Council authorizes budget increase for new City Services Building

first_imgHomeNewsCity CouncilCouncil authorizes budget increase for new City Services Building Jun. 01, 2016 at 6:25 amCity CouncilCouncil authorizes budget increase for new City Services BuildingMatthew Hall5 years agocaliforniacity councilCity Hallcity of santa monicacity servicescity services buildinggreen buildingliving building certificationLos Angelesnew city hall buildingnew city hall facilityNewsSanta Monicasanta monica californiaSanta Monica City Councilsanta monica city hallsanta monica news As Kermit the Frog knew, it’s not easy being green, and based on the cost of a new wing of City Hall, it’s not cheap either.Council approved an additional $17.6 million for the new City Services Building at their May 24 meeting, bringing the total of the proposed structure to $74.5 million. Staff said a countywide construction boom and the use of cutting edge technology are the primary culprits for the cost increase, but the building could help the city save about $3 million per year in current lease costs.The proposed 50,000 square foot addition to City Hall would be built between the current building and the Public Safety Facility. City staff currently housed in leased offices will be combined in the new wing, reducing ongoing costs and improving customer service by locating similar services in a central location.Current leases cost City Hall about $2 million per year with costs expected to increase by 3-5 percent per year.“The project would save the City money over time by eliminating expensive leased spaces housing staff in various locations and relocating 239 staff to a new building immediately adjacent to City Hall, thereby creating a City Hall campus resulting in a more centralized and efficient customer experience,” said the staff report.Staff is aiming for a Living Building Certification, considered the highest and most stringent sustainability classification. To achieve the goal, the building aims to produce its own power and use no more water than is provided by annual rainfall.Power production will be provided by solar panels on the roof of the new building, on City Hall itself and over a nearby parking lot. In addition, the building is designed with low energy features, most significantly an environmental system that will keep internal temperatures between 70-78 degrees using natural ventilation and a radiant heat/cool slab. In times of extreme heat or cold, a traditional air conditioning system will be available.To reduce water use, the building will use composting toilets and will have a rainwater catchment system installed. It’s possible the building could utilize it’s own well to mitigate drought conditions.The high tech systems, combined with a booming construction market in the Los Angeles area, have driven up the price since project inception. Construction costs, plus some necessary changes to existing buildings, will be funded through $74,471,629 in lease revenue bonds. “Initially, debt service and other costs related to building ownership would exceed savings by approximately $3.2 to $3.4 million a year. This cost would steadily decrease until lease savings would equal or exceed the cost of debt service and building maintenance,” said the report.Staff said the building would break even in 18-27 years based on lease [email protected] :californiacity councilCity Hallcity of santa monicacity servicescity services buildinggreen buildingliving building certificationLos Angelesnew city hall buildingnew city hall facilityNewsSanta Monicasanta monica californiaSanta Monica City Councilsanta monica city hallsanta monica newsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentMaez raise approved by SMMUSD boardCommunity rallies around family of Will Rogers parentYou Might Also LikeBriefsNewsInput Invited for Marine Park Improvement ProjectsGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsPublic Health Emphasizes the Importance of Vaccinations as Distancing and Masking Guidelines Relax Next WeekGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNews“Righting Our Wrongs” performance on June 11Guest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsSEATTLE Feds plan to curtail West Coast salmon fishing to help orcasGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsBeach House Begins Community Re-Opening June 15Guest Author2 days agoColumnsFeaturedNewsOpinionWhat’s the Point?whats the pointGAY PRIDE MONTH IS HERE FOR ALL OF USDavid Pisarra2 days agolast_img read more

