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    Sony is not doing a great job keeping a lid on its IFA announcements for tomorrow. We just saw the full press release leak for the Xperia Z1, and now the very same has happened for those lens camera accessories we were also expecting to see Sony announce, complete with a bunch of hardware specs, pics, and video. So, what are we actually going to call these guys? Sure Shot was thrown around as a possibility, but when we didn't see it in that Z1 leak, we wondered what was up. Here, Sony describes the pair as "lens-style cameras" which will be part of its Cyber-shot brand, known simply by ...

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    Sony's big IFA event takes place tomorrow, and with the teasers the company's been publishing, there's been little doubt that it would launch the phone we've been following as codename Honami. While there's still plenty to look forward to from tomorrow's event, including the details on those Smart Short lens camera accessories, the cat may already be out of the bag when it comes to Honami, as the official Sony press release announcing the phone seems to have leaked a day early. Assuming this is legitimate – and it certainly has the trappings of a Sony press release – Honami will see ...

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    Unless you've been living under a rock, you've no doubt picked up on the fact by now that we're nearly ready to get underway with IFA 2013 in Berlin. The sort of announcements we've been hearing so far this week are only the prelude – manufacturers hoping to get a jump start on everyone else. In the days to follow we'll be getting even more of these pre-IFA announcements, including some eagerly anticipated news from Sony and Samsung on Wednesday. In fact, IFA proper doesn't actually start until this Friday, running through a week from tomorrow. Every year, we prepare for the same sort of ...

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    Psst. Want some behind-the-scenes info before you read this behind-the-scenes article? If that's not too meta for you, peep this: we were recently forced to rename an episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, less than an hour after publishing it. The reason? The same reason which drives most action on the internet, of course: "moar clicks." You see, episode 059 of the Weekly was our IFA teaser episode, the podcast where we sat around and talked about what we expected to see at this year's Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, better known as the "Berlin radio show" (and even better known, ...

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    Is the fabled 3GB RAM smartphone destined to remain a dream? For all the talk the idea gets, we really haven't seen anything come of it. There was the theory that the LG G2 might usher in the era of such memory capacity, but we ultimately saw it go the 2GB route, instead. And there was the Ubuntu Edge, which would have packed a hefty 4GB of memory, but that project has already folded. That's left the Galaxy Note III as the best contender, and with its launch almost certainly occurring this Wednesday, we'll have the full story on its hardware shortly. In the meantime, a new leak offers a ...

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    NVIDIA's SoCs have powered many a tablet over the years, but the company itself has yet to release such a device under its own name; certainly, with products like Shield, it's clear that NVIDIA is reconsidering the greater role it wants to play in the hardware market. This summer, rumors have suggested that NVIDIA might be working on a pair of Android tablets. While one may run a next-gen Tegra 5 chip and still be quite a way's off, we've already started seeing leaks of a seven-inch NVIDIA tablet. Today we get some new imagery to look over, While much lower resolution than the leaked pics ...

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    Sony's add-on "lens camera" accessories for smartphones, which may launch under the name Smart Shot, are easily some of the more head-scratching developments to surface in the weeks leading up to this year's IFA. We've come a long way in our understanding of this hardware, but it's just so unlike anything we've seen before that we're likely to find ourselves inundated with questions even after Sony finally makes the products official. Over the weekend, we looked at a new white variant of the hardware. Today we're back to the black versions we first saw, but with an explosion of new ...

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    This week's already getting off to a fast start, with a number of early announcements of hardware intended for exhibition at this year's IFA in Berlin. Right now we have a couple new entries from Acer, drawing the curtain back on both an Android tablet and a new Android smartphone. The tablet is Acer's 10.1-inch Iconia A3. It has a 1280 x 800 resolution, runs a quad-core 1.2GHz A7-based SoC (no word on which, though), and has a five-megapixel main camera. The A3's available in either 16GB or 32GB configurations, both offering microSD expansion. The WiFi-only version of the tablet will ...

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    It may not be quite the free-for-all that we've been seeing with the iPhone 5S and 5C, but there have been a good number of rumors associated with Samsung's Galaxy Note III, and just the other day we got a nice look at a leaked front panel for the upcoming phablet. That was a very interesting find, letting us do some comparisons to the Note II, but it sure won't be the only color option the Note III gets at launch. Besides the black front panel we saw, we've heard of plans for a white GN3, and today we get to take a look at a matching white front panel. Don't let those black bits confuse ...

