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Omen X
There are few things in life that PC gamers value and one of those are over-the-top cases that look more like works of art than the standard black rectangles most PC makers sell. This is what HP was trying to tap in the market when it recently release the highly seductive design of their PC console.

The company, which launched its Omen sub-brand of gaming PCs back in May, has rolled out its newest desktop gaming PC offering. It’s absolutely ridiculous in the best kind of way.

Daniel Howley of Yahoo! Finance refer to the Omen X as a Ferrari. The case, for instance, looks like something straight out of "Hellraiser." A 60-pound behemoth, the Omen X houses its components in a cube that balances on its single edge thanks to two large supports.

HP says it designed the desktop's case in such a way to help promote airflow — there are three different air champers to keep the system cool — and make it easier for enthusiasts to work on.

Airflow is important for computers because the hotter a system gets, the more it will automatically lower its power output to keep from having a complete meltdown. And in the case of the Omen X, that’s a distinct possibility. That's because the PC can be crammed with as much horsepower as one can afford.

A starter configuration of the Omen X will cost you a whopping US$ 1,800 and includes an Intel Core-i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 2TB hard drive supplemented by a 256GB solid-state drive and an AMD Radeon RX 480 graphics card. That's one hell of a system. The thing even comes with a ridiculous number of USB ports: 10!

Want to go even higher? HP will outfit the Omen X with twin Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics chips (which cost about US$ 700 each) and an incredibly unnecessary 32GB of RAM. And if the users want to keep the system running as cool as possible, it comes with a liquid cooling setup that uses radiators to ensure the processor is nice and chilly. Oh, and its front panel is ringed in LEDs that users can program to any color.


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Mary Jane Watson
When news broke that Zendaya would likely be playing Mary Jane Watson in "Spider-Man: Homecoming," comic purists and supporters of original material were flabbergasted. Who is a Zendaya? Clearly, she hasn't done much acting in worthwhile films or television (Disney productions are, shall we say, just the worst).

But there were some people who thought that is a great idea, especially ones that dare to push the envelope about diversity and preconceived notions about not staying true to what fifty years of literature has depicted is an attractive trend. Instead of being excited about having a redhead, spunky, white, alpha woman as the characters was originally intended, the PC police wants otherwise.

Even "Guardians of the Galaxy" Director James Gunn took to both Twitter and Facebook to support Zendaya. In a lengthy Facebook post below, he explained exactly why Zendaya is the woman he wants to fill MJ's shoes, and he could not be more wrong.

"For me, if a character's primary attribute-the thing that makes them iconic-is the color of their skin, or their hair color, frankly, that character is shallow and sucks. For me, what makes MJ MJ is her alpha-female playfulness, and if the actress captures that, then she'll work. And, for the record, I think Zendaya even matches what I think of as MJ's primary physical characteristics-she's a tall, thin model-much more so than actresses have in the past.

Whatever the case, if we're going to continue to make movies based on the almost all white heroes and supporting characters from the comics of the last century, we're going to have to get used to them being more reflective of our diverse present world. Perhaps we can be open to the idea that, although someone may not initially match how we personally conceive a character, we can be-and often are-happily surprised."
Based on these statements, Gunn is still out of touch with the comic canon.

People who actually knew about "Guardians of the Galaxy" prior to the movie would have been equally irritated if he decided to change Gamora from green to orange. If staying true to the original character is so unimportant, why didn't he change her? Or change Drax to bright pink? Or Rocket into a Rhino? Or Groot into a sentient bucket?

What's the point of not casting red headed pale Mary Jane as the original material dictates? Why not make her a double amputee Syrian refugee?

Many are still amazed that these Gunn has not figured this whole superhero thing out yet. Comic collectors and Marvel followers just want a good screen translations of their favorite characters as they were portrayed in the literature when they were growing up.

Every time somebody try to do this sort of thing to accommodate their selfish political, it just screams that the movie outfit does not have a lot of respect for the source material. Mary Jane is a very important character in the Spider-Man story. To reduce her to little more than a chance for token diversity is pretty insulting.

It just seems that "adding diversity" to casting these days simply translates to any person of color or ethnic backround other than white. Everyone is stoked for a new Spider Man movie and hardcore fans are not racist to be upset that a beloved character they know and love it basically being completely changed and for no other reason than "let's cater to another ethnicity because it might encourage more diversity in sales!"

"Fantastic Four" showed everyone that nonsensical stunt casting for diversity's own sake doesn't make a better picture, doesn't sell more comics, nor should it be blindly celebrated just because it was an artistic choice someone made. cine


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Consumerization of IT
Shadow IT, or technology informally introduced into an organizational environment, is clearly here to stay. According to recent research undertaken by BT, shadow IT solutions now account for 20 per cent of corporate IT spend in Australia and 25 per cent globally.

IT budgets and technology deployments are failing to keep pace with the capabilities of consumer-focused innovations such as smartphones, tablets and online file-sharing services. The outcome is users are effectively taking many of the technology decisions away from IT departments, compromising the ability of businesses to manage their IT risks.

So how have consumer-led expectations complicated technology's role in the enterprise and subsequently led to the growth of shadow IT?

Employees are consumers, and consumers today are extremely conscious of the 'lifestyle' aspect of the technologies they use.

