Hot New Portable Gaming Notebooks Highlight CES 2019 – Xbox Wire

For gamers who want to see a preview of the best hardware and software advances in PC gaming to watch out for in 2019, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is a great place to kick off the new year. Microsoft’s device partners were on hand this week showing off innovative notebooks, eye-popping visual styling, and slick in-game features that will provide powerful platforms for our full line of PC games. As CES comes to a close, you can’t help but be in awe of all that was unveiled this week. Three major trends emerged promising a stellar year in gameplay for both casual and hardcore PC gamers:

  • Thinner and lighter gaming laptops with better graphics: Slim, stylish notebooks with powerful gaming features let you travel to gaming meetups without missing a beat.
  • Devices that combine the power of productivity and gaming in a device: From business apps to graphic design and video creation tools, these machines work as hard as they play.
  • Cutting-edge gaming technology with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs that brings DirectX Raytracing to your device: Enjoy incredible realism on a growing selection of gaming notebooks.

NVIDIA 20-Series Shot

NVIDIA 20-Series Shot

More Power, Better Graphics in Thinner PCs

While some PC gamers prefer to set up shop with powerful desktop rigs with customizable LED lights and visible cooling components, laptops are packing more portable gaming power these days in thinner and lighter forms. At CES 2019, partners showcased a variety of new, slim notebooks that make it easier to take your favorite games everywhere. Play at home or on long flights, or get together with friends for multiplayer action.

  • ASUS showed off the ROG Mothership (GZ700) and ROG Zephyrus S (GX701) gaming laptops.
    • ROG Mothership sports a reimagined design that stands tall to draw more air into its advanced cooling system, housed in a finely machined aluminum chassis that frames a jaw-dropping 17.3” FHD IPS-level 144Hz/3ms with G-Sync technology display, powered by the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics and Intel 8th Gen Core i9 processor. It comes with Hyperdrive Extreme that uses ASUS-exclusive technology to combine up to three NVMe PCle 3.0×4 SSDs for the world’s fastest RAID 0 storage in a gaming laptop.
    • ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is a 17-inch gaming laptop with a PANTONE validated super-narrow bezel 17” display with a 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms GTG response time, that’s only 18.7 mm thin (less than an inch), and the only one in its product category with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design that combines GPU, thermal design and software to deliver powerful performance in an incredibly slim notebook.
  • Dell showcased the thinnest and lightest Alienware 17-inch gaming notebook, the new Alienware m17, along with the recently announced Alienware m15, for gamers on the go who want a light, thin device for easy mobility. At just 5.79 pounds for the m17 and 4.76 pounds for the m15, both laptops feature the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 Series GPUs, which deliver advanced gaming features including real-time raytracing, artificial intelligence, and programmable shading.
  • HP has taken the popular OMEN 15 Laptop to the next level. First announced in May 2018, the Omen 15 features single-panel access for storage and memory and a variety of ports, allowing easy expansion and hardware customization on top of the laptop’s amazing speed and performance. Enhanced editions presented at CES add NVIDIA’s newest mobile graphics cards for immersive gameplay along with easy mobility.

Revolt3 Black

Revolt3 Black

  • iBUYPOWER launched the next evolution of esports focused Small Form Factor PCs. Revolt 3 combines form and function into a competition-grade system with dual-sided tempered glass windows and a unique layout mean that every piece of your PC’s performance is on display. Revolt 3’s chassis is designed to expand to fit larger hardware and larger cooling options. Need space for an extra-long video card and thick radiator? Revolt 3 can extend up to 40mm to accommodate.
  • The MSI GS75 Stealth breaks the stereotype of the bulky, heavy gaming laptop with an 8th Gen Intel Core i9 Processor and GeForce RTX 2080 GPU in a 2.2 kg thin bezel chassis. The immersive 17.3-inch 144Hz IPS-level display provides gamers with a panoramic view of the playing field, while the GeForce RTX 2080 ensures you’re gaming at the highest-quality settings.

Modern Features to Integrate Productivity and Gaming in One Device

Windows 10 gaming PCs have always delivered the high performance, realistic visuals, authentic sound, precise control, and high-quality streaming that gamers covet. But sometimes you just have to get a little work done. A new array of gaming laptops bring together powerful capabilities for video editing, graphic design, content creation, and business productivity, along with the speed and versatility to carry you through immersive multiplayer environments. Now you can move seamlessly from paying the bills to playing the newest titles.

