Wednesday Shortbread

The Pick 6

  1. KC Business Journal: Google helps Time Warner feel the need for speed
  2. Instagram tries to clarify new privacy policy and terms of service
  3. AllThingsD on Trustonic, a new approach to mobile security
  4. IBM’s next revolution: Computers that see, smell, hear, and taste
  5. UCLA engineers develop new energy-efficient

    computer memory using magnetic materials

  6. Ars Technica: SSD prices are low—and they’ll get lower


Wednesday

  1. OCZ Technology investigation substantially complete, plans restatement

    of financial statements and announces conference call and webcast

  2. Dealzon’s deals: $400 off 14″ hp Spectre 14 ultrabook i5-3317U, $230

    off 14″ Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E430 i3-2350M, $339 off 13.3″ Dell 13z

    i5-3317U, and $200 off 15.6″ Toshiba L955 i5-3317U

Mobile

  1. Hardware Canucks review Samsung Galaxy Note II
  2. Madshrimps review Jesurun Android TV

Software and gaming

  1. Perl turns 25
  2. VLC 2.0.5
  3. Diablo III players banned for botting
  4. Hardware Heaven’s Hitman: Absolution video review

Systems and storage

  1. Legit Reviews has 2012 budget mini-ITX PC build guide
  2. PCPer’s 27″ hp Z1 workstation AIO review
  3. Hardware Secrets on Asus G75VW notebook
  4. Tbreak reviews Acer Aspire S7 ultrabook
  5. Rbmods on MSI Z77 Mpower
  6. Big Bruin reviews 16GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP 1600MHz memory kit
  7. ThinkComputers reviews 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300

Multimedia

  1. Hardware.Info’s AMD Radeon HD 8000M preview
  2. TechReviewSource on 65″ Vizio M3D651SV HDTV
  3. KitGuru’s AVerMedia Game Capture HD review
  4. HotHardware reviews ViewSonic PLED-W200 portable business projector
  5. XSReviews on BassBuds Classics earbuds
  6. HTL reviews Roccat Lua mouse
  7. Benchmark Reviews on Logitech G700 mouse
  8. NikKTech reviews Razer BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard

Power, cases, and cooling

  1. Hardware.Info reviews AX760i & AX860i PSUs
  2. PureOC reviews BitFenix Ghost case
  3. Ocaholic reviews Cooler Master HAF XB case
  4. Technic3D reviews CM Storm Stryker case (in German)
  5. TweakTown’s XSPC Raystorm 750 RX360 liquid cooling kit review
  6. ProClockers review Noctua NH-L9i CPU cooler
Comments closed
    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    THQ has arranged a sale to private equity firm Clearlake Capital and will be going through Chapter 11. 🙁 I hope they get through the reorganization quickly, and don’t get hosed by Clearlake such that the outcome of the organization is effectively meaningless.

    [url<]http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/50250574[/url<]

      • superjawes
      • 7 years ago

      To quote Neely below…”BAAAAALLLSS”

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        Oh no, did I start a meme..?

          • superjawes
          • 7 years ago

          Considering someone else used it commenting on the Thursday Shortbread, looks like it.

    • Deanjo
    • 7 years ago

    Consumer Reports….

    [url<]http://news.consumerreports.org/electronics/2012/12/why-you-might-want-to-stick-with-windows-7-for-now.html[/url<]

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      Those are some reeeeally weaksauce reasons, and ALL of them can be applied to any new MS OS release, especially ones that make large changes like XP, Vista, or 8. The only one that really ought to be a concern is drivers, although I’ve been able to get things working with drivers for Win 7 if needed.

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        Consumer Reports is reeeeally weak in technology overall. I only listen to their advice on appliances, and even then I take it with a grain of salt

          • dpaus
          • 7 years ago

          I haven’t read Consumer Reports for years. Their crowning moment was when the did a comparison of small cars, and announced that the Toyota Matrix was an awesome vehicle that won top honours, but that the Pontiac Vibe was a piece of junk. They were, of course, the same car made on the same production line by the same workers.

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            Yeah, but have you seen Matrix and Vibe side-by-side…?

            That said, when GM was “cancelling” Pontiac, they were selling Vibes at insane discounts (about $9k).. that was a deal of a lifetime. Test drove Vibe at that time – it was a peppy little thing. They sold out before I managed to pull the trigger, though..

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Instagram tries to clarify new privacy policy and terms of service [/quote<] Still don't believe a thing they say.

    • mcnabney
    • 7 years ago

    I. KC Business Journal: Google helps Time Warner feel the need for speed

    TWC fails at business once again.
    First, that 10mbs service is usually around 12-15mbs during the day already, so no change is expected – just more claims from marketing.
    Second, it drops to around 5-7 between 5pm and midnight.
    Third, they aren’t discussing the sub-1mbs upload speeds – which are a problem for anyone that actually cares about moving to fiber.
    Fourth, their customer care outright sucks.
    Fifth, their equipment is still unbelievably unreliable. I am on my eleventh (yes, seriously) cable modem and I had six different DVR set-top boxes before I cut the cable.

