October 8, 2010 19:17 by Ty
Call2Recycle.org has met their goal of recycling over 1 million pounds of rechargeable batteries as of October 1, 2010. Recycling goals were set back on July 21, 2010 and over 1.24 million pounds of batteries have been recycled and not dumped into landfills. This program shows everyone the ease of recycling and the importance of protecting our environment from toxic materials. Rechargeable batteries are a long-lasting and environmentally friendly power source for many electronic devices. Rechargeable batteries can be found in laptops, digital cameras, camcorders, cell phones, cordless phones, cordless power tools, UPS devices, and other electronics. Even though the goal of recycling 1 million pounds of batteries has been met, we ask that you continue to recycle your rechargeable batteries and do not throw them away in the trash.
More information on how Call2Recycle met their 1 million pound battery recycling goal can be found on their battery recycling Web site.
October 5, 2010 19:18 by Ty
It is fire prevention week promoted by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) and we are encouraging everyone to check and replace their smoke detector batteries in their home. Most smoke detectors in homes are battery powered because many homes are not wired for smoke detector alarms. Alkaline disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries can be used to power the smoke detectors. Smoke detector alkaline batteries should be replaced twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring to ensure that they work. If rechargeable batteries are being used, they should be recharged more frequently on a month to month basis, but we don't recommend using them in smoke detectors. The NFPA, recommends that home-owners replace smoke detector batteries with a new battery at least once per year, when it starts chirping (a signal that its charge is low), or when it fails a test, which the NFPA recommends to be carried out at least once per month by pressing the "test" button on the alarm.
Smoke detector safety tips can be found on the NFPA Web site.
2010 Fire Prevention Week by the NFPA. http://www.firepreventionweek.org/
October 1, 2010 20:02 by Ty
Satellite cell phones are being pushed again in North America using a combination of AT&T and the TerraStar satellite network. Today AT&T began selling the TerraStar Genus to professional customers through businesses channels and should hit retail stores by the end of the year.
Initial costs of the TerraStar Genus satellite cell phone is $799 and needs the AT&T voice and data service plans to connect with no contract. The AT&T network is used when it is available, and switches to satellite when there is no service. There is an additional charge of $25 per month to use the satellite service and 65 cent per minute of calling. Text messages can also be sent over through the satellite network at a cost of 40 cents per message. If you need to use the internet when there is no 2G or 3G network available, then an additional $5 per megabyte is added to your cell phone charges.
Of course these charges can add up quickly, but if you have a clear view of the southern sky, you should be able to easily get satellite cell phone signal to make calls, send and receive text messages, and browse the internet. The TerraStar Satellite is one of the largest commercial satellites online with a 60 foot wide gold mesh umbrella and is capable of picking up faint cell phone signals 22,000 miles down. Other companies have attempted to successfully launch a satellite cell phone company, and TerraStar definitely looks promising.
Source: TerraStar Satellite Cell Phone
You can also fine replacement cell phone batteries and cell phone chargers on eBatts.com.
September 30, 2010 20:25 by Ty
Volvo is developing car body panels to be used as energy storage with nanomaterials made of extremely thin and strong carbon fiber. The roof, hood and doors will be used as battery storage for energy and can reduce weight by 15% per panel. By adding these energy battery panels, the battery power capacity is nearly doubled in a hybrid and EV car. Additional rage for an electric vehicle (EV) car is projected to be an additional 80 miles. The body panels will charge and discharge when the car’s electric motor is used. Energy can be stored in the panels thorough the cars alternator / generator, harnessing energy when the car brakes, and by plugging into the electricity power grid. Volvo’s ultimate goal is the replace the battery entirely, but more research and development is required to make that jump.
September 28, 2010 01:25 by Ty
A small, lightweight and compact camcorder is available with social media in mind. The Looxcie is a camcorder and headset built all in to one system. It’s small enough to wear on your ear and connects using Bluetooth technology to your cell phone. Stream video, audio, or both to your cell phone and upload the media clips to your Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts. Phone calls can also used as a Bluetooth headset while video is continuously being recorded. The earbud and camera are flexible and can be swiveled 180 degrees to be worn on the left ear or right ear. Battery life is expected to last between 4-6 hours of use with voice and video recording. The Looxcie camera uses HVGA resolution and records at 15 frames per second. The Bluetooth signal can be sent up to 10 meters away to a cell phone running the Looxcie software. The Looxcie wearable camcorder can be found for around $199 and is a fun new gadget to use to update your friends through social media networks like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.