Friday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. Facebook belly-flops into its first earnings report – Businessweek
  2. The Telegraph: Apple buys fingerprint security firm AuthenTec
  3. VR-Zone: AMD Radeon HD 7990 6GB still

    in the works, German gamers to see it first and

    Asus readies 27″ 3D monitor with 144 Hz panel

  4. RWT on computational efficiency for CPUs and GPUs in 2012
  5. X-bit labs: Nvidia to enable wireless display

    Miracast technology on Tegra-based devices

  6. SlashGear: Android and Nokia NFC exploits detailed at Black Hat
  7. Reuters: Nokia scraps phone software to conserve cash: sources
  8. Diablo III hotfixes – July (updated 7/26)


  1. X-bit labs: ITC rules against Rambus in memory

    and signal interfaces patents infringement case

  2. BBC News: Facebook, Google, eBay, and Amazon join U.S. lobby group
  3. VR-Zone: VIA releases ROM, kernel, and bootloader of APC and

    Sapphire releases “non-Toxic” Radeon HD 7970 Vapor-X graphics cards

    and ViewSonic launches new VA12 series value desktop monitors

    and Razer Ouroboros wireless gaming mouse announced and

    Lian Li outs PC-B12 silent case

  4. PC Perspective podcast #211
  5. Newegg’s refurbished clearance
  6. Dealzon’s deals: $100 off 15.5″ Sony Vaio E series i5-3210M, $600 coupon

    for 14″ Lenovo Y480 i7-3610QM, $500 coupon for 14″ Lenovo U410

    ultrabook i7-3517U, and $300 coupon for 14″ hp Envy 4 i5-2467M /

    Radeon HD 7670M


  1. Microsoft admits: Own-brand Surface tablets may impact relationships with partners
  2. VR-Zone: Next-gen Qualcomm Adreno hardware

    has unified shaders, OpenGL ES 3.0-compliant

  3. Techgage on the Android dilemma – An open platform open to piracy?
  4. Tbreak’s Google Nexus 7 unboxing video
  5. PCPer’s Google Nexus 7 tablet and Jelly Bean review
  6. Techgage’s first two weeks with the Asus Transformer Prime
  7. CyanogenMod 10 preview for Samsung Galaxy S II

Software and gaming

  1. VR-Zone: Windows 8 RTM build number leaked
  2. MIT Technology Review on the latest threat: a virus made just for you
  3. Wired: Japan Trade Ministry investigating reports of overheating PS Vitas
  4. BCCHardware reviews Sennheiser X 320 Xbox gaming headset
  5. Unreal Development Kit (UDK) further streamlines game development with Perforce
  6. 2K Blog: Borderlands 2 now available for PC digital pre-orders
  7. Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition for Windows to be released on 9/18
  8. Hardware Heaven reviews Inversion (PS3)

Systems, storage, and networking

  1. Madshrimps review Shuttle XS35GTA V3 barebone
  2. TechReviewSource on Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5
  3. iXBT Labs review Athlon II X4 641 and Athlon II X4 651
  4. TweakTown reviews Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe mini-ITX
  5. OCC reviews 16GB Mushkin 997070

    and 32GB 994071 Redline memory kits

  6. KitGuru’s 16GB Patriot Viper ‘Black Mamba’ 2133MHz Gen 3 kit review
  7. HCW’s 16GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical dual-channel kit review
  8. NikKTech’s 4TB HGST Ultrastar 7K4000
  9. ocaholic reviews 240GB Corsair Force GS SSD
  10.’s Kingston HyperX SSD upgrade kit review
  11. Hardware.Info reviews Buffalo TeraStation 5200 NAS
  12. Bits and Chips’ Buffalo WZR-D1800H and

    WZR-D1300 802.11ac review (in Italian)

  13. Rbmods reviews Buffalo WHR-G300N V2 + WLI-UC-G450


  1. circuitRemix reviews Diamond HD 7970 3GB Double Black Diamond
  2. TechSpot’s Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 SOC review
  3. techPowerUp! reviews Club3D HD 7850 Royal Queen 1GB
  4. Legit Reviews on XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Black Edition
  5. CowcotLand reviews Asus GTX 680 DirectCU II (in French)
  6. HT4U reviews Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 Vapor-X (in German)
  7. Hardware Canucks review Asus RoG Xonar Phoebus 7.1
  8. Hardware.Info’s Manhattan Stealth Touch mouse review
  9. BCCHardware reviews Roccat Savu mouse
  10. Guru3D’s Gigabyte Osmium mechanical keyboard review

Power, cases, and cooling

  1. Hardware.Info reviews 500W FSP Aurum Xilenser fanless PSU
  2. OCC’s Xion Xon-980 case review
  3. CowcotLand (in French) & Hardware Canucks review NZXT Switch 810 case
  4. Madshrimps review Cooler Master HAF XM case
  5. Hardware Secrets reviews Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced case
  6. Technic3D reviews Nox Xtreme Hummer Zero 3.0 case (in German)
  7. ThinkComputers reviews Reeven Six Eyes fan controller
  8. ocaholic reviews Prolimatech Samuel 17
  9. TweakTown reviews Arctic Accelero Hybrid AIO video card cooler
Comments closed
    • ultima_trev
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]VR-Zone: AMD Radeon HD 7990 6GB still in the works[/quote<] Must be difficult getting a dual GPU Tahiti card within a reasonable TDP. At least they have an excuse. I wonder what nVidia's excuse is for GTX 660 Ti, GTX 660 and GTS 650 being no shows?

