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5 days ago

Buying the best smartphone power pack — MrMobile explains

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Proclaiming one external battery charger to be the "best power pack" for all people is a daunting challenge – and it misses the point.

The reality is that, as with smartphones, different power banks work well for different users. But I've collected between twenty and thirty external battery pack accessories in my time reviewing technology, and I've found that the secret to making the search a little less daunting is to focus on three key areas: safety, capacity, and speed.

This video includes products that excel in each field, and some even marry the benefits of all three with that all-important bonus: novelty. Join me for the MrMobile Portable Power Pack roundup!

And don't forget to be social!

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5 days ago

Google sunsetting Chrome apps for Windows, Mac and Linux

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Google has announced that Chrome packaged apps and hosted apps will be phased out of Chrome for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

The Chrome desktop browser has had application support for a while now, and during that time Google found that only 1% of desktop users were actively running Chrome apps, so support will be removed by 2018.

Today, approximately 1% of users on Windows, Mac and Linux actively use Chrome packaged apps, and most hosted apps are already implemented as regular web apps. We will be removing support for packaged and hosted apps from Chrome on Windows, Mac, and Linux over the next two years.

Starting in late 2016, any newly-published apps will only be available for Chrome OS. Existing apps will still be available and developers can still send updates to users. In the second half of 2017, the Chrome Web Store will no longer list Chrome apps on Windows, Mac or Linux and will only show themes and extensions. In early 2018, Chrome for Windows, Mac and Linux will no longer be able to install packaged or hosted Chrome apps.

Your extensions aren't going anywhere, and no changes were announced for Chromebook users — who the majority of actual apps are targeted towards.

Google encourages developers to migrate apps designed for Desktops into web-based apps or progressive web pages using the latest APIs and features available.

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5 days ago

How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7

How to take a screenshot on the Galaxy Note 7

How do I take a screenshot on the Galaxy Note 7?

Taking a screenshot on your phone is one of its most basic functions, but the Galaxy Note 7 follows previous Notes by giving you several ways to capture your screen. Though you still have two simple ways to take a regular full-screen screenshot to share or keep for yourself, there's also an option to take a so-called "scrolling screenshot" to capture even more. You can also use your S Pen to draw on and manipulate screenshots with Screen Write.

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5 days ago

HTC is now selling the gold and red HTC 10 in the U.S.

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HTC is now accepting preorders of both the red and gold variants of the HTC 10 in the U.S. There are limited quantities of both colors available, and the company is still offering $100 off the phone or you can get the free JBL headphones while supplies last. Aside from the colors, nothing is different here. You can pick up an unlocked version, or one on the carrier of your choice.

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5 days ago

What color Note 7 did you buy?

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All four colors look great, but most of us are only buying one. Which color caught your eye?

Most phones come in any color you want, as long as that color is black. That's a trend that's changing, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 comes in four colors, three of which we can buy in the U.S. (sorry gold fans.)

And they're pretty nifty colors, too. Even the Black version isn't just black. It's black front and back, and the sides are matte black, too. That makes a big difference when you're used to seeing black phones with silver-ish faux chrome side rails. This phone can act presidential.

Not to be outdone, the Coral Blue model is pretty amazing. It has a cornflower (I had my wife tell me which color it is, and cornflower is much better than "kinda-light-blue-and-sorta-gray-mixed-in-maybe-I-dunno-it's-nice") gloss look, but only when it's still and you're looking straight at it. It picks up colors from the surroundings because of its reflective surface and the color looks like it's always changing. It's pretty wild. You need to see it in person so you know I'm not crazy.

That blue is hot, but I'd have to go with black on black on black.

The Silver version uses the same color as the Galaxy S7 (and the S7 edge in Silver is the prettiest phone of all time). That means while it's technically silver, it's really more like a mirror. Fully polished and fingerprint-free it looks nice. Very nice. If the Black model is the stoic and serious model, Silver is the elegant one.

