Apple today announced it has nearly doubled the number of suppliers that have committed to run their Apple production on 100 percent clean energy, bringing the total number to 44. Because of this partnership between Apple and its suppliers, Apple will exceed its goal of bringing 4 gigawatts of renewable energy into its supply chain by 2020, with over an additional gigawatt projected within that timeframe. This comes one year after Apple announced that all of its global facilities are powered by 100 percent renewable energy.
“Every time one of our suppliers joins us in our efforts to address climate change, we move closer to a better future for the next generation,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. “We’ve made it a priority to hold our suppliers accountable to the same environmental standards we observe and hope that our collaboration will show others what is possible. While we are proud of our announcement today, we won’t stop driving change within our industry to support the clean energy transition happening globally.”
Apple reduced its comprehensive carbon footprint for the third year in a row in 2018, in large part due to the company’s Supplier Clean Energy Program. Manufacturing makes up 74 percent of Apple’s carbon footprint, so the program helps its suppliers increase energy efficiency and transition to renewable energy sources. Just last year, Apple and its suppliers participated in clean energy generation that roughly equaled the electricity needed to power over 600,000 homes in the US.
Apple has further expanded its supplier education and support initiatives, including through its Clean Energy Portal, an online platform to help suppliers identify renewable energy sources globally. Over 100 suppliers have already registered to participate in the site. It also launched a first-of-its-kind fund with 10 of its suppliers last year to help finance renewable energy projects in China.
The company also announced major progress to address environmental solutions by allocating all $2.5 billion in green bonds it previously announced, the largest of any US corporation. Through its now-completed $2.5 billion Green Bond allocations, the company has contributed to 40 environmental initiatives around the world. That includes projects Apple has created to cover its entire electricity load — as of January 2019, approximately 66 percent of the renewable energy Apple uses comes from such endeavors.
Apple’s Green Bonds are also notable for the number of areas of environmental research and innovation they support. Projects include solar rooftops in Japan, an aquifer to conserve water in Oregon and the creation of a custom alloy made of 100 percent recycled aluminum that is now found in the newest MacBook Air and Mac mini.
AppOnboard Studio Available for Free
AppOnboard Studio, the codeless app development software that empowers anyone to design, build and publish their instant apps, playable ads and prototypes all in the same day, is now globally available for anyone to download and get started for free.
“Today is an exciting day for the thousands of people who pre-registered and will now get their hands on AppOnboard Studio as it rolls out globally and is available to everyone,” announced Jonathan Zweig, CEO, AppOnboard.
Since 2017, AppOnboard Studio has enabled the creation of thousands of instant apps and playable ads for top gaming and app developers like Kabam, Glu Mobile, Jam City, Huuuge Games, FoxNext, Zynga, Outfit7, Game Insight, Wargaming, Seriously, Kongregate, NCSOFT, Big Fish Games and Mammoth Media among others. Today, the same tool used by the biggest developers in the world is now globally available to every developer and is free to build and publish your first instant app.
Earlier this year, AppOnboard opened the waitlist for the AppOnboard Studio early access program at the Game Developers Conference. During this program, many excited developers signed up and began to design and build their instant apps within minutes, something previously they couldn’t do given available tools. “We are amazed by the speed at which instant apps can be created with AppOnboard Studio and are excited by the announcement today that this tool will now be available to every developer in the world,” said Ben Frenkel, Product Manager at Google.
Many of the developers participating in the early access program had previously only built apps for iOS and utilized AppOnboard Studio to build instant apps for Google Play that could help them measure user interest before investing the engineering resources to develop their main app for Google Play. “The instant app we built with AppOnboard Studio helped us to quickly realize the potential and excitement for our game on the Google Play Store. With 10,000 daily pre-registrations, we were confident that developing an Android version of Ocean Reef Life was worthwhile. We have now launched on the Google Play Store and have seen amazing early success!” said Paulo Brandao, founder of Superheart Studios.
All new creators have also been empowered to build instant apps for the first time ever with AppOnboard Studio, where ideas for brand new apps have also found their way to the Google Play Store and moved into pre-registration.
“With just initial art assets and a vision for what we wanted our product to become, we were able to design and build an interactive version of Kingdoms of Solitaire that gave players a true sense of the game experience long before we wrote the first line of code. AppOnboard Studio saved us many hours, development costs, and months of development time and resources and we were able to launch our idea into pre-registration onto the Google Play store in a matter of days.” Ron Shellhamer, Megu Games, CEO
“AppOnboard Studio was designed early on to be the simplest and fastest way for anyone with an idea, even non-coders, to build an instant app and launch on Google Play,” said Bryan Buskas, COO, AppOnboard. “At its core, it was designed to unleash the incredible app ideas that have previously faced barriers of cost and time of app development and finally make them possible.”
Previously, this tool has only been available to registered partners of AppOnboard’s early access program. Today, any developer can download AppOnboard Studio at www.apponboard.com and get started building and designing their instant app for free.
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Kite Added to Linux for Python Developers
Kite, the AI Autocomplete for Python that eliminates repetitive coding tasks, today announced that it has added Linux support for Ubuntu 16.04+, Debian, Fedora, Archlinux, Linux Mint in response to community feedback. Now, Python developers who code in Linux environments can be even more productive writing software using their favorite code editors.
“At Kite, our goal is to help developers create better programs in less time. Linux is beloved by programmers around the world, so we’re thrilled to add Linux support to empower open source developers to write code faster using our predictive Line-of-Code Completion technology.” – Adam Smith, CEO and Founder, Kite
On the heels of a $17 million Series A round, Kite is driving the AI-assisted coding frontier ahead by enabling developers to complete full lines of Python code faster by using autocomplete suggestions—similar to Smart Compose in Gmail. Instead of copying and pasting from StackOverflow, writing boilerplate code, and repeatedly fixing simple errors, Python programmers can use Kite to build transformative applications with less hassle.
Since Kite debuted its new Line-of-Code Completions engine in January, users have doubled their use code completions while coding. By improving its type inference engine to allow for completions while typing in the middle of a name, Kite increased the number of code completions shown to users by 40%. This resulted in users choosing Kite’s Line-of-Code Completions twice as often as before.
Kite announced the Linux support news at PyCon, the largest Python user conference, where they are exhibiting to demonstrate how developers can use Kite to eliminate repetitive work and reach peak coding productivity in Windows, Mac, and Linux environments.
Developers can try Kite for free via the company’s website.
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