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Rare Apple-1 Headed to Auction in September

The latest Apple-related auction will kick off on September 25, offering bidders the chance to get their hands on a rare Apple-1 computer. On sale by RR Auction, the Apple-1 is fully operational and one of around 70 Apple-1 computers that remain of the first 200 built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976.

Executive vice president at RR Auction, Bobby Livingston, says that the Apple-1 originates from a person who purchased it at The Byte Shop, the store where Jobs and Wozniak originally sold the computers for $666.66. The owner learned BASIC on the computer, wrote small programs, and decided to hold onto the Apple-1 after it became outdated, “realizing it could one day be a piece of computing history.” He then tried to sell the Apple-1 to Wozniak in 1982 for $10,000, which “went unanswered.”

The new auction will start at $50,000, and is estimated to end between $300,000 and $400,000.

This Apple-1 computer was restored to its original, operational state in June 2018 by Apple-1 expert Corey Cohen, and a video of it running and functioning is available upon request. A comprehensive, technical condition report prepared by Cohen is available to qualified bidders; he evaluates the current condition of the unit as 8.5/10. The most remarkable aspect of this Apple-1 computer is that it is documented to be fully operational: the system was operated without fault for approximately eight hours in a comprehensive test.

Apple-1 computers have been up for auction a few times in the past few years, and the record auction price for an Apple-1 was established in 2016 when one of the computers sold for $815,000. That computer was the “Celebration” Apple-1 and was very rare due to its blank “green” PCB board that was never sold to the public and was not a part of a known production run. Slightly more common, publicly-sold units have recently sold for $130,000.

Additionally, the auction is being promoted with a unique digital “DNA” scan, performed by Invaluable with technology built by Artmyn. This technology scans artwork and objects like the Apple-1, capturing “tens of thousands of photographs” using various light sources and spectrums, including UV lights. The scan generates a “5D interactive file” and an immersive video that lets owners, auction houses, consignors, and buyers see greatly detailed angles, views, and textures for the scanned objects.

The video for the Apple-1 can be seen on Vimeo.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the sale of this historic piece of technology,” said Invaluable CEO Rob Weisberg. “The innovative scanning technology we’re showcasing is a giant step towards greater transparency in the art and collectibles market that we believe will increase buyer confidence in the online art market. To showcase it with an Apple-1 is just incredible and fitting.”

In the case of the Apple-1, the scan will allow a 5D look at the iconic desktop, offering zeroed-in views of distinguishing details on the top and bottom of the piece.

The auction for the Apple-1 will take place at 1 p.m. on September 25, 2018 at WeWorks in Boston.

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Apple Maps Now Features Indoor Maps of Boston Logan, DFW, and More Airports and Shopping Malls

Apple Maps has recently been updated with indoor maps of five airports across Canada, Finland, and the United States.

The new additions:

  • Logan International Airport in Boston
  • Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
  • Dallas Love Field Airport
  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport
  • Helsinki Airport

Apple Maps also recently added indoor maps of various shopping malls in the Spanish cities of Barcelona, Bilbao, and Madrid, along with at least one mall in the Miami area and four in the Phoenix area:

  • The Falls in the Miami area
  • Paradise Valley Mall
  • Arizona Mills
  • Desert Sky Mall
  • Scottsdale Fashion Square

This follows last week’s addition of indoor maps of 18 shopping malls in several Canadian cities and suburbs, including Toronto, Mississauga, Hamilton, Montréal, Calgary, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Dieppe, New Brunswick.

Apple launched indoor maps at select airports and shopping malls in 2017, with a list of locations available on its iOS Feature Availability page. To view an indoor map, open the Apple Maps app on an iPhone or iPad running iOS 11 or later, search for a supported location, zoom in, and tap on “Look Inside” if necessary.

Indoor maps at shopping malls make it easier to find the exact location of stores, restaurants, and restrooms on each floor, in addition to guest services, parking, escalators, stairs, and so forth. Or, swipe up on the place card to browse by category, such as clothes, shoes, accessories, beauty, food, and drinks.

