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Facebook passwords for hundreds of millions of users were exposed to Facebook employees

Mac World - Thu, 2019-03-21 12:49
Facebook confirms that user passwords were being stored in a readable format on Facebook servers. Hundreds of millions of accounts will be notified accordingly.

You can add 2 TP-Link smart outlets to your home for just $25 today

PC World - Thu, 2019-03-21 11:33

It’s cheaper and easier than ever to add some smarts to your home, and today you can make two of your dumb devices smarter for the lowest price we’ve ever seen. B&H Photo Video is selling the TP-Link HS107 Wi-Fi dual-outlet smart plug for $25Remove non-product link with the on-page coupon today, down from a list price of $35. The coupon applies $10 off for each plug that you buy, so you can get multiple at this price.

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You can add 2 TP-Link smart outlets to your home for just $25 today

Mac World - Thu, 2019-03-21 11:33

It’s cheaper and easier than ever to add some smarts to your home, and today you can make two of your dumb devices smarter for the lowest price we’ve ever seen. B&H Photo Video is selling the TP-Link HS107 Wi-Fi dual-outlet smart plug for $25Remove non-product link with the on-page coupon today, down from a list price of $35. The coupon applies $10 off for each plug that you buy, so you can get multiple at this price.

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iPad mini review roundup: Apple’s new tiny tablet is exactly what you think it is

Mac World - Thu, 2019-03-21 11:12

The new iPad mini was only announced three days ago, but the first round of reviews has already arrived. And guess what? It’s an iPad mini 4 with a better processor. The new model is pretty much identical to the old one, and as such, its “throwback bezels” and “outdated” design are definite drawbacks to the $399 device. But if you can overlook it, you’ll be getting a solid device that gives Apple’s “Pro” laptops a run for their money.

The new iPad mini is available for pre-order today in silver, space gray, and gold for a starting price of $399. Estimated ship date is currently April 9-12.

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Become A Six Sigma Certified Project Manager For $35

PC World - Thu, 2019-03-21 10:05

To maximize profits, corporations hire skilled professionals — project managers — who know how to increase efficiency. Want to discover their secrets? Learn the tricks of their trade with the Comprehensive Six Sigma Certification Collection, price dropped to just $35.

Project managers play a crucial role. They oversee the operations of a business, keep production on track, and eliminate waste so that financial targets are more easily met. But, there isn’t just one way to accomplish this. Project managers, in fact, use several methodologies and tools to achieve success. And one of the most popular is Six Sigma.

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Get a Lifetime Of Mondly's AI Powered Language Training For $59

Mac World - Thu, 2019-03-21 10:05

If you travel to foreign countries often, understanding the local language is an invaluable asset. However, foreign language textbooks won't adequately prepare you for a real conversation; you need hands-on practice with a native speaker to understand verbal and conversational cues. Luckily, Mondly provides a conversation-focused method that you can practice straight from your phone for $59.

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Microsoft slashes $330 off the Surface Pro 6 with a Type Cover keyboard

PC World - Thu, 2019-03-21 10:02

Today’s a good day to ditch your bulky laptop and upgrade to Microsoft’s stunning Surface 2-in-1. The Microsoft Store is selling a Core i5 version of the Surface Pro 6 for just $1,000Remove non-product link, complete with a fancy Type Cover keyboard thrown in. That’s $330 off the list price for the two items, and thus a really great deal.

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Brock labour expert provides unique look at future of animal cruelty investigations with new report

Brock News - Thu, 2019-03-21 08:56

MEDIA RELEASE: 20 March 2019 – R00047

Calling it a critically important moment for animal welfare in Ontario, a Brock University professor released her latest findings Wednesday, March 20 that offer unique insight and perspective on the issue.

Kendra Coulter, Chair of Brock’s Labour Studies Department and Canada’s foremost academic expert on anti-cruelty enforcement, has released a much-anticipated public report entitled: A More Humane and Safer Ontario: The Future of Animal Cruelty Investigations.

For nearly a century, anti-cruelty investigations in Ontario have been handled by charitable organizations. However, earlier this month, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) announced it would cease its law enforcement work at the end of March.

“Crimes against animals have been sidelined and de-prioritized by successive governments, and charities have filled in the gap,” says Coulter. “But the era of private enforcement is over and Ontario will finally have public animal cruelty investigations.”

Coulter has been leading a team studying different approaches to animal cruelty investigations work through field research, interviews, and policy and statistical analysis. In January, she launched a public survey open to all adult Ontarians focusing on the future of humane law enforcement. More than 20,000 people completed the survey, which Coulter says is a “staggering number for an academic study, and a remarkable comment on the level of public interest in animal cruelty.”

Wednesday’s report combines the key findings from the survey and Coulter’s nuanced assessment of different potential paths forward.

“This unprecedented pool of data reaffirms that people in Ontario see animal cruelty investigations as a public responsibility and want better for animals,” she says.

The report presents the degrees of public support for 10 public enforcement approaches, with Coulter providing analysis of the strengths, weaknesses and feasibility of each model.

