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Wanted – External HARD DRIVE 1TB OR 2TB

I have a Samsung M3 1tb that will be ok to send middle of next week. Really nice little drive.

Its been used as a very ocassional back up and stored in an off-site safe. Has had very little use, comes with USB cable and original box// and instructions. I believe it’s still under warranty as well, but can’t confirm that.

£40 plus delivery?

Wanted – External HARD DRIVE 1TB OR 2TB

I have a Samsung M3 1tb that will be ok to send middle of next week. Really nice little drive.

Its been used as a very ocassional back up and stored in an off-site safe. Has had very little use, comes with USB cable and original box// and instructions. I believe it’s still under warranty as well, but can’t confirm that.

£40 plus delivery?

Wanted – External HARD DRIVE 1TB OR 2TB

I have a Samsung M3 1tb that will be ok to send middle of next week. Really nice little drive.

Its been used as a very ocassional back up and stored in an off-site safe. Has had very little use, comes with USB cable and original box// and instructions. I believe it’s still under warranty as well, but can’t confirm that.

£40 plus delivery?

We Are Still In: How Microsoft is Supporting the Global Effort to Combat Climate Change at COP23 & Beyond – Microsoft Green Blog

This week and next, private companies and sub-nationals are joining governments from around the world in Bonn, Germany for the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP23. At the event, participants aim to solidify plans to help achieve the collective carbon-reduction targets outlined in Paris two years ago.

Microsoft is proud to be participating in the event. During this past week, Microsoft representatives have joined in discussions to share our experiences and insights as to how technology can be deployed to help reduce energy demands, curb emissions and accelerate climate solutions. As COP23 enters the second week, we look forward to hosting demos at our booth and participating in panel discussions with world leaders.

We believe that technology can and must play a role in addressing climate change and advancing resiliency, and to that end, Microsoft is excited to share that our technology is helping achieve these aims by powering COP23 itself. We will be providing Skype and Skype Broadcast services throughout the conference that will enable international delegations, who are unable to travel to this important global event, to use our technology to participate in the various activities at COP23.

And, in addition, Microsoft is a sponsor of the Hack4Climate hackathon, the world’s first blockchain hackathon to fight climate change. The hackathon will be powered by Blockchain as a Service on Microsoft Azure. Our commitment to advancing and accelerating the global dialogue on sustainability is also taking shape at this week’s GreenBuild International Conference and Expo in Boston, where we announced a commitment to pursue LEED Gold certification for our entire portfolio of owned datacenters under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED volume program. This builds on Microsoft’s ongoing work to green our own datacenters and creates a standardized set of design and performance criteria to serve as a “blueprint” to certify greener, more efficient datacenters industry wide.

At an event this week in Lisbon, at Planet:Tech, I shared our view on how AI can be applied to areas of biodiversity, climate change, agriculture and water. I was also fortunate enough to spend time meeting with both startups and large multi-national corporations, who are investing to create new approaches to managing the planet’s resources in a more sustainable way.

As we approach the two-year anniversary of the Paris climate accord, it is exciting to see progress happening on sustainability. The pace of innovation and investment continues to accelerate, and I can’t help but be optimistic about the opportunities that lie ahead. From Boston to Lisbon to Bonn, startups, governments, NGO’s and corporations are working together to address some of the critical environmental challenges we all face.

If you are attending COP23 this year, I invite you to stop by our digital transformation booth inside the U.N. delegation hall to learn more about how Microsoft’s technology and services can help people and organizations achieve their own environmental goals. In addition, a listing of Microsoft’s public panel engagements in Bonn is provided below, and you can follow us on Twitter @Microsoft_Green for daily updates throughout the conference.

November 10

  • “Transforming Carbon and Energy Markets through Advanced Technology” at 10:00 CET at the U.S. Climate Pavilion
  • “The Economic Case for Climate Action” at 13:00 CET at the U.S. Climate Pavilion

November 11

  • “What Actions Can Companies Take to Reduce Vulnerability and Enhance Resilience in the Communities along their Supply Chain?” at 11:30 CET at the Kameha Grand Hotel, sponsored by BSR

November 12

  • “The United Nations System, Industry 4.0 and Its Potential for Climate Solutions” at 13:15 CET (Watch live stream)
  • “Paradigm Shifts in the Boardroom – Corporate Face of Energy Transformation” at 14:45 CET at the Deutsche Post DHL Tower

