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Samsung’s Star Wars smart vacuum makes Darth Vader your house cleaner

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Samsung’s Star Wars-themed POWERbots robotic vacuums are here so you don’t need to go to a galaxy far, far away to have Darth Vader or a stormtrooper do the dirty work for you.

Lean mean cleaning machine

These lean mean cleaning machines are equipped with what Samsung calls Visionary Mapping and FullViewSensor 2.0.

It has nine sensors that help it map every inch and corner of the room you intend to clean. It then avoids obstacles and makes sure to suck in the dirt all around the room. Stormtroopers are known for missing their mark, but not these units.

Samsung claims this 3.8-inch smart vacuum has 20 times more power than its previous version. It also has a bristle brush and a drop-down shutter to gather dust sitting in corners and along the edges of the wall. The shutter directs the dirt and dust into the vacuum, making getaways absolutely impossible.

What’s even cooler is that these bad boys also feature catchphrases and music specific to the design. Stormtroopers yell out, “Let’s go,” while the Darth Vader one does the breathing sounds and says lines like, “Your power is weak.”

No Force necessary

You don’t need to be a force user to control the smart robotic vacuums; you only have to install the POWERbot app on your smartphone. You can also control it through voice commands using Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

Star Wars-themed tech

This isn’t the first Star Wars-themed tech released in recent years. Back in 2015, prior to the release of the first movie (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) in the new Star Wars trilogy, Sphero came out with a BB-8 droid. It even inspired a Filipino teen to build a droid of his own.

At IFA 2017, Lenovo unleashed a limited edition Star Wars Yoga 920 Vibe. Even more exciting was the augmented reality experience called Star Wars: Jedi challenges which, as the name suggests, makes you live your lifelong dream of becoming a Jedi. Let’s just hope you’re not the last.

This year, the second movie entitled Star Wars: The Last Jedi in the new trilogy will come out in theaters worldwide in December, inspiring a slew of new tech inspired by the science fiction franchise.

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6 white smartphones you won’t regret buying

Even when their successors launch in 2019

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Pantone may have announced the next Color of the Year, but there’s no unseating white in the hall of classics. This timeless shade will never go out of style even when it comes to smartphones. Now that 2018 is coming to a close, we’ve rounded up our favorite white phones that you won’t regret buying this holiday season. We’re confident you’ll want to keep using any of the options on this list for a long time, even when their successors launch in 2019.

Honor 10

First on our list is one of the most affordable flagship smartphones in the market today. At around US$ 400, the Honor 10 is an easy pick for those who want a phone that practically has everything except for a steep price tag. Like its more colorful brothers, this Lily White variant has color-shifting features depending on the viewing angle — it can look lavender, pink, or teal from time to time.

Nokia 7 Plus

Nokia introduced great phones in every price point this year, including this beautiful midranger. The white Nokia 7 Plus became an instant favorite as soon as it was announced and has been a mainstay on our best smartphones list for a while now. It comes in a matte white finish with signature copper trims making it one of the most beautifully designed phones we’ve seen this year.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S

Another mainstay in our best smartphones list is Xiaomi’s Mi MIX 2S. Its successor, the Mi MIX 3, hasn’t rolled out outside China so this is still one of the best Android flagships to get today if you don’t want to break the bank. It’s also the only phone on this list that has a white face, making it truly unique and a personal favorite.

Huawei P20

With so many great phones coming out left and right and incremental upgrades becoming the norm, it’s a pleasant surprise that Huawei managed to wow us twice this year. This Pearlescent White P20 was announced months after the phone’s original launch and isn’t available in all markets, but if you manage to snag one, you can thank me later.

Apple iPhone XR

It’s not the best in Apple’s lineup, but the iPhone XR is the one we wholeheartedly recommend to most people looking to upgrade their iPhones this year. The main differences from its more expensive brothers are its LCD display and a single rear camera — none of which are deal breakers. It’s also the only iPhone in recent memory that officially comes in white, even though the similarity to the silver iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, XS, and XS Max is uncanny.

Google Pixel 3

You really can’t go wrong with Google’s new Pixel 3. Even though it’s a little pricier than the other items on this list, its cameras, both front and back, are considered by many to be the best in the market today. If you want a smartphone that’s reliable and capable enough to take with you on trips, this is the one to get.

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Pantone of the year Living Coral and where you’ve seen it before

Such a pretty shade! 🤩

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For the last 20 years, the Pantone Color Institute had been assigning a color to the year that’s to come. Symbolic of the incoming trends in culture, fashion, and design, among others; each shade that’s carefully picked represents a sentiment that embodies “our collective experience and reflect what is taking place in our global culture at a moment in time.”

This year, that color is Living Coral, or Pantone 16-1546.

As the name implies, it’s a color we mostly expect to see under the sea. It is, according to Pantone, a hue which “embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.”

But, we don’t just see this amazing color in submerged life forms. It’s a breathtaking shade we find in nature, in the beautiful world that surrounds us, and on our Instagram feeds. Here are a few breathtaking samples from our feed:

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Of course, makeup is all up in this color jam. Coral classics have always existed, and here are some crowd favorites in this year’s Pantone pick.

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Even on the runway, this mellow color has popped up. For the Spring 2019 collections, a number of designers like Marc Jacobs, Prada, Sies Marjan, and Zac Posen have worked in the shade.

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Coral also took center stage in celebrity news and pop culture in the form of a tiny bikini in what has been dubbed as “the battle of the coral bikini.” Basically, Kourtney Kardashian and Sofia Richie, the ex and at-that-time beau of Scott Disick, were both spotted in Mexico with swimwear that looked way too similar.

In terms of impact, this item would probably have the least on this list, but those coral bikinis are still looking pretty cute to me

Even in tech, we saw the rise of this color slowly creeping in and taking the place of traditional gold and black color schemes — thank goodness!

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The Pantone Institute justifies its color choice with the “innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits” that this color represents. They even go as far as saying that Living Coral symbolizes the  “authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy” — perfect at a time of fast-paced tech and the internet.

Rightly so, Panton explains that Living Coral is “a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.”

After writing this feature, I can’t say I disagree.

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Newlyweds Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas grace Vogue’s cover

*heart eyes*

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Beauty queen, actress, and film producer Priyanka Chopra and singer, songwriter Nick Jonas have just tied the knot. In a beautiful four-day event held in India, the couple held two ceremonies — a western wedding and a traditional Hindi wedding — to celebrate their love.

The whirlwind romance shocked and inspired the world as it unraveled. It seemed like an unlikely match but the 36-year old Indian celebrity and 26-year old former boyband member have been unapologetic in their love. The couple looks like they belong in each other’s arms as they grace the cover of Vogue magazine — an image shot by the legendary Annie Leibovitz on a Google Pixel 3.

 

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Just us @nickjonas 💕 Shot by: #AnnieLeibovitz for @voguemagazine Captured on: #pixel3 (Link in bio for full story)

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The newlyweds tell Vogue their love story. The first time Nick met Priyanka in person at the Oscar’s after party, he went on one knee and exclaimed, “You’re real. Where have you been all my life?”

A year and a half into their relationship, Nick proposed. Their love story continues to this day.

 

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And forever starts now… ❤️ @nickjonas

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Amidst beautiful gowns, lovely wedding ceremonies, and a huge 10-year age gap, they remain to be one of the most adorable couples out there. Here’s proof:

Congratulations, you two! ❤

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