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For Sale – MSI Stealth GS63VR 7RG GTX 1070 GPU – High spec thin gaming laptop

For sale is my 11 month old MSI Stealth Pro GS63VR 7RG – 048UK laptop.
It is a very high spec thin and light all metal laptop with some amazing specs and performance for a laptop.

MSI product page – MSI Global

Spec page – GS63VR 7RG Stealth Pro | Laptops – The best gaming laptop provider | MSI Global

My version has the following specs – MSI GS63VR 7RG(Stealth Pro)-048UK
Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad Core Processor
15.6″ Full HD 120Hz 3MS Screen
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit
16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD + 1000GB HDD
Dedicated GeForce GTX 1070 6GB Graphics
USB3 | HDMI | Bluetooth | DisplayPort, Steelseries Backlit Full Colour Keyboard, 2 Year MSI Warranty, 9S7-16K312-048

The laptop comes boxed with charger and MSI manual pack. It is in excellent condition but has 2 blemishes that were present when I bought the laptop. I considered returning but was given a small partial refund which I was happy with as the screen is perfect and didn’t want to risk having a screen with dead pixels on an exchange.
I’ve tried to show the blemishes in the pictures, one is to the left of the trackpad, t is a very small indentation which is barely noticeable and the other is a slight warp in the metal chassis on the front underside.
Has 12 months remaining of 24 month warranty.
I have formatted and completed a fresh install of windows but haven’t reinstalled all the MSI afterburner software, this is available from their support pages.

This a great laptop with excellent gaming performance, runs all my games at top settings or close to at excellent frame rates. Can also be connected to a TV for 4K gaming.

Reason I am selling is that I barely use it for gaming so thought I should move it on.

Looking for £1150 with insured delivery, sensible offers will be considered.

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Price and currency: £1150
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer or PPG
Location: Bideford UK
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – MSI Stealth GS63VR 7RG – High spec thin gaming laptop

For sale is my 11 month old MSI Stealth Pro GS63VR 7RG – 048UK laptop.
It is a very high spec thin and light all metal laptop with some amazing specs and performance for a laptop.

MSI product page – MSI Global

Spec page – GS63VR 7RG Stealth Pro | Laptops – The best gaming laptop provider | MSI Global

My version has the following specs – MSI GS63VR 7RG(Stealth Pro)-048UK
Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad Core Processor
15.6″ Full HD 120Hz 3MS Screen
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit
16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD + 1000GB HDD
Dedicated GeForce GTX 1070 6GB Graphics
USB3 | HDMI | Bluetooth | DisplayPort, Steelseries Backlit Full Colour Keyboard, 2 Year MSI Warranty, 9S7-16K312-048

The laptop comes boxed with charger and MSI manual pack. It is in excellent condition but has 2 blemishes that were present when I bought the laptop. I considered returning but was given a small partial refund which I was happy with as the screen is perfect and didn’t want to risk having a screen with dead pixels on an exchange.
I’ve tried to show the blemishes in the pictures, one is to the left of the trackpad, t is a very small indentation which is barely noticeable and the other is a slight warp in the metal chassis on the front underside.
Has 12 months remaining of 24 month warranty.
I have formatted and completed a fresh install of windows but haven’t reinstalled all the MSI afterburner software, this is available from their support pages.

This a great laptop with excellent gaming performance, runs all my games at top settings or close to at excellent frame rates. Can also be connected to a TV for 4K gaming.

Reason I am selling is that I barely use it for gaming so thought I should move it on.

Looking for £1150 with insured delivery, sensible offers will be considered.

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Price and currency: £1150
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer or PPG
Location: Bideford UK
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Lenovo T460s Business Ultrabook Laptop

My wife has asked to sell her laptop. We are expecting the birth of our 2nd child next month so she wants some extra cash to buy furniture for the new arrival etc. She wants £420 (reduced from £470) for it so I could persuade her to include delivery.

The laptop is a Lenovo T460s Business Ultrabook laptop. It still has Lenovo warranty which is on-site repair till 5th December 2019 (1.5 years). Spec is below:

Intel Core i5-6200U Processor (2.30GHz)
8.0GB RAM
1x192GB SSD SATA III
Windows 10 Professional 64Bit
14.0in 1920×1080
Intel HD Graphics 520
720p HD Camera
Card Reader
Fingerprint Reader
TrackPoint with TouchPad
Ethernet
Intel Wireless-AC 8260(2×2 AC) with BT4.1
3 Cell Lithium-Ion
Original Lenovo Charger.

