Thursday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. Engadget: Maingear and Origin PC shove Intel’s Core

    i7-2700K into gaming rigs, overclock it beyond 5GHz

  2. Apple iPad was supposed to be Intel Atom-based – book
  3. X-bit labs: Memory prices remain flat, 4GB module still costs less than $20
  4. DigiTimes: Graphics card makers conservative about Nvidia and AMD 28nm chips
  5. Engadget: Asus Transformer Prime shots leak out, apes the Tao of Zenbook

    design and Verizon throws Galaxy Nexus signup page live, claims exclusivity

  6. Hardware 2.0: Windows 8 sure looks like it violates Apple’s new ‘Slide to unlock’ patent
  7. Office 2007 Service Pack 3
  8. Battlefield 3’s Patrick Bach: “the biggest benefit

    for the console has been that we’re leading on PC”


  1. Intel and CERN extend Openlab agreement
  2. Steve Jobs condemned hp‘s PC spinoff: “It is tragic”
  3. BBC News: BT given 14 days to block access to Newzbin
  4. DigiTimes: Asus & Gigabyte to miss motherboard shipment targets for 2011
  5. TC Magazine: MSI reveals the Z68MA-G43 (G3) PCI-E 3.0-enabled motherboard
  6. VR-Zone reports AData launches its XM13 series of mSATA SSDs
  7. Engadget on Nokia’s kinetic future: Flexible screens and a twisted interface (video)
  8. VR-Zone: Nokia partners up with Monster for co-branded headsets
  9. NCIX’s Happy Halloween sale
  10. Dealzon’s deals: $170 off 17.3” Toshiba L770D-ST5NX1 AMD A6-3400M,

    $160 off 13.3” MacBook Pro 13 MC700LL/A Core i5, $40 coupon for 14”

    Dell Vostro 1440 Celeron, and $35 off MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II Radeon

    HD 6950 2GB PCIe video card


  1. BlackBerry has an update on PlayBook OS 2.0
  2. The Engadget interview: Nokia’s Peter Skillman talks design (video)
  3. Forbes: Tango to be Windows Phone / Mango’s

    first videocalling service, leapfrogging Skype

  4. Tbreak reviews Nokia N9
  5. Tbreak has Ice Cream Sandwich on Nexus S
  6. HotHardware reviews Motorola Bionic

Software and gaming

  1. DigiTimes: New Windows verification process creates

    controversy between ODM and brand vendors

  2. Introducing Firefox with Bing
  3. CCleaner v3.12.1572
  4. NGOHQ has Hybrid PhysX mod 1.05ff
  5. Joystiq reports work on Fallout MMO can continue

    for now; Bethesda injunction appeal denied

  6. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty patch 1.4.2 – now available on the PTR
  7. Wired’s op-ed: If you want to fight piracy, maker better games

Systems and storage

  1. XSReviews on CryoPC Alto HTPC
  2. TechReviewSource on Asus Zenbook UX31
  3. X-bit labs have contemporary netbook platforms comparison
  4. Phoronix on multi-core scaling performance of AMD’s Bulldozer
  5. ocaholic on Asus Sabertooth X79
  6. Hi Tech Legion reviews Zotac Z68ITX-B-E WiFi Supreme
  7. OC3D reviews Gigabyte Z68AP-D3
  8. PureOC reviews ECS A75F-A Black Deluxe
  9. Madshrimps review Foxconn A75M FM1
  10. X-bit labs on 2TB Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo 2-bay NAS drive

Multimedia, power, and cases

  1. Hardware Canucks on the effect of GPU memory on surround & stereo 3D performance
  2. Real World Labs on Jabra Supreme Bluetooth headset
  3. Hardware Heaven reviews Tt eSports Isurus in-ear gaming headset
  4. Björn3D reviews Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition
  5. Hardware Secrets reviews Corsair TX550M PSU
  6. Guru3D reviews Corsair Carbide 500R case
  7. PureOC reviews Cooler Master Storm Trooper and Tt Chaser MK-1 cases
  8. techPowerUp! reviews SilverStone Precision PS06 case
  9. TestFreaks review NZXT Tempest 410 case
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    • entropy13
    • 8 years ago

    No news on Macs being attacked by trojans (again)? Or was that in another shortbread already?

    • albundy
    • 8 years ago

    “BT has 14 days to block access to a site that links to pirated movies, a judge has said.”

