There’s a new personal robot ready to help you. It’s called Ballie and is made by Samsung. It was introduced at CES2020.
It is a small rolling robot that reacts to your needs. In the video, you can see some of the capabilities. From waking up and opening your drapes, helping you with your exercises, your pets, connecting its camera through an app, turning on the TV for your pet, knowing to clean the floor with the vacuum.
You may have already heard that the new Samsung Galaxy Note7 is having issues. They claim the problem is an issue with the battery cell. They reported 35 cases as of September 1st of these phones catching fire. With 2.5 million sold that is still a small percentage. Samsung will replace your device with a new one.
The Galaxy Note7 was just released August 19.
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It seems like Samsung and Microsoft Windows is playing tug of war these days. A while back it was discovered that Samsung was disabling Windows Update when it did an update. With a Samsung SW Update, it included Disable_Windowsupdate.exe. A user found that they were being asked if they wanted to turn on Windows Update when they booted as it was randomly being reset.
To bypass this, you would need to uninstall SW Update Service from your machine. So why does Samsung do this? It’s to prevent Microsoft from using their drivers instead of Samsung’s which could break the use of hardware.
We’re not sure yet what happens on these devices with Windows 10, since Windows 10 forces updates.
I thought you might like to consider some of these tablets for Christmas this year:
From Amazon: The Kindle Fire HDX 7″
This is the 3rd generation Kindle Fire. This is the one you see on the TV commercial where the guy pushes the Mayday button and a customer service rep pops up in the corner. The rep can walk you through problems or even take over your tablet. You can download the Amazon Kindle Freetime app that allows parents to control the time limits and apps if you let your children use it. The drawbacks are, you don’t get full access to the Google Play store, you have to download apps from Amazon’s appstore. You won’t find some of the popular apps like Gmail, Google Maps, Google Drive. There is only a front-facing camera. $230.
From Google: Google Nexus 7
This runs the newest version of Android, 4.4 Kit Kat. It has a rear and front camera and is preloaded with standard Google apps. $229.
From Samsung: Galaxy Tab 3 7″ Kids
This tablet was designed specifically for kids. It comes in fun colors with a rubber case to protect it. I thas big buttons, limited access to settings, and kid-type apps preloaded. It has front and back cameras. $190.
From Apple: iPad Air
This is the latest iPad (5th generation). It is thinner and lighter, faster with better video. There are a few versions – based on size (16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB) and connectivity (Wi-fi or Wi-fi and LTE). Prices start at $499.
From Apple: iPad Mini with Retina Display
Very similar to the iPad Air in a smaller package. Starts at $399.
~ Jody Victor
Jody Victor® found out what CNN Tech picked for the top tech stories of 2012:
- Microsoft Windows 8 – a complete overhaul of how Windows works.
- SOPA backlash – (Stop Online Privacy Act) bills that would have restricted access to sites with pirated content and anyone associated with them including search engines, ads etc.
- Live-tweeting war – Israeli military tweeted updates in a conflict with Palestinian forces in Gaza.
- iPhone 5 and the Apple Maps debaucle – Apple developed their own map app while dropping the Google Maps app.
- Apple vs. Samsung – Apple accused Samsung of infringing on their patents which ended in a trial. The jury decided in Apple’s favor.
- Facebook’s IPO – The most anticipated IPO fell flat when it’s initial price was $38 (too high). The stock hit a low of $17.55 September 4.
- Instagram – Started out as an app, but when usage skyrocketed, Facebook bought it for $1 billion in cash and shares (later dropping to $735 million as Facebook shares dropped.
- Megaupload and Kim Dotcom – Kim Dotcom founder of Megaupload, a file-sharing company, had his various sites shut down by the F.B.I. for piracy.
- Mid-sized tables become popular – Apple’s iPad Mini, and similar-sized devices from Google and Amazon.
- Nintendo offers Wii U – Wii U has a touchscreen tablet controller called a GamePad that communicates with the main console.
- Yahoo hires Marissa Mayer – The day she was hired, she announced her pregnancy. Stock has risen $4 a share since her hiring was announced.
- Tech and the presidential election – President Obama used Google Plus and Reddit to respond with voters.
Thanks for finding this, Jody.