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Our Verdict

The Ecovacs Deebot N79S is a more affordable robot vacuum cleaner than many, which immediately makes it attractive. While it’s got some handy elements such as a remote control and Alexa support, the overall features and performance are basic. We’d like more cleaning power, especially on carpets, and the way it navigates can easily leave areas untouched.

Getting a robot vacuum cleaner to do the hard work for you is great, but they can be really expensive. Well the Ecovacs Deebot N79S provides a more affordable option.


Even the high-end Deebot Ozmo 930 is cheaper than some rivals but £549/$599 will be too much for a lot of consumers. After all, a robot vacuum isn’t capable of being your only cleaner.

At a much more reasonable £249/$299, the Deebot N79S is a more stomachable price point. You can buy it from Amazon and Best Buy.

This puts it in competition with the iLife A7 and Eufy RoboVac 30C. Check out the best robot vacuum cleaners in our chart.

Design & Build: Classic

The N79S is your quintessential robot vacuum when it comes to design. It’s like a huge ice hockey puck: flat, round and black.

It looks pretty much like the more premium Ozmo 930 but doesn’t have the traffic control tower-like addition on the top which houses sensors.

The device is easy to use with a master power switch on the side and then an Auto button accompanied with LEDs on top. The dust compartment comes out at the back, which is used as a water reservoir on the 930.

You get a docking station for the N79S to charge and the vacuum even comes with a remote control making it even easier to use. You can even hook it up to Alexa for voice activation.

Also in the box are the two rotating brushes you’ll need to attach and the main brush which sits underneath. Do bear in mind that the robot plus the dock takes up a fair bit of space so make sure you have somewhere convenient for it to live first.

Features & Performance: You suck

The N79S is a lot more basic than the Ozmo 930, hence the price difference. This robot vacuum pretty much just does normal cleaning, but can handle both carpet and hard floors.

It doesn’t have mopping or any intelligent navigation so while the 930 cleverly goes up and down your floor methodically, the N79S will just go until it finds an obstacle. It then turns and sets off again. The end result means it bounces round the room sort of aimlessly like a ball in the classic game, Breakout.

There are some other cleaning modes available though including spot clean, edge clean and max mode. Using the app you can even drive the N79S around like a remote control car, which we found was often then best way to target dirty areas but defeats the point of it doing the work for you.

Sensors do stop it falling down stairs etc and generally they work well but we were miffed when the N79S got stuck by a chair and desk when there was plenty of space for it to drive away. It just went round in circles until we physically moved it.

Generally, the cleaning performance is good but we’d like it to be better. In normal mode (not Max), the N79S will pick up loose dirt but struggles to deal with anything more embedded into carpet. This combined with the way it navigates the room means that there will be unclean areas.

We’ve also noticed the vacuum skipping and bobbling over carpet frequently despite there being nothing obvious to cause this.


The N79S might be cheaper than the Ozmo 930 and other rivals, but there’s good reason for that. It doesn’t have the same power, attachments and extra features like the ability to mop.

For some, this will be a perfectly good amount of sacrifice in order to afford one in the first place. Just bear in mind that it’s generally basic on the whole so don’t expect immaculately clean floors.

You can make good use of the remote, app and Alexa support to get the most out of it so it’s still a good choice.

Specs Ecovacs Deebot N79S: Specs

2x Side brushes

1x Main brush

Docking station

Remote control


App support

Alexa or Google Home compatible

Auto-clean, spot mode, edge mode & max mode

Up to 120 min runtime


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Samsung Galaxy S10 Review: Finding The Middle Ground Is Hard

Read more: Here’s everything new in Samsung One UI 3.0

Here is Android Authority‘s Samsung Galaxy S10 review.

About our Samsung Galaxy S10 review: We tested the Samsung Galaxy S10 on T-Mobile’s network in New Jersey, New York City, San Diego, and Los Angeles over the course of 10 days. It ran Android 9 Pie with Samsung’s OneUI v1.1. The review unit was provided to Android Authority by T-Mobile.

