Category Archives: Asus

Hands-on video with ASUS ZenBook 3: so, so thin

We didn't expect much from yet another ASUS ultraportable, but the ZenBook 3 is seriously impressive. Weighing in at 2 pounds and 11.9mm thick, it's both thinner and lighter than Apple's already crazy portable MacBook. It also packs in speedy Core i5…

ASUS upgrades its crazy ROG liquid-cooled gaming laptop

ROG, ASUS' well-respected gaming PC arm, likes to unveil a barrage of weird systems at Taipei's Computex — and this year is no different. To start with, its insane liquid-cooled GX700 gaming laptop is coming back for another round. The GX800 still h…

ASUS ROG unveils Avalon, a hassle-free approach to a DIY PC

If you're a serious enough gamer, you've likely looked into building your own PC for the ultimate gaming experience. But the process can be a little tedious, especially if you're new to figuring out where all the different components fit. ASUS's ROG…

ASUS’ me-too VR headset sure looks fancy

Well, look at what we have here. Tucked away in the corner of ASUS' Computex event is what looks like a VR headset, and a particularly fancy-looking one at that. The goggles part of it is a shiny silvery metal and its straps seem to be made out of le…

ASUS’ Zenbo robot walks, talks and controls your home

ASUS chairman Jonney Shih took to stage to announce something a little different, if completely on trend: a home robot. "Our ambition is to enable robotic computing for every household," he said before revealing ZenBo the home robot. With the goals o…

ASUS ZenFone 3 looks and feels twice its price

Intel may have already quit the smartphone market, but its buddy ASUS continues to fight the good fight with a slightly different approach this year. At Computex, the Taiwanese giant announced not just one, but three new Android M smartphones: ZenFon…

ASUS’ ZenFone Zoom is ultimately held back by a mediocre sensor

ASUS has been trying to make a mark in the US phone market for years, first with its hit-or-miss Padfone line and more recently with the budget-friendly ZenFone 2. Then, for reasons nearly beyond comprehension, the company decided to shoehorn a zoom…

The best 24-inch monitor

By David Murphy This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read the full article here. After spending 50 hours researching 19 different monitors and testing six finalists, we recommend the 24-inc…

ASUS agrees to 20 years of audits for router security issue

Over the next two decades, ASUS' routers and their firmware will undergo an independent security audit once every two years. That's one of the conditions FTC set that ASUS had to agree to in order to settle the commission's charges. See, the FTC foun…

Asus lawsuit puts entire industry on notice over shoddy router security

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In February 2014, thousands of Asus router owners found a disturbing text file saved to their devices.

“This is an automated message being sent out to everyone effected [sic],” the message read. “Your Asus router (and your documents) can be accessed by anyone in the world with an Internet connection.” The anonymous sender then urged the readers to visit a site that explained more about the router vulnerability.

On Tuesday, the US Federal Trade Commission settled charges that alleged the hardware manufacturer failed to protect consumers as required by federal law. The settlement resolves a complaint that said the 2014 mass compromise was the result of vulnerabilities that allowed attackers to remotely log in to routers and, depending on user configurations, change security settings or access files stored on connected devices. Under the agreement, Asus will maintain a comprehensive security program subject to independent audits for the next 20 years.

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