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Intel Cancels Developer Forum!

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In a sign of an industry in flux Intel cancels the long-running Intel Developer Forum (IDF) tradeshow, including this summer's IDF17, in order to make way for an "evolved" event mix.

IDF"Intel has evolved its event portfolio and decided to retire the IDF program moving forward," a statement on the IDF17 event website reads. "Thank you for nearly 20 great years with the Intel Developer Forum! Intel has a number of resources available on, including a Resource and Design Center with documentation, software, and tools for designers, engineers, and developers."

Chipzilla had already cancelled this year's China IDF, but the San Francisco event was expected to happen, if with a "new format." After all IDF is an industry mainstay, having hosted major Intel product launches such as Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs, Optane storage and Omni-Path networking fabric. Then again the cancellation is not that surprising, seeing how all big vendors have moved way from major events (such as CES or Macworld) to smaller announcements held throughout the year.

G.Skill Intros Trident Z Memory Kit

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G.Skill announces what it claims is its fastest memory kit yet-- the Trident Z, running at DDR4 4333MHz at 16GB (8GBx2) capacity, with CL19-19-39 timing at 1.4V.

Trident ZThe company says the Trident Z is the first DDR4-4333MHz kit on the market in the 8GBx2 configuration. Validation took place on an Asus ROG Maximus IX Apex motherboard with an Intel Core i5-7600K processor, with results making the modules ideal for the PC enthusiast market.

The Onyx Boox Typewriter eInk Hybrid

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Chinese eReader maker Onyx International presents a curious device at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair-- the Boox Typewriter, a laptop/tablet hybrid device featuring an eInk display.

Boox typewriterLike other hybrid devices, the Boox Typewriter consists of a tablet-style display and a detachable keyboard. The display is a 9.7-inch 1200 x 825 Carta eInk number, and handles touch input via either fingers or electromagnetic (EMR) stylus. It also carries a 1GHz Cortex A9 CPU with 1GB RAM and 16GB storage, and runs on Android 4.0, making it rather dated in tech spec terms.

Hover Camera Passport Drone Zooms to Apple Stores

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Apple retail outlets get a new drone option in the shape of the Hover Camera Passport-- an ultra-portable number able to follow users around and take hands-free photos.

Developed by Zero Zero Robots, the Hover Camera Passport is a foldable drone built from carbon fibre material. It weighs just 242g and carries a 13MP camera with 4K video support and the ability to capture 360-degree panoramic video. Battery life clocks at around 10 minutes per charge, and the makers promise the Passport is very easy to use, with artificial intelligence allowing anyone to operate both indoors and outdoors.

Apple to Invest "Several Billion Dollars" in Toshiba?

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According to Japanese public broadcaster NHK Apple might team up with Foxconn to invest in the Toshiba semiconductor business-- specifically by a 20% stake in the company worth "at least several billion dollars."

Toshiba chipThe broadcaster adds such a plan allays Japanese government concern over the transfer of sensitive technology to investers deemed a "potential risk to national security." It also keeps Toshiba under US and Japanese control, since the Japanese company would maintain a partial stake in the unit.

Bloomberg adds to the story, saying Foxconn (aka Hon Hai) could control as much as 30% of the semiconductor unit should the bid be accepted. Foxconn reportedly already offered $27bn for the company, but its ties with China can sour the deal due to security concerns.

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