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Intel's controversial 'auction-only' Core i9-9990XE finally goes on sale, sort of

PC World - Thu, 2019-04-11 15:27

If you covet nigh-impossible things to get, then you’ll be happy that Intel’s ultra-powerful and uber-rare Core i9-9990XE processor has finally reached retail.

Well, sort of anyway. As noted by AnandTech’s Anton Shilov, German retailer CaseKing.De has listed the Core i9-9990XE for 2.999,00 Euros or $3,376.08 American. This LGA2066 CPU packs 14 Hyper-Threaded cores based on the Skylake-X microarchitecture, and it can run all those cores at 5GHz turbo frequency. 

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Remnant: From the Ashes and the search for the infinitely replayable shooter

PC World - Thu, 2019-04-11 15:00

Gunfire Games must love Dark Souls. First David Adams and Co. cited From Software’s series as an influence on last year’s Darksiders IIINow the studio’s next project, Remnant: From the Ashes, invites the same comparisons. Hell, it even has fog doors you walk through to reach its boss battles.

Every “Dark Souls, but” game needs a good hook though, an ending to that sentence that sets it apart from a legion of other imitators, and Remnant has an ambitious one: It’s meant to be infinitely replayable.

The invisible hand

Okay, it’s also a shooter. I went hands-on with Remnant for about an hour last week, playing through one dungeon and a few boss battles. And yes, the Souls influence—tired as the comparison might be—is undeniable. There’s a bonfire equivalent, and resting at one will recover your health and ammo while resurrecting nearby enemies. Healing items are limited, but also refreshed at these faux-bonfires. Character animations are slow and weighty. You’ll dodge-roll, a lot. You’ll memorize attack patterns.

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Brock’s community observatory to host discussion on municipal reform

Brock News - Thu, 2019-04-11 13:00

MEDIA RELEASE: 11 April 2019 – R00067

It’s a discussion that has an urgent deadline: How to address questions related to decision-making and service delivery in Niagara and other Ontario municipalities with two-tier systems.

David Siegel, Professor of Political Science at Brock University, will be presenting his policy brief, Under the Knife & Under the Gun: An Overview of Regional Government in Niagara at a workshop to be held at Brock Tuesday, April 16.

The workshop comes one month before the Ontario government’s deadline for feedback from residents on issues related to municipal reform such as amalgamation and cost savings.

“The purpose of the workshop is to provide factual information to inform the discussion on this important issue,” says Siegel, whose brief was recently released by Brock’s Niagara Community Observatory (NCO).

“Ultimately, this policy brief and the discussions following from it are aimed at positioning the Niagara community to potentially influence the direction of governance reforms,” says NCO Director Charles Conteh. “We hope to provide a platform for separating facts from fiction in envisioning a governance reform that is tailored to the needs of the region.”

Opening the workshop will be Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley, with closing remarks from Debbie Zimmerman, Niagara’s first female Regional Chair.

The event is open to the public, but an RSVP is required by emailing cphillips3@brocku.ca

What: Public presentation of Under the Knife & Under the Gun: An Overview of Regional Government in Niagara policy brief

When: Tuesday, April 16, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Where: Pond Inlet, Mackenzie Chown Building, Brock University

Who: David Siegel, Professor of Political Science with remarks from Jim Bradley, Niagara Region Chair and Debbie Zimmerman, Niagara’s first female Regional Chair

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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Save $470 on a current-gen 13-inch MacBook Pro with Amazon’s Woot service

Mac World - Thu, 2019-04-11 12:47

If you’re in the market for a new MacBook Pro, you should head over to Amazon’s Woot deal service today. There you’ll find a certified refurbished current-generation 256GB 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch BarRemove non-product link on sale for just $1,329.99, down $470 from its normal retail price of $1,799.99. You can also get the 512GB model for the same discount, which bring the price down to $1,529.99. If you have Amazon Prime, you won’t even have to pay for shipping.

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The 5 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from March 2019

Mac World - Thu, 2019-04-11 12:00
March's best games

Image by Bethesda

Winter was a quiet season for iOS gaming, but the scene is flourishing once again with the arrival of spring. By far the biggest new title is The Elder Scrolls: Blades (although it actually dropped on April 1), which is Bethesda Softworks’ long-awaited iPhone game that’s set in the same universe as Oblivion and Skyrim. It’s cool, but some players are feeling more stabbed by the payment model than by the swords.

