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Onkyo Intros Mid-Range TX-NR676E

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Onkyo announces the TX-NR676E-- a 7.2-channel network AVR featuring next-generation A/V support, app-based streaming and multi-room audio capabilities.

Onkyo TX-NR676ERated at 160W per channel, the TX-NR676E supports HDMI HDCP 2.2 and is compatible with Onkyo FireConnect wireless speakers. Connectivity comes through x6 HDMI inputs on the back, as well as a front HDMI input and x2 HDMI outputs. Also included are a phono input, x3 digital audio inputs (x2 optical/x1 coax) and x6 analog audio inputs.

On the wireless side the AVR offers dual-band wifi, Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay, Chromecast and DTS Play-Fi casting from supported apps and devices. Customers can also share audio to speakers in another room via powered zone 2 speaker outputs, and support for Spotify, Tidal, Deezer and TuneIn streaming is included. Onkyo Controller allows users to select music from connected NAS and USB sources.

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Panasonic Believes in 3DTV With EX780

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Panasonic keeps the 3DTV dream alive with the EX780-- a 4K LED TV flagship featuring a Super Bright panel with "Supreme Contrast" powered by the Studio Colour HCX2 processor.

Panasonic EX780Compatible with all 3D Blu-ray players, the EX780 comes in 75-, 65-, 58- and 50-inch sizes, and offers optimised digitally enhanced local dimming of LED backlighting for better black level detail and HDR. An HDR Brightness Enhancer further optimises HDR quality when viewed in brightly lit rooms, while peak brightness clocks at around 500 nits.

A Switch Design incorporating cable management within the stand's central pole allows customers to fix the 50- and 58-inch versions in any of four vertical positions for a freestanding or cabinet-mounted design solution. The 50-, 58- and 65-inch models can also be installed with a swivel option for more viewing angle flexibility.

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Razer Updates Blade Pro With THX

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Razer announces a refresh of the Blade Pro gaming laptop-- now featuring THX Mobile certification for display and audio output quality.

Razer Blade ProAccording to the company, the Blade Pro display is calibrated and tested for resolution, colour accuracy and video playback, while the audio meets THX requirements for voltage output, frequency response, distortion, signal-to-noise ratio and crosstalk for clear sound through headphones.

Back in October 2016 Razer acquired THX, the audio company founded by George Lucas in 1983. Over the years THX expanded its remit to certification of audio and visuals, and prior to the acquisition was working on a certification program for HDR< AR and VR systems.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Gets Launch

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After months of stories of phablets spontaneously catching fire Samsung reveals the Galaxy S8 and S8+, a pair of devices promising to be the company's return to mobile device form.

Samsung Galaxy S8The S8+ is the bigger option with a 6.2-inch screen, but the S8 might be the superior model since it features a 5.8-inch "infinity display"-- a Super AMOLED screen wrapping around the curved front of the phone, making it almost bezel-less. Both displays run at 2960 x 1440 resolution, and phone construction features Gorilla Glass 5 on both front and back with a metal band in between.

Depending on region, the phones are powered by either Qualcomm or Exynox octa-core processors together with 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage (expandable to 256GB via microSD slot) and a 3000mAH battery (3500mAh in the S8+). Also included is a 12MP duopixel f/1.7 aperture rear-facing camera, 8MP front-facing camera, fingerprint sensor, USB-C port and, in a Samsung first, Bluetooth 5 connectivity.

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Apple, Google, Amazon in Bidding War for Toshiba NAND unit?

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According to the Yomiuri Shimbun Daily a number of big names are in a bidding war for the Toshiba NAND memory unit, including the likes of Apple, Google and Amazon.

Toshiba NAND In total, the Japanese newspaper says, 10 companies are looking to buy the Toshiba semiconductor operation. Among them are US private equity firm Silver Lake, Broadcom (who reportedly offered Toshiba around $18 billion for the unit), Western Digital, SK Hynix, Foxconn and TSMC.

Toshiba accounts for 20% of the NAND market, but apparently plans to sell the lucrative unit to make up for the loss of US nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric, which recently filed for bankruptcy protection.

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