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IFA 2019: Here’s Some of the Bizarre and Amusing Tech We Saw at IFA 2019

Emerging tech can get downright odd, and what was in the IFA Next Pavilion in Berlin this year was no exception. The space is basically a set of two circular halls – one red, one blue – that showcases startups and big-name brands alike. The thing they all have in common is they’re usually showing prototypes for novel ideas that, to be frank, may never actually make it to market. Read More >>

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IFA 2019: There’s Something More Powerful Than Qi Wireless Charging and It Could Soon Power Your Blender

My kitchen is cramped, and chances are yours is too. That’s why the Wireless Power Consortium is pushing its new Ki cordless kitchen standard at IFA – so one day we can power all our kitchen appliances directly from the countertop. Read More >>

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IFA 2019: The Moto One Zoom Goes Bold on Style and Big on Cameras

When I first saw the back of the new Moto One Zoom, I had to pause for a second and ask myself, “Did Motorola put the Bat-Signal on the back of its latest phone?” Read More >>

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IFA 2019: Withings Didn’t Forget the Move ECG – It’s Just Been Trapped in Regulation Hell

Withing’s long-promised budger rival to the Apple Watch is shipping. Back at CES, Withings gave us a peek at the Move ECG, an activity tracker that offered the same electrocardiogram capabilities as the Apple Watch Series 4. Nine months later at IFA, it’s finally available – but only if you live in Europe. Read More >>

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IFA 2019: Germany’s Biggest Tech Show is Getting Sexy With This Bendy Bullet Vibrator

CES might have a problem with vibrators, but IFA sure doesn’t. Europe’s premier consumer tech show had zero problems with MysteryVibe announcing the Poco – a little bendy bullet vibrator that according to the company, can be “shaped as a wearable.” Read More >>

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IFA 2019: Can You Spot the Upgrades on the New Samsung Galaxy Fold?

Look closely. That’s a closeup of the new Galaxy Fold, taken at Samsung’s sprawling space at IFA in Berlin. One of the apparently major design upgrades is staring you right in the face. Do you see it? Read More >>

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IFA 2019: Philips Gave Into the Hipsters and Made Hue Filament Smart Lights

Philips Hue has one of the widest and most popular ranges of smart lights on the market, but its portfolio does have a few holes. Or at least it did, because this fall, Hue is releasing a new lineup of connected LED bulbs including new candle bulbs, refreshed spotlights, an updated portable smart light, some lighting accessories, and some hipster-friendly vintage-style Edison bulbs. Read More >>

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IFA 2019: The New Magic Number for Gaming Laptops Is 300Hz

Gaming laptops were out in force today at IFA in Berlin, as both Acer and Asus held their main press conferences just before Europe’s biggest consumer electronics show opens to the public. But while I was buried in computers of all shapes and sizes, two beefy gaming laptops caught my eye: The Acer Predator Triton 500 and the Asus Zephyrus S GX701. Not because they’re particularly beautiful, or come with flashing RGB lighting – they’re notable because they both boast 300Hz displays. Read More >>

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IFA 2019: The Light Phone 2 Wants to Save You From the Internet

With the Light Phone 2, the team behind the minimally-minded Light Phone that blew up on Kickstarter in 2015 continues to explore the balance between being connected and preserving your mental health. It’s a spare, standalone handset that rethinks how smart a smartphone actually needs to be. Read More >>

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IFA 2019: Asus Packed a £4,000 Nvidia GPU Into a Laptop

Building on the success of Max-Q design, its guidelines for slim laptops sporting powerful graphics, Nvidia announced a new reference design today dubbed “Ace.” Reference designs are blueprints for building specific devices with a lot of the engineering guesswork already done by someone else. The Ace reference design promises a (relatively) slim and sleek 15-inch laptop with as much power as possible. Naturally, the company has to show off that reference design with the most eye-catching laptop possible – which is where the new Asus ProArt StudioBook One comes in. This 15-inch laptop has a world-first for laptops. There’s a very powerful and very expensive Nvidia Quadro RTX 6000 GPU inside. Read More >>

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IFA 2019: Here’s a Cheaper Alternative to the Kindle Oasis

We’ve mentioned it before, but here’s a gentle reminder: Amazon isn’t the only company making ereaders. Sure, Amazon has a huge chunk of the market for ebooks, and its ereaders sync seamlessly with Amazon’s services creating an addictive and difficult-to-escape ecosystem. But other companies make great ereaders that are worth considering if you’re a bookworm. The new Kobo Libra H2O is a great example. This asymmetrical ereader will give you deja vu if you’ve been coveting the pricey Kindle Oasis. Best of all, at $170 (£140), it’s $100 less than the comparable Kindle Oasis (without special offers). Read More >>

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IFA 2019: Roku’s New Soundbar is Also a Roku

Roku is charging further into the home audio zone with a new soundbar that also works as a Roku set-top box. In other words, the new Roku soundbar turns any TV into a smart TV that’s running Roku software supporting 4K HDR content. Oh, also, Roku made a beastly subwoofer to round out its speaker lineup. Read More >>

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IFA 2019: Razer’s Tiny, Powerful Laptop Finally Gets Real Graphics

The Razer Blade Stealth is an outstanding laptop. There are few laptops under £2,000 that deliver its combination of attractive, compact design, performance, and available inputs. But they do exist, and a 13-inch laptop with a wimpy discrete GPU is no longer nearly as impressive as it once was. Huawei and HP make devices with similar specs and typically lower prices. With the newest version of the Razer Blade Stealth, Razer went and put a proper and powerful GPU inside. Read More >>

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IFA 2019: This New Logitech Mouse Has a Magnetic Wheel That Feels Like Magic

Thanks to PC gaming, fancy mice with high with DPI sensors and tactile mechanical keyboards have become a lot more popular. Yet when it comes to productivity, Logitech’s MX-series mice are pretty much unmatched, and with the new MX Master 3, Logitech has propelled its flagship mouse into a class of its own. Read More >>

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IFA 2019: SteelSeries Finally Made the Wireless Headset Switch Fans Have Been Waiting For

Even though Nintendo recently refreshed the standard Switch with new guts and made a smaller version of its portable console in the upcoming Switch Lite, both suffer from a major omission: the lack of support for wireless audio. What makes this even more frustrating is that the Switch has Bluetooth, but Nintendo only uses it for connecting the Switch’s Joy-Con, not audio. So to address this issue, SteelSeries made the Arctics 1 Wireless headset, which the company claims is the world’s first USB-C wireless gaming headset that not only works with the Switch, but with the PC, PS4, and tonnes of mobile devices. Read More >>