Articles by Judie Lipsett Stanford


Friday Lock: Lock and Unlock Your Home Remotely from Your Phone

In the last few years, the smarthome accessory market has exploded. Now it’s possible for anyone to make their home more automated, efficient, and yes, smarter to add aftermarket accessories that remotely control or oversee their home’s temperature, energy efficiency, who’s in their home, who has access to their home, and more. Which brings us to the Friday Lock.


Elgato Eve Degree: Monitor Temperature and Humidity Remotely with HomeKit

We’ve covered Elgato Eve products since they became available; these are add-on Smarthome accessories that allow you to automate and control your home remotely using the Eve app on your iPhone; they integrate seamlessly with Apple HomeKit. Their latest product is the Elgato Eve Degree, a tiny and elegant aluminum-cased indoor or outdoor temperature with humidity monitor.



Syncwire UNBREAKcable Lightning and USB Type-C Cables Review

If you’re looking for a ruggedized Apple MFi certified iPhone Lightning or Type-C cable that offers fast data transfer, syncing, and charging, one that is designed to fit into virtually any case, you should check out the Syncwire UNBREAKcable Lightning and USB Type-C Cables.



OneAdaptr STACK Modular Surge Protector Review

One thing you can never have enough of is outlet space in your home or office, and for that, you can buy a power strip, or even better, a surge protector power strip. If you look on Amazon, you’ll see that there are tons of surge protector power strips available, but none are quite like the OneAdaptr STACK Modular Surge Protector series.



Monster Superstar Ravebox Portable Speaker: Outdoor Sound with a Musical Light Show

Is the fantastic weather we are having (in Texas, anyway) getting you into the mood for summertime activities, sports, and outdoor parties? If so, then the Monster Superstar Ravebox Portable Speaker is ready to play. The Ravebox is waterproof, has 12-hours of battery life, and it’s powerful enough to handle all of your musical needs indoors or outside.


Bluelounge Quick Peek: A Visual Inventory of Everything Stored

It might be easy to dismiss an organization system that keeps track of things you’ve stored as something someone with too much “stuff” would want, something someone who needs to explore the minimalistic lifestyle would need. But you don’t have to be a budding hoarder for the Bluelounge Quick Peek to help you keep track of “what’s in the box.”


MyCharge HubPlus C 6700mAh Portable Charger Review

If you’ve got a tablet or phone that uses USB Type-C, then you’ll be glad to know that the myCharge HubPlus C is out and ready to charge your new LG, Samsung, Huawei, BlackBerry, Pixel, or other devices that take Type-C. But if you have an older device, too, it’s okay; the HubPlus C has both Type-C and microUSB built-in.


Just Mobile AluPen Twist L & S: Dual Action Stylus and Ballpoint Pens

Are you tired of smearing your phone or tablet screen with finger grease every time you tap on it? Do you usually have a ballpoint pen on you? If so, why not combine something you already always carry with something you’ll also enjoy using? Take a look at the Just Mobile AluPen Twist L or S; the ballpoint pen stylus.



The BlackBerry KEYone Review: Your Favorite QWERTY Keyboard is Back

If you’d asked me several years ago if I’d be recommending a BlackBerry phone in 2017, I probably would have laughed and said no. For years, BlackBerry has seemed one step away from death taking the physical QWERTY keyboard along with it. No one could be more surprised than me that I like and enjoy using the new BlackBerry KEYone.


V2 Pro Series 3X Vaporizer Kit: Sleek, Compact, and Discreet

Two years ago, I gave the V2 Pro vaporizer a try; today, I’ve got the new V2 Pro Series 3X Vaporizer in hand, and it’s an interesting upgrade. Designed for e-liquid but adaptable for loose leaf and wax, the Series 3X adds variable voltage and temperature settings for your vaping pleasure.


Vi AI Personal Trainer: More Than Just a Fitness Coach

I’ll start this post by stating a simple, known fact: I am not a runner. I’m more of a jogger or a fast walker, but once I’ve started I’ll at least keep going — even if my speed isn’t going to win any medals. The Vi AI Personal Trainer aims to help me become a better and more consistent runner.


V-MODA REMIX Bluetooth Speaker: A Customizable Powerhouse

In a market that is full of options, you’ve got to offer something special if you’re going to come out with a new wireless portable speaker, especially if you want to attract the interest of people who are used to thinking of other brands. The V-MODA REMIX Bluetooth Speaker enters that market knowing full well what needs to be done.


LG G6 Review: Part Two

This is a joint review of the LG G6 done with my writing partner of many years, Julie Strietelmeier of The Gadgeteer. To read part one, please click here; after you’ve read that, come back to read this part.




2017 IFA Global Press Conference: The Sign of What’s to Come

For the past few years, I’ve been one of a select group of international journalists invited to the IFA Global Press Conference. A warm-up, if you will, for the yearly IFA convention held in Berlin, the press conference is a great time to check up on the current and future status of the global electronics market.