Julie Strietelmeier

I created The Gadgeteer in 1997 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets which began when I was a little kid. Some of my other interests include ukulele, photography, productivity hacks, and minimalism. Learn more about me and my favorite gear.

Here’s the perfect wireless charger for paranoid people

NEWS – If you fear that people are listening to you through your phone, then the Pozio (sounds like pause-ee-o) charging cradle was made just for you. If your phone can charge wirelessly (even with a case), then it will work with the Pozio cradle which uses a subaudible tone to prevent eavesdropping through your …

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Roadie Coach guitar trainer, knyphe iPhone case, Adriano dock, and more – Notable crowdfunding campaigns

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Today I have 4 interesting Kickstarter campaigns for products that I’d love to try myself! Roadie Coach: Music Tutor, Smart Recorder & MIDI Controller What is it? Roadie Coach is a multi-tool for guitar, ukulele players, and singers. It clamps on the instrument and can be used as a music teacher/coach that …

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This multi-tool will let you chop, slash, saw, and hammer

NEWS – The Omniblade from Teryx is a 4-in-1 multi-tool for your outdoor adventures. It is made of hardened steel and has a paracord-wrapped handle on both ends. Grip it one way and you can use it as a saw or machete to slash your way through the underbrush on your next jungle expedition. Then …

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Add this tiny rearview mirror to your bicycle handlebars

NEWS – Gadgets for bicycle enthusiasts is a huge category. The Corky mirrors look cool while also providing an important safety feature to your bicycle. Available in two versions for bicycles with drop handlebars and bikes or scooters with straight bars, the mirrors fit right on the end of the handlebars and feature a fold-out …

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I almost fell for a DirecTV phone scam! – Julie’s gadget diary

ARTICLE – In order for this story to make a little more sense (and so you won’t think I’m a complete moron), you first need to go read my DirecTV cord-cutting article from yesterday. But if you don’t want to read that article (it’s really good by the way…) here’s a quick summary… Once upon …

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I finally cut the cord with DirecTV! – Julie’s gadget diary

ARTICLE – I’ve been a DirecTV customer for close to 30 years but earlier this week I called them up and asked for a divorce. Why did I break up with DirecTV and what did I replace it with? Let me give you a little history before I answer those questions. First of all, I …

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When plastic just doesn’t cut it, you need the FORKANIFE for your EDC!

NEWS – Travellers and those of you who are environmentally conscious will be interested in checking out the Cold4ged FORKANIFE portable EDC cutlery sets. Features reusable folding fork and knife of stainless steel aluminum construction that fits into a case that’s the size of a credit card. The FORKANIFE is available in two versions. There’s …

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This little speaker is the perfect addition to your EDC collection!

NEWS – Since when is a speaker something EDC fans use? Since the Muzen Wild Mini Rugged Outdoor Speaker, that’s when! This little military-styled Bluetooth 5.0 speaker can attach to your backpack or bike to make your everyday adventures more fun and musical. Whether it’s blasting the soundtrack from West Side Story while I’m hiking …

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The XFANTIC USB4 hub for MacBooks can drive 3 monitors and more!

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – MacBook owners will want to know more about the awesome tech that is packed into the XFANIC USB4 13-in-1 Hub which is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. What is it? The XFANIC USB4 13-in-1 Hub is a small desktop USB hub that has everything but the kitchen sink packed in. This hub can …

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This kit let’s you build a vintage camera to hold your desk tools

NEWS – Camera buffs and travelers will like these fun DIY kits that let you build a desk organizer that can hold your pens and other desk tools. The Artful Organizer kits from Chronicle books. These easy-to-put-together kits don’t require scissors or glue. Just pop out the pre-cut heavy cardboard sections and then use the …

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Wuben G3 mini EDC unboxing knife and ballpoint pen review – Tiny tool for your keychain

CROWDFUNDING REVIEW – It should come as no surprise that I receive a lot of packages at my house and the first task when receiving a new package is to open it. Duh! I usually scrounge around in a drawer for some scissors or box cutter but I may have found the perfect little (really …

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Keto Chow contest – Win 20 complete meal replacement shake mixes!

CONTEST NEWS – I’m excited to tell you that Keto Chow has offered to send 3 lucky Gadgeteer readers 20 Keto Chow meal replacement shakes. I personally buy and drink Keto Chow shakes at least twice a week. I think they are DELICIOUS and they provide all your nutrition for a full meal in each …

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Managing diabetes tips, Julie’s favorite gear, and more – Review updates

REVIEW UPDATES – Today we have a few updates for you for an alarm clock review, an update to my favorite gear page, and an update to my Managing diabetes tips and tricks article from last year. If you’re a regular, you should know the drill… click the links below and then scroll to the …

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Here’s a way to improve the grip on some flashlights

NEWS – Check out this add-on ring handle for flashlights that have a 1-inch diameter body. The NEXTORCH FR-1 Professional Tactical Flashlight Ring is a plastic grip that fits between the tail cap and body of flashlights that have a 23.2-25.5mm diameter tail cap. If you want to add one to your EDC flashlight, head …

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