Samsung Galaxy Note FE now available for puchase in South Korea

During late 2016, Samsung recalled millions of Galaxy Note 7 devices following multiple reports of exploding batteries. The recall costed Samsung an estimated $5.3 billion and led to a lengthy investigation regarding battery safety. Samsung faced criticism regarding the design of the devices, testing protocols and future disposal plans for the recalled devices. Instead of…

HOBI weekly blog recap 3/27-3/31

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog from the week of 3/27-3/31. Study finds 40 percent of used devices available for resale contain personally identifiable information Last week, the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) published results from a large-scale study analyzing personally identifiable information (PII) found in publicly resold electronics. The study found…

Study finds 40 percent of used devices available for resale contain personally identifiable information

Last week, the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) published results from a large-scale study analyzing personally identifiable information (PII) found in publicly resold electronics. The study found 40 percent of the tested devices contained PII. NAID commissioned CPR Tools, Inc. to test used tablets, hard drives and mobile phones for PII. This is the…

Right to Repair bills proposed in five states could be first step to sustainable device repair

According Android Authority, new Right to Repair bills have been proposed in five states, including Kansas, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Nebraska and New York. If enacted, Right to Repair legislation is a step towards a more sustainable electronics repair and refurbishment industry. This legislation would require manufacturers to sell replacement parts and provide service manuals to independent…

2020 Olympic medals will be made of recycled electronics

Organizers of the Olympic and Paralympic games are aiming for sustainable awards instead of the traditional medals in the 2020 Olympics. In place of the gold, silver and bronze medals, organizers will create medals from recycled electronics. Olympic games organizers have established collection sites around the country for Japanese citizens to donate their older mobile…