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    It's the show that kicks off the fall season in consumer electronics and mobile technology, and we're going to be there, as always, to cover it. But IFA 2013 is next week - and last we checked our Novice's Guide to Chronometry and Basic Time Theory, there's a whole lotta time between this week and next. So let's fill it with speculation. Join Jaime Rivera, Taylor Martin, and Michael Fisher on a whimsical journey into the prospective future, as they bat around rumors and leaks concerning such luminaries as Samsung's Galaxy Note III, LG's new G Pad, a futuristic Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and ...

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    Sometimes, you push obligations back for too long and they just pile up, week after week after week, until they never get done. Well, when we started the Pocketnow Weekly technology podcast just over one year ago, we decided that listener mail -your mail- was going to be a big part of it, and it's consistently added flavor to the show. But the last few weeks have been so packed with news that we've been forced to neglect our listener mailbag - much to the justified consternation of some of our loyal writers-in. So today, we're finally making good on a long-held debt: we're devoting an ...

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    CES 2013 was many things: a beacon of hope offering tons of potential for the new year in tech; a smorgasbord of cool devices and odd offerings to drool over; and, to hardware-hungry mobile mavens like me, something of a disappointment overall. Still, there was enough newsworthy content for the Pocketnow team to generate over 30 videos packed with mobile-tech reporting. And in the process of shoving all those frames into the YouTubes, we became well-acquainted with the constraints of mobile data networks. Amid the throng of over a hundred thousand people trying to do the exact same thing ...

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    Ever since the launch of our latest format, dubbed "Pocketnow 5.0," we've been broadening our focus bit by bit. We're still keeping our eyes mainly on smartphones and tablets, of course, but we've started expanding into some behind-the-scenes material as well. This is the kind of stuff that formerly would have been of interest only to a tiny fraction of our readership, the die-hard tech media superfans, but which is rising in popularity as our little corner of the journalism world grows. Think about it: when Pocketnow started 12 years ago, it was one of only a handful of tech blogs, ...

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    Android began life as an operating system for smartphones. So did iOS. Neither were designed to work on tablets. Since then, times have changed, and we've finally come to terms with the fact that people want large-screen devices. Apple pushed us in this direction with the original iPad. There were growing pains as apps were re-tooled to take advantage of the larger screen. Some apps still haven't caught up and are either stretched to fill the screen or only occupy an iPhone-sized square in the middle of the screen. Android followed along shortly after Apple, releasing Honeycomb on the ...

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    A Romanian and an American at a German trade show featuring Asian devices? Things just got international, ya'll. Grab some bratwurst and Bitburger and join Michael Fisher and Anton D. Nagy for the latest episode of the Pocketnow Weekly, straight from one of the smallest hotel rooms in Berlin. This is a special-edition podcast, covering all the devices we got hands-on time with at IFA 2012! From gymnasium-level Samsung to mini-booth ASUS, we cover it all ... and share some insights on trade shows -and Germany- along the way. If that kind of international IFA intrigue sounds like something ...

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    Covering tech is a tricky business. Particularly when you have to repress residual fanboy tendencies in order to do your job. Allow me to explain. We've been in Berlin for a few days covering IFA, the annual consumer-electronics trade show where major brands make announcements and the media gets hands-on time with new products. This year's show hasn't been overwhelming, but it's given us the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note II, a new array of Sony Xperia products, and a bevy of Windows 8 tablets. Among those, Samsung, Acer, and Sony all brought out some Start-screen-packing hardware, ...

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    This little number caught our eye at IFA, and though it doesn't meet the strictest definition of "brand-spanking new," having been announced at MWC many moons ago, we wanted to shoot a quick-look video anyway because it's so darn cool. To our eyes, the uncreatively-named AT270 ("Android Tablet," get it?) resembles something of a cross between a Nexus 7 and an iPad, with the size and portability of the former and the build quality of the latter. The screen, a 7-inch AMOLED panel, features amazing color saturation and excellent blacks, while performance is solid on Android ICS. The only ...

