Remarkable South African women hailed

first_imgRay Maota Pinky Moholi, newly appointed group chief executive of Telkom, said women should use their innate characteristics as women to make the world a better place. (Image: Telkom) Lauren Beukes is one of the women included in the book and her book,Zoo City, recently won the prestigious Arthur C Clarke Award. (Image: The British Science Fiction Association) MEDIA CONTACTS • The Mail & Guardian  +27 11 250 7300 RELATED ARTICLES • New CEO to move Telkom forward • Local author gets top sci-fi award • South African women leaders unite for change • South African women marine pilots make historyAs the nation celebrates the triumphs of South African women during August, known as Women’s Month, the Mail & Guardian newspaper has joined in with the release of its Book of South African Women.The Mail & Guardian Book of South African Women is an annual publication that celebrates the accomplishments of 100 newsworthy women. It was launched in 2008 and the selection is wholly nominated by the public but the final 100 is chosen by the editorial board.The result is a mixture of well-established industry personalities and future industry leaders.The women were chosen in categories ranging from arts, business, civil society, environment and media, to politics, science and technology, health, education and sport.Nic Dawes, editor–in-chief of the Mail & Guardian, said: “This is not a directory of the most influential women in the country, although certainly many of those represented occupy positions of considerable power. Instead it is an annual effort to discover and represent people who are doing transformative work.”He added that 80% of those featured are making their debut in the book, that many of them are young, and perhaps less well known. But this doesn’t mean that they are any less worthy of recognition, said Dawes, than the female icons who can’t be left out of any such list.The sponsor of the publication is banking group Nedbank.Abe Thebyane, group executive at Nedbank, said: “The 2011 Mail & Guardian Book of South African Women profiles some of our country’s most inspirational women. They come from dissimilar backgrounds, and the work they do is across different sectors and in disparate disciplines.”He said that one thing all those featured had in common is that they are all driving change in the country.“In this they share courage, resolve, vision and a fundamental belief that our country and our world can be transformed for good.”Women making wavesThe Book of South African Women has profiled a diverse group who are making waves in different sectors of society.The list of women include: author, director and performance artist Gcina Mhlophe; Pinky Moholi, newly appointed group chief executive of Telkom; trauma and rape councillor Morgan Anne Mitchell; Rachel Classen, headmistress at Hillwood Primary; and Dr Inga Jacobs, global president of Young Water Professionals.Others are Professor Helen Rees, executive director at the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute; journalist Redi Tlhabi; Gill Marcus, governor of South Africa’s reserve bank; Major Catherine Labuschagne, the world’s first female Gripen fighter jet pilot; and Caster Semenya,  former 800m world champion.“We have to use the characteristics that allow us women to open a door on to a more enlightened consciousness,” said Moholi, “and one that will allow humanity to invent a future that promotes the wellbeing of women.”Classen, who has taught in the violence-prone area of Lavender Hill in the Cape Flats for 35 years, said that she was a dedicated teacher, but also felt like a parent to many of her young charges, and this has kept her in the education sector for so many years.UCT well representedThe University of Cape Town can revel in pride at the inclusion of 15 of its graduates in the publication.They are:Lauren Beukes, author of Zoo City that recently won the prestigious Arthur C Clarke AwardProfessor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, author of Famous Dinosaurs of AfricaYoliswa Dwane, co-founder of Equal Education, a grassroots organisation based in the impoverished township of Khayelitsha in the Western CapeProfessor Jill Farrant, head of research in molecular physiology and plant desiccation tolerance at the University of Cape TownLara Foot, the first woman chief executive of the Baxter Theatre CentreZama Katamzi, researcher at the South African National Space AgencyTarisai Mchuchu-Ratshidi, director of the South African branch of Young in PrisonZolani Mahola, lead singer of popular afro-pop group FreshlygroundKirti Menon, registrar at Wits UniversityMorgan Ann Mitchell, of the UCT’s Law Clinic, helps rape and violence victimsNandipha Mntambo, the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual ArtPinky Muholi of TelkomJoy Olivier, co-founder and executive director of IkamvaYouthDr Samantha Peterson, senior manager at the WWF for Sustainable Fisheries ProgrammeProfessor Karen Sliwa, director of the UCT Hatter Instituteand Helen Zille, premier of the Western Cape and leader of the Democratic Alliance.last_img read more

