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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

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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