Lenovo Warranty will be transferred to new owner upon receiving payment.

Condition wise I would say is very close to Brand New. She’s only been using it for like surfing the internet and occasional Youtube videos hence why it’s so clean.

Thanks for looking.

Some pics below

Price and currency: 420
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT / PPG
Location: High Wycombe
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Lenovo T460s Business Ultrabook Laptop

My wife has asked to sell her laptop. We are expecting the birth of our 2nd child next month so she wants some extra cash to buy furniture for the new arrival etc. She wants £420 (reduced from £470) for it so I could persuade her to include delivery.

The laptop is a Lenovo T460s Business Ultrabook laptop. It still has Lenovo warranty which is on-site repair till 5th December 2019 (1.5 years). Spec is below:

Intel Core i5-6200U Processor (2.30GHz)
8.0GB RAM
1x192GB SSD SATA III
Windows 10 Professional 64Bit
14.0in 1920×1080
Intel HD Graphics 520
720p HD Camera
Card Reader
Fingerprint Reader
TrackPoint with TouchPad
Ethernet
Intel Wireless-AC 8260(2×2 AC) with BT4.1
3 Cell Lithium-Ion
Original Lenovo Charger.

Lenovo Warranty will be transferred to new owner upon receiving payment.

Condition wise I would say is very close to Brand New. A handful of light scratches on the top lid and 1 scratch on the bottom which you can feel if you put your finger or nail over it. Screen and keyboard are immaculate. She’s only been using it for like surfing the internet and occasional Youtube videos hence why it’s so clean.

Thanks for looking.

Some pics below

Price and currency: 420
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT / PPG
Location: High Wycombe
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Lenovo T460s Business Ultrabook Laptop

My wife has asked to sell her laptop. We are expecting the birth of our 2nd child next month so she wants some extra cash to buy furniture for the new arrival etc. She wants £470 for it so I could persuade her to include delivery.

The laptop is a Lenovo T460s Business Ultrabook laptop. It still has Lenovo warranty which is on-site repair till 5th December 2019 (1.5 years). Spec is below:

Intel Core i5-6200U Processor (2.30GHz)
8.0GB RAM
1x192GB SSD SATA III
Windows 10 Professional 64Bit
14.0in 1920×1080
Intel HD Graphics 520
720p HD Camera
Card Reader
Fingerprint Reader
TrackPoint with TouchPad
Ethernet
Intel Wireless-AC 8260(2×2 AC) with BT4.1
3 Cell Lithium-Ion
Original Lenovo Charger.

Lenovo Warranty will be transferred to new owner upon receiving payment.

Condition wise I would say is very very close to Brand New. She’s only been using it for like surfing the internet and occasional Youtube videos hence why it’s so clean.

Thanks for looking. Currently this hasn’t been advertised anywhere else.

Some pics below

Price and currency: 470
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT / PPG
Location: High Wycombe
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Lenovo T460s Business Ultrabook Laptop

My wife has asked to sell her laptop. We are expecting the birth of our 2nd child next month so she wants some extra cash to buy furniture for the new arrival etc. She wants £470 for it so I could persuade her to include delivery.

The laptop is a Lenovo T460s Business Ultrabook laptop. It still has Lenovo warranty which is on-site repair till 5th December 2019 (1.5 years). Spec is below:

Intel Core i5-6200U Processor (2.30GHz)
8.0GB RAM
1x192GB SSD SATA III
Windows 10 Professional 64Bit
14.0in 1920×1080
Intel HD Graphics 520
720p HD Camera
Card Reader
Fingerprint Reader
TrackPoint with TouchPad
Ethernet
Intel Wireless-AC 8260(2×2 AC) with BT4.1
3 Cell Lithium-Ion
Original Lenovo Charger.

Lenovo Warranty will be transferred to new owner upon receiving payment.

Condition wise I would say is very very close to Brand New. She’s only been using it for like surfing the internet and occasional Youtube videos hence why it’s so clean.

Thanks for looking. Currently this hasn’t been advertised anywhere else.

