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Galaxy Note recycling sees Samsung go green before Note 8

Galaxy Note recycling sees Samsung go green before Note 8

Samsung may be rebooting a few hundred thousand Galaxy Note 7 handsets as Note 7 FE refurbs, but that still leaves millions of the recalled phablets needing to be dealt with. Rather than junk them, however - and facing pressure from environmental agencies - the South Korean firm has detailed exactly how it plans to make the most of the components that went into the ill-fated phone. However, it's unlikely you'll end up seeing some zombie parts showing up in future Samsung devices.

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iClever BoostCel Portable Solar Charger Review with 8000mAh battery

iClever BoostCel Portable Solar Charger Review with 8000mAh battery

Summer is upon us and with it comes trips out into the wilderness. No doubt you'll be taking at least one gadget with you on your next camping trip, and that means you have keep charging in mind. While a large power bank will keep you up and running for a day or two, you'll need to get a solar panel if you need something more substantial. iClever has released a new solar panel product for this summer, one with an 8,000 mAh battery built into the case. How does it hold up? Read on to find out!

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Choetech 19w dual-port solar charger mini review

Choetech 19w dual-port solar charger mini review

Spring is nearly upon us, and that means shedding one's bulky winter clothes, leaving the claustrophobic confines of one's winter domicile, and heading out into nature. If you're taking your gadgets with you, you'll need a way to charge them, of course, and a portable solar charger is one of the most popular ways to do this. Enter Choetech's dual-port 19W portable solar charger -- it promises to keep your phone juiced up, but how does it fare during real-world use? Read our review to find out!

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Nespresso’s Pixie coffee maker made from used coffee capsules

Nespresso’s Pixie coffee maker made from used coffee capsules

If you're finding that you need some environmental friendliness to go along with your morning coffee, you might want to check out Nespresso's new Pixie coffee maker. According to Nespresso, 98% percent of the machine is made from recycled aluminum coffee capsules, so when you've used your capsules up, you're invited to deposit them at one of Nespresso's stores so that they may be used in the creation of another Pixie machine. Sounds pretty cool, no?

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Boogie Board Released new Sizes and Accessories

Boogie Board Released new Sizes and Accessories

The Boogie Board product line has been updated to include the new sizes of 10.5 and 8.5 inch writing tablets, along with some new accessories. For those not familiar with the Boogie Board line-up, it is part of Improv Electronics’ Push Green efforts. The slate is not competing with new tablets like the XOOM or the Galaxy Tab. In fact, its biggest competitor is probably the white-board and eraser, or possibly even the post-it note.

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Ubiquitous iRemoTap Powerstrip Can Be Controlled Via The Cloud

Ubiquitous iRemoTap Powerstrip Can Be Controlled Via The Cloud

Everything's heading to the cloud these days, and powerstrips are no exception. The Ubiquitous iRemoTap is a powerstrip that boasts a built-in wireless LAN that connects to the internet so that you can remotely turn on and off anything attached to it via your mobile device or desktop web browser.

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EcoSquid Makes Selling or Recycling Gadgets Easy

EcoSquid Makes Selling or Recycling Gadgets Easy

There are lots of gadget recycling options out there, and sometimes the number of choices can be overwhelming. EcoSquid is a site that compares many different websites and lets you choose the best option for selling, trading in, or recycling your old device. You just type in what gadget you want to get rid of, and the site will give you a list of options. So step away from that blender...

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The Umeox Apollo Solar Powered Cell Phone – with Android

The Umeox Apollo Solar Powered Cell Phone – with Android

The latest solar powered cell phone was just announced at Mobile World Congress in Spain, the Umeox Apollo. The phone runs on Android, and would take about 2.5 hours of sunlight for refilling the battery after daily use. This is great news if you want to go camping and not be without your smartphone. The phone is headed for production, but there is no word on when it will actually be available in the US.

The phone could also be great for travelling. But for daily use, leaving your phone out in the sun for 2.5 hours at a time probably isn't realistic. More likely, the phone would charge for 10-15 minutes throughout the day in between uses. In the event the phone goes completely dead, it would take up to 17 hours in the sun to charge it back.

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Survey Says: Consumers want easier, not cooler gadgets

Survey Says: Consumers want easier, not cooler gadgets

According to a new survey, more than half of American and British consumers would rather have an easy to use gadget that works consistently, than a "cool," but complicated gadget.  The survey also says that while consumers will embrace innovation and pay extra for smarter devices that can automatically handle their daily needs, but they're becoming extremely frustrated with gadgets that freeze or crash on a regular basis.  Does this mean that new technologies are moving faster than the public can embrace them?  The survey seems to suggest so.

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GSLO to sell Volt Solar Charger for iPhone in US

GSLO to sell Volt Solar Charger for iPhone in US

GSLO has been buying up the rights to sell some interesting gear in the US. This is the company that is bringing the Peel 520 to the states among other things. GSLO has announced that it has landed the North American distribution rights to the Volt Solar Charger for the iPhone.

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HiSaver power strip uses motion to cut power to peripherals when you leave

HiSaver power strip uses motion to cut power to peripherals when you leave

I have seen a few power strips that use timers or have a button that the user can press to turn off connected items when they are leaving. The catch is that timers may leave things on for longer than you are actually using them and many folks just don't remember to turn things off when they leave. A new power strip called the HiSaver has debuted that uses motion-sensing tech.

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Lemur Monitors offers EconoDriver, SafeDriver, and AlertDriver car monitor systems

Lemur Monitors offers EconoDriver, SafeDriver, and AlertDriver car monitor systems

Have you ever handed the keys to your car to someone you know or a teen and feared as soon as they drove away that they would do something stupid in your car? I know one person that gave the keys to his new car to a worker from a car washing service where they come get your ride for you, only to be passed by the guy driving his car later that day driving way over the speed limit.

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