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Jul

How to save your battery while playing Pokemon Go – CNET


Walking around town catching Pokemon can drain your battery. Some players are reporting up to 10% power loss in 20 minutes on some phones, while others are reporting a more conservative 10% to 20% per hour.

Luckily, Pokemon Go has a power-saving mode that’s easy to turn on:

Tap on the Pokeball at the bottom of the screen
Tap on the Settings option at the top of the screen
Tick the box beside the Battery Saver option

The power-saving mode doesn’t seem to affect game play in any way, so if you want the full experience, but still want to throttle battery use, this is the way to go.

Other power saving techniques

There’s a few other ways to maximize your battery life while trying to catch ’em all. One big battery saver is dimming your screen’s brightness. Usually, the screen brightness option can be found in the Display options in your Settings menu.

Another battery saver is turning off the augmented reality (AR) function. This turns off your phone’s camera. This means you’ll miss out on seeing a Pidgey perched on your car seat, but you will be able to claw back some battery life.

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Augmented reality is cool, but it’s no good for your battery.


Alina Bradford/CNET

To turn off AR:

Find a Pokemon
Target the Pokemon. The AR toggle only shows up when you’re targeting it
You’ll see the AR toggle in the upper right-hand side of the screen
Slide the toggle to the left

It will stay this way until you find another Pokemon and turn AR mode back on.

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13
Jul

Latest Pokémon Go update lets trainers catch ’em all on the Android Nougat preview


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Those who have been enjoying the Android Nougat preview have felt left out in the Pokémon Go launch aftermath. This is due to the super-popular title failing to work as intended on the beta program. Thankfully, an update has now been released to address this issue. You’ll no longer have to downgrade your smartphone to Android 6.x to head out the front door and catch ’em all.

This latest release bumped Pokémon Go up to version 0.29.2, and while it now enables die hard fans to try out the beta of Google’s next OS update, we’d recommend caution since it’s a preview and things can go wrong elsewhere. Only just getting started with Pokémon Go on Nougat? Check out our in-depth guides to the world of little monsters on your phone.

  • Pokémon Go: Learn the basics

Pokémon Go

  • Join our Pokémon Go forums!
  • How to deal with GPS errors in-game
  • Which team should you choose?
  • How to play without killing your battery
  • The Ultimate Pokémon Go Game Guide!

13
Jul

You can now pre-order the ZTE Axon 7 in the U.S. for $399


The ZTE Axon 7 is now available for pre-order in the U.S., with deliveries going out from July 27. The phone retails for $399, and is available from Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Newegg, and on ZTE’s website.

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Designed in collaboration with BMW’s Designworks studio, the Axon 7 is one of the first handsets to support Google’s Daydream VR platform. While there is a variant of the Axon 7 with 6GB of RAM, that particular model is limited to China, with global markets receiving the variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage.

The Axon 7 offers a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display, 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820 SoC, microSD card slot, 20MP camera, 8MP front shooter, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, LTE (1/2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/20/25/26/29/30/41), dual-SIM slots, USB-C, and a 3250mAh battery. On the software side of things, the phone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow layered with ZTE’s own customizations. There’s also a fingerprint sensor at the back, and you get stereo speakers at the front.

With a $399 price tag, the phone competes directly with the OnePlus 3, which is a very capable performer. The Axon 7 offers a denser QHD display and a higher-resolution 20MP camera (compared to 16MP on the OnePlus 3), and for the price, it is looking like a decent proposition if you want to invest in a phone that’s ready for VR.

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MORE: ZTE Axon 7 hands-on

13
Jul

Pokémon Go and two Marines aid police in catching an attempted murder suspect


Two Marines, Javier Soch and Seth Ortega, have aided police in apprehending a suspected murder suspect thanks to playing Pokémon Go. But just how has a mobile game aided in this arrest, you ask? According to Marines, Soch’s instance of Pokémon Go froze up and they both happened to noticed a man carrying what appeared to be a red plastic rose towards a woman and three children.

