Thursday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. Reuters: Apple claims $2.5 billion damages in Samsung patent case
  2. Risks come with rewards in Micron’s purchase of Elpida – analysts
  3. Patently Apple: Apple’s 25 granted patents include Apple TV & future ID app
  4. X-bit labs: Apple cannot fulfill demand for Apple MacBook Pro with Retina screen
  5. TNW: Facebook is working with HTC on a mobile

    phone for 2013 release—reports Bloomberg

  6. AnandTech’s Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon S4

    (APQ8064 / Adreno 320) performance preview

  7. OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: The Ars Technica review
  8. VG24/7: Steam hardware survey denotes increase in lower-end PC use


  1. AMD is ‘sell of the week‘ (thanks ronch)
  2. DailyTech: ARM posts earnings surprise, fueled by 23 new licensees
  3. Ars Technica: Comcast Internet to hit 305Mbps,

    5 megabits faster than Verizon FiOS

  4. European Commission to investigate price-fixings of

    optical disk drive makers – X-bit labs (thanks dpaus)

  5. X-bit labs: TSMC believes it makes sense to dedicate fabs to particular customers

    and GlobalFoundries to extend production capacities of Fab 8

  6. Fudzilla: AMD Brazos successor gets USB 3.0

    and AMD SB950 to last until mid-2013

  7. VR-Zone: Netgear launches WN100RP Wi-Fi booster and

    HIS announces HD 7750 iCooler low-profile graphics card

  8. Fudzilla: Club 3D announces new HD 7970 RoyalAce graphics card
  9. Vizio Co-Star pre-orders open: $100 for the next-gen Google TV
  10. Dark Horizons: “The Hobbit” will be a trilogy after all?
  11. NCIX’s Go-for-Gold sale event
  12. Newegg’s end-of-month blowout
  13. Dealzon’s deals: $100 off 15.6″ Acer Aspire AS5750 i5-2450M,

    $600 off 13.3″ Samsung Series 9 i5-2467M / 128GB SSD, $120 off

    13.3″ Toshiba Portege Z835 i3-2367M / 128GB SSD, and $500 off

    Sony Vaio L series 24″ 1080p PC Core i5-2430M


  1. DailyTech: Google breaks down why it bought Motorola—and downplays patents
  2. BBC News: Samsung disables Galaxy S3 Google

    local search function (thanks sweatshopking)

  3. Ars Technica: Head of iOS security to speak at Black Hat for the first time
  4. Fudzilla: Microsoft is planning new iOS and OS X Office
  5. TechSpot’s Motorola Atrix HD review

Software and gaming

  1. VR-Zone reports new Mac Trojan found
  2. TechReviewSource on Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
  3. Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion sets sales record – Stardock
  4. VR-Zone reports WoW: Mists of Pandaria expansion to launch on 9/25
  5. Techgage’s DiRT Showdown review

Systems and storage

  1. KitGuru’s Palicomp Alpha Pulse gaming PC review
  2. Hardware.Info reviews Sony Vaio T13 ultrabook
  3. TechReviewSource on Toshiba Satellite U845W
  4. Benchmark Reviews on Asus P8Z77-V w/ Thunderbolt
  5. TweakTown’s 800GB Intel 910 PCI-Express SSD enterprise RAID report
  6. Big Bruin reviews 256GB Vertex 4 SSD
  7. Guru3D’s 240GB Corsair Force GS SSD review
  8. The SSD Review on OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G SSD
  9. Legit Reviews on 16GB Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G2 USB drive


  1. ocaholic reviews EVGA GTX 680 Superclocked
  2. VR-Zone’s Palit GTX 670 Jetstream 2GB review
  3. TweakTown reviews HIS HD 7850 2GB Overclocked
  4. Tbreak’s Nikon V1 review
  5. techPowerUp! reviews Gigabyte Aivia Krypton mouse
  6. Hardware Heaven reviews Razer Taipan mouse
  7. LanOC Reviews on Corsair’s Vengeance lineup – keyboards
  8. XSReviews on Tt eSports White Ra Special Tactics mouse pad

Power, cases, and cooling

  1. APH Networks on 1000W FSP Aurum Pro PSU
  2. Hardware Canucks review Corsair Vengeance C70 case
  3. Hardware.Info pits Corsair Obsidian 550D

    vs. Cooler Master Silencio 650 cases

  4. ThinkComputers reviews Rosewill R5 case
  5. Funky Kit reviews Antec ISK110 VESA ITX case
  6. Techreaction on SilverStone Raven S02 2.5″ USB 3.0 enclosure
  7. HTL’s NZXT Hue RGB LED controller review
  8. Hardware Secretes reviews Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer
  9. Techreaction reviews Noctua NH-L12 CPU cooler
  10. CowcotLand reviews Zalman CNPS14X CPU cooler (in French)
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    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago
    • gmskking
    • 7 years ago

    Ars Technica: Comcast Internet to hit 305Mbps,
    5 megabits faster than Verizon FiOS

    Good thinking Comcast, lets offer 5 more and watch the customers roll in. lol. Nice try Comcast.

