first_imgTwenty-six men and women were the latest recipients of South Africa’s highest honours for outstanding service to their communities, for the part they played in South Africa’s fight for freedom, for their roles in the struggle against oppression worldwide, and for exceptional achievement.19 South Africans and six foreign nationals were bestowed with National Orders on 26 April 2005. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterPresident Thabo Mbeki bestowed the Order of the Baobab, Order of Luthuli, Order of the Companions of OR Tambo, and Order of Mapungubwe on 19 South Africans and six foreign nationals at a ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Tuesday.The recipients included one of Africa’s oldest universities, as well as activists, community workers, freedom fighters, trade unionists, former heads of state and “ordinary” people who made various extraordinary contributions to South Africa’s destiny.“These distinguished members of our national orders are the guardians of ubuntu, handmaidens of our liberty and defender of a shared human destiny”, Mbeki said.“Because of their and others’ efforts, we are able to live and develop in a world of freedom, without the fetters of oppression or exclusion.“They stand as beacons that must guide us forever as we build a society founded on the high ideals of freedom, justice, equality and human solidarity.”Order of the BaobabMbeki presented five South Africans – and the University of Fort Hare – with the Order of the Baobab for exceptional service to their fellow countrymen.University of Fort Hare – Established in 1915, the Eastern Cape university became a training ground for black intellectuals throughout South Africa and many parts of the continent. A number of SA’s most influential black leaders – including Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Govan Mbeki, Chris Hani, Robert Sobukwe and Mangosuthu Buthelezi – were educated at Fort Hare. The university – with around 6 000 students at present – houses the archives of SA’s liberation movements, one of the largest collections of contemporary South African black art, and an ethnological research museum exhibiting more than 7 000 items of attire made and worn by southern African black tribes.Job Richard Rathebe (1897-1982) – Founder of the first social support organisation for war orphans, widows and dependants of soldiers who fought in World War II.Ethel Barlow – Chairwoman of the Kliptown Land Claims Committee.Revel Albert Ellis Fox – One of South Africa’s foremost architects, Revel Fox died in December 2004, a year after the completion of his magnum opus, the Cape Town International Convention Centre.Urbania Bebe Mothopeng – Veteran schoolteacher and widow of Pan Africanist Congress stalwart Zeph Mothopeng, honoured for rehabilitating young female offenders.Marjorie Manganye – A community worker and head of the Itlhokomeleng old age home, “Mama Marj” has been caring for poor, elderly and neglected people in Alexandra for more than four decades.Order of LuthuliMbeki presented 14 South Africans with the Order of Luthuli for outstanding contributions to democracy, nation-building, human rights, justice and peace.Flag Marutle Boshielo – The body of the former anti-apartheid activist and Umkhonto weSizwe member, who went missing in the 1970s, has yet to be found. It is believed that he was captured with two of his comrades near Caprivi by the then Rhodesian security forces.John Langalibalele Dube (1871-1946) – Founding leader of the African National Congress (ANC).Anton Muziwakhe Lembede (1914-1947) – A political activist and lawyer, Lembede was instrumental in the formation of the ANC Youth League in 1944. He was at the forefront of the Youth League’s campaign to destroy the Natives Representative Council and boycott elections under the Native Representatives Act of 1936, and was regarded as the architect of the 1949 Programme of Action.Isaac Bangani Tabata (1909-1990) – Political activist and author. Helped found the Workers’ Party of South Africa in the 1930s, and the Non-European Unity Movement in the 1940s. Banned in 1956. In 1961 he established and became president of the African People’s Democratic Union of Southern Africa.Edward Joseph Daniels – Political activist who was imprisoned on Robben Island from 1964-1979. After his release in 1979, he was banned and placed under house arrest for another five years.Frene Noshir Ginwala – South Africa’s Speaker of Parliament from 1994 to 2004.Ntwaesele Thatayone “Fish” Keitseng (1919-2005) – African National Congress (ANC) stalwart and founding executive member of the Botswana People’s Party and the Botswana Independence Party. A Rivonia Treason Trialist, Keitseng is remembered in particular for establishing and co-ordinating the underground ANC “pipeline” through Botswana during the 1960s, an operation that involved the movement of thousands of people, including Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki.Mildred Ramakaba-Lesiea – Honoured for her contribution to the struggle for gender and racial equality in South Africa.Kwedie Mzingisi Zilindile Mkalipi – Political activist and Pan Africanist Congress member, and one of the first-string accused in the Treason Trial of 