INDIGO subsea cable consortium members, AARNet, Google, Indosat Ooredoo, Singtel, SubPartners and Telstra, have informed that the system is now ready for deployment.The INDIGO subsea cable system is ready to be deployed following the completion of the INDIGO West, 4,600km Singapore to Perth, and INDIGO Central, 4,600km Perth to Sydney, cables.Spanning 9,200km, the INDIGO cable system will strengthen connectivity between Australia and the fast-growing Southeast Asian markets, providing lower latency and more reliable communication services.Using current coherent optical technology, the cable can support up to 36 terabits per second.Telstra’s head of International Oliver Camplin-Warner said: “The development of the INDIGO cable system strengthens the link between our Australian network and the fast-growing South East Asian markets and will deliver our customers faster connectivity and dramatically improved reliability. Our vast subsea network is a key part of our international growth strategy and we will continue to invest in additional capacity to meet our customers’ increasing demand for data and maintain our network leadership in the Asia-Pacific region.”AARNet’s CEO Chris Hancock said: “We are looking forward to lighting up INDIGO. This cable system is providing critical underpinning infrastructure to support the future growth in collaborative data-intensive research and transnational education. INDIGO is one of several investments that will ensure that Australia and our partners in Asia have the international connectivity they need to deliver excellence in research and education for many decades to come.”Singtel’s vice president, Carrier Services, Group Enterprise Ooi Seng Keat said: “As South East Asia and Australia become increasingly interconnected, a high-speed and robust connectivity infrastructure plays a critical role in catalysing the development of digital economies across the regions. The completion of INDIGO will accelerate the roll-out of next-generation technologies that rely on low latency and high-bandwidth connectivity such as high-definition video, autonomous vehicles, Internet of Things and robotics applications. This will bring us closer to realising the benefits of a hyper-connected future and allow us to enhance our services to Singtel and Optus customers, reinforcing our position as the leading provider of international data services in the region.”Drew Kelton, chief executive officer, Superloop on behalf of SubPartners, said: “INDIGO Central complements Superloop’s metropolitan fibre networks providing high speed capacity and ubiquitous connectivity to terrestrial cable systems across Australia. When combined with the international capacity and interconnectivity to Singapore and Hong Kong, our strategy to virtualise businesses across the Asia Pacific region is now being realised.”Dejan Kastelic, chief technology and information officer Indosat Ooredoo added: “Indosat Ooredoo is excited with the commissioning of INDIGO. It will be diversifying our international connections across Australia and the fast-growing Southeast Asian market, serving demand increase of data traffic and expanding opportunities for our both customers, corporate and retails consumers. It supports our vision to become a leading digital telecommunications company by providing world-class data connectivity and also to support Indonesia’s digital economy growth.”Ashish Ahuja, Global Network Infrastructure at Google concluded: “Part of Google’s global infrastructure investments to improve connectivity, we’re excited that INDIGO will enable faster and more reliable services for users, as well as boost business capabilities between South East Asia and Australia.”
Ben Ruff earned the win in relief, going 4-1/3 innings, while Nick Flesher took the loss for Alaska.Flesher was one of four pitchers used by the Goldpanners.Seattle-Cheney advanced to the playoff round with a 3-0 record to capture Division 1.Seattle-Cheney then shutout Kitsap Blue Jackets 6-0 in quarterfinal play.Alaska defeated Burnaby Bulldogs 10-5 and North Sound Emeralds 3-0 to advance to the final against Seattle-Cheney. The Seattle-Cheney Studs scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th to walk off the Alaska Goldpanners 3-2 in the final of the 2017 Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament Sunday under sunny skies at James Donaldson Stadium.The victory earned the Studs the grand prize in the money baseball tournament while the Goldpanners took home second place cash.Seattle-Cheney, which advanced to the final with a thrilling 6-5 victory over Everett, tied the game with a single run in the eighth before securing the top prize in the extra innings.
