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Amazon's All-new Kindle for $89.99 is priced for budget users

Mac World - Wed, 2019-03-20 15:46
It's $40 less than Amazon's popular Kindle Paperwhite.

Get a 128GB 9.7-inch iPad for the retail price of the 32GB model

Mac World - Wed, 2019-03-20 15:02

Apple may have just released flashy new versions of the iPad mini and iPad Air, but there’s still nothing wrong with the regular ol’ 9.7-inch iPad. It’s the lowest-priced tablet in Apple’s current lineup, especially with a big $100 discount that Amazon is currently offering on the 128GB version with Wi-Fi. That discount drops the price down from $429 to $329, which is essentially the retail price of the entry-level 32GB model. That means you’re getting a lot more space for a reasonable price.

You can also find this deal at Walmart, where the space gray, silver, and gold models are all available for the same priceRemove non-product link.

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Google’s Stadia service could shatter the barriers of Mac gaming

Mac World - Wed, 2019-03-20 15:00

Did Google just save Mac gaming? The Mountain View company never mentioned Apple during the reveal of its Stadia game streaming service at the Game Developers Conference yesterday, but Stadia sounds all but tailor-made for Mac users. A service that let you stream games from a remote server straight to your browser! The ability to play the latest games without needing to invest in fancy eGPUs, graphics cards, and yes—even PCs! Even in 2019, so much of this still sounds like science fiction.

I love my Mac, but necessity compels me to keep a massive PC running at home so I can play graphically intensive games like The Division 2 or Devil May Cry 5 when they release. As we all know, many of these games never come to the Mac at all. If Stadia works as well as Google implies it will, I’ll never have to feel too guilty about using only a Mac for gaming ever again. Google itself would handle all the heavy lifting; all I would need is a browser.

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The WD My Passport 4TB now costs just $100 on Amazon, a 29% price drop

Mac World - Wed, 2019-03-20 11:04
Save $40 off MSRP for the WD My Passport 4TB—our pick for best external backup drive.

Get a Lifetime Of PDF Converter OCR 6 for Mac For Just $15

Mac World - Wed, 2019-03-20 10:53

PDFs are one of the most widely-used documents on the web, and whether you’re a college student or an employee at a marketing agency, you’ll eventually deal with a PDF that needs editing. Unfortunately, your Mac’s stock apps won’t let you edit PDF files on the fly, but PDF Converter OCR 6 can for just $15.

PDF Converter OCR 6 is a simple app that makes it easy to edit text within PDF documents, but it offers so much more functionality than that. It can scan your documents in over 200 languages, making it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. You can even merge multiple documents and certain pages within documents into a single PDF, which is ideal if you want to share certain ebook passages with colleagues or fellow students. Finally, PDF Converter OCR lets you convert PDFs without restrictions; you can drag, drop, and convert over 200 files at once.

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Save up to 30% on your power bill with Arcadia Power

Mac World - Wed, 2019-03-20 10:52

Given the chance, most of us would jump at the opportunity to bring down our power bills. But, there’s a prevailing assumption that doing so involves dealing with steep upfront costs before the savings actually come in. Arcadia Power presents a different solution, however, and it’s willing to give new users $20 off their first utility bill for trying out the platform.

At its core, Arcadia Power is a free platform that connects homeowners and renters to clean, low-cost energy solutions. Users who sign up become part of a community of more than 150,000 members, driving the platform’s purchasing power and allowing Arcadia Power to negotiate for lower monthly payments for green energy.

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Learn how to use R and Python for machine learning with this $35 bundle

Mac World - Wed, 2019-03-20 10:51

Traditionally, we analyzed data with our own eyes, but as our needs expanded, we developed tools to do the job for us. However, we currently deal with vast amounts of data that regular tools can’t handle, which is why we use machine learning to analyze vast quantities of data, meaning the demand for certified data scientists is skyrocketing. If you’re interested in this booming field, this $35 has everything you need to know.

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Black Freemasonry and its Niagara connection topic of Sankey Lecture

Brock News - Tue, 2019-03-19 11:02

MEDIA RELEASE: 19 March 2019 – R00045

Little is known about the local history of black Freemasonry, but it’s hoped this year’s Sankey Lecture will encourage new research on the topic.

Brock University’s 10th annual lecture, held Sunday, March 24, will be delivered by Chernoh M. Sesay, Jr., Associate Professor of Religious Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. Sesay will share his research on the origins of African American Freemasonry.

The first recognized black lodge in the world, African Lodge No. 459, was founded by Prince Hall, a former slave who led black abolitionists in Massachusetts in the 18th century.

