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2 weeks ago

Use a Galaxy S7 edge for the best Pokemon Go experience

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Ready to upgrade your phone for a better Pokemon Go experience? Look no further than the Galaxy S7 edge!

There's no doubt that Pokemon Go has had an explosively popular start. The game is being played by folks of every age, and that means there are a lot of users who were perfectly happy with their phone but are now starting to see the need to upgrade. Maybe your battery doesn't last long enough for a full Pokemon Go session, or you're struggling to see the game in sunlight because your display is a little on the old side.

There are plenty of reasons Pokemon Go users are considering an upgrade to make playing the game a little more fun, and after testing the game on all of the current Android phones, it's clear Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge is the best phone to use for Pokemon Go. Here's why!

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2 weeks ago

Gym Battle freeze in Pokemon Go? Here's how to deal with it!

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That feeling when you realize the last little red sliver of health isn't going away? Yeah, we know those feels.

Is there anything worse than the realization that a Gym Battle has frozen and all of your hard work is now totally wasted? Yes, of course there is, but that's not what we're talking about right now. Niantic is having a lot of trouble keeping up with the demand Pokemon Go users are putting on their servers right now, and when combined with unreliable cellular data connections you get a Gym Battle system that is filled with problems. The most frustrating of those issues is when the health of the Pokemon you are fighting stops going down at 1% remaining, and when the timer for the battle counts down to zero the game just sort of freezes. It's a pain, but there's two things you can do about it right now.

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2 weeks ago

Are all Androids created equal? Software makes a big difference

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Software is the brains of your phone. And just like brain surgery, fixing it isn't easy.

We've talked about how the hardware inside your phone can make a difference when it comes to the user experience. Now it's time to talk about the software.

Software is the single-most important piece of any computer. Whether we're talking about the small computer you keep in your pocket or the room-sized clusters that do things like manage space missions, without software all of those circuits and wires and chips would do nothing. It even takes software to turn your phone on and start it up before you can see it doing anything. No matter how expensive or new the hardware inside your phone is, it would be useless without all the work that went into programming it to do something.

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2 weeks ago

The ultimate Pokemon Go trick — score a Pikachu as your starter Pokemon!

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Thanks for nothing, Professor Willow.

It takes about 20 seconds of playing Pokemon Go for your starter capture to become mostly worthless, but that doesn't mean everyone who played the original games didn't think long and hard about choosing between Squirtle, Charmander, and Bulbasaur when going through the initial tutorial in Pokemon Go. The decision is of far less consequence than it seems initially, and that's because you have no way of knowing there's a fourth option waiting for you. That's right, if you know what you're doing you can catch a Pikachu as your starter Pokemon instead of the classic three, and this is how you do it!

  1. Create your Pokemon Go account and Log In.
  2. Create your character and outfit
  3. Walk away from the three Pokemon Professor Willow asks you to choose.
  4. Keep walking until you see Pikachu appear beside you, next to the others.
  5. Tap on Pikachu and capture it.

As you walk away from the classic three, your phone will vibrate and those Pokemon will jump to your location. Just keep walking, and they'll keep jumping to your side. After the fourth or fifth time, Pikachu will pop up next to you. This means you'll get a block or two of walking in before that Pikachu shows up, but it's guaranteed to happen and well worth rubbing it in everyone's face when you capture your first Pikachu!

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2 weeks ago

How to get a curveball bonus in Pokemon Go!

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Squeeze every last drop of XP out of your Pokemon captures!

Capturing Pokemon of every power level and classification in Pokemon Go requires a little bit of finesse, especially as you reach the higher levels. You need to throw the ball when the colored ring is at its smallest to increase your chances of a successful capture, or you're going to be spending a lot of time hitting PokeStops to make sure you don't run out of Pokeballs.

Once you've mastered capturing using the standard flick of the screen, and most of your captures earn you Great or Excellent bonuses, it's time to give curveballs a shot. Curveball captures earn you an extra 10XP per successful capture, and that can add up quickly especially in the early levels. Here's how you nail a successful curveball while trying to capture a Pokemon.

