Tuesday Shortbread

The Pick 6

  1. TechCrunch: Google reportedly preparing to sell self-branded Chromebooks
  2. VR-Zone: Intel’s NUC in corporate IT: A sysadmin’s dream?
  3. Fudzilla: First Ivy Bridge to die in Q2 2013 and

    ECS releases Haswell motherboards specs and

    Windows interface is Microsoft’s albatross

  4. GOG.com now supports Windows 8 officially
  5. Bethesda Blog: Source code and title update for Doom BFG Edition
  6. Neowin: It’s probable Apple will lose smartphone wars without Steve Jobs


Tuesday

  1. Dealzon’s deals: $250 coupon for 17.3″ hp Envy dv7t i7-3630QM, $220 coupon

    for 15.6″ hp Envy dv6t i7-3630QM, $50 off 11.6″ Asus VivoBook touchscreen

    i3-2365M, and $30 off 240GB Intel 330 Series 2.5″ SSD

Mobile

  1. TweakTown on Google Nexus 4 and Jelly Bean 4.2

Software and gaming

  1. Phoronix: Nvidia publishes open-source 2D driver code
  2. Phoronix pits AMD Catalyst vs. open-source Gallium3D driver performance
  3. HTL’s Cyberlink Director Suite 11 review
  4. Far Cry 3 map editor trailer
  5. Diablo III hotfixes – November
  6. [H]ard|OCP’s Call of Duty: Black Ops II performance & IQ review
  7. OCmodshop’s Hitman: Absolution review
  8. VR-Zone’s Assassin’s Creed III review (PC)

Systems and storage

  1. TechReviewSource on Acer Aspire S7-391-6810
  2. TweakTown reviews Asus S56C ultrabook
  3. PCPer reviews Core i5-3350P
  4. Tbreak’s AMD A6 Trinity APU review
  5. X-bit labs review Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7
  6. TWL reviews ECS A85F2-A Golden
  7. ProClockers review 8GB Avexir Core DDR3 1600MHz memory kit
  8. Guru3D reviews 256GB Plextor M5 Pro 2 SSD

Multimedia, power, cases & cooling

  1. Bits and Chips review Sapphire HD 7970 Toxic 6GB (in Italian)
  2. NikKTech’s Razer Blackshark Expert 2.0 headset review
  3. techPowerUp! reviews 850W Kingwin Power Force PSU
  4. Hardware Secrets reviews Enermax Ostrog Giant case
  5. Hardware.Info reviews Fractal Design Node 605 case
  6. Madshrimps review Cooler Master Storm Stryker case
  7. Funky Kit reviews Xigmatek Prime SD1484 CPU cooler
  8. KitGuru reviews Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 Plus cooler
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    • mutarasector
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Neowin: It's probable Apple will lose smartphone wars without Steve Jobs [/quote<] I'm really tired of the posthumous proselytizing of Job's "the visionary". The truth is he was simply the ultimate petulant, demanding consumer, and that was it.. Plenty of people were /are endowed with this form of 'vision'. Jobs was simply in a position to bully, beat, coerce the best out of the folks who either worked directly for Apple, or standing on the shoulders of those whose Apple ''innovation' was based. As a techno-visionary, Job's was mediocre at best. His real genius was a marketing savvy not possessed by many, but without the mental brawn of many an apple engineer working for him, he was *nothing*. Having said that, Apple still has what it needs to go right on doing what they have in the past, despite Job's death. They can continue right on doing what they do best: releasing innovative and pretty hardware as ubiquitous consumer friendly devices. What they need to do is stop treating their mentor as an infallible deity on which their company's future hinges, and simply focus more on marketplace/consumer wants rather than attempt to emulate Job's RDF hype of being able to prognosticate consumer demands/wants before the consumer even knows what they are. In short, Apple needs to purge itself of buying into its own hype...

    • anotherengineer
    • 7 years ago

    “ECS releases Haswell motherboards specs ”

    You know Neely is checking this out.

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      I checked it out, but I’m not that interested in Haswell desktop mobos – I’m perfectly happy with my Sandy Bridge desktop. I need Haswell for replacing my crappy old laptop

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        DIDN’T YOU HEAR? IT’S ALMOST 2013, YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BUY A TABLET TO REPLACE YOUR LAPTOP!

