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Flagship ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 finally sighted, 2K display and USB Type C

We’d probably just have to get used to the way ASUS does things. They release a brand line and then pepper it with multiple options from entry level to high end. That’s what they did when they announced a refresh of their ZenPad tablet line. But now we’re probably seeing the top of the line, as it were, as the Taiwan-based manufacturer is even calling this new variant of the ZenPad S 8.0 its “flagship” tablet – the Z580CA model.

Project Ara pushed to 2016, looking for new test locations in US

We haven’t heard from Project Ara in a while, so it’s nice that we have news again. If you don’t remember what Project Ara is, it’s Google’s attempt at making a smartphone with modular replaceable parts, taken from the Phonebloks campaign. There have been some good breakthroughs in the project, but what we’re hearing now is that there will be a major delay to launching a working prototype.

Nox App Player is a new Android OS emulator for PC

There’s a new player on the block when talking about Android emulators on a desktop platform. If you haven’t thought of it yet, there are a lot of conveniences that can be had by running Android on your desktop PC, whether playing games or just for the multi-tasking possibilities. Admittedly, Bluestacks is still the king of that jungle, but apparently, Nox App Player wants to take them on at its own game – offering a few more features that might turn your head.

New features coming to CyanogenMod, via Cyanogen Platform SDK

While newer and more flashy custom ROMs are coming out and hitting the big time, the big daddy of them all – the CyanogenMod ROM based on AOSP (Android Open Source Project) – is chugging steadily along. The “preferred” custom ROM of people who want an experience closest to stock Android, the CyanogenMod team continues to add more power tweaks to the custom ROM that just confirms their massive advantage from the newer ROMs. Here are a few more new tweaks that will be coming to your CM builds shortly.

Firefox intends to protect more of your data, features in pre-beta

Mozilla still hasn’t given up on its browser product Firefox, which is good to know. Competition is still needed in this part of the game, and it’s good that Mozilla can still keep Google on its toes. Mozilla is currently testing new privacy features in its pre-beta versions of Firefox, which aims to protect the users better in the Private Browsing mode.

New images leaked of reported LG Nexus 5 2015 version

There’s still a huge lack of information on the planned 2015 refresh of the Nexus 5, still by the same manufacturer that put out the first one, Korean gadget manufacturers LG. It looks like both the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 6 will be refreshed this year, with Huawei getting the rights for the rumored phablet-sized 2015 Nexus 6. The Nexus 5 will reportedly stay with a 5.2-inch screen, and we have some images of reported company renders (aside from the full-on shot above) for you to ogle at.

High performance SHIELD games get SHIELD Android TV compatibility

Don’t you just hate it when NVIDIA plainly tells you that your device is not good enough for a specific game? And no, we don’t mean that in a relational/metaphysical way – a device’s feelings is tough enough for that (haha) – we mean that in a “your specs are not robust enough” for this game way. There are several games out there that are playable only on an NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet with its Tegra K chip and 256-core GPU. But rejoice now, because if you bought that (relatively) affordable NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV console, some of these games are now available for you. Click on the link titles to download.

OnePlus 2 bares its guts in iFixit teardown

If you haven’t seen the new OnePlus 2 for all it really is – meaning, seeing everything, including the internals – then you shouldn’t miss out on iFixit’s teardown of the new “flagship killer” out of China. The teardown specialists have a penchant for gorgeous and meticulously prepared pics, and for that alone, this should be worth your time. Also, you will always wonder how easy your new OnePlus 2 can be repaired. So here you go.
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