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Best Pokémon Go tips and tricks — Updated for Gen 2!

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What are the best Pokémon Go tips and tricks for Pokémon Go now that it's hit Gen 2? These!

I've been playing Pokémon Go since launch day. I'm currently level 36, have completed my Gen 1 North American Pokédex, have hatched all the Pokémon babies, and am getting close to completing the medals and Gen 2. Over the last many months, levels, events, and encounters, I've picked up a few tips and tricks that have helped me immensely. It's the stuff I know now that I wish I knew back when I started. Heck, I wish I knew some of it back when I hit level 30!

Check out these Pokémon Go cheats as well!


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1. Check your Nearby and Sightings

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.

Nearby squashes Sightings

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.

Theoretically, rare Pokémon will be highlighted so you don't miss them. Theoretically. Nearby tends to overwhelm Sightings, though, so if a Snorlax is in the area but not at a PokéStop, you'd have to walk within 40m or so or risk missing it. Catch some of the Pokémon at the PokéStops, though, and you thin things out, letting Sightings back in. Then you might see that Snorlax sooner.

FOMO vs. YOLO

You can't watch Nearby and Sightings 24/7, and FOMO (fear of missing out) is best avoided, but if you do have a few moments here or there to tap open Pokémon Go and take a peak, do it. I was once out filming a video review, took a spare second to check, and found a Snorlax had spawned right on top of me.

When I arrived at a friend's house for dinner, I popped it open and saw a Lapras right on the street corner. It's only happened a handful of times, and I've no doubt missed more than I've caught, but catching any super-rare Pokémon that just happen to be around is better than none.

See how to find rare Pokémon in Pokémon Go

2. Know your nests

Most Pokémon have "nests", or consistent places where one to four of the same Pokémon will spawn regularly, sometimes even hourly. Sadly, very rare Pokémon like Tyranitar, Mareep, Dragonite, Snorlax, Lapras, and even Grimer don't have any known nests, but others like Electabuzz, Magmar, and Jinx do.

How nests and migrations work

Nests currently "migrate" every two weeks. These migrations occur at 12 a.m. GMT. (4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET) every second Thursday. That's good, because it gives you a couple weeks to stock up on any good Pokémon at your local nests, but also changes things up fairly quickly if you get stuck with a bad nest. So, over the course of a few months, your Charmander nest might become Slowpoke, Charmander again, Diglett, Drowzee, Paras, then Growlith, and so on. Nest migrations are seemingly random, though, so you never really know what you'll get.

Regular spawns vs. cluster spawns

Some nests only spawn one Pokémon type or only 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.

Higher-level spawns

Occasionally, evolved Pokémon can spawn at base Pokémon nests. For example, a Starmie will once-in-a-very-while spawn at a Staryu nest, or a Slowbro at a Slowpoke nest.

Dratini spawn

And even though there are no Dratini nests, Dratini can very occasionally spawn from Magikarp nests. For example, if Magikarp spawn hourly, Dratini may spawn at the same place once or twice a day and, even more rarely, Dragonair.

Learn about Pokémon Go nests and how to find them

3. Always throw Curve Balls

ABC: Always be Curving. Throwing a Curve Ball in Pokémon Go is believed to give you a 1.7x bonus to catch a Pokémon. (Catching means they don't break free from your Poké Ball or, worse, flee.)

The 1.7x bonus for a Curve Ball is higher than the 1.5x bonus you get for using a Razz Berry or switching to a Great Ball, and it consumes no resources. It's also cumulative, so if you do use a Razz Berry or Great or Ultra Ball, you still get a 1.7x bonus for curving. It's basically free bonus. All you have to do is get good at throwing it.

Learn how to throw the perfect curve ball every time

Get your medals — and bonuses!

Each Pokémon has one or two types, and each type has a medal. Typically, if you catch 10 of the same type, you get a bronze medal. Catch 50, and you get a silver medal. Catch 200, and you get a gold medal. Why bother? Bronze medal earns you an extra 1.1x bonus for catching Pokémon. Silver gets you a 1.2x bonus and gold gets you 1.3x. It's not as high as a Curve Ball bonus, but it's also effortless once you have it. And any bonus you get to catching that Dragonite might matter!

Read how to stack your bonuses to catch any Pokémon

Stack, stack, stack

Bonuses stack together, so if you use a Razz Berry then throw a Curve Ultra Ball at a Pokémon you have Gold Medal for, and hit the Excellent Bonus, you catch rate multiplies through the roof.

  • Poké Ball: x1.
  • Curve Poké Ball: x1.7.
  • Curve Ultra Ball: x3.4.
  • Curve Ultra Ball + Razz Berry: x5.1.
  • Curve Ultra Ball + Razz Berry + Excellent: x10.2.
  • Curve Ultra Ball + Razz Berry + Excellent + Gold Medal: x13.26.

How to stack bonuses and catch any Pokémon in Pokémon Go

Don't throw good balls after bad Pokémon

When you a see a Pokémon on your catch screen you also see the CP (Combat Power) of that Pokémon. If the CP is low we tend to think the level is low, making it easier to catch. But CP doesn't just depend on level, it also depends on stats (IV).

So, a Pokémon with low CP could be a low-level Pokémon with good stats... or it could also be a high-level Pokémon with lousy stats that's super hard to catch.

In other words, if a low CP Pokémon has a red or orange ring around it and keeps escaping your Poké Ball, odds are it's a lousy Pokémon that just happens to be high level and may not be worth your continued time and resources to catch.

4. AR = Augment your range

Augmented Reality (AR) Mode, where Pokémon are superimposed on the real world as seen through your phone's camera, is the default in Pokémon Go. Conventional wisdom is to turn it off to prevent distraction and reduce battery drain.

Most of the time that's exactly what you want to do. Sometimes, though, AR can be your best friend.

