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    Ah, Taiwan. For tiny quasi-country not recognized by the UN, it can fit a lot onto an island. Home to great food, extremely varied climate and a ton of techies — semiconductors to original equipment manufacturers to plain 'ol manufacturing in general. HTC has set up shop here along with Acer and ASUS. To make Taiwan feel important. the Ministry of Economic Affairs puts out an annual valuations list of the 20 largest global companies in the country. And for the third year in a row, Asustek has grabbed the top dollar spot on the list, cashing in at US$1.78B. Yeah, we know it's small fries, ...

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    The Google of today isn't afraid to try something new, and on the hardware front that's meant now-familiar things like Nexus phones and tablets, the Chromebook family, and the oh-so-affordable Chromecast. It's also generated some more out-there projects, like Google Glass or the modular Ara. And between those extremes we have efforts like the OnHub router the company launched back in August. We weren't completely sold on the idea of OnHub straight away, though saw that there was plenty of room for potential. Well, Google's wasting no time in bringing new features to OnHub as the second ...

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    With the ZenFone 2, ASUS has tried to give users not just an affordable phone, but also one with some eye-catching specs: the model helped blaze the trail for phones packing a hefty 4GB of RAM, and we've subsequently seen the phone raise the bar in terms of solid-state storage, offering a big 256GB model. Sure, all these options can mean that shopping for a ZenFone 2 can get a little confusing, but we'd rather have the choice of some of these high-end specs than not. For a while now, we've also been looking forward to the ZenFone 3 – what can it hope to offer that the ZenFone 2 didn't? ...

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    Remember those deep discounts on the Nexus Player we told you about? Actually, we should probably ask: do you remember the Nexus Player? Do you want a new Nexus Player? Well, if you're happy with your Chromecast and you know it, clap your hands because at $35, you're paying $64.99 less for a more practical Google TV interface. But if you like a great deal and have a Target nearby, shop around and see if you can snag a Nexus Player on last-stage clearance. Depending on the store, you may see Nexus Players going for $24.98. If you see the red sticker on the box, it's going, going, gone. ...

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    Microsoft is always known as a software-first company, up to the point where you're stopped on your tracks by the Xbox. As a result it's easy to assume that Redmond was also planning for its new HoloLens to be a product built in house and not licensed to others as we see with Windows, but then again, a lot of opportunity would be lost there, and Microsoft knows that. Today it seems that ASUS CEO Jonney Shih and Microsoft's head of Windows and devices Terry Myerson have confirmed that ASUS will be building an augmented reality headset that will be powered by Microsoft's HoloLens software. ...

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    In 2015, almost every smartwatch maker on the market is emphasizing style over smarts. Both Huawei and Motorola recently told us their new watches were designed as timepieces first and geeky gadgets second, and Samsung's fancy new Gear S2 bears almost no resemblance to its cuff-like predecessor. Further, all these refinements have been round: a quick look at the Android Wear section of the Google Store and even the latest out of Pebble confirms that it's no longer hip to be square. ASUS doesn't seem to care about any of that. The company made headlines earlier in the year by ...

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    It’s the prettiest affordable smartwatch. No, it’s the most affordable pretty smartwatch. The two key selling points of the Asus ZenWatch 2 are likely equally impressive, even though the $150 Android Wear timepiece swims against the current as far as its shape goes, adopting a rectangular form factor instead of a “perfect” circle. But the design works nonetheless, primarily thanks to a super-robust stainless-steel case, as well as your choice of 45 or 49mm bands in an array of materials and colors. Granted, if you want to be an early adopter, Google only lets you pick up a 49mm ...

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    Microsoft's latest hardware is just days away from setting out into the public, but a little bread and butter action comes first. After all, Microsoft has the word "soft" in its name. Its ubiquitous Office software has gotten around better than its smartphones. And as we've found out in a joint press release with ASUS, the going around for Microsoft has just gotten even better. The two companies broadened an existing patent agreement between ASUS's phones and tablets (and phone-tablet hybrids) running Android and Microsoft's software and services. One of the marquee outcomes from this ...

