Apple is reportedly reinventing the iPhone’s fingerprint reader

Posted on January 21, 2017 by Jon Fingas.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Future iPhones may revolve around more than just an eye-catching curved display. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who frequently (though not always) has a knack for hardware scoops, believes that Apple is designing a whole new Touch ID fingerprint reader for future iPhones and iPads. In order for Apple to virtually eliminate bezels, it needs a reader that sits under the screen -- and that means a brand new optical sensor. Development is underway, the analyst says, but development is still early enough that the technology might not be ready in time for the 2017 iPhone.

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Best Handoff-compatible apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Posted on by Mikah Sargent.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Handoff is one of the most magical Continuity features in Apple's software lineup: Start a task on your iPhone and pick up right where you left off on your Mac or iPad. Even cooler, Handoff works with certain third-party apps, and these are the best ones we've found!

Airbnb

Airbnb lets you find interesting and unique places to stay all over the world. With Handoff support, you can start browsing for places on your iPhone and then view the full blown listing on your Mac. Basically, once you're inside a listing in the iPhone version of Airbnb, your Mac will know what you're looking at and offer a Handoff using your default browser to open the full listing. Aside from Handoff support, Airbnb also supports Notification Center widgets so guests and hosts can see what stays they have coming up in just a swipe.

NYTimes

The NYTimes app brings everything you love about the print version right to your iPhone. With Handoff support, the experience just got even better. Start reading any article on your iPhone and your Mac will automagically know and let you pick up right where you left off on the New York Times website, and vice versa.

iA Writer Pro

iA Writer Pro is a complete writing suite that not only supports Markdown, but works by breaking down the stages of writing. Each has its own font and style to suit each stage. You can also enjoy Syntax Mode and many other features that make writing long or short form content in iA Writer Pro a great experience from start to finish. Now with Handoff support, you can start writing on your iPhone and pick up on your iPad or Mac.

Pocket

Pocket lets you save all the interesting articles, links, and stories you find around the web and in other third party apps for later. Then when you have time to sit and read, just launch Pocket and pick up where you left off. With support for Handoff in iOS 8, you can now start reading something on your iPhone and pick up where you left off on your iPad. Then if you need to switch back, you can easily do so in just a quick swipe or a few taps in Notification Center. Better yet, Pocket's Mac app also supports Handoff so you can easily switch from desktop to iOS in mere seconds.

Things

Things is a complete task management suite that's available for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. With support for projects and simple task management, Things can be as intricate and organized as you want it to be. Or you can throw things in the inbox and organize them later if you feel like it. With support for Handoff, you can quickly start creating tasks on your iPhone and pick up where you left off on your Mac. Right now Things supports iPhone to Mac and vice versa, but Cultured Code has already stated that iPad support for Handoff is coming soon. But as always, you can sync everything including iPad in the cloud for no additional cost.

Wunderlist

Wunderlist is a todo and task management app as well. Aside from general checklists and projects, Wunderlist offers lots of great collaboration tools which make it great for groups that need to work together on certain tasks. Not only that, it's supported across virtually every platform you could think of, which makes it great for workgroups that have many different platforms involved. For those with iOS 8 and Yosemite, Wunderlist fully supports Handoff between all devices so you can start a list or work on something on one device, and pick up where you left off on a different one.

Play Your Favorite Touchscreen Games with Added Bluetooth Functionality [Deals Hub]

Posted on by StackSocial.
Categories: Uncategorized.
Gamers are turning to iOS devices to get their gaming fix on the go. Now you can get a controller good enough for consoles for your mobile gaming experience with the Wireless Mobile Gaming Controller. It’s on sale in the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub. Continue reading

Videos App: The Ultimate Guide

Posted on by Luke Filipowicz.
Categories: Uncategorized.

How do you download and stream iTunes movies and TV shows on your iPhone and iPad? With the Video app!

When you get a movie, TV show, or music video from iTunes, it shows up in the Videos app. There, you can browse your collection, download and watch your content, and control features like closed captions, subtitles, and descriptive audio, where available. And because iPhone and iPad are so portable, you can take it all with you from room to room and place to place, and even AirPlay it to any Apple TV you come across.

How to browse videos you've purchased from the iTunes Store

The Videos app is where all the videos you purchased from the iTunes Store are located. No other media can be viewed from Videos, so make sure you have iTunes video available before using the app.

  1. Launch Videos from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the category tab of the media you want to view. There are four categories to choose from:

    • Movies
    • Rentals
    • TV Shows
    • Music Videos
  3. Tap on the title you want to view.

