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2 months ago

Adobe Lightroom for Android adds pro mode to built-in camera

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An update is now rolling out to Adobe Lightroom, bringing mobile photo editing aficionados an all new pro mode for the built-in camera.

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2 months ago

Pokémon Go European release begins in Germany

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Pokémon Go

Komm' und schnapp sie dir!

Pokémon Go is already a huge global phenomenon, even though the game isn't officially available outside of a handful launch countries. However there are signs that could be changing, with the game appearing on Google Play for some German Android users this morning.

So far the rollout seems to be confined to Germany, with the Play Store in the UK and other countries still showing the game as incompatible. As generally happens when an app is opened up to more countries, the process will be gradual, and some users may see it before others. So hold tight — we should know more as the day progresses.

In the meantime, be sure to hit the comments and let us know if you're seeing Pokémon Go in your country, if it wasn't available there already.

Pokémon Go

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2 months ago

Lifelogging app Instant's chatbot shows you just how addicted you are to your phone

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Indian startup Emberify's lifelogging app Instant has picked up a major update to version 4.0 that adds a coach feature, delivered in the form of a chatbot. The feature analyzes your phone usage trends and gives you a daily overview of time spent on particular apps, places visited, sleeping and fitness activity, and so on. There's also the option to query the chatbot for insights from a particular day. For instance, if you're interested in finding out how much time you've spent playing Pokemon Go, you can ask Instant's chatbot and view the relevant information.

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2 months ago

Google's latest update for Hangouts lets you record and send video messages

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Google has begun rolling out an update on the Play Store for the company's Hangouts app, which is said to add support for recording and firing off video messages. According to Phandroid, the update will bump the app up to version 11, adding the ability for up to a minute of video to be recorded in a conversation.

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2 months ago

The definitive list of Pokémon Go levels and unlockable items

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The definitive list of Pokémon Go levels and unlockable items

What are all the levels and items in Pokémon Go?

If you're out wandering the streets of your city playing Pokémon Go, desperate in your search for 101 Magikarp so you can evolve them to Gyarados, it's best practice to have a few good items under your Trainer belt.

Each time you level up, you're awarded with a few items, and they get better and better as you work your way up to level 30. You can also unlock new items as you level up and buy them with PokéCoins or receive them as rewards.

Here are all the unlockable items in Pokémon Go, as well as the items you'll be rewarded with each time you level up to help you on your journey to become a Pokémon Master!

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2 months ago

Pokémon Go Medals: How to unlock bronze, silver and gold for everything!

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They're mostly for rubbing in everyone's face, which is why you need all of them!

The Medal system in Pokémon Go is a little self serving for the moment. You don't gain anything by unlocking them, aside from a little note in your account saying you've unlocked them. That means there's a list of accomplishments you and your friends can compete on unlocking, and obviously the one with the most Medals unlocked is the best Pokémon Go player right?

Every Pokémon Go medal comes in Bronze, Silver, and gold. Here's what you need to do in order to unlock each of these Medals!

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2 months ago

10 perfect Pokémon catches to blow your Pokémind

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When you combine Pokémon and the real world, you conjure up all kinds of weird, wonderful, awkward and hilarious possibilities. Here are just a few doing the rounds right now.

The beauty of Pokémon Go is how it combines beloved, familiar virtual monsters with the real world. Through augmented reality, it's possible to snag shots of Pokémon in unusual, hilarious or otherwise ridiculous locations before scooping them up into your Pokéball.

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2 months ago

Which Pokémon Go team should you pick?

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Instinct, Mystic and Valor. Three teams from which you'll choose. And you'll want to choose wisely.

So you've finally reached Level 5 in Pokémon Go. That opens up an entire new world of gameplay. Gyms are now a huge deal. You can actually do things with them.

But more important is that you can now join one of three teams. (Remember factions from Ingress? Same sort of thing.) And once you're on a team, it's time to do team stuff. Like get jackets made, come up with a theme song and learn a cool dap. (That's a secret handshake, boys and girls.)

Here's what you need to know about the three teams in Pokémon Go:

Does it matter which Pokémon Go team you choose?

