How to Catch Pokémon Go Legendary Pokémon

How to Catch Pokémon Go Legendary Pokémon is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The first Pokémon Go Legendary Pokémon are going live this weekend if players work together to unlock them. This is how to find Legendary Pokémon and how to catch Legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Go.

As part of the Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago and around the world, gamers can catch Pokémon in the augmented game Pokémon Go to unlock Legendary Pokémon that will appear as part of massive raids that will challenge players to band together to win Legendary Pokémon like Mewtwo, Mew, Celebi, Ho-Oh, Lugia, Articuno, Moltres and Zapdos.

This starts on July 22nd and the first Legendary Pokémon will appear on July 23rd if players catch enough normal Pokemon on Saturday at the Pokémon Go Fest and while playing around the world. Even though you may be tempted, it’s a bad idea to fake your Pokémon Go location to be part of the festival in Chicago or to find Legendary Pokémon since the new punishment is worse than a ban.

In order to unlock the Legendary Pokémon, players at Pokémon Go Fest need to defeat the Pokémon that show up at that event. If that doesn’t happen, you will not be able to catch any on your own. The good news is that this is likely a very achievable feat. Once this happens you can proceed with these directions. If you run into problems, here’s how to fix common Pokémon Go problems.

How to Catch Legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Go

How to Catch Legendary Pokémon Go Pokémon.
How to Catch Legendary Pokémon Go Pokémon.

Once the Legendary Pokémon are unlocked, you need to go in search of Legendary Eggs at Pokémon Go Gyms. Starting on July 23rd you should plan to go to different gyms near you to see if you can find a Legendary Egg.

Once you find a special Pokémon Go egg, you will unlock a Legendary Raid Boss. You will need a team of Trainers to go head to head with this special Legendary Pokémon. You will need to band together with other players to have a chance at seeing them and at beating them, so look for others to help you. Once discovered it may take at least 50 hours to hatch a Legendary Boss, so you will have time to find others to help you.

Beat the Legendary Pokémon Go Boss in this special raid as a team, and then you will be able to catch your own Legendary Pokémon to keep. You can use our Pokémon Go tips and tricks to prepare and get an edge on these special Legendary Boss Raids.

Where to Find Pokémon Go Legendary Pokémon

How to find Legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Go.
How to find Legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Go.

The very first Legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Go will appear n Grant Park as part of Pokémon Go Fest. If you are able to make it there on July 22nd, you can catch your own. That’s not the only place you will be able to find one though. If the Trainers here defeat it, you will see Legendary Pokémon all over the world in Pokémon Go. You can watch the live stream of the Grant Park Legendary Pokémon Battle on Twitch and YouTube.

There is no listing of Legendary Pokémon Go Raid locations yet. It would make sense to see more of them in bigger cities, but we also expect to find them across the U.S. and the world in cities of all sizes.

Be sure to check on Twitter and Facebook for local sightings and to stay tuned to The Silph Road for more details on where to find Legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Go.

How to Catch Pokémon Go Legendary Pokémon is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

How to Record Multiple Snaps at Once

How to Record Multiple Snaps at Once is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

This is how to record multiple Snapchat snaps at once to make really long Snaps that allow you to share a longer Snap with friends by stacking them back to back to back.

Snapchat announced the new multi-Snaps feature in Snapchat 10.13.0.0 for iPhone, which allows you to record Snaps up to a minute in length. That goes much longer than a normal 10-second Snap. This comes right after Snapchat Maps.

This update also adds the option to Tint your Snap a specific color in one area of the photo. The Snapchat Multiple Snaps feature is available on iPhone now and is coming soon to Android.

How to Record Multiple Snaps at Once

How to send up to six Snaps at a time.
How to send up to six Snaps at a time.

Here’s what you need to do to send multiple Snaps at once. You can record up to sixty seconds of video, which is like sending six Snaps. You aren’t stuck with a full sixty-second video, so it’s easy to edit out a Snap you don’t want to send.

  1. Open Snapchat and go to the Record Screen.
  2. Press and hold on the Record Button.
  3. Keep holding the record button and you’ll immediately start recording another Snap.
  4. Once you are done you can edit the Snaps just like normal.
  5. If you want to delete one Snap out of your six, you can do that by dragging to a trashcan to the right edge of the screen.

