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Amazon is selling a two-bay Netgear NAS box for less than $200 today

Mac World - Tue, 2017-09-05 13:34

If you’re ready to beef up your home network, Amazon has a good deal on a two-bay network attached storage device. For $191.20, you can get Netgear’s ReadyNAS 212 2-Bay NAS. The sale lasts until just before midnight on Tuesday, Pacific time.

A NAS is basically really smart external storage that can be used to backup your family’s PCs, run a media server, or act as a regular file server. This particular device features a 1.4GHz quad-core Cortex A15 processor, 2GB of RAM, and supports up to 16TB of storage as 2.5- or 3.5-inch SATA drives. It also has dual gigabit ethernet and a ready-made user interface for accessing files, and it comes with a three-year warranty on the chassis.

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Brock Political Science student receives best Master’s Research Paper award

Brock News - Tue, 2017-09-05 12:21

Congratulations to Political Science Masters graduate Kailtlin Gibson, who has received the Faculty of Social Sciences Best Major Research Paper award. Her paper, “The Effect of Social Capital on the Voting Behaviour of Immigrant Youth,” was supervised by Associate Professor Livianna Tossutti, with Associate Professor Charles Conteh serving as second reader.

Ms. Gibson received her award at the "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"">Faculty of Social Sciences' Celebration of Excellence on January 25. Her win marks the second time in the past three years that a political science student has been recognized as having produced the best Master’s Research paper, with Hugo Chesshire earning this distinction in 2014.

 

Gigabyte unleashes the smallest GTX 1080 ever to battle Radeon Vega Nano

PC World - Tue, 2017-09-05 11:09

Bigger is usually better in the world of graphics cards, but these days, plenty of people want plus-sized power in fun-sized packages. Enter Gigabyte’s GeForce GTX 1080 Mini ITX 8G, the smallest GTX 1080 yet—and an early strike against AMD’s incoming Radeon RX Vega Nano.

At 169mm in length, Gigabyte’s graphics card is the perfect fit for mini-ITX motherboards, which measure 170mm. The GeForce GTX 1080 Mini ITX 8G offers the same 1607MHz base clock and 1733MHz boost speeds as a GTX 1080 Founders Edition and manages to do so in a package that’s nearly 100mm shorter. That makes you wonder how hot and loud the card will run under load, but Gigabyte augmented the single semi-passive 90mm fan with a densely stacked heat sink and three copper heat pipes in direct contact with the GPU, as Tech Report first noted. The GTX 1080 Mini ITX 8G also packs a 5+2 power phase design, a step up over the 5+1 design in the Founders Edition.

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Gigabyte unleashes the smallest GTX 1080 ever to battle Radeon Vega Nano

PC World - Tue, 2017-09-05 11:09

Bigger is usually better in the world of graphics cards, but these days, plenty of people want plus-sized power in fun-sized packages. Enter Gigabyte’s GeForce GTX 1080 Mini ITX 8G, the smallest GTX 1080 yet—and an advanced strike against AMD’s incoming Radeon RX Vega Nano.

At 169mm in length, Gigabyte’s graphics card is the perfect fit for mini-ITX motherboards, which measure 170mm. The GeForce GTX 1080 Mini ITX 8G offers the same 1607MHz base clock and 1733MHz boost speeds as a GTX 1080 Founders Edition and manages to do so in a package that’s nearly 100mm shorter. That makes you wonder how hot and loud the card will run under load, but Gigabyte augmented the single semi-passive 90mm fan with a densely stacked heat sink and three copper heat pipes in direct contact with the GPU. The GTX 1080 Mini ITX 8G also packs a 5+2 power phase design, a step up over the 5+1 design in the Founders Edition.

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Galaxy Note 8 vs. LG G6: Can Samsung beat LG for the camera phone crown?

PC World - Tue, 2017-09-05 11:05

Hot off the presses is the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung’s latest flagship phone, and it sports a dual camera system—a first for Samsung. The Galaxy S8, released in May, wasn’t able to topple the LG G6, our current pick for smartphone camera dominance, and so we’re interested to see the changes Samsung has made to its camera tech in the past six months.

