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iPad buying guide: How to choose the iPad that's right for you

Mac World - Fri, 2020-05-01 14:00

Apple makes four different models of iPad these days, and there’s no longer much of a difference between them in terms of software or basic functionality. All of the current models support the Apple Pencil, for instance (although not every Pencil works with every iPad), and they all feature the improved multitasking capabilities introduced in iPadOS.

Yet several significant differences remain, chiefly in terms of power, size, storage, and, of course, price. With such variety, there’s an iPad for every need, whether you just want a device for reading books in bed or if you plan on creating masterworks of graphic design. Below, we’ve made it easier to find that perfect tablet.

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Here are all the Apple Arcade games that support controllers

Mac World - Fri, 2020-05-01 12:37

Apple Arcade is here, and you can play some of the subscription service’s many games with select models of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers as well as Mfi (Made for iOS) controllers!

During Apple Arcade’s announcement, though, Apple gave the impression that all Apple Arcade games would work with gamepads (in part because the service will eventually also come to macOS and tvOS), but it turns out that’s not entirely true. Some games have interfaces solely designed for touchscreens—at least on iPhone and iPad. 

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Apple Arcade: 'Neversong' out now

Mac World - Fri, 2020-05-01 12:26

Apple’s new Apple Arcade subscription-based gaming service is finally here. It’s basically Apple’s way of helping customers sort through the chaff in the App Store, as the highly curated service features premium games that are untainted by in-app purchases and ads. If all goes well, it could elevate the perception of mobile gaming in general.

Got questions? We've got plenty of answers. 

Updated 5/1/20: Added Neversong to the list of available games. 

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Brock opens its student residences to health-care staff

Brock News - Fri, 2020-05-01 12:15

MEDIA RELEASE: 01 May 2020 – R0077

Brock University is making student residences available to frontline health-care workers — including EMS responders and staff from Niagara Region-operated long-term care homes — in an effort to prevent their families from being exposed to COVID-19.

In a strategy worked out between Brock and the Niagara Region, the University will make residence units in its Village complex available at no cost, for use by health-care staff who have difficulty isolating themselves from their families in their own homes.

To begin with, the program will use 27 of the two-bedroom units, a number that could grow.

Brock has more than 2,400 beds in its various facilities, however the self-contained townhouse format of Village Residence enables occupants to maintain self-isolation without having a shared bathroom. Village units also have kitchens that allow for self-catering, a key factor since campus dining halls are not currently operating.

When Brock suspended all on-campus classes and exams in late March, the Village townhouses were used to consolidate and accommodate more than 60 students, mainly international students, who were unable to safely get home. That group is now fewer than 10 students.

University President Gervan Fearon said Brock is intent on supporting frontline workers by helping protect those whose jobs involve health risks even while they provide health services and protect others.

“Brock is first and foremost a community partner,” said Fearon, “and we stand alongside our neighbours in thanking the front-line workers who are looking out for all of us.”

Regional Chair Jim Bradley echoed the sentiment of President Fearon, while also reflecting on the strong partnership that exists between the Region and Brock.

“It is so much more than just our physical proximity that reinforces the long-standing and productive relationship between Brock University and the Niagara Region,” said Bradley. “I want to commend Brock for their leadership and generosity in regards to this announcement, and acknowledge the difference it will make for the frontline workers who are putting their health on the line to protect all of us.”

Scott Johnstone, Brock’s Senior Associate Vice-President, Infrastructure and Operations, said organizers quickly reached consensus on a workable plan.

“This just makes sense,” said Johnstone. “We collaborated with our colleagues at the Region to come up with a strategy that puts these facilities to good use for the sake of the entire community.”

In the weeks since the pandemic has put the country into a near-lockdown situation, many Brock employees have been contributing to efforts to protect health-care workers across the region.

In late March, researchers cleared out storage rooms across campus in order to send thousands of gloves, masks, lab coats and other supplies for use by health staff who were running short on these protective items. Employees have also been using 3D printers to produce protective face shields that are being distributed to frontline workers.

