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AWS gets behind Rust programming language

AWS has gotten behind the Rust programming language in a big way, to the point where the cloud infrastructure giant has become a sponsor of the language.

Since its first stable release four years ago, Rust has emerged as a viable alternative to C++. Known for enabling developers to build high-performing, reliable applications, as well as for boosting programmer productivity, Rust has been adopted as a system programming language by companies including Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Yelp, Dropbox, Cloudflare and AWS.

“Rust is the first real alternative to C++ that we’ve seen in a long time,” said Cameron Purdy, CEO of Xqiz.it, a Lexington, Mass., startup developing its own programming language, known as Ecstasy. “Rust is built for systems-level work, and appears to be far better thought out than C++ was.”

Indeed, “Rust is making significant inroads as a language for systems programming,” said James Governor, an analyst at RedMonk.

The use of Rust at AWS has grown, as services such as Lambda, EC2 and S3 use Rust in performance-sensitive components. Also, AWS’s Firecracker virtualization technology is written using Rust.

The AWS sponsorship of Rust includes supporting the Rust project infrastructure. AWS provides promotional credits to the Rust project to be used to perform upstream and performance testing, CI/CD or storage of artifacts on AWS, the company said in a blog post. AWS also is offering similar promotional credits to other open source projects, including AdoptOpenJDK, Maven Central and the Julia programming language.

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“I think AWS is looking for opportunities to blunt the criticism — undeserved or not — that while it is a consumer and benefactor from its OSS consumption, it’s not a producer or community supporter of it,” said Jeffrey Hammond, an analyst at Forrester Research. “Projects like Coretto, Firecracker and sponsorship projects like this all go to counter that narrative.”

According to AWS, the Rust project uses AWS services to:

  • Store release artifacts such as compilers, libraries, tools and source code on S3.
  • Run ecosystem-wide regression tests with Crater on EC2.
  • Operate docs.rs, a website that hosts documentation for all packages published to the central crates.io package registry.

“It’s interesting that AWS recently made this approach explicit, but AWS is not alone,” Governor said. “I talk a lot about folks being ‘Rust curious,’ but it appears we’re now moving beyond curiosity. Microsoft is another major player making a strong call for more Rust-based development. Rust is no longer something for developers to play with on their weekends. It’s becoming a language of infrastructure.”

I talk a lot about folks being ‘Rust curious,’ but it appears we’re now moving beyond curiosity.
James GovernorAnalyst, RedMonk

Rust has been ranked as the “most loved” programming language in the annual Stack Overflow developer survey for four years in a row. With no runtime or garbage collector, Rust delivers faster performance. Rust also provides memory and thread safety, which helps to eliminate bugs.

In July, Microsoft said it was looking at Rust as an alternative to C and C++ based on its safety and performance. In other words, Rust enables developers to create secure, high-performant applications, said Ryan Levick, a principal cloud developer advocate at Microsoft, in a blog post.

“We believe Rust changes the game when it comes to writing safe systems software,” Levick said. “Rust provides the performance and control needed to write low-level systems, while empowering software developers to write robust, secure programs.”

However, Microsoft found some issues with Rust that will need to be addressed, including the lack of first-class interoperability with C++, and interoperability with existing Microsoft tooling, Levick said.

Holger Mueller, an analyst at Constellation Research in San Francisco, said the race for cloud market leadership is based on attracting developers to build next-generation applications on the leading cloud platforms.

“From time to time there is a new programming language that catches the attention of developers, usually for productivity and/or capability reasons,” he said. “That’s the case with Rust, which is gaining quickly in popularity and, hence, large IaaS providers need to support Rust.”

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No one likes waiting on the phone for a GP appointment. So why do we still do it?

The team behind the services are experts at healthcare, as they also run Patient.Info, one of the most popular medical websites in the UK. More than 100 million people logged on to the site in 2018 to read articles about healthcare, check symptoms and learn to live a healthier life, and more than 60% of GPs in England have access to it.