Likewise, at airports, Apple Maps users can zoom in to view terminals, boarding gates, security checkpoints, airline check-in desks, baggage claim carousels, information kiosks, restrooms, stores, restaurants, parking, and more.

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Lisa Brennan-Jobs Discusses ‘Coldness’ and ‘Moments of Joy’ She Had With Steve Jobs in Upcoming Memoir ‘Small Fry’

In just a few weeks, Lisa Brennan-Jobs will launch “Small Fry,” a memoir about her life that includes a focus on the tumultuous relationship she held with her father, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. As the book launch grows closer, Brennan-Jobs is in the midst of a publicity tour and today her latest interview has been shared by The New York Times, which also provides a few snippets from the book.

Naturally, much of Brennan-Jobs’ overview of her childhood includes numerous passages regarding her father’s “coldness.” Still, the author doesn’t want “Small Fry” to be regarded as a tell-all about Steve Jobs, but as more of a “nuanced portrait of a family,” as well a book about her own story and not her father’s.

Images of Lisa Brennan-Jobs and Small Fry via NYT
Brennan-Jobs says she began work on what would eventually become “Small Fry” in 2011, not long after Jobs passed in October of that year. She returned to Silicon Valley over the years, interviewing her family, her mother’s ex-boyfriends, and Jobs’ own ex-girlfriend. In an effort to ensure she’d finish the book on her own terms, she took a 90 percent cut in her book advance and switched from Penguin Press to a smaller publisher named Grove.

Brennan-Jobs focuses much of the memoir on her parents, and her mother Chrisann Brennan has already read the book:

Her mother, Ms. Brennan, is portrayed as a free spirit who nurtured her daughter’s creativity — but could be mercurial, hot-tempered and sometimes neglectful. “It was horrendous for me to read,” Ms. Brennan said in an interview. “It was very, very hard. But she got it right.”

Ms. Brennan said that her daughter has, if anything, underplayed the chaos of her childhood. “She didn’t go into how bad it really was, if you can believe that,” she said.

She also recounts numerous instances when her father would “frequently” use money to “confuse or frighten her,” during the years when he claimed paternity:

Ms. Brennan-Jobs describes her father’s frequent use of money to confuse or frighten her. “Sometimes he decided not to pay for things at the very last minute,” she writes, “walking out of restaurants without paying the bill.” When her mother found a beautiful house and asked Mr. Jobs to buy it for her and Lisa, he agreed it was nice — but bought it for himself and moved in with his wife, Laurene Powell Jobs.

Brennan-Jobs also recounts “moments of joy” that she had with Jobs, stating that ultimately she has forgiven her father, and her goal is that she wants the reader to forgive him too:

But “Small Fry” also contains moments of joy that capture Mr. Jobs’s spontaneity and unparalleled mind. When Ms. Brennan-Jobs goes on a school trip to Japan, he arrives unannounced and pulls her out of the program for a day. Father and daughter sit, talking about God and how he sees consciousness. “I was afraid of him and, at the same time, I felt a quaking, electric love,” she writes.

Triumphantly, she loves him, and she wants the book’s scenes of their roller skating and laughing together to be as viral as the scenes of him telling her she will inherit nothing.

“Have I failed?” she asked, in one of our conversations. “Have I failed in fully representing the dearness and the pleasure? The dearness of my father, and the outrageous pleasure of being with him when he was in good form?”

According to Brennan-Jobs, her father did grant her a “movie ending” by apologizing to her toward the end of his life for not spending more time with her, disappearing during her adulthood, forgetting birthdays, and not returning phone calls. She recalls the moment, stating that Jobs claims he acted the way he did in her adulthood because he was offended that she “didn’t invite” him to a matriculation event at Harvard during her first year. He ultimately stated “I owe you one.”

“Small Fry” will be available to buy on September 4, and you can read more from The New York Times’ interview with Lisa Brennan-Jobs right here.

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Apple Gives Straight to Series Order to Drama Based on Isaac Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ Novels

Apple has followed through with plans to create a television series based on Isaac Asimov’s famous Foundation novels and has recently given a straight to series order for the show, reports Deadline.

