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Cavalier Audio Maverick wireless smart speaker review: This Alexa-powered Wi-Fi speaker speaks Bluetooth, too

Mac World - Wed, 2019-04-17 06:00
It’s fabricated from high-end materials, including aluminum and genuine leather, but this speaker’s sound quality left me saying "meh."

Why you should get an Apple Pencil even if you don’t draw

Mac World - Wed, 2019-04-17 06:00

Apple’s ads tend to imply that you need to be some kind of artist if you want to buy an Apple Pencil, but it’s great for plenty of other things, even if those things don’t look so hot in the latest TV spot out of Cupertino. Not everyone needs to use an Apple Pencil, but you’ll get a lot of use out of one if you frequently find yourself in the situations below.

A few pointers before we begin. First, as a rule of thumb, if you’ve never found yourself thinking that some iPad activity would be easier if you only had a pen, you probably don’t need an Apple Pencil. Second, there’s a whole range of cheap styluses you can use with an iPad instead of an Apple Pencil for these tasks, but keep in mind that they won’t have Apple’s pressure technology or the Pencil’s sleek design. Many feel like you’re writing with a stubby crayon.

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Cavalier Audio Maverick wireless smart speaker review: This Alexa-powered Wi-Fi speaker speaks Bluetooth, too

PC World - Wed, 2019-04-17 06:00
It’s fabricated from high-end materials, including aluminum and genuine leather, but this speaker’s sound quality left me saying "meh."

PowerDVD 19 review: 8K UHD playback and 4K UHD TrueTheater enhancements

PC World - Wed, 2019-04-17 06:00
Cyberlink's PowerDVD series just keeps getting better, with PowerDVD 19 adding 8K video playback to its bag of tricks. Don't have an 8K display? The new 4K True Theater color, lighting, and HDR are worth a look.

Galaxy S10 set-up tips: 10 features to check out first

PC World - Wed, 2019-04-17 06:00

Samsung pulls out all the stops for its annual Galaxy S refresh, and the new Galaxy S10 is no exception. The phone is so overflowing with features that it can be intimidating when you start using it, but with a few quick tweaks and toggles you’ll be up to speed quickly. Here are 10 tips to get you started.

Customize the S10’s navigation buttons

Android 9 Pie brought new gesture navigation to Android phones, but Samsung has chosen to roll its own gesture navigation system. It’s not on by default, so you’ll have to dig into the settings to try it. It’s in Settings > Display > Navigation bar.

Ryan Whitwam/IDG

The “Full screen gestures” option lets you swipe up along the bottom of the screen to trigger home, back, and overview. You can also disable the “Gesture hints” at the bottom for a full-screen experience. If you don’t like the gestures, you can still customize the order of the regular navigation bar.

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FlexiPDF 2019 review: Acrobat alternative adopts user-requested features

PC World - Wed, 2019-04-17 05:52

FlexiPDF 2019 is the update to FlexiPDF 2017, a program that trumpeted its ability to make PDF editing “as easy as working in a word processor.” That remains its greatest appeal, but the new version adds a clutch of user-requested improvements including form creation, side-by-side PDF comparison, and enhanced graphic capabilities.

FlexiPDF 2019 uses a simple toolbar to navigate. You can select from menu items or icons, the latter of which display descriptive bubbles when you hover over them. When editing large documents, thumbnails of each page appear down the right side. This redesigned interface also matches the design of SoftMaker’s Office 2018.

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Apple and Qualcomm surprisingly settle their legal differences, and it’s pretty clear who won

PC World - Tue, 2019-04-16 19:56

Just when their legal battle was just beginning the trial phase, Apple and Qualcomm have ironed out their differences in a surprise settlement. The terms of the agreement include the dismissal of all litigation between the two companies as well as any pending cases brought by Apple’s global contract manufacturers, and basically returns the relationship to the way it was before the allegations started flying.

Most notably, Apple has agreed to pay Qualcomm a one-time payment of an undisclosed sum, as well as royalties going forward. Both companies issued short press releases to announce the agreement, but it’s hard to find much good news in it for Apple. Qualcomm is getting paid and keeps Apple as a customer, and there’s no indication that they will be changing their business practices.

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Apple and Qualcomm surprisingly settle their legal differences, and it’s pretty clear who won

Mac World - Tue, 2019-04-16 16:14

Just when their legal battle was just beginning the trial phase, Apple and Qualcomm have ironed out their differences in a surprise settlement. The terms of the agreement include the dismissal of all litigation between the two companies as well as any pending cases brought by Apple’s global contract manufacturers, and basically returns the relationship to the way it was before the allegations started flying.