Yes! It matters a great deal! It's everything, really! Only, no. It doesn't matter at all. That is, gameplay is the same for each of the teams. One isn't inherently better than another. It's when a team is acting as a group that things get interesting. It's the makeup of the entire team itself — the individual levels and items from each player — that makes a difference.

So you'll probably want to pair up with people you know. Or, if you prefer confrontation, play on a different team than someone you're actively playing with.

Team Instinct

This team is yellow. So if you don't like yellow, you'll want to look elsewhere. And it's led by Spark. And Spark thinks that you should trust your instincts. (Thus the name of the team. Instinct.)

The Instinct logo is, of course, none other than that beautiful bird Zapdos.

Team Mystic

Mystic is blue, with Articuno (that's another legendary bird, if you're just getting into the Pokémon world), leading the way. Blanche leads Mystic and employs that sort of calm analysis you'd expect from someone who chases Pokémon while wearing boots.

Team Valor

Candela leads Valor — the red team. And Candela's bird is Moltres. If you think Valor projects an air of power, well, you're right. Training and strength are at the top of this team's playbook.

Can you change your team?

Nope. Currently you're not allowed to change your team on Pokémon Go, and for the obvious reasons. (Ingress allowed a change, for what that's worth.) So maybe ask your friends before deciding which team you want to join. See who's picked what.

And choose wisely.

Pokémon Go

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2 months ago

How to level up your trainer in Pokémon Go

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How to level up your trainer in Pokémon Go

How do I level up my trainer in Pokémon Go?

You can't expect to be the best trainer in your city — let alone the world — if you're stuck at level one! In Pokémon Go it's not only important to raise the Combat Power (CP) of your Pokémon, but you also need to raise the level of your trainer.

Why is my trainer level important?

Raising your trainer level enables you to find stronger and rarer Pokémon in the wild, which means as you level up, you should stop running into low level Rattatas everywhere you go.

On top of finding better wild Pokémon, raising your trainer level also allows you to increase your Pokémon's (CP) even more. What does that boil down to? The higher your trainer level, the stronger you can make your Pokémon.

How do I increase my trainer level in Pokémon Go?

In order to level up your trainer, you need to collect experience points (XP). There are various tasks in the game that grant you XP towards your trainer level, and all of them are fairly straightforward.

  1. Catching Pokémon: The amount of XP you gain catching Pokémon varies based on a few factors, like how you throw your Pokéball and how many times you have caught that same Pokémon before.
  2. Evolving Pokémon: Whenever you have enough Candies to evolve any Pokémon you own, you will get 500 XP.
  3. Hatching a Pokémon: Any time one of your Pokémon eggs hatch, you will receive 200 XP. You hatch eggs by walking (distance, not steps), so get moving!
  4. Visiting a PokéStop: Stopping by a PokéStop will earn you 50 XP.
  5. Battling at a Gym: Whether it's a friendly Gym or one of a rival team, you will earn XP for battling. The amount of XP will vary based on how many Pokémon are stationed at the Gym and how difficult they are to defeat.

What level are you?

Are you top trainer in your city? What level are you and what's your favorite way to level up?

Pokémon Go

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2 months ago

How to add your Dropbox to the Files app on your Chromebook

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Cloud computing means you can have your files anywhere. If you use Dropbox and a Chromebook, this one's for you.

Here's a handy little trick that adds your Dropbox files to the Files app on your Chromebook. It's done through a third-party extension called File System for Dropbox, and it's far better than Dropbox's official Chrome app.

What it does is mount your Dropbox as a remote drive so it appears in the Files app the same way your Google Drive does. It doesn't sync anything like the official Dropbox desktop app, so you won't have to worry about eating away all of your storage. It's a Chrome OS-only app, so don't try to install it on your Windows or Mac computer.

If you have any shared directories on your computer at work or at home, you know how this works. It's the same thing — you get a listing and preview of all the files and folders in Dropbox, and if you want to open or share one it has to pull a copy from the cloud. You can download the file to your Chromebook by copying it and pasting it somewhere on your local storage, or share it directly.

