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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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    Saturday
    Jul152017

    Helpful Gadgets You May Not Know About That I Showed On World News Now.

    If you missed the spot on air, it's here: http://abcnews.go.com/WNN/video/top-underrated-gadgets-summer-48695588  

     

    NEVER FUMBLE AROUND IN THE DARK AGAIN

     

    Someone recently showed me one of this LED light switches and I thought it was worthwhile enough to talk about on the show. I bought two of them on Amazon, branded the Aid & Prep Battery Operated Lights. This looks like a thick light switch, but it only turns on the LED's that are inside the switch! So no electrician needed. These are ideal for use as a closet light, emergency light or even to mount down low on a wall so young kids can easy turn them on or off. You could even use it as a short-term work like for fixing things in dark places, like under the sink. Batteries included, but not necessarily batteries that aren't dead, (One of my two units had working batteries, the other didn't.) So you can have light where you need it, this (advertised as NEW) version has magnets on the back as well as Velcro tape (which I didn't test - I put mine on a metal door) There are slots in the back also so you can hang the switch on a wall with screw (not included.)

     

    Watch this week's show is see a second version of the switch called the Tech Tools Night Light. It's works the same, but it's not nearly as bright. It might be good to light a room while you find the wired light switch to turn on. Even though LED's use very little power I don't think you want to leave this on all night as a regular night light. They're also 2 for $9.99 on Amazon, and Amazon Prime as of 7/15/17.

     

    Giz Wiz Video I did on these LED light switches: https://youtu.be/1buWNrqJN5Q

     

    Amazon Link: Battery Operated Closet Light (Brighter One) - http://amzn.to/2uv2BK6

     

    In the video of this week's show you'll see me demonstrate a much dimmer version of the battery operated light switch. Some people might actually like that better. It's also powered by three AAA batteries which are not included. That one is here - 2 for $9.99 as of 7/15/17

     

    TechTools Night Light (Less Bright One.) http://amzn.to/2sd5M7H  

     

    And the brightest LED Switch I bought? Nebo. Uses 3AAA (not 2) and is just a bit more 2 for $12.97 as of 7/15/17 on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2tuBmKs 

     

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    Saturday
    Jul152017

    Meet the MEEM memory-charging cable

    MEEM is a fresh new take on smartphone back up. It's a phone charger cable that automatically backs up personal data on a smartphone to the cable. And it does that every time the phone is charged. With people using phones more and more for high quality photos and video and quick text communications, a phone’s storage fills up quickly with precious content and the more personal information stored, the higher the anxiety of losing or having that data stolen is. With MEEM, backing up your smartphone is a simple solution that fits into a daily routine. Just plug in your MEEM (either for an Android or iPhone device) choose and confirm a four-digit PIN and back up of your personal data starts immediately. MEEM keeps personal data safe in your hands, under your physical control, and inaccessible to anyone else. MEEM is available to purchase in the UK, Europe and North America direct through the manufacturer or on Amazon. Prices start at $49.99 for 16GB. Up to 128 GB is available. (on Amazon as of 6/29/17) and will depend on if it's for iOS or Android and the amount of memory inside.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/cKRgpnxY4LM

     

    Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2s4qgMx

     

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

    Saturday
    Jul152017

    Does Your New Smart Phone Use USB-C?

    I have a new phone, the LG G6. It's my first phone with the new USB-C connector. This is going to be the new way to charge a lot of the new phones coming out. One advantage is there's no right or wrong way to insert the USB-C connector. But since many of my other device are micro-USB, I wondered if I could just buy a simple USB-C adapter. And yes, Anker make a great, compact inexpensive one. It's their minimalist solution for using Micro USB cables with USB-C phones, tablets and laptops. Anker says use it for Charge & Sync: It uses USB 2.0 protocol for Micro USB charging and data transfer (480 Mbps). And it has a 56KΩ pull-up resistor for unbeatable safety and reliability. Fool-proof design with no installation required—simply plug and play. The cable that came with your USB-C will most likely charge faster, but these a good back-up. I keep one at the office and one on the boat where I have lots of regular USB-micro cables. Two Anker USB-C to Micro USB Adapters were just $6.99. Even the blister package has tab to flip it open without needing to cut anything. Amazon Prime. Also on Amazon you can find micro-USB adapters for many devices like iPhones, and even the Galaxy Tab, as you'll see in the video.

     

    http://amzn.to/2oT4XLN

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/jZ1iW0cp2Vk

    Saturday
    Jul152017

    No-Hole Dress Belt (For Men)

    Meet the Perfect Fit No Hole Dress Belt. I don['t know how long these have been around, but I discovered them a few months ago. And I like these a lot! (I bought 3 so far.) The holeless pants belt buckle has a hidden ratchet adjustment system that features 32 different positions for a custom fit from waist sizes 28 to 48 inches. When you receive the belt, trim it down to the size you want for a the perfect amount of overlap. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully and trim the straight end of the belt, not the tapered end that will be visible. The no-holes dress belt tightens with a gently pull and releases by lifting the front of the buckle. Adjust quickly and discreetly, about 1/4” at a time after meals, when sitting down or standing. It's available in Black or brown. There are many variates online. I tried two.

    I prefer the Perfect Fit version because it's the easier to adjust. It was under $15 on 7/16/17 here:http://amzn.to/2usnmFB (Choose black or brown before ordering.)

     

    But also check out the Dante version.

     

    With that version you get a choice of more than two dozen buckles, but I find the little release hook at the bottom on the buckle makes it harder to adjust the belt than the version above where you just lift the whole buckle.

     

    It was under $17 here http://amzn.to/2uouu68 on 7/16/17

     

    Giz Wiz Link. Pay exactly the same as anyone else, but Giz Wiz Biz gets a small credit to buy more stuff for the show. Thanks.

    Saturday
    Jul152017

    These normal looking sunglasses can also open a beer bottle!

    Yep, they're Bottle Opener Sunglasses. Talk about an off-beat gadget! Who knew these existed. Get to beach with a cooler, want to open a cold bottle of beer, and eek! No opener. That's okay there's one built right into your sunglasses. I haven't tried these because I think they just might break trying to open a bottle. So we'll do it on air for the first time. I'll ask whoever the host is, to do it. If it breaks at least I have a funny video for my $18.00. (Update: Kandis tried the bottle opener glasses on air and they worked fine!) The exact glasses I bought don't seem to be available right now, but these look exactly like the same pair, but in a Tortoise color frame. The description on Amazon is: meets ANZI Z80.3 high UV protection standards. Passed the inspection FDA with impact resistance lenses and guaranteed to absorb more than 99% of harmful UVA AND UVB rays. • Approved and recommended in accordance with the latest guidelines. • Reduces injured rays and filter color while maintaining high levels of visible contrast. • Optical Quality. • High end fashion. Very comfortable. They were $11.99 with Free Shipping, but not Amazon Prime. There are other variations on Amazon and on Ebay too. When I checked on 7/15/17 they were cheaper on Amazon, but prices changes rapidly on the big websites due to dynamic pricing. 

    Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2uk5AVk