As Microsoft prepares to roll out Windows 8 on Friday, the first reviews of the company’s Surface tablet with Windows RT are now going public. And reactions are middling at best.With just one exception, the numerous reviews released on Tuesday night gave middling scores to Microsoft’s Windows RT tablet, first announced in June in Los Angeles.The Surface Hardware RocksThe good news, if you already pre-ordered your Windows RT tablet – against our advice – reviewers generally praised the quality of the hardware. Yes, The Verge called the Surface “bulky,” the exact word I used to describe it in my hands-on earlier this year. However, the site also complimented it as sturdy and well-made, even though the kickstand can only lock to one position and feels sharp, to boot.But, as analysts said earlier this year, apps will make or break Windows RT – and right now there simply isn’t a good supply of quality apps available. Probably the highest-profile app right now is Netflix; after that, the quality drops off sharply.To give you a sense of what folks are saying, we’ve rounded up the conclusions of many of the reviews of the new Surface RT tablet, complete with scores and links back to the details:Laptop Magazine: 3.5/5Laptop liked the Surface’s hardware design, including the Touch Cover and display, but criticized the poor camera performance and placement. And where are the apps?“The Surface with Windows RT proves that Microsoft can beat its own partners on hardware… Between the build quality, kickstand, and truly innovative Touch Cover, this is a tablet whose design and fresh interface will turn heads away from the iPad. But… for a flagship product with a premium price, Microsoft compromises on too many things by including poor cameras, weak speakers, slow internal memory and a screen that, while better than most, isn’t as good as the iPad’s Retina display.”“Ultimately, the Surface will succeed or fail based on the quality of the apps around it… $599 (the minimum cost with Touch Cover) is a lot to spend on a fledgling ecosystem. However, with the power of Microsoft and Nvidia behind it, we believe we will see more compelling apps for Windows RT arrive within the next few weeks.”PC World: 3.5/5PCWorld praised the Surface with Windows RT’s battery life, along with build quality that’s “sturdy and confident, and exudes the same kind of austere precision we find in German performance cars”. But battery life and display quality couldn’t match the iPad and lack of apps is an issue. But mostly, it said that Windows RT wasn’t the best choice.“Surface RT definitely covers the bases on the industrial-design front. When you set up your workstation at the local café — kickstand kicked, Type Cover snapped — your hardware will strike a pose unlike any other in the tablet space… And in many important ways, Surface RT does successfully redefine what a tablet can be. Its touch gestures rock (once you surmount the learning curve), and its built-in productivity features eclipse anything that the iPad or the Android competition offers.”“But Surface RT may not be the best new Windows device to purchase in the short term, and Windows RT definitely isn’t the version of Windows you want to invest in. [Full-scale Windows 8] devices won’t be quite as portable as Surface RT, and they’ll almost always cost more. But they will grant access to the full Windows software experience.”PCMag.com: 4/5PCMag liked the Surface’s numerous hardware connectivity options, such as the (hidden) SDXC slot and micro-HDMI port. But the speakers don’t crank, and the kickstand only opens to one angle. (For comparison, check out the site’s Asus Vivo Tab RT review.)“In terms of its hardware and operating system, the Microsoft Surface with Windows RT is a very good product. It’s very light, and powerful enough to run a version of Windows, so it’s very attractive to Windows early adopters as well as business users who have plans to migrate to Windows 8. It’s powerful enough to be a daily carry device for work, always with you on your commute across the state or across the country. It shares some programs and its main interface with Windows 8, which is a boon, provided you get used to using the new Windows UI.“So should you buy a Microsoft Surface instead of an iPad or Android tablet? If you use Microsoft Office for work or school, then it’s a no-brainer: Get a Microsoft Surface (or one of the other upcoming Windows RT tablets)… If you use Office programs constantly, the Surface is the tablet and laptop replacement your inner road warrior has been searching for. [But] discounting Office, the Windows Store’s limited selection holds us back from giving the Surface an unequivocal recommendation.”Gizmodo: 2.5/5Gizmodo praised the Surface with Windows RT as a “handsome” tablet, but claimed that “while potential is worth your attention, it’s not worth your paycheck.”