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IFA 2016 Round-up: hands-on with the best

IFA 2016 Round-up: hands-on with the best

Over the past week we've seen everything from car technology to smartphones, cameras to notebooks at IFA 2016 in Berlin. This week revealed what might have been the most diverse mix of newsworthy devices in recent memory, not least of all because so few companies are delivering truly new, different, innovative products. We've scoured the full lot to look for the best of the best - below you'll see what's been delivered in Europe for the whole world.

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Lenovo Yoga 910 hands-on: Same skinny 360 style; bigger, better display

Lenovo Yoga 910 hands-on: Same skinny 360 style; bigger, better display

Fitting more laptop into less chassis is an admirable goal, and Lenovo has done just that with the new Yoga 910, increasing screen size without sacrificing portability. An upgrade to the well-received Yoga 900, the new notebook packs a 13.9-inch display into a form-factor that - despite being slimmer in all dimensions - its predecessor could only fit a 13.3-inch screen into.

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Lenovo Yoga Book hands-on: 2-in-1 ultraportable blends Wacom and TRON

Lenovo Yoga Book hands-on: 2-in-1 ultraportable blends Wacom and TRON

You may think you know what a 2-in-1 laptop is, but the Lenovo Yoga Book might surprise you. Targeting what Lenovo describes as the "Touch Generation" - digital natives who have grown up with touchscreens - the hardback-sized computer packs not only a choice of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow or Windows 10, but a full Wacom digital pen for art and note-taking.

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Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus first impressions : Right in-between

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus first impressions : Right in-between

Lenovo suggests the Yoga Tab 3 Plus could be "your personal TV." If you're the sort of person who relies solely on apps for entertainment, they might be right. This device is one of Lenovo's unique tablets-with-kickstands, working with a 2K display, Android inside, and a chassis that aims for a high-end experience. If the Tab 3 Pro seemed too expensive for some users' taste at the same time as the Tab 3 seemed to need a few more features, this is the place they'll land.

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Lenovo Miix 510 detailed as take-anywhere LTE 2-in-1

Lenovo Miix 510 detailed as take-anywhere LTE 2-in-1

Lenovo have revealed their latest in tablet / notebook hardware with the device known as Lenovo Miix 510. This device is a high-powered tablet-like PC with a detachable keyboard and a kickstand around the back - not entirely unlike the original Miix 310 released earlier this year. This device has the ability to connect to the web with Wi-Fi and LTE, allowing the user to connect with local web at home or mobile web out and about. The display on this device is a Full-HD 12.2-inch panel with Gorilla Glass up front and full touch capabilities.

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Samsung Gear S3 hands-on: Samsung Pay, LTE, rugged smartwatch

Samsung Gear S3 hands-on: Samsung Pay, LTE, rugged smartwatch

If you've got a Galaxy Note 7 in your pocket then the perfect accompaniment is a Samsung Gear S3 on your wrist, at least that's the argument the smartphone behemoth is making ahead of the Apple Watch 2. Launched at IFA 2016 today, the Gear S3 builds on Samsung's earlier Tizen wearables with a more distinctive and tougher design, the option of integrated LTE connectivity, and the convenience of Samsung Pay to leave your purse or wallet (and, for that matter, your Galaxy phone) at home.

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ASUS ZenScreen is a portable USB-C display for your laptop

ASUS ZenScreen is a portable USB-C display for your laptop

ASUS' big announcement today may have been the ZenWatch 3, but if it's a secondary screen for your ultrabook not your smartphone that you're interested in, there's something new for you too. The ASUS ZenScreen is, as the name suggests, a portable display: effectively just the top-half of a notebook with a USB-C connection.

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Acer bets on IMAX to make Star VR the Oculus-killer

Acer bets on IMAX to make Star VR the Oculus-killer

Acer has opened up on just what it believes will make its Star VR headset a success in the face of Oculus, Vive, and Gear VR, bringing both the latest devices and some content partners to IFA 2016 in Berlin this week. Announced earlier in the year, Star VR is Acer's take on the growing virtual reality space, as it attempts to expand its success in gaming with the Predator line into a new, and growing segment.

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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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