Friday Shortbread

7 Up

  1. ZDNet: BlueStacks and AMD bring Android apps to Windows 8
  2. Fudzilla: Desktop Trinity coming next week in OEM flavor
  3. DigiTimes: Taiwan motherboard makers hope Trinity

    APU can push Intel to lower prices for Core i3

  4. Droid Life: Samsung sends out ” Save the Date” for Galaxy Note 2 event
  5. XDA Developers Forum: Asus Transformer Infinity

    Jelly Bean update delayed until early next week

  6. The Washington Post: Bill Gates says new Windows 8

    operating system ‘very exciting’ and will be ‘a very big deal’

  7. The Next Web: Study finds IE9 is better at blocking

    malware than Chrome, Safari, and Firefox combined


Friday

  1. Fudzilla: Microsoft charged with anti-trust breach
  2. X-bit labs: Samsung begins to produce 28nm / 32nm chips for STMicroelectronics
  3. X-bit labs: AMD launches AppZone showcase for accelerated applications
  4. Engadget and PCPer have podcasts
  5. Dealzon’s deals: $650 coupon for 14″ Lenovo Y480 i7-3610QM / GeForce GT 640M LE,

    $270 coupon for 14″ Lenovo U410 i5-3317U / GeForce 610M, $169 coupon for 13.3″

    Lenovo U310 i3-3217U, and $20 off 180GB Intel 520 Series SSD

Mobile

  1. X-bit labs: Qualcomm intros quad-core Snapdragon S4 Play for entry-level smartphones
  2. ZTE shows off new V98 Windows 8 slate, Engadget goes hands-on
  3. Engadget: Sony Tablet S gets an update
  4. Technological challenges” holding up OnLive iPad app – Eurogamer
  5. TweakTown reviews Asus Transformer Infinity

Software and gaming

  1. Google Maps’ imagery update: Virtually visit more places in high-resolution
  2. ActiveWin’s Windows 8 review
  3. PCPer’s editorial: Why I still use Windows
  4. Techgage’s quick review of Acronis True Image 2013
  5. Diablo III PTR patch 1.0.5 notes
  6. HTL’s Borderlands 2 PhysX performance review

Systems and storage

  1. Guru3D rig of the month for September 2012
  2. Tbreak’s Razer Blade (second-gen) unboxing
  3. VR-Zone previews AMD A10-5800K
  4. VR-Zone’s first look at MSI FM2-A85XA-G65
  5. VR-Zone’s EVGA Z77 FTW review
  6. ocaholic pits Intel DZ77RE-75K vs. washing machine at 1’500 RPM
  7. Madshrimps on 32GB Patriot Memory Supersonic Rage XT USB 3.0 flash drive

Multimedia, case, and cooling

  1. OCC reviews Sapphire HD 7970 GHz Vapor-X 6GB
  2. Bits and Chips review Asus GTX 670 DirectCU II TOP (in Italian)
  3. Techgage’s Corsair Vengeance C70 case review
  4. ThinkComputers reviews Phanteks PH-TC14CS CPU cooler
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    • DPete27
    • 7 years ago

    I bet Asus’ TUF or MSI’s military grade motherboards would have withstood that washing machine much better.

    • l33t-g4m3r
    • 7 years ago

    “HTL’s Borderlands 2 PhysX performance review”

    Oh, God. Please make this crap go away. 49 FPS on a 660 compared to 100+ not using it, and this dork still says how wonderful it performs. Nvidia can’t even make the bloatware run efficiently on their own hardware. WHAT A JOKE.
    [quote<]Usually, the PC version is noticeably better looking, but the first Borderlands for the PC just did not interest me in the least. The palette was very bland and the graphics were lacking a certain magic I could not describe. Once I saw the Borderlands 2 trailer that demonstrated PhysX support, however, I suddenly knew what that magic ingredient was.[/quote<] The magic ingredient is SHILLS ON CRACK. [quote<]employs NVIDIA’s PhysX technology for superior immersive gameplay.[/quote<] Right, because BL2 would be NOTHING without PhysX. [quote<]In terms of performance, all GeForce 600 series cards tested were absolute overachievers. I still remember testing old PhysX games when I had a GTX 260 and I would make compromises with eye candy, disabling AA, turning on PhysX (and even adding another GeForce card for dedicated PhysX),[/quote<] How's that really any different than now? [quote<]The non-Ti GTX 660 also came very close to playable, averaging 28 fps[/quote<] Pathetic. I'm almost at a loss of insults from the overwhelming level of pure suck. You'd have to be some kind of sick deranged sadomasochist to write or use this garbage.