      • cheddarlump
      • 7 years ago

      Even better because Comcast’s 305 is $299/mo and Verizon’s 300 is $209/mo.

    • gmskking
    • 7 years ago

    Reuters: Apple claims $2.5 billion damages in Samsung patent case

    Who fucking cares??!? I don’t give a shit about this. Why is it number 1?

    • gmskking
    • 7 years ago

    TNW: Facebook is working with HTC on a mobile
    phone for 2013 release—reports Bloomberg

    lol, who would get this phone?

      • designerfx
      • 7 years ago

      obviously someone who doesn’t even remotely care about privacy. Just think about it – this can simultaneously give all your information to every source that exists, all without your consent!

      startup screen for the phone: you wish to opt in to tracking and submittal of your information to third parties?? Y/n. Press yes for opt in, or press no to opt in.

    • codedivine
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]AnandTech's Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon S4 (APQ8064 / Adreno 320) performance preview[/quote<] That article highlighted just one thing to me: Android benchmarks are in a very sorry state. Does Sunspider measure anything meaningful at all nowadays? Mostly no, there have been good papers showing that sunspider performance is totally disconnected with real-world page load performance. If you really have to measure synthetics, at least something like Mozilla's Kraken benchmark for JS for example, instead of the age old Sunspider. What about Linpack? That test is not very optimized. My understanding is that it is not at all like the Linpack we use in the HPC world. This version is entirely Java based and ends up measuring mostly the Dalvik overheads, whereas if you *really* wanted to do heavy FP on Android you either go the NDK route or you use Renderscript. It is not clear if developer has put any effort into optimizing it at all. A naively written Linpack isn't worth being called Linpack. Similarly, whats the point of using Vellamo, a benchmark from Qualcomm itself? Sigh, and all this from a supposedly good mobile benchmarking website Anandtech. Why not measure more meaningful things like: 1. Web page load times of real world websites. This will take into account both JS and HTML rendering performance. 2. GPU benchmarking of *real* games instead of GLBenchmark 3. Application load times? Though perhaps more flash speed limited? 4. Video capture using high speed camera of UI responsiveness 5. Load up some office program, test some some excel number crunching if supported?

      • chuckula
      • 7 years ago

      You have a good point. I don’t think any reviewer out there has a truly accurate set of benchmarks that give you a good idea about how the hardware actually performs. Part of the problem is that cellphones/tablets do not expose the same interfaces that PCs do for optimized, low-level benchmarking.

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      You’re spoiled. Quit reading TR so much. Read more Microsoft press releases, or even better, more Apple press releases.

        • DancinJack
        • 7 years ago

        ^This x10.

          • Mourmain
          • 7 years ago

          ^This /10.

    • ronch
    • 7 years ago

    Hey, how about one more entry into today’s shortbread?

    “A Rough Week: AMD Gets Six F Grades From Investors”

    [url<],16430.html[/url<] EDIT - Hey Ronald (that's actually my name, too!), thanks for actually putting this on the list! Just thought the other gerbils might find it interesting.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]III.European Commission to investigate price-fixings of optical disk drive makers - X-bit labs[/quote<] Cool, let's investigate price-fixing on components that cost $20 for DVD-RW, $50-60 for BD-ROM, and $60-100 for BD-RW. I could maybe see it affecting prices a little for the BR drives but the conspiracy theorist in me thinks the EC wants to killoptical drives faster than they are being phased out anyway because it makes all that nasty copying of physical media possible. I can't think the manufacturers make a whole lot on these components, especially DVD drives.

      • Krogoth
      • 7 years ago

      There’s an environmental factor that might be a factor.

      Because, optical media isn’t exactly eco-friendly.

      I honestly don’t see any evidence that suggests price fixing. Media and writers have gone down in price due to the tight competition among the different manufacturers. It wasn’t that long ago that BR-RW drives used to cost several USD and now they start at $100 never going any higher than $249 for the fastest models.

      • Goty
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]the conspiracy theorist in me thinks the EC wants to killoptical drives faster than they are being phased out anyway because it makes all that nasty copying of physical media possible.[/quote<] 1) Copying digital media seems a lot easier to me. 2) What physical media?

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        I suppose it’s just a case of cracking whatever DRM is on digital media. DRM for physical media is already cracked, it’s easier to kill the method you know about than whatever other forms of digital copy DRM exist. (Digital media content tends to be lower quality than physical media which is why it matters to me.)

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 7 years ago

      This is specifically about government bids the companies put in, not consumer sales.

    • Arclight
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]VIII.XSReviews on Tt eSports White Ra Special Tactics mouse pad[/quote<] Bout time but frankly i expected something more epic, like the build order written on the back or somnething.

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