Monday Shortbread

The Starting Five

  1. TechCrunch: VP pick, Paul Ryan, has (mostly) been a friend to technology
  2. TorrentFreak: µTorrent becomes ad-supported to rake in millions
  3. AppleInsider: Apple files hint at re-engineered iMac

    and Mac Pro models, potentially without optical drives

  4. Engadget’s Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A ultrabook review:

    A high-res display and a much-improved keyboard

  5. Microsoft Word Blog: Unlock PDFs with the new Word


Monday

  1. Marissa Mayer is right: Product focus has to be

    priority #1 at Yahoo! – The Huffington Post

  2. Neowin: Microsoft already using “Modern” instead of “Metro” in advertisements
  3. Wired: Former Apple engineer posts unseen Mac TV ad from 1983
  4. Engadget: Disney researchers can now digitally

    shave your face, clone it for animatronics

  5. Tbreak’s commentary on social networks
  6. NCIX features the Vesta FX B2S desktop PC
  7. Newegg’s quick-draw deals
  8. Dealzon’s deals: $50 coupon for 15.6″ 1080p Dell Inspiron 15R i7-3612QM,

    $200 coupon for 14″ Dell Inspiron 14z i5-2450M, $500 coupon for 14″ Lenovo

    U410 i7-3517U, and $210 coupon for 13.3″ Dell Inspiron 13z i5-3317U

Mobile

  1. Tbreak’s Sony Xperia Ion smartphone review

Software and gaming

  1. DigiTimes: CyberLink to benefit from Windows 8
  2. Joystiq reports Gears of War: Judgement creative out at People Can Fly
  3. KitGuru’s Speedlink Medusa NX Core (X360 & PS3) headset review

Hardware

  1. Tech ARP’s BIOS option of the week – Nvidia GPU Ex
  2. TestFreaks review 128GB Kingston SSDNow V200
  3. Techgage reviews Corsair Vengeance 2000 wireless 7.1 headset
  4. Legit Reviews on Phiaton’s PS 20 Bluetooth earphones
  5. NikKTech reviews 1000W Super Flower Golden King PSU
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    • l33t-g4m3r
    • 7 years ago

    II.Neowin: Microsoft already using “Modern” instead of “Metro” in advertisements

    I guess Microsoft has no limit on how despicably low they will go. Instead of fixing the problem and offering users a choice, they hope to confuse the uneducated by changing the name before the OS is released. This is basically Mojave2. Hopefully this backfires in their face so bad that they fire everybody involved in the Metro project, and stop attempting to out propagandize their problems.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      are you familiar with [b<] Hyperbole? [/b<]

        • l33t-g4m3r
        • 7 years ago

        Explain why you are asking [i<]me[/i<] that. Or was that rhetorical?

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          your posts are always EXTREME.

          eg. [quote<] I guess Microsoft has no limit on how despicably low they will go. [/quote<] some would say this is not nearly as bad as some of the other stuff MS has historically done, but for some reason you infer that a dumb name change is the bar for "no limit on how despicably low they well go". you tend to exaggerate and i was mostly just saying that. TBH when i first read your [quote<] [i<] me[/i<] [/quote<] i thought you were joking, but then i thought, maybe not.

      • Meadows
      • 7 years ago

      Again with the unrelated “mojave reference”.

        • zzz
        • 7 years ago

        They changed the name because another company owns the term/name ‘Metro’, there’s no hidden agenda, they’re simply dodging a lawsuit.

        [url=http://vista.blorge.com/2012/08/11/windows-8-metro-is-metro-no-more/<]link[/url<]

    • yogibbear
    • 7 years ago

    Argh! Need to pick up that Zenbook UX31A before it starts shipping with Windows 8!!!!!!!!

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    Some funny moments in that Mac commercial:

    0:35 – the throat clear after saying ‘we didn’t want our customers to ever have to worry about it failing’

    0:52 – ‘the balance of power is going to shift, the balance of power from companies running people, to hopefully people running companies’*

    *disclaimer: this does not apply to any of our own employees or contractor employees.

      • chuckula
      • 7 years ago

      **disclaimer part 2: and especially not to our [s<]captives[/s<] [u<]customers[/u<].

    • xeridea
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]AppleInsider: Apple files hint at re-engineered iMac and Mac Pro models, potentially without optical drives[/quote<] Making fullsize computers without optical drives is just stupid. Its weird in notebooks to, but some people are crazy enough to pay twice as much for a notebook that is 3mm thinner, has not optical drive, and is just ok on speed front, especially for price.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      Apple can probably make more by selling official Apple external drives. A supposed big appeal of Macs is digital creativity, optical drives help that.