That’s all there is to record up to six Snaps at once. The catch is that it is only on iPhone right now, and there are even some issues with the Snapchat app on iPhone right now. Despite updating to the latest version of Snapchat, many users cannot use the new Snapchat features to record multiple clips. We’ll update our list of Snapchat problems and fixes when we know how to get around that problem.

How to Record Multiple Snaps at Once is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

How to take a photo in manual mode on your smartphone – Gary explains

Most of the time when we snap a photo using our smartphones, we simply point and tap. All the different parameters are set automatically by the phone and we are used to accepting the results. Sometimes we might manually turn on/off HDR mode and maybe we will fiddle with the flash settings, but it’s an automatic process for the most part.

However, many smartphones today include a “professional” or “manual” mode in the bundled camera app, which gives you full access to all the different settings and gives you a greater measure of artistic control. On top of that, if the camera app can save images in RAW mode, then you will have even greater flexibility.

Finding the manual mode is different for every camera app, but it can usually be found nestled in with other creative modes like slow-mo, panorama, and time-lapse. Once activated, you’ll get an extra set of on-screen controls, which we’ll walk you through in this post.

The controls

Metering mode – One of the most important factors in taking a good photo is having the correct amount of light. Taking photos indoors during a birthday party with the lights dimmed is very different than taking a landscape shot on a sunny day. To gauge the light levels and therefore determine the optimum settings for the ISO sensitivity and the shutter, the camera measures the light in one of several ways: matrix, center, or spot.

Matrix metering takes the general light level from multiple points across the frame. The center mode does the same but concentrates more on the central area of the frame, while spot metering just takes the light level reading from one small spot in the very center. Some camera apps also provide a touch metering mode whereby you can tap the screen to tell the app which exact spot to use for measuring the light levels.

Being able to control the metering is important when the scene isn’t evenly lit. Bright light sources (like lamps or the sun) or dark areas with lots of shade can bias the light metering and then cause the picture to be wrongly exposed.

ISO speed – In the days of film photography, the speed at which the film reacted to light was an important factor. If the film was more sensitive to light then less light was needed to capture the image, for instance. This meant the aperture and shutter speed needed to be changed accordingly. Over the years there were various standards for quantifying film sensitivity. In the 1970s, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) created a scale, which is still in use today. The ISO scale is logarithmic, which means that ISO 200 is twice as sensitive as ISO 100, 400 is twice as sensitive as 200 and so on.

Shutter speed – On a traditional camera there is a physical shutter (like on an SLR or DSLR) which opens for a fraction of a second, lets the light in to hit the film/sensor, and then snaps shut again to stop the photo being over exposed. Smartphone cameras achieve the same result by capturing the data from the sensor for a certain amount of time. In fact, light is always hitting the lens, but the data isn’t being recorded. In low light situations, you want the shutter open for longer and in bright sunlight you want it to open and close quickly.

However, altering the shutter speed has lots of benefits. Slow shutter speeds can be used to add artistic motion blur (e.g. for moving water or car tail lights at night), whereas fast shutter speeds are useful for capturing fast moving targets (e.g. sports or animals). The problem with slow shutter speeds is that it increases the chances of camera shake, which is one of the reasons that some phones include Optical Image Stabilization.

Focus – As the light travels through the lens in a camera, it passes through all areas of the lens and is refracted. Coming out of the lens, the light starts to converge and the spot where all the light converges is called the focal point, where the image is clear. The focal point can be changed by moving the lens slightly and this is how we focus images before taking a photo. In manual mode many cameras also give you manual control over the focus. With manual focus you have fine grain control over the focal point, which can be useful in some situations.

White Balance – The color of an object is determined partly by the lighting conditions. An object might appear white when viewed in sunlight, or it will have a different hue when lit by candles or on an overcast day. Candlelight and tungsten lights are towards the warmer end of the light spectrum, meaning they have a definite red tint. To compensate, the white balance setting will alter the color temperature towards blue to balance the whites. At the other end, the camera does the opposite, moving the color temperature towards red. When the white balance is set to auto then the camera measures the overall color temperature and applies the relevant white balance. When setting a manual white balance you choose the color temperature compensation from a set of presets like Cloudy, Sunny, Fluorescent light and Incandescent light. You can also set the white balance in Kelvin.

EV compensation – This setting allows you to override the calculated exposure settings for a photo. The camera app will calculate the exposure, adjusting the ISO speed and the shutter speed, but this can be changed using the EV settings. A value of +1 doubles the exposure time, whereas a value of -1 halves the exposure time. Taking multiple photos at different exposures is the basis of HDR photography. Using a tripod, you can take the same photo several times with different EV settings and then merge them together. Some apps also have a mode called “EV bracketing” which will automatically take several shots with different levels of EV compensation.

