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For Sale – 17.3″ Intel i7 (3.7GHz Turbo) – 16GB RAM – Samsung 1TB+500GB SSD’s

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High performance laptop for sale in excellent condition, very well looked after. Custom built by PC Specialist.

I’m selling because I wanted a better gaming rig with a bit more graphical grunt, pure and simple – this one still has a great card, if that’s your thing (GeForce GTX 960M – 2.0GB DDR5 Video RAM – DirectX 12) which can run many of the modern games (screen 60Hz refresh). I also used this PC for graphic design, music production and visual editing, all of which it handled with ease.

The lightning fast Samsung SSD’s are magic – one of them replaces the DVD drive chassis.

PRICING & DELIVERY

Price Purchased: £1,473.00

Selling Price: £795.00

UK ONLY DELIVERY – included in sale price. Available to post after 2nd Feb (travelling until then, sale can be agreed prior, although I may take extra time to reply)

FULL SPECS

Chassis & Display
Optimus Series: 17.3″ Matte Full HD LED Widescreen (1920×1080)
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™ i7 Quad Core Processor i7-4870HQ (3.7GHz Turbo, Iris™ Pro)
Memory (RAM)
16GB Kingston SODIMM DDR3 1600MHz (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M – 2.0GB DDR5 Video RAM – DirectX® 12
1st Storage Drive
1TB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5″ SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (upto 540MB/sR | 520MB/sW)
2nd Storage Drive
500GB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5″ SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (upto 540MB/sR | 520MB/sW)
DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
2nd/3rd HDD HARD DRIVE OPTICAL BAY CADDY (9.5mm)
Memory Card Reader
Integrated 6 in 1 Card Reader (SD /Mini SD/ SDHC / SDXC / MMC / RSMMC)
Power Cable
1 x UK Power Lead & 120W AC Adaptor
Battery
Optimus Series 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (62.16WH)
Thermal Paste
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND
Sound Card
Intel 2 Channel High Def. Audio + SoundBlaster™ Cinema 2
Wireless/Wired Networking
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® AC-7265 M.2 (867Mbps, 802.11AC) + BLUETOOTH
USB/Thunderbolt Options
4 x USB 3.0 PORTS AS STANDARD
Keyboard Language
OPTIMUS SERIES BACKLIT UK KEYBOARD WITH NUMBER PAD
Operating System
Genuine Windows 8.1 64 Bit – inc DVD & Licence (Upgraded to Windows 10 Home, as below)
Windows 10 Upgrade

FREE Upgrade to Windows 10 with all Windows 7 & Windows 8.1 Purchases*
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INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
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INTEGRATED 2.0 MP FULL HD WEBCAM

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For Sale – 8GB HyperX Fury DDR4 RAM

Only used for one week as I upgraded my ram shortly after buying my new computer
2x4GB sticks 2400mhz
Comes in box

Looking for £30 including 1st class recorded delivery Royal mail

Accept PayPal and bank transfer

Location
West Midlands, UK
Price and currency
£30
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Delivery Is Included
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Mendix expands support with private, dedicated cloud options

Low-code platform provider Mendix has its cloud bases covered after introducing new private and dedicated cloud offerings this week.

Mendix for Private Cloud and Mendix Dedicated Cloud join the Mendix Public Cloud service and expand the company’s offerings across public, private and hybrid cloud deployment options.

These tools will help enterprises use low-code development in any cloud environment of their choice, as well as on premises, said Jon Scolamiero, manager of architecture and governance at Mendix.

Mendix is bucking the trend where low-code pure-plays offer their solutions as PaaS deployments, responding to enterprises’ adoption of Kubernetes-based hybrid cloud strategies.

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“Increasingly, leading public cloud providers are offering their own versions of low-code and automation technologies to complement their Kubernetes offerings — for instance, Microsoft with Power Automate and Google’s acquisition of AppSheet in January, which poses a competitive threat to Mendix,” said Charlotte Dunlap, an analyst at GlobalData in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Mendix for Private Cloud runs on Kubernetes in any privately configured location or data center. Its target is any enterprise with specialized security, compliance or data integration needs.

