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Pokemon Go fans will soon receive a new wardrobe item that will transform Trainers.

As part of an imminent Niantic update, Pokemon Go fans will receive the free Global Goals T-shirt.

The new item will be released in a bid to raise awareness of the Global Goals initiative for Sustainable Development.

“In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, which set out to end extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030,” reads a Niantic statement.

“Earlier this year, we announced a set of Pokemon GO game locations in collaboration with Global Goals during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

“Each of these 17 PokeStops represented the individual Global Goals, shedding light on the causes that they stand for and on our mission to foster discovery around the world.”

The next step for Niantic is the release of the Global Goals T-shirt.

“Soon, we’ll be adding an all-new avatar item to your wardrobe–the Global Goals shirt,” the statement continues.

“This free shirt gives you and the millions of Trainers around the world the opportunity to stand with us as we look to show our support for initiatives that make the world a better place like the Global Goals.

“We hope everyone will join us in having their avatar wear the Global Goals shirt proudly to show their support and spread awareness for these critically important Goals.”

The news comes as Pokemon Go prepares to benefit from the release of new AR technology in the upcoming range of iPhones.

The cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus are said to have been custom tuned for AR.

But despite the improvements to AR, Niantic boss and Pokemon Go creator John Hanke still thinks the technology is limited.

In fact, Hanke thinks that AR glasses are the future of augmented reality.

“Glasses are coming,” he said. “They are hard and it will take a while but we will get them and once we do, we won’t go back.”

“Imagine buildings, offices, homes, cities and transportation with live, dynamic interfaces customized to you and what you want to do.

“The billions of dollars a year that we spend on physical signs, directories, schedules, and all of the other ‘UI’ that we need to navigate the physical world won’t be needed and will be replaced with digital overlays with far greater functionality.

“And yes, colourful animated creatures can inhabit our backyards and parks, waiting to be discovered.”

Pokemon Go update TRANSFORMS app, but Niantic believes THIS is the real future of AR | Gaming | Entertainment

Pokemon Go is about to be transformed thanks to new technology available in the iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus.

The cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus are said to have been custom tuned for AR.

“Each camera is individually calibrated, with new gyroscopes and accelerometers for accurate motion tracking,” reads an Apple iPhone 8 statement.

“The A11 Bionic CPU handles world tracking, scene recognition and the GPU enables incredible graphics at 60fps, while the image signal processor does real-time lighting estimation.

“With ARKit, iOS developers can take advantage of the TrueDepth camera and the rear cameras to create games and apps offering fantastically immersive and fluid experiences that go far beyond the screen.”

But despite the improvements to AR, Niantic boss and Pokemon Go creator John Hanke still thinks the technology is limited.

In fact, Hanke thinks that AR glasses are the future of augmented reality.

Check out the gallery below for a look at Gen 1, Gen 2 and Gen 3 Pokemon that could be included in the Pokemon Go Halloween 2017 event.

“AR on phones is a very important step on the path to full AR,” Hanke told Medium.

“But it’s a step that should be understood as one with limitations in its current form factor and level of development.”

After explaining that AR is more than just a digital overlay on your phone, Hanke added: “The point is that the AR camera view is a cool step forward, but it’s only part of what is going to make AR so important and powerful.

“Holding a phone in front of you to align an AR view is, honestly, a little awkward. Based on experiences with apps that are mostly focused on this visual aspect of AR, some will conclude that AR is a gimmick that lacks real utility.

“That’s a bummer, because it really is the first step to something that is going to transform the world as we know it.”

Hanke thinks that while devices like Google Glass were massively flawed, AR glasses are the way forward.

“Glasses are coming,” he continued. “They are hard and it will take a while but we will get them and once we do, we won’t go back.”

Hanke said that once the social implications of such a device are ironed out, AR glasses will transform the way we interact with the world.

“Imagine buildings, offices, homes, cities and transportation with live, dynamic interfaces customized to you and what you want to do.

“The billions of dollars a year that we spend on physical signs, directories, schedules, and all of the other ‘UI’ that we need to navigate the physical world won’t be needed and will be replaced with digital overlays with far greater functionality.

