Wednesday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. DailyTech reports Apple briefly surpasses Exxon as most valuable company in the U.S.
  2. ‘Stagnant’ 2011 PC ecosystem viewed as opportunity for Apple to make gains
  3. Ars Technica reports Apple releases tool to create external Lion recovery drives
  4. Security expert: Windows 7 is more secure than Mac OS X – SuperSite for Windows
  5. VR-Zone reports Dell first with AMD’s E-450 & C-60 APUs

    and images of Acer’s Ultrabook leak

  6. TC Magazine: SATA-IO aiming for 16 Gb/s transfer speeds with SATA Express
  7. TorrentFreak: UK reports shows futility of U.S. anti-piracy law

    and 200,000 BitTorrent users sued in the United States

  8. MSNBC: Take-Two reports 1Q net loss, weak ‘Nukem’ sales


  1. AllThingsD reports ITC will investigate another Apple complaint against HTC
  2. All About MS: Microsoft making big speech bets with Windows 8, Bing
  3. Puget Systems announces Puget Labs
  4. DigiTimes reports Asus sees strong revenue growth in July
  5. Ars Technica: In wake of World IPv6 Day, browsers resist IPv6 brokenness—but should they?

    and Apple offers gift cards for old iPhones, iPads, and computers (even PCs)

  6. WebProNews: Google+ account name guidelines updated
  7. TweakTown reports Futuremark announces winners of Palit overclocking contest

Hardware news

  1. AppleInsider: Apple’s Mac lineup seen taking 4.5% of PC sales in 2011, 5.2% in 2015
  2. TC Magazine: ECS expands its FM1 motherboard line, intros three A55 models
  3. SR reports Seagate Momentus XT hits 1 million drives shipped, second generation due this year
  4. TC Magazine: Gigabyte to release two more WindForce 3X-cooled Radeon HD 6870
  5. Newegg’s deals of the week
  6. Dealzon’s deals: $330 off 17.3” Toshiba P770-BT4N22 i3-2310M, $320 off 15.6” Toshiba

    P750-BT4G22 i7-2630QM, $118 coupon for 15.6” Lenovo ThinkPad T520i i3-2310M,

    and $163 coupon for 14” Lenovo ThinkPad T420 i5-2520M / Nvidia NVS 4200M


  1. DailyTech: FCC to scrutinize spectrum aspects of AT&T’s T-Mobile acquisition
  2. Ars Technica reports Verizon blocks unlicensed tethering, insists it can charge extra
  3. All About MS: Windows Phone ‘Tango‘ to be Microsoft’s lower price-point OS?
  4. Ars Technica: Apple stops Samsung, wins EU-wide injunction against Galaxy Tab 10.1
  5. TC Magazine reports Vizo releases a sub-$300 8″ Android tablet
  6. VR-Zone: Images of Apple iPhone 5 leaked?
  7. AppleInsider: Google rushing out Android 4 “Ice Cream Sandwich” to counter iPhone 5
  8. HotHardware reports BlackBerry QNX smartphone details

    leaked and names for new Sprint 4G smartphones leaked

  9. VR-Zone reports Acer’s Iconia Smart to launch in September
  10. HotHardware’s Kingston Wi-Drive review
  11. TC Magazine: YouTube app for Android updated, gets more video management options


  1. Gartner: 42% of PCs will be running Windows 7 by year-end
  2. Microsoft security bulletin summary for August 2011
  3. Ars Technica: Khronos ships OpenGL 4.2 spec, outlines plans for new sensor API
  4. Phoronix: Intel rounds out its Ivy Bridge graphics driver
  5. gHacks: Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator
  6. Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool 3.22
  7. HWiNFO64 and HWiNFO32 v3.84
  8. Adobe Flash Player
  9. Google Chrome 13.0.782.112


