Archive for July, 2017

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July

Do we have unrealistic views of the future of technology?

When you think back to the 1980’s when back to the future was first released we all had wild expectations of flying cars and hover boards. Unfortunately, we’re still waiting for those because the ones released had wheels and didn’t last long.

Since the release of the film, we haven’t lowered our expectations; and why should we, we didn’t see drones coming! When you consider the advances in mobile phones and laptops in the last 10 years they have broken boundaries we never knew possible. From colour screens to touch screen and eye retina recognition; when you look at your Nokia 3310, could you have imagined how far the mobile would come?

When you consider the advances in mobile phones and laptops in the last 10 years, they broke boundaries we never knew possible. From colour screens to touch screen and eye retina recognition. When you look at your Nokia 3310, could you have imagined how far the mobile would come?

Do we rely on technology too much?

It’s hard to remember a world where we didn’t have the answer to a question at our fingertips and we weren’t working remotely using cloud data. But are these advances or are they holding us back from using our memory and relaxing without a screen?

It’s hard to remember when you had to send a fax, and an email took a more than a second to send! When you consider these changes have happened in a single generation, where do we expect to be in the next 10 years?

What NEW technology should we realistically expect?

Virtual reality is one to watch, it’s a technology that’s been around for a while but it’s getting better and better. As brands begin to work out how to best use virtual reality we will begin to see changes in the way we work, shop and watch media.

Driverless Cars – We’re only just on the verge of driverless cars; as companies race for driverless and electric vehicles, we will see the change from the traditional manual driving we’re all used to. In the UK this week they reported we will be using only electric cars by 2040.

Mobiles

Who knows how mobiles will change over the next 5 – 10 years, when you see how far the iPhone has come since its first launch, anything is possible. What we do know is iris recognition is on its way, waterproof phones and smarter technology are all developing quickly with incredible cameras and batteries to accompany them.

If it’s already time to upgrade your laptop, phone or tablet to the latest technology you can sell your old gadgets here.

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July

Can you build a ship from recycled plastic waste?

You can build a ship made of recycled plastic waste!

The ship pictured is a sculpture made entirely of recycled plastic. One environmental charity has unveiled the 30ft war ship highlighting how much plastic waste is dumped on our shores.

Many of the bottles and plastics used in the sculpture could have been safely recycled, however, many of them were found littered around the country.

Where can you see it?

The sculpture has been positioned on a Cornish beach to highlight a study which found; 1 in 4 of us are totally unaware that not all plastics are recyclable. Many of us don’t check for the symbols embossed on plastics including electrical goods and food packaging.

A throwaway society

The boat is made out of 5 tonnes of plastic which was all found littered in the UK. Everything the boat is made from has the potential to be recycled. The data also showed that 1/3rd of British people throw away, rather than recycle more than three plastic bottles on a weekly basis.

Although the ship represents the plastic waste around our shores, it’s also notable that globally we generate around 40 million tonnes of electronic waste every year. Unfortunately, only 12.5% of that is recycled and 85% of our e-waste ends up in landfills and incinerators.

The future

With the rise in the number of people living on the planet and the advances in technology, it’s no surprise that there are approximately 300 million computers that go into production annually. The production figures are expected to rise by a staggering 8% year on year.

If you’d like to recycle your laptop, tablet or phone you can sell your old devices to Cash In Your Gadgets here.

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July

The iPhone 8

We’re approaching the 10th anniversary of the launch of the first iPhone, we know.. it’s  hard to imagine a life without smart phones.

To celebrate the launch Apple is going to be pulling out all the stops for the iPhone 8; we’re not sure what it will be called yet, but we know Apples been pretty ambitious with their plans for the new device.

Will it be ready in time?

Unfortunately, with big plans come small hiccups along the way; it’s been rumoured that Apple is having some teething problems with the technology behind their wireless charging and other features.

Speculation has begun about the radical redesign that is expected and the edge-to-edge display that might accompany it. Some of the biggest speculation is around the current finger print access and home button which is expected to be replaced with face and iris recognition similar to that seen on google phones.

Are smashed screens a thing of the past?

Apple appears to have worked hard to combat some of the struggles people have had with previous devices including smashed screens. The iPhone 8 is said to be built with OLED flexible plastic, replacing the LCD. The back of the phone is also rumoured to be changing from aluminium to glass; so if you don’t have a cracked screen, you might have a cracked back!

For those of you who’ve had to recycle too many phones due to water damage; you’ll be pleased to know the iPhone 8 will be water resistant. It’s not water proof but it will survive a spilt drink or brief submersion.

We’re excited to see how far the 1st & 8th iPhone have come in 10 years. If you plan to upgrade, you can recycle your old devices here.