Would you trust the government with your cell phone number? The residents of Ravali County in the United States certainly do not. Authorities in the area have found that out the hard way after attempting to persuade citizens to give their cell phone numbers to government officials. This is in order to be able to receive notifications of emergencies in a form of ‘reverse 911’ scheme, only to find the great majority of people do not trust them enough to give them their phone number.
An event held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds at the weekend to allow the general public to hand in their old cell phones and other electrical equipment for recycling was a big success by any standards, ultimately filling up seven semi-tractor trailers. The event, which took place at the Orr Building on Saturday, was staged by the Sangamon County Health Department as a way for people to dispose of their used cell phones and other unwanted electrical goods free of charge and in an environmentally responsible manner.
While the new statewide law in the US, which forces manufacturers to accept the responsibility for the recycling of old cell phones and other electrical items, may have caught some places on the hop when it became official on the first of this month, Clinton County is not one of them. The area has been a pioneer in the field for several years already.
According to an article in Australia’s The Daily Star, the government over there is poised to ban the use of cell phones in classrooms. Not because the students are abusing their cells, but because the teachers are.
Residents of New York in the United States are lining up to take advantage of the new laws, which make it free to hand over old cell phones and other electrical goods for recycling. The free electronic recycling program went into effect all over the state of New York from the beginning of this month and consumers are more than happy to take advantage of it, especially given that they were formerly charged between five to ten US dollars per item they wanted to dispose of in a more environmentally friendly manner.
Kansas State University in the United States will be holding an event for the recycling of old cell phones and other electrical goods. The event, which will be staged at K-State later this month, came about after the college teamed up with PSC Environmental Inc, which is an environmental services company that services the whole of the United States. PSC Environmental Inc has helped with similar events at other universities in the past, but this is the first time that K-State has become involved. The event will take almost all forms of electrical equipment, from used cell phones to televisions, computers, printers and so on.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States wants tighter regulations on cell phone signal boosters following concern that they could interfere with carrier networks. Rather than going for an outright ban on boosters, the FCC is instead looking to tighten guidelines on them so that they can be used both effectively and safely without endangering carrier networks.
If you have time, Google Vodafone’s “Evolution of the Mobile” video that was created to advertise Android – a video which takes an old chunky handset and morphs it into a modern smartphone.
The video was produced for Vodafone, one of the UK’s top cellular phone service providers. The technology behind the video is 3D projection mapping, where an object serves as the projection screen, rather than having the traditional flat projection screen hung behind it on a wall. For this video, the screen is a table on which a series of cell phones are placed. According to the write-ups, the 3D projection mapping techniques are being used on a small scale never seen before.
Police in Sonoma County in California in the United States have issued over four hundred tickets to drivers using their cell phones while operating their motor vehicle in the space of just five days. The great majority of the tickets were issued over just two days in what is a large crackdown on the illegal use of cell phones while driving being carried out throughout the state of California all across the month of April in what is being termed “Distracted Drive Awareness Month’.
A student anti-genocide organization and an activist program at the University of Regis in the United States are encouraging students to donate old cell phones in a bid to help doctors who are working in often dangerous overseas countries. The student organizations, STAND and the Engaged Scholar Activist Program are running the drive for the recycling of old cell phones.