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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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 weeks ago

Liquid Daffodil's fanband lets you select the perfect theme for your Microsoft Band

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Liquid Daffodil is a popular Windows developer with a multitude of apps to the name. Now the team has released the Microsoft Band companion app fanband on the Play Store. Own an Android-powered handset but wish to change the theme on a Microsoft's Band wearable? No problem, fire up fanband and you'll be able to configure a whole manner of things.

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3 weeks ago

Citymapper can now help you zip around the streets of Seattle and Baltimore

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Citymapper, a handy little app that helps make traveling around the hustle and bustle of the city a little easier, has picked up support for Seattle and Baltimore.

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3 weeks ago

What you need to know about HummingBad

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It's called HummingBad? Seriously?

Researchers at Check Point have published a blog detailing their report on a new bit of nastiness stealing data from Android phones and translating to hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue for a Chinese group called Yingmob. The revenue comes from delivering ads, creating false clicks on those ads by making the buttons bigger than they look, and using those clicks to install one of over 200 apps the group has for keeping users connected to this network.

Are you in danger? How can you tell? Are your friends having data stolen and handed over to this group without their knowledge? Is there a worse name they could have used? It turns out there's a very low likelihood that this was ever a problem for you, but here's what you need to know about HummingBad and how to stay safe from this group.

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3 weeks ago

How to install and set up Authy for two-factor authentication on your Android

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Using two-factor authentication is a great way to protect yourself and your data. It's also fairly easy to do once you get used to having an extra step when you first use an account on your Android. Using it on multiple devices is easy with Authy.

There are several great apps you can use on your phone to get a 2FA (that's the abbreviation for two-factor authentication and it's much easier to type) token when you need one, and if you have multiple things with a screen that may need access to 2FA codes, Authy is pretty hard to beat. After you set up an Authy account, you can install the app on all your Android devices and any computer that has the Chrome web browser and the Authy extension installed. The first thing you need to do is install the Authy app from Google Play on a phone with a working SIM card.

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3 weeks ago

Walmart Pay hits checkout lanes nationwide

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Walmart has announced that it has completed its rollout of Walmart Pay, its own take on mobile payments, to all of its stores nationwide.

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3 weeks ago

Snapchat Memories makes it easier to keep your favorite pictures and videos forever

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Snapchat has introduced Memories, a searchable archive of your past posts. The images will be kept in a camera roll-style screen found just below the Camera screen, allowing you to quickly and easily find what you are looking for. In an effort to keep things from unwanted eyes, Snapchat will also have a "My Eyes Only" section which will let you avoid awkward moments and keep those personal photos personal.

From Snapchat's official announcement:

You can use Memories to create new Stories from Snaps you've taken, or even combine different Stories into a longer narrative! It's fun to celebrate an anniversary or birthday by finding a few old Snaps and stringing them together into a new Story :)

We've also created a new way to send Snaps from Memories to your friends, or even post them to your Story. If you post a Snap you took more than a day ago to your Story, it will appear with a frame around it so that everyone knows it's from the past.

The new feature will be rolling out selectively over the course of the next month or so. This is a huge change to the service and the company wants to keep a close eye on it to make sure everything is running smoothly. Are you excited about this new feature? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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3 weeks ago

Pokémon Go is ... GO!!! (as in, available)

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We've worn the hats. We've played the beta. Now it's time for everyone to get their download on.

Pokémon Go is now available for Android.

OK, so it's almost available. It's now got a proper listing in Google Play, completely with a whopping 50,000 installs (thanks, beta!) and in-app purchases. But as of right this second it's not available for any of my devices. (And I have a lot of devices.) So get that F5 button ready.

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More: Check out our Pokémon Go Game Guide

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