The sharing directly part can be a bit limited. If the app or web page you're uploading a file to calls for the file manager to pick your file, it will work. It pulls a copy down to your local cache, then uploads it. If the app or web page uses its own uploading tool, you'll have to manually copy the file from Dropbox to your Downloads folder before you can upload it. Even then, it's still easier than going to Dropbox's website to grab a copy, so you win either way.

It's not a perfect solution — those are hard to come by. But it's the best way to integrate Dropbox with your Chromebook. As a bonus, the developer also has apps for Chrome that do the same thing with OneDrive, any Windows or Samba shared folder(s) and any SFTP server.

If you're like us and have a ton of stuff in your Dropbox (and are too lazy to move it to Google Drive) give this one a try.

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2 months ago

Pokémon GO and your privacy

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You might have noticed that Pokémon GO is sort of popular. Like a gajillion people are playing it, and the demand is such that the servers themselves are being crushed. Seems like most everyone wants to catch them all ...

But one important aspect to consider is how Niantic — the people who wrote the application and are actually collecting the data about how you use it — is handling your privacy. We had a look at the Pokémon GO Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, and here's the quick and dirty breakdown. And if you're playing on your iPhone, you at least need to be aware of some real but not exactly harmful account concerns.

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2 months ago

Do not fake your location in Pokemon Go

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That random dude on the internet does not care if you get banned.

Pokemon Go is a location-based game, where you have to go to a physical location in the real world in order to accomplish a task and do better in the game. Or is it? Pokemon Go forums are lousy with super secret ways to fake your location in the game so you can more easily get the things you want. Here's the thing, though. The folks that make Pokemon Go have been doing this for a while, and if you follow this one weird trick to score all the Pokemon without leaving your home, you're account is going to be banned in a hurry.

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2 months ago

Pokémon Go Android settings you need to know

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Pokémon Go Android settings you need to know

What are the Pokémon GO Android settings you need to know?

Welcome back, Pokémon! We've been waiting ever so patiently. Well, not patiently, if we're being completely honest. Now that Pokémon Go lives on your Android device, you need to know how to navigate the settings before jumping in and playing the game.

Accessing the Main Menu

  1. Launch the Map View of Pokémon Go.
  2. Tap the Main Menu button. It's the Poké Ball at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Tap Settings at the top right.
  4. Tap the menu item you wish to select.

    Tap Main Menu, tap Settings, select a setting item

Music

The music is enabled by default, so don't be alarmed when you head out to play and you suddenly have your own Junichi Masuda soundtrack accompanying your walk. You can toggle it off here.

Sound Effects

The game sound effects are enabled by default, and as awesome as they are, you may not always want them on. You can toggle them off here.

Vibrations

Vibrations are enabled by default, and they are useful for letting you know about nearby Pokémon. But if you don't want them, they can be toggled off here.

Battery Saver

This is your battery life optimization feature. The reality is that this game is going to drain your battery mighty quickly. While the Battery Saver is enabled, your display will be disabled when your device is pointed downward. You'll still be able to track distance in this mode, and you will continue to be notified if Pokémon are nearby.

More: How to save your battery while playing Pokémon Go

More: Best external battery packs for Pokémon Go

Quick Start

This will launch a gameplay tutorial. If you're brand new to the Pokémon Go experience, this is going to be tremendously helpful.

Help Center

The official Help Center gets launched in your web browser to answer any more detailed questions you may have.

About Pokémon GO

If inquiring minds want to know, here is where you'll find the copyrights, Terms of Service (seriously, consider reading it), Privacy Policy, and license information regarding the game.

Sign Out

Well, that one pretty much explains itself... and you probably won't be using it very much.

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How to claim a Gym in Pokémon Go

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How to claim a Gym in Pokémon Go for Android

How do I get a Gym in Pokémon Go?

Once you hit level 5 in Pokémon Go, it's time to hit up a gym, join a team, and start conquering the rest of the gyms in your city.

How you claim a gym will depend on whether or not it's already occupied. If it is, you'll have to fight!

Here's how to claim Pokémon Gyms in Pokémon Go!

How to claim an unoccupied Gym in Pokémon Go for android

You have to hit level 5 before you can even think about joining/taking over a gym, so go and catch a bunch of Pokémon first.

