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Intel: You don't need to disable Hyper-Threading to protect against the ZombieLoad CPU exploit

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 09:37

If you’re in a panic to figure out how to turn off Intel’s Hyper-Threading feature to prevent ZombieLoad, the latest Spectre-like CPU security exploit, then take a deep breath—Intel’s official guidance does not actually recommend that. The bad news? None of what we tell you is going to make you feel any better.

ZombieLoad is similar to previous “side channel” attacks, which trick Intel processors into coughing up potentially sensitive information that would otherwise would be kept private by the CPU. The exploit hits most Intel chips and can be used on Windows, MacOS, and Linux, the ZombieLoad researchers said. ARM-based and AMD-based CPUs aren’t impacted.

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5 signs that you need to replace your iPhone

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-15 07:00

Do you really need a new iPhone? They’re so expensive now, and yours is…fine. It’s fine. You’ve never been one of those people who needs a new phone every year, or every other year, anyway.

How do you know when it’s time to take the plunge and ditch your old iPhone for a new one?

We’re definitely not one to encourage the cycle of nonstop iPhone upgrades. Hanging on to your phone for a long time is a good thing. But just as some users feel compelled to upgrade way too often, others stubbornly refuse to get a new phone until their current one literally won’t function at all, and might need a little help accepting that their old phone is holding them back.

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Best DVR for cord cutters

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 06:01
TiVo vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

Best DVR for cord cutters

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-15 06:01
TiVo vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

Tablo Quad DVR review: The best gets bigger

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 06:00
Tablo's quad-tuner DVR maintains an edge over competitors with simple setup, reasonable prices, and some neat new features.

Monolith by Monoprice Portable Headphone Amp and DAC with THX AAA Technology review: High value, minor flaws

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 06:00
This affordable and portable headphone amp will bring out the best in your headphones; but the unit's size, weight, and smudge-prone surface keep it from earning our highest mark.

Acer Predator Triton 500 Review: This thin and light laptop even has GeForce RTX

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 06:00

Acer’s Predator Triton 500 is a gaming laptop we’d actually want to carry around. Sure, we may look hungrily at a monster gaming laptop that’s nearly as fast as a desktop gaming PC. But if you have to take it with you, the era of thin, light and powerful gaming laptops is a godsend.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best gaming laptops. Go there for information on competing laptops and how we tested them, and up-to-date buying advice. 

Adam Patrick Murray

The Acer Predator Triton 500 features an 8th gen Core i7-8750H and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, along with 16GB of dual-channel RAM and a 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD.

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Tablo Quad DVR review: The best gets bigger

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-15 06:00
Tablo's quad-tuner DVR maintains an edge over competitors with simple setup, reasonable prices, and some neat new features.

Monolith by Monoprice Portable Headphone Amp and DAC with THX AAA Technology review: High value, minor flaws

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-15 06:00
This affordable and portable headphone amp will bring out the best in your headphones; but the unit's size, weight, and smudge-prone surface keep it from earning our highest mark.

Apple’s new NFC support will change the way you pay

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-15 06:00

Apple doesn’t participate in a lot of outside developer conferences; at least, not as a presenter. So it’s unsurprising that a small presentation from Apple at the Transact conference (which focuses on the electronic transactions industry) flew under the radar.

But what Apple announced there may change the way we pay for stuff. It could make Apple Pay and your iPhone a much more common way to pay for everything from vending machines to parking meters—essentially anything where you don’t visit a register with a point-of-sale system.

Apple Pay Everywhere

One of the rumored features of iOS 13 is a big expansion of NFC tools for developers, expanding the Core NFC framework’s ability to read NFC tags of various formats. Currently, an iPhone can only read an NFC tag (those little “tap your phone here to do something” areas) if it contains data in the NFC Data Exchange Format (NDEF). This will be expanded to allow devs to read ISO7816, FeliCa, or MiFare formats, too. Or so the rumor goes. That means developers can write apps that make your iPhone work with way more NFC tags in way more places. But that’s just the beginning.

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The best budget computer speakers: Surprisingly sound choices for $100 or less

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-14 22:18

Your laptop’s built-in speakers aren’t doing any favors for the gigs and gigs of music and movies on your hard drive. Even the best ones can leave your audio sounding thin and lifeless. External PC speakers—along with a good set of headphones—are a must for getting the best fidelity from your media files.

A trip online or to your favorite electronics store will reveal a head-spinning variety of options in this category, with some systems costing as much or more than you paid for your laptop. You don’t need to take out a personal loan to upgrade your audio, though. Quality speakers can be found even with a budget of around $100. And while there is a certain degree of “you get what you pay for” at this price level, you’ll be rewarded with satisfying sound if you’re willing to make a few compromises.

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Microsoft issues a rare Windows XP patch to combat a virulent WannaCry-like exploit in older OS versions

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-14 16:34

Windows XP may be dead, but Microsoft refuses to leave it to the worms.

Today, the company warned users to apply a critical patch for a remote code execution vulnerability that could open older versions of Windows to attack. Common-sense caution isn’t enough, because the exploit can trigger even with no action taken by the user. “In other words, the vulnerability is ‘wormable’, meaning that any future malware that exploits this vulnerability could propagate from vulnerable computer to vulnerable computer in a similar way as the WannaCry malware spread across the globe in 2017,” Microsoft’s Simon Pope warns.

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Amazon is having one of the best sales for the Apple Watch Series 4 to date

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-14 15:05

We’re finally getting to the point where we regularly see good deals for the Apple Watch Series 4. Today, you’ll find some of the best ones to date over at Amazon, where the online retailer is knocking down the price for both the GPS-only and cellular models by as much as $70.

