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According to a blog penned by four Forrester analysts, the trend for tech whistleblowers to quit their jobs while many of their colleagues engage in “quietly quitting” should be a wake-up call to industry leaders.

A scorching job market for security, risk and privacy professionals combined with hiring a value-based workforce is creating a singular opportunity for tech majors, according to Forrester Quartet, Sarah M. Watson, Jeff Pollard, Eli Mellon and Alla Valente.

“This unique combination of circumstances presents an opportunity for technology leaders to make digital ethics, security improvements, risk programs and trust initiatives key topics of conversation,” he wrote.

He explained that many tech firms, including Twitter, have put responsible and ethical technology principles into practice in the form of AI ethics boards, responsible innovation guidelines, and offices for the ethical and humane use of technology. But these self-regulatory half-hearted measures are being called a wash of morality.

“Many tech companies are values- and ethics-first,” senior analyst Mellon told TechNewsWorld. “However, when they don’t deliver on those promises – especially with customer data – customers take notice and lose trust in them.

Customers are not the only notice takers. “It detracts from the talent who wants to work at a particular firm if a person knows they may be fired or silenced for allegedly speaking about interpersonal ethics and values, Mellon said.

The dangers of integrity hiring

When firms say they are developing technology responsibly, it attracts talent who believe in those values, the blog authors noted. “Employees are making proactive decisions based on a common set of goals and need to feel more connected to the potential employer’s vision and purpose,” Liz Miller, Constellation Research’s vice president and principal analyst, told TechNewsWorld. ,

When you choose people with ideals and integrity, you get people with ideals and integrity, the blog authors argued — and when you treat those people in ways that are unfaithful, they just don’t conform. – They rebel.

“Today’s employees value their employer’s mission, vision and promise,” Miller observed. “If you break that value chain, you do it at your own risk.”

“They will leave, which is an operating loss and cost,” she continued, “but there is also a great possibility that their frustrations, their experiences and their frustrations will carry over to social and digital channels.”

“Not listening to employees is as dangerous as not listening to customers,” she said.

The authors of the blog have mentioned that the damage caused to an organization by a whistleblower is like a wound inflicted by oneself. The bloggers wrote, “These people, led well before those concerns made headlines, tried desperately to change things inside their companies, but were pressured to conform, completely ignored.” and was later sidelined.

Bottom Line Trump Ethics

Anyone who has been paying attention to corporate America or technology companies shouldn’t be surprised by the wash of ethics, declared John Bumbaneck, a leading threat hunter at Netenrich, a San Jose, California-based IT and digital security operations company.

“At its core, business ethics requires executives to maximize shareholder value by making money,” he told TechNewsWorld. “They will adopt as few ethics as possible to avoid impact on the bottom line.”

“Unless one improves the business ethics of leaders – either by regulation or by changes in legislation – business leaders will continue on their current path,” he said.

If they continue on that path, they are likely to continue to find whistleblowers on it – even in the face of industry-wide layoffs and recessionary pressures. The blog authors state that the SEC has awarded $1.3 million to 278 whistleblowers since 2012. These incentives bring resources and greater legal protection, so it is unlikely that accountability seekers for the harms of technology will hold back, the authors said.

He also noted that technical staff is funding the organization works and providing advice and advice to whistleblowers. The same resource that put Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen before Congress with a bipartisan moral-terror message also supported Twitter whistleblower Peter “Muj” Zatko, he wrote.

In some industries, layoffs can have an impact on employees who are willing to trade their jobs for their ethical beliefs, Mellon acknowledged, but not in cybersecurity. “Security talent is still in high demand – especially ethical and experienced talent,” she said. “Unless the talent gap in security is narrowed, there will still be a high demand for talent.”

go silent or not go quietly

Because few job markets compare security, risk, and privacy in terms of supply versus demand, the blog authors noted, that puts them in a unique position to lead change.

Furthermore, they point out that when internal advocacy fails, a clear and effective external playbook now exists. Admitting defeat, resigning with a vague “time to move on” and telling close friends how bad things were, is the old way of quitting, he maintained.

Lots of articles want to convince everyone that keeping quiet is the new normal, he continued. Whistleblowing is the opposite of leaving calm. Hiring value-based, empowered employees in areas with scorching demand and then not listening to them almost guarantees they won’t quit quietly.

