Technology Tech gadgets that got us through 2020

18:15  25 november  2020
18:15  25 november  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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Smartphones, laptops and gaming consoles remain at the top of holiday wish lists, but this year we at CNN Business are reflecting on the tech, services and apps that truly made a big impact on our everyday lives.

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Here's what impressed our editors, reporters and producers the most -- and in many ways, helped us survive the rollercoaster that has been 2020.

Bose Headphones

Bose's newest noise-canceling headphones ($379) are definitely a splurge, but they've been a worthwhile purchase. They sound great when listening to music or taking a call and quiet the distractions around you, whether that's a dog barking, a leaf blower, an upstairs neighbor vacuuming or noisy construction. Downside: People may make fun of you in Zoom meetings for looking like a bug. -- Kaya Yurieff, Tech Reporter

Sims powers Georgia Tech past fumble-prone Louisville, 46-27

  Sims powers Georgia Tech past fumble-prone Louisville, 46-27 ATLANTA (AP) — Jeff Sims threw a go-ahead 19-yard scoring pass to Jahmyr Gibbs midway through the fourth quarter and Georgia Tech rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to beat Louisville 46-27 on Friday night. Louisville running backs lost three fumbles while Georgia Tech did not commit a turnover. Javian Hawkins ran for 155 yards for the Cardinals but his fumble in the fourth quarter was costly. Jordan Domineck’s recovery near midfield set up Sims’ scoring pass to Gibbs, who vaulted defensive back Isaiah Hayes at the goal line to give the Yellow Jackets a 32-27 lead.

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eero mesh Wi-fi system

Working from home was a rough start for me from an internet perspective. Despite the fastest speeds in my area, keeping up with meetings and producing live shows from my basement was stretching the limits of my old internet router. A co-worker gave me his old eero system ($129) and I just upgraded to the eero 6 Pro ($229). It drastically improved my Wi-Fi and connecting the hubs with an ethernet cable finally has me feeling like I live in the 21st century. -- Mike Tarson, Senior Producer

Garmin Forerunner 245

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Being unable to go to the gym and my beloved spin class (RIP Flywheel) completely upended my fitness habits, so this Spring, I took up running for the first time since middle school. The Garmin Forerunner 245's ($299) built-in GPS allowed me to track runs without needing to carry around my bulky phone. I've improved my pathetic mile time with its help, and I can happily report that I'm as fit as 14-year-old me once again. -- Mario Aguilar, Contributor

Hendon Hooker helps No. 23 Virginia Tech beat Boston College

  Hendon Hooker helps No. 23 Virginia Tech beat Boston College BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Hendon Hooker ran for a career-high 164 yards and three touchdowns and threw for a score in No. 23 Virginia Tech's 40-14 victory over Boston College on Saturday night. Khalil Herbert added 143 yards rushing for the Hokies (3-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). They ran for 350 yards in bouncing back from a road loss to North Carolina. Virginia Tech scored off of four of BC’s five turnovers to pull away. The Eagles (3-2, 2-2) turned it over three times in the first half alone, with the most damaging coming when quarterback Phil Jurkovec overthrew an open Jaelen Gill deep in Virginia Tech territory.

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I love the consignment app Poshmark for reselling all the clothing items I no longer love or need. It can be time-consuming, which is great when you've got a lot of time on your hands. I got so into it during the pandemic that I bought a HP portable printer ($299) to print out shipping labels after I've made a sale. -- Sara O'Brien, Senior Writer

Pixel Buds

The original Pixel Buds got horrible reviews, and Google apparently took them to heart. The second generation ($179) are true wireless earbuds and come equipped with Google Assistant. I can set reminders, ask Google anything in the world and translate conversation in real time (I haven't gotten to use that one yet, but I'm eager to). They'll also pause music when the smoke alarm is going off, the dog is barking or a baby is crying. Cool! The sound is great, the controls are easy to master and the battery life has been fine. -- Dave Goldman, Managing Editor

Google, Facebook and Twitter CEOs to appear on Capitol Hill for grilling over censorship

  Google, Facebook and Twitter CEOs to appear on Capitol Hill for grilling over censorship The CEOs of major tech companies will be in the hot seat Wednesday as Republican senators accuse their internet platforms of censoring conservative viewpoints and demand changes to the federal law that protects them from lawsuits. © FoxNews.com Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., gives his take on Big Tech hearings, arguing there was ‘bias on behalf of the liberal point of view’ and ‘restriction to conservative thought.

