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A portal that saves users queuing for hours

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by Elsa Sidawy | 12.20.11

Designed for all those who are put off by long queues, the Jaimeattendre.com portal informs users of the busiest times in the places where they want to go. According to the start-up that publishes the website, a Frenchman spends an average of four months of his life queuing.

A tool to calculate the economic benefits of telecommuting

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by Elsa Sidawy | 12.19.11

You remain to be convinced of the financial benefits of telecommuting. The LBMG Worklabs firm has just launched a tool that can calculate employers’ telecommuting costs and profits.

Bordeaux opens its first floating library

Bordeaux opens its first floating library

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by Elsa Sidawy | 12.12.11

On October 25th, the city of Bordeaux opened the “Biblio.bato”, an experimental library for the 15-35 age group. It is located on the upper deck of the I-Boat, a former ferry boat moored in the “wet docks” district and turned into a cultural place where electronic music and digital arts mix since the end of September.

Clothes libraries in Sweden and England

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by Adrien Geneste | 11.29.11

In Sweden, almost one item of clothing out of two never sees the light while textile consumption keeps increasing. In order to stop this nonsense, four women created, during the Stockholm Fashion Week, the first clothes library.

Paris within a second: the application that gives inhabitants of Paris real-time information

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by Elsa Sidawy | 11.22.11

On November 16th, the city of Paris launched a new and free mobile phone application to give on-the-move inhabitants of Paris access to practical information. “Paris à la seconde” (Paris within a second) provides iPhone or Androïd mobile phone users with weather forecast alerts, information on unexpected closing of public places or highways, pollution peaks, electricity failures…

Lyon celebrates ordinary heroes

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by Elsa Sidawy | 11.18.11

The Greater Metropolitan Area of Lyon initiated in the summer of 2009 a project aimed at celebrating the initiatives of citizens working to preserve the planet. The project “Héros ordinaires” (Ordinary Heroes) is part of the Plan climat de l’agglomération (the Climate Plan of Greater Lyon), and is in partnership with the civic service association [...]

A bicycle pump for public space

A bicycle pump for public space

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by Elsa Sidawy | 11.08.11

Specialists in all things bike-related, Altinnova unveiled on October 6th its latest bicycle pump destined for public spaces and businesses.

The Ride: A spectacular tourist bus in New York

The Ride: A spectacular tourist bus in New York

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by Elsa Sidawy | 10.28.11

Over the past year, a sightseeing bus of a new genre has emerged in New York. Passengers who board “The Ride” must prepare for a new experience. While comfortably sitting on seats facing a huge window, they can, as in a theater, enjoy the various shows available to them along their journey through the Big Apple.

In Belgrade, a solar-powered device charges mobile phones for free

In Belgrade, a solar-powered device charges mobile phones for free

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by Elsa Sidawy | 10.24.11

In order to find a solution to this everyday problem, students from the University of Belgrade invented the Strawberry Tree after two years of research. Installed in the Obrenovac public park in October 2010, the device enables users to charge their mobile phones for free within ten to fifteen minutes.

Exclusive: release of the 2011 index of the most innovative cities in the world

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by Elsa Sidawy | 10.19.11

The Australian agency 2thinknow released today the results of its fifth annual “Innovation Cities Index”. Like last year, Boston is top of the list of the most innovative cities in the world, among the 331 cities that have been observed (versus 289 in 2010). Paris loses its second place and comes third after San Francisco. [...]

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