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Apple’s Spaceship Campus Given Streamlined Environmental Review

Apple’s Spaceship Campus Given Streamlined Environmental Review

A rendering of what Apple’s new campus may look like.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Apple’s new “spaceship” campus is one step closer to becoming a reality, thanks to a measure taken by California’s Governor Jerry Brown, which will allow the new planned campus to qualify for an expedited environmental review.

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Control Your Air Conditioner From Your iPhone? There’s An App For That

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Now your iPhone can give you the cold shoulder (rimshot).

If you live in a place that needs air-con, then you probably already have it. You can move along now. But if you are shopping for a new AC unit, or you happened to buy one made by Kühl, then why not consider this new dongle that will let you control the unit from the cool comfort of your own iPhone?

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Biolite Camping Stove Uses Fire To Charge Your iPhone

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Turn boring old trees into power for your awesome iPhone

Going camping this spring? And by “camping” I mean hiking or biking with your home on your back, and heading out into the wilderness. I don’t mean loading up your SUV and dragging a grill, a tent the size of a European house and enough ball games to keep an entire schools-worth of kids occupied for a month.

So, if you’re heading out under your own power, how about taking a stove that a) requires no liquid fuel, b) burns fast and hot and c) charges your iPhone? What’s not to like?

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Solar-Powered In-Car Hands-Free Bluetooth Speakerphone

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Some combinations are so obviously good when you see/hear/taste them that you wonder why they haven’t existed forever. Of course, some *have* been around for that long.

Just 6,000 years ago, when the universe winked into existence, the Lord blessed us with such holy wonders as apple pie (or apple crumble in the King James bible) and vanilla ice-cream; Dungeons *and* dragons; and of course hurtling, death-dealing two-ton automobiles and chronically distracted drivers.

Now we can add another devine device to that list: the solar-powered hands-free speakerphone.

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Explore The World And Its Hazards With Fragile Earth Photo App [Review]

Explore The World And Its Hazards With Fragile Earth Photo App [Review]

Not everything's rosy in this garden

This is Fragile Earth, an interactive photo gallery designed to teach you a little about ecology, conservation and the natural environment.

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Changers Charger Powers Your Phone With The Sun [Review]

Changers Charger Powers Your Phone With The Sun [Review]

This panel and charger have changed the way I power my gadgets. Photo Charlie Sorrel (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

Since I got the Changers solar charger to test, I haven’t plugged a USB-chargeable device into anything else (with the exception of my iPad). Changers comes as a kit containing a solar panel and a battery pack, along with a a bag of tips that fit most cellphones and gadgets. But this description doesn’t do justice to what is a rather excellent and useful device.

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Greenpeace Calls Apple’s iCloud Dirty, Unsustainable

Greenpeace Calls Apple’s iCloud Dirty, Unsustainable

As Tim Cook put it at this morning’s event, Apple’s iCloud “just works” and 100 million customers love the lofty storage service.

Greenpeace, however, says Apple’s iCloud is an unsustainable coal-fueled mess and that the just-announced movie service will only make it worse.

“Apple is about innovation, but buying coal at really cheap source is not innovative,” Greenpeace senior policy analyst Gary Cook told Cult of Mac. “Those data centers [supporting iCloud] are fueled by about 60 percent coal.”

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Bamboo iPad 2 Case Finally Goes On Sale, A Little Too Late?

Bamboo iPad 2 Case Finally Goes On Sale, A Little Too Late?

It's not the only bamboo iPad case around, but it's the only one that launched today

It’s light, it’s tough and it’s beautiful to both look at and touch. Is there anything better than bamboo for making an iPad case? Maybe not. And Silva’s bamboo case for the iPad 2 is finally, finally available to buy.

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Snap A Photo To Stop Your Real-Life Junk Mail With PaperKarma

Snap A Photo To Stop Your Real-Life Junk Mail With PaperKarma

Your iPhone and iPad are great paper replacements, but they couldn’t actively stop it. Until now: PaperKarma is an iPhone app which lets you stop paper junk mail, just by snapping a photo of it.

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Greenpeace: Apple Is Less Green Friendly Than Dell, HP and Nokia

Greenpeace: Apple Is Less Green Friendly Than Dell, HP and Nokia

Apple takes pride in making its products environmentally friendly. It has worked to reduce its carbon footprint by keeping its product packaging to a minimum, removing toxic materials from its entire product line, making its devices more energy efficient and lots more.

However, the company isn’t the greenest of tech companies. It ranks fourth in Greenpeace’s “Guide to Greener Electronics,” with HP, Dell, and Nokia leading the way.

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