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Nov
08
2016

Is Pokémon GO About To Expand Its Pokédex?

Pokémon GO has proven popular with nostalgic Android and iPhone users worldwide, and Niantic has shown a strong willingness to maintain that popularity with special events, daily rewards and other updates – but for many players, one thing has held back the game's fun. With the game's Pokédex currently limited only to Pokémon from the original crop of 151 First-Generation species (and no Legendaries or Ditto), many Players have already exhausted all there is to catch. However, there's evidence this is finally about to change.

Data miners from The Silph Road, looking at the most recent v0.45.0 release of Pokémon GO on Android, claim to have found references to the names of all 100 Pokémon from the franchise's Second Generation – from Chikorita to Celebi. However, while the Pokémon may be referenced, the game currently lacks models for the additional 100 Pokémon or any data for their movesets, suggesting that a full Johto-flavoured update is still a while away.

There may be one Pokémon coming in even sooner though: Ditto. The only non-legendary from the first 151 not available in-game, Ditto has so far been held back from Pokémon GO due its single attack, Transform. After all, coding a Pokémon that can transform into other Pokémon is a tough job. However, v0.45.0 introduces new code for the move, complete with its own in-battle animation, suggesting that Niantic may be planning to introduce Ditto's special move – and possibly Ditto itself – very soon. If so, it would mark the first new move since the game's release.

Would the introduction of Johto-era Pokémon to Pokémon GO excite you? And what about Ditto? Sound off in our comments!

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    Oct
    07
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    Forum and Mobile Updates, and minor fixes

    For the last few months, I have been inviting users to help Beta Test a new Forum to replace our long-standing one, which has been found to cause performance issues for our server. Although the new Forum works well, something that personally disappointed me was that the new Forum Software did not have the capability to enable guest posting. The current Technically Motivated forum has a public "Site Troubleshooting" section which permits all visitors, whether registered or not, to post if they have any problems using our website; and unfortunately, this was not something the new Forum would allow.

    However, the Forum we have been using for the Beta has since received updates; and a recent new feature will allow us to enable guest posting, allowing us to restore this functionality for the new Beta forum. We will continue to keep the new Forum as a Beta while we test how well this works and whether it is secured enough to not enable abuse; but if all goes well, it is my plan to announce an official time-frame for phasing out the old Forum and switching to the new solution.

    On a related note, you may have been aware of the boxes on our homepage showing the latest conversations people have been having here on Technically Motivated, be it on our comment boxes, our forum or on Twitter. However, in recent months, you may have noticed only the Twitter feed was properly working. After some investigation, I've been able to restore the latest comments pane, which had been broken by a glitch. However, the Forum pane has been completely removed, as it turns out the current Forum has broken this feature, and the new Beta Forum does not yet offer a replacement. You can still however see the latest Forum posts for the non-Beta Forum on our sidebar.

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    Jul
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    Canonical Tout Android/Ubuntu Smartphone, Asks For Tons Of Money To Make It Happen

    In the development of their mobile platform, it seems the people over at Ubuntu have discovered something about the smartphone industry: every smartphone in production is “consumer grade”. Noting that Formula 1 cars are used a commercial test-bed for new automotive technologies, the people at Ubuntu wanted a similar product for the smarphone industry. So they decided to build one.

     

     

    The Ubuntu Edge is indeed a powerhouse of a phone. With a 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a multicore processor to be named later, this phone is more powerful than many PC's. And the chips aren't the only impressive things on this phone. With a casing crafted from a single piece of textured metal, and a sapphire crystal screen, this phone will be incredibly durable. Rather than focusing on just having a higher ppi, which is wasted on most phones today, the 4.5 inch screen will sport greater clarity through color enhancement and improved brightness. The battery life will also be improved, utilizing a silicon anode battery, in place of the more standard lithium-ion of today's phones.

     

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    On the software side, the Edge will be running both the Ubuntu mobile platform and Android side by side.

     

    To finance this project, Ubuntu is reaching out to technology enthusiasts to donate a whopping $32,000,000 on Indigogo. If the campaign succeeds, it will shatter all previous crowd-funding records. To receive one of the new devices, supporters will have to donate at least $830, and wait until the project is finished in May of next year. Participating in the campaign will be the only way to receive one of these phones, as Ubuntu is only planning to make 40,000 of the phones.

     

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    Jan
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    Video leaks BlackBerry Z10 details before RIM official announcement

    Previously, Technically Motivated briefly covered BlackBerry 10, Research in Motion's attempt to modernise it's once-popular BlackBerry range of phones and other devices and the proprietary BlackBerry OS system running on them; and to make BlackBerry relevant to the modern generation once again. We also know that BlackBerry plan to launch two models of phone at first to run this system: first, a fully touchscreen model recently officially named the Z10; and then, a month or two later, a keyboard-equipped model akin to its popular Bold line, tentatively known as the T-Series.

    RIM have been keeping very mum over the new system and phones, choosing not to reveal any major details until the official launch announcement of BlackBerry 10, still two weeks away. However, with regular leaks from RIM's manufacturing partners; and tech reviewers getting prototype models, there has slowly been a number of details being released about both.

