Monday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. IHS iSuppli: 2012 forecast for Ultrabooks is slashed as pricing and marketing disappoint
  2. X-bit labs: AMD teams up with Oracle to explore heterogeneous computing

    for servers and DRAM makers continue to suffer as DRAM price falls

  3. Bloomberg: Intel software snag said to hamper

    Windows Apple response (thanks dpaus)

  4. VR-Zone: Minecraft refusing Windows 8 certification
  5. iDownloadBlog: The iPhone 5 Wi-Fi bug reportedly carrier-agnostic,

    double-check your cellular data usage (thanks dpaus)

  6. The Var Guy on Ubuntu Server 12.10: What to expect
  7. Shacknews: Morrowind Overhaul mod v3.0 released
  8. VG24/7: Borderlands 3 already being planned, says lead writer – report


Monday

  1. The NY Times: Google leapfrogs Microsoft in market value
  2. Engadget: Sony announces Vaio L series all-in-one PC
  3. The CD turns 30: The first player and album were released today in 1982 – TNW
  4. Slashdot: Ask Steve Wozniak anything
  5. Newegg’s quick-draw deals
  6. Dealzon’s deals: $150 coupon 17.3″ Dell Inspiron 17R i7-3612QM,

    $70 off 11.6″ Apple MacBook Air i5-3317U, $230 coupon Lenovo

    H520s i7-3770 / Radeon HD 7570, and $80 off 480GB SanDisk

    Extreme SSD

Mobile

  1. Hardware.Info’s hands-on with BlackBerry 10
  2. WMPoweruser: Opera promises to bring Opera Mobile /

    Mini to Windows Phone, if the SDK supports it

  3. Engadget: hp announces the ElitePad 900 Windows 8 tablet
  4. XSReviews on Acer Iconia Tab A210
  5. Tbreak’s HTC Desire X review

Software and gaming

  1. MSN Blog on the all new MSN for Windows 8 built

    exclusively for Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10

  2. The Register: Mozilla’s Persona single sign-on service enters beta
  3. Yoshida: Sony surprised and disappointed by third party support for Vita
  4. Kotaku: The other XCOM game might now be a third-person shooter [update]
  5. VG24/7: Karateka gets release date for XBLA
  6. PCPer’s Borderlands 2 PhysX performance and

    PhysX comparison – GTX 680 and HD 7970

  7. [H]ard|OCP’s Borderlands 2 gameplay performance and IQ review
  8. Hardware Heaven’s Resident Evil 6 review (Xbox 360)
  9. TweakTown’s FIFA 13 review (PS3)

Systems and storage

  1. Hardware.Info’s Asus G75VW-T1086V laptop review
  2. HotHardware’s 13″ Apple’s MacBook Air (Ivy Bridge) review
  3. TweakTown reviews 16GB Patriot Viper 3 Intel Extreme

    Masters Limited Edition PC3-15000 memory kit

  4. Madshrimps review MCE OptiBay adapter
  5. Hardware.Info and The SSD Review on 250GB Samsung 840 series SSD
  6. ocaholic reviews 240GB Corsair Neutron GTX SSD

Multimedia

  1. KitGuru reviews 27″ Philips 273E3QH Full HD monitor
  2. TargetPC demystifies audio reproduction systems
  3. Guru3D reviews Gigabyte Krypton mouse

Power, cases, and cooling

  1. Legit Reviews on 1500W Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 PSU
  2. techPowerUp! reviews 550W Seasonic G Series PSU
  3. CowcotLand reviews 500W Super Flower

    Golden Silent fanless PSU (in French)

  4. HTL reviews In Win GRone case
  5. ThinkComputers reviews Corsair Vengeance C70 case
  6. MissingRemote reviews Fractal Design Define R4 case
  7. BCCHardware reviews Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme LCS
  8. APH Networks on Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro
  9. Hardware Secrets reviews Prolimatech MK-26 VGA cooler
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    • BIF
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]I.Hardware.Info's hands-on with BlackBerry 10 [/quote<] In my best Homer Simpson voice: "Blackberry! Is that thing still around?"

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 7 years ago

      Yep and I can’t wait for it to come out so I can test drive it.

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Yoshida: Sony surprised and disappointed by third party support for Vita[/quote<] It costs too much for what you get. No one's surprised by its middling performance in the market and no one's surprised that said middling performance means third parties are ignoring the Vita. If they'd lowered the price from the get-go, took the hit then, they could have beaten Nintendo before they got most of the niche gamers even still willing to buy a specialized handheld gaming device. Everyone else is just playing Angry Birds or Cut the Rope on their iPhone or iPad.

    • nico1982
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]iDownloadBlog: The iPhone 5 Wi-Fi bug reportedly carrier-agnostic, double-check your cellular data usage (thanks dpaus)[/quote<] They are evidently using it wrong.

