Provided is a quick glimpse of the most recent technology and recycling related news that the HOBI Blog reported on during the week 3/19-3/23.
Without question, the Internet of Things (IoT) has been growing at an incredible rate. The mobile industry embraced the challenge of rapidly advancing technologies, with the first commercial networks being deployed within seven months of the release, and a staggering 41 commercial networks being operational across 23 mobile operators to date. And now, all four U.S. carriers have announced their intent to deploy NB-IoT (Narrowband IoT), which has resulted in more than 80 mobile operators to embrace the technology and launch 60+ Mobile IoT pilots. This means the real work beings for the mobile industry and that is to discover how to efficiently monetize the technology.
IT asset disposition refers to getting rid of technology and electronic assets by direct sale or some other transfer in method. ITAD solutions help organizations safely destroy material and recycle IT equipment in an environmentally friendly and secure manner. It is a solution that is increasingly being adopted by many companies across the globe to manage waste disposal, minimize the risk of data loss and subsequent monetary loss. Currently, the market is booming. By taking on new challenges brought on by advancing technologies, experts at the market research firm, Markets and Markets, predict the industry to move from $11.3 billion to $20.09 billion by 2020. Big factors in this growth are the increasing adoption of new technology and the BYOD trend in many organizations.
Two European coalitions representing electronics manufacturers have launched an internet-based information service designed to help processors better recycle devices. Partnered with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Forum (WEEE Forum), CECED and DigitalEurope have created ‘Information for Recyclers’ or I4R, which will provide access to information about the presence and location of materials and components that should be separated for special disposal treatment. The I4R platform provides a one-stop shop of information as well as an avenue for improved communications between producers and processors.
With Apple’s battery throttling controversy still fresh on our minds, many are probably still worried about their smartphone batteries. But what about your other mobile devices? Odds are, your other devices, like your laptop, aren’t running as fast as they use to either. Energy management has proved to be an omnipresent issue since the inception of portable computing. However, thanks to a combination of more powerful batteries, newer processors, and smarter software, it’s getting better as the years go on. Until we can reach a point in technology that will allow for batteries to never slow down, there are a few steps users can take in order to make their laptop batteries last for as long as possible – or at least until your next upgrade.