Celebrate Día de los Muertos with Forza Horizon 4 – Xbox Wire

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a global holiday that originated in Mexico where friends and family gather to celebrate the lives of their loved ones and to support their spiritual journeys.

To pay tribute to the holiday, the Forza Horizon 4 team partnered with three artists, Sam Rodriguez, Juan Puente, and Axis, to share their unique interpretations and to help bring their art to life in-game. Below, learn more about each artist’s creation, their gaming connection, and how you can also celebrate the holiday by downloading new in-game content now available through November 8th.

Sam Rodriguez

“Day of The Dead is a celebration of a person’s life and identity. For this piece I wanted to celebrate the various influences of my own art which include graffiti, gaming, and Aztec images. I chose to illustrate a contemporary urban/hip-hop character with these styles so that the piece could feel like an update of our tradition. The mixing of these styles demonstrates who I am as a person. Over the Calaka’s (Skull’s) eyes reads, ‘Vida’ or ‘Life’ because the holiday is about celebrating the lives of our loved ones and accepting death as a natural and necessary life cycle.

One out of a few of my favorite things to celebrate would be gaming. I am an 80’s baby who experienced the evolution of video games. I grew up playing at arcades, laundromats, liquor stores, and home consoles and still look forward to having sessions after work! Aside from the fun I have playing, gaming provides so much visual inspiration and are in my opinion the masterpieces of our time.”

Juan Puente

“Being born in Mexico, day of the dead art and lore has always been around in one form or another. Being an artist for almost 3 decades has allowed me to create many versions of famous day of the dead images. When Xbox and the Forza team approached me to do some art for them I already had an idea in mind.

My wife 20 years ago got me into gaming and it’s been integrated into our family for quite some time. We don’t really watch much tv, but the family will get together to play when we have a free moment.”

Axis

“I was introduced to Day of the Dead, when I was a kid, through one of my teachers. I was already drawing skulls, but when I found out there was a holiday that used them as decorations, I was blown away. My piece celebrates life and death and the banner in my piece is Latin, which loosely translates to “Slow Death”.

I’ve been playing video games since 1978. I had the Odyssey 2 System, and my neighbor got the Atari 2600 soon after. I think back then I played every single game at least once, both on home systems and in arcades. To this day I often wonder how many quarters I spent from the summer of ’81 to the end of ’85.”

To get the Dia de los Muertos inspired Forza Horizon 4 content for yourself, simply follow the steps below through midnight on November 8th:

  1. Complete Autumn #Forzathon Challenges
  2. Go to the Autumn #Forzathon Shop where you’ll see two out of the three shirts available
  3. Purchase the Dia de los Muertos inspired gear with #Forzathon Points!

Then, on Friday, the third shirt will be available to everyone as an unlocked item in the “Character Customization > Tops” menu.

In addition, keep an eye on @Xbox’s Twitter handle this weekend for a chance to win one of these three custom Xbox One X’s. Official rules: bit.ly/2OpAlTF.

 

Forza Horizon 4 is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2016’s breakout hit open world driving game Forza Horizon 3. For the first time in the racing and driving genre, experience dynamic seasons in a shared open world. Explore beautiful scenery, collect over 450 cars, and become a Horizon Superstar in historic Britain.

The game is available with Xbox Game Pass and globally on Xbox One and Windows 10. Xbox Game Pass members can play Forza Horizon 4 Standard Edition on Xbox One and Windows 10, as part of their monthly membership. The membership includes over 100 more great games, including highly anticipated new Xbox exclusives the day they’re released, all for one low monthly price.

Haven’t played Forza Horizon 4 yet? Try out the Forza Horizon 4 Demo now.

Box takes on OpenText, Microsoft as enterprise content hub

Box is rapidly deploying its cloud content management platform to digitize essential business operations with intelligent content, content discovery capabilities and seamless integration with new apps, vying to become the enterprise content hub by taking on bigger competitors such as Microsoft, IBM, Google and OpenText.

“The next five years in content management will be completely different from the last 20,” said Jeetu Patel, chief product officer at Box. Gone are the days of self-contained repositories that simply store, produce and archive business documents. The key to success entails knowing where your content resides, how to best access it and weaving the content into high-value experiences that solve business problems. The enterprise content hub is where that all begins, and Box is positioning itself to become that focus.

Jeetu Patel, chief product officer at BoxJeetu Patel

Along the way, Box has picked up some blue-chip customers highlighting its capabilities across multiple industries. Here are several examples of next-generation enterprise applications:

  • The Metropolitan Police Service of London relies on Box to store and organize closed-captioned television files from thousands of cameras around the city, making it easier to search and share evidence.
  • A national liquor distributer uses Box to manage detailed product information scanned from beverage labels. This allows the company to easily distribute inventory from an increasing number of microbreweries, boutique wineries and small lot distilleries.
  • A fast-growing multilevel marketing firm deploys Box to ensure its independent consultants have the latest promotional videos, marketing collateral and product information readily at hand, continually updated to match their communities of interest.

