The deaf community is moving a step closer to enjoying the same technology as those who can hear via two new products that turn cell phones into video phones. A news conference held on Monday at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf saw technology company Sorenson Communications reveal – by using sign language, no less – the existence of the ntouch Pc and the ntouch Mobile. These devices turn lap top computers and old cell phones into video phones, by using the existing Video Relay Service, which is already allowing the deaf to make telephone calls.
Wayne County is no stranger to recycling, with numerous programs to recycle practically anything and everything, from eye glasses to hearing aids, drugs and of course old cell phones.
When it comes to cell phone recycling, the majority of people assume the term means taking old cell phones and recycling the material that they are made up of. And indeed, most of the time it does – but there is another type of cell phone recycling, namely the recycling of old cellular phone numbers.
Old cell phones are among the targets of a new recycling scheme being set up at Indiana State University. The competition (also running nationally) is called Recyclemania, and begins on the sixth of this month with the intent of promoting waste reduction and the recycling of old cell phones and other electrical items among university students.
The average American gets a new cell phone every 12 to 18 months and usually the cell being replaced is still in good working order. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, of the 98 million cell phones discarded in 2005, only about 20% were recycled. Most of them ended up in a landfill, where they leaked toxic waste into the environment.
What to do with that old cellular phone after it has been upgraded to that shiny newer model is often not the first thing on many people’s minds. Even when it is, the answer is not immediately forthcoming to many, but a senior class at Newton South High School, called Sustaining Global Communities, is hoping to change all that by spreading the word about electronic and cell phone recycling schemes.
The EPA has targeted old cell phones as a big issue due to lack of understanding on the part of the general public on how to recycle the products. Despite the increasing number of old cell phone disposal sites, an EPA spokesperson says that “Only about ten percent of cell phones are turned in for reuse and recycling annually”.
Cell phone recycling – as well as other electronic waste, or e-waste as it has come to be known, is on the rise in the United States, according to the latest figures.
I found an interesting article in the Hindustan Times. Of course, the same article also appeared in a few other places, like pakpassion.net, which is a New Zealand, Pakistan site where members share and discuss information. Anyway, while I could pontificate on the over-sharing of some news on the internet, this isn’t about that. This is about your mobile and what it says about you.
No, Apple isn’t introducing a little plastic credit card, but what they may be doing is introducing a service that will allow you to use your iPhone or iPad to make a purchase. This is according to a recent Bloomberg Report. I read about it on ABC News. But it is all still speculation at this point.