The image that often comes to mind when people think of a gamer is a male loner playing in his parents’ basement, but as the world’s premier event for computer and video games, E3, kicks off it’s time to dispel that stereotype with new data.An extensive survey of 5,763 video game players in 11 countries, commissioned by Dell, has revealed that today’s gamers are quite diverse — from your coworker with two kids, to the woman next to you at the gym. Gone are the days that being called a gamer is derogatory. According to those surveyed, less than one in 10 feel either “judged,” “childish” or “embarrassed” being called a gamer.“As pioneers in PC gaming, it’s our responsibility to continuously innovate to deliver the best gaming solutions possible for our community,” said Frank Azor, vice-president and general manager of Alienware, Gaming and XPS for Dell. “This E3 is no exception. This year we are enhancing the ultimate gaming experience with a new online training platform, brand new peripherals and some awesome esports partnerships, helping all players take their game to the next level.”You can see more of the research results in the infographic below. We’re bringing more than industry data to the gaming industries biggest event, however.New Gaming HardwareAre you heading to E3? If so, you’re invited to join Alienware and Dell Gaming there at booth #647 in the South Exhibit Hall to check out our new, high-performance, gaming hardware.At E3 last year, we launched our first branded keyboard, mouse and monitor. This year we’re bringing the Alienware Wireless Gaming Headset to complete the Alienware ecosystem. It’s designed for diehards demanding game-dominating audiophile detail, and will give you up to 15 hours of battery life with AlienFX turned off. But, if you choose to turn it on, the headset also has lighting customizable via the Alienware Command Center with 6.8 million – million — colors and four animations from which to choose.We’ll also be showcasing the newest addition to our Inspiron Gaming line – so customers can compete at all levels. The Inspiron Gaming Desktop with 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ processor will have some of the highest multiprocessing, multitasking performance gamers can get on a mainstream desktop PC. It joins four other Inspiron laptops with high-performance AMD Ryzen™ Mobile Processors with Radeon™ Vega Graphics or 7th Generation AMD A-Series Processors.Gaming Community SupportJoining Alienware Arena is FREE and members receive access to the most exclusive in-game items and early beta access to some of the most sought-after pre-released games. They also have access to the Arena Rewards program that has been in place for eight years.Next week at E3, these benefits will expand with the launch of the Alienware Arena App. Allowing gamers to stay connected to the Alienware gaming community and rewards, the official Android app was built from the ground up for gamers to create and access their accounts on the go and interact with features of the site such as Arena Awards.Although often find myself blogging about gaming here on Direct2Dell, I’m not an Alienware Arena member because I’m not actually a gamer. Should I opt to change that, though, our State of Gaming Report shows that I would find the gaming community welcoming and accepting of others. When selecting an opponent to play, ethnicity, political view or sexual orientation make little difference – it’s all about skill.And to help gamers increase those skills, we’re launching the new Alienware Academy.It’s a digital PC gaming skill-building platform, in closed beta right now, featuring a series of video lessons, training challenges, and performance feedback. It’s not really designed for n00bs like me, but rather to help amateur athletes learn to game like an esports pro.Alienware Academy courses (example below) are guided by Team Liquid and enabled by Tobii eye-tracking gaze overlay, heatmaps, statistic and pro player comparison tools.Elevating EsportsDid you know that in 2017, more people tuned in to watch esport’s League of Legends finals than the World Series and Super Bowl combined? And, the esports fanbase is predicted to grow from 383 million today to more than 500M in 2019.You may be surprised by that, but we’re not. Dell and Alienware have been supporting the esports industry and historic franchises like Team Dignitas and Team Liquid for more than a decade. And ELEAGUE, an Atlanta-based esports league operated by Turner Media and the WME/IMG agency chose Alienware to be the official sponsor and exclusive PC systems provider, equipping their tournament facility with Alienware systems.Now we’re furthering our esports legacy by forging new partnerships with the NBA, Detroit Renegades, Miami HEAT and Misfits Gaming, and taking our partnership with Team Liquid into unchartered territory for North American esports.Alienware and Dell hardware will be utilized throughout the NBA 2K League live studio experience during league competitions. Renegades athletes will train and compete on newest Alienware hardware. Misfits players will train and stream on all Alienware hardware including the Alienware Aurora desktops, Alienware 15 laptops, AW2518H 240Hz monitors and mixture of Alienware keyboards and mice.On March 7, Alienware and Team Liquid celebrated the grand opening of the Alienware Training Facility. This tech-rich, 8,000 sq foot space — designed to mimic the kind of high-tech training offered to traditional athletes — supporting multiple competitive teams with an in-office chef, sports psychologists, nutritionists, dedicated coaches and analysts. Plans are now underway with Team Liquid to establish a second training facility in the Netherlands by the end of 2018, which will serve as their new European headquarters.All of these announcements are a lot to take in, and it’s only a portion of what we’re showcasing at E3. Beyond the individual gamer and even the esports team support, Dell is here for the people creating the games themselves. Check out the behind-the-scenes video with one of those customers, CD PROJEKT RED, on our Direct2DellEMC blog.