However, Bumbleneck argues that most employees would rather leave quietly than face the consequences of whistleblowing. “Whistleblower protections are not really effective,” he insisted. “Employers may not retaliate directly but they may do so quietly over time.”

“Whistleblowers making press will often see job prospects drying up,” he said. Quietly quitting is a safe way for employees to exit the corporate environment that gives them ethics concerns without the professional implications of speaking up.

“The reality is,” he continued, “until you reach a certain point in your career, the risk of losing income and not being able to replace it will keep most people silent.”

“There are exceptions to those who leave and make statements in public, and this is reserved for professionals who are at the top of their careers who still have earnings potential,” he said. “Even most mid-career professionals can be silently blacklisted for this kind of behavior, which means most of them will keep going quietly.”

Having trouble understanding the person at the end of the support line you’ve called to get some customer service? A Silicon Valley company wants to make problems like this a thing of the past.

The company, Sunus, makes software that uses artificial intelligence to remove accents in the speech of non-native, or even native, English speakers and output a more standard version of the language. “The program performs phonetic-based speech synthesis in real time,” Sharath Keshav Narayan, one of the firm’s founders, told TechNewsWorld.

Furthermore, the voice characteristics remain the same even after the accent is removed. The sound output by the software sounds the same as the voice input, only the pronunciation has been removed, for example, the gender of the speaker is preserved.

“What we’re doing is allowing agents to keep their identity, keep their tone, it doesn’t need to change,” said Sunus CEO Maxim Serebryakov.

“The call center market is huge. It’s 4% of India’s GDP, 14% of the Philippine GDP,” he told TechNewsWorld. “We’re not talking about a few thousand people whose Along with their cultural identity they are being discriminated against on a daily basis. We are talking about hundreds of millions of people who behave differently because of their voices.”

“The concept is sound. If they can make it work, that’s a great deal,” said Jack E. Gould, founder and principal analyst at J.Gold Associates, an IT consulting firm in Northborough, Mass.

“It can make companies more efficient and more effective and more responsive to consumers,” he told TechNewsWorld.

talking local

Gould explained that local people understand the local dialects better and engage better with them. “Even talking to someone with a heavy Southern accent gives me pause sometimes,” said the Massachusetts resident. “If you can be too much like me it affects the effectiveness of the call center.”

“Many call center employees are located overseas and customers may have trouble understanding what they are saying in terms of strong accents,” said John Harmon, a senior analyst at CoreSight Research, specializing in retail and technology. told TechNewsWorld, a global advisory and research firm.

“But the same could be true for the regional American accent,” he said.

However, Taylor Goucher, COO of Connext Global Solutions, an outsourcing company in Honolulu, cited discounts as a source of customer frustration.

“It is well known that companies outsource call center support to different countries and rural parts of the United States,” he told TechNewsWorld. “The bigger issue is the positioning of employees and the right selection for the training and processes to make them successful.”

customer perception

Harmon notes that consumers may have a negative reaction when they encounter a support person with a foreign accent at the other end of a support line. “A caller may feel that a company is not taking customer support seriously because it is looking for a cheaper solution by outsourcing service to a foreign call center,” he said.

“In addition,” he said, “some customers may feel that someone overseas may be less able to help them.”

Goucher cited a study conducted by Zendesk in 2011 that showed customer satisfaction dropped from 79% to 58% when a call center was relocated outside the United States. “Everyone I know is likely to have a bad customer experience at some point in their life with an agent they didn’t understand,” he observed.

He said the biggest problem with poor customer experience is the lack of support systems, training and management oversight in the call center.

“Too often we see companies take call centers offshore just to answer the phone.” They said. “In customer service, answering the phone isn’t the most important part, it’s what comes next.”

“Agents, Accent or No Accent, will be able to deliver a winning customer experience if they are the right person for the role, have the right training, and have the right tools to solve customer problems,” he said. “It’s easy to say the pronunciation is the problem.”

prejudice against accents

When a customer support person doesn’t have the tools to solve a problem, it can be a huge disappointment for the customer, Gold said. “If I call someone, I want my problem solved, and I don’t want to go through 88 steps to get there,” he said. “It’s frustrating for me because I spent a lot of money with your company.”

