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6 months ago

Huge Pokémon Go update adds avatar re-customization, removes Pokémon footprints

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You can't argue with bug fixes ... but some won't like the removable of footprints.

Pokémon Go is picking up a big update today on Android that makes a couple of big changes to the game experience and joins with them a pile of bug fixes. The big change that's rubbing players the wrong way is that now you'll no longer see "footprints" of nearby Pokémon, meaning you won't be able to rely on those hints as to where the monsters are waiting to be caught. After seeing plenty of anecdotes about Pokémon Go players trespassing and generally going places they shouldn't just to track down Pokémon, Niantic has made this change and also added various new start-up warnings to hopefully help people make some better decisions.

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6 months ago

SwiftKey is 'working quickly' to address bug that causes predictions to show for the wrong account

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The mobile keyboard app company SwiftKey says that it is "working quickly" to fix an issue that was causing some users to see phones numbers and email addresses from strangers.

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6 months ago

How to manage Snapchat Memories on Android

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How to manage Snapchat Memories on Android

How do I use Snapchat Memories?

Now that you're getting used to using Snapchat Memories, learn how to navigate and edit old snaps, store videos and photos in a protected My Eyes Only section, and so much more!

Here are a few ways to manage Snapchat Memories for your Android phone.

How to edit an old Snap in Memories on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap on the photo or video you would like to edit.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen, tap on the smaller white circle, and then tap the photo or video you would like to edit.

  4. Tap and hold the photo. A black border will appear around the photo.
  5. Tap the little white pencil in the lower left corner.
  6. Tap stickers, text, or doodles in the upper right corner to edit your photo like you would a standard Snapchat.

    Tap and hold the photo to make a black border appear around it. Tap the little white pencil and then the stickers, text and doodles in the upper right corner.

  7. Tap the timer in the lower left corner to adjust how long the Snap will show for.
  8. Tap the arrow in the blue circle in the lower right corner.

    Tap the timer and tap the arrow in the opposite corner to send your snap.

Just like sending a standard Snap, select My Story or the contacts you would like to share your photo/video with.

How to move a Snap to My Eyes Only in Memories on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap and hold the photo or video you would like to protect.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen, tap on the smaller white circle underneath the main shutter button, and then tap and hold the photo you would like to protect.

  4. Tap My Snap in the upper lefthand corner
  5. Tap Move to My Eyes Only
  6. Tap Move.

    Tap my snap in the upper lefthand corner, tap move to my eyes only, and then tap move.

The Snap will then be moved to your password protected My Eyes Only section.

How to rename a Snapchat story in Memories on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the Stories tab at the top of the screen to access your saved stories.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen, tap on the smaller white circle, and tap the stories tab.

  4. Tap and hold the story bubble you would like to rename.
  5. Tap My Story in the upper left corner next to the menu (☰).

    Tap and hold the story bubble to rename it and then tap the my story tab in the upper left corner.

  6. Tap Name Story and title your story.
  7. Tap the check mark in the green circle in the lower right corner.

    Tap Names Story and title your story. Then tap the check mark in the right corner.

How to move your Story to My Eyes Only in Memories on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the Stories tab at the top of the screen to access your saved stories.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen, tap on the smaller white circle, and then tap on the stories tab.

  4. Tap and hold the story bubble you would like to make private.
  5. Tap the menu (☰) in the upper left corner.

    Tap and hold the story bubble you would like to make private and then tap the hamburger menu in the upper left corner.

  6. Tap Move Story to My Eyes Only.
  7. Tap Move.

    Tap move story to my eyes only and then tap move.

How to export individual Snaps from Memories on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap and hold the Snap you would like to export.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen, tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button, and then tap and hold the snap you would like to export.

  4. Tap the menu (☰) in the upper left corner.
  5. Tap Export Snap. Select what you would like to do with that exported photo.

    Tap the menu in the upper corner and then tap export snap.

How to delete photos and videos from your Memories on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the red check mark in a circle in the upper right corner of the screen.

    Launch Snapchat, and then tap on the smaller white circle under the shutter button. Tap the red check mark in a circle in the upper right corner.

  4. Tap on the photos and videos you would like to select. A red check mark will appear on the selected photo/video.
  5. Tap the garbage can in the lower left corner.
  6. Tap Delete once the prompt appears.

    Tap on the photos and videos you would like to select. A red check mark will sppear. Tap the garbage can in the lower left corner and then tap delete on the prompt that appears.

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6 months ago

Pokémon Go 'tips' that are total nonsense

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Wanna know a sweet hack for leveling up faster? Go actually play the game.

Everyone's looking for an edge in Pokémon Go. Maybe you don't get to play as much as your friend, and that level and a half gain they have on you is sending that competitive itch you have into overdrive. Maybe your co-worker's bike ride to work means they hatch eggs twice as fast as you because you drive. Maybe that little jerk at the end of your street has basically been playing nonstop because school is out and that makes it next to impossible to take and hold the local gym. Whatever the reason, we get it. Sometimes you need an edge, and the sudden popularity of Pokémon Go meant the internet was immediately filled with "hacks" to give you that edge.