November 14

  • “U.S. Businesses Leading on Climate” at 16:00 CET at the U.S. Climate Pavilion, sponsored by C2ES
  • “Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Transformative Climate Solutions” at 10:00 at the World Conference Center

November 15

  • “U.S. Business Showcase Session 6: We Are All In This Together” at 15:45 CET at the U.S. Climate Pavilion

Tags: Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, COP23, Environmental Sustainability, green tech, Microsoft

Wanted – Gaming PC for a 9 year old

In the next week or so I will be selling my PC, spec is,

i5 4670K
Corsair H115I AIO
G1.Sniper M5 Intel Z87
16GB RAM
Fractal Design Define R5 window side panel
Corsair HXi 750W

Il be selling for £400, as you live quite close, I don’t mind delivering.

I have all the boxes, all components are in great condition, the PSU, Case and AIO is under 2 years old.

Just put in a SSD and GFX card.

Dan

Wanted – Gaming PC for a 9 year old

In the next week or so I will be selling my PC, spec is,

i5 4670K
Corsair H115I AIO
G1.Sniper M5 Intel Z87
16GB RAM
Fractal Design Define R5 window side panel
Corsair HXi 750W

Il be selling for £400, as you live quite close, I don’t mind delivering.

I have all the boxes, all components are in great condition, the PSU, Case and AIO is under 2 years old.

Just put in a SSD and GFX card.

Dan

Preparing Yourself for Xbox One X

The Xbox One X is launching next week, ushering in a brand-new era of 4K console gaming. In the video above, Major Nelson shares several great new features that you can take advantage of right now to help you get up and running as quickly as possible with the games, content, and settings you want on Xbox One X. We’re here to break each of those features down.

Pre-downloading 4K assets

You can pre-download 4K assets for many Xbox One X Enhanced games ahead of launch. After-all, on November 7 you’re going to want to soak in the Xbox One X Enhanced glory with zero delay.

Simply go to Settings, then System, and finally choose Backup and transfer.

You’ll see an option for Download 4K game content right here. Simply tap A to check the box. You can also go to Settings, System, then Updates and check the box for Keep my games and apps up to date. That way the 4K content will download on its own as it becomes available.

Backing Up Your Settings

Head back up to the Backup and Transfer settings. Here you’ll see Back Up My Settings. This will allow you to transfer your account and key system settings, such as notification preferences, over to your new Xbox One X. If you enable this feature, your settings will be copied to a hard drive. Simply have that hard drive connected when you fire up your Xbox One X for the first time and you’ll be able to import your settings.

Transferring Using Network Transfer

Also under Backup and transfer is the network transfer option. This feature allows you to copy games and apps from your current console to your new console using your home network. You’ll just need to be sure both consoles are connected to the network. And don’t worry, because the feature uses your local area network, it won’t use any of your internet bandwidth.

Transferring with an External Hard Drive

If you have a supported external hard drive, though, we recommend that you use that to transfer games over to your Xbox One X. After all, if they’re on a hard drive, you can just plug it in and away you go to far off lands of Xbox One X Enhanced splendor—no waiting required.

Luckily, the team has enabled bulk transfer across storage devices. Simply go to Settings, System, and then choose Storage. From here, you can choose which drive you want to manage. In this case, we’ll choose the Internal drive. From here, you can manually select what you want to move or copy, or even better, you can choose Select all.

Once you’ve selected the games and apps you want to manage, you can choose to Copy or Move them to the supported external drive of your choice.

By using these great features, you can help ensure the quickest possible path to enjoying Xbox One X with the games, apps, and settings you want.

Finding Your Xbox One X Enhanced Games

Once you’re up and running, you’re going to want to know which games are already Xbox One X Enhanced! You can always go to xbox.com/enhanced for an official look at which games have shipped their Xbox One X Enhanced update.

On your console, you can use the Xbox One X Enhanced filter under My Games & Apps to see which games have an update. Again, be sure to enable automatic updates in Settings, System, and then Updates. That way you don’t have to manually download updates when they’re available.

If prefer not to use automatic updates, you can always check the Updates section of My Games & Apps to see which games have an update available.

Of course, you can always check that your game is running the latest version by simply launching it. If it launches, you have the latest version—it’s as simple as that!

Cisco Spark app to get voice-powered virtual assistant

Early next year, Cisco plans to let a small group of enterprise customers test-drive a voice-powered assistant in Spark.

