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Sennheiser Redesigns CX Earphones

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Sennheiser updates the CX earphone range ahead of IFA 2014 with the CX 1.00, 2.00, 3.00 and 5.00, all featuring an all-new acoustic design packing the company's proprietary driver technology.

Sennheiser CX 3.00As successors of the CX 300-II earphones the new range feature a tangle-free cable, a "low-profile angled plug" and more prominent branding, part of a Sennheiser effort in playing the Beats game.

Included with the earphones are 4 ear-sleeve sizes, including extra-small buds.

In no surprise to anyone the CX 1.00 is the entry-level model. It is followed by the CX 2.00, which features a built-in mic and inline remote. The CX 3.0 promises an audio improvement with "more detail and enhanced bass," with the CX 5.00 providing the mic and remote.

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IDC: Smartphones Up, Tablets Slow Down

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According to IDC 2014 smartphone shipments are set to grow by 23.8% to 1.25 billion units while tablets and 2-in-1 devices will reach 2331 million units with 6.5% growth, down from previous predictions of 12.1% growth.

The analyst adds total smartphone volumes will total 1.8bn units with a  CAGR for the 2013-2018 period of 12.7%. Pushing such growth are emerging markets, as 2014 growth in mature territories is expected to crawl down to just 4.9%, compared to 32.4% in emerging markets.

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"Mature markets have slowed considerably but still deliver strong revenues with ASPs over $400. Meanwhile, many emerging markets are still barreling along, but with ASPs of less than $250," IDC says. "The key for vendors now is to maintain a presence in the higher-margin mature markets, while establishing a sustainable presence within the fast-growing emerging markets. To enable this strategy, operating system companies are partnering with OEMs to provide low-cost handsets."

IDC expects emerging market smartphone volume will account for 73.5% of all shipments, with low-cost Android devices making 88.4% of said volume.

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4K LG OLED TVs to Make IFA Showing

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LG announces it will soon start selling its first 4K/UHD OLED TVs, specifically the 77-inch 77EG9700 and the 64-inch 64EC9700 featuring curved 3840 x 2160 resolution OLED panels.

LG 4K OLEDThe TVs feature what LG calls Four-Colour Pixel WRGB technology to provide richer colours, deeper blacks and faster response rates, as well as built-in multi-channel "Ultra Surround" audio from Harman Kardon.

Powering the sets is the webOS platform.

“LG 4K OLED TV is the pinnacle of technological achievement and a new paradigm that will change the dynamics of the next generation TV market,” The company boasts. “As the next evolutionary step in display technology, OLED will play a major role in reshaping our industry."

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Olympus Goes for Selfies With PEN E-PLZ

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Olympus makes the taking of selfies easier for your customers with the PEN E-PL7, a micro four thirds camera with a retro-style body and a 3-inch touchscreen one can flip downwards by 180 degrees.

Olympus E-PL7To make the taking of self portraits even easier if the screen is flipped the camera automatically enters a special mode with a shutter button on the touchscreen and time-delayed (by 1 second) photo snapping.

Further making the E-PL7 more attractive to smartphone users is a selection of Instagram-style photo filters such as "Vintage" and "Old Film Effect" and wifi connectivity.

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Samsung Intros Curvy Smartwatch

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Samsung announces what it claims is "the next generation smart wearable device"-- the Gear S, a Tizen-powered smartwatch with an "elegant" curved Super AMOLED display and 3G connectivity.

Samsung Gear SThe 2-inch display is designed to fit around the contours of the wrist, while 3G allows independent operation. And, yes, that means one can take and calls directly from their wrists, Dick Tracy-style. Or simply forward them to a smartphone, if they will.

Bluetooth and wifi provide further connectivity, while the hardware is IP67-certified for dust and water resistance.

Health conscious customers are also catered for with a bevy of sensors (accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, heart rate monitors, compass, UV and ambient light), GPS, S Health features and a pre-installed Nike+ Running app.

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