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Philips set to be carbon neutral by 2020

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 8, 2015 6:32 pm

It's not just Google going fully green. During the UN Climate Chance Conference, Philips pledged to become carbon neutral by 2020, telling others at the summit in Paris that it wants to "play its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by cutting its carbon footprint to zero."

 

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As announced in a recent press release, Philips outlined that it has already taken action towards this goal, offering business incentives to clients who operate on renewable power as part of the RE100 program.

 

Eric Rondolat, CEO, added "We've reached the climate change checkout and all the contributions from around the world have proved insufficient to prevent a potentially catastrophic rise in global temperatures. The world must set more ambitious goals to improve energy efficiency," further paying homage to LED lighting as a major player towards great energy efficiency.

Survey shows we now spend more at Christmas, mostly using PayPal

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 8, 2015 4:29 pm

A recent ShopTalk survey by Vantiv unveiled information about spending habits and amounts during holiday periods of 500 users. The results displayed in a recent press release showed that these people will be spending around $600 on holiday gifts in 2015, with 17% of users wanting to spend less than they did in 2014.

 

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In addition to these findings, Vantiv further reported that 40% of all gift transactions would process through the help of PayPal. Ray Moorman, director of product strategy at Vantiv, says that brick and mortar shoppers should be patient this holiday season; "Many shoppers will be using the new chip cards and EMV readers for the first time this season, and we know there will be some confusion and delays as people get used to the new terminals."

 

Further findings show that 'Millennials' are spending the most money towards televisions and electronics, with the later category posting a higher percentage of funds compared to both Gen-X and baby boomers combined.

9% of Kickstarter projects don't deliver their rewards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 8, 2015 11:27 am

We all know there are some Kickstarter projects that get funded, but just don't take off for whatever reason. Well, the crowdfunding giant has posted an independent study that says that 9% of Kickstarter projects don't deliver their rewards.

 

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The findings state that 8% of money gets pumped into these projects, with the rates consistent among categories, with tech projects just as likely to fall apart as other categories. The report also added that 13% of failed projects deliver refunds, with backers adding that 10-20% of creators hand out refunds without complaints.

Google going 100% green by 2025

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 7, 2015 7:32 pm

Google says it's doubling its use of the renewable energy that powers its data centers, offices, and other facilities, and plans to use renewable energy only by 2025.

 

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Some of the clean energy will come from US sources -- North Carolina solar arrays and Oklahoma wind farms -- while some will be sourced from a wind farm in Sweden and a solar plant in Chile.

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CEO that raised the price on AIDS medicine wishes he charged more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 7, 2015 2:27 pm

It wasn't too long ago when Turing Pharmaceuticals' CEO cranked up the price on off-patent drug Daraprim, mostly used for people with AIDS and cancer, by a huge 5000%. Now, Martin Shkreli has said he wishes he raised it higher.

 

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Shkreli said: "I could have raised it higher and made more profits for our shareholders, which is my primary duty". During the Thanksgiving holiday, Turing released a press release saying the company had seen the error in its ways, and would be reducing the cost of Daraprim. But, it won't be doing that at all. Turing has said it will offer hospitals a 50% discount on the medicine (still up 2500%).

 

This is where it gets worse, with Shkreli adding: "My shareholders expect me to make the most profit. That's the ugly, dirty truth. I'm going to maximize profits. That's what people [in healthcare] are afraid to say".

Asetek demands suspension of sales of AMD's Radeon R9 Fury X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 7, 2015 4:32 am

It looks like AMD will be hitting a brick wall with the sales of its Radeon R9 Fury X, as Asetek has sent both AMD and GIGABYTE cease and desist letters over the watercooling on their video cards. GIGABYTE's GTX 980 Waterforce cards are also set to see sales stopped.

 

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Asetek has been in a long battle with Cooler Master, a legal battle which kicked off in 2014. Asetek said that it had won an injunction against Cooler Master over patent infringement claims that went to court late last year. Fast forward to now, GamersNexus received the following statement from Asetek: "Asetek's attorneys have recently sent cease and desist letters to GIGABYTE, demanding that it cease selling Giga-Byte's GEFORCE GTX 980 Water Force (sold under at least model number GV-N980WAOC-4GD) because it contains the Seidon 120M found by the court to infringe Asetek's patents".

 

Asetek continued: "Asetek's attorneys have also written a cease and desist letter to AMD, demanding that it stop selling its Radeon R9 Fury X product, because it infringes Asetek's patents. Our attorneys have had some difficulty obtaining a GIGABYTE GV-N98TXTREME W-6GD, but we expect to receive and analyze one very soon for infringement".

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Sony buys up Toshiba's image sensor fab for $155 million

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 4, 2015 11:31 am

Amid recent financial woes and scandals, Japanese electronics company Toshiba today announced that it has sold its image sensor business to Sony for 19 billion yen ($155 million).

 

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Starting in April 2016, Sony will take over Toshiba's semiconductor fabrication facility in Oita, Japan, which can ship up to 12,500 300mm wafers a month. Along with the Oita facility, Sony will take in all equipment and 1,100 employees who will now operate under Sony's own Semiconductor Corporation. The facility will focus "primarily for manufacturing CMOS image sensors."

 

This move sees Toshiba effectively pull out of the image sensor market. Negotiations for the takeover started back in October, and Nikkei notes that Toshiba turned right to Sony due to past business.

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AMD joins American Business Act on Climate Pledge

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 2, 2015 6:31 pm

AMD, in conjunction with "US corporate climate leaders and the White House Office of Public Engagement" and alongside other businesses, has joined the American Business Act on Climate Pledge. The point of the pledge is to indicate support for a "positive, action-oriented outcome" at the United Nations Climate Summit negotiations in Paris, which run from this week through to next. More, it's now AMD's responsibility to bring "forward-looking corporate goals" on how to better protect the climate to the table.

 

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It's no stranger to these: it achieved its goals for 2009-2014, reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GGEs) from non-manufacturing sites by 24 percent, reducing global energy use by 31 percent, and reducing transportation emissions by 32 percent.

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4K TV show torrenting is now a reality

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 30, 2015 10:37 am

With there has been a massive rise in UHD monitors and televisions recently, avid watchers of TV programs have mostly been left high and dry. Firstly there's the issue of your video card being unable to play games smoothly at 4K due to the massive amount of processing power that it requires, then comes the issue that the latest pirated seasons of Orange is the New Black only allow you to watch it in normal HD resolution.

 

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In the last few days all of this has changed, with Gizmodo reporting that people have now gained access to 4K TV shows available on Amazon and Netflix, publishing them for free online. While 60 minute shows are currently being listed at between 10GB and 15GB each, those with slow internet are still going to be behind on the times.

 

These videos have been made available thanks to a HDCP audiovisual security hole, allowing pirates to illegally download these shows through a loophole on Amazon and Netflix, re-uploading and publishing them for all who wish to watch.

4Chan fights terrorism with humor, photoshopping rubber ducks on ISIS

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 30, 2015 8:35 am

Ever wondered that ISIS would look like as cute, floating, toy animals? Well 4Chan did, so they made it a reality. Brandishing the tagline "Allah Quackbar," members of this online image board have decided to make light and humorous out of something so tragic.

 

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We're not just talking dodgy face photoshops either, there are full flag changes, cute duck tails and even altered news articles. One of the best news stories reads "I noticed something was wrong with he started quacking and became yellow," expanding that "her little boy became a RUBBER DUCKY."

 

This effort by 4Chan seemingly aligns with the hacker collective Anonymous and its pledge to take on ISIS, however, this yellow and squishy effort is much cuter.

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