Archive for June 7, 2019

ASUS Republic Of Gamers & Tencent Games Join Forces

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 7, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced a strategic partnership with Tencent Games, aleadinggame developer and publisher in China, to enhance the mobile game experience in ROG Phone II, the next-generation of the game-changing ROG Phone, which took the gaming world by storm with its high-performance processor and GPU, innovative cooling system and collection of accessories designed to enhance the gaming experience.

As a leader in gaming hardware, ROG has consistently impressed users with incredible performance, functionality and design. Through the partnership, ROG and Tencent Games will develop the ROG Phone II together, bringing powerful new hardware and optimized software to deliver next-generation performance.

About ROG

Republic of Gamers (ROG) is an ASUS sub-brand dedicated to creating the world’s best gaming hardware and software. Formed in 2006, ROG offers a complete line of innovative products known for performance and quality, including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktops, monitors, audio equipment, routers and peripherals. ROG participates in and sponsors major international gaming events. ROG gear has been used to set hundreds of overclocking records and it continues to be the preferred choice of gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Learn more about the choice of champions at http://rog.asus.com.

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ASUS Announces TUF Gaming FX505DV

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 7, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS today announced TUF Gaming FX505DV, a gaming laptop that combines the latest AMD Ryzen™ processors and NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060 GPU with an up to 144Hz/3ms IPS-level NanoEdge display, delivering immersive, high-performance gaming at an affordable price. The laptop is tested and certified to meet military-grade MIL-STD-810G standards, ensuring the toughness and durability needed to withstand the knocks and bumps of everyday work and play.

For years, savvy gamers and enthusiasts have combined AMD processors with GeForce GPUs to create powerful PCs that deliver incredible performance per dollar. Now, ASUS gaming laptops let users take that potent combo wherever they go. The new FX505DV teams the latest Ryzen mobile APUs with a potent GeForce RTX 2060 GPU to bring greater power than ever to affordable gaming laptops.

Turing architecture geared for gaming

The GeForce RTX 2060 deploys NVIDIA’s latest Turingarchitecture with a tighter focus on today’s games. Upgrades to its CUDA cores, cache hierarchy, and memory subsystem produce a significant per-core performance increase over the previous generation. Live-streamers can also reap the benefits of a new video encoder that improves video quality using hardware-accelerated capture that reduces burden on the CPU.

The powerful GPU puts triple-digit frame rates within reach in popular games, and it’s paired with a fast display that allows enjoyment of every frame. The display’s refresh rate of up to 144Hz and 3ms response time make it twice as fast as standard screens; FX505DV enables smoother gameplay that provides an edge on the battleground. Its high refresh rate is especially helpful in fast-paced esports titles.

The screen size feels expansive thanks to NanoEdge bezels that focus attention on the display rather than what’s around it. In addition to heightening immersion, the narrow frames shrink the footprint of the chassis, making the laptop more compact. The panel inside is based on IPS-level technology that maintains vibrant colours over wide viewing angles, allowing a variety of viewing scenarios; such as sitting off to the side while playing games or streaming videos with friends.

Ample processing for any task

Impressive gaming credentials are balanced with everyday versatility powered by AMD’s latest Ryzen processors. Also known as Picasso, these second-generation mobile APUs are based on the updated Zen+ architecture and built using industry-leading 12nm fabrication technology. TUF Gaming FX505DV is available with up to a Ryzen 7 CPU that features quad cores and eight threads with ample performance for gaming, entertainment, and everyday work. Despite the ability to slice through multithreaded workloads and aggressive multitasking, the processor fits into an energy efficient 35W power envelope that preserves battery life.

With room for up to 32GB of DDR4-2400 memory, there’s enough RAM for productive multitasking and light content creation. A range of storage options accommodates varied needs and budgets: solid-state drives up to 1TB boast high speeds across the board, a 1TB FireCudaSSHD accelerates access to frequently used data, and 1TB HDDs offer affordable storage at 5400 rpm. The storage bays and memory slots are readily accessible with a standard screwdriver, so it’s easy to upgrade as needed.

Self-cleaning cooling that stands the test of time

Effective cooling is crucial to maintaining strong performance, so HyperCool technology covers the CPU and GPU with independent fans and heatsinks. A shared heatpipe links them all together to maximize cooling in situations where only one processor is under load.

