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How Apple Arcade could make Apple a major player in gaming

Mac World - Mon, 2019-03-25 18:43

Apple’s new gaming service is called Apple Arcade, which you, O loyal Macworld reader, may recognize as the name I use for my column on Mac and iOS gaming. I suppose we can effectively declare the column dead.

It’s a cool name, though, and what Apple showed us on stage at its “Show time” event looks like a cool service. Beginning sometime in the fall, you’ll be able to pay Apple an unspecified subscription fee that grants access to around 100 “new and exclusive” games. None of the games will have in-app purchases, and they will only be playable on iOS devices and Macs. All of the games will be accessible offline.

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Best media streaming devices

Mac World - Mon, 2019-03-25 17:50
Roku Streaming Stick vs. Amazon Fire Stick vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV, and more. Which streaming device is best for cord cutters? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.

Best media streaming devices

PC World - Mon, 2019-03-25 17:50
Roku Streaming Stick vs. Amazon Fire Stick vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV, and more. Which streaming device is best for cord cutters? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.

The Apple TV+ video streaming service: 8 burning questions

Mac World - Mon, 2019-03-25 17:47

At long last, Apple on Monday took the wraps off of its new TV service. It’ll be called Apple TV+ and will include a variety of shows from the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Kevin Durant, and Rupert Grint. Several of the major players were on hand at the event to outline their vision, and Apple basically billed the service as the greatest collection of talent ever assembled on television.

But after the songs, standing ovations, and flowery rhetoric was complete, we didn’t learn much about Apple’s new service that we didn’t already know. It may be the first time Apple has confirmed that it is indeed working on its own original content, but that was hardly a secret. Apple didn’t actually answer any of the questions we have about Apple TV+, which are many. For example...

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The best Amazon Echo add-ons and accessories

Mac World - Mon, 2019-03-25 17:46
A few are goofy, but many are great: These mostly inexpensive gadgets can make Amazon’s smart speakers even better.

The best Amazon Echo add-ons and accessories

PC World - Mon, 2019-03-25 17:46
A few are goofy, but many are great: These mostly inexpensive gadgets can make Amazon’s smart speakers even better.

Pay what you want for 35 hours of Unity game dev training

PC World - Mon, 2019-03-25 16:53

Professional game developers are living the dream. With the average dev reeling in a 6 figure salary, as well as the satisfaction of creating fun and exciting projects, it's no wonder why so many of us fantasize about throwing our hats in the ring when we first pick up a controller. Of course doing so means getting up to speed with the tools of the trade, which can be a bit intimidating if you're new to the field.

The Unity Game Development Bundle includes lifetime access to five beginner-friendly courses that’ll familiarize you with the tools that the professionals use, even if you're a complete newbie. You’ll get familiar with the Unity game engine, dive into mobile development, and experiment with augmented reality systems. Better still, you’ll control how much you spend because this package is available for a price you get to pick.

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The new Apple TV app and Apple TV Channels: 9 things you need to know

Mac World - Mon, 2019-03-25 16:52

After months of speculation, rumors, and leaks, Apple has finally taken the wraps off its plans for the future of TV, and it comes in two parts: There’s a new subscription service coming this fall called Apple TV+, and an overhaul of the Apple TV app, coming this spring.

Here’s what you need to know about the new TV app, and the way Apple hopes it will change streaming and become the new destination for cord cutters.

A new design, but not many new features

Though the TV app has a newly refreshed design, you’ll recognize many features from the current app. The Up Next section—which shows a list of next episodes for shows you’ve watched, as well as TV shows or movies you stopped in the middle off—is still there. So are the sections for TV Shows, Movies, Sports, Kids, and your Library of shows or movies you own.

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The new Apple TV app and Apple TV Channels: 9 things you need to know

PC World - Mon, 2019-03-25 16:52
Apple hopes to be a new destination for cord cutters, but Netflix remains a no-show.

