Ssds and ram: servers drive up prices

Both the prices of SDRAM chips and NAND flash devices are expected to rise in the third quarter of 2021. As a result, DDR4 kits and SSDs could become a bit expensive here as well. The market research team at Trendforce attributes the price increases in part to rising demand for servers. In addition, there is the traditionally high demand in the late summer in preparation for the vacation and Christmas season.

Depending on the product category, there is talk of 3 to 15 percent higher prices in the coming months. According to Trendforce, client SSDs could increase by up to eight percent, as could DDR4 UDIMMs for desktop PCs and DDR4 SODIMMs for notebooks.

The generally high demand for desktop graphics cards, notebook graphics chips and the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X game consoles continues to create severe shortages of GDDR6(X) devices, even though Samsung, SK Hynix and Micron are said to have already converted 90 percent of their graphics SDRAM production to meet the demand. The graphics card prices of the GeForce RTX 3000 and Radeon RX 6000 series have dropped recently, but they are still clearly above AMD’s and Nvidia’s recommendations.

Is there a need for compulsory home office? - pros and cons

The way the federal government and the states deal with Corona is absurd. While kindergartens and schools are closed and private meetings are reduced to a minimum, most businesses continue to operate. Politicians are simply asking companies to create home-office opportunities – with apparently diminishing success: despite high Corona infection rates and mutated variants of the virus, only half as many employees are working from home in the current second shutdown as in spring 2020, according to the latest figures.

A right to a home office?



Kathrin Goring-Eckardt, head of the Green parliamentary group, is now calling for a right to home office for employees, along with a bonus for companies where this form of work is feasible but not offered. The idea of a legal right to home office is not new, but German Labor Minister Hubertus Heil of the SPD withdrew his demand for it last November and continues to rely on a voluntary approach. Meanwhile, the business community is fighting back and contradicting the demands.

Online business is booming: ikea no longer prints catalogs

After about 70 years, Swedish furniture retailer Ikea is burying its tradition of printed catalogs. Customer behavior and media consumption had changed, and at the same time the catalog was being used less and less, the company said, explaining the move. "In the future, we will reach the many people through new ways, interact with them and inspire them with our interior design solutions," says Ikea manager Konrad Gruss.

It said the decision came amid the current transformation toward digital forms of customer engagement. In the past year alone, Ikea’s online business has increased by 45 percent worldwide. Likewise, the web presence Ikea.com website has received more than four billion visitors. Ikea has also been present on mobile platforms for a long time with various apps, such as the augmented reality application Places, which allows for test placements of virtual furniture in the space.

200 million copies at the peak



Wc and oxygen failure on iss: 'all safe''alle in sicherheit'

On the International Space Station (ISS), two new mishaps have temporarily knocked out the oxygen supply and toilet in the Russian segment of humanity’s aubenpost. n the new intermediate traps, cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin informed the flight control center near Moscow. There had already been several problems with the sanitary facilities and the oxygen supply. Russia’s space agency Roskosmos said Tuesday that the crew had fixed all problems and everyone was safe.

Spare toilet available

Most recently, there was also a leak through which air had escaped. It was plugged. "All systems of the station are working as planned. Nothing threatens the safety of the crew or the flight of the ISS", the authority announced on the short message service Twitter. Furthermore, the toilet was closed on 8. and 10. October failed. There had also been repeated breakdowns in the oxygen supply system.



Electric car startup byton reportedly shows signs of life

Chinese electric car startup Byton could restart operations. It has, according to media reports, applied to the Chinese authorities to register a new company called Shengteng. If it is granted a license this month, it plans to raise the equivalent of 245 million euros with the help of Byton investor FAW Group to build the M-Byte model in series.

Byton had closed its operations for six months in early July this year due to financial problems. The startup had already announced in April that it would cut half of its 450 jobs in the USA. In March of this year, Byton announced that its SUV M-Byte would be available for pre-order in the second half of 2020. At that time, 65,000 reservations for the.000 reservations had been made for the e-car, 25.000 of them from Germany. The production plant in China has been completed and the Chinese government has given the go-ahead. The coronavirus crisis got in the way of Byton, investors withheld their remittances.

M-Byte from Byton – outside and inside