Green living should come easy to the residents of Greenville. The town has “green” in its name afterall. Jokes apart, it seems the city does take green living rather seriously. That’s why the town with a population of mere 34,400 has so many programs to keep itself clean and green ranging from annual clean-up days to litterbug reporting.
One of the more important aspects of green living is recycling and the city offers three permanent drop-off locations accessible to residents 24 hours a day where they can bring their recyclables with the focus being on paper waste such as newspapers, magazines, cereal and pizza boxes, etc.
But what about other types of waste more specifically electronic waste? Where does Greenville dispose its e-waste?
The city has a partnership with private recycler Sims Metal Management and conducts special drives during which the company accepts old and unwanted electronics like computers, laptops, servers, cell phones, gaming consoles, DVD players, VCRs, CD players, stereo components, set top boxes and circuit boards from its residents.
Why e-cycling is important?
Recycling electronic waste has various benefits. Aside from the obvious benefit that it diverts waste away from landfills, a lot of components of electronic equipment are a rich source of valuable and at times rare metals.
For example, one metric ton of circuit boards can contain 40 to 800 times the amount of gold and 30 to 40 times the amount of copper mined from one metric ton of ore in the US, according to the U.S. Environment Protection Agency.
Not only does electronic recycling end up conserving natural resources, but it also helps reduce greenhouse gas emission and prevent air and water pollution. Additionally, e-recycling helps save energy required to mine and manufacture products from virgin materials. Recycling one million laptops saves the energy required to power 3,657 U.S. homes in a year.
What kind of e-waste can be recycled?
From cell phones to old computers, from coffee machines to blenders, and from printers to fax machines – all electronic items can potentially be recycled.
However, how they’re recycled may vary. For example, household appliances and electronic items that contain hazardous components or refrigerants have a different waste management process and need to be disposed accordingly.
You can even recycle your old CDs and DVDs even though they’re not e-waste per say. However, they contain a lot of valuable materials including precious metals like gold and silver, non-ferrous metals like aluminum and nickel, high grade plastic, and glass.
How and where can I recycle e-waste?
One of the most important things to remember when disposing your e-waste is data security. Make sure you’ve deleted all your personal information and sensitive data from your computer before sending it for recycling. The same is true for your cell phone. Terminate your service, remove all the data, reset the phone, and shred your SIM card.
As to where you can recycle your e-waste in Greenville, one option is to wait for the Sims Metal Management’s collection drive.
But if you don’t want to wait for the drive, the company has a scrap yard in Greenville that will purchase electronic waste from the residents round the year. It’s even possible to get an online quote from them before you bring your e-waste to their Harbor Front Rd Greenville scrap yard.
You can also sell electronic scrap to other Greenvillee-recyclers. However, residents are advised to seek recyclers that are third-party certified to an accredited electronics recycler certification program. This is to make sure that they follow the EPA-certified standards of safety and environmental sustainability.
Also, a lot of nondescript e-recyclers send the e-waste they procure overseas to countries like China and India where these often hazardous items are processed using unregulated practices that pose a danger to their soil and water resources as well as human health.
Sell your electronic scrap to an upright and conscientious e-recycler and you stand to gain both profit and peace of mind that your waste is not polluting someone else’s home!
Got cable? If so, there’s a good chance that you can stream some live football this season. For the first time, Fox Sports Go is offering live internet access to regular NFL games. So long as you’re using an eligible TV provider, you’ll have access to 97 standard match-ups along with four NFC playoff rounds that include the conference championship. That should be convenient if you’re away from your TV when a big game rolls around, although you can’t go too far. Fox warns that the league won’t let it offer games on smartphones, so you’ll still have to catch the action on a larger screen unless you’re on Verizon. Still, that beats having to settle for the occasional score update.
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Source: Fox Sports (PDF)
Chinese search giant Baidu has formally launched its answer to Google Glass, but unlike Mountain View’s creation, it doesn’t actually come with a display. The headset, called Baidu Eye, wraps behind your head instead. It recognizes voice and gesture commands, including being able to look up anything you want like plants, bags or clothes just by encircling any object in the Eye’s line of sight with your finger. The system then sends the results to your smartphone in the absence of a display. That’s not the only thing the company showcased at its recent annual developers’ conference in Beijing, though: it has also debuted its new smart chopsticks, which originally began as an April Fools’ joke.
The high-tech utensils can be used not only to eat, but also to detect the quality of oil used in your food — its light indicator glows red if it’s unsafe for consumption, and blue if it’s safe. Since Chinese food typically requires huge amounts of oil, the chopsticks can make sure you’re ingesting fresh oil, not something that’s been recycled numerous times. We’re not even talking about cooking oil restaurants use over and over; we’re talking about “gutter oil,” which is literally something scooped up from sewers. The gutter oil industry is big in China, with the police cracking down on “recyclers” for years, as the material can contain a fungus that increases risk of liver cancer and developmental disabilities in kids. Baidu CEO Robin Li didn’t mention any price or release date for either device, but he promised that the chopsticks will also be able to detect PH levels and, more importantly for the health conscious, calories in food in the future.
