Built to not last

On 23/01/2011, in Uncategorized, by Norman Dean

That shiny new Android phone you just bought? Yeah, it’s a piece of trash. No, I’m not some Google-hating Apple fanboy. The iPhone 4 is junk, too.

So is that giant, flat-screen 3D TV and tablet you bought in the past year. It’s trash. All trash.

Of course, everything ends up broken, obsolete and unusable at some point. The trouble is, the companies that make our consumer electronics are deliberately or carelessly decreasing the useful life of our gadgets so they can sell us another one sooner.

The strategy is called “planned obsolescence,” or “designed for the dump,” as one organization colorfully puts it.

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By Mike Elgan – www.computerworld.com


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