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Lenovo launches premium range of smartphones

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VIBE Z2 Pro. - Photo supplied
The three devices — VIBE X2, VIBE Z2 and the flagship VIBE Z2 — are unique in their own ways but share a common trait of innovation

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Facebook to introduce new advertising platform : WSJ
Facebook Inc is set to unveil a new advertising platform to improve effectiveness of online ads, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday citing people with knowledge of the matter.

Microsoft delays launch of its Xbox One console in China
Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) has delayed the launch of its Xbox One game console in China, which had been set for release on Tuesday, but it would be released by the end of the year.

Apple rolls out iOS 8 to iPhone users; bug delays HealthKit availability
Apple Inc said a bug in its HealthKit health and fitness application platform prevented its release along with the launch of its iOS 8 operating system for iPhones and iPads.

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