Wednesday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. Reuters: Microsoft CEO sees company becoming more like Apple
  2. PCWorld: Ballmer sees his bonus cut, Hastings leaves Microsoft board
  3. Fudzilla: Intel Core i7-3970X shows up online
  4. ITworld: Russian startup working on Intel-to-ARM software emulator
  5. X-bit labs: Lenovo plans to increase in-house manufacturing of laptops and OCZ

    appoints ex-PLX executive, storage system designer as CEO and president

  6. Datamation: Is Ubuntu shutting out old PCs?
  7. C|Net: Microsoft Surface pricing will be comparable to PCs—analyst
  8. Phone Arena: Apple knew about problems with Apple Maps before iOS 6 launch


Wednesday

  1. Reuters: Former Canadian spy sees Huawei risk as manageable
  2. Fudzilla: Ivy Bridge to account for 70% of Intel shipments
  3. X-bit labs: MIT begins in-depth exploration of lithium-air battery technology
  4. Dealzon’s deals: $349 off 17″ MacBook Pro i7-2760QM, $80 off

    15.6″ Acer Aspire One Celeron 877, $350 off 14.4″ Toshiba U845W

    i5-3317M, and $20 coupon 128GB Samsung 830 series 2.5″ SSD

Mobile

  1. OSnews: Verizon, AT&T sell users’ browsing, location histories to marketers
  2. Fudzilla: Lenovo announces IdeaTab Lynx tablet
  3. Business Insider: Pre-order Nokia’s new Lumia phone on October 21 (thanks Dash B.)
  4. GSM Arena: Samsung to unveil 4″ Galaxy S III mini in Germany
  5. HotHardware reviews Motorola Droid Razr M

Software and gaming

  1. X-bit labs: Microsoft Kinect for Windows gets

    Windows 8 support, improved sensor access

  2. The Escapist: Mechwarrior Online open beta begins next week
  3. OCmodshop reviews Dishonored

Systems and storage

  1. KitGuru’s OCUK Prodigy Arctic gaming system review
  2. [H]ard|OCP reviews Gigabyte Z77X-UP4-TH
  3. Madshrimps review 16GB GeIL EVO Veloce 2133MHz dual-channel kit
  4. Hardware.Info reviews ten DDR3 memory kits: optimized for Ivy Bridge
  5. Rbmods on 128GB Verbatim SATA-II SSD

Multimedia, power, and case

  1. ocaholic tests Catalyst 12.9 beta gaming performance
  2. HTL reviews EVGA and Gigabyte GTX 650 Ti cards
  3. OCC’s MSI GTX 650 Power Edition OC review
  4. Phoronix tests AMD Radeon HD 7660D on Linux
  5. PCPer reviews 1250W Seasonic X-series PSU
  6. TweakTown reviews 1000W Lepa G1000-MA PSU
  7. Legit Reviews on 750W Rosewill Capstone PSU
  8. TestFreaks review Raidmax Raptor case
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    • blastdoor
    • 7 years ago

    This Reuters title is pretty misleading: “Reuters: Microsoft CEO sees company becoming more like Apple”

    Here’s an actual quote from Ballmer, rather than Reuters hyperbole:

    “There will be times when we build specific devices for specific purposes, as we have chosen to do with Xbox and the recently announced Microsoft Surface”

    That doesn’t really sound like a seismic shift towards a vertically integrated model. Instead, it sounds like a cautious dabbling.

    It might be kind of interesting/entertaining to see MS truly make a shift towards Apple’s integrated model. I guess they could buy AMD and HP and use Intel as a foundry. That would be pretty darned interesting.

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      Welcome to The New Online Journalism. At least it’s still a step ahead of Yahoo! News:
      [quote<]Something happened!! Click here to see the video!![/quote<]

    • dashbarron
    • 7 years ago

    Lumia soon, exciting stuff. This phone seems to be the top of the crop at the moment.

    • Arclight
    • 7 years ago

    Sh*t just got real. I heard from the IT guy at my office that the manager wants Windows 8 on all our PCs. Can’t wait to see the reactions from my coleagues, most of them don’t expect or know about any major change from W7.

      • funko
      • 7 years ago

      it’ll take them about 2 weeks to get over it, then they won’t care anymore.

        • BIF
        • 7 years ago

        You are underestimating the difficulty that some people will have without the start button/menu. Or you don’t care.

        Now I’m not saying you’re wrong or evil. But neither are the people who will have difficulty.

        Management will also underestimate. Or not care.

        But eventually, 80% of companies who go to Windows 8 will eventually roll out one of the replacement button/menu tools.

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      Just make sure that the manager gets it first, about 2 weeks before anyone else, and that all the Tech Support staff are ‘too busy preparing the roll-out to give him any support right now – we’ll get back to you in a few weeks’

      That’ll fix it.

