Friday Shortbread

7 Up

  1. Micron: Demand for SSDs up 20% quarter-over-quarter and

    pricing of DRAM grew slightly in the first half of December

  2. Instagram: Updated terms of service based on your feedback
  3. Mobile Raspberry Pi computer: Build your own Pi-to-Go –
  4. AnandTech tests Acer W510 Windows 8 tablet (Clover Trail)
  5. Ocaholic tests Nvidia ForceWare 310.70 WHQL driver
  6. GameInfomer: Details for Battlefield’s latest DLC End Game revealed
  7. Karateka Apple II vs. Apple iPhone smackdown (video)


  1. X-bit labs: Samsung tapes out first 14nm FinFET test chips and

    TSMC confirms plans to build a semiconductor fab in the U.S.

  2. Bloomberg: Apple appeals after failing to block Samsung devices

    and HTC said to plan Windows tablets to challenge iPad

  3. BGR: Microsoft, Nokia roll out big software update

    for the Lumia 920, 820 on AT&T

  4. Fudzilla: Sapphire announces HD 7870 XT with Boost
  5. PCPer’s podcast
  6. Dealzon’s deals: $320 coupon for 17.3″ Lenovo G780 i7-3520M,

    $450 coupon for 15.6″ 1080p Lenovo Y500 i7-3632QM, $370

    coupon for 15.6″ Lenovo U510 i7-3517U, and $321 off 14″ Sony

    Vaio E series i5-2450M


  1. Ars Technica: iOS 6.0.2 suspected of draining batteries

Software and gaming

  1. Phoronix has AMD 2012 Catalyst driver year-in-review
  2. Team Fortress 2 Mecha update
  3. Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt Intro – Borderlands 2 (video)
  4. [H]ard|OCP’s Hitman Absolution performance and IQ review
  5. OCmodshop: Why Far Cry 3 is not Game of the Year

Systems and storage

  1. TechSpot’s Lenovo Yoga 13 review
  2. HotHardware’s hp Envy 6t-1000 ultrabook review
  3. Hardware.Info’s 4TB Western Digital RE HDD review


  1. Hardware Heaven reviews PowerColor

    PCS+ HD 7870 Myst Edition (Tahiti LE)

  2. Hardware.Info’s Club 3D Radeon HD 7870 jokerCard 2GB review
  3. TweakTown reviews HIS HD 7850 2GB IceQ Turbo
  4. Ultimate Hardware’s Inno3D GeForce GTX 660 Ti review
  5. TweakTown: Testing scaled images
  6. Funky Kit: How to set up dual-display on your Macbook Air via HDMI
  7. Tbreak’s Asus P1M projector review
  8. HTL reviews RHA CA-200 headphones
  9. Hardware Secrets reviews CM Storm Quick Fire TK keyboard
  10. Benchmark Reviews on Logitech G600 MMO mouse

Power, case, and cooling

  1. TweakTown reviews 1000W Seasonic Platinum PSU
  2. techPowerUp! reviews Corsair AX860 PSU
  3. VR-Zone’s Corsair Carbide 200R case review
  4. ProClockers review Noctua NF-A14 ULN,

    NF-A14 FLX & NF-A15 PWN cooling fans

  5. ThinkComputers reviews NZXT Respire T20 & T40 CPU coolers
  6. HTL reviews Noctua NH-L9i CPU cooler
Comments closed
    • zamb
    • 7 years ago

    [quote=”Ronald Hanaki”<]Ⅳ. AnandTech tests Acer W510 Windows RT tablet (Clover Trail)[/quote<] That should be [i<]Windows [u<]8[/u<][/i<], not [i<]Windows [u<]RT[/u<][/i<].

    • dpaus
    • 7 years ago

    Hey SSK: [i<][b<]two[/i<][/b<] successive 'frist' posts making the Top Comments list - [i<]that's[/i<] how you do frist!

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      it’s not about top comments. that means you’re doing it EXACTLY WRONG. you’re not that familiar with trolling are you…. you get in the Bottom Comments list, then you know you’re doing it right.

