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From Filter to Fridge, GE Can Recycle it All

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NYSE:GE) GE Appliances & Lighting is once again leading the way

with the announcement of its new refrigeration water filter recycling

program, the first of its kind among appliance manufacturers.

If you drink water that comes from your refrigerator’s dispensing system

instead of plastic bottles, you’re already helping keep plastic out of

our landfills. Now GE can help you take that one step further by

recycling your old GE water filters and you won’t have to spend an extra

dime, or haul anything to a recycling center.

The program is designed to recycle 100 percent of the refrigerator water

filter. The plastic part of the product is “pelletized” and re-used. And

the charcoal filter is re-used in landfill liners that help prevent

substances from leaching into local water supplies.

“Given the hundreds of thousands of GE refrigerator water filters

currently in service, GE feels a responsibility to help consumers in

minimizing their environmental impact by providing a simple method to

responsibly recycle their used GE water filters,” says Laura Edwards, GE

parts sales and marketing operations manager.

When you order a replacement water filter from GE,1 you’ll

receive a free recycling kit for your used GE water filter. The kit

includes a pre-paid mailing label and envelope to make replacing your

water filter even easier. Changing the filter every six months helps

maintain clean drinking water from your refrigerator’s water and ice

dispensing system. Applicable filters include models MWF, MSWF, MXRC and


Other Recycling Firsts

GE is the first appliance manufacturer to partner with the

Environmental Protection Agency on its Responsible Appliance Disposal

(RAD) program with a focus on refrigeration recycling best practices.

GE’s new recycling initiative will reduce landfill waste by 85 percent.2

GE is the only full-line appliance manufacturer in the U.S. to adopt a

foam-blowing agent known as cyclopentane that will be used as part of

the insulating process in the manufacturing of its top-freezer

refrigerators in Decatur, Ala., which will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG)

emissions from the foam-blowing process by 99 percent compared to the

foam-blowing agent it replaces.3

GE is expanding its ecomaginationSM commitment and will

dramatically reduce the GHG emissions it produces by converting other

U.S. refrigerator manufacturing facilities to cyclopentane within the

next few years. GE plans to convert the refrigeration insulation

manufacturing process at its side-by-side refrigerator Center of

Excellence in Bloomington, Ind., and its bottom-freezer refrigerator

Center of Excellence in Louisville, Ky., to cyclopentane by 2014.

“GE Appliances & Lighting is looking at every aspect of environmental

stewardship for our appliances — from manufacturing processes to more

responsible product end-of-life management,” said Paul Surowiec,

general manager, refrigeration, GE Appliances & Lighting. “We also

offer hundreds of ENERGY STAR®-qualified models to ensure our

appliances deliver efficiency and cost savings to consumers throughout

the appliance’s life.”

Additionally, GE was recently awarded the ENERGY STAR “Sustained

Excellence” Award for the sixth straight year, recognizing GE’s

commitment to delivering high-efficiency products to consumers.

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About GE Appliances & Lighting

GE Appliances & Lighting spans the globe as an industry leader in major

appliances, lighting, systems and services for commercial, industrial

and residential use. Technology innovation and the company’s

ecomagination (SM) initiative enable GE Appliances & Lighting to

aggressively bring to market products and solutions that help customers

meet pressing environmental challenges. General Electric (NYSE: GE),

imagination at work, sells products under the Monogram®, Profile(TM),

Café(TM), GE®, Hotpoint®, Reveal® and Energy Smart® consumer brands, and

Tetra®, Vio(TM) and Immersion® commercial brands. For more information,

consumers may visit

1 To order your GE replacement water filter and receive your

free recycling kit, visit

or call (877) 690-7115. And, to ensure clean, clear filtered water

year-round, sign up for our SmartOrder subscription program and have

your water filter delivered automatically every six months with free


2 Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. Advanced

Processing 2010 Landfill Data, based on the component listing found in

the American Plastics Council 1994 Composition, Properties and Economic

Study of Recycled Refrigerators Report.

3 Cyclopentane replaces HFC 134a.

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Rice Myth Busted: New Study Proves Using Rice to Dry a Wet Phone Is Not Effective

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A new scientific study released today by TekDry (,

an emergency electronic device rescue service, shatters the widespread

myth that placing a wet smartphone in a container of rice is an

effective way to dry it.

The study, “Evaluation of Rice as a Method of Drying Out Waterlogged

Cell Phones,” was conducted by DTJ Consulting and was commissioned by

TekDry to explore the commonly held belief that placing a wet smartphone

in a sealed container of rice for 48 hours effectively removes water

from the phone.

“The optimal window of opportunity to restore a wet electronic device is

less than 48 hours and it’s always best to act as soon as possible,”

said Adam Cookson, TekDry’s co-founder. “The study clearly demonstrates

that consumers should think twice before wasting crucial time with rice.”

