World IPv6 Day Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. Blast at Arizona Intel microchip plant injures 7
  2. WSJ reports Intel sees no impact on production from Arizona blast
  3. Fudzilla: ARM will kiss my ring, says Intel
  4. Expreview: AMD to announce next-generation unannounced hardware on July 16th
  5. X-bit labs: ARM describes technologies needed for heterogeneous multi-core processors
  6. Bloomberg reports Steve Jobs using iCloud to pick apart PC industry
  7. Three screens: Celebrating Microsoft’s cohesive new user experience strategy and

    Microsoft hits one out of the park with Windows 8 Start screen – SuperSite for Windows

  8. StorageReview reports Corsair issues Force Series 3 SSD recall

World IPv6 Day

  1. Ars Technica reports RSA finally comes clean: SecurID is compromised
  2. TC Magazine: Rambus gets Freescale to sign a patent deal, drops lawsuits against it
  3. TechFlash reports Microsoft, Facebook throwing weight behind AT&T – T-Mobile deal

    and cites report: the ‘Personal Cloud’ will be a $12 billion industry by 2016

  4. Fourth time’s a charm? Ars Technica on why Apple has trouble with cloud computing

    and World IPv6 Day looms: what might break (and how to fix it)

  5. C|Net reports Protect IP copyright bill faces growing criticism
  6. The Facebook Blog: Making photo tagging easier
  7. VR-Zone has ECS HQ tour and interview

Hardware news

  1. Microsoft finalizes Windows Thin PC, available July 1
  2. ARM to own 40% share in 2015 notebook market with

    help from Windows 8, says ARM president – DigiTimes

  3. AnandTech reports Dell’s Latitude gets rough and ready
  4. Expreview reports Zotac teams up with VIA for availability of Zbox mini-PC
  5. VR-Zone reports WareMax does platform and OS independent SSD caching
  6. AnandTech on silent and single-slot GPUs from Computex
  7. TC Magazine: PNY’s liquid-cooled GeForce GTX 580s get priced, to arrive

    this month and Asus introduces the ROG Matrix GTX 580 graphics card

  8. DigiTimes reports 3D TV panel presentation rate may reach 12.3% for 2011
  9. Fudzilla reports MIT comes up with superfast charging battery
  10. Newegg’s 48-hour sale
  11. Dealzon’s deals: $375 coupon for 15.6” hp dv6t Quad i7-2630QM, $375 coupon

    for 17.3” hp dv7t Quad i7-2630QM / Blu-ray, $30 coupon for 18.4” Toshiba Qosmio

    X505-Q8100X i5-2410M / GeForce 460M, and $30 coupon for Logitech MK520

    wireless keyboard and mouse combo


  1. AppleInsider: Inside Apple’s move to open up SMS-style messaging to non-mobile clients
  2. The Science World has jailbroken pictures of iOS 5
  3. Ars Technica reports no 4G tethering apps for Verizon phones
  4. AppleInsider reports iOS 5 contains hints of world 3G third-gen iPad

    and iPad sales reach 25M milestone, Apple on track for 8M+ this quarter

  5. DigiTimes reports BIOS designer Phoenix readies for tablet PC competition
  6. Expreview reports Sony’s dual-screen S2 Android 3.0 tablet passes the FCC
  7. HotHardware reports Adobe’s Flash seen running on hp‘s impending TouchPad

    and RIM reveals PlayBook update and

    Walmart slashes price on iPhone 4 for June

  8. Fudzilla reports unbranded tablets doing well
  9. Ars Technica reports Samsung courts modder community with free smartphones

    and AR.Drone coming to Android, gets new multiplayer games

  10. DigiTimes reports HTC likely to supply Verizon with Brew MP-based handsets
  11. Fudzilla: Music album that knows where you live
  12. AnandTech’s hp Veer 4G review


  1. BAPCo releases SYSmark 2012
  2. 3DMark 11 patch 1.0.2


  1. Bloomberg West: Trip Hawkins sees browsers becoming main gaming platform (video)
  2. C|Net: A child’s hobby? Average gamer is 37 years old
  3. Ars Technica: NGP renamed PlayStation Vita: Wi-Fi-only $249, AT&T-only 3G $299
  4. DailyTech reports Microsoft introduces Xbox 360 wireless speed wheel
  5. Ars Technica’s interview: How Deus Ex: Human Revolution updated classic play

    and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is a complex love letter to original game

