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For Sale – TP-Link AC2600 Router, Range Extenders, Corsair Sabre RGB Mouse

Hello

Having a clear out now that I have settled on a networking solution for my home, so these are surplus to requirements.

Up for sale:

TP-Link AC2600 Dual Band Wireless MU-MIMO Gigabit VDSL/ADSL Modem Router – Been used for about 6 months. Not sure I have the box still, but it does come with power supply. In good condition – standard finger prints and hairline scratches on the top and a little dusty. Looking for £115 including insured delivery.

TP-Link RE305 Range AC1200 Range Extender – barely used, still has plastic cover on – £25 including insured delivery – SOLD

TP-Link N300 WA850RE – purchased as a test unit – £10 including delivery

Corsair Sabre RGB Mouse – lighted used but prefer the pro – £26 inc delivery.

Any questions, please ask.

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Price and currency: £10+
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PayPal Gift, PayM or BT
Location: Emsworth, Hampshire
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Register Now for the Fourth Annual ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House

Hi everyone!

We’d like to welcome you to Microsoft’s Redmond Campus on August 31 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for our annual Pre-PAX ID@Xbox Open House! If you’re planning to join us, please RSVP to this Eventbrite invite to ensure we have you registered.

You can play more than 50 awesome new games from amazing independent developers from all over the world, including seeing some of the very first games running on Xbox One X and Microsoft Mixed Reality headsets! We’ll also have a nice selection of first-party games from Microsoft Studios on hand too!

And of course, we’ll have some celebrity guests on hand as well, as well as our famous raffle — want to win a ticket to PAX, the super rare ID@Xbox Controller Pillow, or an Xbox One S? This is the place to do it!

No PAX Ticket Required to Attend!

This event is free and open to everyone (under 18 with parent or guardian, please)! It takes place at Microsoft’s Visitor Center in Building 92 in Redmond. We’ll also have bus service from the Washington State Convention Center (details below).

Here’s just a partial list of the games we’ll be showing:

  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) – Bluehole, Inc.
  • Black Desert Online – Pearl Abyss
  • Cuphead – StudioMDHR
  • Ooblets – Double Fine/Glumberland
  • Aftercharge – Chainsawesome Games
  • Ark: Survival Evolved – Studio Wildcard
  • Figment – Bedtime Digital Games
  • Hello Neighbor – tinyBuild
  • I, Hope – Arconyx Games
  • Little Triangle – Dreamoji
  • Moonlighter – 11bit Studios
  • Mulaka – Lienzo
  • Mutant Football League – Digital Dreams Entertainment
  • Nine Parchments – Frozenbyte
  • OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes – Cartoon Network Games
  • Path of Exile – Grinding Gear Games
  • Raiders of the Broken Planet – Mercury Steam
  • Road Redemption – Dark Seas Interactive
  • Robocraft Infinity – Freejam
  • Steven Universe: Save the Light – Cartoon Network Games
  • Strange Brigade – Rebellion
  • Streets of Rogue – tinyBuild
  • theHunter: Call of the Wild – Avalanche Studios
  • Unruly Heroes – Magic Design Studios
  • Yoku’s Island Express – Team17 Digital Ltd.

There’s just too many to list! You’ll have to come to see the rest.

Details:

ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House
Microsoft Visitors Center
15010 NE 36th Street, Building 92, Microsoft Campus, Redmond, WA 98052
There’s free on-site parking

Complimentary buses from Stewart Transportation will also transport attendees from the Washington State Convention Center to building 92. The first buses will leave the convention center at 4:30 p.m. from their Bus/Shuttle stop area.

Note: Our facilities are ADA compliant. If you need additional accommodations to attend the event, please let us know by emailing ID@xbox.com.

Don’t forget to RSVP here and we look forward to seeing you at our ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House!

Conversational Retail Bots, E-Commerce Fraud Protection & More… Thanks to the Power of Microsoft AI

A peek at selective new customers benefiting from Microsoft AI and Machine Learning.

Cami Boosts Customer Engagement at Dixons Carphone

Based in the United Kingdom, Dixons Carphone is a major electronics retailer employing over 42,000 people in 11 countries, and providing consumers with products and services that help them lead seamlessly connected lives at home, in the office, and on the move. Like most retailers, Dixons Carphone has had to adapt its business to changing consumer buying patterns, including an increase in online product research and shopping. For instance, 90 percent of their customers start their shopping journey online, and a full 65 percent use their phones to assist them while shopping in-store. This resulted in a comprehensive review of their existing customer experience strategies.