      • forumics
      • 7 years ago

      well they did it with the 3x, 4x, 5x and 6x series, i don’t see how it could be more difficult with all that experience and a more efficient architecture

      • rrr
      • 7 years ago

      And nVidia’s excuse for ignoring low-mid range? GT640 is low end, period.

    • codedivine
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Reuters: Nokia scraps phone software to conserve cash: sources [/quote<] This is old news. Meltemi cancellation happened way back in June and got a lot of press. Nokia is an interesting case. On the one hand, they want to conserve cash and are cutting employees and projects left and right. On the other hand, they gave out over $700m dividend this year. Why would they do that? Why not withhold dividends on this critical year and focus on surviving? Or, if they really wanted to not have cash, how about investing it in some development efforts that actually might lead somewhere?

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 7 years ago

    OnLive has promised support for the Ouya platform.

    If marketed properly could be a huge boost in the popularity of the console.

    • Prion
    • 7 years ago

    I’m looking forward to reading the Real World Tech article if their site ever comes back up.

      • UberGerbil
      • 7 years ago

      It’s working for me now.

    • sschaem
    • 7 years ago

    Facebook… and some people wondered why Zuckerberg sold 1.13 billion worth of stock on IPO day at 37.58$ a share. now two month later $23… Insider info is great.

    This IPO stincked so bad of banker sweat (does that even exist?) I wonder why anyone got zuckered into buying a single share.

      • blastdoor
      • 7 years ago

      It’s funny how people acted like FB was this monster company that was going to take over the world back when all of these types of numbers were unknown. Now that the veil of mystery has been lifted, it’s a lot less impressive.

        • My Johnson
        • 7 years ago

        500 million users was pretty enticing at the time.

          • mesyn191
          • 7 years ago

          No it wasn’t. They had a ton of users but no clue on how to monetize having a ton of users when most of their services are essentially “free” in the sense that you don’t actually pay anything in dollars to use them.

            • BobbinThreadbare
            • 7 years ago

            Just like google?

            • HisDivineOrder
            • 7 years ago

            Google does not require every use be monetized. People assumed that Facebook would just kill Google in search, advertising, etc, because people stare at Facebook all day long. The trouble is… people use Facebook to talk to other people, not to go look for stuff to buy. At best, they might look up a product’s facebook page before *googling* more information.

            Facebook may hold the user hostage in their little closed system, but in the end people leave it to go search on google for the info on user reviews, forum posts, and then to find where to buy it. This is a function of how much more open Google is. They give you results that send you everywhere, but Facebook tries to shoehorn you back into their closed system if at all possible. As a result, Facebook is the digital equivalent of Best Buy stores. They are a digital showroom for Google. But when you go to buy something, you go back to Google to find the deal you’ll use to buy it. Or you go Amazon.

            Hence why Facebook continues to get more and more in your face about itself (ie., pop up’s, swapping out your email, not deleting the account when you request it a bajillion times). They’re desperate because the Emperor has no pants and they are struggling to find a pair, any pair, before more people realize it.

            And when just one truly big scandal, truly horrific thing, turns people against privacy violating info sharing, it’s all going to blow up in Facebook’s face. Kaboom. Meanwhile, Google will kill Google+ and continue on its merry way, a little less rich.

      • My Johnson
      • 7 years ago

      I was one of those debating whether to speculate with FB but decided against it mostly because I was aware of how corrupt the IPO process was.

      However, based on earnings and comparison to Google it should be valued at about $13/share per Mark Hulbert at

        • sschaem
        • 7 years ago

        I would have invested in FB. but the price was set like they already killed Google in the add business.
        Overall I saw nothing that could make FB be valued above the IPO set price.

        To put this IPO in perspective, If Apple was valued like FB, appl share would be at ~$8300…

      • albundy
      • 7 years ago

      why anyone would invest in a company that doesn’t really have a product, ie. Facebook, is beyond me. look at any company, then its products, its R&D, and see how it drives investor confidence. Facebook really only sells the notion of ad revenue, and that is no guarantee for investors to bring in more money.

        • tfp
        • 7 years ago

        Sounds like Google

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