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Microsoft combines Windows and Surface, potentially making it tougher on PC makers

PC World - Wed, 2020-02-05 12:58

Microsoft is combining its Windows client and Surface teams into a dedicated unit led by product chief Panos Panay, according to a report Wednesday, potentially aligning its operating system and PC hardware under the same roof.

According to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, the combination will be named “Windows + Devices,” and will be led by Panay. Joe Belfiore, who leads the Windows Experience team, will move over to the Office side of the house later in the year. A source close to Microsoft confirmed the report, though Microsoft's not confirming it publicly for now.

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Apple TV+ original shows, series, and movies: O’Shea Jackson Jr. takes over the lead role in Swagger

Mac World - Wed, 2020-02-05 12:25

Apple is planting its own flag in the streaming wars with Apple TV+, its in-house streaming service that features only original programming—no reruns of hit TV shows or last year’s blockbuster movies.

The company is said to be spending several billion dollars a year on original programming. That’s a lot of TV! What can you get for all that money? Apple is attracting some of the best talent in TV and film production, including huge stars and directors, and locking down the television and movie rights to best-selling books.

Though the service is relatively new and has few shows available now, there’s a lot in the works. This is a list of all its content for it that we know of so far, along with details about prominent stars, directors, producers, and release dates.

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Windows 10's search is broken. Here are some workarounds

PC World - Wed, 2020-02-05 10:55

Nope, it’s not just you. Windows 10’s search bar is broken for many people, according to reports flooding in across social media. Mine’s broken too. It sucks.

Trying to use Windows 10’s native search tool results in an empty, unresponsive black box, rather than the expected list of results. Rebooting doesn’t help. It appears something’s broken on Microsoft’s end.

Tying into that theory, some users have reported that disabling Windows search’s native Bing integration fixes the issue. How To Geek has a step-by-step primer on how to do just that, and if you don’t find the Bing results useful in general, they’re worth disabling anyway.

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Graphics cards ranked, from fastest to slowest

PC World - Wed, 2020-02-05 10:09

When it comes to gaming PCs, nothing matters more than your graphics card. To push as many pixels as possible you’re going to want the fastest graphics card you can afford—but ever-shifting prices and product lineups make it difficult to keep track of what’s available.

In honor of keeping frame rates high, we decided to rank all the major available discrete GPUs from Nvidia GeForce and AMD Radeon, starting with the fastest graphics card available and working on down. This list focuses on each company’s most current GPU lineup, and doesn’t include older graphics cards. Price to performance is not a consideration here—just performance. (Concrete example: The original GeForce RTX 2080 is technically more powerful than the GeForce RTX 2070 Super, and hence higher on this list, but it’s awfully close and the GeForce option is significantly cheaper, making it a better buy.)

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Zigbee vulnerability lets hackers use Hue bulbs to hijack your network

Mac World - Wed, 2020-02-05 09:57
A vulnerability in the wireless Zigbee protocol allows hackers to hijack your network using an older Hue smart bulb, but your Hue bridge has most likely been patched already.

Zigbee vulnerability lets hackers use Hue bulbs to hijack your network

PC World - Wed, 2020-02-05 09:57
A vulnerability in the wireless Zigbee protocol allows hackers to hijack your network using an older Hue smart bulb, but your Hue bridge has most likely been patched already.

Dash cam reviews: Catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving

PC World - Wed, 2020-02-05 09:44

The dash cam market is changing fast, as vendors hop onto the 4K-resolution bandwagon. We just reviewed four of the first models out the door and can’t deny the allure of supercrisp 4K images. But there are caveats, which we’ll discuss below and in the individual reviews. Until we review a few more 4K models, our top picks remain 1080p dash cams, which you can find in the chart below. 

Do you need a 4K UHD dash cam?

As 4K UHD (2160p) dash cams have entered the market, we know it’d be easy to fall victim to the specsmanship of a higher-res image. From what we’ve seen so far the gain in detail can vary, but the storage investment is consistently heavy: four times the storage of 1080p, or around 1GB for every three minutes of video. For most purposes,1080p is the more frugal everyday choice. Don’t avoid 4K UHD, but read the reviews first so you know whether the cost is justified.

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Brock teams up with Toronto Blue Jays to develop future sport leaders

Brock News - Wed, 2020-02-05 09:40

MEDIA RELEASE: 5 February 2020 – R0025

For Evan Gwartz, working for the Toronto Blue Jays means being a part of a learning culture that encourages professional and leadership development.

