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Wanted – Small laptop/netbook/cloudbook 10-11″

Its an eeePC 901 GO (the Go model is the one that has a working sim slot)

9″ screen
2gb ram
16gb ssd
HSUSPA 3.5G
1.3mb camera
10/100 ethernet

Just powered it up. Will need to charge battery to let you know how long it will last.
If you are interested I will have to wipe my old data off it which will take a couple days.

6 enterprise AR use cases

While augmented reality in the consumer space gets the most attention, it’s the enterprise that is going to figure out the “killer AR application,” according to John Werner.

Werner, vice president of strategic partnerships at Meta, a Silicon Valley startup focused on AR products, might be right, judging by the enterprise AR use cases shared at the recent LiveWorx event in Boston. Though it’s still early days for enterprise AR, the superimposition of digital information on real world environments is staking a claim in the workplace.

The four enterprise areas where AR is gaining a foothold are logistics, manufacturing, HR and productivity, but AR’s potential in the enterprise stretches beyond that, according to Shel Israel, author and CEO at Transformation Group LLC.

At the LiveWorx event Werner, Israel and other AR experts detailed some of the top enterprise AR use cases. Here are six of them.

1. Training millennials

Multinational conglomerate Honeywell is using Microsoft’s HoloLens technology to train millennials in maintenance. HoloLens is one of the most well-known AR headsets, with applications ranging from the game room to the meeting room.

Neena Kamath, program manager of the AR/VR team at Microsoft, explained how, at Honeywell, employees with years of knowledge about equipment and maintenance are starting to age-out of the industry, potentially leaving the company without imparting that knowledge to younger workers.

Instead of having these experts sit down and write out training documents — which takes a long time and often doesn’t capture all of the necessary information — Honeywell is having them wear the AR headsets and record and narrate everything that they do.

Don’t give them a book to read to learn about this; let them go out there in the field and do this and learn from it.
Neena Kamathprogram manager of the AR/VR team, Microsoft

“With folks coming in from the millennial generation, there is this expectation that things are out there contextually in the world around you,” Kamath said. “Don’t give them a book to read to learn about this; let them go out there in the field and do this and learn from it.”

The results have already been promising, with a noticeable reduction in training time and an increase in employee’s knowledge retention.

“If you learn something by reading a textbook or a manual, you retain about 20% to 30% of it after about three months because you’re not using all of [that knowledge] every day,” Kamath said. “When you learn it digitally, in your world, trying to do the maintenance on the actual equipment, you retain about 80% of it three months later. It’s a pretty significant difference.”

2. Storm damage assessment

The Electric Power Research Institute Inc., or EPRI, and Duke Energy are partnering on an enterprise AR use case involving storm damage assessment.

When a hurricane, tornado, earthquake or other natural disaster strikes, surveyors are sent out to assess the damage and note how much and which type of equipment is needed for repairs. With paper and pencil in hand, these surveyors are generally 50% accurate on their first pass, said Andy Lowery, co-founder and CEO at RealWear. A second pass is then required and that additional assessment cycle takes about two days. That redundancy is costly. With an average outage affecting approximately 250,000 people, every day that power is out represents a loss of around $8 million in revenue, Lowery said.

The energy partnership’s solution was to create an AR application in which surveyors, wearing a headset in situ, would access a back-end system that had “before” pictures of every single piece of the distribution system that Duke Energy maintains. Using Bluetooth beacons and triangulation, the AR device would then use AR arrows to direct a person to take an “after” picture of the damage that was perfectly aligned with the “before” picture. After the technician walks through the entire space, the device automatically generates a report with all the pictures, details what equipment need to be ordered and beams it up to the cloud.

With the AR application, Duke Energy has reduced errors to zero, making for an instantaneous one- to two-day savings of $8 to $16 million per potential outage.

3. Rendering 3D objects

Meta is using AR to experiment with a “print preview” function for 3D printing that would render soon-to-be-printed objects in a 1:1 ratio, allowing designers to walk around and interact with the objects they’re building. This might be able to help companies move faster, save money and get things right before production.

