Find The Best Pokèmon To Evolve Using IV Stats In Pokèmon Go [Guide]

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Evolving Pokèmon in Pokèmon Go takes a long time for most of them. There are very few Pokèmon that can be evolved with a small number of candies. The only way to get candies is of course to catch the same Pokèmon again and again. Once you have the required number of candies you are ready to evolve your Pokèmon. The question is, with so many of the same Pokèmon, which one do you evolve? If you're not one for fighting battles and helping to take over gyms, then it won't matter but if you plan to evolve a Pokèmon  so that it lasts well in a fight, you need to figure out which is the best one to evolve. To do so, you need to figure out which Pokèmon of all the ones you've caught has the best defense, attack, and stamina stats. There is a science, a proper formula to this. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Disable Reachability In iOS

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When iOS 8 was released, the iPhone models accompanying its release were the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. These two sets were the largest ones in terms of screen size that Apple had released to date. It was because of the large screen size that iOS had to make it easy for people with smaller hands to use their phones without dropping them. Apple did this by adding 'Reachability' to iOS. Reachability is activated by double tapping the Home button. This brings the screen down to one-half of the display so that it is easier for smaller hands with smaller thumbs to reach. The feature only works on devices with Touch ID and can easily be activated by accident. In fact, it often is. If you don't need Reachability to comfortably use your device and find it more of a nuisance than anything, here's how you can disable it. Read More

How To Display The Date In Short Format In The macOS Menu Bar

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The Menu Bar in macOS is home to app menus and app icons alike. Lots of apps are built specifically for the menu bar since it is so easy to access and is omnipresent unless you switch to full screen mode. The system also adds a convenient clock and calendar to the Menu Bar so that you can see what the current date and time is. macOS lets users select the date and time format i.e. you can display the date in mm/dd/yy or dd/mm/yy format and the time in 12 or 24 hour format. There is just one problem; although you can set the date format to be anything you want, it isn't possible to get the Menu Bar to display it in the short format. The Menu Bar will display August 10 or 10 August but it won't show 10/8/16. To get the Menu Bar to show the short format, you need an app called Day O. It's a free and incredibly flexible app. Read More

How To Link Your Windows 10 License To Your Microsoft Account

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When you install Windows 10 on your PC, you are asked for a license. The OS itself can be downloaded from Microsoft via the Media Creation Tool however, it requires activation. If you bought a new PC that came with Windows 10 installed then you have an OEM license i.e. it is tied to your motherboard. OEM licenses are nearly impossible to lose unless you change your motherboard. A clean installation will go through smoothly and Windows 10 will automatically find the product key without needing your input. A soft key which is one you buy online and is not hardware specific i.e. not tied to your motherboard is far easier to lose. If you misplace the file with the product key, you won't be able to activate Windows 10 after a clean install. To help users prevent losing their licenses, Windows 10 Anniversary Update lets you connect your Windows 10 license with your Microsoft account. If you lose your license, you can simply add your account to Windows 10 and it will activate the OS. Here's how to connect it now so you can benefit from it later. Read More

How To Use The Nearby Bar To Track Pokèmon In Pokèmon Go

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Pokèmon Go has just received an update;  it's second one in just the last two weeks. The previous update was devastating for players, especially those who live in rural areas. It removed the 'three paw print' tracking feature in the nearby bar. Players long knew that it wasn't accurate but it gave you a hint to the approximate location of a Pokèmon. With it gone and Niantic cracking down on tracking maps, it became hard to find Pokèmon. With this update, Niantic is bringing back tracking for certain beta testers. Most players will not have access to this new feature just yet but this update also has something major which can help you track Pokèmon. The list of nearby Pokèmon now updates very regularly. This has opened up a whole new way to track the Pokèmon. Here's how it works. Read More

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