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Inside Xbox Episode 5 News Recap – Xbox Wire

Earlier today Inside Xbox Episode 5 aired, continuing to pull back the curtain on Team Xbox to celebrate our games, features, and fans. This episode was full of closer looks at some big upcoming games, including No Man’s Sky, We Happy Few, and Earthfall, as well as the announcement of a huge addition to Xbox Game Pass. So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at some of the biggest news coming out of this month’s episode of Inside Xbox.

Rocket League and Warhammer: Vermintide 2 are Coming to Xbox Game Pass

The Xbox Game Pass catalog continues to grow this week, thanks to the addition of a couple of awesome titles. First up, the much-loved Rocket League, which blends elements of soccer, racing, and demolition derbies together to create a wonderful whole, hits Xbox Game Pass today. Then, tomorrow, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 brings its mix of over-the-top gore and first-person hacking and slashing to the service.

The Sport White Special Edition Xbox One Controller

Featuring beautiful, clean lines and a snazzy design, the latest addition to the Xbox One controller family is a looker. Inspired by sports and sneakers, the Sport White’s got mint green accents and grey and silver patterns to go along with its fresh white design. If you’re a sneaker head, you’ll definitely want one of these. You can snag this sporty beauty at the Microsoft Store and other retailers beginning July 31st in the U.S. and Canada, and then worldwide on August 7th.

A Closer Look at No Man’s Sky

The highly-anticipated space exploration game No Man’s Sky is hitting Xbox One on July 24, so we had Hello Games founder Sean Murray on to share a bit about how excited the team is to be bringing the game to our consoles. He also showed a new video created by the team that breaks down 11 new features, from freighters to alien sidekicks, added to the game since its initial launch, all of which will be available when the game launches on Xbox One.

We Happy Few Adds a Story Mode

The Inside Xbox team was joined by Guillaume Provost from Compulsion Games, the latest studio to join the Microsoft Studios family. Guillaume showed off We Happy Few’s new story mode for the first time, sharing that you’ll be able to see events in the game from multiple perspectives as you play. This is going to be one wild ride, and we can’t wait to see more when the game releases in August.

Surviving an Alien Invasion in Earthfall

Coming to join us from their studio just up the road in Bellevue, the team from developer Holospark gave us a closer look at the upcoming game Earthfall, which releases this coming Friday, July 13. Earthfall is a four-player co-op shooter that tasks players with surviving an alien invasion, and it looks like a blast. Even better, the guys announced that all maps and additions to the game will be absolutely free to anyone who purchases it. There will also be Mixer integration, so save up that Spark to help your friends!

Seasons Change in Forza Horizon 4

To close out the show, the team was joined by some familiar faces from Playground Games, who came on to give fans a closer at this highly-anticipated (and absolutely gorgeous) Xbox One racing game. This segment lead into a special live-stream on mixer.com/forzamotorsport , where the team at Playground Games highlighted the summer season, including interviews with the team and community Q&A.

Thanks to everyone who tuned in! We hope you enjoyed the show and we can’t wait to tell you all about next month’s episode in a few weeks.

Hyper engine aims to give enterprise Tableau analytics a boost

Tableau is continuing its focus on enterprise functionality, rolling out several new features that the company hopes will make its data visualization and analytics software more attractive as an enterprise tool to help broaden its appeal beyond an existing base of line-of-business users.

In particular, the new Tableau 10.5 release, launched last week, includes the long-awaited Hyper in-memory compute engine. Company officials said Hyper will bring vastly improved speeds to the software and support new Tableau analytics use cases, like internet of things (IoT) analytics applications.

The faster speeds will be particularly noticeable, they said, when users refresh Tableau data extracts, which are in-memory snapshots of data from a source file. Extracts can reach large sizes, and refreshing larger files takes time with previous releases.

“We extract every piece of data that we work with going to production, so we’re really looking forward to [Hyper],” Jordan East, a BI data analyst at General Motors, said in a presentation at Tableau Conference 2017, held in Las Vegas last October.

East works in GM’s global telecom organization, which supports the company’s communications needs. His team builds BI reports on the overall health of the communications system. The amount of data coming in has grown substantially over the year, and keeping up with the increasing volume of data has been a challenge, he said.

