Wednesday, June 1, 2022

PILL PERFECT UNIVERSAL PILL CUTTER

PILL PERFECT UNIVERSAL PILL CUTTER ~ A Pill Cutter That’s Near Perfect And Works Well…. © 2022 BOB SKIDMORE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BOB SKIDMORE CORRESPONDENT (Please note that Google’s BlogSpot, the provider we use to publish this monthly column, has changed the allowable format style. So, if the column’s format looks a bit strange it’s due to Google and BlogSpot, not THE GADGETEER.) Most of us at any age take pills at various times in our lives. Pharmaceutical manufacturers produce these meds in various doses, shapes and sizes that are considered to be the most commonly prescribed. Since your doctor may prescribe a dosage that’s not in a dosage typically available you may be resigned to cutting a pill to the prescribed dosage your doctor prescribed. This is a pretty common practice. The problem for the patient is how to easily and accurately cut a pill to match your doctor’s dosage requirements. There are various pill cutting devices on the market. Typically, the choice comes down to two models. One that has you slide the pill into a “V” shaped mold for cutting and one that has various preshaped molds to fit most pill shapes and sizes. In either design a prefixed blade is forced on to the tablet by the user resulting in cutting the size and dosage of the tablet.
The “V” shaped design can be highly inaccurate since tablets tend to slip and slide during the process. It also depends on the user’s ability to accurately line the tablet up and maintain this position during the cutting process.
The design of the PILL PERFECT UNIVERSAL PILL CUTTER eliminates any slippage of tablets you may have since it’s designed to cut 18 differently shaped pills, or vitamins with its removable cutout molds included with the cutter. Due to there being so many differently shaped tablets and sizes even the 18 supplied mold designs can fall short of meeting all your pill cutting needs. Another possible issue is that some pills have a consistency that can cause the tablet to somewhat pulverize during the cutting process. This is not necessarily the fault of the cutting device, but rather the makeup of the tablet’s ingredients and is unavoidable unless you have a worn-out cutting blade that needs replacing. Naturally, this can somewhat alter the dosage amount and could be a concern to speak with your doctor about. The PILL PERFECT UNIVERSAL PILL CUTTER’S self-retracting curved blade helps with the cutting process thus greatly minimizing crumbling and crushing. The PILL PERFECT UNIVERSAL PILL CUTTER is certainly a great solution to most of your pill cutting needs. The ease of use and device cleaning make this a great possible alternative! Available from various on-line sites MSRP: $15.00 (Average on-line price) GADGETEER’s RATING: ★★★★ For more information go to: https://amzn.to/3id3zlR Graphic credits: Google Images Bob Skidmore is a freelance writer, who may be contacted at bob.thegadgeteer.skidmore@gmail.com, or followed at twitter.com/bskidmore for the latest gadget industry news. He does not represent, or endorse any of the products he reviews and his opinions are solely his points of view and not those of the manufacturer, or any legal resource. The manufacturer generally supplies products and press releases at no cost for the articles and no other compensation is received. THE GADGETEER is highly selective as to products he feels worthy of review so as not to waste the reader’s time, thus the reason for many superior ratings. Check out Bob’s Twitter page for up to the minute gadget news. Available at: https://twitter.com/bskidmore

