Labor Day Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. ZDNet: AMD ‘Trinity‘ APU pricing leaks
  2. Oracle security alert for CVE-2012-4681
  3. iTWire: Torvalds pours scorn on De Icaza’s desktop claims

    and why the Linux desktop has not gained traction

  4. Google Fiber Blog: Another look at Fiberhood thresholds
  5. Intel reveals architecture details of Intel Xeon Phi co-processor
  6. DigiTimes: Microsoft fails to pacify PC vendors about Surface tablets
  7. SamMobile’s Galaxy Note II first hands-on video
  8. Newegg’s Labor Day deals (today only)


Labor Day

  1. Walmart announces new search engine to power Walmart.com
  2. WSJ on the joys of urban tech
  3. Ars Technica: How video copyright went insane
  4. Engadget: Sennheiser unveils HDVA 600 analog headphone amp, asks for $1,600

    Nokia’s Purity HD stereo headset by Monster goes Pro, gains Bluetooth, NFC &

    noise cancellation and 50 Cent talks up two new headphones in his SMS Audio

    line (video)

  5. Giveaway at The SSD Review: 512GB OCZ Vertex 4 SSD
  6. NCIX PC Vesta i5 3350 CE – exceeding Guild Wars 2 recommended settings at $999
  7. Dealzon’s deals: $600 coupon for 17.3″ Alienware M17x i7-2670QM,

    $170 off 15.6″ Lenovo Z580 i5-3210M / GeForce GT 630M, and

    $229 off 11.6″ MacBook Air i5-2467M

Mobile

  1. WSJ: Amazon is developing an ad-supported tablet
  2. Mozilla Services: Retiring Firefox Home
  3. Pocket-lint: Android users finally buying paid

    apps, download numbers catching iPhone

  4. Android Police: Evernote app update to version

    4.2, brings Jelly Bean notification enhancements

Software and gaming

  1. Softpedia: Canonical drops alternate CDs from Ubuntu 12.10
  2. Everyday Linux User: Linux Mint 13 with a hint of Cinnamon
  3. JavaWorld on GitHub
  4. CVG on Assassin’s Creed 3: Exclusive new multiplayer details revealed
  5. Black Mesa to be released on September 14th
  6. God of War Ascension Furies trailer
  7. Gnome Games heading toward 3.6
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    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    oh mans, you guys see valve is making a system now?

    [url<]http://www.neowin.net/news/valve-to-enter-the-hardware-business[/url<]

      • ish718
      • 7 years ago

      A PC with a Steam skin? lol

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    Oh noes! arm beats atom! [url<]http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=gentoo_arm_x32&num=1[/url<]

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      Cool, ARM can beat a downclocked 2 1/2 year old Atom that is using a HDD.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        YEAH. AMAZING, AMIRITE?

          • MadManOriginal
          • 7 years ago

          You are ALWAYS right!

        • chuckula
        • 7 years ago

        Now lets be fair here MadManOriginal… a dual-core A9 board can beat a downclocked single-core (but hyperthreaded) 2 1/2 year old Atom using an HDD.

        I predict that ARM will have something faster than Haswell out by next Tuesday at this rate!

          • sschaem
          • 7 years ago

          Dont under estimate ARM, its 2012 and they are already slamming down a 1 core Atom processor in most benchmark.

          By 2014, watch out dual core Atom, down clocked to 800mhz, ARM is gonna get you!!!!

          • brucethemoose
          • 7 years ago

          A dual or quad A15 should match up pretty well with current atoms, then.

          • Arag0n
          • 7 years ago

          A15 should be between 50% and 100% faster than A9… add that to increase in frequencies from 1Ghz to 2Ghz in the next year or two and then you have quad-cores A15 at the same level of dual core core2duo, something that has been plenty for long time. So I predict that ARM will be at mainstream performance (50% of a Corei5) at around 3 to 5 years, but costing 20$ the CPU with 2W TDP instead of 150$ and 77W TDP. ARM will not surpass intel in the short term… maybe ever. But they have the chance to get the “good-enough” computing market that AMD is trying to get and is failing.

      • sschaem
      • 7 years ago

      The atom is over 2 years old SINGLE core, 45nm, and running 60% below spec.

      Also the compiler is bogus on the Intel side of things.

      But its funny how a single core atom, at the same 1 GHz beat a dual core 1ghz Cortex A9.

      Even so this single core Atom got to deal with all the legacy x86 crap, it still freaking beat a dual core Cortex a9 in some benchmarks !!!

      Oh noes! … so sad!

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        you have crazy posts.

