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  • Young people can no longer fix gadgets
  • Young people can no longer fix gadgets
    Peter van Teeseling (2010) ©

Young people can no longer fix gadgets

This is an age of disposable technology. Smartphones and tablets are discarded each time a mobile operator offers a free upgrade. Tech companies' rate of device replacement means young people can no longer fix gadgets. Will new initiatives help to change throw-away culture?



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