  6. Battlefield 3: Operation Metro multiplayer gameplay trailer
  7. Battlefield 3: Thunder Run tank gameplay trailer
  8. Battlefield 3: E3 Frostbite 2 features trailer (E3)
  9. Devil May Cry work-in-progress gameplay
  10. Shacknews reports Super Street Fighter 3: Third Strike Online Edition

    unveiled and PixelJunk SideScroller announced

  11. Hardware Heaven reviews Brink (PC)
  12. Shacknews reviews Infamous 2
  13. Steam’s midweek madness – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series 50% off


  1. VR-Zone’s exclusive preview of Toshiba Qosmio F750 and X770
  2. Hardware Canucks review Asus Sabertooth P67
  3. [H]ard|OCP’s Asus Sabertooth 990FX motherboard review
  4. AnandTech’s mid-range SSD roundup: 120GB Agility 3, Intel 510 & more compared
  5. reviews 128GB Crucial m4 SSD
  6. Tweaknews on Cooler Master Storm Spawn gaming mouse
  7. Real World Labs on SteelSeries Cataclysm MMO gaming mouse
  8. TR alum Dustin Sklavos reviews Moneual Sonamu G100 case: Back to the future
  9. Hardware Canucks review Corsair H60 liquid CPU cooler
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    • OneArmedScissor
    • 9 years ago

    “V.X-bit labs: ARM describes technologies needed for heterogeneous multi-core processors”

    The cache coherency and interconnection talk just made me realize that if upcoming ARM quad-cores are used in something like the 512 socket Atom server, they could have more than 1GB of [i<]cache[/i<], right out of the gate, quickly expanding to several GB. That eclipses even an eight socket Sandy Bridge EX or quad socket, dual-die Bulldozer configuration. If managed properly, that could drastically cut down RAM access to the extent of being just about a paradigm shift in data center servers...or it could just be an absolute nightmare to manage. Tiny system on a chip stuff is wild.

    • indeego
    • 9 years ago

    Sandforce reminds me of a Jaguar my dad once bought: Fast as hell, but the most unreliable POS he ever owned.

    • mutarasector
    • 9 years ago

    Hmmm… sounds like an ‘attack’ on U.S. soil if you ask me. China first, now this – DHS might want to look into this. I’ve been hearing that the new techno terrorist group known as ‘ARM-ada’ is headed by one ‘OSama Bin Android’, and the same little green android seen rapidly fleeing the China plant explosion was also seen in the vicinity of this plant recently.

      • willmore
      • 9 years ago

      Those darn Brits have had it in for us for hundreds of years! Where’s Paul Revere when you need him to spread the alarm? Oh, right, he’s warning the Brits. *facepalm*

    • mutarasector
    • 9 years ago

    re: “VI – Expreview reports Zotac teams up with VIA for availability of Zbox mini-PC”

    This looks like an interesting rival to Zacate based mini-ITX systems. I’m curious to see some more hardware specs/benchies, although I’m still rather skeptical regarding the X2 Nano CPUs (being FSB based), but I guess we’ll see.

    • anotherengineer
    • 9 years ago

    “ARM will kiss my ring, says Intel ”

    lolz but it’s on fud so it probably is.

    Either way the Godfather of organized crime has spoken, oops I mean Intel 😉

    Let the ARM vs Intel begin (continue)

    Steam’s midweek madness – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series 50% off

    Good ol steam, I am still waiting for ports of all my old favourite nes, snes and n64 games for my PC though 🙁

    (I know there are emulators, but they are not perfect)

    • 9 years ago

    “Microsoft hits one out of the park with Windows 8”

    Does Paul Thurrott know that this was just a demo? We haven’t seen a ship date for Windows 8 yet. We didn’t see them use the office applications on that tiny screen. We, haven’t seen any benchmarks? What is the performance like? What is the battery life like? Will legacy applications work on Windows ARM tablets?

    Microsoft has answered none of these questions. “Out of the park?” Are you kidding me? Really?
    Paul Thurrott has finally lost his $%^*ing mind.

    • adam1378
    • 9 years ago

    I love how the big corporations are backing the ATT-TMobile merger. Well it must be a match made in heaven if Facebook and Oracle are behind the deal. Im sure they are understand the reason it shouldn’t happen, this will make the only nationwide GSM carrier.