Samsung Galaxy S10 review: The big picture


Aluminum chassis

Gorilla Glass 6

Nano SIM / MicroSD memory card

150 x 70 x 7.8 mm


3.5mm headphone jack

Fingerprint reader (under display)

Black, Blue, Pink, White




6.1-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED

3,040 by 1,440 pixels with 551ppi

19:9 aspect ratio

Single selfie cutout


Snapdragon 855

2.8GHz octa-core, 7nm process


128GB storage

The S10 is among the first to ship with the Snapdragon 855, the top-of-the-line chip from Qualcomm. All the base Galaxy S10 devices include a minimum 8GB of RAM, which is stellar.

It should come as no surprise that the S10 crushed the usual trio of benchmarks. It scored 5,641/4,831 on the 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme for OpenGL ES and Vulkan, respectively. That’s better than 90 percent of competing devices. Similarly, it amassed an impressive 354718 in GeekBench. This score bested 90 percent of other phones, as well. Last, for AnTuTu the S10 churned out 3,423 / 10,340 for single- and multi-core tests, respectively.

After an initial hiccup that necessitated a factory reset, we’ve seen nothing but excellent performance from the Galaxy S10.


3,400mAh Lithium ion

Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0

Qi wireless charging

Wireless PowerShare

Wireless PowerShare is more gimmick than gimme.

Samsung provides plenty of control over how the phone draws power. The easiest way will be to select the power mode that best matches your needs at the time. The phone ships in optimized mode, which balances performance and battery life. You can jump to high performance for gaming, or dial back to medium power saving mode or maximum power saving mode when you need to conserve power.

Rear cameras:

12MP 2x telephoto sensor, autofocus, OIS, 45-degree FoV, ƒ/2.4 aperture

12MP wide-angle sensor, autofocus, OIS, 77-degree FoV, dual  ƒ/1.5 and ƒ/2.4 apertures

16MP ultra-wide sensor, 123-degree FoV, ƒ/2.2 aperture

Front camera:

10MP sensor, autofocus, 80-degree FoV, ƒ/1.9 aperture

Last up, video. The Galaxy S10 can shoot video up to 4K at various frame rates. I was pleased with the results, which were more consistently good than results from the still camera. Sound captured along with the video is also quite good.

Full-resolution photo samples from the Samsung Galaxy S10 are available here.


3.5mm headphone jack

Bluetooth 5 with aptX HD

Stereo speakers

FM radio


Android 9 Pie

Samsung OneUI v1.1

The mechanics of the underlying Android 9 Pie operating system are intact. You can opt from several home screen styles, easily access the Quick Settings/notification shade, and control nearly every facet of the theme. (Yes, you can download wallpapers that highlight and/or hide the punch hole.) It’s mostly fluid as you move through the menus. Samsung kept its Edge Screen tool, which acts like a quick-access panel for certain apps and contacts.

Samsung still insists on foisting Bixby on everyone. A dedicated Bixby button appears on the left edge of the phone and consumes the left-most home screen panel. Samsung has refreshed the look of Bixby and I think it’s better, but the voice assistant’s functionality is still not where it needs to be. Samsung added Bixby Routines, which let you combine certain actions in a manner similar to IFTTT and Siri Shortcuts. The good news is that Samsung is finally allowing people to remap the dedicated button to other apps (with the exception of voice assistants.)


Samsung Galaxy S10e: $749.99 (128GB), $849.99 (256GB)

Samsung Galaxy S10: $899.99 (128GB), $1,149.99 (512GB)

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: $999.99 (128GB), $1,249.99 (512GB), $1,599.99 (1TB and 12GB of RAM)

And that wraps up our Samsung Galaxy S10 review. Will you buy this phone?

Manufacturing’s Missing Middle: Solving The Riddle

Mid-sized enterprises that have the scale and sophistication to compete more effectively in the modern global economy are missing, writes Melina Morrison, CEO of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals.

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Throughout the height of the Covid pandemic, sovereign risk became the catch cry and supply chain security the dictum. Australia it turns out, was ill prepared for the disruption in global supply of key ingredients and overly reliant on offshore manufacturing capability. The hollowing out of Australia’s once lauded manufacturing base not only showed up as trade deficits in categories of value-added manufactured goods, it showed up in a crisis as vulnerability.

