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Learn how to get certified in Microsoft Azure for just $29

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

You may be surprised to learn that AWS isn’t the only cloud solution out there. In fact, Microsoft has their own cloud platform that’s surging in popularity. You can explore its potential with the Complete Microsoft Azure Certification Prep Bundle 2019, discounted by over 90% to just $29.

The Complete Microsoft Azure Certification Prep Bundle 2019 includes access to four beginner friendly-courses that’ll show you how to use Azure to deploy a cloud-based environment. Students will start by learning the foundations of cloud technology and then gradually move into more complex concepts. The courses are accessible online 24/7; and the content will be available to you for life, so it’s a convenient way to learn too.

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AMD's powerful Ryzen processors are on sale for all-time low prices and bundled with free games

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-10 09:44

Now’s a great time to pick-up an AMD processor as the basis for a sweet (and affordable) PC build. Amazon and Walmart just dropped the prices on select AMD Ryzen 5 and 7 CPUs. Even better, all three processors mentioned below are part of AMD’s 50th anniversary celebration, meaning you get Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 and World War Z for free with your purchase.

First up: The Ryzen 7 2700 for $195 at WalmartRemove non-product link. This is one of those “see price in cart” deals, and you’ll have to supply your name and email address as part of the process. But a sub-$200 price for a Ryzen 7 2700 is stupendous, since prices for the CPU usually hover around $220 to $240. This chip features 8 cores, 16 threads, a base clock of 3.2GHz, and a boost clock of 4.1GHz. It absolutely screams when doing heavy productivity tasks, and it’ll be a champ for games too.

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The best free PC games

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-10 08:52
Worth the price of admission

Image by Respawn

There was a time when “free-to-play” was a dirty term in the games industry. There are still terrible, exploitative free-to-play games on the market—more every day, in fact.

But occasionally—occasionally—we get something...miraculous. We get a free-to-play game that doesn’t try to con players out of money or make the design intentionally boring in order to make those purchasable unlocks more exciting.

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How to turn on iCloud Photos when iOS says you can’t

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-10 08:00

If you ever used iTunes on the Mac to sync photos and albums with iOS, you could have problems enabling iCloud Photos, Apple’s synchronization and backup options for images and videos captured in and imported into iOS and macOS.

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This situation can emerge as you switch from iTunes to iCloud sync in iOS. In Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos, when you tap the iCloud Photos switch to turn it on, you may see the message, “Photos sync from iTunes will be removed.” (Make sure at this step that you truly have copies of all those images, because proceeding will irreversibly delete them from your iPhone or iPad.)

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Three features Apple should borrow from Google’s I/O announcements

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-10 07:00

Spring has sprung, and with it comes the onslaught of tech companies announcing the latest updates to their products. This week, it was Google’s I/O keynote that took the main stage, as the Mountain View company catalogued all of the new devices, features, and promises it had targeted for 2019.

Many of the features that Google talked about were a clear attempt to catch up in areas where Apple already excels: privacy, for example, or distribution of security updates. I’m not about to suggest that Apple needs to crib from anybody, but the whole purpose of competition is to drive innovation.

With that in mind, I’ve laid out three areas that Google touched on during its keynote where Apple might benefit from following the lead of one of its most prominent frenemies.

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Anker PowerCore+ 19000 PD review: Fresh design and new features make this battery pack very appealing

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-10 06:30
A portable battery pack with USB-C that doubles as a USB hub? Go on, we're listening.

Anker PowerCore+ 19000 PD review: Fresh design and new features make this battery pack very appealing

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-10 06:30

Battery packs have become commonplace. These small power banks are easy to carry and make it possible to top off a phone or tablet—and more recently with the addition of Power Delivery (PD) capabilities, a laptop even—while on the go.

Anker’s PowerCore+ 19000 has a slightly tweaked design, departing from the standard black brick. The PowerCore+ 19000 features a two-tone aesthetic, consisting of a space-gray top and a matte-black bottom. Its corners are rounded. It looks nicer than older Anker packs, and I hope the company sticks with the new design going forward.

