Is Africa the dumping ground for old cell phones and other electronic items from the United States and the rest of the world? The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) believes that may well actually be the case. With more than 15 million tons of new e-waste being generated every year all over the world, the fear is that Africa is the target dumping ground for a large portion of it.
Recharging an old cell phone can be a major pain for many people, but a technological breakthrough might just make it possible for people to recharge their cell phones – simply by talking to it. The astonishing new technology, being developed by researchers in South Korea, could see just the sound of a person’s voice being enough to power up a depleted cell phone.
According to ReCellular, one of the many cell phone recyclers whose prices we compare and present, the refurbished cell phone market is growing; possibly accounting for as much of one fifth of US cell phone sales.
The San Francisco bill to force cell phone companies to put radiation disclosure levels on new cell phones – given that it’s a little late to put them on old cell phones – has been put on indefinite hold, with a “watered down” version now more likely to end up being passed.
The need for the responsible recycling of old cell phones and other forms of electrical goods has never been more pressing. The rate of technological innovation seems to be increasing by the day and the impact on the environment of discarded old cell phones and other electronic items can be very damaging, with these items containing carcinogenic heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, and mercury, which can also be extremely dangerous to human health.
Apple’s iPhone is a major threat to the privacy of all the people in the United States who have one, according to a professor at Michigan State University.
The third annual International Electronics Recycling Conference & Expo will be held over a period of three days from the 25th to the 27th of May at Las Vegas’ JW Marriott building.
The cell phone ban in Allentown in Philadelphia in the United States is no more. A Lehigh County judge has made the ban a thing of the past after declaring that the city had zero authority to impose it in the first place.
New and old cell phones are helping people to avoid parking tickets in Montclair in New Jersey in the United States. The municipality has rolled out an innovative new scheme to allow people to pay for parking with their cell phone, with drivers able to sign up for the project at the website parkmobile.com and even download a special application to help them to do so.
In a new initiative led by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, pregnant women and babies will be able to use their cell phones to access important health information.