iRobot Roomba 690 Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET

Haven’t pounced yet on a robot vacuum? Perhaps the $375 (£290 in the UK, roughly AU$498 in Australia) iRobot Roomba 690 will convince you that the moment to splurge has arrived.

Haven’t pounced yet on a robot vacuum? Perhaps the $375 (£290 in the UK, roughly AU$498 in Australia) iRobot Roomba 690 will convince you that the moment to splurge has arrived. This is the most affordable machine yet to both automatically clean floors and feature app-connected smarts. Thanks to a recent Alexa skill, the Roomba 690 is also one of four iRobot devices you can boss around using Amazon’s voice assistant.

The other Roomba vacuums now compatible with Alexa include the upcoming Roomba 890, plus iRobot’s current connected models, the Roomba 960 and Roomba 980. iRobot hasn’t released pricing for the Roomba 890 but has confirmed it will eventually replace the company’s older $500 Roomba 860 product. Likewise, the Roomba 690 will bump the Roomba 650 from iRobot’s vacuum lineup.

Related linksOK Google, your Neato vacuum voice control is way better than AlexaAlexa, have Roomba clean this floor ASAPHey Alexa, tell Neato to clean this place up!
Give Alexa Roomba powers

According to iRobot, to enable Alexa control over compatible Roomba vacuums users simply say, “Alexa, open Roomba”. Speaking this phrase within earshot of Amazon devices such as the Echo and Echo Dot will activate the Alexa skill within the iRobot Home app. With that accomplished you’ll be able to ask Alexa to start, stop or dock the robotic floor cleaner.

Of course the Roomba 690 isn’t the only smart robot vacuum cleaner with a budget-friendly price. For $400 (£310 in the UK, roughly AU$531 in Australia) the Neato Botvac D3 Connected talks to a companion mobile app over Wi-Fi too.

You can tell Alexa to control the D3 as well or command it through a quick Facebook Chatbot text message. Additionally the D3 works with Google Home voice-activated speakers and the Google Assistant virtual helper. Those are two tricks iRobot’s connected Roombas have yet to master.

The iRobot Roomba 690 in a nutshellBased on the basic Roomba 650 modelConnects to home Wi-Fi networks and links to companion mobile appSupports voice control through the Alexa virtual assistantCosts $375 (£290 in the UK, roughly AU$498 in Australia)Available for preorder now and shipping to retail stores in Q2 of 2017

iRobot Extends Wi-Fi Connectivity with New Roomba® 890 and 690 Vacuuming Robots

Connect To CLEAN From Anywhere

With the iRobot HOME App, the Roomba 890 and Roomba 690 Wi-Fi connected vacuuming robots are ready to clean on demand from anywhere, anytime.

Connect To CLEAN From Anywhere
With the iRobot HOME App, the Roomba 890 and Roomba 690 Wi-Fi connected vacuuming robots are ready to clean on demand from anywhere, anytime. Each model can be scheduled to clean up to seven times a week from the familiar mobile device interface, which is available for Android and iOS devices. The iRobot HOME App also provides information about cleaning status, customized tips and direct access to customer support.

For those who feel like they’re in a never ending battle with pet hair, the Roomba 890 Wi-Fi connected vacuuming robot – like the company’s most advanced Roomba 900 Series vacuuming robots – features dual, counter-rotating Tangle-Free Extractors. These extractors are made of durable rubber tread that grabs dirt and hair from any floor type, while reducing hair tangles and brush maintenance. A full suite of sensors and low profile design enables the Roomba 890 to navigate under furniture and around clutter. A Gen 2 motor produces 5x the air power over previous generation Roomba vacuuming robots1, while the patented AeroForce 3-Stage Cleaning System uses a combination of agitation, extraction and suction to efficiently move dirt and debris from the floor to the dustbin. At the end of its cleaning job, Roomba 890 returns to its charging station to recharge.

As a successor to the Roomba 650, the Roomba 690 Wi-Fi connected vacuuming robot allows customers to experience the luxury of automated cleaning at a more affordable price. Starting at $375, the Roomba 690 gets to work, seamlessly navigating around clutter and under furniture. As with the Roomba 800 and 900 Series, the Roomba 690 uses a patented 3-Stage Cleaning System to efficiently clean carpet, rugs and hard floors. At just 3.6″ tall, the Roomba 690 fits under most furniture and kickboards, so dirt has no place to hide.

“Adding Wi-Fi connectivity and iRobot HOME App support to our Roomba 890 and 690 vacuuming robots enriches our customers’ interaction and experience,” said Christian Cerda, COO, iRobot. “We’ve built customer centric features directly into the app – from scheduling cleaning jobs, to notifications and direct access to customer support – allowing for more customized, powerful cleaning assistance, every day.”

“Alexa, ask Roomba to begin cleaning”
Want cleaner floors and carpets? Just ask! All Wi‐Fi connected Roomba vacuuming robots are now compatible2 with Amazon Alexa devices, including Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap. Simply ask Alexa to start, stop, or dock the robot. Customers can enable the Roomba skill by saying, “Alexa, open Roomba.” This is just one of the exciting new features in the iRobot HOME App, now available on the App Store and Google Play.