They also produce a newsletter that’s sent to 750,000 subscribers and around 2,000 leaflets on health conditions and 850 on medicines.

People can access Patient.Info 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s the same for Patient Access but web traffic spikes every morning when people want to book appointments to see their GP. To handle that demand, Patient Access runs on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform. As well as being reliable and stable, all patient data is protected by a high level of security – Microsoft employs more than 3,500 dedicated cybersecurity professionals to help protect, detect and respond to threats, while segregated networks and integrated security controls add to the peace of mind.

“About 62% of GP practices use Patient Access,” says Sarah Jarvis MBE, the Clinical Director behind the service. “They’re using it to manage their services, manage appointments, take in repeat medications, consolidate a patient’s personal health record and even conduct video consultations.

“Just imagine your GP being able to conduct video consultations. If you’re aged 20 to 39 you might not want or need to have a relationship with a GP because you don’t need that continuity of care.

“But imagine you are elderly and housebound, and a district nurse visits you. They phone your GP and say: ‘Could you come and visit this patient’, but the GP is snowed under and can’t get there for a couple of hours. The district nurse is also very busy and must visit someone else.

“Now, with Patient Access, a Duty Doctor can look at someone’s medical record and do a video consultation in five minutes. If the patient needs to be referred, the GP can do it there and then from inside the system. The possibilities are endless, and older people, especially, have so much to gain from this.”

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For Sale – Complete ‘gaming’ PC – VR ready

Hey, this PC has sat behind my TV for ages but I don’t get the time to play on it…it’s pretty good spec and I have used it with VR so ‘VR ready’ as it were

i5-4690K CPU
Gigabyte Z87N-wifi mobo
8GB Crucial Ballistix RAM
500GD Samsung 840pro SSD
1060 3GB GFX card

£560inc fully insured delivery

Razer Chroma keyboard £75

Buyer will not be disappointed, more than happy to demo/let buyer test if collected/delivered.

Am looking for £620 inc courier for both (personally delivered if within 50 miles of GU14 subject to deposit to cover costs) – open to offers within reason.

Price and currency: £640
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Recent Roundup of PC Gaming Hardware News – Xbox Wire

With gamescom and IFA now behind us, we’re taking a look at some of the hottest Windows gaming hardware announcements across various events—bringing them all into one, easy place for you to read. The last few weeks have seen a handful of new gaming laptops, GPUs, monitors and more announced for PC gamers of all varieties. Check out the list below to see what new hardware announced you’re most looking forward to!

Acer Predator Triton 900

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The newly refreshed Acer Predator Triton 900 gaming rig sports the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor for ultimate power and speed, while the laptop’s hinge pivots the screen to fit whatever angle you’d like to game at. With the garage door, you can insert an Xbox controller dongle to play Xbox games seamlessly, and a custom-engineered dual-fan keeps things cool while the RGB backlit keyboard and overclocking capabilities customize your gaming experience.

Lenovo Legion Gaming Devices and Their Beefier GPUs

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Lenovo has refreshed three gaming devices announced at E3 with upgraded GPUs: the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 on the Lenovo Legion Y530 Laptop, and the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 on the Lenovo Legion T730 tower and Lenovo Legion C730 cube.

A testament to Lenovo engineering and innovation, the Lenovo Legion Y530 15.6-inch FHD display gaming laptop is thermally optimized to run cooler and quieter with a full-sized white backlit keyboard. At 24 mm thin and 2.3 kg light, it’s been redesigned to deliver the ideal balance between epic gaming performance and practical portability. It also comes with powerful NVIDIA graphics, DDR4 memory and more, all optimally cooled via a re-engineered dual-channel cooling system.

The Lenovo Legion T730 is a 28-liter desktop that gives you the style and power you demand in a gaming tower, thanks to customizable RGB LED system lighting, a transparent side panel, optional liquid cooling, and extreme processing and graphics power with overclocking options to completely immerse you in your favorite titles. The space-saving Lenovo Legion C730 is a striking 19L cube with fully loaded overclocked components – boosted by the GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 GPU upgrades.

