Diagram showing how mushrooms are turned into a material for battery anodes.
Credit: Image courtesy of University of California - Riverside

Mushroom Powered Cell Phone?

When most of us hear the term “mushroom power” we get an image in our mind of something like this: Portabello mushrooms: on the grill; in a salad; powering your cell phone? Can portabella mushrooms stop cell phone batteries from degrading over time? Researchers think so. They have created a new type of lithium-ion battery anode using portabella mushrooms, which are inexpensive, environmentally friendly and...

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Google Maps or Apple Maps – Who Wins Out?

Google Maps or Apple Maps – Who Wins Out?

You have somewhere you need to be, and you want to get there fast. You’re stuck in traffic and want to find an alternate route. You’re in a different town and want to know where the nearest coffee shop, Italian restaurant, or taxidermist is. Or maybe you just want to do a cool 3D sweep of the city you’re in. Which map service do you...

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Back to School – Buy New Tech or (Fix Up) Your Old Wreck?

Back to School – Buy New Tech or (Fix Up) Your Old Wreck?

No one likes the end of summer. For many people, it’s the end of beach days, late nights and vacations, and gearing up to go back to work or school. But fret not, here’s a list of this fall’s new tech gear and gadgets releases to keep you feeling sunny all the way till Christmas. And, if after summer expenses you’re a little light on...

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The Evolution of the Cell Phone

The Evolution of the Cell Phone

Remember a time when texting was something new? We do. Kind of. Remember when having a cell phone was optional. We do. Barely. Remember when you didn’t see the point of having a cell phone? Neither do we. Calling, texting, taking pictures, email, social media, etc. Our cell phones are a vital component of our daily lives. But not too long ago owning a cell...

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A Run Around the Rumour Mill – The iPhone 6s

A Run Around the Rumour Mill – The iPhone 6s

The iPhone 6 hasn’t been on the market long, but Apple isn’t sitting still. The expected unveiling of the iPhone 6s is this Fall. Rumoured features for the 6s include: A9 processor; 2GB RAM; improved 13-megapixel camera; same design as the iPhone 6; Force Touch; improved Touch ID; and gold, rose gold, silver, and space grey colours to choose from. Is this just idle gossip...

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Top 5 Best New Apps for IOS and Android

Top 5 Best New Apps for IOS and Android

You may be asking yourself: What to buy in July? The sheer volume of apps can be mind-boggling. (Or, as Will Ferrell’s character says in Blades of Glory, mind-‘bottling’.) For me, checking out new apps is like being taken to the candy store for the first time. Which candies do I like? Should I try any new ones? Which candies do my friends like? What...

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Battle of the time keepers: Smartwatch Review

Battle of the time keepers: Smartwatch Review

Pebble started the smartwatch revolution, Apple kicked it into high gear with the Apple Watch. Can the stunningly-successful Kickstarter-busting Pebble reclaim the throne with its new Pebble Time? Who wins the battle of the timekeepers? For years, makers of digital watches or wearable tech have been trying to get it right. I mean, if we’re being picky, ‘smart’ watches have been around since Dick Tracy,...

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What to do when buying or selling a used iPhone

What to do when buying or selling a used iPhone

More and more people are buying used devices, a simple search on Castanet (the local classifieds here in the Okanagan) or eBay will show you numerous listings for used iPhones, iPads, iPods, and more. Buying second hand is a great way to save some money and is much more environmentally friendly (read our post about the environmental impact of mobile devices). Apple has developed some...

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Why Repair?

Why Repair?

Sometimes people ask “Why repair when you can just get a brand new phone?” Well depending on your situation, you may be far away from being able to upgrade your device on your plan or you may not have the funds to buy a new phone. But there are so many more reasons than this, and they touch on some much broader issues that are worth discussing here. Repair...

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Data Recovery for your Mobile Device

Data Recovery for your Mobile Device

The only thing worse than breaking your precious device is losing all the information it contains! Contacts, calendars, photos, music… so much personal information is contained in our mobile devices. So when something happens to your precious phone, it’s not always the device itself that you’re attached to as much as the data that’s on it. We keep so much of our lives on our...

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