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Amazon's one-day Anker sale brings all-time-low prices on chargers, power banks, and more

PC World - Mon, 2019-05-13 11:48

Anker has become a brand that's synonymous with quality products at competitive prices, buttoday's sale at AmazonRemove non-product link brings them down to prices we rarely see. Whether you're looking for a power bank, wall charger, or just a new cable, you can load up on smartphone accessories without breaking your wallet. Here are our favorites:

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Amazon's one-day Anker sale brings all-time-low prices on chargers, power banks, and more

Mac World - Mon, 2019-05-13 11:48

Anker has become a brand that's synonymous with quality products at competitive prices, buttoday's sale at AmazonRemove non-product link brings them down to prices we rarely see. Whether you're looking for a power bank, wall charger, or just a new cable, you can load up on smartphone accessories without breaking your wallet. Here are our favorites:

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Oddworld: Soulstorm revives the series by bringing back Abe and abandoning 20 years of expectations

PC World - Mon, 2019-05-13 10:18

To understand Oddworld: Soulstorm, you need to understand Oddworld’s history. You need to understand that Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, released in 1997, was meant to be the first part of a five-game series, each starring a brand new protagonist—and you need to understand that those plans immediately fell apart.

First came success. With Oddysee a surprise hit, publisher GT Interactive demanded a sequel for the following Christmas. The result was 1998’s Abe’s Exoddus, a stopgap release. Still well-received at the time, it didn’t advance the core Oddworld storyline and was considered a “bonus” game by both developers and fans.

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Keep your whole team's passwords secure with RoboForm Everywhere

PC World - Mon, 2019-05-13 10:05

Strong passwords are vitally important. But creating ones that are sufficiently complex — without impeding access — is a daunting task. And that’s precisely what makes Roboform Everywhere for Business, at just $59.99 for a five-year subscription, a wise investment.

RoboForm Everywhere links to your accounts and creates complex passwords that are practically unbreakable. The best part, however, is that you won’t have to remember any of them. RoboForm, instead, manages them for you and gives instant access whenever you need, which is advantageous as it improves security and accessibility at the same time.

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Learn how to master Photoshop with this $32 6-course bundle

Mac World - Mon, 2019-05-13 10:05

If you’re a graphic designer, photographer, or even a Reddit memelord, Adobe Photoshop is one of the most valuable creative weapons to have in your arsenal. However, Photoshop also features a wide variety of tools and effects, and it’s nearly impossible to master them all without proper guidance. If you want to use Photoshop at its full potential, you’ll need this $31.86 bundle.

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ASRock's overclocked Radeon RX 590 offers no-compromises gaming and two free games for $200

PC World - Mon, 2019-05-13 09:43

We adore graphics card deals these days thanks to AMD’s never-ending thirst for giving away free games. Today, Newegg is selling an ASRock Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX 590 for $200Remove non-product link. This card usually sells for around $225 these days, so it’s a modest but nice price cut, and far below the $280 that Radeon RX 590 GPUs launched at mere months below.

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LG G8 ThinQ review: Gimmicks with a capital 'G'

PC World - Mon, 2019-05-13 08:26

It’s not enough for LG that the G8 ThinQ has the best processor, a great screen, an impressive battery, and a solid camera. Like nearly every G phone that came before, the G8 also has to be different, and that’s where it gets tripped up.

Had LG focused on the things that matter while undercutting its Samsung and Google rivals, it might have had a hit on its hands. Instead, the LG G8 is filled with gimmicks that might be fun initially, but their persnicketiness and general uselessness ultimately frustrate and cheapen the experience.

That’s a shame, because underneath all of the gimmicks is really good phone. Maybe even a great one.

Mind you, the G8 is still saddled with LG’s overly staid design language and UI deficiencies. But with top-of-the-line specs and gesture navigation, LG’s latest flagship should be able to stand up to the Galaxy S10 or Pixel 3 XL. And it probably would, if not for all of those gimmicks.

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Picktorial 4.0 review: Photo editor enhances its organizing features

Mac World - Mon, 2019-05-13 07:00

When I reviewed Picktorial 3.0, I noted how the software took a few unconventional approaches to photo editing and employed a clever way to save non-destructive edits. The new Picktorial 4.0 adds some new editing features, but mostly focuses on the organizing side of working with your library of images.

An editing assistant

When you’re making adjustments to a photo—retouching in particular—you want to view the image at actual size to see how the edits are affecting the pixels. The new Assistant Viewer splits the editing area so you can view the full image in one pane while you’re applying corrections at 100 percent in the other pane. It’s a simple and effective alternative to zooming in and out repeatedly to see how the edits look.

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LG G8 ThinQ review: Gimmicks with a capital 'G'

PC World - Mon, 2019-05-13 06:39

It’s not enough for LG that the G8 ThinQ has the best processor, a great screen, an impressive battery, and a solid camera. Like nearly every G phone that came before, the G8 also has to be different, and that’s where it gets tripped up.

Had LG focused on the things that matter while undercutting its Samsung and Google rivals, it might have had a hit on its hands. Instead, the LG G8 is filled with gimmicks that might be fun initially, but their persnicketiness and general uselessness ultimately frustrate and cheapen the experience.

