Armenia Technology News Digest for Saturday, February 15, 2020

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Here is the Daily Digest of technology and science news for Armenia for Saturday, February 15, 2020. The top stories are the following (we hope you like them):

Sony struggling to keep PlayStation 5 price down – report

Sony struggling to keep PlayStation 5 price down – report

February 14, 2020 – 11:29 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Scarce components have pushed the manufacturing costs for Sony’s next PlayStation to around $450 per unit, forcing a difficult price-setting decision in its battle with Microsoft Corp., Bloomberg reports citing people with knowledge of the matter.

The Japanese conglomerate is preparing to gradually replace the six-year-old PS4 console, releasing its PlayStation 5 the same holiday season its archrival debuts the upcoming Xbox Series X. Sony typically finalizes a console’s price in February of the release year, followed by mass production in the spring. With the PS5, the company is taking a wait-and-see approach, said the people, asking not to be named because the details are private.

The PS4, released in 2013 at a retail price of $399, was estimated by IHS Markit to cost $381 to manufacture. With the $450 unit cost and a similar gross margin, the PlayStation 5’s retail price would have to be at least $470. That would be a hard sell to consumers, considering Sony’s most expensive machine now is the $399.99 PS4 Pro and is often discounted, according to Macquarie Capital analyst Damian Thong.

“Consumers will benchmark their expectations based on the PS4 Pro and PS4,” Thong said. “If Sony prices above that, it would likely be to balance a need to offset higher materials cost, against risk to demand.”

Sony declined to comment.

The company’s biggest headache is ensuring a reliable supply of DRAM and NAND flash memory, with both in high demand as smartphone makers gear up for fifth-generation devices, according to people familiar with Sony’s operations. Samsung Electronics Co. just announced its Galaxy S20 product range, each variant of which will have 5G and a minimum of 12GB of RAM in the U.S.

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Today on Twitter

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No, not finished yet… Greco-Roman #wrestlers🤼‍♂️ Karen #Aslanyan (67 kg) & Karapet #Chalyan (77 kg) ensured the presence of the Armenian flag🇦🇲 on pedestal by taking the #bronze medals🥉 during #EuropeanChampionship. Congrats to our heroes! #wretslerome

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.@MFAofArmenia statement on adoption of #Syria’s People’s Council’s Resolution on recognition & condemnation of #ArmenianGenocide perpetrated by #OttomanEmpire: This Res is solid contribution to restoration of historical justice & prevention of #genocide’s https://www.mfa.am/en/interviews-articles-and-comments/2020/02/13/syria_statement_genocide/10079

PR of #Armenia🇦🇲Chair of #CSW64 addressed @UN_Women ExecutiveBoard, stressing that wider political & economic participation of #women & better social protection mechanisms that would enable women & girls to realize their full potential are among the central priorities of @armgov

🇦🇲 The #Armenian opposition voiced concerns the bill would have a negative economic impact:

Armenia passes strict anti-smoking laws in public places

Delegation led by Deputy Defense Minister of #Armenia #GabrielBalayan attends @NATO #DefMin in #RSM format. Continued contribution of Armenia🇦🇲 and other partners to peace and stability in #Afghanistan highly appreciated by #NATO Allies.

✊32 years ago, these days, the #Karabakhmovement began. With mass demonstration the people of #Artsakh demanded from the Soviet Union the withdrawal of Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast (NKAO) from the #Azerbaijan SSR and its reunion with the Soviet #Armenia.
#selfdetermination

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A productive meeting w/ #President of #Armenia, H.E. Armen Sarkissian today. We discussed our mutual cooperation as #constitutional institutions; projects of the Human Rights Defender (@OmbudsArmenia ); #humanrights issues; #reforms of the #Constitution & #judicial-#legal system.

I looked at composition of Nagorno Karabakh Republic’s first elected parliament (1991-95). Some things stood out: of 81 seats, 6 were set aside for NKR’s Azerbaijani minority (3 in Shushi, 1 in Khojali, 1 in Karadagli & 1 in Umudlu); they remained vacant. https://twitter.com/ArmenianStudies/status/1227282593516621824

On March 31 #Artsakh people votes in General Elections, testament 2 #EarnedSovereignty Democratic ideals & statehood.
Thus,@mfankr launches accreditation& invites journalists 2 aid Dem processes by following events on the ground
#Karabakh #ArtsakhVotes2020
http://www.nkr.am/en/media-accreditation

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