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Apple Promises Mac Pro Update

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Apple insists it has not forgotten about the Mac Pro-- SVP of global marketing Phil Schiller tells Daring Fireball a "completely rethought" Mac Pro is to launch some time next year.

Mac Pro As one might expect Schiller gives very little details as to what the next generation of Apple pro desktop PC will offer. He does promise it features a "modular system," since Apple reportedly feels "sorry" about the concept behind the Mac Pro.

"The current Mac Pro, as we’ve said a few times, was constrained thermally and it restricted our ability to upgrade it," Schiller says. "And for that, we’re sorry to disappoint customers who wanted that, and we’ve asked the team to go and re-architect and design something great for the future that those Mac Pro customers who want more expandability, more upgradability in the future."

Gartner: Spending on Devices Up, Shipments Flat

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According to Gartner higher PC, ultramobile and mobile phone ASPs will lead to 2017 end-user spending worth nearly $600 billion, a 2% increase, even if unit shipments are to remain essentially flat.

Gartner forecasts ASPs for computing devices and mobile phones will increase by 2% in 2017. The reasons boil down to two-- increasing component prices (mainly for PCs but also phones) and customer interest in value and higher quality phones overriding the want for a bargain.

Gartner device pricing

"Across the world, the device market is becoming less price-sensitive," the analyst remarks. "Consumers and businesses are seeking better products that suit their lifestyles, rather than just opting for the cheapest products."

DDR5, NVDIMM-P Standards Ready in 2018

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The JEDEC solid state technology association announces development on the DDR5 and DVDIMM-P memory standards is "moving forward rapidly," and should be done by 2018.

Memory sticksDDR5 RAM promises a number of advantages over previous DRAM technologies, including double the density and bandwidth of DDR4, as well as improved channel efficiency and greater power efficiency. It also provides server and client platforms with a more user-friendly interface for performance and power management tweaking.

Asus Intros VG245Q Gaming Monitor

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Asus VG2450Asus announces a monitor aimed specifically at console gaming-- the VG245Q, a 24-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution display featuring a TN panel with support for refresh rates of 40 to 75Hz.

The monitor offers 250 nits brightness, 170/160-degree viewing angles, 100000000:1 smart contrast ration, 16.7 million display colours, 1ms response time (grey-to-grey) and TUV Rheinland-certified flicker-free and low blue light technology. It also supports AMD Free-Sync technology, allowing one to sync the monitor with graphics cards to reduce image tearing and lag.

Apple, Google, Amazon in Bidding War for Toshiba NAND unit?

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According to the Yomiuri Shimbun Daily a number of big names are in a bidding war for the Toshiba NAND memory unit, including the likes of Apple, Google and Amazon.

Toshiba NAND In total, the Japanese newspaper says, 10 companies are looking to buy the Toshiba semiconductor operation. Among them are US private equity firm Silver Lake, Broadcom (who reportedly offered Toshiba around $18 billion for the unit), Western Digital, SK Hynix, Foxconn and TSMC.

Toshiba accounts for 20% of the NAND market, but apparently plans to sell the lucrative unit to make up for the loss of US nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric, which recently filed for bankruptcy protection.

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