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Gears 5 breaks records as biggest launch for any Xbox Game Studios game this generation – Xbox Wire

Thanks to the incredible support from our fans, Gears 5 kicked off the Holiday season strong – attracting over three million players in its opening weekend and setting new records for Xbox Game Pass with the biggest launch week of any Xbox Game Studios title this generation. The performance easily doubled the first week’s debut of Gears of War 4 and made Gears 5 the most-played Xbox Game Studios title in its first week since 2012’s Halo 4. First week performance includes the four-day early access period beginning Friday, September 6, which was exclusive to Gears 5 Ultimate Edition and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members. On the PC, Gears 5 has nearly tripled the performance of its predecessor, becoming the biggest-ever launch for Xbox Game Pass for PC, and Xbox Game Studios’ best-ever debut on Steam.

On Tuesday, Gears 5 expanded into worldwide general availability with the launch of Gears 5 Standard Edition at retail, as well as new Xbox One X and Xbox One S console bundles. For PC fans, Gears 5 is included in a three-month Xbox Game Pass for PC membership bundled with the purchase of select AMD Ryzen™ processors and AMD Radeon™ graphics cards.

Described as “one of the best and most versatile action-game packages in recent memory” by IGN, the game is a hit with critics and fans alike, and enjoys a Metacritic user score of 8.7, the sixth best of any Xbox One game. The excitement extends to the PC version as well, with Digital Foundry declaring, “it fills every desire that I want for the PC version of a game.”

Gears 5 has also received special attention for its commitment to representation and accessibility. Accessibility features include full controller remapping, single stick movement, Xbox Adaptive Controller support, narrated UI and menus, improved subtitles, and more. It was the first AAA game to receive a perfect score from CanIPlayThat.com, “A Deaf/Hoh accessibility masterpiece.”

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

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Cisco revenues up, customers warming to new products

Cisco has reported a 6% revenue increase in the quarter ended July 28, as the strong economy contributed to a boost in product sales and customer adoption of new software-driven technology.

Cisco reported on Wednesday its “highest quarterly revenue” of $12.8 billion and predicted a 5% to 7% increase in Cisco revenues year over year in the current quarter, which sent its stock up more than 6% in after-hours trading.

Cisco predicted adjusted net income for the quarter ending in October would range from 70 to 72 cents a share, beating analysts’ projection of 69 cents. Earnings of 70 cents per share for the July quarter beat analysts’ expectations by a penny a share.

The company reported “solid demand” for its products as it continued its transformation into a provider of network software and services from a company dependent on selling high-priced switching and routing hardware. Application sales rose 10% and recurring revenue, a reflection of sales in software subscriptions and services, accounted for 32% of total revenue, up a point from the same period last year.

During a conference call with analysts, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins attributed the company’s strong quarter to a combination of customers buying more during a strong economy and execution by the Cisco’s sales and product development teams.

“I’m pragmatic to know it’s a combination of both,” Robbins said. “Clearly, the economy has been pretty consistent, and the markets have been positive, so that has certainly helped.”

Cisco revenues show new product sales

Nevertheless, Robbins was pleased with customer reaction to Cisco’s new products, notably the Catalyst 9000 campus switch and the Viptela software-defined WAN, which Cisco acquired last year for $610 million.

Clearly, the economy has been pretty consistent, and the markets have been positive, so that has certainly helped.
Chuck RobbinsCEO, Cisco

Introduced in June 2017, the Catalyst 9000 is the first switch Cisco has sold that requires the customer to buy a subscription to the software running on the hardware.

“I’m very pleased with how the adoption has been from our customers,” Robbins said. As of the end of the July quarter, Cisco had sold the Catalyst 9000 to more than 9,650 organizations.

“You’ll see us over the next coming quarters when we bring new products to market — particularly in the enterprise networking space, but across the portfolio — we will apply that same [software subscription] strategy,” Robbins said.