  • Acer unveiled two new gaming notebooks: the Predator Triton 900 and the Predator Triton 500. Both combine new, functional designs with powerful internals that rival gaming desktops while enabling powerful productivity.
    • The 0.94-inch thin Predator Triton 900 is a fully convertible 2-in-1 that features four usage modes, a 17-inch touchscreen, and a trackpad beside the keyboard for natural hand placement. With the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPU, an Xbox wireless receiver, and Waves Maxx technology for hyper-realistic 3D audio, the Predator Triton 900 pulls no punches in delivering a best-in-class gaming experience.
    • At just 0.70 inches thin and 4.1 pounds, the 15-inch Predator Triton 500 can easily be slipped in a backpack or briefcase. The “weight” is the only thing light about it: Powered on, it’s a gaming superhero, with up to eight hours of battery life.

Corsair One Desktop

Corsair One Desktop

  • The Corsair One Pro i180 delivers massive performance in a compact size for content creators, from game designers to video editors and beyond. Developed in partnership with Intel and clad in a 2 mm thin, aircraft-grade, bead-blasted aluminum gunmetal housing, the CORSAIR ONE PRO delivers incredible, 24-thread performance at speeds up to 4.5GHz, and GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPU for cutting-edge graphics and real-time raytracing. It easily handles today’s most demanding applications, from video encoding to photo editing to rendering 3D graphics and more.
  • Gigabyte announced the new AERO 15 and AORUS, some of the first Windows 10 laptops to feature Microsoft AI capabilities – giving gamers a dynamically optimized experience. Whether they are gaming or simply editing, gamers will experience the perfect CPU, GPU, fan, keyboard and sound setting configurations optimized based on their usage patterns. The Cool n Quiet app leverages Microsoft AI to dynamically distribute power based on how a the laptop is being used, dynamically reducing the heat and noise and shifting workloads depending on the scenario.
  • The New Lenovo Legion Y740 and Y540 laptops are more powerful than ever and engineered to handle the toughest technical challenges while retaining a clean aesthetic that looks just as great in a living room as it does in a conference room with their discreet designs. Available with up to the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs, Intel Core processors and Windows 10 Home, these laptops offer blazing-fast gaming speeds to play the latest releases, edit photos and videos, binge-watch shows, or multitask.

MSI Modern Notebook

MSI Modern Notebook

  • MSI showcased the high-performance, good-looking PS63 Modern with its streamlined, portable design and powerful performance on multitasking and graphics rendering. Its 15.6-inch IPS-level display and 1.65 kg heft make it ideal for anyone who wants the freedom to take an idea outdoors and discover a new realm of creativity.
  • Razer recently presented the new Razer Blade Stealth 13, redesigned with a high-grade aluminum unibody frame to deliver increased performance in a compact chassis with up to 13 hours of battery life. Now available with NVIDIA graphics and up to 4k resolution with thin side bexels that are over 60 percent thinner than the previous version for a visually stunning, edge-to-edge picture.

Raytracing Comes to Life

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update includes native support for DirectX Ray Tracing when coupled with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX GPUs. DirectX Raytracing delivers a level of realism that traditional rasterization can’t provide, such as reflections, shadows, and ambient occlusion. The result is an in-game environment that’s richer and more compelling than ever before. CES 2019 attendees got a first look at new PC gaming rigs that feature NVIDIA’s new GeForce RTX 20-Series GPUs, which bring raytracing to life in eagerly anticipated new games like EA’s Battlefield V.

  • CyberPowerPC presented its latest line of Syber Tracer III gaming laptops powered by the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-Series Graphics, offering gamers the performance of a high-end desktop system on a 15-inch or 17-inch mobile gaming powerhouse.
  • Raytracing is also a powerful new feature on lighter, thinner devices including the Alienware m17 and Alienware m15 mentioned above, and on productivity powerhouses including the Corsair One Pro i180.

Origin Evo Notebook

Origin Evo Notebook

  • Origin PC introduced new EVO series laptops, the EVO16-S and EVO17-S, which feature new thin and light designs with powerful hardware inside. Thanks to NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics, up to an RTX 2080 GPU with Max-Q design, the EVO series lets you play games with real-time ray tracing technology enabled.

These are just some of the new products bringing thin and light devices, powerful productivity, and advanced raytracing to gamers in 2019. Check back on Xbox Wire frequently to keep up with the latest PC gaming product releases and news.

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Veritas NetBackup provides Docker container backup

Veritas has added data protection for containerized applications, apparently because NetBackup customers were persistent enough in requesting it.

The NetBackup client for containerized applications is a free download for customers using NetBackup 8.1 or later. The client will provide Docker container backup and is also available from the Docker Store.

These are still early days for protecting application data in containers. Early on, containerized applications rarely created or modified data that would be accessed later. But that is changing as containers become more popular and start to include persistent data.

