Greenpeace, iFixit study raises questions about device repairability

Yesterday, Greenpeace released findings from their device repairability assessment. The study, sponsored in conjunction with iFixIt, spanned two years and reviewed 40 different smartphone, tablet and laptop devices from 17 different brands according to iFixIt’s repairability scale. IFixit rates device repairability by multiple factors, including time taken to repair, upgradability and modularity, and availability of…

Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) strategies are replacing traditional Mobile Device Management (MDM)

Enterprises worldwide are deploying more mobile devices each year, thanks to the increasing sophistication of mobile technologies. Allowing employees to utilize the smartphone or tablet of their choice as a primary computing device brings opportunities for increased productivity and a decreased learning curve. Increased mobile adoption is causing enterprises to turn to enterprise mobility management…

HOBI weekly blog recap 6/19-6/23

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 6/19-6/23 IoT spending anticipated to grow 17 percent during 2017 IDC estimates organizations worldwide will spend up to $1.4 trillion in IoT hardware, software and services by 2021. While the firm predicts substantial growth within the next four years, IDC reports nearly 17…

Three steps to maximizing enterprise data center potential

Enterprises nationwide are decreasing their data center budgets. Electricity, environmental controls and equipment maintenance can lead to high operational costs. To maximize a data center’s potential, it’s important to stick to the best practices and regular maintenance to ensure equipment is functioning at its highest capability. Here are three tips for maximizing data center potential: Maximize…

Bureau of International Recycling announces official start of global e-scrap study

The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) and Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) have officially began studying worldwide e-scrap generation and processing flows. This study, assisted by academics from Harokopio University, will review data regarding household electronics and appliance recycling. The two groups initially announced the study during December of 2016. Robin Wiener, ISRI president,…

Educational technology market anticipates substantial growth due to digitization

A new report from EdTechXGlobal indicates the educational technology market will reach $252 billion by 2020. Up to two percent of the $5 trillion global education market is currently digitized, and experts anticipate that percentage will continue to grow with new technology advancements. Google and Microsoft are leading educational technology sales, with Google comprising 58…

SERI reports first instance of fabricated R2 certificate

Last week, Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) reported the first known instance of a doctored R2 certificate. SERI discovered the fraudulent certificate after an e-scrap processor attempted using the document to secure a contract. The document, created by Secure Recycling, was a real R2 form with the facility name, date and certificate number altered. Secure…

Apple announces plans to release iPhone repair machines

Last week, Apple, Inc. announced plans to release multiple iPhone screen repair machines to third-party repair companies worldwide. The company will release their Horizon Machines, previously only available to Apple retail stores and mail-in repairs, to 400 authorized repair shops in 25 countries around the world. The machine does not completely replace an iPhone’s screen,…

HOBI weekly blog recap 6/5-6/9

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 6/5-6/9 Three steps to prepare for a data center relocation Enterprise data centers are constantly evolving with new technologies and new approaches to maximize value. Whether it’s taking the plunge and committing to a cloud-computing centric data center, or just overall consolidation, data…