The countdown for the 2014’s first – and one of the year’s biggest – electronics trade fair International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) has already begun. The event is scheduled to run for four days straight (7-10 January) at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, Nevada, hosting industry’s top-notch companies like Samsung, Asus, LG, as well as new and upcoming start-up firms like Innovega and others to showcase their innovative technology.Here is the list of innovative technological trends to look out for at International CES 2014:Li-Fi (Light Fidelity) wireless data transfer technology:This new visible light communication technology which made its presence (theoretic) felt in late 2013 has now grown into a practical application in smart devices. If implemented, gadgets via Li-Fi (IEEE 802. 15) will be able to transfer data at an astronomical speed of 150 mbps using LED lights, 10 times faster the current Wi-Fi technology (IEEE 802.11).French companies SunPartner Technologies and Oledcomm will be doing a demo of Li-Fi using a smartphone prototype at the CES this year.3D Printers:Even though 3D printing (or additive manufacturing) has been around since the 1980s – used mainly in rapid prototyping (in industrial sectors) and research purposes, companies have now brought the technology to the main stream, especially 3D gun with shooting capability, which brought a lot of attention last year.In CES 2014, Singapore-based start-up company Pirate3DP’s will showcase its ‘Buccaneer’ printer; sharing the stage will be the industry leader 3D Systems, who is expected to demo three new model categories: edibles, ceramics and full-colour plastics, reported BBC.Smart Wearable Devices:In 2013, Google’s flagship eye gear ‘Google Glass’ did bring a new niche segment in the smart wearable devices, which now include smart watches and fitness bands. This connected Google eye gear now has tough competition from Innovega, which has brought an innovative contact lens, tentatively titled as ‘iOptik’, that brings information right on the eye ball.Innovega’s lens ‘iOptik’ does not actually directly stream contents on the eyeballs. Instead, it picks up light from images projected from the companion eye gear, giving some augmented reality vision around us, reported BGRThe company will be showcasing a demo with a fully operable test device at the CES 2014.Here is video demo of Innovega’s iOptik lens (v1.1): Other smart wearable technologies include new smart fitness band from LG, and we can also expect new smart watches from Samsung (Galaxy Gear 2), Chinese firm ZTE and others.Future Car Technology:Over the years, CES known for its platform for consumer electronics, has begun to welcome auto companies to showcase their technological advancement in terms of on-board car entertainment and dashboard system, as well as self-driving (limited to auto car parking) abilities. This year, top car firms Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Ford and others have signed up to showcase improvement in the autonomous car technology, including 4G connectivity in the car’s dashboard, as a value-added information (for live weather and traffic) service.Japanese firm Toyota is also expected promote alternative fuel (hydrogen) cell-powered concept vehicle, capable of recharging in three minutes – enough to run for 310 miles.Big curvier and 4K resolution televisions:World’s top display makers Samsung and LG who brought the curved smartphones last year will be up against each other, to show case their big (105-inch) high-definition curved televisions and a new line of 4K (four times the conventional full HD resolution) Ultra HD TVs, along with Japanese rival Sony. Though expensive, the product prices are expected to scale down with increase in demand over the year. Even popular US based on-demand online content provider Netflix has reportedly announced to stream 4K media starting February with the premiere of the critically acclaimed political drama – House of Cards Season 2.64-bit architecture chipset for Mobile Devices:We already seen Apple’s iPhone 5S (boasting 64-bit architecture based A7 chipset) trashing the more powerful quad-core (and even Octa-core) based competitors in benchmark sites, now arch rival Samsung and semiconductor giant Qualcomm which are slated to make new generation chipset commercially available later this year will be performing a demo with prototype subjects at the CES.Other gadget things to expect in CES 2014 include big (12.2) tablets, hybrid desktops and smartphones from Samsung, Acer, Asus and others.
