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Asus teases smartwatch launch for September 3rd

Asus has a smartwatch coming, because of course Asus would make a smartwatch when everyone else in the industry is diving headfirst into wearables. A not-so-vague teaser suggests that we'll see Asus' watch — which is rumored to run Android Wear — at IFA on September 3rd. TechCrunch previously reported that the company is aiming to undercut LG, Samsung, and Motorola in terms of pricing; the Asus...

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HTC's new flagship phone is designed to take over Japan

HTC CEO Peter Chou was in Tokyo today to unveil the company’s latest flagship smartphone for Japan, the new J Butterfly (HTL23) on KDDI. The phone has much in common with the excellent HTC One (M8) released in the rest of the world earlier this year: it features a 5-inch 1080p display, twin front-facing BoomSound speakers, a second camera lens to allow for Lytro-style refocusing after taking the shot (though the main sensor is 13 megapixels rather than the M8’s four-“ultrapixel” unit), and so on.

But the J Butterfly has a few tweaks that bring it in line with local expectations — it’s waterproof and dustproof, with features like a TV tuner, mobile wallet support, and infrared connectivity. It’s also housed in a plastic shell, rather than the M8’s sleek metal. HTC is emphasizing the quality of the glossy finishes, and the new J Butterfly does look quite attractive in person, but it definitely doesn’t feel as nice as its global counterpart.

Still, the M8 is the best Android phone...

The struggling company goes all-out for its latest Japanese launch

Moto 360 smartwatch priced at $249.99 according to Best Buy listing

Motorola is all set to unveil its Moto 360 watch at a press event in Chicago on September 4th, but it looks like Best Buy has let the cat out of the bag. A product page for the Android Wear smartwatch has mistakenly gone live on Best Buy's mobile site, and it lists the device with a $249.99 price tag.

This is not the first time we've heard that the Moto 360 will cost $249.99. The fine print of the official rules for a Motorola contest this past May placed the smartwatch's approximate retail...

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Is Samsung bigger than Google?

Ours is a world of ecosystems, of single companies hoping to own and operate as many parts of your life as possible. And it looks more and more like there are only three real players: Apple, Google, and Samsung.

Apple's forever going to do Apple things, keeping its products premium and exclusive and tightly integrated with each other. Samsung and Google, on the other hand, are increasingly competing to offer the alternative open platform....

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