Vincent Callebaut unveils ambitious sustainable mall concept

The Wooden Orchids project, by Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Regular readers are likely familiar with Vincent Callebaut’s futuristic output by now, and the Belgian architect is at it again with a new project that follows in much the same vein as its predecessors. The Wooden Orchids project envisions a large sustainable shopping mall in Jiangxi Province, China, that boasts solar and wind power, geothermal heating, rainwater recycling, and a design that’s part-inspired by the orchid.

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Apple exec says cars are the ‘ultimate mobile device’

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An Apple executive believes that cars are the ultimate mobile devices. His statement at a recent conference is only fueling rumors of the tech giant developing an automobile.

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The Convention Centre Dublin deploys Meru 802.11ac Wi-Fi to support international business visitors

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Premier Irish business venue replaces old network with Meru Gigabit Wi-Fi and unique channel layering technology

Meru Networks® a leader in intelligent Wi-Fi networking, today announced that international business venue, The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) has replaced its Cisco® WLAN with a Meru 802.11ac Wi-Fi to support the high density of mobile devices used in its facilities, which include a 2,000-seat auditorium and several large meeting spaces. Event attendees and exhibitors make extensive use of the Internet, email, VoIP and other voice and video applications during concerts, trade shows and other events.

Meru worked with IT Group (ITR), a Meru gold partner, to replace the existing Cisco wireless network with Meru AP822 access points and Meru Network Manager, following a formal tender process involving a number of wireless vendors and trial period. As part of the trial, Meru introduced The CCD to its virtual cell technology and the concept of channel layering, a unique capability of Meru’s architecture. By deploying for coverage using only a single channel, the other channels can be layered to provide capacity for high-density areas.

“As a venue for the international business community, our technology has to be world-class and this is particularly true of the Wi-Fi,” said Robert Henderson, Head of Technology at The CCD. “What used to be a ‘nice-to-have’ a few years ago is now mission-critical with the explosion of mobile devices. Most visitors use two-and-a-half devices on average and supporting this with our previous wireless network would have been unthinkable. We upgraded to a robust .11ac solution designed to meet the growth, changes and needs of business Wi-Fi users today.”

As a purpose-built world-class convention centre in the heart of Dublin, The CCD attracts visitors from all around the world to conferences and exhibitions and has hosted more than 1,000 events since it opened in 2010. Designed by award-winning Irish-born architect Kevin Roche, it boasts a unique glass-fronted atrium running the full height of the building, and includes 22 purpose-built meeting rooms, auditorium with full theatrical stage and fly tower, and 4,500 square metres of exhibition space.

Henry Batten, Ireland Country Manager at Meru, added: “Providing reliable Wi-Fi in high profile public spaces like The CCD is critical for the success of that venue, where failure to do so can be catastrophic. Working with The CCD and our partner ITR has shown just how we can deliver ultra-high density, high-speed and above all reliable connections in challenging areas with large numbers of simultaneous users.”

The Convention Centre Dublin

The Convention Centre Dublin was developed to provide a world-class conference venue in the heart of Ireland’s capital city. Located 20 minutes from the airport in Dublin’s Docklands, the finance and technology hub of the city, The CCD is positioned to entice the international business tourism market. Since The CCD opened in September 2010, it has hosted over 1,000 events and has won 27 industry awards. The venue’s clients include Terradata, NetApp, Google, Microsoft, Intel and SAP.

About Meru Networks

Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) is a leader in intelligent 802.11ac Wi-Fi solutions delivering uninterrupted user experience for education, healthcare, hospitality and enterprise. The Meru open-standards-based architecture is designed to enable unified management of wired and wireless networks. Its end-to-end application QoS enables enforceable service-level agreements. Meru provides top performance and high capacity in high-density environments.

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Ed Sheeran Refused To Give A 9-Year-Old Fan Her First Kiss! Read His HIGHlarious Re-Telling Of The Smooch Denial HERE!

Ed Sheeran has no problem kissing a fully grown man on NBC‘s hit comedy Undateable

But, Don’t ask him to kiss your young daughter, because he’s totally not gonna do it!

The singer was meeting fans in San Francisco recently when he was approached by one woman with a somewhat strange request.

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She presented Ed with her nine-year-old daughter, and asked the songwriter to plant a big smooch on her.


Ed explained to Entertainment Weekly:

“She wanted me to be her daughter’s first kiss – and her daughter was nine. She was like, ‘Well, Carrie Underwood did it for this 11-year-old boy last week.'”

However, the hitmaker politely declined.

But, Ed! Carrie Underwood did it! What’s wrong?

