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Apple launches Apple Music web app beta

Mac World - Thu, 2019-09-05 17:51

One of Apple Music’s most obvious missing features has been the inability of subscribers to listen to your library, playlists, or radio selections without using the iOS app, Android app, or iTunes (soon to be Apple Music in macOS Catalina). Without a web-based experience, it was harder to play your tunes from computers or mobile devices you don’t own and sharing on social media felt limited.

It was such an obvious missing feature that a recent unofficial web player attracted a couple hundred thousand users.

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Microsoft will patch Windows 10 CPU-spike bug, and says it's tied to disabling web search

PC World - Thu, 2019-09-05 15:18

Users who have disabled web searching under Windows Search and have suffered CPU spikes as a result will have to wait at least until mid-September for a patch.

A “small number of users” have seen a spike in CPU consumption after installing the latest update to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, or  KB4512941, Microsoft reported. Fortunately, the CPU spikes only occur under a limited set of conditions.

Actually, users may see two things that are out of the norm. Specifically, they “may not receive results when using Windows Desktop Search and may see high CPU usage from SearchUI.exe when searching after installing KB4512941,” Microsoft said. “This   issue is only encountered on devices in which searching the web from Windows Desktop Search has been disabled.”

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Lenovo's Yoga C740 and C940 laptops feature both Ice Lake and Comet Lake CPUs

PC World - Thu, 2019-09-05 14:30

The Fall harvest has brought us new crop of Lenovo Yoga laptops. This season, the password is "10th gen." PCWorld walks you through a stack of 10th gen laptops and tells you which one is the most 10th-gen of the 10th gens.

At the more affordable end of the pool you get the Yoga C740 14 and Yoga C740 15.6. Both feature 10th-gen Comet Lake CPUs, the last of the 14nm chips, officially "14nm++." For this lineup, Lenovo skips discrete graphics for the integrated Intel UHD graphics.

For those who want more power, Lenovo's Yoga C940 15.6 keeps the 15.6-inch screen of the C740, but can handle up to the more powerful 9th-gen Core i9 CPU. Rather than rely on Intel's UHD graphics alone, Lenovo also integrates an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650. Because it's a convertible laptop that you might want to take with you and use as a tablet or mini-movie theater, Lenovo drops in a screen capable of hitting 500 nits of brightness for use outdoors.

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Lenovo's Marvel Dimension of Heroes lets you play Marvel superheroes in AR

PC World - Thu, 2019-09-05 14:30

Two years ago, Lenovo teamed up with Disney to launch an augmented-reality version of Star Wars, known as Star Wars: Jedi Challenges. Today, Disney’s offering its other blockbuster franchise, Marvel, a chance at AR with Marvel Dimension of Heroes.

What’s new in Dimension of Heroes is that the game uses not one, but two controllers. Instead of wielding a single lightsaber, you’ll have the chance to use a pair of new dual Universal Controllers to “command” the reality-altering spells of Doctor Strange, for example, using both hands.

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Dynabook launches 15-inch thin-and-light Tecra X50 notebook with some big conveniences

PC World - Thu, 2019-09-05 11:00

Larger laptops are typically big, weighty machines, pushing into the territory of mobile workstations. Dynabook, however, is announcing the Tecra X50, a “thin and light” 15.6-inch notebook that delivers big-screen convenience without the weight.

Dyanbook, which carries on the legacy of Toshiba’s PC division, already offers X-series laptops in 12-, 13-, and 14-inch models. But Dynabook’s ToughBody magnesium alloy chassis weighs in at just 3.13 pounds, far less than, say, the 15-inch Microsoft Surface Book 2 (4.2 pounds) or the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 (3.75 pounds). 

To be fair, both of the latter machines aspire to powerful mobile computing platforms, if not outright workstations. The Dynabook X50’s aspirations are more modest: Rather than lead the way into Intel’s 10th-gen Core generation, the X50 uses an 8th-gen Whiskey Lake chip with vPro, and no discrete GPU.

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The redesigned Samsung Galaxy Fold’s best feature might be the service, not the design

PC World - Thu, 2019-09-05 09:49

At long last, the Galaxy Fold is finally almost ready to ship to consumers. Again.

Following a false-start in April that derailed the Galaxy Fold’s launch just days before its launch, Samsung has announced that its next-generation handset will begin shipping in Korea on Friday, Sept. 6, and the U.S. on Sept. 26.

As previously detailed, Samsung has preformed a number of changes to the device following several issues with the initial design. Several early reviewers experienced issues ranging from flickering to debris getting stuck under the screen, and in response, Samsung has implemented improvements which it says will “ensure consumers have the best possible experience.” The fixes include:

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Ears-on with the Sonos Move Bluetooth speaker: Portable Sonos sound with Alexa and Google Assistant onboard

Mac World - Thu, 2019-09-05 09:00
The audio gurus at Sonos have finally jumped into the portable Bluetooth speaker arena, and from what we’ve seen—and heard—the Move should be worth the wait.

