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Wireless Device Recycling Reaps Rewards

It might sound vaguely barbaric, but when you get down to fundamental levels, people want to be rewarded for their good behavior. And as they grow older, they want to be rewarded with something better than gold stars and lollipops. eRecyclingCorps…

Non-Profit Cuts E-Waste by Refurbishing Computers

You might think your old laptop is dead, but one Seattle-based non-profit can breathe new life into your old, worn-out, virus-ridden computer to benefit someone in need. Before you prepare yourself for a round of E-waste or send your laptop off to…

Best Buy Eliminates E-Waste Recycling Fee

Responsibly disposing of TVs, computers and other e-waste items just got a little more affordable. Best Buy announced on Thursday that it will eliminate a $10 recycling fee for electronics items with screens to make its recycling program more…

iPhone 4S Disappoints, Underscores Apple’s Planned Obsolescence Strategy

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The iPhone 4S. Apple’s latest. Everyone who cares about gadgets was waiting on pins and needles to hear about the release of the the latest, newest, ooooooh-est iPhone from Apple. And nearly everyone was disappointed by w…

Apple Bans Phone Story App, Game That Shows the "Dark Side" of Smartphones

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A game called Phone Story, released this week, is designed to allow players to see the dark sides of the technologies we use everyday—from coltan mining in central Africa to high

Solar-Powered iPhone Case from Mobius Is A Good Back-Up Plan

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Back in early 2009, a solar-power skin for the iPhone was huge news. Now, it’s not quite as unusual but it’s still pretty exciting for iPhone owners. This time, the company is Mobius, and they’re offering a pretty sweet looking c…

Samsung Evergreen Cell Phone Earns Platinum from UL Environment

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Finally, a green(er) cell phone that looks good. Typically, cell phones that boast green credentials look like something that was on the market in 2005. But the Samsung Evergreen looks up-to-date — and it can brag about earning Pl…

Android App Locates Endangered Species Wherever You Are

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This is one of those cool-yet-terribly-sad-it-exists apps. The Center for Biological Diversity has created an app for Android users that will tell you exactly which endangered species are living in the area you’re standing in…

iPhone App Tracks Marine Litter, Reports It Online

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Marine litter is a real problem, not just for animals but for beach goers trying to enjoy an afternoon in the sun and surf. A new smart phone app from NOAA helps you become part of the solution, by reporting where you’…

Solar Phone Charger Aims At The Poor

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Noting that “500 million of the world’s cell phone owners have no access to electricity,” a Hong Kong and Denver-based company is touting its solar-power charging panels as specially designed to remain affordable and vi…