Extracting the data, rather than connecting Tableau to live data, helped improve report performance. East said he hopes the extra speed of Hyper will enable dashboards to be used in more situations, like live meetings.

Faster extracts mean fresher analytics

The Tableau 10.5 update also includes support for running Tableau Server on Linux, new governance features and other additions. But Hyper is getting most of the attention. Potentially, faster extract refreshes mean customers will refresh extracts more frequently and be able to do their Tableau analytics on fresher data.

“If Hyper lives up to demonstrations and all that has been promised, it will be an incredible enhancement for customers that are struggling with large complex data,” said Rita Sallam, a Gartner analyst.

Sallam’s one caveat was that customers who are doing Tableau analytics on smaller data sets will see less of a performance upgrade, because their extracts likely already refresh and load quickly. She said she believes the addition of Hyper will make it easier to analyze data stored in a Hadoop data lake, which was typically too big to efficiently load into Tableau before Hyper. This will give analysts access to larger, more complex data sets and enable deeper analytics, Sallam said.

Focus on enterprise functionality risky

Looking at the bigger picture, though, Sallam said there is some risk for Tableau in pursuing an enterprise focus. She said moving beyond line-of-business deployments and doubling down on enterprise functionality was a necessary move to attract and retain customers. But, at the same time, the company risks falling behind on analytics functionality.

Sallam said the features in analytics software that will be most important in the years ahead will be things like automated machine learning and natural language querying and generation. By prioritizing the nuts and bolts of enterprise functionality, Tableau hasn’t invested as much in these types of features, Sallam said.

“If they don’t [focus on enterprise features], they’re not going to be able to respond to customers that want to deploy Tableau at scale,” Sallam said. “But that does come with a cost, because now they can’t fully invest in next-generation features, which are going to be the defining features of user experience two or three years from now.”

For Sale – hp pavilion 15″ i3/8gb/1TB – bargain

In continuing my trend of selling everythign to pay for my boiler, i have this nice 15″ HP Pavilion, in black/silver

got windows 10 on it, and 8GB of Ram.

decent little unit, should be good for homework or something.

£150 + Del but open to offers for quick sale!

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For Sale – hp pavilion 15″ i3/8gb/1TB – bargain

In continuing my trend of selling everythign to pay for my boiler, i have this nice 15″ HP Pavilion, in black/silver

got windows 10 on it, and 8GB of Ram.

decent little unit, should be good for homework or something.

£150 + Del but open to offers for quick sale!

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For Sale – hp pavilion 15″ i3/8gb/1TB – bargain

In continuing my trend of selling everythign to pay for my boiler, i have this nice 15″ HP Pavilion, in black/silver

got windows 10 on it, and 8GB of Ram.

decent little unit, should be good for homework or something.

£150 + Del but open to offers for quick sale!

Price and currency: £175 – NOW £150
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Location: Sussex
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For Sale – hp pavilion 15″ i3/8gb/1TB – bargain

In continuing my trend of selling everythign to pay for my boiler, i have this nice 15″ HP Pavilion, in black/silver

got windows 10 on it, and 8GB of Ram.

decent little unit, should be good for homework or something.

£150 + Del but open to offers for quick sale!

Price and currency: £175 – NOW £150
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Payment method: BT Preferred
Location: Sussex
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For Sale – hp pavilion 15″ i3/8gb/1TB – bargain

In continuing my trend of selling everythign to pay for my boiler, i have this nice 15″ HP Pavilion, in black/silver

got windows 10 on it, and 8GB of Ram.

decent little unit, should be good for homework or something.

£150 + Del but open to offers for quick sale!

Price and currency: £175 – NOW £150
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Adobe and Microsoft expand partnership with Adobe Experience Manager and Dynamics 365 integration

Adobe and Microsoft expanded their continuing partnership today when they announced that they are making it easy to share data between Adobe Experience Manager, a website marketing tool and Dynamics 365, Microsoft’s CRM tool.

For a sales person that means seeing the latest sales activity and customer interactions from the company website right in the customer record. From a customer experience perspective, it means that if you are on a website and filling in a form to join a service or make purchase, Adobe can pull your customer information like name, address and phone number from the CRM record and fill in much of the information for you automatically, making it more likely that you’ll complete the transaction, while providing a better overall experience.

