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Nexus Player Review: Android TV Isn't Ready For Primetime

Android TV is exciting. It’s beautiful. The idea makes sense. And you should probably steer clear till Google gets its shit together. Until it does, the $US100 Nexus Player just isn’t a good buy.


Nexus Player Hands-On: This Is No Nexus Q (Thank Goodness)

Android TV made its big debut back at Google I/O, but its first official host body didn’t show up until a few weeks back. The Nexus Player, built by ASUS, is Google’s bajillionth attempt to take over the living room (hello Google TV, Nexus Q, Chromecast), and it looks as good as any set-top box you could look to throw on your TV stand.


This Nexus Player Is The First Official Android TV

Chromecast who? The real Android TV is here. This is the Nexus Player, a four-inch hockey puck of a set-top box designed to watch all your movies AND play your Android games.


Padfone X Mini: Asus Is Taking Another Crack At The Transforming Smartphone And Tablet

Isn’t it fine to have a smartphone that fits in your pocket? Isn’t it dandy to have a tablet for two-handed tasks? Soon you’ll be able to buy both for just $US200 with this Intel-powered smartphone that transforms into a tablet.


Asus' Transformer Book Flip Is Out Now In Australia

The Asus Transformer Book Flip, one of the more-interesting-but-still-conventionally-attractive laptops announced at Computex in Taiwan this year, is finally out in Australia. Thankfully, Asus has expanded the lineup from the original two 15.6-inch variants it confirmed for local stores, with a variety of 13- and 15-inch laptops at different specs and price points already on sale.


Researchers Use Oculus Rift And Augmented Reality To Put Facebook On Your Wall

Do you want to have a Facebook wall on your actual wall? With the work of a bunch of certified geniuses combining virtual reality and depth-sensing cameras like Microsoft’s Kinect, it’s now possible.


Hands On With The Asus ZenWatch

At IFA 2014 in Berlin, Asus joined Motorola, Samsung and LG in launching an Android Wear smartwatch. Asus’ first attempt is the ZenWatch, with a curved 1.6-inch OLED display, a beautiful leather strap and a few Asus bespoke apps for extra functionality over the bog-standard Android Wear on other devices.


Asus Is Resurrecting The Netbook With The EeeBook X205

And you thought the days of the netbook were done in the wake of the tablet takeover. Think again. It’s using IFA to launch the EeeBook X205, a netbook in all but name that will cost $US200.


Acer R13 And R14: Overhauled Convertibles That Look Oddly Familiar

Acer has just announced two heavily redesigned convertibles at IFA: the R13 whose screen swings around in its bezel, and the R14, whose screen hinges a full 360 degrees. Oh, and another cheap Windows tablet.


Asus ZenWatch: Home-Grown Functionality With A Big Price Tag

Asus has announced its first smartwatch at IFA in Berlin. Shuning the fashionable round faces of Moto and the like, this watch has a whole heap of home-grown software and a hefty price too.


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