EPA welcomes Acer America as a Green Power Partner
Every so often, you hear about a major tech company making strides in going green and/or leaving a smaller carbon footprint. This time it's Acer America, which today announced an initiative to provide clean energy for its U.S.-based operations. Acer claims it purchased enough green power to offset 100 percent of its carbon emissions from electricity at all U.S. facilities -- more than 27 million kilowatt-hours of green power in the form of renewable energy credits (RECs) in all.
Maingear calls its Shift Super Stock Z87 the Mean Green Machine and it’s hard not to agree with that moniker.
Is there any other way to describe a gaming rig with not one GeForce GTX Titan, or even two—but freakin’ three of them? Yes, three of the world’s fastest single-GPU cards all singing harmoniously together against the tyranny of slow frame rates.
Note: This review was originally featured in the August 2013 issue of the magazine.
When it comes to mobile technology, the push to make things better, faster and smaller is non-stop and all consuming. The more functions you can cram onto a single chip, the better! Plenty of companies have thrown their proverbial hat into the convergence ring, but as the 800 lb. gorilla in the room, all eyes tend to gravitate towards Intel for trend-setting processor news. And who is Intel to disappoint? The company's already announced plans for a mobile SoC with built-in 4G, and it recently showed off new "Rosepoint" chips that combine Atom CPUs and Wi-Fi radios.
You would think that with all the services Google offers, and in particular its hugely popular search and Gmail services, that Mother Nature would have a beef with all the energy being expended. You'd also be wrong, according to Google, which is making the claim that it's been carbon-neutral since 2007, and even the small amount of energy it does use is offset completely.
Cloud computing’s all the rage these days. We’ve all heard the normal spiel about its benefits; cloud services let you reduce your reliance on on-site admins, cloud services let you access data from anywhere, blah blah blah. But did you know that tapping into the cloud for your email services can be up to 80 times more efficient than hosting servers in-house? We didn’t either, until we got our grubby little paws on a new Google report that claimed just that.
Automobile maker Toyota grabbed the No. 1 spot in Interbrand's top 50 list of the "Best Global Green Brands" while consulting agency Accenture edged in at No. 50. Swarming the available spots in between, however, are a bevy of technology companies, including heavy hitters like Hewlett Packard (No. 5), Dell (No. 8), Intel (No 26), and Microsoft (No 30), as well as several others.
You might be doing Mother Nature a big favor by investing in eco-friendly LED bulbs, but at what cost? Perhaps your health. According to a new US Irvine study, these purportedly safe and environmentally friendly bulbs are loaded with lead, arsenic, and other toxic materials, the Miami Herald reports. These bulbs, which are used in everything from traffic lights to Christmas lights, could increase the risk of things like cancer, kidney disease, and more.
AMD wants you to know that you can use its new Fusion APUs without losing sleep at night worrying about Mother Nature. The reason? AMD's Fusion CPUs offer up to a 40 percent smaller carbon footprint compared to previous generation products, the chip maker says.
"AMD’s commitment to reduce our impact on the environment spans our operations, our behaviors and the products we design," said Nigel Dessau, Chief Marketing Officer, AMD. "AMD Fusion APUs are a remarkable example of how a company’s business interests and environmental interests can align and result in innovative products that deliver incredible experiences, value, and significant energy and cost savings for consumers and businesses alike."
AMD said it studied the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of an E-350 APU system and compared it to that of a previous generation rig running an Athlon Neo II dual-core processor and an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5430. According to AMD, the APU system generated 40.2 kg CO2e of GHG compared to 67.4kg CO2e, a 40.3 percent reduction over its estimated lifetime.
Greenpeace takes to CES to implore companies to manufacture greener electronics.
While CES attendees clamored to check out the latest in cosumer electronics, Greenpeace was on hand to share their third Green Electronics Survey. Simply put, the survey grades consumer electronic companies according to four criteria: use of hazardous chemical substances, power consumption, product lifecycle, and innovation and marketing and issues awards in a series of categories. The winners were the HP Compaq 6005 Pro Ultra-Slim desktop computer, Asus UL30A notebook, the Acer TM8172 netbook, the Asus VM-247H-HF monitor, the Samsung GT-S7550 (Blur Earth) mobile phone, the Sharp LC-52SE1 television and the Sony Ericcson Aspen smartphone.
In addition to awarding companies for their green efforts, Greenpeace also uses CES to champion other causes related to consumer electronics. High on Greenpeace's list of priorities is getting consumer electronics companies to stop using two hazardous chemicals in electronics manufacturing, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BFR). To this end their studies show that each year more companies stop using these chemicals.
Going forward, Greenpeace wants global, free and convenient e-waste programs as well as a complete ban on e-waste exports. According to Greenpeace, 40 billion tons of e-waste are produced every year and Greenpeace hopes to increase take-back programs where manufacturers take back used electronics free of charge to consumers. As it stands Dell and Nokia have the most extensive take-back programs.
For the survey, Greenpeace invited 20 companies to participate and 18 chose to participate. Apple and Philips declined to participate. Furthermore, they've recently added gaming consoles to the survey as well.