Provided is a weekly snapshot of the recent trade tariffs, data center, Internet of Things and plastic waste related news that HOBI’s blog reported during the week 6/24-6/28.
In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, dated last Monday but released to the public on the following Thursday, Apple said tariffs would “result in a reduction of Apple’s U.S. economic contribution,” as the fees would impact all of its major products (iPhones, iPads, Macs, AirPods and Apple TV) as well as accessories like monitors, batteries and parts used to repair devices. Additionally, the tech company claims their competitiveness as well as the amount of monetary contributions it makes to the U.S. economy would be damaged.
In the annual data center industry survey, conducted and published by Uptime Institute, reports that a huge concern among data center managers deals with the difficulty of retaining and recruiting staff. Researchers at Uptime Institute say that the lack of staffing is predominantly attributed to the “largely invisible” nature of the data center industry. People don’t often realize that when systems and applications are running on the cloud, there’s a physical infrastructure that makes it possible. Therefore its getting harder to find people to design, build and manage data centers.
Every day more devices are connecting to the Internet. Advances in technology have allowed for devices to go beyond computers and mobile phones, taking advantage of the power that online connectivity provides. The phenomenon of smart devices, or devices that can connect to the internet has paved the way for IoT. Additionally, many enterprises are opting to implement ioT devices into their business infrastructures. However, because the IoT is still relatively new with developing technology, many businesses aren’t aware of the risks involved in setting up IoT devices on a wireless network.
The proliferation of plastic waste across the globe is threatening the very survival of life on the planet. Reports say that every year, millions of metric tons of plastic materials end up in our oceans, landfills and just about any place you can imagine. It is predicted that plastic waste pollution is set to triple within the next decade — poisoning our marine life, littering landscapes and clogging waterways. There is no question that the world is suffering from a plastic crisis. Exactly how to manage the situation has been the subject of plenty of investigation. Efforts have focused on everything from reducing the use of plastic packaging to using drones to help spot plastic-clogged waterways from the sky. Awareness is on the rise and experts report that surveys reveal a sense of true determination throughout the world to solve plastic pollution.