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Pokémon Go terms to know!

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Pokémon Go terms to know!

What are some Pokémon Go terms?

As Pokémon Go takes over your life, be sure you're talking the lingo with your fellow trainers. Here are the important terms that are used throughout the Pokémon Go universe.

Battle

A battle is a fight between your Pokémon and a wild, rival, or friendly Pokémon. In Pokémon Go, you can only battle at Gyms.

When you reach a rival gym, you have the chance to battle other teams' (blue, yellow, or red) Pokémon for an opportunity to claim the Gym itself.

For every rival Pokémon you defeat in battle, you lower the Gym's Prestige and once you reduce it to zero, you can capture the Gym for yourself and your team!

Combat Power (CP)

A Pokémon's Combat Power will determine how strong it is during a battle against another Pokémon. This is how you measure a Pokémon's attack strength.

Defender Bonus

A Defender Bonus is a daily reward you can get for defending a Gym. You can get rewards like PokéCoins and Stardust. These Defender Bonuses can be claimed at the shop in the game.

Eggs

Eggs are items that you can find throughout the game that will hatch into Pokémon. Pokémon Eggs can be found at PokéStops, and once you walk a certain distance with the egg in an incubator, the egg will hatch into a Pokémon!

Evolution

Evolution is what happens when your Pokémon levels up and becomes a stronger version of itself!

By using Candy, you can evolve and change your Pokémon into a more advanced species of Pokémon.

Candy

Candy is important! It can be used to evolve and strengthen your Pokémon throughout your adventures!

You can get your Candies by transferring Pokémon to Professor Willow, by catching Pokémon, or by hatching Pokémon Eggs.

Experience Points (XP)

Your Experience Points (XP) is how your progress is measured throughout your Poké-venture. By upping your XP, you can advance to higher Trainer levels.

Fainted Pokémon

When a Pokémon is completely depleted of Hit Points (HP), it will faint. You can use Revive or Max Revive to bring your fainted Pokémon back into the game.

Gyms

Gyms are specific locations where you can go and battle the Pokémon of rival teams. You can also go to Gyms owned by your team to train your Pokémon by battling against the Pokémon assigned there by other members of your team.

When you're playing, you'll see that Gyms belonging to your team are known as "friendly" Gyms, while Gyms that have been claimed by other teams are known as "rival" Gyms. Gyms that have not been claimed, however, are known as open Gyms – so what are you waiting for? Go claim a Gym!

Hit Points (HP)

Hit Points are how a Pokémon's health is measured. When a Pokémon has zero HP, it faints and can no longer be used in battle until you revive it with a Revive or Max Revive item.

Incense

Incense will attract wild Pokémon to your location because of its aroma.

At the beginning of your adventure, you are given two. You can also buy one incense in the shop for 80 PokéCoins.

Incubator

Once you get an Egg, you place it into an incubator. This will let it hatch into a Pokémon as you walk.

You can upgrade your incubators as you play, which will decrease the total distance it takes to hatch an egg.

Lure Module

Lure Modules work like a stronger version of Incense by coaxing Pokémon to your location. All players can see a Lure Module, and everyone can take advantage of an active one, even if they aren't the original person to set it up.

By using a Lure Module, you can attract wild Pokémon to a PokéStop for a limited time. Then all you have to do is catch them!

Lucky Egg

Lucky Eggs can double the amount of XP you earn for all actions for around 30 minutes.

You can either buy Lucky Eggs in the shop, or you can receive them as a reward while you level up. For example, getting to level 9 will earn you a Lucky Egg.

Medals

You get awarded medals as you get gameplay achievements throughout your adventures. There are a few different types you can get, including...

  • Jogger: Walk x kilometers
  • Kanto: Register Pokémon
  • Collector: Capture Pokémon
  • Scientist: Evolve Pokémon
  • Breeder: Hatch Eggs
  • Backpacker: Visit PokéStops
  • Battle Girl: Win Gym Battles
  • Ace Trainer: Train x times
  • Pikachu Fan: Catch Pikachu
  • Fairy Tale Girl: Catch fairy Pokémon
  • Black Belt: Catch fighting Pokémon
  • Punk Girl: Catch poison Pokémon
  • Schoolkid: Catch normal Pokémon
  • Bird Keeper: Catch flying Pokémon
  • Dragon Tamer: Catch dragon Pokémon
  • Hiker: Catch Rock Pokémon
  • Ruin Maniac: Catch ground Pokémon
  • Psychic: Catch psychic Pokémon
  • Hex Maniac: Catch ghost Pokémon
  • Bug Catcher: Catch bug Pokémon
  • Swimmer: Catch water Pokémon
  • Gardener: Catch grass Pokémon
  • Kindler: Catch fire Pokémon

Poké Balls

Poké Balls are what you use to catch wild Pokémon! They can be picked up at the shop or found at PokéStops.