1956-61. Mkalipi was arrested for passive resistance during the 1952 Defiance Campaign and later for addressing various illegal meetings, and was already in prison at the time of the December 1956 treason arrests.Abdullah Mohamed Omar (1934-2004) – South Africa’s minister of justice from 1994 to 1999, and minister of transport from 1999 until shortly before his death. As a human rights lawyer, Omar represented many Robben Island prisoners, trade unions and non-governmental organisations in the 1960s and ’70s. Elected to the ANC’s national executive committee in 1991, he was a member of the ANC negotiating team that forged South Africa’s constitutional and political settlement.Madimetja Laurence Phokanoka – Former Robben Island prisoner and Umkhonto weSizwe operative.Archibald Mcedisi Sibeko (Zola Zembe) – Former trade unionist, political activist and Umkhonto weSizwe operative.Christmas Fihla Tinto – Former political activist, ANC member and United Democratic Front leader, twice imprisoned for his opposition to apartheid.Dorothy Nomazotsho Zihlangu (1920-1991) – Veteran of the 1952-53 Defiance Campaign, former chair of the United Women’s Organisation, arrested a number of times for her opposition to apartheid.Order of the Companions of OR TamboThe recipients of South Africa’s highest civilian award for foreign nationals went to six people who, through their roles in the struggle against oppression worldwide, directly advanced or served as inspiration for the fight against apartheid.Cheddi Jagan – Prime minister of British Guiana from 1961 to 1964, and president of independent Guyana from 1992 until his death in 1997.Jawaharlal Nehru – Prime minister of India from the country’s independence in 1947 until his death in 1964. Founding leader of the Non-Aligned Movement.Ahmed Sukarno – President of Indonesia from the country’s independence in 1945 until 1968, two years before his death. Instrumental in the founding of the Non-Aligned Movement.Diallo Telli Boubacar – Guinean diplomat and political figure. Helped found the Organisation of African Unity in 1963, and was the organisation’s first secretary-general from 1964 to 1972.Motsamai Keyecwe Mpho – Social worker and activist on South Africa’s mines during apartheid.Vladimir Gennadyevich Shubin – Deputy director of the Institute for Africans Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. The former Soviet official was involved for many years in helping the African National Congress and its ally, the South African Communist Party, in their war against apartheid.Order of MapungubweThe Order of Mapungubwe is awarded to South African citizens for exceptional achievement.Sydney Brenner – The South African born and educated molecular biologist, along with two of his colleagues, was awarded the 2002 Nobel Prize for Medicine for their research into the genetic development of organs and the “programmed death” or “suicide” of cells.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_img28 April 2016Notable citizens and prominent foreign nationals who have played a significant role in building a free democratic South Africa, as well as have had a noteworthy impact on improving the lives of South Africans, will receive National Orders today.The ceremony takes place at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria, on 28 April 2016, a day after Freedom Day. The orders are presented by President Jacob Zuma, as the Grand Patron of the country’s National Orders.The honours include the Order of Mendi for Bravery, the Order of Ikhamanga, the Order of the Baobab, the Order of Luthuli and the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo.Watch an awards ceremony:The Order of Mendi for Bravery recognises South African citizens who have performed acts of bravery.Recipients this year include:Hermanus Gabriel Loots (aka James Stuart), Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) operative As a lifelong ANC member and Umkhonto we Sizwe anti-apartheid operative, Loots was a member of the first Lusaka delegation to meet South African business in 1986 to begin plans to democratise the country. He was a member of Parliament in the first democratic parliament, from 1994 to 1999. He passed away in January 2016.Maqashu Leonard Mdingi, trade unionist and political detaineeAn important proponent of the trade union activism during apartheid, Mdingi retired from politics during the late 1990s to become a traditional tailor in Bizana, Eastern Cape. He passed away in 2013.Ulysses Modise, MK veteran and head of Northern Cape Province National Intelligence Agency during apartheidInstrumental in the formation of the Military Veteran Association in 1990s democratic South Africa, Modise is being recognised for his contribution to the struggle for liberation. He died in 2007.Peter Sello Motau, Soweto MK commander during apartheidMotau was killed during an ambush by covert apartheid police forces in Swaziland in 1987. The presidency is recognising his contribution to the liberation struggle through selfless sacrifice, bravery and thirst for freedom and democracy at the cost of his own life.Wilson Ngcayiya aka Bogart Soze, MK veteranHe is recognised for his contribution to the fight for the liberation of South Africa, courageously placing his