Your Internet of Things (IoT) device may not be all that you think it is. While they are extremely useful devices that makes our lives more efficient, productive and enjoyable, it is also a direct link to your personal life. You may have heard of the recent incident involving a connected Nest Cam that was used to send a fake missile announcement – causing sheer panic for the device’s owner. And this is just one way that your smart device can be used against you. And as these devices become more popular, the more botnets begin to crop up and take aim at the devices.
We’ve all heard of the three R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle – but most don’t know that these three terms are structured in particular order. Recycling, despite being a green initiative, should be the last resort for waste material. And recent reports indicate ITAD companies are looking to back off recycling and focus more on refurbishing electronics. One industry expert points out that millions of consumer electronics reach the end of their useable life cycles every year and recycling them isn’t nearly as effective as one would think. And by refurbishing these devices, ITAD providers will be able to maximize profits while conserve energy and material.
Would you be able to live without your smartphone? For some it may be hard to imagine but within the next century, it could be our reality. The EuChemS has designed a new periodic table that highlights the natural elements considered to be ‘endangered’ as a result of the rapid increase in mobile phone production and the lack of proper disposal for these devices. They say the best course of action to keep these elements from dying out is to stop upgrading every couple of years.
There aren’t too many positive things we can say about global warming. With rising sea levels, hotter summers and a slew of natural disasters, climate change is a scary reality. But for Apple, it may just be what the company needs to boost iPhone sales. In a recently published report, the tech giant suggests that safety features like “SOS”, Wireless Emergency Alerts and fast-access flashlight could help spur increased customer loyalty and demand in the face of catastrophic weather events.