There are different types of Poké Balls throughout the game. Great Balls, Ultra Balls, and Master Balls are high performance Poké Balls with a better chance of catching wild Pokémon.

PokéCoins

PokéCoins are the currency in the Poké-world! Trainers can exchange coins for premium items in the shop. People can also buy PokéCoins in the shop.

Pokédex

The ultimate Pokémon guide! The Pokédex is where you will find information about all the Pokémon you have caught or encountered in your adventures!

PokéStop

PokéStops are specific locations that you can go to gather items like Poké Balls, Eggs, and Potions.

A PokéStop will change its shape when you get close to it. To interact with a PokéStop, simply touch it and spin the Photo Disc to get items.

Potions

Potions are used to heal your Pokémon. When you use a Potion, you restore your Pokémon's Hit Points (HP) so they can battle again.

Power-Up

By using a Candy and Stardust, Trainers can power up their Pokémon. This will increase their CP and HP.

Prestige

Prestige is how a Gym's progress is measured as different teams try to claim it. Prestige is earned when Pokémon train at the Gym.

To advance a certain Gym to higher levels, you have to increase a Gym's Prestige. The higher a Gym's Prestige, the more Pokémon can be added to defend it.

Razz Berry

While Razz Berry's cannot be purchased and can only be found at PokéStops, you can feed them to wild Pokémon to make them easier to catch. Razz Berry's will appear in later levels of the game when more difficult Pokémon begin to appear.

If a wild Pokémon has a high CP level or is rare, the player can use a Razz Berry to increase the chances of the Pokémon actually staying caught in a Poké Ball.

Stardust

You get Stardust by hatching Eggs, catching Pokémon, and earning the daily Defender bonus. It can be used to Power Up your Pokémon.

Training

When you're at a friendly Gym, A.K.A. a Gym run by your team, Trainers can battle Pokémon that have been assigned there by other members of their team. This will increase the Prestige of the Gym and their Experience Points.

Trainer

Trainers are the people who adventure, explore, play, and battle in the world of Pokémon Go: You!

Wild Pokémon

Pokémon that have not been caught are called wild Pokémon.

How do you play?

How far along are you in Pokémon Go? What's your favorite part of the game? Sound off in the comments below!

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Grab SanDisk's 200GB microSD card for $59

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As part of Amazon's Prime Day, SanDisk is offering heavy discounts on SSDs, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 flash drives, and microSD cards. You can pick up a 200GB microSD card for $59.99, and a 960GB Ultra II SSD for just $165.

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Put that cup of tea down and check out these Amazon UK Prime Day deals!

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It's Prime Day at Amazon and that means we're in for a day pack full of promotions and enticing deals on a variety of products. From the NVIDIA Shield 16GB Android TV box for just £99.99 to the Wileyfox Swift 4G Dual SIM handset for £94.99, there's a little something for everyone when it comes to tech discounts.

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2 weeks ago

Do not fake your location in Pokemon Go

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That random dude on the internet does not care if you get banned.

Pokemon Go is a location-based game, where you have to go to a physical location in the real world in order to accomplish a task and do better in the game. Or is it? Pokemon Go forums are lousy with super secret ways to fake your location in the game so you can more easily get the things you want. Here's the thing, though. The folks that make Pokemon Go have been doing this for a while, and if you follow this one weird trick to score all the Pokemon without leaving your home, you're account is going to be banned in a hurry.

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2 weeks ago

Amazon Prime Day is back — here are the best deals!

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Amazon's Prime Day is back for its second showing, with the retailer offering heavy discounts across categories. The rarely-discounted Echo Bluetooth speaker is down to $129, which is $50 off of its retail price of $179. The Amazon Tap has also been discounted to $99, a $30 savings. Then there's the unlocked 64GB gold Nexus 6P, which is available for $403.

The deals are exclusively for Prime members, and if you haven't registered for the service yet, you can do so from here.

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2 weeks ago

Pokémon Go Android settings you need to know

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Pokémon Go Android settings you need to know

What are the Pokémon GO Android settings you need to know?

Welcome back, Pokémon! We've been waiting ever so patiently. Well, not patiently, if we're being completely honest. Now that Pokémon Go lives on your Android device, you need to know how to navigate the settings before jumping in and playing the game.