Viptela is vital in maintaining Cisco’s leading position as a campus networking supplier. The SD-WAN product routes traffic via software to and from campus networks and remote offices. Cisco has integrated the subscription-based Viptela with its Integrated Services Router (ISR) and plans to combine the software with other hardware.

“We’ve begun to see customers actually move forward with deployments,” Robbins said. “It’s early, but we like where we are, and we like what we see.”

Cisco revenues helped by service providers

Cisco also managed to increase sales by 6% to services providers, a customer segment that was down 4% in the previous quarter. Robbins attributed the growth to increased spending by some large customers rather than to purchases of new technology, such as products related to 5G, the next generation of wireless technology.

Robbins said carriers started discussing the infrastructure needs for 5G “in earnest” at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. Nevertheless, he did not expect 5G-related sales to begin for at least a year, picking up in 2020.

Why healthcare APIs will save lives, money and time

Stan Huff, M.D., chief medical informatics officer at Intermountain Healthcare, made a strong case for medical platform interoperability, healthcare APIs and an open source approach to health IT at an Object Management Group conference in Boston on Monday.

IT departments in most industries have long been enthusiastic users of APIs – standard software building blocks that make development and interoperability easier. They’ve also participated in the open source movement, where code is shared, reused and improved upon for the common good.

In the health IT space, however, these concepts have been slower to gain traction, and Apple just recently became the first company to open up its Health Record API to developers. Apple’s API is based on the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard, which was created in 2014 and is arguably the most talked about of the healthcare APIs today.

But being talked about is a long way from being implemented, and that, Huff was quick to stress, is the major problem. “FHIR is really easy to implement,” he told a room full of physicians. “It’s had unprecedented support from EHR companies. But it’s young still. We have a vision, but we just need to get there.”

What healthcare APIs can jump-start

The vision is a world where any electronic health record system could communicate with any other system; data could be gathered and mined; and, ultimately, decision engines could be built that could improve patient care, cut costs, reduce medical errors and even help with doctor burnout, Huff said.

To make his point, he shared some stark data. Citing a Johns Hopkins study, Huff said approximately 250,000 people die a year due to medical error, making errors the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. That is five times the amount of people who die in auto accidents, he said.

And then there is the issue of cost, because each EHR system at each hospital needs unique applications created for it. “That’s like saying we need 50 different versions of Yelp for each hospital,” he said. “Our architecture is wrong. It’s set up so that we can’t share what we’ve created. We’re paying an incredible price for software. Each useful app is created or re-created on each platform, and we pay for it.”

To be more specific, Huff said Intermountain, based in Murray, Utah, has developed 150 clinical decision support engines that offer best practices and advice on everything from diabetes to heart health.

“But that 150 really represents the low-hanging fruit,” he said. “We need 5,000 rules or modules, and there’s no scalable path to get there. And there’s no scalable path to pass that information on to community hospitals.”

If we do this right, we could save 100,000 lives a year.
Stan HuffM.D., chief medical informatics officer, Intermountain Healthcare

One large hospital was able to develop 13 of these decision engines in six months, but they’re specific to the EHR in use and would be “cost-prohibitive” to share with other hospitals.

To get started with healthcare APIs and down the path of interoperability, Huff said IT professionals need to ask themselves three questions:

  • What data should be collected?
  • How should the data be modeled?
  • And what does the data mean?

Asking, and then answering, those questions will kick-start the interoperability journey, help decide on the correct healthcare APIs and eventually will lead to sweeping changes in medicine.

“If we do this right, we could save 100,000 lives a year,” he said. “We could go from being right 50% of the time to 80% of the time. And we could get new EHR systems for millions, rather than billions.”

