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Connect with NYT best-selling authors Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver, and hundreds of writers for Skype in the Classroom’s Literacy Month |

Today is World Read Aloud Day, signaling the start of Skype in the Classroom’s month-long celebration of reading, writing and storytelling. We are proud to work with LitWorld and our global publishing partners, Penguin Random House, Scholastic, Arbordale, Andersen Press, Candlewick and others to offer hundreds of free virtual visits from authors to classrooms. You can look up guest author information easily for Skype in the Classroom by checking our literacy collection.

To cap our month-long celebration this year, Microsoft is teaming up with Penguin Young Readers for a free broadcast event in which classrooms and families can meet actor, producer and author Henry Winkler, as well as his co-author, Lin Oliver. Together, they’re creators of the NYT best-selling book series, Here’s Hank, featuring the quick-witted and ingenious character, Hank Zipzer.

Henry and Lin will discuss their books and what makes every kid a hero while answering questions live on Twitter. The broadcast and live Twitter chat will on Wednesday February 28th at 9 a.m. EST and 1 p.m. EST.

Henry and Lin created their character, Hank Zipzer, based on Henry’s own real-life struggles with dyslexia. Hank is smart and resourceful, always finding ways to overcome challenges through friendships, determination, and a whole lot of humor. His story has resonated with kids around the world, providing some kinship and advice for those tougher times in school. Henry’s main message in the books, “Every one of you has greatness in you,” comes from his personal life experience. He proves that having learning challenges can’t keep you from greatness!

Teachers and their students, or parents with their children at home, are invited to register here and submit questions in advance or during the event for Henry and Lin to answer. We’ll be using the @skypeclassroom Twitter account and the #Skype2Learn hashtag to organize the conversation.

That’s not all for this celebratory month of reading and writing: Teachers around the world will also share their own Skype Collaborations related to literacy. Your class can join with others – across borders or close to home – to work on a writing project, share stories, and read aloud to one another. Cultivate World Literacy is just one example of many lessons devised by teachers.

This month we also celebrate the educators around the world who are using experiences like Skype in the Classroom and technologies like Microsoft Learning Tools to support literacy development. We will share and learn from their creativity and experience advancing the literacy skills of their students on the Microsoft Education Blog throughout the month.

One more thing: Roald Dahl’s Imaginormous Challenge has returned for 2018. Today, the search for five golden ticket winners begins. Students across the U.S. ,aged five to 12, are invited to submit 100-word stories for the chance to win prizes related to creative storytelling. Entries will be open for three months until 1st May 2018.

One golden ticket winner will see their story idea transformed into a Minecraft world, in partnership with Minecraft Education. They will be flown to Seattle with their parent or guardian and work with a team of Minecraft builders and Youtube creator Stacyplays, transforming their story idea into a playable Minecraft experience for anyone in the world to download and play.

Another golden ticket winner will be flown to Los Angeles and get to work with actor, producer, director and author Henry Winkler and his writing partner, Lin Oliver, to transform their story idea into their very own published short story. To enter, students simply submit their 100-word story idea at imaginormouschallenge.com.

We hope you’ll join us for this celebration of all the new and innovative ways children are being inspired to read and write. If you haven’t tried Skype to add inspiration and additional relevancy to your classroom’s curriculum, Literacy Month is a great time to start. With the hundreds of authors available to talk with your students and your Skype connections, you may just be witness to the next Hank Zipzer!

A full list of Penguin authors who visit classrooms virtually, for free over Skype, is available online.

OK, I’m in! How do I participate in Skype in the Classroom’s Literacy Month?

Teachers/Parents:

  • Register now, for free, to have your children/students to join NYT Best Selling Authors Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver on February 28th, as they discuss the uplifting messages from the Hank Zipzer book series, Here’s Hank. Get a head start by submitting your student questions now through #Skype2Learn. Some of your student questions may be included during the broadcast by Henry and Lin, or answered on Twitter immediately following the event on Feb 28th at 9 a.m. EST and 1 p.m. EST.
  • You can find the Hank Zipzer and Here’s Hank book collection at the Microsoft Store.
  • If you haven’t tried Microsoft Learning Tools yet, take a look and see how it can make a difference for your students.

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 Students:

  • Don’t imagine small, Imaginormous! Join the Roald Dahl Estate in the annual Imaginormous contest by submitting a 100-word story idea at imaginormouschallenge.com before      May 1.

For Sale – MSI Geforce GTX 980Ti 6GD5T OC

It’s the Armor 2X version as featured here

GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GD5T OC | Graphics card – The world leader in display performance | MSI Global

Core/Memory

  • Boost Clock / Base Clock
  • 1190 MHz / 1102 MHz
  • 6144 MB GDDR5 / 7010 MHz Memory

Video Output Function

  • Dual-link DVI-I x 1
  • DisplayPort x 3
  • HDMI x 1

Features

  • Virtual Reality Ready
  • DirectX 12 Ready
  • Great for 4K
  • Gamestream to NVIDIA® SHIELD

Item is in great condition, has never been overclocked beyond how it arrived from the factory, and as specified above. Used in a smoke-free environment and for gaming only. It will come in an anti-static bag, but not in the original packaging, and will be the card alone (i.e. no drivers disc)

Only selling because of upgrading to a 1080ti. Still a great card for 1080p gaming and above.

