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1 week ago

Pokémon Go now available in Canada

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Pokémon Go Android

Official launch means Canadians can wrangle a snorlax without sideloading.

Right alongside the iOS launch today, Pokémon Go is now available in Canada through Google Play. While Canadians could previously play by directly installing the APK file from a third-party source, the official launch means they don't need to worry about running across fake apps or malware.

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1 week ago

Yelp gets in on the Pokémon Go action with its own PokéStop filter

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Yelp just got a little more helpful to all of your Pokémon trainers out there. The service will now let you know which restaurants have Pokémon Go PokéStops nearby. The new capability is part of Yelp's filter options.

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1 week ago

Amazon Video now lets you download TV and movies to your SD card

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Amazon has updated its Video app for Android, making it easier for customers to take their favorite movies and TV shows with them wherever they go. Customers can now download videos to their SD cards, giving them more flexibility for offline viewing.

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1 week ago

Best travel apps for Android

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Best travel apps for Android

What's the best travel app for Android?

Whether you're planning your first trip away from home or you're a frequent flier, there are a ton of travel apps available for Android that will help you find the best flight, learn a new language, or get the best information about your desired destination. Here are our favorites.

Tripit

Tripit

Tripit lets you store all of your travel plans, including information about your itinerary, hotel, and car rental bookings in one convenient location. It can import this information direct from your email box, and you can easily share your travel plans with your family and friends. It'll even add your trips to your calendar.

Tripit is free, but there is a paid version called Tripit Pro, available for 99 cents, which removes the ads and updates you on any changes to your flights such as delays or gate changes. It will also inform you when a better flight becomes available and will let you change your flight plans in-app.

If you travel a lot, or even if you simply want an easy way to share your travel plans with people you know, give Tripit a try.

Download: Tripit (free)

Airbnb

Airbnb

If you're traveling on a budget or you're after an alternative travel experience, give Airbnb a try. It's free and helps you find places to stay, which are offered by private hosts in over 34,000 cities worldwide.

Whether you're looking for a luxurious house with a pool and hot tub for just you and your family, or you're open to sharing a room or suite with another traveler, Airbnb will help you find the right accommodations for you.

Communicate with the host directly through the app, as well as view pictures and get information about the offered amenities, the area the space is located in, price, and much more.

Download: Airbnb (free)

LiveTrekker

Livetrekker

LiveTrekker is a free travel diary app that lets you document your travels through interactive maps, pictures, video, voice, and text. In addition, you can share your travel experiences in real time or upload them to the cloud to view or share another time.

With the tap of a button, the app starts tracking your movements via GPS and displaying your route on a satellite map. Annotate this map with photos, video, or text, and you have a detailed documentation of your journey to share with others or play back at any time.

If you enjoy documenting your travels and sharing them with others, download LiveTrekker.

Download: LiveTrekker (free)

Skyscanner

Skyscanner

Skyscanner is a great little app for searching for the cheapest flights to anywhere you want to go. You can book flights directly from the app, and you can also search for and book hotels.

Pick a location you want to travel to and the app will quickly find flights to that location and sort them by the cheapest price. Skyscanner is simple to use, and lets you quickly get the information you want.

If you want to find the cheapest flight to anywhere, or you just want to check prices and dream about your next vacation, Skyscanner is for you.

Download: Skyscanner (free +IAP)

LoungeBuddy

LoungeBuddy

If you're a frequent flier or you know you're going to have a long layover somewhere, having a spot to relax, nosh on some tasty food, and have a little drink while you wait for your next flight may appeal to you.

Almost every airport in the world has lounges that are off-limits to the general public but open to people who have certain perks. Don't worry, though, lounges aren't just for the rich and famous — you may have the needed perks to get in without even knowing it, and that's where LoungeBuddy comes in.

Give the app a little information about yourself, such as whether you're flying business or first class, if you belong to the military, and which credit cards are in your wallet, and the app will let you know if you qualify for lounge access in over 900 airports worldwide. It will even let you book your chosen lounge in-app.

In addition, you can browse photos of each lounge and read reviews from other travelers.

Download: LoungeBuddy (free +IAP)

XE Currency

XE Currency

When you want to know how many pesos your dollar is worth while you're in Mexico, XE Currency, an app from the makers of the trusted currency exchange site, XE.com, will let you know in an instant.

XE Currency updates its rates every minute, so you always have the most accurate information, and it can also be used offline using saved data — no internet? No problem.

In addition to current rates, XE Currency offers market analysis information as well as charts that track your selected currency's rate over time.

If you want up-to-the-minute currency rate information, XE Currency is a must have for you.

Download: XE Currency (free)

Evaneos Travel

Evaneos Travel

Evaneos Travel is a free travel guide app with absolutely no in-app purchases or advertising. Using information compiled by seasoned travelers, it offers a wealth of information on destinations all over the world.

Evaneos is especially handy for people who want to veer off the beaten path a little bit. Each destination has reviews from other travelers that tell you what you can expect, sights you must see, what to avoid, the best time to go, and much more.

If you crave an adventure on your next trip, pick up the Evaneos Travel app.

Download: Evaneos Travel (free)

Duolingo

Duolingo

Learn another language for free with Duolingo, a language app that's similar to Rosetta Stone.

As of this writing, you can learn the following languages from Duolingo: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Irish Gaelic, Danish, Swedish, Russian, Ukrainian, Esperanto, Polish, and Turkish.

