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Samsung Forum 2018: What’s been announced

Connected homes and new smart appliances

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“At Samsung, we believe IoT should be as easy as flipping a switch,” says Samsung Electronics CEO Sangchul Lee. 

The brand moves closer to that dream of connected living with their most recent releases at the 2018 Samsung Forum in Rome. 

Here’s what they announced today:

The SmartThings app

Now you can use your TV as a dashboard for all your other smart appliances! Manage and control your IoT (Internet of Things) ecosystem with the biggest screen in your house. The app is available on all of Samsung’s 2018 Smart TVs.

Next-generation Family Hub refrigerator

Remember last year’s Family Hub? Now it’s even better!

This year, Samsung adds Bixby and SmartThings IoT ecosystem integration to the mix. What a smart fridge!

New washing machine technology

The new QuickDrive washing machine technology cuts washing time in half!

And if that doesn’t wow you enough, Samsung’s new AI-powered laundry assistant, aptly called Q-rator, allows you to plan laundry. It even suggests laundry recipes depending on information it’s gathered! 

The POWERstick PRO

Samsung’s newest cordless vacuum cleaner is both powerful and versatile. This ergonomically designed device is built for high-performance. The better to clean your smart home with!

A new soundbar line

 The new premium lifestyle soundbars enhance viewing experience on your home theater and provide an optimum listening experience.

The NW700 Sound+ improves on its predecessor. This sleek bar, designed to be wall-mounted, enhances sound and is a perfect partner to your Samsung TV.

Equipped with Samsung’s patented “Samsung Acoustic Beam” technology, the Soundbar N650 promises to deliver a “panoramic sound experience.” It even has a “Game Mode” for all of you gamers out there.

This is just a quick recap of what has been announced today, tune it to GadgetMatch for more detailed features of these products. Here’s a quick walkthrough of the event:

Looks like the future is looking bright… and pretty connected! Which Samsung device are you excited for?

SEE ALSO: 6 gadgets that made me want to build a home

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Follow these 7 artists to beautify your Twitter timeline

Make your timeline ~a e s t h e t i c~

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Between all the memes, anecdotes, hot takes, and viral text and photos that make up most of the posts on Twitter, a thriving community of artists use the platform to share their work with the world. Many of them have also decided to take part in the yearly #Inktober challenge, wherein each person creates one piece of themed art for each day of October — whether using the official prompts as a guideline or adding their own spin on themes.

With just a week or so of October left, let’s celebrate seven of them that can add a touch of cute and whimsy into your social media browsing sessions. Here’s who to follow!

@Floofyfluff

Ida, or Floofyfluff, is a Swedish artist specializing in drawing cute, round creatures, often creating merchandise around them that she sells through her store, Afternoon Fika. Other than the conventionally cute puppies and birds, it’s her drawings of marine animals (like sharks), reptiles, and dinosaurs that make her stand out.

@Heikala_art

One illustrator currently making the most of #Inktober, her work’s themes this year focus on magic, space, and discovery. Finnish illustrator Heikala creates calming watercolor scenes and often posts the equally soothing process videos to match. Her art is also available to buy as prints and artbooks through Tictail.

@Maruti_Bitamin

More elegant watercolor art on a Twitter feed? Don’t mind if we do! Canada-based Maru, or Koyamori, inks and paints fantasy-inspired portrait illustrations. Expect to see individuals with flowers sprouting directly out of their clothes, hair made out of seafoam, and vibrant but restrained color palettes.

@Meyoco_

Love pink? Get a dose of it every week by following Meyo, well-known for her pastel pink backgrounds and focus on interpreting everyday objects in surreal and fanciful ways. The highlight of her merch selection is definitely the pins — don’t miss out!

@Mochiipanko

Liya, a Chinese interior design architecture student currently based in Germany, is known on Twitter as Mochiipanko, and her knowledge and skill when it comes to depicting spaces shows. Backgrounds and locations are lovingly detailed. Look out for her current #Inktober series, where she arranges witches, plants, and windows in visually stunning sets.

@Nkim_Illustrate

Nadia Kim loves working with color. It’s worth going through her entire selection of work to see just how much can be done using a few main colors in different shades. On the other hand, she’s also great at drawing adorable and delicious-looking desserts.

@Vacuum_chan

For kawaii with a rebellious edge, Vacuum’s your girl. Women are the stars in her work, and when drawn in elaborate clothing and sporting demon horns, fangs, and wings, makes for striking and compelling illustrations. Warning for fashion envy: You’d wish you owned the clothes her girls are sporting.

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Lumos Candle is a real candle that lights up with a press of a button

Because why not?

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Technology these days have no doubt reached unimaginable heights. From talking refrigerators to robot dogs, we’ve seen a lot of weird but amazing things. But, nothing will prepare you for the mind-blowing, but probably useful innovation one Korean company brings to the table. These are Lumos Candles.

They may look like your typical candles — and they are — except with one press of a button, they light up.

That’s right. No need for matches, or lighters. With one touch, actual flame ignites on the candle’s wick.

Lumos credits “the principle of electric discharge” for this tech, but I’m still not entirely sure what that means. All I know is that this candle can actually light up with one quick press and I am losing my mind.

Since it’s a real candle, it does get spent. But, you can simply replace it with a refill candle and you are ready to get lit (pun intended)!

The pad, on the other hand, is charged via a micro-USB cable. One charge cycle is good for four months if you use it four times a day.

The handmade soy candles are made without paraffin and come in a variety of scents which include vanilla, lavender, and even fresh cotton.

The candles ship out November of 2018, and the basic starter pack with two candles and a pad is priced at US$ 58. Check out Lumos’ Indiegogo page here.

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Mighty music player: Is this what replaces the iPod in 2018?

Why this music player is still relevant

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Today’s time sees the extinction of all other devices as the smartphone becomes the one machine that can do everything. But, what if we don’t want to do it all? What if what you need is something that’s so simple it only does (gasp!) one thing?

Music and only music

This is the premise of the Mighty music player. At a time when iPods have all but died, there’s a demand for a simple machine that’ll allow us to listen to our music without the hassle of having to bring our phones. This tiny device can do that and in updated 2018 terms — yep, it plays streaming music from your Spotify account no matter where you are.

The Mighty music player is a tiny device, no bigger than what iPod Nanos used to be. This small thing will definitely fit in whatever purse you bring.

Its face is all buttons and a tiny LED light. On the back is a simple clip.

There’s only one port on this thing, an audio port that’s used for both charging and earphones on the top side.

Play sounds

Mighty works by accessing your Spotify account. Unlike iPods that stored music data, this thing just streams playlists from the app. You’d need to download the Might app, connect your player, and pick playlists to be copied before you can get down to actual fuss-free listening.

Once that’s done, you can take your Mighty anywhere and play your music anywhere — or at least, the playlists you’ve downloaded on to Mighty. Take note that as of now, you can only copy playlists and not artists, albums, or anything else.

Imagine all the possibilities. You can now go to the gym without any alerts or distractions; take that jog outside without having to worry about carrying your smartphone! Heck, you can even zone out on your commute without having to fiddle around your bag to find your phone and play that song you’re in the mood for.

In today’s technology-tangled time, things are just getting more complicated and we’re just given more and more tasks and distractions. The Mighty player brings you back to simpler times. Well, simpler times where music streaming and Spotify exist!

Think about it: Uninterrupted sounds without having to worry about carrying your phone, message alerts that come in, or phone battery time. Isn’t that the dream?

Mighty says it’s the reality.

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