Archive for the ‘Green Technology’ Category

Facebook Faces Campaign to Switch to Renewable Energy

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

I would have thought this was pretty silly a couple of years ago, but after the recent oil spills …

Social networking site under fire over intention to run giant new data center mainly on coal-powered electricity


Apple blocks iPhones from green scheme

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Perhaps Apple is such a major player in the mobile phone market, that they feel that they don’t need to participate?

Apple has refused to allow its iPhones to be included in the UK’s first-ever green ranking scheme for mobile phones.

The scheme gives phones a rating of zero to five based on their environmental footprint and major manufacturers including Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung have signed up. The network O2, which is launching the rating system today, said 93% of the devices its customers use will be covered.


Adobe Unveils Digital Viewer Technology for Magazines

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Great, just great. This means that I won’t be able to use my “paper magazines are bad for the environment” argument anymore when those pesky kids come to the door, trying to sell magazine subscriptions.

Revolutionary WIRED Reader Application Delivered Through New Adobe Digital Publishing Technologies

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) has unveiled a new digital viewer technology that enables print publishers to bring stunning digital versions of their magazines to life. This new publishing software was developed with input from Condé Nast's WIRED magazine, a publication that recently debuted a digital edition for Apple iPad, utilizing the new digital viewer technology. WIRED's June issue Reader application, now available through the Apple iTunes App Store, is built using Adobe's digital viewer software.


Structure 2010 LaunchPad Presenter: Greenqloud, Iceland’s Clean Power Cloud Computing Co.

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Wow. Who would have thought that volcanoes were useful for something other than delaying air travel?

There’s good and bad when it comes to all that geothermal activity in Iceland. Yes, the volcanos with unpronounceable names can spew ash and shut down air travel. But there’s also an abundance of electricity from geothermal power, which combined with hydrothermal power, means Iceland runs off of pretty much 100 percent clean energy. That’s the backbone for an entrepreneurial idea to create a green computing cloud courtesy of Icelandic startup Greenqloud.


Data Center Power Like Cable: On Demand

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

For many power management applications, our outlet metered PDU can also provide a cheaper, simpler way to conserve power in the data center …

What if the energy needed to power data centers could be like the latest episode of “True Blood” — on demand? That’s the idea behind Power Assure, a startup founded three years ago that makes a software-as-a-service product that can ramp up and down the power consumption of data centers to coincide with the demand of its web company users. So, say, in the middle of the night, when few people are pinging its customers’ websites, Power Assure’s service can reduce energy consumption appropriately, and when there’s a sudden spike of traffic in the morning, the service can quickly ramp capacity back up.


Samsung’s $20B Greentech Plan

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Apparently, there’s gold in green tech …

Samsung sells everything from chemicals and construction to shipbuilding and sugar. But in recent years the Korean conglomerate has started to turn the wheel towards green technology, and this morning said it plans to spend more than $20 billion largely on developing and selling greentech, including solar cells, battery cells, and LEDs, (in addition to non-greentech items like biopharmaceuticals and medical devices.)