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Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) - Greenpeace USA. Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) Koch Industries Climate Denial Front Group $34,592 received from Koch foundations 2005-2011 [Total Koch foundation grants 1997-2011: $42,592] The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) is a free market organization with offices in Irvington, New York and Atlanta, Georgia that publishes The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, a largely libertarian publication.

Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) - Greenpeace USA

The Secret History of Silicon Valley and the Toxic Remnants of the First Computers  How to Sell or Recycle Old Electronics. PEOPLE give all sorts of electronics as gifts around the holidays: phone chargers, e-book readers, video games, drones and more.

How to Sell or Recycle Old Electronics

But what should we do with the devices they are replacing? Most of our gadgets end up in landfills, others stuffed away in a closet, never to be played with again. In the tech industry, hoarding or disposing of used electronics this way is known as e-waste, and can leave toxic materials and pollutants in the environment.

The amount of e-waste is growing every year — by some estimates, consumers threw away 92 billion pounds of used electronics last year, up from 87.7 billion pounds the previous year, according to a report by the United Nations University, the academic and research arm of the United Nations. Where Your iPhone Goes to Die (and Be Reborn) At a dedicated factory with 24-hour security in an undisclosed location in Hong Kong, iPhones are being carefully and meticulously destroyed.

Where Your iPhone Goes to Die (and Be Reborn)

The plant is one of a handful around the world, chosen by Apple Inc. to grind up and recycle its iconic phones. And just as the companies that manufacture the handsets are subject to strict standards and secrecy, the same applies in reverse for their disassembly, right down to weighing the shreds, to make sure nothing is lost. Apple has sold more than 570 million iPhones since that January morning nine years ago when Steve Jobs stepped on stage in San Francisco to “reinvent the phone.” WSJ CIO Network: Intel Chairman Says There’s Life Left in Moore’s Law - The CIO Report. Does Hardware Even Matter Anymore? We are in the midst of a technological revolution that is every bit as profound as the impact of cheap computing power, but it’s subtler and harder to notice.

Does Hardware Even Matter Anymore?

It will ease the way for companies launching and updating digital products, but it presents steep new learning curves that companies will have to master if they are to be successful. What I’m referring to is the migration of functionality from hardware to software. In more and more businesses, physical objects are no longer the primary basis for innovation and differentiation. They come second to innovations in computer code. By 2020, more people will own a phone than have electricity. The mobile phone is conquering the world.

By 2020, more people will own a phone than have electricity

Everywhere you turn, someone's glued to the screen of a phone, e-mailing, posting status updates or playing a mobile game. But that's largely in developed countries like the US or those in Western Europe. In many developing countries, even a basic "dumb" phone is a luxury. That's poised to change in the next four years. By 2020, 5.4 billion people around the world will have a phone, according to Cisco's annual report on mobile traffic growth. Cnet. When you upgrade to a new phone, what do you do with your old one?


You might sell it or give it to a friend or family member...or you might stick it in a drawer where it will wait to be discovered by future, nostalgic you. Instead of letting tech waste away in a junk drawer, maybe you should consider donating it. By 2050, our oceans will hold more plastic than fish. A new report claims if the rate of plastic pollution in oceans continues to increase, plastic garbage could outweigh fish by 2050.

By 2050, our oceans will hold more plastic than fish

Video provided by Newsy Newslook (NEWSER) – Use of plastic has increased 20-fold in the past half-century; production of the ubiquitous material is expected to double again in the next 20 years (and nearly quadruple over the next 50). And, CNN Money reports, nearly a third of all plastic packaging "escapes collection systems.

" A smartphone was shipped for 1 of every 5 people alive in 2015. By AppleInsider Staff Thursday, January 28, 2016, 06:04 am PT (09:04 am ET) Manufacturers shipped nearly 1.5 billion smartphones to the world's 7.4 billion inhabitants in 2015 as consumers opted to replace older devices with newer LTE-equipped models or those with larger displays.

A smartphone was shipped for 1 of every 5 people alive in 2015

The massive, increasingly crowded smartphone sector now counts some 850 competitive brands, according to new data from Counterpoint Research. The market remains a mile wide and inch deep, however — the 20 largest companies account for nearly 85 percent of shipments. Apple has been a major beneficiary of the exploding market, shipping a record 74.8 million iPhones in the holiday quarter. That's second only to Samsung's 81.5 million shipments, though arguably more impressive. Utopian Media. Calling an idea ‘utopian’ is normally a way of saying it’s pie-in-the-sky and not worth paying attention to.

Utopian Media

Far from it. Throughout the ages, a number of philosophers have put forward some highly provocative and interesting utopias, describing ideal arrangements of everything from schools to religion, government to holidays. Utopian ideas aren’t meant to be immediately practical. Computer E-Waste Could Reach 1bn PCs by 2020 · Environmental Leader · Environmental Management News. The Next Big Thing in Hardware: Smart Garbage. The terrifying true story of the garbage that could kill the whole human race — Matter. How to Build a Computer, Lesson 1: Hardware Basics. The Best Way To Recycle Your Old Gadgets. Donate old gadgets for a good cause video. [MUSIC] Goodwill and Dell have teamed up to recycle electronics of any brand at more than 2000 Goodwill locations nationwide.

Donate old gadgets for a good cause video

Find one near you at Every item will be carefully sorted to determine whether it can be easily spiffed up and sold at a Goodwill store, dismantled and used for parts, or completely recycled. Cell Phones for Soldiers collects used phones, resells them and turns the money into pre-paid international calling cards so soldiers overseas can call their loved ones. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Shelter Alliance work in a similar way. Need for speed: Why computers stopped getting faster - tech - 23 February 2015. (Image: Pierluigi Longo) Dizzily increasing PC power used to be a given. No longer – speeds stalled a decade ago and only a radical reboot of computing will accelerate things TEN years ago, computers stopped getting faster.

Humans Threw Out 92 Billion Pounds of Electronics Last Year  Does Hardware Even Matter Anymore? ‘Future Shock’: Orson Welles narrates gloriously schlocky documentary on techno-pessimism, 1972. Computer Recycling/IT Asset Disposal (ITAD) in Atlanta GA. The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust. From where I'm standing, the city-sized Baogang Steel and Rare Earth complex dominates the horizon, its endless cooling towers and chimneys reaching up into grey, washed-out sky. Between it and me, stretching into the distance, lies an artificial lake filled with a black, barely-liquid, toxic sludge.

Does Hardware Even Matter Anymore? Humans Threw Out 92 Billion Pounds of Electronics Last Year  Computer E-Waste Could Reach 1bn PCs by 2020 · Environmental Leader · Environmental Management News. The depressing truth about e-waste: 10 things to know. In 2012, the United Nations reported that in five years, the world's electronic waste would grow by 33% from 49.7 million tons to 65.4 million tons.