Tuesday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. Microsoft: Come ‘celebrate‘ Windows 8 on Oct. 25
  2. Fudzilla: Qualcomm eyes AMD graphics and

    Pat Gelsinger was offered AMD CEO job

  3. ZDNet: Asus Windows 8 tablet pricing comes in high; demand likely low
  4. TNW: Samsung Galaxy S4 details leaked following Apple’s iPhone 5 pre-order sellout
  5. XDA Developers Forum: New Kindle Fires are locked
  6. ZDNet: Microsoft announces Office 2013 prices and packaging
  7. AMD Catalyst 12.8 CAP3 is now available
  8. Borderlands 2 launch trailer


Tuesday

  1. The Verge: hp CEO says design hasn’t ‘kept up with the innovation’ of Apple
  2. Computing on Demand: Computer monitoring and the FDA
  3. The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 5
  4. Space.com: Warp drive may be more feasible than thought, scientists say (thanks khands)
  5. Dealzon’s deals: $200 off 14.4″ Toshiba U845 i5-3317M ultrabook,

    $70 off Dell Inspiron 660s Pentium G630 PC, $199 off 256GB

    Crucial M4 2.5″ SSD, and $30 off Amazon Kindle Fire

Mobile

  1. Outlook Blog: Designing for tablets & small screens

Software and gaming

  1. C|Net: New Internet Explorer weaknesses already exploited in attacks
  2. A blog from Mark Darrah – Dragon Age III Inquisition
  3. Fudzilla: Project Eternity Kickstarter almost funded
  4. Hardware Heaven and Techgage review F1 2012
  5. Kingston Technology hosts HyperX 10-year anniversary StarCraft II tournament

Systems, storage, and networking

  1. TechReviewSource on hp Pavilion 23-1000z
  2. Madshrimps review Giada i35G Mini PC
  3. Bits and Chips review Acer Aspire S5 ultrabook (in Italian)
  4. HotHardware on Intel’s Haswell
  5. Futurelooks on AMD’s “Virgo” platform
  6. ProClockers review Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4
  7. APH Networks on Intel’s DZ77GA-70K
  8. KitGuru reviews 16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 2666MHz memory kit
  9. Engadget’s hands-on with Kingston’s DataTraveler Workspace at IDF (video)
  10. VR-Zone’s 256GB Crucial m4 SSD review
  11. X-bit labs review 240GB Corsair Force GS SSD
  12. Legit Reviews on 240GB Corsair Neutron SSD
  13. ocaholic reviews 240GB LaCie Little Big Disk
  14. NikKTech’s Devolo dLAN 500 AVPlus starter kit review

Multimedia

  1. Hardware Secrets updates Nvidia chips comparison table
  2. ocaholic’s listing: GeForce GTX 660
  3. [H]ard|OCP reviews Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti DirectCU II TOP
  4. Guru3D’s EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SC review
  5. techPowerUp! review KFA2 and MSI GeForce GTX 650 cards
  6. ThinkComputers reviews Asus GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP
  7. HTL’s Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 FleX Edition review
  8. Hardware.Info reviews Bowers & Wilkins P3 headphones
  9. Hardware Canucks review Corsair Vengeance 2000 wireless 7.1 headset
  10. XSReviews on Tt eSports Shock One headset
  11. CowcotLand reviews Tt eSports Saphira mouse (in French)

Power and cases

  1. Hardware.Info’s 1200W PC Power & Cooling

    Silencer Mk III PSU review: white design

  2. PC Perspective reviews Corsair HX850 Professional Series PSU
  3. TweakTown reviews 750W In Win GreenMe PSU and CM Storm Stryker case
  4. Funky Kit reviews Lian Li PC-Q16 mini-ITX case
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    • WillBach
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Fudzilla: Qualcomm eyes AMD graphics[/quote<] If they want them, they'll just have to license them one IP bock at a time 😛 AMD would never sell its graphics division, it needs the revenue, needs the parallel ALUs, and needs their graphics to be tightly integrated into its design process.

      • chuckula
      • 7 years ago

      +100.. as I’ve often said, AMD is a first-rate graphics company with an underperforming CPU division, so selling off the good stuff wouldn’t make much sense.

      • sschaem
      • 7 years ago

      AMD bought ATI for ~6 billion.
      AMD(+ATI) is now worth ~2.5 billion on the open market (and keep going down)

      Qualcomm (worth over 110 billions, with 16 billion in cash, ready to surpass Intel) can afford to acquire AMD as a whole and then just dump its CPU division.
      For them its like a ‘bonus’ to advance their ARM advantage (when ARM become a central part of servers, Qualcomm would have the expertise: SeaMicro with ARM ?)

      Knowing that AMD is about to be kicked out of the S&P 500, as even company like gamespot keeping moving in front pushing it out, AMD board might be looking for alternative ways to save the company…

      Because if TSMC or GF just raise their prices a little. AMD goes into a death spiral and most likely then Qualcomm will step in to pickup ATI for a fraction of its original cost.

      The more AMD wait, the less it might be valued when they have to throw in the towel.

