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ASUS debuts ZenPad 3S 10 tablet

ASUS debuts ZenPad 3S 10 tablet

The Asus announcements at IFA 2016 continue with the debut of the company's latest flagship tablet, the ZenPad 3S 10. With a simple, clean design, the latest ZenPad features a 9.7-inch touchscreen display (2048 x 1536) and its chassis comes from a single piece of aluminum. It's easy to see a resemblance with the iPad Air 2, but the ZenPad 3S 10 beats Apple's tablet in thickness, measuring just 5.8mm.

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RHA Dacamp L1 portable DAC headphone amp launches at IFA 2016

RHA Dacamp L1 portable DAC headphone amp launches at IFA 2016

RHA has some new personal audio gear that it will be launching at IFA 2016 that includes the company's first portable DAC headphone amplifier and a two sets of new headphones. The headphones include the flagship CL1 Ceramic and the stainless steel CL750 headphones. All three of the products will go on sale in October 2016.

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This is the new ASUS ZenWatch 3

This is the new ASUS ZenWatch 3

Just as they had previously teased, Asus has unveiled its new ZenWatch 3 smartwatch at the IFA 2016 show in Berlin this week. Like last year's model, the ZenWatch 3 remains powered by Android Wear, but the obvious difference is that it sports a round casing, offering a more handsome, traditional look to the watch than the squarish, utilitarian face of the ZenWatch 2.

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Acer bets on IMAX to make Star VR the Oculus-killer

Acer bets on IMAX to make Star VR the Oculus-killer

Acer has opened up on just what it believes will make its Star VR headset a success in the face of Oculus, Vive, and Gear VR, bringing both the latest devices and some content partners to IFA 2016 in Berlin this week. Announced earlier in the year, Star VR is Acer's take on the growing virtual reality space, as it attempts to expand its success in gaming with the Predator line into a new, and growing segment.

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A curved display notebook? Acer Predator 21 X wows with vast laptop

A curved display notebook? Acer Predator 21 X wows with vast laptop

Curved displays are gradually making their way into the living room and onto the desktop, but so far laptops have been relatively immune to the charms of a flexed panel. That's something overdue, Acer believes, and so gamers have the promise of the Predator 21 X on the horizon, a vast, 21-inch portable with the world's first curved notebook display.

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Logitech Silent Mouse and Multi-Device Mouse first impressions

Logitech Silent Mouse and Multi-Device Mouse first impressions

Two new mice from Logitech have us intrigued this week - not because they're anything wild or extravagant, but because they're quiet. The Logitech Silent Mouse M330 and M220 are both tiny and make the experience of movement on the desktop a quiet one. So silent. Like a parent sneaking past a cradle of a baby that just won't stay asleep. So extremely silent.

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Philips Hue motion sensor triggers IoT lights; new Hue bulbs debut

Philips Hue motion sensor triggers IoT lights; new Hue bulbs debut

There are plenty of ways to turn on connected lighting, from an app on your phone, through smart switches like Logitech Pop, to voice control via Alexa or Siri, but Philips wants to make it as simple as moving into the room. The new Philips Hue motion sensor does away with physical or voice controls altogether, and instead triggers different individual bulbs or whole lighting scenes via movement instead.

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First impressions with Samsung’s newest curved gaming displays

First impressions with Samsung’s newest curved gaming displays

This week the folks at Samsung have revealed two new gaming monitors, both curved, both top notch. These devices go by the name of CFG70 and CF791, the former coming in 24-inch and 27-inch models, the latter coming in a 34-inch model. All models roll will AMD's own FreeSync Technology, able to synchronize screen refresh rates in concert with user's AMD graphics cards.

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Dlodlo has big talk for tiny V One virtual reality glasses

Dlodlo has big talk for tiny V One virtual reality glasses

If VR and AR are to break into the mass market, they're going to need to slim down and raise their style game. That's what Chinese startup Dlodlo - you pronounce it "dodo" like the unfortunate bird - is aiming to do, a well-funded VR headset maker hoping to sneak up on Oculus and Vive and best them both with "the world's first sunglasses-like VR glasses."

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XPUMP aims to upgrade your smartphone’s headphone jack

XPUMP aims to upgrade your smartphone’s headphone jack

LG may be undecided on whether the US market is ready for add-on audio enhancement for smartphones, but that isn't stopping other companies from promising great aural enjoyment from accessories. Embrace Labs has been showing off its upcoming XPUMP dongle today, a gum-stick sized add-on that, rather than amplifying the music played from your phone, laptop, or anything else, claims to use DSP to improve it instead.

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SmartThings Interview: Talking Samsung’s IoT starlet with CEO Alex Hawkinson

SmartThings Interview: Talking Samsung’s IoT starlet with CEO Alex Hawkinson

SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson is having a busy year. His company acquired by Samsung, and its second generation smart home platform now shipping, not only is Hawkinson now responsible for one of the leading automation systems, but arguably at the center of Samsung's entire Internet of Things ambitions. I caught up with him at IFA 2015 last week to talk openness, the value of a corporate parent with deep pockets, and his HomeKit frustrations.

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The Gear S2 vs Apple Watch showdown I really care about

The Gear S2 vs Apple Watch showdown I really care about

You can debate specs, argue square versus circle until you're blue in the face, but the big Gear S2 vs Apple Watch argument is which is more fidget-friendly. Samsung's new Tizen-powered smartwatch, launched at IFA 2015 last week to broadly positive reviews, is not only the first from the company to have a round display, but the first to use a clever rotating bezel for navigation.

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