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The party quickly made an escape from the suspect and contacted the authorities while Soch and Ortega kept vision on the man. They confirmed he also approached another woman and two children who were also playing Pokémon Go. Ortega explained the situation to ABC7:

“We see the gentleman go approach them again, at this point, me and my roommate start walking across the street and the gentleman actually walks up and touches one of the children, one of the boys, his toe, and starts walking his way up to the knee. At this point I’m running across the street and a gentleman who was walking down the street does the same thing.”

The suspect was arrested on the spot for child annoyance, but it was later revealed he also had an outstanding warrant for attempted murder in Sonoma, California. Haven’t heard about the Pokémon Go craze yet? We’ve got a number of resources that will quickly bring you up to speed.

Pokémon Go

  • Join our Pokémon Go forums!
  • How to deal with GPS errors in-game
  • Which team should you choose?
  • How to play without killing your battery
  • The Ultimate Pokémon Go Game Guide!

13
Jul

Pokémon Go will soon get sponsored PokéStops


Pokémon Go players may soon find supply runs to local PokéStops sponsored by real-world companies. Developer Niantic will be bringing sponsored PokéStops to the game at some point down the road, a new way for the game to make money outside of the in-game items it already sells.

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From The New York Times:

Like the most successful mobile games, while Pokémon Go is free to play, it gives players opportunities to buy virtual items for a few dollars to speed up their progress. The game’s real-world nature also gives Niantic another intriguing moneymaking possibility, by charging fast-food restaurants, coffee shops and other retail establishments to become sponsored locations where people are motivated to go to pick up virtual loot.

Niantic has cut deals like that for Ingress, and Mr. Hanke said the company would announce sponsored locations for Pokémon Go in the future.

Given how well Pokémon Go has done in its first week, it’s likely that a number of companies will sign up to have their retail locations turned into PokéStops, hoping to get a piece of that success.

Pokémon Go

  • Join our Pokémon Go forums!
  • How to deal with GPS errors in-game
  • Which team should you choose?
  • How to play without killing your battery
  • The Ultimate Pokémon Go Game Guide!

13
Jul

How to adjust screen brightness and sleep settings on Android


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How do I adjust screen brightness and sleep settings on Android?

On top of changing your phone’s brightness, you can also customize the sleep settings, which allows you to choose how long it takes for your screen to shut when you’re not using it. Here’s how to adjust your brightness and sleep settings.

  • How to adjust your screen brightness on Android
  • How to turn off Adaptive brightness on Android
  • How to turn on Ambient display on Android
  • How to change the sleep settings on Android

How to adjust your screen brightness on Android

Swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the Notification Shade. Depending on which Android phone you have, you may have to swipe twice.
Tap and hold the brightness slider. It’s the icon that looks like the sun.
Drag the brightness slider to your desired brightness.

Release the slider.

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How to turn off Adaptive brightness on Android

Adaptive brightness gives your phone the ability to adjust the screen brightness automatically depending on the amount of light around you. The setting is typically on by default, but it’s easy to turn off if you want to.

Swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the Notification Shade. Depending on which Android phone you have, you may have to swipe twice.

Tap on the settings button. It’s the gear icon in the top right.

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Tap Display.

Tap the On/Off switch beside Adaptive brightness.

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You can follow these exact steps to turn the adaptive brightness setting back on whenever you need.

How to turn on Ambient display on Android

Enabling Ambient display allows you to view the time and notifications on your lock screen without having to press the power or home buttons.

Swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the Notification Shade. Depending on which Android phone you have, you may have to swipe twice.

Tap on the settings button. It’s the gear icon in the top right.

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Tap Display.

Tap the On/Off switch beside Ambient display.

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Follow the same steps to turn off Ambient display whenever you want.

How to change the sleep settings on Android

Swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the Notification Shade. Depending on which Android phone you have, you may have to swipe twice.
Tap on the settings button. It’s the gear icon in the top right.

Tap Display.

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Tap Sleep.

Tap the amount of time you want. Your options are as follows:

  • 15 seconds
  • 30 seconds
  • 1 minute
  • 2 minutes
  • 5 minutes
  • 10 minutes
  • 30 minutes

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13
Jul

Toronto Transit Commission working on safer way to report harassment on public transportation


The Toronto Transit Commission is working on a new app that will allow riders of its public transportation to easily report harassment in real time. With the app, riders will be able to take a discreet picture of the person who is assaulting or harassing someone and submit the report immediately. This method would work far more effectively than pressing an emergency strip and potentially scaring them off before being able to capture an image or footage of the event in progress.

