Europe was gadget headquarters this week as the industry gathered in Berlin for the IFA electronics show. We saw a watch that goes beyond simple time tracker, along with lenses that are cameras themselves and leather-clad phablets. See the biggest gadget and tech news below!
- Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch — It's a watch; it's a phone; it's a watch that pairs with your phone! Samsung's answer to the wearable tech trend, the Galaxy Gear, is coming to the US in October for $300, and the company gave an early look at features that include making phone calls like a spy, a touchscreen, fitness monitor, and undercover camera.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 3 — Compatible with that Galaxy Gear is Samsung's new phablet (jumbo-sized phone), the Galaxy Note 3. Alongside a faux-leather stitched back cover, the device is thinner, lighter, and expected to have a longer battery life than its predecessor.
- Kindle Paperwhite With Goodreads — Fresh off its acquisition of the social reading site Goodreads, Amazon launched a new Kindle
Paperwhiteereader, with the site integrated in the device, as well as a page skimmer and vocabulary builder.
- Sony Lens Camera —The Sony QX10 and QX100 lenses take a smartphone camera to professional levels, but is goes beyond that — the lens itself works as a stand-alone camera.
- Android KitKat — The new Android mobile operating system will have you breaking off a piece of a Kit Kat bar. Android 4.4 continues Google's sweet tooth-inspired nomenclature, teaming up with the shareable candy bar to promote the new OS.