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Feb. 14, 2014

Global shipments of smartphones during 2013 surpassed the 1 billion unit mark, according to data released by the International Data Corporation (IDC). Supported by a strong fourth quarter performance, smartphone shipments year-over-year were up 26.5 percent, with double-digit growth expected to continue for "a few years."

The 4th annual E-Scrap for Camp program was announced this week by partners Camp Good Days and Sunnking. For every pound of electronics collected and recycled in Buffalo and Rochester, New York, Suunking will make a monetary donation to Camp Good Days, helping the organization fund year-round activities and summertime camp programming for children and families who have been affected by cancer. In its first three years, Suunking has donated more than $30,000 to Camp Good Days.

A prototype for a large-scale power storage system made from recycled electric car batteries will begin operating this month. Sumitomo Corporation has plans to commercialize the product, which makes use of 16 used electric car batteries.

Shipments of U.S. televisions were down 9 percent during 2013. Despite a relatively strong fourth quarter, unit shipments fell year-over-year from 37.5 million units in 2012 to 34 million in 2013, a five-year low.

Former NFL linebacker Shawne Merriman has teamed up with California-area recycling firm Lights Out Disposal. The company collects used light bulbs of various kinds and will look to Merriman as a "stakeholder, spokesperson and collaborator on product development and brand marketing," a press release announcing the partnership states.

U.K.-based rare earth company SRE Minerals has discovered a North Korean rare earth deposit that may just be one of the largest in the world. As a result of the surprising find, SRE reached a 25-year, renewable contract agreement with Korea Natural Resources Trading to develop the deposit and build a processing center.


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