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

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