Warm air vents out the back under a patented trapezoidal cut in the lid that ensures exhaust escapes unobstructed, even with the screen tilted back. Special anti-dust tunnels on the edges of the fan housings catch and direct particles out of the laptop to prevent them from clogging the heatsinks and fans. This self-cleaning design prevents buildup that could impede performance and stability over time.

Fan speeds adapt automatically to component temperatures. With a quick keyboard shortcut, users can switch between three operating modes that mix different cooling and performance profiles. Turbo mode delivers maximum performance and fan speeds for intensive tasks, while a Balanced mode optimizes speed and acoustics for the best gaming experience. A Silent mode backs off to reduce noise for lighter loads like day-to-day productivity, web surfing, and video streaming.

Military-grade toughness

Two chassis variations bring different looks to TUF Gaming FX505DV. One features a Gold Steel and Gunmetal Grey aluminum finish on its lid, and is complemented by customizable colours through Aura RGB lighting in the keyboard. Stealth Black keeps a lower profile with a shadowy exterior punctuated by keyboard backlighting. Both exhibit the sharp lines and angular accents that define the TUF Gaming aesthetic, right down to the distinctive Radiating-X design on the lid.

The bottom of the chassis adds structural strength and rigidity with a honeycomb design that helps the laptop live up to the TUF name. To meet military-grade MIL-STD-810G standards, it passes rigorous tests that ensure survival when subjected to harsh conditions, ambient vibration, accidental knocks, and short drops.

A familiar, desktop-inspired keyboard

The keyboard is optimized for gaming with a layout reminiscent of standard desktop designs. Function keys are separated in the usual groups to make shortcuts more intuitive, arrow keys are offset for effortless navigation, and a full numeric keypad makes number-crunching a breeze. Highlighted WASD keys clearly identify the home row for gaming, while a wider space bar provides a larger target for thumb presses.

Each keycap is gently curved to more easily cradle fingertips. The underlying switches have 1.8 mm of travel enhanced by Overstroke technology that offers responsive input with an improved overall feel. Overstroke raises the actuation point so that presses register sooner, and the resulting increase in post-actuation travel makes typing more comfortable. With a rated lifespan of 20 million presses, the switches are durable enough to hold up to years of heavy use.

Models with RGB backlighting let users add an element of personalized style across the keyboard as a whole. Users can customize RGB colours and effects with the Armoury Crate utility, which unifies vital functions like lighting control, system monitoring, and configurable game profiles that automatically load preferred system settings for different titles.

Robust connectivity to enhance the gaming experience

Gaming is more immersive with DTS®Headphone: X®technology that brings 7.1-channel virtual surround-sound to stereo headsets or speakers plugged into the laptop. Users can choose between built-in presets for games, movies, and sports or perform custom tuning with the embedded equalizer.

The 3.5 mm audio jack is joined by enough USB ports for vital peripherals like a gamepad, mouse, and external storage. HDMI 2.0 allows a user to drive a wide range of displays at resolutions up to 4K UHD, from the desktop monitors, big-screen TVs in living rooms, or projectors at school. Getting online is easy with the integrated Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac). It’s hard to beat the convenience of wireless networking, but wired connections have lower latency for serious multiplayer gaming, so gigabit Ethernet is also included.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505DV will be available in Q3 in Canada. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

Leiden University Medical Center Chooses Martello

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 7, 2019 by itnerd

Martello Technologies Group Inc. announced today that Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) has chosen Martello’s iQ IT visualization software for better control and insight into the performance of hybrid cloud-based services, with a single pane of glass consolidating performance data from multiple sources.

Cloud computing has changed the way applications and services are delivered and has transformed many businesses from private to hybrid cloud environments. Datacenters and networks are no longer easily controlled, and it can be challenging to deliver reliable service quality in hybrid cloud environments that mix public and private components. Martello is helping organizations like LUMC solve this problem. The Company’s iQ IT visualization software integrates with the industry’s most common IT monitoring and service management tools, as well as cloud-based services like Microsoft Office 365 and Azure, to deliver a range of performance data and analytics from a single dashboard.

