Find What Pokèmon Type Is Best For A Gym Battle In Pokèmon Go

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We wrote a brief guide on fighting Pokèmon battles in Pokèmon Go. One of the essential requirements to win a battle is knowing which Pokèmon to pit against your opponent. If you're just getting into Pokèmon and aren't familiar with the different types, their battle stats, or their special moves the learning curve for you is going to be rather flat. There are quite a few tools available to help new players learn the ropes and help them find shortcuts. Battle Helper for Pokemon Go is an iOS app that will help you will find the right Pokèmon to pit against an opponent. It offers a simple UI that lets you select which Pokèmon you're competing against and then find which one to pit against it. Read More

How To Exclude Files & Folders From Cortana Search On Windows 10

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Cortana can search for files in Windows 10. It is more or less the same Windows Search feature that you've used in older versions of the operating system but with some improvements and a few UI based filter options. Cortana gives you a little more to work with than Windows search did. For example, if you're searching for an image, it will show you a nice thumbnail preview of all matches so that it's easier for you to pick out what you need. At present, Cortana's search isn't the greatest. We say it's like Windows search but the experience is certainly diminished often giving poor and irrelevant results when you search for files. If you find Cortana is repeatedly listing files that you would prefer never show up in search you can disable it from Windows file and folder indexing and hide it from Cortana. Here's how. Read More

What Happens To The Pokèmon In A Gym When It Is Taken Over

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When you join a gym, you have to pledge one of your own Pokèmon to help defend it. It's a good idea to give up a stronger one so that anyone looking to take over or challenge your gym has tougher opponents to defeat. That doesn't mean someone can't ever take over your gym. Regardless if you've joined a gym or you're the leader of one, someone will eventually come alone and try and take it from you. In the event that they're successful you're probably wondering what happens to the Pokèmon pledged to it. The answer is; nothing. Your Pokèmon cannot be taken from you regardless if you lose a battle or an entire gym. If you want more details, read ahead. Read More

How To Send A Location Update To A Skype Group Conversation

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IFTTT is a web service that lets you connect different services together to create a trigger based action. The service has been around for quite some time and is still one of the most unique services on the web today. It works with apps, services, and even devices that have open APIs. A simple text from your device can set your smart thermostat On or Off. Skype has just joined the IFTTT foray and if you have the IFTTT app installed on your iOS or Android device, you can create a recipe that will send a message to a Skype group conversation when you enter a particular location. Read More

Remove Angles From A Selfie Pose To Get A Normal Looking Photo

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We all take selfies and some people are better at taking them than others. Sure, it takes a hundred shots to get the perfect shot but once you get the hang of it, once you figure out what angles are best for you and how the light should hit your face, it gets easier. You can then move on to bigger things like taking the perfect group selfie. The thing about any selfie is that people in it look good because of the angle they've been taken from. It's hard to tell what a person actually looks like but researchers at Princeton have developed a tool that fixes a 'selfie pose' and turns it into a normal one. The app, called RePose, basically fixes the angle and perspective of an image and gives you a more real looking face. Read More

Do Simple Maths, Unit & Currency Conversion, And Tip Calculations In Facebook Messenger

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The hype around Facebook Messenger bots has settled down somewhat. There was a point when you could find a bot to do the most useless of things. Very few bots did anything that was actually productive. Jarvis is an example of some of the more useful bots that were developed for the platform but things have been bleak for the most part. The idea behind these bots was to let people do common tasks without leaving the Messenger app and few come close to doing that. Calcbot is a Facebook Messenger bot that does the concept justice. It's a little calculator bot that will let you perform common mathematical calculations, unit and currency conversions, and calculate and split tips without needing to leave the Messenger app. Read More

Control Video Playback On Your VR Headset With Hand Gestures

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Google Cardboard is the cheapest virtual reality headset available in the market today. It's not very durable but it is incredibly affordable. The slightly more durable headsets that are available often weigh more and lack an 'action' button or the magnetic selection button that Google Cardboard comes with. In the absence of this button, you have to open the headset whenever you want to navigate a VR app. The only work-around to this has to be provided by app manufacturers in the form of head-gesture controls and focus to select actions. If your VR needs a limited to watching videos i.e. 3D movies, then VR Gesture Player is a pretty awesome app that can play videos and lets you control it using nothing more than hand gestures. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Play Pokèmon Go With Your Screen Off [Android]

