It is little more than a week since controversy erupted in the United Kingdom over the revelation that some British recycling companies were illegally exporting containers of e-waste to overseas countries, and now a similar controversy is engulfing Australia.
The world’s biggest manufacturer of new and old cell phones, Nokia, is facing a crisis after severely cutting back its outlook for sales in the second quarter of this year and refusing to provide overall 2011 targets.
The link between the use of new and old cell phones and brain cancer has strengthened with the release of a new report from the influential World Health Organization (WHO) that notes that there is “possibly” a link between the two.
If you have been thinking about switching over to a smartphone, now is the time. Because, over the next few months there are going to be many interesting and exciting new smartphones introduced to the US market, available from a variety of cell phone service carriers. This includes new phones sporting 4G and using the Android OS, BlackBerry OS, and the iOS; so, numerous choices in both hardware and software.
Old cell phones and other electrical goods which end up as poorly disposed of e-waste are a major threat to human health, according to a new report.
Ratatat are saying no to fans who want to use their old cell phones in order to record their live gigs. The electro rock duo who are currently touring North America have told the Edmonton Sun newspaper that they have been lenient in the past about fans using old cell phones to record their live gigs, which then invariably end up posted on the internet on such sites as YouTube in very poor quality, but have now changed their minds and want the practice stopped altogether.
Those who bemoan the lack of ways to power up their old cell phone could be in for a surprise. New research is looking into the possibility of powering up used cell phones with bacteria. All living things give off energy and scientists at the Pacific Northwest Laboratory and England’s University of East Anglia, who have been studying a particular variety of bacteria, believe they have found a way to harness the energy that those bacteria are giving off.
This year, May to September isn’t just about summer fun; it’s also about smartphones – with several new releases either having just hit the market are expected to within the next few months.
Never take an old cell phone away from a teenager. That is the lesson that has been learned in a very painful manner by a man from Mason County in the United States.
The United Nations says that if the world learned to recycle more old cell phones and other forms of electronic waste, there would be far less of a need to mine so much metal from out of the ground. Thomas Graedal, a Yale University professor who is also a member of the United Nations Environment Programme, says more waste management schemes, coupled with smarter product designs from manufacturers would have a major impact on metal recycling rates.