Nowadays, as government and business spruiks the idea the that best recovery is to ‘build back better’ we are forced to face certain hard realities. Skilled labour shortages are not the only issue we face in building stronger, more resilient supply chains because manufacturing in this country has a bigger problem. It has a missing middle. 

What exactly do I mean by a missing middle?  It is evidenced in the profile of today’s Australian business landscape; one that features many sub-scale small businesses and just a small number of very large businesses.  Fully 90% of Australian businesses are small and 70% of those have fewer than 20 employees.  Essentially, Australia has a much larger proportion of micro-enterprises than many other countries. What is mostly missing is those mid-sized enterprises that have the scale and sophistication to compete more effectively in the modern global economy.

“The diminished diversity and maturity that might otherwise have been provided by mid-sized businesses has reduced Australia’s resilience in the face of all these challenges.”

The need for a larger mid-sized business sector to produce more finished goods onshore was highlighted by three years of disrupted global supply chains, as the COVID pandemic left a trail of economic destruction.

It is not just the rampaging virus that has exposed weaknesses.  There have been shocks on the trade front, in labour markets, from climate-related catastrophes and due to war-fuelled energy uncertainty and inflation pressures.  The diminished diversity and maturity that might otherwise have been provided by mid-sized businesses has reduced Australia’s resilience in the face of all these challenges.

In recent years, the missing middle has also contributed to the nation’s low productivity growth.  That has a cascading impact of making it more difficult to attract and retain workers through improving wages and conditions.

A greater dependence on the global economy has arisen as once thriving local industries have vanished offshore.  One consequence has been the erosion of the nation’s taxation base as the pool of Australian taxed entities shrinks.  At the same time, vulnerabilities across many supply chains have also increased as a result.

There is no reason Australia cannot be doing more to re-establish greater self-sufficiency.  The key will be to focus on that missing middle tier of businesses.  Why not aspire to Germany’s mid-sized business sector, the “Mittelstand”, or an Australian version of the successful co-operative business clusters in Italy’s Emilia Romagna or Spain’s Basque region?

Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images

I am firmly of the view that filling in the missing middle of Australian manufacturing can be achieved through co-operatives.  Co-ops aggregate smaller businesses, allowing them to share costs, develop value adding activities and access local and export markets by working together.

There are emerging examples of success that should be acknowledged and which could one day emerge as stunning success stories.  One example is the salad bowl of southeast Queensland which needs a local facility including a deep-freezing line to process more fruits and vegetables for export markets.  The Lockyer Valley grows the most diverse range of vegetables in Australia, but has been without a local food processing facility since 2011 when a large player located in Northgate, Queensland relocated its operations overseas. For the past decade or more Lockyer Valley Fruit and Veggie Co-op has been striving to repatriate fruit and vegetable processing to the region, and is on the verge of achieving its mission. 

“If we lack the courage to build it back up, living standards will be at risk.”

In the New South Wales Hunter Valley, the HunterNet Co-op is an established industry cluster of more than 170 small and medium manufacturers.  The innovation-focused manufacturing network operates across mining, defence, energy, infrastructure, the environment, medical technology and agribusiness.  It has played a significant role in Newcastle’s feted manufacturing base and could be a model for other parts of regional Australia.

They facilitate investment in new areas of opportunity and R&D. The burgeoning field of robotics in Australia is just one industry of the future that will require the skills, scale, growth potential and capital base of mid-sized enterprises in order to flourish.

Those mid-sized co-operative and mutual enterprises that Australia does have already are often major employers in regional towns and hubs for regional economies.  It makes sense to encourage their expansion and diversification as a way of maintaining and increasing high quality jobs, wages growth and market access.

The expression “no guts, no glory” has been attributed to American Air Force Major General Frederick Corbin Blesse, who penned an air-to-air combat manual of the same name in 1955.  Make no mistake, Australia is in an economic battle and we need a laser-like focus on future-proofing our industries and co-operatively protecting our mutual prosperity.

