Metro Conflict – Hey Recruit, Gear Check!

The long awaited release of Metro Conflict is now a reality! After a successful beta week, Metro Conflict is now in full commercial service and available both from OGPlanet’s own game launcher and from Steam!

Metro Conflict Details
From the creators of Alliance of Valiant Arms, RedDuck, OGPlanet is proud to bring Metro Conflict to the forefront of the Free to Play FPS genre. Set in the not too distant future, players will yield near-futuristic weapons while battling in metropolitan settings that could only be done justice by the Unreal Engine 3 that lies at the heart of Metro Conflict’s stunning visuals. Every character/class in Metro Conflict has its own unique skins, weapon load out, and skill giving each one a distinctive gameplay feel and strategy for tactical combat. Add in some compelling cinematic story/tutorial missions and you’ve found yourself a AAA shooter experience for…well, FREE!

With Metro Conflict, community comes first, and so numerous social media options are available for players to connect with each other and the staff behind Metro Conflict. The various options are provided below:

Official Website: http://mc.ogplanet.com
Steam Store Page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/356640
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MetroConflictOfficial
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/OGPMC
Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/metroconflictofficial
Instagram: https://instagram.com/metroconflict/
Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/metroconflict
Video Portal: http://mediaconflict.com

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.4.4

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 4.4.4, the fourth minor release of the LibreOffice 4.4 family, with over 70 fixes over LibreOffice 4.4.3. New features introduced by LibreOffice 4.4 are listed on this wiki page: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/4.4.

The Document Foundation suggests to deploy LibreOffice in enterprises and large organizations with the backing of professional support by certified people (a list is available at: http://www.documentfoundation.org/certification/).

People interested in technical details about the release can access the change log here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.4/RC1 (fixed in RC1), https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.4/RC2 (fixed in RC2) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.4/RC3 (fixed in RC3).

Get involved: LibreOffice 5.0 and LibreOffice Conference

The LibreOffice community is actively working at next major release, LibreOffice 5.0, expected in early August 2015. After two successful bug hunting sessions, developers are putting the finishing touches to the software. Preliminary release notes are available at: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/5.0.

Also, the Call for Paper for LibreOffice Conference 2015, which will be hosted by the Danish city of Aarhus from September 23 to September 25, is open until July 15, with further details on the website: http://conference.libreoffice.org/2015/call-for-papers/.

The LibreOffice community is growing, and these are exceptional opportunities to join the fun together with over 900 developers who have contributed to the code and over 3,000 volunteers who have localized the suite, chased the bugs, written the manuals, spoken at conferences, and advocated LibreOffice both at global and local levels.

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 4.4.4 is immediately available for download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org.

Acer Brings The Latest Technology Closer To People With A Range Of High-Performance & Exciting New Devices

Acer launches Aspire E5 Series, Aspire V Nitro gaming notebook, Aspire V3 Series, Aspire Z Series All-in-One, Aspire Switch 12 series 2-in-1 Notebook, XB240H Gaming TFT Monitor, and world’s first Curved Monitor with NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ Technology XR341CKA

New Aspire E5 Series features a variety of colorful interior options and a new textile pattern cover manufactured utilizing 3D printing technology
Special Aspire V Nitro-Black Edition ramps up the power with even more powerful processing and gaming-grade graphics
The Aspire V3 Series features a premium brushed aluminum top cover with up to 7 hours battery life
New Aspire Z Series All-In-One is a HD screen device with Intel® Pentium® J2900 processor
Next generation XB240H Gaming Monitor presents more stunning, high quality image with NVIDIA G-Sync™ technology and Flicker-less technology
World’s first curved monitor with NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ Technology, XR341CKA features a 34-inch 21:9 UltraWide QHD (3440 x 1440) display with IPS technology for 178-degree viewing angles and deep immersion in gaming
New Aspire Switch 12, 2-in-1 series notebook features unique design which provides smooth transitions between 5 versatile modes of usage
All Windows 8.1 devices are supported by Acer for the free upgrade to Windows 10

