Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Read a Book
It seems rather simple, but books can help teach your children the “why” behind recycling. When the characters in a book learn why recycling is a good idea, your child learns, as well. Finding books that include characters with whom your child will relate is key to encouraging them to learn from their behaviour.
Go to the Zoo or Museum
Most kids love animals, and since recycling can actually help protect animals, taking your kids to the zoo or an animal or natural history museum can help them see these beautiful creatures. Explain that animals can get sick if rubbish isn’t disposed of correctly, and ask them to explain what they learned. Asking a child to repeat back what they’ve learned helps them cement it in their minds, and it also helps you ensure they’ve got the right message.
Colour-coded trash cans, like the kind you can find at ImRubbish, can help you set up a game where certain items of rubbish must be sorted into the correct container. For instance, you can set a pile of different types of rubbish on the ground in front of three cans. Have one can colour be for paper recycling, one for cans and bottles, one for general rubbish, and so on. Have your child sort the rubbish properly against the clock, and reward them for what they accomplish correctly.
A word search is a relaxed but effective way of teaching children about recycling, as well. Several sites have such activities available to be printed straight off the computer, and you and your child can search for the words together. Casually ask your child to explain to you the different things he or she has learned about recycling as certain words come up. Alternatively, you can ask your child for definitions of the words that are to be found. This rhetoric helps to ingrain the principles and verbiage associated with recycling in your child’s mind so they learn it at a deeper level than if they just read it once in a book.
Taking a field trip to the local recycling centre is another great way to involve your child in recycling, and teach them about recycling, as well. Most kids are really interested in how things work, and they’ll think it’s really great to have an opportunity to tour the recycling centre. However, they walk away with a hands-on learning experience and a deeper understanding of what can be recycled, why recycling is important, and what types of things can be made from recycled material.
Save Rubbish to Save Money
There’s nothing like some monetary incentive to encourage your child to participate in the family recycling efforts. Since most recycling centres will pay you for your recyclable rubbish, pick up a few coloured bins that are just for your children and tell them to sort the rubbish they create into the appropriate bins. Whatever they collect they get to keep the money from, but only if they come with you to deposit the recyclables. Not only do they learn about recycling, but they’ll learn about hard work and earning money, as well.
Another great way to involve your family, and even your entire community, in recycling is to join or create a recycling drive. Gather your family and get the community involved, and see how much recyclable rubbish your community can gather. You can add some fun elements to this activity, as well, like using the funds to pay for an auction item that can be raffled, or simply spreading the wealth among the members.
Letting your kids experience recycling is the best way for them to learn about why things should be recycled, how they’re recycled, and how it helps the environment. Show them the types of things that can be recycled, and how it can turn into a brand new item. Reward them with positive reinforcement when they demonstrate that they have learned what you have taught them. And remember, you have to set a good example for your children to follow, so be sure to keep up with your own recyclable rubbish, as well.
Tim Brown is a primary school teacher with a passion for the environment. He enjoys blogging about ways to engage children in caring for the earth in a responsible way.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Like the proposed Columbia plant, this anaerobic-digestion facility - funded through the UK's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and operated at a family-owned dairy in Devonshire, England - uses local organic waste to produce both electricity and soil additives that are used on the farm. Photo: WRAP, wrap.org.uk
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Food waste from University of South Carolina cafeterias and other homes and businesses in Columbia, S.C. won’t be headed to the landfill for long.
Waste 2 Energy (W2E) LLC, a local start-up co-founded by city councilmember at-large Dan Rickenmann, announced this week that it has received the funds to build a $25 million anaerobic-digestion facility in the region.
The 48,000-ton facility will accept all forms of organic waste from the Columbia area and convert it into electricity by utilizing anaerobic bacteria.
Unlike the aerobic bacteria that typically break down waste in landfills, anaerobic bacteria can digest organic waste in the absence of oxygen – meaning plant operators can produce and extract methane in a completely sealed environment without fear of fugitive emissions.
Converting methane produced from the decomposition of organic waste is steadily growing in popularity – thanks in part to the EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP), which provides assistance to landfills that are good candidates for methane extraction.
But some environmentalists express concern that extracting methane from landfills for energy – called landfill gas-to-energy or LFGTE – may lead to excess methane seeping out into the atmosphere.
READ: Is Landfill Gas-To-Energy a Good Idea?