      • Saribro
      • 7 years ago

      I haven’t actually used an optical drive in at least 3 years. Why would I keep paying for one on every system?
      A single portable USB optical drive (just in case) for the entire house is more than plenty.

        • nico1982
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<]Why would I keep paying for one on every system?[/quote<] True enough, but it's unlikely that you are going to pay less 😛 On the other hand, Apple will enjoy extra profit for each iMac sold by omitting the drive, plus an handful more dollars for each external unit sold (their superdrive is 79.00). It's a win-win scenario for them.

      • rrr
      • 7 years ago

      And how often exactly is optical drive used? You can buy external one if you need it.

      IMO card reader is more necessary these days than that.

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        That is exactly what I did. Bought a cheap USB external for the rare time I need an optical drive. I’ve even taken the opticals out in the laptops and replaced them with a second hard drive with the optical drive caddy to hard drive adapters. For OS installs, they are all done with USB thumb drives. Now days DVD drives have little use for backup as the capacities are too small and bluray medium is to expensive to consider backing up to.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          too*

      • pedro
      • 7 years ago

      I’d love if they replaced the optical drive with a small (~60 GB) SSD for the OS to sit on. Ain’t gonna happen tho’.

      • Shouefref
      • 7 years ago

      Apple always tries to be as high-tech as possible. Partly because they always try to revive the feeling of the pioneers’ days of computing.
      That wins them clienst, but that also costs them clients.
      I remember 14 years ago I didn’t buy a Mac because it didn’t have a floppy drive.
      It’s like a sport’s car, you see: great cars to drive, but often not very comfortable, and you can’t do the shopping with them.
      But if you don’t build a sport’s car like a sport’s car, you don’t get it sold to people who want a sport’s car – obviously.

      • superjawes
      • 7 years ago

      The problem with your position is that it does allow Apple to make a smaller “full size computer.” The cool thing about the iMac is that it’s not too much bigger or heavier than an LCD monitor, but it’s still a full computer. The more they can take out, the smaller the device gets.

      On top of that, Apple’s biggest killing lately has been the iOS devices. They might be gearing up for a merger between the iOS and iMac platforms, or at least a better link between them.

    • phez
    • 7 years ago

    the zenbook keyboard is really that good.

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]TechCrunch: VP pick, Paul Ryan, has (mostly) been a friend to technology[/quote<] Voted for: extension of PATRIOT Act CISPA NDAA (three times) expansion of the Department of Homeland Security / TSA extension of troop commitments in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya granting the president the power to appoint department heads without senatorial approval Oh, he's a friend to technology, alright - especially the kind that can help strip your rights away and expand the police state. Note to TR: If you're going to politicize the news, then kindly don't play state apologist by regurgitating nonsense like this "article," which is really an extremely one-sided opinion piece. That market is already cornered by the Fox, CNN, ABC, NBC, etc. crowd, and I can't imagine it's why people come here.

      • Antimatter
      • 7 years ago

      He also initially supported SOPA.

      [url<]http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/08/paul-ryan-vp/[/url<]

      • theadder
      • 7 years ago

      I agree with the spirit of this. TR has a certain obligation not to pass on terrible articles, I think; this is one of those situations.

      I don’t read the shortbreads because they provide the entire content of the internet for the day; I read them because they provide a lot of the good bits of news worth reading.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      CISPA is the only overtly technology-related thing you listed but yeah…he didn’t exactly make the Republican ticket more appealing to undecided mainstream moderates. Between him and Palin it’s almost like the Republicans intentionally choose VP candidates who will hurt their campaign.

      • ULYXX
      • 7 years ago

      I agree on a lot of the things you said because well… its true. Its not like were much better with either political party though and the problem is getting people to care. Im probably going to get negative votes, but the problem is that most people turn a blind eye to their favorite politician’s actions and decisions because they want to think the other party isn’t any better than their preferred one. In reality, the higher you go on the political ladder, they dont even really hate each other.

      Its just so frustrating when people think bashing the other party is going to get anything done, when both parties are guilty for extending laws that hurt the people.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        We need a way to vote ‘non of the above’ in the US. In a way I am envious of parliamentary systems with their necessarily inclusive coalitions and votes of no confidence.

          • theadder
          • 7 years ago

          I think that you might be surprised at the extent to which coalitions in parliamentary democracies actually don’t feel all that inclusive for the people living under them.

