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    WORLD NEWS NOW

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

    "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!

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    Tuesday
    Apr162019

    Unique & Useful Travel Gadgets For That Upcoming Trip!

    Here's the spot as it aired on World News Now: 

    https://abcnews.go.com/WNN/video/top-travel-gadgets-62451638

    In the air or on the road, the Bracketron Roadtripper Travel Mount is designed to hold your smartphone, tablet and other portable devices. (Tablets up to 10.1" says Bracketron.) Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, this looks like an ideal traveling accessory. To use it you will peel the film off the 3M adhesive and attach to your tablet or other mobile devices. On my phone I was able to put the magnet between the case and the phone so you don't see it. And it works fine. But that's not recommended for tablets. On an airplane there's a wire in the back that you hook onto the tray table latch. Then attach your device to the powerful magnet and you’re ready to start streaming your favorite shows. You can easily adjust the mount with your tray table up or down. In the car the Roadtripper transforms into a magnetic phone vent mount that works with most air vent configurations. Perfect for the frequent traveler, you can go from entertainment on the plane to navigation in the car. You can even use this mount in the hotel as a phone or tablet stand. When you’re done with the mount, you can fold it up and place in the compact travel case with room for earbuds and charging cables. MSRP: $49.99.

    Roadtripper animated demo: https://youtu.be/QD7T_7SvLZw 

    Dave from Bracketron explains how it works on an airplane seat back: 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3yASVh9__Q  

     

    Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Uil4C5

     

    Company website: https://www.bracketron.com/roadtripper-airplane-tablet-mount#.XJ0uDZhKhaR

    Tuesday
    Apr162019

    Anker's PowerCore+ is powerful enough to fully charge a MacBook Pro.

    Meet the new PowerCore+ 19000 PD Charger from Anker, a world-famous name in consumer add-ons.

    This is an awesome 19,200 mAh travel powerhouse for full-speed USB-C charging for phones, tablets, even (some) laptops. Charges iPhone 8 up to 6 times, Samsung Galaxy S9 over 4 1/2 times, and provides over 1 full charge for a MacBook Pro. Ships with a 30W USB-C Power Delivery wall charger that recharges the 19000 PD device in 3.5 hours (not 2 hours as I thought.) 10 LED's tell you how much power is left. But wait, there's more! Switch to Hub Mode to sync data and connect accessories like keyboard, mice, etc. In the box also is a convenient mesh travel bag and connecting cable. Info from Anker: Charge your entire mobile workstation all at once with 1 27W USB-C Power Delivery port, 1 15W USB PowerIQ 2.0 port, and 1 10W USB PowerIQ port. From The Giz Wiz: Hub Mode transforms PowerCore+ into a high-speed data syncing hub, enabling you to connect extra accessories to your computer. Capacity: 19,200mAh / 71.04WhAnd this is also great to know. It comes with 18-month warranty. MSRP is $129.99, but I've seen this combo for as as $99.99 online.

    Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2XhN2zC  -- It was $119.99, but now it's under $85.00! That price could change at any time! But that was the Amazon price late night 4/16/19

    Company website page: https://www.anker.com/products/variant/anker-powercore-19000-pd-hybrid-portable-charger-usb-c-hub-included-usb-c-wall-charger/B13621A1  

    Amazon link is GizWiz link. Pay the same as everyone else, GizWizBiz gets a small credit to buy more stuff to show. Thank you.

    Tuesday
    Apr162019

    A great gadget to for the hotel room on a trip: My Desktop from RapidX

     

    Although this is pitched as a gadget to reduce desktop clutter, I think it's also good for travel. That's because under the desk at a lot of hotels there's often an 2-plug outlet with a lamp plugged into one and the TV plugged into the other. You could plug this device in where the lamp is plugged in and then plug the lamp into this! Now you still have 5 ways to charge devices or power another AC device. It's the Rapid-X My Desktop multipurpose power strip with wireless charging and 3 USB ports. So you can charge your Qi- wireless enabled devices, USB powered devices, and any device using a standard wall plug. For wireless charging just place your compatible Qi enabled phone horizontally on the stand to initiate charging. Saves space and clutter on your desk or nightstand. As you'll see in the video, the 5' connecting cord is heavy duty but it has to be to provide the power to the two 3-prong outlets on the device itself. And finally, the company says there's a built-In surge protector to keep your devices safe. Available in 3 color combinations. More details at Amazon and on the company website. MSRP $59.99

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/ISp9kdGeWEs

    Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2PmGtJD
    It was under $50 on Amazon as of 4/16/19 but that price could change at any time.

    Company website: https://www.rapidx.io/collections/featured-products-1/products/mydesktop-tangerine

    Tuesday
    Apr162019

    After Four Year of Research Nite Ize Comes Up With A Totally Waterproof Zipper Carry Case Collection.

    Called the Nite Ize RunOff Tru Zip, this famous brand has created a totally waterproof and leak proof zipper that doesn't use teeth or coils. It's an airtight, silent zipper that the company said took 4 years to develop. Tested dustproof and waterproof to IP67 standards which means it can withstand immersion in water 1M deep up to 30 min. Since we have very limited space at ABC, I showed how waterproof it is in a different way. Instead of soaking the RunOff bag in water, I poured a glass of water inside the bag! Then I stood the bag on end for five days in a glass container. Shaking it up and tossing it around after 5 days, not one drop leaked out. An amazing test to my mind! There's a translucent front that allows you to easily locate items inside. There are six different RunOff bags in the collection that offer a better way to store, organize, and protect your gear. They're lightweight and strong too. You can even stand on one as I did at an introduction demo at CES 2019 and the zipper won't break or part. MSRP starts at $24.95.

    http://www.niteize.com/

    Tuesday
    Apr162019

    Traveling with kids?

    Then the LilGadgets headphones are an ideal choice. Made especially for kids, they are perfect for long road trips or flights. Three different styles, including one Bluetooth model, all feature kid safe volume limits (

    max volume is set at 93db) and something the company calls Share Ports.  The Share Ports lets kids connect multiple headphones to a single device in a daisy-chain fashion without needing an audio hub. Pictured on the left is the model the company calls The Untangled Pro. It's a high-quality Bluetooth wireless children’s headphone, featuring the integrated SharePort to make sharing a little easier between kiddos. Each pair comes with a high quality microfiber travel pouch, a four foot premium nylon braided 3.5 millimeter audio cable with an inline microphone and a micro-USB charging cable. It's constructed out of a high quality polycarbonate, stainless steel and covered with comfortable SoftTouch Fabric. Fully charged, the Untangled Pro has a 12 hour battery life with 180 hours on standby. Recommended for ages 4+. Safety First: Volume limited to 93db and complies with the strict 'Standard Consumer Safety Specification on Toy Safety' regulation. MSRP $49. Other models start as low as under $20.

    Company website: https://www.lilgadgets.com/

    Amazon: https://amzn.to/2ICexQA 

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