Friday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. TechFlash reports Microsoft earnings up
  2. Reuters: Sony insurer sues to deny data breach coverage
  3. iFixit’s MacBook Air 13″ mid-2011 teardown
  4. VR-Zone: Intel to launch a wide range of new budget CPUs between now and September

    and Hitachi announces high-resolution, glasses-free 3D IPS LCD screen for mobile devices

  5. AppleInsider: Apple exploring multilayer displays for three-dimensional computing
  6. TUAW: Adobe notes products with Lion-related “known issues
  7. Shacknews: EA Steam keys can be activated through Origin

    and Guitar Hero to be ‘reinvented,’ says Activision CEO

  8. PC Gamer reports Red Orchestra 2 system specs, box art released


  1. All About Microsoft: Don’t look now, but Microsoft

    is starting to morph into a three-headed cash cow

  2. Ars Technica reports congressmen pick sides on AT&T / T-Mobile
  3. Fudzilla: Nokia reports disappointing quarterly results
  4. Reuters: Fake Apple Store in China even fools staff

    and hacking groups say they are back after FBI arrests

    and Google boosts federal lobbying

  5. Ars Technica reports Google senses proxy requests to warn users of malware infestation
  6. PCPer podcast #163

Hardware news

  1. Fudzilla reports Intel boss has high hopes for Ultrabooks
  2. Acer America unveils next-generation TravelMate

    Timeline notebook PCs for professional customers

  3. Mac Rumors: New Mac mini benchmarks show significant performance gains
  4. DigiTimes: New MacBook Air shipments expected to stay strong from June to August

    and rugged notebooks expected to see annual growth of 10% in 2011

  5. TC Magazine reports Sapphire launches the Pure Platinum A75 (FM1) motherboard
  6. Expreview reports Supermicro QM67 mini-ITX motherboard unearthed

    and I-O Data introduces 21.5″ multi-touch monitor

  7. TC Magazine reports PNY GeForce GTX 580 SLR8 OC makes its European debut and

    VTX3D unveils the DVB-T supporting HD 6670 / 6570 Digital Streamer Edition cards

    and Roccat Isku gaming keyboard announced again, arrival expected in September

    and Corsair introduces the Enthusiast series modular power supplies

    and OCZ reveals the ZS series non-modular power supplies

  8. SemiAccurate reports Bitspower shows off high-end water cooling toys
  9. NCIX’s blockbuster savings week
  10. Breaking: Dealzon finds $30 coupon for 16GB hp

    TouchPad / free 1-day shipping (link corrected)

  11. Newegg’s July storage specials
  12. Dealzon’s deals: Save $ on 15.6” Lenovo ThinkPad T520, $250 coupon for 14”

    Lenovo G470 i5-2410M / Blu-ray, $50 coupon for 14” Dell Vostro 3450

    i5-2410M / 4GB RAM, and $350 coupon for 23” Dell Vostro 330 all-in-one PC


  1. Ars Technica’s on T-Mobile new data plans: Limited 3G / 4G, unlimited 2G
  2. Engadget reports Verizon flips the switch on 28 new LTE markets
  3. AppleInsider reports filing reveals Apple’s unique dual-screen e-ink reader concept
  4. DailyTech reports tablet sales show hope for Microsoft
  5. RIM’s PlayBook tablet approved for U.S. government use
  6. PreCentral reports Glee’s Lea Michele does hp TouchPad commercial with Beats
  7. Engadget: Dell quietly pulls the Streak to perform an update, might bring it back next month?
  8. Engadget’s Motorola Droid 3 review
  9. TechCrunch: The Netflix app (unofficially) arrives on Honeycomb tablets, here’s how to install it
  10. FT reports Facebook users in iPhone app revolt
  11. TechFlash: Is Amazon Kindle helping save the newspaper industry?
  12. Inside Google Books: Pottermore and Google team up to enable

    Harry Potter ebooks push to Google Books libraries


  1. AppleInsider: Users report issues installing Apple’s Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

    and Apple says Mac OS X Lion downloads top 1 million in first day

  2. TUAW: Mac malware ‘explosion’ missing in action
  3. The H Online: Fedora 16 to have Grub2, GNOME 3.2, and KDE 4.7
  4. Debian security advisory – opie
  5. Tech Drive-in: Firefox 8 is 20% faster than Firefox 5, install Firefox 8 in Ubuntu via PPA
  6. Beta channel update for Google Chrome
  7. Foxit Reader 5.0.2


