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    WORLD NEWS NOW

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    Sunday
    Dec112016

    Every hear of a disco nightlight?

    The Disco Night Light. Don't plan on getting much sleep with this LED disco light with revolving red, blue and green lights inside. It's small and inexpensive and great for the kids room, or a dance party. It does give off enough dancing lights to fill a small living room ceiling. Just plug it in and turn it on. Company says LED light is good for 8,000 hours. That's a lot of dancing! Under $10. (That are a lot of companies selling these. I got mine on Daily Deals, but that sale is over. I see it on eBay for $5 and under. Here's one link where it's under $4. (I haven't shopped here. They are shipped from overseas, so allow a month or so for delivery.)

     

    http://tinyurl.com/RDBLEDnightlight

     

    Sunday
    Dec112016

    Now you can really talk through your hat - well, your beanie cap.

    The Bluetooth Beanie is a double knit music cap that helps keep you warm by covering your ears and letting you listen to your own 'hot' music as you walk, job, or play outdoors sports, via Bluetooth. Inside the cap is a wireless stereo earphone speaker/mic combo. It's made of 30% cotton / 70% acrylic. Amazon says it has the latest 4.1 version of Bluetooth, which means simple and fast connecting to your smart devices. (It went quickly when I paired me cap.) The wireless range is about 33 feet. Built in rechargeable Li-Ion battery, offering 6-8 hours working time, 60 hours standby time, with 2.5 hours charging time. I just listen to music with mine. The sound is pretty good considering you're just wearing a knit cap. Also you don't want the sound to block out your surroundings so you can be aware of what's going on arund you. I didn't try the built in microphone, but it's designed so you can take phone calls through the beanie. It doesn't come in sizes, it's one of those “One size fits most” caps. According to the instructions, you can remove the electronics from the hat and put them back after washing the cap, but I didn't try that. Color choice is black only and it was still under $16 on Amazon and Amazon Prime (free 2-day shipping for members), as of 12/11/16.

    http://amzn.to/2gOLuZ9

     

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    Friday
    Nov112016

    Useful, under $25 gadgets you probably didn't know existed.

    If you missed seeing my spot on air, it's here: http://abcnews.go.com/WNN/video/lesser-gadgets-43517996

    Meet The LampChamp!

    LampChamp is an easy way to find a place to plug in your USB charging cable right next to where you're sitting. It turns any lamp into a USB charging station so you've always got power at your fingertips. (You'll see exactly how it works in the video.) The 2 AMP USB Charger stays on all the time and a convenient On/Off Switch controls the light bulb. You can install it in seconds, simply remove your existing light bulb, screw in LampChamp, and then replace the bulb. LampChamp recommends an LED light which are economical and don't produce much heat. MSRP is $29.99. But I've seen it on sale for as low as $14.99 on Amazon. As of 9/7/16 the price was $19.99 for one, but you could get two for $29.99 at this Giz Wiz Link: 

    http://amzn.to/2cacQGp (That price could change at any time.)

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

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

    Friday
    Nov112016

    USB Cables That Can Be Inserted Right-side or Upside-Down.

    EnacFire Reversible PowerLine[2-Pack] Premium Micro USB Cable Fastest Charging Flash Data Syncing Tensile Tested Nylon Cord Braided Cover Velcro Strap Arranged(Red)

    Reversible USB cables --- both ends ---- USB-A and the micro-USB side can be plugged in and it won't be the wrong way. It's about time!

    You get two cables -- a one foot and a five foot cable and even a little black velcro strap to hold them. They're under $10. I like the red nylon cover and reinforced ends. There are cheaper versions on Amazon, a couple of which I also bought, but I liked these better.

    They're here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2fyTIob

    Friday
    Nov112016

    Never Tie A Shoe Lace Again.

    Homar No Tie Shoelaces for Kids and Adults - 

    Waterproof Silicon Flat Elastic Athletic Running Shoe Laces with Multicolor for Sneaker Boots Board Shoes and Casual Shoes.

    Make sure you order the right size. It took me about 5 minutes to install them, but you do it just once for the life the shoes. As a mini-test I left shoelaces on one sneaker and put these laces on the other and wore them for a day. None of the No Tie Shoelaces popped out and felt more comfortable than the 'real shoe lace' side. At least for me, I like the No Tie laces better - and there's nothing to lace or untie! They're available in many different colors, in either Child or Adult size. I paid $8 here on Amazon:

    http://amzn.to/2fNoTwy