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1 week ago

Best apps for advanced math

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Best overall

Mathway

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Mathway delivers a great all-around experience for anyone who needs help to pump up their math skills. Whether you need help just finding the solution to homework problems, or you need the step-by-step directions to solve for X, it's got you covered. At its simplest, you'll get the solution to any math problem that you enter into the app, but that definitely isn't everything this app is capable of.

Mathway covers math problems from basic math to linear algebra and graphing. That makes it excellent for students from high school up and through college. It's especially handy for students who tend to struggle with math in class and need more hands-on help in order to understand advanced mathematical concepts.

When you jump into the app you'll first need to choose the type of math problem that you are solving. From there all you need to do is take a photo of the problem or type it in manually. Mathway will automatically solve the equation for you right there. If your answer differs from the correct one, then you can view the problem step by step to see where you went wrong. This includes an explanation of how to find the correct answer and in some cases even a graph to give you the full answer.

Bottom line: Mathway is an excellent aid for anyone who wants to check their answers or who need more in-depth help to master advanced math. It covers everything from simple concepts to advanced problems and can even break everything down step by step to make sure you have a solid grasp on what you are doing.

One more thing: In order to access everything Mathway has to offer, specifically step-by-step instructions for solving problems, you'll need to upgrade to the full version of the app for $19.99 a month or $79.99 for the full year.

Why Mathway is the Best

Mathway works like a tutor helping you to master even complicated concepts without wanting to bang your head against a wall.

Not everyone can look at math and pick it up without a problem. For some people —myself included— math can seem daunting and confusing. Trying to schedule time with a tutor can be difficult when you are working and going to school, and many teachers and professors don't have the time to devote to helping a student succeed. Mathway is able to fill in those gaps for you.

Whether you're taking a remedial algebra class or you're diving into trigonometry, the app can make sure you find the solution to your problems. With PRO, you're even able to see every step of a problem while working towards a solution. If the free version is more suited to your budget, you still get plenty of help.

Mathway will solve your problem automatically. It will also tell you the rule for solving a specific problem. While it isn't quite as awesome as getting every step along the way, it does help you to figure your way through complicated problems.

Best for Algebra

College Algebra Prep, Practice

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Algebra is ostensibly the beginning of college-level math. Whether you've matriculated or you're returning after years of being away, it's a fair bet that algebra will be on your course list. College Algebra aims to work as your own personal tutor while you are working your way through the semester.

This app is fully stocked with tons of resources to reduce your anxiety while in math class. There are 56 practice tests to help you prep for test day, and you can take extra time by studying specific concepts, with access to concept-specific flashcards. If you need more specific one-on-one help, you can even find a tutor by inputting your zip code and subject of choice.

Bottom line: College Algebra aims to be your very own pocket tutor while you are working your way through Algebra 1 and Algebra 2. It delivers a great way to find a tutor, practice specific concepts, and even prep yourself for test day.

One more thing: College Algebra is just one of many apps that Varsity Tutors Llc offers. If you like the experience, you can find more apps to help you with other math courses in the future.

Best for Graphing

Desmos Graphing Calculator

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The days of needing a dedicated graphing calculator in order to properly graph out certain math problems are gone. Now instead of having to drop $80 on a calculator, you can download an app to get the job done, and Desmos Graphing Calculator does an excellent job of it. You can plot out equations, and sliders will allow you how to demonstrate function transformations.

Desmos Graphing Calculator is chock full of features to make sure you have the ability to fulfill your every graphing need. You can plot out polar, cartesian, and parametric graphs with an unlimited number of expressions for each graph. You can see statistics, crate tables, zoom to scale axes, plot inequalities, and plenty more to boot. Best of all, you never need access to the internet in order to use all of the features.

Bottom line: Desmos Graphing Calculator gives you access to everything that you need in order to successfully graph out any problem you need to solve. It's got tons of features to make sure that you don't need to purchase a dedicated graphing calculator, because it has everything you need to be successful in math class.

One more thing: By creating an account, you can save your graphs, making them easy to pull up later if necessary.

Conclusion

There are plenty of excellent advanced math apps that are floating around the internet. What we've collected are the best apps to make sure that you are successful at what you do in math class. From graphing calculators to practising advanced concepts to having the ability to practise varying math concepts, these apps will help to make sure you grasp even the advanced stuff.

While there are other apps that can get the job done, none of them do it quite as well as the apps we've listed here. Out of all of them, Mathway does the best job of delivering everything that you need in order to become a serious math whiz and ace your next test.