“Our motto is, ‘Get better every day,’” says Gwartz (BSM ’15, MA ’17). “Our leaders always encourage us to contribute and share ideas.”

Gwartz, who is the Co-ordinator, Client Services — Executive Suites for the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club, is returning to campus Thursday, Feb. 6 for the eighth annual Department of Sport Management (SPMA) Alumni Day.

“It is very empowering to work in such a respectful environment and I look forward to being able to share and connect with Brock Sport Management students,” he says.

Representing the Toronto Blue Jays Leadership Development Program (LDP) in collaboration with the department’s Student Council, Gwartz will provide students with the opportunity to experience what it’s like to work on a Blue Jays project through the second annual SPMA student case competition that is a part of the Alumni Day agenda.

It’s an opportunity for SPMA students to pitch proposed solutions to a real-world problem, showcasing what they’ve learned in the classroom and tips they’ve picked up while working in the field.

This year’s competition gives students three days to develop a solution to a scenario presented by the Toronto Blue Jays LDP, a 12-month opportunity for top talent to develop their professional skill set, including leadership skills, while contributing to shaping the Blue Jays culture.

“The intent of this case competition scenario is to create an environment where students experience working on a project that participants of the Blue Jays LDP would be a part of,” Gwartz says. “Everyone who works at Rogers Centre contributes to solving problems and achieving our business goals, and for an afternoon these competitors will too.”

The top teams will be selected for a 10- to 15-minute presentation about their case analysis to a panel of judges comprised of Blue Jays staff and Sport Management faculty and alumni.

“I value our organization’s learning culture,” says Gwartz. “Our leaders share with us and encourage us to contribute. Even if something doesn’t click, they still want to hear from us. This competition connects with our program and is really about the process, learning and thinking critically about organizational issues.”

While a master’s student at Brock, Gwartz focused his research on organizational leadership and management of purpose and core values in a professional sport organization.

“I have studied how leaders can create a special type of culture,” he says. “After I completed my master’s at Brock University, I was accepted into the Toronto Blue Jays LDP. As soon as I interviewed for the program, I recognized the Jays had the culture I was looking for.”

Gwartz, who grew up St. Catharines, says he’s excited about returning to campus.

“I am most looking forward to connecting with the students who remind me of my own creative ambitions and energy,” says Gwartz. “They have a fresh perspective and I work in a department where if a great idea comes up, we will take it and develop it if it will help our business. I feel very grateful to be fulfilling my aspiration of working in professional sports and am excited to promote these opportunities with students who may have similar dreams.”

The winning team will receive a prize package which includes a unique Blue Jays experience, including tickets to a Blue Jays game, a personal tour of the Rogers Centre led by Gwartz and the chance to be on the field during pre-game batting practice.

More information on SPMA Alumni Day and a full schedule of panelists is available on the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences website.

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

Brock University Marketing and Communications has a full-service studio where we can provide high definition video and broadcast-quality audio.

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Happy birthday to…who? How to purge your calendar of acquaintances’ natal days

Mac World - Wed, 2020-02-05 08:00

Social media has devalued the birthday by flooding our timelines with the felicitous anniversaries of people far beyond our close friends, family, and colleagues. This is nowhere clearer than in your calendar, which you might find unexpectedly clogged with birthdays every day of people you might not even remember.

How does this happen? It’s a combination of legacy and modern synchronization and import, for most of us. In the past, Apple provided closer integration between Facebook and its operating systems. You may also have imported or synced contacts between Google and your Mac, iPhone, or iPad, or have active sync still in place.

If you’re like me, you may also have the detritus of contacts exported across many pieces of software across many computers and mobiles and jobs and the like. I can hardly believe I ever knew as many people as are in my contacts list.

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Surprise! Cheaper Apple products are hits

Mac World - Wed, 2020-02-05 07:15

Gauging consumer demand for a product can be hard, even for a company as successful as Apple. Sometimes a product is a breakout hit, there are production slowdowns at the factory, or both, and the company just can’t make ‘em fast enough. But there are other times when it’s just a failure of imagination, a miscalculation in the appeal of one’s own product that leads a company to just not make enough products to fulfill the surprising demand.

