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European Union Approves Universal Cell Phone Charger Law, Cutting 51,000 Tons of E-Waste Every Year

European Union Approves Universal Cell Phone Charger Law, Cutting 51,000 Tons of E-Waste Every Year

Image via Shutterstock Chances are, if you have owned more than one mobile phone in your life there is a drawer in your home dedicated to a collection of defunct chargers. In order to cut down on

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INFOGRAPHIC: Upgrading to an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c? Donate, Sell, or Recycle Your Old Phone!

INFOGRAPHIC: Upgrading to an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c? Donate, Sell, or Recycle Your Old Phone!

Today Apple launched two shiny new cellphones - the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c - which means that thousands of old phones are set to fall into disuse as consumers around the world cash in their upgrades.

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The HOT Smart Watch Transforms Your Hand into a Mobile Phone Receiver

The HOT Smart Watch Transforms Your Hand into a Mobile Phone Receiver

If you make calls on a Bluetooth headset, you may have noticed that every once in a while passersby may throw you a quizzical look before realizing you are talking to another human being instead of

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Eighteen-Year-Old Invents Device That Can Charge Your Cell Phone in 20 Seconds

Eighteen-Year-Old Invents Device That Can Charge Your Cell Phone in 20 Seconds

It's hard enough being tied to your cell phone without having to worry about getting the "Low Battery Icon of Death" right in the middle of an important task - and charging up via wall outlets takes

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SpareOne Emergency Phone Squeezes 15 Years of Battery Life and 10 Hours of Talk Time From a Single AA

SpareOne Emergency Phone Squeezes 15 Years of Battery Life and 10 Hours of Talk Time From a Single AA

In an emergency situation, the last thing you need to worry about is whether or not your cell phone has enough charge to make a call. The SpareOne Emergency Phone is a mobile phone that operates on a

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17-Year Old Builds a Heart Monitor from a Simple Cell Phone

17-Year Old Builds a Heart Monitor from a Simple Cell Phone

Hand holding smartphone and heart monitor images via Shutterstock While some teens are twiddling their thumbs away on their phone, checking out Facebook, other teens like 17-year old Catherine Wong are

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Glove One is a 3D-Printed Glove that Doubles as a Cellphone by Bryan Cera

Glove One is a 3D-Printed Glove that Doubles as a Cellphone by Bryan Cera

Putting your hand up to your ear with thumb and pinky extended is a universal sign for talking on the phone, but what if we told you that you could actually talk on the phone by talking into your hand?

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Get Fast Cash by Recycling Your Used Gadgets with eBay’s Instant Sale Site

Get Fast Cash by Recycling Your Used Gadgets with eBay’s Instant Sale Site

OK, early adopters: You want to spring for the latest phone or tablet, but your old one is still in great condition. What to do? Instead of holding onto those old electronics, or trying to pawn them off

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Liquipel’s Hydrophobic Nanocoating Makes Gadgets Completely Waterproof!

Liquipel’s Hydrophobic Nanocoating Makes Gadgets Completely Waterproof!

At one point we've all done it - spilt a drink over a laptop, gotten our tablets soaked in the rain, or even dropped our phone in the toilet. Water has always been the bane of electronics, however

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Sprint Introduces Replenish, the First Eco-Friendly Android Smartphone

Sprint Introduces Replenish, the First Eco-Friendly Android Smartphone

The ever-evolving transition from cell phones to smart phones has most of us itching for the latest model. But what to do when we want an upgrade that goes lighter on the earth? Sprint may have the answer

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Docomo Builds Gigantic Wooden Rube Goldberg Xylophone in the Forest

Docomo Builds Gigantic Wooden Rube Goldberg Xylophone in the Forest

NTT Docomo‘s new advertisement for the TOUCH WOOD smart phone features a delightful wooden xylophone in the forest and is an uplifting departure from other images coming out of Japan. TOUCH WOOD cell

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Our 7 Favorite Solar-Powered Gadgets!

Our 7 Favorite Solar-Powered Gadgets!

