Provided is a weekly snapshot of the recent IT, recycling, and E-waste related news that HOBI’s blog reported on during the week 4/02-4/06.
Researchers are now working on a tech gadget that will not only be able to turn seawater into drinkable water, but can also provide clean energy to power other gadgets like smartphones and electronic vehicles. It may sound like a rather odd combination of functions, however, this new type of electronic filter made from metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs, might just be able to address the shortage of drinkable water and the need for green energy in many parts of the world. Currently, researchers are looking into optimizing MOFs for commercial use for long term stability as well as advancing the capabilities of the material. More than likely, it will be a while before we see this technology on the market, but nevertheless, it is amazing to hear the green direction that many upcoming tech projects are taking.
Can you imagine electronic waste having any use in brain surgery? It may seem odd to you, but Brazilian doctors have been finding ways to put electronic waste to use in the operating room. They are now using discarded iPhones as cheaper, more efficient alternatives to traditional expensive and bulky video monitoring systems. In this digital age, it’s no question that e-waste is rapidly becoming a global concern. And while trashing electronics may be convenient, there are many other just-as-easy methods that are eco-friendly. Not only will this create a more sustainable environment but recycling and upcycling promotes innovation, which will only benefit industries across the globe.
Mar. 28, Apple released their latest software update, iOS 11.3. The new update will introduce some impressive and significant features despite being a mid-cycle software update. Whether you’re interested in augmented reality, cute Animojis or just looking for a way to keep Apple from throttling your iPhone, there is sure to be something in this update that will pique everyone’s curiosity. One of the most anticipated features of the software is Battery Health, which the company has added as a direct response to the backlash from Apple’s admission to purposely slowing down older devices. Another exciting addition is the new Health Records, which will act as a single easy-to-access encrypted hub of all your medical records.
Dropping your phone is always bad, but when you’re on the go and you drop your phone, somehow the damage feels even worse. There isn’t much that people can do in these situations. With no professional materials on hand to help save your device and no time to stop and get it check out, do you know how to patch your smartphone to last you just long enough until you can take it to a professional who can repair it? HOBI has compiled a few words of advice on how to do just that! From tips on how to find durable devices and phone cases to tacking water damage – we know just what you can do and what actions you’ll want to avoid when your smartphone is on the line.