Can the new Note 8 beat the LG G6 where the S8 fell short? Keep reading to find out.

Adam Patrick Murray/IDG

LG's G6 versus Samsung's Galaxy Note 8. Camera fight!

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Tested: Galaxy Note 8 Live Focus vs iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode

PC World - Tue, 2017-09-05 11:05

The Galaxy Note 8 is the first Samsung phone to feature a dual lens camera system. Similar to Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, it includes a telephoto lens paired with a standard lens. This allows both phones to deliver fun depth of field effects—but does one company do bokeh better? Let’s check out the differences between their approaches, and see if one phone can emerge victorious.

Adam Patrick Murray/IDG

Apple's iPhone 7 Plus came out late last year while Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 launches in September.

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Galaxy Note 8 vs. LG G6: Can Samsung beat LG for the camera phone crown?

PC World - Tue, 2017-09-05 11:05

Hot off the presses is the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung’s latest flagship phone, and it sports a dual camera system—a first for Samsung. The Galaxy S8, released in May, wasn’t able to topple the LG G6, our current pick for smartphone camera dominance, and so we’re interested to see the changes Samsung has made to its camera tech in the past six months.

Can the new Note 8 beat the LG G6 where the S8 fell short? Keep reading to find out.

Adam Patrick Murray/IDG

LG's G6 versus Samsung's Galaxy Note 8. Camera fight!

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Tested: Galaxy Note 8 Live Focus vs iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode

PC World - Tue, 2017-09-05 11:05

The Galaxy Note 8 is the first Samsung phone to feature a dual lens camera system. Similar to Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, it includes a telephoto lens paired with a standard lens. This allows both phones to deliver fun depth of field effects—but does one company do bokeh better? Let’s check out the differences between their approaches, and see if one phone can emerge victorious.

Adam Patrick Murray/IDG

Apple's iPhone 7 Plus came out late last year while Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 launches in September.

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Tested: Galaxy Note 8 Live Focus vs iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode

Mac World - Tue, 2017-09-05 11:05

The Galaxy Note 8 is the first Samsung phone to feature a dual lens camera system. Similar to Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, it includes a telephoto lens paired with a standard lens. This allows both phones to deliver fun depth of field effects—but does one company do bokeh better? Let’s check out the differences between their approaches, and see if one phone can emerge victorious.

Adam Patrick Murray/IDG

Apple's iPhone 7 Plus came out late last year while Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 launches in September.

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Galaxy Note 8 review: Don't call it a comeback, call it the phone of the year

PC World - Tue, 2017-09-05 11:00

No one would have blamed Samsung if the Note 8 were never released. After a global recall halted sales of the Note 7 in their tracks, some execs at Samsung probably floated the idea of retiring the Note brand altogether.

It’s good they didn’t. The Note 8 isn’t just a return to form, it’s the best phone Samsung has ever made, bar none. And until the iPhone 8 and Pixel 2 make their appearances—and maybe even after—it’s simply the best phone money can buy.

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Galaxy Note 8 review: Don't call it a comeback, call it the phone of the year

PC World - Tue, 2017-09-05 11:00

No one would have blamed Samsung if the Note 8 were never released. After a global recall halted sales of the Note 7 in their tracks, some execs at Samsung probably floated the idea of retiring the Note brand altogether.

It’s good they didn’t. The Note 8 isn’t just a return to form, it’s the best phone Samsung has ever made, bar none. And until the iPhone 8 and Pixel 2 make their appearances—and maybe even after—it’s simply the best phone money can buy.

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The powerful PC hardware of PAX West 2017

PC World - Tue, 2017-09-05 09:15
Everywhere you look, another PC

Image by IDG / Hayden Dingman

Like usual, I spent most of my time at PAX West 2017 admiring the PC’s presence. After the console focus of E3, PAX is always the perfect RGB-lit mouthwash to close out the year.

