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    The Giz Wiz is a weekly guest on The Tech Guy Show with -- who else? - The Tech Guy himself, Leo Laporte.

    Leo Laporte & I chat about some sort of fun or weird gadget weekly his The Tech Guy Radio Show. The show is syndicated by Premiere to over 180 radio stations around the country. Leo's closing in on 1.5 million listeners! I'm on the Saturday Show with The Giz Wiz Gadget of the Week. My spot is on about 1:45 PM PST / 4:45 PM EST. 

    And if you watch The Tech Guy stay tuned. Because after the Tech Guy Show  Leo does The New Screen Savers Show, and then I return to do Giz Fiz PM, a show with viewer questions, Match Game questions, videos, guest of the week and more! That starts when New Screen Saver ends..about 5:00 PM PST/ 8:00 PM EST. Watch it all at

    http://www.twitlive.tv/

    All The Tech Guy Labs show notes, shows & info can be found here:

    http://techguylabs.com/radio/ 

    Below are the gadgets we've talked about on the show.

    Saturday
    May122018

    Button Lamp - a tiny LED light for small places.

    Button Lamp is a tiny LED Lamp that can light dozens of dark areas where a larger light won't fit. Stick them up on a shelf in kitchen cabinets, in a closet, tool box, etc. They're also perfect for power outages, camping trips, and even on on boats. And yes, they're waterproof and submersible. They comes in a handy 6-pack for under $10. I don't recommend the 3-pack for $7.99. The come with an adhesive disc for quick installation. Batteries included and not replaceable. My guess is you could replace they if you're handy, but the batteries would probably cost the same as the device. Each device contains one 13 Lumen LED. It powered by 2 Cr2032 batteries. The company says battery life is over 17 Hours. Made By Panther Vision.

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/KwFmaX3jXiY 

      

    Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2IuI6E36 for $9.99 here & Amazon Prime, but also check out WalMart which had them 6 for $8.99

     

    Company link: http://www.panthervision.com/

    Saturday
    May052018

    Like coffee with less acidity?

    For coffee with less acidity you should know about the Asobu Coldbrew Portable Cold Brew Coffee Maker. Here's what the company says about cold brew: “Using hot water on your coffee granules creates a more acidic bitter drink while using cold water with coffee and allowing it to steep as with the Asobu cold brew creates 80% lower acidity, smoother, naturally sweet taste and also gives it that extra punch of caffeine. Now I had a company spokesperson explain this gadget a month or so ago, but now I had the chance to use one. Making cold brew coffee is easy, but once you mix the coffee and water, you have to wait 12-24 hours for it to be ready to drink. You'll see the whole process in my video in this show, or at the link below. The company adds: The Asobu Brewer hold 6 servings so you can leave in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and still get that same great rich and fresh concentrate. It's available in copper, silver, black and white. $50.00 

    Giz Wiz Makes Cold Brew Coffee: https://youtu.be/pdBVbQ5bOQ0  

    Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2FLyIGG It was $44.50 on 5/5/18. That price could change at any time.

    Saturday
    Apr282018

    A Bluetooth Selfie Stick With It's Own Built in Adjustable LED light.

    This Mpow Selfie Stick provides a wide-angle LED light with low, medium and high brightness adjustment modes. In the back there's a convenient mirror so you can see how you look before the camera goes off. Built into the handle is a 1500mAh battery. It's charged via amicro USB charger cable which may people, including me, didn't get in the package. But any tech person has a lot of them laying around. The company says the battery provides about 72 hours of LED fill light time, 30 hours of Bluetooth connection time on a single charge. (They don't specify if that is using them at the time.) It fits smartphones with a width between 1.8 to 3.3 inch. I used it with a Galaxy Note 4 with no problem. It's 7.3" fully closed and can be extended to 33.9 inches. And finally, the mount at the top of the selfie stick can be positioned at any point through 270 degrees to allow a variety of shooting angles from traditional selfies to above-crowd shots. The package should include the Selfie Stick, USB Charging Cable & Carry Bag, plus instructions. As I read in the reviews it seems some people get instructions (a tiny sheet) and some get a charging cable, which I didn't. $20.99 as of 4/25/18 and the rose color one was $19.99 on 4/23/18, but jumped to $28.88 on 4/25/18. There is what is probably the same selfie-stick on Amazon for $16.99 branded MORCREO. I opted for the Mpow because I've bought other stuff from them and found them reliable. 

