December Launch for Next-Gen Surface Pro?

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A Microsoft employee revealed the launch date of the next-generation LTE-enabled Surface Pro tablet at the Ignite 2017 conference, Neowin reports-- 1 December 2017.

Surface ProAt the session, Surface Pro program manager Tim Golik said the Surface Pro carries a Snapdragon X16 LTE modem able to work in any country in the world. This means one can buy the Surface Pro with LTE in any country and expect to use data across the globe. However this was the only detail gleaned at the session, and Golik refused to answer questions about a new Surface Book.

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Futuresource: STBs Remain Household Fixture

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Traditional pay-TV STBs remain a fixture in consumer homes worldwide, Futuresource Consulting reports, as operators add new features to counter the enhanced functionality of media streamers.

Pay TV STBThe analyst says global media box shipments (combining STBs and media streamers) total 339 million units in 2016, with STBs making 86% of the total. The total value of the 2016 media box market is up to $21 billion.

However, while the share of STBs making the media box market is "unlikely" to dip in 2017, the traditional STB is under threat by many competing connected devices-- such as media streamers, games consoles and smart TVs-- all able to access content from a variety of sources. Thus more desirable features are being added to STBs, including SVoD services, voice search and smart home functionality, as well as 4K/UHD upgrades.

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The Golf Ball-Size Sphero Mini

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Sphero announces the smallest version of its app-enabled robotic ball-- the Sphero Mini, a golf ball-sized device users can control using a companion iOS/Android app.

Sphero MiniThe Mini pairs with smartphones via Bluetooth, and carries a gyroscope, acclerometer and LED light. The app features 4 control options, namely Tilt, Slingshot, Joystick and Face Drive, which uses facial recognition to determine controls based on different expressions and head movements.

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Ring Takes on Home Security

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Video doorbell maker Ring is the next company to take on home security with Ring Protect-- a means to tie together the company's cameras, lights and doorbells into a single home security solution.

Ring ProtectThe Protect package includes a hub device, a door/window contact sensor, an IR-based motion sensor, a keypad (for arming/disarming) and a Z-Wave range extender. Customers can add more sensors to the system and, following a firmware update, security devices from 3rd parties such as locks, lights, carbon monoxide detectors, thermostats and sensors.

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GoPro Intros Hero 6 Black, Fusion Cameras

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GoPro continues to battle it out against both smartphones and the rest of the action camera competition as it presents the Hero 6 Black and the Fusion, the company's take on the 360-degree cameras.

Hero 6 BlackAs a refresh of both Hero and Black GoPro camera lines, the Hero 6 Black offers all the features expected from a high-end action camera. It shoots 4K video at 60fps, as well as slow motion at 2.7K at 120fps and super-slo-mo 240fps at 1080p resolution. Dynamic range should also be improved for better images in mixed lighting conditions, while digital image stabilisation promises to eliminate camera shake and vibrations.

Powering such improvements is the first GoPro custom processor, the GP1. Designed specifically for the company by Socionext, the GP1 gives the camera more control over image processing flow. Another improvement is in wifi, since the camera uses 5GHz connectivity for faster pairing with smartphones.

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