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Carrier's Air Conditioner: Still Cool After 110 Years

Archive Photos/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If you’ve ever sat inside on a sweltering summer day, basking in the miracle of man-made coolness, you have Willis Carrier to thank. On Tuesday, his invention, the mechanical air conditioner, turns 110.

It was on this date in 1902 that Carrier, who was a young research engineer fresh out of Cornell University, finished his plans to control the humidity in a printing company. The Brooklyn printer needed a system that would stabilize the humidity so the dimension of the paper would remain consistent and align correctly with the presses.

A machine that was originally designed to help paper keep its shape quickly found uses in just about every aspect of everyday life. From movie theaters to malls, factories to fitness centers, Carrier's invention made many other innovations possible.

“Willis Carrier had a new idea and dared to dream big,” said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer at UTC Climate, Controls & Security, in a video on the company’s website. “By doing so he literally changed the world.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


iPhone Coming to Verizon Wireless

Photo Courtesy - Aaron Katersky/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The anticipation is finally over. Verizon Wireless announced Tuesday it will begin selling Apple's iPhone 4 on Feb. 10. Qualified Verizon Wireless customers will be able to pre-order the iPhone online on Feb. 3.

The announcement means Verizon will break the exclusive hold AT&T has had on the device since the June 2007 launch.

While those loyal to Verizon celebrated the long-awaited option for one of the most popular smart-phones in the world, tech aficionados say some of the features are lacking. There are also some concerns over how millions of new iPhone customers will affect Verizon's network for other users.

AT&T iPhone users have long complained of dropped calls and slowdowns, particularly in major cities. AT&T began limiting data usage last summer. iPhone users had previously enjoyed unlimited data plans.

Verizon has said it has built its network to prepare for the new users.

The Verizon iPhone will be similar to the current iPhone 4 but will use Verizon's CDMA technology and 3G network. The phone will allow customers to use their phone to connect up to five wi-fi enabled devices, with its new "Personal Hotspot" feature.

iPhone pricing for Verizon customers is identical to the current models available with AT&T service: $199 for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB model with a new two-year contract.

The iPhone 4 will be available at Verizon Wireless stores, Apple stores and the websites of both Verizon and Apple.

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