Hello, Austin. A happy wet Wednesday to you.
Here’s a look at some of the stories generating buzz around the Internet this morning:
Vision: A fridge that re-orders food for you
Over at The Verge, they are floating an interesting idea: How about if, among all the Internet of Things advances, we create a refrigerator that automatically knows when to reorder milk, eggs, beer and other important staples. In effect, that would create a fridge that never runs out of food. As we grow more and more into the connected appliance world, it sounds like a practical idea that could really work. Plus, for us lazy shoppers, it would be nice to never have to worry whether your milk had expired or whether you need more cheese.
More problems for Samsung
In the latest public relations hit for Samsung, a South Korean court is considering whether to approve the arrest of Samsung vice chairman Lee Jae-yong on charges of bribery and other offenses.
Lee, the only son of Samsung's chairman, did not speak to a crowd of reporters when he arrived and left the Seoul Central District Court on Wednesday. After a four-hour hearing he was taken to a detention center near Seoul to await the court's decision.
Samsung is South Korea's biggest family-controlled conglomerate. Samsung Electronics and its affiliated companies account for about a third of the market value in South Korea's main stock market. Samsung also has a major presence in Austin.
The company employs about 3,000 people in Austin, where it produces, among other things, advanced low-power processors that are used in mobile devices such as phones and tablets.
The bribery allegations follow Samsung’s problems with its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, which was recalled twice in an unprecedented consumer safety crisis. Samsung first recalled the Galaxy Note 7 last September, citing a defective lithium-ion battery after confirming reports that the phone tended to overheat or catch fire. A month later, the company recalled its replacement Note 7s after finding they also were prone to catch fire. The company stopped making or selling them less than two months after the smartphone's debut.
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