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Ben Payne joins McLaren as inaugural director of esports

McLaren has underlined its commitment to the esports platform with the appointment of Ben Payne as the company’s new director of esports.

McLaren has underlined its commitment to the esports platform with the appointment of Ben Payne as the company’s new director of esports.


Ben joins the company from Microsoft, where he held roles in third party marketing, partnerships and events for Xbox EMEA, as well as working on global campaigns for Windows. Prior to Microsoft, Ben held positions at SEGA, 2K Games and Future.

Ben joins McLaren on Monday 13 November, arriving just as the company’s prestigious esports racing contest, World’s Fastest Gamer, enters its final week of competition. After months of qualifying rounds, 12 finalists will converge on McLaren’s Woking headquarters to battle for the opportunity to become one of the team’s 2018 simulator drivers.

McLaren was the first Formula 1 team to announce its own esports property, in April this year. Ben’s appointment means that McLaren also becomes the first team in the sport to create a dedicated position for an eSports director.

In this new role, Ben will oversee the growth and development of McLaren’s esports strategy, including all aspects of the World’s Fastest Gamer programme. Additionally, he will lead the development of the WFG partner community, activating gaming partnerships across retail, media partnerships and key industry events.

Ben Payne said: 

“I’m delighted to be joining McLaren as director of esports during the climax of this year’s prestigious World’s Fastest Gamer contest. It’s undoubtedly an exciting time to be joining the organisation, and I’m looking forward to helping the McLaren brand grow and develop through its esports and gaming proposition.”

Zak Brown, Executive Director, McLaren Technology Group said: 

“Gaming and esports are two huge and exciting markets, and we believe that they’re essential elements of McLaren’s new marketing platform. The growth and appeal of gaming, and its close relationship to motorsport and Formula 1, makes this a natural area of expansion for us.”

John Allert, Chief Marketing Officer, McLaren Technology Group, commented: 

“We want to position McLaren as a market leader in this category. With World’s Fastest Gamer, we were the first Formula 1 team to create an esports property and now Ben’s appointment will accelerate the ambitious plans we have to grow this area of the business. We have already forged successful esports partnerships with Logitech G and Sparco, and we’re looking to develop a partner community around our gaming properties.”

For all the latest news from World’s Fastest Gamer visit:

 www.mclaren.com/WFG and follow @TheWFGamer.

 Courtesy of McLaren

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New computer in the house

Moving from Apple to Windows

After many years with Mac this is my first day at home with a proper PC laptop. I have used PC at work for as long as I can remember, but private I shifted over to Mac 8-10 years ago. (Mac Mini and 2 x Macbook Pro 2011/2015)
For me PC at work is just that, it os old computers and old software that I wold not recommend to anybody.
But as a private person I think that the PC`s and the Microsoft software has changed a lot lately.
I know that there is a lot of people with different opinions out there, but I write this as I see it from my use and knowledge.  (or lack of this)

What I was mostly concerned to “lose” when I was leaving Mac was the track pad feeling/quality that I have been so used to on my Macbook Pro. My latest Macbook Pro is an early 2015 with the (for me) fantastic non-mechanical Force Touch trackpad. I really love the feeling this trackpad gives me.

My second concern was Lightroom, how will this work on a PC when I have only used it on my Mac for so many years?
The third concern was myself, will I be able to let the Mac go, or am I a “to big fan-boy”? I received this computer on Tuesday, and have spent two days to transfer data and to set it up in the way I want it, now I`m finally ready to start to use it as my daily driver 🙂
I already have some experience with Windows 10 as long as I have the Surface Pro 4 that I bought this summer, this has been my travel mate the last 6 months. It is good for travel and as an extra device, but for me the Surface Pro 4 can not replace every day laptop.
As long as the new Surface Book is still not available here in Norway, and that the price will be so high that I would have to wait until next summer, and that I in fact already have the Surface Pro 4 with the pen and all, my choice was between the Dell XPS 13 or the HP Spectre x360 late 2016.
Not an easy choice to start with, but after several reviews and all the videos that you can find on YouTube my choice was the …
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HP Spectre x360 Late 2016 😉

 

The HP Spectre x360 is great, it is actually more than what I expected, and beyond what I even dared to hope for. Let`s say that I`m more than happy with my choice!

The track pad that I can see have received several not to good reviews is just fantastic, I really like it, and I do not miss the Macbook Pro track pad at all.
The keyboard is a dream, and the battery time is great.
Regarding the Lightroom, the screen here is “only” FHD so there is a difference, though this might be something that I have forgotten about in a weeks time.
This screen is more than good enough for everything else. Using LR is still the same as it was on my Mac, just slightly different, no problems what so ever.
If there is one thing I can put my finger on after just some hours of use it will be the swiping to go forward or back in the browser, I can not figure out if this is something I can activate, or if it even is available on this computer? This gesture is working perfectly on my Surface Pro 4.
Everything is working exactly the way I want after I joined the Microsoft Developer Program, recommended 🙂
 

I wish you all a great day and a fantastic New Year weekend 🙂

 

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PS: The USB that is attached on the photo is my 128GB Samsung memory used for LR until I receive my new Thunderbolt 3 external HD.