Bonus: Aperture – Smartphones have a fixed aperture lens, meaning the aperture cannot be changed. Nevertheless, knowing what the aperture on your smartphone camera does is still useful. Aperture is the size of the hole letting light onto the sensor: the smaller the hole the less light can come through, whereas the larger the hole the more light hits the sensor. Cameras with a wider aperture lens (a low f-stop number, like f/1.8) typically perform better in low light situations.

Practice

Getting the best results from your camera’s manual mode will take practice and I suggest that you don’t use all the manual controls simultaneously. Each of the settings will default to automatic so you can just pick which ones you want to use. Start with the shutter speed and see the different results you can get for landscapes with running water versus fast moving objects. You can even try and make some light trails with longer exposures, but make sure you use a tripod.

Next, try playing around with the EV compensation and take several photos. Then use a program like Luminance HDR to merge them together. After that practice taking photos with different metering modes. I found the touch metering to be the most useful. By taking it slow and learning what each setting does individually you’ll better understand how to combine them to best effect.

Samples

Here are two shots taken with different shutter speeds.

Here I am pouring water from a bottle and I took the shot with a fast shutter speed. As you can see the water is caught “in action.” You can see the ripples in the water and you can see drops in the water stream. Now here is a photo of the same setup but with a slow shutter speed.

Here you can see that the water is more blurred, the drops are well less defined and the movement in the water is less clear. This technique can be used on waterfalls and rivers. You can also see the difference when taking a photo of a fidget spinner:

Here is a montage I have made of five different photos taken with a range of white balance settings. The first one is the automatic white balance and the second is the cloudy day settings. You will notice that they are very similar, as it was in fact a cloudy day!

Wrapping up

The truth is that 99% of the time you are going to take pictures in automatic mode with your smartphone. However switching to manual mode can be useful in certain situations. It is also a useful step to using manual mode on a bigger camera, like a DSLR. Finally, with practice and perseverance you can take some interesting shots — shots that wouldn’t be possible in auto mode.

Do you ever use your smartphone’s camera in manual mode? Let me know how it turned out in the comments below.

Problems with the OnePlus 5 and how to fix them

The latest flagship from OnePlus continues to offer everything we’ve come to expect from the company. The OnePlus 5 comes with high-end specifications and features including a new dual camera setup, and while its price may not be as affordable as previous generations, the phone still manages to significantly undercut the competition. If you are looking for a solid current generation flagship, the OnePlus 5 is definitely a phone to consider.

That said, as is the case with any smartphone or tablet, the latest from OnePlus is not without its problems. To help you out, we’ve rounded up some of the common issues that OnePlus 5 users have come across, and offer potential solutions on how to fix them!

Disclaimer: Not every OnePlus 5 user will come across these issues, and in fact, it is more than likely that you won’t face any of these problems at all
Disclaimer #2: The “jelly effect” issue has been left out, as OnePlus claims that this is normal behavior and there likely won’t be a fix available.

Problem #1 – Issue with adaptive brightness

Some people have found that the adaptive brightness doesn’t work as well as expected.

Potential solution:

  • This is a software issue, and a fix was rolled out with the official update to version 4.5.3. However, some users have found this issue to still persist, and hopefully, a more permanent solution will be available soon. Until then, you can download and use the Lux Auto Brightness app that is available on the Google Play Store, which is one of the best tools around to get better control over the adaptive brightness feature. There is also a free version of the app which can be found here.

Problem #2 – Windows 10 does not recognize the phone

Some users have found that Windows 10 does not recognize their OnePlus 5 as a storage device, making it impossible to transfer files and media content to and from your PC. The device does still charge though when plugged in to the computer.

Potential solution:

  • This issue has been solved for many by manually enabling USB Debugging mode. Go to Settings – About Phone and tap on the Build Number multiple times until a pop up appears that says “You are now a developer.” Back in the Settings menu, a new section will appear called Developer Options. Open that, tap on USB Debugging, and enable it. You may also have to reboot the phone once you enable this mode. Now when you plug in the phone, change the USB configuration to MTP and everything should work as expected.

Problem #3 – Performance issues (random reboots, stutter or lag, rapid battery drain)

A few users have faced some performance issues with their device, including random but repeated reboots and instances of stutter or lag. Some users have also seen rapid battery drain even when the phone isn’t in use.

