Monday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. IDC lowers PC forecast for 2012
  2. DigiTimes: Wistron expects to profit from PC recycling beginning 2Q13
  3. Ars Technica: New BIOS guidelines aim to keep malware out of computer’s nether regions
  4. Apple v. Samsung juror: We “wanted to send a message” – Ars Technica
  5. Engadget: Lenovo’s 9″ IdeaTab A2109 shows up

    at Best Buy, flaunts $300 price tag, Tegra 3 GPU

  6. The Verge: Samsung to reveal Windows 8 transforming tablet at IFA 2012
  7. The Register: Microsoft denies Windows 8 app spying via SmartScreen
  8. Symantec: Crisis for Windows sneaks onto virtual machines


Monday

  1. Fudzilla: Google distances itself from Samsung debacle
  2. Neowin: Mark Cuban chastises U.S. patent system following Apple v. Samsung verdict
  3. DigiTimes: Foxconn hikes wages for workers at Zhengzhou production base, says report
  4. Dealzon’s deals: $430 coupon for 15.6″ hp dv6t i7-3610QM / GeForce GT 630M,

    $400 coupon for 15.6″ Lenovo Y570 i7-2670QM / GeForce GT 555M, $50 coupon

    for Dell Vostro 470 i7-3770 PC & $200 off 23″ Toshiba LX835 1080p i7-3610QM PC

Mobile

  1. Phandroid: Reason to root that Nexus 7 – how about overclocking to 2.0GHz
  2. DigiTimes: HTC considering to launch new tablet

    PC in cooperation with Pegatron, say sources

  3. Piecing together sixth-gen iPhone rumors: what Ars Technica knows so far
  4. Engadget: Samsung unveils Galaxy Player 5.8

Software and gaming

  1. Neowin: hp to refund Windows 8 upgrade price for most of its PCs
  2. Ars Technica: Windows 8 privacy complaint misses the forest for the trees
  3. Fudzilla: DICE adds more Battlefield 3 servers
  4. Eurogamer: Molyneux’s curio now renamed Curiosity: What’s Inside the Cube
  5. Ars Technica: Modder fixes Dark Souls’ PC resolution problem minutes after release

Hardware

  1. Ars Technica’s PC laptop buying guide—back-to-school edition
  2. Ars Technica reviews Lenovo ThinkPad X1

    Carbon and Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A

  3. Tbreak’s Acer Aspire S5 ultrabook review
  4. Bits and Chips has Intel Haswell CPU preview (in Italian)
  5. The SSD Review on Corsair Neutron and Neutron GTX SSDs
  6. Guru3D’s 100GB Mushkin Catalyst Cache SSD review
  7. Techgage’s 2TB Western Digital Red NAS hard drive review
  8. ThinkComputers reviews Inno3D iChiLL GTX 680 Black edition
  9. Hi Tech Legion reviews 650W Lepa G650-MAS PSU
  10. TweakTown reviews Azza Genesis 9000 case
  11. BCCHardware reviews Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer LCS
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    • dpaus
    • 7 years ago

    Reuters has an interesting [url=http://ca.news.yahoo.com/friend-foe-samsung-apple-wont-want-damage-parts-082420975–finance.html<]article about the relative value of the Apple-Samsung lawsuit award and the Apple-Samsung supplier relationship[/url<].

    • Shouefref
    • 7 years ago

    I’ve met the first people who actually bought a new pc with W7 to avoid W8.

    • flip-mode
    • 7 years ago

    Max 4GB soldiered RAM on the Zenbook Prime UX31 is a real bummer.

      • grantmeaname
      • 7 years ago

      Meh? The 32VD has 2GB soldered on and a SO-DIMM slot. A lot of people on the huge notebook forums are buying the UX32VD, a 4GB or 8GB SO-DIMM, and a cheap SSD to throw in it. If you need the upgradeability, that’s probably your best option.

      I’m betting on a hardware refresh in October anyway, though, because at that point the Primes will be as old as the original Zenbook was when the Primes were released.

        • flip-mode
        • 7 years ago

        Oh, really? Huh, that Ars review led me to believe otherwise. Did Ars goof?

          • tay
          • 7 years ago

          No 32VD vs 31A. It’s nearly half a pound heavier but allows user upgradeable RAM and SSD. Totally worth it IMO and I would’ve considered this instead of my 2012 Macbook Air had it come out earlier.

