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AT&T integrating 5G with Microsoft cloud to enable next-generation solutions on the edge – Stories

DALLAS and REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 26, 2019 — Microsoft and AT&T are ramping up innovation in the early days of their strategic alliance announced in July. One area of focus is aimed at enabling new 5G, cloud and edge computing solutions to drive enterprise capabilities for companies around the world.

The companies are opening select preview availability for Network Edge Compute (NEC) technology, which weaves Microsoft Azure cloud services into AT&T network edge locations closer to customers. This means AT&T’s software-defined and virtualized 5G core – what the company calls the Network Cloud – is now capable of delivering Azure services. NEC will initially be available for a limited set of select customers in Dallas. Next year, Los Angeles and Atlanta are targeted for select customer availability.

From making the world’s first 5G millimeter wave browsing session on a commercial 5G device to groundbreaking commercial installations in healthcare, manufacturing and entertainment, AT&T has proved itself to be a leader in 5G. The company recently activated an industry-first 400-gigabit connection between Dallas and Atlanta to support video, gaming and other 5G needs. AT&T serves parts of 21 cities with its 5G network using millimeter wave spectrum (5G+) and plans to offer nationwide 5G in the first half of 2020.

“The first smartphones on 3G networks introduced the idea of mobile apps over a decade ago. A few years later, 4G LTE made it feasible to connect those devices faster to cloud applications to stream videos, hail rides, and broadcast content to the world,” said Mo Katibeh, EVP and chief marketing officer, AT&T Business. “With our 5G and edge computing, AT&T is collaborating uniquely with Microsoft to marry their cloud capabilities with our network to create lower latency between the device and the cloud that will unlock new, future scenarios for consumers and businesses. We’ve said all year developers and businesses will be the early 5G adopters, and this puts both at the forefront of this revolution.”

This innovation points to a future where high-end augmented reality glasses are as thin and stylish as a standard pair of eyeglasses, lightweight drones can track themselves and thousands of nearby companions in near-real time, and autonomous cars have access to nearly-instant data processing capabilities without having to install a mini data center in the trunk.

“We are helping AT&T light up a wide range of unique solutions powered by Microsoft’s cloud, both for its business and our mutual customers in a secure and trusted way,” said Corey Sanders, corporate vice president, Microsoft Solutions. “The collaboration reaches across AT&T, bringing the hyperscale of Microsoft Azure together with AT&T’s network to innovate with 5G and edge computing across every industry.”

 5G and edge for gaming, drones, and more

One example of how edge computing can unlock new scenarios and experiences is in mobile gaming, where gaming company Game Cloud Network has created a unique 5G game that’s hosted on the network edge with Microsoft Azure. Game Cloud Network is a pioneer in developing game-based brand engagement and a customer of AT&T. The company is now showcasing its new “Tap & Field” game, which utilizes Microsoft’s Azure PlayFab services. In the game, users race each other in near-real time via this track-and-field-style game, enabled by the speed of 5G-connected devices.

“5G gaming provides consumers with the best of both worlds: highly-immersive experiences on lightweight mobile devices,” said Aaron Baker, chief executive officer, Game Cloud Network. “AT&T and Microsoft are building the perfect environment for game developers to create amazing new possibilities for gamers. 5G and edge computing have the potential to radically change how we play together and launch new business opportunities for brands and game publishers.”

Through AT&T Foundry, AT&T and Microsoft are exploring proofs-of-concept including augmented and virtual reality scenarios and drones. For example, both companies continue to work with Israeli startup Vorpal, helping its VigilAir product track drones in commercial zones, airports, and other areas with near-instant positioning. The companies also recently demoed using Microsoft HoloLens to provide 3D schematic overlays for technicians making repairs to airplanes and other industrial equipment.

Progress toward a “public-cloud first company” and more

Microsoft is also helping AT&T Communications become a “public-cloud first” company by migrating most non-network workloads to the public cloud by 2024, and this migration to Azure is already underway. Another important part of AT&T’s strategy is to empower much of its workforce with Microsoft 365. This includes cloud-connected Office apps on Windows 10, and modern collaboration with Microsoft Teams, SharePoint and OneDrive. AT&T has begun rolling out these solutions to tens of thousands of employees to help drive a culture of modern work.