Most notably, Apple has agreed to pay Qualcomm a one-time payment of an undisclosed sum, as well as royalties going forward. Both companies issued short press releases to announce the agreement, but it’s hard to find much good news in it for Apple. Qualcomm is getting paid and keeps Apple as a customer, and there’s no indication that they will be changing their business practices.

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Vivint's Outdoor Camera Pro can detect someone casing your home

Mac World - Tue, 2019-04-16 14:46
The AI-powered Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro has a 4K image sensor and issues warnings to anyone lurking around your property.

Vivint's Outdoor Camera Pro can detect someone casing your home

PC World - Tue, 2019-04-16 14:46
The AI-powered Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro has a 4K image sensor and issues warnings to anyone lurking around your property.

Amazon is slashing up to $200 off the prices of the new iPad Pros

Mac World - Tue, 2019-04-16 14:14

Today’s a good day to head to Amazon if you’ve been looking for a good price on the 2018 iPad Pros. The massive retailer is offering discounts on many configurations of both the 11- and 12-inch models, but I’m particularly impressed by the $200 dollars it’s knocking off the 512GB units regardless of whether they’re Wi-Fi only or have both Wi-Fi and cellular.

Here’s everything I could find with the $200 discount:

2018 iPad Pro
  • 11-inch 512GB Wi-Fi (silver) for $949.99 (down from $1, 149.99)
  • 11-inch 1TB Wi-Fi (space gray) for $1,349.99 (down from $1,549.99)
  • 11-inch 512GB cellular (silver) for $1,099.99 (down from $1,299.99)
  • 12.9-inch 512GB (space gray) for $1,149.99 (down from $1,349.99)

It’s also a good sale if you’re just trying to save some cash on the entry-level models with less storage space. Below you’ll find the absolute lowest prices I saw:

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Beat the average price to earn this 10-course Complete Learn to Design Bundle

Mac World - Tue, 2019-04-16 14:04

Every logo you see on screen and every billboard you pass on the highway was meticulously designed by a graphic designer. These artists spent years honing their skills before their work landed on print or on screen, but don’t let that discourage you. If you’re interested in a career in graphic design, you can get started with this Pay What You Want: The Complete Learn to Design Bundle.

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Convert your DVD collection to video files for $15 with MacX DVD Ripper Pro

Mac World - Tue, 2019-04-16 14:03

With streaming services like Netflix and Hulu dominating the video market, physical media like DVDs are all but obsolete. That doesn’t mean you should throw out your DVD player, but the bad news is that tablets and new laptops won’t include anything to play DVDs on. If you want to cherish your extensive library of DVDs, MacX will rip your library for as low as $14.99.

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This $59 training bundle will help you ace the CompTIA exams (90% Off)

PC World - Tue, 2019-04-16 14:03

The field of IT is home to some of the most lucrative tech jobs out there, but talent alone isn't enough to get your foot in the door. When it comes to getting hired, having the right certifications plays a major role, and CompTIA's are some of the most respected out there. The CompTIA Certification Prep Bundle will prepare you to ace several requisite exams for 3 foundational IT certifications, and it's on sale for only $59 today.

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Master social media marketing with this $29 training bundle

Mac World - Tue, 2019-04-16 14:02

Becoming a social media influencer isn’t as simple as uploading content and waiting for your follower count to grow; there are hundreds of variables that go into making great social media content and optimizing your search engine visibility. This $29 bundle will show you the best practices you need to market yourself through social media.

The Social Media Marketing In 2019 Master Class Bundle features 10 courses on different areas of influencer and social media marketing. For example, if you’re interested in becoming the next hit YouTuber, The Complete YouTube Channel Course will cover topics such as video equipment, monetization, and SEO tactics to help you grow your audience.

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Identify weaknesses In your Wi-Fi network With NetSpot Home, only $19

PC World - Tue, 2019-04-16 14:02

Most home Wi-Fi networks have problem areas. But eliminating these dead spots and optimizing performance can be difficult without outside help. NetSpot Home offers a visual representation of your home network so you can easily identify and resolve problem spots in your household, and lifetime licenses are on sale for over 70% off today.