Sunday, May 1, 2022

DJZNDINGJIEJIE ~ Non-Slip SmartPhone Pad For Your Car's Dashboard

DJZNDINGJIEJIE NON-SLIP PHONE PAD ~ Car Dashboard Smartphone Universal Phone Holder…. BOB SKIDMORE CORRESPONDENT © 2022 BOB SKIDMORE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED We all know that the use of smartphones for texting, photography, or emailing is not permitted while you’re driving any vehicle. However, there are other applications where such use is permissible as in the case of navigation. These days there are several smartphone navigation apps available that are quite useful and I might say accurate. In some cases, they rival the performance of the old stand-a-lone GPS models many of us depended on. The question now becomes how do you mount a smartphone in such a way that you can easily view and listen to its directions without having to redirect your vision in such a way as to distract your vision from traffic? I tested one such mount that at first glance appeared to solve this need. The DJZNDINGKIEJIE mount sold by Amazon is an anti-slip/shake multi-functional pad made from a high-quality flexible PVC material. It can hold your smartphone while dispensing your favorite aromatherapy stick fragrance too. Fragrances available from on-line vendors and may not be included depending on the vendor you deal with.
It can display your phone’s number if you like with fluorescent numerical stickers that glow in the dark that you place around the mount and are clearly visible outside your car’s window. It can also accommodate storing other items such as your car’s key fob, as well as place your phone in a flat position for storage when it’s not being used as a display. Sounds good doesn’t it? Well, there are a couple of major drawbacks that affect many automobiles and smartphones. Since the DJZNDINGKIEJIE mount is designed to be placed on the dash your phone’s screen is easily washed out by daylight thus making it near to impossible to view. I’ve tried several mounting positions on my Prius’ dash, but simply can’t resolve this issue.
Secondly, the two mounting sticks that hold your phone horizontally, or vertically can obscure vital viewing areas at the bottom of the screen. This can still be a problem even if you find a way around the wash out issue. In summary, the DJZNDINGKIEJIE mount is a neat concept, but appears to have a couple of major flaws that could affect many users. Before purchasing be sure to review these issues as they may, or may not apply to your use. Also, make sure that you have “RETURN PRIVILEDGES” with your supplier. GADGETEER’s RATING: ★★ (Based on the two issues discussed) MSRP: $16.99 (Choice of fluorescent outline colors include red, green & white) For more information go to: https://amzn.to/3JCyiDh Graphic credits: Amazon Bob Skidmore is a freelance writer, who may be contacted at bob.thegadgeteer.skidmore@gmail.com, or followed at twitter.com/bskidmore for the latest gadget industry news. He does not represent, or endorse any of the products he reviews and his opinions are solely his points of view and not those of the manufacturer, or any legal resource. The manufacturer generally supplies products and press releases at no cost for the articles and no other compensation is received. THE GADGETEER is highly selective as to products he feels worthy of review so as not to waste the reader’s time, thus the reason for many superior ratings. ## Check out Bob’s Twitter page for up to the minute gadget news. Available at: https://twitter.com/bskidmore

Friday, April 1, 2022

ON-LINE PURCHASES ~ Buyer be ware....

E-COMMERCE ADS & PURCHASES ~ The Do’s & Don’ts ~ Facebook, EBAY, Amazon, PayPal and ???…. (Please note that Google’s BlogSpot, the provider we use to publish this monthly column, has changed the allowable format style. So, if the column’s format looks a bit strange it’s due to Google and BlogSpot, not THE GADGETEER.) BOB SKIDMORE CORRESPONDENT © 2022 BOB SKIDMORE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Shopping on line can be fun, easy and many times rewarding in terms of the things you find available and perhaps didn’t even know existed. The downfall is how honest is the description, the merchant and how easy is it to return the item and obtain a full refund. Sound familiar? Let me give you some personal experiences and how they were, or better yet, not easily resolved. My first advise is to stay away from social media sites such as Facebook unless the ad is posted by a reputable and well-known source. This can still be a problem with sites like Amazon as experienced by a buyer who thought he was buying from a third-party Amazon merchant. The transaction never appeared later as an Amazon transaction and thus Amazon refused to make good on the payment. This seller redirected the buyer to their site and wanted payment via Amazon gift cards. Legitimate sellers do not insist on payment via gift cards of any sort. Be especially wary if a third-party Amazon seller asks you to contact them via email, or text prior to making the purchase. It’s probably a ploy to shift the sale off the Amazon website and then leaving you with no legitimate recourse if there is an issue. My experience with EBAY has been flawless as most vendors are domestic and may even be dealers. The Facebook questionable ads usually represent Chinese merchants and are accompanied by very well produced videos to lure you in. Quite often these videos aren’t even the actual item they claim to sell, but rather a video that was hacked from another site and placed in their ad. They do not state the county of origin. I have responded to such ads only to receive totally incorrect merchandise worth much less than the item I thought I purchased. In my first experience there was no contact, or return shipping information provided. In another, a multi-unit commercial building site, with a California shipping address was shown on the shipping label. It listed only a unit number and not the merchant’s name. It too was from a Chinese source. Contacting the first one was impossible since the shipping information was lacking. In the second scenario my letters remain unanswered to this date. So, what’s your recourse? Most online sales other than Amazon only use PayPal as a form of payment. PayPal typically uses third party payment sources that you have previously set up with them such as a checking account, credit, or debit card. That being the case you must deal with PayPal directly (402.935.7733). In this day of Covid most reps that work for PayPal work from home, a method that could remain long after Covid resinds. Their resources are somewhat limited. You’ll need to complete paperwork and pay the return shipping charges so you have a receipt to prove it was returned. The USPS shipping charges quite often will be much more than the item you’re returning is worth. PayPal will credit you up to $30 per shipment for such charges upon receipt of proper documentation after the item was returned. This credit could be separate from a credit they might issue for the actual purchase price you paid for the item. Such a credit is given only after PayPal has communicated with the merchant. This delay can be weeks since PayPal unfortunately is inundated by these issues. Yes, the finality of this after everything is said and done could result in the merchant being dropped as a PayPal vendor. This can take months based on communications with the vendor and the shear volume of such incidents at PayPal. PayPal does want satisfied clients, but they have to protect their own interests in the process. (PayPal: I’m not degrading PayPal as a good payment source. What I like about dealing with them is that it provides another layer to protect your money as well as financial information, and help you with situations as discussed above. Just be aware that resolution of purchasing issues can be a lengthy and time-consuming process.) Buyer be ware!!! Graphic credits: Freerange Stock Bob Skidmore is a freelance writer, who may be contacted at bob.thegadgeteer.skidmore@gmail.com, or followed at twitter.com/bskidmore for the latest gadget industry news. He does not represent, or endorse any of the products he reviews and his opinions are solely his points of view and not those of the manufacturer, or any legal resource. The manufacturer generally supplies products and press releases at no cost for the articles and no other compensation is received. THE GADGETEER is highly selective as to products he feels worthy of review so as not to waste the reader’s time, thus the reason for many superior ratings. ## Check out Bob’s Twitter page for up to the minute gadget news. Available at: https://twitter.com/bskidmore