Fowler detours to Wyndham with Ryder Cup in doubt

first_imgGREENSBORO, N.C. – The annual bubble watch has taken on a different tone this year at the Wyndham Championship. Sure, there will still be steadfast checking of projected FedEx Cup standings in the final week of the regular season, as players endure one last 72-hole crucible to determine playing privileges for next season. But thanks to a malleable summer schedule, there’s another race nearing its conclusion that has brought some high-profile names to Greensboro. The Ryder Cup is now just six weeks away, and while typically the teams are largely set by this stage, this year there are still two events remaining for players on both teams to earn automatic qualifying berths. There are eight such spots available on the American side, and the 11th-hour competition to secure a roster spot is fierce. Less than $50,000 separates No. 8 Patrick Reed from No. 9 Brandt Snedeker. Both are in the field this week, meaning a top-25 finish could be enough to flip the pecking order heading into The Barclays. It’s an incentive that has led No. 13 Scott Piercy to make a rare appearance at Sedgefield Country Club, and it resulted in No. 18 Jim Furyk choosing to return for the first time since 2011. But the player likely under the most pressure to perform is Wyndham debutant Rickie Fowler – a scenario that seemed implausible a few months ago. After all, Fowler was one of the hottest players in the world to start the year, backing up a three-win 2015 campaign with a convincing victory over a strong field in Abu Dhabi. That was followed by a playoff loss to Hideki Matsuyama in Phoenix, when Fowler surrendered a two-shot lead over the final two holes. Wyndham Championship: Articles, photos and videos A bittersweet result, sure. But it was also further evidence that Fowler was likely to cruise through the balance of a busy summer schedule that would end with him donning the stars and stripes at Hazeltine. Needless to say, things haven’t exactly worked out that way. Since the Masters, Fowler has posted more missed cuts (four) than top-25 finishes (three). His best result in that stretch, a T-4 finish at Quail Hollow, was tinged with disappointment after he failed to convert a 54-hole lead, closing with a 74. Even last week’s performance at the Olympics was a microcosm for Fowler’s season: a third-round burst, just enough to reinforce his vast potential, but not enough to compensate for 54 other mediocre holes. As a result, Fowler has gone from a virtual Ryder Cup lock to a very precarious position: 12th in points and perhaps competing with the likes of Snedeker, Furyk, Matt Kuchar and Bubba Watson for one of captain Davis Love III’s four selections. Keenly aware of the situation, Fowler decided to book a last-minute ticket from Rio to Greensboro in the hopes of turning things around with the deadline looming. “With where I was on Ryder Cup points and knowing that the points, with Bethpage coming up, this was a good addition to the schedule,” Fowler said Wednesday. “It wasn’t something we planned on earlier in the year, but the Ryder Cup is something that means a lot to me. It’s something where I’ve been a part of two teams, and I don’t want to miss out on another one.” Fowler is in danger of doing just that, and after a sluggish summer the culprit is clear. Fowler is sixth this season on Tour in strokes gained tee-to-green and seventh in total strokes gained, but he sits just 56th in strokes gained putting. “It’s been a struggle ever since Abu Dhabi, not making any putts,” he said. “When putts don’t go in, you don’t have that complete confidence in the putter. It kind of can start bleeding into the rest of the game.” Fowler’s putting woes contributed in part to missed cuts at Augusta National and Oakmont, and his bid for an Olympic medal was derailed on the very first green last week in Rio when he opened with a four-putt. With the self-doubt continuing to mount, Fowler has started to tinker with his putting with increasing frequency. He has gone back and forth between conventional and cross-handed grips since the Quicken Loans National in June, including attempts with both grips last week in Brazil. While he was putting cross-handed under the midday sun Wednesday on the Sedgefield putting green, Fowler admits his mechanics remain a work in progress. “Just been something I’ve done every year or two. It’s almost like the cross-handed is a little, I guess, an aid in a way,” he said. “It actually puts me in a better position at setup. Sometimes I get a little off (with) conventional, and just a way of getting it back to where I want it to be.” That last bit could also apply to Fowler’s overall game, which hasn’t been where he wants it to be for several months now. While it’s hard to imagine a Ryder Cup team without him – especially at a domestic venue where his popularity with partisan crowds could have a tangible impact on the outcome – it is now a very plausible scenario. Fowler could still earn a pick, even without a late burst of form. But while his play has remained stagnant, his competition has picked up significantly – first Furyk’s 58 at the Travelers Championship, then Kuchar’s bronze medal performance at the Olympics. Fowler now has two more chances to nab an automatic bid, a high-stakes fortnight that begins this week with an unexpected detour to the Tar Heel State. It’s a circumstance that few could have predicted earlier this year, but it’s one that means the FedEx Cup bubble boys won’t be the only ones sweating this week at Sedgefield.last_img read more

