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Hide.me review: Serviceable speeds and simple to use

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-23 06:00

The fundamental features you want in any VPN service are an easy-to-use desktop application, privacy protection, and speedy connections. The latter two are harder to determine. In the case of privacy, you have to trust that your VPN is doing what it says its doing. Speeds depend on your location, equipment, and ISP. Nevertheless, we do the best we can to make informed decisions, and when it comes to Hide.me VPN on Mac you get almost everything you need.

Note: This review is part of our best VPNs roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

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The one subscription trick all cord-cutters should know

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-23 06:00
Immediate cancellation: The one subscription trick all cord-cutters should know.

Kingston KC2000 NVMe PCIe SSD: Entry-level price, top-shelf performance

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-23 05:52

I wasn’t expecting much from Kingston’s KC2000 M.2 NVMe SSD, given the last Kingston NVMe drive I tested, the affordable but mundane A1000.  Color me wrong—this latest effort delivers real-world performance that matches anything available, and sets it at your feet for about 20 cents per gigabyte. Sweet. Super sweet.

Design and specs

The KC2000 is a PCIe x4 M.2 NMVe drive in the 2280 format (22 mm wide, 80 mm long) that ships in four capacities: $62.40/250GB, $114.40/500GB, $201.50/1TB (the capacity we tested), and $410.80/2TB. Note that there’s no premium for the two larger capacity drives. That’s unusual, and it speaks to the fairness of Kingston's pricing. I also appreciate that there's no 99-cent trickery to make it look and sound cheaper.

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New Safari feature blocks purchase-tracking by ad clicks

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-22 14:30

Apple added a new anti-tracking feature to Safari that prevents one-to-one tracking of users who click an ad on one site and make a purchase on another, unrelated site. Instead, the connection will be blurred so that an advertiser can only track the total impact of a small number of different ads over short periods of time.

The new approach, called Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution, rolled out in the Safari Technology Preview today (version 82), and Apple said that it will appear in general release versions of Safari later in 2019. It’s also presented this as a proposed early-stage standard to the Web Platform Incubator Community Group at the W3C, an organization that helps create standards browser and sites.

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This 200GB SanDisk Ultra microSD card is less than $30 on Amazon today

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-22 11:41

Here at PCWorld, we know how important extra space is for your Android phone or Nintendo Switch, so we're always on the lookout for great deals on microSD cards. And we found another one: Amazon is selling the 200GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC for $27.29Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $85 and extremely close to an all-time low.

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This 200GB SanDisk Ultra microSD card is less than $30 on Amazon today

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-22 11:41

Here at PCWorld, we know how important extra space is for your Android phone or Nintendo Switch, so we're always on the lookout for great deals on microSD cards. And we found another one: Amazon is selling the 200GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC for $27.29Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $85 and extremely close to an all-time low.

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Leaked ARM memo suggests Huawei's losing access to yet more essential technology

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-22 11:36

The hits keep coming for Huawei. Following the revocation of its license to use Google apps and the Play Store on its Android phones and a ban by several major chipmakers, including Intel, Broadcom, and Qualcomm, a leaked memo obtained by the BBC has revealed that ARM has ordered its employees to cease “all active contracts, support entitlements, and any pending engagements” with the beleaguered China-based tech giant.

While ARM is a UK-based company, its chip designs contain technology that originated in the U.S. and subsequently are believed to be subject to the Commerce Department’s blanket ban. The memo says ARM employees are no longer able to “provide support, delivery technology (whether software, code, or other updates), engage in technical discussions, or otherwise discuss technical matters.”

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Ramp up your old PC's performance with these mouth-watering SSD bargains

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-22 09:39

Adding a solid state drive is still the single best upgrade you can give an aging PC. If you have a newer desktop or laptop with an M.2 NVMe slot, then that’s even better. But for older devices still rocking a standard (and slow) mechanical hard drive, a SATA III SSD provides an amazing improvement in speed and responsiveness. Seriously: The difference between a hard drive and an SSD can’t be overstated. 

Today, we’ve got two stunning SSD deals for your consideration.

First up: The 1TB WD Blue 3D is on sale for $97Remove non-product link with the checkout code EMCTAVU23 at Newegg. That’s $18 cheaper than Newegg’s current price of $115, and under 10 cents per gig! This drive is one of the best SSDs for most people, trailing behind only the Samsung 860 EVO, which currently sells for $147 for the same 1TB capacity. Don’t miss out.

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Google exposes G Suite issue that stored plain-text passwords on its servers for 15 years

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-22 09:15

Google has begun forcing “a subset of our enterprise G Suite customers” to change their passwords after an issue that inadvertently left passwords exposed for more than a decade.

In a post to its Google Cloud blog Tuesday, the company outlined an error made back in 2005 that stored a copy of actual user passwords rather than the usual scrambled “hashed” version, thus making it possible for an outside attack to gain access to usable passwords. Google explains that the issue has been fixed and the company has “seen no evidence of improper access to or misuse of the affected passwords.”

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Google exposes G Suite issue that stored plain-text passwords on its servers for 15 years

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-22 09:15
Google has fixed a G Suite issue that left some passwords stored in plain text on its servers.

How to find your Documents and Desktop folder contents after disabling iCloud sync

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-22 08:00

Apple added an option in late 2016 to give you the equivalent of cloud-based bottomless Desktop and Documents folders in macOS to pair with iCloud Music Library and what’s now called iCloud Photos. In the iCloud preference pane, you can click iCloud Drive and then check the Desktop & Document Folders box to enable a sort of provisional sync.

