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 PowerExpand+ 7-in-1 USB-C Ethernet Hub review

REVIEW – To make many laptops lighter and slimmer, manufacturers removed ports even though many consumers were clearly against it. But here we are. *Sigh* USB-C hubs are now a necessary accessory (and thus, a necessary additional expense) for many of today’s laptops. I was given the opportunity to review the Anker PowerExpand+ 7-in-1 USB-C …

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RAVPower PD Pioneer 90W GaN Tech Type C Wall Charger review

REVIEW – One of my dreams is that someday, the companies that make our laptops will send smaller portable chargers with those laptops. Wouldn’t that make sense since laptops are meant to be portable? Until then, I’m stuck purchasing smaller more portable third-party travel wall chargers. I was excited to review the RAVPower PD Pioneer …

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Are smart contact lenses going to be the next big wearable of the future?

ARTICLE – Several years ago (2014), I read an article on Dezeen about how smart contact lenses coated with graphene would allow the wearer to see heat signatures in the dark (using the infrared spectrum). University of Michigan researchers had been working with graphene (a single atom layer of carbon atoms), which is an electrical …

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Use ModernStates.org to test out of a year of college for free!

ARTICLE – Perhaps you’ve heard by now about the student loan debt crisis. According to a Forbes article written in February 2019, about 45 million people owe a total of over $1.5 trillion in student loans here in the United States. That just blows my mind. If you happen to have high school-aged kids or …

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The Tombot Puppy is a super-cute, easy-to-care-for realistic robot companion for your loved ones

NEWS – Many people own pets because they provide them with precious companionship. But what happens if it’s no longer practical to care for a pet? The Tombot Puppy, “Jennie”, was created to fill this need and thus was not intended to be a toy. She is a realistic robot puppy created by Tom Stevens, …

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The Samsung AirDresser refreshes and “irons” your clothes for you

NEWS – The Samsung AirDresser is a magical closet that refreshes and “irons” your delicates and business attire for you. You can hang your clothes in this closet, close it up, select a cycle, and Voila! Refreshed, wrinkle-free clothes! This is a case where the creators were thinking INSIDE THE BOX! According to a Samsung …

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CountyComm’s Stainless Steel Split Pea lighter is perfect for your EDC

NEWS – The CountyComm Stainless Steel Split Pea lighter by Maratac is a teeny tiny lighter that fits nicely on your keychain or in your pocket and is there for you in a pinch whenever you need a flame. It is made out of 300 series stainless steel and measures 1.3″ tall (with the cap …

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HyperJuice 130 W USB-C Battery + 112 W Charger Bundle review

REVIEW – I’ve been searching for a portable battery that will charge my Lenovo Yoga laptop for a while now. My laptop requires that the power source provide at least 45 W and there are only a handful of batteries out there that will do so. Recently, I stumbled on a battery from Hyper that …

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Are you looking for a unique Advent calendar? Use the Force or even an Accio charm!

GIFT IDEA NEWS – Do you need a unique Advent calendar for your young adventurers? LEGO has you covered. The 280 piece LEGO Star Wars 2019 Advent Calendar 75245 Holiday Building Kit has buildable characters, vehicle and starship models, blaster weapons, plus two Christmas themed action figures behind each of the doors that counts down …

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thetruesize.com website shows you just how distorted the Mercator projection map is

ARTICLE – A while ago I was watching an episode of “The West Wing” (season 2 episode 16, “Somebody’s Going to Emergency, Somebody’s Going to Jail”). In the “Cartographers for Social Equality” portion of the show, it really hit me (just like CJ) that the Mercator projection map that I have been using since I …

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HyperJuice has created my dream portable battery with a total output of 130 W

NEWS – I have been looking for a portable battery that would charge my Lenovo Yoga laptop for a while now. This USB-C laptop requires a battery output of at least 45 W in order to charge it. There are only a handful of portable batteries out there that will provide that much output, but …

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Brightech LightView Flex LED Magnifier Lamp with Clamp and Base for Desk (5 Diopter) review

REVIEW – I’ve been needing a desk lamp for my work area for a while now but never saw anything that I really liked until I saw the Brightech LightView Flex LED Magnifier Lamp with Clamp and Base for Desk (5 diopter). After getting the chance to check it out first hand, I discovered that …

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Colonel Littleton Zip It leather zipper pouches review

REVIEW – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love leather. I’m always on the lookout for useful leather products to carry my gear around in. Colonel Littleton recently came out with three new leather pouches: No. 1 Zip It – Small Leather Zipper Pouch, No. 2 Zip It – Medium …

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