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Apple lobbyist tries to postpone California right-to-repair bill

A few weeks ago Motherboard reported an internal Apple document that indicated the company could be shifting its stance on the right-to-repair movement. However, the multimedia publication group is now reporting that an Apple representative and lobbyist from CompTIA, a trade organization that represents big tech companies, has been privately meeting with legislators in California…

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Polling the Public on Data Security and Device Repair

A survey, commissioned by a new group called the Security Innovation Center (SIC), looked at the public’s concerns about data security and privacy around used internet-connected devices. While another study, from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG), investigated how Apple’s phone-throttling controversy has stimulated battery-replacement business for independent repair shops across the country.…

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HOBI Weekly Blog Recap 12/11-12/15

The following is a recap of the HOBI blog during the week of 12/11-12/15. U.K. students research cheaper tools for identifying plastics Team Matoha, a group composed of four undergraduate students at Imperial College London, is looking into developing low-cost instruments that will manually identify and sort plastic materials based on resin type. OEM representative…

Enhancing repairability of lithium-ion batteries in mobile devices

Enhancing Repairability of Lithium-Ion batteries in Mobile Devices by: Craig Boswell Concern for safe battery removal — particularly in mobile devices — is prompting processors, industry organizations and OEMs to examine design, manufacturing and disassembly procedures. Due to the highly volatile nature of lithium-ion batteries, establishing a set of industry safety standards and manufacturing protocols…

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OEM representative promotes design for disassembly

Craig Melson, a program manager at techUK, penned an article for New Electronics, a U.K. trade publication for electronics engineers, where he discussed the emerging repairability and recyclability expectations facing the electronics industry. Melson also addressed the important key role that electronics engineers play in ensuring that devices are repairable and recyclable. “Whilst innovation and…

HOBI weekly blog recap 8/21-8/25

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 8/21-8/25 Samsung reveals Galaxy Note 8 Samsung revealed the highly anticipated Galaxy Note 8 device at a conference yesterday. The device’s predecessor, the Galaxy Note 7, experienced a public failure after all devices were recalled due to combusting batteries. Certain e-scrap metals excluded…