Friday, March 23, 2018

D-Link Partners with PSITE to Elevate IT Education in the Philippines

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Reflecting its support for quality IT education in the Philippines, leading global supplier of networking products D-Link International Pte. Ltd. has entered into a partnership with the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators Foundation, Inc. (PSITE), the country’s largest organization of academic institutions, IT program heads, faculty members, corporate members and IT graduate students.

D-Link joined the PSITE annual National Convention held last February at The Mallberry Suites Business Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City. The convention, which had the theme “Towards Intelligent PSITE @ 20,” gathered together 300 attendees and 200 academic institutions from all over the country. Besides bringing together stakeholders in IT education under one roof, the event looked into current developments and trends in intelligent education and e-learning, the role of digital arts, cloud computing, data mining and analytics, and the potential of machine learning.

Network upgrades for schools

D-Link’s future plans include supporting laboratory upgrades and projects for private and public schools by offering network upgrades. These upgrades will equip schools with the latest software technologies necessary to aid IT professors and instructors in educating their students.

More than half of IT students have been found to lack the necessary programming skills that will make them fit for employment after graduation, according to a study last year by the Philippine Software industry Association (PSIA). Poor access to new technologies that facilitate learning may be one of the reasons.

While there remains other factors to be addressed when it comes to improving IT education in the Philippines, this partnership with PSITE is a step forward in achieving that goal. With the support from D-Link, the IT industry can look forward to having better equipped IT graduates who are ready for the professional world.

Get F1 2015 Free on Humble Bundle for a Limited Time

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If you’re looking for more games to play and add into your library, now’s another chance for you. Humble Bundle is offering F1 2015 on their store for free. However, as always, you gotta act fast. You only have the weekend to grab the title.

There’s really no question about it if you’re just looking for more games to add into your library, not to mention you’re really going to want to since F1 2015 is a good game that can stand on its own. Now, to download the game, you need to have an account on Humble Bundle and have your Steam linked with it. Afterwards, go to the F1 2015 store page on Humble Bundle and get it from there. Just add it to cart and check out. It’s free as salt.

Take note, that's a $40 value, going free.

You’re welcome.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

NVIDIA RTX Technology Realises Dream of Real-Time Cinematic Rendering

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NVIDIA today announced NVIDIA RTX™, a ray-tracing technology that brings real-time, cinematic-quality rendering to content creators and game developers.

NVIDIA RTX is the product of 10 years of work in computer graphics algorithms and GPU architectures. It consists of a highly scalable ray-tracing technology running on NVIDIA Volta architecture GPUs. Architected to support ray tracing through a variety of interfaces, NVIDIA partnered closely with Microsoft to enable full RTX support for applications that use Microsoft’s new DirectX® Raytracing (DXR) API. 

Long considered the definitive solution for realistic and life-like lighting, reflections and shadows, ray tracing offers a level of realism far beyond what is possible using traditional rendering techniques. Real-time ray tracing replaces a majority of the techniques used today in standard rendering with realistic optical calculations that replicate the way light behaves in the real world, delivering more life-like images.

“Real-time ray tracing has been a dream of the graphics industry and game developers for decades, and NVIDIA RTX is bringing it to life,” said Tony Tamasi, senior vice president of content and technology at NVIDIA. “GPUs are only now becoming powerful enough to deliver real-time ray tracing for gaming applications, and will usher in a new era of next-generation visuals.”

Ray tracing has been used for years to pre-render life-like worlds in movies. But until now, it has been too computationally demanding to be practical for real-time, interactive gaming, which requires fast frame rates and low latency. NVIDIA RTX overcomes those limitations. 

Broad Industry Support
“DirectX Raytracing is the latest example of Microsoft’s commitment toward enabling developers to create incredible experiences using cutting-edge graphics innovations,” said Max McMullen, development manager of Windows Graphics and AI at Microsoft. “Our close partnership with NVIDIA on DirectX Raytracing and NVIDIA’s RTX technology brings real-time ray tracing closer than ever for millions of gamers on Windows.”

Industry leaders such as 4A Games, Epic, Remedy Entertainment and Unity are featuring NVIDIA RTX in their technology demonstrations at this week’s Game Developers Conference, in San Francisco. They are showing how real-time ray tracing can provide amazing, life-like graphics in future games. And because RTX supports Microsoft DirectX Raytracing, the groundbreaking technology will be enjoyed by Windows users everywhere.

“The availability of NVIDIA RTX opens the door to make real-time ray tracing a reality,” said Kim Libreri, chief technology officer at Epic Games. “By making such powerful technology available to the game development community with the support of the new DirectX Raytracing API, NVIDIA is the driving force behind the next generation of game and movie graphics.”