“The Surface, with an obligatory Touch Cover, is $600. That’s a lot of money. Especially given that it’s no laptop replacement, no matter how it looks or what Microsoft says.”“That could change,” Gizmodo added. “Maybe there will be a new Touch Cover that retains the original’s terrific physical qualities while actually allowing good typing… Maybe the app store will look different in a month, or a year… Maybe.”Mashable: (no score)Undoubtedly the most positive review – despite the lack of a numerical score – Mashable claims that the Surface will be the “tablet Windows users will love.” The site praised the interface, optimized for media consumption, and really liked the SmartGlass application. The Metro interface was natural and fun to use, but the Window Store lacked quality apps.“Surface is so different from any tablet I’ve used before that it took me a few fays to fully warm to it, but now I like it — quite a bit… Part of this is because I am a Windows user with a Hotmail account and Xbox Live at home. This is a Microsoft ecosystem and the Surface fits it like a glove… I also like that files I store on SkyDrive are available on all my other logged-in devices (this can work on an iPhone or iPad, too, since SkyDrive has an iOS app).“There’s no doubt that Surface will appeal most to Windows users,” Mashable added. “In fact this is the tablet for Windows fans. It won’t win over Apple iPad owners, but for all those who hate Apple, find Android confusing and underwhelming, and are ready to enter the world of touch-screen computing this is the alternative you’ve been waiting for.”The Verge: 7.5/10The Verge’s extensive review delves into almost all aspects of the tablet, but reviewer Josh Topolsky comes away disappointed.“I wanted to love the Surface when I first saw it, before I even got my hands on the review unit… Once I did get the review unit, I wanted to love it even more. And truth be told, there is a lot here to love. Plenty — but not enough for me right now.”“The promise of the Surface was that it could deliver a best-in-class tablet experience, but then transform into the PC you needed when heavier lifting was required… But that’s not what the Surface offers, at least not in my experience. It does the job of a tablet and the job of a laptop half as well as other devices on the market, and it often makes that job harder, not easier. Instead of being a no-compromise device, it often feels like a more-compromise one.” Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts markhachman Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Microsoft#microsoft surface#Windows 8#windows 8 rt What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
India and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has become the second batsman from the country to complete 8,000 runs in T20 cricket after Chennai Super Kings star Suresh Raina.However, Virat Kohli reached the landmark quicker than Suresh Raina. Kohli scored his 8000th run in his 256th match while Suresh Raina needed 300 matches.Only five batsman apart from Kohli and Raina have more than 8000 runs in T20 cricket. T20 great and Kings XI Punjab opener Chris Gayle has 12, 417 runs and is the only batsman to have score more than 10,000 runs in the shortest format of the game.Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is second on the list with 9922 runs while Mumbai Indians star Kieron Pollard is third with 9063 runs. Pakistan veteran Shoaib Malik and Australian opener David Warner complete the top five.Virat Kohli had become the second man to score 5000 runs in the Indian Premier League when he went past 46 during the IPL 2019 match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians in Bengaluru.Kohli had also become the fastest batsman to get to the milestone as he brought up his 5000th run in his 166th match and 158th innings. Raina had reached the milestone in 177 matches and 173 innings.Also Read | Chris Gayle brings good vibes and pranks to Kings XI Punjab dressing room: KL RahulAlso Read | KL Rahul very respectful towards women, says Preity ZintaAlso Watch | R Ashwin on Mankading in IPL 2019: My conscience is very clear after the incident
