Saturday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. The NY Times: Apple officials said to consider stake in Twitter
  2. Ars Technica: Does Windows 8 succeed as a true tablet operating system?
  3. Blizzard agrees with Valve: Windows 8 is

    bad for video game makers – Digital Trends

  4. SweClockers on Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 660 Ti (in Swedish)
  5. Hardware Heaven’s Orange San Diego – Intel Inside Android smartphone review
  6. Gizmodo: Has the iPhone 5 been smuggled out of the factory already?
  7. C|Net: Samsung to reinstate the Galaxy S3’s search function
  8. H Online: Safari 6 addresses numerous security vulnerabilities


  1. Politico: Amendments are critical hurdle in cyber debate
  2. Ars Technica: Do we need a new national broadband plan?
  3. Fudzilla: Europe’s fastest supercomputer switched on
  4. VR-Zone: Harman to develop facial and gesture recognition tech for cars
  5. The Humble Music Bundle
  6. Forbes: What caffeine really does to your brain


  1. Fudzilla: Smartphone shipment growth slows in Q2
  2. Ars Technica: Microsoft wins injunction against Motorola phones in Germany
  3. IBTimes: Apple iPhone 5 release date could be

    delayed—report indicates Qualcomm chip shortage

  4. Ars Technica: Early iPhone prototypes drew inspiration from Sony, iPod mini
  5. Mobile Review’s first look: Sony LT30p Mint
  6. Legit Reviews on Google Nexus 7 tablet

Software and gaming

  1. Sophos: Mac malware spies on infected users through video and audio capture
  2. Ars Technica on the OS X Dashboard: Can it

    be revived, or is it destined to be a ghost town?

  3. Ars Technica’s Office 2013 preview
  4. Fudzilla: Ouya to get OnLive (thanks lilbuddhaman)
  5. 007 Legends: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – official trailer

Systems and storage

  1. ProClockers review Giada A51 Ultra mini PC
  2. Techreaction reviews Incipio Macbook Pro 13″ Honu and Selvage laptop sleeves
  3. KitGuru reviews Gigabyte Z77X-UP4 TH motherboard
  4. Technic3D reviews Sapphire Pure Black X79N (in German)
  5. TweakTown reviews 4TB Hitachi Deskstar 5K4000
  6. XSReviews on Plextor M3 Pro SSD

Multimedia, power, case & cooling

  1. Fudzilla previews EVGA GTX 680 Classified 4GB
  2. VR-Zone reviews Arctic Sound P301, P311 & P402 headphones
  3. LanOC Reviews on Corsair’s Vengeance lineup – mice
  4. Hardware Secrets reviews 650W XFX Pro XXX Edition PSU
  5. techPowerUp! reviews SilverStone Fortress FT03 Mini
  6. ocaholic’s cooling fans comparison list – 18 models tested
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    • Voldenuit
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Blizzard agrees with Valve: Windows 8 is bad for video game makers[/quote<] Just tried to launch Arkham City today after a long hiatus, and I get a message that my Windows Live account has been blocked. Tried to get the service to text me the authentication code to log back in and it's still not working after 2 tries. This is why I hate DRM, and MS is notoriously bad at it. If I had pirated the game, I'd be playing it right now. UPDATE: Still no confirmation text. At the third attempt, I was informed that I had exceeded the number of attempts and to try again later. Naturally, there is no person or hotline I can call to reactivate the service I legally paid for. Ffffff~ UPDATE2: I finally tracked down a GFWL helpline number (which I had to google for, since it's not listed on the windows live website), and they informed me that they have no ability to help me, and that my only recourse is the activation website,[i<]which doesn't work for me[/i<]. They also have no idea on how long I have to wait before I can attempt to resubmit my information. Thank you Ballmer! UPDATE3: Finally received my verification code - 2 hrs after I hit submit. Am still pretty ticked off that what should be a simple process gave me such a runaround*, and I will definitely be leery of buying any more games which require GFWL. * I still got off luckier than some other souls on the support page, some of which had to wait up to 5 days to get an answer from tech support. Gaming isn't as relaxing as it used to be, that's for sure.

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      You should quit this PC gaming business, and switch to PS3

      • ClickClick5
      • 7 years ago

      I will typically wait for the game to either be patched into oblivion, or wait until the developer releases a DRM removal patch. Some games get the DRM removal patch (like farcry 2) and Im happy for that.

      Either the game becomes so pirated that leaving the DRM in is useless, or….they just remove it.
      Not all games do this, but I wish they would.

        • entropy13
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<] or wait until the developer releases a DRM removal patch[/quote<] Isn't there already such a "patch", albeit not from the developer...? LOL

        • Voldenuit
        • 7 years ago

        Yeah, gave up on playing batman and downloaded the latest copy of The Ur-Quan Masters (Star Control II remake) for nostalgia’s sake.

      • ronch
      • 7 years ago

      They’re taking DRM a bit too far with that piece of ****.

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 7 years ago

      Arkham City was one of the buggiest Live DRM games ever made. The newest versions were supposed to fix the issues, but I see it still has problems.

