E-waste problem in India will grow 500% by 2020

U.N. study said that various wastes from discarded electronics will rise dramatically in the developing world within a decade as reported by Daily World Buzz. Computer waste from India alone will grow by 500% by year 2020.

Achim Steiner, executive director of UNEP said “This report gives new urgency to establishing ambitious, formal and regulated processes for collecting and managing e-waste via the setting up of large, efficient facilities in China.” He also added that, “China is not alone in facing a serious challenge. India, Brazil, Mexico and others may also face rising environmental damage and health problems if e-waste recycling is left to the vagaries of the informal sector.”

Specialty materials group Umicore and the United Nations University, said that the United States is the biggest producer of e-waste, creating around 3 million metric tons a year.

China produces around 2.3 million metric tons domestically and is where a lot of the developed world’s e-waste is sent, EMPA said.

EMPA is the research institute for material science and technology of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

The study predicted that mobile phone waste in China would be about seven times higher than 2007 levels by 2020, while in India it would be about 18 times higher.

Anssi Vanjoki Resigns: ‘I didn’t become the CEO. It is as simple as that’

This is somewhat another loss from the cellphone maker Nokia. After the the former CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo has been given his exit orders last September 10, recently appointed Mobile Solutions leader Anssi Vanjoki announced his departure 3 days after. Along with his 6 months notice, he enclosed the following statement:

“I felt the time has come to seek new opportunities in my life. At the same time, I am one hundred per cent committed to doing my best for Nokia until my very last working day. I am also really looking forward to this year’s Nokia World and sharing news about exciting new devices and solutions.”

A lot has been wondering why such a sudden exit has been made wherein fact, last July he said that he’s “committed, perhaps even obsessed” on bringing up Nokia back into the limelight. For all the speculations, the answer is simple, “I didn’t become the CEO,” Vanjoki said in a post in engadget.com. He also added, “You know who the guy is it’s not you… so what do you do, you stay or you leave. I decided to leave.”

Well, he’s got a point on that. Whoever is in his position would also call it quits most especially that someone outside has been picked up to replace the position that someone like Vanjoki’s next step. The good old OPK has been replaced by the Canadian Stephen Elop.

RIM Announces Blackberry Torch Debut

A new version of the Blackberry is set to invade the smartphone market. Research In Motion, the telecommunications company behind Blackberry smartphones has come up with the Blackberry Torch that is both a touchscreen and QWERT keyboard model on Tuesday.  

The latest model from RIM has made significant upgrades. For one, the Blackberry Torch is the first of its kind to run 6 OS. The QWERTY keyboard comes out in a slide-out which is similar to the Palm Pre multimedia smartphone. The face of phone retains the four basic buttons of a Blackberry- Menu, Talk, Back and Power/End.

One of the commercial improvements in the Blackberry Torch is its improvement on the camera feature. In the past, Blackberry phones produced poor quality photos. The new Blackberry Torch now features a 5-megapixel camera that includes autofocus and image stabilization.

The Blackberry Torch is technologically enhanced to compete within the smartphone industry. The WebKit browser is one of the features of OS 6 which makes it competitive with the Android and Symbian S60.

CTO David Yach of RIM assured the audience at the press event that this new model will work with previous Blackberry applications.

UAE Defends Decision to Suspend BlackBerry

UAE Ambassador to the US, Yousef Al Otaiba, defended his government’s decision to suspend BlackBerry services after criticism were hurled at the Middle Eastern nation’s planned restriction of BlackBerry’s email, instant messaging and web browsing services which will affect even the roaming services of foreign visitors to UAE.

Ambassador Al Otaiba said the comments were “disappointing and contradict the U.S. government’s own approach to telecommunications regulation.”

He added, “It is regrettable that after several years of discussions, BlackBerry is still not compliant with UAE regulatory requirements even as it complies with similar policies in other countries.”

P.J. Crowley, U.S. State Department spokesman, called the move “a dangerous precedent.”

