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Apple requires masks and temperature checks as U.S. stores begin to reopen

Mac World - Mon, 2020-05-18 11:15

If the Apple Store near you is planning to reopen this week, it won’t be business as usual. Apple has implemented a series of guidelines to keep customers and employees safe as it navigates a world still reeling from the effects of the coronavirus.

First and foremost, Apple is requiring face coverings “for all of our teams and customers,” which will be provided if needed. Additionally, temperature checks will be conducted at the entrance and “posted health questions will screen for those with symptoms—like cough or fever—or who have had recent exposure to someone infected with COVID‑19.”

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Apple requires masks and temperature checks as U.S. stores begin to reopen

PC World - Mon, 2020-05-18 11:15
Apple is set to reopen retail stores across the U.S., but things will be much different than they were before.

Apple Watch Pride Edition bands pair straps with custom faces for an all-over rainbow

Mac World - Mon, 2020-05-18 10:18

To celebrate the upcoming Pride month that starts in June, Apple has announced a new collection of watch bands to show your support for the LGBTQ community.

While Apple has been selling Pride bands since 2017, this is the first year Apple is selling two bands. The Sport Band version mimics last year’s design, with six vertical stripes running the length of the strap. The colors blend into a new digital watch face that will be offered as part of the upcoming watchOS 6.2.5.

The Nike Sport Band edition is much more subtly, with an all-white design accented by colored holes. The top of the watch features red, orange and yellow while the bottom is adorned with green, blue, and violet accents. The companion analog watch face features a white logo and white hands, with matching colored dots representing the hours.

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Logitech unveils HomeKit Secure Video-enabled Circle View security cam

Mac World - Mon, 2020-05-18 09:00
This $160 follow-up to Logitech’s Circle 2 will support HomeKit Secure Video as soon as it ships.

Hands-on: HP Elite Dragonfly, the first laptop with an integrated Tile tracker

PC World - Mon, 2020-05-18 06:30

It feels like an eternity since I left my apartment for any reason at all, much less for a business trip or a meeting. Still, I recall the icy stab of fear when I thought I’d left my laptop bag behind on a subway car, or the time I almost forgot it after clearing security at a busy airport terminal.

That’s why I’m so bullish on a new version of HP’s Elite Dragonfly laptop that features an integrated Tile tracker, perfect for those of us who never, ever want that panicky feeling again.

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Konnected Alarm Panel Starter Kit review: Ditch your outdated alarm panel, but re-use all its sensors

Mac World - Mon, 2020-05-18 06:00
With this tiny circuit board, you can incorporate your old-school wired sensors into most any modern smart home system.

HoudahGeo 6 review: Mac geotagging app now plays nice with Apple Photos

Mac World - Mon, 2020-05-18 06:00

No matter how many cameras get added to future iPhones, Apple is unlikely to ever match the quality of images captured by a true single-lens reflex (SLR) camera. With the market for point-and-shoot cameras demolished, smartphones have been deemed good enough for most, while enthusiasts and pros will always hold out for optical image sensors and interchangeable lenses.

One downside is that most affordable digital SLRs ship without built-in GPS, making it more of a headache than it should be to add accurate geolocation metadata to photos taken with such cameras.

HoudahGeo is a Mac app for adding, editing, or removing GPS metadata from digital photos, including those taken with DSLR cameras that lack the ability to capture latitude, longitude, and altitude data on their own. This can be done manually by searching for a known address, landmark, or city, using reference photos taken with a GPS-enabled smartphone, or importing geographic data from a mobile app or hardware track logger.

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How Microsoft is testing the Surface Book 3 to avoid past thermal issues

PC World - Mon, 2020-05-18 06:00

Microsoft is sweating the details with the Surface Book 3, especially when it comes to thermal issues that users experienced with the Surface Book 2 and the original Surface Book. As the company prepares to launch the Surface Book 3 on May 21, it's specifically testing the new model for “hot bag” and other heat problems.

Heat issues have affected Microsoft’s Surface devices going back to the Surface Pro 3, but both the original Surface Book and the Surface Pro 4 were plagued by an inability to enter a low-power sleep state. That kept both devices in an an active power state, which consumes lots of power and generates quite a bit of heat as a result. That had two negative effects: greatly diminished battery life, and a surprisingly hot Surface when pulled out of an enclosed, insulated backpack. The issue was significant enough that Surface chief Panos Panay himself announced new firmware that solved the Surface Book power issue several months after its launch.

