Trickster Pokémon are taking over Pokémon Go tomorrow!

Tricky Pokémon are coming your way!

What you need to know

A Tricky Pokémon Event will begin on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 8 AM local time and end Tuesday, April 7 at 10 PM.
Pranksters and master of disguise will be showing up in the Wild, in Eggs, and from Field Research.
Stunfisk, the Trap Pokémon, will be introduced in Pokémon Go.

Today, Niantic announced a Tricky Pokémon Event coming for April Fools’ Day. This event will run from April 1, 2020 at 8 AM local time until April 7 at 10 PM. During this event, players will have the chance to encounter Pokémon known to be pranksters and masters of disguise in the Wild, from Eggs, and in Field Research. The Trap Pokémon, Stunfisk, will also make its debut, showing up in the Wild, in Field Research, and, for the duration of the Event, in 5 KM Eggs. Ditto will also be far more common in the Wild, so be sure to catch any Pokémon that can potentially be Ditto. There will also be additional species that Ditto can transform into b…

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Screens app update brings mouse and trackpad support to iPadOS

Use a mouse or trackpad to control your Mac – from your iPad.

What you need to know

Screens for iPadOS was updated today.
The update brings mouse and trackpad support to the app.
Screens allows users to control their Mac, Windows, or Linux from their iPhone or iPad.

Screens, one of the popular remote desktop apps, has been updated with mouse and trackpad support for iPadOS. The company announced the update in a blog post today that, among other things, brings one of the most anticipated features of iPad to the app.

”Screens now supports pointing devices on iPadOS 13.4! You can now use a compatible mouse or trackpad to control the remote computer Screens is connected to!”

The new update now allows users of the Screens app to connect mouse or trackpad and perform actions like left-click, left-double-click, right-click, drag, and scroll. In order to take advantage of the new feature, you must update your iPad to iOS 13.4 and update the Screens app as well.

The developer has …

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TSMC is set to begin volume production of A14 chip for the iPhone 12

Despite the pandemic, the production of the iPhone’s next processor remains on track.

What you need to know

TSMC is on track to begin production on the A14 processor.
DigiTimes says that the manufacturing lines remain ”fully booked” for manufacturing.
Apple is expected to release four new iPhones in the fall of this year.

Apple has seen a number of disruptions and uncertainty surrounding its supply chain partners as the world fights against the coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully, it sounds like the supplier of the chips that power its flagship smartphone is still on track to bring Apple’s newest processor to the iPhone 12 on time.

A new report by DigiTimes details that TSMC is still ”on track” to mass-produce the A14 processor for the iPhone 12, Apple’s next flagship smartphone that is projected to be released in the fall.

The company is apparently preparing to begin production of the 5nm chips next month, despite speculation that Apple had asked TSMC to delay production of the …

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Interview: Mavis Chan, Director of Product on Sims FreePlay IRL

Your Sim may be living the life you’ve always dreamed of, but your real life can be as good as your digital one, too.

The Sims, published by EA Games first hit the market at the turn of the millennia, just as computer gaming was really hitting its stride. Actually, The Sims come from an even older video game, SimCity, which dates back to the late 1980s.

Players can create their own little world, filled with little people that they get to control. Will they buy a house? Have a family? Mow the lawn today? The Sims grew exponentially over the past two decades, and in 2012, EA Mobile launched a mobile version of the game on iPhone and Android. It was a big hit and is still played by fans of The Sims everywhere.

Mavis Chan, Product Director at EA Games started with the company as Senior Product Manager on Sims FreePlay, and has been helping shapes its success for the past six years.

I was able to interview Chan via email to talk about her role and career with EA Games, and her experie…

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You can now turn your Wyze Camera into a webcam for video conferencing

Special firmware update available now to help with working from home.

What you need to know

A special firmware update for Wyze Cam v2 is now available that converts them into webcams.
Once converted, v2 cameras can work with Windows and macOS for video conferencing.
Updated cameras cannot be used with the Wyze app until original firmware is restored.

Wyze has released a special firmware update for its v2 cameras today that can convert the smart home staple into a webcam for Windows and macOS. Spotted by Dave Zatz on Twitter, the update, which can be found by visiting a dedicated Wyze support page, requires flashing the v2 camera firmware using a MicroSD card.