        • willmore
        • 7 years ago

        What’s wrong with the compiler on Intel?

          • Deanjo
          • 7 years ago

          Think he is miffed that it uses GCC (which is not all that great for intel optimizations) instead of intels compiler. Still, GCC probably carries more compiler optimizations for intels x86 then it does for ARM architectures.

            • willmore
            • 7 years ago

            Quite true as GCC incorporates branches that Intel made in the past to optimize for their processors. Intel is free to put code into GCC if they want to.

            Most code run on Intel chips in the OSS world will be compiled with GCC, so that seems to be the most relivant compiler.

    • ClickClick5
    • 7 years ago

    “V. Black Mesa to be released on September 14th ”

    Oo0

    Can it be?!

      • Meadows
      • 7 years ago

      So many things have happened since Episode 3 was not released.

    • RickyTick
    • 7 years ago

    Newegg Labor Day link is broken, fwiw.

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 7 years ago

      they aren’t very good TBH.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 7 years ago

        AFAIK they aren’t good deals IMHO.

    • ronch
    • 7 years ago

    AMD’s upcoming Trinity is perhaps the perfect processor for the wife. She can surf, type docs, play Popcap games… everything a wife ever does on a computer. Planning to build a Trinity-based PC for her when the chips and boards arrive. Heck, I bet it’ll do fine for my own use too, seeing as I am not really a very demanding user and as AMD themselves have said, the performance of today’s chips are fine. (Sarcasm on the last part there, in case you didn’t get it.)

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      I still wish AMD would release a 2 core (true 2 core, not 2 BD-like cores) chip with the best GPU tacked on. Might work great for older or less demanding games.

        • ronch
        • 7 years ago

        Well, perhaps Kaveri (next APU with Steamroller cores, if I’m correct) may interest you. With the fetch circuitry the only thing shared between the two cores, each core is pretty much on its own and has less resemblance on the original BD design at least from a very high level.

        Funny how BD’s most prominent defining characteristics (shared resources and high clock targets) are seemingly being ditched by AMD with Steamroller.

          • codedivine
          • 7 years ago

          Well apart from fetch, the FPU is also shared. One Steamroller module will have less floating point peak than a single Haswell core.

    • jdaven
    • 7 years ago

    I don’t know how this was missed but Intel released Pentium and Core i3 desktop ivy bridge processors over the weekend. Go over to newegg and filter search results for ivy bridge. You will see prices as low as $100.

      • cegras
      • 7 years ago

      Seems like the i3-2120’s replacement is $4 more, same clockspeed but you get incremental improvements. Not bad.

        • tbone8ty
        • 7 years ago

        A8-3870k introductory price was $135 and if those rumored prices are correct for the A10-5800K at $131.45…Thats $3.55 cheaper and huuuge clockspeed improvement! lol :p

          • I.S.T.
          • 7 years ago

          Plus possibly better IPC, IIRC.

    • chuckula
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Intel reveals architecture details of Intel Xeon Phi co-processor [/quote<] Very interesting slide show. I've seen reports on this presentation, but it is nice to see the actual slides directly.

      • ronch
      • 7 years ago

      Right. Lots of cool looking slides but I was like… @_@

    • Arag0n
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]DigiTimes: Microsoft fails to pacify PC vendors about Surface tablets[/quote<] It's a good reading about winners and losers. HP, Dell and Toshiba do not join RT and Lenovo, Samsung and Asus are going full in. It's just the same 3 companies that gain marketshare and the same ones that lose. Now you don´t wonder why... some companies want to keep the business as it always has been to keep the money flowing to them while others are looking forward to changes to get chances to increase their share.

      • BabelHuber
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]It's a good reading about winners and losers. HP, Dell and Toshiba do not join RT and Lenovo, Samsung and Asus are going full in. [/quote<] I wouldn't be so fast: I'd say Samsung and Asus release Win RT tabets. I don't know if they prefer Android tablets or not. Perhaps they release Win RT tablets just in case they become successful, to be on the safe side. The more I think about Win 8, the more I doubt Ballmer should stay CEO: - Win 8 desktop/notebooks: Alienates users because of the UI former known as Metro - Win 8 x86-tablets: Good for corporate users, but too expensive for the majority of consumers - Win 8 RT-tablets: Alienates OEMs by releasing a MS-own tablet, could alienate consumers who think x86-programs are compatible and then find out the truth the hard way, but surely alienates users who thought that this is an open system like Windows 8 - Windows Phone 8: Alienates carriers by integrating Skype, alienates WP7-customers by not providing an upgrade path I would have expected more from a corporation which owns the desktop and the notebooks and needs to expand into mobile in order to not get behind Apple and Android. Just give me a Windows RT tablet which lets me sideload Apps and act as Administrator, then I would have a look at it (the benchmark is my Asus TF Prime, Windows RT must be considerably better to make me switch) Just let me disable that Metro-BS, and I would give Windows 8 on my desktop a try.

