Monday Shortbread

7 Up

  1. The NY Times: Valve a video game maker with few rules
  2. Neowin shares rumor: Microsoft has split Windows group into two teams?
  3. X-bit labs: Intel’s advanced manufacturing processes to help it to fight ARM – analyst
  4. TechCrunch: Amazon Kindle HD will allow users to opt-out of “special offers” for $15
  5. SonyAlphaRumors: No NEX Pro camera. There will be a Sony RX1

    Full Frame fixed lens camera instead (pictures leaked) and first Sony

    A99 image leak (via xitek)

  6. ZDNet: Five things desktop Linux has to do to beat Windows 8
  7. Neowin: New Apache patch overrides IE 10’s Do Not Track setting


Monday

  1. Google has acquired VirusTotal
  2. NewScientist: FBI launches $1 billion face recognition project
  3. Win a 3-month subscription to hp Play from Tbreak
  4. Dealzon’s deals: $550 coupon for 15.6″ Lenovo Y580 i7-3610QM / 1080p,

    $30 coupon for 15.6″ Dell XPS 15z i5-2450M, $250 off 15.6″ Asus X54

    i3-2330M, and $30 coupon for 13″ Dell 13z i3-2367M

Mobile

  1. The Sony Blog: Tearing open the new Xperia Tablet S just in time for shipping
  2. Neowin reviews Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
  3. WSJ reports new iPhone to support LTE
  4. WPCentral: Windows Phone 7.8 more than a new Start

    screen? Microsoft solicits user requests for new update.

  5. VR-Zone: Sony doesn’t want to commit to Windows Phone 8 yet
  6. TechCrunch: Amazon’s Silk browser now tracking user

    behavior for new “Trending Now” section… wait, what?

Software and gaming

  1. Linux on the desktop: New opportunities – The Linux Works
  2. TechCrunch: Spotify will launch a browser-based version
  3. Cadred.org’s CS:GO review
  4. TweakTown reviews Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (PC)
  5. KitGuru’s Transformers: Fall of Cybertron review (PS3)

Hardware

  1. Tbreak reviews hp Envy 14 Spectre
  2. Tech ARP’s BIOS option of the week – Frame buffer size
  3. Rbmods on MSI GeForce GTX 670 Power Edition
  4. TestFreaks review Hydra 3×1 HDMI cable switch
  5. Hardware Heaven reviews SteelSeries Guild Wars 2 gaming headset
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    • gmskking
    • 7 years ago

    NewScientist: FBI launches $1 billion face recognition project

    Don’t you just love the FBI and this country…

    • gmskking
    • 7 years ago

    I really wish Microsoft didn’t have a monopoly on the market. Worst company in existence as far as innovation goes. Keep bringing out same crap with each release.

    • jdaven
    • 7 years ago

    Semiaccurate has a good short article about Crystalwell:

    [url<]http://semiaccurate.com/2012/09/10/crystalwell-is-very-wide-memory-for-haswell-gt3/[/url<] If true, I think the next gen APUs from both Intel and AMD will be the end of budget discrete graphics cards.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 7 years ago

      The end, or a new beginning? Budget cards typically match the capability of integrated graphics.

      AMD’s hybrid crossfire seems to encourage wider adoption of budget cards, rather than push them out. Budget cards produce little heat and can also be used in very thin laptops. With thin becoming the norm on up through the Macbook Pro, graphics cards need to be overhauled.

      It seems more likely that there will be much less emphasis on high end cards, which have no reason to repeatedly double in power for laptop screens. They’re already more of a niche for desktops with multiple monitors, as opposed to a necessity for people who max out the silliest graphics settings.

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]ZDNet: Five things desktop Linux has to do to beat Windows 8[/quote<] 1) Have a start button. 2) Have a start menu. 3) Have a shut down button within easy reach. 4) Run Windows applications/games. 5) Have Steam. That's easy.

      • Duck
      • 7 years ago

      Make it lean, high performance and secure?

        • WillBach
        • 7 years ago

        We’re talking about Linux, not OpenBSD 😮

      • burntham77
      • 7 years ago

      Support all hardware that Windows supports.

        • BobbinThreadbare
        • 7 years ago

        I bet Linux actually supports more hardware than Win8 supports, the problem is that a lot of it was made in the 90s.

          • WillBach
          • 7 years ago

          Support is tricky. Linux will boot with and use lots of hardware but not put that hardware into low power modes when it should. That’s a serious problem for the laptop/netbook/ultrabook markets, but it’s more or less solved in the the server, ultramobile (phone), and embedded areas where Linux is strongest.

