October can be a month for tricks, but also for treats. And this month we’ve got one of the latter for our Alienware customers – our new Alienware 15 and Alienware 17 notebooks started shipping last Friday! The product pages just went live last week, and you can read all the details and finally place your order. The Alienware 15 is available at $1,349.99, with the Alienware 17 at $1,499,99; each with awesome VR-ready configurations. Now that’s what we call a sweet deal.Alienware notebooks are the gold standard for mobile gaming, offering a counterpoint to our award-winning line of desktops. What can you expect from Alienware 15, 17 and, coming in November, the new Alienware 13? Sure they’re thinner than ever before, increasing their portability. Sure our new notebooks incorporate advanced materials for better thermal management allowing you to play those all night gaming sessions. But most importantly, with their graphics driven by the top of the line NVIDIA GTX GeForce 10 series, their improved power and performance make the entire Alienware family of notebooks VR ready, a significant milestone in our history of innovation that further accentuates our 20th anniversary this year.So let’s talk performance. In our lab, we broke down some of the details to show our improvements over the previous generation. When we look at the new Alienware 17 and compare its 10-Series graphics to the previous generation (comparing NVIDIA’S GeForce GTX 1060 vs their 970M) we’re talking up to 60% performance increase in Fire Strike graphics score and up to 51 percent performance increase in 3DMark 2011 Extreme.1 For the Alienware 15 generation comparison (again that’s the new GTX 1060 vs the 970M) you get up to 57 percent better performance in Fire Strike graphics score and up to a 56% increase in 3DMark 2011 Extreme.2 You add in peak performance from Intel’s Skylake processors (don’t worry, Kaby Lake will be here soon) and you have a gaming powerhouse that can handle just about anything you throw at it.Balancing superior gaming performance with portability, Alienware 15 is the perfect way to make your world – and the alien worlds you want to explore – VR ready. Coming standard with a 15.6” FHD, IPS Anti-Glare, 300-nits display that makes gaming outdoors during the day crystal clear, its options include FHD 120Hz display with NVIDIA G-Sync for incredibly smooth, synchronized frame rates during those intense squad battles all in UHD IGZO for 4k resolutions. Its new Alienware TactX™ keyboard also introduces optimized RGB LED lighting, will last for up to 10 million keystrokes and each key providing a full 2.2mm of gaming-grade travel.The ultimate mobile gaming notebook, the new Alienware 17 offers full-throttle excitement, with maximum screen size, performance and immersion. Our flagship notebook gains more power with overclocked Intel Core i7 k-series processors and DDR4 memory running up to 2667 Mhz – more than enough power to handle any multiplayer battles filling the screen with action and mayhem. The notebook will look sweet as well with a sleek anti-smudge finish along with easier access to all internal components. Need to distinguish between your squad commander and teammates voices? Our new speaker design includes internal smart-amps that monitor audio waveforms, enabling the use of the entire thermal margin of the speaker for stronger sound. The new notebooks even roll out our new Alienware Sound Center with Audio Recon technology which ads a mini map to supported games letting you know which direction in-game sounds are coming from.Both the Alienware 15 and 17 incorporate a standard infrared camera and come pre-packaged with Tobii eye-tracking software. For the full suite of Tobii eye tracking features to work on the Alienware 15, you’ll need an attachable Tobii eye-tracking camera; on Alienware 17, an upgrade option, has the Tobii camera already built in. Alienware has partnered with Tobii on an exclusive package of features you won’t find anywhere else. Paired with an exclusive new Overwolf app, it lets you replay your gaze pattern, letting you learn from mistakes and improve your competitive focus. Enjoy faster log-ins through Windows Hello biometric facial recognition and secure autolock when you step away. Wake the notebook from sleep mode simply by looking directly at the Alienware logo, my personal favorite. Manage power better with the screen and our patented AlienFX lighting zones illuminating, or dimming, based on where you look.In November, once our rigorous internal testing is complete to ensure reliability, we’ll be rolling out the Alienware 13. Our smallest notebook is getting some big improvements; it certainly has what it takes for the most portable 360-degree gameplay experience on the planet. More on that coming soon! Stay abreast of all the news! Sign up and become a member of Alienware Arena. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @Alienware. You can also join us on Alienware.tv, or sign on and watch our Twitch stream for the latest updates and information.1Based on Dell Labs testing in September 2016 using 3DMark Fire Strike and 3DMark 2011 Extreme benchmarks comparing the Alienware 17 (The new “Cassini” NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060) with its predecessor Alienware 17 (“Echo” with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M).Configurations were comparable in order to isolate graphics performance. Actual performance will vary.2Based on Dell Labs testing in September 2016 using 3DMark Fire Strike and 3DMark 2011 Extreme benchmarks comparing the Alienware 15 (The new “Cassini” NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060) with its predecessor Alienware 15 (“Echo” with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M).Configurations were comparable in order to isolate graphics performance. Actual performance will vary.
