Julie Strietelmeier

Tracking your steps and other physical activity is a great way to hold yourself accountable for your health goals, but keeping track of your heart rate throughout the day is a better measure of how well you're progressing towards those goals. Polar's new A370 fitness band has that feature and more. The Polar A370 tracks… Read More

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Going fishing is supposed to be a relaxing activity, but if you have trouble with finger dexterity or your eyesight, the common task of tying your hook or lure to the fishing line can become an exercise in frustration. One solution to this problem is the Tauten LineWelder which allows you to never need to… Read More

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WaterField Designs has updated their Outback Solo minimalist laptop back for the NEW Surface Pro. The Outback Solo 2.0 features additional storage capacity with a sleeker design. Made of waxed canvas and full-grain leather, the Outback Solo 2.0 has a rugged look, but it's been designed to protect the Surface Pro with a shock absorbent… Read More

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I'm fortunate enough to be the Gadgeteer and this awesome job has some great perks, one of which is receiving packages of gadgets to test on a regular basis. So it's probably no big surprise that my favorite part of each day is checking the mailbox. You might not be the Gadgeteer, but you can… Read More

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I hope you're as lucky as I am that this is a 3-day weekend for you. Actually, I'm even luckier as I'm on vacation for the next week. It's a staycation though... but sometimes those are the best kind of vacation! I have the perfect stress-free way to spend some time. Just click through and see… Read More

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You've probably heard the quote from poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, who said: "Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door". That quote made me think about everyday objects that I use and how they can be improved. Take Post-it notes for example. I have a pad of them on… Read More

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Have you ever wanted to learn how the basic functions of your favorite gadgets work? What does it take to make an LED light up? This mini kit from Circuit Scribe can teach you the basics of electronics without also needing to learn how to solder and wire up components. Circuit Scribe kits include a pen… Read More

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I bet you clicked through just to find out what stippling is didn't you? If you're not an artist, you probably haven't heard of the term. Stippling is an art technique that is achieved by drawing dots. LOTS of dots. Thousands of dots. Maybe millions of dots. You get the idea. Using an ordinary pen… Read More

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I've reviewed and used two Pocket Hoses in the past few years and have liked how they are lightweight, don't take up that much space, and are so much easier to move from place to place compared to traditional rubber garden hoses. The only problem with the Pocket Hoses that I've used in the past… Read More

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This week we have six picks for for my notable crowdfunding campaigns list that include magnetic speakers, a wireless camera controller, construction set, and more. Click through to see this week's list of notable crowdfunding campaigns. What is it? The Omni-Wearable are water-resistant sunglasses with an integrated hands-free flip-out 1080P POV video camera. Why do I… Read More

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Building things with LEGO bricks is fun, but if you want to shed new light on the fun, you should check out Light Stax. Light Stax are LEGO and Mega Blox compatible bricks that light up without wires. Each Light Stax brick contains a LED and electrical contacts on the brick posts. Build your model… Read More

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I have a small collection of robots that I have included in photos in many of my smartphone reviews. I especially like retro robots, which is why this classic robot lunchbox from Suck UK caught my eye. Made of tin with whimsical graphics, this lunchbot lunchbox is small but functional. There's plenty of room in the… Read More

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Smartphone screens continue to get larger and larger, but face it, they'll never be as large as a TV's screen. Or can they? They can with the Smartphone Magnifier. This fun retro-styled cardboard TV magnifies your smartphone screen to the size of an 8" TV. The Smartphone Magnifier is made of cardboard and features a… Read More

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Maybe you're a camping enthusiast who makes sure everything that you put in your backpack is as lightweight as possible, or maybe you're an EDC fanatic who is looking for a portable lighting solution. The Goal Zero Lighthouse Micro is a lantern that can also be used as a flashlight and is recharged via USB… Read More

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Today we have 5 quick review updates from one of our newest writers, Bob Patterson. We regularly like to update our reviews days, weeks, months, and even years later to let you know how the product stands up long after the initial review. Click through to view the list of updated reviews and then scroll to… Read More

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