BGR 2 April 2018

The tiny box that lets you control anything with Alexa is almost back to its Black Friday price

Want to add smarts to just about any dumb device in your home? A "smart plug" is the easiest way to do it, and today is the perfect day to stock up on the most popular smart plug we've ever covered. The Wemo Mini Smart Plug is on sale today on Amazon, and the price has only been lower one time since the product was first released. That's right, it was on Black Friday last year. The current $24.99 price tag for this compact model is the second best price ever, though, and it's a fantastic deal on a teeny tiny smart plug that works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Definitely grab a few of them now before Amazon sells out. Here are some highlights from the product page: Control from anywhere. Plug in a Wemo Mini Smart Plug, download the free app, and control your lights and appliances from your phone and your voice through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Only needs Wi-Fi. No hub or subscription required. Compact size. Wemo Mini features a sleek new form-factor that allows you to stack two Mini Smart Plugs in the same outlet. Schedule automatically. Never come home to a dark house. Schedule the fan to turn on before you arrive. Sync lamps and devices to sunrise, sunset, or pre-set times automatically. Randomize Lights. The Mini Smart Plug protects your home better than a mechanical timer. “Away Mode” will turn your lights on and off randomly to make it look like you’re home even when you’re not. Voice control with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Pair with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant built-in devices like Google Home and control your lights and appliances with your voice. Works with Nest. Nest can sync with Wemo for automatic home/away control. Works with IFTTT, connecting you to a whole world of Web apps

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39 original Netflix shows and movies will be released this month – here’s the complete list

We're still trying to finishing up season 2 of Santa Clarita Diet and a few of the other awesome Netflix originals that were released last month, and now we've got a fresh new month packed full of new releases to deal with. It's a pretty great problem for Netflix subscribers to have, isn't it? Just a few short years ago, people were complaining that they could never find anything to watch on Netflix. Fast-forward to today, and it's next to impossible to keep up with all of the awesome original content Netflix releases each month, and that doesn't even include new content from third-party studios that Netflix adds to its catalog on a monthly basis. April's schedule of original releases is headlined by season 1 of Netflix's Lost in Space reboot, and we can't wait to binge-watch it when it's released on April 13th. There are plenty of hotly anticipated releases set to debut before then, of course, and it all starts this week with four new Netflix movies and 10 different original shows. That tally includes a new episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, which features Jay-Z as Letterman's guest. Want to see what else is in store this month from Netflix? The full list of original shows, movies, and specials is listed below, and we've included links to Netflix where available. Don't forget to also check out the full list of April releases including third-party content. Streaming April 1st The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale (Streaming every Sunday) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Wakfu: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Streaming April 3rd Fary Is the New Black — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Streaming April 6th 6 Balloons — NETFLIX FILM Amateur — NETFLIX FILM Fastest Car: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Money Heist: Part 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: JAY-Z — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Orbiter 9 — NETFLIX FILM Ram Dass, Going Home — NETFLIX ORIGINAL The 4th Company — NETFLIX FILM The Boss Baby: Back in Business: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Todo lo que sería de Lucas Lauriente — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Troy: Fall of a City: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Streaming April 9th AMO: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL Streaming April 10th Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Streaming April 12th Pickpockets — NETFLIX FILM Streaming April 13th Chef’s Table: Pastry — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Come Sunday — NETFLIX FILM I Am Not An Easy Man — NETFLIX FILM Lost in Space: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Streaming April 17th The Chalet: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL The Honeymoon Stand Up Special: Collection — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Streaming April 19th Charité: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Streaming April 20th Aggretsuko: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Dope: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Dude — NETFLIX FILM Kodachrome — NETFLIX FILM Mercury 13 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Spy Kids: Mission Critical: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Streaming April 21st The Letdown: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Streaming April 24th Kevin James: Never Don’t Give Up — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Streaming April 25th Psychokinesis — NETFLIX FILM Streaming April 27th 3%: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Bobby Kennedy for President — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Candy Jar — NETFLIX FILM The New Legends of Monkey: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL The Week Of — NETFLIX FILM

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Today’s best deals: New robot vacuum, Crock-Pot Express Crock, $35 dash cam, best Alexa smart plug, more

April has arrived, and with it come a slew of incredible daily deals you won't want to miss. Top bargains on Monday include the best-ever price on everyone's favorite compact Alexa enabled smart plug, the best-ever price on the new version of one of Amazon's most popular robot vacuums, $17 off the Crock-Pot Express Crock slow cooker that outshines most Instant Pots, a top-rated dash cam for just $35, $60 off an awesome Zyxel powerline internet kit, Echo Dot refurbs for just $35, more than half off Sony's best portable wireless speaker, the best fast wireless charging pad on the planet for just $30, and plenty more. Check out all of today's top deals below.

