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Make Control Center’s Now Playing interface full screen with Sinatra

iOS’ Now Playing interface showcases any music you’re listening to and includes controls for adjusting your playback settings, but there are so many ways the interface could be improved.

A new jailbreak tweak called Sinatra by iOS developer candoizo takes some first steps towards improving the Now Playing interface in Control Center while still maintaining an Apple-esque design standard.... Read the rest of this post here


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How to beat Raid Bosses in Pokémon Go

How do you beat the Pokémon Go Raid Battle Bosses and claim your rewards? But finding their weaknesses and exploiting your strengths with this cheat-sheet!

Pokémon Go Raid Battle's are here and with them, Raid Bosses. These super high CV — 25,000 CP Dragonite, anyone? — hatch from Gyms and then take on all comers, in groups of up to 20, for an hour. If you can beat one you get rewards in the form of Golden Razz Berries, Quick and Charge TM, Rare Candy — and a chance to catch a regular-powered version of the Boss, similar to what you'd get by hatching it from an egg.

But some Gym bosses are really tough to beat. They start off relatively easy at Tier 1 and Tier 2, but Tier 3 and Tier 4 bosses can be nightmares. (Never mind Tier 5 — they may well prove Legendary).

So, how do you do beat a Raid Boos?

What are the generalist attackers you can use to beat most Raid Bosses in Pokémon Go?

While there's no silver bullet in Pokémon Go Raid Battles, there are some Pokémon that are so elite, powerful enough versions of them with the right movesets can be used to damage many of Bosses. Some people find it even more efficient to use (and revive and heal) a few powerful generalists rather than a lot of less powerful but type-matched specialists.

Either way, when it doubt, these are your go-tos. Just be ready to switch if you find a Boss that's the resistant exception to the generalist rule.

  • Dragonite especially with Dragon Tail + Outrage or Hurricane.

We're in the process of testing some others, like Tyranitar and Blissey to see if their huge stat advantage helps as much in Raid Battles as it does in regular Gym battles.

How do you beat a Tier 1 Raid Boss in Pokémon Go?

Tier 1 Raid Bosses are typically base-level or second evolution Pokémon and aren't at al overwelming. Higher level players with higher power Pokémon should be able to take them solo. Still, know your counters:

  • Magikarp: Jolteon (esp. Thunder Shock + Thunderbolt), Exeggutor (esp. anything + Solar Beam), and other electric and grass-types.
  • Bayleef: Flareon (esp. Fire Spin + Overheat), Charizard (esp. Fire Sping + Overheat), other fire types, as well as bug, poison, flying, and ice-types.
  • Quilava: Vaporeon (esp. Water Gun + Hydro Pump), Rhydon (esp. Mud Slap + Stone Edge), and other rock, ground, and water-types.
  • Croconaw: Jolteon (esp. Thunder Shock + Thunderbolt), Exeggutor (esp. anything + Solar Beam), and other electric and grass-types.

How do you beat a Tier 2 Raid Boss in Pokémon Go?

Tier 2 Raid Bosses are second evolutions, including evolutions of baby Pokémon and start to get tougher. Very high level players with very powerful counters can probably still take them solo but they're much easier with a friend.

  • Muk: Alakazam (esp. anything + Future Sight), Espeon (esp. anything + Future Sight), and other psychic types.
  • Exegguter: Pinsir (esp. Bug Bite + X-Scissor), Gengar (esp. Hex + Shadowball), other bug types (2x), and other fire, dark, flying, poison, ghost, and ice-types.
  • Wheezing: Alakazam (esp. anything + Future Sight), Espeon (esp. anything + Future Sight), and other psychic types.
  • Electabuzz: Rhydon (esp. Mud Slap + Earthquake), and other ground types.
  • Magmar: Jolteon (esp. Thunder Shock + Thunderbolt), Exeggutor (esp. anything + Solar Beam), and other electric and grass-types.

How do you beat a Tier 3 Raid Boss in Pokémon Go?

Tier 3 is where it starts to get difficult. They're either third evolutions or Evee-lutions. If you face off against a Vaporeon with a bad moveset, a super high level player with super powerful counters can still eek out a win. If you score a Machamp with Counter + Dynamic Punch, call a friend or two. (Pokémon Go recommends 5, but most Raid Bosses won't need that many.)

