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We love the ultra-fast, ultra-spacious 1TB Samsung T5 portable SSD, and it's cheaper than ever

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-03 11:03

Adding some extra space to your computer can save you from the many frustrations that accompany limited storage, but your options aren’t limited to internal drives that live inside a single system. Today, you can save big on ultra-fast storage that you can slip in your pocket. The 1TB Samsung T5, a portable SSD that we absolutely adore, is on sale for $170 from Amazon and B&H Photo Video, marking a new all-time low price. It usually sells for north of $200, with a MSRP of $250 on Amazon.

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We love the ultra-fast, ultra-spacious 1TB Samsung T5 portable SSD, and it's cheaper than ever

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-03 11:03

Adding some extra space to your computer can save you from the many frustrations that accompany limited storage, but your options aren’t limited to internal drives that live inside a single system. Today, you can save big on ultra-fast storage that you can slip in your pocket. The 1TB Samsung T5, a portable SSD that we absolutely adore, is on sale for $170 from Amazon and B&H Photo Video, marking a new all-time low price. It usually sells for north of $200, with a MSRP of $250 on Amazon.

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Brock launches Canada’s first concurrent MBA MPH degree program

Brock News - Fri, 2019-05-03 10:41

MEDIA RELEASE: 3 May 2019 – R00075

Starting this fall, Brock University is launching Canada’s first Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Public Health (MPH) concurrent degree program.

Offered through the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and the Goodman School of Business, the two-year program will help develop tomorrow’s health leaders providing students with a strong foundation in both management and public health.

“The MBA MPH blends the best of business and public health education,” says Goodman Dean Andrew Gaudes. “The need for public health officials to have solid business backgrounds is becoming more and more important, and Brock is looking to fill that gap with this program that is relevant to today’s health administration environment.”

During the first year of the program, students will be on campus taking core MBA courses. For the second year, students will take MPH courses delivered online.

“Brock’s MPH and MBA graduate programs are both internationally recognized,” says Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Dean Peter Tiidus. “Both programs overlap in extremely relevant and timely ways.

“Taking an interdisciplinary approach to launch Canada’s first concurrent MBA and MPH degree program means we can offer a well-rounded approach to learning about public health administration.”

The program also includes a mandatory six-month internship offered through the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.

“Current health innovations are dynamic and ever-changing,” says MPH Graduate Program Director Brent Faught. “We have a civil responsibility to prepare our graduates not just for the careers of today, but the vocations of the future in public health management. The practical experience gained through the MPH internship helps to keep our students a step ahead.”

The MBA MPH program also addresses the challenges of providing optimal care in a manner that is operationally self-sustainable, says Goodman’s Graduate Program Director Carrie Kelly.

“This program will generate personal and professional fulfilment for our students and respond to the growing need for graduates who can lead the charge in re-imagining management in public health,” she added.

More information on the program can be found on the Goodman website.

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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Indicators point toward worse Great Lakes flooding than 2017

Brock News - Fri, 2019-05-03 10:40

MEDIA RELEASE: 2 May 2019 – R00074

Record-high lake levels led to devastating flood damage in Great Lakes coastal communities in 2017, but in the two years since, little has changed.

Brock University Professor of Biology and UNESCO Chair in Community Sustainability Liette Vasseur said those communities are in for serious flooding this year and this may coming from frequently.

And she says despite knowing it was coming, our complacency as a society has meant that we’re not only ill-prepared, but we’ve made things worse on ourselves.

“The pragmatism people have is that it’s all about today. Nobody thinks about the future,” she said. “We knew this was going to happen. All the signs were there.”

Vasseur is an internationally recognized expert in the field of coastal flooding and climate change adaptation and is currently leading a research project examining the impacts of the 2017 flooding and what could have been done to change the outcomes.

She’s been carefully watching the rising lake levels and said Lake Erie, for example, hit a record high in late April.

Vasseur said the explanation can be found in a number of areas such as the control level plan for the Great Lakes and heavy snowfall and spring rainfall for some regions, but she said the decisions of municipalities and residents are having a major impact.

