National Pie Day Shortbread

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  1. Apple: Disrupt or perish – C|Net
  2. ATi-Forum: AMD’s rebranding strategy finished (in German)
  3. Graphene won’t replace silicon in CPUs, says IBM
  4. bit-tech: Gigabyte responds to LGA1155 socket issues
  5. X-bit labs: Western Digital “evaluates” feasibility of hybrid disk drives
  6. TG Daily reports Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 coming in November
  7. Guild Wars Guru has fifth profession reveal: Guardian

National Pie Day

  1. NEC and Lenovo in PC joint venture talks: report
  2. Network World: Three more Microsoft executives jump ship
  3. eWeek reports IT salaries remain flat for second straight year: Dice survey
  4. Multichannel News reports FCC commish Baker says FCC shouldn’t

    have ‘forced’ broadband build-out on Comcast / NBCU deal

  5. Windows Weekly 192
  6. TUAW on the best Angry Birds birthday cake ever
  7. OT: How to fill 56 beers in one minute

Hardware news

  1. TC Magazine: Galaxy releasing two custom, overclocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti cards
  2. Android and Me shares rumor: Android Market to hit Google TV sets in March / April?
  3. Electronista: Art Lebedev preps Optimus mini six key companion
  4. Engadget: Logitech introduces M515 wireless mouse
  5. X-bit labs: Antec introduces its first ever liquid cooling system for microprocessors


  1. Toshiba to iPad: You’re flashy, but you’re lame – C|Net
  2. Electronista: HTC trademarks Sensation, hints at custom tablet UI
  3. Rbmods on Luxa2 Pa5 iPad case
  4. X-bit labs: Nokia N9 expected to feature Intel Atom, MeeGo
  5. Neowin: Microsoft to officially support homebrew developments on Windows Phone 7
  6. SuperSite for Windows: Hands-on with enhanced movies for Windows Phone 7

    and Windows Phone 7 app of the week: Zombies

  7. Download Squad: Songbird app for Android goes beta, we go hands-on
  8. t-break’s iPhone 4 game of the week – Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor


  1. TUAW: Zibri spots more Qualcomm evidence in iTunes
  2. Help Net Security: Cybercriminals shifting focus to non-Windows systems
  3. Tech ARP’s Windows 7 SP1 roadmap rev. 2.1
  4. Unixmen on Pardus 2011 – A Linux distro that needs your attention
  5. Scientific Linux 6 Beta 1 released
  6. Wine 1.3.12 released
  7. Driver Sweeper 2.8.5
  8. Gmail Manager 0.6.2
  9. GBoost 1.03.0


  1. Firing Points: Rage quitting
  2. Joystiq: 2 Player Productions working on Minecraft documentary
  3. Big Download: Half-Life fan-made short film Beyond Black Mesa finally released


  1. t-break reviews Zotac Zbox Blu-ray AD03 HTPC
  2. X-bit labs review Core i5-2400S
  3. Tech ARP’s BIOS option of the week – Search for MDA resource
  4. Hardware Heaven’s MSI E350AI-E45 AMD Fusion motherboard review
  5. X-bit labs review Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3 and GA-PH67A-UD3
  6. Madshrimps review ASRock P67 Extreme4
  7. TecCentral reviews Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H rev. 2.1 (in German)
  8. ocaholic reviews 4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 dual channel kit
  9. BayReviews on AT&T Adrenaline AD600 USB Aircard
  10. TweakTown reviews HIS HD 6850 1GB IceQ X Turbo
  11. Overclockers Online reviews 55″ Samsung Series 6 UN55C6500 LED TV
  12. t-break reviews Tritton AX180 gaming headphones
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    • adam1378
    • 8 years ago

    X-bit labs: Western Digital “evaluates” feasibility of hybrid disk drives

    I have been using a Seagate XT Hybrid drive in my latest generation Macbook. I really don’t see the advantage of the Flash on the drive but I am not an expert in the field. I notice most is the battery life has dropped from 3 hours to about 2.

      • UberGerbil
      • 8 years ago

      TR has included the Momentus XT in recent [url=<]2.5" drive comparisons[/url<] and [url=<]reviewed it[/url<] when it was new. [quote<]Seagate's decision to use the flash exclusively as a read cache effectively eliminates any potential for improved write performance over mechanical hard drives. The company's focus on improving performance also means that the flash isn't used to conserve power. In fact, the XT is likely to sap more battery life than mechanical hard drives because it must power a flash memory chip in addition to rotating media.[/quote<]It certainly doesn't stand out from the pack when the price is factored in. But your 33% drop in battery life is unlikely to be caused entirely by the drive; more likely, you're also seeing the effects of battery age and charge/discharge wear. All that said, the Seagate design is just one data point; the Momentus XT is by no means the only way to build a hybrid drive. It's possible WD has some ideas that will deliver a very different experience.

