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The Best Companion Apps for Pokémon Go

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Pokemon Go has taken over the world, rejuvenated a dying company (kinda?), massacred millions of phone batteries, and created lasting adventures. Before the craze is over, check out these apps to develop your skills and have the most fun. 

Poke Radar – (iOS)

Everyone wants to catch an elusive Pokémon – or at least a personal fave (I swear I’ll quit the game once I catch a Pikachu). Poke Radar helps you spot which species have spawned in certain areas. This can help you and you friends find the perfect location to visit and catch whatever your heart desires. As the whole app is crowd-sourced, you should add all your info to make the data even more complete! 

GoChat – (iOS, Android)

There are countless adorable stories of people meeting new friends and reconnecting with others through a passion for Pokémon Go. GoChat provides a much needed messaging platform for players and fans alike. It was created by an avid beta tester who simply wanted to create an even better experience for users. Download it to meet and keep in touch with new friends.

PokeMatch – (iOS, Android)

Single? Perhaps you’ll be interested in PokeMatch, a brand new dating app only for Pokémon Go trainers. You can filter through users by gender and team (I’m Valor in case you were wondering) and swipe through like any other dating app. If you find someone you’re interested in, you simply select a PokéStop to meet at. Let me know if you find the love of your life; I’m desperate for cute stories.

Though I’m not sure how long the mania will last, I am confident that this game has and will continue to shape mobile gaming in the future. Niantic Labs, the company behind Pokémon Go, developed another augmented reality game called Ingress; I would, arguably, call it the best mobile game I’ve ever seen. Accessible augmented reality is here, and I couldn’t be happier.

The Best Companion Apps for Pokémon Go

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Pokemon Go has taken over the world, rejuvenated a dying company (kinda?), massacred millions of phone batteries, and created lasting adventures. Before the craze is over, check out these apps to develop your skills and have the most fun. 

Poke Radar – (iOS)

Everyone wants to catch an elusive Pokémon – or at least a personal fave (I swear I’ll quit the game once I catch a Pikachu). Poke Radar helps you spot which species have spawned in certain areas. This can help you and you friends find the perfect location to visit and catch whatever your heart desires. As the whole app is crowd-sourced, you should add all your info to make the data even more complete! 

GoChat – (iOS, Android)

There are countless adorable stories of people meeting new friends and reconnecting with others through a passion for Pokémon Go. GoChat provides a much needed messaging platform for players and fans alike. It was created by an avid beta tester who simply wanted to create an even better experience for users. Download it to meet and keep in touch with new friends.

PokeMatch – (iOS, Android)

Single? Perhaps you’ll be interested in PokeMatch, a brand new dating app only for Pokémon Go trainers. You can filter through users by gender and team (I’m Valor in case you were wondering) and swipe through like any other dating app. If you find someone you’re interested in, you simply select a PokéStop to meet at. Let me know if you find the love of your life; I’m desperate for cute stories.

Though I’m not sure how long the mania will last, I am confident that this game has and will continue to shape mobile gaming in the future. Niantic Labs, the company behind Pokémon Go, developed another augmented reality game called Ingress; I would, arguably, call it the best mobile game I’ve ever seen. Accessible augmented reality is here, and I couldn’t be happier.

Most Innovative Tech for Athletes

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While being a good athlete requires immense hard work and dedication, these technologies enhance, assist, and guide athletes to achieve their goals.

Halo Neuroscience materializes in a headset, but instead of playing music, it contains pads in the headband that sends electrical pulses to the athlete’s brain. These pluses helps stimulate the athlete’s brain, boost their learning curve, and enhance their retention of muscle memory. It has been tried and tested on professional skiers and claims to be applicable to any and all sports. Notably, Halo Neuroscience was a competitor at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Battlefield last month. 

The Linx IAS is a device that is capable of detecting the severity of an impact to the person it is connected to. While it can be utilized by anyone, one of its primary users are athletes who compete in heavy impact sports. This device weighs only as much as a nickel, provides a response from up to 300 feet away, and instantly syncs the response with the cloud accessible by and Android or iOS device. This device can greatly assist its users by determining their likelihood of a concussion.

The last device is specific to one sport: cycling. Connected Cycle is a GPS & GSM module that users install on the pedal of their bicycles. It provides the athlete with tracking information and alerts the owner of the bike if anyone touches or tampers with their bike. Additionally, Connect Cycle links to your Android or iOS smartphone and instantly provides you with feedback within the respective areas making the athlete’s cycling experience much more smooth.

Most Innovative Tech for Athletes

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While being a good athlete requires immense hard work and dedication, these technologies enhance, assist, and guide athletes to achieve their goals.

