Level up in Pokemon Go

Level up in Pokemon Go

The Pokemon Go wing of Download.com has been tirelessly trying various ways to level up our trainers. Here are the tactics that we are finding effective, which have (so far) jacked us up to level 20. (For tips on hunting Pokemon, see our guide for stalking pocket monsters.)

Lower levels: Gather supplies first, evolve later

Evolving Pokemon is a quick and efficient way to gain XP. But as tempting as it is to start evolving your Pokemon as soon as you... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Games

Tags: games , mobile

5 Pokemon Go alternatives

5 Pokemon Go alternatives

Like the augmented-reality concept of Pokemon Go but don't care to chase cute little pocket monsters? Plenty of other games use your phone's back camera lens and GPS to layer animated graphics onto live scenes around you. So if you've ready to face a fiercer challenge, here are five augmented-reality games to put you in the apocalyptic battle of your life.

Ingress (iOS, Android)

Four years before Niantic created Pokemon Go, the developers made augmented-reality game... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: games

How to find Pokemon in Pokemon Go

How to find Pokemon in Pokemon Go

The Download.com crew been tracking Pokemon for nearly two weeks, and we'd like to share tools and a few hard-earned tips for finding the popular pocket monsters of Pokemon Go.

Yelp (iOS, Android). Yelp's crowdsourced recommendations can guide you to a nearby PokeStop, where you can find items and -- if a Lure Module is running -- wild Pokemon. On the Web version of Yelp, a PokeStop Nearby filter helps you narrow your choices.

In the Yelp app,... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Games

Share music over Spotify

Share music over Spotify

Word of mouth is still the best way to discover new music, and Spotify offers many means for you to find and share your favorites. You can evangelize artists, songs, albums, and playlists on Spotify by posting them publicly or by sharing to a friend's Spotify inbox.

How to share music with followers on Spotify

On a Mac, click Share and then Post to Followers. Now you and your followers will see this info under Activity in the left... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: music , streaming , sharing

How to watch the Democratic National Convention

How to watch the Democratic National Convention

The Democrats are throwing out the welcome mat this week in Philadelphia, when they hold their Democratic National Convention (DNC) from July 25 to 28. Now that Bernie Sanders has pledged support for Hillary Clinton, there's no more mystery about who's the presumptive Democratic nominee, but there are still plenty of issues to air. The party is making it easy to follow its nomination proceedings live, from your TV to anywhere you can find an Internet... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: streaming

Evernote alternatives worth noting

Evernote alternatives worth noting

Evernote (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Web), the popular note-taking app, recently announced price and device changes to its three service plans that might make you think about switching apps.

Paying customers will experience 33 to 40 percent price hikes for Plus and Premium plans, depending on whether you pay monthly or annually. The cost of a Plus plan will rise from $2.99 to $3.99 per month or from $24.99 to $34.99 annually. Premium's... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: utilities

First look: MacOS Sierra public beta

First look: MacOS Sierra public beta

The public preview of MacOS Sierra shows Apple continuing to make Mac a better partner for Apple's mobile devices, including moving iOS features over to the desktop.

Siri

With Sierra, your iOS personal digital assistant is now on the Mac. Seek Siri's help by clicking the Siri icon in the Mac menu bar, tapping her Dock icon, or using a keyboard shortcut (if you activate one in Siri's System Preferences).

She doesn't respond to "Hey, Siri," sadly. But you can control... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , beta , Mac OS X

First look: iOS 10

First look: iOS 10

Apple's iOS 10 is due this fall, along with MacOS Sierra, and you can expect new features, including Home. But mostly the release will bring much-desired optimizations to Messages, Maps, Music, and Photos, plus little perks like finally letting you delete some of Apple's native apps.

Don't want to wait until fall? You can preview iOS 10 through Apple's public beta program. You need, at minimum, an iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, or... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iOS

Pokemon Go guide

Pokemon Go guide

Pokemon Go (Android, iOS) has become summer's smash-hit app, propelling teams of traditionally chair-bound gamers out to track and trap elusive little pocket monsters. If you're feeling left behind, not having paid attention to Pokemon since the late '90s, our quick guide will get you caught up.

What are Pokemon?

A Pokemon, short for "pocket monster," is a fictional animated creature that can be captured, raised, and used to fight duels. You, as the Pokemon Trainer, capture and train... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: games

Pokemon Go's major security loophole

Pokemon Go's major security loophole

Update 7/12/16: Niantic Labs has updated Pokemon Go on iOS to version 1.01. "Fixed Google account scope" is among the changes, which indicates that the previous issue with the app's permissions has been addressed. Pokemon Go on iOS now just asks for the username and email address associated with your Google account, which is normal behavior.