Then there's Gold. Gold looks really good. It's a different gold than we've seen from Samsung before, and it looks nothing like the pink gold from Apple. It's a soft color that also does a good job picking up other colors from your surroundings, though not to the extent it's Blue Chameleon sibling does. It's very slick. It's also not coming to North America because we deserve to be punished for some reason. At least for now.

I had a look at them the other evening, and even got to see the gold model. I fell in love with the blue (like many of you likely did) but in the end that murdered-out black would be my pick if I were buying. What about you? Which color did you grab? Hit the poll and let us know.

Which color Note 7 did you buy?

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5 days ago

In photos: The evolution of the Samsung Gear VR

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It all started with the Galaxy Note 4.

Samsung's NYC unveiling of the Galaxy Note 4 was unusual for a couple of reasons. From the half-baked introduction to the Galaxy Note Edge to awkwardly rushing Adam Levine and James Valentine on and off the stage for the ill-fated Milk Music, the presentation was just kinda odd. Towards the end of the presentation, everyone was invited to check out a unique partnership with Oculus. The Samsung Gear VR was announced as an accessory that would eventually be available for the Note 4, and it would be all about bringing high quality VR to the world.

Fast forward to this week. Samsung has shipped tens of thousands of Gear VR headsets all around the world, and a new matte black version with a removable USB-C port and several other significant changes to the headset that add up to a significantly improved experience. To really get a feel for how the Gear VR has improved over time, we're going to take a look at all three headsets side by side and appreciate the differences.

At their core, all of the Gears VR are designed to function the same way. You pop the phone in the back, look through the lenses, and interact with the touch pad on the side. The core design is a step above Google Cardboard for three reasons. First, there's extra tracking sensors in the headset that work with the phone for a smoother motion-based experience. Second, the headset's touch sensor opens the doors to different types of interaction, like swiping back and forth for action in a game. Finally, there's a USB port on each headset to run power from outside of the headset to the phone. This was less exciting in the Note 4 days with overheating problems, but with the Note 7 it not only works well for charging but Samsung also wants to see some accessories use this port for data someday.

Connecting the phone is a small part of the experience, but the change over time is significant. The Note 4's proprietary microUSB port meant nothing but the Note 4 would ever use the original Gear VR. This was fixed with the release of the Galaxy S6 and the updated Gear VR, which now supports all Samsung phones up to the Note 7.

The Samsung Gear VR was all about bringing high quality VR to the world

With the update to USB-C on the Note 7, a Gear VR with an interchangeable port was necessary and appreciated. More than that, Samsung stopped using spring-loaded switches on the latest Gear VR phone connector. This makes it a lot easier to remove and add phones, and makes swapping the port out a lot simpler.

The most significant update to the Gear VR over time has been size. The physical space where you put your eyes has grown with every generation, and with good reason. The larger opening supports more users with prescription lenses, which is a big deal on a headset where you can only slightly adjust the distance of the lenses from your eyes. That adjustment wheel, locates at the top of each Gear VR, has also seen some improvement over the years.

With each release the wheel becomes smoother and more convenient to use, without losing its position over time if you move around a bit.

That increased face hole has not meant an appreciably larger front to the Gears VR, which makes sense when you look at phone size over time. The Galaxy S7 edge is not only narrower but thinner than the Note 4, and packs a better display and lacks the overheating issues found in the aging predecessor when enjoying VR.

The only real change to the part your phone lays on in the Gear VR has been the lenses, which now support a field of view of 101-degrees instead of the original 96. You can see the different plastic patterns used over time to work with the lenses and displays that have changed over time as well.

Finally, the touchpad. Samsung has switched this around a bit over time, but has now settled on a slightly indented touch area with a little bump for the touch area.

This is way better than the current D-Pad set up for playing games, and it turns out doesn't make a huge difference when it comes to navigation for apps that are not games. We've also got a bigger touch surface on the newest version of the Gear VR, which is nice.

Samsung's efforts in improving the Gear VR are subtle, but incredibly important. The most recent version of this headset is a clear mashup of the things that have been done up this point, and all of those ideas come through as improvements. It's going to be very interesting to see what Samsung does to improve the Gear VR from this point, and rest assured we'll be the ones watching!