“Often when you create these 1:1 ratios and walk around it, you’re like ‘wait a second, this is off,'” Werner said. “We’ve almost been seduced by two-dimensional objects — whether it’s through television or movies, we’re always seeing things in 2D. I think what all of us are doing is bringing 3D objects that you can interact with,” he said, referring to the other AR companies that are also testing out this new process.

He said the same process can be applied to construction and real estate, with every step from design to construction to selling rendered in 3D using AR devices.

4. Recruitment

Jaguar Land Rover and the British band Gorillaz have partnered on a recruitment initiative that uses AR and VR to attract young technical talent.

“We’re going through this massive change over the next decade where software is going to become so much more prevalent in vehicles,” said Alex Heslop, head of electrical engineering at Jaguar Land Rover. “We have to find a new way of recruiting talent that perhaps wouldn’t traditionally look at the automotive industry.”

Dubbed “Crack the Code,” the result is an AR app challenge that mixes AR, VR and the real world. Gorillaz’s virtual garage is brought to life in front of potential candidates, creating challenges to tease out peoples’ capabilities in software architecture, app development, graphics performance capability and more. Applicants who crack the code get a shot at a full-time position at Jaguar.

5. Maintenance and repair

Toms River Municipal Utilities Authority in New Jersey is using AR headsets to visualize the underground infrastructure of utility lines — in real time — before workers start digging. This helps workers with planning and maintenance efforts, and helps them avoid embarrassing mistakes and unwanted blackouts, Israel said. The system uses a geocalibration process to align the rendered visuals to the physical world, anchoring to visible geographic information system features such as sewer manholes. The interface supports hand gestures and voice commands, allowing workers to operate hands-free as they gather other on-site information.

6. Logistics

DHL, the logistics giant, is using AR headsets in warehouses to help with order picking — something the company has deemed “vision picking.” The display on the AR glasses identifies location numbers, scans product bar codes, identifies the number of items that need to be picked and shows workers where each item should be placed in the trolley. The technology increased productivity by 15% and dramatically reduced error rates. With the AR glasses, training and onboarding required 50% less time — results which have prompted rollouts in DHL warehouses worldwide.

For Sale – Late 2016 2.7ghz MacBook Pro 15.4″, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, AMD Radeon 455

All,

Having decided I want an 8th gen laptop / MBP, I am selling my current 15.4″ MBP to raise funds. It’s got Apple Care until January 2020 and is pristine – pics to follow shortly.

It’s a late 2016 model with higher spec than the standard 15.4″, having the upgraded processor, better graphics, and larger SSD:
– 2.7ghz processor, up to 3.8ghz turbo boost, with 8mb L3 cache
– AMD Radeon 455, 2gb video RAM
– 512gb SSD
– 16gb RAM
– Space grey, touchbar 15.4″ Retina display

It also has the benefit of AppleCare until January 2020.

I’d prefer collection in person so you can try before you buy and take a proper look.

Happy to consider a trade for a new / just-about-new XPS 13″ touch screen (or 2-in-1) with cash my way. As long as it sports an 8th gen processor!

Photos to come, any questions just ask.

Thanks

Price and currency: £1,450
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank transfer or cash on collection
Location: London
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Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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Wanted – Small laptop/netbook/cloudbook 10-11″

Its an eeePC 901 GO (the Go model is the one that has a working sim slot)

9″ screen
2gb ram
16gb ssd
HSUSPA 3.5G
1.3mb camera
10/100 ethernet

Just powered it up. Will need to charge battery to let you know how long it will last.
If you are interested I will have to wipe my old data off it which will take a couple days.

For Sale – Late 2016 2.7ghz MacBook Pro 15.4″, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, AMD Radeon 455

All,

Having decided I want an 8th gen laptop / MBP, I am selling my current 15.4″ MBP to raise funds. It’s got Apple Care until January 2020 and is pristine – pics to follow shortly.

