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Research discovers Android’s open nature leads to devices shipping with vulnerabilities

Research discovers Android’s open nature leads to devices shipping with vulnerabilities

The Android platform has a reputation for being less than secure, and, despite the system's advantages and improvements, the situation isn't getting any better at the rate it should be. New research from security firm Kryptowire has found that a number of Android devices include vulnerabilities right out of the box, including those shipped directly from wireless carriers. Unfortunately the cause of the problem stems from one of Android's biggest and oldest strong points: its open nature and ability to be modified.

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ASUS ROG Phone pre-order: this is how much it will cost

ASUS ROG Phone pre-order: this is how much it will cost

This year has seen some rather curious smartphones, like the OPPO Find X and Vivo NEX S. When it comes to curiosities, however, the ASUS ROG Phone probably takes the cake. No, it has no elevating camera but it does have an unorthodox design and a set of accessories that truly marks it as a gaming smartphone. ASUS has practically revealed all about it except its availability. Finnish carrier Telia, however, may have jumped the gun and revealed at least one critical piece of the puzzle, which probably shouldn’t surprise anyone.

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ASUS ZenBook 13 UX331UA ultrabook for travelers now available

ASUS ZenBook 13 UX331UA ultrabook for travelers now available

ASUS has announced the availability of its new ZenBook 13 model UX331UA. This ultrabook is the latest addition to the ZenBook 13 Series, one targeting travelers and others who need a very light, thin laptop. Despite the slim size, ASUS says this ZenBook 13 model has all-day battery life coupled with fast charging technology; with it, the battery can increase from 0% to 60% charge in 49 minutes.

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ASUS ZenFone Live L1 joins Android Go US team

ASUS ZenFone Live L1 joins Android Go US team

You could be forgiven if you immediately dismiss ASUS’ silent new arrival simply because of its name. The company, in its typical fashion, already used the “ZenFone Live” name twice last year. But if you’re actually in the market for a cheap Android phone with (mostly) vanilla software and guaranteed updates up to 28 months, then you might want to pay attention to this new L1 model. We still don’t know the logic behind the naming, but the ZenFone Live L1 is the third Android Go phone to hit the US market.

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ASUS ROG Phone hands-on shows its more than just about gaming

ASUS ROG Phone hands-on shows its more than just about gaming

While notches and bezels and, recently, elevating cameras have been the recent obsessions of the smartphone market, there was a brief period when they were eclipsed by what seemed to be a very niche line: gaming phones. From Razer to Xiaomi to ASUS to even Samsung, one manufacturer or another have put out or is rumored to put out a gaming-centric smartphone. It’s hard to deny, however, that the ASUS ROG Phone is perhaps the most curious one of all. And Marques Brownlee, aka MKBHD, shares a hands-on of a working prototype that proves it’s more than just a gaming smartphone.

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Top smartphones of Q2 2018: where things stand

Top smartphones of Q2 2018: where things stand

The year is half over and we’ve mostly seen all that year has to offer as far as smartphones go. Except, of course, for Apple new iPhones and Samsung’s last hurrah for the year. We already took a look at the premium phones that landed in the market in the first few months of the year and was admittedly at a loss for which one came out at the top. This quarter has its own roster with seemingly interesting personalities. Will a winner finally stand out? Let’s take a look.

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ASUS ZenFone 5Q mid-range Android Oreo phone now available in US

ASUS ZenFone 5Q mid-range Android Oreo phone now available in US

One of the smartphones ASUS unveiled during Mobile World Congress 2018, the ZenFone Q5, is now available to purchase in the United States. As we previously explained, the Q5 is basically a "Lite" version of the ZenFone 5 model, one sporting a traditional (read: notch-free) design. The phone was announced alongside the ZenFone 5 and 5Z models.

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ASUS ROG Phone is almost perfect but needs this one thing

ASUS ROG Phone is almost perfect but needs this one thing

The ASUS ROG Phone, the fourth in a new generation of gaming-centric Android smartphones, is going to be compared a lot with the Nintendo Switch. And, to a lesser extent, the Nintendo DS. On paper and at first blush, it definitely checks of the right boxes to sing to gamers' hearts. While we anxiously and excitedly await the time for a more in-depth review, we can already see how the ASUS ROG Phone could easily snatch the mobile gaming crown. That is, if ASUS can implement one feature that’s missing from almost all mobile gaming phones and accessories.

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All the oddball ASUS gadgets announced at Computex 2018

All the oddball ASUS gadgets announced at Computex 2018

ASUS showed up at Computex 2018 with a lot of new hardware in tow. Most of this is what we'd normally expect from ASUS and its Republic of Gamers arm - new notebooks, desktops, and accessories meant to satisfy the mainstream users, workaholics, and gamers among us. Some of this new hardware, however, goes beyond what we expected to see and delivers some very interesting (and somewhat strange) concepts.

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ASUS Project Precog concept takes trends to ridiculous heights

ASUS Project Precog concept takes trends to ridiculous heights

ASUS has just driven two of the tech and mobile market’s largest hype trains and made them collide with each other. From a different angle, you could say the ASUS Project Precog computer did what Lenovo was perhaps hesitant to do. The device, in a nutshell, is a dual-screen, not exactly foldable, laptop. But more than just having more screens than any laptop, ASUS wants you to know that Precog is also smarter than any laptop you’ll find in the market.

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ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 and ScreenPad put a twist to multitasking

ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 and ScreenPad put a twist to multitasking

Productivity gurus these days may frown upon multitasking but computers are just built for that purpose. And given the trend these days, humans are heading down that road, for better or worse. Perhaps those same productivity gurus will frown upon ASUS’ new ZenBook Pro 15 and ZenBook Pro 14 for that same reason. These already powerful laptops are made even more powerful by a 5.5-inch Full HD ScreenPad masquerading as its touchpad. And this “second display” is made for one thing and one thing alone: help you be more efficient by letting you do more things at the same time.

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ASUS VivoWatch BP adds a missing piece to smartwatches

ASUS VivoWatch BP adds a missing piece to smartwatches

Smartwatches have become more than just smaller smartphones. Many of them are smaller clinical labs as well. Health and fitness have become the focus of many smartwatch makers, especially Apple. Despite having countless sensors, almost all of them are missing one important functionality: measuring the user’s blood pressure. At Computex 2018, ASUS, following Omron’s footsteps at the start of this year, is addressing that problem with the new VivoWatch BP that brings a blood pressure monitor to the consumer wearable market.

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