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Pokémon Go for iOS requires full Google account access

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 15:51

The massively popular Pokémon Go game, released just a few days ago, obtains full access to a Google account when it’s chosen as an authentication option while setting up the app in iOS. Android is unaffected. While the iOS app also allows using a Pokémon Trainer Club account, the option to create a new club account is unavailable at this writing, apparently due to system overload.

Update: In a statement late Monday, the game’s developer, Niantic, said that it was an error to request that level of access, and the app only made use of a Google account’s name and associated email address. The firm is updating the app to reduce what permissions are requested, and said Google will automatically reduce its app permissions. Niantic’s complete statement appears at the end of the article.

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Tip: Find Pokémon Go stops and gyms using the official Ingress live web map

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 13:54

Unless you spent the weekend in the woods without an Internet connection, you’ve probably seen that Pokémon Go is the hottest new craze. 

Some of your competitors, however, may have been on the beta for months and have a huge advantage. You need some help.

One thing you can do is head to the Ingress Intel Map. Since Niantic (the company behind whether a particular landmarks is going to be a stop or gym, but you’ll at least have a better idea of where to find them. You can use the Ingress map to find locations densely populated with landmarks, so you know where to go spend your time.

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The Week in iOS Apps: Ponies and Pokémon

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:22
Bronies and beyond!

This week’s roundup of apps includes two new games from the folks who make My Little Pony and Pokémon. Read on!

Pokemon GO

This might be the biggest gaming app news of the week: Pokémon GO (freemium, iPhone and iPad) brings all your favorite characters into the real world. In this augmented reality game from Niantic, you walk around the neighborhood and your iPhone buzzes when there’s a Pokemon nearby. Throw a Poké Ball to collect it before it gets away—as you probably guessed, you gotta catch ’em all.

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Gotta catch 'em all: 5 facts that prove Pokémon Go is eating the world

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 10:37

It’s official. Pokémon Go is taking the world by storm.

The long dreamed-of Pokémon augmented reality game—whose roots may have been in a Google April Fool’s prank from 2014—landed on Android and iOS on July 6. Less than a week later, it’s become a worldwide phenomenon despite the fact that it’s officially available only in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.

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Armed robbers lured victims with Pokemon Go

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 08:20

With the launch of Pokemon Go last week, it’s not just players but police that “gotta catch ‘em all.”

Police in O’Fallon, Missouri, believe muggers may have tracked or lured victims through the Pokemon Go mobile game, in which players follow their phones’ directions to real-world places to “catch” Pokemon characters.

“The way we believe it was used is you can add a beacon to a Pokestop to lure more players. Apparently they were using the app to locate people standing around in the middle of a parking lot or whatever other location they were in,” O’Fallon Police Department explained on its official Facebook page.

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How to fix a long pause with a black startup screen in OS X

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 08:00

Steven Seiden wrote in with a situation he’s having with his Mac:

My Mac hangs at a black screen for almost 45 seconds after producing the startup chime before showing the Apple logo. It’s really annoying! Is there any way to fix this?

I’ve seen this before with faulty RAM, as a startup test doesn’t fail, but it generates errors that aren’t severe enough to halt launch. (You can consult our 2014 rundown on troubleshooting RAM problems.)

However, in subsequent email, Steven said he has an 2013 MacBook Pro with 8GB of RAM, and that model cannot be upgraded by a user (or even Apple). After additional testing, Steven discovered that the Startup Disk had somehow become deselected. As a result, his Mac didn’t boot off its internal drive until some time had passed—also a common problem.

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Get to know Messages in iOS 10, Apple's overloaded attack on Snapchat

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 07:30

Apple worked for an entire year on a new file system, but according to Craig Federighi, “every time we’d add a couple new emoji, it would be the biggest thing.” So, in iOS 10 emojis are three times bigger. Not only that, but Apple added a handful of visual tricks to Messages, and transformed iMessage into a platform for third-party apps.

Needless to say, there’s a lot you can do in the new Message, so let’s get started. These features have been made available via the iOS 10 public beta, but we expect them to get refined before the final iOS release this fall. You can read how to install the public beta here.

