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  • 08/09/2011

    Video: tablets, 3D and smartphones - the week in techology, 8/9/11

    IFA Special: Coming up on World Tech Update this week we’re back at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 vanishes from the Samsung booth, poor reviews begin to roll in for the Galaxy Note, Sony intros the Personal 3D Viewer as an alternative to 3D TVs, LG entices gamers with Dual Play, Panasonic focuses on 3D partnerships and camcorders, an interactive shop window could change the look of department stores and a vacuum cleaner is controlled by an iPhone.
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  • 07/09/2011

    Video: the sights and sounds of IFA 2011

    Tablets, televisions, 3D, smartphones...all of it at the 2011 IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.
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  • 06/09/2011

    Video: Samsung makes the 7in Galaxy Tab disappear

    Samsung has removed every trace of its Galaxy Tab 7.7 from the company booth at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 was one of the products introduced during the Samsung press conference, but after just about 2 days on the show floor, the product vanished. A PR spokesman at the booth had little to say. Apple is suing Samsung to stop sales of the 7.7's big brother, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, claiming that Samsung copied the design iPad 2. Recently a German court upheld a preliminary injunction ordering Samsung to stop selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in that country. Samsung's lawyers must have anticipated the possibility that the court's ruling would apply to the smaller tablet too. When it was demonstrated by Samsung staff the 7.7 had a prominent warning sticker. Samsung covered up the signage for the tablet as well. You can see in the before and after images in this video. In one image a backlit sign for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is visible, but by Sunday it was replaced with an advertisement for the Note. On one of the walls at the booth it looked as if a piece of text was slapped over what previously advertised the Tab 7.7. The change likely wasn’t easy. Signage needed to be printed overnight and the hardware at the booth needed to be replaced. Not to mention the tens of thousands of consumers and press walking the show floor won’t be able to try out the product. European intellectual property laws allow companies to protect to the appearance of their products, in addition to the copyright, patent and trademark rights recognized in other jurisdictions. Apple claims the appearance of the larger Galaxy Tab is too similar to that of its iPad 2, the design of which is registered with the European Union's Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market.
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  • 06/09/2011

    Video: Multiplayer gaming goes full screen with LG TV

    LG is using its Dual Play technology to entice gamers into buying its 3D televisions. Normally in multiplayer games, the screen is split, but with dual play gamers can view the full screen with each player seeing a separate image. 3D TVs work by sending different images to each eye and Dual Play uses that to its advantage by sending one set of images to one player and another set with another player. Where typical polarized 3D glasses would have a left and right eye, the dual play glasses have one set with two left eyes and another set with two right eyes. And even though the TV supports 3D in dual play games are shown in traditional 2D. Dual Play works with any LG cinema 3D TV and the glasses will begin shipping along with LW980 series television by the end of September. LG also said that users could make their own Dual Play glasses simply by switching out lenses. LG wasn’t the first company with this idea thought. In June at E3, Sony showed a TV that creates the same, though it only measured 24-inches. The Dual Play technology demonstrates another use of 3D technology and with it Sony and LG are hoping to convince more consumers to upgrade from their traditional 2D displays. 3D gaming content has proved especially helpful in the transition.
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  • 06/09/2011

    Video analysis: Is the Galaxy Note a small tablet or a big smartphone?

    With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note at IFA last week, the company is hoping to define a new category of mobile devices. Just as Steve Jobs said the tablet is the bridge between computers and smartphones, Samsung is hoping that it can convince consumers that the Galaxy Note is the bridge between smartphones and tablets. With a 5.3in screen the Note is a little too large to be a phone, but a little too small to be a tablet. Samsung also brought back the stylus as one option, in addition to touch, to control the device. In a world that has become so touch oriented since Apple popularized the touchscreen, O’Donnell feels like we’re going back in time. I think the Galaxy Note is an interesting product. In some ways it’s sort of a throwback, right? A 5-inch phone with a stylus makes it feel like a PDA. The reality is that large phones have never done particularly well. The Dell Streak didn't do particularly well. I think Samsung is going to be pretty challenged with this product. I'm not sure that people really miss the stylus. Granted the S Pen can do more than the one you used to use on your Palm Pilot. It’s pressure sensitive and when coupled with the software Samsung is offering, it'll allow you to take notes, draw sketches, annotate screens and even collaborate across multiple devices. Still convincing consumers to use a stylus might be as hard as convincing them to hold a 5.3in phone to their ears. Whether or not the Galaxy Note will be a success remains to be seen, but we’ll have an answer by the end of this year when the device goes on sale.
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  • 05/09/2011

