ID@Xbox Game Fest Brings A Month of Games for Everyone – Xbox Wire

We’re excited to kick off the fourth annual ID@Xbox Game Fest this week, where we celebrate the diverse range of games and experiences offered by independent developers on Xbox One.

From May 7-27, we’ll be unearthing some of the ID@Xbox program’s hidden gems for players to discover. Beginning this week until May 20, we will focus on Gaming for Everyone and feature diverse stories, voices, creators, and characters across 31 participating titles. We’ll wrap up the month (May 21-27) with an ID@Xbox Super Sale highlighting even more games that have released through the ID@Xbox program.

As a Game Fest tradition, we talked with the developers behind some of these games to learn more about what Gaming for Everyone means to them as well as how their own personal stories have impacted the experience and creative processes for their games.

1979 Revolution: Black Friday – “Diversity of experience is one facet of the Gaming for Everyone ethos, and an interactive drama set against the turbulent backdrop of Middle Eastern politics and civil unrest certainly isn’t your typical video game. 1979 Revolution: Black Friday not only demonstrates the medium as a unique platform for powerful story-telling, but also how it can be used as an engaging and entertaining means to inform and educate on a complex, real-world subject that, normally, would fall beyond the interests and/or awareness of many people.” – Matt Cundy, Digerati community manager

Our goal was to breathe life into a piece of history that few understand intimately. By engaging with a diverse cast of characters and engaging with narrative choices, we were able to blend the forms of gaming and documentary to capture a digital recreation of Iran in 1979 for a whole new generation to discover.” – Navid Khonsari, creator of 1979 Revolution: Black Friday and iNK Stories co-founder

Dandara – “Even after many rewrites and inspirations, I think Dandara is always going to be a statement about Brazilian culture and history. It’s an outsider’s scream telling you that inspiration can be found by looking out of your own window, or even closer, on your own story. Better yet if it is able to touch you through those inspirations, with stories and people you have not stopped to think about.” – Luke Icenhower, marketing manager

Firewatch Firewatch is single player, first-person mystery. We love games that transport you to a faraway, unusual place and tell you a gripping story, but we don’t so much love games that trap you in impossible combat scenarios or esoteric puzzles along the way. So, we made Firewatch a mystery for everybody – where the game design isn’t about how good you are with a gun but what it feels like to be alone in the woods with (almost) no one to trust.” – Sean Vanaman, writer/designer

In Between In Between started out as part of my bachelor’s thesis back in university dealing with with the taboo topics of death and dying within a video game. In the end, our mission with In Between was to tell a story, that follows along a specific theme but that would still allow players their own interpretations and provide different possibilities for self-identification. We hope to try and give an insight into/make it easier for other people to relate to the thoughts and emotions of family members, friends or anyone else who finds him-/herself in these seemingly hopeless situations.” – Daniel, art director, co-founder

Night in the Woods Night in the Woods was an interesting project to write code and music for because, while we had an overall outline in mind, we left a lot of things open for ‘improvisation.’ I had to stay on my toes to make sure we could adapt the code to whatever new ideas might come up. It’s really cool that Night in the Woods has meant a lot to a bunch of folks, because it originated from this very odd and personal process.” – Alec Holowka, programmer, composer and game designer

The Path of Motus “I think the game deals with issues that most people face daily. I know many people that had big dreams as a kid, but as they get older society beats those ideas out of their head and they settle for less than what they want in life. I hope this game speaks to those people and shows them that it’s never too late to pursue your dreams in life. I know some people are stuck in their situation due to monetary problems, so I also released a free educational video series showing people how to program games on our website (pathofmotus.com) to help folks that are interested in game development. I hope The Path of Motus can have some type of positive impact on everyone that plays.” – Michael Hicks, designer

Where the Bees Make Honey “I make games to express myself and to communicate with others. Through the power of interactivity, games offer experiences from different cultures and communities.” – Brian Wilson, developer

See below for the rest of the games included in Game Fest this week:

39 Days to Mars

Aritana and the Harpy’s Feather

Blackwood Crossing

Celeste

Fragments of Him

Gone Home: Console Edition

I, Hope

Monica e a Guarda dos Coelhos

Mulaka

Never Alone Arctic Collection

Nippon Marathon

Old Man’s Journey

Perception

SOMA

Storm Boy

Tacoma

The First Tree

The King’s Bird

The Mooseman

The Town of Light

Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition

What Remains of Edith Finch

Wheels of Aurelia

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

This is just a taste of all the great games included in ID@Xbox Game Fest. The Gaming for Everyone theme will run from May 2 through to May 20, so jump in and start discovering the games behind these exceptional stories.

