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AMD announces third-gen Threadripper, but confirms supply issues and delays Ryzen 3950X

PC World - Fri, 2019-09-20 13:00

On Friday, AMD finally confirmed that its third-generation Threadripper chip will ship in November—but with 24 cores, not 32, as some had hoped. AMD also acknowledged that it’s having issues meeting demand for its 3rd-generation Ryzen chips, and has delayed the introduction of its 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X until November as well.

AMD issued a statement on Friday:

“We are focusing on meeting the strong demand for our 3rd generation AMD Ryzen processors in the market and now plan to launch both the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X and initial members of the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor family in volume this November,” the company said. “We are confident that when enthusiasts get their hands on the world’s first 16-core mainstream desktop processor and our next-generation of high-end desktop processors, the wait will be well worth it.”

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Here are all the Apple Arcade games that support controllers

Mac World - Fri, 2019-09-20 11:15

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. Many games have interfaces solely designed for touchscreens. Hopefully that will change by the time the service comes to the Mac and Apple TV. 

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HP buys Bromium to apply virtualization security to its PCs

PC World - Fri, 2019-09-20 08:00

HP acquired security company Bromium, announcing the purchase on Thursday afternoon. Much as Intel, AMD, Nvidia, Microsoft, and other major vendors hoard key pieces of computer technology, HP may be trying to corner the market on a unique piece of browser technology it already uses. 

Bromium technology already underlies HP’s Sure Click feature, which locks every individual browser tab inside of its own virtual machine. Theoretically, any piece of malware on the tab can’t “see” anything more than the tab upon which it resides, protecting the browser as well as the PC host.

Bromium also supplies what it calls Secure File technology, which does the same for each individual download—Office documents, PDFs, and the works. If the file isn’t marked as trusted, it will be opened in what Bromium calls a micro virtual machine.

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iOS 13: How to use Low Data Mode to slim your consumption

Mac World - Fri, 2019-09-20 08:00

It’s easy to burn through data with an iPhone or iPad, whether you’re using a Wi-Fi network or a cellular one. In iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, Apple has extended a tool that used to be only available as part of Low Power Mode and made it a separate switch: Low Data Mode.

With Low Power Mode, Apple wanted to make sure anything that used up battery life was reduced. So in addition to behind-the-scenes tweaks, it also halted data use by apps in the background and stops automatic email retrieval, among other things.

Now you can use just this data-saving mode separately with both Wi-Fi and cellular connections to conserve data usage. That can be helpful if you want to restrict use over cellular because you have a limited pool of data available or are reaching the top of your “unlimited” plan before the carrier throttles you to a lower speed.

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5 reasons to buy an Apple Watch Series 3 instead of Series 5 (and 3 reasons not to)

Mac World - Fri, 2019-09-20 07:00

If you’re looking to buy a new Apple Watch you probably have eyes on the Series 5 that just landed. If you buy one, you certainly won’t be disappointed. But what you might not realize is that Apple is also selling its least expensive watch ever alongside its flagship wearable. The price of the 38mm Series 3 Apple Watch was slashed to $199, half the price of the Series 5 and one of the lowest-priced smartwatches you're going to find.

The question is, should you go all in on the top-of-the-line Apple Watch or save a bundle with the Series 3?

Why you should buy a Series 3 over Series 5 It has many of the same sensors

While Apple is touting its Series 5 watch as the next-generation of wearables, it’s really not all that difference from the Series 4 it replaces or the Series 3 that’s it’s still selling. With both watches you get an optical heart sensor, GPS, NFC, wireless chip, altimeter, emergency SOS, speaker, Wi-Fi, LTE, and water resistance up to 50 meters. The Series 5 watch adds a compass, ECG sensor, and a better heart sensor, but for the most part, you’ll be doing the same stuff with both watches. And it also comes in LTE for $100 more.

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Astro C40 review: For those who think the Xbox Elite Controller just isn't premium enough

PC World - Fri, 2019-09-20 06:29

The Astro C40 gaming contoller comes from a company far better known for its headsets. For years, save for the odd dabble in lifestyle gear, headsets have been Astro’s claim to fame.

Maybe it’s time that changes, though. I’ve spent the last month or so playing around with the Astro C40, and while it’s not a perfect device, it’s clear Astro’s trademark attention to detail could benefit all sorts of premium peripherals. 

Happiness, held

Of course, it’s going to cost you. Astro’s headsets are generally not cheap. Neither is the C40, retailing for a staggering $200. For context, that’s about three times the cost of a normal PlayStation 4 controller, and $50 more than Microsoft’s high-end Xbox One Elite Controller.

