Items tagged with Green

If James Bond ever goes green, you can bet the EV that Aston Martin is teasing would be his ride of choice. The first time that Aston started to talk about building an EV was way back in 2015, when it converted a Rapide to an EV aiming for a 200-mile driving range. Fast forward a few years and Aston is now teasing a production version of the Rapide E and giving up some details on the powertrain ahead of production kicking off next year. We can’t glean any detail from the teaser image other than the blue "E" on the front fenders and snazzy wheels with blue brake calipers peeking out. Details on the powertrain confirmed include that the car will have a battery electrical architecture with... Read more...
MIT is poised to make a massive investment into the future of nuclear fusion power. This move is significant because fusion power is potentially inexhaustible and produces zero carbon emissions. Fusion power could quite literally change the world as we know it today. MIT has announced a new collaboration with a private company called Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) that will see $50 million poured into the creation of a working fusion power plant. MIT and CFS want to perform rapid, staged research that will lead to a new generation of fusion experiments and ultimately power plants based on advancement in high-temperature superconductors. The work will be built on decades of federal government... Read more...
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 as "lithium ion" use lithium in the electrolyte -- the fluid that surrounds the anode and cathode.... 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 power; geothermal technology for heat; and efficient energy consumption with LED lighting, daylight... 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 LIFEBOOK P772/E notebook PC for enterprise customers, a model in its summer 2012 lineup, but now... 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 for a tougher, bluer economy San Jose, California - July 23, 2012 Super Talent Technology, a leading... 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 to learn that we had removed our products from the EPEAT rating system. I recognize that this... 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 Features, the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate Beginning June 10 AT&T* will offer a new option for... 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 (PVC), brominated flame retardants (BFR), halogen, beryllium, phthalates, and nickel. Until July... 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 said. Source: EPA Intel's focus on green energy has the environmental impact of taking more... 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 to regular RDIMMS, Super Talent says. No word on price or availability.... 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 Barracuda Green 2TB A SATA 6G Hard Drive 05:37 - An Open Letter To PC Makers: Ditch Bloatware 09:05... 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 as we run it through a series of benchmarks and give you our take on its strengths and weaknesses...... 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 hard drives remains strong, and consumers welcome advances in technology that provide additional capacity,... 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 laptop comes with an environmentally friendly, power-saving HD LED screen and cinema-quality... 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 of all, the program provides a free and tax-deductible way to rid your house of old electronics. Donate... Read more...
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 the Upcoming Availability of the Samsung Evergreen Quick Messaging Device Gives Environmentally... 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 highest density hard drive, as they reach the 3TB mark with their newest, 5th generation Caviar Green... 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 Belkin aims to partner with utility companies to provide in-home energy monitoring connected to the... 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 website is compatible with the latest models of Apple iPhone, Apple iPod touch, Apple iPad, BlackBerry... 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 (FOAK) program. Recently, IBM delivered its first-of-a-kind hot water-cooled supercomputer to... 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 at UC Berkeley. Researchers at the university have recently made great strides in producing microscopic... Read more...
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