Friday, September 22, 2017

Institute for Information Industry Gathers International and Domestic STEAM Strength to Realize Future Education Dreams

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In the trend of STEAM education and computational thinking, Digital Education Institute (DEI) of Institute for Information Industry in Taiwan (III) held the event of “TalenTech 2017” from September 10th to 12th with the support of Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs. This event includes the international conferences, exhibition and workshops to discuss the innovative talent cultivation models in light of the most important assets in this generation, talents.

Early this year, DEI of III held FuturE2D, the competition of innovative STEAM lesson plans, to introduce the successful model of the collaboration between learning and industry. Following the success of FuturE2D, the organizer, DEI, invited the smart education industry to participate in the FuturE2D Workshop during the event. Some of the local companies showcase their innovative and technical products which devoted into education, learning, and students entertainment. K&H showed how to combine Lego and Arduino to move the robotic arms; Quest Cloud utilized interactive digital materials and games to play the Room Escape Game. In addition, Mototuino’s smart fans, Hello Maker’s mini-lightsabers, XYZprinting’s 3D printing and Webduino’s IoT magic show revealed the vitality and comprehensiveness of the smart education industry in Taiwan.

FuturE2D Workshop has attracted the attention of domestic and international schools, education institutes, parents and students and their participation, like the teacher and students of Cheung Sha Wan Catholic Secondary School in Hong Kong. While the participants were learning in the workshops, overseas schools also joined the activities with the interactive real-time online broadcasting, like Hong Kong Baptist Rainbow Primary School, Hong Kong Buddhist to Chi Fat She Yeung Yat Lam Memorial School, Sam Min Independent Secondary School in Malaysia, Jakarta Taipei School and etc.

Dr. John Liao, the director of DEI of III expressed that the move of the new generations kept going and we could not sit and wait. In this feast of educational technology, III has invited the distinguished guests, like Mr. Kenn Ross of Minerva School at KGI from USA, Principal Okuhira of N High School from Japan, and Mr. Erwin Huang, CEO of WebOrganic from Hong Kong, to share their experiences of innovative education and their opinions about the trends.  

Moreover, the event also witnessed the birth of FuturE2D Alliance, which has the participation of speakers, Mr. Gatot Pramono, the director from Ministry of Education and Culture Affairs of Indonesia, Ms. Dana Abu-Goura, the managing director of Islamic Cultural Society-Islamic Educational College, Principal Chu Tsz Wing, the representative from Hong Kong AiTLE Association of I.T. Leaders in Education, Mr. Joe Chen, the founder of Future School Alliance Limited, Mr. Jacky Yau, the director of the Robot Institute of Hong Kong, Ms. Ling Hung, the senior development manager of HKedCity, Mr. Albert Wong, the director from CTM Macao and etc.


The YouTube clips of International Smart Learning Conference, Innovative Operation for Education Conference and 21 workshops can be accessed to by clicking into the following link: http://www.epark.org.tw/2017_digital_taipei/e_live.html. For more information about the event, please go to the FB website (https://www.facebook.com/IIIEDU.ILC/).

NVIDIA Announces Game Ready for Project Cars 2, Holds Massive Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Giveaway, and More

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Having the best possible quality for a game at launch is important, and it becomes even more important in VR titles. Gameplay issues or bugs can break immersion and ruin a VR experience. Our long-running Game Ready driver programme delivers the best possible experience by optimizing performance and latency, which is especially important for smooth, stutter-free Virtual Reality gameplay. Today’s Game Ready Driver will provide the best VR experience for Project Cars 2, and  EVE Valkyrie: Warzone, which both support traditional and VR gameplay, as well as the From Other Suns open beta.

Game Ready on Launch Day for PC Games
Available on or before launch day, NVIDIA Game Ready Drivers provide the best experience for GeForce gamers in these titles because NVIDIA engineers work up until the last possible minute to optimise performance and perfect gameplay.  And as an additional verification of quality, every Game Ready Driver is WHQL-certified by Microsoft. This Game Ready Driver provides the optimal gaming experience for Project Cars 2, Call of Duty: WWII open beta, Total War: WARHAMMER II, Forza Motorsport 7, EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone, FIFA 18, Raiders of the Broken Planet, and Star Wars Battlefront 2 open beta.

Raiders of the Broken Planet gets ShadowPlay Highlights and Ansel, and Paragon gets Highlights
Another important aspect of NVIDIA Game Ready drivers is that at they are often used as a delivery mechanism to add new features for our GeForce users. This Game Ready driver adds support for NVIDIA ShadowPlay Highlights and NVIDIA Ansel in the new game Raiders of the Broken Planet. Paragon players can now use ShadowPlay Highlights, too. 