Check Out Library Books on Your Kindle

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Amazon#E-Books#web audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Despite some of the challenges of lending library books in digital formats, many libraries are exploring the e-book option. However, although there are a number of choices for e-readers and digital content providers, the list of devices that let you check out library books hasn’t included the most popular e-reader of all: the Kindle.That is, until today, with the announcement from Amazon this morning that it is launching a Lending Library “later this year” that will let Kindle owners check out books from their local library.The details of how the program will work are scant, but Amazon does say that the program will launch with the participation of over 11,000 libraries in the U.S. To do this, it’s working with OverDrive, a company that provides digital content to many schools and libraries. This likely means that OverDrive will begin to offer the Kindle format as an option to libraries. Libraries will still have to decide whether or not to purchase licenses for e-books from the publishers, and after the recent HarperCollins decision to make e-books “self-destruct” after 26 check-outs, many libraries are notably concerned about how e-book lending will work.Amazon says that its lending feature will work with Kindle devices, as well as with Kindle apps. It’s also adding a pretty cool new feature: the ability to actually make margin notes in your library books. You’ll be able to take notes, store them privately – in other words, the next library patron won’t see them – and then access them again should you check the book out again or purchase it in the future.Although Kindle users have been able to lend e-books to one another since December of last year, that process restricts a loan to just once per book. With this new Kindle option available, will you check out e-books from your library? That’s a question that libraries and publishers – and now Amazon – are very interested in seeing answered.last_img read more

Is Blackmagic Already Better Than Canon?

first_imgCinemaDNG RAW, ProRes& DNxHDH.264/MPEG-4 AVCCinemaDNG RAW& ProResMXF (OP-1a) Cinema Camera5D MK IIIURSA Mini 4.6KC500 4K Canon Losing Their Grip on the MarketNow, before everyone starts blowing up the comments below, we acknowledge that the video above is, in fact, two years old. It was added on purpose to help make a point that many other people have made and continue to make: that the Blackmagic Cinema Camera was tracking really well against the Canon 5D Mark III two years ago…  and in some peoples minds, it was surpassing it.Since then, it’s widely known by many in the industry that Canon has done much less innovating compared to Blackmagic Design. Nino Leitner recently pointed this fact out in his article at cinema5D when talking about the fall of DSLR video.In recent times, it seems that Canon decided to stop innovation in video features in DSLRs, while others like Blackmagic and particularly Sony are now capitalizing in Canon’s weakness in that sector, who have decided to focus all their pro video efforts into their more expensive (yet very successful) Cinema line.By the NumbersNow, it’s not just Nino saying this. On a larger scale, industry insiders have been predicting the fall of DSLR and Canon for nearly two to three years. Some point to smart phones as their ultimate undoing, while others point to mirrorless cameras. Seeing this trend, Blackmagic has done some heavy tech advancement in the last several years in terms of cinema cameras. Canon hasn’t exactly followed suit.Let’s breakdown the numbers and see why people have these opinions. We’ll compare four cameras, two from each manufacturer. For Blackmagic, we’ll look at the widely used Cinema Camera and the soon-to-be-released URSA Mini 4.6K. For Canon, we’ll look at the workhorse 5D Mark III and Canon’s big cinema camera, the C500 4K. 2.5k Sensor*Super 35mmSuper 35mmSuper 35mm 2400 x 1350 pixels1920 x 1080 pixels4608 x 2592 pixels4096 x 2160 pixels 23.98, 24, 25,29.97 & 3023.98, 24, 25,29.97 & 3023.98, 24, 25, 29.97,30, 50, 59.94 & 60 fps23.98, 24, 25, 29.97,30, 50, 59.94 & 60 fpscenter_img $1995$2499$4995$15,999 Let’s take an in-depth look at whether or not Blackmagic Design has positioned itself to become what Canon used to be.We love head-to-head battles and we like choosing sides. It’s just in our nature. So naturally, as filmmakers and videographers, we dig our heels in when talking about a specific camera brands that we love. We know and understand that many of you will have fairly sharp opinions on what is about to be said.Just know that I’m approaching this op-ed from an unbiased standpoint. As a past camera operator and current director, I’ve used both brands of camera with great success. But the question still remains: has Blackmagic positioned themselves to be a better camera option than Canon at this point? Is Blackmagic Already Better Than Canon?Let’s get things started with this video from OneRiver Media, where we see a head-to-head comparison between the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and the Canon 5D Mark III.Here’s another image comparison, but this time cinema5D compares the quality of the images shot in RAW. The cameras used in this video are the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and the Canon 5D Mark III. 13 stops**11 stops**15 Stops**12 Stops** *2.5K sensor is slightly bigger than Super 16.**Measurement of Dynamic Range.More Than NumbersWith the numbers above, we can see that Blackmagic’s line of cameras has a slight advantage over the Canon line of cameras. But numbers aren’t everything. Let’s break down a few other things that I know are on the minds of cinematographers and directors.Image from No Film SchoolUsability is KeyThere are two types of usability: interface usability and form factor usability. On the interface front, the Blackmagic camera has a very broken down simplistic design, while the Canon gives you more flexibility.Image from Slim LarnaoutPower Isn’t Always EasyEvery time I’ve used a BMCC, I’ve had to use a V-Mount battery because the camera works off of an internal battery. This internal battery lasts around 90 minutes when filming straight through and it takes a considerable amount of time to recharge. Canon batteries last about as long and take about as long to charge, but they aren’t internal. So you can stock up on batteries and be shooting all day long.Again, with the URSA Mini you would need to either use an AC adapter to power the camera or utilize the backplate to mount a V-Mount battery, which you would probably want to do anyway for the URSA and the C500.Image from Below the Line NewsStorage Can Be PriceyIn terms of storage, Blackmagic uses some interesting solutions when compared to Canon. The BMCC uses SSD cards, which run around $130. Canon’s 5D Mark III and C500 can both utilize CF and SD cards, while the URSA Mini runs CFast 2.0 cards that will run you around $500.Image from Blackmagic DesignWeight and BalanceWhile not an issue for some, weight can be a big deal for some videographers and filmmakers. The Canon 5D Mark III sits at nearly 2lbs, while the BMCC rests at double that. The URSA Mini and C500 are pretty equal, each listed at around 5-6lbs. With it being so lightweight, the 5D Mark III is often used on major film sets as a stunt camera.So, Let’s Answer the QuestionNow that we’ve watched the image comparisons and read the specs, can we determine if Blackmagic is better than Canon?My personal feeling is that Blackmagic has really taken that leap to position itself in front of Canon, camera-wise anyway. They are shaking things up the way Canon did years ago. They’ve done a really good job developing cameras that can capture incredibly sharp film-like images. Because of this, directors and cinematographers are taking notice.Director Scott Waugh and Shane Hurlbut, ASC test the Blackmagic Production Camera. Image from Hurlblog.While Canon has developed the new Canon ME20F-SH, it’s not the type of tech development that we were expecting. Other camera manufactures are really pushing camera tech, while Canon seems content to sit back and wait. As they wait, companies like Blackmagic, Sony, and Panasonic have not only upped their tech, but released them at lower price points. For example, you can buy three URSA Mini 4.6k cameras for the price of one C500.I guess the real question we should be asking ourselves is: Can the URSA Mini 4.6k can go toe-to-toe with the likes of RED and ARRI? I would say maybe with RED and a solid no with ARRI. But that’s another discussion.What are your thoughts on the rise of Blackmagic? Also, do you feel that Canon has taken a backseat to other manufacturers? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Syslogic: industrial computers, touch panels and a new AI computer at SPS IPC Drives

