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Win Some Cyber Clean for your Dirty Electronics

Electronics surround our lives these days. Between my iPhone, my iPad, my MacBook, my iPod, the controls in my car, my GPS, etc., there isn’t much time I spend away from electronics. There exists, however, a rather annoying flaw to all these screens and crevasses… dust particles, dirt, grime, etc. Luckily, there’s Cyber Clean, the gooey wonder material that will get in those hard to reach places and battle your dirt to the death. Today, we’re giving away a pack of Cyber Clean for electronics and a pack for auto.

HOW TO WIN SOME CYBER CLEAN

All you’ve got to do to win is simply post a comment below telling us what you plan to clean and exactly how dirty it is.

We’ll choose one comment at random on Thursday, May 27 at 11:59pm. Then we’ll send the winner a message to let them know they’ve won, so make sure to use your real email address or we’ll have to choose someone else. Good Luck!

If you don’t win, no worries! We’re doing a giveaway every weekday in May. You might want to add TechVert on twitter or facebook or sign up for our newsletter or RSS feed to be notified when we’ve got another contest live.

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2010 Windpower Conference Blows the Roof Off

WINDPOWER 2010 blew the roof off the Dallas Convention Center last week.  As the world’s largest wind energy conference, WINDPOWER drew nearly 20,000 attendees and over 1,300 exhibitors.

Highlighting the speakers was former president George W. Bush.  According to Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association:

“We were thrilled to hear former President George W. Bush envision a secure American energy future to end our addiction to oil, with wind energy on the leading edge, powering not only our homes and businesses but also our cars. President Bush shared Texas’s recipe for wind energy success, including new transmission, a competitive electricity market, and reasonable taxes and permitting. He noted that when we diversify our energy supply, we create jobs. And finally, he noted that consumers often prefer to use wind power when they have the choice, confirming results from a recent AWEA poll which found that 89 percent of American voters believe America should develop more wind power.”

Next year’s conference will be held in Anaheim, California in May 2011.

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iPad and Velcro: A Perfect Match

At this point, we’ve seen a lot of people do a lot of cool things with their iPad. Some have been geeky, and some have been just plain cool. One user asked the question, “What do you get when you cross an iPad with a few strips of velcro?” His answer… well, he made a pretty awesome video to show the possibilities.

Now, you may not want to go trying this at home without trying it on some less valuable test subjects first. Then again, I’m pretty sure this video was made to prove a concept rather than convince everyone to stick some iPads up on their walls.

The video was posted by Jesse Rosten and he explains:

Two of mankind’s greatest inventions, together at last. Note: this is an exploration of what is possible, not necessarily what is practical. Tweet from the street at your own risk!

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Atlantis Space Shuttle Has Grounded For Good

With six astronauts on board, returning from it’s 12-day mission from the International Space Station, the Atlantis has landed back on Earth successfully. This mission marks the shuttle’s thirty-second and final trip over a 25-year career (logging a cool 120 million miles in total).

For NASA, the shuttle was the fourth in the series and has spent 294 days in orbit, circled the Earth 4,648 times, carried 189 astronauts, flown to Mir Station 7 times and been to the ISS 11 times. There were 1,200 guests on-hand at Kennedy Space Center to witness the historic landing.

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How Much Does a Click Really Cost?

The wiz-kids over at ZoomDoggle have come up with a genius marketing campaign they refer to as “LUCK-vertizing“. Most normally now-a-days, companies are trying to leverage their offline awareness using online viral methods. This is just the opposite, they’ve found a novel way offline to bring traffic to them online.

What they did was take $50 in pennies (so 5,000 obviously), attach a message and their web address on the tails side of the coin (which took 50 hours), and with those pennies they distributed them (heads up) around New York City on places where people would pick them up (another 5 hours of work).

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Enter to Win a J.FOLD Work Bag

Last week we gave away a J.FOLD Money Clip and the week before that we gave away a J.FOLD wallet to one of our readers. This time around, we’re giving away one of J.FOLD’s awesome work bags, whichever you prefer. It’s pretty handy and you can choose between a courier messenger bag or a train laptop brief. All you’ve got to do to win is let us know which one is your favorite from J.FOLD’s website. More contest rules below.

HOW TO WIN A J.FOLD WORK BAG

All you’ve got to do to win is simply post a comment below telling us which courier messenger bag or train laptop brief on J.FOLD’s website is your favorite.

We’ll choose one comment at random on Thursday, May 26 at 11:59pm. Then we’ll send the winner a message to let them know they’ve won, so make sure to use your real email address or we’ll have to choose someone else. Good Luck!

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New Rubber Compound May Bring an End to Flat Tires

Scientists at the Industrial Physics and Chemistry Higher Educational Institution (ESPCI) in Paris have developed a new rubber compound that is capable of mending itself. The new material can be torn, ripped, cut, or punctured, and can repair itself using hydrogen bonding. This new compound would come in handy for a multitude of applications, including the need to replace tires due to punctures, etc.

The compound is actually just a manipulation of current rubber compounds. Today’s rubber can provide elasticity through covalent, ionic, and hydrogen bonding. This new development, however, uses only hydrogen bonding, which can bring itself back to original strength simply by adding a little bit of pressure at room temperature.

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London Museum Releases Cool Augmented Reality App

The Museum of London has released a new augmented reality iPhone app that allows tourists and residents alike to browse historical photographs in different parts of the city. Best part is… it’s free.

The iPhone app, Streetmuseum takes you to different locations around the city using maps and GPS. Once you’ve arrived at a spot, you can click the “3D View” button and the app will lay an appropriate historical photo over the live feed of the real world you are viewing. What a great idea for a travel app. Now, my only question… When will this be available for major U.S. cities?

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