Author: Greg Kumparak

Here’s everything new Niantic just added to Pokémon Go

TECHCRUNCH Weather spawns The weather will influence what spawns around you. If a Pokémon spawns because of weather patterns, it’ll have a more intense ring on the map and an icon next to its name during capture (see red arrows). – Clear and sunny: More grass, ground, and fire Pokémon will spawn – Cloudy: More fairy, fighting, and poison Pokémon will spawn – Foggy: More dark and ghost Pokémon will spawn – Rainy: More water, electric, and bug Pokémon will spawn – Snowy: More ice and steel Pokémon will spawn – Windy: More dragon, flying, and psychic Pokémon will spawn Niantic tells me...

Read More

Looks like HQ Trivia is coming to Android

TECHCRUNCH HQ Trivia — the twice-a-day livestreamed trivia game built by the founders of Vine — continues to be a big thing. Recent games have had upwards of 200,000 players per session, each hoping to go home with the cash prize (or, at least, a share of it) for answering every question right. And yet… it’s iOS only. Type “HQ Trivia” into Google, and “HQ Trivia android” is the very first auto-suggest… so, clearly, plenty people are itching for it to go cross platform. Well, it’s coming. HQ Trivia tweeted out the following — it doesn’t get too specific about the launch date, but the “stocking stuffer” bit suggests they’re aiming for this month: Adding Android to the mix introduces a few new challenges beyond just the porting process itself. As the player count has ticked upward, the last few games have had pretty obvious moments of lag/buffering — a pretty stressful thing to see when you’re up against the clock. Meanwhile, more players means more potential winners to split the pot (each game has a prize of at least $1000, but that’s split amongst all winners). No one wants to make it all the way to the end only to split a $1,000 pot 10,000...

Read More

Pokémon GO’s gameplay will soon change based on the real world weather around you

TECHCRUNCH A bunch of new Pokémon are coming to Pokèmon Go this week – but that’s not the only big change on the way. Pokémon Go will soon be aware of the real world weather around you, with a number of things in the game adapting accordingly. I spoke to Niantic’s Archit Bhargava and Matt Slemon about the new system, which they refer to as “dynamic weather”. Here’s some of what they shared: Most notably, weather will affect spawns . If it’s raining outside, for example, you’ll probably see more water Pokémon. If it’s snowing, you might see Snorunts...

Read More

Pokémon GO will get 50+ new Gen III Pokémon this week

TECHCRUNCH Good news, Pokèmon Go fans: Gen III Pokemon are landing this week Or, I should say, more Gen III Pokémon are landing this week. Niantic tells me that at least 50 new Pokèmon will be added to the game before the week is over, adding to the handful of Gen III monsters that showed up just before Halloween. “But wait, Greg!” you might say, shaking your Pokédex at the sky. “Gen III is supposed to add something like 130 new Pokèmon! Where are the rest?!” Niantic isn’t dropping everything at once this time around – they’ll be rolling...

Read More

Pi Charging raises $11.4 million to fix wireless charging

TECHCRUNCH Pi Charging, the company that won at TechCrunch Disrupt SF with its wireless charging tech, has closed a series A round of $11.4 million dollars. They disclosed the news for the first time while updating the audience at Disrupt Berlin on their progress since winning in SF. For those who might’ve missed it: Pi Charging is building a device (the namesake Pi Charger) that lives on your tabletop and can wirelessly charge multiple devices placed around it at once. It’s sort of like a wireless charging pad… minus the need to place anything on a pad. As long as your device is compatible and within about a foot in any direction of the Pi Charger, it should be charging. Here’s their demo from Disrupt: I spoke to Pi co-founder John Macdonald about the round, who told me a bit more: the round was lead by Foundry Group, with Foundry’s Ryan McIntyre joining Pi’s board. It also brings new investor Silicon Valley Bank into the mix, with existing investors Uncork, Nextview Ventures, ENIAC, and E14 Fund returning for another round. Pi Charging had previously raised around $3M. John also tells me that they’re still on track with the same goals they announced back in September: they’re aiming to ship the Pi Charger sometime in 2018, at a price point under $200. So why raise? Macdonald tells me the company...

Read More

PSA: Is your iPhone suddenly crashing? Here’s why (and how to fix it)

TECHCRUNCH Is your iOS device rebooting itself seemingly at random this morning? You’re not alone. Apple is having a pretty rough week when it comes to nasty software bugs. First there was that crazy admin login bypass in macOS – now a glitch is causing iOS devices around the world to crash. Here’s what’s happening (at least as far as anyone can tell so far): a glitch in the notifications system is crashing springboard, the part of iOS that handles your home screen. This causes something that looks a whole lot like a device reset, after which you’ll be asked to re-input your PIN. Apps with pre-scheduled daily notifications (workout apps, medication reminder apps, etc), in particular, seem to be triggering the crash… but only after your system clock passes 12:15 AM on December 2nd, 2017. That it originates from apps with daily notifications means it’s not affecting everyone — but it also makes it pretty hard to narrow down the list of impacted apps. There are just too many. There’s no official fix yet, but there does seem to be a workaround: if you can get your device to boot for a few minutes without crashing and you can remember which apps send daily notifications, turn off notifications for those apps (Settings > Notifications > the app in question > toggle “Allow notifications”.) (As a last resort, you...

Read More

Pokémon GO gets a surprise new legendary: Ho-Oh

TECHCRUNCH A bit of a surprise just dropped for everyone poking around Pokémon GO this holiday season: a new legendary Pokémon, Ho-Oh. Niantic usually debuts legendary Pokémon (the massive, super strong Pokémon that require groups of up to 20 players to take down and capture) with a bit of fanfare, but this one showed up pretty much out of nowhere. If you weren’t paying attention to Niantic’s social media feeds or actively watching the nearby raids screen, it’d be easy to miss. Especially because it sounds like it’s only going to be here for a little while — Niantic says Ho-Oh will only appear in raid battles until...

Read More

TechShop shuts down all U.S. locations, declares bankruptcy

TECHCRUNCH A bit of sad news for the maker community today: TechShop is shutting down nationwide. Founded in 2006, TechShop is (or, I guess, was) pretty much heaven for the adventurous do-it-yourself’er. Imagine a big building filled with everything from sewing machines to laser cutters to woodworking equipment to welding rigs. Pay a membership fee, take a few classes to make sure you didn’t cut your fingers off or burn the building down, and bam: you had access to it all. Like the shirt above, the general philosophy was “Don’t try it at home — try it here!” Membership was usually around $1,000 a year depending on when you bought in — it certainly wasn’t cheap, but it was cheaper than buying any one piece of the bigger equipment yourself. They also handled the maintenance, which, when it comes to many of these massive machines with their piles of proprietary parts, is a money pit in its own right. TechShop CEO Dan Woods sent out a notice to members, which Makezine has in full. The short version: the business model wasn’t working, and they’ve been broke for a while. The TechShop homepage (heads up: the page is now one big PDF), meanwhile, confirms the news. All locations are closed as of this morning, November 15th. Those looking for membership refunds are instructed to email the trustee handling the bankruptcy...

Read More

Right Now in Politics