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<] A lot of people on the huge notebook forums are buying the UX32VD, a 4GB or 8GB SO-DIMM[/quote<] Ewww, mismatched ram. A real killer on the HD 4000's performance.

          • Goty
          • 7 years ago

          I’m pretty sure their facebook games will still run fine.

          • yuriylsh
          • 7 years ago

          First 4GB (out of 6 or 10, depending on whether you add 4 or 8 GB stick) is going to be used in dual-channel mode thanks to Intel’s flex memory technology, so are you 100% positive it’s going to affect HD 4000’s performance in any way?

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            Yup, just had an HD 4000 system on the bench the other day. Taking out the mismatched 2 and 4 gig sodimms and matched them up with a pair of 4 gig matched sodimms cause the graphics performance in windows experience caused a full 1 point boost.

            • yuriylsh
            • 7 years ago

            This is interesting, I assume that the mismatch was related to sticks’ capacity only, right?
            I’ll check it out as soon as I finally get my UX32VD (probably next week – and I ordered it more than a week ago…).

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            Yes, that was the main difference (although timings also were different). The speed of the ram was the same.

            I do not know how you will check it however with it only having one sodimm slot on that model though.

          • mno
          • 7 years ago

          A real performance killer that doesn’t matter, because the UX32VD has a GT 620M.

      • yogibbear
      • 7 years ago

      How is ram soldiered?

        • Peldor
        • 7 years ago

        Boot Camp.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        By conscription.

        • dpaus
        • 7 years ago

        By joining an Armored Division (you know, ‘tanks for the memories’)

      • trackerben
      • 7 years ago

      Give the Lenovo X1 Carbon a look. 14in 1600×900 in a 13in body, 8GB onboard, 256GB SSD

    • xeridea
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Apple v. Samsung juror: We "wanted to send a message" - Ars Technica[/quote<] So basically the jury foreman came to his enlightened decision after remembering him applying for some bogus DVR patent 3 years after TiVo, and was like "could I defend that?". So disregarding the evidence and trial, he is just biased because he believes in his bogus patent from 10 years ago. It is stated that he wanted to "send a message" to other supposed patent infringers just because he had a bogus patent, that got through the totally broken US patent system. He wants Apple to be able to patent no brainer, common sense, hugely generalized ideas. This juror then influenced the rest of the jury. So the fate of the trial was in the hands of a biased juror, and the evidence presented didn't matter. Mistrial is likely, though it doesn't matter to much as there will be an appeal anyway, and Apple will continue its abuse of patent system to sue or intimidate everyone else with is bogus patents. South Korean judge got it right... ban both parties devices. Sunday shortbread article has it right about patent system being utter garbage, especially for software.

      • yogibbear
      • 7 years ago

      Yarp. Personally as something that is slightly sexist, as a jury member once (not in the US), I found having an older female be the foreman was best as she was used to having to deal with a bunch of yapping brats and making them come to some sort of mutually acceptable understanding. Whereas a male foreman typically puts on their alpha male hat and tells everyone what to do. Sexism FTW. If I was on the jury with this guy I would’ve sent a note to the judge during deliberations asking if it was OK that one jury member was using their own patent lamentations to influence the rest of the jury’s decision making. Clearly these people weren’t smart enough to challenge their foreman and his piss-poor “I’m an old engineer and I know everything” stance. As an engineer myself I find his thinking to be completely unacceptable. (Having said that this is from the very limited information we have been provided by the media… which may or may not be biased into getting clicks by infuriating me).

      Also… if they only NOW in the deliberations were getting explained how to determine if Apple’s and Samsung’s patents were valid or not then WTF was the point of asking the question on the form for each patent if the lawyers on both sides weren’t going to focus on if those patents were valid or not?… Am I missing something?

      • trackerben
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]"Apple will continue its abuse of patent system"[/quote<] So why are you repeating one of the main points of Samsung's post-trial damage control missives?

        • entropy13
        • 7 years ago

        You’re not supposed to repeat facts now?

          • trackerben
          • 7 years ago

          I’ve always thought that to be seen as fair and balanced in one’s analysis or views, it’s best not to mimic the partisan stance and words of any one side.

            • superjawes
            • 7 years ago

            Well I suppose you have a point. Repeating facts is quite partisan because reality has a well-known liberal bias.

