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Saddleback Leather Thirteener Thin Leather Briefcase review: Tough scuff

Mac World - Mon, 2019-05-20 06:00

The new Thirteener Thin Leather Briefcase from Saddleback Leather Co. looks a little, well, like a saddlebag. (I was a cowboy for years, so I don’t say this lightly.) And much like a saddlebag, this 14.25 x 10-inch briefcase is big enough to hold necessities without being a burden, which makes it a perfect (if heavy duty) companion for Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro or the new MacBook Air. So long as you don’t try to take the whole ranch along on your commute and can deal with some scuffing, it should serve you well.

The $349 Thirteener also reminds me of a good saddlebag because there’s little reason to worry about it falling apart over the next five years—or maybe even the next 50. Saddleback always uses heavy full-grain leather for its leather bags, which means they’re highly water-resistant without any treatment. You also won’t find any snaggable zippers, as it closes with Saddleback’s signature front buckle. With enough practice, it’s only slightly slower than opening a zipper.

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Score over $1,750-worth of coding courses for a price you pick

PC World - Sun, 2019-05-19 17:12

It's no secret that coding is one of the most lucrative skills you can learn today. But, with a myriad of languages out there, finding the best ones to master first can be challenging. Featuring 13 courses on HTML, Ruby, and more languages used by today's coding pros, the Pay What You Want: The Legendary Learn to Code Bundle can remove the guesswork and get you adding new coding languages to your repertoire—all for a price you get to pick.

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Learn how to design your own Amazon Echo clone for just $29

PC World - Sun, 2019-05-19 17:12

Home automation devices continue to gain popularity. But some consumer-grade products boast only limited abilities, leading some people to go the DIY route. Want to learn how to make your own for cheap? Then try The Complete Raspberry Pi and Alexa A-Z Bundle, discounted to just $29.

If you’ve got even just a passing interest in electronics, then this package is ideal. It includes four courses that’ll teach you how to turn an economical Raspberry Pi microcomputer into a Amazon Alexa compatible home automation device. You’ll learn RPi essentials, discover how to create custom Alexa skills, and you’ll even design your own Amazon Echo clone.

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You can learn Python programming with this $35 bundle

PC World - Sun, 2019-05-19 17:11

Python’s simplicity makes it an ideal language for first time programmers to learn. And now anyone can learn Python programming for cheap with The Complete Python Certification Bootcamp Bundle, which has been temporarily discounted to just $34.99.

This bundle, which is normally valued at over $2,000, features twelve courses that’ll turn virtually anyone into a Python coding expert. Students will learn the highly readable syntax, find out the many applications of Python, and be able to create their own code fast. It’s more flexible than traditional classroom training, which makes it perfect for people that have other life commitments.

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You can train to be a certified Excel expert for just $49

PC World - Sun, 2019-05-19 17:10

The job market is competitive. To be the successful applicant, you’ll need to possess skills that others simply do not have. If you want to position yourself for success, then you'll want to start training with The A to Z Microsoft Excel Certification Training Bundle, discounted by over 90 percent to just $49.

This package is ideal for job seekers in nearly every employment sector. It includes eight courses that’ll familiarize students with the world’s top spreadsheet software title, Microsoft Excel. They’ll learn how spreadsheets work, how to apply them to business, and become adept with Excel’s many features. They’ll even walk away with certifications that prove their expertise.

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Always have eyes on your front door with this $150 LizaTech doorbell camera

Mac World - Sun, 2019-05-19 17:09

Were you expecting an important delivery and were wondering whether the mailman arrived? Or perhaps you’re wondering who has been snooping around your front door late at night? In any case, investing in a doorbell camera will give you peace of mind when you’re not at home, and this LizaTech has everything you need for $149.99.

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Organize your priorities and boost your productivity for $59 with Focuster

Mac World - Sun, 2019-05-19 17:08

Let’s face it, everyone procrastinates, whether in work or in life. When faced with a mountain of work, we tend to put off the most pressing tasks, which induces more stress on ourselves as the deadlines loom closer. If you need help getting your priorities in order and boosting your productivity, look no further than Focuster, which is on sale for just $59.