Ears-on with the Sonos Move Bluetooth speaker: Portable Sonos sound with Alexa and Google Assistant onboard

PC World - Thu, 2019-09-05 09:00
The audio gurus at Sonos have finally jumped into the portable Bluetooth speaker arena, and from what we’ve seen—and heard—the Move should be worth the wait.

Printer preference pane freezing? Here’s how to reset macOS’s printing system

Mac World - Thu, 2019-09-05 08:00

Usually when we’re yelling at printers, it’s at the printers themselves, not the software. They’re out of ink, have a page jam, or—if you’re printer is old school—flashing PC LOAD LETTER. But sometimes, it’s your Mac that’s giving you trouble.

On occasion and for discernable reason, your Printers & Scanners preference pane could wind up empty, and every action you take causes a spinning rainbow cursor or extremely long delays on the order of minutes. This happened to me recently, and a survey of people’s post across many forums provided no better explanation as to why than my own suppositions.

Your first move is easy:

  1. Control-click in an empty area in the Printers list.

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Apple Sept. 10 event preview, sleep tracking on the Apple Watch, your hot takes, and more

Mac World - Thu, 2019-09-05 07:00

Apple’s big event is next week—let’s talk about it! Is sleep tracking coming to the Apple Watch? Plus, your hot takes! That and more are all in this episode of the Macworld Podcast.

This is episode 666 with Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Michael Simon.

Listen to episode 666

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How to save money and scan your photos digitally using your phone and Google PhotoScan

PC World - Thu, 2019-09-05 06:46

Scanning photos into digital copies isn’t just for old photo albums. These days, you’ll often have to decide whether to buy an expensive digital version of school photos, not to mention weddings. But why spend extra money when you have a photo scanner in your pocket?

Google PhotoScan is an app both for Android and iOS, and works by using your phone’s camera to take several photos of a print photograph, using intelligence to stitch them together and mark the edges of the photograph. The photo stitching also works to eliminate glare from your phone’s flash, though a well-lit photo using natural light delivers the best results.

To be fair, a native digital image will present the clearest, sharpest results. And if you have a dedicated scanner, or a multifunction printer with a scanner attached to it, that option should definitely be explored. But scanners cost money, as do the rights to digital images—the local photography service charged me $17! Instead, explore what your phone’s own camera can do before ponying up for that Instagram post.

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Adobe Acrobat Standard DC vs. Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

PC World - Thu, 2019-09-05 06:30

Adobe Acrobat remains the gold standard for PDF editors—as well as the most expensive. Given the cost of upgrading from Adobe’s free Acrobat Reader, it’s worth familiarizing yourself with the differences between the company’s two paid products for individuals: Adobe Acrobat Standard DCRemove non-product link and Adobe Acrobat Pro DC (which cost $12.99 per month and $14.99 per month, respectively, with an annual commitment). While both versions will get you the desktop software, access to Adobe Document Cloud services for storing and sharing files, and an Adobe Sign subscription to sign and collect legal electronic and digital signatures on any device, there are some differences in features and capabilities that may make one or the other better suited to your needs.

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Roku and Amazon have different ideas about over-the-air DVR

PC World - Thu, 2019-09-05 06:00
Over-the-air DVR might always be a niche, even as antennas make a comeback.

Roku and Amazon have different ideas about over-the-air DVR

Mac World - Thu, 2019-09-05 06:00
Over-the-air DVR might always be a niche, even as antennas make a comeback.

Jaybird Tarah Sports Earbuds review: For the price, the base model is ‘good enough’

Mac World - Thu, 2019-09-05 06:00

What do cars and a MacBook Air have in common? They both come with tiered pricing. Your new car could roll off of the lot with its manufacturer’s base-level interior or you can pay to swank out your seats in rich Corinthian leather (which mostly came from a tannery near New Jersey, but that’s beside the point.) Investing in the least expensive version of the latest MacBook will land you a great little laptop. But spending a little bit more will set you up with more RAM and additional storage. Jaybird’s Tarah Wireless Sports earphones are a little bit like that.

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Intel: Core i9-9900KS, Cascade Lake-X chips will ship in October

PC World - Wed, 2019-09-04 15:37

Intel said Wednesday that it plans to ship two high-end desktop processors next month: both its monstrous Core i9-9900KS processor and its upcoming Cascade Lake-X gaming processor will go on sale.

In a presentation from the IFA show in Berlin, Ryan Shrout, chief performance strategist at Intel, said that Intel is aware of the competition, specifically AMD and Qualcomm, and was “adjusting” to deliver market-leading products. AMD has already delivered a cost-competitive Ryzen processor, and there’s reason to believe a next-gen Threadripper is coming soon. As Intel did at Computex, the chipmaker announced furture products in hopes of taking some wind out of its competitor’s sales.

