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2 weeks ago

Android Pay coming to TSB in late 2016

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Android Pay

Q4 launch for Android Pay confirmed by TSB on Twitter.

Despite the UK-wide rollout of Android Pay in May, some major British high street banks still aren't signed up to the mobile payments service. Among those is TSB, and while the bank has made clear its intentions to support Android Pay at some point in the future, there've been no further details offered until now.

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2 weeks ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Between Us, CBC Music, Super Stickman Golf 3 and more

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It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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2 weeks ago

These are the top ASUS phones you need to know

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This is the best that ASUS has to offer.

While ASUS has been making phones for years, it wasn't until the ZenFone 2 that the company was recognized internationally for its good work. Now that we're nearly two years out from that device, ASUS has even more great stuff on the horizon.

Though some models are region-specific, they all have signature ASUS quirks. So which one do you choose? We've done the hard work for you; this is the current list of the best ASUS phones you need to know about.

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2 weeks ago

Check to see if you're covered by the Project Fi network

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Networks, when you think about it, come down to one thing: coverage.

If you're not covered where you live, work and travel ... well, nothing else matters. But in partnering with three U.S. carriers — Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular — Google's Project Fi definitely has an interesting advantage. (And remember you also have calling available over Wi-Fi when you need it.)

But the question stands: Will you have Project Fi coverage where you live? And, of course, there's a handy map for that.

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2 weeks ago

How to get the Huawei Watch stainless steel mesh band look for less

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How to get the Huawei stainless steel mesh band look for less

Is there a cheaper version of the Huawei mesh band?

The stainless steel mesh band for the Huawei Watch is a beauty. It's modern and classic at the same time, looks great with every outfit, and it's popular. But with a starting price of $129, it's not exactly nice to your wallet. We have some options that will still look great for way less.

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2 weeks ago

Pokémon Go: Track your accidental Pokéxercise with these simple apps

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Pokémon Go

Loveable animated critters have tricked you into leaving the house. Now it's time to put a number to that coincidental exercise.

Across America (and Australia, and New Zealand, and other places unofficially), gamers are being coaxed into exploring the real world in pursuit of Pokémon. Pokémon Go is relatively unique in that progressing and capturing the eponymous critters (mostly) involves leaving the house and moving around.

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2 weeks ago

Mobile Nations Weekly: Pokémon Going

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If you're reading this you're not catching 'em all.

I'm not sure if you've heard, but there's this new game called Pokémon Go and well, everyone is playing it. Everyone. Including you.

Out now for Android and iPhone, Pokémon Go brings the classic Pokémon into the modern smartphone world. Not only do you capture and train your Pokémon to fight others, but you can actually go out into the world and capture Pokémon — it is perhaps the most intrinsically mobile of games.

Apart from that, Verizon fiddled with their data plans, giving customers more data but demanding more money in the process — at least there's now roll-over data and throttled overages. Speaking of Verizon, the launch-exclusive Moto Z Droid Edition and Moto Z Droid Edition are coming on July 14.

BlackBerry killed the BB10-powered Classic, but don't fear — the BlackBerry keyboard is here to stay. And even though it seems like WWDC 2016 was only a few short weeks ago, but the public betas for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra are now available for you to download and try.

New builds and rumors abounded for the Windows crowd, with fresh Windows 10 Anniversary Update builds for PC And Mobile and the addition of double-tap to wake on the Lumia 950. Rumors are continuing to swirl about the next Surface, supposedly due in the fall, and the anticipated HP Elite x3 will evidently come in blingy gold.

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2 weeks ago

Pokémon Go not available in your country? Here's what's going on

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Pokémon Go still isn't officially available in some countries, as devs deal with overwhelming demand in other parts of the world.

You'd be forgiven for thinking the entire world seems to have lost its mind over Pokémon Go. And while the game is now available in many Western countries, some have yet to see an official launch. That's due to developer Niantic's staggered launch for the game, as its servers struggle to hold up to the demands of millions of players around the globe.

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2 weeks ago

Chat for Pokémon Go keeps you in touch with other Pokémon trainers

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While Pokémon Go is still only in beta, one enterprising developer has already come up with a way for players to communicate with each other. With Chat for Pokémon Go, players can easily chat with one another when they are close by.

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2 weeks ago

Does Pokémon Go work on your phone or tablet?

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So Pokémon Go has had a bit of a rough start. Server problems, mostly. A hijacked APK. (Seriously, folks. Be careful out there.) Limited regional availability.

The burning question for most people? Will Pokémon Go work on my phone. Let's take a look at the official requirements.

Here's what you need to play Pokémon Go:

  • Android 4.4 and up: So you'll need to be running KitKat or higher. Niantic — the company that developed Pokémon Go — says that it'll support Android 7.0 Nougat once it's officially released later this year.
  • No Intel processors: Bad news for those of you using a number ASUS phones, or a couple of Dell tablets. Intel processors are not supported. That sucks. There's a change.org petition making the rounds. (Yes, really.) But the thing is Intel is getting out of the mobile business. Why would a developer spend time and money on it at this point?
  • A strong internet connection: Seriously, this thing's going to suck down the emm bees. Pokémon Go is not an offline game. So keep an eye on your data usage, and your data plan. That means Wi-Fi only tablets aren't really going to work, since you have to walk around ... even adding in a hotspot is sub-optimal.
  • GPS and location services: Pokémon Go also needs to know where you are. So if you've got your tinfoil hat turned up and your location services turned off, this isn't going to work.

That's it for now. Happy hunting!

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2 weeks ago

Pokémon Go tips, tricks or dilemmas? Our Pokémon Go forums are now open!

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Pokemons!

Show us your pokey mans.