Acer India, one of the largest PC vendors in the country, today announced the launch of its latest range of devices including the new Aspire E5 Series with solid performance packed into a sophisticated design, the Aspire V Nitro-Black Edition with more powerful processing and gaming-grade graphics, Aspire V3 with metallic aesthetic cues, the Aspire Z Series All-in-One with HD screen, XB240H Gaming Monitor with 4K 2K NVIDIA G-Sync™ technology, world’s first curved 34-inch display with NVIDIA G-Sync™ technology, XR341CKA and the new Aspire Switch 12 featuring 5 versatile modes of usage at an unbeatable price. All of the new notebooks and All-in-One ship with Windows 8.1 and are supported by Acer for the free upgrade to Windows 10.







Announcing the launch, S. Rajendran, Chief Marketing Officer, Acer India, said, “Acer has been unswerving with its promise of introducing fresh technology and breaking barriers between people and technology. We have always lived up to our promise of introducing fresh technology that would allow consumers to explore newer features and innovations. The advanced ergonomic design and elegant looks deliver every need at an exceptional value. From notebooks to convertible 2-in-1s to gaming monitors, we are empowering our consumers to easily create and share content and connect with the people who matter to them the most.” He also said, “The new notebook series and gaming monitors come with all the right features in a compact and stylish design that aims at smart consumers who enjoy their work without compromising on its quality.”

Aspire E5 Series – Attractive Design with Appealing Features

The new Aspire E5 Series notebook comes in a variety of color options in 14-inch and 15.6-inch displays and brings premium looks, style and high performance experience to the mainstream notebooks. Consumers can choose from White, Red and Charcoal color options. They feature a textile-pattern on the cover and underside which has been manufactured through NIL (Nano Imprint Lithography) Technology, a brand new process, involving 3D scanning of fabric samples, which are then replicated into molds with 3D printing technology and finished with a laser engraving process. The bold and colorful interior panels extend to an eye-catching ring around the machine visible even when the lid is closed.

Powered with the latest 5th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, up to NVIDIA® GeForce® 920M series graphics with dedicated DDR3 VRAM, up to 16GB RAM and up to 1TB HDD storage options, the new Aspire E5 Series provides solid performance for everyday use. Acer Aspire E5 also uses some incredible technologies like LumiFlex™, BluelightShield™, Acer TrueHarmony, WiFi 802.11ac and MU-MIMO to give the customers an unparalleled premium experience. The Aspire E5 series is also Skype™ certified to provide a friction-free audio and visual communication experience. The Aspire E5 was also a winner of the prestigious Computex d&i (design and innovation) awards 2015.

Aspire V Nitro-Black Edition – powerful processing and gaming-grade graphics

The Aspire V Nitro-Black Edition represents the apex of the Nitro series. It offers blazing fast performance, gaming-grade graphics and exclusive cooling technologies allowing them to tackle even the most demanding multimedia for realistic entertainment. Available in 15-inch screen size, Aspire V Nitro notebook also sports a stylish and sophisticated design characterized by sharp angles, slim profiles and intricately patterned covers made with soft touch NIL technology. It also offers powerful performance with the latest 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor.

Powered by NVIDIA® GeForce® up to GTX960M, it provides users with riveting gaming grade visuals and performance, taking entertainment to a whole new level. The notebook is equipped with Acer DustDefender™ technology, an intelligent dust-removal design that relies on the notebook’s high-speed metal fan to remove internal build-up of dust. It helps to extend the product’s lifecycle and enhances performance while quietly keeping the device cool. And when heavy loading or extreme performance of the notebook requires added ventilation, CoolBoost technology’s exclusive Turbo Mode can be manually activated by the user to enable faster fan speed, and lower CPU/GPU temperatures.

This notebook sports a 4K UHD display with IPS Technology that provides wide viewing angles, allowing users to share their multimedia experience with those around them without loss of image quality. To help reduce eye fatigue and enhance visual comfort, Aspire V Nitro series notebooks feature Acer ComfyView non-glare technology. The Audio experience is also enhanced using Dolby® Digital Plus Home Theater with 4 speakers. The notebook was awarded the 2014 Good Design Award by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion.