From sleek form factors to advertisements positioning products as gateways to music, fashion and other desirable consumables, vendors are successfully positioning their products as an indispensable part of the modern, affluent lifestyle.

Failing to match the consumer experience with stylish workplace equipment may prompt some employees to favor the sleek home notebook over the clunky work version.

Lenovo ThinkFWD has an advice for this.

"In worst-case scenarios, business leaders may opt to buy workplace computers for themselves and their teams without asking IT. Poor procurement may have flow-on effects as well. Young, talented people entering the workforce may view outdated computers and clunky, ageing mobile phones as warning signs of a traditional, inflexible workplace.

On the other hand, a modern workplace that offers newer technologies and form factors, and combines them with policies that enable users to access corporate data on preferred devices, can help attract and retain talented people.

The second aspect is user experience. Providing a high-quality user experience is mandatory for technology teams seeking to control the emergence of shadow technology. This means accounting for users’ feelings, motivations and values as much as efficiency, effectiveness and basic satisfaction when procuring technologies and developing applications.

Businesses should apply the same user experience principles to the development of in-house corporate applications as to the development of customer-facing applications and websites.

Failing to take this approach may prompt employees to secretly use better-designed commercial application products without informing IT. It may also compromise the productivity and cost savings anticipated from developing an in-house application as users struggle to come to grips with its clunky, un-intuitive experience.

Connectivity is another crucial issue for businesses. Employees that endure patchy or slow corporate wireless access may be tempted to use other methods, such as smartphones for wireless hotspots or unsecured wireless networks at local cafes or hotels, which do not meet corporate guidelines for information security.

Businesses have to implement fast, highly available and organisation-wide Wi-Fi to deliver the ubiquitous connectivity that employees view as a basic requirement of modern business. For organisations with limited resources, some providers offer Wi-Fi as a service that can deliver on-demand access to wireless connectivity in multiple locations.

Another area where organisations are vulnerable to shadow IT is in the availability of collaboration and file-sharing tools and technologies.

Employees in modern workplaces expect to be able to collaborate easily and effectively to make fast and more informed business decisions. If employers do not provide the right tools and technologies to enable employees to do this, workers are likely to seek out third-party collaboration and file-sharing tools to perform these activities.

However, this may see employers lose control over how sensitive information is shared, and potentially expose this data to theft or leakage.

According to research prepared by Telstra, nine out of 10 IT leaders across Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, the UK and the US struggle to implement the communications and collaboration IT, ranging from desktop virtualisation to video conferencing, that employees want in the workplace.

So what is the answer for businesses seeking to minimise shadow IT?

Put simply, listen closely to users and let their needs drive relevant IT decision-making. If business teams want more say in IT procurement, make sure that any decision they make is subject to IT policies governing fit-for-purpose, security and governance.

Above all, the IT team should change its role from technology gatekeeper to enabler, so business teams can feel comfortable seeking advice about new technologies from their resident, in-house experts."


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Tweet Stocks
Interest and, consequently, shares of Twitter (were up in pre-market trading recently as the social network enters discussions with Apple to launch an app on Apple TV that could allow millions of Apple TV users to watch National Football League (NFL) games that Twitter will stream, sources told the New York Times.

Earlier this year, Twitter agreed to pay about US$ 10 million for the rights to live-stream 10 Thursday night NFL games during the 2016 season.

Twitter has since signed a string of live-streaming deals with organizations such as Wimbledon, CBS News (CBS), the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball, National Hockey League (NHL) and Pac-12 Networks.

The San Francisco-based company is also in talks about similar agreements with Major League Soccer and the Professional Golfers Association (PGA), according to the Times.

Such deals could benefit Twitter by attracting a broader audience and helping the company sell more video ads.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates the stock as a "sell" with a ratings score of D.

Twitter's weaknesses include a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.


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The Dark Tower
Many Stephen King fans can now heave a sigh of relief after the knowing that "The Dark Tower" is finally coming to the big screen. The stars include Idris Elba who will play Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as the infamous sorcerer The Man in Black.

Director Nikolaj Arcel has been filming the adaptation for some time now, so when might there be enough material to cut together the first trailer? Sooner than you think.

According to the program highlights for Entertainment Weekly's (EW) PopFest, the magazine’s two-day festival in Los Angeles, the "first footage from Stephen King’s The Dark Tower" will be revealed. A detailed schedule has yet to be publicly released, but the festival will run 29-30 October 2016.

It makes sense to debut the footage at PopFest considering EW heavily featured the film and its first details in its Comic-Con issue. The magazine was also the one to announce casting of Elba and McConaughey.

"The Dark Tower" books and comics, beginning with "The Gunslinger," told of Roland and the many-named sorcerer as one pursued the other on a journey to reach the mystical tower at the heart of the fantastical realm known as Mid-World. Based on a screenplay from Arcel, Akiva Goldsman, Anders Thomas Jensen, and Jeff Pinkner, the film is a secret sequel to the source material in that Roland has an artifact called the Horn of Eld allowing him to reset events with slight differences.

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer tried to bring this story to life for years, but it never panned out because the source material proved so complex for just one film. For "The Dark Tower," Katheryn Winnick, Jackie Earle Haley, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Claudia Kim, Nicholas Hamilton, Tom Taylor, and Fran Kranz also feature in the cast.

"The Dark Tower" is scheduled for theaters on 17 February 2017.


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