Many people up and down the country. The old and young alike, are digging out and dusting off their old mobile phones and electronic devices and recycling them for cash to a certain mobile recycling site. It is a pleasure to get some cash back for the old mobiles and gadgets you do not use anymore. And you can even get cash for broken phones so it is rewarding when you get a price for your mobile and are surprised by how much you can actually get.
Despite the research statistics in reason 1. Many more people are now recycling their old mobiles and gadgets. I believe because of a mixture of things. (a) The awareness raised around mobile phone recycling. (b) The economy and peoples financial situations and (c). A genuine care for the Environment and a will to want to recycle. By doing so and getting cash for your mobile, you will be encouraging other people to do the same. In turn this will create a viral effect (As it has). And mean more people recycling, more carbon offsetting and less damage to the Environment.
When you recycle your mobile. It goes through checks and stages. It can either be refurbished and then resold on again to other people. Maybe those in poorer countries where they can not afford new mobiles but need to stay in touch with family and friends etc. Or it can have its working parts taken out and used as replacement parts in other mobiles that are sold on again this way. Or wisely, it is recycled completely to make new products which can in turn, help people out in other ways there too.
As you may know, the recycling of mobile phones (and similar electrical gadgets) helps the Environment in a number of ways. It reduces landfill for starters. Where mobiles, and their batteries, can contaminate the earth and grounds natural food and water supply which can cost millions more to treat safely. It also reduces mining in places where there are delicate ecological systems or endangered species of wildlife. All the metals, plastics, glass and materials from the phone can be extracted and used again in new products. So by recycling your mobile you are essentially offsetting its carbon footprint which means less damage to the Environment.
These reasons to recycle your old mobile for cash will give you more of an insight into why people do. At the end of the day, there is only so much you can say on the matter. But there is still a way to go when it comes to mobile phone recycling so that it truly can have a helping effect on our Environment.
Google today announced the next set of features coming to Android, including a new password checkup tool, a way to schedule your texts, along with other improvements to products like its screen reader TalkBack, Maps, Assistant, and Android Auto. This spring 2021 release is latest in a series of smaller update bundles, similar to iOS “point releases,” that add new functionality and features to Android outside of the larger update cycle.
One the security front, this update will integrate a feature called Password Checkup into devices running Android 9 and above to alert you to passwords you’re using that have been previously exposed.
The feature works with Autofill with Google, which lets you quickly sign in to apps and other services on Android. Now, when you use Autofill, Password Checkup will check your credentials against a list of known compromised passwords, then notify you if your credentials appear on that list and what to do about it.
The prompt can also direct you to your Password Manager page on Google, where you can review all your other saved Autofill passwords for similar issues.
To use this feature, you’ll need to have Autofill enabled. (Settings > System > Languages & Input > Advanced, the tap Autofill. Tap Google to ensure the setting is enabled.)
The new Messages feature rolling out this update could see profilifc texters considering a switch to Android, as it’s one of the most in-demand features since SMS was invented: the ability to schedule your texts.
Android’s new scheduled send feature will allow you to compose a message ahead of time, whenever it’s convenient for you, then schedule it to be sent later when it’s a more appropriate time. This can be particularly helpful if you have friends, family or coworkers and colleagues in other timezones, and are hesitant to bother them when they could be sleeping or enjoying family time after work. It can also help those who often remember something they meant to text when it’s late at night and too late to send the message.
To use this feature, you’ll just write the text as usual, then press and hold the send button to select a date and time to deliver the message. You’ll need the latest version of the Android Messages app for this feature to work.
Another flagship feature arriving in this Android release is aimed at making Android’s screen reader, known as TalkBack, easier to use for those users who are blind or have low vision. TalkBack today allows users to navigate their device with their voice and gestures in order to read, write, send emails, share social media, order delivery and more.
The updated version (TalkBack 9.1) will now include a dozen new multi-finger gestures to interact with apps and perform common actions, like selecting and editing text, controlling media or getting help. This will work on Pixel and Samsung Galaxy devices from One UI 3 onwards, Google says.
Google is also responding to user feedback over TalkBack’s confusing multiple menu system, and has returned to the single menu system users wanted. This single menu will adapt to context while also providing consistent access to the most common functions.
Other TalkBack improvements includes new gestures — like an up and right swipe to access over 25 voice commands — and new reading controls that let users either skim a page, read only headlines, listen word-by-word or even character-by-character.
Users can also now add or remove options from the TalkBack menu or the reading controls to further customize the interface to their needs. Plus, TalkBack’s braille keyboard added support for Arabic and Spanish.
The spring update also adds more minor improvements to Maps, Assistant and Android Auto.
Maps is getting a dark mode that you can enable as the default under Settings > Theme and then selecting “Always in Dark Theme.”
Google Assistant’s update will let you use the feature when the phone is locked or further away from you, by turning on Lock Screen Personal Results in Assistant’s Settings then saying “Hey Google,” as needed.
The new cards that appear when the phone is locked are meant to be easier to read with just a glance, Google says.
And finally, Android Auto will now include custom wallpapers and voice-activated games like trivia and “Jeopardy!” which you can ask for via the “Hey Google” command.
There are also now shortcuts on the launch screen for accessing your contacts, or using Assistant to complete tasks like checking the weather or adjusting the thermostat, for example. Cars with wider screens will gain access to a split screen view with Google Maps on one side and media controls on the other.
Android Auto’s features will roll out in the “coming days” on phones running Android 6.0 and higher and work with compatible cars, Google notes.