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5 days ago

8 things to know about the Galaxy Note 7's SD card slot

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Galaxy Note 7 SD card slot

Samsung brought the SD card slot back to the Note line — now it's time to reacquaint yourself with it.

Note buyers have spoken: they wanted an SD card slot back in their phone. Samsung listened, and the Galaxy Note 7 brought back the SD card slot just like the Galaxy S7 did — hiding right in there next to the SIM card.

Things mostly pick up right where they left off with the SD card slot on the Note 4, though the software and capabilities have changed a bit. If you have a Note 7 or are getting ready to pick one up, these are the things you should know about expanding the storage in your phone.

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5 days ago

Essential accessories for Galaxy Note 7

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What are the best accessories to pick up for the Galaxy Note 7? Well, there are a bunch, so let's take a look.

Whether you want to make sure that your new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is protected, able to be charged everywhere you are, or has enough storage for your local media, there are a number of accessories you can add to enhance the experience. Samsung will be offering a wide variety of its own official accessories for the new phone, but there are also going to be a ton from other brands. With the move to USB-C from Micro-USB, you may need some new cables, and the addition of the microSD slot may prompt you to buy a new card.

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5 days ago

Where to buy the Galaxy Note 7 in Canada

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Where can I buy the Galaxy Note 7 in Canada?

The Galaxy Note 7 is a big, beautiful phone, and Samsung Canada knows it. That's why it is offered at almost every possible carrier, along with the company's four retail locations spaced out across the country.

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5 days ago

Where to buy the Galaxy Note 7 in the U.S.

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Where to buy the Galaxy Note 7 in the U.S.

The Galaxy Note 7 is here, and it can be yours from the major U.S. carriers.

It doesn't come as much of a surprise that the Galaxy Note 7's going on sale from major carriers in the U.S. — with Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular all getting in on the game. You get the same phone from all of the carriers, leaving your decision up to how the network will work for you, and what incentives it can offer with the purchase.

Here's a breakdown of all the details for buying the Galaxy Note 7 from the major U.S. carriers.

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5 days ago

Best heavy duty cases for Galaxy Note 7

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What are the best cases for keeping my Galaxy Note 7 fully protected?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a marvel of smartphone design. Resistant to dust and water, the Galaxy Note 7 is also the first phone to feature Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back of the phone, making it the most durable smartphone you can buy and use right out of the box.

But despite all its ruggedness, as with any other piece of technology, it's not impervious to scratches or drop damage. However, you can greatly increase it's chance of surviving the nastiest of falls with a heavy duty case.

OtterBox Defender Series

OtterBox Defender Series

One of the most trusted names in phone cases, OtterBox's Defender Series line has been protecting phones for years. Their Defender Series case for the Galaxy Note 7 includes 3-layer protection — high-impact internal polycarbonate shell, silicone slipcover and a built-in screen protector — so your phone will be fully protected.

With precise cutouts around the USB-C port, headphone jack, and cutouts in the screen protector around the earpiece and fingerprint scanner, your Galaxy Note 7 is protected yet accessible. Along with the speaker and microphone, the S-Pen is the only port not protected by a silicone cover, which ensures it's always available at a finger's press. The Defender Series also includes an optional belt-clip holster that doubles as a kickstand for easy hands-free media viewing and is available in three color options.

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MoKo Premium Full Body Rugged Cover

MoKo Premium Full Body Rugged Cover

If you want heavy-duty protection for a low price, the Moko Premium Full Body Rugged Cover delivers in spades.

This two-piece case features a shock absorbing silicone inner sleeve and an impact-resistant polycarbonate shell that also provides added protection around the camera. The S-Pen, buttons, and ports are always accessible thanks to precise cutouts with no protective flaps to deal with. The case also comes with a 180-degree rotatable belt clip holster. It's quick to mount and dismount from the holster, which is lined with microfiber material to ensure your screen is always protected.

And in terms of keeping your screen protected, this case is compatible with screen protectors — even the thicker tempered glass options — so you can fully protect your Galaxy Note 7 and always keep it in like-new condition. Whether you go with the classic black, or opt for the blue or red accent options, the MoKo case is available for under $10.