Potential solution:

  • Download the Greenify app from the Google Play Store. Here, you can see a list of applications that are active on waking the phone, and you can then change the settings for these apps, which should help with reduce any slowdowns.
  • A rogue app could be the cause for any performance issues. Boot the device into Safe Mode (you can find the instructions on how to do so below) and see if the problem persists. If not, an application is the issue. You can then either delete the last few apps you have may have installed before the problem started, or perform a factory reset and start over, even though that is recommended only as a worst-case scenario, since you will lose all your data.

Problem #4 – Certain apps and games not working on mobile data

Some users have found that apps and games that require an internet connection don’t seem to work when the device switches to mobile data, but work as expected when connected to Wi-Fi.

Potential solution:

  • The issue seems to be related to the APN settings. Go to Settings – More Networks – Mobile Networks – Access Point Names, tap on the APN for your network, and then change the APN Protocol to IPv4 or IPv4/IPv6. In a lot of cases, these setting is preset to IPv6 only, which results in issues when certain apps and games attempt to connect to mobile data.

Problem #5 – Notifications get cleared automatically

A few users have noticed that notifications tend to get cleared automatically from the notification drop down and status bar after some time.

Potential solution: 

  • This issue isn’t a bug, but has to do with a battery management feature. Go to Settings – Battery – App Hibernation/Aggressive Doze Mode and disable it.
  • If there are only a few apps that you want to ensure that notifications come from, you can add them to an exception list. Go to Settings – Battery – Battery Optimization (tap the three vertical dots at the top right corner). Then go to All Apps, tap on the ones you want to add to the exception list and select Don’t Optimize.

Problem #6 – Connectivity issues

Connectivity issues are quite common when getting a new device, and below are the general steps you can follow when facing problems with connecting to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth devices. Wi-Fi issues seem to be particularly prevalent with the OnePlus 5.

Potential solutions:

Wi-Fi Issues

  • Turn off the router that you’re using and the phone, and wait for a while before turning them back on.
  • Go to the Wi-Fi settings on the device and forget the preferred network, before entering the details again from scratch.
  • Check the level of activity on your current channel with the Wi-Fi Analyzer application. If necessary, simply switch to a different channel.
  • Disable Power Saving Mode through Settings. 
  • Find the MAC address for the phone by going into Settings – About Phone and ensure it is recognized by your router.

Bluetooth Issues

  • Make sure that no power saving mode is enabled.
  • Start by turning the Bluetooth on your device off and back on again.
  • If the problem continues, clear the cache for Bluetooth by going to the Bluetooth Settings.
  • Restart the phone after clearing the data and cache.
  • If the Bluetooth device saves multiple profiles, you might have reached the limit for the number of profiles it can save. Delete old and unused profiles, and try setting up the connection once again from scratch.

Guides – Soft reset, hard reset, boot into Safe Mode, wipe cache partition

Soft reset

  • If your display is off, turn it back on using the power key.
  • Open the “Settings” application.
  • Scroll down until you find “Backup & Reset.”
  • Tap on “Factory data reset.”
  • Select “Reset phone.”
  • Tap on the box “Erase everything.”
  • The device should automatically reboot

Hard reset

  • Turn your phone off by pressing down the power key for five seconds.
  • Turn the phone back on while keeping the volume down button pressed in.
  • When the phone vibrates, release the volume down button.
  • Your phone should enter a mode called Simple Recovery.
  • Choose the option that reads “Wipe Cache Partition” using the power button.
  • You should get a message that says “Cache wipe complete.”
  • Continue to choose the option “Wipe Data/ Factory reset.”
  • The phone should automatically reboot.

Wipe cache partition

  • Turn your phone off by pressing down the power key for five seconds
  • Turn the phone back on while keeping the volume down button pressed in
  • When the phone vibrates, release the volume down button
  • Your phone should enter a mode called “Simple Recovery.”
  • Choose the option that reads “Wipe Cache Partition” using the power button
  • You should get a message that says “Cache wipe complete.”

Booting into Safe Mode

  • Turn off the device.
  • Once off, press and hold the power button until the device starts booting up.
  • As soon as it starts loading, press and hold the volume up and volume down keys simultaneously.
  • Continue holding these buttons until the boot up is complete.
  • Unlocking the device, you should see it having booted up into Safe Mode.

