Items tagged with Green

AT&T and Samsung Mobile are teaming up to bring the new Samsung Evergreen to AT&T. As you might suspect from its name, this quick messaging phone has the environment in mind: it's built with 70% recycled post-consumer plastics and packaging that utilizes 80% recycled post-consumer paper. The Evergreen has a 2.4-inch display, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard,  a 2.0 megapixel camera and video camcorder, AT&T Navigator, and stereo Bluetooth wireless technology v2.1 + SSP.  The Evergreen will be available November 7 for $29.99 after $50 mail-in rebate. ATT and Samsung Mobile Announce... Read more...
While solid state drives get faster, mechanical hard drives get larger. Not long ago, we celebrated the first 1TB hard drive, and since then, welcomed 1.5TB and eventually 2TB drives to the consumer market. Yes, the performance increase that SSD's offer is more than impressive. However, they still can't touch the capacity that traditional hard drives provide tech-savvy, budget conscious consumers and system builders. When it comes to cost per gigabyte analysis, hard drives possess a huge advantage over SSD's. Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB Hard Drive Today, Western Digital announces the world's... Read more...
Belkin announced the Conserve Gateway, a router system that is designed to help you understand and observe meter readings so you can better understand how your home uses energy. The Conserve Gateway delivers this information via a web interface that lets you track your energy use. The Conserve Gateway has a Wi-Fi/Ethernet network interface that can communicate with a cloud-based device management system and data communications are secure. The device supports over the air software upgrades as well. Belkin Conserve Gateway™ Connects to Smart Meter to Provide Energy Usage Insight in the Home... Read more...
Have you ever left for vacation and forgot to change the thermostat? Although it may not be worth flying home for, setting the thermostat a few degrees higher while you're away from home can save on cooling costs (especially if you'll be gone for a few days). Thanks to a new offering from TXU Energy, Texans can now use a smartphone to manage and adjust their home's temperature.  The new service is available for users of the TXU Energy iThermostat. With the thermostat and new TXU Energy iThermostat mobile website (txu.com/control), you can manage your home's heating and air conditioning. The... Read more...
Through a project known as Aquasar, IBM researchers are working on new technologies that could drastically reduce the power consumption and carbon footprint of data centers. Aquasar involves a water-cooled supercomputer that uses 40% less energy than comparable systems that use today's air-conditioned methods.In addition to saving energy, Aquasar takes the waste heat it pulls from servers and uses the heat to help warm nearby offices. By combining these energy savings, a company's carbon footprint can be reduced by as much as 85%. The Aquasar project began one year ago as part of IBM's First-Of-A-Kind... Read more...
Energy creation has been a huge, huge matter over the past few years. Researchers have turned to "green power" in order to generation electricity from varied renewable resources, but one area that has stumped science for awhile now is the ability to harness energy from movements that we make every day. Imagine if a roadway could generate energy simply by the heat and friction felt from tires passing over it. What if a battery pack on your body could harness energy from friction produced in your gait? The latter is becoming closer and closer to reality, all thanks to innovative research happening... Read more...
You've probably turned your nose up just after reading the headline. We can't blame you. We're doing the same. And in fact, we probably would have brushed this off as a hoax if it weren't coming straight from HP's own farm of press releases, so it's pretty much impossible to deny the legitimacy. HP Labs, the company's primary research arm, has just made public this week research that shows how "the manure output of cows and the heat output of data centers can be combined to create an economically and environmentally sustainable operation." Shocking? Yes. Gross? Yes. Reasonable? Definitely. The... Read more...
Not that any of you bother to RTFM (Google it) anyway, but for what it's worth, Ubisoft is doing away with paper-based manuals and replacing them with in-game digital copies instead. The new initiative applies to games for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, starting with Shaun White Skateboarding this holiday 2010, Ubisoft said. "It's pretty cool that Ubisoft is making a conscious effort to go green with its new video game packaging," commented Olympic Gold Medalist Shaun White. "I'm excited for my new skateboarding game to come out and stoked that it will be the very first Ubisoft game to be... Read more...
Navigation still has a long ways to go in vehicles to match the value provided by standalone units. These days, an in-car nav from the factory can cost thousands, while a basic Garmin or TomTom unit will go for $100 to $300. But Ford is making strides to bring the in-car factory experience up a notch, and while Sync has done a lot to move things in the right direction, there's still a big concern around mapping and gas mileage.Today, Ford has introduced their MyFord Touch Eco-Route feature, which is a new concept that will be implemented in many of the company's 2011 vehicles. When entering an... Read more...
In case you've been living under a rock, the "green" movement is out in full force. Companies have falling over themselves in order to push out "eco-friendly" products, and while some of this stuff is just marketing fluff, Sprint has made a solid effort to actually offer phones that are somewhat less damaging to our Earth. Just a few months after the Reclaim hit the company as one of the greenest phones to ever ship without a solar panel on the rear, the LG Remarq has shipped in order to give environmentally-minded shoppers another option.The Remarq is one of the most unique looking phones we have... Read more...
"Samsung" and "Green Memory" have actually been uttered in the same phrase before, and with more and more focus being put on just how much energy our computer memory consumes, it makes sense to see the company following up on their 30nm technology with this: the industry's first volume 40nm-class Gigabit DDR3.In other words, mass production has begun on this stuff, which promises to offer high capacities with lower power demands. More memory on fewer DIMMs? Sign us up. According to the company this 4Gb-based module "can save 35 percent in power consumption," and this  raises the amount of... Read more...
Battery life has been a huge issue around these parts. Particularly when it comes to notebooks, it always feels like manufacturers are giving us rough life estimates that are nowhere near accurate when compared to real-world figures. From R/C cars to notebooks to cars, there's no question that batteries are necessary in the world of technology, but they're also amongst the most annoying aspects due to their inability to stay charged for a remarkably long time and their tendency to degrade over time. Not to mention they're bad for the planet, expensive and unreliable. Batteries may be the perfect... Read more...
Believe it or not, this isn't the first time we've heard the words "green" and "RAM" used in the same sentence. Frankly, it's kind of hard to believe that memory could actually be friendly to the environment, but when it's the buzzword of the year, major companies have little choice but to throw it in wherever it'll fit. Samsung Electronics has announced today the industry’s first 30-nanometer-class DRAM, which has just successfully completed customer evaluations in two gigabit (Gb) densities. DDR3 is becoming ever more popular as more and more motherboards opt to support it and these next generation... Read more...
Sony Ericsson added two new handsets and a Bluetooth handsfree unit to the manufacturer's earth-friendly GreenHeart portfolio. The new Sony Ericsson Elm phone, the Sony Ericsson Hazel phone, and the VH700 all use recycled plastics, are free from hazardous chemicals, use a low power consumption charger, and feature minimized packaging. The GreenHeart project is designed to help Sony Ericsson reduce its CO2 emissions by 20% by 2015. Sony Ericsson hopes to make all of its accessories 100% GreenHeart compliant by 2011.Sony Ericsson Elm The Sony Ericsson Elm and Sony Ericsson Hazel phones feature a... Read more...
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