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Spigen Tough Armor

Spigen Tough Armor

Looking for a heavy duty case that tries to preserve the sleek look and feel of your Galaxy Note 7? Spigen's Tough Armor case offers a good compromise between rugged protection and stylish presentation. Tested to meet U.S. Military-grade drop protection standards, this two-piece case consists of a flexible TPU sleeve that features shock-absorbing webbing along its interior, and a hard polycarbonate shell — available in your choice of Gunmetal Grey, Champagne Gold, or Blue Coral — adds a second level of toughness.

The buttons are designed to be flush along the edge of the case via the TPU sleeve, providing the tactile responsiveness you require, and precise cutouts along the bottom of the phone keep all the ports, speakers, and the S-Pen fully accessible. Both the screen and rear camera are well protected with a 1.4mm bezel around the screen and a 4mm lip around the camera on the back so you can confidently place your phone down however you prefer. And then there's the included kickstand, which lets you set your phone up for hands-free media viewing at an ideal 60-degree viewing angle. For solid, all-round protection and presentation, Spigen is a fantastic option for protecting your Galaxy Note 7.

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CoverON Atomic Series Hybrid Armor

CoverON Atomic Series Hybrid Armor

If your biggest fear is your slick Galaxy Note 7 slipping out from your grip and smashing on the ground, perhaps you're best off getting a case with tactile features along its exterior. In that regard, CoverOn's Atomic Series Hybrid Armor is your best bet.

Featuring a shockproof soft TPU rubber inner layer along with a rigid polycarbonate backplate, perhaps the most striking detail of this phone at a glance is its gridwork of raised plastic along the back, which will give your fingertips plenty of spots to anchor in — because the best way to protect your phone from drops is to avoid dropping it in the first place.

Beyond the protection this case provides, there's a built-in kickstand on the back for gaming or watching videos. Available in four color options, this case is also extremely affordable priced under $10.

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VRS Design High Pro Shield

VRS Design High Pro Shield

A sleek option for protecting your Galaxy Note 7 while keeping with the phone's slim, minimalist design is VRS Design's High Pro Shield.

Featuring the industry-standard two-part design, this case features a tough polycarbonate bumper around the edges, with precise cutouts along the bottom for easy access to the ports and S-Pen. The majority of the protection comes from the impact-resistant TPU sleeve that forms tight to the phone and features a brushed metal design on the back for a stylish appearance. This case has received military-grade certification for protection so your phone will be well protected while still looking stylish with four color options available.

Built into the bottom end of the bumper is a metal kickstand, perfect for hands-free media viewing. If you'd rather not compromise style for protection, the VRS Design High Pro Shield is a great option for your Galaxy Note 7.

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How will you keep your Galaxy Note 7 protected?

Got any thoughts on the cases we've recommended above? Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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5 days ago

Don't miss your chance to get a Nextbit Robin at its lowest price yet!

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Right now you can grab an unlocked Nextbit Robin for just $199 at Amazon, the lowest price we've seen yet for the phone. The Robin features a 5.2-inch display covered by Gorilla Glass 4, as well as 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage. Nextbit also offers 100GB of cloud storage to where the phone seamlessly backs up your apps, photos and more without you needing to do anything.

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6 days ago

Some Galaxy Note 7 colors will be in short supply at launch

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Some customers of the popular Galaxy Note 7 may have to wait several weeks for their unit — particularly those who ordered the unique and eye-catching Blue Coral version.

Customers in the U.S. and Canada who ordered the Blue Coral and Silver may have to wait upwards of three weeks for their units, according to sources who didn't want to be named. Samsung underestimated the demand for pre-orders, said these people, and were shocked at the number of Blue Coral units sought out after the announcement.

In a statement to Android Central, Samsung Canada, one of the regions affected by unit shortages, said, "We've experienced an unprecedented number of pre-orders and we're excited to begin fulfilling orders on August 19th. Over the coming weeks, we'll work with our valued carrier and retail partners to provide wide-reaching national retail availability." Representatives from many Canadian and U.S. carriers declined to comment.

