IFA 2010

Rockchip Android desk phone gets video demo

Rockchip Android desk phone gets video demo

Rockchip's Android-based desk phone was one of the sleeper surprises at IFA 2010, and having seen Engadget Chinese's video demo we're finding we'd quite like on of our own.  The unnamed phone places VoIP calls over WiFi or your mobile network, but also allows for video calls, web browsing and multimedia playback.

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Rockchip tease with Android desk phone

Rockchip tease with Android desk phone

Android-based landline phone renders are one thing, but Rockchip has been quietly beavering away at the real thing.  Tucked away at IFA 2010 last week was the Rockchip Android phone, a desk-bound device which apparently supports both landline and 3G connections, can be used for video calls and browsing the web.

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Google TV coming fall, 200k Android activations daily claims Eric Schmidt

Google TV coming fall, 200k Android activations daily claims Eric Schmidt

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has used his IFA 2010 closing keynote to promise Google TV's US launch in the fall, as well as confirming that users will be able to turn not only their Android phones but their iPhone into a remote control for the media-streaming set top boxes.  Schmidt also revealed that there are more than 200,000 Android activations recorded every day, a figure that falls short of the 230,000 iOS device activations Steve Jobs reported last week.

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Sharp shows off parallax barrier display in smartphone-like device at IFA

Sharp shows off parallax barrier display in smartphone-like device at IFA

IFA 2010 has come and gone, but the cool products are still tricking onto the scene that were at the show. One of the more interesting devices I have seen so far came from Sharp and was a concept device that looks like a large smartphone.

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Magic Bulb’s LED Bulb Features Rechargeable Battery, Ability to Become Flashlight

Magic Bulb’s LED Bulb Features Rechargeable Battery, Ability to Become Flashlight

IFA is great for the tech industry. Every facet of the market has a space to show off their latest and greatest. And while Samsung and LG both took plenty of time to show off their glorious devices, smaller companies tend to hide in the shadows. Which is a shame, especially when it comes to a small company out of China called Magic Bulb. They've managed to create an LED bulb that has a rechargeable battery inside, but that also has another trick hidden up its sleeve.

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IFA 2010 Wrap-Up

IFA 2010 Wrap-Up

IFA 2010 isn't quite finished yet - the show continues through until midway next week - but it's had its stab at the major headlines. Would-be iPad "killers" and 3D were this year's themes, with Panasonic, Sony, Sharp and others all trying to convince us that the 1080p HDTV we bought a couple of years ago should really be traded in for a new, 3D-capable set. Product of the show, though, has to be the Samsung Galaxy Tab, with the Korean company delivering a slate that we consistently heard people say was significantly more appealing than they expected.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 35 2010

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 35 2010

Welcome to the special holiday weekend edition of the SlashGear Week in Review. It was another busy week in the world of things electric and geeky so let's get right to it. We heard early in the week that YouTube was in talks to offer PPV movie rentals. Those streaming flicks were said to be coming at $5 per rental.

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iriver Cover Story hands-on

iriver Cover Story hands-on

iriver's Cover Story (aka the iriver Story Touch Edition) has a tough slog ahead of it.  On the plus side there's the resistive touchscreen over the 6-inch E Ink display, all in a relatively compact body that our hands-on at IFA 2010 found to be pleasantly thin and light; on the downside, it's set to cost more than €200 ($258) when it arrives in Europe and Asia, a fair chunk more than a Kindle yet lacking either 3G or WiFi connectivity.

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TerraTec NOXON iRadio 500 hands-on

TerraTec NOXON iRadio 500 hands-on

TerraTec have plowed away at the internet radio segment, and their new NOXON iRadio 500 is a slick example of the breed.  A €299 ($386) standalone model, with both WiFi and a wired network option, the iRadio 500 has a 2.1 speaker system, large 3.8-inch color display and straightforward controls.  As well as playing internet radio, it can also stream locally-stored music across your network from a computer or NAS.

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E-Noa Interpad Tegra 2 tablet hands-on

E-Noa Interpad Tegra 2 tablet hands-on

E-Noa's Tegra 2 based Interpad was one of those tablets we harboured quiet doubts over back in July, uncertain whether the company could beat big-name rivals to the market with their Android 2.2 slate.  Having met the company at IFA 2010 this week, though, it seems they're well on their way to making some sales.  The Interpad isn't quite ready - E-Noa are apparently still working on a custom UI that will suit the 10-inch 1024 x 600 multitouch display - but it was certainly functional enough.

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Sleek Audio SA7 and SA6-R “ears-on”

Sleek Audio SA7 and SA6-R “ears-on”

We're big Sleek Audio fans here at SlashGear, and we've known the company has been cooking up something special for the past six months or so.  That project - the new flagship Sleek Audio SA7 in-ear monitors - has come of age just in time for IFA 2010, along with their upcoming refresh of the original SA6's, in the shape of the SA6-R (where the "R" stands for "Reference").  We jammed the carbon-fiber and machined aluminum SA7's into our ears for a preview.

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LG 31-inch OLED TV eyes-on [Video]

LG 31-inch OLED TV eyes-on [Video]

LG's 31-inch OLED TV may not be the biggest set at IFA 2010 this week, but it certainly stands a chance of being the brightest and most color-rich.  It's just 2.9mm thick, and uses an OLED panel capable of Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution with a contrast ratio LG reckon is infinite.

Video after the cut

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