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    They're not in the same class of device, and they're not serving the same buyer segments, but that doesn't mean we can't do a comparison video. The Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II share a common design lineage and a very similar software load, but there are differences to highlight- differences which provide some small insight into how Jelly Bean might look on the Galaxy S line in the future. In addition, we've got S-pen fun, feature comparisons, and the S Voice testing some of you were clamoring for. Plus, it's more video of the Galaxy Note II. You know you want it. So go get it, down ...

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    The second Windows 8-powered tablet from Acer is the Iconia W700 -- we've just seen the W510 -- which is aimed more towards the business consumers than the Clover Trail W510. It is powered by Microsoft Windows 8 running on either Intel IvyBrudge Core i3 or i5 processors. Screen is 11.6-inches in diagonal with a Full HD resolution of 1920x1080 and up to ten separate touch point detection. Storage options include 32- and 64GB flavors, up to eight-hour battery time, a five-megapixel main camera accompanied by a 1.3-megapixel front-facer. Aside from the usual suspects there's also a USB 3.0 ...

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    This year's IFA offers lots of Windows 8 hardware from a wide array of OEMs, and Acer is no exception to that. The company had two tablets on the floor, one of them being the Iconia W510/W511. It is running Microsoft's next generation Windows 8 platform on an Intel Clover Trail architecture. It has a 10.1-inch HD display of 1366x768 resolution with 350-nit brightness, a battery which can guarantee an up to eight-hour life, eight-megapixel main camera at the back, two-megapixel front webcam, all the usual suspects as well as an optional 3G radio. Check out the video below to see our first ...

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    Sometimes you're at an IFA party that focuses on accessories and peripherals, not expecting to see hot new kit from one of Microsoft's top hardware partners, and all you've got to shoot a hands-on video is an HTC One X. But sometimes the product is so interesting, it's worth it. Last night was one of those times. We ran into HP at an IFA after-hours showcase, where the company was showing off a wide spectrum of notebooks and convertibles. The Envy x2 wasn't scheduled for an appearance on the show floor, so David from HP graciously agreed to take us on a guided tour of the new hardware ...

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    Huawei is proud to introduce its own proprietary custom user interface for Android-powered devices, dubbed Emotion UI. As we've learned from Huawei itself, it is a result of user feedback, people finding Android to be a little bit "too complicated". In the video below you will see a quick demo of the UI in action with some of its most important features. Simplified folders, widgets and overall ease of use are just a few. Check it out below and let us know your thoughts. Don't forget: after IFA the custom UI "will enter the next phase of its development, driven further by consumer wants and ...

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    The Sony VAIO Tap 20 is an unusual Windows 8 tablet. The massive 20" screen (at a mere qHD 960x540 resolution) is designed for family interaction in scenarios where you'd place the device on a coffee table and play a game, thanks to 10-point multi-touch input. The Tap 20 has a unique stand on the back that lets the tablet rest at various degrees. The device we played with was a prototype, as Sony expects to reduce the weight and thickness of the device (and hopefully bump the screen resolution) in time for it shipping later this year. When it ships, Sony expects to offer it in Core i3, i5, ...

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    Huawei didn't disappoint us regarding the number of new devices on display, as with every show. This year at the IFA they had some new phones and tablets on display, joining the already existent devices from MWC in February. We have two tablets (MediaPad 10FHD, MediaPad 7 Lite), two phones (Ascend G600, Ascend G330), and an update for the Ascend P1 with the new, proprietary Emotion UI on top of Google's mobile platform. The devices might not be powerhouses but the moderate specifications will probably result in very accessible price points. While not all will make it to the U.S., we're ...

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    Does the Samsung Galaxy Camera stand a chance of making a lasting dent in the world of still photography? Not if you ask Jaime Rivera, but here at IFA we have the luxury of bathing in techno-lust without the need for in-depth analysis, at least on the trade floor. Our interaction with Samsung's latest experiment was fleeting, but satisfying. Our demo unit was responsive, substantial, and magenta (natch). We enjoyed the snappy performance of Android Jelly Bean on the point-and-shoot camera's 4.8" display, and the various amateur and "professional-grade" enhancements Samsung has built in to ...

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