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3 hours ago

Pokémon Go: The ultimate guide

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Once you've learned the basics, it's time to dive deeper into Pokémon Go.

If you're here it's because you want to become the best Pokémon trainer that you can be. If you're just getting started with Pokémon Go, then you should check out our guide to getting started before diving in here. This guide is for those of you who are grinding levels, capturing Pokémon and taking over Gyms.

As you know by now, there is a lot going on with Pokémon Go, and we're going to detail most of it out for you here.

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5 hours ago

How to save your battery while playing Pokémon Go

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You can't catch 'em all, if your battery dies.

So you're all-in on Pokémon Go — hunting through your neighborhood for PokéStops, Gyms, and of course, Pokémon. After a couple of hours, you realize that this game is an absolute battery drainer. But don't worry, it's not just you — this game uses mobile data, GPS, your screen and your camera, and that means sucking down a lot of battery every minute you're playing.

Pokémon Go is a high battery use application, which in more general terms, means that it can eat through your battery faster than you would think. So we've spent some time finding the best ways to save, and extend your battery life to get you the most time out there hunting Pokémon.

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7 hours ago

Huge Pokémon Go update adds avatar re-customization, removes Pokémon footprints

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You can't argue with bug fixes ... but some won't like the removable of footprints.

Pokémon Go is picking up a big update today on Android that makes a couple of big changes to the game experience and joins with them a pile of bug fixes. The big change that's rubbing players the wrong way is that now you'll no longer see "footprints" of nearby Pokémon, meaning you won't be able to rely on those hints as to where the monsters are waiting to be caught. After seeing plenty of anecdotes about Pokémon Go players trespassing and generally going places they shouldn't just to track down Pokémon, Niantic has made this change and also added various new start-up warnings to hopefully help people make some better decisions.

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8 hours ago

Moto G4 versus Moto G4 Plus: The features that make a phone

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Being on a budget doesn't mean a lack of options.

Picking up a decent phone on a budget isn't the trial that it was even a few short years ago. What do you do when two nearly identical phones come out at the same time though? That's the question when it comes to the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus. Both are largely identical, with just a few additions to the Moto G4 Plus that its little brother lacks.

So we're going to take a look at them side by side and see if the additions to the Moto G4 Plus make it worth the increased price tag, or whether you want to stick with the Moto G4.

Design

When it comes to the design of these two phones, they are nearly identical. They have the same screen, size, and even branding. The one big difference, and the one that matters, is the addition of a fingerprint sensor on the bottom of the Moto G4 Plus. This is actually the big draw about grabbing the Moto G4 Plus over the base Moto G4.

There are a few big differences between these two Lenovo phones on the inside, like the options for memory, the rear camera, and of course that sweet fingerprint sensor. But in looking at them, the only way to tell them apart is by the presence of the fingerprint sensor on the bottom of the Moto G4 Plus.

Hardware

Now for the most part, the hardware on the Moto G4 and Moto G4 plus is identical. Much like the design, there are a few areas where they diverge. The differences that do exist however, are fairly major ones when it comes to changing how they work every day.

Now, while you can get either of these phones with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage, the Moto G4 Plus also has an option for more storage. You can choose to snag the 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage model if you wish. For some people, this difference isn't enough to sway them from the Moto G4, but the option is nice to have.

It's also worth noting that while there is only 16GB of on-board storage initially, both phones have access to the Adoptable Storage feature in Marshmallow. This means that with the addition of a solid SD card you can properly extend your internal storage to the external card as one big piece of accessible storage.

