Saturday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. Financial Post: Shaw clarifies position on Netflix rival, eases net neutrality concerns
  2. Reuters: Apple wins initial ITC ruling on HTC phone
  3. VR-Zone reports Intel might yet get Sandy Bridge-E out this year
  4. AppleInsider: Apple Cinema Display page under maintenance ahead of Thunderbolt update
  5. Reuters: Apple fixes security flaw in iPhone, iPad software
  6. Ars Technica reports Internet Explorer 9 utterly dominates malware-blocking stats
  7. Steam: Download better, stronger, faster
  8. New Real ID Party feature now available for testing


  1. Bloomberg: Google CEO Page adds about $1.9 billion in personal wealth after earnings
  2. PCPer podcast #162
  3. HotHardware’s latest podcast

Hardware news

  1. Expreview reports DRAM contract prices decline 7% in the first half of July
  2. HotHardware reports AVADirect grabs pocketful of Radeon

    HD 6990M chips, shoves them in Clevo notebooks

  3. VR-Zone reports ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Professional launches

    and Thermaltake launches Level 10 GT LCS chassis

    and SilverStone introduces Temjim TJ08-E casing

  4. Expreview reports Gigabyte enables TouchBIOS on H61 / P61 platform
  5. Newegg Weekend Express
  6. Dealzon’s deals: $100 off 17.3” Toshiba Qosmio laptops, 10% coupon for 17.3”

    Lenovo G770, $10 off 16GB hp TouchPad Wi-Fi, and $100 coupon for Lenovo

    Q150 mini PC


  1. Ars Technica on a cheaper, easier cellphone antenna that can’t get much smaller
  2. Expreview reports Acer Iconia Tab A100 to launch in Europe in September
  3. TC Magazine: Motorola Photon 4G smartphone launching through Sprint on July 31st
  4. 9 to 5 Mac: Mesmerizing video shows how the iPhone 4 camera shutter works
  5. PreCentral: Advanced Browser app brings tabs, search, and more to the TouchPad
  6. wpcentral: Activate Facebook chat in Windows Phone “Mango” [how to]


  1. makeuseof shows how to install OS X Lion on an external drive to test it out [Mac]
  2. VLC media player 1.1.11
  3. Mozilla Firefox 6.0 beta 2


  1. Shacknews: Ubisoft announces online pass, dubbed ‘Uplay Passport

    and Call of Duty: Black Ops ‘Annihilation‘ coming July 28 to PC, PS3

  2. Yahoo! News: EA to shut down online servers for 13 of its games
  3. Ars Technica reports Duke Nukem Forever sold 376,000 units in the U.S. in June
  4. Updated list of hotfixes World of Warcraft: Cataclysm patch 4.2: Rage of the Firelands
  5. Blue’s News has new behind the scenes F.E.A.R. 3 trailer
  6. Hardware Heaven and OCModShop review F.E.A.R. 3
  7. Shacknews has first look at Battlefield 3 ‘Battlelog’ via pulled screenshots
  8. Strategy Informer’s Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning preview

Systems and storage

  1. Guru3D’s rig of the month – July 2011
  2. t-break pits Asus Sabertooth 990FX vs. ECS A990FXM-A
  3. Hardware Secrets on ECS A75F-A motherboard
  4. Phoronix reviews ASRock H61M/U3S3
  5. TweakTown’s 8GB Patriot Gamer 2 AMD Edition PC3-12800 kit review
  6. VR-Zone’s 120GB Corsair Force GT review
  7. Legit Reviews on Seagate GoFlex Satellite mobile wireless storage
  8. Kitguru’s Synology RackStation RS3411xs review

Multimedia, casing, and cooling

  1. OC3D on Crysis 2 – DX9 vs. DX11 – HD 6990 vs. GTX 590
  2. reviews PowerColor HD 6870 X2
  3. HT4U’s major graphics card comparison: 53 models from AMD & Nvidia (in German)
  4. Rbmods on Roccat Kulo – virtual 7.1 USB gaming headset
  5. Real World Labs on RaidSonic Icy Box IB-4320STu3 USB 3.0 RAID enclosure
  6. CowcotLand (in French) and OCC review NZXT Havik 140 CPU cooler
Comments closed
    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]Guru3D's rig of the month - July 2011[/quote<] Damn, that was a nice build!

