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Thunderbolt 3 adapter guide: How to connect an iPhone, display, hard drive, and more to a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air

Mac World - Thu, 2020-05-14 05:00

The new MacBook Pro comes with two or four external ports, depending on the model you pick. And the new MacBook Air has a pair of ports. But those ports are only of one type: Thunderbolt 3, which is compatible with USB-C.

But you probably have devices that use USB-A, Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort, HDMI, or something else. How do you connect these devices? With an adapter.

If you’re planning to buy a new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, make sure you set aside a considerable amount of cash for the adapters you need. Apple doesn’t include any in the box, except for a power adapter.

Your best bet is to get a combination dock, like the Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter ($60 on Amazon). It connects via USB-C, and includes a USB-C pass-through port, two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port with 4K (30Hz) support. With this, you don’t have to carry around multiple adapters.

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AirPods Studio, Thunderbolt security, iPhone 12 lineup, and more

Mac World - Wed, 2020-05-13 16:58

Is Apple expanding its AirPods lineup? Should you be concerned about the recently revealed Thunderbolt security flaw? And what could we see when the iPhone 12 is released this fall? We’ll talk about this and more on this episode of the Macworld Podcast.

This is episode 698 with Jason Cross, Michael Simon, and Roman Loyola.

Listen to episode 698

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Epic's Unreal Engine 5 demo looks stunning, and how the new graphics work is just as important

PC World - Wed, 2020-05-13 16:35

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are right around the corner, and with new consoles comes a new Unreal Engine. This morning Epic showed off Unreal Engine 5 with a real-time tech demo, and it’s stunning. Will games look like this next year? Probably not. But given Unreal Engine 4’s “Infiltrator” demo now looks pretty much like your average big-budget shooter, it’s only a matter of time.

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Enter to win a RavPower PD 90W GaN Wall Charger

Mac World - Wed, 2020-05-13 16:20

To commemorate the upcoming 700th episode of the Macworld Podcast, we’re teaming up with RavPower for a giveaway of their PD 90W Gallium Nitride Wall Charger! There will be three lucky winners of this great device that you can use to charge your MacBook Pro in a shorter amount of time.

To enter for your chance to win, fill out the form below with your name and contact information. The contest begins today and runs through Wednesday, May 26 at 11:59 p.m. PT We’ll announce the winners on the Macworld Podcast at 10 a.m. Pacific on Wednesday, May 27, and on the Macworld Twitter feed.

Visit RavPower.com for more information on the PD 90W GaN Wall Charger and other RavPower products.

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Google Chrome will begin adding color-coded tab groups next week

PC World - Wed, 2020-05-13 15:28

Google said Wednesday that it’s joining the group of browser companies offering grouped tabs, which should roll out next week within Chrome.

No, that doesn’t mean a cross-industry collaboration on how to group browser tabs, unfortunately. What it does mean is that the version of Chrome which Google plans to release next week includes the ability to group and color-code browser tabs. These tab groups are available within the Chrome beta channel right now.

Virtually all major browsers allow you to CTRL-click more than one tab and then manipulate them as a group, sliding them around your browser or allowing them to be opened in another window. Microsoft’s legacy Edge browser (not the “new Edge”) allowed users to group tabs and then “set them aside” to form custom groups for work, travel, or whatever. That feature hasn’t yet been implemented in the new Edge. Vivaldi, too, allows you to create “tab stacks” that are essentially groups of tabs for a specific purpose. 

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Intel's faster 10th-gen vPro processors batten down the hatches of business PCs

PC World - Wed, 2020-05-13 15:01

After previously revealing its 10th-gen Core processors for consumers, Intel has now announced the same 10th-gen processors with vPro enabled for business computers.

Intel announced nine mobile 10th-gen Core processors with vPro as well as an additional eighteen Core and Xeon processors for the desktop, based on its “Comet Lake” architecture. Intel’s touting new expanded Hardware Shield features for this generation, which include the capability to lock down mission-critical elements in the PC’s BIOS in case of an attack.

Intel’s vPro launch follows the announcement of the latest Ryzen Pro series of processors, rival AMD’s offerings for corporate desktops. AMD announced three Ryzen Pro chips, emphasizing memory encryption as a key security feature. Intel, as it has before, promoted a platform-friendly strategy that emphasized its fresh security features plus its wide variety of processor choice.