That's when a Pokémon is standing or flying further away and it's more challenging to hit them successfully. Flying Pokémon like Golbat love to do that. So does Dragonite.

Sure, you can practice on long-range Pokémon to hit those long-range Curve Balls and Nice, Great, and Excellent bonuses. But you can also tap on AR mode, tilt your phone, and bring those long-range Pokémon into close-range.

It can be especially useful if you're missing a lot and wasting a lot of Pokéballs, Great Balls, or Ultra Balls.

So, give it a shot. (Haha!)

5. Catch 'em all, seriously

You may be tempted to ignore more common Pokémon or Pokémon you already have for rare Pokémon and the ones you still need to complete your Pokédex. Don't. If you have enough Poké Balls, there's more than enough reason to keep catching the more common or already registered Pokémon.

Grind Pidget, Caterpie, and Weedle for XP

Pidgeys, Caterpie, and Weedle only require 12 candies to evolve. So, basically, you want to catch as many as possible to get as much candy as possible, then drop a Lucky Egg and evolve them all at once to get as much XP as possible. It's called grinding and it's a huge accelerator when it comes to leveling up. (Even Rattata at 25 candies can be used to grind.)

None of the Gen 2 Pokémon, even the common ones, require so few candies, so stick to the Gen 1.

That Stardust

To power up Pokémon you need candy and Stardust. Candy has to come from the specific Pokémon you want to power up (or one of its evolutions — Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, and Venusaur all use Bulbasaur candy). Stardust, though, can come from any Pokémon you catch or hatch, among other ways.

In other words, if you want to evolve a Rhydon, you need to catch, hatch, or walk Rhyhorn or Rhydon as much as possible to get as many candies as possible. If you want to power up your Rhydon, though, you can catch or hatch anything for the Stardust.

Catching as many Pokémon as possible means you have as much Stardust as possible to power up.

6. Eek the most out of Eggs

There are two kinds of eggs in Pokémon Go: Pokémon Eggs that hatch Pokémon and Lucky Eggs that double the XP you get for catching and hatching Pokémon and performing other in-game actions. Pokémon Eggs are free and you can only get them from spinning PokéStops. You can buy Lucky Eggs but you also get them as rewards for hitting some levels.

Regardless of the kind of egg you have, you want to get the most out of it.

Hatch as much as you can

Incubators are one of the very few things I'll pay for if I need to. Sure, you'll get a lot of common Pokémon, but you'll also get some rare Pokémon that would take you a long time to catch in the wild, and it's currently the only way to get the Gen 2 Pokémon babies.

How to hatch Pokémon Go eggs faster

Stack your Lucky Eggs for max XP

If you have a Lucky Egg, a bunch of Pidgey, Caterpie, Weedle, and Rattata you want to mass-evolve for leveling, and a slew of Pokémon Eggs available to hatch, start your 10 KM eggs incubating. When you get to 5 KM on them, start your 5 KM eggs incubating. When you get to 8 KM / 3 KM, start your 2 KM eggs incubating.

Coordinate your KM

When they're about to hatch, drop your Lucky Egg and start your mass evolution. You can do one evolution every 20 seconds, so if you have enough Pokémon and enough candy, you can really make an XP dent. (Some people like force-quitting each evolution to speed up the process — your mileage may vary.)

Fold in your Stops and streaks

If you can time your daily PokéStop spin bonus (see below) — or better, your weekly spin bonus — all the better. And if you happen to hatch something new, your Pokédex bonus will get doubled as well!

When everything comes together, you can not only get some new Pokémon, candy and Stardust to evolve more great Pokémon, and a huge amount of XP towards your next level.

Here's how to hatch Pichu, Topegi, and the other Gen 2 Pokémon babies

7. Measure twice, evolve once

I know the feeling. You finally have the 25 candies you need to evolve Larvitar to Pupitar or Dratini to Dragonair. But then those 25 candies are gone and you need to hatch, catch, or Buddy walk another 100 candy to evolve Tyranitar or Dragonite.

And during that long, long span of time, you might just hatch or catch a better Larvitar or Dragonair.

If all you care about is finishing your Pokédex, it may not matter to you. But if you care about evolving the best Pokémon possible, ones with the highest CP (Combat Power) and HP (Hit Points) to attack or defend Gyms — or just show off! — then you'll need the best base levels to evolve from.

Hard as it may be, wait until you have the full 125 candies to evolve to the final stage before you pick which base Pokémon you want to evolve. Also: Don't power up before you level up for similar reasons.

Best Pokémon to evolve and power up for attacking and defending Gyms

The Pyro, Sparky, and Rainer trick — Now with Sakura and Tamao!

Remember how you could evolve your first Flareon, Jolteon, or Vaporeon by naming your choice Eevee after the original cartoon trainers, Pyro, Sparky, or Rainer respectively?

Well, the same trick works for the Gen 2 Umbreon and Espeon. Just use:

  • Sakura for Espeon
  • Tamao for Umbreon

If you want more Espeon or Umbreon, you have to make an Eevee your Buddy, walk 10 KM with it, then evolve during the day (Espeon) or at night (Umbreon) while it's still your Buddy.

The Tyrogue trick

Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee have a new base form in Pokémon Go Gen 2 named Tyrogue. If you had Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan before, their Candy has now been merged into Tyrogue Candy and you can use it to evolve any future Tyrogue you catch or hatch into any of the Hitmon.

Everyone is still trying to figure out what the trick is for determining which Hitmon you get, but the leading theory is that it involves an homage to the original game. If true, when you evolve Tyrogue, you get:

  • Hitmonlee when Attack is the highest stat.
  • Himonchan when Defense is the highest stat.
  • Hitmontops when HP is the highest stat.

Scoring evolution items

Evolution Items are items that trigger new or newly split evolutions. You collect them from PokéStops, like you do Pokémon Eggs, and use them to unlock the new Gen 2 evolutions and splits.

