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3 things cord-cutters should look for at Apple’s ‘show time’ event

Mac World - Fri, 2019-03-22 07:00

Monday’s Apple event won’t be the first that’s been dubbed “Showtime.” The landscape was very different for the first Showtime event back then. There was no iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. Streaming was a thing that relied heavily on buffering. Netflix was shipping out DVDs in red envelopes.

That event was over 12 years ago. It brought a slew of new products, including an updated iPod, a brand new iPod nano, an even smaller iPod shuffle, and a sneak peek at “iTV,” which would eventually become Apple TV. But the star of that show was the addition of movies to the iTunes Store. Previously limited to music, the store’s new section had a grand total of 75 movies from Disney, Pixar, Touchstone, and Miramax in “near-DVD” 640x480 quality.

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Swann Outdoor Security Camera review: a straightforward way to monitor the exterior of your home

PC World - Fri, 2019-03-22 06:00
With only the most essential features, this weatherproof camera is ideal for security novices.

The best indoor air quality monitors: Identify the pollutants that can compromise your health and comfort

PC World - Fri, 2019-03-22 06:00
Whether you suffer from allergies or asthma or just want to optimize your indoor environment, these devices will give you insight into the air you're breathing.

7 things you need to know about Apple’s new AirPods

Mac World - Fri, 2019-03-22 06:00

This week, Apple finally announced the sequel to the AirPods, its true wireless earbuds that have proven to be way more popular than anyone ever expected. After more than two years, Apple’s follow-on to the AirPods is...AirPods?

Okay, so the new second-generation AirPods aren’t exactly the true sequel we’ve all been hoping for. They still look and act like the AirPods we love. But they are substantially different than the first-generation model. Here are the most important things you should know.

[ Further reading: Best true wireless earbuds ] They’re not AirPods 2

The new AirPods are just that: new AirPods. They are not named AirPods 2, not billed as such on Apple’s site, and not sold separately from original AirPods. Apple still has only one AirPods page on its site, and it only sells the new model. If you buy AirPods from Apple, you will only get this new version. In fact, if you buy AirPods from another source, you may want to double-check that they’re not selling you the old model.

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Swann Outdoor Security Camera review: a straightforward way to monitor the exterior of your home

Mac World - Fri, 2019-03-22 06:00
With only the most essential features, this weatherproof camera is ideal for security novices.

The best indoor air quality monitors: Identify the pollutants that can compromise your health and comfort

Mac World - Fri, 2019-03-22 06:00
Whether you suffer from allergies or asthma or just want to optimize your indoor environment, these devices will give you insight into the air you're breathing.

Data caps must die: How Google and Microsoft's cloud gaming ambitions could conquer ISP greed

PC World - Fri, 2019-03-22 05:52

Now that Google Stadia and Microsoft XCloud have been unveiled at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, it's safe to say cloud gaming has arrived, promising a future where content will be streamed to smartphones over high-speed Wi-Fi and 5G.

But if these services are to flourish, something else must die: the data caps ISPs impose upon most consumer Internet service plans. No one ever liked these limits except the ISPs. Now that major tech companies have some skin in the streaming game, data caps may finally have too many enemies to survive. 

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Police investigating incident on Brock campus 

Brock News - Fri, 2019-03-22 00:08
MEDIA RELEASE: 21 March 2019 – R00049 Brock University campus officials are working with Niagara Regional Police after three students were injured in an incident inside an on-campus residence at around 8 p.m. Thursday, March 21. They are being treated with non-life threatening injuries. Assailants are believed to have fled campus and police say there is no active danger on campus. Brock officials are co-operating with the Niagara Regional Police as they investigate this situation. A further update is expected to be provided at approximately 10:30 p.m. Any media coming onto campus and looking for updates are asked to go to P Lot close to Alumni Field. 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   – 30 –

15 years later, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is finally happening

PC World - Thu, 2019-03-21 23:30

Good things come to those who wait, and in this case to those who waited a long time. Fifteen years after the release of one of the most beloved “cult” role-playing games ever made, it’s finally getting a sequel in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.

