Whether you got a smartphone under the tree or just plan to gift yourself a handset soon, we hope the joy of the holidays extends to your relationship with your new phone. 

But don’t forget about the old one! Sure, you might not need it in your pocket, but if you’re not planning to repurpose the device or keep it as a backup, then you shouldn’t just toss it in a drawer or shove it in a closet somewhere. That dated device might still have cash value, or you could donate it to a good cause (possibly for a tax writeoff). At the very least, if you don’t plan on using the phone again, then you should recycle it and ensure that the harmful materials within don’t end up in the dump. 

Whatever your plan with your old device, be sure you do it right—which extends to clearing all of your personal data off of the storage. Here’s our guide to wiping your phone and finding a new home for it, whether it’s with a buyer, a charity, or a disposal service. And if you’re the one gifting a phone this season, be sure to pass along this advice as well.

First, wipe it clean

If you used that old phone for the last couple of years, then it’s surely loaded with all sorts of personal information: accounts, contacts, photos, passwords, and other little bits of data you may not even realize. Unless you’re passing your phone off to a friend or family member, you probably won’t know who’s going to have his or her hands on it next. In fact, no matter who is taking your phone next, you shouldn’t risk it.

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Pups, Game of Thrones, and folks in banana costumes attempted to activate the bunches at South by Southwest Interactive.

The annual South by Southwest conference is a location where technology, music, and picture come of course brands appear to wedge themselves into the dialogue.
Every springtime, South by Southwest Interactive packs thought provoking panels and a few of the brightest folks into a couple of square miles in downtown Austin. So it is no wonder that the largest brands on earth set up shop round the Austin Convention Center to tempt with occasions that may go viral on Instagram or Twitter in attendees.The brand revealed futuristic notions like a smart perspiration patch which will finally cause fully customized combinations of Gatorade, plus genuine products reaching the marketplace this year.

The over the top spectacle was a bash paid for by Del Monte and hosted by Austin social media advertisement startup Gnack. Downtown Austin was filled with the run off of banana costumed revelers for hours following the event finished, making it the most idiotic brand existence I saw during the holiday, as well as the most successful.

Meanwhile Mophie cornered the market on cuteness with its #MophieRescue effort, which raised awareness for fully charged telephone batteries and St. Bernard saving. Win-win.

 

If you have never been to South by Southwest, all this might appear completely outrageous, but trust me: It Is the most interesting you will have at a technology convention.

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