        • blastdoor
        • 8 years ago

        I wonder if hybrid drives are even necessary. It seems like having a 32GB SSD chip on the motherboard (potentially with a much higher bandwidth connection to the CPU than is possible over SATA) combined with an OS that is just a little bit smart about distinguishing between the SSD and the mechanical drive for different uses, would end up being a better solution than a hybrid drive.

        The OS “smartness” could be as simple as defaulting to put the OS and program files folder on the SSD and all user documents on the mechanical drive. Then maybe add a tiny bit more complexity for situations where a user has more apps than can fit on the SSD, by having the OS pay attention to which apps are used more frequently, and automatically send the less used apps out to the mechanical drive. Finally, maybe add a little bit more complexity by moving active documents to the SSD until they are no longer active.

        Seems like this approach would be easy to implement and would be quite a bit more effective than a hybrid drive that has no OS support.

    • PhilipMcc
    • 8 years ago

    There are only 2 types of Pie I like; hot and cold. Love the short breads.

    • NeelyCam
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]X-bit labs: Nokia N9 expected to feature Intel Atom, MeeGo[/quote<] The article says the chip would be [i<]Moorestown[/i<]! That makes zero sense... Moorestown idle power is too poor to compete with ARM. My guess is that it's Medfield, and if so, we finally get to see how power efficient a low-power-optimized x86 chip can be. End of ARM monopoly? Yes.

      • sweatshopking
      • 8 years ago

      End of ARM monopoly? No.*

      there. fixed that for you.

        • NeelyCam
        • 8 years ago

        Um… are you confused about the meaning of the word “monopoly”?

          • willmore
          • 8 years ago

          I wasn’t before I read the OP. What monopoly?

            • NeelyCam
            • 8 years ago

            At the moment, every smartphone in the market is ARM based. In theory, ARM’s monopoly position in cell phone chip market could mean that could hike the license prices as much as they wish since they are the only game in town – and this extra cost would end up getting passed on to the end customer.

            If Intel Medfield manages to be competitive with ARM solutions in price, performance/watt, performance and idle power, that would break ARM’s ability to set the prices arbitrarily, ending ARM’s monopoly in the smartphone chip market.

            • dpaus
            • 8 years ago

            If… Also ìf` the new N9 phone is successful.

            • NeelyCam
            • 8 years ago

            N9 doesn’t have to be successful for Medfield to be successful. I would argue that if Nokia picked up Medfield, that’s a testament to the chip’s performance/power and idle power capabilities. If Medfield hadn’t delivered, Nokia would’ve gone with OMAP… they can’t afford to screw up with a bad chip choice.

            So, I’m thinking the chip is good, and will be picked up by others (HTC/Samsung/LG…). So, we finally have an alternative to ARM.

            • dpaus
            • 8 years ago

            I`m saying that it won`t be considered a success in the marketplace until there`s been a (highly) successful product based on it. If the N9 fails – even if it had nothing to do with the chip – it`ll be that much more difficult to get the next design win.

            • NeelyCam
            • 8 years ago

            I think top engineering companies are smarter than that… if failure wasn’t the chip’s fault, it wasn’t the chip’s fault. It’s their job to figure out these details, and optimize their own product based on all the information available.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 8 years ago

            NONONO. M$ and Intel are the [i<]evil[/i<] monopoly companies, everyone else when they have a 'monopoly' or competitive advantage such that they can set prices as they like are kind and benevolent and don't take advantage whatsoever!

            • willmore
            • 8 years ago

            OMG, did you realize that every cell phone processor uses CMOS transistors on silicon! They could hold us hostage with their monopoly position!

            Seriously, getting an ARM license is very easy, almost everyone in the industry has one. They’re used in almost every embedded processor market segment. They compete in almost all of those segments with PPC and MIPS designs. In this one segment, they dominate. In set top boxes, for instance, they’re pretty much nonexistant.

            Now, if Intel can get an x86 arch chip down to the performance/watt/$ range that ARM does so well in, they might be able to capture some designs, but if you want to worry about some company abusing their monopoly position, *they’re* the ones to worry about. I wonder if someone at Intel is kicking themself for selling off their ARM license to Marvel? Naw, probably not, they didn’t own all of the IP for ARM–like they do for x86.

