Computex 2019: MSI pushes gaming boundaries with new GT76 Titan and latest GE65 Raider | Windows Experience Blog

MSI shows off its latest gear for extreme gamers at Computex 2019: the new GT76 Titan and GE65 Raider.

The GT76 Titan proves it can deliver powerful desktop-level performance in a laptop, with a design inspired by exotic cars. Under the hood, it pairs an Intel Core i9 desktop processor, overclocked to 5.0GHz across all eight cores, and top-of-the-line RTX 2080 graphics. Because so much power can overheat a machine, MSI’s exclusive Cooler Boost Titan keeps it cool by generating 2.25 times the airflow.
To enhance gamers’ visual experience with a panoramic view, the GT76 provides a 17.3-inch, 144Hz thin bezel display. The flagship also features upgraded wired-and-wireless networking, with Killer DoubleShot Pro now supporting 2.5 Gbps LAN and Wi-Fi 6.
This gaming flagship not only comes with the robust hardware but also gives gamers complete freedom to upgrade the internals with more storage and memory capacity, just like a desktop.

The latest GE65 Raider continues its predecessor’s powerful performance. Forged with latest RTX graphics and 9th Generation Intel Core i9 processor, the GE65 can easily handle demanding AAA games titles. It also has the latest Killer Wi-Fi 6.
Its ultra-fast 240Hz IPS-level thin bezel display ensures sharp and clear images in a compact form factor. The new two-toned mesh design at the underside of the unit, inspired by a dragon theme, provides better ventilation and prevents hot air recirculation.

Working together to bring broadband to rural Veterans – Microsoft on the Issues

Our nation’s Veterans have contributed to our country in so many ways, in countless locations around the globe. When they return home, many Veterans who reside in rural areas are not able to access broadband internet which is critical to using telehealth services, gaining educational opportunities, and growing a small business or running a family farm.

There are 2.7 million Veterans enrolled in Veterans Affairs (VA) who are living in rural communities, 42% of them do not have internet access at home which could support their use of VA telehealth services, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’, Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Rural Health. These rural Veterans live in areas where access to fast, reliable internet service may be limited or inaccessible and are facing higher rates of unemployment, longer drives to reach the nearest clinics and medical centers, and lower levels of educational attainment compared to their urban counterparts. Connectivity has the potential to improve this reality — with broadband, they can access telehealth services offered by the VA, identify and compete for well-paying jobs, improve and grow their own businesses, and take advantage of online education classes.

Microsoft and VA have been strategic partners, working together to improve the lives of Veterans, for more than 20 years. Today, I’m excited to share that Microsoft will begin expanding that work by helping VA to help bring connectivity to many Veterans living in rural towns and communities. Microsoft and its partners will be working with VA to provide capital, technology expertise, and training resources to bring broadband access to people in these underserved communities. Our hope is that this effort will unlock new economic opportunities, while also enhancing quality of life.

Through the partnership, we’ll help VA identify communities with Veterans in need and work with our internet service provider (ISP) partners across the nation to bring broadband services to those regions. Following our Airband Initiative model, we’ll also provide the Veterans in these newly connected communities with digital skills training so they can take advantage of the tools and services connectivity enables, including critical telehealth services provided by VA.

In the past 22 months, through the Microsoft Airband Initiative, we have seen firsthand just how many communities lack connectivity at broadband speeds and how this can hinder growth and new opportunities. We’ve also seen that partnering with ISPs to serve those most in need is an effective strategy to make progress quickly on this important issue. Our work with VA builds on those lessons and approach, which has resulted in partnerships that will bring connectivity to 1 million unserved rural residents in 16 states to date, with a plan to reach 3 million by 2022.

This also builds on our commitment to the military and Veteran community. We’re passionate about our work with this community and take a holistic approach to helping Veterans gain the critical career skills required for today’s digital economy through career training and re-training, soft-skills support, and hiring. The company’s cornerstone Veteran program, Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA), provides the Veteran community with an 18-week (or two nine-week terms) training for high-demand careers, with graduates gaining an interview for a full-time career at Microsoft or one of the company’s more than 400 hiring partners. We’re also proud of our strong network of partners, all of whom champion our same vision to assist the community.

We owe it to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our nation. Veterans living in rural communities deserve to have the broadband internet access enjoyed by many who live in urban areas. Addressing the broadband gap across the country requires innovative solutions from both the public and private sectors, and we hope this partnership will help us make significant progress toward closing the connectivity gap for the Veteran community.

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Microsoft Outlook mobile app supports native Teams scheduling

The Microsoft Outlook mobile app now lets users simultaneously generate a meeting in Microsoft Teams when adding events to their email calendar. Meanwhile, the vendor has been updating the Teams mobile app with advanced features like location sharing and audio messages.

