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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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    We're not slaves to jumbo-superphones here at Pocketnow, and the landscape at this year's IFA in Berlin is catering to our diverse tastes just fine. Enter the HTC Desire X, a new midrange offering from the Taiwanese manufacturer that we reported on just yesterday. The device features a 5MP camera, 4" SLCD display, and a 1GHz dual-core CPU - nothing that's going to turn any heads in the spec department, but it's all bundled up in a casing that's beautiful, well-built, and refreshingly not gigantic. You'll have to check out Jaime Rivera's report on the Desire X from yesterday for more ...

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    As we reported just a couple days ago, the Optimus G isn't LG's only offering for the upcoming fall season. The new L9 features a dual-core 1GHz CPU with a deceptively large 4.7″ IPS display, 1GB of RAM, and a lightweight build. The newest iteration of the LG UI featured here is pretty interesting, allowing users to customize individual app icons, home screen transitions, and more. On top of that, the experience is light and snappy, feeling more like stock Android than a skinned build. Check out the video below for our full hands-on from IFA in Berlin.

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    Yesterday we saw a new Amazon patent for a dual-sided tablet, with an LCD screen on one side, and an electronic ink display on the rear. The idea is that for reading still text, or anything else that doesn't require rapid screen updates, you could use the e-ink screen to cut down on battery consumption. It seemed like a neat idea, but we wondered just how practical it might be, not having seen an actual physical model or anything. We might have assumed that such hardware was still several months away, at best, but as luck would have it, a prototype of something very similar already exists, ...

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    After giving you some commentary on what we thought about the Galaxy Note II as far as its place in the mobile landscape, we wanted to give you a more in-depth tour of Samsung's updated phablet. The Galaxy Note II has a larger screen than the original Note by 0.2", but because of a 16:9 aspect ratio, the device is less wide but taller; it's also slightly thinner, which is unexpected given the 20% increase in battery capacity. The Note II has a quad-core 1.6GHz Exynos CPU with 2GB of RAM. It'll be launching later this year across multiple carriers with either 3G or 4G LTE.  

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    We all love phones and tablets that include oodles of built-in storage, but we also appreciate the ability to expand our storage as well. Thank goodness for sdcards! Not all sdcards are created equal. In addition to differing capacities, cards also have various speed capabilities. Read and write speeds are important for a variety of reasons. Videos we record on our phones and tablets are now capable of full-HD, that's a lot of bits that have to be stored somewhere. If your sdcard isn't fast enough to receive all that data it means your video quality will suffer. Dropped frames, blurring, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through all the recent device announcements at IFA. The list is huge, so bare with us. We have a full segment on the new Samsung devices being announced, including the new Samsung Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Camera and ATIV Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 hardware. We also have a segment covering the recent Sony Xperia announcements along with the VAIO Duo 11 that we recently leaked. We cover some minor LG announcements along with some Nokia device leaks. We later talk about an HTC Tablet that we recently uncovered in photos. We end today's show with the ...

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