The Saner Sweet Snack: Disney Caramel Apples

first_imgYou can find these apples at The Confectionary and Big Top Treats in the Magic Kingdom and Goofy’s Candy Company and Candy Cauldron at Disney Springs. At all these places, there’s chance you would watch the apples being made at a show kitchen.Disney also sells caramel apples further adorned with chocolate, candy, and decorative sugar will obviously be higher in calories, and we’ll cover that later, but for now we just want to enjoy our delicious, and relatively nutritious, treat.The plain version costs $5.99, the nut version costs $6.49, and both can be purchased with a Disney Dining Plan snack credit. Share This!We’ve been busy weighing, measuring, and analyzing cupcakes these days and, honestly, all this knowledge is making us a little sad. It doesn’t mean we we’ll stop eating those calorie-laden beasts, but we will feel a lot more guilty when we do so. (Maybe.)Fortunately, there is an equally delicious and much saner treat readily available at Walt Disney World: the caramel apple.You may recall that our sample Disney parks cupcake we sent to a lab was hefty 1,100 calories. Contrast this with a caramel apple, the base of which is, obviously, an apple. The numbers vary, but most online sources I’ve seen give the calorie count of a Granny Smith apple at 75-90 calories, the apples Disney uses tend to be on the large side, so let’s call it 100 calories.We don’t know the exact calorie count of the caramel Disney uses, but there are enough cognates out there that it’s easy to guess. A packaged caramel apple wrap is 150 calories. CalorieKing gives the calories for an ounce of caramel candy as 108. Even if we say there’s a generous 2 ounce coating on the apple, that a total of about 200 calories. So, it’s a safe bet to say that the basic caramel apple is 100 calories of apple, plus 200 calories of caramel = 300 calories. This guess is backed up by the Nutritionix calorie count for a caramel apple as 304 calories. For that you get some fiber, a bit of Vitamin A, and some potassium along with your sweet. Adding approximately 1/4 cup of chopped peanuts adds about 200 calories to the nut-coated version, but also adds protein.Even the caramel apple with nuts is less than half the number of calories as a Disney cupcake. Seems like a good trade to me.last_img read more

South Africa ‘unlikely to fall into recession’

first_img5 June 2014 The South African economy is unlikely to fall into recession, the Reserve Bank said on Tuesday, predicting that second-quarter GDP growth would show some improvement, while cautioning that the risks to growth forecasts for the year were “to the downside”. Last week, Statistics SA reported that South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) had contracted 0.6 percent quarter-on-quarter in the first three months of the year – its first contraction since the second quarter of 2009, when the world’s economy dipped as a result of a global recession. A second consecutive quarter of negative economic growth would, technically speaking, indicate that the country had entered a recession. Releasing its latest Monetary Policy Review on Tuesday, the central bank noted that a number of adverse supply shocks, particularly from strike action as well as from electricity shortages, had led to negative first-quarter growth. “Although the second quarter is expected to show some improvement, the risks to the 2014 forecast are to the downside,” the Bank said. At its monetary policy committee meeting in May, the Bank revised its growth forecasts for 2014 down from 2.6% to 2.1%. According to the Review, inflation is projected to come in above the bank’s 3% to 6% target range for an extended period of time. In April, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) came in at 6.1%. “Overall, inflation in South Africa is projected to be above target for an extended period of time, with risks tilted towards higher inflation. Over the longer term, this necessitates higher interest rates, and therefore a tightening cycle.” The bank hiked interest rates at its first meeting of the year in January. “However, with domestic economic growth weak, and world inflation and interest rates remaining low, monetary policy tightening is likely to be moderate. This will provide continued support to the economic recovery,” the Review states. The review found that household expenditure has limited prospects for improvements in 2014 due to rising inflation, weak employment growth and muted wealth effects. “Household expenditure will also be constrained by continued moderate credit growth, knock-on effects from the mining strike, and rate hikes, which raise debt service costs and disincentivise further borrowing.” The Bank expressed concern at the country’s antagonistic labour relations and persistent strikes. “In particular, changes in the structure of mining unionisation over the past few years have caused multiple, often violent disruptions to production, the most recent example being the record-length and on-going platinum-sector strike. “These events have been costly in several ways, depriving households of wage income and retailers of customers, damaging exports, and ultimately compromising investment and employment,” the Review states. The Monetary Policy Review, which reviews domestic and international developments that affect inflation and the Bank’s monetary policy stance, is published twice a year. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