If we lack the courage to build it back up, living standards will be at risk.

Melina Morrison is CEO of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals

How Is The Travel Industry Preparing To Hit The Road Again?

Editor’s Note: This is the inaugural conversation of our “Future State of” series.

Taher Behbehani, general manager and senior vice president of Samsung B2B, sits down with Wendy Aks, director of architecture and design at Enterprise Holdings to discuss what we might expect for the future of travel.

Taher Behbehani: Hi, Wendy, and thanks for speaking with me today. One of the things that surprised me most about our business at Samsung during the crisis is how people have used technology to maintain their productivity in a work-from-home environment. How has Enterprise leveraged technology to maintain its business during this challenging time?

Wendy Aks: Hi, Taher. It’s great to have the opportunity to speak with you. For Enterprise, the technology foundation we have invested in over the last several years allowed us to pivot very quickly. In a matter of weeks, we were able to mobilize our corporate workforce to be fully productive working remotely using solutions running the gamut from virtual private network (VPN) remote access to virtual desktops. We also leaned heavily into our collaboration solutions for voice and video to ensure a high level of productivity across our teams while bridging the gap in personal interaction.

Meanwhile, as an essential services provider, we have remained open to meet critical transportation and personal mobility needs. To help protect both customers and employees, we have modified our service offerings. This includes consolidating operations to centralized branches and adding curbside rentals to help promote social distancing and minimize foot traffic in our locations. Our mobile solutions have allowed us to continue to serve our customers while minimizing contact through our modified service offerings.

A big shoutout goes to our employees. They have been incredibly resilient and adaptive. Despite the challenges, we’ve been able to keep our business running, and we have seen our employees continue to come up with creative new ways to solve business problems to support our customers during this unique time.

TB: What has surprised you most about COVID’s impact on the travel industry?

WA: COVID has highlighted the importance of innovation and the need to continue to evolve our offerings to meet customers’ transportation needs. While many people temporarily stopped traveling for leisure and business, our transportation solutions remained critical for frontline responders, including healthcare professionals, emergency responders, emergency services, utilities, military and local governments.

In addition to the precautions I’ve already mentioned, we’re also working on low-touch solutions, such as Advance Check-In, which is now available at more than 100 locations — with more coming soon — and provides customers a faster, low-touch rental experience leveraging Samsung tablets in some branches to reduce customer interaction with employees.

As more and more customers begin traveling again, we want them to feel confident in our commitment to their safety and well-being.

TB: Speaking of which, how is the travel industry working to rebuild consumers’ confidence to travel again, and how is technology playing a role in that?

WA: The safety and well-being of our customers and employees remains our top priority. For many, renting a car may be the form of transportation that feels most comfortable when they’re ready to begin traveling again. To ensure customer confidence, Enterprise has introduced our Complete Clean Pledge. We pledge to go above and beyond our already rigorous cleaning protocols, including strict sanitizing procedures to protect the health and safety of all. While we’ve always had a very formal training process in place that instructs all employees on the proper cleaning of a vehicle, employees are now being trained to implement new and more comprehensive mandates that include enhanced cleaning guidance for vehicles, shuttles and branch locations, as well as social distancing practices.

TB: As travel begins to ramp up, how will you be tapping into data to understand new trends, and is there anything you are expecting to see?

WA: We are currently leveraging and investing in multiple data sources to evolve our services to match rapidly changing customer expectations. We anticipate an increased focus on leveraging machine learning/AI/cloud/social media technologies to model customer behavior to provide enhanced contactless experiences to improve customer and employee safety. We also anticipate permanent changes in travel-related services that will require new digitized services and information exchange.

TB: The pandemic has made the idea of traveling in smaller groups a lot more appealing. Is Enterprise thinking of leaning into that trend, perhaps using technology to better coordinate that kind of travel?

WA: With so many working from home or home-schooling their children, I think we all can attest to the fact that people are anxious to return to life in the next normal, which will include the ability to travel. We continue to enhance the rental experience to enable more low-touch and self-service capabilities to assist our customers in arranging travel to their comfort level. Personally, having self-proclaimed wanderlust, I know I’m excited to get out on the road and have a nice change of scenery.