MSI P65 Creator

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Looking for a notebook to enable you to keep gaming-on-the-go, but capturing the appeal of your inner creator? Look no further. The P65’s high-performance specifications are comparable to MSI’s top-of-the-line gaming offerings. It features Intel’s latest 8th Generation Core i7 processor and up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU, allowing for fast rendering times and multitasking. The P65 has up to almost three times more graphical performance than leading competitor in its category. And it uses MSI’s Cooler Boost Trinity, the same system found in the company’s gaming laptops, to keep the notebook cool even during intense workloads.

With its ultra-light aluminum chassis, the P65 weighs just 4.14 pounds and measures 0.69 inches thick. At the same time, the slim design does not sacrifice battery life. The P65 has an 82Whr battery for up to more than 9 hours of regular use.

At launch, the P65 will be available in both silver and a limited-edition white. The White Limited Edition shares many of the same specifications as the Silver Edition but comes with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU, Hi-Res Audio, and Thunderbolt 3. At launch, the Silver Edition will be available with either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q or GTX 1050 Ti. The White Limited Edition also includes an extended one-year warranty and protective laptop sleeve.

OMEN by HP

At gamescom in Cologne, Germany, OMEN by HP unveiled new hardware and mobile software innovations for gaming enthusiasts. The OMEN Obelisk is the latest addition to the company’s desktop gaming family. Also announced are new features for the OMEN Mindframe Headset – the world’s first headset with active earcup cooling technology – to add comfort and audio benefits for both competitive play and streaming.

Gamers are always hungry for more power—such as graphics cards and memory. The OMEN Obelisk will be one of the first systems to carry the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 Series of GPUs by way of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080, powered by all-new NVIDIA Turing architecture, giving gamers access to the world’s ultimate gaming architecture. The integration of HyperX high-performance memory within the OMEN Obelisk is another critical part of engineering a desktop to utilize the latest GPUs, RAM and other components through an industry-standard upgrade path vital to gaming at the highest levels, both now and in the future.

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The OMEN Obelisk Desktop addition to the family of OMEN Desktops has been engineered with peak performance and customization so PCs can keep up with the latest in gaming. With a DIY-friendly, industry-standard upgrade path, along with options for the latest graphics and processor architectures, gamers can continually achieve the performance they expect.

Top features of the OMEN Obelisk are detailed in HP’s press release and include world-class power and storage, latest series of NVIDIA GPUs, HyperX integration, strategic cooling with extensive venting that takes advantage of thoughtfully placed components to generate optimal airflow, and a customizable and clean design.

Speaking of top features, the forthcoming OMEN Mindframe Headset is the world’s first headset with active earcup cooling by way of HP’s patented thermoelectric driven Frostcap technology. It has been built with comfort in mind, while also delivering top-notch sound quality. The OMEN by HP team has made further additions prior to launch, including noise cancellation, real-time audible feedback via sidetone to take advantage of noise cancellation, and new fabric cups for improved breathability.

Regarding pricing and availability, the OMEN Obelisk Desktop is expected to be available in September via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $849.99. OMEN Game Stream for Android is expected to be available later this year via the Google Play Store for free. And the OMEN Mindframe Headset is expected to be available in October via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $199.99.

NZXT HUE 2 for PC Builders

On Tuesday, NZXT announced 10 products comprising the new HUE 2 RGB family, delivering the broadest line of RGB lighting accessories for PC builders. NZXT, a leading developer of software-powered hardware solutions for PC gaming, noted that the new HUE 2 ecosystem – including the four-channel HUE 2 RGB controller and the external HUE 2 Ambient Lighting controller, along with several new accessories – provides PC builders more options for customizing their systems.