Pricing and Availability
The Roomba 690 is available for purchase immediately in the U.S. for $375 on www.irobot.com and will be available in major retail stores beginning later this quarter. The Roomba 890 will be available in the U.S. in late Q2 2017. The Roomba 690 and 890 vacuuming robots will also be available in international markets beginning in late Q2 2017.

The iRobot HOME App is available now for Android and iOS devices. The Roomba skill for Alexa is available immediately for U.S. customers with Wi-Fi connected iRobot Roomba vacuuming robots2. The Roomba skill can be enabled by saying, “Alexa, open Roomba,” or by selecting the Roomba skill in the Alexa app and signing in with your iRobot account to link your robot.

About iRobot Corp.
iRobot, the leading global consumer robot company, designs and builds robots that empower people to do more both inside and outside of the home. iRobot created the home robot cleaning category with the introduction of its Roomba® Vacuuming Robot in 2002. Today, iRobot is a global enterprise that has sold more than 15 million robots worldwide. iRobot’s product line, including the Roomba and the Braava™ family of mopping robots, feature proprietary technologies and advanced concepts in cleaning, mapping and navigation. iRobot’s engineers are building an ecosystem of robots and data to enable the smart home. For more information about iRobot, please visit www.irobot.com.

1Compared to Roomba® 600 and 700 series AeroVac™ system
2The Amazon Alexa skill for iRobot Roomba connected vacuuming robots is only available for U.S. customers, in English language only.

For iRobot Investors Certain statements made in this press release that are not based on historical information are forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This press release contains express or implied forward-looking statements relating to iRobot Corporation’s expectations regarding product launch and availability. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. iRobot undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise. For additional disclosure regarding these and other risks faced by iRobot, see the disclosure contained in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including, without limitation, our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K.

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The best New iPad 9.7 deals in May 2017

We’ve been waiting for some time for a new iPad, and Apple surprised us all a few days ago by announcing just that. So, if you’re looking for somewhere to pre-order your new iPad 9.7, you’re in the right place.

We’ve been waiting for some time for a new iPad, and Apple surprised us all a few days ago by announcing just that. So, if you’re looking for somewhere to pre-order your new iPad 9.7, you’re in the right place.

It’s good news all around, as you won’t have to wait long for the new iPad 9.7, and you won’t even have to spend as much as you think (which makes a change for Apple, right?).

Apple is taking pre-orders for the new iPad 9.7 today, with stock expected to ship out next week. The price is incredibly cheap for a new Apple product and considerably cheaper than the 9.7-inch iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro 9.7-inch. In the US, pre-orders for the 32GB model start at $329, compared to £339 in the UK.

That’s seriously cheap for a new iPad. It’s $70/£40 cheaper than the best iPad Air 2 deal today and the new iPad 9.7 is essentially an iPad Air 3 in all but name. Come to think of it, it’s cheaper than most iPad Mini 4 deals too! The short version? If you’re after a good value new iPad, this is seriously worth considering.

Where to pre-order the new iPad 9.7

If you want to lock down your new iPad 9.7 pre-order straight away, then your only option for now is direct from Apple. Expect other retailers to get their own stock a week or so after Apple’s first batch of orders ship out.

Ready to order a new iPad now? Then you better get on over to the Apple US or Apple UK store while stocks last.

How big is the new iPad?

The new iPad has a 9.7-inch retina display. In terms of dimensions, the height and width is the same as the iPad Air 2 (240 x 169.5mm). It’s slightly thicker though at 7.5mm, compared to 6.1mm, which is a bit of a modest increase. It’s also about 30 grams heavier than the Air 2 (about the weight of a bag of crisps).

Where’s the iPad Air 3?

It would seem that Apple is simplifying its lineup, just like we saw recently with the new MacBook range (which seems to have absorbed the Air brand). Seeing as the dimensions and internal spec of the new iPad are very close to the iPad Air 2, you could consider this the spiritual successor.

Is the new iPad more powerful than the iPad Air 2?

Yes, but just a little. The new iPad uses an A9 chip with an M9 coprocessor compared to the older A8x and M8. So more of a fine tune than a radical overall, but an improvement nonetheless. However, don’t assume that means the old iPad Air 2 will be cheaper now…

How much is the new iPad 9.7?

Apple is coming in way cheaper than we expected. Prices in the US will start at $329 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model, while UK customers are looking at £339. As things stand today, that’s $70/£40 cheaper than the best 32GB iPad Air 2 deal. The 16GB model of the iPad Air 2 seems to have been phased out at most retailers and isn’t any cheaper. So if you’re a new iPad buyer and don’t need the pricey internal spec of the iPad Pro, the new iPad 9.7 is looking like your best option.

Can I put a SIM card in the new iPad?

Yes, but you’ll need to opt for the more expensive cellular/4G model. This is only needed if you’ll be wanting to use data when away from Wi-Fi. If you go for celluar 32GB model it will cost $469/£469, with the 128GB model costing $559/£559.

