How To Cast Your Android Screen To Windows 10 PC

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The Chromecast has made Android phones exceptionally more powerful. If your Android device has built in support for casting its screen then a Chromecast will work wonders with it. The Chromecast is great if you want to project your phone's screen to a monitor or TV but if you're looking to project it to the desktop, you have very clunky options available in most cases. There is of course a much easier way to do it and it's built into all Android devices with the Cast option. All you need is Windows 10 with the anniversary update or a preview build of the update. The anniversary update includes a new app called Connect which will let you cast your Android, and Windows Phone screen to your desktop. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Customize Your Trainer Avatar In Pokèmon Go

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When Pokèmon Go was released, it had limited features. The app was built well enough so you could play the game easily but there were quite a few other things left wanting. The trainer avatar, for example, couldn't be customized once you created it at the very start of the game. You had to either pay attention to how your avatar looked the first time around, or just resign yourself to however it turned out because you couldn't be bothered investing the time to make it. As of a recent update to the Pokèmon Go app, version 1.1.0 for iOS and version 0.31 for Android, you can now customize your trainer avatar any time you want. Here's how. Read More

How To Scan Your WiFi Network For All Connected Devices From Your Phone

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Your router's administrative panel will show you lots of information about your WiFi network. It's where you can change the password, block access to a domain of your choice, change which channel you connect to, and more. It's also where you can see a list of all devices that are currently connected to the network. To access this information though, you often need to access the administrative panel from your desktop. If you only need to access the panel for something specific i.e., how many devices are currently connected to the network, you might want a quicker way to do it. Home Wifi Alert-Wifi Analyzer is a free app for iOS and Android than can scan your WiFI network and list all devices currently connected to it. You can ping a device and name it if it is one you recognize. Read More

How To Hatch An Egg In Pokèmon Go

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Hunting Pokèmon in the wild isn't the only way to catch them all. You can actually hatch your very own Pokèmon from an egg. Of course rearing Pokèmon isn't something you're taught in school so you probably have questions as to how to get an egg, how to care for it, and how to actually get it to hatch. The process is simple but it is time consuming. As with most things in the game, you need to walk in order to hatch an egg but you also need an incubator as well as an egg. We've detailed below how to get an egg and hatch it. We should point out that this post contains no cheats or shortcuts to hatching the egg. We're detailing the plain, simple, and legit method for hatching eggs in Pokèmon Go. Read More

How To Screenshot Individual UI Elements [Windows]

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Taking screenshots is such a basic need that operating systems include a basic tool for it by default. On top of that, for anyone that needs a screenshot tool to do more than just capture what's on the screen, there are lots of free screenshot apps to choose from. The screenshot niche is cluttered and you'd think there isn't any feature to add to a screenshot tool that hasn't been added yet. Meet Snipaste, a free Windows app that can screenshot individual UI elements. Much like screenshot tools can detect the current active window, this app can detect and expertly screenshot UI elements like the taskbar or the individual icons in the taskbar or system tray. Read More

How To Join A Gym In Pokèmon Go

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Once you catch your first few Pokèmon, you feel compelled to explore other aspects of the game. It isn't all about catching Pokèmon; players can also join teams and gyms, level their Pokèmon up, and of course, do battle with other trainers. Joining a team doesn't have much of a benefit unless you eventually join a gym. You can join a team without joining a gym if you want to do it for the sake of it but the real benefit comes into play only if you join a gym. If you're looking to join a gym, here's how to do just that. Read More

How To Create Your Own Daily Prophet News Clippings [iOS]

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The Daily Prophet is the leading newspaper in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. While the newspaper is biased and its information often influenced and dictated by the Ministry of Magic, it still has a pretty big reader base. All that said, the moving pictures sure look good. If you're a Harry Potter fan then you probably love the moving pictures featured throughout the world. Potterize is a free iOS app that lets you create stylized images that look like they were cut from an issue of the Daily Prophet. You can enter you very own headline and record a three second video from within the app to act as the moving image i.e. GIFs for muggles. Read More

How To Export Google Sheets Data To JSON And XML

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Technology has made it incredibly easy to process large amounts of data. Sophisticated data processing apps make it possible for just about anyone to analyze and manipulate it. These apps are ever increasingly popular but every app has its limits and when a particular app is no longer able to do what you need it to, you look for something else. The only problem you might experience is when you have to move data manipulated in one app to a different app. Data is exported in a particular format chosen by apps and likewise, apps dictate which formats they can import data from. Google Sheets is a fairly powerful spreadsheet app that you can use in your browser but it has its limits after which you will search for something more powerful. The only problem is that it doesn't support exporting data. Export Sheet Data is a Google Sheets add-on that fills this gap. It can export data to JSON and XML formats in just a few clicks. Read More