Samsung is no stranger to unit shortages at its product launches

Samsung is no stranger to unit shortages at its product launches: it misjudged the popularity of the curved Galaxy S6 edge when it debuted in early 2015, and there were supply issues with some colors of the Galaxy S7 edge when it arrived earlier this year. Manufacturing issues with the curved glass screens were the cause of delay for those units, but it appears that Samsung merely didn't account for the overwhelming number of pre-orders of then Note 7.

More: Which Galaxy Note 7 color should I buy?

We'll update you when we know more, but if you've pre-ordered a Galaxy Note 7 and received word of a delay, let us know in the comments!

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Beginner's guide: How to play Deus Ex GO

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 How to play Deus Ex GO

How do you play Deus Ex GO? Here's our beginner's guide!

Montreal-based developers Square Enix are back with their latest in the mobile GO franchise — Deus Ex GO. Based on the Deus Ex universe, you play as agent Adam Jensen on a stealth mission to uncover a secret terrorist plot. You don't have to know anything about Deus Ex to enjoy Deus Ex GO. Though the characters and dystopian cyberpunk atmosphere will be familiar to fans of the franchise, the gameplay is completely different than previous titles.

Deus Ex GO is a turn-based puzzle game wherein you must solve grid-based puzzles and avoid getting caught by enemies as you work your way through each level. There are plenty of obstacles to get in the way, including motion-detecting turrets and hacking stations that let you control the space around you.

If you're new to Deus Ex Go, or perhaps new to Square Enix's entire GO franchise, we've got all the information you need to get to the bottom of the terrorist conspiracy.

How Deus Ex GO game mechanics work

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Playing as agent Adam Jensen, you've been tasked to infiltrate a compound to find and protect a person-of-interest named Novak, while also looking for information that will help you uncover who is behind the terrorist plot. You do so by sneaking around different rooms, trying to avoid getting caught by guards, turrets, robots, and other traps. To do so, you must be very precise and strategic with your every move.

The game is turn-based, in that every time you make a move the bad guys also move. This mechanic is something you must keep front of mind throughout the game.

Your movement is restricted to specific pathways, marked in white with nodes indicating a spot that Jensen can stop at. How you navigate the pathways are the key to getting out alive.

To move, tap the nearby node you want to move to. Each move you take counts as one turn, and immediately following your move, any baddies with preset or active move patterns will take their turn. Hacking computers and activating your augmentation counts as a turn for the player, but does not cause the enemies to move.

To earn the Mastermind achievement on each mission, you must complete each level perfectly with the minimum number of moves required to pass the level. If you complete all Mastermind achievements, you earn special rewards to be used in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Getting killed or deciding to restart a level does not count against you. Rather, Deus Ex GO is a game that rewards trial-and-error as you work out how to take out — or sneak past — the enemy.

How to avoid enemies

As you play through Deus Ex GO, you immediately understand the importance of stealth. Often times enemies are only activated when you walk into their line of sight. Sometimes you are required to get their attention to progress through a level but unless you know you'll be able to get a jump on them or lead them into a trap, it's best to try and be as stealthy as possible.

Guards

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Guards are humans with superhuman augmentation armor called "Titan Shields." When a guard sees you, he activates his shield and runs at you. You'll know when a guard has activated his Titan shield because he immediately turns glowing red, along with the path ahead of him. You can't kill a guard when his shield is activated, so don't bother trying.

As soon as you cross a pathway that a guard is facing, he sees you and starts running. If his next move lands in the space you are occupying, you're toast.

Because the game is turn-based, you can get out of his pathway before he reaches you. Once out of his sight, he'll just turn around and go back the way he came. When he gets back to his guard post, he will deactivate his Titan shield, making him vulnerable to attack. Guards also have the ability to disconnect hacked lines, so if your pathway from the computer to a hackable platform is in the path of a moving guard, he may disconnect the connection before you're able to cross over.