Yimby group backs City Council candidates

first_img Full Name* Email Address* Council members Mark Gjonaj and Robert Holden, who are being challenged by candidates endorsed by Open New York (Photos via City Council)A pro-development group is flexing its political muscle for the first time, backing candidates in upcoming City Council races.Open New York, which advocates for increased density in wealthy neighborhoods, is endorsing eight contenders for the 51-member Council, where two-thirds of members will leave office next year due to term limits.“A district-by-district fiefdom approach to development is not working and we need a smarter citywide approach,” Casey Berkovitz, a board member, told Politico.Read moreCorey Johnson’s plan to overhaul land use process Group launches campaign to save Gowanus Message*center_img This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Berkovitz said the electoral endorsements are the first for the group, which is fundraising to hire an executive director. The Council determines rezonings, which substantial residential projects routinely seek in New York City.On Wednesday, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson released a comprehensive plan to overhaul the city’s approach to land use decisions. The 10-year plan sets long-term goals for housing, transportation and public space, and adds opportunities for the public to weigh in.Two of Open New York’s candidates are challenging Democratic incumbents. Juan Ardila, a Legal Aid Society employee, is taking on Council member Robert Holden, who has opposed homeless shelters in his Queens district. It is also backing Marjorie Velázquez, a Bronx community board member who is running against Mark Gjonaj, another conservative-leaning Council Democrat. Both insurgents have also been endorsed by the Working Families Party.Another Open New York endorsee, Sara Lind, is running in an Upper West Side district where tower-averse Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is expected to seek her former City Council seat.The “yes in my back yard” group and progressive leaders have criticized Mayor Bill de Blasio for focusing rezoning on lower-income neighborhoods. But this fall the mayor announced he will seek to rezone Soho and Gowanus next year.Open New York is a vocal supporter of both of those rezonings, as well as residential projects in high-income areas, prompting suspicion that it is doing the real estate industry’s bidding. Berkovitz said the nonprofit takes no money from groups like the Real Estate Board of New York, which told The Real Deal it has no knowledge of Open New York’s operations. The group has accepted money from individuals who work in real estate.[Politico] — E.B. SolomontContact E.B. Solomontlast_img read more

Yellowtail-1, ExxonMobil’s 13th discovery offshore Guyana

first_img Guyana Could be Model for Climate Change: Aligning Oil and… Guyana now oil producing state Belize PM concerned over Scotiabank sale – CARICOM… In a release, Dr. Bynoe noted that “Guyana continues to receive positive news with the announcement of these oil finds offshore, the real substance of these finds will accrue only when citizens are able to benefit directly or indirectly from these discoveries.” Jul 6, 2020 New oil finds push Guyana above industry standards(Guyana Chronicle) US Oil giant, ExxonMobil on Wednesday confirmed the two additional discoveries offshore Guyana at Tilapia-1 and Haimara-1 wells, bringing the total number of discoveries in the Stabroek Block to 12. Guyana Chronicle on Wednesday broke the story on the discoveries hours before ExxonMobil and the Department of Energy…February 7, 2019In “Business”Double strike!(Department of Public Information) Guyana’s oil and gas sector continues to expand as the country moves towards first oil in early 2020. Director of the Department of Energy, Dr. Mark Bynoe (Monday) morning announced that both Tullow Oil and ExxonMobil have made discoveries of oil in commercial quantities. The finds…September 17, 2019In “Energy”Another oil strike in GuyanaGuyana’s oil reserves continue to increase as Tullow Guyana B.V struck liquid gold at the Jethro-1 exploration well. This was announced by Director, Department of Energy, Dr. Mark Bynoe. According to the release, the exploration well which was drilled in the Orinduik Block has discovered oil in commercial quantities. The…August 13, 2019In “Business”Share this on WhatsApp Dec 21, 2019 Belize tourism growing at 8.6% per year – CARICOM… Yellowtail-1 is the third discovery for 2019 and represents the 5th discovery in the Turbot area, where ExxonMobil is evaluating its potential as an additional development hub. The well encountered approximately 292 feet (89 metres) of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoir and was drilled to a depth of 18,445 feet (5,622 metres) in 6,046 feet (1,843 metres) of water. It is located approximately 6 miles (10 kilometres) northwest of the Tilapia discovery. Read more at: Department of Public Information Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… You may be interested in… Dec 6, 2019 (Department of Public Information) ExxonMobil has made its 13th discovery offshore Guyana at the Yellowtail-1 Well. This disclosure was made by Director of Energy, Dr. Mark Bynoe, on Thursday, who assured his department will be relentless in ensuring that returns are optimised from these resources for all of Guyana. Dec 9, 2019last_img read more

