Greenpeace released its 19th Guide to Greener Electronics, a report that grades companies based on sustainability efforts. And, according to Greenpeace, most of the world’s renowned tech companies—including Samsung, Google, and Apple—have lots of room for improvement when it comes to greener tech.
Manufacturers are pushing the envelope to smarten up our products—whether those products need to be smart or not. Just because we can connect things to the Internet doesn’t mean we should. After visiting CES, it taught me that I don’t enjoy shouting at my appliances by a first name: “Alexa, brew my coffee,” “Alexa, buy me detergent,” “Alexa, bake the salmon.” It makes me feel like a lazy overlord—and I’m still not convinced of its wider usefulness. All the same, CES featured just that, and tons of other Alexa-powered products.
LG made another phone that knocks repair out of the park. Earlier this year, the Korean electronics company impressed us with the LG G5—a unibody phone that has a user-replaceable battery and a modular design. Now, LG released another repairable phone: the V20, which could be your very accessible, non-exploding alternative to Samsung’s (discontinued) Galaxy Note7.
Apple is quietly killing off MagSafe in the name of a single standardized connector. #Donglelife jokes aside, you can now charge your new MacBooks from any one of the USB-C ports (only one at a time though). The one thing you can’t do anymore is trip over your charging cable.
You’ve probably heard by now that Samsung’s Note7 has been recalled because it has a startling propensity to burst into flames. The Korean company quickly started exchanging the recalled phones for “safe” phones. Except the replacement phones started exploding, too. Yesterday, the electronics giant told owners of both recalled and replacement units to power off their phones and stop using them. Check out our CEO Kyle Wiens’s editorial on the fiasco on Wired.
Ever wonder where something like an iPhone 7 comes from before it winds up on the shelf? Sure they’re sleek, but electronics are also notoriously complex to manufacture—because so many difference types of materials go into them. Of the 118 elements on the periodic table, at least 70 can be found in cell phones. The supply chain for electronics criss-crosses all over the globe. Now, a new game, called In the Loop, helps you unravel it.