  • Sun Stone: Evolve Gloom to Bellossum (and Gen 2 Sunkern into Sunflora).
  • Kings Rock: Evolve Poliwhirl to Politoed, Slowpoke to Slowking
  • Metal Coat: Evolve Onix to Steelix, Scyther to Scizor
  • Dragon Scale: Evolve Seadra to Kingdra
  • Up Grade: Evolve Porygon to Porygon 2

They're less common than Pokémon Eggs so you'll have to hit a lot of PokéStops to get them. They're also single-use only, which means you'll need to get one for each evolution you want to perform. Yeah.

Right now, most people seem to get at least one — and very rarely more than one — during their 7-day streak spin. There are reports of people getting one — and very rarely more than one — during other spins as well. That's after 300 to 500 spins, though, making Evolution Items the lowest drop-rate items in the game, by far.

Speaking of streaks...

8. PokéStops and Bonus Streaks

Pokémon Go encourages you to play regularly by giving you daily and weekly bonuses not just for catching Pokémon but for spinning PokéStops. They're called "streaks". Your first spin of the day will get you extra items and XP. Spin every day and you get an even bigger weekly bonus on the seventh day. Also, if you spin ten PokéStops in a row, with no more than ten minutes between each one, you also get extra items. So...

Stocking up from spins

Spin as often as you can. Once you get comfortable with the PokéStops near where you live, work, learn, and play, and along your regular travel routes, spin them whenever possible. It costs you nothing but can significantly boost your stock of Pokémon Eggs (so you can hatch more Pokémon), Poké Balls, Great Balls, Ultra Balls, Razz Berries, Potions, Super Potions, Hyper Potions, Max Potions, Revives, and Max Revives.

Using rather than losing

With the new items, your backpack can run out of space. Rather than trashing items to make space for additional Pokémon and spins, you can use it. More than that, you can let your items lead you and help you to decide what to do while you're out playing.

Have an excess of Balls? Go hunting for Pokémon to catch. (And walk off those extra Pokémon Eggs at the same time!). Too many Potions and Revives weighing you down? Go battle at some Gyms.

Not only is it a great strategy for getting as much free stuff as possible, it helps keep storage open so you never lose out on a Pokémon Egg or anything else you desperately need just because your bag is full of stuff you don't.

9. Pick your Pokémon

While the number of Pokémon in the Pokédex expanded, and the movesets have been remixed, one thing that hasn't changed is how Gym placement works. The Pokémon with the highest CP (Combat Power) sits highest on the Gym and has the best chance of staying there the longest. That means a max CP of 3000 or more. Preferably more. So, when it comes to the top ranked Pokémon, the only thing that's really new is the addition of a couple Pokémon from Gen 2:

  • Tyranitar — Max CP 3670
  • Dragonite - Max CP 3581
  • Snorlax - Max CP 3355
  • Rhydon - Max CP 3300
  • Gyarados - Max CP 3281
  • Blissey - Max CP 3219
  • Vaporeon - Max CP 3157

That also means those are the Pokémon you're most likely to fight on a Gym, so you'll want their counters available as well:

  • Machamp to counter Tyranitar, Snorlax, and Blissey
  • Cloyster or Lapras to counter Dragonite
  • Vaporeon to counter Rhydon
  • Jolteon or Ampharos to counter Gyarados and Vaporeon.

Here are the Pokémon you should evolve and power up first

Know your types

Every Pokémon has its strengths and weaknesses. You can learn them all if you want to, and figure out precisely the best attacker or prestiger for every possible defender, but odds are you'll be seeing the same high CP Pokémon in most Gyms, most of the time. So, even if you only remember those, you'll be off to a good start.

12. Play smarter not harder

Pokémon Go has really helped me get out and go. Going for hikes of 5KM or more is a lot more fun when I'm catching and hatching Pokémon along the way. That said, sometimes my schedule or the weather makes it hard to get all those KM in. So, I play smart.

Make your movement count

You can leave Pokémon Go on while you're doing housework, shopping, walking the dog, even riding in slow-moving transports like ski lifts, trams, ferries, buses in traffic, and more. Around 10KM is the sweet spot for hatching eggs and walking Buddies, but stop and go can still add up.

The Apple Watch advantage

If you have an Apple Watch, the Pokémon Go extension can make all of the above even more efficient. It counts steps and can credit you for distance the phone app sometimes misses.

The lazy way

Stuck at home or in the office? GPS drift — where your trainer runs around because Pokémon Go can't get an exact fix — can add up to extra KM for hatching eggs or walking your Buddy as well. Even if there's no PokéStop where you are, there might be a spawn point that'll still bring you ample Pokémon to Catch. And you can always drop an Incense, which will bring you a bunch of common Pokémon every few minutes and maybe even one or two more exciting Pokémons.

Gym wins

Gyms are easier to take down now than the use to be. As a result, Gyms are getting taken down more often — even level 10 gyms. So, if you're out and about, it's always worth checking a Gym to see if it has a free slot, or would be trivial to take down or prestige up to get you a free slot.

Taking advantage of travel

Traveling fits right into this as well. I've built up series KM walking through airports, being stuck in cabs and Ubers on the way to hotels, and having my trainer run around while I'm in the hotel. Many big city hotels have multiple PokéStops within range as well, perfect for Lures if you have them. (Likewise coffee shops — warm, safe, and PokéStopped!)

Bonus: An ounce of Gen 4 preparation...

Pokémon Go Gen 2 has just arrived but it's never too early to start preparing for Gen 4! These are the Pokémon that will be getting new evolutions in the not-so-distant — we hope! — future. Catch more so you're ready when they arrive!

  • Aipom
  • Gligar
  • Misdreavus
  • Murkrow
  • Piloswine
  • Porygon2
  • Sneasel
  • Togetic
  • Yanma

Your best Pokémon Go tips and tricks?

These are my Pokémon Go tips and tricks. Others have their tips but these ones are mine. I'd love to learn yours, so if you have any — or you have any questions! — drop them in the comments below!

