Tuesday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. VentureBeat: Cable TV giants might be plotting

    cloud gaming service to take on Xbox, PlayStation

  2. Reuters: Google says Maps not waiting in the wings for iPhone 5
  3. GSMArena: Camera samples shot with Galaxy Nexus 2I9260 leak on Picasa
  4. Neowin: Microsoft Surface demoed by Steve Ballmer at startup event
  5. DisplayMate’s iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy S III display technology shootout
  6. X-bit labs: Toshiba unveils hybrid hard disk drives
  7. Shacknews: Far Cry 3 PC system requirements confirmed
  8. Digital Spy’s Mists of Pandaria interview: Blizzard on the latest Warcraft expansion


  1. Phys.org: Microsoft will be fined over browser commitment: EU (update)
  2. X-bit labs: Rambus wins case against SK Hynix
  3. Intel declares quarterly cash dividend
  4. Dealzon’s deals: $100 off 17.3″ Acer V3 i7-2670QM / GeForce GT 640M,

    $150 off 15.6″ Toshiba L875D AMD A8-4500M, $60 off GeForce GTX

    670 2GB GDDR5 video card, and $70 off 64GB Zalman N series SSD


  1. Engadget’s live Q&A with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop
  2. TweakTown’s Apple iOS 6 review (on an iPad 3)

Software and gaming

  1. ZDNet: Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements 11 arrive with full-fat UI
  2. IEBlog: Towards interoperable Pointer Events:

    Evolving input events for multiple devices

  3. Phoronix: Intel Linux OpenGL driver remains slower than Windows
  4. Mashable: Firefox turns 10
  5. TechReviewSource on Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2013
  6. CVG: Nintendo to region-lock the Wii U
  7. VR-Zone: Kabam and Warner Bros. partner for The Hobbit web and mobile games
  8. Humble Indie Bundle 6 is now 10 games strong
  9. Hardware Heaven’s WoW: Mists of Pandaria launch event gallery
  10. Hardware Heaven reviews World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (PC)

Systems and storage

  1. ThinkComputers reviews iBuyPower Valkyrie CZ-17 laptop
  2. X-bit labs round up Core i3 processors with Ivy Bridge microarchitecture
  3. ocaholic previews MSI Z77 MPower
  4. HTL reviews Asus P8Z77-V LE Plus
  5. OCC’s Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7 rev 1.1 review
  6. Neoseeker reviews Sapphire Pure Black 990FX
  7. Hardware.Info, TechSpot & The SSD Review review Samsung 840 Pro SSD
  8. techPowerUp! reviews 240GB Corsair Neutron GTX SSD
  9. HotHardware’s Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Duo review
  10. Benchmark Reviews on Thecus N5550 NAS


  1. Hardware Heaven reviews Logitech Ultimate Ears 6000 headset
  2. BCCHardware’s Sony Smart Wireless Headset Pro review
  3. techPowerUp! reviews Rosewill RHTS-11002 Rosewood in-ears
  4. Futurelooks reviews CM Storm Trigger keyboard
  5. Madshrimps review Leetgion Hellion mouse

Power, cases, and cooling

  1. PCPer reviews EVGA SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified PSU
  2. KitGuru reviews Aerocool X-Predator Evil Black Edition case
  3. CowcotLand, Hardware Secrets, LanOC Reviews, Legit Reviews,

    NinjaLane, and ProClockers, Techgage review CM Storm Scout 2 case

  4. XtremeComputing reviews XClio Touch 767 case
  5. Hardware Secrets reviews Streacom FC5 EVO case
  6. [H]ard|OCP reviews Arctic Cooling Freezer i30 & Freezer 13
  7. CowcotLand reviews Noctua NH-L12 CPU cooler (in French)
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    • Shouefref
    • 7 years ago

    Bericht: Intel-Chef hält Windows 8 noch für unfertig


      • chuckula
      • 7 years ago

      Translated: Report: Intel’s Top Chef (Emeril) häiled on Window’s 8 and caused quite a bit of storm damage. Steve Ballmer is still wearing a für coat.

      That is what it says.. right?

      (actually, it’s just a repeat of the Otellini “half-baked” story from earlier)

    • ronch
    • 7 years ago

    From “Engadget’s live Q&A with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop”

    Is it just me or is the interview kinda disjointed and jumbled up? It’s like the Q’s and the A’s are are placed in a box, shaken up, and landed where they may. I mean, the A’s don’t seem to align up to the Q’s all the time..

    Edit – Oh, I get it. It’s backwards. Kinda weird.

    • chµck
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Engadget's live Q&A with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop[/quote<] Elop has a very humble office setup. EDIT: Elop is Canadian????

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      yeah, it’s not even a desk, it’s a fold up table…

    • blastdoor
    • 7 years ago

    “X-bit labs: Toshiba unveils hybrid hard disk drives”

    I’m sure this is a dumb question, but…

    Since the biggest shortcoming of magnetic drives relative to SSD is seek times, wouldn’t the most beneficial cache scheme be to cache the beginning of every file on the HHD in the SSD in order to mask that seek time? So, you start reading (or writing) to the SSD until the HHD has found the appropriate location on the big spinning platter, then switch over to reading/writing from/to the HHD.

      • forumics
      • 7 years ago

      better patent your idea now else apple would!