Gaming pc i7 Nvidia 970 SOLD

Intel i7 2700k 3.5ghz (very strong ideal for over locking but I’ve never felt the need)
Asus strix nvidia 970 4gb (still have box for this)
P8Z68-V Pro gen 3 motherboard
16gb ram DDR3
Built in WiFi 802.11n
DVD RW drive
Windows 10 64bit
250gb ssd and 1tb hdd
1050w psu
Also have a Logitech backlit keyboard, mouse and Xbox controller adapter I’ll include aswell.

Was bought from pc specialist only upgrade is…

Gaming pc i7 Nvidia 970 SOLD

For Sale – Gaming pc i7 Nvidia 970 SOLD

Intel i7 2700k 3.5ghz (very strong ideal for over locking but I’ve never felt the need)
Asus strix nvidia 970 4gb (still have box for this)
P8Z68-V Pro gen 3 motherboard
16gb ram DDR3
Built in WiFi 802.11n
DVD RW drive
Windows 10 64bit
250gb ssd and 1tb hdd
1050w psu
Also have a Logitech backlit keyboard, mouse and Xbox controller adapter I’ll include aswell.

Was bought from pc specialist only upgrade is the 970, Great pc really ideal if your looking to game at 1080p with ultra/very high settings.

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Windows 10 64bit
250gb ssd and 1tb hdd
1050w psu
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Was bought from pc specialist only upgrade is the 970, Great pc really ideal if your looking to game at 1080p with ultra/very high settings.

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For Sale – Gaming pc i7 Nvidia 970

Intel i7 2700k 3.5ghz (very strong ideal for over locking but I’ve never felt the need)
Asus strix nvidia 970 4gb (still have box for this)
P8Z68-V Pro gen 3 motherboard
16gb ram DDR3
Built in WiFi 802.11n
DVD RW drive
Windows 10 64bit
250gb ssd and 1tb hdd
1050w psu
Also have a Logitech backlit keyboard, mouse and Xbox controller adapter I’ll include aswell.

Was bought from pc specialist only upgrade is the 970, Great pc really ideal if your looking to game at 1080p with ultra/very high settings.

Price and currency: 400
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
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Asus strix nvidia 970 4gb (still have box for this)
P8Z68-V Pro gen 3 motherboard
16gb ram DDR3
Built in WiFi 802.11n
DVD RW drive
Windows 10 64bit
250gb ssd and 1tb hdd
1050w psu
Also have a Logitech backlit keyboard, mouse and Xbox controller adapter I’ll include aswell.

Was bought from pc specialist only upgrade is the 970, Great pc really ideal if your looking to game at 1080p with ultra/very high settings.

Price and currency: 400
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
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For Sale – Gaming pc i7 Nvidia 970

Intel i7 2700k 3.5ghz (very strong ideal for over locking but I’ve never felt the need)
Asus strix nvidia 970 4gb (still have box for this)
P8Z68-V Pro gen 3 motherboard
16gb ram DDR3
Built in WiFi 802.11n
DVD RW drive
Windows 10 64bit
250gb ssd and 1tb hdd
1050w psu
Also have a Logitech backlit keyboard, mouse and Xbox controller adapter I’ll include aswell.

Was bought from pc specialist only upgrade is the 970, Great pc really ideal if your looking to game at 1080p with ultra/very high settings.

Price and currency: 400
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
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For Sale – Gaming pc i7 Nvidia 970

Intel i7 2700k 3.5ghz (very strong ideal for over locking but I’ve never felt the need)
Asus strix nvidia 970 4gb (still have box for this)
P8Z68-V Pro gen 3 motherboard
16gb ram DDR3
Built in WiFi 802.11n
DVD RW drive
Windows 10 64bit
250gb ssd and 1tb hdd
1050w psu
Also have a Logitech backlit keyboard, mouse and Xbox controller adapter I’ll include aswell.

Was bought from pc specialist only upgrade is the 970, Great pc really ideal if your looking to game at 1080p with ultra/very high settings.

Price and currency: 400
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash or BT, Can also do PPG if you cover the fee
Location: Nottinghamshire
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