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Cheechoo receives warm welcome after Order of Canada investiture

Brock News - Thu, 2019-05-09 20:36

MEDIA RELEASE: 9 May 2019 – R00079

Brock University Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo was one of 39 people invested into the Order of Canada Wednesday, May 8 by Governor General Julie Payette.

Thursday night, the Indigenous academic leader and award-winning artist was welcomed at a reception at Brock, where a packed house celebrated the remarkable achievement.

“What this means to me is that it honours so many people,” Cheechoo said. “My mentors, my family, my friends and the elders who have taught me. Everyone walked this road together. I didn’t do it alone.”

The Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest honours, recognizing Canadians whose service shapes society, whose innovations ignite imaginations and whose compassion unites communities. There are three levels of the Order of Canada and Cheechoo was invested as a Member.

Among the speakers Thursday was Amos Key, Jr., who will begin his tenure as the University’s first-ever Vice-Provost of Indigenous Engagement on July 1.

He said the opportunity to work with Cheechoo was one of the things that attracted him to the role at Brock.

“I was grateful that Shirley opened the door for creating the position of Vice-Provost of Indigenous Engagement,” Key said. “Knowing her story and her journey and having spoken to her a couple of times, I thought it would be great if I got the role. I’m looking forward to working with her.”

A member of the Cree nation, Cheechoo became the first woman and first Indigenous Canadian to be appointed to the ceremonial leadership role of Chancellor of Brock University in 2015.
She is also the founder and executive director at Weengushk Film Institute on Manitoulin Island, which helps Indigenous and at-risk youth develop career skills or return to school.

As a filmmaker, Cheechoo’s work has been shaped by her First Nations background. Her award-winning 2012 film Moose River Crossing examines characters who, like her, are survivors of the residential school system.

Similar to her work in theatre and filmmaking, Cheechoo has helped to move Brock University through the power of stories, said Carol Jacobs, who was Brock’s Elder-in-Residence for nearly a decade.

“In doing so, she has made this University a better place for the whole campus community and is most worthy of the award we celebrate tonight,” Jacobs said. “Much of the progress we have seen at Brock is directly connected to her advice and influence. She has helped to clear Brock’s path towards a stronger and more respectful relationship with Indigenous students, staff and local communities.”

Brock President Gervan Fearon called Cheechoo “an inspiration on many different levels.”

“I have witnessed how she inspires and energizes excited young people at Brock University Convocation ceremonies,” he said.

Fearon said it’s not a coincidence that the new position of Vice-Provost for Indigenous Engagement was established during Cheechoo’s time as Chancellor.

“Shirley’s arrival at the University has helped the Brock community better understand and embrace the importance of our Indigenous relationship,” he said. “I am excited at the thought of Amos helping to strengthen our connections with the Indigenous community both internally and externally — working to ensure that the community benefits from what Brock can do.”

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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HP's high-res Reverb VR headset blows the screen door effect off its hinges

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-09 16:04

That dreaded low-resolution "screen door effect" that's dogged virtual reality imaging since its inception just got blown off its hinges by HP's Reverb VR headset.

Announced Tuesday at HP Reinvent in Houston, the Reverb boasts twice the resolution of its predecessor—2,160x2,160—plus a wider 114-degree field of view. The Reverb is the highest-resolution HMD (head-mounted display) that's shipping among "major" makers, the company said.

That caveat of "major" HMD makers obviously excludes such smaller projects as Pimax's 8K headset. Even so, HP's Reverb will likely ship ahead of Pimax's unit.

Gordon Mah Ung

The controllers don't change for HP's Reverb, but the company has integrated Bluetooth into the headset to improve connection issues. HP's also improved the tracking algorithms.

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 Build 18894 fixes a big problem with the May 2019 Update

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-09 13:58

Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 Build 18894 looks like it will at least partially address one of the issues we found within the May 2019 Update: the slow, legacy File Explorer search option.

