Saturday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. B2C: When taglines go bad—the Best Buy saga
  2. WSJ: Production of iPhone screens delayed at Sharp
  3. Electronista: Photo could hint at next iPhone making jump to A6 processor
  4. New Razer Blade ships on 9/30
  5. PC Perspective’s first look at Lucid Logix VirtuMVP for notebooks
  6. X-bit labs: Western Digital introduces industry’s

    fastest external HDD system for consumers

  7. Mashable: Amazon has sights set on double-sided tablet device
  8. Open webOS August edition (thanks DancinJack)


Saturday

  1. How to be a Genius: Gizmodo has Apple’s secret employee training manual
  2. Win Fractal Design’s Define R4 case from Hardware Secrets
  3. NCIX and Newegg have weekend deals

Mobile

  1. Ars Technica: iPhone-based checkout reportedly being tested at Walmart

Software

  1. Google Chrome 23.0.1251.2

Systems and storage

  1. ocaholic on Phenom II X4 970 & Phenom II

    X6 1090T BE – gaming performance HD 7970

  2. techPowerUp! reviews ASRock X79 Extreme11
  3. TweakTown reviews 240GB SuperSSpeed S302 Hyper Gold MLC SSD
  4. XSReviews on 128GB Plextor M5 Pro SSD
  5. X-bit labs have 8GB Kingston DDR3 dual-channel memory kits roundup
  6. ocaholic on Kingston’s 8GB HyperX T1 DDR3 2400MHz CL11 memory kit
  7. Neoseeker’s 8GB Patriot Viper 3 DDR3-2133 memory kit review

Multimedia, case, and cooling

  1. 3DCenter’s GeForce GTX 660 performance forecast

    and GK106 die-size comparison (in German)

  2. Techreaction’s I-Mego Walker Junior headset review
  3. ocaholic reviews BitFenix Prodigy case
  4. Funky Kit reviews Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme
Comments closed
    • Welch
    • 7 years ago

    Best Buy’s new tagline should read “Making you work for technology.”

    You know, because of their price gouging.

    • LoneWolf15
    • 7 years ago

    The new tagline for Best Buy is, wait for it “Making technology work for you.”

    Aaaaand….Truth in advertising takes another serious hit.

    • BIF
    • 7 years ago

    Best Buy is the most annoying when they try to push their extended warranty on you.

    Beware, there have been reports that they’ll sneakily add it to your bill even when you tell them no thank you.

    And don’t get me started on their so-called “Rewards” program. <2% on your purchases with all manner of restrictions and ways to prevent you from accruing any significant rebate amount.

    • Shouefref
    • 7 years ago

    Wrong link in
    B2C: When taglines go bad—the Best Buy saga

    • blastdoor
    • 7 years ago

    “Mashable: Amazon has sights set on double-sided tablet device”

    LCD on one side, e-ink on the other. Interesting concept, but it might feel a little weird to have a device with no “back.”

      • green
      • 7 years ago

      … on the other hand, significantly better than a tablet with two backs

    • Deanjo
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]ocaholic on Phenom II X4 970 & Phenom II X6 1090T BE - gaming performance HD 7970 [/quote<] Pretty much what everyone knew already after the first release of bulldozer. There is next to no reason to upgrade from an X4/x6 and I doubt that piledriver will improve on that much.

      • sschaem
      • 7 years ago

      I have a Q6600 and I had the same conclusion with Ivy Bridge, no need to upgrade for gaming.
      And look at the big picture this is painting, its like any cheap CPU can drive a high end GPU.
      I even feel that my Q6600 is overkill for a Radeon 7970 at 1080p…

      And I dont think next gen console will change that, for gaming my Q6600 will be just fine for another 5 years. (I hope not, but then no system upgrade is more money for a high end GPU)

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        unless you’re playing civ, you’re right.

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        Ya gaming is more dependent on the GPU however once you get out of the realm of “boom, bang, splat” there is still a need for faster, more powerful processors.