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    A top five PC manufacturer in the yearly sales rank for half a decade now, and a protagonist of the low-cost Android tablets’ rise against iPads starting with the 2012 Nexus 7, Asus has only raised its previously modest smartphone aspirations earlier in 2015. The relatively inexpensive 4GB RAM-packing ZenFone 2 essentially put the Taiwanese OEM on the map, including stateside, and the expansion efforts will soon enter a new phase, as Asus plans to join forces with Foxconn, and build phones in India. Why is India the promised land all of a sudden? Firstly, because it’s the world’s ...

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    We already went hands-on with the Zenwatch 2 a few weeks ago, and not much has changed with the watch or our impressions since then, but it's important to know that there are multiple versions, and we'll be testing the baseline model — meaning a bigger display, and a texturized rubber watch band. The build quality is surprisingly solid given the Zenwatch's relatively low cost, starting at $129, and if you don't like the stock band, you can swap it out effortlessly thanks to the quick release pins. Possibly the biggest appeal of the Zenwatch 2 is its price point. You can pick up a ...

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    Well, that was quick. Less than 24 hours ago, we first heard word of a prospective pair of refreshed Windows 10 Asus Transformer convertible tablets, and already, the T100HA and TP200SA are out and about. The former is a Transformer Book, while the latter joins the Transformer Book Flip lineup, meaning the key difference between them involves aesthetics, and the way they can morph from entertainment-centric slates to productive mini-laptops. Essentially, the Transformer Book T100HA could be deemed a “true” 2-in-1 device, with an easily detachable keyboard in tow, whereas the Book Flip ...

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    ASUS has garnered a lot of fame over the last few years for its tablet offerings. Surely the Nexus 7 on its own is important enough, but its approach tot he Transformer lineup of tablets, in addition to its PadFone products give the company a significant edge in innovation. If you're in the market for any of these products, you might want to wait a few days. Sources claim that ASUS is planning to announce two Transformer tablets running Windows 10 over the next few days, or at least before the month ends. On one hand we have the Transformer Book T100HA that was vaguely seen at Computex in ...

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    To put it one way, the ASUS ZenFone 2 offers users a lot of options; while most smartphones only go so far to give shoppers a choice between storage capacities, the ZenFone 2 mixes things up with varying amount of RAM, screen sizes, resolutions, processors, and batteries. There's so much variety, that to put it another way, ASUS is a little crazy to be selling this all as just the “ZenFone 2,” when by most logic we should be looking at half-a-dozen distinct smartphones. Since first seeing the handset debut we've even witnessed ASUS launching further options still, like the ...

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    Is Android ever going to get its own Lumia 1020? Windows Phone may get a lot of flack for the size of its user base, and the dearth of phone options available, but fans of the platform still have a few big wins they can hold over the heads of users of other platforms, and when it comes to cameras with megapixels to spare, there are few that can hold a candle to the 1020. Well, if you're looking for that 41MP camera, you can keep right on waiting, but at IFA this week we went hands-on with a phone that's at least superficially similar (minor victories, we know) to the 1020 with a big-ol' ...

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    Why do we go to shows like IFA? The obvious answer is to see new products as they're launched, bringing you hands-on coverage from the moment new hardware debuts. We also sometimes get preview of upcoming models, like that Samsung Galaxy View that's got us wondering if kickstands are about to make a comeback. But in addition to those, expos like IFA also give us the chance to take a closer look at devices that have already launched, but we just haven't had the chance to spend much time with yet. At IFA this year, that meant getting to know the ASUS ZenWatch 2. ASUS introduced the ZenWatch ...

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    The bubble is about to burst for tablets, which have rapidly grown in recent years, but are faced with a crucial identity crisis as phablets threaten their very existence. Who needs an often bulky, non-cellular-enabled PC lacking the physical keyboard and productivity of conventional laptops? According to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce, just 163 million people in 2015. That includes estimates for the year’s first half and H2 forecasts, and would see the global market drop by a staggering 14.9 percent. So-called brand vendors are crippled by the industry’s free fall the most, as ...

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    The ASUS ZenFone 2 is a phone to definitely keep on your shortlist if you're looking for a new device. It impressed us with the occasion of our review, and, if you're lucky enough to live in specific markets, you can also get a special edition which packs a whopping 256GB of internal storage. The company is preparing to capitalize on the success of (and buzz around) its ZenFone line-up, and will prepare no less than 6-7 new models next year. Company CEO Jerry Shen said these new 2016 ZenFone series smartphones will mostly pack 5.5-inch displays, and next year's line-up, according to the ...