Dave Welch, vice president or Microsoft Solutions at Adobe says that from his company’s perspective, it’s really about streamlining the experience on the company website to turn that shopper into a buyer. “The more personal we can make that based on what we know about you, it makes the experience more integrated for a customer,” he said.

Dina Apostolou, director of Microsoft Business Applications Group says for her company, it’s about giving salespeople more complete data to work with to understand the customer better. The more information you can pull into a single customer view in Dynamics 365, the better you can understand their needs and sell to that.

Ultimately, this is a combining of sales and marketing data. Traditionally, sales and marketing, two departments that need to work together, for whatever reason have often had difficulty communicating. By integrating the marketing and sales information together at the data level in this manner, it puts the information in the hands of the people who need it without any politics involved. It just happens.

The companies have previously provided APIs that would allow customers to do this kind of integration if they were willing to put in the work to make it happen, but with the new agreement, the two vendors are doing all of the heavy lifting for them making it a simple configuration to share the data.

When you combine this with the Dynamics 365 partnership announcement around Adobe Sign announced last month and Adobe Campaign integration from last year, the two companies are looking for ways to work together by combining various types of sales and marketing information that play to their various strengths.

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Choose How You Game with Four New Xbox One S Bundles

This fall, we’ve got something for everyone so you can choose how you game on Xbox One. We’re continuing to deliver the best value in games and entertainment with Xbox One S and today we’re announcing four new 500GB Xbox One S bundles: the Xbox One S Minecraft Complete Adventure Bundle, Xbox One S Rocket League Blast-Off Bundle, Xbox One S Starter Bundle and the Xbox One S Ultimate Halo Bundle.

Xbox One S has a library of over 1,300 games and over 200 exclusives, including blockbusters like Minecraft, iconic franchises like Halo, and the latest exclusives like Forza Motorsport 7 that you can only play on Xbox One. With Backward Compatibility, Xbox One is the only console where you can play games from the past, present and future. Access all your favorite entertainment through apps like YouTube, Netflix and more and play with friends near and far with Xbox Live.

With Xbox One S, you’ll also enjoy the highest-quality 4K entertainment, including built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and 4K video streaming. Whether you’re playing games, watching your favorite shows or streaming gameplay, Xbox One S delivers brilliant graphics with HDR technology, premium audio and fast, reliable online gaming with friends.

With so many exciting new options, it’ll be impossible to choose only one.

Xbox One S Minecraft Complete Adventure Bundle

Xbox One S Minecraft Complete Adventure Bundle

Own the Xbox One S Minecraft Complete Adventure Bundle (500GB) for $279 USD / £229 GBP / €279 EUR and be part of a worldwide phenomenon. This bundle is available at local retailers in select markets including Microsoft Store and includes:

  • Xbox One S with 500GB hard drive
  • Xbox Wireless Controller
  • Full-game download code of Minecraft – Now you can build, dig, and craft together with friends across Xbox One, mobile, VR and Windows 10 with the Better Together update
  • Full add-on download code of the Minecraft Explorer’s pack – The Explorer’s pack features the Chinese Mythology Mashup, Natural Texture Pack, Biome Settlers Skin Pack, Battle and Beasts Skin Pack and Campfire Tales Skin Pack. The Explorer’s Pack will also be available as a standalone retail offering which includes the base game and DLC (valued at $29.99) starting Nov. 7.
  • Full-game download code of Minecraft: Story Mode Season 1 – The Complete Adventure (Episodes 1-8) – Experience this episodic point-and-click adventure game.
  • Xbox Live Gold – Enjoy 3 months of Xbox Live Gold to join the online Minecraft community and build, dig and craft together with friends.
  • Xbox Game Pass – Get instant access to over 100 great games with 1 month of Xbox Game Pass.

