Provided is a weekly snapshot of the recent electronic legislation movement, mobile battery management, and ITAM related news that HOBI’s blog reported during the week 6/10-6/14.
With over two dozen electronic scrap laws around the country, trying to keep up with each and their corresponding unique set of requirements can often be a difficult task. That’s why the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC), which works on all things related to e-scrap state laws, has provided a single resource covering all the intricacies. Last week, the group launched the e-Cycle Compliance Calendar, a website providing tools to assist in state program compliance. Their aim is to help break down requirements by categorizing each program participant in order to explain what is expected of manufacturers, retailers, collectors and processors.
Two weeks ago, Apple announced details about iOS 13 at their Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), and buried in the list of extra features to be released with the new operating system was a brief note about “battery optimization.” In the note, Apple says it will be “reducing the time your iPhone spends fully charged.” In other words, through the new iOS, Apple will prevent your iPhone from charging above 80 percent in an effort to save your device’s battery lifecycle. And the reason why has to do with the way lithium-ion battery technology works.
Over the last 30 years, various states have tried to establish lasting right-to-repair bills, which advocates for the right for consumers to repair their own electronics and other items they may own. Due to unique state regulations, each bill has slight differences, but most generally follow a model bill published by Consumer Reports in December of last year. Now, many states are gearing up for a new wave of legislation attempting to get past the floor vote, something that not one bill has been able to do so far. Earlier this year, a Resource Recycling publication, E-Scrap News, published an article on 16 states who were looking to establish or gain traction with right-to-repair legislation. And now the publication has provided an overview on these 16 states are progressing with their right-to-repair bills.
Buying or leasing IT assets has been a long-standing argument for years with business owners, both large and small. Purchasing equipment means a higher initial cost and an inevitable future of aged equipment that you’ll have to deal with, but it comes with the appeal of tax incentives. Meanwhile, leasing entails less upfront costs with equipment upgrades every few years. But, leasing will be a costly option in the long run. Provided is a look at the advantages and disadvantages of both these options and how IT asset managers can choose the best option for their enterprise.