You may not be able to defeat a guard head-on, but you can sneak up on one to take him out. As long as you are on a pathway that he is not facing, you can sneak-attack him. That includes walking up right next to him on a sideways path.

You can also hack the computer systems on many levels to get turrets to do your bidding. When an unsuspecting guard ends up in the connected path of a hacked turret, he'll go down instead of you.

Later on in the game you will run into guards that will cover multiple paths at one time. Each turn will cause them to switch their focus from one path to the next. At certain points, a single wrong move will determine whether you succeed or fail.

Bots

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There are several different types of different forms.The first form you run into are stationary and face one direction. You can cross their path, but if you get within one space of them they will take you out. Later in the game, you will run into walking bots that patrol a stretch of pathway. Much like guards, you are unable to take out the walking bots head-on and must resort to using turrets or otherwise trapping them to disable them.

You can also destroy bots by sneaking up on them. Similar to guards, if they are not looking down the pathway you are on, you can smash them to bits from behind or sideways.

Turrets

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Turrets will mow you down as soon as you move into a path they are facing. They don't move, but they don't need to. You can't destroy turrets, but you can take over control of them by hacking a computer system. When you do, you can make them friendly to your cause. This can be very useful for picking off unsuspecting guards that happen to be in the way. Remember, when a guard's Titan shield is active, he is invincible, even to turrets.

You can also use Turrets to your advantage without needing to control them. If you move down a pathway that is parallel to a guard and perpendicular to a turret, you can time your movement so that a guard blocks the bullets fired as you cross its pathway.

Later in the game, you will come across mortar turrets, which launch three lobbed bombs at the node in which they first make sight of you. You are able to hack these mortar turrets and change the direction that they face, but they will only fire at the player. However, if you time things right...

How to use augmentation

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As you make your way through the game, sometimes your cunning and strategic moves simply aren't enough to get past the enemy — fortunately, Jensen is a super-powered human with the power of augmentation.

The augmentation powerup looks like a blue pyramid, and are strategically placed throughout levels when required. Simply move to the node where the powerup is located to collect it. Augmentation won't trigger automatically, so you're typically wise to save it until the time seems right. It will appear in the upper right corner of the screen, simply tap the icon when you are ready to use it.

Early on, the main use for augmentation is invisibility. When you tap the augmentation icon, a blue hexagon will appear under your character's feet. Tap your character to trigger the effect.

You can then move freely into a new node while remaining invisible to any nearby enemies. You will stay that way until you move again. On your second move after initiating the invisibility augmentation, the effect goes away and you are visible again. If you are within any bad guy's line of site, you may be in for a beating. By the same logic, if you bump into an enemy while invisible, the jig is up and you will be attacked.

Later on, augmentation powers can be used to remotely hack into the computer system and even take out enemies at a distance.

How to hack the computer systems

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After you've completed a few early levels, you'll occasionally see computers available for hacking, which are marked on the level in yellow. They can be used to take control of turrets, activate or deactivate special tiles on the floor, and change the firing direction of mortar bots. Strategic use of a computer may be crucial to making it through a level, or defeating an enemy blocking your path.

To activate a computer, walk into the node that it occupies (marked in yellow) and tap your character. You will enter hacker mode, which shows you your available options for controlling objects in the room.

To take control of an object, drag your finger from the computer to the object. In the later stages of the game, you will need to take care with how you draw your connections.

You can take control of a turret, which will make it friendly to you and instead shoot at guards. It won't shoot at you if you cross a hacked turret's pathway.

You can take control of special tiles on the floor which allow you to progress to the finish. These are major puzzle mechanics and it is important to understand when to hack a tile and when not to.

If you hack a tile at just the right moment, you can cause a guard to be stuck behind it, allowing you a clear path to the exit. If a guard is standing on a tile when it disappears, he will be frozen on that node until you make the floor tile reappear.

Rotating tiles will cause bots to move down an alternate pathway. They will also open up new pathways to help you get to an exit.

Guards can reverse your hack job on an object, so watch out. If you are standing on a disappearing tile when a guard disables your hack, you die.