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Phiaton Curve BT120 NC review: A great value in noise-cancelling in-ear headphones

PC World - Fri, 2019-09-20 06:00
Decent active noise cancellation and great sound combine with a solid feature set and design to produce a high-value package.

Acer Nitro 5 (2019) review: A great budget-conscious laptop, at least for the moment

PC World - Fri, 2019-09-20 06:00

Acer's latest Nitro 5 shows you just how affordable gaming laptops have become. Last year we reviewed the 2018 version of the Acer Nitro 5, which promised a great entry-level gaming experience for a mere $800 or so—cheaper even than some entry-level desktops I’ve built.

Now 2019’s Nitro 5 (available at Best Buy) has come across my desk, touting the usual annual upgrades. That means slightly more than usual though, as we’ve had both CPU and GPU generation changes this year. What can $800 buy you in 2019? Is it actually good enough for a modern gamer-on-the-go? Let’s find out.

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Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening

PC World - Fri, 2019-09-20 06:00
Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.

Phiaton Curve BT120 NC review: A great value in noise-cancelling in-ear headphones

Mac World - Fri, 2019-09-20 06:00
Decent active noise cancellation and great sound combine with a solid feature set and design to produce a high-value package.

Three places iOS 13 might point to future Apple ambitions

Mac World - Fri, 2019-09-20 06:00

By this time, iOS 13 has already been installed on iPhones and iPads around the world, though it’s poised to be one of the shortest-lived updates of all time, with iOS 13.1 already on the horizon for next week. But now that the initial release of Apple’s latest mobile OS has arrived, it’s time to once again cast our eyes forward to the inexorable future marching towards us.

Apple likes to say that it skates to where the puck is going, so for those who are interested in the company’s future plans, it’s always instructive to look at which direction it’s going. There’s no better way to get that direction than to look at Apple’s biggest software release of the year. As I’ve spent the last few weeks with iOS 13 betas on both my iPad and iPhone, I’ve had a little time to think about what clues of future plans we can pick out of the mix.

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Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening

Mac World - Fri, 2019-09-20 06:00
Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.

Microsoft Windows 10 Insider build 18985 expands its simple Bluetooth pairing

PC World - Thu, 2019-09-19 19:01

Microsoft said Thursday that, as part of a future version of Windows, it will beef up the Swift Pair Bluetooth pairing experience launched last year, making an even simpler version the default experience for more Microsoft peripherals.

We called Swift Pair one of the hidden features of the April 2018 Update, and it was. Though the notification-driven pairing feature was thought to be the future of Bluetooth peripherals, it was set up originally for a single product: the Microsoft Surface Mouse. Now, Microsoft’s added more devices within Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18985, part of the “20H1” updates due next spring.

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WatchOS 6: Everything you need to know about the new features, faces, and functions

PC World - Thu, 2019-09-19 13:49
Apple has unveiled watchOS 6, and it makes the Apple Watch more independent than ever.

WatchOS 6: Everything you need to know about the new features, faces, and functions

Mac World - Thu, 2019-09-19 13:49

With the launch of the Series 5 Apple Watch in the fall comes a new OS, the sixth major release since Apple's wearable debuted in 2015. At its WWDC in June, Apple showed off some of the major new features of its ultra-mobile OS, and there are some big changes in store for your wrist. Here's everything that's new in watchOS 6, and how to get it on your Apple Watch:

Update 09/19/16: WatchOS 6 has been release for Apple Watch Series 3 and 4. Series 1 and 2 will get the update later this fall (read more about Apple's odd staggered fall software releases).

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Interest soars as Brock launches new gerontology master’s program

Brock News - Thu, 2019-09-19 13:38

MEDIA RELEASE: 19 September 2019 – R00149

As governments, health care and social service agencies continuously adapt to deal with an aging population — in the next decade, nearly 1 in 4 people will be 65 or older — Brock University is launching a new Master of Applied Gerontology program for students to play a positive role in the lives of aging Canadians.

Offered through the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, the one-year graduate program will launch in January. It will tap into the expertise of faculty members in four Brock departments: Health Sciences, Nursing, Kinesiology, and Recreation and Leisure Studies.

“There is a misconception that gerontology, the study of the social, cultural, psychological, cognitive and biological aspects of aging, isn’t an interesting career path for this generation,” says Master of Applied Gerontology Graduate Program Director Lynn McCleary. “The reality is that students really want this opportunity and have been making inquiries for months about the status of the program.”

