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C64 Gets Mini Version

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Older customer with nostalgia for non-Japanese gaming hardware might get a retro kick with the C64 Mini, a "reimagined" miniature version of the 1982 Commodore 64 computer.

C64 MiniClearly inspired by the NES Mini, the C64 Mini is around 50% the size of the original. It ships 64 preinstalled licensed games, with titles including California Games, Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe, Paradroid and Impossible Mission, and connects to TVs via HDMI. Games are played via joystick plugged into one of two USB ports.

Tech Data Presents Brand Refresh

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Tech Data follows on the €2.45bn acquisition of the Avnet Technology Solutions business with a rebranding effort-- one establishing a single brand across all markets throughout the world.

Tech Data logoThe rebrand does not involve a logo change, but the company colour palette and graphic devices are updates to "incorporate both [the company's] foundation and new dimensions."

"As we evolve our business in anticipation of what's next, the Tech Data brand has evolved as well. Today we are proud to introduce the new Tech Data and the next chapter in the history of our company," CEO Bob Dutkowsky says. "Our new global brand is centered on the proven strength of the Tech Data name and provides a unified promise of integrity, expertise and excellence."

GoPro Intros Hero 6 Black, Fusion Cameras

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GoPro continues to battle it out against both smartphones and the rest of the action camera competition as it presents the Hero 6 Black and the Fusion, the company's take on the 360-degree cameras.

Hero 6 BlackAs a refresh of both Hero and Black GoPro camera lines, the Hero 6 Black offers all the features expected from a high-end action camera. It shoots 4K video at 60fps, as well as slow motion at 2.7K at 120fps and super-slo-mo 240fps at 1080p resolution. Dynamic range should also be improved for better images in mixed lighting conditions, while digital image stabilisation promises to eliminate camera shake and vibrations.

Powering such improvements is the first GoPro custom processor, the GP1. Designed specifically for the company by Socionext, the GP1 gives the camera more control over image processing flow. Another improvement is in wifi, since the camera uses 5GHz connectivity for faster pairing with smartphones.

The Golf Ball-Size Sphero Mini

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Sphero announces the smallest version of its app-enabled robotic ball-- the Sphero Mini, a golf ball-sized device users can control using a companion iOS/Android app.

Sphero MiniThe Mini pairs with smartphones via Bluetooth, and carries a gyroscope, acclerometer and LED light. The app features 4 control options, namely Tilt, Slingshot, Joystick and Face Drive, which uses facial recognition to determine controls based on different expressions and head movements.

Rambus Claims Fully-Functional DDR5 DIMM

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Memory maker Rambus announces what it says is an industry first-- a fully-functional DDR5 DIMM prototype, one capable of "the speeds required for the upcoming DDR5 standard."

DDR5"We are proud to provide an early path to adoption with the first working buffer chip prototype running at the anticipated performance of next-generation DDR5," the company says. "This demonstrates our continued dedication to be first to market and remaining on the leading edge of industry standards."

Standards association JEDEC still has to publish the standard for DDR5, but the memory technology should offer double the bandwidth and the density of DDR4, with improved channel efficiency and greater power efficiency. As such, DDR5 should reach data rates of up to 6.4Gbit/s and deliver a maximum of 51.2GBytes/s, up from the 3.2Gbit/s and 25.6GBytes/s of DDR4.

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