Original story follows:

Pokemon Go, the Android and iOS game that's exploded in popularity over the last few days, has a big privacy and... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Security Center , Google , security , mobile

Check out the MacOS Sierra public beta

Check out the MacOS Sierra public beta

For the third July in a row, Apple is giving customers a prerelease version of the next Macintosh operating system, MacOS Sierra. The public beta is a chance for users to monitor the OS's progress and help the company identify issues before Sierra officially ships this fall.

You can download the test OS for free, but be aware that beta software -- even from Apple -- isn't fully baked: Apps may be unstable, features may not work... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , Mac , Mac OS X

How to follow the Republican National Convention

How to follow the Republican National Convention

Sure, you can catch the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) live on TV when the GOP takes over Cleveland from July 18 to 21. But with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump sharing so much on Twitter and Facebook, the real action may be online.

RNC planners say they will focus on giving their digital and social channels a much bigger role. "There has never been a digital operation built quite like this one for a convention," said Audrey... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: streaming

Stop Google from tracking your activities

Stop Google from tracking your activities

This week Google launched My Activity to show you how you're tracked online, so you can better protect your privacy. Google readily admits that it tracks your every move -- your Web searches, site visits, watched videos, clicked ads, and location. The company claims it does so to autocomplete your searches, improve YouTube recommendations, serve ads, and get you places faster on Google Maps.

If you're willing to sacrifice these expediencies for the sake of privacy, then you can delete... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Google , Google Chrome , Google Android

Dropbox's new productivity features

Dropbox's new productivity features

Dropbox wants a slice of Google's and Microsoft's document business. The service, known for cloud storage and file sharing, recently added productivity, collaboration, and security tools, putting Dropbox in direct competition with Google Drive, Box, and Microsoft OneDrive (paired with an Office 365 account). If you use Dropbox on the desktop or iOS, read on for the exciting new enhancements you can now put to work. (There is no word yet on when Dropbox plans to... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: Cloud , file sharing

Meal kit apps for no-fuss dinners

Meal kit apps for no-fuss dinners

When you want to cook but prefer to skip the recipe hunt and grocery shopping, services like Blue Apron and HelloFresh deliver tasty, no-fuss meal kits right to your door. They furnish everything you need, including seasonal and often locally sourced ingredients. In addition to recipe instructions, many services offer tips for food prep and dining, like how to zest a lemon or suggestions for wine pairings.

You can plan your dinners on the websites of more than a... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Hot mobile games coming in 2016

Hot mobile games coming in 2016

Pokémon Go, Deus Ex, John Wick, Lego, and more; Android and iOS gamers can look forward to a host of familiar names this year. We've picked five mobile games that are worth the wait, though most of them won't be out until the fall. While iOS and Android have customarily been the province of lighter games that you can pick up quickly and drop whenever you want, these titles could bring a level of complexity that most players aren't used... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: mobile , game

How to choose an Android VPN

How to choose an Android VPN

An Android VPN gives you more privacy on the mobile Internet. If you use public Wi-Fi or unprotected networks, if you're concerned about content restrictions, or if you just don't want to be tracked online, a virtual private network can give you a protected path, allowing you to secure and mask your data transmissions. VPNs can also dodge geoblocking (so you can access content in a geographical region other than your own) and bypass Internet filtering and censorship.

However, finding the... Read More »

Topics: Security , Android Software , Android

Tags: Security Center , Android , VPN

5 puzzle games with a story

5 puzzle games with a story

Apple handed out 12 Apple Design Awards last week as part of its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), and 3 of those winning apps were puzzle games: Lara Croft Go, Linum, and Dividr. Design matters in a mobile game, but style's not the only thing you're looking for: You want fun, the right amount of challenge, and a storyline that won't let you go. So we tested a pack of games to pick... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: games , puzzle

Get Facebook Moments or lose your Synced photos

Get Facebook Moments or lose your Synced photos

Remember when Facebook quit letting you chat in app and made you download Messenger? Now the same thing is happening to your Synced photos on iOS. You must download and log in to Moments before July 7 if you don't want Facebook to delete those images. (Don't worry about your other photos and albums on Facebook: Nothing will happen to them.)

Synced (called Synced From Phone on the desktop) was a private Facebook album of pictures copied from your... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Facebook , photography , photo

10 WhatsApp hacks

10 WhatsApp hacks

WhatsApp was made to be minimal, but lately the popular messaging app has been adding functionality. WhatsApp is currently beta testing Quick Quotes, which enables users to respond to messages in-line. This is particularly helpful if you're in a long group exchange and want to respond to something typed 12 lines back. Learn how to quote and do so much more with your chats with our 10 hacks for WhatsApp.

Quick-quote

To quote, long-press any text or media message in your conversation.... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Messaging