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Did Samsung just invent an environmentally friendly TV?

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Eight Samsung models from the 2024 editions of Neo QLED 4K, Neo QLED 8K, OLED, and The Frame TVs have been awarded the Product Carbon Reduction Certification by TÜV Rheinland.

This prestigious certification signifies that these TVs have significantly reduced their carbon footprint compared to their predecessors.

The evaluation process conducted by TÜV Rheinland assessed the greenhouse gas emissions associated with Samsung’s new TVs across their entire life cycle, including manufacturing, transportation, and disposal.

The evaluation was carried out in accordance with internationally recognized standards such as ISO 14067 and ISO 14064-4, as well as Samsung’s own standard: 2 PfG Q2880/09.23. Among the certified models are three Neo QLED 4K TV models, two Neo QLED 4K TV models, two OLED TV models, and one The Frame TV model.

Carbon footprint

Samsung is committed to sustainability and aims to achieve both ‘Product Carbon Footprint’ and ‘Product Carbon Reduction’ certifications for at least 60 soundbars and TVs from its 2024 lineup.

This dedication to reducing carbon emissions is evident in Samsung’s track record, with the company receiving the ‘Reducing CO2’ certification from TÜV Rheinland in 2021 and similar certifications for eleven TVs in 2022 and 24 TVs in 2023.

In addition to the Product Carbon Reduction Certification, Samsung’s Visual Display Business, which sells TVs, recently received the industry’s first ‘Product Carbon Footprint Calculation Method’ certification from TÜV Rheinland in the display and consumer electronics segment.

This certification ensures that greenhouse gas emissions are accurately measured throughout a product’s life cycle, providing transparent and reproducible results.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Google CEO condemns AI blunders in staff memo

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In response to recent controversies surrounding Google’s artificial intelligence blunders, CEO Sundar Pichai issued a memo to employees, addressing the company’s missteps and outlining plans for improvement.

The memo comes after Google faced criticism for flaws in its Gemini image-generation feature, leading to the tool being taken offline for further testing. Pichai described the issues as “problematic” and acknowledged that they “have offended our users and shown bias,” according to reports first surfaced by Semafor.

The Gemini image generator, introduced earlier this month as part of Google’s main group of AI models, allows users to input prompts to create images.

However, users discovered historical inaccuracies in the generated images, prompting widespread backlash online.

Consequently, Google removed the feature last week, stating its intention to relaunch it after addressing the issues.

Google Gemini

Pichai expressed regret over the offensive responses produced by the AI system, emphasising that such behavior is “completely unacceptable.”

He emphasised the challenges of developing AI technology, acknowledging that perfection is elusive, particularly in the nascent stages of the industry’s evolution.

Nevertheless, Pichai stressed that Google recognizes the high standards expected of them.

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Slack CEO has advice for turning off work notifications

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In an era dominated by constant connectivity, Slack CEO Denise Dresser emphasises the importance of setting boundaries to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

As leaders grapple with the challenges of an always-on culture, Dresser suggests that modeling certain behaviors can help alleviate the pressures faced by employees in today’s hyper-connected workplace.

Dresser, who assumed the CEO role last November, advocates for leaders to establish clear boundaries to prevent employees from feeling overwhelmed by the demands of modern work.

Rather than implementing new company policies, she believes that leaders can effectively shape the organisational culture by exemplifying healthy work practices.

Proactive measures

Victoria Mills, CEO of Hello Coach, echoes Dresser’s sentiments, emphasising the need for proactive measures to foster work-life balance.

Mills encourages her staff to disconnect by turning off notifications after 5pm and questions the necessity of installing work apps on personal devices.

Recognising the pervasive nature of technology, Mills underscores the importance of individuals taking control of their digital interactions. She advises employees to manage notifications and settings to prevent technology from dictating their lives.

In addition to individual efforts, Hello Coach implements company-wide initiatives to promote well-being, such as mandatory lunch breaks devoid of meetings or messages.

Mills believes that frequent breaks are essential for maintaining energy levels and productivity, particularly for employees spending prolonged hours in front of screens.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook announces AI timeframe

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In a recent announcement during Apple’s annual shareholder meeting, CEO Tim Cook revealed that the tech giant intends to provide more insight into its utilization of generative artificial intelligence later in the year.

Cook expressed Apple’s enthusiasm for the potential of generative AI, highlighting its capacity for breakthroughs in productivity and problem-solving.

Despite lagging behind competitors like Microsoft and Google in incorporating generative AI into products, Cook assured shareholders of Apple’s ongoing investment in this area.

“While AI is already integrated into Apple’s products behind the scenes, we are committed to unveiling more explicit AI features in the near future,” Cook stated.

Enhanced search

Apple’s plans reportedly include utilising AI to enhance data search capabilities across its devices, a move previously hinted at by Bloomberg.

Cook emphasised the prowess of Apple silicon-powered Macs as leading AI machines in today’s market.

However, shareholders voted against a proposal urging Apple to disclose further details about its AI practices and ethical guidelines.

The proposal, presented by the pension trust of AFL-CIO, America’s largest labor union federation, sought transparency regarding AI usage and ethical considerations within Apple’s operations.

Similar propositions have been raised at other tech firms, indicating growing concerns over AI ethics and transparency. AFL-CIO’s request specifically called for disclosures on AI training procedures and guidelines for utilizing copyrighted materials and personal likenesses.

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