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Apple improves butterfly keyboard (again), offers to free fixes for some MacBook models

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-21 13:02

According to Apple, a vast majority of users of recent MacBooks are happy with the butterfly switch keyboard, which was introduced in 2015. But it's not difficult to find users who are not happy.

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Apple upgrades processors in MacBook Pro, 8-core 15-inch model now available

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-21 13:00

Apple  announced on Tuesday that the MacBook Pro is getting a speed boost. The company revealed that the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is now available with eight-generation Intel processors, while the 15-inch MacBook Pro now sports ninth-generation CPUs, including the first 8-core Mac laptop.

Apple also said that the 2019 MacBook Pro features changes to the butterfly keyboard mechanism that should help prevent the problems that users have experienced in previous MacBook models.

Apple is offering the new MacBook Pro models at the same price points as those released in July 2018.

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Apple upgrades processors in MacBook Pro, 8-core 15-inch model now available

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-21 13:00
Apple's MacBook Pro now features eight- and ninth-generation Intel Core procesors.

Free event teaches high school students financial literacy

Brock News - Tue, 2019-05-21 12:15

MEDIA RELEASE: 21 May 2019 – R00083

Nearly 300 Grade 10 and 11 students from St. Catharines will get a lesson in money management as Brock University hosts its second Financial Literacy Day Thursday, May 23.

For the second year, Brock’s Student Financial Services team is hosting the free event to help the high school students get a better understanding of financial well-being, literacy and knowledge.

“Money is a significant stress factor and is one of the main barriers preventing university students from graduating,” said Audrianna Kervoelen, Student Financial Services Officer at Brock. “Financial literacy is not formally taught in high school or post-secondary, yet it is a valuable skill for everyday life.”

Kervoelen hopes that participating high school students will gain a better understanding of the financial realities of a post-secondary education and start thinking about university sooner.

“Our team frequently deals with students who aren’t aware of all the costs associated with going to university. It’s why we host this event — to reach them before they enrol,” said Kervoelen. “Ultimately, we want them to successfully start and finish their university education and fulfil their future goals.”

A series of presentations on topics such as saving, budgeting, money-management and funding university, will take place in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Lunch and campus tours will follow.

Although the event is targeted at high school students, Brock also has services available for current University students and weekly financial literacy drop-in sessions during the Fall and Winter Terms.

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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The powerful, feature-packed Neato Botvac D6 Connected gets a ludicrous $330 discount

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-21 11:08

Using a robot vacuum to care for your home not only makes you look cool, but adds some hands-free convenience to your cleaning routine. Of course, they can get a little pricey, but today you can get one of our favorites on a ludicrous sale. The Neato Botvac D6 Connected is $400 at Best BuyRemove non-product link today, a massive discount from the $730 list price that it’s selling for at other retailers.

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The powerful, feature-packed Neato Botvac D6 Connected gets a ludicrous $330 discount

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-21 11:08

Using a robot vacuum to care for your home not only makes you look cool, but adds some hands-free convenience to your cleaning routine. Of course, they can get a little pricey, but today you can get one of our favorites on a ludicrous sale. The Neato Botvac D6 Connected is $400 at Best BuyRemove non-product link today, a massive discount from the $730 list price that it’s selling for at other retailers.

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Apple really wants you to know that Apple News+ has a new button

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-21 10:26

It’s been about two months since the launch of News+, and Apple wants anyone who hasn’t signed up for for the $10-a-month subscription service to know what they’re missing: exclusive covers and a new follow button.

Apple is so proud of its new follow button, in fact, it issued a press release to spotlight the feature, which is part of the iOS 12.3 and macOS 10.14.5 update. As Apple describes: “New issues from followed titles will be automatically downloaded and available offline, and Apple News+ subscribers can also download individual issues in each title’s channel in Apple News.”

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Beat the average price to get all 13 courses in the Legendary Learn to Code Bundle

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-21 10:05

If you’re stuck wondering what sort of career you should pursue, one of the most popular and in-demand options is programming. However, there are countless specializations within programming and even more ways to learn them still. If you need a basic primer to get your feet wet in programming, you can get started with this Pay What You Want: Legendary Learn to Code Bundle.

Here’s how this deal works: by paying what you want, you’ll gain access to one of the 13 courses in the Legendary Learn to Code Bundle. If you pay more than the average price, you’ll receive all 13 courses. Finally, if you beat the leader’s price, you’ll be placed on the leaderboard and be entered in a giveaway.

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Observation review: Old science fiction meets New Weird in this 2001: A Space Odyssey homage

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-21 10:00

The camera whirs into focus. Distorts. Whirs into focus again. Scanlines and static make the scene hard to process at first, but they slowly fade. There’s an astronaut here—Emma Fisher, one of your crew. She sounds worried. “That wasn’t good. SAM, run your self diagnostic procedure. What errors are you showing?”

You check, one memory module at a time. The first one, mostly red, displays 95% degradation. The second, 93%. The remaining two, similar. “The main memory core has been corrupted,” you say. “I have lost significant station data.” Your voice is calm. The implications are not. There’s been some sort of accident onboard the Low Orbit Space Station, maybe an explosion, and nobody knows why. Not even you, the ship’s artificial intelligence.