To see all titles included in the first week of Game Fest visit Xbox.com.

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Acquia-Mautic acquisition underscores open source model

Acquia’s Mautic acquisition announced yesterday elevated the content management vendor a few notches higher toward becoming a complete digital experience platform vendor, competing with the likes of Oracle, SAP, Salesforce and Adobe.

It’s the first outright acquisition Acquia has made in about a decade, with the vendor having extended the platform’s features and reach through integration partnerships with other vendors during the interim, Forrester analyst Mark Grannan noted. Acquia’s Mautic acquisition also positions Acquia to compete more directly with Adobe than with the CRM vendors building customer experience platforms. Adobe and creative tools tend to be purchased by creative teams, while old-guard ERP and CRM system initiatives route through the CIO.

“[Acquia is] definitely trying to compete more with Adobe, but I would say they are not trying to compete with SAP and Oracle and Salesforce as much,” Grannan said. “They aren’t competing on a CRM or ERP play.”

Acquia started as a content management vendor, relying on a commercially supported Drupal instance in the same way Red Hat was a commercially supported Linux instance.

Head shot of Acquia founder Dries BuytaertDries Buytaert

Founder and CTO Dries Buytaert — also an original coder on Drupal itself — is sticking with his open source approach, staying loyal to the system of software development upon which Drupal rose from obscurity after Buytaert turned it over to the open source world in 2001.

Mautic will become a major component of what’s now being called the Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform, according to a May 8 blog post in which Buytaert and Mautic founder DB Hurley discuss the merger. Hurley, whose Acquia title becomes CTO of the Acquia Marketing Hub, will continue as Mautic project lead for the open source version in much the same way Buytaert still contributes to Drupal.

Acquia’s Mautic acquisition, Grannan said, was probably the only choice for Acquia. That’s not only because there are few privately owned marketing automation platforms left — with Pardot being acquired by Salesforce, Eloqua by Oracle, and Marketo by Adobe  — but also because there weren’t that many rooted in open source to begin with.

“The affinity between the two organizations for open source should mean it’s a pretty good chance for a successful M&A in terms of integrating cultures and processes for how they build and deliver their product,” Grannan said of the Acquia Mautic acquisition.

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Windows 10 Tip: Microsoft Edge PDF improvements | Windows Experience Blog

Did you know you can hover over the top of a PDF in Microsoft Edge to see the PDF toolbar, thanks to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update?
The toolbar, available whenever a PDF document is opened in Microsoft Edge, will show text descriptions for the icons to make them quickly understandable. Options like “Add notes” make these handy tools available when you need them.
You can also pin the toolbar at the top of the document, making all the PDF tools easily accessible if you need them. You can also unpin the toolbar for an immersive reading experience. If the toolbar is unpinned, it will hide itself – just hover over the top area to bring it back.
Check it out in action:

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When to choose Hyper-V containers over VMs

Data center technology is evolving at a rapid pace, and it’s increasingly difficult for decision-makers to choose between different offerings. With each decision, you risk the technology not being suitable for all your line-of-business applications. For example, Hyper-V containers and VMs provide similar functions, but the underlying components work differently, and they each have their own use cases. When assessing the two instance types, it’s important to not only understand the differences between them, but also to consider your specific application needs.

The difference between Hyper-V containers and VMs

Hyper-V containers are isolated at the Windows kernel level. Every Hyper-V container you deploy has its own copy of the Windows kernel. Containers are lightweight, because they don’t require you to deploy multiple components. The main difference between Hyper-V containers and VMs is where your application runs.

