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Abode Iota review: Abode streamlines its security hub by integrating a camera

PC World - Tue, 2019-07-16 06:00
A simple home security solution learns a few new tricks—and gets easier than ever to set up.

How to protect yourself from online scams including ransomware and more

PC World - Tue, 2019-07-16 06:00

Protecting yourself from online scams is a fact of life now. According to the FBI’s 2018 Internet Crime Report, Internet scams from 2014 through 2018 cost consumers $7.45 billion. Scams include online shopping/non-delivery of products ordered, identity theft, credit card fraud, and denial of service/DDoS attacks. Other threats include various flavors of ransomware, malware, scareware, and viruses, along with a few dozen other categories of crime.

I got hit with ransomware—twice—and learned a lot from the remedies I tried, as well as the experiences of friends who were hit. Read on to see what I did, and be sure to check PCWorld’s thorough guide to removing malware and our follow-on story about how to rescue your Windows PC from ransomware for more information. We wrap up with a checklist that will help you fend off online scams of all kinds. 

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Abode Iota review: Abode streamlines its security hub by integrating a camera

Mac World - Tue, 2019-07-16 06:00
A simple home security solution learns a few new tricks—and gets easier than ever to set up.

Easy solutions: Fixing Apple in one easy step

Mac World - Tue, 2019-07-16 06:00

Jony Ive has left the building and it’s only a matter of time before the building falls down and must be paved over.

Writing for The New York Post, Jonathan Trugman says “Departure of chief designer Jony Ive is rotten for Apple.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Nick.)

“Why, it seems a clever person might take the name of the company, ‘Apple,’ and use it to great metaphoric effect by comparing it to an actual apple. I believe I am the first to discover this.”

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Amazon's Alexa might be the first thing you see in a future version of Windows 10

PC World - Mon, 2019-07-15 18:49

If you’ve chosen to enable Amazon’s Alexa on Windows, you’re in for a bonus: In the future, you may get to talk to Alexa—and not Cortana—while your PC is locked.

Microsoft celebrated Amazon Prime Day by announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18362.10005, a small build in the 19H2 or “Slow” ring. Those updates are part of what you might call the “patch” feature update that’s due this fall, rather than the “new feature” release, or 20H1, due sometime in the spring of next year.

What’s interesting, of course, is that most people would consider talking to Alexa on the lock screen a feature, rather than a fix. (Right?) Alexa is already available as an app for Windows. But Alexa is also a part of Windows, and can be invoked by saying “Hey Cortana, open Alexa.” (Always-on, listening assistants may pose a risk to privacy, as we’ve pointed out.)

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Elgato Stream Deck Mini review: All your streaming actions and enhancements are a button push away

PC World - Mon, 2019-07-15 15:55

During Amazon's Prime Day sale you can find all sorts of deals on Elgato streaming hardware, including this Elgato Stream Deck Mini for just $60—a $40 savings off list price. 

Last year I called Elgato’s Stream Deck “a valuable tool in anyone’s streaming kit.” Long known for affordable capture equipment, Elgato had entered another important hardware niche and created an inexpensive video switcher—one that was only the size of a card deck. With multiple customizable buttons, you could manage all facets of your streaming process without every leaving your primary screen.

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Elgato Stream Deck review: A streamer's best friend

PC World - Mon, 2019-07-15 15:53

During Amazon's Prime Day sale you can find all sorts of deals on Elgato streaming hardware, including this Elgato Stream Deck for just $100—a $50 savings off list price. 

Pro-grade equipment at a bargain price. That’s the reputation Elgato earned as first YouTube videos and then Twitch streaming took over video games. Straddling a line between hobbyist and professional-grade—a line that’s hard to walk competently, I might add—Elgato’s capture cards have become a mainstay of streamers at all levels.

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Brock professor continues family work to carry on Mandela legacy

Brock News - Mon, 2019-07-15 15:34

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Brock University — Communications & Public Affairs

For Brock University’s Dolana Mogadime, educating others on Nelson Mandela’s legacy is more than just part of her job. It’s in her blood.