Renee Carlisle, senior principal product manager at Veritas, said 50% to 75% of NetBackup customers use containers. She said demand for a containerized version of NetBackup picked up around the middle of 2018, and Veritas rolled out a beta version of Docker container backup last November.

Carlisle said Veritas considers containers the “next big horizon” and can have a similar impact on data protection as virtual machines (VMs) and the cloud.

“Containers are definitely making the shift to having persistent storage. Customers are taking that from dev tasks and trying to move it into production,” Carlisle said. “But as part of a production environment, customers need to protect the critical data that’s associated with those containers. We started seeing a lot of demand for it.”

screenshot of NetBackup client
Veritas added a Docker NetBackup client.

Will containers replace VMs?

Edwin Yuen, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, said he doesn’t see containers replacing VMs anytime soon. He believes IT architects are still working out the practical uses and best applications for containers.

As part of a production environment, customers need to protect the critical data that’s associated with those containers.
Renee Carlislesenior principal product manager, Veritas

“There is a bit of a schism about the purpose of containers,” Yuen said. On one side are people who still view Docker containers as purely stateless. On the other, there are IT architects who view them as lighter, portable VMs.

“If you’re stateless, you don’t worry about a lot of the things we traditionally worry about from an infrastructure point of view: backup, availability, resiliency, security scanning, et cetera,” he said.

Yuen added that if container applications are being used to create and modify persistent data — essentially serving as thinner VMs that don’t need an operating system installed on them — there’s incentive for Docker container backup.

How NetBackup container protection works

The NetBackup Client Container protects application data stored on persistent volumes or by using a staging area. It uses NetBackup’s policy structure to run backups on the container data, and takes advantage of Kubernetes container orchestration to run inside an application pod or protect an entire node or cluster.

Users can deploy a NetBackup Client Container as a sidecar container inside a Kubernetes pod on the node where the application is running. Or, if application owners do not want to use the NetBackup Client Container image inside their pods, they can deploy one client for a Kubernetes node or an entire cluster.

Another approach is to move application data to a dump volume in a staging area, and have NetBackup sweep the dump volume periodically.

Beginning of a trend

Veritas appears ahead of the curve for protecting data in containers with NetBackup, the backup software market leader. But Yuen said other vendors are working on backup for containerized applications.

“I think the vendors that are getting into it are doing it because there’s demand for it, whether it’s the proper use of containers or not,” Yuen said.

However, he believes that demand is borne more out of interest in the technology than out of an operational demand.

“It’s not like people have thousands and thousands of containers and suddenly realized they need to protect them,” Yuen said.

Regardless of how much it’s needed now, Yuen expects a lot of movement around Docker container backup and other container protection in the coming months.

“The weird thing is, most containers right now execute inside a VM, so you’re not getting as many of the advantages as you’d get from shifting away from VMs,” Yuen said. “It is a very confusing space right now, but people are making their moves.”

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For Sale – Gaming PC Core i7 great spec – barely used

Hi all,

Selling my custom built PC as I am just not using it. Specs and pics below and would prefer collection in person as it makes it much easier. Currently running windows 10. If any of you want more information then please ask. Currently runs games like planet coaster, cities skyline without a hitch, even with a lot of content running.

Ideally would prefer to sell as a bundle as I hate pulling PC’s apart!!

Corsair SPEC-ALPHA Mid-Tower

Gaming case – black/red
MSI H170 Gaming M3 Socket 1151 HDMI DVI 8 channel audio motherboard
Intel core i7 7700k 4.2 ghz socket 1151 8mb cache processor
Corsair 32gb DDR4 2133Mhz Vengeance memory
ASUS ROG STRIX-RX480 8gb DDR5 Gaming graphics card
Seagate BarraCuda 2TB hard drive
Noctua NH-U125 Slim U-series single tower cooler
Corsair RM550s high performance power supply

Also, I did not install wifi as I wanted to use an ethernet cable which I have been doing for faster gaming.

Also available BENQ RL2460HT 24″ gaming monitor – £90 – available separately or additional to cost below.