Best overall

Mathway

See at Play Store

Mathway delivers a great all-around experience for anyone who needs help to pump up their math skills. Whether you need help just finding the solution to homework problems, or you need the step-by-step directions to solve for X, it's got you covered. At its simplest, you'll get the solution to any math problem that you enter into the app, but that definitely isn't everything this app is capable of.

Mathway covers math problems from basic math to linear algebra and graphing. That makes it excellent for students from high school up and through college. It's especially handy for students who tend to struggle with math in class and need more hands-on help in order to understand advanced mathematical concepts.

When you jump into the app you'll first need to choose the type of math problem that you are solving. From there all you need to do is take a photo of the problem or type it in manually. Mathway will automatically solve the equation for you right there. If your answer differs from the correct one, then you can view the problem step by step to see where you went wrong. This includes an explanation of how to find the correct answer and in some cases even a graph to give you the full answer.

Bottom line: Mathway is an excellent aid for anyone who wants to check their answers or who need more in-depth help to master advanced math. It covers everything from simple concepts to advanced problems and can even break everything down step by step to make sure you have a solid grasp on what you are doing.

One more thing: In order to access everything Mathway has to offer, specifically step-by-step instructions for solving problems, you'll need to upgrade to the full version of the app for $19.99 a month or $79.99 for the full year.

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1 week ago

Google's Instant Apps rolling out to some and Wish is first out of the gate

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Are we ready for apps that install from a search result? We need to be because they're here.

Some folks are starting to see Google's Instant Apps feature roll out to their phones and it seems like Wish is the first company to use them.

Back at Google I/O 2016 Google told us about Instant Apps. The idea is that you would find an app in your Google search results and be able to tap a button and start using it, much the same way you would use a web page. They are "real" apps with a component that installs on your phone and not a web-optimized or HTML5 app that lives completely in the cloud. This should be a great way for companies to expose people to what they have to offer from a native app without having to get us to leave the search and open the Play Store to download it. For us, it means we can get instant access to something like a shopping app instead of using a web page that might not be designed for a small touch-based screen. Everyone wins.

Up until now, everything about Instant Apps has been in a slow testing phase while everyone outside just watches. But we've heard several reports from folks saying they can install and use the Wish instant app on their phones with Android 7.0 installed. We're seeing the same thing here, and our pals at Audroid are, too. This is what the process is like.

  • Open your settings and find Google Settings.
  • Find the Instant Apps setting and tap the switch to enable it.
  • Read the terms and agree.

Now when you're searching for something (in this case the Wish website) you might see a search result for an Instant App version. If you open it, you'll be able to install a tiny part of the app and jump right in.

Shopping sites and news websites will be able to benefit from these, and other companies are thinking about how they can leverage giving a user access without taking them away from their search. The idea is pretty cool, and we're excited to see how companies use it to lure us to them.

Anyone else out there seeing Instant Apps? Give a shout in the comments!

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1 week ago

Google Maps now lets you create lists of your favorite places

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Easily create lists on Google Maps and share them with friends and family.

Google Maps is introducing a new feature that lets you create lists of your places and share them with your friends and family via text message, email, or social media. You'll be able to view and edit your lists even when you're offline, and there's also the option to create a public list that everyone will be able to follow.

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1 week ago

Can't be with your sweetie on Valentine's Day? These apps can help you make long-distance whoopie! 🍆

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The next best thing to being in there.

Nothing is better than spending Valentine's Day with the one you love. It's a day like any other day, but it's also been traditionally set aside for couples to do those things couples like to do with each other. But life being what it is, sometimes it's impossible to be with each other and make some private fireworks.

We're not saying even the best app can be a substitute, but using your phone as a tool for a little long-distance fooling around with your special someone has to be one of the best things you can do with it.

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2 weeks ago

Best apps for making Valentine's Day super special ❤️

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Updated 10 February 2017: We've streamlined the best Valentine's apps, and made our list easier to read through.

Best for communication

Between

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We all live ridiculously fast-paced lives, which can make finding time with your sweetie can be difficult. This is especially true if you are afraid of a child, or someone else, accidentally stumbling across those hot and heavy texts you've been sending. That's where Between, an app built to make communicating between couples easier than ever.

Between is an app specifically made for couples to chat, send pictures, and enjoy private communication with one another. It has a chat feature that allows you to send private messages that can only be seen by your partner from within the app. The calendar feature makes it easy to schedule out dates, or special plans in advance so that both you and your partner are aware of those special days as they come up. There is even a private photo album that will let you share private photos or videos.