At the heart of the HUE 2 ecosystem are four complete RGB kits that include everything PC builders need to get started: the HUE 2 RGB Lighting Kit, HUE 2 Ambient Lighting Kit, Aer RGB 2 Starter Kit (120mm) and Aer RGB 2 Starter Kit (140mm). Choose one to get started and add accessories to complete and perfect your PC’s lighting.

Builders can choose from a variety of RGB accessories to express their creativity and build the perfect lighting for their gaming PC. All HUE 2 accessories require a HUE 2 RGB controller, purchased separately in one of the HUE 2 kits. The new HUE 2 family of products will be available in North America in mid to late August, and in the rest of the world in late August. Read more here.

Alienware by Dell – Monitors, Gaming Desktops and more!

Alienware Aurora

Alienware Aurora Image

The new Alienware Aurora gaming desktop, designed for VR experiences, and currently the designated training PC for Team Liquid, is both a proven powerhouse for gaming professionals as well as a complete package for gaming beginners and veterans who need significant performance and upgradability under a reliable, high-quality chassis.

For gamers looking for a mid-tower desktop, the new Alienware Aurora is ready for current Oculus VR or HTC/VIVE requirements and can also support higher performance configurations for the near future’s more demanding VR, as well as 4K gaming. Gamers can choose from a wide variety of upgradability options, spanning many performance and budgetary considerations.

Inspired by the Alienware Area-51, the external design of the system includes AlienFX customizable lighting and has incorporated various ergonomic features for user-handling and component access. Its internal arrangement and fan positioning delivers ambient air towards the priority components with exhausts at the top and rear of the system to deliver maximum performance.

Alienware 15 and 17

Alienware 15 Image

With up to 8th Gen Intel Core i9 k-Series processors, the Alienware 15 and 17 are engineered with an improved thermal solution and a thin, hinge-forward design to extract the maximum performance from top-of-the-line components.

The design introduces premium materials such as anodized aluminum, magnesium alloy, steel-reinforcements and copper thermal management to ensure a level of stiffness, rigidity, thinness and high-quality feel – all without sacrificing gaming performance. You can also get to internal components easier through a new bottom door mechanism.

With an upgraded Alienware TactX keyboard, with per key RBG LED, Alienware 15 and 17 now support n-key rollover, enabling more than 108-key commands for maximum actions per minute. It’s the only keyboard on a laptop with 2.2mm of key travel, allowing for rapid response for any keystroke. Reinforced with a steel back plate for rigidity and uniform feedback, it’s guaranteed to stay functional for up to 10 million keystrokes.

Dell 24 and 27 gaming monitors (S2419HGF and S2719DGF)

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With Dell’s 24 (S2419HGF) and 27 (S2719DGF) gaming monitors, you’ll experience sharp, tear-free graphics with a swift overclocked refresh rate at 144Hz and 155Hz respectively. You’ll also leave lag behind, with blazing fast and responsive gameplay at an extremely rapid 1 millisecond response time.

These monitors support AMD FreeSync for smooth gameplay and give you the flexibility to game with the No-Sync fast refresh option on your existing hardware. You can also personalize and preset up to three gaming profiles, in addition to three factory preset modes, with a gamer-geared menu. Both monitors are distinguished by metallic paint in recon-blue to complement Dell gaming PCs for unified look and gaming experience.

The all-new gaming monitors provide maximum reliability with Dell Premium Panel Exchange, which allows a free panel replacement during the Limited Hardware Warranty period even if only one bright pixel is found.

Thanks for reading about all of the exciting new PC gaming hardware coming soon from our preferred partners. For the latest in PC gaming hardware and games, keep it tuned here to Xbox Wire.

For Sale – Complete ‘gaming’ PC – VR ready

Hey, this PC has sat behind my TV for ages but I don’t get the time to play on it…it’s pretty good spec and I have used it with VR so ‘VR ready’ as it were

i5-4690K CPU
Gigabyte Z87N-wifi mobo
8GB Crucial Ballistix RAM
500GD Samsung 840pro SSD
1060 3GB GFX card

£560inc fully insured delivery

Razer Chroma keyboard £75

Buyer will not be disappointed, more than happy to demo/let buyer test if collected/delivered.