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Rescue personnel work at the Tham Luang cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand July, 2018 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. Photo: ReutersRescuers who pulled a young Thai football team from deep inside a flooded cave were dismantling their worksite Thursday, as plans emerged to turn the spot into a museum in tribute to the daring operation.At least one film production house was already working on a scheme to make a Hollywood treatment out of the heroics of divers, cavers and medics who risked their lives to free the “Wild Boars”.Stunning footage of that rescue was released Wednesday showing the youngsters — aged 11 to 16 — being stretchered to safety.They were also seen sitting cheerfully in their hospital beds, where they are being kept in isolation until doctors are sure they did not pick up any nasty diseases during more than two weeks in the dark.Workers were Thursday packing up the industrial water pumps, heavy-grade machinery and construction equipment at the mouth of the Tham Luang cave, which had been a high-tech command centre during the 18-day ordeal.Rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters the site would ultimately be converted into a museum showcasing the clothes and equipment used during the dramatic rescue.”I believe it will become another highlight in Thailand,” he said. “Tourists will come visit.”About 50 people were working at the site, National Park ranger Pinitpong Wongma told AFP, adding that he expected work would continue until at least Sunday.”Nobody is allowed to go inside the cave at all even though there is still a lot of equipment there because water levels have been rising since the rescue mission,” he said.- Inspiring story -The rescue of the “Wild Boars” team was still being celebrated in Thailand as the 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach recovered in a local hospital.The Nation newspaper called the operation a “Triumph of global cooperation” on its front page Thursday while the Bangkok Post published a collage of images of those involved under the heading “You Are Heroes.”The saga started on June 23 when the players walked into the Tham Luang cave complex after football practice and were trapped when monsoon flooding blocked their exit.Nine days later British divers found the dishevelled and hungry group perched on a ledge four kilometres (2.5 miles) inside the cave.Over the following week, experts from around the world descended on northern Thailand and rescuers pumped out more than 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools-worth of water.A huge media pack of more than 1,000 journalists gathered at the mouth of the cave feeding audiences all over the globe with every twist and turn of the dramatic rescue until its joyful conclusion on Tuesday.The huge international interest in the story sparked immediate talk of books and films.Michael Scott, the managing partner of faith-based production house Pure Flix, said the company intends to pursue a film about the against-the-odds mission.Scott, who lives in Thailand and went to the site in Chiang Rai as the boys were being pulled to safety, made the announcement late Tuesday on Twitter in a video.”We’re here really looking at this as a movie that could inspire millions of people across the globe,” Scott said.
“Umesh from UP was falsely accused of molestation by his neighbour aunty when in reality it was a property dispute. When the cops did not find any evidence or grounds against him, they did not probe further into the matter but then the woman went to some senior police officer and asked for action to be taken against him. Umesh felt so harassed, he committed suicide.” While the rest of us strive to achieve reforms and raising the status of women, we totally forget the ‘male’ gender. They are neglected, labelled and their problems are not taken into consideration, because how can men have problems? They have it easy, we assume. This gender antagonism has led a lot of people wrongly interpreting the cause of feminism. What’s more, male-bashing often leads to internet subcultures where critiques of feminism mix with hostility towards women. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDeepika Bhardwaj, a male activist, has sparked a change all across India with her TedxTalks and her documentary ‘Martyrs of Marriage.’ Her cause that started as a result of a familial problem has now led to a nation level awareness programme. Her documentary features men from parts of India and their voices are given a platform to open up. Approximately, 90,000 married men committed suicide in 2016 alone – this is not an ignorable number. ‘Section 498A of the IPC deals with a non-bailable offence which applies to a husband, or relative(s) of a husband, of a woman, who is/are subjecting her to cruelty.’ Made with the right intentions to protect women from being harassed, it is being majorly misused and has become a tool in a woman’s hand as she can easily frame her husband and his family to gain anything from them. Every man convicted in this case is treated the same way by the police. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIf a woman is found guilty of falsely accusing her husband and his family, she has to pay a penalty of Rs10000 or Rs100 and it’s bailable. Most cases would just be closed. In majority of these cases they’ll accept the case, question the woman, and ask the man to take the case to court. If the woman is found guilty, the judge can prosecute her and initiate proceedings against the woman which is a rare case. In rape cases, we are seeing some progress. “I know of a case where a woman from Ludhiana, met a Delhi man on Facebook, just one week before her husband committed suicide. Then two weeks after her husband’s burial, she and her online ‘friend’ went to Rajasthan after she came to visit him in Delhi. What happened after that was surprising. After coming back she filed a rape case against him, claiming he drugged her. Now the man is in jail, fighting for innocence with laws that already biased against him,” said the documentarian “What these laws essentially do is they hide what’s really happening in our society. And to put the cherry on the cake, there is dowry and harassment, which is usually seen as something that happens to women and not men. These are the clothes you just throw over the real big problem, to underplay it. The truth is, marriages are falling apart, extra-marital affairs are happening so easily, people have no patience,” added Deepika.When asked if she is a feminist, she exclaimed, saying she wasn’t because she thinks the modern interpretation of the word just puts her off. She believes the women who graduate from prestigious colleges, celebrities, the ‘feminists,’ who call the shots are super bigoted and they send the wrong message to the others.”People call me a male activist but I am just a film maker, I just show the truth and make movies, I am just a story teller and know the right from wrong. If you look at me just as a human being, I am just trying to do something that I saw and thought was right,” said Deepika.On being asked about receiving any political support, she said, “All politicians are the same when it comes to these issues; they all want to play it safe. This is not anybody’s concern because it’s not on anybody’s agenda. It’s the backlash that they are afraid of. People are very skeptical when they are powerful because they don’t want to lose their position.”She did not start with a plan but now she has a lot of plans which however, don’t come with a deadline but after the screenings of her documentary, Deepika is going to work on more projects to spread the word on male harassement. Several issues in this space need to gain attention and be changed. The day she can stop even one person from being framed in a false 498 A case, she’d have done it all and can finally rest.