life in constant danger and inspired by a solid conviction in a democratic South Africa after apartheid.Joseph “Mpisi” Nduli, MK operative and Robben Island prisonerAfter a long career serving the ANC, Nduli was the first post-apartheid chairman of the ANC Durban Central branch. He was assassinated in 1995. The Presidency is honouring his contribution to the fight for the liberation of the people of South Africa, with a steadfast belief in the equality of all citizens.Sam Ntuli, Civic Association activist and ANC operativeNtuli’s contribution in the field of peace-building during the violent and delicate final years of apartheid is being honoured by the Presidency. He paid with his life for his activism and dedication to democracy when he was assassinated in 1991.Major General Jackie Refiloe Sedibe, ANC Women’s League veteran and former Defence Force chief director of corporate communicationsWidow of the first democratic defence minister, Joe Modise, Sedibe fought for the liberation of the South African people and selflessly sacrificed home comforts to ensure that all South Africans lived as equals. Sedibe stills serves in the national defence force.Dr Sizakele Sigxashe, first post-apartheid director-general of the National Intelligence AgencySigxashe passed away in 2011 and has been awarded the National Order for his bravery and courage of conviction. He left his home and loved ones for distant lands to fight for democracy.Major General Peter Lesego Tshikare, MK operative, post-apartheid military intelligence representative from 1994 until retirement in 1998Tshikare died in 2008.The Order of Ikhamanga recognises South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport.Recipients this year include:Laurika Rauch, Afrikaans singer/songwriterFor more than 40 years, Rauch and her music have made outstanding contributions to raising awareness of the country’s political injustices. She has and continues to use her artistic talents to highlight injustices and promote humanity.Thomas Hasani Chauke, Xitsonga singer/songwriterChauke has been responsible, for more than 40 years, for the development and promotion of Xitsonga traditional music in the country and on the continent. His prolific songwriting and performances have brought Xitsonga music and culture to a wider audiences.Sylvia “Magogo” Glasser, cultural activist and dance instructorGlasser opened the first non-racial dance studio in 1978 and against all odds and the apartheid government, enjoyed strong support from all South African communities for her skills in building up young people and passionate efforts to create social cohesion.Marguerite Poland, authorPoland has been at the forefront of the promotion of indigenous languages, particularly in children’s literature, as well as anthropological studies. Her works are taught widely in South African schools.Benedict Wallet Vilakazi, isiZulu author and poetVilakazi was the first black South African to receive a PhD in literature, in 1935. He published the first book of isiZulu poetry shortly thereafter. The world- famous street in Soweto, on which both Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu lived, is named in his honour. Vilakazi died in 1947.Professor Rosina Mamokgethi Phakeng, mathematician and educatorIn 2002, Phakeng became the first black female South African to obtain a PhD in mathematics education. She is currently the vice principal: research and development at Unisa. She is recognised for her contributions to science education and world-renowned research work.The Order of the Baobab recognises South African citizens who have contributed to community service, business and economy, science, medicine and technological innovation.Recipients this year include:Professor Helen Rees, scientist and HIV/Aids activistAs founder and director of the Wits University Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, Rees’s groundbreaking research has helped to turn the tide on HIV/Aids in South Africa. Rees is a graduate of Harvard and Cambridge universities and is using her work in South Africa to beat the disease across the world. She has been recognised for her tireless efforts in educating and assisting local communities affected by the disease.Marina Nompinti Maponya, businesswoman and gender activistAs a cousin of Nelson Mandela and the wife of eminent Soweto businessman Richard Maponya, Maponya played a vital role in developing and teaching gender equality in society and business during the 1980s. She is also recognised for her entrepreneurial success and contributions to society during apartheid. She died in 1992.The Order of Luthuli recognises South African citizens who have contributed to the struggle for democracy, nation-building, building democracy and human rights, justice and peace as well as for the resolution of conflict.Recipients this year include:Suliman “Babla” Saloojee, early political activistA legal clerk and community activist, Saloojee was a member of the Picasso Club civil disobedience collective made up of politically active South African Indians opposed to apartheid. It included future ANC stalwart Ahmed Kathrada. Saloojee was arrested in 1964. He became the fourth person to die in detention.Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, political activist, parliamentarian and struggle heroineRecognised for her lifelong contribution to the fight for the liberation of the people of South Africa, Madikizela-Mandela bravely withstood constant harassment by the apartheid police and challenged their brutality at every turn. She has become a symbol of the anti-apartheid struggle and of the bravery and determination of the oppressed to gain their freedom, against all odds.Brian Francis Bishop, civil rights activist and progressive politician during the 1980sBishop was killed in a car accident in 1985, along with Molly Blackburn, one of South Africa’s most prominent white campaigners against apartheid.Msizi Harrison Dube, KwaZulu-Natal community leader and anti-apartheid activistDube is recognised for his excellent contribution to the struggle for liberation and his persistent pursuit of justice and better living conditions for his community and the people of South Africa in general. Dube was murdered during protest action in 1983.Rev Dr Simon Gqubule, former United Democratic Front member, cleric, academic and community leaderGqubule still serves the Nelson Mandela metropolitan area as a youth councillor and community leader striving for the improvement of society.Mac Maharaj, ANC stalwart, post-apartheid government minister and former spokesman for the PresidencyMaharaj is recognised for his courage through the struggle years and his activism against the despotism of the oppressive apartheid government, as well as for playing an integral role in the first democratic government.Mary Thipe, KwaZulu-Natal activist and former vice-chairperson of the ANC Women’s LeagueThipe was involved in the Cato Manor Beer Hall March in 1960. She is posthumously recognised for her contribution to the liberation struggle and the fight for social justice.Amy Rietstein Thornton, activist and founder member of the Modern Youth Society during apartheid, as well as a member of the South African Communist Party and the ANCJohn Zikhali, Cosatu trade unionist and former president of the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union in the 1990sZikhali is recognised for his contributions to challenging unjust labour laws through union development and galvanising workers. Zikhali died in a car accident in 2006.Cleopas Madoda Nsibande, defendant in the 1956 Treason Trial, founder member of the South African Congress of Trade Unions and trade unionistNsibande was a steadfast fighter for workers’ rights during and after apartheid. He died in 2008.The Order of Mapungubwe recognises South African citizens for achievements that have had an international impact and have served the interests of the republic.There is one recipient this year:Zwelakhe Sisulu, journalist, editor and first post-apartheid head of the SABCSon of ANC stalwarts Walter and Albertina Sisulu, Sisulu is recognised for fighting for the rights of journalists and the freedom of speech. In 1986, he founded the New Nation newspaper, one of the few independent newspapers in apartheid South Africa. It was responsible for exposing the cruelties of apartheid and encouraging unity among people of different political persuasions to fight for liberation. Following a later career as an executive in various media businesses, Sisulu died in 2012.The Order of the Companions of OR Tambo recognises eminent foreign nationals for friendship shown to South Africa. It is an order of peace and co- operation and is an active expression of solidarity and support.Recipients this year include:Noureddine Djoudi, Algerian career diplomat and former ambassador to South AfricaThe Presidency is honouring Djoudi’s steadfast support of the South African liberation movement during apartheid and his solidarity with stalwarts of the liberation struggle for the realisation of democracy.Maria Kint, Dutch arts and culture managerRecognised for her upliftment of arts and culture during and after apartheid, Kint was a founder member of the Arts & Culture Task Group in 1993. It was responsible for incubating the thriving art, dance, drama and other cultural facets of a nation and all its people in transition. She ultimately made South Africa her home, and is recognised her courage to challenge policies that violated human rights.President Michelle Bachelet Jeria, Chilean presidentA lifelong human rights activist, Jeria was an outspoken critic of Chile’s Pinochet government, an act that led to her detention and exile by the oppressive regime. After the fall of Pinochet, Jeria entered national politics and used her powers to change her country’s policies on gender rights and fair trade. Jeria was the first director of the UN’S Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. She has been a good friend to South Africa, both as a staunch anti- apartheid activist and later as a political ally in global politics.