Apple first inked a deal for the TV series adaptation of Foundation back in April, but the show was still in development at that time.

The Foundation TV series is being developed by Skydance, with David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman serving as executive producers and showrunners. Goyer has previously worked on “The Dark Knight,” “Batman Begins,” Ghost Rider,” and more, while Friedman is known for “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” and “Emerald City.”

Foundation is Isaac Asimov’s most popular and well-known science fiction series, which includes titular novel Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation, along with additional books Foundation’s Edge and Foundation and Earth.

The series follows psychohistory expert and mathematician Hari Seldon who is able to predict the future. Seldon creates a group called the Foundation to preserve humanity’s collective knowledge ahead of the impending fall of the Galactic Empire. The novels span many years and cover the rise and fall of multiple empires, making it an ambitious television project.

In addition to the Foundation series, Apple has more than a dozen TV shows in development in total, and rumors have suggested we could see the first of these debut starting in March of 2019. For a full list of what Apple’s working on, make sure to check out the original content section of our Apple TV roundup.

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DJI Debuts New Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom Drones

DJI today introduced the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom, two drones that are followups to the popular 2016 Mavic Pro.

Both of the two new drones feature an upgraded design that incorporates cameras with DJI’s latest three-axis gimbal technology for smooth, stable footage. The drones also feature the same convenient, foldable design that was first introduced with the Mavic Pro.

The body of the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom has a refined chassis with low-noise propellers, allowing for a smoother, quieter flight, and both support up to 31 minutes of flight time. The two drones can reach maximum speeds of 72 KPH in Sport Mode.

For the first time, the drones include obstacle sensors on all sides of the aircraft, which transmit data to a more powerful central processor for better obstacle avoidance. There are also new auxiliary lights at the bottom to assist the downward sensors in low-light conditions.

The Mavic 2 Pro, priced at $1,449, includes a 20-megapixel L1D-20c camera from Hasselblad, which includes Hasselblad’s Natural Color Solution technology for detailed aerial shots with rich colors. The camera features an adjustable f2.8-11 aperture lens, and uses a 1-inch sensor that’s the same size as the sensor in the Phantom 4. It also features support for a 10-bit Dlog-M color profile for better dynamic range.

DJI’s Mavic 2 Zoom, priced at $1,249, focuses on flexibility with a 12-megapixel 2x optical lens (24-48mm) with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. A dolly zoom feature is included for “an otherworldly warped perspective.”

Both the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom record 4K video with H.265 compression for more detail along with enhanced HDR photos. They also support several recording modes like Hyperlapse, Circle Hyperlapse, and Waypoint Hyperlapse, along with Active Tracking 2.0.

A new Ocusync 2.0 Digital Video Transmission System offers a 1080p transmission signal up to eight kilometers for editing full HD footage directly on a mobile device, and there’s an included controller that works with a smartphone.

The Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom can be purchased from the DJI website starting today for $1,249 (Zoom) and $1,449 (Pro), with DJI Googles also available for an additional fee.

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TouchArcade Goes Hands-On With Devolver Digital’s Upcoming iOS Game ‘Reigns: Game of Thrones’

Our sister site TouchArcade this week went hands-on with the just-announced iOS game “Reigns: Game of Thrones.” For those unaware, “Reigns” is a series of games created by Devolver Digital that tasks players with making important monarchical decisions using a simple left swipe and right swipe mechanic.

The first two games in the series [Direct Links: Reigns and Reigns: Her Majesty] focused on generic characters in medieval and renaissance eras. Now the developer has partnered with HBO to meld the “Reigns” gameplay mechanics with characters, events, and locations from “Game of Thrones” and George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series as a whole.

In “Reigns: Game of Thrones,” players take the viewpoint of a character gazing into the flames of the Red Priestess Melisandre, witnessing the potential outcome of events without those events specifically tying into plot points from the books and HBO series.

