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The Samsung Z, which will be the first smartphone to run Samsung’s homegrown Tizen operating system, has suffered another setback. The device was supposed to be launched first in Russia in conjunction, with a Tizen developer’s conference taking place in Moscow. However, no device has been launched, and Samsung told the Wall Street Journal that “the smartphone will appear on the Russian market later, when we can offer our users a [sic] fullest portfolio of applications.” Earlier this year, a device running Tizen was supposed be released in Japan, but the launch was canned after carriers pulled out.

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Dell launched two new Android tablets Wednesday, built around Intel’s new 64-bit Merrifield SoCs and dual-core Atom processor. Although the current version of Android is 32-bit, these tablets should be able to take advantage when Android L, with 64-bit support, is released to the public. The 7-inch Venue model, with a 1280 x 800 resolution screen, costs $150. The Venue 8,which sports a full 1920 x 1200 display, can be had for as little as $180. At those prices, you’re getting a pretty good value — just don’t confuse them with Dell’s impressive Venue 8 Pro, which runs Windows.

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iCloud Drive, the cloud storage service announced by Apple at WWDC, looks like a Dropbox killer in its ability to share files across devices and platforms. The company had officially announced that it would work on iOS, OS X and (surprisingly) Windows, but according to a snippet discovered in the third iOS 8 beta by 9to5Mac, it looks as if you’ll be able to access your files from iCloud.com as well. If you were hoping web access means iCloud Drive would get some form of Android support, unfortunately, Apple will first need to change its current policy, as most browsers on Android can’t access iCloud.com. Still, coupled with last week’s news that iCloud is getting two-factor authentication, it does look as if Apple is beefing up its web services — a historic weak point for the giant from Cupertino.

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At WWDC, Apple announced a new app for the Mac called Photos, which will be part of OS X Yosemite. Many wondered what the announcement meant for Apple’s current photo library programs on Mac, which included the consumer-oriented iPhoto and the pro-oriented Aperture. According to a statement from Apple provided to Gigaom, there will be no new development of Aperture when Photos for OS X becomes available early next year. It also appears that the new Photos app, with a heavy emphasis on iCloud Photo Library integration, will replace iPhoto. This leaves Adobe’s Lightroom as the logical choice for professional photographers using a Mac.

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