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    The Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, better known as IFA, is right around the corner! If you've been following Pocketnow or similar sitesĀ for a while now, you're likely already familiar with IFA. It's one of the biggest trade shows in mobile, where tech bloggers and journalists come from all around the world to get a first glimpse at some of the newest technology that OEMs and exhibitors can show off. In a way, it's a lot like a more mobile-focused CES. I've attended CES (the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada) for the past two years, and IĀ contributed to Pocketnow's ...

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    We're on to the second half of the year, which means it's nearly time for fall flagships from many of the major OEMs to launch, including rumored Apple, Samsung, LG, and HTC phones. One of those Samsung phones is almost definitely going to be a continuation of its Galaxy Note lineup, and with a press event and numerous rumors now out there, this Samsung UNPACKED 2014 Episode 2 teaser is just making it seem even more likely. The graphic, which we've embedded for you below, actually does provide us with some information, namely by letting us know where we can join in and teasing the contents ...

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    IFA 2013 in Berlin was crazy. Stupid crazy. The kind of crazy that makes people say and do stupid things on video - and we've got the footage to prove it. If you think it all goes according to plan on the first take, think again. Sure, we could settle for getting tongue-twisted, soldiering on through the screwups, and putting out your usual run-of-the-mill tech clips - but we strive to make each of our videos worthy of the time you invest in watching them. Sometimes we get it right the first time, but more often it takes a second or third try ... and some footage just misses the final cut ...

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    We've been bringing you our best quality mobile-tech podcast once a week for over a year now, and we're not about to break that streak on one of the biggest tech weeks of the year. Sure, we might've missed our usual Wednesday/Thursday time slot, and we might've even technically missed the weekend dividing line, depending on what time zone you're in - but you know what? We've just capped off four days of intense video coverage with a midnight podcast from one of the most echo-filled hotel rooms in all of Berlin, and we're uploading it through the technological equivalent of a 1999-era AOL ...

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    The Galaxy Gear might be the only smart watch setting headlines ablaze here at IFA 2013, but it's not the only one on the show floor. Fresh on the heels of our quick Galaxy Gear vs Pebble comparison, we ran headlong into the booth of Swiss manufacturer MyKronoz, where we unearthed the company's small collection of Bluetooth-enabled smart watches. The newest and most advanced of these, the MyKronoz ZeNano, doesn't blow us away on the spec sheet with its resistive touchscreen - but it packs enough features to set it apart from the pack. Chief among those: a bright display, svelte profile, ...

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    We're still a little ways out from being able to take you on a premium-style guided tour of the new Galaxy Note 3, but as IFA 2013 is winding down, we thought we'd try explaining some of the new phablet's fresh features in another video from Samsung's mammoth airplane hangar exhibit hall here in Berlin. In this short tour, we focus on the Note 3's new S Pen features: everything that can be launched from the Air Command menu, including the innovative text-reading action-jump and the fresh new take on multitasking. We'll show you how to copy and paste text from one app to another, and we'll ...

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    Starting with the Samsung Galaxy S 4, multiple owners of the same phone (we're referring to the S 4) were able to experience the same tunes playing, at the same time, on multiple devices. Now, with the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Group Play is on steroids and it does video. In the video below you will see a cool demonstration on how you can share local video content from your Note 3 with your friends. You can either watch the same movie on all devices, or you can have a big, singular, canvas (multi-screen) where content expands on all of the screens. Check it out below!

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    The red version of the HTC One was the first to join the initial, conservative, colors: black and silver. It's been rumored first, then leaked, and, finally, HTC decided to go official on June 27. The phone was initially an exclusive, for Phones4U in the UK, MediaMarkt in Germany, Sprint in the US, and Vodafone in other countries. The blue HTC One (and One Mini, which we couldn't shoot because it was missing from the floor) was introduced together with the Desire 601 and 300 (also missing), on September 3. In this video we're taking a look at these new color options, for a total of four, ...

