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Koush’s Inkwire makes screen sharing on mobile devices easy!

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Screen sharing apps are very popular nowadays. It helps people to access other people’s screens remotely so that problems can be solved even when there is a significant distance between the one who has the problem and the other who can address the problem. However, all these days, screen sharing apps were restricted to people using computers. Nowadays, with the advancement of the technological world, these apps are no longer restricted to computers only. A new app called Inkwire has now come about that offers screen sharing between Android devices. This app that has been conceptualised and made by famed developer Koushik Dutta aims to bridge the gap between screen sharing on PC and mobile devices. Nicknamed Koush, the developer has created many famous apps like Vysor, ClockworkMod, ROM Manager, and AllCast.

Koushik Dutta had recently gone on record stating that he was in the process of making a new app which would enable screen sharing on Android devices. Inkwire is the result of his work. With this app. people can access the phone screens of their family members, friends and even colleagues with the aim to solve a problem from afar. Vysor, which was Koushik Dutta’s last app, required a computer or ADB to perform its function of sharing a screen. Inkwire, as of now, is not entirely developed. It is only being tried as a beta version. There is work that is currently going on to make this app completely efficient. Independent app developers and tech support people would be the most benefitted from using this app as it is simple but highly effective. Koushik Dutta has also put in chat support so that users do not need to depend on third-party apps to maintain communication while solving problems.

How to use Inkwire?

Using the app is pretty simple and straightforward. Users can just join the Google Plus community and download the Android app from the Google Play Store. As soon as the download and installation are completed, the user can open the app and start using it. As soon as users fire up the app, they will find two options on the opening page. The first option will be to access the screen of another user, or there will be another option which will enable the user to share his or her own screen with somebody else. A code will be available to the user if he or she wants to share their own screen which, in turn, he/she will have to share with the person they are sharing the screen with. Vice-versa, if somebody wants to share their screen with the user, then they will have to share their code with the user. Also, both the users need to have the app installed on their phones.

If you are thinking that this app is perfect for you, then do not waste time and instead rush to the Google Play Store to get the app immediately. There are two things to remember before you go ahead and install this app. The first thing is that the app is still in development, and therefore, it might not work correctly all the time. The second thing is that there are some in-depth instructions that you must read through carefully before you get the app so that you do not face any problem while running it.  These guidelines are crucial, and you should read it because they come from the developer himself. One thing that you could do to help in the development of this app is you can provide feedback and reviews so that the app is perfect when it is completed.

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Poke Radar, the newest Pokemon Go helper

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The name as well as the game Pokemon Go is doing the rounds all over the world. It is a game that has caught the fancy of most of the smartphone carrying generation, and its virality has even compelled people from other age groups to join in the fun as well. There are several key factors resulting in the game being an instant success so much so that the game developers had to install more servers to deal with the pressure that resulted because of its instant popularity. The developers are still at it!

The game is really popular because it uses the AR concept very well and it is also among the very first apps that are using the said concept. It is fascinating for everyone around to find things that only appear on phone screens moving about in the real world. But with the unexpected popularity it has gained, there are some problems that are slowly cropping up. The biggest among them is the availability of Pokemons. The repetition of the same Pokemon multiple times during a single day hunt is telling on a player’s frustrated mind.

How does Poke Radar work?

That is why this new app has come around that helps the gamers in a great way, to determine what Pokemon is available and where it is available. The Poke Radar is an app that shows a player where a Pokemon is located on a real-time map. This app, though, is user-fed. It means it will only show info if a user inputs anything in it. If the app receives proper data, then users can get to see which Pokemons were found in which place on the map. Currently, there is no Android version for the Poke Radar, but the developers have assured that an Android version will be out soon enough along with the iOS version which is currently available on the market now.

Once a player travels to a place and gets a Pokemon, he/she can pin the location on the map which, in turn, will show other users of the app where a Pokemon was found. There is a dedicated Pin button which one can use to tag the location. However, this system of working also has its problems. Many people could misuse it just for the fun of it by tagging wrong places. Some could also do it to mislead competition. There is also a solution to that. Each player pin will have their name on it and therefore, others could downvote if they find a player creating a nuisance for others. If a player correctly sends all the information then the user can get all the positive votes and therefore, create a community which could help each other out.