            • trackerben
            • 7 years ago

            But I can reverse that logically and claim, “repeating facts is quite partisan because reality exhibits a well-known conservative bias”, and we would be in useless impasse.

            What serious people look for is analysis of facts with the surrounding context but done in a non-partisan manner, with a balanced conclusion grounded on all aspects bearing on why and how things were decided.

            And you can’t get to that by just mimicking the partisanship of one side or another.

            Note the few new facts in this thread from since the jury announcements, other than the fact of boilerplate lifted directly from new Samsung PR material (and now why is that). Instead we have a mass of posted speculation based on incomplete knowledge of the full reasoning and intentions of the jury, from which we can’t derive anything truly interesting.

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      This is how things can go in jury trials. The judge warned both parties that juries aren’t made of experts, don’t understand the subtleties of patent law, and might make unexpected conclusions.

      This is exactly why settling may be the best approach, and does [i<]not[/i<] imply guilt.

        • mcnabney
        • 7 years ago

        Uhm, hasn’t Apple already said it won’t settle at all?

        • trackerben
        • 7 years ago

        If you think jury systems are bad, wait till you’ve been Napoleoned by judges in your rival’s political home ground.

        [url<]http://www.aim.org/newswire/home-field-advantage-for-samsung-wins-ruling-against-apple-in-south-korea/[/url<] “...This is basically Samsung’s victory on its home territory,” said patent attorney Jeong Woo-sung. “Out of nine countries, Samsung got the ruling that it wanted for the first time in South Korea...” ...However, some industry watchers expressed concern over the South Korean ruling to protect industry standard patents. They say the decision could invite a trade war by giving Samsung and fellow South Korean company LG – both industry standard patent holders – more room to block rivals’ entrance into South Korea if they don’t agree to licensing terms. “It would mean that foreign companies would either have to bow to Samsung’s and LG’s demands … or stop selling in Korea,” said Florian Mueller, a patent expert in Munich, Germany who has been closely following the case...

          • xeridea
          • 7 years ago

          South Korea was the country where the judge banned both companies devices for childish squabbling.

          [url<]http://www.zdnet.com/s-korea-court-finds-cure-for-apple-samsung-patent-war-ban-both-7000003146/[/url<]

            • trackerben
            • 7 years ago

            And South Korea is also a land where the deck is stacked against foreign electronics brand, particularly Japanese ones. Their regulatory and ministerial interventions were always known to favor their own companies, particularly the untouchable chaebols like Samsung, LG, Hyundai, etc.

            [url<]http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/02/editorial-htcs-departure-from-south-korea-proves-a-tough-fight/[/url<] "...WIPI therefore also played a role in letting local companies regain health with minimal threat from foreign players, as the software became difficult and expensive for non-native companies to work with (except for Motorola, whose presence in Korea dates back to 1988). In a sense, this is why Samsung and LG had a great head start on their own turf..." [url<]http://www.kernelmag.com/features/report/3028/samsung-power-corruption-and-lies/[/url<] "...Samsung is a “chaebol” – one of the family-run conglomerates that dominate South Korean society. Almost Mafia-like in their obsessive secrecy and reach, chaebols have influence in most markets and industries in the country and wield huge political influence..." And now we know that political interventions favoring at least the big chaebols are entirely possible in their judiciary. And not just in mere patent cases: "...Yet Samsung seems capable enough of making trouble for itself. In 2008, the current Samsung chairman, Lee Kun-Hee, stepped down after his house and offices were raided and a police investigation began into claims that the corporation was maintaining a slush fund to bribe court officials and politicians. Found guilty of financial wrongdoing and tax evasion by Seoul Central District Court on July 16 2008, Lee Kun-Hee was in serious trouble. But despite prosecutors requesting that he be sentenced to seven years in prison and fined $347 million, the sentenced handed down was three years suspended and $109 million in fines..."

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      I’m astonished that as part of the jury selection process, Samsung didn’t ask potential jurors if they had any direct experience – first-hand or otherwise – with the patent system. Notwithstanding that unforgivable oversight, this should be grounds for an application for a mis-trial.

        • cynan
        • 7 years ago

        I’m astonished on how sub par the Samsung defense seemed in general (according to what I’ve heard after the fact).