When scheduling a meeting in the Outlook apps for iOS and Android, users will now see a button — that can be turned on or off — for generating a Teams meeting link and phone dial-in code to accompany the calendar event.

The simple but useful change brings Teams more on par with Skype for Business, which Microsoft is attempting to shift users away from. Users have long been able to schedule Skype meetings through the Outlook app.

“This has been around forever in Skype for Business,” said Tom Arbuthnot, principal solutions architect at Modality Systems, a Microsoft-focused systems integrator.

Microsoft also recently updated the Outlook mobile app to include a meeting join button that launches the Teams mobile app. That setup avoids users having to scroll through the body of the event invitation to find a URL for joining the meeting.

Microsoft’s stranglehold on the business email and calendar market could help the vendor expand the user base of Teams. In its most recent earnings call with investors, Microsoft said more than 100 million people were using the Outlook mobile app.

“The potential is every one of those could be a Teams user,” Arbuthnot said.

Microsoft Teams mobile app keeps pace with desktop

Microsoft updated the Teams mobile app earlier this year with new features, including location sharing, smart photo capture and audio messaging.

Users can use GPS data to share their location with co-workers through a channel or direct message — a feature that would be especially useful for field workers. Microsoft has targeted Teams at non-office workers to a far greater degree than competitors Slack and Cisco Webex Teams.

Smart photo capture makes it easier to share images of documents by automatically framing and cropping the photo, imitating a scanning device. To satisfy compliance and security concerns, Teams does not store pictures taken in the app on the user’s mobile device.

Another new feature lets users record and send audio messages through chat channels.

The mobile app has emerged as the main selling point for Teams, despite Microsoft’s history as a desktop-first vendor, Arbuthnot said. The Teams mobile app is “unusually mature for Microsoft,” he said.

“They have definitely embraced mobile first, mobile native,” he said. “In the old Microsoft world, the desktop app would be miles ahead of the mobile apps.”

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For Sale – Apple iMac 27″ (Late 2009) – £275!

As title. Have owned since new, bought in 2009 when released.

This is the late 2009 Apple iMac 27″ version (1TB HDD, 4GB RAM) and includes wireless mouse and wireless keyboard.

It is in very good condition, but may have the odd mark around the edges however the iMac works and functions perfectly. Reason for sale is I’ve moved to a MacBook.

Comes with original box and will be reset to factory settings before being packed up. I’ll upload some pictures over the next couple of days.

£275 + shipping, or collection is more than welcome. Payment via PayPal friends and family (or buyer covers fees) or cash on collection.

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Computex 2019: ASUS celebrates 30th anniversary, introduces ScreenPad 2.0, Screenpad Plus and refreshed ROG gaming laptop lineup | Windows Experience Blog

At Computex 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan, ASUS unveiled a lineup of ZenBooks with new versions of its ScreenPad and a refreshed lineup of laptops from its Republic of Gamers. The company also celebrated its 30th anniversary with an exclusive limited-edition ZenBook Edition 30 (UX334FL), a Pearl White model with a hand-crafted genuine Italian leather lid cover.

The latest ZenBook 13 (UX334), ZenBook 14 (UX434) and ZenBook 15 (UX534) models now include the ASUS ScreenPad 2.0, an interactive secondary touchscreen with an intuitive new smartphone-like interface, which could go a long way toward easy task management and multitasking workflows.
All models in the series have a four-sided frameless NanoEdge display, with up to a 95% screen-to-body ratio that gives them the world’s most compact footprint in their respective classes.
ZenBooks are known for their combination of performance and mobility and these are no different. They feature a full complement of high-performance components including up to 8th Generation Intel Core i7 quad-core CPUs, up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q graphics, 16GB RAM, ultrafast PCIe SSDs and gigabit-class Wi-Fi.