“There are climate drivers, but what doesn’t help is the fact that people are building close to rivers and lakes,” she said. “These are dynamic systems. The human component is very important. You remove wetlands and pave over other areas so with heavy rainfall, the water has to go somewhere else.”

Vasseur said even after the devastating floods two years ago, municipalities have continued to allow projects to be built in these sensitive areas.

“It’s quite obvious to me that we didn’t learn the lessons,” she said.

Vasseur’s recommendation is for residents living near coastlines to invest in waterproofing measures, and for municipalities to start creating buffer zones along rivers and lakes. Adaptation measures are badly needed. For some, it may even be to move from their residence, she said.

While those steps won’t stop the effects of climate change, they will at least help to lessen the impact on communities and infrastructure.

“We need to start bringing more of the natural components that can help with these storms like recreating wetlands and marshes,” she said.

Brock Professor Liette Vasseur is available for interviews on the subject.

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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Gigabyte's overclocked version of the kick-ass GeForce GTX 1660 drops under $200

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-03 10:04

There’s nothing like a graphics card price fight. Today, we found a great deal on an Nvidia GTX 1660—right when AMD graphics card prices are dropping thanks in part to AMD’s 50th anniversary celebration. Newegg is selling the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 OC version for $199Remove non-product link with the checkout code EMCSTATW2. The deal expires just before midnight on Friday, and you may need to supply Newegg with your email address to get the deal.

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Save Hundreds On This Complete Raspberry Pi Kit

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-03 09:05

Home automation products are popular these days. But instead of spending hundreds on name brand equipment, you can learn how to create your own for less with The Complete Raspberry Pi 3B+ Starter Kit and Course Bundle, now discounted to just $139.99.

The Raspberry Pi is a popular computer system that’s both open source and economical. Though it’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, it's also sufficiently powerful to form the basis of a wide range of DIY projects. In fact, people have previously used the Pi to make gaming systems, media centers, and even Alexa enabled home automation systems.

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WaterField Designs iPad mini Travel Case review: A mini marvel for a mini iPad

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-03 09:00

Now that you’ve got a new iPad mini, why not carry it in style? Few cases afford such a pleasant mix of utility and style as WaterField Designs’ new iPad mini Travel Case, which shields the tablet and features slots for holding everything from the Apple Pencil to your AirPods and charging cables. It barely takes up more room than the tablet itself, and it’s small enough to slip comfortably into an airline seat pocket.

It’s attractive, but it certainly looks like a high-end “travel case”—specifically one that I might stow a toothbrush in along with a few vials of hotel shampoo. Maybe that’s because of the little nylon loop in the upper left, which you can slip your finger in to minimize the chances of dropping the case while it’s in your hand. Maybe it’s because of the zippers, whether it’s the long one that extends for around 15 inches around two side of the case or the almost 9-inch that stretches across the front.

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Improve your productivity and mindfulness for $20 with Humm.ly

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-03 08:05

Do you have a huge project or mountains of work you need to tackle? Just pop on your headphones and get your creative juices flowing. Unfortunately, it isn’t this simple. The music you use to hype yourself up might not be optimal for what you’re trying to achieve. This is why we recommend Humm.ly’s scientifically optimized library, which you can sign up for as low as $19.99.

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What the future looks like for the Mac, iPad Pro, and Apple Watch

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-03 07:00

Apple’s quarterly financial conference calls are always an opportunity to peer into the minds of a company that is famously tight-lipped about its intentions. And while most attempts to suss out future plans from the Cupertino-based company are met with an weary sigh and a polite dismissal, Apple is not above letting details of its own choosing slip out.

This most recent quarter was no exception and, especially when it came to the Apple product lines that aren’t the iPhone. As rare as those tea leaves are, we can’t help but use them as a jumping off point to theorize about decisions the company might make or might be thinking about making. So let’s take a look at a few of Apple’s non-iPhone product lines and see where they may be headed.

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Windows 10 May 2019 Update review: Sandbox and a better Windows Update improve your PC

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-03 07:00

Microsoft’s Windows 10 May 2019 Update (also known as 19H1) may not officially launch until later in May, but it’s already available in the final builds of the Windows 10 Insider program. Our review looks at an OS upgrade that offers few new features. Aside from one major new addition—the cool Windows Sandbox—offers some badly needed improvements to Windows Update, a much speedier search function, and troubleshooters that solve problems on their own. There’s even an updated emoji keyboard with symbols and the more sophisticated kaomoji (❁´◡`❁).