Proponents of anaerobic-digestion facilities, which have already been operated successfully in Europe, claim the technology solves the fugitive emissions problem by capturing 100 percent of all methane generated during decomposition.
While anaerobic-digestion facilities usually carry a much heavier price-tag than converting landfill methane to energy, the process is said to be much more efficient.
Even the most efficient landfill gas-to-energy systems only claim to capture about 90 percent of the methane produced in a given landfill.
The Columbia facility will use Eisenmann Corporation’s Biogas-GW technology to extract the most methane possible from decomposing waste, while separating unwanted contaminants and keeping the plant safe for the surrounding environment and human health.
Representatives from W2E LLC said construction will begin by the end of the year and expect the plant to be fully operational in 2012. In addition to providing electricity to the local grid, the digestion process will produce soil additives that will be used by local farmers.
Funding for the plant was acquired through the partnership with Eisenmann and additional funding provided by Chicago-based Ciycor LLC.
The plant will be the first of four W2E-operated anaerobic digestors in the Southeast, according to the firm.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
April 22, 1970, marked the very first Earth Day. Over 20 million people took part in rallies, cleanups, teach-ins and other activities across America, and it’s commonly considered to mark the dawn of environmental consciousness in North America. This day of action for the environment went global in 1990. Since then, it’s become an annual event held to raise awareness about the preciousness of our natural resources, and take action against over-consumption, pollution and climate change.
This year’s Earth Day will be celebrated by close to a billion participants in countries around the globe. In fact, says the Earth Day Network, “Earth Day is the only event celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities.” In the U.S., millions of people will mark the day by participating in rallies, as well as tree planting projects; cleanups of parks, schoolyards, rivers, shores and roadsides; pond restoration projects; community garden initiatives and more.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
There are a variety of ways you can reuse beer bottles around your home.
1.Wall of beer bottoms: Cover your wall with the bottoms of beer bottles for an interesting design.
2.Clocks: Use a clock making kit and 12 bottles for a glass bottle clock.
3.Fire lamp: Turn beer bottles into fire lamps with this guide.
4.Pebbled rocks: Use a rock tumbler to create pebbled rocks out of recycled beer glasses.
5.Chandelier: Set up a chandelier with light bulbs and beer bottles for a creative look and colored glasses.
6.Beer bottle lamp: Check out this guide to see how you can turn a beer bottle into a lamp.
7.Vase: For a super cheap vase, just use your old beer bottles.
8.Candle holders: Create a cheap candle holder for tapers using beer bottles.
9.Bottle cap mirror: Recycle your bottle caps on a mirror.
10.Coasters: These coasters are made from old beer bottles.
11.Sun catcher: Use beer glass to make a great sun catcher.
12.Beer bottle shelving: With beer bottles, wood, and fasteners, you can create beer bottle shelving.
13.Beer bottom mobile: Use the bottoms of beer bottles to create a light-reflecting mobile.
14.Beer bottle headboard: Stack and glue beer bottles together for a creative headboard.
15.Soap dish: Keep your soap in this recycled beer bottle soap dish.
With these great ideas, beer bottles can find a new home in your kitchen.
16.Rolling pin: Use your beer bottle as a makeshift rolling pin.
17.Countertop: These surfaces are made up of beer bottles and more.
18.Pitchers: Serve your beer out of a beer pitcher made of a large beer bottle.
19.Platter: Serve cheese on a recycled beer bottle platter.
20.Bottle cap trivet: Turn bottle caps into a trivet using this guide.
21.Beer bottle glasses: Cut down bottles for unique glasses.
22.Juice glasses: These juice glasses are made from recycled bottles.
23.Spoon rest: Fuse your bottles flat to create a spoon rest.
Check out these ideas for constructing with beer bottles.
24.Build a house: If you’re low on lumber, use beer bottles to create a house.
25.Solar water heater: Make a solar water heater using beer bottles.
26.Temple: Monks in Thailand have created a temple out of beer bottles.
27.Wall: Use tons of beer bottles for an indoor or outdoor wall.
Put your beer bottles to work outside.
28.Buried edging: Bury your beer bottles to create edging in your garden.
29.Footpath: Use bottles and a mortar mix for an interesting paver.
30.Flower pots: Fill bottles with dirt and seeds to create an easy flower pot.
Make beautiful glass jewelry out of old beer bottles.