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    At the most basic level, Samsung doesn't offer users many options when it comes to their choice of the Note 3. Sure, there's the SoC issue, but that's going to be determined more by your network provider than any personal whim. But for the phone itself, Samsung's only launching it in white, black, and pink - a far cry from the sort of thing we've seen lately from phones like the Moto X. That's not even close to the end of the story, however, as Samsung is making available a whole stink of Note 3 accessories, including a wide variety of cases in not only different hues, but different ...

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    Saying that Archos sells a number of different tablets is like saying that Crayola makes a few crayon colors; for a manufacturer without the brand recognition of a Samsung, Archos manages to put out an impressive variety of tablets, in all the different sizes, colors, and price ranges you could hope for. We already showed you one of the company's 2013 smartphones, and now we switch gears for a moment to dive into the array of tablets Archos brought along to the IFA this year. First, there's the Chef Pad, one of Archos's "themed" tablets. This one's designed - obviously - with cooking in ...

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    A couple days back, we had the chance to go hands-on with Samsung's newest tablet, the big, high-res Galaxy Note 10.1. From the S-pen support, to the choice of processors, to the new faux-leather-texture back panel (complete with that darling fake stitchwork), the new 10.1 shares more than just a name with the also-brand-new Note 3. As the new Samsung tablet heavyweight to beat, we were interested to see how it would compare to its competition, so swung back around Samsung's way for another look at the Note 10.1 2014 edition, this time with an iPad in tow. Sure, Apple's likely to be just ...

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    One nice thing about events like the IFA is that they give us the chance to go hands-on with phones we might have heard about already, but haven't yet had the chance to interact with ourselves. That's the case with Archos and its 53 Platinum, an Android smartphone the company announced back in April. Along with the 35 Carbon and 50 Platinum, the 53 was also crazy cheap, with a list price of only $250. Is it going to come across as a cheaply made phone, or would we be impressed by the build quality? We stopped by where Archos had set up at the IFA 2013 to take a look. The Archos 53 Platinum ...

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    Acer was one of those OEMs to really make a point to get its IFA announcements out early, and we brought you news of its new products all the way back on Monday. Now that we're actually in Berlin, crawling the show floor of IFA 2013, we were able to swing by Acer's camp and check out some of what it had to bring. The Liquid S2, along with other new phones like Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, will be one of the first Androids capable of recording 4K Ultra HD video. You may not have a set that can even display such content yet, but when that day comes, the S2 could give you plenty of 4K home movies ...

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    For months, the Pebble smartwatch has been our go-to recommendation for people interested in checking out such wearable technology, but now it faces new competition in the form of the Galaxy Gear. Issues with differences in feature sets and compatibility has us wondering if maybe there's a place in the market for both these products, but with the opportunity presented to us by the IFA in Berlin, we felt we should still place these two up against each other and give you a clear look at how they differ. Are you going to be won over by the Pebble's ability to be used with many phones, and its ...

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    Sony's no stranger to the tablet world, releasing the very impressive Xperia Tablet Z earlier this year, but when it comes to Windows 8 tablets, the company is only just now testing the waters. Besides the Xperia Z1 and those Cyber-shot lens-style cameras, Sony brought a new tablet to show off at this year's IFA, the Windows-8-running Vaio Tap 11. As should be obvious from the name, we're looking at an 11-inch screen, this time with a 1080p resolution. The tablet runs an Intel Core chip, with options up to a Core i7. It has a Surface-like keyboard cover that attaches magnetically, but this ...

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    Coming up to the IFA this year, we had a long list of devices we were looking forward to seeing, but there were only two big mysteries: the Galaxy Gear's hardware, and these crazy-looking lens-cameras from Sony. Well, we got the answers we wanted about both earlier this week, and while the Galaxy Gear is simple enough to understand, these Sony cameras are just so outside what we're used to that it was still a trick to wrap our heads around what it would be like to use one of these guys. Well, that's what the IFA, and all its opportunities for hands-on experiences with just-announced ...

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    We just got done showing you how Sony's new Android smartphone, the Xperia Z1 with its 20.7-megapixel camera, held up against Samsung's 2013 juggernaut, the Galaxy S 4. The GS4 might be a huge commercial success, but when it came to picking a favorite phone from the first half of the year, plenty of us here were leaning towards a preference for the HTC One, instead. It only follows, then: if we want to form an impression of how the Xperia Z1 compares to the cream of the crop of this year's Androids, that's going to mean not only checking it out in contrast to the GS4, but the HTC One, as ...