Here is where you will see a plethora of information about the title you selected. You can see casts lists, runtimes, plot summaries, and much more.

How to see all purchases in Videos on iPhone and iPad

The iTunes Store allows you to both stream or download videos in the Videos app, and if you have a lot purchases but not a lot of downloads, you will want to make sure that you can see everything that is available to you.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on Videos. You will have to scroll down the list a bit.
  3. Tap on the On/Off switch for Show iTunes Purchases.

How to stream a video in Videos on iPhone and iPad

If you want to watch something you have purchased from the iTunes Store, but don't have the space to actually download it to your iPhone or iPad, you can always just stream the content instead. Just remember, any content you have not downloaded onto the iPhone and iPad will have a little cloud icon in the bottom right hand corner. This is the content that can be streamed.

  1. Launch Videos from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the category tab of the media you want to stream. There are four categories to choose from:

    • Movies
    • Rentals
    • TV Shows
    • Music Videos
  3. Tap on the title you want to stream.
  4. Tap on the content you want to stream.

How to download a video from iCloud in Videos on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Videos from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the category tab of the media you want to download. There are four categories to choose from:

    • Movies
    • Rentals
    • TV Shows
    • Music Videos
  3. Tap on the title you want to download.
  4. Tap on the iCloud button next to the content you want to download.

How to change aspect ratios in Videos on iPhone and iPad

You can easily switch between a video's native aspect ratio and fullscreen. The iPhone's fullscreen aspect ratio is 16:9 and the iPad's is 4:3.

  1. Launch Videos from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the category tab of the media you want to view. There are four categories to choose from:

    • Movies
    • Rentals
    • TV Shows
    • Music Videos
  3. Tap on the title you want to watch.
  4. Tap on the name of the content you want to watch.

  5. Double tap on the screen to toggle between fullscreen and widescreen.

How to change your start point in Videos on iPhone and iPad

You can choose at what point your videos will start playing when you go to watch them.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on Videos. You will have to scroll down the list a bit.

  3. Tap on the Start Playing button.
  4. Tap on the option you want.

    • From Beginning: This means all content will start from the very beginning each time you play it.
    • Where Left Off: All content will play from the same spot you stopped watching from the last time you viewed the content.

How to turn on subtitles, closed captions, or audio descriptions in Videos on iPhone or iPad.

Most movies and TV shows you buy on the iTunes Store will come with different audio options, and you can access all of these options with just a few taps.

  1. Launch Videos from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the category tab of the media you want to view. There are four categories to choose from:

    • Movies
    • Rentals
    • TV Shows
    • Music Videos
  3. Tap on the title you want to watch.
  4. Tap on the name of the content you want to watch.

  5. Tap on the screen to bring up the playback controls.
  6. Tap on the alternate track button. It's the little speech bubble in the bottom right corner of your screen.

  7. Tap on the subtitle, closed captioning, or audio description option you want.
  8. Tap on Done.

Note: Subtitles, close-captions, and other options are determined by the studio that made the TV show or movie, not iTunes. If you don't see the options you want, the content may simply not offer it.

How to delete videos in Videos on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Videos from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the edit button.
  3. Tap on the x on the item you want to delete.
  4. Tap on the delete button.

The great thing about Apple, is all your content is still available via iCloud! You can easily re-download all your media at any time.

How to enable picture-in-picture mode in Videos on iPad

The iPad has the capability of playing your videos in picture-in-picture mode, meaning you can answer messages, check your emails, or surf the web while enjoying your favorite media.

  1. Launch Videos from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the category tab of the media you want to view. There are four categories to choose from:

    • Movies
    • Rentals
    • TV Shows
    • Music Videos
  3. Tap on the title you want to watch.
  4. Tap on the play button.

  5. Tap on the screen to bring up play back controls.
  6. Tap on the picture-in-picture button. It's in the bottom right corner of your screen.

How to AirPlay to Apple TV

Whether you're at work, a friend's house, or a hotel, you can AirPlay your Videos collection to any Apple TV you come across. It's a great way to enjoy and share your content on someone else's big screen.

  1. Launch the Videos app from your Home screen.
  2. Go to the video you want to share.
  3. Swipe up from the bottom bezel to bring up Control Center.
  4. Tap the AirPlay button, middle right.
  5. Tap on the Apple TV source you want to AirPlay to.

To turn off AirPlay, just go back to the source list and choose your iPhone or iPad.

