Michael AnsaldoFreelance contributor, TechHive

Michael Ansaldo is veteran consumer and small-business technology journalist. He contributes regularly to TechHive and PCWorld.

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Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

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Ecovacs Deebot N79S robot vacuum review: Some advanced features at an affordable price

This budget-priced robot vacuum includes some advanced features, including voice control via Amazon Alexa and a robust smartphone app.

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SpotCam Sense Pro HD review: expanding the idea of home monitoring

Spotcam's new indoor/outdoor camera keeps tabs on your home's security as well as environmental changes.

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Basketball without cable: A cord-cutter's guide to the NBA

Cord cutters can get their fill of big nationally televised games, but local broadcasts are still left on the bench.

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Reolink Argus Pro review: A completely wireless indoor/outdoor security camera for modest budgets

The slightly scaled-down version of the original Argus can be paired with a solar panel for continuous charging.

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Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.

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Wisenet SmartCam N2 review: Solid facial detection tops this security camera's list of features

This home security camera makes it easy to monitor everything from kids to elderly parents.

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NFL without cable: A cord-cutter’s guide for the 2018 pro football season

Whether you've cut the cord or are sticking with cable, our guide will show you all the ways you can watch America's favorite sport on TV, including Monday Night Football and NFL RedZone.

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Oreck Cordless Vacuum with POD Technology review: This vacuum offers dust-free disposal

A unique self-sealing pod prevents dirt and dust from escaping into the air when you empty the vacuum's dustbin.

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How to watch the MLB playoffs and the World Series without cable

Don't miss a postseason pitch, read our cord-cutter's guide to the 2018 MLB playoffs and the World Series.

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The best free Microsoft Office alternatives

Microsoft Office isn't the only game in town—many online office suites offer comparable document, spreadsheet, and presentation programs that are not only compatible with Microsoft Office files, but also free.

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FreeOffice 2018 review: Microsoft Office alternative gets some welcome upgrades

With a revised interface, touchscreen support, and additional app features, FreeOffice is a truly viable Office replacement.

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Ecovacs Deebot 901 review: an affordable floor-mapping robot vacuum

This competent cleaner boasts laser navigation and Google Home and Amazon Alexa integration at a fraction of premium-model prices.

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D-Link Full HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera review: This one is for smart-home buffs only

D-Link delivers another solid camera, but its app's emphasis on smart-home automation may limit its appeal.

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Roborock S5 Robot Vacuum Cleaner review: This premium vacuum busts dust and mops, too

Powerful suction, laser mapping, and an elegant app justify the high price.

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