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Update: Facebook passwords for hundreds of millions of users were exposed to Facebook employees

Mac World - Thu, 2019-04-18 15:30
Facebook confirms that user passwords from Facebook, Facebook Lite, and Instagram were being stored in a readable format on Facebook servers. Hundreds of millions of accounts will be notified accordingly.

Update: Facebook passwords for hundreds of millions of users were exposed to Facebook employees

PC World - Thu, 2019-04-18 15:30

Facebook confirmed Thursday that hundreds of millions of user passwords were being stored in a “readable format” within its servers, accessible to internal Facebook employees -- including millions more Instagram users than previously thought. Affected users will be notified, Facebook said, so they can change those passwords.

Interestingly, Facebook downplayed and confirmed the problem in the same post, filed in late March, after researcher Brian Krebs issued his own report.  Facebook’s Pedro Canahuati, vice president of engineering for security and privacy, initially referred to “some” user passwords that were accessible to Facebook employees. A paragraph later, he revealed that “hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, millions of Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users” would be notified.

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Buy a spacious 512GB 10.5-inch iPad Pro for one of the lowest prices we’ve ever seen

Mac World - Thu, 2019-04-18 12:43

Want a previous generation iPad Pro with lots of storage room? Then you really need to head over to Amazon, where the retailer is knocking $300 off the 512GB 10.5-inch model with Wi-Fi, which is enough to bring the price down to $699.99. We hope you like gold, though, as the deepest discounts affects only the gold model.

If you’re more a fan of space gray and silver, you can still get these models on sale, although you’ll be paying $50 more. Still, that’s only $749.99.

It’s a good buy if you want an iPad Pro but prefer the form factor of the older models over the thinner bezels and support for Face ID in last year’s units. (You’ll also still get a headphone jack with this model.) It supports the first-generation Apple Pencil, it has a still-impressive A10X Fusion chip, and it features Apple’s ProMotion 120Hz display refresh technology that allows for faster scrolling.

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Add 200GB of space to your phone or Nintendo Switch for just $25 at Amazon today

Mac World - Thu, 2019-04-18 10:54

No matter whether it’s on your phone, tablet, PC, or Nintendo Switch, running out of space always sucks, especially if it means deleting games and files. But today you can solve that problem once and for all. Amazon is selling a 200GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card for an all-time-low of just $25, a 34 percent savings on its $38 list price.
This card packs a lot of space in a small package. With read speeds up to 100MB/s and speed ratings of UHS Speed Class U1 and Speed Class 10, this card can handle full HD video, while an A1 rating provides faster app performance. And once the card contains all your important files, it will keep them safe, with shock-, temperature-, water-, and X-ray- proofing. It will work with any Android phone that has a microSD slot as well as the Nintendo Switch and other devices, including cameras and some PCs.
We haven't tried this microSDXC ourselves, but it's a big hit on Amazon, with 4.5 stars out of 5 across more than 15,000 user reviews.
[Today’s deal: 200GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card for $25 on AmazonRemove non-product link]

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Add 200GB of space to your phone or Nintendo Switch for just $25 at Amazon today

PC World - Thu, 2019-04-18 10:54

No matter whether it’s on your phone, tablet, PC, or Nintendo Switch, running out of space always sucks, especially if it means deleting games and files. But today you can solve that problem once and for all. Amazon is selling a 200GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card for an all-time-low of just $25, a 34 percent savings on its $38 list price.
This card packs a lot of space in a small package. With read speeds up to 100MB/s and speed ratings of UHS Speed Class U1 and Speed Class 10, this card can handle full HD video, while an A1 rating provides faster app performance. And once the card contains all your important files, it will keep them safe, with shock-, temperature-, water-, and X-ray- proofing. It will work with any Android phone that has a microSD slot as well as the Nintendo Switch and other devices, including cameras and some PCs.
We haven't tried this microSDXC ourselves, but it's a big hit on Amazon, with 4.5 stars out of 5 across more than 15,000 user reviews.
[Today’s deal: 200GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card for $25 on AmazonRemove non-product link]

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Samsung's Galaxy Foldgate only proves that Apple is right to wait for a foldable iPhone

Mac World - Thu, 2019-04-18 10:48

Instead of a press release filled with glowing reviews and flowery superlatives, Samsung is doing a bit of damage control the week before its next-generation Galaxy Fold is due to hit stores. As it turns out, the $2,000 device might not be ready for prime time, as numerous early reviewers posted pics and videos of their devices in various stages of ruin.

