Are you bored in lockdown? Of course you are! We’re all getting sick of staring at our four walls. Some of us are using quarantine a bit more productively than others, though. Just look at the amazing art reproductions being done on Instagram by performer and pinup model, Miss Anne Mary!
Articles by Carly Z
Here in the spring of 2020, the main theme is “stuff you can do indoors.” The parks are closed, offices are forcing you to work from home in your rattiest sweatpants, and the liquor store is now an essential business! What you need is to get lost in computer gaming, and Lenovo is ready with a refreshed gaming laptop lineup!
The world is on lockdown, but technology marches on…and if you’ve been trapped with a sub-par phone and a tight budget, it’s TCL to the rescue with three new Android devices that leverage their expertise in sharp, vivid screens! Now you can watch Tiger King on your phone the way Joe Exotic intended!
The world of budget Android phones has really exploded in the last few years, especially with Google’s Android One program, which promises regular updates and a clean Android experience. Motorola has been at the forefront of budget phones punching above their weight class, and the Motorola One Action continues that tradition with an action camera in a $349 phone.
In the new world of “social distancing,” the gym is closed, and we’re all figuring out how to work out at home. It’s hard to get motivated if you’re not used to working out alone in your living room while binge-watching Chopped. Ergatta has a solution in their connected WaterRower, offering games and curated workouts to make exercise fun!
I am a bit of a packrat when it comes to keys; I’m always afraid I won’t have the right ones at the right time. I’m also a lifelong Trekkie, so when my key packrat tendencies had a chance to pair up with Star Trek, I jumped at the chance to do a review! Enter the Keysmart Pro with Tile — with a bonus Star Trek design!
Unless you live under a rock, you’re probably drowning in news about coronavirus, or COVID-19. And if for some reason you have no idea what I’m talking about, stay under your rock, you’re less likely to get sick. But for the rest of us, it’s a balancing act between worrying and living life, but how and why balance those?
Feet are incredibly important. That seems obvious, but it’s something people don’t always consider-if your feet have taken a beating, it impacts your knees, hips, and back… Enter Telic Recovery Footwear, designed to keep your feet happy after a long day of activity. We tested the Apres-Ski Recovery Boot, even though it’s been too warm for skiing this winter!
I’m a huge fan of Casio digital watches. They’re by far my favorite watches, and while the venerable F-91W isn’t my favorite (that would be the AE-1200, aka the “Casio Royale”), what the Solid State Watch is doing to the F-91W is horrifying, even before you get to the eye-popping price they’ve attached to it on Kickstarter.
Virtual reality has gone from sci-fi to living rooms, though sadly we aren’t yet at Holodecks. However, we’re getting closer, thanks to the innovations of companies like Qualcomm, which is rolling out the Snapdragon XR2 Platform. It may not sound exciting, but don’t let the dry name fool you — it’s a reference design for eXtended Reality, aka better virtual reality!
Lenovo never rests, they consistently look for ways to improve their product lines. Their newest updates are to their famous ThinkPad line. No matter how corporate or mature the Lenovo ThinkPad line may have become, there’s always room for innovation and new features!
We can all agree that movement is important. Unfortunately, if you have a desk job, it’s hard to keep your blood flowing. You can try a standing desk, which is still static. And most offices frown upon you sticking a treadmill under your desk. Enter Cubii Pro, which is the bottom half of an elliptical for under your desk or workspace.
They might not be the household name they once were, but ask anyone of a certain age about Nokia, and you’ll get a faraway look and a story about their first Nokia phone and the battles it survived. Nokia and phones have evolved a lot over the years, but their new Nokia 6.2 proves they still make sturdy, trusty companions!
Avocados are delicious. Most of the time, you probably remove the seed in the middle, pat yourself on the back for not slicing off a finger, and move on with your meal. AvoSeedo has a better idea-grow an avocado tree!
It’s hard to find a way to stand out in a sea of smartphones, but Motorola has managed to stake a nice niche with its low cost but high-quality Moto G line. They’re expanding the Moto G offerings even further, so you can add a stylus or extreme battery power!
You probably don’t give much thought to the chips powering your devices, beyond whether everything runs quickly and smoothly. The reality is that a tiny piece of silicon and circuitry is what determines if your camera launches quickly, if you can watch Netflix smoothly, and of course, your ability to catch ’em all in Pokemon Go.
Roku is basically everywhere in the television world right now. There are devices that attach to your television, Roku OS built into televisions, it’s inescapable. But the folks at Roku aren’t content with just dominating as a streaming OS; they’re adding support for surround sound as well so your streaming experience is as immersive as possible!
Health, fitness, and tech are an interesting mix. On the one hand, basic biology hasn’t changed since well before the first phone was invented. On the other, as technology improves rapidly, there’s always a new way to spin getting into shape.
Breathing is something we take for granted most of the time, up until something alters the environment like pollution or a fire. Then breathing becomes painfully important, and everyone walks around in masks that make them look like they’re playing Bane at a ComicCon. Ao Air has a solution that’s healthier and far more attractive with Atmos.
We’re here at CES 2020 doing everything we can to bring Gear Diary readers updates on all the exciting new and improved products we’re seeing. But it takes more than just being armed with a phone and a computer to survive the week. Here’s how we’re staying awake, staying healthy, and staying connected!
Most of us don’t think about what our digital footprint means. Think about the dossier Facebook, Instagram or Twitter have on you. Not to mention Amazon’s knowledge of your shopping and Google’s of, well, everything. HBO gave us a glimpse into what that could mean with a Westworld tie-in dinner this week that left us all a little bit unsettled.