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COSC Student presenting at KubeCon in Spain

Department News - Sat, 2019-05-11 08:00

Brock student Lindsey Tulloch will be presenting a talk entitled "Kubernetes - the New Research Platform" at the KubeCon conference, Barcelona, Spain, May 20-23.

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Best power banks of 2019: The top USB portable chargers for your phone

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-10 19:11

Anyone who uses a smartphone knows the importance of carrying a backup power bank. But given the large number of options on Amazon, you might feel overwhelmed, understandably. Besides the various charging specs, ports, and even cables you have to consider, there are a ton of competing brands. It’s common to see products from Anker, Mophie, and MyCharge, but how do you know which ones deliver on their promises? Is it worth saving a few bucks if a battery pack’s performance is lacking?

As for the latter, be advised: Amazon voluntarily recalled six different models of its AmazonBasics-branded external power banks after they were found to potentially overheat.

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Best power banks of 2019: The top USB portable chargers for your phone

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-10 19:11
These USB battery packs from Anker, Mophie, Xiaomi, and others will keep your Android or Apple phone charged while you're on the go.

PCWorld's April Digital Magazine: Meet ConceptD, Acer's new PCs for creators

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-10 18:45

Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Magazine. Available as single copies or as a monthly subscription, it highlights the best content from PCWorld.com—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers.

In the May issue

In May we sat down with Acer CEO Jason Chen and got a first look at their ConceptD PCs: they are powerful, quiet, and cool, but made for creators. We untangled USB4 and what this future standard means for USB chaos and Thunderbolt 3. Find out how Huawei is basically forcing fans to buy the P30 Pro by crippling the P30.

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Thermaltake reveals a monstrous, RGB-laden $1,200 motorized desk for gamers

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-10 16:32

Thermaltake’s escalating the war to RGB all the things. We’ve already got graphics cards, motherboards, cases, and heck, even SSDs loaded to the brim with customizable RGB LEDs, but Thermaltake’s going even further with a $1,200 adjustable desk laden with multicolored lights. Think of it like Razer’s Firefly mousepad, but, uh, for your entire setup.

The Level 20 RGB Battlestation Gaming Desk, as spotted by Eteknix, is an electric height-adjustable desk with a surface that’s crafted from mousepad material, bordered by those oh-so-popular RGB strips. You can fine-tune those lights to glimmer in any of 16.8 million colors using Thermaltake’s iTake gaming engine, which can synchronize your light show with any Thermaltake RGB Plus-equipped hardware residing in your system. It’s also compatible with Razer’s Chroma technology, and you can configure it to work with Amazon’s Alexa to change the colors on the fly by barking voice commands at your desk.

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BrandPost: A PC’s Core Tenet: Select the Desktop That’s Right for You

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-10 16:23

With a wide variety of desktop PCs on the market — ranging from traditional towers, to all-in-ones, to custom media and gaming rigs, to Mini PCs and Workstations — selecting a system that addresses user needs can feel like a daunting challenge. “Will the amount of memory or storage in the device suit my needs?” or “Does the system support the hardware peripherals I’ve grown accustomed to using?” or “Will the hardware I select set me up for success down the road?” are some of the many questions that will arise as prospective PC users weigh the market options when selecting a device.

At the heart of the computer is the central processing unit (CPU), and processor core count in the market has increased in recent years. As an example, Intel has seen the top end of its High End Desktop (HEDT) processor market leap from 10 cores in 2016 to a whopping 28 last year with the introduction of the Intel® Xeon® W3175X. The amount of CPU cores may only continue to increase.

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Brock provides University lands for Canada Games infrastructure

Brock News - Fri, 2019-05-10 15:52

MEDIA RELEASE: 10 May 2019 – R00080

Brock University has approved contributing a parcel of land at its main campus so it can be the site of a community and athletics complex that would be the central site when the 2021 Canada Summer Games are hosted in Niagara.

On Thursday, May 9, Brock’s Board of Trustees voted to provide the land, currently part of a parking area, where Canada Games Park can be built if Games organizers are able to secure the required funding from various levels of government.

The cost of building the Canada Games infrastructure projects will be shared through funding from the Niagara Region, Niagara’s municipalities and higher levels of government.

In addition to the land for Canada Games Park, which Brock will provide on a long-term lease for a nominal-fee, the University will contribute $3.5 million in-kind through the use of Brock’s facilities during the Games, as well as a $500,000 financial contribution.

“The 2021 Canada Summer Games has the potential to be a transformative moment in Niagara’s history, and Brock University is on board,” said Gary Comerford, Chair of the Brock University Board of Trustees.

“This will be the largest sporting event ever held in Niagara, and the largest-ever Canada Games. As such, it will leave a lasting legacy on the region on many levels, including new and upgraded facilities.”

More than 5,000 athletes will compete in 18 different sports from Aug. 6 to 22, 2021, with all of those competitions taking place across Niagara municipalities.

