Wednesday Shortbread

The Pick 6

  1. X-bit labs: Intel discontinues Core i “Sandy Bridge” microprocessors

    and Samsung reveals SSDs based on 21nm NAND flash memory

  2. Fudzilla: Core i3-3240 remains fastest Q1 13

    and after 335-series SSDs come Villa Crest

  3. Engadget: Samsung has already patched ‘dirty USSD’ vulnerability for Galaxy S III
  4. Wired: Ballmer pitches Windows 8 to developers, but keeps tight rein on Surface
  5. Computerworld: Researcher digs up another zero-day Java bug
  6. VR-Zone’s Black Mesa review


Wednesday

  1. IEEE confirms security incident
  2. Australian Financial Review: Wozniak likes NBN so much, he’s applying for citizenship
  3. AppleInsider shares rumor: Apple ordering parts for new product made of carbon fiber
  4. Newegg’s midweek madness
  5. Dealzon’s deals: $600 coupon for 17.3″ hp Envy 17 3D, $50 off 15.6″ Asus

    K55 i5-3210M, $150 off Toshiba C855 Pentium B970, and $85 off 90GB

    Corsair Force Series GT SSD

  6. OT: Global bacon shortage ‘unavoidable‘ – CBC

Mobile

  1. Network World: iOS 6 device users report baffling range of Wi-Fi problems
  2. Hardware Secrets reviews Nokia Lumia 900
  3. Techreaction reviews Ballistic Tough Jacket iPad case
  4. TWL reviews LunaTik watch band for the Apple iPod nano

Software and gaming

  1. Eurogamer: Assassin’s Creed 3 PC system requirements chop Windows XP support
  2. Kotaku: System Shock 2 and Thief 2 just got surprise patches and

    ambitious Homeworld mod might just be the most perfect space game ever

  3. Zombies reveal trailer – official CoD: Black Ops 2 video
  4. World of Warcraft patch 5.0.5 hotfixes
  5. Hardware Heaven’s World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria developer interview

Systems and storage

  1. XSReviews on a mini-ITX gaming HTPC: Building the ultimate powerhouse
  2. TechReviewSource on Toshiba LX835-D3230 AIO PC
  3. HotHardware’s Asus Zenbook Prime UX32VD ultrabook review
  4. PureOC reviews ASRock Z77 OC Formula
  5. HTL’s Gigabyte Z77X-UP4 TH motherboard review
  6. KitGuru reviews 8GB GeIL EVO Leggera DDR3 1866MHz dual-channel kit
  7. Techgage reviews Thecus N5550 NAS server

Multimedia

  1. VR-Zone’s Palit GTX 660 Ti Jetstream 2GB review
  2. Neoseeker’s Sapphire HD 7770 GHz Edition FleX review
  3. Hardware.Info round up four A3 printers
  4. Examiner.com’s Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition review
  5. NikKTech reviews Zowie Gear EC1 eVo mouse
  6. Hardware Heaven’s Logitech G600 MMO gaming mouse video review
  7. ProClockers review Roccat Kone+ mouse

Power, cases, and cooling

  1. TweakTown reviews 1500W Enermax MaxREVO PSU
  2. Bits and Chips review Corsair AX1200i PSU (in Italian)
  3. techPowerUp! reviews BitFenix Ghost case
  4. PureOC reviews Cooler Master CM Storm Scout II case
  5. XtremeComputing reviews XClio Touch 767 case
  6. ThinkComputers reviews Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer and Pro
  7. APH Networks on Noctua NH-L12 CPU cooler
  8. Guru3D’s Arctic Accelero Hybrid 7970 LCS review
Comments closed
    • TheMonkeyKing
    • 7 years ago

    Woz wants to be an Australian because: [quote<]“I support it very much. It’s one of the reasons why I actually like this country and want to become a citizen. I live in a country where we don’t have any regulation of telecommunications.”[/quote<] ???

    • Arclight
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]VI.OT: Global bacon shortage 'unavoidable' - CBC[/quote<] Perfect oportunity for people to lose weight. Seriously though corn crops have been compromised almost everywhere. The fact that a big chuck of it goes to biofuel plants doesn't help the food sector either. It's a long wait till next harvest, i expect pork products to get very expensive next year. Oh and corn syrup and high-fructose corn syrup lolz, by this time next year US citizens might become a model of fitness.

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      Don’t you know that animal fat is good for you?

        • Arclight
        • 7 years ago

        So i get pork is the only animal fat source in your diet?

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      But bacon tastes good, pork chops taste good.

