Kathleen Chapman

Kathleen has always enjoyed technology and the sciences (biology and entomology). She has worked as an entomological research technician and an end user services tech before becoming a stay-at-home mom and home educator. Her continued interest in technology led her to join the Gadgeteer team in 2014.

The Electric Grout Cleaning Machine: Clean your grout without being on your hands and knees with a toothbrush

NEWS – How does ANYONE have the time to clean their grout when you have to do it on your hands and knees with a toothbrush? Nope. Just nope. But Grout Groovy! came up with its clever Electric Grout Cleaning Machine which allows you to clean your grout standing up. You can use it with …

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The clever Amazing Rake Ergonomic 3-in-1 Garden Rake makes raking leaves easier!

NEWS – Oh my gosh, I hate raking leaves, so much so, I don’t get to it most years. When I saw the Amazing Rake Ergonomic 3-in-1 Garden Rake, I thought, “Now there’s someone who hates it just as much as I do, but found a clever way to make it much less painful. Yay!” …

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Multitools for science fiction fans

NEWS – Why settle for a boring-looking multitool when you can have one shaped like the Millenium Falcon? The Star Wars Millennium Falcon 8-in-1 Multitool includes a wire cutter, scraper, bottle opener, Phillip’s head screwdriver, hex wrench, butterfly wrench, flathead screwdriver, and protractor. If you have a science fiction fan in your family and are …

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Here’s a 22-in-1 multi-tool AND a fidget spinner!

NEWS – Do you always need to be doing things with your hands – whether that’s fixing things or playing with them? The Snowflake 22-in-1 Multitool with Fidget Spinner from ETEH was made for you (or for that special someone you know). This multi-tool is made of alloy steel and has a “bottle opener, T20 …

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New and eligible returning subscribers can get Hulu for $0.99 per month for one year

DEAL NEWS – Each year Hulu offers its Black Friday deal – $0.99 per month for one year for new or eligible returning subscribers (those who have not been Hulu subscribers in the past month). You only have one more day to grab it so don’t forget! This is how I started using Hulu. It’s …

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Fixing nail and screw holes in your wall is a lot easier with the QuickFill Drywall Repair Kit

NEWS – No more using your finger or a putty knife with paste to fix nail or screw holes in your drywall when you use the QuickFill Drywall Repair Kit. This kit includes a tool that looks like a caulk gun to precisely deliver the spackling paste into the hole. You then use the bottom …

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A special edition version of the Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone now makes and receives phone calls for real!

NEWS – Remember the Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone? The toy is celebrating 60 years of imaginary communication fun. To commemorate it, Fisher-Price has created the special edition Chatter Telephone with Bluetooth which connects wirelessly to your phone (range: 15 ft.) to make and receive real phone calls. Use the rotary dial and handset to make calls; …

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Check it out – “flying” microchips!

ARTICLE – Do you remember my article on microswimmers? Well, now engineers have developed microfliers – electronic microchips with wings! I first discovered this fascinating news on Jalopnik and dove further into the details on Northwestern University’s website. According to the Northwestern Now article, engineers John A. Rogers, Yonggang Huang, and others from Northwestern University …

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Do you use the Amazon Smart Dash Shelf to automatically reorder your household/office supplies?

NEWS – Amazon’s Dash Smart Shelf is a flat device that you use to sit a particular item on. The shelf tracks the weight of that item (household/office/pet supplies) and can automatically reorder it or notify you when it gets low. When you have several people in your household or office using up certain items, …

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Anker Nano II 65W GaN II PPS Fast Charger Adapter review – Simply awesome!

REVIEW – Portable chargers are getting smaller! I received one of those recently to review – the Anker Nano II 65W GaN II PPS Fast Charger Adapter. It’s AWESOME! It’s so small and charges my Lenovo Yoga 730 laptop and my Pixel 2 XL phone in the same amount of time (or less) as their …

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Anker PowerExpand 8-in-1 USB-C PD 10 Gbps Data Hub review

REVIEW – I was recently allowed to review the Anker PowerExpand 8-in-1 USB-C PD 10 Gbps Data Hub. This hub is an improvement over the Anker PowerExpand+ 7-in-1 USB-C Ethernet Hub that I reviewed last year. It includes an HDMI port (4K@60Hz instead of 4K@30Hz), a 100 W USB-C Power Delivery (PD) pass-through charging port …

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UE Wonderboom 2 Bluetooth Speaker review – BIG impressive sound from a small speaker!

REVIEW – I’ve been eyeing the new Ultimate Ears (UE) Wonderboom 2 for a little while now. I’ve tried the UE Megaboom 3 and really enjoy using it, but I’ve been wanting something smaller and a little more portable. I’ve tried the smaller UE Boom 2 but was not particularly enamored with it. Could the …

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Liven up your family game night with the Arcade1Up Infinity Game Tables!

NEWS – We love family game nights in our house and so when I saw the Arcade1Up Infinity Game Table on Gizmodo, I was curious about it. It is a WiFi-connected table with a touchscreen (you can detach the legs to lay the screen on a flat surface) that comes with digital version of over …

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Looking for a place to go swimming? Why not rent your neighbor’s pool using Swimply!

NEWS – Gosh, it’s hot in Texas during the summer. The best thing to do in this hot weather is go swimming. But what if you don’t have a pool, a community pool, or even a public pool nearby? Why not rent your neighbors’ pool using Swimply? Swimply is an online service that allows people …

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