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Qualcomm Says Apple’s Claims in $1 Billion Lawsuit Are ‘Baseless’; Company ‘Misrepresented Facts’

Posted on by Rajesh Pandey.
Categories: Uncategorized.
A day after Apple sued Qualcomm to the tune of $1 billion over a variety of patent loyalties, the chip maker has issued a statement calling Apple’s claim “baseless.” Qualcomm says that Apple has “intentionally mischaracterized” the agreements and negotiations between the two companies. Continue reading

Make Your iPhone 5s Look Like an ‘iPhone 7 mini’ with This Kit

Posted on by Rajesh Pandey.
Categories: Uncategorized.
If you head over to Chinese websites like AliExpress or Gearbest, you will find plenty of useful and unique accessories for your iPhone. For iPhone 5s owners, one such particularly useful kit is the ”iPhone 7 mini” kit which transforms your handset into a mini iPhone 7. Continue reading

25% off YETI Hopper 20 Portable Cooler - Deal Alert

Posted on by DealPost Team.
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The YETI Hopper 20 ice-for-days portable cooler and is tough as nails so it can be hauled anywhere you want to take it.  It features a DryHide Shell and nearly indestructible straps will stand up to an abundance of abuse in the field.  It's HydroLok Zipper is completely leakproof, eliminating spills and locking in cold.  It can hold 18 cans, a limit of rainbow trout, or 20 pounds of ice.  The YETI Hopper 20 is currently selling at the discounted price of $225, a good deal considering its $299.95 list price. See this high-end portable cooler now on Amazon. 

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Best iPhone 7 Plus cases

Posted on by Jared DiPane.
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What are the best iPhone 7 Plus cases? Here are our favorites!

The iPhone 7 Plus deserves an ultra cool case to keep it safe. Whether you are looking for a very protective one, or just something to prevent scratches, there are a number of options available to you.

Apple makes its own line of cases for the iPhone 7 Plus and tons of third-party accessory makers do as well. Hunting down the perfect case can take some time, so here are some of the best options available!

Apple Leather case

Apple has been making its own leather cases for a few years now, and they are some of the best cases that you can add to your iPhone 7 Plus. The cases fit snugly on your phone, provide a great layer of protection, and look great.

Being real leather, they all wear differently, so your case ends up becoming even more unique over time. They are available in a variety of colors to match your preference, from blue to grey to red.

While being a bit more expensive than other options, Apple's leather case is worth the money if you want a case that will look great and hold up for a long time.

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MoKo Clear TPU

If you want to pick up one of Apple's new black colors, you are not going to want to hide it. Unfortunately, the Jet Black is going to be a fingerprint magnet, and it is likely to attract and show hairline scratches quickly. A clear case is a great compromise in this situation so that you can still show off your color choice while keeping it protected.

The case is made from a scratch-resistant material, so it will stay looking great for the long term. It has precision cutouts for the ports, and the TPU material makes it easy to put on or take off and comfortable in the hand.

For under $10, it's a no-brainer to put one of these on your brand new iPhone 7 Plus.

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Spigen Thin Fit

If clear cases aren't your thing but you still want a thin layer of protection on your iPhone 7 Plus, Spigen's Thin Fit cases are the way to go.

Available in black, satin silver, gold, and rose gold, you can find one that matches your phone and doesn't add any bulk to it. The case clips over the phone and provides protection from scratches and dings to the back and four sides of the phone.

You'll have access to the buttons directly, as the case has cutouts for them instead of requiring you to press through the case to use them. For around $10 at Amazon, this is a great option for those who don't need a super protective case but still want to keep their phone safe.

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Super Thin iPhone 7 Plus Case

If you're looking for a super thin iPhone case that'll have little to no bulk at all, then take a peek at the Super Thin iPhone 7 Plus Case from Peel!

Designed without any crazy designs or visible logos, and measuring around 0.35mm thin with a subtle lip to protect your camera lens, the Peel's Super Thin iPhone 7 Plus Case is perfect for people who really don't like having a case on their iPhone 7 Plus.

I have been through a bunch of cases and Peel has by far been the best. I have dropped my phone a ton and no shattered or scratched screen. (Marc HemeonOakley, YouTube, Google, & HODINKEE designer)

You can pick up your Peel Super Thin iPhone 7 Plus case in black, jet black, black, silver, gold, or rose gold, AKA the perfect color match for your iPhone 7 Plus!

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i-Blason Transformer

If protection is your main concern, i-Blason's Transformer case may be a great addition to your collection.

Made of two layers, the case has an impact-resistant exterior and a shock-absorbing inner sleeve to ensure that your phone stays safe inside of it. In addition, the Transformer case has a built-in kickstand, so you can keep the phone propped up when you're not holding it. The hard case clips into a belt holster so that you don't have to worry about it fitting in your pocket while transporting it.