Pokémon Go is shaping up to be one of the biggest mobile games of the year so far. But the launch hasn't been without its share of issues, with servers struggling to keep up with demand, as well as bugs with refreshing, failing gym battles and lure patches.

And that's before you actually get down to the nitty gritty of catching them all.

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2 weeks ago

When words just won't do

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There's not a single word I can type here today that doesn't feel trite after the week we all just had.

We've seen us at our worst. We've seen us at our best. We've all got a lot of work left to do.

We won't fix ourselves in a day. There undoubtedly will be more horror. More heartache. We'll allow ourselves to forget just long enough for it to happen again.

But I do have hope.

And I continue to marvel at the importance these little computers in our pockets played this past week.

A few other thoughts on things infinitely less important:

  • Holy crap, who'd have thought Pokemon Go would have blown up the way it did? Maybe I'm just in the wrong generation. (Again.)
  • Apparently there's a change.org petition to get Niantic to put Pokemon Go on Intel devices. Sorry, but if you've got an Intel-powered phone you're basically hosed. Sell it while you still can.
  • I'm using a OnePlus 3 the next few days. It's really good for a $400 phone. Hell, it's really good for a $600 phone.
  • Basically it's what Huawei wants to do in the U.S., but hasn't.
  • If price isn't an issue, though, it doesn't beat the GS7 for me. But HTC has a real problem on its hands here.
  • I can't do it. I tried, but I just can't bring myself to care about Huawei's dumb Google+ post, in which an image attached to an exhalation of the Huawei P9's camera was, in fact, sporting EXIF data showing it was taken with a fairly high-end DSLR. (Nice spot by AP.)
  • Dumb? Absolutely. But is it an indictment of a phone, or of a company? Nah. More likely just a screwup from a marketing agency. It's not the first time that's happened. Or the second. It won't be the last.
  • If you're judging a phone's supposed capabilities by a company's post on Google+, well, I can't really help you anyway.
  • Where I can help you is to point you to our Huawei P9 review. Lots of actual pictures taken by the P9 in there.
  • That was a lot of words for something I don't care about.

We've got a busy week coming up. Y'all be good to each other. See you Monday.

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2 weeks 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 Pokémon Go is here. You've gotten logged in and created your avatar, you've even chosen your starting Pokémon . Now it's time to go hunting through your neighborhood for PokéStops, Gyms, and of course, Pokémon . Be sure to keep a close eye on the battery of your phone though, otherwise you might lose power right as you are about to catch the next pocket monster for your collection.

Pokemon 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 Pokemon. Keep scrolling for the nitty gritty details.

Check your brightness

While this seems like a no-brainer, the first thing that you can do to help with the battery drain is take a look at your screen brightness. By turning it down you can grab yourself up some more time for gameplay. The big problem with this is if you are playing outside in a super sunny area. Turning the brightness down can make it much harder to see your screen much, much harder to see. Depending on the weather though, turning down that brightness can ensure that you can play for much longer.

Enable Battery Saver Mode

This game has a special Battery Saver baked right in! It's designed to dim your screen and slow the refresh rate while you're walking, and it works really well as long as you remember to use it. When this mode is enabled, all you have to do is point the top of your phone towards the ground, like you would do when holding the phone down at your side while walking. By doing this instead of just turning your phone screen off while walking between 'Stops and Gyms, you will still get vibration notifications when a Pokemon pops up on screen for you to catch.

To enable Battery Saver, all you need to do is: 1. Tap your Poké Ball 2. Tap Settings 3. Tap the empty circle next to Battery Saver

Turn off Augmented Reality features

Want to know what drains your battery faster than having the screen on the whole time? Using your camera the whole time. Within Pokémon Go you have a choice between turning your camera on or off. If it is on, then when it's time to capture a Pokémon your camera will open up. You'll see your intended Pokémon in front of you in AR while your actual surroundings are just behind it. While this is awesome, and leads to some fantastic photos, you're bleeding battery in this mode, especially during a Gym battle. However, if you turn the camera off you can ensure that your battery will last at least a bit longer.

All you need to do in order to disable this feature is flip the little switch with AR next to it the next time you go to catch a Pokemon. You'll see a new background and your battery will thank you.

Invest in a battery pack

If you're really gung ho about going out and hunting down Pokémon for hours, then investing in a portable battery pack might be your best bet. You can find these just about everywhere, and they can make sure that your phone doesn't die just as you are about to capture the Pokémon you've been hunting for hours. All battery packs are not made equal, so be sure to do your homework before purchasing one. This may be the easiest way to ensure that you can get hours of fun out of the app before being forced to head back to home and recharge your phone.

Read: Best external battery packs for Pokémon Go

For now, there isn't a single easy way to adjust the amount of battery that Pokémon Go is consuming. Hopefully in time, we'll see a battery saved added to the app for itself. In the meantime you can use these tricks to help ensure that you can play for as long as possible. Have you had issues with your battery while playing Pokémon Go? Do you have a battery saving trick that we missed and should know about? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Pokémon Go

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2 weeks ago

HTC Desire 10 could emerge as next mid-range flagship

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New standard-bearer for mid-range tipped to launch "end of Q3."

Since HTC unveiled a trio of largely forgettable Desire phones back at Mobile World Congress, there's not been much to get excited about from the company's mid-range brand. But that may be about to change, with early rumors suggesting an "HTC Desire 10" is coming.

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2 weeks ago

Today's your last chance to grab a OnePlus 3 before the UK price hike

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New higher price kicks in July 11 following pound's plunge in value.

If you're on the fence about splurging on a OnePlus 3, now would be a good time to make up your mind. As previously announced, from Monday July 11 the UK price will rise to £329. That's due to the falling value of the British pound following the country's recent vote to leave the European Union. Prices in other regions are not affected, nor are OnePlus's other phones and accessories.

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