Price and currency: £750
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: bank transfer or PayPal gift, cash on collection
Location: Manchester, UK
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Intelligent edge devices and experiences come to life at CES 2019 | Windows Experience Blog

Microsoft and our partner ecosystem are delivering intelligent cloud and intelligent edge solutions that help customers manage their digital lives and achieve more. We’re also supporting businesses by providing the platforms, devices and solutions that power a new era of productivity, creativity, simplicity and security.
At CES we showcased partner solutions and innovation across the intelligent edge including: modern PCs, connected computing devices, powerful gaming PCs, exciting IoT retail experiences and new Azure Sphere modules and starter kits that will help ensure security for billions of connected devices. Our partners are bringing the edge to life, and it’s amazing to see so many examples of that on display here at CES.
Modern PC experiences
We think of the personal computer as the ultimate intelligent edge – it’s the device that has transformed the world of creativity and productivity, and help us get more done. The level of innovation we’re continuing to see in the PC space is fueling new scenarios, breakthrough levels of performance and new cloud-connected experiences.
Modern PCs are sleek, fast, secure and durable, and have long battery life, offering beautiful designs across all price points. Premium PCs like the HP Spectre Folio and the LG Gram 17″ provide elegant designs with amazing battery life, are great to use and have the latest and greatest features – showcasing the best that Windows 10 has to offer.

Acer Swift 7

There are sleek, mid-range, long-lasting 2-in-1s like the Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS (Windows on Snapdragon) or thin and light such as the Acer Swift 7 that can slip right into your bag.
We also see a growing number of highly affordable laptops that are secure, easy to use online or offline, and are great options for work or play. To see them in action, check out the ASUS Vivobook 14/15 X412/512 or the Dell Inspiron 5482 2-in-1 or Samsung Notebook Flash.

ASUS VivoBook 14

Treat yourself to all the power and performance you want and expect from Windows, at the price that’s right for you.
Connectivity everywhere
Another area where we’re seeing PC innovation is in the connected computing space. These devices will change your expectations of a PC, as they are always securely connected, and provide all-day battery life to help you be even more productive.
Where LTE was once “nice to have,” more and more users are seeing the benefits of being always connected to what is important to them, both at home and at work. The investments Microsoft and partners like Intel and Qualcomm are making in connected computing are transforming work and life, and we firmly believe that fast, affordable and ubiquitous cellular connectivity, driven by LTE and now 5G, will become core to the way people work across devices.

HP Spectre x360

Check out the Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS (Windows on Snapdragon) or the HP Spectre X360 13″ to learn more.
Power of PC gaming
Windows 10 is the biggest PC gaming platform out there – and we’re adding new features that bring immersive gaming to life in incredible new ways. Our partners are driving innovation by leveraging these new Windows features and releasing new powerful gaming rigs, with the latest silicon, graphics and performance enhancements for the gaming community.

Samsung Notebook Odyssey

With Windows 10, you get the latest in gaming innovations, including support for HDR screens and 4K, and now DirectX Raytracing – which gives graphics better lighting, shadows and reflections. It’s a whole new visual experience that you can only get on Windows 10 gaming rigs.
Windows 10 also has Game bar, which lets you record, broadcast and customize your gameplay. It’s the one-stop shop that allows you to control individual audio settings, take screen recordings, and instantly stream live gameplay to Mixer. No additional software is required.

Lenovo Legion Y740

At CES, partners including ASUS, Acer, Dell and Lenovo announced gaming PCs featuring the new Nvidia RTX 20 Series chips, which enable raytracing. This amazing advancement in silicon takes immersive gaming to a whole new level, thanks to the power of Windows 10.
Also, partners including ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo and MSI are bringing thin and light PCs traditionally targeted at gamers to new audiences, such as creators who also benefit from powerful processors and incredible graphics, allowing them to build large design or video files seamlessly.
Check out Xbox Wire for the latest on the new gaming PCs announced at CES.
Internet of Things
IoT is another area where we’re seeing innovation throughout the ecosystem with partners bringing new intelligent edge and intelligent cloud solutions to meet customer’s needs. IoT is transforming the way businesses operate – helping them increase operational efficiency, reduce cost, improve customer experiences and digitally transform their products and services. Consumers are also using connected IoT solutions in new ways. Fitness, connected home, shopping, finance, and so many more areas in which industry is delivering new IoT-based devices and experiences that help customers seamlessly stay connected and be more productive.
Microsoft is excited to partner with the broadest set of IoT ecosystem partners – hardware manufacturers, solution providers and aggregators – to supply a diverse portfolio of IoT solutions to businesses and customers across industries and scenarios. Below are a few that we’re showcasing at CES.
Retail solutions
Global retail trends point to an enormous IoT growth motion with 70 percent of retailers planning to invest in IoT by 2021. We are seeing these investments improving the retailer’s own operations, creating new customer interactions, both in-store and online, as well as transforming personalized shopping experiences.
For example, this holiday I didn’t have to wait in any lines to buy gifts. I used an app on my mobile phone, like SKIP’s frictionless shopping solution which we are showcasing at CES this year.   With SKIP, a shopper can enter the store, scan any item they pick up along their shopping journey and simply exit the store. The charges will be automatically billed to the shopper’s SKIP account. This type of simplified mobile checkout solution helps retailers enhance customer experiences and lets retail employees focus on more important things.
It’s not just the in-store experience that’s changing. We are also showcasing Mobiliya’s Asset Tracking and Monitoring solution which leverages low-cost IoT sensors using RFID, sonar and Bluetooth technologies to track assets both indoor and outdoor. This solution improves operational efficiencies, increases visibility and enhances supply chain management for both retailers and their suppliers.
We are also demonstrating Genetec’s Retail Sense Video Analytics solution. Powered by Microsoft Azure, Genetec’s solution enables retailers to use their existing camera systems to layer on this analytics solution to track key retailer metrics such as: customer counting, dwell-time and heatmapping, directional analysis, and occupancy. Using this data, store operators can make adjustments to displays and fixtures, store staffing schedules and much more in improving their overall in-store shopping experience.
Connected cars in the year ahead
The auto industry is also innovating on the intelligent edge. Several of our auto partners including ZF, LG Electronics (LGE) and the BMW Group announced new Azure and Microsoft AI solutions this week.
Securing connected devices
It’s clear at CES that everyone is making IoT devices and solutions available – everything from household appliances and health monitors, to cars, toys and industrial equipment. Because these devices can be cloud-powered or run without connectivity, a holistic security approach must be taken, from hardware to software and the cloud. For instance, Hampton Products International, makers of the ARRAY By Hampton family of connected devices, has selected the Microsoft Azure IoT cloud platform to power its next-generation smart devices and future IoT product development. Avnet, AI-Link and Seeed are making it easier for customers to develop secure, connected microcontroller-unit (MCU) devices by making an Azure Sphere starter kit and Azure Sphere modules available. This will help secure the billions of MCU-powered devices that ship every year, helping make the devices we put in our homes more secure. To learn more about partners who have announced new connected devices and solutions, check out The Azure IoT blog by Sam George.
Editor’s note:  The link to the Yoga C630 was updated after publication. 

