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Microsoft Ends Kinect Production

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A Co. Design feature confirms what many were suspecting-- Microsoft has stopped production of the Kinect, the arguably revolutionary Xbox camera accessory and former device sales dark horse.

KinectThe news via interview with Kinect creator Alex Kipman and Xbox Devices Marketing GM Matthew Lapsen. The two tell Microsoft has be de-emphasising the Kinect for a while, even if the technology continues to exist in other products. The core sensor is now inside the Hololens augmented reality headset, while Kinect team members are working on the Cortana voice assistant, the Windows Hello biometric system and a future UI Microsoft calls Gaze, Gesture and Voice (GGV).

Kinect launched in 2010 as an accessory for the Xbox 360. Formerly known as "Project Natal," it essentially maps a space in invisible infrared dots in order to track the human movements. It was a surprising success, selling 8 million units in its first 60 days on the market, earning it a Guinness World Record for "fastest selling consumer electronics device."

IDC: EMEA PC Shipments "Almost Flat" in Q3 2017

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The EMEA traditional PC (desktops, notebooks and workstations) market is "almost flat" in Q3 2017, IDC reports-- shipments total 17.7 million units, a slight -0.5% Y-o-Y decline.

Commercial space sees slight (0.1% Y-o-Y) growth due to enterprise renewals and education deals, while holiday season promotions and gaming boost consumer growth. Notebooks show positive performance across EMEA (0.3%) and strong growth in CEE (5.6%), even if they are negative in both MEA (-4%) and W. Europe (-0.1%). On the other hand desktops are stronger in EMEA, eroding at a softer rate (-2.9%) with strong commercial demand in CEE (8%).

IDC Q3 2017 PC

"The overall W. European traditional PC market showed clear signs of strength," the analyst says. "Although notebooks remained the primary growth driver, desktops emerged as a stronger category, declining at a softer rate. But results were varied within the region. While southern Europe witnessed solid results with Spain, Portugal, and Greece finally opening up their IT wallets for PCs, the Nordics slumped after several quarters of solid growth. Among the 3 big Western European economies, France outperformed Germany and the UK."

G.Skill DDR4 SO-DIMM Kits for Mini-ITX Boards

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G.Skill announces the Ripjaws family of DDR4 SO-DIMM memory kits designed specifically for small-form factor (SFF) platforms, including the fastest SO-DIMM memory kit from the company yet.

GSkill memoryThe memory kits ,alomg the range come in 4 specifications-- DDR4-3800MHz CL18-18-18-38 32GB (4x8GB), DDR4-3600MHz CL16-16-16-36 32GB (4x8GB), DDR4-3200MHz CL16-16-16-36 32GB (4x8GB), and DDR4-3200MHz CL16-16-16-36 64GB (4x16GB). All are based on the Samsung B-die DDR4 ICs, feature XMP 2.0 profilesĀ and require 1.35V.

Cooler Master Intros MasterAir RGB Coolers

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Cooler Master announces a pair of additions to the MasterAir Pro CPU air cooler series-- the MA410P and MA610P, a pair of RGB coolers based on the company's CDC (Continuous Direct Contact) 2.0 technology.

MasterAir CoolerThe MA410P is an upgrade of the MasterAir Pro 4. Cooler Master says it is "not only silent and efficient in heat transfer, but also the most vibrant and fun choice when it comes to air cooling," thanks to a combination of CDC 2.0 and MasterFan 120 Air Balance RGB.

The CDC 2.0 construction comes in the shape of 4 heatpipes compressed together at the base, providing a contact area 45% larger than the previous generation. The cooler features a single fan, but customers can add an exhaust side fan for push-pull configuration and greater performance.

Asus ROG Presents Strix Hero, Scar Gaming Laptops

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Asus ROG launches a pair of notebooks catering for the needs of different gamers-- the Strix Hero is aimed at MOBA players, while the Strix Scar promises to be more ideal for FPS games.

Strix notebookThe two machines are similar in terms of specifications, with a 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB NVMe PCIe SSD, 1TB SSHD, 64Wh battery and built-in stereo speakers. Moving to the differences, the Hero is a 15.6-inch number with a 1920 x 1200 120Hz display, GeForce GTX 1060 graphics and desktop-style keyboard with N-key rollover.

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