How To Create Your Very Own Real Time Pokémon Tracking Map

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Update: The developers have discontinued this app in response to a cease and desist from Niantic. Check out the nearby bar tracking technique instead. Pokémon Go is spawning more than just Pokémon around you, It's resulted in a multitude of different apps, tools, and products being developed to cater to players needs both technical and nostalgic. With regards to the tools and apps that are being developed to support Pokémon Go players, the most popular ones are maps that let you locate where Pokémon are spawning nearby in real time. These maps are great but very unstable for a multitude of reasons. Often, players simply can't use them because they are crippled by the load they face on a daily basis. The only way around this is to create your very own map that shows nearby Pokémon as they spawn. Here's how. Read More

How To Enable Screen Filters To Compensate For Color Blindness In iOS 10

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Smartphones have played an incredible, possibly even unpredictable role in helping people with disabilities live a more normal life. Technology on a whole has played a key role in this regard but personal devices like smartphones and smartwatches provide incredible support where compensating options simply aren't available. Smartphones, either through apps or through built-in features of the OS they run, are one of the key tools that help people with disabilities. Apple is no stranger to this concept and it actively works to make its devices easier to use for everyone. With iOS 10, a new screen filter feature has been added to compensate for color blindness. The feature tints the screen according to the type of color blindness the user has and makes it much easier to interact with the device. Here's how to enable it. Read More

How To Cast A Chrome App To Chromecast

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Chrome lets you save websites as apps. The Chrome Web Store also features an entire Apps category. These apps run as stand alone Chrome windows. You can pin them to the Taskbar and the Start Menu in Windows for faster access but they come with some restrictions. A Chrome web app that runs in its own dedicated window doesn't support the Chrome toolbar. You can't use any of your installed extensions inside the app unless the extension can be used from the right-click context menu. The only other alternative is to run the app as a tab in Chrome but that more or less defeats the purpose of the app. With these restrictions, you can't cast a Chrome app to the Chromecast using the official extension. The extension that resides in the toolbar can't be accessed from the stand alone window interface. The good news is that as of Chrome version 51, native support for the Chromecast has been added making it possible for you to cast a Chrome app to your Chromecast. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Calculate What The CP Of A Pokémon Will Be After Evolution

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Pokémon Go isn't just about catching Pokémon. The game goes well beyond that simple concept and also has players enter battles with other trainers, fight for control of gyms, and even hatch eggs. When it comes to battles in Pokémon Go, the outcome will depend on how strong a Pokémon is. The strength of a Pokémon is determined by its CP i.e., Combat Power. When you first start catching Pokémon, you will encounter ones with very low CP but as your level increases, you will start to see stronger Pokémon evolve around you. You will naturally be very excited when a high CP Pokémon appears but it will be harder to catch. If you can't find a high CP Pokémon, you can evolve your current ones. Evolving a Pokémon not only gives you a lot of XP, but it also increases the Pokémon's CP. The only problem is that evolution demands high resources i.e. lots and lots of candy that is Pokémon specific and the evolution might only result in a very minor increase in the CP. To prevent using resources on Pokémon that aren't going to be worth it in the long run, use Pokémon Evolution Calculator to check how high a Pokémon's CP will go if you evolve it. Read More

How To Block A Number From Messaging You In iOS 10

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iOS lets you block people from messaging and calling you. Up until iOS 9, the feature was pretty easy to use. Anytime you received a call from someone you didn't want to talk to, or received an iMessage or text message, you could go to the details screen for the message or call and find a 'Block' option on there. With iOS 10, blocking a number that keeps calling you works pretty much the same way but the process for Messages has changed. To block a number from messaging you, you have to first add it to your contacts and then block it from the Settings app. Here's how. Read More

