Wednesday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. Nomura Securities on semiconductors: Intel

    Plus Nvidia would be a scary combination

  2. The Verge: RIM halts stock trading, will ‘likely have an operating loss’ in Q1
  3. The AP: New cyberweapon discovered; Iranian computers hit
  4. Fudzilla: LG bench reveals new Qualcomm chip

    and higher clocked Tegra 3+ coming soon

  5. Red Hat’s Matthew Garrett on Fedora 17 and Mac support
  6. The Telegraph: Samsung Galaxy S3 Music Hub takes on Apple iTunes
  7. Diablo III patch 1.02 now live
  8. Far Cry 3 E3 teaser trailer


Wednesday

  1. The Telegraph: BBC mistakes computer game

    logo for United Nations Security Council symbol

  2. Fudzilla: AMD FX-8150 hits 8805MHz
  3. PC Perspective: Nvidia claims GTX 680 sales outpace GTX 580
  4. Dealzon’s deals: $50 off 15.6″ Samsung Series 3 Pentium B950, $50 off

    120GB Intel 520 Series SSD, $45.00 coupon 25″ hp 2511x LED monitor,

    and $130 off 16GB Sony Tablet S

Mobile

  1. Fudzilla: Icera 500 LTE coming this year and

    Samsung Galaxy S III has embedded DRM

  2. Hardware.Info’s Samsung Galaxy S3 review
  3. HotHardware reviews Toshiba Excite 10 LE

Software and gaming

  1. FinalWire launches AIDA64 v2.50
  2. Shacknews: Mass Effect 3 patch 1.03 expected
  3. ArenaNet: Announcing the next Guild Wars 2 beta weekend
  4. VR-Zone reviews Max Payne 3 (Xbox 360)

Systems, storage, and networking

  1. ocaholic’s buying advice: High-end workstation / gaming-PC
  2. Metku reviews Core i7-3770K
  3. Bits and Chips: Testing the AMD’s Llano in

    standard and undervoltage conditions (in Italian)

  4. ocaholic reviews Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3
  5. Tbreak reviews MSI Z77A-GD80
  6. TechReaction reviews Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H
  7. X-bit labs review 512GB and 256GB OCZ Vertex 4 SSD
  8. KitGuru’s 120GB Mushkin Chronos Deluxe & 240GB Chronos review
  9. Madshrimps review Sitecom N750 X6 WLR-6000 wireless router

Multmedia

  1. HotHardware reviews Gainward GeForce GTX 680 Phantom 2GB
  2. X-bit labs review Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 OC 2GB
  3. Metku reviews HIS HD 7850 & HD 7870
  4. techPowerUp! reviews PowerColor HD 7850 PCS+ 2GB
  5. Tbreak reviews Samsung SyncMaster S27B750 monitor
  6. TechReviewSource on 46″ Samsung UN46ES6500F HDTV
  7. TweakTown reviews CM Storm QuickFire Pro keyboard

Power, case, and cooling

  1. XSReviews on 500W Super Flower Golden Silent PSU
  2. HardwareLook reviews CM Storm Trooper case
  3. Hardware Secrets reviews Xigmatek Praeton CPU cooler
  4. TWL reviews Thermaltake Frio Extreme cooler
  5. NinjaLane reviews Arctic Freezer Xtreme rev. 2 heatsink
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    • gmskking
    • 8 years ago

    Fudzilla: AMD FX-8150 hits 8805MHz

    Lol, who cares.

      • smilingcrow
      • 8 years ago

      Men with virtual girfriends!

      • Meadows
      • 8 years ago

      [quote<]"VCore was set at 1.86GHz"[/quote<] I am not entirely sure the author went to any kind of school at all.

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]Diablo III patch 1.02 now live[/quote<] This launch has been a disaster. Yesterday (tuesday) had a downtime of 8hrs, extended by 2 (came up in 1), dropped again about 45min later, then people were getting Error 37 (Server is full!), then a multitude of other errors in game that would boot you. To quote a post someone made on the official forums "If Blizzard expects us to always be online to play, their servers also need to always be online"

      • sweatshopking
      • 8 years ago

      guess what? it’s the fastest selling pc game in history. blizzard doesn’t give a rats ass. people will buy anything they sell, regardless of how bad they f it up. they’re like valve and apple, it makes no difference.

        • bittermann
        • 8 years ago

        Sad…but true. People can be such lemmings at times.

          • cegras
          • 8 years ago

          I’m sorry for liking a fun ga- you know what, I’m not sorry. Screw you and your superiority complex. I’ll go back to enjoying the game with my friends.