It’s a late 2016 model with higher spec than the standard 15.4″, having the upgraded processor, better graphics, and larger SSD:
– 2.7ghz processor, up to 3.8ghz turbo boost, with 8mb L3 cache
– AMD Radeon 455, 2gb video RAM
– 512gb SSD
– 16gb RAM
– Space grey, touchbar 15.4″ Retina display

It also has the benefit of AppleCare until January 2020.

I’d prefer collection in person so you can try before you buy and take a proper look.

Happy to consider a trade for a new / just-about-new XPS 13″ touch screen (or 2-in-1) with cash my way. As long as it sports an 8th gen processor!

Photos to come, any questions just ask.

Thanks

Price and currency: £1,450
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank transfer or cash on collection
Location: London
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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Forza Motorsport – Forza Summer Update

2018 has been a whirlwind of activity in the world of Forza. It’s been just over nine months since we launched Forza Motorsport 7 and there are just over two months to go before the next great Forza game – Forza Horizon 4 – releases on October 2. In the Forza Racing Championship, we crowned Noble b0x after his fantastic performance at our Series 1 Playoffs here in Seattle, and Series 2 is now going strong. In June we also welcomed Playground Games into the Xbox first-party developer family, strengthening our Forza ties more than ever before. With all this action, I thought it would be a great time to take a few moments to appreciate where we’ve been so far this year and to let the Forza community know about some important steps yet to come.

Our players’ expectations of games and their experiences have changed over the years and, since launch, the team at Turn 10 has been working incredibly hard on Forza Motorsport 7. We’ve all been inspired by the brilliant passion of the Forza community. You’ve been tireless in sharing your feedback about the game, letting us know what you like and what you’d like to see improved. Along the way we’ve done our best to listen to, absorb, and most importantly, act upon that feedback.

Since launch we’ve released more than 15 major updates to Forza Motorsport 7, which have included improvements across all aspects of the game – from PC performance enhancements to bug fixes and more. We’ve introduced new features like multiplayer test drive, new panning focus mode in Photo Mode, improved paint tools, as well as a new Data Out feature that allows players to take advantage of a UDP data stream to develop custom companion experiences for the game. We’ve also released new cars from manufacturers like Porsche, Honda, and Ford, available to all Forza 7 players for free. The result is a game that is deeper, more open, fun, and responsive, and more representative of the Forza community than ever.

We’ve got lots of great stuff still to come. We’re continuing to pour our heart and soul into Forza Motorsport 7, including building brand-new experiences like our “experimental drag racing” feature, as well as introducing game enhancements like updated track limits, Time Attack mode, drift scoring and enhanced drift steering angle, and our upcoming Forza Race Regulations systems, all of which have developed from our ongoing conversation with the Forza community.

One major area of discussion for the team has been prize crates. While we’ve never charged money for prize crates in Forza Motorsport 7, their presence in the game has continued to be a source of controversy. The overwhelming feedback has been that this system feels out of place in the game. After careful consideration, we have decided to completely remove prize crates from Forza Motorsport 7. Similarly, paid tokens – which were a part of previous Forza games – will not be coming to Forza Motorsport 7 or Forza Horizon 4.

Due to the complexity of removing prize crates from the game – while keeping access to Driver Gear, Mods and Badges – we expect that this process will be completed in the winter timeframe. Starting this month we’ve already taken steps towards that goal, first by unlocking more than 100 previously locked “exclusive” cars and, second, by completely removing cars from the prize crates in the game. The current lineup of prize crates offer no competitive advantage and only offer Driver Gear suits, Mods and badges, and these crates will remain in place until crates are removed entirely.

As always, I want to thank the Forza community for your passion and commitment and for being such an integral part of everything we do. With more updates planned for Forza Motorsport 7 and the launch of Forza Horizon 4 just around the corner, the second half of 2018 promises to be busier and more exciting than ever. As always, we’re eager to hear your feedback. Follow us on Twitter, share a post in the Forza Forums, or send us an e-mail, and let your voice be heard. It’s a great time to be a Forza fan and I’m glad we get to share it with you.