    • Arclight
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]IX.Hardware Secrets reviews Prolimatech MK-26 VGA cooler [/quote<] The performance is pretty sweet but the review didn't say much about the heatsinks for the RAM and VRM, they didn't say a thing about what compatibility issues may arise or what the buyer should check before buying to make it sure it will fit. Also the price of the cooler over here is pretty high imo. I mean it's half of the price of a new GTX 460 (if you can still find it on stock).

    • Meadows
    • 7 years ago

    I am sad for City of Heroes.

      • dashbarron
      • 7 years ago

      It was good for it’s time. But it was one of the most repetitive MMOs (oxymoron, yes yes…). Not just play-style, but a lot of the moves and skills were the same between classes, just with different colors. And the dungeons were like one of four possible layouts, it seemed. Even playing the game 4 or 5 years later I feel oppressively repetitive, and “nope, same old same old” from playing it.

        • destroy.all.monsters
        • 7 years ago

        It got remarkably better since Going Rogue but I can see what you mean. I resubbed 5 months ago and am really sad. The game is so much better than when I played it before and so much better than either CO or DCUO.

    • JrdBeau
    • 7 years ago

    8:13pm. Now I can finally have my morning coffee. 😉

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      My fault – I kept sending in ‘one more little thing’ – sorry!

    • chuckula
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]APH Networks on Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro[/quote<] I've seen the ads here on TR* for these coolers and several reviews of this one and the Water 2.0 Extreme posted in the shortbread... could we have some cooler reviews pretty please? * yes, I turn off Adblock for TR.

      • Arclight
      • 7 years ago

      You better have it off or i’m going to punch you in the ovaries.

      • BIF
      • 7 years ago

      After having an H-whatever for the last 5 years or so, I’ve decided that I don’t want any more helicopters on my CPUs. They’re too noisy and too fussy.

      No more ridiculous heatpiped monstrosities with fins that make them look like massively towering hotels in Kuala Lumpur.

      Let’s just stop the insanity now please!

      Okay, I really do know there’ll always be air-cooled systems. Laptops, budget workstations, lawnmowers, and the original Volkswagen Bug. I can live with that.

      But pretty please, I would like to see reviews of actual water cooling systems. Both pre-built and you-build-em. From the modest to the absurd. Hey, if people can put friggin’ [url=http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://pcper.com/images/reviews/125/StarIce-1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Cases-and-Cooling/Asus-Star-Ice-CPU-Cooler-Review&h=362&w=360&sz=27&tbnid=X_k5A-yrG9aQhM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=90&prev=/search%3Fq%3Djet%2Bengine%2Bcpu%2Bcooler%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=jet+engine+cpu+cooler&usg=__Xfex2wMnQIFi9n_h-br3B3ZdQCQ=&docid=ts3GrnvLM5I5OM&sa=X&ei=bX5rUMzFO8fn0QGk5oHYDg&ved=0CC4Q9QEwAg&dur=3323<]JET ENGINES[/url<] on their motherboards without breaking the traces, then I should be able to see an occasional review of some splashy glow-in-the-dark water reservoirs. Come on TR, make it happen!

    • xeridea
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]VR-Zone: Minecraft refusing Windows 8 certification[/quote<] [quote<]This will make it a bit of a clutter to play, but should still be usable; if perhaps only through the desktop environment.[/quote<] I never knew that the desktop environment was that hard to use. Perhaps MS is on to something, the world needs a horrific looking pile of tiles to brighten their day. We all just need a bit more color in our lives don't we?

      • sschaem
      • 7 years ago

      AOL Style.

      Cant wait to see a Windows8 DVD trial in the mail…

      edit: I wonder if anyone at MS get embarrassed when they see the caption
      “Windows 8’s “Modern UI”” under what look like a total rip off of an old AOL page for the 90s ?

        • TEAMSWITCHER
        • 7 years ago

        Everyone thinks that Apple’s iPad is the only target, but Google is also on Windows 8’s hit list. The Start Screen is nothing more than a pre-installed billboard for directing users to Microsoft Web services. There are millions of negative comments on the web about the Start Start and Microsoft didn’t even make it optional. Now you know why….

        One more thing… Metro? Charms? Accent Colors? Windows 8 is the gayest OS on the planet. Look at the design backgrounds for the start menu – there isn’t a masculine one in the bunch. Ugh..I give up.

          • Buzzard44
          • 7 years ago

          Cause: “Windows 8 is the gayest OS on the planet.”
          Effect: X-bit labs: AMD teams up with Oracle to explore heterogeneous computing

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          [quote<] Windows 8 is the gayest OS on the planet. [/quote<] says the man batting for the other team!

            • yogibbear
            • 7 years ago

            Oh crap, I hit -1 thinking you were being a homophobe, before I realised the brilliance of your comment… Why can’t I undo my thumbs down?