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2 weeks ago

Looking for Pokémon Go outside official launch countries? Beware of fake apps

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Pikachu

Everyone's going nuts about Pokémon Go on Android — but be careful to download the right Android app from the right place.

Update, July 16, 2016: The game has now launched in many new countries, including Canada and the UK!

Pokémon Go, the latest real-world-exploring, monster-catching game from Nintendo and Niantic, has taken the world by storm. That hype machine has been fed in part by the fact that Pokémon Go isn't available in all parts of the world yet, and on Android the only workaround involves tracking down the APK from shadier parts of the Internet.

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2 weeks ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Between Us, CBC Music, Super Stickman Golf 3 and more

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It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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2 weeks ago

Pokémon Go: Track your accidental Pokéxercise with these simple apps

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Pokémon Go

Loveable animated critters have tricked you into leaving the house. Now it's time to put a number to that coincidental exercise.

Across America (and Australia, and New Zealand, and other places unofficially), gamers are being coaxed into exploring the real world in pursuit of Pokémon. Pokémon Go is relatively unique in that progressing and capturing the eponymous critters (mostly) involves leaving the house and moving around.

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2 weeks ago

Pokémon Go not available in your country? Here's what's going on

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Pokémon Go still isn't officially available in some countries, as devs deal with overwhelming demand in other parts of the world.

You'd be forgiven for thinking the entire world seems to have lost its mind over Pokémon Go. And while the game is now available in many Western countries, some have yet to see an official launch. That's due to developer Niantic's staggered launch for the game, as its servers struggle to hold up to the demands of millions of players around the globe.

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2 weeks ago

Chat for Pokémon Go keeps you in touch with other Pokémon trainers

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While Pokémon Go is still only in beta, one enterprising developer has already come up with a way for players to communicate with each other. With Chat for Pokémon Go, players can easily chat with one another when they are close by.

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2 weeks ago

Pokémon Go tips, tricks or dilemmas? Our Pokémon Go forums are now open!

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Pokemons!

Show us your pokey mans.

Pokémon Go is shaping up to be one of the biggest mobile games of the year so far. But the launch hasn't been without its share of issues, with servers struggling to keep up with demand, as well as bugs with refreshing, failing gym battles and lure patches.

And that's before you actually get down to the nitty gritty of catching them all.

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2 weeks ago

How to save your battery while playing Pokémon Go

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You can't catch 'em all, if your battery dies.

So Pokémon Go is here. You've gotten logged in and created your avatar, you've even chosen your starting Pokémon . Now it's time to go hunting through your neighborhood for PokéStops, Gyms, and of course, Pokémon . Be sure to keep a close eye on the battery of your phone though, otherwise you might lose power right as you are about to catch the next pocket monster for your collection.

Pokemon Go is a high battery use application, which in more general terms, means that it can eat through your battery faster than you would think. So we've spent some time finding the best ways to save, and extend your battery life to get you the most time out there hunting Pokemon. Keep scrolling for the nitty gritty details.

Check your brightness

While this seems like a no-brainer, the first thing that you can do to help with the battery drain is take a look at your screen brightness. By turning it down you can grab yourself up some more time for gameplay. The big problem with this is if you are playing outside in a super sunny area. Turning the brightness down can make it much harder to see your screen much, much harder to see. Depending on the weather though, turning down that brightness can ensure that you can play for much longer.

Enable Battery Saver Mode

This game has a special Battery Saver baked right in! It's designed to dim your screen and slow the refresh rate while you're walking, and it works really well as long as you remember to use it. When this mode is enabled, all you have to do is point the top of your phone towards the ground, like you would do when holding the phone down at your side while walking. By doing this instead of just turning your phone screen off while walking between 'Stops and Gyms, you will still get vibration notifications when a Pokemon pops up on screen for you to catch.