Windows 10 Build 18894, part of next year’s 20H1 release, contains a File Explorer search experience powered by Windows Search. Microsoft said File Explorer will now automatically suggest frequently-used files as you begin typing in the drop-down box.

Microsoft set out to revamp search within the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, separating the traditional search box from the Cortana digital assistant. While our review of the May 2019 Update questioned whether that was a step forward, there’s one improvement we cheered: It’s fast. In part, that’s because of a new Windows Search indexer that maps your hard drive in the background, then surfaces results almost instantly.

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TP-Link's excellent, already affordable Kasa security camera is 36% off until midnight

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-09 10:52

Smart cameras can provide an extra layer of security -- and peace of mind -- to your life. And today, you can get one of our favorites, the TP-Link Kasa Cam Indoor Wi-Fi camera, for $64 on Amazon, down from a list price of $100. You can also grab the outdoor version for $88, down from a list price of $140.

We showered the indoor Kasa Cam with praise in our review, calling it "a really impressive security camera with robust features you often don’t see at this price." That includes its 1080p recording quality, night vision up to 25 feet, and two-way audio capabilities. The TP-Link Kasa Cam Indoor Wi-Fi camera also connects to the handy Kasa Smart app, which will send you notifications about suspicious activity, allow you to set "activity zones" to narrow in on the lost important areas, and let you check in on your video feed from anywhere.

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TP-Link's excellent, already affordable Kasa security camera is 36% off until midnight

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-09 10:52

Smart cameras can provide an extra layer of security -- and peace of mind -- to your life. And today, you can get one of our favorites, the TP-Link Kasa Cam Indoor Wi-Fi camera, for $64 on Amazon, down from a list price of $100. You can also grab the outdoor version for $88, down from a list price of $140.

We showered the indoor Kasa Cam with praise in our review, calling it "a really impressive security camera with robust features you often don’t see at this price." That includes its 1080p recording quality, night vision up to 25 feet, and two-way audio capabilities. The TP-Link Kasa Cam Indoor Wi-Fi camera also connects to the handy Kasa Smart app, which will send you notifications about suspicious activity, allow you to set "activity zones" to narrow in on the lost important areas, and let you check in on your video feed from anywhere.

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Intel roadmap confirms 10nm 'Tiger Lake' chip with Xe graphics, more Ice Lake and Lakefield details

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-09 09:53

Intel extended its public microprocessor roadmap through 2020 on Wednesday, confirming the existence of “Tiger Lake,” a 10nm Core chip due in 2020 that features an entirely new microarchitecture and Intel’s forthcoming Xe graphics.

Executives also began disclosing some of the performance improvements associated with its previously-announced chips, such as how fast Intel’s first 10nm chip, Ice Lake, will be compared with the previous generation. Intel also began talking a bit about the improvements in “Lakefield,” which stacks logic together to create a denser system-on-a-chip.

Combine the new 10nm “Ice Lake” core—which executives said would ship in June—plus the redesigned Tiger Lake chip, as well as Intel’s other major announcement, 7nm chips by 2021, and Intel is at least talking more aggressively than it has in years. 

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iOS 13, Google I/O’19, create custom vibrating iPhone ringtones, and your hot takes

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-09 08:00

On the show, we talk about iOS 13 and Apple Watch rumors, and more. Google is having its developers conference; is there anything of interest for Apple users? Plus, we have an iPhone tip, and we wrap up the show with your hot takes from the Macworld social media feeds.

This is episode 650 with Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, and Roman Loyola.

Listen to episode 650

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Powerbeats Pro review: Better than AirPods, but not for everybody

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-09 07:00

AirPods are a cultural icon, and for good reason. More than two years ago, Apple released a set of true wireless earbuds that solved many of the problems that made us hate Bluetooth headphones, making them as convenient and reliable as we’ve always dreamed. And now Apple has newer AirPods with a custom H1 chip that makes them even better.

But the second-generation AirPods aren’t the best true wireless earbuds Apple makes. Not anymore. That honor now belongs to the company’s Beats by Dre subsidiary and its new Powerbeats Pro earbuds.

