The Free Windows 10 Upgrade Offer Expires In 15 Days

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Windows 10 was offered to both Windows 7 and Windows 8 users as a free upgrade but the upgrade had an expiration date and that date is now only two weeks away. The free upgrade expires on July 29, 2016, a good three days before the Anniversary Update is set to be rolled out. If you were holding out for the Anniversary Update before you decided to upgrade, that is not an option. The Anniversary Update is going to resolve a lot of bugs and introduce several new features including Windows Ink but with this update there is no try before you buy option. If you're curious about the feature(s), try running a preview build. If you're concerned about system stability, there isn't much you can do except upgrade to Windows 10 now and downgrade it later if the OS isn't running smoothly. Read More

How To Hide Widgets From The Lock Screen In iOS 10

Widgets no longer appear in the Notification Center in iOS 10. They've moved to a page of their very own. They now appear under Spotlight search when your iPhone is unlocked. When the phone is locked though, widgets appear on a dedicated screen when you swipe right. In iOS 10, the lock screen spans three screens; one for the widgets, one as the default screen that will feature the time, date, and any timer that's running etc, and the third will open the camera (you no longer swipe up to open it). There is no way to customize this and it means your widgets are going to be accessible from the lock screen. Some might consider this a security risk. A widget can reveal an upcoming event that you plan on attending or how long it takes you to get home from work. If you're concerned about widgets on the lock screen compromising security but want to continue using them, you can hide them from the lock screen but still keep using them on an unlocked device and with Touch ID on the lock screen. Here's how. Read More

How To Use Incense To Catch Nearby Pokemon In Pokemon Go

When you start playing Pokemon your in-game starter kit includes Poke balls and incense. The Poke Balls you already know what to do with but the incense is also incredibly useful. The incense attracts Pokemon to wherever you drop it. It can cause Pokemon to spawn where the incense has been dropped and it can also attract Pokemon that are nearby to the location. You can't target what type of Pokemon is attracted to the incense because they do still spawn according to habitat. If you're in range of a few Pokemon and unable to physically go and find them, a little incense can do wonders. Here's how to use it. Read More

How To Block All Mention Of Pokemon Go From The Internet

Pokemon Go has turned into one of those things that everyone is talking about. There are few corners of the internet left where the game isn't being discussed and like anything that takes the internet by storm, there are people who are sick and tired of hearing about the game. It was the same with Donald Trump, Kim Kardashian, Brexit, Batman V Superman, the new Ghostbusters movie, and of course anything related to Game of Thrones. Developers come to the rescue and figure out a way to block all mention of a particular annoying topic and PokeGone is the Pokemon Go blocker that does that for every mention of the game. It's a Chrome extension that will block any and all mention of the game from any website you visit. Read More

How To Check If Pokemon Go Servers Are Up Without Logging Into The Game

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Pokemon Go servers were down again these past few hours, and by few we mean something around 5-6 hours in some places. The outage was intermittent meaning players were able to log on to the game briefly, hunt down a rare Pokemon only to have the game die on them before they could catch it. This is the second widespread outage the game suffered with the first coming right around the time the game was released. The game quickly buckled under the strain from so many users but had been stable since. When the servers go down, the game asks you to sign in again via your Google account. Only after you've signed in does the game tell you that servers are still down. You have to sign in again even if the servers went down and came back up in the time you weren't using the app. If you're tired of signing in repeatedly only to learn that the servers are down, Pokemon Go Server Status and Is Pokemon Go rip? let you know which regional servers are up and which are down. At present, all servers are up but you might want to bookmark these web apps for future outages. Read More

Get Notified When Pokemon Go Is Released In Your Country

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Pokemon Go has only released in a select few countries. The game is already struggling to keep up with the load on its servers from the players from these countries alone. Users outside the countries the game has officially been released to have still been able to play it simply by side loading the app on Android and/or downloading it from the US App Store on iOS. That basically means more load on the game's servers but if you're sitting the game out until it's official release in your country, you can sign up and get alerts for just that with Is Pokemon Go Available Yet. Read More