More than 150,000 stranded as Thomas Cook collapses

first_imgPhoto: Thomas Cook An emergency fleet of aircraft is being organized to rescue more than 150,000 stranded holidaymakers after the sudden collapse of the world’s oldest travel company, Thomas Cook.The company operates more than 100 passenger jets and announced early Monday that it had gone into administration after the failure of last-minute talks.It served destinations ranging from Europe to North Africa, the Middle East, the US and Caribbean.READ: Low oxygen bottles prompt Cathay to upgrade security, inform police.Also affected are almost 22,000 jobs worldwide, including 9,000 in the UK.A statement on the CAA’s website said the company had ceased trading and all flights were canceled.It said it was organizing a repatriation program for the stranded customers, dubbed Operation Matterhorn, to operate over the next two weeks.The number of stranded passengers is almost twice the number involved in the previous biggest peacetime repatriation program after the 2017 collapse of Monarch Airlines.“News of Thomas Cook’s collapse is deeply saddening for the company’s employees and customers, and we appreciate that more than 150,000 people currently abroad will be anxious about how they will now return to the UK,’’ said UK CAA chief executive Richard Moriarity.“The government has asked us to support Thomas Cook customers on what is the UK’s largest-ever peacetime repatriation.“We have launched, at very short notice, what is effectively one of the UK’s largest airlines, involving a fleet of aircraft secured from around the world.“ The nature and scale of the operation means that unfortunately some disruption will be inevitable. We ask customers to bear with us as we work around the clock to bring them home.”The Guardian newspaper reported that it understood airlines including British Airways and easyJet would be involved in the airlift.The aviation authority warned customers in the UK who had not yet traveled not to go to the airport and others to continue their holiday.It said it would endeavor to get people home as close as possible to their planned dates but warned some disruption was inevitable.“Passengers in a small number of destinations may return on alternative commercial flights, rather than directly through the Civil Aviation Authority’s flying program,” it added.Details of the repatriation program are available on a dedicated website, http://thomascook.caa.co.uk/.  The high volume of traffic on the website meant it had crashed at the time this story had published.The death of the ailing 178-year old company came after lengthy talks to broker a deal to save it.The company had secured a £900m ($US1.12m) rescue deal led by major shareholder Fosun in August but was unable to meet a recent demand from bankers to raise a further £200m in contingency funding.Thomas Cook chief executive Peter Frankhauser said in a statement that management had worked exhaustively in the past few days to resolve the outstanding issues.“Although a deal had been largely agreed, an additional facility requested in the last few days of negotiations presented a challenge that ultimately proved insurmountable,” he said“It is a matter of profound regret to me and the rest of the board that we were not successful,” he said.“I would like to apologize to our millions of customers, and thousands of employees, suppliers and partners who have supported us for many years.”Passengers with future Thomas Cook packaged holidays will be able to reclaim a refund through the UK’s ATOL financial protection scheme.Passengers currently overseas may also make claims for the cost of replacing ATOL protected parts of their trip, or for out of pocket expenses as a result of delayed flights home.The BBC said CAA staff had been contacting hotels accommodating packaged holiday customers to tell them the cost of their accommodation would be covered by ATOL.The Civil Aviation Authority said it would be launching a service to manage all refunds by September 30, “once the flying operation has progressed”.“This refunds service will seek to process all refunds within 60 days of full information being received,” it said.The business was founded by cabinet-maker Thomas Cook in 1841 to provide working-class people in Leicestershire local excursions that provided educational excursions as an alternative to drinking.last_img read more