“Anything that can be done to get over that hump faster has many benefits,” he continued. “From a consumer standpoint, I have the advantage of not annoying. Plus, if I can move faster, it means the service person can spend less time with me and handle more calls. And If I can understand the problem better, I won’t have to call about it again.”

Even if a customer support person has the equipment they need to provide the highest level of service, accents can affect the caller’s response to the person on the other end of the phone line.

“A customer may be bothered by decoding a foreign accent,” Harmon said. “There’s also a stereotype that some American accents seem illiterate, and a customer may feel like the service provider is getting cheap support.”

“In some cases, I think the biggest pre-existing bias is that if the agent has an accent, they won’t be able to solve my problem,” Goucher said.

options for voice

Serebryakov noted that one of the goals of Sunus is to provide people with options for their voice. “When we post photos on Instagram, we can use filters to represent ourselves however we want,” he explained. “But you don’t have a uniform medium for voice. Our mission at Sunus is to provide that kind of choice.”

Although Sunus initially targeted call centers for its technology, there are other areas that have potential for it.

“One of the biggest uses we see for the technology is in enterprise communications,” Narayan said. “We got a call from Samsung that they have 70,000 engineers in Korea who interact with engineers in the US, and they don’t talk in team meetings because they’re afraid of how they’ll be interpreted. That’s the next use case That’s what we want to solve.”

He said the technology also has potential in gaming, healthcare, telemedicine and education.

Sunus announced a $32 million Series A on June 22, marking the largest Series A round in history for the speech technology company.

An unusual STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) concept combined with some fashion knowledge creating a unique brand of tech-based fashion entrepreneurship.

Swaha USA is a Steam-themed clothing and accessories brand whose online store is changing the face of women’s and children’s wear. Swaha celebrates women in all fields of endeavor and tackles gender stereotypes with bright, fun clothing to lift the imaginations of children.

In 2015 founder Jaya Iyer’s two-year-old daughter desperately craved some planet-themed clothing to fulfill her dreams of flying into space as an astronaut. But nothing related to space existed in the textile departments.

Iyer used her knowledge of fashion merchandising to create an exclusive clothing brand designed for her Steam-themed assortment that defies gender stereotypes. As a result of those efforts she became one of the most successful STEAM fashion brands for children and adults in the world.

“I wanted to encourage my daughter’s passion and other girls with similar interests in the best way possible — with clothing! I realized there was a missed market for kids who like things that aren’t gender traditional, Iyer told TechNewsWorld.

difference makes an ‘a’

Jaya Iyer and daughter Swaha, founder of Swaha USA
Jaya Iyer, Founder and Daughter of Swaha USA Swaha, Company Name. Jaya moved from India to America with the addition of a bag and ambition. She earned her doctoral degree in fashion merchandising from Iowa State University, taught fashion buying, and wrote a textbook on fashion in emerging markets that is now used at universities.

In doing so, Iyer forges a relationship that fosters academic STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) studies and the role the arts and humanities have previously overlooked.

“I believe there is no STEM without A” [art], Art is a part of science, technology, engineering and even mathematics.”

One of her biggest hurdles was being able to make clothing designs technically accurate. But working with women working in the field has helped her overcome this hurdle.

“We are now working on bringing our products to more women so that they too can wear these clothes and show their love for tech-themed clothing,” Iyer said.

from dreams to reality

According to data from the US Census Bureau, today only 25% of computer scientists and 15% of engineers are women. Iyer hopes to change that with her fashion lineup. Very sensitive to customers’ suggestions, she developed about 95% of designs from customers’ inputs.

“Our customers absolutely love our products! Teachers love wearing our clothes when they are teaching the concept represented in our clothing design. Professionals love wearing them to work and to various conventions. We have There is a very loyal customer base who regularly come back to buy our products,” offered Iyer.

Steam influencer Dr. Arlene Simon is a biomedical engineer who invented a blood test that detects whether cancer patients decline bone marrow transplants. She is also the founder of AB InventsA multicultural children’s products company that helps inspire young innovators.

Dr. Arlene Simon, Medical Marvels Heady Dress
Dr. Arlene Simon is a biomedical engineer, patent inventor and author. Simon created the Medical Marvels headdress design incorporating African print inspiration and biomedical engineering symbols.