Some pics below

Price and currency: 470
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT / PPG
Location: High Wycombe
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – HP OMEN X 900-111na Gaming PC

Hi

Have for sale the following

HP OMEN X 900-111na Gaming PC – £ 1090.00

As new not been used. 9 month warranty.

Thanks for looking

Indie

Price and currency: £ 1090.00
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT
Location: thornton heath
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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4 steps to engage employees with new live events in Microsoft 365 – Microsoft 365 Blog

Earlier this month, we announced new intelligent event capabilities in Microsoft 365 that enable anyone to create live and on-demand events for teams and across the organization. Today, we invite you to use the public preview of live events in Microsoft 365 and discover new ways to foster connection and engagement between leaders and employees at every level in your organization.

More than ever before, employees in the modern workplace seek work environments that unlock creativity, make their lives more productive and fulfilling, and foster a sense of connection with their organization’s mission and purpose.

A critical first step for your organization to thrive in this new culture of work is to drive alignment of your people around shared purpose and goals. Leaders realize that organizations who do this well have an advantage in attracting and retaining an engaged workforce.

Here are four ways your organization can enable leaders and employees to connect with new live events in Microsoft 365:

1—Use live events to kickstart interactive discussions across your organization

Today, executives at Microsoft—including CEO Satya Nadella—use Microsoft 365 to connect and communicate with employees around the globe. Now, any company or organization with Microsoft 365 can create these moments of high engagement, where people are focused on leaders and their messages and ask questions to clarify or reinforce conversations in the community.

Using Microsoft Stream, Teams, or Yammer, you can create a live event wherever your audience, team, or community resides. Attendees receive notifications and can participate in real-time, with high-definition video and interactive discussion using web, mobile, or desktop.

Following an event, it’s easy to make the recording available on an event page, allowing you to watch the event on your own schedule and catch up quickly with powerful AI features that unlock the content of the event recording. The recording is automatically transcribed and detects changes in speakers—making it simple to search for content later.

For employees who are in different time zones or unable to attend live, the conversation keeps going, so they still feel connected to leaders and peers—helping to overcome geographical or organizational boundaries.

The event and recordings are powered by Microsoft Stream, the intelligent video service in Office 365.

Image of a laptop open to display a live event in Microsoft 365.

2—Foster sustained dialogue in open communities

Give everyone a voice—before, during, and after a live event in Microsoft 365—with Yammer communities that span functions or the entire organization. Providing a forum for employees to be heard is an important piece of transforming a culture. These communities are where people can come any time to raise ideas, concerns, or questions, and where leaders can reply in an authentic way.

An active Yammer community builds trust and a sense of connection and belonging. And it provides a forum where employees who might not feel comfortable speaking out during a live event can connect directly with leaders.

With inline message translation, live events in Microsoft 365 empowers people to express themselves in their own language.

3—Create an intranet site for leaders to share events, blogs, video, news, and resources

Communicate at scale as a leader with a continuous, online presence using content, conversation, and video channels within a SharePoint communications site. You can optimize for news distribution and blogs, and deepen engagement with related content, polls and surveys, and readership analytics.

This is also a great spot to share recorded events for later viewing. Simply create a dedicated page for each event where employees can submit questions and comments in advance. Leaders and organizers can then use this input to craft the messaging and content of the events.

4—Plan corporate communications and measure impact

Executive and internal communications may be managed by a team of one or a team of many—but it takes careful planning and execution to ensure success. Microsoft Teams—the hub for teamwork in Office 365—is ideally suited to work together in the creation and production of events and other executive communications. It provides an effective backstage for your live event, giving you a shared space to work with speakers and approve content before sharing with a broader audience.

Once you have begun engaging your audience, every message within a Yammer community has a visible count of how many people your post has reached. This helps both community organizers and employees understand what is being read. Group insights demonstrate how the knowledge and information created in the community benefit people—regardless of their membership status in the group. For example, passive visitors may gain value from group conversations and apply the information elsewhere in their daily work. You can also see the number of views for an event recording and across a channel, and how many people liked the video. Pages and news articles also have statistics to understand readership.

Empowering all leaders across an organization

Leadership, of course, does not just refer to organizational leaders. Leaders of communities may be subject matter experts, functional managers, or passionate individuals who are leading areas of expertise, practices, or interest groups. These same capabilities in Microsoft 365 can enable leaders at any level to create and sustain connection with their communities.