  • Arcanine: Vaporeon (esp. Water Gun + Hydro Pump), Rhydon (esp. Mud Slap + Stone Edge), and other rock, ground, and water-types.
  • Alakazam: Tyranitar (esp. Bite + Crunch), Gengar (esp. Hex + Shadowball), and other dark, ghost, and bug-types.
  • Machamp: Alakazam (esp. anything + Future Sight), Espeon (esp. anything + Future Sight), and other psychic types.
  • Gengar: Alakazam (esp. anything + Future Sight), Espeon (esp. anything + Future Sight) — and Gengar itself (esp. Hex + Shadowball). Also, other psychic, ghost, dark, and ground-types.
  • Vaporeon: Jolteon (esp. Thunder Shock + Thunderbolt), Exeggutor (esp. anything + Solar Beam), and other electric and grass-types.
  • Joltoen: Rhydon (esp. Mud Slap + Earthquake), and other ground types.
  • Flareon: Vaporeon (esp. Water Gun + Hydro Pump), Rhydon (esp. Mud Slap + Stone Edge), and other rock, ground, and water-types.

How do you beat a Tier 4 Raid Boss in Pokémon Go?

Here's where things get serious. Tier 4 Raid Bosses are tough. They're third evolutions of starters, dominators like Tyranitar or Rhydon, or singular powerhouses like Lapras or Snorlax. To beat them you'll need your best and most powerful Pokémon, and at least four to five friends. (Pokémon Go recommends 17 but that's not realistic in all but the busiest locations.)

  • Venusaur: Flareon (esp. Fire Spin + Overheat), Charizard (esp. Fire Sping + Overheat), other fire types, as well as bug, poison, flying, and ice-types.
  • Charizard: Vaporeon (esp. Water Gun + Hydro Pump), Rhydon (esp. Mud Slap + Stone Edge), and other rock, ground, and water-types.
  • Blastoise: Jolteon (esp. Thunder Shock + Thunderbolt), Exeggutor (esp. anything + Solar Beam), and other electric and grass-types.
  • Rhydon: Vaporeon (esp. Water Gun + Hydro Pump), Exeggutor (esp. anything + Solar Beam), also Victoreebel and other grass and water types at 2x, as well as ground, steel, fighter, and ice.
  • Lapras: Machamp (esp. Counter + Dynamic Punch), Exeggutor (esp. anything + Solar Beam), and other fighter, grass, electric, and rock-types.
  • Snorlax: Machamp (esp. Counter + Dynamic Punch) and other fighter types. Plus anything that can do fast, solid damage, including Alakazam.
  • Tyranitar: Machamp (esp. Counter + Dynamic Punch) and other fighter types at 2x. As well as bug, grass, fairy, ground, steel, and water types.

How do you beat a Tier 5 Raid Boss in Pokémon Go?

Tier 5 Gyms haven't been seein in action yet but are generally expected to contain Dragonite, maybe Blissey, and possibly Legendary and Mythical Pokémon at some point, like Mew and Mewtwo. When we know what they are for sure, we'll post the best counters we can find. Speculatively:

  • Dragonite: Lapras (esp. Frost Breath + Blizzard or Ice Beam) and other ice types, and other rock, fairy, and dragon types.
  • Blissey: Machamp (esp. Counter + Dynamic Punch) and other fighter types, Dragonite (esp. Dragon Tail + Outrage), as well as anything else that can do a lot of damage, like Exeggutor, Flareon, even Alakazam.

Any Pokémon Go Raid Boss beating questions?

If you have any questions about beating the Raid Boss in Pokémon Go, drop them in the comments below.

Review: Linksys Velop mesh networking kit delivers strong Wi-Fi despite setup quirks

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Continuing AppleInsider's quest to find the perfect mesh networking hardware, this week we take a closer look at Linksys' entry, a three-tower setup named Velop.

TouchArcade iOS Gaming Roundup: Sega Forever, Death Road to Canada, Hearthstone, and More

This week in iOS gaming was dominated by a single thing: The unveiling of the "Sega Forever" program that Sega first started teasing around a month ago. The original announcement came with practically no details beyond Sega was doing something with its massive back catalog of games, which in turn caused speculation to run wild. Eventually the internet decided Sega Forever was going to be a Netflix-like service for classic Sega titles, which turned out to be totally incorrect.


