Sunday Shortbread

7 Up

  1. Fudzilla: Nvidia GTX 660 reviews delayed to September 13th
  2. iSuppli: As Wintel dominance wanes, the Microsoft / Intel alliance frays
  3. Tech2: Steam for Linux has appeared on CDR
  4. Linux User & Developer: Ubuntu 12.10 beta

    released with disk encryption and Python 3

  5. Verizon CEO: Samsung may be ‘dark horse’ with own mobile OS – C|Net
  6. Variety: NBCU eyes upscale makeover for G4
  7. A quick overview of the new units in ‘StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm’ (video)


Sunday

  1. ZDNet: World’s first Linux ultrabook costs as much as a Windows version
  2. NCIX.com is your destination for WD hard drives and OCZ SSDs

Mobile

  1. ZDNet: Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD will give Apple’s iPad fits

Software and gaming

  1. Datamation: How KDE survived its user backlash
  2. Internet.com: Why Chrome hasn’t killed Mozilla Firefox
  3. Freefixer.com: The state of Internet Explorer after

    installing the top 20 downloads from Download.com

  4. Kotaku: Sony says that they’ve been “working closely

    with Bethesda to get Skyrim DLC working on the PS3

  5. Ars Technica: “Pong” gets a physics boost, by way of HTML5

Hardware

  1. ocaholic tests Core i7-920 @ 2.66 & 4GHz – gaming performance HD 7970
  2. Phoronix reviews Core i5-3470
  3. Technic3D reviews 16GB Corsair Dominator

    Platinum DDR3 2133MHz memory kit (in German)

  4. Tech ARP’s mobile GPU comparison guide rev. 13.7
  5. NikKTech’s Audyssey Audio Dock Air review
  6. Legit Reviews on Logitech K310 washable keyboard
  7. Examiner.com unboxes Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 keyboard
  8. MegaTechNews: Affordable tech for going back to school
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    • CMF04k
    • 7 years ago

    “NBCU eyes upscale makeover for G4”

    Bwaaahahahaha! Die already. Modern male my @s*.! You mean modern gullible sheep boi’s right? I mean, cause no self respecting MAN would watch that crap… Would they?

    • corwin155
    • 7 years ago

    Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 keyboard
    looks pretty awesome , except more pieces may mean more things to go wrong
    maby a non hard core button masher it’d make pretty nice keyboard

    • blastdoor
    • 7 years ago

    “iSuppli: As Wintel dominance wanes, the Microsoft / Intel alliance frays”

    They are both equally to blame. Intel was slow to develop processors that are appropriate for phones and MS was equally slow in developing an appropriate OS. Now that they are both on the verge of maybe getting their acts together, they need each other more than ever.

      • WillBach
      • 7 years ago

      To be honest, I didn’t like the iSuppli article. It only covers two years of real data, and doesn’t look at revenue, or profit. It’s mostly curve fitting and speculation. You’re not wrong that Intel and Microsoft were slow to develop mobile processors and OSes (well, a little wrong, Microsoft has had a mobile OS for decades, it just sucked), but I think Microsoft and Intel need each other [i<]less[/i<] than before.

        • no51
        • 7 years ago

        I take it you’ve never had a smartphone pre-iphone era; that or you think palm os, bb OS or symbian was superior and leaded paint chips are delicious.

          • WillBach
          • 7 years ago

          You think I like [url=http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/1999/10/18<]"wall candy"[/url<] because I think Windows Mobile sucked? That's kind of harsh. I owned an iPAQ. It was useful for email, calendar and notes, but it wasn't really [i<]good[/i<]. When it started to automatically reformat itself every week or two, I didn't miss it. It was slow, and had a terrible browser. Every task need a stylus and required a bunch of waiting. Truth be told, I think Palm had the best mobile device OS of that pre-iphone era.

    • NeelyCam
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Kotaku: Sony says that they've been "working closely" with Bethesda to get Skyrim DLC working on the PS3[/quote<] Means f**king nothing. When will I get my Dawnguard?!? Hearthfire?!? Dammit..

      • no51
      • 7 years ago

      >2012
      >still believing PS3 can play gaems.
      ISHYGDDT

      • Steele
      • 7 years ago

      You got Dawngaurd problems, I feel bad for you, son.

      I got 99 problems, but a glitch ain’t one!

      /Seriously, unless you’re some rabid anti-micosoft and/or steam person, you don’t deserve such mistreatment. Hope they find a fix soon!

      • CMF04k
      • 7 years ago

      That’s exactly why i wont play such games on a console. Anything that can be better served with a mouse, and keyboard goes on my PC. My PS3 is used only for fighting, [i<]Loooots of fighting games.[/i<] =P racing, and certain exclusive games. Also the bs i keep hearing about the PS3 being to hard to program for is getting really old...

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        My PC can’t play those at 1080p well enough.. SB’s HD3000 isn’t for gaming

          • BobbinThreadbare
          • 7 years ago

          I’m 99% sure the PS3 doesn’t render Skyrim in 1080 either, most games are upscaled 720p.