“And yes, colorful animated creatures can inhabit our backyards and parks, waiting to be discovered.

“Games beyond anything we can imagine today will be played out. Not by humans wired into Matrix-style pods, but by human beings walking, running, exploring, talking and connecting in the real world.”

Default Folder X for macOS transforms how you use and retrieve documents

AppleInsider didn’t think Open and Save dialogs needed fixing, but it turns out that they could be improved —and this app does it so well you might get addicted.

You open and save documents on your Mac all day long. Default Folder X is the latest version of a long-running app, and still makes it faster to find what you’re after and to choose where to keep them. In its latest version, Default Folder X 5.1.5 handles those minimized Save dialogs that Apple is so fond of.

In practice, all Default Folder X does for those is add a button that expands them out into the regular, full-size Save dialogs. You really don’t need that because you can click on Apple’s own button to the side of the file name. Yet, anecdotally, we’ve seen countless people either not notice Apple’s button or just not understand it.

It’s a shame because those people are unlikely to become Default Folder X users even though it would help them. You need to understand and better yet have felt weary at how much clicking you do every day.

That’s perhaps Default Folder X in microcosm: you don’t truly need it yet if you are even a little experienced on your Mac, you quickly see how much faster and handier it is when you’ve got it. It’s so much faster and handier that it’s difficult to go back and it’s very easy to wish there was a version for the Finder.

Its chief purpose since version 1 has been to help out when you’re opening or saving documents over and over again. If you always save your Pages documents in a folder called Novel then the next time you click Open or Save/Save As, Default Folder X can make sure that’s where you are. You can still navigate anywhere else you like, but the default in Pages could be Novel. So hit Save, write a title, hit Return and you know that you’ve saved the document in the right place.

Similarly, if you work with Excel documents that are always on a server somewhere across your office’s network, Default Folder X saves you have to schlep through finding it. It’s just there when you choose Open in Excel.

If that were all it did, it’d be convenient but you would forget that it was there and it’d be unlikely to have needed to reach version 5.1.5. The major version 5 update made Default Folder X do its stuff with the latest macOS and added a new look plus assorted improvements.

The look is important because as well as routing you to specific folders you’ve chosen, the app presents many other options. It presents them in a faintly ghostly wraparound of the regular macOS Open and Save dialogs. Previous versions of the app had this in black where now it’s a white and somehow seems vastly more intrusive.

You see the same dialog you always did but surrounding it are new functions. To the right there are icons for setting up, for instance, that the Novel folder is your favorite when you’re using Pages. There’s also a Recent Files, Recent Folders and more.

Recent Files does replicate the Open Recent feature from most apps and it is the same simple list. However, having Recent Folders is already better because you’re so often choosing a file from the same place you were last in. Then as well as a list of recent folders, each entry has a pop-out menu that means you can drill down into subfolders.

Utterly gorgeously, you can also do this. While you have the regular Open or Save dialog box on the screen, you can click anywhere else on your desktop. Click on a corner of a Finder window you’ve got open and the Open/Save dialog will jump to that same folder.

In the screenshot above, notice how a Finder window is greyed out behind the pop-out menu. That’s Default Folder X showing that you can click on the window to make that where you’re Opening or Saving.

When you’re opening documents, Default Folder X also gives you a large preview. Apple does that when you change to a column view and click through to what you want but even then it’s just a thumbnail. Default Folder X shows you the document large and clear right underneath the Open box.

If you’re drilling down through many levels of recent folders and pause on a document, it will quickly show you a reasonable-sized thumbnail. If you don’t immediately move off, it turns that into a much larger preview.

It all just means you now rarely open the wrong thing.

If you keep opening the same document, then you can drag it to the left side of the Open box and create a little shelf of regular favourite documents. It works and it’s handy but Default Folder X displays them as small visual buttons rather than text. If you have a few of them then it’s hard to immediately see which is which.

Then if you drag the Open or Save dialog box anywhere, it can take a distracting beat for Default Folder X’s wraparound controls to catch up.

The only place Default Folder X truly falls down, though, is how things have changed since it originally launched.

If you’re writing in Ulysses, for one example, you never open or save anything. If you’re working in Apple apps like Pages then you might not be saving because it does that for you. You might write something and then share it over email rather than save it.

