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    The Giz Wiz is a weekly Saturday guest on The Tech Guy with -- who else? - The Tech Guy, 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
    Sep092017

    More than just a plain selfie-stick.

    From Movo Photo comes The Movo Smartphone Video Rig with Stereo Microphone, Grip Handle, & Wrist Strap. (It's also available without the microphone kit  for under under $30.) This kit is designed to improve the production value of your smartphone video by letting you add mics, lights, a tripod, etc. So it's perfect for live-streaming, vlogging, interviews, performances, etc. (There are three female 1/4" threads for mounting accessories and tripod.) Also an integrated cold shoe mount microphone & lights. I like this device, even though I think it has a couple of short-comings. I wish the handle was a bit longer and even more I wish there was an LED light to tell you the mic was on, but all else seems good. The universal mounting clamp fits smartphones 2.2" to 3.6" wide including the iPhone 7 Plus and Galaxy Note. Movo says their easy to grip padded handle (removable) assists with stabilizing your video, but there's no gimbal or anything else to assist you. An adjustable wrist strap provides a sense of security by preventing accidental drops. The Stereo Microphone has a selectable 90° or 120° pickup pattern and a frequency response of 35-20k Hz, Signal to Noise: 74dB according to Movo. And there's a level too. The kit also includes a foam & a furry windscreen. The mic kit is just under $57.00 and it's Amazon Prime.

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/QOxi5e5GTH0

     

    Amazon link: (Kit w/microphone) http://amzn.to/2xdUEu7  ($56.95 Price as of 9/7/17)

     

    The Movo PR-1 Smartphone Grip Handle - WITHOUT A MICROPHONE KIT, is $29.95 here. (Price as of 9/7/17) http://amzn.to/2wM9oNC

    Saturday
    Sep022017

    Carry Water And Pills Just About Anywhere.

    This neat little gadget is called Port O Pill. And the company boasts: Pills + Water / Anytime, Anywhere! Never get caught without water or medication again. Leak-resistant, refillable container. Now the company says “Holds up to 10 pills” but that will surely depend the kind of pills, but I don't think that's important. Changes are you'll carry this with just the pills you need for one day. Carrying only 1.5 ounces of water, it meets FAA plane rules for carry-on liquids. It's small enough for backpack, purse, glove box, and maybe a pocket if you're wearing cargo pants. BPA Free and top rack dishwasher safe. There are only 14 reviews on Amazon, but it got 3.7 stars out of 5. And it's inexpensive at $5.20 and it's Amazon Prime.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/9BUUDmspty0 

     

    Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2iMzGfF

    Friday
    Aug252017

    Got ice? We do!

    If you live in a small apartment, you probably have a small refrigerator and that means not much ice. Well the Rosewill Compact Countertop Ice Makercan solve that problem. We bought one on Amazon and put it to the test. The first ice cubes appeared in about 8 minutes. They're more like ice-shaped bullets' that are hidden at the center. You start the process by pouring water into the unit and selecting 'large or small' cubes. It makes the cubes in little batches and takes like an hour or more to fill the small ice tray. But they chill drinks quickly and don't get stuck together when sitting in the ice tray. Since this is not connected to a water supply it's perfect for a small RV, boat, kitchen, etc. It just needs a 110V outlet that accepts a 3-prong plug. The case is mostly stainless steel with the rest what looks like a very decent plastic. The company says it's able to make 26.5 lb of small or large bullet-shaped ice cubes every 24 hours. It also has automatic stop producing function, when it senses the ice tray is full. The integrated storage bin holds 1.54 lb of ice. Price is all over the place. I saw 4 different prices on Amazon alone, so we bought it the lowest we saw there: $109.99 including tax and shipping. Warrantees are often a waste of money, but a four year one for just $14 seemed like a good deal – just $3.50 a year, so we bought that too. And now that we see the moving parts in the ice maker, we're glad to have a four year warrantee.

