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Technology (Apple)

+ - Nokia's iPhone

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traveller604
traveller604 writes "Nokia announced 4 the new phones (N95 8GB, N81, 5610, 5310) earlier today at the Nokia GoPlay event in London. However by far the most interesting and controversial thing that was shown at the event was the Nokia's iPhone lookalike demo video. When pressed during the Q&A about the striking similarity to the little Cupertino device, Anssi Vanajoki — Nokia's Executive VP & General Manager of Multimedia — said, "If there is something good in the world then we copy with pride." Apple fanboys, before you start crying out your anger watch this."
Power

+ - Ice Block Air Conditioning->

Submitted by JumperCable
JumperCable (673155) writes "The AP has an interesting article on the use of ice blocks as air conditioning in New York high rises. The concept is pretty basic. Overnight during off peak energy pricing hours & during the coolest part of the 24 hour day, the system freezes water in storage tanks into giant blocks of ice. These storage tanks are located in the basement (coolest location). They are frozen with ethylene glycol.

Given that most of the brown outs occur during the summer months due to high electric demand for air conditioning, I wonder how much of an effect this system would have in reducing brownouts if it's use was more wide spread. The article mentions it is only cost efficient for large companies. But how much of this is profit padding? Couldn't a smaller system be worked out for home use? CALMAC is one of the producers of these systems."

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Media (Apple)

+ - iPhone gets a better battery life and more

Submitted by morpheus83
morpheus83 (708114) writes "Talk about last minute upgrades: In a press release today, Apple has revealed a number of significant upgrades to both the iPhone's battery life and touch screen. Instead of around 5 hours of video/talk and 16 hours of audio playback, Apple has updated the iPhone's battery life rating to the following numbers: up to 8 hours talk time, a whopping 250 hours of standby (over 10 days), 6 hours of internet use, 7 hours of video playback and 24 hours of audio playback. The original 3.5" plastic surface of the iPhone has been changed to "optical-quality" glass, which should bring some smiles to those who were concerned about the durability of the phone's primary feature and user interface."
Businesses

+ - Best Places to Work in IT->

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jcatcw
jcatcw writes "Computerworld's annual summary of the best places to work in IT lists companies that excel in five areas of employment: career development, retention, benefits, diversity, and training. According to the scorecard, the top 5 retention methods are: competitive benefits; competitive salaries; work/life balance; flexible work hours; and tuition reimbursement. Sixty-four percent of these companies expect the number of U.S.-based IT staffers to increase in 2007, on average by 7%. The whole list contains the top 100. The top three are: No. 1: Quicken Loans; No. 2: University of Miami; No. 3: Sharp HealthCare. "
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