These organizations are transforming mission-critical activities. And there’s a common thread connecting these seemingly disparate experiences. Blending text with rich media, each organization relies on the flexibility and extensibility of Box as an enterprise content hub for organizing, securing and sharing content.

Updates to Box

En route to remaking itself from a document storage and content management platform and into an enterprise content hub, Box is adding intelligence to its content services suite, automating the population of metadata via machine-learning algorithms. It also plans to provide support for folder-level metadata to enable bulk updates and cascading inheritance.

The next five years in content management will be completely different from the last 20.
Jeetu PatelChief product officer at Box

Content discovery capability is another area of investment. Announced last year and in beta now, Box Skills is a framework for applying third-party AI and machine-learning technologies. Box provides prebuilt connectors, known as Basic Skills, to AI/ML services from IBM and Google, featuring capabilities such as automatic image recognition, speech-to-text transcription and streaming video analytics. The Box Skills Kit, a developer toolkit that enables the use of any AI/ML algorithm for discovering and adding intelligence to content within Box, is scheduled for release in December 2018.

Box has also long supported seamless connectivity to Microsoft Office apps and is now extending these capabilities to a wider range of personal productivity experiences, exemplified by its recent announcements at its BoxWorks user conference.

  • New integration capabilities with Salesforce, Service Now and Quip. Users can continue to work in their preferred enterprise apps while still having access to related content maintained in Box.
  • Native support for G Suite apps. G Suite users will be able to create and edit Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides from within Box. Google files are automatically saved and managed in Box, allowing IT to apply consistent security, compliance and governance.
  • Email attachment support for both Gmail and Outlook. Using their respective email clients, end users can save files to and attach files from Box, streamlining their activities while centralizing content in Box.

Box beta releases aid collaboration

Box also seeks to proactively channel content flows among team members by launching two innovative capabilities, now in beta:

  • Box Feed surfaces relevant content based on the clues and cues within team-oriented content streams. It is comparable to a Facebook feed, but encompasses predefined colleagues within an enterprise. Based on Box Graph, the company’s ML service for mapping networked relationships, Feed is designed to help team members stay on top of relevant content by tracking views, comments and more.
  • A new activity stream surfaces real-time activity updates from third-party apps, such as Slack, DocuSign and Salesforce. Users have visibility into app activities related to Box files and can use these applications while working within Box. Moreover, Box provides the enterprise-grade security, governance and data protection for these disparate content streams.

Box’s enterprise content hub competition

Of course, when it comes to cloud content management platforms, Box faces multiple deep-pocketed competitors, including IBM Content Hub, OpenText’s cloud offerings, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive and Dropbox, who all are vying to be the enterprise content hub for its customers.

Box and its competitors are engaged in a marathon that will run for many years. With its continued investments in content services and AI, Box is pulling away from the pack as it continues to launch and maintain applications and experiences that exploit core capabilities of its platform.

For Sale – iMac 21.5” screen. Late 2015 model

Discussion in ‘Desktop Computer Classifieds‘ started by antsims, Oct 13, 2018.

  1. This just sits in our spare room and never gets used. In fantastic condition with keyboard and mouse. Not sure, but I think I have the original box up the attic.

    Hopefully someone else can make use of it. Will upload pics later.

    Would prefer collection as condition and working order can be checked out.

    Price and currency: £800 now £700 lowered to £650
    Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
    Payment method: Ppg or bt
    Location: Aberdare South Wales
    Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
    Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

    ______________________________________________________
    This message is automatically inserted in all classifieds forum threads.
    By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
    Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

    • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
    • Name and address including postcode
    • Valid e-mail address

    DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

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  2. Photos as promised

    Attached Files:

  3. What’s the full spec pls- PM me the serial number? Presume no warranty?

  4. Late 2015
    Processor 1.6 GHz intel core i5
    Memory 8 GB 1867 MHz DDR3
    Startup Disc Macintosh HD
    Graphics Intel HD Graphics 6000 1536 MB

    Will pm serial number but no warranty

  5. I was confused by the Bought Jan 2017, to find its a 2015 model… Shame as was after a 2017. Thanks anyways

  6. I’ve amended title to avoid confusion. Sorry.

  7. Lowered to £700.

  8. Will drop to £650

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Celebrate Día de los Muertos with Forza Horizon 4 – Xbox Wire

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a global holiday that originated in Mexico where friends and family gather to celebrate the lives of their loved ones and to support their spiritual journeys.