How to Get the Most out of Git

first_imgRelated Posts Cameron Laird is a vicepresident with software consultancyPhaseit, Inc., andpart-timeauthor concentrating on IT.He has used and evaluated version-control systemssince before PCs. Follow Cameron on Twitteras @Phaseit. Why You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? cameron laird Longer fully-qualified names in the Git repository vs.a requirement to symlink into a host’s standardconfiguration directories: which do youfind more natural and “self-documenting”?Version control is more than source controlIt was common with Git’s ancestors to talk about“source code control”; for a variety of technicaland cultural reasons, some of the older-generationtools didn’t handle binaries or certain other formatswell.That’s really a thing of the past, though. Whenyou use Git today “for version control of files”,as the Git home page advertises, control allyour project’s files: images, documentation,associated presentations, pertinent database testinstances, build specifications, video-ed instructions,and so on.Like the point about naming above, the idea ofcapturing everything isn’t specific to Git.As Git’s popularity has exploded, however, itseems that quite a few newcomers to version-controlhave taken it up; some of them don’t yet understandeither how valuable it is to control non-textartifacts, or that it is technically feasible.Make your project “self-sufficient”: when someoneissues the command git clone $TOP_URL,you should be confident that the clone includeseverything necessary, without having to pick upmiscellaneous pieces in separate operations.Recent Git newsGoogle Code supports Git; that is,Google Codehas, since mid-July 2011, acted as a serverwhich fully honors Git client requests. You can combine theadvantages of Google Code and Git.The Google Code announcement reinforces thatGit is possible without GitHub. The GitHub public sitecertainly deserves the popularity and traffic it hasattracted. Sometimes beginners with Git don’t appearto realize, though, that there are alternatives toGitHub: not only can an organization set up itsown Git server, but public sites like Google Codeare right for some teams.At a lower level, several commands allow for combinationsof functionality from Git and other tools.git-svn, for example,makes it possible for users to getthe client functionality of Gitwhile working against a Subversion repository.If you or your team are making a transition betweendifferent technologies, look into such “bridges”.Recognize that Git isn’t for everyone; there aregood reasons to favorLaunchpad over Github, for instance (also seethis,this,this), orMercurial over Git (also seethis).As with so many important matters, perhaps what matters mostin version control systems is balance: version control isonly a tool, not a goal in itself. On the other hand, expertisein the tool can multiply your effectiveness with the code thatpresumably is your focus. Study more about version control andwhat it can do for you through such good write-ups as, forexample, Eric Sink’s website. Here are a handful of tips you should know to makethe most of thissuccessful open-source tool, andits close relatives includingSubversion:Choose your top-level name well. I often come acrossGit projects set up in a way that I think createsa minor but avoidable confusion. Suppose, forinstance, that a team decides to maintain configurationfiles for a specific Apache service for a particularclient, ImportantCompany, within Git. The filestructure then looks something like A new developer initializes her development instanceby performing I prefer a layout along the lines of Initialization then becomes While the difference to the front-line working programmeris, in one sense, only a single command (ln-s $WORKING_DIRECTORY /etc/apache2 becomesunnecessary), my experience tells me that eliminationof thesymlink lowers the“cognitive load” on programmers and simplifiesmaintenance. I also think it’s healthy to make it explicit that apache2.conf andother artifacts have their natural home in afolder or directory called apache2. …/ImportantCompany/apache2.conf …/ImportantCompany/mods-available/actions.conf …/ImportantCompany/mods-available/actions.load … cd /etc git clone https://$SERVER/ImportantCompany/apache2center_img Git has become the programmingworld’s most popular version control system–at leastthat’s whatsurveysconducted by Microsoft Corp. suggest.While there are abundant write-ups already availablefor new users and administrators, from tutorials todescriptions of clever merge workflows, I stilloften encounter a few misstepsin basic version control naming and layout. …/ImportantCompany/apache2/apache2.conf …/ImportantCompany/apache2/mods-available/actions.conf …/ImportantCompany/apache2/mods-available/actions.load … 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… cd $WORKING_DIRECTORY git clone https://$SERVER/ImportantCompany ln -s $WORKING_DIRECTORY /etc/apache2 Tags:#Analysis#hack#tips Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Apple Now Lets You Check If That Used iPhone Is Stolen

