“How to Turn Your Old iPhone or iPad into a Security Camera” – NBC News, 9 September 2013

Instead of racking your brain, trying to figure out what to do with your old smartphones and tablets, reuse your devices with these apps:

Presence is a free app that acts as a security camera for your home. After you install the app on your old and new devices, it will use your WiFi to broadcast a remote monitor of your home to your new device. You can use it in any part of your home and watch it from anywhere.

Though not free like Presence, Google Chromecast is an accessory that plugs in to the HDMI port of your TV, allowing you to stream video content from your laptop, table or phone. Chromecast is only currently compatible with Netflix, YouTube, Google Play and Google’s web browser Chrome, with the promise of more companies joining Chromecast soon.

Kindle MatchBook, brought to you by Amazon, is a new service that lets you purchase an e-book version — either for a minimal price, or free — of whatever print edition you buy from MatchBook. This service also applies to any past print editions you may have purchased. In order for you to receive an e-book version, books have to be in the MatchBook program, but the program has thousands of books, dating all the way back from 1995.

Electronic waste is a growing, ugly global problem with no easy economical and environmental RECYCLING solutions. Our ever-growing consumerism makes it harder to REDUCE our appetite for new devices. New products and models are constantly introduced, with little to no interchangeability between and among brands – REUSING electronic devices may be the best option to practice the THREE R’s, while lowering our personal carbon footprint on planet earth.

This is a great way to incorporate the Three R’s into your lifestyle. Rather than throwing away your old devices, repurpose them with new apps and accessories.

Developed and Written by Dr. Subodh Das and Tara Mahadevan

September 18, 2013

Phinix LLC

Copyright 2013. All rights Reserved by Phinix, LLC.

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