Category Archives: smart home

SmartTechCheck Podcast Samsung Galaxy Unpacked, foldable tech, cybersecurity, Amazon, iRobot

SmartTechCheck podcast hosted by Mark Vena with myself and fellow tech journalist John Quain, in which we take on the Amazon acquisition of iRobot, America as the worst cybersecure nation, and the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2022 event. Watch this podcast … Continue reading

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Self-Emptying Robot Vacuums That Save You Time and Effort

If your personality is more fastidiously neat Felix Unger than chronically messy Oscar Madison (the two mismatched roommates of the ‘70s hit TV show, The Odd Couple) then you might not mind the chores of vacuuming or mopping. Most folks, however, dread dragging … Continue reading

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Consumer Tech 2022: The State of the Industry

How are manufacturers and retailers holding up under multiple supply chain, product and component shortages, the Great Resignation, distribution backlogs, fuel prices, and inflation/recession pressures? Read the rest of this report here are TWICE.com.

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SmartTechCheck Podcast Ring privacy, DIY PC upgrades, Samsung foldable phones, Boom Supersonic

Mark Vena hosts myself and fellow tech journalist Rob Pegoraro as we discuss Ring’s video privacy, performing DIY upgrades to your PC, growing foldable smartphone shipments and the Boom supersonic plane design.

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: Smart Home Hacking, Netflix customer satisfaction, TikTok, Grubhub

Host Mark Vena, Rob Pegoraro, John Quain, and I discuss disturbing hacking reports in smart homes, Netflix customer satisfaction woes, Amazon’s investment in Grubhub, and China’s access of TikTok data. Watch this podcast here at YouTube.com.

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: Netflix subscriber woes, Sonos voice assistant rumor, Dish’s 5G rollout

Host Mark Vena, Rob Pegoraro, and I tackle Netflix’s subscriber problems, rumors surfacing around a new voice assistant from Sonos and Dish’s initial 5G rollout. Watch the podcast here at YouTube.com.

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9 Best Digital Picture Frames to Display and Share Photos

Vacation snaps, family pictures, close-ups of your pet—they’re probably all trapped on your phone’s camera roll. After all, when was the last time you made a print let alone framed it? Digital picture frames allow you to copy images from … Continue reading

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Review of the Anker Eufy HomeVac S11 Infinity Stick Vac

When it comes to stick vacs, you get what you pay for. And for $199.99 on Amazon (on sale from $299.99), you get an entry-level stick vac in the Anker Eufy HomeVac S11 Infinity.  Read the rest of this review here at … Continue reading

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Review of the Tineco Pure One S12 Stick Vac

Tineco’s Pure One S12 stick vac is loaded with features that make it a pleasure to use. When compared to the more than half a dozen stick vacs I’ve been using over the last year — Anker Eufy HomeVac S11 Infinity ($299), Dyson … Continue reading

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Review of the Roborock H7 Stick Vac

At its current sale price of $359 on Walmart, the Roborock H7 is a reasonable alternative to our top cordless stick vacuum pick, the entry-level Miele Triflex HX1, and a highly recommended alternative to the far pricier Dyson V15 Detect and LG CordZero Ultimate. Read the … Continue reading

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