Each lesson includes a segment where you match a word in your chosen language to a picture and a section where you hear a sentence spoken and must translate it, as well as other types of learning tools.

You can take as much time to complete each section as you like and can also go back and repeat lessons you've already completed. If you're diligent about working with the app, you'll be speaking another language in no time.

If you want to learn another language for free, Duolingo is the app for you.

Download: Duolingo (free)

Google Maps

Google Maps

You probably already have Google Maps installed on your device, but if for some reason you don't, you can download it from Google Play for free.

Google Maps is a great map app that lets you plan your route and gives you directions to help you get there. It even has indoor maps for large places such as airports, stadiums, and malls. It will even tell you where the nearest restaurants and stores are based on your location.

If you haven't tried Google Maps yet, try it out next time you're traveling.

Download: Google Maps (free)


Hipmunk

Hipmunk

While Hipmunk does essentially the same things as many other travel apps that let you find and book flights and hotels, it has an interesting sorting metric for finding the best flight for the lowest cost.

It's called Agony and it's a combination of price, number of stops, and layover time. Flights that score low on Agony will be at the top of the list while flights that score higher will be sorted lower. So if you want the shortest flight with as few layovers as possible, for the cheapest price, you can quickly find it with Hipmunk.

If you're looking for the cheapest and least onerous flight for your next trip, try Hipmunk.

Download: Hipmunk (free)

What do you use?

Do you use an awesome travel app that we missed out on? Sound off in the comments below!

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1 week ago

Inkwire will let you share your Android screen without the need for a computer

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Sharing the screen of your Android phone is about to get even easier with Inkwire. This app, which is about to hit its Alpha stages, will allow you to share your screen with another Android phone. That's right, no need for ADB or even a computer. Developer Koush, who is well-known for previous apps like Vysor, ROM Manager and more, has revealed a brief description and some screenshots of the app.

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1 week ago

A parent's guide to Pokémon Go

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Your kids are playing Pokémon Go, but are they doing so safely? We can help!

You've heard of Pokémon Go by now. This global phenomenon recently exploded to popularity, and is being talked about everywhere. There's not one specific group of people playing the game, either. Kids, teens, and adults from every walk of life are wandering out in the real world with smartphones to play the game. The popularity of this game is unlike anything the world has ever seen before, and with that comes some very real concerns. News reports of car crashes, muggings, stabbings, and even the accidental discovery of a dead body have been connected to playing Pokémon Go, and it's easy to be concerned about your kids wandering out at all hours to play this game.

What you may not know is this game has some tools baked in that parents can use to ensure kids are playing this game safely and responsibly. Here's what you need to know!

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1 week ago

Sprint is offering lures and free charging stations for Pokémon Go players at its stores

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Sprint is getting in on the Pokémon Go action by placing lures at its stores. Sprint and Boost Mobile stores will offer free charging stations should you need a quick top-up before heading out on your hunt. Sprint will also have "Pokémon Go experts" on-site that can provide assistance with nearby PokéStops.

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1 week ago

DomiNations brings some of history's greatest figures to battle in latest update

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Great leaders of history are at the center of the latest update to hit popular mobile strategy game DomiNations.

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1 week ago

Facebook's Instant Articles are coming to Messenger

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Checking out articles your friends share through Facebook Messenger is about to become much faster.

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1 week ago

Google to host its first Play Indie Games Festival on Sept. 24 in San Francisco

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Google has announced that in September the company will hold its first Google Play Indie Games Festival in San Francisco. The event is aimed at showcasing recent and upcoming releases of top indie games in front of consumers and industry influencers and give them the chance to try them out. This will allow the indie developers an opportunity to expand their networks, gain real-time feedback and improve discoverability in Google Play for their app.

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1 week ago

theScore eSports can now help you keep up with Super Smash Bros. and Street Fighter

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If you're a fan of watching coverage of competitive fighting game tournaments, theScore eSports can now help you keep up with at least two of them: Street Fighter and Super Smash Bros.

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1 week ago

The Ultimate Guide to Pokémon Go

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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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1 week ago

Google Keyboard gets custom theme options in latest update

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After adding one-handed mode and the ability to adjust keyboard height in version 5.0, Google Keyboard is picking up an update to version 5.1 that brings custom themes.

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1 week ago

Google Play update hits Pixel 2015 and Acer Chromebook R11

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We're hearing reports that the Pixel 2015 and Acer Chromebook R11 Chromebooks have a Dev channel update that brings support for Android apps and the Google Play Store. The two devices will join the ASUS Chromebook Flip as part of the testing platform to get the stable channel of Chrome OS ready for the Play Store. When the program comes out of beta, many current and future Chromebooks will be able to install and run your favorite Android apps from Google Play with no trickery or difficulties.

To get Google Play up and running on your Pixel or Chromebook R11, make sure you're on the latest Dev channel build and look for "Play store" in your settings. See here for full details.

Read: These are the Chromebooks that will get Google Play support

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1 week 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 nearby Pokémon feature

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, each with little footprint markings underneath. The number of footprints indicates how far away that particular Pokémon is. If you see a single footprint or no footprints, it means the Pokémon you are tracking is quite close. On your map, you'll see little bursts of leaves, which helps indicate where those nearby Pokémon might be hiding.

Anything with two or three footprints means you've got some walking to do, though the game doesn't make it clear which direction you should head in. You're basically playing Warmer/Colder with the Nearby feature until you find the Pokémon you want.

How do you catch 'em all?

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

Pokémon Go

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