      So I wouldn’t be surprised if Qualcomm wants to buy ATI for ~$8, and AMD already accepted….

        • I.S.T.
        • 7 years ago

        You mean Gamestop, not spot? Or do you mean C-Net?

        • WillBach
        • 7 years ago

        Good point, but AMD is already working on [url=http://semiaccurate.com/2011/06/22/amd-and-arm-join-forces-at-last/<]ISA-agnostic interconnects for graphics and other IP blocks[/url<], so Qualcomm may not need to buy them. The other case against purchase is that AMD may note have ~$2.5 billion worth of graphics engineers, I know a lot of the ATi heads were hired by Apple. On the other hand, if you consider it together with patents, experience with Glo-Fo's processes (Qualcomm is diversifying away from TSMC to Glo-Fo and I think Chartered, too), and SeaMicro, and the low-power CPU design team (let's be honest, Bobcat kicks ass), AMD may be a reasonable buy. The truth is, that purchase would terrify Intel. It would create the impression that x86 is doomed (doomed!) and it would force Intel to serve the low end or open up x86 to comfort today's buyers that they can get a better product, cheaper, from someone else three (or two) years down the line. Followup article here: [url=http://semiaccurate.com/2012/03/27/afds-2012-all-the-news-plus-links/<]AFDS 2012: All the news, plus links[/url<] I cite that first one so frequently when AMD comes up that I should make it a hot key :-/

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      Maybe someone has to create a Kickstarter project for AMD.

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        Yeah.. “For a $200 donation, you’ll get our next gen APU FOR FREE (when it comes out)! Trust us… it’s GOOOOOODD!”

    • ronch
    • 7 years ago

    From “Pat Gelsinger was offered AMD CEO job”

    I don’t think this is new. Also, even if AMD matched EMC’s offer I don’t think many CEOs would like to try their hand and fix/run AMD. AMD has always been sailing in rough seas except for the period between 1999 – 2006. Before that time, they were always just copying Intel and/or competing on price. After that, well, they’re back to doing those things except clone Intel. Don’t get me wrong, AMD has had some pretty cool products, even today: their FX lineup probably isn’t the best choice for most desktop users but it’s still an extremely sophisticated, state-of-the-art piece of silicon very few companies can pull off, but competing against a Goliath (and your former employer at that) probably won’t be on Pat’s bucket list if he’d ever have one.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    This just in for NeelyCam! You better be sitting down…

    [url<]http://liliputing.com/2012/09/intel-az210-smartphone-hits-the-fcc-coming-to-america.html[/url<]

      • ronch
      • 7 years ago

      Interesting. Doesn’t look very snazzy though. Almost looks like a reference design to me.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        That’s becaaaause…it is a reference design.

      • Arclight
      • 7 years ago

      What i want to know is how well does it overclock and when is Thermalright launching a custom cooler for it

        • ronch
        • 7 years ago

        Well, overclocking is only available on phone models with the ‘K’ suffix. Stay tuned.

          • Arclight
          • 7 years ago

          Anxiously awaiting……….I wonder if the Prometeia Mach II could be modded to cool this chip.

      • Meadows
      • 7 years ago

      The 1460 mAh battery is one thing, another is how long it will last.

        • nico1982
        • 7 years ago

        It looks to be decent [url<]http://www.anandtech.com/show/5770/lava-xolo-x900-review-the-first-intel-medfield-phone/6[/url<]

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      Even better! [url<]http://www.anandtech.com/show/6307/motorola-hits-2ghz-with-intel-powered-razr-i[/url<]

        • Goty
        • 7 years ago

        And it’s STILL slower than every Snapdragon S4 phone in everything other than Sunspider.

          • rootheday3
          • 7 years ago

          It loses in the multithreaded tests.. Not surprising given it is a single core in order design. What happens next year when the dual core intel design comes out? Or the year after when it drops to 22nm and gets an ooo design?

            • Goty
            • 7 years ago

            Well, I would SUPPOSE it would be going up against faster ARM devices, wouldn’t you? It’s not like their competition is at a standstill.

            • raddude9
            • 7 years ago

            Apparently is also loses badly in the single-threaded tests to apple new “A6” as well though:
            [url<]http://www.anandtech.com/show/6309/iphone-5a6-sunspider-performance[/url<] so even doubling up the cores isn't going to help it get the performance crown. So it looks like intels only chance to get the performance crown will be in 2014 with it 22nm OOO design, although I have a feeling that the ARM crowd will have some up with something new by then...

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        That would sound great, but no US version. *sad*

        The lack of LTE I guess is a major sticking point in the current Intel phones. I feel myself being forced into getting an S4-based phone or *gasp* the iPhone5

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      Now if they can just sell 400 million of them in 2013, Neely can escape having to buy me beer and wings.

      I’m totally holding my breath!!

