Household chores like ironing, washing and vacuuming are never particularly enjoyable. In fact, most people hate them and the few that might enjoy them are probably getting paid to do so.Don't worry though, there is something that could make your life a little easier and make one of these three chores a little more fun – a robotic vacuum cleaner.These little smart bots are designed to ease the misery of household cleaning. They cannot replace the traditional vacuum cleaner in terms of cleaning power, but regular scheduled cleaning with these bots often results in a satisfactory clean and keeps your house looking far more presentable. We're running down the very best robot vacuums we've seen to help you with your purchasing decision.The best robot vacuum under £500Ecovacs Deebot R95 MKIISee current price on Amazon US - Amazon UKEcovacs might not be a name you know, but the company's Deebot R95 MKII is a force to be reckoned with. This robot vacuum cleaner is packed … [Read more...] about The best robot vacuum cleaner 2018: Why do your own cleaning?
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Watch CBSN's "Red & Blue" in the video player above. Ben Rhodes, who served as President Obama's campaign speechwriter and later his deputy national security adviser, writes in his new memoir "loneliness of knowing have to do what the president of the United States was asking me to do." In an interview with CBSN's Elaine Quijano that aired Wednesday on "Red & Blue," Rhodes said he was out to dinner with his wife and in-laws after the chemical weapons strike in 2013 and was told to come straight to the White House. "Sitting in a crowded restaurant with my in-laws, I felt the loneliness of knowing that I'd have to do what the president of the United States was asking me to do, and that on the scale of what was going wrong in the world, my own inconvenience -- however dramatic in the context of my family -- was not going to be anyone else's concern," Rhodes wrote in the book. He said he wanted to include it in the book because he wants to highlight "your own story doesn't go … [Read more...] about Ben Rhodes: “Your own story doesn’t go away” because you’re working in the White House
In the world of mechanical keyboards, brand names like Corsair, Razer, HyperX, etc., take the bulk of the limelight. The majority of these brands claim to offer the best in terms of quality and functionality, but that's not always the case. While the popular gaming brands have pushed the awareness and adoption of mechanical keyboards into the mainstream, compromises on quality are almost always made in order to lower prices. When you compare your available options, you’ll soon realize that outward design is the only differentiator. Choose your design, choose your switch—that’s it. But what if I told you that every part of a keyboard can be customized. This goes far beyond the aesthetics of buying the latest keyset from Massdrop or swapping in a braided cable. With pre-built boards you don’t get to choose the size or the layout. If you want a programmable keyboard in a 60 percent format with dedicated arrow keys but it is only available without the … [Read more...] about Build Your Own Mechanical Keyboard Project: What you need to get started
On April 17th we released the latest update to our vSphere product line vSphere 6.7. vSphere 6.x has been one of our fastest adopted product versions with many people now moving to the appliance. We have already received quite a few questions on what the new upgrade process looks like, so we will discuss two of our deployment topologies to upgrade from vCenter Server 6.0 or 6.5 to vCenter Server 6.7. We have an embedded deployment, where the Platform Services Controller (PSC) and vCenter are installed on the same machine. We also have an external deployment, where the PSC and vCenter are installed on separate machines. In previous versions of the appliance, we would either use the Virtual Appliance Management Interface (VAMI) and download the latest update or mount the ISO to the VM and install. This method is correct for patching, but not for upgrades between major versions. The upgrade process works exactly like a migration scenario, it is a two step process. Step 1 a brand new … [Read more...] about Upgrading your vCenter Server Appliance from 6.5 to 6.7
The Choose Your Own Adventure books are a staple for young readers. Unlike normal books, CYOA novels give the reader a series of choices at the bottom of each page, each of which directs you to a different page, allowing you to arrive at a new ending each time you read. At CinemaCon today, 20th Century Fox announced that it wants to do something similar with movies. It’s adapting the series for film, and in doing so, will partner with interactive film company Kino Industries to develop an app that will allow theater-goers to chose how the story plays out while they watch. TheWrap reports that Fox demonstrated the technology in a trailer, while Variety says that the studio will create an app based on Kino’s CtrlMovie technology. If made, audiences will use the app to make decisions for the characters, ensuring that no two films will be the same. Variety notes that the audience’s choices will be integrated into the film and that it’ll play out in an uninterrupted … [Read more...] about Fox is making an interactive film based on the Choose Your Own Adventure books