All too familiar with being the “only woman” or “only black” engineer in a room, Simon Swaha sees USA as a game-changer. Its creative approach to helping bridge the gender gap in STEM makes science fun and fashionable, and empowers girls and women to pursue STEM careers.

“If she wears it, she can be. Give a girl a space outfit, and she portrays herself as an astronaut. Give her a biomedical engineering dress, and she’ll find herself with life-saving health tech.” Imagine creating,” Simon told TechNewsWorld.

This level of detection risk is life changing. Ask a girl to draw a scientist, and most likely, she will draw an old man in a lab coat, she observed.

“When girls are not exposed to women scientists, they are unable to imagine themselves in these roles. But maybe for a girl to fall in love with space only for a teacher to talk about the solar system while walking around in Swaha’s Rings of Saturn skirt,” she said.

This kind of grassroots support is essential to advance women in the field of technology. Science T-shirts and dresses are the start and spark dialogue between the girls and their mothers/teachers.

“Tell me about your dress” could lead to a conversation about how mathematical models in epidemiology predict the spread of COVID-19. Since each Swaha costume is named after a renowned female scientist, the girls are introduced to notable women like Heidi Lamar and Marie Curie,” said Simon.

women in space exploration

Svaha today launched the collections in association with women who are making a difference in the STEAM fields. These contributors include former NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg.

Astronaut Karen Nyberg
Astronaut Karen Nyberg aboard the International Space Station holds a hand-drawn dinosaur for her son that inspired the “Space Fashion” collection.

In his spare time aboard the International Space Station, Nyberg made hand-crafts from cast-off supplies and videographed them floating without gravity inside the station as a gift to his son, Jack.

His first doodad was a cloth dinosaur crafted from Russian food containers with a layer of cloth. He stuffed it on the board with strips of cloth cut from one of his used T-shirts stitched with ivory thread.

Together Iyer and Nyberg developed a line of dinosaur-themed clothing. For that, Nyberg tapped into Jack’s strong knowledge of dinosaurs.

Her grade-school-aged son, still a dinosaur lover with aspirations to become a paleontologist, offered his mother “dino advice” on her designs for Swaha USA. He chose four of his favorite dinosaurs to include in the design and provided them with an accurate illustration for each of his Dinos in Space collections.

give birth to concept

Jaya Iyer’s younger daughter was already focused on becoming an astronaut when Jaya started her clothing company seven years ago. Named after Iyer’s daughter, the company developed its first line of products partly by launching a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $30,000.

Iyer later expanded the business line to women’s apparel called Smart Dresses for Smart Women following suggestions from customers. She then funded that clothing style with another Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $57,000.

Some of Iyer’s product inspiration came from a passion for making memorabilia for Nyberg’s son as he orbited the Earth.

Rachel Ignotofsky
New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Rachel Ignotofsky is another contributor to Swaha USA, who has extended her technical expertise to her own science-based artwork and a new computer science clothing model based on her book “The History of the Computer”. added to the collection.

“We’ve been able to perfect the designs by working with women working in STEM fields. But, reaching more people is still a work in progress. We’ve grown a lot… but we still have a long way to go.” There is a way to go,” she said.

The relationship between STEM and Steem is a major driving factor for Iyer and his followers. Her clothing line including the arts and humanities provided something for all professionals who are not part of STEM.

“We create literature, music and library-themed products that appeal to a different set of customers,” Iyer said.

According to Iyer, the fact that art is an integral part of STEM is now being accepted by more and more people. If people can be educated about the importance of different areas of the arts in STEM education and professions, it will be much easier to adopt.

“We try to do this through our clothes and social media. But, more people need to understand the importance of art in our lives,” she said.

mundane wear

Callie Moore in Velociraptor Skirt
Callie Moore, manager of the paleontology collection at the University of Montana, collaborated with Swaha USA to design the Velociraptor A-Line Skirt.

Iyer’s clothing collection allows scientists to harness their inner Ms. Frizzle. They also feel as “widespread impacts,” noted fossil librarian, science communicator and manager of the paleontology collection at the University of Montana, Cali Moore. The company recently launched its Velociraptor Design Collection.

“By wearing your science, you invite questions and comments. I have all kinds of interactions wearing the Swaha USA piece. It’s another outlet for me to spread my love of paleontology,” she told TechNewsWorld.

