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6 months ago

How to avoid a driving warning in Pokémon Go

How do I avoid that annoying driving warning in Pokémon Go?

How many times a day do you hit that "I'm a passenger" button? Too many. In an attempt to decrease the number of Pokémon Go players in the world who think it's a good idea to play while driving, Niantic's last update added a pop-up message when the GPS determines you exceeding the speeds humans are able to travel using two legs.

You can dismiss the message quickly by letting the app know you're a passenger, but there's a whole lot of people out there tired of seeing this warning pop up when they're not anywhere near a moving vehicle.

Since Pokémon Go relies heavily on GPS for most of the game's behaviors, there are ways to avoid this driving warning in many situations. Here are some quick tips!

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6 months ago

Android 7.0: Better performance, longer battery life

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By addressing specific things that affect performance and power efficiency, Android 7.0 Nougat should make our phones run better and longer between charges.

Every time the software on our phones receives a big update, we hear how it will perform better and use less of our battery. While it's often true, the ideas and how they are implemented need plenty of fine-tuning to meet expectations. Android 7.0 improves on two existing features to help them live up to their full potential: Projects Doze, and Project Svelte.

The goals are simple — find ways to make the phone less power hungry when you're not using it, and better management of background processes. All software is built with an emphasis on performance and efficiency, and an operating system so much more so. We'll take a look at the changes and see how they could have an impact.

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6 months ago

Google's new video chat app Duo is available now in Google Play

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And its companion app Allo is nowhere to be seen.

Almost exactly three months after announcing Duo back at Google I/O, Google has subtly put up a blog post stating that the new standalone video chat app is hitting the Play Store and rolling out worldwide.

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6 months ago

Android 7.0: Data Saver will prevent overages on cheaper plans

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Android 7.0 Nougat can help you use less data in an intelligent way.

We all like new features and a better way to do things, but when they can save us some money we might just like them a little more. That's what Google is aiming for with the new Data Saver feature in Android 7.0 Nougat.

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6 months ago

Android 7.0: Making accessibility features powerful and intuitive

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Android N brings new accessibility options for low-vision users, starting right from the setup process.

Updated August 13, 2016, with information about the final Android Nougat features and APIs.

A pair of really great features of Android N are things that most people won't ever use — new accessibility options. It's easy to take your hearing and vision for granted, but there are plenty of folks out there who need a little assistance seeing what's on these tiny screens, and some who just aren't able to use a smartphone the traditional way. Two new features — Screen Zoom and a "vision assistant" profile during setup — are there to help.

Screen Zoom is the biggest user-facing feature, and it's a great way to tackle the problem of not being able to see the tiny words and images on your phone. Rather than just display bigger text and images, Screen Zoom actually changes the display density to magnify or shrink everything on the screen. And everything means everything — even your status bar and on-screen navigation buttons change using the Screen Zoom tool.

Screen Zoom works to make everything smaller and show more on the screen, too. The maximum zoom makes elements the same size they would be on a 320dp screen (exactly the size of the Nexus 4) , so the only thing developers need to do is make sure their app layout allows you to see enough to use the app at that scale, and make sure they use density-independent pixel units for sizing UI elements. Most of the apps you use every day will work just fine.

The other great new feature is how accessibility option have been folded into the setup wizard. It's easy to set up a new Android phone unless you can't see the instructions on the screen that guide you. Now users will be able to leverage the new zoom feature, as well as existing accessibility setting like larger fonts or the screen reader while they get things up and running. The Vision settings button is prominently displayed on the first screen of the process, and even flashes so the people that need to know it's there can easily find it.

Android Nougat

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6 months ago

Android 7.0: Security benefits that truly matter

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Google has made some major changes in Android N that enhance security.

Updated August 13, 2016, with information about the final Android Nougat features and APIs.

There are a lot of code changes coming in Android N. Some of them we can see — like the new notifications — and others we can't (but are still a big deal). We see the same thing with every update. There are refinements and changes in the interface, but under the hood adjustments and changes are made to make Android run better, and safer.

Google has improved security in Android Nougat in a handful of different areas. Some are designed to harden Android itself, while others are tools for developers to use so it stays that way when we install apps. Let's take a look at the changes themselves.

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6 months ago

'Fuchsia' operating system project is interesting, lacking details that make it matter

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Nope.

The Fuchsia project looks to be a promising new operating system but it's not going to replace Android anytime soon.

There's a bit of chatter on the nerdier side of the internet today about a mysterious repository of code hosted at Google's Git called Fuchsia. Fuchsia is a new operating system being developed by folks like Travis Geiselbrecht (BeOS, iOS, and webOS) and Brian Swetland (Android, BeOS, and HiptopOS) as well as current Google software engineers like Petr Hosek. The limited information provided at thew code repository doesn't tell us much.

Pink + Purple == Fuchsia (a new Operating System)

So we went digging.

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6 months ago

Android 7.0: What is Direct Boot, and how will it improve your experience?

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Direct Boot mode allows apps to communicate and interact with us before we have unlocked our phone after a reboot. This is more important than you might think.

We all hate it when our phone reboots. Sometimes we mean for it to happen and sometimes we don't, but a reboot means we aren't logged in, preventing many background tasks from working. It's even worse if you use your phone as an alarm clock or reminder.

Android 7.0 Nougat can help through its Direct Boot feature.

