We brought word of the new Plantronics BackBeat FIT yesterday and posted a first look video. (See it.) Judie spent some times with both colors of the new stereo Bluetooth headset at MWC 2014. They look great, have nice specs and, most importantly, the sound terrific. The BackBeat FIT arrives in April but you can check out theRead more
We posted our first-look video of the new Plantronics Voyager Edge Bluetooth headset yesterday. (See it.) At MWC 2014 Judie learned that, instead of plain white or black, Plantronics is considering a range of fashionable styles for the battery case. Would adding some bling to your headset charger make you more inclined to get one? View the galleryRead more
Judie got some hands-on time with the new HP Pavilion x360 laptop. Thanks to a 360-degree hinge this 11.6″ hybrid is able to switch between clamshell and tablet mode. No, this isn’t deja vu but you have seen this before. Priced starting at $399 it has Beats Audio and surprisingly good specs for the price. Check out the imageRead more
At CES last year Yota introduced their first smartphone. It was met with tremendous interest due to the dual-screen technology – full Android color display on the front, read-only e-ink screen on the rear. At MWC 2014 they just revealed the 2nd generation Yota smartphone – and it is an upgrade in every possible way!Read more
On the first day of Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona Judie got a hands-on first look at the Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i Bluetooth iOS 7 controller. The controller works with iOS devices running 7.0 or higher, connects via Bluetooth and has a removable clip for holding your iPhone. It will run $80 when it arrives this April. Learn more.Read more
During her first day at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona Judie met with Gregg Sullivan, Marketing Director for Windows Phone at Microsoft. According to Gregg, Microsoft is looking to expand the Windows Phone family on multiple levels. In addition to new partners there will be new enterprise initiatives and much more. Here’s our video from the show floor.Read more
The new Guardians of the Galaxy preview from Marvel Studios (August 1, 2014) shows a good peek of the characters Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Gamora, Drax, and Peter Quill / Star Lord. I wanted more story details, but police seem to focus on Quill after he grabs a special orb near the beginning of the preview.
Lenovo's Yoga line has been a huge hit, and the company is keeping the momentum at Mobile World Conference with a new Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ Android tablet. These will have an updated HD screen, plus a number of proprietary apps called DOit, SHAREit, and SECUREit to add productivity. These start at $350 this April, watch Lenovo's site for more!
Just because everyone looks at UPS or FedEx as the big boys of shipping, doesn’t mean that DHL has to take it lying down. To that end, DHL decided to “prank” fellow shippers UPS and TNT by printing “DHL is Faster” on temperature-sensitive paper and glued them to large boxes and had UPS and TNT deliver them to hard-to-reach addresses.
If you need a little Friday afternoon inspiration, this is it. Not sure how I missed this video of a father 3D printing a prosthetic hand for his son. This hand cost a few dollars compared to $20,000 or more for a standard one, it can be easily updated, plus it looks way cool. Click for the video.Read more
Action-RPG Sacred crashed onto the scene in 2004 – literally! It was unstable and buggy, but promising enough and with great support, and it hooked an audience. Sacred 2 continued to advance the genre, but since Deep Silver took over the Sacred license in 2009 little has been heard. Now we have release info – Sacred 3 arrives this summer!Read more
Tow it. Drop it. Hook it up. That’s all it takes to add living space to almost any lot. Wheelhaus makes pre-fab homes designed for “living large with less”. These rolling cabins have a starting price of $76,000 for just under 350sq ft of living space. It is a cool way to add living space. Check out the styles.Read more
Okay, I’ve had it! We have too many remotes! Apple TV, Direct TV, TV, DVD, Roku, a Vizio sound bar, and I may even be forgetting one! Has anyone tried one of those smart remotes with a screen? I’m considering a Logitech Harmony remote, but I’m wondering if there is something even better out there?
I recently built a home bar; between glass wear, jiggers, shakers and openers, there are tons of gadgets I could fill my drawers with, but a recent Kickstarter campaign has introduced an item I have never seen. Brew Cutlery combines stainless steel eating utensils with a bottle opener. A $20 Kickstarter contribution will let you eat, drink and be merry!
Want to make your can of Bud stand out during a party? Want to lay claim to your Diet Coke when vacationing with others? If you answered yes, the $8 CanStamp is for you. Featuring statements like “mine”, “in use” and “fuel” it is a fun and kinda practical way to personalize your can. Check it out.Read more
Did you catch the bit where Jimmy Fallon and Will Smith were giving examples of the evolution of hip-hop dancing over the years? If not, then you should watch this video; it’s almost guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Obviously they couldn’t fit in every hip-hop move ever, but it’s still a fun trip down memory lane. =)Read more
We all have jargon. We at Gear Diary try to squish technical jargon as much as we can since it makes things harder to understand. I thought this post on MSN Careers points out why it’s bad by making us laugh. I would go on but I just don’t have the bandwidth to add more to this deliverable!
You have an iPhone or iPad. You use it. You love it. But are you getting the most FROM it? Get The Ultimate Apple Free Reference Card Kit and you’ll be making better use of your iOS device in minutes. Great for people new to Apple’s products, this Reference Card Kit it is absolutely free! Click here to get yoursRead more
We had a Starbucks gift box containing a Valentine’s Day Mug, Sweetheart2014 CD, and two boxes of Starbucks K-Cups to share. The winner is meredith, who wrote:
Although I have a wonderful man who makes me feel awesome – I still kinda hate valentines day – since i want to let my family know I love and appreciate them
My older son is a huge fan of Hip Hop with a considerable breadth of knowledge, he got his start listening to my iPod from groups like Tribe Called Quest, NWA, Jungle Brothers, Black Sheep and De La Soul. It is hard to overstate their impact on hip-hop, and now De La Soul gives away their catalog for FREE!Read more
GoG.com is doing their very best to help you forget about the abomination that is Dungeon Keeper mobile. To that end they are hosting a free giveaway of the original Bullfrong classic, and a dual-sale special on D&D games and multiplayer classics for the Valentine’s Day weekend. So hop on over as GoG.com gives away Dungeon Keeper!Read more
Skype audio seems to blow away voice quality on any similar VOIP solution yet I’ve been a big Skype user. It mostly seems like a relic of the past which is largely used for communication between users in different companies. Skype users have long complained that in the era of multiple devices that Skype is far behind because it doesn’t
If you’re a BlackBerry Messenger (aka BBM) user on iOS or Android, then the newest update - version 2.0 - is going to bring some welcome enhancements. Beginning today you can participate in BBM voice calling, BBM Channels, location sharing (powered by Glympse), pictures, voice notes, attachments and even DropBox. BBM groups can now be up to 50 people in
I got a nice Valentine’s Day surprise yesterday, when a nicely packaged box of Starbucks goodies arrived. Inside I found delicious Starbucks coffee, Valentine’s Day Mugs and a “Sweetheart 2014″ CD waiting inside. The timing was great, since we’ll be snowed in again this Thursday. Want to win your own Starbucks V-Day gift box? Read on to enter.Read more
Respawn has just opened up Titanfall Beta testing signups on the PC and Xbox One; apologies to those with an Xbox 360. Titanfall’s website says that seats in the Beta are limited and if chosen, you’ll be emailed with further information “no later than 11:59 PM PST on Feb 17th.” Sign up at Titanfall’s website for a chance to play!Read more