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Maria M. Carrier

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Apple introduced its Daisy dismantling robot for iPhone in 2018 as a way to efficiently recover precious materials stored on the iPhone. The company is also working to fulfill its promise to stop extracting the earth and building all products from recycled materials. In a new interview with Reuters, Apple’s vice president of environment, policies and social initiatives, Lisa Jackson, offered an update on the company’s work in these areas.

 

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Currently, Daisy is focusing on disassembling the iPhone, and this has been a conscious choice, according to Jackson. Due to the popularity and sales of iPhone units, Daisy can make the biggest difference by removing materials instead of other Apple products, Jackson said.

 

 

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This is how Daisy works:

Daisy, less than 20 yards long, uses a four-step process to remove the battery from an iPhone with an explosion of -80 degrees Celsius (-176 Fahrenheit), then remove the screws and modules, including the touch monitor that create an il The phone vibrates.

The components are sent to recyclers so that the minerals are extracted and refined. Daisy can break 200 iPhones per hour. In 2017, the Austin robot developed 1 million iPhones, Apple said.

 

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The Reuters report adds that Apple is considering sharing Daisy technology with other companies and industries, including electric car manufacturers. It remains to be seen whether this happens or not, but it is an interesting proposal that could help underline Apple’s approach to sustainability and recyclability.

In addition to Daisy, Apple is in the midst of its efforts to stop extracting the earth and building all new products from recycled materials. This is an objective that involves multiple challenges and Apple has admitted that it does not know at all how it will achieve it.

Jackson told Reuters that Apple does not compete with companies that extract:

 

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“We are not necessarily competing with people who undermine,” said Jackson, of Apple, who ran the US Environmental Protection Agency under the presidency of Barack Obama. “There is nothing to fear for miners in this development.”

Mining executives added that not everyone will be able to follow Apple’s example and some skeptics have pointed out that it may not even be possible for Apple. “There is this ego that believes it can recover all its minerals, and it is not possible,” said Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit.

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Westworld season three returns on March 15

Craig C. Ewald

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In summary: HBO launched its latest advance on YouTube over the weekend. While the clip doesn’t show any live action like previous offers did, it does provide what could be a possible plot pattern … or maybe it’s just an “announcement” made for Westworld and that’s just one of many scenarios including guests can choose. With Westworld, it’s difficult to say it anyway.
The third season of HBO Westworld will premiere on March 15, 2020, revealing a new twist.

 

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https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/12/21063130/westworld-season-three-premiere-date-teaser-trailer-dolores-man-black-maeve-blade-runner

 

Westworld’s first season was presented in late 2016 with excellent reviews. The long-awaited second season, however, has lost its mark and has been criticized for being … well, a disjointed disaster.

There is great hope for season 3, as it appears to represent life outside the park and attracts some strong hitters, including Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul.

 

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https://www.techspot.com/news/83520-westworld-season-three-returns-march-15.html

Unlike Netflix, HBO has mainly adhered to the old guard’s way of launching new episodes of a show: going out on television, pretty much. This means that every new episode will be released every week at a set time and you will have to tune in or record it on the DVR instead of being able to spend the whole season at once.

However, if the third season manages to recover some of the magic provided by the first, it will be worth it.

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GameCube Joy-Cons Now Exist Thanks to Modder

Roger T Wilson

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Building a better mouse trap: one thing I don’t like about Nintendo Switch is JoyCons. I find them extremely uncomfortable to use connected to the console. They are better off using disconnected, but still a little difficult to manage. If someone invented a more comfortable set of JoyCons …

 

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A modder who takes over from Shank has created a set of JoyCons for Nintendo Switch that look and feel like a GameCube controller.

He used the internal circuits of a true JoyCons set, so his mod has all the functionality of the Nintendo Switch controllers, except the IR sensor. Other than that, they work as expected. They also have small buttons on the connector side for sideways use in two player games.

Shank also created a central section to join them. This connector essentially makes it a GameCube WaveBird controller that works with the Nintendo Switch.

The chassis was created with a first WaveBird gamepad, which is Nintendo’s GameCube wireless controller. It may be obvious that Frankensteining with the two controllers was not as simple as emptying WaveBird, cutting it in half, hitting the JoyCon plates and gluing the connector parts.

Shank had to modify the interior of the controller with 3D printed parts in order to assemble the JoyCon components. There were also many other obstacles he had to overcome, including the conversion of the analog WaveBird buttons to digital ones. The entire project took several months to complete.

Shank has no plans to sell his mod because it was very difficult to do.

“These JoyCons are not for sale,” he said. “It was difficult to do them and I won’t do another set.”

However, he said he would eventually release the CAD files for those who wanted to create their own set, but he advised: “This is not a beginner’s project.” Shank is an expert modder and there have been many frustrating hours. assembly, testing, disassembly, desoldering, welding and repetition.

Of course, since you’ve already pioneered and stumbled across all obstacles, it should be easier to repeat the process. If you are smart in this way, it may be worth the effort. Shank says that WaveBird controllers are much more comfortable to use than standard JoyCon and look similar. Above all, they do not suffer from JoyCon’s drift.

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Amazon’s Kindle deals clearout has Black Friday prices

Maria M. Carrier

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In conclusion: do you still have holiday gift cards or extra money burning a hole in your pocket? We know the feeling, and Amazon too. On Monday, the e-commerce giant reduced the prices of its Kindle e-reader line to the levels of Black Friday in the hope that it would separate from the last trip of its holiday and that the offers could be too beautiful not to be missed.

 

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For a limited time, you can get Amazon Kindle Paperwhite for just $ 84.99, or a 35% discount (or $ 45, as you wish to see it), the normal $ 129.99 rate, and one of the lowest prices that We have never seen

The latest Kindle Paperwhite includes a six-inch anti-glare screen with 300 PPI that also stands out in direct sunlight. You can get it with 8 GB or 32 GB of local storage and in your choice of black or blue schemes. It has an IPX8 protection rating, which means it can withstand immersion of up to two meters of water for 60 minutes.

Those who want to part with a little less money can consider the standard Kindle for sale for $ 59.99, a 33% discount from the daily price. This cheaper variant does not offer waterproofing, has a less impressive display (only 167 PPI) and has only 4 GB of storage space, but it is a little cheaper.

It is difficult to make mistakes in every way, given the prices, but regardless of which one you choose, you need to act quickly, as these daily offers will expire in a few hours.

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