      • Corrado
      • 9 years ago

      Why does it matter if theres only 1 GSM carrier? As if the technology behind it means a damn? If Verizon has gone on this long and gotten this big with CDMA, why should people care about the underlying tech? Does it make calls? Is the coverage good? Are the data speeds good? Is the pricing fair? Thats the only 4 questions that really should matter when it comes to your carrier.

        • mutarasector
        • 9 years ago

        Good points. I tend to concur that the benefits from an AT&T/T-Mobile merger outweigh the knee-jerk assumptions about supposedly less market competition. In >this< case, the merger makes sense, and the single GSM carrier argument doesn’t wash w/me. I suspect the merger might actually benefit consumers by increased competition between Verizon and a stronger combined “AT&T-Mobile”. The underlying technology should be completely transparent, and users and regulators and should be agnostic with regard to these.

        I’ve said this before, but this reminds me of a replay of the failed DiSH Network/DirecTV merger a few years ago. The CableCos fought that one too (and ultimately won), even though the bastards are little monopolies themselves. Comcast can buy out regional cable operators or Time Warner without so much as a ‘boo’, but the two DBS satellite operators can’t merge, combine their satellite fleets, and effectively double transponder space (thus benefit consumers) over night?

        For regulators to be anything other than agnostic towards the underlying technology when making these decisions under anti-trust imperatives, this is just more tail-dog wagging and unnecessary micro-managing at best, and the government picking industry winners-losers at worst.

    • FuturePastNow
    • 9 years ago

    Paul Thurott is going to look like a (bigger) idiot in a year when [i<]everybody[/i<] hates Windows 8's Start Screen.

      • Fighterpilot
      • 9 years ago

      Why does “everybody” hate the tiles start screen and how do you have access to such comprehensive market “research”?

        • raddude9
        • 9 years ago

        It’s ugly

          • PeterD
          • 9 years ago

          Yes, it IS ugly. It looks like another Zune experience. “Ugliness in a free society.”

        • FuturePastNow
        • 9 years ago

        I don’t need market research to know that people hate change. Especially change for no reason to something they know. Especially when that change is going to be the default on their desktop with a mouse and keyboard and they’re going to feel stupid using it.

        Then they’re going to call people like me to come and turn it off for them.

        • mutarasector
        • 9 years ago

        Because just as XP was a ‘Fisher Price’ looking interface, the tiles start screen seems to be an interface that is aimed primarily towards only slightly older tweens – not to mention the ‘death green’ and/or ‘epileptic-orange’ color scheme is just gawd-awful and gives me a migraine looking at it.

        Besides, I want a new GUI metaphor based on planets, moons, stars, and galaxies with neat animated rotating sphere icons. Throw in asteroids, asteroid belts, meteors, pulsars, and quasars for good measure. Why can’t we have a black hole replace the recycle bin fer Pete’s sake?!

        It’s time for the ‘Nebula’ UI….

      • indeego
      • 9 years ago

      I usually hate on these things also, but it looks fine to me.

    • Palek
    • 9 years ago

    [quote<]AnandTech on silent and single-slot GPUs from Computex[/quote<] Virtual high-five to AnandTech. The heat-sink on that passively cooled Radeon HD 6850 card is humongous. The vent on the slot cover is pretty stupid, though, it will almost certainly end up sucking air - and dust - in from the outside. Also, wouldn't a card like this pretty much require a case that flips the ATX standard motherboard orientation upside down so that heat doesn't get trapped under the card?

      • FuturePastNow
      • 9 years ago

      The 6850 is a 127W GPU. Whether air is moving in or out, what matters is that air is [i<]moving[/i<] over that heatsink. Although, in this case, Occam's Razor suggests that Powercolor was just too lazy to use a slot plate different from the reference one.

        • LiquidSpace
        • 9 years ago

        It’s not 127W it’s 106W on max load.

        • Palek
        • 9 years ago

        [quote<]The 6850 is a 127W GPU. Whether air is moving in or out, what matters is that air is moving over that heatsink.[/quote<] No dispute there. The heat-sink fins are oriented the wrong way for that, though. I'm not an expert on aerodynamics, but I imagine the outside air entering through the vent will move around the heat-sink rather than through it. [quote<]Although, in this case, Occam's Razor suggests that Powercolor was just too lazy to use a slot plate different from the reference one.[/quote<] My main issue is with the lack of filters for keeping dust out. I'm sure you know how much dust can get sucked in through a vent like that. You could be right, though, and the card might be a pre-production prototype recycling available parts.