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Students aim to make positive local impact through Brock Cares Day of Service

Brock News - Wed, 2019-09-04 15:19

MEDIA RELEASE: 4 September 2019 – R00141

Brock students will fan out across Niagara Saturday to give back to the community they now call home.

Along with University staff and faculty members, nearly 200 students will spend Saturday, Sept. 7 volunteering at local organizations in need of a helping hand.

The 11th annual Brock Cares Day of Service will help students kick off the semester by having a positive impact and allowing them to meet others who share a similar passion for volunteering.

“Participating in Brock Cares is a great way for students to start the year by giving back and making connections with their peers, while also learning about and becoming a part of the Niagara community,” said Megan Brown, Brock’s Community Engagement Co-ordinator.

With volunteers heading to Project Share, Niagara Children’s Centre, Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre, the YWCA, Clean City Committee, Community Care, Celebration of Nations, the Rankin Cancer Run Bottle Drive, the Niagara Catholic District School Board Outdoor Education Program, Small Scale Farms and the Days for Girls initiative, Brown said the day reflects the University’s ongoing commitment to the region.

“It’s important because Brock is part of the community and this is one of the many ways we can show that we care,” she said. “We are doing our part to be fully involved in Niagara while helping to grow the next generation of passionate and engaged citizens.”

This year’s team of volunteers will also participate in the University’s annual Welcome Wagon visits, which aim to help student tenants be good neighbours and have a positive experience in the community. The initiative will see student volunteers joined by University staff and community partners, including elected officials, bylaw officers and firefighters, going door-to-door in near-campus neighbourhoods to deliver welcome kits and information on topics and services related to living off-campus.

When Brock Cares has wrapped up for the day, volunteers will be taken to the Pen Centre where they will join residents and other students at a complimentary barbecue from noon to 3 p.m. Held in partnership with the City of St Catharines Town and Gown Committee, the Pen Centre, Zehrs and the University, the Community BBQ aims to further efforts to build relationships between the student population and local citizens in hopes of creating a vibrant, safe and respectful community.

Following Brock Cares, students will have a chance to learn about additional volunteer activities in the region at VolunteerFest on Thursday, Sept. 12. The on-campus, vendor-style event will run in Brock’s Market Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and feature nearly 50 local organizations looking for volunteers.

Spaces for Brock Cares are filling quickly, but Brown hopes more students will embrace the chance to lend a helping hand through various volunteer opportunities.

“Brock Cares is often the first chance our students have to see other parts of Niagara, but we know that after working with such great organizations and seeing the difference that their contributions make, it won’t be the last,” she said.

Volunteers will meet in South Block 204 at 8 a.m. Registration can be completed on the ExperienceBU website. Walk-in participants are also welcome.

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University, 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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Watch The Full Nerd talk about breaking Intel and AMD news live!

PC World - Wed, 2019-09-04 14:36

Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. Today's show goes in-depth into Intel's breaking Cascade Lake-X news, AMD's problems with Ryzen 3000 boost mode, and the best GPU's to buy right now for every resolution. As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

If YouTube is not your thing you can also watch us on Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Logitech unveils next-gen MX Master 3 smart mouse, MX Keys keyboard

PC World - Wed, 2019-09-04 14:14

On Wednesday, Logitech announced the Logitech MX Master 3, its next-generation intelligent mouse, and the MX Keys wireless keyboard. Both are expected to ship in September and will cost $100 apiece. 

The 4,000dpi MX Master 3 mouse features a new MagSpeed mouse wheel, which the company claims is 90 percent faster. Unfortunately, like before, the MX Master 3 is optimized for right-handers. 

The MX Master 3 costs the same as its excellent predecessor, the Logitech MX Master 2, and it's visually nearly identical as well. The two-tier mouse features a traditional two-button layout on the right, with the clickable Magspeed wheel. On the left, there’s a “shelf” to rest your right thumb, complete with a gesture button, two more buttons to navigate front and back, and a clickable horizontal scroll wheel. Some mice are designed for your fingers to perch upon, but the MX Master series is designed to cup your palm and to take more of the weight of your hand.

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Report: Apple event may contain 'One more thing,' upgraded Apple TV on the way

Mac World - Wed, 2019-09-04 13:47

As we approach the big September 10 reveal of the iPhone 11, the rumor mill shows no signs of slowing down. The latest rumblings indicate that Apple will have a “One more thing” surprise in store for us, and could be on the verge of releasing an updated Apple TV. These may or may not be related.

Twitter tipster CoinX has accurately leaked several Apple products, or details of them, over the last couple years. The account doesn’t tweet often, but it updated on September 4 to quote Steve Jobs’ famous “One more thing...” line.


Over the years, several (but not all) Apple events have ended with a new product or service that was introduced by Steve Jobs, later Tim Cook, saying that "there’s one more thing...” Some such announcements have been minor (the iPod Nano, iTunes Match) but most, especially recently, have been major product announcements. The only “One more thing...” announcements in the last five years were the Apple Watch, Apple Music, and the iPhone X.

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