Another new app that has come about is the Poke vision. This app is similar to Poke Radar as it also helps in finding Pokemons by crowd-sourcing. But like the Poke Radar, it also does not provide any particular settings to filter Pokemons thereby, giving up everything to blind luck and chance. With time more apps will come around with more advanced functionalities to make the search for Pokemons much easier. For the time being, though, this is what we have to use to get the most from this game.

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Pokemon Go Tips and Tricks: Catch Pokemons from home

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Pokemon Go is the newest game to go viral these days. It has really spread across the world and infected the smartphone generation with its addictive and exciting gameplay. The Augmented Reality concept that it uses is making waves in the smartphone manufacturing world with the fact being established that AR is the next step towards the evolution of smartphones. Also the gameplay, much like the actual TV show Pokemon promotes the user as a Pokemon trainer like the lead of the show Ash Ketchum, whom many people liked during their formative years. The Pokemon catching and more importantly doing it in unusual places in the real world makes the game something that others have not yet fully utilized.

Wherever games go, hackers follow, and Pokemon Go is no stranger to hacker haunting. Mods and cheats are also part of every game present in the world, whether it be on a PC, Nintendo, PS or a smartphone. These help the hardcore gamers progress quickly and the amateurs to override stages in the game that is too difficult for them to cross without external help.

POKEMON GO MODS:

Pokemon Go mods are rampant now. The only thing that is required is a jailbroken iPhone. If your phone is jailbroken and if you are a Pokemon Go addict, then there is no way you can stop as the fun is just beginning.

There is a new app called Pokemon Go Anywhere that allows users to sit at home or anywhere they want and still catch Pokemons! The point of the game was to simulate situations that Pokemon trainers underwent in the show and therefore, roam distant lands to get Pokemons but many people do not get that point, and others grow tired of all the walking. For them, this mod has been developed.

Users can just get the app on their phones and then fire it up. Once it is done, several options will appear that are not found in the regular game. You get a small button to walk even when you are not walking, and you can even run with this hack enabled!

Another mod called Pokemon Lock helps you play the game even when your screen is locked. If you are playing continuously, then you must get this app for yourself so that you can even play when your phone is screen locked. It also comes in really handy in front of your parents.

POKEMON GO TIPS:

It is being said that in order to get Pikachu as your first Pokemon catch it is advisable to ignore the first five attempts of the game to get you to catch the starter Pokemon. Most of the time it has been noticed that Squirtle, Bulbasaur or Charmander appear as the options.

Then there is the egg hatching solution. After you catch a Poke Egg, a player has to walk some distance after which the Pokemon is hatched. There is an option where you can drive or take any form of transport but if you simply do not want to run that hassle to just hatch an egg, then you can put it on top of anything that spins. A rumor was going around that if you kept it on a record player and let your phone spin, then the game would take it that you were moving around and your egg would be hatched. Another solution to this problem is if you have a pet. Take your pet, preferably a dog and strap your phone on its back. Let it run in an enclosed park and you do not have to move a muscle to hatch the eggs. But, be very aware and alert. Somebody could take the phone from the dog’s back with ease, so keep an eye on it. Also, you should be sure that your dog is not the type that runs off!

You could also sling a bag on two adjacent blades of your ceiling fan and keep your phone in it. Switch on the fan and you will hear the sound of eggs hatching! Like I said before, anything that spins or moves without you having to move is okay to hatch your Poke eggs for you.

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iPhone apps that are on sale currently!

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Everybody knows that getting an iPhone means a few bucks have to be spent every month in order to get new apps and a few more in order to get some in-app purchases. It is more like a high maintenance gadget that is irresistible. You know you will end up spending more than a premium Android of the same cost, but the brand name is enough to throw logic out of the window. However, for those who depend on discounts and sales, much like me, there is some good news. There is a sale currently in the Apple iStore where paid apps have been made available for free download for your iPhone.

APPS IN THE iPHONE SALE:

Remember that these iPhone apps are on sale for a limited period which nobody knows. So it may be free for a day, an hour or even a week. If you find a price beside the Get button, then be assured that the sale has ended. Be very careful about getting an app from this list as the sale might have ended. If it has not, then, it is your lucky day.

1. The Remote Drive app that usually costs around $3.99 is on sale. This app works like TeamViewer if you know what that is. If you do not, Remote Drive is a very useful app to have on your iPhone or iPad as you can access anything on your MAC through your handheld device. If you suddenly feel the need to get anything from your MAC while it is not with you, just fire up this app and browse through your MAC contents and download the required file, whether it is a music file, a video or image. Documents and other files are also accessible.

