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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

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

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


    Magnets, Red & White LED's -- Light Mine has them all. 

    Back on June 10th, 2009 Netcast 848 I talked about The Magnetic Light Mine. It’s a small powerful LED light with an underwater navy mine appearance. Twelve neodymium (rare earth) magnetic posts surround a central LED. The golf ball sized sphere fits into tight areas and aims a powerful beam of light where you needed most. Since the original Magnetic Light Mine was so successful Striker created a bigger, brighter, and more powerful version. Called the Light Mine Professional the new one is about the size of a baseball. Everything about the new model is bigger. It’s 8 times brighter, lasts 4 times longer, includes a signal beacon, and even red LED night vision light. Eleven powerful neodymium magnets are located at the end of each post so you can attach and aim the light in any direction. The posts also act as tripods and quad-pods so you can position the light accurately on non-magnetic surfaces. 8 powerful LEDs are used in the front white lens and 4 red LEDs power the backlight. A four-function switch provides low power spot, high output flood, red night vision, and a high visibility blinking signal beacon. You can even attach a lanyard and use it as a magnetic pickup tool for a dropped screw, nail, etc. Use one in the garage to stick to your car’s hood for engine repairs. Keep one in your home for repairs in tight spaces such as under the counter, behind a stereo, or when working on computer equipment. Stick one on your refrigerator as your 'go-to' light for emergency situations during a power outage such as finding and flipping the circuit breaker. Powered by 3 replaceable AAA batteries. MSRP $19.99, but the manufacturer is offering a 20% discount till March 15, 2011 if you use the code gizwiz. (I make no money no matter where you buy this device.) The Striker Light Mine Professional retails for $20 (price using gizwiz code =$16) And the original Striker Light Mine retails for about $7 (price using gizwiz code =$5.60)

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    Turn your iPhone or iPod Touch into a feature filled travel alarm clock

    XtremeMac's 3 in 1 Microdock adds speakers to your iPhone or iPod Touch. and provides a good-looking docking station, snooze control and some other neat features. You start by downloading the free XtremeMac alarm clock app at iTunes. Yes the app works without the 3 in 1 Microdock, but you won’t be able to use a lot of the features without the speakers or external controls. The two very small neodymium drivers offerr surprisingly good sound from a docking station that weighs less than five ounces. You can wake to chime, your own music from your iPhone or Touch, or waves or rain, which are included with the free app. A sleep timer lets you fall asleep to sounds too. There are many personal settings, including how bright you want the clock display once you go to bed and how long you want to snooze when you hit the onboard snooze button. Also on the Microdock itself are volume up/down rockers and play/pause music controls. You also have your choice of several designs and colors for the iPhone or Touch clock face. But wait, there's more! A nap timer lets you sleep for whatever number of minutes you selected in settings. The Microdock ships with a cloth travel pouch too. The only downside is that you have to take along the transformer plug for AC power. There's no battery option. List is $59.99, but if you do a web search you can find it for about $45. All in all, this really beats those awful hotel clocks in style, sound and ease of use. And when you head out in the morning, (hopefully after a good night's sleep) your iPhone or Touch is fully charged! 


    Don't get 'sticker shock' at the airport when you discover all those extra luggage fees!

    Magellans Balanzza 3 in 1 Luggage Scale

    With most airlines charging for every piece of checked luggage, plus a higher amount for overweight luggage, you want to know the weight of your bags before you start out. The Balanzza 3 in 1 Luggage Scale can not only help, it adds a couple of other neat features for travel. First there the ergonomic digital luggage scale with a comfort-grip handle and a large easy-to-read digital display. Find out the exact weight of your luggage up to 100 lbs. or 44kg. That way you’ll know instantly if your bag exceeds the international weight limit. A strong webbed strap secures the luggage to the scale, so there are no hooks to catch on things. The scale holds the weight in memory so you can put the bag down and still see the weight on the display. But wait, there’s more. The BZ300 also doubles as a flashlight. Push a button to turn on the bright 3-LED flashlight. And yes, still more!  There’s a built in 24-hour timer and alarm, so it can double as an alarm clock. Instead of dealing with those ungodly hotel alarm clocks, just set the count down timer for the number of hours you want to sleep and it will chime at the appointed amount of time. And it’s compact enough for packing so you can weigh your luggage after you bought all those souvenirs.  Uses 2 AAA batteries which are included. 

    Size: 6-1/4 x 2-1/2 x 1-1/4"


    Use a normal cordless handset to make and receive calls via your Bluetooth enabled cell phone.

    How convenient to be able to make and receive cell phone calls pretty much anywhere in your house using a full sized handset and keypad. You can with the Panasonic Link to Cell System. It allows you to link two different cell phone lines via Bluetooth, and if you have one, you can use your landline too. Once the cell phones are paired, you have the option to make and receive cell phone calls through either of the two handsets or via the speakerphone built into the base unit. Just hit the Cell 1 or Cell 2 button and dial. The cell phone will show a call is being made, but no one can listen in on the conversation via the cell phone. Call waiting is available for the land line, but not for the cell phone.  You can set different ringer sounds for the different lines coming in. Another nice feature is the talking Caller ID. The system announce “Please Charge Phone” when the battery is low. I like the silent mode feature too. It lets you program the times you don’t want the phones to ring. The system uses the latest Dect 6.0 Plus technology. Being Bluetooth enabled, you can download your cellular phone book to the handsets. There’s 3 way conference calling, an intercom feature and a locator for track down a missing handset. You can add up to 6 handsets to your system. Instead of using a special battery pack, the handsets just requires two rechargeable triple A batteries. And this is one of the few units I know of that can be wall-mounted. The two-handset basic Link to Cell system (KX-TG6582T) retails for about $100. I did a quick web search & found it for about $87.

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    Jawbone comes up with a completely new Bluetooth device.

    Jawbone, the company that makes many different Bluetooth headsets has introduced their first product that isn't a headset. However it still involves sound and Bluetooth technology. It’s a small, high tech stereo speaker that connects to your phone, computer, PDA, etc. via Bluetooth. You can use it as a Bluetooth speakerphone or a way your tunes for everyone in the room. It's called Jambox, and Jawbone has jammed a lot of features into a little box. (But I assume the name refers to ‘jamming’, as in music!) The Jambox is small - 5.9″ by 2.2″ by 1.6″ - so it’s not pocket-sized unless you wear a Scottevest jacket! It comes in four ”copy-writer inspired colors” - Blue Wave, Black Diamond, Grey Hex and Red Dot. Once the internal battery is fully charged, the company says you should get up to eight hours of operation. Inside the enclosure are two powerful acoustic drivers and a moving passive-wall bass radiator for very decent sound considering its size. Jawbone claims that the JAMBOX is the only speaker in the world that gets smarter with time. It can be updated with apps, software and new features at the Jawbone online platform, MyTALK. Audio alerts include battery life, caller ID, call functions and more. JAMBOX can also be personalized with voice and language options. Leo expressed an interest in hearing this unit in person, so when he made a whirlwind trip to NY I brought it along when we met for dinner. He liked it a lot and it’s going to be part of the gear he takes on his three week foreign trip. The price is upscale too, $199.99. As it gets into the marketplace, I assume some discounting will be available. 

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