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Best of IFA 2014: The devices to get excited about

Best of IFA 2014: The devices to get excited about

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IFA 2014 is done and dusted for the year, seeing some big mobile launches, exciting TV developments and some great smart home advancements. We're pulling together those devices or gadgets that have us really excited. There has been a lot being launched,... >>

Nokia Lumia 930 vs Lumia 830: What's the difference?

Nokia Lumia 930 vs Lumia 830: What's the difference?

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Microsoft announced a new flagship today at IFA 2014 in Berlin, the Nokia Lumia 830. But wait - isn't the Lumia 930 the flagship handset? These two phones look almost the same! What's going on here?  We hear you, and to cut through the flagship conundrum,... >>

Nokia Lumia 830 vs Lumia 735: Two new Lumia, but what's the difference?

Nokia Lumia 830 vs Lumia 735: Two new Lumia, but what's the difference?

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Microsoft Devices, formerly known as Nokia, has introduced two new handsets, the Lumia 830 and the Lumia 735. There's a Lumia 730, the same device as the 735, which is 3G dual SIM. First a word on naming: Microsoft Devices is slowly moving away from Nokia... >>

Huawei Ascend Y550 wants to bring 4G to all; Ascend G620S is a 5-incher on a budget

Huawei Ascend Y550 wants to bring 4G to all; Ascend G620S is a 5-incher on a budget

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Huawei has launched a number of new smartphones at IFA 2014 in Berlin, looking to those who want the latest smartphones features, but might not have the cash.  First up is the Huawei Ascend Y550. Huawei are saying that this phone is designed to make... >>

Huawei Ascend G7 brings a full metal body to the Android phablet party

Huawei Ascend G7 brings a full metal body to the Android phablet party

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Huawei wants to take HTC's crown with the launch of a metal-bodied device of its own. The Huawei Ascend G7 was announced today at IFA 2014.  The Ascend G7 is a 5.5-inch smartphone with a body that's mostly metal, with only a couple of plastic sections... >>

Huawei Ascend Mate 7: Fingerprint scanning phablet is super thin, super fast

Huawei Ascend Mate 7: Fingerprint scanning phablet is super thin, super fast

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Huawei is taking on the HTC One max with the Huawei Ascend Mate 7, announced today at IFA 2014. The new phablet follows HTC in one major regard with the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner on the rear of the device. The 6-inch handset comes with a 1920... >>

Huawei Ascend Y550 hands-on: The 4G phone for all

Huawei Ascend Y550 hands-on: The 4G phone for all

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Huawei has announced the Ascend Y550, a new budget device that it hopes will make it easier for everyone to get on to 4G. The budget end of the smartphone ladder has been really interesting of late: devices like the Moto E and Moto G have really impressed,... >>

Huawei Ascend G620S hands-on: 5-inches of SGS5-alike on a budget

Huawei Ascend G620S hands-on: 5-inches of SGS5-alike on a budget

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Among the updates launched by Huawei at IFA 2014 is the Ascend G620S and we can't help thinking it's sought some inspiration from the Samsung Galaxy handsets.  From the front - especially in white - the Ascend G620S looks like a Galaxy device. The chromed... >>

Huawei Ascend G7 hands-on: Full metal jacket

Huawei Ascend G7 hands-on: Full metal jacket

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Huawei has announced the Ascend G7, a new smartphone with a metal body, looking to bring some of that HTC One love to those on a budget. The handset has a metal body that's punctuated by two plastic segments in the rear, top and bottom. It reminds us... >>

Microsoft challenges Samsung and Apple, trash talks iPhone camera

Microsoft challenges Samsung and Apple, trash talks iPhone camera

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Microsoft today pinned a target on Samsung and Apple, challenging its rivals to make great innovation affordable. Talking at its press conference at IFA 2014, where Microsoft announced the Lumia 830 and Lumia 730 models, the company didn't miss an opportunity... >>

HTC Desire 820 flies the flag for the mid-range, prepares for 64-bit Android L

HTC Desire 820 flies the flag for the mid-range, prepares for 64-bit Android L

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You might not know it, but the HTC Desire 816 has been very well received in Asia. Updating the mid-range wonder is the newly-announced HTC Desire 820, introduced at IFA 2014 today. The HTC Desire 820 offers a large 5.5-inch 1280 x 720 display, BoomSound... >>

Once again: What are Sony's lens-style cameras?

Once again: What are Sony's lens-style cameras?

