Woman Invents ‘Warm Water’ Refrigerator

julia-romerIn the ever-evolving world of technology, a Chemical Engineering student, Julia Romer, has created a refrigerator that runs on warm water as opposed to electricity.

The innovation which she came up with together with her team, is one that requires neither grease nor freezing agent.

Julia who is a student at the Technical University of Berlin, said although her idea was technology-driven, it is also mission-driven.

She explained that the project which her company, ‘Coolar’, had been working on for about two years, was to be powered by heat instead of electricity and could help preserve medication.

team“We are highly focusing on regions that don’t have access to electricity because they need to cool down medicine.

“We tested our technology with this small fridge prototype and we would soon advance to creating bigger ones.

The project comes in good time and can be a life-saver, as over 1.2 billion people worldwide have been said to have no access to electricity while international health organisations working in big camps, are looking for alternatives.

Huawei Stakes €70 Million To Produce Better Smartphones

Chinese multinational company; a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider; Huawei Technologies has decided to invest 70 million (US$90.6 million) in the smartphone production industry which will span over a five-year period to establish a research and development centre in Helsinki, Finland.

And it is doing that with the aim of its first task being to build software for smartphones and tablets based on Android and Windows Phone 8.

At first, Huawei plans to recruit 30 employees for the centre, with the goal of hiring more than 100 people over five years, the company said in a statement on Monday and initial projects will focus on software development for smartphones, tablets and other types of devices, based on several OS such as Android and Windows Phone 8, Huawei said.

The company has yet to announce its first smartphone based on the latest version of Microsoft’s OS, but is expected to do so soon.

Huawei is currently the world’s fifth largest smartphone vendor in terms of unit sales and currently employs more than 7,000 people across Europe.

Huawei’s long-term plan is to break into the top three and is hoping to take advantage of Nokia’s continuing struggles to make that happen, according to Neil Mawston, executive director at market research company Strategy Analytics.

“Huawei is being a little opportunistic in that it knows there will be a lot of well-qualified Nokia people in the Helsinki area who will be looking for alternative employment,” Mawston said.

The Helsinki R&D centre will join an already established modem and technology design centre in Sweden and a user interface research centre in the U.K.

Huawei has a history of investing in the Nordic countries. Last year the company celebrated the tenth anniversary of its arrival in Sweden, which is the home country of Ericsson, its biggest rival in the mobile network sector.

More job cuts likely at Motorola – Google

“Motorola continues to evaluate its plans and further restructuring actions may occur, which may cause Google to incur additional restructuring charges, some of which may be significant,” Google said in a filing with the SEC.

The search giant provided details on how much the layoff will cost. That includes $300 million (£185 million) in severance-related charges, and $90 million (£56 million) in facility and market exit charges. Much of that will be recognised in the third quarter of 2012, but a portion will roll into 2013, Google said.

A company spokeswoman said that the filing was made “to provide updated information around Motorola Mobility’s cost reductions that were announced earlier this summer,” but provided no further details about additional costs or more job cuts.

In July, Google reported a jump in revenue since its Motorola acquisition was finalised – Google earned $12.21 billion (£7.5 billion) in the last quarter, up 35 per cent from the same time last year. Motorola’s earnings reached $1.25 billion (£772 million).

The $12.5 billion (£7.7 billion) acquisition was cleared in late May, adding 20,293 employees and a mobile device hardware business to Google’s already-successful Android operating system.

A month after the deal closed, the Federal Trade Commission reportedly began investigating Google over patent abuse charges related to Motorola, which was accused of not making good faith efforts to license its technology to rivals like Apple and Microsoft.