Just install the software on either your Windows or Mac computer and you’ll see where your signal is strongest — as well as where it could use a little help. NetSpot's mapping feature lets you easily view dead zones and optimize hotspot placement, while the troubleshooting tool empowers you to identify connectivity issues.

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History of black railway workers the focus of public Brock event

Brock News - Tue, 2019-04-16 13:33

MEDIA RELEASE: 16 April 2019 – R00068

Eighty years ago, a group of Black railway workers took their fight for fair treatment all the way to the Prime Minister. In doing so, they made a major contribution to immigration policies, human rights legislation and employment equity in Canada, says Tamari Kitossa, Brock Associate Professor of Sociology.

The story of those sleeping car porters is documented in They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada by renowned author, scholar and activist, Cecil Foster.

The Brock University President’s Advisory Committee on Human Rights, Equity and Decolonization (PACHRED) Anti-Racism Task Force will host a public reading and book signing with Foster at the central branch of the St. Catharines Public Library on Saturday, April 20. “Sleeping Car Porters and the Making of Modern Canada: an afternoon with Cecil Foster” is an opportunity for the community to engage with the author about his work.

“The contributions of people of colour tend to get erased from Canadian history,” says Kitossa, but Foster has shone a light on this “hidden history.”

They Call Me George demonstrates that “the sleeping car porters and domestic workers from the Caribbean really struggled hard to open up immigration and employment equity for all,” says Kitossa, effectively laying the foundation for Canadian multiculturalism and human rights legislation.

Their fight for social justice continues to resonate today. According to Kitossa, contemporary social statistics show that African Canadians, next to Indigenous populations, are worse off relative to other immigrant groups in terms of education, health, employment, income and wealth.

“It’s ironic that this community did so much to open space for others, but their grandchildren are falling behind relative to all the other groups,” he says. “Something very clearly is happening in terms of public policy, which is basically anti-blackness in civil society.”

In recent years, a number of community organizations from African-Canadian communities across the country have been meeting with politicians in Ottawa demanding that Canada fulfil its obligations to them, says Kitossa. “The irony is these meetings are taking place 70 to 80 years after the sleeping car porters’ meetings. We need history to remind us that, in some respects, we have forgotten the path that some folks have been walking.

“That’s what Cecil’s work is calling us to do — to pay attention to history in the context of the contemporary situation,” Kitossa says.

As a sociologist, Kitossa considers himself a consumer of history and someone who relies on archival researchers like Foster to provide a sense of “historical continuum” that contextualizes his contemporary sociological work. Foster’s work, he says, is “archival work done well.”

“We often imagine that history books are stodgy and boring, but this is rather exciting stuff,” Kitossa says. “It’s hard to put down.”

Sleeping Car Porters and the Making of Modern Canada: an afternoon with Cecil Foster happens from noon to 3 p.m. in the Mills Room of the St. Catharines Public Library. The event is free, but guests are encouraged to register as seating is limited.

The public event is sponsored by a number of Brock groups, including the PACHRED Anti-Racism Task Force, Master of Arts in Critical Sociology, Human Rights and Equity, and the departments of Political Science, Labour Studies, Sociology, Canadian Studies and Modern Languages Literatures and Cultures.

Event details:

What: Sleeping Car Porters and the Making of Modern Canada: an afternoon with Cecil Foster

When: Saturday, April 20 from noon to 3 p.m.

Where: St. Catharines Public Library, Central Library Branch, 54 Church St.

The free event is open to the public. Seating is limited. Register online through Eventbrite.

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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Report: macOS 10.15 could allow Mac users to use iPads as an external display

Mac World - Tue, 2019-04-16 12:29

Chances are, if you own a Mac, you probably own an iPad. Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to use that iPad as a Mac display? You can with a third-party solution called Luna Display, but 9to5Mac reports that Apple is developing the feature for macOS 10.15, the next version of the Mac operating system.

Citing “people familiar with the development of macOS 10.15,” 9to5Mac says that this feature, code-named Sidecar, will let Mac users send any app window to an external display, which can be an iPad. MacOS 10.15 will have a new menu that activates when you hover over the maximize button of an app window, showing the options to expand the window fullscreen, tiling, or move it to an external display.

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Best universal remote control

Mac World - Tue, 2019-04-16 12:13
Which remote control is the best companion for your smart TV and the rest of your entertainment system.

Best universal remote control

PC World - Tue, 2019-04-16 12:13
Which remote control is the best companion for your smart TV and the rest of your entertainment system.

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