The following is a brief recap of the recycling and electronic news from HOBI’s blog during the week 2/12-2/16.
After having experienced how transformative both 3G and 4G LTE networks were to the smartphone industry, many are wondering how revolutionizing features will come with 5G technology. By far, the highest expectation for 5G technology are higher speeds (which is predicted to be fast enough to download a full-length HD film in as little as five seconds), higher capacities, and nearly non-existent latency, which is the lag between initiating an action and getting a response. In addition, 5G is expected to wipe the line between the smartphone industry and cable companies away completely. Currently, China, South Korea and the U.S. have already begun 5G technology trials, which many other companies expected to follow suit over the next 12 months. With AT&T and Verizon having declared they would be bringing 5G to the market in 2018.
Mozilla, a non-profit organization that promotes exclusively free software and open standards, has announced that anybody can now create an open gateway to take control of the Internet of Things (IoT). As part of the organization’s “Project Things,” which aims to build a decentralized IoT with a focus on security, privacy, and interoperability, these open sourced gateways will help users take control of their IoT and hyper-connected lifestyles. The idea is that accessory makers and service providers should use the same standards to make devices talk to each other, instead of requiring specific consumers to buy specific brands or products in order for their devices to be connected. To address this, Mozilla has now made it so that anyone with a Raspberry Pi 3, ZigBee and Z-Wave USB to be able to build their own Things Gateway.
Using a polycarbonate shell, engineers and researchers at Cornell have created a new type of transient electronic that can remotely be destroyed. From data to dust, the transient electronic, which are electronics designed to disappear when they’re no longer needed, have circuits sealed away until they’re remotely unlocked using radio waves. Once they’re unlocked, the electronic will go into a ‘self-destruct’ mode, essentially wiping the device of its data. The original thought behind the technology was to eliminate worries of losing mobile devices that may contain sensitive information. However, now the technology is being tested in various industries like healthcare and environmental sciences. In December 2017, researchers behind the technology received a patent and hope to have this explosive technology deployed within the next few years.
With so many cloud storage service providers on the market, it can get confusing when trying to find the best fit for your data needs. However, with the push for more mobile and IoT connectivity in our daily lives, the ability to store, manage, backup, and safeguard data is more prevalent than ever. And it’s pretty clear that people and businesses will continue the growing trend of reducing their needs to rely on costly hardware and infrastructure by placing files and applications in the cloud. Provided is a list of the top 10 rated cloud storage providers on the market. All 10 of the providers offer free plans or trial accounts, therefore allowing you to experience the service before ever needing to shell out any hard-earned money.