    • Deanjo
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]How to be a Genius: Gizmodo has Apple's secret employee training manual[/quote<] Ahh yes, the Friedman sales technique. It's been around and used since the early eighties by the likes of HP, IBM, Apple, MS, Pitney Bowes, Radio Shack, Staples, Future Shop, car dealerships, and on and on and on. It's nothing new and isn't exclusive to Apple. It's been "re-branded" many times but the still the same technique. It's great starter technique for those that are new to sales but like everything else it eventually morphs into a unique presentation for the person. It is even the basis that most companies hire "mystery shoppers" to follow and stroke off on their sales person evaluation checklist.

    • GeorgeMichael
    • 7 years ago

    Where’s my DubStep?
    Every shortbread should have DubStep!
    [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEI5UUa595k&list=FLn7pG-G6eZe6U9cJOKy9eng&index=28&feature=plpp_video[/url<] [url<]http://www.rpgsite.net/news/1958-final-fantasy-xiv-a-realm-reborn-dazzles-with-new-limit-break-trailer-and-screenshots?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+RPGSite+%28RPG+Site+News+Feed%29[/url<] [url<]http://entry.ffxiv.com/alpha/index_na.html[/url<]

      • d34thly
      • 7 years ago

      Why is this guy not banned?

        • SonicSilicon
        • 7 years ago

        I don’t know, but here:
        [url<]https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=81487&p=1132868[/url<]

    • JustAnEngineer
    • 7 years ago

    [url<]http://www.insidebuymore.com/[/url<]

      • d34thly
      • 7 years ago

      yay more random linking not related to any part of any thread.

        • yogibbear
        • 7 years ago

        I feel like JAE has been hacked by a spam bot or something… :/

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 7 years ago

        Duh.

        The “Buy More” is a not-very-subtle parody of Best Buy. The slogans in NBC’s parody are at least as good as Best Buy’s actual effort.

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    future shop has had my laptop for 3 months. i wanted best buy to improve, but at this point, idk…

    first.

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      Mistake #1, taking a computer to be serviced to Future Shop or Bestbuy.

      • oldog
      • 7 years ago

      SSK unless you are under warrantee or have an Apple “Air” machine (not serviceable). Why don’t you fix it yourself? There are hundreds of web vids on how to fix the hardware on just about any lappy.

      It saves both time and money.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        I am under warranty, i still have 2 years left on it. it’s a toshiba tecra, that i got for 400$ with a 3 year warranty. it was a fire sale, pretty much.

        As for why futureshop, i needed it to go back to toshiba, and they suggested i take it there, and futureshop is supposed to ship it to toshiba. apparently they have an agreement, and then i didn’t have to pay shipping. what they forgot to tell me (toshiba or FS) was that they’re all retarded, and have no idea where my laptop is for most of that time, or how to actually FIX one. it’s been a mess. they actually called me, on tuesday, AT 10 PM, and said they wanted 30$ to fix all the damage to the USB ports. i said “WHAT DAMAGE??? THERE’S NO DAMAGE TO USB PORTS!!!” they said “i don’t know”. i’m awaiting to hear where we go from here. they’re supposed to be getting me some pictures of what they’ve done to my laptop.

          • chµck
          • 7 years ago

          Sounds like you handed it to a 15yr old who’s only computer experience is playing WoW.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            no, i handed it to a 30 year old guy who knew how to package it and mail it to toshiba’s depot.

          • entropy13
          • 7 years ago

          [quote<]I am under warranty[/quote<] There are warranties for sweatshopkings?

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            yeah, they have to maintain sexiness for the manufacturers expected period. so far, i’m doing great. got about another 2 years till it’s over (i’ll be 30)

          • LoneWolf15
          • 7 years ago

          If Toshiba can’t tell you how to ship it to them and tells you to go to Futureshop, somebody there (at Toshiba) should get fired.

      • d34thly
      • 7 years ago

      I thought everyone in the TR community knew how to service their own computers. Guess I was wrong.

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