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    Now you’re iPod Touch can tell you where to go!

    Daily Giz Wiz, Monday, November 23rd, 2009

    Gadget of the day in a moment, but first ---  If you’re up for voting in the PODCAST AWARDS, the Daily Giz Wiz is up for both People’s Choice and Best Comedy Podcast. It would be great if you had the time to vote to check us in both categories. If you have a lot of free time you can vote once every 24 hours until November 30th.  Thank you!  Dick De, The Giz Wiz

    Monday, November 23rd, 2009, Netcast 966

    Dual Electronics (Yes the folks who were wildly famous for their turntables many years ago) have introduced the GPS Navigation & Battery Cradle for the iPod Touch (model XGPS300). The Cradle, which resembles a battery case in size and weight, provides a complete GPS navigation solution for the iPod Touch, including the NavAtlas turn-by-turn navigation app and a car mount. But wait there’s more! The Cradle also includes a rechargeable battery, amplified speaker, audio out connection and mini USB port. An adjustable windshield mount is also included for in-car use. The NavAtlas app, which works exclusively with The Cradle, includes all the features commonly found in PNDs and more, and is available on the iTunes App Store for free. The Cradle is ideal for in-car or handheld use, and it complies with the requirement from Apple to provide GPS location data to any app which requests it, including apps for hiking, bicycling, social networking, geocaching,  as well as other navigation apps. Dual says that there are approximately 24 million iPod touch owners worldwide who are missing out on the ever-growing number of location-based apps. But no more, thanks to the folks at Dual. The Cradle with the latest U.S and Canada maps from NAVTEQ has a MSRP of $179.99. More info at the You Tube Video – you may have to lower your volume - and the company's website.    YouTube Video      Company Website for The Cradle.

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    A Clever Piece of Luggage From The Warehouse Still Lives!

    Dick’s Gadget Warehouse Friday, November 20th, 2009, Netcast 965

    The Getaway is a sleek- looking carry-on bag with a frame covered in durable quilted water repellant treated nylon. But the thing I like best about this bag is that it has four wheels that spin in any direction. So instead of pulling it behind you, you can walk it along, right at your side. This is perfect for long lines like at the Security Lines at the airport. It’s at your side where no one trips over it. The company, Swany, also calls their bags The Lean On Me “Walkin Bags”. Dimensions (HxWxD) are: 18'' x 9'' x 18'' & it fit easily in the overhead compartment on my recent Continental flight to the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. There’s a roomy interior compartment; and three detachable pouches that Velcro in place. Another clever feature is a lightly padded pocket that can be quickly accessed through the convenient “by-pass” pocket on the outside of the bag. This makes it easy to “get in and get out without having to unzip the main compartment” The company says it’s fine for a laptop, but my guess is that it’s better for a netbook or a light laptop.  According to the specs, the bag weighs 8 pounds. It’s available in two colors:  black and red. The question is, for how long will it be available? Mine’s been in the warehouse for more than 7 years, and I just re-discovered it when my even older suitcase gave up the ghost. Since The Gateway seems to be on close-out at the company’s website, my guess is it won’t be around for much longer. The MSRP is $199.00, but it’s on sale for $119.00. (At least it was when I checked their website on November 19th, 2009.)

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    Does Folding Fitted Sheets Give You A Fit?

    Thursday, November 19th, 2009 Netcast 964

    A new solution is a product called Fit & Fold. I met the inventor, Cooper Hipp, who gave me a demo of how easy it is to use his product on fitted sheets Here’s pretty much how he describes his product: Normally to fold your fitted sheet, you have to know how to get its rounded edges to take the shape of straight, foldable corners which takes a lot of patience and skill.  Without FIT and FOLD, you have to locate each corner of your fitted sheet and tuck the bottom left and right corners up into the top left and right corners, giving the sheet foldable corners. How many times have you put the first corner of your fitted sheet onto your mattress only to realize that, when attempting to fit the second corner that it wouldn’t fit because you got the alignment wrong? You rotate the sheet, hoping that it will fit.  It can take up to three tries before you get it right. With Fit and Fold, the corners are easy to locate and the snaps are colored either blue or green. This lets you know which corners snap together. Blue snaps to blue and green snaps to green.  This lets you easily achieve the squared corners that let you fold your fitted sheet. It’s that easy to make fitted sheets folding hassles a thing of the past. You put them on the sheets once and they stay there. You leave them on even when you wash the sheets. When you take them out of the laundry the corners of your fitted sheet are still labeled. Now when you make the bed, grab any corner of the folded fitted sheet. Because each snap is labeled top right, top left, bottom right and bottom left, you know exactly where to start. There’s a demo at Cooper’s website that makes it easy to understand. They come in a variety of colors to match your fitted sheets. Price is $9.99, plus S&H.

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    The Clickfree C2 is the next generation of their great Clickfree Portable Backup drives.

    Wednesday, November 18th, 2009, Netcast 963

    So you haven’t back up all your files because it’s “too hard”, or “you don’t know how”. Then check out the new Clickfree C2. It’s the next generation of the Award-Winning Clickfree Portable Backup drives. It features their Smart Automatic Backup features. Plug in the USB cable and it backs up your files. You don’t have to click anything. It’s Click Free – just like the name says. This new all-in-one design has an integrated USB cable, offers iPod music transfer, and advanced backup features including 256-bit hardware-based encryption and email attachment extraction. You can schedule backups, import iPod Music and Playlists and even use it to backup multiple computers. I can’t recall another backup system that lets you do that. PC or Mac compatible. You can also use it to share photos on Facebook or My Space directly from the Clickfree Viewer. And burn CD's and DVD's of your backup using the computers DVD burner. And if you’re moving to a new computer or operating system, use it to transfer your files to the new computers, and new Windows Operating Systems. Works with Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7. System Requirements: Windows-based PC or Macintosh. Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Macintosh OS X 10.5 or later, Windows 7. Prices: $139.99 / 250GB   $189.99 / 500GB. You can do a price search. These are brand new, so the price might stay close to suggested retail for a while.

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    SONOS introduces the Zoneplayer S5, and Leo loves it!

    Turn The Table Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 Netcast 962

    The SONOS Zoneplayer S5 is an all-in-one wireless music system that can be controlled with an iPhone. When the people when Sonos called and told me they had a device that would let me hear music in every room in my house I explained that my apartment is so small, I can hear my radio in every room of my house just by turning up the volume! But I passed the info on to Leo who has many rooms and folks with very different musical tastes. Leo got one and he loves it. You can play music wirelessly in any or every room of the house. It lets you access your iTunes library, plus thousands of radio stations and millions of songs from the Internet. Leo controls it all with the free Sonos Controller for iPhone. You can also use any other Sonos Controller. The S5 includes two tweeters, two mid-range drivers and a built-in single subwoofer– each individually powered by a dedicated digital amplifier. The S5’s analog audio input lets you connect to an external audio source such as an iPod, CD player, TV, DVD, VCR, etc. The S5 is $399. You’ll need a separate unit for each person in the house if you want everyone to share the S5 experience.

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