        • superjawes
        • 8 years ago

        Well I think it can make a difference, but we wouldn’t see it until/unless they release an expansion or some other way to draw in money. It [b<]does[/b<] take money to keep those servers online, and if Blizzard can't bring that in by appeasing customers, it will hurt them later. But until that happens, get used to the Login Server and Error, the newest Lords of Hell.

    • jdaven
    • 8 years ago

    One more thing…

    The apple store is down right now. New products maybe.

      • Deanjo
      • 8 years ago

      Yup, I noticed that. Probably new Macs.

      Edit: Looks like they were just updating the site with their Father’s Day theme.

        • UberGerbil
        • 8 years ago

        You’d think they’d have figured out how to do that with a mirrored server and then just flip them with zero down time.
        But maybe they just enjoy yanking the chain and seeing how much bleating results.

    • jdaven
    • 8 years ago

    “Nomura Securities on semiconductors: Intel Plus Nvidia would be a scary combination”

    So would the love child of Ron Jeremy and Rosanne Barr. But you don’t see me speculating on it.

    By the way did you know that Rosanne is running for the Green ticket nomination? How did that bag of hot air become a friend of the environment?

    • jdaven
    • 8 years ago

    I have to get this off my chest. I really dislike the new CEO of Apple.

    Oh I want to bring jobs to America but I just can’t. Cry me a river.

    What a douche bag. I miss Steve.

      • Jive
      • 8 years ago

      He didn’t say he cant bring jobs to America, he said that if companies decided to build production facilities in the United States that he would love to use them. Apple is not a manufacturer, Apple is a designer. See the difference?

      [quote<]Tim Cook: "There's an intense focus on the final assembly. But, could that be done in the U.S.? I sure hope so. But look, how many tool-and-die makers do you know in America? I could ask them, nationwide, to come here tonight and we couldn't fill this room." (There's probably a few hundred seats in here, by the way.)[/quote<]

        • ch┬Áck
        • 8 years ago

        He could always pay to have a foxconn plant moved to america.
        I mean literally dig up a plant, and have it flown across the pacific.
        Workers and all.

        • sschaem
        • 8 years ago

        How gullible you are. Apple could have an assembly plant in LA in 6 month.

        They dont want to do it because the profit margin would kill the company existing margin.
        Their is barely any money to be made, so Apple doesn’t freaking care that it create American jobs if it will hurt their profit margin.

        You have to realize that Apple dont need to manufacture any of the parts, Intel, Samsung, LG, etc.. etc.. are already doing that.

        All that Apple is doing is buying other people technology and glue it all together, like asus, acer, etc.. etc..

        It would be so easy for Apple to assemble some product in the US, even toyota do it for crying out loud.

          • Jive
          • 8 years ago

          Yeah no crap, you’re basically reverberating my exact statement that “Apple is a designer, not a manufacturer”.

          Where is your source regarding the LA assembly plant? I did a quick search on Factiva and found nothing. What you’re basically saying is that unless Apple gives money to Foxconn or any other assembly line manufacturer, then they are not doing anything to move jobs here to the United States. At that point, they might as well start assembling their own products – but wait, they are not a manufacturer.

          Have you seen Apple financials? I know i sure have. 1 or 2 or even 3 plants in the US would have a marginal impact on their bottom line, they would squeeze the crap out of Foxconn for preferable pricing because they have the bargaining power. That is why Foxconn (or any other manufactrurer) doesn’t want to move here because their own margins would be significantly lower – not Apple.

          Anyways, do we want assembly line robot jobs here in the United States? Do you have any idea how miserable these “jobs” are? UberGerbil didn’t call them “suicide robots” for nothing. Apple is better off focusing on opening more Apple stores where people get paid $12+ an hour and hiring more engineers to develop new products. Apple has 47,000 employees, most of them are HIGH QUALITY and HIGHLY PAID jobs that are here in the United States.

      • Geistbar
      • 8 years ago

      Hate to burst your bubble, but Steve was worse about it: when asked what it would take to bring Apple’s manufacturing jobs back to the US, he said [url=http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20120123/ARTICLE/301239999<]"Those jobs aren't coming back"[/url<]. He was unwilling to consider any circumstance that would allow such. At least Cook -- by the quote Jive provided -- would be willing to consider it. The greatest act of the reality distortion field performed for Jobs was convincing people he cared about anything other than making as much money as possible (at least with respect to his management of Apple). Which is all we expect from CEOs anyway, but he managed to convince people that that wasn't true of him.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 8 years ago

        Maybe that’s what jdaven misses. Rather than put the blame elsewhere and just shrug as if Apple had nothing to do with the growth of manufacturing in China, Jobs answered in a realistic non-PR manner.

