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CNET UK podcast 496: Alien signal drama, Samsung's Gear S3 and loads more tech from IFA 2016

From under a tree and other even-remotely-quiet spots in Berlin, Luke and Andy bring you all the quirkiest news from Europe's most eccentric tech show.

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Luke and Andy settle in beneath their favourite tree at IFA in Berlin, to bring you all the week's hottest tech news.

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It's that time again folks -- the tech world has packed its bags and headed to IFA, the weird and wonderful Berlin-based trade show where we see some of the coolest, quirkiest launches in the gadget calendar.

This year IFA has certainly delivered on the gadgets, if not on secluded places to record a podcast. We've seen high-end Sony phones and Samsung's showing off an all-new smartwatch -- but can the Gear S3 possibly save high-tech watches from being a footnote in tech history?

We're also marvelling at Acer's ridiculous 21-inch, curved-screen, 8kg gaming laptop, and you'll also get to hear Acer itself explaining the thinking behind this not-so-portable powerhouse.

Elsewhere we've got the week's biggest news stories, including Apple's whopping tax bill, and a disappointingly terrestrial alien signal.

Thanks those who sent us the secret I-listened-all-the-way-to-the-end codeword, and if you want to get in touch with the show, you can do so by emailing cnetukpodcast [@] cbsi.com.

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