Boeing 787-900 landed in Istria for the first time
Tui’s Dreamliner has landed for the first time in Pula. The Dreamliner is one of the biggest aircraft to land in the Istrian city and it touched down in Pula from London Gatwick with 329 passengers on board. The Dreamliner will bring over 50,000 tourists on the new London-Pula route this summer to Croatia. The plane will fly every Tuesday on the London Gatwick – Pula route until 2 October 2018. The plane, used mostly for long-haul flights, has a number of features, including 30% bigger windows, more overhead room, more oxygen, high-spec lighting and sound reduction. The Dreamliner generates 60% less noise than standard planes during take-off and landing and is quieter in the air. While standard planes are metal, the Dreamliner is made of something called composite – a combination of different materials and it’s stronger, lighter, more aerodynamic and more fuel-efficient.
SLAVONIKA kitchen presented in Milan
At the kitchen fair “Eurocucine” in Milan, a conceptual kitchen under the title of SLAVONIKA was launched. SLAVONIKA is a conceptual kitchen inspired by the traditional Slavonian kitchen and its design reinterprets the emotional dimension of the atmosphere of traditional Slavonian kitchens as the central spot for socializing and cooking, as well as savoring the outdoors. SLAVONIKA has its source in the typology of traditional Slavonian kitchens, which were composed of a table for preparing dishes and meals, a cupboard, and a cabinet for storing tableware and a pantry, popularly called špajza – where winter foods or zimnica, and other Slavonian delicacies were kept. “The conceptual kitchen SLAVONIKA started out as a collaboration between Ancona Grupa from Croatia and Croatian designers. We aimed at creating products of higher added value by using the existing technological possibilities that we as manufacturers of intentionally designed furniture for the equipping sector have. We have already established ourselves as a furniture manufacturer in the equipping sector, having realized around 20 major projects in the past six years. For example, that includes hotels such as Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera (Croatia), Amarin Rovinj (Croatia), Park Plaza Belvedere (Medulin, Croatia), Radisson Blu Royal (Stavanger, Norway), Marvie Hotel & Health Split (Croatia), and more.”
9GAG started as a side project and it is now a internet phenomenon
9GAG is a hugely popular online platform for sharing humorous GIFs, memes and videos. “We basically wanted to solve our own problem — that was, how can we find funny pictures? How can I share them with my friends?” said Chan, The Hong Kong businessman, the founder of 9GAG. In 2008, he and four partners, all of them in their 20s, pulled together $1,270 to start 9GAG as a side project to their day jobs. They had no idea that in less than a decade they’d be running a global entertainment giant. Today, 9GAG is one of the most popular platforms on the internet, drawing 150 million users a month. Its Facebook page has 39 million likes, and its Instagram account has 44.5 million followers. Chan and his colleagues were constantly working to adapt. “It took a long time for us to figure out what our users really like and what we really had to do to improve our product,” he said. On 9GAG, users can upload their own photos and videos to the site and search for what’s trending. Chan says that there was “no specific moment” when the site suddenly got big but by 2012, it was clearly no longer a side project when Chan and the four other founders quit their jobs to work on it full time — and to figure out how it could make money. That year, 9GAG launched iOS and Android apps and its official social media accounts. It also began running ads on the site, which have become its biggest source of revenue. In 2013, 9GAG hired its first employee. Today, the company has about 30 employees in Hong Kong and New York.
Apple shares rise as solid iPhone sales growth cheers Wall Street
Shares in Apple have risen after it reported solid phone sales growth in the latest quarter despite fears over demand for the iPhone X. Wall Street was also cheered by the announcement of $100bn in share buybacks, doubling the reward for investors compared to the same period last year. The stock climbed 3.6% in after-hours trading after Apple reported best-ever second quarter revenues of $61.1bn (£44.9bn), up 16% and ahead of expectations. Analysts had feared the iPhone X model’s $999 (roughly £730) price tag could have muted demand for the handsets. Average selling prices for iPhones rose to $728 from $655 a year ago – apparently helped by demand for the iPhone X – though this missed expectations of $742. Apple’s second quarter revenue included $9.1bn from its services business, which includes Apple Music, the App Store and iCloud. Apple does not break down sales by iPhone model but Mr. Cook said he was delighted by the overall figures and forecast a mid-point revenue range of $52.5bn for the third quarter – above previous estimates. He said: “We’re thrilled to report our best March quarter ever, with strong revenue growth in iPhone, Services and Wearables. “Customers chose iPhone X more than any other iPhone each week in the March quarter, just as they did following its launch in the December quarter. “We also grew revenue in all of our geographic segments, with over 20% growth in Greater China and Japan.”