          • UberGerbil
          • 8 years ago

          At some point Apple may bring the factories back without the jobs. Automated manufacturing (with no inconvenient robot suicides) would seem like the logical endpoint to their post-industrial arc.

            • sschaem
            • 8 years ago

            And they are going to have their robots manufactured in taiwan instead of the US because they can save a few $….

            • Geistbar
            • 8 years ago

            There’s already some work in this regard; the technology for it exists already. It just costs more than it does to pay someone sweatshop rates and then ship everything back halfway across the globe. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it become sufficiently economical for this kind of manufacturing in the next 20-30 years.

            • UberGerbil
            • 8 years ago

            Yeah, I almost mentioned shipping costs. And that’s going to be gated by the display panel, since it’s the largest/heaviest component, and they’re all sourced in the East Asia. If carbon costs increase by a lot, it might make sense to distribute factories worldwide to minimize those costs (assuming you can also source the components relatively locally) but unless / until that happens, other factors are going to dictate things. And the biggest one is building / maintaining a presence in China with an eye to their consumer market. Despite its “sweatshop” reputation, China has priced itself out of that role for many goods; already other countries (Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia) are a lower-cost provider of labor, and you can see that in the CoO for many goods like shoes and textiles. But nobody wants to anger the Chinese and their burgeoning middle class, so they will continue to produce goods there to stay in the good graces of its government and consumers.

            • Geistbar
            • 8 years ago

            Yeah, there are also other advantages to staying in China even as wages go up. There is a huge industrial support system that exists there that other countries don’t have. If a company needs to expand production significantly, change designs on a dime or what have you, China has the infrastructure to do that with minimal economic/opportunity costs.

            Though I’d still consider the Foxconn & similar wages within the sweatshop range personally, especially when hours and conditions are taken into consideration, just the places you mentioned (and I do agree with that assessment) are even worse about it.

      • Shouefref
      • 8 years ago

      Steve Jobs is still alive!
      I’ve seen him two weeks ago in Delphi during my vacation in India. I was just entering a Boeddhist temple to do some sightseeing, when he came out, cloth in a simple dhooti, head a bit bend, looking very calm and in peace with himself and the world.

        • Grigory
        • 8 years ago

        “…looking very calm and in peace with himself and the world.”

        Definitely not Jobs.

          • Shouefref
          • 8 years ago

          He just left a Bouddhist temple, remember.
          It was him, absolutely positively.
          He’s probably quite content he left the hassle of Apple behind him, and has now choosen for the real spiritual values in which he believes.

      • blastdoor
      • 8 years ago

      I like him, but I agree that was a bad answer.

      The right answer is that people are stupid for obsessing over the assembly of the iPhone, since that’s probably the smallest value added in the entire chain. The guy who repairs Macs at the local apple store is better trained and makes a boatload more money than an assembly line worker in China. The people who work at the new Samsung fab in Austin also have much better jobs than those assembly line workers in China. Same with the software developers and designers in CA.

      Also, if Foxconn figured out a way to assemble iPhones in the US it would involve a whole bunch of robots with a handful of human operators. It would not create the number of jobs that it does in China.

      Funny how the grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence. I read a story recently that the Chinese look forward to the day when they can ship those assembly jobs to Africa, and they can have the higher end software/design/service jobs that Americans have.

    • Unknown-Error
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]Fudzilla: AMD FX-8150 hits 8805MHz[/quote<] Moar cores, Moar Herts?

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 8 years ago

      I wonder when it’ll be over 9000?

    • Arclight
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]I.Nomura Securities on semiconductors: Intel Plus Nvidia would be a scary combination [/quote<] When i try to read that article it says "Down for maintainance". But really i don't need to read it to know that Intel + nvidia would be a scary thing.

      • Arag0n
      • 8 years ago

      NVIDIA GPU would kill AMD unique advantage with Llano…. Intel expertise and manufacturing process could kill any other ARM manufacturer…. so, eventually, all the computing parts market would be under their roof almost.

      • Sam125
      • 8 years ago

      It says in the article. The regulatory hurdles (IOW: The FTC) would almost certainly block a merger like that.

        • Deanjo
        • 8 years ago

        That isn’t for sure given that it looks like the google/Motorola deal went through. The EU is more likely to balk at such a merger but there is little reason for intel to aquire nvidia with their current cross licensing agreement. If intel really wanted to kill off AMD all they would have to do is start letting nvidia use their manufacturing facilities.

