This thing sucks. In a good way. The Samsung VR9300 is the most powerful robot vacuum cleaner that you can buy in Australia, and it's redesigned to be slimmer in profile than its predecessors to better slip underneath your couch and furniture to keep your house clean. Integrated Wi-Fi and a ceiling-mapping camera and onboard sensor suite means it'll guide itself around your property while you're away, and you can remotely control it to give your house a bit of a tszuj while you're out.
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I was working on the new Samsung Chromebook Pro, furiously putting together a post that needed to go up. The final touch was an image, but I needed to edit it and didn't want to reach for my normal work machine. So I popped it open in the Adobe Lightroom Android app, flipped the screen around so the computer was in tablet mode, and pulled the stylus out from its holster in the side of the computer. I had my image edited and ready to go in less than two minutes. It felt completely natural, saved me a little bit of time, and hinted at exactly what the future of the Chromebook could be — genuinely good alternative to the fussiness of Windows and the priciness of MacOS.
With the launch of the Galaxy S8 pushed back to mid-March, if you're hankering for a new Samsung phone you'd have a bit of a wait on your hands. If you don't need an absolute top-of-the-line banger, though, two new mid-range phones might grab your attention, and they have a lot of features you'd expect in a more expensive model. Samsung's new Galaxy A5 and big-screen A7 phones are out in Australia next week: here's what you need to know.
The US Federal Trade Commission announced yesterday that it has reached a settlement with Vizio, which it alleged misled customers about what data its smart TVs were collecting. Vizio agreed to pay $US2.2 million ($2.8 million) in penalties, including $US1.5 million ($1.9 million) to the FTC and $US1 million ($1.3 million) to the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, with $US300,000 ($391,827) suspended.
Are you going to splash out and spoil yourself with a new smartphone this year? We'd say Google's Pixel is the Android phone to buy right now, but if you're planning on holding off for a couple of months, it's going to have some tough competition. With Mobile World Congress 2017 just around the corner, we thought it was a good time to remind you of all the good stuff we know (and think) is on the way.
If you live or work somewhere with terrible mobile reception, you've already felt the pain of trying to make or receive a call and having it drop out or go straight to voicemail. Optus has finally switched on its solution to that problem, letting you make calls over whatever high-speed Wi-Fi network you're connected to — at least if you're using one of Samsung's Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge phones.