Provided is a weekly snapshot of the recent data center, 5G technology, mobile and blockchain related news that HOBI’s blog reported during the week 1/14-1/18.
One significant contributor to the e-waste crisis is data centers. These centers are rapidly popping up all across the globe. And at the rate in which technology is moving, these data centers produces an enormous amount of electronic waste. Because of the sheer amount of IT equipment necessary to establish and maintain data centers, there is a high amount of turn over. And unfortunately, not all of this equipment will end up safely recycled. In fact, the EPA estimates e-waste now accounts for two percent of all solid waste and about 70 percent of toxic waste that ends up in landfills or incinerators.
We’re getting closer towards seeing the deployment of 5G communication networks. However, many experts are saying that we can’t possibly be ready for advanced lower latency networks when our mobile phones aren’t ready to receive these networks. Due to the difference in wavelength frequencies, a new design for the smartphone must be considered in order to fit both the 5G supported antenna and the current 4G LTE supported antenna. However, fitting both into one devices without disturbing each other may prove to be a bit of a challenge.
An investigation into mobile carriers conducted by online magazine, Motherboard, showed that despite last year’s pledge to end the selling of customer data, mobile carriers are still accessing and selling location data. Motherboard paid a bounty hunter $300 to track the location of a cell phone using only the associated phone number of the device. The bounty hunter was able to track the phone through data from a third-party aggregator. In response, mobile carriers have yet again promised to end data selling. However, may have little hope that mobile carriers will follow through on these promises.
For the past few years, we’ve been hearing about how revolutionary blockchain technology will be for various industries, including mobile. And when it comes to applications development specifically, blockchain is one of the best technologies to use. Big names in tech like Microsoft and Facebook have already integrated blockchain technology into their systems. In fact, the blockchain technology is getting mainstreamed in the corporate world through application development. This is because the benefits that blockchain provides simply helps makes apps faster and safer to use.