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Slack reworks its interface to reorganize the sidebar and emphasize apps

PC World - Wed, 2020-05-13 14:38

Editor's Note: Slack said Wednesday, May 13 that it's updating its iOS and Android apps to add to additional functionality there, too. Part of the interface includes the ability to swipe right to view workspaces and swipe left to view the last channel or direct message you were in. A screenshot of the mobile interface is below. 

Slack

Beginning Wednesday, Slack users will receive a user interface update that allows them to reorganize the channels in the left navigation bar, along with a tweak that makes shortcuts to related apps much more prominent via a new “lightning bolt” icon.

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The best SSDs of 2020

PC World - Wed, 2020-05-13 13:43

Switching to a solid-state drive is the best upgrade you can make for your PC. These wondrous devices obliterate long boot times, speed up how fast your programs and games load, and generally makes your computer feel fast. But not all solid-state drives are created equal. The best SSDs offer solid performance at affordable prices—or, if price is no object, face-meltingly fast read and write speeds.

Many SSDs come in a 2.5-inch form factor and communicate with PCs via the same SATA ports used by traditional hard drives. But out on the bleeding-edge of NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) drives, you’ll find tiny “gumstick” SSDs that fit in M.2 connections on modern motherboards, SSDs that sit on a PCIe adapter and slot into your motherboard like a graphics card or sound card, futuristic 3D Xpoint drives, and more. Picking the perfect SSD isn’t as simple as it used to be.

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Amazon Prime Day 2020: Everything you need to know about Amazon's shopping extravaganza

Mac World - Wed, 2020-05-13 13:30
Summer approaches, and with it, Amazon's big "Black Friday in July" deals. Here's what you need to know about the retailer's upcoming sale bonanza.

Amazon Prime Day 2020: Everything you need to know about Amazon's shopping extravaganza

PC World - Wed, 2020-05-13 13:30

Prime Day, Amazon’s summer shopping event, is expected to return for a sixth year, but due to the pandemic it'll likely be delayed. Rumor has it we could see Prime Day in August 2020 at the earliest, but there's nothing official yet. If 2020 is anything like last year, we'll see deals for 48 hours on over a million products on Amazon sites around the world. Once Prime Day is officially announced, deal hunters should be able to track all the action via the company's Prime Day landing pageRemove non-product link.

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Amazon’s Fire HD 8 tablet refresh brings faster speeds and slimmer bezels for slightly more

PC World - Wed, 2020-05-13 11:15

Amazon unveiled an update to its popular Fire HD 8 tablet on Wednesday, bringing more speed, more storage, and an overdue design refresh for just $90 with “special offers” (lock-screen ads). That’s $10 more than the previous Fire HD 8, but you’re getting a whole lot more for your money, as our comparison below shows:

Fire HD 8 (2018)
  • Dimensions: 214 mm x 128 mm x 9.7mm
  • Display: 8-inch 1280 x 800, 189 ppi
  • Processor: Quad-Core 1.3 GHz
  • RAM: 1.5GB
  • Storage: 16GB/32GB
  • Battery: Up to 10 hours
  • Cameras: 2 MP front-facing camera + 2 MP rear-facing HD camera
Fire HD 8 (2020)
  • Dimensions: 202 x 137 x 9.7mm
  • Display: 1280 x 800, 189 ppi
  • Processor: Quad-core 2.0 GHz
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB/64GB
  • Battery: Up to 12 hours
  • Cameras: 2 MP front-facing camera + 2 MP rear-facing HD camera
Fire HD 8 Plus (2020)
  • Dimensions: 202 x 137 x 9.7mm
  • Display: 1280 x 800, 189 ppi
  • Processor: Quad-core 2.0 GHz
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB/64GB
  • Battery: Up to 12 hours
  • Cameras: 2 MP front-facing camera + 2 MP rear-facing HD camera

Along with the updated specs, the new Fire HD 8 also has a refreshed design, with dramatically slimmer uniform bezels and a lighter frame (355 grams vs 363 grams). While the screen is the same, the new design makes it more of a naturally horizontal device. Even the selfie cam (which is just 2MP like before) has been moved to the horizontal edge.