          • sweatshopking
          • 8 years ago

          Ummmm. I am not confused. I’m just giving you a hard time. I’m just not convinced that it’s a terribly competitive product.

            • NeelyCam
            • 8 years ago

            I see. Yeah, this makes sense. Nokia is a rookie cell phone company, making rookie mistakes using non-competitive chips. A company has to learn the ropes first before they can be successful… Nokia having being in the cell phone business for only 3 years is bound to make such mistakes.

            Clearly, Medfield is a horrible chip, and Nokia only chose it because they don’t know what they are doing.

            (Wait… am I missing a zero somewhere?)

      • CuttinHobo
      • 8 years ago

      How exactly has ARM used their monopoly in cell phones and embedded devices to hurt you as a consumer? And if ARM was going to jack up the prices, wouldn’t they have done so already? As you point out, they’ve already got the phone market.

      The thing that I’m worried about is Intel finally making a chip to compete with them and totally squashing ARM with the sheer strength they can put behind it. Everybody knows who’s got the best fabs in the business. How long will ARM’s partners last against Intel in that uphill battle?

      But there’s no need to worry. An Intel monopoly is bound to be more benevolent than evil, greedy ARM once they’ve got a stranglehold on the market.

        • NeelyCam
        • 8 years ago

        I guess now I’ve seen it all. Intel is trying to enter a new market to break a monopoly, and people are against that. ARM monopoly is good and pure, and helps the consumers.

        Logic -> out the window. Did you forget that competition is a good thing?

          • CuttinHobo
          • 8 years ago

          You got it – we all hate competition. On the contrary, I want to see ARM in a good position because I’m interested in seeing them push into other markets – like with Nvidia’s Denver project. The possibility of ARM shaking up the desktop market is exciting and would be the first competition x86 has seen there in a very long time. Would you agree that there’s a monopoly on the desktop? Also, ARM’s “monopoly” is in the instruction set and not the implementation. Companies can license their chip designs, sure – or they can make their own. Among ARM partners there’s quite a bit of competition between Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, even Apple, and sooner or later Nvidia’s Tegra (and surely others, but I’m not going for an exhaustive list).

          But since when does Intel appreciate competition? And could you please describe to me how ARM’s current lock on cell phones has been so evil and detrimental to consumers? So far we’ve only heard a lot of jibber-jabber from you about their hold on the market, but nothing about *how* they’ve been abusing their power and making us gladly grab our ankles.

            • NeelyCam
            • 8 years ago

            Monopoly can result in stagnant high prices. Competition pushes prices down. Can you show that ARM has reduced the license fees?

            BTW, what has happend in the desktop market? Both players – AMD and Intel (the source of all evil) – have been reducing prices for years, while releasing better and better products. How is Intel abusing their supposed monopoly position? Where it matters (end product prices), there seems to be intense competition for the benefit of the consumer.

            • CuttinHobo
            • 8 years ago

            I don’t need to show that ARM has reduced license fees. Can you show that Intel has reduced license fees for x86? Wait, they don’t exactly hand those out, do they? Anyone who wants to can license from ARM… when was the last time Intel allowed a new competitor in? And yet – without showing any proof whatsoever that ARM has, is, or will in the future screw us all – you ask me how Intel abuses their position? Apparently you don’t recall last year’s $1.2 billion dollar settlement in AMD’s favor for Intel’s anti-competitive behavior.

            You’ve spewed nothing but fear about ARM in phones while turning a blind eye to x86’s hold on your own desktop. And you know what? Standardizing on an instruction set has allowed you to run the vast majority of software – whether you paid $1000 for an Extreme Edition CPU from Intel, or $50 for an Athlon II, or $200 for an Atom netbook. But you don’t seem angry with Intel over that. Rather, they’re the white knight riding to rescue you from…. what? Are you currently being man-handled by a Cortex A9? Should we present you with a doll to show us where it touched you?

            I’m all for competition. That’s when things get interesting! If only x86 had as many licensees competing against each other as ARM does… imagine the mainstream CPU market in, say, a five-way split instead of two.

    • dpaus
    • 8 years ago

    [i<]"Microsoft to officially support homebrew developments on Windows Phone 7"[/i<] That's huge, and an indication of just how badly Microsoft wants traction against iOS and Apple. I guess Steve Ballmer read my post yesterday about what still makes WebOS attractive vs its competitors. Hey, Steve, buddy, you`re welcome; no problem - take it and run with it!

      • UberGerbil
      • 8 years ago

      Maybe Ballmer finally remembered what made Windows successful in the first place.

        • dpaus
        • 8 years ago

        Or stopped being blinded by that burning desire to beat Apple at their own game.

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