Highlights include:

  • Very high (88 to 90 per cent) levels of public support for police playing a central role in animal cruelty investigations, whether through force-wide involvement or specialized animal crimes units. The public strongly supports partnerships between law enforcement and animal welfare organizations who could provide supportive services.
  • Noteworthy support for some of the relevant provincial ministries to be given new or different enforcement powers in order to investigate suspected cruelty when it involves the animals and sectors under their mandates.
  • The public supports increasing the enforcement powers of municipal bylaw enforcement officers. However, this option has some significant limitations and drawbacks, which are explained in the report.

“Animal cruelty exists on a spectrum,” Coulter explains. “It is directly connected to violence against women and children, and often occurs alongside other serious crimes.”

She says investigations can also lead to the discovery of people struggling with financial or health issues, and in those cases, additional resources and services are needed.

“A comprehensive and well co-ordinated model is necessary to effectively respond,” says Coulter.

The report explains these and other pertinent issues in more detail and considers possible solutions.

“The most promising options will likely involve a strategic combination of organizations, including police for enforcement and non-profits for support and animal care,” she says. “A specialized provincial anti-cruelty unit comprised of Special Constables is a particularly compelling route because of its likely benefits to animals and the safety of officers and the public.”

The report is available to the public at stopanimalcruelty.ca and was presented this week to both the Premier’s Office and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

“This is an historic opportunity to finally build the effective and properly resourced public animal cruelty investigations system the animals and people of Ontario deserve,” says Coulter. “The province could send a clear message that we take crimes against animals seriously.”

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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Tickets selling fast for Ontario’s biggest VQA celebration

Brock News - Thu, 2019-03-21 08:16

MEDIA RELEASE: 19 March 2019 – R00046

The wines have been selected and Ontario’s top winemakers are ready to pour their favourites at the 31st annual Cuvée Grand Tasting in Niagara Falls this Saturday, March 23.

Organized by Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), the Cuvée Grand Tasting takes place at Scotiabank Convention Centre and is expected to be another sold-out affair. The event is the largest celebration of VQA wine of its kind and highlights the $4.4-billion Ontario wine industry.

“We’ll have 48 Ontario VQA wineries on hand this year pouring two of their winemakers’ favourite wines, plus local chefs preparing their signature dishes at live cooking stations,” said Cuvée manager Barb Tatarnic. “New this year, guests can experience Cuvée using augmented reality with the LifeAR mobile application, developed by students from Brock, allowing them to view which wineries are represented, what they’re pouring and even purchase wine online at the Grand Tasting.”

Cuvée provides future grape growers and winemakers the chance to interact directly with key industry players.

Proceeds from the event support the Cuvée Legacy Fund, which was established to fund industry-driven research initiatives and scholarships for students. More than $122,000 has been generated since CCOVI took the lead in organizing the event four years ago.

“Winning that scholarship meant all my hard work for the past three-and-a-half years came together,” said Nick Pappas (BSc’18), who won the Cuvée Award for Academic Excellence in 2018. “It is great to win a scholarship, but to win one in the industry you are entering is amazing. That money helped me finish off the last couple of courses at Brock and having that award on a resumé is just amazing.”

“Student scholarship winners talk about how proceeds from the Cuvée wine weekend support grape and wine scholarships and research initiatives”

Champions in the province’s grape and wine industry will also be showcased at the event, including the Cuvée Vineyard of Excellence and Winemaker of Excellence awards, along with the Tony Aspler Award of Excellence.

The Grand Tasting is followed by the Après Cuvée after party, which features live music from the Associates, Icewine, sparkling wine, cider and local craft beer.

The Cuvée en Route passport program will extend the wine celebration all weekend long running from March 22 to 24 at participating wineries across Niagara. A complete list of participating wineries at the Grand Tasting and en Route can be found at cuvee.ca

Tickets, which include both the Saturday night Grand Tasting and the en Route passport, are available online at cuvee.ca/tickets for $200 per person. Tickets for the en Route passport only are $30.

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

* Britt Dixon, Communications Officer, Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, Brock University bdixon@brocku.ca, 905-688-5550 x4471

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University ddakin@brocku.ca, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

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New iPads, iMacs, and AirPods, WWDC19, Spotify vs. Apple Music, and your hot takes

Mac World - Thu, 2019-03-21 08:00

In the latest episode of the Macworld Podcast, we cover the news about WWDC19 and Apple’s new AirPods, iPads, and iMacs. Our feature discussion will cover the Spotify and Apple Music fracas. In our two-minute tip, learn how to add other people’s fingerprints to Touch ID, and we also go over audience hot takes. This is episode 644 of the Macworld Podcast with Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, and Roman Loyola.

Before we go any further, we want to let you know that we have set up an email address for you to send comments and questions about the Macworld Podcast. Drop us a line at podcast@macworld.com and let us know what you think of the podcast.

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Rotor Riot Game Controller for iOS review: The herald of a new age of iOS gaming

Mac World - Thu, 2019-03-21 07:00

Game controllers have been a part of the extended iPhone experience for years, but Apple’s older certification requirements kept them from fully mimicking the same experience you get from an Xbox One controller or Sony DualShock 4. Even with the best ones, there’s usually a catch. Sometimes you need to mash the buttons before they register. In other cases the latency is awful (particularly when the controllers run on Bluetooth). Worst of all, you usually can’t press down on either of the controller’s thumbsticks, which effectively makes some games all but unplayable.

