first_imgShare This!With the grand opening of Galaxy’s Edge being counted in hours away instead of days, weeks, months, or years, the excitement is in a fever pitch. One exciting bit of news for fans of Star Wars is that the one and only John Williams wrote the musical score for this new land and the music was performed by the illustrious London Symphony Orchestra.You can see video of the recording session here along with some amazing drone footage from construction.And, in great news for Star Wars fans, the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite, a 5-minute track that brings the feel of the classic scores with all new majesty, is now available for purchase on iTunes and on Apple Music. As would be expected, the music is simply epic.Take a listen and let us know what you think in the comments. Does that really help build the excitement for this new land?last_img read more

first_imgSouth Africa took the game to the Brazilians and forced them onto the defensive. The South Americans, though, scored against the run of play to take the lead. After they had clinched third place with a win over Japan, coach Solly Luvhengo told a press conference: “When you work so hard, you always deserve to get something from your hard work. You saw us celebrating on the pitch. But we were not celebrating third position, we were celebrating the results of hard work.” “If we get more time together, these actions will start synchronising themselves and we will get much, much better.” 6 June 2012 While Bafana Bafana struggled against lower-ranked Ethiopia, South Africa’s under-20 football team held their own against the world’s best in an eight-nation tournament which ended in Cape Town on the weekend. The home team had missed out on the final in a penalty shootout against eventual champions Brazil. “I felt we deserved to have been in the final,” Luvhengo said. Semi-finalsAmajita faced a daunting challenge in the semi-finals, taking on five-time under-20 World Cup champions Brazil. However, the hosts were far from intimidated and produced an excellent performance. Ghana, the winner of the World Cup in 2009, were South Africa’s next opponents. “Amajita” finished third after a string of impressive results against very strong opposition, including some of the game’s traditional powerhouses, who have won 11 under-20 World Cup titles between them. Finishing“I’m not happy with the finishing, we must work on that,” he added. “Maybe at some moments we switch off a little bit. That’s expected at youth level, but as a coach you need to keep your players on their toes and keep reminding them. In their third game, coach Solly Luvhengo’s charges took on Nigeria, a country that South Africa has traditionally struggled against at all levels of the game. Brazil went on to lift the title, defeating Argentina 2-0 in the final after extra time. “Sometimes you work hard and you don’t get anything. But I’ll take the bronze medal and build from that.” Top goal scorerStriker Thabani Mthembu scored five times in five matches to lift the Top Goal-Scorer award, while midfielder Snethemba Ngidi was one of three nominees for Player of the Tournament, which ultimately went to Brazil’s Misael Bueno. “It was disappointing not to, but I told the players ahead of the play-off against Japan – go and reward yourselves for your hard work [by picking up a medal]. The game went straight to penalties and after a tense shootout the hosts emerged victors by seven goals to six. Assessing the overall performance of his charges, Luvhengo said: “I’m very happy with the work ethic. I’m very happy with the team spirit. I’m very happy with the chances we are creating. Impressive winPlaying an exciting brand of football once again, Amajita recorded an impressive 2-0 victory over a team that had opened their account with a superb 3-2 win over traditional continental powerhouse Nigeria. Amajita dominated the first half and were rewarded with a two-goal lead. Thembu headed in his second goal of the tournament and Junior Sibande scored after a goalmouth scramble. Although there were no further goals, South Africa continued to impress in the second stanza. Penalty shootout loss Third place playoffBrazil and Argentina were left to contest an all-South American final after the Argentina edged Japan 1-0, leaving Amajita to tackle the Japanese in the playoff for third and fourth places. Mthembu levelled for South Africa only four minutes after the hosts had conceded, but 10 minutes later a defensive error gifted Brazil a second goal. Taking lessons from each match, they showed progress from game to game as they ironed out chinks in their defence and found a cutting edge on attack. With bronze medals up for grabs, Maselaelo Seango put South Africa ahead in the 23rd minute, but Japan scored a goal against the run of play 20 minutes from time to make the final score in the playoff match one-all. South Africa dictated play for most of the contest, but after missing a number of opportunities had to wait until five minutes from time to score the decisive goal. Jerry Mxabo struck the winner, volleying a cross into the back of the Nigerian net to ensure a South African victory and a place in the semi-finals. Argentina, the winner of five of those World Cups, offered a very difficult challenge to South Africa in the host’s first game. The South Americans recorded a 3-1 win, but their coach Marcelo Trobbiani admitted the score-line had flattered his charges. South Africa gave as good as they got in a back-and-forth clash, but Argentina finished better to take the victory. Thabani Mthembu, on as a substitute, netted the home team’s goal. The home team put Brazil under heavy pressure as they sought a winner, but the match went into extra time. South Africa had the better of the chances in extra time, but the game was left to be settled by penalties. Unfortunately for South Africa, they went down four-three from the spot. Amajita pushed hard for an equaliser and after some narrow misses were rewarded eight minutes from time when Mthembu headed in a cross from Junior Sibande. Amajita were certainly one of the most entertaining teams, if not the most entertaining team, in the tournament. Their passing and speed on attack were hallmarks of the side. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgEnterprises are expected to spend on average 34 percent of their IT budgets on cloud hosting and services in 2017, according to 451 Research.  That’s up from 28 percent 2016.The breakdown of cloud spending is as follows:31 percent – infrastructure42 percent – application services14 percent – managed services9 percent – security services5 percent – professional services for cloud enablementLiam Eagle, research manager at 451 Research, said that “the market for managed infrastructure and application services is a longer tail market, with greater opportunities for providers who emphasise expertise in operating, optimizing and securing the infrastructure and application products they deliver.”last_img read more

