Asus Announces ZenBook 3, a Retina MacBook Lookalike That is Thinner, Lighter, and Faster

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By Joe Rossignol

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ASUS today at Computex 2016 in Taiwan announced a wide range of new products, including the ZenBook 3, its third-generation ultraportable notebook that is thinner, lighter, and faster than Apple’s lookalike 12-inch Retina MacBook.

The 12.5-inch ZenBook 3 has an ultra-thin 11.9mm aerospace-grade aluminum alloy chassis that weights just under 1 pound and is “50% stronger than the standard alloy” used in competing notebooks. Comparatively, the Retina MacBook is 13.1mm thick and weighs 2.03 pounds.

ZenBook 3’s display is crafted from edge-to-edge, scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 4, with a 1,920×1,080 pixels resolution and wide 72% NTSC color gamut. The notebook has a slim bezel design that provides an 82% screen-to-body ratio for a maximum viewing experience with a minimal footprint.

The Windows-based notebook is powered by up to an Intel Core i7 processor and features 16GB of 2133MHz RAM, up to 1TB of PCIe 3.0-based flash storage, and quad-speaker audio by Harman Kardon. Like the Retina MacBook, the ZenBook 3 has a single USB-C port for charging and connecting peripherals.

ASUS sacrificed a fanless design like the Retina MacBook has in favor of increased performance, but the ZenBook 3 has an innovative cooling system that features the “world’s thinnest fan design” at just 3mm. The notebook delivers up to 9 hours of battery life with fast-charging technology for recharging up to 60% capacity in 49 minutes.

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ZenBook 3 is available in three spun-metal finishes, Royal Blue, Rose Gold, and Quartz Grey, based on a two-phase anodizing process that creates golden highlights on the diamond-cut edges. Whereas the Retina MacBook’s keyboard is always black, the ZenBook 3’s keyboard matches the color of each finish.

The full-sized backlit keyboard also has 19.8mm key pitch and a slightly deeper 0.8mm key travel, compared to 0.5mm on the Retina MacBook’s ultra-thin butterfly mechanism keyboard that some have contested. Next to the keyboard is a glass trackpad with palm-rejection technology, Smart Gestures, and handwriting support.

An optional built-in fingerprint reader with Windows Hello support enables users to sign in and unlock the ZenBook 3 with one finger tap, in lieu of having to type their password or PIN. Similarly, the 2016 MacBook Pro may feature Touch ID as Apple works on an unlocking-via-iPhone feature for OS X 10.12.

ASUS also announced the Zenbo home robot, the ZenFone 3 Series, the ASUS Transformer 3 Series, and multiple other new products.

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Amazon’s 10 best deals: Cheap 128GB microSD, our favorite streaming home camera, GoPro HERO, more

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By Maren Estrada

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Happy Memorial Day, bargain hunters! Today is all about remembering and honoring those who gave their lives fighting for our country, and deal hunting takes a distant back seat. If you do happen to be on the prowl for a good bargain on Monday though, we wanted to make sure that we didn’t leave you hanging. Today’s batch of the best Amazon daily deals includes our favorite streaming home camera/security system, a pair of discounted HDTVs, a low-cost 128GB microSD card from Sony, a dirt cheap GoPro HERO Starter Bundle and much more.

We also have a coupon code you won’t find anywhere else for one of the hottest wireless chargers you’ve ever seen — don’t miss it!

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For faithful oligarchs only: of course there is Galaxy S7 custom edition with a Putin portrait

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By Victor H.

The smartphone world had a brilliant idea a few years back in time: let’s make high-end smartphones look good and feature a truly premium design.

The iPhone 6s family has it with its likable color selection and fine aluminum finish, the Galaxy S7 series also has it with its solid metal frame and beautiful tapered glass back, and these days even the affordable phones are getting solid metal bodies and a refined look.
So there is no sane reason to spend crazy money on top of the price of the existing phones, even for lovers of premium …

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There’s finally a home robot that’s cute enough to love

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By Zach Epstein

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It might be Memorial Day in the United States but half way around the world, Computex kicked off early with a big press conference hosted by Asus. The company had a number of interesting announcements in store for attendees, including a sleek MacBook clone and a new smartphone that pulls off a stunning design feat not even Apple can manage with the iPhone 7. But the new Zenbo home robot may have been the company’s most intriguing announcement on Monday, offering users an adorable interactive machine that’s smarter than any dog or cat. Also of note, it doesn’t poop or scratch up your furniture.

