20 September
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Is the iPhone X worth the fuss?

iPhone X

This week there has been a buzz over the latest iPhone X and iPhone 8. While the rest of the internet is interested in how fast the iPhone X processor is and the screen size; we’re looking at what’s changed on the inside of the phone.

Every mobile makes calls and sends texts these days. We’d like to know what’s really changed with the iPhone and what makes it worth upgrading to. Many of the features below will be available with the latest update to iOS 11 with the exception of a new feature; facial recognition.

Customisation

on the iPhone X it’s no longer just the home screen you’re able to customise; the current menu features the torch, calculator Bluetooth and wifi. We’re looking forward to having the ability to add different apps!

Organisation

Get ready to organise your app files in the same way you do on your desktop PC or laptop. There’s no need to go sifting through your apps in search of a PDF or word doc anymore.

Travel in Style

If you love to travel then the latest update is perfect for you! Siri now has a translate function to help you out when you’re next abroad! To use the feature speak to Siri and say ‘how do you say xxxx in *language*?’ He can translate into Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish.

Advertising

Apple may be about to change the internet with this latest change….Safari has a built-in feature which prevents ad companies storing cookies and using them to serve up adverts targeted to you.

If that’s convinced you to upgrade to the latest iPhone be sure to recycle your old device responsibly. With the price tag of over £1000, you can soften the blow by selling your old device to CIYG to recycle responsibly.

If you’d like to know what happens to your old electricals that haven’t been recycled, check out our blog.

 

15 September
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Where electrical’s that aren’t recycled end up

Toxic electrical waste

What happens to electrical goods if they aren’t properly recycled?

It’s easy to bid them farewell and never think of them again. Have you ever wondered what happens to them; do they end up in the landfill, stripped down for reuse, or given to third world countries to use? Unfortunately, it’s none of these.

Reggie Yates a week in a toxic waste dump

A recent BBC documentary by Reggie Yates shows exactly what’s happening to thousands of electrical goods every single day. The TV show follows the life of a ‘burner boy’ working to re-sell the copper from our waste to earn money and provide for his a family at the detriment to his health.

Poor Health

Throughout the documentary, you see what happens to the people treating your old electricals; you see how damaging it is to their health and the lack of protection from toxic chemicals and raw sewage.

Unfortunately, it’s not just the people dealing with the goods that are being exposed to poor health and an unsafe environment. The thick plumes of smoke you see in the documentary are affecting the atmosphere around the world.

Recycling Licences

Throwing your electrical goods into the recycling bin isn’t any better; ALL electrical goods should be recycled with a certified waste carrier who recycles phones, computers, laptops in a safe and appropriate manner.

At CIYG we hold a Waste Carrier and T11 license from the UK environment agency. At CIYG ALL of our E-waste is treated in accordance with the WEEE directive, we can guarantee that none of our waste electronic product is sent to landfill or for treatment in developing countries.

Where to Recycle

If you’d like to take advantage of our recycling experts, we accept all types of gadgets. If you have a collection of gadgets we can organise a collection for you. Visit www.cashinyourgadgets.co.uk and add as many items as you’d like to recycle and sell to your bag to find out how much you can earn.

To watch the full documentary click here

 

12 September
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Your Phone Knows Everything About You…

sell your old mobile today

Ok, it’s a bit of a scary title but google and your phone really do know what you’re doing, all the time!

If you’re a law-abiding citizen who isn’t afraid of being tracked this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. When you get in your car from a weekend away chances are your phone will tell you how long it will take you to get home, and if there’s any traffic to avoid. If you’re worried about location services you can read on to find out how to turn it off.

Your phone isn’t the only thing that knows what you’re up to; Google also stores a lot of data on you. Why? Don’t worry it’s nothing sinister, it’s all down to advertising, it’s how they make money and why you get adverts that match what you’ve recently been searching.

How to stop Google tracking you.

Google actually saves all your searches; yep, even the time you googled ‘cats hate cucumbers’. If you’d like to ensure your search history isn’t stored up head over to the google chrome menu, (three dots in the top right) and choose history, clear browsing data. If you’d like to prevent it storing any future details being stored, be sure to turn toggle tracking off.

Do you use voice search on your mobile or PC?

Google’s been tracking those too, with a recording of your voice. You can head to googles voice and audio activity page to remove them. Alternatively, if you’re feeling brave you can listen to them and hear some of your latest search commands.

Your phone’s tracking your location

Along with your entire search history, your phones tracking your location. It knows where you live or visit frequently, including the local take away every Friday night. To prevent this happening and remove the information, be sure to delete your history on you google maps account too.
You can also stop location services on your phone in either Android or iOS. Keep in mind this will affect using things like google maps.

If you’d really rather become totally anonymous on the web, you can actually clean up all your online accounts and delete the lot. Visit https://deseat.me/ to digitally remove yourself and your footprint.

If you’re selling us your old laptops or mobile phones don’t panic we also wipe your devices but to be sure, follow the tips on the individual device pages to wipe them yourself. www.cashinyourgadgets.co.uk