Julie Strietelmeier

drinkmate

This post has been sponsored by DrinkMate. When socializing and partying involves drinking alcohol, it should go without saying that it is important to stay safe. A designated driver is an obvious must-have, but even for those people who aren't driving or people who drink alone, knowing their blood alcohol level can help prevent a [...]

Posted in: iOS, News
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magkey-1

I'm currently going through a minimalist stage where I am reducing my "stuff" down to just the items that I actually use on a regular basis. Case in point, this past weekend, I did a major gadget purge of my office (Gadgeteer HQ) and ended up taking four overflowing storage tubs of old review items [...]

Posted in: Car Gear, Pocket Gear, Reviews
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satechi-cortana

Earlier this year, Andy Chen and I told you about the Satechi Home Button and the Satechi Media Button. Andy wasn't too impressed with the Home button, but I'm still using the Media button in my MINI Cooper to control Pandora and Spotify on my drives to and from work. The new Satechi BT Cortana Button [...]

Posted in: News, Windows Phone
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timeswirl

You come to the Gadgeteer to read our product reviews for gadgets that you are interested in buying. But do you ever wonder if we continue to use these products long after we've posted that initial review? That's what these review update posts are for. We take a look back at the products we're still using [...]

Posted in: Reviews
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samurai-umbrella

The Samurai Sword Umbrella from Brando looks like a Katana, which is a long, single-edged sword used by Japanese samurai. But that's not the first thing that came to mind when I saw it. I thought of the Michonne character from one of my favorite shows The Walking Dead. This umbrella is 38 inches long [...]

Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear
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smartfinish

The Nest thermostat is a programmable and smartphone controllable thermostat that learns as you use it. It's obviously a cool accessory for your home, but its physical look might not fit every home's decorating style. That's where the Smart Finish mounting bracket comes in. Made of sustainably harvested European Beech wood and available in a [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News
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bomber-keychain

Last October Andy Jacobs told us about Bomber & Company's Bomber Barrel duffel bag which is still Kickstarter's most successful campaign for a bag. The backers of this campaign kept asking for a keychain to go with the duffel bag and Bomber & Company have answered that request. Their latest crowdfunding campaign is for Bomber [...]

Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear
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timeswirl

Oops, somehow Saturday got past me before I had a chance to post my regular weekly roundup list. If last week flew by too quick for you too, then I bet you missed some of our news, reviews and articles from the past seven days. No worries though because here is a complete list for [...]

Posted in: News
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jorno-5

My all time favorite keyboard for a PDA (remember those?) was the original Stowaway Keyboard from Think Outside. They later came out with a Bluetooth model, but it was smaller and didn't match the cool factor of the first one. It's been 15 years since I reviewed the Stowaway and I've been hoping someone would [...]

Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, News
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decadent-minimalist-wallet-6

The trend for minimalist wallets continues with no end in sight. All you have to do is search Kickstarter for the keyword "wallet" and you'll see what I mean. Speaking of Kickstarter and minimalist wallets, I have a new one to show you today. It's the Decadent Minimalist DM1 wallet. If that name sounds familiar to [...]

Posted in: Pocket Gear, Reviews, Wallets
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eureka-brushroll-clean-7

Buying a vacuum can be a lot like buying a new car. Like cars, vacuums are expensive, come in sub-compact, compact, mid-sized and full-sized models with all sorts of options that you may or may not need. I've reviewed quite a few vacuums in the past few years, but keep looking for my holy grail of [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Reviews
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ezilstein

Holding a tablet for an extended period of time can fatigue your hands and negatively affect your posture. The EzilStein (pronounced “easel + stein”) is a uniquely designed minimalist universal tablet stand that you wear for hands-free tablet viewing. The stand is made in the USA of lightweight anodized aluminum and wood that easily folds [...]

Posted in: News, Tablets, Ultra Portables
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sata-usbc

Are you the owner of a shiny new 2015 Apple MacBook with the USB Type-C port? As you're building up your collection of USB Type-C accessories, the USB 3.1 Type-C to SATA Combo Adapter from Brando is a handy device that you might want to consider adding to your gadget toolbox. Although flash storage is [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, News
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peakdesign-messenger

Messenger bags are my favorite style of bags because they are casual, don't fall over when you set them on a flat surface and can hold all my gear with room to spare. Thousands of other people must also like messenger bags because Peak Design's Everyday Messenger Bag Kickstarter campaign has already raised over $1M [...]

Posted in: Bags, News
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frixtion-stamps

Remember the Pilot FriXion pens with their erasable ink? Now Pilot is offering FriXion stamps that can be used to decorate your journal, paper calendar, etc. Just like the FriXion pens, these stamps use the same type of thermo-sensitive ink that will disappear with friction. The Pilot FriXion stamps are available in several ink colors [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, News
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tv-mirror

Minimalists will love this product because it's a mirror that conceals a big screen TV. Use it as a mirror by day and at night it becomes a TV. The TV Mirror mounts over your existing TV and uses beamsplitter TV mirror technology to turn the black screen of your powered off TV into a [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News
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waterfield-vitesse

Messenger bags are my favorite style of everyday bag because they can pretty much hold everything but the kitchen sink you need them to. If you're as much of a fan of WaterField bags as I am, you'll be interested to know that WaterField has recently introduced their new Vitesse messenger bag. The bag is [...]

Posted in: Bags, News
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evenflo-carseat

Walmart and Evenflo have teamed up to announce a new baby car seat that has built-in technology to alert the driver when the child's harness clip becomes unbuckled and when the child is still in the seat after arriving at their destination. Last summer it seemed like each week that passed we were hearing about [...]

Posted in: Car Gear, Kid Gadgets, News
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week-news

Time flies when you're having fun or at work all week not having any fun at all. Yay for the weekends when you hopefully have time to get caught up on all the news and reviews that we posted here on The Gadgeteer. Grab yourself a nice cold drink, get comfy in your stretchy pants [...]

Posted in: News
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soi-baglight

The German designed SOI bag light is a great idea for people who carry large gear bags, backpacks or tote bags. It's a 3 x 1 inch disc shaped LED flashlight that you keep in your bag. When you stick your hand in the bag to retrieve an item, special proximity sensors can tell when [...]

Posted in: Bags, News
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