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Thatgamecompany’s stunning Sky: Children of the Light finally comes to iOS

Mac World - Thu, 2019-07-18 13:56

We’ve been waiting for a long time for Thatgamecompany’s Sky: Children of the Light, as Apple first revealed it in order to show off the power of the Apple TV 4K way back in 2017. We even had to suffer another delay earlier this month.

It’s finally out, but not for the Apple TV oddly, enough: You can only take to Sky on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. At some unspecific point in the future, it’ll also be coming to Mac, Apple TV, Android, PC, and consoles. I’m looking forward to jumping in, and I’ll have a review ready in the next couple of days.

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Samsung's next-gen RAM will make your phone way faster, but the Galaxy Note 10 won't get it

PC World - Thu, 2019-07-18 11:44

Samsung on Thursday announced a major breakthrough in the future of smartphones: mass production has begun on the industry’s first 12GB LPDDR5 mobile DRAM chip, so it should start showing up in smartphones pretty soon. But don't get your hopes up about it showing up on the Galaxy Note 10's spec sheet next month.

As Samsung explains in its press release, the 10nm LPDDR5 chip (Lower Power Double Data Rate) has been "optimized for enabling 5G and AI features in future smartphones." That mainly boils down to speed. The new chips have a data rate of 5,500Mbps, about 1.3 times faster than the LPDDR4X DRAM used in the Galaxy S10 5G and about 1.7 times faster than the LPDDR4 in the Galaxy S10+. That's not quite as big of a leap as the 2x increase from LPDDR3 to LPDDR4 (2133Mbps to 4266Mbps) but it's still significant.

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Macworld reader hot takes on the MacBook Air, Apple Maps, Jony Ive, and more

Mac World - Thu, 2019-07-18 07:00

We did a special edition of the show where we feature your hot takes from the Macworld social media feeds. The hot takes are your reactions to Macworld stories and other happenings in the world of Apple. We share what you wrote, and we offer our thoughts.

As a reminder, you can comment or ask questions via Twitter (@macworld), on Facebook, or through email at podcast@macworld.com.

Here’s how today’s show works.

  1. We explain the subject at hand. If the hot take is a reaction to the article, we briefly summarize that article. If the take is a reaction to a recent event, we explain what happened.

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Denon AH-D9200 headphone review: Superb sound quality in a luxurious, closed-back, over-ear headphone

PC World - Thu, 2019-07-18 06:00
The build quality is exceptional, and it's super comfortable, which befits its high price tag.

Denon AH-D9200 headphone review: Superb sound quality in a luxurious, closed-back, over-ear headphone

Mac World - Thu, 2019-07-18 06:00
The build quality is exceptional, and it's super comfortable, which befits its high price tag.

Commander One 2.1 review: Mac file manager now works with iOS devices

Mac World - Thu, 2019-07-18 06:00

For average Mac users, the concept of a separate application just to manage files and folders probably sounds like overkill. After all, the Finder is free, baked right into macOS, and does just about everything one could ever want. But file manager apps are no longer just for power users, and once you’ve gone dual-pane, it’s hard to go back.

Transmit and Forklift are among the most recognizable names in the Finder alternative subgenre, but the folks at Eltima Software have also been busy cultivating their own solution in recent years, and if you can deal with the less-refined Windows-style UI, has a few unique tricks up its sleeve.

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5 Windows display tricks to help you focus

PC World - Thu, 2019-07-18 05:41

When you’re trying to focus on a specific task, the right display settings can make a big difference. Dimming or disabling secondary monitors, cutting down on harsh screen lighting, or even eliminating color altogether can help draw your eyes to the job at hand and reduce eyestrain.

With the right tools, Windows can make managing these display settings practically effortless. Here are five screen manipulation tools and tricks to help you concentrate:

Automatic dark mode

With the May 2019 update for Windows 10, Microsoft added a “light” mode to complement its existing dark theme, rendering the taskbar, Start menu, and certain app menus in a bright shade of gray. Unfortunately, Microsoft provides no way to switch automatically between light and dark modes, so your display vibes might be too mellow by day and too harsh at night.

