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Casio G-Shock GW-3000B & GA-100 Review

Casio G-Shock GW-3000B & GA-100 Review

Casio's G-Shock watch line has a strong pedigree and an equally strong following, ranging from affordable models for those who simply want to pay a little and get a sturdy, shockproof timepiece all the way to more expensive, feature-packed models. We've two such extremes on the SlashGear testbench today: the gravity-shunning Casio G-Shock GW-3000 and the sub-$100 G-Shock GA-100. Check out the full review after the cut.

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MIT’s Printed paper solar cells could be installed with “a staple gun”

MIT’s Printed paper solar cells could be installed with “a staple gun”

Today, solar panels can be fragile, unwieldy to install and expensive; in a decade's time we could be wallpapering the outside of our houses with them.  Researchers at MIT have created an inkjet-style printing technology that can lay carbon-based organic semiconductor solar cells down onto a paper substrate, one of the headline breakthroughs that coincides with the opening of their new multi-million dollar Eni-MIT Solar Frontiers Research Center.  According to center director Vladimir Bulovic, it paves the way for a time where people "could use a staple gun to install a solar panel."

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Solar City Tower promises huge waterfall for Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Olympics

Solar City Tower promises huge waterfall for Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Olympics

If there's one thing that Rio de Janeiro has been short of these past years, it's a huge solar powered waterfall standing 105m above sea level.  In fact, you could argue that most places lack one, but architects RAFAA reckon Rio de Janeiro deserve the Solar City Tower for the 2016 Olympic Games.  The waterfall is actually the showier side of a solar power plant which, RAFAA reckon, would supply enough energy to help make the Games carbon-neutral.

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Novothink Solar Surge for iPhone and iPod touch debuts

Novothink Solar Surge for iPhone and iPod touch debuts

One day I hope that all my gadgets get power from the sun or other methods that don’t require me to remember to plug them in. I like my iPhone, but the thing sucks down power when I play games on it like a boozehound with a fresh six-pack. If you are out all day with your iPhone or iPod touch and want some extra juice, Novothink has a new solar charger called the Solar Surge that is just for you.

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Solar Plant Mate concept at Yanko Design

Solar Plant Mate concept at Yanko Design

We don’t really do plants at my house because we forget to water them. Typically, we water the one plant we have in the house once it turns brown and is listlessly lying on the floor. Luckily, the plant is robust and typically perks back up in a few hours after water. A new concept over at Yanko Design is designed for those like me with a black thumb.

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OLED and solar-panel lights promise Earth-friendly simplicity

OLED and solar-panel lights promise Earth-friendly simplicity

We all love a sandwich, but how often does your sandwich light up from power it has collected itself?  If you're chowing down on a prototype from the Florida Energy Systems Consortium then it might just do that (though probably not tasting particularly good in the process): they're working on the idea of layered OLED and solar-cell panels, which would capture sunlight during the day and recharge a back battery plane, before lighting up at night.

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LG GD510 “Pop”: style & solar charging, but short on specs

LG GD510 “Pop”: style & solar charging, but short on specs

Sometimes a gadget comes along that is so pretty that, when you realise it has a spec-sheet more barren than the Sahara, you can't help but tear at your chest and roar.  LG's GD510 "Pop" isn't quite so bad as all that, but it's a handsome 3-inch touchscreen phone - the most compact ever with such a screen-size, they say - with a brushed aluminum body that throws out most of the things we take for granted in today's handsets.  WiFi we can live without, but a handset lacking 3G?  For shame!

Video demo after the cut

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Scosche SolCHAT is a Solar Powered Bluetooth Speakerphone for Everyone

Scosche SolCHAT is a Solar Powered Bluetooth Speakerphone for Everyone

And by everyone, we mean it. Considering the way the  government is cracking down on cell phone usage while driving, and especially texting, handsfree devices need to improve so that people will want to use them. And while many people might not want to wear those earpieces, or have their phone's speakerphone on all the time, Scosche has the answer for you: a Bluetooth speakerphone that attaches to your windshield, so that the solar panel on the back can keep your battery fully charged all day long.

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