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3 hours ago

Hands-on with the ASUS ZenFone Zoom and its 3x optical zooming camera

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Asus Zenfone Zoom

ASUS's optically-zooming smartphone is real, and we put our hands on it.

The ASUS ZenFone Zoom was announced way back in January at CES 2015, but at the time it was safely ensconced in a glass case. But now, here at IFA 2015, we're finally getting our hands on with this unique device. Offering 3x optical zoom for lossless non-noisy zoom, it's touted as the thinnest optically-zooming smartphone out there. The competition from the likes of Samsung's Galaxy Camera line all feature large telescoping zoom lenses, whereas ASUS's ZenFone Zoom packs ten lens elements into a phone that's less than 12mm thick at its thickest (though ASUS is quick to tout the 5mm edges).

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3 hours ago

Hands-on with the ASUS ZenFone 2 Deluxe

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If you love the ASUS ZenFone 2 but have a hankering for something a little more high-end, well, that'd be the ZenFone 2 Deluxe. We've already seen a massive 256-gigabyte version of this phone destined for Brazil. The one we've got here in Berlin is a little more tame — a mere 64GB or 128GB of on-board storage. But the other specs — and maybe more importantly the design — are nothing to scoff at.

Let's take a quick look.

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3 hours ago

ZenWatch 2: A second look at ASUS' second Android Wear effort

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ASUS ZenWatch 2

For a number of months — say, November 2014 to somewhere around March 2015 — ASUS had what we could say was one of the best-looking Android Wear offerings out there. The original ZenWatch brought some curvy style to nerds' wrists (mine included). But it was fairly quickly usurped by the likes of the LG Watch Urbane and the announcement of the Huawei Watch, if for no other reason than the ZenWatch's display just isn't as good.

Now ASUS has returned with the ZenWatch 2. It's still sort of a rounded-square hybrid, promising better battery life, new strap options, and some new software features. Plus there's two sizes to choose from now, for those of us with smaller wrists.

Let's take a quick look.

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3 hours ago

Indian handset vendor Intex partners with Microsoft to bundle free OneDrive cloud storage

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Intex Technologies, the second largest smartphone maker in India, has announced its association with Microsoft to become the first Android smartphone brand in India to pre-install and provide OneDrive cloud storage. Customers who purchase eligible smartphones will receive an extra 50GB of OneDrive storage for 2 years.

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3 hours ago

Play Store carrier billing comes to Africa as Telkom South Africa teams up with Bango

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Play Store carrier billing has made its way to the African continent, with Telkom South Africa partnering with mobile payment service Bango to process the transactions. With Android accounting for over 89 percent of the smartphone market in the continent, Telkom SA's deal has the potential to boost adoption of paid content on the Play Store.

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4 hours ago

Amazon's Kindle Unlimited ebook rental service launches in India for ₹199 ($3) a month

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Amazon has launched its Kindle Unlimited rental service in India, giving customers in the country the ability to choose from over 1 million titles for just ₹199 ($3) a month. Amazon is sweetening the deal by offering the first month of membership for ₹99 ($1.5).

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4 hours ago

ASUS finalizes ZenWatch 2 launch, two sizes coming in October starting at €149

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After pretty thoroughly showing off its new ZenWatch 2 at Computex, ASUS is finalizing the launch with pricing, availability and complete specs at IFA 2015. As we saw at its initial unveiling the ZenWatch 2 isn't a dramatic change from the original in terms of design, but there are now two different sizes on offer, better internals and tons of customization options.

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4 hours ago

Acer shows off the Predator 6 gaming smartphone with a 10-core processor

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How many cores does your smartphone CPU contain? Two, four, possibly even eight? Acer says this isn't enough. The company today teased the Predator 6 at IFA, a new Android-powered smartphone with a 10-core processor. It's an absolute beast of a phone and shares the same branding as Acer's gaming products, so this thing is clearly designed for those who enjoy the heavier side of mobile gaming.

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5 hours ago

Acer's crazy Predator 8 gaming tablet officially launches, available Nov. 6 for $299

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After showing off its somewhat-crazy gaming tablet, the Predator 8, at Computex, Acer is ready to put it on sale for everyone. The Predator 8 (officially the GT-810) is a gaming-focused tablet with lots of power and looks to match its branding.

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5 hours ago

Acer's new R11 Chromebook is its first convertible, coming in October for $299

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Acer has just announced its latest Chromebook, the R11, at the IFA show in Berlin. The Acer R11 Chromebook is the first "convertible" Chromebook from the manufacturer, in that the screen rotates fully around to the back of the laptop to give you a tablet-like experience.

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5 hours ago

Acer releases four new Liquid smartphones at IFA 2015

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Acer is getting in on the IFA fun with several new product announcements, including four new phones in its Liquid lineup. The Liquid Z630 and Z530 are the two main models, with each one also having an "S" model with slightly bumped specs.

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5 hours ago

The Honor 7 is so popular it sold out in just one day across Europe

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Launched on August 27, the Honor 7 sold out across Europe in just one day. That's according to Huawei, confirming today that new orders placed for the smartphone will see delivery estimations of between 2-3 weeks.

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8 hours ago

Lenovo's latest Chromebook is the 100S, available in October for $179

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Though it hasn't made a ton of Chromebooks in the past, Lenovo unveiled its latest Chromebook model coinciding with the IFA conference in Berlin. The Chromebook 100S is a lower-end model starting at just $179, coming in at 2.6 pounds with an 11.6-inch HD display, Intel N2840 processor, up to 4GB of RAM and up to 32GB of on-board storage. There's a standard assortment of ports, and Lenovo is claiming eight hours of battery life.

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10 hours ago

Shatterproof Moto X Force leaked with 5.43-inch QHD display and Snapdragon 810

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Motorola's expanded its offerings in the mid-range segment this year with the Moto X Play and Moto X Style (or Pure Edition if you're Stateside), and it looks like there's one more model in the works. Based on an image leaked by @upleaks on Twitter, the Lenovo-owned company is set to unveil the Moto X Force, a shatterproof handset targeted at the high-end segment.

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13 hours ago

ABC News app picks up Android Auto support

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ABC News is the latest app to add support for Google's burgeoning in-car system, Android Auto. The app's latest update brings support for the platform, enabling you tune in to ABC News Radio while on your daily commute.

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