Accessing the Main Menu

  1. Launch the Map View of Pokémon Go.
  2. Tap the Main Menu button. It's the Poké Ball at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Tap Settings at the top right.
  4. Tap the menu item you wish to select.

    Tap Main Menu, tap Settings, select a setting item

Music

The music is enabled by default, so don't be alarmed when you head out to play and you suddenly have your own Junichi Masuda soundtrack accompanying your walk. You can toggle it off here.

Sound Effects

The game sound effects are enabled by default, and as awesome as they are, you may not always want them on. You can toggle them off here.

Vibrations

Vibrations are enabled by default, and they are useful for letting you know about nearby Pokémon. But if you don't want them, they can be toggled off here.

Battery Saver

This is your battery life optimization feature. The reality is that this game is going to drain your battery mighty quickly. While the Battery Saver is enabled, your display will be disabled when your device is pointed downward. You'll still be able to track distance in this mode, and you will continue to be notified if Pokémon are nearby.

More: How to save your battery while playing Pokémon Go

More: Best external battery packs for Pokémon Go

Quick Start

This will launch a gameplay tutorial. If you're brand new to the Pokémon Go experience, this is going to be tremendously helpful.

Help Center

The official Help Center gets launched in your web browser to answer any more detailed questions you may have.

About Pokémon GO

If inquiring minds want to know, here is where you'll find the copyrights, Terms of Service (seriously, consider reading it), Privacy Policy, and license information regarding the game.

Sign Out

Well, that one pretty much explains itself... and you probably won't be using it very much.

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ASUS' ZenFone 3 Deluxe is the first phone to run Snapdragon 821

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At its Taiwan and Hong Kong launch event, ASUS announced that the 5.7-inch ZenFone 3 Deluxe will be the first phone to be powered by the Snapdragon 821 SoC, which offers a quad-core Kryo CPU cluster clocked at 2.4GHz.

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2 weeks ago

How to claim a Gym in Pokémon Go

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How to claim a Gym in Pokémon Go for Android

How do I get a Gym in Pokémon Go?

Once you hit level 5 in Pokémon Go, it's time to hit up a gym, join a team, and start conquering the rest of the gyms in your city.

How you claim a gym will depend on whether or not it's already occupied. If it is, you'll have to fight!

Here's how to claim Pokémon Gyms in Pokémon Go!

How to claim an unoccupied Gym in Pokémon Go for android

You have to hit level 5 before you can even think about joining/taking over a gym, so go and catch a bunch of Pokémon first.

  1. Find a Gym on your map. They may be gray, which means they're unoccupied, but that's not likely at this point. At this point, most gyms will either be blue (Team Mystic), red (Team Valor), or yellow (Team Instinct).
  2. Tap the Gym and choose your team (Valor, Mystic, or Instinct).
  3. Tap the Add Pokémon button at the bottom of your screen. It looks like a Pokéball with a little plus sign next to it.
  4. Tap the Pokémon you'd like to use to defend the Gym.

When other people on your team want to help bolster your Gym, they can drop their Pokémon on it as well. They can then battle your Pokémon to raise the Prestige of your gym. The higher the Prestige, the more Pokémon you can have defending your Gym, making it more difficult to overtake.

Remember that your Pokémon won't be returned to your collection until it's knocked off the Gym.

How to claim an occupied Gym in Pokémon Go for Android

If you happen upon a Gym and it's not the same color as your team, you'll have to battle to knock the other team's Pokémon off.

  1. Tap the enemy Gym to enter.
  2. Tap the battle button on the bottom right of your screen. It looks like two Pokéballs.
  3. Tap the Pokémon you want to use to battle.
  4. Tap Go.

Now you'll have to battle by tapping to attack and swiping to dodge. The trick is to keep battling to lower the Gym's Prestige. The lower the Prestige, the fewer the Pokémon that team will be allowed to have defending their Gym.

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2 weeks ago

Pokémon Go developer working on a fix for iOS account permissions

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You might have seen some security concerns about the Pokémon GO app being talked about on social media. These are very valid issues — the application can use its own webview container for login from your Google Account, and once approved it gives itself full access to all of your data.

We reached out to Niantic — which developed the Pokémon Go app. It issued a response to the media late Monday evening. ABC News was among the first to share it on Twitter — and Niantic then issue the same response to Android Central.

The statement reads thusly:

We recently discovered that the Pokémon GO account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user's Google account. However, Pokémon GO only accesses basic Google profile information (specifically, your User ID and email address) and no other Google account information is or has been accessed or collected. Once we became aware of this error, we began working on a client-side fix to request permission for only basic Google profile information, in line with the data that we actually access. Google has verified that no other information has been received or accessed by Pokémon Go or Niantic. Google will soon reduce Pokémon GO's permission to only the basic profile data that Pokémon GO needs, and users do not need to take any actions themselves.

