Leading names in the electronics industry have joined forces to launch a unique recycling initiative for electrical items, including old cell phones. Panasonic became the latest big name company to join the initiative, which aims to have reached a goal of recycling more than a billion pounds worth of electrical equipment per year, including used cell phones, by the year 2016, a number that would be more than three times the figure recorded for such recycling as of 2010.
Fancy making a call on your cell phone without having to use your hands? Soon you might be able to do so just by thinking about it, thanks to a new technological system being developed in San Diego. Tzyy-Ping Jung, PhD, a neuroscience researcher at the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience at the University of San Diego, and his colleagues have come up with a system which allows users wearing a wireless headband or hat fitted with electrodes that reads brain activity to operate a cell phone, just by thinking about what phone numbers they want to call.
1. Meal Snap: good for those who count calories, this app analyses what you’re about to eat. Take a photo of your meal (before you’ve eaten any of it) and the app provides you with an approximate calorie count.
Visitors to the Topeka Zoo can party for the planet by bringing in their old cell phones for recycling this weekend. This Saturday, the Zoo is staging its annual “Party for the Planet” event, which is the biggest combined Earth Day celebration in the whole world, with over 120 of the most rated aquariums and zoos throughout North America joining forces for the celebration. The “Party for the Planet” event is designed to celebrate wildlife and encourage visitors to the zoo to learn more about the natural environment and conservation.
Kalianna is a not for profit organization in the Murray Basin region of South Australia, and is devoted to helping disabled people. Kalianna also offers an electronic recycling program intended to give new life to old cell phones, as well as other electrical items such as computers, photocopiers and televisions.
Six companies have been declared to be honorary recycling champions due to their efforts in recycling old cell phones and other electrical goods via the fundraising recycling program known as the FundingFactory.
“In the spirit leading up to Earth Day, we are celebrating some of our top recycling partners and applauding them, and other participants like them, for their efforts,” says the FundingFactory president, Sean Michaels. “We congratulate these champions for what they’re doing for their communities and their nation via this effort.”
If seen to fruition, the new law will add a 75-cent monthly tax to Missouri resident’s mobile phone bills. However, while everyone hates new tax, the reasons behind it seem somewhat legitimate, as the tax will go to fund 911 emergency services.
Some taxes are already in place and according to St Louis, St Charles, and Jefferson county 911 call centres, the tax you are seeing goes to the wireless companies for infrastructure, not towards the support and maintenance of 911 services.
The Chattanooga Zoo in the United States is offering free tickets for children in return for help with their cell phone recycling scheme. Anyone dropping off an old cell phone at the zoo’s gift shop during the week of the 16th to the 22nd of April will receive a free ticket for a child. The used cell phones are being collected in a bid to help conservation efforts at the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project, which is operating in West Africa. The Project is attempting to enhance local protection of the habitats of both gorillas and chimpanzees in the country.
Specialist electronic waste company Enviroserve has signed an agreement with Etisalat in a bid to bring the recycling of old cell phones and other electrical items to 18 more countries. The two companies have been working together for four years since 2007 and have already collected over 450 tons of electronic waste throughout the United Arab Emirates.
Butler County in the United States is offering its citizens the chance to recycle their old cell phones and other electronic goods. This coming Saturday, the county is staging a recycling event as a way of disposing of used cell phones and other unwanted electrical items as part of what is intended to be an ongoing scheme, with similar events to be held on every second and third Saturday of the month from now up until the end of September.