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Can't get Pokemon Go to load? Nothing there when you get in? Everything frozen? Here's what's going on!

Update February 22, 2017: Pokémon Trainer Club is down and that means, if you use PTC to log in to Pokémon Go, you're currently getting the dreaded "Failed to Log In" error. (If you're using a Google account, you should be fine!)


BREAKING: Pokémon Go 2 now LIVE!

Trending: Hatch Gen 2 babies | Get Gen 2 evolutions

Guides: Pokémon Go tips and tricks | Pokémon Go cheats


Don't delete the Pokémon Go app and re-download thinking it will get you back playing faster. All it will do is force you to enter your account name and password over and over again until the servers are back online, making it harder for you to check and see if it's working. Just be patient, wait, and try again every so often.

This isn't caused by there being too many people playing — this is because of a problem with the servers. Pokémon Go developer Niantic is trying to connect and authenticate who you are, so they can log you in and give you access to you account. That includes everything from your trainer to your Pokémon, your gear to your goodies.

Niantic is certainly aware of the problem and is no doubt working hard to fix it. So, everything should be back up and running as soon as possible.

While this may have ruined your plans to out hunting right now, it does give you extra time for planning and strategy. We have a ton of articles to help you get the most out of the game — see our latest Pokémon Go tips and tricks here! If you're already up to speed on those, try some of the others below!

Otherwise, stay strong and let us know when Pokémon is back up and running for you in the comments below!

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What’s Your Favorite iOS Feature?

Posted on by Evan Selleck.
Categories: Uncategorized.
A new version of iOS will be debuted in June, and while Apple is sure to add plenty of noteworthy features, there’s also the possibility that some current favorites may get the boot. Continue reading

You can help these Girl Scouts build an awesome game

Posted on by Mikah Sargent.
Categories: Uncategorized.

The Girl Scouts of San Diego want to design and build a game for web and mobile and you can help!

The Girl Scouts of San Diego and Design Code Build have set out to build a game called "Marshmallow Run" for web and mobile. They've launched a Kickstarter project and need your help to make this game a reality!

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The team hopes to raise $25,000 to make this project a reality and with only four days left, they're just under a third of the way there. The Kickstarter Project is an all-or-nothing campaign, so we need to move quickly to make this awesome project a reality! By supporting this project you'll be helping Girl Scouts learn coding skills, graphic design, audio design, video editing, project management — the list goes on and on.

The Girl Scouts, in partnership with the STEAM academy Design Code Build, will start by building the platformer in Scratch and then create versions of the game that'll work on the web, iOS, and Android.

By backing the campaign, you'll be helping the project in a number of ways, including:

  • Buying a set of computers to bring to area troops.
  • Creating and maintaining Apple Developer and Google Play accounts
  • Web hosting for the web version of the game
  • Stipend for project teachers

The STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) field is in desperate need of diversity, and projects like this one help make that a reality. If you can help make this project a success, that'd be swell. I implore you — even if you're unable to help with a donation, consider sharing the project on social media. Spread the word and spread the love (of girl scout cookies and gaming)!

Back the Marshmallow Run Kickstarter Project

How to set your desktop picture in Photos for Mac

Posted on by Serenity Caldwell.
Categories: Uncategorized.

How do I set my desktop picture in Photos for Mac?

Updated Fenruary 2017 to reflect changes to Photos for Mac.

Photos for Mac may look very different from Aperture or iPhoto, but it still offers many of the same features — including a quick way to set a photo as your desktop picture!

This is the best for those moments when you come across the perfect picture and instantly know you want it as your wallpaper.

Here's how to set your desktop picture in Photos for Mac!

Setting your desktop is as simple as selecting the photo you want to use and clicking the Share button in the toolbar, then selecting the "Set Desktop Picture" option.

How to set your desktop picture in Photos for Mac

  1. Open Photos on your Mac
  2. Click the Share Selected Photos icon in the upper right corner

  3. Click Set Desktop Picture
  4. You can adjust the layout of the desktop photo from your System Preferences.

What's your desktop background?

Are you someone who prefers to set your desktop background picture as a photo with pals, or do you prefer a super cool design you found online or a screenshot from your favorite video game? Let us know what your desktop background in the comments below!

How to move your iPhone or iPad backups to an external hard drive

Posted on by Lory Gil.
Categories: Uncategorized.

If you have iOS backups taking space on your internal drive, you can relocate them to an external hard drive to clear out some space.

If you do now, or have ever, synced your iPhone, iPad, or other iOS device to iTunes by connecting it to your Mac, you have backup folders stored on your internal drive. It's just the way life is. Maybe you only have a few files from a couple of iTunes backups and they don't take up much space. Maybe you've been backing up your iPhone via iTunes for years and have a space hog on your hands.

If you backup your iPhone or iPad via iTunes, and feel the need to get these iOS backups off of your Mac and onto an external hard drive, it is possible to do, but beware, Apple really doesn't recommend it.

Note: This guide is for people that back up their iPhone or iPad using iTunes. If you use iCloud to back up your device, you can simply delete any old iTunes backups on your Mac. Just make sure you really are backing up to iCloud before you delete anything.

What are these backup files and why are they taking up so much space?

When you back up your iOS device via iTunes, the backup is stored on your Mac. The location of the backup folder is in a folder called MobileSync, and sometimes it gets pretty big. Especially if you are syncing multiple 128+ GB devices that are full of stuff. Old backups are replaced with new ones, but families that have multiple devices backed up to one computer are going to take up a lot of storage space.

I highly recommend switching over to syncing in iCloud, and then deleting the backups on your Mac, over relocating them. But, if you're still hell-bent on moving them to an external hard drive, I'm here to help.

Step 1: Locate your iPhone backups

This part is easy. Your iOS backups are stored in a MobileSync folder. You can find them by typing ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup into Spotlight. You can also find the backups for a specific iOS devices from iTunes.