        • Arag0n
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<]Perhaps they release Win RT tablets just in case they become successful, to be on the safe side.[/quote<] That´s the only thing that really answers what I posted.... yeah, it may be a way to avoid being out of the ride if it becomes successful, so? HP, Dell and Toshiba are willing to risk being out and try to keep consumers out of ARM to keep their business-as-usual going on and likely, to avoid the risk of the average selling point of laptops going down too. So I don´t care if they do it because they want to avoid being left out of the party or because they strongly believe in WinRT is a winner. It´s the same thing that happened with Android. Some phone manufacturers were willing to jump in ASAP because they saw something good, just in case or because they have the "do everything you can" ideology, I don´t care, but guess what? Samsung, Asus and Lenovo are also the backers of that smartphone revolution behind Android. Asus was late/bad doing phones so they tried their best on tablets. Samsung saw the possibility to jump from Windows Mobile to Android and make more sales and Lenovo is going full in trying to get a piece of both phones and tablets pie. So all three, not just in WinRT but in anything tech-related show their will to risk and back new things instead of a "sit and wait" position. That's why HP and others are losing lately, because they want to join the markets only when those are big enough for their interest, but once those markets are big enough they are left out. It can apply also to HP about other things as giving prover service, doing more durable and bit more expensive laptops, etc. We all know how laptops used to be... crappy, but phew companies (mostly Apple) is showing that consumers are willing to pay more if laptops really prove their value and in the other hand, they are pushing forward some small things that differentiate them from everyone. If HP was to acknowledge that and say, ok, it´s over, let's try to get all those small things that really add value for our customers. But guess? They don´t do it. Why? Because no one could prove to the CEO that their revenue could increase a 10% if they do it, and their CEO only worries about big numbers. Don´t come to me to talk about little improvements that I really don´t care to do I don´t know what.

          • BabelHuber
          • 7 years ago

          [quote<] I don´t care if they do it because they want to avoid being left out of the party or because they strongly believe in WinRT is a winner.[/quote<] You may not, but MS should 😉 If OEMs get on board just-in-case, Windows RT needs to be an instant success. If it is not, OEMs likely will abandon the OS and focus on Android-tablets instead. OTOH, when OEMs are committed to the OS, they likely will give it a second chance if the initially released tablets flop.

            • Arag0n
            • 7 years ago

            Yeah, it may be, but remember, “just in case” and because they are “committed” it still means that those companies pursue the changes and don´t want to be left out. I’m just talking about different companies taking different approaches to changes in market. Some of them embrace the change and take the challenge and others just complain because rules may change and they may need to think how to deal with it to keep their position.

            • BabelHuber
            • 7 years ago

            MS changed the game when they announced their Surface tablets. With this move, they changed the OEM/vendor-relationship and hence became competitors of their own OEMs.

            I don’t think OEMs like this move. They are dependent on MS for desktops/notebooks/W8-tablets, though. So in the end they cannot do anything in these areas (yet).

            But Windows RT they can fight by pushing Android-tablets instead. Since OEMs are still dependent on MS, they most likely won’t attack MS directly.

            So I really am looking forward to the various W8-releases. It will be interesting to see how W8, Win RT and WP8 are received in their various markets. Interesting times are ahead for us geeks!

            • BIF
            • 7 years ago

            [quote<]So I really am looking forward to the various W8-releases. It will be interesting to see how W8, Win RT and WP8 are received in their various markets. Interesting times are ahead for us geeks! [/quote<] Indeed, if I didn't think it would take months for us to realize whether or not W8 would be successful, I'd pop a big bowl of popcorn. I see this week that Microsoft has begun pushing the app-developer aspect of Windows 8. So yes, interesting times are not just ahead, they have already begun...

    • Meadows
    • 7 years ago

    Ron, Nokia’s Purity HD link loops back to the shortbread.

      • Arclight
      • 7 years ago

      Now it works so obviously ur gonna get downvoted.

        • entropy13
        • 7 years ago

        Nah, he was getting downvoted because he didn’t say “first”. LOL

          • TaBoVilla
          • 7 years ago

          he?

            • dpaus
            • 7 years ago

            ‘It’, then. Or, ‘the field formerly known as…’

            • Meadows
            • 7 years ago

            Come now, I’m not that bad.

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