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        It’s still possible you end up paying:

        [url<]http://hothardware.com/Reviews/Intels-Game-Changer-One-Size-Fits-All-Haswell/?page=4[/url<] [quote<]"By the end of 2014 and the launch of Broadwell, Haswell's 14nm successor, Intel will have claimed a majority of the tablet and smartphone market, with ARM increasingly driven into lower-end, less profitable devices."[/quote<]

          • dpaus
          • 7 years ago

          ‘By the end of 2014’ – don’t strain anything moving those goalposts, OK?

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            ??

            Goalposts were 10% at end of 2013, 50% at end of 2014. What exactly am I moving?

            • dpaus
            • 7 years ago

            You did keep the link, right?

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            No… do you have it?

            • dpaus
            • 7 years ago

            Let’s get ssk to look it up – he has lots of time on his hands…

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]I.C|Net: New Internet Explorer weaknesses already exploited in attacks[/quote<] VERY important for anyone who uses IE or knows someone who does. Get them to download and install EMET and set it up for IE asap.

      • ronch
      • 7 years ago

      Internet Explorer : The No. 1 browser for downloading a better browser.

        • Arag0n
        • 7 years ago

        You know, internet explorer is by far the most used browser in China, Russia and India. That’s likely to be the most important single reason to be the most exploited one also. IE9 and IE10 are pretty nice to use, specially IE10. I say that as Chrome, Opera and IE user all of them every day for different reasons. So no bias here.

          • Shouefref
          • 7 years ago

          I don’t understand why people would use different browsers. That just feels like a hassle to me. Or do you have different browsers on different computers? Eg IE at work, MF at home. Otherwise I don’t understand why you would decide to take one browser at a certain time, and another one at another time. Moreover: don’t those browsers bite each other if they’re on the same machine?

            • Norphy
            • 7 years ago

            [quote<]I don't understand why people would use different browsers.[/quote<] Because they don't like the browser that's installed on the machine at the moment and/or it doesn't offer functionality which they need? [quote<]Otherwise I don't understand why you would decide to take one browser at a certain time, and another one at another time.[/quote<] Maybe one website works better in browser A than browser B but another works better in B than A. Maybe people need to use IE for a corporate intranet or an old version of SharePoint or Outlook Web Access but prefer to use Firefox/Chrome/Safari/Opera for general browsing. Or maybe that's just how they roll. Not everyone is the same. [quote<] Moreover: don't those browsers bite each other if they're on the same machine?[/quote<] What? No, of course not! You might have problems if you have different versions of the same browser on a machine but I have machines with five browsers on at work and they all co-exist just fine.

            • Arag0n
            • 7 years ago

            I use opera because I love the start screen. It’s ideal to do my usual news reading to check my daily information.

            Then, I use chrome normally to do my searches and open random information. Not that it works better or worse than opera for that task but it does a good job and helps me keep the things separated.

            And last, I use IE to check my commonly personal/work related things as email and other accounts information. Not that I believe IE to be more secure or whatever, but my personal things are phew and light comparing to the tens of tabs I need reading the news every day or while I search information and I find IE to do a nice job at that.

            That’s my use, you may disagree, but mostly as you see I target different browser for different kind of behaviors of me in front of the web. It helps me to find the browser tab that has the information that I want every time and avoid closing tabs that I need to keep open by mistake.

            You may not agree with my usage, that’s ok. But it’s a comfortable way for me. I also found that given the amount of tabs I use to open and keep open daily, browsers trend to be more stable if you open less tabs at each, ie, it’s more stable to have 10 tabs at Chrome and 10 tabs at Opera than to have 20 tabs just at chrome. Plain and simple.

        • chµck
        • 7 years ago

        I keep an installer of FF on my flashdrive so I don’t even have to use IE!

          • Duck
          • 7 years ago

          Download portable Chrome and it updates itself to the latest version via the internet when you run it.

      • indeego
      • 7 years ago

      EMET and this particular setup will break many intranet applications, if done right. If done wrong you are either still at risk or worse off.

      IMO far better just to block this at gateways via signatures and wait it out for a patch. That is, if work productivity is a concern. if you are a small shop and can work around the constant barrage of pop-ups this will bring forth and tech-support, then by all means go for it.

    • NeelyCam
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]$199 off 256GB Crucial M4 2.5" SSD[/quote<] 256GB M4 for $160 is a pretty awesome deal. (Oh, and I wish the Dealzon section of the shortbread would list the actual prices instead of just the discounts)

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      0.67 per GiB. About typical for ‘deals’ on the better drives lately.

        • indeego
        • 7 years ago

        Can you point to an equivalent Samsung 830 or Intel deal at this pricepoint/drive capacity level?

          • MadManOriginal
          • 7 years ago

          Buy.com had Intel 330 240GB for $150 after $20 MIR about 3-4 weeks ago.

    • NeelyCam
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Pat Gelsinger was offered AMD CEO job[/quote<] I was wondering about that - AMD really could've benefited from having him. Not surprised he turned it down, though.. FRItZZ

      • ronch
      • 7 years ago

      Hmm, you sure get your kicks out of being the first poster…

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 7 years ago

        Give him a break. He needs the attention somehow.

          • NeelyCam
          • 7 years ago

          It’s a srs competition

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