July was Earth’s hottest month in modern times: US

first_imgJuly was Earth’s hottest month in modern times: USSoaring temperatures worldwide made July the Earth’s hottest month in modern times, setting a new high mark for global heat in 137 years of record-keeping, US government scientists said Wednesday.The report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration came just two days after the US space agency NASA released its climate data, which also found July was a record-breaking month.“July is typically the hottest month for the globe, and last month didn’t disappoint,” said a summary of the monthly report by NOAA.“July 2016 was 1.57 degrees Fahrenheit (0.87 degree Celsius) above the 20th-century average, breaking last year’s record for the warmest July on record by 0.11 degrees.”Scientists say the heating trend is being driven by fossil-fuel burning, and is made worse by the ocean warming phenomenon known as El Nino, which came to an end last month.July’s global average of temperatures taken over land and ocean surfaces was the “highest for any month in the NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880.”July also marks the 15th consecutive month of breaking monthly temperature records, “the longest such streak in the 137-year record,” NOAA said.– Scorching Gulf –The report found above-average warmth across most of the Earth, with new records observed in parts of Indonesia, southern Asia, and New Zealand.Scorching temperatures were seen in part of the Gulf region, with several locations across Kuwait experiencing temperatures higher than 113 F during July.“The highest maximum temperature during July 2016 was recorded in Mitribah, Kuwait when temperatures soared to 126.5 F on July 22,” it said.In Bahrain, the average temperature of 96.8 F for the month was the nation’s highest July temperature since national records began in 1902.New Zealand, Spain and Hong Kong were also unusually warm.Places that saw near-average or cooler-than-normal temperatures last month included the northwestern United States, eastern Canada, southern South America, southwestern Australia, north central Russia, Kazakhstan, and India.Ocean temperatures were also at a record high, amid concerns that warming waters are contributing to the spread of coral bleaching worldwide.Source: AFPlast_img read more

Parker’s Big Night Leads Barberton to a 35-0 Win Over Bedford to Move on in the High School Playoffs

first_imgBy Michael Rogers RAVENNA, OHIO – The undefeated Barberton Magic (11-0) took on the Bedford Bearcats (10-1) at Ravenna Stadium in the second round of the 2017 high school football playoffs, and the magic continued for another week as they moved on in Division II, Region 5 play with a 35-0 win.Bedford hung around in the first half, mainly because Barberton kept getting penalized. The Magic had 221 total yards on offense in the first half compared to 65 total yards by Bedford.Barberton went into half with a 7-0 lead thanks to a nine-yard touchdown run by Jeff Parker, who would use that run to spark a second half explosion.In the second half, Barberton came out a team possessed. Parker, Keye Thompson and Garrett Turnbaugh lead Barberton to 28 unanswered second half points.Parker had 25 attempts and 225 rushing yards. Thompson ran for a touchdown with 104 yards rushing and threw one to Turnbaugh. Barberton went on to win 35-0 and will play Hoban next week at a site to be announced on Sunday in the third round of the high school playoffs. Related TopicsBarberton MagicBedford Bearcats NEO HS Stafflast_img read more

