s tablets roundup at CES 2011
  9. t-break: ViewSonic ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10 on video
  10. Joystiq: ThinkGeek slaps a joystick on the iPad
  11. DSLReports: T-Mobile preps first 21Mbps smartphone
  12. TUAW: New iOS beta released offering new gestures,

    Xcode updated with AirPlay services for apps (updated)

  13. DailyTech: Microsoft prepares to destroy WP7 unlocking, unlockers plead their case
  14. Confirmed: Personal Hotspot feature coming to all iPhones in iOS 4.3
  15. Analysts: Verizon iPhone will put brakes on U.S. Android growth
  16. Digital Trends on Verizon’s iPhone 4 vs. AT&T’s iPhone 4: Twins compared
  17. Alleged Samsung Galaxy S2 picture, specs come about – TC Magazine
  18. Coming soon: Smartphones with 16MP cameras – CrunchGear
  19. AnandTech’s Nokia N8 review
  20. The PlayStation Official App now available for download
  21. Shacknews: Remedy reimagining Death Rally for iPhone, iPad
  22. Eurogamer: Alan Wake 2 to use Windows Phone 7?
  23. TUAW: Kindle app now supports Project Gutenberg eBooks
  24. TiVo: iPad app due end of January – The Mac Observer
  25. Silicon Republic: ‘The Daily‘ iPad digital newspaper to debut 19 January


  1. Tech ARP: Yet another anti-piracy update for Windows 7?
  2. The Register: Attacks on IE drive-by bug go wild
  3. Network World: Kama Sutra malware threatens to put Windows users in awkward position
  4. Download Squad: Internet Explorer 9 to have “show tabs below address bar” option
  5. TC Magazine reports Mozilla aims to finish Firefox 4.0 by the end of February
  6. Network World: In HTML5 war, Microsoft guy

    slams “President of the United States of Google”

  7. Phoronix has extensive benchmarks of Amazon’s EC2 compute cloud
  8. CPUCool 8.11
  9. Belarc Advisor
  10. Dropbox 1.0.13 Final


  1. Engadget: Sony asks for restraining order against Geohot, fail0verflow over PS3 exploits
  2. EA CEO: Digital downloads won’t kill physical media just yet
  3. VG247’s source – Sony to announce PSP2 in Tokyo on January 27
  4. Ars Technica: Link Xbox Live to… GameStop? Buy in store, it’s waiting at home
  5. Shacknews: F.E.A.R. 3 delayed again, now due in May and

    Dragon Age II pre-orders get extra sword and shield; all new

    copies get ‘The Black Emporium’

  6. VG247 has S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 info blowout: New characters, DX11 support & more
  7. Big Download: BioShock 2 PC DLC gets release info update
  8. Cataclysm LP now available on iTunes
  9. TweakTown reviews Dead Rising 2: Case West (Xbox 360)

CES 2011 coverage

  1. Obsolete Gamer: Alienware & Verizon take gaming on the road
  2. Legit Reviews covers CES 2011: Mad Catz & DisplayPort
  3. Digital Trends on digital camera trends from CES 2011

Systems and storage

  1. TechSpot’s PC buying guide: 2011 kick off
  2. HotHardware reviews 13.3″ Maingear Clutch ultraportable notebook
  3. Hardware Heaven reviews Asus ROG Maximus IV Extreme (P67)
  4. SemiAccurate’s P67 motherboards roundup
  5. Hardware Canucks review 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws F3-16000CL9D-8GBRM memory kit
  6. TweakTown’s Corsair Force Series F90 SSD RAID report


  1. reviews AMD Radeon HD 6950
  2. InsideHW on AMD Radeon HD 6870 CrossFireX
  3. t-break’s Zotac GTX 580 Amp! Edition review
  4. HardwareOC reviews POV / TGT GeForce GTX 570 (in German)
  5. TestFreaks’ Sparkle GT 240 512MB vs. 1024MB comparison
  6. Doc Rock: Calibrating your monitors on the cheap
  7. Digital Trends has 12″ NIX Hu-Motion review
  8.’s A.C. Ryan PlayOn!HD Essential 1TB media player review
  9. [H]ard|OCP and Technic3D (in German) review Corsair SP2500 2.1 speakers
  10. Everything USB’s Microsoft Arc Touch mouse review
  11. Examiner shares Chameleon X-1 gaming mouse / game pad first impressions

Cases and cooling

  1. OCC reviews Antec Lanboy Air case
  2. OCIA reviews Galaxis Atlus mid-tower case
  3. Benchmark Reviews on SilverStone RV02B-EW case
  4. Hardware Secrets reviews 3R System L-600 V.Rex Jr. case
  5. Björn3D reviews In Win Dragon Rider case
  6. PureOC reviews NZXT Sentry LXE fan controller
  7. Hardware Secrets reviews Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev. 2 CPU cooler
  8. CDRinfo’s CPU coolers roundup – January 2011
Comments closed
    • bottlenecker
    • 9 years ago

    Samsung is releasing a Galaxy s2? They never got around to fixing the GPS on the original yet! Not to mention there has been no update from any of the US carriers as far as OS. We’re stuck at 2.1 with no flash. Unless of course you wanna tinker a bit (which I do).

    All in all, a bad experience for me. Crappy support and a network that gets spottier and slower data as time goes by in my neck of the woods. ATT and Samsung are on their last leg with me.

      • TREE
      • 9 years ago

      This is what typically happens with these companies. From HP, Samsung, Dell, Sony etc… they all possess the same trait, and that is simply too much product segmentation. They never support what they release and they usually have poor return procedures for those same products (not always the case with laptops and such). It also does not help that they do not consider software as a main asset to the device which they have created. Heck you only have to look at the number of tablets they release which use Windows 7.

      If you want my advice, as much as it pains me to say it, get an Apple device in future. At least that way you’ll have a quality device with the backing of a software company that very much focuses on the user experience.

    • Grape Flavor
    • 9 years ago

    “STALKER 2 will have more of a survival element” “and more underground bunkers”

    Ugh. I take this to mean STALKER is going to be less of a sprawling-landscape FPS, and more of a spooky-corridor, monster-closet, scare-a-minute survival horror game.

    Count me less than enthused.

    • anotherengineer
    • 9 years ago

    [url<][/url<] Here's to hoping. Although its probably just one obscure benchmark that means nothing. Hopefully it is on par with SandyB.

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    “Cataclysm LP now available on iTunes”

    seriously?????? who would buy this?

      • jdaven
      • 9 years ago

      Nerds! Lots and lots of nerds!

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 9 years ago

    My hats off to the Stalker devs for not falling for the console compromise. Guess I’ll be picking that game up.

      • ClickClick5
      • 9 years ago

      Agreed. Any game with a PC release should be, well, graphically better.

      I fear this is how Crysis 2 will end up: Graphics: Low, Medium, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 + SSAO.

        • l33t-g4m3r
        • 9 years ago

        It’s not just graphics, but compromising for dumbed down gameplay, and personally the gameplay is the biggest letdown.

          • SonicSilicon
          • 9 years ago

          Is that a generalization, or specially about Stalker?

            • l33t-g4m3r
            • 9 years ago

            generalization about console ports.

      • indeego
      • 9 years ago

      Have we forgiven them for realeasing an unfinished game, however?

    • Palek
    • 9 years ago

    Fudzilla: Asus officially launches Maximum IV Extreme

    Asus marketing showed admirable restraint with the naming of that one. No triple capitalized x-es anywhere.

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