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LTE is a wonderful thing. It’s like seeing the ocean for the very first time, or taking off in a plane. The speed is brand new, and it’s beautiful. But unfortunately, most LTE smartphones tend to hang out on the expensive end of the shelf, and not everyone has $ 200-$ 300 to slap down for a phone, especially considering that none of it goes toward data and airtime.
But Samsung is known for building the greatest variety of phones, from feature to low-end to super smart, and the latest member of the Samsung mobile family is sure to offer high-speeds at a low price.
Meet the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate.
The phone will run on AT&T’s 4G LTE network with availability beginning June 10. And it’s just $ 49.99 on-contract. But before you try to start placing pre-orders get a load of the specs and make sure this thing can keep up with you.
It’s a mid-range device, but for the price I’m somewhat impressed with what’s being offered here, which includes a 4-inch Super AMOLED display at an unspecified resolution. The phone is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Scorpion processor running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and sports a 5-megapixel (720p) rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat.
The case is also made from 80 percent recycled post-consumer materials making it AT&T’s first LTE smartphone to get UL Platinum certification. Go Earth!
Modern day solar bags are more about looks than utility — the energy conversion rates on those things aren’t exactly jaw-dropping — but if it comes between a generic satchel and one that’s Ma Earth-approved, well… you know what to do. Element5′s Swiss Made Mini L Solarbag is tailored to fit your iDevice of choice, but it’s fairly obvious that the iPad line will be most at home here. We’re guessing that the company’s taking a few liberties with that “mini miracle” tagline, and we aren’t exactly thrilled with the lack of information surrounding charging time, but those who value form over function can get their order in now for 348 Swiss Franc (or $ 412 in actual money).
Continue reading Element5′s Mini L Solarbag brings eco-friendly energy, protection to your iPad
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When Sprint launched their first “green” handset back in 2009, we assumed it was little more than a passing gesture. In 2010, they surprised us with a second installment in their greenlin. And this year? Sure enough, they’re back with another one â€” and this time, it’s an Android-powered smartphone.
Read the rest at MobileCrunch, where we “go green” by working with the lights off. I mean, we’d do that anyway, but this way we get to feel good about it instead of feeling weird >>
One criticism I should have mentioned for pretty much the whole lineup of iPad cases I reviewed last month is that none of them really used any natural materials. Sure, it’s a pretty frou frou complaint, but some people don’t really want to buy any more nylon and plastic than they have to. The Dodocase and Ekocase are examples of a more natural, hand-made style, and this Kork one is even simpler, and possibly cooler.
It’s cork. I mean really, it’s just a single big piece of cork. Sounds like you’d break it in half by accident (who among us has not screwed up (as it were) the removal of a wine cork?), but as they demonstrate in the video, it’s pretty strong stuff. Yet it’s also flexible enough to allow you to pop your iPad in and hold it securely.
Of course, it isn’t very compact, and it doesn’t protect your screen. But it’s cool nevertheless. Costs 50 euros, or around $ 67.
It’s almost Christmas, and if your family is anything like mine (I really don’t know how likely that is), there will be mile-high piles of wrapping paper and ribbon by noon on Saturday. We’ve tried to recycle paper and ribbons year-to-year, but there’s always more to be done to make sure your holiday cheer doesn’t take down more of the Amazon than it has to.
Inventor Spot has put together a sensible list of things you can do to minimize the environmental impact of your gifts — never mind the fact that the gifts themselves manufactured in factory towns in China, filled with toxic materials, and surrounded with blister packaging. But I digress, and that’s a whole other problem. There’s nothing wrong with minimizing the waste you create.
I particularly like the road maps idea. They’re big, they look cool, and they’re robust enough to be reused. I’m also a fan of plain brown paper — buy a huge roll of it and you can use it both for wrapping and packing material, and when you’re done, it’s perfectly recyclable.
Got any tips on how you keep things green during your festivities?
Plan on visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island via ferry next year? If so, pay close attention to the vessel you board, as it just might be the world’s first to rely on hydrogen, solar and wind power for motorization. Currently, the New York Hornblower Hybrid (not to be confused with the San Francisco Hornblower Hybrid) is under construction in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and if all goes well, it’ll reach completion in April. The 600-passenger boat be equipped with Tier 2 diesel engines, hydrogen fuel cells, solar panels and wind turbines, with power coming from a proton exchange membrane fuel cell that turns hydrogen into electricity. We’re told that the diesel rigs will only kick in to cover “additional energy needs,” but it’s hard to say how often they’ll actually be used. The eventual goal, however, is to do away with emissions altogether in the ferry process, and it seems that the technology is already capable of being scaled for use in other hybrid ferries, hybrid yachts and even hybrid tugs.
Continue reading Hornblower Hybrid ferry relies on eco-friendly trifecta: hydrogen, solar and wind power
Sure, in many cases electric bikes are much more eco-friendly than cars, but even e-bikes need to be charged in some way or the other – most of the time, the power doesn’t come from eco-friendly sources. Kyocera, however, yesterday announced [JP] an alternative: the so-called “Solar Cycle Station”, which is essentially some kind of a bike stand that allows owners to charge their e-bikes through solar power.
In its standard version, the bike stand comes with a total of three solar modules and reaches a maximum output of 79.8V (operating current: 7.84A). Kyocera estimates that facing south, each station can produce up to 1.14kWh per day. The stand is designed for use with six e-bikes simultaneously.
Kyocera says that e-bike sales in Japan grew by over 50% in the last 5 years and that demand will grow even faster in the future, especially driven by e-bike rental services. But costing $ 23,000, their bike stand isn’t exactly cheap (it became available in Japan yesterday).
Casio has released the Green Slim, an earth-friendly projector that eliminates the need for a short life mercury lamp. That’s why it’s green. This projector is also being touted as the worldâ€™s first high brightness eco-friendly projector.
The Green Slim uses Casioâ€™s Hybrid Light Source, which combines Laser and LED technology for amazingly high brightness and it can last up to 20,000 hours. The eco-friendly projectors can also be rotated 90 degrees for portrait display if you need it.
Props to SlipperyBrick.com
While Earth Day’s not until later this week—but you’ve already got that circled in your hemp calendar, right?—Lenovo’s celebrating early with their new ThinkPad L Series: 14- and 15-inch notebooks that contain more recycled material than any other. More »
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Notice to all gadget makers and vendors: if you reduce your packaging and engage in environmentally conscious behavior, you’ll get free press out of it and positive brand awareness to boot. Take for example AT&T’s newly announced design specifications for its own-brand phone accessories and packaging requirements for cellphone makers. Both are geared toward minimizing the surplus of paper and plastic that tends to come with the purchase of your device, and both will require the use of recycled and recyclable materials. AT&T expects to save 200 tons of excess materials by the end of 2010, which is very encouraging, but also disturbing in that it lets us know we were wasting 200 tons each year that could, presumably, have been saved by some sager planning. Anyway, better late than never — and guess what, it will probably end up costing the company less than those inane advert attacks on Verizon.
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