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Dick DeBartolo, MAD's Maddest Writer, and co-host of The Giz Wiz at GizWiz.TV, The Giz Wiz on ABC's World News Now, and on Tech Guy Labs with Leo Laporte on TWiT.tv. But wait, there's More »

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    WORLD NEWS NOW

    With Co-hosts Diane Macedo & Kendis Gibson

    "Where more insomniacs get their news than any other source!"

    On these pages are gadgets I've shown over the past few years on the show. 

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    The Giz Wiz does a gadget show every week with co-host OMGChad Johnson on TWiT - This Week in Tech!

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    Sunday
    Jul152018

    Here Are The "Gadgets You May Not Know About" that I showed on World News Now.

    If you missed the spot on ABC, it's here at abcnews.com: https://abcnews.go.com/WNN/video/inexpensive-problem-solving-gadgets-56774798

    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/2unGp30 for $8.59 here & Amazon Prime, but also check out WalMart which had them 6 for $8.99. Prices can change at ANY time, especially on Amazon.

     

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

    Sunday
    Jul152018

    This inexpensive device is like a pair of sunglasses for your iPhone.

    With the bright summer sun shinning for the exact few months, (mostly during the daylight hours) this is the ideal time to learn about the new myFlipShade from the folks at myCharge. The myFlipShade is an iPhone screen shield, privacy protector, and stand all-in-one. The shade reduces the sun's glare on your iPhone, making the myFlipShade ideal for use in the sunshine, to increase the visibility of your iPhone screen. Not only does the myFlipShade work as a screen shield, but it also works as a privacy screen and is ideal for crowded spaces such as public transport. Turn the accessory into a vertical or horizontal phone stand by folding it flat and adjusting for use. For now there is only an iPhone version. You could use it on an Android phone, but it will most likely cover your camera lens, which is not a good thing! Comes in black dot, marble white and and colorful pineapple. $9.99. Compatibility: iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/eOTN38s3Kwc  

     

    It's available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2NRTn0I 

    Sunday
    Jul152018

    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/2KZmn9j ($20.99 on 7/16/18)

     

    This looks pretty much the same device. Morcreo link (choice of colors -$17.99 on 7/16/18) but prices can change quickly on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2zHZ2Uc  (Price can change at any time. Giz Wiz link. Pay the same as everyone else, but Giz Wiz Biz gets a small credit to buy more stuff.)

    Sunday
    Jul152018

    This "mute" button can easily beat your "mute" button!

    I bought one of these after I watched a video of it sent in by Mo, a big fan of The Giz Wiz Show. It solves a problem we all have, and that's the need to lower or shut the sound of the TV when the phone rings, or someone shouts to you from another room. Finding the “Mute” button on the typical remote is no easy chore. It's worse if you're getting up in years and you're looking for the “mute” bottom in a darkened room. You need 20/20 eyesight to find that mini mute button. Enter the giant Smash Mute button! The Smash Mute is an electronic device that learns the mute signal from any television remote control, and then duplicates that signal allowing the user to mute that television in a second or two. The big red button is approximately 200x larger than the average TV mute button. It measures 5 1/4" x 3" x 1 3/8" and takes two AA batteries which are not included. You do have to program the Smash Mute Button, but don't worry; that takes about 10 seconds! And here's good news. The instructions are printed in big letters and every step has a photo. One thing to be aware of, and fortunately they point this out in the “if your button doesn't work” list. After your Smash Mute Button blinks twice to let you know its programmed, you have to move the switch from 'learn' to 'use' very, very quickly. Outside of that, all is SO easy! It got 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from almost 100 people. It was $19.50 when I bought it on Amazon, and was still that price on 7/16/18.

    Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2LhM2Gd

     

    Giz Wiz Link. Pay the same as everyone else, Giz Wiz gets a small credit to buy more stuff to talk about on shows. Thank you.

    Sunday
    Jul152018

    A Handy Way To Handle Those Big HDMI Cables In The Back Of Your Electronic Devices.

    HDMI Angle Adapters Under $10 Your HDTV or HD computer monitor is super thin but the HDMI cables might add thickness if the ports face the wall or even in the wrong direction. These angled HDMI adapters help you avoid having to bend your HDMI cables excessively which may damage the cable, short out the cable or even worse, damage the ports on your expensive equipment. The company says they support resolutions up to 4K. On my new computer monitor the HDMI cable comes directly out the back, and using one of these let me get it much closer to the wall by redirecting the cable to the right. (Or the left, they make both.)

    Two for about $6 on Amazon as 7/16/18: https://amzn.to/2uzeTyL