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SteelSeries and Targus Present Sniper Backpack

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Peripheral maker SteelSeries joins forces with Targus, "the original creator of the laptop bag," to create the SteelSeries x Targus Sniper-- a backpack able to hold a laptop up to 17.3-inch in size.

SteelSeries SniperAccording to the two companies the Sniper is designed for gamer customers. It has a durable exterior, a padded laptop compartment and a "SafePort Sling Protection" system protecting the laptop from knocks and drops. An integrated rain cover protects everything from, well, the rain, while the main compartment holds a large mousemat, mouse, keyboard and controller.

DigiTimes: "Some" Cannon Lake CPUs Delayed!

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DigiTimes claims Intel has rescheduled the release of "some" next-generation Cannon Lake-based processors-- mainly ones with integrated GPUs-- to end 2018, affecting notebook makers and their suppliers.

Intel Cannon LakeAccording to unnamed sources from the upstream supply chain, the situation is bad enough some vendors are considering skipping the 10nm Cannon Lake in favour of its eventual successor, Ice Lake. After all, the Intel roadmap shows Ice Lake will be available "shortly after" the rescheduled Cannon Lake launch.

In turn, Intel says the first 10nm products should ship by end 2017, beginning with a lower volume SKU before an H1 2017 volume ramp. Recently Chipzilla presented an update on the 10nm process technology at a Technology and Manufacturing Day event in Beijing, but had nothing to say on the reported delay.

IDC: Q2 2017 Monitor Shipments Dip

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According to IDC global monitor shipments total 28.5 million units in Q2 2017-- a -6.4% Y-o-Y decline, although some of the market softness can be attributed to comparison with a strong Q2 2016.

That said, some market issues persist. After all, shipments are also down by -1.2% on a Q-o-Q basis, the first sequential decline on a Q2 since 2014. A mid-year quarter sequential decline is typically sign of the digestion of excess inventory, troubling since Q1 2017 also opened in the red.

IDC Monitor tracker

However the analyst insists "optimism abounds," particularly around replacements of old monitors approaching end of life, as well as potentially strong back-to-school and holiday seasons. As such, IDC forecasts a -1.7% decline for H2 2017. The full-year 2017 forecast stands at 117m monitors, while Q2 2017 shipments are to total 27.8m, a -2.2% Y-o-Y decline.

Looking further to the future, 2021 shipments are expected to be less than 112m, the result of adoption of mobile devices at lowper price points.

Google Buys HTC Pixel Team

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Google and HTC announce a $1.1 billion "cooperation agreement"-- one where the search giant buys "certain HTC employees," many of whom with experience working on the Pixel smartphone line.

HTC phonesThe search giant also gets a non-exclusive license for a good chunk HTC IP in order to support the Pixel smartphone family.

“Our unmatched smartphone value chain, including our IP portfolio, and world-class talent and system integration capabilities, have supported Google in bolstering the Android market,” HTC CEO Cher Wang says. “This agreement is a brilliant next step in our longstanding partnership, enabling Google to supercharge their hardware business while ensuring continued innovation within our HTC smartphone and VIVE virtual reality businesses."

EVGA Intros Epower V VRM Board

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PC component maker EVGA announces the Epower V-- a standalone 12+2 VRM board designed to provide devices such as graphic cards or motherboards with additional power.

EVGA EPower vThe Epower V provides customers with two fully-independent voltage outputs, with EVBot MKII facilitating on-the-fly voltage control. The board has an onboard VCORE and VMEM LED display, allowing one to quickly check status, while integrated EVBOT MKII buttons provide means to easily adjust voltages, upgrade the firmware and connect the EVBot to control the graphics card remotely.

For greater flexibility users can connect the board to PCs via USB-C port for software control (also used for firmware updates).

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