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Released last year, Google Assistant hasn't really proven itself useful outside of checking the weather, searching Google, or setting an alarm using voice commands. So far it's been limited to basic features that are more than matched by other smart assistants like Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri. But Google is trying to change that.

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Video: Dogs are some of the most loving and affectionate pets you can own, but they do have one sworn enemy: Vacuum cleaners. They will incessantly bark, or run and hide while you're cleaning your floors. But one dog adapted to its owner's Roomba wandering all over the house like it owns the place — it's apparently learned how to turn the damn thing off.

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If you hate vacuuming as much as you hate spending money, it turns out you don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on an autonomous robotic vacuum like the Roomba. With some scavenged electronics and a cheap handheld vac, you can just build your own.

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If you looked at buying a new cordless vacuum any time in the last couple of years, chances are you considered Dyson's V6 handstick — a gadget that we absolutely love, and regularly use, for keeping small apartments and living spaces clean without the hassle of a power cord. A few months after launching the same model internationally, the brand new Dyson V8 has hit Australia, and it makes some pretty damn useful improvements on an already good design.

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We called Dyson's cordless DC59 Motorhead the first genuine replacement for a full-sized vacuum, even with a few annoying design quirks and limited battery life. It has taken the company almost two years to design a follow-up, but the new Dyson V8 appears to fix most of the complaints we had with the original.

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Cleaning sucks. Sure, it's nice and satisfying when you're done, but stuffing your hands in dirt and swabbing filth around the floor is basically unpleasant. There's no need to make it more unpleasant by letting a multi-billion dollar conglomerate rob you blind. Put differently: You should stop Swiffering and buy a nice vacuum.

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If you have fancy hardwood floors at home, you're probably hesitant to clean them with a vacuum for fear of scratching them all up, and bending over to use a dustpan and broom isn't exactly a better solution. But the Bruno, a smart garbage can with a built-in suction slot, certainly is.

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Robot vacuum cleaners are great, in theory. That most menial of household chores is perfectly suited to a mindless automaton, cleaning up your leavings while you're out and having fun. But they usually aren't especially good. Until now, we would have only recommended Samsung's POWERbot. Miele, the brand of choice for proper vacuum cleaners, now has a robot in its arsenal.