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MacBook Air: Why didn’t it die?

Mac World - Wed, 2019-07-10 07:00

Sixteen months ago I wrote a eulogy, of a sort for the MacBook Air. My all-time favorite Apple laptop was a living fossil, a non-Retina USB-A laptop in a sea of shiny new Apple tech. Apple had done a minor processor update to keep it on life support and there were rumors that another one was in the offing. The long goodbye was becoming endless.

But something funny happened on the way to the abattoir: The MacBook Air not only got a reprieve and a Retina upgrade, but with Tuesday’s update to the Apple laptop line, it’s killed off both of its its putative replacements.

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Addlink S70 NVMe SSD: Killer performance for a song

PC World - Wed, 2019-07-10 06:30

I must admit, I wasn’t expecting all that much from Addlink’s S70 SSD. I’d never heard of the company before, and a 1TB NVMe SSD for the stunningly low price of $120 raises every red flag I know concerning performance.

Well, pickle me and call me ridiculous if the S70 didn’t run rings around the other budget drives, and many pricier models in our testing, easily earning an Editor's Choice. The market just got very interesting.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best SSDs. Go to that story for information on competing products and how we tested.

Specs and design

There’s not a whole lot to say about the design of the S70 other than it’s your average M.2 NVMe SSD, which is in the standard 2280 form factor (22 mm wide, 80 mm long). It’s PCIe 3.0 x4 (using four lanes), and it uses a Phison PS5012 controller and 64-layer TLC (Triple-Level Cell/3-bit) NAND. That turns out to be very good stuff.

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iLife Shinebot W400 review: this robot mop is a diligent scrubber

PC World - Wed, 2019-07-10 06:00
This bot brings the elbow grease many robot floor mops lack.

Why your next smart bulb might have Bluetooth inside

PC World - Wed, 2019-07-10 06:00
While the Zigbee wireless standard has traditionally ruled the roost when it comes to wireless smart bulb protocols, Bluetooth appears to be gaining momentum.

iLife Shinebot W400 review: this robot mop is a diligent scrubber

Mac World - Wed, 2019-07-10 06:00
This bot brings the elbow grease many robot floor mops lack.

Why your next smart bulb might have Bluetooth inside

Mac World - Wed, 2019-07-10 06:00
While the Zigbee wireless standard has traditionally ruled the roost when it comes to wireless smart bulb protocols, Bluetooth appears to be gaining momentum.

iOS 13: How to quickly connect to Bluetooth devices

Mac World - Wed, 2019-07-10 06:00

You've got YouTube or your favorite music app open and are ready to kick back, when you realize your favorite Bluetooth headphones aren't connected to your iPhone anymore.

So you have to leave your app, find and open the Settings app, go into the Bluetooth menu, connect to your headphones, then close it all and go back into your app. What a pain. 

In iOS 13, you can connect to paired Bluetooth devices right from Control Center, so you don't have to leave your app! Here's how:

  1. Open Control Center (Swipe down from the upper-right corner on an iPhone with no Home button. Swipe up from the bottom on an iPhone with a Home button.)

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How to back up your Google Photos library now that Google Drive auto-sync has shut down

PC World - Wed, 2019-07-10 05:59

Ever since Google Photos and its unlimited high-quality cloud storage arrived, Google has included a handy backup method with your Google Drive. As long as you had the Google Drive toggle flipped in the Google Photos settings (and enough space in your Drive), everything added to Google Photos synced back to Google Drive, so you could create a personal library of photos in their original quality.

As of July 10, that's changing. Google says that Drive sync was causing confusion with users, so Photos will no longer include an option to sync with Google Drive. You'll still be able to back up your photos in original quality if you choose, but you'll no longer see new photos appear on your Drive. Similarly, anything you add to the Photos folders in Google Drive will no longer automatically appear in Google Photos.

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How to back up your Google Photos library now that Google Drive auto-sync has shut down

Mac World - Wed, 2019-07-10 05:59
Google is shutting down the ability to sync your Google Photos library automatically to Google Drive, but you can still keep a backup of your pics. Here's how.

The best laptops: Premium laptops, cheap laptops, 2-in-1s, and more

PC World - Tue, 2019-07-09 21:48

The laptop world is a-changing. New CPUs and GPUs—yes, mobile discrete GPUs—are bringing forth laptops that are thinner, lighter, and faster than ever, even gaming laptops. And the advances keep coming: After a busy round of CES announcements in January, Intel and Nvidia have welcomed spring with yet another round of products: the 9th generation of Core mobile processors, and mobile GeForce GTX 1650 and 1660 Ti graphics. Acer, Asus, Dell, Razer, and more companies are jumping on this bandwagon, so stay tuned for new models we bring in for review. 