    • gmskking
    • 7 years ago

    The Next Web: Study finds IE9 is better at blocking
    malware than Chrome, Safari, and Firefox combined

    But it still cannot block ads…

      • Meadows
      • 7 years ago

      I don’t block ads, yet can continue to sleep at night.

      • corwin155
      • 7 years ago

      funny ive not had any malware since i started using Firefox like 12 years ago

        • oldog
        • 7 years ago

        I haven’t had a car stall on the freeway since I sold my Fiat twenty years ago and bought a German car and curiously, I feel a syllogism coming on…

        My old Fiat was a POS car. Ferrari is Fiat. Ergo: A Ferrari is a POS car

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        Funny, I’ve never had any malware and have always used IE.

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 7 years ago

      I can’t imagine why anyone in this day and age wouldn’t use some sort of script blocker in their browser.

      • blargsoup
      • 7 years ago

      Adblocking is surprisingly built in with the tracking protection feature of IE9, all you have to do is subscribe to a list. If you like adblock, use the easy list:
      [url<]http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Browser/TrackingProtectionLists/[/url<]

    • Shouefref
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]The Washington Post: Bill Gates says new Windows 8 operating system 'very exciting' and will be 'a very big deal'[/quote<] Yes, and we will have a paperless office!

      • oldog
      • 7 years ago

      Not to be sarcastic but you can have a paperless office. I do.

        • Unknown-Error
        • 7 years ago

        Care to share your secrets?

    • grantmeaname
    • 7 years ago

    That PCPer editorial is moronic. “I use windows because it is hard to find 56k modem drivers in Linux”. Really? That’s an eye-roller.

      • cegras
      • 7 years ago

      Yeah, after ignoring the first two pages – adobe and games.

      Besides, that’s a pretty compelling argument on all three fronts. Windows is popular almost entirely for the wide range of hardware it supports. Many PSU websites use the USB Stingary ‘scope, and the drivers look to be windows only: [url<]http://www.easysync-ltd.com/product/520/ds1m12.html[/url<]

        • grantmeaname
        • 7 years ago

        Steam is coming to Linux and the indie gaming world is already there. Adobe apps have credible competitors on Linux, though I’ll cede that they’re not the same.

        That was not my point, though. It doesn’t look like the author tried to fairly evaluate the competition. It looks like he spent five minutes dreaming up three excuses to support an unreasonable and uninformed bias. There are issues with Linux adoption, but 56k modem drivers aren’t it.

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      In a lot of rural areas dial up is still the only real means to the internet and most of the modems that are available or preinstalled on some laptops were “winmodems”.

        • grantmeaname
        • 7 years ago

        Aren’t USB modems less than $15?

      • Flatland_Spider
      • 7 years ago

      It’s a valid criticism. Usually, Linux drives are the work of one individual in the company who takes it upon himself to make the hardware work with their OS of choice. Wacom drivers, for example, are that way. There is one guy who works for Wacom who wanted to use their tablets with Linux.

        • grantmeaname
        • 7 years ago

        Your criticism is valid, His is not. If he had actually encountered something he needed to do that he couldn’t in Linux, like using a Wacom tablet, it would be different. But if his only thought on the matter is “some drivers aren’t in Linux and it’s hard to use a 56k modem”, it’s really hard for me to respect that.

