Appliances & Durable Goods

33% off iRobot Roomba 652 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner - Prime Day Deal Alert


This is a Prime Day deal good for today only, and reserved for Amazon Prime members (or those with a free trial: sign up here). The Roomba 652 Vacuuming Robot provides a thorough clean at the push of a button. Preset Roomba to clean when it's convenient for you, so you can keep up with everyday mess. This story, "33% off iRobot Roomba 652 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner - Prime Day Deal Alert" was originally published by TechConnect.



The Roomba 650 Vacuuming Robot provides a thorough clean at the push of a button. The patented, 3-Stage Cleaning System easily picks up dust, pet hair and large debris like cereal and works on all floor types, adjusting itself and re-charging itself as needed to make sure the job is done correctly every time you need it -- preset Roomba to clean when it's convenient for you. See this deal on Amazon. This story, "23% off iRobot Roomba 650 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner - Deal Alert" was originally published by TechConnect.

Google Home is invading every room in your house--here's how


Now, in its efforts to topple Amazon, Google is unrolling some new functionality: Starting this month, Google Home will be compatible with a host of appliances from Whirlpool, LG, GE, and iRobot (including some of our favorites). Less than a year after GE baked Alexa into its appliances using the Geneva Home skill, Google and GE announced that most new GE washers, dryers, ovens, and dishwashers will now also respond to Google Home. Starting today, the entire suite of GE connected devices will feature Google Home compatibility, including our top-rated wall oven, the GE Café CT9050SHSS. Over 20 Whirlpool appliances will get Google Home functionality, including those from Whirlpool brands Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, and Maytag.

GE Appliances to get Google voice control option


GE Appliances announced a deal with Google Wednesday enabling the US tech giant's voice control home hub to be used for cooking, cleaning and other functions. The deal enables GE's "Geneva" to communicate with the Google Assistant, so users can say: "Ok Google, ask Geneva Home to set the oven timer for 10 minutes." Consumers will be able to use voice commands to preheat their own meals, or check if laundry or dishes are cleaned with connected GE appliances, the companies said. Google and its parent company Alphabet have been seeking to diversify beyond internet search to new kinds of services, many focused on artificial intelligence which powers its Google Home hub and other devices.

iRobot's entry-level Roombas offer app control on the cheap


Unlike the 650 and 860 -- its previous low-end robots -- they can be controlled through the iRobot Home app. As promised, iRobot is also adding Alexa support for its Wi-Fi connected cleaners. The "skill" is enabled by barking "Alexa, open Roomba," or by selecting the Roomba skill inside the Alexa app. It's a small, but neat trick that Neato, one of iRobot's biggest competitors, introduced for its own cleaners late last year.

14% off iRobot Roomba 960 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner - Deal Alert


Roomba 960 seamlessly navigates room to room to clean an entire level of your home, recharging itself after working for up to 75 minutes, and then resuming until the job is done. Just press clean or schedule Roomba on the go with the iRobot Home App, from which you can also monitor its cleaning status. Roomba works on all floor types, and at just 3.6 inches tall, is specifically designed to fit under most furniture, beds and kickboards. The very full featured Roomba 960 averages 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon and is currently discounted $100 off its typical list price, making it available right now for $599.

Amazon's Alexa can now control your kitchen


Thanks to some help from engineers at GE, Alexa has learned how to preheat an oven, set cook timers, and tell you when your laundry will be dry--all using voice recognition. "Voice is something that's been on our radar for quite a long time, because we saw the value of having an extra hand in the kitchen," said Bill Gardner, Program Manager for Alexa Integration at GE Appliances. The integration is what Amazon calls a "skill"--a set of tasks that Alexa has been trained to complete. The skill is named Geneva--chosen because it's easy for Alexa to understand--and it works thanks to the Wi-Fi connectivity that's already built into over 70 models of GE ovens, ranges, refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers, and water heaters that are currently on sale.

Roomba Poop Story Goes Viral After Vacuum Cleaner Goes Wrong: One Man's Dumpy Morning

International Business Times

An Arkansas man woke up to a horrible scene earlier this month and found that his robotic, automatic vacuum cleaner had managed to spread dog poop all throughout his house. Newton said he walked into his living room at some time after 3 a.m. and found that his Roomba, which is set to vacuum each night at 1:30 a.m., had run over dog poop his puppy had left behind. There were some casualties: Newton wrote that he knew his efforts to clean up a rug his wife loved were futile but still he attempted to clean it because he knew she'd ask if he had tried. Newton's Roomba didn't make it either after he tried to wash it in the tub.

Energy Star 3.0 server spec to look at coprocessors for more accurate power-efficiency ratings


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is revising the Energy Star specification for servers to take into account significant system design changes and help buyers make effective purchasing decisions. Over the last few years, server makers have increasingly used coprocessors to boost computing power and given memory a bigger role in processing data. The EPA last week sent out a letter to program participants, including server makers, to revise specifications that will "account for advances in technology and raise the bar on energy efficiency requirements for servers." Energy Star 2.0 took active-state test benchmarks from the SERT (Server Efficiency Rating Tool) tool provided by an industry standard organization called Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation.

From iRobot to HEXA: Are Robots the Next Home Appliance?

Huffington Post

She told me that they actually have a central vacuum system installed in the house. Thus, as I usually do, I began the rabbit hole internet search about central vacuum systems. When I ruled out that a central vacuum system would be possible in our house, I thought about other options. With a Roomba, parents might have a clean floor, but they lose out on the parenting opportunity of getting kids to vacuum the floor as a chore.