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Sony SmartBand Talk wearable surfaces ahead of IFA 2014

In addition to the previously leaked SmartWatch 3, it seems Sony has a second wearable in the plans for the upcoming IFA 2014. Called the SmartBand Talk, the new wearable will be an update to the company’s original SmartBand (check out our review), a rubber wristband toting NFC with a health-centric focus.

Microsoft Lumia 730′s selfie-ness teased once more

Just counting down days to IFA 2014, Microsoft once again lets out a teaser to remind the tech world that not just Android phones but a Lumia one will be coming as well. And, just as some recent digital camera makers have been trying lately, the Lumia 730 seems to be designed to pander to one growing niche: the obsessive … Continue reading

Samsung unveils Curved Soundbar to go with your Curved TV

You may have a brand new shiny Samsung curved TV, but those flat speakers flanking it just breaks the spell of the TVs alluring curves. Luckily for you, Samsung has just announced a new Soundbar that will complement that TV with its own curves and can even take the place of the TV stand. Continuing the audio theme, the company … Continue reading

HTC tipped to have 64-bit phone, two wearables at IFA

HTC has something special planned for IFA, and it looks like it might be a 64-bit capable phone. Dubbed the Desire 820, it might be everything you want a mid-range device to be, with a big screen and massive battery. Additionally, it seems HTC finally has some wearables ready for us, maybe even one they previously dismissed.

Watch wars: LG, Samsung, Motorola arm-wrestle pre-IFA

It’s time for new smartwatches from LG and Samsung – at last? While Samsung has been releasing smartwatch after smartwatch over the past couple of years, LG has just begun. Both competitors released their first Android Wear smartwatches earlier this year at Google I/O for developers – now they’re already in their second wave, so to speak.

Sony teases compact tablet and phone duo

Squint in just the right way, and what you’ll see is Sony’s upcoming IFA 2014 range, a trio of devices that suggests two phones and a small tablet are in the pipeline. The video, as with most teasers, is light on details, though we already have a fair assumption about what Sony is readying for its press conference on September … Continue reading

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Garmin HUD hands-on: A head-up display for the freeway fighter pilot

Fighter pilots and Google Glass owners: Garmin is channeling a little of both with its latest navigation accessory, the Garmin HUD, and we took some time to peer through the head-up display while at IFA 2013. The Bluetooth peripheral is designed to sit on your dashboard and project simple guidance and directions to drivers using Garmin’s StreetPilot or NAVIGON apps, … Continue reading

Ricoh Theta hands-on: 360 panoramas in a single shot

Just about any modern smartphone can shoot a panoramic photo these days, and some even a 360-degree photo, but it’s a time-consuming process; Ricoh wants to change all that with the Theta, capable of capturing a full spherical image in a single snap. Rather than the ponderous snap-and-stitch that builds up a 360 shot from individual frames, the Theta pairs … Continue reading

PocketBook e-paper Samsung Galaxy S 4 ereader case hands-on

Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 may have a great Super AMOLED display out of the box, but it’s overkill for ereading duties and, E Ink would argue, isn’t really best suited to browsing through ebooks. Enter PocketBook’s accessory case for the Galaxy S 4, a fold-out case complete with a 4.8-inch e-paper screen on the inside of the cover. The concept … Continue reading

Toshiba Camileo X-Sports sportscam hands-on

Toshiba is wading into the increasingly crowded sportscam market, taking on GoPro and Contour with the Toshiba Camileo X-Sports. Fresh to IFA 2013 today, the Camileo X-Sports packs a 12-megapixel camera with Full HD 1080/60p video recording, and an built-in 2.0-inch preview display on the back; it also bears a striking resemblance to GoPro’s Hero range, though Toshiba plans to … Continue reading

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Watch wars: LG, Samsung, Motorola arm-wrestle pre-IFA

It’s time for new smartwatches from LG and Samsung – at last? While Samsung has been releasing smartwatch after smartwatch over the past couple of years, LG has just begun. Both competitors released their first Android Wear smartwatches earlier this year at Google I/O for developers – now they’re already in their second wave, so to speak.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 details: not a niche, pre-event

Today we’re having a peek at everything we know – or think we know – about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The device hasn’t been revealed in full by Samsung yet, but barring an actual press release with the name in bold, they’ve essentially given us enough basic information to figure out the rest ourselves. Here’s the Galaxy Note 4 … Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Unpacked event set for September 3rd [UPDATE]

Two days before IFA 2014 officially begins, Samsung will be hitting up Berlin to reveal their next generation of devices. This is the traditional kickoff point for the Samsung Galaxy Note series – it originated there several years ago, after all – so we’ll expect the 4th beast to arrive in kind.

Samsung Galaxy Glass tipped as Google’s first big competition

This week there’s word that Samsung will be bringing on their own Google Glass-like device sooner than later, making it a sports-oriented pair of glasses that’ll lead into a wider release as the years pass by. With the first release, so says Korea Times’ “officials” – aka anonymous sources – there’ll be an introduction between Mobile World Congress (coming up … Continue reading

IFA 2013 Wrap-Up

IFA 2013 has come and gone, and with the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, various super-sized (and often curved) TVs, and a number of superlative-toting smartphones, there was no shortage of geek appeal. As ever, the Berlin tech show saw a few key themes surface, and while not everybody is necessarily ready to snap a cellphone companion to their wrist, that … Continue reading

Qualcomm’s wireless bulb wants to outshine hue with WiFi

Roll on the smart home: Qualcomm has an eye on being the glue that sticks wireless home automation together, and it’s demonstrating that with some proof-of-concept remote control lightbulbs. Thanks to a tiny new Qualcomm Atheros chipset, the demo light hooks up via WiFi to a simple Android app which allows for remote on/off control, dimming, and even timed shutoff. … Continue reading

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