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Daily Roundup: Aspire S7 (2013) review, Ultrabooks buyer's guide, Ixi-play robot owl, and more!

David Fishman

You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.

Acer Aspire S7 review (2013)

We had a hard time writing up a conclusion to our original Acer Aspire S7-391 review. The company's third Ultrabook was near-perfect, but packed a battery that could barely last past the four-hour mark. The second time's a charm for Acer: the company's refreshed S7 Ultrabook addresses all the things we disliked about the original. Just be prepared to pay a premium over competing laptops with similar specs. Read on for more.

Daily Roundup Aspire S7 2013 review, BTS Ultrabooks guide, Windows 81 release date, and more!

Engadget's back to school guide 2013: ultraportables

Ultrabooks hit the mainstream in 2012; in 2013, they're claiming the high end. Intel's Haswell-based processors are giving thin laptops the extreme resolutions, all-day battery life and touchscreens we wish we'd had in full-size portables a year ago. But, with so many options out on the market, it's hard to weed out the exceptional devices from the mediocre ones. Lucky for you, we're here to help. Head on up to our buyer's guide to find the perfect ultrabook for your life.

Samsung's 55-inch Curved OLED TV ships today for a sufferable $9,000

After dropping the $15,000 price tag that we heard about just last month, Samsung is ready to release its 55-inch Curved OLED TV set today. The KN55S9C was designed to "envelope" viewers with its curved profile and immersive screen, but even at $6,000 less than the original price, you'd have to really love your favorite shows to dish out that kind of money. Click the link above for a gallery of pictures of the new giant television.

Insert Coin: the ixi-play robot owl monitors toddlers, helps them learn

Isn't a baby monitor effectively a waste of technology? With a bit more thought and an operating system, couldn't it do much more with its components than just scope your infant? That's the premise behind Y Combinator-backed ixi-play, an Android-powered robot that just launched on the Crowdhoster crowdfunding platform. Check out the ixi-play robot owl, that will monitor your toddler and help it learn, up above.

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