Provided is a weekly snapshot of the recent electronic waste and mobile technology news that HOBI’s blog reported on during the week 7/16-7/20
How e-waste encourages competitors to collaborate
Electronics are becoming more complex everyday, which makes recycling them a difficult and pricey operation. One industry expert points out that the creation of coalitions between competitors can help streamline and create an efficient recycling electronic waste stream. In fact, having competitors come together could result in high rates of recycling and the lowest possible cost to consumers, if the partnerships are conducted successfully. But what exactly are optimal conditions for long-lasting electronic recycling coalitions? Provided is an overview of recycling strategies examined by researchers to answer how these coalitions can become successful.
The mobile phone market may be stagnant, but mobile technology is still emerging
Based on sales numbers, Wall Street has growing concerns about the maturing outlook for the industry. We’re facing a tipping point where voice and home assistance, IoT service based apps and tracking devices are growing in popularity, with the potential to supersede the mobile phone as being the tool that connects users across new channels in innovative methods. But we shouldn’t worry just yet. Mobile phone usage won’t be completely cannibalised by the tech giants managing home assistants. It is only evolving the experience of how it is used. In other words, technology is beginning to pick up real speed thanks to disruptor experiences on current and new devices on the market.
HTC Exodus: the first major blockchain-powered phone
Blockchain is one of the biggest topics in technology at the moment. In fact, it is making headlines around the world with its potentially game-changing applications as well as frequent valuing fluctuations. Taiwanese consumer electronics maker, HTC has decided to hop onto the blockchain bandwagon. The tech giant announced the upcoming blockchain-powered Android phone, Exodus, which will be equipped with a universal wallet and hardware support for cryptocurrencies and decentralized apps. HTC says that they are aiming to “make decentralization a reality.”
What your tech gadget really means when it says ‘waterproof’
Do you know exactly what your mobile device means when it says that it is ‘waterproof’ or ‘water resistant’? It might sound alluring because we would love to be able to carry our phones in the pool with us without worrying about water damage, but unfortunately not all devices are made the same – which means that your device may not be as waterproof as you think it is. Provided is an overview on how to navigate the various classifications of water resistance in tech to help prevent your device from dying an avoidable moist death.