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Amazon's huge one-day PC sale slashes prices on laptops, mice, keyboards, and more by up to 50%

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-21 09:17

Amazon’s current one-day sale is one you don’t want to miss if you’re on the lookout for fresh PC gear. The online retailer is dropping prices on laptops, gaming headsets, mice, keyboards, and moreRemove non-product link. Some of these deals are up to 50 percent off, according to Amazon. The top picks we've curated from the sale didn’t quite hit that mark, but we found some really nice deals that are at, or close to, their all-time lows.

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Vizio 2019 product showcase: The value-oriented manufacturer has an impressive lineup

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-21 09:00
Vizio TVs and soundbars get better every year while maintaining down-to-earth prices, which is great news for consumers.

RoomMe promises to make your smart home more intelligent

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-21 09:00
This ceiling-mounted occupancy sensor triggers smart home devices based on who enters the room.

Vizio 2019 product showcase: The value-oriented manufacturer has an impressive lineup

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-21 09:00
Vizio TVs and soundbars get better every year while maintaining down-to-earth prices, which is great news for consumers.

RoomMe promises to make your smart home more intelligent

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-21 09:00
This ceiling-mounted occupancy sensor triggers smart home devices based on who enters the room.

Can’t find an app on your Mac? Pinpoint it with System Information

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-21 08:00

While software programs usually live in the Applications folder in macOS, they can be found all over the place. That’s because some apps are really tiny utilities that applications or services require and which shouldn’t be launched by a user. Others have to be in a particular folder to be accessible by Safari or other software.

If you’re trying to clean out unneeded and unwanted apps, or are engaged in a 32-bit purge—see our article on the need for that in the upcoming macOS 10.15—you can use System Information to help.

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System Information reveals location details among other data about each app.

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Surfshark review: A solid VPN newcomer with some nice features

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-21 07:00

Every time you turn around there’s a new VPN service wanting to protect your web browsing. A recent newcomer is Surfshark, which debuted in 2018. Based in the British Virgin Islands, with most of its team scattered around Europe and elsewhere, Surfshark is already offering a fair amount for its fee.

The company has more than 500 servers in 49 country locations. It promises to let you watch Netflix U.S. (as well as France and Japan for that matter), and it has extra features such as multi-hop VPN connections, ad and tracker blocking, and unlimited simultaneous devices. Sounds like a good one, but is the product as good as its stats suggest? Let’s take a look.

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Windows Sandbox: How to use Microsoft's simple virtual Windows PC to secure your digital life

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-21 06:46

Microsoft may be positioning its upcoming, easy-peasy Windows Sandbox within the Windows 10 May 2019 Update as a safe zone for testing untrusted applications, but it’s much more than that. Windows Sandbox, and sandboxing PC apps in general, give you a solution for trying a “utility” that may be malware, or a website that you’re not sure about. You could leave those potentially dangerous elements alone, but with Sandbox, you can be a little more adventurous. 

Windows Sandbox creates a secure “Windows within Windows” virtual machine environment entirely from scratch, and walls it off from your “real” PC. You can open a browser and surf securely, download apps, even visit websites that you probably shouldn’t. Sandbox also includes a unique convenience: you can copy files in and out of the virtual PC, bringing them out of quarantine if you’re absolutely sure they’re safe.

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How Google's rift with Huawei could change Android and smartphones forever

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-21 06:00

A bad month has just gotten a whole lot worse for Huawei. According to a Reuters report and confirmed by the two companies, Google is preparing to cut off the China-based smartphone maker’s Android license, preventing future Huawei phones (such as the upcoming Mate 30) from using the Play Store and Google’s popular apps and services.

The bombshell comes just days after President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order barring U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by firms that “pose a national security risk.” While the order didn’t single out Huawei, the Commerce Department simultaneously added Huawei to its Entity List, effectively banning the smartphone maker from buying parts and components from U.S. companies without explicit government approval. Together, the two moves make it extremely difficult for any U.S. company to do business with Huawei.

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Hyperbolic style: All Apple decisions are terrible

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-21 06:00

It’s another week and another example of how Apple’s design choices must be seen as the worst thing ever.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and penny-farthing ride-sharing network, Gordon Kelly tells us how an “Apple Insider Corroborates Ugly New iPhone Designs.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @designheretic, Matt and Alberto.)

Yes, according to several rumors, including some images posted by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, this year’s crop of iPhones will feature square camera bumps to house the three cameras that will be on some models. And, as we learned with the Apple Watch flop, squares are inherently hideous. This is just a fact of geometry, people.

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BrandPost: Use GPU-accelerated VideoProc to easily process 4K video, audio, and DVDs

PC World - Mon, 2019-05-20 17:47

More and more people are using mobile phones, 4K ultra high-definition (UHD) cameras, GoPro action cameras, drones, and other devices to shoot exciting video. But when it comes to sharing and displaying the output, the results can often be disappointing, lacking the polish of professional footage. Now, whether you’re a novice or a pro, you can take advantage of VideoProc on your Windows PC to utilize full hardware acceleration to process and touch up your footage.

Turning raw footage into polished videos

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