Spur, Relate partner to help mothers

first_imgBy purchasing a Relate Bracelet at R34 you contribute to women and child development in the country. (Image: Spur Foundation)The pride of many African families is securing their children a future through education, and the Spur Foundation and Relate Bracelets is helping people to achieve this.Research conducted by The Clothing Bank, a Spur Foundation partner, asking 100 women in South African townships how their lives had changed since they had a steady income, resoundingly showed that their quality of living was vastly improved. And while their lives had improved generally, the one aspect that made all of them proud was that they could provide a better education for their children.With this in mind, the Spur Foundation is working with Relate Bracelets on an endeavour to raise R750 000. The cash will be used to set up micro franchises that will empower single mothers to earn a living and so afford a better education for their children.The aim of the campaign is to reiterate the values of the late Nelson Mandela by getting 67 000 people to help change the lives of South African families. People are encouraged to buy a Relate Bracelet for R30 from the Spur family of brands – Spur Steak Ranches, Panarottis and John Dory’s.“It’s already proven to be a remarkably successful campaign in a short space of time, as more than 30 000 bracelets have sold,” said Neil Robinson, the chief executive of Relate Bracelets. “The fact that so many bracelets have sold in a matter of weeks is an incredible success story for Relate, and it shows that there is a huge consumer appetite for helping others.”TRICKLE-DOWN EFFECTThe women who do the beadwork for the bracelets, are mostly pensioners, and many of them care for children orphaned by Aids. The young packers and closers, however, benefit the most as they are prepped for life outside the Spur Foundation initiatives.“But they also help the cause they are sold in aid of, in our case the Spur Foundation and the beneficiaries we support. So a small spend goes a long way,” said Ronel van Dijk, the chairperson of the Spur Foundation.Once 67 000 bracelets have been sold, the Spur Foundation will use the money to focus on early childhood development and empowering South African families.“We want to use funds raised for early childhood development, but we recognise that there are many single mothers out there in the townships who cannot afford quality education for their children. What we would like to do is utilise funds to develop a franchising model for townships for a food offering that will enable single mothers to earn a living and to pay for quality education for their children,” she added.GIVING TO SINGLE MOTHERSWorking with organisations like the Asha Trust and The Clothing Bank’s Micro Franchise Accelerator, the Spur Foundation has learned that about 70% of children in townships are being brought up by single mothers or grandmothers, with little or no help from the fathers.“The franchisees will predominantly be young mothers and the income they earn from the micro franchises we help them empower themselves to set their children up for a better education, and life, by being able to send them to early childhood development centres – also franchised by The Clothing Bank’s Micro Franchise Accelerator,” Van Dijk said.The Spur Foundation believes this will be a long-term partnership, with the micro franchises first rolled out carefully in selected areas and later countrywide once the model proves itself.“What if,” Robinson asked, “every employed South African spent just R35 on one bracelet each year? That would mean close to a quarter of a billion rand towards these causes annually, with this easy to do, small spend impacting on our country in a big way. It could result in a big dent in our country’s problems.”last_img read more