Note: This review is part of our roundup of portable power banks. Go there for details on competing products and our testing methods. anker

Use the PowerCore+ 19000 PD as a USB hub while you charge your laptop.

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What Intel’s latest roadmap updates mean for the Mac

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-10 06:00

Apple may end up making Macs with processors of its own design, but that’s not expected to happen soon. And if it does happen, it probably will take several years before the entire Mac lineup has transitioned to Apple-designed chips.

In the meantime, it’s safest to assume that the Macs of the next couple years will primarily use Intel processors. So any time we can get a look at Intel’s roadmap, we’re getting a peak at the heart of the Mac.

On Wednesday, during an investor presentation, Intel extended its public roadmap through 2020 and gave an update on future products and manufacturing processes. Here’s what that means for the Mac.

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Best mesh Wi-Fi routers: Reviews and buying advice

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-10 06:00
Few elements of your home’s infrastructure have a bigger impact on your tech life. We recommend mesh Wi-Fi routers for most people, and we’ll help you find just the right one for your needs.

Netgear Orbi Voice review: It’s not the best smart speaker, but it's an excellent mesh Wi-Fi system

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-10 06:00

Netgear’s Orbi WiFi System (model RBK50) has been our top home router pick for more than two years, so we were intrigued when we learned that the company had partnered with the audio pros at Harman Kardon to build the Orbi Voice, an Alexa-powered smart speaker that operates as a satellite node in an Orbi-based mesh network.                                                                     

The kit reviewed here, Netgear model number RBK50V, consists of an RBR50 router bundled with one Orbi Voice satellite (Netgear model number RBS40V) for around $380 on Amazon. If you already have an Orbi router, you can buy the Orbi Voice separately for an MSRP of $300 (Amazon was selling the satellite for $259 as I was writing this review). The smart speaker/satellite combo can be paired with any Orbi router, but the satellite will not work with mesh routers from other manufacturers.

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Best mesh Wi-Fi routers: Reviews and buying advice

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-10 06:00

A great wireless router is an essential element of tech life, whether you’re building out a smart home or you just want the best experience streaming music and video at home. If you’re suffering with low wireless throughput or dead spots in any area of your home, we heartily recommend deploying a mesh Wi-Fi system (a router with one or more satellite nodes that you sprinkle around your home), because it will blanket your home with coverage. 

You can deploy a mesh Wi-Fi router without any satellites, but you’d be losing out on all the coverage benefits that mesh technology provides. We pick the best models here, because even those of us fortunate enough to have ethernet drops everywhere have devices—smartphones and tablets, for instance—that depend on Wi-Fi to connect to the home network and the internet.

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Cheechoo receives warm welcome after Order of Canada investiture

Brock News - Thu, 2019-05-09 20:36

MEDIA RELEASE: 9 May 2019 – R00079

Brock University Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo was one of 39 people invested into the Order of Canada Wednesday, May 8 by Governor General Julie Payette.

Thursday night, the Indigenous academic leader and award-winning artist was welcomed at a reception at Brock, where a packed house celebrated the remarkable achievement.

“What this means to me is that it honours so many people,” Cheechoo said. “My mentors, my family, my friends and the elders who have taught me. Everyone walked this road together. I didn’t do it alone.”

The Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest honours, recognizing Canadians whose service shapes society, whose innovations ignite imaginations and whose compassion unites communities. There are three levels of the Order of Canada and Cheechoo was invested as a Member.

Among the speakers Thursday was Amos Key, Jr., who will begin his tenure as the University’s first-ever Vice-Provost of Indigenous Engagement on July 1.

He said the opportunity to work with Cheechoo was one of the things that attracted him to the role at Brock.