      [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8UE4P8kB-c[/url<]

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    LIES!!! [url<]http://www.neowin.net/news/intel-calls-windows-8-not-ready-remarks-unsubstantiated[/url<]

    • JohnC
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Network World: iOS 6 device users report baffling range of Wi-Fi problems[/quote<] We have 3 iPhone 4S and 2 iPad's in our family - after upgrading all of those with iOS 6 there were no issues whatsoever when connecting to our home WiFi router (Asus RT-N66U) or to other access points... Sucks for people who have those issues, hopefully Apple will find what's wrong and patch it in next update.

    • Waco
    • 7 years ago

    SS2 patch for Windows 7? Goodbye free time.

      • BIF
      • 7 years ago

      Forgive my ignorance, but what does this mean?

        • Waco
        • 7 years ago

        System Shock 2 unofficial patch for modern operating systems. The greatest game ever is now not much of a pain to play at all.

        If you liked Bioshock…plays System Shock 2. Find a copy. It is worth it.

        • l33t-g4m3r
        • 7 years ago

        Nothing. AFAIK this patch isn’t offering anything that didn’t already exist.

        Edit: looks like somebody rewrote the game from the source code, so it is a new patch. However, it’s not like 32-bit color, hi resolution, widescreen, new textures, and various other fixes haven’t already existed, because they did. This patch just makes things work better. It’s worth installing if you haven’t already played the game, or want to replay it, but if you’ve already installed the game with the old fixes you’re only getting a basic improvement in color depth and sound compatibility, as well as the elimination of various old bug workarounds.

    • NeelyCam
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Hardware Secrets reviews Nokia Lumia 900[/quote<] Kind of silly to review it now, almost six months after release.. especially now that 920 is coming in a few weeks

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      They must have gotten burried under the huge onslaught of WP products.

    • Jive
    • 7 years ago

    A life without bacon is one i don’t want to live.

    • thermistor
    • 7 years ago

    The article about Assassin’s Creed 3 not supporting XP is unsurprising, but yet again, predictably, is bashing Vista. Lame. Vista under the hood differs little from 7, which means that even tech writers succumb to marketing.

    I didn’t like the 7 WMC interface, so I essentially traded it to my 6th grade son’s computer, so I could keep the Vista WMC interface.

    I use 7 at work, and it’s fine. Occasionally I go lower right with my mouse at home for desktop, but other than that, Vista and 7 feel like 2 peas in a pod. Not so much with XP.

      • ET3D
      • 7 years ago

      Agreed. I’ve used Vista until recently, and it’s a good, stable OS. From benchmarks I saw it runs games at about the same speed as 7, and faster than XP.

    • Deanjo
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]OT: Global bacon shortage 'unavoidable' - CBC [/quote<] NOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • jpostel
      • 7 years ago

      I promised myself I wouldn’t cry… *sniffle*

      • Buzzard44
      • 7 years ago

      I thought the claims that the world was coming to an end were all hogwash until I saw this article.

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        Don’t mess with the Mayans man.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]I.Network World: iOS 6 device users report baffling range of Wi-Fi problems[/quote<] It just works. Except when it doesn't.

      • theadder
      • 7 years ago

      Then they give you a new one free on the same day.

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      I just got the infamous “WiFi Error” on my Atrix.

      Now it’s 100% certain I’ll upgrade next month. 80% certain it’ll be Galaxy S3

      • xeridea
      • 7 years ago

      For all the extra you pay for Apple devices, the quantity they sell, the 100 billion dollars they have in the bank, and how much they hype up everything, they all seem to have a lot of problems, with every version. Guess they can’t afford a QA team.

      Everything ranging from phone not working if you hold it wrong, unexplained low battery life, to connection issues, releasing deplorable maps when there was already a perfect solution, or just random things not working. Its a wonder so many still buy their devices with all the problems they have… with nearly every single thing they release. I guess the huge markup is because they are shiny… but always look terribly bland an unoriginal.

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      Is this any different than the huge numbers of Wi-Fi problems on previous iPhones? Just google for “iPhone 4 wifi greyed out” if you ever get bored. If you actually have an iPhone 4 in your hand with a greyed out Wi-Fi button, it won’t be as enjoyable. 🙁

    • Meadows
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Eurogamer: Assassin's Creed 3 PC system requirements chop Windows XP support[/quote<] I would normally take this opportunity to further poke fun at the fools still using that system, BUT THE WILL OF A TEMPLAR IS STRONGER.