    Oddly, this is actually a self correcting problem. As Google takes most of their customers, their capacity problem should go away – speeding up their service by reducing the demand on their network.

      • no51
      • 7 years ago

      ^pretty much this. And I think theyre throttling youtube, because it stays at a flat 1mpbs. Whereas at my parents’ who have comcast, the speeds fluctuate between 1-5mbps. Also that 1mbps upload speed cap is balls.

    • The Dark One
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]VLC 2.0.5[/quote<] Did VLC change the way it shows the mouse cursor when recording the desktop? I grabbed 2.0.5 earlier and pointed it at the appropriate PNG file, but the cursor just wouldn't show up in my recordings.

    • Arclight
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]V.UCLA engineers develop new energy-efficient computer memory using magnetic materials[/quote<] From the article [quote="Matthew Chin"<]With MeRAM, the UCLA team has replaced STT's electric current with voltage to write data into the memory. This eliminates the need to move large numbers of electrons through wires and instead uses voltage — the difference in electrical potential — to switch the magnetic bits and write information into the memory. This has resulted in computer memory that generates much less heat, making it 10 to 1,000 times more energy-efficient. And the memory can be more than five-times as dense, with more bits of information stored in the same physical area, which also brings down the cost per bit.[/quote<] Awwwww yeah.Anybody else excited about this? But then i read: [quote<]The research team was led by principal investigator Kang L. Wang, UCLA's Raytheon Professor of Electrical Engineering, and included lead author Juan G. Alzate, an electrical engineering graduate student, and Pedram Khalili, a research associate in electrical engineering and project manager for the UCLA–DARPA research programs in non-volatile logic. "The ability to switch nanoscale magnets using voltages is an exciting and fast-growing area of research in magnetism," Khalili said. "This work presents new insights into questions such as how to control the switching direction using voltage pulses, how to ensure that devices will work without needing external magnetic fields, and how to integrate them into high-density memory arrays.[/quote<] Nanoscale magnets? Any potential down sides with that?

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      I’ll try to dust off some EE knowledge here.

      The first part is interesting because typically magnetic materials are magnetized by applying a very large magnetic field to them. This field has to be larger than their inherent resistance to change. This property is called ‘coercivity’.

      To make smaller ‘domains’–the individually magnetized regions within a magnetic material–you need a material with higher and higher coercivity or the domains will demagnetize each other with time.

      Now, here comes the fun part. Normally you generate that ‘programming’ magnetic field by passing a current through a conductor–think of it as an electromagnet. (’cause it is) So, as domains get smaller and materials with higher and higher coercivity are used, the current needed to program them gets higher and higher. Given that, you would hit a point where you simply couldn’t generate a field strong enough to program smaller domains because you couldn’t pass enough current through a conductor small enough to make the domain size you want without the conductor heating up so much that you push the magnetic material over it’s Curie point. The Curie point is a temerature at which a magnetic material loses its ability to hold a magnetization.

      If you could use a voltage to magnetize the material, you can go past this limit and make much smaller domains. So, that’s a good thing as it will let us continue to increase magnetic storage density for a bit longer.

      As to your second point, I don’t see the problem with nanoscale magnets. Maybe some of the above addresses your concern?

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]Nanoscale magnets? Any potential down sides with that?[/quote<] Ya, they are really hard to pry apart if they stick together.

      • just brew it!
      • 7 years ago

      Your hard drive platters already have what amounts to trillions of nanoscale magnets on them. DRAM and flash memory use nanoscale capacitors. Not sure what your concerns are…?

        • Arclight
        • 7 years ago

        [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVn1oQL9sWg<]SPACEEEEEEE[/url<]

          • Deanjo
          • 7 years ago

          …the final frontier..

          • NeelyCam
          • 7 years ago

          BAAAAALLLSS

    • thanatos355
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]VLC 2.0.5[/quote<] Strange. I use VLC throughout my day and checked earlier to see if an update was available (running 2.0.4). I checked it again when I saw this posted here and both times it assured me that I had the newest version possible. The release notes for 2.0.5 are from 4 days ago. I wonder why it wasn't registering in the program's update menu.

      • mcnabney
      • 7 years ago

      I just updated….. to 2.0.4. It appears 2.0.5 has been removed.

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        Don’t update, just redownload from the site.

    • NeelyCam
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]OCZ Technology investigation substantially complete, plans restatement of financial statements and announces conference call and webcast "The Audit Committee has approved this report and, in consultation with management, concluded that the Company should restate the results for the FIRST quarter of fiscal 2013, as well as the results for certain quarters of fiscal 2012 and for the fiscal year 2012."[/quote<] Wow, what? What's going on?? Their stock is gonna get nuked...

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      It’s not really news, the investigation has been ongoing for a while, and it wasn’t any kind of criminal investigation. Something more like the timing of their release of financial information triggered an automatic inquiry and OCZ fully cooperated.

      • superjawes
      • 7 years ago

      You cheeky bastard.

      • just brew it!
      • 7 years ago

      The investigation was announced about a month ago, and OCZ admitted to certain accounting irregularities about a month prior to that. The nuking of their stock already happened. Their share price actually recovered a bit on this news, so investors were expecting things to be even worse.

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