Apple Adds Phobio as New Mac Trade-In Partner

Apple today updated its Mac recycling program to partner with a new company, replacing longtime partner PowerOn with Phobio, a company that promises a seamless device buyback program. Apple's recycling program is designed to offer Apple users cash for their old devices by providing simple trade-in options.

Starting today, when you use Apple's Renew and Recycling program to recycle a Mac desktop or notebook, Apple will now direct you to Phobio's site where you can find your Mac by entering a serial number. After answering a couple of questions about condition, Phobio offers up a price estimate and lets users choose an Apple Store Gift Card, Paypal, or Virtual Visa Reward as a payment option.


According to a source that spoke to MacRumors about the partnership change, Apple opted to go with Phobio because the site offers higher trade-in values, is easier to navigate, and provides an option for cash payments alongside Apple Store Gift Cards, something that wasn't available via PowerOn.

Based on our testing, Phobio and PowerOn offer similar trade-in values for many machines, with PowerOn offering a slight edge in value for newer Macs, while Phobio seems to have slightly better pricing for some older models.

Apple is only partnering with Phobio for Mac trade-ins at the current time. For PC trade-ins, Apple continues to work with PowerOn, and for iPad and iPhone trade-ins, Apple is still using longtime partner Brightstar.


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Apple Employees to Celebrate Earth Day With Green Shirts Starting April 20

In honor of Earth Day, which takes place on Saturday, April 22, Apple employees will transition from their standard blue shirts to green Earth Day shirts starting on Thursday, April 20.

Apple also celebrates Earth Day by updating the logos on its retail stores around the world, adding a green leaf accent to the traditional white Apple. Earth Day represents one of the few days a year Apple alters its logo.

Apple employees on Earth Day 2016, via Angela Ahrendts

Apple often uses Earth Day as a way to highlight its environmental efforts and reaffirm its commitment to recycling, renewable energy, and other initiatives. According to a recent interview with Apple's VP of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson, 96 percent of the energy Apple uses around the world now comes from renewable sources like wind and solar.

Last year, Apple released a host of earth-inspired Apple Music playlists, launched a "Siri and Liam" ad outlining its recycling practices, and launched an "Apps for Earth" promotion, with proceeds donated to the World Wildlife Fund. Similar promotions could take place this year, with announcements coming this week ahead of April 22.


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Images of pure joy as people celebrate at Standing Rock

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A sense of victory swept through the camp of #NoDAPL protesters late Sunday and Monday.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it wouldn’t grant an easement needed to finish the the $3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

While the jubilation might be short-lived with President-elect Donald Trump waiting in the wings, for now, the mood at the camps in North Dakota is festive. 

Celebrations at Oceti Sakowin commence, you can hear the cheers of people all over#NoDAPL

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These striking photos showcase Australia’s unique ecology

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Australia’s unique ecology and environment arguably make it quite the easy place to photograph.

It’s why there’s a host of spectacular images from the Ecology in Action Photographic Competition, run by the Ecological Society of Australia. It’s just announced its winners and finalists for 2016, and there are plenty of visual treats to devour.

The competition aims to highlight the diversity of the country’s ecology, while also celebrating the important work that ecologists do out in the field. Categories include “Out Standing in the Field”, which looks at ecologists in action; and “Niches & Hollows”, covering adaptive behaviour and biodiversity.  Read more…

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