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Start Your Spring Cleaning by Donating Your Old Phones to Verizon Hopeline

Start Your Spring Cleaning by Donating Your Old Phones to Verizon Hopeline

Want to give your spring cleaning new meaning this year?  HopeLine from Verizon is an easy way to get rid of old wireless phones and chargers cluttering your home. The program refurbishes donated

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XD Design’s Solar Phone Charger Sticks to Windows For Better Efficiency

XD Design’s Solar Phone Charger Sticks to Windows For Better Efficiency

Charging your phone just got a whole lot easier and more energy-efficient with XD Design's brilliant solar charger, which sticks to windows to maximize its exposure to the sun's rays. Instead of having to

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Free Smartphone Applications Can Consume 75% More Energy than Paid Versions

Free Smartphone Applications Can Consume 75% More Energy than Paid Versions

I think we can all agree that smartphones are incredibly useful, and their benefits are only compounded by the wide range of applications we can download. However, a study has revealed that free

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Mike Daisey’s Lies Lead NPR to Retract Story About Apple Factory Abuse

Mike Daisey’s Lies Lead NPR to Retract Story About Apple Factory Abuse

On Friday This American Life, a popular public radio show, retracted a story on Apple factory abuse in China that turned out to be full of fabrications. In January, the show, hosted by Ira Glass,

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5 Things You Should Know Before Buying Apple’s New iPad 3

5 Things You Should Know Before Buying Apple’s New iPad 3

Human Rights Violations As you might have seen on the news recently, factories linked to Apple like Foxconn in China have been accused of gross human rights violations. Children as young as 15 have been

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PacX Wave-Powered Robots Set World Distance Record While Studying the Health of the Ocean

PacX Wave-Powered Robots Set World Distance Record While Studying the Health of the Ocean

If you thought there could be nothing better than a world-record-setting wave-powered nautical robot, you were wrong. The PacX Wave Glider team of robots is all of those things - and they're on a mission

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New Infographic Shows the Human Cost of Apple’s iPhone

New Infographic Shows the Human Cost of Apple’s iPhone

It is hard to imagine, but most workers at the Foxconn factories have never seen a working iPhone. They toil day after day for low wages and for long hours to complete one small task that assists in

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IDAPT i1 Eco Universal Charger Cuts Off Vampire Energy Drain at the Source

IDAPT i1 Eco Universal Charger Cuts Off Vampire Energy Drain at the Source

IDAPT's i1 Eco is an eco-friendly universal charger that is compatible with over 4,500 mobile devices and allows its user to charge up to two devices simultaneously. This compact charger is completely

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Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun is an Affordable Solar-Powered LED Lamp

Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun is an Affordable Solar-Powered LED Lamp

These fantastic solar-powered LED lights by LittleSun are designed by German Artist Olafur Eliasson and innovator Frederick Ottesen to provide a practical, safe, and efficient source of artificial light

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HP’s New Z1 Workstation Pops Open for Easy DIY Upgrades and Repairs

HP’s New Z1 Workstation Pops Open for Easy DIY Upgrades and Repairs

While Apple may offer some of the most popular computers around, Hewlett Packard will soon have them beat in at least one area of user-friendliness. The new HP Z1 workstation balances form, function, and

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FitDesk Lets You Pedal Your Way to Fitness While You Work

FitDesk Lets You Pedal Your Way to Fitness While You Work

Telecommuting saves workers money on subway or gas costs while conserving energy - but it can also mean less exercise. The folks at FitDesk have a solution - a brilliant bicycle/desk that combines work

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Huawei Unveils Epic Pegasus Sculpture Made From 3,500 Smartphones

Huawei Unveils Epic Pegasus Sculpture Made From 3,500 Smartphones

Spotted by our friends at Treehugger, this epic Pegasus Sculpture, crafted by London's Machine Shop from 3,500 Huawei smartphones stands nearly 19 feet tall and boasts a 16 foot wingspan. The mass of

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The Power365 Concept is a Solar Powered Portable Power Supply

The Power365 Concept is a Solar Powered Portable Power Supply

Power 365 is a concept for a next generation smart power supply that uses a simplistic arrangement of solar cells and light emitting technology. Designed by Phil Pauley, the portable device aims to

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Incredible LEGO Printer Invented by 14-Year-Old Boy!

Incredible LEGO Printer Invented by 14-Year-Old Boy!