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HoudahGeo 5 review: Now every DSLR photo can include geotags

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 07:00

Smartphones take great pictures, and they’re also smarter than digital cameras that lack the necessary GPS hardware to record or geotag the current location as shots are taken. What if you want to add GPS information to the photos you take with higher-quality digital SLR cameras?

Tag, you’re it

Enter HoudahGeo 5.0 ($39), a Mac application designed to add, edit, or remove GPS metadata embedded in digital photos. While you can assign a location in OS X Photos, HoudahGeo offers a more comprehensive slate of features targeted at seasoned shutterbugs, but easy enough for novices to use.

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5 handy mobile Dropbox features you need to try

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 06:30

If you’re a stickler for keeping your receipts, Dropbox just became your new best friend. The latest version of the popular file-syncing app can now scan documents, including receipts, and quickly upload them to your Dropbox account.

But that’s not all the new Dropbox can do. You can also create Microsoft Office documents directly within Dropbox, or trade comments about a file with your fellow collaborators. And don’t forget such oldie-but-goodie features like keeping a Dropbox file “offline” or securing the Dropbox app with a passcode.

1. Scan documents from the camera

Plenty of third-party mobile scanning apps will snap a photo of a document or a receipt, convert it to a PDF, and upload the file to Dropbox. With the latest version of Dropbox, though, the app will finally perform the document-scanning trick itself.

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Moshi Avanti headphones review: These cans deliver dulcet tones in a compact, lightweight package

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 06:00

Moshi’s new Avanti headphones are all about rich, intensely detailed sound—the kind you did not know was even present in the song you’ve listened to hundreds of times with lesser earphones, ear buds, or through your computer or TV speakers.

Moshi, a company that specializes in mobile tech accessories, has expanded its product line to bring its first on-ear headphones to the market. In terms of style, the Avanti fits right into the company’s elegant minimalist aesthetic. A silver stainless-steel headband features a sleek slider adjustment to fit your head, and the attractive ear cups are available in either Caramel Beige or Burgundy Red. The cups turn in on the frame with a ratchet movement, making them more compact for storage in the included gray canvas linen-like carrying case.

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Hands-on with the new Photos features in macOS Sierra and iOS 10

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 06:00

Photos has long been a snooze of an app in iOS, and when its OS X complement arrived in Yosemite, it was underwhelming. Through many small releases in El Capitan, Photos’ stability improved and features expanded. Now, in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, Photos is poised to be much more useful for the most common task after sharing: searching.

Apple finally added content analysis of photos, allowing Photos on both platforms to recognize and associate faces of the same person across many images, and interpret a limited array of emotions. It also now tags images that contain any of thousands of object features, like mountains and dogs.

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Special Pre-Prime Discount on Jaybird X2 Sport Wireless Bluetooth Headphones - Deal Alert

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 00:02

With a regular list price of $149.99, the current discount makes the Jaybird X2 Sport is now available with a 47% discount for this pre-Prime Day deal. Features include:

  • Premium Bluetooth Audio For Skip-Free Music Outdoors
  • 8 Hours of Music + Calls With Complete Remote Controls
  • Secure Over/Under-Ear Fit Options
  • Lifetime Sweat proof Warranty
  • Includes Comply Premium Sport Memory Foam Ear Tips, Patented Secure-Fit Ear Fins, Friction-Fit Silicone Sport Carrying Case, Silicone Ear Tips, Charging Cable & Cord Management Clips.

Jump to Amazon now for additional details, and to explore buying options.

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$30 off Lumo Lift Posture Coach, Today Only - Deal Alert

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 00:01

If your posture needs to be improved, this deal may be worth your consideration. With Lumo Lift, get gentle vibrational reminders for your posture whenever you slouch. Track your posture hours, steps taken, distance travelled and calories burned through the companion iOS, Android or Windows Desktop Lumo Lift app. For today only, Amazon is discounting the Lumo Lift posture coach by $30, making it available for just $50. It currently averages 4 out of 5 stars from over 1,900 customers (read reviews). Take advantage of today's deal on Amazon right now.