Meanwhile, the company said the Mendix Dedicated Cloud is aimed at enterprises that have more than 100 Mendix applications as well as customers operating in highly regulated environments. This cloud is built, managed and configured by Mendix exclusively for the customer. Mendix Public Cloud runs managed and hosted by Mendix or hosted on AWS, SAP or IBM public clouds.

Multi-cloud in demand

Some 86% of respondents to a recent Forrester Research survey said they may deploy workloads on hybrid cloud or multi-cloud environments. One-third of that group said they will use private cloud as part of their development strategy. In addition, 23% of respondents planned to deploy on-premises workloads together with public cloud deployment.

Increasingly, leading public cloud providers are offering their own versions of low-code and automation technologies to complement their Kubernetes offerings.
Charlotte DunlapAnalyst, GlobalData

Forrester’s survey focused on the general IT landscape and not specifically low-code vendors such as Mendix. But Mendix’s cloud options could appeal to existing customers such as Kermit, a firm based in Hunt Valley, Md., that offers a spend management platform for hospitals to track the amount spent on implantable medical devices. The analytics-based platform helps medical institutions track physician preference items, which account for about 60% of a hospital’s spending for supplies.

Kermit developed its cloud-based platform with Mendix. In fact, the CEO and two of his co-founders found Mendix so approachable that they downloaded a Mendix modeler and were able to construct a running application, said Richard Palarea, CEO and co-founder of Kermit.

“I am very comfortable with the paradigm of having control over the code and wanting to actually hard-code everything, versus having an environment where you can stitch together a business process and go into the app store and grab widgets that you need to bring your idea about,” he said. “That, to me, just has always seemed like a better way of doing things.”

The Kermit analytics platform, which was built by one core developer in nine months, enables hospitals to track and manage contracts, billings, and vendor compliance.

The company has primarily offered its platform to hospitals in Maryland, where Kermit manages 40% of the total spending on medical implants, Palarea said. Kermit began taking its platform nationwide at the end of last year.

“Healthcare analytics are a huge game right now,” Palarea said. “Every CIO in hospitals these days is looking at these kinds of tools to manage the business better because lower reimbursements from both Medicare primarily and also third-party insurers mean the payment that they get for their surgeries are going down.”

While it is too early for Kermit to consider using these new editions of the Mendix platform, company officials said that once use of the Kermit offering goes nationwide, they might take another look.

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For Sale – 17.3″ Intel i7 (3.7GHz Turbo) – 16GB RAM – Samsung 1TB+500GB SSD’s

OVERVIEW

High performance laptop for sale in excellent condition, very well looked after. Custom built by PC Specialist.

I’m selling because I wanted a better gaming rig with a bit more graphical grunt, pure and simple – this one still has a great card, if that’s your thing (GeForce GTX 960M – 2.0GB DDR5 Video RAM – DirectX 12) which can run many of the modern games (screen 60Hz refresh). I also used this PC for graphic design, music production and visual editing, all of which it handled with ease.

The lightning fast Samsung SSD’s are magic – one of them replaces the DVD drive chassis.

PRICING & DELIVERY

Price Purchased: £1,473.00

Selling Price: £795.00

UK ONLY DELIVERY – included in sale price. Available to post after 2nd Feb (travelling until then, sale can be agreed prior, although I may take extra time to reply)

FULL SPECS

Chassis & Display
Optimus Series: 17.3″ Matte Full HD LED Widescreen (1920×1080)
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™ i7 Quad Core Processor i7-4870HQ (3.7GHz Turbo, Iris™ Pro)
Memory (RAM)
16GB Kingston SODIMM DDR3 1600MHz (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M – 2.0GB DDR5 Video RAM – DirectX® 12
1st Storage Drive
1TB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5″ SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (upto 540MB/sR | 520MB/sW)
2nd Storage Drive
500GB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5″ SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (upto 540MB/sR | 520MB/sW)
DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
2nd/3rd HDD HARD DRIVE OPTICAL BAY CADDY (9.5mm)
Memory Card Reader
Integrated 6 in 1 Card Reader (SD /Mini SD/ SDHC / SDXC / MMC / RSMMC)
Power Cable
1 x UK Power Lead & 120W AC Adaptor
Battery
Optimus Series 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (62.16WH)
Thermal Paste
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND
Sound Card
Intel 2 Channel High Def. Audio + SoundBlaster™ Cinema 2
Wireless/Wired Networking
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® AC-7265 M.2 (867Mbps, 802.11AC) + BLUETOOTH
USB/Thunderbolt Options
4 x USB 3.0 PORTS AS STANDARD
Keyboard Language
OPTIMUS SERIES BACKLIT UK KEYBOARD WITH NUMBER PAD
Operating System
Genuine Windows 8.1 64 Bit – inc DVD & Licence (Upgraded to Windows 10 Home, as below)
Windows 10 Upgrade