31.Bottle cap pin: Use this tutorial to make pins out of bottle caps.
32.Bracelet: This bracelet is made of beer bottle beads and shells.
33.Earrings: These earrings are made out of beer bottle pieces.
34.Beads: Melt down beer bottles to create beads.
35.Glass pendant: This glass pendant is made of fused beer bottle glass.
See how these artists have created art from old beer bottles.
36.Mosaic tile: Break bottles into pieces to create mosaic tile.
37.Beer bottle camera stand: You’ll be able to make a magnetic beer bottle camera stand with this guide.
38.Sculpture: This artist created an array of beer bottle sculptures.
Get into the Christmas spirit with these beer bottle crafts.
39.Beer bottle Christmas tree: Use green beer bottles for a colorful Christmas tree.
40.Christmas ornaments: Use a hot glue gun, scissors, and arts and crafts supplies to make interesting beer bottle ornaments.
Think the fun is over when your beer is done? Think again!
41.Target practice: Use empty bottles and can for shooting target practice.
42.Go bowling: If you don’t care about making a mess, throw a tennis ball at your empties for impromptu bowling.
43.Fishing lures: Use your old caps to create fishing lures.
Check out these creative crafts and uses for beer bottles.
44.Play guitar: Use a beer bottle as a glass slide for warm tones when playing guitar.
45.Beer bottle cap belt: Show off your favorite beers on your belt.
46.Steampunk beer goggles: Turn beer bottles into beer goggles.
47.Message in a bottle: Put a message in a beer bottle and throw it out to sea.
48.Art car: Use beer bottles to create an art car.
49.Home brewing: Reuse beer bottles for home brewing.
50.Recycle them for money: Turn in your old bottles for cash at a recycling center.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
TOMS donates shoes to barefoot children in developing countries through its One for One program, which sends one new pair of TOMS to a needy kid for every pair customers purchase, but the company wants to take its movement one step further: encouraging supporters to spend a few minutes (or an entire day) barefoot. Nearly 1,000 walks (sans shoes) are planned in cities all over the world, including Dubai, London, Venice, and Washington, DC--all to give participants and idea of how it feels to step on every rock, pebble, crack, and scrape in the ground while performing basic tasks, like carrying water or getting food. In developing countries, the dangers go beyond achy feet, though: Many of the diseases found in soil can transmit through skin, spreading illness throughout entire populations. In Ethiopia alone, more than one million people have Podoconiosis, which spreads through volcanic soil and causes disfiguring and swelling of legs and feet.
To find or host a One Day Without Shoes event in your town, check out the TOMS schedule—and if you pledge to join the movement, the company will enter you to win a spot on an upcoming shoe drop, where you'll help deliver shoes to a participating community. Read more about the event in TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie's post on TreeHugger.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Sunday, July 27, 2008
This is a fantastic initiative that deserves as much publicity as possible. Not only does this provide needy schools with valuable computer resources, it helps keep working hardware from leeching their toxic chemicals into waste dumps.
I elaborated on this notion a few years ago on my other blog in a post called e-Waste (27 June 2006). Rather than reiterate what I’ve already said there, I’ll just republish the post in its entirety:
In many ways the computer age has done a lot for the environment. Innovative technologies and tools that have enabled the digitisation of information - including word processing, financial record keeping and mail correspondence - have largely reduced our reliance on paper as a storage and transportation medium. You can bank and send mail online, store and view photographs, and even read the newspaper - all without printing a single page. Handwriting has become almost a novelty.
Furthermore these points just highlight traditional day-to-day activities. The medical benefits realised through technological innovation have enabled doctors and physicians to conduct extremely complicated procedures, process complex biomedical experiments and pharmaceutical tests, and monitor minute fluctuations in the condition of a very ill person; all of which would have very difficult in the past - if not impossible.
However this age is not without its issues. So-called e-waste dumps are now growing at an exponential rate, and the amassing of these towering heaps of corroding hardware is becoming a huge problem. Aside from being both eyesores and harddrive graveyards, discarded computers are creating environmental issues of their own.
With technological advances occurring at an incredible rate, what was once a top-of-the-line motherboard, graphics card or monitor is now an old clunker. And increasingly these old jalopies are being hucked onto the scrap heap. The shear mountain of discarded computer hardware is no small figure either.
