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EVGA Continues GTX 1070 Ti SKUs

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EVGA announces a 5th take on the Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti- the EVGA GTX 1070 Ti FTW Ultra Silent Gaming, a card featuring "cool, silent running and game-changing performance."

EVGA overclockTo cover the "cool" and "silent running" parts of the above claims the card features a 2.5 slot design with a larger, thicker heatsink compared to other EVGA offerings, including those with ACX 3.0 cooling and FTW enhancements. Such size minimises active cooling, keeping things relatively silent. It also features 10+2 power phases, 8+8-pin connectors, 235W power ceiling and two BIOS chips for simpler overclocking.

Cherry Adds Fingerprint Reader to MC 4900 Mouse

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Cherry MC 4900Peripheral maker Cherry announces the MC 4900-- a mouse featuring an integrated fingerprint reader compatible with Windows Hello, making it ideal for customers wanting an easy biometric authentication solution.

Aimed mainly at office and business environments, the MC 4900 features an ambidextrous 3-button design complete with rubberised side panels and a wide scroll wheel. The optical sensor offers a sampling rate of 1375 DPI, while a 1.8m USB cable handles connectivity.

Microsoft Presents "Always Connected PCs"

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Microsoft takes the stage at the 2nd Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui, Hawai, to further detail Windows 10 notebooks running on Qualcomm chipsets-- now referred to as "Always Connected PCs."

Always Connected PCsAs described at previous events, the Always Connected PCs run on an ARM-based Snapdragon 835 chipset, and promise 20+ hour active use battery life together with mobile device-style instant-on functionality from standby mode (or what Microsoft calls "Modern Standby Mode"). Cellular connectivity is integrated, allowing for low-power, always-on connectivity superior to what is currently available on current notebooks.

The companies stress the notebooks can run all Windows 10 apps, through a choice of either Universal Windows Apps (compiled for ARM directly) or x86 apps run via emulation. Microsoft gives no mention on the performance of x86 emulation, instead announcing an "optimised" version of Office 365 for use on the machines.

DigiTimes: Cheapest 9.7-inch iPad Yet for 2018?

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DigiTimes reports Apple plans an "inexpensive 9.7-inch iPad" for 2018-- one with a price of around $259, making it attractive to more budget-conscious customers.

9.7inch iPadAccording to unnamed sources from the upstream supply cheain, the price point allows Apple to maintain its current quarterly 10 million unit iPad shipments. It also provides a weapon against the price competition from first-tier players such as Samsung, Amazon, Huawei and Lenovo. It should ship from Q2 2017, and will be aimed at the industrial and service sectors and as well as the consumer market.

As for who is making the tablet, DigiTimes suggests production is being outsourced to Compal Electronics, with Compeq and Unitech Printed Circuit Board taking care of PCB orders.

Faster Photo Transfers With CamFi Pro

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CamFi promises faster wireless photo transfers between cameras and PCs with the Pro-- a camera controller using 802.11ac wifi to push photos 2-3x faster than the wifi found built-in most camera bodies.

CamFi ProAccording to the company, most wifi-enabled cameras use 802.11n, meaning photo transfers can take as long as 30 seconds. The Pro doubles the speed through a connection reaching up to 10MB/s, an improvement over the 2MB/s of many built-in connection systems. This allows users to transfer larger RAW files to other devices, as well as the sending of a JPEG of a file to a device for an almost instant view of a shot.

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