Gear Bits








Apple Music Coming to Amazon Echo Devices on December 17th!

In our house, more music is played through our Amazon Echo devices than anywhere else. We use Amazon Music, but also Pandora, Slacker and Spotify … and pretty soon Apple Music! Today Amazon announced on its blog that starting December 17th you will be able to add a new skill to Alexa: the ability to play songs and playlists from Apple Music!



The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Is Coming; Do You Want One?

I have a 2016 Jeep Rubicon, and believe it or not, it’s been one of my favorite vehicles to own ever. Now Jeep is bringing back the Gladiator, and I can’t help but feel a little bit of envy! Combining everything I love about the Wrangler Unlimited, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator adds a useful truckbed on for fun and utility.



Focal Announces a Collection of Outdoor Loudspeakers

We’re huge fans of Focal here at Gear Diary; we admire the brand’s attention to detail in every one of its products and that they produce audio products that sound great. Focal has just unveiled two new audio products that you’re sure to love.



This Doctor Who Video Will Give You Nightmares!

There are really only three episodes of Doctor Who that I have trouble rewatching: “The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances” always freaks me out, “The Water of Mars” still gives me full body shudders, and last week’s “Arachnids in the UK” was deeply unsettling because spiders should not be the size of ponies.


The 2019 GMC Sierra with MultiPro Tailgate Wins at Tailgating

I think this might be the first time I’ve ever wanted something so offbeat, but the 2019 GMC Sierra with MultiPro Tailgate is giving me a serious case of envy. I live in a place where pickups rule; heck, we have three of them parked in our driveway, but not one of them has a tailgate that can do this.





Plantronics BackBeat FIT 500 Headphones Quick Look

Some time ago I reviewed the Plantronics BackBeat 500 on-ear headphones. At under $80, they were, and are a great deal. When Plantronics sent me the BackBeat FIT 300 for review they also sent me the new, BackBeat FIT 500 on-ear headphones. They look exactly like the BackBeat 500 headphones I reviewed previously, yet there are a few important differences.



4 Tech Gadgets You Need to Keep Your Home Secure

Your home is supposed to be your little sliver of privacy and comfort in an increasingly hostile world. It’s a place where you have the luxury of retreating and relaxing. Unfortunately, criminals don’t always respect this privacy and encroach on safety for their own personal benefit. How you defend your home will determine the safety and security of your property.