The study not only proves that rice is not an effective drying agent,

but that it is actually less effective than simply leaving the device

out in the open to dry naturally on its own – but neither method will

thoroughly dry the device.

“After monitoring the weight loss of a phone simulator placed first in

an open room for 48 hours and second in a container of rice for 48

hours, both times containing the same initial weight of water at the

same temperature, evaporation reduced the water weight of the device

left in an open room by 14.7 percent while enclosing the device in a

container of rice reduced the water weight of the device by 13.1

percent,” said David James of DTJ Consulting. “The results also clearly

demonstrate that both evaporation in a room and a closed container of

rice did very little to dry the device in 48 hours.”

DTJ Consulting created a smartphone simulator for this experiment

because a waterlogged smartphone drips through openings and seams in its

case, which makes it impossible to isolate and measure the weight loss

only due to evaporation in a room or placement in a closed container of

rice. The simulator is a plastic box with openings in the top totaling

42mm2, representative of the openings in current phone

designs. The simulator contained a small folded piece of wet paper towel

with a water weight equal to 10 percent of the volume of a selected

smartphone, because the internal spaces of a smartphone occupy

approximately 10 percent of its total volume.

“More than 22 million Americans lose their mobile devices to toilets,

swimming pools, washing machines, drink spills, and other aquatic

accidents each year and many believe the commonly held misconception –

perpetuated on the Internet and in the media – that using rice to absorb

water from a wet mobile device will dry and restore your mobile device

to working order,” said Eric Jones, co-founder of TekDry. “This study

lays the rice myth to rest.”

A detailed description of the rice experiment design, methodology, and

results, a video demonstration of TekDry’s technology, and an

infographic illustrating the study and including device rescue tips and

statistics regarding wet mobile devices, are available on TekDry’s


TekDry’s patented device-rescue service completely restores within 30

minutes wet mobile devices including smartphones, laptops, tablets, and

cameras, saving consumers time, money and the hassle of dealing with

high insurance deductibles and costly device replacement fees.

TekDry recommends the following list of tips to save a wet phone:

1. DO NOT plug in your phone – Electricity and water just don’t mix.


DO power off the phone – This will help prevent a short circuit.


DO remove the battery if possible -Separating the battery from the phone

helps to keep electricity away from the waterlogged components. This

minimizes the chances of irreversible damage.

4. IF it was dropped

in salt water, DO rinse it in fresh water – Salt water will almost

certainly corrode and short the phone and will do more damage than fresh

water, so it is best to remove any traces of salt water quickly.


DO dry with paper towel or washcloth – Removing any visible water from

the phone will keep it from seeping into the phone and doing more damage.


DO NOT use rice – This method is ineffective as demonstrated in the

study announced today.

7. DO NOT use a blow dryer or oven – The

heat from these methods often warp and damage the sensitive equipment

inside your phone.

8. DO NOT use a microwave – A major component of

electronic devices is metal and metal in a microwave is a recipe for


9. DO call TekDry – TekDry’s technology is most effective

when implemented as soon as possible within the first 48 hours. If your

phone can’t be restored, you pay only a small portion of the shipping


About TekDry

Headquartered in Denver, TekDry (

offers a nationwide emergency electronic device rescue service that

quickly and safely dries wet electronic devices such as smartphones,

laptops, tablets and digital cameras; restoring full device operability,

saving valuable data such as photos and contacts and preventing further

irreversible damage.

About DTJ Consulting

David James has broad knowledge of the electronics and computing

industries through four decades of unprecedented technology advances. He

has extensive experience in leading engineering projects covering system

design, data storage, silicon chip architectures, manufacturing

processes and computerized test systems. He has held senior positions

with responsibility for technical strategy and future technology

leadership for key products at IBM Corp, Xyratex, Fujitsu Ltd and

Hitachi Global Storage.

DTJ Consulting offers practical engineering and technical marketing

expertise across multiple technology segments. David’s knowledge of

system design, electronics and physics is well suited to diverse

projects and recent work has included SSD architecture, data recovery

techniques, servo systems and embedded processor systems.

Tim Cook on Windows 8: Converging a ‘Toaster and a Refrigerator’

Apple CEO Tim Cook. Image: Joanna Stern/ABC News

If you had any concerns that Apple CEO Tim Cook might not be able to provide Steve Jobs-like one-liners on earnings calls, think again. Following the announcement of its blowout earnings, Tim Cook took questions from analysts on everything from iPhone sales to Apple’s iPad and laptop offerings.

And it was on that last point that Cook had a lot to say. When asked if Apple was planning to merge its tablet and laptop products, much as Microsoft is proceeding with Windows 8, Cook responded with a quip: “You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those aren’t going to be pleasing to the user.”