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Temple Grandin, the renowned author and advocate for farm animal welfare and persons afflicted with autism, will speak at Wilmington College March 30 during two sessions, 3 and 7:30 p.m., in Hugh G. Heiland Theatre.Wilmington College’s Agriculture Department and the Clinton County Farm Bureau are co-sponsoring the event, which is free of charge and open to the public. She may be available to sign her books.Grandin was diagnosed with autism at two years old. The anxiety she experienced provided her with insight into the stress experienced by livestock, which resulted in her inventing more humane methods for handling animals at meat plants.Grandin will be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY, this September. In 2010, TIME magazine selected her among its “100 Most Influential People in the World” and, last year, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.A professor of animal science at Colorado State University, she is the author of 12 books, including Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human. She is an advocate for animal health and wellbeing and her writings on the flight zone and other principles of grazing animal behavior share strategies for reducing the stress experienced by livestock.She designed livestock handling facilities located throughout the United States and on three other continents. Meat plants handling nearly half of the cattle in North America utilize the center track restrainer system she designed. Also, her curved chute and race systems for cattle are used worldwide.Also, many corporations employ Grandin’s objective scoring system for assessing the handling of cattle and pigs at their meat plants as a means for improving animal welfare.Her other areas of noted research are: cattle temperament, environmental enrichment for pigs, reducing dark cutters and bruises, bull fertility, training procedures and effective stunning methods for cattle and pigs at meat plants.last_img read more

first_imgThe Inside HQ podcast by Community Relations Manager and avid geocacher Rock Chalk gives a behind the scenes look at life at HQ. From interviews with Geocaching HQ founders to conversations about upcoming features, you’ll always learn something new. This week, get the scoop on how to land a job at Geocaching HQ.Listen now.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedDer Geocaching-Podcast: Inside HQMarch 26, 2019In “Deutsch”The Geocaching Podcast: Inside HQMarch 26, 2019In “Nederlands”El Podcast de Geocaching: Inside HQMarch 26, 2019In “Español”last_img read more

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… klint finley 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Foursquare has an open position for a data scientist. Specifically, the company is looking for someone with “experience with prediction or recommender systems, search and ranking algorithms, and classification algorithms.” In September, Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley told the audience at Picnic that the company is building a recommendation engine. About Foursquare thinks this may hint at things to come from Foursquare.Data scientists are statisticians and/or computer scientists who specialize in working with large datasets. As explained here, the job of the data scientist is to obtain, scrub, explore, model and interpret data.It’s likely that Foursquare is looking for someone to turn its massive datasets culled from all those check-ins into something useful and, of course, monetizable.Alistair Goodman wrote at Business Insider that he expects Facebook Places to win the check-in wars, but:Mark Andreesen, an investor in Foursquare and board member of Facebook, will most likely still lead Foursquare into new areas that won’t be touched by Facebook with the hopes of helping it pivot beyond the check-in. Gowalla won’t be so lucky.Getting into big data in a big way would be one way for Foursquare to build value and keep from becoming just another check-in service. As we’ve noted before, it won’t have a whole lot of competition in the food recommendation space.Marshall noted that, in addition to a recommendation engine, Foursquare has talked about incentivizing behavior:In addition to recommendations, the company has long talked about incentivization of real-world behavior. Today, for example, Foursquare announced a partnership with CNN, which will give a “healthy eater” badge to anyone who checks-in at one of ten thousand farmers markets. It’s unclear whether a dorky apple badge with CNN emblazoned on it is going to incentivize anyone to do anything – but it’s a start and an interesting idea.Imagine checking in at a farmer’s market, then later receiving recommendations to restaurants that cook with locally-sourced food when you check-in nearby. It’s got to be just a matter of time before big companies like McDonald’s start incentivizing fun and Happy Meals lest we all get too many farmers market recommendations.We’ve asked before what value there may be in the massive datasets generated by geotracking. If anyone can think of some novel uses for this data, please let us know in the comments (or found a start-up).Interested in applying for the job? Here’s are Foursquare’s requirements:MS or PhD in CS/Machine Learning or Statistics or a BS with extensive experience in the field5+ years experience as a data scientist/analyst on large datasets, or research in this areaAbility to work with big datasets with minimal engineering supportComfortable in a small, intense and high-growth start-up environmentIf you want to learn more about data science, you might want to check out the free e-book Mining of Massive Datasets from Stanford professors Anand Rajaraman and Jeffrey Ullman. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Location#web last_img read more