When used as a webcam, the Wyze Cam v2 supports the built-in mic, speaker, and of course, video, and it works with popular apps like Skype, Hangouts, and Zoom. The company cautions however, that the camera was not designed to be a webcam, and the update is only being released to help those who require a camera for conferen…

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How to play Pokémon Go from home, your home, or otherwise alone

How do I catch Pokémon while social distancing?

Pokémon Go, the hit AR game from Niantic, encourages players to leave their homes and traveling to places of social importance. So, you might be wondering how you can still catch ’em all while social distancing. Luckily, there are plenty of methods to play from home, your car, or locations that are easier to manage without other people. Even better, Niantic is adding more and more way people can play Pokémon Go from the safety of home.

What’s new from Niantic

As social distancing becomes more and more necessary, Niantic has made a number of changes to gameplay, and teased a number of new features to help players keep playing Pokémon Go.

Current changes

Live Events: most live events, such as Community Day and Safari Zones, are being postponed or canceled.
Reworked Events: other events, such A Drive to Investigate have been modified to support solo play, and play from home.
Field Research: Research Tasks that cannot be comple…

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Keep your Apple TV’s content safe even without traditional backups

You may not be able to back up your Apple TV in the traditional sense, but you can still make sure your data is safely stored in iCloud.

We all know the importance of backing up our devices so that, if something terrible happens and we have to restore it, the process can be less daunting. Unfortunately, Apple still hasn’t made a way for us to back up our Apple TV in the traditional sense.

But just because you can’t fully back up (and restore) your Apple TV doesn’t mean you can’t save important data. Thanks to iCloud and Home Sharing, your apps, music, movies, TV shows, and photos are totally secure — even if it can be a pain to get a new Apple TV looking exactly like your previous setup.

New to Apple TV? Here’s our ultimate guide

Here’s how you can back up your Apple TV.

How to sync your music, movies and apps on Apple TV
Home screen syncing across multiple Apple TVs
How to share your computer’s content on Apple TV
How to sync your Photos on Apple TV
TV everywhere

How to …

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Score double the minutes and data with any Tello mobile plan from $5/month

There’s no need to stay locked into paying for an expensive service provider anymore while companies like Tello Mobile exist. Tello is an affordable, prepaid service which uses Sprint’s network and has a variety of plans for less than $20 monthly. The best part is that you’re never locked into a contract and there are no fees to worry about; you only pay the cost of the plan you choose.

Thanks to Tello’s latest deal for new and existing subscribers, you’ll score double the data and twice the amount of minutes on the plan you choose through May 31! Tello’s plans are already competitively priced compared to other service providers, and today’s offer really helps blow the others out of the competition.

One of the greatest features of Tello is its ability to let you customize your service by choosing the number of minutes or amount of data you need separately from one another. That’s one major way Tello saves you cash where other providers would have you pay for service you’re not even…

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Get rid of old backups to free up space on your Mac

Do you have an excessive number of ’Backups’ taking up space on your MacBook? Don’t worry; they’re supposed to be there.

Apple’s built-in backup program for the Mac, Time Machine, makes it incredibly easy to back up all of your important data so you can restore your computer if something should happen. You can even recover deleted files if you accidentally lose them.

On Apple laptops, like the MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro, Time Machine includes the added feature of creating local snapshots so that, if you disconnect your MacBook from its external hard drive, you’ll still have backups stored on your internal hard drive so you can recover data if you need to.

Local snapshots are invaluable for certain situations when you’re out and about and need to recover data but don’t have your backup hard drive. They also, eventually, start taking up noticeable space on your hard drive.

Why do I have 100 GB of backups on my hard drive?

You need an external hard drive in order to set …

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Grammarly now available for the Mac and online versions of Microsoft Word

You can now catch typos and mistakes with Grammarly for Word for macOS and online.

What you need to know

Grammarly is now available for Word on macOS and online.
Grammarly was already available for Word on Windows.
Microsoft recently announced Microsoft Editor, which competes with Grammarly.

Grammarly announced today that you can now add Grammarly to Microsoft Word on macOS and Microsoft Word online. The tool will allow you to check your spelling, grammar, and word choice directly within Microsoft Word on your Mac or online. Grammarly was already available as an add-on for Microsoft Word on Windows.

Grammarly works similarly on all platforms. As you type, you see prompts and suggestions to improve your writing. In addition to general grammar and spell checks, Grammarly will suggest words that might fit into a sentence better than what you currently have written.

Microsoft recently announced a major update to Microsoft Editor, which makes it more of a competitor to Grammarly. M…

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