InnovAlarm – Web-based security and health monitoring

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting SummaryAs I mentioned, InnovAlarm is definitely ambitious. Their goal is to have moreresidential and small business accounts monitored than the current security monitoring marketleader, ADT (6 million as of now). They don’t say what their goals are in the healthmonitoring market.I think we’ll see a lot more ‘real world’ applications of Web technology in the comingmonths. Monitoring the security of your home and the health of your body are obviouslyvery important matters, so it’s great to see Web-enabled solutions beginning toappear. Tags:#Real World#web One of the more ambitious andinnovative Web apps I’ve heard of recently is InnovAlarm, a Web-based platform for security,safety and health monitoring services. Although their website has little informationabout the product, InnovAlarm CTO David Albert sent me more details. He told me their aimis “to ‘Skype’ the security monitoring and home monitoring businesses.”The overall goal for InnovAlarm is to create a large Internet community around freePC-based security, safety, and health monitoring services. As for the technology behindthis vision, the disruptive part is Voice over IP telephony, which InnovAlarmthinks has the potential to usurp traditional alarm communication methods.InnovAlarm is currently pre-beta – their beta testing will start in the Sept -Octtimeframe. The service roll-out is slated for Q1 2007.InnovAlarm will get a cash injection of $10 million in Series B fund in Q4 2006, sothey have money to spend on their big plans. One of their target markets, residentialsecurity monitoring, is a big one – with $7 billion in revenue in 2006 according to theirestimates. $4 billion of that goes to ADT, the largest security monitoring company in theworld. InnovAlarm estimates that, due to demographics, most of the 40 million homes withsecurity systems have broadband. So they see a way to connect security services to theInternet.How does it work?You install a small, Internet-downloadable application on your home PC, which thencommunicates with InnovAlarm’s monitoring center servers. The trick is that your PC mustbe turned on for the monitoring to take place. The “Sentry” app monitors for alarm soundsand communicates to the central servers – which sends email and text message alerts toselected recipients. When there is an alarm detection, the Sentry application initiates acall via a free VoIP service (from Skype, Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, or AOL). This thenleads to an audible alarm to:The homeownerFamily Safety Circle designated personsCentral Monitoring StationAggressive MarketingInnovAlarm will deploy a wide-ranging marketing schedule for their product, includingattempting to get it installed by manufacturers on new PCs (e.g., Dell, HP, Lenovo,Gateway, etc.). They’ll also look to distribute the app via viral marketing, partnerbundling and the establishment of the concept of Family Safety Circles. So potentialpartners include portals (Yahoo, Google, etc.), retail companies (First Alert, Kidde,etc.), insurance companies, etc. richard macmanuslast_img read more