Whether you're aiming for a more private way to communicate with your honey, or you just don't want anybody else accidentally stumbling across your communiques, Between is an awesome option.

Bottom line: Between offers a more private alternative to just chatting over Hangouts or Facebook Messenger. With private one-to-one messaging, and features like a calendar, and a place to share any risqué photos, it's a great option for couples to enjoy each others presence.

One more thing: Security is definitely a concern with apps like Between, which is why you can lock the app to keep friends or children from accidentally stumbling upon private moments.

Best for flowers

1800-FLOWERS

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When it comes to presents for your sweetie on Valentine's Day, the traditional gift is probably flowers. But there are definitely plenty of other gifts that you might also want to send. This is especially true if you're trying to make sure that your sweetie feels the love, even if you aren't able to see them in person for this romantic holiday. That is where 1800-FLOWERS comes in.

While they definitely offer a variety of floral arrangements, that isn't the only thing that is available. You can go ahead and order stuffed toys, chocolates and even fruit bouquets. When you make an order, you can track the delivery to ensure it gets where it's going. For the Procrastinators out there, you can even arrange same day delivery for the arrangement you choose for your special someone.

Bottom line: 1800-FLOWERS offers more than just floral arrangements. You can send flowers, plants, chocolates and even fruit to the person you adore. You can even take advantage of order tracking, and same day ordering and shipping. With 1800-FLOWERS you can ensure that your loved one knows how much you care, even when you aren't there in person.

One more thing: You have the option to ship internationally to over 195 different countries, making it easy to make sure your sweetie feels loved no matter where they might happen to be.

Best for restaurant reservations

OpenTable

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Valentine's Day is probably one of the biggest nights for dinner out over the course of the entire year. Thousands of couples will be descending on restaurants all over the country — and the world — which can make finding a decent place to grab dinner a serious pain in the ass. Open Table is here to make reservations as easy as possible on you, so that Valentine's Day is as stress free as is possible.

Finding reservations for Valentine's Day can be a real pain, but rather than hopping from restaurant to restaurant on the big night desperately looking for a wait under an hour, take a peek at OpenTable instead. You can explore local areas, and see restaurants with open reservations in the area. At each restaurant you'll be able to see the menu, and filter out whether they are good for larger groups.

Additionally, when you use the app to make a reservation, you'll get access to special perks. These include special deals at participating restaurants, as well as promotions that can shave money off of your check the next time you come back. You can also share reservations with your loved one, and add reservations to your calendar. If you're traveling for Valentine's Day you can always use OpenTable to find an awesome place to eat in countries like the USA, Canada, Mexico, and many, many, more.

Bottom line: OpenTable makes it easy to find an awesome place for dinner whether you are at home, or traveling abroad. You can get special perks by using the app, pay from your phone, and share reservations with your partner.

One more thing: OpenTable gives you access to reservations at over 32,000 locations worldwide.

Best for Hotel reservations

Hotel Tonight

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Having access to a hotel room can turn a normal date night into something a bit more special. If you're a procrastinator, or you just want to make Valentine's Day better at the last minute, then Hotel Tonight is here for you. That's because this app is specifically built to help you find an awesome hotel room for, like, now.

When you go searching for a hotel room, you have the ability to filter the type of rooms that pop up. The description for each room is fairly short, boiled down to the top three reasons that a hotel is awesome. That means that you don't need to spend precious time going through pros and cons, everything you need is right there in front of you.

While Hotel Tonight is built for finding a room that day, you can also plan in advance to make your night super special. This includes giving you highlights of driving-distance getaways and other local perks. Certain hotels even offer special discounts, which can be found within the app. Best of all Hotel Tonight is built to make getting a reservation a fast, easy, and streamlined process, so that you spend more time with your sweetie and less time on your phone.

Bottom line: Hotel Tonight offers a great way to find the perfect hotel room, without stressing you out in the process. You can filter rooms, see nearby attractions, and even reserve an app when there are only a few short hours left in the night.

One more thing: If you have any issues with the app, customer support is available 24/7 with actual live humans.

Conclusion

There are plenty of ways to make Valentine's Day special for you and your honey. While you definitely don't need to use an app to make things amazing, they can help to make Valentine's Day as stress free as possible. After all this is a day to share with your sweetie, not spend hunched over your phone trying desperately to make sure everything works out. Do you have a favorite app for making Valentine's Day excellent? Be sure to drop a line in the comments and let us know about it!

