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The beginner’s guide to Pokémon Go: A FAQ on how to catch 'em all

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 17:25

By now, you must be familiar with Pokémon Go, the latest Pokémon game for iOS and Android that uses VR and real-world locations to send players on an IRL quest to catch Pokémon. But considering it’s a global phenomenon, Pokémon Go is surprisingly lacking in beginner instruction. This may be on purpose—Pokémon Go has a huge social element, and fewer instructions means more people turning to each other for help.

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19% off Polaroid ZIP Mobile Photo Printer with ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology - Deal Alert

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 17:08

Enjoy the power and fun of a Polaroid camera without the Polaroid camera. This little standalone photo printer connects to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth, and is powered by a rechargeable lithium polymer battery, so it's designed to be portable, easy and fun to use. On a single charge the gadget will print 25 photos -- without ink. Instead, it uses heat to produce deep, vibrant colors that are completely smudge-proof, on 2x3 paper that is waterproof, tear-proof and backed with adhesive so you can peel-and-stick for added fun. It ships with 10 sheets loaded, but paper is easy to find on Amazon and comes in packs of 20, 30 or 50 (found here). A compact and protective carrying case is also available at what seems to be a reasonable price (found here).  The Polaroid ZIP mobile printer currently averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 1,150 customers (read reviews). Its typical list price of $159.99 has been reduced by 19% to $129.99. If you're looking for a fun and unusual summer gift idea for yourself or someone on your list, see the discounted Polaroid ZIP mobile printer now on Amazon.

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Is Pokémon Go really a runner's best friend?

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 14:31

Pokémon Go might not be marketed as a fitness game, but by building the experience around physically exploring the world, the mobile sensation is getting players up and moving. We’ve all probably seen that anecdotally over the last week, as loads of people shuffle around neighborhoods with eyes fixed to phone screens, and even Jawbone says its Up band wearers who were interested in the game are logging thousands more daily steps.

If your new mission in life is to catch ‘em all, then you’re probably frantically searching for ways to find new and exciting Pokémon, perhaps consulting crowd-sourced maps to find the next Pikachu, Flareon, or Snorlax. Here’s another thought: how about a running app?

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Apple releases iOS 9.3.3, El Capitan 10.11.6, watchOS 2.2.2, tvOS 9.2.1, and iTunes 12.4.2 updates

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 14:13

While Apple users are looking forward to the next major operating system updates, Apple is still working on the currently released products. On Monday, the company released OS updates for iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS.

iOS 9.3.3 update

The iOS 9.3.3 update includes “bug fixes and improves the security” of your iOS device. The company’s online document details updates for Calendar, CoreGraphics, FaceTime, Safari, and more.

After you back up your iOS device, you can install iOS 9.3.3 directly by tapping on Settings > Software Update. You can also connect your device to your Mac and use iTunes to install the update.

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Apple's song royalty rate proposal would hit Spotify right in the wallet

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 14:01

Apple’s latest move to shake up the music industry could up-end Spotify’s entire business model. The company filed a proposal late last week with the Copyright Royalty Board, a commission of three judges appointed by the Librarian of Congress to set the rates and terms for songwriting royalties, to simplify the costs per stream. Apple thinks every service should pay 9.1 cents per every 100 plays, which would make it easier for artists to figure out what they’re owed. But for services like Spotify, which offer popular free tiers, the change could effectively end the financial viability of giving songs away, even with ad support.

Let it be known that Apple plays to win.

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Apple improves iCloud Music Library matching, ditches copy-protected matched files for Apple Music users

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 13:00

When Apple Music was released just over a year ago, Apple also debuted iCloud Music Library, a way of storing your iTunes library in the cloud. There were two ways to seed the cloud, either with iTunes Match or Apple Music. If you were an iTunes Match subscriber, matching your songs in your local library to your cloud library was done one way, and if you were just an Apple Music subscriber, matching was done differently.

This created some confusion about the way tracks were matched and stored in iCloud Music Library. Now, Apple is changing this, and will use the same matching method for both services. The company said in a briefing that Apple Music now uses acoustic fingerprinting and provides matched files without digital rights management (DRM), or copy protection, just like iTunes Match.

