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For Sale – ROG Swift PG348Q

Hi,

Selling this as the GTX 980 Ti/ i7 4770K @ 4.5GHz I have {and don’t plan on upgrading any time soon} doesn’t do this screen full justice, depending on the game, of course. Sticking with playing via TV, despite the input lag difference and lack of GSync, of which the hype does live up to!

For instance Assassin’s Creed Origins runs great by my standards, with various tweaks to settings {scaled back resolution 20% and most settings on Med}. This averages a very smooth 60FPS, helped along with the addition of GSync.

This and Battlefield 1 are the most demanding games I have, with ACO being the most since there is so much to render in the world, which is absolutely massive and looks stunning; a great way to be a virtual tourist in Egypt and climb the pyramids, which I didn’t get to do while actually in Egypt!

Take a peek at the pictures attached to give a rough idea of the quality image it puts out, some in~game via FRAPS.

Screen in is perfect condition, zero dead pixels, and only missing a small panel on the back of the stand. Also has no box, hence collection only.

ROG SWIFT PG348Q | ROG – Republic Of Gamers | ASUS United Kingdom

Price and currency: £500
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash on collection
Location: Manchester
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Closing the rural broadband gap is an urgent national crisis – Microsoft on the Issues

It’s been clear to us for some time that the digital divide in this country is an urgent national crisis that must be solved. Since 2017, we’ve been working with internet service providers to do just that, through our Airband Initiative, and we’re on track to cover 3 million Americans in unserved rural areas by 2022.

It’s encouraging to see this issue rise in national prominence, through funding from the administration, congressional legislation and most recently new proposals introduced by several candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. While there’s been some progress already, solving the broadband gap will require active engagement as well as effective policy proposals from all parts of the public sector.

It’s time to recognize that inequal access to broadband translates into inequality of opportunity. People in rural areas that lack broadband face higher unemployment rates, see fewer job and economic opportunities and place children from these communities behind their suburban and peers in school. Of course, this is not just a rural issue – broadband deserts exist within very urban areas as well, where costs can be unaffordable and availability non-existent.

To be sure, there are efforts underway to provide the funding and assistance needed to expand broadband coverage for rural areas, by the administration, Congress, governors and the private sector, including Microsoft and our Airband partners. But much more needs to be done to translate proposals into action.

That’s why we’re at the Iowa State Fair this week as well. Microsoft is hosting a booth, where we’ll learn from Iowans about their digital realities, discuss what we can do through the Airband Initiative to help and what other opportunities can be unlocked with reliable, affordable broadband access. We hope to discuss the issue with political leaders attending the fair as well.

Solving the broadband gap should be a national issue because we are leaving millions of Americans behind. We look forward to working with both sides of the aisle to make meaningful progress on this important national issue.

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Amazon buys NVMe startup E8 Storage to boost public cloud

Another NVMe flash startup has been acquired — this time by a public cloud storage giant.

Amazon confirmed it will acquire E8 Storage and deploy its rack-scale flash storage in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud.

Amazon said the transaction includes “some assets” that include hiring the E8 Storage team. E8 Storage CEO Zivan Ori reportedly will join Amazon in an unspecified executive capacity.

Israeli news outlet Globes first reported the story, citing unnamed sources who estimated Amazon will pay between $50 million and $60 million to acquire E8 Storage. A separate report by Reuters said the purchase price is much less, citing another source with knowledge of the deal. Amazon did not publicly disclose the acquisition price.

Amazon’s move comes two weeks after its public cloud rival Google bought file storage software startup Elastifile and nearly one month after holding company StorCentric acquired NVMe array hopeful Vexata.

The Amazon-E8 Storage marriage signals growing interest in NVMe flash. There is widespread industry belief that the NVMe protocol will eventually replace traditional SCSI-based storage. SCSI traffic makes several network hops along the network. By contrast, NVMe allows applications to talk directly to storage across multilane PCIe devices.

For Amazon, the deal highlights the competition it faces from enterprises seeking an AWS-like alternative that costs less than AWS and is managed on premises. It will be worth watching to see if Amazon integrates E8 Storage gear with AWS Nitro compute instances, which use NVMe as the underlying media with Elastic Block Store.

By acquiring E8 Storage, Amazon gains a storage operating system optimized for NVMe flash, said Eric Burgener, a research vice president of storage at analyst firm IDC.

“E8 has an NVMe-over-TCP implementation integrated in its software. It’s not that Amazon couldn’t have built that, but E8 already built it and it works. TCP is clearly the future of NVMe-over-fabrics-attached storage. That’s where the volume is going to be,” Burgener said.