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    The ASUS ZenFone 2 is available is so many options that it is sometimes hard to keep track, but it's definitely a good thing, as the company is able to offer something for everyone. And, given the cutthroat competition in the mid-range smartphone market (especially around the $300 price tag), OEMs are constantly striving to differentiate, bring something new or different to the table. The diamond/crystal inspired pattern on the ASUS ZenFone 2 above might not be your thing, but the carbon-fiber look of the same phone below might be. And, even if both aren't, you should still seriously ...

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    One of the biggest trade shows of the year for smartphones, tablets, wearables, and more is sneaking up on us fast, with IFA 2015 a mere two weeks away. We're looking forward to bringing you all the great new products the manufacturers involved have to announce, with the help of the Pocketnow crew we're sending to Berlin to cover the event. As we start planning whose hardware we want to check out first, ASUS has just dropped a teaser for its own event, alluding to all variety of product types. From phones, to PCs, to smartwatches, we see a lot of gadgets featured here, though we find ...

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    Back when Motorola released the first Moto G in 2013, we were taken aback by how nice a smartphone could really be for under $200. Since then, it seems like nearly every OEM has tried its hand at the "premium midranger" business model, cramming the best specs and most compelling software into as inexpensive of a smartphone as possible. We've seen some great budget smartphones hit the market in early 2015, one of which is the Asus Zenfone 2, an Intel-based powerhouse with a great camera and absurdly powerful hardware. Motorola's newly released third-generation Moto G  brings a nice update ...

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    Update (8 Aug, 2:00pm Eastern): "Make them laugh, make them cry, make them wait." - Charles Dickens The latter ain't the case this week. Enjoy. Sometimes the news comes not in a solid column from a single direction, but as a scattershot shower-spray from every corner of the space. Today's podcast reflects just such a week in mobile technology, with tech news as far-flung and varied as the menu items on an appetizer mixer from Applebee's. All that (plus a larger-than-normal helping of your listener mail) is waiting for your ears on episode 160 of your favorite tech podcast: the Pocketnow ...

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    There's a real increase in budget smartphone demand in Japan, claims a recent DigiTimes report. Apparently, users in Japan are looking for inexpensive SIM-free smartphones, and ASUS seems to benefit a lot from this trend (becoming the third smartphone vendor in Japan, after Apple and Sony). The report claims that ASUS ZenFone sales have been booming recently in Japan as a direct effect of this market behavior, something other manufacturers (and competitors) have noticed and are preparing to adapt. Taiwan ODMs (original design manufacturer - a company that designs and manufactures a ...

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    Qualcomm hasn't enjoyed much positive fame with the Snapdragon 810 processor, mainly because of how unreliable it can be with heating issues. ASUS is another company that's had a great idea with the PadFone lineup, but has failed to wow consumers into buying a product in massive quantities, even if it makes a lot of sense. That said, PadFones haven't really been famous in the spec department, and ASUS would decide to add the latest and greatest Snapdragon to its future PadFone, we could be in for something great. Leaksfly is reporting that ASUS might be teaming up with Qualcomm for its ...

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    ASUSTeK Computer CEO Jerry Shen expects the company's tablet business to break even this year, according to a DigiTimes report citing the executive. The company registered operating losses last year, as well as in the first half of 2015, for its tablet business, acknowledged the executive. To counter that and break even in 2015, ASUSTeK has not only adjusted its supply chain, but has also reportedly decreased the number of new models in order to reduce total operating cost. DigiTimes also cites a Chinese Apple Daily report according to which ASUSTeK expects to ship around 6-7 million ...

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    Tablets are a strange thing. Most people don't upgrade them near as often as they do their smartphones, and the entire purpose of tablets is still debated among many confused consumers. Because they're not as popular as their smartphone counterparts, OEMs don't make tablets at as quickly a pace as they do phones, and so we're a little short on new devices to wave in your face. Thankfully, tablets keep like leftovers from a pasta dinner, and not that month-old milk you haven't bothered taking out of the fridge, and some of the best tablets in early 2015 are the same tablets from 2014, and ...

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