Good Thursday morning to you, Austin. The weekend is almost here; just a couple more days to fight through during this work week.
Until then, here’s a look at some of the tech-related stories making news and generating buzz around the old World Wide Web today:
Early reviews on the Galaxy S8
Samsung’s new flagship phone, the Galaxy S8, will be available in the United States tomorrow. Ahead of the official release date, a number of reviewers in the tech journalism community got a chance to review the device, which comes with a hefty price tag.
Over at The Verge, reviewer Dan Seifert had high praise for both the Galaxy S8 and its larger partner, the Galaxy S8 Plus. Seifert wrote that the two new phones “are easily the best phones released so far this year, and may turn out to be the best phones of the year, period.”
At Tech Radar, reviewer Gareth Beavis had similar thoughts. While dinging the S8 for its high price -- $720 or more in the U.S. -- and for the spotty performance of some of its biometric features, Beavis writes that the phone is “just stunning” and calls it "unlike anything you'll have seen on the market."
Over at CNet, reviewer Jessica Dolcourt saw things in almost the same way, praising the S8 as "the most beautiful, polished phone I've ever held," but also was critical of the S8’s biometric features, especially the phone’s balky fingerprint reader.
Hey, robot: Mop my floor
For those of us who hate those mundane around-the-house chores, the folks over at CNet have some interesting info. These days, you can automate a lot of those duties. From vacuuming and mopping floors to mowing the lawn to feeding the pets, there are robots available to do the dirty work for you. Which sounds pretty great.
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