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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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    The Giz Wiz does a gadget show every week with co-host OMGChad Johnson on TWiT - This Week in Tech!

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    Monday
    Mar182019

    Gadget To Help With Spring Cleaning Indoors & Out As Seen On World News Now.

    On this episode of World News Now, Will Ganss and I talk about some new, some tried & true and unique gadgets to help with Spring Clean up. If you missed the spot, it's here:

    https://abcnews.go.com/WNN/video/spring-cleaning-gadgets-61809037

     

    If the Fall of last year at a new products show I came across an electric device from Swiffer. I'm sure you know about Swiffer products. I use a small Swiffer to dust my shelves, pictures, etc., but I wondered why they had a such a large device on their display table. The spokesperson said: "Our engineers figured since the Swiffer material attracts dust, why not make a big Swiffer filter to trap dust in the air before it settles on furniture, floors, etc. And so The Swiffer Continuous Clean Air Cleaning System was born. The company says you'll be able to clean less often by using this device. By continuously circulating and filtering airborne dust and dirt, it prevents them from settling on your furniture, so you can go longer between cleanings. And the device is quiet. The company says their patented Swiffer technology uses Triple Layer Filtration to Trap and Lock away dirt, dust and allergens. Great for pets! And replacement filters sell for a fraction of the cost of more expensive HEPA filters, roughly $8. (Swiffer filters are NOT HEPA filters.) They asked me to test one myself and I did. It works really great as you saw in my World News Now spot when I showed a new filter and one that I used for about a month in the Continuous Clean device. But now Swiffer has introduced version 2.0, that adds 4 LED lights so you'll know when to change the filter. The new unit is about $90, the same price as the original unit. I was told the only difference is the LED light system. Now with the new 2.0 unit out, I have see the original Swiffer Continuous Clean down to around $50, so if you prefer to decide for yourself when to change the filter, which is about every 30 days, you can save some money with the original Swiffer Continuous Air Cleaner.

     

    Giz Wiz Video from August 2018 talking about the first Swiffer Continuous Air Cleaner: https://youtu.be/80ezD2hGxHw

    Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2uffBkH  This is a link to the new 2.0 model. It was $89.99 on 3/19/19 BUT there was a $30 check box, bringing the cost to $59.99. But the price could change at any time! NOTE: I just read two reviews on Amazon that say this new unit will not run unless it has a genuine Swiffer filter which comes with a chip that plugs into the unit. Filters are about $8 each.

     

    This is the original model w/o the LED lights or filter chip system. The company says outside of that, the units are the same. It was $49.99 as of 3/19/19 https://amzn.to/2Cv9E7M   That price can change at any time.

     

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    Monday
    Mar182019

    This cart can help you move things up and down stairs.

    originally saw the first UpLift Cartat the National Hardware Show a few years ago, probably 2016. Since then they've introduced two newer models, one of which I showed on World News Now. It's the UpCart VersaTrolley. The company says it's significant because it is the most lightweight and compact cart in their product line, folding completely flat for easy storage. But yes,it's still capable of reducing effort while going up and down stairs or traversing rough terrain. This new UpCart folds to 4.5 inches flat and weighs in at 8 pounds and about 6 ounces according my postage scale. Even with its ability to be compactly stored it still offers a 77 pound weight capacity. But wait, there's more. It also comes with a custom-fitted bag to help transport anything from groceries to laundry. I like the fact that you can the bag off and use the handles to hold it, while you fold up the cart to ride public transportation. It's $79.99 and available June 2019. I was on the company website 3/19/19 and it's available for preorder for about $69.99, shipping in June. The lower price could end at time. Not shown but also new is the UpCart Lift which the company says is a powerhouse of a hand truck that’s light, easy to maneuver and readily hauls up to 200 lbs. over uneven surfaces. It’s the first folding hand truck to offer an all-terrain stair climbing chassis. Another  advantage is that it features the tallest handle in its class. That's great because most of the time the load your handling is a step below where you're standing and you won't have to bend over. This cart too folds flat in seconds for convenient storage. It's $99.99 and available now.  

    Here's a longer Giz Wiz video of the two new UpCarts: https://youtu.be/32w89_Zehwc   

     

    Company website: http://www.upcart.com/

    Monday
    Mar182019

    Leaf Scoops! A great invention for cleaning up small debris in the yard.

    Bully Tool Leaf Scoops are great for scooping piles of leaves, sticks, etc. and dropping them directly into trash bin. I'm using them in my in backyard to scoop up all the leaves, mini branches junk that dropped into the yard over this windy winter. It's one of those "I wish I bought these a long time ago" gadgets. They measures 14.625" wide by 3.75" deep with a total tool length of 12.5". They're made of Poly (I guess that's a kind of plastic) but they seem very durable. They're also very inexpensive. A pair (well, you need two for them to work) is under $8.

    Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YcMr3o $7.49 as of 3/19/19, but that price could change at any time on Amazon.

     

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    Monday
    Mar182019

    Scrub Gloves - they sounded like an ideal thing for Spring cleaning.

    In my endless quest to find gadgets folks may not have seen, I ordered Scrub Glovesonline based on the Amazon description: “Our reusable, biodegradable, BPA-free kitchen gloves constructed from high-quality Food Grade FDA approved silicone.The premium gloves with long silicone scrubber bristles are safe, ecofriendly, heat resistant, soft & effective for oily, greasy kitchen utensils, ramblers, cutlery, shower tubs, carpets, instant pots, kettles, toilets, restrooms, fur coats and jean clothing, tumblers, wine glasses, baby feeding bottles, motorcycles, table tops, floors, and other surfaces. You can clean almost anything with the reusable silicone scrubbers.” ---- I bought two pair, and tried one of them. Frankly, I don't see why they would be great at scrubbing because the bristles are super-soft. Being made of silicone they did let me use very very hot water without hurting my hands, but I think they would be better for washing pets and very delicate things. $9.99 a pair, available in grey or pink. Price as of 3/20/19, but could change at any time. 

    Amazon links:  Grey: https://amzn.to/2U21de4

    Pink: https://amzn.to/2TUVJ58

     

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    Monday
    Mar182019

    Some expensive help with spring flowers - all-year round plants too.

    It's the 3-in-1 Soil Moisture/Light/pH Tester. I have one plant that hangs from the ceiling and I can't reach up to touch the soil without a step ladder. So I thought if I used one of these devices it would be easier to know when to add water by looking at the display. They're said to work with indoor or outdoor plants. They're designed to tell you when your plants need water, if they're getting enough light and when to water them. You have to do some research to find out what the pH and light requirements are for your particular plant, but I use mine mainly to tell me when my plants need to be watered. They don't require batteries or any kind of power to work. I bought two different kinds to see the difference and they both work the same. You click a switch to pick “moisture”, “light” or “pH”.

    This is the one I liked better and it turned out to be the most inexpensive, $6.99 as of 3/20/19. Price could change at any time. 

     

    Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2Oj8lxG 

     

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