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Upcycling Broken iPhones into Stylish Household Goods

Upcycling Broken iPhones into Stylish Household Goods

The icon of geeky hipsterdom, the iPhone, has one major weakness that is often found after an incident of clumsiness, which is usually accompanied by a wailing voice saying, “Aargh! I just broke my screen!” That Gorilla Glass is pretty tough, but not tough enough to stand up to all direct impacts on a hard surface, and once it’s broken, where does it all go? Probably to the landfill, in most cases, which is not a very sustainable solution. To try to help stem the tide of wasted gadget parts, Twice Used turns those bits and pieces into everyday items… read more

The iPhone Charger with a Built-In Battery

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One way to make sure you never miss a cell phone call or a photo opportunity or the chance to play Angry Birds at the spur of the moment is by carrying your charger, as well as a backup battery for your smartphone with you wherever you go. And with this portable USB charger, the Bolt, you get both in one small package. It’s billed as “the world’s smallest portable iPhone USB wall charger”, and it can not only charge up your phone, but because it’s combined with a built-in 3000mAh rechargeable backup battery, can also be used for powering… read more

Evernote’s Balance Of Paper & Digital Notes

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The idea of taking notes with a pen and paper is quickly becoming foreign with smartphones and tablets making that process easier (and cheaper!). However, for those who still prefer the tactile feeling of paper, Evernote has created a balanced solution to save you time and money, and hopefully reduce your paper waste. Check out their free app on your Android, iOS, or Windows Phone 8 device. It’s likely that paper will always be around (at least for awhile),  but with the rise of E-ink tablets and readers, it’s difficult to predict one way or another just how effective those… read more

iPhone Case Lets You Squeeze to Recharge

iPhone Case Lets You Squeeze to Recharge

Combining a protective case, a backup battery, and a dynamo charger, the Mipwr Dynamo could be the perfect iPhone accessory for the on-the-go smartphone user. Since many of us rely on our smartphones for everything from phone calls and text messages, to taking pictures and videos, to getting directions and playing games, when the juice runs out, we’re really stuck. But this new gadget from Mipwr can not only protect your iPhone, but can also provide a source of backup power and a way to recharge it on the fly. “The Mipwr Dynamo is a protective case, back up battery,… read more

An E-Ink Screen Cover For Your Phone

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Protecting your iPhone from damage is every owner’s prime directive. You paid way too much money for that kind of nonsense, so you decide to buy a screen protector from the store. The only problem is, you don’t know which one you like the best. My question to you is, why compromise? This E-Ink cover by Popslate allows you to change the back of your cover any time you want using the kind of E-Ink technology found in Amazon’s Kindle e-readers. Check out this video demo: E-Ink is an important new technology we’ll soon be seeing an influx of, with… read more

Power Your Bike Computer with Your iPhone

Power Your Bike Computer with Your iPhone

For the serious cyclist, a new bike computer, powered by the iPhone, could be the gadget you’re looking for to take your training to the next level. The Wahoo RFLKT+, based on the company’s original RFLKT device, uses the iPhone’s computing power and GPS to provide the muscle, and the device’s ability to receive data from ANT+ cycling accessories, to become what the company calls “the most powerful bike computer on the market”. The RFLKT+ connects wirelessly to an iPhone (which can stay tucked in your jersey) and converts the data coming from any ANT+ accessories (such as a power… read more

SpeakaBoo Eco Friendly Bamboo iPhone Speaker

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The new iPhones are coming to stores later this month, which means new accessories and other cosmetic upgrades. While this speaker isn’t made specifically for the iPhone 5s and 5c, it’s still very much compatible with both. It’s also made from 100% eco-friendly bamboo. The SpeakaBoo bamboo speaker is an amplifier for your phone’s internal speaker, so it doesn’t require an outlet, battery, etc. The speakers come in varying sizes, colours, and styles. Check out the short demo video for more, and visit the store link to purchase your own eco-friendly bamboo speaker.

Consider a Green Gadget First

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When you get a new laptop, desktop PC, or tablet, it’s a given that you’ll need some accessories to go with your device. Whether it’s a new computer mouse, tablet keyboard, laptop case, etc, we all need those extra peripherals. Most of the time, new devices come with the basics, but sometimes those basics are cheap, ugly, useless, or in the way. Rather than take to Amazon or Walmart in search of another bland replacement, consider an eco-friendly alternative to those basic accessories. Touchfire iPad Keyboard There are tons of Bluetooth and USB-based iPad keyboards on the market, though they’re… read more

Smartphone Cases That Do More Than Cover

Smartphone Cases That Do More Than Cover

The days of phone cases that just protect your phone may be over. In the past couple of years solar gadgets have been gaining in popularity for their smart, functional designs. They are also becoming more advanced. Many companies are offering solar powered chargers for smartphones and other gear, but some are going beyond basic chargers and are incorporating them into the actual case of the phone. Resiliently made solar panels integrated in a sturdy case can eliminate the problem of battery drain, which is a notorious problem with many smartphones. The SLXtreme from Snow Lizard Products is a durable… read more

Coming Soon: Wireless Wind Meter for Smartphones

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Taking accurate wind speed measurements anytime, anyplace, is about to get a whole lot easier, thanks to a new wind meter that’s in the process of being Kickstarted. Being able to measure the speed of the wind at specific times and places can be a boon to many people, including kitesurfers, sailors, paragliders, and yes, even wind turbine owners. But the wind speeds reported from data stations may not be that accurate, due to local geological features and thermal conditions. The folks behind Vaavud, a new wireless wind meter that connects to Android and iPhones, are kitesurfers who got frustrated… read more