Optimizing Google Fonts Performance

first_imgOptimizing Google Fonts PerformanceYou are here: Posted on 20th June 2019Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Optimizing Google Fonts Performance Optimizing Google Fonts Performance Danny Cooper 2019-06-20T11:00:16+02:00 2019-06-20T12:36:29+00:00It’s fair to say Google Fonts are popular. As of writing, they have been viewed over 29 trillion times across the web and it’s easy to understand why — the collection gives you access to over 900 beautiful fonts you can use on your website for free. Without Google Fonts you would be limited to the handful of “system fonts” installed on your user’s device.System fonts or ‘Web Safe Fonts’ are the fonts most commonly pre-installed across operating systems. For example, Arial and Georgia are packaged with Windows, macOS and Linux distributions.Like all good things, Google Fonts do come with a cost. Each font carries a weight that the web browser needs to download before they can be displayed. With the correct setup, the additional load time isn’t noticeable. However, get it wrong and your users could be waiting up to a few seconds before any text is displayed.Google Fonts Are Already OptimizedThe Google Fonts API does more than just provide the font files to the browser, it also performs a smart check to see how it can deliver the files in the most optimized format.Let’s look at Roboto, GitHub tells us that the regular variant weighs 168kb. Three weights of a single font family (Source Sans Pro). (Large preview)2. Exclude VariantsDue to the high-quality standard of Google Fonts, many of the font families contain the full spectrum of available font-weights:Thin (100)Thin Italic (100i)Light (300)Light Italic (300i)Regular (400)Regular Italic (400i)Medium (600)Medium Italic (600i)Bold (700)Bold Italic (700i)Black (800)Black Italic (800i)That’s great for advanced use-cases which might require all 12 variants, but for a regular website, it means downloading all 12 variants when you might only need 3 or 4.For example, the Roboto font family weighs ~144kb. If however you only use the Regular, Regular Italic and Bold variants, that number comes down to ~36kb. A 75% saving!The default code for implementing Google Fonts looks like this:If you do that, it will load only the ‘regular 400′ variant. Which means all light, bold and italic text will not be displayed correctly.To instead load all the font variants, we need to specify the weights in the URL like this:It’s rare that a website will use all variants of a font from Thin (100) to Black (900), the optimal strategy is to specify just the weights you plan to use:This is especially important when using multiple font families. For example, if you are using Lato for headings, it makes sense to only request the bold variant (and possibly bold italic):3. Combine RequestsThe code snippet we worked with above makes a call to Google’s servers (fonts.googleapis.com), that’s called an HTTP request. Generally speaking, the more HTTP requests your web page needs to make, the longer it will take to load.If you wanted to load two fonts, you might do something like this:That would work, but it would result in the browser making two requests. We can optimize that by combining them into a single request like this:There is no limit to how many fonts and variants a single request can hold.4. Resource HintsResource hints are a feature supported by modern browsers which can boost website performance. We are going to take a look at two types of resource hint: ‘DNS Prefetching’ and ‘Preconnect’.Note: If a browser doesn’t support a modern feature, it will simply ignore it. So your web page will still load normally.DNS PrefetchingDNS prefetching allows the browser to start the connection to Google’s Fonts API (fonts.googleapis.com) as soon as the page begins to load. This means that by the time the browser is ready to make a request, some of the work is already done.To implement DNS prefetching for Google Fonts, you simply add this one-liner to your web pages :PreconnectIf you look at the Google Fonts embed code it appears to be a single HTTP request:However, if we visit that URL we can see there are three more requests to a different URL, https://fonts.gstatic.com. One additional request for each font variant. Google Fonts API Request. (Large preview)Note the lastModified parameter in the API. The fonts are regularly modified and improved.6. Font DisplayWe know that it takes time for the browser to download Google Fonts, but what happens to the text before they are ready? For a long time, the browser would show blank space where the text should be, also known as the “FOIT” (Flash of Invisible Text).Recommended Reading: “FOUT, FOIT, FOFT” by Chris CoyierShowing nothing at all can be a jarring experience to the end user, a better experience would be to initially show a system font as a fallback and then “swap” the fonts once they are ready. This is possible using the CSS font-display property.By adding font-display: swap; to the @font-face declaration, we tell the browser to show the fallback font until the Google Font is available. @font-face { font-family: ‘Roboto’; src: local(‘Roboto Thin Italic’), url(https://fonts.gstatic.com/s/roboto/v19/KFOiCnqEu92Fr1Mu51QrEz0dL-vwnYh2eg.woff2) format(‘woff2’); font-display: swap; }In 2019 Google, announced they would add support for font-display: swap. You can begin implementing this right away by adding an extra parameter to the fonts URL:https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Roboto&display=swap7. Use the Text ParameterA little known feature of the Google Fonts API is the text parameter. This rarely-used parameter allows you to only load the characters you need.For example, if you have a text-logo that needs to be a unique font, you could use the text parameter to only load the characters used in the logo.It works like this:https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Roboto&text=CompanyNameObviously, this technique is very specific and only has a few realistic applications. However, if you can use it, it can cut down the font weight by up to 90%.Note: When using the text parameter, only the “normal” font-weight is loaded by default. To use another weight you must explicitly specify it in the URL.https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Roboto:700&text=CompanyNameWrapping UpWith an estimated 53% of the top 1 million websites using Google Fonts, implementing these optimizations can have a huge impact.How many of the above have you tried? Let me know in the comments section. (dm, yk, il)From our sponsors: Optimizing Google Fonts Performance (View source) (Large preview)The problem with these additional requests is that the browser won’t begin the processes to make them until the first request to https://fonts.googleapis.com/css is complete. This is where Preconnect comes in.Preconnect could be described as an enhanced version of prefetch. It is set on the specific URL the browser is going to load. Instead of just performing a DNS lookup, it also completes the TLS negotiation and TCP handshake too.Just like DNS Prefetching, it can be implemented with one line of code:Just adding this line of code can reduce your page load time by 100ms. This is made possible by starting the connection alongside the initial request, rather than waiting for it to complete first.5. Host Fonts LocallyGoogle Fonts are licensed under a ‘Libre’ or ‘free software’ license, which gives you the freedom to use, change and distribute the fonts without requesting permission. That means you don’t need to use Google’s hosting if you don’t want to — you can self-host the fonts!All of the fonts files are available on Github. A zip file containing all of the fonts is also available (387MB).Lastly, there is a helper service that enables you to choose which fonts you want to use, then it provides the files and CSS needed to do so.There is a downside to hosting fonts locally. When you download the fonts, you are saving them as they are at that moment. If they are improved or updated, you won’t receive those changes. In comparison, when requesting fonts from the Google Fonts API, you are always served the most up-to-date version. 168kb for a single font variant. (Large preview)However, if I request the same font variant from the API, I’m provided with this file. Which is only 11kb. How can that be?When the browser makes a request to the API, Google first checks which file types the browser supports. I’m using the latest version of Chrome, which like most browsers supports WOFF2, so the font is served to me in that highly compressed format.If I change my user-agent to Internet Explorer 11, I’m served the font in the WOFF format instead.Finally, if I change my user agent to IE8 then I get the font in the EOT (Embedded OpenType) format.Google Fonts maintains 30+ optimized variants for each font and automatically detects and delivers the optimal variant for each platform and browser.— Ilya Grigorik, Web Font OptimizationThis is a great feature of Google Fonts, by checking the user-agent they are able to serve the most performant formats to browsers that support those, while still displaying the fonts consistently on older browsers.Browser CachingAnother built-in optimization of Google Fonts is browser caching.Due to the ubiquitous nature of Google Fonts, the browser doesn’t always need to download the full font files. SmashingMagazine, for example, uses a font called ‘Mija’, if this is the first time your browser has seen that font, it will need to download it completely before the text is displayed, but the next time you visit a website using that font, the browser will use the cached version.As the Google Fonts API becomes more widely used, it is likely visitors to your site or page will already have any Google fonts used in your design in their browser cache.— FAQ, Google FontsThe Google Fonts browser cache is set to expire after one year unless the cache is cleared sooner.Note: Mija isn’t a Google Font, but the principles of caching aren’t vendor-specific.Further Optimization Is PossibleWhile Google invests great effort in optimizing the delivery of the font files, there are still optimizations you can make in your implementation to reduce the impact on page load times.1. Limit Font FamiliesThe easiest optimization is to simply use fewer font families. Each font can add up to 400kb to your page weight, multiply that by a few different font families and suddenly your fonts weigh more than your entire page.I recommend using no more than two fonts, one for headings and another for content is usually sufficient. With the right use of font-size, weight, and color you can achieve a great look with even one font. HomeWeb DesignOptimizing Google Fonts Performance Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019last_img read more

