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“Mitsubishi Electric Wi-Fi Control already provides great convenience. The ability to use a device to turn your air conditioner off remotely or the ability to precool or preheat your home before you get there can save energy by preventing excessive use. Now your air conditioner can be controlled along with other smart devices such as lights and power outlets.”

The new voice control feature is available in Mitsubishi Electric split systems, ducted and the commercial City Multi air conditioning units installed with a Wi-Fi adapter.

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DOOGEE S40 tough as nails smartphone (import only)

The DOOGEE S40  is as hard as nails surviving extreme temperatures, drops, dust and water – IP69K. With a quad-core processor, fingerprint unlocking, face recognition, Android 9.0, 8+5MP rear cameras and a 4650mAh battery. All for the amazing price of US$99.99/ approx £80.

The DOOGEE S40 nicknamed the “Rock Solid Explorer”, is just that thanks to its reinforced metal frame, superior TPU corners and cover allowing it to survive multiple drops, extreme temperatures and water damage.

As well as being one of the toughest phones on the market, the S40 further enhances its outdoor credentials with three pinpoint GPS navigation systems allowing for extremely accurate positioning if the user is ever away from civilization.

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Morgan Stanley says Amazon ‘significantly more expensive than Coles or Woolworths,” on comparable items

A lot of that may be to do with Coles and Woolies house brands, and at this stage, online grocery shopping has not caught on here especially as Amazon has few fresh grocery staples. Coles and Woolies have nailed that with their home delivery services that can even find a ripe avocado.

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And Amazon uses your purchasing history to selectively and slowly raise prices on items you have purchased – kind of the Chinese water torture. Its AI is substantial

The recent report also said JB Hi-Fi and Rebel (owned by Super Retail Group) had taken a razor to prices for products available on Amazon. It was now on average 14% more expensive.

Australian resellers are resisting going on Amazon’s platform preferring eBay by a huge margin. According to Morgan Stanley analyst Tom Kierath,

“By selling to Amazon, brands give the company access to the sales data of their products. Amazon can quickly identify top sellers, examine why customers like the product by mining customer reviews, manufacture its private label version of that item, undercut on price, and then place it at the top of the search results. International suppliers have learnt from experience and avoid Amazon dominating sales of their products.”

Logitech Zone Wireless for noisy work environments

Logitech has addressed the noisy open plan office with its new Zone Wireless headphones and mic. These are on-the-ear so great for frequent on-and-off the head, have active noise cancellation, connect to two devices (smartphone and PC), have a Tune App and a 14-hour battery (ANC on) with Qi charging.

They are certified for Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams. They also work with Google Cloud, Zoom, Fuze, Unify, TrueConf, StarLeaf, Cisco WebEx, Cisco Jabber, and Go-To-Meeting. Price $319.95.

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James Dyson Awards 2019 now open

The annual James Dyson Award is open until 11 July for entries, giving Australian students and recent graduates of engineering and design a unique opportunity to showcase their problem-solving inventions on a global stage.

To launch this year’s James Dyson Award, now in its 15th year, Dyson surveyed 1,000 Australians to reveal their opinions on solving real-world problems. The YouGov survey has revealed that 33% of Aussies say they lack confidence in their abilities to bring problem-solving ideas to life and 26% have a fear of not succeeding.

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