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces adriana lee Tags:#Apple#hacks#iOS 7#iOS 8#iPad#iPhone#mobile#smartphone theft#smartphones Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Buying a used iPhone on eBay or Craigslist has become a little less scary now, thanks to a new Apple tool that can help budget shoppers spot stolen devices before they buy.The iCloud webpage, “Check Activation Lock Status,” does exactly what it says: It checks whether the registered owner has turned on Activation Lock, a Find My iPhone security tool introduced in iOS 7 that requires the registered owner’s Apple ID before it can erase or reactivate an Apple device. Presumably, iPhone owners would shut off this feature before selling to another party.Stolen Apple gadgets, however, are more likely to have Activation Lock still on. And now, it’s easy to check on that status. The Check Activation Lock Status is extremely simple to use: Just go to the page and type in the unique IMEI or serial number used to identify the device. Although it’s available in Settings > General > About on the device, or in iTunes when the iPhone is connected, a shopper may not be able access those areas. Fortunately, Apple includes that information on the box, which is helpful if you’re transacting in person. If not, at least ask the seller for one or both of the numbers, and perhaps some photographic proof that they’re legitimate. Apple’s Activation Lock Status checkerSee also: A Thief Snatched My iPhone—And I Learned A Lot About Smartphone CrimeBuyers Beware, And Be SavvyAll iPhones for sale—new or used—should sell with Activation Lock turned off. If it’s on, a new owner would not be able to set up the phone with a new Apple ID.But, thanks to some hacks that have surfaced, it’s not always that easy to tell the difference. In May, Apple blog iClarified reported the news of some rough third-party workarounds. One, called doulCi, claimed that it’s intended for legitimate purposes (say, if you forgot your login, or changed your password and can’t remember the new one). The hack involved adding a line to the “hosts” file, a fairly simple procedure that would let you (or anyone else) bypass the activation lock screen. It’s not a perfect hack, though. Some folks discovered that it hobbled cellular service. Still, it should have been good enough to fool unwitting buyers. If not, apparently renowned iPhone hacker “iH8sn0w” apparently also found another Activation Lock loophole. See also: How To Get Smart About Smartphone TheftFor now, doulCi’s iOS 7 support works for all iPhones prior to the new 6 models, going all the way back to the 3GS, as well as all iPads. The team also has iOS 8 support in the works. This is likely what prompted Apple to push the “Check Activation Lock Status” tool out to the public. With this, even if the lock’s busted on the iPhone itself, Apple’s server can still step in and rat out the crook. Police photo by Scott Davidson. Screenshots by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite. center_img Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Google Cardboard Gets Software Development Kit For VR Apps

first_imgGoogle CardboardWhen Google Cardboard, the virtual reality viewer constructed of corrugated paper, came out this summer, people thought it was a joke. But the company was serious—and if there was any doubt about it, you can nix it now that Google just released a software development kit for it.See also: Google Cardboard Offers Virtual Reality On The Cheap—Really CheapHaving now shipped 500,000 units (according to Google), the box-cum-VR headset now has its own SDK, just like the Oculus Rift and its offshoot, the Samsung Gear VR. With this, developers for Android and Unity game developers can create apps for Cardboard that even support complex aspects of virtual reality, like head-tracking, lens distortion and side-by-side rendering. With all those shipments of Cardboard, there’s no shortage of end users to develop for either. That 500 million figure doesn’t even cover the do-it-yourselfers who made their own. Google released instructions at launch, and it also just updated those blueprints.The new specifications allow for a variety of cutting tools—from big implements that can slice through mounds of cardboard to a wee utility blade piercing a single piece. That should give everyone a chance to experience virtual reality without dropping a c-note or more on fancy hardware. In fact, even if you buy a kit, it will only run you about $22 to $25 from new retail partners DODOcase, I Am Cardboard, Knoxlabs, and Unofficial Cardboard. If you haven’t given it a go yet, you may be amazed at what has already come out to work with Cardboard—including a Volvo virtual test drive, a 3D performance by musician Jack White and an app that lets you virtually hang out onstage with Paul McCartney, as well as other 3D games and other apps. That selection could balloon, now that there’s a proper SDK available. The company also organized Cardboard apps for easy discovery in the primary Cardboard app in Google Play, so users can find and keep tabs on them. Nothing invokes the spirit of play like cardboard boxes. But that’s surely not the sum total of Google’s VR ambitions. Think of Cardboard more like a fundamental building block in a much bigger plan, the vision for which hasn’t fully come into focus yet.  Photos courtesy of Google adriana lee Tags:#Google Cardboard#virtual reality#VR#VR headset Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Ways and Means Approves Bill Exempting Certain Individuals from PPACA’s Individual Mandate