    Video: a tour of the Sony booth at IFA

    Follow IDG's Nick Barber as he walks around the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.
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  • 02/09/2011

    Video: Panasonic launches 3D camcorders, announces 3D partnerships

    Panasonic debuted a new 3D camcorder at the IFA consumer electronics show this week. The HDC-z-ten thousand has a 6 and a half megapixel sensor and can shoot 1080p HD video. It also has two new image stabilization systems, which according to Panasonic makes it easier to shoot in low light.
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  • 02/09/2011

    Video: Sony Personal 3D viewer in action

    Sony is offering an alternative for consumers who don’t want to buy a 3D TV. Called the personal 3D viewer the head mounted display will be available by the end of the year though pricing wasn’t announced. It can be connected to a 3D camcorder for a live view of what’s being shot or used for movies and gaming, said Howard Stringer during the company’s press conference. The viewer also has headphones to deliver audio. While the 3D viewer may be isolating—it’s not like you can enjoy this with a friend—the experience is pretty unique. We had a chance to try the personal 3D viewer being filmed here on a 3D camera and the effect is actually pretty good. The picture is clear and bright and after taking some time to focus it it’s a really enjoyable experience and Sony said that once this comes on the market there’s going to be headband to secure this to your head so that you don’t have to hold it.
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  • 02/09/2011

    Video: Ford Evos concept car that connects to cloud shown at IFA

    Ford detailed its new Evos concept car during the IFA consumer electronics show this week. Billed as a cloud connected car, Ford envisions that the automobile will be able to make decisions based on driver preferences.
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  • 02/09/2011

    Video: Samsung and Toshiba launch tablets at IFA - the week in tech

    Coming up on World Tech Update this week, we’re at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin where tablets are all the rage. Sony debuts two new Android tablets while taking a jab at Apple, Samsung intros the Galaxy Tab 7.7 and also announces the Galaxy Note smartphone-tablet hybrid, Toshiba focuses on thin and light with a new ultrabook and tablet and Ford Motor Company joins consumer electronics vendors and presents its vision of the future.
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  • 02/09/2011

    Video: Samsung launches Galaxy Note

    Samsung debuted a number of mobile devices at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin Thursday. The one gaining the most buzz is the Galaxy Note, a 5.3in tablet-smartphone hybrid that can touch or stylus driven. Here's a video showing Samsung executives showing off the Samsung Galaxy Note.
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  • 01/09/2011

    Video: Sony launches Android tablets - Sony Tablet S and Sony Tablet P

    Watch the press conference at which Sony finally announced its arrival in the tablet game. The Sony Tablet S and Sony Tablet P Android tablets will integrate with other Sony products - so for example consumers can use them as a remote control for their TV. They've also been described as 'the dream tablet for gamers'. Sony may be late to the game, but its used that time to come up with an innovative and interesting design that may yet win a following.
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  • 01/09/2011

    IFA video diary, day 2: More tablet news expected

    Press day number two at the IFA tradeshow in Berlin kicks off with more tablet news expected. This follows yesterday's big annoucement from Sony about the Tablet S and Tablet P.
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  • 31/08/2011

    IFA video diary, day 1: tablets, smartphones and 3D take centre stage.

    IFA kicks off in Berlin on Friday, but the days prior are packed with press conferences from major consumer electronics vendors as tablets, smartphones and 3D take centre stage.
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  • 30/08/2011

    Video: IBM develops weather prediction software

    As storms batter the east coast of the US, IBM has demonstrated technology it is developing that could could give several days warning for impending floods.
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  • 26/08/2011

    Video: Steve Jobs, Samsung's Galaxy ban & Microsoft lures WebOS devs - the week in tech

    Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO, a Dutch court bans Samsung Galaxy smartphones, Microsoft tries to lure webOS developers, Verizon Wireless announces plans for more 4G LTE networks, the US government fines Google 500 million, NASA's R2 robot comes alive in space, RIM pilots a cloud-based music service, United picks up iPads for its pilots and an app connects city goers with bike rentals.
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  • 25/08/2011

    Video: Robonaut 2 powers up on International Space Station

    NASA plans to further test its 'Robonaut 2' robot with further mobility on September 1.
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  • 23/08/2011

    Video: RIM plans BlackBerry music service

    RIM is planning to launch a BlackBerry music service, but the company doesn't plan to compete with other services such as Spotify and iTunes.
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  • 19/08/2011

    Android app connects city goers, green transport

    Spotcycle lets users search for bicycles for rent in cities worldwide.
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