 

Data: HP Spectre x360 13,3″ FHD touch, Core i5-7200U, 8GB RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, Windows 10 Home.







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The new BMW 5 Series Sedan

I’m in no doubt that the new BMW 5 Series will set new benchmarks technologically, but also have huge emotional appeal. It remains the epitome of the business sedan,” says Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW AG.

From - BMW Press Club:

More than 7.6 million BMW 5 Series cars were sold across its first six generations.

“The seventh generation of the BMW 5 Series points the way into the future.

Superior driving pleasure and unsurpassed aerodynamics.
Rigorous application of the BMW EfficientLightweight lightweight design concept, with increased use of aluminium and high-strength steels, reduces the weight of the 5 Series Sedan by up to 100 kilograms from that of its predecessor. The newly designed chassis, a low centre of gravity, BMW’s hallmark even weight distribution and a lightweight body offering exceptional torsional stiffness combine a wonderfully dynamic driving experience with the long-distance comfort for which the BMW 5 Series is renowned. Various chassis options such as Integral Active Steering, which can now be teamed with xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive, add further talents to a dynamics-focused overall package designed to ensure the BMW 5 Series once again stands at the top of its class.

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The next step to automated driving.
A wealth of assistance systems are on hand in the new BMW 5 Series to offer the driver unbeatable support – not only at critical moments but also in less demanding situations at the wheel, such as traffic jams, slow-moving traffic and monotonous stretches of motorway. To this end, it is fitted as standard with a stereo camera, which teams up with optional radar and ultrasound sensors to monitor the area around the car. New features in the BMW 5 Series alongside the evasion aid and Crossing traffic warning are the Lane Change Assistant and Lane keeping assistant with active side collision protection. The latter keeps an eye on the lane markings and the area around the car, and actively helps the driver to avoid looming collisions by applying corrective steering inputs.

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The BMW 5 Series also takes another step towards automated driving with extended functions for the optional Active Cruise Control (ACC) system and Steering and Lane keeping assistant. These include adoption of speed restrictions, which the optional Intelligent Speed Assist communicates to the cruise control system (the driver can adjust this figure by +/– 15 km/h / 9 mph). From rest to 210 km/h (130 mph), the car can relieve the driver of acceleration, braking and steering duties, as desired. The intelligent Auto Start Stop function now adjusts its responses to the route and traffic conditions and therefore offers even greater driving comfort.

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Intuitive usability and extensive comfort.
With even greater user-friendliness as its goal, the new BMW 5 Series is equipped with the latest-generation iDrive system. In top specification, it displays navigation, telephone and entertainment features, plus vehicle functions, on a high-resolution 10.25-inch screen. The system can be operated using the iDrive Controller, by voice command or gestures, or by touching the display controls directly, as the driver wishes. The large, tile-style panels can be arranged as desired and show the content of the underlying menus in constantly updated form. The latest-generation full-colour BMW Head-Up Display has a projection surface that is 70 per cent larger than before and displays traffic signs, telephone listings, radio stations, music tracks, navigation instructions and warnings from the assistance systems.

Maximising the levels of on-board comfort are extended storage options, greater legroom for rear-seat passengers and comfort seats with massage function, not to mention innovative seat operation using touch sensors and four-zone climate control complete with ionisation and discreet air fragrancing. Special Synergy Thermoacoustic Capsule (SYNTAK) engine encapsulation technology, the acoustic glazing for the windscreen and the acoustic headliner bring about another noticeable reduction in noise levels inside the car. All headlight variants specified for the BMW 5 Series Sedan come as standard with LED technology. Available as an option are Adaptive LED Headlights with variable light distribution including adaptive roundabout lights and BMW Selective Beam anti-dazzle high beam with a range of up to 500 metres.

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Advanced link-up of man, machine and environment.
The new BMW 5 Series also offers a compelling proposition in terms of connectivity. Extensive BMW ConnectedDrive features are joined by new services which lavish business travellers with extra comfort and save them time. These include the new ParkNow technology for digital parking space reservation and payment, the On-Street Parking Information intelligent parking space search function and the optional Parking Assistant, which detects empty spots and parks the vehicle automatically. Plus, the Microsoft Exchange service now enables Microsoft Office 365 users to sync emails, calendar entries and contacts and edit them inside their car. Meanwhile, the optional Remote Parking system allows the BMW 5 Series Sedan to be manoeuvred into even the tightest parking spaces remotely using the car key. And smartphone integration has been further improved – from Apple CarPlay (which, in a first for a carmaker, has been incorporated fully wirelessly), to inductive phone charging and the WiFi hotspot for up to ten devices.

