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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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Acer’s Predator 6 is the gamer’s deca-core Android

Acer’s Predator 6 is the gamer’s deca-core Android

Acer is hoping gamers still have room in their hearts for a super-powerful smartphone, previewing the new Acer Predator 6 at IFA today. The handset, slipping into the company's Predator gaming line-up which already includes massively powerful laptops and fancy laser projectors, runs Android on a deca-core processor.

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Acer’s Predator Projector gives space-short gamers 120 inches

Acer’s Predator Projector gives space-short gamers 120 inches

Acer's Predator gaming line keeps getting bigger, though the latest product has smaller spaces in mind. The Acer Predator Projector promises up to a 120-inch display for more immersive gaming, but using ultra-short-throw technology so that you needn't have a wide room in order to actually project it.

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Acer Revo Build hands-on: Mini PC goes oddly modular

Acer Revo Build hands-on: Mini PC goes oddly modular

Building a PC isn't unusual, and even small-form-factor computers can be pieced together DIY-style, but Acer is hoping to lure even technophobes with its modular model. The Acer Revo Build, announced at IFA 2015 today, has the tiny footprint we've come to expect from a SFF chassis but splits its core features into different blocks.

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Garmin HUD hands-on: A head-up display for the freeway fighter pilot

Garmin HUD hands-on: A head-up display for the freeway fighter pilot

Fighter pilots and Google Glass owners: Garmin is channeling a little of both with its latest navigation accessory, the Garmin HUD, and we took some time to peer through the head-up display while at IFA 2013. The Bluetooth peripheral is designed to sit on your dashboard and project simple guidance and directions to drivers using Garmin's StreetPilot or NAVIGON apps, without forcing them to look away from the windshield or - worse still - down to a phone shoved precariously into a spare cup holder.

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