          • Sam125
          • 8 years ago

          Considering that Motorola’s mobile division is hardly a market contender anymore and Android is far from being the most dominant mobile OS (in terms of profitability, not just marketshare). An Intel+Nvidia would be a merger of two market leaders with a very clear aim of hurting the sole (and minority) competitor.

          Considering that the AT&T+T-Mobile merger didn’t go through, I’d have a hard time believing that an Intel+Nvidia would either. Especially considering that the computing market is much less competitive than the mobile/wireless market.

            • zzz
            • 8 years ago

            Why would Nvidia merge with Intel? It’s not like Intel burned Nvidia and through litigation paid them 1.4 Billion dollars for it, oh wait, yeah, that happened. Nvidia is big enough and Intel’s graphics suck enough that Nvidia’d probably make more Licensing ARM GPU tech to Intel. THAT Intel needs, and as rich as they are, they can’t afford to buy the cow, just the milk.

            • NeelyCam
            • 8 years ago

            Everyone I know who doesn’t have an iPhone has a Motorola phone. And once Intel chips are in them, they’ll take over the Android cellphone market.

            • flip-mode
            • 8 years ago

            Did you mean Samsung? I don’t know a single person that has a Moto.

            • UberGerbil
            • 8 years ago

            I can’t even remember the last time I saw someone using a Moto. I see way more Samsungs, but also more HTCs. Heck, I still see more Crackberries than Motos — the last time “Hello Moto” rang a bell with anyone was in the days of the original RAZR.

            • NeelyCam
            • 8 years ago

            I know three people with Moto Droid, one with Moto Bionic, two with Moto Droid RAZR, and one (plus myself) with Atrix. Everyone else has either an iPhone or a dumbphone.

            Ok maybe I exaggerated; I know one person with Samsung Galaxy..

            • Deanjo
            • 8 years ago

            [quote<]Considering that Motorola's mobile division is hardly a market contender anymore and Android is far from being the most dominant mobile OS (in terms of profitability, not just marketshare).[/quote<] It's less about the marketshare then the acquiring of IP in which Motorola had in spades.

            • Sam125
            • 8 years ago

            Exactly. Google acquiring some outdated patents from Motorola doesn’t exactly harm the competitive landscape in the mobile market.

            • Deanjo
            • 8 years ago

            Outdated? Some of those patents are very current and others are still valid. The same thing with the graphics industry. Just take a look at how long S3 has been soaking in revenue from texture compression. If they had no value then google wouldn’t have purchased them in the first place but those patents carry weight in the ongoing patent wars.

    • Jive
    • 8 years ago

    lol@RIM… I called the beginning of their downfall when they released their horrendous clamshell BB phone and laughed at every stumble since then, yet i still havent got the courage to short them. Down over 7% after hours atm.

      • anotherengineer
      • 8 years ago

      I fail to see the humor, in a company going downhill in an already troubled economy, with the possibility of 100’s of jobs being lost also.

      Would you care to enlighten us?

        • NeelyCam
        • 8 years ago

        Maybe he thinks canadian jobs don’t matter

        • Jive
        • 8 years ago

        Out with the old, in the with the new. If the people at RIM have any marketable skills (which they do, since most of them are college educated highly skilled engineers) they will find new jobs without a problem.

        Lookly here:
        [url<]http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/employment/ei/reports/eimar_2010/annex/annex1_6.shtml[/url<] [url<]http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm[/url<]

        • Deanjo
        • 8 years ago

        What is humorous, in a sad way, is that they are following in the footsteps of the company they buried themselves, Palm.

      • HisDivineOrder
      • 8 years ago

      RIM is going to wind up a patent portfolio bid on a group like Rockstar where Apple and Microsoft tag team to block Google from gaining access.

        • blastdoor
        • 8 years ago

        Not necessarily… they still have plenty of cash, so they’re not at risk of going out of business.

        They could just fire most of their staff and turn themselves into a patent-licensing business. That would be a much smaller business than they are right now, and it would require shareholders to accept that reality. The most likely alternative is ultimate bankruptcy, though, so shareholders should consider that before objecting.

      • forumics
      • 8 years ago

      at least nokia were honest and fast enough to admit defeat and go back to formula. rim stuck with whatever rubbish they’ve got and refused to admit that they are simply not good enough

      come to think of it, at least nokia has their meego which would have been able to put up a fight against android or ios… rim’s os is just crap.

      • FuturePastNow
      • 8 years ago

      The first time I tried to use a Blackberry, and decided after a few minutes that I was holding the worst phone ever made, I knew RIM could not possibly survive against real smartphone competition. That company lasted as long as it did through nothing more than inertia.

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