Tim Cook joins council of elite CEOs fighting climate change

Apple CEO Tim Cook joined the CEO Council for Sustainable Urbanization this week as part of Apple’s continued fight against global warning and environmental issues. The council is basically like an Avengers-style group (or Justice League if DC is your preferred flavor) consisting of CEOs and chairmen from the top companies in China and the […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Apple’s new ‘Spaceship’ HQ could have been called the Steve Jobs Campus

If Apple’s former CEO had been more sentimental we’d be referring to the company’s upcoming “Spaceship” headquarters as the Steve Jobs campus, according to an interesting tidbit in Stephen Fry’s Telegraph article about Jony Ive’s promotion. While being given a tour…Read more ›



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GT Advanced to Eliminate 727 Jobs at Mesa, Arizona Plant [iOS Blog]

GT Advanced Technologies today notified City Council members in Mesa, Arizona that it plans to permanently eliminate 727 jobs at its sapphire plant. Layoffs will include 524 production workers, 108 technical positions, 70 management jobs, and 25 administrative jobs.

Affected employees were notified about their impending layoffs on Thursday. Layoffs will start on Tuesday and employees will be „separated from employment“ beginning on December 15, according to a notice provided by Linda Luman, GT’s vp of human resources.

News that GT would eliminate hundreds of positions first surfaced last week, after the company asked the court for permission to „wind down“ operations at its Mesa, Arizona manufacturing plant. The facility, which was purchased and outfitted by Apple, has been operational for less than a year.

GT Advanced first filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, after Apple withheld a $139 million loan payment because the sapphire supplier failed to meet necessary technical milestones. According to court documents and securities filings, GT may have begun having issues with sapphire production as early as February.

Apple gave GT Advanced a $440 million loan for purchasing sapphire equipment, but according to information leaked during the GT’s court proceedings, the sapphire company was unable to produce sapphire up to Apple’s standards, leading Apple to stick with Gorilla Glass for the iPhone and the iPhone 6.

GT Advanced has plans to shut down its Mesa, Arizona plant, and it has also asked for court approval to void its contracts related to the operation, calling the terms of the contracts with Apple „oppressive and burdensome.“ The company will wind down operations over the course of the next few months, keeping on a small number of workers to monitor ongoing sapphire growth.

Once the current sapphire boules have been prepared for sale, employees will clean and decommission furnaces and then clean the plant itself, with a final closure coming on December 31. Apple has not commented publicly on the matter beyond its initial pledge promising to work to preserve jobs in the area.




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Nightmare Cooperative’s roguelike gameplay will keep you up all night

Roguelike games are a retro treat, hailing back to the earliest computers. They used various ASCII characters to denote dungeon walls and dangerous creatures in an attempt to recreate the experience of playing Dungeons & Dragons. There are many good…Read more ›



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Apple Dominates New EPEAT Tablet Registry After Nearly Withdrawing From Environmental List in 2012

After almost removing itself from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registry two years ago, Apple is now leading the charge into the program’s new Tablets/Slates category.

As of today, Apple’s four iPad models account for 134 of the 135 tablets on the list, although the number of entries appear to be growing nearly by the minute. While Apple is represented by the various configurations of the iPad Air, the iPad mini, the iPad with Retina display and the iPad mini with Retina display, the sole non-iPad model currently on the list is the Dell Venue 11 Pro.

In a blog post announcing the new category earlier this week, Green Electronics Council CEO Robert Frisbee hailed the early inclusion of more than 100 tablets without mentioning that essentially all of them were Apple products.

We are pleased at Participating Manufacturers’ enthusiasm to register these new products. In less than one week more than 100 slates/tablets have been registered in EPEAT, and we expect to see many more in the weeks and months to come. These products are an exciting addition to EPEAT and an important step into reducing the environmental impacts of a major new product type. We are confident the new products are leaders in their category.

Apple has a bit of a rocky history with EPEAT, notifying the environmental assessment service in 2012 that it was withdrawing its products from the registry. At the time, Apple cited „changes in its design direction which were no longer consistent with the EPEAT requirements“ as the reason for this removal request.

Apple quickly reversed its decision after businesses, municipalities and other Apple customers publicly decried the withdrawal decision. EPEAT also responded with a pledge to work with Apple and possibly adapt its judging standards to be more compatible with the company’s cutting edge product designs.

Apple’s product lineup is now represented in several EPEAT categories, including desktops, notebooks, displays, integrated desktop computers, and tablets/slates. The company has earned a gold star rating for all of its eligible products, including its difficult-to-repair MacBook Pro with Retina display. This controversial gold rating has prompted some groups to accuse EPEAT of lowering its standards in order to include Apple on the list.




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New Apple Store in the Netherlands will have a 360° Genius Bar

Apple is set to open its new Dutch brick-and-mortar retail store this Saturday, according to ifoAppleStore. This will be the third Apple Store to open in the Netherlands, with previous retail outfits opening in Amsterdam and Haarlem. The store will…Read more ›



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BlackRock’s Susan Wagner Joins Apple’s Board of Directors, Replacing Bill Campbell

Apple today issued a press release announcing that Susan Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock has joined its board of directors. BlackRock, which owns 2.82 percent of Apple, is a well-known investment management corporation, co-founded by Wagner in 1988.

Wagner will replace Bill Campbell, who has served on Apple’s Board of Directors for 17 years.

„Sue is a pioneer in the financial industry and we are excited to welcome her to Apple’s board of directors,“ said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. „We believe her strong experience, especially in M&A and building a global business across both developed and emerging markets, will be extremely valuable as Apple continues to grow around the world.“

Wagner has been recognized as one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and has also been honored by the National Council for Research on Women. She supports the Women’s Initiative Network at BlackRock, which is designed to „foster the full potential of women“ within the company.

Earlier this month, a report from The Wall Street Journal suggested Apple CEO Tim Cook was looking to add new members to Apple’s Board of Directors, as several members of the existing board are older than 63 and have served for more than a decade.

Apple has faced criticism over its lack of female leadership, which Cook has been aiming to remedy. Wagner will join high-profile hire Angela Ahrendts and Avon CEO Andrea Jung, who has served on Apple’s board since 2008.

Art Levinson, Apple’s chairman, said in the company’s press release that the board „conducted an exhaustive search“ for someone who could strengthen the board’s „breadth of talent and background.“ Wagner herself says she’s always admired Apple and is „honored to be joining [the] board.“

(Image courtesy of TIME)




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