“Apple, Amazon, Google and Walmart are among the top ten firms embracing solar power in the US - CNBC” plus 3 more

“Apple, Amazon, Google and Walmart are among the top ten firms embracing solar power in the US - CNBC” plus 3 more

Apple, Amazon, Google and Walmart are among the top ten firms embracing solar power in the US - CNBC

Posted: 14 Aug 2019 03:53 AM PDT

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Around the world, companies are embracing renewable sources of energy as they look to "green up" operations and limit their impact on the environment.

U.S. firms are no different, with the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) recently stating that corporate solar adoption had "surged" over the last few years.

CNBC's "Sustainable Energy" looks at the businesses with the most installed solar capacity in the U.S., according to the SEIA's Solar Means Business Report for 2018.

Fifth Third Bank 80.0 MW (Megawatts)

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Ohio headquartered Fifth Third Bank places tenth in SEIA's list.

In 2018, the business signed a power purchase agreement for 100% renewable power from an 80 MW solar project in North Carolina.

Solvay 81.4 MW

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Solvay, which focuses on advanced materials and specialty chemicals, is ninth from top in the SEIA's list with a little over 81 MW of solar.

One way the company is embracing solar is through an agreement to buy all the renewable energy certificates produced by a 71 MW solar farm in Jasper County, South Carolina, for a 15 year period.

Prologis 126.3 MW

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At number eight in the list is Prologis, with just under 127 MW of installed solar.

Commenting on the SEIA's report, the company's senior vice president, global energy, said Prologis "was among the first in the logistics real estate industry to invest in solar."

Matt Singleton added that Prologis' "future-focused approach to environmental, social and governance practices" had put the business "on pace to surpass our goal of 200 MW of solar capacity by 2020."

Notably, if the list was restricted to onsite solar installations, the firm would place third in the SEIA's rankings.

Kaiser Permanente 140.0 MW

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In September 2018, health care provider Kaiser Permanente said it would be carbon neutral by 2020 thanks to a power purchase agreement (PPA) for 180 MW of renewable energy.

It added that the PPA would facilitate the construction of "utility scale" wind and solar farms, as well as a large battery storage system.

In August 2018, Kaiser Permanente said that a 250-kilowatt solar system had been installed on the garage roof of its Richmond Medical Center in California.

Google 142.9 MW

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In a blog post in June, Google's director for operations, energy and location strategy, Neha Palmer, said the search giant's "purchases of energy from sources like solar and wind once again matched our entire annual electricity consumption."

Looking to the future, Google is getting involved with some large scale solar power projects.

In January 2019 the firm's senior lead for energy and infrastructure, Amanda Corio, said it would buy the output of a number of new solar farms through a deal with the Tennessee Valley Authority.

This will amount to 413 MW of power from 1.6 million panels, Corio said.

Switch 179.0 MW

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In 2016, data center firm Switch commenced construction of two solar power plants in Nevada.

They have a combined capacity of 179 MW and can power all of its data centers with renewable energy.

Walmart 208.9 MW

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Walmart makes the SEIA's top four with just under 209 MW of solar.

In October 2018, the retail giant announced it had entered into an agreement with SunPower that would see the renewable energy firm install solar power at two distribution centers and 19 stores in Illinois.

Target 242.4 MW

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Target wants to source all of its electricity from renewables by the year 2030. The company is aiming to install rooftop solar panels at 500 of its locations by 2020.

Additionally, Target is installing charging stations for electric vehicles at more than 100 sites.

Amazon 329.8 MW

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Second in the SEIA's list is Amazon. The Seattle headquartered technology giant says its solar installations in the U.S. have offset the carbon dioxide equivalent of over 200 million miles of truck deliveries. In total, the firm has 32 rooftop solar systems in the U.S.

Apple 393.3 MW

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Top of the SEIA's list is Apple. The company's headquarters in Cupertino, California, is powered by 100% renewable energy from "multiple sources". These include an on-site, 17 MW rooftop solar installation and 4 MW of biogas fuel cells.

Android Q Beta 6: Top new features from the final Q Preview [Video] - 9to5Google

Posted: 14 Aug 2019 09:05 AM PDT

So here we are on the last public developer preview build of Android Q before the full stable release, and it addresses a few complaints, issues and more to make it — expectedly — the most complete version of Android Q that we've seen thus far.

If you're wondering just what is new in this new build, then we have a fantastic dive into all of the nuances that have been dug up and sought out thanks to our very own Abner Li and team — so be sure to check that out.

