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ETYMOTIC ETY Kids Safe-Listening Headphones and Earbuds Hands-On [Video]

ETYMOTIC ETY Kids Safe-Listening Headphones and Earbuds Hands-On [Video]

This week at IFA 2011 we've come in contact with a group by the name of ETYMOTIC, a group whose main function it is to create high fidelity in-ear products, here letting us know about their newest project, ETY•Kids. What Mark Karnes, Managing Director, Consumer Products Division of ETYMOTIC explains to us here at IFA 2011 that ETYMOTIC Research has been working with kids throughout their entire career as a company, being one of the leading makers of hearing screening equipment, concerning themselves with the hearing care of children for many years now. What ETYMOTIC is seeing now, according to Karnes, are surprising and alarming statistics which point toward masses of kids graduating high school with real signs of hearing deterioration. ETYMOTIC aims here in their new ETY•Kids project to turn the tide back to healthy ears across the earth.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U300S Hands-On [Video]

Lenovo IdeaPad U300S Hands-On [Video]

What we're getting a look at with a full hands-on demo here at IFA 2011 this week, amongst other fantastical devices from all walks of life of course, is the IdeaPad U300S, a Lenovo Ultrabook, being both ultra-small and ultra-powerful with aesthetically beautiful chassis all around. On the right side of the device you'll find a headphone jack, USB jack, full-sized HDMI port, and power port. On the left side you'll see one more USB port and a grille through which Intel Advanced Cooling Technology will be blowing a lot of your hot air. This system works with the side opening there, a long grille along the rear hinge, and through the keyboard itself to help avoid the "hot lap" syndrome normally associated with laptops of such awesome power as this.

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Vuzix STAR 1200 augmented reality headset hands-on [Video]

Vuzix STAR 1200 augmented reality headset hands-on [Video]

Vuzix has demonstrated its latest augmented reality (AR) glasses for the first time, the Vuzix STAR 1200 (See-Through Augmented Reality), intended to drive development of personal head-up displays. Shown to SlashGear at ShowStoppers during IFA 2011 today, the STAR headset is a development of the WRAP 920AR we tested all the way back at CES 2010; however, the STAR system uses a pair of transparent 852 x 480 displays that allow you to see the real world with computer graphics overlaid on top.

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HTC Titan hands-on [Video]

HTC Titan hands-on [Video]

The HTC HD7 was perhaps the most anticipated of the first Windows Phones, but a mediocre screen ended up undermining the experience. Now HTC is back, chomping on some juicy Mango, with the 4.7-inch HTC Titan, one of a new Windows Phone 7 duo announced simultaneously in four European counties including at IFA 2011. We caught up with HTC for some hands-on playtime.

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HTC Radar hands-on [Video]

HTC Radar hands-on [Video]

HTC was Microsoft's most ambitious partner at the original Windows Phone launch, and the company has a similarly strong line-up now that Mango is on the scene. The HTC Radar is a 3.8-inch WP7 Mango handset with a WVGA display, 1GHz processor and a design that's reminiscent of the Flyer or an ironed-out Legend. We grabbed some hands-on time with HTC's Radar to see whether or not it should be on yours.

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Pogoplug Mobile hands-on [Video]

Pogoplug Mobile hands-on [Video]

Pogoplug has brought its latest cloud storage product along to ShowStoppers at IFA 2011 this year, the Pogoplug Mobile, and as the name suggest it targets mobile users looking to access and backup their data while on the move. Smaller than the existing Pogoplug, the discrete black box hooks up to your home ethernet connection and can then share USB or SD storage with the company's freshly updated Android and iOS apps, or the new Windows or Mac software. We caught up with Pogoplug CEO Daniel Putterman for all the details.

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Toshiba Portege Z830 hands-on [Video]

Toshiba Portege Z830 hands-on [Video]

Toshiba's first ultrabook, the Portege Z830, was something of a surprise reveal at the company's IFA 2011 press conference. Based on Intel's Core processor range, the company has managed to fit up to a Core i7 CPU inside the 0.63-inch thick chassis, but still keep weight down to a mere 2.5 pounds.

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Toshiba AT200 hands-on [Video]

Toshiba AT200 hands-on [Video]

Toshiba has taken the wraps off of its new Android Honeycomb tablet, the Toshiba AT200, and we just spent some time up-close with the brand new slate here at IFA 2011. Toshiba only had a couple of units on hand at the show, only one of which was functional, but it's the aesthetic that makes this slate particularly stand out. Far thinner and more pleasing to the eye than the Thrive, the AT200 also beats the existing thinnest Honeycomb slate, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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Samsung Wave 3 hands-on [Video]

Samsung Wave 3 hands-on [Video]

Samsung's bada platform has been something of a stealth OS until now, though one that's seen surprising smartphone success in the market. Still, it's remains on the down-low in comparison to Android, iOS and others, something Samsung hopes to change with bada 2.0 and the Wave 3. We grabbed some hands-on time with the 4-inch smartphone at IFA 2011; read on for our first impressions.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 hands-on [Video]

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 hands-on [Video]

It's the one year anniversary of the original Galaxy Tab, with Samsung's first 7-inch stab at the market launching at IFA 2010. This year, with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 under its belt and the Tab 8.9 imminent, it's the turn of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 to make its debut. Bigger screen, better processor and now in time for Honeycomb, the high-resolution Tab 7.7 wants to convince you that just because Steve Jobs isn't a fan of the 7-inch form-factor, that doesn't mean there's no room for "tweener" slates. Read on for our first impressions from the show.

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Samsung Galaxy Note hands-on [Video]

Samsung Galaxy Note hands-on [Video]

Can Samsung save the stylus? The Samsung Galaxy Note is the company's main surprise at IFA 2011 this week, a MID-scale super-smartphone that offers a blend of phone and tablet functionality with a dash of paper notebook thrown in too. We thought the Galaxy S II was big, with its 4.3-inch display, and then were slightly more surprised by the Inspire 4G when that stepped up to 4.5-inches. The Galaxy Note, though, surpasses them both, with its huge 5.3-inch panel. Samsung brands it as HD Super AMOLED, and claims it's the statistical midpoint discovered when consumers were polled for their thoughts on ideals of front visibility, single-handed operation, pen input and calling. Read on for our hands-on first impressions.

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Philips Fidelio SoundSphere hands-on

Philips Fidelio SoundSphere hands-on

As oddly-shaped speaker systems go, the Philips Fidelio SoundSphere pair should still stand out even in the most avant garde living room. In fact, unless your lounge looks like the egg room from the first Alien film, expect plenty of questions about the bulbous AirPlay-compatible set. On show at IFA 2011 today, the SoundSpheres dragged us in like a Facehugger's tail around the neck.

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