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Wasting Money on Ink Cartridges?

Ever feel like all you do is change you ink cartridge? You buy a new one and boom your printer tells you that you need a new one. One of the main reasons may be it isn’t really empty!  PC World jut did a study on this conspiracy.

The quantity of unused ink ranged from about 8 percent in an Epson-brand cartridge to a whopping 45 percent in an aftermarket cartridge for a Canon printer. After posting low-ink warnings, those printers wouldn’t let us resume printing until we inserted a new cartridge.

Now if that is irritating enough notice what PC World noted in a break down of the cost ink.

If you bought a gallon of the stuff over the life of your printer, you’d have paid about $4731 for a liquid that one aftermarket vendor told us was “cheap” to make. For some perspective, gasoline costs about $3 per gallon (at the moment), while a gallon of Beluga caviar (imagined as a liquid) costs about $18,000–surprisingly, only about four times as expensive as good old printer ink.

There are a few things you can do though to alleviate the cost of ink.

1) Refill it yourself.

2) Software such as GreenPrint can help you save. (PC and Mac)

Although most of us keep on printing till we can’t anymore, I bet this article makes the few that don’t pretty upset at the waste.

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4x Battery Life for iPhone

FastMac has released their second generation iV battery for the iPhone 3G, with the promise to deliver up to 24 hours of talk time, 750 hours (31 days) of standby, 20+ hours of video and almost 72 hours of audio playback time. Depending on your settings, we are talking triple or even quadruple the available power here. The extra battery life and added touches like a built-in LED flash/flashlight and a second USB port to charge additional gadgets definitely makes it an attractive option on paper. Plus, it is priced less at only $80.

iPhone to Cut Production

 

As reported by Market Watch, Apple is going to cut back production by as much as 40% for the fourth quarter. This is up from last months estimates of 10%. Comments have been made as to the possibility of cut backs even going into the first quarter as well. 

Just another sign of the recession I guess.

Dubai’s New Skyscrapper

This one will be called Anara Tower, and while it’s not going to be the tallest in the world (it’ll be about 500 feet shorter than the Burj Dubai at 2,150 feet), it’s still incredible all on its own. The defining element of the Anara Tower is the massive propeller-like structure at the very top, at the center of which will be a glass-ceiling hub containing one of the world’s most luxe restaurants. Strangely, the propeller doesn’t rotate. Inside the tower there will be 300 super-expensive apartments, a 250-room luxury hotel and gardens every 27 floors. It will have a total of 125 stories.

The skyscraper is designed by Atkins Design Studio and developed by Tameer Holding Investment.

Construction is set to begin the end of 2009

New Artificial Heart

The #1 killer in the world is heart disease, which kills some 17 million each year. One of the things science has done to slow this kill rate is transplants, but sadly the number of people in needs is far greater than the supply of donors. So one doctor has spent the last 15 years working on a artificial heart.

Sadly the word is that this really will not alleviate the problem since the heart alone will cost a whopping $192,000.

Circuit City Closing 155 Stores

Mainly found in the mid-west there will be 155 stores closing, with liquidators showing up Tuesday. ! In addition they will be slowing the openings of new stores around the country.

Here is a letter proving the CC closings.

Tesla Gets Another $40 Million

Just after reporting the layoffs at the Tesla Company, they have found themselves a saviour that will help with all of their financial problems. Seems a lot of people want to see this company get their cars produced considering all the different investors they have had. Past investors include Mr. Musk, who founded PayPal; Larry Page and Sergey Brin, co-founders of Google; Jeff Skoll, former eBay president and venture firms VantagePoint Venture Partners and Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Tesla has previously raised $146 million. 

So come on Tesla you got the cash, we want to see the cars!

via NYT