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The best 1080p graphics card for PC gaming

PC World - Tue, 2019-09-24 06:00

Sure, 4K and ultrawide-resolution monitors may dominate headlines, but most PC gamers play at 1080p resolution or below, according to the Steam Hardware Survey. And what a time it is to be gaming at HD! You used to have to spend around $250 to $300 to pick up a decent 1080p graphics card. These days, you only need to spend that much if you have a monitor with an ultra-fast 120Hz, 144Hz, or 240Hz refresh rate and want to squeeze as much out of it as possible.

Most people play on 60Hz monitors and want games to hit a smooth 60 frames per second. Good news! The best 1080p graphics cards hit those targets without breaking the bank. You can even find some solid 1080p GPU options for under $150 if you don’t mind tinkering with in-game visual settings.

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Ring Smart Lighting Steplight Battery review: Expensive, but worthwhile for homes in the Ring ecosystem

PC World - Tue, 2019-09-24 06:00
There are plenty of less-expensive outdoor lighting alternatives, but none with this range of Ring-oriented smart-home features.

Ring Smart Lighting Steplight Battery review: Expensive, but worthwhile for homes in the Ring ecosystem

Mac World - Tue, 2019-09-24 06:00
There are plenty of less-expensive outdoor lighting alternatives, but none with this range of Ring-oriented smart-home features.

Consistency: The serial misunderstanding of Apple products

Mac World - Tue, 2019-09-24 06:00

Reader? Are you sitting down? Because we have some shocking news.

The Macalope regrets to inform you…

[deep breath]

…that Apple products cost too much.

Yes. The Macalope was as devastated to read this entirely new accusation no one has ever made before in the history of Apple as you no doubt are.

Writing for MarketWatch, Jurica Dujmovic says “Apple’s new iPhones are overpriced and behind the times.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Jack, SamT and Scott.)

Turns out all of the iPhone 11’s features have already been available on Android phones!

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A new Internet Explorer bug can take over your entire PC, so stop using it

PC World - Mon, 2019-09-23 19:05

If you haven’t moved beyond Internet Explorer, here’s another reason to do so: Google and Microsoft have discovered a new IE vulnerability that can take over your entire PC.

Microsoft published CVE-2019-1367 on Monday, a scripting engine memory corruption vulnerability that exists within basically every version of Internet Explorer for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. (Discovery of the bug was credited to Clément Lecigne of Google’s Threat Analysis Group, and reported earlier by The Register.) The vulnerability “corrupt[s] memory in such a way that an attacker could execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user,” according to Microsoft.

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$5 Google Play Pass: How does it compare to Apple Arcade?

PC World - Mon, 2019-09-23 15:39

Apple Arcade made a big splash when it launched last week, and this week Google has a competitor ready to go in the form of Google Play Pass. Both services cost the same $5 per month (at face value, anyway), but when it launches sometime this week, Google Play Pass will come with more than 350 apps that include everything from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic to Limbo. In library size, that’s a serious edge over Apple.

There are a lot of similarities, but there are also some big differences. Think the Apple folks have it better on the other side of the pond? Here’s what you need to know.

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The Arlo Pro 3 security camera boasts 2K resolution, color night vision, and a 160-degree field of view

PC World - Mon, 2019-09-23 11:01
The Arlo Pro 3 features 2K HDR resolution and adds several features that were previously only available on the top-of-the-line Arlo Ultra, including a built-in alarm, spotlight, and color night vision.

Where to find app updates in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13

Mac World - Mon, 2019-09-23 07:00

With the release of iOS 13 and the soon-to-be-out iPadOS 13, third-party developers are pushing tens of thousands of app updates out to make their software compatible or take advantage of new features. But if you want to install updates, where can you find them in the new operating system releases?

IDG

App updates (available and recent) are found in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 in the App Store’s Account view.

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How to collaborate on Microsoft Office files in GSuite

PC World - Mon, 2019-09-23 06:30

One of the hallmarks of collaborating in GSuite is the ability to edit Docs, Sheets, and Slide files simultaneously with other collaborators and see the changes in real time. Now you can do the same with Microsoft Office files without having to first convert them to the corresponding GSuite format. Here’s how to get started.

Sharing Office files

The first step to collaborating in GSuite is sharing a file with your collaborators. That starts with adding the file to Google Drive. Go to drive.google.com and log in if necessary. On the top left, click New > File upload. Select the Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file you want to add and click Open to upload it.

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Sony XBR 950G 4K UHD smart TV review: Dated technology with a state-of-the-art price tag

PC World - Mon, 2019-09-23 06:00
There's a lot to like about Sony's 950G 4K UHD TV: It has that Sony style, a new more lux remote, and good video processing. But the dated color palette and blacks can't match that of TVs costing significantly less.

iPhone 11 Night Mode vs Pixel 3 XL, Galaxy S10+, and OnePlus 6T: Catching up and dominating

PC World - Mon, 2019-09-23 06:00

Now that Apple's finally debuted Night mode for the iPhone 11, it's time to compare it to the Android competition. It was just about a year ago when Google launched its innovative Night Sight mode to critical acclaim. With the ability to turn unusable low-light scenes into spectacular, backlit, frame-worthy photos, Night Sight was the prime example of just how far ahead Google was when it came to photography.

Since Night Sight's launch, Samsung, OnePlus, Huawei, and LG have all developed low-light modes for their cameras. Keep reading as we take a close look at how Apple's new low-light camera stacks up against the best Android has to offer.

The interface

While the iPhone bakes night mode into the camera like the other phones, the implementation is a little different. The Galaxy S10, Pixel 3 XL, and OnePlus all require swiping to a separate mode, but they can be used whenever you’d like. The iPhone’s Night mode, on the other hand, is available only when there is insufficient light. The option appears as a half-moon icon in the upper right corner next to the flash, and can be toggled off and on with a tap.