It is a remote way of travelling with your MAC in your pocket. Apart from the downloading part, you can also upload anything you want to save to your MAC, thereby reducing chances of losing data if you lose your phone or any such mishap occurs. Sensitive information which you may not want to travel with may be uploaded to your MAC too, or you can simply back it up.

2. AfterCam is another app that is on the iPhone sale currently. This app usually costs about $0.99, but it is free now. AfterCam helps you shoot those split second moments that are sensational but generally happen when we are not ready with our video camera or other such recording apparatus. It also happens that we record hours of something that may consist of something fantastic but at the end, nothing happens rendering the effort and the pressure on the memory card useless.

What AfterCam does is that it keeps recording an event where you think something is going to happen, but it commits nothing to memory. When you see something that is worth recording, you have to press a button, and AfterCam will start saving the video from 5, 10 or 20 seconds earlier, according to your choice. You can also take still pictures while a video is being recorded which is a very useful feature. Its Flip feature is also excellent as it lets the user record with both hands, be it the left or the right.

3. Next, we have the Recipes Cookbook in the iPhone sale. It costs $0.99 on other days but during the sale it is free. Remember, though that this app does not come with recipes as the name may suggest. It is more of a recipe organiser. It comes with a beautiful and attractive design and stores all your recipes very efficiently. If you are a cook professionally or even an amateur with a number of recipes that you have created, you can just store them in this app.

It comes with easy creating, organising, and editing of recipes. It also has small tools that help in your cooking, tools that seem unimportant but are actually very helpful when the actual process of cooking takes place. It has a weight converter on the side as well as a feature that prevents the phone from locking or dimming. It has recipe sharing facilities and voice commands are also available.

4. Draw Calendar costs $2.99 usually but now it is free of cost. It is just a spin-off of the conventional calendar as in it allows you to sketch and write on the calendar itself instead of the monotonous process of entering your reminders, invitations, birthdays and anniversaries and other such things that you usually chalk up on a calendar. It has a very clear and precise interface which makes it efficient as well as fun with clear demarcations for months and days and options to arrange and set how the calendar must look like. One of the biggest advantages is the fact that once you input your entries and update the calendar, your schedule is automatically synced to your devices.

5. Now let us look at a fun app that is on the sale, after all the seriousness of the scheduling and recipe making. Fake Moustaches is an app that usually costs $0.99 but now, of course, it is free. Going by the name you can well understand that this app will help you create fake mustaches anywhere and everywhere and also of all kinds. Want to troll a friend or seriously look good with a stubble? This app can do both.

There are hundreds of beard styles to choose from, and the app has been created with painstaking detail such that the beards all look real when you put them on someone. There is The Hollywoodian, The Chin Curtain, The Goatee, The Balbo, The Van Dyke and many others. The list simply does not end. That is not all by the way. You have other options too. You can dye the beard with any colour you desire, the app will automatically place the beard in the right position if you do not wish to do it, the app uses a hair-to-hair technique to make the beards, which impart a very genuine look. It also only requires you to get a beard and stick it anywhere in any picture. It is an app that is great fun and also very cool if used correctly.

6. In continuation with fun apps, Insta Rage Me is one of the most popular apps that ever graced the iOS app store. It cost $0.99. With this, you can add memes to your photos with texts or you can create your own memes. Either way, it is hilarious. You also get creative filters as well as professionally designed stickers in this app which makes it amusing. You can directly get your phone to use the app’s camera, or you can load photos from your camera roll. There are many filters, effects, and features to choose from.

Sharing is also very easy as it comes with Sharing buttons so that once you create something funny, you can get your friends to join in the laughter. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email, Text, WhatsApp, Dropbox, and Save to Photo album are all options that you can use to save your creations. The text and font options are also incredibly amusing considering the memes that can be added to it.

7. Then there is the iPhone Storyline app that usually costs around $1.99 but is free due to the sale. It is a beautiful and efficient app that makes stories out of photos. You get to choose 20 of your best photos, and then they run in small slideshow whose background score and the per-slide time limit is also maintained by you. The sharing is, as usual, very easy. The audio and video quality are also very great. It has a very simple and straightforward user interface that enables the user to perform the functions easily and fluidly without any hassle.

The Storyline videos are also very easy to make and are created in no time at all. The videos also do not require separate saving. Once they are created, the app automatically saves a copy of the video. Family stories, weddings, social events, vacations can all be made even more special with this app in hand.