As a BBC article discussed yesterday (”PC users ‘want greener machines’“, Monday, 26 June 2006): “30 million PCs [are] being dumped each year in the US alone.” That’s one computer for every 10 people - every year. These dumps have to go somewhere, and that unfortunate role has been increasingly assigned to China and India.
Furthermore, the presence of all this corroding hardware in one place has begun to present additional problems in the form of toxic waste. As a UN University report discussed: “making the average PC required 10 times the weight of the machine in chemicals and fossil fuels.” This includes Lead, Arsenic, and Mercury. When you consider the volume of these chemicals leaching out from 30 million corroding computers every year, their implications for local public and environmental health are worrying.
As the article mentions, there an increasing demand for greener PC’s coming from both consumers and IT companies alike who are willing to pay extra for a more environmentally-friendly machine. Dell, Hewlett Packard, Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson have all made commitments to either remove completely or phase out hazardous chemicals.
I am personally glad to hear about this trend; yet I also propose that more is required.
‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ in the Computer Age
We have reached a staged in the computer age in which technology for most is an integral component of our daily existence. Computers are everywhere; so too are the chemicals used to create them. And while some consumers may be willing to pay a little extra for a greener PC, many will not. Some PC makers may begin to adopt greener practices in their manufacturing, many will not. Furthermore, even if every computer manufacturer decided to immediately elminate hazardous chemicals from their computers and computer hardware there would still be literally ten’s of millions of existing machines that contain them.
So the dilemma is both in the present and future tense. What do we do with our existing machines, and how can we can we make the transition to a Green Computer Age?
In terms of the future tense it appears as though we’re moving in the right direction. Consumer demand does a lot in the business world, so the more buyers voice their interest in green technology the more likely it is that we’ll begin to see it. This leaves the present tense.
What needs to be done here is the implementation of wide-scale Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle programs for computers and other IT components. We have been well and truly taught to Reduce our reliance on petrol and fossil fuels by car pooling, taking public transportation and even riding our bicycles; Reuse or re-purpose materials that aren’t necessarily broken, but don’t serve their original purpose anymore; and Recycle our aluminum cans, plastic and glass bottles and newspapers. Why could the same campaign not be implemented for computers?
We could in fact kills two birds with one stone, and help to combat the growing chasm between computer have’s and have-not’s that characterises the Digital Divide.
Combating the Digital Divide
The Digital Divide is a trend in which poorer demographics are increasingly being left behind in the endless race to build bigger, better and faster hardware. Schools are being forced to use hardware that has long been obsolete (some don’t have any at all); students are being left behind in the trend towards eLearning and other online educational projects; and jobseekers are being placed at an obvious disadvantage when they can’t upskill on technology that is becoming a required ability in the workforce.
If it’s not broken, don’t replace it; if you have to replace it, give it so someone who needs it, don’t throw it away. Your old computer can help a child to learn, a jobseeker to gain valuable skills to make them more employable, or it can contribute to a growing public health and environmental problem. Which would you prefer?
Sunday, June 1, 2008
1. Clean Out Your Storage
We all have a closet or garage full of items that aren’t used anymore. An easy way to organize these areas is to group the products and decide what to do with them accordingly. Some sample groups could include electronics, household waste (paint, pesticides, motor oil) and scrap metal.
2. Recycle Smarter
Once you’ve grouped out what you want to get rid of, figure out how and where to recycle these products or donate them for reuse. Earth 911’s recycling locator at the top of this page can help. Another way to recycle smart is by closing the loop; buy items made from recycled content and with limited packaging.
3. Use Energy More Wisely
Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) use 20 percent of the energy of incandescent bulb, and they also last 10 times as long. Keeping your thermostat at reasonable temperatures in both the winter and the summer is also a good energy saver. Finally, read your energy bill and check for trends from month to month, and ask your energy company about renewable alternatives.
4. Use Less Water
Whether it’s taking shorter showers or putting a bottle in your toilet tank, saving water is important because it is a limited resource. You can also reuse water around the house, such as using cooking water for plants (the nutrients from the food will benefit the plant).
5. Start Composting
Composting is hip again, and it’s a great way to reduce your waste and help your garden at the same time. You can include most food scraps and material like cardboard, which will biodegrade in your yard and produce nutrient-rich fertilizer. A cubic yard of compost is worth $80 in dirt costs.
