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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
    Dec222018

    An unusual gadget for the Giz Wiz to try!

    I rarely report on a gadget designed mainly for women. But that changes with these “as seen on TV” EZ Makeup glasses. At ABC I've been on Regis for about 5 years, then Good Morning America for 5 years and then on World News Now for more than 20 years. In all those years I've been told dozens of times, "we have to darken your eyelashes because they wash-out on camera". Wait, could I do that myself if a make-up artist wasn't available at the studio? Well these specially designed makeup glasses are said to magnify for perfect makeup application. They have built-in LED to provide light to see every detail. A rotating lens allows you to easily switch eyes. The provide 3x magnification! I paid $14.99 for them at a CVS drug store. The first set had one LED light that didn't worked. I exchanged them for a second set and the rotating lens broke off. Watch the video to see how poorly these glasses are made - at least to my eyes!

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/JqdAO7peOQA  

     

    If you want to see their commercial – it's on their website:

     

    Ez Makeup Glasses ---  https://www.ezmakeupglasses.com/  

     

    Something like them on Amazon, cheaper, but no LED lights.

     

    https://amzn.to/2LxxPWI

     

    The $4 Kikkerland version: https://amzn.to/2R8wxGD  

    Saturday
    Dec152018

    The Tech Neck Hands-Free Collar Device.

    Who could come up with such a weird gadget? You want me wear that crazy thing around my neck? Well, relax, it's not a real product. It's true, the Tech Neck Device Holder does not exist. It's a Prank Pack designed to fool the receiver into having to thank you for a really stupid gift. But, the box is empty so you can put your real small-sized gift inside. There's also a “You've been pranked note” inside the box. This empty box costs $8, expensive since it's a job, but the company did a great job of making it looks like a real product with models using the device in all sorts of situations. Even the copy on the box looks real, so I guess it did cost them a bit of $$ to design and produce the new Prank Pack.

    Amazon link: (I paid $7.99 on Amazon, but that link sold out. However I found it here on Amazon for under $7 with free shipping, but not Amazon Prime: https://tinyurl.com/yb6vuzrx 

    Company website: (They're $7 here and there's a wide assortment. 10% off if you sign up for their emails)

    https://pranko.com/

    Giz Wiz Link. Pay the same as everyone else but the Giz Wiz get a small credit to buy more stuff.

    Saturday
    Dec082018

    Do you collect a lot of business cards? Here's a way to keep them organized.

    Do it with the mini Business Card File 

     

    If you collect a lot of business cards are they on your dresser, desk, and in your briefcase? I didn't have a central place to keep business cards until someone showed me this miniature file cabinet. It provides storage for 800 business cards and you'll know where they are. It's made of sturdy plastic and available in silver or brown color. For some strange reason, the top drawer has a built-in digital clock. But wait, there's more. A-Z card index dividers are included. Dimensions: 6.5" x 4.5" x 6.5". It's a bit pricey considering it's just made of plastic, but it should help you save time finding business cards you need - assuming you take the time to file them as you get them. Under $16.

    https://amzn.to/2L6Pl3J 

    (Giz Wiz link. Pay the same everyone else, Giz Wiz gets a small credit to buy more stuff to demostrate.)

    Need to carry a lot of your own business cards with you? There's a suitcase for that!

    Mini Suitcase Biz Card Holder. Yep, looks exactly like an aluminum suitcase with pop-open latches, but it's it's tiny, ideal for carrying business cards. Here are a few more details via Amazon:  Material: aluminum alloy Business Credit ID Card Holder Metal Frame Case Organizer
    Exquisite mini briefcase design. (It has worked pop-open snaps, just like a real full-sized suitcase. Can put about 30pcs business cards. Suggested maximum size of each card: 3.6 x 2.1 in. From the Giz Wiz: It's available in several colors. I bought silver. The photo says: "silver" but it looks more pink-like in the picture. For some reason black was $10.49 and the other colors were $9.98, as of 12/8/18.

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

    If you're not a hurry to get one, they're as low as $5 here:

    https://amzn.to/2ElBt5e 

    (Giz Wiz link. Pay the same everyone else, Giz Wiz gets a small credit to buy more stuff to demostrate.)

    Saturday
    Dec012018

    Did you buy anything 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.

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/8uu4tPpKWqA  

     

    It's back to $79.99 with Special Offers. https://amzn.to/2Qtqufw  

     

    Fun for the whole family with Reindeer Ring Toss Game. 

    When I saw this game on Amazon I thought it looked like a great fun game for family fun on the holidays. Something to get everybody - kids and adults involved. I ordered a set of two, and I paid about $11.00. First, here's what Amazon says about them: Let's play Christmas Reindeer games! You throw 2 red and 2 green round rings onto the large Reindeer Antlers on your friend's head!Take turns wearing the antlers and make your own games. Great fun for your holiday party. It's funny and fun to play. Buy several and give them as party favors or Stocking Stuffers! – Well, you'll have to have this week's show to see the quality of these reindeer games. They're cheaply made and as you'll see by the reviews often don't inflate and sometimes have leaks in them. But through it all, most people said they still had fun. I did too as you'll see in the video. They don't seem to hold air which makes them look goofy on your head, but you can still play ring toss even if not totally inflated. It actually seems to make it funnier. Be sure to buy a 2-pack since the quality of the product is so low.  

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/36vh_2hgK9o     

    Amazon: $9.99 (set of 2 + pump, which mine didn't come with) on 12/1/18 - https://amzn.to/2Pb9ead 

     

    (Giz Wiz link. Pay the same everyone else, Giz Wiz gets a small credit to buy more stuff to demostrate.) 

    Saturday
    Nov242018

    BRILLIANT PAD - World First Self-Cleaning puppy pad & dog potty.

    This could be perfect for seniors with dogs who are paper-trained, or anyone who can't get out of the house on a terrible winter day. Designed to handle #1 and #2, the highly absorbent BrilliantPad soaks up liquids and dries out solids. It wraps and seals waste to keep your home clean and odor free. A built-in timer replaces pad automatically or you can refresh anytime at the touch of a button. I asked what happens if there's a puppy on the pad when the machine is set to automatic and the spokesperson said a sensor won't let the machine start until the pad is clear of your pet. Waste is sealed inside while outside remains dry and your hands stay clean. Biodegradable caps prevent leaks and foul odors. One long-lasting roll lets you enjoy your pet without the clean-up chore. The company says one roll = 27 regular wee pads. The company says it's perfect for small dogs up to 25 pounds who already use pads or for puppies you're going to train to use pads. Medium dogs 25 to 40 pounds might use it, but it not for dogs over 40 pounds. Was $149.99 but as of 12/2/18) it was $129.99 on Amazon. Refills are $20 to $32 depending on the number you buy and if you subscribe to one of their refill plans.

    Giz Wiz Video from the pet expo: https://youtu.be/HMYNlufFZpw

     

    Company website: http://www.brilliantpad.com/

     

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