You can pick up the two-piece case and holster combo for around $15 at Amazon.

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Otterbox Symmetry Series

If you're in need of a more protective case but don't want something that looks bulky and ugly, Otterbox's Symmetry series is worth checking out.

The cases come in a variety of different colors and prints, and there's even a clear version. If you want to show off your phone while keeping it well protected, the clear version is probably the best choice.

If you'd rather add some flair of your own to your iPhone 7 Plus, you can do that as well with one of the other color choices. The Symmetry series offers a great amount of protection without a ton of bulk.

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Your favorites?

Do you have a favorite that is not listed here? Be sure to drop a link in the comments as well as a brief explanation of why you like it!

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Apple sues Qualcomm for $1 billion in unpaid rebates

Posted on by Joseph Keller.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Apple claims that Qualcomm is withholding payment of more than $1 billion.

Apple is suing Qualcomm, claiming that the chip maker is withholding over $1 billion in rebates for licensing fees from Apple. The company also accuses that Qualcomm of holding a monopoly on chips for wireless devices such as smartphones and tablets.

From Bloomberg:

Apple is demanding Qualcomm hand over money that was supposed to be a rebate for licensing fees. Qualcomm is holding back the money as punishment for Apple cooperating with Korean antitrust regulators, according to the complaint filed in San Diego, California, where Qualcomm is based.

Last month, South Korea fined Qualcomm 1.03 trillion won (about $890 million), describing the company's practices as monopolistic. Qualcomm is currently being sued by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), while also under investigation by authorities in the European Union and Taiwan.

Qualcomm provides processors, wireless modems, and other chips to smartphone makers around the world. Apple notably makes use of the company's wireless modems, though the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus use wireless modems from Intel in certain models.

Update: Qualcomm has responded to Apple's lawsuit with the following statement from Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel:

While we are still in the process of reviewing the complaint in detail, it is quite clear that Apple's claims are baseless. Apple has intentionally mischaracterized our agreements and negotiations, as well as the enormity and value of the technology we have invented, contributed and shared with all mobile device makers through our licensing program. Apple has been actively encouraging regulatory attacks on Qualcomm's business in various jurisdictions around the world, as reflected in the recent KFTC decision and FTC complaint, by misrepresenting facts and withholding information. We welcome the opportunity to have these meritless claims heard in court where we will be entitled to full discovery of Apple's practices and a robust examination of the merits.

iPhone 8 Rumored to Feature Flexible OLED Display and New Pressure-Sensitive 3D Touch Sensor

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The “iPhone 8,” which is believed to be Apple’s flagship for 2017, is rumored to feature a ton of changes and new additions when compared to previous generations. Continue reading

The Belkin Wemo Mini makes your home that much smarter

Posted on by Phil Nickinson.
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A question your friendly neighborhood Modern Dad gets a lot is this: Are connected lights worth it? Sure. But there's a great alternative.

And that alternative is a smart outlet. And we've got a brand new one here from Belkin, called the WeMo Mini.

Here's the gist: It's a power outlet that, uh, plugs into your power outlet.

[CUE XHIBIT YO DAWG MEME.]

It also plugs into your router, which is how it gets smart. Well, as smart as an outlet can get, I guess.

You can turn it off and on with your phone.

Or your voice. It works with Amazon Alexa, and Google Home. But not Apple's HomeKit. Which isn't to say it doesn't work on iOS — it just doesn't use Apple's fancy implementation with Siri.

Why a smart outlet? Why not. It's brilliant (BRILLIANT!) for lamps in hard-to-reach places. I LOVED having my Christmas tree plugged into one so I could just stumble to bed at night and mutter "Alexa, turn off the Christmas tree."

And the new Wemo Mini makes things even better by slimming down the outlet itself, so you can use two at the same time. It's a much better shape than the old favorite.

The only real down side here? Belkin's Wemo app isn't great. It's the same on Android as it is on iOS, which is fine and all. Setup is still kind of a pain. And the app is only meant to be used in a single location. (There are third-party options that can help with that, though.)

But all in all? This is a really flexible product. So long as it's in range of your Wifi and fits on the outlet, it'll work great. And now in this smaller form, it'll fit in more places.

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Best Buy Offering Free iPhone SE With Every iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus

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Best Buy is among the very few retailers in the United States that continuously offers decent deals on the iPhone. The latest deal from the retailer is particularly enticing as it is bundling an iPhone SE for free when you purchase and activate an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus from it. Continue reading

34% off SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick 200GB - Deal Alert

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The SanDisk Connect wireless stick is a flash drive with a unique twist -- you can access it wirelessly. Whether it's in your pants pocket, in your bag, or on the picnic table at your campsite, the Connect wireless stick lets you stream media or move files wirelessly with up to three computers, phones or tablets simultaneously. Connections are made via built-in wifi (think "hotspot"), so no external wireless or internet services are needed. A USB connection is also available, if desired. Storage on this model is a generous 200GB. Reviewers on Amazon report at least 8-10 hours of battery life on one charge. This model is currently discounted 34%, from $119.99 down to $78.95. See it now on Amazon.