As TouchArcade points out, this enhances “Reigns: Game of Thrones,” since it gives fans of the fantasy series numerous “what if” scenarios to watch play out:

This allows them to utilize the Game of Thrones universe and its associated characters while having plot lines in the game that are best described as “zany,” in a good way- With many “what if” scenarios, like exploring what would happen if Sansa Stark married Jamie Lannister.

Unlike previous “Reigns” titles, the Game of Thrones spinoff tasks you with controlling numerous point-of-view characters instead of just one king or one queen. These include well-known Game of Thrones characters like Daenerys, Tyrion, Jon, Cersei, and more, with each character needing to manage relationships with the military, church, public, and all facing negative status effects and even potential death.

TouchArcade explains that watching your decisions play out leads to a fun gameplay experience, for both Game of Thrones fans and non-fans:

The interesting thing about the way this game is written is that if you know Game of Thrones, Reigns: Game of Thrones will be like main lining fan service. If you don’t know Game of Thrones, it’ll be just as enjoyable as any other Reigns games, you might just not understand some references (or the significance of some of the events).

For more coverage, be sure to read Eli Hodapp’s full hands on with “Reigns: Game of Thrones” over at TouchArcade. Those interested can pre-order the game on the iOS App Store [Direct Link] for $3.99, ahead of its launch on October 18. It’ll also be available on Android and Steam.

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How to set up the Nintendo Switch

Opening up your first Switch box can be equal parts exciting and confusing. This console may be small and designed for easy travel, but there are quite a few steps you’ll need to take to get everything up and running. The catch is, you can use the Nintendo Switch in one of two ways: mobile or in its docking station connected to a TV. Here’s how to set up the Nintendo Switch, whether you’re trying to squeeze in some game time on the commute to work or hosting a game night in your living room with some friends.

How to set up the Nintendo Switch for the first time

The first time you set up your Nintendo Switch, you’ll want to start without using the docking station. That’s because you’ll need to run through a few introductory prompts before you can actually use it. This is also great for people who prefer using their Switch as a mobile gaming device.

Start by picking up the AC adapter and plugging it into a nearby outlet. Connect the USB end to the port located on the bottom of the LCD screen. Turn on the console using the power button on top to confirm that it’s charging, then slide the right and left Joy-Cons into place on the sides of the screen. If you wish to use a Pro Controller, you have to wait until the initial set up is finished.

When attaching your Joy-Cons, there should be no resistance. If there is, it’s possible that your Switch is upside down or your Joy-Cons are backward. Never slam or force them into place because they may become stuck and could potentially cause irreversible damage to the console. If you’re having any problems, refer to the video by Nintendo below.

Once the Switch is on and the controllers are connected, you can start running through the prompts that appear on the screen. You’ll go through some questions that include selecting your language, region, and agreeing to an EULA. Select the internet network you want to connect to and allow the console to update. Picking your Time Zone will follow, along with a tutorial for connecting the console to a TV, but that can be skipped.

You will then be asked to create or connect your Nintendo profile, configure parental controls (also skippable), and then we’re happy to say that your Nintendo Switch setup will officially complete!

If you plan on using your console primarily as a mobile gaming device, this method of connecting directly to an AC Adapter is perfect for you. But, if you plan on doing some comfy home console gaming, then continue reading to learn how to set up the Nintendo Switch for the TV.

How to Set Up the Nintendo Switch for TV

Perfect for those days where you’re lounging around at home and itching to see one of your favorite Nintendo games on the big screen, the Switch’s home console capability is a godsend for those of us who like to enjoy the best of both worlds. Converting your Switch from mobile to home is simple and takes only a few additional steps.

You’ll want to begin by plugging the AC Adapter into an outlet near the TV. Set the docking station on a flat surface nearby and open the back compartment to connect the USB to a port labeled AC ADAPTER.

Next, take the HDMI cable and plug one end into an HDMI port on your TV. Plug the other end into the port labeled HDMI OUT in your docking station. Close the back compartment, making sure that the wires thread through the small opening, or else the back won’t close properly.

