☕ Good Monday morning! As we brace ourselves for a heavily Black Friday based internet a programming note that DGiT Daily will be off for Thanksgiving, and back for Black Friday's deals.
“Be Smart. Shop Safe," is the tagline of Mozilla's annual *Privacy Not included buyer's guide, now in its third edition, for technology products.
Of 76 products across six categories Mozilla selected and tested in the guide, 60 of them passed the baseline test. Those other 16? We’ll get to them.
💸 Google Black Friday deals: $200 off Pixel 4 series and more (Some deals are live now!) (Android Authority).
🪀 “The Pixel 4 feels like a toy, and that, my friends, is the best thing about it. What follows is just, like, my opinion, man.” (Android Authority).
🚫 We asked, you told us: You’re clearly not impressed with Stadia (Android Authority).
🆕 Huawei MatePad Pro announced: An iPad Pro competitor with punch-hole display, and probably China-only (Android Authority).
🚕 Uber loses its license to operate in London again, after authorities found 14,000 trips were driven by uninsured drivers. It can continue operating under a pending appeal process, for now (The Guardian).
🚛 Tesla already has over 200,000 preorders for its divisive Cybertruck (The Verge). For a refundable $100, yeah, that is believable.
🤔 A few years ago, Facebook built a facial recognition app that identified employees (Engadget).
🌎 Jeff Bezos: To save Earth, ‘move all heavy industry into space,’ and this is very consistent with what we know about Bezos (timesofsandiego.com)
🎒 Peak Design refreshes its line of camera bags, introduces two new models (The Verge).
📉 Bitcoin is crashing pretty hard, probably because China’s regulators are coming down hard in an ‘all-around’ crackdown (Bloomberg).
🔊 Sonos's environmental strategy: Build products that last 5-10 years, and for portable speakers, have a replaceable battery (Fast Company).
Yet another universal, cross-culture, border, nation meme:
You’re probably smart-homing the wrong way
It’s almost 2020, and most of you have probably taken your first steps into making your home smart.
And most options are fun. The voice assistants, or the refrigerator that shows you the weather. They’re cool, yes. But are they actually smart approaches to life?
A smart solution is something that takes the time you typically spend doing something you don’t like and does it for you. Repeatedly.
Robot vacuums have been around for a while, but a surprisingly large portion of the population has yet to adopt.
Finding the right robot vacuum is absolutely crux: no one wants to overpay, but cheap knockoffs yield disappointing results, making many write off the whole enterprise entirely.
Roborock caught our eye because it does its job and it does it well.
The Roborock S5 line impresses with consistent efficacy on tile, carpets, and rugs. It’s low, quiet enough to run in the middle of the night, and equipped with LDS laser navigation and a high precision map so it’s not just bouncing around your house. App control: yes. Voice control: yes.
The price point of the Roborock isn’t the cheapest, but it’s not egregious either. You get what you pay for with these devices, and anyone who has impulse-bought a cheap robot vacuum knows they might as well have stuck with the Dust Buster and broom.
In short, if you don’t want to overpay for a robot vacuum but you do want something that will actually clean your floors, check out Roborock.
Yours in internal car light management,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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