Stan grew up in the heart of the Silicon Valley, studying electronics engineering and writing. Stan has been freelance-writing product reviews for almost a decade, with a focus on gadgets, electronics, and technology. He's also a husband, father to three daughters - twins and a toddler -, avid reader, tech junkie, and scotch drinker. When he's not writing, you can find him spending time with his family, cooking, tending to his garden of ghost peppers, or playing smartphone games in a hammock. Email: stangoodner[ampersand]live(dot)com

Neo Smartpen N2 now available for consumer purchase

Despite the advances in digital tech, writing on a screen with a stylus or stylus-type device doesn’t quite compare to a traditional pen. But we’re getting really close. However, some people still prefer to use a regular writing instrument, be it for the handling, creative experience, or good ole’ fashioned nostalgia.

LithiumCard Pro tops amps, capacity for pocket battery charger

Last year, the LithiumCard campaign went live on Indiegogo and created a lot of buzz. The pint-sized external battery, as thick as a few credit cards, hit it big with consumers. The LithiumCard is ultra-portable, charges devices quickly with its unique hypercharger technology, and is complete with built-in cables for convenience.

Reversible USB cables? Easy upgrade with Ryo, right here

I’ll be the first to admit that annoyance with plugging USB cables in the wrong way is a very first-world problem. It’s really a minor inconvenience at most. But then why does it infuriate many of us so much? Those who need to and/or don’t mind buying new cords can get reversible ones, but then cost and waste have to be considered. Is a standard USB cable really ‘bad’ just because reversible ones are out?

SXSW 2015 – Henge Dock for Apple MacBook Pro, Air

I’ve seen docking stations, but this one by Henge Docks is the mother of them all. It’s built well and pretty darn slick at creating an instant workstation.


SXSW 2015 – Go Puck wearable external battery

Wearables are in right now, at least when it comes to experimentation and new ideas. I’m sure it will take some time for the sector to find that right level of refinement, be it through insight or trial and error. In ways it’s like cooking; either you’re good and deliver a solid dish of fried fish and Thai peanut sauce, or you’ve just made a catfish and peanut butter sandwich to taste the mistake.

SXSW 2015 – Day 3 (Sunday) recap

Man, what a day. Thankfully it hadn’t been quite as busy or intense as my previous two, especially since I started the morning off an hour later than I wanted to. I woke up still feeling leftover coffee jitters from a cup I had yesterday afternoon. None needed this morning.

SXSW 2015 – Data, tech will never have the answer

If you choose to dwell too hard or deep about it, it can be kind of scary-overwhelming to think about how much of us is represented by data. Everything we do is tracked from locations, purchases, products, likes, visits, views, and any other metric deemed worthy of collecting for analysis.

SXSW 2015 – Audio Technica ATH-MSR7 ears-on

I totally missed them them at CES 2015, so I was thrilled to pass through the Audio Technica booth at SXSW 2015 (disclosure: my wonderful trip to SXSW sponsored by Capital One). And I have this compulsion to stop and put on headphones whenever I pass some by. Even if I’ve experienced them before, as has been the case with some other brands. It’s weird but, hey, whatever, I’m in Austin. Keepin’ it weird.

SXSW 2015 – Sex, drugs, bitcoin, vice & virtue

I was really expecting the entire space to be completely filled up, ready to burst with gooey people-ness. Don’t get me wrong. There were many a person present and eager to listen to Cindy Gallop and Arjan Schutte discuss topics that we talk about. Except that most of us really don’t really talk about it – at least in meaningful ways meant to improve understanding and benefit society.


SXSW 2015 – Day 2 (Saturday) recap

Day two. I’m digging having this Capital One ‘home base’ to work from. At Congress and 2nd, it’s close enough to most everything without being part of major foot traffic. Plus, I can appreciate the sonic vibes of Massive Attack, Jazzanova, Thievery Corporation, and similar.

SXSW 2015 – If a bank can, what’s wrong with IoT?

One of the things I’ve observed my first time here at SXSW is that talk about tech can go deep. Like, behind the scenes. There are a lot of minds and companies inciting change and building ideas in ways that the average consumer may not likely be aware of. Step away from the hype and more »

SXSW 2015 – We’re all suckers for sideboob sometimes

I was hoping to get a lot more out of this panel session titled, “We Are What We Click: The Dark Side of Sideboobs”, but I should have figured the clickbait-y title of it all. (They admitted as much, too). Especially since Mikala Bierma, the associate creative director of BuzzFeed, was sitting on the panel. more »