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PlayBook Officially Cleared for US Government Use


The Playbook has been given security certification to be used by the U.S. government. RIM is touting its security and strong encryption as key to serving bodies like the U.S. government. The Blackberry maker bragged that its PlayBook is the first tablet to be approved for use by the United States federal government, and that no other tablet has received such approval.

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MIT Team Tracks E-Waste Around the World


The biggest contributing factor to e-waste is upgrading cellphones, computers and televisions well before they start malfunctioning. It's really hard to resist that faster cpu, bigger screen and extra memory, but outdated technology is really outdating too fast and killing the planet

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Fold-a-Boat Fits into A Portable Parcel


The Fold-a-boat, is a seamless, hard shell, folding boat made from one single sheet of plastic. The boat is made for flat water. Since it’s made of a single sheet of plastic, and can be folded and packed into a small 150cm x 60cm parcel, this makes it not only an ideal candidate for camping, but also for the shelves of your local IKEA store.

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The iPad 2 purse case from Versetta

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Ladies looking for a practical and stylish way to store their iPad, or gentlemen looking for a gift for their Apple fangirl, should check out Versetta handbags from Scott Creations. They are built to incorporate the iPad or iPad 2 into the frame. This allows you to easily access all ports and controls.

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Amazon Now Offering Cheaper Textbook Rentals Through Kindle

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Amazon.com has announced students will be able to rent textbooks from the Kindle Store and save up to 80 per cent off textbook list prices. A handy feature is that students can choose how long they want to rent the book, anywhere from 30 to 360 days. That means if you suspect your teacher will ask you to read the textbook in the first two weeks and then never again, you’ll be able to return it at the end of the month.

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Worried About Skin Cancer? There’s an App for That

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MelApp is an iPhone app that tries to detect melanoma at an early and curable stage, using mathematical algorithms and image based pattern recognition technology. To use the app, you take a picture of a suspect mole or freckle with your iPhone's camera, zoom in to ensure it fills the green box on the screen, and the photo then gets uploaded and evaluated against a database licensed from Johns Hopkins University Medical Center.

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Verbatim Store ‘n’ Stay USB is Smaller than a Dime


Verbatim is releasing a puny USB stick that’s smaller than a dime. It's called the Store ‘n’ Stay, and if smaller means better to you, you can get up to 16 GB of extra storage on the thing. The selling feature of the USB is that since it’s so tiny, you can just leave it it your laptop’s USB port without worrying about it.

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SLR Mount Lets You Attach Big Bad Lenses to your iPhone


Photojojo is marketing adapters that allow you to attach your Canon or Nikon lenses to your iPhone, provided you're using Nikon F-mount or Canon EF-mount lenses. If you want to experiment with depth of field, boost your zoom range and get some really good close-ups all on your smartphone, this is for you. Plus it'll be easy to email your photos right after you shoot them.

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Maxim 2-in-1 Measuring Cup Gives Both Volume and Weight


A measuring cup and a kitchen scale are essentials for any kitchen where you like to dabble in more culinary challenges than just pressing the “start” button on the microwave. If you want to try using the stove in your kitchen and don’t have either of those basic tools, then the Maxim 2 in 1 Jug and Scales might appeal to you. It allows you to measure both volume and weight in one handy instrument.

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