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At IFA 2013, Sony launched the lens-style camera, a quirky photography device that's incredibly forward-looking. The lens-style camera makes perfect sense if you think about it. In the pursuit of portability, it makes sense to strip the camera down to... >>

Sony Xperia Z3 flagship slims down but still packs plenty of power

Sony Xperia Z3 flagship slims down but still packs plenty of power

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Sony has launched the Sony Xperia Z3 at IFA 2014 in Berlin. Updating its flagship device for the second time this year, the new Sony Xperia Z3 pulls the Z3 Compact and Z3 Compact Tablet in behind it, as Sony looks to make its Xperia family more cohesive.... >>

Sony announces QX1 and QX30 lens-style cameras, updates PlayMemories Mobile

Sony announces QX1 and QX30 lens-style cameras, updates PlayMemories Mobile

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Sony has announced two new updates to its lens-style cameras at IFA 2014 with the QX1 and QX30.  Sony's lens-style cameras connect to your smartphone with the aim of giving you proper optics as well as a higher quality sensor so you can take better... >>

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Pocketable powerhouse announced

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Pocketable powerhouse announced

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The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact could be the pocketable smartphone you've all been waiting for. Launched today at IFA 2014, the Z3 Compact brings you the power of the flagship Z3, but with a 4.6-inch display. That smaller display means a device that fits more... >>

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact: It may be a mouthful, but it won't be a handful

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact: It may be a mouthful, but it won't be a handful

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Taking the award for the most convoluted name is the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, announced today at IFA 2014. Joining the new flagship Xperia Z3 and smaller sidekick the Xperia Z3 Compact is Sony's take on the 8-inch tablet. Smaller format tablets... >>

Sony Xperia E3 launched for those looking to go Sony on a budget

Sony Xperia E3 launched for those looking to go Sony on a budget

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The Sony Xperia E3 promises the Xperia experience on a budget. Announced at IFA 2014, the new Xperia E3 offers a design similar to the flagship Xperia Z3 devices, but with specs to hit a cheaper price point.  There's a 4.5-inch display on the front with... >>

Sony joins Android Wear with SmartWatch 3

Sony joins Android Wear with SmartWatch 3

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Sony has announced its latest wearable device with the launch of the SmartWatch 3, at IFA 2014. In doing so, the company jumps onto the Android Wear bandwagon, following the leads of rivals Samsung and LG. The Sony SmartWatch 3 has a new design, looking... >>

Sony SmartBand Talk wearable lets you make calls, has e-paper display

Sony SmartBand Talk wearable lets you make calls, has e-paper display

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The Sony SmartBand Talk expands Sony's wearable offering, extending the range of possibilities you'll get from a wristband. Announced at IFA 2014, the SmartBand Talk, as the name suggests, has a microphone and speaker, so will let you take calls on the... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 announced at Unpacked 2014 Episode 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 announced at Unpacked 2014 Episode 2

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Samsung has announced the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 at the Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event at IFA 2014 in Berlin. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 follows the design style of the Note 3, but it retains the soft-touch faux leather back. There's a metal frame. On the... >>

Garmin Nuvi Advanced Series is Foursquare-equipped in sizes up to 7 inches

Garmin Nuvi Advanced Series is Foursquare-equipped in sizes up to 7 inches

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Garmin has announced an updated satnav, now integrating Foursquare venues. The new Garmin Nuvi advanced series will come in 5, 6 and a whopping 7 inches, with the aim of guiding you not just along the roads, but all the way to your final destination.... >>

Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 live: Watch it here

Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 live: Watch it here

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Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 will see the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, we suspect, on the eve of IFA 2014 in Berlin. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 launch is expected to be one of the biggest events of IFA 2014 and you can watch the action right... >>

Toshiba Encore Mini packs Windows 8.1 into a 7-inch tablet

Toshiba Encore Mini packs Windows 8.1 into a 7-inch tablet

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Taking Windows 8.1 with Bing to the small scale, Toshiba has announced the Toshiba Encore Mini at IFA 2014.  Looking to challenge Android in the 7-inch tablet stakes, the Encore Mini is powered by an Intel Atom Z3745 processor with 1GB of RAM, designed... >>

Elgato embraces Apple HomeKit with Avea smart lighting and Eve home monitoring

Elgato embraces Apple HomeKit with Avea smart lighting and Eve home monitoring

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Elgato has announced a couple of new smart home products that will embrace Apple's new HomeKit platform. The Elgato Avea smart lighting system will challenge the likes of Philips Hue, with its smart LED bulb. Compatible with iOS, the £39.99 Avea bulb... >>

Logitech Bluetooth keyboard dock lets you easily switch from tablet, to smartphone to PC

Logitech Bluetooth keyboard dock lets you easily switch from tablet, to smartphone to PC

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Logitech has announced a new Bluetooth keyboard dock designed to support users of multiple devices. The Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 allows you to connect up to three devices via Bluetooth and lets you switch between them using a dial.... >>