      • Farting Bob
      • 9 years ago

      I have a 4850 that is passively cooled with an accelero S1 heatsink. Its a beast in terms of size, but it cooled it about 20c better than the stock cooler that came with it. When i game i simply turn up my 200mm intake fan up to 12v as it points directly at the card. But i dont really need to.
      The thing i had to worry about was the VRM’s as they could get very hot if i didnt turn up my intake fan which points at the card.

      Passivley cooling a mid range card isnt a challenge if you know how, but selling one out the box is risky because it encourages people who dont know about how to keep an eye on temperatures or control airflow in the case to use one, and in cramped conditions passive cards will run into problems no matter how big the heatsink.

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 9 years ago

        I’ve never seen a passive 100w-ish TDP video card with a heatsink that didn’t stretch out across the entire PCB and beyond. Like what you described, it’s really just leveraging larger case fans in place of its own dinky noise maker. “Passive” is almost a misnomer, as it depends on the typically 120+ mm case fans in place of one dinky graphics card fan.

        I had a passive 9600GT with an Accelero S1 that ran at almost room temperature while playing games, while my active 6600GT, which is very low power and only uses about 50w when stressed, ran higher at idle.

        Look at stock 95w CPU coolers. They’re a very small block of aluminum, no heat pipes, and often a 60mm fan. It doesn’t take much, but the heatsink design is what counts.

        I guess it would depend on the card, but even the RAM and VRMs often seem to run cooler in passive cards, which give them finned heatsinks. Even most high power cards leave most or all of that exposed.

    • mutarasector
    • 9 years ago

    re: “ARM to own 40% share in 2015 notebook market with
    help from Windows 8, says ARM president – DigiTimes ”

    Yeah, right.

      • NeelyCam
      • 9 years ago

      I want to hear them say that in an analyst meeting

        • Farting Bob
        • 9 years ago

        “And how did you come up with that number?”
        “Well i took a number at random, then added a percentage symbol next to it.”

        • MadManOriginal
        • 9 years ago

        They could certainly do that since it would be a ‘forward-looking statement’ and those always have a lot of wiggle room.

        • mutarasector
        • 9 years ago

        Had they said ‘Netbooks’ or ‘Win-tablets’, fine, but note>books<? They think they can just unseat Intel or AMD from this market in the next 3 years?

          • Deanjo
          • 9 years ago

          Possibly with Windows 8 having an ARM port. There are a lot of factors however for it to happen. First of all arm ports of software have to be readily available and the prices have to be kept in check. Of course if intel does it’s typical illegal bundling practices ARM could be in for a tough time to reach that. I don’t know about 40% but I could see ~25% market saturation by that time. 3 years is a long time in the computer industry.

            • mutarasector
            • 9 years ago

            re: “I don’t know about 40% but I could see ~25% market saturation by that time. 3 years is a long time in the computer industry.”

            `25% is a bit closer to within the solar system, but I doubt ARM will even see that much penetration within 3 years. 3 years is a long time within the industry, granted, but as you mentioned, ARM ports of software have to be available before consumers embrace notebooks based on them. IT departments will be even more difficult to convince to embrace them. After all, no IT guy was fired simply for going with Intel based hardware, and the big boys of IT hardware (HP/Dell) aren’t going to quickly abandon Intel/AMD for ARM without a truly compelling reason to do so. ARM simply ‘scaling up’ performance alone won’t garner design wins from them if in doing so, ARM ends up simply being ‘also-ran’ processors w/diminished TDPs. This seems to be more likely because as ARM scales up, so will the TDPs. Factor in AMD’s pace on architectural tweaks and lower TDPs, I don’t see ARM market share increasing quite even that much. My guesstimate would be more like 10%-15% in notebook-space *tops*. I certainly don’t see ARM doing any better than what it took AMD the past 5-6 years to get to in notebook market share.

            • Deanjo
            • 9 years ago

            [quote<]I certainly don't see ARM doing any better than what it took AMD the past 5-6 years to get to in notebook market share[/quote<] Until recently AMD solutions were power hogs with a much slower solution, ARM doesn't have that handicap to contend with from the start.

            • mutarasector
            • 9 years ago

            True. Instead, they have to deal with native I/O support for USB 3.0, cache coherency, tweaking ARM for OoO execution, and clock upscaling, add in 32-bit memory addressing and a future 40-bit extended memory (still in the works), but ARM chips need to get to true 64-bit addressing. But can they match x86 based SoCs with far more lead time/experience in this? We’ll see.

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