This is where timing is key. If you plan your moves properly, you can get past a tile before the guard gets to it.

How to play weekly puzzle events

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In addition to Story mode, players can take place in weekly puzzle events. These are special missions that only last one week. If you complete all levels in the mission within the specified amount of time, you might earn a special reward that can be used in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

These weekly puzzle events are significantly more difficult than the puzzles in Story mode. It is a great opportunity for players that have completed the story to continue playing the game.

How to earn achievements for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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In a smart move to get fans of Deus Ex excited about the mobile game, Square Enix has included a reward system that will let players earn skill points, called Praxis Kits, in Deus Ex GO.

When you connect your Square Enix account to Deus Ex GO, you can send your Praxis Kits over to the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided game, where they can be assigned to your augmentation tree.

There are currently five Praxis Kits available to earn in Deus Ex GO. You can get two for completing Story mode, one for clearing every level with the Mastermind achievement, one for completing the first puzzle week event, and one for completing the second puzzle week event.

It is possible that Square Enix will add more Praxis Kit rewards as time goes by, especially as a reward for completing weekly puzzle events.

How to use the Puzzle Maker

Square Enix has confirmed that a Puzzle Maker feature will be added to the game a few months after the initial release. Once the new feature goes live, we'll make sure to update this guide with the rundown of how to make your own epic Deus Ex GO puzzles.

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6 days ago

Getting 'GPS signal not found' error in Pokémon Go? Here's how to fix it!

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Don't let GPS errors stop you from playing Pokémon Go!

Pokémon Go is everywhere, and that's great for Android gamers around the world (or at least in the countries the game has launched. But if you're getting a "GPS signal not found" error when you launch the game, here's how to fix it!

GPS errors? First, make sure GPS is enabled!

Many Android phones come with their GPS radios turned off by default in order to save battery life, since the technology is very battery-intensive. Here's how to turn it on.

Note: This example was done on a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, but these steps should apply to most Android devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher.

  1. Tap on your phone's Settings icon or access Settings through Quick Settings.
  2. Scroll down to Privacy and safety. Tap on it.
  3. Tap on Location.

  4. Make sure Location toggle is in the on position.
  5. Tap on Locating method. This may also be called Location mode.
  6. Tap GPS, Wi-Fi, and mobile networks. This may also be called High accuracy.
  7. Ensure that Wi-Fi is also turned on throughout the game, even if your phone is not connected to a network.

Pokémon Go uses both local Wi-Fi (also known as Assistive GPS), your closest mobile network tower, and GPS satellites to accurately place you in the game world. Turning on just Wi-Fi and mobile network-based location tracking will make your character jump around and less likely to be placed close to Pokémon.

Still getting an error even with GPS enabled?

GPS satellites are finicky things. While the radios inside Android phones have improved significantly over the last few years, they're still not perfect, and may sometimes have trouble locating you, especially indoors.

If you're still getting GPS errors even after turning everything on, take a step outside and hold your phone steady for around 30 seconds. That should allow the GPS satellites to lock onto your phone and get things back to normal.

MORE: Common Pokémon Go problems and how to fix them!

Can you still play the game without GPS?

Yes! If you don't have a phone with GPS, or are using a Wi-Fi tablet that doesn't have a GPS radio, it's still possible to play Pokémon Go. Unfortunately, the experience won't be as good, since you'll need to be in areas that have strong Wi-Fi signals, such as restaurants, bars, coffee shops, or other businesses, that you can connect to. Since Pokémon Go relies on having an internet connection, it will be able to locate you with just a Wi-Fi signal — just don't expect to compete on the same level as your Android phone-wielding friends.

Getting a driving warning when you're not actually driving?

That's a GPS problem! It's called GPS drift and it is usually caused when your phone can't latch onto a strong GPS signal while indoors. The quick fix is to turn on Wi-Fi, or to get close to a window, which will make it easier for a satellite to lock onto your GPS location.

MORE: How to avoid a driving warning in Pokémon Go

Update to the latest version

Are you getting a lot of GPS errors even after following all the steps above? Update to the latest version from the Play Store!

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