Mi Note 10 may be making its official debut on November 14, a teaser posted by Xiaomi Poland on its official Facebook page has hinted. Additionally, the company has shared a teaser on its official Weibo page that has revealed the presence of 5,260mAh battery in Mi CC9 Pro, of which the Mi Note 10 is believed to be the global version. Mi CC9 Pro is all set to be unveiled on November 5 in China, however Xiaomi is yet to explicitly announce the Mi Note 10 launch date. Separately, both the Mi Note 10 and Mi CC9 Pro have reportedly been spotted on Geekbench, tipping a few specifications.
In the cover photo of its official Facebook page, Xiaomi Poland had teased the November 14 launch of a new smartphone. The graphics of this photo clearly hint at the Mi Note 10 launch; however, it is still unclear whether the Poland launch will act as the global launch of Mi Note 10, or the company will launch the smartphone in another city before unveiling it in Poland. Hopefully, the official Xiaomi Twitter account will confirm the launch date over the coming days.
As mentioned, Xiaomi has published a teaser on Weibo that reveals the presence of 5,260mAh battery with 30W fast charging support. Another teaser by a Xiaomi executive notes that the phone will be offered in two colour options, whose names roughly translate to Ice Snow Aurora and Magic Green.
Mi CC9 Pro will support 30W fast chargingPhoto Credit: Weibo/ Xiaomi
Separately, Mi CC9 Pro and Mi Note 10 have allegedly popped up on Geekbench with pretty much identical details as well as scores, further cementing the belief that Mi Note 10 is going to be the international variantÂ of Mi CC9 Pro. The Geekbench listings show the presence of Android 9 on both smartphones. Also, the Mi Note 10 model tested using Geekbench seems to have 6GB RAM, whereas the Mi CC9 Pro model listed on Geekbench packs 8GB of RAM. It is very likely that both phones will be released in both RAM variants. There could be other variants as well.
As per the recently spotted Mi CC9 Pro TENAA listing, the phone is said to pack up to 12GB of RAM, 32-megapixel selfie camera, up to 256GB of onboard storage, and a 6.47-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) display. The details of the phone’s rear camera have already been teased in detail by Xiaomi.
Google smart displays are getting a makeover, dark mode included – CNET
Google smart display interfaces are getting a new look. Google Smart displays are just a few years old, but updates and redesigns are already in the works. Google just announced a brand new look for the user interface of its Google Assistant-enabled smart displays such as the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max. Keeping tabs on…
Google smart display interfaces are getting a new look.
Smart displays are just a few years old, but updates and redesigns are already in the works. Google just announced a brand new look for the user interface of its Google Assistant-enabled smart displays such as the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max. Keeping tabs on your homeThe overhaul starts with several new screens. The home screen now displays a quick glance at your day. In the morning that section is called “Your Morning” and it progresses throughout the day, displaying information like news, events on your calendar and the weather.
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Other new tabs across the top of the home screen will direct you to specific categories. Those tabs include Home Control, Media, Communicate, and Discover. Each tab holds tappable cards and widgets. On the Media page you’ll find music, videos, shows and recommendations. You’ll also be able to see and control what media is playing on other connected devices in your home. Media widgets will be customized to show content from your preferred streaming service. The Home Control tab displays a dashboard of all the connected devices in your home and tappable cards to adjust any device settings, like dimming lights or viewing the doorbell camera.The Communicate tab houses cards for video and chat settings, and the Discover tab displays ideas for things to do with your smart display like playing a game, hear a joke or find a new recipe. Dark mode and ambience settingsIn addition to organized tabs, Google-enabled smart displays are also several new ways to wind down in the evening and wake up each morning.Relaxing ambient sounds are coming to Google Assistant-enabled smart displays.