          Now, if only you had a Trinity… 😛

            • WillBach
            • 7 years ago

            You mean like in the [url=http://semiaccurate.com/2012/03/02/sony-playstation-4-will-be-an-x86-cpu-with-an-amd-gpu/<]PS4[/url<]?

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            Even Llano wasn’t available when I made my rig..

    • xeridea
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Verizon CEO: Samsung may be 'dark horse' with own mobile OS - C|Net[/quote<] Guess I would stop buying Samsung phones then. Their current OS is pretty lame, and they would have a hard time coming into a market with 2 dominate players, and MS trying to join in. Also, it would further fragment development for mobile apps, forcing bigger app developers to have to develop for 4 mobile OS for every app if they wanted to please customer base. I love the design on the Samsung Android phones, and find the other manufactures kind of ugly, so I would be in hard spot. I also find the IPhone design to look absolutely terrible, which is strange that Apple swears its a direct clone.

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      They had one a while back – I had a Samsung fake-smartphone two years ago (Eternity) and it was pretty good overall,, Samsung is easily big enough a company that they can develop their own OS

        • Duck
        • 7 years ago

        Sure they can develop their own OS, but it will suck for sure.

          • zzz
          • 7 years ago

          They already have their own OS, it’s called Bada and it’s been around since 2010. That awkward moment where you say something about a ‘future’ product and it’s already proven to be true.

            • Duck
            • 7 years ago

            I am aware they made their own software/firmware even for years before that for their phones.

          • Corrado
          • 7 years ago

          The OS sucking is irrelevant. WebOS was great, and WP7 was great, but unless theres developers for them, it doesn’t matter how great they truly are. I went to a low end Android phone (dual core 1.4ghz, 867mb ram, 4″ SAMOLED) over my HTC Titan WP7 phone for the simple fact of applications for it.

          From an OS usability point of view, WP7 wipes the floor with Android, but if you’re super limited in what you can DO with that usability, whats the point?

            • Duck
            • 7 years ago

            OS sucking is never irrelevant. It has to at least be usable day to day. It should be well supported and updated too, and then the popularity and developer interest should follow.

            • Corrado
            • 7 years ago

            I’m on my second go-round with Android, and this one is positive, but the first one was awful. I know a LOT of people that don’t like Android because of bugs and crashes and random reboots. I’d argue that until the second half of Gingerbread’s life, Android as an OS sucked. But it sucking was irrelevant because people like it/stuck with it simply because it WASN’T the iPhone and it was the lesser of 3 sucks at the time (BlackBerry, Windows Mobile 6 and Android).

            Ask people about random reboots and they say ‘oh, well yeah, it does that.’ Battery life? ‘Yeah, its great, i get almost 10 hours!’ *facepalm* All the customizations done that are undoable are terrible. Sure you can ‘replace’ them, but take my Pantech for instance. I know Pantech makes low end phones, but mine is pretty nice all things considered. However, I can’t properly replace the stock dialer/contacts or messaging. I don’t like the pop up quick reply I receive when a I get an SMS/MMS, but theres no way to disable the stock one that I’ve found. Its not an Android thing. I’d understand if it was an iOS/WP7 kind of thing where its ‘No, this is the messaging program, this is how it works’, but its not. Android is modular but I can’t unplug the modules.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            Which types of applications are you finding for Android that don’t exist for Windows Phone?

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            the only problem I’ve had is the lack of background skype, which is fixed in 8, and possibly in 7.8.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            Speak when you’re spoken to.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            yes sir.

            • Corrado
            • 7 years ago

            Nest mobile, Stitcher, NBC Sports Talk, LogMeIn and NFL Mobile. All 5 of those I use on a daily basis. They’re all on both iPhone and Android, but not on Windows Mobile. Theres some ‘replacements’ for Stitcher and NFL Mobile, but Podcasts! likes to back up 5-10 minutes after you pause it and restart play, with no way to fast forward, and the replacement NFL apps are not that good. Nest, LogMeIn and NBC Sports Talk have no analog on WinMo.

      • WillBach
      • 7 years ago

      [url=http://seattletimes.com/html/microsoftpri0/2018219341_windows_phone_ranks_below_bada_in_worldwide_sales.html<]The Seattle Times - Windows Phone ranks below Bada in worldwide sales[/url<] Samsung's home-grown OS has sold more units [s<]in South Korea[/s<] than Windows Phone 7 has sold in the entire world. Not too shabby for a [s<]first[/s<] second try. Update: It looks like since I last checked, Windows Phone sales [i<]globally[/i<] have passed Bada sales [i<]locally[/i<], and Bada is now in version [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bada#Bada_2.0<]2.0[/url<].

    • brucethemoose
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<] Freefixer.com: The state of Internet Explorer after installing the top 20 downloads from Download.com [/quote<] This should be TR's new real world CPU/SSD benchmark.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      That article made me laugh and cry. I’ve seen systems like that 🙁

        • xeridea
        • 7 years ago

        This is pretty much typical, because most of who uses IE are totally computer illiterate people who don’t know how to download Chrome or FF, which sadly is a huge percentage of computer users.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          chrome and ff aren’t amazing browsers, they’re just different. I’m an opera user, that uses IE as a backup. I’d WAY rather use IE than chrome or firefox, especially on Win 8, where everything syncs in IE across machines.

