One percent isn’t a large number, but one percent of all web traffic around the globe is still a lot of traffic. Accoridng to a NetMarketShare report from Net Applications, the Apple iPad is responsible now for over 1% of all web traffic in the world, and in the United States it’s more than double: approximately 2.1%.Normally it’s not terribly interesting when one device takes or gives up a percent of its web market share, but the iPad is a peculiar case. First of all, the product simply didn’t exist two years ago, and neither did the tablet market as we know it today.For a new product and a new market that didn’t exist 15 months ago, it’s fairly significant that enough people have purchased and are using the iPad to surf the web in large enough numbers to be noticeable. To compare, Net Applications notes that all smartphones and tablets only make up 5% of global web browsing, and 8.2% in the United States.The numbers say good things about the iPad, and how eager people have been to adopt the device for ostensibly what the device is best used for: browsing and using the web. At the same time, however, it finally answers the question of whether or not there’s a market for tablets: clearly there is, and the numbers prove it.The iPad’s web traffic numbers have been on the rise for months, and even though other tablet competitors have been met with skepticism from most analysts and reviewers, many consumers have embraced those devices as well. Consumers are clearly interested in tablets, and in large numbers. The real question is where that interest will peak, or whether a new device will emerge to take its place.Read morer at AllThingsD
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Hellenic Postal Service ELTA are due to release a new series of stamps next month entitled “Distinguished Greek Personalities”. The series, believed to be one of the few times Greeks in the diaspora have been commemorated in a stamp collection, will feature CEO of the Dow Chemicals and Greek Australian Andrew Liveris and CEO of Fox Entertainment Jim Giannopoulos, amongst others. By using the faces of these successful Greek personalities, with the new stamp series ELTA are aiming to project a positive image within Greece and abroad, stating that “stamps have the ability to strengthen the positive perception of the country.” The new series will be released on September 16 2013.
Luciano Spalletti has written off reports Antonio Conte met with Inter directors ahead of the Bologna game.Spalletti appears to be under intense pressure after managing to register one point in two Serie A games against Sassuolo and Torino coupled with their Coppa Italia exit to Lazio.However, the Italian gaffer pleaded for understanding and more time to arrest the rot this season.“We analyse every game to see what went wrong and can be improved. Clearly, there are things we need to do better, but the team was always in the match and it was very balanced,” insisted the Coach in his Press conference via Football Italia.“Inter could’ve gone through all the way until the final penalty of the shoot-out. We were eliminated from the Coppa Italia and the Champions League, which are important competitions, but we have to continue working on our idea of football and only after that structure is set can we aim at winning silverware.Inter are in poor form, and Luciano Spalletti has found himself coming under pressure, with Antonio Conte linked as a replacement. https://t.co/fZSEGsw5ob— Sportskeeda Football (@SK_Football) February 2, 2019Karsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“I realise fans have little patience left, because Inter haven’t won anything for many years, but I cannot shoulder all the blame for years in which Inter got further away from trophies rather than getting closer.“It takes time and there’s no need to throw the baby out with the bathwater.”The pressure on Spalletti grew after Conte was spotted outside the Inter HQ and said “no comment” when asked if he had met with Marotta.“When you keep repeating the same story, it seems like you are trying to create controversy where there is none.“Conte can go where he wants, it’s only right that Marotta tries to secure what is best for Inter’s future, but you are painting him in an unprofessional light. He knows what he’s doing and you are suggesting he is acting like an amateur and not a professional.“For a start, why would he meet someone at the club headquarters? It doesn’t hold water. What people are writing is so ridiculous. It becomes a strategy at that point, not remotely credible.”