Focuster is a productivity app that’s designed to help you focus on any given task while also prioritizing the tasks which are most important. It features a streamlined interface designed to eliminate distractions, and from here you can schedule tasks on your calendar and rank them by priority. Focuster will alert you with smart reminders when you have tasks due soon. Additionally, Focuster features an Activity Bar so you can view all of the tasks you need to accomplish each day as well as the time you have left to complete them.

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Save Over 50% On The ECOVACS Deebot Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Mac World - Sun, 2019-05-19 17:06

If you watched The Jetsons as a kid, you’re probably bummed that present day isn’t as futuristic as you hoped. However, many science fiction fantasies have become realities since, such as robot vacuums. You're not flying a hover-car to work everyday, but at least your Deebot smart vacuum will clean your house for you, and you can get one on sale for $339.

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ProWritingAid Premium will help you improve your writing style for $30

Mac World - Sun, 2019-05-19 17:06

Everyone, from college students to professional authors, is prone to writing mistakes, and with today’s hectic work environments, the last thing you’ll want to do is go back and check your work. However, there’s no denying that polished, well-edited words are far better at presenting your ideas than an unfiltered rough draft. ProWritingAid Premium was made to help you overcome your grammar and style errors, and you can sign up for as low as $29.99.

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These WD 10TB My Book and 4TB My Passport deals are so insane we thought they were a mistake

Mac World - Sun, 2019-05-19 07:57

Even if you don’t need any more storage for your PC right now, you might want to consider grabbing one of these Western Digital Amazon deals, since we don't know how long they will last. Today Amazon is selling WD 10TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive for $80Remove non-product link, 73 percent off its list price and the 4TB My Passport drive for $55Remove non-product link, 65 percent off and far below the previous low price of $90.

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These WD 10TB My Book and 4TB My Passport deals are so insane we thought they were a mistake

PC World - Sun, 2019-05-19 07:57

Even if you don’t need any more storage for your PC right now, you might want to consider grabbing one of these Western Digital Amazon deals, since we don't know how long they will last. Today Amazon is selling WD 10TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive for $80Remove non-product link, 73 percent off its list price and the 4TB My Passport drive for $55Remove non-product link, 65 percent off and far below the previous low price of $90.

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This week in games: World of Warcraft Classic enters beta, another new Vampire: The Masquerade game

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-17 15:44

Okay, making the E3 schedule and...wait, Netflix? Really? Netflix is at E3 this year?

That news, plus Ubisoft delays one game and jokes about another, a second Vampire: The Masquerade game is announced, World of Warcraft Classic opens beta signups, Metro details its two expansions, and KFC gets put in its place by Respawn. Sigh.

This is gaming news for May 13 to 17.

Ski Free

It’s basically summer, which makes this timing a bit funny—like buying a winter coat on-sale at the end of the season—but if you’re longing for the slopes and need something to tide you over until next fall, Steep is currently free through Uplay. That’s Ubisoft’s ski/snowboard/wingsuit/paraglide simulator, if you need a refresher. Released in late 2016, I played it for an hour or two back then and found it a bit stiff, but it’s hard to fault free. You can nab your copy here, anytime before May 21.

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Niagara high school grads to receive scholarships at Brock event

Brock News - Fri, 2019-05-17 13:52

MEDIA RELEASE: 17 May 2019 – R00082

They’re some of Niagara’s brightest minds and the kind of students who exemplify a commitment to school and community. And on Wednesday night, they’ll be rewarded for their excellence with $2,500 entrance scholarships to Brock University.

Brock is continuing with its commitment of opening the doors to post-secondary education for students in the region through its Niagara Principal’s Scholarships. Over the past five years, the University as awarded nearly $750,000 in first-year tuition scholarships to nearly 300 Niagara students.

New for 2019, this year’s 58 Niagara Principal’s Scholarship recipients will be honoured at a celebration taking place Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Brock’s new Goodman School of Business Atrium. The ceremony for the students, their family members and high school representatives will be hosted by Brock University senior administration, including President Gervan Fearon.

The scholarship recipients are selected by principals from each school based on a combination of academic achievements, the students’ involvement in school and the community, as well as financial need.

“The whole focus is to demonstrate our investment in Niagara’s future leaders,” said Beth Natale, Director, Recruitment and Retention for Brock University. “We have the opportunity to provide these students with a world-class post-secondary education and we want them to remain in Niagara for that time and for their future.”

