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Haas Remains Media-Saturn CEO

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The Metro Group wins one in the struggle for control over Media-Saturn-- the Inglostadt district court rejects Media-Saturn founder Erich Kellerhals' demands for the replacement of current CEO Pieter Haas.

Media SaturnAccording to the court's Chamber of Commerce the appointment of Haas was neither "in bad faith nor unreasonable," meaning he retains his job as CEO… if for the time being.

The Metro Group, of course, welcomes the decision-- unlike Kellerhals, who as powerful minority shareholder already drove not one but two CEOs to throw the towel in his Game of Thrones for control of the CE retailer.

Kellerhals is not too happy with Haas as CEO. "In one interview after another [Haas] boasts of supposedly having a new strategy,"  the grand old man wrote on his website. "In closer inspection all turns out to just hot air."

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Sony Debuts "Smallest" a5100 Camera

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Sony launches what it claims is the smallest interchangeable-lens digital camera around-- the a5100, a pocket-size number featuring a 24.3MP APS-C sensor, built-in flash and wifi.

Sony a5100It carries the same hybrid autofocus system (which Sony claims pairs 179 phase-detection points with 25 contrast-detection points) and BIONZ X image processing engine as the previous a6000, if within a smaller design. However it lacks an electronic viewfinder, and all physical control dials are replaced by tilting 3-inch touchscreen.

For customers wanting to shoot video the a5100 handles 1080p recording at 50Mbps, with file sharing handled by NFC and Wifi Direct.

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LG Preps Curved Monitor for IFA 2014

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LG announces the Curved UltraWide Monitor (model 34UC97), a 34-inch display the company the company claims is the first featuring a curved IPS panel with a 21:9 aspect ratio and 178-degree viewing angles.

LG Monitors The 34UC97 handles 4K/UHD resolutions (3440 x 1440), with Thunderbolt 2 connectivity allowing the daisy chaining of multiple monitors and audio via the combination of MAXX AUDIO and a built-in 7W tree speaker system.

It is set to make a first appearance at IFA 2014 together with other new LG monitors-- namely the Digital Cinema 4K Monitor (31MU97) and the Gaming Monitor (24GM77).

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The First Bluetooth Padlock

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Fuz Designs suggests time is nigh for the end of padlocks using keys or-- with the Noke padlock, all users need to lock and unlock their belongings is a Bluetooth-equipped smartphone.

Noke padlockThe Noke padlock pairs with smartphones via app (iOS and Android) and Bluetooth 4.0. When in range of the paired phone the Noke unlocks with a simple press of the shank, with no need to launch the app or removing the phone from one's pocket.

But what if the user forgets their phone or it runs out of power? The Noke also has a solution with "quick-click" technology. This allows the user to unlock the padlock by tapping a pre-assigned click pattern on the hook.

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Samsung Goes Premium With Galaxy Alpha

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Samsung Galaxy AlphaSamsung reveals what it describes as a "new design approach" with the Galaxy Alpha, a premium version of the Galaxy S5 featuring "elegantly curved" corners and an iPhone 5s-stye metal frame.

It is 6.7mm thick and weighs 115g, making it both thinner and lighter than the Galaxy S5. However specs take a hit when compared to the older, fatter sibling, with a 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED display, a octa-core CPU (quad-core 1.8GHz + quad-core 1.3GHz), 2GB RAM, 32GB storage and a 1860mAh battery.

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