That’s a shame, because underneath all of the gimmicks is really good phone. Maybe even a great one.

Mind you, the G8 is still saddled with LG’s overly staid design language and UI deficiencies. But with top-of-the-line specs and gesture navigation, LG’s latest flagship should be able to stand up to the Galaxy S10 or Pixel 3 XL. And it probably would, if not for all of those gimmicks.

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Wyze Sense review: This $20 sensor system is a steal for security DIYers

PC World - Mon, 2019-05-13 06:00
This starter kit of two contact sensors and one motion sensor extends the capabilities of Wyze's affordable security cameras.

Tineco Pure One S12 review: This smart cordless vacuum detects dust

PC World - Mon, 2019-05-13 06:00
The Pure One S12 adapts its suction power to the amount of dust on your floors and furniture.

The next-gen Google Assistant is taking the privacy fight right to Siri—and it just might win

PC World - Mon, 2019-05-13 06:00
Google demonstrated its next-gen Assistant during its I/O conference and it ran circles around Siri both in speed and privacy.

Wyze Sense review: This $20 sensor system is a steal for security DIYers

Mac World - Mon, 2019-05-13 06:00
This starter kit of two contact sensors and one motion sensor extends the capabilities of Wyze's affordable security cameras.

Tineco Pure One S12 review: This smart cordless vacuum detects dust

Mac World - Mon, 2019-05-13 06:00
The Pure One S12 adapts its suction power to the amount of dust on your floors and furniture.

The next-gen Google Assistant is taking the privacy fight right to Siri—and it just might win

Mac World - Mon, 2019-05-13 06:00

During its I/O Developers Conference on Tuesday, Google did a live demo of the next-generation of Google Assistant running on a Pixel phone. It’s a dramatic rethinking of how the Assistant interacts with you and your phone, down to its interface, which barely takes up any space on the screen. With a single “Hey Google” command, the presenter was able to execute 12 actions in 40 seconds, including launching and searching within third-party apps:

  • Open Calendar
  • Open Calculator
  • Open Photos
  • Set a timer for 10 minutes
  • What’s the weather today?
  • What about tomorrow?
  • Show me John Legend on Twitter
  • Get a Lyft ride to my hotel
  • Turn the flashlight on
  • Turn it off
  • Take a selfie

All that took just 40 seconds, but it’s not just the speed that’s impressive. Google Assistant only had to be summoned once, and it continued listening, understood the context of what was being asked, and didn’t require any, um, assistance. When asked to get a Lyft ride to “my hotel,” it knew where she was staying. It launched John Legend’s profile in the Twitter app. It even started a countdown after opening the front camera.

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10 time-saving Windows tips and tricks that help you get stuff done faster

PC World - Mon, 2019-05-13 05:55

Time may not necessarily be money, but it still matters. Every second you spend wading through context menus or clunkily navigating Windows is a second you could be doing something you love instead. And with so much of modern life tied up in technology, those wasted seconds can add up fast.

Now it’s time to reclaim those lost seconds, minutes, and hours. These simple Windows 10 tips and tricks aren’t glamorous and most aren’t even new, to be honest, but when deployed together they can seriously streamline your workflow.

Once you’ve mastered these methods, be sure to check out our guides to 10 helpful Windows 10 tools you might not know about and the best Windows 10 tips, tricks, and tweaks. Optimizing your setup gets awfully addictive, awfully fast.  

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COSC Student presenting at KubeCon in Spain

Department News - Sat, 2019-05-11 08:00

Brock student Lindsey Tulloch will be presenting a talk entitled "Kubernetes - the New Research Platform" at the KubeCon conference, Barcelona, Spain, May 20-23.

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Best power banks of 2019: The top USB portable chargers for your phone

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-10 19:11

Anyone who uses a smartphone knows the importance of carrying a backup power bank. But given the large number of options on Amazon, you might feel overwhelmed, understandably. Besides the various charging specs, ports, and even cables you have to consider, there are a ton of competing brands. It’s common to see products from Anker, Mophie, and MyCharge, but how do you know which ones deliver on their promises? Is it worth saving a few bucks if a battery pack’s performance is lacking?

As for the latter, be advised: Amazon voluntarily recalled six different models of its AmazonBasics-branded external power banks after they were found to potentially overheat.

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Best power banks of 2019: The top USB portable chargers for your phone

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-10 19:11
These USB battery packs from Anker, Mophie, Xiaomi, and others will keep your Android or Apple phone charged while you're on the go.

PCWorld's April Digital Magazine: Meet ConceptD, Acer's new PCs for creators

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-10 18:45

Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Magazine. Available as single copies or as a monthly subscription, it highlights the best content from PCWorld.com—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers.

In the May issue

In May we sat down with Acer CEO Jason Chen and got a first look at their ConceptD PCs: they are powerful, quiet, and cool, but made for creators. We untangled USB4 and what this future standard means for USB chaos and Thunderbolt 3. Find out how Huawei is basically forcing fans to buy the P30 Pro by crippling the P30.

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