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Digital Offers: Grab a lifetime subscription to MailButler for just $35

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Managing email is not an easy thing these days. So much of our communication is done through email that it becomes very easy to fall behind or start to miss things. Don't forget to reply to an important email or miss out on a reply because you got sidetracked, and look for a better way to make email work for you.

Meet MailButler Professional a great way to keep on top of everything, and make email work better for you. You'll be able to upload emails to the cloud, schedule emails to be sent at certain times and so much more to keep on top of all your emails with ease.

  • Mark your emails as to-do items to never forget about important tasks again
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Normally, this would set you back nearly $1,500, but right now you can pay just a small fraction of that. Priced at just $35, you can't go wrong with MailButler if you need some help with managing your email. Whether you need something to snooze your emails until later, or undo emails that you sent by accident, this is a great way to do it for an affordable price.

Comic: An elegant computer for a more civilized age

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Happy Saturday, iMore! Because Rich is awesome, he's letting us run some of his Mac-themed comics from the Diesel Sweeties archive on weekends. Bonus comics, woo! We hope you enjoy.

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Apple Exploring Two-Step Touch ID and Facial Recognition System for iPhone 8

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Noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a research report today in which he outlined further expectations for Apple's 2017 iPhone, including new biometric identification technology as well as the necessity of a new design to provide better structural support for a flexible OLED display with 3D Touch capability.
Apple may switch to a film sensor from the current FPCB sensor in order to provide better 3D Touch user experience, as a film sensor offers higher sensitivity. Also, we expect the new OLED iPhone will come with a flexible OLED panel. To avoid deforming the form factor of the flexible OLED panel from touch operation pressure, a metal structural part will be placed under the film sensor to provide more robust structural support.
Kuo also believes Apple is developing a new Touch ID technology for its next iPhone "to complement its full-screen (zero bezel) form factor design and to enhance transactions security". According to Kuo, the existing "under glass" design of fingerprint recognition doesn't meet the requirements of full-screen form factor designs, therefore an "under panel" placement is required.

As a result, Kuo says Apple aims to switch from the current capacitive-type to an optical-type system. Despite the technology still being in the early stages of development and the fact that OLED panel makers will have to provide bespoke designs for the system to work, Kuo believes Apple has the bargaining power to request the customizations.

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Notably, Kuo believes the fingerprint recognition system will "ultimately be replaced by a facial recognition system" for enhanced security. "However, if the technical challenges cannot be overcome, we believe a combination of fingerprint and facial recognition is another possible solution."
Judging by the bio-recognition patents that Apple has applied for, we believe it is leaning toward facial recognition technology rather than iris recognition. However, we note that the technical challenges of facial recognition include: (1) algorithms; (2) hardware design; and (3) the build-out of a database for verification and authentication, which could be time consuming. As such, before Apple can fully replace the fingerprint system with facial recognition, a combination of the two steps of bio-recognition could be a valid solution for enhancing transactions security.
Assuming the technological challenges are not too great and adoption this year isn't too soon, Kuo suggests Apple's new system will usher in a "paradigm shift" for the application of biometric identification in smartphones.

Kuo's latest report builds on previous predictions regarding this year's "10th anniversary" iPhone, which is expected to feature a radical redesign with an embedded home button in an edge-to-edge display, a glass body, and potentially wireless charging. Previous rumors suggesting the iPhone 8 could include advanced biometric features like facial recognition or iris scanning have pointed to the possibility that they could also power augmented reality camera functions.


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Where to find rare Pokémon in Pokémon Go! [Updated!]

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How do you find rare Pokémon and complete your Pokédex? With Nearby, Sightings, nests, and more!

Before you can catch any 'mons in Pokémon Go, you first have to find them. And that can be easier said then done, especially for rare Pokémon like Snorlax, Dragonite, Lapras, Porygon, Chancey, and Muk. It took a long time for me to complete my Gen 1 North American Pokédex and get all the Gen 2 babies, but Pokémon has made some changes since then and it might just be easier now! That's due to the new Nearby, the restored Sightings, and crowdsourced tools like the nest atlas and Facebook groups. Put it all together, and you have a really good chance of finding all the rare Pokémon you need!


