Archive for March, 2018

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March

Singapore Amongst Worst E-Waste Recyclers While Sweden is Top

Gadget Recycling

It’s amazing to think that every 10 minutes 1,141kg of e-waste is disposed of in Singapore; it’s not surprising to discover only 4 in 10 Singaporeans know how to recycle e-waste… To give you an idea, 1,141kg the equivalent of over 7,500 mobile phones!

Singapore has now been named the second largest producer of e-waste, with Hong Kong listed as Number one.

Why Singapore Is So Bad At Recycling E-Waste

Like with many countries, Singapore is suffering due to scrap gadgets ending up in the wrong hands. As seen on the BBC program about ‘burner boys’; gadgets can end up in the hands of the rag-and-bone men & scrap dealers. Many of which don’t recycle products appropriately and unknowingly discharge chemicals which are harmful to the environment.

One of the biggest problems Singapore is facing include the lack of biodegradable chemicals in electrical products. This has led to contaminated land with long-term hazards to those who live and work in close proximity.

Valuable Materials

While e-waste contains toxic chemicals it’s also packed full of precious resources including; steel, gold, aluminium and copper. With that in mind, Europe is also wasting many of these resources with 2.15 billion euros being wasted every year.

It’s well known that the earth’s resources are quickly being depleted, with so many gadgets containing these resources it’s vital we utilise them for future products.

Can Marketing Change Recycling?

It’s not just in Singapore where recycling needs to change; right across the globe governments and local authorities are trying to find ways to solve the issue.

It’s thought that sector-specific incentives are one of the best ways to encourage recycling; however, it’s also down to consumers which is why marketing could be the way forward.

With so many consumers unaware of the ability sell old phones, tablets, games consoles and cameras; it’s no surprise they throw them in the bin.

It Is Possible To Change Recycling Habits

Sweeden is leading the way in gadget recycling with an incredible 52% recycle rate. The responsibility has been placed on brand owners who are responsible for ensuring their products are recycled appropriately.

With this in mind, it’s clearly possible to change the attitudes of both consumers and businesses. Understandably it’s hard to encourage 50% of a nation’s consumers to recycle gadgets; however, with companies like ours offering to pay for old tech, we’re hoping to change the UK recycling one PC or phone at a time.

If you’d like to change the statistics for the better and earn some cash, please visit our website where you’ll be able to get a quick and simple quote.

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March

Why Your Privacy Isn’t At Risk When Recycling A Gadget

It’s always a worrying thing, selling your old gadget to someone you’ve never met. Considering everything you’ve searched, stored and sent from your phone it’s no surprise most are apprehensive.

Recycling Vs Throwing Away

Did you know it’s actually safer to recycle your phone or PC than just throwing it out? Although you may wipe your PC have you ever been 100% sure all your data is wiped?

When we receive any computers or phones we ensure the data on these are wiped; we pride ourselves on the ability to erase all data using licenced software and MOD standard overwrite methods.

If your PC is broken and you’re unable to check you’ve wiped the data we can ensure that the hard drives are removed and wiped separately.

At Cash In Your Gadgets, we’re proud of how we protect our customer’s data.

Protect Yourself

Like with anything to do with personal data; it’s a partnership, while we do everything we can to ensure your data is wiped it’s vital you wipe your documents before they get to us.

Many of the gadgets we receive come through the post; this means between leaving your possession and reaching our offices they are in the hands of the courier. Very rarely do we have instances where products go missing, but it can happen, so we like to advise all customers to wipe any devices before they post them to us.

Top Tips

Before you wipe all of your data, don’t forget to log out of all of your accounts, including social media profiles. Don’t forget to wipe your internet history, being sure to remove all the saved passwords.

Make sure you back up all of your data; you can order an external hard drive on Amazon or put it all on a memory stick. This will ensure when you do wipe your PC or phone, you’re not left without your documents and photos.

If you don’t have a PC to back up your phone to and you’ve switched from Android to iPhone or vice versa, there’s a handy USB style Memory Stick which utilises a Micro SD.

Make sure your accounts have two-factor authentication switched on; you can do this on Google, Dropbox, Apple, Microsoft and Twitter. Two-factor authentication can give you peace of mind; when you sell your old devices it will ensure you’re notified if your accounts are logged into with a new IP address.

Trusting Cash In Your Gadgets

Although we ask for you to ensure your devices are wiped, we’ll always wipe them ourselves as well just to be sure. We’re proud to ensure your personal data is protected and your items are recycled as expected.

Please feel free to visit our TrustPilot review page where you can see comments from previous customers.

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March

Tech News Which Hit Headlines In March Over The Last 20 Years

It’s crazy to think that 20 years ago it was 1998; the iPhone wasn’t to be invented for a further 9 years and the world of tech was gearing up for the millennium bug.

For this reason, we thought we’d look at how many tech inventions and revelations were released in March over the years.

Limewire

In March 2008 Limewire, the notorious download software of those born in the 1990’s, tried to go legal. It was pitched as a free peer-to-peer file sharing program but came under fire for the illegal activity which often took place on the platform.
Unfortunately, in 2010 they received an injunction where they were officially shut down in a federal court.

Music sources swiftly changed as more teens turned to legal sources like Apple’s iTunes Music in 2003 and Spotify which hit the markets in 2006.

Twitter

On March 21st, 2006 the first tweet was posted and marked the founding of Twitter. The tweet came from Jack Dorsey, one of the founders, reading just a few words long; “Just setting up my Twttr”.
Other co-founders included; Evan Williams, Biz Stone and Noah Glass who didn’t acquire Twitter.com due to the high price until they had proof of concept.

Microsoft

March is a significant month for Microsoft. In 1991 they released Microsoft Word 1.1, powerpoint 0.2 and Excel 3.0. Before Microsoft Word, Notepad was the usual text tool of choice.
Following the release in 1991, Microsoft then released Excel 4.0 in March 1994. To celebrate the release it included an easter egg animation of the Excel logo crushing the numbers 1-2-3.

PlayStation 2

On March 4th, 2000 the PlayStation 2 was released in Japan. It didn’t hit the markets around the world until October but was still successful.
With the ability to play both PS1 and PS2 games on one machine it is thought this compatibility helped it successfully compete with the Nintendo Game Cube and Sega’s Dreamcast.

Mozilla

Did you know Mozilla was initially formed in March 1998? Netscape Communications released most of the code base for its suite under an open source licence. The application they created was to become Mozilla. Mozilla 1.0 was eventually launched in 2002 where they later went on to release the well known Mozilla Firefox.

Although it’s hard to remember a time when these well-known companies didn’t exist it’s incredible how old some of the tech in your house can be. We bet you have at least one of these gadgets stored somewhere;

  • Nintendo Wii – 2006
  • Xbox – 2001
  • Nokia 3310 – 2000
  • Mac Book Air – 2008

Don’t worry, you can get rid of them quickly and easily and also make some money from them. If you would like to sell any of your old gadgets we provide a fast, free, no obligation quote on our website www.cashinyourgadgets.co.uk