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    The big 20.7-megapixel camera on Sony's new Xperia Z1 will no doubt get the smartphone a fair amount of attention; in Android-land, especially, for users comparing raw specs, it's going to be hard to find anything that really measures-up. But even with that ace in the hole, Sony's handset is going to face some stiff competition from higher-profile phones already on the market, and few get any higher-profile than the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Sure, the GS4 has evolved a lot since it first launched, with new models like the waterproof GS4 Active and the LTE-Advanced GS4 with its Snapdragon 800 ...

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    Sure, we heard some scattered earlier announcements in the days leading up to Sony's IFA press event, but when we're talking about major events from the companies we traveled all that way to see, it was Sony who really got things started for the IFA this year with its Wednesday announcement of the Xperia Z1. After following development of this handset through all the leaks of codename Honami, we were well curious to finally get a chance to check it out for ourselves. While the Z1 may not go to quite the lengths of the Nokia Lumia 1020, it's one of the growing number of smartphones placing ...

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    One of the nice things about expos like the IFA is that they give us an opportunity to look at the hardware from manufacturers that don't necessarily grab our attention too much otherwise. Take Lenovo, for instance: it's been churning out Android phones, as well as a bunch of tablets, but its models just haven't yet managed to captivate us like ones from a Samsung or HTC might. Could it finally be time for that to change? Lenovo has brought a few new devices to show off at the IFA this year, and today we hear about a new Android phone and tablet. First up, there's the Vibe X, Lenovo's new ...

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    When Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, it appeared to confirm something we had feared: that the watch would only be compatible with specific Samsung devices, rather than the sort of broad compatibility we see with watches like the Pebble. As we begin to learn more about the smartwatch, however, it's becoming clear that the reality of the situation is a bit more complicated than just that, and we very well should be seeing the Galaxy Gear working with non-Samsung phones in the future. As explained by Samsung's Ryan Bidan, Gear compatibility is a double-edged sword. On the one ...

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    Early this morning we caught wind of the Toshiba Encore, the latest eight-inch Windows 8 tablet to go official. While not the first tablet running such software in that form factor, running an Intel Bay Trail Atom sure could give it a leg up on the competition, and the very attractive sticker price of a mere $330 could make the Encore difficult to ignore. We simply had to check this guy out for ourselves, and see if it really would be capable of delivering a solid Windows 8 experience while still managing to keep its price so bottom-basement. Did Toshiba make too many sacrifices? Will this ...

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    LG's return to the tablet market sure isn't happening during any kind of lull; instead, LG's going to have some very serious competition facing it, and in the eight-inch space, that's sure to include Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0, released earlier this year. This match-up's particularly interesting due to each tablet having its own set of attractive qualities, with neither immediately obvious as the technically superior choice. For instance, LG's got a killer 1920 x 1200 resolution compared to the Note's 1280 x 800, but Samsung has the benefit of its S Pen stylus and all the software built to ...

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    Plenty of manufacturers are getting a head start on the IFA by making their product announces a little early, as was the case over the weekend with LG and its new tablet. LG's been out of the tablet game for quite a while now, but it's finally time to do something about that, and the arrival of its G Pad 8.3 is reintroducing LG to the market. Of course, tablets have come a long way during LG's hiatus, but the company definitely seems like it's getting back into things with its feet running, delivering the G Pad 8.3 with respectively modern specs like a 1920 x 1200 8.3-inch display, ...

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    Compared to the Galaxy Note 2, the Galaxy Note 3 is familiar, yet different. It's an upgrade in every aspect, thanks to the use of 3GB of RAM and the brawny Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU (or Exynos 5 Octa, depending on where you get yours). The display, a bit larger than before, also bumps the resolution from 720p to 1080p; this is one of the best displays we've ever seen. Visually, the two are similar, save for the much smaller bezels on the Note 3 and the reduced depth. The S-Pen is still there but with new software features. In terms of in-hand feel, the Note 3 feels just as ...

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