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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
    Jul152017

    Does Your New Smart Phone Use USB-C?

    I have a new phone, the LG G6. It's my first phone with the new USB-C connector. This is going to be the new way to charge a lot of the new phones coming out. One advantage is there's no right or wrong way to insert the USB-C connector. But since many of my other device are micro-USB, I wondered if I could just buy a simple USB-C adapter. And yes, Anker make a great, compact inexpensive one. It's their minimalist solution for using Micro USB cables with USB-C phones, tablets and laptops. Anker says use it for Charge & Sync: It uses USB 2.0 protocol for Micro USB charging and data transfer (480 Mbps). And it has a 56KΩ pull-up resistor for unbeatable safety and reliability. Fool-proof design with no installation required—simply plug and play. The cable that came with your USB-C will most likely charge faster, but these a good back-up. I keep one at the office and one on the boat where I have lots of regular USB-micro cables. Two Anker USB-C to Micro USB Adapters were just $6.99. Even the blister package has tab to flip it open without needing to cut anything. Amazon Prime. Also on Amazon you can find micro-USB adapters for many devices like iPhones, and even the Galaxy Tab, as you'll see in the video.

     

    http://amzn.to/2oT4XLN

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/jZ1iW0cp2Vk

    Saturday
    Jul152017

    No-Hole Dress Belt (For Men)

    Meet the Perfect Fit No Hole Dress Belt. I don['t know how long these have been around, but I discovered them a few months ago. And I like these a lot! (I bought 3 so far.) The holeless pants belt buckle has a hidden ratchet adjustment system that features 32 different positions for a custom fit from waist sizes 28 to 48 inches. When you receive the belt, trim it down to the size you want for a the perfect amount of overlap. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully and trim the straight end of the belt, not the tapered end that will be visible. The no-holes dress belt tightens with a gently pull and releases by lifting the front of the buckle. Adjust quickly and discreetly, about 1/4” at a time after meals, when sitting down or standing. It's available in Black or brown. There are many variates online. I tried two.

    I prefer the Perfect Fit version because it's the easier to adjust. It was under $15 on 7/16/17 here:http://amzn.to/2usnmFB (Choose black or brown before ordering.)

     

    But also check out the Dante version.

     

    With that version you get a choice of more than two dozen buckles, but I find the little release hook at the bottom on the buckle makes it harder to adjust the belt than the version above where you just lift the whole buckle.

     

    It was under $17 here http://amzn.to/2uouu68 on 7/16/17

     

    Giz Wiz Link. Pay exactly the same as anyone else, but Giz Wiz Biz gets a small credit to buy more stuff for the show. Thanks.

    Saturday
    Jul152017

    These normal looking sunglasses can also open a beer bottle!

    Yep, they're Bottle Opener Sunglasses. Talk about an off-beat gadget! Who knew these existed. Get to beach with a cooler, want to open a cold bottle of beer, and eek! No opener. That's okay there's one built right into your sunglasses. I haven't tried these because I think they just might break trying to open a bottle. So we'll do it on air for the first time. I'll ask whoever the host is, to do it. If it breaks at least I have a funny video for my $18.00. (Update: Kandis tried the bottle opener glasses on air and they worked fine!) The exact glasses I bought don't seem to be available right now, but these look exactly like the same pair, but in a Tortoise color frame. The description on Amazon is: meets ANZI Z80.3 high UV protection standards. Passed the inspection FDA with impact resistance lenses and guaranteed to absorb more than 99% of harmful UVA AND UVB rays. • Approved and recommended in accordance with the latest guidelines. • Reduces injured rays and filter color while maintaining high levels of visible contrast. • Optical Quality. • High end fashion. Very comfortable. They were $11.99 with Free Shipping, but not Amazon Prime. There are other variations on Amazon and on Ebay too. When I checked on 7/15/17 they were cheaper on Amazon, but prices changes rapidly on the big websites due to dynamic pricing. 

    Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2uk5AVk

    Monday
    Jun122017

    Hot, New Gadgets for the Outdoors...I showed on World News Now

    Here's the spot from World News Now:  (I'll post it once it airs, so please check back.)

    The Fugoo Go Portable Blue Tooth Speaker is great for the outdoors. As you saw on World News Now I played a tune on this speaker and then while it was still playing, dropped into a clear contained of water. It was problem for the speaker which Fugoo says is 100% Waterproof + dust / mud / shock proof too. Another neat feature is that the cord trim around the speaker can be slid off to become a convenient way to hang the speaker from a beach chair, a tree, a bike, lots of places outside. Orof  just use the little hook that's already at the top of the speaker. Fugoo says you can expect up to 10 hours play time on a full charge. You can also control the music on your phone from the speaker itself. MSRP $79.99. But it's often on sale for as low as $59.99.

    On this Amazon page it's for sale for both $79.99 & $59.99, sometimes with added shipping at the lower $59.99 price.

    http://amzn.to/2sstDQI

    Giz Wiz Link. Pay exactly the same as everyone else by Giz Wiz Biz gets a small credit to buy more stuff on Amazon.

    Monday
    Jun122017

    Make a single Tea Light candle up to 100 times brighter!

    That's what Caframo says about their JOI Lamp Tea Light Candle Powered LED Lamp. And yes, it does work! The JOI lamps doesn't use batteries, solar or wall power to create its own light. It does use thermo-electric technology to transform the energy of a single tea light candle into enough light to illuminate your night time dining inside or outside. Within about four minutes of lighting it, JOI begins to convert the heat of the candle into enough power to light the 8 bright LED's on top. The box copy says: '100X brighter than one tea light candle” and that sounds very reasonable after this using really unusual lamp. The design makes it an ideal centerpiece and the technology makes it perfect for indoor or outdoor lighting. Watch the video I show on WNN to see how versatile this lamp design is with dozens of various positions for the movable, extending arms, and adjustable shade. On Amazon it got 4.7 out of 5 stars from 65 reviewers, so people do love this lantern. It's not inexpensive at about $107.00 on Amazon, but I have seen it as low as $89 by doing a web search.

     

    Full Giz Wiz Video:  https://youtu.be/k3rzmbAc86M

     

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

     

    Company website: http://www.caframolifestylesolutions.com/product/joi/joi-heat-powered-lamp/

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