This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more about membership here. The Swedish pension is part of the country's social insurance system, and it can seem like a confusing beast at times. The good news is that if you're living and working here, you'll almost certainly be earning towards a pension, and you'll be able to get that money even if you move elsewhere before retirement. Exactly how much money goes into your pension pot depends on many factors, including your salary, length of time working in Sweden, your company's policy, and your own personal decisions (especially if you're self-employed). Those who spend only a few years working in Sweden will earn a much smaller pension than people who work here for their whole lives, but that money could come in very useful once you retire, so it's important to know what you'll be entitled to. The easiest way to understand how the Swedish pension works is breaking it down into three parts. There are three different … [Read more...] about How to manage your pension in Sweden – even if you’re not planning to stay
Article Contents1 The basics2 Voice Match and multiple users3 Assistant apps3.1 Important distinctions about Assistant apps3.2 Assistant apps are Voice Match-dependent3.3 Where to find Assistant apps4 Smart "Home control"4.1 Home control is for a few device types only4.2 What's special about Home control devices4.3 They are not dependent on Voice Match4.4 Where to find Home control devices5 Shortcuts and Multiple commands5.1 Multiple commands5.2 Shortcuts6 All those Google Home settings6.1 Your personal preferences6.2 Services settings and preferences6.3 Specific settings for each Google Home7 Cool things you can do7.1 For music and audio7.1.1 Use it as a Chromecast with multi-room grouping7.1.2 Use it as a Bluetooth speaker7.1.3 Use it as a white noise machine7.1.4 Wake up and fall asleep to music7.1.5 Use it as an intercom7.1.6 Others7.2 For media consumption7.3 Augment your Google Home's potential7.4 How I use my Google Home7.4.1 In the kitchen7.4.2 In the laundry room7.4.3 Setting … [Read more...] about The ultimate guide to Google Home: Tips and tricks for understanding and making the most out of your assistant speaker
Businesses are constantly having to overcome the various obstacles that come their way — some might argue this is a large part of how success is defined. But the deadline for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance is a considerable and unavoidable hurdle, and one that all businesses should be thinking about now before it is too late. T here is no denying that the journey to GDPR compliance is complicated, with business having to re-evaluate the way they deal with data and approach the issue of privacy, among numerous other areas. A good place for any business to start is to review what the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recommends, and their ’12 steps towards GDPR compliance’ paper is particularly useful. There are also many other briefings and webinars on offer that are designed to answer any GDPR-related questions businesses might have. While these are a great way of making high-level decisions, the role of the IT department … [Read more...] about Three IT steps to make your GDPR compliance journey smoother
AI is without a doubt efficient. It is fast, precise, and unencumbered by the emotions that cloud human intelligence. Repetitive tasks? An algorithm’s got it covered. Processing data? A computer’s right as Rain Man. But what if the goal is to create art? Because it is a product of science and technology, we tend to associate AI with fields outside the creative world where logic instead of feelings reign supreme. It’s an easy assumption to make because machines do lack emotional intelligence and intuition (for now). That said, they are also more than capable of producing provocative creative work when coded to do so. The results of such efforts have been extraordinary. Machines can write poetry, paint, tell jokes, create recipes, write pop songs, and report news — among other tasks typically dominated by creatives. And while it is unlikely that the role of “artist” will be automated soon, AI’s ability to create art brings up philosophical … [Read more...] about Who gets the credit when AI makes art?
In the world of ERP deployments where the reported project failure rates go as high as 70 per cent, many factors cause things to go astray. With failure rates this high, you have to wonder how System Integrators (SIs) stay in business. When researching why so many ERP implementations are late, over budget, or fail to meet the expectations of performance, you will uncover the usual cast of characters: Lack of executive support Software that is not aligned with business process needs Poor estimates Lack of rigorous project management Out of control scope Lack of qualified talent Lack of user participation So why do SI’s still make money? The answer lies in the fact that most of these conditions are products of misalignment on the client’s side and are therefore not covered by the contract. The SI can legitimately claim contract adjustments were necessary because certain assumptions that were documented were not met. Your SI will be up-front and provide a process for risk … [Read more...] about Poor relationships line the pockets of your system integrator