How To Drop A Lure On A Pokèstop In Pokèmon Go

Lures in Pokèmon are like incense, except they're better. A lure is an in-game device that is dropped, or more precisely, attached to a Pokèstop. It causes Pokèmon to spawn around the Pokèstop so that anyone who can access it can catch the Pokèmon spawning around it. Where incense works only for the player who has used it, the lure is for everyone. You can buy lures using the in-game currency or you can get them when you reach certain levels. Attaching a lure to a Pokèstop isn't the same as dropping incense. In fact, it's quite different and not really something you can really figure out by just tapping on your screen. Here's how to attach a lure to a Pokèstop. Read More

Download Files And Copy File Content From A Github Repository With One Click [Chrome]

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Github is the most popular way developers share code and collaborate on their projects. A lot of apps that are made open source by developers so that they are available to everyone are hosted on Github. End users can simply download the release version of an app and curious developers can take a look at the code. Github lets you view code files without needing to download them and it also lets you download individual files as well as entire repositories. If you want a faster way to download a single file, or the contents of a single file, Github Plus is a Chrome extension you might find exceptionally useful. It adds download and copy file buttons to Github's interface making these oft used actions much easier to execute. Read More

How To Send Effects And Add Reactions In The Messages App In iOS 10

The Messages app in iOS 10 comes with a slew of new features, some awesome like the image annotation, and some added for fun like the effects. Effects in Messages are Apple's way of trying to help people prevent misunderstandings over text messages. The effects allow you to animate the text bubbles in a conversation thread so that your recipient knows you're happy, or excited. You also have the option to add animated effects like falling confetti and balloons appear on your screen for when you want to congratulate someone or wish them Happy Birthday enthusiastically. Here's how to add an effect on devices both with and without 3D touch, and how to react to a message. Read More

How To Set An Auto Expiration Date For Google Drive Links

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Cloud drive services like Google Drive make sharing files and folders, and collaborating on them, incredibly easy. Google Drive has an entire suite of web apps built on top of Google Drive so that people can come together and work. When you share files and folders via Google Drive, you can restrict who has editing and viewing access. If at any time you want to revoke access to a file, you can edit and remove people easily enough. The process isn't automated and you have to remove people individually because Google Drive doesn't let you create auto-expiring links. To share files from Google Drive that expire automatically after a number of hours/days/weeks/months, you need a script called Set Expiration Dates for Google Drive Links. It's a simple little script developed by Amit Agarwal that does the job perfectly. Read More

How To View Instagram Stories In Chrome For The Desktop

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Instagram introduced stories a few days ago. It's a feature taken almost entirely from Snapchat  that lets users tell stories via multiple photos or videos. Like the feature in Snapchat, these stories disappear after 24 hours. Users can view stories from inside the Instagram app. The available stories are featured at the very top. The web interface for Instagram has not yet been updated to support stories and that means you can't watch them on your desktop. Chrome IG Story is a Chrome extension that makes this possible though. It adds available stories at the top of your feed just like in the app, and lets you play and download them. Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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