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Personalised content through BMW Connected Onboard.
BMW Connected, the personal digital mobility assistant from BMW, has been available in Europe since July 2016. The next development stage of the system, complete with additional services, is set to be introduced with the new BMW 5 Series. BMW Connected Onboard gives drivers an overview of their mobility-related information. Relevant content such as the upcoming navigation destinations and estimated arrival time recorded in their personal mobility agenda are transferred seamlessly into the car from their smartphone and displayed on the personalised screen. Remote 3D View allows drivers to call up three-dimensional views of the area around their car on their smartphone while on the move. And that means they need never lose sight of their car.

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BMW 530i and BMW 540i: the new petrol engines.
All the engines in the 5 Series Sedan line-up belong to the newly developed, modular BMW EfficientDynamics family of power units. BMW TwinPower Turbo technology imbues all the members of the family with outstanding performance combined with exceptional efficiency. Two diesel engines and two petrol variants will be available from launch, working in tandem with either rear-wheel drive or BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive.

The new two-litre four-cylinder in-line engine in the BMW 530i develops peak torque of 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) and maximum output of 185 kW/252 hp. Its fuel consumption in the combined cycle comes in at 5.4 litres/100 km (52.3 mpg imp)*, which means CO2 emissions of 126 g/km – down more than 11 per cent on its predecessor’s figures. The BMW 530i accelerates from 0 ‑ 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

The flagship engine at launch will be the 250 kW/340 hp unit under the bonnet of the new BMW 540i. This three-litre straight-six produces torque of 450 Nm (332 lb-ft). Despite its extra output and sharper dynamic edge, average fuel consumption stands at only 6.5 l/100 km (43.5 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions are kept to just 150 g/km*. In xDrive guise, the BMW 540i powers from 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in a mere 4.8 seconds.

BMW 520d and BMW 530d: the new diesel engines.
The four-cylinder diesel engine powering the BMW 520d develops 140 kW/190 hp and peak torque of 400 Nm (295 lb-ft). Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are 4.1 l/100 km (68.9 mpg imp)* and 108 g/km with the manual gearbox specified or 4.0 l/100 km (70.6 mpg imp)* and 107 g/km with the eight-speed Steptronic transmission. The sedan accelerates from 0 ‑ 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.6 seconds (Steptronic). Top speed is 237 km/h (147 mph).

* Fuel consumption figures were calculated according to the EU test cycle and may vary depending on the tyre format specified. Some figures are provisional.

The new BMW 530d likewise does a nice line in dynamics and efficiency. Producing 195 kW/265 hp and peak torque of 620 Nm (457 lb-ft), the six-cylinder in-line unit is clearly superior to the equivalent model in the outgoing range. And yet the BMW 530d also makes do with average fuel consumption of 4.5 l/100 km (62.8 mpg imp)* and CO2 emissions of 118 g/km – an approximately 13 per cent improvement on its predecessor. The new BMW 530d races from 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.7 seconds, and on to an electronically governed 250 km/h (155 mph).

The CO2 champion, the plug-in hybrid and the eight-cylinder sports star.
Not long after the launch of the new 5 Series Sedan, BMW will be adding another three engine variants to the line-up. The 140 kW/190 hp four-cylinder diesel engine will be presented in its most efficient form in the BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Edition with eight-speed Steptronic. Its CO2 emissions of just 102 g/km are the lowest in the sedan’s class (average fuel consumption: 3.9 l/100 km [72.4 mpg imp]*).

Also to come in March 2017 is a BMW 5 Series Sedan with plug-in hybrid drive system, in the form of the BMW 530e iPerformance. The combination of the BMW eDrive electric drive concept and a four-cylinder petrol engine produces extremely low CO2 emissions of just 46 g/km (2.0 l/100 km)*. System output is 185 kW/252 hp.

In March 2017 the BMW M550i xDrive will take over as the sporting highlight of the new BMW 5 Series range, for the time being at least. Its V8 engine – developing 340 kW/462 hp and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque – impresses not only with its remarkable performance but also when it comes to efficiency (fuel consumption, combined: 8.9 l/100 km [31.7 mpg imp], CO2 emissions 204 g/km*). The BMW M550i xDrive dispatches the 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint in 4.0 seconds.

* Fuel consumption figures were calculated according to the EU test cycle and may vary depending on the tyre format specified. Some figures are provisional.

Model variants at market launch on 11 February 2017.

