Julie Strietelmeier


Today's deal of the day will help you save $15 on three different Amazon Fire TV bundles. If you're not familiar with the Amazon Fire TV, it's a small box that connects to your TV that allows you to watch movies from Amazon Video, Netflix, Hulu and more on your big screen. The Fire TV [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Gaming Gear, News

In the early days of PDAs (personal digital assistants), I remember daydreaming about a computer the size of a Palm Pilot with a color touch screen display that would plug into a docking station with a larger display, keyboard and mouse when I was at work or at home. That way I would only have [...]

Posted in: Android, Computer Gear, iOS, News
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Dash cams have become very popular in the last few years, but now we have another type of camera for cars. No, it's not a back up camera, it's a backseat camera or a babycam. The Garmin babyCam connects without tools to the headrest of your seat and interfaces wirelessly with a variety of Garmin [...]

Posted in: Camera Gear, Car Gear, News

Controlling your D-Link Wi-Fi smart plugs just got even easier because now they can be controlled with your voice by using your Amazon Echo device. D-Link announced that its Connected Home Wi-Fi Smart Plugs are directly compatible with Amazon Echo1, providing users the hands-free convenience of controlling their smart home via voice commands. Amazon Echo’s [...]

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To bring awareness for National Pet Month, Logitech is gifting on-site cat or dog adopters at San Francisco SPCA and Massachusetts’ MSPCA-Angell with a FREE Logi Circle Home Security Camera (valued at $199.99) throughout the month of May. Then, between June and October, Logitech will provide on-site cat or dog adopters at San Francisco SPCA [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News

To make sure that you didn't accidentally miss any of our gadget news and reviews from last week, I have this handy dandy list for you so you can see at a glance all of our posts from the past seven days. Click through to see the full list. Trayvax Summit minimalist wallet review Neato [...]

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Every year when Jeanne and I go to Florida for vacation, we talk about taking along one of our metal detectors to hunt the beaches for "treasure". So far we've never actually taken one with us because we'd have to dismantle it to put in our luggage. That wouldn't be a huge hardship, but we've [...]

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I've been using the LG G5 for almost a month now and posted my first impressions two weeks ago. As far as looks and feel, I still don't think that the G5 lives up to the same standard as LG's previous flagship smartphones like the LG G4 and the LG V10. For a high-end phone [...]

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The Alexa voice service has been set free from the confines of the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Tap devices and is now available in the Invoxia Triby. On its own, the Triby looks like a portable radio or Bluetooth speaker. It's actually both! It has a built in carrying handle, control buttons and an [...]

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Dash cams are the type of gadget that once you setup, you hope you never need to use it. That's because they are typically only used after you've had an accident or witnessed some other unusual event while driving. I like having a dash cam in my MINI Cooper because I never know when bigfoot [...]

Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
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For today only you can save $5 off Amazon's Fire TV Stick. The Fire TV Stick is a small module that plugs directly into a HDMI port on your TV to let you "cut the cord" with expensive cable and satellite providers by giving you access to over 4,000 channels of entertaining content. Some of [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, News

Earlier this year I told you about Taylor Guitar's TaylorSense module and app combo that can be added installed into a guitar to help you monitor the instrument's health stats. Health stats for a wooden instrument like a guitar, ukulele, mandolin, violin, etc, are usually temperature and humidity ratings. When the air is dry like [...]

Posted in: Music Gear, News

The iPad Pro has been off my radar, but I should probably be embarrassed to admit that I didn't even know that the iPad Pro had a special charging connector that doesn't require a cable. The Smart Connector is the closest Apple has come to wireless charging for a mobile device (I'm not counting the [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, iOS

This week it is my turn to post some quick updates to some of my past reviews. I have realized that I don't continue to use that many items after I review them. So can be tough for me to come up with a handful of reviews to update. I don't know if that means [...]

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I'm not new to robot vacuums or more specifically, I'm not new to Neato Botvacs. I've been using the Neato Botvac 80 for over a year now and love it. No longer having to manually vacuum my 2-level home several times a week not only saves me time, but makes the house feel and look [...]

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