Dixons Carphone partnered with Microsoft to research ways to transform their business through better customer engagement. They also wanted to and provide their store colleagues with tools to optimize the time spent with customers. They determined that artificial intelligence could be the key to offering customers a differentiated and personalized service. Specifically, Dixons Carphone investigated the capabilities of the Microsoft Bot Framework and Microsoft Cognitive Services in the context of customer interactions. The Bot Framework helps companies build, test and deploy intelligent bots that are capable of interacting with customers in a conversational way. In the case of a retail business, bots can be programmed to answer questions about product options and stock availability, for instance. The Bot Framework works in tandem with Cognitive Services, a collection of intelligent APIs hosted on Azure that provide the underlying language and image recognition capabilities that power the bots.

Dixons Carphone spent a fair bit of time deciding on the branding and personality for their bot, and finally landed on the name Cami – a mildly geeky and confident personality, designed to help customers navigate the world of technology. Cami currently accepts text-based input in the form of questions and accepts pictures of products’ in-store shelf labels to check stock status. The bot uses the Cognitive Services Language Understanding Intelligent Service (LUIS) for conversational abilities, and the Computer Vision API to process images. Dixons Carphone was able to simply reuse existing information available on their online buying guide and from their store employee training materials to train Cami.

Cami is not just for customers – she will be assisting Dixons Carphone store colleagues as well, for instance to do stock checks the same way customers do. In addition, the company’s research showed that customers who research products online before coming to a store are often frustrated that they need to start from scratch when getting assistance from a store colleague, and Cami helps bridge that gap through a Wishlist feature. As customers add items to their Wishlist, Cami saves the search criteria they used, and store colleagues can pull up that information in-store, to see what the customer was looking for. They can then direct them to that specific product or related products which may suit their needs.

Dixons Carphone has been testing Cami before rolling out the functionality to customers, and the results have been positive. Once Cami goes live, Dixons Carphone expects the bot to be a new source of business intelligence. The company will use the Cognitive Services Text Analytics API, Azure Application Insights, and a Power BI dashboard to review which products customers are looking at, the sentiment of their interactions, and the questions they are asking. Understanding the questions that customers are asking and analyzing their interactions with the bot will help the company improve their communications and messaging as well.

You can learn more about the Dixons Carphone story here.

Arvato Bertelsmann Protects Online Merchants from E-Commerce Fraud

An estimated 70 percent of online sellers in Germany have suffered fraud attempts, but only 14 percent of them use any safeguards today. Although e-commerce merchants recognize the importance of protecting themselves from online fraud, many of them lack the resources to manage this risk efficiently. What’s more, criminals are quick to adapt their fraudulent methods, so any solutions used by merchants need to learn and adapt as well.

Arvato Financial Solutions, an integrated financial services provider, offers vital services around ecommerce safety for some 2,000 odd customers. One of eight divisions of Bertelsmann – the German media, services and education giant – Avato has over 68,000 employees and delivers a rich portfolio of payment-related BPO services. Arvato recently partnered with Microsoft, inovex GmbH, a cloud and big data specialist, and a few of Arvato’s e-commerce customers to create a fraud detection solution using Microsoft’s big data and machine learning offerings.


By combining Azure services with the open-source Storm and Hadoop frameworks, Avato built an integrated cloud-based solution that uses a modern lambda architecture to process massive data quantities using both batch and stream processing. The batch path transforms existing data using Hadoop. Then, by applying machine learning algorithms, the solution develops self-learning analytical models from past fraud cases, for early recognition of any new fraudulent approaches. The stream-processing path captures incoming real-time transaction data via Azure Event Hubs. It then analyzes the data with the assistance of Storm and Azure Machine Learning to uncover fraudulent activities as they happen.

An important goal of the project was to visualize and monitor the models, and Power BI serves this function, displaying datasets drawn directly from cloud sources, Azure HDInsight, and SQL Database on several large screens in Arvato’s monitoring center.