    • grantmeaname
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Datamation: I'm a barely literate journalist who can't make a compelling argument to save my life, much less as part of my daily job[/quote<] Seriously, this is the worst Ubuntu op-ed I've ever seen. The author thinks that Ubuntu is leaving behind old PCs on the basis of: 1. The live CD being replaced with an ISO bigger than will fit on a CD. For computers that have a DVD drive (and let me note, the format was introduced in 1995), or computers that can boot from USB, or computers that currently have Windows (WUBI) or Ubuntu (upgrading) installed, or you're smart enough to set up netboot it's a nonissue. So I can't imagine that this is really shutting out much of the market. 2. Ubuntu Unity 2D is being subsumed under the 3D version in a new development called "Unity" that has the capabilities of either. Well, Joe Author missed that, and thinks that your computer will just magically not run if it doesn't do 3D acceleration. 3. Ubuntu now has a shopping lens with Amazon results on it, which he correctly interprets to mean that Canonical is looking for revenue. Which means that... something bad is going to happen to old PCs. Also, the author somehow calls this one "Canonical making Ubuntu dramatically less available to everyone". At least when Stallman wants to be a drama queen, he has some sort of sensible pretense underlying it all, geesh. 4. Canonical wants Unity to be more widely adopted and says that it's working with OEMs (which they've been doing for at least four years), which means that they're dumping old hardware. Or something. God, what a clown.

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    WAHHHHH? [url<]http://mashable.com/2012/10/10/txtr-beagle-e-reader/[/url<]

    • BIF
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]The Escapist: Mechwarrior Online open beta begins next week [/quote<] OMFG. This franchise is probably the only one that could ever have hopes of turning me into a gamer.

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 7 years ago

      They claim it isn’t “pay 2 win”, but most “F2P” games turn “P2W” within 6 months of release. I’m looking at you Tribes: Ascend.

        • entropy13
        • 7 years ago

        Still haven’t tried Tribes: Ascend. Makes me leery now with your comment. Looks like playing Blacklight: Retribution was a good choice.

          • lilbuddhaman
          • 7 years ago

          Well, it works like this:

          The core weapons/upgrades of the game are relatively easy to acquire, and hold true to “tribes” kind of gameplay. (discs, mortars, strategic stuff) Every couple of months (at least in the time period I played) they would release a new set of weapons/upgrades for a class that was more or less NOT a “tribes” style (auto pistols with high damage, long range, and high accuracy; machine guns with super high fire rates + accuracy that slow down ski’ers significantly, large blast radius grenades that are a “no-skill” throw and forget). If you played say, 4-6hrs a day and ranked 1st or 2nd every match with a ton of points you’d be able to get the points required to get them free in say, 2 weeks….but to go hand in hand with each new weapon release was a rebalancing of the old ones “chasing the dragon”.

          If you’re incredibly good with the discs / mortars you can hang, but anyone with even a mediocre amount of ability with one of the “paid” weapons will absolutely destroy you.

          The beta and the first month or so was incredibly fun though. I would have gladly paid $20 had it been balanced like it was at that time plus some more maps.

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        What did you think would happen? Game companies aren’t charities

          • BobbinThreadbare
          • 7 years ago

          Having happy customers is usually the best way to make money.

          Valve had avoided making TF2 pay to win.

        • BIF
        • 7 years ago

        Yeah, I probably won’t play it for that reason.

    • BIF
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Phone Arena: Apple knew about problems with Apple Maps before iOS 6 launch [/quote<] Of course they knew...the only way they could not know is if they're not "into" their own products. Somebody didn't listen to the Q/A teams. I blame management.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      blame them? for what? it’s going to be the best selling phone of all time. maps sucks? who cares? i doubt it impacted sales. most people who bought an iphone don’t care, as they get all the magic of an iphone, who cares if it doesn’t work right. through antenna, siri, camera, mac issues, etc. they still flock to buy them. there’s nobody to blame. it’s the most successful device in history. end of story.

        • dpaus
        • 7 years ago

        I don’t know who downvoted you for speaking The Blasphemous Truth, but I fixed it.

        • BIF
        • 7 years ago

        I blame them for wounding Apple’s relationship with its customers.

        Absolutely, you’re correct. It will be the best selling phone, or maybe right up there in the top 5. But I tell you, the relationship has been wounded, not unlike “you’re holding the phone wrong”.

        I am interested in whether or not this will matter in the long run. Only time will tell.

          • NeelyCam
          • 7 years ago

          You speaketh the Truth.

          Short term – little effect.
          Long term – the magic is gone.

    • rhysl
    • 7 years ago

    USA is so up its *** , Huawei is nothing to be worried about.. Even NZ (where I am) is considering this silly American claim!