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Dell goes big with the XPS 17's debut: Everything you need to know

PC World - Wed, 2020-05-13 10:00

With the debut of the Dell XPS 17, the company will bring its popular XPS brand to a 17-inch laptop this summer, with a bezel-less design, H-class 10th-gen CPU, and up to RTX 2060 graphics. There’s an updated XPS 15, too. 

While the laptops were officially announced Wednesday, we actually got a sneak peek at prototypes of the XPS 17 in late 2019. We’ll walk you through everything we know about it.

Dell XPS 17 9700 Price and Availability

Dell said the XPS 17 9700 will go on sale this summer with a starting price of $1,499. Starting obviously means a version that doesn’t include the top-end components.

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Dell XPS 15: Everyone's favorite workhorse laptop finally gets upgraded

PC World - Wed, 2020-05-13 10:00

The Dell XPS 15 is long overdue for an upgrade, and on Wednesday it’s finally, officially getting one.

Dell said the new XPS 15 9500 will be available for order starting Wednesday, with prices starting at $1,300. We’d guess that’s for a base version with FHD+ display and integrated graphics only. For more about the upgrades and all the configurations, keep reading.

The display's the thing

As with the newly announced XPS 17 9700 and its two 13-inch siblings, the display upgrades are a highlight. Like its siblings, the XPS 15 9500 sheds its bezels. The screen still measures 15.6 inches, but the aspect ratio moves from a squat 16:9 to a taller 16:10.

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Wink's switch to mandatory subscriptions gets pushed back a week

PC World - Wed, 2020-05-13 09:27
Wink users now have seven more days to decide whether to pay a monthly subscription fee or jump to a new platform.

Goodman Group launches free business webinar series

Brock News - Wed, 2020-05-13 08:51

MEDIA RELEASE: 13 May 2020 – R0085

Augmented reality in marketing, the ethics of exploiting loopholes and managing through the unimaginable are topics that will be discussed as part of a free live webinar series for the Niagara business community kicking off today, Wednesday, May 13.

Launched by Brock University’s Goodman School of Business, the Business Breathers series will take place online Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and will feature 30 minutes of live industry and faculty expert-led discussions, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer period.

Goodman Group, the Goodman School’s community-focused learning and development services provider, created the initiative to support its clients and community partners.

“In this era of uncertainly, Business Breathers are an opportunity for entrepreneurs, leaders and others to take a break, catch their breath and take part in insightful discussion on timely topics that are relevant to their business and everyday lives,” said Abdul Rahimi, Director of Goodman Group.

Although the webinars are intended for the local business community, everyone is welcome to participate. Interested participants are asked to register online. A confirmation email will provide a link to access the webinar on the Lifesize video conferencing platform at the date and time it is planned.

 

Wednesday, May 13

Brave new worlds: How augmented reality transforms marketing
Led by Professor of Marketing, International Business and Strategy Joachim Scholz

“Augmented reality (AR) is a relatively new channel for marketers, but there is a growing sense of urgency,” said Scholz. “More consumers are expecting AR experiences, so in my opinion, time is almost up to experiment with this technology. We’re leaving the phase where it’s okay to just play around.”

It’s often confused with virtual reality (VR), and although there are similarities between the two, Scholz says AR has more practical uses and benefits for businesses and consumers.

“AR augments the user’s physical environment with a digital component,” he said. “You might use your phone to see what a sofa looks like in your living room, or how a garment fits your body, but everything else you see is in real life. In VR, everything is a virtual environment and all you see is the digital surroundings. VR is used more in gaming and entertainment.”

AR has also been used to enhance the packaging of products. For example, wine bottles have been designed with labels that are responsive to phone apps. The label comes to life to share a brand story, or other unique digital experience. 

 

Wednesday, May 20

The ethics of exploiting loopholes

Led by Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Human Resources Management, Ethics and Entrepreneurship Paul Dunn

Dunn says that as governments act quickly to introduce new programs in response to the COVID-19 crisis, omissions and ambiguity in the regulations creates loopholes for people and businesses to exploit.

“A lot of this legislation is being created to help the needy — people who have been laid off or small businesses struggling to survive — but those who don’t need the support are applying, even though they know they’re not actually eligible. By looking for loopholes, some may be adhering to the letter of the law, while simultaneously violating its spirit,” he said.

“Even though an action is not specifically mentioned as prohibited, it does not mean it is ethically acceptable. We must all take the moral high ground and act, not out of pursuing personal benefit, but rather for the common good.”