So, there you have it for this roundup of some of the issues that OnePlus 5 users have come across, and potential solutions on how to fix them! We will continue to keep this list updated as other problems, and more importantly, solutions to fix them are available.

All said and done, don’t let this small list of issues stop you from picking up a really good flagship. A lot of these problems are software related, and OnePlus has done a great job with sending out updates to address these concerns. Always make sure that you have the latest version of the Oxygen OS installed, and you can find out more about these updates by using our OnePlus 5 update tracker.

How to set up and use Google’s new Backup and Sync tool

With a short delay, Google announced the new Backup and Sync tool a few days ago. This tool allows you to easily back up the files and photos you have on your PC by sending them to the cloud — Google Drive and Photos. That way, your important documents and vacation images will always be safe, even if your computer stops working for whatever reason.

In this post, we explain exactly how to set up and use Google’s new backup tool, step by step. Without any further delay, let’s get started.

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Step 1: Download Backup and Sync

To download the app, just visit Drive’s website via the button below, click on the “Download Backup and Sync” button, and then on “Agree and download” once the Terms of Service window pops up. When the download is completed, open the “installbackupandsync.exe file”, follow the instructions on the screen, and the app will be installed on your computer in no time. Then just restart your computer if asked to do so, and you’re good to go.

Step 2: Sign in and select the folders you want to back up

Now that the Backup and Sync tool is installed on your computer, it’s time to set it up. When you launch the app, the first thing you’ll have to do is sign in to your Google account. After that, the next step is to simply select the folders on your computer that you want to continually back up to Drive. What this means is that all the files in the selected folders will be moved to the cloud right away. And as soon as you add a new file to one of the folders, it will be moved to Drive automatically.

You can choose to back up only a few folders you have on your computer or all of them, essentially backing up your entire computer. However, it’s worth pointing out that your Google account only has 15 GB of free storage, which is shared between Photos, Gmail, and Drive. If you need more space, you can upgrade for as low as $1.99 per month, which gets you 100 GB of storage.

You can also back up data from a smartphone, camera, SD card, or other devices. Just plug a phone or camera into your computer, click on the “USB devices & SD cards” at the bottom, and select the files you want to upload to the cloud from your connected device.

Step 3: Change general settings

Once you have selected the folders you want to back up to Drive, there are a couple of settings you should take a closer look at to make sure the tool works just the way you want it to.

Photo and video upload size: As the name suggests, you can choose the upload size of videos and images. You have two options: to upload them in their original size or in what Google calls “High quality”. If you opt for the first option, the images and videos you upload will count against your storage. The second option is free, which means that the content uploaded online won’t count against the storage of your Google account. However, keep in mind that in this case photos and videos will be compressed to save space. If a photo is larger than 16 MP, it will be resized to 16 MP, while videos higher than 1080p will be resized to 1080p.

Removing items: This basically allows you to choose how Backup and Sync deletes files. There are three options available, which are described below.

  • Remove items everywhere: When you delete something on your computer, it will also automatically be deleted on Drive. It works the other way around as well, meaning that if you delete a file on Drive it will be deleted on your computer.
  • Don’t remove items everywhere: When you delete something on your computer, it will stay on Drive, and vice versa.
  • Ask me before removing items everywhere: When you delete something on your computer, Backup and Sync will ask if you want to delete it on Drive as well. This also works the other way around.

Google Photos: If you enable this setting by checking the box, images and videos located in the folders you selected in step two will automatically be uploaded to Google Photos. If you leave it unchecked, the images will only be uploaded to Drive and won’t show up in your Google Photos account. However, there’s an option in Google Photo’s settings that, when enabled, actually allows you to view Google Drive images and videos in your Photos library (see image below).

Other settings: There are a few other settings available under the Google Drive and Settings tabs on the left side. These allow you to choose whether or not Backup and Sync will open when you turn on your computer, a warning will show up when you remove items from a shared folder, and more.

Step 4: View your backed up files

Viewing the files you have backed up to the cloud is easy. All you have to do is visit the Google Drive website and click on the “Computers” tab on the left side. If you have backed up files from more than one computer, you’ll see a different folder for each one. Just open up the one you want and you’re good to go.

Final thoughts

As you can see, using Google’s Backup and Sync is quite easy. The main thing is just to select the folders you want to continually back up to Drive and play around with the settings to get the tool working the way you want it to. Once it’s set up, you don’t really have to do anything else, as Backup and Sync will do all the heavy lifting for you.

Have you used the Backup and Sync tool? Let us know in the comments below.