    • ronch
    • 7 years ago

    Form “Taiwan motherboard makers hope Trinity APU can push Intel to lower prices for Core i3”

    Last January we bought a PC and we were choosing between the i3-2100 and the A8-3850. The A8 sold for about $30+ more than the i3 and I couldn’t find a cheap FM1 board that I liked, whereas I could find a good Intel motherboard for less than $100. In the end, getting the A8+FM1 board+higher speed RAM was actually a bit more expensive than the i3+Intel H67 board+DDR3-1333+AMD HD5570 combo. We went with the i3 combo even if we wanted to try out the APU. As an added bonus we could plop faster parts in the Intel system later on, such as a faster CPU or a faster discrete graphics card without worrying about problems associated with using a discrete graphics card with an APU.

    That was then. Now I could find a good FM1 board and the A8-3870K matches up with the i3-2100 (and undercuts the i3-2120) in price. This is the sort of pricing I’d like AMD to play in order to make their APUs compelling. If the i3 gets cheaper than the Trinity chips then AMD must follow suit else folks may just get an i3 and pair it with something cheap but still able to compare well with Trinity’s GPUs.

      • Sam125
      • 7 years ago

      IMHO, Trinity is going to be a success on the desktop as it really is “good enough” for most end users and it finally brings respectable gaming performances for the masses. Review/Preview shenanigans aside, it’s a good thing AMD decided that APUs were in their future as their CPUs haven’t been competitive in a long time, but absolute performance takes a backseat in an integrated package.

        • ronch
        • 7 years ago

        I’m sure Trinity will sell well. But as a follow up to Trinity’s story, what if folks want more graphics horsepower and they later plug in a discrete graphics card? Obviously, frame rates wouldn’t drop as much in the higher graphics settings anymore but will it be easier to do so than Llano? I think folks had trouble using a discrete card with their Llano APUs, particularly when installing the drivers.

          • Sam125
          • 7 years ago

          Isn’t Llano supposed to have a hybrid setup where if an end user installs a discrete card the system automatically defaults to a hybrid IGP+discrete video card setup? I guess that might be a problem if a person tries to install an incompatible card without first turning off the IGP.

            • ronch
            • 7 years ago

            Well, I hope I don’t run into much trouble installing drivers on dual-graphics-enabled systems, as I am strongly compelled to get a Trinity-based desktop.

    • colinstu12
    • 7 years ago

    those Taiwan motherboard makers are hoping wrong.

    Intel might (and was already planning on) release faster chips at the same price points, but that’s about it. You want sub $100 “i3” … you’re looking at Ivy Bridge-based Pentium or Celeron chips. Which of course are still a great compliment to i3, but this isn’t AMD where chopping off huge margin points is a fun thing to do. Intel enjoys actually making money.

    • ronch
    • 7 years ago

    From “VR-Zone previews AMD A10-5800K” (or not)

    Shame on VR-Zone for giving in to AMD’s tactics! Good thing we have TR!

    Edit – I posted this comment in support of TR’s decision to postpone reviewing Trinity until October 2, refusing AMD’s ‘guidance’. Apparently some folks here jumped to the conclusion that I was rooting too much for AMD. Unfortunately I did not read VR-Zone’s article before posting this, and just later found out that they threw a discrete graphics card into the mix, which will obviously show AMD trailing Intel and which would make it seem I’m crying foul for them doing so. Well, we already knew what would happen with a discrete card, didn’t we?

      • chuckula
      • 7 years ago

      LMAO.. AMD fanboy gleefully points out an article about his beloved Trinity that shows it losing by a comfortable margin to an Intel chip that’s been out for months because in the real world people actually use video cards to play games.

        • ronch
        • 7 years ago

        You love picking arguments/fights, don’t you? Pathetic.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 7 years ago

          Welcome to the internet!

