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Apple took an important step in making good on CEO Tim Cook’s promise to make Apple’s new campus “the greenest building on the planet.” The company announced that it plans to spend $850 million as part of a massive, 25-year solar power purchase agreement with a solar power farm in California. The farm, which will belong to Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar, has yet to be built. However, following its completion in 2016, the farm will supply Apple with up to 130 megawatts of power from what has been dubbed the “California Flats Solar Project.” The Monterey County solar farm will power the... Read more...
Google-owned Nest finally has something it has been wanting for a long time: numbers. With two independent studies in hand (along with another study commissioned by Nest), the young home automation company can talk to you (with much more credibility) about how much its customers are saving on their heating bills by installing the Nest Thermostat. The numbers are pretty impressive: a Nest house typically saves about $131 to $145 per year. Change the temperature a few times and the Nest learns how to keep you home at the right temp (at the right time). As Nest is quick to point out in its new white... Read more...
Intel landed itself on the top spot of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) new list of companies using the most renewable energy to power their business. According to the list, the Santa Clara chip maker uses more than 2.5 billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy sourced from solar, geothermal, low impact hydro, and biomass sources to power 88 percent of its operations. "Our renewable purchase is just one part of a multi-faceted approach to protect the environment, and one that we hope spurs additional development and demand for renewable energy," Intel Presidenta nd CEO Paul Otellini... Read more...
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency slapped Logitech with a fine worth more than a quarter of a million dollars for claims the peripheral maker made about its cordless desktop MX3200 laser mouse and keyboard combo. Those peripherals are now defunct, but when they were being sold, Logitech touted their ability to protect users from nasty bacteria and microbes. That would have been fine and dandy, had Logitech tested its claims and then registered with the EPA. "Unverified public health claims can lead people to believe they are protected from disease-causing organisms when, in fact, they are... Read more...
Last year a report from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia said that the particles of toner released by laser printers might be as bad for your health as cigarette smoke. A new study from Germany's Fraunhofer Wilhelm Klauditz Institute (WKI) purportedly refutes that conclusion. The report, interestingly, was done in collaboration with QUT, and states that contrary to the prior study, laser printers are not releasing toner into the air, but rather "ultra-fine particles made of volatile organic-chemical substances (VOCs)." WKI head of department Prof. Dr. Tunga Salthammer... Read more...
Intel Recognized as EPA Green Power Partner of the Year SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 28, 2008 - At an award ceremony hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last evening, Intel Corporation received a 2008 Green Power Leadership Award and was also named a Green Power Partner of the Year. The EPA recognized the company's voluntary efforts to address climate change through green power purchases and its impact in advancing the renewable energy market. "This is but one milestone in our long-term strategy to help make renewable energy more economically feasible and a realistic choice for... Read more...
It's a good day whenever something bad happens to a spammer. That makes today a beautiful day, as a judge in Los Angeles has ruled in MySpace's favor in a suit they brought against two spammers who ran amok on MySpace pages. The damages awarded were worthy of a deposed Nigerian dictator: $230 million dollars.U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins in Los Angeles ruled in MySpace's favor Monday after Sanford Wallace and Walter Rines failed to show up for a court hearing.Wallace earned the monikers "Spam King" and "Spamford" as head of a company that sent as many as 30 million junk e-mails a day in... Read more...
Yes, the end is nigh.  Not only has New York State's "Amazon Tax" been signed into law, it will take effect on June 1st.New York Internet shoppers, take note: in five weeks, sales tax-free shopping will end on many Web sites thanks to rewritten state rules that are trying to force Internet retailers to collect.At Chrono Tech Watches in White Plains, Jerry Nally is glad the clock is ticking on many Internet retailers that don't charge New York sales tax. Nally says those so-called "e-tailers" steal his customers."They'll come in our store, look at our product, touch it, play with it, look at... Read more...
SEATTLE, Dec 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has issued subpoenas to Nvidia Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. as part of a probe into potential antitrust violations involving graphics chips, helping to send shares in the companies lower. Nvidia, the largest independent maker of graphics chips for computers and other devices, said on Friday that no specific allegations had been made against the company and that it plans to cooperate with the investigation. AMD, the No. 2 maker of computer processors, said late on Thursday that it had been subpoenaed. AMD entered the graphics business... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that Intel is preparing to spend $300 million on their campaign to promote the new Centrino Pro (Santa Rosa) platform. Timed around the launch of Microsoft's upcoming Vista operating system, the Centrino Pro platform will also introduce an 800MHz FSB, 4MB of L2 cache, Gigabit and wireless 802.11a/g/n, as well as support for Intel's Active Management (AMT) and Virtualization Technology (VT). With market analysts expecting the mobile segment to sustain the 25% growth year over year, Intel's strong push for notebooks seems more than justified. ... Read more...
Well, you know you want one of these. You want to be able to see and record Tiger Woods not sweat, in HD, when he's sinkin' those putts; and you want to rewind and watch his competitors wet their pants while he does it. And now you can. Soon, anyway, if HDBeat's inside source at an electronics store is right. Better bring money: It's no secret that TiVo's on the verge of shipping its HD-capable Series 3 set-top-box -- after all, the company's already notified the FCC, posted a product page, and even ignited a flurry of controversy over Time Warner's CableCARD policy -- but we have yet... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that NVIDIA is preparing to launch a new GeForce 7950 GT to combat ATI's upcoming RV570 GPU. The latest addition to the GeForce family of GPU's boasts a 550MHz core frequency and is equipped with 512MB of RAM operating at a healthy 700MHz. Furthermore, the $299 card is rumored to have 24 pipelines, dual DVI link, and native HDCP support. "The card supports HDCP, has dual-DVI link, twenty-four pipelines and 512MB of memory. It will launch on the 14th of September and it scores 4687 in 3Dmark06, some 180 more than ATI's RV570, at least according to Nvidia's... Read more...
Auphan Online had published a good article detailing their own iPod surgery. If your iPod's having some problems and your all out of ideas, might as well go the frankenstein route. "Your iPod. Its sleek, its sexy, and now... its not working. Is your iPod giving you the Apple equivalent of the Blue Screen of Death? Don't throw it out! You can fix it yourself, I'll show you how." Though if your warranty is still good, you might want to try that first.... Read more...
Engadget has posted a blurb regarding some leaked information on Seagate's upcoming 750GB Barracuda hard drive. Thanks to perpendicular recording, capacity jumps from 500GB up to a massive 750GB of space. Rounding out the specs, we have SATA II support, 7200rpm speeds, 16MB of cache, and 4.16ms latencies. For those always looking for more space, Seagate seems to have the answer to your prayers. Unfortunately, no price or launch dates are known at this time.  ... Read more...
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