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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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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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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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Parrot Zik 3 headphones add wireless charging to touch control, Bluetooth

Parrot Zik 3 headphones add wireless charging to touch control, Bluetooth

At IFA 2015 in Berlin, Parrot has announced the latest iteration of their upscale, high-tech headphones, the Zik 3. While the new model looks almost identical to last year's Zik 2, right down to the bright orange color option, the Zik 3 adds wireless charging to features list. Also sticking around are the impressive touch panel controls on the right side, noise cancellation, and wireless audio playback via Bluetooth. New colors and overstitch designs are introduced, adding to the headphones' premium look and feel.

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Alcatel reveals new POP and GO devices at IFA 2015

Alcatel reveals new POP and GO devices at IFA 2015

As reported earlier, Alcatel has a bunch of new devices ready for us at IFA 2015 and now it's sharing the details about those. Well, as least some of the details. The manufacturer isn't still spilling all the beans but is teasing just enough to keep things interesting. The 5-inch POP STAR, for example, boasts of a wide array of covers to choose from while the POP UP shows some muscle with its octa-core processor. And Alcatel's new GO line comes with a smartphone and a smartwatch for more active users.

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