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Opera 11.10 includes improved power saving features

Just recently, the Opera 11.10 release candidate was made available for download. It brought a handful of important feature additions -- like HTML5 File API support and IMAP enhancements -- and loads of bugfixes. Nestled in amongst the other details in the Opera team's announcement is one more interesting tidbit: Opera 11.10 offers improved battery optimizations. The timing here is certainly...

IE9 and Firefox 4 post top marks in Web browser power use comparison

Over on the Internet Explorer Blog, Microsoft has posted results from an extensive comparison of the top five Web browsers. The goal: to determine whether Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 4, Chrome 10, Safari 5, or Opera 11 is able to squeeze the most life out of your laptop's battery. A baseline was determined with test systems sitting idle, and then browsers were pointed at about:blank, a...

Angry Birds will celebrate St. Patrick's Day with some green levels

In the next few days, the awesomely adventurous, angry, avians will find themselves flying through the lush, emerald greens of St. Patrick's Day-inspired levels. The new levels are expected to be a free upgrade to the free Angry Birds Seasons game, which is available on Android, iOS, Symbian and WebOS. St. Patrick, if you're not an any-excuse-for-a-party American, is the patron saint of...

Granola helps your computer save power (and the planet)

Granola will not save the world. It's not exactly trying to, either. All it's trying to do is throttle back your CPU a little bit (only when it doesn't get in your way) and save a tiny amount of power. This tiny amount of power seems to add up. As the demo screenshot claims, it can get to around $40/year, which is enough "to power 44 electric furnaces, a dryer, and a space heater for an...

DoGooder brings its "advertising with a conscience" to Google Chrome

DoGooder occupies a somewhat strange position in the Internet advertising world. Its browser extension allows users to replace the ads normally displayed on the websites they browse with campaigns which support green initiatives, charitable causes, and non-profits. Unlike extensions such as AdBlock, DoGooder doesn't actually block a publisher's original ads. Instead, it loads them and then...

DoGooder replaces regular ads with green ones, raises money for nonprofits

Since everyone's in a tizzy about the effect of ad blockers on site revenues, it seems like a good time to take a look at a way to avoid annoying ads, raise money for nonprofits, and still get your favorite web publisher paid at the same time. The DoGooder replaces boring, run-of-the-mill ads with environmentally-friendly messages, and 50% of the funds raised go to green initiatives and...

The next step in virtual tree hugging with the Green Map iPhone app

Writing a 'green' story without showing bias towards either contentious camp of weird-beards is about as hard as it gets for a humble blogger -- but I have to try. After all, Download Squad is all about downloads, right? We might be heading for a brutal ice age or sweaty apocalypse -- but either way, even if humanity is near its end, the downloads must go on! And so I give you Green Map, which...

Does SPRANQ's Ecofont really use 20% less ink?

There are plenty of ways to green up your computing environment, from power saving apps like Edison to waste reducers like HP's Smart Web Printing. What about your typeface of choice? Can an intelligently crafted font really reduce your ink usage by 20%? SPRANQ - a Utrecht-based communications firm - thinks it's possible. To that end, they've put a lot of time and effort into designing Ecofont....

Be Careful Where You Go Green: Znout vs. Greenseng Search

"Going green" is hot right now, and so are Google-based search sites. Znout and Greenseng have combined the two, offering ways to reduce environmental impact while scouring the web. Znout (Zero Negative Output) has opted for a low-power black background, but unlike Blackle you can change the color if it's really bugging you. Advertising is a bit bothersome, with a large AdSense block atop the...

Edison Helps You Green Your PC

Rising energy costs and environmental concerns have caused just about all of use to take a good hard look at our usage habits. Verdiem's Edison helps your conservation efforts by picking up where your Windows power saving features leave off. You may already be familiar with Local Cooling, another similar application. Edison won't hibernate or shut your PC off like Local Cooling will, but it will...

Fuelfrog: track gas mileage and cost

Fuelfrog is a web service for tracking your gas mileage and cost-per-gallon trends which can provide insight into your empty wallet. By adding simple information each time you fill up your car, Fuelfrog will chart that data to provide a gas history. Fuelfrog accepts updates via its website, but it also can accept data via Twitter direct message. Simply add your Twitter account to your Fuelfrog...

How sustainable are you?

Make Me Sustainable from Download Squad on Vimeo. You know you should go green, you want to make a difference but, how? It's not easy, few things worth doing are. Make Me Sustainable takes an interesting approach to the green problem by giving you a way to track your own impact, and the impact of your influence. Christina caught up with the guys from Make Me Sustainable during South By...

Hugg: diggs get green

We rarely get through a day without hearing about global warming, and how to make our lives a bit greener. Now Hugg brings it all online. Hugg, similar to the social news website digg, allows users to vote up and down top news stories. But this site was built by the folks behind the popular eco-blog Treehugger, and it concentrates on green news. With an array of user submitted green news from...

Google investing in green transportation solutions

Google has said it will invest up to $10 million for green transportation solutions through their philanthropic arm. Google has put out a request for proposals inviting entrepreneurs and companies to make travel greener in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Google.org initiative has grant investment amounts ranging from $500k to $2 million for select companies that can enable a...

Making the datacenter "Green" is harder than you think

Google and some of the other leading technology companies that depend on large amounts of power are working hard to ensure they are minimizing their power consumptions. In order to cut down costs of electricity and ensure that systems are running in optimal conditions, many data center's are turning to alternative energy to power their high end systems. Google has fitted the Googleplex to be...