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Netgear's Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system just got insanely cheaper: 30% price drop

Mac World - Thu, 2019-04-11 11:01

Wi-Fi dead spots can be pretty frustrating, but mesh systems are here to help, creating blanket Wi-Fi coverage for your home. Of course, getting this kind of coverage can be pretty pricey, but today the Netgear Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system, which includes a router and two satellite extenders, is $210 on Amazon when you check the coupon box. Earlier this week, we noted that it was on sale for $250, down from a list price of $300, but this coupon makes it another $40 cheaper from even that awesome price. So, yeah, we just had to share.

To be perfectly accurate, the Orbi isn’t technically a mesh system. It’s a closely related hub-and-spoke system, but you shouldn’t worry about terminology, because this system just plain works. It can provide Wi-Fi coverage for your entire home (up to 6,000 square feet) by using connected Orbi satellites to extend coverage. Though this set comes with two satellites, you can add more to the system to extend that coverage even further. Each satellite comes with built-in ethernet ports, so you can hardwire in as needed.

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Netgear's Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system just got insanely cheaper: 30% price drop

PC World - Thu, 2019-04-11 11:01

Wi-Fi dead spots can be pretty frustrating, but mesh systems are here to help, creating blanket Wi-Fi coverage for your home. Of course, getting this kind of coverage can be pretty pricey, but today the Netgear Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system, which includes a router and two satellite extenders, is $210 on Amazon when you check the coupon box. Earlier this week, we noted that it was on sale for $250, down from a list price of $300, but this coupon makes it another $40 cheaper from even that awesome price. So, yeah, we just had to share.

To be perfectly accurate, the Orbi isn’t technically a mesh system. It’s a closely related hub-and-spoke system, but you shouldn’t worry about terminology, because this system just plain works. It can provide Wi-Fi coverage for your entire home (up to 6,000 square feet) by using connected Orbi satellites to extend coverage. Though this set comes with two satellites, you can add more to the system to extend that coverage even further. Each satellite comes with built-in ethernet ports, so you can hardwire in as needed.

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5 Google G Suite changes that will improve your life

PC World - Thu, 2019-04-11 10:18

Designing an effective productivity suite is increasingly about connections: between services, between data sources, between employees, and between apps. At Google Next on Wednesday, Google debuted a number of upgrades to its G Suite of business apps, which have competed against Microsoft Office and its ecosystem for years.

According to Google, more than 5 million businesses have signed up for G Suite. (Microsoft has said previously that it has more than 60 million commercial customers for Office 365.) But like Microsoft’s relationship with Slack, Microsoft isn’t necessarily adverse to partnering with potential adversaries. And that means if you’re using Slack, or G Suite, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to directly interact with a Word document.

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Hushed gets you a secure, second phone line for only $25

PC World - Thu, 2019-04-11 10:05

Keeping your phone number private is no easy task. Whether you’re trying to sign up for a subscription or confirm an online purchase, giving out your phone number has become an unfortunate necessity in the modern age.

Hushed lets you keep your phone number entirely private by allowing you to set up a secure second line, and a lifetime subscription is currently available for over 80% off at just $25.

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Get The Corel Creative Mac Bundle Ft. Toast 17 Titanium For 85% Off ($40)

Mac World - Thu, 2019-04-11 10:05

There’s no greater tool in a creative's arsenal than a brand new Mac. Apple pours thousands of hours into delivering an experience that makes graphic design and content creation seamless, but it’s all for naught unless you have apps that take full advantage of MacOS’s features. If you want to take your content creation abilities to the next level, this $39.99 bundle has exactly what you’re looking for.

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Taxes are due in 4 days. H&R Block's Tax Software Deluxe + State is only $15 at Newegg

PC World - Thu, 2019-04-11 09:34

The annual tax deadline is fast approaching, and while you may not want to do your taxes, retailers sure want you to—judging by the prices on tax software. Just a few days ago we spotted H&R Block’s Tax Software Deluxe & State 2018 for $23 on Amazon, and now it’s even cheaper at Newegg. The online retailer is selling the same software package download for $15Remove non-product link with the checkout code EMCTYUU36. The same code gets you an identical discount on the Mac versionRemove non-product link, too. The checkout code is valid until just before midnight on Saturday, April 13.