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Google is making a cheaper Pixel 3 model, but don’t call it a Nexus

Google will have three devices in its Pixel 3 lineup this year, a new report says, including an affordable model. But before you get too excited about Google bringing one of the best things about the Nexus line to the Pixel family, you should know this affordable Pixel handset is supposedly going to target India and similar markets. In other words, it might not even be sold in the United States or other top markets. Also of note, the third new Pixel 3 phone will supposedly be a mid-range device, meaning that it won’t share some of the specs and features Google has cooked up for its Pixel 3 flagships. Google has formalized its strategy for India, which includes the rollout of several types of products, including the mid-range Pixel 3 phone, according to four senior industry executives who talked to ET Tech. Google is also bringing its smart home products to the country, including Home and Nest devices, as well as the pricey Pixelbook laptop. The company will supposedly expand its presence when it comes to distribution channels, focusing on neighborhood mobile phone stores which accounted for 36% of Pixel sales in India. Online sales, meanwhile are reportedly responsible for 38% of Pixel sales. Specs for the mid-range Pixel 3 phone were not mentioned, but the report does note that the mid-range model could be launched in India as soon as July or August. The actual price of the cheaper handset hasn’t been divulged. The flagship Pixel 3 models may hit the market around Diwali, which is the Hindu festival of lights that’s celebrated every autumn. Diwali 2018 starts on November 6th. Google usually unveils its new Pixel hardware in early October, with phones shipping by the middle of the month.

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Shots fired: Zuckerberg slams Apple in response to CEO Tim Cook's Facebook criticism

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg remained silent for far too long following the revelation that a shady political consultancy called Cambridge Analytica was able to steal personal data belonging to an estimated 50 million people using Facebook's own tools. Now that Zuckerberg has broken his silence, however, he can't stop talking. The Facebook co-founder and chief executive issued an initial statement nearly two weeks ago, and he has since apologized in a full-page newspaper ad as well as in several interviews. Of course, we've all been down this road many times before. Facebook screws up, Zuckerberg apologizes, Facebook makes a few changes to privacy controls, and the commotion slowly fades away until the next big privacy scandal pops up. Lather, rinse, repeat. The Cambridge Analytica scandal is a big one, though. It is perhaps one of the biggest privacy scandals in Facebook's history, which is long and full of privacy scandals. Using Facebook's developer tools, the company was able to harvest private data belonging to more than 50 million Facebook users by circulating a fake "personality quiz" that was completed by only a few hundred thousand users. Facebook has been the target of a great deal of criticism since a whistleblower brought this scandal to light, and now Mark Zuckerberg has responded to one of Facebook's highest-profile critics: Apple CEO Tim Cook. Apple's Tim Cook is the CEO of the biggest publicly traded company in the United States, and he used the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal as an opportunity to remind the world that Apple values its customers' privacy. While companies like Facebook and Google make money by learning as much as possible about users to serve them targeted advertisements, Apple makes money by overcharging for cell phones. Both strategies have pros and cons, but the latter prevents Apple from having to deal with the blowback from privacy scandals akin to Facebook's current predicament. In an interview on MSNBC with host Chris Hayes last week, Cook had a lot to say about Facebook and its most recent privacy scandal. When Hayes asked the CEO what he would do if he ever found himself in Zuckerberg's current situation, he offered a great response: "I wouldn’t be in this situation." As we all know, the user is the product with free services like Google's search engine or Facebook's social network. Google and Facebook are advertising companies. Cook reiterated that Apple doesn't collect data and sell ads the way Facebook does, so the customer is not the product. "[Apple could] make a ton of money if we monetized our customer," Cook told Hayes during the interview. "We’ve elected not to do that." Cook continued, "I think it’s an invasion of privacy. I think it’s – privacy to us is a human right. It’s a civil liberty, and in something that is unique to America, this is like freedom of speech and freedom of the press and privacy is right up there for us. And so, we’ve always done this. This is not something that we just started last week when we saw something happening. We’ve been doing this for years." Well, it's been almost a week since that interview, and now Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has finally issued a public response. In an interview on a podcast with Vox co-founder Ezra Klein, Zuckerberg called Cook's remarks "extremely glib and not aligned with the truth." He went even further, suggesting that Cook was quick to tear apart Facebook's business model when his company's own model isn't very consumer friendly. "I think it’s important that we don’t all get Stockholm Syndrome and let the companies that work hard to charge you more convince you that they actually care more about you," Zuckerberg said. "Because that sounds ridiculous to me." Zuckerberg went on to explain that Facebook is one of several ad-supported online products, claiming that its goal is to connect everyone, even those who cannot afford to pay for such a service. "The reality here is that if you want to build a service that helps connect everyone in the world, then there are a lot of people can’t afford to pay," he said. "And therefore, as with a lot of media, having an advertising-supported model is the only rational model that can support building this service to reach people." Klein's full interview with Mark Zuckerberg is embedded below.