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

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

* Peter Criscione, Communications Consultant, Niagara Region, peter.criscione@niagararegion.ca, 905-980-6000 x3747

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Plex adds free TV shows and movies from Crackle

PC World - Fri, 2020-05-01 10:35
Plex users can now stream free (albeit ad-supported) movies and TV shows such as "Captain Phillips," "Patriot Games", "Hell’s Kitchen," and more.

How to mute audio on your Mac browser when you don’t know where it’s coming from

Mac World - Fri, 2020-05-01 08:00

Unusual times prompt unusual occurrences. A friend was watching a science museum presentation and the presenter was flustered because of a recurring loud sound. They ultimately tracked it down: a tab on their browser was playing back an eagle video. You know: normal!

It’s easy to have mysterious sounds playing from browser tabs. This often occurs because of auto-playing video on a page load, the auto-play feature in YouTube that seems to re-enable itself on my devices all the time, or pages that after being idle for a while reload themselves and start playing video you’d paused—or even redirect the browser to a new page with auto-playing video!

Whatever the cause, all major desktop browsers often a simple way to see which tabs are playing sound and quickly mute them.

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The best VR headsets for 2020: Every option reviewed and ranked

PC World - Fri, 2020-05-01 06:30

When do we draw the line between “early adoption” and, uh, “regular adoption”? With virtual reality, maybe it’s right now. Years of sluggish sales had me convinced that virtual reality might disappear with nary a whimper, but then the hardware got better, the games got better, and suddenly people are talking about VR again. And hey, being essentially trapped in your house for weeks on end doesn’t hurt.

The hardware landscape has gotten a lot more confusing since the first-gen Oculus Rift and HTC Vive debuted in 2016. We have “tethered” and “untethered” headsets, different resolutions, different lenses—and what the hell is “MR” anyway?

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Apple tech adjustments that could help in a post-pandemic world

Mac World - Fri, 2020-05-01 06:15

These last several weeks have meant a lot of adjustment for all of us, whether it be working from home, dealing with the challenges of childcare on top of our jobs, or simply not being able to connect with friends, family, and colleagues.

While technology is one resource that can potentially help with these challenges, there are definitely places where it either doesn't go far enough, or, in some cases, where it just gets in the way.

In dealing with these changes like everybody else, I've definitely started to identify a few places in my post-pandemic life where Apple might be able to improve its technology, adapting it even better to this world we're all living in.

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Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus review: It's good, but it's not new or improved enough to be the best

Mac World - Fri, 2020-05-01 06:00
The latest video doorbell from Ring adds dual-band Wi-Fi better motion detection, but there's no step up in video resolution or field of view.

$3K PC build challenge: The parts and peripherals we'd splurge on

PC World - Fri, 2020-05-01 06:00

If we could drop $3,000 to splurge on a luxurious new PC, what would we spend our money on? That was the challenge presented to the Full Nerd gang on PCWorld’s YouTube channel, and with such a sky-high budget, we saw a lot more variety than in the largely similar builds in our recent $750 PC build challenge. But even with such lofty budgets, we all needed to make some sacrifices to squeeze in our must-own hardware picks, because this contest also required budgeting for peripherals and Windows 10.

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Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus review: It's good, but it's not new or improved enough to be the best

PC World - Fri, 2020-05-01 06:00
The latest video doorbell from Ring adds dual-band Wi-Fi better motion detection, but there's no step up in video resolution or field of view.

Apple’s pandemic stars: Mac, iPad, and its big pile of cash

Mac World - Thu, 2020-04-30 20:30

It was an unusual fiscal second quarter for Apple—and for basically everyone else on Earth, too, of course. But on Thursday we got a little bit of a sense of how Apple has weathered the storm so far and what might be in the company’s future, as Apple reported its quarterly results and spent an hour talking to financial analysts.

As always, these federally mandated disclosures are unlikely to generate major news—though analysts often try to use the Jedi Mind Trick on Apple CEO Tim Cook to get him to preannounce new products. (It never works.) Still, there’s usually something useful to be gleaned from Apple’s executives, and this quarter was no exception.