AT&T and Microsoft will have more to share over the coming months and years as this unique alliance continues to evolve and expand. The two companies will both create and adopt new technologies to develop tools, commercial services and consumer applications that benefit everyone.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a diversified, global leader in telecommunications, media and entertainment, and technology. It executes in the market under four operating units. WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content to global audiences through its consumer brands including: HBO, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC Entertainment, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others. AT&T Communications provides more than 100 million U.S. consumers with entertainment and communications experiences across TV, mobile and broadband services. Plus, it serves nearly 3 million business customers with high-speed, highly secure connectivity and smart solutions. AT&T Latin America provides pay-TV services across 11 countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean, and is the fastest growing wireless provider in Mexico, serving consumers and businesses. Xandr provides marketers with innovative and relevant advertising solutions for consumers around premium video content and digital advertising through its AppNexus platform.

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About Microsoft

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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For Sale – Ryzen 5 3600X, RTX 2060, 16GB RAM, 2.5TB Storage, Arctic Cooler & fans, warranty

For sale is my Gaming PC. Built early August this year with all new parts from Amazon and the like. Everything has warranty – from the balance of 1 year right up to 10 years for the fans. Have kept all the boxes, manuals, spare cabling etc. Happy to help with any warranty claims in the future, although how practical that would be I’m not sure but the offer is there. Will not split.

Simple reason for sale – I’ve caught the build bug and want to start from scratch again!

Case – NZXT H500 Mid tower ATX, Black with Blue bar, tempered glass side panel.
MOBO – MSI B450 PRO-VDH-PLUS M-ATX, running BIOS AGESA 1.0.0.4 (Beta). No WiFi/Bluetooth but there is a spare PCIe slot. I use a Powerline adapter.
CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 3600X (6 cores, 12 threads) plus unused stock cooler (Wraith Spire) – 3.8GHz/4.4GHz Boost.
Cooler – Arctic Freezer 34 eSports Duo, black with white fans, fitted using Arctic MX-4 thermal compound.
RAM – Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz C16 – Black.
PSU – Corsair TX550W 80+ Gold, semi-modular, black.
Storage (boot) – Crucial P1 512GB SSD NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD (located below GPU)
Storage (games) – Seagate Barracuda 3.5″ 2TB 7200rpm (located in the PSU shroud)
GPU – ZOTAC Geforce RTX 2060 – twin fans but not the “Twin fan” model if that makes sense, unless it is the same thing and I’ve misunderstood
Rear/Top exhaust fans (black/white) – 1 x 120mm Arctic F12 PWM PST + 1 x 120mm Arctic F12 PMW, replacing the stock 1x120mm NZXT exhaust fan (black), which I’ll also include.
Front intake fans (black/white) – 1 x 140mm Arctic F14 PWM PST + 1 x 140mm Arctic F14 PMW. Excellent air flow.
Lighting – 1 x non addressable RGB (12V) light strip magnetically fitted inside case roof. Use Mystic Light to change solid colour/effect – subtle and effective. Can easily be moved around the case or removed entirely. Subtle and effective – Im not into the RGB thing.
OS – Windows 10 Pro 64bit v1909. This is registered to me so I’d need to fully reset and install a clean, deactivated copy.

I have deliberately disabled (via BIOS) all boosting options – specifically MSI’s Game Boost and AMD’s Precision Boost 2/PBO, never overclocked.

Bearing this in mind and that I run at 1440p/144Hz at Very High/Ultra detail, I get well over 60FPS on anything eg. Doom 2016 @200FPS, Gears 5 @80-100FPS, BeamNG.drive @100+fps, latest COD MW @70-100FPS. Idles at <35dB and 35degrees, boots up in under 25 seconds. Absolutely no issues - would make a perfect PC for the gamer in your life, especially with Christmas approaching

Collection only – too much hassle/risk using a courier. Happy to demo but I’d then need time to fully reset.

