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Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub review: It's better than a Bluetooth tracker, but not better enough for the price

PC World - Fri, 2020-05-22 06:00
It's great to have the range and reliability of Wi-Fi, and Weber’s hub supports up to four probes, but this high-tech grilling gadget barely justifies its price tag.

The Dell G15 15 SE features Ryzen, Radeon and Smart Shift's "free performance"

PC World - Fri, 2020-05-22 06:00

The mystery of just how well AMD’s laptop “Smart Shift” technology will perform just got a little less mysterious on Thursday.

First, AMD formally shed a little more light on the first laptop to use the Smart Shift feature, Dell’s G5 15 SE. Calling it kind of a “free performance” boost, AMD’s Frank Azor said the power-sharing technology would net gamers up to 14 percent more performance. Smart Shift works by letting the Ryzen CPU talk to the Radeon GPU about which part should get more power, communicating across the company’s InfinityFabric.

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Level Lock review: This “invisible” retrofit smart lock lives up to its name

PC World - Fri, 2020-05-22 06:00
The Level Lock is the first smart deadbolt to have absolutely no impact on your home's décor, on either side of your door.

The best smart lock for a keyless home

PC World - Fri, 2020-05-22 06:00
Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart door lock.

How to pair AirPods or AirPods Pro with Windows 10

Mac World - Thu, 2020-05-21 16:52
Pairing AirPods with a Windows PC is fast and easy—but be aware they don't deliver exactly the same experience as on iOS and macOS.

How to pair AirPods or AirPods Pro with Windows 10

PC World - Thu, 2020-05-21 16:52

Pairing AirPods or AirPods Pro with a PC may not be as utterly simple as with an iOS device, but it’s only marginally harder. You just connect the earbuds via Bluetooth—a straightforward, fast process in Windows 10. Just follow our steps below and you’ll be off and running.

Do note, however, that as an Apple product, AirPods and AirPod Pros lose some functionality in Windows. They work well for listening to audio, but fall quite short of microphone quality you’d get on iOS or macOS. So while Apple’s earbuds can handle Zoom calls in a pinch, we’d steer clear of them as your main Windows headset.

How to pair AirPods or AirPods Pro with Windows 10

First, make sure your AirPods are fully charged with both earbuds in the case, and the lid is shut. Also confirm your Windows 10 PC is capable of running Bluetooth devices. (The overwhelming majority of modern laptops have Bluetooth built-in, as do pre-built desktop PCs from vendors like Dell and HP.) If your system lacks support, you can buy an inexpensive dongle like this TP-Link oneRemove non-product link to add that feature.

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Civilization VI is free on the Epic Games Store

PC World - Thu, 2020-05-21 16:04

I hope you grabbed Grand Theft Auto V from the Epic Games Store if you wanted it, because it’s gone now. Another Thursday, another deal. Luckily Epic chose one hell of a follow-up. From now until next week, you can grab Civilization VI for free through the Epic Games Store.

It’s the baseline Civilization VI, and any Civilization veteran knows the game is never really complete until you’ve acquired the expansions. Those expansions, Rise and Fall and Gathering Storm, are available as a $40 add-on bundle.

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Brock expert says Fruit Snack Challenge makes parents researchers

Brock News - Thu, 2020-05-21 13:29

MEDIA RELEASE: 21 May 2020 – R0092

As parents around the world find new activities to keep their children busy at home, a popular online challenge has caught the attention of a Brock University expert.

Associate Professor of Psychology Caitlin Mahy says the rise of the Fruit Snack Challenge on social media, which sees parents secretly filming their children as they are left alone with snacks under the instructions not to eat them, is bringing longstanding psychological research practices into the homes of people around the world.

“By filming the challenge, parents are doing something with kids that developmental psychologists have been studying for more than four decades,” she says. “It’s really neat that parents are playing the role that a developmental scientist usually plays, albeit observing many fewer children.”

Though the viral videos are done in fun, Mahy says the experiment they are emulating has been used for scholarly psychological research that has produced telling statistics.

“The Fruit Snack Challenge is almost exactly the same as Walter Mischel’s infamous marshmallow test where children were told they could have one marshmallow immediately or wait 15 minutes and get two marshmallows,” she says. “This task was used to measure children’s delay of gratification, and in his work he showed that children who waited longer (who could resist temptation) experienced many positive, long-term outcomes including higher incomes, higher rates of educational achievement, and were even less likely to be incarcerated.”

With these findings in mind, as well as her own research into the way different wording or whether a child takes their own or an adult’s perspective can influence the results, Mahy says there’s no need for parents to panic if their child does not pass the at-home test.

“I would encourage parents not to worry too much if their child ‘fails’ the task, as this ability develops significantly between three and six years of age and many children develop these self-regulatory abilities as they mature,” she says.

Though parents won’t be able to effectively gauge their child’s future income or likelihood of incarceration from the short experiments, Mahy says there are some key takeaways.

“Every child is different,” she says. “Researchers study individual differences in the lab, but these videos show us that some children wait, others don’t, and those who do wait use a variety of strategies to help them.”

It’s also clear that parents love to watch their children respond in novel situations.

“I hope this encourages parents to participate in child development studies in the future when they have the exact same opportunity to see how children respond to various tests in the lab,” she says.