How To Remove The ‘Sent From Mail For Windows 10’ Line

Windows 10 marked a shift in how Microsoft promotes its products. It's gotten quite aggressive with it going so far as to install an app called 'Get Office' on Windows 10. The app periodically reminds you to try Office 365. Windows 10 employs other, more subtle, ways to push its products on to users one of which comes in the form of the default signature in the Mail app. The Mail app is awesome in itself but if you never bother to edit the default signature and used it out of the box, you have been sending everyone you emailed a link to the Mail and Calendar Windows Store page. Here's how you can remove it. Read More

How To Look Up Where You Caught A Pokemon In Pokemon Go

The Pokemon in Pokemon Go spawn according to habitat. They are classified into different types such as bug, grass, water, etc. They spawn at certain locations e.g. a water type Pokemon will spawn near a lake or a stream, or even a pond in a park. It's rumored that water Pokemon might even spawn if it's raining. If you've caught a particularly rare or special Pokemon, your friends might want to try their luck at catching it too. Knowing where said Pokemon spawned, can help other players catch it. At the very least, it gives players a place to keep an eye on but how likely are you to remember where you found a certain Pokemon? Fortunately, the game has you covered since it does rely on location so much. Each time you catch a Pokemon, the location where you caught it is also recorded. Here's how you can retrieve it. Read More

How To Reduce Battery And Data Consumption By Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go is an awesome game that makes excellent use of augmented reality and gets people to go outside. The only downside is that it's impossible to play this game without turning on your cellular data which is something that can cost an arm and a leg in terms of price, and reduce your device's battery significantly. Just walking around with cellular data turned On is a huge battery drain but to run an app that relies heavily on it means more power consumption. The thing with Pokemon Go is that it's significant data usage as well as the added drain to the battery can be attributed to one thing; maps. The app relies on your current location to help you find Pokemon and as you walk around, it constantly updates the in-game map which consume battery and data. To minimize this drain, simply download a map of your city and the app will consume less battery and data. Here's how. Read More

How To Find Nearby Pokèmon Using Paw Prints As A Guide

Update 1: As of a recent update to the Pokèmon Go app made on July 31, 2015, the nearby paw prints feature has been removed. This guide is no longer useful. We will update this post if Niantic adds the option back. Update 2: An update to Pokèmon Go made on August 9, 2016 has made the refresh rate of the nearby bar. It can be used to track Pokèmon nearby. You can check out the method here. Pokemon Go has been an instant hit and people are enthusiastically trying to catch them all. The game revolves around finding and catching Pokemon. It requires walking around the city and always being alert when a Pokemon is nearby. The game tells you when one or several Pokemon are nearby and it even provides you helpful little hints to whether or not you're getting closer or walking further away from a Pokemon. These little hints come in the form of paw prints that appear under a Pokemon that is nearby, or next to one you've selected. Here's how you can use them to find the Pokemon you want to catch. Read More

How To Walk In Pokémon Go And Find Pokéstops

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Pokemon Go has arrived and it's already interfering with productivity. The game is possibly the best AR game out there today and there are none like it which makes the game play slightly confusing. Mobile games are supposed to be simple and we can normally play them without having to do much other than tilt our screens or tap them. With Pokemon Go, things are quite different and many users are having trouble just learning to get around and finding Poke Stops. Here's how to do both. Read More

Get Your Alarm To Go Off Sooner If The Weather Or Traffic Is Bad [iOS]

A good morning routine has a little cushion time to compensate for unexpected delays such as a longer than usual line at the coffee shop, or the train being slightly late. Where a small cushion time of fifteen minutes can save you from being late to class or work, it  can't save you from traffic jams or bad weather. You will wake up when your alarm goes Off and only then will you know if there is going to be an unusually long commute to work. Snorelax is a $1.99 app for iOS available in the App Store that will wake you up earlier if there is a traffic jam or bad weather so you can get to work or class on time. The app has you program your destination, enter how long it take for you to get ready, and what time you need to arrive at your destination and takes care of the rest. Read More