Aspire V3 – Full Featured Device in a Stylish Design

The Acer Aspire V3 is a premium laptop designed for discerning customers who are looking at a device that is light, sturdy and powerful with ability to be the primary entertainment console when required. A 5th Gen Intel® Core™ processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 840M graphics with 2 GB of dedicated DDR3 VRAM deliver intense power for any task. The Aspire V3 is thinner and more elegant than ever without sacrificing performance. Enjoy adaptive performance that keeps apps flying and media flowing (with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology), all with up to 7 hours battery life. The Audio experience is enhanced using Dolby® Digital Plus Home Theater that provides a virtual surround sound experience.

The Aspire V3 is designed to give the user a clean and classy device for their everyday computing and to provide superlative performance. Consumers can choose between 2 color options – White and Silver. With memory up to 16 GB expansion and 1TB of hard drive storage users can enjoy fast SSD–like access and large hard drive capacity. The FineTip keyboard along with Acer’s Precision Touchpad with ACM (Accidental Contact Mitigation) technology to give the best device interaction experience money can buy.

Next generation XB240H Gaming Monitor – Deliver gaming excellence in every detail

Acer XB240H is worlds 1st QHD / UHD, G-Sync / FreeSync gaming monitor. Through NVIDIA G-Sync™ technology, 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time, users can have an outstanding gaming experience like never experienced before. And users can enjoy comfortable viewing experience while gaming via ComfyView+ technology, including flicker-less, low dimming and ComfyView display. Acer XB240H monitor has Eco-friendly design which has earned them EPEAT® Gold ranking, TCO 6.0 and ENERGY STAR® 6.0 product certification.

The XB240H gaming monitor has Ultra HD (4K2K) resolution, presents more stunning, high quality image ever. Available in 24-inch and 27-inch models with high resolution not only enhances users’ working efficiency, but creates an outstanding visual enjoyment to every user.

Acer Aspire Z series HD All-in-One – Slim and powerful entertainment device

The Aspire Z Series all-in-one desktop packs all the essential computing features users need in a slim and space-saving design – simple and functional. The intuitive 19.5″ Full HD display takes full advantage of Windows 8.1. The all-in-one has everything the user needs, including Optical Disk Drive and HD webcam with 1 microphone, but has a very small footprint so it frees up much more desk space than a typical desktop PC. It is built into a panel that is 31.2 mm thin, and delivers a user-friendly and smooth computing experience.

With an adjustable stand that tilts from 17° to 35° letting users find the best sightline for great media enjoyment and daily computer usage. Sound is rich and clear from two front-facing hi-fi stereo speakers that provide absolute multimedia enjoyment. Aditionally, users can access their entire media library with up to 500GB of storage. These all-in-one PCs sport adjustable stands that let user choose the most comfortable way to view anything, from browsing the web to watching their favorite movie.

World’s first curved 34-inch Curved Monitor for deep immersion in gaming

The new 34-inch curved 21:9 ultra-wide XR341CKA monitor, the world’s first curved monitor with NVIDIA® G-SYNC™, provides an immersive gaming experience with minimal stutters and screen tears. DTS® sound, 2x7W speakers, a zero-frame design with a futuristic aluminum base and ambient lighting options create an exciting entertainment experience with style. The monitor features IPS display panel with a 178-degree viewing angle, providing an immersive experience in games and entertainment with a broader view. It supports 100% of the sRGB color gamut, delivering accurate color reproduction desired by design professionals and photo enthusiasts for precise color matching across applications and print output. The curved screen puts every corner of the screen at the same distance from the customer’s eyes, providing a uniform viewing experience. It also presents a more immersive experience with a wider field of view and increased perceived area of peripheral vision compared to a flat display of the same size.