Price and currency: £260
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Balance Transfer
Location: Spalding Lincs
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For Sale – MSI Geforce GTX 980Ti 6GD5T OC

It’s the Armor 2X version as featured here

GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GD5T OC | Graphics card – The world leader in display performance | MSI Global

Core/Memory

  • Boost Clock / Base Clock
  • 1190 MHz / 1102 MHz
  • 6144 MB GDDR5 / 7010 MHz Memory

Video Output Function

  • Dual-link DVI-I x 1
  • DisplayPort x 3
  • HDMI x 1

Features

  • Virtual Reality Ready
  • DirectX 12 Ready
  • Great for 4K
  • Gamestream to NVIDIA® SHIELD

Item is in great condition, has never been overclocked beyond how it arrived from the factory, and as specified above. Used in a smoke-free environment and for gaming only. It will come in an anti-static bag, but not in the original packaging, and will be the card alone (i.e. no drivers disc)

Only selling because of upgrading to a 1080ti. Still a great card for 1080p gaming and above.

Price and currency: £260
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Balance Transfer
Location: Spalding Lincs
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – R7 360 VTX 3D Gfx Card 2Gb GDDR5

Price dropped. VTX 3D R7 360 for sale. Clean card, works well and handled World of Tanks and a bit of Steam with ease. Other than that its only been lightly used for daily browsing and normal PC duties.

2GB version with GDDR5. Specs can be seen in the GPU-Z picture.

Requires one 6 pin power connector to operate. Only used on DVI but presume all other outputs work fine.

No original box but will be well packaged. Delivery price included or cash on collection from Brighouse, W Yorks.

Martin

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Price and currency: £50.00
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Payment method: Paypal, Cash
Location: Brighouse
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For Sale – R7 360 VTX 3D Gfx Card 2Gb GDDR5

VTX 3D R7 360 for sale. Clean card, works well and handled World of Tanks and a bit of Steam with ease. Other than that its only been lightly used for daily browsing and normal PC duties.

2GB version with GDDR5. Specs can be seen in the GPU-Z picture.

Requires one 6 pin power connector to operate. Only used on DVI but presume all other outputs work fine.

No original box but will be well packaged. Delivery price included or cash on collection from Brighouse, W Yorks.

Martin

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Price and currency: £60.00
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Payment method: Paypal, Cash
Location: Brighouse
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For Sale – R7 360 VTX 3D Gfx Card 2Gb GDDR5

VTX 3D R7 360 for sale. Clean card, works well and handled World of Tanks and a bit of Steam with ease. Other than that its only been lightly used for daily browsing and normal PC duties.

2GB version with GDDR5. Specs can be seen in the GPU-Z picture.

Requires one 6 pin power connector to operate. Only used on DVI but presume all other outputs work fine.

No original box but will be well packaged. Delivery price included or cash on collection from Brighouse, W Yorks.

Martin

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Drive Australia’s Open Roads in Native 4K with Forza Horizon 3 Xbox One X Enhanced

Since its release in 2016, millions of players have been exploring the world of Forza Horizon 3 on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, the highest-rated Xbox One exclusive. We are pleased to announce that, today, Xbox One X enhancements arrive for Forza Horizon 3, as a free download for players with an Xbox One X.

Forza Horizon 3 on Xbox One X is powered by the same state-of-the art ForzaTech engine at the heart of the Forza franchise, also used to develop Forza Motorsport 7 for Xbox One X which brought native 4K resolution racing to the new platform. Forza Horizon 3 enhancements let players experience the game in native 4K along with a host of additional visual updates, including improved car reflections and shadow resolutions, improved texture detail for road and terrain surfaces, and more. In addition, 4K resolution enhancements will be fully compatible with both Blizzard Mountain and Hot Wheels expansions for Forza Horizon 3. Whether you’re careening across the dunes of the Outback in your favorite off-roader or building up a legion of fans with death-defying stunt driving in the rainforest, the 4K-enhanced version of Forza Horizon 3 is a thrilling blend of fantastic gameplay and cutting-edge visuals.

Xbox One X Forza Horizon 3 Battlecard

As part of Xbox’s ongoing Inside Xbox One X Enhanced series, I chatted with Playground Games’ creative director and co-founder Ralph Fulton for insight into the studio’s work on the enhancements. Enjoy!

What specifically has your team done to enhance Forza Horizon 3 for Xbox One X?

