New Year’s Eve Shortbread

7 Up

  1. FoxNews: Verizon bows to critics, drops plans for $2 ‘convenience’ charge
  2. Ars Technica reports researchers publish open

    source tool for hacking Wi-Fi Protected Setup

  3. Electronista reports Nintendo, Sony back off of SOPA support
  4. Bloomberg: Ex-hp chief Hurd’s letter from lawyer ruled public document
  5. Health.com: MP3 players may be a major source of hearing loss
  6. Valve: Any Half-Life 3 clues are ‘community trolling the community‘ – Joystiq
  7. TG Daily reports Sega’s Sonic returns in all its 2D glory


New Year’s Eve

  1. DailyTech reports China finds itself fighting hackers, phishing
  2. Ars Technica: Stanford offers a peek into its extensive Apple history archives
  3. TechSpot has the year in tech: 2011 most relevant stories
  4. OC3D’s best Of 2011 awards
  5. MissingRemote’s 2011 year in review
  6. PC Perspective podcast #183
  7. HotHardware’s podcast
  8. Weekend Confirmed 93 – year-end special (Shacknews podcast)
  9. Win an Antec Kühler liquid cooling system from Big Bruin
  10. Newegg’s holiday bargain hunter

Gaming

  1. TorrentFreak has the top 10 most pirated games of 2011
  2. Shacknews reports Grand Theft Auto III mobile supports PC mods
  3. Spec Ops: The Line gameplay trailer

Systems, storage, and networking

  1. Hardware Heaven shows how to build a Windows Home Server
  2. TweakTown reviews Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5
  3. Hi Tech Legion reviews Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD5
  4. PCStats reviews Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD
  5. KitGuru reviews ASRock A75M-ITX motherboard
  6. Benchmark Reviews on 16GB Kingston HyperX Genesis DDR3-1600 memory kit
  7. Legit Reviews and Techgage on 64GB Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 flash drive
  8. BCCHardware reviews Trendnet 200Mbps Powerline networking kit

Multimedia

  1. ocaholic has triple SLI: window opened vs. window closed – performance comparison
  2. Neoseeker’s Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 LP review
  3. Real World Labs on Elgato EyeTV NetStream DTT network dual-tuner
  4. AnandTech and ThinkComputers review 23″

    ViewSonic V3D231 3D-ready LCD monitor

  5. Hardware Canucks review 23″ Dell S2330MX LED monitor
  6. ocaholic reviews CM Choiix Boom Boom speaker
  7. Funky Kit reviews SteelSeries Sensei Pro mouse
  8. Hardware Heaven’s Star Wars: The Old Republic peripherals by Razer update

Power, cases, and cooling

  1. OCIA reviews 650W NZXT HALE82 PSU
  2. Guru3D reviews Anidées AI-6 case
  3. Björn3D and OCC review NZXT Phantom case
  4. APH Networks on LanCool PC-K9 case
  5. Tweaknews on Zalman ZM-VE200 2.5” HDD enclosure
  6. Technic3D reviews Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler (in German)
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    • DrCR
    • 8 years ago

    Health.com: [s<]MP3 players[/s<] Loud Noises may be a major source of hearing loss Fixed

      • Deanjo
      • 8 years ago

      Considering everything else has actually gotten quieter over the last few decades but hearing loss has risen substantially over the last decade or so when mp3 players started being used in mass it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what is the cause.

        • Arclight
        • 8 years ago

        I think you are both right. Mp3s per say don’t make you deaf but if you listen them at a high decibel value (i.e. with the volume turned up all the way) it will cause a hear loss. I think a major cause it’s how easy it is to listen music nowadays compared to the past.

        I don’t think there is a day that goes by that i don’t listen music on my PC. I take it easy on the volume but i have no idea what volume is “healthy” and how much time i should spend daily in order to avoid problems.