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

HOW YOU CAN SEE INCOMING USPS MAIL VIA AN EMAIL

USPS INFORMED DELIVERY ~ Receive FREE Mail Delivery Notices On Your iPHONE and/or Your MAC & PC…. BOB SKIDMORE CORRESPONDENT © 2022 BOB SKIDMORE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED (Please note that Google’s BlogSpot, the provider we use to publish this monthly column, has changed the allowable format style. So, if the column’s format looks a bit strange it’s due to Google and BlogSpot, not THE GADGETEER.) Here’s a FREE SERVICE from the United States Postal Service (USPS) that lets you know what mail is being delivered to your USA residential address today, or the next business day, whichever applies based on normally serviced, non-holiday, days of delivery. A business address is not eligible unless it’s your home address. Once you’ve signed up and activated this feature, you’ll receive images of the First-Class Mail coming to your address as well as a notice of any parcels scheduled for delivery that same day. Note that this is not name sensitive, but rather by the registered address used when you applied for the service. In other words, almost anything scheduled to come to your address no matter to whom it’s addressed to will be shown. It’s really easy to apply. Simply access the INFORMED DELIVERY WEB SITE at: https://bit.ly/3tRnr4k. Be careful to follow each registration step as the instructions can be a slight bit misleading, or confusing, a common phenomenon with many government sites and documents. The designers of many web related sites assume everyone is a tech guru like them and thus understands what they’re saying in a very condensed form. Lol! Once you’re informed by an acceptance of service email that you are successfully registered you can expect your daily notifications to begin within a couple of business days thereafter. As an Informed Delivery client, you can view and manage your scheduled mail and parcel delivery for that day on your computer, iPad or Smartphone. You’ll receive Informed Delivery email notifications that show you what incoming mail you have being delivered that day. Simply use the Informed Delivery dashboard, or mobile app to monitor your delivery status, reschedule deliveries and much, much more. Informed Delivery lists what’s coming to your mailbox, anytime, anywhere, even when you’re traveling. If you don’t have any mail or packages scheduled to be delivered that day no email notification to that affect will be sent to you, however, junk mail and magazines may still arrive. As I stated notifications are geared towards First-Class Mail only, so junk mail and magazines are not listed even though they’re being delivered that same day. I find INFORMED DELIVERY to be about 95% accurate and thus can be a useful tool, especially if you have a second residence. Receiving this type of information from second residences would require a completely new registration, as though you were first signing up for the service, since the address is different. Note, such registration is only necessary if you want the same information available for mail coming to that different address. I wish they would add a notification as to when delivery of the posted items were actually in your mailbox. Maybe that’s something planned for the future? We can at least hope so!
Another USPS feature and site that could be useful for many people is TRACKING PLUS at: https://bit.ly/3rIgorW. This feature is not free and can cost as much as $10 per item being tracked depending on the length of time you select to track a particular package. The cost varies on the individual parcel size and the length of tracking time you select for that parcel and could be for up to ten years. This can be a useful tool for lost or delayed shipments? Check out some of the other unique services available too. Hats off to the USPS for using technology to help us know more about our mail! GADGETEER’s RATING: ★★★★★ MSRP: $0.00 For more information go to: https://bit.ly/3FU5Lai Tech Support: 800.344.7779 Graphic credits: Google Images Bob Skidmore is a freelance writer, who may be contacted at bob.thegadgeteer.skidmore@gmail.com, or followed at twitter.com/bskidmore for the latest gadget industry news. He does not represent, or endorse any of the products he reviews and his opinions are solely his points of view and not those of the manufacturer, or any legal resource. The manufacturer generally supplies products and press releases at no cost for the articles and no other compensation is received. THE GADGETEER is highly selective as to products he feels worthy of review so as not to waste the reader’s time, thus the reason for many superior ratings. ## Check out Bob’s Twitter page for up to the minute gadget news. Available at: https://twitter.com/bskidmore