With dark mode on, your smart display’s color scheme changes, reducing light emission. You can set dark and light modes to activate automatically depending on ambient light of the sunrise and sunset. A selection of ambient sounds is also coming to smart displays for added relaxation options. A Sunrise Alarm feature is also making its way to smart displays, gradually increasing the brightness of your screen for 30 minutes before your alarm time. You can manage alarms on your display, set different alarms for weekdays and weekends, as well as choose alarm tones. Meetings and calendarsIn recent months, the team at Google improved Google Meet and Duo on smart displays and announced plans for Zoom to come to the device. Now smart displays will be able to link multiple Google accounts, so you can see personal and professional meetings all in one place. You can also cancel or reschedule meetings on your smart display. If you use Google Meet on the camera-enabled Nest Hub Max display, you’ll be able to move around the room while staying in frame. Google smart displays will support multiple accounts for calendars and meetings.
These new features and the new interface design will be rolling out in the coming weeks to all Google Assistant-enabled smart displays in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Spain, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and US.
Best robot vacuum for 2020: Neato, iRobot Roomba, Electrolux, Eufy and more – CNET
It used to be that robot vacuum cleaners were only to be seen in dream homes from the future. But now they’ve become reality. In fact they’re more advanced than they’ve ever been. They boast arrays of sophisticated sensors, lasers, CPUs, even AI-enhanced software. The fact is these robots are useful tools to keep your home…
It used to be that robot vacuum cleaners were only to be seen in dream homes from the future. But now they’ve become reality. In fact they’re more advanced than they’ve ever been. They boast arrays of sophisticated sensors, lasers, CPUs, even AI-enhanced software. The fact is these robots are useful tools to keep your home nice and tidy.Living the robot vacuum dream can set you back a healthy pile of cash — some cost as much as four figures. While you don’t have to spend that much, you do get a lot in return. That includes multiple room and floor mapping, self-emptying dust bins, powerful suction and thoughtfully designed hardware. Despite all this sophistication, however, none of these machines can really replace a mop.
Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac…
To choose the best robot vacuum, I spent over 120 hours (that’s a lot of time) torture-testing a group of 12 robotic cleaning vacuums for things like suction power, their ability to perform on carpets and hard floor and how well each performed during each cleaning cycle. Among them are brand-new models that have recently launched, flagship models and compelling options offered across numerous online retailers. I excluded older models that likely won’t be sold for much longer. I update this list periodically.
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If someone were to give you a blank check and tell you to buy the best robot vacuum, this is the bot to get. That said, the iRobot Roomba S9 Plus costs a whopping $1,100. For that staggeringly steep sticker price though, this robotic vacuum delivers powerful suction and superb dirt and dust removal. On hardwood floors this Roomba picked up an average of 93% of our test sand, the highest amount in our test group, but it struggled a bit cleaning sand from low-pile carpeting and area rugs, earning a low average dust and sand pickup of 28%. That said, the Roomba robot vac removed an average 71% of sand from our mid-pile carpet while vacuuming. Again, this is the best result that we saw on this specific test. It also cleaned up more dog hair, pet dander and allergens than any vacuum in this test group, and the bot navigates and maps multiple rooms and floors. iRobot has also updated its app to let you designate “keep out zones” that you want the S9 Plus to avoid when cleaning. The app also lets you use voice commands to immediately clean a room using Alexa or Google Voice Assistant.The robot zipped through our test room in a short average time of 25 minutes, too. You can link the S9 Plus to the Roomba app and your home Wi-Fi as well. Best of all is the Roomba S9 Plus’ CleanBase docking station. The dock both charges the robot’s battery and empties its dustbin automatically, making cleaning even easier and keeping you from worrying about battery life. Now that’s convenient.
Read our first impressions of the Roomba S9 Plus.
For roughly half the price of the Roomba S9 Plus, the $600 Neato’s D7 vacuums up dirt, dust and messes almost as well, making it the best robot vacuum at a midrange cost. On average this robotic cleaner picked up a greater amount of sand (36%) across low-pile carpet and rugs than the Roomba did. This automatic vacuum cleaner narrowly beat the S9 Plus for cleaning power on hardwood bare floors, too, collecting an average of 95% of the sand we put down. The vac cleaned dirt, dust and sand from midpile rugs less effectively though, notching a pickup average of 47% while cleaning. While the Neato can’t match the Roomba’s prowess at removing pet hair or empty its own dust bin, the D7 navigates more efficiently around furniture yet covers more ground thanks to smart robot vacuum built-in lidar laser navigation mapping. You can also control the cleaning robot using the Neato app as a remote control, as well as link it to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The app allows you to designate areas of your home as off-limits to cleaning, too.