Patrick Yates, manager of Diversity and Inclusion at TDS Telecom, considers community connections and engagement an important part of the employee experience, and a boon to recruiting talent. “Younger generations entering the workforce especially want a modern, inclusive environment—to be part of something that’s larger than themselves.”

Connect your employees and leaders today

Experience the public preview of live events in Microsoft 365, and get started on connecting your leaders and employees today. We will be adding additional features and functionality based on your feedback in the Tech Community.

To create a live event, you will need an Office 365 E3 or E5 license and your admin must give you permission to do so. To attend a live event, you need an Office 365 license for authenticated users. Public (anonymous) access is possible in specific configurations.

For more information on the intelligent event capabilities, visit the Microsoft 365 live events post on Tech Community.

Cisco lays groundwork for augmented reality in Cisco Webex app

An overhaul of the back-end infrastructure and user interface of the Cisco Webex app, rolling out this month, lays the groundwork for the vendor to expand support for augmented reality, virtual reality and other advanced video-centric technologies.

The redesign, which will be released throughout August, prioritizes video and simplifies scheduling, calendar management and in-meeting controls. Beyond that, the vendor has enhanced the cloud infrastructure that powers the video conferencing platform.

The announcement is the result of years of platform work that will allow the Cisco Webex app to better use the public cloud in conjunction with its private cloud video infrastructure, said Sri Srinivasan, vice president and general manager of the vendor’s team collaboration group.

“We’re putting the plumbing together for intelligent experiences across the board,” Srinivasan said. “I don’t think we’re ready to talk about everything AR/VR [augmented reality and virtual reality] on Webex yet, but think of it as the base plumbing.”

In April, Cisco announced that Apple iOS users would be able to share augmented reality files during meetings within the Cisco Webex app. A team of architects could use the feature to view — and edit in real time — a three-dimensional blueprint of a building they were designing, for example.

Cisco also recently began a beta partnership with startup Atheer Inc. to let Webex customers use that vendor’s AR platform, which is compatible with AR smart glasses from vendors such as Microsoft and Toshiba.

A field worker wearing smart glasses could use Atheer’s software to share a video feed of his or her current view to a meeting within the Cisco Webex app. Team members could then upload documents or drawings to the worker’s smart glasses to help solve a problem.

Cisco has been at the vanguard of combining immersive technologies with collaboration apps, analysts said. Microsoft has also taken steps to add AR to its collaboration portfolio. This spring, Microsoft released previews of two new AR apps for Microsoft HoloLens that integrate with Microsoft Teams.

“Microsoft, with HoloLens, is quite prominent these days, and they have a set of specialized applications,” said Adam Preset, analyst at Gartner. “Cisco will have opened up options to do the same with the Atheer partnership, but they’ll also have brought AR into a common application people use every day in Webex.”

Augmented reality use cases limited, but expanding

So far, augmented reality has seen the most adoption in the fields of healthcare, oil and gas production, and manufacturing, said J.P. Gownder, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research. But the technology would be useful in any vertical with a high proportion of field workers and significant visualization needs, he said.

By 2019, 20% of large enterprises are expected to have evaluated and adopted augmented reality, virtual reality or mixed reality technology, according to projections by Gartner. Field services, logistics, training and analytics are the most common uses cases in the enterprise market at this point, according to the firm.

Immersive commerce could soon become a typical use case of augmented reality, said Marty Resnick, analyst at Gartner. Customer service agents could use AR tools to help customers fix a problem they are having at home with a product.

IDC predicted global spending on augmented and virtual reality technologies will grow at a compound annual rate of 71.6% between 2017 and 2022. Consumers will drive most of that growth, but the verticals of retail, transportation and manufacturing are also expected to ramp up investments in such products.

“Expect more consumer and business applications to leverage AR. And within seven years, it will just be another part of the conference, marketing and business collaboration stack,” said Wayne Kurtzman, analyst at IDC.

Where the IBM Project Debater AI system may be headed

Last month, in almost real time and in front of a live audience in San Francisco, two humans debated facts and ethics with an AI system, IBM Project Debater.

The AI platform offered points and rebuttals during its first public debate, going first against Noa Ovadia, the 2016 Israeli national debate champion, on the issue of subsidizing space exploration, and then against Israeli professional debater Dan Zafrir on the topic of telemedicine. Debaters, human and machine, were not made aware of the subjects ahead of time.

