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ASUS sends out invites for March 18 ZenFone 2 US launch

ASUS sends out invites for March 18 ZenFone 2 US launch

Time to suit up, says ASUS, as it prepares to bring its flagship device to US shores. It has just sent out official invites to its ZenFone 2 launch, which will take place at 1:00 pm on th 18th of May at Manhattan. Being one of the few big smartphones that ASUS is bringing to the US, consider our curiosities piqued. But more than that, our fingers are also crossed that ASUS will actually bring the variant of ZenFone 2 that is one of the more interesting smartphones this half of the year.

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ZTE Nubia Z9 has some interesting “invisible” bezels

ZTE Nubia Z9 has some interesting “invisible” bezels

It seems that there will be a new trend, at least among Chinese OEMs at first. Samsung's Galaxy S6 edge seems to have sparked a new idea about how to deal with bezels. OPPO's upcoming R7 is already known for "faking" its bezel-less looks, almost a literal smoke and mirrors, particularly the mirror part. ZTE seems to have somewhat followed suit, but it is taking it an interesting step further. The ZTE Nubia Z9 actually does have a bit of border, though you can't almost see them, but those borders can be used to do things as well.

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Apple chomping away at Android in Europe and China

Apple chomping away at Android in Europe and China

Over the past three months of 2015, ending in March, iOS has reached a 20.3% share amongst users in Europe's five largest countries. This includes Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. This information comes from a Q1 report from Kantar Worldpanel's ComTech, who suggest Android still commands a 68.4% share in this collection of countries, it's fallen 3.1 percentage points year-over-year. Meanwhile Apple's iOS has risen 1.8 points - as has Windows Phone. The rest of the smartphone market (other than these three operating systems on phones), has fallen by a half a percentage point. Again, this is compared to last year during these same three months, in the first quarter of the year.

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Xperia C4 and C4 Dual PROselfie smartphones rock 25mm wide-angle front lens

Xperia C4 and C4 Dual PROselfie smartphones rock 25mm wide-angle front lens

For many smartphone users the device is used more for taking pictures of themselves than for taking pictures of other things. For this sort of user often the quality of the front camera is more important than the quality of the rear camera. You have to look good in your selfies after all. Two new smartphones have landed including the Xperia C4 and the C4 Dual and both focus on quality selfies.

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UT researchers develop GPS system accurate to the centimeter

UT researchers develop GPS system accurate to the centimeter

There is a limit to how accurate GPS systems are today for the average US for consumer. Only a few industries get the most accurate GPS available, but researchers at the University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering at Austin have developed a new GPS system that is accurate down to the centimeter. The system is also inexpensive and could be integrated into devices like mobile phones according to the team.

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3rd gen Moto X specs leaks out

3rd gen Moto X specs leaks out

It's hard to believe that it has already been seven months since the 2014 Moto X was unveiled, which means there just 5 months left until the next generation. Unless Lenovo/Motorola decides on an August date just like the first Moto X. Naturally, we're beginning to hear of supposed insider info on what the 2015 Moto X will be like, which does sound a bit too good to be true at times. However, it could very well be a litmus test of whether Motorola can keep up with the fame it built back when it was still under Google's care.

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HTC One M9 falls short, not enough to save HTC

HTC One M9 falls short, not enough to save HTC

HTC came under hard times but, for a while, it seemed that the Taiwanese manufacturer was on the verge of recovery, especially after the HTC One M8 and its new found fascination with mobile photography. Then came the HTC One M9 and now it seems that all hell has broken loose yet again. The company's financial report for April showed rather disappointing, in fact worrying, numbers, with an almost 40 percent decline in revenue from the same month last year. And most of it is being blamed on the One M9's poor market performance.

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Google creates new, visual mobile ads as mobile searches overtake PCs

Google creates new, visual mobile ads as mobile searches overtake PCs

Mobile searches are overtaking PC searches around the world, and therein lies the opportunity for Google to sell and place new ads specifically designed for mobile searches. Bringing ads to mobile devices isn't just a matter of scaling down current ads. There just isn't enough screen space for lengthy keyword-based ads. Google also knows that when it comes to mobile devices, users prefer search from specialized apps like Yelp or Amazon instead using their browsers. So, Google's mobile ads will be more pictorial to simulate the feeling of app-based searches.

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LG G4 “consumer trial” underway

LG G4 “consumer trial” underway

So you'd like to check the LG G4 out before it hits stores, yes? Lucky you, the people at LG responsible for bringing heat to the feet of consumers have decided to do a bit of a trial run. As it was internationally, here it is in the USA as well - the LG G4 Trial Program is coming to the United States, and, just as we saw late last month, this program is aimed at consumers that want to take part in LG's testing process. This is more of a boost for the device than it is a testing program, but who are we to judge?

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