Here’s a robotic vacuum that proves you don’t need to blow your budget to purchase a solid robot vacuum cleaner. Even though the Robovac 11S Max costs just $227 right now, it cleans floors effectively. That’s especially true when cleaning bare hardwood floors. It managed to remove an average of 71% of our test sand from this type of surface. The bot didn’t work as well cleaning carpets, earning sand-pickup averages of 21% and 27% on low-pile and mid-pile, respectively. And thanks to this vacuum’s basic navigation system, it took well over an hour to negotiate our test room. As far as time goes, that’s a lot. Still, the Eufy used its runtime wisely. The vacuum covered the space well, cleaning up and leaving almost no spots untouched. The Eufy is also self-charging, so again, no need to worry about battery life or factor that into overall cleaning time. It’s the best robot vacuum for value.
How we test robot vacuumsOur method for evaluating robot vacuums is straightforward, yet grueling. There are two types of tests we run. The first trial is to figure out how well a robot covers the floor while cleaning. We built an industry-standard testing room as specified by the International Electrotechnical Commission, just for this purpose. The IEC is an international standards body responsible for managing robot vacuum testing procedures, among other things, for vacuum manufacturers. Obstacles in our test room mimic what robot vacuums run into in the real world.
Inside this room are objects designed to simulate typical obstacles a robot vac encounters for navigation as it cleans. These obstacles include wall edges, table and chair legs, couches and other furniture, and so on, plus bare tile and hardwood floors, as well as carpet. Here’s a coverage photo of the iRobot Roomba S9 Plus as it moved through our test room. You can see the Roomba S9 covered the floor well, except for one slight section in the center (left, bottom).
We mount LED lights to the top of each vacuum cleaner. The dimensions of the lights correspond to the measured nozzle width of each particular robot vacuum we test.
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As robots move through the room while cleaning, a camera overhead captures a long-exposure image of the entire room in low light. That photo will then have a light trail, created by the LEDs, that shows the exact areas where the robot traveled (and its nozzle position) during its runtime. We can also see areas of the floor the vacuum may have missed or gotten stuck. This is the coverage pattern created by the Neato D7. Its movement through our test room was very orderly, logical and effective.
You can see the navigation results of all the robot vacuums in our test group in the gallery below.
Some robot vacuums have a better sense of direction than others
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The second type of test reveals exactly how much physical debris a vacuum is able to pick up off of the floor. To mimic dirt of small particle size, we use a mixture of play-sand and landscaping sand. For bigger particle soil, we use grains of uncooked black rice. Robots then run in straight line mode across three types of flooring (low-pile carpet, medium-pile carpet and hardwood bare floors). We test robot vacuums on three types of floor surfaces.
We control for the specific nozzle width of each vacuum, too. We constructed an adjustable tool to soil our test floors. It lets us lay down a strip of precise area of soil to match the nozzle dimensions for every robot. The mass of soil isn’t chosen at random either. We measure a proportional amount that’s related to the flooring material, type of debris, plus each vacuum’s nozzle width. Our custom-built tool lets us match soil area to a robot vacuum’s nozzle width.
We conduct three cleaning runs (at minimum) on each floor type. We also perform cleaning tests with sand and rice separately. That comes to at least 18 tests per robot vac. We weigh the robot’s dust bin both before and after each run. From there we can calculate the percentage of debris pickup for every cleaning run and the average amount of soil a machine manages to remove. Additionally we run anecdotal (visual) pet hair tests for each robot, on all three floor types. We run robot vacuums in a straight line during the debris pickup tests.
The chart below shows the fine particle cleaning performance data for all of the robot vacuums we tested. It should give you a pretty good idea about their cleaning performance on different kinds of flooring surfaces. Our rice-based, medium-size particle test didn’t show enough differentiation between each cleaner, which says they can all handle larger particles without trouble. For fur removal for pet owners, we judged anecdotally. Percent soil removed
Neato Botvac D6 Connected
Sand from low-pile
Sand from hardwood
Sand from medium-pile
Results listed are the average percentage of total material removed from test surface
Want more robot vacuum options? Here’s a list of the other robot vacuums we tested besides the models listed above. More vacuum advice and recommendations
The best Prime Day 2020 deals still available: Get a MacBook Air for $850, a Roku for $27, AirPods Pro for $199 – CNET
This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal. Amazon Prime Day 2020 is officially over. The two-day event brought out some pretty sweet deals — many of which we expect to be repeated on Black Friday, so don’t be…
This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.