Sesay’s lecture will explore how the origins of black Freemasonry reveal the complexities of African American leadership, identity and community.

This year’s topic has a local connection, notes event organizer and Associate Professor of History Mike Driedger.

“There was a Prince Hall Lodge or Lodges in the Niagara region, although not much is known about them,” says Driedger. “We hope this year’s lecture, although focused on American subjects, will spark research on local history.”

To help encourage local research, third-year History student Naythan Poulin will give a brief presentation on local resources for Masonic history, including Brock’s Archives and Special Collections, at the Sankey Lecture event. Brock’s Archives and Special Collections is home to the Masonic Book Collection, which consists of more than 1,200 works, and is one of largest collection of books on Freemasonry at any Canadian university. Its holdings include the papers of Charles A. Sankey, former Chancellor of Brock University.

The Sankey Lecture Series also hopes to encourage History graduate student researchers interested in studying freemasonry and fraternalism.

The Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario, based in Hamilton, has endowed a new award for incoming History Master of Arts students, which will be given out for the first time this September.

The Grand Lodge has collaborated with the Department of History to present the annual Sankey Lectures since 2010.

This year’s lecture will be held Sunday, March 24 at 3 p.m. in Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.

The annual lecture attracts several hundred people from across Ontario and New York state each year to hear researchers speak on the impact of Freemasonry on history and society. Tickets to the event are free but should be reserved in advance.

What: 10th Annual Sankey Lecture and reception

When: Sunday, March 24, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University

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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Pathstone and Brock collaborating to improve mental health research in Niagara

Brock News - Mon, 2019-03-18 14:24

MEDIA RELEASE: 18 March 2019 – R00044

Members of the media are invited to an announcement Friday, March 22 where Brock University and Pathstone Mental Health officials will discuss details of an expanded collaboration and sign a Memorandum of Understanding.

Pathstone is a community-based organization providing mental health services for children and youth in Niagara.

Friday’s event, to be held at Pathstone’s Branscombe Mental Health Centre starting at noon, will include a tour of the on-site research facilities where Brock faculty and students are conducting groundbreaking work around mental health.

Some examples of the work being done or set to get underway through Brock’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research and other departments include dealing with conditions such as anxiety disorders, anti-social behaviour and autism, as well as the impact of concussions and the effectiveness of interventions such as therapeutic recreation. The research is being done by a wide range of Brock professors and their undergraduate and graduate students. Brock and Pathstone are also developing a training program to help teachers learn more about dealing with mental health issues in the classroom.

Researchers and students from Brock and leaders from both organizations will be available for photos and interviews Friday.

What: Collaboration announcement and MOU signing

Who: Leaders and researchers from Pathstone Mental Health and Brock University

When: Friday, March 22, noon to 1 p.m.

Where: Branscombe Mental Health Centre, 1338 Fourth Ave., St. Catharines

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

 * Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy and Public Relations, Pathstone Foundation / Mental Health krossi@pathstone.ca, 289-969-8342

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Brock to screen award-winning Cheechoo film Friday

Brock News - Mon, 2019-03-18 14:22

MEDIA RELEASE: 18 March 2019 – R00043

A special screening of the award-winning film, Moose River Crossing, by Brock University Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo will take place on campus Friday, March 22.

Cheechoo, who was appointed to a second term in her role with the University last June, will begin the evening by reading a passage from her play about residential schools, and will follow the film screening with a question-and-answer session with the audience. Drummers from the Niagara Women’s Drum Group will also perform.

Moose River Crossing examines the residential school system through the eyes of six fictional former students who meet at a train station to head to a reunion. They flash back to the troubling times they experienced at the residential school and aim to answer the question of whether or not time heals all wounds.

Cheechoo wrote the movie based on her own experience growing up in residential schools.

The event starts at 6 p.m. in Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, with the question-and-answer session and drum performances following at 9 p.m.

Cheechoo is an award-winning Cree actress, writer, producer, director and visual artist. She has been Brock Chancellor since July 2015, and was recently awarded the Order of Canada.

She is also the founder and executive director at Weengushk Film Institute, a not-for-profit film and television training centre on Manitoulin Island that helps Indigenous and at-risk youth develop career skills or return to school.

The event, which is open to the public, is hosted by Brock’s Student Justice Centre in partnership with the University’s Office of Human Rights and Equity.

Admission is free and no advance tickets are required.

Free parking is available in Zones 1 and 2 beginning at 6 p.m.

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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Government funding to aid Brock researchers with studies on brain function and health in aging

Brock News - Thu, 2019-03-14 11:49

MEDIA RELEASE: 14 March 2019 – R00042

It’s a common notion that people seem to become more forgetful as they get older, leading many to conclude that memory declines with age.