Xbox One S Rocket League Blast-Off Bundle

Xbox One S Rocket League Blast-Off Bundle

Still wondering what soccer would be like with rocket-equipped cars? Wonder no more and get in on the action with one of the most popular multiplayer games around. The winner of numerous awards, get ready to score amazing aerial goals with the Xbox One S Rocket League Blast-Off Bundle (500GB) for £229 GBP / €279 EUR. This bundle is available at local retailers in select markets including Microsoft Store and includes:

  • Xbox One S with 500GB hard drive
  • Xbox Wireless Controller
  • Full-game download code of Rocket League – Choose from a variety of high-flying vehicles equipped with huge rocket boosters to score amazing aerial goals and pull off incredible, game-changing saves, take on the single-player challenge in Season Mode or join in 8-player online competition and 4-player split-screen action.
  • Xbox Live Gold – Enjoy a 3-month subscription of Xbox Live Gold to play your favorite games online with friends and get free games each month plus deep Xbox Store discounts on games, add-ons and more.
  • Xbox Game Pass – Get instant access out of the box to over 100 great games with 1 month of Xbox Game Pass.

Xbox One S Starter Bundle

Xbox One S Starter Bundle

Own the Xbox One S Starter Bundle (500GB) for $279 USD / £229 GBP / €279 EUR and dive into the very best of Xbox One. This bundle is available at local retailers in select markets including Microsoft Store and includes:

  • Xbox One S with 500GB hard drive
  • Xbox Wireless Controller
  • Xbox Live Gold – Play with and against friends and family on the most advanced multiplayer network with 3 months of Xbox Live Gold, plus receive exclusive membership perks like free games each month and deep discounts in the Microsoft Store
  • Xbox Game Pass – Get instant access to over 100 great games carefully curated for high quality and fun gameplay with 3 months of Xbox Game Pass. Games are added every month so there’s always something new to play including fan favorites such as Halo 5: Guardians, DiRT Rally and LEGO Batman.

Xbox One S Ultimate Halo Bundle

Xbox One S Ultimate Halo Bundle

Own the Xbox One S Ultimate Halo Bundle (500GB) for $279 USD and live the legend of the Master Chief on Xbox One S. This bundle is available exclusively at Walmart in the U.S. and includes:

  • Xbox One S with 500GB hard drive
  • Xbox Wireless Controller
  • Full-game download codes of Halo 5: Guardians and Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which collectively offer fans the chance to experience the Master Chief’s epic journey over five Halo games
  • Xbox Game Pass – Get instant access to over 100 great games carefully curated for high quality and fun gameplay with 1 month of Xbox Game Pass
  • 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial – Play games with friends near or far on Xbox Live with a 14-day trial

Healthcare quality goals set for telehealth, interoperability

The quality of healthcare and health IT interoperability are continuing concerns among healthcare professionals. To address these concerns, the National Quality Forum and its telehealth committee met recently to discuss ways to measure healthcare quality and interoperability.

The National Quality Forum (NQF) was asked by the Health Department to accomplish two tasks: identify critical areas where measurement can effectively assess the healthcare quality and impact of telehealth services, and assess the current state of interoperability and its impact on quality processes and outcomes.

In a media briefing last week, NQF experts and members of the committee in charge of the two aforementioned tasks discussed the thought process behind the development of healthcare quality measures and the goal the committee hopes these measures will help achieve.

“After a comprehensive literature review conducted by NQF staff, the telehealth committee developed measurement concepts … across four distinct domains: access to care; financial impact and cost; telehealth experience for patients, care givers, care team members and others; as well as effectiveness, including system, clinical, operational and technical,” said Jason Goldwater, senior director at NQF, during the briefing.

Goldwater said that, ultimately, the following areas were identified as the highest priorities: “The use of telehealth to decrease travel, timeliness of care, actionable information, the added value of telehealth to provide evidence-based best practices, patient empowerment and care coordination.”

Those of us that live in the world of telemedicine believe not only are there quality enhancements, but there’s convenience enhancements that are going to make medicine easier to deliver.
Judd Hollanderassociate dean of strategic health initiatives, Thomas Jefferson University

Judd Hollander, associate dean of strategic health initiatives at Thomas Jefferson University and a member of the NQF telehealth committee, explained that the committee wanted to begin this process of creating measures for telehealth and interoperability in healthcare by conducting an “environmental scan.”

“Where is there data and where are there data holes and what do we need to know?” Hollander said. “After we informed that and took a good look at it we started thinking, what are types of domains and subdomains and measure concepts that the evidence out there helps us illustrate but the evidence we’re lacking can also be captured? … So it was a really nice way to begin the discussion.”