Happy to answer any questions.

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For Sale – HP Chromebook 14-DB0003NA (BNIB)

Just received this as part of a promotion from Google (with early purchases of the Pixel 4).

–– ADVERTISEMENT ––​

It’s sealed in the box so would make a great Christmas present for someone
Here’s a link to the model (John Lewis)

14″ screen
AMD-A4 9120C APU
32GB eMMC storage
100GB Google Drive cloud storage (free first year)
4GB DDR4 RAM
Chrome OS
B&O speakers
2 x USB 3.1 Type-C ports
2 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x microSD slot
Bluetooth v4.2
Webcam with mics
Headphone port

Location
Worthing, West Sussex
Price and currency
£145
Delivery cost included
Delivery Is Included
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For Sale – Macbook Pro 13 Early 2015

Afternoon all,

For sale is my previous work Macbook Pro.

Macbook Pro (Early 2015)
13 inch Retina,
2.7ghz Intel Core i5
8GB memory
128Gb SSD
intel Iris 6100 MB graphics
Mojave OS

Still very much in good condition, Cosmetically a few nicks and plemishes but nothing that will detract. The magsafe slot is showing some use, (See Photos)

Very recently had the screen replaced under warranty ( didn’t think it needed it but here we are).

There is an issue with the Headphone socket and speakers in that they do not work! Have taken it to the geniuses at Apple and they ran every possible test without spending the money to replace the logic board and they could not get it to work. Audio works fine via any kind of USB or Bluetooth output but just not via the headphone socket or speakers.
(A USB headphone socket can be purchased form Amazon for a couple of pounds)

Do not have the original box.

Have priced the machine to reflect this.

Thanks for calling…..

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Google Cloud tackles Spark on Kubernetes

An early version of a Google Cloud service that runs Apache Spark on Kubernetes is now available, but more work will be required to flesh out the container orchestration platform’s integrations with data analytics tools.

Kubernetes and containers haven’t been renowned for their use in data-intensive, stateful applications, including data analytics. But there are benefits to using Kubernetes as a resource orchestration layer under applications such as Apache Spark rather than the Hadoop YARN resource manager and job scheduling tool with which it’s typically associated. Developers and IT ops stand to gain advantages that containers bring to any application, such as portability across systems and consistency in configuration, along with automated provisioning and scaling for workloads that’s handled in the Kubernetes layer or by Helm charts, as well as container resource efficiency compared with virtual or bare metal machines.

“Analytical workloads, in particular, benefit from the ability to add rapidly scalable cloud capacity for spiky peak workloads, whereas companies might want to run routine, predictable workloads in a virtual private cloud,” said Doug Henschen, an analyst at Constellation Research in Cupertino, Calif. 

Google, which offers managed versions of Apache Spark and Apache Hadoop that run on YARN through its Cloud Dataproc service, would prefer to use its own Kubernetes platform to orchestrate resources — and to that end, released an alpha preview integration for Spark on Kubernetes within Cloud Dataproc this week. Other companies, such as Databricks (run by the creators of Apache Spark) and D2iQ (formerly Mesosphere), support Spark on Kubernetes, but Google Cloud Dataproc stands to become the first of the major cloud providers to include it in a managed service.

Customers don’t care about managing Hive or Pig, and want to use Kubernetes in hybrid clouds.
James MaloneProduct manager, Google Cloud Dataproc

Apache Spark has had a native Kubernetes scheduler since version 2.3, and Hadoop added native container support in Hadoop 3.0.3, both released in May 2018. However, Hadoop’s container support is still tied to HDFS and is too complex, in Google’s view.

“People have gotten Docker containers running on Hadoop clusters using YARN, but Hadoop 3’s container support is probably about four years too late,” said James Malone, product manager for Cloud Dataproc at Google. “It also doesn’t really solve the problems customers are trying to solve, from our perspective — customers don’t care about managing [Apache data warehouse and analytics apps] Hive or Pig, and want to use Kubernetes in hybrid clouds.”

