Good news, Halo Reach feels like a PC game should

pcgamer | June 10, 2019

Halo Reach is the first of the series hitting PC as part of the Master Chief Collection, and its time is imminent, evidenced by the state of the demo I played at Microsoft's E3 Showcase. It feels like a PC game should. I remember jack-all about Reach's console version except that it's sad as hell and that I liked it because it was more Halo, except with a sprint button, and that's exactly what the early build feels like on PC. Mouse control is precise and pixel-perfect with no acceleration or stick virtualization. There's no option to change settings during gameplay yet, so I didn't get to tinker with options as much as I would've liked, but things look sharp and natural at 4K resolution and 60 fps, even with the FOV topped out at 90.

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In computing, hardware-assisted virtualization is a platform virtualization approach that enables efficient full virtualization using help from hardware capabilities, primarily from the host processors. Full virtualization is used to simulate a complete hardware environment, or virtual machine, in which an unmodified guest operating system executes in complete isolation. Hardware-assisted virtualization was added to x86 processors in 2006.

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In computing, hardware-assisted virtualization is a platform virtualization approach that enables efficient full virtualization using help from hardware capabilities, primarily from the host processors. Full virtualization is used to simulate a complete hardware environment, or virtual machine, in which an unmodified guest operating system executes in complete isolation. Hardware-assisted virtualization was added to x86 processors in 2006.

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VMware | October 17, 2022

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Located within Centech and ÉTS in Montreal, it supports three connected programs: Applied Research: In partnership with Mitacs, VMware is working with researchers across Canada to develop sustainable 5G+ and 6G technologies, improve digital equity and rearchitect the Internet to an Open Grid. Next G-AI Research & Innovation Lab: The Research & Innovation Lab provides researchers and industry partners with access to cutting-edge software and hardware that allows them to quickly validate and demonstrate key concepts. Modern Application Software Factory: The VMware Tanzu Modern Software Factory provides VMware customers and partners with access to VMware Tanzu solutions and open-source technologies. The offering will comprise, Spring and .Net development expertise and tools, developer accelerators, automated container build service, support for any Kubernetes conformant run time along with the ability to build, run and manage software supply chains that deliver on the 5S promise of (speed, stability, savings, security, scalability). Through partnerships with Mitacs, Centech and the IEEE, VMware will also provide selected researchers and startups access to both the Next G-AI Innovation Lab and Modern Application Software Factory. "The Next G-AI Research and Innovation Centre will enable local, national and international research collaboration, and contribute significantly to the Montreal innovation ecosystem," said John Hepburn, CEO of Mitacs. "We are proud to support this critical research to develop 6G technologies, with a focus on ensuring that they are sustainable, equitable and will benefit Canadians across the country." Partnership with Centech to support Montreal startups Through the VMware Tanzu Modern Applications Software Factory, select partners and startups associated with Centech will have free access to Tanzu solutions and open-source technology. This set of enterprise-grade, platform-agnostic tools will allow participants to learn how to better build, deliver, and manage cloud native apps designed to run on any Kubernetes on-premises, in the public cloud or edge environments. "Having access to the VMware Tanzu technology is an incredible advantage for our entrepreneurs," said Richard Chenier, Director General, Centech. "Access to these powerful tools will allow startups to swiftly deploy modern applications, significantly speeding time to market and enabling them to be deployed in any environment." Addressing the Digital Divide VMware, Mitacs and the IEEE Future Networks Initiative also announced the first Canadian-specific prize category in the Connecting the Unconnected Challenge, which seeks novel solutions for universal and affordable internet access. "The Internet is a critical access point to education, economic opportunity, and health information and services," said Mary Ward-Callan, Managing Director, Technical Activities, IEEE. "However, nearly half of the world remains unconnected. Through our partnership with VMware and Mitacs, we're looking to work with Canadian competitors interested in tackling this critical humanitarian issue." The 2023 Challenge will kick-off in spring 2023, including the challenge specifically dedicated for Canadian researchers that has been jointly developed by the IEEE, VMware and Mitacs. The Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry of Canada, welcomed the opening of the VMware Next G-AI Research and Innovation Centre, adding, "Canada is a global leader in great talent, especially in emerging areas of technology like artificial intelligence and machine learning. This investment will further strengthen our ability to tackle some of the most important challenges facing our society, including the resilience of our communications network, and ultimately support Canadians across the country." "With some of the top researchers and a pool of more than 27,000 highly qualified talents, Montréal's world-renowned expertise in artificial intelligence has a lot to offer to develop sustainable and accessible 5G+ and 6G technologies," said Stéphane Paquet, President and CEO, Montréal International. "The past two and a half years have shown us how reliable internet connections are vital to our well-being. 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Sophos | November 22, 2022

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SD-WAN and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) demand a more efficient platform, which is not only resilient but also makes day-to-day management easier and faster than ever.” Daniel Cole, vice president of network security product management at Sophos The effective and reliable assessment of network traffic is critical in protecting against threat actors, as evidenced in Sophos’ 2023 Threat Report that published today. Distributed offices, remote workforces, cloud workloads, custom-built legacy apps, and a growing reliance on global software-as-a-service providers create a configuration and risk management headache for network security managers. Sophos Firewall now provides the performance, protection and resiliency that distributed enterprises require, while simplifying the management of complex networks. Benefits include: Advanced performance and protection: A new high-performance dynamic routing engine and Xstream Transport Layer Security (TLS) FastPath acceleration improves encrypted traffic inspection while also adding headroom for traffic that requires deep-packet inspection; the asymmetric cryptographic capabilities within Xstream Flow Processors – included in every XGS Series appliance – enable TLS inspection on even the most demanding networks Added resiliency and peace of mind: New SD-WAN load balancing for performance and reliability in the event of an internet service providers’ (ISP) outage along with enhancements to high-availability clusters ensure maximum business continuity and uptime for mission critical networks Improved ease of management: Managing network security is easier than ever with new Microsoft Azure Active Directory integration for seamless administrator single sign-on and new host and service object search Sophos Firewall integrates with Sophos ZTNA (zero trust network access) under one unified management plane and is a key pillar of Sophos’ SASE strategy, providing a more simplified, scalable and secure solution over traditional remote-access virtual private networks (VPN). The network solution is also part of the Sophos Adaptive Cybersecurity Ecosystem, which integrates Sophos’ entire portfolio of products, services and Sophos X-Ops threat intelligence for faster and more contextual and synchronized detection, protection and response. Availability Sophos Firewall is available for immediate purchase exclusively through Sophos’ global channel of partners and Managed Service Providers (MSPs). It is easily managed in the cloud-native Sophos Central platform alongside other solutions, where users can oversee installations, respond to alerts and track licenses and upcoming renewal dates via a single, intuitive interface, or by Sophos Managed Detection and Response (MDR). 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Stratodesk | October 04, 2022

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