The Hofburg and Schonbrunn imperial palaces are two of the many attractions that lure visitors such as Bill Mulrow to Austria’s capital city of Vienna. Its 100 museums and a music tradition that included Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms add to the appeal of Vienna as a popular destination for world travelers.
Vienna is the largest city in Austria with a population of 1.7 million people. On his visit, Bill Mulrow was impressed by the Vienna’s enormous size, which makes planning essential for taking advantage of all the city’s many sites.
Popular Vienna Attractions
The Spanish Riding School is a popular attraction that is familiar to most visitors to the city. As the home of the Lipizzaner stallions, the equestrian performances to classical music under shimmering chandeliers transport visitors to the imperial days of the Hapsburg dynasty. Public performances by the Lipizzaner stallions normally are held on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
The 1441 rooms of the Schloss Schonbrunn palace and its historical significance as one of the imperial palaces of the ruling Hapsburgs, makes it a popular stop on the agenda of most tourists. Daily tours of the palace are conducted throughout the year, but visitors should not be deterred by the number of rooms. Tours are limited to only 40 of the 1441 rooms in the palace.
The Schonbrunn palace opens its doors to guests in the evenings as well as during the daytime hours. At night, visitors can enjoy a palace tour followed by dinner and a concert on the grounds of the former summer home of Emperor Franz Joseph. The dinner tours are held throughout the year, but advance ticket purchases are advised.
Tourists wishing to break away from the city can book a day trip to the nearby Wachau Valley where the Danube River awaits. The Austrian countryside offers glimpses of quaint villages, vineyards and ancient castles. Boat excursions offer a popular way to view the valley while traveling from Spitz to Melk. Upon arriving in Melk, tourists can have lunch in historic Benedictine Abbey.
First-time visitors, such as Bill Mulrow, generally agree that the best way to see the city of Vienna is by walking its streets. The State Opera, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Imperial Palace and Ring Boulevard are popular destinations for visitors walking around the city. Most of the must-see tourist attractions are located within the city center or first district.
Visitors wishing to take a break from walking can board any of the buses, subways or trams that are part of the city’s public transportation system. At night, the city operates a separate system of buses to accommodate travelers wishing to take advantage of Viennese nightlife.
A valid U.S. passport allows visitors to enter and remain in Austria for up to 90 days. Longer stays require a visa. Access to the city center from the Vienna International Airport takes only 15 minutes with the City Airport Train. The euro can be used to purchase tickets at the train station at the airport.
October 6th, 2013 in
You feel the sleek design of iPhone is no longer cool enough. How about being the first few gadget geeks to show off a curved smartphone?
Phone makers are banking on flexible curved smartphones as a way to gain more market share in a highly competitive market. Samsung showed off a curved OLED phone at CES 2013. Sharp also gave a teaser and it looks like LG will be joining the fun. After all, they have already came out with a curved OLED 3D TV. So applying the technology to create a curved display smartphone shouldn’t be too difficult.
To be called LG Z or G-Flex, the device will feature a 6” display and it will have a concave shape similar to its curved television with a concave shape. The phone should be ready to hit retail stores later this month, possibly around the same time as Samsung debut its curved Galaxy Note 3.
A curved display smartphone will will surely intrigue gadget fans. If the curvy form makes for more comfort when you hold the phone to your ear and also less breakable, there are good reasons to get hold of it besides the fact that curves are sexy. If these manufacturers can develop new batteries, circuit boards and software that puts the new design to good use, it’ll definitely be something to look forward to.
October 6th, 2013 in
LG’s new flagship G series smartphone have finally been revealed in New York after lots of teasers.
The specs are quite impressive. Spotting a 5.2-inch display 1920×1080 IPS display with a 423ppi pixel density, the LG G2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, 2.26GHz quad-core Krait CPU and Adreno 330 GPU. The smartphone also comes with 2GB LPDDR3 RAM that runs at 800MHz and internal storage options of either 16GB or 32GB.
With the support for 24 bit/192kHz Hi-Fi playback, the 8.9mm-thick smartphone also features a 13-megapixels rear camera with optical image stabilization as well as a 2.1-megapixels front-facing camera. There is also a 3,000mAh battery to complete LG G2’s hardware package.
One of the unique feature on LG G2 is the volume rocker and power button are all located at the back – just underneath the camera. There are no front and side buttons like most smartphones which we are accustomed to.
On the software side of the business, the LG G2 runs on Android 4.2.2 with some of their in-house features such as Answer Me that automatically allow users to answer phone calls once they raised the phone to their ears and Guest Mode which allow G2 owners to restrict what apps that other users aside from themselves are able to access. Owners are also able use the device as a remote control through the QuickRemote feature.
