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Dlodlo has big talk for tiny V One virtual reality glasses

Dlodlo has big talk for tiny V One virtual reality glasses

If VR and AR are to break into the mass market, they're going to need to slim down and raise their style game. That's what Chinese startup Dlodlo - you pronounce it "dodo" like the unfortunate bird - is aiming to do, a well-funded VR headset maker hoping to sneak up on Oculus and Vive and best them both with "the world's first sunglasses-like VR glasses."

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XPUMP aims to upgrade your smartphone’s headphone jack

XPUMP aims to upgrade your smartphone’s headphone jack

LG may be undecided on whether the US market is ready for add-on audio enhancement for smartphones, but that isn't stopping other companies from promising great aural enjoyment from accessories. Embrace Labs has been showing off its upcoming XPUMP dongle today, a gum-stick sized add-on that, rather than amplifying the music played from your phone, laptop, or anything else, claims to use DSP to improve it instead.

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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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The Gear S2 vs Apple Watch showdown I really care about

The Gear S2 vs Apple Watch showdown I really care about

You can debate specs, argue square versus circle until you're blue in the face, but the big Gear S2 vs Apple Watch argument is which is more fidget-friendly. Samsung's new Tizen-powered smartwatch, launched at IFA 2015 last week to broadly positive reviews, is not only the first from the company to have a round display, but the first to use a clever rotating bezel for navigation.

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Knog Qudos hands-on: lights for GoPro at night

Knog Qudos hands-on: lights for GoPro at night

This week in Berlin we've had the opportunity to have a peek at the Knog Qudos, a set of lights for mobile photography. This light pack is being promoted as a GoPro companion, but is able to attach to a variety of mobile camera units. It's USB rechargeable, waterproof up to 40M, and shines brightly with a whopping 400 lumens of light.

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Toshiba unveils 16GB SDHC TransferJet media card

Toshiba unveils 16GB SDHC TransferJet media card

Toshiba has introduced its new 16GB SDHC card at IFA in Berlin, and with it comes both Class 10 memory and support for the maker’s TransferJet close proximity technology. Using this wireless technology, users are able to transfer videos and photos from a camera to a mobile device or computer with a TransferJet adapter. 

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DxO’s snap-on iPhone camera shows us its 20MP potential

DxO’s snap-on iPhone camera shows us its 20MP potential

Today we've had the opportunity to take a hands-on look at the DxO One, a camera that attaches itself to iPhones and iPads. This device connects with Apple's own lighting port, using the iPhone (or iPad) as a view screen. The DxO One then takes the photos itself using the iPhone as a controller. This little accessory appears to be high-quality enough to be a viable addition to our accessory collections right off the bat.

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Polaroid Snap hands-on: a digital camera with instant prints

Polaroid Snap hands-on: a digital camera with instant prints

Among the tablets, phones, laptops and more filling IFA are some cameras, and among those cameras is Polaroid's newest instant shooter: the Polaroid Snap. This is a minimalist and arguably basic digital camera, but with a big twist over low-budget photography hardware. Using ZINK Zero Ink technology, the printer spits out small instant prints without using ink.

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OSVR’s latest “hacker development” headset begins preorders October 1

OSVR’s latest “hacker development” headset begins preorders October 1

OSVR (Open Source Virtual Reality), an open source platform for virtual reality software and hardware, has announced that next month it will begin shipping its latest public prototype version. The headset, which they are calling a "hacker development kit," will see release as HDK 1.3, with pre-orders starting October 1st and shipping to follow shortly after. The new headset is said to improve optics and display, along with offering a larger view box for those with glasses.

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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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Dell Latitude 11 5000 2-in-1 teased with Windows 10

Dell Latitude 11 5000 2-in-1 teased with Windows 10

Microsoft may have the IFA 2015 keynote to itself, but that hasn't stopped it from straying from Windows 10 and teasing a brand new Dell 2-in-1. The Latitude 11 5000 was given a sneak-preview by Nick Parker, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's OEM division, as part of a showcase of new PCs using the company's latest software.

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ZTE launches high end Axon Elite in global markets

ZTE launches high end Axon Elite in global markets

The ZTE Axon is definitely a strange beast. Unlike your usual Chinese brand smartphone, it launched first in the US. When it did launch in China, it took on a slightly different form, the Axon Elite which adds three biometric security features to the already high end smartphone. Now, after barely two months, ZTE is taking the IFA 2015 floor to announce that the Axon Elite, not the plain Axon, will also be available in Europe, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific markets in the coming months.

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