The fate of your gadgets when you dispose them

Considering that the Cell Phone, computer, Television, radio etc have been around for over a decade, it’s no surprise that a lot of people in the developed countries actually have gone through more than one of these gadgets. In countries like India, the older electronics either go as hand me downs to your relative or are sold off to someone else looking for them for cheap. However, eventually they end up somewhere in the dump. In more economically advanced countries, the cycle from being a new gadget to the dump is fairly quick. And this is something that is becoming a growing concern for countries.

For the west it seems to be an issue with trying to properly dispose off of these gadgets, for the east the issue seems to be straight off something of managing the garbage of the east. Meaning, the west is transporting all their electronic waste to countries like India and China. The new addition to these seem to be Africa. Africa is fast growing as the dump site of the world, where cars, electronics or any unusable goods seem to be going to. Why is this such a big problem ? You have to see it for yourself. In today’s Post I want to highlight the problems that people in these countries are facing mainly India / China and many in Africa like Ghana.

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Governments do not like BlackBerry

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of UAE today announced that they are looking to ban all blackberry services from the 11th of October. The services include BlackBerry Messenger, BlackBerry Mail and BlackBerry Web browsing services. It is strange to think that a country that is positioning itself to be the financial and cultural hub of the middle east should take up a stand of this nature. It has been issued as a warning earlier from the TRA that the suspension is a result of the failure of ongoing attempts, dating back to 2007, to bring BlackBerry services in the UAE in line with UAE telecommunications regulations. The TRA said that it was working with Research in Motion (RIM), the maker of the BlackBerry smartphones, to resolve “serious social, judicial and national security” issues with the popular devices.

Thinking about Serious Social, Judicial and National Security issues, well I think its a bit far fetched that the service provided by RIM would be a threat. To be honest, well there might be a misuse of the service by some people, but having said that there are a million, gazillion other forms of communication available online and most of those as well, the data is placed outside the U.A.E. Apparently its not just the U.A.E.

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Is Dell Going to Follow Suite to What Google is doing ?

Past few days there have been unconfirmed reports of DELL having talks with the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh and discussed its intent to move from China into safer Markets. Apparently, DELL sees huge potential in India as the country is playing a dramatic shift towards selling services to business clients after shaking off its singular dependence on direct sales of personal computers, as per the Economic Times. Add to it the fact that India has showed proven growth in the recession when other states have not been able to (finger pointed to China).

The Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, was quoted in the Hindustan Times as saying he’d just met with Dell’s chairman, who would like to move all of their set-up to a country “with security of legal system”. They’ve currently got one factory in India already, so it might seem an obvious choice. Mr. Dell, the founder of Dell is quoted to be saying, “India is a great place to be in. It is growing faster than China for us”. Dell, whose return as CEO in 2007 redefined a hardware company that once championed the direct sales model, sees the Indian market helping its offshoot Dell International Services expand beyond technology and consulting services to healthcare, insurance and governance. In India, the company won a Rs. 90-crore contract from Max Healthcare late last year.

Dell generates annual revenues of nearly $1 billion and has a free cash flow of $4.6 billion from India. “Over the last three years, consumer, public sector and small medium businesses have been growing in India.” On India’s ambitious Unique ID (UID) project, Dell said that he is keen on participating, particularly on aspects such as how it can the used to deliver healthcare by storing patient records. The company is also eyeing the smart phone market. “There’s a huge market to be tapped out there if we go by the smart phone user base,” he said, adding that just 1.5 percent of the world’s 4-billion mobile phone users have a smart phone.

Everyone knows about the Google – China fight and Google to leave China soon. Well after that, GoDaddy the domain registration firm has mentioned that it will leave china as well. Now Dell. Could this be the beginning of a mass exodus. Might be, considering the famous Chinese legislation which might have companies manufacturing in China to provide their schematics

Via Gizmodo via HindustanTimes via SiliconIndia