Become a Big Data Professional With This Master Class Bundle, Now Just $35

PC World - Mon, 2019-03-25 16:51

The process of simplifying large amounts of unstructured information is known as data science. And, in our data-driven world, it has become an important area of expertise. You can learn all about this groundbreaking field and prep for a new career with The Complete Big Data Master Class Bundle, discounted to just $35.

This package, worth $891, offers a look at what it takes to become a skilled data scientist. It features nine courses that’ll introduce students to the concept of data analysis and teach them how to use an assortment of tools to process information. The program is suitable for both beginner and intermediate students, and they’ll receive a valuable certificate for each course completed.

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iOS 12.2 is now available, adding Apple News+, new Animoji, and a host of interface tweaks

Mac World - Mon, 2019-03-25 16:50

After releasing iOS 12.1.3 with a few minor bugfixes, Apple has has moved on to iOS 12.2. The first beta was released to developers on January 24, 2019, with the first public release following on the 28th.

At its “Show time” event on March 25, Apple mentioned the release of iOS 12.2, which brings with it the company’s new Apple News+ subscription service and a host of smaller features, such as four new Animoji. 

To download the update, open the Settings app, tap General, then Software Update

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Get This Bundle of 8 Productivity Mac Apps For $26

Mac World - Mon, 2019-03-25 16:49

MacBooks are some of the most sought-after laptops on the market because Apple invests thousands of hours in its UI and apps. However, you shouldn’t let that stop you from downloading additional apps to enrich your experience. If you’re looking for additional functionality from your MacBook, this Mac bundle has what you’re looking for, and it's just $26 with code MADNESS15 at checkout.

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The Apple Card may be the most revolutionary announcement Apple made at its 'Show time' event

Mac World - Mon, 2019-03-25 16:41

We might not have gotten a new iPhone or AirPower at Monday’s "Show time" event, but Apple did unveil a new product: It’s called Apple Card, and it's sure to shake things up.

Building on the success of Apple Pay, which will be available in more than 40 countries by the end of 2019, Apple Card—which consists of both a service and a sleek, thin, titanium card—dispenses with the usual confusion around credit cards to simplify and streamline financial transactions, as well as create an experience unlike any other card on the planet.

It just might be the most revolutionary announcement Apple made on Monday. Apple said that by the end of the year Apple Pay will be responsible for more than 10 billion transactions since its inception, but Apple Card promises to be more than just another tab in your digital wallet. It’s smarter, simpler, friendlier, and more fiscally transparent than any credit card out there—including Apple’s own Barclaycard Visa with Apple Rewards.

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The Apple Card may be the most revolutionary announcement Apple made at its 'Show time' event

PC World - Mon, 2019-03-25 16:41
Apple on Monday unveiled a new credit card with no fees, daily cash rewards and powerful security. It might change the way we use credit cards forever.

7 reasons why we can't wait to try Apple News+

Mac World - Mon, 2019-03-25 16:39

The focus of Apple’s “It’s show time” event may have been TV entertainment services, but the company made a big splash right out of the gate with the announcement of Apple News+. As the name implies, it’s a premium version of Apple News that offers more content than you’ll get with the free app—all with a focus on magazines.

Specifically, for $9.99 a month, you and your family get access to more than 300 magazines and other publications ranging from National Geographic to Wired to The Wall Street Journal. We’ll dig deeper once we’ve spent time with Apple News+, but for now, here’s what intrigues us the most.

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Brock String and Wind orchestras to hold final concerts of the season

Brock News - Mon, 2019-03-25 14:55

MEDIA RELEASE: 25 March 2019 – R00051

Media preview Wednesday: George Cleland and the Brock University String Orchestra will open up its Wednesday, March 27 dress rehearsal in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Recital Hall to the media. The conductor and players will be available for interviews at 6:30 p.m. and photos and recordings are permitted to be taken at the start of the rehearsal, beginning at 7 p.m.

