Man At Arms: Let The Forging Begin
Before the introduction of firearms and explosives, our ancestors has lived their live using only steelworks that could help them preserve anything they held dear. Here in the Philippines, metal parts have always been an indispensable part of the community because of its sheer usefulness. Even during the times of our ancestors, they used metal for their bolo or itak which they used during times of conflict and violence. But, nowadays, with the introduction of guns, the world of steel and blades have slowly deteriorated to only remain as a thing of the past. Fortunately, there are still people that work passionately to keep the tradition of steel and blades alive through their blacksmithing shops around the world.
Over the last few years a web series entitled Man at Arms has taken the world by storm by producing weaponry the could only be seen in movies, tv shows, anime, and video game. They make our dreams come true by showing us the the fictional weapons that we’ve only dreamed of become reality in front of our eyes!
Man At Arms
The first installment in the forging and blacksmithing web series, Man At Arms was hosted by a Hollywood blacksmith and Master Swordsmith. Every episode of Man At Arms was shot in a premiere smithing shop, The Sword and Stone in California. As a renowned Hollywood blacksmithing company, The Sword and Stone is a trusted quality maker of handcrafted, historically accurate pieces that are in accordance to the need of most creative directors.
As a youtube web series, Man At Arms has been in the game for numerous years, producing weapons that are only seen in movies, television shows, anime, and video games. The main difference between the props that The Sword and Stone make from the weapons that they make for Man At Arms, is that the weapons made for the latter is as deadly as they look! Also, to show the viewers that the weapons they make are indeed deadly, at the end of the video, they show snippets of where they use the weapon to destroy objects.
Jaime Lannister’s Sword
The first ever episode of the Man At Arms web series, it showcases how the team at The Sword and Stone create Jaime Lannister’s famous sword from Game of Thrones. They used common steel to make the blade of the sword. For the hilt of the sword, they did not miss out on any detail that can be seen in the show. For the guard, they inputted plating that brought in the details. Meanwhile, the pommel of the sword consists of double lion heads that signifies House Lannister’s symbol, which were also beautifully inputted by the people at the Sword and Stone.
At the middle of the web series, they succumbed to the demands of their fans and finally showcased Kirito’s elucidator from Sword Art Online. They made the sword using spring steel while adding in overlapping segments that acts as the guard of the sword. The finish of the sword is all black, including the hilt, and the inclusion of the minute details in the sword made it look like that it was really used by a real life Kirito.
Man At Arms: Reforged
For the second season of the web series, the crew has shifted from the Sword and Stone to another premiere blacksmithing shop known as Baltimore Knife and Swords. For the first few episodes of the web series, the people from Baltimore Knife and Swords distinguished themselves from the crew of the Sword and Stone. They created mashups of different weapons ranging from movies, tv shows, anime, and video games. With the end of the original Man at Arms, the youtube channel has garnered over 2.1 million subscribers while receiving an average of 1.2 million views per episode! Which is why the guys from Baltimore Knife and Swords has their hands full creating new and innovative content for their following.
Star Wars Lightsaber Katana
This may be one of the most famous works that Man at Arms: Reforged showcased. This is a weapon that combines the intricacy of a lightsaber from Star Wars added with the elegance and danger of a traditional Japanese katana.
Link’s Fierce Deity Sword
If you’ve watched this episode, you were surely amazed at how they created such a complex and intricately designed sword from Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. They actually created two swords that overlap each other in a way that they form a loop in the middle of the blade!
Man At Arms On TV!
Along with the succes of both the Man at Arms original web series and its sequel, Man at Arms: Reforged, the guys from Baltimore Knife and Swords are coming to the television scene in the El Rey Network! The show will still be the same, but the addition of Danny Trejo as the host makes it totally more badass!
Apple and Xiaomi Continue to lead with Wearable shipments reach 84.5 million in 2019
International Data Corporation (IDC) released global smartphone shipments and India smartphone shipments during Q3 2019 recently, and now it has released the report for worldwide wearable shipments during the 3rd quarter of 2019.
According to the report, global wearable device shipments reached 84.5 million units during Q3 2019 with a 94.6% increase year-over-year and is a new record for shipments in a single quarter. Out of the 84.5 million units, Hearables alone accounted for almost half the market and it was followed by smartwatches and wrist bands.
In the list of top 5 wearables companies by shipment volume, market share, and YoY growth, Apple leads with 29.5 million shipments and a massive 195.5% YoY growth. It is followed by Xiaomi with 12.4 million shipments, 66.1% YoY growth, Samsung with 8.3 million units, 156.4% YoY growth, HUAWEI with 7.1 million units, 202.6% YoY growth, and Fitbit with 3.5 million units and 0.5% YoY growth. Other companies account for 23.8 million units with 40.4% YoY growth.
In the list of global wearables market by product category shipment volume, market share, and YoY, Earwear shipments account for 40.7 million units, Wristband for 19.2 million units, Smartwatch for 17.6 million units, and others for 7.1 million units.
