European Parliament officials issue resolution to increase lifecycle, repairability of electronics

European government leaders are taking steps to improve the repairability of electronic devices. Earlier this month, the European Parliament approved a resolution that calls European Commission countries to action in creating more easily repairable electronics with longer lifespans. The resolution does not place any mandatory course of action, but signified government officials’ intentions to establish…



Samsung Galaxy Note FE now available for puchase in South Korea

During late 2016, Samsung recalled millions of Galaxy Note 7 devices following multiple reports of exploding batteries. The recall costed Samsung an estimated $5.3 billion and led to a lengthy investigation regarding battery safety. Samsung faced criticism regarding the design of the devices, testing protocols and future disposal plans for the recalled devices. Instead of…



HOBI weekly blog recap 6/26-6/30

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 6/26-6/30 New Petya ransomware attack spread to more than 60 countries A new ransomware attack is running rampant across PCs worldwide. The malware, identified as a type of Petya ransomware, began targeting organizations worldwide Tuesday morning. This attack follows the high-profile WannaCry ransomware…



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…



Craig Boswell weighs in on the challenges of tablet processing

Last month, Resource Recycling published an article about the ongoing challenges of repairing and refurbishing tablets. Tablet repair can be time consuming, costly and dangerous if the wrong techniques are used. Craig Boswell, HOBI International, Inc. President, explained tablets’ compact design and use of adhesive can pose a safety threat for workers. “That’s a significant…



HOBI weekly blog recap 2/13-2/17

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 2/13-2/17 Two educational technology concerns and their solutions Technology in the classroom brings opportunities for increased lesson plan flexibility, outside-the-classroom resources and improved teacher-student interaction. What to do with old devices after Valentine’s Day New tablets, smartphones and wearable technology are popular gifts…



Right to Repair bills proposed in five states could be first step to sustainable device repair

According Android Authority, new Right to Repair bills have been proposed in five states, including Kansas, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Nebraska and New York. If enacted, Right to Repair legislation is a step towards a more sustainable electronics repair and refurbishment industry. This legislation would require manufacturers to sell replacement parts and provide service manuals to independent…



HOBI News of the Week 10/31-11/4

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 10/31-11/4 The most overlooked component of enterprise mobile asset management When considering a mobile asset management provider, enterprises may focus on repair solutions, data security, and future refurbishment and recycling opportunities. While these are all important components of mobile asset management, the most…



Amazon issued complaint for importing refurbished phones to India

The Indian Express reports Amazon India and 20 other ecommerce platforms, including eBay, Snapdeal, Olx and Quikr, were issued a showcause complaint by the India’s environment ministry for selling imported refurbished devices.   The notice, filed September 23, orders Amazon “to stop the import/shipment of used/refurbished electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) immediately.” The notice also…



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…



HOBI News of the Week 8/22-8/26

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 8/22-8/26 How to navigate back-to-school educational technology challenges The beginning of the school year is officially here. With the first day of school approaching, administrators and educators are working to finalize strategies for the year. Part of this planning is managing all technology…