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Apple Watch Series 5 review: As always, on point

PC World - Mon, 2019-09-30 07:00
The Apple Watch Series 5 might not be a massive change over the Series 4, but Always On is killer and enough to make it stand out.

Apple Watch Series 5 review: As always, on point

Mac World - Mon, 2019-09-30 07:00

The Apple Watch Series 5 is so far ahead of anything that professes to be a peer, there’s only one reason not to buy one: You want multi-day battery life. Otherwise, you’re not going to find a smartwatch with a better screen, more advanced sensors, nicer design, or stronger app support.

Christopher Hebert/IDG

Watch faces look rich, bold, and straight up gorgeous on the Series 5’s OLED screen.

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Ask a PC expert: Should you buy a used graphics card?

PC World - Mon, 2019-09-30 06:30

PCWorld CPU whisperer Gordon Mah Ung says it’s (mostly) safe to buy a used CPU. But is it safe to buy a used graphics card? Lots of people swear by it, but GPU expert Brad Chacos isn’t so bullish.

Graphics cards have a lot more moving parts than static CPUs, and it’s easy to overclock the snot out of them. It all boils down to the risk-to-reward ratio. Brad explains why he typically isn’t interested in used graphics cards, what to look out for if you are shopping for a used graphics card, warranty concerns, and the price-to-performance differences between used and new GPUs.

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Baldwin Evolved Bluetooth smart lock review: Splendid build quality, run-of-the-mill electronics

PC World - Mon, 2019-09-30 06:00
The beefy, beautiful hardware is a cut above mass-market smart locks, but the Evolved's brains are no different from the much less-expensive Kwikset Kevo.

Baldwin Evolved Bluetooth smart lock review: Splendid build quality, run-of-the-mill electronics

Mac World - Mon, 2019-09-30 06:00
The beefy, beautiful hardware is a cut above mass-market smart locks, but the Evolved's brains are no different from the much less-expensive Kwikset Kevo.

The Planet Zoo beta is fantastically enthralling despite some rough edges

PC World - Sat, 2019-09-28 08:00

“In loving memory of Jose. Galapagos Giant Tortoise. Adult. 34.9 years old. Died of starvation.”

That last part’s a kick in the teeth. Here I am trying to run a respectable zoo. I’ve poured thousands of dollars into this money pit. I’ve scoured the globe for unique animals so the masses can mash their faces against the glass and yell “Do a trick!” blind to the minor miracle that is getting a grizzly bear to survive in 100-degree heat.

And then one of my keepers simply forgot to feed one of the Galapagos Giant Tortoises until it starved to death. Planet Zoo is one of the most frustrating betas I’ve ever played, and yet I’ve already poured entirely too many hours into it this week, and probably many more to come. I can’t stop playing, even when it’s half-busted.

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Redesigned 'Microsoft Surface' could join Surface Pro 7 with AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm CPUs

PC World - Fri, 2019-09-27 14:19

Microsoft will be reportedly launching not one but two Surface tablets next week, which will be built around microprocessors from AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm. Qualcomm’s contribution will be a modified Snapdragon 8cx chip that may be rebranded as something else entirely, according to a source.

French blog Frandroid reported Friday that Microsoft will launch not one but two Surface tablets: the expected Surface Pro 7, but also a more dramatically redesigned Surface tablet, branded as the Surface 7. A Surface Laptop 3 will also be launched. PCWorld was told separately, and before Frandroid’s report, that the Surface lineup included processors from all three manufacturers, including the modified 8cx chip. Historically, Microsoft’s Surface devices have leaned heavily but not exclusively on Intel’s Core processors.

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This week in games: Getting ready for an onslaught of October releases

PC World - Fri, 2019-09-27 11:46

Finish up your September games because October arrives next week and it is packed. Like, day one we have a Destiny 2 expansion. That's a hell of a way to kick off a month, with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, The Outer Worlds, Disco Elysium, and more waiting in the wings.

You'll find trailers for some of those October games below, plus details on Focus's latest drama with Frogwares, new Game Pass additions, and of course another instance of Fallout 76 merchandise gone wrong.

This is gaming news for September 23 to 27.

Jump the turnstile

While it's hard to top last week's Batman giveaway, Epic's got two new freebies for your library. This week the "adult" offering is Metro 2033 Redux, which is as good an excuse as any to get into the Metro series if you haven't yet. The other game is Everything, which lets you inhabit any object or animal in the game from the tiniest photon to the largest star. It's quite an experience.