8. The app that costs the highest in this list of paid apps for free is Music.io. It usually costs around $9.99. It is a tapping music game. It is simple, much like Slither but is also very addictive. It gives users the ability to fiddle and play with their own music as well as other soundtracks. It supports dynamic lyrics and also has a very beautiful gameplay along with a great layout which can adjust according to the screen of the device the user is playing it on. It provides HD quality sound and also supports offline play.

9. Last but not the least is one of the most important iPhone apps that all grownups need as well as teenagers. It is the Budget and Expense Tracking app. Most people are happy when the month starts and their accounts are full but slowly find themselves at wit’s end by the end of the month thinking where all that money disappeared. So, everybody needs this and since it usually costs $2.99, now is a great time to grab the app when it does not even require peanuts to buy.

It has a budget feature that will help you determine what is the right amount of money that you can spend per month; it has a day-wise money spending calendar so that you can easily track what you spent and on which day, reports are available instantly on request, the cloud storage that it provides ensures that your spending data is protected, and it also has the option of importing Excel sheets so that you can do some complex calculations on your MAC and then get it on your phone. Apart from that, users also get the ability to create and edit categories according to their needs, and there is also a currency converter on the side so that you can convert and exchange in a jiffy.

So, here is the list of apps that come in the Paid section usually but are now available for free in the iStore. All of them are very efficient functionally and are apps that rightly do not come for free. However, since you have got the opportunity to get them, go and grab as many of them as you can.

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Yes, Prisma is now available for Android!

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Viral is the watchword nowadays when it comes to anything on the Internet, be it a video, an app or a feature. It means that the popularity of something is spreading like a viral fever. Pokemon GO started going viral soon after its inception, and now Prisma is another app that is vying for the status of a viral app. These two have created waves like no other app has, in recent times. Prisma’s effect was still a little restrained but after the launch of its Android version, it is now raging like a wildfire across the world.

PRISMA FEATURES:

There are many photo editing apps, to be more precise there are millions of them in the world. So why Prisma? It is because Prisma has come up with some features and functions that push it above everybody else. To give you a little gist, it transforms your pictures by adding filters, like all other photo editing apps but what differentiates this app from every other such examples, is that its filters impart effects to photos which turn them into masterpieces in the styles of the great art masters Picasso and Van Gogh.

SO HOW DO YOU USE PRISMA?

It was available for iOS only, but now it is available for Android too. So, just download it onto your phone (BTW, it is only 15MB!) and allow the app to access your phone camera. Shoot a pic with the Prisma camera and instantly you can start adding filters and becoming a part of some legendary artwork.

The simple interface and the compact functioning of the app make you wonder at first as to how it has become such a rage. However, calm your nerves, fire up the app, snap a pic, and then choose from the 34 filters that are provided. The magic will then happen. “Creating Artwork,” that is what Prisma does in the name of editing. Once you see the results, you will know.

The filters are of varied kinds. Some are made for creating artwork out of faces while some are more appropriate for beautifying sceneries and landscapes. Whatever you edit in this app, though, looks better than the original. It is that good. Also, the artwork theme for editing is a revolutionary idea departing from the usual Sepia, Twilight and other modes that are available in most photo editing apps. You can also lessen or increase the intensity of the edit, thus putting everything in your hands. You might face a problem at times when a message will be displayed stating that Prisma’s capacity is full. It means the servers cannot take the load anymore. ItThis is because the developers had not thought that it would become so popular. However, steps have been taken by the owners of the app, the Russian Prisma Labs, who have assured that server capacity is being increased by the day, and therefore, this message should be less frequent in the future.

You can also edit and add filters to photos that are already on your camera roll. Sharing is also pretty smooth with instant sharing buttons for major social websites like Instagram and Facebook.

PRISMA FOR ANDROID DOWNLOAD:

Prisma is thankfully out for Android now. It was launched on the 19th of this month and is seeing exceptional downloads. The apk is not available on Google Play yet, but some big tech sites are giving out the Version 1.0 of the Prisma for Android. It is an 8.31MB file that is being downloaded like never before. The official iStore count of the number of Prisma registrations has crossed 7.5 million. It is expected that the Android version will reach that milestone in a jiffy. So, go and get yours now. It is worth it!

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CartoonHD: If only it had been legal!