Ori and Alex Friedman founded E8 Storage in 2014. Both previously had worked in management positions at IBM Storage. Friedman was E8’s vice president of R&D. E8 Storage emerged from stealth in 2016, with a dense block-based array that combines 24 NVMe SSDs in a 2U standard form factor.

The E8 Storage software targets analytics and similarly data-intensive workloads that require extreme performance and ultralow latency. E8 received more than $18 million in total funding, including a $12 million Series B round in 2016.

In addition to E8 arrays, customers have also been able to buy E8 Storage software on reference architecture with servers by Dell, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Lenovo. The vendor this year added parallel file storage to target high-performance computing.

E8 Storage was an early entrant in end-to-end NVMe flash. The E8 architecture is based on industry-standard TCP over IP. Other NVMe startups include Apeiron Data, Excelero and Pavilion Data Systems.

Burgener said he wouldn’t be surprised to see more consolidation in NVMe storage. After ceding ground early, Burgener said legacy storage vendors have aggressively pushed into NVMe.

“Most of the majors have gotten their marketing acts together around selling NVMe for mixed workload consolidation, but they also want to go after the same kind of dedicated workloads” first targeted by NVMe startups, Burgener said.

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For Sale – ROG Swift PG348Q

Hi,

Selling this as the GTX 980 Ti/ i7 4770K @ 4.5GHz I have {and don’t plan on upgrading any time soon} doesn’t do this screen full justice, depending on the game, of course. Sticking with playing via TV, despite the input lag difference and lack of GSync, of which the hype does live up to!

For instance Assassin’s Creed Origins runs great by my standards, with various tweaks to settings {scaled back resolution 20% and most settings on Med}. This averages a very smooth 60FPS, helped along with the addition of GSync.

This and Battlefield 1 are the most demanding games I have, with ACO being the most since there is so much to render in the world, which is absolutely massive and looks stunning; a great way to be a virtual tourist in Egypt and climb the pyramids, which I didn’t get to do while actually in Egypt!

Take a peek at the pictures attached to give a rough idea of the quality image it puts out, some in~game via FRAPS.

Screen in is perfect condition, zero dead pixels, and only missing a small panel on the back of the stand. Also has no box, hence collection only.

ROG SWIFT PG348Q | ROG – Republic Of Gamers | ASUS United Kingdom

Price and currency: £500
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash on collection
Location: Manchester
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At the Microsoft global Hackathon, customers break something to make something | Transform

Summer is a time for growth. Whether you’re traveling to an historical destination or picking out a book for the beach, the season is ripe for taking a break from the grind to focus on introspection and renewal, to make new friends, re-connect with old ones, and create shared experiences together. With any luck, come autumn you have a sharpened mind and a greater sense of where you want to go next.

Which is why summer is the ideal time for the Microsoft global Hackathon. Minds will be sharpened, advancement made tangible, and friends with diverse backgrounds will be brought together to create shared experiences.

By now you’re probably aware of the 27,000 employees who gather at Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington campus and 45 venues around the world, embracing the event (part of One Week – a series celebrating the company’s people, products and ideas) as a platform for innovation. But at the 6th annual installment, there’s another rapidly growing segment that deserves its own spotlight: customer collaborations.

Two participants wave
More than 30 customer teams join 27,000 Microsoft employees at the 2019 Microsoft global Hackathon. (Photo by Scott Eklund, Red Box Pictures)

“We started inviting customers two years ago,” explains Susie Kandzor, group program manager at The Garage, an experimentation and growth program at Microsoft that produces the Hackathon to further its mission of encouraging collaboration, creativity and experimentation. “In 2017, we only had four customers join us. Last year we had 10 customers join us, and the feedback from executive leadership was that they loved it and wanted more.”

For the 2019 installment, the largest private hackathon on the planet welcomes some 30 companies (a dozen more will participate around the globe). Each sends three to five representatives, cross-functionality encouraged, arriving with wildly diverse business hurdles they hope to jump – and confidence that the latest technological breakthroughs can get them there.

“This is how we channel innovation into a focused effort,” says Angela Yochem, executive vice president/chief digital and technology officer for Novant Health, a network of healthcare providers that attended the global Hackathon in 2018 and is sending two teams this year from their offices in North Carolina.

“Remember in the movie ‘Apollo 13,’ where there’s something wrong with the spacecraft and all the engineers get together, spill parts all over a table, and using their past experiences and backgrounds, solve the problem? A Hackathon is that, on steroids.”

A doctor uses a touch-screen device to consult with a patient.
By leveraging technology, Novant Health is improving the health of its community. (Photo courtesy of Novant Health)

“We’re going to talk about the art of the possible,” agrees Kirk Windisch, Novant Health’s vice president of Digital Products and Services. “I’m excited to find solutions that we haven’t even thought of yet.”

