Blackberry will no longer manufacture cellphones

Earlier today, Blackberry confirmed plans of focusing on software development. In order to streamline these efforts, Blackberry will no longer manufacture cellphones in-house, instead opting to outsource manufacturing to partners. Blackberry announced the new developments in their second-quarter earnings report. CEO John Chen indicated the company’s $352 million revenue will be a strong foundation for…

E-Scrap 2016 Recap

Resource Recycling’s annual E-Scrap conference concluded last Thursday. HOBI International president Craig Boswell contributed to the conference’s opening session and provide insights on the future of the e-scrap processing industry. E-Scrap’s opening session addressed industry challenges including the effect of wearables on overall profitability, and the importance of certifications. Boswell addressed the costliness of processing…

Mobile market update: Smartphone sales see slight growth, while tablet sales fall

International Data Corporation (IDC) reports smartphone sales are continuing to grow, while PC and tablet shipments are falling. Overall, smartphone shipments have seen a 1.6 percent increase since this time in 2015. While this amount of growth may not be seen as substantial, carriers and manufacturers are implementing new programs to encourage device trade-ins. Along…

Samsung issuing update in response to malfunctioning batteries

Samsung’s latest mobile device, the Galaxy Note 7, has been in the headlines for an apparent manufacturing defect. There are multiple reports of the smartphone’s battery overheating and exploding, these explosions have resulted in the recall of more than 2 million devices. Samsung and U.S. authorities alike have recommended customers return their potentially defective devices…

Project Ara cancellation demonstrates sustainable device design challenges

Google’s plan to build a modular cellphone with interchangeable parts, known as Project Ara, has been suspended indefinitely. While Google may not release a device, there are rumors of Google working with partners through licensing agreements to bring the technology to market. Project Ara could potentially set the groundwork to more sustainable device design. Modular…

Dell officially closes historical EMC acquisition

Dell’s acquisition of EMC, the largest tech deal in history, formally closed yesterday. The $67 billion deal was officially announced in October. Dell’s official statement boasted the combination of EMC’s assets to Dell’s portfolio creates $74 billion of services that are used by 98 percent of Fortune 500 companies. While this historical merger opens the…

Apple reveals iPhone 7, Watch Series 2, iOS 10 and other updates

Apple concluded their annual September event earlier this afternoon and put an end to all iPhone 7 speculation. Along with revealing the newest version of their flagship mobile device, Apple showed off new Watch updates, iOS 10, revamped Apple Music platform, App store exclusives, a new education platform called ConnectED and iWork improvements. Apple kicked…