first_imgLight-emitting diodes, better known as LEDs, are all around us — those little red or green indicator lights that blink at us from our stereo equipment, most new traffic signals, and virtually all new exit signs in commercial buildings. And if you’ve been to Times Square recently, you’ve seen way too many LEDs being used for advertising! We’ve all seen colored LEDs; what’s new is the use of white LEDs for indoor lighting.First some background. In recent weeks, I’ve written about lots of kinds of lighting and reviewed the various advantages and disadvantages of each. Incandescent light bulbs, our most common lighting in homes, have the disadvantage of producing far more heat than light; in other words, it’s wasteful. Halogen and tungsten-halogen lamps, varieties of incandescent light bulbs, are nearly as inefficient. All of the other light sources I’ve written about — fluorescent (including compact fluorescent lamps or CFLs) and the various HID technologies (including mercury vapor, metal halide, and high-pressure sodium) are significantly more energy-efficient than incandescent, but rely on mercury to produce the light. That mercury poses a health and environmental hazard when the lamps are discarded or broken.LED technology is very different. Light is produced when a semiconductor material is energized. The physics of how an LED generates light is fairly complicated — it’s and a bit like a photovoltaic cell, only in reverse. Two semiconductor materials are sandwiched together, creating a “junction” between them; one side wants to give up electrons and the other side wants to capture them. When electric current is applied, electrons jump across the junction and photons of light are released. Most LEDs are tiny — just a millimeter or two in diameter.LED lights are great because they last a very long time and don’t burn out the way other light sources do — though they do fade over time (referred to as “lumen depreciation”). The color of an LED is determined by the semiconductor materials used. The first LEDs — introduced decades ago — were red. Then green ones were developed, then other colors. The challenge, which scientists have been working on for years, is producing white LEDs that can be used efficiently for general illumination. Thankfully, this is where we’ve seen the recent breakthroughs.Some white LEDs are made by taking a blue LED and coating it with a phosphor that absorbs light in the blue spectrum and emits a whiter light (though still usually with a bluish tint). This coating reduces the efficiency, but it’s the least expensive way to make white LEDs; it’s the type used in LED flashlights. White light can also be produced by combining different color LEDs (red, green, and blue, for example) — you might remember from high school physics that white light is made up of all the different colors of the spectrum.One of the best LED fixtures on the market today, the LR6, made by the North Carolina company Cree, is a downlight designed for recessed cans (a common type of light fixture in kitchens). The six-inch-diameter LR6 has 42 individual LEDs of different colors that, in aggregate, produce a white light that is almost indistinguishable from halogen-incandescent; there’s a diffuser so you can’t see the individual LEDs. One of the first installations in the country of this product was in Dr. Rebecca Jones’s dermatology office on Elliot Street in Brattleboro — a very nice example of a green building if you get a chance to visit.The Cree LR6 uses less than 11 watts to deliver 650 lumens for an efficacy of about 60 lumens per watt. This is far higher than the 15 lumens per watt from incandescent downlights and it’s even higher than CFL downlights (partly because LEDs do a better job at focusing light downward). This fixture is available with a warm color temperature of 2700 K or a brighter-white 3500 K. Its color rendering index (CRI) is a remarkable 92—higher than the best CFLs — meaning that colors look very realistic under the light. The lamp is rated to last more than 30,000 hours (more than 15 years with five hours of average daily use). Our company, BuildingGreen, recognized this as one of the Top-10 Green Building Products of the year in 2007. The drawback is the cost, which is about $100 apiece.The quality and efficacy of LED lighting has improved steadily in recent years, while costs have been steadily dropping. Cree has a screw-in reflector-type LED lamp under development with an efficacy of over 100 lumens per watt. As costs become more competitive, I’m hoping that this mercury-free light source will gradually capture market share from fluorescent and HID light sources, providing both energy savings and reduced mercury pollution.last_img read more

