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Acer Aspire Vero is a laptop made with post-consumer recycled plastic

Acer has announced a number of steps the company is taking to step up its sustainable business practices. That includes a goal of using 100-percent renewable energy by 2035 and reducing its overall carbon footprint across products. As one small step, the company is introducing its first laptop made with post-consumer recycled plastic. The Acer Aspire […]

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Samsung considers selling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphones

Samsung produced and shipped several million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones last year… and then issued a recall for all those phones following reports of some handsets catching fire. Now the company is starting to talk about what it plans to do with all those phones. One possible option? Refurbish the phones and sell them under […]

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2020 Olympic organizers want to make medals from recycled phones

The organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games expected to hand out 5,000 medals to winners of Olympic and Paralympic events. And they want to use recycled materials to make those metals. So they’re calling on Japanese residents to donate old smartphones and other gadgets so that the metal from those devices can be recycled. […]

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Report: A lot of US e-waste “recycled” ends up in landfills

Have an old phone, computer, printer, or TV that you don’t need anymore, but which isn’t new enough to fetch a decent price on eBay? Then you may want to recycle it. In fact, some communities have laws that require you to recycle it rather than putting electronic items with toxic components out on the curb […]

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2020 Tokyo Olympics medals may be made from old phones, other e-waste

Now that the Rio Olympics have ended, we have four years to wait to find out whether Usain Bolt is really done competing in Olympic events, whether Simone Biles will be as impressive at age 23 as she has been at age 19, and if there’s any chance Michael Phelps will still be going for gold […]

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Apple’s Liam robot rips apart iPhones for recycling

Some smartphone makers are trying to reduce their carbon footprint by making modular phones that are easy to repair and which can have a lifespan of up to 5 years. Apple isn’t doing that… but the company is taking steps to make it easier to recycle its hardware and give the materials used in the phone a second […]

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New Energizer batteries partly made from old (recycled) batteries

Energizer has introduced a new line of batteries that are the world’s first to be partially made from recycled batteries. The Energizer EcoAdvanced AA and AAA batteries are among the company’s highest highest performance batteries. But what makes these little guys unusual is that 4 percent of the new batteries comes from old batteries. While […]

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Old laptop batteries could bring light to developing nations

Millions of computers are discarded every year: the EPA says that more than 30 million laptop and desktop computers were disposed of in 2010, with about 20 million more going to recycling programs. But just because your old laptop isn’t fast enough to handle the latest video games anymore doesn’t mean it can’t be put […]

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Lilbits (5-22-2014): Early look at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 CPU

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 processor will be the company’s most powerful chip to date when it launches in the second half of 2014… but it’s not that much faster than the Snapdragon 801 CPU that’s already available. AnandTech reports that where it really shines is in select graphic tests, thanks to the new Adreno 440 graphics technology. […]

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Amazon launches electronics trade-in store, gives credit for used gadgets

Amazon has expanded its trade-in program to include electronics. Customers could already trade-in DVDs, textbooks and other items for credit toward future Amazon purchases. Now you can also send in used tablets, smartphones, and other device. You can get up to $143 for a current generation iPod touch, up to $497 for an iPad 2 and […]

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Gazelle to start selling second-hand iPads

Electronics reseller Gazelle has made a name for itself by buying up used gadgets in decent condition and then reselling them through stores like Wal-mart. But Forbes reports Gazelle has been collecting so many first generation iPads recently that the company plans to start selling them directly to consumers. That makes sense, since Gazelle launched […]