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How OnePlus phones will smartly sort your texts using on-device AI

PC World - Fri, 2019-09-27 11:41

While Google and Apple are working to deliver typing prompts and custom profile photos in their message apps, OnePlus is beefing up its own messaging app in a different way: with a healthy dose of AI-powered organization.

On the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro, the upcoming OnePlus 7T, and coming soon to older handsets, OnePlus’s stock Messages app will gain a “Smart SMS” feature. No longer will your messages merely populate your phone in chronological order, cluttered with bill reminders, payment notifications, and one-time passwords. Texts from businesses will clearly be separate from the ones your friends send, all sorted automatically based on content. The system went live in India Thursday, with expansion planned for additional countries, including the United States.

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Brock launches drone certificate program

Brock News - Fri, 2019-09-27 10:02

MEDIA RELEASE: 27 September 2019 – R00152

From grape vine crop assessments to forest fire monitoring, drones have become important tools across a wide range of industries.

To help introduce students and community members to the technology, Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre is now offering Introduction to Drones as a non-credit certificate program. Registration is now open for the first day-long course, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 30.

“The course presents a unique opportunity to acquire detailed knowledge and hands-on experiential learning about the safe and legal use of drone technologies for real-world applications,” said Marilyne Jollineau, Acting Director of the ESRC, adding that Introduction to Drones is the first in a series of non-credit certificate programs to be offered by the Centre.

Drone use in environmental sustainability has surged with uses ranging from performing air quality assessments to allowing researchers to map, monitor and evaluate inhospitable or inaccessible sites without disturbing fragile ecosystems.

“The benefits and opportunities afforded to us by drones also come with inherent risks,” Jollineau said. “In order to mediate these risks and promote responsible drone operation, proper training is essential.”

Jollineau and course instructor Gillian Dale are both certified drone pilots under Transport Canada’s new drone regulations.

In addition to important knowledge about the safe and legal operation of drones, students will learn about various types and applications, basic operating principles, licensing requirements and best practices for environmental and human safety. In-class instruction will be supplemented with experiential learning exercises where students fly micro-drone quadcopters.

Although the program is not intended to directly prepare students to take the Transport Canada Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems exams, they will learn knowledge-based and practical skills, and will be provided with information and resources needed to work toward the Basic Operation licence.

For more information on how to legally fly a drone in Canada, visit the Transport Canada website.

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* 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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From small towns to the big city, fall is recruiting season for Brock University

Brock News - Fri, 2019-09-27 10:00

MEDIA RELEASE: 24 September 2019 – R00151

The school year may have just started, but the wheels are very much in motion to spread the word about Brock University to the next incoming class of post-secondary students.

With more than 250 faculty, staff and students from across the University in attendance, Brock will be well-represented at this weekend’s Ontario Universities Fair (OUF) in downtown Toronto.

Running from Friday, Sept. 27 until Sunday, Sept. 29, OUF is the biggest exhibition of post-secondary institutions in Canada, with more than 130,000 people expected to attend the free event.

Before they even arrive in the main hall at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, many OUF guests will have seen plenty of Brock branding downtown. The University is once again running its ‘Experience’ marketing campaign in the Skywalk area of Union Station, which links the transit hub with the major convention, entertainment and sports venues in the area.

“OUF represents the single largest opportunity to speak with prospective students and their parents,” said Matt Melnyk, Manager, National Recruitment at Brock. “This event is especially important for Brock, given our location and the fact that more than 40 per cent of applicants to the University come from the Greater Toronto Area.”

Inside the Convention Centre, Brock’s OUF booth has been updated with new larger digital screens and upgraded graphic towers. The booth is staffed by friendly and knowledgeable students, faculty and staff eager to answer questions about academic programs and the Brock student experience.

“We have some students who have never heard of Brock and are using OUF to explore their options at all of the Ontario universities,” said Kara Kelly, Manager, Recruitment Operations and Communication. “Others have thoroughly researched their programs and arrive with very specific questions about Brock. In both cases, we want the prospective students and their families to leave with the information they’re looking for to make an informed decision about their post-secondary future.”

Although OUF is the biggest event on the recruiting calendar, there’s plenty more activity happening across the country. Brock recruitment staff are now on the road and will visit more than 800 high schools before the end of November.

The University is also gearing up for Fall Preview Day, taking place Sunday, Nov. 3. That’s when thousands of students and their families will visit Brock for a tour of campus and to learn more about their specific programs.

