Gear Bits

ChiliBLANKET Is the Weighted Blanket You Thought You Were Getting on Black Friday

After Reviewing the Chili Ooler Sleep System back in 2019, one thing I didn’t think I needed until the company made their announcement at CES would be a weighted blanket. The makers of world-class sleep improvement products has announced their chiliBLANKET, and here’s why it should be on your 2020 list of things to anticipate. The chiliBLANKET isn’t that cheap weighted plastic bead blanket you purchased on Black Friday as a White Elephant gift that you didn’t know exactly who might be receiving. Most blankets like these tend to increase your body temperature because of their obvious weight but specifically…




Nokia Updates the Nokia 7.1 with Android 10 and a Sale for the Holidays

If you remember the dark days before smartphones, you probably have a nostalgic reaction to Nokia phones … everyone had one of those Nokia candy bar style phones that played Snake and made calls. Well, you can still get a Nokia phone, but if you pick up the Nokia 7.1, you’ll now have Android 10 and a lot more power (and sure, you can install snake!)




MediaTek Announces the Dimensity 1000 5G Chip

MediaTek isn’t a name that’s on the top of anyone’s mind when thinking about the devices that power your life. But it’s their technology helping make your Alexa smarter, your game graphics more realistic, and your internet speedier. And now they’re adding that magic to 5G with their new Dimensity 1000 chips!


MediaTek and Intel Connect to Bring 5G to Laptops

5G is the next big thing in wireless, and everyone is looking forward to fast speeds and angry Nextdoor conspiracy theory posts. MediaTek is on it (the speeds, not the conspiracy theories), and they’re partnering with Intel to deploy 5G modems for laptops. So far, HP and Dell are slated to be among the first rolling out the new modems in early 2021, so keep your eyes peeled.



What Do YOU See in This Picture?

This is a picture of my infected tooth. The tooth is gone now, but there’s a debate raging on-what do you see in this picture? I’ve been told it looks like a jellyfish, but Judie’s husband says he sees a rifle. So in the Rorschach test that is my x-ray, what do you see? Jellyfish? Rifle? Something else?


Unleash Your Inner Trekkie with “Let It Go” in Klingon!

A few years ago, “Let it go” tortured every parent with a child under 13. And with Frozen 2 on the horizon, something even worse is no doubt lurking in the soundtrack. But don’t stress about that, because someone more brilliant than any of us has translated “Let it go” into Klingon and sings it in that beautifully angry way only Klingons can do.




Vago Portable Compressor Makes Packing More Efficient

Sometimes it’s the little things that make life easier, and I suspect that the Vago Portable Compressor might be just such an item. If you are trying to pack or store clothing and you want to be as space-efficient as possible, the Vago can help make that happen.





Use The Force … to Learn to Code!

Coding is becoming as integral a part of a kids education as math and reading. It teaches logic and helps kids better understand how the world of technology they’re surrounded by actually works. Also, Star Wars is objectively awesome and every kid wishes they had the Force. Kano is tapping into that with their Star Wars The Force Coding kit!