Articles by Carly Z

DokiPal Brings Smartwatches to the Elementary School Set

Technology improvements creep downwards from cutting edge to every day to eventually being aimed at kids. It’s inevitable that as smartwatches become more popular, kids are going to be interested. Doki sees an opportunity here for a way to offer kids what they want while keeping it age-appropriate with their new watch, the dokiPal.


Capture Adventures and Spare Your Wallet with the AKASO V50 Pro Action Camera

As phone cameras become more and more powerful, it has driven traditional digital cameras to find new niches in which to compete.  On the other hand, if you’re looking to capture your adventures, especially in gnarly conditions, there’s no competing with a dedicated action camera. You don’t have to spend a fortune, though-enter the AKASO V50 Pro!


Commercials Reflect How Pride Month Has Changed Over the Years

Pride Month has become more and more of a commercial endeavor as much as it is a time to remember the fight for LGBTQ rights. Admittedly, I’ve been a bit curmudgeonly about this in the past, but the Wall Street Journal had a video on commercials that made me shift a bit of my thinking.



Teaching a Younger Child About Pride Month

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, where we celebrate the anniversary of the modern gay rights movement. It comes from the Stonewall Riots that started on June 28th, 1969. It’s a piece of history that’s easier to understand as adults, but I struggled with how to explain it in an age-appropriate way to my son.



Global Semiconductor Alliance Needs a Few Good Women

I work in a male-dominated field, so I understand the need for more women in STEM. So does the Global Semiconductor Alliance, and they’re rolling out a Women’s Leadership Initiative to help encourage more women to get involved in science and technology.


Neuro Mints Freshen Your Breath and Wake You Up

A few years ago, we looked at Neuro Gum and were impressed with its ability to taste good while also providing a jolt of caffeine. The folks behind Neuro Gum have a new product for those of you who don’t like to chew your caffeine-Neuro Mints!


Keeping Kids Safe Online Starts at a Young Age

My son is in kindergarten, and his favorite part of school is coding class. I was surprised (and a little jealous) that he gets to play coding games and drive robots. Today, though, their lesson was a little different: they learned rules for staying safe online.


Lenovo Jumps into the Folding Game

Were you super intrigued by the Samsung Galaxy Fold but skeptical about the benefits in a phone-size product? Lenovo is taking a whack at folding screens with a new Thinkpad X1 folding prototype-basically, a folding laptop. That runs full Windows. If it works, this is a game changer.



Sonic the Hedgehog Is Here to Haunt Your Dreams

In the interest of the mental health of our readers, this post begins with a warning: this video is pure, unadulterated nightmare fuel. But if you can’t help but think “how bad could a live-action Sonic the Hedgehog be?”, watch the video below. But remember, we warned you!



Reborn Rubber Wallets Recycles Wetsuits, Saving Oceans and Your Cards

Like many people, I try to recycle and be somewhat cognizant of the trash I generate from just existing in the modern world. I also like to keep my wallet as compact as possible. Surprisingly, these two goals collided nicely when Reborn Rubber offered us the chance to review their wallets made from upcycled wetsuits!


Scientists Photograph a Black Hole, the World Is Probably Not Ending

My son is absolutely fascinated by science but he is terrified of black holes. For the longest time, I managed to assuage his concern by convincing him that black holes were too far for us to even see, but now science has gone and made me a liar. Also, it looks like we found Sauron, so if anyone has the One Ring, be careful.


Motorola Celebrates the Anniversary of the Mobile Phone with a Big Sale!

Today is a very special day in history. Sure, two days ago was April Fool’s day, but today is the 46th anniversary of the first mobile phone call. Surprisingly, it was not a spam call from the IRS, but a legitimate test call between Martin Cooper and Dr Joel Engel. In honor of this anniversary, Motorola has a big sale!


InvisaWear Takes a Tragedy and….Inserts Themselves?

Over the weekend, a college student got into a car she thought was an Uber, and tragically she was murdered. This is an awful story. Somehow, the folks at invisaWear, jewelry that offers emergency GPS beacons, thought this tragedy was a good opportunity to promote their product.


Toshiba Renames Themselves Dynabook, Embracing Dynamic Changes

Big news if you’re a fanboy of Toshiba computers (hey, everyone needs a hobby) — they’re renaming themselves “Dynabook”, both in the US and around the world. This does not appear to change anything, except that next time you’re in Best Buy wondering if “Dynabook” was a character in The Incredibles*, you’ll remember it was actually Toshiba. The branding is already live on Toshiba’s website, and they’re using it as…


AirPower Disappears into VaporPower as Apple Cancels It Quietly

Bad news for the six people still holding out hope: AirPower is dead. Apple announced today that the iPhone/Watch/AirPod charging mat could not be made into a viable product. Also, they needed the manpower to get Apple Card up and running-those chamfered titanium edges don’t design themselves. If you were holding out and now need a wireless charging dock, Gear Diary has reviewed devices from Scosche, Satechi, TwelveSouth, Nomad, and…


The Ennui of the Current Tech Cycle

Technology runs in cycles. We all know that, but it seems lately like we’ve hit the low end of our current cycle, and whatever the “next big thing” is, we’re spinning our wheels until it gets here.


LapDogg Is a Nearly NSFW Phone Stand on Kickstarter

Kickstarter is sort of like the internet’s science fair. You wade through a lot of random stuff to find some cool ideas, but every once in a blue moon you see a project and think “Was no one around to intervene here?” That’s my take on the LapDogg, and not just because it has a weird extra G.