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Where do you find different types of Pokémon in Pokémon Go?

At first it seemed like some Pokémon were only found in certain places or environments — called biomes. Ever since the Pokémon Go Bonus Event, when more frequent and diverse spawns were introduced, that hasn't been absolutely true any more.

Some Pokémon might still be more common in some areas, and water Pokémon might still best be found near the water and electric Pokémon in electric biomes, but theoretically any Pokémon can now spawn anywhere.

I live in a north eastern suburb of a relatively small city and I've had Snorlax spawn at the gas station and the park, Gyrados and Lapras along the side of not-to-busy roads, Porygon spawn at the mall, and Tangela as the airport. If you live in or go to a big city, you'll significantly increase your odds of seeing Dragonite or Muk spawn, but otherwise it's more about putting time in and paying attention.

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So, how do you find the rare Pokémon in your area?

Pokémon Go now includes two distinct forms of detecting the Pokémon in your immediate vicinity. The first is Nearby, which shows you Pokémon hanging around the PokéStops in your area. The second is Sightings, which shows you the Pokémon hiding anywhere close by, ready to spawn.

The Pokémon tab at the bottom right of your travel screen shows you up to three Pokémon. Tap on it, and you'll see up to nine. Depending on what's in your area, they'll be all Nearby, all Sightings, or a mix of both.

Neither Nearby or Sightings shows you every Pokémon around you. If there are a lot of PokéStops in your area and a lot of Pokémon loitering at those Stops, Nearby will only show you one or two from each Stop. Same with Sightings.

Theoretically, rare Pokémon will be highlighted so you don't miss them. Theoretically.

How do you track using 'Nearby' in Pokémon Go?

"Nearby" is the new, default tracking system in Pokémon Go. It shows up whenever you're even remotely close to a PokéStop and then shows you which Pokémon are hanging out around that stop, just waiting to spawn. If you see one you want, here's how to track it down.

  1. Tap the Pokémon Tab at the bottom right of the screen.
  2. Look at the top, beneath the NEARBY header.
  3. Tap the Pokémon you want to track.
  4. Tap the Footprints button to start tracking.

The map will zoom out and show you the PokéStop where that Pokémon is located, and hang a Footprints flag over it.

If you lose track of the Pokémon, simply pan around. You'll see the flag hanging over the PokéStop, even from a distance. If you forget which Pokémon you're tracking, just look for the highlight rings around it.

How long do you have the catch a Pokémon you're tracking?

Pokémon spawn for 30 minutes. If you're looking on your screen when a Pokémon pops up on Nearby, that's how long you have to get it. If the Pokémon is already on Nearby when you start playing, then you have to hustle. There's no way to tell how far into the 30 min. you are.

What happens if a Pokémon disappears just before you get to it?

There's no worse feeling than hauling but to get to the PokéStop that has the Pokémon you're tracking only to watch it de-spawn just before you arrive. Especially if it was in a hard-to-get-to place, late at night, cold outside, or yes to all of that.

Luckily, there's a "grace period". If you keep going to the PokéStop and you get there quickly, chances are the Pokémon will still spawn for you, even if you no longer see it on Nearby.

Yes, tenacity matters.

Why does Nearby go blank when you're driving?

Pokémon Go has a speed lock that kicks in if you're going over 35 KM/H. Not only does it prevent you from spinning PokéStops, it turns off Nearby and Sightings. It's meant to prevent people from playing Pokémon Go while driving, but sadly it effects passengers as well.

So, if the Pokémon you've been tracking disappears, don't worry. Just keep going where you're going and when you slow down and stop, within a short amount of time Nearby and Settings should return and the Pokémon should spawn. (The exact time depends on how fast you were going and for how long.)

How do you stop tracking in Pokémon Go?

You can only track one Pokémon at a time. If you try to track another, you'll stop tracking the first. You can also purposefully stop tracking at any time.

  1. Tap the Pokémon Tab at the bottom right of the screen.
  2. Tap the Pokémon you want to stop track.
  3. Tap the Footprints button to stop tracking.

There's no harm leaving tracking on since, if you get out of range, you'll simply get a message saying the Pokémon has fled. If that annoys you, though, stop tracking away!

How do you find Pokémon using Sightings in Pokémon Go?

When there aren't any PokéStops in range or when you're within 200m of a spawn that isn't attached to a PokéStop, Sightings will appear. It's often below Nearby, though, so you'll need to expand the tab to see it. Rare Pokémon should pop to the top no matter what, but it's worth checking when you have time just to make sure you never miss that Snorlax lurking on the corner...

