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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. 

    To find out when I'm on TV again, or to learn about new gadgets between shows, follow me on Twitter:

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

                                                      www.twit.tv/giz

    Saturday
    Aug192017

    Must Have Back To School Gadgets I Showed On World News Now.

    Once my spot airs, I'll post a link here.

    An inexpensive, but very useful backpack!

    Every back-to-school season I try to find a unique backpack. This year I found a backpack with a couple of unique features, that is also incredibly inexplensive. It's the Inateck Laptop Backpack. It's good-looking and the company says it's made from waterproof, scratch-resistant, anti-tear special nylon fabric. It's also the first backpack I've seen with slip-on waterproof cover. It's like a elastic slip-on raincoat for your backpack and it's included in the price. Also unique is an external USB Port; slide your power bank into the backpack and plug it in; now you can charge devices with the backpack closed. A luggage belt at the back lets your backpack slip over the extending handle on your rolling luggage. Side pockets hold personal belongings like a water bottle or umbrella. And a padded compartment holds up to 15.6 inch laptop. I think it's a bargain at $39.99, but Amazon instant discount dropped price to $27.99! Offer was still valid as of 8/19/17

     

    http://amzn.to/2x1dIZe  

    Saturday
    Aug192017

    A great gadget for back-to-school if you're just bringing a tablet or usisng your smart phone to take notes.

    A lot of students are going back to school with just a tablet, forgoing a laptop. I love tablets, but I don't like typing on them. So I started a search for the latest in a portable keyboard. Well another portable keyboard. I already have one from Zagg and one from Logitech. But they're a couple of years old and I wanted to see what was new. On Amazon I found the iClever Ultra Slim Wireless Keyboard. It's a tri-folding. aluminum alloy keyboard with bluetooth AND with 3-color backlight. And, as the company points out, it's for iOS Windows PC, Tablets, and Smartphones. You have your choice of using it wirelessly via Bluetooth 3.0, or you can have a wired connection to ordinary USB-enabled devices. I compared the size of the iClever keyboard to my full-size computer keyboard, and unfolded the iClever keyboard is the same size. But it folds to fit easily in the included carry bag. Since it has full standard-size keys I was able to type on it rather quickly with only an occasional mistake. I'm sure that will improve to 100% after some time typing on this new keyboard. I also like a lot that you can select the backlit color from red, blue or green, and adjust it with a bright or dim keystroke. Beware though using the LED's cost you a lot of battery power. According to the company the built-in 750mAh lithium battery will give you an uninterrupted working time of just 5 hours with the LED's on, or 300 hours with them off. Charging time is said to be less than 4 hours, and the price is right at under $40.00. It got very good reviews on Amazon. It looks like you can buy a similar model without LED's for $29.99, but I only bought the LED version. I think it's a great addition for a back-to-school gadget if you're using a tablet or smart phone for taking notes. The iClever keyboard is approximately 4 ¾ X 6 ½ X 3/4” folded and it opens to an 11 1/2” full-sized keyboard. On my little office postage scale it weighed 9.6 ounces. It's here on Amazon: 

    http://amzn.to/2vPps36 

    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