Updated January 11, 2019 10:12 am

News and Features – Microsoft Commits $3 Million to Seattle University Campaign

Earlier this week, Seattle University announced that Microsoft Corporation has made a $3 million gift to Seattle University’s comprehensive capital campaign that is earmarked for the new Center for Science and Innovation and related academic programming dedicated to examining the ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence.

Of the $3 million, $2.5 million will go toward construction of the Center for Science and Innovation (CSI), which represents the future of STEM education at Seattle U. An additional $500,000 will fund development of programming that explores the intersection of ethics and technology as it relates to AI, big data, facial recognition and more.

Development of programs that focus on technology grounded in ethics would leverage the strengths of the two institutions. Microsoft, whose core values include trust and integrity, is recognized as one of the most ethical companies in the world. Seattle U’s Jesuit education places a special emphasis on empowering students to consider the moral choices of the day and to be leaders for the greater good.

“Seattle University is grateful for Microsoft’s generous gift. This gift will help us reimagine STEM education in a way that touches every student at the university and prepares them to meet future workforce and societal needs in the region and globally,” said President Stephen V. Sundborg, SJ “Receiving such support from the region’s largest technology employer and a leading corporate philanthropist affirms the high quality and future potential of the university’s computer science and engineering programs.”

During the Jan. 9 reception to celebrate the gift, Sundborg added, “This is the boldest project that we’ve ever done.  It represents the way our education is moving, which is to complement the humanities with our science programs. Microsoft’s gift also represents a meaningful partnership because this is an opportunity for the university and Microsoft to be linked in an important way.”

“A STEM education coupled with a liberal arts background will be a powerful combination in the future,” said Microsoft President Brad Smith. “Microsoft is a longtime supporter of Seattle University and its approach to educating the heart and mind. The future of technology will require developers to approach their work in a responsible way and the Jesuits are known for challenging students to think responsibly for themselves and their community.”

Just prior to the gift celebration, Smith met with several computer science students and two faculty members from the College of Science and Engineering in a roundtable discussion.  Addressing the students and others at the event, Smith said the students “represent the kind of future the world needs.”

Said Smith, “Because you are getting the kind of education here, that will continue in this new building, to enable you all to not only learn what is needed when it comes to computer science or data science or biology or other STEM fields, but to do something that, frankly, we’re not going to see at every other university in the country or around the world. That’s to combine that technical education with the values that I think a Jesuit education brings.”

Mike Quinn, dean of the College of Science and Engineering, said the gift and inclusion of funds for ethics programming will represent “a step increase in the quality of the education we provide.”

“We pride ourselves in producing STEM graduates who have first-class technical skills but also a commitment to the common good. As Brad Smith says, ‘SU is all about technology grounded in values.’ We are very excited to be working with Microsoft and we’re looking forward to how we can help in the development and deployment of AI and other transformative technologies and doing it in an ethical way. That is going to make a big difference to the region and the world.”

