The following is a recap of the HOBI blog during the week 1/22-1/26.
In an open letter, two major Apple investors, JANA Partners, LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, urged the company to strengthen and broaden parental control features. The investors believe Apple has a social responsibility to protect children from the potential dangers that the company’s products provide access to. Backed by author and professor of Psychology, Jean Twenge, the letter discusses the prevalent need to address the research that suggests a relationship between the rise of depression and suicidal tendencies in young adults with the rise of both the smartphone and social media platforms. Currently, Apple does have parental controls in place but has responded to the letter by stating the company will look into creating more “robust” parental control features in the near future.
Just a few short weeks ago, 2018 CES showed up amazing innovations in technology that we can look forward to in the future. Just as well, the show also showed us some unique technology related products that we can buy on the market right now. Using the CES show room, computer technology giant, Dell announced their partnership with actress and activist Nikki Reed’s Bayou With Love, an eco-friendly retail store that promotes the recycling and the reuse and repurposing of materials. Together, the two have created ‘The Circular Collection,’ which is a gold jewelry line that uses precious metals extracted from recycled Dell motherboards.
In recent years, we’ve seen the Internet of Things (IoT) soaring to new heights. From wearable technology to home speakers, there is a push to stay connected in all aspects – even in whole cities. Smart cities provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, while promoting a clean and sustainable environment and the application of ‘smart’ solutions. A report published by ABI Research, a market-foresight advisory firm providing strategic guidance on transformative technologies, IoT technology revenues across 12 key smart city technologies and verticals will grow from nearly $25 billion in 2017 to $62 billion in 2026, which is an average rate of 11 percent.
Dead electronics make up the world’s fastest-growing source of waste. In fact, the United States produces more e-waste than any other country in the world. But do you know where this waste goes once it leaves your hands? In short, the e-waste typically gets exported to less developed countries, where the devices die a slow death in a tech graveyard. However, what we once considered waste quickly becomes a source of opportunity in these countries. Locals can make a small profit from extracting precious metals and materials from discarded e-waste, despite the less than ideal and hazardous conditions. Exploring the digital wastelands, German author and photographer Kai Loffelbein gives us a look inside these e-waste graveyards.