Janet Cloninger


As you may have heard, the Apple Watch starts being delivered tomorrow.  As the delivery time approached, more and more apps were being announced for the Watch, and one of the latest announcements is the Misfit Minute fitness coaching app.  Yes, it's from the makers of the Misfit trackers, so it should be a welcome [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News

Home Depot is offering a 2-pack of Philips 60W-equivalent Soft White A19 LED Light Bulbs for $4.97.  These bulbs use 8.5W and produce 800 lumens of 2700K light.  Philips says they use 85% less energy compared to a standard incandescent 60-Watt light bulb and cost about $1.02/year to use (assuming 3 hours of use/day at [...]

Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

My husband was telling me about a co-worker who has to travel outside the country a lot on business.  This person said he was swarmed by a crowd of people, all talking at him and bumping into him in the lobby of his hotel.  When he reached into his pocket, grabbed his wallet out, and [...]

Posted in: News, Travel Gear, Wallets

The TV in my bedroom has what has to be the worst remote ever created.  It seems to be underpowered, and there's an opaque cover over the wimpy IR sender that means it sometimes takes what seems like a dozen tries to get the TV to simply turn on or off.  I need to get [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, News

It's nice to have a place in your car to set your drink, but it's even nicer to have a place to keep your phone where you can see it while it's navigating for you or while it's charging.  With the Cupholder Charging Station, you can convert one drink holder in the center console into [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, News

The HT-TM02 TripMate Nano Wireless N Pocket Travel Router is tiny enough, at 2.2" X 2" X 0.7" and 1 ounce, to fit in a pocket or bag.  It's a 802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz wireless router that lets you create a personal WiFi network for your mobile devices and laptop when you travel.  You can also plug in a [...]

Posted in: News, Travel Gear, Wireless

This seems to be a product in search of a problem, but the PAVARA sink tidy is also in search of funding at Kickstarter.  I'm just getting started on the process of updating my kitchen.  You know me, I'm always interested in new gadgets, and a gadget for my upgraded kitchen seemed intriguing.  This product [...]

Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

My husband, Butch, has helped me review a few methods of directly recording guitar music into music-recording software.  Some methods required an interface between the guitar and the computer with the software, and he also reviewed the Squier by Fender Strat guitar with the USB interface built in.  Both methods worked well, but having the [...]

Posted in: Music Gear, News

Like many other charging stands created for the Apple Watch, the BLOC is a sleek, elegant charging station for your Apple Watch.  It will look and work perfectly on your bedside table for those nightly charging sessions.  Unlike most other charging stands, the BLOC is also a portable power bank for your Watch, just in [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News

Summer's nearly here, and it's almost time to start planning picnics.  If you don't like sitting on the ground with the dirt and insects, you probably prefer going to places with picnic tables available, but with the Multi Function Rolling Cooler with Table and 2 Chairs, you can go anywhere and still enjoy using a [...]

Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

After reading Julie's posts comparing Android and Apple, do you find yourself firmly in the pro-Android camp?  Or maybe you're just in the pro-cute robot camp?  These official Google-approved bot figures from the Big Box Edition collectors series will make a cute addition to your office or home desk to show your Android or robot pride.  Each [...]

Posted in: Android related, Geek Toys, News

Continuing their line of little handmade, bookbound accessories, DODOcase has introduced their Dual Charging Dock Organizer for iPhone and Apple Watch.  This little book has a Baltic birch interior carved to hold an iPhone (any size with or without many cases, or even an iPad mini) as it charges.  The platform in front of the iPhone holds [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Cases, Covers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News

I got an email from Amazon outlining the new features added to their Fire TV with the newly-released OS 1.5 update.  The update adds the following features: "Expandable USB storage—Use a connected USB flash drive to expand your Amazon Fire TV storage for downloaded apps and games—this enables you to have more games downloaded for [...]

Posted in: Android related, Audio, Video, TV Gear, News

These organized storage boxes from XSories can protect your action camera and its accessories, your other mobile devices, or even your lunch.  The Universal Capxule cases are made of NBR, ABS, aluminium, rubber.  EVA perimeter walls to absorb shock and a molded grab handle to make it easy to carry.  Inside is a mesh pocket and [...]

Posted in: Bags, Camera Gear, Cases, Covers, News

You like getting the information your fitness tracker provides, but do you ever get tired of the way you have to wear it?  If you'd like a change from the rubber wrist band or the plastic clip-on case, check out the fitness tracker accessories that Griffin has for you.  Griffin says their wearable accessories line [...]

Posted in: Cases, Covers, Health, Fitness, Sports, News

Most of the Apple Watch accessories I've seen to now have been charging stands, backup batteries, and even pads to lay the Watch on while you're not wearing it, but more and more companies are offering actual covers for the watch's metal body.  Spigen has an ExactFit Apple Watch Slim Premium Matte Finish Hard Case that [...]

Posted in: Cases, Covers, News, Watches, Clocks

If you don't like to leave home without your digital data, you should check out the Corsair Flash Survivor Stealth USB 3.0 flash drive.  The casing is made of anodized, aircraft-grade aluminum, and it's waterproof to 200 meters, and it's both vibration- and shock-resistant.  Because it's USB 3.0, it offers read-speeds up to 4 times faster [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, Laptops and Gear, News, Pocket Gear

If you like your accessories to be unusual and not something everyone you'll meet will be carrying, too, then you need to check out Tovi Sorga's beautiful, colorful leather goods.  Tovi's biography says he is an "independent artist, designer and craftsman of bespoke, printed leather fashion accessories. He is one of the only leather-craft artisans [...]

Posted in: Bags, Cases, Covers, News

I work from home, so I don't use a laptop bag or large gear bag every day.  However, I do like to take my iPad with me when I go to an appointment, and sometimes I may even want to take my 11" MacBook Air.  I don't want to have to change bags every time [...]

Posted in: Bags, Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables

If you put the battery-powered BerryBreeze on the top shelf of your refrigerator, the manufacturer promises that it will keep your stored foods fresher for up to 2-3 times longer than normal.  The BerryBreeze "filters and cleans the air in your fridge. Using newly-patented technology, BerryBreeze fills your refrigerator with activated oxygen to neutralize bacteria, [...]

Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News