That’s why I’m so happy to see the Rotor Riot Game Controller. It’s the first MFi (Made for iPhone) controller that takes advantage of Apple’s looser restrictions that dropped with iOS 12. It has a handful of its own drawbacks, but it doesn’t fall into any of the traps mentioned above, and its new support for the thumbstick buttons makes it particularly well-suited PS4 Remote Play at a time when it's a fairly hot item on iOS. Considering gaming’s outsized presence on the App Store, I’m just a little surprised that a company that’s best known for making drone parts was the first one to pull it off.

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Lutron Caséta Fan Control review: Smart control for your dumb ceiling fan

PC World - Thu, 2019-03-21 06:00
The latest addition to the Lutron Caséta family delivers an excellent way integrate ceiling fans into your smart home.

The best ways to watch March Madness without cable

PC World - Thu, 2019-03-21 06:00
Cord-cutters now have plenty of options for watching the NCAA Tournament, but not all are equal.

Lutron Caséta Fan Control review: Smart control for your dumb ceiling fan

Mac World - Thu, 2019-03-21 06:00
The latest addition to the Lutron Caséta family delivers an excellent way integrate ceiling fans into your smart home.

It’s time for a new iMac, and here are 9 improvements we’d like to see

Mac World - Thu, 2019-03-21 06:00

The current iMac design is positively ancient, by computer design standards. The 27-inch Retina iMac, with its slim design and 5K resolution, was launched in the fall of 2014. It was really only a small tweak on the existing “slim unibody” iMac that dates back to 2012, itself only a thinner version of the unibody iMac design that goes back to 2009.

The basic look and physical features of the iMac have barely changed in a decade.

It’s a testament to the elegance of the design that it’s still desirable after all that time, but it’s well past time for a change. This week, Apple updated the iMac line with new internal hardware, but it the design and features remain fundamentally unchanged.

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The best ways to watch March Madness without cable

Mac World - Thu, 2019-03-21 06:00
Cord-cutters now have plenty of options for watching the NCAA Tournament, but not all are equal.

Intel's gaming odyssey takes voyage with a slick new Graphics Command Center

PC World - Wed, 2019-03-20 22:00

Great software makes great hardware truly shine, and it seems like Intel graphics chief Raja Koduri knows it. Shortly after Koduri assumed control of the Radeon Technologies Group at his last job at AMD, the company rolled out a long-overdue revamp of its Radeon Settings application. On Wednesday, at GDC 2019, Intel revealed an overhauled Graphics Command Center app ahead of the hotly anticipated 2020 launch of its “Xe” discrete graphics cards.

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Intel promises 9th-gen mobile Core processors will arrive 'very, very soon'

PC World - Wed, 2019-03-20 22:00

Intel confirmed Wednesday that a mobile version of its 9th-gen H-series Core chips will  debut during the second quarter—and probably on the early side of that time window.

Frederik Hamberger, the general manager of premium and gaming notebook segments at Intel, said Wednesday that Intel would be coming out with a new 9th-gen mobile Core part “very, very soon,” accompanied by customer laptops. H-series chips are sold into premium and gaming notebooks, and generally represent the most power-hungry and least power-efficient chips in Intel’s lineup. For our analysis of how the 8th-generation Core chips top the 7th-gen mobile Cores, you can take a look at our earlier story.

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Intel hopes to clean up toxic speech in game chat with AI and machine learning

PC World - Wed, 2019-03-20 22:00

Anyone who has ventured into online gaming knows text chat can approach nuclear-waste-levels of toxicity. But what happens when it all shifts to voice-based chat in the future? Intel says it can help. Or at least, it hopes it can.

The company said on Wednesday night it’s working with Spirit AI on ways to use machine learning and artificial intelligence to reduce the acidic speech gamers often fall back on during intense gaming sessions. Spirit AI already has a machine-based tool developers can use to help monitor forums and online chat. Intel wants to help extend the tools to the voice-based chat that’s increasingly used in gaming.

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Amazon's All-new Kindle for $89.99 is priced for budget users

PC World - Wed, 2019-03-20 15:46

Amazon’s All-new Kindle improves upon the company’s most affordable e-reader by adding a few new features for a slightly higher price. Announced Wednesday and due to ship April 10, the All-new Kindle starts at $89.99 with Special Offers (ads) enabled—$10 more than the starting price for the prior generation. It will cost $109.99 without Special Offers (you can also disable Special Offers later, for a fee)

Because the All-new Kindle is still the lowest-end model, you can’t expect it to have all the perks of the midrange Kindle Paperwhite, which is our pick for the best Kindle for most users; let alone the Kindle Oasis, which has every imaginable e-reader bell and whistle—and a price to match. (For more Kindle reviews and how-to’s, go to our Kindle product roundup.) Still, Amazon is offering some nice features for the price, including: 

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