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SmartThings Interview: Talking Samsung’s IoT starlet with CEO Alex Hawkinson

SmartThings Interview: Talking Samsung’s IoT starlet with CEO Alex Hawkinson

SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson is having a busy year. His company acquired by Samsung, and its second generation smart home platform now shipping, not only is Hawkinson now responsible for one of the leading automation systems, but arguably at the center of Samsung's entire Internet of Things ambitions. I caught up with him at IFA 2015 last week to talk openness, the value of a corporate parent with deep pockets, and his HomeKit frustrations.

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Toshiba has an incredible 2-in-1 Windows 10 tablet [Updated]

Toshiba has an incredible 2-in-1 Windows 10 tablet [Updated]

Dell's Latitude 11 5000 wasn't the only surprise 2-in-1 featuring in Microsoft's IFA 2015 keynote, with an even more mysterious Toshiba making a brief appearance. The 2-in-1 tablet and notebook - which Microsoft's Nick Parker, Corporate Vice President of the company's OEM division, refused to even name - comes with a Surface Pro-style digital stylus, among other things.

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Hands-on with Jabra’s IFA 2015 wireless headset trio

Hands-on with Jabra’s IFA 2015 wireless headset trio

IFA isn't just a time to show of smartphones, tablets, PC, and TVs. It's also an opportune time for accessory makers to make a big splash as well. Jabra did just that when it announced not one, not even two, but three new wireless headsets to appeal to all sorts of users, from the highly mobile and active, to the style conscious, to the regular audiophile. At IFA 2015's showroom floor, we take a brief tour of the Jabra Eclipse, Sport Pace, and Halo Fusion.

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olloclip Studio at IFA 2015: hands-on with mobile creativity

olloclip Studio at IFA 2015: hands-on with mobile creativity

olloclip's goal has been to make creativity accessible, and by "creativity" they mostly mean being able to record videos and take photos with your smartphone with the same quality as digital cameras with professional lenses but with even more mobility and portability. To that end they've created a wide variety of snap on lenses to deliver on that promise. But they've taken that promise a bit further by working on the olloclip Studio which we had a chance to see and touch for ourselves here at IFA 2015.

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The Gear S2 is great – now Samsung’s big IoT challenge begins

The Gear S2 is great – now Samsung’s big IoT challenge begins

Samsung is off to a great start with the Gear S2 smartwatch, with its great UX and broad Android compatibility, but its challenge is only just beginning. The circular-screen wearable is prompting broadly positive first-impressions - from ourselves included - with its discrete design and well-crafted interface, and Samsung has feathered it with a number of high profile apps out of the gate.

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Samsung Gear S2 hands-on: Tizen teaches Android Wear circles

Samsung Gear S2 hands-on: Tizen teaches Android Wear circles

Samsung's no stranger to the smartwatch, but it's taken the arrival of the Gear S2 for it to finally embrace circular displays. There are two models, both with the same core specifications but catering to different tastes. The regular Gear 2 is the more minimalistic, futuristic of the two, with rubber straps and a smooth finish.

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Napping with Samsung SLEEPsense

Napping with Samsung SLEEPsense

I confess, I was a little suspicious when Samsung invited me to take a nap at its IFA booth. Turns out though, it wasn't a strange casting couch experience they had in mind, but a quick test of the new Samsung SLEEPsense, a contactless sleep tracker that, rather than clamping to your wrist, slips under your mattress to monitor you wirelessly.

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The 23-karat Watch Urbane Luxe is so fancy, even LG only has one

The 23-karat Watch Urbane Luxe is so fancy, even LG only has one

Rarity means value, and LG isn't taking any chances with the Watch Urbane Luxe, its 23-karat gold plated smartwatch. Turns out, even though it's LG's guts inside the glittering case, exclusive vendor Reeds Jewelers was only willing to part with a single example of the $1,200 wearable to bring to IFA 2015.

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Hands-on with LG’s Rolly, a keyboard you unfurl

Hands-on with LG’s Rolly, a keyboard you unfurl

It takes a lot to generate excitement about a keyboard, but somehow the LG Rolly seemed to manage it. Splitting each row of keys into a different spline, and then allowing each to roll around a central battery section, the portable keyboard is intended to be your tablet's best friend without taking up too much space in your bag.

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This Acer Chromebook R 11 shows why Windows is afraid

This Acer Chromebook R 11 shows why Windows is afraid

Once upon a time, Chromebooks were the flimsy, uninspiring netbooks of the cloud generation. Now, they're often more interesting than "proper" computers. Case in point: 2015 has seen a number of striking convertibles, offering multiple form-factors with the sort of budget pricing that Google's Chrome OS has become notorious for.

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Acer’s clever Aspire R 13 convertible gets Skylake treatment

Acer’s clever Aspire R 13 convertible gets Skylake treatment

Acer's Aspire R 13 is one of the more interesting convertible notebooks out there. No detachable display section becoming a tablet, or even a fancy 360-degree hinge; instead, Acer gives the touchscreen a whole second pivot-point, allowing the 13-inch panel to flip around and then fold flat onto the keyboard.

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Acer targets tablet gamers with Predator 8: Hands-on

Acer targets tablet gamers with Predator 8: Hands-on

Acer teased us with a mighty Android gaming tablet a few months back, and now it's time for the Acer Predator 8 to take the stage. The 8-inch slate made its official debut at IFA 2015 this morning, pairing Intel's Atom x7 processor and a 1920 x 1200 display with some tweaks the company insists should make it a gamer's favorite.

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