    • Deanjo
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]HTL's Cyberlink Director Suite 11 review[/quote<] It's refreshing to see a software review that is not a game. Now if we could only get more reviews on items like printers and scanners (or All-in-ones) as well as they are part of a complete system setup. (It's also refreshing to see at the end of the article[quote<]Provided by: Cyberlink No Compensation was received for review of this product.[/quote<])

    • just brew it!
    • 7 years ago

    Some of those Gallium3D benchmarks are pretty grim. It’s great to see that they’re making progress on the Open Source drivers for Radeon HD cards, but I think us Linux users will still be running AMD’s official Catalyst drivers for a while yet.

      • chuckula
      • 7 years ago

      I look at Gallium & Nouveau drivers as fallbacks to give you basic functionality that is acceptable for use in daily tasks while not being the drivers that you want for your 3D gaming. Gallium 3D’s biggest benefit is that with AMD abandoning Catalyst support on cards that are not particularly old, you can still use those cards for a reasonable amount of time. Nvidia has much much longer term driver support, but even there the Nouveau driver helps to keep older cards running.

      • Veerappan
      • 7 years ago

      They look bad, but remember that Hyper-Z and S3TC aren’t enabled by default. If Hyper-Z ever gets stabilized enough to be enabled by default, that should provide a boost.

      Also, as has been mentioned many times in the Phoronix forums, enabling S3TC through the libtxc-dxtn library (or substituting another online texture compression format) would decrease memory bus traffic considerably. Too bad that the patent situation prevents enabling S3TC by default in the U.S.

      With regards to the two tests that tank on the new benchmarks, Marek Olsak commented in the discussion thread about how he knows the bottlenecks in those benchmarks (maybe that implies that he can fix them).

      Also, the performance is getting considerably better over time. Some of the improvements are generic Mesa and Gallium3D layer improvements that will carry over to other cards as well, so hopefully the SI/GCN chips will hit a good performance point faster than the r600/r700-based cards.

    • BIF
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]III.Fudzilla: First Ivy Bridge to die in Q2 2013...[/quote<] This got my interest (italics mine): [quote<]The ageing Ivy part has a TDP of 77W and [i<]a little birdie[/i<] tells us that we can expect more under the same thermal envelope for future desktop Haswell parts. [/quote<] Literary liberty; I get it. But words mean things. My old high school journalism teacher is surely rolling over in his grave now that little birdies qualify as sources. :O

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      It’s the age of the blog and cyber journalism where rumors are reported as fact and zero accountability is expected from such reporting.

        • BIF
        • 7 years ago

        Yeah, you’re right of course.

        But somebody should tell Fudzilla that they should not become too careless, lest their little birdie’s tweets turn out to be a turkey’s warble.

          • Deanjo
          • 7 years ago

          Could be worse, could be semi-accurate where Charlie tries to use his own created rumors as proof that something was going to come out but got cancelled at the last minute thus explaining the reason why his initial rumor never came to be.

    • hasseb64
    • 7 years ago

    Another day without a proper PSU review.
    How hard can it be to start focusing on high efficient 200-300W PSU’s?
    Noone really need all these plus 500W PSU’s, total waste!

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      People used to say that about 1100W PSUs, begging for 500W PSU reviews..

      I’m so tired ot the 80plus thingy. Efficiency at 50% of “max” is dumb when it’s mostly used at 5% of max. I will keep buying PicoPSUs, pining for reviews on AC adapters..

        • Thatguy
        • 7 years ago

        I thought this was a major area of improvement for PSUs recently, efficiency at low load levels. My circa 2009 cx400 unit only dips slightly below it’s rated % at loads of less than 20%.

          • Ryhadar
          • 7 years ago

          I’d say that too for Seasonic based PSUs at least. It’s one of the many reasons I purchased a x650 almost 2 years ago.

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            Hmm.. maybe I should check out regular PSUs again.. They are rather big, though, taking away space from passive CPU coolers in small builds. PicoPSU also moves the high-heat component (AC/DC converter) outside the case, keeping things cooler in there..

            I did notice, though, that when I added another WD Green 2GB drive into my HTPC rig, PicoPSU had trouble with power-up.. I had to temporarily disconnect the new HDD so the PSU could handle the initial spike of other components, and then plug it in again.. kind of a hassle

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      My 125 Watt CPU system with 3 video cards and 14 hard drives disagrees with your assumption that nobody needs high wattage PSU’s.

      • rrr
      • 7 years ago

      I didn’t know TPU doesn’t do proper reviews. What’s so improper about them?

