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Friday Night Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. Reuters: Intel raises revenue forecast as PC market improves
  2. Fudzilla: AMD Zen desktop might slip to Q1 2017
  3. VR-Zone: OCZ announces new VX500 SATA SSD series
  4. AnandTech’s discrete desktop GPU market trends Q2 2016:
    AMD grabs market share but Nvidia remains on top

  5. OC3D: Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti specs leak
  6. WCCFtech: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 rumored for launch in late October
  7. AnandTech: Dell unveils UltraSharp U3417W:
    makes its curved display more curved

  8. SamMobile’s exclusive: Galaxy S8 code names
    and the interesting story behind its model

Friday Night

  1. Android Police: Remix OS now available
    as a virtual machine for Windows PCs

  2. Linux Compatible: GNOME 3.22 RC2 released
  3. HotHardware’s podcast
  4. The AnandTech Podcast #38 (iPhone)
  5. PCPer’s podcast #417


  1. iFixit’s iPhone 7 Plus teardown
  2. HotHardware’s LG G5 review: ambitious but unrefined

Systems, storage, and networking

  1. KitGuru’s 17/3″ PCSpecialist Defiance III laptop review (w/ GTX 1060)
  2. Guru3D reviews MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon
  3. Funky Kit reviews ASRock E3V5 WS motherboard
  4. Hardware Canucks review ASRock Z170M OC Formula mATX
  5. Big Bruin on Seagate’s 8TB Backup Plus Hub
  6. HotHardware reviews Rivet Networks Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet controller

Multimedia and cases

  1. Guru3D’s Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 G1 Gaming review
  2. TechSpot’s 32″ Dell UltraSharp 4K UP3216Q monitor review
  3. techPowerUp! reviews Fnatic Gear Flick mouse
  4. TweakTown’s Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum mouse review
  5. APH Networks on Sumo Air Lounger self-inflatable chair
  6. TweakTown’s BitFenix Aurora case review
  7. Ocaholic’s In Win 509 case review
  8. CowcotLand (in French) and KitGuru review Corsair Carbide Air 740 case
  9. ThinkComputers review Fractal Design Define Nano S case

0 responses to “Friday Night Shortbread

  1. Literally the last flipping jack to remove should the the stinking headphone jack, sorry. Bluetooth does not yet broadcast good enough audio quality. anyone with normal music should be able to hear the butchering of high frequency sound over bluetooth. Its compression renders so sharp and flat. I’ve tested it across multiple devices getting consistently the same result. weather on my car stereo or my expensive bluetooth headphones. Only with extensive post rendering can they resolve this issue and that is basically cheating.

    Wireless data and charging, I say nix the thunderbolt port. Get rid of the volume rocker. but stinking leave the headphone jack jerks, you’ve not created some amazing proprietary wireless standard for better sound. :^/

    Literally paying premium for a sub discount phone sound experience is totally apple brand here I love it.

  2. Because Apple can’t sell their proprietary accessories if 3.5mm is allowed to live. They are gonna sell their “earplugs” for $200 dollars. So.

  3. People keep bringing up the waterproofing issue. But why should a 3.5mm jack be any harder to waterproof than a Lightning jack? They’re both a recessed hole in the device with electrical contacts inside.

  4. Apple don’t care what’s silly or not. Whatever they come up with, people will buy it. Hard asses who don’t give in, even they swallow it later on. That’s how Apple operates. Just like they invent things that’s been in the market for half a decade or so.

    Apple in their big castles must be laughing at us and calling us Morons for eating all the bullshit they throw at us. Such are the times.

  5. according to apple it’s a piece of plastic with a hole. great. so they put a hole in it. putting holes in it was impossible before they took the jack out.

    that’s marketing to justify their dumb behavior.