He said the United States understood the Emirates’ concerns “about how information can be used by those who wish to attack the UAE or others,” but added, “We think this (banning Blackberry services) is not necessarily the best way to accomplish it.”

No to Duct Tape – Apple to Give Away iPhone 4 Cases Instead

Remember my earlier post on Consumer Reports nifty suggestion to use a piece of duct tape to solve call reception problems cause by iPhone 4’s antenna design?

Well, it seems Apple and Steve Jobs will have none of it. While the duct tape remedy has been proven by Consumer Reports to work, based on their numerous testings, it is definitely not a good match for the sleekness of a costly phone like iPhone 4.

So, what is Apple to do? Give away bumper cases instead. During his iPhone 4 press briefing last Friday, Steve Jobs noted that Consumer Reports, among other sources, had concluded that a case (such as Apple’s own $29 Bumper) would “solve” iPhone 4 reception problems by covering the stainless steel band that acts as the new iPhone’s antenna.

Aside from giving away free cases, Jobs also promised to refund the purchase price paid by those who have already purchased Apple’s Bumpers for their iPhone 4s.

Jobs said Apple will start taking applications for free cases (whether for an Apple Bumper or a different brand of case) on its website starting next week.

Hopefully, the site will also contain instructions on how to get a refund as well.

Reception Problems on the iPhone 4? Get a Piece of Duct Tape

Due to a problem in the iPhone 4’s call reception, Consumer Reports, a non-profit consumer group, has refused to recommend the iPhone 4. Instead, it has come up with a “gem of a solution” for those who still want to purchase the phone despite the inherent flaw – Duct Tape.

Yes, the most talked-about phone in the U.S. – Apple’s iPhone 4 – has a design flaw that is best fixed with a piece, a sliver to be exact, of duct tape according to Consumer Reports testing.

Consumer Reports found out that people, lefties especially, who hold the iPhone 4 in a way that covers up the antenna connector on the phone’s lower left side will experience poorer reception and possibly even dropped calls. This has prompted clamors for the phone’s recall.

When asked to comment, Apple said the formula to calculate signal strength was flawed, so the number of reception-indicating bars on the iPhone 4 does not correspond to the actual reception strength when in a call.

According to Apple, a simple software update will fix the problem.

Gizmodo Page Down: The famous technology blog went offline

It looks like popular technology blog Gizmodo, the Gadget Guide is down. Upon entering their website, users see that the layout of Gizmodo’s page is in ruins. We also are avid readers of the said blog and we hope that their page gets repaired soon.

On another note, rumors of a web sabotage or a hacking  was done against Gizmodo. News on that issue is still yet to be confirmed.

Weeks ago, Gizmodo was facing charges in paying a sum of money to the person who was able to pick up a lost iPhone 4G prototype. Gizmodo was able to do a comprehensive and exclusive feature of the lost iPhone prototype.

Computer Addiction Treatment Now Available

Technology development nowadays is unstoppable. People around the world are being connected because of technology. When you say technology is it always being paired up with the computer. Computer has brought a lot of help to everyone and somehow made our lives more convenient as ever.

However, technology is not all good. There are people who were not able to discipline themselves in using it. They tend to develop a certain disease out from it. It is called addiction. These people tend to spend a lot of hours playing computer games and browsing social networking sites. If they would be deprived from doing it, they would become “chronically agitated and irritable”.

The latter statement came from Dr Richard Graham, the founder of the treatment for this kind of disease. The treatment will focus on the SCREENAGERS or teenagers who happen to spend a lot of hours looking on the screens of their computers.

Graham’s treatment program lasts 28 days but is not through depriving the patient from using it. It is designed in three stages. It begins with psychotherapy designed to address the patient’s issues with face-to-face relationships.
The next stage is to unpick their relationship with technology and encourage them to switch it off, and finally they are encouraged to take part in both physical exercise and activities with family and friends.

At the moment the treatment is only available to private patients at the Capio Nightingale hospital, where Dr Graham is Lead Young Person’s Technology Addiction Consultant.