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Pokémon Go Plus wearable is out, doesn’t really do much

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The Pokémon Go Plus accessory is finally available, and it’s here to rid users of the nuisances Pokémon Go players have been experiencing since its launch. No, the wearable won’t cure the broken tracking system or the in-game errors, but it’ll make creature catching a little less of a headache.

With a single button that lights up for notifications, the accessory allows players to leave their smartphones tucked away while both devices are connected through low-energy Bluetooth. It can be attached to any part of your clothing or the bundled bracelet — really depends on how proud you are of your Pokémon Go addiction.

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It’s all as simple as it looks. Once paired with your phone, the Plus will flash a blue light when a PokéStop is in the vicinity. Press the lonesome button at that moment, and you’ll acquire all the available goodies. When a green or yellow light comes up, that means a Pokémon appeared in your area. Green means you’re about to catch a Pokémon you’ve seen before; tap the button, and the game will automatically throw a regular Poké Ball for you. Yellow signifies a pocket monster you’ve yet to own, so you’ll have to bring out your phone in order to catch it.

Successfully collecting from a PokéStop or securing a Pokémon will be confirmed by multiple flashing colors; failure leads to a string of red lights. Since there’s no screen to speak of, you have to check your phone’s notifications or the game’s journal to find out exactly what happened.

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As you can tell, the Pokémon Go Plus is essentially a supplement to the mobile game, and can in no way stand alone. There’s also a bunch of functions you can’t pull off, such as battling gyms and sorting your items. On the bright side, users will have a much easier time hatching eggs, as the wearable device can record distance without the phone’s display being on.

Excited to purchase one of your own? Hold on, because here’s the bad news. Availability is quite limited, and even if you do find one, it’ll cost you $35. That’s an outrageous amount for a piece of blinking plastic with nothing but a button.

If you must have it, Nintendo’s Official UK Store, Amazon.com, and GameStop.com might have it in stock.

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Source: Pokémon Go

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Spotify will soon sell you tickets to concerts

It’s experimental for now

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Decades into the information era, buying tickets is still a harrowing experience for the modern-day fan. If you’re not lucky enough to nab great tickets through the usual ticketing sites, you’ll have to try your luck with the ferocious gray market of scalpers. In an experimental feature, Spotify has a new way for fans to see their favorite artists live: by selling tickets directly.

Over the years, Spotify has grown beyond the scope of music streaming. The platform now has sections dedicated to podcasts and talk shows. Now, if you know where to look, there’s also a section for selling tickets.

Notably, this isn’t Spotify’s first incursion into the world of live events. If you go through the list of categories, a Live Events section will take you to a page of concerts happening near you. However, clicking an event will only take you to the normal ways to get tickets, such as through Ticketmaster.

In contrast, the new Tickets page, spotted by Chris Messina (via TechCrunch), will sell you tickets directly through Spotify. Currently, the experiment is limited to a handful of artists like Crows, TOKiMONSTA, and Annie DiRusso. Additionally, each entry will only host pre-sale tickets. After that, sales will take place in the usual sources.

Spotify’s price will also incorporate booking fees going into the company’s revenue. However, unlike other sources, Spotify’s tickets promise to be transparent about pricing.

As the page indicates, the final Tickets page will merge with the current Live Events page. However, it’s still an experiment, even if you can already buy tickets now. Spotify has yet to announce when the feature will come to the general public (and to more artists).

SEE ALSO: Spotify launches new recommendation feature, Enhance

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WhatsApp will finally block screenshots for View Once photos

Update coming soon

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WhatsApp’s View Once feature was a massive step towards user privacy. The feature allows users to thaw out the fiery risk of the other person leaking sensitive information and media elsewhere. Well, sort of. Despite the feature’s disappearing nature, users can easily take a snapshot without fear of repercussions. Finally, WhatsApp is doing something about this critical flaw in an upcoming update.

WhatsApp is a constantly evolving product. Throughout the past few months, the app’s developers have experimented and shipped various updates to make everyone’s life easier. Now, compared to the previous accessibility-oriented updates, the upcoming one focuses more on privacy.

It’s not a set of brand new updates, though. At least one of the three updates — the ability to control who sees you online — was reported way back in June. Another one is relatively new: the ability to leave groups silently so as not to alert everyone that a user is leaving. Both of these are rolling out sometime this month.

Given what it fixes, the final update is more crucial. It will block users from taking screenshots of View Once messages. Once the update rolls out, WhatsApp will natively alert View Once viewers that screenshots are blocked for added privacy. Unfortunately, there is no timeline for the update. The announcement only has a “soon” placeholder for a release.

With social media the way that it is, privacy is an ever-growing concern that all users should prioritize. While platforms are still imperfect, small updates like these can surely help people protect their data.

SEE ALSO: WhatsApp officially launches emoji reactions, 2GB file sharing

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Transfer for free: Tonik now has InstaPay services

No added fees for transfers

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Tonik, the Philippines’ first neobank, now supports InstaPay services to make it even easier and more convenient for in-app transactions.

This means customers can now send and receive real-time transactions up to PhP 50,000 to and from participating banks and e-wallets with no added transfer fees using the digital bank.

To top-up another Tonik account, simply go to the “Top up” option on the dashboard, choose InstaPay, and copy the 14-digit Tonik account number.

For transfers to another bank, tap “Send Money Options” and select “To another bank”. Then, change the channel to InstaPay and fill out the necessary information.

What’s great about Tonik transfers is that they are free of charge although do note that other banks may have varied transaction fees for InstaPay top-ups.

This should matter a lot specially for workers as interbank transactions or transfers from e-wallets like GCash, Maya, and ShopeePay to banks and vice-versa usually cost anywhere between PhP 10 to PhP 25.

Tonik is available both via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

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