Hollander added that the implications of the NQF report and the measures the committee is working on are “expected to inform policy across the entire spectrum of alternative payment models, government funded healthcare, and care funded by commercial payers because it’s just what you should be assessing to provide quality care.”

NQF’s telehealth measures: Patient experience

For healthcare to truly reap the benefits of telehealth, the industry has to focus on quality first. And to improve healthcare quality, there has to be a way to measure and report it, Hollander said.

“Those of us that live in the world of telemedicine believe not only are there quality enhancements, but there’s convenience enhancements that are going to make medicine easier to deliver,” Hollander said.

Hollander used a personal experience as an example of the benefits telehealth can bring to patients, even if a diagnosis isn’t or cannot be made via telehealth technologies.

“I had a patient who hurt his knee working in Staples, actually, at about 5:15, 5:30 in the evening. He had a prior knee injury and he had an orthopedist, but he couldn’t reach the orthopedist because their offices were closed,” Hollander said.

Without telehealth, this patient would have had to go to the emergency department, he would’ve waited hours to be seen, and then he would’ve been examined and had X-rays done, Hollander said.

Not only would this have taken a long time, it also would’ve cost this patient a lot of money, Hollander added.

Instead of going to the ER, the patient was able to connect with Hollander through JeffConnect, Jefferson University Hospitals’ app that enables patients to connect with doctors anytime, anywhere.

“I was the doc on call. We do know how to examine knees by telemedicine and we can tell with over 99% accuracy whether someone has a fracture or not and he did not,” he said.

Hollander explained that they then did a little “wilderness medicine.” Using materials lying around, the patient was splinted with yard sticks and an ace bandage and then was able to wait to see his orthopedist the next day.

“So we didn’t actually really solve his problem, but we saved him a ton of time and money; he didn’t have to go get X-rays one day, [then] have them repeated by the orthopedist who couldn’t see him [until] the next day because the systems aren’t interoperable,” Hollander said.

NQF’s telehealth measures: Rural communities

Marcia Ward, director of the Rural Telehealth Research Center at the University of Iowa and also an NQF telehealth committee member, brings a rural perspective to the telehealth conversation.

“Creating this framework we had to look across all of those different aspects of telehealth and how it could be applied. I find it particularly interesting that telehealth has been thought of as an answer for increasing access in rural healthcare … and I think that’s been one of the strongest suits,” she said during the briefing. “But now it’s developing into an urban application and I think we’ll see particular growth in that.”

Ward used the concept of travel in rural areas as an example of thinking of a unique, and maybe not always obvious, issue to address when creating telehealth measures.

“Travel is a concept that is very important, particularly in rural telehealth,” Ward said. “An example of that is there’s a telestroke program at the Medical University of South Carolina and one of the measures that they use is how many of the patients that are seen through their telestroke program at the rural hospitals are able to stay at their local rural hospital.”

This is an example of a healthcare quality measure that wouldn’t normally be seen in conventional medicine but is very appropriate for telehealth in rural areas.

“That’s a very important measure concept … able to be captured. Another one particularly important in the rural area is workforce shortages and we’re seeing evidence that telehealth programs can be implemented that help bridge that gap [and] be able to deliver services in very rural areas and have the backup from telehealth hub where there’s emergency physicians,” Ward said.  And we’re seeing evidence that telehealth, in terms of rural communities in particular, it’s really filling a particular need.”

NQF’s interoperability measures

While the experts focused mainly on telehealth during the briefing, Goldwater explained that when the committee was discussing and creating measures for interoperability they conducted several interviews to help them define guiding principles.

Goldwater said that these guiding principles include:

  • “Interoperability is more than just EHR to EHR;
  • “Various stakeholders with diverse needs are involved in the exchange and use of data, and the framework and concepts will differ based on these perspectives;
  • “The term ‘electronically exchanged information’ is more appropriate to completely fulfill the definition of interoperability;
  • “And all critical data elements should be included in the analysis of measures as interoperability increases access to information.”

Ultimately the committee developed healthcare quality measures across four domains: The exchange of electronic health information to the quality of data content and the method of exchange, the usability of the exchange of electronic health information such as the data’s relevance and its accessibility, the application of exchange of electronic health information such as “Is it computable?” and the impact of interoperability such as patient safety and care coordination, Goldwater said.