Construction of the CSI is scheduled to begin this spring. It will open in two phases—a new building in 2021 and two renovated buildings in 2023—and will house all of the College of Science and Engineering academic programs and create capacity to accommodate existing and future growth. Overall enrollment in the College of Science and Engineering has jumped 61 percent in the past decade, while the number of students studying computer science has quadrupled.

A café planned for the first floor of the new building will be named for Microsoft.

The Microsoft gift marks a new chapter in its relationship with the university. The company has long sponsored senior-year computer science capstone projects going back to 2000 and currently includes more than 600 Seattle U alumni in its workforce.

 A press kit with more information and images can be downloaded here

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Delivering first-class digital user experience a big CIO goal in 2019

CIOs face a variety of new IT challenges and opportunities in 2019. Leading industry analysts expect to see a greater shift to the cloud, increased focus on digital user experience, and the adoption of better code management practices from development teams to IT infrastructure. Connected to all of these trends is the continuing adoption of AI in the enterprise and the need for better practices for using data science.

Language interface becomes key part of the digital user experience

Today it’s obvious that a company needs an effective website; in fact, it’s hard to remember when websites were not accepted practice. A similar trend is in its early stages — every company will need a branded digital assistant that communicates in human language. The company’s digital assistant will be available through multiple channels such as mobile phones, and via the commercial personal assistants (e.g., Alexa “skills”).

As the voice interface becomes an expected part of the digital user experience, CIOs will have to take responsibility for supporting this connection to customers. Similarly, the efficiency of most companies will be impacted by employee-facing digital assistants that help [workers] connect with enterprise software and with human resources. This trend will be driven by constant improvements in natural language understanding technology, in turn driven by continually increasing computer processing power.

In preparing for this for this major trend, CIOs will have to come up with a digital assistant strategy.

William Meisel is president at TMA Associates William Meisel
  • Do they want to depend on outside companies and cloud services entirely, or do they want to embed some of the core capabilities of digital assistants in company computer systems?
  • What does supporting the trend mean in terms of hiring appropriate talent?
  • Most immediately, what are the key initial steps in this direction?

One key task will be building a supporting structure for digital assistant technology that can be updated quickly as products or services evolve.

WILLIAM MEISEL, president, TMA Associates

Move to multi-cloud can’t come at expense of ‘friendly’ digital user experience

In 2019, you will need to develop a multi-cloud strategy that exploits the benefits of cloud without jeopardizing critical IP. Replatforming to cloud platforms will likely include multiple cloud providers with different hosting scenarios.

Despite any infrastructure shifts, your customers will continue to expect a strong digital user experience.
Jim Mercerresearch director, IDC

Despite any infrastructure shifts, your customers will continue to expect a strong digital user experience. Many IT organizations have created a new role called the head of delivery. This role will have responsibility and accountability for all delivery and service management functions ensuring a personal and front-end-friendly user experience. Consumers will not tolerate a poor digital user experience. So, CIOs need to ensure that their team cultures are digitally product-focused and obsessively listening to the voice of the customer.

Jim Mercer is research director in the DevOps solutions research practice at IDC. Jim Mercer

CIO’s will need to continue improving the pace in which value is delivered to their customers. New advances in low-code/no-code should be explored to see how IT teams can use these technologies to improve development speed and make application development accessible to a larger pool of talent. IT organizations need to continue to optimize their DevOps processes and aggressively shift security and compliance to the left-hand side of the delivery pipeline. As organizations use more open source software and share APIs, the susceptible security attack-surface continues to expand. In 2019, there will be a renewed focus on cybersecurity and an embracing of zero-trust security models that assumes the firewall has already been compromised and lateral movement within the corporate network needs to be properly verified.

JIM MERCER, research director, IDC

Focus on employee perception of IT

CIOs have three sets of clients — their company and its shareholders, their IT employees, and their end users. CIOs and IT departments have traditionally been attuned to the needs of the company or shareholders and to IT employees. IT departments have striven to achieve greater process and computing efficiencies, thus achieving better results for the enterprise. They are good at improving the skills of IT employees by providing training and other opportunities to grow their roles in the company.

The important job of providing service to third client — the end user — gets short shrift in many cases.

Clifford Holliday is a telecom analyst and writer at Information Gatekeepers Inc. Clifford Holliday

Too often the end user is either forgotten or is delivered technology change that isn’t wanted and so-called improvements that make life harder.

