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The best tips and tricks for getting the most out of your HomePod

Mac World - Thu, 2019-04-11 06:00

The HomePod is enjoying a bit of a resurgence now that Apple has slashed the price by $50, and I suspect a lot of you are wondering what you can do with Apple’s essentially buttonless smart speaker.

Let’s get this out of the way: No, it still doesn’t do as many things as your average Alexa-powered speaker. It can, however, do a heck of a lot more than it could do at launch thanks to a couple of big patches Apple rolled out last year—though many features aren’t obvious. Follow the tips below, and you’ll find that HomePod can feel like a member of the family, after all.

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VPN Unlimited for Windows 10 review: A useful app with minimal options

PC World - Thu, 2019-04-11 03:29
VPN Unlimited for Windows 10 in brief:
  • P2P allowed: Yes
  • Number of servers: 400+
  • Business location: United States and Ukraine
  • Number of country locations: 51
  • Cost: $60 (annual)
  • VPN protocol: IKEv2
  • Data encryption: AES-256
  • Data authentication: SHA-256
  • Handshake: MODP-2048

KeepSolid recently released a Windows Store version of its VPN Unlimited app for Windows 10 machines after overhauling the traditional Windows desktop app, as well as the app for Mac. We haven’t reviewed a Windows Store VPN app yet, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. 

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Two-factor authentication explained: How to choose the right level of security for every account

PC World - Thu, 2019-04-11 02:51

If you aren’t already protecting your most personal accounts with two-factor or two-step authentication, you should be. An extra line of defense that’s tougher than the strongest password, 2FA is extremely important to blocking hacks and attacks on your personal data. If you don’t quite understand what it is, we’ve broken it all down for you.

Two-factor-authentication: What it is

Two-factor authentication is basically a combination of two of the following factors:

  1. Something you know
  2. Something you have
  3. Something you are

Something you know is your password, so 2FA always starts there. Rather than let you into your account once your password is entered, however, two-factor authentication requires a second set of credentials, like when the DMV wants your license and a utility bill. So that’s where factors 2 and 3 come into play. Something you have is your phone or another device, while something you are is your face, irises, or fingerprint. If you can't provide authentication beyond the password alone, you won't be allowed into the service you're trying to log into.

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Two-factor authentication explained: How to choose the right level of security for every account

Mac World - Thu, 2019-04-11 02:51
Everything you need to know about two-factor authentication so you choose the right method for every account you own.

You can now use your Android phone as a security dongle for two-factor authentication

PC World - Wed, 2019-04-10 16:18

Google now has a new way of enabling two-factor authentication: using your phone as the near-equivalent of a physical security key.

You should already be familiar with two-factor authentication: Typically, you’ll secure a web-based application like Gmail by not only inputting a password, but also providing a second means of authentication, such as an SMS code sent to your phone, or a code provided by an authentication app such as those listed in the link above. 

There’s an alternative 2FA method that doesn’t receive as much attention: a physical hardware dongle, like a YubiKey, that authenticates by being physically inserted into your PC. Think of it as a car key: You own it, you have it, so you must be who you say you are. 

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Get acquainted with blockchain technology for just $29

PC World - Wed, 2019-04-10 15:34

Many seem confused about blockchain. They fail to understand what it is, what it does, and how it's going to shape the future. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Demystify this emerging technology with the Blockchain Certification Advanced Training Bundle, discounted to just $29.

Blockchain is a digital ledger that's fueling an internet revolution. With it, we’ll one day be able to vote in democratic elections, transfer funds, share confidential information, and more via the web without taking unnecessary security risks.

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Fotor makes photo editing easy for as low as $20

Mac World - Wed, 2019-04-10 15:33

With the magic of photo editing, good photos can be turned into great photos. However, many of today’s popular photo editing apps can be incredibly difficult to use. If you’re just looking for an easy way to retouch your photos, all you need is a simple tool like Fotor to get the job done, and you can buy it for as low as $19.99.

Fotor Design & Image Editor Online Pro is a seamless photo editing app that makes retouching easy. What sets Fotor apart from other editing tools is its HDR technology, which lets you capture and edit a wide range of lighting and colors in your photos. Additionally, you can apply templates, fonts, and stickers to make each photo unique. If you want to share multiple photos with friends, you can even create a photo collage with the Fotors built-in collage creator.

