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14. September 2018

Apple to Invest in Mangrove Forest Restoration Project in Colombia

Apple has announced it will invest in a mangrove tree restoration project for a 27,000-acre forest in Colombia, as part of a broader effort by the company to achieve carbon neutrality (via Fast Company).

Apple VP of environment, policy, and social initiatives Lisa Jackson gave details of the investment at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, but stopped short of disclosing how much cash Apple intends to earmark for the project, which is being undertaken in partnership with the non-profit Conservation International.

Image via Fast Company

„These forests are critical because they’re one of nature’s most important tools in the [...]

 
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21. August 2018

Apple Scores Rights to ‚Losing Earth‘ Climate Change TV Project

Apple has purchased the rights to develop a project based on popular New York Times Magazine story „Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change,“ reports The New York Times.

„Losing Earth,“ written by Nathaniel Rich, is also set to be the subject of an upcoming book. The magazine article covers the 10-year period from 1979 to 1989, a decade when „humanity settled the science of climate change and came surprisingly close to finding a solution“ but ultimately failed to act due to various political forces.

An image in „Losing Earth“ taken after California wildfires last year

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10. August 2018

Former Tesla Lead Engineer Doug Field Returns to Apple to Work on Project Titan

Apple’s former VP of Mac hardware engineering Doug Field has returned to the tech giant’s ranks after five years working at Tesla, where he oversaw production of the Model 3.

Daring Fireball writer John Gruber broke the news on Thursday after speaking to an Apple spokesperson who confirmed only that Field had returned to the company that he left in 2013.

However Gruber’s contacts within Apple informed him that Field will link up with former colleague Bob Mansfield to work on Apple’s self-driving car program, Project Titan.

Field began his career at Ford as a development engineer, before moving on to Segway and then to Apple, and [...]

 
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10. Juli 2018

Former Apple Employee Charged With Theft of Trade Secrets Related to Autonomous Car Project

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation this week charged former Apple employee Xiaolang Zhang with theft of trade secrets, according to documents filed with the Northern District Court of California.

Zhang was hired at Apple in December of 2015 to work on Project Titan, developing software and hardware for use in autonomous vehicles. Zhang specifically worked on Apple’s Compute Team, designing and testing circuit boards to analyze sensor data.

The intellectual property disclosure on one of the documents Zhang stole He was provided with „broad access to secure and confidential internal databases“ due to his position, which contained [...]

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