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    iRobot has shipped over 15 million robots into the world and now their latest and greatest, the Roomba 980 is now available in Australia. The new model has some serious intelligence upgrades, including the ability to control the vacuuming robot with WI-FI connectivity. This allows you to manage your cleaning...
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    After you get married you want to head off on your honeymoon and celebrate. Unfortunately you’ve got work to do, you need to say thankyou to the dozens of people who helped put together your perfect day and for the gifts you received. Melbourne based startup wedding registry startup Envelope...
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      Earlier this year, eBay launched the Innovation Lab that put more than 3,000 participants in touch with some of the most promising products they sell online. Emerging from that experiment is some new information about how much we’re falling in love with robots. Personally I’m not a betting...
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