    • l33t-g4m3r
    • 7 years ago

    Five things desktop Linux has to do to beat Windows 8
    1. Forget Gnome the OSX clone. KDE is the only desktop comparable to windows.
    2. Don’t slow down change, it’s unnecessary and quite welcome given how much linux is behind windows.
    3. Drivers. Huge problem.
    4. Fix ease of use and weird practices. What’s with having to individually partition everything?
    5. Steam. Valve is the only guys taking Linux gaming seriously, and moving forward in a focused direction.

    Ubuntu may very well be the answer for LTS, but Mageia strikes me as the true answer for a windows replacement.

      • superjawes
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]2. Don't slow down change, it's unnecessary and quite welcome given how much linux is behind windows.[/quote<] That I disagree with. Part of the reason we're getting all this rage against Windows 8 is that it is a big change, at least from the user's perspective. Since "beating" Windows 8 depends on getting those average users, you aren't going to be able to make the big changes on a six month cycle (as the author of the article pointed out). If you can hide the changes under the hood and keep the GUI exactly the same for about three years, you might still get away with fast changes.

        • l33t-g4m3r
        • 7 years ago

        That’s completely different. Windows is changing things for the worse. Linux has a completely different philosophy and the changes I am referring to are under the hood things such as drivers and optimizations. There is no sense using outdated software for years only getting security updates, when a much improved version exists with new features and better performance.

        The key is avoiding stupid changes like Gnome 3 and Unity. Solution? Stop using software that not only sucks, but has no consideration for it’s users. KDE is a far better desktop.

          • superjawes
          • 7 years ago

          Again, those complaints are to the UI. It’s not that people don’t like Win8, it’s that they hate Metro, Start Screen, etc. Other changes, like speeding up boot times (I think is in there) are good and appreciated changes.

          But even then, you still have to be careful with under the hood changes, especially more radical ones. Sure, it might haev better performance, but if it changes how something works for the user and does it rapidly, it loses points. If it breaks something, you lose points. If you limit the concessions that a user has to make, you’re in a much safer position. It’s when something goes terribly wrong that you’re going to have Linux converts regretting their decisions and reconsidering something like Windows 8.

          So I might not have been as clear as I should have been, but it mainly comes down to being carful with your changes and not shaking your users often. 3 years is pretty safe for big changes because you can ease into it and prepare. 6 months will have people barely getting comfortable before the line moves again. I know TR is somewhat anti-social networking, but Facebook does stuff like that and gets lots of hate for it.

            • l33t-g4m3r
            • 7 years ago

            You aren’t saying anything that different from me. Changes do have to be careful, but if there isn’t anything that breaks functionality, there is no reason not to update. Not changing is a much bigger problem than changing because of how far linux needs to move to become a usable desktop OS. It’s not usable in it’s current state, and fixing it requires change. Valve is working to fix various aspects of the OS to make it perform better, but those changes may not exist when steam is released in a LTS distro.

            People can argue for LTS all they want, but
            A: It ultimately slows progress.
            B: Faster distros will move forward, and so will the users who want to stay current.
            C. LTS gives it’s users a bigger shock when they update vs incrementally updating.

            I’ll use a modern distro over LTS anyday. No sense being stuck with old versions of Firefox and LibreOffice when the new versions are much better. Not like anybody’s forcing you to stay current either, as LTS is still an option. I just don’t think it’s a good one.

      • WillBach
      • 7 years ago

      Five things [s<]desktop[/s<] Linux has to do to beat Windows [s<]8[/s<] [list=1<] [*<]Be included in Android and the Kindle Fire ✓ [/*<][*<]Be adopted by Valve ½ [/*<][*<]Gain OEM (and driver support) through Google's Chrome OS supported by Acer and Samsung and developer Ultrabooks with Ubuntu supported by Dell and System 76 ¼ [/*<][*<]Get document editing and email support from Gmail and Office 365 ✓ [/*<][*<]Get content support from Amazon an Netflix ¼[/*<] [/list<]

    • Arclight
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]III.Cadred.org's CS:GO review [/quote<] I have read the whole review and i still don't know what to make of CS:GO. Is it silly that what upsets me the most are the default weapon skins (namely the Colt and the CT default pistol)? The game itself is quite inexpensive, i will buy it eventually but at this moment in time i kinda dislike the small selection of maps and some of the ballance issues (from what i read in the article or seen in vids on youtube). One thing is for sure, if the game looked truelly amazing (graphically) when compared to CS:S and not just like a minor facelift i would have pre-ordered it without hesitasion.

      • yogibbear
      • 7 years ago

      If you still play CS:S it’s basically the same game with a new layer of paint and the achievements reset and some of the bullet spread changed making some of the alternative weapons viable.

