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Get the Roborock S5 robot vacuum and mop for just $359 – CNET

Roborock A few months ago I remodeled my basement, and the resulting layer of crud made it the perfect testing ground for the Roborock S5 — a robot vacuum that can also mop. It did a great job overall, which is why I’m excited to share this deal: For a limited time, and while supplies…

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A few months ago I remodeled my basement, and the resulting layer of crud made it the perfect testing ground for the Roborock S5 — a robot vacuum that can also mop. It did a great job overall, which is why I’m excited to share this deal: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Daily Steals has the Roborock S5 2000Pa all-floors vacuum for $359 with promo code CNETRBRK. If you’re keeping score, that’s a buck cheaper than the last time we saw a deal on this vacuum, not to mention the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this vacuum.  I’ve owned early-generation Roombas and late-model Ecovacs, but the S5 remains my favorite robot sweeper to date. That’s largely because it seems smarter and more efficient than others I’ve tried.

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The companion app, for example, gives you lots of cleaning options. You can set up virtual barriers, no-go zones, go-only zones and so on. All that’s possible thanks to the S5’s laser-mapping skills, which also allow it to clean in an orderly pattern, rather than just randomly bumping all over the place. The S5 offers 2,000 pascals’ worth of suction (that’s on the high side for robo-vacs) and has a sizable battery, one that’s good for around 2.5 hours of cleaning, according to Roborock. That comes at the expense of the dust bin, which is on the smaller side. Similarly, the water tank nets you only about 30 minutes of mopping before needing to be refilled. (Thankfully, that was ample time to clean my basement, which is about 800 square feet.) CNET hasn’t reviewed the S5, so I’ll steer you over to Matthew Miller’s review at ZDNet. Verdict: “A great performer at a price that is reasonable given its power, efficiency and utility.” And that was based on a then-$464 Amazon price. (It’s currently $480, but has been as high as $600.) Speaking of Amazon, over 3,500 customers collectively rated the robot 4.5 stars out of 5. So, yeah, you may not know the Roborock brand, but in my estimation this is every bit as good as some of the latest Roombas — with a much lower price. Read more: The best robot vacuums for 2020 Originally published previously. Updated to reflect new sale prices and availability.

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Amazon Luna, new Echo speakers, Fire TV, a flying Ring drone-cam and more: Every new product announced this fall – CNET

Amazon surprised us at its Fall Devices and Services event with its new Luna cloud-gaming service, along with the expected updates to its line of Echo, Fire TV and Ring products. The event helps Amazon generate buzz as we roll into the holiday shopping season, and for the first time, Prime Day. (The annual sale is usually…

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Amazon surprised us at its Fall Devices and Services event with its new Luna cloud-gaming service, along with the expected updates to its line of Echo, Fire TV and Ring products. The event helps Amazon generate buzz as we roll into the holiday shopping season, and for the first time, Prime Day. (The annual sale is usually held in July, but this year it is slated to start on Oct. 13.) That means putting Alexa everywhere — inside homes and out — and addressing privacy concerns, which were a big storyline in 2019 for both Ring and Alexa. In a life-at-home existence, with millions of us hunkered down for the long haul, the connected house concepts that Amazon has been developing for years have become more relevant than ever. 
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The company’s Echo and Fire TV products will be its first to earn sustainability badges, and it’s working on reducing power consumption across devices with a new low-power mode and an energy dashboard integrated with Alexa. Amazon also pledged to build solar and wind farms to generate energy to match the consumption of all its devices.

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The company launched a cloud-gaming service on top of Amazon Web Services that runs on PCs, Fire TVs and even iOS. There’s a Luna Plus game channel with a curated set of games, and Amazon is partnering with publisher Ubisoft for Day 1 availability of some of them.It has a custom $50 controller that connects directly to the cloud rather than the local device.Read more: Amazon gets into game streaming with Luna

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This is the custom controller that connects directly to the cloud, which Amazon says reduces roundtrip latency by 17 milliseconds to 30 ms, compared to a controller connected via Bluetooth to a PC, Mac or Fire TV.

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Redesigned with a new spherical shape and able to adapt to the acoustics of the room, the fourth-gen Echo incorporates features formerly in the Echo Plus. It’s also a bridge to Amazon’s Sidewalk network and includes neural network technology to accelerate Alexa.Read more: Amazon announces a new spherical Echo smart speaker

It gets the same redesign as the spherical Echo, but now sports a stylish fabric cover and a better speaker.

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Also spherical, with some kid-friendly features, the Kids Edition includes voice profiles for the children and Sidekick, which lets Alexa read to them.

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It now has Zigbee and Sidewalk hubs, and is quiet when it pivots in your direction. For privacy, there’s a built-in camera shutter, and all Echo devices will have a command to review privacy settings and “delete everything I’ve ever said.” It will also support Hulu, Netflix and Prime Video.Read more: Amazon announces the Echo Show 10

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The Pro 6 is basically the same as the Eero 6, but designed to handle higher bandwidth — up to gigabit, as opposed to 500Mbps — connections.