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Facebook clarifies live video policy, will allow graphic video streams in some cases

Sun, 07/10/2016 - 21:57

Facebook will allow its users to livestream violent or graphic video under certain circumstances, the company announced in a statement released Friday.

In the statement, the social media giant stated that, “if a person witnessed a shooting, and used Facebook Live to raise awareness or find the shooter, we would allow it.” On the other hand, the company will not allow such videos to be used “to mock the victim or celebrate the shooting.”

“Live video on Facebook is a new and growing format,” the statement continues. “We’ve learned a lot over the past few months, and will continue to make improvements to this experience wherever we can.”

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The Week in iPhone Cases: Charge your iPhone without bulky cables with Dog & Bone’s Backbone

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 11:00
Up your photo and movie storage with Sandisk’s latest accessory

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings functional wallets, extra battery power, sports-themed protection, and many more options to get you through a busy day.


The ThinCharge (iPhone 6 and 6s; $60 on Amazon) protects your device and doubles your talk and surf time with the addition of minimal bulk.

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Not-so-fine whine: Apple’s upgrade cycle

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 07:00

Are you ready for the horror that is the annual rollout of Apple products?

Writing for Thrillist, Jeremy Glass explains “Why I’m sick of Apple upgrades.” (Tip o’ the antlers to David Gorski.)

From the get-go, Apple turned me into an outsider.

How? By offering new products every year.

All we can do is be thankful previous generations died of things like influenza and polio and cutting themselves shaving so they didn’t live long enough to have to endure this terrible burden. #blessed

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The week in Apple news: iOS 10 and macOS Sierra public betas, iPhone 7 rumors, Mac malware alert, and more

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 06:00
Apple headlines for the week ending July 8, 2016

The big news: Apple released the public betas of macOS Sierra and iOS 10. If you want to try them out, you have to sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program. While you’re waiting for the software to install (or not), you can catch up on the important Apple headlines of the past week. Click on the link to get more information.

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How I learned to stop worrying and embrace the iOS 10 beta on my old iPad

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 15:40

If you’re anything like me, the idea of putting beta software on the phone you rely on every day is, quite frankly, terrifying. I want to see every new iOS feature in action, but I’d rather use an older device as my sacrificial lamb for the beta gods (or…something along those lines).

So I put the iOS 10 public beta on an iPad Air. I’ve been using the developer beta on an iPad Pro, so I knew there would be some differences. The first iPad Air lacks Touch ID, so I anticipated that the home button changes would be annoying, and they are. The iPad Air also doesn’t support Split View, a key iPad productivity feature introduced first in iOS 9, so iPad Air owners will miss out on some of the iPad-specific iOS 10 features like Split View for Safari tabs.

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Bottom line: Should you install the public beta of iOS 10?

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 15:24

Let’s cut right to the chase: The people who will enjoy the iOS 10 beta the most are iPhone 6s or 6s Plus users who don’t rely heavily on the Maps app, which is now a battery hog. If you have a device without 3D Touch, or an iPad that isn’t an iPad Pro, the benefits of iOS 10 are a little less, which makes waiting for the final release (or even, say, 10.01) all the more tempting.

Don’t get me wrong: The first developer beta of iOS 10 was relatively stable, and the first public beta is too. The biggest bugs I’ve personally encountered were annoying but not deal-breakers: Maps crashing during navigation, Maps not ending the navigation when I arrive, alarms that don’t want to turn off (quite embarrassing when it happens in an open-plan office), and a weird graphical glitch where occasionally the lockscreen-accessible camera would only take up half the screen instead of the whole thing.

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68% off Carllte Omnidirectional Condenser Lapel Microphone - Deal Alert

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 15:00

The Carllte Omnidirectional lapel mic has an extra long 59-inch cable and TRRS 3.5mm Jack, making it compatible with most phones, tablets and computers and suitable for a wide range of applications from live-streaming to kareoke. It is made from professional grade polished and protected steel, and captures crystal clear audio without batteries or external power. It averages 4 out of 5 stars from over 100 reviewers (read reviews). Amazon indicates that its $40 list price has been reduced by 68% to just $13.

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