Originally from South Africa, the Associate Professor in Brock’s Faculty of Education came to Canada at the age of seven. Her great-grandfather, Henry Selby Msimang, was a founding member of a political group that became the African National Congress, later led by Mandela. Her mother, Caroline Goodie Mogadime, was recognized by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) for her contributions to Canada’s anti-apartheid movement.

On Thursday, July 18, the world will celebrate the 101st birthday of Mandela, a global icon of peace and equality who played a central role in ending apartheid in South Africa. This year’s Nelson Mandela International Day also marks the beginning of the Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace, as declared by the United Nations.

Dolana Mogadime has been working with the CMHR in Winnipeg to honour Mandela’s goals for human rights education through several projects connected to the exhibition Mandela: Struggle for Freedom, which opened last year. Mogadime is the CMHR’s inaugural Visiting Scholar and contributed to the development of a series of new educational materials for teachers and students who visit the exhibition.

“For myself as a person, I think it’s about going full circle,” Mogadime said of her work with CMHR. “It is about being born in a country and leaving, like many other immigrants do, to come to Canada as a dream of a nation where we can be fully human as we were denied in our own countries.”

The CMHR’s approach to this work was inspired by a 2017 report prepared by Brock’s Human Rights Task Force, which made recommendations to promote and protect human rights at Brock and create a culture that is safe, welcoming and inclusive.

Earlier this year, the University signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize its collaboration with the CMHR.

Brock President Gervan Fearon said the efforts of Nelson Mandela and others like him shaped the world as we now know it.

“Across the world, we celebrate the freedom and opportunities available while acknowledging there is still work to be done and efforts needed to maintain progress previously achieved,” Fearon said. “Nelson Mandela International Day reminds us to seek opportunities to contribute to positive change for the advancement of human dignity, equity and development as well as to address the human conditions of those imprisoned. I believe we can all find common ground in promoting and taking action in support of these themes.”

Fearon applauded Mogadime’s work with the CMHR.

“It’s a good example of how Brock University faculty and staff are taking important steps toward building a Canada and world that reflects the principles of Nelson Mandela International Day.”

In addition to the educational materials prepared for the Winnipeg museum, Ontario children and teachers will also benefit from self-guided programs and teacher guides when the exhibition comes to Toronto’s Meridian Arts Centre (formerly the Toronto Centre for the Arts) from October to January. The exhibition offers a sensory experience of imagery, soundscape, digital media and objects, including a replica of Mandela’s tiny prison cell that transforms into a digital theatre when visitors walk inside.

“The materials provide a way to anchor students’ thinking and a way to respond to what they’re emotionally going through as they’re visiting the exhibition,” said Mogadime. “We needed to be able to guide students through that.”

The educational materials provide a way for teachers to prepare students and guide them through challenging conversations.

“Like Mandela, we believe education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world for the better,” said CMHR President and CEO John Young. “We are pleased to have had this opportunity to work with Professor Mogadime and Brock University to add value for teachers and students who will experience this powerful exhibition as it begins travelling to new venues this fall.”

In addition to the exhibits, the museum and Mogadime plan to bring lessons about Mandela’s legacy to classrooms across Canada through resources for educators. Working with a Teaching Nelson Mandela advisory committee at Brock, Mogadime is developing curriculum materials for Grades 2 to 12.

She believes all students should learn about people like Mandela who have struggled to further human rights around the world.

“Once you engage with and understand the human story about human rights, you can understand your own story and your own rights,” she said, pointing out that South Africa’s story parallels Canada’s history of colonialism and the oppression of Indigenous peoples.

Anneke McCabe, a member of the Teaching Nelson Mandela advisory committee at Brock, said she hopes the curriculum materials help students see the value in becoming defenders of human rights.