            • destroy.all.monsters
            • 7 years ago

            And you just knocked it out of the ballpark. Nice work.

          • dpaus
          • 7 years ago

          [quote<]is the gayest OS[/quote<] Hilarious coming from someone whose screen name is 'TeamSwitcher' I wonder how all the characters in FPSs are going to feel running on that? [quote<]there isn't a masculine one in the bunch[/quote<] So what Win8 really needs is to butch it up?

          • NeelyCam
          • 7 years ago

          [quote<]Windows 8 is the gayest OS on the planet[/quote<] So, you think homophobia and veiled hate speech is OK?

            • Buzzard44
            • 7 years ago

            I guess I can kill the outboard for now, because you just turned on the trolling motor.

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            Trolling motor has been on for most of the day, but my comment above wasn’t trolling

    • chuckula
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]IHS iSuppli: 2012 forecast for Ultrabooks is slashed as pricing and marketing disappoint[/quote<] Make them cheaper, learn how to market them almost as well as Apple does, and wait for the economy to pickup. Even the Apple effect isn't what is used to be on the iWhatever gadgets, so they're in for some tough times. Intel's big problem is that it is not vertically integrated. Unfortunately, it likely can't do vertical integration for fear of anti-trust suits.. oh the irony when Intel is tiny compared to Apple but Apple somehow immune from anti-trust investigations.

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]Even the Apple effect isn't what is used to be on the iWhatever gadgets, so they're in for some tough times.[/quote<] How do you figure that with every iDevice release blowing away the previous generations sales?

        • chuckula
        • 7 years ago

        [url<]http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505124_162-57521414/apple-stock-spanked-for-low-iphone-5-sales/[/url<] Before you say "but Apple still sold more than the iphone 4S!" remember that hype is everything here. Intel is still making record or near record profits every quarter even with a weak economy, but it hasn't stopped people from casting doom & gloom over everything that Intel does.

          • NeelyCam
          • 7 years ago

          Deanjo better sell that stock befre 40% of the value disappears

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            Not a chance. The big bump almost always follows 6 months later.

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            We’ll get back to this in March/April

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            You better bet we will. Apple is heading into a holiday season with a very strong line up this year with two major products soon to be released and a whole bunch of new Mac users thanks to Windows 8.

            • destroy.all.monsters
            • 7 years ago

            I think that’s exactly the fallout likely. PC users will try Linux, see what a clusterfudge it is (which saddens me on a whole bunch of levels) and jump to Apple. If you’re going to have to pick your closed ecosystem you might as well pick the one that does it best and has the most consistent UI.

          • sschaem
          • 7 years ago

          Correct. Apple is killing it, Intel is killing it. The stock market is not a direct reflection of the economy (for those companies)

          Speculator have made their bet, and they are now trying to influence the market to follow them.

          When enough do, you will hear “Is this the end of tablets market?” etc..

          Reality is that we need more compute power, the web doesn’t run on iphone or droid tablet.
          It run on Intel & AMD. The more phone & tablet, the more server is needed.

          Look at the explosion of HDD demand… weird. The ihphone5 doesn’t use an HDD, neither does ANY of the tablet sold by google, amazon, apple, etc.. etc..
          yep, the PC is dead. people just hook up HD to strings and make wind chimes out of them.

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            [quote<]Speculator have made their bet, and they are now trying to influence the market to follow them.[/quote<] This is so true.

          • Deanjo
          • 7 years ago

          Pretty much every model of iPhone excluding the original and 3GS saw Apple stock drop drastically after release. It isn’t until the the following quarters afterwards when Apple records record after record sales where stock generally rises and sticks there. Heck when the 4S was released stock hit 422 then dropped to 360 just a month afterwards now stock is sitting @ the 670 mark.

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            [quote<]Heck when the 4S was released stock hit 422 then dropped to 360 just a month afterwards now stock is sitting @ the 670 mark.[/quote<] Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future performance. Look at AMD. Look at RIM. Apple has had a long string of successes, and a large portion of their profits are due to being largely unchallenged in the smartphone business. That has now changed; Android phones are finally competitive, and WP8 is coming. Apple now has formidable competition. Same with tablets. Same with MBA. Same with Mini. Apple needs to keep disrupting, or its growth starts flattening and P/E starts dropping. If the rumored Apple TV comes out and succeeds, maybe then Apple could extend its stock price run a little bit. But note that Steve Jobs is no more, and Apple has started tripping (maps and WiFi on iPhone5, for example). I don't know what your portfolio looks like exactly, but from previous discussions it sounded like you've gained hugely on AAPL without rebalancing afterwards. Your previous luck with Apple may be making you blind to the risk you're taking with an all-eggs-one-basket approach. Just be careful - that's all I'm saying

      • GTVic
      • 7 years ago

      The economy cannot “pickup”, it may pick up though!

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