Pokemon Go Appraisal Feature

How to decode Pokemon Go’s new appraisal feature

How to decode Pokemon Go’s new appraisal feature

By on August 24, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

Many of the updates Niantic has released for Pokemon Go over the past month have been to address bugs and server issues, but this week, the developer surprised players with a brand new feature that hadn’t been previously announced.

The new feature, “Appraise,” allows players to ask their respective team leaders about the power level of any Pokemon in their possession.

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Macbook Pro 2016

The upcoming Macbooks will be fast in ways you probably weren’t expecting

By on August 24, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

The upcoming Macbooks will be fast in ways you probably weren’t expecting

Apple’s upcoming Macbooks need to be a major refresh to the lineup, since the laptop selection is looking a little old lately. We’re expecting Touch ID and a new OLED button panel to come to the 2016 Macbook Pro, but code hidden in the latest version of macOS Sierra hints at one additional feature.

According to code uncovered by 9to5Mac, macOS Sierra will support USB 3.1 Gen 2, better known as the upgraded version of USB-C. Apple introduced USB-C ports into its lineup with the 2015 Retina Macbook, and it’s a safer bet than ever that those ports will be coming to the new Macbook Pro.

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Hit List

Encryption Backdoor France Germany

France and Germany latest countries to want magical backdoors in encryption

By on August 24, 2016 at 5:20 PM.

France and Germany latest countries to want magical backdoors in encryption

The recent NSA hack just proved to the world that no system is hack-proof if attackers have what it takes to break the access door. Regardless of whatever protections guarded that NSA server, hackers found a security hole to get in and steal critical documents. The same thing could happen to encrypted services that would feature a backdoor for law enforcement.

But governments around the world still think they’d be able to handle such terrifying scenarios, with France and Germany being the latest nations looking to gain access to private encrypted messages exchanged over the internet by terror plot suspects. More →

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Wearable Speakers

A wearable wireless speaker is actually more useful than you think

By on August 24, 2016 at 4:40 PM.

A wearable wireless speaker is actually more useful than you think

First things first: we absolutely insist that if you do decide to purchase a BiGR Audio XLWB03 WRiSTBOOM Wearable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Mic, you absolutely never, ever use it in public. But in private, this little wearable speaker is way more useful than you might think. It straps to your wrist just like a watch and connects to any Bluetooth device like a smartphone or tablet. You can then use it to take calls or listen to music while you work, and it won’t drown out the sound around you like headphones do. More →

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Game Changers

Windows 10 Upgrade Fail

Privacy group: Microsoft should ‘come clean’ about ‘malicious’ Windows 10

By on August 24, 2016 at 4:15 PM.

Privacy group: Microsoft should ‘come clean’ about ‘malicious’ Windows 10

Windows 10 has had a difficult first year in the world. Although the operating system itself has been generally praised, concerns over privacy and the overly pressurized upgrades have made with Windows 10 upgrade into way more of a saga than Microsoft needed.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group for digital rights, has published a no-holds-barred blog post condemning Windows 10’s collection of data, and the “malicious” way Microsoft pushed 10 onto consumers. If you’re not a fan of seeing Microsoft being verbally beaten up, this will be a rough ride.

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Zelda Breath of the Wild Runes

See Link’s rune abilities in new ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ video

By on August 24, 2016 at 3:49 PM.

See Link’s rune abilities in new ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ video

Not only is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild one of the most anticipated games of 2017, it’s also one of the last major titles to ever launch on the Wii U. With that in mind, you can understand why Nintendo is already hyping up the game, despite the fact that Breath of the Wild doesn’t even have a release date.

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Sell iPhone

How I get a new iPhone for $125 a year

By on August 24, 2016 at 3:20 PM.

How I get a new iPhone for $125 a year

A new iPhone is rapidly approaching, which means it’s time for my yearly tradition of flogging my old iPhone to strangers on the internet. Upgrading phones every year might be a ridiculous luxury, but if you’re smart about how you do it, upgrading once a year is actually less expensive than upgrading whenever your old device dies.

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iPhone 7 Rumors

Another big leak says iPhone 7 will fix iPhone users’ biggest problem

Another big leak says iPhone 7 will fix iPhone users’ biggest problem

By on August 24, 2016 at 2:51 PM.

If sentiment around the internet is any indication, iPhone owners aren’t very happy with the idea that Apple is planning to ditch the standard headphone jack on its upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Nothing has been confirmed at this point, but everything we’ve seen and heard so far suggests that Apple’s new iPhone models will only have a Lightning port on the bottom, so users who want to use a wired headset will either need to purchase a new one or use an adapter.

Yes, Apple is creating a new problem for iPhone users, though if history has taught us anything the outrage will subside fairly quickly after the new iPhones are released. But potential iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users will be happy to learn that Apple will also likely solve a problem with its new iPhone models, and it’s a big one. More →

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Fake Netflix iTunes Bill Scam

Netflix phishing scam looks to steal credit card details from iPhone users

By on August 24, 2016 at 2:26 PM.

Netflix phishing scam looks to steal credit card details from iPhone users

Whether or not you have active Netflix or Apple accounts makes no difference to hackers looking to steal precious personal data. But you should be aware of a new Netflix email scam that’s using a fake iTunes bill to fool you into giving your credit card details to scammers, so here’s what you need to know about it so you can avoid it.

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Android Nougat Hidden Feature

Android 7.0 has a hidden feature that could finally make it better than iOS

By on August 24, 2016 at 1:57 PM.

Android 7.0 has a hidden feature that could finally make it better than iOS

Android and iOS have been in a user-interface war for years. Who is winning really depends on who you ask, but a secret feature buried in the code for Android 8.0 Nougat shows a feature that would give Android the upper hand.

Android Police uncovered details and screenshots of a navigation bar customizer hidden in the code for Android Nougat. It’s not currently active, as it was pulled from the code base for being “not ready,” but a tipster managed to recreate the feature and provide screenshots.

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TV
Cheap 4K TV 65 Inch

The best 65-inch 4K TV you can buy for under $2,000

By on August 24, 2016 at 1:30 PM.

The best 65-inch 4K TV you can buy for under $2,000

It goes without saying that Samsung makes the best TVs in the world. Forget smart features and ultra-slim designs — they’re great and all, but the television experience begins and ends with the screen and Samsung’s screens are the best on the planet. Period. Samsung’s TVs are getting more affordable as time goes on, but they can still get pretty expensive compared to the competition. That’s not always the case though, and today we’re going to show you a deal you won’t believe.

Meet the Samsung UN65KS8000 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV, which is hands down the best 65-inch 4K television you can buy for under $2,000. More →

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Stephen Colbert Ryan Lochte Interview

Watch Stephen Colbert’s hilarious ‘interview’ with Ryan Lochte

By on August 24, 2016 at 1:03 PM.

Watch Stephen Colbert’s hilarious ‘interview’ with Ryan Lochte

Although the incredible athletic performances and moving human stories should have taken center stage at the Olympics, we were unfortunately too distracted by the saga of Ryan Lochte to pay much attention to the actual competitions.

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Best Free iPhone Apps

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

By on August 24, 2016 at 12:38 PM.

We’ve got something for everyone in today’s batch of paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free. From photos apps to music steaming apps to games and everything in between — there’s even an app in there that will help you cheat at Pokemon Go. We also found an app that lets you listen to your own music while on hold during a phone call, instead of the crummy music on the other end of the line. Pretty cool!

A few additional freebies can be snagged from yesterday’s post as well, but remember that all of these sales could end at any moment. More →

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