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

     

    Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2vMu9bN

      

    Rosewell is a brand from NewEgg, so check www.newegg.com for price too. Sometimes it's on sale for $10 less than Amazon, sometimes $20 more than Amazon the few times I checked.

     

    UPDATE! 8/29/17 - Woke up to no ice, just water in the machine. Unplugged it, emailed the company and within two hours they said it could be returned for a full refund. They emailed me a return label. Just for laughs, I plugged it back in. It's been making ice ever since. Since I have two weeks to return it, I'm watching it carefully, but will probably return it anyway. UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: Decided to return it while the offer of a full refund was in effect. Amazon even returned the money I paid for the warantee since I returned the ice maker within two weeks of telling them I had a problem. Will buy another one, but going to do some more research first.

    Saturday
    Aug192017

    An inexpensive, but very useful backpack!

    Every back-to-school season I try to find a unique backpack. This year I found a backpack with a couple of unique features, that is also incredibly inexplensive. It's the Inateck Laptop Backpack. It's good-looking and the company says it's made from waterproof, scratch-resistant, anti-tear special nylon fabric. It's also the first backpack I've seen with slip-on waterproof cover. It's like a elastic slip-on raincoat for your backpack and it's included in the price. Also unique is an external USB Port; slide your power bank into the backpack and plug it in; now you can charge devices with the backpack closed. A luggage belt at the back lets your backpack slip over the extending handle on your rolling luggage. Side pockets hold personal belongings like a water bottle or umbrella. And a padded compartment holds up to 15.6 inch laptop. I think it's a bargain at $39.99, but Amazon instant discount dropped price to $27.99! Offer was still valid as of 8/19/17

    http://amzn.to/2x1dIZe

     

    Giz Wiz Link. Pay the same as everyone else, but Giz Wiz Biz gets a small credit to buy more stuff on Amazon for the shows I do. Thank you.

    Saturday
    Aug122017

    A great gadget for back-to-school if you're just bringing a tablet.

    A lot of students are going back to school with just a tablet, forgoing a laptop. I love tablets, but I don't like typing on them. So I started a search for the latest in a portable keyboard. Well another portable keyboard. I already have one from Zagg and one from Logitech. But they're a couple of years old and I wanted to see what was new. On Amazon I found the iClever Ultra Slim Wireless Keyboard. It's a tri-folding. aluminum alloy keyboard with bluetooth AND with 3-color backlight. And, as the company points out, it's for iOS Windows PC, Tablets, and Smartphones. You have your choice of using it wirelessly via Bluetooth 3.0, or you can have a wired connection to ordinary USB-enabled devices. I compared the size of the iClever keyboard to my full-size computer keyboard, and unfolded the iClever keyboard is the same size. But it folds to fit easily in the included carry bag. Since it has full standard-size keys I was able to type on it rather quickly with only an occasional mistake. I'm sure that will improve to 100% after some time typing on this new keyboard. I also like a lot that you can select the backlit color from red, blue or green, and adjust it with a bright or dim keystroke. Beware though using the LED's cost you a lot of battery power. According to the company the built-in 750mAh lithium battery will give you an uninterrupted working time of just 5 hours with the LED's on, or 300 hours with them off. Charging time is said to be less than 4 hours, and the price is right at under $40.00. It got very good reviews on Amazon. It looks like you can buy a similar model without LED's for $29.99, but I only bought the LED version. I think it's a great addition for a back-to-school gadget if you're using a tablet or smart phone for taking notes. The iClever keyboard is approximately 4 ¾ X 6 ½ X 3/4” folded and it opens to an 11 1/2” full-sized keyboard. On my little office postage scale it weighed 9.6 ounces. It's here on Amazon: 

    http://amzn.to/2vPps36

     

    (Giz Wiz Link. Pay the same as everyone else, but Giz Wiz Biz gets a tiny bit of credit to buy more fun stuff to report on.)