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AirDoctor and Think Dirty app

2020 made me rethink everything in my home, from the air quality to hand sanitizers, shampoos and even baby wipes. I invested in an AirDoctor Pro ($629 before discount codes), a heavy duty air purifier that significantly helped my allergies. I also spent a good bit of time playing around on a free app called Think Dirty, which rates household products based on how "clean" they are. The app makes it easier to avoid chemicals like phthalates, parabens and synthetic fragrances that can cause health issues. I ultimately swapped out a lot of products, many from popular brands, for substitutes that are much safer for my family. -- Samantha Kelly, Senior Tech Writer

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It's stunning to me how so many people try to remember dozens and dozens of passwords. A good password management tool should be mandatory in 2020. 1Password securely stores all your login info for different websites in one centralized spot, so you never have to remember another one again. It costs $2.99 a month but some services like LastPass have free options. They'll make you wonder how you ever lived without them. -- Oliver Darcy, Senior Media Reporter

The behind-the-scenes fight to influence Joe Biden on Big Tech has already begun

  The behind-the-scenes fight to influence Joe Biden on Big Tech has already begun Who will have a seat at the table?So Big Tech reformers and Big Tech allies are gearing up for a spirited fight in the coming months over the types of people who will staff the Biden administration. Those personnel decisions will offer some of the first revelations into how exactly the president-elect will regulate the tech industry and its titans, a high-stakes question about the American economy that he mostly avoided answering during his campaign.


There were some days this year where my fitness tracker wondered if I was still alive. That all changed after I got a Peloton. The stationary bike, which starts at $1,895, is not cheap, and neither are the classes ($39 a month), but it's been vital for my mental and physical health, especially during a year that was an assault on both. The classes are also entertaining enough to binge like any streaming service. -- Frank Pallotta, Media Reporter


I've used the free Discord app popular among gamers and in esports since its testing release in 2015, but this year I did more. The text and video chat app became the destination for my birthday party, movie watch parties, game nights and even a book club. I check in daily to talk to the small army of friends and colleagues I've convinced to join. -- Shannon Liao, Associate Writer

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UE Boom speaker

This mighty Bluetooth speaker has been a lockdown godsend. I previously used the UE Boom for occasional house parties pre-pandemic, but now it's become my daily go-to for podcasts while doing chores or Bollywood dance breaks while cooking. (The latest UE Boom 3 costs $150, but you can find the older model I use for about $70 if you shop around.) The coolest feature is PartyUp, which allows you to connect as many as 50 UE speakers through the "Ultimate Ears" app. I've refrained from connecting my two speakers together, though, as my apartment is small, and I don't want a third noise complaint. -- Rishi Iyengar, Tech Writer

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Honda EG2800i generator

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As a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area for the past four years, I've become accustomed to the threat of wildfires and preemptive blackouts. Last year, my family and I went without electricity for days at a time -- that meant no refrigeration, Wi-Fi or ability to charge our devices. Ahead of this year's fire season, I purchased a Honda EG2800i ($1119) generator that's powerful enough to maintain those basics and plenty more. We thankfully only needed it for two nights this year, but it kept our food from going bad and allowed us to stay connected to up-to-date information. -- Matt Quinn, Senior Tech Editor

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20 years of tech with Jeff: From green iMacs and DVDs to the iPhone era .
Jefferson Graham has covered tech for USA TODAY since 2000 and has seen shifts from laptops to little memory to terabyte drives that fit in a pocket.My tenure at USA TODAY pre-dates text messages, soundbars, talking speakers, QR codes, video chat, Uber, DoorDash, Zoom calls, YouTube, Wi-Fi, affordable flat-screen TVs….you get the idea.

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