Designed with ergonomics in mind, the monitor can be tilted from -5° to 35° and adjusted vertically up to 130 mm, allowing the user to adjust the monitor to the most comfortable viewing angle. It also features flicker-less technology to lessen eye fatigue for a more comfortable gaming or working experience. It supports DisplayPort and HDMI inputs, and has a built-in USB 3.0 hub which supports high-speed charging of smartphones and other devices.

New Aspire Switch 2-in-1 series – Provides smooth transitions between 5 versatile modes of usage

The Aspire Switch 12 is a 12.5 inch notebook equipped with a unique kickstand design that features a magnetic and latch-less detachable keyboard enabling the centerpiece of the notebook to easily transition between 5 distinct modes (notebook, pad, display, tent and desktop). The Aspire Switch 12’s detachable keyboard can work connected or wirelessly and provides full-sized typing comfort along with a pointing stick, for an enhanced navigation experience. Users can also enjoy its 10-point touch controls on a larger screen and use an optional Acer Active Pen for a more intuitive writing and drawing experience.

The Aspire Switch 12 is powered by the new Intel® Core™ M processor for a compelling combination of computing performance and stunning display graphics. The processor also delivers significant reduction in power consumption, allowing it to run up to 8 hours during video playback. What’s more, it also sports a fan-less design that makes it whisper quite, while further complementing its reduced power consumption. With a 12.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display with IPS* technology and Zero Air Gap direct bonding technology, users can see everything clearly from wide viewing angle, with vivid colors and detail and even in bright sunlight. For added durability, the Aspire Switch 12’s display is built with next generation of Corning® Gorilla® Glass and treated with an anti-fingerprint coating that reduces unsightly smudges.

Speaking about the Intel powered devices, Anand Dhand, Director, MNC Business, Intel shared, “We are very excited to be associated with Acer in bringing about form factor innovation and best-in-class performance through value for money devices for a host of dynamic consumer needs. Catering to professionals to avid gamers to students, these devices are a perfect amalgamation of looks, utility and performance and are futuristic, being equipped with the best that technology has to offer today.”

Sharlin Thayil, Group Director- OEM, Microsoft India said, “The new notebook and gaming monitor series from Acer is ideal for customers who use their devices extensively for gaming, multimedia and entertainment. These devices run Windows 8.1 and provide a great experience for consumers demanding high levels of performance. I congratulate Acer on the launch of the Aspire V3 Series, Aspire E5 Series, Aspire V Nitro, Aspire Z series All-in-One, Gaming TFT Monitors and the Aspire Switch 12 2-in-1 Series Notebook.”

Additional Speakers Not Needed with Acer TrueHarmony and Acer BluelightShield™ Allows More Reading with Less Eye Strain

The new Aspire E5 Series notebook models include the latest TrueHarmony audio technology from Acer. With a unique combination of innovative hardware and software design, Acer TrueHarmony delivers lifelike audio that takes entertainment to the next level. With a paper diaphragm construction specifically designed to enhance strength and flexibility, the speakers deliver accurate sound with a wider range of bass and less distortion. The custom equalizer optimizes frequency balance, ensuring that movies come to life, music has more depth, and games are even more engaging.

The new Aspire E5 series also includes BluelightShield™, effectively decreasing eye strain by reducing blue light emission from the screen; it provides four modes of use:
· Low Reduction: Reduces blue light emission from the LED backlit module by 18%, which is as effective as a pair of generic anti-blue-light glasses.

· Mid Reduction and High Reduction: Reduces blue light emission from the LED backlit module by 36% and 54% respectively.

· Long Hour Mode: Professionally tuned by optical engineers to reduce eye strain over extended periods.

Pricing and Availability

The new Acer Aspire E5 Series will be available in India from July with a price starting at Rs. 26,499/-

The new Acer Aspire V Nitro-Black Edition will be available in India from July with a price starting at Rs. 1,10,000/-

The new Acer Aspire V3 Series will be available in India from July with a price starting at Rs. 43,499/-

The new Acer Aspire Z Series full HD All-in-One will be available in India from July with a price starting at Rs. 26,999/-

The next generation XB240H Series gaming monitors will be available with 24-inch and 27-inch displays, prices starting at Rs. 27,999/-

The world’s first curved monitor with NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ Technology, XR341CKA will be available in India from July with a price starting at Rs. 89,999/-

The Acer Aspire Switch 12 will come with a 128 GB SSD. It will be available in India with prices starting at Rs. 53,999/-

To learn more about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office via www.acer.co.in.

