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Pravetz computers to make a come back

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Here is a bit of exciting news! Yes, it may not be about the current status of the Bulgarian property market, but as a bit of a geek myself I very much rejoiced when I heard this!

 

Bulgaria’s very own Pravetz computers are making a comeback after 30 years of absence from the market.

 

The legend returns after 30 years, says the brand official homepage, while displaying a notebook and its parameters.

 

Judging from the ad, Pravetz 64M will run on its own Pravetz OS and have a free office suite, Intel processor and would also run on other OS’s, such as Android, Windows, Solaris and Chrome OS.

 

Initially there was no information about the possibility of pre-order or pricing, not even contact information. An email address was subsequently added. The news spread quickly in Bulgarian virtual space and lead to logical questions about whether this was true or just someone trying to joke.

 

Capital.bg was among the first media outlets to confirm the news. According to the on-line issue of Bulgaria’s business and politics newspaper, Laptopclean is the company reviving the Pravetz brand. The company manager confirms that they will start selling the notebook next year.

 

Boyko Vouchev, Laptopclean manager, adds that they already have a ready prototype and have completed initial tests, although they do not commit to an exact release date and pricing yet. He also mentions he did not expect the placing of the ad to go viral or receive such big response.

 

Unlike the models of the 80s of the last century, the new machines will not be produced entirely in the country. New Pravetz 64M laptops hardware design will be in Taiwan and they’ll be assembled in Bulgaria. Vouchev gives no details about the enigmatic Pravetz OS, but confirms that it is an open source platform.

 

According to the website, the new laptop will use Intel i3, i5 or i7, will have up to 16 GB RAM and up to 2 TB memory. Conveniently, it will also have a SIM card reader for mobile Internet. Vouchev says, they would use Intel processors, because at the moment Bulgaria does not manufacture its own chips. Vouchev also confirms that the company has acquired the rights to Pravetz trademark and they were just renewed.

 

The development of Pravetz computers began in the 70s of last century, and they were manufactured in the town with the same name, also being the birth place of the famous Bulgarian socialist leader Todor Zhivkov. A good deal of the peripheral devices back then were manufactured in the country, too. However, production stops with the fall of communism.

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Bulgaria Property Sales Rise In the 3rd Quarter

Veliko Tarnovo real estate

Veliko Tarnovo real estate

Bulgarian real estate market marked a growth of 1.42% in sales on an annual basis during the third quarter of 2013, reports Novinite.com.

According to the English issue of the online media, during the third quarter a total of 59 475 Bulgarian properties were sold.

The property sales in the bigger regional cities account for 53% of the total national sales.

The highest price increase compared to the same period in 2012 is registered in Burgas, followed by Sofia and Plovdiv.

 

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Bulgaria to demand reimbursement for unfortunate toruism logo

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The new Bulgarian tourism logo and branding introduced last year

Bulgarian state is to request reimbursement for the new tourism branding, which did not meet public support, reports Dnevnik.bg.

 

This was the statement of the Deputy Minister of Economy, responsible for tourism, Branimir Botev, during the sixth edition of the Black Sea Tourism forum in Varna.

 

Botev said he had complained to the Legal Affairs Directorate of the Ministry to seek termination of the contract with the company and the option to reimburse the amount paid for the brand building.

 

The company dealing with the branding won 1.6 million lev, sponsored through the operational programme “Regional Development” for the development of the brand. The logo design met with much criticism and was said to look more like a “colorful candy” or “poached eggs”. It was also claimed that it looked very similar to the logo of Kyrgyzstan.

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Decline in the construction business

Construction in August has declined compared to July this year, and compared with the same month last year, according to the National Statistical Institute (NSI), reports Dnevnik.

 

Usually the summer months are the strongest in the sector because of the favourable weather conditions, but this August NSI reported shrinking in the construction of buildings and infrastructure.

 

Preliminary NSI data shows that in August 2013 the index of production in the sector, calculated on the basis of seasonally adjusted data, has dropped by 1% compared to the previous month, and by 9.5% from levels reported in August 2012.

 

Compared to July 2013 civil construction decreased by 1.1 % and building construction – by 0.8%. Compared to August 2012 the decline was respectively 12.3% and 7.2% .

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Prison Museum Veliko Tarnovo

Prison Museum

Prison Museum

Prison Museum in Veliko Tarnovo is a unique museum for Bulgaria. The solid stone building is located south of the former Turkish Konak, now Museum of Bulgarian Revival and Constituent Assembly. It serves as a prison for a century, between the year of 1854 – 1954, before turning into a museum in 1960.

 

The museum exposition was restored in 2011. The original interior of three prison cells and the secure lock-up cell were restored. These cells were used during the years of National Liberation Movement in 19th century. The tools used for torture are preserved in the original torture room, along with description of the punishments that used to be applied. Displayed are also the names of 399 fighters for the National Liberation who served terms in Tarnovo prison.

 

A separate panel contains portraits of notorious persons from Bulgarian history who were locked up here – Filip Totyu, Stefan Karadja, Vasil Levski, Todor Kableshkov, Bacho Kiro, Georgi Izmirliev, Todor Kirkov, etc. The visitor room and the prison manager rooms are also restored. Tourists can also see everyday items, which used to belong to prisoners like aluminium cans for food, spoons, ceramic water jugs, wooden boxes for personal items. Some object were made by the prisoners, such as a chessboard and a hairnet.