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IFA in Berlin is the place where gadget lovers go to drool over the gadgets which will be appearing in the shops shortly. This year’s offering has included smart watches (to be paired with smartphones); an ultra HD TV (ideal for sports lovers); advanced music speakers; super-high-quality smartphone cameras and phablets (a cross between a smartphone and a tablet). The clear trend is communication, with more and more devices being internet linked. HDTVs can now be used with Skype for free video calling, speaker will now stream audio directly from the net and cameras will now upload photos directly to social media sites.

People want to have the best of both worlds – the ability to be free to go wherever they want combined with the ability to keep in touch with people in other locations, whether it’s in another room or on the other side of the world and technology is responding to the demand. This is, of course, great news for travellers. While Skype has long been a traveller’s favourite the rise and rise of smartphones is making it ever easier to move from one country to another. Now travellers can do everything from looking up city maps to buying a house with the help of technology.

While technology is improving all the time, there are still some activities that humans can do vastly better than computers and translation is one of them. So if you are planning to make the move to Australia, make sure you enlist the help of a German NAATI translator.

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