Modular smartphone launched by @Fairphone – a mobile designed with a long lifespan, OMG! – an annotated infographic

Amsterdam-based technologists Fairphone has announced a new modular smartphone. The company aims to produce a smartphone designed with minimal harm to the planet and with a longer lifespan than most phones. The idea behind this phone is that its battery, circuitry, screen, cameras and microphone modules can all be switched out with relative ease, whether to replace broken components or to upgrade to more powerful versions in the future. “We need to build products that last much longer than the next upgrade cycle”, the company says. Is this a (slight) return to the concept of quality before profit? To the … Continue reading Modular smartphone launched by @Fairphone – a mobile designed with a long lifespan, OMG! – an annotated infographic

E&T news weekly #73 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the week

Friday December 4 2015  Tereza Pultarova, reporter UK government commits to zero emission transport by 2050 The UK joining the handful of countries paving the way towards zero emission transportation is certainly highly commendable. But let’s not forget that the UK is also one of the major culprits of the current climate change. According to American climate scientist James Hansen, one of the key people to help push the climate change agenda into the mainstream in the 1980s, emissions by current worst polluters such as China and India are just a drop in the ocean compared to what countries such … Continue reading E&T news weekly #73 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the week