When Asus announces stuff, it really announces stuff. That weird Turducken Transformer thing from earlier is far from the only thing the Tiawanese OEM has revealed at Computex. There are also new Transformer Pads, MeMO Pads, and an updated line of Fonepads – you get one guess what they do.
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People seem to kind of like the Asus Transformer series with the optional keyboard docks – it kind of makes sense in a limited way. The PadFone has been a tougher sell, but what if you mashed up those products? Surely that would be the product everyone has been waiting for. Behold, the Transformer Book V, which really is all the things.
This is a (kind of) single modular device that consists of a phone with a brain powered by Intel, a 12.5-inch tablet screen dock, and a keyboard dock with separate hardware.
We had a good run didn't we? It's the beginning of the end now that Samsung has started pushing Tizen as an alternative to Android. The newly announced Samsung Z is a powerful smartphone that runs an updated version of Samsung's open source Tizen OS. Oh, why didn't we listen to all the scaremongering posts that went up after the Gear 2 was announced? WHYYYYY?
Do you want your phone to charge wirelessly and be all cozy on a tiny pillow? Then the Nokia DT-901 Fatboy charging pillow is what you want. Problem is, it's usually a rather expensive charger, upwards of $60 on Amazon and $79 on AT&T. Not today, though. You can get one for $5 (or even less if you're especially keen) with free shipping on AT&T's site. Way better than that Verizon pillow.
That new Google Maps update is pretty cool, but there's more going on than the return of terrain mode. In fact, there are two small, but crazy-useful features in the new Maps that you ought to know about.
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You might remember the Oppo N1 as the first official CyanogenMod phone, which was quickly eclipsed by the OnePlus One. It was a very big phone (physically, not popularity-wise), but now the Chinese OEM is announcing a smaller version called, you guessed it, the N1 Mini. The thing is, the mini version of the N1 still has a 5-inch screen.
Your phone does not have four spinning rotor blades that allow it to fly around and shoot 720p video, but the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 does those things as an extension of your phone. This gizmo costs a pretty penny, but the price has dropped considerably on Amazon. It's just $$236.87 with Prime shipping for the standard version, and $249.99 for the elite edition.