To pay tribute to the holiday, the Forza Horizon 4 team partnered with three artists, Sam Rodriguez, Juan Puente, and Axis, to share their unique interpretations and to help bring their art to life in-game. Below, learn more about each artist’s creation, their gaming connection, and how you can also celebrate the holiday by downloading new in-game content now available through November 8th.

Sam Rodriguez

“Day of The Dead is a celebration of a person’s life and identity. For this piece I wanted to celebrate the various influences of my own art which include graffiti, gaming, and Aztec images. I chose to illustrate a contemporary urban/hip-hop character with these styles so that the piece could feel like an update of our tradition. The mixing of these styles demonstrates who I am as a person. Over the Calaka’s (Skull’s) eyes reads, ‘Vida’ or ‘Life’ because the holiday is about celebrating the lives of our loved ones and accepting death as a natural and necessary life cycle.

One out of a few of my favorite things to celebrate would be gaming. I am an 80’s baby who experienced the evolution of video games. I grew up playing at arcades, laundromats, liquor stores, and home consoles and still look forward to having sessions after work! Aside from the fun I have playing, gaming provides so much visual inspiration and are in my opinion the masterpieces of our time.”

Juan Puente

“Being born in Mexico, day of the dead art and lore has always been around in one form or another. Being an artist for almost 3 decades has allowed me to create many versions of famous day of the dead images. When Xbox and the Forza team approached me to do some art for them I already had an idea in mind.

My wife 20 years ago got me into gaming and it’s been integrated into our family for quite some time. We don’t really watch much tv, but the family will get together to play when we have a free moment.”

Axis

“I was introduced to Day of the Dead, when I was a kid, through one of my teachers. I was already drawing skulls, but when I found out there was a holiday that used them as decorations, I was blown away. My piece celebrates life and death and the banner in my piece is Latin, which loosely translates to “Slow Death”.

I’ve been playing video games since 1978. I had the Odyssey 2 System, and my neighbor got the Atari 2600 soon after. I think back then I played every single game at least once, both on home systems and in arcades. To this day I often wonder how many quarters I spent from the summer of ’81 to the end of ’85.”

To get the Dia de los Muertos inspired Forza Horizon 4 content for yourself, simply follow the steps below through midnight on November 8th:

  1. Complete Autumn #Forzathon Challenges
  2. Go to the Autumn #Forzathon Shop where you’ll see two out of the three shirts available
  3. Purchase the Dia de los Muertos inspired gear with #Forzathon Points!

Then, on Friday, the third shirt will be available to everyone as an unlocked item in the “Character Customization > Tops” menu.

In addition, keep an eye on @Xbox’s Twitter handle this weekend for a chance to win one of these three custom Xbox One X’s. Official rules: bit.ly/2OpAlTF.

 

Forza Horizon 4 is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2016’s breakout hit open world driving game Forza Horizon 3. For the first time in the racing and driving genre, experience dynamic seasons in a shared open world. Explore beautiful scenery, collect over 450 cars, and become a Horizon Superstar in historic Britain.

The game is available with Xbox Game Pass and globally on Xbox One and Windows 10. Xbox Game Pass members can play Forza Horizon 4 Standard Edition on Xbox One and Windows 10, as part of their monthly membership. The membership includes over 100 more great games, including highly anticipated new Xbox exclusives the day they’re released, all for one low monthly price.

Haven’t played Forza Horizon 4 yet? Try out the Forza Horizon 4 Demo now.

Gartner breaks down the state of quantum computing technology

Gartner’s annual top 10 technology trends for 2019 included an item that may come as a bit of a surprise to some IT leaders — quantum computing.

David Cearley, distinguished vice president and analyst at Gartner, and explainer-in-chief of the top 10 technologies admitted the selection was a source of controversy internally at the research firm. The reason? Quantum computing technology is arguably still in its emerging state. Gartner doesn’t believe that it will be mature and mainstream for another four, five or even six years, but significant advances have been observed in just the last 18 months, warranting its inclusion, Cearley said.

Garner predicts that by 2023, 20% of organizations will be budgeting for quantum computing technology compared to less than 1% today — so this is something CIOs should start looking at and monitoring, Cearley said.

With such a big enterprise impact expected, it’s time for CIOs to understand more about this disruptive technology that they’ll supposedly be budgeting for in the near future. What is quantum computing, exactly? What are the potential impacts and how should CIOs and IT leaders be preparing for them? During his session, David Cearley broke down Gartner’s definition of quantum computing, its maturation timeline and what CIOs need to know.

What is quantum computing?