TB: This has been a great conversation. Is there anything else we haven’t touched on that you feel is important?

WA: Like Samsung, we are using technology to provide a stress-free experience for our customers and are committed to maintaining exceptional levels of service. We at Enterprise appreciate the great partnership with Samsung, which helps us provide many of these solutions to support our customers.

Stay tuned to Samsung Insights for more conversations in the future state of business series. And keep up to date with the latest announcements and insights by following Taher Behbehani on Twitter.  

Miofive 4K Dash Cam Review: This Friendly Road Watcher Is ‘Here For You!’


Compact, fully integrated design

Very affordable for 4K with GPS

Friendly voice notifications

64GB of internal storage

Good day and night captures


Internal storage isn’t replaceable

macOS won’t read the internal storage

Our Verdict

This is an excellent dash cam for the price, with first-rate 4K UHD day and night captures, GPS, and 64GB of internal storage. We also like the friendly voice notifications.

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It’s hard not to like a dash cam that clearly enunciates the friendly greeting, “Miofive is here for you!” when it first powers up. Though perhaps a little presumptuous, it turns out to be the harbinger of a very good dash cam for a very nice price—$150 for 4K captures with GPS.

Miofive 4K Dash Cam: Design and features

One of the things I very much like about the Miofive dash cam is that you simply mount it on your windshield, key the ignition, and voila—you’re up and recording. In a world of dash cams that want you to connect via an app, then insert and format a SD card before getting any action, that’s refreshing. That said, there is an app and it’s nicely organized and handy.

The Miofive is a front-only, WDR (Wide Dynamic Range—rich color) 4K UHD (3840×2160/Sony IMX450 sensor) dash cam with a 140 degree field of view, and 64GB of internal storage. That latter feature is convenient, and Miofive claims that as an embedded multimedia card (eMMC) it lasts 10 times as long as standard SD card NAND, but it will still eventually wear out.

To that end, you could step down the resolution to extend storage life.

Front, back, and phone app views of the Miofive dash cam. Note the GPS info showing the route on the phone app.

Physically, the Miofive’s main body is a long rectangle (116 x 60 x 55 mm) that attaches to its GPS mount via a permanent pivot. There’s no horizontal adjustment, so level it when you attach it to the windshield. The entire assembly slides up and off the actual sticky mount.

Unusually, the Miofive has only one physical button—a multi-function power button. However, if you look very closely at the back of the camera, there are three small dots to the right of the 2.2-inch color display that simulate button presses electrostatically, allowing you to configure and control the camera locally.

As the 64GB of storage is embedded, and not a removable SD card, you either need to download videos to your phone, or connect the Miofive to your computer via USB to access video locally. Alas, the cable Miofive includes is for charging only (these should be banned!), so you’ll need to provide a data-capable cable yourself for the former, far-quicker method.

Also, macOS did not like the Miofive, saying that the disk was not readable despite identifying it as exFAT. Even after reformatting using macOS’s Disk Utility. Windows had no issues reading the Miofive.

Three pages from the Miofive App, including settings Live view.

Miofive’s driver assist features include a “the traffic in front of you is moving” alert and a fatigue alarm that will bug you at set intervals. There’s also a parking mode, where the camera wakes up and records if the g-sensor is disturbed in any way.

Miofive 4K Dash Cam: Performance

The Miofive’s captures are very good, both day and night. They’re not quite on par with the Cobra SC 400D’s, but few are, and the Miofive is $250 cheaper than our favorite three-channel dash cam. There is a bit of fisheye from the 140 FOV lens, but it’s handled well at normal eye height, and you can still catch details in the periphery.

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Note that the times shown in the captures are out of whack. While the GPS set the universal date and time, it failed to determine the proper time zone from the coordinates at first. This may have been fixed by a firmware update, or subsequent connection with the phone app, as the Miofive now displays the correct time.

The Miofive captures a good amount of detail, though it’s not the best 4K I’ve seen. The best costs $150 more.

