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04.25.2011

Spiral ballpoint pens save on ink

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These new ballpoint pens hold twice the amount of ink as their straight and simple counterparts because they're "sprialled" inside.

Not only will this mean that you'll save money by buying less pens, but it's better for the environment in the long run. Well, there'll no be one pen being thrown away now when before there was two, so it's not an incredible saving, but every little helps!

I love the idea, especially considering it'd look great in a transparent pen and it saves on ink. However, I can't help but think that the ink will get stuck even more than usual if it's in a spiral tube...

Via Gizmodo.

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04.25.2011

Chao & Eero Jewel bring emoticons to your fingers

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Chao & Eero Jewel's innovative yet fun new SIGNS silver collection features a range of little emoticons on rings, cufflinks and necklaces.

Our favourite has to be the simple smile.

Prices vary and they're available to order directly from Chao & Eero.

Via Gizmodo.

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04.23.2011

Popgadget Giveaway from American Express! My Life on Points

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Popgadget is once again teaming up with American Express to give our readers a chance to win a $100 American Express Gift Card. Over the next couple of weeks, I'll be exploring all the vast options available through the Membership Rewards Program and choosing my top 5 picks in three points categories: 25,000 points, 50,000 points, and 75,000 points.

As a new mother and a gadget fanatic, I expect that most of my favorite finds will be focused in baby gear and electronics. Right now I'm looking for the perfect high chair as well as anything that will educate and entertain (preferably at the same time) my one-year old son. I'm also going through a bit of a gadget accessories obsession at the moment, so I'm looking for the perfect cases for my iPad 2 and MacBook Air. I also need to find a few gifts so I'm hoping to find something besides just gift cards (although they are the perfect last-minute gift for anyone).

As I post my own favorite finds, I'd love to know what your top five favorite finds in each price point category are as well. At the end of the program (after I've posted my top five picks in each point category), we'll pick a winner for the $100 Amex gift card.

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04.22.2011

Social game Ecotopia rewards eco-friendly actions

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If you're a little sick of being invited to play pretty pointless and mundane games on Facebook then Talkie's new social game, Ecotopia, might be for you.

The social gaming company has created a platform which draws together Facebook and philanthropy, rewarding real-world, eco-friendly actions with points within the game.

Via Crenk.

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04.22.2011

Hotel towels fitted with RFID chips

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I know a few regular travelers who see no harm in taking free toiletries, towels and other random items from hotel rooms as they pass through from one place to another.

However, several hotels have now decided that enough is enough and towels and linens should be off bounds to cheeky travelers. The hotels in Honolulu, Miami and Manhattan have begun sewing specially designed RFID tags into towels, so if someone attempts to take one off the premises the chip will set off an alarm that alerts the staff on reception.

One hotel has already reported saving around $15,000, so expect to see this system rolled out across many more hotels, spas and resorts in the future.

Via Engadget.

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04.21.2011

Scientists teleport light

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Teleportation has been rife in sci-fi fiction for years. Look at the way the Star Trek team casually teleport themselves around the galaxy on a near hourly basis, or the devastating effects of teleportation on Seth Brundle in Cronenburg's 1986 classic The Fly.

But, it's something that scientists here in the real world have yet to master, much to the dismay of those who have to sit in heavy traffic every morning as part of their daily commute, or people who can't stand to travel by plane.

However, earlier this week Discovery News reported that scientists in Australia and Japan have successfully teleported "packets of light", so surely the next step is teleporting us to the office in the morning, right?

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04.21.2011

Robot sorts trash and reduces landfill waste

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The general public have begun recycling more and more in recent years. However, a lot of recyclable materials still unnecessarily make their way to landfill sites, which is why Finnish company Zen Robotics has been working on a solution.

The team are currently developing a robot specially designed to sort through trash and pick out the materials that should be recycled. During initial trials the robot, which is essentially just an arm with a gripper connected to a super intelligent computer, was able to correctly identify around 50% of the recyclable materials that passed it. Although that's not everything that should have been plucked out, it'd be an incredible improvement if that much material was no longer wrongly being sent to landfill sites.

Via Treehugger. Image via Zen Robotics.

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04.20.2011

Is Apple really stalking us with our own phones?

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Today The Guardian in the UK revealed that security researchers have found a "hidden file" in all iPhone devices that stores the locations of everywhere users have been.

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04.20.2011

Customize your Gmail and iPhone backgrounds

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If default screens, colours and settings make you feel boring and confined, then you'll be happy to hear that Gmail now allows users to change their background image to anything they please. Simply sign into your account, go to the Themes tab in Settings and away you go!

We've also just read about another piece of customization news which comes in the form of the Pimp Your Screen application for iOS devices. In the past you'd have to jailbreak your iPhone in order to customize a lot of different features but now the Pimp Your Screen app lets you change a range of different things, including your lock screen and icon skins.

The app is available from iTunes for $0.99 USD.

Via Unplggd and UberGizmo.

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04.19.2011

Urbio creates urban vertical garden

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Urbio is a new urban garden concept that aims to make boring walls a little more green and interesting.

The system works with a series of super powerful magnets that connect the small eco-plastic pots to the main walls or even each other.

Urbio is ideal for people that love gardens and yet live in small city centre apartments where only a few lucky ground floor residents have the chance to grow flowers and plants.

The Urbio concept is currently seeking funding on KickStarter

Via Life Scoop.

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