Before sliding your Nintendo Switch into the docking station, make sure the console is turned on. If it needs to be charged, simply leave it in the docking station for a bit before trying to power it on again.

Turn on your television and select the appropriate HDMI input. The screen of your Nintendo Switch should now be displayed on the TV. If it is, you’ve successfully set up your Nintendo Switch to the TV.

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Tennis on the International Space Station is as weird as it sounds

Well, it was hardly reminiscent of a brutal Federer/Nadal clash, and didn’t even come close to what you might witness down your local tennis club on a Sunday afternoon, but it was, at least, one of the weirdest tennis matches you’re ever likely to see.

Tennis in space. It’s never been tried before, and after watching how this week’s game went on the International Space Station (ISS), you’ll probably be thinking that maybe it should’ve stayed that way.

The event, organized by NASA and the U.S. Tennis Association, was designed to show how astronauts spend their leisure time and stay fit during their multi-month stays on the ISS, as well as to inspire young tennis players to take a greater interest in space exploration.

The unusual event was projected live onto a giant globe at Flushing Meadows, New York, where the annual U.S. Open tennis tourney takes place. A crowd of space and tennis fans, both young and old, turned up to enjoy the historic happening.

But before the first ball was hit, NASA astronaut and current ISS commander Drew Feustel talked about some of their preparations for the game. For example, they’d decided to use a soft, squishy tennis ball so that any erratic smashes by the players wouldn’t damage an important part of the space station’s machinery, rendering the entire satellite useless, or worse, sending it barreling off into oblivion. All because of a game of tennis.

As for the tennis racket, it looked about a quarter of the regular size. Either that or Feustel is a really massive guy with huge hands. We’re guessing it’s the former.

The ISS commander noted that the main difference when it comes to playing tennis in space is the lack of gravity. This meant the ball would maintain a straight trajectory after being struck, and therefore never dip as it would in a regular tennis match back on terra firma. Getting your feet in position before hitting the ball — an important part of Earth-based tennis — would also be pretty much impossible for the space athletes.


Using a net comprising a pole with some yellow stuff hanging off it, the world’s first tennis match in space was finally ready to begin. On the “court” with the commander were fellow crew members Serena Auñón-Chancellor, Ricky Arnold, and Alexander Gerst.

As you can see from the video above, the speed of play is rather on the slow side, making it look as if the picture is stuck in slo-mo. A dramatic soundtrack attempts to inject some much-needed tension into the sluggish rallies, while it soon becomes clear that this is more “badminton with a ball” than a proper game of tennis.

By far the most entertaining part is when one of the players is shown drifting nonchalantly upside down — a feat never even achieved by Boris Becker during his famously acrobatic on-court shenanigans way back when.

In his post-match analysis, Feustel commented that it’d been a “difficult” game and that “playing in microgravity is tough.”

As the livestream came to an end, the space commander closed with an upbeat message for any kids out there who were still wondering about what it was they’d just witnessed. “Stay fit and stay focused on your dreams and your goals, and shoot for the stars,” he said.

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Australia bans the use of Huawei 5G network technology

Huawei has been banned from supplying its 5G mobile network infrastructure equipment in Australia. The government issued order said regulations that previously only applied to carriers, would now apply to equipment, too. In a statement, representatives said using equipment sourced from companies that could be influenced by foreign governments may leave the “nation’s network vulnerable to unauthorized access or interference.”

An official told Reuters the new directive was aimed at Huawei, although the company was not mentioned by name in any of the official documentation. Huawei Australia responded to the news via its official Twitter account, saying it has been working on wireless technology on the continent for 15 years in a safe and secure manner, and called the decision an “extremely disappointing result for consumers.”

China’s foreign ministry spokesman is quoted as saying Australia should not use excuses to “artificially erect barriers,” and that the Chinese government has expressed “serious concern.” Australia has shut Huawei out of other communication deals already this year, previously ending projects related to fiber-optic connections and undersea cables.