Filed under: Peripherals
Communications chip maker Broadcom today announced a new 5G 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip designed for smartphones.
Capable of data throughput speeds of up to 650 Mbps, the BC4358 is Broadcom’s second chip to use 2×2 MIMO (multiple input multiple output), bringing up to twice the Wi-Fi performance with 25 percent more power efficiency than 1×1 MIMO chips.
MIMO is a technology that utilizes multiple antennas for both the transmitter and receiver to improve communication performance. Apple has adopted MIMO technology in the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display.
Today’s content-centric consumer spends an average of 4–5 hours a day on Wi-Fi1. With 650 Mbps Wi-Fi data throughput and 50 percent better coexistence performance with Bluetooth, consumers can download content two times faster, stream videos with less buffering and connect to multiple Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices concurrently (e.g. listen to music while playing a game) without interference issues.
According to Broadcom, the new chips are already in production and will begin shipping in smartphones during the third quarter of 2014, which means the timing could possibly be right for inclusion in the iPhone 6.
According to Broadcom, its BCM4358 chip includes improved location accuracy that’s accurate “down to one meter” for better indoor location-based services, which aligns with Apple’s own indoor mapping aspirations. It’s also the first chip that enables Angle-of-Arrival direction finding technology, another feature Apple could make use of. Rumors have suggested Apple is working on indoor mapping features for a future iOS 8 update.
It isn’t known if Apple’s iPhone 6 will use this specific chip, but Broadcom is one of Apple’s partners, supplying chips for both its desktop and mobile devices. Apple uses Broadcom chips in its line of Macs that support 802.11ac, including the MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac.
Rumors have suggested that the iPhone 6 will likely support 802.11ac, which has been included in Apple’s Macs since 2013. 802.11ac, or “Gigabit” Wi-Fi is designed to offer speeds up to three times as fast as existing 802.11n wireless networks.
Mobee, a company that makes a range of chargers for Apple’s peripherals, today unveiled its new Magic Hub at Berlin’s IFA trade show. The Magic Hub is designed to attach to the back of an iMac or Apple Thunderbolt Display, housing four separate USB 3.0 hubs.
The Magic Hub, which matches the finish of Apple’s own products, does not require an external wall adapter because it gets its power from the main power cord of the iMac or Apple Display. It’s also able to recharge devices through USB when the iMac or display is powered off.
The Magic Hub features:
– 4 Ports USB 3.0 Hub.
– 2.1 Amps power output on each USB port.
– Directly powered by the Apple iMac or Apple monitor, doesn’t require any additional wall adaptor.
– Remains powered while your Apple iMac or Apple monitor is turned off.
– Matches perfectly with the design and finish of Apple products.
– Doesn’t restrict the swivel of your Apple display.
The Magic Hub will retail for €50, which is just over $65. The product is expected to ship in October, and should be listed for pre-order on the Mobee website shortly.
Ahead of Apple’s September 9 event, in which the company is expected to finally show off the much-rumored iWatch, an Apple designer told the New York Times (via 9to5Mac), in a larger piece about fashion and technology, that Jony Ive is bragging that the iWatch could endanger traditional watchmakers.
According to a designer who works at Apple, Jonathan Ive, Apple’s design chief, in bragging about how cool he thought the iWatch was shaping up to be, gleefully said Switzerland is in trouble — though he chose a much bolder term for “trouble” to express how he thought the watchmaking nation might be in a tough predicament when Apple’s watch comes out.
While part leaks for the device have been nonexistent and solid information about the device’s capabilities have been hard to come by, rumors have indicated the wearable may have NFC capabilities, tight integration with iOS 8, features related to health and fitness and that it would serve as an accessory device to the iPhone.
Rumors have suggested the iWatch will be introduced at Apple’s September 9 event and will likely launch in early 2015.
Today, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was finally announced after months of speculation and it is clear that it is still the undisputed king of phablet devices. Direct competitor, OnePlus, naturally thinks differently and has today put up a comparison of its OnePlus One v Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Furthermore, OnePlus is offering up one 64GB OnePlus One for someone to win as well as 100 invites up for grabs.
While OnePlus is well known for its controversial and generally ineffectual marketing campaigns, this one is probably one of their better ones (though we can’t say that’s saying much). While OnePlus’ agenda is to prove that the OnePlus One is cheaper and is a more streamlined device with more support, it unfortunately also makes a comparison of everything that is inferior about their device too. After all, why would you need to mention that the OnePlus One has a slower processor than the Note 4 and lacks a S-Pen, one of the Galaxy Note family’s most celebrated features?
