Share This!Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 16. (You remembered to get Dad a gift, right?) All this week we’ll be featuring advice, observations, and words of wisdom from some of our favorite Disney Dads. Up today is Pongo, the patriarch of the 101 Dalmatians clan.“As far as I could see, the old notion that a bachelor’s life was so glamorous and carefree was all nonsense. It was downright dull.” – PongoWho are your favorite Disney dads? Have you learned any fatherly wisdom from a Disney dad? Let us know in the comments.
WHen complete, Cape Town’s Hotel Verdewill feature green technology such as solarpower, geothermal heating and waterrecycling.(Image: Skyscrapercity)MEDIA CONTACTS • Mario DelicioDematech+27 21 794 1464 or +27 82 420 1010Lyndon JafthaAlready known as an innovation hub and renowned for the excellence of its hospitality offerings, Cape Town will soon be the home of the most eco-friendly hotel on the continent.As the COP17 conference draws to a close in Durban, and while the world’s focus is on green issues, the news comes at an appropriate time.The hotel – to be fittingly known as Hotel Verde, or the green hotel in Italian – will be developed by Cape Town-based Dematech, which is currently wrapping up the final approval for the project. Established in 1993, Dematech has almost two decades of experience in technical consulting and procurement.The developer is hoping for completion of the project in early 2013.Convenience and comfort for travellersWith convenience for the traveller a priority, Hotel Verde will be situated in the city’s airport precinct, and will offer an alternative to the well-established Road Lodge, part of the City Lodge hospitality group.Hotel Verde will stand just 500m from Cape Town International Airport.The hotel will offer 146 rooms and will qualify as a three-star, but according to a report on Cape Business News, the services, room sizes and fittings will be comparable to a four-star hotel.For those who are a little low on energy, the hotel will provide an electric car shuttle service to the airport and another into the city. Guests will also be able to rent electric cars to explore Cape Town.Hotel Verde’s developers are seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (Leed) certification, which is controlled by the Green Building Council in the US. The Leed system helps building owners and operators to identify and implement practical and measurable green building design, construction, operating and maintenance solutions.And it’s not just good news for the environment – when complete, the hotel will have generated approximately 103 direct jobs and 247 indirect jobs.“The Hotel Verde will prove to travellers that Cape Town is a global leader in its fight to combat climate change and to use the planet’s natural resources more effectively,” said Nils Flatten, CEO of Wesgro, the Western Cape provincial governments investment agency.“It will show just how sophisticated Cape Town’s climate change mitigation and adaption strategies have become,” he added.Once the hotel is complete, its technology is expected to be on a par with the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers, in Denmark, named the world’s greenest hotel for 2010.Africa’s greenest hotelHotel Verde will boast cutting-edge energy-efficient technology such as geothermal heating, ventilation and air-conditioning for temperature control, assisted by double glazed windows. Dryers in the laundry will use excess heat from the hotel to dry linen which has come from the low energy and water consumption washing machines.The hotel will run on renewable energy generated by three wind turbines, and will gather extra energy from the sun through a photovoltaic solar panel.To save electricity, public areas such as lifts and toilets will be fitted with motion sensors to control lighting, while the kitchen will feature energy-saving induction stoves and other green appliances including dishwashers.Even the gym equipment will be fitted with power generating devices – these will serve as educationals tool to help guests understand how much work is needed to generate a specified amount of electricity.As an added incentive to green-minded guests, those who use their towels more than once and don’t turn on their air conditioners will receive a credit note upon checking out.The hotel will also encourage guests to become more aware of the need to save energy by holding its own weekly Earth Hour experience, where power will be cut in public areas. To enhance the mood, the hotel’s wood-burning pizza ovens will provide a delicious dinner, eaten by candlelight.And for those who appreciate nature, a jogging trail will be set among a water-wise fynbos garden.
Related Posts Matt Asay What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Poverty, thy name is mobile app development.According to VisionMobile’s latest survey of over 10,000 app developers, at least half of all developers make less than $500 per app per month. Sure, there are developers who make a tidy income building mobile apps, but developers are twice as likely to make nothing at all than $10,000 per month. As ReadWrite’s Dan Rowinski writes, this has hollowed out the middle class of mobile app development. See also: Among Mobile App Developers, The Middle Class Has DisappearedBut there’s a way out for those looking to increase their odds of striking it rich in mobile: Think enterprise, not Candy Crush.Eat The RichLiving in Silicon Valley through the dot-com boom, I used to joke that I was the only person not to have made a billion dollars. I was in good company, of course, but it’s easy to forget that the perception of widespread riches doesn’t always pan out in practice.Today mobile is driving a similar feeding frenzy of IPO and acquisition riches … but it’s similarly a bust for most.We’re not talking about “poor” in the unthinking Western sense of “I can’t afford a steady stream of lattés throughout the day.” We’re talking about developers making nothing at all. It’s not an insignificant number: 24% of all mobile app developers make $0.00 from their apps. Zilch. Zip. Zero.While it’s true that 35% of the 10,000-plus app developers VisionMobile surveys are part-timers, less than half of these hobbyists make nothing, which means that there are plenty of full-time developers also earning … nothing. Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, life is pretty good:• A mere 1.6% of developers earn more than $500,000 per app per month. Some make tens of millions of dollars each month;• The top 2% of app developers claim 54% of all app revenues. Another 9% claim the next 35% of app revenues while 88% of developers fight over the remaining 11% of all app revenues;• Over 80% of all app store revenues are for games, making it the most likely place to strike it rich building consumer apps.What does it take to break into the rarefied 1.6%? As VisionMobile points out, a rank-100 grossing game on iOS in the US makes about $10,000 per day. Obviously, very few developers can hope to crack the top 100. Separating The Haves From The Have-NotsBut wait! It gets worse. Developers that target Android devices stand to make less than their iOS counterparts. If a developer’s primary target is iOS devices, they have a 50% chance of making less than $500 per app per month, according to VisionMobile’s survey data. If the developer focuses on Android, that percentage jumps to 64%.Not only do Android developers bleed more at the bottom, but even their success at the top isn’t as rich as that of iOS developers. As the report highlights, 6% of Android developers make over $25,000 per app per month (with an additional 10% earning $5,000 to $25,000), compared to 11% of iOS developers bringing home more than $25,000 (and another 16% getting $5,000 to $25,000).The Consumer App TrapIt doesn’t have to be this way. No, I’m not suggesting that developers desert Android for iOS: with Android device shipments exploding and leading the way into promising markets like China, it would be foolish to ignore Android. But it’s equally foolish to fetishize consumer apps, given how poorly they pay. Sixty-seven percent of developers target consumers, with another 11% targeting individual professionals. Just 16% of app developers are focused on enterprises, yet this is where the more certain money is.How certain? Nothing is guaranteed, of course, but developers who target the enterprise are twice as likely to make $5,000 per app per month and 3 times as likely to earn over $25,000 per app per month. Given iOS penetration into 98% of the Fortune 500, it’s not surprising that enterprise developers are 2.5 times more likely to earn over $25,000 per app per month.IBM jumped on this bandwagon last week, announcing with Apple a partnership to bring its enterprise expertise to iOS devices. While some will (rightly) cringe at the thought of Lotus Notes uglifying iOS, there’s real money to be made building boring enterprise apps. Forget Friends: Build For EmployersYes, a successful consumer app arguably yields more cachet. But chasing success in consumer apps is just as likely to lead to poverty as even the most middling of successes. Even those who do strike it rich, like Candy Crush developer King.com, finds themselves on a relentless treadmill, forced to come up with more mega-hits (and mostly failing to do so, like Zynga before it). The enterprise, meanwhile, even for Android developers, remains a much safer bet. The enterprise doesn’t come with bragging rights, but it does tend to come with something that developers should value just as much—a paycheck.Lead image by Flickr user Dimitry B., CC 2.0 Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#mobile developers#VisionMobile Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Today, 70 percent of US consumer Internet traffic is video, and it’s growing every day with over-the-top (OTT) providers delivering TV and movies to consumers, broadcasters and enterprises streaming live events. Cloud computing is changing the landscape for video production as well. Much of the work that used to require dedicated workstations is being moved to servers in data centers and offered remotely by cloud service providers and private cloud solutions. As a result, the landscape for content creation and delivery is undergoing significant changes. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas highlights these trends. And Intel will be there highlighting how we help broadcasters, distributors, and video producers step up to the challenges.Intel processors have always been used for video processing, but today’s video workloads place new demands on processing hardware. The first new demand is for greater processing performance. As video data volume explodes, encoding schemes become more complex, and processing power becomes more critical. The second demand is for increased data center density. As video processing moves to servers in data centers, service cost is driven by space and power. And the third demand is for openness. Developers want language- and platform-independent APIs like OpenCL* to access CPU and GPU graphics functions. The Intel® Xeon® processor E3 platform with integrated Intel® IrisTM Pro Graphics and Intel® Quick Sync Video transcoding acceleration provides the performance and open development environment required to drive innovation and create the optimized video delivery systems needed by today’s content distributors. And does it with unparalleled density and power efficiency.The NAB 2015 show provides an opportunity for attendees to see how these technologies come together in new, more powerful industry solutions to deliver video content across the content lifecycle—acquire, create, manage, distribute, and experience.We’ve teamed with some of our key partners at NAB 2015 to create the StudioXperience showcase that demonstrates a complete end-to-end video workflow across the content lifecycle. Waskul TV will generate real time 4k video and pipe it into a live production facility featuring Xeon E3 processors in an HP Moonshot* server and Envivio Muse* Live. The workflow is divided between on air HD production for live streaming and 4K post-production for editorial and on demand delivery. The cloud-based content management and distribution workflow is provided by Intel-powered technologies from technology partners to create a solution that streams our content to the audience via Waskul TV.Other booths at the show let attendees drill down into some of the specific workflows and the technologies that enable them. For example, “Creative Thinking 800 Miles Away—It’s Possible” lets attendees experience low latency, remote access for interactive creation and editing of video content in the cloud. You’ll see how Intel technology lets you innovate and experiment with modeling, animation, and rendering effects—anywhere, anytime. And because the volume of live video content generated by broadcasters, service providers, and enterprises continues to explode, we need faster and more efficient ways of encoding it for streaming over the Internet. So Haivision’s “Powerful Wide-Scale Video Distribution” demo will show how their Intel-based KulaByte* encoders and transcoders can stream secure, low latency HD video at extremely low bitrates over any network, including low cost, readily available, public Internet connections.To learn more about how content owners, service providers, and enterprises are using Intel Xeon processor E3 based platforms with integrated HD Graphics and Intel Quick Sync video to tame the demand for video, check out the interview I did on Intel Chip Chat recently. And even if you’re not attending NAB 2015, you can still see it in action. I’ll be giving a presentation Tuesday, April 14 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific time. We’ll stream it over the very systems I’ve described, and you can watch it on Waskul.TV. Tune in. © 2015, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved. Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. *Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.
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