  1. Find a Gym on your map. They may be gray, which means they're unoccupied, but that's not likely at this point. At this point, most gyms will either be blue (Team Mystic), red (Team Valor), or yellow (Team Instinct).
  2. Tap the Gym and choose your team (Valor, Mystic, or Instinct).
  3. Tap the Add Pokémon button at the bottom of your screen. It looks like a Pokéball with a little plus sign next to it.
  4. Tap the Pokémon you'd like to use to defend the Gym.

When other people on your team want to help bolster your Gym, they can drop their Pokémon on it as well. They can then battle your Pokémon to raise the Prestige of your gym. The higher the Prestige, the more Pokémon you can have defending your Gym, making it more difficult to overtake.

Remember that your Pokémon won't be returned to your collection until it's knocked off the Gym.

How to claim an occupied Gym in Pokémon Go for Android

If you happen upon a Gym and it's not the same color as your team, you'll have to battle to knock the other team's Pokémon off.

  1. Tap the enemy Gym to enter.
  2. Tap the battle button on the bottom right of your screen. It looks like two Pokéballs.
  3. Tap the Pokémon you want to use to battle.
  4. Tap Go.

Now you'll have to battle by tapping to attack and swiping to dodge. The trick is to keep battling to lower the Gym's Prestige. The lower the Prestige, the fewer the Pokémon that team will be allowed to have defending their Gym.

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2 months ago

Pokémon Go developer working on a fix for iOS account permissions

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You might have seen some security concerns about the Pokémon GO app being talked about on social media. These are very valid issues — the application can use its own webview container for login from your Google Account, and once approved it gives itself full access to all of your data.

We reached out to Niantic — which developed the Pokémon Go app. It issued a response to the media late Monday evening. ABC News was among the first to share it on Twitter — and Niantic then issue the same response to Android Central.

The statement reads thusly:

We recently discovered that the Pokémon GO account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user's Google account. However, Pokémon GO only accesses basic Google profile information (specifically, your User ID and email address) and no other Google account information is or has been accessed or collected. Once we became aware of this error, we began working on a client-side fix to request permission for only basic Google profile information, in line with the data that we actually access. Google has verified that no other information has been received or accessed by Pokémon Go or Niantic. Google will soon reduce Pokémon GO's permission to only the basic profile data that Pokémon GO needs, and users do not need to take any actions themselves.

Original post follows:

The good(?) news is that this appears to be an iOS-only issue. On Android, the app appears to use the "right" way to log in with your Google credentials, and it doesn't ask for access to your sensitive account data. You can check for yourself right here. In fact, when we check on an account that hasn't used an iPhone to sign in, the Pokémon GO app isn't even listed as having any access. Don't be alarmed if you see the same thing.

The first concern — the webview container login page — isn't too troubling. Apple has secure methods for apps to do this sort of thing (though Google would rather the user be directed to the default web browser so the URL can be checked) and every app is vetted by Apple staff before it's published. Yes, even Apple can let something slip through, but the account authorization page is legit. We checked. And millions of users have checked.

The second concern — access to all of your Google account data — is much more troubling.

This level of access means that the publisher can see everything. According to Google:

When you grant full account access, the application can see and modify nearly all information in your Google Account (but it can't change your password, delete your account, or pay with Google Wallet on your behalf).

Certain Google applications may be listed under full account access. For example, you might see that the Google Maps application you downloaded for your iPhone has full account access.

This "Full account access" privilege should only be granted to applications you fully trust, and which are installed on your personal computer, phone, or tablet.

And more. Basically, anything you've ever done while signed in with Google, and everything you've ever saved in Drive or Photos is wide open to Niantic and the app itself.

Now we don't think Niantic or Nintendo is going to pore through your account data or look at your photos. But what happens if someone out there finds a way to hack Niantic? With access to the right database, any attacker can have a token that gives them all your "stuff." That's not good. Not good at all.

What we recommend is that you use a separate Google account if you're going to play Pokémon Go on your iPhone. Or you can decide to not play at all and delete the permissions from your Google security page.

The important thing is that you know what's going on.

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