Hero kids are great. But sometimes it becomes difficult to connect with them. Moore offered, having someone in your community, higher on your level, is more tangible to be successful in supporting women in STEM.

“Jaya collaborates with real scientists, and it’s fun to see what they’ll create for themselves. I hope this inspires others to create STEM-focused clothing for people who identify as female.” are,” she said.

From paleontology, where art is so closely linked to science, art is a great advantage. In paleontology, art helps us visualize what ancient organisms and ecosystems might have been like, Moore continued. This allows us to get closer to our past. “Obviously looking really, really good, while also looking totally out of place is a plus,” she said.

steam wear at a glance

According to Iyer, Swaha USA’s high-quality 100% organic, super-soft dress is a sign of geek and features pockets in all.

Each style of dress is named after famous female scientists such as Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin, Ada Lovelace, Ruby Payne-Scott and Dorothy Hodgkin.

Some of Swaha’s unique designs for dresses, skirts, blouses, T-shirts, cardigans, hoodies, sleepwear and accessories are visually interesting.

The collection includes everything from science heroes on raglan tops to stylish, high-quality dresses that feature Steam-themed concepts.

Other thoughtful selections include Amazing Women Pioneers Canvas Bags, the Pi Day Collection, a Moon Phase glow-in-the-dark ombre Aida dress, and a colorful Chemistry Lab Rosalind dress.

Fashionable creative clothing featuring augmented reality, DNA the iconic double helix, trigonometry, and even literary treasures such as Jane Austen is also offered.

Visit Svaha USA to browse all of the geeky, STEAM-themed, apparel and accessories collections.

We’re approaching another school year, so it’s time to start shopping for school supplies. I love the heat, but walking around on what feels like a frying pan has made me crave the coolness of air-conditioned classrooms.

Let’s talk about what tech tools to consider before returning to what I expect in a few weeks when school resumes.

We’ll close out with our product of the week, a new vacuum from LG that’s better than the Dyson, but by no means cheap.

choosing a pc

If you bought a PC during the pandemic, it should be fine with a few exceptions. However, if the PC does not have a discrete graphics card, it may not be best for students with a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) focus in high school or college.

STEM courses that are important for software and hardware engineering, and for entertainment fields such as animation, require GPUs whose dedicated memory is not shared with the CPU due to the performance load of the respective apps. Applications that students usually run will consume a lot of power.

You can use a cloud instance to meet some of these needs in a pinch, but you may not always have the connectivity and bandwidth a student would need to work a GPU-intensive application. This will improve over time, but for now, it’s better to have some control over the hardware resources needed because you don’t want to find that they’re unavailable when the deadline approaches, and connectivity is iffy.

The need for GPUs again becomes more important in college and graduate school for STEM-related study areas, as students are more likely to access advanced programs there. However, active high school students want to master these tools before college, when they start college and have better, more impressive student teams.

If you’re mostly reporting and don’t have much in the way of STEM classes, a notebook with an integrated graphics card is fine, but if you’re preparing for a career in a field that requires computer performance, So get a laptop with a good GPU. You’ll thank me later.

Oh, and look for at least 12 hours of battery life. Many schools and colleges still lack enough electrical outlets to cover more than a fraction of the students. Screen size should be as large as possible, 17 inches or more for STEM-intensive students, 14 inches or less if you’re working mostly with text. Power for STEM, portability for everyone else. Oh, and stick with Windows unless the school specifies or requires something else.

It’s also helpful to talk to teachers, professors, and older students to see what kind of PC would work best in that new environment.

stay hot or cold

When I was in a dorm—and I think sorority and fraternity are alike—I was always either too hot or too cold, which reduced my quality of sleep and caused me to doze off in class.

The fight over the thermostat gets old quickly and if you’re in an apartment the expense of cooling and heating the entire space can be costly. It’s better to find a way to create a thermostatic sanctuary in your bed so you can sleep soundly.

The best thing I’ve found so far for this is Chillipad. It can be a godsend for a dorm, fraternity, sorority or shared apartment as it allows the user to cool or heat their bed, assuring a comfortable and sound sleep, whether the bedroom is a sauna or a freezer . Given the high cost of electricity right now, it’s also a good way to keep electricity bills down because you’re heating and cooling significantly less space.