How To Get iOS 10 Emoji Prediction Feature On iOS 8 And Above

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iOS 10 has a new emoji prediction feature that can detect which words in typed text can be replaced with an emoji. If this catches on, people will need to learn to read and speak emoji. The demo that Apple gave at WWDC 2016 didn't show if there was a translate feature for translating text from emoji to your default language. If the feature excites you and you can't wait to get your hands on it, give Emojifi Keyboard a shot. It's a third-party keyboard that can predict an emoji to insert in text in place of a word you've typed. It's free but has a premium feature that lets you copy and paste text and individually choose emoji's to replace in the text. Read More

How To Create New Files From The macOS Right-Click Context Menu

Apps in Windows can add an option to the right-click context menu that lets you create a new file. You can create a new text file, a new MS Word file, or a new Photoshop file on the fly. The same option doesn't exist in macOS but if you're looking for a way to add it, New File Menu is an app you should check out. It's a macOS app that costs $1.99 in the Mac App Store and it perfectly mimics the new file from context menu feature in Windows on macOS. The app works as a Finder extension and lets you choose which apps should appear in the right-click context menu. Read More

How To Import Notes From Evernote To The Notes App In macOS

Evernote has made changes to it free, plus, and premium plans. The price of the paid plans has gone up and the features offered on the free plan have been cut back so that you can only have two devices connected to your account. Needless to say that the price hike is likely going to send people looking for an alternative and they will be spoiled for choice. There are a lot of note taking apps available and macOS comes with its own default note taking app as well which, given recent updates, is fairly good. If you're looking to ditch Evernote in favor of the Notes app in macOS, you will want to take your notes with you. Here's how you can move your notes from Evernote to the Notes app in macOS. Read More

How To Create Rollover Images For Emails And Product Pages

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Images that change to show a different one when your cursor is positioned over it are called Rollover Images. They are an awesome way to showcase products or make content more interactive for visitors. These images are widely used in marketing emails as well where perhaps they are less welcome. The images are created with CSS and HTML but if you're looking for a simple UI based method to create them, FreshInbox's Rollover tool is what you need. Read More

How To Get iOS 10 Developer Builds Before The Public Beta Release

At WWDC 2016, Apple announced iOS 10 and made the beta available to developers the very same day. Apple's public beta program is still around and users who want to test drive the new version of iOS will have to wait until mid July for iOS 10's beta to be made available to the public. If you're not a developer and itching to try the new iOS version out then there is still a way to get it. Granted, the mid of July isn't too far away but the date is tentative at present. Here's how you can get iOS 10 Beta on your iPhone now. Update: iOS 10 Public Beta is now available. Read More

How To Capture A Short Clip From A Live Twitch Stream

Twitch is the go to place if you like watching people play games. YouTube is definitely trying to get in on live game streaming but Twitch is the preferred place by most game broadcasters. The thing about Twitch is that it isn't a video hosting site that's trying to fit into a different niche by adapting itself slightly. It's dedicated to gamers and it has features that make it more fun to watch or relive an awesome moment in a stream. A while back, Twitch introduced a new feature that lets users clip a section of a stream when it's live and share it. The feature is embedded inside the player itself and it captures the last 30 seconds of the stream from the exact moment when you click the button. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Create And Share Memes From Inside Facebook Messenger

Memes, GIFs, and emoticons are widely used in chat conversations. Where most chat apps have emoticons and GIFs covered, memes are a different story. Facebook Messenger lets you search for GIFs and has an entire library of stickers for your conversation. If you're looking for a way to quickly create a meme inside Facebook Messenger, MemeGenerator Bot is Facebook Messenger Bot that will do just that. The bot not only finds the meme you need but also lets you add custom text to it. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Get Chrome Mobile Bookmarks To Appear On Chrome Desktop

Chrome is available for both desktop and mobile platforms. On Android, it's usually the default browser and on iOS, you can download the browser from the App Store. Chrome is likewise available for Windows and macOS. One of the browser's pioneering features is the ability to sync user data including history, auto-fill information, bookmarks, and apps and extensions across Chrome installations on different platforms. The same feature is available on Chrome for iOS and Android and if enabled you can sync your Chrome mobile bookmarks to your desktop Chrome installations. Here's how. Read More