Just when we thought we’d heard the worst, www.statista.com drops this counter intuitive (at least I would have thought) gem of information in our mail box.
“We all know that digital devices such as smartphones have changed our behaviour fundamentally. A recent study suggests that our affliction with mobile phones may even endanger the continuity of our species.
The data published by Harris Interactive suggests that U.S. adults are more willing to live without sex than to get rid of their beloved mobile phones. Let’s hope that this is not actually the case, otherwise we might one day run out of people we can text, call or share cute cat pictures with.”
An interesting American info snippet – and so close to Valentines Day.
There’s never been a better time to be blind, according to Jonathan Mosen.
Blind since birth, Jonathan is enthusiastic (with some reservations) about how advances in technology particularly iPhones and apps such as TapTapSee, VizWiz, CamFind and Digit-eyes are enabling the visually impaired to live a fuller life– IF they are aware of how to use them –
His just published book, ‘iOS7 Without the Eye’ will be a boon to the visually impaired.
Jonathan describes the concern when touch screen first came out. No tactile keyboard, just a blank rectangle of glass. Apps for the blind cost extra, a real difficulty for many. “But Apple changed the paradigm,” he says. “Every iPhone contains this software at no extra cost.”
GPS has been a boon to the visually impaired, with audio advising not only every turn, but also what you’re passing. Jonathan cites just one of the advantages of the indoor navigating tool iBeacon. “It’s very helpful to know if you’ve found the gents, or were about to enter the ladies.”
Jonathan is Assistive Technology consultant, accessibility advocate, author and broadcaster.
Order book http://mosen.org/index.php/mosen-consulting-ebook-ios7-without-the-eye/
Hear an interview at http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/2569836,
Read Jonathan’s blog http://mosen.org/index.php/blog/
It can do no harm and potentially a shipload of good for each of us to make a positive carbon footprint difference. Smart recycling of your mobile phone gets cash for you but also reduces the need to mine new metals and saves energy and fossil fuels in the mining and manufacturing process.
Recycling for reuse (Fonebank’s prime directive) also benefits low income people in countries less fortunate than Australia.
On Saturday Australia goes to the polls. A really important day.
But when it comes to disposal of dangerous and other end of life components in mobile phones, every day is a really important day. We should never forget that much of the stuff in mobile phones either doesn’t break down or is otherwise really damaging to the environment. Consider this…
And remember, really smart mobile phone recycling doesn’t only help avoid harmful landfill, it also leads to product life extension as those phones that can be are refurbished and sold at affordable rates to people, usually in third world countries, who really benefit from the improved communication they get from them.
One thing that’s becoming clear , whatever the naysayers say, is that we are going to become increasingly connected via mobile devices. Whether that’s one device for all occasions or, perhaps more likely, several devices for different purposes (communication with people, health monitoring, environmental monitoring) we are going to have to be geared for very sound environmental recycling of this plethora of mobile stuff. Particularly if we don’t want to kill the goose.
We need a focus on how this is done. There are problems. At the moment mobile phones and other mobile devices that are refurbished are often sold at affordable prices into third world countries where environmental concerns are, quite sensibly, not put ahead of human survival and the building of economies that help with that survival process. What can the first world do to assist?
Should the recycling industry that benefits from this process, indeed should the whole mobile industry as a whole also be encouraging and contributing to the initiation of environmentally sound recycling into the countries to which their output is going.
At Fonebank one of the biggest problems we hear about is battery life. I think people sometimes recycle mobile phones because of the shortness of battery life, but often that problem is self imposed, a little judicious management would make your mobile phone battery last much longer.
Battery life is particularly important in emergencies. Whether it’s an earthquake or some other natural disaster grid power is often lost, sometimes for considerable periods of time. CNET’s Sumi Das has tips and tricks on how to keep your smartphone powered up when the lights go out.
But it’s not always about stripping the phone down to its components. Most one owner phones, possibly two owner phones, can be deployed in third world countries where ownership of a mobile phone can make a huge difference to people struggling in business or connecting with family. Second or third hand phones are affordable in these circumstances; new phones not so much.
….and for further reinforcement of both the importance of responsible recycling and the potential value to you or your cause of that “old” phone read this: It hardly seems possible but mobile phones and tablets have only been a significant part of our lives for the past 15 to 20 years or so. And yet, nowadays, it’s impossible to walk down the street without seeing large numbers of … How have mobile phone and iPad recycling changed over time …www.phonesreview.co.uk8/21/12
Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8, photographic quality, design et al make the choice of phone upgrade tricky. “Which phone shall I get?” is not always a happy question. The opportunity for something new and desirable often offset by “What if I make the wrong choice?”
Get used to it. The range of choices is going to increase. Apart from anything else, you might find you’re staying with your existing phone and buying a tablet.
Note that the Android isn’t a phone per se (however, I’ll refer to it as one for the purpose of this article) but rather the Linux-based OS that runs on the phone. A phone running Android can be one of any number of different …
Then there’s why Microsoft think Windows Phone 8 should be your choice. For one thing, they need it to make up the ground that Apple and Android had removed from under their feet. As the Seattle Times observes – As part of the effort to reverse that slide, Microsoft executives at Monday’s event presented their cases for why Windows Phone 8 is different, and better, than its competitors. They kept on message, stressing the platform’s … Microsoft pushes for new image with Windows Phone 8 releasephys.org11/2/12
As we find more useful links to aid choicewe’ll post them. Just remember, whether for business or pleasure, upgrading your phone should be fun. The chances of making a big mistake are pretty slim, so enjoy.