          Better to live in the parliamentary parts of the world without regular coalitions, perhaps!

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            I was referring to the inter-party politics of bigger parties sometimes needing to join with smaller parties in order to form a government, I think you got that and just made a play on words :p. Sure, the smaller parties are still going to have a smaller say in things but at least they exist in elected positions in a meaningful way and have *some* say as opposed to a 2-party system in which the 2 parties are 99% of everything. Different factions within the 2 parties in the US are a pretty hollow version of that at best.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            NO. USA = A-OK.

            • BobbinThreadbare
            • 7 years ago

            This also leads to splitting the vote like with the UK’s election where the two liberal parties got a good majority of the votes, but the conservative party was left in charge because it got more votes than either of them individually.

            To paraphrase Winston Churchill: democracy is the worst system of government, except for everything we’ve tried before it.

            • OneArmedScissor
            • 7 years ago

            Uh oh. You committed the cardinal sin of criticizing democracy. Quickly, everyone down vote, before you have to actually question the past and present!

            Too many people seem to believe that this system is a modern invention and somehow infallible. But take a quick glimpse through history and you’ll find no shortage of other such quotes, going back even [i<]thousands[/i<] of years: "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." - Benjamin Franklin "Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49." - Thomas Jefferson “Democracy...while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide." - John Adams "When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." - Benjamin Franklin “A democracy is a government in the hands of men of low birth, no property, and vulgar employment." - Aristotle “Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who'll get the blame.” - Bertrand Russell “Democracy is the road to socialism.” - Karl Marx Also of note is George Washington's farewell address, where he spoke out against a political party system. This is just a small part: "The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty."

          • mesyn191
          • 7 years ago

          Voting 3rd party effectively does this.

          It also has the benefit of allowing you to choose to support a candidate who you like better at the same time too.

          Even if its unlikely a 3rd party candidate could or would win its still better to vote for who you like best rather who you believe will win. That sort of thinking is ultimately self defeating and purposeless.

      • jdaven
      • 7 years ago

      It amazes me how people have to find the silver lining of a candidate’s views on a every single issue. It is obvious after PIPA, CISPA and SOPA that if the free internets is the most important issue for your livelihood, then you are not voting republican this round.

        • superjawes
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<]It is obvious after PIPA, CISPA and SOPA that if the free internets is the most important issue for your livelihood, then you are not voting [s<]republican[/s<] this round.[/quote<]Fixed that for you... I know there's an R&P forum for this, but neither party is great on this issue unless you get major players leaning on it (like Google and Wikipedia).

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 7 years ago

        You’re doing the same thing…

        In response to the failure of the senate version of CISPA:

        [url<]http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-08-08/obama-considering-executive-branch-action-on-cybersecurity-plan[/url<] ...even though he said he'd veto CISPA. Just like how he "opposed," the 2012 NDAA, but signed it, anyways. "Senate Republicans last week blocked a bill backed by Obama..." [url<]http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:SN03414:@@@P[/url<] Sponsor: Sen Lieberman, Joseph I. Latest Major Action: 8/2/2012 Senate floor actions. Status: Motion by Senator Reid to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked Cosponsors: Sen Carper, Thomas R. [DE] - Democrat Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] - Republican Sen Feinstein, Dianne [CA] - Democrat Sen Rockefeller, John D., IV [WV] - Democrat PIPA was also sponsored by a Patrick Leahy, Democrat, while SOPA was sponsored by Lamar Smith, Republican. The support and opposition for both was about equally split between the two parties, at all times, shifting from more supporting to more opposing [b<]only when people complained[/b<]. They were publicly supported by former senator Chris Dodd all over the news, Democrat, who is now the president of the MPAA. CISPA met with the same fate. Significant support at first, but then a public uprising that turned it around. It only passed in the house because they voted on it earlier than was claimed, before people could call or petition. It's as the saying goes. The US has a two party system. There's the evil party, and the stupid party. Sometimes they do something both evil and stupid. That's called bipartisanship. Every cyber security bill so far has been bipartisan.

          • jdaven
          • 7 years ago

          I accept and respect all critiques of my comments. However, I want to make one thing clear. There is NO such thing as bipartisan under the current definition. Bipartisan as it stands now can mean that at least ONE person from the opposite party or ONE independent that caucuses with the opposite party crosses the aisle.

          All congressman and senators are free to vote however they choose. Bipartisan is tossed around by both parties to fake greater acceptance of a bill than what really exists.

            • OneArmedScissor
            • 7 years ago

            There’s no aisle to cross when they’re all the same to begin with.

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