How to disable vocal alerts for turn-by-turn directions in Google Maps

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 17, 2017

If you use Google Maps to go places you’re not accustomed to, then you’re likely familiar with navigation and the turn-by-turn vocal alerts you hear while you go. These prompts say things like “turn left” or “stay right” as you’re driving, working as an audible guide to get you to your destination.

Vocal alerts are enabled in the app by default, and while they are usually useful, not everyone likes them. You can turn down your device’s volume to combat them, but doing this will also impact any music you might have playing and doesn’t yield satisfactory results.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can properly mute vocal alerts in the Google Maps app. Read More

 

Nomad’s PowerPack is a rugged battery pack that you can track with Tile

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 24, 2017

Battery packs are a hot commodity these days because it seems like our mobile devices never want to last as long as we’d like them to. They bring us out of the dark ages, where we used to have to sit by a power outlet and wait for our handsets to charge, and are advantageous because they allow you to charge on the go, no matter how far away from civilization you might be.

On the other hand, people who are always on the go have a tendency of misplacing things, and sometimes that means losing their battery packs. That’s why Nomad came up with the PowerPack, a trackable battery pack you can keep tabs on with your mobile device, even when you’ve forgotten it somewhere or misplaced it. Read More

 

A guide to using Travel Time in Calendar on iPhone and Mac

By Steffen Reich on Jan 25, 2017

Travel Time is a nifty addition to Apple’s Calendar, capable of precisely estimating the duration of your upcoming trip based on parameters such as milage and traffic. Used properly, it can notably ease some of your daily scheduling woes, but paradoxically, a large contingent of regular Calendar users still routinely overlook the feature.

Formerly introduced as frequent locations and traffic conditions widgets, the service has only slowly gained traction amongst users. Travel Time today however has come of age and is now neatly integrated into one of the most popular productivity applications both on iOS and macOS. So if you didn’t get the memo on the virtues of Travel Time in Calendar, here’s what you need to know. Read More

 

AntiTracker lets you know every time someone tracks you with Find My Friends [jailbreak]

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 21, 2017

Find My Friends is an app made by Apple that lets you track the location of your friends and family so you can find out their whereabouts at any time of the day, but it can also be a real privacy concern.

While some people enable this feature voluntarily so that their family members can keep tabs on them or so that friends can meet up with one another, others have the feature enabled on them behind their backs so their significant others can stalk them.

If you’re paranoid about whether or not you’re being tracked, then you need a new free jailbreak tweak called AntiTracker. Read More

 

iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 support QZSS, Japanese GPS-like positioning system

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2017

Apple has refreshed technical specifications for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on its Japanese website to reflect that the latest handsets support Quasi Zenith Satellite System (QZSS), a Japanese GPS-like satellite positioning service nicknamed “Michibiki,” as first reported by the Japanese blog Mac Otakara. Read More

 

Pokémon GO launches on Apple Watch with Activity and Workout integration

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 22, 2016

To all of those who have been waiting to play Pokémon GO on the Apple Watch since the game developers teased it at Apple’s September keynote event, you can finally stop holding your breath because it’s now available.

Pokémon GO for the Apple Watch comes in an update (version 1.21.2) to the existing iPhone app from the App Store, so after installing it, you’ll be able to add it to your Apple Watch just like you would with any watch app you’re already using. Read More

 

First wave of second-gen Pokémon now hatch from eggs as wild Pikachus start wearing Santa hats

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 12, 2016

Pokémon GO players are in for some goodies this week as Niantic is rolling out some of the first of the game’s second-generation Pokémon to players, with more than 100 additional monsters coming within the next few months.

The introduction of these new Pokémon is expected to renew player interest and give existing players something new to hunt after. Read More

 

Pokémon GO update lets trainers transfer Pokémon in bulk and fixes bugs

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 9, 2016

Niantic has launched an update (version 1.19.1) for the popular Pokémon GO game on both the Android and iOS platforms on Thursday that addresses several bugs, as well as a highly-requested game improvement.

Those who catch many Pokémon know the struggle of having to transfer out the ones they don’t need to Professor Willow, one by one, but Thursday’s update now allows players to transfer a handful of unwanted Pokémon to the professor all at once. Read More

 

Starbucks teams up with Pokémon GO as an official partner and adds more Pokéstops and gyms

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 8, 2016

Just yesterday, Niantic announced a partnership with Sprint to bring as many as 10,500 more Pokéstops and gyms to Pokémon GO, and today a similar partnership appears to be expanding to Starbucks coffee shops.

The announcement is a move to give players more flexibility in collecting necessary items to play the game, as well as to battle other players. Starbucks benefits out of the deal because it attracts potential customers to their locations. Read More

 

Map your runs accurately without iPhone in Runkeeper’s latest Apple Watch update

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2016

If you own an Apple Watch Series 2, you can leave your iPhone at home the next time you go on a run with Runkeeper as the app’s just been updated with full support for the built-in GPS on the Apple Watch Series 2. Runkeeper’s refreshed experience also includes new active metrics with charts for target pace and heart rate.

Runkeeper is a free download from the App Store. Read More

 
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