Julie Strietelmeier


If you are an Amazon Prime member and have an Echo or an Echo Dot, you can now shop with Alexa just by asking her to reorder the products you use the most or even to order something totally new. Just tell Alexa what to order such as "Alexa, order Honey Bunches of Oats". Alexa [...]

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SCOTTeVEST has just announced some new techwear that's been designed for both men and women to carry their gear when they are off the grid without needing a bag or backpack. The new OTG jackets which appropriately stands for Off The Grid, are made of ripstop nylon and feature a cool quilted design and 29 [...]

Posted in: Gear, News
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Do you want to create your own 3D videos but think it will cost too much and be too difficult? If you have an Android device with a micro USB port, the Weeview Eye-Plug camera will let you  capture your own VR movies for less than $50. But does the old saying "you get what [...]

Posted in: Android, Camera Gear, Reviews

Why does it seem like the lightest and thinnest laptops always have the bulkiest chargers? Laptops are fantastic until you have to travel with them and carry all the necessary accessories that go along with them. If your laptop only weighs 2 lbs, but the charger and cable weigh 1-2 lbs, where's the advantage to [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Laptops and Gear, Reviews

Get the best of both worlds with Moleskine's new Two-Go notebooks. Featuring two page spreads that have lined pages on one side and blank pages on the opposite side, this type of dual layout allows you to take notes on the lined pages and draw sketches on the blank side. The Two-Go notebooks are 4.5 [...]

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This week we have two Indiegogo crowdfunding projects and two Kickstarter project that range from virtual reality to bicycle safety gadgets. Click through for all the campaign details. What is it? The FLECTR 2.0 is a stylish bicycle wheel reflector which combines reflection and aerodynamics. Why do I like it? Read Smythe's FLECTR 2.0 review [...]

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It's been two days since I stood in line at my local Verizon store and walked out with a new 32gb Apple iPhone 7. The phone was intended for Jeanne, but I planned to use it for a few days to help me figure out if I want to buy another iPhone 7 for myself [...]

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Now that I'm considering switching to an iPhone 7 Plus, my quest to find the ultimate pair of wireless earbuds is really heating up and the latest pair that I've been testing are the Epic2 Bluetooth wireless sport earbuds from JLab. Yay or nay? Let's find out? The JLab Epic2 Bluetooth earbuds are wireless earbuds [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Health, Fitness, Sports, Reviews

It's been a busy week with the Apple iPhone 7 being officially unleashed on the world yesterday, a new generation of the Amazon Echo Dot and lots more. Did you miss any of our news and reviews this week? You're not sure? Then click through and scan the list of all the articles that we [...]

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You've probably heard of Sleep Number beds before. They are the beds that allow personal customization of each side of the bed so that the occupants can have the most comfortable sleep possible for their individual soft for firmness level preferences. Sleep Number's latest bed is called the "it bed" and this bed not only [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News

Yes, I'm a little too short for a stormtrooper. But my head is just the right size for the iRestore Laser Hair Growth System hat / helmet / cap / thingy. Actually, they call it a dome. What is it and why am I wearing it? Keep reading to find out. The iRestore Laser Hair Growth System is [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, Reviews

If you've read my recent gadget diary posts about pre-ordering the new iPhone 7 Plus, you'll know that I made a mistake doing that through Apple's site and will end up sending back the iPhone that's heading to my doorstep as I type this.  I've spent the last week trying to figure out a way [...]

Posted in: Articles, iOS

I wish I had a SitGo to test tomorrow when I'll be going to my local Verizon store around 6am to wait in line to (hopefully) buy an iPhone 7. Julie, what's a SitGo you ask? It's what inventor Jon Webb calls a portable resting solution, but I like to call it a one-legged tripod [...]

Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

I reviewed the first gen Echo Dot only four months ago and now Amazon has just announced a 2nd generation version. Wow, that was fast! If you're not familiar with the Amazon Echo Dot, it's a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses a voice "assistant" named Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, News

How do you easily capture events with your camera that span minutes, hours or even days without having to manually snap each image? You can use your DSLR and special software and even your smartphone with special apps. But if you want to take a time-lapse of something outdoors, you run the risk of weather [...]

Posted in: Camera Gear, Reviews