And while publicly Paradox only showed a trailer at tonight’s reveal event, we were given a 30-minute behind-closed-doors demo at this week’s Game Developers Conference. Check out the trailer below, and then read on for more details.

Good night, good luck

Bloodlines 2 begins with a slaughter. On a foggy Seattle night, vampires swoop down from the rooftops in Pioneer Square and conduct a Mass Embrace, converting a group of humans into so-called “Thin Bloods.” It’s a dangerous and illegal act. Abandoned to the world, these bewildered and naive Thin Bloods threaten the Masquerade, the elaborate social pact that prevents humans from finding out about vampires.

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Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

PC World - Thu, 2019-03-21 18:36
Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

Mac World - Thu, 2019-03-21 18:36
Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

Best password managers: Reviews of the top products

PC World - Thu, 2019-03-21 17:24

We are terrible at passwords. We suck at creating them (the top two most popular remain “123456” and “password”), we share them way too freely, and we forget them all the time. Indeed, the very thing that can ensure our online security has become our biggest obstacle to it. This is what makes a good password manager essential.

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Best password managers: Reviews of the top products

Mac World - Thu, 2019-03-21 17:24
The best password is one you probably can't easily remember—that's why a password manager is so crucial to your online security. We review LastPass, Dashlane, Keeper, 1Password, and others to find the best one for managing passwords.

Your Steam library is getting a massive visual overhaul this summer

PC World - Thu, 2019-03-21 16:34

We’ve known a Steam redesign is in the works for...well, a long time now. A very Valve amount of time, you might say. Some aspects of that redesign have already rolled out even, with new interface elements appearing in the Steam storefront a few weeks ago.

But today, at Valve’s Steam Business Update panel at the annual Game Developers Conference, we got a comprehensive look at the redesign, as well as a release window. If you’re ready to ditch Steam’s old look, you’ll be able to opt into the Library Redesign open beta this summer.

So what will it look like? To be honest, it looks a bit like some of the more popular Steam skins that are out there, with aspects of the third-party Metro and Air reskins visible. There’s a more comprehensive library homescreen though that will quickly allow you to resume whatever you were last playing. It also embeds tiles that update you on events happening in the games you own, perhaps surfacing games you haven’t played in a while or games that just received major patches. A lot of these features already exist in Steam’s Big Picture mode, so it’s nice to see them folded into the small-screen interface.

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The Epic Games Store won't always push for exclusives 'at this scale'

PC World - Thu, 2019-03-21 16:06

You might’ve heard that Epic locked down another round of Epic Games Store exclusives this week—Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds, Remedy’s Control, Quantic Dream’s Heavy Rain, et cetera. And along with those exclusives, of course, came more controversy. The “No Steam, No Buy” crowd was out in full force again, as they were with Metro Exodus and The Division 2.

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Apple issues updates for Final Cut Pro and iMovie

Mac World - Thu, 2019-03-21 15:43

They aren’t as glamourous as this week’s AirPods, iPad, and iMac announcements, but you could say that Apple’s updates for Final Cut Pro and iMovie on Thursday allows the company to maintain its release streak this week.

Final Cut Pro 10.4.6 and iMovie 10.1.11 both feature the ability to detect media files that could be incompatible with future versions of macOS, and converts those files to a compatible format. The update also “improves reliability when sharing video to YouTube.” Apple also issued updates for Motion and Compressor that address the same issues.

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New business program expands Brock’s offerings to the grape and wine industry

Brock News - Thu, 2019-03-21 15:18

Media Release: 21 March 2019 – R00048

After more than 20 years of its researchers supporting the grape-growing and wine-making disciplines of Ontario’s $4.4-billion grape and wine industry, Brock University is expanding its professional development offerings to include programming from Brock’s Goodman School of Business.

Starting this spring, the new Wine Business Management Certificate will be delivered by industry leaders and top scholars to help industry personnel develop the core competencies needed to take a forward-thinking approach to managing of wine-related businesses.

