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.

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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WalkingPod Mesh with Bug Screens – A new type of “wearable”?

NEWS – So the WalkinPod Mesh with Bug-Screens is a real thing. I did a double-take and started laughing when I first saw the photo in a CNET post. Apparently, the product was released in preparation for the Brood X cicadas. I commented to my husband that it looks like someone flipped a mesh clothes …

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Visiting Fort Worth, Texas? Stop by the Saddleback Leather Showroom and go home with a souvenir that will last a lifetime!

ARTICLE – I’ve discovered a real fondness for leather products, but it is so very difficult to find high-quality well-made leather goods. That’s where companies like Saddleback Leather (Dave Munson and his wife, Suzette’s company) and Love41 (which features Suzette’s designs for women) come into the picture. They make some of the best-made leather goods …

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Cool custom-made Darth Vader™ Meditation Chamber Desk Set from Regal Robot

NEWS – I recently stumbled upon this really cool custom-made Darth Vader™ Meditation Chamber Desk Set on CoolThings. This desk was created by Regal Robot for one of their customers who was originally looking for a custom Emperor Throne Chair. While working with Lucasfilm and playing around with ideas, they finally came up with a …

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Magnetic Cable Management by Elago – a simple but clever twist on this cable management tool

NEWS – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I detest cable messes. Anything that wrangles that chaos into some semblance of order is a good thing in my book. Magnetic Cable Management by Elago is a simple but clever cable management tool that includes a magnetic bar and three magnetic “buttons” …

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Scientists print 15-micrometer starship Voyager to study the movements of synthetic microswimmers

ARTICLE – Several months ago I noticed an article (PC Gamer) about scientists from Leiden University (Soft Matter) having printed a 15 micrometer-sized starship Voyager using a 3D microprinter (Photonic Professional GT, Nanoscribe GmbH). They did this to study how synthetic microswimmers move through a viscous substance. Synthetic microswimmers propel themselves through a substance by …

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KYY K3 15.6 inch USB-C portable monitor review

REVIEW – Having increased my computer workload recently, I’ve discovered the magic and beauty of a second monitor and a portable monitor is even handier. Thus, when the KYY K3 15.6″ 1080p Full HD (FHD) USB-C portable monitor came up for review, I seized the opportunity to review it. I found that it is quite …

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Help entomologists track the range of Brood X cicadas using the Cicada Safari app

ARTICLE – If you’ve been keeping up with the news lately, you know that this spring is all abuzz (ha!) with the emergence of Brood X (pronounced Brood “10”) cicadas. A brood is a mass emergence of cicadas which are the deafeningly loud insects (males trying to attract females) that you hear in the trees. …

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DataLocker DL4 FE 1 TB SSD review

REVIEW – Now that many people are working from home, portable data storage has become more important. And since you’re toting around that sensitive data, better make sure it’s secure. That’s exactly what DataLocker has set out to do – secure our data with portable drives like the DL4 FE 1 TB Solid State Drive …

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