Original post follows:

The good(?) news is that this appears to be an iOS-only issue. On Android, the app appears to use the "right" way to log in with your Google credentials, and it doesn't ask for access to your sensitive account data. You can check for yourself right here. In fact, when we check on an account that hasn't used an iPhone to sign in, the Pokémon GO app isn't even listed as having any access. Don't be alarmed if you see the same thing.

The first concern — the webview container login page — isn't too troubling. Apple has secure methods for apps to do this sort of thing (though Google would rather the user be directed to the default web browser so the URL can be checked) and every app is vetted by Apple staff before it's published. Yes, even Apple can let something slip through, but the account authorization page is legit. We checked. And millions of users have checked.

The second concern — access to all of your Google account data — is much more troubling.

This level of access means that the publisher can see everything. According to Google:

When you grant full account access, the application can see and modify nearly all information in your Google Account (but it can't change your password, delete your account, or pay with Google Wallet on your behalf).

Certain Google applications may be listed under full account access. For example, you might see that the Google Maps application you downloaded for your iPhone has full account access.

This "Full account access" privilege should only be granted to applications you fully trust, and which are installed on your personal computer, phone, or tablet.

And more. Basically, anything you've ever done while signed in with Google, and everything you've ever saved in Drive or Photos is wide open to Niantic and the app itself.

Now we don't think Niantic or Nintendo is going to pore through your account data or look at your photos. But what happens if someone out there finds a way to hack Niantic? With access to the right database, any attacker can have a token that gives them all your "stuff." That's not good. Not good at all.

What we recommend is that you use a separate Google account if you're going to play Pokémon Go on your iPhone. Or you can decide to not play at all and delete the permissions from your Google security page.

The important thing is that you know what's going on.

Pokémon Go

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2 weeks ago

Pokémon Go tricks — recover Poké Balls that don't hit their target!

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Don't blow through your stash on that Golbat. Recover your Poké Balls!

In the first few hours of playing Pokémon Go, you're going to waste a lot of Poké Balls. Learning to get that flick just right, watching as the ball bounced off of your critter while it tries to attack you, or missing in an attempt to rock a perfect curveball are high on the list. The failed attempt slowly rolls off screen, leaving you ready to grab another Poké Ball and give it another good toss. Actually, it turns out you can recover most of those lost Poké Balls, as long as you're fast enough!

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2 weeks ago

Acer's all-in-one Chromebase 24 now available starting at $429

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Acer's latest Chrome OS-based all-in-one, the Chromebase 24, is now available for purchase.

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2 weeks ago

Five things you should do first in Pokémon Go

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Yeah, yeah, we get it. Gotta catch 'em all! Hold on a sec, though. Do these things first.

Jumping headfirst into a game like Pokémon Go is a fantastic way to miss some of the things early on that are going to make your later experience in the game go a lot more smoothly. The beginning tutorial is great, especially if you're a fan of watching images of Professor Willow slide in and out of frame, but it turns out there's a lot more to this game than tossing Poké Balls and walking around your town. Here are some quick starter tips for anyone looking to get the most out of their Pokémon Go experience!

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2 weeks ago

Did you manually install Pokémon Go? Re-enable this important Android security setting

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We don't recommend installing APKs from outside the Play Store — but if you do, it's worth unchecking 'unknown sources' afterwards.

Maybe you wanted to play Pokémon Go in a country where it's not officially available yet. Maybe you installed an APK from somewhere that's not the Google Play Store to do that. We're not gonna judge you.

In order to install your illicit Pokémon APK, you'll have had to enable the "Unknown sources" toggle under Security settings. That's the switch which is disabled by default on all Android phones and prevents apps from being installed from places other than the Google Play Store.

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2 weeks ago

Honor 8 now official with dual-camera setup, up to 4GB of RAM

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Huawei sub-brand Honor has announced its latest phone, the Honor 8. The phone comes with a fingerprint sensor and a dual-lens rear camera setup. The Honor 8 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow under the EMUI 4.1 custom software layer.

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2 weeks ago

How to use a Razz Berry in Pokemon Go

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What do I do with all these Pokemon berries I have?

One of the items in Pokemon Go that doesn't get explained quite as well as it probably should have is the Razz Berry. In the Nintendo games, Razz Berries are used quite differently from how you're going to use them in Pokemon Go. The good news is it's actually easier to use Razz Berries in Pokemon Go, and when used correctly can make things a lot easier for you in the game. Here's what you need to know!

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