Apps have changed. They don’t always have Open and Save. Consequently, you might have seen more of Default Folder X’s work in the past —but it’s still superb at what it does now.

Default Folder X costs $34.95 and is available directly from the maker.

One more thing —we switched off Default Folder X in order to get a screenshot of Apple’s minimized dialog and so instantly missed having it on that we rushed back.

Surface Laptop hands-on: Microsoft transforms the Surface Pro 4 into a mainstream laptop

Two things will immediately strike you about the new Surface Laptop: It’s amazingly light and sturdy, and it borrows a lot of its look and feel from Surface Pro 4.

Microsoft debuted two classes of devices for education at its event Tuesday morning: a number of third-party, rugged inexpensive clamshell devices for elementary and middle-school classrooms to compete with Chromebooks; and the Surface Laptop, designed for college students. We went hands-on with the latter after the event concluded.

Think of the Surface Laptop as Microsoft’s answer to the MacBook Air: pricey, thin, and with battery life that goes on and on and on. It’s not a Chromebook competitor, but a far more premium experience. It does, however, run the new Windows 10 S: essentially Windows 10, but limited to apps from the Windows Store. 

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A nearly invisible hinge secures the dispay to the base. 

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop, which will begin shipping June 15, starts at $999, and quickly goes up from there: the Core i5/4GB RAM/128GB SSD model is priced at $999, the Core i5/8GB RAM/256GB SSD is priced at $1,299, the Core i7/8GB RAM/256GB SSD is priced at $1,599, and the Intel Core i7/16GB RAM/512GB SSD is priced at a whopping $2,199.  But those prices don’t include a Surface Pen, or an even more optional accessory, the Surface Dial.

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The Laptop seems to recline a bit further than the Surface Book, which I’m in favor of.

Just open the Surface Laptop from a folded position (where it’s just 0.57 inches thick at its thickest point) to reveal the fantastic 4:3, 13.5-inch Surface display:  At a resolution of 2256×1504, with 201 PPI, it looks absolutely gorgeous—but that’s what we expect of a Surface display, right? 

Below that display lies the keyboard, which looks like it was lifted from the Surface Pro 4, and then infused with some additional backbone. It’s both strong and sturdy, allowing you to grasp and support the entire device from the bottom, with just your fingers holding one edge. The Surface Laptop weighs 2.76 pounds, about a half pound more than a Surface Pro 4 and its associated Type Keyboard. It also appears to recline slightly farther than a Surface Book, which is a step up in my book.

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Both the keyboard and the trackpad feel like the Surface Pro 4.

Microsoft said the keyboard’s key travel is about 1.5mm, consistent with the SP4. The laptop uses the same Alcantara fabric as the Surface Pro 4’s Signature Type Cover, and the keys are about the same size, too. Like other Surfaces, the trackpad looks and feels fantastic.

At the back of the keyboard resides a pair of Dolby Pro-quality speakers. Traditionally, the speakers hide behind the display. But by placing them behind the keyboard, Microsoft freed up additional room behind the display for batteries: enough to deliver 14.5 hours of video playback, according to Microsoft. That’s simply amazing.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Mark Hachman / IDG

There’s a surprising lack of ports on the Surface Laptop.

If there’s anything about the Surface Laptop that will give you pause, it’s the port selection. On the left side you’ll find the Surface connector, a mini DisplayPort port, and a single USB 3.0 connector—no SD card slot, no USB-C output. Microsoft engineers said they had to make some tough decisions about what to exclude, including both of those features. Of course, using the same Surface connector allows Microsoft to maintain charger compatibility. 

I’m not a huge fan of the Alcantara fabric, and it remains to be seen how significant an omission the USB-C connector is. For folks who have already bought into the Surface ecosystem, these issues are probably minor.

So far, Microsoft hasn’t announced a cheaper Core m version of the Surface Laptop; I suspect that will arrive at some point to entice the student crowd who live off day-old pizza and beer, and not their parents’ credit card. Still, the Surface Laptop feels great in the hand, seems quick and responsive, and offers the Surface an important entry into the mainstream market. 

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