Are these Samsung earbuds the latest fitness tracker?

first_imgSamsung enjoys being a competitor in every electronic market, and the next gadget coming from the South Korean giant might be a hearable called the Gear IconX.Big-time mobile leaker Evan Blass revealed images of the Gear IconX, which combines music streaming with fitness tracking in a pair of wireless earbuds.See also: Samsung hones in on self-driving chip businessThe Gear IconX looks similar to the Bragi Dash, though instead of black or white Samsung has chosen light blue. We don’t know if there will be other color options.According to the leak, one of the earbuds contains 4GB of flash storage, which allows the earbuds to store a few apps like Spotify, MyFitnessPal, and RunKeeper. Touch control will work similar to the Gear Circle, a Bluetooth headset from Samsung, though the leak didn’t go into specifics.Design wise, the Gear IconX will be dust and water resistant. We suspect IP58, the same specification that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge received earlier this year.We might see more sensors added to the Gear IconX, like a heart-rate sensor or dedicated GPS, according to Wearable. That might make the device more appealing to fitness fanatics.Samsung may launch the Gear IconX alongside the Gear Fit 2, a successor to the 2014 Gear Fit fitness tracker. Samsung has supposedly made the tracker more curved and ergonomic and added dedicated GPS to improve accuracy.The Gear Fit 2 should be available for around the same price as its predecessor at $200, but no price was mentioned for the Gear IconX. If we go off the Bragi Dash, we should expect it to cost around $300 to $400, though Samsung may price it lower to compete.No release dates were shared either. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Follow the Puckcenter_img Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… David Curry Tags:#Bragi Dash#earphones#Fitness Tracking#Gear Fit 2#Gear IconX#headphones#hearable#Internet of Things#IoT#music player#Samsung#wearable#wireless earbuds last_img read more