The 2019 list of customer attendees is as diverse as it is impressive. Where else could you find 3M, Starbucks, Mastercard and Blackbaud under one roof? From meals (Nestle) to electricity (Chesapeake Energy) to investments (Vanguard), you’d be hard-pressed to find a greater range of industries innovating alongside one another.

“In the past we’ve seen a lot of instances where companies talk between themselves, and the Microsoft Hackathon has introduced different companies to one another. We’re just humbled by the enthusiasm our customers have toward hacking, and honored that these customers have given us the opportunity to help develop their growth ideas,” Kandzor says of the Hackathon’s unique atmosphere.

One customer attending Hackathon 2019 is Bellevue, Washington-based T-Mobile – a company with over 80 million customers and annual revenues of $43 billion – wearing their self-proclaimed moniker of “The Un-carrier” with disruptive pride. Principal analyst Sarah O’Brien says T-Mobile is perfectly positioned for the Hackathon experience.

Two T-Mobile employees collaborate at a workstation.
T-Mobile employees, who proudly sport their branded black and magenta, are encouraged to share ideas that lead to new technology solutions. (Photo courtesy of T-Mobile)

“I was at a conference not long ago, and my takeaway was the sheer volume of publishing, whitepapers and patents around machine learning and AI coming out of Microsoft ­– the true investment in it – and the notion that rather than treating it like a buzzword, there is thought leadership and movement to drive it forward for everyone,” she says.

“Our companies have a lot of shared experience and recognition that what made you successful in the past does not guarantee success in the future, so I’m excited that we can put these great teams together and build something impactful.”

Novant Health has over 650 locations in five states, and provides increased access to care through digital channels, and through advanced tech in their hospitals and physician centers. “We just deployed an AI-based system for treating stroke patients faster than ever before,” says Yochem, citing one exciting example. “With a stroke victim, every minute matters, and now we are able to save many more lives. It’s an example of how leveraging technology can impact the health of our community.”

Two Novant Health employees consult monitors at a nursing station.
Novant Health team members train on new technology at patient check-in. (Photo courtesy of Novant Health)

And while Novant Health’s goal is nothing short of saving lives, other companies may simply seek to improve the quality of life.

“We’re empowered to achieve more, simply by combining forces,” says Jan-Jaap Oosterwijk, global head of innovation for digital platform security firm Irdeto, who is flying in with his team from The Netherlands. “I love the diversity of the event. I also really like that in the invitation, it was specified that the team doesn’t need to consist of engineers only. The Hackathon is open to people from any background, which will provide a wide range of perspectives.”

There are a lot of great brains working together at the global Hackathon, using a variety of technologies (last year, efforts focused on everything from artificial technology to sustainable farming). Much like a summer cookout, each customer brings their own specialty – in this case, a hack.

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For Sale – HTCP / GAMING COMPUTER- i5 3570, 16GB RAM, RX560 4GB

IT’S TIME TO PART WITH MY HTPC/GAMING PC, IT’S JUST NOT GETTING USED

CONSISTS ON FOLLOWING PARTS:
CASE: LIAN LI PC-A01
MOTHERBOARD: GIGABYTE GA-H77M-D3H
CPU: i5 3570 QUADCORE (3.8GHZ)
RAM: 16GB DDR3 (2 X 8GB) CORSAIR 1600MHZ
GPU: MSI AeroITX RX560 4GB
PSU: TAGAN TG480-U01 480W
STORAGE: 80GB INTEL SSD (CAN UPGRADE TO 240GB SSD FOR EXTRA £15)
HAS A BRU RAY DISC DRIVE, PLUS A MULTICARD READER


NOT THE LATEST, BUT VERY CAPABLE MACHINE, HAVE BEEN PLAYING WORLD WAR Z RECENTLY, RUNS IT FLAWLESSLY

I AM WANTING £240 COLLECTED, WILL THROW IN A TV CARD WITH REMOTE ALSO

NOT LOOKING TO SPLIT

Price and currency: 240
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Location: DEWSBURY
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‘Thank you for helping us make history’: Microsoft’s new London flagship store opens to the public

Microsoft’s new flagship store in London has opened its doors to the public for the first time, with people waiting hours to be among the first to set foot inside.

The first physical retail store for Microsoft in the UK, which is located on Oxford Circus and covers 22,000 square feet over three floors, was officially unveiled to the crowd at 11am.

Chris Capossela, Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer, Cindy Rose, UK Chief Executive, and Senior Store Manager John Carter welcomed the public by giving speeches in front of the doors on Regent Street.