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This $99 robot vacuum is only a few months old and it’s already one of Amazon’s most popular models

Robot vacuums make up one of the most popular product categories out there right now, which is why we’ve seen Amazon flooded with new models over the past couple of years. Competition is fantastic, of course, but picking out a good model is becoming more and more difficult as a result. If you’re looking to dip your toes in the water with an affordable robotic vacuum cleaner, the Housmile Robotic Vacuum Cleaner with Drop-Sensing Technology is a terrific place to start. It’s only $99.99, but it offers great features and solid performance on both hard flooring and on low-pile carpet. It also has an impressive "Amazon’s Choice" designation despite being a relative new model! Here are some bullet points from the product page: Premium Features: infrared-sensor for evading obstacles, and smart drop-sensing tech to avoid falls. High-Capacity Li-ion Battery: Delivers over 1.5 hours of fade-free power for constant, powerful suction. Two Work Mode:Press the button once to enter the small room mode(working for 30min), Press the button twice to enter the big room mode(working for 40-50min). Easy to clean: Clean your house with the click of a button. Versatile cleaning modes and the low-profile design facilitates cleaning under tables and chairs along with every nook and cranny. Two side brushes to remove messes such as pet hair, dust, small debris, allergens, a dam-board to collect rubbish. Coupled with multi cleaning modes, It can easily clean life’s various messes. What You Get: Housmile Vacuum Cleaner (requires 18650 batteries, INCLUDED), AC power adapter, cleaning tool, 2 filters, 4 side brushes, 1 screwer, 4 Screws ,welcome guide and our worry-free 12-month warranty.

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This is probably what LG’s iPhone X clone will look like

LG is working on its own iPhone X clone, and that’s hardly a secret. A prototype was shown behind closed doors at MWC 2018, and we’ve seen several other leaks showing the G7-with-a-notch. A few days ago, a Reddit account belonging to LG asked fans what they think about the notch, before deleting the thread and forcing admins to freeze comments — people apparently hate the notch. In other words, LG’s own notchy phone is coming soon, and we have one more leak to show you. Published on TheMrPhone blog, the video at the end of this post is based on CAD leaks and comes from well-known leaker @OnLeaks. https://twitter.com/OnLeaks/status/980468583049383936 The clip shows us pretty much what we expect from the LG G7, or whatever LG ends up calling it. The phone has an all-screen design with a notch at the top and a bottom chin at the bottom — on the bottom side, you’ll notice the presence of a 3.5mm headphone jack, which means LG isn’t ready to dump the old audio connector. On the back side with have a dual-lens camera and a fingerprint sensor, both placed centrally. There’s one extra button on one of the sides of the screen, which we’ll call LG’s Bixby button, for lack of a better name or clarity. But that’s probably what it is. When it comes to specs, the phone is expected to have a 6-inch LCD display — rather than OLED — with 19:9 aspect ratio, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB/6GB of RAM, 64GB/128GB of storage, and dual 16-megapixel cameras on the back. It all sounds pretty standard for 2018 Android flagships. No word about an actual launch timeframe or pricing details. But, at this point, I’m beginning to wonder whether LG’s iPhone X clone will have a chance of standing out from the crowd of Apple copycats this year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDsQXjMq4P4

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What’s left of the Chinese space station now rests at the bottom of the South Pacific

The Tiangong-1 saga is finally over. The Chinese space station that has been plunging towards for years now has finalized the plunge. Heavenly Palace, which is what Tiangong-1 roughly translates to, is far away from the heavens, as whatever’s left of it now rests at the bottom of the South Pacific Ocean. Tiangong-1 cram crashing down at approximately 8:16 PM ET on April 1st, putting to rest the entire Chinese space station saga. Heavenly Palace did not hurt anybody while it was hurling towards the ocean, burning up largely in the atmosphere over the Pacific northwest of Tahiti. That’s where other space agencies try to land debris from space, Business Insider notes. Tiangong-1 was about as big as a school bus, weight approximately 9.4 tonnes, and most of it has probably burned on its way down. The space station, with a volume of about 15 cubic meters, or 1/60th of the International Space Station, was launched at the end of September 2011 and was visited twice by astronauts in the following years. It was in March 2016 when the Chinese space agency lost control of the space station, whose orbit had been decaying ever since. Once Earth’s gravity got a good hold of the Heavenly Palace, it started accelerating the spacecraft faster and faster up until it reached the thicker air layers of the atmosphere. That’s when the fires started, likely destroying most of Tiangong-1. If any debris survived the perilous reentry, it’s in the ocean, and it still belongs to China. If anyone gets hit by debris, it’s also China’s problem. However, the actual probability of being hit by any of it is "about 1 million times smaller than the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot,” according to The Aerospace Corp. China, meanwhile, has a new Heavenly Palace up there, Tiangong-2, which was launched in 2016. A third, even bigger space station is planned for 2023.

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