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Sony XBR 950G 4K UHD smart TV review: Dated technology with a state-of-the-art price tag

Mac World - Mon, 2019-09-23 06:00
There's a lot to like about Sony's 950G 4K UHD TV: It has that Sony style, a new more lux remote, and good video processing. But the dated color palette and blacks can't match that of TVs costing significantly less.

iPhone 11 Night Mode vs Pixel 3 XL, Galaxy S10+, and OnePlus 6T: Catching up and dominating

Mac World - Mon, 2019-09-23 06:00
The iPhone 11 hasn't just caught up with the Pixel 3 XL and Galaxy S10+, it's surpassed them.

Hundreds take part in Brock’s messiest tradition

Brock News - Fri, 2019-09-20 16:09

MEDIA RELEASE: 20 September 2019 – R00150

They jumped, they slid and they threw, but more than anything, they laughed.

More than 550 students took part in Brock University’s Grape Stomp Friday, Sept. 20 in Jubilee Court. The annual event kicked off the University’s homecoming festivities, and continued what University Affairs Magazine has called one of the best university traditions in Canada.

After some welcoming remarks and the first stomp by a group of kids from the Rosalind Blauer Centre for Child Care, the huge group of Brock students did their best to pulverize a metric tonne of Concord grapes. Surrounding the tarp-covered courtyard were hundreds more students, staff, faculty and community members who watched it all unfold.

“Between people taking part and those watching from the sidelines, I think this was the largest Grape Stomp we’ve ever had,” said Megan Brown, Community Engagement Co-ordinator for Student Life and Community Experience. “The weather was perfect and the students were excited to take part in such a fun University tradition. This event really brings people together to kick off Homecoming Weekend.”

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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This week in games: Epic gives away six games at once, Rockstar tosses another launcher onto the fire

PC World - Fri, 2019-09-20 15:00

I hate publisher-specific game launchers. I want to play Red Dead Redemption 2. These two truths are definitely at war this week.

That news, plus Epic goes big on Batman, John Wick Hex and Disco Elysium nail down release dates, Anthem calls it (at least temporarily) quits, Total War goes to Ancient Troy, and more.

This is gaming news for September 16 to 20.

Batman begins

First Epic gave away one game per week. Then, two. Now? Six.

Okay, it’s still “two” technically, but Epic’s giving away two collections this week: Rocksteady’s Arkham Collection trilogy and the three Lego Batman games. There’s at least one stinker in the collection, and it’s Arkham Knight—but still, that’s a hell of a lot of video game for free. Maybe you’ll even be tempted to try out that new “List Mode,” eh?

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CEDIA Expo 2019: There was a lot to see and hear at the annual confab for custom-installation professionals

PC World - Fri, 2019-09-20 14:35
Major trends included projectors designed to replace TVs, direct-view LED screens, 8K, and more affordable high-end audio.

CEDIA Expo 2019: There was a lot to see and hear at the annual confab for custom-installation professionals

Mac World - Fri, 2019-09-20 14:35
Major trends included projectors designed to replace TVs, direct-view LED screens, 8K, and more affordable high-end audio.

How to transfer all your data from an old iPhone to a new iPhone

Mac World - Fri, 2019-09-20 14:26

How do you effectively transfer the contents of an older iPhone to a new one? It’s not too difficult to do, whether you’re setting up a brand new iPhone fresh out of the box, or your new iPhone is already set up and running, just not with your data.

Here are the steps using iOS 12.4 or later.

Updated 09/20/19: Explained what to do if your new device is running an older version of iOS than your new device, perhaps because of the iOS beta testing program.

Update your devices

It’s typically a good idea to make sure that your old device has the latest version of iOS before you begin. This helps ensure compatibility with the new device and can minimize problems during the data transfer process. What’s more, Apple added a new and very useful iPhone Migration tool to iOS 12.4, so you’ll want to make sure both your original and new iPhone are updated at least that far.

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Best cheap laptops: We rate the best-sellers on Amazon and Best Buy

PC World - Fri, 2019-09-20 14:04

When you’re looking for a good, cheap laptop, knowledge is power. Every budget machine (which we’re defining as Windows laptops costing $500 or less) is the product of compromise—corners carefully cut here and there to hit a price point.

Your job is to find the one that checks off the most boxes for your needs. We’ll show you what to look for by highlighting which budget laptops among the best-sellers currently listed at Amazon and Best Buy are worth buying. We haven’t necessarily tested these specific machines (we’ll let you know if we have), but we’ve seen enough similar ones to have a good idea of the pros and cons. We’re also focusing on 14-inch and larger laptops, because part of the great deal should be getting a decent-sized display.

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If your August, Nest, and Hue home/away triggers aren’t working with your new iPhone, here’s a fix

Mac World - Fri, 2019-09-20 13:15

Whether you have a new iPhone 11 or just upgraded an old device to iOS 13, you might have noticed a change that isn’t for the better—your location-based smart devices might not be working anymore. Rest assured, that’s not a bug, it’s a new security feature and it’s easy to fix.

iOS 13 introduces a host of new tracking features designed to give you a greater awareness of the apps that are using your location. For example, iOS will periodically serve pop-up reminders that let you know which apps are using your location in the background, so you have the option to shut it down.

Also new is the dialogue box that appears the first time you install an app. Instead of the Always, Never, and While Using App options you saw in iOS 12 and earlier, there’s a new Allow Once option that replaces Always. What that means is you’ll allow the app to use your location information while the app is open but shut it down once it’s closed.

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