Battle for 5G supremacy

Huawei calls itself a “world leader in 5G.” It announced an $800 million investment in 5G technology research and development in 2018, and has recruited more than 300 experts in the field over the past 10 years. It does have plenty of competition in the 5G world, with Ericsson, Nokia, ZTE, Qualcomm, Samsung, and Intel all vying to succeed in what’s considered the next major advancement in mobile technology. Research from network optimization company Viavi Solutions showed Ericsson is behind 30 percent of the world’s 5G trials, with Huawei in second position with 22 percent.

Vodafone Australia has commented on the ban, saying the decision, “creates uncertainty for carrier’s investment plans,” and is a “significant change which fundamentally undermines Australia’s 5G future.” The timing of the government’s announcement hasn’t helped either, as it comes before a crucial 5G spectrum auction that takes place in Australia during November. Vodafone will compete with local networks Optus and Telstra, which may have deals signed with Huawei’s competitors, based on a local news story.

Australia’s ban on Huawei’s 5G equipment comes after a similar ban in the United States, where Huawei has faced considerable resistance to its consumer products and its infrastructure hardware.

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Best Asus Zenfone 5Z cases

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It can be a challenge finding a decent case for a lesser known phone, but it’s not impossible. You do get a simple, flexible, transparent case in the box with your Asus Zenfone 5Z, which is pictured above. But if you’re after something a little more rugged, or you want a different style, then we’ve got you covered. Here are the best Asus Zenfone 5Z cases currently available.

Note: These cases will also fit the regular Zenfone 5.

RhinoShield SolidSuit Case ($35)

For some of the best drop protection around you need to look at RhinoShield’s SolidSuit case. The smooth, curved frame blends into a back section finished with a carbon fiber pattern, or in matte black or white. You can drop your Zenfone 5Z from up to 11 feet when it’s wearing this case and it won’t be damaged. The cutouts are accurate, a lip protects the screen, and there are button covers. The modular system allows you to change the button covers if you prefer a different color and there’s also an optional lens attachment with a choice of screw-on wide angle, fisheye, super wide, or macro lenses. This is the toughest and most versatile protection you’ll find for the 5Z.

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Avidet TPU Case ($8)

Here’s a basic, flexible TPU case at a bargain price. Avidet has dressed it up a little with a brushed metal finish and a couple of mock carbon fiber panels top and bottom of the back. There are also gloss highlights around the recessed openings for the camera and fingerprint sensor on the back. Basic button covers, generous cutouts for the ports, and a raised lip around the screen complete this case and it’s available in four different colors. Don’t expect great quality at this price, but it should provide basic protection.

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Anccer Ultra-Thin Cover ($12)

If you prefer something slim and minimal, then this hard polycarbonate shell might suit you. It’s just 0.3mm thick and snaps onto your Zenfone 5Z to provide a protective layer that will ward off scratches and minor bumps, but little else. There are openings, not just for the camera, fingerprint sensor, and ports, but also for the buttons. This cover comes in a choice of six different colors.

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Starhemei Dual Layer Case ($8)

A lot of lesser-known case brands source their wares from the same factories, so you’ll find this exact same design under a few different names, but we think this is the cheapest incarnation. It comprises a flexible inner layer available in different colors and a hard polycarbonate shell that includes a pop-out kickstand for propping your Zenfone 5Z in landscape view to watch a movie. It’s textured for added grip and quite thick, so should survive a fall or two, but the quality and style are not likely to impress.

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CoverON FlexGuard Case ($8)

This slim case has extra padding where it’s needed the most – on the corners, which inevitably bear the brunt of any impact after a tumble. It’s a simple, slim TPU shell that comes in clear or black varieties and has the usual array of precision cutouts and button covers to offer uninterrupted access to all your Zenfone 5Z’s functions. It has a glossy finish and the clear version sports tiny dots that help to disguise finger smudges. It extends a tiny bit at the front to help protect the screen and the sides are textured for enhanced grip.

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That’s all the options we have for now, but there are also some official Asus Zenfone 5Z cases out there, like this Folio Cover, which may be worth looking out for. We’ll add them, along with any other tempting new cases, when we can find online links to purchase them.

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