Phones are definitely taking some heat because of the way people are using them. If a phone causes cancer, then it is definitely the phone's fault. But if I rear-end someone's car becuase I'm reading a text, that's on me. Germs are somewhere in the middle. You can control how clean your phone and phone-storage areas are, but it's impossible not to pass germs on every time you touch the phone. I also pass the phone around if there is a picture on it. And I let my neices and nephews play with it. Ick!
I'm one of those people in favor of resistence-building. I don't use bacterial hand wash and I try to minimize use of antibiotics. But I see an opportunity here for a phone-sanitizer.
"My personal opinion is smartphones put you at risk because people insist on using them while driving"
I agree with this your opinion,using cell phone while behind the wheel is the equivalent of driving while intoxicated. Just like putting yourself at risk when drive drunk, you put yourself at risk when using a cell phone and drive.
I typically wipe down my computer keyboard and my phone weekly just to help keep it clean. I know it might not fully eliminate things, but it helps and it makes me feel better. I agree that driving while using your smartphone is a bigger safety concern over the slim chance of radiation or a virus from your phone.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.