  1. Fudzilla reports Xbox 360 Rage HD install is 22GB
  2. QuakeCon 2011 – John Carmack keynote Q&A (video)
  3. C|Net: 10-year old hacker finds zero-day flaw in games
  4. Shacknews reports Havok acquiring game engine maker Trinigy

    and Humble Indie Bundle 3 sales pass $2 million

  5. X-bit labs: Amazon and Best Buy start to take pre-orders for PlayStation Vita
  6. TechRadar has Xbox 720: Every rumor about the new Xbox
  7. Accuracy takes power: One man’s 3GHz quest

    to build a perfect SNES emulator – Ars Technica

  8. Shacknews reports BioShock Infinite capitalizing on PS3 strengths

    and Dawn of War II getting ‘Ultramarines‘ DLC

    and Tropico 4 PC demo released and

    Street Fighter 3 Online Edition is playable offline

  9. Dead Island co-op trailer part 3
  10. CoD: MW3 Spec Ops Survival trailer
  11. Firing Points – EA vs. Valve, Battlefield 3 losing Steam
  12. CS: Source Beta, L4D2, and TF2 updates released on Steam

Systems and storage

  1. VR-Zone’s Asus ET2410INTS AIO review
  2. ocaholic’s Toshiba Qosmio gaming notebook review
  3. TWL’s how to overclock your computer 101
  4. PCStats has Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD & 20GB SSD review
  5. Guru3D’s Asus Crosshair V Formula review
  6. XSReviews on Sapphire Pure Black P67 Hydra
  7. Hardware Secrets and NinjaLane on Asus Maximus IV Extreme
  8. TweakTown reviews Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z
  9. techPowerUp! reviews 1TB AData Classic Series CH11 USB 3.0 external HDD
  10. Modders-Inc reviews 120GB Patriot Pyro SATA III SSD
  11. Benchmark Reviews on 120GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD
  12. Kitguru’s IcyDock SSD Xpander (SSD hybrid) review


  1. [H]ard|OCP’s Sapphire HD 6970 BFBC2: Vietnam Special Edition review
  2. TechSpot’s Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 SOC review
  3. Neoseeker’s Asus Matrix GTX 580 Platinum review
  4. Madshrimps review MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozer OC
  5. Hi Tech Legion reviews Asus GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II 1GB

Cases and cooling

  1. Hardware Canucks review Corsair Carbide Series 400R case
  2. DragonSteelMods on Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 case
  3. Hi Tech Legion’s NZXT Sentry Mesh fan controller review
  4. X-bit labs review NZXT Havik 140 CPU cooler
  5. OverclockersHQ reviews Thermaltake Frio CPU cooler
  6. PureOC’s GeForce GTX 590 water blocks roundup
  7. Techgage’s Zalman VF3000F GTX 570/580 GPU cooler review
  8. HT4U’s Prolimatech coolers roundup (in German)
Comments closed
    • Welch
    • 8 years ago

    I’ve just got to know why the top stories in most every one of the categories is about Apple? I’d say it was alphabetical if it werent for the fact that sometimes articles regarding “Windows” follow directly after. Whats the deal guys? Top 3 stories in the first category really need to be about Apple?

    *Searches for the Shuffle Button*

      • indeego
      • 8 years ago

      eyeballs / ad revenue / new reality.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 8 years ago

      Apple patented the Shuffle Button for news aggregation lists, so unless TR is willing to pony up the licensing fee you won’t find such a button here any time soon.

      • mutarasector
      • 8 years ago


      Note who’s posting most of the ‘breads loaded with ‘Apple butter’ as of late.

      I don’t mind articles about Apple >products< or technologies. I find these interesting as much as anything else.

      What I dislike, however, is the ‘rah-rah’ fanboyism with penis envy focusing on the corporate culture of Apple or articles about comparing apple to the U.S. Treasury, and Exxon Mobile.

      I suspect most of us here can do >without< this..

    • PeterD
    • 8 years ago

    “‘Stagnant’ 2011 PC ecosystem viewed as opportunity for Apple to make gains”

    Rather stupid article.
    They think an iPad is a computer.
    Come on, it’s a tablet pc. Compare it to tablet pc’s. Not to pc’s.

    I hope MS and the like are not going to forget their desktop users because of the pressure put on the mobile market by iPhones and iPads.
    A desktop user requires other things than a mobile user.

    • Aquilino
    • 8 years ago

    “Fudzilla reports Xbox 360 Rage HD install is 22GB”

    “Some Xbox 360 owners are going to be complaining about the 22GB necessary for the install. It is apparently an all or nothing deal, as there is no partial install option.”

    From yesterday’s Twitter: “we just recently found out that you can install one disk at a time on the 360, you don’t need to install all three.”