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Blizzard agrees with Valve: Windows 8 is bad for video game makers - Digital Trends[/quote<] Valve runs Steam. Blizzard runs I expect EA to say the same, they run Origin. The Windows App store IS a raw deal for a lot of developers with deep publisher backing because the cut that MS gets is rather large. This may have the unintended side effect of driving a lot of developers away from GfWL to Steam and Origin for the better cut of the profits. For indies, they might see some advantage to joining the Windows App Store to get the extra coverage, but any PC gamer is bound to have at least one EA title and once they do, EA's snuck Origin onto your system. Meanwhile, quite a few AAA games are Steamworks-based, which also gets Steam on quite a few PC gamer computers. So... it would seem MS will get the lion's share of the Angry Birds for PC purchases while Steam and Origin reap the rewards of all those game developers/publishers who don't want to give MS such a huge cut of their profits. Every time I look up, MS's made yet another tactical blunder with Windows 8. Perhaps they should extend the timeframe of release and do some of the very easy fixes that could resolve all these problems.

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]For indies, they might see some advantage to joining the Windows App Store to get the extra coverage[/quote<] If they charge the indies for pushing out updates to their apps like they do with XBoX Live I can't see it being popular with indies.

        • Arag0n
        • 7 years ago

        Windows Phone store doesn´t charge a penny for updates…

          • Deanjo
          • 7 years ago


      • deathBOB
      • 7 years ago

      It’s metro only. I think that’s a good thing. Who would want a different app store for each publisher on a mobile device? Google and Apple have the right idea and MS is smart to follow them. Now a forced app store for the desktop could raise some anti-competitive issues, but I think a Metro (mobile) only store can be justified by 1) the need for a curated experience in the mobile space and 2) the existence of the Google and Apple stores.

        • sschaem
        • 7 years ago

        What? Why cant I have a steam like gaming portal on an ipad ? or android?
        So Apple give itself the right to offer an ibook portal but no one as the right to create a game portal?

        I find steam for games so much better then either store, in every ways.
        From browsing/finding titles to previews and cloud support.

        Apple , MS & Google dont ever want that to happen because they wouldn’t be able to collect their 30% tax on developers.

        Having this monopoly is a bad thing for the consumer/gamer.
        no competition == consumer/developers will always have to give 30% to one of those 3 monopolistic entity.
        Can you imagine you spend 3 years developing your titles, spend million in marketing and you have to give a third of the sale price to MS for just providing the download service that most company offer for free because the store got adds all over the place ? Its freaking sick.

        Wake up, open your eyes to whats really going on. The industry want to continue their mafia like control of software when NOW is the opportunity to break the cycle.

        I’m so freaking glad Vavle & Blizzard see Linux as the true bastion of freedom.

        • Voldenuit
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<] Now a forced app store for the desktop could raise some anti-competitive issues[/quote<] I am so looking forward to the reaming the EU is going to give microsoft on this. I will be cooking up some popcorn to watch from the sidelines with.

        • BobbinThreadbare
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<]Who would want a different app store for each publisher on a mobile device?[/quote<] I would not mind this at all.

        • Voldenuit
        • 7 years ago

        Google’s app store doesn’t stop developers and publishers from releasing their product any way they want, since you can buy or download an app from a third party site and sideload it.

        Windows RT and Metro on the other hand *only* allow apps to come from the Windows Store, creating a monopoly in publishing and distribution. Apple does much the same thing, but it’s managed to avoid the scrutiny of the regulatory bodies so far.

          • BobbinThreadbare
          • 7 years ago

          In fact there are even 3rd party app stores for android.

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 7 years ago

      You mean like remove Metro and WinRT?

    • Deanjo
    • 7 years ago


      • nico1982
      • 7 years ago

      The laziness of some IT companies on security, especially the one of their customer’ private data, is unacceptable. Take also a look at Apple’s recent in-app purchase security hole. They should be more active, rather than hope for someone to find the holes before some serious damage is done.

      Btw, nice mobile site the extremetech’s.

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        Ya, I really like their mobile site. It is well thought out.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      This one is pretty crazy too, I’d say even more so than NFC exploit since one can simply turn off NFC:

      [url<][/url<] Ironically, a real, traditional key is more secure.

      • Ronald
      • 7 years ago

      See item VI under “Eight is Enough.”

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        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        I’m not getting the association.

        [quote<]Gizmodo: Has the iPhone 5 been smuggled out of the factory already?[/quote<] Edit: Ahhh, I see, you mean from yesterdays shortbread.

    • dashbarron
    • 7 years ago

    Sweet new version of Safari is finally released! It’s the only thing I use on my Windows machine.

      • entropy13
      • 7 years ago

      Why not “complete” the transition and eschew Windows in favor of OS X?

    • blastdoor
    • 7 years ago

    “The NY Times: Apple officials said to consider stake in Twitter”

    I don’t know that taking an equity stake makes sense for apple. But I could imagine a deal whereby apple pays twitter a license fee that would allow all Mac and iUsers to have ad-free twitter access through a superior interface. Apple does something analogous right now with the deal with nuance to provide speech recognition to all users.

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