Sonos plans to improve its mixed environmental track record

Sonos is the latest tech company to commit to reducing its environmental impact in the long term. The smart speaker firm has unveiled an inaugural climate plan that will make its “value chain” carbon neutral by 2030, and achieve net zero emissions by 2040. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/sonos-carbon-neutral-zero-emissions-goals-164035679.html

Washington DC votes to allow digital driver’s licenses and ID cards

Washington DC’s city council has approved the use of digital driver’s licenses and IDs, joining Arizona, Georgia and other states, The Washington Post has reported. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/washington-dc-votes-to-allow-digital-drivers-licenses-and-id-cards-095500755.html

Sonos now supports Amazon Music’s Ultra HD and Dolby Atmos tracks

If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. As it previously promised, Sonos is today rolling out support for Ultra HD and Dolby Atmos tracks from Amazon Music Unlimited. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/12/7/22822132/sonos-amazon-music-ultra-hd-dolby-atmos-music-now-available

Jeff Bezos’ Earth Fund commits another $443 million to climate justice and conservation

On Monday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced his Earth Fund’s latest round of grants: $443 million to be spent primarily on land conservation and restoration and efforts to reduce environmental burdens on marginalized communities. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/12/6/22821102/jeff-bezos-earth-fund-443-million-grants-climate-justice-conservation

Toyota will build a $1.29 billion electric vehicle battery factory in North Carolina

Toyota will build a $1.29 billion battery factory in North Carolina in an effort to bring some of its electric vehicle supply chain to the US. The news comes on the heels of Toyota’s announcement that it will invest around $13. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/12/6/22820925/toyota-battery-factory-north-carolina-electric-vehicle-ev

Designers hope hydrogen-powered plane will fly halfway around the world without refueling

One of the toughest nuts to crack when it comes to developing carbon-free transportation is flying. Commercial electric planes won’t be feasible until batteries become more powerful and lightweight. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/hydrogen-plane-concept-flyzero-uk-aerospace-technology-institute-163107894.html

A humanoid robot makes eerily lifelike facial expressions

Engineered Arts, a UK-based designer and manufacturer of humanoid robots, recently showed off one of its most lifelike creations in a video posted on YouTube. The robot, called Ameca, is shown making a series of incredibly human-like facial expressions. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/12/5/22819328/humanoid-robot-eerily-lifelike-facial-expressions

Why COVID Deaths Have Surpassed AIDS Deaths in the U.S.

In late October, the United States passed a grim milestone: more people in the United States had died of COVID-19 in less than two years than the approximately 700,000 who have died in the U.S. in the four decades of the AIDS pandemic. By World AIDS Day, this gap has grown. via Technology and News Today https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-covid-deaths-have-surpassed-aids-deaths-in-the-u-s/

UK will require new homes to have EV chargers starting in 2022

Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will be required for all new homes and businesses in the UK starting in 2022, the government announced today. The new measure aims to boost EV adoption in the nation by adding up to 145,000 extra charging points each year. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/uk-announces-that-new-homes-must-have-ev-chargers-113524579.html

UK will require new homes to have EV chargers starting in 2022

Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will be required for all new homes and businesses in the UK starting in 2022, the government announced today. The new measure aims to boost EV adoption in the nation by adding up to 145,000 extra charging points each year. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/uk-announces-that-new-homes-must-have-ev-chargers-113524579.html