  1. Launch iTunes.
  2. Click on iTunes in the upper left corner of your Mac.
  3. Click on Preferences from the drop down menu.

  4. Select the Devices tab.
  5. Select a specific device.
  6. Hold down the Control key and click on the device.
  7. Select Show in Finder from the list of available options.

Step 2: Move your backups to an external hard drive

This part is easy, too. But, you really have to pay close attention to the name of your hard drive and the new folder names you create, including punctuation and spacing. This information will be used when creating a Terminal pathway. If you use different names then the ones I suggest, be sure to replace it with the exact name you have in the Terminal command in Step 3.

  1. Connect your external hard drive to your Mac if it isn't already connected.
  2. Open the external hard drive.
  3. Go back to the Finder window with your iOS backups in it and select the device backup folder (It will either be called "Backup" or have a bunch of numbers and letters).
  4. Drag it to your external hard drive.

  5. Enter your administrator password to authenticate your action.
  6. Rename the iOS backup folder that is now on your external hard drive to ios_backup.
  7. Rename the old backup folder in Finder to old_backup.

Do not delete the old_backup folder yet.

Step 3: Create a symlink to tell iTunes the new location of your backups

This is the more difficult and most important step to moving your iOS backups to an external hard drive. If you don't perform this step, iTunes won't be able to back up your iPhone or iPad anymore. You'll have to manually move the folders back to your Mac instead.

In this step, you'll create a symlink, or symbolic link. When you create a symlink, you are creating a new path for iTunes to take to get to the backups folder. It is sort of like creating an alias in Finder, but works more reliably with iTunes.

Former iMore writer and Mac genius (seriously, he's a genius with a Mac) Peter Cohen explains symlinks perfectly.

Some applications don't follow aliases properly. An older way of creating those sorts of connections is more reliable for actions like what we want iTunes to do: Symbolic links, or symlinks. They work at a low enough level that applications and operating system functions don't have as hard a time with them as they do aliases.

We're going to use the Mac's Terminal app to create a symbolic link to trick iTunes into backing up onto your external drive rather than the boot drive.

First, a lesson in using Terminal. The proper pathway is very important for this to work. Every person's hard drive name and every backup folder name will be different. The following is the anatomy of the Terminal code we are using:

ln -s /Volumes/External/ios_backup ~/Library/Application\ Support/MobileSync/Backup/4f1234a05e6e7ccbaddfd12345678f1234b123f

  • ln -s: The command that tells the operating system to go to the new location.
  • Volumes: A hard drive.
  • External: The name of a hard drive. Yours will likely be named something else. In the Terminal command, you must change "External" to whatever your external hard drive is named.
  • ios_backup: The renamed backup folder you dragged into your external hard drive. This is the new place that your iOS backups will be stored.
  • ~/Library/Application\ Support/MobileSync/Backup: The command that tells the operating system where the backup is.
  • 4f1234a05e6e7ccbaddfd12345678f1234b123f: The name of the device backup folder. If you are transferring all of your backups, this will just be named "Backup." If you are transferring one device, use the name of the backup folder for your device. The one above isn't even a real file name. You must change the above backup folder name to whatever is the name of the folder you are transferring.

If your external hard drive's name has a space, be sure to use the proper coding. For example, if your hard drive is named "My Passport" be sure to use a backslash after My, then the space, then Passport. Like this: My\ Passport. Don't forget to capitalize when necessary.

  1. Find Terminal using Spotlight.
  2. Type the following code. Don't forget to change the hard drive name and the backup folder name to reflect the name of your hard drive and backup folder.

    ln -s /Volumes/External/ios_backup ~/Library/Application\ Support/MobileSync/Backup/4f1234a05e6e7ccbaddfd12345678f1234b123f

  3. Hit Return.
  4. Quit Terminal.

You will see a new folder in your MobileSync folder that is either called "Backup" or the series of numbers and letters that represent your device. You can tell this is a symlink because it will have an arrow in the bottom left corner.

Next, you'll need to confirm that it worked before deleting your old_backup file on your Mac.

  1. Launch iTunes.
  2. Connect your iPhone and back it up.

  3. Open the ios_backup folder on your external hard drive.
  4. Check to see that the date and time on the latest backup is for the one you just completed.

If the pathway relocation worked, and you can confirm that backups are now happening on your external hard drive, you can delete the old_backup folder on your Mac.

Note: If you go back to the MobileSync folder and open the symlink folder, you will see the names of the files that relate to your backup. These are aliases. Not actual files. It's like a thumbnail of a picture.

Step 4: Disable automatic backups when connected to iTunes

If you don't always have an external hard drive connected to your Mac, you're going to need to disable automatic backups of your iPhone or iPad. Otherwise, whenever you connect your iOS device to your Mac, you'll get an error message.

  1. Launch iTunes.
  2. Click on iTunes in the upper left corner of your Mac.
  3. Click on Preferences from the drop down menu.

  4. Select the Devices tab.
  5. Tick the box at the bottom next to Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically.

Don't forget to manually back up your iPhone whenever you connect it to iTunes and have your external hard drive plugged in.

How to remove the symlink and go back to storing your backups on your Mac

If you made a mistake and the symlink didn't work, or you simply just want to go back to storing your backups on your Mac, all you have to do is delete the symlink folder you created. No need to enter any kind of "rm" or "unlink" command in Terminal.

  1. Type ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup into Spotlight.
  2. Select the symlink folder. Remember, it's the one with an arrow in the bottom left. It will either be called "Backup" or have a series of numbers and letters representing your device.
  3. Delete the symlink folder.
  4. Back up your device via iTunes.
  5. Delete the ios_backup folder on your external hard drive (optional).

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about moving your iOS backups to an external hard drive? Put them in the comments and I'll help you out.

You can include multiple photos in an Instagram post – here’s how!