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From the CBC’s report:

The Toronto Transit Commission is working on a new app that would allow riders to discreetly take a photo of a person who is harassing or assaulting someone — and immediately submit a report.

TTC CEO Andy Byford said he hopes the app will be a less obvious alternative to pressing the emergency strip on trains, buses or streetcars. The app should roll out by the end of the year, he said.

Both iPhone and Android users should be able to get the app by the end of 2016. Having the app available is just a third of the battle, the rest of it will be making people aware it exists and getting them to use it. It’s great to see the TTC step up to work on a way to make this easier for everyone, and hopefully help prevent future incidents.

13
Jul

Apple’s first reality TV series is ‘Planet of the Apps’


As rumoured earlier this year, It looks like Apple’s getting in on the TV-content game. Online applications are now being accepted for Apple’s first ever original series Planet of the Apps. As the punny title suggests, the show will give app developers (yes, including you), a chance feature in the reality show. Applications must be received before August 26 if you want a chance of being selected, though.

The show is being created in collaboration with Prospect Productions (the co-owners brought you The Biggest Loser and Master Chef) and the whole series focuses on apps and their creators. Obviously, therefore, any startup or founder that makes it through the audition stage will be getting some valuable airtime for their products. 100 will be chosen in total.

Prospect says that anyone selected will need to be available for non-consecutive shoots in Los Angeles between late 2016 and early 2017 and all applicants need a functioning iOS, macOS, tvOS or watchOS app by October 21 to be considered eligible. Betas are fine too.

Successful applicants will get access to “hands-on guidance from some of the world’s best experts in tech and entertainment,” the chance to meet potential backers to discuss investments of up to $10 million and featured app placement in the App Store at the end of the show. Of course, having a huge metaphorical spotlight shine on you could be a curse if it all ends up going awry, but that”s reality TV for you.

Via: 9to5Mac

Source: Planet of the Apps

13
Jul

Mini review: Our 90-second verdict on the Sony Xperia X Performance


The Xperia X Performance isn’t a bad phone, per se. It’s just that Sony’s newest flagship doesn’t bring anything new to the table. For $700, it offers fast performance (as its name suggests), and the design is water resistant, so that’s nice. Other than that, though, you’re stuck with a middling camera and occasional episodes of overheating. What’s more, it’s missing some features you’d typically expect from a device in this price range — things like a fingerprint sensor, 4K video recording and a Quad HD display. Again, it’s not a bad phone; it’s just not good enough for the price, especially with so many superior alternatives out there.

13
Jul

An FBI ‘pilot’ collected over 434,000 iris scans since 2013


Don’t freak out, but the FBI has been quietly collecting the iris scans of nearly half a million people in the US — as part of a “test” program focused on biometric data. According to a confirmation given to The Verge, the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department alone has been collecting an average of nearly 200 iris scans each day from arrestees since the pilot began in 2013.

The FBI’s ever-increasing collection of personal data — which also includes a facial recognition system with nearly half a billion photos in it — won’t calm the fears of those worried about a biometric database being slowly built over time.

Obviously, privacy advocates take objection to the creation of any mass database with everyone’s physical data for a number of reasons, not least of all are concerns about there being insufficient safeguards and transparency around which government agencies (and individuals) can access that data, and for what reason.

There’s also potential concerns over racial bias among people arrested in the US. The prison population is roughly the same percentage black and white, which far from reflects the country’s demographic makeup. Collecting iris scans could theoretically result in racial profiling, whether deliberate or not.

The FBI’s existing database of fingerprints and photos has also recently been a bone of contention for privacy advocates after the bureau suggested it wanted the data to no be covered by the Privacy Act. Given that the San Bernardino “pilot” reportedly doesn’t have any privacy impact assessment, either, there’s little to ease the fears of those who are uncomfortable with how the government handles such data.

Source: The Verge

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