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Dell XPS and Alienware Aurora Desktops Get Newer, Faster Intel Processors

Desktop towers went from being a fixture in every home to a rarity, but the ones that are still made fit niches that go above and beyond the sea of boring laptops. Dell is trying to make you excited for a desktop again by adding Intel K-Series processors into new XPS and Alienware desktops! Alienware Aurora is designed to give…


Tile Revamps Their Pro & Mate Line with Replaceable Batteries

If you are a fan of popular key-finders the Tile Pro and Tile Mate, you’ll be excited to know that the company has added significant updates to the two products that you’ll certainly enjoy. Finally listening to its users (including me) who have wanted replaceable batteries for their Tile for years, the company announced this week that their two newer…




Lagos Smart Caviar Apple Watch Bands Are on a Whole ‘Nother Level

It’s pretty common to get an Apple Watch and immediately wish that it had a more fashionable band. What’s not so common is to have a major jewelry manufacturer say, “Don’t worry; I’ve got you,” but that’s exactly what Lagos has done. Lagos Smart Caviar is a collection of precious metal and diamond bands for your Apple Watch.


Nomad Base Station Hub Edition Is Ready to Charge Your Life Wirelessly

Bad news: Apple’s promised wireless charging system is MIA and may never make its appearance. Good news: Nomad’s new Base Station Hub Edition is here and ready to charge your life. The Nomad Base Station has an MSRP of $99.95. It looks amazing, has dual 10W wireless charging, and it can charge up to four devices simultaneously.


Honor Reveals Their Honor 8X and Deems It “2018’s Best Value Smartphone”

Honor wowed us with the power, quality, and value of their phones. The Honor View10 is a powerful device at an accessible price. (Read the review.) Now, the Honor 8X is here to make powerful larger-screen devices accessible to all. Its huge screen and powerful specs make this an accessible phone for those who don’t want to compromise.


Print out of Tight Spaces with the Epson XP-6000

Let’s face it, as paperless as we’re going, you still need a printer regularly. School forms, medical forms, random reports, all kinds of things still sometimes need to be printed physically. So you need a printer, and you might as well have one that’s compact and can handle everything from basic printing to photos. Enter the Epson XP-6000.


August and Yale Locks Give You New Ways to Smarten up Your Doors

Everything in your house is getting smarter, and your locks are no exception. Aside from maybe worrying you didn’t unplug the hairdryer or turn off the oven, fretting over whether you locked your door after leaving is probably everyone’s biggest worry. August Home is teaming up with sibling brand Yale Locks to help alleviate that worry with new smart locks!


IPhone XS and XS Max Available for In-Store Pickup

Did you hold off on pre-ordering a new iPhone XS or XS Max? Change your mind and want to buy one but afraid that the wait will be too long? Well, hustle online because Apple has opened orders for in-store pickup.


TripIt Now Works with Your New iPhone’s “Siri Shortcuts”

Now that you’ve got your dual-sim iPhone XS or XS MAX in hand, frequent travelers may be setting up trips to come. And if you’re like me, one of the best traveling apps out there is TripIt. Today, officially, the app has released new features that go great with iOS 12 and your new iPhone.



Pandora Updates New App with Siri Shortcuts and More

Pandora is one of the few apps that I first installed on my iPhone years ago that remains one of my favorites now in 2018. And with the release of iOS 12 on Monday, the app has been updated with great features that make it even more useful.


BuilderBots Are Toys That Teach Coding

Learning the basics of coding is becoming as important as reading and math skills for young children. There are a number of ways for kids to learn, but the best is sneaking learning exercises into doing fun stuff, and speaking as the parent of a 5-year-old, it’s nearly universal that trucks and building things will attract children. Enter UBTech’s BuilderBots.


SureCall N-Range Uses ERT to Boost Your Cellular Signal on the Road

Have you ever held your phone up above your head (just a little higher!), hoping that the added height would improve your cell signal? No judgment; I think we’ve all tried it at least once… and then realized it doesn’t work. Something that actually will help you improve your in-car signal, though, is the SureCall N-Range cellphone signal booster.


Withings Is Back, and Now There’s a New Steel HR Sport!

Once, we had Withings, makers of fab health tracking devices and Health Mate, my favorite weight and fitness tracking app. Withings was acquired by Nokia in 2016, but four months ago the original co-founder, Eric Carreel, bought Withings back from Nokia. So now there is a new Withings logo and we get a new product, the Withings Steel HR Sport.


Nomad Is Ready to Protect Your New iPhone in Style

Nomad has already rolled out a series of new cases for all of the new iPhones Apple announced last week. In keeping with what we’ve come to expect from Nomad, the cases are tough, look and feel great and are designed with serious iPhone users in mind. I know because I have three in hand.



Rocketbook and Think Board Team Up on Kickstarter for a Rocketbook’d Whiteboard

The folks at Rocketbook make an awesome product. Jot down your thoughts, snap a photo with the app, and upload it to the cloud service or email of your choice. Wipe your notebook clean, and do it all over again. They’ve teamed up with the folks at Think Board to combine Rocketbook’s magic with Think Board’s peel and stick whiteboards…



Gear Diary’s Best of IFA 2018 Awards

The annual IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin covers about 160,000 square meters and almost 2,000 exhibitors. Whether it was on the floor, at a press conference, at the media-only Showstoppers event, or in private meetings, we scoured IFA to find the latest and greatest to make up Gear Diary’s Best of IFA 2018 list.