Posted on by Cella Lao Rousseau.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Instagram has a huge new update, but how exactly can you upload more than one photo at a time?

Since the beginning of time (like, 2010), Instagram as only allowed people to upload one photo per post.

At first you could only post your images in the square format, but after a few updates, the app allowed you to post vertical and horizontal pictures without those stupid white and black bars around your photo.

Now, Instagram has taken another big leap and has changed the entire look and feel of the app altogether by allowing users to post multiple photos per post. And before you go saying, "I COULD DO THAT ALREADY WITH A COLLAGE", keep in mind that a) THIS IS DIFFERENT, and b) it's kind of a big deal.

Why is it such a big deal?

There are people from all walks of life on IG: from makeup artists, to business owners, to pre-teens, and everyone in between. By allowing users to post more than one photo, it could change the way timelines look, how many photos are posted in a given day, how people interact with their followers, and so, so much more.

Makeup gurus could use the multiple photo format to ask followers to vote for their favorite makeup look – "Pick look A, B, or C!" – while meme pages could spread their hilarity at twice the rate with multiple memes in one post.

Even movie studios could get in on the fun by putting out multiple trailers to movies!

Oh, wait. Did we not mention that it's not just multiple photos you can post? It's videos, too?

Can I seriously post multiple videos to one Instagram post?!

Yup! Seriously. Seriously serious fo' reals.

Okay so how can I post?!

  1. Tap the upload button as you normally would.
  2. Tap Select Multiple to upload multiple photos and videos.
  3. Tap the photos or videos you would like to add to your post.

  4. Select your filter for your gallery of photos. Keep in mind that you can't change the filter on every image or video – they all stay the same.
  5. Tap Next in the upper right corner when you're happy with how your photos or videos look.
  6. Write your caption for your photo gallery and add your location. You can tap the photo gallery to tag whoever is in the photos.
  7. Tap Share when you're happy with your Instagram gallery and it will appear in your feed!

Thanks for that! But I can't actually see any new icons yet… is my IG broken?

Unfortunately, while the feature is out, it's not available for everyone yet.

It should be appearing within the next couple of days or weeks!

Where can I learn more?

On Instagram's blog post, of course!

What do you think?

If you were someone who was just about to delete your Instagram for whatever reason, would this new update persuade you not to? Or do you think this is just another way for Instagram to be extra annoying and in-your-face?

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Podcast 547: WWDC heads south to San Jose

Posted on by Susie Ochs, Glenn Fleishman.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Do you know the way to San Jose? It’s super easy, you just head south on the 101 or the 280 (or the 680 or 880 if you’re in the East Bay), and just between us, the airport there is way better than SFO anyway. Oh, and it’s where Apple is having WWDC 2017 starting June 5. That’s confirmed, but before we get that far, rumor has it we might get an Apple event in March, to announce new iPads, an iPhone SE with more storage, and maybe even a cherry red iPhone 7. Which would be nice.

Show notes

Podcast 547: WWDC heads south to San Jose

Posted on by Susie Ochs, Glenn Fleishman.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Do you know the way to San Jose? It’s super easy, you just head south on the 101 or the 280 (or the 680 or 880 if you’re in the East Bay), and just between us, the airport there is way better than SFO anyway. Oh, and it’s where Apple is having WWDC 2017 starting June 5. That’s confirmed, but before we get that far, rumor has it we might get an Apple event in March, to announce new iPads, an iPhone SE with more storage, and maybe even a cherry red iPhone 7. Which would be nice.

Show notes

Sonos Play:5 vs. Bose SoundTouch 30: Which should you get?

Posted on by Drew Kozub.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Sonos and Bose stack up closely for a whole-home music solution, but which is right for you?

Updated February, 2017: Added information about who each speaker is aimed towards and updated app screenshots to reflect new looks.

If you're shopping for a whole-home audio system and you're deciding between Sonos and Bose this means two things: you really care about premium audio quality and you're ready to spend some money to get it.

Both systems connect beautifully for multi-room audio and support major audio streaming services. They're both easy to expand by adding additional speakers as you grow your system. And both have excellent app integration to control your listening experience from your device or computer.

If you're building your first whole-home music system, you'll likely want to start with a few standalone speakers and build up from there. Eventually you may want to integrate a Bose or Sonos home theatre setup to your audio system, but you can get started by connecting individual speakers in different rooms of your house.

For the ultimate sonic experience in your home, Bose and Sonos offer similar speakers designed for open-concept spaces to be filled with wave after wave of high-quality audio.

Sonos Play:5 vs. Bose SoundTouch 30

The Sonos Play:5 is the most powerful of the speakers in the Play family. With the largest bouquet of speakers and drivers, the Play:5 pushes your music through six class-D amplifiers, which are designed to give you the purest, loudest audio in the smallest form possible. Three tweeters and three midrange woofers ensure the purest reproduction of vocals and instruments, all delivered with full-bodied bass warmed by the Play:5's chassis.

Top-side buttons on the Play 5 allow you to control playback on your streaming music. On the back of the speaker you'll find a 3.5mm input to connect additional audio devices. There is also a rear ethernet port to plug directly into an IEEE port for internet access or to add an AirPort Express, allowing your Sonos speaker to play audio through AirPlay.

The Bose SoundTouch 30 is the top-of-the-line speaker in the SoundTouch lineup. Using Bose Acoustic Waveguide Speaker Technology, audio will travel through a winding path of air tunnels within the speaker's case to produce full, clear, stereo sound. Two drivers and a high-powered woofer faithfully reproduce the spectrum of frequencies in your favourite songs.

