Gear Bits

The Mystery of the Phantom TCL SOCL500TWS Wireless Earbuds

I’ve got something of a mystery on my hands, and I’m hoping the readers of Gear Diary can solve it. I have a pair of TCL SOCL500TWS Wireless Earbuds, which are great, but they fell out of my regular headphone rotation about nine months ago. There’s no real reason for this, they didn’t do anything wrong; I’ve just been reaching for others for work and exercise. Apparently, they felt neglected because a very strange event happened today…


Extract Labs Puts Anxiety Relief on Sale This Weekend!

We’re big fans of Extract Labs here at Gear Diary. Their muscle cream saved the day at CES 2020, and we’ve had great experiences with their tinctures, gummies, and softgels. However, the one caveat whenever we sing their praises is that the kind of quality you get from Extract Labs is not cheap. Luckily, they’re having a huge sale this weekend, with an automatic 20% off discontinued flavors and 15% off the others if you use code FREE15.


Nomad’s iPhone 12 Cases Now Work with Apple MagSafe

Nomad’s phone cases are some of the best, most refined, and most protective on the market. But when Nomad first introduced their iPhone 12 cases, they weren’t specifically designed to work with Apple’s new MagSafe charging system. The company has now released a line of Rugged Cases specifically designed to work with MagSafe for iPhone 12.





You Never Know Where Master & Dynamic’s Amazing MW65 Headphones Will Show Up

Greg reviewed the very first pair of Master & Dynamic headphones. He swore by them and, in the years since, Judie and I have also become fans. The company’s MW65 Over-the-Ear headphones are among the best ANC headphones I’ve tried. It’s why they are one of only a few items we have ever designated as a Gear Diary Editor’s Choice. Apparently, we aren’t the only ones who appreciate them.


MediaTek M80 5G Modem Brings mmWave 5G Support for Even Speedier Browsing!

5G is, if not yet everywhere, in a lot more places than it used to be. While it seems to be the biggest in cities, the suburbs and the rest of the world will eventually get that sweet, sweet speedy internet on the go. You may not be paying attention to how you’re getting that 5G, but under the hood of all your devices are new chips and modems to handle all that internet, and they’re making sure you’re getting the most out of your connectivity with their new MediaTek M80 5G modem.


There are Roku TV Deals Aplenty for Your Big Game Enjoyment – As Low as $89.99!

I’ve watched many TVs in my day, and I can tell you that one of the best viewing experiences I’ve ever had is with our Roku TV from TCL. Roku has partnered with several TV manufacturers, and there are some killer Roku TV deals for you to grab ahead of the NFL’s Big Game. There are deals on TVs from Hisense, TCL, Element, Onn., RCA, and Philips starting at $89.99!


Alienware Celebrates 10 Years of Alienware x Team Liquid and Kicks off Liquid+ with a Big Esports Party!

Alienware has long proven they’re about more than just hardware; they believe in nurturing and building the larger gaming community. They announced today they’re continuing to build further on their 10-year partnership with Team Liquid, a highly elite esports team that’s won more prize money than any other in history, as well as being one of the highest valued and most-watched.



Led Zeppelin Pinball Sounds Like a Great Way to Rock Out in 2021

Sometimes you don’t think of two things as complementary, then when you see them together, it all clicks. The first person to combine peanut butter and jelly probably got some odd looks, and we all know bacon makes everything better. Another combo you might not consider, but that works surprisingly well? Led Zeppelin + Stern Pinball = Led Zeppelin Pinball!



Alienware Beefs Up Their Gaming Rigs with “New Guts More Glory”

You can’t talk PC gaming without including Alienware, and that’s because they’ve consistently pushed the envelope of power and aesthetics to create computers that look amazing and perform even better. Brace yourself and get your gaming chair warmed up for the Alienware m15 and m17 R4 laptops and the Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 desktop!



Fluo Labs Flo Can Tame Seasonal Allergies without Drugs? Yes, Please!

Like many people, I suffer from seasonal allergies. Apparently, I’m allergic to trees, which is unfortunate since they’re everywhere and kind of key to a healthy ecosystem. Luckily, companies are working on alternatives to popping copious amounts of Zyrtec. Fluo Labs Flo has a particularly intriguing concept, where they use handheld light therapy to reduce nasal inflammation caused by Allergic Rhinitis.



SKOOG and Sesame Workshop Partner for Screen-Free Interactive Play

SKOOG, a media-tech company with the mission to enrich children’s lives through creative and immersive play, has announced a global partnership with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, to introduce a new interactive platform that merges tactile technology with the huge content library featuring Sesame Street characters.



SKYWORTH Announces Five New Series of Smart TVs

Every CES, I learn about new technology and new brands and am always amazed that I never checked them out. One of those brands is SKYWORTH. The Chinese brand has been making products since 1988, and they have just announced their upcoming TVs.