Most of the 180,000-plus customers of Clark Public Utilities likely have never met Mick Shutt.But they’ve probably heard his voice.Shutt has served as Clark’s public spokesman for 32 years. Besides explaining everything from routine power outages to the intricacies of the Northwest electric grid to news reporters, Shutt, 62, has lent his voice to the utility’s radio advertising spots. He will go off the air for good at the end of this year.“He’s kind of one in a million, in my estimation,” said PUD Commissioner Byron Hanke, who, as a utility manager, hired Shutt in 1978. “And he’s certainly proved his ability by the longevity that he’s enjoyed.”Shutt started out as a radio news reporter in his hometown, Wenatchee. After several moves and job changes, Shutt landed in Southwest Washington. His baritone voice has resonated here on radio and television commercials ever since.Shutt takes responsibility for instigating the utility’s presence on public airwaves.At the time he was hired, the utility’s public outreach amounted to a 4-by-5-inch newspaper ad that ran every Friday.“Being a radio guy, I thought we needed to do some other stuff,” he said.Informational adsCritics have questioned over the years why a business with a built-in customer base — essentially anyone who uses electricity — advertises at all.Shutt said the utility focuses on informational advertising that largely revolves around energy efficiency and conservation. In fact, as a public utility, Clark is in the curious position of encouraging its customers to consume less of the product it sells. By tamping down long-term energy demand, the theory goes, the utility minimizes the need to build expensive new power plants.
A $2 million federal grant will allow C-Tran to purchase four new hybrid buses, according to the agency.The grant, announced this week by the Federal Transit Administration, is part of the “State of Good Repair” program that awards money to agencies across the nation. C-Tran plans to replace four of its older buses with the newer hybrid model.After the purchases, C-Tran will have 20 hybrid buses in its fleet. The four new 40-foot vehicles will cost about $705,000 each. C-Tran plans to use dollars from a previous grant to cover the cost of the new buses, said public affairs director Scott Patterson.C-Tran’s grant was one of 14 State of Good Repair awards given out to Washington agencies, according to the FTA.
Another round of winter weather will hit Washington and Oregon as a strong cold front moves inland late tonight. After a mild start, Wednesday will see falling temperatures and lowering snow levels.So today will be rainy and mild and then it returns to more wintry conditions the rest of the week. Will we get any snow at city levels? That is the big question. We may have cold enough air aloft but not enough moisture for much accumulation. But as always, these things are usually a last-minute event like the one on New Year’s Eve.It is safe to say that we most likely will see snow in the air and the heavier showers could leave light accumulations even at sea level. Enough to chain up or put those studs on? At this point, I doubt it, unless you are heading up to the mountains. While we dry out a bit Thursday and Friday more moisture will come from B.C. but stay off the coast as it heads toward California; Southern Oregon may be in the bulls-eye for snow.The mountains will get snow for sure, and even the foothills down to 1,000 feet. Avalanche levels went up on Monday as rain fell on the snow causing unstable conditions.I mentioned in Sunday’s column that we might reach 50 degrees on Monday — we surpassed that with a 53 degree high temperature. Almost springlike, wasn’t it? We haven’t been so warm since Dec. 10.
An LNG tanker fills up at the ConocoPhillips liquid natural gas export facility in Nikiski, Alaska. A state-led LNG export project would ship gas from the North Slope to a nearby facility, before exporting it to countries in Asia. The state’s gasline corporation is currently seeking a private contractor to help it move through the federal permitting process. (Photo courtesy of ConocoPhillips)Alaska’s gasline corporation is planning to hire a private contractor to help it through the federal permitting process.Listen nowThe move comes after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) sent a letter to the state, asking for help. FERC is the lead agency doing the environmental and engineering review of the Alaska LNG project.“And in this case it is for the fire protection review,” Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Senior Vice President Frank Richards said. “That’s essentially examining the engineering plans and drawings that we’ve provided to them to make sure that they’re in compliance with code and good engineering practices.”Rchards says there’s a staffing shortage at the federal commission and they’re looking to outsource some of project review they usually do in-house.Last week, Bloomberg News reported a backlog of permit reviews at the federal commission, citing potential delays of 12 to 18 months.But, Richards said he met with staff from the federal commission after the state received the letter and they didn’t say there would be any delays in the schedule for permitting Alaska’s project.“I received no indication from FERC that that schedule is going to be slipped,” Richards said.Currently, Alaska’s gasline project is on an 18-month timeline to get through the environmental review — that schedule would see a final environmental review of the project by late 2019.
A Prothom Alo IllustrationA suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Monday.The deceased was Mufizur Rahman, 40, son of Golam Akbar of Hoaikang union’s Ulubunia Katakhali area of Teknaf upazila. He was a listed drug peddler.According to information given by Mufizur, a police team conducted a drive at a secret place to recover arms and drugs around 4:00am, said Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf police station.When the team reached the spot Mufizur’s cohorts opened fire on the law enforcers forcing them to fire back in self-defence that triggered the gunfight, leaving him bullet injured, he said.Police took bullet-hit Mufizur to Sadar Hospital where doctors declared him dead.According to the human rights organisation, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.In the first four months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 115, the rights body said on its website.
