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Why iOS offloads apps and how to reinstall them

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-24 07:00

Despite offering phones and tablets with ever-more onboard storage, Apple knows that people can still easily outpace available room as they download ever more apps and digital content for those apps. In iOS 11, Apple added an option to offload apps rather than just delete them as a compromise between apps you use and storage consumed.

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An offloaded app sports a cloud download icon.

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Grace Digital Mondo+ Classic review: A neoclassical clock radio for the internet age

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-24 06:00
Easy operation, modern connections, and agreeable sound make the Mondo+ Classic an internet radio even a Luddite can love.

Fitbit Inspire HR review: One size, many styles, fit all

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-24 06:00
Fitbit has returned to its roots with the Inspire HR, a fitness tracker that nails the basics.

Grace Digital Mondo+ Classic review: A neoclassical clock radio for the internet age

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-24 06:00
Easy operation, modern connections, and agreeable sound make the Mondo+ Classic an internet radio even a Luddite can love.

Fitbit Inspire HR review: One size, many styles, fit all

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-24 06:00

In a world of smartwatches and AI-infused earbuds, the Fitbit Inspire HR is decidedly old-school. It doesn’t have a color screen, a catalogue of apps, or an SpO2 sensor. You won’t be able to use it to buy coffee at Starbucks.

But there’s something refreshing about the Inspire HR’s base simplicity. Like the Alta HR it replaces, it’s a fitness band that tracks the bare essentials—steps, sleep, calories, distance—but it also brings a few tricks that you wouldn’t expect in a $100 device. And it has a sharp sense of style to boot.

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Brock gives back with scholarships for Niagara high school grads

Brock News - Thu, 2019-05-23 15:25

MEDIA RELEASE: 23 May 2019 – R00085

It was a celebration of Niagara’s future.

For the fifth year in a row, but in a new format on campus, Brock University handed out more than $125,000 in entrance scholarships to graduating secondary school students from across the region Wednesday night.

Selected based on a combination of academic achievements, involvement in school and the community, as well as financial need, the Niagara Principal’s Awards were given to 58 students representing 29 public, Catholic and private schools.

Most of the recipients, along with their parents and school principals, were on hand at the University Wednesday to be presented their scholarships.

“We moved to a new format for recognizing the scholarship recipients this year, allowing us to celebrate these students and their achievements more fully and among their school and home supporters,” said Beth Natale, Director, Recruitment and Retention for Brock University. “Hosting the event in the new Goodman School of Business Atrium was the perfect setting to illustrate the value and prestige associated with this accomplishment, and to demonstrate Brock’s commitment to partnership and investment in Niagara.”

That commitment shows Brock is leading by example, said Westlane Secondary School principal Karen Simpson.

“It’s an opportunity that some of these students might not have otherwise had and Brock is presenting that opportunity,” she said. “I think it’s outstanding. It’s important to give back to our community and Brock is doing that for our students. It’s also showing them the importance of giving back.”

Since its inception in 2014, Brock has handed out the $2,500 entrance scholarships to nearly 300 students.

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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Nvidia says something 'super' is coming...

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-23 13:27

Winter is coming. Well, so is something “super” from Nvidia.

Not to be left out of the news cycle, Nvidia on Thursday teased, well... something, with a mysterious YouTube video that pretty much just featured the word “Super” in the style of the metallic logo used on its popular graphics cards.

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Nvidia’s teaser isn’t a new tack of course. The company has long been known for building hype around upcoming product launches by engaging consumers with puzzles and challenges. 

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Rock out this Memorial Day weekend with a killer price on the Anker SoundCore Boost speaker

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-23 12:55

No matter how good your playlist is, a bad Bluetooth speaker can kill ruin your Memorial Day party. But Amazon's got a great price today on one of our favorites: the Anker SoundCore Boost Bluetooth speaker is just $51Remove non-product link when you check the coupon box in the listing, down from a list price of $80 and the lowest price we've seen.

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Rock out this Memorial Day weekend with a killer price on the Anker SoundCore Boost speaker

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-23 12:55

No matter how good your playlist is, a bad Bluetooth speaker can kill ruin your Memorial Day party. But Amazon's got a great price today on one of our favorites: the Anker SoundCore Boost Bluetooth speaker is just $51Remove non-product link when you check the coupon box in the listing, down from a list price of $80 and the lowest price we've seen.

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The Playdate gaming handheld is a Game Boy-Model T mashup by Firewatch's publisher

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-23 11:47
Mac and iOS app maker Panic has announced a new handheld video-game system called Playdate that has a black-and-white screen and a crank.

The Playdate gaming handheld is a Game Boy-Model T mashup by Firewatch's publisher

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-23 11:47

Indie app developer Panic may be best known for its fun and useful Mac and iOS software, but its latest venture is decidedly outside the box. Building on the success of the cross-platform game Firewatch, which it published, the team is building a handheld video game system called Playdate that’s just as fun and quirky as Panic’s iconic app icons: It’s yellow, has retro Game Boy charm, and features a Model T Ford-style crank.

