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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. 

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    Tuesday
    Dec252018

    From World News Now - My Pick For Favorite Gadgets Of The Past 12 Months - Dec 2017 to Dec 2018

    If you missed the spot on air, I'll post a link after the show airs.

    When scissors can't cut those clam shell packages these can! The multi-purpose 4V cordless ZipSnip cuts cardboard, rubber, plastic and more. I tried it on a clamshell package and it works great, keeping hands and fingers out of harm’s way. The blade operates at 260 rpm (no load) and its maximum cutting thickness is ¼ in. The ergonomically designed cutter is constructed of high-impact nylon resin with a comfortable mold grip. The tool’s trigger is an integrated part of the handle with a top-mounted lock-out switch for added safety. The cutter has a built-in charging port that brings the tool to a full charge in five hours. An LED indicator on the tool’s body lights when the battery is fully charged. The lithium-ion battery can maintain a charge for several months. It's usuallly about $35.00 on Amazon. The self-sharpening blade is replaceable for under $10.

    Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2V8bIKK 

    Spare blade replacemenst: https://amzn.to/2VaSX9G

    Company link: http://www.worx.com/

    More Video on Zip Snip from The Giz Wiz Show: https://youtu.be/yiS4uW1xxaU

    Amazon links are Giz Wiz Links. Pay the same as everyone else, Giz Wiz gets a small credit to buy more stuff to talk about on shows. Thank you.

    Tuesday
    Dec252018

    Button Lamp - a tiny LED to light up very small spaces.

    Button Lamp is a tiny LED Lamp that can light dozens of dark areas where a larger light won't fit. Stick them up on a shelf in kitchen cabinets, in a closet, tool box, etc. They're also perfect for power outages, camping trips, and even on on boats. And yes, they're waterproof and submersible. They comes in a handy 6-pack for under $10. I don't recommend the 3-pack for $7.99. The come with an adhesive disc for quick installation. Batteries included and not replaceable. My guess is you could replace they if you're handy, but the batteries would probably cost the same as the device. Each device contains one 13 Lumen LED. It powered by 2 Cr2032 batteries. The company says battery life is over 17 Hours. Made By Panther Vision.

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

    Under $9.00 - set of 6

     

    Company link: http://www.panthervision.com/

     

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    Tuesday
    Dec252018

    The "Mute Button" You Won't Have Trouble Finding!

    I bought one of these after I learned about from a fan. It solves a problem we all have, and that's the need to lower or shut the sound of the TV when the phone rings, or someone shouts to you from another room. Finding the “Mute” button on the typical remote is no easy chore. It's worse if you're getting up in years and you're looking for the “mute” bottom in a darkened room. You need 20/20 eyesight to find that mini mute button. Enter the giant Smash Mute button! The Smash Mute is an electronic device that learns the mute signal from any television remote control, and then duplicates that signal allowing the user to mute that television in a second or two. The big red button is approximately 200x larger than the average TV mute button. It measures 5 1/4" x 3" x 1 3/8" and takes two AA batteries which are not included. You do have to program the Smash Mute Button, but don't worry; that takes about 10 seconds! And here's good news. The instructions are printed in big letters and every step has a photo. One thing to be aware of, and fortunately they point this out in the “if your button doesn't work” list. After your Smash Mute Button blinks twice to let you know its programmed, you have to move the switch from 'learn' to 'use' very, very quickly. Outside of that, all is SO easy! It got 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from almost 100 people. It was $19.50 when I bought it on Amazon, and was still that under $20 when I bought in the summer and it was still that price in December 2018.  

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

     

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    Tuesday
    Dec252018

    Too many shoes and too little space?

    Meet Shoe Slotz. These plastic storage devices double your current shoe storage space. It lets you place one shoe over the other shoe on a slanted, attached shelf. It also makes it easier to find the pair you want. Works well sitting on shelves, in cabinets, or directly on the floor. Works with most men's, women's, and children's shoes, but not very high shoes or boots which are too tall. Pack includes 6 units, each capable of holding 1 pair of footwear. I use these and they work well. I bought mine on Amazon, but they're also available at Bed, Bath & Beyond. About $15 for 6 pairs, which is $2.50 per shoe Slotz.

    Amazon has a 10 pack for $24.99, which is still $2.50 per Shoe Slotz: https://amzn.to/2RgQNpM   There are also many knocks off on Amazon too which I havem't tried. They list them as Shoe Slots, not Shoe Slotz with "z" which is what I bought.

    (Giz Wiz link. Pay the same everyone else, Giz Wiz gets a small credit to buy more stuff to demostrate.)

    Tuesday
    Dec252018

    Make a lot of bubbles just by waving your fun 'animal glove'!  

    Glove-a-Bubble was a huge summer hit! It's a really clever idea. First of all the glove itself is the packaging. It's made of a durable plastic so my guess you'll get a summer's play out of it. And as you'll saw on air, they make a lot of bubbles as you wave the glove. They only come in one size so they might be a bit big for young kids. But maybe they can just put on other gloves and then their Glove-A-Bubble glove. I did read some of the reviews online and people complain that it's hard to dip the Glove-A-Bubble into the bag of liquid bubbles in the kit. I would do what they did at the press event, put the bubble liquid in a larger bowl, or maybe a glass pie dish. We used a disposal dish on air. That made for easy dipping. And once that solution runs out I'm sure they'll work with any bottle of bubble liquid. Beware when you buy these online. Prices are all over the place. They shoud sell for between $1.99 and about $2.99. They're even cheaper than that at the link I found on 12/27/18 below.   

    Amazon Link: A four pack was just $6.99 on 12/27/18 but that price could change at any time: https://amzn.to/2VaqJMa 

    Giz Wiz Video Extra - I play with Glove-A-Bubble: https://youtu.be/huvQr4ID6HU

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