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    WORLD NEWS NOW

    "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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    Wednesday
    May242017

    A great addition to the key ring of folks around the water.

    The self-inflating Key Buoy from Davis Instruments can end the nightmare of keys dropped overboard. Even if your keys are on the Key Buoy, if you drop them into the drink, they sink. But wait about 30 seconds to a minute and your keys come bobbing back to the surface! Once you see that inflated orange tube breaking the surface you have approximately 25 minutes to grab them. (It starts to deflate after about 30 minutes.) I wondered how it worked. The guys at the Davis Instrument booth were happy to explain. When you drop the Key Buoy in the water, a tiny piece of sponge inside the device expands and forces the plastic clam shell to open. When it opens, a tightly folded 14” plastic tube is released. Then a small tablet which contains baking soda dissolves. This creates a gas that fills the tube that floats your keys. The package says the Key Buoy is suitable for items weighing up to 2.8 ounces. That's about as many as 5 keys. Davis Instruments said you can even attach them to other things that often fall in the water like the water fill or gas cap key providing it doesn't weight more than 2.8 ounces. We that in this week's photo shoot for World News Now and it did work. These are single use devices, but cost $7 TO $10. And if it saves your keys, I think you'll say it's worth it! This gadget has been around for a long time, but I figured a lot of people probably don't know about, so I'm showing it again. As reporters say: If you never saw it before, it's a 'new gadget'!

    Company website: http://www.davisnet.com/product/key-buoy/

     

    If you go to this page on Amazon it's $10+ with Amazon Prime -- but look to the right you can find it for about $6.50 with free shipping, but not Amazon Prime members. (Price as of 5/24/17)

     

    Davis Instruments Key Buoy

     Giz Wiz link. You pay whatever the Amazon price normally is, and Giz Wiz Biz gets a small credit to buy more stuff to show on the air.

    Saturday
    Apr152017

    Fun & Unique Travel Gadgets I showed on World News Now.

    If you missed my travel gadgets spot on ABC, it's here:  

    http://abcnews.go.com/WNN/video/unique-travel-gadgets-46857130

     

     The new   LG G6 phone has all the features you expect in a smart phone, plus the company built their phone to be amazingly rugged. They say the G6 has passed 14 military standards tests, including shock, humidity, sand and high temperature tests. Then there's another very unique feature that makes this phone great for travel. It has 3 HD cameras! The front facing camera is a 5MP wide angle (100 degree) camera, great for selfies. The two rear cameras are both 13MP, but one is standard view (71 degrees) and the other is wide angle (125 degrees). To change cameras just slide your finger between two icons at the top of the photo view screen. (Seperate cameras off much better resolution than using a digital zoom as you do with most regular smart phones.) I love found the wide angle great for shooting pictures at trade shows. You can get so much information without to try to back up in crowded spaces. Here's a couple of pictures I took the day I got the LG G6. 

    LG G6 photo with regular camera: https://goo.gl/photos/tzKUNthJzHZKGUqw8

     

    Same time/location with wide angle camera: https://goo.gl/photos/6xxqK1sFFzvsrdux6

     

    Company website: http://www.lg.com/us/mobile-phones/g6

    Saturday
    Apr152017

    Watch Video On A Long Flight Without Worrying Your Device Will Run Out Of Power.

    Perfect for travel, this 2-in-1 device is a 10400mAh Portable Power Bank Rechargeable External Battery Charger with Multi-Angle Stand. It's a unique folding multi-angle stand that can easily hold your cell phone (large or small) and pretty much any size tablet I know of so far. On long flights you won't have to worry about your portable device running out of power because this device packs a healthy 10400mAh power bank. There are two USB out jacks on the side, a USB 5V / 1A and a USB 5V/2.4A jack. It folds down to a compact 5.3” X 3.7” X 1.2 inches. With two big easy-to-turn locking-unlocking screws, the bracket can easily adjust and lock in pretty much any angle you like for watching movies or playing video games on your device. A four bar LED indicator lets you know how much power is left. The company says their built-in intelligent circuitry provides multiple protection for your device. It comes with a standard USB to microUSB cable. So if you have an iPhone, use your own charging cable to connect. Weight is 1.2 pounds, so it's a solid feel. You can see more in my video. It comes in various colors; I bought black. I paid $30.50 on Amazon. But now I see the same unit for under $25.00 on Amazon here: (Price as of 4/16/17)

    Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2nPxyG4

    More info in this Giz Wiz Videohttps://youtu.be/OzeicglF84k 

    Saturday
    Apr152017

    Add Noise To Help You Sleep? Yes, if it's white noise.

    Meet The LectroFan Sound Machines.

    I like these 'white noise' machines because they're advertised as having 'Unique, steady, non-looping sound". Here's how the company describes it: “Lectrofan sound is not just a recording. It has been developed through a proprietary algorithm that dynamically generates unique non-repeating sounds. This steady stream of sound eliminates the distracting looping that is common among many competing brands.” --- If you've ever bought a cheap sound machine you may discover as you lay you bed trying to sleep, that it's a short recording of a sound that keeps looping over and over. So instead of falling asleep, it drives you crazy. The LectroFan Global model features plugs for the US, UK and EU. These plugs are very sturdy and can easily twisted on and off the plug base. You can also this the LectroFan with power from a laptop with the included USB cable/plug. This model features 10 white noise options, 10 fan sounds, and a 60-minute sleep timer, or on-all-night switch. On Amazon for $59.99 as of 4/16/17. Company website:

    http://www.lectrofan.com/

    Global Lectro Fan 20 Sound Machine: http://amzn.to/2n45Pjb 

    Traveling only in the US? Meet the LectroFan - Micro, Wireless Sound Machine. This one has a built in battery and Bluetooth! Charge the battery and the Micro can provide white noise - a choice of ten different ones - for up to 16 hours. Pair it up with your Bluetooth device you can stream your music through it, for up to 8 hours. And your music will sound a heck of a lot better than your smart phone speaker, and probably better than your laptop speaker too. Listen to videos and movies playing on your computer through this device, even though this one is tiny. But wait there's more! Give a little twist and the built in speaker stands up so it can face the direction you want. For travel, twist it down and the Micro lives up to it's name. The price is good too. It's just about $35.00 on Amazon as of 4/16/17. 

     

    http://amzn.to/2mTpBgC   

     

    Have a child? There's a third white noise machine from LectroFan. It's the LectroFan Jr. White Noise Sound Machine with 6 Fan and 6 White Noise Sounds plus 18 Nursery Rhyme Songs. This might be great if you have a baby or a young tot. They'll probably fall asleep quicker with music than white noise sounds. It's about $36.00 here. Price as of 4/16/17.

    http://amzn.to/2mTppOq   

     

    Most Amazon links are Giz Wiz Links. You pay exactly the same as everyone else but Giz Wiz Biz gets a small credit to buy more stuff for the show. So thank you if you decide to do that. 

    Saturday
    Apr152017

    Did I take my pills? And how many hours ago did I take them?

    If you take pills, or even vitamins, those are probably questions you've asked yourself often. Well, here's an innovative way to help you keep track of when you last took your medications and vitamins. CalledTimer Caps, they have a built-in stopwatch that keeps track of exactly how much time passed since it was last opened. The company says it boosts medication adherence by more than 33%. Instead of wondering if you took your pills or not, you'll know just by looking at the cap. It’s easy to use, with NO alarms to program or buttons to press. The patented timer works like an automatic stopwatch, every time you open the cap, the timer resets to zero. When you close the cap, the timer starts counting UP again displaying exactly how many hours and minutes have passed. Some Timer Caps convert between child resistant and non-child resistant. There is a wide variety of Timer Caps and prices. You can get them as low as about $4+ in quantities. The link below takes to the Amazon page that shows many choices. 

    Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2muVSfp

     

    Giz Wiz Video with more info: https://youtu.be/2dJt-n7M-gI