  1. Tap the Nearby Tab at the bottom right of the screen.
  2. Look towards the bottom, beneath the SIGHTINGS header.

Unlike Nearby, Sightings won't show you where the Pokémon is. (If you tap it, you'll get a polite note telling you to 'Find these Pokémon in the Wild'.)

Help! There's a Pokémon on Sightings and it can't be found!

Pokémon in Sightings aren't attached to a PokéStop the way Pokémon in Nearby are. That means they can be anywhere within 200m, and that makes finding them more of a challenge.

Here's how to hunt them down:

  1. Start walking.
  2. If the Pokémon spawns, you've found it. Catch away!
  3. If the Pokémon disappears from Sightings, you've gone the wrong way. Turn around!
  4. Walk in different directions, narrowing down the angles until the Pokémon spawns.

There are a couple of ways to make the process easier:

  • Pokémon will often spawn in the same spawn points or nests — street corners, parking lots, Gyms, piers, docks, etc. — so get familiar with the ones in your area and head in their direction(s) first.
  • The Silph Road has a tracker you can use to help triangulate if you need it.

Wait, what are spawn points and nests in Pokémon Go?

Spawn points, sometimes called "nests" when they meet specific criteria, are places where Pokémon commonly spawn. A spawn point (or nest) can be around a Pokéstop and appear in Nearby, or around Gyms, at street corners, in parking lots, near access points to waterways, etc. and appear on Sightings.

What makes a spawn point a spawn point is that the same Pokémon tend to spawn there multiple times a day, and sometimes in clusters of two, three, or more.

Sometimes they even cover multiple PokéStops and spawn points. For example, an entire park might be a nest for one type of Pokémon with up to a dozen areas that spawn regularly.

Are there any lists of all the spawn points and nests?

Yup! The Sliph Road maintains the most popular crowd-sourced nest atlas on the web.

If you consider crowdsourcing to be outside the bounds of fair play, you can find most of your local nests on your own simply by keeping track of any out-of-the-ordinary spawns.

Any cluster spawns of 2 or more Pokémon of the same kind at the same time and any repeated spawns of the same Pokémon over a few days are indicators you've found a nest. Just keep notes if you need to.

Are the Pokémon at spawn points and nests always the same?

They're the same for two weeks, then they change. Known and "migrations", the changes occur on alternate Thursdays at 12 a.m. GMT. (4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET). So, over the course of a few months, your Charmander nest might become Slowpoke, Chamander again, Diglett, Drowzee, Paras, then Growlith, and so on.

Nest migrations are seemingly random, so if you get one you need, hit it as often as you can in those two weeks. Conversely, if a close by nest is useless, just wait a couple weeks and it'll change.

Can more than one type of Pokémon spawn from the same point?

Some nests only spawn one Pokémon type, or one interesting type along with some commons like Pidgey and Rattata. Others spawn multiple interesting Pokémon. For example, Staryu, Slowpoke, Polywag, Psyduck, and Magikarp often all spawn at the same water-side points.

Do all Pokémon have nests?

Sadly, no. No nests are currently being reported for Grimer, Muk, Dratini, Dragonair, Dragonite, Lapras, Snorlax, Porygon, or other ultra-rare Pokémon.

Evolved Pokémon can spawn at base Pokémon nests, though, albeit very rarely. For example, a Starmie will once-in-a-very-while spawn at a Staryu nest, or a Slowbro at a Slowpoke nest.

Dratini nests, please?!

Dratini can spawn at Magikarp nests, though rarely. Even if Magikarp spawn hourly, for example, Dratini might only spawn once or twice a day.

Still, if you have a PokéStop or spawn point that gets frequent and multiple Magikarp, and its right on the water, odds are you'll get infrequent Dratini as well. Piers are among the best places to wait and hope for Dratini.

What about Snorlax, Dragonite, and Lapras?

No nests, but they often appear in the same areas once a day or once a week. Each has their own environment, like Lapras near water or Dragonite in the mountains, but they also spawn in densely populated areas like cities. In my city, they seem to love the Olympic Stadium and Botanical Gardens downtown.

The best way to find out where the super-rare Pokémon hang out in your area is to make friends with other trainers, join local Pokémon Go Facebook groups, and get onto IM groups that ping everyone when they see that Snorlax spawn at the park.

Ditto — a little help?

Ditto can transform into other Pokémon and, so far, he's only being encountered in the wild in his transformed state. That means you can't see Ditto on Nearby or Sightings, and you won't know if he's spawned right next to you — you'll just see a Rattata, Pidgey, Magikarp, or Zubat with no visual or audible clue that they're anything other than they seem... until you catch them.

