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Apple Ending Key Source of iPhone E-Waste: Headphones, Chargers

It’s Apple Day, and for once, I don’t have to take on the usual role of climate journalists completely raining on the parade of people hypebeasting the new iPhone.

I mean, look, of course you should run your old iPhone into the ground instead of buying a new one if you value a habitable planet and not foisting your conspicuous consumption habits onto the backs of poor communities tasked with mining the metals and constructing a new phone you don’t need while dealing with the waste created by you getting rid of your old but perfectly good phone, you monstrous bastard. But if you actually need a new phone and order the iPhone 12, you’ll be getting a lighter ethical load than usual.

The company announced it will no longer ship iPhones with headphones or wall chargers. To which I say, thank the lord. This is like the lowest of low-hanging fruits in the e-waste world, and Apple is finally plucking it. (Congratulations, you’ve just consumed your fruit quota for the day by reading that sentence.)

Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environmental initiatives, said during today’s event that there are currently 700 million Lightning headphones and 2 billion wall adapters in circulation. That’s a lot of plastic and metal already out in the wild, getting lost, trashed, or tossed in junk drawers. (I estimate about 12,448 of those headsets are in mine.)

Frankly, Apple’s out-of-the-box headphones are pretty bad, and, at least for my ears, really uncomfortable. They also don’t work with any other device that has a 3.5 millimeter jack, which includes Apple’s own laptops. In short, they’re among the most useless items Apple creates, and yet the company has continued to ship them with iPhones for years.

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Buccaneers vs. Chargers odds, line: 2020 NFL picks, Week 4 predictions from proven computer model

The Los Angeles Chargers will take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay is 2-1 overall and 1-0 at home, while the Chargers are 1-2 overall and 1-0 on the road. Tampa Bay is favored by seven points in the latest Buccaneers vs. Chargers odds from William Hill, and the over-under is set at 42.5. Before entering any Chargers vs. Buccaneers picks, you’ll want to see the NFL predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up over $7,500 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception five-plus years ago. It’s off to a strong 7-2 roll on top-rated NFL picks this season. The model enters Week 4 on an incredible 103-67 run on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season. 

The model ranked in the top 10 on NFLPickWatch in three of the past four years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 95 percent of CBS Sports office pool players three times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has set its sights on Chargers vs. Bucs. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NFL betting lines for Bucs vs. Chargers:

  • Buccaneers vs. Chargers spread: Buccaneers -7
  • Buccaneers vs. Chargers over-under: 42.5 points
  • Buccaneers vs. Chargers money line: Tampa Bay -320, Los Angeles +260

Why the Buccaneers can cover

Tampa Bay strolled past the Denver Broncos this past Sunday, 28-10. Tom Brady passed for three TDs and 297 yards on 38 attempts. He has 59 career games with three-plus TD passes and no INTs, the most in NFL history. The Buccaneers won back-to-back games by 14 or more points for the first