The gadgets we use daily don’t appear out of thin air. It takes energy, mineral resources, and a lot of labor to create a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. One of the many consequences is that PC and phone makers are contributing to global climate change a little bit with every device they produce.
But Apple is promising to go completely carbon neutral by 2030. The company says it’ll due that in part by cutting its carbon emissions by 75 percent over the next 10 years with approaches that include investing in renewable energy, use of low-carbon product design, and and emphasis on recycling. And for the other 25 percent, the company will focus on “developing innovative carbon removal solutions” including forest restoration and protection projects.
While reducing emissions is a laudable goal, this is an entirely voluntary program on Apple’s part and there are no consequences if the company fails to achieve its target. And that’s one of the many reasons why it’s unclear if piecemeal corporate pledges will make much of a dent on global carbon emissions in the coming years… especially if the biggest polluters including oil and gas companies don’t take similar steps.
Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.
- Apple commits to be 100 percent carbon neutral for its supply chain and products by 2030 [Apple]
Apple says its entire operations will be carbon neutral in another ten years. The company’s corporate emissions are already there, but that doesn’t include the footprint of Apple computers, phones, and tablets you purchase. By 2030 it will (hopefully).
- Use your PlayStation Vita as a PC controller with VitaPad [MSPowerUser]
VitaPad lets you use a PlayStation Vita as a wireless PC game controller. Version 1.3 is now available, with support for XInput and DualShock 4 emulation. You’ll need a hacked PSVIta to install VitaPad though.
- Amazon confirms Prime Day Delay in the US [TechCrunch]
Amazon Prime Day has not been canceled this year. It’s just been postponed… and spread out. Prime Day India is scheduled for August 6th. The US version will be… sometime later in the year.
- LG Velvet 5G Smartphone Available In U.S. Beginning July 22 [press release]
LG Velvet 5G will be available in the US from AT&T starting July 22 for $599. Verizon and T-Mobile will offer the phone later this summer.
- Netflix arrives on Nest Hub and Hub Max [Google]
Because you know you want to watch Avatar: The Last Airbender on a 7 inch stationary display.