code games

Get that Kid a Game that Teaches Coding!

  I’m the game geek here at Geek Girlfriends.  Teaching kids coding through games is all the rage this year and the //CODE Programming Game Series by the folks at Thinkfun are designed to do exactly that. I was skeptical that…

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Tested in the GGF Labs: Plantronics Voyager 5200

Here in the Geek Girlfriends Lab, we have tried many Bluetooth phone headsets. I subject them all to the same rigorous test: How do they hold up to a conversation with my mother. Nobody is happier to hear my voice,…

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The Perfect Tool for Training Kittens

Being a cat person, I have discovered a great upside to living with a family that includes a teenage girl: She brings home kittens. Not all the time, thankfully. Once is enough. But the new family kitten (above) is fun to…

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Upgrade Your Laptop Charger

You think your power cable nightmares are bad, imagine what it’s like in the real-world labs? In addition to all the gear that comes through here for review, there are two adults, one college student, and one chaos-spewing teen….

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Extreme Shop Test of Noise-Cancelling Headphones

I spend a fair amount of time in a noisy professional wood shop where we use a robotic router, industrial sander, and huge vacuums. The router makes noise, and so does the sander, but it’s the vacuums that are really…

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Don’t Take My Pebble Away!

I’ve always hated wearing a watch. From the time I was a teenager, until well into my first marriage, I carried a pocket watch. Then pagers and then cell phones came out so I stopped carrying a watch altogether. A year ago, Christina…

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wine testing

Save the Wine!

For centuries, winemakers have studied the alchemy and chemistry of preserving wine. But what if you can’t — or shouldn’t — finish the bottle you opened? If the wine isn’t very good, stick a cork in it, put it in…

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Muse: The Brain Sensing Headband

I took a meditation class in college, hoping it would reduce my anxiety. It helped for a while. But when the class ended, so did meditation. Then I worried about my failure to meditate. How hard is it? You do…

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Headphones that Will Make You Cry

  “Go ahead and cry,” Christina laughed, teasing. I blushed because that’s exactly what I was trying not to do. The prototype Nura headphones I was wearing were tapping some strong emotions. Dragan Petrovic, COO and Founder of Nura Headphones…

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Terror vs. Wonder: How a flashlight can make or break your night dive.

I call him, “the man in the gray suit,” and never speak of him if I’m diving. His name starts with a J, has four letters, and for eighteen years, he was the “great white” reason that my first night…

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