As you can see in Figure A below, there are two Hyper-V hosts deployed: Hyper-V host A and B. Each Hyper-V host runs two VMs. VMs A and B are container VMs, and VMs C and D are traditional VMs. The application in VMs C and D runs directly on top of the VM OS, whereas VMs A and B run the application inside the container. Hyper-V containers provide isolation by deploying the container image with its own copy of Windows kernel, but it might not be enough for your line-of-business applications.

Hyper-V container use cases

One of the biggest advantages of using Hyper-V containers is the extra isolation. If you need to secure a critical production application, then you can use a container in a VM instead of just a VM to be safe. There are a couple of cases where you might require this level of isolation.

Hyper-V containers and VMs
Figure A. Applications running inside Hyper-V containers and VMs

If you’re a service provider or a cloud provider who needs to host multiple tenants, and those tenants need strong isolation for workloads running in your data center, then Hyper-V containers might be for you. The Hyper-V containers you create on a Hyper-V host hold a copy of the Windows kernel, but the system assigns memory directly to the container. Since the isolation is done at the kernel level, Hyper-V containers give service providers an environment to run untrusted and multi-tenant applications on the same Hyper-V host.

If you must run the application securely and separate it from other production workloads or if any of your business applications are extremely critical, you can choose to deploy a Hyper-V container, which enables the container and application to be isolated from host and underlying infrastructure.

You can use containers based on the benefits they offer, but it’s important to pay attention to business cases and the nature of the applications. If your application requires persistent data connections, then Hyper-V containers aren’t the best choice. Containers are typically used for stateless applications, such as web servers.

Other considerations

Are you familiar with managing containers? Also, do you have the adequate resources to restore business as quickly as possible in case of a disaster? Containers are a newer technology, and every IT administrator should have knowledge on how to manage and restore containers as quickly as possible.

Hyper-V VMs are large in size, whereas Hyper-V containers are lightweight daemons. The purpose of Hyper-V containers is to provide an isolated environment for applications. VMs come equipped with a virtual hard disk, whereas containers do not. Containers are best-suited for stateless applications, such as web servers, and any applications that don’t require transactions to be stored.

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Red Hat and Microsoft fuel hybrid cloud development with Azure Red Hat OpenShift – Stories

  • Co-developed solution brings the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform to Microsoft Azure
  • First jointly managed OpenShift offering in the public cloud now available

BOSTON – RED HAT SUMMIT 2019 – MAY 7, 2019 – Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, and Microsoft Corp. today announced the general availability of Azure Red Hat OpenShift, which brings a jointly-managed enterprise-grade Kubernetes solution to Microsoft’s a leading public cloud, Microsoft Azure. Azure Red Hat OpenShift provides a powerful on-ramp to hybrid cloud computing, enabling IT organizations to use Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform in their datacenters and more seamlessly extend these workloads to use the power and scale of Azure services. The availability of Azure Red Hat OpenShift marks the first jointly managed OpenShift offering in the public cloud.

Both Red Hat and Microsoft recognize the importance of hybrid cloud computing to modern IT, as organizations look to expand resources with public cloud infrastructure while maintaining existing on-premises investments. Kubernetes provides a common bridge between the datacenter and public cloud environments, making it a key technology in enabling true hybrid cloud computing.

Azure Red Hat OpenShift combines the innovation of enterprise Kubernetes with the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, running on the scale and power of Azure. Together, these technologies provide a powerful solution for more easily managing and orchestrating cloud-native workloads across a hybrid cloud environment. With Azure Red Hat OpenShift, customers can also bring containerized applications into workflows where they exist, while mitigating many of the inherent complexities of container management.

A fully-managed, jointly-operated service, Azure Red Hat OpenShift is backed by both the open source expertise of Red Hat and the public cloud might of Microsoft. Customers receive an integrated experience, including unified sign-up, on-boarding, service management and technical support. The service is added into customers’ existing Azure bill, further streamlining the user experience.

