Everyone’s avoiding the iPhone, so IFA will be practically phone-free

August 30, 2018

Image: Jen Osborne/Mashable Internationale Funkausstellung, or IFA, is Europe’s largest trade show for consumer electronics that takes place from Aug. 31 to Sept. 5 in Berlin. And it’s going to be a little different this year.  IFA is not really about phones — it never was. The big phone show is Mobile World Congress in February, and there are tons of brand-specific events throughout the year. But a few major…

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Why you should care about Samsung’s new washing machine and vacuum

September 30, 2017

Samsung's new smart washing machine cleans your clothes in half the time of a regular oneImage: raymond wong/mashable Cheesy. Corny. Dorky. All of these words typically describe a Samsung press conference where it announces a slew of new products. But at the IFA tech show in Berlin this year, Samsung’s message — “your new normal” — was anything but cheesy because it reminded me how convenient technology has made life….

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Samsung’s Gear Sport smartwatch and Gear Fit2 Pro band double down on fitness

September 28, 2017

In a few weeks, Apple is expected to unveil the first Apple Watch with built-in LTE. Naturally, Samsung should be worried, right?  But rather than attacking the Apple Watch head-on with a single wearable, Samsung is launching two new ones: the Gear Sport smartwatch and the Gear Fit2 Pro fitness band. Oh, and the company is also launching wireless earbuds called the Gear IconX 2018 that are set to directly…

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Yay! Wearables are finally getting good

September 15, 2017

Samsung Gear SportImage: Raymond Wong/Mashable Name me a wearable tech category, and I’ll tell you what’s wrong with it. Smartwatches? Not useful enough. VR headsets? Too clunky. Wireless earbuds? Sucky battery and controls. I also lost them while I was writing this sentence.  But all of this is, finally, changing. Here at IFA Berlin, I’ve seen tons of new wearables, and while they’re still far from perfect, the technology has…

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