    • ronch
    • 7 years ago

    From “BlueStacks and AMD bring Android apps to Windows 8”

    Not sure this was addressed in the article although it was somewhat implied: Will Bluestacks allow Android apps to be played on Intel-powered PCs running Windows? If it supports Intel then AMD is shooting itself in the foot because they’re giving away their competitive advantage which should be allowing Android apps to run on WIn8 only on AMD-powered devices. This could also somewhat hurt MS because fewer ISVs would make native Win8 apps (again, if this also works with Intel; AMD’s relatively small market share encourages ISVs to port their apps to WIn8 itself, free from AMD’s control). Also, what does AMD gain by doing this at all? WIll it be ad impressions on Android apps as they open and/or run? Or, as previously said, will Bluestacks only allow Android apps on Win8 in AMD-powered devices?

      • Goty
      • 7 years ago

      It works for Intel-based devices (confirmed here) but it is not explicitly supported, and honestly, that’s just the way it should be. There’s nothing special about AMD CPUs that would allow such emulation to work ONLY on their hardware and there’s no ethical reason to artificially lock out other users. AMD is still getting mindshare out of the deal and it’s extremely unlikely that someone would switch vendors explicitly for this sort of support.

        • ronch
        • 7 years ago

        Still, I don’t see a big reason why AMD would even bother with such a move. Maybe it’s partly out of goodwill, or maybe they’re planning something more serious down the road. If it’s just ad impressions they could just ask devs to display the AMD logo before their games’ title screen showed up (you know what I mean).

        • willmore
        • 7 years ago

        They could mandate OpenCL for it to work, that would rule out Atom and the Celeron/Pentium line, right? Not sure OpenCL is supported on non-numbered ‘HD graphics’ chips. Hmm, I have one right here I guess I could try on. I’d have to reboot into Windows, though, so, err, nevermind. 🙂

        Edit: Okay, I went and looked it up. Seems only the IVB era graphics (2500 and 4000) support GPU OpenCL. No SB support (and there are no Celeron/Pentium IVB parts, yet to worry about). You can run OpenCL on the CPU of anything, but that takes all of the fun out of it. 🙂

        Edit2: Dangit, forgot the link:
        [url<]http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/opencl-sdk-frequently-asked-questions#10[/url<]

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      bluestacks works on intel cpu’s, but idk how amd’s implementation varies. i’ve run bluestacks on my q6600 just fine.

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]The Washington Post: Bill Gates says new Windows 8 operating system 'very exciting' and will be 'a very big deal'[/quote<] You know what else is "very exciting" and "a very big deal?" A car wreck.

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      Not as much as a train wreck, though, and [i<]that's[/i<] what's coming!

    • Walkintarget
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]The Next Web: Study finds IE9 is better at blocking malware than Chrome, Safari, and Firefox combined [/quote<] This study brought to you by Bing, the search engine that makes a difference !

      • BiffStroganoffsky
      • 7 years ago

      Bing may have brought on the study but I’m sure a Bong brought you the results.

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      You know what I’ve found to block malware better than all of that? Not running Windows.

      • BIF
      • 7 years ago

      Bing is a terrible search engine.

      But the sexy señorita commercial was great…

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]IV.Droid Life: Samsung sends out " Save the Date" for Galaxy Note 2 event[/quote<] I've got to say, the previews I've seen of the Note 2 are very cool. Yeah it's crazy big for a phone, but I'd rather have one device to rule them all than a smartphone and a tablet. My only concern would be how much of the unique stylus interaction is dependent upon Samsung and Touchwiz - Samsung (or the carriers) have a medicore record of updates. If the stylus special functions are hackable and could be integrated into a custom ROM, gerat...if not :/. At least it ought to come with Jellybean which seems like the Android version which has finally grown up.

    • chuckula
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Google Maps' imagery update: Virtually visit more places in high-resolution [/quote<] Apple Maps imaginary update: Virtually visit more made-up places in high-SHINY-resolution. Fr1st.

      • BIF
      • 7 years ago

      I didn’t minus you because you were first, or even because you said so.

      I minused you because you used a 1in a word that wasn’t a cuss word. I shall never buy a Fata1ity because to me it says “Fa1l”.

      It’s nothing personal…I’m just feeling abrasive tonight 😉

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        Did you lose your pacifier?

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