Free Security App Helps Catch Thief in New Zealand

Homeowner used old smartphones to create free security network

New Zealander Melissa Rodrigues’ three-year-old son claimed he heard an intruder. The first time she didn’t believe him. The second time, he showed her the proof – footprints in the mud. The third time the intruder appeared, Melissa and her husband caught him using the free app, Salient Eye (www.salient-eye.com), which allowed her to transform an old smartphone into a camera and motion detector.

“The support this app gave us was absolutely fantastic,” said Ms. Rodrigues. “It meant we didn’t have to put ourselves in harm’s way to look for him, and with the email alert we were on the phone to the police in literally seconds!”

Salient Eye’s free Android security alarm system transforms cameras on old mobile devices into motion-sensitive alarms with immediate notification. Users can even put smartphones throughout their houses to create an instant security network for free.

Haggai Meltzer, founder and CEO, Salient Eye, created the app after he’d been robbed. “I had a drawer full of old smartphones. They were too old for the thief to take an interest, but not too old for me to figure out a better way to use them.”
The only hardware required is an old phone or tablet, with security only two clicks away. Requiring no registration nor payment, app setup is not technical; it’s all icon-based for simplicity. Salient Eye works on any Android system, as far back as 2.2 (2010) and sends notifications to any device.

Although the story is rather frightening – Ms. Rodrigues property was violated three times in three nights – there’s a happy ending.

Once the Salient Eye app “saw” the intruder, Melissa was immediately notified with an email alert. She called the police, and a manhunt of five police cars and a dog tried to track him down. The dog actually lost his scent, but the picture from the Salient Eye app provided enough details that the man could easily be identified. He was a neighbor living a few houses away. He was on a spree and confessed to everything – not only stealing tools from the Rodrigues family but also stealing from other neighbors.

Here is the link to the images the app “saw”: http://ws.salient-eye.com/EventReport/mel-rodrigues879708/2015/06/27/16/46

Ms. Rodrigues found Salient Eye online. “Having no money to be able to buy a ‘proper’ system, I stumbled across the app, which allowed me to have a free, immediately available security setup. The app literally helped our whole community,” she said.

Salient Eye is available for free download at Google play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mantishrimp.salienteye

Indian Startup Bluemeric launches goPaddle – a container based SDLC 3.0 platform

Bluemeric Technologies, an India-based start-up with focus on DevOps solution and services, announced the launch of it’s cutting edge SDLC 3.0 platform, goPaddle.

Cloud computing has started making a profound impact on the application development. Mobile and web based application development companies have significantly benefited by developing and rolling out their applications on clouds. But application downtimes and development process can delay the lab to market cycle. 80% of downtime of mission critical applications is caused by miscommunications about the release change. Similarly 45 to 65 percent of the issues are introduced during the requirements and design phase of the software development. goPaddle addresses these two problems through improved collaboration between the teams and helps to identify issues early in the release cycle through container based shift left approach. Due platform neutrality, goPaddle offers Developers and IT teams the flexibility to use different operating systems and different cloud platforms across the software release cycle.

“Container technology adds a new dimension of portability in Software release cycles. Development and IT teams now have a choice of using either Infrastructure or Platform Clouds across the release cycle without worrying about application portability issues. With goPaddle, companies can take advantage of light weight and portable software release management on cloud,” says Vinothini Raju, Founder & CEO at Bluemeric.

While model-driven PaaS and container adoption is on the raise, most of the applications still run on Infrastructure clouds compared to platform clouds. A solution like goPaddle connects these technologies with the existing application deployments. This announcement came following Red Hat’s OpenShift Enterprise 3 announcement last week. goPaddle currently integrates with Open source version of Openshift v3 PaaS, Kubernetes and with other infrastructure clouds like AWS and Google Cloud.