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2 weeks ago

These are the watches that support Android Pay

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Android Pay on your watch makes paying easier than ever.

Android Pay has been making payments easier on all of us for a while by linking your bank card to your smartphone. Things have just gotten even easier though, because it has been added to the Android Wear ecosystem. Using your watch to pay means that you don't even need to take anything out of your pocket when it comes time to pay for your purchases, but to use Android Pay on your watch there are a few requirements.

Note: This list will be updated as new devices are released with Android Wear support.

What it necessary for Android Pay to work?

While Android Pay is brand new to the Android Wear ecosystem, it does have a few requirements to work correctly on your watch.

Namely, you'll need to make sure that your watch is running Android Wear 2.0, and includes NFC. While there are a number of watches that will be getting the update to Android Wear 2.0, the second part is a bit trickier. That's because most watches don't include NFC, so you may need to pick up a new watch if you're hoping to use Android Pay as soon as possible.

Which watches support Android Pay?

For the time being, especially since Android Wear 2.0 is brand new, the list of supported watches is extremely short. In fact for the time being there is only one watch that will work. This list is sure to expand as more watches are released that include NFC. Until then, if Android Pay is too good to miss out on, then you'll want to pick up an LG Watch Sport.

Android Wear

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2 weeks ago

Muzei is once again the best way to find awesome wallpapers on Android

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The best wallpaper app has gotten better, again.

Muzei, the wallpaper app that'll give you a new wall as frequently or infrequently as you like, from tons of different sources and with a cornucopia of options, has released Muzei 2.3, the largest update in a while, and it brings new features to your phone and your wrist with its Android Wear 2.0 features. There's a whole lot in here to enjoy, so let's get to it:

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2 weeks ago

Save an extra 70% on all eLearning courses during our annual 'Dream Big' sale

We've had some great deals on online tech courses already this year, but if you've been holding out for a deep discount, you'll be happy to know our annual "Dream Big" sale is here. Any online courses already on sale will have an extra 70% taken off when you use the code LEARN70 at checkout.

Get an additional 70% off these courses when you use the code LEARN70 at checkout! Learn more

There are a ton of courses on offer here, but there are three that really stand out for their popularity, practicality, and price.

The Complete Android N Developer Course - Build 17 apps

  • Regular discount price: $17
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  • Best for learning a to code a great Android app

Ever have an idea for an Android app that you'd love to see but have no idea how to turn that into a reality? Whether you want to make something simple or complex, this great developer course is something you'll definitely want to check out. $5 is the cost of many existing apps, so to think that you could invest that into your own app that could make money at some point is a no-brainer decision.

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The Complete Web Development Course

  • Regular discount price: $29
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  • Best for understanding web development

So much of our time is spent on the internet these days, and that means there is a ton of opportunity there. From designing websites to coming up with the next big social network, it all requires an understanding of web development to get started. This great course will help you get started with the basics and pick up some of the needed skills to put you on your way to launching a site of your own.

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Become a Professional Python Programmer

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2 weeks ago

Telegram's secure messaging app is now available on Android Wear 2.0

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Telegram's messaging app lands on Android Wear 2.0.

Google introduced Android Wear 2.0 earlier this week, bringing a laundry list of improvements and new functionality to the watch operating system. One of the key changes in Android Wear 2.0 is the ability to install apps directly to the watch, with the OS now offering access to the Play Store.

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2 weeks ago

WhatsApp rolls out two-step verification to all 1.2 billion users

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Two-step verification comes to 1.2 billion WhatsApp users.

WhatsApp introduced two-step verification for beta users back in November, and the messaging platform is now rolling out the feature to all 1.2 billion users starting today. The feature brings an added layer of security to the service, and allows you to secure your account with a six-digit passcode.

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2 weeks ago

YouTube Go is a data-friendly service that lets you save videos offline

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YouTube Go is aimed at Indian customers on spotty connections.

Last year, Google announced that it would be introducing a barebones version of YouTube for Indian consumers primarily on 2G connections. Dubbed YouTube Go, the app is now available in beta from the Play Store for those located in India, offering a simplistic user interface and the ability to save videos offline.

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2 weeks ago

Strava's new Android Wear 2.0 app leaves the phone behind

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Popular fitness-tracking app Strava hits the ground running with an Android Wear 2.0 update.

Strava has updated their app for watches with Android Wear 2.0 to support the new features that come with the new operating system.

