e-waste

EU vote paves way for USB-C to be common device charger in 2024

The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to back EU legislation that will standardize mobile chargers on USB Type-C — paving the way for the law to start being applied by the end of 2024

Google’s Chrome OS Flex for old PCs and Macs is now out of beta

Google announced today that Chrome OS Flex, its operating system for old PCs and Macs that can be loaded on a thumb drive, is now out of beta with support for more than 400 devices. The company first

Europe seals deal on USB Type-C common charger rules

European Union co-legislators have reached provisional agreement on a common charging solutions for smartphones, laptops, tablets and other small and medium-sized electronics — some 15 different

MEPs vote to expand scope of common charger rules

European Union lawmakers have taken a step closer to agreeing on rules to standardize how a range of mobile gadgetry is charged. Today MEPs in the European Parliament’s internal market and consu

Fairphone adds a 5G smartphone, touting software support until at least 2025

Dutch social enterprise Fairphone has announced its first 5G smartphone, the Fairphone 4. The “greentech” mobile maker differentiates from almost the entire smartphone industry through a p

Europe will finally legislate for a common charger for mobiles

EU lawmakers are finally set to standardize charging ports for consumer electronics devices like smartphones and tablets — announcing a proposal today that, once adopted, will see the region set

Backflip offers an easier way to turn used electronics into cold, hard cash

Mike Barile spent two years and racked up nearly $20,000 in credit card debt to bring his first startup, Backflip, to life. The former management consultant had spent years toiling in the startup grin

European lawmakers propose a ‘right to repair’ for mobiles and laptops

The European Commission has set out a plan to move towards a ‘right to repair’ for electronics devices, such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops. More generally it wants to restrict sing

EU lawmakers take fresh aim at Apple’s Lightning connector with latest e-waste push

The European parliament has voted overwhelmingly for tougher action to reduce e-waste, calling for the Commission to come up with beefed up rules by July 2020. Specifically, the parliament wants the C

Apple expands global recycling programs, announces new Material Recovery Lab in Austin

Apple announced today a further investment in its recycling programs and related e-waste efforts, which includes an expansion of its recycling program for consumers and the announcement of a new, 9,00

Sorry Apple, I’m still not ready to upgrade my iPhone

Last week, in light of Apple’s revised revenue guidance, my TC colleague Ron Miller made a tongue-in-cheek apology¬†for taking so long to upgrade his old iPhone. He wrote that he had finally bit

BlueOak Raises $35 Million For Its Factory That Mines Electronics

BlueOak Resources, a startup company backed by some of the biggest names in U.S. venture capital has raised $35 million in project financing to mine precious metals in Arkansas. BlueOak won’t be

This Is Why You Don’t Need A New Phone

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.networkworld.com/slideshow/116688/old-electronics-dont-die-they-pile-up.html#slide1">Network World</a> has an excellent pictorial slideshow that shows us just how r

Car Battery Makers, Johnson Controls, Building A $150 Million Recycling Plant In South Carolina

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/jci-logo.jpg" class="shot2"></img> Automotive parts and batteries manufacturer, Johnson Controls Inc., broke ground on a new, battery <a href=

Plan now for dealing with holiday e-waste

Chances are you’ll be replacing some tried-and-true piece of personal electronics with a newer, faster, better model. Whether it’s replacing an MP3 player with a new one, or replacing an o

Video: E-Waste in China, a toxic industry

http://current.com/e/76355482/en_US Current has, in its Naked China series of videos, this interesting but scary breakdown of just what happens to all those old PCs, printers, and DVD players that are

Guiyu, e-waste capital of China

Photos like these (check out the accompanying multimedia presentation) make me rethink my entire career as tech journalist. This is a mess. In Guiyu, China, the electronics recycling industry has dest