Category Moto G4 Moto G4 Plus Display 5.5-inch Full HD display, 401PPI
Gorilla Glass 3 5.5-inch Full HD display, 401PPI
Gorilla Glass 3 SoC 1.5GHz Snapdragon 617 SoC (eight Cortex A53 cores)
Adreno 405 GPU 1.5GHz Snapdragon 617 SoC (eight Cortex A53 cores)
Adreno 405 GPU Memory 2GB RAM/16GB storage
microSD slot up to 128GB 2GB RAM/16GB storage
3GB RAM/32GB storage
microSD slot Operating System Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Camera 13MP camera
5MP front shooter 16MP camera
PDAF and laser autofocus
5MP front camera Connectivity LTE with VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 Fingerprint sensor
LTE with VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 Battery 3000mAh with Turbo Charging 3000mAh with Turbo Charging Dimensions 153 x 76.6 x 7.9 mm 153 x 76.6 x 7.9 mm Weight 155 g 155 g Colors White/Black White/Black

Cameras

For plenty of people, the camera on their phone can seriously influence a decision. You use your camera to capture moments with friends and family alike, and having a phone with a great camera is necessary for that. You want a camera that can grab shots indoors, and outdoors without any issues. Having one with a fast focus that won't leave you with tons of blurry shots is also integral.

We're happy to say that both the Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus have great cameras on them. They don't have the same camera though. Instead the Moto G4 Plus has a 16MP to the Moto G4's 13MP. A great addition that they've both gotten is having access to manual controls on both. That means that whether you go for the pricier phone or not, you can still snag fantastic photos.

Moto G4 (left) / Moto G4 Plus (right); click images to view larger

It's worth being said that overall, the Moto G4 Plus delivered fantastic results with less reshooting than the Moto G4 did. Both delivered great results, but the Moto G4 Plus had a faster focus, and less issues with photos turning out blurry because of movement. It also had the added benefit of showing off better colors than the regular Moto G4 was able to.

Which phone should I buy?

So when it comes down to it, which phone is the right phone for you? The Moto G4 is available for just $199.99 and for that price it's a fairly solid device. However, when you consider that the Moto G4 Plus has access to more RAM, a better camera, and that fingerprint sensor, the $249.99 price tag makes sense.

Of the two phones, the Moto G4 Plus is the better bang for your buck. If you don't really care about an extra 3MP on your camera, or the fingerprint sensor, then it makes sense to maybe save $50 with the Moto G4. The big thing to remember, is that aside from a few differences, the phones are identical. The only real reason to grab the Moto G4 Plus over the Moto G4 is if you're taking plenty of photos, or if you want the superior camera.

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11 hours ago

Gear S2 watch face roundup: Deathstar, Overwatch and more!

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Finding an awesome watch face doesn't mean you have to spend money.

There are hundreds of watch faces that are currently available for the Samsung Gear S2. You might not have the time to go scrolling through the Gear store to find the right one for you though. That's totally okay though, because we're here to help you out! This week we're taking a look at watch faces that are available now for absolutely free.

You don't need to spend a penny to grab any of these fantastic watch faces, so take a look! Just remember that to download them, you'll need to search the Gear Manager store on your connected phone.

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13 hours ago

Android Central 299: Say Anything

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Audio-only stream below

This week, on a very special Android Central Podcast ...

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17 hours ago

Android 7.0 Nougat tipped for August release as internal testing build leaks

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And no update for 2013's Nexus 5, according to reliable leaker.

It's looking more and more likely that Android 7.0 will hit stable release status in the coming month, with the usually reliable Evan Blass (a.k.a. @evleaks) claiming that Nougat will land "next month" along with the Aug. 5 Android security patch.

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Save 60% on this thin Droid Turbo 2 case today!

Looking for a thin case to add a layer of protection to your Droid Turbo 2? If so, Amzer’s Pudding TPU case makes for a great addition, as it will prevent any scratches or dents from affecting the phone. Right now you can pick one up for just $3.95, which is 60% off.

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1 day ago

How can I check and see if my phone is rooted?

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Did all this stuff work? Am I rooted? Here's how to tell.

So you just went through a bunch of instructions you didn't fully understand, or downloaded some program to your computer and let it run, and your phone is supposed to be rooted. (And yes, naysayers, this is more common than you think — not everyone lives and breathes this stuff.) How can you be sure it worked?

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1 day ago

MrMobile gets all nostalgic with the Motorola RIZR Z8

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With the two newest Droids officially hitting the market as this post goes to press, it's been a big month for the company formerly known as Motorola. So let's take a break from Moto Z mania for a quick look back at one of the company's most interesting efforts: the original "Banana-phone."