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You Can Now Get This Award-Winning VPN For Just $1/month

Mac World - Wed, 2019-04-10 15:32

If you use the internet (which you clearly do), you likely know how important it is to protect your data in an increasingly dangerous cyber environment. But like other essential tasks that tend to be tedious (like filing taxes early and brushing your teeth for the full two minutes), most installing and running a VPN can sound unappealing to many: sure, they encrypt your internet traffic and hide your location — but they can also run frustratingly slowly, delaying the way you’d usually use the internet for entertainment and work.

That’s where Ivacy VPN is different: not only will the speedy service let you browse and stream lag-free, it also offers real-time threat detection technology, removing malware and viruses at the server level. It ensures that all your downloads and devices stay totally secure, so you can stay safe online without being inconvenienced.

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You Can Now Get This Award-Winning VPN For Just $1/month

PC World - Wed, 2019-04-10 15:31

If you use the internet (which you clearly do), you likely know how important it is to protect your data in an increasingly dangerous cyber environment. But like other essential tasks that tend to be tedious (like filing taxes early and brushing your teeth for the full two minutes), most installing and running a VPN can sound unappealing to many: sure, they encrypt your internet traffic and hide your location — but they can also run frustratingly slowly, delaying the way you’d usually use the internet for entertainment and work.

That’s where Ivacy VPN is different: not only will the speedy service let you browse and stream lag-free, it also offers real-time threat detection technology, removing malware and viruses at the server level. It ensures that all your downloads and devices stay totally secure, so you can stay safe online without being inconvenienced.

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Opera 60 debuts with a free, faster VPN, and Netflix hasn't blocked it yet

PC World - Wed, 2019-04-10 15:02

The 2016 addition of a free, unlimited VPN proxy to the Opera browser was one of the best features it had added in years. Unfortunately, the VPN was slightly too slow to be usable, and Netflix quickly blocked it. With Opera 60, the browser’s VPN has sped up—and you’re currently able to view Netflix movies from other regions, too.

If you’re a cryptocurrency user, there’s another interesting feature: Opera 60 (also known as “Reborn 3,” or just R3) includes a cryptocurrency wallet, built on top of the Ethereum Web3 technology. 

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Best smart plugs: These gadgets will turn any electrical outlet into a smart socket

PC World - Wed, 2019-04-10 13:59
With models from Lutron, Wemo, Leviton, iDevices, and others, it can be difficult to know which easy and inexpensive device is best for controlling the lamps and small appliances in your smart home. We’ll help you find the right one.

Best smart plugs: These gadgets will turn any electrical outlet into a smart socket

Mac World - Wed, 2019-04-10 13:59
With models from Lutron, Wemo, Leviton, iDevices, and others, it can be difficult to know which easy and inexpensive device is best for controlling the lamps and small appliances in your smart home. We’ll help you find the right one.

Brock’s new Law Plus program an introduction to wide range of careers

Brock News - Wed, 2019-04-10 13:33

MEDIA RELEASE: 10 April 2019 – R00065

Starting in September, undergrad students studying in any Brock University program will be able to concurrently lay the foundation for a law-related career.

The University has launched Law Plus, a new four-year, non-credit program that will help students gain pre-law knowledge and hands-on experience. It’s modelled on Brock’s highly successful Med Plus program, which has been running for 20 years and a 92 per cent success rate for students landing careers in health-care.

“Similar to Med Plus, being in the Law Plus program will open students’ eyes to a variety of career paths that will use the skills and experiences they’ve gained,” said Cara Krezek, Director, Co-op, Career and Experiential Education. “It’s also about preparing them to write the LSATs, enter law school, and so much more.”

With the Law Plus program set to begin this September, the enrolment deadline for the inaugural year is coming up Monday, April 15. To ensure students get a personalized and enriched experience, the first cohort will be limited to 30 people.

“During their first year, students will begin to network with a variety of career professionals and gain exposure to volunteering with different populations,” said Law Plus Consultant Stacia Heaton. “In future years, they will build on their skills and experiences with continued exposure to law-related professions, job shadowing, ethics forums and more.”

In addition to their undergrad studies, the Law Plus students will spend between five and seven hours each week attending skill-based workshops, learning from guest speakers and participating in volunteer placements with community organizations.

“We’re preparing them for careers they’re passionate about and helping them develop the skills and knowledge they require,” said Krezek.

Like Med Plus, Law Plus is open to all Brock students, regardless of which undergraduate degree they’re working toward.

“The program aims to have students from all Faculties who will bring a variety of interests to the table, which will enrich the experience for everyone,” Heaton said.

Advising Brock on the new program has been an industry panel that includes lawyers, community organization representatives and faculty members.

