Sony shows off a 4K TV that's worth more than a car, Samsung puts Android on a networked camera, and Martians get a taste of Auto-Tune.
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• Sony showed the Xperia S tablet, available Sept. 7 starting at $400. It has several TV-ready features, Android 4.0 and has optional accessories, like a stand and cover.
• We also learned more about the convertible Vaio Duo 11, a Windows 8 tablet that is also a laptop when the keyboard slides out.
• Sony has a new flagship smartphone, the Xperia T, with a 4.6-inch screen and 13MP camera. There is also the Xperia V and Xperia J in the phone family. (They got this letter-name brand thing going on, you see.)
• Everyone's favorite "phablet" has a big brother, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, releasing in October. The screen will be even larger than the original note, measuring in at 5.5 inches.
• Samsung showed off a new line of Windows products, including the world's first device for Windows Phone 8, the Ativ S.
• One of the most unique products unveiled is the Samsung Galaxy Camera, an Android-powered camera that has 3G and 4G network connectivity.
And of course there's news outside of IFA. Zappos, which is owned by Amazon, has created a new shopping site that gives suggestions on things to buy based on a Pinterest feed.It's called PinPointing. But you have to have an extensive amount of fashion in your Pinterest account for it to do anything interesting. I only pin geeky things, and I must have stumped it since no suggestions were relevant to my pins.
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