Six preset buttons on the top allow you instant access to internet radio stations you've programmed in through the SoundTouch app, even without a connected device. Additional buttons allow you to control playback and volume. On the front of the speaker you'll find an OLED display providing connectivity status and information about the music you are streaming On the back of the speaker, you'll find an ethernet port allowing you to add an AirPort Express for AirDrop compatibility or to plug directly into a router or ethernet port if you're setting up the speaker in a part of your home with weak Wi-Fi. You will also find an auxiliary input on the rear of the SoundTouch 30 to plug in additional audio devices using a 3.5mm patch cable. The SoundTouch 30 also comes with a remote control with a 20-foot range.

Connectivity

Both the Sonos and Bose SoundTouch speakers allow you to send music wirelessly, though they work a little differently.

When you set up your first Sonos speaker, it will use your home's Wi-Fi to create its own, dedicated wireless network called SonosNet. This wireless system exists outside of your home's Wi-Fi and is the primary method your Sonos system will use to communicate with other speakers in the system and to stream music. SonosNet will reduce congestion on your home Wi-Fi, and will allow you to easily add additional speakers, making it simple to expand your home audio system.

The Bose SoundTouch system allows you to connect to their speakers through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Primarily your speaker system will communicate with additional speakers and share music through Wi-Fi; however, it's nice to have the Bluetooth option if you want to stream something from your phone (like Youtube) and have it come through your Bose system. Previous generations in the SoundTouch lineup supported AirPlay; however speakers in the third generation and on no longer support this feature. This means you can't stream music directly from your iOS device, you'll have to go through the SoundTouch app.

App Experience


The Sonos Controller App and the Bose SoundTouch app have very similar features.

Both let you program and control speakers throughout your home to play music. You can choose to have the same music on multiple speakers, or different music on individual speakers.

With the Bose SoundTouch speakers, you have to use the app if you want to program internet radio stations to the preset buttons on the top of the speaker. When Bose first introduced their SoundTouch lineup, they had to be initially set up by plugging the speakers into a computer, configuring them, and then placing them in your home. Now set up can be completely done through the app.

The Sonos App will allow you to set up and manage new speakers as you expand your system. If you are using an iOS device, you can use Sonos Trueplay (which is built in to the iOS app) and it will use your device's microphone to calibrate your speakers for optimum performance in whatever room you set up your Sonos. Keep in mind, though, Trueplay is only available on iPhone and iPad.

With the exception of Trueplay, the Sonos and Bose app experience are pretty similar. One important difference between the apps is the integrated services each system supports.

Supported Services

This is where you'll find a major difference between Sonos and Bose.

Sonos supports significantly more streaming services than the Bose SoundTouch lineup of speakers. Both systems will play existing music on your computer or device one way or another, but the integrated experience between the Sonos Controller and supported music streaming services like Apple music is very slick.

It's important to know the free versions of services (like spotify, Google Play Music, etc.) will not work with the apps on either systems, so if you're planning on getting the best experience from your streaming services, you should be prepared to upgrade to the premium versions. A workaround for the Bose system is to stream via Bluetooth from the streaming app of your choice; however, this means you won't be logged in through the speaker's controller app, so you may only be able to stream on one speaker at a time.

If you're planning on managing your streaming music through paid services like Apple Music and Spotify, then the Sonos family of speakers offer the best support.

Which is right for you?

For the streamers: Sonos

Sonos supports the larger number of streaming services, so if you like to stream radio, music, podcasts, whatever, Sonos is the best way to go. The audio quality is impeccable for wireless speakers and would even be considered excellent if they were wired. The ability to connect up to 32 speakers and create separate zones can fill your home with sound, making sure everyone is listening to whatever tickles their fancy.

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For the brand loyalists: Bose

Bose has long been one of the top names in audio — and for very good reason. The SoundTouch 30 delivers powerful, warm bass and has wonderful connectivity features, including a great app experience. Go with Bose if you don't stream a lot of music and like to listen to your own tunes. Sure, Bose offers eight streaming options, but that pales in comparison to Sonos. That being said, if you want Bose, you know you're gonna go with the SoundTouch 30 because nothing else will do.

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New macOS ransomware spotted in the wild

Posted on by Lucian Constantin.
Categories: Uncategorized.

A new file-encrypting ransomware program for macOS is being distributed through BitTorrent websites, and users who fall victim to it won’t be able to recover their files, even if they pay.

Crypto ransomware programs for macOS are rare. This is the second such threat found in the wild so far, and it’s a poorly designed one. The program was named OSX/Filecoder.E by the malware researchers from antivirus vendor ESET who found it.

OSX/Filecoder.E masquerades as a cracking tool for commercial software like Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Microsoft Office for Mac and is being distributed as a BitTorrent download. It is written in Apple’s Swift programming language by what appears to be an inexperienced developer, judging from the many mistakes made in its implementation.

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New macOS ransomware spotted in the wild

Posted on by Lucian Constantin.
Categories: Uncategorized.

A new file-encrypting ransomware program for macOS is being distributed through BitTorrent websites, and users who fall victim to it won’t be able to recover their files, even if they pay.

Crypto ransomware programs for macOS are rare. This is the second such threat found in the wild so far, and it’s a poorly designed one. The program was named OSX/Filecoder.E by the malware researchers from antivirus vendor ESET who found it.

OSX/Filecoder.E masquerades as a cracking tool for commercial software like Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Microsoft Office for Mac and is being distributed as a BitTorrent download. It is written in Apple’s Swift programming language by what appears to be an inexperienced developer, judging from the many mistakes made in its implementation.

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How to save and back up your Health data on Apple Watch

Posted on by Joseph Keller.
Categories: Uncategorized.

If you're looking to move your health data from an old Apple Watch to a new one, you've got some choices to make.

When you're moving to a new new Apple Watch, one thing you need to keep an eye on is your health data. Because it's a very private set of information, data from the Health app hasn't always been included by default in iPhone backups made to iCloud and iTunes. This is important, because these iPhone backups contain the backup of your old Apple Watch that you're looking to move to your new watch.