            • destroy.all.monsters
            • 7 years ago

            You know Chrome does that kind of sync as well – and has been doing it as long as it’s been out afaik.

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            So does Firefox, Safari and Opera. In fact IE is last of the big browsers to finally offer the capability.

            • lilbuddhaman
            • 7 years ago

            IE fanboys are like Apple Fanboys, the difference being that there are only about 10 of them still in existence.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            i never claimed they didn’t have it. it’s just one of the last things that was an issue for me. I’m aware they all have it. TBH FF’s sucks though…

            And i never said IE was the best, opera is, imo, but as a backup, I’d rather use IE than chrome. I can’t stand chrome’s UI.

            • destroy.all.monsters
            • 7 years ago

            What’s your issue with the UI? I use Iron but afaik the interface is the same.

            Best thing about it imo is that it has multiple threads and you can kill certain instances without bringing down the whole browser.

            • ultima_trev
            • 7 years ago

            Opera user? Upvote!

            • raddude9
            • 7 years ago

            Yea, but also an IE user, so double downvote 🙂

      • chuckula
      • 7 years ago

      What’s really hilarious is that #20 on their list is… Firefox.
      So the first 19 are causing the issues, and #20 is the fix 😛

    • Deanjo
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Datamation: How KDE survived its user backlash[/quote<] [quote<]3. No Forcing of Changes The KDE 4 series opens up new possibilities to users. But it has also been careful not to force users to work with any of the new features. Despite all the emphasis on Activities, users can ignore them in favor of virtual workspaces, and work with a desktop whose appearance differs only slightly from what was available in KDE 3.5. In much the same way, [b<]users who dislike the default menu can revert to the classic menu[/b<], and System Settings can be toggled from a window of icons to the traditional tree view.[/quote<] Are you reading Microsoft?

      • chuckula
      • 7 years ago

      Of course Microsoft isn’t reading this drivel! Instead, they hired a bunch of overpriced “human interface design specialists” whose experience with computers includes basic email and playing Farmville. These experts, who are infinitely smarter than the plebian rabble that actually use computers, came up with the perfect user interface paradigm! Users should just learn to like it, and any complaints about how the interface is broken just show that the users are not worthy of Windows 8.

      Incidentally, the user interface experts happen to moonlight in the fashion industry. They are making Steve Ballmer a custom tailored suit for the Windows 8 launch event. It is made out of advanced meta-materials that only appear to be visible to people who truly appreciate the perfect design incorporated in Windows 8. The clothes will appear invisible to those stupid troglodytes who cling to their primitive mult-windowed non-tiled user interfaces….

        • sunner
        • 7 years ago

        “…..they’re making Steve Ballmer a custom tailored suit for the Windows 8 Launch Event ….made of advanced meta-materials that only appear visible to people who truly appreciate the perfect design incorporated in Windows 8…..the clothes will appear INVISIBLE to stupid troglodytes who cling to non-tiled Interfaces…..

        Heh, heh…. “the Emperor’s Clothes”.
        Way to go, Chuckula—thats worth a +20

      • Flatland_Spider
      • 7 years ago

      Didn’t you mean Gnome?

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 7 years ago

    I. ocaholic tests Core i7-920 @ 2.66 & 4GHz – gaming performance HD 7970

    Last week they tested a massive tower cooler designed for SNB-E on a stock clocked i7 920 (2.66GHz) and gave us meaningless results.

    This week, they test an i7 920 @ 2.66GHz and 4.0GHz at resolutions that are generally GPU limited – not CPU. Many of us know high resolution gaming is rarely CPU dependent, so this review serves only to confirm what we already have known for some time. I would have liked to see some lower resolution benches to show the performance difference, solely for informative purposes to put the numbers into perspective.

    III. Freefixer.com: The state of Internet Explorer after installing the top 20 downloads from Download.com

    This link is full of lulz.

      • ermo
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<] [b<]"[/b<] III. Freefixer.com: The state of Internet Explorer after installing the top 20 downloads from Download.com [/quote<] Well, when the author wrote [i<]"So, today I decided to start with a fresh installation of Windows Vista,"[/i<] my eyes kinda glazed over. But apart from that, yeah, "full of lulz" pretty much says it all...

    • ronch
    • 7 years ago

    From “As Wintel dominance wanes, the Microsoft / Intel alliance frays”

    Yeah, and AMD is just a small part of this Wintel alliance, selling cheaper compatible processors. This makes one realize what AMD is practically being: a shadow of Intel in this whole Wintel thing. I guess they do have to break out of being just the David in this industry and beat their own path without abandoning their x86 core business.

      • WillBach
      • 7 years ago

      AMD is behind but they’re not out. No matter how much money or technology Intel has, they’ll never be able to please every customer; that would be impossible. As long as Intel thinks that they sell technology worth paying for (with high margins), AMD will have a market. What AMD really has to worry about is macroeconomics. They need the overall market for CPUs and GPUs (APUs?) to stay large enough for their 10-20% of the pie to pay for their costs.

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