Julie Strietelmeier


I can only play so many rounds of Candy Crush before my brain feels like it is going to implode from boredom. Words with Friends is usually my go to game when I need a little break from work, but lately I've been trying to find another solo game that is easy to play, doesn't require [...]

Posted in: Android related, Reviews

I wish I would have known about the Havahart Spray Away Elite II before we ended up erecting an 8 foot tall fence around a 50 x 50 foot garden plot two years ago. Jeanne had tried several times to have a garden only to have it turn into a free salad bar for the [...]

Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

As part of a new feature I will call "World's stupidest products" or "Do people really buy this stuff?", we have the Mail a Spud service. And yes, it's exactly what you think it is. It's a Russet potato with stamps on it that is sent through the United States Postal Service first class mail [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

If you cringe every time a new electric bill comes in the mail and you wish there was an easy way to monitor how much power and money your appliances are using, you should check out the ego smart Wi-Fi socket from Efergy. This small module plugs in between a wall socket and the appliance [...]

Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

Spring seems to be right around the corner (finally!) but I'm still wearing gloves on my drives to and from my day job each day. The best thing about gloves is that they keep my hands warm and dry. The worst thing about them is that they make interacting with my phone a big hassle. [...]

Posted in: Android related, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News

If you own an Android device and know what OTG is, give yourself a +1 geek credit. If you don't know what OTG, it stands for On The Go and it's a very easy way to use full sized mice, keyboards and flash drives with your Android devices. OTG cables and adapters are easy to [...]

Posted in: Android related, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News

Make sure you catch up on all our news, reviews and articles that we posted in the past week. Click through to view a list of all of our reviews, articles and news from the past week. Master & Dynamic MH40 headphone review iBolt Command Remote review MIU COLOR glass water bottle with tea infuser [...]

Posted in: News

I don't know much (ok I don't know anything) about wine. But I do know that traditionally, the best wines have been stored in oak barrels as part of the aging process. The wooden barrels impart flavor, color and even texture to the fermenting beverage. That's for the good stuff though. If your budget is more [...]

Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

A few days ago I posted a review of the Varidesk Pro Plus standing desk. I'm enjoying the versatility of this desk and the ability to easily go from standing to sitting in just a few seconds. But after a couple weeks of standing, I've started noticing some problems with my knees hurting from standing in [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, Home, Kitchen, News

This looks like a fun do-it-yourself project for you or your kids. It's the D.I.Y. Solar Wood Globe from Brando. The kit comes with everything you need to construct a globe of our planet that rotates when it's exposed to sunlight. The base is made of wood and the globe is made of plastic. A small [...]

Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Geek Toys, News

This week it's Bill Henderson's (I like to call him Mr. Earphones) turn to update a selection of his past reviews with notes on how they've held up (or haven't). Just click through to see his list of updated reviews and then scroll to the bottom of each one to read his latest update. Just Mobile HeadStand Headphone [...]

Posted in: Reviews
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Now that Samsung, one of the world's most popular smartphone makers other than Apple, has decided to include Qi wireless charging capability in their new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge phones, I think this means we're finally going to see Qi charging take off in a big way. I was an early adopter of wireless [...]

Posted in: Android related, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews

The days of the bulging Costanza wallet may be numbered now that Apple Pay and other forms of mobile payment starts to become popular. WaterField's new Spike wallets hold your driver's license, transit card and a few bills (plus a house key when necessary), and will fit into your front pocket. They are made with [...]

Posted in: News, Wallets

Do you use your smartphone to stream music while you're driving? If you do, you have probably struggled to interact with the music application while operating your vehicle. Especially during the winter months when you're wearing gloves. The biggest issue is that you should not be focusing your attention to skipping music tracks or giving [...]

Posted in: Android related, Bluetooth Gear, Car Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod

You've seen it, I've seen it, we've all read the warnings claiming that sitting too much is the new cancer. Trust me, cancer is no fun (voice of experience here), so finding alternatives to sitting all day is something everyone should consider. There are apps that will remind you to get up and move around [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews

I love tea. Hot tea and iced teas are what I drink 99% of the time. When I'm home and at work, I drink from ceramic or glass mugs, neither of which are convenient to use when I need to be mobile like walking to and from meetings, etc. The MIU COLOR glass water bottle [...]

Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

The iBolt Command Remote is a stand alone button that can be programmed to perform a variety of functions for iOS and Android devices. The button is powered by a coin cell battery and pairs with your phone using Bluetooth. Andy Chen and I decided to do a dual review to talk about how the [...]

Posted in: Android related, Bluetooth Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews

Today in Barcelona, Spain at the 2015 Mobile World Congress convention, Samsung took the wraps off of two new Galaxy smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. These two devices feature a metal chassis, glass on the front and back, and a 5.1 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,560 [...]

Posted in: Android related, News

These new new journals from Moleskine have 96 - 128 pages and five to seven chapters depending on the notebook's size. Chapters notebooks are available in a slim pocket size that is 3 x 5.5 inches, slim medium which is 3.75 x 7 inches and the largest size which is 4.5 x 8.25 inches. They [...]

Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

If the thoughts of turning your "dumb" home into a smart home sounds appealing but also too expensive and too daunting, consider Neurio. Instead of connecting individual sensors to all of your main appliances, Neurio is one sensor that installs into your home's electrical panel (no cutting or disconnecting wires is required). This one sensor uses [...]

Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News
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