What colors does the new iPad 9.7 come in?

At launch you’ll be able to buy the new 9.7-inch iPad in Silver, Space Gray and Gold. There’s no mention of a Rose Gold model yet, but we wouldn’t rule one out in the future.

Check out the prices on the other models on our iPad deals page

Linksys Velop home mesh gets full bridge mode – CNET

Linksys announced today that it just released a firmware update that enables a full bridge mode to its Velop Wi-Fi system.

This is a significant update since it allows the system to work as part of an existing network, such as one powered by a router/modem combo gateway, instead of creating a separate network of its own — a setup technically known as double-NAT.

Linksys announced today that it just released a firmware update that enables a full bridge mode to its Velop Wi-Fi system.

This is a significant update since it allows the system to work as part of an existing network, such as one powered by a router/modem combo gateway, instead of creating a separate network of its own — a setup technically known as double-NAT.

What makes the Velop’s bridge mode “full” is the fact that it still functions as a system — when you have two or more units — in this mode. Other Wi-Fi systems, such as the Google Wifi, only works in the bridge mode when you use just one hardware unit.

Naturally, in bridge mode, you won’t get the full feature set of the Velop since the home network is managed by the original router. However, according to Belkin, the Velop continues to function as a dynamic tri-band system — it automatically use any of its one 2.4 GHz and two 5 GHz bands to deliver the best connection to a client in real time. The support for Amazon Alexa and auto firmware updates remains functional in this mode, too.

When first available, the Velop proved to be a fast home mesh system that was also very expensive. Recently, however, its price as a three-unit system, has gone down and this update will make it even more competitive among Wi-Fi systems.

Other than that, this round of firmware updates also adds a parental control scheduler to the Velop and all Linksys App Enabled Routers (previously known as Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers), including all routers in Max-Stream and the new Lynksys WRT product lines.

The Velop and all of these routers have the auto-update setting turned on by default so chances are yours has already been updated. If not that might happen in a day or two, and you can also manually do that via the Linksys App or the router’s web interface.

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Yamaha’s 2017 Aventage receivers offer kitchen-sink with features – CNET

Yamaha has announced six new receivers for its high-end Aventage range, which will feature all of the mod-cons, including Dolby Atmos decoding, 4K HDR video and multiroom music.

The six models will begin shipping in May and start at $599.95 with the RX-A670.

Yamaha has announced six new receivers for its high-end Aventage range, which will feature all of the mod-cons, including Dolby Atmos decoding, 4K HDR video and multiroom music.

The six models will begin shipping in May and start at $599.95 with the RX-A670. Common features include Virtual Surround Back Speaker, YPAO sound calibration and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The models will also get compatibility with Deezer and Tidal shortly in addition to the company’s own MusicCast system.

Why choose these receivers over a model such as the RX-V483? The Aventage range is typically more refined than the RX-V range and is for users with more demanding speakers in their systems. If you have a pair of floor-standers worth over $1,000, for example, you’d want to be looking at RX-A770 and up.

RX-A670 $599.95

The RX-A670 offers 7x80W channels of amplification and four HDMI ports that offer the ability to pass-through 4K HDR content. By comparison, the RX-V683 from the company’s entry-level RX range is $650 and offers an extra 10W per channel.

RX-A770 $699.95

For a hundred dollars more, the RA-A770 incorporates some useful features and is probably the sweet spot for this range. The RA-A770 adds 4K video upscaling, 10W extra per channel, an extra HDMI input (five total), plus a turntable input.

RX-A870 $999.95

The Aeventage RX-A870 offers better connectivity than the A770 and a bit more power. It has 100 W per channel and seven HDMI inputs (three with HDCP 2.2) and dual HDMI/HDCP 2.2 outputs. This receiver and all of the others that follow will be available in June.

RX-A1070 $1,299.95

If you’re a fan of Yamaha’s digital processing features, you might consider the RX-A1070. It adds “Cinema DSP HD” for use with Atmos setups and employs three dedicated DSP LSI chips. Other step-up features from the RX-A870 include 110 W per channel; seven HDMI 2.0a inputs with HDCP 2.2 and dual HDMI/HDCP 2.2 outputs. It adds a “symmetrical amplifier layout” and YPAO multipoint room calibration.

RX-A2070 $1,699.95

The RX-A2070 is a 9.2-channel (5.1.4 or 7.1.2 channel) that includes 140 W per channel powered by dual SABRE Premier DACs. It also includes two powered zones and a Zone 4 HDMI output.

RX-A3070 $2,199.95

The Royale with Cheese of Yamaha’s line-up is the RX-A3070. It’s a 9.2-channel AV receiver (and 11.2 channels processor) which includes 150 W per channel. If you’re an audiophile you might be interested in the inclusion of the ESS ES9026PRO Sabre and Sabre32 Ultra DACs.

Australian and UK pricing and availability for the range isn’t yet available, but you can expect the Australian price to be double the US amount, while the UK pricing will likely be the same but only in pounds.

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