Avato’s investment in good cloud design is paying for itself, helping the company reliably fulfill SLAs using cloud services. Their flexible architecture enables rapid deployment, which is key for fraud recognition in an international e-commerce setting. Using Microsoft machine learning on big data, Avato has created an innovative e-commerce fraud recognition solution and built the basis for innovative financial BPO services based on Microsoft Azure.

Read more about the Arvato Financial Solutions story here.

Complex Networks Automatically Curates Personalized Website Content

Complex Networks is a youth culture media company catering to millennials and part of Verizon Hearst Media Partners, an American entertainment and media holding company. With a focus on music, style, entertainment, sports and popular culture and a robust portfolio of popular channels such as Complex, First We Feast, Collider, and Rated Red, plus a multichannel network with more than 100 websites, Complex Networks has built a powerful pop culture brand presence. Their sites feature over 54 million unique visitors a month and an average of 800 million video views per month.

The company’s main website, Complex.com, strives to present visitors with fresh, engaging materials to attract their interest. The current focus is around video consumption and efficiently showing visitors the right content at the right time, so they spend more time on the site, visit more pages, watch more videos and generate more ad conversions. The company wanted to improve engagement on its owned and operated websites, specifically around automating and personalizing the selection of featured site content. Historically, the company’s editorial department manually curated what content to highlight on the site, using factors such as what content was most recent, or trending, etc. While this took advantage of editors’ subject matter expertise, it was also inefficient, especially in contrast to the big social networks, which algorithmically recommend content to drive a ton of traffic.

It was clear to Complex Networks that they needed to invest in automation and the power of AI, to compete better. 


The team initially considered crafting its own solution to add recommendation logic to the website, but ultimately decided that outside services would offer better results. They learned about Microsoft Custom Decision Service, an open-source reinforcement learning system running on Azure. One of the Microsoft’s Cognitive Services APIs, the Custom Decision Service harnesses the power of AI to help applications create custom experiences with adaptive, contextual decision making. The Custom Decision Service algorithms use observations of actual user behavior to train themselves to continuously improve and optimize decisions.

Using their existing video player setup, the team ran A/B tests comparing Custom Decision Service with other solutions and was pleased with the results. Aside from being easy to implement and understand, the Custom Decision Service was also customizable in ways that other tools were not. The input data and reward can be made to vary by decision, so the service can optimize the most important metrics. This makes it easy to implement business logic on top of the service.

Following the successful tests with the video player, Complex Networks implemented Custom Decision Service on the homepage of Complex.com. The homepage features three articles or videos at the top, and Custom Decision Service now chooses the content for two of the three from a pool of 10 to 15 items selected by the editors. When the team evaluated their A/B test results, they found that Custom Decision Service consistently generated more clicks than hand curation. What’s more, Custom Decision Service works around the clock, with the most sustained performance observed during nights and weekends. Since eighty percent of their audience is returning visitors, it was especially important to Complex Networks to keep their content fresh and relevant to their users’ interests, so they are motivated to keep coming back.

Custom Decision Service incorporates other Cognitive Services APIs to analyze page content and provide better decision making for Complex Networks. For instance, the Computer Vision API scans images on the page and determines what they contain, and can identify people, locations, objects, and the presence of any adult content. The Emotion API looks at people in the images and identifies any strong emotions being expressed. The Text Analytics API parses any language on the page and determines its sentiment. And custom topic models hosted on Azure Machine Learning extract topics for given articles.

Complex Networks has already begun looking at other ways to apply Custom Decision Service. The company is rolling out a new video product that presents visitors with one video at a time and lets them swipe right or left on the video, based on their feelings about it, and move on to another. They have built a prototype using Video Indexer – another Cognitive Services API – to index and analyze the video content, and are considering using Custom Decision Service to make the important choice of which videos a visitor is most likely to enjoy. By helping the editorial department curate and select pieces of content to be distributed through other outlets, and allowing editors to focus on creating the best content, as opposed to spending time ranking articles, Custom Decision Service can also help improve the editorial processes within the company. Because Custom Decision Service is constantly learning and refining its choices, the results just keep getting better over time.

You can learn more about the Complex Networks solution here.

ML Blog Team

For Sale – Acer 24″ K242HL LED LCD 1080p Full HD Monitor (Hardly Used)

Technically 23.6″. Retails new around £125 so its a steal at £75 plus delivery which I could drop off at my local myHermes.