  1. Sony: Some producing poor quality 3D – Eurogamer
  2. Shacknews reports Star Wars Xbox 360 console announced
  3. Ars Technica reports Roku adds gaming to streaming media with sub-$100 Roku
  4. DailyTech reports EA Sports plans to develop Netflix-like gaming model
  5. Battleblog #3: With an army by your side
  6. Battlefield 3 – official multiplayer gameplay trailer
  7. CVG – Batman: Arkham City DLC episodes coming?
  8. Rage: The Wasteland trailer
  9. Gotham City Impostors trailer
  10. Deus Ex live action trailer
  11. Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity / Diplomacy v1.31 (hot fix) change log
  12. Hardware Heaven’s Fallout New Vegas: Old World Blues DLC review (PC)
  13. Ars Technica – Cthulhu catches up: indie RPG struggles on Xbox, thrives on Steam

    and miss Wing Commander? SOL: Exodus is a return to space combat

  14. Steam’s weekend deal – Civilization V

Systems and storage

  1. TWL reviews iBuyPower BTS11 budget gaming rig
  2. TechReviewSource’s Lenovo Essential G570 review
  3. t-break’s AMD Llano A8-3850 review
  4. Benchmark Reviews on Asus F1A75-M Pro FM1 motherboard
  5. Intel’s Sandy Bridge – Z68 chipset – RST & Quick Sync:

    Hi Tech Legion’s interview with Dan Snyder of Intel

  6. [H]ard|OCP’s Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 motherboard review
  7. AnandTech’s ECS P67H2-A review
  8. StorageReview has Apple MacBook Air (July 2011) SSD dissected
  9. Neoseeker, OCC, and TweakTown review 120GB Corsair Force GT SSD
  10. techPowerUp! reviews 120GB AData S511 SSD


  1. Hardware Heaven’s Nvidia GeForce GTX 580M review featuring Alienware M17x R3
  2. ocaholic posts graphics cards charts
  3. OCC’s MSI R6950 Twin Frozer III Power Edition review
  4. PureOC reviews PowerColor HD 6870 X2 and HD 6770 IceQ X Turbo
  5. TweakTown reviews HIS HD 6770 IceQ X Turbo 1GB
  6. Guru3D’s HIS HD 6770 IceQ X Turbo CrossFire review
  7. Madshrimps review AMD Radeon HD 6670 1GB
  8. OCIA reviews Cooler Master Storm Sirus 5.1 gaming headset
  9. TweakTown’s Mionix Naos 5000 gaming mouse & Propus 380 mouse mat review

Power, casing, and cooling

  1. Visiting FSP + Aurum CM 750W preview – AnandTech
  2. Real World Labs have Thermaltake Level 10 / GT case comparison
  3. PureOC reviews Thermaltake Level 10 GT case
  4. ProClockers review Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced case
  5. The SSD Review on Areca ARC-4036 6Gb/s SAS / SATA JBOD enclosure
  6. Hardware Secrets reviews NZXT Sentry Mesh fan controller
  7. Neoseeker’s Corsair Hydro H80 review
  8. Funky Kit reviews Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler
  9. Legit Reviews on Thermalright True Spirit CPU cooler
Comments closed
    • Vasilyfav
    • 9 years ago

    AMD stock up 15% on earnings. Fusion prospects looking pretty good!

    • yogibbear
    • 9 years ago

    Australia still doesn’t have an R18+ rating for video games…. SCAG fail. 100% buy-in requirement proven ridiculous and insurmountable.

    EDIT: Because I only just realised that my post might not make a lot of sense to some, here is a link to the press release: [url<][/url<] The remaining issue is that although it sounds like it's all good and they've made a decision, they can't actually implement it without NSW agreeing (who have chosen to abstain) i.e. we still haven't gone anywehre, i.e. "SCAG fail".

      • Arclight
      • 9 years ago

      Maybe it’s a good thing, youngsters in Australia can spend more time outside….wait is that a good thing?

        • yogibbear
        • 9 years ago

        Err… the youngsters wouldn’t be playing these games? Are you retarded?

          • Arclight
          • 9 years ago

          Judging by my IQ test results my answer is no. But you would do good to adjust your tone.

          I meant to say by youngsters all the people that are not old. But in my defence even if they allow games with R18+ are you certain that the majority of players will be above 18 yrs old? If you do then….

            • yogibbear
            • 9 years ago

            I now understand why people invented guns.

            • Arclight
            • 9 years ago

            And now i understand the history lessons i took in middle school about Australia’s origins as a country.

            • yogibbear
            • 9 years ago

            Nah, just tall poppy syndrome at its finest. 😉

            • Arclight
            • 9 years ago

            More catholic than the Pope, much?

            • yogibbear
            • 9 years ago

            I reckon you lied before when you said you had an high IQ. That statement has taken all kinds of terrible leaps and bounds. Are you Australian or just a foreigner giving out your opinion on our politics without understanding what the actual issues are?