Gartner's David CearleyDavid Cearley

David Cearley: It’s a type of nonclassical computing that’s based on a quantum state of subatomic particles. The state of the particles represents information, expressed in single elements known as qubits. A bit is either on or off, but a qubit can be on and off at the same time. It kind of blows your mind, right? That’s what is called superposition. You can entangle these qubits together so that they can communicate with one another.

So what does this really mean? Here’s a way to think about it: [Think of a] bookshelf. With classic computers, if I had this bookshelf with all of the books in the world and I want to read it I could read it really fast in a line. Quantum computers are inherently and exponentially scalable and parallel, so it’s like reading all the books at the same time. That’s where some of the key power in quantum computing is coming from.

What are some key concerns around quantum computing technology?

Cearley: One of the key concerns is that, long term, you have post-quantum cryptography. Quantum computing, if it all plays out the way the vendors are promising and the way we think it’s going to go, at some point in the distant future is going to break all of our cryptography capabilities. And so you’ve got to think about it there.

So [with] quantum computing, you want to start understanding it, to make it part of your data science and computational science areas. If you’re working with supercomputers and things like that, this is going to be something you want to be thinking about — but don’t buy into all of the hype around it because there’s this little bitty problem called decoherence and error rates. Qubits, if they’re exposed to the environment, tend to decohere, so they lose that entanglement property. So today, you may have to have millions of qubits to simulate a single logical qubit because of the error correction that’s going on. We think between 300 and 500 logical qubits will be where you can get some significant, meaningful work done. This is part of what it’s going to take to ramp up.

Vendors are working on dealing with these error rate issues. Transient quantum supremacy, where we can do things that you can’t simulate on even existing supercomputers, we think will be coming over the next couple of years. Then you need to start thinking about post-quantum cryptography mechanisms and crypto agility. Crypto agility means building your cryptographic models with flexibility in mind so that if certain cryptographic schemes are broken you can unplug that and plug something new into it.

What’s the time frame for the maturation of quantum computing technology?

Cearley: Start thinking about post-quantum cryptography early on. We think the area where meaningful work will really get done is in this 2023 to 2028 time frame, and that’s where we see it appearing in financial services and some of the other areas.

If some of the vendors working on this can deliver on some of their promises, we could see that come in a year or two or three years earlier. We’re taking a fairly conservative view right here, but we have seen significant advances over the last 18 months, which is why on our hype cycle we moved it from a 10-plus years to reach the plateau of productivity to five to 10 years. We think that’s the target to look at. Because of its disruptive potential in key areas, you need to start taking a look at it.

Should IT leaders go out and buy a quantum computer?

Cearley: These are not general purpose computers — these are specialized computers that operate on particular types of problems. Nobody in this audience [should] go out and buy a quantum computer tomorrow. If you want to experiment, quantum as a service by IBM and a few others is going to be a better way to go. We expect to see more of those things coming out so that you can do some of the early experimentation that we’re focusing on. Folks like Exxon and other companies are beginning to explore [quantum computing technology]. I’m not so sure you’ll ever buy your own quantum computer. The quantum-as-a-service model, I think, is going to dominate for the foreseeable future.

[To] finish building [quantum computing’s capabilities] out, it is the far future where all historical RSA encryption can potentially be cracked. Don’t believe some of the hype around this that’s in the trade press saying ‘Oh, the sky is going to fall and all my cryptography goes out the window next year.’

For Sale – iMac 21.5” screen. Late 2015 model

Discussion in ‘Desktop Computer Classifieds‘ started by antsims, Oct 13, 2018.

  1. This just sits in our spare room and never gets used. In fantastic condition with keyboard and mouse. Not sure, but I think I have the original box up the attic.

    Hopefully someone else can make use of it. Will upload pics later.

    Would prefer collection as condition and working order can be checked out.

    Price and currency: £800 now £700 lowered to £650
    Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
    Payment method: Ppg or bt
    Location: Aberdare South Wales
    Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
    Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

    ______________________________________________________
    This message is automatically inserted in all classifieds forum threads.
    By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
    Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

    • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
    • Name and address including postcode
    • Valid e-mail address

    DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

    Last edited: Oct 17, 2018

  2. Photos as promised

    Attached Files:

  3. What’s the full spec pls- PM me the serial number? Presume no warranty?

  4. Late 2015
    Processor 1.6 GHz intel core i5
    Memory 8 GB 1867 MHz DDR3
    Startup Disc Macintosh HD
    Graphics Intel HD Graphics 6000 1536 MB

    Will pm serial number but no warranty

  5. I was confused by the Bought Jan 2017, to find its a 2015 model… Shame as was after a 2017. Thanks anyways

  6. I’ve amended title to avoid confusion. Sorry.

  7. Lowered to £700.

  8. Will drop to £650

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