Panic says the device “fits perfectly in a pocket” and is built “entirely from scratch,” right down to its Playdate OS, a full-featured SDK supporting C and Lua development, and a Mac-based simulator and debugger. Instead of a color screen, Playdate sports “a black-and-white screen with high reflectivity, a crystal-clear image, and no backlight.” It also has a headphone jack. And did we mention its crank?

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Amazon is selling the iPad Air with Wi-Fi and cellular for the lowest price we’ve ever seen

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-23 11:42

The new iPad Air with Wi-Fi and cellular might be a lightweight device, but the retail price is kind of heavy. Today, though, Amazon is lightening some of that load by selling the 64GB configuration of the tablet for $30 off, which brings the price of the silver and space gray models to $599, down from $629. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen for this model on Amazon to date.

For more information, check out our review from April. It’s a great device for anyone who wants more portability than you’ll get from the larger iPad Pros, but also wants more processing power than screen space than either the 9.7-inch iPad or new iPad mini. In CPU power, our benchmarks showed it runs almost neck-and-neck with the new iPad mini, which isn’t surprising as both devices contain Apple’s A12X chip. As we said at the time, it’s “the best iPad for more people.”

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Amazon's rumored wearable device reads your emotions by listening to your voice

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-23 10:16
Amazon is reportedly developing a new voice-powered device that can read human emotions.

Amazon's rumored wearable device reads your emotions by listening to your voice

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

Amazon already brings joy to the millions of people who receive its packages, but now it wants to know how you’re feeling during the other 1,400 minutes in your day. Bloomberg reports that Amazon is developing a new wearable device “that can discern the wearer’s emotional state from the sound of his or her voice.”

Bloomberg describes the device as a wrist-worn gadget marketed as a health and wellness product. It reportedly has “microphones paired with software” and “could be able to advise the wearer how to interact more effectively with others.” The device is being developed by the same teams responsible for the Echo speakers and Alexa voice recognition, Bloomberg says. The same group is is also reportedly working on a home robot companion with “advanced cameras and computer vision software and can navigate through homes like a self-driving car.”

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Acer's latest laptops go all-AMD with Ryzen and Radeon inside

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-23 09:44

Computex is still days away but the parade of notebooks has already begun. Late Wednesday, Acer introduced two AMD-powered laptops to its lineup with new versions of the Nitro 5 gaming notebook and Swift 3 ultrabook.

The 15.6-inch Acer Nitro 5 pairs AMD’s 2nd-gen Ryzen 7 3750H processor with an AMD Radeon RX 560 GPU. The laptop looks to be built on the same chassis as the existing Acer Nitro 5 that’s running a Ryzen 5 2500U and a Radeon RX 560X GPU.

Although both CPUs pack four-cores with symmetrical multi-threading (AMD’s version Hyper-Threading), the key change between the two is the higher wattage. The Ryzen 7 3750H is rated at 35 watts of thermal dissipation while the Ryzen 5 2500U is rated at 15 watts. In non-nerd talk, that means the Ryzen 7 should run at higher clock speeds for a longer period of time.

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Treat your eyes to a 55-inch, 4K HDR Samsung smart TV for under $400

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-23 09:25

It’s almost Memorial Day and there are some interesting sales popping up. Walmart is currently discounting Samsung electronics, and we spotted a great deal on a 2018 Samsung 55-inch 4K HDR smart TV for $398Remove non-product link. The lowest price we’ve ever seen for the UN55NU6900 on Amazon was $447, and Walmart’s list price for this TV is $528.

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Treat your eyes to a 55-inch, 4K HDR Samsung smart TV for under $400

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-23 09:25

It’s almost Memorial Day and there are some interesting sales popping up. Walmart is currently discounting Samsung electronics, and we spotted a great deal on a 2018 Samsung 55-inch 4K HDR smart TV for $398Remove non-product link. The lowest price we’ve ever seen for the UN55NU6900 on Amazon was $447, and Walmart’s list price for this TV is $528.

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New MacBook Pros, WWDC19 and the Mac, Apple Watch workouts tip, and your hot takes

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-23 08:00

On the show, we talk about the new MacBook Pros and we preview Apple’s WWDC19 by talking about what could happen with the Mac and the company’s services. Plus, Jason Cross will show us how an Apple Watch tip, and we’ll wrap up the show with your hot takes from the Macworld social media feeds.

This is episode 652 with Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, and Roman Loyola.

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5 ways Apple can be the leader in augmented reality

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-23 07:00

Apple does more than many companies to champion the idea of augmented reality, but it needs to do a better job showing why we should share that vision. Lately, Google has been taking up the slack.

Among other things, Google has shown us how to use AR in Google Maps to get a clear idea of where we need to go. It’s shown us how we can see if clothes match our wardrobe, and how we can use phone cameras to read signs in other languages.

As for Apple? Its AR announcements tend to focus on third-party novelty and educational apps, such as a recent one that lets you go on virtual tours of the Statue of Liberty. Lazy Sunday stuff, in other words. Unlike Google, Apple hasn’t been showing us how AR could be something we turn to in the hectic moments of everyday life. I worried about this last year, and I haven’t seen much aside from rumors that convince me the situation is any better now.

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The one subscription trick all cord-cutters should know

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-23 06:00
Immediate cancellation: The one subscription trick all cord-cutters should know.

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