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New Generation of ECS LIVA to be Unveiled at COMPUTEX 2019

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Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), the global leading motherboard, Mini-PC, Notebook, mobile device and smart city solution provider, is proud to announce the participation of the “2019 Computex Taipei” at Nangang Exhibition Center HALL 1, L0118 (4F), from May 28 to June 1. ECS will present our advanced IoT and AI solutions and ECS new LIVA mini PC to provide a preview of the premium experience of total solution.

ECS LIVA Mini PC- a preview of the premium experience of smart solutions.

The energy efficient multi-functional Mini PC designed for various smart solutions. The Mini PC Family including mini-size Q series, cost-efficient X series, energy saving Z series, AI built-in M series and high-performance LIVA One series for different applications, such as smart retail with facial recognition for digital signage, smart conferencing for business intelligent, edge computing for AI solutions and home entertainment for light gaming demands and so on. The new LIVA SF-110 A320 built with powerful processor, designed for your home entertainment and light gaming demands. Moreover, as digital signage is a fundamental component of corporate relations and business in the workplace. LIVA offers a wide range of 4K display solution to meet the desire of applications that require the highest in pixel density. It can integrate with digital signage, and successfully used in smart retail solution, transportation and warehouse etc.

The LIVA Edge Computing PC with Intel® OpenVINO™ 

ECS will introduce the new generation of our LIVA Mini PCs at Computex 2019. ECS will also present multiple LIVA Mini PC smart solution on site. LIVA Mini PC features an environmentally friendly design, which significantly improves the effect of energy-saving power. It conveyed the spirit of LIVA brand eco-friendly - living for a better life. The new generation of LIVA PC with AI engine Intel® OpenVINO™ built-in, features low power consumption design, 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity to provide the live-streaming analytics solution through real-time artificial intelligence. It supports CNN-based deep learning inference at the edge and data execution across computer vision accelerators. 

The New Generation of LIVA Mini PC-Z3 plus with Amazon Alexa 

ECS will also launch the LIVA Mini PC Z3 plus with Alexa built-in to deliver a premium voice activated experience. With ECS Sirocco, a battery-powered voice access point to wirelessly extend voice in entire space, Sirocco will respond to you instantly by connecting Amazon Alexa. The LIVA Z3 plus with Alexa built-in, allow you to play music instantly, check the news and weather, control smart home devices, and access tens of thousands of Alexa skills – all you have to do is ask, relax and enjoy your personal assistant bring you to a better way of living!  

ECS Smart Charging Solutions 

While the Electric vehicles grow fast, how to satisfy the increasing need of EV charging is also our focused service. 

ECS will showcase our LIVA™ Smart Charger on site. Our LIVA™ Smart AC Charger can be deployed as a standalone unit or in a cluster of many chargers sharing the same power source with intelligent load management via IOT.ON Cloud operating system. LIVA™ Smart AC Charger features plug-n-Charge, and secured payment via multiple truncation methods, central management for a range of advanced features for the site or fleet owners and integrated with renewable energy sources.

ECS AIoT Intelligent Edge in Logistics and Energy  

From increasing fleet productivity and sustainability to improving the efficiency of operations and optimizing energy utilization, how to help our clients to simply adopt our AIoT Intelligent Edge solution in Logistics and energy domain is our mission. 

We are excited to announce our intelligent edge solution this year. Our solutions including smart edge gateways which fetch the IoT data and communicate with our cloud system to assist users to manage between devices and roles, also gain customized insights. Moreover, the pre-installed industrial ECS Edge BuilderTM enables the customized industrial microservices. Digital twins’ technologies are helping to overcome vertical adoption challenges and deliver new benefits.

We will showcase two main applications, one is Real-time Asset tracking solution in collaboration with Intel connected Logistics Platform. This monitoring could involve knowing if perishable goods – such food and flowers – or pharmaceuticals were exposed to heat that could spoil the product, or if excessive vibration on the road has damaged sensitive equipment. Another is Solar Management System which can monitor the renewable status and visualize the energy consumption which can help site owners to allocate the sustainable power with existing power source.