In some cases, the screen protector was accidentally removed, creating issues with the polymer display. But many of the problems were issues that appeared to be quality control related, an embarrassing problem for a phone that’s being touted as the next big thing. And that’s not to mention the crease, bulkiness, or buggy software.

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The Full Nerd ep. 91: PlayStation 5 vs. gaming PCs, Acer's ConceptD desktops, case design thoughts

PC World - Thu, 2019-04-18 10:26

In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAdam Patrick Murray and special guest Melissa Riofrio discuss some of the hottest computer news of the past week.

The gang breaks down how early PlayStation 5 specs compare against gaming PCs, dives deep into Acer’s big, beautiful, and creator-focused ConceptD desktops, and touches on general case design philosophies. And of course, we answer plenty of questions from live viewers and Full Nerd Discord chat members.

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Groundbreaking for Zone expansion to be held Wednesday

Brock News - Thu, 2019-04-18 10:13

MEDIA RELEASE: 18 April 2019 – R00069

The next step in a project to significantly expand Brock University’s fitness centre will take place next week.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Zone Fitness Centre expansion will be held Wednesday, April 24 at 10 a.m. in the Walker Sports Complex courtyard, which will soon be closed off to allow for the construction work to get underway.

The existing Zone, opened in 2001 when Brock’s enrolment was significantly lower than it is today, is the smallest of any Ontario university. Unlike when it opened and students had to purchase memberships to use the space, all Brock students now have access to the fitness centre through the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) Student Life fee.

Last year, students voted in favour of funding the project, which will see the Zone triple in size from 4,300 square feet to 15,500 square feet.

It will be funded through a $17-per-credit fee for all full- and part-time undergraduate students over a period of five years, starting in September 2020, when the expansion is completed.

Wednesday’s groundbreaking will include comments from past and current BUSU presidents, Brock officials and others, along with a photo opportunity. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

 

What: Zone Fitness Centre Groundbreaking

When: Wednesday, April 24, 10 to 11 a.m.

Where: Walker Sports Complex courtyard, Brock University

 

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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Get a lifetime of VPNSecure for $50

Mac World - Thu, 2019-04-18 10:05

Many of us let out a sigh of relief when we find fast public Wi-Fi, but the dark truth is that these hotspots are tourist traps for hackers and identity thieves who can’t wait to get their hands on your private data. Fortunately, VPNs are an easy tool that anyone can use to keep their data private and secure. If you’re looking for a great deal on a reliable VPN, look no further than VPNSecure, which is on sale for $49.99, or 94% off.

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Pay what you want for this Java course bundle

PC World - Thu, 2019-04-18 10:05

Java is among the easiest programming languages to learn, making it perfect for those just starting out. And, now virtually anyone can become an expert with The Java Master Class Bundle, offered for a fraction of its normal $960 value.

The Java Master Class Bundle includes ten courses that introduce students to the Java coding language. They’ll learn the syntax, discover how to program applications, and even earn valuable certificates for each course completed. And, since it’s a Pay What You Want offer, they could get it for an amazingly low price. But exactly how low is up to each individual to decide.

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The smarter, better Ring Video Doorbell Pro is $50 off and comes with a free Echo Dot

Mac World - Thu, 2019-04-18 09:37

Amazon’s got an unstoppable deal right now for a smart doorbell: The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is on sale for $199. That’s the usual $50 discount we’ve seen before on this item, but on top of that, Amazon’s throwing in a free Echo Dot. The third-generation Echo Dot is usually $50 (albeit currently on sale for $40), but it’s not clear if you get the second or third generation mini speaker with this deal.

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro features 1080p video capture with infrared for nighttime vision. It connects to your Wi-Fi via 802.11b/g/n and you can check-in remotely to see who’s at your door. The Pro also works with Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant, which allows you to use the smart speaker for two-way talk with whoever’s at your door.

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The smarter, better Ring Video Doorbell Pro is $50 off and comes with a free Echo Dot

PC World - Thu, 2019-04-18 09:37

Amazon’s got an unstoppable deal right now for a smart doorbell: The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is on sale for $199. That’s the usual $50 discount we’ve seen before on this item, but on top of that, Amazon’s throwing in a free Echo Dot. The third-generation Echo Dot is usually $50 (albeit currently on sale for $40), but it’s not clear if you get the second or third generation mini speaker with this deal.

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro features 1080p video capture with infrared for nighttime vision. It connects to your Wi-Fi via 802.11b/g/n and you can check-in remotely to see who’s at your door. The Pro also works with Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant, which allows you to use the smart speaker for two-way talk with whoever’s at your door.