Here are some of the standouts.

GPS only
  • 40mm Space Gray with Black Sport Band: $349 (down from $399)
  • 44mm Gold with Pink Sand Sport Band: $379.00 (down from $429)
GPS + cellular
  • 40mm Space Gray with Black Sport Band: $449.99 (down from $499.00)
  • 40mm Gold with Pink Sand Sport Band: $449.99 (down from $499)
  • 44mm Space Gray with Black Sport Loop: $479.99 (down from $529)
  • 44mm Gold with Stone Sport Band: $679 (down from $749)

There was an even better discount yesterday, but it didn’t last long. Still, I’d take that as evidence that we’re going to keep seeing deals like this in the near future.

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AmazonBasics Computer Speakers, USB Powered review: These budget speakers are a sound savings

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-14 15:00

How low can you go in price and still get a quality set of computer speakers? That’s the question Amazon effectively poses with each set of its AmazonBasics speakers. We may have found the answer with these USB-powered 2.0 computers speakers, currently one of the company’s best sellers.

Of all the AmazonBasics speaker I’ve reviewed to date, these are the first built as I’d expect for a budget set. Each speaker driver is encased in boxy, plastic enclosure with a mesh covering. The individual units measure 2.8 x 3.5 x 5.3 inches and weigh less than 1.5 pounds.

One speaker, which we’ll call the control unit, has a power/volume knob and blue LED on its front. A 3.5mm headphone jack sits to the right of these. The speakers are hardwired together, and a second luxuriously long cable attached to the control unit splits into USB and 3.5mm audio inputs. Both cables are thicker than you often find on low-priced speakers, so there’s little worry that they’ll get pinched or torn.

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AmazonBasics USB-Powered Computer Speakers with Dynamic Sound review: Balanced sound for a budget price

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-14 15:00

PC speakers typically prove the maxim “you get what you pay for.” The trade-off for saving a few sawbucks is often shoddy construction, generic design, and subpar sound. AmazonBasics USB-Powered Computer Speakers with Dynamic Sound dispel that idea. Combining great audio, a sturdy build, and a contemporary look, this system is a steal.

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The speakers are hardwired together and feature a plug-and-play setup.

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Amazon’s Alexa Guard adds new security features to Amazon Echo smart speakers

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-14 14:05
Alexa Guard can operate on its own or in conjunction with full security systems from Ring and ADT.

Apple Pay is now a payment option for iTunes, App Store, and iCloud purchases in some countries

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-14 13:47

Thanks to a server-side update, iOS users in a number of countries can now use Apple Pay to pay for digital purchases from Apple, including iTunes, the App Store, iCloud storage, or an Apple Music subscription.

According to Apple's support page for Apple ID payments, the change is live in the United States, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and United Arab Emirates.

If you open your Settings app, tap on your Apple ID at the very top, then tap Payment & Shipping, you'll see a list of possible payment methods. Here in the United States, that has always included most major credit cards, PayPal, or a balance added to your Apple ID through gift cards and the like. Tap Add Payment Method to add a new one: you'll see a Found in Wallet section showing cards you can add, including Apple Pay Cash here in the U.S. 

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Brock partners with Niagara chambers for landmark skills survey

Brock News - Tue, 2019-05-14 13:36

MEDIA RELEASE: 14 May 2019 – R00081

Brock University is partnering with the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) and South Niagara Chambers of Commerce (SNCC) on a survey to better understand how the talent and skills capacity of the region lines up with the needs of employers.

The Chamber of Commerce Survey is now open on the Brock University website and includes questionnaires for both business owners and employees. The goal is to identify the types of programs and supports needed to serve employers, as well as employees looking to upgrade their skills and advance their careers in Niagara.

“Good business depends on good data. Without solid information, any organization is working in the dark,” says Mishka Balsom, President and CEO of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. “In Niagara, we need to identify the professional development needs of our labour force so that educational programs can be aligned to support the required talent and skills pool.”

Dolores Fabiano, Executive Director of the South Niagara Chambers of Commerce, said business owners who make up the various chambers of commerce across the region are looking forward to what the survey might reveal.

“With labour shortage being one of the biggest issues facing our businesses in Niagara, we believe the data gathered through this unique partnership will provide us with valuable information that will guide us to action,” she said.

The survey takes five to 10 minutes to complete and is confidential. Only aggregate data will be used in reports on the survey’s findings.

“Brock University is pleased to partner with the GNCC and SNCC in launching this important study to better understand the skills and talent capacity and needs of Niagara,” Brock President Gervan Fearon said. “With the data collected from this survey, together we can help build a more prosperous future and support careers and businesses here in Niagara for generations to come.”

In addition to being available online at brocku.ca/community-engagement/chamber-survey business owners and employees will have the opportunity to complete the survey at various events across the region throughout the spring.

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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Amazon is selling the Fire 7 Kids Edition Kindle tablet for an all-time low price of $60

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-14 13:04

Amazon's Fire Kids Edition tablets are a popular pick for parents with good reason: they're solid tablets with great warrantees at a great price. And today, Amazon has slashed the price of the Fire 7 Kids Edition to an all-time low of $60Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $100.

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Amazon is selling the Fire 7 Kids Edition Kindle tablet for an all-time low price of $60

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-14 13:04

Amazon's Fire Kids Edition tablets are a popular pick for parents with good reason: they're solid tablets with great warrantees at a great price. And today, Amazon has slashed the price of the Fire 7 Kids Edition to an all-time low of $60Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $100.

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