The nine roles you need on your data science research team

It’s easy to focus too much on building a data science research team loaded with Ph.D.s to do machine learning at the expense of developing other data science skills needed to compete in today’s data-driven, digital economy. While high-end, specialty data science skills for machine learning are important, they can also get in the way of a more pragmatic and useful adoption of data science. That’s the view of Cassie Kozyrkov, chief decision scientist at Google and a proponent of the democratization of data-based organizational decision-making.

To start, CIOs need to expand their thinking about the types of roles involved in implementing data science programs, Kozyrkov said at the recent Rev Data Science Leaders Summit in San Francisco.

For example, it’s important to think about data science research as a specialty role developed to provide intelligence for important business decisions. “If an answer involves one or more important decisions, then you need to bring in the data scientists,” said Kozyrkov, who designed Google’s analytics program and trained more than 15,000 Google employees in statistics, decision-making and machine learning.

But other tasks related to data analytics, like making informational charts, testing out various algorithms and making better decisions, are best handled by other data science team members with entirely different skill sets.

Data science roles: The nine must-haves

There are a variety of data science research roles for an organization to consider and certain characteristics best suited for each. Most enterprises already have correctly filled several of these data science positions, but most will also have people with the wrong skills or motivations in certain data science roles. This mismatch can slow things down or demotivate others throughout the enterprise, so it’s important for CIOs to carefully consider who staffs these roles to get the most from their data science research.

Here is Kozyrkov’s rundown of the essential data science roles and the part each plays in helping organizations make more intelligent business decisions.

Data engineers are people who have the skills and ability to get data required for analysis at scale.

Basic analysts could be anyone in the organization with a willingness to explore data and plot relationships using various tools. Kozyrkov suggested it may be hard for data scientists to cede some responsibility for basic analysis to others. But, in the long run, the value of data scientists will grow, as more people throughout the company are already doing basic analytics.

Expert analysts, on the other hand, should be able to search through data sets quickly. You don’t want to put a software engineer or very methodical person in this role, because they are too slow.

“The expert software engineer will do something beautiful, but won’t look at much of your data sets,” Kozyrkov said. You want someone who is sloppy and will run around your data. Caution is warranted in buffering expert analysts from software developers inclined to complain about sloppy — yet quickly produced — code.

Statisticians are the spoilsports who will explain how your latest theory does not hold up for 20 different reasons. These people can kill motivation and excitement. But they are also important for coming to conclusions safely for important decisions.

A machine learning engineer is not a researcher who builds algorithms. Instead, these AI-focused computer programmers excel at moving a lot of data sets through a variety of software packages to decide if the output looks promising. The best person for this job is not a perfectionist who would slow things down by looking for the best algorithm.

A good machine learning engineer, in Kozyrkov’s view, is someone who doesn’t know what they are doing and will try out everything quickly. “The perfectionist needs to have the perfection encouraged out of them,” she said.

Too many businesses are trying to staff the team with a bunch of Ph.D. researchers. These folks want to do research, not solve a business problem.
Cassie Kozyrkovchief decision scientist at Google

A data scientist is an expert who is well-trained in statistics and also good at machine learning. They tend to be expensive, so Kozyrkov recommended using them strategically.

A data science manager is a data scientist who wakes up one day and decides he or she wants to do something different to benefit the bottom line. These folks can connect the decision-making side of business with the data science of big data. “If you find one of these, grab them and never let them go,” Kozyrkov said.

A qualitative expert is a social scientist who can assess decision-making. This person is good at helping decision-makers set up a problem in a way that can be solved with data science. They tend to have better business management training than some of the other roles.

A data science researcher has the skills to craft customized data science and machine learning algorithms. Data science researchers should not be an early hire. “Too many businesses are trying to staff the team with a bunch of Ph.D. researchers. These folks want to do research, not solve a business problem,” Kozyrkov said. “This is a hire you only need in a few cases.”