There have been many theories regarding the reason for the changes in brightness, including multiple comets passing in front of it, a gas cloud, or an alien structure—but none have come close to being provable. Because of that, space scientists have been hoping and waiting for another dimming event to occur, an opportunity to examine the light changes in a variety of ways. Specifically, they would like to have multiple telescopes studying its spectra at the same time—if the light from the star is suddenly passing through a gas cloud, for example, researchers could tell by the way it impacts the light, even offering which types of chemicals might be in the gas. Examining the spectra over time would also allow scientists to discern if there is an object moving between us and the star.Making things difficult for the researchers was that dimming events are not periodic—they have instead proved to be quite unpredictable. That is why this new event has the space community excited, because it might be an opportunity to solve the mystery. To that end, word has gone out to telescope operators across the globe, even to amateurs, to suspend current activities and instead focus on Tabby’s star for as long as possible. Once the dimming event is over, it is hoped that massive amounts of data will have been collected which can be pored over by novices and experts alike, all searching for an answer for the strange dimming.ALERT:@tsboyajian’s star is dippingThis is not a drill.Astro tweeps on telescopes in the next 48 hours: spectra please!— Jason Wright (@Astro_Wright) May 19, 2017@ajebson @NASAKepler @LCO_Global @keckobservatory @AAVSO @nexssinfo @NASA @NASAHubble @Astro_Wright @BerkeleySETI @ESO its 2% in r’ band and looks like its the start pic.twitter.com/TjJdSY2ar9— Tabetha Boyajian (@tsboyajian) May 19, 2017 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Tabby’s star dims again, multiple telescopes to examine its spectra (2017, May 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-tabby-star-dims-multiple-telescopes.html Credit: @tsboyajian (Phys.org)—Telescope operators around the world have been notified that “Boyajian’s star” (officially known as KIC 8462852) has dimmed again, offering space researchers a unique opportunity to study the star, which has baffled scientists ever since its discovery by a team at Yale University in 2015 led by Tabetha Boyajian. Subsequently nicknamed Tabby’s star, it has been found to dim periodically to differing degrees, which cannot be attributed to a planet passing between it and us. At one point in time, it was found to have dimmed approximately 22 percent—by comparison, if a planet the size of Jupiter was to pass in front of our own star, an observer 1,300 light years away (the distance that Tabby’s star is from us), would see just a 3 percent reduction of light. Latest study of Tabby’s star offers more weirdness Explore further
Kolkata: Senior cabinet ministers in the state on Thursday sharply reacted to the Centre’s privatisation move in which various public sector units are being handed over to private companies.The ruling party in the state moved a motion in the Assembly, protesting against the decision taken by the Centre. The leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Abdul Mannan and CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty also supported the move and echoed the voice of the government on the Centre’s stand. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataState Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said that as many as 26 PSUs have been liquidated by the Narendra Modi government in the last five years. Many others will either be liquidated or shut down by the Centre in the course of time. “What Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on privatisation is a dangerous trend. He said the government’s job is to run the government and it will not do business. Selling out PSU units is an attempt by the Centre to hide their failure. There have been attempts to sell out Navratna and Miniratna companies as well,” Chattopadhyay said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe also criticised the decision taken by the Vice-Chairman of Niti Aayog on the issue of privatisation. Foreign investments are being encouraged at the cost of state public sector units. He also criticised the Centre for changing the labour law, thereby infringing upon the rights of the workers. The workers have been denied bonus and gratuity. Even the right to strike for the workers has been withdrawn. Speaking on the issue, Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee said in the Assembly that various Centre owned units are being sold at a lower price and unemployment is gradually going up in the country. He also said that the matter would be discussed with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “The Centre had promised to bring back black money from foreign banks. But in reality the Centre is selling out its profitable units. There have even been attempts to hurt the sentiments of people in Bengal. The rail budget for Bengal has been slashed down drastically. They are also trying to financially bankrupt the state,” Partha Chatterjee said. The state government would urge the Centre to dissuade from selling out the profitable units after the motion taken up by both the ruling party and the oppositions gets passed in the Assembly.