iPhones in bars and TV’s go 3D…

It’s been an eventful week for technology world; We’ve seen Facebook ‘like’ the internet, secret space planes being launched, HP give more details on its Slate and least of all there’s some serious sacking going on in Apple all over a bar, $5,000, photos and some German beer.

Unless you’ve been on holidays on Mars for the past few days, and the roaming costs a fortune, then you’ll know that the iPhone 4G has been the centre of the biggest leak of the year. Gray Powell, a now infamous name in Cupertino and (former) Apple employee left the next iPhone in a bar, only to be picked up by someone who later sold the handset on to the popular tech website, Gizmodo.

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An Opera to remember…

What seemed like the impossible for many, has just become a reality; yesterday, Opera web browser for the iPhone was made available on the app store, clearing Apple’s often biased review and approval process.

It was hard to quell the excitement among the twitter fans as people saw a horizon, possibly not far off, of a less strict app store. Apple has been often criticised for its strict rules in approving apps for download by consumers, and has come under fire for creating an unfair monopoly by not allowing apps to mimic functions of some of it’s own programs.

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An Apple a day, keeps the competition away…

Apple has changed the world, literally. They’ve let us bring our music libraries with us where ever we go, made smart phones cool for the average joe blogs, now they’re going to shake up up portables and how we read news and magazines.

While this is brilliant for us, who are now so used to seeing the Apple logo, it’s practically one of our five-a-day now. The Software and hardware giant has also livened up competition, made other companies fight for our attention and forcing them to produce machines that don’t just work, but look attractive.

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Helsinki gets hot for servers…

We can all agree that this winter has been particularly bad, unless you were clever and took a day or two off for fear of slipping, like the guy on RTE News or just enjoy making snowmen.

However the people of Helsinki are getting ready to feel a little bit warmer after the coldest winter in 30 years, all thanks to a few servers in a bomb shelter.

Juha Siplia the project manager with Helsingin Energia said;

“This will be the greenest and most energy-efficient data centre in the world”.

Underneath the Uspenski Cathedral, hidden away in a former bomb shelter lies one of the worlds most high tech central heating systems. The excess heat from hundreds of computer servers in the data centre will be captured and distributed across the Finnish capital.

The system will use seawater from the Baltic to cool the data centre, with the remaining heat being put to good use by heating homes, businesses and the city of Helsinki in general. Not to mention creating a clever solution to one of the worlds fastest growing global warming concerns.

frozen helsinki to get warmer

Soon to be thawed by the power of millions of surfers...

Only about 40% of the energy used by a standard data centre goes into the actual computing, with the rest going towards cooling the hot, constantly running servers, which take up large chunks of countries energy generation (up to 3% in the UK).

Currently the internet’s carbon footprint is growing at 10% every year as millions more users connect from developing countries, creating requirements for larger server farms, and as a result the internet is currently making up 2% of global CO2 emissions. Which is pretty big!

Finland’s plan will offer the perfect, and low-carbon answer to this growing problem and Google have already announced plans to open their newest server farm in Finland in the hopes of cutting their own footprint.

So next time you hit refresh, just think of all the homes or sauna’s in Helsinki you might be heating!

Europe left waiting for 3G iPad – Apple want to replace notebook/netbook

International users, including our good selves in Ireland and Europe will have to wait a little longer for the iPad 3G version, assuming that we get the WiFi version on time, that is.

Jobs announced at his keynote that Apple were working on international contracts with various networks to cover data plans and being able to use the internet on the go.

AT&T have already managed to bag the contract for the States, and many expect O2 to seal the deal on this side of the Atlantic, however with the iPhone recently being made available to Orange and Vodafone, it really could be anyone’s game.

Although the iPad 3G is going to come unlocked, and use new GSM micro SIMs, Apple are set to be beginning talks for various data plans. However the pads should work on WiFi alone and Jobs said that there was a ‘high probability’ that the devices would ‘just work’.

Internet on the move, but do we have to wait much longer for the privilege?

It would just be easier to buy the WiFi only version in this case, given that without a data plan, there would be little point in spending the extra few hundred and having what few features extra it offers without being able to take advantage of 3G’s mobile internet.

Apple seems to see the iPad, not as a device which is meant to fit in between your phone and your laptop, but instead to be a replacement for your laptop. Apple’s thinking could be that most laptops are vastly overpowered for what most people would use them for and netbooks are quite awkward and clumsy.

Most of the computer consumer market never really use the full potential of their computers – whereas the iPad will allow users to read papers, surf the web, view YouTube, write documents and listen to music without spending money on endless storage spaces and heavy(-er) notebooks and netbooks.