Prioritize data science research projects

For CIOs looking to build their data science research team, develop a strategy for prioritizing and assigning data science projects. (See the aforementioned advice on hiring data science researchers.)

Decisions about what to prioritize should involve front-line business managers, who can decide what data science projects are worth pursuing.

In the long run, some of the most valuable skills lie in learning how to bridge the gap between business decision-makers and other roles. Doing this in a pragmatic way requires training in statistics, neuroscience, psychology, economic management, social sciences and machine learning, Kozyrkov said. 

For Sale – Late 2016 2.7ghz MacBook Pro 15.4″, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, AMD Radeon 455

All,

Having decided I want an 8th gen laptop / MBP, I am selling my current 15.4″ MBP to raise funds. It’s got Apple Care until January 2020 and is pristine – pics to follow shortly.

It’s a late 2016 model with higher spec than the standard 15.4″, having the upgraded processor, better graphics, and larger SSD:
– 2.7ghz processor, up to 3.8ghz turbo boost, with 8mb L3 cache
– AMD Radeon 455, 2gb video RAM
– 512gb SSD
– 16gb RAM
– Space grey, touchbar 15.4″ Retina display

It also has the benefit of AppleCare until January 2020.

I’d prefer collection in person so you can try before you buy and take a proper look.

Happy to consider a trade for a new / just-about-new XPS 13″ touch screen (or 2-in-1) with cash my way. As long as it sports an 8th gen processor!

Photos to come, any questions just ask.

Thanks

Price and currency: £1,450
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank transfer or cash on collection
Location: London
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – Late 2016 2.7ghz MacBook Pro 15.4″, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, AMD Radeon 455

All,

Having decided I want an 8th gen laptop / MBP, I am selling my current 15.4″ MBP to raise funds. It’s got Apple Care until January 2020 and is pristine – pics to follow shortly.

It’s a late 2016 model with higher spec than the standard 15.4″, having the upgraded processor, better graphics, and larger SSD:
– 2.7ghz processor, up to 3.8ghz turbo boost, with 8mb L3 cache
– AMD Radeon 455, 2gb video RAM
– 512gb SSD
– 16gb RAM
– Space grey, touchbar 15.4″ Retina display

It also has the benefit of AppleCare until January 2020.

I’d prefer collection in person so you can try before you buy and take a proper look.

Happy to consider a trade for a new / just-about-new XPS 13″ touch screen (or 2-in-1) with cash my way. As long as it sports an 8th gen processor!

Photos to come, any questions just ask.

Thanks

Price and currency: £1,450
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank transfer or cash on collection
Location: London
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – Toshiba CB30-B-104 Chromebook (13.3″, 1080p IPS, 4gb RAM)

For sale is my Chromebook. I’ve owned it for about 3 years now and it’s never let me down!

Here are the specs, impressive for a Chromebook so runs very well:

  • Intel® Celeron® N2840 processor with Intel® Burst Technology 2.0
  • 33.8cm (13.3″) , Toshiba TruBrite® Full HD TFT High Brightness IPS display with LED backlighting, 16 : 9 aspect ratio
  • Solid State Drive 16 GB eMMC
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • Intel® HD Graphics
  • maximum life : up to 9 hours
  • weight : 1.35 kg
  • W x D x H : 320 x 214.0 x 19.3 mm

It comes fully boxed with all manuals, charger, and a black plastic cover with stand on the bottom. Also included is a 128gb SD card, boosting its internal storage. It’s in good condition, but has a couple of scratches on the side, which are not very prominent.

I’m located in London (SE1), close to both Borough and London Bridge stations. I work in Farringdon during the week so we I can meet you somewhere in Central London pretty easily. I also drive, so I can deliver at cost. Can post at additional cost also.

Any questions, fire away!

Price and currency: 100
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT / Paypal
Location: London
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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