With a retail price of $349, the Infinuvo CleanMate QQ5 Plus is the least expensive of the robot vacuum cleaners we reviewed. It also performed worse than every other vacuum we tested. I can accept some drop-off in performance and features as you move to the lower-cost tiers of a product category. I can’t accept a product like the QQ5 Plus that, as we found in our testing, fails to deliver basic functionality. This is the only sub-$400 vacuum we’ve tested so far, so we certainly can’t write off the entire lower-price segment, but of the … Read more
The case for IFTTT as a site worth watching just got a little bit stronger, as it's announced a powerful new SmartThings channel that should help cement its place as a major player in home automation.
This isn't the first time that we've seen IFTTT, short for "If This, Then That," expand into home automation. IFTTT was originally designed to sync up apps, social networks, and Web services by allowing users to create "recipes" where an action on one would trigger a corresponding action on the other. A post on Instagram could automatically … Read more
Christopher Thomas Plante (that's "Christmas Plante" when said quickly) of Polygon fame joins Jeff on a very revealing episode of The 404 Show. We'll chat with Chris about the current state of gaming, including the year's best and most underappreciated titles, disappointing launch lineups, and general advice and sympathy for Nintendo.
We'll also squeeze out a few gaming confessions from Chris and read some general admissions from our listeners as well. A wonderful time was had by all today, so we hope you enjoy it as much as we did recording it. … Read more
Facebook is updating its Android application with a few goodies designed to entertain audiences of its standard app and Home software.
The new version of Facebook for Android, rolling out to people on a gradual basis, animates some stickers -- aka the character-driven emoji available in messages -- and adds music controls to the lock screen for people running the social network's suite of services on their Android smartphone.
While relatively minor, the sticker animation piece adds some parity between Facebook's Android, iPhone, and Web messaging services. Stickers are part of the social network's push to keep … Read more
If resolution is as important as some say it is, then this should be no contest. On one side, we've got a 50-inch Ultra HD 4K LED LCD. On the other side, we've got a 720p plasma. A $500 50-inch plasma.
Head-to-head, with a variety of content and objective measurements, how do they compare?
The results may surprise you.… Read more
Setting up a home security system can involve buying expensive cameras, covering installation costs, and paying a monthly service fee.
Entrepreneur Gene Wang began searching for a more cost effective way to protect his mother's house after it was burglarized twice in one year. This lead to the development of the Presence app, a free iOS app that turns old Wi-Fi-enabled Apple devices into home security cameras.
"In the last 12 months, there have been like 50 million iPhones that have been replaced and a lot of people keep that old phone and iPad because ... what do you … Read more
The old adage in TV retail is that the brightest TV sells. This, in a historical context, makes a lot of sense: the brightest TV caught your eye, seemed "better," and got your hard-earned ducats.
But these days all TVs are bright. And just because one TV is brighter than another, it doesn't mean it's "better."… Read more
Just because your TV says it has a refresh rate of 120Hz or 240Hz, does that mean it's actually refreshing at 120Hz or 240Hz? Nope, not necessarily. One of the latest marketing techniques, shall we say "gifts for fiction," is using different technology to approximate the effect of a higher refresh rate, without actually driving the TV at the higher rate.
Confused? Yep, that's the point. Hopefully I can deconfusify you.… Read more
Sound bars are a great way to improve on your TV's built-in audio, but they're typically made for TVs on the larger side. If you've got a TV that's 42 inches or less, you'll often end up with a sound bar that dominates your TV.
Vizio's looking to offer a better match for those small screen sizes, adding three more sound bars to its line that are specifically designed to fit smaller TVs. There's a 29-inch model (S2920W) that matches the width of 32-inch TVs, and two 38-inch models (S3820W and S3821w) that … Read more