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ASUS Receives World's First EU Flower Eco Certification for Computers Awarding of EU Flower Certification to N Series Notebooks Bears Testament to ASUS’ Unwavering Commitment to Preserving the Environment Taipei, Taiwan, November 22, 2008 – ASUS, a company that is as committed to environmental conservation as it is to innovation and quality, yesterday saw its sustainable computing efforts rewarded with the conferring of the world’s first EU Flower Eco Award for computers on its N50, N80, N20, and N10 notebooks. This achievement validates the eco-friendliness of ASUS’ N Series notebooks, which had already been honored with prestigious EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) Gold... 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 individuals and corporations," said William Swope, vice president of Intel's Corporate Affairs Group.... Read more...
WD SHIPS SECOND-GENERATION GREEN HARD DRIVES WITH SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED POWER EFFICIENCY AND PERFORMANCE WD’s Best Selling Eco-friendly WD Caviar Green Drive Continues to be the Most Power-Efficient, Coolest and Quietest 3.5-inch Hard Drive in the Market LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Oct. 1, 2008 - WD (NYSE: WDC) today announced the second-generation of its highly popular and environmentally friendly WD Caviar Green desktop hard drives, which feature the company’s GreenPower technology to significantly reduce power consumption, compared with standard hard drives. The new platform is based on WD’s 333 GB/platter technology with 32 MB cache, producing capacities ranging from 500 GB to 1 TB.... Read more...
Microsoft and Pioneer Enter Into Patent Cross-Licensing Agreement to Foster Mutual Innovation in Consumer TechnologyAgreement covers a broad range of consumer products for both companies. REDMOND, Wash., and TOKYO — Sept. 16, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. and Pioneer Corp. signed a patent cross-licensing agreement that furthers the development of each company’s product lines and will expand technological innovation to enhance the overall customer experience. The cross-licensing agreement covers a broad range of consumer products, including Pioneer’s auto navigation products and televisions, as well as Microsoft’s software products. The agreement allows greater mutual access to each partner’s respective... Read more...
In May, the FCC announced that Wilmington, North Carolina had volunteered  to be the victims, er, first community to switch completely over to digital TV.  Although there were concerns that Tropical Storm Hanna would cause a postponement of the switch, the FCC announced on Sunday that the experiment would still go live on Monday, Sept. 8th.About 15% of Americans still get their TV over-the-air, via antennas, and when the switch to DTV takes place, many of them will require converter boxes.  Coupons to subsidize the cost of these boxes are available, with a value of $40.  Each household can get 2 of these coupons.In a press release, the FCC said: The early digital switch in... Read more...
A study just released by the Leichtman Research Group, indicates that the "twenty largest cable and telephone providers in the US" now total approximately 65.1 million, high-speed Internet subscribers. Those 20 providers make up roughly 94 percent of the U.S. broadband market. Assuming that Leichtman's results are correct (and assuming that Neilson's latest numbers are as well, which show 164 million U.S. users went online in May 2007), this would mean that about only 42 percent of U.S. Internet users connect via a broadband connection. This is significantly lower than the 55 percent of adult Americans that the July 2008, Pew Internet & American Life Project reports have a home broadband... Read more...
Apple sent an e-mail out to its MobileMe service members today, apologizing for the hiccups in getting the $99 per month MobileMe service up and running, announcing that the service was now finally fully operational, and even offering a conciliatory, free 30-day extension to all current MobileMe subscriptions.  Apple's e-mail (click the image to read the e-mail) MobileMe is an updated version of Apple's .Mac ("Dot Mac") subscription-based online service, which has been around since 2002 (or even as far back as 2000 if you count its original iteration as Apple's free, Mac-only, online service called iTools). The new MobileMe service rolled out at the same time as the release of the iPhone... Read more...
The inconvenient truth about data centers is that they consume lots of power. In addition to running a building-full of systems and storage devices 24/7, power is also consumed for networking equipment, cooling, battery backups, and even to support more modest human needs, such as lights and coffee makers. Both economically and socially, the United States is growing more conscientious of the need for power conservation. That's where programs like Energy Star take an active role. You've probably seen Energy Star stickers on air conditioners and refrigerators. "Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save... Read more...
