Nintendo Switch Sales Reach 10 Million

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Nintendo allays fears the early success of the Switch being mere flash in the pan-- the company announces sales of the home/portable console have already reached over 10 million units.

SwitchThe Switch launched 9 months ago on 3 March 2017. In comparison, the Sony PlayStation managed to reach such a total in 10 months, while the previous Nintendo console, the ill-fated Wii U, sold 13.56 million units in its 5 year lifespan. And Nintendo is ready to sell even more consoles in the holiday season, stating "this December in Japan we are planning to ship more units than ever before so that even more consumers can purchase and enjoy Nintendo Switch."

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Qualcomm Details Snapdragon 845

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Qualcomm announces the next generation of flagship Snapdragon mobile processor-- the Snapdragon 845, a direct successor to the 835 with features including 4K HDR video capture at up to 60fps.

Snapdragon 845The Snapdragon 845 combines a 2.8GHz 8-core Kyro 385 CPU and an Adreno 630 GPU. The GPU promises a 30% improvement in graphics, as well as 30% better power efficiency, 2.5x faster display throughput and support for room-scale 6DOF and room mapping for VR and AR applications.

On the photography side, the chip offers a Spectra 280 ISP performs multiframe noise reduction on 16MP images at 60fps, with support for the Rec. 2020 colour gamut and 10-bit colour depth. As mentioned earlier, it also allows for 4K video capture with HDR at 60fps, as well as slo-mo 720p video at 480fps and 1080p video at 240fps.

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The 13.3-inch eInk eReader-Monitor Combo

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The Onyx Boox Max 2 Professional is an interesting eInk device-- one with a 13.3-inch touchscreen complete an HDMI port allowing use as a secondary display, a first according to the company.

Onyx Boox MaxThe eReader handles 2200 x 1650 resolution with 16-level greyscale, and includes a Wacom digitiser for stylus-based input. Regular finger-based touch input is also supported. Inside are a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, and 32GB storage, wireless connectivity comes via wifi and Bluetooth, and a 3.5mm jack provides audio playback.

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An HDR Standard for PC Monitors

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Customers wanting to know the HDR capability of a future monitor get a helping hand from the DisplayHDR-- a VESA standard setting baseline HDR quality levels for PC displays.

HDR monitorDeveloped with the input of over two dozen member companies, the High-Performance Monitor and Display Compliance Test Specification (or DisplayHDR) measure 3 distinct levels of HDR performance. These are baseline (DisplayHDR 400), mid-range (DisplayHDR 600) and high-end (DisplayHDR 1000), with each level based on 8 parameters.

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Atari Starts Selling Speakerhat

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Back in June 2017, venerable gaming brand Atari announced a first "Atari Connected Life" product, the Speakerhat. Now the self-descriptive hat with built-in speakers is real, with shipping to start soon.

SpeakerhatThe Speakerhat is essentially a baseball cap with a pair of speakers (not headphones) embedded in the bill. The speakers promise to be of high quality, and a microphone is included. Bluetooth handles connectivity with audio sources, and Atari says Speakerhat wearers can sync with each other to listen to the same audio stream.

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