Also making its debut at Computex: the ZenBook Pro Duo (UX581), an ultraportable laptop that includes a 4K OLED UHD ASUS ScreenPad Plus (3840 x 2160), a full-width secondary touchscreen (3840 x 1100) that expands and enhances the interactive capabilities of the original ASUS ScreenPad. The display is a frameless four-sided ASUS NanoEdge design, with ultraslim bezels for immersive visuals and an ultra-compact form factor. It also features 100,000:1 HDR contrast and DCI-P3 100% for vivid color.
The ScreenPad Plus gives users the ability to enjoy the productivity and efficiency benefits of dual-screen computing on a single portable device. The full-width, high-resolution 32:9 aspect-ratio touchscreen sits directly above the laptop’s keyboard, providing a greatly enlarged visual workspace while preserving the standard laptop form factor.
You can use ScreenPad Plus just like any standard second display in Windows to display visual content, or take advantage of many time-saving features and functions built into the ScreenXpert control software to simplify multiscreen window and app management.
You can also drag discrete apps, toolbars or menus onto ScreenPad Plus to reduce clutter on the main screen and enhance work efficiency. Creators can dock their tools such as video previews, timeline controls, code windows or audio mixer panels onto ScreenPad Plus to optimize workflow. Social communications apps placed on ScreenPad Plus while working can help reduce distractions from notifications.
Adaptive functions, pioneered in the original ScreenPad, also offer enhanced workflow in apps such as Microsoft Office.
ZenBook Pro Duo features the latest version of the ASUS NumberPad, an LED-illuminated numeric keypad integrated into the touchpad. There’s also Amazon Alexa voice support.
Underneath, performance comes through up to 9th Generation Intel Core processors, combined with up to 32GB RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (UX581) or GeForce MX250 (UX481) GPU, with ultrafast storage provided by up to a 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD.
The full set of I/O ports includes a Thunderbolt 3-enabled USB Type-C port. The latest Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) provides next-level wireless speeds for connections to the world.
There’s also a dedicated Turbo Fan button to boost cooling at any time, and the ErgoLift hinge improves airflow under the laptop for better thermal performance.
ASUS Republic of Gamers also announced a top-to-bottom update of its gaming laptop family that features faster displays, best-in-class cooling, NVIDIA Turing graphics, 9th Generation Intel Core processors and AMD Ryzen APU.
Find out more at ASUS.
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Working together to bring broadband to rural Veterans – Microsoft on the Issues

Our nation’s Veterans have contributed to our country in so many ways, in countless locations around the globe. When they return home, many Veterans who reside in rural areas are not able to access broadband internet which is critical to using telehealth services, gaining educational opportunities, and growing a small business or running a family farm.

There are 2.7 million Veterans enrolled in Veterans Affairs (VA) who are living in rural communities, 42% of them do not have internet access at home which could support their use of VA telehealth services, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’, Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Rural Health. These rural Veterans live in areas where access to fast, reliable internet service may be limited or inaccessible and are facing higher rates of unemployment, longer drives to reach the nearest clinics and medical centers, and lower levels of educational attainment compared to their urban counterparts. Connectivity has the potential to improve this reality — with broadband, they can access telehealth services offered by the VA, identify and compete for well-paying jobs, improve and grow their own businesses, and take advantage of online education classes.

Microsoft and VA have been strategic partners, working together to improve the lives of Veterans, for more than 20 years. Today, I’m excited to share that Microsoft will begin expanding that work by helping VA to help bring connectivity to many Veterans living in rural towns and communities. Microsoft and its partners will be working with VA to provide capital, technology expertise, and training resources to bring broadband access to people in these underserved communities. Our hope is that this effort will unlock new economic opportunities, while also enhancing quality of life.

Through the partnership, we’ll help VA identify communities with Veterans in need and work with our internet service provider (ISP) partners across the nation to bring broadband services to those regions. Following our Airband Initiative model, we’ll also provide the Veterans in these newly connected communities with digital skills training so they can take advantage of the tools and services connectivity enables, including critical telehealth services provided by VA.

In the past 22 months, through the Microsoft Airband Initiative, we have seen firsthand just how many communities lack connectivity at broadband speeds and how this can hinder growth and new opportunities. We’ve also seen that partnering with ISPs to serve those most in need is an effective strategy to make progress quickly on this important issue. Our work with VA builds on those lessons and approach, which has resulted in partnerships that will bring connectivity to 1 million unserved rural residents in 16 states to date, with a plan to reach 3 million by 2022.

This also builds on our commitment to the military and Veteran community. We’re passionate about our work with this community and take a holistic approach to helping Veterans gain the critical career skills required for today’s digital economy through career training and re-training, soft-skills support, and hiring. The company’s cornerstone Veteran program, Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA), provides the Veteran community with an 18-week (or two nine-week terms) training for high-demand careers, with graduates gaining an interview for a full-time career at Microsoft or one of the company’s more than 400 hiring partners. We’re also proud of our strong network of partners, all of whom champion our same vision to assist the community.

We owe it to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our nation. Veterans living in rural communities deserve to have the broadband internet access enjoyed by many who live in urban areas. Addressing the broadband gap across the country requires innovative solutions from both the public and private sectors, and we hope this partnership will help us make significant progress toward closing the connectivity gap for the Veteran community.

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Microsoft bets on ElectionGuard SDK to fortify election security

Microsoft is aiming to make voting more secure with a free, open source software development kit dubbed ElectionGuard.

ElectionGuard, which was unveiled earlier this month during the Microsoft Build conference, was designed to enable end-to-end verification of elections, allow voters and third-party organizations to verify election results, and allow individual voters to confirm their votes were counted correctly.

Microsoft worked with Oregon-based security tech company Galois on the implementation and design of the SDK. (Microsoft said it was unavailable to comment on ElectionGuard.)

