Asus ZenFone 6 release date, price, news and leaks

Update: The Asus Zenfone 6 is being announced today (May 16) and ahead of that it has been both teased and leaked.
Today's the day – the Asus ZenFone 6 is being announced today (May 16) at 11AM PT / 2PM ET / 7PM BST, or 5AM AEDT on Friday 17, and we'll be reporting live from the event.
While the ZenFone 6 might not be on your radar it probably should be, as it looks set to offer high-end specs and features likely at a lower price than rivals.
Ahead of the announcement, some things have already been confirmed by Asus – we know for example that it has a top-end Snapdragon 855 chipset – while a number of other details have been rumored.
You’ll find everything that we know and suspect about the phone below, including information on when you might be able to buy it and what it might cost.
Cut to the chase What is it? The next Asus flagshipWhen is it out? It's being announced on May 16 (that's today!)What will it cost? Unknown, but probably less than most flagships Asus ..


Instagram is scrapping its Direct messaging app

Instagram will be closing the doors on its standalone messaging app, Direct, within the next month.
A message confirming the planned closure is being displayed to users in the Direct for Instagram app, and was first spotted by social media industry commentator Matt Navarra in the Dutch version of the app, who posted the Tweet below:

If you use Direct for Instagram regularly and you're worried about losing your conversations, fear not; according to Cnet they're just “moving over to the dedicated Instagram app”, where your direct messages would normally appear.

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A short lifespan
Instagram's standalone messaging app has been relatively short-lived, having only been launched in December 2017.
Much like Snapchat, the app opened your phone's camera upon launch, and
installing the app meant that your direct ..


Why machine learning could be the key to the future of gambling

The gaming market is changing at a rapid pace. With the shift to online and mobile gaming – and now the advent of new immersive technologies like augmented and virtual reality – operators face intense competition in terms of attracting customers, with ongoing innovation key to their success.
But in such an environment, new issues will arise and new solutions will need to be found. Thanks primarily to the proliferation of internet-connected devices, operators need to be aware of how an abundance of accessibility can cause potential risks for some individuals.
In two areas specifically, Experian believes machine learning can help. Namely, the protection of minors and the identification of problem gamblers.
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Google kills Windows 10 on Chromebooks

It appears that Google has dropped its plans to allow Windows 10 to be installed alongside Chrome OS on Chromebooks.
The plans – known internally as Project Campfire – would let Chromebook owners install Windows 10 so that they could switch between Microsoft’s operating system and Chrome OS – the default operating system made by Google that ships with Chromebooks. The feature was often referred to as Alt OS – in reference to the ability to install an alternative operating system.

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While that feature would have made Chromebooks even more versatile, an eagle-eyed member of Reddit spotted that a change to the Chromium Gerrit suggest that the Alt OS feature will be deprecated – which means it will not be worked on or added to Chrome OS.

Although Google never officially announced the feature, there will be many people who will be disappointed that it has been dropped.
The ability ..


Samsung apparently has a plan to fix the Samsung Galaxy Fold

When reviewers were given the Samsung Galaxy Fold, it was quickly discovered that the foldable device has a durability problem – Samsung has since taken steps to cancel pre-orders for some customers, and the Galaxy Fold has no new release date in sight.
However, despite appearances to the contrary, it looks like Samsung has a plan to fix the Fold, according to a report.
The new report, from Yonhap News and based on information from industry officials, lists a few different changes Samsung is apparently making to the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and also suggests a possible release date as “next month” for the folding phone.

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One of the aspects of the Samsung Galaxy Fold that broke for many reviewers was the hinge, when materials like dust, dirt and fluff got caught up in the mechanism. But according to the report Samsung is to reduce the size of the hinge so the..


Google Pixel 4 might not have any physical buttons

We’ve heard a few Google Pixel 4 leaks at this point, most of which don’t point to anything overly surprising, but the latest leak is a bit strange, as according to one source the phone won’t have any physical buttons.
That’s not to say that it won’t have any buttons at all, but rather than being physical, mechanical buttons that you press down, they’ll apparently be capacitive ones that simply respond to touch.
That’s according to Jon Prosser who said as much in an episode of Front Page Tech. And he’s worth listening to, as he’s got a good track record with Pixel leaks and he claims that this information comes from a “credible” source – though he’s also clearly skeptical of the claim, simply because it’s so unusual.

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So we’d certainly take this with a pinch of salt, but there are some possible reasons for the change. For one thing, it could improve the design of the Pixel 4, allowing Goog..


Where the UK’s porn ban falls short

In December 2014 amendments were made to the 2003 Communications Act effectively censoring Pornography within the UK. It banned a list of sex acts by demanding paid-for video-on-demand (VoD) online porn is regulated by the same guidelines set out by the British Board of Film Censors (BBFC) that DVD pornography (R18 films) must adhere to.
To be specific strangulation, facesitting and fisting were deemed life threatening. Other acts banned included full bondage and restraint involving all limbs being restrained and the mouth gagged, aggressive spanking full bondage and restraint (in conjunction with a gag and all four limbs restrained) and finally the one that caused the most outrage bizarrely female ejaculation. Why is it ok for men to ejaculate but not women was cried from all ends of the UK?
Did these bans help educate? Did they stop people viewing these types of pornography? Did it stop the mental health damage and detrimental effect porn has on the UK’s teenagers? No….So how exac..


Why developers are powering the modern c-suite

From Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg to Larry Page and Sergey Brin – some of the world’s most powerful CEOs have cut their teeth as computer developers and coders.
However, despite these high-profile examples, developers have often been criticised for not having much talent for, or even interest, in the business side of things.
But as the world becomes increasingly led by technology, what was a rare sight at the beginning of the noughties – companies led by developers schooled within computer or design studies – is now becoming more common. You only need to look at the likes of Patrick Collison, CEO of Stripe, Evan Spiegel of Snapchat and Brian Chesky of AirBnb.
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The Witcher: Enhanced Edition can now be had for free

Everyone likes a free game, and here’s a real tempter from the folks over at, who are offering The Witcher: Enhanced Edition with no demands on your wallet.
That said, there are a couple of small strings attached. Firstly, you must subscribe to’s newsletter, and then you need to add Gwent (the Witcher-themed card game along the lines of Hearthstone) to your game library (it’s a freebie also, so this still doesn’t cost you any money – just a little effort).
You will also be gifted a free card keg (a pack of cards you can use in your deck) for Gwent into the bargain.

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More perceptive gamers with longer memories may recall that has actually run this exact same offer before, just over a year ago in fact. So if you missed out that time, now’s your chance to play the original Witcher.

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Get 16% off Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography Plan, for a limited time

Adobe has slashed 16% off its Creative Cloud Photography Plan, which includes unlimited access to Photoshop and Lightoom, plus 20GB cloud storage for your pictures and projects.
The Photography Plan was already the most affordable way to become part of Creative Cloud, and now it's an even better deal at just £8.32 per month on an annual subscription. The offer ends May 23, so act quickly to take advantage of the special price.

For anyone who's serious about photography, mastery of Photoshop is pretty much a required skill. It’s slick, it’s efficient and it’s still the premier photo editor for experts.
Lightroom, meanwhile, makes the process of managing and organizing your pictures far easier, arranging them all into one large, searchable catalog. It also uplaods your photos to Adobe's cloud server by default, allowing you to access them on any device. Once you've tried it, you'll wonder how you managed without.

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