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Amazon Buys "Amazon of the M. East"

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Amazon wants to bolster its presence in the Middle East with the acquisition of Souq, the online retailer often described as "the Amazon of the Arab world."

Souq"Amazon and Souq share the same DNA-- we’re both driven by customers, invention, and long-term thinking,” Amazon says. "Souq pioneered e-commerce in the Middle East, creating a great shopping experience for their customers. We're looking forward to both learning from and supporting them with Amazon technology and global resources. And together, we’ll work hard to provide the best possible service for millions of customers in the M. East."

Souq sells CE, as well as fashion, household items and other goods. It claims to be the largest e-commerce player in the region, and was valued at $1 billion during its last round of funding back in 2016. Last year Souq was reportedly in talks with Amazon to sell a 30% stake, a deal also putting its value at $1bn, but TechCrunch sources claim the final asking price for the deal comes to around $650 million.

Logitech Aims Rugged Combo at Education

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The Logitech Rugged Combo is a combination of case and keyboard allowing 9.7-inch tablets such as the iPad to withstand the knocks and drops faced by devices used by children in the classroom.

Logitech RuggedThe Rugged Combo protects tablets from drops up to 1.8m, and includes a kickstand with mechanical hinges promising to hold the device sturdily at any angle. Meanwhile the keyboard is physically connected via secure proprietary connector, and provides "laptop-like typing" as well as a secure data entry point in case teachers want to submit tests on the tablet.

A transparent window on the back of the case allows authorities to scan and mark tablets before and after students use school property.

Apple Presents... The iPad

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Apple announces an unnumbered tablet refresh-- the simply named iPad replaces the iPad Air 2 while promising "best in-class performance at its most affordable price ever."

iPad refreshThe iPad features a 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 resolution Retina display (one lacking full lamination or anti-reflective coating, curiously enough) and runs on a faster A9 processor. It also includes 32/128GB storage, 8MP rear-facing iSight camera, 1.2MP front-facing FaceTime camera, dual speakers, Lightning connector, 3.5mm headphone jack and Touch ID built into the Home button. Wireless connectivity comes via 802.11ac wifi and Bluetooth 4.2.

Being a basic iPad model it lacks iPad Pro features such as the Smart Connector, support for the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard and 4K video recording.

A Mini Heater to Heat PC User Hands

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"No more cold hands," the Kickstarter for the Heatbuff promises-- and just as well, since the crowdfunded device in question is a small heater designed to warm the hands of keyboard and mouse users.

HeatbuffThe Heatbuff uses infrared as a "no-burn technology" in order to keep fingers toasty, all while not melting keyboards or mice down. The actual device is around 38cm wide, and features twin heaters one can adjust and angle from the centre to customise the amount of heat provided.

EVGA Preps Custom GTX 1080 Ti Cards

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EVGA presents a trio of custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, all featuring the company's iCX cooling technology to provide users with granular temperature monitoring and control.

EVGA GeForce GTX According to the company, iCX involves the embedding of 9 thermal sensors into the card circuit board. The sensors pick up extra heat and direct the asynchronous fans to cool the card down accordingly. Users also get "interactive cooling" through a "thermal LED display system," allowing them to check the sensors in real time.

The SC Black Edition is the entry level option. It features a simplified dual-fan version of the iCX cooler without the thermal sensors, and offers overclocked core speeds of 1556MHz base and 1670MHz boost. Following it is the SC2, a card featuring the same dual-fan setup and overclocked speeds together with iCX sensors.

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