Bought to use with my MacBook but just about to have a iMac 27″ delivered tomorrow. Bought around two months ago from Tesco in-store but don’t have the receipt handy and I used the box for putting some boots in to sell last month but will bubblewrap carefully etc.

As I mentioned, its been used less than three hours at the most. Comes with the power cable and cannot remember if it came with a HDMI cable put will pop one in with it also.

Collection welcome.

Price and currency: 75
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT or PPG
Location: South Cumbria (near Kendal)
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Get ready for fall with Back-to-School Discounted Apps Collection in the Windows Store – The Fire Hose

If you’re getting ready for fall classes and activities, the Back-to-School Discounted Apps Collection in the Windows Store has some great deals.

They include 20 percent off Complete Anatomy in-app purchases, 30 percent off Stagelight in-app purchases and 50 percent off Movie Edit Plus Pro Windows Store Edition.

Find the Back-to-School Discounted Apps Collection in the Windows Store. Also, keep up with what’s hot, new and trending in the Windows Store on Twitter and Facebook.

Vanessa Ho
Microsoft News Center Staff

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Wanted – Cheap Laptop or Two

I’m after at least one, possibly two cheap laptops. They are going to be donated to an orphanage so it is for a very good cause.

Age is not a problem, it just needs to be intact and fully working. OS is not a concern either as I will wipe and put a fresh build on before handing them over.

I can collect from pretty much anywhere in Hampshire, maybe even a bit further afield to save on shipping costs. Let me know what you’ve got!

Location: Winchester

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For Sale – Mac Pro (2013 trashcan) and NEC 30″ monitor

Due to an upgrade, my 2013 Mac Pro and NEC 30″ monitor are surplus to requirements.

Mac Pro

This is the second generation (trash can) Mac Pro, introduced in 2013. This particular one has a 3.5Ghz six core Xeon CPU, with 16GB of memory, a 1TB SSD and dual 6GB D700 graphics cards. It has been reformatted and a fresh copy of macOS Sierra installed. It includes the original manuals and box and is in excellent condition.

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Price: £2000. I will include an Apple mini DisplayPort to dual-link DVI adapter at no cost if wanted.

NEC 30″ monitor

This is the LCD3090WQXI-BK model. More specifically, it is the Spectraview Reference variant, which means it has been professionally calibrated and tested for colour accuracy. It has an IPS panel at 2560×1600 (16:10) and a response rate of 6ms. The full specification can be found here.

The monitor includes the original manual, plus a certificate from the factory containing test results from its calibration. I no longer have the original box, so this will be collection only.

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Price: £500, due to the high-end nature of the display.

I can accept bank transfer (preferred) or PayPal. I would be willing to accept sensible offers on both items.

I am willing to post the computer (at additional cost), but due to its value, I would prefer for it to be collected. As mentioned, I don’t have the box for the monitor, so you must be able collect that.

Price and currency: £2000/£500
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: PayPal or bank transfer
Location: Telford, Shropshire
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – IMAC 5K 2015 4.0ghz i7 32gb 256gb M395x mint condition

hey guys,

I am selling my late 2015 27″ 5K iMac in mint condition, warranty till October 2018. Bought directly from Apple Store when this one was launched late 2015. It’s the custom maxed out version.

Specs:

27″ late 2015 iMac
5K screen
4.0ghz i7 processor
32gb Ram (1600mhz) was 8gb originally but later upgraded to 32gb
AMD Radeon M395X 4GB
256gb SSD super fast
Warranty ends October 2018
Waireless trackpad (latest white colour)
Wireless keyboards latest white one

Machine is rarely used and it’s in mint condition apart from some scratches on the bottom the keyboard and trackpad but those are not visible when placed on the desk it’s really nothing important but just want to be clear on everything. The computer itself is in mint condition no marks or scratches.

I always take special care of my stuff and this is no exception.

It’s in north wales but I have the original box and all accessories and have the outer box for postage too so could be posted no problem. Postage is £25 extra please.

This was around £3000 when new and it still works and looks like new.

The machine is super fast and I use it for 4K video editing and works flawlessly.
Und

Price and currency: £1900
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT
Location: Bangor, Wales
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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