Julie Strietelmeier


I'm happy with Android and haven't used an iPhone as my main phone for years. But dang it if these new leather and wood iPhone cases from tmbr. don't make me seriously think about switching back. These cases combine two of my favorite natural materials: wood and leather. They are available for the iPhone 6 [...]

Posted in: Cases and Covers, iOS, News

The Nonda ZUS Smart Car Finder & USB Car Charger is a German designed all in one charger and car location device that has been built to meet US Military MIL-STD-810G high-temperature standards. It has two USB ports that can charge two devices at once 2x faster than normal car chargers can do (max 4.8A [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear

I have been a fan of Withings fitness products for a very long time and have been using their Wifi Body Scale every day for the past six years. Their Activité activity-tracking wrist watches are some of the nicest looking fitness trackers on the market right now. But for those of us who are a [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News
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When the Amazon Echo was released last year, I was mildly interested but not enough to actually order one.  Then when it seemed like everyone was singing the Echo's praises, I became even more interested. But still not enough to buy one. Now it's a year later and Amazon has introduced the Echo Dot, a [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Reviews

Each week I take a quick look at several crowdfunding campaigns that I think look interesting. The projects that caught my eye this week include a minimalist desk that can be used sitting or standing, a "speaker" for your smartphone that doesn't use cables or batteries, and a wearable device holder that lets you go [...]

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How many remotes do you use for your TV and other home theater devices? I am currently using three. I have a remote for my DirecTV, one for my A/V receiver and one for my Roku. In the early days of PDAs and smartphones, most devices included a built-in IR transmitter so the device could [...]

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I prefer Android OS to iOS, but I often flirt with the idea of going back to using an iPhone as my primary phone because iPhones get all the cool add-on accessories like the DxO camera and these cool corner bumper protectors from Corners4. Made in the USA from machined and cast aluminum, these bumpers [...]

Posted in: Cases and Covers, iOS, News

This week we posted 10 reviews and 14 news posts. Did you get a chance to read all of them? If you answered no, then I have the perfect solution to that problem. It's a nice list of all our posts from this past week categorized and ready for your viewing and reading pleasure. Click [...]

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The Kanex Multisync Mini Bluetooth Keyboard is a sleek Bluetooth keyboard that has been designed for Mac and iOS devices. And by devices, I mean multiple devices. This particular keyboard can switch between as many as four different devices with a quick press of two keys. Let's check it out. My main computer is a [...]

Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Computer Gear, Reviews

The World of Warcraft movie from Blizzard Entertainment is slated for release on June 10, 2016 and to start the branded merchandising wave off with a splash,  Swordfish Tech is offering WOW inspired tech accessories for pre-order. You can choose between the Alliance or the Horde with accessories that feature the iconic characters and weapons [...]

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

Fitness tracking devices are available in a variety of colors and styles that range from feminine to sporty, and from flashy to utilitarian. But there aren't that many fitness devices that pair the classic look of a wrist watch with technology that tracks your steps and sleep patterns. Withings did it with their Activité watches [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News, Watches and Clocks

I can't make up my mind if this app is cool, creepy or somewhere in between. Battery Share is an iOS app that will let you follow the battery status of your friend's phone and will send a notification to your device when their battery is about to die. I'm not sure what the real [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, iOS, News

Check out the Brik Books Build-On Macbook Cover. This LEGOtastic cover from ThinkGeek is a grey baseplate that snaps onto your Macbook without using adhesive and is compatible with LEGO, Mega Bloks, and KRE-O building bricks. You have to supply the bricks and the Macbook. Compatible and non-compatible versions listed below: 11" Macbook Air (A1465) [...]

Posted in: Cases and Covers, News

Even after all these years, I'm still a novice when it comes to video editing. I know just enough to be able to create small videos when I need them for the reviews I write, but my skills are limited to joining and trimming multiple clips, inserting basic transitions and adding very simple titles. I'm [...]

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If I kept better track of my emails, I would guess that I receive 20-50 emails a week from people wanting me to promote their Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects. You might think I'm mean, but I delete the vast majority of these emails because I don't have time to write a whole post about each [...]

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