IFA 2010

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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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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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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