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In 28 minutes on the court, Mirza Teletovic managed to score 15 points: 4 triples, then 5 rebounds, 3 assists and fouls.Mirza Teletovic was born on the 17th of September 1985, and he is B&H professional basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Suns in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is also the captain of the national basketball team of B&H.Take a look on his excellent performance in our video.(Source: hayat.ba)
9 October 2014As the organisers of the inaugural Cape Town Fringe call a wrap on the 11-day festival, which offered up a mix of theatre, puppetry, comedy, music, physical theatre and family fare, they say the numbers attained have set them on the same growth path as other festivals they’ve studied – particularly their World Fringe Alliance partner festivals in Amsterdam, Prague and New York.“We are very happy with the overall performance of the festival,” says Tony Lankester, the festival’s CEO. “For our first edition we felt that audiences were strong.”The World Fringe Alliance is a grouping of nine fringe festivals around the world which collectively reach an audience of more than 3-million people. Alliance members are the festivals in Grahamstown, Hollywood, New York, Edinburgh, Brighton, Prague, Amsterdam, Perth and Adelaide – and Cape Town.According to the latest figures, 18 569 people attended Fringe performances. “This is a significant first outing and exceeded our expectations,” said Lankester. A total of 486 performances of 92 productions were staged.Lankester acknowledged that, like any festival with multiple events, some productions fared better than others: “That’s the nature of these things as well as what makes them such a great journey of discovery for our audiences.” The productions that proved most popular at the box office were Andrew Buckland’s Crazy in Love, Stuart Lightbody’s Devilish, and Followspot Productions’ Big Boys Don’t Dance.“That’s not to say that others didn’t do well – some were performed in smaller venues so didn’t have the opportunity to earn big box office takings, but still received acclaim,” said Lankester.A consideration that would be taken into account when putting together next year’s programme is that while Capetonians seemed to be spoiled for choice when it came to music, there was “a significant demand for the kind of theatre we staged on the Fringe”.A project of the National Arts Festival, held in Grahamstown every July, the Cape Town Fringe stems from a three-year partnership with the City of Cape Town. Other partners are Standard Bank, M-Net and 567 Cape Talk.“Cape Town is richer for the Cape Town Fringe festival in more ways than one,” said Garreth Bloor, the Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for tourism, events and economic development. “It has added value to the lives of both its citizens and its arts community and the shows were expertly and professionally executed. “We applaud the great strides made for new, young theatregoers through the schools programme,” Bloor said.“In addition the grand lady, City Hall, took centre stage as host to this event as the venue was transformed into four theatres, a box office and the Fringe Club.”Councillor Bloor also wished the Cape Town Fringe team well with their planning for 2015.The response from participating artists and Mother City residents alike has been upbeat, with some sharing their excitement on social media:“We’ve seen some fantastic shows on the first CT Fringe!! The Year of the Bicycle was incredible … so powerful! And Whistle Stop was phenomenal. Such incredible talent in this country – phew. And last night, Herbie Tsoaeli just blew us away,” enthused Karina Porter Robert on the Cape Town Fringe’s Facebook page.Comedian Andrew Simpson (Lord of the Flings) said he was grateful that the Fringe was giving performers another platform to showcase their work. “To start something, whether a business or a festival or writing a script, is the hardest part. I’m positive that the Fringe will grow even stronger next year,” he said.Lessons learntA great deal has been learnt from this first outing, and Lankester said that the organisers would be responding productively to criticisms – especially those around timelines and the selection process.“Now that we’ve done our first event and have a solid idea of the venues involved and what they’re capable of – and now that we’re more confident around the logistics of staging an event in Cape Town – we can focus on bringing a lot of that selection, scheduling and planning forward, giving productions more time to prepare and market themselves,” he said.Economic impactMusic journalist Evan Milton compared the Cape Town Fringe with the National Arts Festival in its ability to transform “spaces that are meant for something else into islands and havens of art, culture and nourishing entertainment”.Around 30 technicians and sound and lighting specialists were employed for the duration of the festival. Also involved were Cape-based equipment and infrastructure suppliers, a security company, as well as local entrepreneurs who ran the bars and a coffee shop at the Fringe Club.Guitarist Guy Buttery was full of praise for the Fringe’s behind-the-scenes crew: “I have had the honour of performing at many first-time festivals over the years, some