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The “Clear Pixel” camera is 10 megapixels, while the front camera weighing in at a decent 2 MP. It comes in two internal storage varieties, 16 GB ($199) and 32 GB ($249). It does not have a removable battery.In terms of size, it is about the same as the HTC One, without the unibody metal casing. At 130 grams (4.5 ounces) it is light but not as light as the iPhone 5. Where Motorola didn’t skimp was on the processors. The Moto X has four graphical processing units (Adreno 320 GPUs). A SnapDragon S4 Pro 1.7 GHz (dual-core Krait CPU) and two processors that run nothing but the natural language engine for Touchless Control and one for the contextual computing engine that responds to how you hold the phone or where it is.It Won’t Interrupt You When You Are BusyMotorola has an “Assist” feature that will know when you are driving or in a meeting or sleeping. It has a “Talk To Me” feature that will read incoming messages to you while you are driving. In a meeting you can silence the phone or have it auto-reply to a incoming call or message. These are features found in other smartphones as well, such as the iPhone 5.You Can Design It YourselfWant a Moto X with a pink back, a white front and blue power and volume buttons? Or maybe a dark green back with a black front and red buttons? Motorola will let you choose the color of your phone with almost 2,000 different varieties through a website called “Moto Maker.” When setting up your Moto X, the phone will prompt you to migrate all of your stuff (text messages, contacts, photos, videos, call history) from your old Android. You do this through an app in the Google Play store called “Motorola Migrate.” It works by giving you a QR code on your old phone that you then scan with the Moto X, starting the migration.I prefer not to use a function like this as I often have way too many pictures on an old device and prefer not to clutter the storage of a new device with them. Android, by default, can move all of your contacts from phone to phone and there are a variety of photo services where you can save old pictures in the cloud without migrating them from one device to another. You Get 50GB Of Google Drive For FreeBy buying a Moto X, you get 50 GB of storage in Google’s personal cloud product for free. This is similar to how HTC has partnered with DropBox to give users 50 GB of cloud storage when they buy HTC devices. Its Hardware Is Comparable But Not Super High EndThe Moto X is designed as a mass market device. Hence, it sacrifices some top-end specs in favor of keeping the regular $199 (on two-year contract) price point that consumers are used to through the carriers. It has a 4.7-inch AMOLED screen with 1280×720 resolution (316 pixels per inch), which is well below the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 in terms of pixel density. It has a 2200 mAh battery, also behind HTC and Samsung but ahead of the Lumia 1020. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The back of the phone has more than a dozen different colors to choose from. The front of the phone can be either black or white. You can add a custom start-up screen message and a printed message on the back of the device. How will this work, exactly? If I walk into AT&T and want a Moto X, the store should have a computer where I can customize the phone. I would customize it, buy the device like I normally would and then Moto Maker will send an order to Motorola’s Fort Worth, Texas plant to build the phone. Motorola promises that phones will then arrive within four days. The Moto X will be available on five U.S. carriers including U.S. Cellular. The Moto X will work on T-Mobile’s network but the carrier won’t sell it in stores for the time being.  You’ve been waiting for two years to see what kind of magic that Google and Motorola would create together. Now, with the new Moto X, we know what the brains in Mountain View have been cooking up. You can talk to it. You can flip it around to tell you information. You can do just about anything an Android smartphone can do and maybe a bit more. So, what’s all the fuss? What exactly is this smartphone that Google has been teasing us with for the last month?Here are 10 things you need to know about the Moto X.You Can Talk To It With Touchless Control Motorola thinks that all of these cameras, while being good, are just too hard to use. In some cases, this is very true (looking at you, Samsung and Nokia). So, the camera on the Moto X is purposefully stripped down. You can activate it from a sleeping display with a corkscrew motion in your hands and tap anywhere on the screen (as opposed to a dedicated shutter button) to take a picture. The advanced features are available by pulling the controls out from the sides of the camera app’s screen. Motorola employs what it calls a “Clear Pixel” technology that is not dissimilar from what HTC did with the One and what Nokia does with “oversampling” of light in the sensors of each smartphone. If you are a camera junkie, the Moto X employs an RGB-based system that it calls “RGBC” (the C stands for “clear”) to take its pictures.You Can Migrate All Your Stuff From Your Old Phone Tags:#Android#Google#Motorola The Moto X can perform a function called “Moto Connect” that syncs the messages on your phone to Google’s Chrome browser. So, if I am getting a text message to my Moto X while working on a laptop or PC, it will pop up in a window. I can then reply to that text straight from my computer. Moto Connect will also