The Motorola RIZR Z8 was announced in February 2007, and it bore the design language of a company that still had plenty of swagger. The RAZR, PEBL, and SLVR families were selling like gangbusters in the States, but the RIZR Z8 set itself apart with its characteristic kick-slide hinge that let it cradle your cheek when you were talking on the phone ... and lay flat when you weren't. That combined with the 2MP camera, Symbian UIQ interface and bold black-and-green paint job made for a distinctive package that I coveted from afar – but never managed to get my hands on.

That is, until today. Join me for a look at a mint-condition Bourne Identity edition of the Motorola RIZR Z8! We'll celebrate its no-holds-barred industrial design, lament the loss of devices like it in today's landscape, and even catch a second or two of Jason Bourne moping on a fishing boat ... before checking in with Erica Griffin for her thoughts on carrying a dumbphone in 2016!

It may not be an Android phone, but the RIZR Z8 is a Motorola from a period we all remember and many of us cherish ... and I think you're gonna like this retro review. Enjoy!

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1 day ago

How to sign up for Google Play Family Library

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How to sign up for Google Play Family Library

How can I share all my Google Play apps, movies and music with my family?

Sharing your Google Play apps and media with your family has never been easier, thanks to Google Play Family Library. It lets you connect up to five of your family members to a shared library of content, including a shared family-use credit card, so everyone can share their favorite movies, TV shows, music, books and apps.

While this was designed for families, you should also be able to create a shared library of content between your group of best friends, so you can all stay caught up with your favourite movies and TV shows, and play that cool new game your friend has been raving about.

Setting up a Google Play Family Library is an easy process, you just need to ensure you use your personal gmail account. Google accounts for Business are unable to be used for creating a Google Play Family Library.

How to sign up and get started with Google Play Family Library

  1. Launch the Google Play Store from your home screen or app drawer
  2. Tap the Menu icon. It's on the left side of the search bar.
  3. Tap Account.

    Launch the Google Play Store from your home screen or app drawer. Tap the Menu icon. It's on the left side of the search bar. Tap Account.

  4. Tap Family.

  5. Tap Sign up for Family Library.
  6. Tap Sign up.

    Tap Family. Tap Sign up for Family Library. Tap Sign up.

  7. Tap Continue to set yourself as the Family manager.

  8. Tap Continue. Doing so accepts the Google Play terms of service and Google's -privacy policy.
  9. Tap Set up to set up a family payment method.

    Tap Continue to set yourself as the Family manager. Tap Continue. Doing so also accessp the google play terms of service and privacy policy.

  10. Confirm your preferred credit card is selected and tap Accept. (Editors note: Google Play won't let you take a screenshot on screens related to credit cards)

  11. Tap Continue to begin adding things to your Family Library.
  12. Decide whether you want to add all eligible purchases now, or add them individually later, then tap Continue.

    Confirm your preferred credit card is selected and tap Accept. Tap continue to begin adding things to your family library. Decide whether you want to add all eligible purchases now, or ad them individually later, then tap Continue.

  13. Tap Continue to invite family members to your group. They must be 13 years old or older with a personal google account to join. Alternatively, you can tap Skip and add family at a later date.

  14. You'll be asked to verify the CVC for the credit card you entered in step 10. Enter the three digit code found on the back of your credit card, then tap Verify.
  15. It's time to start sending invitations! Swipe to scroll through your Contacts and find the family (or friends) you wish to add to your share group. Alternatively, tap Add recipients at the top to search or manually enter a Gmail address.

    Tap Continue to invite family members to your group. They must be 13 years old or older with a personal google account to join. Alternatively, you can tap Skip and add family at a later date. You'll be asked to verify the CVC for the credit cart you entered in step 10. Enter the three digit code found on the back of your credit card then tap verify. Swipe to scroll through your contacts and find the family or friends you wish to add to your share group. Alternatively, tap add recipients at the top to search or manually enter a Gmail address.

  16. Tap Send once you're ready to send your invitations.

  17. Tap Got it to complete the setup process.

    Tap send once you're ready to send your invitations. Tap Got it to complete the set up process.

You're all set up! Once you're family members (or friends) accept their invitations, you'll all be able to enjoy your shared Google Play content.