ECS Connected Mobility Solution for EV Cars

The ECS Connected Mobility Solution™ which offers various solution segments to optimize the driving pleasure and safety of your Electric Vehicle (EV) with more efficient, sustainable and cost-effective product categories. Smart Cockpit Solution integrates the advanced technologies and driver oriented human machine interface to create a seamless connection between Human (Driver & Passenger), Vehicle and Road with deeply thinking in safety, connectivity, information and Entertainment while you in your journey. ADAS Solution is a camera-based passive driver assistance system solution which include basic wide-angle HD 6ch BSV camera box to 360 surround view with DVR system, FCW / LDW / PCW are available as well in this category.   

Smart Classroom Solution -Leveraging technology to transform the teaching and learning landscape

ECS’s Smart Classroom solutions combine collaborative learning technology with diverse mobile devices, which promote interactive exploration of learning concepts and foster critical thinking and deeper understanding. Our Smart Classroom solutions include student devices, teacher device, wireless Access Point and interactive whiteboard for deploying intuitive and technology enhanced learning spaces that ensure more streamlined planning and efficient reform to achieve effective change that works towards improving student outcomes. With purpose-built education features of student devices, 76cm drop resistance, IP52 dust/water resistant, retractable carry handle, rotational camera and stylus, ECS’s Smart Classroom solutions help students to improve the way their active learning.

ECS will also present our CMAP (Content Management Access Point), a WiFi storage device that allows up to 50 simultaneous connections in classroom to stream huge numbers of video files, documents and data, allowing student to access it from anywhere any time before lecture so they can have more time to do hands-on activities in class. Our Smart Classroom Solution, leverage our extensive experience to deliver learning solutions that enhance interactivity and comprehension.

Smite Datamining: More Information on the First God from the Yoruba Pantheon

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African gods are coming to Smite!
With Smite's sneak peek of their 2019 God Plan, it is highly expected that the Yoruba Pantheon will come out after the release of Horus and Seth. In fact, early datamining finds Olorun, the Supreme Being of the Yoruba to be the first god of that pantheon.

Who is Olorun?
Aside from being one of the chief gods of the Yoruba, Olorun is the ruler of the heavens and is considered the creator god. Aside from that, Olorun is also a sun god.

Smite 6 R5 Neo Olmypia Datamining gives more information of this god in the game. With the passive skill of Olorun, he is being perceived as the first hybrid god to do critical hits with magical damage. There are talks before of having a magical assassin and perhaps we will see it now in Olorun. As datamined, the below are the possibilities on how he is able to magically crit:

  • Olorun is a mage with the ability of making basic attack crits.
  • Olorun is a mage with the ability of making crits (Skill based or basic attacks)
  • Olorun is a mix of Magical power & Physical power, being the first hybrid god.
  • Olorun is Physical power based (assassin) but scales somehow with magical power so you can build him magical for crits or physical for damage.

His basic attack is a projectile and his passive has different properties:
  • Minimun Magical Power: 100
  • Starting Crit Chance: 10%
  • Critical Chance per Magical Power: 0.10
  • Max Crit Chance: 60%

Either way, Olorun may be the first hybrid god. However, as datamining goes, this should be taken with a grain of salt as there may be changes along the way. Though it's kind of bad not to see Olorun being a magical assassin.

For more information on Smite 6 R5 Neo Olmypia Datamining and Olorun's abilities, check:


Grab Sims 4 for Free on Origin Right Now

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The games on EA’s Origin doesn’t usually go on sale, and when they do, you’d probably hard pressed to get them especially if you’re already subscribed to Origin Access. But now, EA wants to make good as it makes The Sims 4 free. 

To get the game, simply launch Origin and either search for The Sims 4 or browse for it. Oh, and just in case you get some issues like we did (like it being limited as a gift offer to someone else in your friends list), we suggest add the game to your wishlist and get it from there.

The offer lasts for 6 days and 8 hours at the time of writing. That’s easily enough time to get you started on a free game. It’s yours to own to, and you can shell out for some neato DLC if you want.

Source | Origin

Spawn #300: History in the Making and a Bunch of Surprises!

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Hellspawn fans rejoice!
Created in 1992 by Todd McFarlane, Spawn is running in the comic book industry for almost 27 years now. Spawn just proves that a character doesn't have to be a part of a big comic publishing industry to stay alive and kickin.' In fact, Spawn is now one of the longest-running creator-owned comics in the world.