First and foremost, this update enables Forza Horizon 3 to run in native 4K (3840×2160) on a console for the very first time. Forza Horizon 3 has always been a fantastic-looking game but the clarity and detail of native 4K resolution really brings the vast playground of Australia to life like never before. In addition, we’ve made a number of graphical improvements to the game, such as increased shadow resolution, improved visual effects and increased LOD and draw distances, which take advantage of the power of the Xbox One X.

How do these enhancements impact the gaming experience?

These enhancements are all about the visuals.  We know that our fans really value great image quality, so we’ve taken this opportunity to deliver that to them with this update on Xbox One X. On top of the obvious enhancement to native 4K, there are a number of other improvements we’ve made which really take advantage of the added definition 4K brings. Reflections are sharper and clearer, environment shadows are crisper and better defined, the quality of motion blur has been increased to make the driving experience significantly smoother, and better anisotropic filtering improves the detail visible in environment textures, particularly on the roads themselves. For me, the biggest improvement is in the combination of 4K and HDR though, especially in Forza Horizon 3‘s dynamic time-lapse skies. The sky is such a huge part of nearly every scene in the game that it affects the feel of the game a great deal, and the improvements we’ve made to reflections and shadows really complement it.

Why did your development team choose to focus on these enhancement areas?

We’ve been positively overwhelmed by the positive feedback we’ve had from the community over the last year about the quality of the gameplay in Forza Horizon 3 and the amount of fun they have with it, and we feel really proud that we’ve been able to keep that going with the high-quality Blizzard Mountain and Hot Wheels expansions, car packs and weekly Forzathon events. This was our opportunity to bring the game to native 4K on console for the first time and make a great-looking game look even better.

How do you expect Forza Horizon 3 fans will respond to seeing and playing it on Xbox One X with these enhancements?

I feel like we’re at the crest of a wave in the transition to 4K – more and more people are trading up to 4K TVs and want native 4K experiences to show what their new TV can do. That was exactly my experience when I upgraded recently and I’ve really enjoyed getting back into some of my favourite games, like the The Witcher 3 for example, as they’ve released their enhanced versions. I hope that will be the case for Forza Horizon 3 fans as well. When I’ve been playing with the update in the studio, I’ve been really blown away by the beauty of the world, like I’m seeing it for the first time and I hope Horizon fans feel the same way too. One of my favourite things about Forza is the incredible photography which comes out of the community.  I follow a bunch of Forza photography accounts on Twitter, where the creativity of Forza fans always blows me away, so I’m really looking forward to seeing the community photographs which come out of the enhanced version.

How has the process been to get the game up and running on Xbox One X?

It’s been incredibly straightforward. It took us less than a day from receiving our first Xbox One X kit to get Forza Horizon 3 up and running in 4K, and when we did we still had a lot of spare headroom on both the CPU and the GPU. The Xbox One Development Kit for the Xbox One X is by far the most developer-friendly and powerful dev kit we’ve ever worked with, which makes it a pleasure to develop for.

What enhancement were you most excited about to explore leveraging for Forza Horizon 3 on Xbox One X?

Our goal with this update was to bring Forza Horizon 3 in 4K to console for the first time, and that’s what we’ve delivered. As I mentioned earlier, as one of the first titles which featured HDR on the Xbox One S, we’ve been really excited by the visual combination of native and HDR technology – it is a real, evolutionary leap in graphics.

What does 4K and HDR mean for your game, games in the future and development at your studio?

We know our players value incredible visuals, effects and image quality, and we put a huge amount of effort into delivering them with every title. Native 4K resolution, especially when combined with HDR, is a huge step forward in visual fidelity and as mass adoption of 4K displays continues it will become the standard by which game visuals are judged. For us, as a studio, the power of the Xbox One X, as well as its ease of development and straightforward compatibility across the Xbox One family of devices, has made it the lead development platform for the new title we’re currently working on. This means a couple of things. First, it means we’re developing from the ground up to take advantage of the Xbox One X’s enormous graphical horsepower, an approach which will continue to yield massive advances in visual quality. Secondly, though, it also means you’ll see improvements on Xbox One and Xbox One S as a result – we find that there’s a trickle-down effect when you develop for the most powerful hardware which brings improvements even on the less powerful machines.

Make sure to join us on the official Forza Motorsport channel on Mixer to watch as we show off the Xbox One X version of the game, starting on January 16 at 1 p.m. PST. Stay tuned to ForzaMotorsport.net for updates.

For Sale – corsair cx 650 watts power supply less than 3 weeks old

hi recently bought this from pc world to build a htpc but in the end decided 4k hdr playback on pc is not as straight forward as it seems too many issues at the moment. so decided to buy a media player zidoo x10.

i still have the receipt and took it to pc world but the refused to refund or exchange because it has been opened and the black security tag was opened and not sealed.
so anyone looking buy a brand new power supply can get a good discount here as this is been used only once during my htpc set up.

fortunately bought the rest of the gear from amazon so got full refund just left with this.

if your after a good psu new get this a little cheaper and dont forget you still have warranty as i have the receipt and will include thanks.

Price and currency: 45 gbp
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: bank transfer
Location: london
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