Halo Neuroscience materializes in a headset, but instead of playing music, it contains pads in the headband that sends electrical pulses to the athlete’s brain. These pluses helps stimulate the athlete’s brain, boost their learning curve, and enhance their retention of muscle memory. It has been tried and tested on professional skiers and claims to be applicable to any and all sports. Notably, Halo Neuroscience was a competitor at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Battlefield last month. 

The Linx IAS is a device that is capable of detecting the severity of an impact to the person it is connected to. While it can be utilized by anyone, one of its primary users are athletes who compete in heavy impact sports. This device weighs only as much as a nickel, provides a response from up to 300 feet away, and instantly syncs the response with the cloud accessible by and Android or iOS device. This device can greatly assist its users by determining their likelihood of a concussion.

The last device is specific to one sport: cycling. Connected Cycle is a GPS & GSM module that users install on the pedal of their bicycles. It provides the athlete with tracking information and alerts the owner of the bike if anyone touches or tampers with their bike. Additionally, Connect Cycle links to your Android or iOS smartphone and instantly provides you with feedback within the respective areas making the athlete’s cycling experience much more smooth.

Everyday Uses for Drones

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Once a scary, obscure device, drones are now becoming an everyday reality. Here are two ways that you might interact with drones in today or in the near future.

Delivery

Delivery drones are closer than you might think. Companies, such as Amazon, have released teaser videos to entice the public, but none have launched a mass-market, consumer delivery drone yet. However, many are getting close. Notably, Domino’s Pizza in Australia tested semi-autonomous drones, called “delivery experts,” which might become a full-time addition to the Domino’s team. Other than pizza and product delivery, drones will be able to distribute basic, necessary goods, such as medicine, to people around the world. For now, we’ll have to wait until delivery drones become more mainstream, but I am eager to see how fully integrated delivery drones will be in the future.

Photography

Perhaps the most common use for drones in everyday life is photography. If you’ve been at any large convention in the last few years, you’ve probably noticed drones flying around to capture images. The field of aerial photography has expanded widely due to these drones, and the field is becoming more accessible as these drones become more common. One of my favorite YouTubers, Casey Neistat, is an avid user of drones and frequently documents his trials and tribulations with them. As this is becoming such a prominent field, there are a vast array of photography drones to choose from. Personally, I recommend the Phantom 4; I had a chance to try it out earlier this year and got some incredible footage. Another drone that has piqued by interest is the Lily, which claims that you can throw it in the air and it will begin recording. It’s still on pre-order, but I will be checking it out once it’s available. 

Drones are being utilized in more ways than ever today, and people are always finding new ways to utilize them. One of my favorite humans, Simone Giertz, even released a video revealing how to cut your hair using a drone. Good luck. 

Everyday Uses for Drones

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Once a scary, obscure device, drones are now becoming an everyday reality. Here are two ways that you might interact with drones in today or in the near future.

Delivery

Delivery drones are closer than you might think. Companies, such as Amazon, have released teaser videos to entice the public, but none have launched a mass-market, consumer delivery drone yet. However, many are getting close. Notably, Domino’s Pizza in Australia tested semi-autonomous drones, called “delivery experts,” which might become a full-time addition to the Domino’s team. Other than pizza and product delivery, drones will be able to distribute basic, necessary goods, such as medicine, to people around the world. For now, we’ll have to wait until delivery drones become more mainstream, but I am eager to see how fully integrated delivery drones will be in the future.

Photography

Perhaps the most common use for drones in everyday life is photography. If you’ve been at any large convention in the last few years, you’ve probably noticed drones flying around to capture images. The field of aerial photography has expanded widely due to these drones, and the field is becoming more accessible as these drones become more common. One of my favorite YouTubers, Casey Neistat, is an avid user of drones and frequently documents his trials and tribulations with them. As this is becoming such a prominent field, there are a vast array of photography drones to choose from. Personally, I recommend the Phantom 4; I had a chance to try it out earlier this year and got some incredible footage. Another drone that has piqued by interest is the Lily, which claims that you can throw it in the air and it will begin recording. It’s still on pre-order, but I will be checking it out once it’s available. 

Drones are being utilized in more ways than ever today, and people are always finding new ways to utilize them. One of my favorite humans, Simone Giertz, even released a video revealing how to cut your hair using a drone. Good luck. 

The Best Apps for Simplified Travel

Traveling can be a mess. Regardless of how well-traveled you are, there is almost always a hitch in your plan. With this being said, here are three apps to enhance and simplify your adventures.

Flighttrack 5

Flighttrack 5 provides you with information about each plane that flies through one of its 5000 affiliated airports. It determines accurate arrival and departure times, which allows you to stick to your schedule. Also, it’s exceptionally helpful for anyone who needs to pick someone else up from the airport; you’ll always be there at the perfect time! This service is available for $4.99 on iPhone and Android.

