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Ideo partners with NYC to help flooding victims bounce back from storms

IDEO is an international design firm that usually focuses on product design and consumer experiences. Now the company is using design thinking and innovative technologies to help flood victims in advance of hurricane season.
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#Sandy: Twitter activity could be more accurate than government data for mapping hurricane damage

Researchers from Melbourne, Australia used data of Twitter activity during Hurricane Sandy to map its damage. The results were surprisingly accurate, even when compared to hard data from state governments and FEMA.
Emerging Tech

A 5th-grader invented a sandless sandbag to fight floods more effectively

11-year-old Peyton Robertson, a native of Florida, has developed a new kind of sandbag system that's lighter, easier to transport, and more effective than traditional sand-based systems we've been using for decades

World of Warcraft players prove they have flaming hearts by raising $2.3 million for Sandy relief effort

Blizzard has a history of using World of Warcraft as a fundraiser for disaster relief, and it broke its own recent records by raising $2.3 million for the American Red Cross to help victimes of Hurricane Sandy.
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New web service handles the guesswork of donating

A new web service called YouGiveGoods allows users to donate products to charity organizations without worrying about where and when to drop it off.

Verizon and AT&T confirm cell service back to normal after Sandy

Verizon Wireless and AT&T have confirmed that cell service is back to normal for the first time since Hurricane Sandy struck on Oct. 29.

Good guy Apple gives $2.5 million to Hurricane Sandy relief

After successfully raising "millions" of dollars toward the American Red Cross' Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees today that the company will donate $2.5 million of its own money to help the storm's victims…
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Airbnb and Mayor Bloomberg link up, open home renters’ doors to hurricane victims

Two weeks after Hurricane Sandy, a nor'easter heads toward New York City. Luckily, Airbnb and the Big Apple joined hands to offer free shelter to those displaced.

Fisker cites Sandy floodwaters as cause of New Jersey Karma fires

Fisker has traced the fire that damaged 16 Karma plug-in hybrids to a short circuit that occurred after the cars were submerged in the floodwaters of Superstorm Sandy.
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New Jersey’s email voting option backfires, e-voters stranded in confusion

Post-Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey elected to vote via e-mail. Unfortunately, the process has been anything but smooth, and many constituents are finding themselves without ballots or resources to help them vote.
Emerging Tech

Three tech lessons learned the hard way (from Hurricane Sandy)

When disaster strikes, you get a whole new perspective on what’s important in the high-tech devices we rely on.

New Jersey to allow registered voters to vote by email

Definitely helpful for anyone in New Jersey displaced by the destructive power of Hurricane Sandy, registered voters can vote electronically this year.