Apple iPod nano (http://rbi.ims.ca/4924-541). Without reducing the quality or functionality, all it took to reduce the price of the most recent iPod, was to cut down on the amount of Flash memory. Based on Multi-Level Cell (MLC) flash, all iPod nanos can boast completely skip-free playback. The 1-GB iPod nano holds up to 15,000 photos or up to 240 songs. Flash memory also contributes to the nano's size and weight: 3.5 x 1.6 x 0.27 inches and 1.5 oz. Semico Research's Inflection Point Indicator (http://rbi.ims.ca/4924-542) reports that with the addition of the nano, by the end of 2005, Apple consumed between 25 to 30 percent of the world's NAND output.
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With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
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