Janet Cloninger


Now you don't even have to bother entering your passcode on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 8 to control your Phillips Hue connected lights.  When you update to the latest version of the Phillips Hue app, you'll have access to the Hue widget for the Notification Center.  To add it, just swipe down to [...]

Posted in: Home, Kitchen, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News

You'll always be on time with this Star Trek Original Series NCC-1701 Watch.  The face of the watch is etched to look like the saucer of the U.S.S. Enterprise in the original Star Trek TV series.  The stainless steel case and back are complemented with a white faux leather watchband with a red stripe and [...]

Posted in: News, Watches, Clocks

Years ago, just after graduating college, my first big purchase was a receiver, turntable, and speakers.  I eventually added a better turntable, a cassette deck, and finally a CD player.  Over the years, I replaced all my vinyl albums with CDs and pared my components down to just a CD player, my receiver, and speakers.  Finally, [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews

Twelve South has created luxurious jackets made of premium quality, buttery soft Napa leather for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.  The SurfacePad jackets have microfiber interiors and reinforced stitching around the perimeter for long-term durability.  They add protection and beautiful style to your phone without a lot of bulk and without completely obscuring the beauty [...]

Posted in: Cases, Covers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News, Wallets

One of the things taught in women's self-defense classes is to put your keys between your fingers and use them as a stabbing tool if you are ever attacked.  If you fix your keys between your fingers before you ever open that door, you'll be ready, but it's not always so quickly done if you [...]

Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

The Panda Compact Washing Machine is only 14" wide and 19.3" tall, but it can wash 5.5 pounds of laundry.  You just plug it in, load in your clothes, and add water and detergent, and it will handle the washing.  It's good for doing small loads and can handle delicates to towels.  It's great for [...]

Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News, Travel Gear
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I've shown you the elfa desk system I built for my home office, but I haven't shown you all the other elfa systems in my house.  We have a huge bookshelf that stores books and serves as the support table for the giant, 88-key electronic keyboard, my daughter's desk system, and the closet drawer systems. [...]

Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Home, Kitchen, News
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Amazon just announced a new perk for their Prime members - unlimited free storage of photos in the Amazon Cloud Drive.  You'll be able to copy up all the photos from your computer and your mobile devices to one secure location and view them from all your devices.  Amazon's world-class security and protection systems will keep [...]

Posted in: Camera Gear, News

You've seen smart TVs before, but you've never seen a smart Roku TV until now.  Roku has partnered with Hisense and TCL to simplify the smart TV so you can "instantly enjoy endless entertainment".  You can customize the Roku TV home screen with your favorite cable/satellite TV box, streaming channels, gaming console, and other devices so you don't [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, News

This Kickstarter project introduces a new case for the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus from Acme Made.  The case doesn't have a built-in battery, but it does have a built-in Lightning cable.  The Charge Case is made of polycarbonate, and it has a carbon fiber-reinforced polycarbonate kickstand that can support the iPhone in either portrait [...]

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

You can use any water bottle to keep your water with you, but most of them don't do anything to control the temperature of the beverage.  The S'well Bottle can do both.  It is made of 18/8 double-walled stainless steel, which is non-toxic, non-leaching, and BPA free.  As mentioned, it's double-walled, so it's insulated and [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, Home, Kitchen, News
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Julie reviewed the SodaStream Fountain Jet Starter Kit a few years ago and found that it was a good way to enjoy tasty sodas without all the waste of aluminum cans and single-use plastic bottles.  SodaStream is still around, but they have introduced a variety of new carbonator machines in the past few years.  One [...]

Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

The Kickflip acts as a laptop stand for your laptop without requiring you to carry an extra item in your laptop bag.  The Kickflip is a hinge that attaches to the bottom of your device with "a high-tech, German engineered gel adhesive. It forms a strong bond with your laptop to hold firm yet removes [...]

Posted in: Laptops and Gear, News

The TYLT SYNCABLE-DUO 2-in-1 charging cable combines a microUSB cable with an Apple MFI-certified Lightning adapter.  You'll be able to charge or sync a variety of devices with this one cable.  The Lightning adapter is tethered to the cable so you don't have to worry about losing it.  The cables are available in 1 foot, 2 [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News
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There are a lot of mobile phones on the market today, but it can be impossible to find accessories designed for your particular device if you don't have an Apple or Samsung product.  Mugen Power has an extended Li-ion battery for your phone, if you happen to have the Caterpillar Cat B15Q phone.  The standard battery [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News

This new RealPad from AARP probably isn't a lot different from many other 7.9" Android tablets on the market, but it has one advantage over them.  The fact that AARP is endorsing them and has some of their services set up as apps on the tablet may be enough to give tech-fearful people the confidence to think [...]

Posted in: Android related, News, Tablets, Ultra Portables

The Light Casting Gloves will keep your hands warm this winter.  They have a "wind- and water-resistant outer shell, polyester insulation that keeps hands warm, and a brushed tricot lining that is soft and smooth against hands."  They also have a synthetic leather palm for improving your grip and elastic at the wrist to keep [...]

Posted in: Gear, News

Devoted fans of Mr. Spock will love this business card holder.  The Bronze Spock Business Card Holder is apparently only bronze colored, because it is made of Polystone.  It measures 4.25" x 2.5" x 6.5".  It shows Spock's hand in his famous Vulcan salute, and the base displays his "live long and proper" salutation.  You can [...]

Posted in: Gear, News
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All the single ladies and gents who like to use a stylus but who can never find the thing when they want it need the Ring Stylus from Kikkerland Design. This stylus fits a size 8 finger, or you can wear it on a keyring or around your neck on a chain, so you'll always [...]

Posted in: Gear, News, Styluses

If normal switch plate covers are too mundane for you, try these Toggle Switch Plates from UncommonGoods for a little Rube Goldberg steampunk style.  They are designed by father and son Lance and L J Nybye.  The plates are made with brass hardware and laser-engraved plywood.  You can attach them over your existing standard switch plates [...]

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