Photo library: Tourism and leisure 8

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Tourism & Leisure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Cape Town, Western Cape province: Luxury apartments look onto the marina at the V & A Waterfront, a mixed-use shopping, hotel, business and residential development set in a working harbour.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Capeprovince: The cable car up Table Mountain.Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Hout Bay. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The lighthouse at Cape Point. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The Victoria and Albert Waterfront is a shopping and entertainment complex set in a working harbour. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: A view of Table Mountain from the ferry to Robben Island. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: A guard tower on Robben Island, once an infamous jail for political prisoners, most notably Nelson Mandela.Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The manor house at Groot Constantia, one of the oldest wine farms in the Cape winelands. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The manor house at Groot Constantia, one of the oldest wine farms in the Cape winelands. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image TOURISM AND LEISURE 8:{loadposition tourism}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

Natural-Language Spellchecker After the Deadline Acquired by Automattic

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Matt Mullenweg‘s Automattic is quickly becoming the new media conglomerate to be reckoned with.The parent company behind WordPress, Automattic has been strategically scooping up hot web properties over the past couple years, from its acquiring Gravatar in 2007 to its purchasing Intense Debate, PollDaddy, and BuddyPress in 2008 and Blo.gs this year. Its latest buy is After the Deadline, a natural-language spell-checking plugin for WordPress and TinyMCE.As Mullenweg wrote shortly after Automattic received nearly $30 million in series B funding, “Automattic is now positioned to execute on our vision of a better web not just in blogging, but expanding our investment in anti-spam, wikis, forums, and more – small, open source pieces, loosely joined with the same approach and philosophy that has brought us this far.”After the Deadline is precisely such a property and continues the Automattic tradition of finding – and sometimes buying – elegant, hard-won solutions to very complex problems. A spring 2009 Y-Combinator reject, the application was developed by newbie entrepreneur Raphael Mudge, who had experience working in the U.S. Air Force Research Lab. Both Mudge and Mullenweg noted that contact was initiated by the blog software magnate read a post and a comment Mudge submitted about After the Deadline to Hacker News.Mudge plans to continue his natural language processing research and expand support to other languages. After the Deadline will remain free (as in beer) for non-commercial use, and, writes Mudge, “We hope to see others build on the service… We’re planning to open source the After the Deadline engine and the rule-sets that go with it. This will be the most comprehensive proofreading suite available under an open source license”The deal was done in July 2009, according to Mudge’s post. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img jolie odell Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Tablets Killing Desktops Faster Than Ever

first_imgThe contraction of the PC market continues faster than ever, eaten by the rapid growth of the tablet market, which is expected to outsell laptop and notebook devices for the first time this year and all PCs by 2015. But portable PCs may still be the saving grace for PC sales in the years ahead.If there is anything new about the news coming out from IDC’s Quarterly PC Tracker, it’s the increase of the rate of the PC’s decline. IDC had initially predicted a decline of “1.3% in 2013 followed by a gradual increase in volume.” Now the analyst firm is predicting a sharper decline of 7.8% in 2013 and 1.2% down in 2014.2011 may have been the “peak PC” year, when 363 million units shipped. In 2012, 349 million units shipped, with only 321.9 units predicted for the 2013 calendar year. The market is expected to recover a little – by 2017, IDC estimates that 333 million will ship.These numbers include shipments on both desktop and portable PCs, which is what IDC labels notebook and laptop PCs. That 2017 recovery will have no help from desktop PC sales: shipments are expected to drop from 148 million in 2012 to a predicted 134 million in 2013 and 124 million in 2017: a 16.5% contraction over five years.Any recovery in the market will fall squarely within the portable PC sector: shipments were 201 million in 2012, and will be down to 187 million this year, but possibly up to 210 million in 2017, which is a net 4.3% uptick for the portable sector.But where the real growth in portable devices is in the tablet sector. “T]ablet shipments are expected to grow 58.7% year-over-year in 2013 reaching 229.3 million units, up from 144.5 million units last year,” [according to the press release, “IDC now predicts tablet shipments will exceed those of portable PCs this year.“In addition, IDC expects tablet shipments to outpace the entire PC market (portables and desktops combined) by 2015,” the company reported.Tablets are not only going to be more prolific, they are going to be smaller. The IDC data is already seeing a sharp decrease in sales of tablets in the 8″-11″ size range, and a healthy increase in tablets with less than 8 inches of screen size. As you can see in the table below, by 2017, 57% of tablets will be in that sub-8″ range.Worldwide Tablet Market Share by Screen Size Band, 2011 – 2017The shrinking of tablet size means that a lot less productivity will be getting done on these devices, as smaller tablets are very much consumption devices. This may explain the predicted increase of notebook sales: people will still want portability, but they also will need a platform on which to actually work.As for the desktop PC, there looks to be no bright future in sight for the once-mighty platform. That which does not move, it seems, dies.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#PCs Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market brian proffittlast_img read more