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Three new car-centric Ring products

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Ring’s $200 Ring Car Cam will help users document traffic stops, collisions and other road events.Debuting with Tesla, the $200 Connect uses a vehicle’s built-in external cameras to capture video in the event that something happens to the car while driving or parked.Lastly, Ring’s $60 Car Alarm plugs into your car’s onboard diagnostic port and uses sound and accelerometer sensors to monitor the vehicle for bumps, break-ins, tows or other events.There are no product pages on Amazon yet but we’ll add them here when they arrive. Read more: ‘Alexa, I’m getting pulled over’: Ring debuts three new car-centric devices

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It’s similar to the all-new Fire TV Stick, but lacks the integrated TV controls on the remote. 

Read more: Every new Alexa feature Amazon just announced: Hunches, Alexa Guard and moreCorrection, Sep. 24: The Fire TV Stick’s maximum resolution is 1080p, not 4K as a previous version of this story said.

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iOS 14.0.1 Update Released With Bug Fixes for Default App Settings, More

Apple has released iOS 14.0.1 update that fixes bugs in the operating system. The update brings fixes for default app settings, Wi-Fi connectivity, home screen widgets, and more. This is the first update for iOS 14 that was released last week. A bug in the software resulted in Safari and Mail being restored as a…

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Apple has released iOS 14.0.1 update that fixes bugs in the operating system. The update brings fixes for default app settings, Wi-Fi connectivity, home screen widgets, and more. This is the first update for iOS 14 that was released last week. A bug in the software resulted in Safari and Mail being restored as a user’s default browser and email apps after a restart despite changes made otherwise. iOS 14.0.1 fixes this issue among other changes. It is now rolling out for all eligible Apple devices.Apple’s latest update brings iPhone and iPad up to iOS 14.0.1 and iPadOS 14.0.1.One of the changes in the recently released iOS 14 included the ability to change the default browser from Safari. However, if you’d changed to Google Chrome, it would automatically reset this default setting every time a user rebooted their iPhone or iPad. Web links would again start opening on the Safari browser on iPhone and iPad after the reboot. The same issue happened for Mail as well.Apple has fixed this bug in iOS 14.0.1, ensuring that users will only have to set default app preferences once, as per a report by 9to5Mac.iOS 14.0.1 also fixes bugs related to Wi-Fi connectivity and email sending with some mail providers, as per the report. It also offers a fix for the Apple News widget that prevented images from appearing and addresses an issue that could have prevented camera previews from displaying on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.iOS 14 0.1 is rolling out to all iPhone and iPad users today. If you haven’t received a notification about the update yet, you can find it by heading to Settings and then clicking on General, then Software Update.Are Apple Watch SE, iPad 8th Gen the Perfect ‘Affordable’ Products for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

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Pixel 5 announcement: How to watch Google’s Launch Night In event on Sept. 30 – CNET

Google is teasing 5G for its Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G. Google It’s been a busy month, and next on the agenda for virtual phone announcement events is Google with its Sept. 30 “Launch Night In.” Google previously unveiled the Pixel 4A budget phone in August, confirming on the same day the existence of its…

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Google is teasing 5G for its Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G.
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It’s been a busy month, and next on the agenda for virtual phone announcement events is Google with its Sept. 30 “Launch Night In.” Google previously unveiled the Pixel 4A budget phone in August, confirming on the same day the existence of its next flagship, the Pixel 5, and the upcoming Pixel 4A 5G, both of which will have support for 5G. The invitation for Google’s September event confirmed that “new Pixel phones” would be among the products unveiled, along with a new Chromecast and a new Nest-branded smart speaker.Read more: Pixel 4A officially has the best camera for the money

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The Pixel 5, like Google’s previous flagship phones, has been poorly protected from leaks (or perhaps, as CNET’s Lynn La suspects, the leaks are part of an intentional strategy on Google’s part). We got a first look at the design of the Pixel 5 on Monday, when photos surfaced along with details about the new phone’s processor, display, cameras, battery life and more. Rumors suggest that Google’s next flagship will include a hole-punch camera, a fingerprint sensor on the back (unlike the Pixel 4, which swapped it for Face Unlock), wireless charging and no headphone jack. Not much is officially known about the Pixel 5, other than its support for 5G, but leaks suggest a price of 629 euros (roughly $735, £575 or AU$1,035), with color options reportedly including green and black. The phone’s on-sale and release dates are not yet known.An apparently leaked image of the Pixel 5. 
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Google’s new Chromecast streamer (code-named Sabrina) has also attracted a flurry of rumors. According to photo leaks, the device will come with a remote, a first for the Chromecast family.Google’s virtual Launch Night In event will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 30, streaming online at 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. BST). The stream will likely be hosted on the company’s YouTube channel, but we’ll update this story when a link becomes available. 

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