The Brock University Wind Ensemble and String Orchestra will conclude their seasons with popular repertoire and world-premiere performances in two upcoming recitals.

Presented by Brock University’s Department of Music, the Wind Ensemble will host its recital, A Touch of Latin, on Tuesday, April 2 in Partridge Hall of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC).

The Orchestra’s recital, A Spring Serenade, will take place on Wednesday, April 3 in the PAC’s Recital Hall.

Conducted by Zoltan Kalman and George Cleland, respectively, the Wind Ensemble and String Orchestra bring Brock University students together with members of the community to perform for the public. These performances are a key part of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts’ (MIWSFPA) mandate of building connections between the Niagara community and the breadth of talent and creativity at Brock.

At A Touch of Latin, Kalman said concertgoers will be treated to an evening of brilliant works from a range of composers such as George Gershwin and John Mackey.

“Our show will also feature an intriguing mix of different musical styles and three soloists — Mark Roberts, Rebecca Heathcote and myself — performing a world premiere under the baton of Sarah McKean,” he said. “From the high energy Redline Tango, to the splendid melodies of Cuban Overture and the grandiose Music for a Festival, our repertoire will highlight the versatility and brilliance of this dedicated group and offer non-stop entertainment for all ages.”

Cleland said he is looking forward to the String Orchestra’s concert because preparations for the recital showcased a great period of growth for the players.

A Spring Serenade will feature a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, which Cleland said is “one of the most popular pieces in the string orchestra repertoire, loved for its beautiful melodies and sensitive use of the tone colours of the orchestra.”

Guests will also hear Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, which is “a rich and intricate work, playing with antiphonal sound by breaking the ensemble into a string quartet and two string orchestras,” Cleland added.

Tickets to A Touch of Latin and A Spring Serenade are available for purchase from the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Box Office by phone at 905-688-0722 or online at firstontariopac.ca

For more information about the concerts or other music programming, visit brocku.ca/music

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University ddakin@brocku.ca, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

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Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

PC World - Mon, 2019-03-25 13:27
A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.

Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

Mac World - Mon, 2019-03-25 13:27
A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.

'ShadowHammer' infects Asus PCs through its Asus Live Update utility

PC World - Mon, 2019-03-25 13:06

Over 57,000 users, and possibly up to a million, have downloaded and installed a version of the Asus Live Update utility that was poisoned with a backdoor and hosted on the official Asus servers.

What security vendor Kaspersky is calling ShadowHammer was actually a targeted attack at a small number of users.  (The investigation is still in progress, Kaspersky said.) Kaspersky said that the ShadowHammer attack had been detected worldwide, most commonly in Russia and Germany, with about five percent of victims in the United States.

From a security standpoint, the most disturbing aspect of the malware is that it was digitally signed with legitimate security certificates, the stamp of authenticity that would make them indistinguishable from a real update. The Asus Live Update software is designed to look for new versions of the programs released on the Asus website and then automatically update a PC’s BIOS, drivers, and applications. If ShadowHammer allowed the PC to download malicious BIOS software from another site, that software could take over the entire PC. The Live Update software can be downloaded from the Asus site, and it also comes pre-loaded on PCs. 

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It's showtime for big deals on the iPad Pro and MacBook Air at Amazon

Mac World - Mon, 2019-03-25 12:49

Apple is holding one of its big events today, and we’ll get to see some of the flashiest new ideas from the folks in Cupertino. But today’s also a good time to pay attention to some not-so-new stuff, as you’ll find good deals for both the new iPad Pros and MacBook Air over at Amazon.

First off, Amazon is offering big discounts on several configurations of the new iPad Pros with Wi-Fi. I admire Apple’s new tablet for its transition from Touch ID to Face ID (which I find well-suited for tablets) and its ability to wirelessly charge the second-generation Apple Pencil (which you’ll have to buy separately). You can read more about it in my review from November. Here’s what’s on offer:

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