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Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Oct 30, 2013

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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Our gadget love is fickle. Bits and pieces of the technology are always getting a little bit better. Chips, software, you name it. So companies keep making new phones and electronics and we keep buying them. And throwing them out at a rate of millions of tons per year in the U.S. alone. But there might be some good news. Something called Phonebloks just got buy in from a big phone maker. The idea is a modular phone -- almost like it’s made out of Legos -- that you can improve with new parts.

Segments From this episode

Our smart phone addiction

Oct 30, 2013
We buy (and throw away) our mobile phones at an alarming rate.

Planned obsolescence: Yes, they do want you to buy a new phone every year

Oct 30, 2013
Notice how your iPhone 4 started to become unreliable just as the iPhone 5S came out? You're not the only one.

A digital John Hancock from David Beckham

Oct 30, 2013
David Beckham has partnered with Facebook to offer a digital autograph of his new book to fans who register for the "signing."
David Beckham signs for young fans during his visit Hangzhou Huanglong Stadium on June 22, 2013 in Hangzhou, China. Now you can get Beckham's signature on Facebook.
Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Mario doesn't do mobile (and Nintendo suffers)

Oct 30, 2013
Nintendo's decision not to go mobile is costing it big time.

Our gadget love is fickle. Bits and pieces of the technology are always getting a little bit better. Chips, software, you name it. So companies keep making new phones and electronics and we keep buying them. And throwing them out at a rate of millions of tons per year in the U.S. alone. But there might be some good news. Something called Phonebloks just got buy in from a big phone maker. The idea is a modular phone — almost like it’s made out of Legos — that you can improve with new parts.

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