Julie Strietelmeier

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Amazon has announced two new Alexa-enabled products today: the Amazon Tap and the Amazon Echo Dot. This post is about the Tap. If you think the Amazon Tap is a portable version of the Amazon Echo you would be right and you would also be wrong. First of all, if you're not familiar with the [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, News
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The best thing about security camera systems is that they allow us to keep an eye on our loved ones and property when we're not physically there. The worst things about security camera systems is that the majority of them have to be plugged into a wall outlet for power and probably require a monthly [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Reviews
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timemachine

You come here to read our reviews, but you should come back later to read our updates to those reviews. Our updates let you know how a product stands (or doesn't) the test of time. This week we have a new set of review updates for you ready pleasure. Click through to see the list [...]

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waterfield-vitesse

San Francisco based WaterField Designs have added a new hand-crafted, 10.1 oz waxed-canvas and leather duffel bag to their product line. The Vitesse Duffel is a rugged but light weight travel bag that has been designed with inspiration from bags that soldiers carried in WWII. The Vitesse Duffel features full-grain, brown leather straps and a [...]

Posted in: Bags, News
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Home security cameras are perfect for keeping an eye on the interior and exterior of your home, but how can you easily find out if there are animals (or people) creeping around in your woods or yard without having to run Ethernet cables for communications and wires for power? One way is to setup a [...]

Posted in: Camera Gear, Outdoor Gear, Reviews
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recap

Do you know the three R's of recycling? Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Do you do all of them? We recycle as much as possible at my house, which is why my garage always looks like a scene from the show Hoarders with all the cardboard boxes stacked up. We're also trying to reduce the amount [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News
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weeklyupdate

I hope you're having a nice weekend. The sun is shining here and it gives me hope that winter is losing its grip and spring is getting ready to take over. It's still too cool to spend all day outdoors though, so why not get cozy and take a look at a list of everything [...]

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When it comes to house cleaning chores, I'm probably not much different than you. I can find a thousand things I'd rather do than sweep and mop floors. That's why I love robotic vacuums. I've been using the Neato BotVac 80 for over a year and absolutely love that I rarely need to vacuum because [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Reviews
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swann-dashcam

The other day someone asked me to name my favorite dash cam. I said that it's currently the Magellan MiVue 658 HD dash cam because it has WiFi, GPS and a touchscreen. These are all features that are lacking on the majority of dash cams that are currently on the market. I then followed up [...]

Posted in: Car Gear, News
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mikol-notebook-1

If you enjoy keeping a diary, bullet journal, travel journal, sketch book, etc., you know that in addition to choosing the right pen for the task, that you also put a lot of thought into choosing the right notebook. When it comes to notebooks, they come in a variety of page types, colors and sizes. But [...]

Posted in: Paper and Pens, Reviews
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mightyspotify

Remember iPods? Stand alone music players were all the rage just a few years ago, but now that technology seems ancient compared to music streaming services like Spotify. The only advantage that iPods and other MP3 players have over streaming devices is that you don't need to carry a phone in order to enjoy music. [...]

Posted in: Music Gear, News
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eveswitch

The Eve Energy is a module that plugs into a standard 3-prong wall socket and has an outlet in the module where you plug an electronic device or appliance. Lamps, TVs, computers, and other electric devices can be monitored and controlled using a small adapter and your iPhone.  A free iOS app installed on your iPhone or [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News
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timemachine

You come here every day to read new reviews, but do you ever wonder what happens long (and sometimes not so long) after we post our reviews? Does the item spontaneously combust or do we continue to use and enjoy it long after the original review has been forgotten? We want you to know how [...]

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switchboard

The Switchboard coat rack has a genius design. It's a 30 inch long wall mounted rack made of Beech wood that features 25 individual hooks. Yes, 25! When the hooks aren't being used, the rack looks more like a piece of wall art than a holder for jackets, scarfs, bags and hats. But when you [...]

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week

I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend. Here in Southern Indiana it's almost 80 degrees (at least that's what my outdoor temperature sensor shows). It feels weird to be this warm for February, but I'll take it! I'm looking forward to spring so that I can get outside and test some outdoor gadgets. If it's [...]

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We eat a lot of steel cut oats and other dry cereal at my house. The oats come in bags that we transfer to another container or ziplock bag and the cereal comes in a standard cereal box. When it comes time to fix cereal, I measure it out in a bowl with a measuring [...]

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Dash cams are the type of gadgets that you setup and then forget. They are more of an insurance policy than a gadget that you can enjoy on a daily basis. A good dash cam can potentially save you money if you get in an accident. Video footage might help you prove that the accident [...]

Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
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verizon

According to RootMetrics, an independent mobile analytics firm, Verizon has ranked #1 in overall network performance for the past five testing periods when compared to the other three US wireless carriers: Sprint, T-mobile, and AT&T. Verizon came out on top with driving and indoor tests that were conducted in 50 states using off the shelf [...]

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clothingarts-pickpocketpants-1

What is the best way to protect yourself from travel related crimes? Just don't travel right? Well that's obviously no fun. Are there other ways to protect yourself? Yes, the P^cubed Pick-Pocket Proof Travel Pants from Clothing Arts can at least prevent the baddies from trying to snag your money, phone and your other pocket gear. Let's take [...]

Posted in: Reviews, Travel Gear
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week2

Hey Gadgeteer. Yes, I'm talking to you. You look like you need to take a break from your Valentine's day planning or stressing. Come on, make yourself a steaming cup of hot chocolate or maybe something a little stronger if you need it, sink into a comfortable chair and let our gadget and tech news [...]

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tardisk

My main computer is a 13" Apple MacBook Pro. I enjoy using it because it's portable, has a retina display and great battery life. One thing I don't like so much about it is that the disk space is not upgradable. Adding extra space for applications, music, photos and other files after the main disk [...]

Posted in: Laptops and Gear, News
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When I reviewed the LG G2 three years ago, I wasn't convinced that LG's decision to locate buttons on the back of the phone was a good idea. Who ever heard of putting volume buttons on the back of a phone instead of on the side?  At that time, no one had done it before, but then one year [...]

Posted in: Android, Featured Items, Reviews
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Minimalists should appreciate the thought that went into designing the LifeLink USB charge cable from Australian based PlusUs. This USB charging cable is thin and compact for easy integration into your EDC. But is this cable worth the hefty price tag? I'm skeptical, but let me show you more about it and then let you decide. [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews
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bokahblocks

When I was a little kid, we didn't have money for LEGO building toys, so we had Lincoln Logs and Tinker Toys which were both made of wood. Although I would have loved to have bucket of LEGO bricks back then, I enjoyed the toys I did have. Wooden building toys may seem too old [...]

Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News
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digitalsundial

The words digital and sundial don't usually go together, but a French maker has changed that with a cool 3D printed sundial that "displays" the time like a digital watch. The way sundials traditionally work is that they cast a shadow from the sun across a dial with numbers. You have to read the number [...]

Posted in: News, Watches and Clocks
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