Glamping is a term derived from the two words “glamourous camping”. Glamping is also referred to as “glam camping”, “lux camping”, “luxury camping” and many other similar phrases. Regardless of the specific terminology, the idea is the same. Glamping brings the world of luxury into nature in the most seamless way possible.
The Safety Truck consists of a wireless camera attached to the front of the truck, which is connected to a video wall made out of four exterior monitors located on the back of the truck. The monitors give drivers behind the truck a view of what is going on ahead, even in the dark of night.
This allows drivers to have a better view when deciding whether it is safe to overtake. Another advantage of the Safety Truck is that it may reduce the risk of accidents caused by sudden braking or animals crossing the road.
“The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport in northern Queens, estimates the overhaul will cost about $4 billion, most of which will go toward tearing down the Central Terminal Building, rebuilding it in place and augmenting it with a grand entry way.”
Entering the US is becoming more digital – and hopefully quicker than waiting in line for Customs and Border Projection officers, thanks to three initiatives:
Global Entry – which requires a fee and a background check, but also qualifies you for a Trusted Traveler number and TSA precheck privileges at most US airports
Automated Passport Control Kiosk – which are free to use and do not need pre-registration, and does away with the paper customs form. It’s available to US and Canadian citizens and those from countries which qualify for Visa Waiver
The Mobile Passport app which can be used today at 4 US airports. You set up your profile with passport and other details and transmit that when you land and get an encrypted barcode to scan at the express lane
Fortunately for Nokia, Google’s control of the mapping industry, combined with its prototype self-driving cars, has made a lot of powerful tech companies and automakers nervous, says Richard Wallace, director of transportation systems analysis at the nonprofit Center for Automotive Research. “If nobody is left to battle Google on map quality, maybe not this year but three years from now, then you can’t fight it when they say the price is going up,” he says. “That’s why I think this bidding war is so severe.”
It’s tough to create a database of map info that’s 100 percent reliable. (Ask Apple.) Factor in the 3D elements, public transport data, and regular addition of new cities, and Nokia probably spends about $2 billion a year on Here’s R&D, estimates analyst Horace Dediu, a former Nokia business development manager who runs researcher Asymco.
You could not tell that by watching news on TV but this UN report on its Millennium Development Goals deserves some celebration
“The MDGs helped to lift more than one billion people out of extreme poverty, to make inroads against hunger, to enable more girls to attend school than ever before and to protect our planet. They generated new and innovative partnerships, galvanized public opinion and showed the immense value of setting ambitious goals. By putting people and their immediate needs at the forefront, the MDGs reshaped decision-making in developed and developing countries alike.”
Graphs here are of progress in area of gender equality and sustainability. Many more in the report.
Of course, lots more to do, but nice to see positive momentum.
Roser (a research fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School) is an optimist. He says his charts, which cover everything from African development to violent death rates, unambiguously depict a world that is evolving for the better. Food availability and consumption are up dramatically in every region; around the world, child mortality has fallen precipitously. His favorite recent illustration is a table that shows a striking divergence in literacy rates in the Middle East between 15- to 24-year-olds and people over 65. In country after country, the younger generation’s literacy level is about 90 percent or higher compared to the more senior group. When viewed with another Roser chart that shows a strong correlation between high levels of education and democracy, prospects for the Middle East in upcoming decades become more sanguine.
In fact, the only thing that Roser appears to be pessimistic about is whether policymakers will use this type of historical data to help develop sound economic principles and policy. We should be planning for a future in which things get better with measures that equalize and improve education and tax policy and provide support for raising children in all social strata, he says. Pessimism on the part of policymakers “was more understandable 80 years ago when there was not much data and no computers to correlate it,” he says. “We have no excuse now to keep thinking that way.”
I saw the Arctic Cove products in Home Depot recently and should have taken the Cooling Towel on my trip to Texas. The product says “To activate, simply soak, wring out, and snap.” The promise: “CHILLSTIICH™ technology cools surface temperatures up to 30° when wet” Actually the Drink N Mist would have done pretty well too.
They have a much wider range of personal and space cooling products as this site shows.
In the “Technology and my Passion” series, Edgar Moore and Gretchen Lindquist had written about cruises. They are avid cruisers - they have sailed from Galveston numerous times, from San Juan twice, and additionally from Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral, Los Angeles, and Venice. They are Diamond-level members of the Royal Caribbean loyalty program, the Crown and Anchor Society.
Back from a recent cruise on the Navigator of the Seas, I was delighted when Gretchen emailed me some photos from the ship and details on how she has seen patron technology on cruise boats improve since that column six years ago.
“Royal Caribbean has definitely upgraded the IT on the ships, as their CIO Bill Martin had promised a few years ago. The display above showed our position and weather conditions throughout the cruise.
The WIFI offering was much improved over that available on our previous cruises. Whereas last year I had to book WIFI service by the minute and try to guesstimate how many minutes I would need to do a daily post on Facebook via their sluggish connection, I was pleasantly surprised that I was offered an unlimited WIFI connection for the duration of the cruise, and with my Diamond-level member discount, it was definitely less than what I paid last year for much less time. The service did not have the speed of my connection at home, but it was definitely better, and I did not have to worry about dragging a laptop to a hot spot. I could use my smartphone anywhere on the ship.
We also made good use of the touch screen devices on each deck that showed you where you were standing in relation to the deck plan, the choices of dining venues, and activities on right now and upcoming. The cruise photography service also made use of technology for faster and easier service. On prior cruises, the photographs taken on the ship were all printed out and displayed in a gallery, and finding them was a headache. All you had to go by was signage clues (e.g. Main Seating, First Formal Night), requiring that you paw through all the racks of photographs until you found your own, reviewed them, and decided to either purchase or pitch. None of that waste of time and trees on this cruise! The photographer taking your photo would ask your cabin number; when you went down to the photo gallery, you scanned your Sea Pass card, and all of your photos were displayed on a monitor. You also had a choice of buying prints or digital copies.
I should also mention that the discounts and rewards for the loyalty program were previously printed on booklets, which the cruiser had to remember to carry around, tear out and redeem via presenting the bits of paper. Now they are coded into your account, and to claim a reward, you just present your Sea Pass.
One of the staffers mentioned that more technology improvements were coming; on my next cruise, I should have an app to download to my device that will manage everything, so I am already looking forward to that.”
Four years ago, e-commerce barely figured into its bottom line. Today, it accounts for more than a quarter of the group’s revenues, which have grown by 60 percent during that same period.
Others are taking notice. Last year, Alibaba paid $250 million for a 10 percent stake in SingPost. Alibaba and SingPost are now in discussions to form a joint venture focused on e-commerce logistics in Southeast Asia.
SingPost began using the Internet as a laboratory in the early 2000s. It dabbled in various parts of the supply chain, first delivering goods from American shops to Singaporean homes. It then tried selling products on its own homegrown platform. It even dipped into the luxury goods market, starting a website called Clout Shoppe.
Then, two years ago, SingPost made its biggest digital push, creating SP eCommerce to tap into the Internet retail boom in Asia. Today, it counts nearly 1,000 companies as clients, including Philips, Uniqlo, Deckers and Muji.