Your PC should receive the update soon, either in May or shortly thereafter. We’ve also compiled a separate roundup of the best hidden features of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update that will be published shortly. Stay tuned!

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Cooler Master MH752 review: The HyperX Cloud's stiffest competition is its own long-lost sibling

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-03 06:30

Here’s the not-so-secret secret: The HyperX Cloud wasn’t designed by HyperX. I mean, it was insofar as HyperX put its logo on it, retooled some of the finishes, and so on. But the bulk of the engineering was done by a company called Takstar, and the HyperX Cloud we know and love (the latest version being the HyperX Cloud Alpha) started life as the Takstar Pro 80—headphones that were already whispered about in niche audiophile communities before HyperX took the design global.

And now another company’s taken cues from HyperX. Meet the Cooler Master MH752—or, if you’d prefer, the Takstar Pro 82. Will the rebrand be as successful for Cooler Master as it was for HyperX? Let’s find out.

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Best surge protector: Reviews and buying advice

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-03 06:01
Far better than ordinary power strips, these products will protect your expensive electronics from dangerous power spikes. We'll help you pick the right one for your home or small office.

Best surge protector: Reviews and buying advice

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-03 06:01
Far better than ordinary power strips, these products will protect your expensive electronics from dangerous power spikes. We'll help you pick the right one for your home or small office.

SimpleSENCE Home Leak & Freeze Detector review: No hub, no frills

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-03 06:00
The SimpleSence water leak detector only does the basics, but it does them well.

SimpleSENCE Home Leak & Freeze Detector review: No hub, no frills

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-03 06:00
The SimpleSence water leak detector only does the basics, but it does them well.

Family Sharing is broken, but Apple could easily fix it

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-03 06:00

Apple’s got a bunch of new services on the way. News+ just launched. Apple TV+ is coming this fall. So is Apple Arcade. By the end of this year, the only way to experience the best of the Apple ecosystem will be to subscribe to one or more of these services, probably along with current services like expanded iCloud storage or Apple Music.

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Eve Energy Strip review: HomeKit support is a plus, to be sure, but this surge protector is absurdly priced

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-03 06:00
A hundred bucks for three HomeKit outlets? You do the math.

Eve Energy Strip review: HomeKit support is a plus, to be sure, but this surge protector is absurdly priced

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-03 06:00
A hundred bucks for three HomeKit outlets? You do the math.

Lenovo Legion Y740 review: A laptop built for the future has a few issues in the here and now

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-03 05:57

The Lenovo Legion Y740 is the first gaming laptop we’ve tested at PCWorld with an Nvidia RTX 2070 Max-Q, one of the family of ray-tracing-capable mobile GPUs introduced by Nvidia at CES. 

Generation changeovers are always an interesting time. It feels like anyone could pull ahead, like every laptop is potentially heir to the throne. So this review, while mostly about the Legion Y740, also focuses a bit more than usual on GPU benchmarks, as we put the RTX 2070 through its paces and see how the price-to-performance ratio measures up against both previous-gen and current-gen alternatives.

Spoiler: The RTX generation continues to be more complicated than you’d expect.

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Microsoft makes HoloLens 2 available for developers, alongside Unreal Engine support

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-02 17:00

In February, Microsoft introduced the world to the HoloLens 2. Now, the company will be announcing at Microsoft Build that its augmented-reality device is generally available for developers, alongside software support for the Unreal Engine 4 SDK.

Technically, Microsoft’s announcing what it’s calling the $3,500 HoloLens 2 Development Edition, the version of the HoloLens 2 that it’s specifically marketing to developers to build up a software ecosystem around the device. A big part of that will be the Unreal Engine 4, which Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney promised to deliver when the HoloLens 2 was announced at the Mobile World Congress in February. Sweeney has been extremely critical of Microsoft’s development practices in the past, so his endorsement is significant. 

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