Dell Gaming and Alienware are all about bringing the gaming community together so you might have already heard that we’re joining forces with HT&E Events and Gfinity Esports Australia, as the Presenting Partner for Australia’s inaugural 2018 Gfinity Australia Elite Series. The new esports tournament will kick off in May 2018 and winning teams will enjoy a hefty prize pool of AU$450,000 for the first year, one of the biggest in Australian esports history.Dell Gaming and Alienware have long recognised the importance of esports for the Australian gaming community. As gaming becomes more mainstream, it has attracted a new level of professionalism into the sport. In the last year, the Adelaide Crows AFL club made Australian sporting history by becoming the first mainstream sports organisation to buy a professional esports team. Since then, there’s been a growing list of Australian sporting organisations entering the esports industry.The Gfinity Elite Series presents the perfect opportunity to be at the forefront of the industry in Australia and be part of other world leading esports communities. By taking place in a purpose-built arena, the Gfinity Elite Series is set to turn gaming into a competitive league that rivals other pro sports.Another exciting part about this partnership is that Alienware is doubling as the official hardware partner in the PC hardware category. As you know, PC gaming is in our DNA so gamers participating in the tournament can look forward to playing on the best high-performance Alienware hardware such as the Alienware Aurora, Alienware 17 and 25” Alienware monitor for the most intensive gaming experience possible.Gamers can experience the exciting tournament format in the form of the Challenger Series, presented by Dell Gaming and Elite Series presented by Alienware. Here are more details to how you can be the next gaming pro!Challenger SeriesWhether you’re a hardcore or casual gamer, the Challenger Series is currently open to everyone living in Oceania countries. There will be two tournaments within the Challenger Series lasting over 10 weeks. Covering three game titles, this is a massive opportunity for players to build their player profile, climb the rankings and, if you’re skilled enough, join the professional players in the Gfinity Australia Elite Series. All interested players are encouraged to participate, with $15,000 in prize money each month.Elite DraftFollowing the conclusion of The Challenger Series, the best amateur players from The Challenger Series will enter The Elite Draft, with the opportunity to be selected to join one of the city-based professional franchise teams and play alongside the pros in The Elite Series.Elite SeriesThe Gfinity Australia Elite Series will bring together Australia’s best as six city-based teams battle it out over two tournaments lasting 7-weeks at the Gfinity Australia Arena. Competing across big gaming titles such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Rocket League and Street Fighter V, these teams will compete live to determine which team, and which city, will be Gfinity Australia’s ultimate Champions. In its first year alone, the Elite Series is offering a staggering AU$450,000 in prize pools.Gamers and fans alike have the opportunity to be part of the best gaming action from HOYTS Entertainment Quarter in Sydney’s Moore Park. The dedicated esports arena will boast state of the art gaming equipment alongside a full broadcast and production suite. HOYTS’ will leverage its national venue reach with the potential for esport fans to watch all tournaments on the big screen, in additional HOYTS cinema locations across the country.Esports has definitely left the underground and the big opportunities for gamers and broader gaming community is about to explode. This is a great opportunity for gamers in the community to come to together to watch matches, play games or just sit back and enjoy all the action. So brace yourself gamers, the best is yet to come!For more information or to register for the Challenger Series, visit https://challenger.gfinityesports.com.au.
“The second trend is having cloud and edge computing in place. We are seeing the emergence of the as-a-service economy – I can simply go to a company for services so I can store and process all of this data [in real time].” Big Data and the IoT “This is closely linked to the connectivity trend… using augmented and virtual reality to provide more immersive experiences. With 5G and mobile headsets, you can take customers anywhere – they will be able to sit on a bus somewhere and have amazing VR and AR experiences.”For more insights from the many other leaders who attended the event Data Advantage: How to innovate and create new value, such as author and management consultant Geoffrey Moore, Mark Kramer from our customer EDAG, as well as Matt Baker and myself from Dell Technologies, please access the session on-demand. “The fourth and most important technology trend is artificial intelligence and machine learning – the most powerful technology humans have ever had access to. This again enables us to automate more of our business processes, but also to automate some of the insights we’re generating from our data. Instead of having a pull factor where people have to find the data, analyse it themselves, identify patterns and make better decisions, in the future we’ll have more of a push factor – intelligent algorithms actually monitoring your data and saying ‘ok, it looks like this customer segment is less loyal than others, you might want to have a look at this.’” Extended reality Smart robots “Big Data, especially from the Internet of Things (IoT), is being generated in huge volumes from our smart devices, smart products and connected machines. Having access to this data and being able to use it will be key.” Resilient next-gen connectivity “We are now seeing more intelligent robots in the manufacturing process and across the supply chain with self-driving cars, trucks, ships and drones. White-collar robots that use Robotic Process Automation – especially the latest versions that apply machine learning – will also be very important in really monitoring what people are doing and helping them to perform some of those tasks.” Cloud storage and edge computing AI and ML for data insights Last month, Dell Technologies and AMD hosted the virtual event Data Advantage: How to innovate and create new value, in which top executives and technology experts shared best practices for turning data into a competitive edge for businesses.As one of those panel speakers, I was pleased to discuss the key innovations businesses should consider to create new value. Joining the discussion was Bernard Marr, international best-selling business author, futurist, keynote speaker and strategic advisor to companies and governments. He gave his view on six key technologies to watch in 2021. Let’s look at what he said: “The fifth trend is having more resilient networks – especially when we look at the rollout of 5G. This will be a massive enabler that gives us all of the connectivity we need in mobile devices, anywhere, so we don’t have to worry about having a Wi-Fi connection for fast internet speeds. I’m talking to companies like Nokia about the sixth generation of mobile networks already, so this this is extremely important.”
WUHAN, China (AP) — A relative of a coronavirus victim in China is demanding to meet a visiting World Health Organization expert team, saying it should speak with affected families who allege they are being muffled by the Chinese government. Zhang Hai’s father died of COVID-19 in February 2020. He has been organizing relatives of victims to demand accountability from officials. Zhang said he’s worried the WHO might be used to provide cover for alleged Chinese missteps in the early days of the outbreak. WHO says the visit is a scientific mission to investigate the origins of the virus, not an effort to assign blame.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Republicans have issued a formal censure to congressman Tom Rice to show disapproval over his vote in support of the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump. Rice was among the 10 GOP House members who joined Democrats on Jan. 13 in voting to impeach Trump for his role in the violence a week earlier at the U.S. Capitol. A day after his vote, Rice told The Associated Press “it hurts my heart” to have gone against the president, but pointed to what he characterized as Trump’s inaction during the Capitol Hill riot. Rice represents South Carolina’s 7th District, a northeastern area that voted heavily for Trump.
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Doctors Without Borders has suspended its work in El Salvador after one its ambulances was waylaid on the outskirts of San Salvador. The group said Sunday that armed men forced the crew of the ambulance to stop and get out in the gang-dominated neighborhood in the township of Ilopango. They were interrogated and roughed up, and threatened with guns before they managed to leave the area. A doctor and a nurse suffered light injuries. The charitable group says it will not send out ambulances until the safety of its personnel is guaranteed. It was the first attack since the group started working in El Salvador in 2018.