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New Pokémon Go maps show you where to catch 'em all

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 12:57

If you’ve been wondering how to find Pikachu, Scyther, Electabuzz, or any other rare Pokémon, you might not have to wait much longer: new crowdsourced Pokémon Go maps are teaching players how to find Pokémon in Pokémon Go.

At least four Pokémon Go maps are available: the first, at Pokecrew.com, zeroes in on your location and begins showing what Pokémon might be nearby. And if you happen to live in the Boston area, you’re in real luck: a sweet Google Map known as Gotta Catch ‘Em All  happens to list all the locations local players have found, complete with a list of rare and ultra-rare Pokémon. A separate Google Map pegs Pokémon locations in Seattle and Tennessee. Pokemapper also provides a worldwide look at Pokémon locations, but without the sophistication of other sites. 

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Rodeo Stampede is a rollicking romp with a fine freemium model

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 10:00

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money). 

Two intense animal stampedes have weighed heavily on my mind of late. The first is from The Lion King, and in case you somehow haven’t seen the 22-year-old Disney animated classic, I won’t spoil the moment for you—but it packs an emotional wallop. My kid is three years old and loves the music, but I’m agonizing over how long I need to keep the actual film from him because of that scene above all.

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27% off 3 Squares TIM3 MACHIN3 Rice and Multi Cooker - Deal Alert

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 09:42

The 3 Squares TIM3 MACHIN3 Rice Cooker, Slow Cooker, Yogurt Maker & Food Steamer will make a lot more time for you while making great meals for your family. The TIM3 MACHIN3 cooks rice up to 45% faster than competing rice cookers. With Fuzzy Logic 2.0 and a 20% thicker cooking pot ensure that quickly cooked rice comes out delicious - with no burning. This unit is currently rated 4.5 out of 5 stars (read reviews) and is currently selling for $50.99 on Amazon .

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VideoTweet review: Sharing Mac videos on Twitter just got a whole lot easier

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 09:00

Twitter is great for sharing short bursts of information with followers, but the official Mac app is restrictive when it comes to videos—files must be progressive, no larger than 15MB in size, and on it goes. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just open a video, select the best part, and tweet without having to worry about all those specifications?

VideoTweet makes it easy to share up to 30 seconds from any QuickTime-compatible video directly to Twitter in as little as three steps.

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Why this year's iPhone will still be a must-have upgrade

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 08:03

If you’ve happened to peruse an Apple rumor site lately, you might have noticed a distinct lack of enthusiasm surrounding the next iPhone. It’s not the sort of thing we’re not used to seeing; this being an even year (or tick, if you prefer), early summer is normally the time when speculation starts heating up, when 9to5Mac or KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo drops a juicy tidbit for everyone to salivate over.

But it’s looking more and more like that’s not going to happen. Reports are saying that the iPhone 7 (if that’s even what it’s called) will break the cycle and offer up another S-type model, with most of the major improvements happening on the inside rather than a flashy case change.

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How to dispose of a printer securely

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 08:00

Philip Cassir writes in with a non-obvious problem:

I have two older printers, an Epson Stylus Photo 960 and an HP OfficeJet 800 Wireless printer, as well as an old CanoScan flatbed scanner I would like to get rid of securely, but I need to know whether these consumer products store any print or scanning jobs as I have scanned receipts and personal documents. There is nothing about that on the manufacturers’ sites. If these devices do have [internal storage], how can I find the modules and remove or destroy them?

My knee-jerk reaction was, nah, these devices are all “dumb”—they don’t contain internal storage that would queue anything once the power was removed. But my knee stopped spasming almost immediately, because it’s these sorts of assumptions that come back to bite users (and manufacturers) later, and even inexpensive printers have become more computer-like starting several years ago.

