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Apple first tech company to join Fair Labor Association

Apple first tech company to join Fair Labor Association

Apple has become the first technology company to join the Fair Labor Association as a Participating Company, obligating the Cupertino firm to open its chain of suppliers to regular investigation by the FLA's auditors. The membership was announced as part of Apple's annual responsibility report, which also included a breakdown of the top 95-percent of the company's suppliers; never a firm to shirk from hyperbole, Apple commented that "it's a level of transparency and independent oversight that is unmatched in our industry."

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Apple details supply chain in annual responsibility report

Apple details supply chain in annual responsibility report

Apple's supply chain is one of the more closely guarded secrets in the tech world; even simply confirming you have the Cupertino company in your order book has been enough to see some companies lose contracts. However Apple itself has spilled the beans on the rolodex it flips through when it needs a new iPhone screen or iPad radio, detailing the firms [pdf link] which together account for 97-percent of procurement expenditures for materials, manufacturing and assembly of products worldwide.

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Toyota shows NS4 hybrid concept for tomorrow, Prius c for today

Toyota shows NS4 hybrid concept for tomorrow, Prius c for today

Toyota has unveiled its latest hybrid, the Prius c, a compact version of the existing eco-friendly car, though we have to say it's the company's NS4 plug-in hybrid that has us more excited. The Toyota NS4 is the company's vision of a mid-sized sedan for the 2015 market, with streamlined lines and next-gen  Hybrid Synergy Drive plug-in powerplants, along with the usual lashings of high-tech dashboard gadgetry and safety features.

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Acura NSX Concept channels Honda heritage with hybrid power

Acura NSX Concept channels Honda heritage with hybrid power

The much-loved Honda NSX has been reborn as the Acura NSX Concept, a Sport Hybrid all-wheel-drive tease of a new sports car Acura says we can expect on the market in around three years time. Pairing a mid-mounted V6 engine and two electric motors in a lightweight shell, the Acura NSX Concept uses a new bilateral torque adjustable control system that can instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels while cornering.

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smart for-us electric pick-up packs smartphone mirrors

smart for-us electric pick-up packs smartphone mirrors

Compact car manufacturer smart has revealed its latest concept, the smart for-us, an Earth-friendly electric pick-up that's just 3.5m long. Set to debut at the Detroit Motor Show, the for-us is powered by a 55 kW magneto-electric motor fueled by a 17.6 kWh li-ion battery, good for up to 120kph (75mph) though smart is yet to confirm range. There's no shortage of other tech, either, including replacing the rear-view mirror with a smartphone and a video camera.

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GM Volt to miss sales targets amid fire furore

GM Volt to miss sales targets amid fire furore

GM's fire problems with the battery-powered Volt may have been only the latest of the car company's headaches around its earth-friendly vehicle. General Motors is apparently set to miss its conservative first year sales targets by 20-percent, the WSJ reports, with around 8,000 of the 10,000 expected to be sold set to leave the forecourt before 2011 is through. The reason for the shortfall is simple, dealers say: the Volt is just too expensive.

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Honda, Toyota and BMW reveal green car plans

Honda, Toyota and BMW reveal green car plans

Green transportation is high on the agenda for Honda, Toyota and BMW, with all three companies announcing earth-friendly engine plans at the Toyko Motor Show this week. Toyota and BMW revealed an engine-sharing deal that will see BMW-made 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter diesel engines slotted into Toyota cars on sale in Europe from 2014, as well as joint research into future motor technologies. Meanwhile, Honda previewed its new "Earth Dreams Technology" range of engines, kicking off with a 1.6 liter diesel that it claims is the first step to it becoming top dog in fuel economy within three years time.

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Google details green credentials

Google details green credentials

Google has launched a stats offensive to prove its carbon-neutral status, adding a "The Big Picture" section to its Google Green pages that claims a month of using the search giant's various services only amounts to 3hrs light from a 60W bulb per user. The company's data centers use less than 0.01-percent of the world's electricity - something that's actually still pretty mind-boggling, if you think about it - thanks to a combination of renewable energy sources like solar and wind, and more creative building design.

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Apple suppliers environmentally poor claims Chinese report

Apple suppliers environmentally poor claims Chinese report

Apple has been accused of using Chinese suppliers guilty of "systemic pollution," with a group of five non-governmental organizations alleging that the Cupertino company was uniquely unresponsive among those contacted in an attempt to minimize production-led pollution. According to the report, published by the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs among others, Apple "[takes] advantage of the loopholes in developing countries’ environmental management systems" the Financial Times reports, although Apple has denied that some of the companies the document claimed it worked with are, in fact, suppliers.

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