Google Doodle celebrates 30th birthday of the World Wide Web

first_img Originally published March 11.Update, March 12: Adds more background on Tim Berners-Lee. Tags Comments Share your voice Google Doodle 2:24 “When two years is a typical length of stay, information is constantly being lost,” he wrote. “The introduction of the new people demands a fair amount of their time and that of others before they have any idea of what goes on. “The technical details of past projects are sometimes lost forever, or only recovered after a detective investigation in an emergency. Often, the information has been recorded, it just cannot be found.”Berners-Lee’s proposal contained the basic concepts of the web, including ideas like HTML, URL and HTTP, but it would be another couple of years before he could demonstrate his idea. It would be another couple of years until Jim Clark and Marc Andreessen popularized the notion of commercial web browsing with Netscape in the mid-1990s.In his annual letter on the web’s birthday, Berners-Lee on Monday expressed optimism about what can be achieved in the next three decades.”Given how much the web has changed in the past 30 years, it would be defeatist and unimaginative to assume that the web as we know it can’t be changed for the better in the next 30,” he said. There are nearly 2 billion websites today; serving together as a platform for socializing, shopping, gaming or watching videos online, it’s hard to imagine getting along with out it.Happy birthday, web! Onlinecenter_img Tim Berners-Lee still believes the web can be fixed, even today As the web turns 30, its creator offers a message of hope for its future 2 Now playing: Watch this: World Wide Web turns 30 Google celebrates the web’s birthday with a reminder of what things were like in its early years. Google Thirty years ago Tuesday, 33-year-old software engineer Tim Berners-Lee submitted a proposal to his boss that would set the technology world on fire and usher in the information age.Berners-Lee was working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) outside of Geneva, Switzerland, in 1989 when he wrote Information Management: A proposal. It was a blueprint for better managing and monitoring the flow of research at the labs, but within its pages were the underpinnings for what would become known as the World Wide Web.Google, which was made possible by Berners-Lee’s invention, on Tuesday marked the technology milestone with an animated Doodle featuring pixelated letters reminiscent of the crude, block graphics that were common on early web pages. The image of a globe slowly renders on the desktop computer’s monitor as a reminder of the slow download speeds that hobbled our experiences in prebroadband days.The whole thing began when Berners-Lee grew frustrated that CERN was losing track of valuable project information because of personnel turnover and incompatible computers people brought with them to the office. How Chrome changed web browsers 10 years agolast_img read more

It was a recordbreaking year for Europe hotels in 2017 with 2018

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Britain & Europe, Trend Watch Share << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img LONDON — After reaching record-high performance levels in 2017, Europe’s hotel industry is forecasted to maintain its upward trajectory in 2018, says STR.According to recent data, Europe’s occupancy rate in 2017 was up 2.4% to 71.9%, while its Average Daily Rate (ADR) was up 3.1% to EUR110.51. Revenue per available room (RevPAR) was EUR79.46, an increase of 5.6%.Each of the three key performance metrics were the highest STR has ever benchmarked for Europe.“Hotel markets across Europe have benefitted from a wide range of factors in recent years,” said Robin Rossmann, STR’s managing director. “While hotel performance was up for nearly every world region in 2017, Europe was the clear leader in terms of growth. The region has seen substantial growth in both tourism and corporate business, and has remained resilient in the face of several terror attacks, with increasingly shorter turnaround periods needed for performance recovery.”Rossmann added that the company expects 2018 to be another stellar year for Europe hotels, “with RevPAR growth again exceeding 5% year over year.”More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksIn addition to rising 2.4% over 2016, Europe’s occupancy level in 2017 was nearly 10% higher than the previous peak in 2008, which came before the global financial crisis. During the months of July, August and September 2017, Europe recorded double-digit ADR growth compared to those same months in 2008.Looking ahead, STR’s market Forecast Reports project strong performance growth in a number of key European cities, with Moscow, Athens, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Madrid and Prague all expected to se RevPAR growth above 6%, mainly as a result of ADR growth.Paris’ performance will likely be driven by demand growth, as the market continues to see increased tourism from terror attacks in recent years. Berlin hotels are expected to record a RevPAR increase around 5%, again mainly driven by growth in ADR.After benefitting from the ‘Brexit boost’ of a weakened pound sterling following the U.K.’s June 2016 EU Referendum, London’s hotel performance has slowed in recent months as the sterling has recovered substantially against the dollar. Although the city’s demand (room nights sold) is expected to continue growing, it will likely be outweighed by supply growth, as London’s hotel inventory continues to expand. ADR growth should help the U.K. capital achieve year-end RevPAR growth around 2%. It was a record-breaking year for Europe hotels in 2017, with 2018 looking just as promising Tuesday, March 6, 2018 last_img read more