Friday Shortbread

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  1. An update to optimize the performance of AMD Bulldozer CPUs that
    are used by Windows 7-based or Windows Server 2008 R2-based
    computers is available
  2. X-bit labs: Intel reorganizes mobile business
    units to boost smartphone, tablet efforts
  3. Fudzilla: MSI rolls out X79A-GD45 (8D) motherboard
  4. VR-Zone: New-generation GPU memory bandwidth
    increases: more for compute than for graphics
  5. Fudzilla: AMD Radeon HD 7970 slide leaks and
    Radeon HD 7970 volume shipments in January
  6. Engadget, TechSpot, and The Verge review Motorola Xyboard
  7. CVG: Xbox 720 launching in 2013, 'Microsoft source confirms'


  1. AllThingsD: Bill Gates is not coming back to Microsoft
  2. WSJ: Ultrabooks bring speed and light to Windows (thanks Neutronbeam)
  3. X-bit labs: Intel licenses Near Field Communication tech from Inside Secure
  4. Fudzilla: USB 3 will be standard on Ivy Bridge
  5. AppleInsider: Apple releases Apple TV software
    version 4.4.4, tweaks iOS 5.0.1 for iPhone 4S
  6. PCPer's podcast #182
  7. NCIX's stocking stuffer super sale
  8. Newegg's computer deals
  9. Dealzon's deals: $400 coupon for 15.6” Lenovo Y570 i7-2670QM / GeForce
    GT 555M, $174 coupon for 14” Lenovo G470 i3-2330M, $75 coupon for
    13.3” Lenovo U300s i7-2677M / 256GB SSD, and $45 off 60GB Corsair
    Nova 2.5” SSD

  1. Fudzilla: Qualcomm unimpressed by Tegra 3
  2. Reuters has an exclusive: Made in Texas: Apple's A5 iPhone chip
  3. DigiTimes: Apple to launch 7.85" iPad in 2012, say sources
  4. Market share of non-Apple tablet PCs to surge in 2012, says Nvidia CEO
  5. Engadget: Windows Phone 7.5 SMS bug breaks
    messaging hub, hard reset is the only remedy
  6. RIM: BlackBerry 10 smartphones won't arrive until end of 2012 - Engadget
  7. Engadget: Adobe Flash Player, Netflix streaming
    apps updated for Ice Cream Sandwich
Software and gaming

  1. Fudzilla: Nvidia open sources CUDA compiler
  2. Huff Post: Internet Explorer auto-update feature brings users newest browser
  3. Phoronix: Nvidia 2011 driver year in review
  4. Eurogamer: CD Projekt responds to demanding nearly €1000 from alleged pirates
  5. GameInformer: Modern Warfare 3 bans could last 5,000 days
  6. The Verge: EA launching Command & Conquer Play4Free browser game
  7. Eurogamer: Skyrim patch 1.3 on Xbox Live now
Systems and storage

  1. TechReviewSource on Lenovo IdeaPad V470
  2. PCPer reviews Core i7-3930K
  3. X-bit labs on AMD FX-8120, FX-6100, FX-4100 CPUs
  4. ocaholic reviews Gigabyte GA-X79-UD7
  5. Hi Tech Legion reviews Asus Sabertooth 990FX
  6. The SSD Review on HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL 6Gb/s SATA/SAS controller
  7. ThinkComputers on the best solid state drives of 2011
  8. Legit Reviews on 256GB Samsung 830 series SSD
  9. CowcotLand (in French) and KitGuru review 256GB Corsair Performance Pro SSD
  10. OCC reviews 60GB Mushkin Chronos SSD
  11. TestFreaks review 64GB Kingston DataTraveler HyperX USB 3.0 flash drive
Multimedia, power, cases & cooling

  1. iXBT Labs review Afox GeForce and Radeon graphics cards
  2. TweakTown reviews Corsair Vengeance 1500 gaming headset
  3. PureOC reviews Rosewill Mechanical Keyboard
  4. Hardware Heaven reviews 1000W Thortech Thunderbolt Plus PSU
  5. Hardware Secrets reviews 750W SilverStone Strider Gold Evolution PSU
  6. TestFreaks review 750W NZXT HALE82 PSU
  7. Real World Labs on PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III PSU
  8. Benchmark Reviews on Rosewill Blackhawk-Ultra HPTX case
  9. Neoseeker reviews NZXT Source 220 case
  10. LanOC Reviews and Tbreak review Noctua NH-D14 SE2011
  11. TR alum Joel Hruska pens liquid coolers roundup: Intel, Corsair, MainGear tested
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