We've been documenting these little hacks and testing them for ourselves. Some of them work. Surprise! Most of them are fake. To help you sort through these "tips" we've got everything that has been thoroughly debunked here, including an explanation for why people thought the trick worked int he first place.

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6 months ago

Google brings add-ons to Docs and Sheets for Android

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Google Docs and Sheets users are getting a little bit of extra help with their workflow in the form of add-ons on Android.

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6 months ago

AT&T rolls out July 1 security patch, Wi-Fi calling for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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AT&T is rolling out updates for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, bringing the July 1 security patch to both phones. The update also adds Wi-Fi calling support and other features, and bumps the software version to MMB29M.

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7 months ago

HERE Maps rebrands to HERE WeGo, adds new features

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HERE Maps, the mobile mapping app that was sold by Nokia to a group of car companies in late 2015, has released a major update for Android in the Google Play Store. It also includes a name change to HERE WeGo.

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7 months ago

Verizon rolls out small updates to the LG G5 and V10

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Verizon has started rolling out a fresh set of updates to both the LG G5 and LG V10, bringing along some slight tweaks to both.

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7 months ago

Twitter for Android brings night mode to all users

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After being available on the beta channel for quite some time, Twitter has finally brought the night mode to all Android users. Turning on night mode is pretty simple, with a switch that allows you to easily toggle between the two modes when you want to switch them up. Enabling night mode doesn't just turn everything black, and instead uses a dark grey that has white text and blue links on it, making it easy on the eyes.

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7 months ago

Pokémon Go just crossed 50 Million downloads in Google Play

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No one could have predicted this result 20 days after launch.

Google's Play Store listing for Pokémon Go changed this morning, revealing the game had just crossed the 50 Million downloads mark only 20 days after the game's limited release in a couple of countries. Since that day, Niantic has slowly made Pokémon Go available to more countries as it scrambled to increase server capacity to handle the explosive popularity of the game. At the time of this writing, Pokémon Go is still not available worldwide but it's quite close. This week will likely see the end of this slow global rollout, meaning more bursts of users are on the way.

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7 months ago

How to fix 'Snapchat login temporarily failed' error on Android

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How do I fix login temporarily failed on Snapchat?

Unfortunately for users on Android devices, Snapchat has a habit of not always logging people into their accounts. While trying to open the app, some users have come across a message that reads:

"Oh no! Your login temporarily failed, so please try again later. If your login continues to fail, please visit https://support.snapchat.com/a/failed-login :)"

Snapchat has stated that Snapchatters using a rooted Android device may encounter this message more than others. While this is frustrating, there are a couple of other reasons this message could be appearing on your phone screen. Snapchat recommends three things to try if your login isn't working:

  1. Make sure you're using the official Snapchat app from the Google Play Store on your Android device.
  2. Double check that your system clock and date is correct.
  3. Confirm that you have a valid Google Account on your Android device.

Once you verify that you have a valid Google Account, you can manually sync your account to your phone to make sure your Google Account is working.

How to sync and verify your Google Account on your Android phone

  1. Launch Settings from your home screen, the Notification Shade, or the app drawer.
  2. Tap Accounts. You may have to scroll a bit to find it.
  3. Tap Add account.

    Launch Settings from the home screen and then tap accounts. Tap add account.

  4. Tap Google.
  5. Enter your email.
  6. Tap Next.

  7. Enter your password.
  8. Tap Next
  9. Tap Accept in the lower right corner.

  10. Tap Next in the lower right corner.
  11. Tap a payment information option.
  12. Tap continue in the lower right corner.

  13. Tap Google.
  14. Tap the more button; it's the three vertical dots in the upper right corner.
  15. Tap Sync now.

If your Google account isn't valid, you may see a Sync Error message appear.

What do you think?

Is there a way you've tried that helps get rid of Snapchat's error message on your Android phone? Let us know what other techniques have worked for you and which ones haven't.

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7 months ago

Prisma: Blank notification appearing after using the app? Here's the fix!

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If you're seeing an empty Prisma notification that you can't swipe away, you're not alone. Fortunately there's an easy fix.

As Prisma for Android becomes more popular, a handful of bugs in the AI-enabled photo app are starting to emerge. One of the most confusing glitches has to do with an empty notification that'll show up in your notification after using the app. On most versions of Android it's not obvious which app is creating the notification, and it can't be dismissed normally, so it'll just sit there — pretty frustrating.

Fortunately there's an easy fix.

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7 months ago

Opera Mini's new video download feature aims to help you save even more data

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Opera Mini just got a whole lot more useful if you consume a lot of video on the go.

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7 months ago

Google Maps rolls out a cleaner look and adds areas of interest

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Google Maps is getting a makeover in an update that's currently rolling out to its mobile apps as well as on the desktop. It will offer a cleaner look to the maps themselves while also adding new "areas of interest".

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7 months ago

Google brings spam call protection to some Nexus and Android One phones

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Google is rolling out an update for the Android phone app that will warn you about spam callers. The update, currently for Nexus or Android One phones on Marshmallow, lets you block and report these numbers.

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