How To Enable The Properties Bar In File Explorer In Windows 10

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The File Explorer in Windows 10 is more or less the same as it was in Windows 8/8.1. The same can't be said if you were to compare it to Windows Explorer in Windows 7. The interface has changed quite a bit if you compare the two and the changes are mostly for the better. Overall, it's an improvement making several things, such as showing/hiding hidden files much easier. One change that you might not feel so great about though is the properties ribbon that is now gone. The properties bar appears at the bottom of Windows Explorer in Windows 7 and it gives you quick information about a selected file. You now only have the preview pane which doesn't fill the gap. The good news is restoring the Properties bar is very simple. All you need is a free app called OldNewExplorer. Read More

How To Find Your Nearest Pokéstop Without Taking A Step

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Pokémon Go requires you  visit Pokéstops regularly to restock essential resources needed to play the game. You can buy these resources but they cost quite a bit. If you live in a large city finding a nearby Pokéstop shouldn't be much of problem but if you live in the suburbs, suddenly find yourself some place new and unfamiliar, or you've just started playing the game and can't find a Pokéstop, there's a simple way to find it without having to take a single exploratory step. It requires installing Ingress, a game by the same developers who made Pokémon Go. The game is exceptionally similar to Pokémon Go and features 'Portals' which translate to Pokéstop in the Pokémon Go world. Read More

How To Markup Images In The Messages App In iOS 10

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Annotating documents and photos is one of the easiest ways to provide feedback. If you're on your phone or a tablet, it's all the easier if you can just write and/or draw directly on the photo or document without needing a special app to do it. In iOS 9, Apple saw how important image annotation was as a productivity tool and included some powerful image annotation features in the Mail app. With iOS 10, Apple has brought those same features to the Messages app. Any image that you want to share via iMessages or SMS/MMS, you can now annotate without leaving the app. Here's how. Read More

Add Medium-Style Highlights From An Article When You Share It

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Medium has a really nice little feature for sharing posts; you can highlight a snippet of the post and share it along with the link. It's genius because it gives the perspective reader an idea of what a post is about. A link shared like this is also likely to attract more readers and get more people to read a post. The trouble is that not everything we read is on Medium. We read content that comes from a lots of different websites and the apps we read in don't have anything like Medium's snippet sharing feature. Meet Highly, an iOS app, and a Chrome and Safari extension that gives you the exact functionality on your iOS device and your browser. Read More

How To See Where Pokémon Are Spawning Near You In Real Time

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The Pokémon Go mania isn't dying out as some people predicted/hoped it would. Instead, people are developing tools to help educate players on how to maximize experience gained when evolving a Pokemon, tag locations where they found a particular Pokemon, chat with fellow players, and more. The game continues to expand to other countries, experience server issues, and encourage people to go outside. If you're on the search for a rare Pokemon, it might help to know where other players caught it in your vicinity. Poké Radar does just. If instead of historic data though, you're more interested in real-time data, then Poké Huntr and GeoPoke are apps you need to check out. They let you see all the Pokémon spawning around you without you having to leave your house or access the game. At present, the apps are under a significant amount of stress from so many people accessing them. If you find you're unable to use Pokè Huntr, check their Facebook page for an update. Read More

How To Add Names To The Faces Identified By The Photos App In iOS 10

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The Photos app in iOS 10 has slowly been getting smarter over the years. New features have been added to it with each successive iteration of iOS so that it can function with the ever increasing number of photos iPhone owners take and also work well with the added functionality of the Camera app. iOS 9 came with several new automatic albums that sorted selfies, and screenshots into their own albums. With iOS 10 the Photos app has borrowed a feature from Facebook; it can now identify people in photos. This makes it easier for you to create memories with the same people and as you identify people, iOS gets better at recognizing their face. Since the feature doesn't have the data that Facebook has, it can only identify faces in photos but cannot name them. Not even the photo set for a contact helps. You have to manually identify who someone is once their face has been detected. Here's how. Read More

How To Manually Add Data In The Health App In iOS

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The Health app in iOS signaled just how important fitness tracking was. The app allowed users to use any fitness tracker of their choice and see their activity as well as vital health information all in one place. It app started out impressive and filled in some missing features later in iOS 9 such as the ability sync menstruation data to the app. What it lacked was the ability to manually enter data in the app. The Health app, up until iOS 9 has always synced data from other apps. The activity is automatically added when your phone detects your activity via the built-in meters but you couldn't manually enter anything. With iOS 10, the Health app finally has the ability to manually enter health and activity data. This is exceptionally useful for entering your blood pressure and sugar levels which you might measure using dedicated meters that don't have apps. You can also manually enter activity i.e. exercise and the calories burned through it. Here's how. Read More