Considering we have had five previous Android Q Beta updates, the bulk of the new features have already been added and enhanced with each release. That said, there is still room for a few little tweaks to tie up the entire package so that we are ready for the full Q update over the next month or so.

So with all that said, here is the admittedly short list of top new features brought in by Android Q Beta 6.

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Night Sight in main camera UI

We had already seen Night Sight move into the main Google Camera app get the update thanks to version 6.3. To access this new position you would need to download the separate .apk file but now there is no need to do so with Q Beta 6.

The new positioning is much easier to find by swiping to the far left of the camera UI. You do still get the same on-screen pop-ups if your Pixel phone detects that there is poor lighting which suggests that you use the long-exposure photo mode.

We're still scratching our heads as to why Google didn't have Night Sight in the main camera UI from the very beginning — but at least it is here now.

Back sensitivity controls

When using gestures in Android Q, the "go back" gesture now has a 'Back Sensitivity' slider that you can tweak within the System navigation panel. You can adjust the sensitivity between one of four increments from "low" to "high."

I'd suggest that if you do plan on making adjustments here, that you play around to find just the right comfort level, as it isn't immediately clear how much each increment adjusts the overall sensitivity.

Gesture bar hidden on home screen

If you have the full gesture navigation method enabled and are not a fan of the iOS copycat on-screen gesture navbar, you'll be pleased to hear that it now disappears when on your home screen.

The gesture bar will now only appear when in apps or system menus. This may not seem like a very impactful change, but it is a nice UI update. The swipe in gestures for the Google Assistant have also completely disappeared — although this may simply be due to it already being activated on my device.

New emergency power icon

Android Q Beta 6 new feature - Emergency contact button

Yet another little tweak that doesn't make a huge difference to the day-to-day experience you have with Android Q but is still a nice further little UI change.

The emergency call and contact information button has been changed to resemble the 'star of life' icon that is seen on many ambulances around the globe from the older first aid plus sign.

It doesn't make any difference to how the button works, it's simply a new look for something that, hopefully, you won't need to use.

Darker fast rotation button

Darker fast rotation button Android Q Beta 6

Again, another less noticeable UI tweak that is added to the bottom navbar is the fast rotation button. It has had a slight update which is a bit of stretch to be considered a Q Beta 6 feature.

The icon has been darkened to match the native dark mode a bit better than it previously has done. You may never have noticed it had we not pointed it out, so we thought it was worth mentioning.

So that concludes the Android Q Beta or Developer Preview path. The next notable release will, in fact, be the full-fat Android Q update. We don't expect any major surprises ahead of the full rollout but we're sure there will be some minor tweaks and enhancements come release day. What are your thoughts of the most recent Android update? Are you happy with it? Disappointed? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Google's jobs search draws antitrust complaints from rivals - CNBC

Posted: 13 Aug 2019 02:02 AM PDT

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Google's fast-growing tool for searching job listings has been a boon for employers and job boards starving for candidates, but several rival job-finding services contend anti-competitive behavior has fueled its rise and cost them users and profits.

In a letter to be sent to European Union competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager on Tuesday and seen by Reuters, 23 job search websites in Europe called on her to temporarily order Google to stop playing unfairly while she investigates.

Similar to worldwide leader Indeed and other search services familiar to job seekers, Google's tool links to postings aggregated from many employers. It lets candidates filter, save and get alerts about openings, though they must go elsewhere to apply.

Alphabet Inc's Google places a large widget for the 2-year-old tool at the top of results for searches such as "call center jobs" in most of the world.

Some rivals allege that positioning is illegal because Google is using its dominance to attract users to its specialized search offering without the traditional marketing investments they have to make.

Other job technology firms say Google has restored industry innovation and competition.

The tensions expose a new front in the battle between Google and online publishers reliant on search traffic, just as EU and U.S. antitrust regulators heed calls to scrutinize tech giants including Google. Google so far over the last decade has withstood similar accusations from companies in local business and travel search.

Vestager, who has been examining job search on Google, leaves office Oct. 31. But a person familiar with the review told Reuters that Vestager is preparing an "intensive" handover so that her successor does not drop it. Her office declined to comment on the handoff.

Lack of action could spur Tuesday's signatories, which include British site Best Jobs Online to German peers Intermedia and Jobindex, to follow with formal complaints against Google to Vestager, a person familiar with the matter said.

