January 2012 – NextWorth

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Technology of Super Bowl XLVI

Technology is everywhere! This week’s big event is Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the technology involved in it is anything but lacking. Here’s a look at a few ways technology has a hand in making Super Bowl XLVI a success:

4G Wifi: Indianapolis will be the first-ever Super Bowl host city to offer 4G and WiFi access. While this type of service was available lastyear in Dallas, the smartphones that utilize 4G, were not. This high-speed service will allow fans to more easily communicate, and even use video chat features while taking in the sights and sounds.

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Street Team Tablets: Nearly 200 volunteers, making up the Super Bowl Street Team, will be equipped with Samsung Tablets. These “mobile concierges” will be stationed throughout the city to help visitors with everything from directions to the Super Bowl Village to pointing out the restaurant with the shortest wait time. The Super Bowl host committee said this is the first time technology like this has been utilized for a Super Bowl.

Social Media Command Center: The Super Bowl host committee in Indianapolis compiled a team of about 50 staffers to serve as the social media geeks for the Super Bowl. These people will be monitoring, engaging and creating content for Super Bowl fans. They will use Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Flickr and a blog to share information about parking, hotels and emergency safety instructions (should anything go wrong).

We’re excited for the Super Bowl, but even more excited to see all the cool technology that is involved in it.

What part of the Super Bowl are you most looking forward to?

International E-Waste Design Competition

At NextWorth, one of our goals is to reduce e-waste and its impact on the environment. We do that by buying your electronics and putting them into reuse or, if there is no value, properly disposing of them.


However, over at the University of Illinois, they have another idea for how to use E-Waste: the International E-Waste Design Competition.

A bit of background from their website explains:

“The spirit of this competition is to prompt the industrialized world to dialogue about product designs for environmentally responsible green computing and entertainment. The goals of this competition are to learn about ways to reuse e-waste for new and productive means, explore your own ideas for how to address e-waste problems and contribute to the body of knowledge that advances the practice of environmentally responsible product design for current and future computing technology products.”

We love the idea of finding fresh ways to “go green” with technology. Reducing e-waste can be done on all levels—engineering, design, business, usage—and thus falls on all of our shoulders.

This isn’t the first year for the competition. Competitors in the past few years developed things like an electrocardiographic composed of components found in e-waste, a smartphone app that scans the barcode of an electronic and returns information on its lifecycle, and a lease-based laptop sales business with a goal of zero waste.

Details for this year’s competition aren’t available yet, but we’ll be sure to keep an eye on it and share them with you. We can’t wait to see what new, innovative ideas we’ll see this year!

Do you have an innovative idea for the E-Waste Design Competition?

Now Buying: Last Year’s Gadgets

In 2011, amazing new gadgets were announced. We were introduced to the iPad 2, the iPhone 4S and the Kindle Fire…just to name a few. We have no doubt that 2012 will be full of its own incredible announcements as well. If the newness of last year’s gadgets has already worn off, don’t worry—we’re nowRead More

Home Office Safety and Security Week: 5 Tips for a Safe Home Office

Technology today makes it easy to work from almost anywhere. In some fields, it’s no longer necessary to have an office where everyone meets to work from nine to five. These days, a lot of you work from home—and many of you are probably your own boss. In honor of that, this week has becomeRead More

NextWorth in the News: Time & LA Times Recommend NextWorth for Dealing with Holiday Waste

The holidays have come and gone, and more than likely you’re left with some brand new, totally cool gadgets… and their predecessors. The question quickly becomes, “What do I do with the electronics I’m no longer using?” Luckily there are a lot of options—Time and the LA Times have compiled those for you: Time: HolidayRead More

CES 2012: What’s New

A few members of the NextWorth team spent the last few days in Las Vegas attending the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. They saw several incredible new technologies and gadgets—and now are looking forward to their arrival in the market. CNET contributor, Jennifer Guevin mentions a Google TV announcement and next-generation Windows Tablet, that we agreeRead More

Reducing E-Waste and Boosting the American Economy

As you know, we’re all about reducing Electronic Waste, or E-Waste. As technology, and the gadgets associated with it, has become an ever-present part of our lives, so has E-Waste.  This is primarily due to the rapidity with which technology advances— gadgets quickly become outdated and ineffective. However, according to a recent study by theRead More

2012: The Year of the Ultrabook?

Many tech experts pegged 2011 as the “Year of the Tablet,”and that seemed to play out pretty well. Back in October, we wrote about the rise of tablets like the Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Motorola Xoom. At that time, Gartner estimated that 19.5 million tablets were purchased in 2011—and that number has onlyRead More