    America is just scared of losing its famous Cisco brand to 2nd spot

    • Sam125
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]X-bit labs: MIT begins in-depth exploration of lithium-air battery technology[/quote<] Cool, four times the energy density. Between this and nanowire batteries, it must be an exciting time to be a physical chemist and/or an R&D ChemE.

    • NeelyCam
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]GSM Arena: Samsung to unveil 4" Galaxy S III mini in Germany[/quote<] I [i<]really[/i<] hope it'll be offered over here in the US as well.. If this is a high-end phone, I wouldn't have to consider getting an iPhone 5 anymore. The regular Galaxy SIII is just a little too big..

      • nico1982
      • 7 years ago

      There are extra informations in this update [url<]http://www.gsmarena.com/galaxy_s_iii_mini_specs_leak_packs_dualcore_cpu_jelly_bean-news-4926.php[/url<]

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        If that leak is true, then this is not the phone for me. In fact, Atrix 4G has better specs (with the exception of OS update, of course).

        Cr*p. Do I have to get iPhone 5 after all? I mean, [i<]really[/i<]? I can only blame Android manufacturers. Everyone has jumped onto the "big is beautiful" bandwagon, and now Apple is the only one that makes a small phone with high-end specs.

          • lilbuddhaman
          • 7 years ago

          [url<]http://www.android.com/devices/[/url<] HTC One V - 3.7in Kycero Rise - 3.5in Both have ICS or newer. I'm sure there's a ton more out there but that site doesn't have everything and doesn't let you search by screen size. edit: these are probably too "low end" for you though...

          • BobbinThreadbare
          • 7 years ago

          What about the Razr Maxx?

          1.2 ghz dual core, mini-sd, super long battery, OLED, and about the screen size you’re looking for.

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            Thanks, lilbuddhaman/BobbinThreadbare! Those are in the right size ballpark. One V has lowish specs, though, like you said.. Razr Maxx would have a nice battery life, but sizewise, Razr M is nearly perfect. Razr i would be even better since (surprisingly) the Intel version has better battery life and snappier performance, but it has no LTE. And overall, none of those really look like major upgrades to Atrix 4G whose pixel density beats all of them.

            Moreover, since I’m still under contract with AT&T, I can’t upgrade to a Verizon phone (yet), so to get one of those above, I’d have to buy unsubsidized which seems like a waste of money to me. Yes – I’ve looked at the no-contract deals at TMobile, and compared to AT&T subsidized (upgrade available every 18mo) it’s a wash assuming you upgrade every 18mo.

            Looking at the current AT&T options, the best two options seem like iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 or the recently released LG Escape that people aren’t talking about much. In fact, LG Escape seems to check every box from my “requirements checklist”:

            [url<]http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/10/10/lg-escape-for-att-review-the-best-budget-phone-ive-ever-reviewed/[/url<] Now that I think of it, I have two options: 1) Stay with Atrix 4G (and Gingerbread) until my AT&T contract is up in March, and review my options at AT&T and Verizon. Who knows, maybe an Intel LTE phones are available at AT&T/Verizon then.. 2) Upgrade now to LG Escape. Thank the mobile gods for LG Escape - now I don't have to jump into the iWagon

            • BobbinThreadbare
            • 7 years ago

            I didn’t even think about carrier restrictions.

            Stupid corrupt wireless industry.

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            I signed up for the two-year contract. I can only blame myself…

            Overall, this whole 2-year “forced” upgrade thingy mostly benefits just cell phone makers. They get almost guaranteed profits on continuous sales year after year. This approach completely eliminates the concept of “market saturation” from the cell phone market.. People will still upgrade because “IT’S FREE!!”

            It’s quite brilliant, really. Brilliant, and evil.

    • mganai
    • 7 years ago

    I know AMD isn’t putting up much of a fight at this moment, but ARM should be reason enough for Intel to consider cutting prices at the <10W segment.

    Never would’ve thought they would go 150 W for what is simply an incrementally higher binning. Can’t be good for additional overclocking headroom.

      • BoilerGamer
      • 7 years ago

      3960/3970-X is for the ” Way more $$ than Common Sense” anyway, its performance increase over the the half-priced 3930-K is pretty limited at best.

    • oldog
    • 7 years ago

    “Former Canadian spy sees Huawei risk as manageable…”

    Does Canada have spies???

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      …’former’…

        • entropy13
        • 7 years ago

        Most probably because he didn’t apologize enough.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          we have one that was just found guilty of treason! he was giving secrets to russia for 3k a month! we have all the spy intrigue you need! (technically he was a russian spy, i guess though…)

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]I. OSnews: Verizon, AT&T sell users' browsing, location histories to marketers[/quote<] Opt-IN law please. Not that it will happen with all the [s<]speech[/s<] donations given to polititians, but I can dream.

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      Your friendly neighborhood lobbyist will substitute your dream with your favorite nightmare

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