As Spawn celebrates this upcoming momentous event in comic book history, McFarlane has a lot of surprises to it's fans.

Comic Book
Issue 300 will be 72 pages long! The cover above is a tribute/parody of McFarlane's own cover for  the Amazing Spiderman #300. This issue will also feature 12 covers.

The Team
What's really amazing for Issue 300 is the reunion of Todd McFarlane and Greg Capullo. The tandem will work together once again for the first time in 18 years. Other notable artists that will contribute to the issue are Jason Shawn Alexander, J. Scott Campbell, and Jerome Opeña. Scott Snyder will also contribute in this issue.

Other Surprises
It's a big 2019 for Spawn, not only for this historic 300th issue but also because Todd McFarlane finalizes the screenplay of a Spawn film. It may only be a matter of time before we can see the Hellspawn in the big screen!

Spawn #300 is due out August 29.

Cover above by Todd McFarlane/Image Comics 

Transcend Announces the ESD350C Portable SSD

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Transcend Information Inc., a leading manufacturer of storage and multimedia products, is pleased to announce the release of its new Portable SSD, the ESD350C. Featuring a USB Type-C port and supporting the USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface, the drive delivers unrivaled performance and can be used with devices equipped with USB Type-C or USB Type-A ports. The ESD350C comes in large capacities for effortless storage expansion and is compact, portable, and shock-resistant.

Surprising transfers speeds
The ESD350C is equipped with the USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface with the support of UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol), delivering blazing-fast transfer speeds of up to 1,050MB/s, meaning that even 4K resolution videos transfer instantly. The ESD350C is compatible with desktops, laptops, on-the-go (OTG) mobile devices*, as well as gaming consoles, providing the perfect expansion with its large capacity and speedy file-transfer capabilities.
*Note: Requires on-the-go functionality

Rugged with style
The ESD350C comes in an elegant, navy blue silicone rubber case that's ruggedized and shock-resistant, flaunting both sportiness and class. Extra compact and portable, the palm-sized ESD350C is the perfect pocket-sized storage companion.

All the right features
The ESD350C comes pre-formatted in the exFAT file system, and provides storage capacity of up to 960GB, ensuring plenty of backup space. This device is perfect for saving high-resolution photos, 4K resolution videos, and other multimedia files. The ESD350C also delivers excellent cooling performance so that it remains cool to the touch even when working hard. The SSD comes equipped with both a USB Type-C and USB Type-C to Type-A cable, so it can be used with legacy as well as new devices.

Exclusive Transcend Elite software
Transcend Elite is an advanced software package compatible with macOS, Windows OS, and Android systems that helps users manage data. A free download from Transcend's official website, Transcend Elite features backup and restore, data encryption, and cloud backup functions.

Transcend's ESD350C portable SSD is available in 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities. Also included in the package are a USB Type-C cable as well as a USB Type-C to Type-A cable. All Transcend's portable SSDs are backed by a Three-year limited warranty.

Latest Nokia smartphones now in the Android Recommended Programme

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HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today announced that it now offers the largest and most-diverse range of “best-in-business” smartphones on Android™ with the addition of three new devices. The Nokia 9 PureView, Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 3.2 (3/32GB) join 11 other Nokia smartphones that have been validated as part of the Android Enterprise Recommended programme, which offers great enterprise user experience in devices that have evolved for diverse business needs. 

The Android Enterprise Recommended programme gives business customers confidence that smartphones validated by the programme have been approved by Google to meet objective business standards. These standards include an elevated set of specifications for hardware, software, deployment into company IT systems, security updates and user experience. The programme sets a benchmark for strong user experience in a variety of enterprise use cases, enabling businesses to make easier and smarter choices for their smartphone selections. 

According to a recent market research* by HMD Global, 98 percent of interviewed enterprises in EU5 (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom) say the Android Enterprise Recommended programme impacts their choice of devices, with more than 50 percent saying that they choose only Android Enterprise Recommended smartphones.