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Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening

PC World - Wed, 2019-07-17 23:43
Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.

Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening

Mac World - Wed, 2019-07-17 23:43
Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.

Dash cam reviews 2019: Catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving

PC World - Wed, 2019-07-17 21:24

Dash cams are already essential in many countries because of scam artists who try to create accidents so they can sue you. They’ve also proven useful for catching cars flying into buildings, or the occasional meteor, as happened in Thailand and in Russia, all thanks to dash cams in the right place at the right time.

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Z-Edge F1 dash cam: Great image quality and versatile GPS outweigh the baffling buttons

PC World - Wed, 2019-07-17 21:05

The $170 Z-Edge F1 ticks nearly all the boxes a front/interior dash cam should tick, especially for professional and rideshare drivers. Boasting 1440p front video, 1080p front/interior video, good night and low-light captures, and GPS, it’s almost the total package—once you figure out how the heck to use it.

Features and specs

The F1 is a wide-body camera, measuring approximately 4.25x1.75x1.35 inches. It’s handsome as dash cams go, with a suction mount that also incorporates the GPS module. Nicely, the GPS module serves as a handle that rotates to aid the removal mechanism. If you’ve used a high-suction model that relies on only a rotary dial, you’ll appreciate how much easier it is.

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The best Amazon Echo add-ons and accessories

Mac World - Wed, 2019-07-17 19:46
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 - Wed, 2019-07-17 19:46
A few are goofy, but many are great: These mostly inexpensive gadgets can make Amazon’s smart speakers even better.

Best phone mounts and holders for cars

Mac World - Wed, 2019-07-17 17:24
Keep your phone (and your GPS directions) in sight with these mounts.

Best phone mounts and holders for cars

PC World - Wed, 2019-07-17 17:24

If you’re using your smartphone for GPS directions but leaving it in your lap or cupholder, it’s time to get a phone holder for your car. These mounts allow you to position a smartphone within line of sight—and keep it out of your hands, thus avoiding a ticket in some states.

The best phone holder isn’t the same for everyone, however. Car manufacturers not only use different types of vents, but they mix up the positions of both CD players and vents too. States also have different laws for what can be attached to a windshield (and where).

Accordingly, our list of the best phone mounts doesn’t single out just one or two picks. Instead, we’re sharing the most convenient and reliable models as a group after putting them to the test in a variety of cars.

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Visit Canada’s parks responsibly says Brock professor

Brock News - Wed, 2019-07-17 13:56

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Saturday, July 20 is Parks Day in Canada, an annual event marked by fun and activities at many of the country’s parks and historical sites.

But before heading out for a picnic or camping adventure, Brock University Geography and Tourism Studies Professor Dave Fennell is urging visitors to do a bit of homework and become familiar with the places they’re headed.

He points out that most parks and historical sites post plenty of information online, including codes of ethics and regulations visitors are expected to respect.

“It’s incumbent upon us as individuals to fill in that gap of knowledge before we get to these places,” says Fennell.

Unfortunately, he says, not everyone obeys the rules. He has seen some parks where trees have no lower branches because people have ripped them off to make a campfire. Exposed tree roots, hardened campsites and water quality issues are further indicators of overuse.

“There just doesn’t seem to be the respect and responsibility there ought to be,” he says. “Don’t be an ugly tourist. Be a responsible tourist.”

Fennell’s message isn’t just for the adults.

“This respect for nature is something you can pass on to your children,” he says.

The problem with tourism is what he calls the “all about me” attitude. People who spend lots of time and money travelling to a destination can get annoyed when park regulations seem to get in the way of their fun. But, he says, “it’s not really about them, it’s about the natural world.”

According to Fennell, a combination of active and passive management strategies is often necessary for people to get the message. That means education as well as enforced regulations.

Algonquin Provincial Park, for example, uses a permit system.

“You have to register to use one of the campsites on the lakes because there are just too many people wanting to use these places,” he says.

Fennell, one of the first people in the world to study ecotourism at the graduate level, describes ecotourism as an attitude and an ethic about how to approach the natural world.

