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The Best of IFA 2018

The Best of IFA 2018

IFA 2018 draws to a close, and as always there's no shortage of fresh gadgetry to choose from at the Berlin technology show. Laptops, smart home technology, and the perennial big screen TVs - now pushing 8K resolution - abounded, but that wasn't all. Read on for SlashGear's Best of IFA 2018.

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Sony WH-1000XM3 noise-cancelling headphones first impressions: Quietly excellent

Sony WH-1000XM3 noise-cancelling headphones first impressions: Quietly excellent

The battle of the noise-cancelling headphones continues, with the new Sony WH-1000XM3 cans taking on Bose's finest. Following the well-received 1000X Mk II, these Sony 1000X Mk III headphones promise to build on the background noise-muting capabilities while also improving on comfort and musical performance.

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Acer’s wild Thronos gaming chair leads its IFA Predator and Nitro news

Acer’s wild Thronos gaming chair leads its IFA Predator and Nitro news

Acer's Predator and Nitro gaming ranges are getting some serious accessories at IFA 2018, with new monitors and even a full gaming chair, the Predator Thronos. Supporting up to three 27-inch displays on an overhead brace, the Predator Thronos gaming chair stands a full 1.5 meters high.

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Samsung’s Duo wireless charger will probably beat Apple AirPower to shelves: Here’s why

Samsung’s Duo wireless charger will probably beat Apple AirPower to shelves: Here’s why

Samsung has a new wireless charger, and it's designed to recharge two devices simultaneously. Announced alongside the new Galaxy Note 9 and the Galaxy Watch, the Samsung Wireless Charging Duo looks set to beat Apple's long-announced but still unavailable AirPower wireless mat to market.

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Elgato Stream Deck Mini slims streamer’s favorite in size and price

Elgato Stream Deck Mini slims streamer’s favorite in size and price

Elgato has a new, cheaper version of its control panel for streamers, with the Stream Deck Mini paring the pad down to six buttons, each a tiny LCD screen. The new model follows on from the Stream Deck, launched last year, which offered a quick way to trigger custom graphics, effects, and more while in the heat of a livestream.

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Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L promises more flexible luggage

Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L promises more flexible luggage

Peak Design knows how to nail a great bag and a successful Kickstarter campaign, and so the news today that it has both is likely to cause waves in the backpack world. The Peak Design Travel Line is making its debut today, most notably with the Travel Backpack 45L, but also including a system of Peak Design Packing Tools that are intended to both work with, and apart from, the main bag.

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These new Mophie batteries charge with your iPhone’s cable

These new Mophie batteries charge with your iPhone’s cable

Mophie has a new range of Powerstation external batteries that can recharge via Apple Lightning, cutting down the number of power adapters iPhone users need to carry. Four new Mophie Powerstations are being launched today, with batteries running the gamut from 20 hours more runtime for your iPhone X, though to more than 18 hours for a thirsty iPad.

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New iPhone 18W USB-C charger leak has us hopeful

New iPhone 18W USB-C charger leak has us hopeful

Apple may not quite be ready to ditch wired iPhone charging for wireless, but a leaked charger said to be the new in-box accessory does suggest it's finally switching to USB-C. The 2018 iPhone range - expected to consist of three handsets, all of which will have the same "notched" screen design as the current iPhone X - is likely to launch in September this year.

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Apple reportedly eyes September for AirPower wireless charger

Apple reportedly eyes September for AirPower wireless charger

Apple's AirPower wireless charger could launch in September, sources claim, after the challenge of making a multi-device charging pad proved more of a technical headache than the Cupertino firm expected. The accessory was announced alongside the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus last year, as Apple finally embraced wireless charging in its smartphone.

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Loupedeck+ photo editing controller gets powerful update

Loupedeck+ photo editing controller gets powerful update

Loupedeck is giving its photo editing console an upgrade, with the new Loupedeck+ promising broader software support, better-feeling hardware, and even more flexibility. Designed to be for visual editors what music controllers are to composers, the original Loupedeck launched back in 2016 with Adobe Lightroom support.

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Mophie’s new Charge Stream Travel Kit takes Qi on the go

Mophie’s new Charge Stream Travel Kit takes Qi on the go

Mophie has rolled out a new travel charger kit, combining a compact Qi wireless charging pad with easily-packed adapters for hotel and car use. The Mophie Charge Stream Travel Kit combines a smaller-than-average wireless charger pad - the Charge Stream Pad Mini - with a travel pouch and a number of different adapters to suit the various outlets road-warriors might encounter.

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USB-C to Lightning cable price cut suggests an Apple change afoot

USB-C to Lightning cable price cut suggests an Apple change afoot

Apple's USB-C to Lightning cable has seen a quiet price cut, dropping in price by almost a quarter amid rumors of a shake up in iPhone and iPad charging. Although Apple includes a USB-A to Lightning cable in the box with each iPhone and iPad, it has also had an option for those wanting faster charging, just as long as they're willing to pay up.

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