To people who throw away their old cell phones when they get a new one, that cell phone is just junk. But, to others, they’ve just thrown away a valuable commodity.
It is being hailed as a potential health revolution, particularly for those living in rural areas – the CellScope, a device that can turn a cell phone into a microscope, enabling consumers to make their own diagnoses.
Plans to erect a Celus cell phone tower on Hammond Bay Road in Nanaimo in Canada have been nixed by the Directors of the Regional District following a public outcry. The forty-three meter tower was supposed to be put up near the Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre, with the cell phone company offering twenty-four thousand dollars to be allowed to do so. The local community, however, was unimpressed, particularly given that the tower’s proposed location was situated so close to the local Hammond Bay Elementary School.
More old cell phones were reused and recycled during the twelve months which comprised 2010 than ever before, according to Full Circle Wireless, a company which prides itself on extending the usability of wireless cell phones and other devices. Full Circle Wireless says that its own cell phone recycling numbers have grown by fifty five percent over the last few years as more and more companies attempt to ‘go green’, and adds that it personally redeployed or recycled thousands of old cell phones over the course of 2010.
Recently, the Palm Desert approved a play by T-Mobile to build a cell phone tower that mimics a palm tree in The Living Desert. The faux tree will be placed alongside real trees in The Living Desert. They already use faux palms as towers in places like California, so it isn’t a new idea.
Relatives of victims who have lost their lives in vehicular accidents that were or may have been the result of inattentive drivers using their cell phones while on the road have urged legislators in Nevada in the United States to pass a law banning drivers from using the devices.
Cell phone users are being urged to use text messaging but not actually telephone calls on their cell phones when trying to contact those in Christchurch in New Zealand. Christchurch is still recovering from the massive earthquake that has made worldwide headline news and the cell phone network within the city and surrounding areas is still not back up to full strength. Cell phone providers 2degrees, Telecom and Vodafone are still scrambling to repair their systems but ongoing power problems appears to be the main issue, and users are being urged to make as few calls on their cell phones as possible to avoid scrambling the network altogether.
A performing arts school choir is set to get a one week trip to Costa Rica thanks to a series of fundraising events including a cell phone recycling scheme. The Women’s Choir at Schenectady High School’s John Sayles School of Fine Arts will be teaming up with the St Rose Women’s Chorale for a week long performance tour of Costa Rica. The tour, which will kick off from the sixth of March and carry on until the thirteenth of the month, will include concert performances at the University of Veritas in the capital city of San Jose, as well as at the Catedral Metropolitano and The Catedral de Gracia, where music workshops will also be held for young school children. The tour aims to ease the gap between high school and university while also expanding the students’ understanding of the world at large.
In the wake of the buzz around the new Google tablets featuring Android 3.0 OS, Apple has spoken up and said that it too has something new to show – the iPad 2 (or, as it has been officially nicknamed, the iPad Too!).
A plan to bring cell phone coverage to the London Underground has gone down like a lead balloon with city commuters. In a surprising survey conducted by cell phone vendor GoodMobilePhones, only a quarter of London Underground commuters thought the move was a good idea, with the great majority giving the proposition a big thumbs down.