Spark on Kubernetes only scratches the surface of big data integration

Cloud Dataproc’s Spark on Kubernetes implementation remains in a very early stage, and will require updates upstream to Spark as well as Kubernetes before it’s production-ready. Google also has its sights set on support for more Apache data analytics apps, including the Flink data stream processing framework, Druid low-latency data query system and Presto distributed SQL query engine.

“It’s still in alpha, and that’s by virtue of the fact that the work that we’ve done here has been split into multiple streams,” Malone said. One of those workstreams is to update Cloud Dataproc to run Kubernetes clusters. Another is to contribute to the upstream Spark Kubernetes operator, which remains in the experimental stage within Spark Core. Finally, Cloud Dataproc must brush up performance enhancement add-ons such as external shuffle service support, which aids in the dynamic allocation of resources.

For now, IT pros who want to run Spark on Kubernetes must assemble their own integrations among the upstream Spark Kubernetes scheduler, supported Spark from Databricks, and Kubernetes cloud services. Customers that seek hybrid cloud portability for Spark workloads must also implement a distributed storage system from vendors such as Robin Systems or Portworx. All of it can work, but without many of the niceties about fully integrated cloud platform services that would make life easier.

For example, the Spark Kubernetes executor uses Python, rather than the Scala programming language, which is a bit trickier to use.

“The Python experience of Spark in Kubernetes has always lagged the Scala experience, mostly because deploying a compiled artifact in Scala is just easier logistically than pulling in dependencies for Python jobs,” said Michael Bishop, co-founder and board member at Alpha Vertex, a New York-based fintech startup that uses machine learning deployed in a multi-cloud Kubernetes infrastructure to track market trends for financial services customers. “This is getting better and better, though.”

There also remain fundamental differences between Spark’s job scheduler and Kubernetes that must be smoothed out, Bishop said.

“There is definitely an impedance [between the two schedulers,” he said. “Spark is intimately aware of ‘where’ is for [nodes], while Kubernetes doesn’t really care beyond knowing a pod needs a particular volume mounted.”

Google will work on sanding down these rough edges, Malone pledged.

“For example, we have an external shuffle service, and we’re working hard to make it work with both YARN and Kubernetes Spark,” he said.

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New “Gears Forever” Trailer Shows The Biggest Gears Yet – Xbox Wire

We’re just a short time away from the biggest Gears yet with Early Access for either Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or with Gears 5 Ultimate Edition, and today while fans eagerly await its release, we’ve got a brand new trailer showing off Gears 5’s five modes.

In Gears 5, there are five thrilling ways to play: the all-new aggressive, high-stakes co-op mode Escape; the competitive Versus mode, featuring nine modes including the all-new Arcade for players of all levels; the deepest Horde Mode ever;  the intuitive Map Builder and the biggest Campaign yet.

Yesterday, we shared news about latest blockbuster partnership in Gears 5 with WWE Superstar Batista making an appearance in Gears 5 as a multiplayer character, donning the armor of the legendary Marcus Fenix. Fans can also look forward to the inclusion of Sarah Connor and the T-800 Endoskeleton from Terminator: Dark Fate and Spartans Emile-A239 and Kat-B320 from Halo: Reach with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Gears 5 Ultimate Edition.

Gears 5 early access will begin at 9pm on September 5th in your local time zone. For countries with multiple time zones, the earliest time zone will determine when you can play. For example, North American early access will begin at simultaneously at 9pm ET, 8pm CT and 6pm PT.

Both Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members and Gears 5 Ultimate Edition owners will be able to gear up and take the fight to the Swarm. On behalf of everyone at The Coalition, we’re excited to have fans jump into the world of Gears 5.

For more information on Gears 5 and the Gears franchise, stay tuned to Xbox Wire or follow Gears on Twitter @gearsofwar.

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For Sale – Macbook Air 11″ Early 2014 4GB 128GB SSD 1.4GHz Core I5 – Boxed

I’ve finally decided to upgrade my beloved Macbook air, so now have it up for sale.