EVE Valkyrie: Warzone gets MRS in the Desktop Version
EVE Valkyrie: Warzone supports Multi-Res Shading (MRS) from the NVIDIA VRWorks SDK in both the desktop and VR version of the game. MRS is an innovative new rendering technique for VR whereby each part of an image is rendered at a resolution that better matches the pixel density of the warped image. Multi-Res Shading uses our multi-projection architecture to render multiple scaled viewports in a single pass, delivering substantial performance improvements. EVE Valkyrie: Warzone is only the second game to support MRS on the desktop, improving performance by up to 51%.

Game Ready to Play Call of Duty: WWII BETA

You only get one chance to make a first impression, and games are no exception. NVIDIA works hard to make every game’s first impression a good one, even if the game is still in development. With that in mind, today’s Game Ready Driver includes support for the open beta of Call of Duty: WWII.  Game Ready drivers aim to support all major milestones for games meaning we’re always working to bring you the best experience every time you game. As titles continue to evolve with new content and features through patches and DLC, so will our drivers.

Outlast + Whistleblower DLC Goes Free on Humble Bundle for a Limited Time

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Giving away free games is kind of a regular thing at the moment with Humble Bundle now. We’ve recently had the first season of The Walking Dead, Psychonauts, and recently, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee. Now, it seems the latest giveaway will be just in time before Holloween. Outlast, including its Whistleblower DLC goes free on Humble Bundle, but only for a limited time.

At the time of writing, you still have 1 day 17 hours and 18 minutes to grab Outlast plus its DLC. Do take note here, its original price is $29.98, so this is a very, very good deal if you still haven’t tried it out, or you pirated it.


It’s a bad day to not have the internet, so hopefully you guys can read this. 

Source | Humble Bundle

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Resident Evil 7: Not a Hero DLC Gets New Gameplay Video Starring Chris Redfield

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Whelp. After the long wait, it seems Capcom is gearing up for Resident Evil 7’s Not a Hero DLC that features Chris Redfield. For those who haven’t played Resident Evil 7 yet, talking about our boy here may become a bit spoiler-y. So, be warned.


Capcom unveiled the gameplay trailer for the DLC during TGS 2017, and it’s action packed as it can get. Chris’ campaign follows after the events of Resident Evil 7. Now, that’s a bit unfair to the zombies, amirite?

If you guys remember, he went on to rescue Ethan Winters during his fight with Evelyn, giving him the Albert-01 handgun that could be a shoutout to Wesker. Chris’ path would most likely follow his hunt for Lucas Baker, judging from what happened right before the end of the game.


The Resident Evil 7: Not a Hero DLC will be available on December 12 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC for free if you already have the base game.

Transcend Offers Advice on Selecting the Right Dashcam for You

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The dashcam, or dashboard camera, has become an essential vehicle accessory primarily because of solid evidence that it aids with self-protection. Transcend Information Inc., a leading manufacturer of storage and multimedia products, has come up with DrivePro dash cam products which live up to the brand’s stellar reputation for quality, reliability and affordability. As the industry expands, consumers enjoy more options with dashcams coming in different shapes and with diverse features. Here is Transcend’s advice to shed some light on how to select the right dashcam for your needs.

1)            Image Sensor
Image sensor captures the light coming in through the lens to form a digital image. The larger the image sensor, the greater number of pixels it contains, meaning the more light it receives to produce clearer images with less noise.

2)            Field of view
The most common field of view found among dashcams is 120 degrees to 140 degrees. While a larger field of view means more imagery is captured, this comes at the cost of distortion and decreased resolution, particularly around the edges. Therefore, a wider angular field of view isn't necessarily better.

3)            Resolution
Resolution determines image clarity. At a minimum, 1080P Full HD is recommended to ensure that details, such as license plates, are captured clearly. High resolution is also useful for better clarity of zoom-in images.

4)            Frame rate
Frame rate, commonly referred to as frames per second (FPS), indicates the number of frames or images taken per second to make up a video. A rate of 30fps or faster is sufficient for smooth video; 20fps or lower has noticeable flicker or choppiness.

5)            Battery
An inbuilt battery in a dashcam allows time to save a video file when the car engine turns off. It allows presets to be retained, such that power failure does not result in a return to default settings, such as time and date.

6)            APP & Wi-Fi
As dashcams are made in a discreet form factor without a display screen, built-in Wi-Fi brings greater convenience when working with the exclusive app on mobile devices. You can set up your dashcam directly via your mobile device, and share snapshots and videos instantly.

7)            GPS
GPS can precisely locate your position anywhere in the world. Dashcams with a GPS receiver can log coordinates, date, and time into recorded video footage, useful when you call for help but are unsure of your location.

8)            Memory card included
A good memory card is key to storing critical evidence. Some dash cam units come with a memory card while for others you’ll have to buy it separately. Dashcams are write-intensive, so a high-endurance memory card preferably made of MLC-based NAND flash is recommended for greater stability and reliability.