of which have been fantastic and others which needed a bit of work. I’ve never been to an inaugural event of any kind that is so well organised, with great venues and even better technicians, as I have at the Cape Town Fringe. The City of Cape Town is lucky to have all these world-class shows come to its doorstep (from all over the country and not just Cape Town) and, personally, I hope it’s here to stay for good.”The broader reach and influence of the Fringe would be better understood once Rhodes University’s Economics Department crunched the data from the economic impact study they conducted at the Fringe.Schools programmeA key focus of the festival was the exposure of young people to the world of arts, helping them develop their own voices. Around 1 000 learners from schools in Grassy Park, Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha were invited to attend free shows and workshops at City Hall.“You have completely changed 180 learners and 20 educators’ experience of performance – and expectations of achievement. And that is no small thing,” wrote Kapil Misra, the principal at Battswood arts centre in Grassy Park, and drama teachers Sheldon Cross and Penny Youngleson, in a joint letter of thanks to the organisers.This, Lankester said, was a key part of what the Cape Town Fringe was trying to achieve: “Their experience was something that money just can’t buy.”
“Android is now the leading smartphone in market share in the United States,” noted GetJar’s Patrick Mork, beginning today’s session at SXSW on the topic of apps vs. the mobile Web. Mork provided other interesting stats about the state of the mobile application industry during this afternoon’s talk, including figures like this: there were over 8 billion downloads last year, there will be an estimated 50 billion downloads by 2012 and an estimated $30 billion in revenue by 2015. And there are over 600,000 apps between Apple, Android and GetJar, the large third-party mobile application store where Mork serves as Chief Marketing Officer.The keynote speech was limited to only 15 minutes, unfortunately, as this is a topic that could be explored for hours. However, Mork made good use of the time, and presented some great slides which mobile developers may find useful. These are embedded below.Benefits of Apps vs. WebSpeaking about the benefit of mobile apps, Mork said they are always “on,” offer deeper engagement than what you get on the Web (although HTML5 is beginning to change this), they can leverage device power features (touchscreen, accelerometer), and, of course, they’re viral and “sexy.”But the Web also has advantages too, mainly: reach. There are 140 million devices that run apps, but over a billion that can access the Web. Web apps are also cheaper to develop, easier to distribute and offer instant updates. But the downside is that Web apps generally require connectivity to work, except in the case of the offline caching provided by HTML5.Strategy Questions for Mobile DevelopersWhen developing for mobile, there are several questions related to strategy that a developer needs to ask, said Mork, like: what is installed base, what OEMs are using this platform, is billing available, what’s the ease of distribution (how many app stores are there), how big is the catalog and how many versions of the OS are out there (i.e., fragmentation issues)?Mork then touched on a few sample cases studies regarding how large companies promote their mobile applications, including Facebook, Fandango and Yahoo.The slides from Mork’s presentation are below – note especially the 8th slide, which has some great stats regarding the current mobile app landscape, including number of apps, number of stores and number of OS versions.Sxsw app vs. webView more presentations from Patrick Mork. sarah perez Tags:#apps#mobile Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces
A green home should be a healthy home. It shouldn’t grow mold, mildew, and dust mites. It shouldn’t introduce significant quantities of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or other hazardous chemicals into the indoor environment. It should have plenty of fresh air for its occupants.Beyond keeping homeowners healthy, a well-designed green home can go even further with measures to ease stress and enhance a sense of wellbeing.A few specific strategies for ensuring a healthy indoor environment are described below:Deal with moistureMoisture getting into homes—or not being able to get out—is probably the number-one cause of health problems in homes today. Standing water, dampness, and high humidity result in mold and mildew growth, dust mites, and other problems. Strategies for keeping water out include deep roof overhangs, surface grade sloping away from the house, and proper flashing around windows, doors, and other penetrations.Strategies to get rid of moisture include installation of quiet bath fans that will actually get used (automated controls for bath fans are even better), kitchen range-hood fans that exhaust to the outdoors, rainscreen detailing on walls to allow trapped moisture to escape, and soffit and ridge vents in the attic (unvented “hot” roofs can also work, as long as the roof system is extremely well-sealed).Various “operation and maintenance” measures are also very important in dealing with moisture: fixing roof leaks that