      • Goty
      • 7 years ago

      It sounds like a good idea at first, but I doubt it’s feasible with current LBA systems; I would think the physical act of locating an arbitrary piece of a chunk of data is probably too computationally intensive for drive controllers to handle gracefully and you’d still have the trouble of seeking to the rest of the data.

      • Arag0n
      • 7 years ago

      Let’s say that a disk takes 15ms to seek the file position. We want an stable 200Mb/s output from the disk without hiccups. So, 200Mb/s * 0.015s = 3Mb. You should need to cache the first 3Mb of every file in order to get the desired effect. Then, do the next calculation:

      SSD Size = Ss
      HDD Size = Hs
      Average File Size = Afs
      Total Desired Capacity = TDC

      TDC = Ss + Hs, if disk was full,

      Given that the first 3Mb are placed on the Ss then:

      Hs = (Afs-3Mb)*Ss

      Writting the final equation:

      TDC = Ss + Ss*(Afs-3Mb) = Ss(1+Afs-3)
      Ss = TDC/(Afs-2Mb)

      So, finally your configuration should be:

      Ss = TDC/(Afs-2Mb)
      Hs = TDC*(Afs-3Mb)/(Afs-2Mb)

      Equaling to TDC,

      TDC = Hs*(Afs-2Mb)/(Afs-3Mb) = Ss*(Afs-2Mb)

      So, you need the next proportion:

      Ss = Hs/(Afs-3Mb)

      Now, think about different average file size:

      2Mb, 4Mb and 6Mb:

      for 2Mb, we get infinite Ss needed…. of course is not true, because we still may have phew files like movies or tvshows that require several hundreds of Mb that can benefit from that setup, but try to use math to define the proportion is meaningless. It becomes an SSD + HDD where the HDD is the storage for big files and SSD for everything else. I don’t see that so different than having 2 disks.

      for 4Mb, you get a ration of Ss = Hs, so for every 1Gb of HD you need 1Gb of HDD and I don’t think that setups of 512/512 are going to be very popular…

      for 6Mb you get a ration of 3 to 1, so you could have a 256Gb SSD with a 784Gb HD. That setup it’s the first one that has some sense.

      Now, go to your explorer and check how many files and how much used space you have so you can calculate your average file size to see which is your scenario.

    • Deanjo
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]TweakTown's Apple iOS 6 review (on an iPad 3)[/quote<] Sadly, I won't be updating to iOS 6 on the iPad until a jailbreak is out for a couple of iOS pet peeves of mine that are simple tweaks. Unlimited apps in a folder and unlimited apps on the dock. On the phone it would have been nice if the did a couple of tweaks to the Do Not Disturb feature like being able to schedule it to kick on during weekdays but turn off on the weekend and being able to automate a text back to a caller during the "Do Not Disturb" time.

    • jdaven
    • 7 years ago

    DisplayMate’s iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy S III display technology shootout

    Talk about indepth.

      • adisor19
      • 7 years ago

      I love the comments on gizmodo about them being Apple fanboys for that review.


        • jpostel
        • 7 years ago

        DisplayMate was one of the first companies to criticize Apple’s use of the term “Retina display”, and then lay out all the analysis and comparisons. Fanboys of Apple? No. Fanboys of cool display tech? Yes.

      • jpostel
      • 7 years ago

      I see this as a good illustration of technology competition. Apple uses the best (mass produced) IPS LCD available and pushed the competition to it’s current level and Samsung is pushing the envelope of OLED development and production.

      • ratte
      • 7 years ago

      Actually it was only one commenter and he quickly got taken apart by the others

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      I wonder who produces the display calibration equipment Apple uses.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]I.VentureBeat: Cable TV giants might be plotting cloud gaming service to take on Xbox, PlayStation [/quote<] Can't we just make these guys dumb pipes already.

      • blastdoor
      • 7 years ago


      And why are these guys so opposed to being dumb pipes? I’ll bet that they could make more money if they just focused on being the best darned dumb pipes they can be.

        • BiffStroganoffsky
        • 7 years ago

        Eh, the new corporate mentality is not maximizing investor dividends or customer service as the new bonuses are more often tied to stock price performance. Compensation packages that are heavily stock optioned with golden umbrella and minimum stock selling prices embolden the parties to take bigger risks to inflate the companies short-term market value and maximize bonuses/pay. Right now, the stock market rewards the speculators and rocketing share values instead of steady, long-term viability and dividends on investments.

          • Generic
          • 7 years ago

          Way to deflate my would be “publicly traded service companies always seem to go to sh*^” post.

          <shakes fist angrily>

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      They’re already half way there, we just have to work on the ‘pipes’ part.

      • mutarasector
      • 7 years ago

      Nope. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 stopped that.

    • sschaem
    • 7 years ago

    “any decision on whether Google Maps would be accepted as an application in the Apple App Store would have to be made by Apple”

    And people where applauding Steve when he banned Flash…

    Was Google map banned from the iphone 5 because it “drained battery” ?

    Nope, it was banned for the same reason flash is. Control.

      • blastdoor
      • 7 years ago

      google map was banned for the same reason google map was?

      I think that’s circular logic 😉

      (btw — Flash is not the best example from Google’s point of view, given that Flash is now completely dead on mobile devices)

        • absurdity
        • 7 years ago

        Flash is also a security nightmare. I’d wager the iPhones and Co. are more stable without it.

      • no51
      • 7 years ago

      Seemed like a lot of “apps” were basically flash “apps”, as in based on or easily recreated in.

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