Rose said the store was a “symbol of Microsoft’s enduring commitment to the UK”, which allows people to “experience the best the company has to offer”. “Thank you for helping us make history today,” she added.

People had started queuing along Regent Street from 7am to see Microsoft’s Surface devices, HoloLens, Xbox Gaming Lounge and sit in the McLaren Senna on the ground floor.

Store associates welcome customers to the store

One customer, Blair, had started queuing at 7:30am after travelling from Wiltshire by bus. “I’m a Microsoft fan but I especially love Xbox. I heard there would be a few games from [videogame event] E3 here,” he said. “I really want to have a go in the McLaren Senna.”

Denise, from Sutton, was interested in seeing the Surface devices. “I want to see the latest technology and products that Microsoft has in there. I might buy a new laptop today.”

Callum, from London, also wanted to sit in the McLaren Senna. “I play a lot of Forza, so I want to experience the car and the Xbox Gaming Lounge,” he said.

James, from Reading, wanted to see how the store could help businesses. “I’m excited to see what it’s like,” he said. “I want to see what they can offer businesses. The outside of the store looks incredible; it’s a masterpiece of architecture.”

Microsoft handed out free T-shirts and Xbox Game Pass codes to people in the queue, while the first 100 visitors to buy a Surface Pro 6 were also given a free limited edition Liberty Surface Type Cover.

Staff clap as customers enter the store

At 11am, the curtains in the store windows dropped to reveal excited store staff, dressed in red, green, yellow and blue shirts – the colours of Microsoft’s logo – jumping up and down and cheering.

The customers walked into a store with a modern feel, with lots of space and wood and glass surfaces. They were greeted by staff standing in front of a large video wall and Surface devices on tables, with the McLaren on their right and the HoloLens mixed-reality headset to their left. A wooden spiral staircase or lifts took them to the first floor, where they could play the latest Xbox and PC titles in high-quality gaming chairs and professional pods in the Gaming Lounge, purchase third-party laptops and accessories and get tech support, trainings, repairs and advice from the Answer Desk, or go to the Community Theatre where coding workshops were taking place. Visitors could create their own personalised Surface Type Cover with Surface Design Lab, featuring a range of designs that can be etched directly onto the cover. They also took photos in the Selfie Area.

The enterprise area on the second floor is a place to support, train and grow businesses no matter where they are on their digital transformation journey. From small companies and educational institutions to enterprise customers, the Product Advisors and Cloud Technical Experts will help customers discover, deploy and use Microsoft 365 and other resources to solve business challenges such as AI, data security, collaboration and workplace efficiencies. This floor also contains an area for hosting events, as well as meeting rooms and a Showcase space for demonstrating how customers, including Carlsberg and Toyota, are digitally transforming.

It is also the most accessible store Microsoft has ever opened, with store associates collectively speaking 45 languages, buttons to open doors, lower desks to help those in wheelchairs and Xbox Adaptive Controllers available for gamers with restricted movement.

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Author: Tracy Ith

For Sale – REDUCED – £260 – MacBook Pro 13.3″, Early-2011, 2.4GHz i5, 4GB, 320GB HDD

About time I got round to selling this! A trusty old MacBook Pro 13.3” with original charger but in excellent condition.

Its an Early-2011, 2.4GHz i5, 4GB RAM and 320GB HDD. Battery is “Normal” and at just 317 cycles – not been used a great deal!

Has been kept in a case when not in use but does have some minor scratches – pretty good considering its age. The screen is unmarked. Please see pics – if you require any more please ask.

Currently running a clean install of El Capitan with known Admin account and password but could be easily reset.

I thought about fitting an SSD and upping the RAM to transform it into a semi decent laptop but I never bothered – am always atttacted to shiny newer models!

Not looking to trade – straight sale.

Ideally you will collect so you can try it out but will consider posting at additional cost – RMSD would add around £28.

Was £375, then £300, then £275 – NOW £260 – but not too far off this please!

Price and currency: £260
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Payment method: PPG, BT or cash on collection
Location: Saffron Walden
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For Sale – Samsung 500GB SSD 860 EVO brand new

Samsung 500GB SSD 860 EVO brand new

I purchased this some time ago for use with my Xbox, but I ended up buying a One S instead that has a 1TB hdd. This is brand new and fully sealed

Please note that I can’t post this until 28th so please bare this in mind

Price and currency: £85
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Location: stoke on trent
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For Sale – Samsung 500GB SSD 860 EVO brand new

Samsung 500GB SSD 860 EVO brand new

I purchased this some time ago for use with my Xbox, but I ended up buying a One S instead that has a 1TB hdd. This is brand new and fully sealed

Please note that I can’t post this until 28th so please bare this in mind

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Location: stoke on trent
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