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GREEN BUILDING 101: Appliances, Electronics, and Responsible Energy Use

GREEN BUILDING 101: Appliances, Electronics, and Responsible Energy Use

Here at Green Building 101, we’ve looked at many ways that you can design, build, and renovate your home with more attention to your health and the environment. Now that you've been thoroughly educated,

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Grow Your Own Dinner with the Niwa Smartphone App

Grow Your Own Dinner with the Niwa Smartphone App

UK startup Niwa has developed an amazing hydroponic gardening system that allows you to perfectly control growing conditions through a sophisticated app, giving anyone an instant green thumb.

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Wickedleak Launches the First Waterproof Smartphone: The Wammy Passion X

Wickedleak Launches the First Waterproof Smartphone: The Wammy Passion X

Accident-prone smartphone owners can finally breathe a sigh of relief and stop with the bowls of dry rice - the tech start-up Wickedleak just unveiled the world's first waterproof smartphone. The

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myPower Converts Energy from Your Daily Run into Renewable Power for Your Mobile Phone

myPower Converts Energy from Your Daily Run into Renewable Power for Your Mobile Phone

Between portable batteries and cases with built-in power, there are a multitude of ways to recharge your device on the go. Unfortunately, all of them require that you pre-charge the backup itself.

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Apple’s Latest 5C and 5S iPhones are Even More Breakable than Previous Models

Apple’s Latest 5C and 5S iPhones are Even More Breakable than Previous Models

It’s no secret that iPhones are fragile and prone to breaking - and Apple’s latest versions, the 5C and 5S are no exception. But surprisingly, these new models are actually even less robust than last

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Voltmaker Kinetic Charger Powers Your Smartphone With a Flick of the Wrist

Voltmaker Kinetic Charger Powers Your Smartphone With a Flick of the Wrist

No matter how diligent you are at charging your smartphone before leaving the house, there is always some point where you find that your battery is on its last legs - and it's usually when you need to

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The Fairphone is an Openly-Designed Conflict-Free Smartphone

The Fairphone is an Openly-Designed Conflict-Free Smartphone

Buying a mobile device these days can feel like signing a pact with the devil - and to make matters worse, it's difficult to determine where the parts were sourced and assembled and whether they were

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Google and Motorola Team Up to Build the First Smartphone Made in the USA

Google and Motorola Team Up to Build the First Smartphone Made in the USA

Due to investigations into working conditions at manufacturing companies such as Foxconn, smartphone producers have been under pressure to provide products without sacrificing human health or basic

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Colorful Carpet Made From Thousands of Digital Watches by Heidi Voet

Colorful Carpet Made From Thousands of Digital Watches by Heidi Voet

Wristwatches were once a necessity, but now they're entering the realm of novelty - more often than not, when you ask someone for the time they check their smartphone instead. In her installation Is six

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Deep Space Industries Unveil Plans to Mine Asteroids, 3D-Print Satellites in Space

Deep Space Industries Unveil Plans to Mine Asteroids, 3D-Print Satellites in Space

Virginia-based Deep Space Industries just announced bold plans to not only mine asteroids (which has been proposed by multiple companies), but to also turn the raw materials into complex metal parts

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Flower Power: A Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Sensor That Monitors the Needs of Your Plants

Flower Power: A Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Sensor That Monitors the Needs of Your Plants

Now and again, even the best green thumb could use a little help taking care of their plants. French electronics company Parrot just unveiled a new gizmo at CES 2013 called the Flower Power that makes it

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Patents A Crash-Proof Airbag For Your Smartphone

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Patents A Crash-Proof Airbag For Your Smartphone

Photo via Shutterstock In an effort to forever vanquish the cracked, scratched smartphone screen, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has filed for—and received—what may be the world's first patent for a

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Super-Efficient iLumi LED Bulb Lasts for 20 Years and Can Be Controlled With a Smartphone

Super-Efficient iLumi LED Bulb Lasts for 20 Years and Can Be Controlled With a Smartphone

The new iLumi, unveiled this week on Indiegogo, is an energy-efficient LED bulb that lasts for 20 years and can be controlled by any smartphone. The bulb features iLumi's HyperLux technology, which allows

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Bonsai-Inspired Electree+ Solar Charger Launches on Kickstarter!

Bonsai-Inspired Electree+ Solar Charger Launches on Kickstarter!

From nanoflower solar cells to plant-based computer interfaces, modern technology often looks to nature for design inspiration. The Electree+ designed by Vivien Muller is a bonsai tree-shaped solar

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ICEdot Bicycle Helmet Automatically Calls for Help When it Detects a Crash

ICEdot Bicycle Helmet Automatically Calls for Help When it Detects a Crash

If you're a cyclist, you know that even wearing a helmet doesn't keep you completely safe from the perils of the road. With that in mind, ICEdot has created the ICE (In Case of Emergency) Crash Sensor.

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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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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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Biome is a Smart Living Flora Terrarium You Nurture With Your iPad

Biome is a Smart Living Flora Terrarium You Nurture With Your iPad

The flora terrarium is encased in a high tech capsule that works a little like a live Tamagotchi. Low energy lighting is integrated into the capsule to replicate sunlight, while sensors provide real time

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Apple Unveils New iPhone 4S Instead of iPhone 5 – Is It Green?

Apple Unveils New iPhone 4S Instead of iPhone 5 – Is It Green?

Apple CEO Tim Cook just officially unveiled the iPhone 4S - instead of the much-anticipated iPhone 5 - at today's live keynote in Cupertino - and although the next-generation device features the same

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Next-Gen Electronics Charge Themselves With Energy-Harvesting LCD Screens

Next-Gen Electronics Charge Themselves With Energy-Harvesting LCD Screens

Engineers at UCLA have developed technology that allows energy gobbling gadgets like smartphones and laptops to convert sunlight, ambient light, and their own backlight into energy. Equipping LCD-enhanced

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5 Smartphone Apps to Help You with Buying Local!

5 Smartphone Apps to Help You with Buying Local!

There's no better way to ensure your getting the freshest fruits, veggies and other products, than buying local. But buying in and around your 'hood is goes beyond the benefit of avoiding pre-mature

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Top 5 Smartphone Apps for Buying Local!

Top 5 Smartphone Apps for Buying Local!

Even if you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard the news that many people are opting to buy local these days. Aside from reducing the fuel that goes into carting products across country or

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5 Phone Apps to Boost Your Brain!

5 Phone Apps to Boost Your Brain!

Is texting, twittering and surfing the web on your cell-phone making you stupid? Quite possibly, according to journalist Nicholas Carr, and a whole host of other articles that have been published this

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5 Smartphone Apps that Boost Your Brain Power!

5 Smartphone Apps that Boost Your Brain Power!

The daily grind can have even the brightest of us feeling about as sharp as a sponge. So why not take a few moments on your daily commute or while having a cup of joe to juice up your brain power with

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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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Homeland Security Developing Smartphone Tech That Sniffs Deadly Chemicals

Homeland Security Developing Smartphone Tech That Sniffs Deadly Chemicals

Recently we reported that U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Cell-All had developed a chemical-sniffing iPhone add-on that can potentially offer early information on a chemical attack, confirm

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Samsung Unveils Green Phone Made From Corn

Samsung Unveils Green Phone Made From Corn

The Reclaim - Samsung and service partner Sprint’s newest green phone - has innovative features that go beyond the bare bones that similar products like Motorola’s W233 Renew phone offers. This

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