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NFL Redzone streaming is needlessly complicated to sign up for, so we'll show you how

PC World - 12 hours 2 min ago
NFL Redzone has a standalone streaming option for $35 per year, but few people are aware of it.

Borderlands 3 review impressions: It's exactly what you think and nothing more

PC World - Sat, 2019-09-14 15:41

Borderlands 3 is exactly what it purports to be, which is “More Borderlands.” Should that annoy me? Or anyone? Probably not. There’s something to be said for giving the fans what they want, and hey, when I was in high school I was very into Tom Petty and very excited when he played “Free Falling” at the concert I attended even though there was no way in hell he’d skip it.

Point being I get it. You make a game called Borderlands 3, and it’s going to be Borderlands. Shut up and play the hits.

So much of this console generation has been exactly that though. Spinning our collective wheels. Playing it safe. There are a million reasons for it, and this isn’t the best place to delve into those reasons, but suffice it to say the biggest names in games ten years ago are still—barring the odd Fortnite—the biggest names in games now.

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The best gaming headsets: Reviews and buying advice

PC World - Fri, 2019-09-13 19:05

The next great peripherals war is being waged over your ears. After every company on the planet put out a gaming mouse and then a mechanical keyboard, they turned their attention to headsets. So many headsets.

We know you don’t want to scroll through every single headset review when all you want is a simple answer: “What’s the best gaming headset I can buy with my hard-earned dollars?” This page holds the answers you seek, no matter what your budget is.

We’ll keep updating our recommendations as we look at new products and find stronger contenders. 

Updated 9/13/19 to include our review of the Astro A40 TR plus MixAmp, which offers great sound and a multitude of features, but at a steep price for today’s gaming headset market. See the bottom of this article for all of our headset reviews.

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Where to buy the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro

Mac World - Fri, 2019-09-13 15:50

It’s been a long time since you could only get an iPhone directly from Apple or from AT&T. Today, it’s offered by all major carriers and big retailers, and many of them want to entice you to buy with them by offering special deals. Of course, you can always buy from Apple directly, either in-store or online.

If you haven’t yet put in your order for an iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro, here’s a summary of some of the deals and promotions offered by different retailers to help you make up your mind. For each, we’ll tell you about any current special deals, when you should consider buying there, and when you shouldn’t.

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Brock formalizes partnership with Public Health

Brock News - Fri, 2019-09-13 12:29

MEDIA RELEASE: 13 September 2019 – R00144

Brock University and Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services are neighbours located across the street from each other on Sir Isaac Brock Way, but the links connecting the two organizations run far deeper than geography.

For many years, Brock and Public Health have been working together on joint research, experiential education opportunities, career events and guest lectures. That partnership was formalized Friday, Sept. 13, when Dr. M. Mustafa Hirji, Acting Medical Officer of Health for Niagara Region, and Gervan Fearon, President of Brock University, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The signing took place in a fourth-year Child Health class at Brock taught by Health Sciences Professor Terry Wade.

Fearon said one of Brock’s strategic priorities is to support the health and vitality of local communities, and partnering with Public Health is an effective way to help make a meaningful difference.

“Besides providing invaluable experiential education opportunities for students, this collaboration will cross many disciplines and identify prospects for research in a host of areas,” said Fearon. “Brock can engage numerous departments to assist in addressing health issues through a transdisciplinary approach involving scholars from biology to health promotion to urban planning.”

Hirji said Brock and Public Health share a common goal.

“Success in our department’s goal for Niagara to become one of the 25 healthiest communities in Canada depends on every institution that influences health using solid science and evidence,” he said. “Deepening our partnership with Brock University will allow a synergy of our on-the-ground insight into people’s health with Brock’s research prowess, thereby ensuring our community has the best scientific evidence.”

Brock Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Dean Peter Tiidus said the University’s involvement in public health education goes back more than a decade, when Brock launched the first Bachelor of Public Health program in Canada.

“This MOU facilitates and expands upon the longstanding relationship we have with Niagara Public Health, which provides outstanding experiential education opportunities for our students and enhanced research collaborations for our faculty,” he said. “As we continue to expand our programs to find new and innovative ways to support the health of Niagara’s aging population, we are expecting even more educational and research opportunities to emerge from this MOU.”

There are many examples of projects that have been completed or are underway aimed at improving health well-being outcomes for Niagara residents.

In one project, through Brock’s Interprofessional Education for Quality Improvement Program (I-EQUIP), Associate Professor of Health Sciences Madelyn Law and third-year Health Sciences student Josiah Coolen are working with Niagara EMS to review research and survey the community on perceptions of a new clinical triage model.

Another example is Brock Assistant Professor of Health Sciences Karen Patte, who is collaborating with Niagara Region Health Promoter Lisa Gallant on a project with fourth-year students focused on the development of evidence-based strategies to improve participation in walking, biking and other forms of active school travel across the region. Students’ innovative ideas have been incorporated within Public Health strategies, having a direct impact on the community.

“This is a very exciting time,” said Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Andrea Feller. “Over the years, our work with Brock has increased and improved. This MOU demonstrates our commitment to take this work to the next level — ultimately leading to ways to maximize knowledge-to-action to benefit Niagarans.”

