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Toshiba Presents TR200 3D NAND SSDs

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Toshiba launches a line of retail SSDs featuring 3D NAND technology-- the TR200, with 3 drives available in 240, 480 and 960GB capacities, all in a standard 2.5-inch form factor.

Toshiba TR200The TR200 SSDs carry 3rd generation 64-layer BiCS 3D flash, and offer 6Gbps connectivity via SATA interface. Sequential read/write speeds clock at 555 and 525MB/s respectively, while random read/write performance reaches up to 80000 and 87000 IOPS. In addition the drives also promise low power consumption of 1.6W, which Toshiba claims is a 60% reduction compared to rival solutions.

However the drives do not include specific DRAM for buffering duties, meaning there is no drive encryption. What Toshiba does include is a roster of OCZ drive utilities, allowing customers to check on vitals and secure-erase if required.

The Standalone Oculus Go Headset

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Oculus presents what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claims is "the most accessible VR headset yet"-- the Oculus Go, a lower-cost headset positioned somewhere between the Rift and Gear VR.

Oculus GoThe Go is a standalone VR device, meaning it does not require a smartphone or tethering to a PC. It is built out of a lightweight mesh fabric, held together with a soft elastic fabric and carries a next-generation version of the optics found in the Rift.

The lenses feature the same wide field of view as the Rift, while the display is a "fast-switch LCD" with 2560 x 1440 resolution. Oculus claims the display has a higher pixel fill factor than OLEDs, with a "dramatic effect on visual clarity." Audio is also improved, with built-in drivers promising an integrated spatial audio experience with no headphones required.

Amazon Adds Waterproofing With Kindle Oasis

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After 10 years of making eReaders Amazon presents a first waterproof version-- the Kindle Oasis, an update on the 2016 model featuring a larger display and an IPX8 water-resistance rating.

Kindle OasisThe Kindle Oasis has a 300ppi 7inch display equipped with 12 LEDs for more uniform front lighting. Ambient light sensors tweak the lighting according to the environment, and the display is covered with a proprietary glass Amazon says is its toughest yet. A built-in accelerometer automatically switches page orientation according to how the eReader is held.

IDC: Traditional PC Market "Further Stabilises"

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The traditional PC market (covering desktops, notebooks and workstations) shows further signs of stabilisation, IDC reports-- global shipments total 67.2 million units in Q3 2017, a slight -0.5% Y-o-Y decline.

Such results are better than previous forecasts of a -1.4% Y-o-Y decline, and are the result of a boost coming from improvements in emerging markets and back-to-school promotions. Even EMEA sees "signs of progress towards stabilisation," with notebooks as chief driver while a growing gaming segment helps keep the desktop market going.

IDC Q3 2017 forecast PC

"The traditional PC market performed much as expected in Q3 2017," the analyst remarks. "Emerging markets rebounded slightly more than anticipated, but overall results reflect the stabilization we expected following component and inventory adjustments. The outlook for Q4 2017 remains cautious, likely with a small decline in volume for the quarter and the year. The gains in emerging regions and potential for more commercial replacements represent some upside potential, although we continue to expect incremental declines in total shipments for the next few years."

Dustin Names Thomas Ekman CEO

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Thomas EkmanThe board of Nordic reseller Dustin chooses Thomas Ekman as new president and CEO, a position he will assume from 1 January 2018. He succeeds Georgi Ganev, who leaves the position by end 2017.

Ekman joins Dustin from the Cabonline Group, where he was CEO. Previous to that he was CEO of Tele 2, and is currently a member of the Com Hem board.

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