Asus ZenBook 3 looks just like a MacBook, except it runs Windows 10


BERLIN — Apple’s new MacBook is the belle of the laptop world even if this year’s update was a little disappointing. However, if you like the compact form factor, but wish it ran Windows 10, Asus has the perfect laptop for you.

Announced at IFA 2016, the ZenBook 3 is the spitting image of the 12-inch MacBook, except you know it’s made by Asus and runs Windows 10.

As part of Asus’s “Zenvolution” IFA product announcements, which include the ZenWatch 3 and Transformer 3 Pro 2-in-1, the ZenBook 3 crams a 12.5-inch full HD screen into a 0.46-inch thick all-metal frame that also weighs two pounds, just like the MacBook. And as always the lid has Asus’s signature “spun metal” finish. Read more…

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Oh the Bachmanity! You can now rent the Aviato SUV from 'Silicon Valley.'


Do you wish you could live like Erlich Bachman from HBO’s Silicon Valley? I am sure you probably don’t — and rightfully so. His life is kind of a nightmare.

Regardless of that, you can now rent his Aviato-branded Ford Escape. “Perhaps you’ve heard of it?” the listing asks. 

The website Turo is now offering up to San Franciscans the Aviato-mobile from Silicon Valley — and it can be yours for just $49 per day.

For the money, you get to drive more than just a piece of pop culture. As the listing points out, you also get to enjoy “Leather seats that cradle your buttocks like the firm grasp of a loving mother” and “6 CD Navigation GPS radio with 4″ display and ergonomic joystick-button selector that will make you feel like a god among men.” Read more…

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Snapchat filters go rogue in the 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' trailer


When you’ve already tried every Snapchat feature on goofy videos of yourself, you have to start branching out.

One Star Wars/Snapchat fan went full force by adding filters, emojis and more to the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer, turning the space epic into a silly cartoon. 

We recommend watching it soon, in case HyperdrivePics takes it down in 24 hours.

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Asus may have created the ultimate Surface Pro 4 clone


BERLIN — At this point, practically every major computer maker has cloned the Surface Pro, further validating Microsoft’s 2-in-1 tablet-laptop vision.

Following in the footsteps of Acer, Samsung and Huawei, is Asus’ own Surface Pro-like mobile computer called the Transformer 3 Pro.

The 8.35mm-thick Windows 10 tablet is made of durable magnesium alloy and features a 12.6-inch 3K-resolution display (2,880 x 1,920) with ultra-wide viewing angles. 

Asus boasts several display technologies that are supposed to help with eye health, including the “Eye-care” mode, which supposedly reduces the amount of blue light emitted. Studies have shown the blue light from computer and mobile displays is harmful to eyes and leads to increased tiredness. Read more…

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Asus unveils flashy ZenWatch 3 with round screen and 2-day battery


BERLIN — Asus is joining the round club.

The Taiwan-based consumer electronics company announced its latest smartwatch at IFA 2016, the ZenWatch 3, featuring a round display .

The ZenWatch 3 joins a vast number of smartwatches with round displays including the Samsung Gear S2, Moto 360, Huawei Watch and Fossil’s Q-series.

The smartwatch features a 1.39-inch AMOLED display (400 x 400 resolution) set on a 316L stainless steel watch case, which Asus says is 82 percent stronger than regular steel, for a more jewelry-like look. It’ll be available in three finishes: Rose gold, gunmetal and silver. It’s also thinner than the Apple Watch at 0.39-inches thick. Read more…

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