In the end, we see what OnePlus was trying to achieve and is a step in the right direction, but probably still needs a little fine tuning. Still, there is a device and invites to win, so hit the source link below to enter the contest if you’re interested. What do you think about OnePlus’ latest marketing stunt?
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Several states have been in the running for a multi-billion dollar facility Tesla Motors has envisioned to build components for its electric cars (including the $35,000 Model 3), but it appears Nevada is the one. CNBC sources indicated a deal was close earlier today, and now Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has timed a “major announcement” for tomorrow at 7PM ET. Other sources like Bloomberg claim CEO Elon Musk and other Tesla representatives will be at the event, and also mention that there could be more factories to follow. A joint operation with Panasonic, the ‘Gigafactory’ is key to Tesla’s strategy to lower the price of EVs in the future by working on different parts for the batteries (raw materials, cells, modules and battery pack enclosures) all in one place. Naturally, the prospect of some 6,500 or so new jobs have had southwestern states ideal for its renewable energy plans fighting over the right to play host.
Stay tuned for a major announcement tomorrow at 4PM related to economic development in #NV.
– Governor Sandoval (@GovSandoval) September 3, 2014
Filed under: Transportation
We understand: you want to get into the whole wearable tech thing, but what’s holding you back is how fugly most current offerings are. That shouldn’t deter you for long, as Intel has made good on its promise to make a smart-bracelet that doesn’t look like an overgrown phone strapped to your wrist. It’s called the MICA (My Intelligent Communication Accessory) and the notification-bracelet be available at Opening Ceremony and high-end retailer Barney’s for the holiday shopping season this year, according to USA Today. Pricing isn’t quite set in stone yet, but an Intel rep tells CNET that the cuff-style gadget will run under $1,000. Slightly expensive for a a wearable, sure, but not so much when compared against, say, a piece of traditional jewelry. The MICA comes in black and white (as illustrated by the image above), and will feature either Chinese pearls and lapis stones or tiger’s eye and obsidian depending on which color of watersnake skin you opt for. Snazzy!
If the device’s looks don’t do it for you, maybe its capabilities will. The MICA packs a 1.6-inch sapphire touchscreen covering an OLED display that’ll show off, among other things, your text messages and calendar reminders. An internal 3G radio (no smartphone-pairing needed, apparently) keeps it connected to mobile data and it can be charged either via USB or a wireless system. Still want more? Swing by Opening Ceremony’s spring/summer 2015 show this Sunday during New York Fashion Week for the gizmo’s official unveiling.
Source: USA Today
Several rumors circulating today have suggested that Apple might be planning to somehow involve U2 in the upcoming launch of the iPhone 6. A tipster told MacRumors that the iPhone 6 will come preloaded with the new U2 album, and there’s also been some unverified chatter on Twitter from reporters in Ireland pointing towards that possibility.
Most of the rumors seem to come from a recent video shoot U2 did in Dublin, which was conducted in secrecy with “black sheets strategically placed to obscure what was happening from public view.” Music promoter Stephen Browne managed to snap a blurry photo of the shoot, and he says the “focus of the ‘video’ on the bridge last week was a phone.” It is impossible to tell what device is depicted in the photo, however, or if the shoot revolved around the iPhone.
— Stephen Browne (@Stephenbrow) September 3, 2014
A U2 fan site pointed out by a Reddit user may also be a source of the rumors, as Julian Lennon, son of late Beatles frontman John Lennon and friend to U2, reportedly told the site “I think they are shooting an Apple commercial.”
According to CNET‘s Shara Tibken, it’s also possible that Bono might be a “special musical guest” at Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 event on September 9. The event will be held at the Flint Center at De Anza College in Cupertino, and Apple is in the midst of constructing a massive structure on site.
Adding to iPhone 6 U2 rumors, I hear Bono may be special musical guest on 9-9-14. #iPhone6
— Shara Tibken (@sharatibken) September 3, 2014
It is unknown what the structure is, but some have suggested it could be a stage. San Jose Mercury News interviewed a Cupertino resident who had been observing the ongoing construction and said “It looked like a sound stage going up for a rock concert behind Flint Center.”
Apple and U2 have had a long partnership, as Steve Jobs and Bono were good friends. Starting in 2004, Apple released several special edition U2 iPods, which included the band’s signatures and U2′s music. Apple has also been a longtime partner of (Product) RED, a charity founded by Bono.
It is unknown if these whispers and hints of a U2 iPhone 6 tie-in and possible performance are accurate, but it appears to be a possibility given all of the circumstantial evidence. Apple has plans to debut its iPhone 6 on September 9, which is, coincidentally, the same day that the first single for U2′s newest album is rumored to debut.