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Fluance Fi20 Bluetooth speaker review: Stylish good looks and rich sound unfortunately marred by boomy bass

Mac World - Tue, 2019-04-09 06:00
The price is delightful, and it looks great, but those two pluses can't overcome this speaker's overblown low end.

Sinopé Sedna water-leak protection kit review: This electronic valve is less expensive, but only semi smart

PC World - Tue, 2019-04-09 06:00
This electric valve can’t analyze your water system the way some of its competitors will, but it might react to a leak more quickly than those smarter devices.

Alienware Area-51m R1 review: Fast, big and upgradable

PC World - Tue, 2019-04-09 06:00

Alienware's Area-51m flagship gaming laptop is big, thick, and fast, a return to form that should reassure people who got worried when the company unveiled the thin-and-light Alienware m15 last year. The new Area-51m very well might be the first gaming laptop to bring the Holy Grail of features to consumers: Upgradable graphics and an upgradable CPU.

Gordon Mah Ung Alienware Area-51m specs and features

The Area-51m's spec list is all good stuff, and it'll cost you. Our review unit is the highest-end SKU, which starts at $4,050 (available at Dell.com) but is $4,500 as configured below. For slightly more modest budgets, the lowest-end model starts at $1,950 and is nothing to sneeze at. Also note, the white "Lunar Light" color is a $50 upgrade over the dark-gray "Dark Side of the Moon" color. 

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Fluance Fi20 Bluetooth speaker review: Stylish good looks and rich sound unfortunately marred by boomy bass

PC World - Tue, 2019-04-09 06:00
The price is delightful, and it looks great, but those two pluses can't overcome this speaker's overblown low end.

Grad students have three minutes and one slide to sum up complex research

Brock News - Mon, 2019-04-08 15:37

MEDIA RELEASE: 8 April 2019 – R00062

Final round for annual Three Minute Thesis competition set for Thursday, April 11

How the construction of a house relates to mitochondrial-mediated cell death may not be clear to most people, but that’s the analogy Jennifer Wilkinson used to explain her research in simple terms during Brock University’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) preliminary round.

Eight graduate students from five Faculties participated in the competition last week that challenges students to present their complex research to a general audience in no more than three minutes and using only one slide and no props.

Event judges Cassie Price, Venture Development Co-ordinator for the Goodman Group, Cathy Majtenyi, Research Communications Specialist for the Office of Research Services, and Brad Clarke, Director, Student Life and Community Experience, selected three master’s students to advance to the challenge finals on Thursday, April 11 at Brock.

Joining Wilkinson, a student in Applied Health Sciences, are Alicia Azzano from Applied Disability Studies and Rachel Richmond from Applied Health Sciences.

“Selecting the finalists was much more difficult than I had imagined it would be,” said Price. “There were so many factors to take into consideration — presentation style, slide design, audience engagement and comprehension of the subject. It was a wonderful experience to learn about the fascinating research students are doing on campus from such a wide variety of disciplines.”

Wilkinson said she decided to participate in 3MT to enhance her research communication skills.

“I know it’s an important skill and part of my graduate degree to learn how to translate my knowledge for anyone to understand,” she said.

Wilkinson and the other finalists will compete for the title of Brock 2019 3MT Champion during a midday break of the Mapping the New Knowledges (MNK) Graduate Student Conference April 11 at Brock.

The winner of the challenge will represent Brock at the Ontario 3MT Competition, hosted by McMaster University on Wednesday, April 17. Presentations will be livestreamed and a winner will be selected to represent Ontario at the national finals, where 11 finalists will be competing for the title of 2019 Canadian 3MT Champion.

Now in its 14th year, the MNK Conference is a daylong showcase of graduate student research happening at Brock, with more than 165 students presenting either oral or poster presentations.

The day will kick off with a keynote address from Tek Thongpapanl, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the Goodman School of Business, who will discuss his role as a mentor to students and his own personal journey with mentorship over his career.

The conference, being held in Brock’s Plaza Building and the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex, is free and open to the public.

Mapping the New Knowledges conference highlights:

8:30 a.m. — Keynote address

11:45 a.m. — 3MT final round

12:15 p.m. — Presentation of Marilyn Rose Graduate Leadership Award, Michael Plyley Graduate Mentorship Awards and Jack M. Miller Excellence in Research Awards

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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Brock welcomes thousands of families to campus for Spring Open House

Brock News - Mon, 2019-04-08 15:36

MEDIA RELEASE: 8 April 2019 – R00061

For Ashley Michaud, the more than eight-hour drive to Brock University was entirely worthwhile.

The trek to St. Catharines for the University’s annual Spring Open House on Sunday, April 7 affirmed for the 17-year-old Timmins resident that Brock is everything she hoped it would be.

“It’s really homey here and everyone has been so welcoming,” said the Grade 12 student, adding Brock is her No. 1 choice to pursue studies in Psychology. “We planned this whole trip around Brock and so far, I’m really impressed.”

Michaud was among 4,600 visitors to campus for Sunday’s annual event, which gave prospective students and their families a taste of what life at Brock is like.