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6 months ago

Pokémon Go glossary: All the terms you need 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.

To see what Pokémon you currently are able to find around you, tap the strip in the bottom right corner of the screen. This will open the Sightings menu, which shows you what Pokémon are within 70 meters of your current location.

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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6 months ago

Simplenote for Android is now open source

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Simplenote releases the Android, iOS, and Mac client source code under the GPL. That gives us the warm fuzzies.

Simplenote is a lightweight yet full-featured note taking app that's cross-platform on Android, iOS, Windows and Mac. It's a great alternative to Evernote and their new pricing, and offers syncing and sharing as well as the ability to work while offline. And as of today, it's now open source on all platforms.

As announced on their blog, the client side code for the Android, iOS, and Mac versions have been posted to Automattic's Github where they join the Windows version that was previously open-sourced. This means that anyone can freely download the source code and build it themselves, or change it into something different and release it as another app. Though, as Phil points out Simplenote is really good at what it's intended to do — be simple, and take notes.

The server-side portions are not open, so there's a small hurdle for whoever wants to use the code as a base for the next great thing. Automattic may very well open-source the server bits, but even if they don't a development team could plug their own server details into the code as it exists. In other words, good news all around.

We love it when any app goes open and especially love it when a great app does it.

Nice work, Automattic. And thanks.

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6 months ago

Android 7.0: What are seamless updates and how do they work?

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Seamless updates can keep your phone up-to-date without the headache of waiting and the downtime. But how do they work and what the heck are they?

One of the coolest features Google showed off at Google I/O 2016 that will be part of Android 7.0 Nougat are seamless updates. While it's not going to be flashy or have much to show on the user-facing side, the details on how it's done are interesting, and actually so simple you wonder why it took so long to happen.

Let's have a look.

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6 months ago

Canadian court ruling on SMS privacy means you shouldn't be using SMS

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Having nothing to hide doesn't mean you should ignore your privacy. Especially when keeping messages secure and private is so easy.

An Ontario Court of Appeals has ruled that your SMS messages are not private and once "sent to the ether" are no longer under your control. Vice has a full write up about the decision that interested parties should read, but the short version is this: SMS messages are like email and not subject to the same protection that voice calls have. They aren't a private conversation, and you shouldn't keep thinking they are private.

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6 months ago

How to move your Pokémon Go account to a new Android phone

Can I move my Pokémon Go account to my new phone?

Pokémon Go can be rough on a phone. Some users are realizing their battery just doesn't cut it anymore, and some are accidentally walking into lakes. Whatever the reason for your old phone needing to be replaced, Pokémon Go players around the world are left asking a simple question about their game data: If you move from an old phone to a new Android phone — even if that old phone was an iPhone — will your game data travel with you?

The short answer is yes, and here's how it works!

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6 months ago

Why don't I have the new Nearby mode in Pokémon Go?

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Why do I only have Sightings in Pokémon Go?

Pokémon tracking has been restored in the latest updated to Pokémon Go! Well, sort of. What used to ready Nearby for some now reads Sightings for all. Instead of footprints telling you roughly how far away some of these critters are, you get a single icon that tells you Pokémon are somewhere within 70 feet of your current location, and you're going to have to walk around to find out specifically where your prey is hiding.

Actually, it turns out there's a whole lot more to this Nearby menu but most of us don't have access to the new features yet.

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6 months ago

How to find wild Pokémon in Pokémon Go

How to find wild Pokémon in Pokémon Go

How do I find wild Pokémon in Pokémon Go?

People familiar with the classic Pokémon game franchise may remember that wild Pokémon were easily found in the tall grass located throughout the land; however, in Pokémon Go, wandering through tall grass will probably get you more bug bites than Pokémon.

Pokémon Go uses your phone's GPS to track your location, and all you have to do to track down your favorite little creatures is walk! They are out and about all around you in the real world just waiting to be captured. Of course, there are a few different ways of finding wild Pokémon in Pokémon Go, and since we're not Team Rocket, we will share them with you.

Start walking

Sounds simple, right? That's because it is! You could completely forget some of the advanced ways of finding wild Pokémon and just enjoy walking around. When you get close to a Pokémon, your phone will vibrate to alert you, and you will see it on the map. Then all you have to do is tap on the Pokémon, and toss your Poké Ball!

Track Pokémon using the Sightings feature

Sightings Pokemon Go

When in Map View, you'll notice a small gray box to the right of your virtual avatar, which displays a few Pokémon icons. Some of these icons will be colored in, revealing a complete drawing of a Pokémon. These are Pokémon you have encountered in the game before. Other icons will appear greyed out. These are Pokémon you have not yet encounteres.

Tap that box, and you'll see a menu pop up with up to nine Pokémon in your local area. This is called the Sightings menu, and it shows you what you'll find if you walk around in your current area a bit. Pick a direction and walk for a bit, checking back on that Sightings menu from time to time. When you get close, the Pokémon will appear on your map.

If you catch a Pokémon in your Sightings map, it'll be removed. As you move through the game, this map will adjust to let you know what you'll find in your immediate area. Nothing in the Sightings Map is ever more than 70 feet away from your current position, so if you're in a large field or near a block a buildings you just wander around until those creatures pop up!

How do you catch 'em all?

Got any great tips for finding rare Pokémon? Sound off in the comments below!

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