    I guess the simpleton of a judge is clueless about the other thousand sites that doe the same. Senior citizens such as this one, although slow and retarded, can serve a purpose.

    “Sites that link to pirated films and music are becoming the new focus of the creative industries.”

    i wouldn’t say that they have been creative lately…in a decade or so…

    • NeelyCam
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]Apple iPad was supposed to be Intel Atom-based - book[/quote<] Yep - Intel screwed up on that one. My favorite: [quote<]"We tried to help Intel, but they do not listen much. We have been telling them for years that their graphics suck."[/quote<] This says it all.. Now, though, it seems that Intel's arrogance is starting to give way to some humility... a multi-year failure to bring a cell phone chip to the market can do that to a company.

      • Duck
      • 8 years ago

      Labree is a failure too. Intel should just poach Radeon/Geforce engineers. They can afford it. At least they could if they were not so anal about maintaining that 66% profit margin.

        • UberGerbil
        • 8 years ago

        Larabee was an interesting experiment that got productized way too soon. As an experiment, it was useful and even successful (when experimenting, failures tell you something and often lead to the most valuable knowledge). But the Intel product marketing machine got their hooks in it and changed the expectations to the point that failure was inevitable.

        And engineering salaries are not going to have an impact on their profit margins (at least not for several decimal places).

          • Duck
          • 8 years ago

          You’ve got to say it was a commercial failure. Even in the HPC market. Don’t you agree?

          What I had in mind was more along the lines of offering 10 times the amount of money to all AMD/NVIDIA GPU engineers to poach as many as possible. I’m sure that’s going to add up some 😉

            • UberGerbil
            • 8 years ago

            Yes, in fact I almost put “commercial” before “failure” when I wrote that. But I thought it was obvious from context. It could only be viewed as an experimental success if it wasn’t being viewed through the lens of commerce. Once it was a product, the expectations went from “learning useful things” to “making money” or “establishing a market presence” or whatever commercial spin you want to put on it, and at that point it was doomed.

            You’re not talking about a lot of engineers, just a dozen or so key guys. Even at a few million per, you’re talking about low 9 digits. Intel had net Income of $3.7B in the past quarter, and almost $12B last year (certainly more in 2011). Against $12B, $100M is less than 1%

    • PeterD
    • 8 years ago

    “Firefox with Bing” ??
    Looks like a protestant ceremony in a catholic church.

      • indeego
      • 8 years ago

      If Firefox support sells more Windows 8, you bet your ass Microsoft wants it. Microsoft worked closely with Mozilla with porting Firefox to Windows Vista in a way that benefited Mozilla.

      Besides, Mozilla needs all the support it can get. Chrome will be surpassing Firefox likely in the next 2-3 years at current adoption rates.

    • Arclight
    • 8 years ago

    It seems the time for my RAM upgrade has comed

    quote As first-tier DRAM manufacturers are under little pressure to ship, it is unlikely that price will decrease in the short term. end quote

    • Jigar
    • 8 years ago

    [b<]Engadget: Maingear and Origin PC shove Intel's Core i7-2700K into gaming rigs, overclock it beyond 5GHz[/b<] How about i build the system on my own and avoid that $1000 dent that you were so happy to give it to my wallet 🙂

      • Arclight
      • 8 years ago

      Not everyone has the knowledge or experience. It s hard untill you do it once, afterwards it s alot easier (uu that s what she said)

    • DancinJack
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]Hardware 2.0: Windows 8 sure looks like it violates Apple's new 'Slide to unlock' patent[/quote<] This kind of thing makes me sick. Not that it's Apple, just that there are actual articles about it.

      • yogibbear
      • 8 years ago

      I really doubt the patent would hold up in any type of cease and desist claim or whatever.

        • indeego
        • 8 years ago

        Microsoft also indemnifies every customer of its products in case of patent filing against them. If they ever lost and then lost on appeal and were forced to pay for patent breach they could lose a LOT of money from a single patent.

        It has never really been tested that far however and a lot would have to happen to get there. Microsoft would likely just buy voting shares of a company that threatened them, or sick the BSA on them. 🙂

        The patent world is a mess. The people that benefit from it are also harmed by it.

        • khands
        • 8 years ago

        Samsung has fought that particular one citing prior art over seas, I’m sure something similar will happen hear.

        • LaChupacabra
        • 8 years ago

        And anyway. Everyone knows to unlock an Apple product all you have to do is close and open the cover


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