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Submission + - NanotechTea Bag’To Filter Water for Pennies (singularityhub.com)

kkleiner writes: Researchers at Stellenbosch University’s Water Institute have developed a new water filtration system that uses activated carbon and nanofibers to quickly filter out pathogens. The carbon and nanofibers are placed in common tea bags and then fitted into a bottle. Fill the bottle with dubious water, install a filter, and drink. It’s that easy. The ultimate price for these ‘tea bag’ nanfiber filters could be around half a cent (USD) each and be able to handle around 1 L before being replaced.
Microsoft

Submission + - Can VMware Put a Dent in MS Exchange? (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "'Exchange killers' come and go, but InfoWorld's Eric Knorr sees VMware's new Zimbra appliance as a credible competitor for Microsoft's Exchange user base. 'The appliance option addresses the large chunk of business customers that remain wary of ceding email to the cloud. Plus, the appliance is intended to reduce switching and ownership costs by making deployment and maintenance a snap. If Zimbra can pull that off, it will certainly have a leg up on Exchange. 'The appliance runs vSphere inside, which simplifies high availability, backup, and disaster recovery. Ubuntu runs under the Zimbra Collaboration Suite, but it's essentially embedded and invisible, so no Linux skills are required. Direct comparisons are complicated but VMware claims that its appliance solution costs between 35 and 50 percent less than Exchange.'"
Quickies

Submission + - Apple App Store Hits 1,000,000,000 Downlaods

An anonymous reader writes: Apple's App Store for iPhone and iPod Touch has served its one-billionth application, only nine months after the store opened. Connor Mulcahey from Weston, Connecticut is the 13 year-old who downloaded the billionth App Store software called Bump, a tool for swapping information such as contact details and photos. His lucky click sees him rewarded with a boatload of Apple goodies including a MacBook Pro, 32GB iPod Touch, Time Capsule and $10,000 iTunes gift certificate. In other news, Windows Mobile is out of excuses. The last one being Steve Ballmer touting the fact they had 18,000 applications available for the platform, which has long been surpassed by Apple's 30K+ portfolio.

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