Sustainability and eco-friendly products have been quite the buzzwords amongst big tech companies. Be it Apple, Google or Amazon, the stress on using recycled materials and creating less e-waste has been high on their agendas. Google, however, has taken a march on others it seems. According to a report by The Verge, the tech giant has announced that all its Made by Google products now use recycled materials.
The products include the new Pixel smartphones and Nest smart devices. As per Google’ sustainability systems architect David Bourne, these products are now designed using recycled materials. However, there is a ‘catch’. It’s not as if these products are made of entirely recycled materials but, as per The Verge, “they at least include recycled materials somewhere in the product.”
For instance, the Pixel 5’s back cover is made completely out of recycled aluminium while Nest Audio has 70% recycled plastic.
“Google’s focus on incorporating recycled materials in our hardware design not only supports our sustainability commitments, but also enables our supply chain partners to confidently invest in and develop these types of materials so that the wider consumer electronics industry can use them too,” Bourne said in a statement to The Verge.
Google further said that in the next five years, all its product packaging will be 100% plastic free and recyclable. “We’ve already made a reduction in plastic use in our packaging since 2016, but we have a lot of hard work ahead in order to meet this new goal,” Bourne further added.
In September this year, Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed an ambitious plan of running all the company’s operations carbon-free by 2030. “We have until 2030 to chart a sustainable cause for our planet or face the worst consequences of climate change,” Pichai had said in September 2019.
Source:- Times of India
Italy's antitrust fines Apple 10 million euros for misleading commercial practices – The Journal Pioneer
ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s antitrust authority said on Monday it had fined Apple 10 million euros ($12 million) for “aggressive and misleading” commercial practices regarding its iPhones.
The regulator said in a statement the company advertised that several iPhone models were water-resistant without clarifying they were only so under certain circumstances.
It added that the company’s disclaimer, saying that its phones were not covered by warranty in case of damage from liquids, tricked clients, who were also not provided support when their phones were damaged by water or other liquids.
Apple declined to comment.
(Reporting by Elvira Pollina, writing by Giulia Segreti; editing by Valentina Za)
Review: PS5 is big and pricey, but boasts impressive speed and visual upgrades – CityNews Toronto
Seven years after the release of the highly successful PlayStation 4, Sony has fired its latest salvo in the war to capture the hearts and minds of big-spending video game enthusiasts.
The PlayStation 5 launched Nov. 12, two days after archrival Microsoft debuted its new Xbox Series X and Series S units. The latest round of the console wars started with a bang, as both systems quickly sold out.
Sony, however, is coming off a decisive victory in the last round of the battle. According to sales figures from Sony Interactive Entertainment, all versions of the PS4 combined have sold more than 113.5 million units as of Sept. 30, making it the second-highest selling home console behind the PlayStation 2.
In an effort to keep its edge in the video game arms race, Sony has released an expensive but powerful platform with a bold esthetic that breaks from past conservative design choices. While upgrading to Sony’s latest console will come at a cost — a unit that includes an Ultra-HD Blu-Ray drive has a recommended retail price of $629.99 while a digital-only version costs $499.99 — the improved experience will be difficult for dedicated gamers to pass up.
The increased processing power of the PS5 is seen through the quality of the graphics. Titles that have built from the ground up for the console, like the punishing action role-playing game “Demon’s Souls,” look stunning. The difference in visual quality will be more striking from gamers upgrading from a base PS4, which did not support 4K resolution, rather than the more recent PS4 Pro.
A notable part of the visual upgrade comes from the PS5’s use of ray tracing, an advanced rendering technique to realistically depict light and shadow. Until recently, ray tracing was considered too resource-intensive to use effectively in video-game development.
Games available at launch that support ray tracing include “Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales” and “Demon’s Souls.” Spider-Man’s bio-electrical powers provide a nice example of what the technology can do — and seem to come without a performance cost.
As impressive as the eye candy is, the speed of the PS5 is arguably a more noteworthy improvement over its predecessor. Load times are markedly faster for PS5 games; even games with massive maps and environments to handle like “Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla” have little downtime.
As a result of this extra processing power, the PS5 is a bit more unwieldy than its sleek precursor. The version of the PS5 with the Blu-Ray drive is 39 centimetres wide, 26 cm deep and 10.4 centimetres high, making it Sony’s largest console. The digital-only version is about a cenitmetre shorter. The units can be set horizontally or vertically to give some options, but it will take up a good chunk of your entertainment centre.
Sony is pivoting from the traditional all-black colour scheme to a two-toned black-and-white look. The PS5 also has a contoured design that sets it apart from the clean lines of the PS4. Whether the new look works or not is, of course, an exercise in subjectivity, but the PS5 is certainly bolder in appearance than its clinical counterpart.
The design choice is mirrored in the accessories available at launch, which include the DualSense wireless controller, a wireless headset, an HD camera, a controller charging station and a media remote control, for those who wish to use the PS5 as a launch point for their favourite streaming services.
The DualSense controller is a significant change from Sony’s long-running DualShock design. The controller has more heft to it and features cleaner lines in its construction. It features haptic feedback, which is intended to make instances in a game that cause the controller to vibrate feel more realistic. A nice feature is that the controller’s touchpad is now covered and resistant to the possibility of getting smudged with greasy fingerprints.
Most PS4 games are playable on the PS5, and are easily ported over with a USB drive. Saved games will have to be expressly moved over, either by removable drive or through the cloud service provided by the PS Plus service, which comes at an added cost.
PlayStation 4 controllers can be used, but only to play PS4 games. Those wanting to enjoy local multiplayer on a PS5 game will have to shell out for another DualSense controller, which costs about $90.
Staying on the leading edge of console gaming will always tax an entertainment budget, and upgrading to a PS5 is no different.
A PlayStation 5 console was provided for review purposes.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 30, 2020.
Curtis Withers, The Canadian Press
Samsung 4K TV Cyber Monday Deals (2020): QLED and Ultra HD Smart TV Deals Summarized by Saver Trends – GlobeNewswire
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