“I was grateful that Shirley opened the door for creating the position of Vice-Provost of Indigenous Engagement,” Key said. “Knowing her story and her journey and having spoken to her a couple of times, I thought it would be great if I got the role. I’m looking forward to working with her.”

A member of the Cree nation, Cheechoo became the first woman and first Indigenous Canadian to be appointed to the ceremonial leadership role of Chancellor of Brock University in 2015.
She is also the founder and executive director at Weengushk Film Institute on Manitoulin Island, which helps Indigenous and at-risk youth develop career skills or return to school.

As a filmmaker, Cheechoo’s work has been shaped by her First Nations background. Her award-winning 2012 film Moose River Crossing examines characters who, like her, are survivors of the residential school system.

Similar to her work in theatre and filmmaking, Cheechoo has helped to move Brock University through the power of stories, said Carol Jacobs, who was Brock’s Elder-in-Residence for nearly a decade.

“In doing so, she has made this University a better place for the whole campus community and is most worthy of the award we celebrate tonight,” Jacobs said. “Much of the progress we have seen at Brock is directly connected to her advice and influence. She has helped to clear Brock’s path towards a stronger and more respectful relationship with Indigenous students, staff and local communities.”

Brock President Gervan Fearon called Cheechoo “an inspiration on many different levels.”

“I have witnessed how she inspires and energizes excited young people at Brock University Convocation ceremonies,” he said.

Fearon said it’s not a coincidence that the new position of Vice-Provost for Indigenous Engagement was established during Cheechoo’s time as Chancellor.

“Shirley’s arrival at the University has helped the Brock community better understand and embrace the importance of our Indigenous relationship,” he said. “I am excited at the thought of Amos helping to strengthen our connections with the Indigenous community both internally and externally — working to ensure that the community benefits from what Brock can do.”

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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HP's high-res Reverb VR headset blows the screen door effect off its hinges

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-09 16:04

That dreaded low-resolution "screen door effect" that's dogged virtual reality imaging since its inception just got blown off its hinges by HP's Reverb VR headset.

Announced Tuesday at HP Reinvent in Houston, the Reverb boasts twice the resolution of its predecessor—2,160x2,160—plus a wider 114-degree field of view. The Reverb is the highest-resolution HMD (head-mounted display) that's shipping among "major" makers, the company said.

That caveat of "major" HMD makers obviously excludes such smaller projects as Pimax's 8K headset. Even so, HP's Reverb will likely ship ahead of Pimax's unit.

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The controllers don't change for HP's Reverb, but the company has integrated Bluetooth into the headset to improve connection issues. HP's also improved the tracking algorithms.

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 Build 18894 fixes a big problem with the May 2019 Update

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-09 13:58

Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 Build 18894 looks like it will at least partially address one of the issues we found within the May 2019 Update: the slow, legacy File Explorer search option.

Windows 10 Build 18894, part of next year’s 20H1 release, contains a File Explorer search experience powered by Windows Search. Microsoft said File Explorer will now automatically suggest frequently-used files as you begin typing in the drop-down box.

Microsoft set out to revamp search within the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, separating the traditional search box from the Cortana digital assistant. While our review of the May 2019 Update questioned whether that was a step forward, there’s one improvement we cheered: It’s fast. In part, that’s because of a new Windows Search indexer that maps your hard drive in the background, then surfaces results almost instantly.

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TP-Link's excellent, already affordable Kasa security camera is 36% off until midnight

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-09 10:52

Smart cameras can provide an extra layer of security -- and peace of mind -- to your life. And today, you can get one of our favorites, the TP-Link Kasa Cam Indoor Wi-Fi camera, for $64 on Amazon, down from a list price of $100. You can also grab the outdoor version for $88, down from a list price of $140.

We showered the indoor Kasa Cam with praise in our review, calling it "a really impressive security camera with robust features you often don’t see at this price." That includes its 1080p recording quality, night vision up to 25 feet, and two-way audio capabilities. The TP-Link Kasa Cam Indoor Wi-Fi camera also connects to the handy Kasa Smart app, which will send you notifications about suspicious activity, allow you to set "activity zones" to narrow in on the lost important areas, and let you check in on your video feed from anywhere.