Am looking for £620 inc courier for both (personally delivered if within 50 miles of GU14 subject to deposit to cover costs) – open to offers within reason.

Price and currency: £640
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG/Bank xfer
Location: Farnborough
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Complete ‘gaming’ PC – VR ready

Hey, this PC has sat behind my TV for ages but I don’t get the time to play on it…it’s pretty good spec and I have used it with VR so ‘VR ready’ as it were

i5-4690K CPU
Gigabyte Z87N-wifi mobo
8GB Crucial Ballistix RAM
500GD Samsung 840pro SSD
1060 3GB GFX card

£560inc fully insured delivery

Razer Chroma keyboard £75

Buyer will not be disappointed, more than happy to demo/let buyer test if collected/delivered.

Am looking for £620 inc courier for both (personally delivered if within 50 miles of GU14 subject to deposit to cover costs) – open to offers within reason.

Price and currency: £640
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG/Bank xfer
Location: Farnborough
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Complete ‘gaming’ PC – VR ready

Hey, this PC has sat behind my TV for ages but I don’t get the time to play on it…it’s pretty good spec and I have used it with VR so ‘VR ready’ as it were

i5-4690K CPU
Gigabyte Z87N-wifi mobo
8GB Crucial Ballistix RAM
500GD Samsung 840pro SSD
1060 3GB GFX card
Comes with Razer keyboard and mouse (worth ~£100 alone!)

Buyer will not be disappointed, more than happy to demo/let buyer test if collected/delivered.

Am looking for £640 inc courier (personally delivered if within 50 miles of GU14 subject to deposit to cover costs) – open to offers within reason.

Price and currency: £640
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Payment method: PPG/Bank xfer
Location: Farnborough
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For Sale – Complete ‘gaming’ PC – VR ready

Hey, this PC has sat behind my TV for ages but I don’t get the time to play on it…it’s pretty good spec and I have used it with VR so ‘VR ready’ as it were

i5-4690K CPU
Gigabyte Z87N-wifi mobo
8GB Crucial Ballistix RAM
500GD Samsung 840pro SSD
1060 3GB GFX card
Comes with Razer keyboard and mouse (worth ~£100 alone!)

Buyer will not be disappointed, more than happy to demo/let buyer test if collected/delivered.

Am looking for £660 inc courier (personally delivered if within 50 miles of GU14 subject to deposit to cover costs) – open to offers within reason.

Price and currency: £660
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Payment method: PPG/Bank xfer
Location: Farnborough
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For Sale – Complete ‘gaming’ PC – VR ready

Hey, this PC has sat behind my TV for ages but I don’t get the time to play on it…it’s pretty good spec and I have used it with VR so ‘VR ready’ as it were

i5-4690K CPU
8GB RAM
500GD SSD
1060 3GB GFX card
Comes with Razer keyboard and mouse (worth ~£100 alone!)

Buyer will not be disappointed, more than happy to demo/let buyer test if collected/delivered.

Am looking for £660 inc courier (personally delivered if within 50 miles of GU14 subject to deposit to cover costs) – open to offers within reason.

Price and currency: £680
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG/Bank xfer
Location: Farnborough
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Complete ‘gaming’ PC – VR ready

Hey, this PC has sat behind my TV for ages but I don’t get the time to play on it…it’s pretty good spec and I have used it with VR so ‘VR ready’ as it were

i5-4690K CPU
8GB RAM
500GD SSD
1060 3GB GFX card
Comes with Razer keyboard and mouse (worth ~£100 alone!)

Buyer will not be disappointed, more than happy to demo/let buyer test if collected/delivered.

Am looking for £680 inc courier (personally delivered if within 50 miles of GU14 subject to deposit to cover costs) – open to offers within reason.

Price and currency: £680
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Location: Farnborough
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