iRobot is giving its vacuum cleaners a new AI-powered brain

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New features include precision cleaning zones. | Image: iRobot

iRobot is announcing what it’s calling the biggest software upgrade to its robot vacuum cleaners since the company’s inception 30 years ago: a new AI-powered platform known as iRobot Genius Home Intelligence. Or, as iRobot CEO Colin Angle describes it: “It’s a lobotomy and replacement of the intelligence systems in all of our robots.”

The new system is part a big shift in how iRobot develops its wares, Angle tells The Verge. As robovacs become commodity goods, available for less than $200 from many vendors, iRobot wants to move up the value chain, differentiating itself from lower-tier rivals with sophisticated software. What that means, says Angle, is a robot you can really control.

“Imagine you had a cleaning person come to your home…

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From PMP to Six Sigma to Minitab, this training is your first step to project management mastery

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Project managers have a lot of responsibility on their plate when they’re hip-deep in a major project. They have to ride herd over the project, but they also need to constantly gather data, analyze the results, modify their processes, and report back on all of it to the various project stakeholders. This difficult position has […]

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2 doesn’t have a release date, but you can already watch this review

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Samsung finally announced the follow-up to the beleaguered first generation Galaxy Fold, the Galaxy Z Fold 2, earlier this month, but the phone still isn’t out yet — Samsung promised to reveal more on September 1st. Ahead of then, though, it seems at least one Z Fold 2 has made it into the wild, as a Chinese YouTube channel has already posted a review of the upcoming foldable (via SamMobile).

I don’t speak Chinese, so I can’t tell you what the reviewer is saying. But if you want to see what an actual powered-on Z Fold 2 looks like doing a bunch of different things, I recommend watching the whole video. And there’s a few interesting tidbits worth calling out.

Perhaps most noticeably, the outer screen seems like a major improvement, as it…

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Experimentation, Shop Talk, and the 501st Legion at the First Virtual Maker Faire Miami

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2020 has been a difficult year. As folks are struggling to survive through the challenges wrought by a global pandemic, economic uncertainty, and social unrest, we asked ourselves if an event would even be appropriate right now. After postponing the event twice, we had numerous meetings about the role of […]

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iFixit’s teardown for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra could explain why your phone is running hot

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Tech teardown specialist iFixit has published a new article taking apart the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, providing us a better look at what’s underneath the giant camera bump of Samsung’s $1,300 stylus-equipped smartphone and its cheaper sibling. Surprisingly, iFixit found that both phones are missing the vapor chamber and copper heat pipes Samsung had been using on previous phones to cool their processor during extended gaming sessions.

Instead of copper, iFixit found a multi-layered graphite thermal pad inside each device during its teardowns and says that JerryRigEverything reportedly found one as well. But weirdly, at least one other Galaxy Note 20 Ultra does have the copper heatpipe and vapor chamber cooling, as you…

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Disney Plus revived some ads from the 1970s, and it’s the extremely Gen X content we need

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So it looks like Disney Plus has revived a Mouseketeers special from the 1970s (via Gizmodo) because Gen X deserves to wallow in nostalgia once in a while. But! Not only is the 60-minute promotional show The Mouseketeers at Walt Disney World available to stream, but all the commercials that aired during the original 1977 broadcast are in there as well.

Credit to artist / director Rob Sheridan for the discovery, which he posted on Twitter. Shake ‘n Bake, man. We didn’t know how good we had it. “I wish all archival TV streaming content up through the 90s was presented with the original commercials and badly dubbed from VHS, it’s such a more authentic cultural preservation,” Sheridan tweeted. Amen to that.

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Samsung’s Find My Mobile feature now works with offline devices

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Samsung’s Find My Mobile feature is a handy tool to help you find a lost phone. With the latest app update, Find My Mobile will now work for Galaxy devices that aren’t connected to Wi-Fi or cellular. Max Weinbach of XDA Developers spotted the feature on Saturday.

The “Offline finding” function will leverage a network of nearby Galaxy devices — it looks similar to the “Community Find” feature that Tile trackers use when they’re out of Bluetooth range. If your phone can’t be found by Wi-Fi or cellular connection, nearby Galaxy devices might be able to locate it.

If you have offline finding enabled, your phone will also be able to scan for other devices, meaning you’ll be able to help others find their lost phones if you’re in range of the…

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Extra Crunch discount now available for military, nonprofits and government employees

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We’re excited to announce that government, nonprofit and military employees can get an Extra Crunch membership at a discounted rate of $50 per year, plus tax. If interested in claiming the deal, please contact our customer service team from your .org, .gov, .mil or similar work-related email domain. We’ll also accept other forms of verification, […]

Blizzard is finally making a World of Warcraft animated series called Afterlives

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Blizzard is releasing an original animated series based on World of Warcraft, the developer announced today. Afterlives will premiere this Thursday during Gamescom 2020’s online celebrations.

It’s a move that feels inevitable; Blizzard has long hyped its games, from World of Warcraft to Hearthstone and Overwatch, with beautifully animated shorts. They’re a way to hype characters or stories — promotional material that rarely has a long tail. Afterlives is its first original series that takes the lore of World of Warcraft and turns it into something standalone.

For now, little is known about the series. “Just as our choices determine who we are in life – they pave the paths we take in the afterlife,” the teaser video’s description reads….

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Red Antler’s Emily Heyward explains how to get people obsessed with your brand

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If you’re currently building a startup, you know what product you want to build. But do you know if people are actually going to notice you? That’s the question I asked of Red Antler co-founder Emily Heyward during our virtual TechCrunch Early Stage event. In case you’re not familiar with Red Antler, Heyward’s branding company […]

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