Law said the MOU provides a framework for the University and Niagara Region Public Health to move forward together with many more ideas.

“The complexity of health issues crosses all disciplines from transportation and education to things such as infectious diseases,” she said. “Having this formal MOU will help us think about health more broadly across all disciplines and Faculties at Brock to deal with these complex issues. It enhances the possibilities of collaborations across Brock to look at all factors that impact issues related to health.”

Staff from Public Health have also been working closely with Brock on a number of projects. Hirji and others have been guest lecturers in a number of University courses, while Niagara Public Health Manager of Surveillance and Evaluation Sinead McElhone is an adjunct professor in Brock’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. McElhone sits on the organizing committee for a health symposium to be held at Brock in October. She’s also part of Brock’s Niagara Community Observatory and is on the committee for Brock’s Master of Public Health program.

“In my roles, I have had the unique opportunity to observe the many great activities between both organizations such as teaching, research and student training,” McElhone said. “I am excited to see this partnership being formalized to better benefit students, staff and the people of Niagara.”

Friday’s MOU signing is the latest in a series of commitments by Brock to work with regional partners, such as Niagara Health, Pathstone Mental Health, Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold and Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre.

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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Microsoft's patch to fix Windows Search breaks Windows Search

PC World - Fri, 2019-09-13 12:24

Microsoft will have to patch the patch. A recent patch designed to eliminate unwanted CPU spikes associated with Windows Search has apparently broken Windows Search.

At least it has on my machine. Other threads on Reddit report that the entire Start menu has vanished. More tellingly, Microsoft has acknowledged the bug, and has said that it is working on a patch for the patch.

Originally, a “small number of users” saw a spike in CPU consumption after installing the latest update to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, or  KB4512941, Microsoft reported last week. Those spikes were apparently tied to users who had decided to block Windows Search’s ability to search the web. This week, Microsoft issued patch KB4515384 to solve the problem. Unfortunately, in fixing the CPU spiking problem, the patch presented new problems for Windows Search and, in some cases, the Start menu.

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This week in games: Civilization reproduced in Excel, Control teases an Alan Wake expansion

PC World - Fri, 2019-09-13 12:00

I finished Control two weeks ago and now all I can think about is more Control. Good news on that front, as Remedy announced two expansions this week—including one themed around Alan Wake? It certainly looks that way.

That news, plus a few Tokyo Game Show announcements, Civilization in Excel, Civilization-as-battle-royale, KFC’s new video game obsession, a System Shock III trailer, and more.

This is gaming news for September 9 to 13.

Free frights

For the first time ever, Epic’s free game of the week is one I haven’t played. Conarium, released in 2017, is “a chilling Lovecraftian game” and the screenshots look neat, though it holds a middling score on Steam. Still, it’s free right? Nothing to lose by picking it up.

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Hurry and order your iPhone 11 Pro in Midnight Green because they’re selling fast

Mac World - Fri, 2019-09-13 08:55

It only took 20 minutes for some iPhones to sell out of their preorder allotment. And as you might have guessed, the most popular model is the biggest one in the newest color. While iPhone 11 stock seems to be plentiful, the iPhone 11 Pros are starting to slip. You can still get many combinations with guaranteed Sept. 20 delivery, but some Pro models won’t ship for several weeks (all shipping times listed below are as of this writing):

iPhone 11 Pro 64GB, Midnight Green
  • Verizon: 2-3 weeks
  • AT&T: 5-7 days
  • Sprint: 2-3 weeks
  • T-Mobile: 2-3 weeks
  • Unlocked: Sept. 20
256GB/512GB, Midnight Green
  • Verizon: 2-3 weeks
  • AT&T: 2-3 weeks
  • Sprint: 2-3 weeks
  • T-Mobile: 2-3 weeks
  • Unlocked: 5-7 days
iPhone 11 Pro Max All capacities
  • Verizon: Sept. 20
  • AT&T: Sept. 20
  • T-Mobile: 7-10 days
  • Unlocked: 5-7 days

Some other scattered models have also shipped beyond their Sept. 20 release, including the Space Gray Pro Max at AT&T and T-Mobile. Whether that’s the result of short stock or high demand is unknown, but the message is clear: Hurry up and order because the model you want might be sold out sooner than you think.

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Apple is making its iPhones last longer. That’s a good thing

Mac World - Fri, 2019-09-13 08:00

A cynic might argue that prolonging the lifetime of its smartphones runs counter to Apple’s interests. After all, the sooner iPhones break down, the sooner customers have to pony up the cash for a new one. For years, conspiracy theories of “planned obsolescence” have run rampant, full of anecdata of iPhones breaking down just as they run out of warranty.

But that argument flies in the face of reality. For one thing, if your expensive new phone breaks after a year, are you really going to immediately replace it with another phone from the same unreliable manufacturer?

More to the point, Apple has demonstrated that it is dedicated to getting the most life possible out of its smartphones, such as with last year’s iOS 12 update, which promised better performance on older devices. And the company has continued the trend this year with the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, offering a number of features that should keep them reliably ticking away longer than ever.

