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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

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

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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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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