IFA 2014 preview: Note 4, Xperia Z3, and holy smartwatches! | Pocketnow Weekly 111

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Update 2: Thanks to a commenter who pointed out the offensive comment in today’s podcast regarding “roofies.” This will shortly be excised from the official edited podcast. Until then, please accept this update as a temporary apology while we work to clean up our mess. Thank you for your patience.

Updated with high-quality downloads in the Links section for those of you who couldn’t catch us live. See you next week!

The Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin. You know it as “the ee-fa.” Old-timers might still call it the Berlin Radio Show. Stephen Schenck for some reason refers to it only by its cumbersome designation “I-F-A.” But however you refer to it, one of the world’s biggest electronics trade shows is coming very soon. And it’s bringing a lot of smartphone, tablet, and smartwatch news with it.

On today’s show, we run down the most interesting of IFA rumors, from Samsung’s mammoth Galaxy Note 4 to Sony’s more … Compact offerings. We’ll also discuss what we’re expecting from the likes of HTC and Microsoft, Huawei and ASUS, and about a billion other brands – and we’ll kick everything off with a no-doubt contentious debate on the merits of all these smartwatches that just came out of the woodwork. Joining us on the show today is special guest Stefan Constantinescu of TabDump, who we’re relying on for just the right amount of world-weary cynicism to keep our youthful enthusiasm in check.

If that’s the kind of podcast that taps your touchscreen, then the Pocketnow Weekly is the show for you! Join us live on the air today at 2pm Eastern (click here for your own local time) for Pocketnow Weekly 111 (or download the high-quality edited version of the show down in the Links section when it’s ready) and shoot your questions to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your question read aloud on the air. See you then!

Pocketnow Weekly 111


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Recording Date

August 28, 2014

 

Hosts

Michael Fisher

Stephen Schenck

Stefan Constantinescu (TabDump)

 

Producer

Jules Wang

 

Podcast Rundown

 

Sponsor

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Announcements

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HTC One M8 for Windows review is live!

We have a winner in our Blackphone giveaway!

Next week’s podcast will be old-timey style!

Get your IFA questions in using the Q&A app!

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News

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Samsung Gear S announced as curved 3G-capable smartwatch

Samsung pimps Gear lineup with talk of over 1000 apps

LG officially announces G Watch R, a powerful Android Wear circle

Retail sources talk Nexus X launch plans

Leak delivers hardware pics of the new Moto G

Latest Moto Luge leaks manage to derail the buzz

Huawei says Tizen has “no chance to be successful”

 

IFA 2014: what to expect from the Berlin Radio Show

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The Roundup

IFA 2014 rumor roundup: what we expect from Berlin

 

Samsung

Samsung steps up its Note 4 campaign with new videos

 

HTC

HTC teases 64-bit smartphone for IFA

 

Microsoft

What if the Lumia 830 is Microsoft’s Nexus?

 

ASUS

ASUS names its upcoming smartwatch in new video

 

Sony

Xperia Z3 poses for the camera, inside and out

Leaked specs of Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact spell flagship

 

Huawei

Huawei teases sapphire-screened smartphone

 

Listener Mail

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E-mailed submissions from Oliver Stapley, John Buchmann, and Patrick Webb

 

Music

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It may just sound like a ringtone to you, but our transition music track (“Radiation”) is a real song, from a real album, by a real artist: Ali Spagnola. You can download that album, along with many others, at Ali’s website here, visit her YouTube page here, and follow her on Twitter here!

Thanks for listening. See you next week!

 

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About The Author
Michael Fisher
Michael Fisher has followed the world of mobile technology for over ten years as hobbyist, retailer, and reviewer. A lengthy stint as a Sprint Nextel employee and a long-time devotion to webOS have cemented his love for the underdog platforms of the world. In addition to serving as Pocketnow's Reviews Editor, Michael is a stage, screen, and voice actor, as well as co-founder of a profitable YouTube-based business. He lives in Boston, MA.Read more about Michael Fisher!