Cook elaborated that converging the iPad with a laptop would result in tradeoffs, ones Apple isn’t willing to make. “We are not going to that party, but others might from a defensive point of view.”

On top of that, Cook highlighted both Apple’s separate tablet and laptop offerings. “The tablet market is going to be huge… As the ecosystem gets better and better and we continue to double down on making great products, I think the limit here is nowhere in sight,” Cook said.

“I also believe there is a good market for the Macbook Air and we continue to innovate in that product. I think it appeals to someone who has different requirements. You wouldn’t want to put these things together.”

Olympic champions Raisman, Hernandez feted by hometowns

Olympic champions Raisman, Hernandez feted by hometowns

Joeski: Private ServerThe US State Dept. has a secured server forall State Dept. communications. However, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton decided to set up an off-grid less secure private server. I think she intended to do this.Now why would a Secretary of State do this?- to evade disclosure laws- to protect her messages from public scrutiny when she ran for President- to control which messages are deleted and which are turned over to the State Dept./Public. She deleted nearly 50% of her e mails, so I think she intended to do this.- to hide activities of the Clinton Foundation during her years as Secretary of State. (portion of the deleted 50%)- or she is just stupid/incompetent and did not understand the vulnerability of a unsecured server.Didn’t she know that as Secretary of State she would be sent messages containing classified information? Didn’t she know that her private server was less secure than that of the govt. servers?As a career politician, she should have known this and intended to put classified information at risk to hackers.This I think is grossly negligent, not extremely careless.Her major excuse has been that the messages containing classified information were not marked classified.However, it turns out that the FBI determined that there were (C) marked e mails on her server and also over 100 e mails containing classified information that were sent or received through the private server.Secretary Clinton testified under oath to Congress in 2015 that this was not true.Director Comey testified that several thousand work related e mails were not turned over to the State Dept. which violated the Records Act. Thousands of additional work related e mails have since been found and will be released by the State Dept. by Sept 13th. I can only conclude that she is either a devious felon, grossly negligent or incompetent. These qualities plus her chronic lying and lack of any major accomplishments makes her a very poor Presidential candidate.I fail to understand why so many people have voted for her in the Democratic primaries and still support her.

Read These Tips To Learn Safe And Successful Pest Control!

Unwanted insects and critters in your home can be a real problem. Sometimes it seems as if they multiply much faster than you can kill them. It’s time to put those pests in their place with the tips in this article.

Do you have a constant problem battling fruit flies? You may have to check your drain for consistency. Seal your drain with a sheet of plastic wrap and monitor the fruit fly situation. If the flies do appear, pour boiling water down the drain and scrub it clean. This should rid your drains of fruit flies.

One way that you are able to kill bees, wasps or hornets that live around you is to spray them with hairspray. The hairspray is a double threat, as it kills the bugs while repelling others with its scent.

Start from the beginning. You have to cut off the pests food source to stop them from coming into your home. Pests enter homes when they find water, food, or shelter to use. Look to see you do not have food scraps laying around. Plug any potential entryways. Look for sources of water leakage.

Fleas are notoriously hard to rid your home of, however, there are quite a few things that are able to help you if you wish to rid yourself of them. The first thing to do is to thoroughly vacuum everyday, than spray the area with a good flea spray. Be sure you get rid of the bag in your vacuum after you vacuum up the home.

When considering new trees for your yard, pay attention to where you place them, keeping them away from your house. If there are trees too close to your house, this gives rodents access to high places such as the roof from which they can enter your home. At a minimum, be sure they’re 15 feet from the house.

If you have a problem with mice, use mints to address the issue. Plant mint plants all along the exterior of your home. This will make the foundation undesirable for mice to live in. Mint leaves are a great way to make mice living in your home think twice. This usually repels mice, but you must always use fresh mint leaves.

Incorrectly or badly installed plumbing can be inviting to some pests, so always check your plumbing when you are having pest problems. You need to double check to be positive the sinks and drains around your home are not clogged. If there are clogs, then mold can grow, which will attract flies and cockroaches. After you have cleared the drains, check them every month.

It can work really well to use an electronic repellent for pests in and around your home. You plug these into your outlets, and they will scare rodents away. This quiet sound that irritates rodents is not harmful to pets or people. Rats and mice don’t like them and will stay away from them.

Never use rat poison when pets are living inside your house. Even if you do not think they will get into the poison they might eat a rat that has poison in it. Children should also never be around this kind of bait. They may believe that the small pellets on the floor are candy and eat them, which can be deadly.

A little known way to kill bugs is with hairspray. It is safe around you, but harms flying insects. It works by immobilizing the insects, leaving them incapable of getting water or food. This is ideal for a single bee that’s made its way into your home.

Steel wool is a great way to plug up mouse holes in your walls. Rodents will eat steel wool and eventually die. Wood putty mixed with steel wool makes pestdefensesolutionsElPaso for a great spackle.