        It is a concern and i think we need someone to educate us on this matter. It’s not like we are just gonna stop listening music…but we can all learn to do it in a manner that won’t cause us pain.

          • sirsoffrito
          • 8 years ago

          Simple rule of thumb. If you are wearing head phones and someone several feet or more away from you can hear it, its too loud and causing damage. I have no earthly idea why players allow you to turn their volume up so high. Most of the times it really needs to be kept in the lower quarter or third of the volume bar.

            • cynan
            • 8 years ago

            [i<] If you are wearing head phones and someone several feet or more away from you can hear it, its too loud and causing damage [/i<] This is an overly simplistic view: How easy to hear/loud your volume levels are to someone who is "several" feet away depends more on how sealed the headphones are (ie, weather they are open or closed) and probably how loud the ambient noise is. And if you include inner ear monitors (canalphones), then you can easily listen way too loudly without anyone around you being the wiser. Secondly, there are very good reasons why MP3 players, etc, generally have extra volume headroom. The primary one is that not all headphones/earphones are the same sensitivity. Plug in a pair of 300 ohm or greater impedance heaphones into an Ipod and then tell me the volume goes higher than necessary. However, most earphones of the the style that come with MP3 players have an impedance of 20 Ohms or lower and are adequately sensitive to allow the upper volume levels to be too loud to be healthy for most people for any extended period. Also, if MP3 players were all just loud enough for people with near perfect hearing to listen comfortably, then they would be useless to people with even minor hearing loss.

      • jpostel
      • 8 years ago

      Exactly. According to TFA, the source research is pretty soft. The subject pool was folks living/working in NYC, and the contributors to hearing loss were transit noise and what people use to block out the transit noise: headphones. The hearing loss was based on previous research and noise levels around NYC were not actually measured as part of the study.

      If you have never been in the NYC subway, then let me assure you that you can hold a conversation inside, but not on the track if a train is going by. The buses are not much better either. And walking down the street is just as loud.

      All that said, and I know I must be getting too old, but if I can clearly hear what your listening to and I am not sitting right next to you, your music is too loud. This is extra true in NYC, where the ambient noise floor should cover reasonably loud music.

    • Glix
    • 8 years ago

    This again? [quote<]Health.com: MP3 players may be a major source of hearing loss [/quote<]

      • Goty
      • 8 years ago

      I didn’t hear it the first time.

      • Deanjo
      • 8 years ago

      I thought that was taken for granted. When a person can hear another persons cans 50 feet away you know those individuals are damaging their hearing. It also explains why people are talking louder now days too.

    • south side sammy
    • 8 years ago

    china and it’s hackers. maybe they should look in their own neighborhood first. you know how many attacks i fend off a day and the ip’s trace right back to china………

      • Deanjo
      • 8 years ago

      of couse, where do you think all the good proxies are located at? 😛

    • Forge
    • 8 years ago

    New Year’s Eve IX: Win an Antec Kühler liquid cooling system from Big Bruin

    – But only if you can pick American football winners/scores. MEH! Krogoth is NOT impressed! 😛

    • Duck
    • 8 years ago

    Where is TR review of HD7970?

      • krazyredboy
      • 8 years ago

      What’s all this talk about the “HD7970?”

      I’m certain, if it existed, then TR would have reviewed it, by now!

      Sheesh guys…

        • LiquidSpace
        • 8 years ago

        it exists and it’s the fastest single GPU on the market and according to reviews it’s 40% in average faster than GTX580 and has 2.3 times the tessellation performance of the GTX 580, add to that DX11.1

          • Arclight
          • 8 years ago

          Well if you though vanilla HD 7970 was awesome….check this out:
          [url<]https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=79481[/url<]

            • LiquidSpace
            • 8 years ago

            WOW that’s sick, probably with the upcoming drivers made specifically for 7000 series and games supporting the new features of DX11.1 the performance may end up being almost 1.7 times of that of the GTX580.