    • Meadows
    • 7 years ago

    [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYkbbMA3ozQ[/url<] Here's today's NSFW entertainment for everyone.

      • Krogoth
      • 7 years ago

      [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2rendXsIH8[/url<]

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      ‘Is it that goddam robot music I caught my kid listening to?’ lol

      • yogibbear
      • 7 years ago

      This is hilarious!

      • Meadows
      • 7 years ago

      I am sad for how unpopular this was. I shall bump it.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        I am sad that you care about how popular your posts are.

      • twizttid13
      • 7 years ago

      Yea that was awesome. lol

    • mockingbird
    • 7 years ago

    Can we stop all the astroturfing for Intel NUCs please?

      • just brew it!
      • 7 years ago

      You did notice the article they ran a few days back about how the NUC tends to overheat, yes? If it is an attempt at astroturfing they’re pretty bad at it…

      • Ryhadar
      • 7 years ago

      Yeah, not sure if I’d call it ‘astroturfing’ but I agree with the stopping part. I’m not impressed by the NUC, personally.

    • yogibbear
    • 7 years ago

    That’s right.. blame Jobs for everything… kind of a short-sighted scape goat. Pretty sure it is the culture of the company that is the issue, rather than one person in an entire organisation. Surely post-Jobs the company culture couldn’t have changed much this quickly, therefore it is either a Jobs-less Apple means people from the outside looking in see them differently, or see them for what they always were. Personally I don’t think anything has changed, as a company culture doesn’t change overnight.

      • Meadows
      • 7 years ago

      Apple lost the only great visionary it had. Unless they find someone else of that caliber, they will stop “innovating” at the usual rate. Sure, there’s still the constant updates to the iPhone, iPad and Apple tv lines, but each of those was conceived years ago and Apple hasn’t actually had a brand new idea since.

      Apple’s shares will keep falling as long as they can’t convince investors that they can come up with something new again.

      Microsoft risked doing the same with their own brand of turtleneck wearing executive with limited hair, but it turned out Sinofsky’s crystal ball was too smoky and his “revolutionary” ideas are more like “revolting”.

        • designerfx
        • 7 years ago

        likewise, MS also needs an actual visionary who is not an idiot. Someone who doesn’t thrive on misleading information, and focuses on real competition. Why are they so afraid of competing fairly when the rest of the market would immediately embrace and recognize MS for doing so?

      • Arag0n
      • 7 years ago

      Last quarter smartphone market grow an average of 46.88% YoY from 3Q11 to 3Q12. iOS sales grow a 36.17% while Windows Phone grow a whopping 138.45%, Bada grow a not so far 103.94% and Android grow a 102.48%, The quarter big losers were the usual RIM with 29.56% drop and Symbian with 77.41%. Other systems in average drooped a 32.85% also.

      The point is, if next quarter and following quarters the picture looks similar it means that in the long run, Windows Phone, Android and possibly Bada will be the main drivers of the market, specially Android.

      As you may recall, RIM didn’t stop selling after iPhone and Android came to market, first they grow slower than market, then they sold same as previous year and then, they started a dramatic drop of marketshare. iOS looks like it already started the first stage: Grow slower than the market and actually in markets like Europe, iOS sales already peaked, with a slightly decrease this year.

      Remember the joke about Windows Phone having less market-share than Bada? It may be pretty soon that the joke becomes that iOS has less market-share and worse future perspectives than Bada. The iPad is the only device that is keeping the Apple cash-marker monster growing right now. iPhone sales looks like already peaked just as iPod sales did.

      You also can remember the Nokia case, it followed the same sales pattern, slower grow, same and then, dramatic drop.

      Apple needs some real innovation and some visionary that understands the market as well as Steve Jobs did, or at least, a marketing guru as good as he was.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        I would argue Apple hasn’t innovated since 2007’s iPhone and derivative iPod Touch. Everything since is an iteration or a mutation of that core idea, the lower level hardware innovations are partnerships with other companies, the integration, design and marketing is where Apple excels.

        It’s really classic Apple – design a great idea at the right time that takes off and defines a market, then slowly fade as others catch up then pass them. Apple still has room to grow as these markets grow, the stock has been hammered and is probably worth buying, but it’s been 5 years since the iPhone…where’s the next market-defining idea?

          • BIF
          • 7 years ago

          iPhone has made a lot of things easier for me and has “released” me from some tedium with my smartphone device.