Additionally, Azure Red Hat OpenShift offers enterprise developers and operations teams:

  • Fully managed clusters with master, infrastructure and application nodes managed by Microsoft and Red Hat; plus, no VMs to operate and no patching required.
  • Regulatory compliance will be provided through compliance certifications similar to other Azure services.
  • Enhanced flexibility to more freely move applications from on-premise environments to the Azure public cloud via the consistent foundation of OpenShift.
  • Greater speed to connect to Azure services from on-premises OpenShift deployments.
  • Extended productivity with easier access to Azure public cloud services such as Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Machine Learning and Azure SQL DB for building the next-generation of cloud-native enterprise applications.

Azure Red Hat OpenShift represents Red Hat and Microsoft’s continued mutual commitment to provide a powerful, supported and more secure choice for developing and deploying hybrid cloud workloads. Jointly supported by both companies, IT organizations can have greater confidence in adopting hybrid cloud innovation that meets the requirements of mission-critical workloads in production.

Microsoft and Red Hat are also collaborating to bring customers containerized solutions with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 on Azure, Red Hat Ansible Engine 2.8 and Ansible Certified modules. In addition, the two companies are working to deliver SQL Server 2019 with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 support and performance enhancements.

Availability

Azure Red Hat OpenShift is available now via Microsoft Azure.

Supporting Quotes

Paul Cormier, president, Products and Technologies, Red Hat

“Hybrid cloud provides a clear vision into the future of enterprise computing, where public cloud services stand alongside virtualization, Linux containers and bare-metal servers. Together, this forms the new datacenter in the hybrid cloud world. Azure Red Hat OpenShift provides a consistent Kubernetes foundation for enterprises to realize the benefits of this hybrid cloud model. This enables IT leaders to innovate with a platform that offers a common fabric for both app developers and operations.”

Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Cloud and AI Group, Microsoft

“Microsoft and Red Hat share a common goal of empowering enterprises to create a hybrid cloud environment that meets their current and future business needs. Azure Red Hat OpenShift combines the enterprise leadership of Azure with the power of Red Hat OpenShift to simplify container management on Kubernetes and help customers innovate on their cloud journeys.”

Dave Moore, senior vice president, Travel Solutions Platform Development, Sabre

“Hybrid cloud technologies fuel our next generation platform, with Red Hat OpenShift forming the common, modern foundation for us to build innovative, cloud-native applications that can span from our data centers to the public cloud. Red Hat OpenShift simplifies our ability to create services that work more seamlessly across hybrid cloud architectures, letting us consume cloud-scale resources, including on Azure, while also enabling us to move workloads wherever and whenever needed through Red Hat OpenShift.”

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About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to deliver reliable and high-performing Linux, hybrid cloud, container, and Kubernetes technologies. Red Hat helps customers integrate new and existing IT applications, develop cloud-native applications, standardize on our industry-leading operating system, and automate, secure, and manage complex environments. Award-winning support, training, and consulting services make Red Hat a trusted adviser to the Fortune 500. As a strategic partner to cloud providers, system integrators, application vendors, customers, and open source communities, Red Hat can help organizations prepare for the digital future.

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Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.               

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Seeing through the hype: Where AI in healthcare shines

Artificial intelligence has been touted for years as the future of providing extensive data analysis and useful insights to healthcare providers.

The technology has proved most valuable in radiology, with vast amounts of digitized, standardized data to work through, but AI, a broad term for technology that aims to mimic human intelligence, is emerging in other areas such as predicting patient deterioration.

“AI is really being tested everywhere,” said Jeff Becker, senior analyst at Forrester. “Right now, there aren’t many areas of the healthcare ecosystem — payer, provider, pharma — that aren’t deploying AI somewhere to try and either improve outcomes, cut costs, or improve population health. All of those are seeing investments in AI.” 

Indeed, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking to create a new regulatory framework for AI in medical devices, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently launched a competition encouraging innovators to demonstrate the predictive capabilities of AI tools.  

But according to healthcare experts, the current adoption of AI in the clinical setting, such as in assisting providers during direct patient care and patient data analysis, is far slower than in nonclinical settings like medication development by pharmaceutical companies. Still, the technology is poised to make its mark.

