ASUS Announces ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA

Yesterday ASUS announced the new flagship ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA tablet that combines stunning form with outstanding function into a portable device perfect for work and play. The new ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA, inspired by the spirit of Zen, redefines the tablet experience with premium materials and classy styling that fits your personal sense of fashion and professionalism.

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There’s nothing else like the ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA, which fuses a clean design with unmatched performance. Clean lines with a metallic finish, hairline pattern, diamond cut edges and a soft-touch leather-pattern material defines the look and feel of the ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA for unique style with a touch of luxury.

A gorgeous 7.9-inch 2K QXGA (1536×2048) IPS display with wide viewing angles and an incredible 324ppi pixel density delivers a beautifully detailed viewing experience whether you’re watching videos, viewing images, playing games or being productive. ASUS True2Life+ technology brings advanced image-processing technology to create dynamic life-like HDR images and video from any source. Tru2Life+ technology analyzes each pixel in an image before it’s displayed and performs intelligent contrast and sharpness adjustments to boost dynamic range, revealing even the smallest details to ensure an incredibly realistic viewing experience.

ASUS TruVivid improves screen clarity, brightness, and touch responsiveness by transforming the conventional four-layer display design — composed of cover glass, a touch panel, air gap, and LCD module — into a two-layer, fully-laminated design that eliminates the air gap, resulting in higher optical transparency for brilliant color and improved brightness.

Complementing the stunning display is DTS Premium Sound™ technology for incredible audio. DTS-HD technology provides high-fidelity sound from all types of multimedia content, and lets users play back or stream movies and music with up to 5.1 virtual channels of DTS surround sound to a connected audio system. The ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA also includes DTS Sound Studio™ to transform stereo audio into virtual surround sound that’s enjoyable through the ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA speakers or using headphones for immersive entertainment experiences at home or on the go.

Powering the ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA is a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 with PowerVR G6430 graphics for superior system responsiveness and 3D gaming capabilities, 4GB for blazing-fast multi-tasking performance – a first for a tablet, and 64GB of internal storage for unrivaled work and play capabilities.

A new USB Type-C connector enables users to plug-in cables into the tablet in any direction. The reversible connector makes connecting the charging cable in the dark a breeze – there’s simply no wrong way to plug it in. Users can also use the USB Type-C port with an optional USB Type-C to USB Type-A (USB 2.0) adapter to connect USB devices such as Ethernet adapters, keyboards, mice and audio devices to the ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA.
An optional ASUS Z Stylus transforms the ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA into the perfect device for creative expression. The Z Stylus provides a natural writing and drawing experience that is as easy as using a pen thanks to pinpoint accuracy and sensitive multi-touch technology. It’s also perfectly suited for creative tasks such as sketching, painting, and design work with support of up to 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity and up to a 1.2mm writing tip.


The ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA is available immediately for $299 USD at Amazon, B&H Photo Video, Newegg, Tiger Direct and the ASUS Store while the optional ASUS Z Stylus arrives early September for $29.99 from the ASUS Store. It joins the previously released ASUS ZenPad family that consists of the ZenPad C 7.0 (Z170), ZenPad 8.0 (Z380CX), ZenPad 10 (Z300) and ZenPad S 8.0 (Z580C).

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Motorola’s Moto X Phone Makes its Debut

I have a confession to make. I have been super “hush hush” the last few weeks waiting for Motorola to make their huge announcement over their new Moto X phone. What all of you don’t know is that I got an exclusive look at the new phone weeks before it was announced! (It’s OK to be a little jealous, I am a little jealous of myself, too.)

I received an email from Guy Kawasaki himself inviting me to the Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA for a private event. So private that I had to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). Not knowing what this event was about I headed into Google with an open mind, hoping it would be an announcement about a new phone. We were greeted in typical Google fashion— with groovy stair lights that displayed our names as we walked up them.

As we made our way to the presentation I couldn’t help but look around the room full of influencers. From bloggers to professional athletes like Kristi Yamaguchi and Bret Hedican. I just knew we were in for a treat.

After the presentation something happened that has never happened before— I wanted to get rid of my iPhone. Out of all the six years I have been with the iPhone no phone has ever made me want to switch. That is, until the Moto X.

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Simply Made: Custom Cork Mouse Pad

Welcome to Emily’s Simply Made Series! Each post features a craft that looks cute or is practical but is easy enough for even the uncraftiest of people. Cute DIY things are NOT just for the pros! You can do it too!

With the new optical technology out there for computer mouses-mice-meece? (how do you pluralize that?), there is less of a need for a mousepad. The optical technology works on basically everything, really cutting out the need for a mouse pad anymore.

Except I have a cheap desk, and the mouse is slowly wearing away at the paint, so I decided I wanted a mouse pad. But really? There’s no designer mouse pads, and I want something stylish at my desk…not a puppy or a little baby dressed as a flower.

Luckily, I had some cork squares I had bought at Wal-mart to make a cork board wall. The cork wall failed with all of the squares eventually falling, but my cheap ($5 per 4 squares) cork find was stashed away for my future crafty endeavors (always save those kids of things!). Today, one of those squares has found a home as my mouse pad.

Super cute, and SUPER easy!

And I even made it double sided!! (I kind of have a love affair with mustaches…)


Wanna make one?! Each cork square makes one of these.

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