            • Arclight
            • 9 years ago

            I reckon i never said i have an IQ above average, you just assumed i implyed it. I’m not Australian but i’ve red a few articles about your country’s policies regarding violent video games. I know from history class that your country started as a penal colony for the British Empire and NOW you people are trying to be more catholic than the Pope banning even violent video games. I’m just saying Australia has efed up issues.

            [quote<]The British used North America as a penal colony through a system of indentured servitude. Convicts would be transported by merchants and auctioned off to plantation owners upon arrival in the colonies. It is estimated that some 50,000 British convicts were sent to colonial America, representing perhaps one-quarter of all British emigrants during the 18th century.[1] When that avenue closed in the 1780s after the American Revolution, Britain began using parts of what is now known as Australia as penal settlements.[/quote<] You must be real proud of your heritage, funny.

            • NeelyCam
            • 9 years ago

            What the hell is your problem? Did someone steal your candy this morning?

            • yogibbear
            • 9 years ago

            Yes, yes they did. Was my RDO and I had to work. 🙁

            • The Dark One
            • 9 years ago

            Oops, not meant as a reply to #20

            I guess it’s nice for EA to accept keys that were tied to Steam copies of their games, but I still can’t think of why I’d bother. For titles that are available on both platforms, there’s really nothing that Origin can do for me that Steam isn’t doing better.

      • StuG
      • 9 years ago

      I’m not going to lie, I’m not entirely sure what you are saying. Why would you want that? Do you want games to be rated at 18+ for restriction? Sorry, I have reread it and I just don’t….see why. Meaning, I literally just don’t understand it, can you explain it more thoroughly?

        • yogibbear
        • 9 years ago

        Today in Australia all the state and territory attorney generals had their 6 monthly meeting (called “SCAG”) where they were MEANT to vote on implementing an R18+ rating for video games in Australia (bringing them in line with movies and music). E.g. MK9 would no longer be banned… GTA 4 would go from MA15+ to R18+… Fallout 3 wouldn’t have been censored. Risen wouldn’t have been banned. L4D2 wouldn’t have been censored.

        The result of the meeting was that 1 single person in the meeting abstained from voting. Everyone else voted in favour. Because the system required 100% buy-in no decision has been made and it’s now 10 yrs that these discussions have been going on for. So we continue to get roughly 5 or 6 games every year banned and/or heavily modified which encourages either importation of games (to get access to games which get banned) or the use of community patches to restore game content to the way the game developers originally intended.

        The crazy thing is that the ratings board which decides what games get banned, what isn’t allowed etc. are not consistent at all and it seems to be that the larger a publisher is, the easier it is for them to get a game through and fit it into the current MA15+ rating, when really it doesn’t exist there.

        Parents think that an MA15+ game content is equivalent to an MA15+ movie, but because the ratings aren’t enforced correctly and GTAIV ends up getting badged as MA15+ parents simply won’t know any better unless they play the games themselves. From a practical standpoint as a gamer I just want access to non-censored games and to stop the requirement of importation. However, I also see the issue of parents wanting to choose correctly. If their child comes to them with a game badged R18+, I am sure parents will be much more likely to say no.

        ^^ Obviously if you aren’t from Australia a lot of this makes no sense to you as your ratings system is COMPLETELY different. I believe in the states it’s something like Teen, and 17+ or something… with an AO (which basically means not for sale at walmart) as the upper end. Currently your 17+ rating is where our MA15+ falls.

    • chasscF1
    • 9 years ago

    Microsoft earnings up.

    In other new Microsoft stock still worth nothing until Ballmer steps down.

      • Arclight
      • 9 years ago

      Don’t be harsh on the guy, he gave the world the gift of


      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      that’s true, but I think it’s largely unfounded. I would certainly agree that MS had some issues, but it seems to be doing quite well these days. xbox is clearly a success, kinect will go far, and already has disrupted the market. Wp7 is probably the most innovative phone platform, as many reviewers have stated. Windows 8 looks like it’s going to be interesting, and with the purchase of skype, and the facebook/wp7 integration, we’re going to see a reduction in carrier control, as minutes/sms become less important. I just want to pay for some data, and these guys are working on the model. Carriers know that, and it gives them less incentive to push the platform, but we’ll have to see. 2 years ago, i would have said boot balmer, these days, i’m not so sure.

      • burntham77
      • 9 years ago

      Why do the critics often have trouble spelling?

        • Arclight
        • 9 years ago

        Because when the rage kicks in the affected person makes a weird face which in turn prevents him from seeing what he writes.

          • NeelyCam
          • 9 years ago

          Have… to… resist…

          Where is Meadows?

            • UberGerbil
            • 9 years ago

            Making a weird face

            • Arclight
            • 9 years ago


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