A car may be a sign of status symbol but it is also a necessity, especially to those in sales industry. To buy a new or pre-owned car is always a factor to consider. Buying a brand new car is glamorous and less of a hassle, especially when strong warranty and roadside assistance are included. New cars also offer better fuel efficiency and have more safety features such as airbags.
However, if you have a tight budget or poor credit, getting a new car could be out of reach. Most finance companies may charge higher interest rates or not lend at all for those with bad credit records. New cars also suffer greater depreciation and comes with higher insurance costs than used models, as replacement values are higher.
Hence, a more practical transportation decision is a pre-owned car. It is a good idea to get newer models and low mileage for a pre-owned car. More importantly, you have to get the car from a reliable dealer as the car could be poorly maintained by previous owner and has lots of mechanical faults.
In searching for a pre-owned auto, it is good to visit several online auto shops and view their available inventory. You should compare the prices of each car models depending on your needs. One of these sites is www.autousatexas.com which offer a good inventory of vehicles like cars, trucks, SUVs and even old Mustangs, catering to different users.
Almost everything you wanted to know about the pre-owned cars are shown in detail on their website, such as the price, photos, vehicle description, e-brochure, etc. At the left side of the page of the pre-owned car you are viewing, there are similar vehicles that you might be interested as a quick option.
Auto USA also offers financing for their vehicles. When you spot a car which fits your every criteria but can’t get a loan approved, it could dash your dream. With financing taken care of by the company, you save a lot of trouble enquiring with different financial institutions.
Finally, making a physical visit before you buy is important. You want to feel safe and comfortable and also ensure you can pay your monthly instalments too. Check out Auto USA Texas today.
August 10th, 2013 in
Samsung have had great success with the clamshell mobile phones back in those days when the market leader was still Nokia.
Now, we may see the clamshell make a comeback for smartphones. Speculation is rife that the upcoming Galaxy Folder will feature dual-screen Android clamshell.
Some of the leaked specs suggest two WVGA AMOLED screens plus Snapdragon 400 chipset, 1.7GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU and 2GB of RAM. There will also be a couple of cameras and rich connectivity options including LTE.
Samsung could be marketing the gadget as Samsung Galaxy Golden in South Korea. If the clamshell smartphone performs well in Korea and overseas market, it could indicate a swing in consumer taste and the sleek touchscreen adorned with beautiful apps design is at risk of getting stale. That could have some serious impact on Apple where all their smartphones are based on one single design.
Will Samsung stun the market with impressive sales for its LTE-equipped Android clamshell smartphone? Stay tuned.
The human brain is capable of processing visual information 60,000 times faster than it can process written information. So, if you are going to convey a message, you’d do well to make a visual connection with your audience. Visual presentations are easily rendered by use of portable projectors. Projectors can be invaluable assets to businesses, useful tools in learning environments and fun home entertainment enhancers.
Venu XD 1070 First Class
Projection technology has grown immensely in the past decade. In stride with the latest advancements is the Venu XD 1070 Projector. Its lightweight and compact design distinguishes it as one of the most portable projectors in the industry.
Venu Projector for Business
Modern projection is a powerful aid to improving the visual impact of a business presentation. The Venu XD 1070 offers an array of versatility for corporate presenters. The unit is capable of being placed in the rear or front of a room without diminishing its projection image. It is also equipped to be mounted on the ceiling. Its remote and manual controls are simple to use, enabling the presenter to focus on the audience rather than on the machine. These features differentiate the Venu XD 1070 from similar models.
Venu Projector for Education
Educators have long appreciated the use of projectors in classroom settings. However, now teachers are expanding their uses to new areas. Movies, lessons and visual presentations are being linked with interactive teaching plans facilitated through classroom projectors. As more schools start integrating laptop and tablets into classrooms, projectors can be used to involve the entire class as each student works on a digital device.
Venu Projector for Home Theater
The Venu XD 1070 also raises home entertainment to a whole new level. The projector can render crisp pictures in HD resolution on nearly any digital format. Gamers, sports enthusiasts and movie buffs are equally astounded by the range and flexibility of the Venu XD 1070. Even in non-ideal lighting situations, the XD 1070 can project a well-lit picture with clarity.
The following features of the Venu XD 1070 make it one of the best projectors for its price class:
● 15000:1 contrast ratio
● Cycle duty is continuous (24/7)
● Resolution and processing rate of 1920 x 1080
● Picture in picture functions
● XV color & DeepColor capable
● Embedded with noise reduction tech (22 decibels)
● Brightness uniformity > 90%, creating crisp pictures at variable room placements
● Dual & quad lamps, which continually operate to prevent interruptions
All of the features and parts of the projector meet or exceed the industry standards, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. Additional testing for movement, drop, earthquake, dust and environment are performed on each Venu XD 1070 projector to ensure the highest quality possible.
