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Today's Tech: Apple returns to EPEAT, MacBook Pros with Retina display shipping faster, Sky launching Now TV online TV service

After angering environmentally conscious customers by withdrawing its line of products from the EPEAT rating system, Apple has changed its mind. The company has said that it will submit eligible devices to be assessed by EPEAT, after all. But Apple is calling for the green certification scheme to expand the criteria it measures.

Also welcome news in the world of Apple, its new MacBook Pro with Retina display is now shipping faster. The shipping time for the highly coveted notebooks has dropped to two-to-three weeks from the month-long wait early-bird customers were subject to when it was unveiled last month.

On the RIM front, the company's head of developer relations Alec Saunders has taken to RIM's Developer Blog to refute reports that developers are fleeing the BlackBerry 10 platform for the greener pastures of iOS and Android. Saunders insists that RIM developers are not jumping ship and are, on the contrary, "amazed at how easy it is to work with the BlackBerry 10 tools."

Meanwhile, in the social media sphere, Twitter has partnered with Buddy Media to launch an age-screening tool to help marketers of adult brands restrict access to content that may be inappropriate for younger users. Alcohol companies and other brands targeting adults can implement the tool to ask prospective followers to confirm their ages before being approved as followers.

As for entertainment news, Sky is preparing to launch its Internet TV service tomorrow. Now TV will initially offer a selection of more than 1,000 movies on a per-title basis, ranging from 99p - £3.49 in price, or on a pay monthly scheme that will run users £15 for unlimited movie viewing. The company has said that it will bring sports and drama, comedy, and entertainment content to the service before the end of the year.