    A new video making the rounds, however, might be the best look we’ve had yet. German newspaper Telekom Presse, after a hands-on with a prototype model of the Z10, recently released two YouTube videos detailing both the software and hardware of the upcoming BlackBerry phone quite extensively.

    The first seven-and-a-half minute video, which has been given English subtitles to be easy to understand by those who don't speak German, describes almost everything the phone has and does; and assuming RIM doesn’t make any substantial changes to the model that hits markets, you may well be looking at the final product here, albeit without the official explanations and highlighting that RIM will be doing when it’s announced.

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    Mobile Payments “coming soon” to Android

    Google is expected to announce the launch of an electronic wallet for Android phones, to allow for mobile payments, at an event on Thursday in New York City.

    Unnamed sources cited by Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal say that Google will introduce a mobile payment service that utilizes near-field communication (NFC) on Sprint Nextel phones. NFC provides a way to store payment card information and to transmit it to a device capable of processing the payment.

    Bloomberg reports that the service will be tested in five major U.S. cities–Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. The Wall Street Journal has identified three participating retailers–American Eagle Outfitters, Macy's, Inc. and Subway.

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    Apr
    09
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    Google Hotpot fully merged into Places

    Google Hotpot, a rating/reviewing system for Businesses that was until now a separate Google product despite widespread criticism, has now been lumped in with Google Places, to create a full-blown Business Search and Review tool.

    The actual differences between Hotpot and Places were nearly non-existent, especially when dealing with the mobile aspect (which was even worse, since finding and rating restaurants and other venues is typically done on a smartphone, not a desktop). When it came down to it, Hotpot was basically just the rating/reviewing system for Places — so while it probably started off as a separate project, it was destined to be gobbled up by the bigger app from the get go.

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    Apr
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    Rumour: Was a test of a new Google Music app leaked to the web?

    An odd glitch on a Tech Review website’s Android phone appeared to replace the Android Market on their phone with a Test version filled with numerous unseen (and many non-functional) apps; but it is one in particular, which actually DID function, that got their attention – and, when it was posted about on the internet, seemingly everyone else’s, too.

    Now, there’s a claim that a download for the app has been discovered, and subsequently leaked online, and is now being shared by several websites.

    The app – apparently a test release of a future update to Google’s official Google Music app, tentatively titled “Google Music 3.0” – was discovered Read the rest of this entry »

    Feb
    01
    2011

    Microsoft says Yahoo is ‘phantom data’ phone bug source

    According to a recent news report by BBC News (which, for legal reasons, we can’t reprint here), Microsoft, which has for the past week or so investigating reports of a mysterious “phantom data” leaks affecting Windows Phone 7 handsets, which makes many phones send and receive data without the owner’s knowledge and often ate into usage allowances quite heavily, has found the culprit to be Yahoo!.

    Specifically, an inefficient method used by Yahoo in one of their apps which allows Yahoo! Mail to be synced with the Windows Phone mail client, is causing the rapid data usage, because a mistake in how the code determines how to check for new messages and fetch them if they exist means that the system can download up to 25 times more information than it needs to.

    Microsoft are insistent, though, that this only affects a small number of users. Nevertheless, the company has stated it is in contact with Yahoo, and should be fixing the problem in the next few weeks.

    Dec
    15
    2010

    3 Mobile scraps mobile data caps, backs all-you-can-eat tariffs

    Believing that customers require as much data as they need to take advantage and get the most of their modern smartphones and other devices, mobile operator Three has taken the bold step of scrapping its mobile data caps completely.

    Demand for data is increasing rapidly in recent months, as more people are using their handsets to connect to the web as well as make voice calls, and take advantage of internet-enabled apps. Some Mobile operators, including Three, feared that some users were consuming so much data it was putting unacceptable strain on networks. Struggling to keep up with demand, many mobile phone network operators started putting caps on how much data people could use within a set time, based on their current plans.

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    Nov
    17
    2010

    Google Docs on the go – Google introduces Mobile editing support for Docs

    Google has long claimed that one of their main aims for Google Docs is “making it possible for you to get things done from anywhere, at any time.” And wherever you are, if you’re like most people, you probably have your mobile with you most of the time. So what’s the best way to satisfy that goal? Mobile editing, of course! Yet for a long time now, Google Docs has lacked this feature.

    Earlier this week though, Google rewrote its documents editor to make it more real-time and add more features to make documents more customisable, among other enhancements. But they also were working on having it support mobile platforms. And today, Google has announced that Docs now fully supports editing on your mobile browser.

    It’s easy to get started: visit docs.google.com in a browser on a supported device, and select the document you want to edit. Then, when you’re viewing it, press the Edit button to switch to the mobile editor. Google are rolling the new document editor out to those using phones running Android with Froyo (version 2.2) or higher; and iOS devices (version 3.0+) including the iPad. It is currently only available for English-language users, though the users can be anywhere in the world, and Google claims they will be adding support for other languages soon.

    Sounds like a cool productivity booster! But what do you think?

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