These days, Health data is included in what is now an encrypted iCloud backup so you can restore it to your iPhone from Apple's cloud service, but some people still have issues with those, or don't back up to iCloud in the first place. But for those that don't use iCloud backups, or who seek different solutions, there are a couple of notable options out there for you.

How to create an encrypted backup of your iPhone or iPad with iTunes

While garden variety iTunes backups will keep an archive of most of your iPhone's data, you'll need an encrypted backup in order to save your health data.

  1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer via USB.
  2. Open iTunes
  3. Click on the device icon in the tab bar.

  4. Click Summary if you're not already in that section.

  5. Click the checkbox next to Encrypt iPhone/iPad backup. This will allow your Health data to be backed up.

  6. Back Up Now under Manually Back Up and Restore.

  7. After you make a backup, start the set up process for your new iPhone and choose Restore from Backup when you get to that screen.

How to use Health Data Importer to move health data to a new iPhone

If you want, you can export your data directly from the Health app, and with Health Data Importer, you can easily import exactly the data you want into the Health app on a new iPhone. You can get Health Data Importer on the App Store for $3.99

  1. Open the Health app on your current iPhone.
  2. Tap on the Health Data tab.
  3. Tap on the User icon in the upper-right corner.

  4. Tap Export Health Data.

  5. Tap Export. This might take a few minutes.
  6. Save the final export to iCloud Drive.

  7. Set up your new iPhone to your liking.

  8. Open the Health app.
  9. Set up your basic information.
  10. Download Health Data Importer from the App Store.
  11. Open Health Data Importer.
  12. Tap Import.

  13. Select export.zip in iCloud Drive.

  14. Select the individual sources you wish to import to your new iPhone, or Select All to move the whole Health backup to your new device.
  15. Tap Next.

  16. Tap Turn All Categories On on the Health Access prompt to allow the app to write to your Health repository.

  17. Tap Allow.
  18. Open the iCloud Drive app once Health Data Importer has finished its import.

  19. Tap Select in the upper right corner.

  20. Find and select the export.zip Health file.

  21. Tap Delete in the lower right corner.

  22. Tap Delete from iCloud Drive.

What now?

Now that you've gotten your health data on to your new iPhone, it's time to set up your new Apple Watch. Be sure to follow our guide to restoring your Apple Watch from a backup.

Questions?

Have any questions about moving your health data from one iPhone to another? Let us know down in the comments.

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Best TV shows and movies on Netflix right now

Posted on by Joseph Keller.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Netflix is always adding new movies and TV shows to its catalog, and each week, we'll bring you the best it has to offer!

What to Watch

In this week's Netflix selections, learn about the life and work of Harvey Milk, watch as a princess recruits knights to help her reclaim her kingdom, and check out Trevor Noah's new comedy special.

  • Milk - This biographical drama follows the life and work of gay rights activist Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California.
  • The Seven Deadly Sins - Season 2 - In this anime series, a princess works to take her kingdom back from a group of tyrants with the help of a group of knights.
  • Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark - The Daily Show host Trevor Noah offers his thoughts on how countries get named, the relationship between New Yorkers and their traffic lights, and avoiding getting drunk in Scotland.

Coming Attractions

Titles arriving on Netflix in the next week include Sausage Party, in which a sausage leads his food friends to try and escape their grim fates, Netflix original movie I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore, and competition show Ultimate Beastmaster.

  • Sausage Party - When a sausage discovers the truth about his existence, that he and his other food friends live only to be eaten by humans, he and his friends attempt to escape their grim fate in a journey across the human world. Arrives February 23.
  • I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore - After a home break-in, a nursing assistant and her odd neighbor team up to track down the criminal responsible, only to get in over their heads. Arrives February 24. - See on Netflix
  • Ultimate Beastmaster - Hosted by Terry Crews and Charissa Thompson, this competition show tests contestants from around the world on challenging obstacle courses. Arrives February 24. - See on Netflix

Bookmark this page and check back next week for more from Netflix!

How to delete your Instagram account (after saving your photos)

Posted on by Mikah Sargent.
Categories: Uncategorized.

How do I save my photos and delete my Instagram account? There's a support page for that!

Updated February 2017 with new information on how to save your photos.

So you wanna say goodbye to your Instagram account do ya? Well you've come to the right place! There are plenty of reasons why someone might want to get rid of their Instagram account (too many cats), but there's only one way to make that happen: Instagram's support page.

Before we dig in, though, I'd imagine you're probably hoping to hold on to your Instagram photos and videos, so we've got everything you need to know about exporting your posts and deleting your Instagram account right here!

How to save all your photos from your Instagram account

There are a number of services on the web that can plug in to your Instagram account and help you download your photos. We're going to use a service called InstaPort from Vibbi. It used to be you had to link your Instagram account to InstaPort in order to download your photos, but now it's gotten even easier than that!

  1. Launch your web browser of choice and head to the InstaPort website.
  2. Type in your username or paste your Instagram account's URL.
  3. Click Continue.
  4. If you only want to save certain photos, select the photos you want to save by clicking on them.

  5. If you want to save all your photos, click Download All Posts, otherwise click Download Selected.
  6. The service will process your photos and the browser will automatically download a .zip archive.

All that's left is to store your photos in a safely backed up location and delete your Instagram account.

How to delete your Instagram account

You'll have to head to Instagram's website if you want to delete your account — you're not able to do it from the app. Keep in mind once you've followed through with deletion all your posts, comments, likes, and followers will be removed. This is a permanent decision.

  1. Launch your web browser of choice and head to Instagram's Delete Your Account page.
  2. Login with your account details.
  3. Tell Instagram why you've chosen to delete your account by selecting an option from the dropdown menu.
  4. Type in your password to confirm the deletion.

  5. Click Permanently delete my account.
  6. Click OK to confirm the deletion.

Questions?

Run into any problems whilst trying to delete your account? Let us know in the comments below and we'll try to troubleshoot the issue!

Allyson Kazmucha contributed to an earlier version of this guide.