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“Integrating NVIDIA RTX into our Northlight engine was a relatively straightforward exercise,” said Mikko Orrenmaa, technology team manager at Remedy Entertainment. “Developing exclusively on NVIDIA RTX, we were surprised just how quickly we were able to prototype new lighting, reflection and ambient occlusion techniques, with significantly better visual fidelity than traditional rasterization techniques. We are really excited about what we can achieve in the future with the NVIDIA RTX technology. Gamers are in for something special.”

Introducing GameWorks for Ray Tracing 
To allow game developers to take advantage of these new capabilities, NVIDIA also announced the NVIDIA GameWorks™ SDK will add a ray-tracing denoiser module. This suite of tools and NVIDIA RTX Technology Realises Dream of Real-Time Cinematic Rendering resources for developers will dramatically increase realism and shorten product cycles in titles developed using the new Microsoft DXR API and NVIDIA RTX. 

The upcoming GameWorks SDK — which will support Volta and future generation GPU architectures — enables ray-traced area shadows, ray-traced glossy reflections and ray-traced ambient occlusion.

With these capabilities, developers can create realistic, high-quality reflections that capture the scene around it and achieve physically accurate lighting and shadows. Making these capabilities available on an industry-standard platform like Microsoft DXR means every PC game developer will have access to levels of realism never before possible.

FuturE2D: Learning Beyond City

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Digital Education Institute (DEI) from Institute for Information Industry (III) join this year 2018 Smart City Summit & Expo (SCSE) at the Nangang Exhibition from March 27th to 30th. Naming “FuturE2D: Learning Beyond City” as parallel exhibition, covers 10 major topics relating to the development of intelligent cities which span early childhood education, K-12 education, adult and continuing education, youth entrepreneurship, lifelong education, unleashing potential, educational environments, and social innovation, offering you comprehensive solutions through an interactive experience approach.

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The 10 topics covered this year are:
(1) Build up Smart Campus: Advancing the smart campus industry and leading the world in innovative education development.

(2) Design Interactive Learning Contents: Transforming education through artificial intelligence to boost learning efficiency.

(3) Narrow the Gap between Urban and Rural Areas : Using ICT implementation for distance education.

(4) Enabling Teachers for Creativities: Nurturing a new generation of technology educators.

(5) Special Education Inspirational Learning: Enabling people to discover their limitless potential through the power of technology.

(6) Learning Interests for Seniors: Slowing mental decline, preventing dementia, and improving the quality of life of seniors.

(7) Reduce Unemployment : ICT and digital skills for better job opportunities.

(8) Salary Increases: Developing high-level interdisciplinary workers, increasing the wages of young people.

(9) Startup Incubation: Establishing a strategic co-creation paradigm to help youth entrepreneurship.

(10) Social Innovation Acceleration: Help organizations to create value through defining or revising their Corporate Social Responsibility.

FuturE2D also will featuring CCLMS, a key management system in the M-learning project of Taipei City Department of Education. CCLMS can help teachers to bring out the effects of M-learning, produce elite model lesson plans , and share teaching molds.

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Education is the foundation for developing intelligent cities, and education services encompass an extensive process of holistic growth. Technological advancements are continuing to accelerate our ability to optimize the quality of education services, and these advancements can be quickly copied and disseminated, ultimately leading to more effective, efficient, and beneficial education services.
On March 27 to 30, we welcome everyone visit us @ Taipei Nangang Exhibition Booth : J517A

Breaking the Record: Unprecedented International Scale in 2018 Smart City Summit & Expo

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Smart City Summit & Expo, Asias largest annual smart city tradeshow, will be held at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center in Taipei, Taiwan, March 27 to 30. Jointly organized by Taipei City Government, Taiwan Smart City Solutions Alliance, Taipei Computer Association, with government support from Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs, the four-day event will feature networking opportunities and educational seminars. More than 120 city governors and municipal officials are expected to attend the event. Around 300 delegates and representatives will be brought along to take part in the 2018 edition of Smart City Summit & Expo.

SCSE is a comprehensive business-to-business tradeshow for smart cities industries. This year, the fifth edition of SCSE is expected to host 1,200 buyers from over 50 countries. Compared to last edition, the number of municipal officials and representatives grew by an impressive rate of 120%, while business buyers grew by 18%. The 2018 SCSE features 210 exhibitors, 1,050 booths, as well as 63 forums and panel discussions, representing a 6.67% increase compared to last year. The event is expected to attract some 16,000 conference participants and 30,000 exhibition visitors, including an impressive number of international retailers.