How to accept a Google Play Family Library invitation

If you've been invited to join a Google Play Family Group, you will have received an email invitation. We'll start with accepting the invitation via the email on your phone.

  1. Launch the Gmail app from your home screen or app drawer
  2. In the invitation email, tap Accept Invitation. This will launch Chrome.
  3. Tap Get Started.

    Launch the Gmail app from your home screen or app drawer. In the invitation email, tap accept invitation. Doing this launches Chrome. Tap Get started.

  4. Enter your account password and tap Sign in to login to your Google account. This will launch the Google Play Store.

  5. Tap Use account to confirm you want to use this account to join the Family group.
  6. Tap Join. This also accepts the Google Play terms of service and Google's privacy policy.

    Enter your account password and tap Sign In to login to your Google account. This will launch the Google Play Store. Tap Use account to confirm you want to use this account to join the Family group. Tap Join. This also accepts the Google Pay terms of service and Google's privacy policy.

  7. Tap Continue to add your previously purchased items to your family library.

  8. Decide whether you want to add all eligible purchases now, or add them individually later, then tap Continue.
  9. Tap Got it.

    Tap Continue to add your previously purchased items to your family library. Decide whether you want to add all eligible purchases nwo, or add them individually later, then tap continue. Tap Got it.

You're now set up for the Google Play Family Library. Next, we'll show you how to check out the shared content available.

How to access content from your Google Play Family Library

Once you've got your Google Play Family Library set up and everyone has joined and added their personal content to the shared folder, it's easy to access and install them right from the Google Play Store on your phone. For this example, we'll access the shared apps and games.

  1. Launch the Google Play Store from the home screen or app drawer
  2. Tap the Menu icon. It's on the left side of the search bar.
  3. Tap My apps & games.

    Launch the Google Play store from the home screen or app drawer. Tap the Menu icon. It's on the left side of the search bar. Tap My apps & games.

  4. Tap the Family Library tab.

  5. You'll see the list of apps and games available to your entire family group.

    Tap the Family Library tab. You'll see the list of apps and games available to your entire family group.

From there, it's as easy as tapping the apps you want and going through the standard installation process.

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1 day ago

How to fix Galaxy S7 battery life problems

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The Galaxy S7's battery is bigger than before, but you still don't want to waste what you have.

The eternal quest for longer battery life in smartphones continues on, as evermore efficient chips and bigger batteries are in a battle with new software, apps, features and big screens. You want your phone to do everything, but also do it for a very long time — and those things are at odds, especially if you don't want to be chasing around a wall outlet everywhere you go.

The Galaxy S7's 3000 mAh battery is bigger than last year's Galaxy S6 and offers really solid battery life, actually, but if you consistently find your GS7 coming up short at the end of the day we have a handful of tips for you to get the most out of what battery you have.

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1 day ago

Pokémon Go master getting free global trip to catch 'em all

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Nick Johnson, the first person to catch all 142 known Pokémon in America in Pokémon Go, is getting a free trip around the world to complete his collection. The trip, sponsored by Expedia and Marriott Rewards, will see Johnson head to locations such as Paris, Sydney, and Hong Kong.

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1 day ago

HTC Vive will soon be more expensive in the UK, thanks to post-Brexit pound devaluation

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HTC will be adjusting the price of the Vive VR headset in the UK due to changes in the value of the pound. While the headset was previously priced at £689, it will now come in at £759.

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1 day ago

These are the Pokémon Go tips, tricks, and cheats you need right now!

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It's dangerous to go alone. Wait, what game are we talking about again?

Welcome to the life after level 5, Pokémon Trainer. It doesn't matter if you're Instinct, Mystic, or Valor right now, it's a war zone out there. There has never been a game to receive quite as much 24/7/365 action as Pokémon Go. You can take over a Gym in most areas right now and have it reclaimed for another team before you make it down the street. It's intense, exciting, and if you're not constantly playing you could find yourself at a very real disadvantage.

Unless, of course, you have this guide helping you out. We've collected a great list of tips, tricks, and sneaky little cheats to give you the upper hand when playing against other high level players out in the world. Are you ready for this?

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