first_img Continue Reading Previous SYSGO reinforces its Commitment to the Automotive MarketNext Advantech extends fibre optic media converter product range At SPS IPC Drives trade show Syslogic will be showcasing its portfolio of industrial PCs and touch panels as well as a new AI (Artificial Intelligence) computer. Syslogic holds a very special position in the embedded systems market with its own development team and two European manufacturing sites. Accordingly, Syslogic offers high-quality industrial computers and HMI systems that can be adapted to customer requirements, even for small editions.The assortment ranges from simple front-end computers to highly specialized embedded systems. Syslogic bases all its systems exclusively on processors designed for industrial use with passive cooling. The assortment ranges from BayTrail and ApolloLake processors made by Intel Atom and Intel KabyLake to ARM and Nvidia Jetson TX2i.The brand new AI embedded computer by Syslogic use Nvidia’s Jetson TX2i modules. The Nvidia GPU features an economical but powerful quad-core processor platform. The core of the Jetson TX2 is the ARM SoC Tegra X2 named Parker. It combines two computation modules with Nvidia’s proprietary Denver 2 microarchitecture with four Cortex-A57 cores and a Pascal GPU. The latter has 256 shader cores. The embedded computer supports CUDA applications and is suitable for AI subareas such as machine vision, intelligent control and deep learning. Optional WiFi, GPS and LTE features make it easy to integrate the AI computer into applications using Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Syslogic is currently making their AI hardware platform available as prototypes. The first few applications will soon be tackled with existing industrial customers.In addition to the AI computer and the embedded systems, Syslogic will also present flash memory products of Taiwanese manufacturer Cactus Technologies at SPS IPC Drives. Syslogic not only uses NAND flash memory, developed exclusively for industrial use, in its own devices, but also sells them in German-speaking countries as an official distributor. Like Syslogic, Cactus does not compromise on durability and robustness. Correspondingly, memory cards by Cactus are ideal for challenging industrial applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more