I use a chilipad pro. We turn off heaters and air conditioning at night to save electricity and let Chilipad do that job more efficiently and at a fraction of the cost of gas or electric heating and cooling systems.

transportation

I am not suggesting that you get your child an electric car. In fact, I advise against it right now because most schools don’t yet have provisions for charging them. But any gas-powered car is going to have issues with theft (both the car and what’s in it), maintenance, and parking.

Consider a combination of an electric bike, which may be better protected, and an Uber or Lyft card, so your child doesn’t have to worry about their vehicle while in school. Given the paucity of automobile parts right now, it is a really bad time to buy a new or used car. Therefore, I suggest that you either wait until the supply chain returns to normal, and you can again pick up a good car at a cheap price.

If you must buy a vehicle, drive around the campus where students are going to school and where they will live to determine what type of car will best serve them. You may find that a bike will serve them better.

In the event this has to be a car, you want something that detaches easily, is large enough to protect the driver and passenger if a collision occurs, and a student will take care of maintaining it. If your student is not good with that kind of responsibility, then they should take the Uber route. A poorly maintained vehicle can be a death trap.

My personal view is that smart kids just can’t get a car because Uber and Lyft are good enough.

Bag

A large bag is a mistake and can unnecessarily harm your baby. They are going to school, not hiking trails in Alaska. Select a backpack that is easy to identify, minimizes theft, is large enough to carry a decent-sized laptop and a few accessories, but no more. Too many kids are hurting their shoulders, neck and back and with too many large backpacks filled with rarely used items.

Please share these guidelines for safe backpack use with your kids:

  • wear both straps
  • Keep the weight in the backpack less than 15% of the student’s weight
  • Choose a backpack with wide straps and a waist belt

On the technical front, consider putting a tracker like Tile or AirTag in the backpack as these things tend to get lost and stolen a lot. While losing a laptop is painful, losing a quarter or semester of school can be devastating. It also reminds me to suggest that students make sure to back up their computers regularly. This is very important as laptop theft is common across the world.

Oh, and remind them not to leave their backpacks in cars, especially in view. It only takes a moment to break the window and steal the backpack. One of my neighbors pulled over for a quick coffee he had pre-ordered; As he started running and grabbing coffee, his car window broke and his laptop was stolen.

wrapping up

The new school year is almost here, and the well-equipped student will have a leg up.

One more thing about PCs: If the student is into gaming, obviously a GPU would be preferred. But you want gaming to be a reward, not a distraction.

A desktop computer for gaming is not mobile and allows parents to better monitor machine usage in the student’s home. Having the desktop as a gaming machine might make more sense if you want to scratch that itch—and keep the laptop focused on schoolwork.

One final tip: If your child is going to study remotely, spend a week with them at that location before school starts to actively identify potential hazards in the area. Then figure out ways to ease those worries.

Some schools have major problems with substance abuse, others have problems, and some have racist and anti-feminist problems. Unfortunately, few have all of the above. Knowing what the key issues are, what policies and systems exist to protect your child, and making sure they know it can go a long way in ensuring that your student gets an education. , not a case of long-term trauma.

Technical Product of the Week

LG CordZero All in One Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum

We have three dogs and three cats, so vacuuming is one of our ways to stay in shape. We do this several times a day on top of having robotic vacuums and house cleaners. It amazes me how much hair our pets can shed in a day.

Dyson vacuums are awesome, and we have many of them, but dumping the trash seems like a cloud of the stuff always hitting my face, either from the outside or the inside. The LG CordZero All in One Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum (now has a mouthful) solves this problem by auto emptying after every use. Then you have to take the waste to the dustbin only once or twice a month.

The vacuum appears to function like our Dyson, but it’s far quieter, making the most noise when it empties on its own after about 15 seconds of use. It comes in an attractive beige, but I personally would prefer gray or black as they are more neutral, but it looks good, regardless.

Set up is fast and easy, and it comes with a powered mop function that’s helpful with hairballs (though you still need to pick them up and discard them first; otherwise, you’ll be painting the floor with them; Same with poop.

Currently Available at $999 – The LG CordZero Vacuum isn’t a cheap date. But it has almost completely replaced our Dyson since its arrival. In addition to auto emptying and mopping features it comes with two batteries so you can charge one while using the other – something the Dyson can’t do well.

In conclusion, the LG CordZero All in One Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum is my product of the week.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ECT News Network.