          But now that iPhone and Android devices are well established with their respective generational innovative designs and user interfaces, I doubt that we could expect ANYBODY to innovate any smartphone device and move the earth again.

          Of course there is still room for innovation [i<]within[/i<] any established product or class and iPhone is no different. I would like to see zooming capability and better text-flow/screen re-formatting for text that I've zoomed in on. I mean any text; from messages to emails to web pages. Android does this fairly well in some areas, and iPhone needs to make up some ground here.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            Apple makes good products, that wasn’t my point. It’s that they haven’t done anything groundbreaking for 5 years, at least nowhere near the level of the iPhone. Usability tweaks and improvements are nice but they are polish.

          • jdaven
          • 7 years ago

          I direct you to this blog post sir:

          [url<]https://techreport.com/blog/23869/oh-dear[/url<] Your welcome.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            My welcome? 🙂

            I didn’t say no one buys Apple stuff any more, just that they haven’t done anything groundbreaking for 5 years. It’s all iterative.

          • Beelzebubba9
          • 7 years ago

          I find it amusing that as tablets – a market Apple essentially invented in 2010 – surge past laptops in total sales this holiday people are claiming that Apple hasn’t innovated since the iPhone.

          I’m not accusing you of the following, but at this point it just becomes the same lame semantic argument about ‘innovation’ that nerds love to have when they want to re-assign credit for a good idea from a company they have an emotional investment in disliking (usually Apple) to one they personally identify with. The iPad occupies a very different niche than a smartphone, and is shaping up to have a equally massive impact on the consumer computing landscape. Windows 8 alone should be sufficient proof of this.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            The iPad is a giant iPod touch – and I don’t mean that to be sarcastic or snarky, but to say that it’s not a huge leap of inspired innovation from those 2007 products. It’s a ‘mutation’ of the iPhone/iPod Touch and is specifically why I said that, and also why I said “design a great idea at the right time that takes off and defines a market” That is exactly what the iPad did. It wasn’t the first tablet around, but the timing of available technology was right for it…to word it another way, it’s an extension of the iPhone/iPod Touch idea rather than a whole new idea in itself.

        • jdaven
        • 7 years ago

        Apple sold more this quarter than Android.

        [url<]http://9to5mac.com/2012/11/27/report-apple-bumps-android-from-top-spot-in-u-s-smartphone-market-on-strength-of-iphone-5/[/url<] Edit: In the US

          • Meadows
          • 7 years ago

          Nobody cares about a single quarter when the year-over-year results underwhelm.

            • Beelzebubba9
            • 7 years ago

            People in this discussion will only care about the numbers that support their predisposed notions about the success of whatever product they prefer. If one were actually interested in the future of the smartphone market, they’d look more deeply into the sales numbers and ask:

            1. What regions is the growth coming from? Established or nascent markets?
            2. What market segments is the growth coming from?
            3. Which companies are actually making money and on which products and segments?
            4. What trends in consumer preferences in the bigger markets can we try and find patters in?

            But who wants a nuanced picture of the market when you can just cheerlead your brand of choice. 🙂

          • NeelyCam
          • 7 years ago

          9to5mac is the pinnacle of unbiased reporting.

            • jdaven
            • 7 years ago

            [url<]http://www.kantarworldpanel.com/Global/News/Soaring-iPhone-5-sales-in-US-knock-Android-into-second-place[/url<] Happy now.

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            It’s a temporary boost because of iPhone 5. Android will take the lead again later

            • jdaven
            • 7 years ago

            I’m glad you think so.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            So when iPhone sales lag before a new release it’s just normal because everyone wants the new one, but when the new one comes out creating a boost from that pent up demand, it’s the new normal amount of sales?

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]IV.GOG.com now supports Windows 8 officially[/quote<] So Good OLD Games supports Windows 8, but good old PC users don't. OMG NO START MENU QQ MOAR!

      • Meadows
      • 7 years ago

      The Start Screen is the tip of the iceberg.

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        I seem to have a problem hitting the upthumb key on gs3.. I keepm pressing it; the browser doesnt react.. then I finally see a -1 when I expected a +1. Is this a samsung thing?

        • Yeats
        • 7 years ago

        Yup, first the tip, then we get the shaft…

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 7 years ago

      lol nice try mmo. +1

      • rwburnham
      • 7 years ago

      This is good, considering I am planning to buy a Windows 8 tablet (x86, not ARM) to use as kind of a “GOG machine” among other things.

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