Using the advice above, you should be able to shop for a dashcam on your own and find one that’s more than satisfactory. But if you’re feeling lost, here is Transcend’s recommended dashcams for any needs.

Do you want to record both inside and outside your car? If you want to record what is happening behind or inside your vehicle as well as record the road in front of you, Transcend’s DrivePro 520 dual-lens dashcam will be the best option for you. It includes two video lens and records from both of these lenses at the same time.

And if you want to have an advanced dashcam with comprehensive protection, Transcend’s DrivePro 230 is right for you. It balances essential features with a multitude of topnotch add-ons, such as SONY Image Sensor, Lane Departure Warning System, Forward Collision Warning System, Parking Mode, GPS Conditions, and Emergency Recording.

The middle of the range – the DrivePro 200 – is probably the best combination of price and value. It comes with an extra wide 160° viewing angle, resolution of 1920x1080p (30fps), and a row of 7 glass lenses to ensure your trip is recorded in high clarity.

If you do plan to drive at night, then be sure to invest in a dash cam with good night vision. Transcend's DrivePro 130/110 dashcam utilizes a Sony image sensor to provide high-resolution images with extremely fine tonal gradation even in low light.

The DrivePro 50 is Transcend’s most compact model with those essential features you need in a dash camera. It has no LCD screen to distract you while you're driving and the free DrivePro App allows you to stream, play back, and download videos, or adjust settings directly from your iOS or Android device with wireless connectivity.


Known for its high quality flash memory cards, Transcend bundles every DrivePro dashcam with a High Endurance memory card built with top-tier MLC NAND flash chips, providing consistent long-life durability and endurance. You do not need to spend extra money and effort in seeking a compatible and reliable flash card to make your dashcam work. What’s more, the full range of DrivePro dashcams is backed by Transcend’s 2-year Limited Warranty, whereas most dash cams are covered for 1 year only. This reflects Transcend’s confidence in the high quality of production and product performance.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

MSI Philippines Joins the World of Consumer Electronics Expo 2017

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MSI Gaming will be participating in the  World Consumer Electronics Expo organized by WorldBex this September 21 to 24, 2017 at World Trade Center, Pasay City. 11am to 6pm, at the Halls A, B, and C. The admission is free.  MSI Booth is located at 212.

WOCEE a four-day business-to-consumer trade expo showcases the latest technological innovations from here and abroad. To introduce the Filipino consumer market and enables visitors from across the country to navigate, explore, to see, feel and hear first-hand exciting consumer electronics in terms of features. From personal electronics — personal computing, virtual reality gear, mobility — to revolutionize the technology industry with the state-of-the-art IT systems and products.

The venue is open for free to consumers, entrepreneurs, gamers, technology enthusiasts, professionals and also students can cultivate the experience also into your homes as WOCEE 2017 will be turn into a huge department store lets them purchase all their technology needs. Micro-Star International (MSI Gaming) itself will be selling and bid certain units on the event.

WOCEE will be also the host of other events inside the venue that is specifically to educate consumers, students and visitors on site. This includes series of seminars on the latest technology trends, Tech Product Forum Discussion, Product demonstration and launch.

Micro-Star International (MSI Gaming) has booth located at 212, and during these 4 days, visit MSI booth and check out and Enjoy the Big saving with MSI Exclusive Sale plus get MSI Premium Items for free when one purchase an eligible MSI Notebook, not only sale but MSI will be holding an Auction sale promotion “Bid & Own a MSI Laptop”.

For the Bid & Own MSI Laptop, just follow the below mechanics;
1.            Minimum 10 bidders per Auction Sale session.
2.            Registration required on-site.
3.            Bid Starts at Php 5,000-
4.            Minimum Bid increment is Php 500-
5.            Eligible MSI Notebook Models for Auction Sale is for cash payment only

6.            Bidding schedule:


DATE
TIME
MODELS
22-Sep-17
2:00 PM
CX62 7QL-014PH
4:00 PM
CX62 7QL-014PH
6:00 PM
CX62 7QL-014PH
23-Sep-17
2:00 PM
GP72 6QF LEOPARD PRO-850PH
4:00 PM
GL62 6QE-1045PH
6:00 PM
GP72 6QF LEOPARD PRO-850PH

Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee Goes Free to Celebrate its 20th Year

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If you’ve been checking out Humble Bundle lately, they’ve been giving free titles that could easily be worth your time. The Walking Dead Season 1 and Psychonauts were up for grabs, and it seems this is going to be a weekly thing for them. Now, they’re giving away Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee for free!

Yeah, you probably played this classic back during the PSX days, and you may have looked at the remake entitled Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty for current gen platforms to relive the good old days.


By the way, it’s also available for free on GOG and Steam, so you can head to its respective store page if you prefer their platform. Furthermore, titles in the Oddworld franchise are also on sale on Steam, so you might want to head there if you’re a big fan of the series.

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