In 1988, amendments were made to Canada’s Natural Parks Act that prioritized ecological integrity above use.

Now, unlike the square parks of the past, new national parks are built on the basis of ecosystem management and according to the integrity of the natural world.

Canada is trying to establish at least one park in each of its 39 unique physiographic regions and 29 marine regions.

“We’re doing a much better job with the terrestrial system than we are with the marine system,” Fennell says.

By visiting these protected areas, are tourists making things worse? Fennell says not necessarily.

“With parks and protected areas, you always have to balance use with preservation,” he says. “That’s why the way we plan, develop and manage these places becomes really important. The management has to be innovative and very site-specific.”

Canada has always been a model of park management for the rest of the world, says Fennell, but it still faces challenges.

“Our parks are in a difficult state right now,” he says. “It costs a lot of money to make sure our parks and historical monuments are in good shape from an infrastructure standpoint.”

Managed properly, ecotourism can attract visitors and generate revenue, not only for the ecotour operators and local businesses, but also for conservation and the upkeep of places.

Fennell’s biggest piece of advice is to get out and enjoy what Ontario and Canada have to offer.

“There’s so much here we should be proud of and that we need to take care of for the future,” he says. “These are really special places. They’re the crown jewels in Canada.”

Visit the Parks Canada website for more information on Parks Day activities and places to visit in Ontario or across the country.

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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2020 iPhone rumors: Rear camera to get 3D sensing time-of-flight capabilities

Mac World - Wed, 2019-07-17 13:50

The 2019 iPhone models haven't even been officially announced yet, and we're already starting to see reports about what will be in the 2020 iPhones. We've compiled the most notable ones here, but take these with a big grain of salt. Even if these reports are accurate representations of what suppliers are saying, or come from moles within Apple itself, the company's plans can and do change. There's still plenty of time before the design and features have to be totally set in stone.

Update 07/17/19: A new report from Digitimes claims that Apple has plans to use VCSEL time-of-flight (ToF) sensors on the rear camera of next year's iPhone. 

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Emoji are getting more inclusive on your iPhone and Android phone—even if you're a vampire

Mac World - Wed, 2019-07-17 11:43
Google and Apple have unveiled a preview of the new emoji coming to phones this fall.

Emoji are getting more inclusive on your iPhone and Android phone—even if you're a vampire

PC World - Wed, 2019-07-17 11:43

In case you forgot to buy your phone a present, it’s World Emoji Day today. And to celebrate, Apple and Google have unveiled a slew of new emoji based on the approved characters in Unicode 12 that will be arriving in iOS 13 and Android Q later this year. And the theme this year is inclusion for everyone. Even vampires.

Whatever your race, gender, sexual orientation, or disability, you’ll be able to find an emoji to express yourself. On both iPhones and Android phones, the Holding Hands emoji has been greatly expanded to include more than 70 combinations and sex, gender, and race, so you’ll be able to properly represent your relationship no matter who your significant other may be.

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Schmon Tower to be illuminated in honour of Mandela Day

Brock News - Wed, 2019-07-17 10:55

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Brock University will mark Nelson Mandela International Day on Thursday, July 18 by raising the South African flag and illuminating Schmon Tower in yellow, green, red and blue.

Thursday marks the 101st anniversary of the birth of Mandela, who was an anti-apartheid activist and global leader. Mandela was involved in protests and politics most of his life, most famously opposing the racial discrimination of the apartheid policy. Imprisoned for more than 27 years, he became one of the most recognized political prisoners in the world.

After his release from prison, Mandela became the first black president to be democratically elected in South Africa. In 2009, the United Nations declared July 18 Nelson Mandela International Day, or Mandela Day. This year also marks the beginning of the Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace, as declared by the United Nations.

Dolana Mogadime, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, has advocated for the flag raising and tower illumination to become an annual event at Brock and has been collaborating with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg on the Nelson Mandela: Struggle for Freedom exhibit.

The flag of South Africa will be raised Thursday morning and Schmon Tower will be illuminated in the flag’s colours at dusk and through the evening hours.

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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