Hardware News and Review RoundUP december 10 2012


Cheah said that while momentum for the operating system is picking up in November, office workers are starting to hate the interface.

Like a smart assistant, Gmail will also double-check that your recipients all have access to any files you’re sending. This works like Gmail’s forgotten attachment detector: whenever you send a file from Drive that isn’t shared with everyone, you’ll be prompted with the option to change the file’s sharing settings without leaving your email. It’ll even work with Drive links pasted directly into emails.

The general consensus among companies Wired spoke to is Windows 8 device sales are meeting, or almost meeting, projected sales. That’s not to say Windows 8 is selling superbly. On the contrary, one OEM said it had lower expectations for Windown 8 than previous launches simply because the field is so much more crowded. There are many more services and platforms, an underdeveloped supply chain for touch components and slow consumer education stemming to scattered branding and PR.

Windows 8 is bad for gaming? Well, not according to gamers, it seems. According to Steam’s official usage statistics, Windows 8’s combined usage share, across both normal and 64 bit versions, is 4.69%.

Having made a nod toward the smaller tablet market, Microsoft then thinks bigger with the other rumored new Surface flavors. One would be 11.6 inches and surprisingly make use of AMD’s forthcoming Temash processors instead of Intel chips.

Foxconn still has rights to acquire a 9.9% stake in Sharp, and the two companies’ agreements are viable until March 31, 2013. Foxconn is expected to make a decision before then.

“AMD has a long history of supporting the DIY and enthusiast desktop market with socketed CPUs and APUs that are compatible with a wide range of motherboard products from our partners. That will continue through 2013 and 2014 with the ‘Kaveri’ APU and FX CPU lines. We have no plans at this time to move to BGA-only packaging and look forward to continuing to support this critical segment of the market,” said Gary Silcott, a spokesman for AMD.

Apple and Intel are currently in a race, trying to hire the same former Texas Instruments engineers from Israel.

“There’s a significant amount of customization…it’s a higher value product than we might do in Asia. A higher level of customers that need build-to-order and close proximity,” Tony Prophet, senior vice president of operations at HP, told CNET in an interview, speaking about the Indianapolis operations.

Most free software developers would abandon such a plan given the prospect of a mass switch to someone else’s corrected version. But Canonical has not abandoned the Ubuntu spyware. Perhaps Canonical figures that the name “Ubuntu” has so much momentum and influence that it can avoid the usual consequences and get away with surveillance.

That paradigm for personal computing has changed with the rise of mobile, however. Windows 8 is an ambitious attempt to marry a desktop OS with a new touch-friendly interface designed for tablets and smartphones — but Microsoft would be well served to phase out the battered Windows brand for its mobile efforts.

About a week ago, George blogged that “Sputnik has landed!” The Austin, TX-based computer maker is now offering a Developer Edition of the machine based on “community input” that “pushed it from an exploratory project to an official product.”

The screens, while not of the Retina variety just yet, are excellent IPS panels with great color and viewing angles. There are several improvements subtly enhancing their quality over previous models. And as with other all-in-ones, cable clutter is kept to a minimum.

Review RoundUP

Accessories: — Antec Soundscience Halo 6 LED Bias Lighting Kit

Computer Cases: — BitFenix ProdigyAkasa BladeFractal Design Node 605Fractal Design Node 304

CPU Coolers and Case Fans: — Noctua NF-A4x10 FLX, NF-A6x25 FLX & NF-A9x14 PWMNZXT CRYO V60 And NZXT CRYO X60 Notebook CoolersCorsair Hydro H60 Update and H55Reeven Arcziel 12 (RC-1203) CPU CoolerNoctua NH-L9i Low-Profile CPU Cooler

Desktop PC: — Apple iMac 27-inch

Gaming PC: — ASUS ROG Tytan CG8890

Video Cards: — Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 OCASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II

Keyboards: — Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013MadCatz STRIKE 5 ProRazer Deathstalker

Memory: — Crucial DDR3-1600 CL8 VLPGeIL EVO Leggera PC3-14900 16GB

Monitors: — Samsung S27B970

Mainbords: — Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7Zotac Z77-ITX WiFiGigabyte F2A85X-UP4MSI Z77 MPower

Mouse: — Roccat LuaCM Storm Recon and SkorpionNew Razer Orochi

Networking: — Netgear WN1000RP 2.4GHz WiFi Booster

Laptops: — Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon

Processors: — Intel Core i5-3470T

Power Supply: — Enermax Triathlor 385WEnermax Revolution87+ 850Wbe quiet! Dark Power Pro P10 550W

Sound Cards: — Creative Sound Blaster Z

Audio and Headsets: — Palo Alto Cubik 2.0CM Storm Sirius Headset

SSD: — Mach Xtreme DS Turbo Premium Edition 120 GBOCZ Vector 256GBSamsung SSD 840 / 840 ProOCZ Vector 256GB

Storage: — WD My Passport Edge 500GBHGST Touro Mobile Pro 500GB USB 3.0


~ by benchmarkstest on December 10, 2012.

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