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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!

                                                      www.twit.tv/giz

    Sunday
    Jul252010

    An effective way to control your dog or cat using "air"!

    Pet Convincer, according to www.PetGadgets.com is a new, uniquely effective dog and cat training device. Your unruly pet’s party is over. The Pet Convincer uses a CO2 cartridge to deliver an acoustic effect and air blast to instantly stop problems such as excessive barking, jumping, stealing, digging, disobedience, and even aggression. It works for dogs, cats, and even birds. (I assume it’s for larger birds only.) Each cartridge lasts about 25 bursts approximately. This depends though on how long and hard you press the trigger lever for a burst. I tried the Pet Convincer on myself and on Vinita and there’s certainly no pain. If you don’t expect it, you’ll get a start, but basically you’re hit with a blast of air. Comes with 2 replacement cartridges. Under $35. There’s FAQ’s at the Pet Gadgets website:

    http://www.petgadgets.com/product_details.cfm?product_id=1207&content_id=65

    Wednesday
    Jun302010

    For the Giz Wiz Travel Spot from ABC's World News Now, click the pic. ABC (not me) adds a 15 second commercial 1st. 

    Click on the photo of Jeremy & The Giz Wiz to see the spot.

    Tuesday
    Jun292010

    Details on the travel gadgets 2010 as seen on World News Now! June 29, 2010

    Forget the carry-on, you can have a “wear-on”!

    The SCOTTEVEST Pack Windbreaker holds all your gear and stuff in its seventeen – yes 17! - pockets and compartments! They’re designed specifically for your portable electronics (iPod, cell phone, PDA), etc. You can also stow sunglasses, documents and maps without having to carry a bulky day bag. Interior channels accommodate headphone cords, keeping them tangle free. The Weight Management System evenly distributes the weight of your gear so you never feel bogged down. But wait, there’s more! There's even a hidden water-repellent hood in the event of a downpour. Exterior is 100% nylon; interior lining is polyester with mesh. Elastic cuffs and adjustable cinch at bottom hem block out wind and cold. Packed in it’s own bag, which is actually the back packet of the jacket, this is small enough to be used as a pillow, provided you take out all your stuff first! Information cards in the pockets and mini sewn-in tags indicate a possible use for each pocket. There’s even a pocket large enough for the iPad! (Scottevest sent me a Windbreaker to see how much put stuff it could hold, but they didn’t send an iPad. Darn!) It’s available in many colors and retails for $75. It’s in the Magellans Catalog for $64.50.   

     SCOTTEVEST website: www.scottevest.com

     Magellans: http://tinyurl.com/23ql4kw

    Tuesday
    Jun292010

    Shot videos & stills underwater while you keep your hands free as you dive!

    Liquid Image says this is the world's only dive mask that has an integrated waterproof digital video camera plus can shoot photographs at 5mp. I showed the Shot videos & stills underwater while you keep your hands free as you dive! I showed the Camera Mask D1 310t operates to a depth of 65ft / 20m and eliminates the need to hand carry an underwater camera. They’re ideal for snorkeling, scuba and shallow scuba diving. The goggle lenses are made of tempered glass and have integrated crosshairs that helps you to line up shots. Turn the Camera on, and choose a mode with the a button. Simply press the shutter button to record pictures or videos. An LED inside the mask tells you if you are in still image (red) or video mode (blue). Downloading images is as easy as plugging in the mask to your PCs or Macs USB port (USB cable included) and pressing the power button. The included software (PC only) allows you to edit your content. There’s a small amount of built-in memory (16MB), which can store approximately 27 pictures, or approximately 40 seconds of video. But the microSD/SDHC card slot allows you to expand memory up to 16GB for plenty of additional pictures or videos. Powered by two AAA batteries, which are also included. Under $150.00

     www.liquidimageco.com

    Monday
    Jun282010

    The new Droidx has a lot of great features for the traveler.

    The Droid x from Motorola Droid will be the newest smart phone when it's released on July 15th. It has a built in (720p) HD camcorder, 8 MP camera (with dual flash), Skype mobile (keep in touch with the folks back home)  GPS (don’t get lost), plays movies on a crytal clear 4.3” HD screen (use on the airplane) and HDMI output so you can watch your videos on the big screen at the hotel. (Be sure to bring your own HDMI hookup cable.) It's a lot of high tech travel gadgets in one small device.  There’s also Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and of course, GPS (with turn by turn voice navigation, but not live traffic.) The Droid x has some newer initials too: DLNA which stands for wireless Digital Living Network Alliance technology. It's a way for different formats to work on a wider variety of devices.  Droid X is shipping with Android 2.1 with an updated version of Motorola's Blur coming later in the summer. It will be an over the air update, so you don’t have to take your phone anywhere to have it upgraded. Something I’m really impressed with is the Swype typing app which is preinstalled. Swipe your fingers across the keyboard to spell words and they appear on the screen with a very high degree of accuracy. I was sure the phone couldn’t figure out exactly what keys I was dragging across, but the word I wanted appeared on the screen. It’s like typing with some amazing ESP app. But wait there’s more. This gizmo has three microphones. Two are for directional audio capture and one is to add in noise cancellation. If you're eligible for a Verizon Wireless upgrade at any point in 2010, you'll be able to pick one up for $199 (after a $100 mail-in rebate) starting on July 15. The phone comes with 8GB of internal storage and a 16GB microSD card installed. A data plan is set at $24.99. the Droid X lets you create your own WiFi 3G HotSpot that can connect up to five devices, but that will cost you an extra $20 a month. It comes with a perhaps unwelcome 2GB data cap.  

    www.verizonwireless.com