          • FuturePastNow
          • 8 years ago

          If you can’t link to a Newegg listing, it doesn’t exist.

          FFS, the thing isn’t for sale yet. Why so much pressure for a review of a product you can’t buy? Let the TR folks take their time and write a good review.

            • LiquidSpace
            • 8 years ago

            According to AMD the 7900 series will be in stores on Jan 9th 2012.

          • Deanjo
          • 8 years ago

          Exagerate much? 40% in average faster? I think not. On average it is about 15% faster with results ranging between 7 and 30% faster. Tessellation performance is also substancially less the your claim. In fact it is on par or slightly faster then the GTX-580 in real world results.

            • LiquidSpace
            • 8 years ago

            It’s between 20-40% faster than GTX580 in BF3 with and without AA and almost on par with the dual card GTX590:

            [url<]http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-benchmark-tahiti-gcn,3104-7.html[/url<] and this all is on beta drivers.

            • Deanjo
            • 8 years ago

            So on one game it can range 20-40% that is a 30% average. Read the rest of the tests as well in your own link. There is no way it is “on average 40%” faster and read the tesselation results as well. Again no where near your exaggerated claims. BTW you better read those graphs again the largest difference in BF3 is 27% faster.

            If you want to see % faster over a GTX-580 I would suggest you read articles where it is represented as such (or learn basic math).

            [url<]http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/AMD-Radeon-HD-7970-Video-Card-Review/1458[/url<]

            • Hattig
            • 8 years ago

            So it’s 15% to 30% faster, and its RRP is 10% higher. That’s a win.

            If there are going to be 1010MHz, 1125MHz and 1335MHz versions in the works, the last of which is 44% higher, then all bets are off. However I doubt there will be, I have doubts about the authenticity of that document – or maybe the 7970 is a crippled chip with 256 shaders disabled currently – but all that would mean once 28nm had better yields is an easy HD7980/HD8970 in July with all 2304 shaders enabled.

            • sschaem
            • 8 years ago

            And its slower with Skyrim

            [url<]http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-benchmark-tahiti-gcn,3104-9.html[/url<] Overall the 7970 is ~15%. and lose some and win some compared to the aging 40nm 580GTX.

            • Deanjo
            • 8 years ago

            Exactly, and that is compared to a reference GTX 580 at stock speeds. Is it a fast card, sure. Is it whooping the old GTX-580’s ass? Not really. Nvidia has nothing to worry about, they can let AMD have the next few months of king of the hill, until Kelper arrives.

            • south side sammy
            • 8 years ago

            [url<]http://www.eteknix.com/news/sapphire-to-debut-hd-7970-with-1335mhz-core-clock/[/url<]

            • Deanjo
            • 8 years ago

            And?

            • south side sammy
            • 8 years ago

            thought you might like to know what’s coming but you’re obviously a fan boy.

            • Deanjo
            • 8 years ago

            Fanboi no. Someone that has watched and analyzed and worked in the industry for over two decades yes.

          • sschaem
          • 8 years ago

          What review ? All the review so far show the 7970 to be ~15% faster then the GTX 580.

      • HurgyMcGurgyGurg
      • 8 years ago

      I’m beginning to think Scott might wait for a combo HD 7970 and 7950 review.

        • Arclight
        • 8 years ago

        I think i have a hunch. Given the apparent scarcity of HD 7970 i think AMD knew they don’t have enough units to send to all sites so they chose to send to those that didn’t post articles in which they embarrass their CPU products.

        I say this because i saw another prestigious site who didn’t post a review claiming they will get it done after the holidays….and right after that they post a rather caustic article (with more than 20 pages) in which they utterly embarrass Bulldozer benching it in such a way as to make sure it looks very bad.

        Or maybe AMD just doesn’t have the staff that was responsible for remembering the sites to which to send review samples, since they fired so many….

      • can-a-tuna
      • 8 years ago

      Scott is still thinking how to make it look bad in light of competition.

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