      • ClickClick5
      • 8 years ago

      I don’t think I blinked the entire time I read that article.

    • oldog
    • 8 years ago

    What! No Spotify news?

    Got my invite today. Interesting service. I think it may just put iTunes out of my misery.

    • stratosrally
    • 8 years ago

    The link to Thermaltake’s new Level 10 GT LCS chassis tried to download a Trojan.
    MCSE caught it.

    • crabjokeman
    • 8 years ago

    The sponsors of the malware test are all Microsoft Gold Partners. Hmm..

    • Jigar
    • 8 years ago

    [b<]Reuters: Apple wins initial ITC ruling on HTC phone [/b<] Those 2 patents are so generic that i think every phone maker company can be sued. I don't understand, any tom, dick and harry can understand that this is a generic solution and cannot be granted patent.

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 8 years ago

      What patents are they? The story didn’t say.

      Also, why is Steve Jobs a tag for that story? He wasn’t mentioned and he doesn’t even work at Apple currently.

        • sweatshopking
        • 8 years ago

        U.S. Patent No. 5,946,647: “A system and method causes a computer to detect and perform actions on structures identified in computer data.”
        U.S. Patent No. 6,343,263: “A data transmission system having a real-time data engine for processing isochronous streams of data includes an interface device that provides a physical and logical connection of a computer to any one or more of a variety of different types of data networks

        one for a computer to identify and use data, and the other on having a plugged in device. it’s a joke, and they really have no business having them.

          • BobbinThreadbare
          • 8 years ago

          WTF, how did they ever get those? Isn’t there prior art dating to like the 1940s?

      • can-a-tuna
      • 8 years ago

      I hope crapple buries HTC. I like that Asian generic bad looking android device maker even less than Apple.

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 8 years ago

      Then they copy this hilarious quote:
      “Asked for comment, Apple reiterated a previous statement by Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs that “competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.””

      Hah ! If Palm(HP) sued like Apple they could have a case against every smartphone on the market as well (iphone especially).

    • Jigar
    • 8 years ago

    Malware & other malicious applications, IE blocks 92% vs Mozilla and others just 13% sheesh, you have me as your regular IE 9 user Microsoft.

      • sweatshopking
      • 8 years ago

      not super surprising. MS has put a TON of work into security. more than anyone else.

      • anotherengineer
      • 8 years ago

      It probably should be taken with a grain of salt as always.

      “The study only looked at sites that depended on tricking users into installing malicious software; anything that used browser flaws to run wasn’t included in the test. The focus was also exclusively on malware targeting European users”

      • DrD
      • 8 years ago

      “The study only looked at sites that depended on tricking users into installing malicious software; anything that used browser flaws to run wasn’t included in the test. The focus was also exclusively on malware targeting European users, though Internet Explorer 9 has also scored highly in other tests by the company with a global purview. The URLs visited were harvested from spam e-mails, instant messages, and social network posts”

      Browser flaws NOT included.

      “Though this clearly bolsters Internet Explorer’s safety, it comes at a cost, in the form of false positives. Unsigned and unusual downloads generate a warning, even for harmless programs. A Microsoft add-on for Visual Studio fell foul of this problem, for example. ”

      I think the article need to be read in full, stops 92% of all malware vs 13 % for the others is NOT the whole story.

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]VR-Zone reports Intel might yet get Sandy Bridge-E out this year[/quote<] Man, what is Intel doing? Are are they in a hurry to release a half-assed product? If I were them I would take my time and do it right.

      • Jigar
      • 8 years ago

      No they just got intel on how BD is going to woop ass 2600K

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