Hurricane force winds crossed Europe from west to east this week, causing HavokBlack Hats Up On Current Events Launch Virus Wave
Virus writers attacked thousands of computers on Friday with a Malware program that a security company has dubbed the “storm worm”.  The difference between this attack and others like it was the tag line of infected emails sent to victim computers: “230 dead as storm batters Europe”.  While the worm essentially functions as a Trojan horse, allowing unapproved access to the computer for theft or spam production, this marks one of the first times virus writers have used such relevant current events to legitimize their spam email.  The storm in question blew winds up to 120 mph through Europe, causing deaths across the continent due to falling debris and traffic accidents.  The actual death toll is well, well under 230, however.

eCoupled is one of several companies pioneering truly wireless powerDesk Of The Future Will Charge Electronic Devices
In the office of the future, desk jockeys who cannot live without cell phones, BlackBerries and iPods will be able to charge up such devices just by putting them on their desks. Office furniture maker Herman Miller Inc. has a license from Fulton Innovation for eCoupled, a system that eliminates the need for dedicated chargers. It works like this: eCoupled transfers power through a magnetic field, so only the eCoupled device itself needs electricity. Everything else charges upon contact with the magnetic field.  Fulton Innovation sees a cordless world with eCoupled powering everything from cell phones to blenders to lamps. Available this summer, the adapter will be able to work with Motorola phones, Apple Computer Inc.’s iPod Shuffle and other gadgets, Thornton said.

Apple Inc.'s iPod Nano can cost you a pretty penny in go to Canada.How Much Does An iPod Cost?
Apparently, an iPod costs different amounts depending on what country you are in.  Canadians pay the least, shelling out around $144.00 American dollars for a 2.0 GB iPod Nano.  Brazilians pay $327.00 American, by far the most out of any country.  This information was compiled by one of Australia’s largest banks, The Commonwealth Bank.  The comparison was done as a purchasing power parity survey, a research tool that compares prices of similar goods in different countries to gauge whether one currency is undervalued compared to another.  This is not a solid indicator, however: Apple inc., the makers of iPod, may employ different pricing policies in different parts of the world.

Smart appliances might be a future part of energy conservation efforts...Smart Appliances Help Govt., Electric Co.’s Cope With Power Shortages
A program run by the federal government in coordination with local utility companies in Washington State allows participating citizen’s appliances to shut down when there is a strain on electricity.  Aside from the obvious environment effects of reducing our household electrical expenditures, this technology has a practical side: it saves money.  The idea works like this: “smart” appliances that are equipped with computer chips and wired to a home’s network can start, stop, or take a break when there are strains in the community’s electrical supply.  They can also do it when you feel your energy expenditure is too high.  But what if you want to take a hot shower, and the hot water heater has turned itself off? There’s a solution for that, too.  Users can deactivate, restart, or adjust any of their preferred electrical settings via the experiment’s website.

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