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

CES 2020 ~ A Car That Can Change Body Color

CES 2022 ~ BMW’s Color Changing Concept Car
BOB SKIDMORE CORRESPONDENT © 2022 BOB SKIDMORE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Traditionally CES, THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, is held each year in Las Vegas, Nevada. It typically hosts thousands of eager manufacturers, distributors and dealers looking to display the latest in electronic gadgets that may appear in your local stores throughout the year. Canceled last year due to Covid, it reappeared in a scaled down version at the LV Convention Center even though a vast number of exhibitors opted for some form of virtual exposure, or simply became no shows. Attendance was only 40,000 compared to previous years of up to 200,000. Perhaps the most interesting and innovative presentation was from BMW, the well-known automobile manufacturer. Yes, in recent years car manufacturers have found CES to be a novel way to test the waters and see what electronic gadgets and features people would like them to include in their future models. BMW is no exception to this trend. They displayed the BMQ iX Flow, a concept car that changes colors at the push of a button. Yes, it can change from white for hot days, to black on cold ones.
The body is laminated with an electrophoretic film containing microcapsules that are the diameter of a human hair. Each capsule contains differently charged white, black, or colored particles which become visible when an electronic field is applied. This creates what is known as an Electronic Paper Display, EPD. This could become a viable option allowing you to match the color of the car to your mood, or color coordinate with what you are wearing as well as affecting the climate in your car in an energy saving manor. I should mention that the iX series itself is presently available from BMW in other models including an electric version. The Flow is just a concept at this particular time. Could it become the wave of the future? Possibly! Graphic credits: The Gadgeteer & Google Images Bob Skidmore is a freelance writer, who may be contacted at bob.thegadgeteer.skidmore@gmail.com, or followed at twitter.com/bskidmore for the latest gadget industry news. He does not represent, or endorse any of the products he reviews and his opinions are solely his points of view and not those of the manufacturer, or any legal resource. The manufacturer generally supplies products and press releases at no cost for the articles and no other compensation is received. THE GADGETEER is highly selective as to products he feels worthy of review so as not to waste the reader’s time, thus the reason for many superior ratings. ## Check out Bob’s Twitter page for up to the minute gadget news. Available at: https://twitter.com/bskidmore

