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Niantic Enrages Pokemon Go Players By Speed Limiting PokeStops

Posted on November 7, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

The latest Pokemon Go update on both Android and iOS adds some great additions like daily quests and bonus XP for taking over gyms but players have found that PokeStops are no longer commuter friendly.

In the past if your character was traveling faster than what the game considers walking speed you would need to tap an “I’m a passenger!” dialogue box in-order to continue playing the game. After this latest update the dialogue box still appears but attempting to spin a PokeStop while on a commuter train or in a car may result in a “Please Try Again” message. It should be noted that these messages do not appear on 100% of available stops when traveling fast.


Can’t Spin Poke-Stops While Going Fast!

Reddit user BrandonOR did some experimenting in their city and found that when traveling at 18 – 20 Miles Per Hour the “tray again” error message was prevelant. When traveling at 25 MPH the game would allow them to claim 60% of available PokeStops.
Here is the relevant bit from that Reddit thread:

“Update: after a few more loops it feels odd, like 18-20 mph will make it say try again later but I was collecting from them at 25mph. It may be that the game is just running poorly but 40% of my poke-stops did this, that’s a big ass chunk of what I should have, and no, I am not getting stuff behind the scenes. My journal shows nothing “

User JacobRFeenstra feels for the rural users who might have limited amounts of Poke-Stops in their city but perhaps these changes have to do with Trainers being behind the wheel:

“I feel for commuters and rural players. In the Netherlands most people have at least 5 pokestops if they live in a small town and live in close proximity (10-20kms) to a larger city with an abundance of stops. I despise people who use their phone behind the steering wheel and i’m pretty sure Niantic is trying to reduce those, those momo’s are putting other people’s lives in danger. Just drive 30 minutes to a place and walk for an hour. “

How do you feel about the speed locking of Poke-Stops?


Nintendo’s Super Mario Run Brings Mario to iOS

Posted on September 7, 2016 by Ellen McGrody

Nintendo's Super Mario Run

At today’s Apple media event, Shigeru Miyamoto made a big splash when he appeared on-stage to announce Super Mario Run. Speaking alongside Apple CEO Tim Cook through translator Bill Trinen, Miyamoto detailed Nintendo’s first-ever iOS game. The game features traditional Mario platforming reworked for mobile devices. Super Mario Run launches first on iPhone and iPad this December.

Nintendo and mobile partner DeNA have built Super Mario Run with one-handed play in mind. The game will offer two modes focused on jumping, as Mario runs through the Mushroom Kingdom automatically to the right.

Nintendo will release a set of Mario-themed stickers for use in iMessage in the coming week. Users can subscribe to launch notifications through the App Store on their iPad or iPhone.



Users Report Credit Card Info Stolen After Jailbreaking ios 9.3

Posted on August 3, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Jailbreaking your iPhone can open up an entire world of possibilities beyond the sandboxing and app eco system that Apple traditionally offers. What awaits users after jailbreaking their idevice? The ability to play older titles via emulation, side-load non sanctioned applications and customize their iOS experience beyond what is offered in the settings menu.

Popular jailbreak group Pengu released their latest hack for iOS version 9.3.2 through 9.3.3 and now some users of the tool have reported that money from their PayPal accounts may have been withdrawn without their consent. These reports come from a Sub-Reddit, where Team Pengu actually encourages users of their tool to discuss on going issues/problems with the jailbreak. As Forbes notes, the actual number of cases of reported fraud after using the latest Pengu hack is rather small.

Creator of the Jailbreak app-store platform Cydia, Jay Freeman issued a lengthy statement showing his support for Pengu and that downloading Jailbreak apps from unofficial sources (heh.. the irony) could lead to a malware installation.

Apple Logo

In part here is what Jay said to Forbes:

“You have to remember that there are millions of people who jailbreak. And Pangu specifically listed this subreddit on their website as a place to talk to people about their issues, so we are going to be seeing tons of people. Do we really have evidence that this is an issue with the jailbreak process as opposed to a string of random attacks that are being noticed here because we are all being extremely suspicious this week?”

If you are planning on jailbreaking your iphone or ipad remember to use a burner itunes account and to delete any financial institution / payment services before attempting to jailbreak. It might also be a good idea to run a virus scan and malware scan on your desktop PC after the jailbreak is complete to ensure that nothing nasty slipped its way in.


