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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
    Aug102019

    Just in time for back-to-school! 

    Need we say it? Headphones & smartphone NOT included!Every year for back-to-school I try to find a unique backpack. This year I found one that not only unique, it's very inexpensive. It's the Poruary Anti-theft Backpack. That's what the hangtap on the bag says. I don't think it's mentioned on Amazon. When I first saw it I thought, “This backpack has no pockets! How do you put stuff in it?” Turns out the main pocket zipper is hidden in the back of this bag, the part that is up against your back. That way there's no way a thief can get to it with you knowing about it. There's a USB Charging port and a headphone port on the outside so you can listen to music or charge a device from within the bag. Easy fits 15.6" laptop and probably some 17” laptops too. More than 10 compartments to keep all your things well organized. Made of durable waterproof and dust proof nylon and oxford fabric. I weighed the backpack empty and it was just about 2 pounds 2 ounces. Best of all, amazing low price. I paid under $20 on Amazon.

    As of 8/10/19 the price was $15.99, but that can change at any time.

    Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2GWhzx5 

    Giz Wiz link. Pay the same as everyone else GizWizBiz gets a tiny credit to buy more stuff on Amazon. Thank you if you decide to use that link.

    Saturday
    Aug032019

    Meet the Retro Nostalgia Frankfurter & Bun Toaster

    Here's what Amazon says it. The Nostalgia Retro Series Pop-Up Hot Dog Toaster is great for entertaining and as a fast meal solution for the whole family. The large hot dog cage fits two regular-size or extra-plump hot dogs. Adjust the heat setting to cook hot dogs to your preference. Easily remove the hot dog cage and use the included mini tongs for removing the hot dogs. Color: Retro Red.

    And the Giz Wiz says: Well, I thought this was sort of a good idea idea at first. But you'll see in the video buns really are not toasted, but burned on the edges. Also it includes a metal tong to remove stuff from the toaster. (MAKE SURE THE TOASTER IS OFF, OR YOU COULD GET ELECTROCUTED if you touch the elements while it's on.) I think  that while adults might think this is crappy, kids would probably love this thing. But no matter what, you need to like the idea of buying an appliance that only does one thing: make franks & toast buns, sometimes unevenly. It does get some points for it's looks. It looks smart on the counter, but may end up as a smart-looking dust collector. The price is low! I paid $19.67 for mine, and as of 8/3/19, it was just about $17. You can also buy a bigger version that cooks four franks and four hot dog rolls at the same time  for under $30.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/PENmlLw9w5c

    Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2LUI9eg   (I paid $20, now it's $17.

    Cook twice as many dogs & buns for $29.99: https://amzn.to/2SYNGBi

    Saturday
    Jul272019

    Like Coffee? Then you might like the new Keurig "Duo" line.

    There are 3 models of the K-Cup Duo. One of them is already available, and that's the K-Duo Essentials (Shown in photo). Here's info from Keurig about the Essentials. All 3 models will have similar basic features. But the lowest price one, the K-Duo Essentials Single Serve & Carafe Coffee Maker does have a clock function for automatic coffee making when you want. All three models can use  both K-Cup pods and ground coffee to brew a cup and carafe of your favorite varieties. The 60 oz. single water reservoir is shared between single serve and carafe brewing. The included 12-cup glass carafe and heating plate will keep your coffee hot and has auto shut-off after two hours. There's also the added convenience of the Pause & Pour feature. With the K-Duo Essentials coffee maker you can choose your favorite ground coffee, or choose from hundreds of delicious K-Cup pod varieties of coffee, tea, cocoa, and more. With multiple brew sizes, you can make an 8, 10, or 12-cup carafe for large gatherings, as well as an 8, 10, or 12 oz. cup just for you. Coming in August is the K Duo $169.00 and the K Duo Plus $229.00. Both offer auto clock functions for brewing coffee and very trendy styling. I don't see info about either of those two online yet, as of 7/27/19.  

    Company website: https://www.keurig.com/coffee+makers/c/coffeemakers101 
    Only the K-Duo Essentials was on the site as of 7/20/19

    Here's a link to the one available now, available only at Walmart for $99.00.
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Keurig-K-Duo-Essentials-Coffee-Maker-with-Single-Serve-K-Cup-Pod-and-12-Cup-Carafe-Brewer-Black/244686900   (Not a Giz Wiz link.)

    Saturday
    Jul202019

    What Gadget, 40 Years Old This July, Changed Our Way Of Listening To Music?

    It's the 40th Anniversary of the first Sony Walkman..and I own one of the them. So I returned to Dick's Gadget Warehouse to pick it up. Yes, it's the Sony Walkman Cassette Player TPS-L2. Thanks to the being featured in the Guardians in the Galaxy it's becoming famous again. I'm sure it's because of that wildly popular show that the price of them on eBay is quite high. I saw two on eBay for an asking price of $500, and one with an asking price of $625.00. They're used of course, because like mine, they're 40 years old. Mine does not work, but if you're handy, there's a belt repair kit on eBay for under $10. It cost about $200 in 1979. $200 in 1979 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $705.00 in 2019, a difference of $505.00 over 40 years, according to an Internet calculator.

    Here's a video of mine:

    Giz Wiz Warehouse Video: https://youtu.be/l2WQxcw-eH0

    And there's a 'prop version available too: Toy Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 - Star-Lord Peter Quill - Sony Walkman TPS-L2 prop, with headphones.

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/656018410/toy-guardians-of-the-galaxy-vol-2-star?ref=pla_similar_listing_top-1

    Even iPhone Sony Walkman Cases on Amazon for older iPhones: https://amzn.to/2XRMpSk

    And from Sony, to celebrate 40 years of personal music devices – here's a look at all the various Sony music players with a lot of failed memory systems from the past 40 years!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH2T94XWqck 

    Saturday
    Jul132019

    In hot weather here's a way to carry a fan, actually you can wear two fans!

    It's the Wearable Sports Fan. This is a weird gadget! Here's  a bit of info about it from Amazon: Hand free fan was design as a headphone to free your hands anywhere; Fashion style makes you look so cool. Hanging around your neck, suitable for traveling in hot weather. Low/medium/high speed level. 1800mAh lithium battery. 5-10 hours working time depends on different speed.

    And the Giz Wiz take: Well, you will look weird wearing this thing. (Watch this week's show to see how you feel about wearing one. I didn't think the output of the fan were good enough to cool you off, but when Dennis tried it on, he thought on a hot day at the beach, you would be really glad to have one of these. The prices for these fans are all over the place. I bought one for about $16, and another for $11 at a different place on Amazon. Turns out they are the identical fan with different names. Now you can buy them under $10 on Amazon, but delivery could take weeks because some of them are shipped directly from China. I got both of mine overnight with Amazon prime.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/bf1fnQbIPIU

    7/13/17 Price dropped to $7.20 (free shipping but not Prime) Amazon prices can change at any time! https://amzn.to/2ldolqr