Dick Debartolo

The Giz Wiz ... Lumenated

Dick

Episode 1618

The My Charge Power Lumens is a 10,000 mAh Power Bank that features a built-in LED light. Actually, it's 20 LED lights. You can change the LED's from 'cool white' to 'warm' light' by holding the power button down. In either mode, there are four levels of brightness. The burn turn given with a fully charged battery is: Brightest Setting: ~9 hours -Second Brightest: ~15 hours - next brightest: ~22 hours and lowest brightness setting -Darkest Setting: ~41 hours.

The Giz Wiz ... back to school

Dick

Episode 1616

This year for back-to-school Dick has not only a unique backpack but one that's very inexpensive. It's the Poruary Anti-theft Backpack. The main pocket zipper is hidden in the back of this bag, the part that is up against your back. That way there's no way a thief can get to it with you knowing about it. There's a USB Charging Port and a headphone port on the outside so you can listen to music or charge a device from within the bag. Easy fits 15.6" laptop and probably some 17” laptops too.

The Giz Wiz and the Sony WalkMan

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1610

It's the 40th Anniversary of the first Sony Walkman..and I own one of the them. So Dick returned to Dick's Gadget Warehouse to pick it up. Yes, it's the Sony Walkman Cassette Player TPS-L2. Thanks to the being featured in the Guardians in the Galaxy it's becoming famous again. Because of that wildly popular show that the price of them on eBay is quite high. I saw two on eBay for an asking price of $500, and one with an asking price of $625.00. They're used of course, because like mine, they're 40 years old.

The Giz Wiz and the Sports Fan

Dick

Episode 1608

This week's gadget from the Giz Wiz is the Wearable Sports Fan. This is a weird gadget! Here's a bit of info about it from Amazon: Hand-free fan was designed as a headphone to free your hands anywhere; Fashion style makes you look so cool. Hanging around your neck, suitable for travelling in hot weather. Low/medium/high speed level. 1800mAh lithium battery. 5-10 hours of working time depends on a different speed.

The Giz Wiz ... RIP Mad Magazine

Dick

Episode 1606

The news of Mad Magazine ceasing publication of new content was stunning, especially since Dick Debartolo learned third hand. But they are going to be publishing "best of" issues moving forward. Dick says that he's been in every issue for 53 years, and realizing it's the end of the road brought him to tears. But even more of a tear-jerker was the online tributes that Dick has been reading about how beloved Mad Magazine was. Who's to blame? Leo says it's AT&T. They bought DC and Warners and closed down their offices a year and a half ago. 

RIP Mad Magazine

 Mad Magazine

Episode 1606

A year after moving its base of operations to Los Angeles, Mad Magazine has announced it will soon cease publishing and will only be highlighting previously published content on their website. It's the end of an era. Leo says that the Internet is largely the reason, since there are so many options for getting this kind of humour, and the advertising revenue simply isn't there anymore.

The Giz Wiz ... gets scanned

Episode 1604

Kodak (actually C+A, a Kodak official licensee) showed three film scanners at the show. Models range from about $45 for the Kodak Mobile Scanner, good if you just have a limited amount of old film formats you want to digitize, up to about $179 for the Kodak Scanza. Here's info mostly from the company: All three of these devices let you convert film to jpegs. The 14 to 22MP KODAK Film Scanza Scanner converts old 35mm, 126, 110, Super 8 & 8mm Negatives & Slides to JPEG Digital Files.

The Giz Wiz and the HyperCube

The Giz Wiz

Episode 1602

HYPER, makers of the world’s most crowdfunded USB-C hubs - announces its latest Kickstarter campaign for the HyperCubeat CE Week. It's a tiny device that features a micro SD card slot, a male USB connector and two female USB ports. It connects between the USB charger and your iPhone/Android smartphone. Using a free app it allows you to automatically backup all your photos, videos, and contacts onto a micro SD card or USB drive while you charge your device.