It's only then you'll be greeted with an "Oh?" instead of a "Gotcha!" and he'll be revealed as Ditto.

See how to find and catch Ditto in Pokémon Go

Can nests ever go away?

It's hard to tell. Some PokéStops and Gyms don't see to ever spawn at all. Other times nests just get taken over by incredibly common Pokémon for two weeks, like Caterpie or Krabby, and can seem like they went away.

The best thing to do is wait a couple weeks and check again.

What about map tracker apps and websites?

Pokémon Go has really cracked down on those over the last few months leading to many of them simply shutting down. If there's a working tracker app or website for your area, and you don't think it takes all the fun out of the game, more power to you.

Your local Pokémon Go Facebook group is a good place to find out about what works, what doesn't, and what the risks are for using tracker maps in your area.

Are there any rare Pokémon you just can't find?

Pokémon Go still has regional exclusives. If you live outside those areas, you'll never see those Pokémon on Sightings or Nearby.

  • Parts of North America: Taurus.
  • Parts of Europe: Mr. Mime.
  • Parts of Asia: Farfetch'd,
  • Australia: Kangaskhan.

The Gen 2 babies currently don't spawn at all and so can only be obtained by hatching them from eggs. That includes:

  • Pichu (baby Pikachu)
  • Togepi (baby Togetic)
  • Cleffa (baby Clefairy)
  • Igglybuff (baby Jigglypuff)
  • Magby (baby Magmar)
  • Smoochum (baby Jinx)
  • Elekid (baby Electobuzz)

See how to hatch Pichu, Togepi, and Gen 2 babies in Pokémon Go!

Also, while you can evolve Togepi, her evolution doesn't currently spawn either. So add to the list:

  • Togetic

Learn how to get Togetic in Pokémon Go!

Any Pokémon Go Nearby or Sightings tracking questions?

If you still have questions about how to track and find Pokémon in Pokémon Go, especially the rare ones, ask in the comments below!

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Up is down, down is up: Apple’s always responsible

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Imagine, if you will for just a moment, being Apple. For years you’re told the sky is falling because Android has taken more market share and, uh, well, for some reason that’s bad, although no one is ever really able to articulate why when you take all the profit and get most of the apps first.

IT’S JUST BAD, OK?

Does there have to be a reason for everything?

Anyway, you have the lowest market share! So low. Very bad.

Well, hey, despite having the lowest market share, what if you were also somehow responsible for all the ills of smartphones?!

“Apple Sued for Choosing Not to 'Lock-Out' iPhones Behind the Wheel to Prevent Texting and Driving.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Quint Bailey.)

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Qualcomm Calls Apple’s Claims ‘Baseless’ in Response to $1 Billion Lawsuit

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Following news yesterday that Apple has filed suit against LTE modem supplier Qualcomm for engaging in anticompetitive licensing practices, the chipmaker hit back on Sunday by calling Apple's claims "baseless" and accusing it of "encouraging regulatory attacks".

Apple shared a statement with several news sites on Friday announcing the lawsuit, which argued that Qualcomm used its position as the sole supplier of a key iPhone component to drive up patent licensing fees. This morning Qualcomm responded in a statement on its website in which it claimed that Apple "intentionally mischaracterized our agreements and negotiations".

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"While we are still in the process of reviewing the complaint in detail, it is quite clear that Apple's claims are baseless. Apple has intentionally mischaracterized our agreements and negotiations, as well as the enormity and value of the technology we have invented, contributed and shared with all mobile device makers through our licensing program. Apple has been actively encouraging regulatory attacks on Qualcomm's business in various jurisdictions around the world, as reflected in the recent KFTC decision and FTC complaint, by misrepresenting facts and withholding information. We welcome the opportunity to have these meritless claims heard in court where we will be entitled to full discovery of Apple's practices and a robust examination of the merits," said Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel, Qualcomm Incorporated.
Qualcomm was the sole supplier of LTE modems used in iPhones up until 2016, when Intel also began providing the component with the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Apple claims Qualcomm forced it to use the LTE chips and pay back a percentage of the selling price of the phone in return for access to its patents.

Apple wants $1 billion in rebate payments, which were withheld by Qualcomm after Apple became involved in an antitrust investigation against the company in South Korea.


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Keep your iPhone 7 Plus safe on your hip for just $20 today!

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Not a fan of cases but want an easy way to keep your iPhone 7 Plus safe while not in your pocket? If so, check out Seidio's spring-clip holster for an easy way to secure it to your hip without any extra bulk. You can use the phone without a case, and still keep it secured in the holster when not using it, and today you can pick one up for just $20.