Julie Strietelmeier


Fans of Saddleback Leather Company gear who also own an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus will be interested in learning that Saddleback has a case that has been designed especially for the iPhone 6/6 Plus. Made of full-grain leather and marine-grade thread like Saddleback's other cases and bags, the iPhone 6 case is available in [...]

Posted in: Cases and Covers, iOS, News

I want a drone. I have no idea what I'd really use one for, but I want one anyway. When the folks at Silverlit asked if I would like to review their new SpyCam Nano, I was really excited because first of all it's a drone with a built-in camera and secondly, it's so small [...]

Posted in: Camera Gear, Geek Toys, Reviews

San Francisco based WaterField Designs recently announced their new Field Tote which has been designed with a casual style that will also fit into professional settings. The Field Tote is constructed of water-resistant waxed canvas with full grain leather accents. The bag is light weight and can be rolled up and stored in a larger [...]

Posted in: Bags, News

German based SPEEDLINK will be expanding its PC gaming accessory product line with new mechanical keyboards. The full-size VELATOR keyboard features ten macro-enabled keys and traditional black plastic casing. The ULTOR keyboard features an aluminium base with LED lighting which provides white illumination of the relevant gaming keys and blue illumination of the other keys. [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, Gaming Gear, News

This week we gave you twice as many reviews as we normally do, so if you've not had a chance to read them all, this list is for you. Just click through to see the full listing of all the news and reviews that we posted this past week. Enjoy! Solpro Helio Smart solar battery [...]

Posted in: News

Comic book geeks will want to check out CONtv, it's like Netflix, but for comic con fans. CONtv is THE digital destination for Comic Con fans! Devoted to all the weird, hilarious and terrifying content celebrated at the Cons, CONtv is a place to celebrate community, discover new movies and TV series, and revel in [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, News

The 12V port in my MINI Cooper is occupied with a USB car charger for my dashcam. I love using gadgets in my car, but hate how large and ugly the power adapters can be. I've been on the lookout for a smaller one for awhile now and may have found one that ticks all [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, News
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If you're tired of carrying a 6 foot long USB charging cable in your gear bag, it's time to look for alternatives like the micro USB and Lightning connector USB charging cables from Tizi. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, Tizi is a two-time Apple Design Award Winner. They produce apps and gadgets for Mac, iPhone, iPad [...]

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

The Boogie Board eWriter was first introduced back in 2010 (see my original Boogie Board review for more info). If you're not familiar with it, it's a plastic slate that you can draw and write on using a stylus. Whatever you write on it will remain on the screen until you press the erase button. [...]

Posted in: Paper and Pens, Reviews

Products like the Dropcam, now called Nest Cam, have made home security cameras a very popular gadget category. I have a Dropcam Pro that I have really really enjoyed using, but since they switched hands to Nest, the web-based viewer feels sluggish and there's also the monthly cloud subscription cost which makes it prohibitive to [...]

Posted in: Camera Gear, Home and Kitchen, Reviews

The Lexar Professional microSDXC/SDHC UHS-II cards are not just fast, they are 1000x fast. That means their high-speed performance is perfect for the capture of high-quality images and extended lengths of 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video that you capture with your smartphones, tablets and action cameras. And if you don't have a smartphone, tablet [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, News

How would you like to own a writing instrument that never needed an ink refill or never needed its point sharpened? The Beta,Pen from German design company Axel Weinbrecht Design is such a writing implement. DadsGifts sent me one to try, so let's see if it's a novelty or a useful pen/pencil for your gear [...]

Posted in: Paper and Pens, Reviews

If your idea of a perfect notebook is a combination of a day planner and a journal, you will want to take a look at the BASICS Notebook Kickstarter campaign. The campaign ends on 08/29/2015, but has already greatly surpassed their original funding goal of $10,000. They sent me a prototype of their BASICS Notebook [...]

Posted in: Paper and Pens, Reviews

  There are a variety of device mounting solutions for vehicles including dash mounts, cup holder mounts, vent mounts, windshield mounts and more. I'm really picky when it comes to which ones I want to use in my car, because I will not use adhesives, I don't want to drill holes, I'm not a fan [...]

Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

I have an addiction to notebooks that surpasses my ability to fill them. There is something irresistible about a brand new notebook, especially ones that I've never tried before. When the folks at Code&Quill asked if I would like to take a look at their Traveler and Origin notebooks, a little voice in my ear [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Reviews

Backpacks are a must have accessory when hiking and camping. They are constructed to let you easily transport all your important gear while exploring the great outdoors. But one of the main problems with traditional backpacks is that you have to take them off in order to get access to your stuff. Paxis has designed [...]

Posted in: Bags, News, Outdoor Gear

Happy weekend gadget fans! You know what time it is, it's time to catch up on your favorite tech site's (that's us in case you didn't know) news, reviews and articles from this past week. To make sure that you're up to date on our latest gadget news and reviews, click through to see the [...]

Posted in: News

Each month my electric company (Duke Energy) sends me an energy report to let me know how my electricity usage compares to similar homes in my area. Ever since they began sending these reports, my house has always been shown to use more electricity, which translates into paying higher bills. Even after switching most of [...]

Posted in: Articles, Home and Kitchen

I take more pictures with my smartphone than I make calls with it. I rarely take a stand alone camera with me on vacations, parties or family events. The majority of the pictures I take stay on my phone and don't get shared with friends or family. Sure, I can go home and print the [...]

Posted in: Android, Camera Gear, iOS, Reviews

Yesterday's Samsung Unpacked event left me feeling disappointed about their new hardware announcements. However, their Samsung Pay announcement caught my attention. If you aren't familiar with Samsung Pay, it's Samsung's mobile payment application. Like Apple Pay, Google Wallet, Android Pay (not available yet) and CurrentC (also not available yet), it's a way to use your phone to pay [...]

Posted in: Android, Articles, iOS