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Apple temporarily disables Walkie Talkie on Apple Watch over eavesdropping concerns

Mac World - Thu, 2019-07-11 10:22

Less than 24 hours after Apple issued a background update to remove a vulnerability in Zoom’s Mac app that installed a surreptitious web server that could activate the video camera without the user’s permission, Apple has disabled another app for a possible security breach. And this time it’s one of its own: Walkie Talkie.

Walkie Talkie was introduced with watchOS 5 as a quicker way to communicate between Apple Watches. Apple promotes it as “a new, easy way to have a one-on-one conversation with anyone who has a compatible Apple Watch.” However, it might not be as private as you think. Apple announced late Wednesday that it was temporarily disabling the Walkie Talkie on the Apple Watch due to eavesdropping concerns.

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How to shop Lightning Deals during Amazon Prime Day

PC World - Thu, 2019-07-11 08:00

Amazon’s summer sales extravaganza, Prime Day, is a full 48 hours this year. From 12:00am PT Monday, July 15 until 11:59pm PT on Tuesday, July 16, the deals will flow on the popular shopping site. One of the best ways to find good prices during the sales fest will be Amazon’s Lightning Deals.

Lightning Deals feature limited stock available at a low price for a limited time, with a purchase limit of one per customer per item. They generally offer some of the best sale prices on Amazon, which makes the demand for them that much higher.

Lightning Deals expire in two ways: The deal ends either when the time limit runs out, or when customers claim all available stock. Because these bargains often sell out fast, you'll want to have a plan to take advantage of the best items.

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Is iOS’s Do Not Disturb While Driving driving you around the bend? Change its behavior

Mac World - Thu, 2019-07-11 08:00

People interacting with their phone while driving have been implicated in an enormous number of accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 3,166 people were outright killed as the result of distracted driving in 2017.

Apple added the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature in iOS 11 as a tool to help reduce distractions without you have to take extra steps. It leaves Siri enabled among a few other features. But the DND-While-D feature can trigger automatically when you’re not in the driver’s seat. You might be a passenger in a car or in another mode of transportation.

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iOS 13's new Optimized Battery Charging feature explained

Mac World - Thu, 2019-07-11 07:00

If you have several-years-old iPhone, or know someone who does, you’re probably aware of the fact that the battery life is a lot shorter than when it was new.

The rechargeable batteries in today’s electronics degrade over time and become less capable of holding a charge or delivering the same peak power.

This caused Apple to limit the performance of older phones in order to prevent unexpected shutdowns, which led to class-action lawsuits, and ultimately a rather good $29 battery replacement program.

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Windows 10 Insider Build 18936 lets you skip the password on your PC

PC World - Thu, 2019-07-11 06:31

Hate passwords? So, apparently, does Microsoft. And in the most recent Windows 10 Insider build, you can do without them.

Windows 10 Insider Build 18936, part of the 20H1 branch inside the Fast Ring, adds three new key features: the ability to remove passwords from your PC, the addition of new events from the calendar flyout, and broader support for the Your Phone app within the Microsoft Surface lineup. Remember, this is the so-called "feature release" of Windows 10, due to roll out in about April 2020.

Microsoft isn't revoking passwords entirely. Presumably you'll still have to enter a password under certain conditions, such as managing your account online. On your PC, though, it's a different story.

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PDFelement Pro 7 review: A full-featured Acrobat Alternative

PC World - Thu, 2019-07-11 06:30

Wondershare’s PDFelement 6 Pro has been one of our favorite PDF editors, combining essential business features with a simple but sophisticated interface. Version 7 isn’t a major overhaul, thankfully, introducing only a few UI tweaks for even better usability while keeping the features that made its predecessor so great.

This review is part of our best PDF editors roundup. Go there to learn about our testing and how all the competitors performed.  A user-friendly UI

Version 7’s refreshed user interface puts all the program’s main functions on its Home screen in large clickable tiles. From here you can jump-start the process of editing, creating, converting, combining, or batch processing PDFs, as well as access a library of PDF templates. A separate tile on the left lists your most recent documents along with a big, blue Open File button.