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iOS 13 rumors, Apple and Qualcomm, how to disable Live Photos, and your hot takes

Mac World - Thu, 2019-04-18 09:00

In the latest episode of the Macworld Podcast, we talk about the Apple and Qualcomm court settlement, iOS 13 rumors, Disney+, and more. What companies should Apple buy? We talk about that in our feature discussion. Plus, Leif has a two-minute tip, and we wrap up the show with your hot takes from the Macworld Twitter and Facebook feeds.

This is episode 647 of the Macworld Podcast with Leif JohnsonRoman Loyola, and Michael Simon.

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How to retain an Apple ID while switching your iCloud email address

Mac World - Thu, 2019-04-18 08:00

What if your iCloud.com address receives so much spam or other unwanted email that it’s useless to you and you want to abandon it? If it’s also your Apple ID account name, you might think you were out of luck. Apple doesn’t let you change an Apple ID’s email account login to any other address if it ends in icloud.com, mac.com, or me.com.

Apple does let you add email aliases that end in @icloud.com, but these aliases can only receive email. They can’t be converted into an Apple ID login.

However, iCloud.com’s Mail interface can let create a mail rule that can offer what you need while also preserving your Apple ID account. You simply push all incoming mail to the iCloud address you no longer want to use into the trash.

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Stream these 12 movies to celebrate Easter, Passover, and the rebirth of spring

Mac World - Thu, 2019-04-18 07:00
Whether you're a cord-cutter, a cord-never, or you're sticking with cable, you'll want to check out these great entertainment suggestions from TechHive's resident film critic.

Stream these 12 movies to celebrate Easter, Passover, and the rebirth of spring

PC World - Thu, 2019-04-18 07:00
Whether you're a cord-cutter, a cord-never, or you're sticking with cable, you'll want to check out these great entertainment suggestions from TechHive's resident film critic.

Here's how to fix Apple's Butterfly keyboard problem: Buy a PC

PC World - Thu, 2019-04-18 06:30

Dear MacBook user: If you just stomped out of the Apple store with another problem with your Butterfly keyboard we've got the ultimate fix: Buy a PC.

Sure, we could be mean and troll you by pretending to type headlines and sentences as though they were typed on a MacBook (Itt wouldlook like his becaus of th missing or stuck ky poblm) but we understand you're still shellshocked that three years after introducing the "worst product in Apple's history," Apple hasn't changed its ways.

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How to use Apple Maps to find retailers that take Apple Pay

Mac World - Thu, 2019-04-18 06:00

Apple Pay support continues to spread, both to more U.S. retailers and to more countries. But still, it’s not yet so commonplace that you can just assume you’re going to be able to pay with your iPhone anywhere you go.

With the upcoming Apple Card, the 2 percent cash back rate is predicated on paying with Apple Pay, so finding retailers that accept it is going to be more important than ever.

Fortunately, there’s an easy way to see if you can pay with your iPhone at that store, restaurant, or other retailer: just check Apple Maps.

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SecureDrive BT review: Unlock this secure portable SSD using your phone

PC World - Thu, 2019-04-18 06:00

If you're a phone-centric user looking for a secure drive that matches your lifestyle, then you definitely need to take a look at the SecureDrive BT SSD. Unlike other secure drives, which rely on a keypad or an client app on your PC to unlock them, the SecureDrive BT uses an app and Bluetooth, the wireless connectivity that's available on every modern phone and mobile device.

Even beyond lifestyle and convenience, managing the drive using your phone or mobile device may also be the most secure way to do it. And that's what corporate and government buyers, the real target audience, are more concerned with. 

Why the phone?

As I said, the SecureDrive BT uses Bluetooth and the Android/iOS app for unlocking the drive. But it doesn't transfer data via BT, so it's basically just a USB drive with a new approach to access. The drive, as all do, locks itself automatically when power is removed, so you don't even need the app for that. Is this approach handy? I'm not in any way shape or form phone-centric, yet I prefer using my phone for the task for several reasons.

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An iPhone 8 body with updated specs could be a hit, but it’s no iPhone SE

Mac World - Wed, 2019-04-17 18:30

Despite the relative unpopularity of small-screened phones throughout the world, there remains a strong cry among diehard fans for a new iPhone SE. A dedicated cadre of iPhone users simply want a small phone at a lower price, with modern technology inside.

If a new report from Economic Daily News is true, there is no new iPhone SE in the works—at least, not in the current 4-inch form factor—but there may be a similar “new wine in old bottles” product on the horizon.

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