Leiden University Medical Center, located in Leiden, Netherlands, is the university hospital affiliated with Leiden University. “Leiden University Medical Center has depended on Martello’s solutions to deliver insight and reliability for our mission-critical IT infrastructure for close to ten years. Over this period, Martello’s solutions have grown with us and helped us manage our hybrid cloud environment more effectively,” said Willem Bouwman, IT Specialist, SQL Database and SCOM Monitoring in the Information Technology and Digital Innovation department of Leiden University Medical Center. “Most recently, we’ve again expanded our relationship with Martello to gain better control of our Office 365 service delivery.”

LUMC has integrated several IT monitoring and management tools into its iQ dashboard, including SCOM, TOPDesk, SolarWinds and Zabbix, and recently brought its Microsoft Office 365 deployment onto this system, for a single view of all relevant performance data in its IT hybrid cloud infrastructure.

Martello’s solutions have been widely acclaimed in the industry. In September 2018, Martello received a Frost & Sullivan Leadership Award for NPM (Network Performance Management) and ranked as Ottawa’s Fastest Growing Company, at No. 28 on the Growth 500 list of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies. The Company has expanded its solution portfolio with several acquisitions, and recently provided a business update on its market and channel expansion, product innovation, acquisitions and capital market activities.

Samsung Galaxy A Series Devices Now Available at TELUS

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 7, 2019 by itnerd

TELUS dropped me a note to say that the Samsung Galaxy A20, A50, and A70 are now available at TELUS in-store and online at telus.com/GalaxyA, starting at $0 when customers select a two-year Premium+ rate plan on all three models.

Here are a few key features to highlight on the Samsung Galaxy A70 device:

  • 6.7” Infinity U-Display –  The Super AMOLED Display extends to every edge of the device, providing an enhanced viewing, gaming and browsing experience.
  • Triple Rear Camera – The 32 MP main camera takes clear, bright photos in any setting. The Ultra-Wide camera lets you capture scenes at a 123-degree angle, just as you see with your own eyes. The Scene Optimizer automatically enhances the colour tones of your shot for professional results without complicated settings.
  • Long-Lasting, Super Fast-Charging Battery – The Galaxy A70 features a large 4,500 mAh battery that lets you enjoy your phone for a long time. When your battery power is low, its 25W Super Fast- Charging technology gets your phone back to 100% quickly.

Check out telus.com/GalaxyA for more information.

Good News For Huawei! They’re Building A Russian 5G Network

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 7, 2019 by itnerd

Huawei got some good news for a change. They’ve been tapped by Russian telco MTS to build its 5G network:

The agreement with Russia’s largest carrier, MTS, was signed on the sidelines of talks in Moscow between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

It comes at a critical time for the Shenzhen-based company, which is now on the frontline in an escalating trade war between America and China. The United States is waging a campaign against Huawei, banning it from its own 5G networks and cutting it off from American software and components that it needs for its smartphones and network equipment business.

Washington has also been urging allies to restrict or ban the use of Huawei equipment in their 5G networks, warning that Beijing could use the sensitive data infrastructure for spying. Huawei has repeatedly denied that any of its products pose a national security risk.

It’s hardly surprising that Huawei is cutting a deal with Russia as both have a strained relationship with the US, the latter having been accused of meddling with the presidential election. The former being effectively banned by President Trump and being bad mouthed around the world by the US. It will be interesting to see how the US reacts to this deal.

Huawei Can No Longer Pre-Install Facebook, Instagram, Or WhatsApp

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 7, 2019 by itnerd

Reuters is reporting that Facebook is the latest company to shun troubled Chinese phone maker Huawei like it has the plague:

Facebook Inc is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones, the latest blow for the Chinese tech giant as it struggles to keep its business afloat in the face of a U.S. ban on its purchase of American parts and software.

Customers who already have Huawei phones will still be able to use its apps and receive updates, Facebook told Reuters. But new Huawei phones will no longer be able to have Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram apps pre-installed.

Although Facebook isn’t a huge loss for Huawei, it represents yet another obstacle in their attempt to keep their handset business alive as  is likely in very deep trouble because of the executive order that President Trump signed and the growing list of companies that won’t do business with them as a result of that. And you can fully expect other app makers to do the same thing as Facebook shortly.

Happy Friday Huawei!