6. Invest in Energy-Efficient Appliances
If you can afford it, start replacing older appliances in your home with more energy-efficient ones. These products will reduce your energy output and save money on your electricity bill. Buying a hybrid car is also an eco-friendly investment.
Start a Green Group
Plenty of green activities are meant to be a shared experience, such as carpooling. Talk to your friends about the importance of conserving, and develop programs and activities in your neighborhood for others to get involved. Students can also start a Club Earth 911 at their school.
Plant a Tree
It may seem cliché, but planting trees was the original carbon offset. Not only do they reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air, but they can provide shade for your home (reducing energy costs) and produce fruits that you won’t have to buy at the store.
Share your own green tips with others by commenting below. Print the list to post on your refrigerator!
This story is part of Earth 911’s “Green Eight” series, where we showcase eight ways to green your life in various areas. Click here to see Earth 911’s “Green Eight” archive.
Monday, January 21, 2008
What work do you do?
I'm the founder and executive director of Global Inheritance.
What does your organization do?
We reinvent activism for today's young generation. Our initiatives focus on the power of creativity to communicate and push for progressive social change while rejecting conflict. Global Inheritance targets various subcultures, developing campaigns that cater specifically to each individual demographic.
Bin there, recycled that.
Under the Global Inheritance banner are several different programs with goals ranging from promoting recycling to stopping nuclear-weapons proliferation. TRASHed is a two-pronged program -- part art-based and part event-based. The Art of Recycling is a large-scale art initiative bringing together major artists to turn ordinary recycling bins into inspiring works of art. And the TRASHed Recycling Store, set up at various concerts and other events, accepts recyclable bottles as currency toward cool merchandise. Tour Rider is another event-related program; it focuses on traffic congestion and air pollution, giving concertgoers who carpool access to a range of perks including gift bags and VIP privileges.
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What are you working on at the moment?
We just finished our first concert as part of a series of events called Public Displays of Affection, which rewards people who use the subway or bus system in Los Angeles. Next on our plate is AFI Fest, a film festival held by the American Film Institute. What I'm really excited about currently is Coachella 2007. We are planning several really cool programs at this year's festival that will raise the environmental bar for all major music festivals around the world.
How do you get to work?
I roll out of bed and over to the desk.
What long and winding road led you to your current position?
I grew up with parents who had strong morals. I also lived in a progressive town (Portland, Ore.) and went to school at the University of Oregon (although I wasn't the stereotypical UO activist). I helped organize benefit concerts and worked with a lot of out-of-touch nonprofits. Then I worked on the Truth campaign. And finally, the rise of the internet and meeting Matt Brady, who is currently the Global Inheritance creative director, led me to where I am today.
Where were you born? Where do you live now?
Born in Detroit and ended up in Los Angeles.
What has been the worst moment in your professional life to date?
Having to deal with lame people who care only for themselves.
What's been the best?
Trading trash for treasure at the Recycling Store.
I've worked in several cutthroat industries that employ creative and hardworking people. I love people who are very passionate about life and don't compromise or change for others. I believe you have one shot at life, so make the most of it.
What environmental offense has infuriated you the most?
Where do I begin?
Who is your environmental hero?
There's too many to count. I think God and all the religious figures should be environmental heroes. I want to start a campaign with God saying you will be damned if you litter or drive a Hummer in NYC. Think about the positive environmental impact Buddha, Allah, Jesus, and Muhammad could have on society!
What's your environmental vice?
I fall asleep watching movies and leave the TV on.
Read any good books lately?
Papillon by Henri Charriere.
What's your favorite place to eat?
I love a Brazilian restaurant called Bossa Nova. It's open 'til 4 a.m., and has amazing food and decent prices.
Which stereotype about environmentalists most fits you?
I drive a hybrid but fly around in a Learjet.
What's your favorite place or ecosystem?
If you could institute by fiat one environmental reform, what would it be?
Instead of running the morning news with celebrity/murder updates, all the major networks would broadcast a 15-minute news piece talking about the environment and ways to integrate new ideas into your everyday life.
Who was your favorite musical artist when you were 18? How about now?
When I was 18, probably N.W.A. Currently, there are several I could pick. Right now, I'm listening to Air, the Virgin Suicides soundtrack.
What's your favorite TV show? Movie?