      • Duck
      • 7 years ago

      The graphics are no where near as good as they appear on the screenshots. CS:S feels much better in my opinion (similar to how I strongly dislike UE3 games compared to crisp and clear source engine grames, dispite the UE3 games being graphicall supirior).

      Bottom line… I’ve got CS:S and played the CS:GO beta. I wouldn’t want CS:GO, even if it were free.

      • Phartindust
      • 7 years ago

      Wow you blue it! lol

        • dpaus
        • 7 years ago

        Did you really just white that?

          • NeelyCam
          • 7 years ago

          It was a clever (but largely unnecessary) joke making fun of Arclight’s grammar.

            • Phartindust
            • 7 years ago

            True, just a little light hearted nudge in the right direction. Besides, a little pun is a ton of fun.

            • dpaus
            • 7 years ago

            I can’t believe that you of all people didn’t see the invisible [/fudd] tags

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            Yeah, I missed that. Maybe I was off my game since it was Monday

            Actually, I’ve been off my game ever since I came back from vacation.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]II.Neowin shares rumor: Microsoft has split Windows group into two teams?[/quote<] "The story adds there is no new interesting content in "Blue" yet but promises to offer up screenshots once things get "interesting" over at Redmond." 'Interesting' in this case means a Start Menu and no Metro? :p [quote<]II.NewScientist: FBI launches $1 billion face recognition project[/quote<] Cue l33t-g4m3r - IT'S A CONSPIRACY infowarz.com!! [quote<]III.WSJ reports new iPhone to support LTE[/quote<] Internet reports No Poop Sherlock? (first!)

      • theadder
      • 7 years ago

      My understanding is that the WSJ only reports when it is absolutely certain; it’s meaningful because it is a sort of final confirmation.

        • Arag0n
        • 7 years ago

        If iPhone5 doesn’t have LTE it would be a major mistake…. I think it was a given that the phone would have LTE.

          • Meadows
          • 7 years ago

          Nothing is a given.

            • entropy13
            • 7 years ago

            Giveaways are “givens”.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            so’s the clap.

      • DarkUltra
      • 7 years ago

      Windows Blue? Now that even Office is hardware accelerated, maybe they are porting Explorer too to Direct2D? Metro (I only use it to search-start apps and files) and desktop composition is butter smooth and very pleasant on my 120hz monitor, but explorer scrolling and thumbnail rendering is still quite slow even on a 3930k at 4ghz :'(

      [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScFAvPN7aJM[/url<] [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToFgYylqP_U[/url<] boycott windows until they fix it! yeah right =P

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      well firsted!

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 7 years ago

      HOW THE F*** IS IT A CONSPIRACY? THEY’RE ADMITTING IT! You do know there’s a difference between the nonsensical HURR DURR conspiracy theorist that talks about green men, and real conspiracies that actually exist and are backed up by factual evidence? The real crazies are the brainwashed zombies who don’t take this stuff serious, and let things get worse and worse. None of this spy grid stuff is even vaguely legal, as it’s all done with color of law and is often overturned when taken to court. The problem is getting it to that point.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        yeah, but don’t you think that the government loves you, and is doing this out of love for you?

          • OneArmedScissor
          • 7 years ago

          Bend over, here comes the “love” again!

            • l33t-g4m3r
            • 7 years ago

            Exactly. SSK has the most twisted logic I’ve ever seen a person have. Intentionally malicious, perverse, and borderline psychotic. Government doesn’t love anyone. They’re parasites. Then again, so is SSK, so maybe that’s where he gets his perspective.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            yeah, but he’s soooooooooo cute!!!

            • OneArmedScissor
            • 7 years ago

            Hook, line, and sinker…

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            Your ‘love’ has a hook..?

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            I do LOVE LOVE!!!! It feels amazing!!!

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<]You do know there's a difference between the nonsensical HURR DURR conspiracy theorist that talks about green men, and real conspiracies that actually exist and are backed up by factual evidence?[/quote<] I do know the difference. Based on your post history I think the issue here is that you don't.

          • l33t-g4m3r
          • 7 years ago

          It’s the opposite. What’s the first thing you said? And I quote, “Cue l33t-g4m3r – IT’S A CONSPIRACY”. Is that an appropriate response? No. Based on your post history, you not only don’t know the difference, but are completely living in denial when the truth is staring you in the face.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            i think he was teasing you. you’re the one that believes in lizard people and the knights templars.

            • l33t-g4m3r
            • 7 years ago

            Where did I ever say that? You’re full of it.

            • superjawes
            • 7 years ago

            Not sure if trolling…or just slow…

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