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Jabra Halo Smart review: If you're all talk, this Bluetooth headset is a solid choice

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 06:00

Some people are incredibly busy and take calls at all hours of the day and night. Those who are self-aware enough to not want to look a dweeb with a Bluetooth earpiece hanging out of one ear now have other options, such as Jabra’s new Halo Smart headset. These Bluetooth headphones ($80 and available at Amazon) let you seamlessly switch from calls to music without swapping out one pair of earbuds for another. Bonus: If Apple ditches the iPhone’s headphone jack, you’ll be ahead of the curve with an affordable Bluetooth pair on standby.

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85% off HDR Projects 4 Professional for PC - Deal Alert

Sun, 07/17/2016 - 14:34

Love capturing the world around you on (digital) film? Check out HDR Projects 4 Professional for PC. It enhances photos using HDR (high-dynamic-range) technology, so that captured images better resemble what the eye actually sees. At $29, the software is currently available for an impressive 85% off MSRP.

Not only does it provide more luminance to your images, but it also stores nearly 100 versions of each of your photos, and never loses one. Utilize this picture-perfecting software so that you never again have to say that real life is beautiful than your photos. Learn more by clicking here for details.

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How to make Siri activate when you say ‘Hey Siri’ to your Mac with macOS Sierra

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 12:00

On iOS, I activate Siri by saying “Hey Siri.” Vocal activation isn’t available on the macOS Sierra Public Beta through the Siri system preferences, but as Jdcampbell on Reddit points out, it can be done through Sierra’s Accessibility system preference.

Essentially, you use dictation to activate the keyboard shortcut for Siri. The default Siri keyboard command in the Sierra Public Beta is to hold down the Command and Space buttons. You need to change this, because the Accessibility feature doesn’t have a way to hold down a keyboard combination.

Change the Siri keyboard shortcut

To change your Siri keyboard command, follow these steps.

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Learning to skateboard? Check out these iPhone apps

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 11:00

Last summer, at the ripe old age of 32, I rode a skateboard for the first time in my life. Why did I wait so long? I don’t know, but from the moment I stood on my niece’s skateboard, I knew I was hooked. This summer, my goal is to improve.

Whether you’re a new or experienced skater—and whether you started at age 8 or 38—there’s an iOS app on the App Store for you that will help you get the most out of your skating, find new spots, and more. Let’s take a look at four of them.

SkateSpots

SkateSpots (free) is an app that, well, helps you find skate spots. It’s a nicely designed app, and shows not only skate spots but also shops as well.

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Hatoful Boyfriend is the ultimate bird dating simulator (yes, really)

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 10:00

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

Dating simulators are one of those distinctly Japanese styles of games that has never really broken into the mainstream here, but a small number of them make their way over (or are community-translated) for the hardcore fans of the niche. Still, even if you would probably never check out a typical dating sim otherwise, you should consider playing Hatoful Boyfriend

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The Week in iPad Cases: Recharge your iPad Pro with CaseCrown's Power Sleeve

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 09:00
New iPad cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases brings us the Power Sleeve, a sleeve with an embedded Lightning cable that allows you to leave your other charger at home. Plus, multi-purpose folios, backpacks, and much more. Read on!

CaseCrown

The Power Sleeve (9.7-inch iPad Pro; $30 MSRP) sports a durable canvas exterior combined with a soft neoprene interior.

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Beta fishing: Messing with iOS 10

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 07:00

What’s the one rule about beta software, people? You don’t write reviews of it.

Now, ZDNet’s Adrian Kingsley-Hughes might slide because his piece doesn’t say “REVIEW:” on it, but as far as passing judgment goes…

“iOS 10 is a total mess.” (Tip o’ the antlers to macfixer.)

Let’s just say it’s a little judgey. The subtitle, however, commits the cardinal sin.

With about two months to go until iOS 10 is released, the current beta shows an operating system full of bugs and strange user interface changes.

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The week in Apple news: iPhone 7 rumors, WWDC 2016 transcripts, Apple buying Formula 1 rumors, Swift Playgrounds, and more

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 06:00
Apple headlines for the week ending July 15, 2016

This week the big news wasn’t made by Apple. It was made by Nintendo and Niantic, with the release of Pokémon Go. Maybe you’re taking a break from the Pokémadness to catch up on Apple news. For that, we thank you. Here are the important Apple-related headlines from the past week. Click on the link to get more information.

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