“This is a space that’s not occupied today in terms of professional development for the wine industry,” said Goodman Dean Andrew Gaudes.

“We’ve been successful in this region developing winemakers, and we now have an abundance of winemakers ready to lead, manage, market and strategically place their wineries.”

Goodman officials worked with Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) to establish the program. CCOVI, an internationally recognized research base, has for decades been providing professional development courses for the industry as well as continuing education opportunities for wine enthusiasts.

“We have seen an interest for this type of programming from the grape and wine industry and are thrilled to see it developed and launched this summer through Goodman Group,” said CCOVI Director Debbie Inglis. “We look forward to continuing to work together with Goodman to support the growth of our industry across Canada.”

LCBO President and CEO George Soleas said that, from an industry standpoint, the Wine Business Management Certificate program will help develop a fundamental understanding of wine business management.

“Having worked closely with Brock University’s academics and wine business leaders for many years, I know this program will give participants the confidence and expertise to propel their career in the wine sector forward,” he said.

Facilitated by Goodman Group, this new program will be instructed by leading business scholars from Goodman as well as other recognized Canadian and global institutions. This academic knowledge will be paired with the expertise of such industry leaders as Ontario wine industry pioneer Donald Ziraldo, and Greg Berti, Vice-President Global Markets and Industry Relations at Andrew Peller Limited.

Topics include an overview of wines and Canadian vineyards; understanding wine markets and legislation; international wine logistics and operations; financial analysis for the wine industry; wine marketing and brand building; wine and spirits supply change management; direct-to-consumer sales and retail management; and turning a wine business concept into reality.

The program will run Fridays for five weeks from May 24 to June 21, with group and early-bird pricing available. The sessions will take place at Brock’s main campus and at wineries located in the Niagara region.

For more information or to register, visit the Goodman website.

As Niagara’s business school, Goodman is looking to continue to grow its connection with the local grape and wine industry. Additional programming will be announced in the coming months.

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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Asus ROG Phone review: Too much gamer in one phone

PC World - Thu, 2019-03-21 15:10

The ROG Phone from Asus is another ‘gaming’ phone focusing on a high-refresh-rate screen, RGB lighting, and custom-cooled components. Asus has also given the ROG Phone a couple of hardware and software tricks that improve the gaming experience.

Unlike the similarly gaming-oriented Razer Phone 2, however, Asus has designed the ROG Phone to scream, ‘I’M A GAMER’ in its aesthethics and software choices, which really turns me off. The ROG Phone ends up feeling like a polarizing experience and not my first choice for a gaming phone.

The best gaming hardware?

You might have heard that Asus picked the “world’s fastest speed-binned” Snapdragon 845 chips for the ROG Phone. Spoiler alert: That means absolutely nothing in day-to-day use. I’ve never felt like any flagship phone released within the past year had a problem running the most intensive games or computational loads, and the ROG Phone is no different. But if you’re the type of person who needs the absolute best parts in your phone, then the ROG Phone checks that box. 

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Watch The Full Nerd talk RTX on GTX and Intel news live!

PC World - Thu, 2019-03-21 13:57

Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. In today's show the crew covers Nvidia's announcement of ray tracing on GTX cards, Intel's discreet graphics ambitions, and Comet Lake rumors! As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

If YouTube is not your thing you can also watch us on Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter.

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

PC World - Thu, 2019-03-21 12:49

Facebook confirmed Thursday that hundreds of millions of user passwords were being stored in a “readable format” within its servers, accessible to internal Facebook employees. Affected users will be notified, Facebook said, so they can change those passwords.

Interestingly, Facebook downplayed and confirmed the problem in the same post, filed Thursday, after researcher Brian Krebs issued his own report.  Facebook’s Pedro Canahuati, vice president of engineering for security and privacy, initially referred to “some” user passwords that were accessible to Facebook employees. A paragraph later, he revealed that “hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, millions of Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users” would be notified.

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