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iSpy: Red Sox caught using Apple Watches in scheme to steal signs from Yankees

Mac World - Tue, 2017-09-05 19:00

It seems that the Red Sox were doing a lot more with their Apple Watches than tracking their steps. According to an MLB investigation, the Boston baseball team was using their Apple wearables to gain an advantage over their biggest rival, the New York Yankees, in some of the most important games of the season.

The New York Times is reporting that the Red Sox used Apple Watches to steal signs in games at their home Fenway Park against the Yankees earlier this year. The Yankees apparently spotted a member of the Sox’s straining staff using the wearable in the dugout to relaying info to other players. The Yankees reported the incidents to MLB, and the Sox admitted to the ploy, the Times reports.

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Microsoft Modern Keyboard review: The sleek design and fingerprint scanner will cost you

PC World - Tue, 2017-09-05 17:46

Microsoft’s sleek, elegant Modern Keyboard looks as good as its feels, with pleasingly clickable keys, a bevy of dedicated Windows keys and an ace up its sleeve: a built-in fingerprint reader. Our only gripes about this rechargeable, Bluetooth-enabled keypad are its lack of programmable keys and its lofty price tag.

Basic features

  • Windows 10 compatible
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Built-in fingerprint scanner
  • Rechargeable, with an advertised four months between charges

The Microsoft Modern Keyboard makes a striking first impression with its super-slim profile (just a shade over 19 millimeters) and its small footprint (about 16.6 x 4.4 inches). The steel-gray chassis represents quite a departure from those chunky black Microsoft keyboards of old, instead, bearing a striking resemblance to Apple’s Magic Keyboard, right down to its hefty $130 sticker price.

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Logitech MK850 Performance review: A quiet, comfy keyboard that needs more snap

PC World - Tue, 2017-09-05 17:45

The Logitech MK850 clearly aims to be your go-to keyboard and mouse for your desktop, phone, and tablet. With its roomy, ergonomically minded design, the keyboard is also a gift to aching wrists. But while the MK850's agility at juggling wireless connections is impressive, the keys themselves feel disappointingly mushy.

Basic features

  • Quickly switch among up to three Windows, MacOS, iOS or Android devices
  • Wireless connectivity via Bluetooth or USB dongle
  • Two AAA batteries
  • Advertised battery life of three years

The MK850 certainly feels comfy thanks to its cushioned palm rest and the slight ergonomic bulge in the middle of the main keypad. Two pairs of fold-out feet tilt the MK850 to either four or eight degrees; personally, I stuck with the eight-degree pair.

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Windows 10 S review: Microsoft's OS for students is hard to love

PC World - Tue, 2017-09-05 14:18

Microsoft’s Windows 10 S is what happens when a once-easygoing operating system has kids and turns into a helicopter parent. Windows 10 S, a locked-down version of Windows 10 found on the Surface Laptop and a small group of low-cost, third-party notebooks, keeps students safe and secure by restricting them to the Windows Store. But as our review shows, the lack of freedom chafes.

Locking your PC away from the big, bad, outside world makes sense when your children are going off to high school or college, Microsoft thinks. But even the most dutiful parent will wonder why their child can’t use Chrome to beam YouTube videos to a Chromecast, print on some local printers, or protect their PC with anything other than Windows Defender. There’s always an escape hatch: a simple upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. But otherwise, Windows 10 S can be an exercise in frustration.

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

PC 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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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.

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