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CAT S30 smartphone is military rugged and works with gloves on

CAT Phones has unveiled another very rugged smartphone that is aimed directly at users who are on the go and work in the outdoors in environments where normal smartphones wouldn't last. The new device is called the Cat S30 smartphone and it has made its debut during IFA 2015 in Germany. The device is designed to bring rugged performance to the smartphone market at a reasonable price.

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Philips unveils new 4K UHD Android TV lines at IFA 2015

Along with the jump to 4K UHD resolutions, TV makers are also jumping on the "smart" bandwagon by putting out a selection of smart TVs. While some are still waiting for Apple's play with the upcoming Apple TV, others are already rallying behind Google's representative, the aptly named Android TV. One of those manufacturers is Philips, and at IFA 2015 this week, it has revealed three new smart TV lines, all bearing 4K UHD resolutions and Android TV, and each with a special feature of its own.

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Alcatel reveals an oddly appealing set of devices at IFA 2015

Alcatel has really been surprising us this year, first with a surprisingly good smartphone in April, now with a full set of devices here at IFA 2015. Check our full Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 Review to see what I mean about "surprisingly good", then check the details on all of Alcatel's new devices here. Everything from a stand-up tablet-like device with a circle on its back to a set of smartphones that have wildly customizable looks.

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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'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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Sennheiser HD 400 headphones series expanded at IFA 2015

Sennheiser has updated its HD 400 product lineup with new headphone models: the HD 451, HD 461, and HD 471. All three models isolate the listener from ambient noises, but retain a lightweight and closed-back design. Likewise, all three of the models are made with neodymium magnets; the two higher end headphones, the HD 461 and HD 471, offer superior sound quality, with the HD 461 being tailored toward the bass-lovers among us, while the HD 471 is more neutral and balanced.

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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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TomTom Spark Music hands-on: a fine little player for fitness

Today we've gotten our hands on the TomTom Spark, a new sports watch aimed at runners, primarily. This device works with a preloaded set of songs on a list called Running Trax, including 30-minutes of upbeat tunes curated by the Ministry of Sound - so you know where they're coming from. If you're interested in loading your own music, you can do that too - "more than 500 songs" can be loaded to this device right off the bat.

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Ricoh Theta S camera captures 360-degree scenes

Ricoh has unveiled its newest Theta camera, the Theta S. This camera is styled similarly to the maker’s other Theta cameras, and is able to record 360-degree content. The camera maker introduced the new model at IFA 2015 in Berlin today, and offers what Ricoh says is “extra-high resolution”, live previews of content, completely spherical content, and more. In addition, Ricoh says this camera has increased compatibility with social networks.

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Harman unveils slew of new headphones, speakers

A slew of new JBL and Harman Kardon speakers and headphones were unveiled at IFA 2015 today, including portable speakers, loudspeakers for televisions, earbuds, noise canceling headphones, and more. The headphones will be released at different points over the coming weeks, and obviously will sit at different price points. Chief among them all, though, is the new JBL Everest series, including its flagship model, the JBL Everest ELITE 700.

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Oh good, Samsung is making a Surface clone now, too

The Samsung Galaxy View has been teased by the company this week immediately after showing off their Gear S2 smartwatch in full. While we've gotten our Gear S2 hands-on experience up close and personal, this Galaxy View remains a bit of a mystery. With a kickstand at its back and a bit screen up front, we can't help but see similarities between this and Microsoft's leading piece of hardware - the Surface. Could this be Samsung's attempt at the crossover?

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