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 7 years ago

      This makes no sense. It’s a console port, which means it’s a DX9 game that should have no problem running on XP. Reminds me of the whole Halo2 / Vista exclusivity crap. There is no real reason not to support XP, except if you have an ulterior motive to enforce planned obsolescence. Yet another reason to switch to linux.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        YA. LET’S ALL SWITCH TO LINUX SO WE CAN’T PLAY THIS GAME EITHER.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        Yeah, becase a game’s PC compatibility and support is determined entirely by what DX version it uses.

          • l33t-g4m3r
          • 7 years ago

          Did Halo2 use DX10? No. This is deliberate sabotage of the software to force users to upgrade for no reason. All win32 programs should be able to run XP-W8, other than having a OS check that is merely enforcing planned obsolescence. BTW, Halo2 was cracked to work on XP. There is no legitimate reason to drop XP support.

        • forumics
        • 7 years ago

        just because its a dx9 game doesn’t mean the developers are restricted to y2k era development tools and y2k era hardware. thus the decision to drop support for a legacy system.

        do you know that there are 10yr olds running around nowadays who are younger than windows xp?
        don’t you think its time for you to finally upgrade your computer?

          • l33t-g4m3r
          • 7 years ago

          Logic fail. You can “upgrade” an dx9 XP computer with Vista, using the same hardware, and then the game will run. This has nothing to do with using old hardware, because consoles use old hardware. This is purely Microsoft phasing out their older operating systems.

        • ET3D
        • 7 years ago

        Sites are listing requirements as DX9 with shader model 4. DX9 doesn’t support shader model 4, it’s a DX10 feature. Also all the cards listed as supported are DX10 minimum. So it’s probably a DX10 game.

        Really, it doesn’t make much sense today to address the XP market. The majority of gamers have a DX10 system. It also makes no sense to stay with XP for gaming, since last I’ve seen performance of even DX9 games is significantly lower on XP than on Vista/7.

          • l33t-g4m3r
          • 7 years ago

          If the game runs on the PS3, it’s a dx9 game. The only thing is that they didn’t compile it to support XP on the PC.

            • ET3D
            • 7 years ago

            Apologies for the very late reply, which you probably won’t read. I’d like to set you straight on something: just because the hardware in the PS3 was designed to work with DX9 doesn’t mean it can’t do things that the DX9 API can’t do. All DX9 cards from that era had proprietary extensions to DX9 which were not officially supported, and I’m sure that the hardware could do even more than was exposed that way.

            The PS3 doesn’t use DX9 (and neither does the Xbox 360) and it’s entirely possible that games programmed for it are using features which aren’t in DX9. DX10, on the other hand, is expressive enough that it can do these things.

            Then of course there’s the fact that XP lacks some API’s which the newer OS’s have, and while it’s possible to developers to continue to use old API’s, that often means more work, and the gain isn’t that great, since the number of players using XP is small, and they’re likely to not have the latest hardware anyway.

            Anyway, the short of it is, getting a program to run on XP is far from just throwing a compilation switch.

            • l33t-g4m3r
            • 7 years ago

            Wrong. Dx9c shaders are fully programmable and can even run dx10. It’s been a while, but there were articles about game devs running dx10 code using dx9 shader hardware before dx10 hardware was available. There were no benchmark numbers, and nothing was made available to the public, but I do remember seeing an article stating dx10 code was running on ATI’s x1900 pixel shaders, and had to bypass the vertex shaders being unified code. Any console game not receiving a XP port is a scam to force people to upgrade, and Halo2 was the first example.

      • xeridea
      • 7 years ago

      NOOOOO, not quotes from the cheesy D3 dialog.

        • bandannaman
        • 7 years ago

        I TRIED TO COUNT HOW MANY WE’VE POSTED, but I lost track!

      • anotherengineer
      • 7 years ago

      Assassin’s what…………..?

      I can’t hear you while I’m trashing head crabs in Black Mesa Source, sorry.

      edit –
      [url<]http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=47459&vpn=HDZ955FBGMBOX&manufacture=AMD&promoid=1265[/url<] hmmm a nice cheap upgrade for the htpc...must resist.

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 7 years ago

        I had one of those in my HTPC for quite some time. It’s not as well-suited for that application as Trinity is.

    • UberGerbil
    • 7 years ago

    Goodbye i5-2500K, seems like we hardly knew ye.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 7 years ago

      My 2700k is going strong at 4.6GHz running WCG.

        • UberGerbil
        • 7 years ago

        CoolStry_Bro

          • Srsly_Bro
          • 7 years ago

          Thanks. Can we be friends?

            • Jigar
            • 7 years ago

            He is already calling you Coolstry_Bro, be happy with that.

          • willmore
          • 7 years ago

          The memes, they make me sad–in the pants.

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