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TP-Link's excellent, already affordable Kasa security camera is 36% off until midnight

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-09 10:52

Smart cameras can provide an extra layer of security -- and peace of mind -- to your life. And today, you can get one of our favorites, the TP-Link Kasa Cam Indoor Wi-Fi camera, for $64 on Amazon, down from a list price of $100. You can also grab the outdoor version for $88, down from a list price of $140.

We showered the indoor Kasa Cam with praise in our review, calling it "a really impressive security camera with robust features you often don’t see at this price." That includes its 1080p recording quality, night vision up to 25 feet, and two-way audio capabilities. The TP-Link Kasa Cam Indoor Wi-Fi camera also connects to the handy Kasa Smart app, which will send you notifications about suspicious activity, allow you to set "activity zones" to narrow in on the lost important areas, and let you check in on your video feed from anywhere.

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Intel roadmap confirms 10nm 'Tiger Lake' chip with Xe graphics, more Ice Lake and Lakefield details

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-09 09:53

Intel extended its public microprocessor roadmap through 2020 on Wednesday, confirming the existence of “Tiger Lake,” a 10nm Core chip due in 2020 that features an entirely new microarchitecture and Intel’s forthcoming Xe graphics.

Executives also began disclosing some of the performance improvements associated with its previously-announced chips, such as how fast Intel’s first 10nm chip, Ice Lake, will be compared with the previous generation. Intel also began talking a bit about the improvements in “Lakefield,” which stacks logic together to create a denser system-on-a-chip.

Combine the new 10nm “Ice Lake” core—which executives said would ship in June—plus the redesigned Tiger Lake chip, as well as Intel’s other major announcement, 7nm chips by 2021, and Intel is at least talking more aggressively than it has in years. 

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iOS 13, Google I/O’19, create custom vibrating iPhone ringtones, and your hot takes

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-09 08:00

On the show, we talk about iOS 13 and Apple Watch rumors, and more. Google is having its developers conference; is there anything of interest for Apple users? Plus, we have an iPhone tip, and we wrap up the show with your hot takes from the Macworld social media feeds.

This is episode 650 with Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, and Roman Loyola.

Listen to episode 650

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Powerbeats Pro review: Better than AirPods, but not for everybody

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-09 07:00

AirPods are a cultural icon, and for good reason. More than two years ago, Apple released a set of true wireless earbuds that solved many of the problems that made us hate Bluetooth headphones, making them as convenient and reliable as we’ve always dreamed. And now Apple has newer AirPods with a custom H1 chip that makes them even better.

But the second-generation AirPods aren’t the best true wireless earbuds Apple makes. Not anymore. That honor now belongs to the company’s Beats by Dre subsidiary and its new Powerbeats Pro earbuds.

The first true wireless earbuds by Beats, the Powerbeats Pro, are better than AirPods. You pay a premium for this quality—$249, compared to $159 for AirPods—and you won’t find the Powerbeats Pro quite as portable as AirPods. But if you want true wireless earbuds that work with your iPhone as effortlessly as AirPods and sound better and last longer, they’re well worth the premium price.

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How to use audio and video files in PowerPoint

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-09 06:30

PowerPoint supports a number of common audio and video formats. We’ll go through the details and show you how to incorporate audio and video files into your presentation slides. 

Audio file formats supported in PowerPoint

The current versions of PowerPoint support the following audio formats .wav, .mp3., .wma, .midi, .aiff, and .au.

1. Wav files are uncompressed audio files, which means they are HUGE in file size, but they are also the very best quality sound.

2. The MP3 format (most popular) is a compressed sound sequence that’s a mere fraction (about 8 percent) of the size of the original recording, but still adequate for playback on CDs and DVDs, or PowerPoint slide shows.

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