We've seen LEGO wizards create some pretty amazing projects lately by combining the iconic blocks with technology. One fourteen year old LEGO genius, Leon Overweel, has used his skills to construct his

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EPA Under Fire for Considering Lowering Energy Star Criteria and Introducing New Fees

EPA Under Fire for Considering Lowering Energy Star Criteria and Introducing New Fees

The Environmental Protection Agency's decision to give the Energy Star program a bit of a makeover is not sitting pretty with their industry partners - the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is up in

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Mind-Controlled Electric Skateboard is Steered by Your Brain Signals

Mind-Controlled Electric Skateboard is Steered by Your Brain Signals

Hold up Marty McFly - you might think your hoverboard is cool, but can you control it with your brain? The crew over at Chaotic Moon Labs are about to blow your mind with their latest invention, The Board

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AT&T to Start Placing Eco Labels on Mobile Devices This Year

AT&T to Start Placing Eco Labels on Mobile Devices This Year

In an effort to raise awareness about the environmental impact of its devices, technology giant AT&T will be putting eco-rating stickers on all of their branded mobile phones. The system will go into

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Scientists to Create 3D Printed Dinosaur Robots

Scientists to Create 3D Printed Dinosaur Robots

Researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania have been hard at work on a mission to create 3D-printed dinosaur robots. It may sound crazy, but 3D printing will allow the researchers to

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Watch Tonight as Nightline Gets an Unprecedented Look Inside Apple’s Foxconn Factories in China

Watch Tonight as Nightline Gets an Unprecedented Look Inside Apple’s Foxconn Factories in China

After the torrent of criticism that Apple has weathered about their manufacturing facilities in China, the world's most valuable company decided to take a giant leap toward transparency and recently

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Shikun Sun’s DrawBraille Mobile Phone is a Super Smartphone for the Blind

Shikun Sun’s DrawBraille Mobile Phone is a Super Smartphone for the Blind

It seems these days that everyone is glued to their smartphones - and thanks to a new concept design by Shikun Sun, an industrial design student at Sheffield Hallam University in England, the

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Switzerland to Launch Self-Destructing “Janitor” Satellite to Clean Up Space Junk

Switzerland to Launch Self-Destructing “Janitor” Satellite to Clean Up Space Junk

In the last century earthlings have launched innumerable satellites into the atmosphere - most of which are still floating around messing with operational equipment circling the Earth. Fortunately,

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First Ever Waterproof, Solar-Charged, Battery-Powered iPhone Case Unveiled on Kickstarter

First Ever Waterproof, Solar-Charged, Battery-Powered iPhone Case Unveiled on Kickstarter

Calling all iPhone lovers! Snow Lizard just launched their uber-rugged iPhone 4/4S AQUA TEK S case and it's the world's first waterproof, solar-charged, battery-powered case. Unveiled

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Biolite’s Brilliant Camp Stove Converts Waste Heat Into Electricity for USB Gadgets

Biolite’s Brilliant Camp Stove Converts Waste Heat Into Electricity for USB Gadgets

If thoughts of a gorgeous summer evening spent around a campfire are keeping you warm this winter, you'll be glad to hear that Biolite is working to make camping a little bit greener. The company just

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Student Max Shepherd Creates an Incredible Prosthetic Arm from LEGOs

Student Max Shepherd Creates an Incredible Prosthetic Arm from LEGOs

This remarkably dexterous prosthetic arm goes far beyond the accomplishments of many an advanced level LEGO Technics buff. The LEGO constructed limb uses LEGO motors, pneumatics and the classic blocks, to

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Apple Begins Independent Monitoring of Foxconn and Other Factories in China

Apple Begins Independent Monitoring of Foxconn and Other Factories in China

Apple, the world's most valuable company and hip-technology supplier to the masses, has officially begun an independent monitoring process of the factories where more than 90% of Apple products are made.

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CORA iPhone App Turns Trash Into Treasure by Connecting Community Recyclers

CORA iPhone App Turns Trash Into Treasure by Connecting Community Recyclers

A new smartphone app made by the folks at CORA may soon be available to eco-savvy individuals and businesses who are looking to make use of, or donate, old materials in lieu of sending them off to the

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Study Finds That Twitter May Be More Addictive Than Alcohol or Cigarettes

Study Finds That Twitter May Be More Addictive Than Alcohol or Cigarettes

Addicts of today aren’t turning to cigarettes or alcohol -- instead, they turn to Twitter. A new study by Wilhelm Hoffman of Chicago University’s Booth Business School has found that checking email

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ADzero is the World’s First Bamboo Smartphone

ADzero is the World’s First Bamboo Smartphone

UK design student Kieron-Scott Woodhouse is preparing to launch ADzero - the world's first smartphone made out of bamboo! Woodhouse told The Inquirer that he made the phone out of four-year-old organic

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HOW TO: Make Your Own Upcycled Wooden Spool Headphone Keeper

HOW TO: Make Your Own Upcycled Wooden Spool Headphone Keeper

Materials - Old wooden thread spool (at least 1 in wide) - Drill - Large drill bit - Smaller drill bit - Utility knife or other sharp knife - Pencil - Table vice or clamp (optional) -

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POLL: Would You Boycott Apple Products Until They Improve Working Conditions in China?

POLL: Would You Boycott Apple Products Until They Improve Working Conditions in China?

Apple has been in hot water ever since a long and detailed New York Times report came out highlighting abuses and environmental hazards during the manufacture of its products in China. From chronically

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