What: Niagara Principal’s Scholarship Ceremony

When: Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where: Goodman School of Business Atrium, Brock University

Who: Recipients from secondary schools across Niagara

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

A Plague Tale: Innocence review: A grisly, story-driven journey through Medieval France

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-17 12:02

France, 1348. Times are grim. The Black Plague has arrived—as have the Hundred Years’ War and the Inquisition. Within a decade, at least a third of the population will die. Some estimates place that number as high as two-thirds.

It feels closer to the latter in A Plague Tale: Innocence. There’s no end to the bodies—left to rot in the streets, abandoned to houses marked with a chalked “X,” piled high on foggy battlefields amid the trebuchets and wagons. And where there are bodies, worse is sure to follow.

Des rats.” Even with the silent “T,” the French is unmistakable: Rats. Rivers of them, black fur dotted with gleaming red eyes, waiting on the edges of the light. Hungry.

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Get your kids started on JavaScript with 50% off a Bitsbox coding subscription box

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-17 11:42

Your kids may be gearing up for summer vacation, but that doesn’t mean they have to stop learning. Just in time for the long break, Amazon has slashed the price of its Bitsbox coding subscription box for kids, bringing the first month’s box down to $15Remove non-product link from a normal price of $30.

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Get your kids started on JavaScript with 50% off a Bitsbox coding subscription box

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-17 11:42

Your kids may be gearing up for summer vacation, but that doesn’t mean they have to stop learning. Just in time for the long break, Amazon has slashed the price of its Bitsbox coding subscription box for kids, bringing the first month’s box down to $15Remove non-product link from a normal price of $30.

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Minecraft Earth busts out of the box as a Pokemon Go-inspired mobile AR game

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-17 10:52
Microsoft has announced Minecraft Earth, a new AR game for iPhones and Android phones that will be in limited beta this summer.

Minecraft Earth busts out of the box as a Pokemon Go-inspired mobile AR game

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-17 10:52

If you’ve ever wished your Pokemon Go had a little less Pikachu and a little more Creeper, Microsoft has a game for you. Headed to mobile phones this summer as a limited beta, Minecraft Earth will blend the power of augmented reality with the mobs and skins of Minecraft to create a whole new world to build and explore.

In an interview with the Verge, game director Torfi Olafsson said Minecraft Earth is an “adaptation” of the popular sandbox game rather than a straight port. However, the game is built on the same Bedrock engine, so it brings over many of the same elements, along with some new ones. “We have tried to stay very true to the kind of core design pillars of Minecraft,” Olafsson said, “and we’ve worked with the design team in Stockholm to make sure that the spirit of the game is carried through.”

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Snag 8 awesomely fun Lego video games for just $12 while you still can

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-17 10:02

It’s Friday, and the Humble Store’s offering some dirt-cheap gaming gratification to kick off the weekend. The Humble Lego Games Bundle includes a total of eight games available as Steam codes, and paying just $12 or more unlocks every one. Don’t delay, though: This Humble Bundle expires on Tuesday, and a portion of the proceeds go towards charity. 

As with other bundles Humble, there are several pricing tiers available, with certain games unlocking at each. If you pay just one dollar you’ll get Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and Lego Batman: The Videogame. If you pay more than the average ($8.44 at this writing), Humble adds Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, and The Lego Movie - Videogame. The latter is really the prize of the lot, as it’s a great game for kids 8 and up.

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CyberGhost 7 review: A great choice for streaming overseas

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-17 08:00

We haven’t looked at Romania-based CyberGhost since version 5 in early 2018. CyberGhost is on to version 7 now, with a whole new look, more servers, and more country locations. Overall, it’s still the same great service with solid speeds, and the ability to get around regional restrictions of all kinds of streaming services including Netflix, Hulu, and others.

Many people prefer CyberGhost thanks to the fact that it operates in Romania, which is well outside of the so-called Five Eyes, Nine Eyes, and Fourteen Eyes intelligence alliances. If that concerns you then I suppose CyberGhost is a good fit. Before you get all paranoid about your browsing habits, however, consider the online services you currently have. If you use Gmail, Outlook, or Yahoo for email, or put your documents in Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive there’s a lot more to worry about than your browsing habits if you’re really concerned about western intelligence spying on your stuff.

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