Articles by Carly Z

Think Before You Share That “Deep” Quote on Facebook

Recently my attention was drawn to an issue on social media that I have a feeling many of us may have experienced. A friend of mine had reposted a statement that resonated with them on their Facebook page. Someone else attempted to rebut that statement by using a quote that they misattributed to Voltaire when in fact, the quote came from a neo-Nazi. Here’s the statement that started the exchange.


Addaday BioZoom Edge Review: Bluetooth Enabled to Maximize Your Massage Gun Experience

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Likewise, you shouldn’t judge a massage gun by the initial impression. I was skeptical about the Addaday BioZoom Edge massage gun when I first unboxed it; the Edge was bulky and heavy compared to some of the more svelte massagers I’ve encountered in the past, and I didn’t think it would stack up given how large it was. That skepticism was before I gave it a full test run, though! Will Bluetooth and a powerful motor overcome the bulkiness? Read on to find out!



Galanz ToastWave with TotalFry 360 Review: Replaces Half Your Kitchen Appliances with Delicious Results!

I am not a great cook. There are a few reliable things I can bang up in the kitchen, and I can generally grill and produce what my son assures me are edible meals. Still, the kitchen is a wild and vaguely frightening place. I was excited to check out the Galanz ToastWave, though, as it promised to combine several kitchen appliances into one; I had high hopes it would at least make my kitchen experiences less stressful!


Einova Power Ring Review: Put a Ring on It and Charge Wirelessly from Anywhere

We take our phones everywhere and constantly rely on them as a lifeline to the world. As a result, a plethora of portable power banks and accessories for holding and propping our mobile phones has exploded with options. Einova thinks they have a solution that solves several problems at once with their Einova Power Ring Qi power bank. Is this the solution you’ve been looking for? Read on to find out!


Freedom Phone Is a Dumb Purchase, but You Do You

Here’s a fun fact for you: Toyota designs their Lexus and Toyota logos to be the same size; it’s so they can easily swap the designs. Yes, a Lexus will be nicer, but why design two different steering wheels if the same dimensions can work for both brands? At the same time, you’d probably feel pretty dumb and angry if you bought a Lexus from a dealer only to discover they had charged you Lexus prices for an old Corolla with a Lexus badge. And if that sounds far-fetched, well, just ask anyone who was suckered into buying a Freedom…


MediaTek Announced Helio G96 and Helio G88 Chips to Make Your Next Phone Zippier!

It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that you don’t need to know what’s under the hood of your phone. It makes calls, and it takes pictures; what else do you need to know? But phones are the center of so much of our lives that getting the best bang for your buck matters, even if it’s not a flagship phone. And that’s why MediaTek has the new Helio G96 and Helio G88 chipsets.



The 4K Dell UltraSharp Webcam Promises Next-Level Video Conferencing — In or Out of the Office

While things are slowly going back to a new sense of normal, and we’re back in person for a lot more work than we were a year ago, it’s safe to say that video conferencing took a giant leap forward during the pandemic. It is so convenient that even when we’re not working remotely, it’s going to be a tool for the future to bring us face to face no matter where we are in the world. Dell is ready to embrace the future with the Dell UltraSharp Webcam, the most intelligent 4K webcam in its class!


TCL 20 Series Takes Their Already Impressive Smartphones to New Heights

TCL turned heads and won hearts with their 10-series smartphones last year, and they’re growing the family with the new TCL 20 series phones. They’re taking everything great about the 10 and doubling it; from the flagship TCL 20 Pro 5G to the TCL 20S and the TCL 20SE, there’s something for everyone to love.



Folx Health Is Making HIV Prevention Drug PrEP More Accessible and Affordable for Everyone

In a lot of ways, I came of age in a weird in-between generation. I’m on the cusp of the Generation X to Millennial transition. And as a child of the ’80s, I’m part of the generation of LGBT folks who grew up aware that AIDS was a scary pandemic, but after the age where we would have seen the worst of the horrors firsthand. But we all grew up being warned about it, and I knew many people who started taking PrEP as soon as they could afford it.



Nokia G20 Keeps Going and Going with 3 Days of Battery Life!

It can be hard to balance features and reliability with budget-end phones. Plus, all too often, anything that isn’t a flagship can sometimes be forgotten or behind the curve in terms of security updates and other features. Nokia isn’t making you choose between features, security, and budget with the Nokia G20!


Dreametech Dreame T30 Cordless Vacuum Review: Makes Cleaning Easy and Almost Fun!

I have never once uttered the words “I love this vacuum” until the Dreame T30. Using a vacuum is usually an ordeal — my full-size vac is bulky, I have to haul it out of a closet, and it never seems to suction as well as it should. Apparently, I’ve just been using the wrong vacuums all this time because the Dreametech Dreame T30 Cordless Vacuum lives up to its name; it is an absolute dream to use!


Oura Alta Towel Review: Proves You Really Do Get What You Paid For!

If you asked me two weeks ago if I had a preferred towel at home, I would have probably stared at you blankly. Or pointed out that “preferred towel” was a really fancy way to say “whatever towel is clean and available.” That was before the Oura Alta Towel arrived; now I understand why Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy strenuously suggested you never forget your towel … because a good towel is a game-changer.


Infinix Hot 10S Review: Offers Flagship Features at a Budget Price

Infinix Hot 10S sounds like a chicken wing special from a punk bar in a sci-fi movie. Still, it’s actually a surprisingly compact and powerful Android phone that boasts an incredible battery life, a very impressive camera, and a processor and software set focused on giving you a truly kickass gaming experience on the go!



MediaTek Dimensity 900 5G SoC Raises the Bar on Smartphone Power Yet Again!

If you’re a regular reader of Gear Diary, you might find the name MediaTek vaguely familiar. It’s ok if you don’t, though; they’re one of those companies that operate quietly behind the scenes. Their logo may not be splashed all over your phone, but chances are they’re providing some important connectivity options for you. If your next phone has a MediaTek Dimensity 900 5G SoC, you’re definitely going to enjoy the experience!