IFA 2016

Acer Spin notebook series offers a dizzying array of choices

Acer Spin notebook series offers a dizzying array of choices

Leave it to Acer to flood IFA 2016 with a wide assortment of consumer devices, including, of course, Windows 10 laptops. With a naming convention that seems to defy logic, the new Spin notebooks have something to offer for every member of the family and for every computing use case, from the sleek and premium-looking Spin 7, down to the more portable Spin 1 fit for students. At least the “Spin” name isn’t just for show, as all notebooks transform from laptop to tablet in no time flat.

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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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LG also announces an UltraWide curved gaming monitor

LG also announces an UltraWide curved gaming monitor

Just two days ago, Samsung revealed two curved gaming monitors. Unsurprisingly, LG is now also unveiling its monitor lineup that will debut on the IFA 2016 floor. While both monitors sport the same 21:9 UltraWide aspect ratio and curved bodies, LG is particularly proud of the 34UC79G, what it bills, perhaps incorrectly, as the world’s first gaming monitor with such features, trying to bring the marketing usually employed on living room TVs to desktop and gaming setups.

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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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Samsung’s IFA 2016 invite is unambiguously about the Gear S3

Samsung’s IFA 2016 invite is unambiguously about the Gear S3

Unless Samsung has a surprise high profile smartphone in the works for IFA 2016, which would make it perhaps this year's best kept secret, the manufacturer's spotlight in Berlin next month will be trained on the Gear S3. That definitely seems to be the hint that Samsung has dropped in its invitation to its IFA 2016 press event. While there are no words to indicate it, the clock hands pretty much tell the story, without telling anything nor everything. And considering Samsung has no other notable smartwatch to speak of, it's definitely going to be the Gear S3.

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Lenovo, Moto IFA 2016 teaser: different for the sake of better

Lenovo, Moto IFA 2016 teaser: different for the sake of better

In less than a month's time, the tech world will once again be gawking at and drooling over products, gizmos, and whatnots at IFA 2016 in Berlin. It remains to be seen if Samsung still has a few aces prepared after it already unveiled its Galaxy Note 7. LG is definitely building up the hype around the LG V20. Not to be outdone, Lenovo is now also formally giving the public a tease at the latest innovations it has in store for the showroom floor. Including, of course, new Moto Mods for its very young Moto Z line.

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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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