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IFA 2012

The bagless (left) and bagged versions of the Zoo'o ProAnimal at IFA

If you own a dog or cat, you might wonder why people who don’t own one even need a vacuum cleaner – after all, aren’t pet fur and paw-dirt pretty much entirely what vacuums are used to clean up? Well, if that were the case, you’d think that it wouldn’t be so hard to get them to pull the fur out of your carpets and upholstery. That’s where Bosch’s new Zoo'o ProAnimal vacuum comes into the picture. As its vaguely Irish-sounding name implies, it’s optimized for sucking up animal hair.  Read More

The S2110A is one of three Lenovo Ideatab tablets being launched this week at IFA

Lenovo has announced three new tablets that are smarter, slimmer and more powerful than their predecessors. Showcased at IFA in Berlin, the S2110A, A2107A, and A2109A Ideatabs are powered by Ice Cream Sandwich, or Android 4.0 if you don’t have a sweet tooth. Geared toward gaming and business uses, the 10-inch S2110A supports a battery-powered attachable keyboard and features a Micro-HDMI port, while the 7- and 9-inch A2107A and A2109A have been designed for casual use and optimized media consumption. All three tablets are 3G compatible.  Read More

Gizmag goes hands on with the Toshiba U920t ultrabook hybrid

Toshiba today unveiled its new hybrid laptop/tablet, the U920t, at IFA 2012. One of these (as it turns out, one that wasn't bolted to the table) found its way into the soft, delicate hands of the Gizmag team, and we decided to take it for a spin. Here are our hands on impressions.  Read More

Dell's Sam Burd (VP, Global Product Operations at Dell) demo'ing the XPS Duo 12

Dell released three new additions to its XPS range at this year's IFA in Berlin: the XPS One 27 all-in-one and the XPS 10 and XPS Duo 12 laptop/tablet hybrids. Dell's Sam Burd; VP, Global Product Operations at Dell demo'd the One 27's 'Quad HD' touchscreen, saying that Dell disagrees with the idea that you "don't touch a screen this good." The swiveling mechanism of the XPS Duo 12 was the real talking point, however.  Read More

The ATIV Smart PC (Image: Samsung)

With Windows 8 due to be officially launched in October, Samsung has pulled back the curtain on their ATIV suite of devices based on Microsoft's OS, including two hybrid tablets, at the IFA trade show in Berlin. The Smart PC and Smart PC Pro hybrid tablet/laptops, the Tab tablet, and the S smartphone were all shown off, with the fifth, a Windows 8-flavored refresh of the Notebook Series 9, also getting some air time.  Read More

The HMZ-T2 Personal 3D Viewer unveiled at IFA is some 20 percent lighter than its predeces...

Along with its 84-inch 4K TV, Sony also chose IFA 2012 to unveil the latest version of its head-mounted Personal 3D Viewer. The successor to the HMZ-T1 we tried out at IFA last year, Sony claims the updated HMZ-T2 model boasts a sharper display, improved sound and is some 20 percent lighter, making it easier on the ol’ neck muscles.  Read More

Panasonic and NHK's 145-inch 8K display

I see your 84-inch 4K TV, and raise you one 145-inch 8K Super Hi-Vision monster of a display. First seeing light of day back in April, this collaborative effort from Panasonic and Japanese national broadcaster NHK has a resolution of 7680 x 4320 (more than 33 million pixels), and, being a plasma screen, is the first 8K display without need of a backlight. Naturally, Gizmag jumped at the chance to see it in the flesh at IFA 2012.  Read More

Sony's Xperia Tablet S joins the Xperia stable

Previously reserved for smartphones, Sony has extended its Xperia line to include tablets with the unveiling of the Xperia Tablet S at IFA 2012. The successor to the Tablet S (originally known as the S1) released last year, the new tablet is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and 1 GB of RAM and comes running Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich), with Sony promising an upgrade to 4.1 (Jellybean) in the future.  Read More

Samsung's hybrid GALAXY Camera

"The camera is reborn." That's how Samsung's President of IT and Mobile Communications Division JK Shin describes the company's new smartphone/camera hybrid announced today at IFA in Berlin. Basically a compact camera with a smartphone-type touchscreen on the back, the Android-powered GALAXY Camera is designed to deliver superior photo-taking capabilities without missing out on the instant sharing and web browsing options afforded by wireless network connectivity.  Read More

Sony's 4K resolution, 84-inch KD-84X9005 BRAVIA LCD TV

The biggest announcement from Sony’s IFA press conference, if you’re going purely by the size of the device, was the unveiling of its KD-84X9005 BRAVIA LCD TV. Packing an 84-inch LCD panel with 3,840 x 2,160 pixels (that’s a total of 8.29 megapixels), the KD-84X9005 is Sony’s first 4K television and outdoes Sharp’s AQUOS LC-90LE745U in resolution, although not in size. In another first, the edge-lit LED unit also features passive 3D instead of the active 3D seen in the company’s previous 3D models.  Read More

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