Looks like Christmas has come early this year for AWS developers! Following Microsoft’s Surface devices and Amazon’s wide range of Alex products, the latter has once again made a series of big releases, at the Amazon re:Invent 2018 conference. These announcements include an AWS RoboMaker to help developers test and deploy robotics applications, AWS Transfer for SFTP – Fully Managed SFTP Service for Amazon S3, EC2 Instances (A1) Powered by Arm-Based AWS Graviton Processors, Amazon EC2 C5n Instances Featuring 100 Gbps of Network Bandwidth and much more! Let’s take a look at what developers can expect from these releases. #1 AWS RoboMaker helps developers develop, test, deploy robotics applications at scale The AWS RoboMaker allows developers to develop, simulate, test, and deploy intelligent robotics applications at scale. Code can be developed inside of a cloud-based development environment and can be tested in a Gazebo simulation. Finally, they can deploy the finished code to a fleet of one or more robots. RoboMaker uses an open-source robotics software framework, Robot Operating System (ROS), with connectivity to cloud services. The service suit includes AWS machine learning services, monitoring services, and analytics services that enable a robot to stream data, navigate, communicate, comprehend, and learn. RoboMaker can work with robots of many different shapes and sizes running in many different physical environments. After a developer designs and codes an algorithm for the robot, they can also monitor how the algorithm performs in different conditions or environments. You can check an interesting simulation of a Robot using Robomaker at the AWS site. To learn more about ROS, read The Open Source Robot Operating System (ROS) and AWS RoboMaker. #2 AWS Transfer for SFTP – Fully Managed SFTP Service for Amazon S3 AWS Transfer for SFTP is a fully managed service that enables the direct transfer of files to and fro Amazon S3 using the Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP). Users just have to create a server, set up user accounts, and associate the server with one or more Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) buckets. AWS allows users to migrate their file transfer workflows to AWS Transfer for SFTP- by integrating with existing authentication systems, and providing DNS routing with Amazon Route 53. Along with AWS services, acustomer’ss data in S3 can be used for processing, analytics, machine learning, and archiving. Along with control over user identity, permissions, and keys; users will have full access to the underlying S3 buckets and can make use of many different S3 features including lifecycle policies, multiple storage classes, several options for server-side encryption, versioning, etc. On the outbound side, users can generate reports, documents, manifests, custom software builds and so forth using other AWS services, and then store them in S3 for each, controlled distribution to your customers and partners. #3 EC2 Instances (A1) Powered by Arm-Based AWS Graviton Processors Amazon has launched EC2 instances powered by Arm-based AWS Graviton Processors. These are built around Arm cores. The A1 instances are optimized for performance and cost and are a great fit for scale-out workloads where the load has to be shared across a group of smaller instances. This includes containerized microservices, web servers, development environments, and caching fleets. AWS Graviton are custom designed by AWS and deliver targeted power, performance, and cost optimizations. A1 instances are built on the AWS Nitro System, that maximizes resource efficiency for customers while still supporting familiar AWS and Amazon EC2 instance capabilities such as EBS, Networking, and AMIs. #4 Introducing Amazon EC2 C5n Instances featuring 100 Gbps of Network Bandwidth AWS announced the availability of C5n instances that can utilize up to 100 Gbps of network bandwidth to provide a significantly higher network performance across all instance sizes, ranging from 25 Gbps of peak bandwidth on smaller instance sizes to 100 Gbps of network bandwidth on the largest instance size. They are powered by 3.0 GHz Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors (Skylake) and provide support for the Intel Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (AVX-512) instruction set. These instances also feature 33% higher memory footprint compared to C5 instances and are ideal for applications that can take advantage of improved network throughput and packet rate performance. Based on the next generation AWS Nitro System, C5n instances make 100 Gbps networking available to network-bound workloads. Workloads on C5n instances take advantage of the security, scalability and reliability of Amazon’s Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). The improved network performance will accelerate data transfer to and from S3, reducing the data ingestion wait time for applications and speeding up delivery of results. #5 Introducing AWS Global Accelerator AWS Global Accelerator is a a network layer service that enables organizations to seamlessly route traffic to multiple regions, while improving availability and performance for their end users. It supports both TCP and UDP protocols, and performs a health check of a user’s target endpoints while routing traffic away from unhealthy applications. AWS Global Accelerator uses AWS’ global network to direct internet traffic from an organization’s users to