        Adding to the jury selection thing, they apparently were late more than once, resulting in missed opportunities for admissible evidence (and witnesses?) and I heard that one of their arguments was something like Samsung shouldn’t be penalized for copying Apple because Apple didn’t have enough production capacity to supply the market anyway…

        And apparently Samsung’s legal team was more expensive? Yeesh. If there is more than a little truth to this, I’d be re-rolling my legal representation for the appeal if I was Samsung.

        [i<]Edit:[/i<] Maybe this is all part of Samsung legal's long term plan: They new they wouldn't win in California (and that it would go to appeal anyway), so they under performed purposely, hoping to catch Apple's legal team off guard in the final round when they bring out the big guns..

      • superjawes
      • 7 years ago

      Digital Bill of Rights and Patent-Copyright-Trademark reform.

      You couldn’t quite win an election on that alone, but that would be an excellent piece of signature legislation.

      Regardless of final outcome, this ruling only ensures, as you pointed out, continued action by Apple, and the only way to [s<]prevent[/s<] STOP such action is to pass proper legislation.

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<]proper legislation[/quote<] It's fun to pretend!

    • Star Brood
    • 7 years ago

    “IDC lowers PC forecast for 2012”

    The price is too high for people who want to do basic email/office/surfing. Which is 95% of consumers.

    If Intel priced their mobile CPU’s more competitively against tablets, we would see a lot more of PC sales. People do like the built-in keyboard and there is definitely still a market for notebooks (and probably will be for the next 10+ years minimum). But charging $300 for an entry level mobile CPU is never going to get prices down to ARM levels. It’s unfortunate that low-TDP processors cost way more than their standard counterparts.

      • blastdoor
      • 7 years ago

      Plus, the main competitor for a new PC is an old PC, and that’s a very strong competitor. I suspect most people are keeping their computers much longer than back in the 90s. An Athlon X2 or C2D with Win XP is more than enough for most people. The only thing worth upgrading for is to get an SSD, but of course that involves buying a much more expensive computer. Most people would be better off just installing an SSD in their old computer (too bad most people can’t do that.)

        • Shouefref
        • 7 years ago

        Moreover: W8 is hell for desktop.
        But if then: I expected and upsurge in sales because of people rushing out to get the safe W7 option. But even that doesn’t work.

        • flip-mode
        • 7 years ago

        This. If you kept anything from a 486 to a late-model Athlon 64 for 5 years you’d have been sitting on a desperately out-of-date system. But any dual core system is still serviceable today.

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      Netbooks have been selling for <$200 for a while now; your argument is somewhat invalid.

      IDC has been wrong about the “death of PCs” for a while now. Last quarter they also predicted that PC market shrinks, but it actually grew.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        They haven’t been able to get good numbers from emerging markets for years now. It seems like every quarter for the last 3 years at least we see these predicitions then Intel has a great quarter.

        • Star Brood
        • 7 years ago

        Netbooks aren’t worth upgrading to. They are great if your computer broke and you need a cheapy replacement (that’s what we did). I regret it and would have preferred to spend a little extra money on a computer with a CPU that doesn’t lag at every task. I don’t really count those netbooks as notebooks; they are almost as bad as ARM in my opinion.

          • NeelyCam
          • 7 years ago

          I hear you. But I thought you were talking about PCs with built-in keyboards getting down to ARM price levels.. netbooks are already there.

          I personally wouldn’t buy a netbook ever again

    • Shouefref
    • 7 years ago

    First!

    (sorry, it’s a boring day)

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      i plused you, brother.

        • Arag0n
        • 7 years ago

        And everyone minused you both seems…

          • NeelyCam
          • 7 years ago

          I +1’d them both, because I respect the game

            • Srsly_Bro
            • 7 years ago

            -1 for Shouefret
            +1 for SSK for being #1 troll – Congrats! 🙂
            +1 for Arag0n for feeling left out – hang in there, big guy!
            -1 for NeelyCam for being himself

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            Don’t be a hater

            • yogibbear
            • 7 years ago

            LOLOLOLOLOL #firstposthatersclub

            • BIF
            • 7 years ago

            -1 s for everybody!

            Even me, I hope!

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            i gave you a minus, just cause you asked!

            • superjawes
            • 7 years ago

            I gave him a plus, because I like chaos >=D

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            YOU REBEL.

            • Arag0n
            • 7 years ago

            Well, at least I got the lesser number of minus! But I still don´t know why I felt “Left out”…

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