The virtual helper, announced this week at the Cisco Partner Summit in Dallas, needs practice before it can perform chores reliably in the company’s cloud-based team collaboration software. So, Cisco is asking for volunteers to let it gather enough employee user data to help ready the service for general availability within the Cisco Spark app.

“This technology will evolve as users use it,” said Jonathan Rosenberg, CTO for Cisco’s collaboration business. “It has to be trained constantly and improved based on real usage patterns.”

Initially, the Cisco Spark assistant will use people’s vocal cues to enter a person into a Spark or WebEx online meeting or call a person within the same organization. People can also command the digital aide to record or end sessions.

While the capabilities are modest, Cisco plans to use data collected from people’s interactions with the service to make it smarter. In time, the company expects to automate other routine chores in the Cisco Spark app, such as planning and scheduling, taking down to-do items and crafting and sending meeting summaries. Cisco did not disclose a timetable for rolling out the more advanced capabilities.

The Spark Assistant is built on technology developed by MindMeld, an artificial intelligence vendor Cisco acquired this year. The company bought the startup because of its work in voice-activated personal assistants.

For now, Cisco will offer voice assistance to customers of its Spark Room Kit and Room Kit Plus video conferencing devices. The rectangular hardware that plugs into a third-party display includes speakers, microphone and cameras powerful enough for up to 15 people gathered in a conference room to take part in a Cisco Spark app meeting.

Cisco introduces a virtual personal assistant to Spark, the company’s cloud-based collaboration software
A Cisco Room Kit video conferencing system displays the start of an online meeting before attendees ask the Spark Assistant to join the discussion.

Microsoft Cortana in the lead

Today, Microsoft’s Cortana is the most widely deployed virtual assistant for business, according to Nemertes Research, based in Mokena, Ill. Corporate employees using Office 365 can order Cortana to update work calendars, set reminders, create lists and read emails. The vendor has integrated the application into Windows 10.

Microsoft’s lead in business does not mean rivals, such as Cisco, do not have time to catch up. Organizations are aware of voice-controlled software but have yet to deploy it in large numbers. Nevertheless, companies consider virtual assistants a necessary technology within products and business processes reworked for the current digital age, Nemertes said.

The success of UC and collaboration vendors embedding voice-powered features in products will depend, in part, on addressing two of businesses’ most significant concerns — security and privacy. Suppliers will have to address potential risks through access controls and encryption of conversations.

Adoption of secured voice-controlled applications is sure to increase in business as consumers use the technology in the home. Spending on virtual personal assistant-enabled wireless speakers, such as Amazon Echo and Google Home, will reach $3.5 billion by 2021 from $700 million in 2016, according to Gartner.

Wanted – External HARD DRIVE 1TB OR 2TB

I have a Samsung M3 1tb that will be ok to send middle of next week. Really nice little drive.

Its been used as a very ocassional back up and stored in an off-site safe. Has had very little use, comes with USB cable and original box// and instructions. I believe it’s still under warranty as well, but can’t confirm that.

£40 plus delivery?

Chris Evans and Guests to Play Middle-earth: Shadow of War on Xbox Live Sessions November 1

Xbox fans! We have some awesome news for you. Next up in our Xbox Live Sessions is none other than actor and Captain America himself, Chris Evans! A few surprise celebrity friends will join him as they get their hands on the world’s most powerful console, Xbox One X, as they play the recently released Middle-earth: Shadow of War. The interactive livestream hosted on the Mixer Xbox Channel is airing tomorrow, November 1, at 4 p.m. PT.

I’ve talked to Chris and he is super pumped for him and his friends to play Shadow of War, the epic follow-up to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, on the Xbox One X. They’ll look to forge a new Ring of Power to amass an army and fight against the full power of the Dark Lord, Sauron and his Ringwraiths. I can’t wait to see them go behind enemy lines to try and conquer fortresses and dominate Mordor from within.

I’m really looking forward to this Xbox Live Sessions because I think our fans are going to love interacting with Chris and his surprise guests during a night of gaming. Also, be sure to tune-in to the livestream for the chance to submit questions and win special prizes. This episode of Xbox Live Sessions will be hosted by Microsoft Studios Community Manager, Rukari Austin.

Make sure you tune in tomorrow, November 1 at 4 p.m. PT on Mixer and stay tuned to Xbox Wire for future episodes of Xbox Live Sessions!