It doesn’t happen often to Apple, but every time it does, it’s an interesting data point. A few years back, Apple underestimated the appeal of the small, low-cost iPhone SE—and didn’t make enough to fulfill demand. And during the 2019 holidays, Apple didn’t make enough of the two-year-old Apple Watch Series 3, of all things.

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Safari alternatives: Five Mac web browsers worth trying

Mac World - Wed, 2020-02-05 06:30

If you have a Mac, you have Safari—it’s the built-in default. Apple’s browser is very fast, respects your privacy, and works seamlessly with Safari on iPhone or iPad through iCloud syncing features. But it’s not the only game in town.

Unlike on iOS and iPadOS, Apple is quite permissive about running full web browsers on macOS. Mac browsers can use their own technologies to render webpages and set themselves to be the default web browser. On iPhone or iPad, they can’t do either of those things.

There’s nothing wrong with sticking to Safari, but depending on your own particular needs, it might not be the best browser. Some services, like YouTube TV, won’t run on Safari at all. And some features, like YouTube’s support for 4K video, don’t work with Safari. So you’ll need to try another browser. Here are five other Mac browsers worth trying out.

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Samsung Portable SSD T7 Touch review: Faster, and now with fingerprint security

PC World - Wed, 2020-02-05 06:00

Samsung’s Portable SSD T7 Touch is a very nice upgrade to the older T5 (which will still be available). It’s thinner, a significantly faster reader, and it also sports a fingerprint scanner that you can employ, or not—your choice. Sure, you could get an official FIPS-certified secure drive, but those cost far more than the T7, which gives you this extra bit of security while remaining within the price range (currently $130 on Amazon) of a normal USB SSD. That makes it a sweet deal for the average user who still wants effective data protection. (Corporations generally require FIPS, and secure government use always does.)

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How to stream 26 movies nominated for the 2020 Oscars

PC World - Wed, 2020-02-05 06:00
Cord-cutters can watch many of this year’s Academy Award nominees in the comfort of their own homes.

TCL 5-Series 4K TV review: This 43-inch smart TV delivers a good picture for minimal moola

PC World - Wed, 2020-02-05 06:00
This bargain-priced smart TV features surprisingly good color, Dolby Vision, and the Roku interface.

Best TVs: Our top picks, plus plain-language explanations of the most important specs and features

PC World - Wed, 2020-02-05 06:00
There are plenty of great smart TVs. Our guide cuts through the alphabet soup to tell everything you need to know to buy the one that's right for you.

How to stream 26 movies nominated for the 2020 Oscars

Mac World - Wed, 2020-02-05 06:00
Cord-cutters can watch many of this year’s Academy Award nominees in the comfort of their own homes.

TCL 5-Series 4K TV review: This 43-inch smart TV delivers a good picture for minimal moola

Mac World - Wed, 2020-02-05 06:00
This bargain-priced smart TV features surprisingly good color, Dolby Vision, and the Roku interface.

Best TVs: Our top picks, plus plain-language explanations of the most important specs and features

Mac World - Wed, 2020-02-05 06:00
There are plenty of great smart TVs. Our guide cuts through the alphabet soup to tell everything you need to know to buy the one that's right for you.

Viofo A129 Pro Duo review: Dual-channel 4K UHD goodness

PC World - Tue, 2020-02-04 19:39

Viofo's A129 Pro Duo must be performing some level of optical and video processing voodoo, because this front/rear dash cam combo ($250 on Amazon) captures are nearly perfect. As the 4K UHD upgrade from the Viofo A129 Duo (currently $169.90 on Amazon), the front video shows enough detail to make me think that the extra storage space 4K UHD requires (four times 1080p) might actually be worth it. The rear video is some of the best 1080p I’ve seen. Throw in integrated GPS, and this is quite likely the best pure front/rear dash cam combo we’ve tested yet. Compare to the Nextbase 422GW or its more price-competitive 322GW sibling, which offer largely the same feature set. The main A129 Pro camera is also available separately (currently $179.90 on Amazon)Remove non-product link.

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Aukey DRS2 dual dash cam review: Excellent video in all directions, and infrared too

PC World - Tue, 2020-02-04 19:37

The most distinguishing feature of the Aukey DRS2 ($150 on Amazon) is its interior camera, which can be detached from the main body for use as a rear camera. Nice, but its best trick is taking excellent video, both exterior and interior, day and night. It could use integrated GPS (an $20 external option that’s $20 on AmazonRemove non-product link) and a larger capacitor, but beyond that, it’s all good. 

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