are found, fixing plumbing leaks, never drying firewood in the basement, always operating fans when showering, and avoiding too many indoor plants (especially in the summer when relative humidity levels are high).Keep pollutants outOne of the easiest ways to cut down on pollutants and moisture being tracked into a building is to install track-off mats for entryways. In commercial buildings, track-off mats are often designed with grates and drainage outside, then a coarse mat to remove soil and particles, and finally a softer mat that dries shoes as you scuff across it. In homes, a place to remove shoes and a no-shoes policy is a great way to keep pollutants out and reduce cleaning needs.Avoid VOCsSpecify zero-VOC or low-VOC paints, sealants, and other materials with chemical constituents. With recent advances in finishes and adhesives, for most applications there is no longer a compromise in performance or durability when selecting low-VOC products.Avoid hazardous chemicals and componentsA wide range of chemicals are introduced into our homes through building materials, furnishings, and other products. Hazards we should try to avoid include brominated or chlorinated flame retardants, bisphenol-A or BPA (used in epoxies and polycarbonate plastics), phthalate plasticizers (used mostly in flexible vinyl or PVC), and formaldehyde. It’s a good idea to invest in learning about these hazards and working to select products that are free of them. Try to avoid insulation materials that include brominated flame retardants, for example, and cabinets made with particleboard or medium-density fiberboard (MDF) that contains urea-formaldehyde binders.Provide fresh airMechanical ventilation is needed to deliver fresh air throughout a house. The old argument that we shouldn’t tighten up our homes too much, because we won’t get enough fresh air doesn’t make sense. When we depend on air leakage for fresh air, we only get fresh air when there’s a pressure difference driving air exchange in a house: that could be wind or very cold temperatures that create a stack effect. In the swing seasons (spring and fall) and in milder climates air leakage doesn’t cut it. With mechanical ventilation, we can control how much air we introduce, where it comes from, where it is delivered, and from where we exhaust the stale indoor air.The best ventilation system is a “balanced” system with separate fans for exhaust and supply with ducting. In cold climates, it makes sense to run these air streams past each other using a air-to-air heat exchanger or heat-recovery ventilator, so that most of the heat from the outgoing indoor air is transferred to the incoming fresh air.Provide for psychological healthDelivering daylighting and connections to the outdoors can help to maintain psychological health. A growing body of research is showing that in offices, these features boost worker productivity, in hospitals they speed recovery from illness or operations, and in schools they improve learning. The idea of design features that connect us with nature is referred to as “biophilic design” (biophilia is the innate affinity humans have for nature). This is a way to make an ordinary home a great home.My top-10 list of green building priorities so far:#3. Ensure a healthy indoor environment#4. Reduce the need for driving#5. Build smaller and optimize materials use#6. Ensure durability and reuse existing buildings#7. Protect and restore the site#8. Use green materials#9. Create resilient, climate-adapted buildings#10. Make it easy for homeowners to be green In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex writes the weekly blog Alex’s Cool Product of the Week on BuildingGreen.com, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. You can sign up to receive notices of these blogs by e-mail—enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner of any blog page.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, LLC and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.
Two persons were killed and eight wounded when a boat capsized in Lidder river at Pahalgam in Anantnag district on Tuesday, just 18 days after a similar incident cost the life of a local tourist guide Rouf Ahmad Dar. An inquiry has been ordered into the incident.The incident took place at around 4.10 p.m. as the three-day Rouf Memorial State Rafting Championship, named after the deceased tourist guide, was coming to an end. An employee of the Tourism Department, Rinku Raja from Udhampur, and a participant, Sanjna hailing from Reasi, died in the incident, said an official. Around 12 teams from Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh were participating in the adventure sport. “Eight people, including participants, were injured,” said the official.The State Disaster Relief Force, the police and volunteers managed to rescue other rafters within 15 minutes of the incident.The Tourism department announced an inquiry to look into the circumstances leading to the “tragic raft capsize”.Governor Satya Pal Malik expressed grief over the loss of lives and announced an ex-gratia of ₹2 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased. Expressing concern over accidents occurring during the adventure sport, the Governor has issued directions to abide by strict safety measures.
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