their applications running in AWS Regions based on a users geographic location, application health, and routing policies that can be configured. You can head over to the AWS blog to get an in-depth view of how this service works. #6 Amazon’s ‘Machine Learning University’ In addition to these announcements at re:Invent, Amazon also released a blog post introducing its ‘Machine Learning University’, where the company announced that the same machine learning courses used to train engineers at Amazon can now be availed by all developers through AWS. These courses, available as part of a new AWS Training and Certification Machine Learning offering, will help organizations accelerate the growth of machine learning skills amongst their employees. With more than 30 self-service, self-paced digital courses and over 45 hours of courses, videos, and labs, developers can be rest assured that ML fundamental and real-world examples and labs, will help them explore the domain. What’s more? The digital courses are available at no charge and developers only have to pay for the services used in labs and exams during their training. This announcement came right after Amazon Echo Auto was launched at Amazon’s Hardware event. In what Amazon defines as ‘Alexa to vehicles’, the Amazon Echo Auto is a small dongle that plugs into the car’s infotainment system, giving drivers the smart assistant and voice control for hands-free interactions. Users can ask for things like traffic reports, add products to shopping lists and play music through Amazon’s entertainment system. Head over to What’s new with AWS to stay updated on upcoming AWS announcements. Read Next Amazon re:Invent 2018: AWS Snowball Edge comes with a GPU option and more computing power Amazon re:Invent 2018: AWS Key Management Service (KMS) Custom Key Store Amazon announces Corretto, a open source, production-ready distribution of OpenJDK backed by AWS
Thursday, October 13, 2016 Share Tags: People, Silversea Cruises [PEOPLE] Muller returns to Silversea as VP Corporate & Incentive Sales Travelweek Group Posted by MIAMI — Freddy I. Muller has rejoined Silversea Cruises VP of Corporate & Incentive Sales for the Americas. Muller will be responsible for overseeing the cruise line’s corporate and incentive business and strengthening relationships with meeting and incentive travel partners throughout the Americas. He will be based in the company’s Miami office, reporting to Mark Conroy, Managing Director for the Americas.Muller held a previous position with Silversea as Director of Charter & Incentive Sales for six years. He began his career in group sales at Celebrity Cruises, and brings over 23 years of incentive sales and marketing experience within the global travel industry, most recently as director, charters, meetings & incentives at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.He also brings corporate and group incentive sales experience from Kerzner International, Club Med and Miami Air International.“We are delighted to be welcoming Freddy back as part of the Silversea family,” said Conroy. “His diverse sales expertise will lend to the solidification of Silversea as a leader in corporate and incentive travel.” << Previous PostNext Post >>
Tags: Sunwing Friday, September 1, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group TORONTO — Until Sept. 30 agents can earn 4% bonus commission and receive STAR Agent Reward Points that convert into cash for all new bookings to Huatulco and Puerto Escondido with Sunwing.Plus, each time an agent makes a booking to any participating resort, they’ll gain a ballot for a chance to win an all-inclusive vacation for two to Huatulco. The more bookings agents make, the more chances to win. A seven-day vacation package will be given away each week during the promotion.All participating resorts are offering special offers during the month, from limited-time savings and complimentary room upgrades to resort credits of up to $500 per couple and special welcome amenities.Huatulco’s National Park is a recognized UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Travellers seeking adventure can snorkel above colourful reefs, kayak through rapids, go horseback riding along the beach, or enjoy some quiet fishing.Huatulco’s neighbour, Puerto Escondido, offers beachgoers a laid-back vibe and the perfect relaxing retreat with its golden sands, along with a variety of exotic wildlife like several species of sea turtles. The area is also popular for many watersports such as surfing and its waters are ideal for all skill levels.More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterSunwing is partnering with a number of top-rated resorts including Barcelo Huatulco, Camino Real Zaashila Huatulco, Park Royal Huatulco, Dreams Huatulco Resort and Spa, Hotel Villablanca, Secrets Huatulco Resort and Spa and Posada Real Puerto Escondido to offer reduced rates on select vacation packages during the month.Clients can also take advantage of resort credits at Barcelo Huatulco, Dreams Huatulco Resort and Spa and Secrets Huatulco Resort and Spa. Holiday Inn Huatulco guests get a potential free marine-view room upgrade (based on new bookings departing Dec. 19, 2017 – April 30, 2018) while couples that choose Las Brisas Huatulco can take advantage of discounted massages and a free romantic dinner.For more details on the current promotion visit sunwingagents.ca. Sunwing has September promo for Huatulco, Puerto Escondido Posted by Share