BMW 530i/BMW 530i xDrive: Four-cylinder petrol engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Capacity: 1,998cc.
Output: 185 kW/252 hp at 5,200 – 6,500 rpm.
Maximum torque: 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) at 1,450 – 4,800 rpm.
Acceleration (0–100 km/h [62 mph]): 6.2 s (6.0 s).
Fuel consumption, combined: 5.4 l/100 km [52.3 mpg imp] (5.7 l/100 km [49.6 mpg imp])*.
CO2 emissions, combined: 126 g/km (133 g/km).

BMW 540i/BMW 540i xDrive: Six-cylinder petrol engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Capacity: 2,998cc.
Output: 250 kW/340 hp at 5,500 – 6,500 rpm.
Maximum torque: 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) at 1,380 – 5,200 rpm.
Acceleration (0–100 km/h [62 mph]): 5.1 s (4.8 s).
Fuel consumption, combined: 6.5 l/100 km [43.5 mpg imp] (6.7 l/100 km [42.2 mpg imp])*.
CO2 emissions, combined: 150 g/km (156 g/km).

BMW 520d/BMW 520d xDrive: Four-cylinder diesel engine, six-speed manual gearbox/eight-speed Steptronic transmission (xDrive: eight-speed Steptronic transmission).
Capacity: 1,995cc.
Output: 140 kW/190 hp at 4,000 rpm.
Maximum torque: 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) at 1,750 – 2,500 rpm.
Acceleration (0–100 km/h [62 mph]): 7.7 s/7.6 s (7.6 s).
Fuel consumption, combined: 4.1 l/100 km [68.9 mpg imp] / 4.0 l/100 km [70.6 mpg imp] (4.2 l/100 km [67.3 mpg imp])*.
CO2 emissions, combined: 108 g/km / 107 g/km (112 g/km).

* Fuel consumption figures were calculated according to the EU test cycle and may vary depending on the tyre format specified. Figures for BMW xDrive in brackets

Model variants from March 2017.

BMW 530d/BMW 530d xDrive: Six-cylinder diesel engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Capacity: 2,993cc.
Output: 195 kW/265 hp at 4,000 rpm.
Maximum torque: 620 Nm (457 lb-ft) at 2,000 – 2,500 rpm.
Acceleration (0–100 km/h [62 mph]): 5.7 s (5.4 s).
Fuel consumption, combined: 4.5 l/100 km [62.8 mpg imp] (4.7 l/100 km [60.1 mpg imp])*.
CO2 emissions, combined: 118 g/km (125 g/km).
Model variants from March 2017.

BMW 530e iPerformance: Four-cylinder petrol engine plus BMW eDrive electric drive system (plug-in hybrid), eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Capacity: 1,998cc.
System output: 185 kW/252 hp at 4,460 – 6,500 rpm.
Maximum system torque: 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) at 1,450 – 4,000 rpm.
Acceleration (0–100 km/h [62 mph]): 6.2 s.
Electric range: 45 km*.
Fuel consumption, combined: 2.0 l/100 km (141.2 mpg imp)*.
CO2 emissions, combined: 46 g/km.

BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Edition: Four-cylinder diesel engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Capacity: 1,995cc.
Output: 140 kW/190 hp at 4,000 rpm.
Maximum torque: 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) from 1,750 rpm.
Acceleration (0–100 km/h [62 mph]): 7.5 s.
Fuel consumption, combined: 3.9 l/100 km (72.4 mpg imp)*.
CO2 emissions, combined: 102 g/km.

BMW M550i xDrive: Eight-cylinder petrol engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Capacity: 4,395cc.
Output: 340 kW/462 hp at 5,500 rpm.
Maximum torque: 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) from 1,800 rpm.
Acceleration (0–100 km/h [62 mph]): 4.0 s.
Fuel consumption, combined: 8.9 l/100 km (31.7 mpg imp).
CO2 emissions, combined: 204 g/km.

* Fuel consumption and range figures are provisional and calculated according to the EU test cycle. Figures may vary depending on the tyre format specified.


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Forza 6 and Project CARS on Xbox

We have been shopping this weekend.

For us it has always been Playstation, and only Playstation.

We had the first ever Xbox back in 2002, and then we agreed that we would never ever by Xbox again! Now we have bought us a new one, the Xbox One which we expect to be a very different experience from the first one we had back in 2002 🙂

Forza 6 and Project CARS is the reason for this change in mind at the Johnsen family.

 

 

We are really looking forward to test this out the coming weeks 🙂


ProjectCARS:
Our incredibly-taletend World of Mass Development member JonZ has created a jaw-dropping Project CARS video trailer that will knock you off your chair!

Titled “Louder Than Words”, the six-minute video is a must watch for all Project CARS lovers and those who (for some reason..) still need to be convinced!

Project CARS has taken the gaming world(and us 😉 by storm!

#projectCARS
#WMD

 



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