The day was enough to solidify Jacob Moon’s decision of where to head in September.

Alongside his mother Jeanne, the Mississauga resident made his way to Brock’s admissions office to accept his offer to study Sport Management (SPMA) at the University.

“I’m excited,” Moon said of the big step in his educational journey.

The school came highly recommended by his stepsister, but it was a visit by Brock’s recruitment team to his school that gave Moon the insight he needed to choose a path.

While mom Jeanne is nervous about her son heading off to university in the fall, having the chance to tour campus and speak with faculty from the SPMA program helped to ease those worries, she said.

In addition to touring campus and meeting with faculty, Open House guests had the opportunity to meet with students and senior administrators, attend program-specific presentations, learn about student services and research opportunities, and take in a first-year lecture. Residences, research labs, athletic facilities and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines were also buzzing with activity throughout the day.

“I’m so proud of our University community,” said Beth Natale, Brock’s Director, Recruitment, who described the energy on campus Sunday as “off the charts.” “Everyone truly stepped up to make this the best Open House event ever, with incredibly varied programming and unique ways to experience Brock that spanned the entire campus.”

The crowds at Open House complement a series of strong early indicators the University is seeing for fall enrolment, which show an increasing number of students shortlisting Brock as their possible destination for 2019-20.

Among those figures, compiled by the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre, is a more than 15 per cent increase in those listing Brock as their No. 1 pick.

Natale said the University’s admissions team has extended more offers to date in this recruitment cycle, which runs from September to September, than in all of the 2017-18 cycle.

“The numbers say it all; the demand for a Brock degree is evident and the momentum around our brand is growing in leaps and bounds.”

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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Microsoft's Windows 10 May 2019 Update can be downloaded now: Here's how

PC World - Mon, 2019-04-08 15:08

If you want to be one of the first to experience Microsoft’s Windows 10 May 2019 Update, you can. The release is live now for Windows Insiders, a program you can easily join.

Normally, Windows Insiders test the beta builds of new Windows 10 features. But since Microsoft pushed build 18362.30 into the Release Preview ring last night, that means there’s a stable build of the next feature release waiting for you. 

Officially, the May 2019 Update (aka ‘19H1’) will be pushed to all PCs in late May—the idea being that Microsoft has prolonged its final beta period for a month. That’s why the term 'stable' has to be taken with a grain of salt: Microsoft thinks the May 2019 Update is feature complete and bug-free—but it also thought so with the October 2018 Update, and we all remember what happened then

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AMD's 2nd-gen Ryzen Pro mobile chips see some traction with HP, Lenovo design wins

PC World - Mon, 2019-04-08 14:31

One of the complaints surrounding AMD’s efforts to ship mobile Ryzen chips for notebook PCs was a fundamental one: Where were the notebooks? On Monday, AMD answered. The company announced the second-gen Ryzen Pro mobile processor for commercial notebook PCs, which will appear first in notebooks from HP and Lenovo.

There are three new Ryzen Pro chips: the 2.3GHz, 4-core/8-thread Ryzen 7 Pro 3700U; the 2.1GHz 4-core/8-thread Ryzen 5 Pro 3500U; and the 2.1GHz 4-core/4-thread Ryzen 3 Pro 3300U. All are 15W parts, meaning that they’re aimed at more mainstream and ultrathin notebooks. They all use the older 12-nm manufacturing process, but they boast the discrete-class integrated “Vega” GPU that other mobile Ryzen chips do as well.

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Microsoft releases alpha versions of its Microsoft Edge on Chromium browser for you to try

PC World - Mon, 2019-04-08 13:56

You can peek at Microsoft's big plan to move Edge to open-source Chromium code, if you're a developer or enthusiast. The company is making the first alpha builds available on Monday.

In December, Microsoft said it would begin migrating its Edge browser to Chromium, the underlying open-source platform used by Google Chrome, Vivaldi, and some other browsers. The result, Microsoft said then, should be greater compatibility with Chrome extensions.

Microsoft’s Edge on Chromium browser had previously leaked, with early builds available on file-sharing sites—though without Microsoft’s official endorsement, users downloaded at their own risk. Now, Microsoft has made the new browser available from its Edge Insider program, a version of its Windows Insider program specific to the Edge browser. 

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B&H Photo is selling the Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular for as little as $269

Mac World - Mon, 2019-04-08 13:16

You’ll get the most out of the Apple Watch if you buy the model with GPS and cellular, as you won’t need to keep your iPhone nearby for most apps to work properly. Unfortunately, these models are usually prohibitively expensive. Today is an exception, though, as B&H is selling the Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS and cellular with prices starting at $269Remove non-product link. That’s around $110 less than you’ll see this model selling for at other sites, such as Apple itselfRemove non-product link.

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Netflix app drops AirPlay support on iOS, citing support for third-party devices

Mac World - Mon, 2019-04-08 13:13

Do you enjoy kicking back on the couch and beaming a little Queer Eye from your phone to your TV? Can’t wait for another season of GLOW or Stranger Things this Summer?

