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    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. 

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    And another Pacifier hits the dust! But now it can be cleansed in about 6 minutes.

    Pacifiers act as a breeding ground for germs. Now there’s an easier way than constantly washing it. It’s the new Pipila UV Pacifier Sanitizer. The Pipila preserves your baby’s health and your sanity when the ‘fier hits the floor. With this first ever-portable UV Pacifier device, you won’t be slowed down each time your tot’s toy needs a good cleaning. •Eliminates up to 99.9% of harmful germs in about 6 minutes. It accommodates all standard pacifiers and the pacifier nipple shape not changed by the sterilization process. It’s portable and compact, so you can take it on the road, in the airplane, on trips anywhere. It operates with only 2 AAA batteries, which are not included. Manufacturer’s suggested age: Newborn and Up. Weighs only 0.3 Lb. This device has been a big hit in Europe and now it’s in America. Right now it’s available at Target for $29.95.


    Company website: www.pipilausa.com  


    Let's see I have everything in the dishwasher, plates, glasses and my computer keyboard!

    What is the whole family uses one keyboard & mouse and member has a bad cold?

    Families routinely pass infectious diseases when kids come home with a cold or Dad has the flu. At home, they handle the computer keyboard and mouse and open the possibility of spreading germs through these surfaces. Seal Shield Keyboards are not only antimicrobial; you can put them into a dishwasher and let them get a real cleaning.  I tried of two of the Seal Shield keyboards – one wireless with a wireless laser mouse & one portable enough to roll up and pack in a suitcase or backpack. The soft Glow Keyboard is backlit for easy viewing. (I found typing on the rubberized keys takes a bit of getting used to, but the back- lighting is great in dimly lit areas.) The UV reinforced keys resist fading. Like any regular keyboard, it’s just Plug n’ Play. It has a regular USB connection, and comes with a PS/2 adapter. Actually this keyboard comes with a gold USB connector. When you put it in the dishwasher, the only thing you have to do is use the attached rubber Seal Cap to protect the USB connector. The wireless keyboard and mouse can just go into the dishwasher the way they are. (The wireless keyboard & mouse have battery compartments that have rubber gasgets to protect them during a run in the dishwasher.) I used both keyboards, and then ran them both through a complete cycle in my dishwasher. They came out soaking wet and I thought, “are these really going to still work?” I dried them off a bit and yes --- they both worked fine! Prices on the company’s website are full retail. If you do a web search you can find them for less.



    When you travel do you fear having to find a restroom in out-of-way places?

    Here’s Something Very Inexpensive That Will Be Worth It’s Weight in Gold if You Need It!
    The Toiletry Travel Pack. 
    This little plastic pack is great for those unknown restrooms when you travel. Throw one in your pocket, even for a day trip. Perfect for luggage, the glove compartment, backpack, etc. Then when you open that door and find the restroom from hell, you're set. Inside each packet you’ll find   • Toilet seat cover • Toilet seat wipe • Germicidal Hand wipe • Tissue • Paper towel • and Disposable glove! And they’re at the Jet Travel website they’re just a buck twenty-five a pack, plus shipping. I think this is a great idea!  



    Netbooks, Notebooks, Stuff We All Need.

    There are netbooks, notebooks, tiny MP3 players with built-in mics so you can record lectures in class. There are even electronics for kids too young to go to the school. I showed a "PDA" from Leap Frog designed for kids as young as 3 years old! It not only teaches them, but it makes it less likely they'll play with the real PDA the folks own!

    Listed below are all the gizmos and gadgets I showed on World News Now, along with a link for more info. The San Disk Clip+ is brand new and may be hard to find for the next week or so. If you can contact me via the form at the lower left.  

    Here's the spot as it aired on ABC News:



    Back To School w/ Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

    A New Netbook from HP. The Mini110. 

    HP Mini 110 Netbook Under $330. – Netbooks are a fast growing category of ultra-portable computers. This one has a 10.1” diagonal screen and weights under 2.5 pounds. That makes it effortless to carry to class for easy access to information (it has built in WiFi) and note taking on the go. With the extended battery, up to 8 hours of operation is possible. The keyboard is 92% standard size and I had no trouble typing on it. With the built in mic & webcam it’s easy to keep in touch with folks at home via services like Skype. It’s available in three different colors: Pink Chic, Black Swirl and White Swirl. The HP Mini 110 also features software that synchronizes music, pictures, videos and files with a primary notebook or desktop PC automatically. You download the corresponding software to you home computer, but the software is already loaded onto the Netbook. There are a great many storage options, including Solid State Drives and up to 160 GB hard drive. Starting price is $329.99 @ hpdirect.com for the black Mini . You can see all the options there too.