To enable Battery Saver, all you need to do is: 1. Tap your Poké Ball 2. Tap Settings 3. Tap the empty circle next to Battery Saver

Turn off Augmented Reality features

Want to know what drains your battery faster than having the screen on the whole time? Using your camera the whole time. Within Pokémon Go you have a choice between turning your camera on or off. If it is on, then when it's time to capture a Pokémon your camera will open up. You'll see your intended Pokémon in front of you in AR while your actual surroundings are just behind it. While this is awesome, and leads to some fantastic photos, you're bleeding battery in this mode, especially during a Gym battle. However, if you turn the camera off you can ensure that your battery will last at least a bit longer.

All you need to do in order to disable this feature is flip the little switch with AR next to it the next time you go to catch a Pokemon. You'll see a new background and your battery will thank you.

Invest in a battery pack

If you're really gung ho about going out and hunting down Pokémon for hours, then investing in a portable battery pack might be your best bet. You can find these just about everywhere, and they can make sure that your phone doesn't die just as you are about to capture the Pokémon you've been hunting for hours. All battery packs are not made equal, so be sure to do your homework before purchasing one. This may be the easiest way to ensure that you can get hours of fun out of the app before being forced to head back to home and recharge your phone.

Read: Best external battery packs for Pokémon Go

For now, there isn't a single easy way to adjust the amount of battery that Pokémon Go is consuming. Hopefully in time, we'll see a battery saved added to the app for itself. In the meantime you can use these tricks to help ensure that you can play for as long as possible. Have you had issues with your battery while playing Pokémon Go? Do you have a battery saving trick that we missed and should know about? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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2 weeks ago

How to save and screenshot Snapchat Snaps on Android

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How to save Snapchats on Android

How do I save my Snapchat snaps? This is how. (And it's about to get even easier.)

Snapchat has become a social media art form, so it's no surprise that people want to preserve their Snapchat artistry. Saving your snaps is a lot easier than you may think, so here's how to capture and save your snap without having to screenshot yourself.

Note: Snapchat recently announced Memories — a new way to save your Snaps and Stories. We'll update this post once the feature has rolled out.

How to save your Snapchats on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Either take a new Snap, or open one you've already done.
  3. Tap the download button on the bottom left of your screen. It looks like an open box with a downward-facing arrow.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen, tap the shutter button, then tap the download button.

A prompt will appear at the bottom of the screen letting you know that your video or picture has been saved to your Android phone's gallery.

How to save other people's Snapchats on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Swipe right to your chat page.
  3. Tap on the snap to open it.
  4. Take a screenshot of the image or video. The way you take a screenshot will depend on your phone, but it's usually a combination of the power and volume buttons.

    Swipe right to your chat page, tap on the snap to open it, once it appears just screenshot it with your phone.

Fair warning

Every time you go to take a screenshot of a video or photo that's been sent to you, Snapchat will automatically inform the person on the other end that you saved their snap via a notification and a screenshot icon. While this may not seem like a huge thing, it actually makes saving other people's snaps nearly impossible.

Some people have taken to using screen recorders to save other people's snaps, while others will use a separate phone altogether to quickly take a photo of other people's Snapchat's.

Don't bother trying to delay the screenshot notification by turning off Wi-Fi or your mobile data either – the person on the other end will eventually get that screenshot notification no matter what.

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2 weeks ago

Tidal gains Chromecast support and more in latest update

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Music streaming service Tidal has added Chromecast support to its mobile apps, allowing you to play your music on your television or speaker system. All you'll need to do is update the app and begin playing on your existing Chromecast setup. Tidal has made some improvements to the Play queue as well as fix some other bugs in this version.

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2 weeks ago

The best things to happen thanks to Pokemon Go

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You people have no chill, and it is hilarious to watch.

The world has been waiting for months for the release of Pokemon Go. And it is ready and available for the world to jump into. That means the memes, crazy news, and wacky stories of people playing this game have only just started. We've collected some of our favorite news and memes to share with you.

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