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Wenger named game ambassador

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Konami has announced that Arsenal’s long-standing manager, Arsène Wenger, has been named the new ambassador for the iOS and Android mobile soccer management game.

Wenger is the longest-serving U.K. soccer manager where he has overseen double-winning seasons and other successes throughout his 19-year tenure. As the new face of Pes Club Manager, he truly embodies the game’s engrossing simulation of being a top-level soccer manager. Wenger will grace all promotional materials for the game.

Wenger’s appointment comes as Pes Club Manager adds a number of key new elements to delight its fast-growing user base. Central to the new season is an update to the in-game rosters, wherein all transfers are up to date and the stats for its 5,000 licensed players have been altered according to current form. KONAMI has introduced a ‘Guild’ system, wherein players can form their own Football Associations with friends. Members can then work with other users to create a network and work together. Pes Club Manager will also feature a daily login event with prizes for the Wenger update.

The basic ethos of Pes Club Manager remains the same, with players overseeing every aspect of a busy season. Training, injury crises, cup runs and player scouting all fall under the user’s remit. As squads develop,Pes Club Manager‘s unique “Player Management” system is key to growing a talented pool of players. New players can be acquired through a transfer market where the highest bidder will get the player in a real-time auction or via a scouting system where new talent can be spotted. By accessing the Training Facilities, players can then be developed individually by focusing on different skills to improve personal and team skills throughout the season, further enhancing the strength of the team.

Matches are then shown using the same 3D systems seen in KONAMI’s PES series, with the action truly reflecting the tactical systems implemented by the user and the licensed players also instantly recognizable in how they move and play. A simple menu interface also allows users to make changes to tactics mid-match, with the on-field action instantly adapting to reflect a player’s tactics. All the licensed players in the game reflect their real-life counterparts and outline their playing style and key abilities.

Pes Club Manager is available in 18 localized versions, including U.K. English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, U.S. English, Russian, Turkish, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Swedish, Greek, Brazilian Portuguese, and Korean, and is absolutely free.

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Huawei Mate 20 unveils ‘higher intelligence’

The new Mate 20 series, launching in South Africa today, includes a 7.2″ handset, and promises improved AI.

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Huawei Consumer Business Group today launches the Huawei Mate 20 Series in South Africa.

The phones are powered by Huawei’s densest and highest performing system on chip (SoC) to date, the Kirin 980. Manufactured with the 7nm process, incorporating the Cortex-A76-based CPU and Mali-G76 GPU, the SoC offers improved performance and, according to Huawei, “an unprecedented smooth user experience”.

The new 40W Huawei SuperCharge, 15W Huawei Wireless Quick Charge, and large batteries work in tandem to provide users with improved battery life. A Matrix Camera System includes a  Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens that lets users see both wider and closer, with a new macro distance capability. The camera system adopts a Four-Point Design that gives the device a distinct visual identity.

The Mate 20 Series is available in 6.53-inch, 6.39-inch and 7.2-inch sizes, across four devices: Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 X and Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS. They ship with the customisable Android P-based EMUI 9 operating system.

“Smartphones are an important entrance to the digital world,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG, at the global launch in London last week. “The Huawei Mate 20 Series is designed to be the best ‘mate’ of consumers, accompanying and empowering them to enjoy a richer, more fulfilled life with their higher intelligence, unparalleled battery lives and powerful camera performance.”

The SoC fits 6.9 billion transistors within a die the size of a fingernail. Compared to Kirin 970, the latest chipset is equipped with a CPU that is claimed to be 75 percent more powerful, a GPU that is 46 percent more powerful and an NPU (neural processing unit) that is 226 percent more powerful. The efficiency of the components has also been elevated: the CPU is claimed to be 58 percent more efficient, the GPU 178 percent more efficient, and the NPU 182 percent more efficient. The Kirin 980 is the world’s first commercial SoC to use the Cortex-A76-based cores.

Huawei has designed a three-tier architecture that consists of two ultra-large cores, two large cores and four small cores. This allows the CPU to allocate the optimal amount of resources to heavy, medium and light tasks for greater efficiency, improving the performance of the SoC while enhancing battery life. The Kirin 980 is also the industry’s first SoC to be equipped with Dual-NPU, giving it higher On-Device AI processing capability to support AI applications.

Read more about the Mate 20 Pro’s connectivity, battery and camera on the next page. 

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How Quantum computing will change … everything?

Research labs, government agencies (NASA) and tech giants like Microsoft, IBM and Google are all focused on developing quantum theories first put forward in the 1970s. What’s more, a growing start-up quantum computing ecosystem is attracting hundreds of millions of investor dollars. Given this scenario, Forrester believes it is time for IT leaders to pay attention.

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“We expect CIOs in life sciences, energy, defence, and manufacturing to see a deluge of hype from vendors and the media in the coming months,” says Forrester’s Brian Hopkins, VP, principal analyst serving CIOs and lead author of a report: A First Look at Quantum Computing. “Financial services, supply-chain, and healthcare firms will feel some of this as well. We see a market emerging, media interest on the rise, and client interest trickling in. It’s time for CIOs to take notice.”

The Forrester report gives some practical applications for quantum computing which helps contextualise its potential: 

  • Security could massively benefit from quantum computing. Factoring very large integers could break RSA-encrypted data, but could also be used to protect systems against malicious attempts. 
  • Supply chain managers could use quantum computing to gather and act on price information using minute-by-minute fluctuations in supply and demand 
  • Robotics engineers could determine the best parameters to use in deep-learning models that recognise and react to objects in computer vision
  • Quantum computing could be used to discover revolutionary new molecules making use of the petabytes of data that studies are now producing. This would significantly benefit many organisations in the material and life sciences verticals – particularly those trying to create more cost-effective electric car batteries which still depend on expensive and rare materials. 

Continue reading to find out how Quantum computing differs.

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