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Samsung Galaxy Note III release details stack up

Samsung Galaxy Note III release details stack up

It's once again time to get heavy into the world of conjecture for the Samsung Galaxy Note series, this time for the third iteration of the handheld machine that started the series in the first place. What we're seeing this week is a heavy-handed drop of a release date - September 4th - as well as a rolling-up of specification rumors from the past several weeks. This device may well be the largest (non-tablet) Note in the family yet, and it'll likely appear right before IFA 2013.

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Kobo Aura HD ereader hands-on

Kobo Aura HD ereader hands-on

Is there room in the market still for e-paper ereaders? Kobo says yes, and has the consumer research to prove it and the new model, the Kobo Aura HD, it claims will fit the bill. A survey of 10,000 of the company's existing users found that 90-percent plan to buy a new, dedicated ereader sometime in the next twelve months, Kobo says; 36-percent apparently have both a tablet and an ereader, and 53-percent use their ereader every day. We caught up with Kobo to take a look.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Camera stars in… Galaxy Camera sample shots

Samsung’s Galaxy Camera stars in… Galaxy Camera sample shots

Prepare to get that meta feeling: when we caught up with Samsung for some post-unveil Galaxy Camera play, we thought what better to make the subject of our sample shot gallery than the Android camera itself. So, two Galaxy Cameras in hand (and with a couple of Galaxy Note II units along for the ride) we set out to put the Android snapper through its paces. Read on for sample photos and video of the Galaxy Camera in action.

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Samsung Dual-Display Notebook concept hands-on

Samsung Dual-Display Notebook concept hands-on

Samsung's Windows 8 line-up at IFA wasn't limited to just the ATIV range; the company also had some interesting concepts to show, of which the most usable was a Dual-Display Notebook. Resembling one of Samsung's slick Windows ultrabooks from face-on, close the notebook's lid and there was a second display to be found, turning the machine into a slate-format tablet.

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IFA 2012: Note II, 4K TV, Windows wobbles and more

IFA 2012: Note II, 4K TV, Windows wobbles and more

4K TV, Windows tableteering, segment straddling smartphones, and cross-company sniping: another year, another IFA. We've seen the show coalesce around a few key themes before, and 2012 proved no different, as manufacturers took a suck-it-and-see strategy to try to cash in on holiday hardware sales. As always, the specter of Apple loomed heavy, despite the Cupertino firm's resolute absence. Read on for the highlights of IFA 2012.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II accessories get colorful showing at IFA

Samsung Galaxy Note II accessories get colorful showing at IFA

If you thought the fabulous accessory lineup that came with the Samsung Galaxy S III was about to stop with the smartphone, you were wrong. There's a whole load of Galaxy Note II covers, protectors, and pens you can grab for the next-generation Galaxy Note phablet, and they're being shown off this week in Berlin at IFA 2012. This set of accessories pretty much replicates what's already available for the Galaxy S III, but a couple more colors have been introduced - and of course they've got an spot so the S-Pen can exit the machine.

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Samsung Galaxy S III at IFA offers Jelly Bean and hands-on

Samsung Galaxy S III at IFA offers Jelly Bean and hands-on

This week we got a quick hands-on with the Vodafone Samsung Galaxy S III LTE at IFA 2012 running the next generation of Google software: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This operating system upgrade has not yet been released for the Samsung Galaxy S III anywhere else in the world, but Samsung has promised that it will be out "very soon." We also got a Speed Test result for those of you wanting to see how fast the Vodafone LTE network can be in Germany.

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The great Windows tablet keyboard crapshoot

The great Windows tablet keyboard crapshoot

If each tech show has an unofficial theme, then IFA 2012's must be Windows 8 tablets. Microsoft's new OS - in both full 8 and pared-back RT forms - has shown up on touchscreen hardware from all of the main manufacturers, each trying slightly different combinations of size, specs and accessories in the hope of standing out from the crowd. Options are great, of course, but are there signs that Microsoft's tablet desperation is rubbing off on its OEMs?

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