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    WORLD NEWS NOW

    With Co-hosts Diane Macedo & Kendis Gibson

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    Saturday
    Aug192017

    Must Have Back To School Gadgets I Showed On World News Now.

    My spot aired 8/24/17. If you want to see it, it's here: http://abcnews.go.com/WNN/video/back-school-giz-wiz-dick-debartolo-49393643

    An inexpensive, but very useful backpack!

    Every back-to-school season I try to find a unique backpack. This year I found a backpack with a couple of unique features, that is also incredibly inexplensive. It's the Inateck Laptop Backpack. It's good-looking and the company says it's made from waterproof, scratch-resistant, anti-tear special nylon fabric. It's also the first backpack I've seen with slip-on waterproof cover. It's like a elastic slip-on raincoat for your backpack and it's included in the price. Also unique is an external USB Port; slide your power bank into the backpack and plug it in; now you can charge devices with the backpack closed. A luggage belt at the back lets your backpack slip over the extending handle on your rolling luggage. Side pockets hold personal belongings like a water bottle or umbrella. And a padded compartment holds up to 15.6 inch laptop. I think it's a bargain at $39.99, but Amazon instant discount dropped price to $27.99! Offer was still valid as of 8/19/17

     

    http://amzn.to/2x1dIZe  

    Saturday
    Aug192017

    A great gadget for back-to-school if you're just bringing a tablet or usisng your smart phone to take notes.

    A lot of students are going back to school with just a tablet, forgoing a laptop. I love tablets, but I don't like typing on them. So I started a search for the latest in a portable keyboard. Well another portable keyboard. I already have one from Zagg and one from Logitech. But they're a couple of years old and I wanted to see what was new. On Amazon I found the iClever Ultra Slim Wireless Keyboard. It's a tri-folding. aluminum alloy keyboard with bluetooth AND with 3-color backlight. And, as the company points out, it's for iOS Windows PC, Tablets, and Smartphones. You have your choice of using it wirelessly via Bluetooth 3.0, or you can have a wired connection to ordinary USB-enabled devices. I compared the size of the iClever keyboard to my full-size computer keyboard, and unfolded the iClever keyboard is the same size. But it folds to fit easily in the included carry bag. Since it has full standard-size keys I was able to type on it rather quickly with only an occasional mistake. I'm sure that will improve to 100% after some time typing on this new keyboard. I also like a lot that you can select the backlit color from red, blue or green, and adjust it with a bright or dim keystroke. Beware though using the LED's cost you a lot of battery power. According to the company the built-in 750mAh lithium battery will give you an uninterrupted working time of just 5 hours with the LED's on, or 300 hours with them off. Charging time is said to be less than 4 hours, and the price is right at under $40.00. It got very good reviews on Amazon. It looks like you can buy a similar model without LED's for $29.99, but I only bought the LED version. I think it's a great addition for a back-to-school gadget if you're using a tablet or smart phone for taking notes. The iClever keyboard is approximately 4 ¾ X 6 ½ X 3/4” folded and it opens to an 11 1/2” full-sized keyboard. On my little office postage scale it weighed 9.6 ounces. It's here on Amazon: 

    http://amzn.to/2vPps36 

    Saturday
    Aug192017

    One of the first USB-C External Battery Chargers In The Marketplace.

    The MyCharge HubPlus-C is one their newest external charge devices. This 6700 mAh portable charger is one of the first chargers to feature an integrated USB-C cable. A lot of the new phones from LG and Samsung use USB-C for charging and syncing. USB-C can be plugged-in in either direction, and it can carry more voltage than Micro-USB cables for faster charging. My MyCharge also has a built-in micro-USB cable and a USB A port so that it can charge up to three devices simultaneously. This device uses Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 which is claimed to deliver up to a 4x faster charge. But wait, there's more. There are built-in wall prongs fold down so you can charge HubPlus-C unit itself. MSRP $79.99. But I saw it here for about $60.00 here on Amazon. This is a third party vendor on Amazon. 

    http://amzn.to/2vXZgRs

     

    Company website: https://mycharge.com/collections/hub-series/products/hubplus-c

    Saturday
    Aug192017

    Cut down on the number of charge/sync cable you have to carry.

    Lots of students carry multiple gadgets, each one picked for a particular chore. Problem is they probably all take different charging/sync cables. One solution is the Tech Armor 3 in 1 Cable. This one charge and sync cable works with USB-C, Lightning, and Micro USB devices. Designed to charge/sync ONE device at a time, you simply plug the corresponding connector onto the center cable and plug into your device. The center connector alone exists as your Micro USB option. So it good for Apple and Android and those new USB-C devices. It's a 3 foot black cable and it's Apple mFi Certified. It's under $15.00 On Amazon the company says that: Tech Armor is a well know resource in protecting your electronics with our industry-leading LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY. More info is on their product page:  

    http://amzn.to/2fTPmg1

    Saturday
    Aug192017

    Lots of outlets, plenty of USB charging ports.

    Yes outlets and charging ports is what you'll be looking for in the dorm room, or perhaps even the classroom, airport, etc. Well the Mibote Multifunctional Power Strip can help make that happen. This is a combo power strip & USB charger needs just one 3-prong plug outlet. Once plugged it it offers 4 AC outlets + 4 5V 2.4A USB ports. So it also reduces mess and clutter in the dorm room, bedroom, office, etc. The company says each USB port can detect and deliver an ideal output current consistently of up to 2.4A . And the outlets offer 1700 Joules of surge protection + built-in over-current, over-voltage, short-circuit protection. But wait, there's more! There's an on/off switch that controls the power to the entire strip, including charging ports. There's also an LED light and illuminated USB ports that make it easy to see that the unit has power. It's under $18 on Amazon. (Price as of 8/19/17)

    http://amzn.to/2fUJx1P

     

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