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Taxes are due in 4 days. H&R Block's Tax Software Deluxe + State is only $15 at Newegg

Mac World - Thu, 2019-04-11 09:34

The annual tax deadline is fast approaching, and while you may not want to do your taxes, retailers sure want you to—judging by the prices on tax software. Just a few days ago we spotted H&R Block’s Tax Software Deluxe & State 2018 for $23 on Amazon, and now it’s even cheaper at Newegg. The online retailer is selling the same software package download for $15Remove non-product link with the checkout code EMCTYUU36. The same code gets you an identical discount on the Mac versionRemove non-product link, too. The checkout code is valid until just before midnight on Saturday, April 13.

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RTX on GTX: Nvidia's latest driver unlocks ray tracing on GeForce GTX graphics cards

PC World - Thu, 2019-04-11 09:00

It was promised at GDC last month, and now it’s here. On Thursday, Nvidia released Game Ready drivers that unlock DirectX Raytracing support on the GeForce GTX 1660 and 1660 Ti, and on GTX 10-series graphics cards from the 6GB GTX 1060 on up. You read that correctly: You no longer need a pricey GeForce RTX 20-series graphics card to experience ray tracing in games that support it. Nvidia and its partners also released a trio of new tech demos that allow gamers to see the power of ray tracing for free.

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The odd case of ‘I D.o.n.t.’ autocorrection in iOS

Mac World - Thu, 2019-04-11 08:00

The phrase sui generis just means, roughly, “in a class by itself.” It’s often used in a positive way to describe a person. “Marie Curie was sui generis: a chemist of outstanding and unique ability.”

For technical issues, it’s rarely desirable to be one of a kind. Or even two.

One Macworld reader and another person who posted to a website’s forums appear to be alone in the world in at least asking for help with a problem: when they type “I don’t” in iOS, the autocorrect algorithm drops in “I D.o.n.t.”

Neither of them has ever typed that. Neither has a text substitution set for this in Settings > General > Keyboards > Text Replacements. Both have tried everything listed in a previous Mac 911 column, “How to fix autocorrect in iOS.”

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iPhone Other storage: What is it and how do you delete it?

Mac World - Thu, 2019-04-11 07:00

You’re trying to download and install the latest iOS release, or take some photos, or download that cool app your friend told you about, and your iPhone says the storage is full.

You’ve already deleted every app you don’t think you need, and there’s still not enough space. So you look at your iPhone storage in Settings page and, sure enough, your iPhone’s storage is full. Worst of all, a huge chunk of it is just categorized as Other. What’s that supposed to mean? How do you get rid of it?

The Other storage is mysterious and confusing, and there’s no one answer that works for everyone, but hopefully this guide will help you deal with this problem.

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6 steps to solving your streaming video problems

PC World - Thu, 2019-04-11 06:00
Got buffering or other streaming video issues? Here's a step-by-step troubleshooting guide.

Arlo Ultra review: This very expensive security camera delivers super-sharp 4k video

PC World - Thu, 2019-04-11 06:00
It stumbled out of the gate, but Arlo's high-end, high-res indoor/outdoor security camera is another winner.

Everything you need to know about Optane right now

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

Intel’s Optane technology promises fairly big jumps in performance, but not all Optane products function in the same way, so it behooves you to understand Optane’s various implementations.

There are currently three official iterations of Optane-based products. Although all share the same basic 3DX Point-based media, they have distinctly different purposes, and differing impacts on performance. And one of those products is being used in a fourth iteration that we'd also like to highlight.

Intel

Most people will think of an add-in card for Optane.

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6 steps to solving your streaming video problems

Mac World - Thu, 2019-04-11 06:00
Got buffering or other streaming video issues? Here's a step-by-step troubleshooting guide.

Arlo Ultra review: This very expensive security camera delivers super-sharp 4k video

Mac World - Thu, 2019-04-11 06:00
It stumbled out of the gate, but Arlo's high-end, high-res indoor/outdoor security camera is another winner.

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