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Intel takes the chiplet concept to the next level with co-EMIB, ODI connections

PC World - Tue, 2019-07-09 19:18

Intel’s EMIB was the foundation of the Kaby Lake-G partnership with AMD. Intel’s Foveros stacked-die technology produced the upcoming Lakefield chip. Now Intel is combining EMIB and Foveros into what it’s calling “co-EMIB,” alongside a more advanced ODI interface. 

Both technologies will “improve product-level performance, power and area while enabling a complete rethinking of system architecture,” Intel said in a blog post. Both represent advances in how the chips are packaged and connected, rather than changes in the underlying silicon or the overall microarchitecture.

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Custom Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards will arrive next month

PC World - Tue, 2019-07-09 16:50

AMD’s highly anticipated Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT graphics cards launched on Sunday. Built using an industry-leading 7nm manufacturing process and AMD’s all-new RDNA graphics architecture, the reference versions of these GPUs surpass Nvidia’s identically priced GeForce RTX 2060 and RTX 2060 Super in raw performance, and their energy efficiency hint at even greater things to come when add-in board partners like Sapphire, XFX, and Asus put their own overclocked, custom-cooled spin on things. But you’ll need to put up with AMD’s blower-style cooler if you want to get your hands on the Radeon RX 5700 sooner than later, as customized designs won’t roll out for at least a month.

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The 12-inch MacBook is dead, and it will be missed

Mac World - Tue, 2019-07-09 15:00

Apple officially killed off the scrappy, portable 12-inch MacBook and I’m wallowing in my grief. It certainly wasn’t a laptop for everyone, but it was the perfect MacBook for me and people like me—namely, carless writers who need access to a laptop for edits and quick stories within a moment’s notice regardless of where they are. I was waiting to buy a new one until Apple released a new model—preferably one with the membrane-padded keyboards we find in the latest MacBooks, but now I may content myself with the latest 2017 model with the best processor so I can get as much life out of it as I can.

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Apple slashes prices on Mac storage upgrades

Mac World - Tue, 2019-07-09 14:49

Apple did more on Tuesday than streamline the MacBook lineup. It also dramatically reduced the price of many storage upgrades across all Macs, including MacBooks, iMacs, and even the new Mac mini.

In the wake of falling SSD prices, Apple’s surcharge for bigger drives was particulalry egregious. With these price drops, they are still a bit above the norm, but back into the realm of reality.

For example, upgrading the Mac mini’s 128GB drive to the maximum 2TB used to be a $1,400 upgrade, now it’s $1,000. The base model MacBook Air used to have a 1.5TB option for $1,100, now replaced by a 1TB option for $600. The 2TB SSD option for the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro was $1,200, now it’s $1,000 (and that entry-level system got Touch Bar, Touch ID, and a big processor upgrade, too).

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Apple releases iOS 12.4 beta 6

Mac World - Tue, 2019-07-09 13:42

Apple released iOS 12.3 in the second week of May, bringing us its new TV app with Channels subscriptions. Just days later, it started releasing betas to developers for another point release, iOS 12.4.

Those who are part of Apple’s developer program can register a device for developer betas by heading to developer.apple.com/download. Those who are not in the developer program can register their devices for public beta releases by visiting beta.apple.com while using the device on which they wish to run the beta software. While many beta releases are stable and even include new bug fixes, we suggest you do not run beta releases on your primary device.

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The Full Nerd ep. 99: Ryzen 3000, Radeon RX 5700, and GeForce RTX Super reviewed

PC World - Tue, 2019-07-09 13:42

We’re only one show away from our milestone 100th episode, but this one might be even more exciting. In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, and Adam Patrick Murray dig into the earth-shattering hardware releases that rocked the PC this week.

Over the past seven days, we’ve seen the hotly anticipated release of AMD’s Ryzen 3000 CPUs and Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards, both built using the industry-leading 7nm manufacturing process. These parts kick ass, and for the first time in a long time, AMD has seized the CPU crown from Intel (though Intel still holds an edge in some scenarios). Even Intel’s Core i9 chips have very little room left to maneuver in the shadow of the monstrous 12-core, 24-thread Ryzen 9 3900X.