Brock received approval for funding from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities on Friday, Sept. 13.

“Brock’s new Master of Applied Gerontology program is unique in Ontario due to the applied nature and health focus of the program’s interdisciplinary curriculum and practicum,” says Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Dean Peter Tiidus. “This program was developed through a formal consultation with stakeholders, businesses and agencies that provide health and social services to older adults. As a result, a new pool of highly skilled graduates with gerontological competences will soon enter the workforce.”

The purpose of the formal engagement process, which entailed conducting needs assessments for both urban and rural communities, was to ensure Brock’s program responds to the relevant needs of the Niagara community, while also being representative of North America’s aging population.

“There are definite gaps and challenges in health and social services for older adults,” McCleary says. “Growing gerontology at Brock will ensure our students are well-positioned to meet these challenges and improve the lives of older adults. They will graduate with advanced skills in planning and providing health services, recreation services, health promotion and more.”

One of the champions for the expansion of gerontology at Brock was Douglas Rapelje, a leader in seniors care across Niagara, Canada and internationally who received an honorary doctorate from the University in 2013.

“I don’t think this announcement could be better timed when you look at the increasing numbers of Canada’s aging population,” Rapelje says. “In March, Ontario announced that it will provide 15,000 new long-term care beds and expand home care over the next five years. As a result, a whole stream of education is required to train future gerontology graduates.”

According to Statistics Canada, more than six million Canadians were aged 65 or older in 2014, representing almost 16 per cent of the population. By 2030, that number is expected to jump to more than 9.5 million, accounting for 23 per cent of the population.

“This is another example of Brock moving into a new and important area,” Rapelje says. “In the past, it was the Goodman School of Business and the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute. Now it’s healthcare, and specifically gerontology.

“It is very exciting that students who are interested in aging can now go to Brock or stay there to obtain a specialized degree that will enable them to be our future leaders in the field of aging and enhance the quality of life for a growing older population in our country,” he says.

The full-time, one-year Master of Applied Gerontology program will include a 300-hour practicum course.

Interested students should contact Lauryn Carrick in Graduate Studies at radrecruit@brocku.ca to express their interest and be added to a list of prospective students, who will be notified when applications for the program have opened.

Visit Brock’s Master of Applied Gerontology website for more information.

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

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Apple Card FAQ: Interest rates, rewards, sign-up and everything else you need to know

PC World - Thu, 2019-09-19 13:30
Here's everything you need to now about Apple's new credit card.

Apple Card FAQ: Interest rates, rewards, sign-up and everything else you need to know

Mac World - Thu, 2019-09-19 13:30

Among the TV shows, magazines, and games services unveiled at Apple’s “Show time” event was a surprise entry into a category that couldn’t be further outside Apple’s wheelhouse: a credit card. Dubbed Apple Card, it’s not a traditional plastic credit card that gives you points on things you buy. Rather, it’s a whole new way to shop online and offline. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

Updated 9/19/19: Added Walgreens/Duane Reade to the list of businesses that offer 3 percent cash back on select purchases.

What is the Apple Card?

The Apple Card is an Apple-branded credit card from MasterCard. Unlike the current Barclaycard Visa with Apple Rewards, which is a partner card, the Apple Card is owned and operated by Apple.

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iOS 13: It's out now—Here's what you need to know

Mac World - Thu, 2019-09-19 13:08

When Apple’s huge WWDC developer conference kicked off in June, as expected, the company took the wraps off iOS 13. It’s the next major revision for one of the most important and influential operating systems of all time, with iOS used daily on over a billion iPhones and iPads. It brings a lot of major new features to that magic rectangle in your pocket, and provides developers with a host of tools to make even better apps.

Here are all the major new features that iOS 13 will bring to your iPhone, along with details about supported devices and how install the update.

Want more detail on all these new features? We have assembled all of our guides, FAQs, how-tos, and tips into an iOS 13 resource hub.

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The Huawei Mate 30 phones have arrived and they have everything—except what you need most

PC World - Thu, 2019-09-19 11:25

Huawei has taken the wraps off the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro and it has everything you could possibly want in a late-2019 handset: all-screen industrial design, giant displays, huge batteries, and 5G. They’re just missing one small thing: Google.

While the new phones are based on the open-source version of Android 10, Huawei is unable to include Google’s apps on any of its new devices since it was blacklisted from doing business with U.S. companies earlier this year. So that means your brand new Mate 30 won’t have Gmail, Chrome, Maps, or the Play Store. That obviously puts a serious damper on what is otherwise a pretty incredible phone. Let’s look at the details...

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