Samsung’s Environmental Impact; the Problem With IoT Devices

Posted November 3rd, 2016 at 12:30 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

An exchanged Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 is seen at company's headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Oct. 13, 2016. (Reuters)

An exchanged Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Note 7 is seen at company’s headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Oct. 13, 2016. (Reuters)

So Where Will All Those Recalled Note 7s End Up?

Remember all those exploding Galaxy Note 7s Samsung recently recalled? All of the flawed devices have to go somewhere – a device graveyard of sorts. But Samsung says it is trying to limit the environmental impact of the massive recall of more than three million devices. The concern comes following a statement from environmental group Greenpeace, demanding Samsung find a way to recycle metals and components in its discontinued smartphones.

Microsoft’s HoloLens Could Power Tanks on a Battlefield

Microsoft’s Hololens augmented reality technology probably was not intended for war. But Ukrainian firm LimpidArmor is now experimenting with military helmets that could be fitted with Hololens headgear. The idea is to enable tank commanders to use the Hololens in combination with existing cameras to collect data, track, and identify the positions of friendly and enemy positions. Simply put, augmented reality adds a virtual layer on top of the real world.

Even a Lightbulb Can Be a Target for Hackers With Internet of Things

A research paper released Thursday is refocusing attention on the danger of unsecured Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices. The paper addresses a vulnerability that enables hackers to compromise IoT devices and hijack them. They can even do that by flying a drone to control a nearby lightbulb and then use it for nefarious purposes.


Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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