Lenovo Asset Recovery Service Helps Businesses Go Green, Turning Computer Trash into CashEco-Solution Gives Customers Easy Way to Refurbish, Reuse and Recycle ComputersRESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – June 17, 2007: Lenovo today introduced Lenovo Asset Recovery Services (ARS), a new set of services to help business customers in the U.S. and Canada manage their end-of-life technology equipment by providing computer take-back, data destruction, refurbishment and recycling. Lenovo also offers additional services including inventory, value assessment, on-site deinstallation and data encryption. Lenovo can facilitate donation of the old computers or can help customers receive cash back for them. After... Read more...
CORSAIR RECEIVES 80 PLUS® “GREEN” CERTIFICATION ON ALL POWER SUPPLY UNITSCorsair Eco-Friendly PSUs Deliver Performance and EfficiencyFremont, CA, April 10, 2008 – Corsair® https://www.corsair.com, a worldwide leader in enthusiast computer and flash memory products, announced today that it has been awarded 80 PLUS Certification across the entire Corsair line of Power Supply Units (PSUs), including the award winning modular HX Series, powerful TX Series and value-performance VX Series. More Efficient, Same Performance80 PLUS Certification is the gold standard for power supply energy efficiency.  The 80 PLUS specification requires computer and server PSUs to be at least 80 percent... Read more...
Just in case you shot right down to the news section this morning and missed the link at the top of the page, we wanted to pop in and let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, performance, and power consumption of Western Digital's Caviar and RE.2 GreenPower 1TB hard drives.  In addition to their large capacities, these drives offer a number of proprietary features designed to lower their power consumption and acoustic profiles, like IntelliPower, IntelliSeek, IntelliPark, and in the RE.2's case RAFF (Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward).  Click the link below and check them out...WD Caviar and RE2 GreenPower 1TB... Read more...
We wish the current "green" trend would have happened a long time ago, and we actually hope that it results in a permanent mentality adjustment rather than fading like so many trends do. We are happy to see that companies are now expected to be somewhat environmentally-conscious. We love to see companies compete on metrics like performance per watt and we know we aren't the only ones who have an affinity for new architectures and designs that result in both efficiency improvements and performance gains. It wasn't so long ago that efficiency and performance were almost always inversely related. In the end, we (including the planet itself) all benefit when people and companies try to... Read more...
WD JOINS THE GREEN GRID WD Committed to Pushing Leading-Edge Hard Drive Technology to Reduce Power Consumption in Data Centers LAKE FOREST, Calif. — Feb. 05, 2008 — As a leading hard drive supplier to major enterprise, surveillance, consumer electronics and computing manufacturers worldwide, Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC)  announced the company has joined The Green Grid, a nonprofit consortium dedicated to advancing energy efficiency in data centers and business computing ecosystems. The Green Grid seeks to provide industry-wide recommendations on best practices, metrics and technologies that will improve overall data center energy efficiencies. The Green Grid does not endorse any vendor-specific... Read more...
The holidays have never looked brighter for e-tailers, with a record breaking $14 billion dollars having changed hands since November 26th, also known as Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday alone posted an impressive $733 million dollars, but the momentum doesn't seem to have slowed very much.“Cyber Monday was followed by three consecutive days where spending topped $700 million each day, said comScore Chairman Gian Fulgoni in a statement."However, strong sales subsided toward the end of [that] week, eventually resulting in a 17 percent gain versus the corresponding time period last year -- in line with the growth rates we've experienced for the season to date," he said in the statement.”We've said it... Read more...
If you said Western Digital's new RE2-GP series of drives, then you are correct.The entire IT industry is doing their best to look as energy efficient (or green) as possible these days, and it seems that the trend hasn't left any product category untouched.  So what exactly does it take to be a 'green' hard drive?“Western Digital isn't shy about the efficiency of its new enterprise drive and claims the RE2-GP is up to 40 percent more efficient than competitors, drawing 4-5W less power while in operation. Western Digital uses three types of optimization that the company refers to as IntelliPower, IntelliPark, and IntelliSeek to deliver the RE2-GP's increased efficiency without compromising... Read more...