“I hope the learning experiences through the exhibition and the lessons guide students to become critical thinkers who are curious about what they can do to make a change,” said McCabe, an elementary school teacher and PhD candidate in Educational Studies at Brock.

Dolana Mogadime, Associate Professor in Brock University’s Faculty of Education, is available for interviews leading up to Nelson Mandela International Day.

NOTE: Video footage of Mogadime speaking about the project, as well as B-Roll footage of the museum and exhibit, is also available at youtu.be/nGkAcr4Zx1k

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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Acer Predator Helios 300: We review the bestselling gaming laptop on Amazon

PC World - Mon, 2019-07-15 15:24

During Amazon's Prime Day sale you can score this very popular-for-a-reason laptop for less than $1,000—$200 off its list price. See our picks for other great Prime Day deals.

Acer’s Predator Helios 300 has achieved something we never thought a gaming laptop could do. It actually manages to be popular, powerful, and affordable. 

You’d think popularity would be the hardest thing to prove, but that’s what caught our eye first. A specific model of the Predator Helios 300 has maintained a steady position among the top ten bestselling laptops on Amazon for many, many weeks. It just won’t quit. 

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Microsoft blocks Windows 10 May 2019 Update on the Surface Book 2

PC World - Mon, 2019-07-15 14:50

It’s not every day that Microsoft can’t work out a bug on its own hardware, but that’s what has happened with the Microsoft Surface Book 2: Microsoft has blocked the devices from updating to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update.

Microsoft says the root cause is issues with the discrete GPU inside the notebook. Two things may happen, Microsoft said in a support note: Either Nvidia’s discrete GPU may disappear from the Device Manager, or games that require the discrete GPU may simply refuse to open. A Surface Book 2 evaluation unit issued to PCWorld by Microsoft experienced that problem, refusing to play the game Broforce, as evidenced by the screenshot that accompanies this story.

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The Best Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals for cord-cutters

PC World - Mon, 2019-07-15 12:50
Amazon Prime Day is a great time to score big discounts on streaming devices, smart TVs, and other cord-cutting gear.

The Best Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals for cord-cutters

Mac World - Mon, 2019-07-15 12:50
Amazon Prime Day is a great time to score big discounts on streaming devices, smart TVs, and other cord-cutting gear.

AMD officially hires Alienware's Frank Azor as its new gaming chief

PC World - Mon, 2019-07-15 12:42

Frank Azor has made it official: The co-founder of Dell's Alienware business has now joined AMD as its chief architect of gaming.

AMD welcomed Azor to AMD via tweets from AMD chief executive Lisa Su and other AMD employees. Azor also announced the change in his Twitter bio, where he's known as chief architect of gaming solutions. "Thanks @LisaSu. This is a huge opportunity to grow the gaming industry! I'm really excited to be part of the @AMD family," Azor tweeted Monday.

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Roku Streaming Stick and Stick+ review: A new remote makes a big difference

PC World - Mon, 2019-07-15 12:24
Roku's Sticks get even better with TV controls, voice commands, and 4K HDR video at the high end.

Roku Streaming Stick and Stick+ review: A new remote makes a big difference

Mac World - Mon, 2019-07-15 12:24
Roku's Sticks get even better with TV controls, voice commands, and 4K HDR video at the high end.

Best media streaming devices

PC World - Mon, 2019-07-15 12:16
Roku Streaming Stick vs. Amazon Fire Stick vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV, and more. Which streaming device is best for cord cutters? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.

Best media streaming devices

Mac World - Mon, 2019-07-15 12:16
Roku Streaming Stick vs. Amazon Fire Stick vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV, and more. Which streaming device is best for cord cutters? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K review: This is the media streamer to beat

PC World - Mon, 2019-07-15 12:12
Amazon's new Fire TV Stick sheds past mistakes and streams 4K HDR video at an unbeatable price.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K review: This is the media streamer to beat

Mac World - Mon, 2019-07-15 12:12
Amazon's new Fire TV Stick sheds past mistakes and streams 4K HDR video at an unbeatable price.

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