The first true wireless earbuds by Beats, the Powerbeats Pro, are better than AirPods. You pay a premium for this quality—$249, compared to $159 for AirPods—and you won’t find the Powerbeats Pro quite as portable as AirPods. But if you want true wireless earbuds that work with your iPhone as effortlessly as AirPods and sound better and last longer, they’re well worth the premium price.

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How to use audio and video files in PowerPoint

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-09 06:30

PowerPoint supports a number of common audio and video formats. We’ll go through the details and show you how to incorporate audio and video files into your presentation slides. 

Audio file formats supported in PowerPoint

The current versions of PowerPoint support the following audio formats .wav, .mp3., .wma, .midi, .aiff, and .au.

1. Wav files are uncompressed audio files, which means they are HUGE in file size, but they are also the very best quality sound.

2. The MP3 format (most popular) is a compressed sound sequence that’s a mere fraction (about 8 percent) of the size of the original recording, but still adequate for playback on CDs and DVDs, or PowerPoint slide shows.

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How to find out if your Mac’s software is 32- or 64-bit

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-09 06:00

One of the major announcements (among many) at Apple’s 2018 WWDC was that macOS 10.14 Mojave, the current version of the Mac operating system, is the last version that supports 32-bit software. With macOS 10.15, only 64-bit software will be supported.

The clock is ticking. We’ll probably see macOS 10.15 this fall, after it’s previewed at WWDC this June. If you decide to upgrade to the new macOS, you need to do a bit more than usual to prepare your Mac—you need to make sure your apps are 64-bit versions. If your app is a 32-bit version, it will not work.

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Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL vs Pixel 3 and 3 XL: Half as good or twice as nice?

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-09 06:00

For the first time ever, the choice between buying a Pixel is more than just the big one or the small one. At its I/O Developer's Conference Tuesday, Google took the wraps off the Pixel 3a, a brand new entry to the Pixel line that costs half as much as its older sibling. But how much are you really giving up when you opt for the cheaper model? Let's break it down:

Google Pixel 3a vs Pixel 3: Design

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a external designs are similar in many ways, including size. The Pixel 3a is slightly larger all around:

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The Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL are already priced to move, but here's how to get them even cheaper

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-08 17:44

Google's Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL were only just announced Tuesday at the company's I/O developer conference, but you can already get the affordable versions of the premium Pixel 3 phones at a discount. 

We scoured the web and found juicy deals at the Google Store, Best Buy, and B&H. You can also find decent sales through two of the three major carriers that have partnered with Google (Verizon and T-Mobile, but not Sprint), but they're not as consumer-friendly. We've still listed them in case they're your only option.

Given that Google already shaved down the price for a Pixel 3a to $399 by taking the Pixel 3 and swapping in plastic for glass, a mid-tier processor, and a smaller storage capacity, it's surprising you can get them for even less. But there's no need to question these promotions—it's best to just hop on one of them now.

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Intel commits to shipping 7nm chips by 2021, an aggressive change of pace

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-08 17:04

While Intel is struggling to push out Intel Core processors fabricated on 10nm processes into production, the company dropped a bombshell on Wednesday: Executives began talking about manufacturing 7nm chips in 2021.

During the company’s investor meeting on Wednesday, newly appointed chief executive Bob Swan said that the company has begun planning for the 7nm manufacturing generation as part of a strategy to regain manufacturing process leadership. At the end of the day, though, Swan said that “product leadership is going to trump all,” not process leadership.

That’s an unusual statement to make from an executive leading a chipmaker that has depended on manufacturing leadership for literally decades. In fact, Swan seemed prepared to set aside precedent for a more practical approach. Instead of an “Intel Inside” predicated on CPUs, Swan said that Intel’s market opportunity was now far larger, and predicated on an “XPU” strategy that could include CPUs, GPUs, programmable logic like FPGAs, and even 5G chips.