Photo: Wayne McLaurin If the prospect of free mulch interests you, look no farther than your own backyard.Grass clippings, leaves and pine needles are an excellent source of mulch. A generous2- to 3-inch layer of these organic materials can cut your watering needs by as much as 50percent. It can trim weed growth drastically, too.Research shows that when the air is 100 degrees, a 3-inch layer of mulch can cool thesoil by as much as 25 degrees.Healthy Root GrowthThis promotes healthy root growth, which allows for a more efficient uptake of water.The same layer of mulch will also help protect your plants from freeze damage in thewinter.As you place mulch around your planting beds, take care to pull it slightly away frommain stems. Don’t just pile it on. Organic mulch degrades over time, adding nutrients tothe soil. So you’ll need to replenish your layer from time to time to maintain itsthickness.By using your own free mulch, you’ll improve your soil at no cost. You’ll also reducethe amount of waste that ends up in area landfills. This is truly a win-win situation. The grass clippings, leaves and pine needles in your back yard are an excellent source of free mulch.
Jul 8, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The Philippines, previously free of the avian influenza that has spread rapidly across Asia, has reported its first cases.Government announcements today say the H5 strain was identified in ducks on an isolated farm near the town of Calumpit in Bulacan province, north of Manila. The ducks showed no symptoms; the disease was detected during standard testing when a trader applied to export duck eggs.Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap said at a news conference that there is no evidence this involves the H5N1 strain that has caused more than 100 cases in humans and caused 54 human deaths so far in other parts of Asia. He is quoted in an Agence France-Presse story as saying, “It is a low-risk flu strain found in three healthy ducks and the risk to human health is almost nil.”Blood samples from the infected ducks have been sent to laboratories in Australia operated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Results are expected in a week, according to a joint statement from the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture and Department of Health.A 1-week ban on the sale and transport of poultry within a 3-km radius of the affected farm has been imposed by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), according to a story in the Manila Times. BAI Director Jose Molina indicated that surveillance has intensified and that birds at all farms in nearby areas are being tested.Reuters news service reported that the Department of Agriculture said the affected flocks would be destroyed. Secretary Yap later added that this would be done only after the test results from Australia are avaialable.The private sector in the Philippines has voluntarily suspended poultry shipments to Japan, says the Times article. Although poultry export is not a big industry in the Philippines, the country’s shipments to Japan have soared recently because of the latter country’s ban on poultry imports from Thailand after avian flu was discovered there.The World Health Organization has been “unofficially” notified of the situation but has made no comment, according to Reuters news service.The source of the avian flu remains to be determined, although the vast Candaba Swamp near the affected farm is visited by migratory birds from other parts of Asia.
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Charlie Austin returns to the QPR side to face Doncaster after missing two matches with a hamstring problem. Nedum Onuoha keeps his place, with Clint Hill on the bench. QPR: Green; Simpson, Onuoha, Dunne, Assou-Ekotto, Barton, Kranjcar, Hoilett, O’Neil, Benayoun, Austin.Subs: Murphy; Traore, Hill, Phillips, Johnson, Carroll, Henry.Doncaster: Turnbull, Quinn, Furman, Duffy, Macheda, Cotterill, McCullough, Wakefield, Wellens, Robinson, Stevens.Subs: Maxted; Brown, Woods, De Val Fernandez, Bennett, Forrester, Peterson.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Back in November, the Department of Energy announced that it had $104 million in stimulus funds to spend on clean energy and energy efficiency research, with some of that money already committed to projects in three areas – carbon fiber materials development, battery technology research, and building systems development.The DOE also noted it had solicited other project proposals from its stable of national laboratories and was ready to fund several other projects, including two now gearing up – one to test the energy efficiency of a variety of roof, wall, and framing systems, the other to comprehensively study net-zero-energy building systems.The first project is being propelled by a $20.2 million DOE grant and run by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which is expanding its Building Technologies Research and Integration Center to study a range of envelope systems, including different faÃ§ade materials for larger structures.The second project, funded by a $15.9 million grant, is being handled by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, whose plan includes construction of three 5,000-sq.-ft. structures on the LBNL campus that will be designed for net-zero-energy performance but also feature different HVAC systems; faÃ§ade, lighting, and interior design schemes; skylight placements; and building sensor-and-control configurations.Scientists at the two labs told Architectural Record that the programs are being coordinated to avoid overlap. The LBNL project is still being finalized, according to the magazine.