Friday Shortbread

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  1. PCMag: Tech icons reflect on PC’s 30th anniversary
  2. Reuters: Intel expects Ultrabook PCs priced below $999 in Q4
  3. Bloomberg: ‘Angry Birds’ maker seeks funds at $1.2B valuation
  4. Fudzilla: Intel Marshaltown aims for 20mm slim systems
  5. Forbes reports July U.S. video game sales fall 26%; worst month since 2006
  6. Shacknews reports QuakeCon panel videos online
  7. Android Central: NFL releases official fantasy football app just in time for football season


  1. Forbes reports FTC ramping up pressure in Google probe
  2. C|Net reports Groupon’s net loss rises to over $100 million
  3. Fudzilla reports AOL in trouble
  4. C|Net’s scoop: Sprint to launch cloud services in 4th quarter
  5. Euclideon & Unlimited Detail – Bruce Dell interview at [H]ard|OCP

Hardware news

  1. GlobalFoundries announces lineup for second annual Global Technology Conference
  2. DigiTimes: Acer unlikely to increase notebook orders until September, says upstream

    supply chain and MSI, ECS, ASRock see on-month decline in July revenues

    and Foxconn sees 17% on-year growth in July revenues

    and flat panel makers set for slow sales in 3Q11

  3. DailyTech: Dell Latitude XT3 hopes to breathe life into the traditional convertible tablet
  4. VR-Zone: Samsung unveils high-capacity SATA 3 SSD with 512GB of storage
  5. Dealzon’s deals: $370 coupon for 15.6” Lenovo Y560p i3-2310M / Blu-ray, $456 off

    Lenovo G470 i5-2410M / Blu-ray, $30 coupon for hp TouchPad, and $35 coupon for

    Lenovo multimedia remote with keyboard


  1. DailyTech: AT&T clarifies stance on T-Mobile plans; T-Mobile overages rumored

    and Nokia talks trash about Android, Apple; won’t fully launch WP7 till 2012

  2. Android Central reports HTC officially announces

    partnership with Beats by Dre; devices coming this fall

  3. Android Central’s Vizio tablet hands-on and initial review
  4. VR-Zone: Meizu MX to get quad-core processor?
  5. VR-Zone: Google Android “Ice Cream Sandwich” arriving in October?
  6. VR-Zone: RIM introduces Music Store app for BlackBerry Playbook
  7. Ars Technica’s hands-on: New Boxee iPad application and Media Manager


  1. SuperSite for Windows reports Windows 7 Pro Pack

    for Windows SBS 2011 Essentials coming soon

  2. Expreview reports AMD releases APP SDK v2.5 for Llano APUs (check later)


  1. Fudzilla: Nintendo admits 3DS could have been better
  2. Shacknews: Analysts warn of substantial decline ahead of July NPD release

    and OnLive streaming into UK in Septmber

    and Guild Wars 2 Sylvari race shown off

    and Driver: San Francisco delayed on PC

    and End of Nations will be free-to-play

  3. Ars Technica: The Metroid series turns 25 this year—and matters more than ever
  4. Ars Technica on one fan’s salute to Portal 2: an animated, talking Wheatley puppet

Systems and storage

  1. Phoronix tests AMD Fusion A8-3850 APU “Llano” on Linux
  2. TweakTown pits Z68 vs. X58 – which is the better gaming platform?
  3. reviews Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P
  4. AnandTech’s SandForce roundup: Corsair, Kingston,

    Patriot, OCZ, OWC & MemoRight SSDs compared

  5. Guru3D and Hardware Canucks review 120GB Patriot Wildfire SSD

Graphics, cases, and cooling

  1. OCC reviews Sapphire HD 6950 2GB DiRT3 Toxic Edition
  2. Hi Tech Legion reviews Asus HD 6670 1GB GDDR5 with DisplayPort
  3. VR-Zone’s Thermaltake Level 10 GT case review
  4. Techgage reviews Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced case
  5. BCCHardware reviews NZXT Sentry Mesh fan controller
  6. OC3D’s Corsair H100 review
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    • DarkUltra
    • 9 years ago

    “flat panel makers set for slow sales in 3Q 11”
    that’s cuz we’re all waiting for 16:10 120Hz IPS displays with zero input lag and good black levels!

    • DeadOfKnight
    • 9 years ago

    [quote<]PCMag: Tech icons reflect on PC's 30th anniversary[/quote<] Ray Kurzweil is on crack. I'd be interested to read what Steve Jobs' and Gordon Moore's responses would be.