FREE Upgrade to Windows 10 with all Windows 7 & Windows 8.1 Purchases*
Mouse
INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
Webcam
INTEGRATED 2.0 MP FULL HD WEBCAM

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For Sale – Samsung 34 Inch 21:9 WQHD (Reduced £200)

This monitor is too big for me, so looking to sell after a downsize. I’ve only used for work so I can’t comment on gaming.

Samsung LS34J550WQUXEN 34 inch LED Monitor
Blue/grey colour
3440 x 1440 VA panel
VESA Compatible

Collection only please. Open to offers.

The only things that have bothered me are the loose power cable (not an issue if left static on desk) and the stand is not height adjustable.

Location
York England
Price and currency
£200
Delivery cost included
Delivery is NOT included
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I prefer the goods to be collected
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For Sale – Samsung 34 Inch 21:9 WQHD

This monitor is too big for me, so looking to sell after a downsize. I’ve only used for work so I can’t comment on gaming.

Samsung LS34J550WQUXEN 34 inch LED Monitor
Blue/grey colour
3440 x 1440 VA panel
VESA Compatible

Collection only please. Open to offers.

The only things that have bothered me are the loose power cable (not an issue if left static on desk) and the stand is not height adjustable.

Location
York England
Price and currency
£250
Delivery cost included
Delivery is NOT included
Prefer goods collected?
I prefer the goods to be collected
Advertised elsewhere?
Advertised elsewhere
Payment method
Cash or bank transfer

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New themed Amazon pop-up stores built on consumer data

After closing some 90 pop-up stores over the course of last year, Amazon appears ready to take another stab at the concept with plans to open a chain of themed Amazon pop-up stores with inventory in each store being regularly swapped out as part of rotating themes.

The company has established, or is in the process of establishing, five Amazon pop-up stores this year in or around major metropolitan areas including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston and Chicago. The sixth location will be in Seattle, next door to Amazon’s corporate headquarters and an Amazon 4-star store, as the company continues its experiment to find the right mix of physical locations. According to Amazon’s website, the new retail stores will serve as “physical extensions of Amazon.com.”

One example of a theme in the Las Vegas store is a focus on cameras. Other themes that have been explored in Amazon pop-up stores include Barbie’s 50th anniversary, Marvel’s Avengers, an Audible reading room, the Food Network and a holiday toy list.

Amazon stores built on consumer data

Amazon’s themed physical stores add to the 26 Amazon Go locations in place or being renovated, 22 Amazon Books stores, 18 Amazon 4-star stores, two AmazonFresh Pickup stores and hundreds of Whole Foods stores. In the next month or two Amazon is set to debut a new chain of grocery stores in the Los Angeles area.

“Amazon is continually iterating with its physical locations, so it will be interesting to see where they end up landing with these different formats,” said Thomas O’Connor, a senior director with Gartner. “They can leverage all the data collected in these stores to more clearly see where there is an opportunity [to] further scale out.  Also, it is another opportunity to go after shoppers who don’t yet have Amazon Prime memberships.”

Another analyst agreed that data, again, will play an integral role in the potential success of the latest Amazon pop-up stores. Not only can Amazon collect more specific data on what customers prefer in certain locations, but the company can apply data it already has in hand about what customers might prefer in a certain zip codes with data collected as part of its 4-star store launches.