“Having the industry so invested and enthused about Law Plus is fantastic. They’re helping to shape the program and move it forward,” Heaton said. “They will also have the partnerships and relationships that will help us develop placements that students will be able to engage in.”

For more information on the new Law Plus program, visit Brock’s Co-op, Career and Experiential Education website.

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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How to get all of the Apple Watch Activity badges

Mac World - Wed, 2019-04-10 12:36

Achievement badges are a funny thing. You know they’re just a simple little bit of visual flair, they don’t even do anything, and yet for some reason you just have to collect them. Achievements are great motivators, and the achievement badges for the activity tracking on the Apple Watch have inspired many users to get more exercise.

If you want to maximize your badge count, you’re going to watch to chase down as many activity achievements as you can. Most are available year-round, but there are also some time-limited special events to grab, too. Here’s a list of all the activity achievements for the Apple Watch and how to unlock them.

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Give your house brains for cheap with Home Depot's today-only smart home blowout

PC World - Wed, 2019-04-10 11:25

There’s a whole lot of smart home tech out there, designed to boost the intelligence of your house and make your life a little easier (or at least cooler). And today only, you can pick from a wide selection of gear at solid discounts during a huge Home Depot smart home saleRemove non-product link. You’ll find a whole lineup of options, including picks from popular brands like Nest, Ecobee, TP-Link, Switchmate, and more.

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Give your house brains for cheap with Home Depot's today-only smart home blowout

Mac World - Wed, 2019-04-10 11:25

There’s a whole lot of smart home tech out there, designed to boost the intelligence of your house and make your life a little easier (or at least cooler). And today only, you can pick from a wide selection of gear at solid discounts during a huge Home Depot smart home saleRemove non-product link. You’ll find a whole lineup of options, including picks from popular brands like Nest, Ecobee, TP-Link, Switchmate, and more.

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The beautifully over-engineered 8GB Asus ROG Strix Radeon RX 580 is just $180 today

PC World - Wed, 2019-04-10 09:28

When we reviewed the Asus Rog Strix Radeon RX 580 Gaming OC Edition two years ago we loved everything about it...except the $300 price tag. Prices have dropped since then, but today Newegg’s selling this graphics card for a cool $180Remove non-product link after a $30 mail-in rebate. This is a great time to get this triple-fan beast of a GPU, which excels at 1080p gaming with few visual compromises. Newegg’s sale ends on Monday, April 15.

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AirPower aborted, Netflix, iPad reviews, and your comments and questions

Mac World - Wed, 2019-04-10 08:00

In the latest episode of the Macworld Podcast, we’ll talk about some of the major recent Apple headlines, including the end of AirPower. We reviewed the new iPad Air and iPad mini, which we'll talk about in our feature discussion. Plus, Leif has a two-minute tip, and we’ll wrap up the show with your hot takes from the Macworld Twitter and Facebook feeds.

This is episode 646 of the Macworld Podcast with Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, and Roman Loyola.

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Spotlight: Don’t take your Mac’s powerful search engine for granted

Mac World - Wed, 2019-04-10 07:00

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 15 years since Apple first announced Spotlight as a banner feature of Mac OS X Tiger. In fact, Spotlight has been around so long that I suspect that most Mac users take it for granted, not entirely understanding just how broad its purview is and how powerful it can be at finding the stuff that’s on your Mac. Whole books could be (and have been) written about Spotlight, but let me take you through a few details that you may have never learned.

More to the search bar

Spotlight is a search engine that runs on your Mac. In the background, the Spotlight metadata engine is scanning new and changed files on your computer—and it’s not just looking for the names of your files, but is cataloging information about their contents. Spotlight indexes the text of every document it can find, and knows details about the compression formats of video files, the focal length of a digital photo, and much more.

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Create Excel Alerts, then write a macro to email them

PC World - Wed, 2019-04-10 06:08

Can Excel send Alerts? Yes, but with some limitations. Excel cannot email an alert to you automatically unless you write a macro in the Visual Basic (VBA) editor to perform this function. And, the reminder Alert only works if the Excel software is open. Not quite the convenient method you were hoping for, right?

Another option, although complicated and limited (at this time) to the XLS spreadsheet formats only, is to set up your spreadsheet like an Outlook Calendar, then import the data from one to the other. But this method is not really a satisfactory result either. So, until Microsoft decides to provide a functioning solution, we have to settle for work-arounds, using macros plus a little manual intervention for the email.

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