“The point of it is to enable election vendors, and really anyone who wants it, to securely implement elections systems,” said Joey Dodds, research engineer at Galois. “It’s really important to note that when we talk about end-to-end verifiability, which is one of the main properties that we want and that ElectionGuard provides, that guarantee won’t extend to systems that do not use paper ballots. … If you want end-to-end verifiability you must use paper ballots.”

ElectionGuard has the potential to make a difference in the future of voting and is a step in the right direction, said Aaron Wilson, senior director of election security at Center for Internet Security.

“We support Microsoft’s mission for secure, verifiable and auditable election,” Wilson said. “If it meets all the claims that it is making, it would represent a very difficult voting system to hack and it would be an improvement over what we have today — but again that would be in combination with the paper ballot.”

Dodds said Galois worked on the APIs for ElectionGuard, which he said was a critical part of the open source SDK.

“One of the things you want with ElectionGuard SDK is it is very hard to misuse. … We put a lot of effort into very carefully designing this API in such a way that anybody can really use the SDK and can be confident that they’re using it correctly,” he said.

With end-to-end verifiability, Dodds said, there is a lot of information about the election that can be made public without any risk to the privacy of the election or individual voter privacy. This can be done using the encryption that’s built into the ElectionGuard SDK, he added.

The use of homomorphic encryption

In a blog post, Tom Burt, corporate vice president of customer security and trust at Microsoft, shared how ElectionGuard’s end-to-end verification of election results is achieved in two ways.

The point of it is to enable election vendors, and really anyone who wants it, to securely implement elections systems.
Joey DoddsResearch engineer, Galois

An election system using Microsoft’s ElectionGuard SDK would provide voters with a unique tracking code, which will allow voters to verify that their votes have been accurately recorded and were not tampered with.

“Second, ElectionGuard also includes an open specification — or a road map — which allows anyone to write an election verifier. Voters, candidates, news media and any observers can run verifiers of their own or downloaded from sources of their choosing to confirm tabulations are as reported,” Burt wrote.

It is this combination of the tracker and the verifier that enables end-to-end verification.

“It will not be possible to ‘hack’ the vote without detection,” according to Burt.

ElectionGuard uses homomorphic encryption to enable these two forms of verification.

Homomorphic encryption is a key building block to a verifiable secret ballot election, Wilson said.

“Typically you have some secret in cryptography that is necessary for the decryption of the information and so you want to prove that you did something right, and if you’re on the side that has to prove that something went right, typically you have to give away the secret to another party for them to verify that you did it properly,” Wilson said. “What’s really beneficial with homomorphic encryption is a third party can verify that it was done properly without you having to give away the secret … there can be proof established that the system behaved properly without the verifier having access to the secret information — the secret key . It really allows for a different level of transparency versus other types of cryptography.”

People want elections to be verifiable and secure, Wilson said, but they also want their ballots to remain secret and not public.

The properties of homomorphic encryption, he said, seem to meet both of those objectives: It can be verifiable while maintaining the secrecy of the individual ballot.

Taking the open source route

Dodds said there were many reasons to use open source software for the ElectionGuard SDK, and one is the notion of security.

“We’re worried about the public understanding that the elections are secure and the open source software is really critical there because you can have completely secure software, but if nobody can see what’s going on there then they have no reason to believe that it’s secure,” he said. “Open source is completely critical to security for that reason and, honestly, the system will end up being more secure because people are incredibly excited about the security of elections.”

The open source approach gives other people the opportunity to contribute to the work that Microsoft is doing, Wilson said.

Another aspect of open sourcing, Dodds said, is the hope to see an ecosystem of implementations come up around this SDK.

“You can also imagine that lots of people will want to run elections on their own, maybe for their clubs, maybe for their schools, and they might put work into implementing systems that use ElectionGuard and provide those to anybody else who wants to use them,” he said. “We want everybody to have access to the most secure elections possible.”

While TCE Strategy CEO Bryce Austin applauded Microsoft’s efforts, he added that some things are best left to offline mechanisms.

“Some things are too important to be on the internet, exposed to cybercriminals across the globe,” Austin said in an email interview. “Foreign nations simply have too much to benefit from influencing elections, and the thought that a SDK can be made immune to cyberattack is unrealistic in my opinion.”

Election technology vendors, including Democracy Live, Election Systems & Software and Hart InterCivic are partnering with Microsoft to evaluate the ElectionGuard SDK, which will be available this summer to incorporate into their voting systems.

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For Sale – i5 3750K gaming desktop (no GPU)

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    I am selling my desktop pc.

    decided to go for a mini build so this is for sale.

    i5 35700k CPU

    z77 extreme4 MB

    ASRock > Z77 Extreme4

    650W PSU anteck

    8 GB ram

    120 SSD OS drive

    2 x 1T Hard Drives

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    Quick headzup fella, either a 3570k or a 3770k it be unless you squashed the two cpus together to make a kind of hybrid
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