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Toshiba Launches OCZ RD400 NVMe SSDs

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Toshiba combines NAND flash with OCZ enterprise-grade storage with the OCZ RD400-- a high performance NVMe SSD series featuring the M.2 form factor and capacities ranging from 128GB to 1TB.

Toshiba SSDThe company even caters for customers with motherboards lacking the required slots with optional PCIe x4 M.2 adapter cards.

In terms of performance Toshiba claims the series is one of the fastest yet-- sequential read/write reaches up to 2600/1600MB/s, while random rad/write (4kib) is up to 210000/140000 IOPS. Providing such performance according to the company is a combination of the PCIe Gen3 x4 lange interface and 15nm MLC NAND flash memory.

SteelSeries Ships OLED-Packing Rival 700

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SteelSeries launches what it describes as the "first modular gaming mouse with OLED display and tactile alerts"-- the Rival 700, a mouse featuring a customisable OLED display on the left-hand side.

Steelseries Rival 700First seen back at CES 2016, the Rival 700 carries what SteelSeries describes as a "tactile engine" providing users with customisable vibrating patterns, feedback durations and triggers, among others. For instance, player can set the mouse to vibrate whenever a game cooldown is over, or provide a heartbeat-like sensation when health is low.

Meanwhile the aforementioned OLED display allows for both various gaming aids (such as showing various game stats) or simple customisation with an image or animated logo. SteelSeries Engine 3 software takes care of OLED and vibration customisation together with the obligatory built-in RGB lighting.

Microsoft Sheds Rest of Nokia

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The Microsoft ownership of Nokia comes to an end-- according to The Verge an internal memo reveals Microsoft is writing off $950 million as part of the failed acquisition before slashing 1850 jobs.

Lumia phonesMost of the job cuts (specifically 1350) affect the Microsoft Mobile division in Finland, and the company hopes to finish the culling by end 2016. Microsoft will still keep a small number of ex-Nokia staff, some in R&D roles and others in a Finnish sales subsidiary. Either way, $200m of the $950m impairment charge covers severence payments.

The news comes little more than a week after Microsoft sold off the Nokia feature phone division to HMD and FiH, not to mention Nokia licensing its brand for new mobile phones and tablets. Interestingly, the feature phone business sale announcement included a curious statement claiming Microsoft is not giving up on Windows Mobile-powered smartphones, and will continue supporting such devices and OEM partners.

IDC: W. Europe Goes for Hybrids

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According to IDC W. European shipments of ultraslim convertible and detachable devices see 44.7% Y-o-Y growth in Q1 2016-- making the category account for 18.4% of consumer and 21.9% of commercial PC and tablet shipments.

Detachable hybridSuch reults are up from Q1 2016, when hybrids made 9.2% and 16.3% of consumer and commercial shipments respectively. Such devices are also bucking the negative trend seen in combined Q1 2016 W. European PC and tablet shipments reaching 18.2 million units, a -13.7% Y-o-Y decline. Consumer demand is down by -18.6% Y-o-Y, while commercial shipments see a softer -5.2% Y-o-Y drop.

On the other hand Q1 2016 detachable shipments are up by 190.4% Y-o-Y in W. Europe-- from 500000 a year ago to 1.5m units. Convertible notebooks are up by 12% Y-o-Y thanks to consumer demand for portable, mobile and functional solutions, although one has to point out enterprise and professional demand for detachables is also on the increase.

HP Brings Omen Brand Back

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HP announces a comeback of the Omen gaming PC brand-- one initially available in the shape of two laptops, a desktop PC and a 32-inch WVA display, all featuring black design replete with red highlights.

HP OmenThe company first used the Omen name back in 2014 in a gaming laptop designed to bring back memories of Voodoo, a gaming-focused PC maker HP acquired way back in 2006. The same can be said for the new Omen products, since all include the diamond-shaped logo from the original Voodoo brand.

As mentioned earlier the 2016 Omen lineup offers two laptops-- one 15.6-inch, the other 17.3-inch. Both feature either FHD or 4K/UHD displays, a choice Intel Skylake CPUs (up to a Core i7-6700HQ), either Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M, 960M or 965M GPU, up to 16GB DDR4 RAM, up to 4TB HDD and 512GB PCIe SSD.

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