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    With Janai Norman & Roving co-hosts since Kendis Gibson has retired from the show.

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    These are the unique 'back-to-school" gadgets I showed on World News Now.

     If you missed the spot, (and want to see it)  I'll post a link here once it airs and moves over to ABCnews.com.

    Theft-Proof Backpack? I Think this one is great start!

    Need we say it? Earphones & smartphone NOT included.Every year for back-to-school I try to find a unique backpack. This year I found one that not only unique, it's very inexpensive. It's the Poruary Anti-theft Backpack. That's what the hangtap on the bag says. I don't think it's mentioned on Amazon. When I first saw it I thought, “This backpack has no pockets! How do you put stuff in it?” Turns out the main pocket zipper is hidden in the back of this bag, the part that is up against your back. That way there's no way a thief can get to it with you knowing about it. There's a USB Charging port and a headphone port on the outside so you can listen to music or charge a device from within the bag. Easy fits 15.6" laptop and probably some 17” laptops too. More than 10 compartments to keep all your things well organized. Made of durable waterproof and dust proof nylon and oxford fabric. I weighed the backpack empty and it was just about 2 pounds 2 ounces. Best of all, amazing low price. I paid under $20 on Amazon. (No, it does not include the headphones & smartphones.)

    As of 8/13/19 the price was $17.99, but that can change at any time. There was also a 5% off check box there. 

    Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2KJ0FmY 

    Giz Wiz link. Pay the same as everyone else GizWizBiz gets a tiny credit to buy more stuff on Amazon. Thank you if you decide to use that link.


    A report on the web says "30 Million Kids Will Be Heading Back To School With A Chromebook."

    Acer has been building a wide variety of Chromebooks for years. Their newest line that come into the marketplace July 2019 are the Acer 514 Chromebooks. The thing I really love about Chromebook is the "instant startup. Open the cover, and in seconds you're ready to work. The Chromebook 514 line has many upscale features like all aluminum chassis and Full HD 14-inch IPS screen. The lowest price Chromebook in the 514 line has a MSRP of $349.99. On World News I showed their top-of-line model which has a MSRP of $499.99. This is a sleek looking machine) with a Touchscreen display and a great backlit keyboard. Do your assignments in a dark room without waking others. It features an Intel Premium processor, 8 GB ram, 64GB of internal storage, micro SD card slot, Webcam/Mic, stereo speakers and USB 3.1 Ports. It offers up to a 12 hour battery life. Great looking thin case which weights  touch over 3lbs according to my postage scale. (Don't forget, although you can do many things with a Chromebook offline, It really functions best connected to the web. If you've never used a Chromebook before there is a small learning curve. Google "difference between laptops & Chromebooks" to learn more about those differences.

    Here are the details of the top-of-the-line Acer 514, the one I had in the studio, Model: CB514-1HT-P2D1:


    And here’s an overview of the new 514 line:


    I see it here on CDW for $505, but there's a 5% discount when you sign up for account, which drops the price like $25 if my math is right. https://www.cdw.com/product/acer-chromebook-514-cb514-1ht-p2d1-14-pentium-n4200-8-gb-ram-64-gb/5363320  (I've bought stuff here, but have no affiliation with the company. Price was as of 8/13/19)


    Charge three devices at once & design your own 'fall to sleep' sounds too.

    It's the new Soundcore Wakey Wireless Charging Clock. Never be late for class! Built-in wireless charger. Just lay your Qi equipped device on top and it starts charging. Two more charging USB ports on the back. Connects via Bluetooth to your phone. (There's an AUX in also.) Full-range stereo drivers sound really good for its size. 10 different sounds, including the FM radio lets you set up to 15 individual alarms. Choose from 10 sleep-inducing ambient sounds or compose your own soothing soundscape using the Soundcore app. (I like rain & I like trains, so I mixed my own train in the rain go-to-sleep sound. LED display automatically dims in low light and can be adjusted or turned off using the app. You do need a smartphone to use most of features of the Wakey Clock. It automatically sets the clock time from your phone's clock. MSPR $99.99. There's was a $20 off check box on Amazon as of 8/13/19, but don't for how long that will be there.

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


    Company website: https://www.anker.com/products/variant/wakey/A3300121


    Giz Wiz link. Pay the same as everyone else GizWizBiz gets a tiny credit to buy more stuff on Amazon. Thank you if you decide to use that link.


    Need more outlets and charging ports for that dorm room?

    Meet the APC Wall Pivot-Plug Surge Protector. 

    It's perfect for the dorm room, or any room that need more outlets and more charging ports. The APC wall surge protector with USB charger ports offers you 4 outlets + two 3.4 Amp charging ports. A nice feature of this device are the rotating plugs, which you can turn outward to accept big transformer plugs.It also has an LED that let you know there's power in the line. It comes a 'Peace of mind $50,000 equipment protection policy' too. To install this you need to have a three-prong two plug outlet. You remove the one screw on the outlet cover and use that screw to secure thisdevice to the outlet. You turn two outlets into four and two charging ports + surge protection.  

    It was under $28 on Amazon on 8/13/19


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


    Giz Wiz link. Pay the same as everyone else GizWizBiz gets a tiny credit to buy more stuff on Amazon. Thank you if you decide to use that link.





    Go Back To School With A Gift For Teacher? (No, not an apple.)

    For laughs on Amazon I typed 'great gadget gift for new teacher' & this came up. It has almost 4,000 reviews and got 4.6 stars out of 5. It may be a great gift for a teacher, but everyone in the studio agreed it's perfect for any desk to keep this organized.

    It's the Desk Organizer Caddy. Perfect for teacher or any student to keep track of pens, styluses, note pads, clips, pushpins, etc. There's a mesh oval pencil cup, 5 divided compartments to organize all your writing instruments, 2 additional shallow compartments for holding other small supplies and even small notched supply drawer to hold 2.5" x 3" notes, Post-it, or otherwise. It was under $10 on Amazon as of 8/13/19.


    Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2KvOqv0  


    Giz Wiz link. Pay the same as everyone else GizWizBiz gets a tiny credit to buy more stuff on Amazon. Thank you if you decide to use that link.