Items tagged with Green

You can't swing a dead cat these days without hitting a research team claiming to have discovered a new technology or ability that will miraculously enhance battery capabilities as soon as a few quick problems are patched up or some niggling cost factors get fixed. The majority of these announcements splash down and vanish, never to be heard from again -- but a team at Stanford is claiming to have pulled off a scientific coup that really would be a quantum leap over existing battery technology -- and they've done it, supposedly, by solving a very old problem. Right now, the batteries we refer to... Read more...
We hear about green construction practices all the time, but it’s often surrounding facilities such as data centers rather than retail stores. However, Walgreens is determined to go as green as possible, and to that end, the company announced plans for the first net zero energy retail store. The store is slated to be built at the corner of Chicago Avenue and Keeney Street in Evanston, Illinois, where an existing Walgreens is currently being demolished. The technologies Walgreens is plotting to implement in this new super-green store will include solar panels and wind turbines to generate... Read more...
A few years back, you could hardly talk about electronics without hearing some "green" slant. Eco-friendly this, and energy-efficient that. Nowadays, green is still "in," but it's not spoken of with nearly the same amount of vigor. That Fujitsu's making green sexy again, and its new technology truly is impressive. The company announced this week that it has created the industry's first recycling system that collects used CDs and DVDs at Fujitsu Group recycling centers and reuses the plastic in the bodies of notebook PCs. Fujitsu began using this recycled plastic for part of the front panel of its... Read more...
Super Talent is now shipping its new line of Mac compatible DDR3 memory modules. These modules have been tested at Apple's Compatibility Lab headquarters. These new modules are eco-friendly and reduce the voltage requirements 10% from the traditional 1.5 voltage to the new 1.35 volt standard. The new 1.35 volt modules are available for select models of the 15-inch MacBook Pro, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and 21.5- and 27-inch iMac machines. The chart below shows additional information about each of the new modules. Super Talent Tests New Green Line of DDR3 Apple Memory A faster, greener memory module... Read more...
Here's something you don't see every single day: Apple apologizing. Back when the iPhone 4's "Antennagate" scandal took off, it really boiled down to users "holding it wrong." But these days we have a new Apple, and the company obviously willing to say when it's made a misstep. Bob Mansfield, the company's outgoing (retirement) Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering, has published a letter on the company's site regarding its recent decision to pull products from EPEAT's certification list. In part, the letter reads: "We’ve recently heard from many loyal Apple customers who were disappointed... Read more...
AT&T and Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate. This smartphone is AT&T and Samsung's first LTE smartphone to obtain UL Platinum certification. The rear casing on the Exhilarate is made from 80 percent recycled (post-consumer waste) material. The phone features a 4-inch touchscreen Super AMOLED display, dual core 1.2 GHz Scorpion processor, 5-megapixel auto-focus rear-facing camera, and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. The Galaxy Exhilarate will be available June 10 for $49.99 with a two-year agreement. AT&T to Launch its First LTE Smartphone with Environmentally Conscious... Read more...
Sprint and LG are teaming up to another eco-friendly smartphone in the form of the LG Optimus Elite. As the successor to the LG Optimus S, the Optimus Elite features a 3.5-inch capacitive touch-screen (320 x 480), 4GB of ROM, 512MB of RAM, and a microSD card slot for additional storage. The Optimus Elite runs on Android 2.3 and features NFC technology and Google Wallet. The phone will be available two color options: Titan Silver and White. The phone comes in fully recyclable packaging that is printed with soy inks. The phone does not use environmentally sensitive materials such as polyvinyl chloride... 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...
System memory isn't the cause of your high energy bill at home -- check your fully loaded entertainment center instead -- but when it comes to servers and server farms, low power memory can have a real impact on a company's bottom line. It's the reason why memory makers develop so-called "green" memory, such as Super Talent's new Green-Line VLP These are low-profile, eco-friendly DDR3 memory modules featuring lower operating voltages. There are five new dual-channel kits in all, each one 4GB in capacity, rated at 1600MHz, and standing just 0.72 inches short, equal to a 39 percent reduction compared... Read more...
In this episode of Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz, and Marco discuss the new Dell Streak 7 Android-based tablet and Seagate’s 2TB Barracuda Green SATA 6G hard drive. We also talk about HotHardware’s open letter to system builders regarding bloatware, in addition to the plethora of announcements from HP’s event where the company unveiled the 9.7” TouchPad Tablet with WebOS 3.0 and the WebOS 2.2-powered Pre 3 and Veer smartphones. Of course, we also plug the current contest as well... Show Notes: 00:44 - Dell Streak 7 Android Tablet Review 03:50 - Seagate... Read more...
Today at HotHardware we take a look at the Barracuda Green 2TB hard drive from Seagate. Previously, the company's low power drives were designated with the LP nomenclature. But Seagate has made the change to a more recognizable industry standard naming convention. The 2TB Green drive sports a 5900 RPM spindle speed, SATA 6 GB/s interface, 64 MB cache, Advanced Format technology, and Seagate SmartAlign technology for easier integration. Do all of these features entice you enough to put the Barracuda Green on your upgrade list? Need more information? Read on to find out how well this drive performs... Read more...
With the massive amounts of digital content now at our disposals, spend enough time in front of a system, and eventually it'll require a storage upgrade. We live in a digital world where games take up more storage space, cameras generate larger images, and camcorders produce higher definition videos than ever before. It's only a matter of time before even the average user saturates the drive in their PC. Throwing a SSD into the system as an OS drive will undoubtedly improve its performance, but it doesn't address the need for more storage. That's why the need for traditional... Read more...
MSI is attempting to combine power with environmentally friendly features in its F Series line of notebooks. You'll find various models within this family. The 14-inch MSI FX400 offers an Intel Core i5 processor, the NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M discrete graphics card, and MSI’s Turbo Drive Engine (TDE) and GPU Boost technologies. The 15.6-inch MSI FX600/FX600 MX and FR600 also feature Intel’s Core i5 processor. The FX603 notebook offers a chemical-free coating and touts multimedia performance with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M discrete graphics card. Also a 15.6-inch model, the FR600 3D multimedia... Read more...
Dell and Goodwill have partnered to create a joint recycling venture known as the Reconnect program. As Dell describes it the program works to put, "technology and jobs back into the hands of those who need them most." The program began in 2004 and has diverted more than 96 million pounds of ewaste from landfills and created more than 250 green jobs since its inception. You can donate any brand of used computer equipment to Reconnect. In turn, your donation will help to provide technology, education, training and career services to people who are dealing with economic challenges. Best... Read more...
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