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Moto X4 hands-on: Alexa and dual-cameras for the midrange

Moto X4 hands-on: Alexa and dual-cameras for the midrange

Motorola has a new midrange Android phone it wants to pitch you, the Moto X4, announced today at IFA 2017. Well-leaked in recent weeks, the Moto X4 resurrects the X Series that was once the smartphone-maker's flagship line, but which has since been eclipsed by the Z Series. The big question is, where exactly does the Moto X4 fit into Motorola's overall line-up?

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Lenovo Yoga 720 12″ and Miix 520 get IFA 2017 upgrades

Lenovo Yoga 720 12″ and Miix 520 get IFA 2017 upgrades

Lenovo is giving its midrange convertible Yoga notebook and Miix 2-in-1 tablet an upgrade. New processors, Windows Ink support, and USB Type-C have all been added, while battery life is up, too. Read on for all the details of Lenovo's new machines.

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Lenovo Yoga 920 hands-on: Thunderbolt 3, 8th Gen Core i7, more

Lenovo Yoga 920 hands-on: Thunderbolt 3, 8th Gen Core i7, more

Lenovo's flagship Yoga 920 is getting an upgrade, with the 2-in-1 hybrid getting a processor upgrade and a refined design. Revealed at IFA 2017 this week, the 2017 Yoga 920 packs a 13-inch display with up to 4K graphics, along with up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor. However, fan-favorite elements like the watchband hinge remain.

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The Moto X4 streams to 4 Bluetooth devices: Here’s how

The Moto X4 streams to 4 Bluetooth devices: Here’s how

The Moto X4 has plenty of features, but the most interesting might be an enhancement of a wireless technology we now take for granted: Bluetooth. Motorola's new smartphone is the first to launch with the Tempow Audio Profile (TAP), allowing the Moto X4 to stream audio to up to four Bluetooth devices simultaneously. For instance, you can take along a bag full of Bluetooth speakers to the beach, and set up an impromptu concert.

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Lenovo Explorer Windows Mixed Reality headset hands-on

Lenovo Explorer Windows Mixed Reality headset hands-on

Microsoft is betting big on Windows Mixed Reality, and Lenovo is hoping to ride that headset rollercoaster with the Lenovo Explorer. Its first headset to take advantage of the virtual and augmented reality technology Microsoft will bake into the Windows Fall Creators Update, the Explorer is making its official debut at IFA 2017 this week.

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Lenovo Home Assistant adds Alexa to Tab 4 smart speaker

Lenovo Home Assistant adds Alexa to Tab 4 smart speaker

Lenovo has a new use for the Tab 4 Android tablet on your coffee table, with the Lenovo Home Assistant turning it into an Alexa-powered smart speaker. Unveiled at IFA 2017 today, the new speaker accessory acts as a docking station for the Tab 4 8, Tab 4 8 Plus, Tab 4 10, and Tab 4 10 Plus that Lenovo launched a few months back at Mobile World Congress.

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TicHome Mini puts Google Assistant in a portable speaker

TicHome Mini puts Google Assistant in a portable speaker

Google may not have a portable version of its Home smart speaker, but that leaves the door open for third-party alternatives. One such example launched at IFA 2017 this week, the Mobvoi TicHome Mini. A circular Bluetooth speaker that also happens to hook up to your WiFi connection and deliver the Google Assistant.

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Sphero R2-D2 will be 2017’s must-have toy

Sphero R2-D2 will be 2017’s must-have toy

We may only be heading into September, but I'm calling it: you're looking at Sphero's R2-D2, and it's going to be the must-have toy of the 2017 holidays. Revealed today as part of the Star Wars "Force Friday" event, the remote-control R2-D2 - and its cousin from the Dark Side, Sphero's new BB-9E droid - looks set to be a must-have for fans of the movie, whether they're kids or otherwise. Indeed, it could well end up being Sphero's most popular robot to-date.

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Ricoh Theta V hands-on: 360 camera goes 4K

Ricoh Theta V hands-on: 360 camera goes 4K

Ricoh has revealed its brand new 360-degree camera, the Ricoh Theta V, stepping up to 4K video and 3D spatial surround sound audio. Replacing the Theta S, which topped out at 2K, the new camera also marks a big architecture shift, being the first 360 shooter to use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 chipset. Read on for what you need to know.

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Sony Xperia Ear Open-Style Concept hands-on: Smarter than AirPods

Sony Xperia Ear Open-Style Concept hands-on: Smarter than AirPods

Sony could've made a pair of knock-off AirPods clones, but its new Xperia Ear Open-Style Concept is something a whole lot more interesting. Teased back in February at Mobile World Congress, the wireless stereo headset promises both your music and your choice of smart agent assistance, without cutting you off completely from the environment around you. I tried them out ahead of their full debut at IFA 2017 this week.

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Sony Xperia XZ1 hands-on with XZ1 Compact

Sony Xperia XZ1 hands-on with XZ1 Compact

Sony has two new Android phones for 2017, the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact, and they'll be among the first wave of Android 8.0 Oreo devices. Unveiled at IFA 2017 today, the two handsets each wrap Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 in a sleek, if unobtrusive, chassis, while Sony's engineers go cherry-picking the best of the tech from their counterparts in the photography, gaming, and TV divisions.

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Garmin Vivoactive 3 debuts Garmin Pay in GPS fitness watch

Garmin Vivoactive 3 debuts Garmin Pay in GPS fitness watch

Garmin has taken the wraps off its latest fitness-centric smartwatch, the Vivoactive 3, debuting its own Garmin Pay mobile payments system. The smartwatch, launched at IFA 2017, has a circular color touchscreen and comes with GPS baked-in for tracking exercise sessions without needing you to carry your smartphone. With this latest model, you can also buy some cake mid-run without needing your wallet.

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