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A Massachusetts Town Has Made Bottled Water Illegal

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/massachusetts-town-bans-bottled-water-2013-1

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Water, water everywhere — just not in plastic bottles, says a town in the US state of Massachusetts.

A law passed by the town of Concord went into effect with the New Year, making single-serving bottles of water illegal.

The ban is intended to encourage use of tap water and curb the worldwide problem of plastic pollution.

It only applies to “non-sparkling, unflavored drinking water.” Coke or other soft drinks are exempt.

Jean Hill, an 84-year-old activist, thought up the ban, arguing that bottles fill garbage dumps, while consumers are lured into drinking water they could obtain for a tiny fraction of the cost at their own sink.

“The bottled water companies are draining our aquifers and selling it back to us. I’m going to work until I drop on this,” Hill told The New York Times in 2010.

First time offenders get a warning. Anyone caught selling the banned bottles a second time will be fined $25, and $50 thereafter.

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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 news No Comments

How To Parallel Park Like A Hedgehog Between 2 Goldfish

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/ad-of-the-day-how-to-parallel-park-as-successfully-as-a-hedgehog-between-bagged-goldfish-2012-12

A clever new Volkswagen print ad compares the difficulty of parallel parking to how tough it would be for a spiky hedgehog to squeeze between two goldfish in vulnerable plastic bags. 

The ad points out that with the help of Volkswagen Park Assist, complicated parallel parking situations can now be easily dealt with.

Here’s the ad, created by DDB Tribal Berlin:

Volkswagen hedgehog goldfish

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 news No Comments

Mastercard previewing smartphone web payment system with in-person security strength

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/07/mastercard-previewing-smartphone-internet-payment-system/

Mastercard previewing EMV internet smartphone payment system with NFCstrength security

Mastercard is already a big fish in the still tiny NFC contactless payment pond, and now it wants to take that same technology to a veritable ocean — internet sales. The plastic purveyor is tag-teaming with ING in the Netherlands for PayPass-based smartphone internet payments that would have a “comparable level of security” to bricks and mortar purchases — by transmitting an EMV-compliant cryptogram or QR code to merchants. That would theoretically make online shopping less risky, and the system would also allow coupons and vouchers to be applied, giving a “similar user experience in both the physical and digital world.” The Dutch trial has already started and will continue until early 2013, but there’s no word if new users can still jump in — check the PR after the break to read the tea leaves for yourself.

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Mastercard previewing smartphone web payment system with in-person security strength

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/07/mastercard-previewing-smartphone-internet-payment-system/

Mastercard previewing EMV internet smartphone payment system with NFCstrength security

Mastercard is already a big fish in the still tiny NFC contactless payment pond, and now it wants to take that same technology to a veritable ocean — internet sales. The plastic purveyor is tag-teaming with ING in the Netherlands for PayPass-based smartphone internet payments that would have a “comparable level of security” to bricks and mortar purchases — by transmitting an EMV-compliant cryptogram or QR code to merchants. That would theoretically make online shopping less risky, and the system would also allow coupons and vouchers to be applied, giving a “similar user experience in both the physical and digital world.” The Dutch trial has already started and will continue until early 2013, but there’s no word if new users can still jump in — check the PR after the break to read the tea leaves for yourself.

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Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 news No Comments

Google Wallet update purportedly leaks plans for a real-world card, transfers and transit passes

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/01/google-wallet-update-purportedly-leaks-plans-for-real-world-card/

Google Wallet update purportedly leaks plans for a realworld card, transit passes and transfers

Google Wallet hasn’t had much uptake in the real world. When most of its use has revolved around one carrier, few payment points and even fewer phones, most of us have had to sit on the sidelines. If an Android Police source really did come across a leaked future build of Google Wallet as he claims, though, we may know how Google surmounts that problem: going old school with a real-world card. Screenshots in the app supposedly show a mail-in option for plastic that could completely replace credit and debit cards without turning to NFC. Any charges after a typical swipe of the magnetic strip would simply go to whatever payment source is set as Wallet’s default, letting minimalists slim down their actual wallets while sharing in the same discounts as their phone-wielding counterparts. Digital-only purists would still get something out of the deal, as the update could also bring person-to-person money transfers and support for mass transit cards. How soon the as yet unconfirmed app would appear is still a mystery, but it dovetails with Google teasing a Wallet revamp that’s rumored to take mobile use beyond its Android-only roots; we just didn’t anticipate that the company might bypass our phones altogether.

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Thursday, November 1st, 2012 news No Comments

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5922947/the-only-way-to-lock-your-new-retina-macbook-pro-is-to-make-it-fatter-uglier-and-heavier-with-plastic

The Only Way to Lock Your New Retina MacBook Pro Is to Make It Fatter, Uglier and Heavier with PlasticThat svelte, pixel-dense MacBook Pro with Retina Display sure is a beaut, ain’t she? Yep, that’s what everyone thinks. Especially thieves. But without a Kensington Security Slot, how oh how will you be able to lock your more than two thousand dollar investment? With ugly, horrible plastic.

