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The Babolat Play Pure Drive sensor-packed racket and mobile device app

For fitness enthusiasts wanting to keep track of performance, or sports professionals looking for real-time information to help improve their game, the selection of monitoring devices is pretty good ... if you happen to be a runner or a cyclist. There's even one for kayakers. If you're a tennis player, however, your options are pretty much non-existent. Veteran French racket specialist Babolat is looking to address this shortfall with the release of its Play Pure Drive. The sensor packed racket collects data on a player's game, which is then transmitted to a smartphone or tablet running a proprietary app for analysis.  Read More

Lenovo's new IdeaCentre Flex 20 All-in-One PC

Lenovo's impressive Horizon Table PC is about to get a smaller IdeaCentre comrade with the launch of the Flex 20 All-in-One computer. Part of a bunch of new multi-mode devices to making their debut at IFA 2013, including the new Yoga 2 and a couple of laptops, the multi-user Win8 PC boasts 19.5 diagonal inches of multi-touch display real estate, features Intel's latest Core i processors and is available with HDD or SSHD storage.  Read More

Toshiba's Encore tablet runs Windows 8.1 and has been optimized for Skype video calls

Though Acer pipped everyone to the 8-inch Win8 tablet post when it launched the Iconia W3 in June, Toshiba has teamed up with Microsoft to develop one of the first to feature the latest generation of Intel's Atom processor. The Encore tablet unveiled at IFA 2013 will also run Windows 8.1 and has been optimized for Skype video calls.  Read More

ATake's new 2.1 channel Water Dancing Speaker System

Some soothing tunes pumping out through a speaker system is just the ticket after a hard day at the office, but there are times when your eyes need a gentle distraction too. Watching water bopping to the beat inside a sealed plastic enclosure as a multi-colored light show mesmerizes and relaxes fits that bill very nicely. There are a number of fountain audio throwers already available, but few are as arresting as the gorgeous 2.1 ch Water Dancing Speaker System from ATake that we spotted at IFA today.  Read More

Gizmag gets to grips with the Ricoh Theta at IFA 2013

If an all-round view of the world is your kind of thing then Ricoh has got just the device for you. Called the Theta, it's a slim, hand-held, pocket-friendly stick sporting two fish-eye lenses, one at the front and one at the back. There's no need to aim, focus or point the camera, users just hold it at any angle and press the shutter button on the front. The one shot spherical image produced can then be viewed on a synced iPhone, uploaded to social networks or transferred to a computer.  Read More

Samsung's 110-in UHD display Yesterday at IFA 2013, Panasonic showed off its impressive new 65-inch VIERA WT600 4K TV at IFA 2013, but today belongs to Samsung. The Korean electronics giant has revealed two enormous Ultra High Definition (UHD) televisions.  Read More

IK Multimedia's iRig PRO all-in-one universal audio/MIDI interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod ...

Mobile musicians wanting to feed signals from a guitar, microphone or MIDI keyboard into a music creation app running on an iPhone, iPad or Mac will likely have to carry around a few different interface units in their kit bag. The iRig PRO from IK Multimedia lightens the load by squeezing instrument, vocal and MIDI inputs into one portable device.  Read More

Miele's Knock2open dishwasher technology on display at IFA 2013

Wiping down the front of a dishwasher after loading in the dirty dishes kind of goes with the territory. No matter how careful you are, greasy finger marks always seem to spoil an otherwise clean surface. The latest integrated machines from German domestic appliance maker Miele overcome this messy problem with a couple of taps.  Read More

Sony's HMZ-T3W Head Mounted Display

In what's now becoming something of a tradition, Sony has announced the next generation of its head-mounted personal 3D video viewer ahead of IFA 2013. Though the HMZ-T3 retains the same display resolution as both of its predecessors, image quality has been improved. The slightly lighter headset also benefits from better audio and a more comfortable fit. The biggest news this time around, though, is the addition of a wireless version ... sort of.  Read More

The ThinkPad T440s Ultrabook is among a number of new business Ultrabooks announced by Len...

Lenovo has taken the wraps off some new Windows 8 business class Ultrabooks ahead of an IFA 2013 debut. Though all of the new additions take advantage of the performance improvements and energy efficiency offered by Intel's Haswell processors, the new T and X Series models also feature something called Power Bridge technology that allows users to swap out the second battery without having to power down first. Lighter and thinner than previous ThinkPads, the new laptops all feature a large trackpad to support Windows 8 gesture controls, and come in both touch-enabled and non-touch display panel flavors.  Read More

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