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Long March 5 rocket being fueled for Sunday launch

Le 10 août 2017, 05:27 dans Humeurs 0

Workers at the Wenchang Space Launch Center began pumping fuel into a Long March 5 heavy-lift rocket that is set to be launched on Sunday, according to the China National Space Administration.

 

The fueling started at 4:30 pm Saturday at the Wenchang center in Hainan province, the administration said in a news release, noting the rocket will place the Shijian 18 communications satellite into orbit.

 

If the mission succeeds, it will mark the completion of the Long March 5's trial run, it noted.

 

As China's first-generation heavy-lift rocket, the Long March 5 has a liftoff weight of 870 metric tons, a maximum payload capacity of 25 tons to low Earth orbit and 14 tons to geosynchronous transfer orbit.

 

Its first flight was carried out in November at the Wenchang center.

Apple Watch sales up over 50% since last year

Le 3 août 2017, 05:56 dans Humeurs 0

Apple Watch sales are up more than 50 percent since last year, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. He mentioned this when discussing Apple’s strong third-quarter results on the investor call Tuesday.

 

Overall, Apple beat analyst expectations with $1.67 per share, versus the anticipated $1.57 per share. Revenue was $45.4 billion, when Wall Street forecast $44.89 billion.

 

Shares were quickly up 5 percent in initial after-hours trading on the good news, but one often overlooked category is “other products,” where they group in the performance of things like Apple Watches, Apple TVs, Beats electronics, iPods and Apple-branded accessories.

 

This category brought in $2.74 billion in revenue and is up 23 percent since the same period last year. One product that is contributing to the annual revenue growth is AirPods, the wireless earbuds that Apple released in December of last year. (I personally think they look a tad dorky, but everyone I know who has them loves the sound quality.)

 

Since all AirPod revenue is new and the Apple Watch is up more than 50 percent since last year, that means most of the other products in the category likely saw much slower growth or even some declines since the weighted average is lower, at a positive 23 percent. But without knowing approximately what revenue percentage Apple Watch accounts for, we don’t know for sure.

 

One analyst, Ben Bajarin from Creative Strategies, estimates that Apple Watch sold two to three million devices BU BBA.

 

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It’s not clear why sales are up so significantly. Some people have suggested that compatibility with AirPods have helped sales. It also probably helps that fitness trackers like Fitbit are struggling and Jawbone is going out of business. Also, since the release dates were staggered, a September 2016 watch is more current than an April 2015 watch was in the same period last year BU BBA.

 

“Other products” is down 5 percent since quarter two of this year, but there tends to be a seasonality to retail products. Also it’s been a while since the September 2016 release of the Apple Watch second generation product and Apple TV hasn’t had a new product since October 2015, so a quarterly decline is not surprising.

 

Then there’s Beats Electronics, which the company spent $3 billion to buy in 2014. The Dr. Dre-branded headphones have a cult following, but there’s also a lot of competition.

 

As for iPods, most Apple fans own an iPhone by now, so it’s hard to see why people would buy a separate product with overlapping capabilities University network.

 

Let’s hope Apple gives us a more detailed breakdown of all the “other products.”

Building for a better tomorrow

Le 13 juillet 2017, 05:17 dans Humeurs 0

Song Yingqian is on a roll. She was desperate to live in an apartment in a new energy-saving building along with thousands of other property hopefuls.

 

The development was so popular that the "new tenants" were selected through a lottery process.

 

Luckily, Song's name popped out of the computer. Now, she can eventually buy the flat if she lives there for more than five years.

 

"I was so fortunate," the 32-year-old accountant, who works in Beijing, said.

 

Indeed, she is because her two-bedroom apartment, like all the others in the bloc, has the latest green technologies.

 

"Solar water heaters are in every apartment," Song said. "It will save me 450 yuan ($66.2) on my electricity bills annually.

 

"The building also has energy-efficient elevators and hallway lights in public areas," she added.

 

Gardens also surround the development in the northwest Haidian district of Beijing, with the tower blocks designed to maximize "sunlight and rainwater for irrigation".

 

Buildings such as the one Song will move into are the future in a city that suffers from congestion and pollution.

 

Data is sparse on the construction of green residental property. But overall the construction industry in China is expected to exceed $1 trillion by 2020, with an annual growth rate of 4.7 percent.

 

"The proportion of green residential developments will also continue to increase during the same period," BMI Research stated, although again figures are scarce.

 

China has the largest construction sector in the world and is redoubling its efforts to create cleaner, smarter and safer buildings.

 

Green property tends to be environmentally friendly and energy efficient. This also includes the building materials and design rent handbags.

 

In the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20), China set out goals for green building construction and renovation. By 2020, at least 50 percent of new urban buildings have to be certified as "green".

 

To help jump-start this transformation, leading engineers and scientists in China, together with overseas experts, have been working closely on building technologies and solutions.

 

Among the list of priorities is energy and water reduction as well as carbon emissions from building sites dr bk laser.

 

In March, China's Center of Science and Technology and Industrialization Development, under the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, improved the labeling system for green buildings in the country.

 

The Green Building Evaluation Label, or Three-Star Rating System, evaluates projects based on six categories, including land, energy, water and material efficiency.

 

The rating system was built around software developed by International Financial Corp, a member of the World Bank Group. It also encouraged the use of geothermal, hydropower, wind, and biomass energy over traditional fossil fuel options such as coal.

 

"The initiative will create an international platform to enable continuous improvements of China's green building labeling system," said Song Ling, vice-director of the Green Building Development Department at CSTID Tin Hau Temple.

 

Construction companies are also putting together partnerships to promote sustainable and green building practices.

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