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Samsung's 2014 Rumoured to Involve Showing a Galaxy Note 4 at IFA

Samsung would appear to be sticking to its winning product lines and the timelines in which it updates them and makes everything half an inch or so bigger, with rumours from its homeland claiming the Galaxy Note 4 will appear at the IFA tech event as did its forefathers. Read More >>

smartwatches
Why I Will Never Want a Smartwatch

Like NFC, the smartwatch concept is a Rube Goldberg solution to a problem so small that it is solved by reaching into your pocket. And solutions to small problems work best when they're little ineffable features, not entire products or platforms. One of the core issues with the concept of NFC, or at least how it is being implemented, is that it does not really free you from anything. It just does the same things, with slightly more hassle and risk of battery failure, as a credit card or cash. A credit card which you still have to carry around, because not everyone is going to accept NFC. The convenience of having your payments consolidated onto your phone was outstripped and undermined by several payment companies consolidating your payment data the way the NFC wallet was originally supposed to, leaving it with just the gimmick of tapping your phone to pay. And that's nothing more than technologically decadent lateral movement. Read More >>

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Can the World's Thinnest Keyboard Cut a German Sausage?

If you cast your mind back to 2009, you might recall the Palm Pre had an edge so sharp, it was able to cut through cheese. Measuring just half a millimetre thick, the world's thinnest keyboard -- made by British company CSR in partnership with Atmel and CIT -- should be able to take on a bratwurst, surely. I put my IFA lunch to the test. Read More >>

smartphones
LG G2 Supports 4K Gaming *and* Wireless Streaming of the Footage

The new, Snapdragon 800-powered LG G2 has one surprise feature hidden away inside its cutting-edge core; the ability to render games at 4K resolution and wirelessly stream the footage of you shooting/driving things to a 4K-ready TV. How ridiculously powerful. Read More >>

televisions
LG Says "Everything Samsung Can Do, We Can Do Better" With Even Bigger Curved OLED UHD TV

Who said the Koreans don't love a good game of one-upmanship? After seeing Samsung's astoundingly good OLED UHD TV yesterday, and its existing curved OLED screens, LG's taken things a whole stage further with its insane, larger 77-inch curved OLED UHD TV. Chew on that, Samsung. Read More >>

smartwatches
Qualcomm's Toq Smartwatch Is a Tonne Better Than Samsung's Galaxy Gear

Disregarding my opinion that smartwatches (unless they're the Pebble, or something as intuitive and elegantly-executed) can all be tossed in a skip and set on fire, I'm actually really impressed after a brief play with the Qualcomm Toq (pronounced "talk," not "toc." Dubbed "the anti-Galaxy Gear" (by us), such is the stripped-down nature of what's crammed inside the 1.5-inch display, it's more of a pimped-out watch than Dick Tracy phonewatch. And that's a good thing, before you ask. Read More >>

smartwatches
Wait, What? No! Samsung’s Smartwatch Has a Leather Case, Too?!

There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical about the latest round of touchscreen timepieces like the Galaxy Gear, not the least of which being the fact that you'll apparently even be able to get a faux-leather stitched case for it. Guh. WHO WOULD DO THIS??? Read More >>

tablets
LG's Made an iPad Mini For the Android Lovers

It's safe to say that Android tablets haven't quite managed to capture the aesthetic beauty of Apple's iPad mini. Sure, there have been some good looking ones, and the Nexus 7 certainly isn't ugly, but none of the smaller tablets have really compared to the elegant and simplistic design of Jony Ive's mini, until now. Meet the LG G Pad 8.3. Read More >>

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Eyes-On With Samsung's OLED UHD TV of the Future

The combination of 4K resolution and OLED display technology sure makes for a potentially tasty concoction, and boy does it live up to its promise. It may be just a prototype, but Samsung's OLED UHD display is the most gorgeous TV I've ever seen. Read More >>

cameras
Ricoh's Weird 360 Camera Takes Mind-Bending Photos, But It's Expensive

Ricoh's new Theta is a genuinely new kind of consumer gadget. The wand-shaped device has two opposite facing images, which can capture fully-spherical, 360-degree images. The resulting images are really cool looking and the Theta is a lot of fun to use but for £329, it's a bit pricey. Read More >>

laptops
Thinkpad Yoga: Finally a Convertible With Some Grit

Out of last years selection of fledgling Windows 8 convertibles, Lenovo's Yoga was our favourite by far. Now we're getting one with some ruggedness to it. You know, a little bit of raw strength. Meet the Thinkpad Yoga. Read More >>

laptops
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro: Basically a Perfect Upgrade

Last year's Lenovo Yoga was one of the better laptops we've ever used, and certainly right at the top of Windows 8 convertibles. This year's Yoga 2 Pro refines the hell out of that notion, and adds a super high-res screen on top. Read More >>

appliances
A Simple Knock Opens This Dishwasher, Keeping the Front Panel Clean

Everything inside your dishwasher might be sparkling and squeaky clean, but loading it with dishes and cutlery all day has probably left it a greasy mess on the outside. A disgusting downside that Miele intends to alleviate with automatic doors on its latest dishwashers—which open with a simple knock. Read More >>

samsung
Samsung's Pushing OLED to UHD Extremes For the First Time Ever

Forget ordinary everyday LCD UHD TVs -- what you want is an eye-poppingly gorgeous OLED UHD TV, and Samsung's just managed to make the first one in the world. It'll probably be the most gorgeous-looking TV you'll ever see. Read More >>

audio
Philips Dumbs-Down the DJ With M1X-DJ Portable Mobile Disco Amp

This bizarre thing is the M1X-DJ, a product Philips has produced with help from middle-of-the-road trance master Armin van Buuren. It's 80-Watts of power you can carry around with you on a shoulder strap, DJ-ing to anyone not fast enough to run away. Read More >>

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O2 Guru TV Takes the Sony Xperia Z1 For a Spin

They're just showing off now, O2 Guru TV. Not only have they got the just-announced Sony Xperia Z1 in their paws, but hosts Maddie and Gav have taken it down to the famous Brands Hatch race circuit to test out the 20.7MP cameraphone and detachable Smart Lens. Read More >>

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