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Huawei is now a force to be feared in smartphone design

Huawei is now a force to be feared in smartphone design

Amid exploding Samsungs and fast-incoming iPhones, a new challenger in smartphone design has arisen, and Huawei is landing hits not only in the price bracket it has traditionally played in, but against devices several hundred dollars more. Latest from the company is the Nova series, a pair of Android phones differentiated primarily by their size, but unified by two core elements.

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IFA 2016 Round-up: hands-on with the best

IFA 2016 Round-up: hands-on with the best

Over the past week we've seen everything from car technology to smartphones, cameras to notebooks at IFA 2016 in Berlin. This week revealed what might have been the most diverse mix of newsworthy devices in recent memory, not least of all because so few companies are delivering truly new, different, innovative products. We've scoured the full lot to look for the best of the best - below you'll see what's been delivered in Europe for the whole world.

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Yuneec Breeze 4K selfie drone first-impressions

Yuneec Breeze 4K selfie drone first-impressions

The Yuneec Breeze isn't something we necessarily expected to see flying around Berlin this week at IFA 2016. But here it is, a drone made for taking photos of and video recording us out and about, the photos ringing in at 13-megapixels large and the video able to be recorded at 4K. The drone itself doesn't look like the safest for us to, for example, get our fingers jammed up into - but the Yuneec representatives here assure us that their "Safe Flying" measures will keep flight safer than most.

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Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Review: All suck, no topple

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Review: All suck, no topple

Sucking more, stumbling less: that may not be quite how Dyson bills the new Cinetic Big Ball Animal, but that's the basic promise from the new canister vacuum. Borrowing from the same physics that keeps Weebles from falling over, the distinctive cleaner justifies its hefty price tag with less frustration around the house and more dirt in the bin.

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ZTE Axon 7 mini isn’t actually miniature, but its price is

ZTE Axon 7 mini isn’t actually miniature, but its price is

Can you sell a smartphone on sound? ZTE believes you can, hence the ZTE Axon 7 mini, a slightly more pocket-friendly follow-up to the popular Axon 7, announced at IFA 2016 today. Figuring that not everybody wants a 5.5-inch display, the new handset makes audio quality its biggest selling point, though frankly it's price where the Axon 7 mini is most competitive.

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Lenovo Yoga Book hands-on: 2-in-1 ultraportable blends Wacom and TRON

Lenovo Yoga Book hands-on: 2-in-1 ultraportable blends Wacom and TRON

You may think you know what a 2-in-1 laptop is, but the Lenovo Yoga Book might surprise you. Targeting what Lenovo describes as the "Touch Generation" - digital natives who have grown up with touchscreens - the hardback-sized computer packs not only a choice of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow or Windows 10, but a full Wacom digital pen for art and note-taking.

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Lenovo’s Moto Z Play Droid and Hasselblad Mod first impressions

Lenovo’s Moto Z Play Droid and Hasselblad Mod first impressions

Verizon's release of the Moto Z Play Droid will, as the name indicates, be another DROID-branded device. Today Lenovo's Motorola announced that they'd be bringing the Moto Z Play Droid to the United States starting on the 8th of September through Motorola online and through Verizon stores at the same time. Along with this announcement was the reveal of the USA-ready version of the Hasselblad True Zoom Mod for the Moto Z.

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Pokemon GO Update: Buddy System nearly enabled [UPDATE: Confirmed]

Pokemon GO Update: Buddy System nearly enabled [UPDATE: Confirmed]

A new feature in the newest Pokemon GO update, version 0.35, is spotted mentioning "Buddy" Pokemon and rewards for walking. While we spotted this in part in our newest Pokemon GO app file teardown, Reddit users like partycrabs and Leopaws have taken research on this Buddy system a step further, as we'll be discussing below. This system could very well give new life to the game, especially for users that live in suburban areas - out in the country where very few Pokemon, Pokestops, and Pokemon Gyms are few and far between.

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Samsung Gear S3 hands-on: Samsung Pay, LTE, rugged smartwatch

Samsung Gear S3 hands-on: Samsung Pay, LTE, rugged smartwatch

If you've got a Galaxy Note 7 in your pocket then the perfect accompaniment is a Samsung Gear S3 on your wrist, at least that's the argument the smartphone behemoth is making ahead of the Apple Watch 2. Launched at IFA 2016 today, the Gear S3 builds on Samsung's earlier Tizen wearables with a more distinctive and tougher design, the option of integrated LTE connectivity, and the convenience of Samsung Pay to leave your purse or wallet (and, for that matter, your Galaxy phone) at home.

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A curved display notebook? Acer Predator 21 X wows with vast laptop

A curved display notebook? Acer Predator 21 X wows with vast laptop

Curved displays are gradually making their way into the living room and onto the desktop, but so far laptops have been relatively immune to the charms of a flexed panel. That's something overdue, Acer believes, and so gamers have the promise of the Predator 21 X on the horizon, a vast, 21-inch portable with the world's first curved notebook display.

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2016 Cadillac ATS-V vs. 2004 Cadillac CTS-V Showdown: Generation Gap

2016 Cadillac ATS-V vs. 2004 Cadillac CTS-V Showdown: Generation Gap

Time is a flat circle, especially in the automotive industry, where if you drive long enough you're likely to meet yourself coming back around again. This was exactly how I felt when Cadillac debuted the ATS-V sedan just last year: here was a four-door sports sedan aimed at entry-level buyers who might have previously considered a BMW - specifically, one with an 'M' badge on the trunk. It was déjà vu all over again, because you see, I've had that same Cadillac formula sitting in my garage for close to a decade now.

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New Fitbit Charge 2 and Flex 2 pack auto-tracking, move nudges, more

New Fitbit Charge 2 and Flex 2 pack auto-tracking, move nudges, more

Fitbit has updates its two most popular fitness wearables, with the Charge 2 and Flex 2 adding features like auto-recognition of different exercise types, guided breathing, and Apple Watch style reminders to get up and move. Meanwhile, there's a new app with Fitbit Adventures pitting your exercise regime against a trek through Yosemite, while designer collaborations aim to make the health gadgets as close to high-couture as possible.

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