      • Hattig
      • 8 years ago

      If only the 360 had some form of large capacity optical media instead of ancient DVDs…

    • Arclight
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]XII.CS: Source Beta, L4D2, and TF2 updates released on Steam[/quote<] What is CS:S Beta? I thought the beta was the version with the orange box engine before the update was introduced. Did valve release another beta version of CS:S with considerable new changes?

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 8 years ago

      I think it still functions as a “beta test” client, which eventually ends up as the official…I can’t imagine any major changes from CS these days….

      (awaits a major redesign incorporating a TF2 style shop)

    • mutarasector
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]DailyTech reports Apple briefly surpasses Exxon as most valuable company in the U.S. 'Stagnant' 2011 PC ecosystem viewed as opportunity for Apple to make gains[/quote<] Rah,rah!. I just *love* this kind of 'tech' info...

    • Hattig
    • 8 years ago

    The C-60 APU looks like a pretty neat netbook CPU – low power but can turbo up to fix those situations where the C-50 would have been weak.

      • willmore
      • 8 years ago

      Agreed. I still love my C-50 netbook. I’ve undervolted it and the battery life is wonderful–wasn’t bad before.

    • dragosmp
    • 8 years ago

    The future Netbook: an Ultrabook-like chassis powered by Atom/Brazos/Kal-El, 320GB slim HDD and 400$ price tag.

    I wouldn’t mind having a “travel laptop” with those specs.

      • willmore
      • 8 years ago

      $400? That’s way too much! $300 tops.

    • can-a-tuna
    • 8 years ago

    IPhone 5 looks…fugly actually if those pics are real. Just a giant brick with boring curves. Perhaps their sales will finally drop and people stop this Apple frenzy.

      • DeadOfKnight
      • 8 years ago

      It’s not real. Just someone with too much time on their hands.

        • sweatshopking
        • 8 years ago

        doesn’t matter if it’s real or not. doesn’t matter if it’s ugly. people are still going to buy 10000000000

    • spartus4
    • 8 years ago

    “Security expert: Windows 7 is more secure than Mac OS X”

    I find this article to be totally hilarious. I especially like the part about Mac people being more susceptible to social engineering attacks. My family uses me for the tech guy and I can say that most of the trojans that family members have gotten on their Windows systems are from social engineering attacks (The ones that start out telling you your system is infected click here). The recent social engineering attack on Mac with the same kind of attack was laughable at best and was caught and a solution to prevent the attack was to disable Safari’s ability to open what is thought were safe files. I think if you look this was not a problem with other browsers on Mac. I think that if Microsoft would get rid of Active-X in Windows it would eliminate a lot of the security issues.

      • willyolio
      • 8 years ago

      yeah, but when Apple advertises Macs like this:

      “Safeguard your data. By doing nothing.
      With virtually no effort on your part, Mac OS X defends against viruses and other malicious applications, or malware.”

      its users are going to be more lax with security. Nobody even pretends Windows is perfectly secure. Apple DOES pretend that OSX is perfectly secure, and many (if not most) of its users believe them.

      • spartus4
      • 8 years ago

      I agree. In this day and age no company should market their products that way.

      I would love to be the founder of a company that actually makes a system that is usable and 100% secure with no user intervention. I could have one of those Corporate Jets the Prez. is always taking about. 🙂

    • MadManOriginal
    • 8 years ago

    Re: Ultrabooks. The over-obsession with ‘thinness’ is a bit much now. Not every laptop has to be a MB Air. A good balance is nice and all but I’d rather have a millimeter or two of added thickness and much better battery life. Using the system power improvements to ultra-shrink the chassis rather than, duh, add to actual battery life looks like it could be tipped too far in favor of ultra-thin chassis.

    Oh, and I pray more laptop makers will follow suit with the recent ‘desktop IPS monitors’ trend, even if they are not true 8-bit IPS panels (although that would be nice). It’s really the most pathetic part about laptops today.

      • esterhasz
      • 8 years ago

      Yeah, it’s especially the insistence on strongly wedged designs that I find a bit exaggerated. The MBA could easily gain an hour or more in battery life and be nicer to hold at the lower end at the same time with minimal additional weight…

        • mganai
        • 8 years ago

        Wouldn’t be surprised if that ended up being how we’ll get a closer to Air form factor MB Pro.

      • PeterD
      • 8 years ago

      Not to mention the absolutely worthless keyboards on current thin-books.

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