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This is what Vlad Savov wants you to know about Berlin. Postdamer Plaza is absolutely gorgeous and a must-see. A quadriga is a car or chariot drawn by four horses abreast, and the Berlin Quadriga was designed by Johann Gottfried Schadow in 1793 as the Quadriga of Victory. This is what the rest of The Verge team wants you to know about Berlin: a beer stein at the Ibis Hotel near Berlin Messe is about €2,60 and there is, alas, no bulk special. Join us for a very special 90 Seconds on The Verge.
At large gadget conventions like IFA, the most-talked about company is often the one who isn’t there: Apple. This year, the elephant in the room is actually Microsoft and its two Surface tablets. The Surface is now the de-facto competitor and the standard by which these Windows 8 OEMs will be judged. Sony and Samsung have revealed their latest tablet strategies at IFA 2012 as they prepare to enter the all-important holiday season. Both have shown off new tablets, hybrids, and phones — but as much as the two companies are going head-to-head with each other, they will also be competing with Microsoft’s Surface, and not just on specs.