Instead, Sega Forever is five mobile game ports, with more on the way. Each game is free to download, and can be played for free forever with ads. There's also a one-time $1.99 unlock inside each game to permanently disable ads. The initial batch of Sega Forever titles include:

Unfortunately, our first impressions of these were not great. The quality of the emulation is subpar, performance is bad (even on recent iOS devices), and the games lack any of the configurability options that have become standard in both emulators themselves as well as iOS games in a general sense. There are no options for screen filtering or screen stretching, and you can't even adjust the virtual controls, which is a particularly baffling omission as they often block vital on-screen components in these games.


Our own Shaun Musgrave, who is basically the TouchArcade equivalent of Encyclopedia Brown, spent a ton of time playing these new ports, and discovered among other things that when Sega first released some of these games back in 2009, they performed better than these "new and improved" Sega Forever titles.

Needless to say, this has really left us scratching our heads. The one exception to these bad ports is Sonic the Hedgehog, which isn't emulated but instead was re-built from the ground up by Christian Whitehead back in 2013. Whitehead is also responsible for the amazing Sonic CD remake that has was released on the App Store a few years ago. Regardless, Sega has plans to constantly release new Sega Forever titles, so we'll have to wait and see if their emulation wrapper improves at all or if this is the new normal. If you want to hear even more about Sega Forever, check out this week's episode of our podcast.


In other news, Rocketcat Games released a new trailer for its upcoming Death Road to Canada update. The game itself leans on a lot of roguelike tropes with randomized encounters, surprise party members, and more. This latest update adds more structure to the progression of the game, shifting things slightly away from total randomization and instead allowing players to buy persistent perks and abilities. When it's released, the price of the game will rise from $8.99 to $9.99, so if you want to save a buck be sure to grab Death Road to Canada now.


With its next expansion, Hearthstone will see a massive change to how opening packs work: In a nutshell, if you open a Legendary card in a pack, it will be a unique card and not one you already own. Similarly, you will never open more copies of a card in any single pack than you can use in a deck – so the days of opening a pack with the same four commons and one junk rare are over. It's a huge quality of life improvement, and the player reception to the change has been incredibly positive.


When we cover upcoming game trailers, typically there's just one new game being teased. Developer and publisher Umbrella released a trailer of its entire summer lineup. Fifteen games in one video. It's a lot to take in, but if you enjoy quick pick up and play iOS games that mass market mobile gamers seem to love, these are definitely all going to be titles that are worth having on your radar in one way or another.


Last but not least, while last week's news was all about Supercell's latest soft launched game Brawl Stars, there's one important thing to note: Currently the game is only available for iOS. It will eventually come to Android, but Supercell has not yet released a date for the Android version of the game.

Unfortunately, the number of scams floating around in the Android world right now trying to either trick people into jumping through all sorts of hoops (often making the scammer money) or to just download malware APKs is off the charts. As of this writing, all Android Brawl Stars guides, download links, and whatever else are scams. When the game finally launches on Android, it will be a big deal. You won't miss it.

Anyway, that's it for this week. If you enjoy reading this weekly roundup, be sure to visit TouchArcade where we post things like this, as well as way more news, reviews, previews, and everything else covering the world of iOS (and, like this article, a tiny bit of Android) gaming.


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India’s First Unit Of iPhone SE Is On Sale Now

Wistron Corporation is the company that is manufacturing the iPhone SE in India, recent news states the devices are currently selling in select stores in Bengaluru, India.

Apple has partnered with the Taiwanese company Wistron Corp in assembling the iPhone SE in India. It’s said that the first units are trial runs and a limited amount were produced. Most are being sold in select stores in Bengaluru, the city where they were manufactured.

Apple is hoping all will go well with mass production and demand sales with the iPhone SE, this is Apple’s cheapest iPhone and as sales continue to drop for the Cupertino company is hoping its assembly plant in India will assist in building sales in the South Asian regions.

If you are planning on purchasing the latest iPhone SE in India,  look for the following imprint which states “Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in India.” You might have one of the limited first unit edition assembled in India. The iPhone SE is available in two models, the 32GB model, and the 128GB model. The four-inch device is available in four colors, Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, and Space Gray.

Source: Indianexpress.com, thetechportal.com


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