As she scrolls through the videos, Mahy thinks her own children could be the next participants in the informal challenge.

“It would be fun,” she says. “I am pretty sure my almost four-year-old would pass with flying colours, but my 16-month-old, who doesn’t yet have the pre-requisite self-control or language abilities, would probably just gobble up the fruit snacks right away.”

Associate Professor of Psychology Caitlin Mahy is available for interviews.

 

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews: 

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University ddakin@brocku.ca or 905-347-1970

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Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening

Mac World - Thu, 2020-05-21 13:14
Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.

Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening

PC World - Thu, 2020-05-21 13:14
Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.

Samsung’s 2020 soundbar lineup to be offered for sale starting this month

Mac World - Thu, 2020-05-21 13:00
First revealed at CES, Samsung’s latest high-end soundbars work together with the speakers on Samsung TVs.

Samsung’s 2020 soundbar lineup to be offered for sale starting this month

PC World - Thu, 2020-05-21 13:00
First revealed at CES, Samsung’s latest high-end soundbars work together with the speakers on Samsung TVs.

The Full Nerd ep. 140: Intel Core i9-10900K reviewed, AMD's AM4 motherboard reversal

PC World - Thu, 2020-05-21 11:30

In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Ung, Brad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray talk about new CPUs and fresh changes of heart.

Intel’s 10th-gen Core processors are finally here, and the Core i9-10900K’s ten cores and 5.3GHz speeds keep it atop the gaming CPU throne—though it’s still not a slam dunk over AMD’s rival Ryzen 9 3900X. Gordon explains why in his review. And speaking of AMD, the company recently pivoted on a controversial decision that got the Internet (and us!) riled up. Now, next-gen “Zen 3” Ryzen CPUs will indeed work in older B450 and X470 motherboards, though the compromise makes the process convoluted. Nevertheless, it’s good that AMD’s listening to feedback from upset users with valid complaints. We cover the complications.

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Legends of Runeterra review: Riot's card game may have trumped Hearthstone

Mac World - Thu, 2020-05-21 07:00

For the longest time, the collectible card game genre was dominated by Magic: The Gathering (MTG). When Blizzard released Hearthstone in 2014, it brought the company’s signature polish, simplicity, and personality to the digital realm and became an instant smash hit.

There have been lots of attempts to make hit card games before and since, some of them better than others, but nothing has felt like it really understands what makes either of those games truly great or what it would take to dethrone them.

Riot Games is famous for its esports smash hit League of Legends (LoL), and I honestly didn’t expect it’s LoL-themed card game Legends of Runeterra (LoR) to stand a chance of out-Blizzarding Blizzard. But I think perhaps it has.

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Intel has big plans to optimize Bluetooth and create all-wireless PCs

PC World - Thu, 2020-05-21 06:30

Intel's networking ambitions go beyond the high-profile purchase of Rivet Networks and its Killer Networking lineup, which should beef up its Wi-Fi quality. Intel also plans to optimize Bluetooth and connect everything on your desk wirelessly.

Eric McLaughlin, vice president of the Intel Client Computing Group and general manager of its Wireless Solutions Group, told PCWorld what the company's plans were for the new Killer technology. But, he added, Intel was also working to solve a pair of problems that hadn't yet been satisfactorily solved by the PC industry.

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Tips for replacing an Apple AirPort network

Mac World - Thu, 2020-05-21 06:15

Apple’s AirPort Base Station was a revelation in 1999. While it cost $299 plus required a $99 AirPort Card in every Mac you wanted to use with it, this was much cheaper than all other options and it came with the friendly AirPort utility for configuration—far easier than competitors’ tools. (Apple actually licensed the hardware and software to package in its unique way.)

Apple abandoned its Wi-Fi base stations years ago, it seems preferring to not compete in a market that increasingly produced inexpensive—but difficult to configure—base stations. And it sat out the mesh-networking revolution, which dramatically simplifies Wi-Fi network setup, but can cost two to four times comparable old-style Wi-Fi routers.

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Lenovo Yoga C740 15 review: A budget-friendly convertible that's a little clunky

PC World - Thu, 2020-05-21 06:00

The Yoga C740 15 is the kind of laptop Lenovo should have knocked out of the park. Its higher-end cousin, the Yoga C940 15, already stands out as a fine MacBook Pro alternative, so the C740 15 could have been a step-down variant. Lenovo did just that with its 14-inch Yoga C740, the cheaper counterpart to the C940 14 convertible. (Both of those laptops are excellent.)

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Cleer Flow II Bluetooth ANC headphone review: Exceptional sound quality and excellent noise cancelling

PC World - Thu, 2020-05-21 06:00
Even better, Cleer's ANC headphone is less expensive than the best that higher-profile competitors such as Sony, Bose, and DALI have to offer.

How to squeeze more savings from your cable bill

PC World - Thu, 2020-05-21 06:00
How to save on your cable bill whether you're a cord-cutting or not.

Cleer Flow II Bluetooth ANC headphone review: Exceptional sound quality and excellent noise cancelling

Mac World - Thu, 2020-05-21 06:00
Even better, Cleer's ANC headphone is less expensive than the best that higher-profile competitors such as Sony, Bose, and DALI have to offer.

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