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Asus Makes The ZenFone 2 Official In North America, Ships May 19th Starting At $199

Asus hasn't had much of a presence in the US phone market aside from a few unpleasant PadFones, but that's about to change with the ZenFone 2. This device was revealed at CES in January, but now the US variant is official. It's coming May 19th for $199-299, and you can pre-order it tomorrow.

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Team Win Recovery Project Now Supports Native Qualcomm Encryption On The OnePlus One

If you're a frequent ROM flasher (why does that sound mildly dirty?) and a OnePlus One owner, you might want to grab the latest build of TWRP. A Team Win developer says that it now supports Qualcomm's native encryption scheme in addition to Android's standard AOSP encryption. Why does this matter? According to Ethan "Dees Troy" Yonker and cited benchmarks, Qualcomm's encryption offers better performance when compared to Google's encryption applied to the same hardware.

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Galaxy Tab S 10.5 On T-Mobile Receives Android Lollipop OTA Update

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US Appeals Court Sides With Samsung, Reverses $382 Million Of $930 Million Apple Verdict

It seems like ages ago that Apple and Samsung finished duking it out in court over Samsung's "borrowing" from Apple's early iPhone designs. However, the $930 million judgement against Samsung was just the beginning of the legal tussle. This whole time the lawyers have still been racking up billable hours, and now a US appeals court has reversed a big chunk of the damages saying Apple's trademarks on the look of the original iPhone aren't valid.

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Sony Releases An AOSP-Based Recovery For Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, Z Ultra, T2 Ultra, T3, M2, And E3 Phones

Sony is continuing its odd support for modifications and software based on Android's open source core. Today they're releasing a collection of flashable recovery partitions for some phones - technically these count as "custom" recoveries, but they're based on AOSP, and therefore pretty close to what you'd find on Nexus devices. Sony's intro video does state that the recovery can restore data, flash custom ROMs, and boot to multiple ROMs, something that most stock recoveries can't handle.

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AT&T Now Sells The LG Escape 2, A Budget Phone That Looks Less Like Its Predecessor And More Like A Cheap G4

The LG Escape wasn't a bad phone back in 2012. Now it's 2015, and AT&T has quietly released a follow-up on its website priced at an affordable $180.

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Like the original, the LG Escape 2 comes with a decent set of specs for the price. Buyers get a 4.7-inch screen with a 1280 by 720 resolution. On the inside, there's a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, Adreno 306 GPU, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage (supplemented by a microSD card slot).

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Blue Topaz Galaxy S6 And Green Emerald Galaxy S6 Edge Are Now Available In Some Markets

Did you know that your choice of color when buying a cell phone is indicative of your personality and character traits? No, really, it's totally based on real psychology - it's not just made up. Well, let me be more precise: I'm not just making it up. "World-renowned British Psychologist Dr. Donna Dawson" might just be having a go at you when she describes the exclusive new colors for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.

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500GB NVIDIA Shield "Pro" Android TV Shows Up On Amazon, Looks Legit

Remember that 500GB version of the Shield Android TV that leaked on NVIDIA's website last month? Remember how they said it wasn't a "consumer" device, but a development partner system? Well, I'm going to go ahead and call NVIDIA a bunch of lying liars who lie, because a 500GB "Shield Pro" console listing just popped up on Amazon.

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Amazon Disables The Instant Video APK For Non-Sony Android TV Devices, Because They Hate You And Your Money

Amazon, cut this crap out. Seriously, I'm getting really sick of it. As someone who pays you for media on a regular basis, to say nothing of my recurring Amazon Prime payments, I feel like I'm more than justified in telling you to stop sabotaging your own damn products.

Ahem. A little backstory, before we get to the central point here. After years of pretending that their customers simply didn't want to watch Amazon Instant Video on non-Fire devices, while concurrently giving iOS owners free access to their bought-and-paid-for video libraries, Amazon finally relented and released an Android app.

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Report: European Mobile Carriers Are Planning To Block Online Ads At The Network Level

In what would be an extremely controversial move, several European mobile carriers are reportedly working on a system to block online advertisements on their networks. Though none are named in the original report by Financial Times, the operators are said to be cooperating with Israeli startup Shine, who is developing the technology to accomplish the task. While specific timelines and details of the implementation are lacking, this would obviously have wide ramifications.

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