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Chris Burns is currently head editor for SlashGear and executive editor for Android Community. Based in Bismarck, North Dakota, Chris Burns responsible for editorial decisions made for the USA-based day-team of SlashGear. Follow him on Twitter @ t_chrisburns and inside Google+ at http://chrisburns.co/+ for tech, gadget, and design news galore.

IFA 2015 Day 1: Skylake, circular smartwatches & crazy gaming

IFA 2015 Day 1: Skylake, circular smartwatches & crazy gaming

Day One at IFA 2015 is actually two days long if you're covering the event series as a member of the press. As such, we've got more details on devices and announcements on this list than you'll be able to shake a stick at. Everyone from Intel to Acer, ASUS to Motorola - and Lenovo too! Everyone has brought on their fair share of PCs, mobile devices, and processing power, both for the international audience and for our home turf right here in the United States.

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Lenovo YOGA Tab 3 PRO hands-on with projector action

Lenovo YOGA Tab 3 PRO hands-on with projector action

This week Lenovo has brought about a new set of YOGA tablets, the most powerful of which works with its own projector up front. While previous projectors on Lenovo YOGA tablets had their light projecting down the side of their heads, the PRO model YOGA Tab 3 shines forward. Lenovo YOGA tablets work with a bit of a ramp up their back leading to a tube-like head unit from whens a kickstand also folds out - this is where the projector sits for the PRO.

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Lenovo PHAB and PHAB Plus hands-on

Lenovo PHAB and PHAB Plus hands-on

Lenovo has decided to go all-in with the "phablet" sized device this week with two new devices called "Phab". Today we're having a hands-on look at the both of them. Both devices are very, very similar looking to one another. Both devices come in a variety of colors. Both devices are aimed at users who wish to make the most of their smartphone experience - emphasis on the "smart" bit, not so much about the "phone" - because voice calls are a thing of the past.

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Moto 360 Sport – a quick hands-on look, pre-display

Moto 360 Sport – a quick hands-on look, pre-display

Today we've gotten the opportunity to have a peek at the body of the Moto 360 Sport. This is a device that's very similar to the standard Moto 360, only here it has a slightly more "sporty" appearance and rugged features. It also has GPS inside to track your movements. While we have a full Moto 360 hands-on for you to look at, we've also got a peek at the Moto 360 Sport - albeit without the display on. This is the hardware in a non-functioning model.

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Moto 360 hands-on: 2nd gen, Men’s and Women’s

Moto 360 hands-on: 2nd gen, Men’s and Women’s

Motorola has revealed their 2nd-generation Moto 360 smartwatch in several iterations, the lot of which have been around our wrists. We're having a look at the new collection this afternoon (or evening, if you're in Berlin like we are). In all the Moto 360 will be available in four editions - two sizes for the "Men's" version, one size for "Women's", and another for the Moto 360 Sport. Both Women and Men's versions will have a 42mm diameter while the larger Men's size will have a 46mm diameter.

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Moto 360 Sport details released alongside 2nd gen

Moto 360 Sport details released alongside 2nd gen

This week the folks at Motorola have revealed more than one Moto 360 device, including a new "sport" edition. This version of the watch will have largely the same specifications as its closest relative, but will have a slightly more rugged set of outsides. This device will be made available at the same time as the Moto 360 2 later this year.

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Moto 360 2 (2015) revealed in full by Motorola

Moto 360 2 (2015) revealed in full by Motorola

Lenovo's press conference plays host to Motorola for the first time at IFA 2015 with a new Moto 360 smartwatch line. This new version of the watch has a similar display - not quite round - with a thinner bezel around its face. The CEO of Lenovo Yuanqing Yang said of this device "full customization and even more battery life make the new Moto 360 an undisputed smartwatch king."

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Google Nexus event tipped for September 29th

Google Nexus event tipped for September 29th

Today it's been tipped that the next big Google event will take place on the 29th of September, 2015. This event is said to be home to the two newest Nexus smartphones, both of them coming with fingerprint scanners and both ready and willing to be the headliners of the big Android Pay mobile payment market push. The smaller of these devices is rumored to be coming from LG, while the larger will be coming from Huawei.

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Sony WENA watch hands-on

Sony WENA watch hands-on

Today we've gotten he opportunity to get a hands-on look at the WENA watch from Sony. Sony suggests that WENA stands for "wear electronics naturally", showing this watch as one that incorporates smart electronics - NFC for mobile payments, for example - with a standard watch face up front. This means the watch won't need to be charged all the time while the back of it - the strap - will allow smart contact.

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Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact hands-on

Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact hands-on

This morning Sony showed off their newest smartphones, all in the Sony Xperia Z5 line. The larger of the two standard models is the Sony Xperia Z5, working with a 1080p display and the company's finest camera setup in their relatively short smartphone history. The smaller device is the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, a device with a smaller display but just as powerful a camera and processor. There's also the 4K-display wielding Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, which we've delivered a hands-on experience with separately.

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Sony Xperia Z5 Premium hands-on with 4K display

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium hands-on with 4K display

Today we're having a look at the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium with 4K display, deciding whether or not it makes sense to go this far with sharpness on a mobile display. This device has a 5.5-inch display panel, meaning you'll have 806 pixels per inch - far more than is discernible by the human eye. We'll have to try this device out for an extended period of time before we decide whether or not it'll be worth the "Premium" price it'll cost.

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Starbucks going retro with “table sharing signs”

Starbucks going retro with “table sharing signs”

Starbucks latest innovation isn't a new way to charge your phone, nor a way to wirelessly pay for your drink. It's a set of hand-written place cards made to encourage the sharing of seats. At a Starbucks in Ohio, signs have been hung and users have been encouraged to socialize with one another with "old fashioned face-to-face interaction." No word yet on whether or not this means Starbucks will encourage selfie sharing each time a successful interaction has been made (end sarcasm).

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