What is the value of all the dead cell phones in drawers across the United States?

Old Cell phones - $6 Billion

To the north, estimates in Canada are that the value of these spent devices are worth $6 billion. A recent study has indicated that the value of the unused cell phones across Canada are worth a tremendous $6 billion. As Canada’s population is considerably lower than that of the US, it indicates that there are far more here. The Canadian study was based on figures collected by Pollfish and Renegade in April 2022. That research indicated that there were about 60 million unused cell phones lying around homes in Canada,…

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Technology trends show deceitful behavior more common on laptops than phones

Technology trends - Young Women using mobile phone and laptop

New research has shown that people are more likely to lie when using some devices over others. Individuals are more willing to lie for the purpose of personal gain when they are interacting with strangers over a computer than they do over a smartphone, says new research studying technology trends, published in the International Journal of Conflict Management. These results were surprising when considering the similar nature of the two types of devices. When taking into consideration that both types of device – laptops and smartphones – are similarly technically…

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Google teaches its Everyday Robots language skills

The company’s researchers want the devices to be able to better respond to human requests. Google is bringing its Everyday robots together large language models to provide them with a greater capacity to assist humans with a spectrum of daily tasks. The idea is to provide the devices with improved responses to requests made in different wordings. The Everyday Robots are being developed by Google’s parent company Alphabet’s experimental division called X. The gadgets were introduced into the company’s offices in 2021 to assist with daily tasks around the workplace…

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Planned obsolescence irk consumers and governments alike

Planned Obsolescence - Low Battery on Phone

The short lifespans of these products are a part of the designs deliberately crated by the tech industry. Electronics are notorious for their short lifespans, widely due to irreplaceable batteries, and the tech industry is manufacturing products this way on purpose in what is called planned obsolescence. Tech industry companies design products this way so that they must be replaced instead of repaired. A recent Washington Post report examined the planned obsolescence built into popular consumer electronics and found that these products consistently die after a short period of time.…

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Infineon combines near field communication and system-on-chip for keyless lock

Near field Communication - Unlocking door with mobile phone

The NFC technology and SoC have been paired in what the company is calling a first ever tech. Semiconductor manufacturing company Infineon has unveiled a new keyless lock device that works on near field communication (NFC) and system-on-chip (SoC) technology. The combination makes it possible to unlock padlocks, doors and other locks with mobile phones. According to the company, the future of building security might involve removing keys from the mix altogether. It has developed a security solution that requires neither keys nor batteries to make it possible to lock…

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