 

Wednesday, May 27

Managing through the unimaginable: Leadership and business sustainability in times of COVID-19

Led by Goodman School of Business Dean Andrew Gaudes

“It’s unimaginable to think the world would go into hibernation because of global disease,” Gaudes said. “In times like this, our foundational assumptions can be completely shaken. Without a strong foundation, we must focus on our core purpose.”

Gaudes offered the example of the University continuing to provide professional and personal fulfilment for students despite the limitations to offer face-to-face classes.

“If the University’s core purpose was to teach students in a physical classroom, we’d have to permanently shut our doors,” he said. “Instead, we are using the resources and supports available to us, and within our control, to continue with our mission.”

 

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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Photos for macOS stops syncing? Here’s one way to fix it

Mac World - Wed, 2020-05-13 08:00

It’s easy from the perch of writing the Mac 911 column to appear as if I have all the answer. Dear readers, I do not. I am always delighted to research on your behalf, but sometimes problems fall into my lap that I know will help you all, because I’m unable to find a ready solution and nobody in any forum or on any blog has found an answer, sometimes across many years.

Photos for macOS is a bugbear for many of you, one of the most regular sources of questions. But I encountered a sync problem that no one has written in about, yet I can find a history of frustrated people across the Internet trying to solve it. I did find a solution—but you might not like it!

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How Apple’s rumored iPhone 12 lineup sets the stage for big changes

Mac World - Wed, 2020-05-13 07:00

The iPhone 12 is shaping up to be one of the most important iPhone releases in a while. Not only is it likely to bring a new design and 5G connectivity, but it will also reportedly split the iPhone into distinct pro and non-pro lines in a much more definitive way than the iPhone 11.

Earlier this week, a report by Jon Prosser spilled a ton of details about the four iPhone models reportedly releasing this year. I had been somewhat skeptical about the addition of another lower-cost model, but Prosser’s details cleared things up for me: In short, this iPhone lineup could be Apple’s smartest ever with huge implications for the future.

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What will the ARM Mac line-up look like?

Mac World - Wed, 2020-05-13 06:15

For a company with a reputation for sudden bursts of industry-shaking creativity, Apple’s pretty conservative most of the time. The company has a years-long product pipeline, and while we’re beginning to anticipate the 2020 iPhone, its hardware engineers are finishing work on the 2021 model while its component designers are pondering the chips and sensors that will power the device into the mid-2020s.

For so many of Apple’s product choices, a decision now is likely to be a decision that sticks for years to come. Think of how many years it took for the company to backtrack on the butterfly keyboard in the MacBook line, even after it was obvious that it had made a mistake. More to the point, consider the continued existence of the low-end, two-port version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which is largely the consequence of a failed attempt to replace the MacBook Air with the 12-inch MacBook and the low-end MacBook Pro.

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6 ways to manage emails and control spam in Outlook

PC World - Wed, 2020-05-13 06:00

Spam lives on, despite all our efforts to snuff it out—but Outlook has some features to help slow it down. Here are some things anyone can do, plus some tips for working within a corporate Outlook system. 

1. Use Block Sender frequently

Use Outlook’s Block Sender feature to add intrusive spam to your Block Sender List, and then move it to the Junk Email folder. This works fine if you receive fewer than a dozen emails a day.

Select the spam email, right-click, choose Junk from the drop menu, and click Block Sender. Or, Select Home > Junk > Block Sender. Outlook marks it and relocates it immediately.

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Ampere's coming: Nvidia CEO pulls 'world's largest graphics card' out of an oven before GTC keynote

PC World - Tue, 2020-05-12 12:44

Nvidia’s off-again, on-again virtual GTC 2020 keynote is hitting YouTube this Thursday, and to whip up some excitement, CEO Jensen Huang decided to cook up the ‘world’s largest graphics card’ in his kitchen on an unlisted video on the company’s channel.

While baking graphics cards in the oven is indeed a way to potentially save your dying hardware, Huang’s GPU is an appetizing tease for Nvidia’s next-gen “Ampere” graphics architecture, which is expected to be announced during the event. We expected the reveal to manifest in the form of a massive data center GPU, and Huang’s extra-large serving indeed looks like the “DGX A100.” DGX is the brand for Nvidia’s Tesla-loaded graphics workstations, and Nvidia recently filed a trademark for “DGX A100.”

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