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CartoonHD sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Yes, it is the one with all the controversies surrounding it. For the uninitiated, Cartoon HD is one of the biggest movie and TV show streaming apps that originated back in 2014. It created an uproar because it launched in Apple’s iStore and then Google Play Store but some time later was found to be completely illegal (still is!) as it streamed and displayed content without the right permissions. It made a name for itself because, firstly, it tricked both the tech giants Apple and Google to think it was legal and allow it into their respective app marketplaces. Secondly, it became wildly popular because it streamed content absolutely free without any registration or signing in hassles.

CartoonHD came to be known as the Illegal Netflix because of the similarity in their looks and their functions. This app is currently not to be found in any marketplace but is available on the Internet (like most things do!). You type in CartoonHD, and you will see millions of results where websites are offering it to you.

CARTOONHD FEATURES:

Anyway, moving away from that, let us now see legal or illegal aside, whether CartoonHD is any good.

If you open CartoonHD directly on your PC browser, you will see that the first page has a white background where the movies and the TV shows are all arranged in the form of rows in a clear and concise manner. The categories also contribute to making the website very crisp and to the point. The categories are very helpful because they are curated with simple logic. You will get iMDB top picks, Currently popular movies, Currently popular TV shows, Most popular movies and Most popular TV shows among many others.

Another surprise that will greet you is that you will not encounter any sign-up or registration hassles. You can just visit the site and start watching anything you want and that also in SD or HD quality, depending on your choice. You get to choose the source from where you want to stream the videos. As soon as you click on the thumbnail you desire to watch, you will be taken to another page where there will be a gist of the show or movie along with pictures of the cast and the director’s name.

The Search feature of the website is very powerful. You will get the exact thing you search for, and the keyword matching is also exceptional. Moving on to the content, the CartoonHD library is massive nearly giving all the big ones a run for their money. The cartoon and animated content are unrivaled due to which its child viewers are very attached to CartoonHD.

HOW TO INSTALL CARTOONHD AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS:

If you think CartoonHD is perfect for you and you want to get it as an app, then options are available for you to download it from the Internet directly and install it. You have to disable the Unknown Sources from Settings and Security and then install it. For systems other than Android, you have to get an Android emulator.

You have to be careful in the case of apps as they may be modified by cyber criminals, and since a trusted site is unavailable, you have to be careful wherefrom you are downloading it. The best bet, is, therefore, to watch it on the website itself.

Once you visit the CartoonHD site, you will know that this is one of the very best if only it had been legal.

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Is Pokemon Go the next virus that is going to grip the world?

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You may have seen people running around meaninglessly now and then, but you must have noticed that this incident is on the rise. If you follow carefully, you will find that most of these people are running with their faces glued to the phone. No, this is not a new type of selfie or anything. They are just indulged in Pokemon Go. This game, which is based on the original Pokemon TV series makes the user a trainer like Ash Ketchum used to be. The user’s job is to find Pokemons, capture them, upgrade them and fight gym battles or duel with trainers. Now, the question is whether Pokemon Go will strike it big. Going by the current popularity of the game it sure looks like it but on the other hand, it has not yet got a worldwide release and there are some other problems that are cropping up which may hamper its progress.

Pokemon Go Gameplay:

Remember Ash Ketchum, the Pokemon trainer who went on journeys with his two best mates in search of powerful Pokemons and gym battles and battles with other trainers in order to win badges. Well, you are placed in a similar position in the game. You have to go around looking for Pokemons and catch them with the Pokeballs when you do find them. In your quest, you also get other things to collect like the Pokeballs itself.

Pokemon Go takes control of your phone’s GPS and clock to find out where you are on the map and in accordance with your position, it will show you Pokemons that you can capture in and around where you are. It is the basic premise of the game. Unlike other handheld first person games, the map and movement on this one are completely different. It is partially because the game encourages a lot of travel. The more you move around different places and at various times, the higher probability there is to catch a Pokemon.

There are also Poke Stops which are like marketplaces for the trainers to get things. From Pokeballs to eggs, you also get Pokemons there. Based on the colour of these Poke Stops, the user gets to know what is present there. A pink glow denotes Pokemons. The game also offers battles against other players but unlike the original cartoon show, the battles are quite different. Instead of the four moves for each of the six Pokemons selected for battle, the action here involves around the stats that each Pokemon comes tagged with. The user only gets to dodge enemy attacks and instruct the Pokemons to attack.