It’s an 11″ Macbook Air early 2014 model. Complete with 128gb SSD, 4gb RAM, 1.4GHz core I5 processor, boxed and complete with power cable and i’ll throw in a carry sleeve too.

It’s in excellent condition as per photos and has been reset to factory settings ready for a new user to set up. It’s currently running High Sierra.
Battery cycle count before factory reset was 346 (might now be 347), condition ‘normal’.

Only selling due to wanting a bigger screen for my studies and work.

Looking for £400 delivery, payment via bank transfer please.
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Price and currency: £400
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank transfer
Location: Staffs
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For Sale – Macbook Air 13 inch (Early 2015) 1.6GHZ 8GB RAM | 256GB Flash Storage

Macbook Air 13 inch (Early 2015) 1.6GHZ 8GB RAM | 256GB Flash Storage

Bought direct from Apple 3 years ago. I’ve had zero issues with it, or repairs.

It’s been in a case 100% of the time, so it’s in fantastic condition.

The laptop always had Kaspersky and/or Norton antivirus software on it. Although, I have since wiped everything and reset to its factory settings—ready for you to use!

There is a tiny scratch on the bottom-left of the screen (scratch, not crack), but its barely noticeable. Honestly. It’s as thin as a hair. (See zoomed-in photo).

Also, and I wasn’t going to point this out as it’s so small but wanted to be transparent—if you look at the back of the Mac (from the photo), there’s a tiny ‘dent’. Dent is an over-exaggeration, but I can’t find another word to describe it. It’s more like a spot. Located middle/top right.

Photos demonstrate the laptop booting up and working.

Comes with:

  • Working charger
  • Original box
  • Cables
  • Manual

£450 + postage.

Price and currency: 450
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: PayPal
Location: London
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Macbook Air 13 inch (Early 2015) 1.6GHZ 8GB RAM | 256GB Flash Storage

Macbook Air 13 inch (Early 2015) 1.6GHZ 8GB RAM | 256GB Flash Storage

Bought direct from Apple 3 years ago. I’ve had zero issues with it, or repairs.

It’s been in a case 100% of the time, so it’s in fantastic condition.

The laptop always had Kaspersky and/or Norton antivirus software on it. Although, I have since wiped everything and reset to its factory settings—ready for you to use!

There is a tiny scratch on the bottom-left of the screen (scratch, not crack), but its barely noticeable. Honestly. It’s as thin as a hair. (See zoomed-in photo).

Also, and I wasn’t going to point this out as it’s so small but wanted to be transparent—if you look at the back of the Mac (from the photo), there’s a tiny ‘dent’. Dent is an over-exaggeration, but I can’t find another word to describe it. It’s more like a spot. Located middle/top right.

Photos demonstrate the laptop booting up and working.

Comes with:

  • Working charger
  • Original box
  • Cables
  • Manual

£450 + postage.

Price and currency: 450
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: PayPal
Location: London
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Macbook Air 13 inch (Early 2015) 1.6GHZ 8GB RAM | 256GB Flash Storage

Macbook Air 13 inch (Early 2015) 1.6GHZ 8GB RAM | 256GB Flash Storage

Bought direct from Apple 3 years ago. I’ve had zero issues with it, or repairs.

It’s been in a case 100% of the time, so it’s in fantastic condition.

The laptop always had Kaspersky and/or Norton antivirus software on it. Although, I have since wiped everything and reset to its factory settings—ready for you to use!

There is a tiny scratch on the bottom-left of the screen (scratch, not crack), but its barely noticeable. Honestly. It’s as thin as a hair. (See zoomed-in photo).

Also, and I wasn’t going to point this out as it’s so small but wanted to be transparent—if you look at the back of the Mac (from the photo), there’s a tiny ‘dent’. Dent is an over-exaggeration, but I can’t find another word to describe it. It’s more like a spot. Located middle/top right.

Photos demonstrate the laptop booting up and working.

Comes with:

  • Working charger
  • Original box
  • Cables
  • Manual

£450 + postage.

Price and currency: 450
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: PayPal
Location: London
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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