In 2019, I suggest that CIOs focus on the end user’s perception of the IT products. Only make improvements that (1) are carefully researched beforehand to understand the impact to the end user, (2) that provide increased utility from the viewpoint of the end-user client, and (3) whose benefits are clearly explained before they are made.

CLIFFORD HOLLIDAY, telecom analyst, Information Gatekeepers and co-author of At Your Service – The Faces of Service.

Up your security, cloud game; sort value from ‘BS’ in emerging tech

Heading into 2019, I believe it’s important for CIOs to pay particular attention to two IT areas that play major roles in their organizations: security and cloud computing. In the former case, any CIO not helping their organizations contend with the continuing growth in size and complexity of cyberthreats is guilty of negligence. In the latter, continuing shifts in cloud usage habits and cloud offerings make 2019 a great year to assess whether your company is getting the most out of cloud-related solutions.

Charles King is principal analyst and president of Pund-IT Inc. Charles King

There are also emerging business technologies that CIOs would do well to get a grip on, including blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality. Unsurprisingly, these areas can be rife with unsubstantiated claims — so wise CIOs will dust off their BS detectors and study whether and how these technologies will impact and potentially impact their organizations. New technology offerings aren’t all smoke and mirrors — many actually do deliver what providers promise. Sorting out those claims is what makes a CIO’s job both fascinating and challenging.

CHARLES KING, principal analyst, Pund-IT

EaC will be critical for AI gains, serverless computing to the fore

In 2019,” everything as code” (EaC) will be the one most critical trend. EaC is the foundation for being successful in leveraging AI, machine learning, deep learning and data analytics within DevOps. Defining AI/machine learning models — including training data, performance metrics and compliance requirements — as code is critical for continuously improving AI and making models available across teams.

Torsten Volk is managing research director at Enterprise Management Associates and a TechTarget expert contributor. Torsten Volk

In 2019, we will see more and more canned AI-models that can be picked up and used similarly to traditional code libraries. At the same time EaC will hand an advantage to data center infrastructure vendors with focus on codified server deployment and lifecycle management, ideally through a central control plane. Dell’s OpenManage Enterprise framework and Cisco Intersight will be two of the dark horses to watch.

Serverless computing will be the other main trend for DevOps and IT Ops in 2019. Based on Kubernetes and Docker containers, serverless functions will become part of the release automation pipeline and provide a turbo boost for the development of truly distributed applications consisting of sets of loosely coupled microservices. In 2019, vendors will finally deliver hybrid serverless environments for enterprise customers to deploy microservices and their data plane in a purely policy-driven manner.

TORSTEN VOLK, managing research director, Enterprise Management Associates

Include AI data scientists in app dev and operations

The chief trend that CIOs need to pay attention to in 2019 is the growing role of data scientists in enterprise application development and operations. That’s because more enterprises have begun toincorporate AI into the heart of their most mission-critical application initiatives.

Data scientists are the chief developers for AI, and another key trend is that more of their work is being deployed into containerized cloud services.

James Kobielus is lead analyst for data science, deep learning and application development at SiliconANGLE Wikibon. James Kobielus

Supporting these trends is the deepening enterprise adoption of AI development practices and data scientist tooling that are aligned and integrate with their existing enterprise DevOps practices.

 What CIOs can do to prepare for these trends in 2019 and beyond is to:

  • Provide AI application and DevOps teams with a shared collaboration workbench for data preparation; statistical modeling; training; deployment; and refinement of models, code, APIs, containerized microservices and other development artifacts.
  • Ensure that your AI DevOps workflow supports continuous retraining of deployed AI models against fresh data over an application’s life in order to ensure that AI-infused applications continue to do their designated tasks, such as recognizing faces, predicting events, and inferring customer intents, with acceptable accuracy.
  • Manage AI DevOps workflows from a source control repository that serves as the hub for collaboration, versioning, reuse and sharing of all pipeline artifacts by all participants.

JAMES KOBIELUS, lead analyst, SiliconANGLE Wikibon

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For Sale – iMac 27 inch 5k late 2014

The iMac “Core i5” 3.5 27-Inch Aluminum (Late 2014/Retina 5K) features a 22 nm “Haswell” Quad Core 3.5 GHz Intel “Core i5” (4690) processor with four independent processor cores on a single chip, a 6 MB shared level 3 cache, 8 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (PC3-12800) installed in pairs (two 4 GB modules), a 1 TB “Fusion Drive” (1 TB hard drive and 128 GB SSD), and a AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics processor with 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory. It also has a built-in “FaceTime HD” webcam and stereo speakers, but lacks an optical drive.

This model has a 27″ 5120×2880 LED-backlit 16:9 widescreen IPS display that Apple has dubbed “Retina 5K”. The rear of the case is aluminum and is thicker in the middle and tapers to a razor thin 5 mm at the edges.