The gameplay is innovative in the sense that it promotes the activities and aims that were present in the original show while getting it out on onto the real world. Finding out Pokemons at bus stops, on your friend’s lap or even in the office washroom is exciting. All those who dreamt about playing Ash Ketchum in real life are now fulfilling their dreams. This is one of the reasons the game has debuted on the Top 10 list of every device market, be it Android play store or iOS.

 

Augmented Reality: 

Let us now get down to the technical aspects of the game. The first and foremost reason this game might deliver an indelible effect on the games to come is Augmented Reality or AR. AR has the ability to put in virtual objects that can be manipulated in real environments. This is a new concept that is just beginning to grow. VR is already here. AR is just coming to the fore. With Android and all other device manufacturers moving higher on the rungs of development, AR will be the next big thing that all smartphones will have and therefore, this game is one for the future.

Play Time: 

This game has unlimited play time. Play Time means the highest amount of time that one can spend on a game in a session. Let us take Clash of Clans, one of the most popular games currently. You finished your loot, put all your builders to work and started the troop making process. You have little to do after that. You will again come back when the troops are ready. Pokemon Go is never-ending. The more you explore and travel, the pitstops will increase, and you will get new Pokemons and subsequently newer things to do. This factor which keeps users hooked is one of the most significant aspects of the game that has made it wildly popular right now. Retaining the users has also undergone a lot of brainstorming on the part of the developers. The real exercise that users get if they choose to walk invigorates many to keep at it. The unique positions that Pokemons are found roaming around; it becomes a challenge for the user to catch it. People like the strategizing part and Pokemon Go requires quite a lot of it. And then there is the competition. The more users gain expertise, the more they are enthused to carry on. Also, the perpetual presence of someone just better than the user keeps the competition alive and kicking.

Revenue:

Well, this is the most important thing. Money is power no matter how good or bad the game is. If your game is good but it does not make money, then it is useless. Pokemon Go, however, focusses on the money making part quite efficiently. The developers have put up multiple points in the game where the user can spend money for something. There are opportunities to extend capture sessions, get Egg Incubators, speed up growth and get Lure traps by simple payment of real world cash. It is, however, not mandatory. You can choose to pay and get ahead quickly, or you can travel the slow and steady way.

Cons:

Following the runaway success of the game, there have been recent reports that could be troubling for the game itself as well as the developers. Some major incidents were reported where robbers lured their victims using the game, and a girl found a dead body in her quest for Pokemons! The thing is, with this AR thingy, it can get really messy. People could reach targets simultaneously, creating a dilemma as to who should capture the Pokemon. It is okay if the dilemma is between two rational and balanced individuals who can work out a compromise. But for aggressive people, it could really be a problematic situation.

There was also a recent case where hackers were using the game to get into the user’s system and steal credit card info and other sensitive data. It generally occurred when users tried to sideload the app into the system, which has been resolved now. The battery it consumes is also a big headache. Considering the game and the activity it requires, the app has to be open as long as the player wants to play, which in turn, leads to the quick drain of battery. But this is a common feature in nearly all big games and therefore is not much of a problem.

 Viral Verdict:

Pokemon Go ticks all the right boxes of the Android gaming world. Its take on the future, monetizing capabilities, user feedback, and gameplay has the potential to make it the king of the Android gaming world in the weeks to come. If they can work out the little chinks, here is our next viral game!

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How is Here maps in comparison to Google maps?

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Here Maps is a mapping software that is owned by three big name car manufacturers, namely, Daimler, Audi, and BMW. It a navigation software that has cloud servers so that users can have access to it regardless of the device they are using. Here was at first called Navteq and was owned by Nokia till 2015. It was run side by side with Nokia Ovi Maps. Here Maps expansion to its availability in more than 100 countries has made it a rival of Google Maps and as such a comparison is essential for users to decide which one to get for their smartphones for great functioning and flawless compatibility.

