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Say hello to longlife tech that can challenge our throwaway culture

By Samuel Gibbs

31 Jul 2023 · 5 min read

informed Summary

  1. A new generation of technology is emerging that allows users to repair and upgrade their devices, challenging the consumer habit of regularly replacing tech with newer models. This includes phones, laptops, and headphones that can be taken apart and upgraded by the user.

It is a habit that has become ingrained in so many consumers that you could be forgiven for thinking there was no other way: dumping your old and tired tech for a shinier model every year or two, shelling out hundreds of pounds in the process.

But a new generation of technology is creeping into the mainstream that is designed to upend this consumerist churn – devices that can be taken apart, repaired and upgraded by the user, and not via an over-priced service.

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