Amazon Prime Day 2020 is officially over. The two-day event brought out some pretty sweet deals — many of which we expect to be repeated on Black Friday, so don’t be too upset if you missed something you were jazzed for. But, if you’re not looking to wait another month and a half, you still have the chance to take advantage of Prime Day pricing on select items. Just a reminder, though: Prime Day isn’t the end-all be-all of deals. Today, for example, Amazon slashed the first-gen iPad Pro 11-inch (1TB Wi-Fi) to $910, the lowest price on record. It originally sold for $1,349 and typically runs closer to $1,200.Meanwhile, below is the best of what’s left from Prime Day. As before, you must be an Amazon Prime subscriber to take advantage of many of these deals. If you are, there’s one particularly great leftover: You can get a $100 Amazon gift card when you sign up for an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card. That card also scores you 5% back on nearly everything you buy from Amazon and Whole Foods, and for a limited time you can get a whopping 25% back on select electronics and AmazonBasics kitchenware.One last note: Stores like Best Buy and Walmart are running sales of their own to compete with Amazon, and many of their deals are still live as well. Want to stay in the loop regarding these and other deals? Sign up for Cheapskate deal alerts via text message. Use that link or send a text to (415) 878-5807. You can opt out anytime.
After briefly hitting $190 at Woot on Monday, Amazon once again has the lowest price, $199, on the AirPods Pro, which is $50 off Apple’s list price.A few of Apple’s other “pods” are also on sale:
You’ll see a $950 price tag when you land at the product page, but the price will drop another $100 at checkout. That’s the best deal on record for this current-generation model, which has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It’s available in your choice of three colors. (Just remember: We are likely to see newer, albeit likely more expensive, Macs next month using the new Apple silicon alternatives to Intel chips.)
It may be two years old, but the Roku Premiere is still an excellent streamer. It has apps for pretty much every streaming service under the sun, and it slings them all at 4K. The latest version supports HDR, too. Whether there’s a “dumb” TV you’re looking to make smart or an old Roku that’s in need of replacing, it’s hard to beat this all-time-low price.You can also get the Roku Express HD for just $21, the lowest price yet. It doesn’t do 4K, making it more suitable to smaller TVs.
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It’s not just Amazon that has Prime Day specials. Case in point: The single best Galaxy S20 deal to date comes from Visible. The carrier is chopping over $400 off the regular price of the flagship phone, which normally sells for $984 (and $1,000 elsewhere). You’ll get out the door for $768, then receive a $200 prepaid MasterCard after two months of Visible service at $40 a month.You’ll also receive a $200 Samsung gift card you can use to buy other goodies. All this is predicated on porting your number to Visible as part of your purchase. Still, it’s a fantastic deal.
A Prime Day “lead-out” deal, this smart plug normally sells for $23. Ask your Alexa-capable device to “order a Kasa Smart Plug Mini” and it should land in your shopping cart for just $4.99. Once Alexa confirms that, you can complete the purchase with your voice, or bop into your cart in Amazon proper (website or app) and check out the usual way.Note: This has appeared and disappeared a few times this morning; right now it appears to be gone again. It’s worth trying to see if you can still get it, but no promises.
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Another Prime Day “lead-out” deal, this excellent little smart camera normally sells for $20. Ask your Alexa-capable device to “order a Wyze Cam” and it should land in your shopping cart for just $9.99. Once Alexa confirms that, you can complete the purchase with your voice, or bop into your cart in Amazon proper (website or app) and check out the usual way.Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear you can get both the Wyze Cam and the aforementioned Kasa Smart Plug at their Alexa-discounted prices — not in the same purchase, anyway. When I added both to my cart (again, using Alexa), the second one wasn’t discounted.
Read the Wyze Cam review.
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