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Asus Zenfone 3 vs Zenfone 3 Deluxe vs Zenfone Ultra: three-way specs comparison

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By Peter K.

Tip your hats and bid a warm welcome to the Asus Zenfone 3, Zenfone 3 Deluxe, and Zenfone 3 Ultra! Asus’ newest trio of phones will have a solid fundament to build on; a fundament established by the market success of the Asus Zenfone 2 and its multiple versions, including the Zenfone 2 Laser, Zenfone 2 Selfie, and so on.

The most impressive of the bunch is undoubtedly the Zenfone 3 Deluxe, a powerhouse by all means and purposes. Equipped with a Snapdragon 820 chipset and up to 6GB of RAM, a 23MP rear camera with EIS (electronic image stabilization) and a Sony IMX318 sensor, …

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Apple May Introduce Next-Gen Language API in its Amazon Echo Competitor

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By Tim Hardwick

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Last week we reported that Apple is said to be readying an Amazon Echo competitor that could be used in the home for features like listening to music, asking for information and getting news headlines.

The product is thought to include a camera with facial recognition capabilities and said to learn over time about its users, which interact with the device via an enhanced version of Siri. Meanwhile, Apple’s virtual assistant is expected to be opened up to outside developers via a soon-to-be-released software development kit in order to facilitate this integration.

Today, Tech Insider claims that a natural language outfit bought by Apple late last year could play a central part in the company’s plans for the upcoming smart home device.

In October 2015, Apple acquired VocalIQ, a UK-based startup that had spent the last 10 years researching natural language, belief tracking, decision making, and message generation, in an attempt to develop a next-generation natural language API.

Speculation at the time suggested Apple hoped to use the technology in its car project, codenamed “Titan”.

However, according to a source familiar with VocalIQ’s technology who spoke to Tech Insider, Apple is likely to introduce the API in its Echo competitor because of its ability to go beyond the “session-based” contextual responses touted by the likes of Viv. VocalIQ achieves this feat by retaining semantic context between conversations and permanently remembering the preferences of its users.

Apparently the company had been testing VocalIQ against Siri, Google Now, and Cortana, and found it to be vastly superior in dealing with complex natural language queries, such as asking for “a nearby Chinese restaurant with open parking and Wi-Fi that’s kid-friendly”.

[But] What if you change your mind an hour later? Simply saying something like “Find me a Mexican restaurant instead,” will bring you new results, while still taking into account the other parameters like parking and WiFi you mentioned before. Hound, Siri, and any other assistant would make you start the search session over again. But Vocal IQ remembers. That’s more human-like than anything available today.

VocalIQ can also filter out extraneous noise to figure out exactly what you’re saying, thus making it more accurate than Siri is today. It’s able to take in all the noise in an environment — the TV, kids shouting, whatever — and determine with a high probability which sound is actually the user’s query. It can even learn to adapt to different accents over time to improve accuracy.

While the report’s source doesn’t claim to have any hard evidence that Apple plans to include the technology into its upcoming smart device, the possibility is an intriguing one. It also feeds into the expectation that Apple’s decision to open up Siri to third-parties indicates that the virtual assistant will receive the necessary enhancements to prevent it from being overtaken by recent advances in competing products.

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Best new Android widgets (May 2016)

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By Peter K.

Do you use widgets on your Android device? If yes, good for you, if not, why not? After all, widgets are one of Android’s fundamental features and not utilizing them is like driving your supercar to the local Walmart only – a waste of potential! It’s true that other operating systems support similar UI features, but let’s face it, none is as advanced as Android’s take on the matter.

As we are pretty keen on customization and widgets are a major part of this ordeal, we scour the Play Store every two weeks and search for the very best new widgets. And why do we do this exactly? Simple, we …

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