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/hRBrnfnr-qI

     

    Mpow Version I bought: https://amzn.to/2HxZ3xy (Still $20.99 on 4/28/18)

     

    The Morcreo link (choice of 3 colors were still $16.99 on 4/28/18) but prices can change quickly on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2HB0MlO

    Saturday
    Apr212018

    When a 'deal of the day' turns out to be not such a good deal.

    I can't resist some of those 'deal of the day' offers, so when I saw the Stack-On 18 Drawer Storage Cabinet for $14.99, I bought one. These are some of the features I read about on Amazon: Drawers stay closed with the snap-close drawer System. (I liked this idea a lot! I'm sure we've all spilled the contents one or more of those little plastic storage drawers.) See-through drawers let you see your parts at a glance. Customizable drawer labels for identification of contents are included. (Both good features.) Easily mounts to wall or stands on bench or counter top. NOTE: Drawer will be harder to pull and push - A little force will be needed to bypass this stay-closed system. (Wow, is that right! So hard to open in fact, that mounting turns out to be a MUST! If the unit isn't anchored down you must hold it in place when you open or close a drawer. Sometimes, when trying to close a drawer I pushed it hard and it flew out the back of the cabinet! I can see why this only got 3.3 out of 5 stars. And not only is there a problem opening and closing the drawers, but worse is that the drawer tracks are so short, the drawers hang down at all weird angles in the back. Be sure to watch the video to see how bad they are! I give it high marks for the way it looks, but the operation is awful. In case you're still interested, the company makes a 24, 40, & 60 drawer version of this. The 18 drawer version is $29.43 on Amazon and they run up to about $42 or so for the largest one. (By the way Stack On makes tons of other storage units without this 'locking feature'!)

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/-638M4T7iGk 

    Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2K6JPgz

    (That's a Giz Wiz Link. I don't recommend this product, but it gives me a short link to post.) 

    Company link: https://www.stack-on.com/product-category/tool-boxes-organizers/

    My Quickie Solution While I Continue Looking?

    It's the Madesmart Granite Junk Drawer Organizer with Removable top tray

    It's versatile and functional storage with pockets of various sizes. Although I have mine on a shelf, it's designed to fit in a multitude of drawer sizes. There's a sliding tray with molded icons create easy to find spaces for all your messy junk drawer items: scissors, pens, tape, rulers, post its, etc., but I use mine as I see fit. 15-Inch long, 11-1/2-Inch wide, 3-Inch high. Price was about $12 on 4/21/18, and $5 more in white. Amazon prices can change at any time.  

    https://amzn.to/2GIwCM5

    Friday
    Apr132018

    Waterpik Introduces a water flosser for the road.

    I saw this new device several weeks ago at a Waterpik Press Event. I've been using a Waterpik for probably more than 50 years. (Lots of different models, of course.) This new one has ultra-compact and convenient design. Dubbed the Waterpik Sidekick Water Flosser, it's great for travel and makes it easy to water floss anywhere, anytime. As you see in my video it collapses easily for storage and fits in almost any purse or briefcase. It comes with a new flossing stylus with integrated classic tip and swivel handle. The tips are not changeable, so this is designed for a single user. The company says it removes up to 99.9% of plaque from treated areas. One neat feature is the global voltage plug. (The unit is not battery powered.) At first I thought they left the plug out of the box, but then I discovered it stores in the base of the unit and is held there magnetically. So techie! Kit includes storage case, flossing stylus, 13 ounce (400 ml) water reservoir, global voltage (100 240VAC, 60/50Hz) plus, and 3-year warranty. It ships in white, black (my favorite) and I believe there is a rose and white version too. MSRP is $129.99, but on 4/13/18 it was $110 on Amazon, and there was a $15 off coupon available, which would drop the price to $95.00. Prices on Amazon can change daily however. 

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/EJ3_aPXjyr4

    Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2GSztTP   

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