Foodspotting

How are you supposed to find the best food to try in a new country?Foodspotting helps you discover scrumptious food. It helps your palate explore an international menu, recommending specific dishes from local restaurants, rather than a generic, overall review. These reviews are submitted by users of the app who have sampled the dishes. However, Foodspotting does not allow highly negative reviews, so I would suggest selecting your food based on the quantity of positive reviews.

Worldmate

To top it all off, Worldmate assists you in planning every detail of your trip from departure times to meetings. Worldmate organizes all details you input chronologically and updates the event if anything changes. For example, if your flight is delayed or canceled, Worldmate will update you and allow you to reschedule accordingly. Worldmate has a premium function available for $9.99 per year, providing you with live updates received the second something in your plan changes.

The Best Apps for Simplified Travel

Traveling can be a mess. Regardless of how well-traveled you are, there is almost always a hitch in your plan. With this being said, here are three apps to enhance and simplify your adventures.

Flighttrack 5

Flighttrack 5 provides you with information about each plane that flies through one of its 5000 affiliated airports. It determines accurate arrival and departure times, which allows you to stick to your schedule. Also, it’s exceptionally helpful for anyone who needs to pick someone else up from the airport; you’ll always be there at the perfect time! This service is available for $4.99 on iPhone and Android.

Foodspotting

How are you supposed to find the best food to try in a new country?Foodspotting helps you discover scrumptious food. It helps your palate explore an international menu, recommending specific dishes from local restaurants, rather than a generic, overall review. These reviews are submitted by users of the app who have sampled the dishes. However, Foodspotting does not allow highly negative reviews, so I would suggest selecting your food based on the quantity of positive reviews.

Worldmate

To top it all off, Worldmate assists you in planning every detail of your trip from departure times to meetings. Worldmate organizes all details you input chronologically and updates the event if anything changes. For example, if your flight is delayed or canceled, Worldmate will update you and allow you to reschedule accordingly. Worldmate has a premium function available for $9.99 per year, providing you with live updates received the second something in your plan changes.

The 2016 MSI: North America vs. Korea…Darshan vs. Faker

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Recently, Riot Games hosted a major eSports tournament, the Mid Season Interventional (MSI), for League of Legends. At MSI, each region is represented by a professional team. Notably, this is the first year North America made it to the final round of an international League of Legends tournament. Unfortunately, they played against, arguably, the greatest team in the existence of League of Legends, Korea. The NA team, CLG, performed exceptionally well, even beating the Korean team during the group stages thanks to Darshan (Olivia’s favorite player), who carried the team. Similarly, SKT’s gameplay solely depended on their star player, Faker. Regrettably, SKT ended up beating CLG 3-0.

One of the highlights of the finals was before the second game began. North America challenged Korea with the exact same conditions as the first game, which North America lost. Clearly, CLG wanted to convey the message that they believe they could have won the previous game. Korea called their bluff, also choosing the same team composition from the previous game, proving that they are the stronger team. Though I am disappointed, I am confident that CLG will come back stronger for their next tournament.

There’s one more thing I want to discuss about the MSI: the aftermath. Because of the loss, many fans were angered with Darshan, claiming that he underperformed throughout the finals. Many even called for him to be kicked off the team; however, even though he made several mistakes during the finals, CLG as a whole underperformed and would not have made it to the finals without Darshan. To improve, CLG should assess what they did wrong and determine how to prey on the opposing team’s weakness. Specifically, CLG needs to figure out how to play against Faker because he won’t disappear from the professional scene anytime soon.

The 2016 MSI: North America vs. Korea…Darsha…

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Recently, Riot Games hosted a major eSports tournament, the Mid Season Interventional (MSI), for League of Legends. At MSI, each region is represented by a professional team. Notably, this is the first year North America made it to the final round of an international League of Legends tournament. Unfortunately, they played against, arguably, the greatest team in the existence of League of Legends, Korea. The NA team, CLG, performed exceptionally well, even beating the Korean team during the group stages thanks to Darshan (Olivia’s favorite player), who carried the team. Similarly, SKT’s gameplay solely depended on their star player, Faker. Regrettably, SKT ended up beating CLG 3-0.

One of the highlights of the finals was before the second game began. North America challenged Korea with the exact same conditions as the first game, which North America lost. Clearly, CLG wanted to convey the message that they believe they could have won the previous game. Korea called their bluff, also choosing the same team composition from the previous game, proving that they are the stronger team. Though I am disappointed, I am confident that CLG will come back stronger for their next tournament.

There’s one more thing I want to discuss about the MSI: the aftermath. Because of the loss, many fans were angered with Darshan, claiming that he underperformed throughout the finals. Many even called for him to be kicked off the team; however, even though he made several mistakes during the finals, CLG as a whole underperformed and would not have made it to the finals without Darshan. To improve, CLG should assess what they did wrong and determine how to prey on the opposing team’s weakness. Specifically, CLG needs to figure out how to play against Faker because he won’t disappear from the professional scene anytime soon.