ASUS Zenfone 2 Launches Tomorrow in US at Amazon, Newegg for $199 and $299 (Updated: Available Now!)

UPDATE:  BUY THE ZENFONE 2 NOW FROM AMAZON!

The ASUS Zenfone 2, a phone first introduced to the world waaaaaaay back at CES in January, is finally arriving on US soil. During a press event that took place this morning in NYC to announce US availability, ASUS said that it would go on sale starting tomorrow for $199 and $299 at retailers like Amazon and Newegg.  (more…)

Android Wear 5.0.2 Rolling Out to Most Watches (Updated)

Update:  Most Android Wear devices, like the G Watch, G Watch R, Gear Live, and ZenWatch all appear to be receiving this update. Not much is standing out in terms of new stuff. If anything, your watch should be more stable.


An Android 5.0.2 update is rolling out now to Moto 360 units as build LWX49L. At least one of our readers has already received the update, which Motorola says updates Google Play Services and adds a “variety of system optimizations and security updates to improve performance stability.” This appears to be a bug fixers rather than a feature-introducer.

To check for the update on your device, head into Settings>About>System updates.  (more…)

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Deal: Unlocked ASUS Padfone X With Tablet Dock for $199 (Updated)

Update:  Deal over.

ASUS’ Padfone line is a concept that I wish saw more success or acceptance in the US. A high-end phone that docks into a tablet shell to make an on-demand tablet? What’s not to like? Unfortunately, late or non-arrivals of the Padfone line have left it all but a lost cause here in the States, even if it did have promise.

With that said, the Padfone X, which is the latest high-end version built specifically for AT&T, can be had today from eBay for $199, which includes the tablet dock. The original product retailed around $549, so calling this a steal is a bit of an understatement.  (more…)

ASUS Announce the Zenfone 2 and Zenfone Zoom at CES

ASUS just wrapped up its press conference at CES, with two new phones for us to talk about. To kick it off, the company announced the followup to last year’s Zenfone, appropriately named, the Zenfone 2. The device, in terms of specs, is better in almost every way than what we saw last year, featuring a 5.5″ Full HD IPS display, 13MP rear-facing camera, and a 2.3GHz 64-bit Intel Atom processor with 4GB of RAM.  (more…)

Live: ASUS’ CES 2015 Press Event!

ASUS is up next at the official press day of the 2015 CES. Well, they host their own satellite event, so it may not be an official event, yet it’s somehow included. Anyways, we will be there on hand, but it looks like they are planning to live stream the happenings, just like they did last year.

Will we get new Zenfones? What kind of camera tricks does ASUS have up their sleeves? Will any of it arrive in the US? I guess we will find out soon enough.

The event kicks off at 11AM Pacific (2PM Eastern). Once they post a live stream, we will add it below. (more…)

ASUS Brings Back Morse Code, Teases CES ‘Optical Zoom’ Announcement

We are only two days away from the kick off of CES, where many companies will highlight products that they intend to make available over the course of 2015. One smartphone company which still makes announcements at CES is ASUS, and this morning, they posted a new teaser to their YouTube page.

In the brief teaser, Morse code is deployed, with ASUS asking viewers to solve the message. Since then, the message has been cracked, spelling out, “Optical Zoom.”  (more…)