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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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    Saturday
    Apr152017

    No Foot Rest On Your Flight? 

    No problem. You can bring your own foot rest with the

    Meyoung Airplane Foot Rest Hammock. I normally try everything I talk about on World News Now, but I only learned about this gadget recently and had no airplane trip coming up. But the reviews for this are good on Amazon and one of the reviewers said they used it at home as a foot rest. That gave me an idea to hang it over a TV snack table I use sometimes when I watch TV. So I tried it, and it works fine to elevate my feet. It will probably work fine too on long distance trains as long as you have a place to hang it from, like a snack table built into the back of the seat in front of you. On an airplane it can hang from the snack table arms and provide a hammock-like foot rest. It weighs only 3 oz and folds down to about 8" X 3" X 2" inch. The company says it will relax your feet and reduce pressure on your back. I can't prove the reduce pressure on your back, but it was very comfortable for my feet. I paid $13.99 for mine on Amazon here:

     http://amzn.to/2oglGsG

    Giz Wiz Link. You pay exactly the same as anyone else, but The Giz Wiz gets a tiny credit to buy more stuff on Amazon to demo on shows. Thank you.

    Sunday
    Mar192017

    Kitchen Gadgets (From 2017 The International Housewares + Home Preview) I showed on World News Now.

    If you missed my spot on air, it's here: http://abcnews.go.com/WNN/video/hot-kitchen-gadgets-46271226

     

    Meet the new Hamilton Beach Spiralizer

     

    The Hamilton Beach 4-in- 1 Electric Spiralizer is a way to easily transform vegetables and fruits into spirals and ribbons for nutritious and visually appetizing meals. Zoodles and swoodles are a fun and tasty way to get more good stuff into your family’s diet. (Zoodles are spiralized zucchini, swoodles are spiralized sweet potatoes.) I thought they looked delicious at the demo table, but was disappointed to learn what I thought was bacon was actually a red carrot. There are several options; from thin spirals like spaghetti to thicker spirals like linguine and fettuccini, or even ribbons. The 4-in- 1 Spiralizer is perfect for zucchini, squash, cucumbers, large carrots, potatoes and more. It comes with a 2.5” chute that fits a variety of vegetables and fruits whole. The included bowl holds up to six cups of spiralized contents and comes with a lid for easy storage of anything left over.But wait, there's more! The device comes with a cleaning brush, as well as cord storage. Plus the chute flips upside down and the cutting cones fit neatly into the bowl for compact storage. The Hamilton Beach 4-in- 1 Electric Spiralizer (Model 70935) has a MSRP: $49.99 and will be available starting late March 2017 exclusively at Bed Bath & Beyond. Now go eat your vegetables!

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/_ex7OV_46Z0

    Sunday
    Mar192017

    Turn wine into wine that taste like more a expensive wine.

    That's what the folks at the Eparé Pocket Wine Aerator booth says. You can use their device to enhance the flavor and finish of wine by releasing its natural bouquet. Just push the button, and watch the aerating motor create tiny air bubbles which rapidly introduce oxygen into the wine, freeing its tertiary aroma. The heightened aroma enriches each glass’ flavor, completing your wine experience. It accommodates all styles of wine, with 3 aeration settings, and it's small enough to store in your pocket. (Take it to a restaurant, bar, even a picnic too.) Aerate your glass on demand in as little as 15 seconds. The website says you can make a $10 bottle of wine taste like a $30 bottle in as little as 15 seconds. I feel cheated. Eugene at the booth said I could make a $10 wine taste like a $20 win. So where did the other $10 go? The Eparé Pocket Wine Aerato has three different settings (White, Red, and Port) which lets the user customize the aerating experience. The aerator measures 6" long, 1" tall and 1 ¼" wide, and weighs just 3 oz. Under $20. I know very little about wine, and only like very sweet wine. I did a several taste tests with my spouse. Out of 8 tries, I guessed the Aerated wine every time. My spouse guessed the Aerated wine only half the time, actuallly prefering the unaerated wine as tasting more full-bodied. About $20. 

    Giz Wiz Video with a company spokesperson: https://youtu.be/SIsUBb5wMfU

     

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

     

    Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2kv6slP

    Sunday
    Mar192017

    Colorful Lids That You Can Use Over & Over.

    Charles Viancin Lids are a beautiful and practical alternative to plastic wrap. Unlike plastic wrap this silicone lid can be reused over and over. The lid seals tight on all smooth rims, meaning any bowl can be used for food storage. The lids create an airtight, watertight seal for reheating and storing. It can also be used while serving food, to keep your dishes hot or cold for longer. Each lid is oven, microwave, dishwasher, and heat safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. I've used these lids on various glasses and bowls in my kitchen and I've found the instant seal is so good I can drop it on a bowl or glass then lift them just by the lid. It seals that well. Charles Viancin lids have been around for a while, but I the ones I'm showing are the newest shapes and colors being introduced for Spring 2017. Available in many sizes starting at about $8 or $9 and up.

    There are many Charles Viancin lids here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2n2LsRw  (But I don't see the new tomato and watermelon designs online as of 3/21/17)

     

    Company website: https://www.charlesviancin.com/us/ 

    Sunday
    Mar192017

    Take Making Pancakes To A Fun Art.

    With this new Whiskware Pancake Art Bottle Kit, you can mix up pancake batter (package or your own recipe) without dirtying bowls, spoons, or countertops. All you do is add ingredients to the batter mixer, drop in the stainless steel BlenderBall whisk, and shake. You use the smaller second pancake bottle to make a bit of darker batter by adding some cocoa power to the original pancake mix. Now you have light and dark batter to draw fun, designs with the Pancake Art Bottle. Each kit also contains two Silicone Pancake Shapers. Silicone tip provides perfect control and won't melt if touched to the pan or griddle (up to 440° F). And if you like, you can download the Whiskware Pancake Art App (iOS or Android) and browse dozens of fun video tutorials for everything from animals to robots to emojis. Under $25.00 

    Company video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbuPY_ZMac4

     

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