According to a snap poll of the audience after each session, audiences felt that Project Debater, at least on the topic of space exploration, enriched their knowledge more than its human counterpart.

The humans, however, were largely found to be better, more persuasive speakers. Indeed, despite its digital prowess, some debate experts have noted that the AI debating system lacks a certain ability to deploy tonal effects, such as irony and sarcasm.

The debating system isn’t IBM’s first foray into machine-human jousting. In 2011, IBM’s Watson supercomputer beat trivia stars in a game of Jeopardy, and in 1997, IBM’s Deep Blue chess computer bested world chess champion Garry Kasparov.

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IBM Research teaser for Project Debater

The Project Debater engineers appear to be taking a more nuanced approach this time.

Ranit Aharonov, manager of the IBM Project Debater team, said members of the project team didn’t think of the system simply as something that could win a debate.

“When we look at a debate, we don’t only look at who swayed the audience more. There’s a lot more to it,” Aharonov said.

Building a debating machine

Developed over the past six years at the IBM Research lab in Haifa, Israel, IBM Project Debater uses sophisticated machine learning algorithms and millions of newspapers and articles to identify and organize facts relevant to a debate topic.

The AI is able to cluster that information into themes based on the topic of debate, and, using what IBM calls data-driven speech writing, delivers the information in a coherent sentence.

IBM Project Debater is essentially trained in the art of debate — to have a general idea of when and how to use factual and ethical arguments to support or dispute a point. To be able to debate in real time, the system employs natural language processing to identify the main components of an opponent’s speech and then give a rebuttal.

While pursuing this researching project, during the process, we are actually finding ourselves facing new problems we haven’t faced before.
Noam SlonimIBM

According to Noam Slonim, principal investigator for IBM Project Debater, the technology could have a number of applications. The most immediate one, he said, is advancing the field of science.

“While pursuing this researching project, during the process, we are actually finding ourselves facing new problems we haven’t faced before,” Slonim said

Real-life applications

Beyond advancing the field, Slonim said he sees “the underlying technology with the Debater being very, very aligned with technologies that help people make a better-informed decision,” noting that it could eventually have uses in the fields of politics or business.

“Just imagine giving Debater a topic and asking it to find everything of relevance to that topic and what that could mean,” he said.

Also, Slonim said he sees the technology being useful in the education field. Having a debating AI system “can help kids learn how to build better arguments and become more informed in a topic.”

Dan Zafrir and IBM Project Debater, San Francisco
Israeli debater Dan Zafrir poses with IBM’s Project Debater before a public debate in San Francisco last month

“IBM Project Debater, while still in development, could be brought into specific use cases, and is slated to be released in some form next year,” Slonim said. He declined to say what incarnation the technology might take.

As for bringing some of the technology behind IBM Project Debater to IBM’s well-publicized AI system, Watson, Slonim said: “The implication is that these will be incorporated into Watson and enhance its capabilities.”

Mixed review from an analyst

Adrian Bowles, vice president of research and lead analyst for artificial intelligence at Aragon Research, was at last month’s live debate in San Francisco.

Bowles, who said he first spoke with an IBM representative about the IBM Project Debater four years ago, said he was struck more by how IBM Project Debater identified arguments than how it expressed them.

“The natural language generational software is not nearly as impressive to me as what they’ve done with natural language understanding,” he said, adding that the AI system presented arguments more on a high school or college level than a professional one.

“Finding and representing the logical position and being able to identify the opposite of that is where the magic happens, if you will,” Bowles continued.

Bowles agreed that the technology could be useful when applied in a classroom setting, but noted that he would also like to see it used to help extract provable facts from bodies of text, like multiple sources of news.

Specifically, Bowles cited fake news and the political bias reflected by news sources. Technology in IBM Project Debater could be used to analyze multiple news sources on the same topic and help separate facts from bias or misreporting.

“What I would like to see is it being able to identify practical arguments and being able to map those out,” he said.

Due to the vast number of documents Debater has access to, Slonim said he would expect technology to be separated out before the system is commercialized, partitioning it out to get to the basic underlying technology and allowing users to input their own data to be analyzed.

“I think that would get people using it and experimenting in novel ways,” he said.