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Pokèmon Go is a game you have to go outside to play. The game not only needs to be kept running at all times, it also needs an active internet connection. When you're outside, this internet connection is going to be your data plan and consuming it will impact your phone's battery life. Keeping the game running, and your screen on at all times will also impact battery life in addition to the app's constant need to access your location via GPS. The point is, as fun as this game is, it's a major battery drain. Players can preserve battery life and data by downloading a map of your city offline but Android users can actually play the game with the screen turned Off thanks to a little app called Battery Extender Go. Read More

How To Get The Windows 10 Anniversary Update Now

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is going to roll out slowly but we're the anxious type and waiting is hard. Naturally, this means we're going to look for ways to force-get the update. There are rumors floating around that if you download the Media Creation Tool and download the Windows 10 ISO via this tool, you will get the latest version complete with the Anniversary Update. This method worked with the November 2015 update but it isn't working for everyone with the Anniversary Update. Fortunately, Microsoft has you covered. Here's how you can get the update now. Read More

How To Fight Gym Battles In Pokèmon Go

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Battling Pokèmon in  Pokèmon Go earns you XP if you win a battle. At present, battles can only be held at gyms and not with random players. The game just isn't that sophisticated yet. With gym battles, if you defeat all  Pokèmon in a gym that is controlled by a different team you gain control over it. Likewise, if you challenge a gym that is under the control of the same team as yours, and you win all your battles, you effectively become the gym leader. Finding gyms is easy enough but just how to battle  Pokèmon isn't explained very well. Most players end up tapping their screen frantically and hope to face Pokèmon that have a lower CP than their own. Here's a comprehensive guide to battling  Pokèmon. This guide covers how to use special and normal attacks, knowing which  Pokèmon to pit against your rivals, and how to find out which  Pokèmon you will be up against when you challenge a gym. Read More

How To Apply Prisma Filters To Photos From The Desktop

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Prisma is an iOS and Android app that applies breathtakingly beautiful filters to your photos. The photos come out looking like works of art. The app boasts of an AI that analyzes and applies the filters to photos to create the visually stunning works of art. Prisma had quickly become popular and you have likely seen a ton of the photos created by Prisma users in your Instagram feed. If you want to use the app from your desktop though there is no official app for it. What you need to look for is a work-around which is just what we have. Prisma bot is a Telegram bot that will let you apply Prisma filters to a photo from your desktop. You don't need to have Telegram installed on your system. The web version of Telegram works just as well but you do need to have an account on Telegram. Here's how the bot works. Read More

How To Use Revive And Potion In Pokèmon Go

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When you visit Pokèstops, you receive among other things revive and potions. Potions is the purplish spray bottle thing, and Revive is the yellow three dimensional tetrahedron.  Once you level up, you will almost always get one of the two from a Pokèstop. In our personal experience a 'Revive' is dropped far less often than a 'Potion'. Tapping these items inside your inventory doesn't do much so you might be wondering what they are for. Both in-game items are useful for players who enter battles. The Potion and Revive are meant to help defeated Pokèmon restore their health and regain consciousness. Here's how to use both. Read More

How To Sort Songs By Title In The Music App In iOS 10

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iOS 10 will feature a Music app with a new interface. For reasons only Apple knows, the Music app's interface has been overhauled quite a few times in the past and all without any real reason. The only reasonable overhaul came when Apple Music was introduced and the app needed to make room for it. The new Music app in iOS 10 no longer has tabs but it does still let you view tracks by artist, album, and song in the form of lists. There is just one little hitch; the tracks sorted in 'Song' are grouped by artists. That means your entire collection of Taylor Swift songs will appear grouped together before anything else does. The good news is, you can still sort them by title i.e. alphabetically. Here's how. Read More

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