Here’s what the Samsung Galaxy S8 will cost you in Australia


So perhaps you’ve already been entranced by the bevelled edges of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and marvelled at its inclusion of a headphone jack — among other things.

The phone’s release is a big test for Samsung, marking its first phone release since the infamous Note 7 explosion which ended in the line’s demise.

In Australia, the Galaxy S8 with a 5.8-inch screen has an outright price of $1,199, while the Galaxy S8+ with its 6.2-inch screen will cost $1,349. 

Australians will be able to buy the phone in three colours: Midnight Black, Orchid Grey and Maple Gold. Read more…

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Samsung’s live event ended with a cult-like employee uprising, or something


Samsung may have a cult situation on its hands.

At the close of Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event held Wednesday in New York City, the tech giant had its employees stand up, smartphones raised to the sky, and march out of the auditorium. 

 It was, in a word, odd.

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A powerful statement, I guess, if you’re moved by tech employees rising up to shill smartphones.



And suddenly people at the end of every aisle stood up holding a Samsung Galaxy S8#Unpacked2017

— Lance Ulanoff (@LanceUlanoff) March 29, 2017 Read more…

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Robots to deliver pizza, lulling us into food-comas for eventual takeover


When this all goes awry and our few surviving ancestors trace back the origins of the robot revolution, they’ll find this moment as a major milestone of The Before Time: robots delivering pizza. 

Domino’s Pizza is teaming up with Starship Technologies for a pilot program that will roll out pizza delivery in Europe courtesy of a cute little robot that looks like something that would be friends with R2-D2. 

According to a Starship, the little robot – let’s call him Buddy because terrifying futures always start with innocuous cuteness – will deliver Domino’s pizzas to locations within a mile of select stores in a handful of Dutch and German cities.   Read more…

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is a top-notch productivity tablet


Remember when tablets were just about content consumption and fun? Now being a portal to digital good times isn’t enough. People are doing real work on these devices. It’s mostly Apple’s fault. The company started a revolution 7 years ago, with the first iPad and, when the market saturated and sales declined, it pivoted to the iPad Pro, a giant tablet masquerading as an ultraportable with optional keyboard and pencil. Soon after Apple delivered the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, thereby solidifying the iPad’s transition to a full-on productivity tool.

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There are too many damn iPads to choose from now


Apple’s lost control of its product line. The company now offers 17 different iPads thanks to a new group of 9.7-inch devices announced on Tuesday—and boy, that’s really too many iPads.

So we’re clear, there are four distinct iPad models, but there are several versions of each, which means consumers are faced with a mountain of options when they’re shopping for one. You can get an iPad Mini 4, a regular ol’ iPad, or one of two sizes of iPad Pro. 


That’s already quite a bit to sift through, and then you get to the storage and connectivity options: Read more…

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Apple replaces the iPad Air with a new 9.7-inch model for $329


Exactly one year after it launched the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, Apple has refreshed its tablet lineup with a new iPad in that exact size.

This isn’t the Pro or the Air 3, though; it’s just called iPad, and it starts at a very reasonable $329. 

The new model appears to be very similar, specs-wise, to the iPad Air 2. Apple claims its 2,048×1,536 pixel screen is brighter than ever, and its chip has been upgraded to Apple’s A9. 

The cameras are the same: 8 megapixels on the back, 1.2 megapixels on the front. A Touch ID-enabled home button is there, of course, but the device doesn’t come with a stylus like the iPad Pro.  Read more…

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Samsung’s fancy Galaxy Tab S3 costs just as much as an iPad Pro, but it comes with the S-Pen


Productivity tablet wars, begun they have.

When Samsung unveiled its new 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab S3 tablet last month, it was clear Samsung designed it to take on Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro, a tablet that can transform into a powerful productivity device with the addition of a Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil. What wasn’t clear, though, was how aggressive Samsung would be in the pro-tablet battle.

On Thursday, Samsung announced pricing (and availability) that puts Apple on notice.

Starting at $599 for a 32 GB model (Wi-Fi-only) with expandable memory up to 256 GB, the Tab S3 sounds, at least, competitive. Apple’s 9.7-inch Apple iPad Pro also starts at $599 for a 32 GB Wi-Fi-only model. However, Samsung’s price includes the S-Pen. Apple charges an additional $99 for its Apple Pencil. In addition, it will cost you another $100 for the 128 GB iPad Pro model. Tab S3 owners can upgrade the memory of their devices on their own; a 128 GB micro SD card costs as little as $17. Read more…

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Visa cooks up payment sunglasses because seeing is paying


I wear my sunglasses at night so I can pay…

We know, those aren’t the exact words to Corey Hart’s classic ear worm, but they fit perfectly with Visa’s latest mobile payment pilot: Payment Sunglasses.

Announced at SXSW in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, but deployed down under at the World Surf League Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast competition in Australia on Tuesday, Visa’s wearable prototype puts mobile payment capabilities on your face.

Fifty lucky Visa partners and influencers were handed the Visa payment sunglasses, which are just Ray Bans with a built-in NFC chip (there’s no official partnership with Visa), connected to a re-loadable, pre-paid card. The prototypes can be used on virtually any contactless payment reader. Read more…

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Terrifying face gadget promises to keep your conversations private in public places


Now you can keep your conversations private, annoy your coworkers and look like Bane — all at once.

The gadget that makes it all happen is called Hushme. It bills itself as the “world’s first voice mask for mobile phones.” This absurd-looking contraption is designed to help you keep your conversations private when you’re in a public space.

The founders were inspired to create Hushme when having lunch with friends at a small and quiet café. A girl sitting near them used earphones to make a Skype call, which made her talk louder and attract attention. She felt awkward and decided to cut off her conversation.  Read more…

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