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Roomba 960 arrives with ‘premium’ features and cheaper price

Roomba 960 arrives with ‘premium’ features and cheaper price

Do you dream of owning a Roomba but can’t bring yourself to spend that much on a vacuum? iRobot has launched a new cheaper model called the Roomba 960; it starts at $699 USD (the 980 model is $900, for comparison) and is the second model in the 900 series product line. The Roomba 960 features 5x the air power of the Roomba 600 and 700 series AeroVac systems, and according to iRobot, it has many of the ‘premium features’ you’ll find in the higher-end Roomba 800 and 900 series products.

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Wayv Adventurer is a portable, rugged microwave for lazy camping

Wayv Adventurer is a portable, rugged microwave for lazy camping

Forget toiling away with kindling, fire starters, mini cooking dishes, and hot coals -- a microwave is more convenient, and soon it will be possible to carry one with you wherever you go. Called the Wayv Adventurer, this portable gadget is small and rugged, and it heats foods and liquids the same way as an ordinary microwave. Because the unit is powered by swappable batteries, anyone can stuff it in a backpack and use it on the go.

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Belkin Wemo Switches get Nest integration

Belkin Wemo Switches get Nest integration

Belkin’s Wemo now works with Nest, with the company announcing Works with Nest integration this morning. What’s this mean for you? If you have the Nest thermostat and one or more Wemo switches, such as a Wemo Insight Switch or Light Switch, they’ll now work together, making for a more integrated (and thusly capable and efficient) home.

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Death Star Waffle Maker makes waffles unlike any other

Death Star Waffle Maker makes waffles unlike any other

Some people can create art from their breakfast foods -- pancakes in the shape of popular cartoon characters, for example. Most of us lack those creative skills but wouldn't mind having a themed breakfast. Enter the Death Star Waffle Maker, a waffle maker that, as the name suggests, creates waffles in the shape and with the details of the Death Star from Star Wars.

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Samsung made a huge fridge with a touchscreen & cameras

Samsung made a huge fridge with a touchscreen & cameras

With CES 2016 officially kicking off today, Samsung hasn't wasted any time to release official images of one of its new products: the "Family Hub" smart refrigerator. Details are still slim at this point — although we'll surely hear more once we hit the show floor — but we do know the fridge comes sporting a touchscreen display larger than most tablets, along with several cameras on the inside. What could a huge screen and cameras do to improve a refrigerator? Well, for starters, users don't need to open the door to see what's inside.

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Whirlpool debuts washer and dryer with Amazon Dash built-in

Whirlpool debuts washer and dryer with Amazon Dash built-in

Home appliance maker Whirlpool has just announced a new smart washer and dryer set that can connect with Amazon's Dash Replenishment Service, allowing automatic orders of detergent and fabric softener to be a painless process. Amazon announced Dash Replenishment Service last October as an extension of its physical, WiFi-connected Dash Buttons, which let customers order a specific product, like dish soap, coffee, and pet food, with a single press. Now appliance makers can implement the service directly into products, so users are notified when supplies run low, and orders can be placed with a single tap.

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New premium LG SIGNATURE line to be unveiled at CES 2016

New premium LG SIGNATURE line to be unveiled at CES 2016

Korean manufacturer LG puts dozens of consumer electronics products every year to the point that it might be hard to decide which one to buy or even save up for. This coming CES 2016, LG will be trying to make that decision a bit easier, though probably also more expensive. It will be revealing a new lineup of premium home entertainment and appliance products that will bear its new LG SIGNATURE brand. And from the tone and looks of things, it will be a set that will flaunt some luxury design elements and perhaps price tags to match their class.

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LG debuts robo-vacuum with augmented reality, home security features

LG debuts robo-vacuum with augmented reality, home security features

The robotic vacuum market is currently being dominated by Roomba, with Dyson making moves as well, but that doesn't mean other manufacturers aren't looking to compete with their own advanced floor cleaners. LG is one such company, having just announced their HOM-BOT Turbo+, a flat, automated vacuum with a rounded-corner square shape and a handful of unique features, including augmented reality (AR) and home monitoring capabilities.

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Four kitchen gadgets that’ll make next Thanksgiving easier

Four kitchen gadgets that’ll make next Thanksgiving easier

Thanksgiving: there's festivities and friends and football, and if you're fortunate, lots and lots of food. Someone has to cook that food, though, and that someone is probably getting really tired of being inside a kitchen right about now. Fortunately, we live in the modern age and the modern age includes appliances as smart as they are efficient. There are many to choose form, such as these five lifesavers that'll make next Thanksgiving's prep work much easier.

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Auroma One coffee maker learns taste preferences

Auroma One coffee maker learns taste preferences

For some, coffee is akin to art, a daily ritual deserving of one’s special attention and a little extra time. The Auroma One coffee brewer is aimed at those who feel that way, promising high-quality coffee in a single-serve fashion. The maker hawks Auroma as being a “coffee science machine,” and it has a design flavor to match. Counted among its features is the ability to learn the owner’s taste preferences.

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Dyson 360 Eye robo-vacuum will come to US by summer 2016

Dyson 360 Eye robo-vacuum will come to US by summer 2016

Following the recent Japanese debut of the 360 Eye, Dyson's advanced robotic vacuum cleaner, will be coming to the US to clean floors by the summer of 2016, the company has said. Dyson CEO Max Conze reveals that the reason they launch their high-tech products in Japan first is because the country is easy to get excited about household robotics. The US, on the other hand, takes a bit more convincing, meaning Dyson will have their work cut out for them.

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Oxygenics launches R2-D2 and Darth Vader showerheads

Oxygenics launches R2-D2 and Darth Vader showerheads

What watches while you shower, makes guests ponder your lifestyle choices, and gets the soap off your back? R2-D2 and Darth Vader in showerhead form. The two Star Wars characters have been reimagined as shower attachments, bringing your favorite duo to your personal bathroom in a functional, arguably stylish way. The R2-D2 showerhead is of the full character, while the other is simply Vader's face staring into your soul.

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