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Konnected Alarm Panel Starter Kit review: Ditch your outdated alarm panel, but re-use all its sensors

PC World - Mon, 2020-05-18 06:00
With this tiny circuit board, you can incorporate your old-school wired sensors into most any modern smart home system.

Major security flaw found in Thunderbolt Macs and PCs: Should you be worried?

Mac World - Sat, 2020-05-16 05:00

Security researcher Björn Ruytenberg with the Eindhoven University of Technology recently published a report detailing a series of serious security vulnerabilities in Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt 3, collectively called “Thunderspy.”

They affect every single computer with a Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt 3 port, including old-style port connectors and new Type-C connectors, whether the computers are running Windows, Linux, or macOS.

How badly does this security flaw impact Mac users? Should you freak out about someone hacking into your MacBook the next time you get up from your desk to refill your coffee?

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Take a trip through Ancient Greece and Egypt with Assassin's Creed's free Discovery Tours

PC World - Fri, 2020-05-15 16:03

If you’re hoping to emerge from your house in a few months with a thorough knowledge of Ancient Greek winemaking and Egyptian funeral rites, might I recommend Assassin’s Creed’s Discovery Tours? They’re free on Ubisoft’s website or Uplay (you’ll need Uplay to run them) and are absolutely worth grabbing, for you or your kids.

Basically, Ubisoft repurposed the worlds of Assassin’s Creed Origins and Odyssey for education. Strip out the stabbing, leave the rest. Origins and Odyssey are some of the most intricate digital dioramas ever created. Sure, there’s a video game layered on top, but the real draw is the world Ubisoft’s artists and animators and scripters created. Busy markets full of jewelry and pottery, people harvesting grapes and wheat, priests performing rites, and all of it in the shadow of some of the world’s most iconic buildings. It’s a spectacle. A meticulously researched spectacle.

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Don't panic: Microsoft's phaseout of 32-bit Windows won't kill 32-bit software

PC World - Fri, 2020-05-15 13:30

The writing’s on the wall for the 32-bit version of Windows. Microsoft won’t offer Windows 10 May 2020 Update rolling out later this month to PC makers in 32-bit form, with the minimum hardware requirements now mandating the 64-bit version, as spotted by Neowin.

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Best Android phones 2020: What should you buy?

PC World - Fri, 2020-05-15 11:37

Choosing the best Android phone for you is a big decision. The Android universe is teeming with options, from super-expensive flagship phones to more affordable models that make a few calculated compromises, to models expressly designed for, say, great photography. 

Chances are that whichever phone you buy, you’ll keep it for at least two years. So we’ve made picks for the best Android phone in key categories. Check out our summary Cheat Sheet, or keep reading for details on each pick and the runners-up. At the bottom of this article, we link to all our recent Android phone reviews—in case you have your eye on a model that didn’t make our cut.

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Chrome will block ads that drain your resources: How to turn it on now

PC World - Fri, 2020-05-15 11:26

If you’ve ever heard your laptop mysteriously start screaming or feel your phone warm up while you’re browsing the web, rogue ads could be the culprit—and now Google’s acting against them.

The rise of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies sparked a rise in malicious ads that sneakily use your computer’s resources to mine Internet coins. Other ads can be poorly coded, or just plain unoptimized. Near the end of August, Google Chrome will start blocking nasty ads that vulture your computer’s resources, and you can opt to enable the feature manually today.

“In order to save our users’ batteries and data plans, and provide them with a good experience on the web, Chrome will limit the resources a display ad can use before the user interacts with the ad,” Chrome product manager Mashall Vale said on the Chromium blog. “When an ad reaches its limit, the ad’s frame will navigate to an error page, informing the user that the ad has used too many resources.”

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Sport organizations need to be part of resumption plan: Brock expert

Brock News - Fri, 2020-05-15 10:45

MEDIA RELEASE: 15 May 2020 – R0087

At first Madelyn Law was excited to hear that gymnastics was listed as one of the sports that could resume in Ontario starting Tuesday, May 19.

As a gymnast herself and the mother of two athletic kids, it seemed like good news, until she thought about it a bit more.

“I want nothing more than a sport like gymnastics to get up and running as soon as possible,” says Law, Associate Professor of Health Sciences at Brock University, who has spent her career engaged in public health research. “It would be great to see our children being physically active and getting back in the game, but I believe the guidance about what this looks like and deeming specific sports to be OK at this time is misguided.”

Law says gymnastics is a good example of a sport that needs more consideration.

“You have a club of kids who have not been training properly for two months. They’ll need assistance from their coaches in a hands-on way — beside them, and helping them flip over. That can’t happen safely from six feet away,” she says.