Well, you’re going to have to be content with using the Netflix app on your Apple TV, smart TV, the website on your Mac, the app on your game console, or cable box, or any of the other fifty billion ways to watch Netflix, because AirPlay support is officially gone from the iOS app.

Late last week, Netflix removed the ability to use AirPlay without notice or explanation. A support document on the Netflix site simply said, “Airplay is no longer supported for use with Netflix due to technical limitations.”

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Cool your computer with EVGA's sleek controllable case fans for $6 instead of $20

PC World - Mon, 2019-04-08 11:04

Computers don’t like to be hot. Adding a fan or two to your PC can help tame wild temperatures and keep your precious (and pricey) components cooled. Everyone should have an intake and an exhaust at the very least! If you need to beef up your rig’s cooling capacity, today’s deal is one you don’t want to miss. Office Depot is selling EVGA’s 120mm FX12Remove non-product link and 140mm FX13Remove non-product link software-controllable case fans for a mere $6, down from a regular price around $20 each.

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IKEA just put a Sonos speaker in a table lamp

PC World - Mon, 2019-04-08 11:00
The Swedish furniture maker also partnered with Sonos to build a low-cost wireless bookshelf speaker.

IKEA just put a Sonos speaker in a table lamp

Mac World - Mon, 2019-04-08 11:00
The Swedish furniture maker also partnered with Sonos to build a low-cost wireless bookshelf speaker.

Speed up your Wi-Fi with this $47 TP-Link smart router that listens to Amazon's Alexa

PC World - Mon, 2019-04-08 09:34

If you’re not happy with the Wi-Fi router your ISP gave you, there’s a great deal today on an affordable and highly rated router. The TP-Link Archer A7 AC1750 Smart WiFi router is $47 on Amazon when you clip the extra $10 off coupon on the product page, located just underneath the sales price.

That extra discount makes this price the all-time low for the Archer A7 on Amazon. If the coupon doesn’t show up for you, $57 is still a great price for this router, which usually sells for $65 to $70.

The Archer A7 features three external antennas promising a good signal of 802.11ac, dual-band Wi-Fi for up to 2,500 square feet. It’s also packed with bandwidth prioritization “quality of service” (QoS) technology to ensure intensive uses like online games and 4K Netflix streams get the best experience possible on your network. 

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Speed up your Wi-Fi with this $47 TP-Link smart router that listens to Amazon's Alexa

Mac World - Mon, 2019-04-08 09:34

If you’re not happy with the Wi-Fi router your ISP gave you, there’s a great deal today on an affordable and highly rated router. The TP-Link Archer A7 AC1750 Smart WiFi router is $47 on Amazon when you clip the extra $10 off coupon on the product page, located just underneath the sales price.

That extra discount makes this price the all-time low for the Archer A7 on Amazon. If the coupon doesn’t show up for you, $57 is still a great price for this router, which usually sells for $65 to $70.

The Archer A7 features three external antennas promising a good signal of 802.11ac, dual-band Wi-Fi for up to 2,500 square feet. It’s also packed with bandwidth prioritization “quality of service” (QoS) technology to ensure intensive uses like online games and 4K Netflix streams get the best experience possible on your network. 

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How to better protect yourself from robocalls on your iPhone

Mac World - Mon, 2019-04-08 07:00

Automated calls that offer unwanted or illegal products or that attempt to defraud you are known as robocalls. And they have risen into the billions in recent years. The FCC is trying to fight it as are the telephone carriers, who waste large sums of money trying to block such calls legally from their networks and have to field millions of angry questions from subscribers.

(Some robocalls are legal and desirable: school announcements, doctor appointment reminders, and automated messages from companies that you do business with and gave permission to call you.)

Part of the problem is that FCC rules limit the way in which telcos can prevent calls from passing over their networks. That’s to prevent phone operators from blocking competitive companies. But it also ties their hands a bit regarding fraud.

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The 5 things Google should kill next

PC World - Mon, 2019-04-08 06:30

Google is a stone-cold killer. A virtual Keanu Reeves/John Wick or Chow Yun-fat/Ah Jong of death-dealing, wiping out failing products left and right.

Just last week Google killed Inbox, goo.gl, and Google+. Per Killed By Google’s count (yes, that’s a real website), Google has smothered no fewer than 158 of its own children, easily making it one of the most prolific and family-unfriendly assassins around. For all we know, sweet old Auntie Gmail will be next.

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HP Spectre Folio review: This lightweight leather laptop is different in a very good way

PC World - Mon, 2019-04-08 06:00

I can’t take my hands off the HP Spectre FolioRemove non-product link. Lightweight and fully sheathed in leather, it feels great in a way that a metal- or plastic-clad laptop never could. Thanks to its energy-sipping Intel Core Y processor, it generates scant heat, and its battery lasts a very long time.

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New Blu-ray and DVD releases: The latest, greatest movies to enjoy on disc

PC World - Mon, 2019-04-08 06:00
Streaming movies is fine and all, but high-quality Blu-ray discs packed with extra features make watching your favorite movies at home a special treat.

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