It’s the only way. Well, it’s the only way right now as MacLock is the first company to introduce a laptop lock for the new MBP that’s… an inelegant solution, to say the least. The way the lock works is you have to add “an extremely lightweight security skin” to the base of your MBP which if you don’t understand Marketingspeak means “a horrifying plastic layer gets permanently plastered on your beautiful MacBook”. MacLock says the bottom piece, made of polymer, actually improves the cooling of your laptop. Again, Marketingspeak translation: we know this is awful but at least it won’t burn your nuts off. Then a security cable is attached to the plastic laptop condom and then you can pretend you’re safe (when you’re really not) by attaching it to your coffee cup or something.

Yeah, it sucks that Apple didn’t include a Kensington Security Slot with the new MBP (or MBAs, for that matter) but you don’t want to compound that problem by making the new MBP more awful. That’s like solving a problem by creating another one. [MacLocks via 9to5Mac]

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Monday, July 2nd, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5912616/see-the-no+stick-ketchup-bottle-of-the-future-in-action

See the No-Stick Ketchup Bottle of the Future in ActionGetting ketchup out of a bottle is a massive unsolved engineering problem. Plastic squeezy bottles, upside down bottles, tapping the 57, just shove a butter knife in there—none really does the job. But the wonderful nerds at MIT might have done it with their new non-stick LiquiGlide bottle.

LiquiGlide is actually a coating made up of super-slick materials that’s food-safe and can work on plastic, glass, or other types of packaging. Its creator, Dave Smith at MIT, told Fast Company, LiquiGlide is “kind of a structured liquid—it’s rigid like a solid, but it’s lubricated like a liquid.”

The long term goals—beyond cracking the $17 billion bottle industry—are anti-clogging for oil and fuel lines, or building a better, non-icing windshield. For now, though, check out the amazing video of your not-too-distant hot-dog topping future. [FastCo]

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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5889060/k+cups-not-only-make-bad-coffee-they-make-bad-environments

K-Cups Not Only Make Bad Coffee, They Make Bad EnvironmentsI’m drinking coffee made by a K-Cup machine right now and it sucks. A lot. But alas, I’m too lazy to get a much better cup at the cafe around the corner. That said, after learning that all of those K-Cups are piling up in landfills—and not being recycled—I may have to reconsider.

According to CNBC, the way K-Cups are constructed, they can’t be recycled. Paper and foil are strongly adhered to the plastic capsule making so that sorting facilities can’t separate the materials. So those cups are destined for a single use and nothing more.

So yeah, maybe you hate yourself (like I do), and don’t care what you consume. But maybe you shouldn’t hate the planet more than you hate yourself? [CNBC via Discovery via Treehugger]

Image via Michael Dorausch

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Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5882648/purify-your-water-with-a-burnt-stick

Purify Your Water With a Burnt StickIt uses the same principle as your Brita filter to purify water, but Black+Blum’s Eau Good bottle does it with way more style using a stick of charcoal that’s always visible through the bottle’s lovely curves.

Known as Binchotan, the black stick is a type of carbon made from tree branches, which the Japanese have been using to soften and purify water for centuries. It can even reduce the amount of chlorine in your H2O, though the passive process does require quite a few hours to work its magic. So it’s recommended you leave the Eau Good bottle sitting overnight before drinking. We recommend staring at the bottle while it works.

To prevent the charcoal from floating to the surface, the $20 plastic bottle has been designed with a slight bulge on the side, keeping the $4 Binchotan stick submerged at all times. It’s promised to work for up to 6 months before it needs to be replaced, while a quick 10 minute boil at the 3 month mark will help ensure its effectiveness. And when it does stop working, you can of course just toss the charcoal stick in your garden, where mother nature will recycle it for you. [Black+Blum via bookofjoe]

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Monday, February 6th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Vapor4 May Be the First Bumper Worthy of the iPhone 4

The ecosystem for the iPhone4 has begun in earnest.

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5576923/vapor4-may-be-the-first-bumper-worthy-of-the-iphone-4

Vapor4 May Be the First Bumper Worthy of the iPhone 4The iPhone 4 shatters easily, and its tiny plastic bezel offers no protection. On top of that, touching its metal rim causes interferences. The Vapor4 bumper—made of aluminum—may solve most of these design problems. And it looks great:

Of course, nothing looks as cool as the iPhone 4 on its own, but if you want to avoid the antenna problems and the shattering, you are going to need one of these. They are made of aluminum, and they have an interior liner that separates the metal from the antenna, insulating it. The manufacturer—the same who makes the beautiful Joule iPad stand—told me that their tests showed no interference whatsoever across all models of iPhone:

We basically wrapped it in an inch thick of anodized aluminum all around with our special secret liner inside, nothing impacted the reception.

We will have to test this, but it definitely is the first bumper that actually looks cool. Especially the way you put it together, with those hex screws.

Vapor4 May Be the First Bumper Worthy of the iPhone 4

The Vapor4 is not cheap, although not as expensive as the beautiful exotic wood back replacement: The Vapor4 is $80. For $100 you also get the V4Carbon, a carbon fiber back plate that will further protect the iPhone 4 fragile glass back. [Elementcase]

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