Research In Motion In Danger, and (Indirectly) Endangers


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Research In Motion In Danger, and (Indirectly) Endangers

  1. 1. Research In Motion In Danger, and (Indirectly) EndangersSource:
  2. 2. Research In Motion is going through the motions (pun unintended) of a possiblecompany splitting right now. This, after the recently concluded World WideDevelopers Convention (WWDC) 2012 showed just how far ahead in thesmartphone game Apple has gone; and that, in turn, despite the absence of theiPhone 5 at the show. Confused? Details of the iOS 6 have surely permeated theinternet by now, so there’s really no reason you shouldn’t know about the OS’sawesomeness. But that’s a story for another article. For now, let’s look at the othereffect of these signs of decline that RIM is showing so that even former Berrystalwarts are finally deciding to sell old BlackBerrys.An unfortunate aftereffect of RIM’s near-extinction is the accumulation ofdiscarded used BlackBerrys that further contribute to the already overflowingelectronic waste landfill. Electronic waste (or e-waste for short) is waste generatedby electronic devices thrown away due to breakage, misplacement, or just plainobsolescence. While seemingly no different from any other type of pollution, e-waste is actually more dangerous to people’s health and the environment thanmost people think. This is because aside from the pileup of plastics and silicon (bothalready notoriously hard to recycle in their own right), e-waste also produces biohazardous chemicals like lead, cadmium, and beryllium which can leak frombatteries, capacitors, and other electronic devices. This two-pronged attack (bothSource:
  3. 3. solid and chemical wastes) has given the government more than enough cause forconcern to come up with a specific counterattack to the problem. That solution ise-recycling.E-recycling is a type of recycling that focuses solely on containing the particularbrand of pollution that electronic devices bring. It has three main elements thatgive it its distinction. The first element is that it fully refurbishes old and used gadgetsto make them look and work like new. This goes in tandem with the secondelement, which is that these gadgets are sold at significantly lower price pointssince they are essentially second hand devices. The combination of these twoelements makes e-recycled gadgets a rather attractive alternative for budget-savvy consumers. Finally, the third element – and probably the most important – isthat it places a great emphasis on how the unusable parts of these discardeddevices are to be handled. To be more precise, these parts are disposed of understrictest compliance to set green standards, further impeding the onset of e-waste.E-recycling has been around since the turn of the century, but it has only gainedmuch prominence in the last few years because of the boom of portable gadgetsin the mainstream market. It’s very much a product of the 21 st century: Aspecialized solution to a specialized problem plaguing modern society that needsSource:
  4. 4. to be addressed lest we quickly end up with a future rife with trash. So before youlog on to eBay to sell your electronics, why not head on over to the nearest e-recycling center instead? You’ll be glad you did.Source:
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