show a caller ID on your browser when somebody is calling you.You Can Sync It To Your TVGoogle just came out with its Chromecast TV streaming device that lets you stream Netflix, YouTube or Google Play from your phone to your TV through a HDMI dongle. The Moto X can do something similar with a “Wireless Display” feature that enables you to put whatever is on your phone on your TV screen. The only hitch with the Moto X Wireless Display is that it only works on a wireless connection standard called “Miracast” that some newer smart televisions have built in (or you can buy a dongle to plug into your TV to enable it). Chromecast does not support Miracast, so you cannot use the Moto X Wireless Display feature with Google’s popular new dongle (though you can still use the Chromecast app and connect through Wi-Fi like you can do with any other Android smartphone or iPhone). The Camera Is Designed To Be Easy To Use2013 is really The Year Of The Smartphone Camera. The HTC One came out with the concept of “ultrapixels” for its flagship smartphone along with a variety of sharing features. The Samsung Galaxy S4 has every possible setting a point-and-shoot camera could desire. Nokia’s Lumia 1020 is the best damn camera in a smartphone, ever. Even BlackBerry has some interesting photo editing capabilities in its Z10 flagship device. “OK Google Now, open Spotify.”With Touchless Control, you can operate the Moto X by talking to it. Start with the command, “OK Google Now” and tell it what to do. This morning I sent a text message to my mother, opened Spotify (but only opened, I would have to click with my finger to start music), asked about the weather, searched Google for an article about StackOverflow, set a reminder to buy more cold medicine and called a friend.Touchless Control will work if the phone’s display is off and you are across the room. Today I have been practicing by shouting at the phone from across the apartment. The range is about 12 feet or so. Touchless Control will not work if the Moto X is in your pocket or laying face down on a table (or if you deactivate it). The Moto X is specifically tuned to the users voice, so it should not respond to other people giving it the “OK Google Now” prompt unless they have a very similar voice.  Related Posts Touchless Control works better if you have opted into Google Now, the search company’s semantic search engine that attempts to tell you pertinent information before you require it (such as time to get home from where you are or the score of the Red Sox game). Touchless Control needs to be connected to a data network or Wi-Fi to work, because it funnels requests through Google. It works in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese upon launch.The Moto X “Breathes”Google estimates that people check their phone between 60 and 100 times a day. Be it looking for a text message, status update or just the time, people are always clicking on their phones. Moto X employs what Motorola calls “Active Display.” When the phone is sleeping, it will show the time on the device by fading in and out. If you get emails or messages, you can access them from the sleeping display by pulling up or down. This is called “Active Notifications.” The Active Display only uses the pixels on the screen it needs to display the information, leaving the rest dormant, thus saving battery life.You Can Connect It To Your Chrome Browser To See Messages dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

first_imgMOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend On Wednesday, however, Padda was forced to take a seat after she hurt her back lifting weights.READ: Adamson breaks skid, stops Power Smashers for first winFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Padda can still hold her own against her younger players even engaging the Lady Falcons in open practice, yet during their game against the Power Smashers the once opposite hitter coached sitting down.READ: Adamson coach Padda: Players ‘don’t believe they can win’Things got too extreme for Padda that she told her players she can’t stand up anymore.“I’m killing myself, I can’t stand up any longer,” said Padda. “I told them ‘you got to do this for me.’ I’m serious because they’re so used to seeing me on the sidelines. If I decide to sit down, I feel like I’m going to mess something up.”ADVERTISEMENT SPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I was squatting, and it wasn’t even that heavy,” said Padda after her Lady Falcons stopped the Power Smashers 25-20, 24-26, 25-19, 25-22 in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.“I was on my second set, I went down, and this pain shot up my back. I literally dropped the bar and fell. They had to bring the wheelchair in for me. It was so embarrassing.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson head coach Air Padda is a spry 31-year-old and is never the one to be contented to sit on a bench or just stand when watching her team play.Padda usually runs up and down the sidelines and jumps around whenever she gets the chance to do so.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Froome looking to make up for 2012 ‘frustration’ at Tour de France LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more