Even if you don't consider yourself a full-fledged greenie, solar power is worth looking into when it comes to gadgetry. Solar powered gadgets are super-convenient - allowing you access to a renewable

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DIY: Make a Cell Phone Charging Station from an Old Bottle

DIY: Make a Cell Phone Charging Station from an Old Bottle

If you're always losing your cell and want a centralized place to tuck it away, or if you hate having to put your phone on the floor while you charge it, why not make a neat little charging station for it

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Apple’s New iPhone 4 is Ultra Thin, Light – But is it Green?

Apple’s New iPhone 4 is Ultra Thin, Light – But is it Green?

The moment that smartphone geeks have been waiting for is finally here: Apple has just unveiled the fourth generation iPhone at today's WWDC conference in San Francisco. At a diminutive 9.3 mm thick, the

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Nokia Unveils Bike-Powered Cell Phone Chargers

Nokia Unveils Bike-Powered Cell Phone Chargers

Nokia has released a pedal powered cell phone charger kit slated for developing nations where the power supply is limited, unreliable or expensive. The kit includes a bottle-dynamo, like the ones used to

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Coming Soon: Cheap, Thin, Energy-Efficient Night Vision Glasses

Coming Soon: Cheap, Thin, Energy-Efficient Night Vision Glasses

Have you ever wished that your car windshield or cell phone camera could pierce through the night and turn darkness into day? Then get ready: researchers at the University of Florida have figured out a

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New Samsung Restore Cell Phone is 84% Recyclable!

New Samsung Restore Cell Phone is 84% Recyclable!

We were excited last year when Sprint released the Reclaim, an 80% recyclable bio-plastic based cell phone. The Reclaim was so successful that now Sprint is back with a new, improved green cell phone -

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Nokia Files Patent for Kinetically Charged Cell Phone

Nokia Files Patent for Kinetically Charged Cell Phone

Photo: Jurvetson Telecom giant Nokia recently filed a patent for a cell phone powered by kinetic energy (one of our favorite kinds of energy here at Inhabitat!). The conceived phone would charge via

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Nokia Concept Phone Runs on Coke

Nokia Concept Phone Runs on Coke

As a general rule, cell phone batteries are costly, resource-intensive, and difficult to dispose of properly. So why not ditch them and run our cell phones on soda? That's the thinking behind designer

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NTT Docomo Reveals Scrap Wood Cell Phone Concept

NTT Docomo Reveals Scrap Wood Cell Phone Concept

We’ve covered wooden gadgets before, but NTT Docomo‘s TOUCH WOOD concept phone is possibly the first wood-encased smart phone ever. The phone, developed in conjunction with Sharp, Olympus, and

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Wearable Solar-Powered Leaf Phone Charges on the Go

Wearable Solar-Powered Leaf Phone Charges on the Go

The hot hand-held gadget of choice may not be the iPhone for much longer - if this wearable and solar powered wrist phone comes to market, everyone on the streets may soon be sporting it. Inspired by

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Sony Ericsson Debuts New Eco-Phones: C901 and Naite

Sony Ericsson Debuts New Eco-Phones: C901 and Naite

There were whispers all week that Sony Ericsson would be releasing a line of eco-friendly cellphones today - and it turns out that the rumors were true. The telecom giant debuted 2 new green handsets, the

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Wood-Covered Gadgets Take It Old School

Wood-Covered Gadgets Take It Old School

Most of our modern-day gadgets are swathed in plastic or other high-tech materials, and why wouldn't they be? Plastic is both cheap and easy to produce. But English Russia's display of wooden gadgets

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Nokia ‘Remade’ Concept Phone Made From Recycled Materials

Nokia ‘Remade’ Concept Phone Made From Recycled Materials

Nokia has caught our green design attention once again with the recent unveiling of ‘Remade’, a concept phone made almost entirely of recycled materials. The prototype was introduced at Mobile World

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Hydrogen Power Coming Soon to Your Cell Phone

Hydrogen Power Coming Soon to Your Cell Phone

From cars to prefabs and some slightly greener gadgets, CES gave us plenty of things to marvel at this year. One of the most impressive in terms of future-forward innovation was the Motoslvr cell phone

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S116: Brand New Solar-Powered Chinese Cell Phone

S116: Brand New Solar-Powered Chinese Cell Phone

Hi-Tech Wealth, Inc., a telecommunications supplier in China has unveiled the world’s first commercial solar-powered cellular phone. The S116 retails in China around $510 and is packed with features

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