There’s also the concern over how to keep equipment disinfected when you have multiple gymnasts all using the same apparatus or jumping into a sponge pit.

“Just because this is an individual sport, does not mean that they can physically distance from their peers or coaches,” Law says.

She says it’s misguided to think that holding practices for a team sport like soccer is less safe for public health reasons than gymnastics.

“If players brought their own soccer ball and were given their own space to train, the coaches could still help them with drills while allowing the players to see their friends and feel like they have some sort of normalcy,” she says. “There would need to be changes and not all skills could be done, but it’s better than nothing.”

She says more consideration needs to be taken around each sport, and adds that sport organizations themselves should play a significant role in the decisions around resumption of activity timelines.

“We don’t need individuals who may not know the intricacies of specific-sport participation telling sport organizations that they can open or not,” Law says. “They need to work more closely with sport organizations to say, ‘You can open if you meet the specific public health guidelines.’”

Madelyn Law, Associate Professor of Health Sciences at Brock University, is available for phone and video interviews with the media.

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

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

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Low-cost iPads with bigger screens and faster chips could be coming

Mac World - Fri, 2020-05-15 10:38

Hot on the heels of the launch of the new iPad Pro and Magic keyboard, Apple is reportedly readying new iPads models at the low-end of the spectrum as well.

A report by oft-accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kup of TFT Securities says Apple will be launching two new sizes of iPad later this year: a 10.8-inch iPad and an 8.5-to-9-inch iPad mini. Both of those sizes are bigger than Apple’s current lineup, which includes the 10.2-inch iPad, 10.5-inch iPad Air, and 7.9-inch iPad mini.

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11 cheap or free ways to make your old PC run faster

PC World - Fri, 2020-05-15 09:02
Teach an old dog new tricks

Image by Intel Free Press

There’s a reason that unboxing videos and the phrase “new car smell” are firmly ensconced in the public groupmind. New stuff is exciting! New stuff is (theoretically) better! New stuff is just plain cool.

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Your iPhone unexpectedly says you’re trying to log in from far away. Time to change your password!

Mac World - Fri, 2020-05-15 08:00

Your phone buzzes. It says, “Your Apple ID is being used to sign in [via some method] near [place that’s nowhere near you].”

What do you do?

Quick! Unlock your phone, tap Don’t Allow (or click it on a Mac), and immediately change your Apple ID password on whatever device is closest or via the Apple ID website.

Apple’s two-factor authentication (2FA) system for Apple ID accounts deters account hacking by requiring someone both grab your username and password and has access to your phone number or a trusted physical device. This alert about a login is an extra check. After correctly entering your user name and password from a new device, a new web browser, a somewhat different geographic location, or even on a previously authenticated device for reasons Apple doesn’t disclose, all your associated Apple hardware pops up with the message above, or, if already unlocked or on a Mac, “Apple ID Sign In Requested” with additional information and a small map preview.

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Apple TV+ six months later: How does Apple's streaming service hold up?

Mac World - Fri, 2020-05-15 07:00

Last spring, Apple officially took the wraps off the service we all knew was coming: Apple TV+. A premium streaming service to compete with Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and the rest of the increasingly crowded market. The first handful of shows were available on November 1, 2019, with a new show or movie released every few weeks since then.

So how is Apple doing? Half a year in, is Apple TV+ a must-have streaming service, or can you ignore it without missing much? So far, Apple has landed somewhere in-between. If we were giving Apple a letter grade, it would get a “C” with a special teacher’s note: “shows potential.” Apple is doing as well with overall content quality as any of its competitors, has expanded the TV app to more devices, and is priced competitively at $4.99 a month. But content volume is severely lacking, and the service hasn’t found it’s break-out hit yet.

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Bose SoundSport Pulse wireless earbuds review: Chunky runners

Mac World - Fri, 2020-05-15 06:30

Since the shelter-in-place orders came into full effect, I’ve seen a lot of people in my neighborhood take up running. It’s no wonder: the gyms are closed and people are looking for any excuse to get out of their homes for an hour a day and burn some pent-up energy.

At first glance, these SoundSport Pulse wireless headphones look like a solid choice for comfortable running headphones. They’ve got the power of the Bose brand name behind them, and they feature an integrated heart rate sensor that plays well with popular workout apps like MapMyRun. But when so many other wearables offer the same pulse tracking and integration, I don’t think the beefy SoundSport Pulse headphones do enough to justify their equally beefy $200 price tag.

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