This fits the method of operation Jeff Bezos has of taking data and not being afraid to experiment. That’s what these themed pop-up stores say to me.
Guy CourtinFormer vice president of industry strategy, Infor

“This fits the method of operation [Amazon CEO Jeff] Bezos has of taking data and not being afraid to experiment; that’s what these themed pop-up stores says to me,” said Guy Courtin, a former vice president of industry strategy at Infor. “He’ll use the demographic data in those areas he wants to put in (a pop-up store), and if it does well then great, he’ll milk those revenues. If it doesn’t do well, he will pull the plug quickly. It’s a bit like the Halloween stores that pop up for Halloween season and then they’re gone,” he said.

The new pop-up stores remind Courtin of the kiosks companies such as AT&T and Verizon set up in malls to sign up random customers for their respective cellular services, only Amazon is looking to sign up customers for Prime memberships, products and services.

“Once they get you in the store, they are looking to sell you on [Amazon] Prime giving you access to their streaming video and music services, along with whatever themed products they have in a particular store,” Courtin said. “They [Amazon] are masters at locating and capturing new revenue streams.”

Amazon’s themed pop-ups give malls hope

With many mall management companies desperate for revenues from renters, Courtin and other analysts believe Amazon’s pop-up stores will be welcome additions — even if they only stay for a few months at a time and continually swap out inventories with every “theme” change.

“Mall management companies are losing their big anchor tenants like a Sears and others,” Courtin said. “If I’m a mall management company and can get Amazon in there for even two or three months, not only will Amazon benefit, but a dozen other stores right next to the Amazon stores will benefit. Also, it gives mall management companies the opportunity to look more modern to have a giant retailer in their location,” he said.

According to the company’s latest earnings report, physical stores account for about 6% of Amazon’s $70 billion in revenue.

Amazon officials declined to provide comment for this story.

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For Sale – Hi Spec PC: 17.3″ Quad Core i7-4870HQ (3.7GHz Turbo) – Samsung SSD (x2) – 16GB – 1.5TB

OVERVIEW

High performance laptop for sale in excellent condition, very well looked after. Custom built by PC Specialist.

I’m selling because I wanted a better gaming rig with a bit more graphical grunt, pure and simple – this one still has a great card, if that’s your thing (GeForce GTX 960M – 2.0GB DDR5 Video RAM – DirectX 12) which can run many of the modern games (screen 60Hz refresh). I also used this PC for graphic design, music production and visual editing, all of which it handled with ease.

The lightning fast Samsung SSD’s are magic – one of them replaces the DVD drive chassis.

PRICING & DELIVERY

Price Purchased: £1,473.00

Selling Price: £795.00

UK ONLY DELIVERY – included in sale price. Available to post after 2nd Feb (travelling until then, sale can be agreed prior, although I may take extra time to reply)

FULL SPECS

Chassis & Display
Optimus Series: 17.3″ Matte Full HD LED Widescreen (1920×1080)
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™ i7 Quad Core Processor i7-4870HQ (3.7GHz Turbo, Iris™ Pro)
Memory (RAM)
16GB Kingston SODIMM DDR3 1600MHz (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M – 2.0GB DDR5 Video RAM – DirectX® 12
1st Storage Drive
1TB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5″ SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (upto 540MB/sR | 520MB/sW)
2nd Storage Drive
500GB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5″ SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (upto 540MB/sR | 520MB/sW)
DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
2nd/3rd HDD HARD DRIVE OPTICAL BAY CADDY (9.5mm)
Memory Card Reader
Integrated 6 in 1 Card Reader (SD /Mini SD/ SDHC / SDXC / MMC / RSMMC)
Power Cable
1 x UK Power Lead & 120W AC Adaptor
Battery
Optimus Series 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (62.16WH)
Thermal Paste
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND
Sound Card
Intel 2 Channel High Def. Audio + SoundBlaster™ Cinema 2
Wireless/Wired Networking
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® AC-7265 M.2 (867Mbps, 802.11AC) + BLUETOOTH
USB/Thunderbolt Options
4 x USB 3.0 PORTS AS STANDARD
Keyboard Language
OPTIMUS SERIES BACKLIT UK KEYBOARD WITH NUMBER PAD
Operating System
Genuine Windows 8.1 64 Bit – inc DVD & Licence (Upgraded to Windows 10 Home, as below)
Windows 10 Upgrade

FREE Upgrade to Windows 10 with all Windows 7 & Windows 8.1 Purchases*
Mouse
INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
Webcam
INTEGRATED 2.0 MP FULL HD WEBCAM

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IBM expands patent troll fight with its massive IP portfolio

After claiming more than a quarter century of patent leadership, IBM has expanded its fight against patent assertion entities, also known as patent trolls, by joining the LOT Network. As a founding member of the Open Invention Network in 2005, IBM has been in the patent troll fight for nearly 15 years.

