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    The Giz Wiz Show 1703, November 30th 2018 Independent Show #186

    The Giz Wiz Show is far into it's 13th year of production, and the fourth year of Independent Production! (The very first show was February 20th, 2006.) Thanks to our wonderful Patreon supporters we continue on! If it wasn't for them, the Giz Wiz Show would be gone. If you'd like to support OMGchad & DickDe in our independent venture (we pay for everything ourselves, including travel) just click the Patreon link at the top of our show web page:  You can also contribute just once via the PayPal link that's there too. And thank you for doing that! Our show wouldn't exist without our viewer's support, but a bit more support would be a big help. Thanks from OMGchad & DickDe!)

    This week we check out three more unique gadgets --


    Did you buy something on Black Friday?


    I resisted, but then around 10 PM, I gave in and bought an Amazon Fire HD8 with Special Offers for $49.99. And ebates had an 8% cash back offer which dropped the price even further. But wait, there's more. Even at the price there was free one day shipping for Prime Members. It was amazing. Ordered it about 10 PM Friday night, had it in my hands by 1:30 PM Saturday! As you'll see in the video, that low price includes ads, tons of ads! I finally paid $15 + taxes to remove them on Amazon. The new Show Mode is nice since it lets you see notices from pretty far away. The new version offers a better front camera and can take a larger SD card. I thought it was a bit odd that everything is at the top edge of the tablet; charging port, headphone jack, volume and on/off tab.  As of this writing it's back to it's normal price $79.99 with Special Offers, or about $95.00 more ad-free. There are more details in this week's show.


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    It's back to $79.99 with Special Offers.  


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    A really, really cheap Bluetooth Earbud - Any good?

    I wish there was such a thing as tiny, tiny earbuds that wouldn't make a bulge in your pocket, but so far I haven't found such a thing. I did find however,  a couple of different tiny Bluetooth earbuds. They're mono, but good enough for listening to podcasts or even music while working out, traveling, etc. They also have mics so you can take phone calls. I had been using the Mpow Bluetooth earbud, but it broken in half after about 10 months. It cost $16, so it wasn't much of a loss. I replaced it with the Essoy earbud which I like better, and is even cheaper. Just $10.99! I liked it so much I decided to buy another one as a back-up. It was then I discovered there was an “update version” on Amazon for just a dollar more. So I bought that. What is the difference between the two? It some doing to find out, but I did. You'll learn all about it in this week's show.

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    The Giz Wiz Show 1677, June 1st 2018 Independent Show #160

    I discovered this clock in my room when I was at Interbike 2018 in Reno. It's very compact, has two USB charging port and two 3-prong outlets on the top. It's supposed to be easy to set with just one single knob on top. But it is? You'll see me setting it in the video. When I got home I was surprised to find the Cubietime clock is available on Amazon for about $58. That price seemed a bit high to me, but it had hundreds of reviews and got four-plus stars. I guess people liked it and felt like spending nearly $60 for a clock. As I preparing for this week's show I found another clock on Amazon that looks very similar to the Cubietime, but offers 3 USB charging ports, 2 AC plugs, more time setting buttons and cost far less at about $40. It has less reviews because it's newer to Amazon, but the reviews are also very good. It's worth checking out if you need new a compact clock with charging ports for the desk or night table.  

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    Cubietime on Amazon:


    But -- this just showed up --- Knockoff? (Way cheaper!)


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    Chad's final gadget for his theme for November. 

    Chad polled our loyal Patreon members and asked them to vote on his 'cheap gadget theme' for November. The winner was “Cheap Breakfast Gadgets”!

    Chad's final 'cheap kitchen gadget' the Whiskware Batter Mixer. He hoped it would be better than the disastrous Flipping Fantastic pancake device on the last show. Here's a bit of what Amazon says about it: Whip up smooth batters with minimal cleanup. Simply add your ingredients, drop in the BlenderBall, and shake. When you're finished cooking, the batter mixer cleans up in less than 30 seconds. Simply add soap and warm water, shake, and rinse. Chad bought his at Bed Bath & Beyond for $14.99. (I see it on Amazon at all different prices, one as low as $9, but I don't know if they're exactly same. The photos do look the same.)


    And Chad's take?


    Chad liked this a lot. It did everything the box copy said it would. And after last week's disastrous pancake maker this one was a big step up. Be sure to watch the whole video because Chad discovers a way to make the unit stand up easier toward the end of his report. Chad bought his at Bed Bath & Beyond for $14.99. It's on Amazon for various prices from $14.99 and even as low as $9!


    I found it here on Amazon for about $9, but it could be a knock-off:  


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    Dick's Gadget Warehouse & How to Submit Your Viewer Video.

    Our viewer video this week comes from Steve Overton who shows us one of his favorite kitchen gadgets.

    Hey Dick & Chad

    Steve Overton demostrates his hand push mixer kitchen gadget


    Hi Dick and Chad,


    Here is a kitchen gadget i just love



    Thanks Steve Overton 


    Chad found whisks like this are available on Amazon starting as low as about $7!



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    We’d love to include your video in an upcoming Giz Wiz Show, so here's what we're looking for!

    Your home shot video – 2 to 3 minutes long, in any of the following categories:

    I bought a piece of crap: Did you buy something you ended up hating? We won't get you a refund, but we might be able to give a platform to vent your disappointment. Remember, "family friendly" language applies.


    I invented this! Did you invent something? (Or did a friend or relative invent something.) We can't market it for you, but we can help get the word out. Show us what it is, and how it works. Even if it's a prototype, you can get our (and the audience) reactions. No professional ads please.


    My Gadget Warehouse: Okay, so you don't have a warehouse. It doesn't matter. Just tell us about your favorite old gadget(s). When and where you bought it, and why you're still hanging on to it.


    My Favorite Gadget (favorite old, or favorite new): Show us what it is, tell us what it does and why you love, or loved it! It can be a new gadget you just bought too.


    Post them on YouTube and send us the link! We'll do the rest. (Or possibly nothing, but that's unlikely.) Remember, videos should be just 2 to 3 minutes long! Low production value is fine, but we should be able to hear you and see you! If we select and show your video on The Giz Wiz you’ll earn a tiny amount of fame (hopefully). And if you live in the US, you'll also get an autographed 35-year-old Alfred E. Neuman picture and a MAD surprise (most likely the current issue of MAD.) But no matter where you live, I canemail an autographed to you Alfred E. Neuman photo if we show your video. Just print it out, frame it, or just hang it up and no one will know it's a copy. We've tested it out and fans say they look terrific!


    All show submissions go to




    Letter of the week:


    Hi Dick and Chad,

    I had to share this with you guys because you are always talking about Amazon and their sometimes screwed up pricing system. I was looking for some almond flour today and came across this "deal".

    I need 2 bags but I think I'll just buy 2 singles. Lol.

    As always, love the show,

    Linda Norman

    "Linda from Long Island"