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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!


Flux Beamo Is a Powerful, Compact, and Affordable Laser Cutter

You know the feeling you get when something just works right out of the box?  That’s the feeling I got when I did my first engraving with the new Flux beamo laser cutter and engraver.  The relatively small footprint beamo uses frickin’ laser beams at different intensities and speeds to engrave or cut multiple materials for DIY projects.


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.



The Automonous ErgoChair 2 Is a Comfortable Task Chair at a Great Price

What’s worse than being stuck at a desk for hours in an uncomfortable chair?  Nothing.  Autonomous is here to fix your aching back with their ErgoChair 2.  The ErgoChair 2 is perfect for desk work, video gaming, and more when you’ll be sitting for hours at a time.  The ErgoChair 2 is made of quality, long-lasting materials and is selling now for $319.


Spärkel Carbonator: Create Your Own Carbonated Drinks without Synthesized Chemicals or CO2 Tanks

I gave up Diet Cokes a few years ago, for many reasons. One of the things that helped me keep my resolve to stop drinking “DC”s was flavored carbonated water; I could still get that bubbly burn that I craved but without all of the artificial sweeteners, caffeine, and caramel food coloring. With the Spärkel Carbonator, I can now make my own flavored carbonated drinks at home.


Hammacher Schlemmer Delivers True Holiday Joy … and Boats, So Many Boats.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Not snow, though that’s exciting, or holidays with relatives, which might be nice or might be fodder for your next passive-aggressive Facebook status. No, it’s time for Hammacher Schlemmer to pretend you can afford the finer things in life, like a $350 cat bed or a nose hair trimmer as a stocking stuffer!



Eufy’s RoboVac L70 Hybrid Is the Robotic Combo Vacuum & Mop to Beat

Eufy is a brand from Anker that I’ve trusted for a while now. They are known for their high-quality products at reasonable prices while listening to customer feedback to constantly improve. The latest innovation is the RoboVac L70 Hybrid; a robotic vacuum that mops as well as vacuums and uses laser navigation. The RoboVac L70 Hybrid retails for $549.99.


The Force Is with Zazzle’s Line of Star Wars Products

Zazzle makes a variety of products from mousepads to cases, mugs, and more. You can design your own, or you can look to one of their licensed product lines. We had the chance to check out some of their Star Wars merchandise, and if you’ve got some Force fanatics on your holiday list, you definitely need to head to Zazzle!



Z-Edge Dashcam Helps You Keep an Eye on Everyone Else

More and more these days, you can’t trust people to tell the truth. Not long ago, I had someone accuse my son of hitting a car. I wish I’d had the Z-edge Dashcam in his car then, but I am glad I have it now. Let’s see how good it is at doing its job.


5 Fun Things I Saw at the Global Sources Mobile Electronics Show

I’ve just returned from Hong Kong, where I was attending the Global Source s Show. Global Sources is one of the largest consumer electronics shows in Asia, billing itself as the “world’s biggest mobile sourcing show” which means that it’s a great source for companies who need to find new products to sell. Here are some of the products I thought were noteworthy.



QÜERO Handmade Shoes Are Handmade Luxury for Your Feet

Quero shoes are handmade in Spain. As the company notes, Quero offers, “an old way of making shoes… a new way to buy them.” I received a pair of their Mercer Oxford, and they have a new customer. The shoes look amazing, seem to be crafted with excellence, and, most of all, they are incredibly comfortable. I’m buying boots next!


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.