The day captures handle differences in light quite well. You can still read the street cleaning sign on the right, while the license plates on the left (if close enough) are also legible. In the image below, these are a bit farther away so not necessarily readable.

It wasn’t completely dark in the capture below, but it was easily dark enough for testing. Take this image and brighten it and you’ll see all the detail you need. Also note how well it handled headlights pointed almost directly at the camera.

The Miofive’s night captures were very good and reveal a lot of detail. You can see more detail if you manipulate the photo post facto.

There’s little to nothing to complain about with the Miofive’s recordings. There’s a 500mAh battery on hand that will power the camera if the 12-volt battery is compromised, as it might be if your electrical system is damaged in an accident. In my testing, it lasted a good 10 seconds beyond power off.

Miofive 4K Dash Cam: Final thoughts

There’s no arguing with the Miofive’s capture quality, ease of use, features, or styling. I quite like the product. The internal storage allows for seamless setup and operation, and hopefully will last you a few years at least. If not, Miofive says it will replace the camera, though there’s no mention of whether that will happen outside the 18-month warranty.

Management Conference Defines Road Ahead

Management Conference defines road ahead Biosafety lab, branding, and core values fill agenda

President Robert Brown addressed attendees of the 2006 Management Conference yesterday. Photo by Vernon Doucette

Boston University executives met yesterday morning with more than 700 faculty and staff to outline some of the University’s largest and latest initiatives, such as the construction of the National Institutes of Health–funded National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratories (NEIDL) in Boston’s South End. The 2006 Management Conference, held in Metcalf Hall, included a report on recent changes in the University’s marketing and communications department and a talk by President Robert Brown about the changing needs of the University.

Mark Klempner, Medical Campus associate provost for research and a MED professor, explained that the purpose of the $178 million Level 4 biosafety lab is to research diagnostics, vaccines, and treatments for dangerous infectious diseases, whether they occur naturally or are introduced through bioterrorism.

“We look forward to having the NEIDL play a vital role in finding cures for the many emerging infectious diseases that cause so much suffering around the world,” Klempner said.

The planned lab has been met with protests from local activists, who have voiced concerns that an accident may endanger residents.

Gary Nicksa, the University’s vice president of operations, told the audience that after more than 240 community meetings, there is now “a growing level of comfort” with the facility. Nicksa, who likened the construction of NEIDL to “building a submarine inside of a bank vault,” assured the audience that the public is not at risk. “Everything going into the lab is monitored, inspected, and sealed behind double, air-tight doors,” he said. “Everything coming out will be sterilized or disinfected.”

Nicksa said that the NIH reviewed independent risk assessment reports about the NEIDL project and concluded that “the 21 different risk scenarios examined supported the conclusion that the facility poses negligible risk to the community.”

The construction grant of $128 million from the NIH’s National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases requires that the building be substantially completed by June 30, 2008. The remaining $50 million construction cost will be paid by Boston University and Boston Medical Center. BU will own the building and be responsible for all the research conducted there.

In the second part of the program, Joel Seligman, assistant vice president of strategic communications, outlined the restructuring of the University’s marketing and communications department with an eye toward branding BU as a worldwide leading private urban research institution. The changes, under the leadership of Steve Burgay, vice president of marketing and communications, mark the beginning of an effort to “brand the University from the inside out,” Seligman said, beginning with students, faculty, and staff. While 2005 efforts focused on restructuring, he said, 2006 efforts will focus on execution, with the ultimate goal of creating a “sustained, consistent, and focused branding” of BU. 

Brown, the gathering’s final speaker, expressed his support of the branding effort, and asked his managers to engage all University faculty, staff, and students in defining the University’s core values, not just at home, but also in the world at large. He emphasized that initiatives to increase fundraising are key to keeping the University on a fiscally disciplined path, since the school’s operating budget relies little on endowments. The president also pledged to “work tirelessly to increase the impact and stature of BU,” but warned that he couldn’t do it alone. He asked that all staff work together to develop a vision that will “stretch [the University] to meet new heights.”

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