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Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai reveals the XBR-84X900, a 3D-capable Bravia TV with a very high 4K resolution of 3,840x2,160 pixels, at the IFA show in Berlin.

Sony puts a price on its 4K TV: $25,000

Early adopters who want twice the resolution as ordinary HD TV will have to pay dearly for it. The price tag for Sony's XBR-84X900 works out to 0.3 cents per pixel.

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Sam Burd, global vice president of Dell PC group, shows off the XPS Duo 12, a convertible laptop-tablet design running Windows 8. The screen can be flipped around within a frame so it works as either a laptop or a tablet.

How the PC market is being reborn

At the IFA show in Berlin, radical new computer designs reveal an industry willing to try something besides tweaks to last year's model.

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Samsung has a major Android smartphone and tablet effort under its Galaxy brand, but Damien Cusick, general manager of Samsung Electronics UK, was eager to tout the range of new Windows-based devices the company is bringing to market.

Samsung apologizes for tech bloggers' 'undue hardship'

Electronics giant says a misunderstanding led to a blogger being threatened with abandonment at IFA if he didn't do promotional work for the company.

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Samsung to bloggers: Promote our products at IFA or walk home

The company reportedly flew bloggers 3,500 miles to IFA in Germany -- then told them to don uniforms, man a booth and promote Samsung products or lose their return-flight tickets.

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iPhone 5 mockup drawing attention at IFA 2012

One enthusiastic but unnamed case maker has apparently turned out its own mockup of the iPhone 5, presumably to show off its wares.

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Nina Tandon, a senior fellow at Columbia Universityâ

Donate organs? No, grow them from scratch

Columbia researcher Nina Tandon believes that the era of engineered tissues -- think ultimately of a replacement kidney grown in the lab -- is just beginning.

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The $99 Koubachi Wi-Fi plant monitor pokes into the soil and uploads environmental data to the company, which then sends plant-care alerts customized for each species.

Koubachi's $99 Wi-Fi plant monitor outsmarts the garden gnome

Not exactly plants vs. aliens: Startup Koubachi has begun selling a $99 Wi-Fi device to gauge the state of your vegetation and send you advice over the Internet.

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Lenovo updates laptops for Windows 8

At IFA, Lenovo outlined more of its Windows 8 laptop plans.

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Parallels 8 comes with an ability to find, download, and purchase new operating systems. The current option for the free Windows 8 Preview Release will be replaced by a mechanism to buy the final version.

Parallels 8 retuned for Mountain Lion, Windows 8

The virtualization software for Macs now can marry OS X's dictation to Windows apps or Windows notifications to OS X. Also: Better Windows 8 screen-edge controls.

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Windows 8 hybrid-tablet mania

Tablet-PC hybrids are all the rage this season for Windows 8, Obama displays a new dimension of tech cred, and Amazon halts sale of Kindle Fire.

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Huawei's Ascend D1 Quad XL has a 330 pixel-per-inch 4.5-inch display. It's also got a 1.2GHz chip, a 2,600mAh battery, a microSD card slot, an 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front camera. It should cost 499 euros with no contract.

Huawei's October Android plan: 4 phones, 2 tablets, 1 reworked UI

The Chinese company, fueling its ambition to grow into a mainstream brand, reveals six Android devices going on sale in October. But no word at the IFA show on that promised Windows 8 tablet.

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Lenovo updates IdeaPad S series for Windows 8

The slim S series gets some new Windows-8-ready models, with bigger screens and faster processors.

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