Canada Games Park would include a sport and ability centre, arenas, gymnasiums and an outdoor facility with a track, athletic field and beach volleyball courts.

Brock President Gervan Fearon said the investment being made by the University will benefit generations of not just students, but the entire Niagara community.

“The investment supports the Canada Games in building two legacies,” said Fearon. “First, there is the physical infrastructure legacy of the Games, and second is the legacy of leveraging the facilities in support of university community engagement, academic curriculum and research activities involving the Niagara region here at Brock.

In addition to Brock’s contribution to the Games through the in-kind and financial donations, it will also be involved from the academic and student engagement perspective.

The University now has three Canada Games academic committees in the areas of research, experiential learning and community engagement.

These groups are working to develop innovative initiatives in all three areas, from identifying collaborative research projects and curricular offerings to creating volunteer community engagement opportunities.

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 Windows and Chrome quietly made 2019 the year of Linux on the desktop

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-10 15:12

After years of endless jokes, 2019 is truly, finally shaping up to be the year of Linux on the desktop. Laptops, too! But most people won’t know it. That’s because the bones of the open-source operating system kernel will soon be baked into Windows 10 and Chrome OS, as Microsoft and Google revealed at their respective developer conferences this week.

Microsoft is overhauling its Windows Subsystem for Linux, which surprisingly debuted in the operating system three years ago. It allows users to run the iconic Bash application and other Linux software via the command line, but because it relies on emulation, performance often suffered.

The cleverly named Windows Subsystem for Linux 2, announced at Microsoft’s Build event this week, shakes things up by shipping a full Linux kernel (version 4.19) within Windows itself as a lightweight virtual machine. Doing so should supercharge performance for developers who use the tool.

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This week in games: John Wick tactics, a Blood remaster, and a survival-focused Ghost Recon

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-10 15:00

Can you feel that? It’s E3, right around the corner—meaning the slow parade of game announcements starts now of course, about a month before the show. The Final Fantasy VII remake finally resurfaced this week, there’s a John Wick puzzle game on the way, and Ubisoft unveiled a new Ghost Recon.

That news, plus the Borderlands 3 saga takes an even weirder turn, Blood gets a proper remaster, QuakeCon heads to Europe, Cities: Skylines goes to school, and Hitman 2 gets divvied up even more.

This is gaming news for May 6 to 10.

Give me a gun

You might expect a John Wick video game to look a lot like Max Payne or something, all slow-motion and death-defying stunts. Instead it’s coming from the developers behind polygonal platformer Thomas Was Alone and stealthy Volume, Bithell Games. And it’s...turn-based.

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RCA's 100th anniversary Android phone is the Victrola of 2019 smartphones

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-10 11:46

If you though RCA and its red-and-white cables died in the 90s, you’d be mistaken. In fact, the company is celebrating its 100th anniversary with an Android phone that’s about as vintage as the company itself.

The RCA Q2 has a 5-inch HD display with “quad-core processing power,” 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. It has a 2,200mAh battery and an 8MP rear camera. According to the box, it also has an FM radio built in, as well as a flashlight—since that’s obviously that’s a selling point in 2019. It does run Android 9 Pie, however, so that’s a plus.

It also has a headphone jack because RCA. But if you ask me, it missed an opportunity to include a phono connector. Now that would’ve been cool.

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Supercharge your PC or Mac's storage with WD's massive 8TB external drive for $125 today

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-10 11:11

Running out of storage space sucks, yet modern PCs often come equipped with itty-bitty SSDs that cry “Uncle!” after installing a few games and movies. Today, you can fix the issue by adding a whopping 8TB to your setup without even having to crack open your case. The WD Elements 8TB USB 3.0 external hard drive is on sale for $125 on NeweggRemove non-product link with the code EMCTAUT54, compared to an Amazon list price of $180.

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Supercharge your PC or Mac's storage with WD's massive 8TB external drive for $125 today

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-10 11:11

Running out of storage space sucks, yet modern PCs often come equipped with itty-bitty SSDs that cry “Uncle!” after installing a few games and movies. Today, you can fix the issue by adding a whopping 8TB to your setup without even having to crack open your case. The WD Elements 8TB USB 3.0 external hard drive is on sale for $125 on NeweggRemove non-product link with the code EMCTAUT54, compared to an Amazon list price of $180.

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Learn new skills with lifetime access to over 1,000 courses for just $59

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

No matter how old you are or where you are in your career, it’s never too late to pick up a new skill set or shift paths altogether. Luckily, the internet is ripe with nearly limitless volume of courses that you can use to learn new skills, but buying each of these courses one by one can be incredibly expensive. If you’re looking for a one-stop resource with a vast library of courses to explore, look no further than StackSkills Unlimited. Right now they're offering a special discount of just $59 for a lifetime subscription.

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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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