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Apple’s first coronavirus-impacted quarter isn’t great but it’s not terrible either

Mac World - Thu, 2020-04-30 17:08

As one of the first companies to publicly acknowledge that the coronavirus pandemic was going to have a serious impact on its earnings, all eyes have been on how Apple and the iPhone would fare in its second quarter of 2020. The results are in and they’re not terrible. While the iPhone, iPad, and Mac all suffered year-over-year declines, Apple actually grew slightly when compared to the same quarter last year.

In the quarter ending March 31, Apple posted quarterly revenue of $58.3 billion, an increase of 1 percent from the year-ago quarter, when the company earned $58 billion. Most of the boost was due to an increase in the Wearables and Services categories, both of which posted new records. Here’s how the product lines break down:

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Macworld's May digital magazine exclusive: Protect your Mac

Mac World - Thu, 2020-04-30 17:01

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine. 

Exclusive content in the May issue

This month we have content you won't find anywhere else. The cover story is Protect your Mac: five simple ways to make sure your Mac and your data are secure. 

In addition to the exclusive cover story, see 5 ways the new iPad Pro changes everything about Apple’s vision for the tablet computer. Plus a first look at the new MacBook Air: What it is, and what we wished it had.

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Intel's 'Comet Lake-S' 10th-gen Core CPUs hit 10 cores and 5.3GHz speeds

PC World - Thu, 2020-04-30 09:00

Intel’s latest 10th-gen “Comet Lake S” desktop processors solve the hyperthreading issues that plagued Intel’s 9th-gen chips, with a unique wrinkle: the ability to dial hyperthreading on and off on a per-core basis. The fastest of the thirty-two new chips pushes clock speeds up to 5.3GHz, though that’s specific to a single core. Intel boasts the 10-core/20-thread Core i9-10900K will be the world’s fastest gaming processor, a claim that we’re eager to test. 

Also in the mix are two derivatives Intel’s offered previously: specific F-series parts that lack integrated GPU cores, as well as ten T-series 35W chips optimized for small-form-factor designs.

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A close look at the iPhone SE

Mac World - Thu, 2020-04-30 08:00

In this episode of the Macworld Podcast, we take a deep dive into the iPhone SE. Who should buy Apple’s new phone, and why?

This is episode 695 with Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, and Roman Loyola.

Listen to episode 696

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Take safety seriously: Stop using bulgy batteries and smoking monitors

Mac World - Thu, 2020-04-30 07:00

The Mac 911 mailbag is usually full of questions about software, how to connect old Apple displays to newer Macs, and failing Wi-Fi. However, with a huge number of people suddenly working from home, we've had a spate of emails that start, "I'm not sure if this is safe, but" and proceed to describe monitors producing a burning smell or smoking lightly, batteries bulging out of laptops and mobile devices, and similar accounts of electrical or electro-chemical concerns.

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Swapping streaming remotes for fewer cord-cutting annoyances

PC World - Thu, 2020-04-30 06:00
Annoyed by your Roku or Apple TV remote? Replace it with something better.

Ryzen 7 4700U review: AMD's budget 8-core crushes Intel's 10th-gen chips, again

PC World - Thu, 2020-04-30 06:00

The AMD Ryzen 7 4700U arrives at a key moment for laptop CPUs. After AMD launched its 7nm Ryzen 4000 CPU family at CES and dealt a first, crushing blow with the Ryzen 9 4900HS chip in high-end notebook PCs, the company has its eyes on the real prize: U-class laptops. Yes, those sub-three-pound slivers (known in a past life as Ultrabooks) everyone casually carries into meetings or lays on the table in a cafe. 

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Motorola Lux65 Connect-2 video baby monitor review: This two-camera set offers monitoring and more

PC World - Thu, 2020-04-30 06:00
This baby monitor can operate as a conventional video monitor or a sophisticated smart camera, but a paid subscription is required to unlock its full feature set.

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