The 2018 edition is characterized this year by the theme of "Building Smart Cities on the IoT". As cities around the world are aware of the huge potential of the Internet of Things (IoT), building more liveable, sustainable, and more efficient cities by transforming infrastructures with Internet of Things (IoT) solution is becoming a reality.

Smart City Summit & Expo intends to elaborate on the same topic as last year to further develop ideas on building smart cities based on the Internet of Things.

Smart City Summit & Expo 2018 will include 4 features:
1. The exhibition will showcase best innovative practices accelerated through cross-industry and cross-domain collaborations.

-      To set up a bigger stage for IoT innovations accelerated by cross-industry and cross-domain collaborations, this year’s exhibition will feature “Smart Healthcare Expo,” “Intelligent Building Expo,” and “Future Education Expo”. The vision is to turn SCSE into Asia’s largest smart city platform.

-      Smart Healthcare Expo (SHE) will feature:
-      1. Hospital Superintendents Conference: the conference event brings together more than 60 hospital directors from prestigious hospitals to discuss about international cooperation on healthcare services in Asia-Pacific and the experience exchange of smart hospital. Taiwans Smart hospital development. The participants will also be attending Declaration on International Cooperation in Smart Hospital.
-      2. Healthcare Interactive Pavilion: experience the interactive technology in healthcare. Healthcare Interactive Pavilion showcases various simulations of Smart Hospital applications, from general wards to operating rooms and Intensive Care Units and across care teams, inviting global suppliers and industry leaders such as Tatung Medical Healthcare Technologies Co., Qisda, Advantech Co., MiTAC Information Technology Corp., ASUS Life Corporation, iMedtac Company Limited to present innovations through hands-on, interactive demo-stations.
-      3. Intelligent Building Expo (IBE) will feature innovative applications which centred around community centers and smart homes. Asia Pacific Smart City and Intelligent Green Building Forum will feature high-profile keynote speakers travelling from Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, and China.
-      4. Future ED) will showcase applications of digital educational platforms applied in elementary schools as well as a panel discussion with invited speakers, including school staffs, school principals and teachers from Southeast Asian countries.

2. Discover an increased international exchange of new approaches, ideas and insights
This year 12 major cities are going to set up their city pavilions, including Kyoto, Japan; Catalonia, Spain; and cities from the UK, France, Australia, Hungary, Denmark, Israel, Poland, Russia, Mexico, Mongolia. For Taiwan’s key pavilions, county and city governments including Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Hualien and Yilan are setting up their independent pavilions. Taiwan’s Asian Silicon Valley project also invited 7 counties and cities to set up joint theme pavilions, creating a total of 15 highly anticipated theme pavilions for the event. Counties and cities will demonstrate some of the best smart city projects initiated by Taiwanese local governments. Among them, the Taipei City Government will exhibit with a scale of 42 booths as the biggest city vision theme pavilion.

3. A new space for business matching program will be set up
Registered attendees and overseas buyers, distributors, suppliers, manufacturers attending Smart City Summit & Expo 2018 will be able to enjoy the benefits of a new business matching space. The matching area being set up provides a business platform for buyers and sellers to make relevant connections and facilitate meetings, ultimately allowing them to maximize their networking opportunities at the event. Business visitors will have a chance to meet potential business partners from more than 50 countries across the world - from the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Australia, Russia, and many more, in addition to many more signing up for the matching services. The organizers designed the business matching program, made special arrangements, and set up an area for networking, meaning a step toward in creating opportunities for new development and infrastructure in building smart cities.

4. Global Organization of SMARTCITY -GO SMART Pre-launching Ceremony
To promote the exchange of experience in the construction of smart cities in various cities around the world, and experiment with the idea of creating cities as living labs, Taipei City is inviting cities such as New Taipei City, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan, and Kaohsiung, as well as cities of Japan, South Korea, Russia, Australia, UK, France, Greece, the Czech Republic, El Salvador to jointly organize and attend a "Global Organization of SMARTCITY." -GO SMART initiative Pre-launching Ceremony. The signing event attended by honorable guests will kickstart the initiative. The alliance will be entering into a preparation stage and hope to go into operation by next year before the 2019 edition of SCSE takes place.

HITMAN’s Sapienza Episode Goes Free

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Everyone’s talking about escaping the damning heat, but apparently you might want to jump further into it as HITMAN’s Sapienza episode in its sunny, scorching glory has gone free. You might want to hurry, though, as it’s more of a get-it-while-it’s-hot thing.