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Sling TV would be great if it wasn't so chintzy

PC World - Thu, 2019-07-11 06:00
Here's what Sling needs to be the best streaming service for cord-cutters.

Kangaroo Motion + Entry Sensor review: This motion-sensing entry detector needs more tricks up its sleeves

PC World - Thu, 2019-07-11 06:00
Kangaroo’s new sensor is an enticing entry-level choice given its no-tools, no-hub setupd and $30 price tag. But sensors on their own can't provide a complete picture of what’s happening in your home.

Sling TV would be great if it wasn't so chintzy

Mac World - Thu, 2019-07-11 06:00
Here's what Sling needs to be the best streaming service for cord-cutters.

Kangaroo Motion + Entry Sensor review: This motion-sensing entry detector needs more tricks up its sleeves

Mac World - Thu, 2019-07-11 06:00
Kangaroo’s new sensor is an enticing entry-level choice given its no-tools, no-hub setupd and $30 price tag. But sensors on their own can't provide a complete picture of what’s happening in your home.

SoundSource 4 review: The Mac audio control app Apple should have made

Mac World - Thu, 2019-07-11 06:00

For all the advancements Apple has made over two decades with the Mac operating system, it’s surprising how little attention core features like menu bar audio control have received. Traditionally little more than a convenient way to adjust volume without opening System Preferences, beginning with macOS 10.12 Sierra the basic slider was embued with the ability to also switch between output devices—and inputs too, by first holding down the Option key.

If you’re thinking, “there must be a better way,” you’d be right. Rogue Amoeba, the creators of awesome audio solutions like Audio Hijack and Fission, have taken the wraps off SoundSource 4, a more powerful way to control sound coming and going from your Mac, no matter which application you’re using.

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How to add music to your Google Slides presentation

PC World - Wed, 2019-07-10 16:44

Music is a great way to liven up your Google Sheets presentations and keep your audience engaged. Unlike Microsoft PowerPoint, however, Google Sheets doesn’t include support for audio files. But with the following workarounds, you can add a soundtrack to any slide. (Updated July 10, 2019, with a new workaround via YouTube.)

Add a link to an online music file

The easiest way to add music to your Google Slides presentation is to link to a track from an online music service like Spotify, Soundcloud, or Grooveshark.

1. Open a Google Slides presentation in your web browser and go the slide to which you want to add music.

2. Select Insert > Text box from the menu, or click the text box button in the toolbar. Click anywhere on the slide to automatically create a text box.

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As Microsoft kills off Remix3D, it's time to save another important Paint 3D feature: Magic Select

PC World - Wed, 2019-07-10 15:35

Microsoft said Tuesday that it has scheduled Paint 3D's Remix 3D archive for termination—and if you don't know what that is, then you probably were one of the many who ignored both apps. Now is a good time to highlight Magic Select, another feature of Paint 3D, which could have a great future in other Windows utilities.

Twitter users WalkingCat and developer Rudy Huyn unearthed what appears to be plans to shut down the Remix 3D database of user-created 3D art by January 2020. Microsoft has since confirmed it within the Paint 3D app. (If you haven’t heard of Remix 3D, don’t worry—that’s apparently why it’s being discontinued.)

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Take that Intel 10th-gen 'Comet Lake' CPU leak with a massive grain of salt

PC World - Wed, 2019-07-10 13:40

We don’t usually like to report on rumors here at PCWorld because, well, they’re usually (but not always) full of crap. But you’ll want to take the latest “leak” of Intel’s 10th-gen Comet Lake Core processors with an even bigger helping of salt than usual. These slides just scream fake.

The Comet Lake slide first came to our attention from Computerbase, which duly remarked that some things seem off. Still, we’ve since seen it repeated several other times around the web and on other PC sites without skepticism. (No, we won’t name names.) Make no mistake: The advances these slides promise would be amazing if they wind up true. Ten-core processors! Hyper-threading for everyone! Prices that compete with AMD’s outstanding new Ryzen 3000 processors! Everything’s coming up Milhouse!

