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Google has produced its second-generation OnHub router, just two months after it unveiled the first version. Switching from TP-Link to Asus, the new OnHub retains the same core functionality as its predecessor, but this time the physical design has changed, switching out the cylindrical casing for one with a slight taper, along with a new "Wave Control" function that will boost the Wi-Fi speed for a specific device, triggered by a wave of a hand above the router.
Asustor has announced the launch of the diamond plate-finished 31 series NAS devices for multimedia prosumers -- the new 31 series consists of the two-bay AS3102T and the four-bay AS3104T. Both new models feature 4K multimedia playback and AES-NI encryption, in addition to server support for a large amount of media playback applications.
Asus has unveiled what it claims to be a wireless router with the "world's fastest Wi-Fi" connection at Germany's IFA show this morning. The RT-AC5300 takes its cue from the RT-AC3200 in using a large number of antennas, with this router using a total of eight detachable dual-band along all four main edges of the device to help it achieve speeds of up to 5.3Gbps over Wi-Fi, using both 2.4GHz and 5Ghz bands.
HTC is not entertaining the prospect of being acquired by Asus, following recent reports suggesting such a transaction could be on the way. The smartphone producer has been forced to comment following reported comments made by Asus chairman Johnny Shih about the potential purchase, but HTC claims it will not be considering any acquisition attempts by the computer manufacturer in the near future.
Electronista has had the opportunity to get hands on with the pair of new tablets Asus debuted at Computex Taipei last week. Although the Android tablet market is flooded with choices, both the Asus Zenpad S 8.0 and Zenpad 8.0 manage to stand out from the crowd with some unique technologies that the company has applied to both its displays and sound. Asus is quite proud of the fact, that in combination with a special cover, both of its new tablets are the first in the world to sport DTS HD Surround Sound.
Electronista was on hand at Computex today, where Microsoft continued its push for Windows 10. With the official announcement last week that Windows 10 will begin shipping from the end of July, Microsoft Senior VP, OEM Division Nick Parker took the opportunity at today's keynote to highlight the wide range of devices that will support Windows 10 at launch. This includes existing devices built for Windows 8, as well as several previously-unannounced devices from Asus, HP, Dell and Toshiba that will arrive when Windows 10 goes on sale.
Asus has launched its second smartwatch at Computex, following last year's ZenWatch. The ZenWatch 2 remains an Android Wear-powered device, but the design of the original has been altered to include a side crown, though more as a button than the Digital Crown of the Apple Watch, with it also replacing the previous dock with new magnetic charger to simplify the charging process, as well as improving the recharge time overall.
Asus has unveiled a number of new tablets at its Computex event in Taipei, including ten-inch and seven-inch models, with the main focus being two eight-inch tablets. The ZenPad 8.0 and ZenPad S 8.0 are similar sized tablets with Intel processors, but while the ZenPad 8.0 opts for more modest specifications and a resolution of 1280x800, the S variant goes for higher-specification components and is fronted by an IPS 2048x1536 display.
Asus has announced the official launch of its new ZenFone Selfie at this year's Computex in Taipei. As you might expect from the name, Asus' latest smartphone places a strong emphasis on the front-facing camera. While both of the handset's cameras offer 13-megapixel resolutions, the front f/2.2 aperture lens boasts an 88-degree field of view for capturing panoramic self-portraits of up to 140 degrees.
As part of a much larger array of reveals at the Taiwan Computex, Asus showed the ProArt PA329Q 4K monitor. The new Asus offering is a 32-inch 4K/UHD (ultra-high-definition) monitor with a wide variety of input options aimed at professionals, and which delivers a 100 percent Adobe RGB color gamut.
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R