There are also daily campus tours taking place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., as well as on-campus visits aimed at specific academic interests such as Life Sciences Day, Humanities Day, Goodman Day and Social Sciences Day.

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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The Full Nerd ep. 108: Corsair's George Makris goes deep on PC cases, RGB, CLCs, and Ryzen delays

PC World - Fri, 2019-09-27 09:53

In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray wade into the badass, blacklight-accented Corsair Gaming Room to pick the brain of George Makris, Corsair’s director of marketing! He’s been in the industry for as long as Gordon, so you know it’s going to be good.

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Why you should use Google Photos over iCloud Photos: Sharing photos and movies

Mac World - Fri, 2019-09-27 08:00

iCloud Photos is a fantastic way to sync your images and videos across all the devices you own that use the same Apple ID for iCloud, have access anywhere via a web browser to the same media at iCloud.com, and let Apple effectively perform a backup (or extra backup, depending on your configuration) of all your media.

But iCloud Photos is for devices, not people. When it comes to sharing pictures and movies with other people, it’s not a robust solution. You can use Shared Albums, which let you invite people or create a publicly accessible album that anyone with the URL can access. This is great for an event or a pool of photos that families might share of each other’s kids and pets.

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Apple Arcade is the best part of iOS 13. Now Apple needs to open it up

Mac World - Fri, 2019-09-27 07:00

When we first heard about Apple Arcade, long before we knew it would only cost $4.99 a month, I hoped that it would give developers an alternative to the freemium model that has plagued mobile gaming.

Now iOS 13 has been released and with it, the Apple Arcade service. At $4.99 a month with family sharing, it’s a much better deal than anticipated. And the games are great—the variety and quality exceeds my highest hopes. I’ve only played about 15 of the games offered, and I can see myself spending a lot more time with at least 10 of those.

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Hands on with Marvel Dimension of Heroes: Fun, frantic though repetitive AR gameplay

PC World - Fri, 2019-09-27 06:30

Lenovo’s new AR experience, Marvel Dimension of Heroes, checks all the right boxes: It’s fun, it runs well, and it stays true to its roots, with voice actors apparently lifted from the Avengers animated series. But though you can step into the shoes of six Marvel characters, the gameplay remains the same but for a few tweaks.

The Lenovo Mirage AR headset/controller combo is $250 on AmazonRemove non-product link, $50 more than the original platform, which powered Star Wars: Jedi Challenges. Instead of a single controller this time around, you get two, mimicking the hand-based gestures of a Doctor Strange, or the energy blasts of a Captain Marvel. Moreover, the system is backward-compatible with the Star Wars experience, so you’re getting two games for the price of one.

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Roborock S4 review: This robot vac delivers advanced features at an affordable price

PC World - Fri, 2019-09-27 06:00
With improved navigation and a refreshed design, the latest Roborock takes another step forward.

How to watch the MLB playoffs and the World Series without cable

PC World - Fri, 2019-09-27 06:00
Don't miss a postseason pitch, read our cord-cutter's guide to the 2018 MLB playoffs and the World Series.

Roborock S4 review: This robot vac delivers advanced features at an affordable price

Mac World - Fri, 2019-09-27 06:00
With improved navigation and a refreshed design, the latest Roborock takes another step forward.

How to watch the MLB playoffs and the World Series without cable

Mac World - Fri, 2019-09-27 06:00
Don't miss a postseason pitch, read our cord-cutter's guide to the 2018 MLB playoffs and the World Series.

Is the writing on the wall for the Apple TV?

Mac World - Fri, 2019-09-27 06:00

Of all of Apple’s platforms, tvOS seems to have gotten the least attention in this year’s annual round of updates. When you think about it, that’s a little surprising. After all, Apple is on the verge of launching a major new video streaming service, and the Apple TV hardware device is sure to be a part of that. Where’s the love?

But look a little closer and the big picture starts to come into focus. Even with the imminent launch of Apple TV+, the Apple TV set-top box, once Apple’s beachhead in the living room, is simply not nearly as critical to the company’s mission as it used to be.

The future of TV is app

Apple’s TV platform has long been a third-class citizen in the company’s ecosystem, after both macOS and iOS. These days, I’d argue it even falls behind the Apple Watch as a significant product. Updates to tvOS are few and far between, and tend to bring very small adjustments or modest new features. Updates to the Apple TV set-top box are even less common, especially since 4K HDR and Dolby Vision arrived on the scene. After all, when you support the latest and greatest video and audio formats, what more is there to add?

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