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Microsoft revives PowerToys with open-source tools for Windows 10 power users

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-08 15:51

Microsoft’s newfound infatuation with open-source projects is spawning an unexpected love child that might just bring a tear to the eyes of PC veterans. PowerToys, a collection of power-user tools for enthusiasts from the Windows 95 through XP era, will return this summer in preview form with a pair of Windows 10 utilities, with many more projects being put forward for consideration.

You’ll find the modern PowerToys suite hosted on GitHub, as The Verge spotted this morning. The pair of projects kicking off the endeavor look mighty helpful indeed.

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Naim’s ups its high-end music-streaming game with the Mu-so 2nd Generation

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-08 14:00
There’s nothing so-so about Naim Audio’s Mu-so 2nd Generation, now on display at the High End audio show in Munich.

Naim’s ups its high-end music-streaming game with the Mu-so 2nd Generation

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-08 14:00
There’s nothing so-so about Naim Audio’s Mu-so 2nd Generation, now on display at the High End audio show in Munich.

Save big on Anker's popular chargers and accessories in Woot's today-only blowout sale

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-08 11:40

Anker’s accessories have been popular affordable picks for a while now, but today only, you can grab some for even cheaper in Woot’s Anker blowout. From power strips to mini projectors and everything in between, the sale features some fun and functional tech gear at some pretty great prices. Before it ends at midnight central time, let’s take a look at some of the more enticing deals.

A fast Anker Qi wireless charging stand is $42 today, down from a list price of $56. This stand’s angled for easy screen viewing while your phone’s charging. A non-slip coating keeps your phone in place, while an internal cooling fan helps keep the power coming without overheating. The wireless charging itself should also work through most cases. This charging stand is a hit on Amazon, averaging 4.3 stars out of 5 across more than 700 user reviews.

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Save big on Anker's popular chargers and accessories in Woot's today-only blowout sale

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-08 11:40

Anker’s accessories have been popular affordable picks for a while now, but today only, you can grab some for even cheaper in Woot’s Anker blowout. From power strips to mini projectors and everything in between, the sale features some fun and functional tech gear at some pretty great prices. Before it ends at midnight central time, let’s take a look at some of the more enticing deals.

A fast Anker Qi wireless charging stand is $42 today, down from a list price of $56. This stand’s angled for easy screen viewing while your phone’s charging. A non-slip coating keeps your phone in place, while an internal cooling fan helps keep the power coming without overheating. The wireless charging itself should also work through most cases. This charging stand is a hit on Amazon, averaging 4.3 stars out of 5 across more than 700 user reviews.

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B&H is having one of the first big sales for the new Mac mini

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-08 11:22

The new Mac mini hasn’t seen many deals since it dropped last October, but today B&H Photo is bucking that trend by offering anywhere from $50 to $200 offRemove non-product link various configurations. Considering the prices of some of these things, these discounts kind of strike me as “mini” deals, but they’re nonetheless remarkable considering how rarely we see deals for the mini in the first place.

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Logitech G502 Lightspeed review: The iconic mouse meets Logitech's wireless Powerplay tech

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-08 11:00

For nearly two years, every meeting I had with Logitech ended the same way: “So uh, any news on a wireless G502?” and for nearly two years the answer to my question was no. It was only a matter of time though. After all, you don’t pivot your focus to wireless mice and leave your best-selling wired model behind.

Well, the day’s finally here and the answer was finally “Yes, we do have something to share.” Today, Logitech officially unveils the G502 Lightspeed. I’ve had one sitting on my desk for about a week now, and I’ll tell you this: It’s going to stay for a while.

Cutting the cord

The Logitech G502 Lightspeed looks exactly like its predecessors except, you know, it doesn’t have a cable. And that’s exactly how it should be, yeah? Never mind the fact that, as Logitech told me last week, nearly every single component’s needed to be redesigned to make the transition from wired to wireless. The end user doesn’t care about that. Pay no attention to the team of engineers behind the curtain. To you at home, it should seem like Logitech simply picked up an older G502 and snipped off the cable.

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