Unfortunately 2017 was a bit less spectacular than last year—a show that featured a PC that fired paper airplanes, another with its very own blood bag, and a wall made entirely from keyboards. PAX West 2017 couldn’t possibly live up, and indeed it was a bit slimmer on the custom case front.

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The powerful PC hardware of PAX West 2017

PC World - Tue, 2017-09-05 09:15
Everywhere you look, another PC

Image by IDG / Hayden Dingman

Like usual, I spent most of my time at PAX West 2017 admiring the PC’s presence. After the console focus of E3, PAX is always the perfect RGB-lit mouthwash to close out the year.

Unfortunately 2017 was a bit less spectacular than last year—a show that featured a PC that fired paper airplanes, another with its very own blood bag, and a wall made entirely from keyboards. PAX West 2017 couldn’t possibly live up, and indeed it was a bit slimmer on the custom case front.

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Astell&Kern AK XB10 Bluetooth DAC and amp review: Wireless, hi-res audio for any headphones

Mac World - Tue, 2017-09-05 07:30
You don't need new headphones to benefit from Qualcomm's aptX HD codec.

Astell&Kern AK XB10 Bluetooth DAC and amp review: Wireless, hi-res audio for any headphones

PC World - Tue, 2017-09-05 07:30
You don't need new headphones to benefit from Qualcomm's aptX HD codec.

People in Glass houses: Throwing stones at the Apple Watch

Mac World - Tue, 2017-09-05 07:00

It is handy that in the world of technology there are many prior examples that one can look to when evaluating the state of a particular set of products. It should be noted, however, that even this most mundane of powers can be twisted into something so bizarre is it almost unrecognizable as an attempt at our Earthly logic.

Writing for Computerworld, Mike Elgan explains “Why smartwatches failed.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Glen T and Chuck Savadelis.)

Oh. Did “smartwatches” fail? Well, all the smartwatches that weren’t made by Apple, maybe. But the Apple Watch?

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The 10 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from August 2017

Mac World - Tue, 2017-09-05 06:30
August's iOS games

Image by TinyTouchTales

With loads of new games flooding the App Store each and every week, it’s hard to keep track of fresh releases—and especially tricky to try and find the good ones in the mix. Luckily, we keep close tabs on the latest and greatest iPhone and iPad games, week in and week out, and we’re happy to point out the biggest and brightest debuts from the last month. 

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Why continuous backups on your Mac are a good idea

Mac World - Tue, 2017-09-05 06:00

A Macworld reader has concerns that continuous or frequently made automatic backups would impede performance on their computer. They want to only initiate backups manually. I’d argue this is a bad idea.

Continuous backups that archive a file whenever changes are made or frequent backups, such as software that checks at a fast interval, like 15 or 60 minutes, ensure that you lose the least amount of work possible, and have a position to revert to in case of deletion or corruption. I use Dropbox plus Backblaze: Dropbox makes new versions of files, recording just the difference between the previous version, every time you save or the file is modified. Backblaze defaults to continuous, though you can set it to daily or on demand.

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MacBook Pro Thunderbolt 3 adapter guide: How to connect an iPhone, display, hard drive, and more

Mac World - Mon, 2017-09-04 10:48

Editor's note: We've updated the HDMI and MagSafe sections of this article.

The new MacBook Pro comes with two or four external ports, depending on the model you pick. But those ports are only of one type: Thunderbolt 3, which is compatible with USB-C.

But you probably have devices that use USB-A, Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort, HDMI, or something else. How do you connect these devices? With an adapter.

If you’re planning to buy a new MacBook Pro, make sure you set aside a considerable amount of cash for the adapters you need. Apple doesn’t include any in the box, except for a power adapter.

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Echogear Outlet Shelf review: A brilliant, if not always practical, shelving idea

PC World - Mon, 2017-09-04 07:00
You’re plugging stuff in that outlet, so why not make use of the space around it?

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