The Pebble Smartwatch is one of the first generation smart watches in the market, an area untapped by big boys like Apple and Samsung.
The design is simple, no fancy touch screen, just good old side buttons like a typical watch. The Pebble also requires that your smartphone run an app which allows the phone to push notifications out to the Pebble and for you to install additional apps and custom watch faces.
There are certain advantages which a smartwatch offers. We all know how annoying it can be when people type or play with their phones in a meeting. But with a smartwatch which vibrates gently on your wrist when you have an incoming message or email, it is more discreet to glance at the watch.
It is also waterproof to 50 meters, which means you can wear it safely in the pool or shower. There is also a backlight for night viewing which is activated whenever the Pebble receives a notification or by flicking wrist.
Another big selling point of the Pebble over other smart watches is a week-long battery life (or five days with frequent use). This is due to its LCD e-paper technology, dramatically reducing power consumption for its mono 114 x 168 display. It is not fantastic compared to HD colour screens on smartphones, but is more than enough for viewing SMS’s, emails and checking time. Charging the Pebble is done via a clever USB cable that magnetically connects to exposed metal connectors on the side of the Pebble.
Too bad, Pebble SmartWatch is not available in retail outlets yet and can only be ordered online. Perhaps Pebble should strike while the iron is hot and push it to the mass market soon.
Trucking is an important cog of the US economy, supplying goods and services all over the country. Today, nearly half of goods transported happen on the roads. Many of the products people need, especially in remote areas, would not be available without truckers.
In the past, companies handle their own transportation and logistics but now, they prefer to save cost by outsourcing to professional independent logistic service providers which have their own storage and transportation networks points across key cities.
This helps them manage client goods efficiently and ensure goods reach destinations on time as per customer requirements. Stevens Transport is one of the largest transport carrier in North America and has been providing reliable freight logistics across US, Mexico and Canada for years.
These transport service companies tie up with leading logistic service providers and are very good at optimizing transport assets. They also provide in house CDL training to improve drivers safety, skills and service standards. Such company-sponsored CDL training programs usually require an agreement to work for a certain period upon completion or paying back the tuition cost.
Trucking is a resilient industry and provides well paying jobs, even if the economy is still struggling with unemployment. With millions of trucks sold yearly, mostly in developing countries, truck drivers are in short supply. Each truck needs at least one permanent driver and a temporary driver as backup. Unless the world doesn’t need supplies transported, becoming a professional trucker provides job security.
While it doesn’t require high educational qualification, you need an appetite for challenges and also strong safety mentality. With more hauling experience and good safety track record, you will be ahead of the game in finding high paying trucking jobs.
Check out the site if you are out of job and interested to work as a truck driver. If you already meet the requirements, you are able to apply for trucking jobs by sending an application form which is provided in the website of the company.
June 2nd, 2013 in
Just when you saved enough money for the Samsung Galaxy S4, rumors of another exciting gadget, Samsung Galaxy Note III, has began circulating among gadget geeks.
It is hard to top what the S4 already does but the flagship phablet promises some fanciful features and hardware. Besides the S Pen and collection of S Pen apps, the Note III may be powered by Snapdragon 800 processor and a quad-core Krait 400 processor that can clock up to 2.3GHz. Unlike Samsung’s own octa-core Exynos processor, Snapdragon 800 is LTE enabled. In addition, the Note III is likely to contain an Adreno 330 GPU that supports 4K video playback and recording.
Samsung has been rumored to be working on S4 Zoom which works wonders on the camera. Don’t be surprised if this feature is ported over to Galaxy Note III. The Note III may also pack a 13MP rear camera with 3X optical zoom and optical image stabilizer on board. Other rumored specs include a 6” Super AMOLED display and 2GB of RAM.
The Samsung Galaxy Note III is expected to be announced this September, probably in the IFA 2013. Stay tuned.
LG may not be able to trump Samsung in smartphone sales but it goes one up, literally, in Times Square with its ad board.
Taking advantage of the frenzy whipped up by Samsung over its Galaxy S IV, LG also featured a “4″ in its flagship Optimus G smartphone advertisement.
The eye catching “LG Optimus G is here 4 you now” is to tell gadget fans not to wait for Samsung. Go grab a LG Optimus G first as it is already available. Such tongue in cheek promo is fair game. After all, Samsung took a jibe at Apple’s iPhone with its “The Next Big Thing is Already Here” ad campaign last year.
March 14th, 2013 in
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