Connectivity includes four USB 3.0 ports, dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n backwards compatible), and Bluetooth 4.0.

Compared to the Late 2013 models introduced previously, this model essentially has the same external enclosure, but it has a much higher resolution display as well as a modestly faster processor, a higher performance graphics processor, a “Fusion Drive” by default, and Thunderbolt 2 support.

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WebRTC UWP & integration sample released! – Windows Developer Blog

Early last year, we announced support for Real-Time Communications on the Universal Windows Platform based on a fork of Google’s repo. The project enables native UWP developers to build Chrome compatible and feature equivalent RTC apps for all Windows 10 platforms, including Desktop, HoloLens, Xbox and ARM powered laptops. Since that time we’ve seen tremendous community interest in the project including 26K NuGet downloads and hundreds of developers reaching out on GitHub and email. We’ve also made numerous improvements to both WebRTC and ORTC UWP and announced our contribution of UWP support back to the Google repo – more details will be shared in the coming months.
One thing we’ve heard consistently from developers is that they want better insight into the quality of WebRTC calls on their applications. This could be a call from HoloLens to a Desktop browser or a real-time video streaming application for Xbox. To that end, we have partnered with to provide platform portable .NET integration for their WebRTC monitoring and analytics service!
Today we are announcing the release of a .NET Standard 2.0 NuGet package for, along with a code sample based on the PeerCC UWP source. As a .NET Standard library it is available to all supported .NET implementations including the .NET Framework, .NET Core, UWP, Xamarin and Unity platforms (check the documentation for version requirements). The PeerConnection sample demonstrates a UWP application that establishes a 2-way video call and sends the WebRTC stats to the service in 10 second intervals.
Here is an example dashboard showing statistics for the entire service:

Kognitiv Spark, a leader in mixed reality systems and a Windows 10 developer, is using the service with its RemoteSpark application.

“Our operations team had faced challenges helping customers resolve network problems that can disrupt a mixed reality session,” said Ryan Groom, cofounder and CTO, Kognitiv Spark. “With native support in Windows 10, we were able to turn-up the service in a few hours and begin using the rich data available in its dashboard to detect and expedite problem resolution.”

Let’s take a look at the steps for integration.
1) Create a account.

Go to and create the Organization
Navigate to the apps tab to create an app and enter the SDK as other “UWP”
From the left side panel, click on “App Settings” and navigate to the “Security” tab
Click on “New credentials” and choose a label for the key
Select the key type as “ECDSA” and enter the public key
Under the key details, click on “view” for the credential

2) To authenticate with callstats.,io it is necessary to generate cryptographic keys and upload the public key to the service. Follow the instructions in the file here. After completing this step, you should have a Config class and .p12 certificate in your project. That’s all you need to authenticate to the REST API.
3) Reference the Org.WebRtc.Callstats NuGet package available here in your project.
4) If you are using PeerCC sample you can find classes for collecting data from PeerCC and WebRTC in the Stats folder, you can also use this code as an example for your implementation. Add the files in the  folder of PeerCC-Sample repo to your project:

PeerConnectionControllerStateChange.cs: Tracks RTCPeerConnection state changes and collects data from peer connection states for submission to callstats.
StatsController.cs: Collects data from the entire PeerCC sample and uses the Org.WebRtc.Callstats library to send prepared data to the REST API.
WebRtcStats.cs: Prepares statistics obtained from RTCPeerConnection for communication to via the REST API.

5) Initialize the service and send SDP and application errors via the StatsController. For an example, see Conductor.cs in PeerCC-Sample.
6) Handle ICE state changes on RTCPeerConnection and use PeerConnectionStateChange to send data to the service:

_peerConnection.OnIceGatheringStateChange += async() =>


await PeerConnectionStateChange.StatsOnIceGatheringStateChange(_peerConnection);

Debug.WriteLine(“Conductor: Ice connection state change, gathering-state=” + _peerConnection.IceGatheringState.ToString().ToLower());


_peerConnection.OnIceConnectionStateChange += async () =>


if (_peerConnection != null)

await PeerConnectionStateChange.StatsOnIceConnectionStateChange(_peerConnection);


await PeerConnectionStateChange.PeerConnectionClosedStateChange();




7) Send application level events for audio muting and unmuting to StatsController. For an example, see MainViewModel.cs in PeerCC-Sample.
The sample should now be fully wired up to the service and ready for testing. This is only the beginning of the possibilities for improving call quality, future work will focus on improving user experience with additional metrics and AI. We are excited to hear feedback from the community on uses for the library. Let us know what you think on GitHub or in email!