  6. Lied? That’s not at all clear. From the article:

    [quote<]Teardown Update: According to Apple, this plastic component is a barometric vent. With the added ingress protection afforded by the watertight seal, the iPhone uses this baffle to equalize the internal and atmospheric pressures in order to have an accurate altimeter.[/quote<] So I characterize your comment as a cheap shot because you imply that there's just a hunk of useless plastic sitting there. I think it's very fair to argue that Apple made the wrong design tradeoff here. But to argue that they made no tradeoff at all, that they just took away the port for no good reason other than to be a bunch of big meanies, is excessively cynical.

  7. It isn’t the material that’s the problem — it’s the “let’s put a non-functional component in this space and pretend there’s no room for a connector that’s been there since the Ming Dynasty and call it revolutionary.”

    If they had just said “we’re taking the connector away so we can seal the unit for water and dust proofing” it would have been a non-issue. Claiming there’s no space when they’ve just put some filler in there looks silly.

  8. Cheap shots? Of course plastic can be useful. The problem is that apple [i<] pretended [/i<] there were removing the jack because there wasn't enough space inside to add the all cool stuff they wanted. That they were entirely limited by the jack, and because they needed the space, they removed it. They're getting called out on it because they [i<] lied. [/i<] Unless of course, plastic was the cool thing they thought we were all missing.

  9. I don’t think fairness is really the point of this comment thread.

    But yes… it is a huge point of failure, and it’s an obstacle to waterproofing (as is the 3.5mm jack).

    Also, it’s not like that plastic is just pointless filler. Sometimes useful things are made of plastic.

    But again… this isn’t about fairness or understanding. It’s about the joy of taking cheap shots.

    edit — not that I’m opposed to the joy of taking cheap shots. See my Unicorn comment regarding Glo Fo.

  10. To be fair, that button works “just fine” right up until it stops working for a significant number of iPhone owners. It’s a huge point of failure.

  11. Well…between the hunk of plastic and the “Taptic Engine”. That’s a large hunk just to get rid of a mechanical button…a button that was working just fine, right along with the headphone jack that was working just fine. Moar Courage.

  12. Yes, if you look at the Cuda’s clearly photoshopped. Just look at “33” and it’s on a different plane than the rest of the numbers. The numbers could still be correct, but the image is created from poor editing.

  13. OC3D’s GTX 1080 Ti specs look odd/off. In the comments, over there, people are mentioning the ‘leak’ having been debunked at Guru3D.

  14. We need to have an annual Phil Schiller “Courage Award” for the tech industry. Maybe we can even come up with multiple categories.

  15. The best part about that iPhone tear down is [i<] how apple filled the 3.5mm extra space with plastic. [/i<] Courage.

  16. More like:

    Fudzilla slipped once again

    They make WCCFtech and Demented Charlie look like the sources of holy truth. The only site posting this nonsense about 2016 Zen release was Fudzilla itself.

  17. [quote<] Fudzilla: AMD Zen desktop might slip to Q1 2017 [/quote<] Zen was always a 2017 product. Only a paper launch is possible at the end of 2016.

  18. As far as my PC gaming goes right now, my first priority should be pummeling the Arkham Knight’s militia instead of playing Hitman GO on my PC… does that stop me from trying this newfangled Remix OS Player? No. No it does not.

    I almost feel guilty that I’m leaving Gotham in such terrible shape while I dilly dally. But, well, anyone who chooses to live in such a cesspool should know what they’re signing up for! 😀

    Edit: Well, that was a waste of time. It installs and runs fine, but the Play store isn’t able to download anything. There’s no problem navigating the store or browsing in Chrome so clearly it’s finding my ethernet connection. But the Play store only warns me that I should download large items on a WiFi connection. Whether I heed its advice or just uncheck the WiFi requirement, the downloads never start. =/

    Maybe I’d have an easier time if I was actually using a wireless connection and Remix used that instead, but it’ll be a pleasant day in Hades before a non-portable computing device in my house isn’t also plugged into a trusty ol’ RJ-45. I didn’t go to all the trouble of running CAT-6 through the walls for fun, ya know!