Posts tagged: Microsoft

Microsoft buys entire output of Illinois wind farm

Microsoft took another step toward its goal of becoming carbon neutral, announcing its second enormous purchase of wind energy. The company signed a 20-year power purchase agreement to buy 175 megawatts (MW) of wind energy — the entire output — of Pilot Hill Wind Project in Illinois. The wind farm is 60 miles from Chicago […]

Microsoft Doubled Renewable Energy Purchases in FY 2013

Microsoft’s 2013 Citizenship Report describes an ambitious agenda that includes making its operations carbon neutral and using the “power of technology” to promote human rights. The software giant’s fiscal year 2013 was pivotal on those points, as CEO Steven A. Ballmer writes in the report, because it took the “first big, bold steps” in its […]

Is Nokia Working on a Solar-Powered Phone?

Technology in smartphones continues to improve, but at the cost of battery life. Multi-core CPUs, AMOLED screens, displays between four and five inches across, Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi and worst of all, LTE are all killing any progress made in battery technology. Not making things any easier is this trend toward inaccessible batteries (thank you, Apple). […]

Thanks to Solar Energy, Microsoft Provides Broadband Access to Rural Kenya

Today Microsoft is announcing a public-private collaboration that will deliver low-cost, off-the-grid wireless broadband access to previously unserved locations in rural Kenya—and will do it with the help of solar power. To deliver broadband to rural locations, the project taps into unused portions of wireless spectrum in the television frequency band—it turns out these so-called […]

Apple patent reveals future iPad Smart Cover could have interactive display, solar panels, built-in keyboard

The US Patent and Trademark Office has published a patent application revealing that Apple is investigating additional functionality for its Smart Cover, including an embedded display, solar panels and a built-in keyboard. Patently Apple reports that the patent application, which was filed by Apple in August 2011 and published on Friday, could be used as […]