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I Love You Mother Earth, But I Love My iPhone More

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

You love the planet and your gadgets, so how do you find a balance?

With the holidays come tons of new gadgets from the iPad to the Xbox. But all of our old electronics have to go somewhere. This week we're sifting through solutions and uses for all our e-crap. First, a chat with environmental icon Al Gore about how to balance our love for the latest smartphone and protecting the earth. Then a conversation with Justin Wetherill who repairs shattered, cracked or otherwise abused smartphones so they won't be tossed. Then, we follow the death (and rebirth) of computer as it makes its way from an outdated hunk of junk to valuable bits of metal, plastic and circuit boards. And finally, the seemingly simple idea — picture a giant oven mitt — that fixes problems with radiators.

    Music Playlist
  1. Raag
    Artist: Vinod Prasanna x Okey Szoke x Pompey
  2. City Riding: Morning Coffee
    Artist: Bottlesmoker

This Guy Brings Smartphones Back from the Dead

Meet Justin Wetherill, CEO of the smartphone repair chain uBreakiFix. He knows how to repair the iPhone whose screen you stupidly shattered when you dropped it on the sidewalk last night. 

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Getting Meta: We Recycle a Story on E-Recycling

Each year, we create more than two million tons of e-waste, buy only some of it is recycled. This is the story of one computer's journey through the recycling process from the New School in Manhattan to an e-waste graveyard outside the city.

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This 'Glorified Oven Mitt' Stops Radiator Banging

Meet Marshall Cox. He's the founder and CEO of a New York City startup called Radiator Labs that's working to solve your heating woes, dampen the noise your radiator makes and even reduce energy expenditures and pollution.

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Al Gore's Phone Dilemma

Al Gore has a more than a few fancy titles: Vice President, Nobel Laureate, environmentalist-in-chief, and Apple corporate board member. So we figured he'd be as good a person as any to ask about a seeming contradiction for technology lovers that has been nagging us here at New Tech City.  

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