If your Mac starts to run out of local storage, macOS will delete files from local storage based on the oldest files with the least use, ensuring that a copy exists in iCloud Drive. If you need the file back, you can just click it and it’s automatically restored. You can also find all the contents of Desktop and Documents folders via iCloud Drive from any Mac on which you’ve enabled the feature.

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iOS 13: 5 features at the top of the wish list

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-22 07:00

WWDC, Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, is less than two weeks away. In a dozen days we’ll know the broad outlines of where Apple is taking its software in the next year. It’s an exciting time, when you hope against hope that the features you dream about will come true and make it into a new release.

It doesn’t always happen, but when it does, it’s pretty great. Here’s what I’m hoping to see in iOS 13 when Apple unveils it on Monday, June 3.

Go the last mile with Files

iOS started life as an operating system that denied the existence of files and avoided file management—quite a change from the file-oriented interface of the Mac. But it’s been years now since Apple broke the seal on files in iOS with the introduction of iCloud Drive and, later, Files.

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Phyn Plus smart water valve review: Sophisticated leak detection and water use analysis—for a price

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-22 06:00
Yes, it’s even more expensive than the Flo by Moen, but Phyn doesn’t charge extra to inform you how you’re using water.

Phyn Plus smart water valve review: Sophisticated leak detection and water use analysis—for a price

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-22 06:00
Yes, it’s even more expensive than the Flo by Moen, but Phyn doesn’t charge extra to inform you how you’re using water.

10 lesser-known Apple Maps features you should check out

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-22 06:00

Maybe you don’t think Apple Maps is as good as Google Maps. Honestly, it’s probably not. But it’s already on your iPhone, it gets better with every update, and it does a better job of protecting your privacy. As the new Apple Maps data starts rolling out across the country, it’s going to be worth getting to know.

With these tips, you may find using Apple Maps more palatable, even enjoyable.

Tweak your driving options

If you use your iPhone for directions while driving (or have it hooked to a CarPlay compatible car), you should tweak the way it operates. Open the Settings app, then tap Maps, then tap on Driving & Navigation.

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Macworld's June Digital Magazine: iPad Air, our in-depth review

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-21 19:06

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine. 

In the June issue

In June we review Apple’s latest iPads: the iPad Air and iPad mini. One hits the sweet spot while the other packs a lot of power in a small package. Plus, we review the new 21.5-inch 3.0GHz Core i5 iMac; this thing is fast.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: It’s about time for a Mac with a touch interface

• MacUser Reviews: 21.5-inch 3.0GHz Core i5 iMac, Mission Workshop Rhake VX Weatherproof Laptop Backpack

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Huawei devices disappear from Microsoft Store and Best Buy, but remain on Amazon, Newegg

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-21 15:24

Microsoft appears to have pulled Huawei's Matebook X Pro from its online shelves, and Best Buy, too, has followed suit. Huawei phones and devices are still available from Amazon and Newegg as of this posting, however.

Neither the Huawei Matebook X Pro nor the Huawei Matebook 13 appear on Microsoft's Store site, though at least the Matebook X Pro appeared previously, as the Verge noted. The only reference to Huawei on the site is via third-party apps that reference Huawei services, none of which appear to be authored by Huawei.

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Top administrative sciences scholars headed to Brock

Brock News - Tue, 2019-05-21 14:42

MEDIA RELEASE: 21 May 2019 – R00084

Scholars from around the world are headed to Brock University as Canada’s largest business and management conference is set to be held on campus this weekend.

Hosted by Brock’s Goodman School of Business, the annual Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) conference will welcome more than 400 academics to the University from Friday, May 24 to Monday, May 27.

“We are excited to welcome our colleagues from across Canada and internationally to Goodman,” said Dean Andrew Gaudes. “Conferences like ASAC play an important role in fostering the strong research and innovation culture Canada is developing in this field.”

The conference has 20 divisions focusing discussion across traditional business disciplines as well as areas such as social responsibility, tourism and sport management.

Goodman Associate Professor of Marketing Eric Dolansky is the University liaison for the conference and says the theme of this year’s gathering is “Harvest.”

“The theme was chosen because of the event’s location in Niagara and the importance of agribusiness in Canada, but also because the word harvest can be used in in different contexts,” he said.

Conference details:

What: Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Annual Conference

Who: More than 400 business scholars from across Canada and around the world

When: Friday, May 24 to Monday, May 27

Where: Goodman School of Business, Brock University

More details, including the conference schedule, can be found on asac.ca 

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 is live—here's how to get it

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-21 14:30

Microsoft said Tuesday that it has begun making the Windows 10 May 2019 Update generally available, though the company said that it will take a “measured and throttled approach” toward rolling it out. 

Microsoft also implied that if your PC hasn’t already automatically upgraded to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, PCs on that version and earlier releases will begin updating this June, as they reach what Microsoft calls the end of service date on November 12, 2019.

To receive the Windows 10 May 2019 Update now, you can go to the Windows 10 Settings menu, go to Update & Security, and click the Check for updates button at the top of the page. That will be received by Microsoft as a request for the update.

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Firefox 67 arrives with faster performance and enhanced Private Browsing features

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-21 13:22

Mozilla released Firefox version 67 on Tuesday, promising that the browser is 40 to 80 percent faster compared to a year ago. Firefox 67 also ships with a number of other new features, including amped-up Private Mode options and an intriguing GPU acceleration tool.

Ever since Firefox Quantum overhauled the browser's backbone at the end of 2017, Firefox has emphasized speed as a niche in the crowded field of competing browsers. As our recent browser tests showed (based on Firefox 64) it’s a niche that the company has somewhat exploited—Firefox is indeed fast, but so is its competition. Opera remains our favorite browser.

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