As data centers grow and their power bills approach the market value of the hardware and software platforms that are employed within, several companies including IBM are aiming to trim down their power expenses and to implement new “green” technologies. In fact, data center energy consumption reaches $2.7 billion per year in the U.S. and $7.3 billion worldwide. And the costs are only rising. That’s why IBM has taken matters into its own hands and has managed to revise the old concept of the mainframe computer and adopted it into a new, highly efficient processing machine. “‘The cost of energy, power to run computers, storage, and networking equipment, as well as the power to the cooling equipment,... Read more...
While Gordon Gekko (from the movie Wall Street) might have argued that greed is good, excessive amounts of it aren’t always conducive to effective business relationships.Enter Steve Jobs and Sony CEO Howard Stringer.  Both of them are running corporations that sell music, and it appears that friction has developed as a result.  Jobs called record label execs greedy, Stringer responded that Jobs was a greedy and a hypocrite: “Stringer made the comment in response to Jobs' own comments on record industry executives being greedy over the price of music downloads. Moderator Anderson Cooper tried to change the subject, but Diller interjected, repeating the Sony CEO's comments. When Cooper went back... Read more...
The United Kingdom plans to make its PCs go green after the realization that PCs across the globe contribute significantly to carbon buildup in the atmosphere. As a result a task force named "Green Shift" has been created in the city of Manchester with the goal of reducing computer energy use in the UK by 98 percent. Green Shift will offer environmentally friendly services such as hosting e-mail, office applications, and web surfing on data centers to consolidate the jobs of individual PCs. Local Government Minister Phil Woolas described cyber-warming is a "massive issue". He said the taskforce was the first of its kind in the world and a sign of how serious the UK is about tackling this threat... Read more...
ZDNet is reporting that Greenpeace has ranked Apple as number 14th of 14...Wait, that can't be right, can it?  14th amongst 14?  Who would make a top 14 list?  Maybe it saves a tree or whale not to go all the way to 15. "The guide ranks 14 leading mobile and PC manufacturers on their policies and practices for eliminating harmful chemicals and taking responsibility for products discarded by consumers, with each score based solely on public information on the company's Web site. Apple in particular has attracted the ire of the environmental action group for failing to provide information on its green policies for eradicating toxic chemicals and for poor recycling rules."... Read more...
Just in case you shot right down to the news section this morning and missed the link at the top of the page, we wanted to pop in and let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, performance, and power consumption of Western Digital's Caviar and RE.2 GreenPower 1TB hard drives.  In addition to their large capacities, these drives offer a number of proprietary features designed to lower their power consumption and acoustic profiles, like IntelliPower, IntelliSeek, IntelliPark, and in the RE.2's case RAFF (Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward).  Click the link below and check them out...WD Caviar and RE2 GreenPower 1TB... Read more...
It looks like the trend of making more energy efficient PCs has spread from common laptops, desktops and servers, all the way up to supercomputers.  The system is designed for defense and scientific research. "Called Maxwell, the computer has been built at the University of Edinburgh and uses field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) in place of conventional processors. Its Scottish developers believe Maxwell represents a new generation of compact and energy-efficient computers. Unlike ordinary general-purpose processors, FPGA chips can be programmed to perform very specific tasks. Once that programming is accomplished, FPGA chips can be much faster than performing the same tasks in software... Read more...
There are certainly a lot of assumptions in there, but an interesting read nonetheless. Perhaps the funny thing is that this site, which will undoubtedly find itself getting hit a few hundred thousand times isn't very black. It is, in fact, rather white for most part. Let's assume... "Take at look at Google, for instance, who gets about 200 million queries a day. Let's assume each query is displayed for about 10 seconds; that means Google is running for about 550,000 hours every day on some desktop. Assuming that users run Google in full screen mode, the shift to a black background will save a total of 15 (74-59) watts. Now take into... Read more...
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