first_imgTags:#Autonomous car#Britain#Internet of Things#IoT#LUTZ Pathfinder#LUTZ project#Pod Zero#pods#RDM Group#Self-Driving#UK Related Posts RDM Group, the firm responsible for the LUTZ Pathfinder –  a single seat autonomous car that drives on paths – plans to launch multiple new pods at this week’s Automechanika event.The firm will launch three new driverless pods that fit two, four, and eight people, according to the Coventry Telegraph. See Also: Will Tesla go fully self-driving before the Model 3?Unlike other automakers that are attempting to build autonomous systems into pre-existing models, RDM Group went for a striking redesign with the PathFinder. We should expect a funky design for Pod Zero, which RDM claims is perfect for airports, shopping centers, and theme parks, where transport is limited. “This is a massive day for our company and puts us right at the forefront of driverless pod manufacturing,” said David Keene, chief executive of RDM Group. “Pod Zero represents the next generation of pod and features different drivetrain, steering systems and a new striking interior that is dominated by video screens that can play adverts, information videos or showcase the view from outside.”Looking for revenue from…ads?RDM is banking on advertising to be the money maker for its driverless project. Instead of the person sitting inside the pod focusing on the road (or path), it wants them to interact with the iPads during their journey.“We have taken learning from the LUTZ project and moved it on significantly so we now have a manufacturing process that could be ramped up to meet more than £15m of anticipated new orders,” said Keene. The LUTZ project was part of the UK Government’s Transport System Catapult Autodrive project. The new pods will have a range of 60 miles, not great when compared to cars, but enough for short trips in public places. It has a top speed of 15 mph, which should allow Pod Zero to remain on the pathways. RDM has also ensured that the pod is accessible for disabled people and has provided wheelchair access. Pods might be one of the emerging technologies that we’re just starting to see enter the market. We’ve already heard that disabled and old people will benefit the most from self-driving, and the pods could be another way for people with difficulties walking long distance to get around easily.  IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… David Curry Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and…last_img read more

first_imgThe Intel Small Business profile series focuses on small business owners and how they are reacting to the demands and opportunities presented by emergent technology.“The best karaoke experience is simply about connecting with friends and singing together. At Voicebox that means private suites, an inviting space, exciting food and drink, and exceptional service.”When Voicebox Karaoke opened its doors in 2008, the purpose was solely to bring a more personalized touch to karaoke. Scott Simon, founder and president of Voicebox, wanted to bring an Asian-influenced box style to Portland, OR karaoke aficionados, and the business caught on fast. With a total of 13 employees last year, Voicebox now staffs over 25 and is only continuing to grow as it expands its locations and its partnerships via Voicebox Industries. They cater to a clientele as vast as children’s birthday parties and bachelorette parties, witnessing a variety in customer-base on an hour-to-hour, day-by-day basis. And for Simon, technology represents the heart of the his brand experience.Voicebox is a small business with a big IT footprint; its current infrastructure is almost entirely dependent upon internet — right down to the POS system — and the entire guest experience revolves around technology. Each room is its own devoted karaoke stage, complete with multiple televisions, disco lights, several microphones, and remote-controlled song selection. The interactive tech that serves to build a greater sense of connectedness has proven to be the key selling point for Voicebox, so Simon considers himself lucky that all the business founders are technically-savvy.With no designated IT person to date, Simon and his fellow executives have embraced a DIY mindset until recently, at which point they decided to enlist a third party to help field the growth the business is currently undergoing. One of the main challenges Simon faces today is the rate at which his tech must scale alongside his business; the hunt for a partner who can grow with the complex demands of Voicebox has been challenging, and Simon has turned to Intel to alleviate his current needs.Voicebox is powered by the Intel NUC for a computing solution that’s low in overhead but high in performance. They also recommend and install Intel NUC for their Voicebox Industries partners. “The combination of power and form-factor in the NUC is exactly what we were looking for. Having the Intel name behind it and the quality of the build is a big thing for us. The construction quality has been really good,” states Simon. And as the business continues to grow, he imagines Intel technology will remain a core part of his infrastructure. “Creating value is a virtue,” says Simon.For Simon, the ultimate competitive edge has been derived from investing in technology that will create value and a better human experience. Rather than saving on the initial investment, he prefers to embrace emerging technology that will challenge legacy systems and bring about a greater guest experience. If you’re a small business owner focusing on long-term goals, saving money in the short-term — such as retaining old systems for fear of wasting money on new solutions — can lead to losing money in the long-term.Here at Intel, we recognize that more and more small businesses are dealing with greater IT footprints yet lack to staff to oversee increasing demand. Every day, we continue to build our resources for small business owners hunting for that perfect solution.To continue the conversation and stay up to date on the latest Intel Small Business profile, follow us at @EmpowerSmallbiz or use #IntelSmallBiz.last_img read more