AI in healthcare: Where it’s most successful  

AI is making its mark in healthcare the same way it has in consumer products. AI algorithms can be trained to perform sophisticated functions such as image analysis. Unlike identifying and learning from shopping patterns on the internet, the algorithms are used to detect anomalies in medical images.

In this use case, the AI screens hundreds of images a radiologist might look at per day and highlights areas a radiologist should take a closer look at.

“There are a number of players building medical image analysis algorithms,” Becker said. “Essentially what they’ll do is screen an image, looking for signs of diabetic retinopathy or any number of things. The AI is capable of highlighting something like a lung tumor and zeroing the radiologist in on that so they can process images more quickly and accurately.”

Right now, there aren’t many areas of the healthcare ecosystem — payer, provider, pharma — that aren’t deploying AI.
Jeff Becker Senior analyst, Forrester

Robert Challen, M.D., researcher at the University of Exeter in the U.K., said AI is becoming more broadly adopted in radiology because the data sources used to train an algorithm are standardized. That means the data is in a common format across the healthcare industry.

Chilmark senior research analyst Alexander Lennox-Miller echoed Becker and Challen’s statements about AI being deployed effectively in imaging evaluation. But he also pointed to areas like pathology for cancer detection as another successful use case.

For Becker, that’s about the current extent of AI use in the clinical setting. It’s most successful deployments are happening in multiple areas outside of direct clinical care.

Lennox-Miller pointed to pharmaceutical companies using AI for medication development, as well as healthcare organizations applying AI to the back office or to help with patient flow. He described use cases like these as “areas that are maybe not healthcare delivery but enable healthcare delivery.”

Becker pointed to EHR-embedded virtual assistants as another growing area for AI in healthcare. The technology uses a component of AI to search EHR data, find relevant information and present it to the provider.

Another area that’s showing signs of success are chatbots, which use natural language processing and generation. Becker said chatbot-infused chronic disease management platforms using AI algorithms are starting to generate value and pointed to call center augmentation in the form of a chatbot for insurance providers.

AI could save lives and improve medical diagnoses
AI in healthcare is still limited in what it’s allowed to do, but it’s poised to grow.

AI adoption poised to grow in clinical care

A nascent but emerging set of AI capabilities centers around predicting and forecasting worsening symptoms such as migraines, epilepsy, depression and suicide before they happen, Becker said.  

“Kaiser Permanente and the VA are both using forecasting models to pick up on patients at risk of suicide,” Becker said. “And then the patients that really are the most likely to act on those compulsions — identifying them and changing their course of treatment based on that forecast model.”

The most common use case of predicting worsening symptoms is sepsis, Becker said. Hospitals use AI tools to monitor lab values coming into the EHRs for signs of early onset sepsis. That application is gaining ground.

“You’re seeing a lot of efforts to get in front of deterioration,” Becker said.

Overall, Becker said analyzing medical images and forecasting worsening symptoms are two talked about AI applications in healthcare, but the reality is, most healthcare organizations are using AI, whether they realize it or not.

“If they’re using M*Modal or Nuance for the doctors to do their voice transcriptions, they’re using AI,” Becker said.

For healthcare CIOs interested in adopting AI tools, Becker advised they focus on how AI algorithms improved outcomes in other organizations, as well as the problem they’re trying to solve rather than the technology.

But AI isn’t infiltrating all facets of healthcare just yet. In part two of this series, Becker and Lennox-Miller focus on what’s hindering AI adoption in direct clinical care.

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Wanted – PC – £350 budget

Hi I’m also in NI (local enough, Larne).

Have the following for sale:

Ryzen 5 1600 CPU
MSi b350m Motherboard
G.Skill Trident Z RGB 3000Mhz 16GB RAM
GTX 1060 6GB GPU
500GB HDD
120GB SSD
EVGA 600w PSU
TP-Link Archer T6e WiFi Card
Windows 10 Pro

A little over your budget but its good specs for what you are looking for. For a local quick sale with collection I would take as close as you can get to £450.

Optional extra: Cooler Master MasterKeys Lite RGB Keyboard + Mouse (Mem-chanical) – additional £35

Optional extra: BenQ XL2411P 24″ 1080p 144hz Monitor – additional £125

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