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Dick DeBartolo, MAD's Maddest Writer, and co-host of The Giz Wiz at GizWiz.TV, The Giz Wiz on ABC's World News Now, and on Tech Guy Labs with Leo Laporte on TWiT.tv. But wait, there's More »

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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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                                                      www.twit.tv/giz

    Monday
    Mar192018

    Unique Kitchen Gadgets I Showed on World News Now.

    Here's my spot as it appeared on World News Now, March 22, 2018: http://abcnews.go.com/WNN/video/kitchen-gadgets-53927231

    Like coffee with less acidity?

    For coffee with less acidity you should know about the Asobu Coldbrew Portable Cold Brew Coffee Maker. Here's what the company says about cold brew: “Using hot water on your coffee granules creates a more acidic bitter drink while using cold water with coffee and allowing it to steep as with the Asobu cold brew creates 80% lower acidity, smoother, naturally sweet taste and also gives it that extra punch of caffeine. Now I had a company spokesperson explain this gadget a month or so ago, but now I had the chance to use one. Making cold brew coffee is easy, but once you mix the coffee and water, you have to wait 12-24 hours for it to be ready to drink. You'll see the whole process in my video in this show, or at the link below. The company adds: The Asobu Brewer hold 6 servings so you can leave in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and still get that same great rich and fresh concentrate. It's available in copper, silver, black and white. $50.00 

    Giz Wiz Makes Cold Brew Coffee: https://youtu.be/pdBVbQ5bOQ0  

    Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2FDMaB5

    Giz Wiz with company spokespersonhttps://youtu.be/P8pcmVDWtVA

    Monday
    Mar192018

    Make waffles without opening the lid of the waffle maker! What?

    Here's a waffle iron that bakes them at an angle. Doesn't the batter leak out? The Giz Wiz puts the Kalorik Easy Pour Waffle Maker to the test. Actually, this is very easy to use. Simply use the included measuring cup to pour batter into the spout of the closed waffle maker that sits at a 45 degree angle. It looks like that would be a disaster, but a rugged gasket holds the batter firmly in place and the angle makes it possible to distribute the batter evenly. Indicator lights plus five browning levels for custom cooked waffles 7" in diameter about an 1" thick.  

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/oLMI35UA2gw

    The Easy Pour is not on Amazon yet, but other Kalorik waffle makers are there starting at $25.00. http://amzn.to/2HFSkgP 

    Company website: https://kalorik.com/site/wm-43981.html

    Monday
    Mar192018

    Turbo-Pot cookware, speeds up your cooking and helps save money on gas.

    Typically on gas stoves, hot air escapes from under the side of the pot, reducing heat transfer, and slowing your cooking. To improve this, Turbo Pot's new tech design adds metal fins onto the bottom of their cookware to increase the heating surface area. This advanced heat sink technology captures more heat, reducing energy waste. I've not used these yet, but the company says their pots have been independently tested by PG&E and are 30~50% faster cooking than conventional cookware. I understand a big market for this cookware is the restaurant industry where speeding up cooking can mean more business and consuming less gas. In the retail market the frying pan and the 2.2 quart sauce pan shown on the air have a MSRP of $48.00 each. There were five different Turbo Pots, plus a kettle, in the consumer line as of 3/19/18.

    www.turbopot.com

    Turbo Cookware is now starting to show up on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2FYQmvu 

    (Giz Wiz Link. Pay the same as everyone, GizWizBiz gets a small credit to buy more stuff to show off. Thank you.)

     

     

    Monday
    Mar192018

    Vista - good looking frames, and good for the environment

    There's not much techie about picture frames, but when I saw a block of foam on the Vista Frame table at the Housewares Preview show I wondered what the connection was. It turns out the company has a wonderful goal and a super way to help save the planet with their frames. Here's how they put it: “Our frames preserve their contents, and keep them beautiful. Our process preserves the Earth, keeping it beautiful. We know it’s important to feel good about what you buy, so "picture this" for a moment... We pick up tons and tons of polystyrene [aka Styrofoam] from all over the world, process it into tiny pellets, and turn it into the material we use for our frames. All the while keeping it out of landfills! Doing good by creating things that look good in your home. All of Vista frames are ready made in popular sizes and are designed to be hung vertically or horizontally. So go ahead, and enjoy your Vista.” And I was amazed at how reasonably priced they are. They start at about $7 and up, most selling in the $12 to $15 range the spokesperson said.

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

     

    Vista on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2GX1khO

     

    Vista Frames: http://www.vistaframes.com/   

     

    (Amazon link is a GizWiz Link. Pay the same as everyone else, we get a small credit to buy more stuff for the show! Thank you.)

    Friday
    Feb232018

    Gadgets & Gizmos From Toy Fair

    Here's my Toy Fair 2018 spot as it appeared on World News Now, on Friday, 2/23/18

    http://abcnews.go.com/WNN/video/york-toy-fair-2018-53299934 

    Since most won't be out until summer or fall, you won't them online yet.

    But you can find a few more details about some of the toys, games and gadgets below, some with extended videos from my Giz Wiz Show. www.gizwiz.tv

    You've Heard of Frying Donuts, But How About Flying Frying Donuts?

     

    This will be a fun game for kids, parties and yes, even adults. I only played it for a few minutes at Toy Fair, but it was fun. I don't know if there's a way for more than two to play, but basically here's how it works. Each player gets four light-weight mesh donuts. They are three donuts each in two different colors so it's easy to keep track of the score. A fan under the 'cooking pot' make the donuts take flight. The winner is the one who gets their three donuts to catch on the baker's hook over the cooking pot first. The spokesperson at the Maya Toys booth said the game will be out in August and will retail for $19.99.

     

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

     

    It's not on the company website yet and probably won't be until summer www.mayatoys.net

     

    Every year Folkmanis introduces a few more of their lovable new puppets. This year there's a new Purring Cat, some Flying Pigs and an Opossum. Now, can you call this Opossum lovable? Here's how Folkmanis describes him: Creepy yet cute, the Folkmanis Opossum puppet is realistic enough to fool your friends. Play "possum" and be ready for squeals of delight and awe when you animate the mouth and display the rat-like printed tail. $53.99. Hmm, rat-like printed tail? Oh, well, judge his cuteness for yourself in the video from Toy Fair 2018. The Opossum is on the company website already, but not the Purring Cat (with purring is built-in) and not the Flying Pig. But they should show up on the company website soon.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/a-BkVYJkxX8

     

    Company website: www.folkmanis.com

     

    Soggy Doggy is available now!

     

    Soggy Doggy is the showering, shaking, doggy bathing game for kids and the whole family. Players roll the die and move their playing pieces around the game board, taking turns washing Soggy Doggy. But watch out! You never know when he will shake to dry off... and you’ll get a little wet! First one around the board and back to the doggy basket wins.

     

    I haven't shopped at this seller on Amazon, but they list it for under $15.

     

    http://amzn.to/2ELvgjI

     

    Fingerlings are also available now. They're the little ones the spokesperson had on her finger.

     

    The big Fingerling Hugs - the one big enough to hug a kid - won't be out till summer.