How To Join A Team In Pokemon Go

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Pokemon Go players have the option to join teams. Unless you join a team, you won't be able to join a gym and train your Pokemon. If collecting them is all you want to do, you can sit teams out but you're missing out on more than half the fun of the game. If you've just started playing Pokemon Go, you can see on your profile that the 'Team' section is empty and tapping it appears to do nothing. There are no options for selecting a team and no directions at that either. Here's a brief walk through on how to pick and join a team. Read More

Find Where Rare Pokémon Were Caught By Other Pokémon Go Players

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Pidgey, Rattata, and Doduo are some of the most common Pokémon that spawn. They will literally spawn everywhere and you will soon find yourself trying to avoid collecting them or running into them in your quest to find the more rare Pokémon. The rare Pokémon are what players are after and with theories of them spawning in certain places, and certain habitats still abound, you're probably wondering where your friend might have caught Pikachu. Poke Radar is an free app for iOS that lets you look up where Pokemon players are capturing any and all Pokemon. The app lets you select any Pokemon that you want to catch and then shows you on map where other players have caught it. You can then visit these locations and hope for it to spawn again. The app crowd sources its data so if you find a particular Pokemon some place, you can contribute to the data and help other players find the Pokemon. Read More

How to Disable “Press Home To Unlock” On Your iOS 10 Device

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Touch ID allows iOS device owners to unlock their device without entering a long or short passcode. It prevents anyone from memorizing your passcode simply by watching you enter it repeatedly. The problem with this unlock method is that even if you simply press the Home button to wake the device to maybe check what time it is, the device unlocks. With newer iOS devices, Touch ID is even faster so it takes very little to unlock your device when you don't mean to. iOS 10 has a way to combat that by having you actually press the Home button if you want to go to your home screen. Touching your thumb to the home button still unlocks the device but you don't go past the lock screen. The 'Slide to unlock' message is replaced with 'Press Home To Unlock'. Many iOS device owners might welcome this but if you're having trouble adjusting to this new method to unlock your device and get to the home screen, here's how you can disable it. Read More

Use An Ok Google Command To Have All Your Notifications Read Out Loud

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Ok Google is a very popular Android feature and in March of this year, Google opened the API up to developers. Doing so means developers can integrate app functionality with the OK Google command. Doing so will let users can invoke the app function with the 'Ok Google' command. OK Google Notifications is a free Android app that makes excellent use of the Ok Google feature and reads out all your notifications to you. The app is very basic at the moment so it has only one command that will read out all notifications but doesn't let you tell the app to read out the last notification only or notifications from a specific app. Read More

How To Make Photo Memories In iOS 10, A Complete Guide

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iOS 10 comes with a neat new feature for compiling photos into short movies or slideshows called Memories. The photos included in these short movies are added based on the time and place they were taken. Users can set a mood for the accompanying music and speed up or slow down the transition of the photos. If you're running iOS 10 (beta) visit the Photos app now and go to the newly added 'Memories' tab. You can see the first few movies that have automatically been created. There will likely be one summing up the photos you took last year and perhaps two or three more created using photos that were all taken at the same location or within a certain time frame. Memories aren't all auto-generated though. Users have the freedom to choose which photos should be used in a memory and what it should be called. Here's your complete guide to creating, editing, viewing & sharing, and exporting Memories in iOS 10. Read More

How To Ctrl + F Search Text In A Printed Document

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Information is now stored and accessed digitally. Not only is it easier to share and store information like this, it's also much easier to access it. If you've downloaded a particularly long research paper that you don't want to read all the way through to see if it covers a certain topic, you can use the Ctrl+F function and search the text for said topic. Text search is one the greatest advantages that come with digital documents but if you ever have to search an actual physical document i.e. a hard copy for text you're going to have to read it through. If the document is in print form and not hand written, you can use Ctrl + F, a free Android app that can scan the document's text and search it. Read More

How To Catch A Pokemon On The First Throw In Pokemon Go

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Poke Balls are a limited resource in Pokemon Go. The more Pokemon you catch, the faster you will run out of Poke balls and unless you live in a college dorm or a cemetery (both appear to be hotspots for Poke Stops), you will find there aren't enough Poke Stops around for you to replenish your stock. One way to conserve Poke Balls is to get better at catching Pokemon so that you need to use fewer of them. Users are, at present, divided on how best to catch a Pokemon with some even claiming that your 'aim' doesn't matter and it's totally random which throw works and which doesn't. We have found one trick though that can guarantee a catch in most cases. Here's how it works and what you can do to throw your balls more accurately should you miss. Read More

Tap A Dropped Poke Ball To Setup The Next Throw Faster

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Not many people could have predicted how popular a Pokemon game would be in 2016. It's safe to assume though that even the most optimistic forecasts would have fallen short on predicting its popularity. Of course since no one could guess what a Pokemon game in 2016 would look like or how popular it would be, few of us had time to train to catch Pokemon. Those balls are tricky to throw. As players slowly progress to the next level, their aim improves but in the earlier stages you miss quite a few throws with the Poke Ball even when the Pokemon you're trying to capture isn't an evolved one or jumping around. Missed balls isn't a problem since you can replenish your stock from a Poke Stop but there is the problem of the Pokemon disappearing before you can catch it, or it being captured by someone else. This problem is made slightly worse by the Poke balls that take their time to drop and then get ready for the next launch. In that precious sweet time, the Pokemon might disappear so here's how to launch the next ball faster. Read More

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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]

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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