Razer Intros Webcam, Mic for Streamers

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Accessory maker Razer announces a pair of "streamer certified" peripherals-- the Kiyo, a webcam with built-in ring lighting, and the Seiren X USB condenser microphone.

Razer streamingThe Kiyo features an adjustable ring light with 12 white LEDs users can control to 12 levels of brightness. It has a 4MP camera able to record either 1080p video at 30fps or 720p video at 60fps, and is compatible with the XSplit and Open Broadcaster Software streaming tools. Connectivity comes through 1.5m braided USB 2.0 cable.

Meanwhile the Seiren X is the first microphone from Razer. It has 25mm condenser capsule, a tighter recording angle the company says is optimised for streaming and built-in shock mount to dampen vibrations. A desktop stand is included, and connectivity comes through USB and a zero-latency 3.5mm headphone monitoring jack.

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Misfit Vapor Gets Release Date

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The Vapor, the first smartwatch from Fossil-owned fitness wearable specialist Misfit, gets a release date-- 31 October 2017, a date that was delayed from an original summer release window.

Misfit VaporLaunched at this year's CES, the Vapor a full-blown smartwatch complete with 1.39-inch AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 processor, 4GB  storage, wifi, Bluetooth and a touch-sensitive bezel. It originally was designed to run on a proprietary Misfit OS, but March saw a change to Android Wear 2.0, allowing support for more 3rd party services, unique watchfaces and micro apps.

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Fnac Darty Expects More Synergies

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Fnac Darty announces strong results for Q3 2017, with revenue growth reaching 6% Y-o-Y thanks to telephony, gaming and small household appliance product launches, as well as "significant" calendar effect.

FnacRevenues for the quarter total €1.792 billion, with growth reaching 5.8% on a Q-o-Q basis. A longer summer sales period helped further growth across all territories, namely France-Switzerland (6.4%), Iberian Peninsula (5.2%) and Benelux (2.5%). The Belgian market did show growth, but the Dutch market remains troublesome as the retailer is still in the middle of a transformation plan for the country.

"The strong performance for the quarter demonstrates the Group’s ability to meet customers’ needs as well as the value of the partnerships with our suppliers, in a context of buoyant innovation cycle and numerous product launches," CEO Enrique Martinez says. "The Fnac Darty integration is continuing and the deployment of synergies is ahead of schedule, which allows us to raise our objective to at least 60% of planned synergies to be deployed."

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The Foldable Dual-Screen ZTE Axon M

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ZTE claims the Axon M brings nothing less than "a new smartphone category"-- or in the least something rather interesting, since it features a foldable design with two full-size displays.

ZTE Axon MThe Axon M has a pair of 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080 displays, one in the front and the other in the back. A hinge connects the two, allowing users to flip the rear display and slot it next to the front one, creating a single 6.75-inch display. Users can then either stretch apps across the larger display or take advantage of Android split-screen features to run two apps simultaneously, one on each screen. Users can even watch two different videos on the two screens, switching between audio streams as they want.

In addition, one can also "tent" the phone and mirror the displays, allowing two people to look at the same content from the front and back. ZTE promises the "top 100" Android apps work on the Axon M, with the tablet version of the app (if one exists, obviously) running when the it is in "extended" mode.

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Qualcomm Readies Windows 10 PCs

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A Hong Kong summit sees Qualcomm further detail what it describes as "Cellular PCs"-- Windows 10 machines running on ARM-based processors promising a "hypermobile experience."

Snapdragon pcsSuch devices were first revealed last summer at Taipei's Computex 2017, where Qualcomm presented "Snapdragon PCs" combining PC functionality with the always-on convenience of mobile devices. The show featured Snapdragon 835-powered laptops running Windows 10 and popular applications, including Office and Photoshop, with the 64-bit ARM-based processor providing enough power for convincing x86 emulation.

As for the aforementioned Hong Kong summit, Trusted Reviews reports Microsoft was in attendance to confirm the existence of such machines. Set for a December 2017 launch, they are still based on the Snapdragon 835 chip, and promise nothing less than multi-day battery life Microsoft claims is a "game-changer.

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