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The real innovations at Apple’s iPhone 11 event were the prices, not the products

Mac World - Fri, 2019-09-13 07:00

During Apple’s iPhone even Tuesday, the biggest applause breaks weren’t for the iPhone 11 Pro’s triple camera or the Apple Watch’s always-on display. They weren’t for Jason Momoa in the See trailer or the iPhone 11’s Night Mode. Rather, they were for the slides that are usually met with murmurs or outright silence: the prices.

Out of nowhere, Apple stopped being the company that sets the bar for the high end. Instead, it undercut Disney with its Apple TV+ streaming service, bested Google’s Stadia with Apple Arcade, delivered more iPad for the same price, and—the biggest surprise of all—trimmed the price of the iPhone 11 by $50 across the board. And that’s not to speak of the free year of Apple TV+ you get with basically any Apple device purchase.

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Astro A40 TR plus MixAmp review: A tough sell nowadays, but still a top-notch headset

PC World - Fri, 2019-09-13 06:30

It’s been a while since we’ve seen premium Astro gear. Once known exclusively for its high-end headsets, Astro spent the past few years carving a niche at the budget-friendly end of the market. First there was the A10, delivering surprisingly great sound for only $60 (and earning our pick for best budget headset). Then Astro followed up with the A20, for entry-level wireless.

But with those newcomers now firmly established it’s high time Astro returned to its signature headset, the A40. 

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Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 920 review: this combo robot vacuum/mop is great for multi-level homes

Mac World - Fri, 2019-09-13 06:00
This robot vac can remember multiple floor plans, which is great for folks who live in multi-level homes (but no, it can't climb stairs).

Kami Smart Security Starter Kit review: Its low price tag is the one thing it has going for it

Mac World - Fri, 2019-09-13 06:00
You won't find many Zigbee-based home security systems cheaper than this, but you'll find plenty that are more effective at protecting your home.

The new 10.2-inch iPad: How does it compare to the iPad Air?

Mac World - Fri, 2019-09-13 06:00

This week, Apple announced the seventh generation of its entry-level iPad, and it’s a weird little beast. The screen is a little larger than last year’s model, and you can now use a full-sized Smart Keyboard, but the processor remains the same and the overall design has only slightly changed. The changes are so few between last year’s model and this one, in fact, that we basically covered them all in our announcement post.

Instead, let’s compare the new kid on the block to this year’s refreshed iPad Air, which has a 10.5-inch Retina display that’s now very close in size to what you’d get on the 10.2-inch iPad. The bodies of both models now measure exactly 9.8 inches by 6.8 inches, although the Air has a tiny advantage in thinness. The Air costs more, but unless you’re really just out to save money or you don’t think you’ll need more space, the iPad Air undoubtedly will be the smarter buy at this size. Here’s why.

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Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

Mac World - Fri, 2019-09-13 06:00
Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 920 review: this combo robot vacuum/mop is great for multi-level homes

PC World - Fri, 2019-09-13 06:00
This robot vac can remember multiple floor plans, which is great for folks who live in multi-level homes (but no, it can't climb stairs).

XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT Thicc II Ultra review: A high-performance muscle car of a GPU

PC World - Fri, 2019-09-13 06:00

Gamers, start your engines. The $440 XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT Thicc II Ultra is the first custom Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card we’ve laid hands on, and it screams.

The Thicc II Ultra evokes XFX’s beloved Double Dissipation design, with an ultra-clean, black-and-chrome scheme reminiscent of American muscle cars, and revved-up clock speeds to match. Like any hot rod, though, you’ll need to tinker with it a bit for the best performance, and you can hear it purring when you put the pedal to the gaming metal.

It’s worth it. The XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT Thicc II Ultra is extremely impressive and extremely fast, pushing AMD’s new flagship GPU well past the similarly priced GeForce RTX 2060 Super’s performance. With its optimizations, the Thicc II Ultra inches awfully close to the $500 RTX 2070 Super’s frame rates. You’ll be able to find it at retailers this week, but XFX sent us an early review sample to test. Let’s get to it.

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Kami Smart Security Starter Kit review: Its low price tag is the one thing it has going for it

PC World - Fri, 2019-09-13 06:00
You won't find many Zigbee-based home security systems cheaper than this, but you'll find plenty that are more effective at protecting your home.

Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

PC World - Fri, 2019-09-13 06:00
Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

AMD adds Radeon Image Sharpening to some Radeon RX 400- and 500-series graphics cards

PC World - Thu, 2019-09-12 17:29

One of the Radeon RX 5700 series’ most interesting software tricks is expanding to more graphics cards. The new AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.9.2 drivers releasing today adds support for Radeon Image Sharpening to the Radeon RX 470, 480, 570, 580, and 590—AMD’s lineup of killer value mainstream graphics cards.

As we said in our Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT review: “Radeon Image Sharpening uses algorithms to intelligently sharpen only the areas that need it, reducing the blurriness that can pop up when you activate various anti-aliasing methods or run games at a lower resolution than your display’s maximum. Better yet, it does so with next to no performance impact.”  

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