But Brock University Assistant Professor of Psychology Karen Campbell aims to counteract that view by showing that something else is happening in the brain that mimics memory loss.

Meanwhile, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences Rebecca MacPherson is concerned about rising rates of obesity and how diet and exercise — or lack thereof — affects people as they age.

To aid in their investigations, MacPherson and Campbell will be purchasing state-of-the-art equipment thanks to funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF).

On Wednesday, March 13, Federal Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan announced JELF grants of more than $39 million at 43 universities across Canada. Brock University received $241,708 for the equipment purchases.

“The Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund has been giving excellent support for Brock’s cutting-edge research over the years,” says Tim Kenyon, Brock University’s Vice-President, Research. “These latest awards will open up new understandings in two key areas of great significance to society: what underpins age differences in memory; and the mechanisms of obesity and related diseases.”

Campbell, Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging, challenges conventional laboratory tasks that test older participants’ ability to remember things or make new associations, such as pairing a name with a face. Her research shows that age differences in attentional control — the ability to focus on relevant information and block out distraction — may be at the heart of what looks like memory loss.

“Older adults pick up on more distracting information than younger adults, and this can both help and hinder their memory performance on a later task, depending on the nature of the task,” says Campbell.

She will be acquiring an electroencephalography (EEG) system and an eye tracker to study, among other research goals, how this distracting information is encoded in the brain and whether it affects memory for events in everyday life.

For her part, MacPherson warns of the approaching “silver tsunami,” where a quarter of the population will be 65 years and older by 2036.

“The current increase in life expectancy and our ever-expanding waistline goes hand in hand with the emergence of common age-related chronic diseases,” she says.

To better understand the interactions between metabolism, diet and exercise, and what causes metabolism disturbances that lead to disorders like obesity, Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, MacPherson will be studying rodent physiology.

She will purchase equipment that measures rodents’ activity levels, food and water intake, how much oxygen they take up and the level of carbon dioxide they expel. Researchers want to know if measures such as changing the fat type or content of their diet, installing exercise wheels in cages or using dietary supplements will affect their metabolic rate.

“The studies would give us an idea of whether any of these treatments or interventions would potentially work in humans,” says MacPherson, explaining that animal and human physiologies are similar enough to make such comparisons.

 

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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Founder of global #ErasingHate movement to speak at Brock

Brock News - Tue, 2019-03-12 16:24

MEDIA RELEASE: 12 March 2019 – R00041

For many years, Brock alumnus Corey Fleischer (BA ’06) struggled to determine what he wanted to do with his life.

But all that changed one fateful day on his way to a power-washing job in the suburbs of Montreal.

“I was sitting in my truck at a red light when I noticed a swastika spray painted on a cinder block,” Fleischer recalled. “I had all the tools necessary to remove the graffiti, but I didn’t. I just went to my job. The second I drove by it I knew I was doing something wrong and that I made a mistake.”

An hour into the job, unable to silence the nagging voice in his head, Fleischer dropped everything. He sent his employees home and drove back to the vandalized intersection to remove the graffiti with his power washer.

“My quest for a deeper meaning in life has led me to take action and turn a pastime into a life mission,” Fleischer said. “The 15 seconds it took to remove that swastika was the feeling I had been looking for my whole life.”

He channelled that energy into the creation of #ErasingHate, which targets and eliminates hate graffiti anywhere in the world for free. The movement has grown considerably online and around the globe since its inception.

“I erased 50 instances of hate graffiti in the first five years and now #ErasingHate removes 50 pieces a day,” Fleischer said. “This isn’t just a movement, it’s my life’s mission.”

Fleischer was first introduced to the power-washing industry through his roommate at Brock University, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree and spent three years on the men’s hockey team. He described himself as the protector of his teammates, a role that now manifests in his quest to end the cycle of hate around the world.

For the first time in more than 10 years, Fleischer will return to Brock’s main campus on Tuesday, March 19 to present a talk about his journey creating the global #ErasingHate movement.

The presentation will be hosted in Isaac’s by the Brock University Alumni Association (BUAA) and Brock University Students’ Union from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The event will feature a complimentary dinner sponsored by the BUAA and is open to all members of the Brock community. Registration is required through Eventbrite.

Fleischer is the 2018 recipient of the BUAA’s Community Engagement Award, which recognizes a Brock graduate who has made outstanding contributions to their community and in doing so, has enriched the lives of others. The award honours one extraordinary graduate who has made a significant contribution as a volunteer to their community.

 

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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