The State of Cloud Computing 2019
With the rise of disruptive digital technologies, businesses are constantly finding ways to thrive in the ever-changing digital world. As we are now on the cusp of these momentous changes, organizations are now seeing that the cloud transforms into a dominant enterprise environment.
The cloud is now fully ready for mission-critical and, the old-style tech used to power their systems and apps are now being referred to as legacy systems, which can still be useful for organizations with processes that have been tailor-made to become critical and fundamental for the business performance. Global organizations, and even local players, are also seeing the endpoint of their roadmaps and support for old propriety system. They are also starting to develop a serious plan to move major applications into the cloud at an unprecedented scale, especially that these platforms are now available for various workload and application.
The rise of cloud natives
Cloud-native computing takes advantage of many modern techniques to optimize resources for overall agility and maintenance of applications. It would be an efficient mainstream process for creating and deploying applications in the cloud by placing them in handy containers for easier management. This process enables the business models of start-up or leading-edge enterprise to deliver extreme scalability.
Companies that are currently not in the cloud should migrate by following three different ways. The first two actions are simple enough; either go into the cloud as is or adapt existing processes as you enter the cloud, adding changes to the former design.
The third state would require a complete transformation of the current architectural process. This path means moving forward and develop another blueprint for building applications that are “born in the cloud,” which offers a competitive and practical advantage.
Understanding Hybrid IT and the poly-cloud
Businesses would, of course, leverage this migration to technology. However, the shift in terrain would bring a realization that not all clouds are equal, and that different types of clouds are suitable for different projects. For example, common public clouds are computing services made by third parties and are often freely available on the internet, while private clouds keep specific data in an organization secure and isolated from the public.
Companies, therefore, need to recognize their individual needs and choose the solution that reaps the maximum benefits. They must determine whether it is adequate to stick with either a public or private cloud, or a combination of their services.
For Fujitsu, it has seemed obvious that a hybrid IT, which is an optimal mix of public and private cloud, along with a sprinkling of on-premise IT, is the logical future of enterprise environments.
In spite of this, doubts have momentarily appeared in certain quarters. However, these doubts are disappearing due to the optimal construction of hybrid IT, as well as the growing offers of private cloud performance, regulatory compliance, security, and proximity to other services. Public cloud alone isn’t the solution.
A single organization may use two types of cloud infrastructure for separate tasks—this is called a multi or “poly-cloud.” Meanwhile, a hybrid cloud is a strategy that intermingles data with access to multiple public and private clouds’ benefits and functions.
The large overlap between this new concept changes the way each cloud in a poly-cloud supports the differentiation of business by disrupting the impact of its commercial model. We should consider that the massive consolidation of the hyper-scale platform market means that individual businesses are responsible for configuring and integrating which model would drive them to stand out.
Getting ready for AI everywhere
The migration and implementation of cloud computing services offer countless possibilities in this new technological age. The integration of Artificial Intelligence, for instance, could potentially improve existing cloud solutions.
Some forms of AI have arrived and we are badly mistaken to think that it is a technology still lying somewhere in the distant future. Advanced technological trends, such as blockchain, IoT, data analytics, and the Robotic Process Automation prove that everything will be driven by AI and, the speed of public adoption would be at least equal to former technology.
Companies are also seen as rising as everything becomes smart and enabled. Take the Robotic Process Automation as an example. AI is now boosting daily business operations by contributing impacts on simplicity and automation, all while lowering cost.
Cases of sudden outages is a no problem in an enabled AI-operated world. The system would just flip users to another hyper-scaler while their preferred cloud is down, and switch them back again on that major cloud platform once it is online, without involving another human being. These situations are the reality of our new world. We control the specifications of AI and allow them to propel us forward.
Having said all these, there are some human-centric issues that Fujitsu needs to address this year. Among these key concerns is the protection of intellectual properties in a transparent world, as well as ownership and accountability for AI.
We should shoulder some responsibility when providing customers with uninterrupted service. This is based on our “Human Centric Innovation” ethos, where we believe that AI isn’t a magical incantation to fix all business transactions. Like many disruptive technologies, it needs to be fed correct data to assist people. We should create a technology that recognizes accountability when making decisions.
Co-creation of a trusted business
As a complement to our ethos, our Fujitsu Technology and Service Vision 2019 also describes a concept called “co-creating a trusted business.”
Nowadays, businesses are faced with the complexity of a more connected and globally integrated world. This complexity is proving that many of the traditional structures and institutions we relied upon are inadequate and breaking down. And, everyone is keeping up with data that grows faster than it can ever be.
All organizations should, therefore, cultivate a culture of co-creating a trusted business. This mindset enables businesses to contribute to co-creating a more sustainable world with their customers and ecosystem partners.
To achieve it, organizations should take three steps: architect a purpose-driven organization to define what they can contribute to society, customers, and even for the future; build a human-centric organization to ensure that they can empower people to collaborate; and, drive the business with digital to turn their available data into valuable insights while maintaining and empowering its trustworthiness.
The digital world presents multiple opportunities for organizations to thrive. At Fujitsu, we await a brighter tomorrow for all businesses, especially in the Philippines, as they grasp the many advantages and benefits that the cloud has to offer.
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