The LOT Network (short for License on Transfer) is a nonprofit community of more than 600 companies that have banded together to protect themselves against patent trolls and their lawsuits. The group says companies lose up to $80 billion per year on patent troll litigation. Patent trolls are organizations that hoard patents and bring lawsuits against companies they accuse of infringing on those patents.

IBM joins the LOT Network after its $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat, which was a founding member of the organization.

“It made sense to align IBM’s and Red Hat’s view on how to manage our patent portfolio,” said Jason McGee, vice president and CTO of IBM Cloud Platform. “We want to make sure that patents are used for their traditional purposes, and that innovation proceeds and open source developers can work without the threat of a patent litigation.”

To that end, IBM contributed more than 80,000 patents and patent applications to the LOT Network to shield those patents from patent assertion entities, or PAEs.

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IBM joining the LOT Network is significant for a couple of reasons, said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT in Hayward, Calif. First and foremost, with 27 years of patent leadership, IBM brings a load of patent experience and a sizable portfolio of intellectual property (IP) to the LOT Network, he said.

“IBM’s decision to join should also silence critics who decried how the company’s acquisition of Red Hat would erode and eventually end Red Hat’s long-standing leadership in open source and shared IP,” King said. “Instead, the opposite appears to have occurred, with IBM taking heed of its new business unit’s dedication to open innovation and patent stewardship.”

IBM’s decision to join should also silence critics who decried how the company’s acquisition of Red Hat would erode and eventually end Red Hat’s long-standing leadership in open source and shared IP.
Charles KingAnalyst, Pund-IT

The LOT Network operates as a subscription service that charges members for the IP protection they provide. LOT’s subscription rates are based on company revenue. Membership is free for companies making less than $25 million annually. Companies with annual revenues between $25 million and $50 million pay $5,000 annually to LOT. Companies with revenues between $50 million and $100 million pay $10,000 annually to LOT. Companies with revenues between $100 million and $1 billion pay $15,000. And LOT caps its annual subscription rates at $20,000 for companies with revenues greater than $1 billion.

Meanwhile, the Open Invention Network (OIN) has three levels of participation: members, associate members and licensees. Participation in OIN is free, the organization said.

“One of the most powerful characteristics of the OIN community and its cross-license agreement is that the board members sign the exact same licensing agreement as the other 3,100 business participants,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of OIN. “The cross license is royalty-free, meaning it costs nothing to join the OIN community. All an organization or business must agree to do is promise not to sue other community participants based on the Linux System Definition.”

IFI Claims Patent Services confirms that 2019 marked the 27th consecutive year in which IBM has been the leader in the patent industry, earning 9,262 U.S. patents last year. The patents reach across key technology areas such as AI, blockchain, cloud computing, quantum computing and security, McGee said.

IBM achieved more than 1,800 AI patents, including a patent for a method for teaching AI systems how to understand implications behind certain text or phrases of speech by analyzing other related content. IBM also gained patents for improving the security of blockchain networks.

In addition, IBM inventors were awarded more than 2,500 patents in cloud technology and grew the number of patents the company has in the nascent quantum computing field.

“We’re talking about new patent issues each year, not the size of our patent portfolio, because we’re focused on innovation,” McGee said. “There are lots of ways to gain and use patents, we got the most for 27 years and I think that’s a reflection of real innovation that’s happening.”

Since 1920, IBM has received more than 140,000 U.S. patents, he noted. In 2019, more than 8,500 IBM inventors, spanning 45 different U.S. states and 54 countries contributed to the patents awarded to IBM, McGee added.

In other patent-related news, Apple and Microsoft this week joined 35 companies who petitioned the European Union to strengthen its policy on patent trolls. The coalition of companies sent a letter to EU Commissioner for technology and industrial policy Thierry Breton seeking to make it harder for patent trolls to function in the EU.

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