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Zoom patches Mac app to remove local server, allow uninstalls following backlash

PC World - Wed, 2019-07-10 13:13
Zoom has patched its Mac app after a researcher discovered a vulnerability that could allow a website to access your Mac's camera.

Zoom removes local server, allows uninstalls via patch following security backlash

Mac World - Wed, 2019-07-10 13:13

Zoom has released a patch for its Mac app that removes a localhost web server from your Mac and allows users to manually uninstall the app from the menubar after a serious flaw was discovered. In a Medium post earlier this week, security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh disclosed a vulnerability in the app that could allow a website to access your Mac’s camera without your knowledge or permission. You can download the patch here.

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Mobvoi has launched the TicWatch Pro 4G at a discount because 4G doesn't work yet

PC World - Wed, 2019-07-10 12:51

There might not be much to get excited about when it comes to Wear OS watches these days, but that’s not stopping Mobvoi. After tackling the mid-range market with the TicWatch E2 and S2 earlier this year, it now has its eyes on the upper tier of Android-based wearables as well with its newest watch.

As its name suggests, the TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE is essentially last year’s TicWatch Pro with cellular capabilities. It comes in a single black color and brings a 1.4-inch 400 x 400 AMOLED display, GPS, NFC, a heart-rate sensor, and IP68 water resistance. It also means you’re getting the previous generation Wear 2100 processor, a big case, and the same 415mAh battery. However, Mobvoi says the new model is 11 grams lighter than the non-4G one and still features two-day battery life. You also get all of the latest Wear OS features, including Google Assistant and Tiles.

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The Raspberry Pi 4's new USB-C charging doesn't work with some USB-C chargers

PC World - Wed, 2019-07-10 11:38

The Raspberry Pi 4 launched in late June and as usual, it’s a major upgrade over the prior model, packing more RAM, enough graphics horsepower to drive a pair of 4K displays, and USB-C charging instead of micro-USB. But there’s a problem: The USB-C charging doesn’t work with some USB-C chargers.

Compatibility woes are nothing new with USB-C, but in this case, the problem lies with the Pi. As first described by Tyler Ward, the Raspberry Pi 4 uses “incorrect detection circuitry on the Pi end of the USB connection.” The $35 micro-PC shares a single resistor for two of the USB-C port’s pins, while the official USB-C spec calls for each pin to get a resistor of its own. This non-compliant design breaks functionality with more powerful “e-marked” cables, such as the USB-C chargers that ship with Apple’s MacBooks and some Windows 10 laptops.  

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The 5 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from June 2019

Mac World - Wed, 2019-07-10 11:35
June’s best iOS games

Image by Hitcents

June turned out to be a great month for software announcements from Apple itself at WWDC, and luckily we got a few great releases on the iOS App Store as well. For one, Niantic’s long-awaited Harry Potter-themed followup to Pokémon Go finally made it to iOS, and we also got some fantastic ports of beloved games from other systems. June also gave us a couple of retro-styled games that are perfectly suited to the quick bursts of gameplay that the iPhone excels at.

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Auditions for Brock University Choirs begin in August

Brock News - Wed, 2019-07-10 09:34

MEDIA RELEASE: 10 July 2019 – R00111

Brock University’s Department of Music is searching for new voices to join its established choirs.

While Brock University’s Chamber Choir is open by audition to all Brock students, staff and faculty, its Women’s Choir is also open to members of the broader Niagara community.

The choirs will once again be led by Conductor Rachel Rensink-Hoff and auditions will begin in August. Previous singing experience and the ability to read music is required.

All singers accepted into the choir are expected to attend all rehearsals and performances throughout the year.

Rehearsals begin the week of Sept. 10 in preparation for concerts throughout the year.

The Chamber Choir rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 4:20 p.m. and the Women’s Choir rehearses Thursdays from 6 to 8:45 p.m.

Visit the Department of Music’s website to register for an audition time or to learn more about Brock’s choirs.

For more information about the audition process, please contact Rensink-Hoff at rrensinkhoff@brocku.ca or the Music Department at music@brocku.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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