Barcelona coach Valverde insists he’s happy working with Dembeleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde insists he’s happy working with Ousmane Dembele.The Dembele situation has also been an interesting one for Valverde to deal with but on this occasion, he was only concerned with discussing the Frenchman’s playing talents.”I have always considered him one of the best in the world, as I also believe Coutinho to be too,” he said.”We also have plenty more in the team of that profile and that’s why they are here.”He is coming off the back of two beautiful goals and we all hope that he will continue like this.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Real Madrid Castilla coach Raul praises Rodrygo Goes after goalscoring performanceby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid Castilla coach Raul praised Rodrygo Goes after victory over Rayo Majadahonda.Rodrygo Goes dropped down to Raul’s side after scoring with the first team in midweek against Osasuna.The 18-year-old continued his goalscoring form by netting the second goal in the 3-1 win, and Raul was asked a host of questions about Rodrygo after the game.”Rodrygo motivates himself,” Raul said.”From the beginning, the situation with him has been clear: he is a first-team player but when he can help Castilla, or Castilla can help him, he will come and play.”He has played at a high level [with Santos in Brazil and in midweek for Real Madrid] and has sacrificed himself, like all of his teammates.”[On Friday] he was training with us, and although we don’t know each other that well, every time that he comes [and trains with Castilla], he gives his all and everyone sees his potential.”He will be watching his progression and knocking down doors.”When asked about Rodrygo’s characteristics, Raul seemed to be lost for words.”Rodrygo has everything,” he noted. “He can score, join attacks, help back in defence… Today we asked him to do a lot of things he is not used to doing and he worked really hard.”In the first half we were far superior and in the second we were made to suffer, yet he was always willing to help.”I’m very happy with him and the whole team.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AZ coach Arne Slot admits Man Utd unlucky with penalty callby Carlos Volcano21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAZ Alkmaar coach Arne Slot admits they were lucky to avoid defeat to Europa League opponents Manchester United last night.At the final whistle, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer complained about Marcus Rashford being denied a penalty.And Slot said, “We have chased Manchester United where possible. We continued to play compactly in the phases that we had a harder time with and got tired. We kept playing football and could resist the temptation to boot the ball away. “We have given away few chances. We walked away a bit disappointed afterwards to the dressing room. But United could also have received a penalty in the final phase. We were lucky that the referee played on…”
zoom Californian Port of Oakland is anticipating a five-year run of record cargo volume beginning in 2018.By 2022, the port expects to handle the equivalent of 2.6 million 20-foot containers annually. The number would represent 8 percent more volume than the port has ever processed in a single year.The figures were unveiled in a Strategic Maritime Roadmap released by the Port of Oakland this month. The blueprint for the future foresees increased cargo volume arriving at Oakland on ships, which would be 35 percent larger within 15 years and capable of carrying up to 18,000 containers.“Northern California’s booming freight market will drive the growth,” the port said. New logistics capabilities, such as distribution centers and freight transfer facilities, should provide a further boost, it added.“We’re serving a thriving area and developing new services for our customers,” John Driscoll, Oakland’s Maritime Director, informed.The port’s Roadmap forecasts record volume of more than 2.4 million cargo containers in 2018, up from the current record of 2.39 million, set three years ago.
zoom Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to deliver 16 engines for four new LNG carrier vessels being built at the Hudong Zhonghua shipyard in China.Under the order, booked in August 2017, the company’s joint venture CSSC Wärtsilä Engine (Shanghai) Co would deliver the engines to the yard starting in the second half of 2018.Each of the four 174,000 m3 capacity vessels will be fitted with four Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel generating sets running primarily on LNG fuel to provide the ships with auxiliary power. Their total power output will be 56 MW.The LNG carriers are scheduled to be delivered commencing in 2019. According to data provided by VesselsValue, the ships are being built for Japan’s shipping major Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL).Wärtsilä informed that its 34DF engine, which features advanced dual-fuel technology, is used for both main engine and generating set applications. The Wärtsilä 34DF is manufactured in configurations from 6L to 16V, giving 500 kW per cylinder and a total maximum mechanical output of 8000 kW. The engine speed is 720 / 750 rpm.