Store all edible items properly. Glass and plastic containers with air-tight lids are ideal. You especially want to avoid using anything that does not have a perfect seal, such as paper or cardboard.

Remember that mice and rats are omnivores. You can use just about any tasty treat in a trap, including jelly, cheese, peanut butter or lunch meat. In addition, a spoiled food item will also work, so if you are needing to eliminate spoiled food, this can be a great way of doing so.

Ask your neighbors to help with the pest problem. If you live in the city, then it is likely that you and your neighbors will encounter the same problems when it comes to pests. Even if you had taken care of it at your own home, if these pests live in the house next door, they are able to go back to your home. Get neighbors on board so you all are able to live pest-free lives.

If you suffer from a bug problem, consider how you apply your pesticides. If you just spray around the outside, then this actually keeps bugs inside. Make sure to apply pesticides to both the inside and outside of your home.

Deal with bee hives and wasp nests at night or in the evening. Your hardware store should have a spray foam that can help you remove these. You can spray the foam from far away so that you can safely kill the insects. Spray at night during inactivity within the hive. After monitoring for a few days, you can respray if needed. Once you are certain that the bees have died, remove the hive.

Speak with neighbors for tips. If you’re suffering from PestDefenseSolutionselpaso a rodent infestation, chances are, your neighbor is as well. You can share ideas and come up with a better way to control pests. You can also warn your neighbor about a potential problem that may exist in his house at the moment.

Ridding yourself of pests is never fun. Sometimes it takes weeks, months, years or decades to eradicate them. Utilize the advice you’ve just read in order to permanently eliminate pests. You will go to sleep inside a pest-free home.

Pioneering Technology Corporation’s Highly Anticipated SmartBurner™ Now Available to the Consumer Market

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pioneering Technology Corporation (TSX-V:PTE; OTCBB:PTEFF),

(“Pioneering”), North America’s leader in cooking fire prevention

technologies and products announces today that SmartBurner, the

new consumer version of its award winning Safe-T-element cooking system,

is now available to the general public.

The SmartBurner, which can be self-installed in seconds, is in high

demand and now available to the general public. It is available for

purchase across Canada at various retail outlets and starting next week

can be purchased in both Canada and the U.S. online by visiting


SmartBurner not only helps prevent cooking fires, but also helps reduce

energy consumption, improves cooking performance and dramatically

enhances the aesthetics of electric coil stoves. The Company’s first

production run is already sold out and production is currently being

ramped up to keep up with demand.

The potential customer base for SmartBurner is significant with stovetop

cooking fires being the number one cause of household fires in North

America (44% of all household fires according to the National Fire

Protection Association – up from 20% in 1980). Unattended cooking on

electric coiled stovetops is by far the leading cause. Pioneering has

installed over 100,000 of their original Safe-T-element cooking systems

– which require professional installation – in multi-residential housing

complexes across North America with not one subsequent cooking fire


The Company will roll out a comprehensive media campaign to help support

the launch of SmartBurner. The official media launch of the product will

begin week of October 5th in conjunction with National Fire

Prevention Week that will be taking place throughout Canada and the

United States.

Pioneering CEO Kevin Callahan said, “This is a solution we have been

repeatedly asked for and one which we’re incredibly excited to launch to

the market and offer directly to consumers. With SmartBurner; our soon

to be launched RangeMinder product; and our existing B2B products, we

now have proprietary cooking fire prevention solutions for the majority

of the more than 140 million stoves/ranges and microwave ovens

throughout North America. With the continued growth of our existing

commercial solutions business, I expect the Company to see exponential

growth now that we’re able to also deliver state-of-the-art, life saving

fire prevention products directly to consumers.”

About Pioneering Technology Corp: Pioneering,

based in Mississauga, Ontario is an “Energy Smart” product

innovation/consumer goods company and North America’s leader in cooking

fire prevention technologies. Pioneering engineers and brings to market

energy smart solutions for consumer products making them safer, smarter

and/or more efficient. Pioneering’s patented cooking fire prevention

technologies/products are engineered to help prevent cooking fires, the

number one cause of household fire (a multi-billion dollar problem) in

North America and around the world. Pioneering cooking fire prevention

trademarks include Safe-T-element, RangeMinder, SmartBurner and

Safe-T-Sensor. For more information visit:

For more information please contact:

Kevin Callahan,

President & CEO of Pioneering Technology (905) 712-2061 x222;


Buick, The Buick Group, Corporate Relations (416) 915-0915;


Josh Stanbury,,

SJS Public Relations (416) 628-7441.

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements that

reflect the current views and/or expectations of the Company with

respect to its performance, business and future events. Such statements

are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Actual

results and events may vary significantly.

The TSX Venture Exchange Inc. has neither approved nor disapproved

the contents of this press release.