After an initial setup through your phone, the Strava for Android Wear app becomes a complete standalone experience. Track your runs or your rides and share photos and highlights with the Strava community right from the app.

With millions of downloads and a 4.6-star rating in Google Play, Strava is a fan favorite. Grab it at the link below and check out the press release for more information.

Download Strava (free, in-app purchases)

Strava Available Now for Devices Powered by Android Wear 2.0

Athletes can record and upload activities on Strava via Wear 2.0 watches, untethered from their Android and iOS phones.

SAN FRANCISCO - February 9, 2017 - Strava, the social network for athletes, announces its Android Wear 2.0 app. Athletes can now take full advantage of an enhanced, untethered experience that includes built-in GPS and wireless connectivity, as well as the performance analysis Strava athletes desire such as time, distance, pace, laps and split times, and heart rate, all from their wrist.

"We welcome the highly anticipated release of Android Wear 2.0," said Mateo A. Ortega, Head of Integration for Strava. "Wear 2.0's standalone model is forward thinking and innovative, and pushes the limits of what we thought was possible. This platform introduces many features that benefit Strava athletes, such as the option to record and upload activities independent of their phone."

Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches join more than 100 other GPS devices that work seamlessly with Strava. Athletes can install Strava for Android Wear 2.0 by visiting the Google Play store on their Wear device. The athlete only needs their iOS or Android phone for initial setup; they can then record and upload activities to Strava free of their mobile phone.

Strava makes it easy to connect and engage with other athletes. Download Strava for iOS or Android and upgrade to Strava Premium to access the latest features such as Beacon and Live Segments. To learn more about Strava, visit www.strava.com.

About Strava Strava unlocks potential through the power of sport. Designed by athletes, for athletes, Strava's mobile apps and website connect millions of runners and cyclists every day. For more information visit www.strava.com.

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2 weeks ago

Ooniprobe is a silly name for a new way to combat censorship and surveillance

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How much do you know about your Wi-Fi network?

There's no arguing the convenience of a well-placed wireless network when you're not at home, and many businesses around the world are discovering the benefits of offering a free connection to their consumers for this very reason. While some of us may do the work to ensure our home networks deliver a specific experience, when you're out and about those networks are usually maintained at a corporate or local government level. That means you don't make the rules, and not every problem can be solved by switching on a VPN.

The Tor Project has a new tool to help you be better educated when it comes to the networks you use with your phone, and it has one of the sillier names you'll see today.

Ooniprobe is designed to test the network you are currently on and give you as much information as possible. This starts with basic network performance information, but also includes detection tools for censorship and surveillance methods that may exist on the network. If this network doesn't allow you to reach a certain kind of website, or separately tracks your activity while on the network, Ooniprobe reveals this information to you and offers strategies for circumvention.

This app also publishes all of the data you collect on the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) Explorer site, which allows third parties to independently verify and analyze it. As expected from The Tor Project, this app is not only free but open source. Enjoy!

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Pokemon Go Valentine's Day event: Everything you need to know

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Valentine's Day is sweeter than ever with extended lures, extra candy, and more frequent catches!

Pokemon Go's next event has just gone live, and this one is aiming to steal your heart. A special Valentine's Day event runs from 11 a.m. PST February 8th thru 11 a.m. PST February 15th. There is going to be plenty going on for the next week, from extra candies to help evolve your Pokemon to lures that'll last for hours. Don't worry, though, we have all the details for you here.

Candies, candies everywhere

As you're probably well aware, in order to evolve your Pokemon you need to collect enough candy. That's where the first perk in this event shows up. Each time you catch, hatch, or evolve a Pokemon you'll receive twice the normal amount of candy. That isn't all either. Your buddy Pokemon will also find candy to help them evolve twice as fast!

Extended lures

Lures are also receiving a special perk. Instead of their usual 30-minute duration, each lure that you — or anyone else — set up will last for a full 6 hours. Yes, you read that right: 6 full hours for each lure. That's a lot of time to catch yourself some new Pokemon, and of course, you'll also get extra candy from those catches.

More frequent catches

At times it can be quite frustrating to try and find new Pokemon or to catch a specific Pokemon. If you've been hoping to come across some adorable pink Pokemon, but you've been having issues, then you are most definitely in luck. Chansey, Clefable, and a number of other pink Pokemon will be cropping up much more frequently. Additionally, Cleffa, Igglypuff, and Smoochum will be much more likely to hatch out of your eggs.

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2 weeks ago

Here's how you can become an ethical hacker

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