Here Maps vs. Google Maps A Comparison:

  • Here Maps currently is available for 132 countries offline while Google Maps‘ exact coverage is yet unknown but it is thought to be more than the number of countries Here Maps covers (just a wee bit more).
  • Google Maps is more space consuming than Here Maps. If both of the maps are marked in the same area, the storage space required by Google Maps for offline viewing is considerably more than Here Maps.
  • Google Maps has this disturbing tendency to find out ways to switch on your Wi-fi or GPS in order to provide accurate information even when the user does not want it. Here Maps has no such problem. It is perfectly at ease with working offline.
  • Offline Google Maps only serve up the best car route from a place to a destination when viewing offline. It is a major hurdle as Here Maps, on the contrary, offers all three- Car Route, Walking Route as well as the Public Transport Route.
  • We are first talking about the offline capabilities because it is a very significant aspect. People can avoid roaming charges by using offline maps and also it inhibits battery drainage. Data connection drains much faster along with navigation, but the offline navigation does not do so because there is no use of data. 
  • While Google Maps came out with the ability to save maps quite recently, Here Maps had incorporated this function from its very inception. Google Maps also requires you to zoom into a place and then save it for future use while Here Maps comes with efficient and usable packages of places. For example, the offline map of California is 536.3 MB while the whole of America is 4862 MB. Similar packages are available for states like Arizona, Arkansas, etc.
  • The rendering of the 3D feature in Here Maps is mind-blowing. Google Maps is but a pale shadow as the former offers much better graphics and a well-detailed layout.
  • Google Maps has the edge over Here Maps in the navigation for stops and restaurants as it uses the parent Google site to coordinate the information and Google is the largest aggregator of information regarding all these things. Google Maps provides detailed info about hotels, restaurants and petrol refilling stations on the road.`

Verdict:

After the in-depth research, the conclusion that most will infer is that Google Maps will win hands down in every department except for the offline part where Here Maps with its downloadable map package is a clear winner. So if you are data less, go for Here otherwise Google is always there!

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Lastpass Password Manager Latest Release for iPhone & Android- Get it & Use it

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LastPass is a free password manager that was primarily built for web browsers but is now available on most devices including iOS and Android. LastPass creates a Master Password and then stores a user’s different passwords for different sites. It is useful for people who are forgetful or have too many accounts online to keep track. The advantage of LastPass over others is that most of the useful features that it has can be easily accessed via a free account. You can sync it on multiple operating systems on one device like Windows, Mac and Linux or iOS, Android or Windows but in order to sync it on multiple devices, you need to pay up. 

How does Lastpass work and how to use it?

You have to download the LastPass software and install it. If you are an existing user you know the drill. If you are a new user, then you first have to create a strong master password that no one will be able to guess. You will also be prompted for a password hint. Make it very cryptic and something that is unique to you. You can find a list of such questions on Google if you have no idea what question to give.

LastPass has thankfully come up with a new option to provide you with a one-time recovery password in an encrypted manner and then send it to your email id for safekeeping. This is much better than the old days when you would have to get the program uninstalled and then installed again, by chance if you had lost the password as well as the password hint accompanying it.

As soon as you are done LastPass integrates with the browser you use most and then starts storing your passwords. As soon as it is done, the passwords are locked away, and you only have one master password for logging into any website of your choice. This is the password you created at the beginning. LastPass also provides added functions like it disposes of the passwords that are in not so secure locations elsewhere on your computer or any Internet site. 

Through the password vault, you can log in anytime and arrange your passwords in accordance with necessity. The sites and their passwords are stored securely in the LastPass security vault. You can perform bulk actions like moving them into folders or just deleting them.

LastPass also has a useful feature where you can pass on your passwords to your contacts in case of any accidents. There is a wait time after which the user you designate will receive or can gain access to your passwords. If by chance, the user tries to access it before the time lapses, you will be notified. You can also modify your ‘People I Trust’ list.

Another important feature is the shared password function. If there is something that you share with other people, then you have to share its password, if there is any. For example, a joint bank account in your name and your partner’s. In that case, you can choose to share the password for free and easy access. In both the cases where the password can be shared or passed on, it is essential to remember that the recipient must also have LastPass in order to get it. 

In short, you can store login names and passwords, credit card info for quicker checkout after shopping, you can also save documents and PDFs for secure and accessible viewing, and with the Premium account, you can do anything you want. Sync it across devices so that you do not need passwords for phones or PCs, just the master password for LastPass would do, thereby, reducing hassle and confusion.

You can also get the web form filling option in LastPass, which is of great help if you have to fill in a lot of information but of the same nature repeatedly. The multifactor security is also a great addition that one can avail for added security. In the unfortunate event, where your profile has been hacked, this system comes into play. It is a double protection that is offered by various plugins. For example, Toopher sends you a push notification on your phone once the master password has been entered. You will have to pass both the authentication checks in order to access the account.

So, this is a detailed process of how LastPass works and how you can use it to protect your passwords with ease. It has a very good rating as a robust and reliable password manager in the security industry. Does not hurt to try.

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