The HITMAN – Spring Pack, as IO Interactive is calling it, is now live for free on every platform it’s available on. You can find it on Xbox Live, PSN, Steam, heck, even the Windows Store if that’s your platform of choice.

Here’s a basic rundown on what fun you’ll have with the HITMAN Spring Pack:

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  • 2 story missions
  • 2 Escalation Contracts
  • 40+ Challenges
  • 17 achievements /  Trophies

Sapienza Location
  • ‘World of Tomorrow’ story mission
  • 12 Escalation Contracts
  • 20 levels of Sapienza Mastery (including 6 gear/weapon unlocks)
  • 120+ Challenges
  • 7 achievements / Trophies
  • Master Sniper Challenge Pack (rewards Jaeger 7 Covert Sniper Rifle)
  • Plumber’s Apprentice Challenge Pack (rewards Claw Hammer melee weapon)
  • Professional Difficulty Level for Sapienza
  • Future Re-activated Elusive Targets in Sapienza

*Please note that the HITMAN Spring Pack does not include any of the missions or content from the Bonus Episode.

Once again, you may want to hurry. You’ll only have until April 3rd to get it. That is plenty of time, indeed. But if you’re out for a vacation and you didn’t bring your laptop with you (for only god knows why you didn’t), good luck.

Source | IO Interactive

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Transcend Reveals Brand New StoreJet 25M3G and 25M3S Slim Military-Grade Rugged Portable Hard Drives

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Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend), a leading manufacturer of storage and multimedia products, is proud to introduce the StoreJet 25M3G (Military Green) and 25M3S (Iron Grey) as the latest addition to its M3 series Military-Grade Shock Resistance portable hard drives. It features Transcend's award winning three-stage shock protection enclosure but is 10% lighter and 20% thinner than other previous models in the M3 series. The StoreJet 25M3G and 25M3S comes available capacity of up to 2TB and it adopts USB 3.1 Gen1 interface, offering an incredible transfer rate that is 10 times faster than USB 2.0.

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Award-Winning Shock Protection in Lighter, Thinner Package
Both the StoreJet 25M3G and 25M3S features Transcend's award winning three-stage shock protection enclosure that includes a silicone rubber case, internal shock-absorbing suspension damper, and reinforced hard casing to provide optimum protection for the hard drive. The three-stage shock protection system has been tested vigorously and it meets the MIL-STD-810G 516.6 U.S military drop-test standards to ensure your important data is fully protected.

It also comes in a thinner and lighter package, weighing 45g lighter and 2.7mm thinner than the StoreJet 25M3, while retaining the iconic shock protection design. This allows greater convenience and portability, which makes the StoreJet 25M3G and 25M3S the perfect companion for those who is always on the go.

Exceptional Transfer Speed with High Capacity
Enjoy peace of mind with high speed and high capacity on-the-go storage solution with StoreJet 25M3G and 25M3S. By adopting the USB 3.1 Gen1 interface, the StoreJet 25M3G and 25M3S is capable of transfer Rate that is 10 times faster than a USB 2.0 interface storage device. With capacity of up to 2TB, the StoreJet 25M3G and 25M3S can store up to 976,000 photos of 2MB each, 488,000 MP3 files of 4 minutes long with 128Kbps quality, or DVD quality video up to 880 hours.

Easy Backup and Reconnect with A Single Touch
The StoreJet 25M3G and 25M3S is equipped with a very convenient multifunctional button which allows you to instantly backup your data with a single press. Unlike most portable hard drive backup solutions out there, the One Touch Backup requires only one first-time setup to work. The button also acts as a reconnect button so that you can reconnect the device to your computer without having to unplug and reinsert it.

Exclusive Data Management and Data Recovery Software
For additional value, Transcend’s offers its exclusive data management and data recovery software - Transcend Elite and RecoveRx, with no additional cost. Both the software features a user-friendly interface that allows users manage their backup or recover lost data with ease.

Transcend Elite allows you to perform data backup on local device or cloud storage with minimal hassle. It can even protect your file with a powerful 256-bit AES encryption so that your data are kept safe from any from unauthorized access. RecoveRx allows you to easily recover virtually any type of digital files from your storage devices in the event of accidental erasure or data corruption. Furthermore, RecoveRx supports memory card formatting and data protection functions, providing users a convenient tool for managing any Transcend memory card.

The StoreJet 25M3S and 25M3G comes available in capacities of 1TB and 2TB respectively and is backed by Transcend’s 3-Year Limited Warranty.

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