        • dpaus
        • 7 years ago

        See, I learn so much from you!! As a thank you, I -1’d you 🙂

    • yogibbear
    • 7 years ago

    I can’t answer calls sometimes and my internet bugs out all the time after iOS 6.0.2 on my 4S….. so frustrated!

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      Revert back to an older version…?

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      Yes, but isn’t your frustration smooth and elegant and – you know – magical?!?

      • Ringofett
      • 7 years ago

      Those are features, not bugs. You’re answering calls and interneting wrong.

    • jdaven
    • 7 years ago

    “X-bit labs: Samsung tapes out first 14nm FinFET test chips ”

    Who is going to be first to 14 nm?

      • chuckula
      • 7 years ago

      Why are you using the future tense when Intel is already testing Broadwell silicon internally right now?

        • tay
        • 7 years ago

        But by the looks of it almost a full node ahead of TSMC who will be just reaching 20nm as intel ramps up 14nm

          • NeelyCam
          • 7 years ago

          Yep.. Samsung is closer to Intel than TSMC is.

    • dpaus
    • 7 years ago

    Geez, Ron, this couldn’t have been ‘End of The World Day Shortbread’?? I mean, how often does that happen?

      • chuckula
      • 7 years ago

      Practically never!

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago


      • Star Brood
      • 7 years ago

      There’s always some prediction about the end of the world, so, pretty much it’s just another Fr

    • Shouefref
    • 7 years ago

    “Instagram: Updated terms of service based on your feedback”

    This is the title of the blog post in which Instagram said it wouldn’t sell photo’s:

    “Thank you, and we’re listening”

    Do you notice the tone?

    They didn’t write:

    “Sorry, and we’re listening”.

    No, they said:

    “Thank you, and we’re listening”

    It’s a small difference in tone, but it’s typical for the way those companies talk to the public.
    It reminds me of the class action suite in California against Facebook (owner of Instagram, for those of you who didn’t know): FB wanted to pay the plaintives, AND they wanted to give money to a charity. They try to even turn a defeat into a publicity stunt.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago


      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      It reminds me of how Netflix handled the streaming/DVD split. “I’m sorry, I screwed up, let me fix it with an even worse idea”

      I understand the backlash from Instagram user; the company didn’t handle this thing very well. The problem is, these companies have to make money somehow. They are offering a “free” service that people like and use, but nothing really is free.

      This is part of a larger issue with the internet society today – people expect things to be free, and when they don’t get it for free, they whine, jump to another [i<]temporarily[/i<] free service, pirate stuff etc. This is unsustainable. I don't like the devious ways Facebook is trying to grow their profits. I don't like the idea of various companies selling my contact (and other) information to others so these can spam me with various email and snailmail offerings. But I understand that they need to make money to keep servers running.. I would prefer a pay-for-service option, but I realize those aren't feasible because the Internet wants everything for "[i<]free[/i<]"

        • Shouefref
        • 7 years ago

        In their hunt to win over consumers, internet companies started to give away things for free.
        Partly that was because people didn’t really need lots of that stuff. Who would ever have complained in, say 1990, that he didn’t have e-mail? Nobody whould have bothered.
        So, to make people get used to it, they tried to get the threshold as low as possible, and because to a certain degree the installations were cheap, they gave it for free.
        Now the backlash comes, as NeelyCam tells us, people expect everything on the internet to be for free.
        And that’s not sustainable.
        First because there IS a cost.
        Seconldy because the aim of companies is to make a profit. In that respect the “new” economy is just the same as the old one.

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 7 years ago

      I’m only guessing here, but I assume that rule #1 in marketing / PR is never to use “negative” language, even when you are completely in the wrong.

        • yogibbear
        • 7 years ago

        No wonder I completely disagree with my own companies PR.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 7 years ago

    This is too easy. You nerds need to try harder.

      • Krogoth
      • 7 years ago


        • Srsly_Bro
        • 7 years ago

        That’s my theme song. I’m impressed at your musical taste.

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