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DefTech’s Demand standmount is 2001: A Speaker Odyssey

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The Definitive Technology Demand D7 is $749.

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Are you sitting in your ’60s space egg chair in your silver jumpsuit just wishing you had the matching speakers to listen to Kylie Minogue? It’s specific, but Definitive Technology gets your particular aesthetic with its future retro Demand Series standmount speakers.

Definitive Technology has detailed three new „affordable“ speakers: the $499 Demand D5, $749 Demand D7 and $999 Demand D9. All three are two-way designs with a striking offset tweeter and gear-like phase plug. The tweeter is an annealed 1-inch aluminum dome and the company says the 5-degree offset and accompanying Wave Alignment Lens allow for more precise stereo imaging by reducing cabinet diffraction.

The differences between the three? It’s the size of the mineral-polymer mid-bass driver and cabinet sizes, plus the D7 and D9 have passive bass radiators built into the top. The D7 offers a cute-as-a-button 4.5-inch driver, the D7 has a  5.25-inch driver and the D9 the more traditional 6.5-inch size. Want something to plonk them on? Definitive also makes the matching ST1 stand for $399.

We’ve seen some excellent Definitive Technology speakers in the past — especially the excellent — and we think that by offering speakers at a lower price than previously the company is making a positive step. It worked for so why not DefTech?

The range will be available in the US in mid-September with Australian and UK pricing and availability yet to be announced — you can expect prices to start from £499 and AU$1000 respectively.

How to recycle your old phone, laptop, TV and batteries for free

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What do you do with your phone when it’s served its purpose? We’ll give you some options.

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Gadgets can pile up over the years — new ones come out, old ones break. You probably have a drawer full of old batteries and cables, and some old phones, laptops and desktops lying around, which may only be growing larger if you’ve replaced any of your electronics over the holidays. Perhaps you keep them for nostalgic reasons (I admit I hung onto my first Nokia block phone to „show my kids one day“), or because you thought you might be able to use them again down the line. 

Be brave. Stay focused. Peek into your drawers, the garage or a dark corner of your closet, and you’re sure to find a pile of electronics you really don’t need.

Whatever the tech, when it’s finally time to say goodbye, there’s a right way to dispose of your old gadgets — and a lot of wrong ways. I’ll help you out.

Read more: Best places to sell your used electronics in 2021

What should I do before I get rid of my device?

When you’re finished a gadget, make sure it’s also finished with you. Even though it might be old, someone just needs a charger to reboot your old phone or computer to get to your personal data.

The moral of this story: Make sure to back up anything you want off the device — photos, videos, songs — and then perform a factory reset. Don’t worry, we’ll give you pointers on wiping your device in the sections on phones, laptops and cameras below.

All those dead batteries

There are a couple ways you can properly dispose of the single-use and rechargeable batteries, like AA, AAA and D-cell batteries that are common in flashlights, toys and other household electronics.

Best Buy, Whole Foods, Home Depot, Lowes and Staples all have free drop-off spots to take dead batteries off your hands. I suggest collecting your used batteries in a container and taking them in when it gets full.

You could also check out Earth911, a website that helps you find the nearest recycling location based on the type of battery you need to dispose of (for instance, alkaline, button cell, lithium, zinc-air). Call2Recycle can also help you find places to recycle your batteries.

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E-waste can have a second life after professional recyclers extract copper and other valuable materials.

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How to recycle phones

Phones and their batteries are some of the easiest electronics to recycle, according to Call2Recycle.

Remember to transfer any data and photos on your old phone to a new phone, or otherwise save your photos before performing a factory reset. Remember to remove the SIM card, if it’s still there.

The company accepts all phones and batteries regardless of size, make, model or age. Call2Recycle can refurbish the device for resale or recycle the materials for a new device. If you look hard enough, you can even get paid for recycling your phone.

If your phone is new enough, you may be able to trade it in to a carrier if you’re buying a new phone, or sell it on the open market. Otherwise, if it’s lost a lot of value, recycling may be your best bet for getting a dusty phone off your hands.

Read: How to sell or recycle your phone for cash

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Cables are fair game, too.

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Best Buy accepts three phones per household per day, Lowes has recycling centers at every location, Home Depot takes phones up to 11 pounds, and Staples also takes phones.

Whole Foods works with Secure the Call to get 911 emergency-only phones to senior citizens and domestic violence shelters. Just make sure you bring the charger.

You can also donate your gently used phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers. The program helps troops call their families at home for free. Local communities may also take donations as part of a citywide drive.

I also suggest checking with your employer to see how it handles e-waste. You may be able to add a few items to the collection.

China signals GM, biotech push in key policy statement

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Dec 19 (Reuters) – China will industrialise biotech breeding as part of a campaign to improve food security, top leaders said in a policy statement late on Friday, signalling Beijing could soon take a further step towards commercialising genetically modified (GM) crops.

According to a statement issued after the annual Central Economic Work Conference held on Dec.

16-18, China needs to make better use of science and technology to achieve a „turnaround“ in its seed industry.

„The key to ensuring food security lies in implementing the strategy of storing grain in the ground and storing grain in technology,“ according to the statement, published by the official Xinhua news agency.

The statement identified the seed industry and the state of China’s arable land as major priorities over the next year.

It said the country needed to prevent the misuse of land and build a „national food security industrial belt“.

Beijing has invested heavily in GM research and development, and it made a breakthrough last year when it decided to issue biosafety certificates for domestic strains of genetically-modified soybean and corn.

However, it has been cautious when it comes to the commercialisation of GM crops.

Though the statement did not refer specifically to GM, analysts said it emphasises the role new technology must play in China’s food security efforts, now a major priority as the country tries to insulate itself from trade disruptions and ensure it makes the most of its scarce farmland.

„The meeting proposed the orderly advance of the industrialisation of biotech breeding,“ said Mao Yifan of Industrial Securities.

„With the combination of the arrival of genetically-modified corn strains at the end of 2019 and the significant increase in corn prices, genetically-modified corn seeds with improved efficiency will be promoted or accelerated in China,“ Mao added.

The Central Economic Work Conference is an annual gathering in which top leaders and policymakers plot the country’s economic course for the following year.

(Reporting by David Stanway and Dominique Patton; Editing by Michael Perry)

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