Berlin-based StepStone GmbH, which operates 30 job websites globally, and another German search service already have taken that step, another person said.

The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice, which are examining online competition in the United States, declined to comment on whether they are probing Google's jobs search.

Industry executives universally expect that Google will sell ads in the jobs tool, as is typical for its services, enabling the world's biggest seller of online ads to claw billions of dollars in revenue from rivals.

Google long has been frustrated by other search engines filling its results, because they both add a step in users' quest for quick information and pose a threat to its ads empire.

Nick Zakrasek, senior product manager for Google search, said that the company welcomed the industry feedback on jobs search. Google said its offering addresses previous antitrust complaints by allowing rival search services to participate and includes a feature in Europe designed to give rivals prominence.

"Any provider - from individual employers to job listing platforms - can utilize this feature in search, and many of them have seen a significant increase in the number of job applications they receive," Zakrasek said in a statement. "By improving the search experience for jobs, we're able to deliver more traffic to sites across the web and support a healthy job search ecosystem."

Divisive Tool

Google includes jobs only from websites that follow its guidelines, which require postings to be structured such that its computers can easily interpret them. Many leading players have conformed.

For instance, Weston, Massachusetts-based Monster Worldwide Inc has implored customers through training materials to list salary ranges and jobsite addresses on postings in hopes that following Google's guidelines for such items will generate more clicks.

Monster had lost users in recent years because poor website formatting left it with low placement in regular Google results, its Chief Executive Scott Gutz said. The new tool gave Monster a path back to the top.

"There's been a leveling of the playing field," Gutz said.

Google's widget drew 120 million user clicks in June in the United States alone, about double from August 2017, according to research firm Jumpshot, which receives browsing data from antivirus apps.

Holmdel, New Jersey-based iCIMS Inc, which operates job websites for about 4,000 employers, said Google's tool is the third largest referrer of visitors to clients' pages and applicants from it are three times more likely to be hired than those from rival tools, it said.

"What we're already seeing with Google's entrance is better matching candidates to jobs," said Susan Vitale, chief marketing officer for iCIMS.

Frustrated are competitors such as Zippia, a San Mateo, California jobs search startup specializing in career path data. CEO Henry Shao said Google's jobs tool "pushes down" Zippia content in search results, making it more difficult to attract users unless it invests in following Google's guidelines.

Zippia lacks the resources to pursue formal complaints, but would aid investigators that call, Shao said.

Larger detractors include StepStone, a unit of media company and long-time Google critic Axel Springer <SPRGn.DE> which eschewed Google's guidelines on most of its jobs websites. Among concerns is that participants are handing over data that could help Google bypass them entirely.

The 23 firms pressing Vestager echoed that worry and said that Google including generic links to competing services high on its European jobs widget was not enough to ensure "equal treatment."

Austin, Texas-based Indeed, which has not formatted its website to participate in Google's tool, declined to comment.

Indeed's traffic from Google has dipped 5% since 2016, according to Jumpshot. It compensated by boosting advertising and pushing new paid offerings, affecting earnings growth, former employees said.

Owner Recruit Holdings Co Ltd <6098.T> forecasts that sales from its Indeed-dominated segment will grow 35% in the year ending March 31, 2020, compared to 50% the year earlier, while adjusted profit margin will be flat.

Eric Liaw, a general partner invested in workplace tech startups at Silicon Valley's Institutional Venture Partners, said Google has "to be careful about how much air they suck out of the room given the scrutiny they are under."

Google leads world&#039;s top 100 websites, ... - Taiwan News

Posted: 14 Aug 2019 02:00 AM PDT

Google is the most visited website in the world (screenshot from www.visualcapitalist.com).

Google is the most visited website in the world (screenshot from www.visualcapitalist.com).

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Google is the most visited website in the world, scoring 60 billion visitors a month, according to the market research group Visual Capitalist.

The U.S.-based search engine is followed by its affiliate, YouTube, and by Facebook, which receives just under 20 billion visits a month.

At No. 4 stands the first of 15 Chinese sites in the global top 100, search engine Baidu, while Wikipedia rates No. 5, just ahead of Twitter.

All of the sites in the top 100 receive at least 350 million visits per month, the Liberty Times reported.

Most Chinese companies remain focused on the domestic market behind the country's firewall, Visual Capitalist noted. One exception is Tencent, which has invested in Snapchat and Spotify.

The top performers on the llst are search engines and video streaming sites, the latter type owing its success to increasingly powerful phones.


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