Turns out, the Thinking Out Loud singer has a pretty good reason for saying no:

“If Carrie Underwood kisses an 11-year-old boy, he goes to school the next day and they go, ‘Oh, you absolute lad!’ If a nine-year-old girl goes into school and goes, ‘I got kissed by a 24-year-old yesterday’, police are being called, you know?”

We totes agree! But maybe next time a kiss on the cheek won’t hurt?

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Get Six Pack Abs in 6 Moves

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The hallmark of fitness is a nice six pack, because it not only represents a certain level of effort in the gym, but also maintaining a relatively low bodyfat percentage.

For this, both diet and exercise play important roles, but the reward is a set of abs that are the envy of everyone you know. Here are six ab exercises to get you that highly sought, but rarely achieved, holy grail; the six pack.

The Workout Program

Perform one set of each exercise 3 times a week. These exercises are of sufficient difficulty that one set will be a good start. Shoot for a rep range of 8-12. Once you can consistently get 15 reps with good form, and still make it through the workout, add another set.

Rest: 90-120 seconds

1) The Pike

Lie faceup with your legs straight, arms at your sides, palms facing down. Raise your legs and torso 45 degrees off the floor. (You should look like a “V”.) Reach your hands alongside your legs as high as you can without rounding your back.

Key Point: This one is tough, but focus on contracting the abs to move your body.

2) Cable Side Bend

Attach a D-handle to a low-pulley cable and stand so your left side faces the weight stack. Grasp the handle with your left hand, keeping your arm by your side, and place your right hand on your hip. With your head facing forward, slowly bend to the left. Return to standing, repeat for reps, then switch sides.

Key Point: Granted, obliques aren’t abs, but this movement is an integral part of any ab workout.

3) Weighted Crunch

Lie faceup with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Extend your arms toward your knees, holding a lightweight plate with both hands. Keeping your arms extended, slowly lift your head and shoulders off the floor moving into a full crunch.

Key Point: Again, focus on contracting your abs to do the work. Use a light weight and anchor your feet if needed.

4) Overhead Crunch

Lie faceup with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor and arms extended overhead with your hands clasped together. (Your upper arms should be alongside your ears.) Keeping your arms straight and alongside your head, curl your torso forward, raising your shoulders off the floor. Pause, then return to the start.

Key Point: Another great way to hit the abs with extra overload. Perform shortly after the Weighted Crunch for a deep burn.

5) Ball Planks

Get into a push-up position on an exercise ball: hands shoulder-width apart on the floor and your legs extended behind you, feet up on a ball. Maintain a straight line from head to toe, and push back slightly such that your arms are out in front of you. Hold this position for up to 60 seconds.

Key Point: This ain’t your grandma’s plank. Your abs and entire midsection will be screaming by the end of this.

6) Windshield Wipers

Lie faceup and tuck your hands under your pelvis, palms down. Keeping your legs straight and feet together, raise your legs so your heels point toward the ceiling. With your head and shoulders flat on the mat, lift your glutes off the floor and lift your feet toward the ceiling. At the top of the movement, twist your hips to the left (your feet should point to the left). Lower your legs back to the start (feet suspended off the floor), then lift up and twist to the right. Alternate sides for reps.

Key Point: A great way to finish off your abs. Start with your hips on the ground if needed and progress to the exercise as described.

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Apple Adds High-End 15″ Retina MacBook Pro to List of Macs Supporting Dell’s 5K Display

dell_up2715k_5kApple has updated a support document on its website to reflect that the high-end 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, equipped with AMD Radeon R9 M370X graphics, is capable of driving Dell’s dual-cable UP2715K 27-inch 5K display. Apple initially released OS X 10.10.3 in April with support for the dual-cable 5K monitor on the Retina 5K iMac and 2013 Mac Pro, but no notebooks supported the display at the time.

Dual-Cable Displays

Some displays with resolutions higher than 4K require two DisplayPort cables to connect the display at full resolution. With OS X Yosemite v10.10.3 or later, the Dell UP2715K 27-inch 5K display is supported on the following Mac computers:

Mac Pro (Late 2013)
iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014 and later)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015) with AMD Radeon R9 M370X

Dell’s dual-cable 5K display requires more bandwidth than is currently supported over a current single DisplayPort cable, so it uses a dual-cable solution that takes up two Thunderbolt ports on a Mac. The availability of Intel’s Skylake platform with DisplayPort 1.3 support later this year will enable Apple to update Macs with support for external 5K displays that function over a single cable, at which point the company could theoretically release a 5K Thunderbolt Display.

Apple initially listed the high-end 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with AMD Radeon graphics as capable of supporting an ultra-wide display with up to 5,120-by-2,160 resolution at 60Hz, but has since updated the notebook’s technical specifications to reflect its ability to drive a single external display at up to 5,120-by-2,880 resolution.

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