    • Zoomastigophora
    • 9 years ago

    I don’t normally comment, but when tech sites buy into marketing and make obviously false technical claims, it bothers me. From HardOCP’s Unlimited Detail article:
    [quote<]The Euclideon approach is one of creating more efficient processing and is not about throwing more power at old technologies. Bruce’s unique approach to 3D graphics has come about due to his isolation from the rest of the industry. He was not professionally educated in 3D graphics and all of his employees mentioned that they had to go through a steep learning curve to grasp the alien approach to building 3 dimensional world "Bruce Dell style." After spending a whole day with Bruce and coming to understand how the technology actually works, the thing that amazes me is that nobody has come up with this method in the past. But isn’t that the way with all technologies?[/quote<] Bull. Sh*t. Point-cloud/voxel based rendering has been around since the [url=<]80s[/url<], and have [url=<]been[/url<] [url=<]continually improved[/url<] [url=<]upon[/url<] since then. Voxel rendering is already in use in the medical imaging community and there have been some older games that were entirely voxel based, such as C&C Tiberian Sun. I didn't even bother watching the video after reading that passage 😐

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 9 years ago

      and had you, you would have seen that the tech is very similar, but has some unique approaches. Hardocp is giving them the benefit of the doubt, but even after their long interview nothing has really changed unfortunately. It’s all a bit sketchy, and they have yet to show anything that could be used in “the real world”.

      The video did show a live demonstration of their engine running on a laptop, which both the rep and interviewer controlled themselves, no prerecorded stuff.

      IMO, it “could” work, but they won’t sell me till they have a pseudo game that is playable with animations, sounds, controls, collision, a UI, etc. Aside from the animations, it’s all fluff, but it’s the only way they will ever sell the tech.

      • Johnny Gatt
      • 9 years ago

      “I didn’t even bother watching the video after reading that passage :|”

      That explains your naive comment.

    • PrincipalSkinner
    • 9 years ago

    [quote<] Bloomberg: 'Angry Birds' maker seeks funds at $1.2B valuation [/quote<] Birds are expensive nowadays. I guess people forgot about bird flu! 🙂

    • willmore
    • 9 years ago

    [b<]Forbes reports July U.S. video game sales fall 26%; worst month since 2006 [/b<] Sorry about that, I've been playing Terraria. I swear, I'll start buying games again once I'm done playing it. It can't be much longer now......

      • burntham77
      • 9 years ago

      Yeah, sorry, I’ve been doing replays of Dragon Age II and Batman:AA while I save up for a few new titles. Bills to pay and all that.

        • willmore
        • 9 years ago

        You’ve got bills to pay and mouths to feed? Hmm, I should go replay Borderlands, again…..

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 9 years ago

      And in a few months we’ll see: “Forbes reports November 2011 U.S. video games sales rise 78%; best month since 2007.”

      I know this is quickly becoming more and more tertiary, but there are actual games that these sales figures are based upon. If there aren’t good releases, there aren’t good sales. God forbid you explain this to a suit who wouldn’t know the difference between a masterpiece and trash. -Cpt Obvious

      • thermistor
      • 9 years ago

      Either BF3 or Skyrim or both will be the first titles I ever buy on release day.

      We’ll get those $$$ back up!

        • yogibbear
        • 9 years ago

        One isn’t on steam, the other has major hand holding…

        Will purchase both at a discount me-thinks. Probably wait till SDK is out for Skyrim and all the DLC.

        • indeego
        • 9 years ago

        DiabloIII for me. Everything else I’ll probably wait on.

          • lilbuddhaman
          • 9 years ago

          had similar feelings…until I read about all new “features” the game has… I fear it will be a shadow of it’s former self.

      • willyolio
      • 9 years ago

      are they aware that there was a Steam summer sale last month? Right, NPD only tracks retail sales… derp.

    • TheQat
    • 9 years ago

    Gaming item 1 should read “Nintendo admits . . .” rather than “Nvidia admits . . .”

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 9 years ago

      Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda
      -SWC bit the bullet and used a more powerful/modern CPU/GPU
      -SWC used a better/bigger battery
      -SWC redesigned the online components to match today’s connectivity, instead of the archaic 1998 functionality in it now.

      I feel at this point, if Nintendo put Pokemon on Android/iOS they would lose more than half their customers. I see kids (and the geekier of my friends) playing the Pokemon series exclusively on their DS’s, maybe one other title in their library otherwise.

      I have a feeling that the 3DS 2.0 will be a great system, fix many of their issues, but it just won’t hold a candle to the DS’s success.

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