The following is a quick recap of some of the recent technology, recycling, and e-waste industry news that HOBI’s blog reported on during the week 2/26-3/01.
PolyCE (or Post-Consumer High-tech Recycled Polymers for a Circular Economy), is a European Commission funded project consisting of a consortium of 20 expert organizations that will undertake various activities to strengthen the recovery of plastics from waste electronics and electronic equipment (WEEE). Over the next four years, the PolyCE project will set out to demonstrate the feasibility of a circular model for the plastics supply and value chain, develop a grading system for recycled plastics, which will ultimately serve to provide guidelines for designing new electronic products, establish a feedback loop from research activities that provides policy input regarding technical feasibilities and conflicts from a technical perspective, and promote green public procurement initiatives and consumer awareness campaigns across the EU.
Across the globe, there has been a rapid adoption of IoT devices in nearly all sectors. Yet, the majority of networks are wholly unprepared for the massive influx of new devices, and even less prepared for malicious hackers that attempt to access corporate networks and user data for nefarious purposes. While a connected world makes our lives easier, there is a huge variety of IoT devices entering organizations every day that IT departments may not always see, let alone manage. A good starting point for businesses in today’s hyper-connected world, is to begin to address the issues and risks of an IoT connection and implement centralized management systems that help ensure compliance.
Last year the average total cost of a data breach was $3.42 million – or, an average of $141 per lost or stolen record. However, the largest financial impact comes from the cost of cleaning up after a data breach and the loss of customer confidence that results in reduced revenue. Most enterprises list data security to be one of their top priorities but lack thorough policies on what to do with end-of-use IT assets. In fact, many IT asset management operations are often over looked by enterprises, despite the vast amounts of sensitive information being housed on these devices. Provided are ways that enterprises can optimize data security and ITAD (IT asset disposition) operations to avoid a costly breach.
Have you noticed your smartphone running a little slower than it used to? If it’s a device that is a year or two old, then it’s probably safe to say that your mobile device has slowed down compared to when you bought it brand-new. But the real question is: How much has it slowed down? If you don’t have time to wait out lines or make appointments with tech experts, the best option is to run benchmark and speed tests on your device. Provided is a list of benchmark testing apps, ISP speed tests, battery performance tests for both Android and iOS devices to help boost your device’s performance if it falls short.