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Amazon and Google declare truce, allow YouTube and Prime video streaming on each other’s devices

Mac World - Tue, 2019-07-09 13:18
Google is finally allowing a native YouTube client to be installed on Amazon devices, as well as Prime Video streaming to Chromecast dongles.

Amazon and Google declare truce, allow YouTube and Prime video streaming on each other’s devices

PC World - Tue, 2019-07-09 13:18

The Amazon Prime Day celebration isn’t just about low prices—starting today, YouTube will finally be available to watch on Amazon Fire TV devices, marking a serious thaw in the cold war between Google and Amazon over competing devices and streaming services.

Prime Video will also be available for streaming to Google Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra dongles and Android TV sets and boxes, and YouTube Kids and YouTube TV will make their way to Amazon devices later this year. Google pulled the YouTube app in December 2017 after Amazon refused to sell Google and Nest products on its site. Amazon has since begun selling Nest products but has yet to add Google Home speakers.

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Nvidia's leveled-up GeForce RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super hit the streets today

PC World - Tue, 2019-07-09 13:01

Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2060 Super and GeForce RTX 2070 Super hit the streets today, capping off a monumental week for graphics card releases.

Reviews of the new RTX Super duo actually went live a week ago as Nvidia angled to kneecap the hotly anticipated launch of AMD’s 7nm “Navi” GPUs on July 7. Nvidia wasn’t screwing around either; the RTX Super cards effectively shifted performance down a pricing tier, with the $399 RTX 2060 Super delivering frame rates on par with the original $500 RTX 2070, and the $500 RTX 2070 Super nearly matching the powerful $700 RTX 2080.

Both RTX Super cards earned glowing reviews and our Editors’ Choice award for moving the price-to-performance bar so much. They’re great.

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Burgundy partnership yields new opportunities for Brock MBA students

Brock News - Tue, 2019-07-09 11:43

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Graduate students at Brock University’s Goodman School of Business now have expanded program choices with the launch of a new partnership with France’s Burgundy School of Business.

The double/dual degree program allows students to earn two degrees in about the same amount of time and cost as Goodman’s traditional Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.

“This partnership offers our students more program options with another world-leading business school that includes the opportunity for a work internship,” says Goodman Dean Andrew Gaudes.

Students starting at Goodman will earn an MBA from Brock and a Master of Science (MSc) from Burgundy’s Dijon campus. Students will spend one year at each school and all classes are in English.

Students who begin the program in Burgundy will complete a one-year Master in Management (MIM) program, which will provide the foundational business courses, before they enter the second year of Goodman’s MBA program.

At Burgundy, Goodman students can specialize in wine management, international business development, corporate finance and investment banking, global marketing and negotiation, arts and cultural management, digital leadership, and data science and organizational behaviour.

Stephan Bourcieu, Dean and General Director at the Burgundy School of Business, says he is excited about the new double/dual degree agreement with Goodman, pointing out that both schools are AACSB-accredited.

“This strengthens the relationship that Brock and the Burgundy School of Business have had for 18 years in the field of student and faculty exchanges and research.

“I look forward to offering Burgundy School of Business students the opportunity to spend one year at Brock University on their MBA, and to welcoming Brock MBA students on a range of MSc degrees at the Burgundy School of Business.”

With the addition of the Burgundy MSc in wine management partnership, ranked among the best in the world, Goodman is now able to offer wine education at the undergraduate, graduate and professional development level, says Gaudes.

“Being located in the heart of Niagara’s wine country, it’s incumbent upon us to offer the depth of business education in the grape and wine industry that our partnership with Burgundy can provide.

“Not only do we have a long-standing relationship with the Burgundy School of Business, but quite literally, our roots in the grape and wine industry come from the Burgundy region,” he says.

At the undergraduate level, Goodman students are able to spend the winter semester at the Burgundy School of Business and receive a certificate in Wine Business and Tourism. To fill professional development needs, Goodman also launched a certificate in Wine Business Management this summer.

Goodman’s International Exchanges and Partnerships Manager Meredith Heaney says the new double/dual program deepens the School’s relationship with Burgundy, one of its oldest exchange partners.

“To build on such a long-term relationship and be able to offer our graduate students access to highly specialized programs is just amazing,” she says.

This is Goodman’s third double/dual degree at the graduate level. The school has similar opportunities for undergraduate students at partner schools in Ireland, France and Germany.

To learn more about the program, visit: brocku.ca/goodman/programs/mba

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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