Archive for April, 2013

North Korea Tourism ‘Booming’ Despite Nuclear Threats

Travel Weekly April 25, 2013 at 7:03 am

State-sanctioned travel operators in North Korea says that business is booming despite the nation’s threats of nuclear war against South Korea and the U.S. They have been accepting tourists who wish to visit the secretive country for several years now.

north korea tourismA 23-year old British tourist, Richie Fenner, who had visited North Korea 20 times, recalls how different this elusive country is to other nations he visited. It has a smaller population than most of its neighboring countries, it has less traffic, less pollution and no commercial advertisements are on sight.

He later on invested in a travel company called YPT(Young Pioneers Tours) and served as a tourist guide. YPT’s tagline is “Adventure travel to destinations your mother would rather you stayed away from.”

Last year, the small firm made up of just seven personnel brought 500 curious travelers to North Korea. Fenner predicts that this number will increase to about 800 this year.

Aleksandra Sagan of CBS News has more on the story at this site.

Philips Reveals More Energy-Efficient Light

Tech Week April 15, 2013 at 1:04 am

Lighting company Philips has developed an LED light, described as the world’s most energy efficient.

Philips said the new prototype tube lighting LED is twice as efficient as those currently used in offices but gives the same amount of light. This means that this new lamp could bring huge cost and energy savings.

The prototype tube lighting produces 200 lumens per watt (200lm/W) compared with 100lm/W for equivalent strip lighting and 15lm/W for traditional light bulbs.

According to Rene van Schooten, chief executive of light source and electronics at Philips, this is a major breakthrough in LED lighting and will further drive the transformation of the lighting industry.

Compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, LED bulbs are more efficient because less energy loss through heat.

Philips plans to sell the light by 2015, replace the traditional lighting.

Find out more about this new LED light in this article from BBC.

Amazon Is Still King

E-Paper Weekly April 8, 2013 at 3:58 am

Launched in a garage in Bellevue, Washington, Amazon rose to be the world’s top online retailer. Since its inception in 1994, it continuous to defy competitors and critics alike.

It is now the world’s largest online retailer with the Amazon Kindle controlling 45 % of all e-book sales. That data alone is proof of the continued reign of the retailer up to this day.

Amazon was founded by former hedge fund manager Jeff Bezos. It is now a global company with operations in 11 countries including France, Germany, China, and Japan.

It employs 88, 400 people and its stocks are valued at $120.6 billion. In 2012, it generated sales of $61 billion and share value rose by 30 % from last year.

From selling books, Amazon diversified to selling CDs, DVDs, and games among others. It continues to expand and offer new services such as online storage and web hosting.

Sarah Butler tells more about Amazon’s technological prowess.