first_imgThe House Ways and Means Committee on September 8 held its first markup since returning from an extended summer break. The committee approved by voice vote the CO-OP Consumer Protection Bill of 2016 (HR 954), legislation that would exempt certain individuals from the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) (P.L. 111-148), individual shared responsibility requirement (also known as the individual mandate).The bill now heads to the House floor. If enacted, certain individuals who had coverage under a terminated qualified health plan funded through the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO–OP) program may be eligible for an exemption from the individual mandate. An amendment, introduced by Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., also approved by voice vote, revised the bill to expand the exemption to individuals who also experienced termination while enrolled in minimum essential coverage. The amendment revised the effective date for months after December 31, 2013.Brady noted that, since passage of the PPACA, some 23 CO-OPs were organized. However, they number around seven today.Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., expressed concern that the bill would provide an incentive for healthier individuals not to purchase health insurance coverage as required because there would no longer be a penalty for not doing so. “We don’t want to incentivize people to not get health insurance,” Becerra said. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., called the bill a “solution to a hypothetical problem,” questioning how a “critically underfunded IRS could administer the exemption retroactively.”JCTAccording to the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), individuals are required under the PPACA to maintain minimum essential coverage or make a shared responsibility payment, unless exempt. For 2016, the payment for an individual is $695 or 2.5 percent of annual income, JCT Chief Thomas Barthold, noted. The JCT estimated that the measure would cost about $4 million over the span of 10 years (JCX-69-16).SenateIn the Senate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., introduced the Protection from Obamacare Monopolies Bill on September 7. The measure would exempt from the individual mandate penalty all individuals living in a county with one or no health insurers offering plans on the PPACA Health Insurance Marketplace.“When there’s only one option, that’s not a marketplace, it’s a monopoly,” said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., who cosponsored the measure. “This bill provides desperately needed relief for those who are hit the hardest.”By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffWays and Means Press Release: Chairman Brady Opening Statement at a Markup of Proposals to Improve the Health Care System for More Americanslast_img read more

IT Sustainability – Energy Use in the Office Proof of Concept Starts, again!

first_imgBy the way, I hope to release an external paper fully covering the project and results in early Q3. In my late April post, I announced the start of our Energy Use in the Office proof of concept.  We had deployed a third party tool that collects PC energy usage information to about 1000 systems in one of our office buildings and had begun a 30 day baseline period.  Unfortunately, we ran in to some technical issues and had to uninstall the agent and redesign the PoC a bit.I’m happy to announce the PoC was restarted again this Monday! It’s too early to share any potential change in energy use with you but I can tell you people are looking at the screens.  Stay tuned for another update with some initial results in a couple of weeks. In the new design, two kiosks displays have been installed in one of our office buildings that display energy use in the office charts in total and by floor.  Each floor also has a kWh per employee score.  The charts are displayed in an hourly view for the current day as well as a daily view for the past two weeks.  Pre-PoC Baselines are also provided for both the total and floor kWh charts and kWH per employee score. -Mike BretonIT Technology Evangelistlast_img read more

How successful is your Enterprise 2.0 strategy?

first_imgHaving setup the Social Computing platform for the enterprise, how does IT determine the success of the platform? Should IT be satisfied that one more tool-set is available for the employees to engage with? How does IT calculate the return on investment made in enabling social computing within the enterprise? Should IT continue to invest on this platform? What are the indicators that show that the platform is used for the benefits of the company?There are numerous questions that come to our mind when we think of enterprise 2.0 platform. It is a challenge to calculate the productivity gain resulting from the enterprise social computing platform. I don’t think there a direct formula for “Return on Influence”, an indicator which says “A knowing B through the platform” has helped A solve a complex technical challenge” and reduce the cycle time for the issue resolution. However, we do know that the platform acts as an enabler for collaboration and knowledge management. We may not be able to identify the tangible gains, but intangible gain of connected workforce, reuse of information, preventing re-invention of wheels are significant gains from the platform.At Intel, we do have our internal Social Computing platform. Some of the metrics we track are related to adoption – such as active users (creators, synthesizers, consumers) and “unique visitors”. However, these indicators may not accurately represent the success indicators of the platform. Quality of discussions, impact of these discussions on the users, problem resolutions, agility in solving issues, ability to find subject matters experts quickly could be different parameters which can really show how successful the platform is.As we will start looking into social analytics more, I would like to hear from on how you measure your enterprise 2.0 platform. Do you feel employees are more productive and collaborative through the use of the platform? Or is there a cultural barrier in using the platform to its full potential?last_img read more