Following the announcement of the three new Nokia smartphones at the Mobile World Congress 2019, HMD Global is pleased to announce that all three are now Android Enterprise Recommended. These include:

Nokia 9 PureView – the world’s first smartphone with a unique five-camera array 
Nokia 4.2 – brings cutting-edge design, a dedicated Google Assistant button1 and AI experiences in imaging to a more accessible tier
Nokia 3.2 – offers an industry-leading display with two-day battery life2 and allows users to explore the power of voice with the dedicated Google Assistant button1

Andrej Sonkin, GM Enterprise Business, HMD Global:
“The development of our Android Enterprise Recommended smartphone offering has followed a path defined by the needs of businesses for secure, long-lasting devices that engage and excite a diverse range of users. Our enterprise-grade smartphones now power secure smartphone mobility for more than 50 organisations around the world. We’ve earned our pedigree supplying smartphones for leading European enterprises that are seeking devices that evolve with their needs and get better with time.”

Security, experience and evolution designed for the enterprise
Harnessing the power of Android One, Nokia smartphones deliver a seamless experience, free from bloatware and with only a small curated set of pre-installed apps. Paired with the premium design and trusted build quality that can be expected of a Nokia phone, the portfolio also delivers superior engineering for every business budget. 

Enterprises that have already chosen Nokia’s Android Enterprise Recommended devices agree:

Are: “Two years of guaranteed Android OS updates was a key reason for us to switch to Nokia smartphones.”
SAP: “Security was one of the key reasons we chose Nokia smartphones.”
Mukava: “Our customers handle sensitive data. The up-to-date security promise of Nokia phones is an important factor for us.”
Yorkshire Building Society: “The excellent price-value equation of the Nokia 7 Plus and the fast delivery of security patches on Nokia smartphones for three years are the reasons we picked it.”
Ineco: “Nokia devices provide high-quality solutions that cover all our expectations, and their hand-in-hand support throughout our project has given us true added value.”

A superior experience that just keeps getting better
Nokia smartphones are changing the ownership paradigm for end users and enterprises alike. It is no longer only about out-of-the-box device specs but about how the user experience evolves over time with updates and upgrades. For Nokia smartphones in the Android Enterprise Recommended and Android One programmes, this means a more secure experience that just keeps getting better through the latest updates and innovations from Google. 

From the ability to easily switch work apps on and off depending on an employee’s needs to adding new security capabilities to protect what is important, Nokia smartphones have an unmatched track record of keeping up-to-date with the latest innovations. This evolving and adaptive user experience makes work life easier, more productive and more cost effective.

With the introduction of features such as Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness to respond to individual user needs and with two-day battery life2 across multiple price points, the Nokia smartphone range has been designed to make both IT and end users happy. Alongside the enterprise-focused features, each device in the portfolio offers personal experiences for individual users, making it a work phone that fans will love. 

Nokia smartphones on the Android Enterprise Recommended programme:

Nokia 3.1 (32GB): PHP 6,990

Nokia 3.1 Plus: PHP 9,990
Nokia 3.2 (32GB): Not available in PH market
Nokia 4.2: Not available in PH market
Nokia 5.1:  Not available in PH market
Nokia 5.1 Plus: PHP 12,990
Nokia 6.1: PHP 14,990
Nokia 6.1 Plus: PHP 15,990
Nokia 7 Plus: PHP 15,990
Nokia 7.1: Not available in PH market
Nokia 8 *: PHP 21,990
Nokia 8 Sirocco: Not available in PH market
Nokia 8.1: Not available in PH market
Nokia 9 PureView: Not available in PH market

*Not part of the Android Family

OMG!!! It's DedSec! Watchdogs 3 Gameplay Details and Release Date Rumors

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Will we see more of DedSec? 
For a couple of months now, there are several rumors circulating around the internet on what Watchdogs 3 will be like. These rumors are now gaining a strong foothold on what gamers should expect for Watchdogs 3 and perhaps, these are more of a sneak peek than just rumors.

The lead character will be played by a lady named Sarah, who is half-Asian, half-English. Her character will be quite in contrast with Marcus Holloway from Watchdogs 2 as Sarah is working for a counter-terrorist organization that targets hacker groups. Her mission is to infiltrate and expose their doings. 

The game is set in a near-future Cyberpunk-ish London.

Parkour, which has been improved to have a more fluid feel, is still in the game, however this time, players can also skate and do graffiti. Players won't be able to use lethal weapons and can only utilize tasers and batons. Side missions will include shutting down drug dens. Players can also join or stop mob riots.

Release Date
The game is rumored to be released in November 2019.

Are you excited for Watchdogs 3?

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