Using goPaddle, cloud based application development companies can now speed up their software development process. They can do forward and reverse engineering of a multi-tier application in a similar fashion. In addition to this agile application delivery, they can also achieve application portability across different cloud platforms.

“We have been closely following the technology trends in the portability space and we have found Docker to be a game changer in the container management space. We wanted to contribute to the Docker adoption and have also released open source tools like DockYard to manage Docker containers. Based on our DevOps consulting experiences, we have seen how Docker can simplify application release management. Our technical expertise in Docker and clustering platforms like Kubernetes has helped us develop a solution like goPaddle”, says Giragadurai Vallirajan, CTO at Bluemeric.

goPaddle is available as a closed source SaaS application and is currently in public beta. It is available to customers as a free subscription with limited licenses for the next 3 months.

Based in India, Bluemeric has establishment in US as well to have more closer interaction with the Developer community in US, bridging the container technology space between India and US.

To subscribe to “goPaddle”: http://gopaddle.io

To use the open source docker management platform : https://github.com/bluemeric/dockyard

HDFC Bank implements Business Continuity Program

Business Resilience Redefined Using Sanovi DRM at HDFC Bank

HDFC Bank, one of India’s largest private banks has embarked on a Business Continuity program for its critical IT applications. In partnership with Sanovi, HDFC Bank has achieved a committed 50% reduction in recovery time of core application, 50–60% reduction in drill window, 80% reduction in service-level agreement (SLA) (RPO) tracking time, and also 65-70% business loss avoidance due to production emergency.

The bank has been maintaining the BCM Certificate of BS25999 for the past three years and was awarded the ISO 22301:2012 certificate in March 2014. Sanovi DRM has been a key enabler in the bank’s journey from IT Recovery to Resiliency.

“Business Continuity and IT Recovery are a strategic investment for the Bank that enables us to deliver continuous, uninterrupted services. Sanovi’s solutions are an integral part of our journey in enabling IT recovery to meet our regulatory and business needs, said Munish Mittal, Deputy CIO, HDFC Bank Ltd.

“HDFC Bank is at the fore front of technology and process maturity, we are extremely pleased to partner with the bank and be an key enabler to the bank’s IT recovery capabilities. We are very excited with the release of the IDC Case study on HDFC Bank’s IT Recovery program, it reinforces Sanovi’s value of enabling IT agility and availability through its leadership in Business Continuity & IT Recovery solutions” said Chandra Sekhar Pulamarasetti, co-founder and CEO Sanovi Technologies.

“With convincing wins along pillars like Resilience, Agility, Availability and Compliance, HDFC Bank has harnessed Sanovi DRM for optimum business impact,” concludes Kannagi Shekhar, Senior Market Analyst, IDC India, author of HDFC Bank-Sanovi case study.

Vodafone Tops M2m Rankings For Record Fourth Time

The Analysys Mason M2M Scorecard provides an independent and in-depth analysis of the attributes and capabilities of the world’s leading M2M communication service providers. Each provider is ranked on five criteria including scale and execution, technological enablement as well as customer support and aftersales support. Vodafone is the only provider to be ranked number one in all five criteria and has been rated the global leader in every annual survey since Analysys Mason initiated the M2M Scorecard in 2011.

Morgan Mullooly of Analysys Mason, said: “Few global operators provide M2M services at the highest levels, which made it difficult to identify an exceptional operator. Vodafone manages the greatest number of connections, which is the most unambiguous metric of scale and execution. It also has leading partnerships, network capabilities and clarity of vision, among other remarkable attributes.”

Vodafone director of M2M, Erik Brenneis, said: “I am delighted that our strategy, vision and scale of deployment has kept us in pole position for a record breaking fourth year.”

A copy of the M2M Scorecard can be downloaded here: http://m2m.vodafone.com/cs/m2m/analysys-masons-m2m-scorecard-2015