"If you don’t have the time to research the benchmarks, or if you don’t feel confident enough in your ability to pick the right processor for your next gaming machine, fear not. We at Tom’s Hardware have come to your aid with a simple list of the best gaming CPUs offered for the money." | more
"You may love Steam and games publishers may love Steam, but games retailers are certainly having no love for the premier digital distribution channel for PC games. According to MCV, certain game retailers in the UK are upset enough by Steam to threaten that they will not carry any product that carry any Steam integration. Retailers feel that Steam integration will just drive customers to the Steam service, thereby killing the retail model." | more
"Anyone who's ever tried to recycle a laptop or other electronics knows that it's a lot more effort than rinsing out your beer bottles before taking them down to the bottle depot. Aiming to solve this problem, a group of students at Stanford have developed a laptop they believe will facilitate easier-than-ever recycling of the machine's parts." | more
"Axsotic's 3D-Spheric-Mouse could be the next step in PC peripherals. Although the company is currently promoting the mouse as a tool for professional 3D animators, it could possibly change the way PC gamers play their favorite FPS titles or how consumers maneuver through Windows, OS X, Ubuntu or other operating systems." | more
"Buffalo and Pioneer are launching BDXL burners in Japan next month." | more
"When most of us were 12, we'd be doing small manual labor jobs for some spare cash. Maybe it was mowing the lawn or shovelling snow, but seventh-grader Alex Miller isn't your typical 12-year-old. He's just taken a check from Mozilla for $3,000 after collecting one of the bug bounties. Miller found a security flaw in Firefox that Mozilla deemed valuable enough to reward with a $3,000 bounty – a sum that's up from the previous amount of $500.
"Blizzard Entertainment kicked off its annual BlizzCon expo with a bang and some rumbling with news on Diablo III and the upcoming expansion for World of Warcraft, Cataclysm. Chris Metzen, senior vice president of creative development at Blizzard, was the host of the keynote. After a lot of playing to the audience, and a little bragging on Blizzard's part (20 years of operation, 12 million WoW players, etc), he announced news on the next WoW expansion." | more
"Jobs told analysts on Monday that RIM has an uphill battle when it comes building an app store because the presence of the iTunes App Store and the Android Marketplace will make it difficult for a third app store to be successful. The CEO also ragged on smaller, 7-inch tablets saying they should come with sandpaper so users can sand their fingers down to a quarter of their current size." | more
"We thought we were going to build a 10GHz chip. It was only when we discovered that they would get so hot it would melt through the Earth, that we decided not to do that," Newell said, jokingly, in an interview with IDG. Now it's about who has more cores, but Newell doesn't see that continuing indefinitely. "There will come an end to the core-count wars. I won't put an exact date on it, but I don't myself expect to see 128 cores on a full-sized server die by the end of this decade," said Newell.
"AMD has released its third quarter financial report, showing revenue for the third quarter of 2010 of $1.62 billion, a net loss of $118 million, or $0.17 per share, and operating income of $128 million. The company reported non-GAAP net income of $108 million, or $0.15 per share, and non-GAAP operating income of $144 million. “AMD’s third quarter performance was highlighted by solid gross margin and a continued focus on profitability, despite weaker than expected consumer demand,” said Dirk Meyer, AMD president and CEO.
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