Saturday, January 1, 2022

LOGITECH K750 - A Solar Powered Keyboard For Mac & PC

BOB SKIDMORE CORRESPONDENT © 2021 BOB SKIDMORE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED LOGITECH K750 ~ Solar Powered Keyboard for MAC or PC (Please note that Google’s BlogSpot, the provider we use to publish this monthly column, has changed the allowable format style. So, if the column’s format looks a bit strange it’s due to Google and BlogSpot, not THE GADGETEER.) Are you looking for a wireless keyboard for your computer? How about if it’s also being solar powered? The Logitech K750 may be just the perfect solution and is available in both MAC & PC operating system configurations. This gem *never needs batteries since it gets its power from the Sun, or any exterior light source. It has all the keys you are accustomed to in your wired MAC or PC keyboard. A solar app is even available as a download that allows you to easily monitor the energy supply status. Simply Google Logitech Solar App and then select the proper operating system for a download link.
No special software is required. Be sure to insert the tiny USB Unifying Receiver into an available USB port and switch the keyboard’s OFF/ON button located at the top right, ON, and you’ll be connected. Since there’s no cable connection you can easily move it around, or place it in your lap. It’s that simple and convenient to operate. Earlier I mentioned that that *no battery replacement is required since it utilizes Solar power to recharge the internal Maxell ML2032R button battery. Note, that the R in the battery number signifies that this battery is a rechargeable one, unlike its counterpart, the CR2032 that is not rechargeable and can’t be used. You should get 2 – 3 years of recharging capability at which point it will need to be replaced. Logitech offers no information as to replacement, however, it is possible. Flip the keyboard over and you’ll notice an indentation for a battery tray that holds the ML2032R. Take a jeweler’s flat edge screwdriver and work it out.
Yes, it does come out with a little bit of effort. Once replaced you should be back to normal operation. It’s interesting that Logitech offers no information on battery replacement. Guess they want you to purchase a new keyboard? If there’s any negative aspect to this product that’s probably it. TIP: If you operate this keyboard in a dark area you may wish to install a small LED strip light near the keyboard that can be easily accessed for charging when the keyboard is not it use: I have a slide out tray for my keyboard, so I’ve installed the LED strip above it. I just reposition the tray with keyboard so the LEDs make visible contact with the black charging panel at the top of the keyboard and illuminate when needed.
GADGETEER’s RATING: ★★★★★ COST: $99.99 For more information go to: https://amzn.to/3AaW2dI Available at Retail, Amazon and other on-line retailers. Graphic credits: Amazon & The Gadgeteer Bob Skidmore is a freelance writer, who may be contacted at bob.thegadgeteer.skidmore@gmail.com, or followed at twitter.com/bskidmore for the latest gadget industry news. He does not represent, or endorse any of the products he reviews and his opinions are solely his points of view and not those of the manufacturer, or any legal resource. The manufacturer generally supplies products and press releases at no cost for the articles and no other compensation is received. THE GADGETEER is highly selective as to products he feels worthy of review so as not to waste the reader’s time, thus the reason for many superior ratings. ## Check out Bob’s Twitter page for up to the minute gadget news. Available at: https://twitter.com/bskidmore

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

WeGuard Antenna ~ A Backup For TV Reception When Cable Fails

WeGuard ~ A Backup for TV Reception When Cable Fails…. (Please note that Google’s BlogSpot, the provider we use to publish this monthly column, has changed the allowable format style. So, if the column’s format looks a bit strange it’s due to Google and BlogSpot, not THE GADGETEER.) BOB SKIDMORE CORRESPONDENT © 2021 BOB SKIDMORE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED If you’re a cable user you receive various broadcast channels via cable, or Roku, or even Apple TV via the Internet. What happens if and when your cable and Internet has an unexpected outage? Perhaps simply a local outage, or the result of a weather-related disturbance such as a hurricane. Did you know there’s a way to receive some broadcast channels by simply selecting TV in your input menu of your flat screen. To do this you need to take a few steps to prepare for such an outage. I’ve tested the WeGuard Indoor HDTV Antenna, an omnidirectional device that allows your TV to receive some local TV channels. This small antenna can be placed next to your TV, or for better results, on a window sill. Once plugged into the TV’s RF antenna jack and the USB power lead into a small USB power adapter, not supplied, you’re ready for the next step, programming your TV to accept the newly installed antenna. When the antenna input is selected, you’ll find another menu that asks you if you would like to auto-select broadcast stations that transmit their digital signals over the airwaves in your area, so press yes. The number of stations you can receive in this mode will depend on several factors. If you have obstacles, concrete walls and large outdoor objects in the way they may hinder the TV’s ability to program in these channels. Considering that receiving some programming is better than none when cable service fails the WeGuard Antenna could be an inexpensive and easy solution. Remember that not all stations you’re accustomed to viewing can be received. This means that some networks like ABC, NBC, CBS and PBS may, or may not be available if you can’t receive their affiliate station’s transmission. Services like CNN, FOX NEWS, CNBC, THE WEATHER CHANNEL, HBO and SHOWTIME do not have local transmitters and thus will not be available at all. So, it’s easy to see how an indoor antenna like the WeGuard can provide an easy backup during a cable outage. Something is better than nothing! It’s easy to install at very little cost and it works! GADGETEER’s RATING: ★★★★★ MSRP: $19.99 Available at retail or no-line. For more information go to: https://amzn.to/32JpNnn Graphic credits: Amazon Bob Skidmore is a freelance writer, who may be contacted at bob.thegadgeteer.skidmore@gmail.com, or followed at twitter.com/bskidmore for the latest gadget industry news. He does not represent, or endorse any of the products he reviews and his opinions are solely his points of view and not those of the manufacturer, or any legal resource. The manufacturer generally supplies products and press releases at no cost for the articles and no other compensation is received. THE GADGETEER is highly selective as to products he feels worthy of review so as not to waste the reader’s time, thus the reason for many superior ratings. ## Check out Bob’s Twitter page for up to the minute gadget news. Available at: https://twitter.com/bskidmore