I don't watch much TV, but I get Netflix and rented Live Aid recently. I'm not sure what we were thinking in the '80s. People were so over the top. I can't believe people dressed and acted that way. I think the entire world was high.
Which actor would play you in the story of your life?
P. Diddy ... and there would be a horrible accident (think Brandon Lee/The Crow) on set, with P. Diddy unfortunately passing away after four days of unsuccessful surgery.
If you could have every InterActivist reader do one thing, what would it be?
Avoid being backseat drivers; take the wheel and show by example what's possible.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
By Paul HartsockMacNewsWorld Part of the ECT News Network 01/15/08 8:05 AM PT
As Macworld 2008 got under way, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced an iTunes movie rental store, as expected. The rollout will take time, though. Apple plans to have 1,000 movies available for rental by February, but studios insisted that titles may not appear in iTunes until 30 days after they're released on DVD.
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As throngs of Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) devotees crowded the Moscone Center in San Francisco and even more remained waiting in line outside, Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the stage to tell a packed room about the computer maker's plans for following up what was a tremendous year for the company.
2008 will usher in an ultra-portable MacBook, which the company has dubbed the "MacBook Air."
Its 13.3-inch display -- the same size as the display on a standard MacBook -- doesn't stand out as considerably tiny, though that configuration allows it to have a full-sized keyboard, according to Jobs.
Light on Toxins
Apple apparently concentrated instead on a slim device profile: It weighs just 3 lbs. and measures .76 inches at its widest and .16 inches at its thinnest. One model uses the same 1.8-inch hard drive as the iPod classic; another more costly model is available with 64 GB of flash memory. The track pad supports some of the same multi-touch capabilities touted by the iPhone. The device, Jobs said, ships in two weeks and starts at US$1,799.
Jobs also talked up the MacBook Air's environmental friendliness, noting that the display is free of mercury and arsenic.
Also on Apple's list of new hardware is Time Capsule, a complement to the Time Machine data backup feature found in OS X Leopard. Time Capsule is a wireless hard drive available in 1 TB and 500 GB configurations that can be accessed and updated wirelessly. It doubles as an 802.11 WiFi base station.
The 500 GB version sells for $299, while the 1 TB model goes for $499. Both ship in February.
Movie and TV Moves
Apple's media delivery strategy entails a push into new outlets. At the keynote, Jobs announced an iTunes movie rental store, as expected.
However, the number of studios involved in the deal extended well beyond most rumors. Jobs claimed every major studio has signed on to some degree -- including MGM, Lion's Gate, Sony and even Universal. As reported earlier, 20th Century Fox is also on board. Movies rented through the service can be ported to iPods and iPhones.
The rollout will take time -- Apple plans to have 1,000 movies available for rental by February, but studios insisted that titles may not appear in iTunes until 30 days after they're released on DVD.
Apple TV also received a significant refresh through a software update that will apparently allow owners to use the device without a Mac or PC. Content can be browsed and selected using a Cover Flow interface directly through the television. Apple TV also cut the price to $229.
As for the iPhone, Jobs started by claiming it has captured a 19.5 percent share of the smartphone market, second only to Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM) . In 200 days, he said, 4 million iPhones have been sold.
A new iPhone is not in the cards for Macworld, but Apple has thrown existing users a few bones by way of software.
New software available for the devices includes a maps feature, developed in conjunction with Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Skyhook, that indicates the user's approximate location. The offering is similar to a Google Maps feature that's been available for users of other smartphones since 2007.
iPhone users may now customize their home screens to display images other than the standard multi-button interface that comes with each new iPhone.
New applications are in the works for the WiFi-enabled iPod touch, including mail, maps, stocks, notes and weather applications. The software will come included in every new touch sold; however, current owners of the devices will have to pay $20 for it.
All new updates, Jobs said, are available immediately through iTunes.
A Little Less Wow
"The usual wow," summarized attendant Dan Sokol. "That Air notebook, I've got to get inside. The backup device, not so wow. A little expensive and not enough hard drive for me. For other people, I'm sure it will be fine," he told MacNewsWorld.
"There were a couple of good surprises. The rental movies -- we'll see how that goes."
Sokol thinks the amount of time one can keep a movie once it's started viewing, however, should be longer -- a weekend, perhaps.
However, he noted, this year's keynote did not quite live up to 2007's. "You can't follow an act like this one," he remarked, holding up his iPhone.
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