November 2021

Snapdragon Tech Summit Day One: Introducing the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform

At the yearly Snapdragon Summit, we’ve come to expect news regarding Qualcomm’s upcoming mobile platforms that will be powering soon-to-be-released flagship mobile devices, and this year was no exception; we now have the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform to anticipate. Building on the success of the Snapdragon 888+ 5G system on chip, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is touted as able to deliver even faster 5G speeds, create more impressive photographs and video, take AI experiences to new levels, and yes, it will also provide more visually stimulating and immersive gaming experiences.



AKG Ara Microphone Review: Easy to Use, and It Sounds Great

Cameras and microphones have become part of daily life for many of us during the pandemic. While most external video cameras have built-in microphones, they’re usually only slightly better than using the microphone integrated into a laptop. Unfortunately, the best external microphones are often rather complicated to use. However, the AKG Ara microphone is an excellent dual pattern USB mic, and it’s easy to use.



CBD Living Delta-8 Cartridges Review: Provides a Pleasant and Legal Buzz!

You may have seen or heard of Delta-8 THC in gummy, vape, and other forms. It’s very similar to Delta-9, better known as the compound in marijuana that makes you high. The key differences are that Delta-8 provides a milder high, and it is derived from hemp, making it legal across the US thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill. We were sent a sample of CBD Living Delta-8 vape cartridges, and we were very excited to check them out!


Gear Diary’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone, Even Your Hardest to Shop for Friends and Family!

I think we are all ready to celebrate the fact that many of us will actually be together for the holidays this year, but now the pressure is on to find the perfect gifts. If you’re looking at a list of people you want to buy gifts for and wondering what in the world to get them, don’t worry; we’ve got plenty of suggestions in our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide, and you are sure to find something for everyone!



How to Use a 3D Printer to Make Uniquely Personalized Lithophane Photo Gifts This Holiday Season

Last year, I bought a 3D printer. The first six months or so were pretty much spent churning out multiple Pokemon designs for my son, but we’ve branched out into more practical prints. Recently I’ve tried my hand at making lithophanes, 3D photograph prints, and the results have been so impressive that everyone in my family is getting lithophane photo gifts for the holidays!


Uoni V980Plus Robot Vacuum Cleaner Review: LiDAR Mapping, Powerful Suction, and a (Mostly) Self-Emptying Dustbin

How would you like to come home to a freshly vacuumed house every day without hiring a housekeeper or, worse, doing it yourself before you leave? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could stretch out the periods between full moppings with occasional wet cleanups? With the Uoni V980Plus Robot Vacuum Cleaner, you can do that, and you don’t necessarily have to remember to empty the robot’s bin every couple of days because this robot vac has a large capacity self-emptying dustbin.


2021 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals You Won’t Want to Miss

Have you noticed that Black Friday seems to start a bit earlier each year? Well, this year, the sales are starting even earlier. Better still, the 2021 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Savings are pretty impressive. Here are some of the products we love that are currently available at steep, sometimes incredibly steep, savings.


Roborock Black Friday Deals Offer Huge Savings on 6 Popular Robot Vacuums and Mops

The oddest thing happened the other day; my daughter sent me a TikTok video of a Roborock robot vacuum doing its thing, and she said it looked amaaaaaazing. That was surprising because it’s rare for my daughter to get any kind of gadget lust! If you’re getting similar hints from someone on your holiday shopping list (or if you’ve wanted one for yourself), you’re going to want to check out these Roborock Black Friday Deals that offer up to 42% off of their most popular robot vacuums and mops.


The Latest from the 2021 MediaTek Summit: Dimensity 9000 is LPDDR5X Validated, and Pentonic 2000 Will Deliver Flagship Smart TV Experiences

I’m in Laguna Beach attending the second day of the 2021 MediaTek Summit, and there have been several announcements revolving around their latest chipsets, including cameos from partnering companies. While I’m always fascinated to hear the features of upcoming processors, there’s also always a feeling of delayed gratification. We get information ahead of time on the latest, greatest, fastest, and most powerful upcoming features these new processors will offer … and then we have to wait for the first devices that will include them. Even so, there are a lot of new features coming that will make the technology inside…



MediaTek Filogic: Super Compact All-in-One SoC Solutions That Are Fast, Intelligent, and Offer Long Battery Life

Whether you’re talking about exercise bikes, televisions, eReaders, security cameras, headphones, earbuds, fitness trackers, electric toothbrushes, or any of the many electronic items that we use every day, inside, there is a system-on-chip (SoC). The right SoC will not only power our devices, but it will also enable them to connect to the necessary networks so they can properly work without us ever giving the process a second thought. With today’s announcement of the MediaTek Filogic 130, Filogic 130A, and Filogic 330P, you’re going to be hearing about MediaTek SoCs in even more places.


RiotPWR Rotor Riot Android Controller RR1825A Review: It Turns Your Tablet into a Full Gaming Setup

Mobile gaming has evolved to match touch interfaces, but sometimes a hardware controller makes gaming smoother and more enjoyable. The RiotPWR Rotor Riot Android Controller RR1825A is a wired gaming controller for Android devices; when it was sent to me to review, my son ran off with it immediately. I eventually got it back from him, but was it worth negotiating it away from an 8-year-old? Read on to find out!


20″ LEVEL8 Gibraltar Full Aluminum Carry-On Review: A Beautiful and Very Functional Piece of Luggage

Travel is picking back up again, and that might have you looking at the current state of your carry-on luggage and wishing for something a little bit more serviceable and modern. The 20″ LEVEL8 Gibraltar full aluminum carry-on is a fantastic option that is intelligently designed, solidly built, and best of all — especially considering that it’s entirely made of aluminum — very affordable.




6 Tips for Evaluating Software for Your Company’s Tech Stack

Evaluating software can be dizzying. With dozens of options to choose from, they all start to look the same after a while. But this isn’t a decision that you can afford to make lightly. Adding a new piece of software into your tech stack has the potential to impact nearly every aspect of your business.


Pozio Offers an Expensive Solution to Your Smart Speaker Privacy Concerns

The amazing thing about modern technology is that we literally have devices that we can ask to lock doors, turn off and on lights, look up recipes, and even change channels for us, all with a verbal command. The scary thing about modern technology is that we’ve also invited always-listening microphones into our homes to meet that convenience. Pozio aims to solve the privacy issue without taking away our digital butlers using listening blockers that double as cradles!