Niantic Responds To User Complaints About Pokevision & 3 Step Removal

Posted on August 2, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Niantic the developers behind Pokemon Go have finally issued a rather lengthy statement addressing user’s complaints after the removal of the ‘steps’ feature that allowed trainers to track nearby Pokemon, the closure of 3rd party sites like PokeVision that allowed players to see real time monster placement and the lack of availability in South America.

This particular Facebook post comes after a number of users on the r/PokemonGO subreddit gained notoriety for successfully requesting refunds for in-game purchases. Users have reported receiving partial or full refunds for every dollar spent on Pokemon Go by claiming that the most recent update, which removed the steps feature, damaged the game and does not fulfill the original vision promised by Niantic.

Here are the instructions provided to iphone users by [Insert username] from reddit to get a refund on itunes. This particular thread exploded with over 3,000+ replies – ranging from outraged, doubtful of both Nintendo & Niantic to straight up finding the lack of communication humorous.

How to get a refund using the web

1.Go to Apple’s problem reports page:


2.Login with your Apple ID user name (typically your email address) and password.

3.Select the appropriate tab—all, music, movies, TV shows, apps, or books.

4.Find the purchase you want refunded

5.Select Open item but not functions as expected

6.Fill in the description,


Niantic’s statement probably doesn’t bring the kind of news that many trainers were expecting: The changes 3-step has helped ease load on the servers in the early days of the game, but the feature was not functioning to Niantic’s “product vision” and thus had to be removed. Their lack of communication is apparently due to the fact that Niantic’s staff are working around the clock to improve Pokemon Go and as of publication Niantic is still hiring for a dedicated community manager for Pokemon Go.

Here is their full statement from Facebook:



As many of you know, we recently made some changes to Pokémon GO.

– We have removed the ‘3-step’ display in order to improve upon the underlying design. The original feature, although enjoyed by many, was also confusing and did not meet our underlying product goals. We will keep you posted as we strive to improve this feature.

– We have limited access by third-party services which were interfering with our ability to maintain quality of service for our users and to bring Pokémon GO to users around the world. The large number of users has made the roll-out of Pokémon GO around the world an… interesting… challenge. And we aren’t done yet! Yes, Brazil, we want to bring the game to you (and many other countries where it is not yet available).

We have read your posts and emails and we hear the frustration from folks in places where we haven’t launched yet, and from those of you who miss these features. We want you to know that we have been working crazy hours to keep the game running as we continue to launch globally. If you haven’t heard us Tweeting much it’s because we’ve been heads down working on the game. But we’ll do our best going forward to keep you posted on what’s going on.

Be safe, be nice to your fellow trainers, and keep on exploring.

The Pokémon GO team”

What do you think about Niantic’s statement? Do you have faith they will fix Pokemon Go before the player base leaves en mass?


Adopt Some ‘Epic Pets’ Now On iOS

Posted on July 27, 2013 by Les Major

Quick Fix Inc’s epet game with some Pokémon inspired elements has made it’s way from Android onto the iOS store! Unfortunately there have been a few errors, but the team is busy working those out and getting updates to the game released as soon as possible. It is a free to play title with ad support, which means the game does require an internet connection.

For a full list of compatable products Epic Pets 3D will run on, check out the games iTunes page listing. Read on after the break for a couple more game images.Read More


Borderlands Legends Comes Out Of The Vault Today

Posted on October 31, 2012 by Les Major

Launching today on Apples iTunes APP store, you can pick up a quite impressive looking overhead shooter. Borderlands Legends. The game seems to focus on in game cash to buy new weapons instead of gathering loot, but does include leveling up and skill tree goodness. Starring the playable characters from the original Borderlands, gamers play through randomized missions which should hopefully keep replayability up.

The iPhone sized version of the game is $4.99, while the iPad edition will cost you $6.99.


Try 5th Cell’s Run Roo Run For Free On iOS

Posted on September 14, 2012 by Seung Lee

As the game’s title hints at, Run Roo Run has you playing as a hat wearing kangaroo. There are various stages to complete, and you need to jump over every obstacle that they throw out. Even if you don’t sound particularly interested, you should still try the game out, because it’ll be free for the next week on Apple’s App Store, as part of Apple’s Free App of the Week program.

Run Roo Run will work on iPhones and iPads. Check out the game’s site here. You can also watch a short gameplay video by reading more.

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