BlackBerry’s newest phone is a new approach and Microsoft ramps up for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

Microsoft is updating in a big way — the week past brought a huge update for the Xbox One and the week ahead will be bringing the huge Windows 10 Anniversary Update to PCs. The Xbox update brings the console’s feature set even closer to that of core Windows, including the addition of Windows 10 app support and Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana.

BlackBerry’s seond Android phone is here, and it’s a mouthful: the BlackBerry DTEK50. Billed as the “world’s most secure smartphone”, the DTEK50 is actually a re-badge of the Alcatel Idol 4 — made by BlackBerry contractor and Alcatel owner TCL.

Apple’s earnings report landed, and as expected, they made several buckets worth of money. And in an interesting twist, an Apple veteran is back to take over their not-so-secret car project.

There’s all of that and so much more — like a VR roller coaster inside a real-life amusement park — in this edition of Mobile Nations Weekly!

Android Central — Prisma my DTEK50 photos

BlackBerry unveiled its second Android phone this week, the … wonderfully named DTEK50. It’s a re-badged Alcatel Idol 4, actually, with BlackBerry’s touches in the software — and while it isn’t going to captivate many in the Android world, it’s likely a good strategy for BlackBerry going forward.

Verizon also started officially selling what are likely to be far more appealing phones — the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid Editions. Hit up a Verizon store or its website if you’re interested in the latest from Moto.

The popular iOS app Prisma made its way to Android this week, and it’s a pretty neat way to take what could be dull photos and process them with awesome filters. The app’s a bit slow as Prisma’s servers try and cope with all of the requests, but if you haven’t given it a look yet you should.

In other app news, just in case you were wondering just how popular Pokémon Go is, the Android app surpassed 50 million downloads this week. That’s just a fraction of the players, of course, as there are tens of million more over on iOS as well.

CrackBerry — Deetech

If a new mid-range Android phone designed to address your security and privacy needs is what you were hoping for from BlackBerry, then you’re good to go after this week, as BlackBerry has now officially announced their second Android-powered device better known as DTEK50.

iMore — Pokegone

It’s still a Pokemon Go world and we just live in it. Another week and a couple more launch countries, and it remains the most popular thing on mobile. That is, when the Pokemon Go servers aren’t down. Yet, somehow, we’ve all managed to go on and even get a few other things done!

VR Heads — Roller Coasters in VR

What’s the line between real world adventure and virtual fun? The new VR addition to Superman: Ride of Steel at Six Flags America blurs that line even further by taking a real roller coaster and adding a VR story on top. Outside of the theme park world, it’s important to remember the hardware powering these experiences can be a bit fragile. We got a different experience instead of gameplay, as we pulled the hardware apart to see what’s inside.

Windows Central — Behold the AU

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update hits PCs starting on this coming Tuesday, but we gave the big OS update a thorough review and walkthrough. While not a revolutionary update it does pack quite a lot of features and improvements driven by users on the Insider program.

We also gave a look at one of the first custom Xbox One controllers that you can design yourself.

Speaking of updates, Microsoft pushed out the Summer Update for the Xbox One, which brings Cortana, some UI changes, and more. We have a complete breakdown including a list of all the new universal Windows apps that are co-launching with the update.




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I have a nice Google Play Movies library. And now, so does the rest of my family.

Google Play rolled out Family Libraries earlier this week in 8 countries. It allows families to share content from almost every section of the Google Play store with the whole group. Now, rather than buying all your content with one account and adding that account to every tablet/phone in the family, everyone can buy what they want and share it. It sounds great, and it’s a leap forward for family content management on Android and Google’s properties but there are a few things you should know.

1. You should set everyone up at once

In order to use a Family Library, you need to add your family’s Google accounts to a Family Group. Family Groups can have up to six members including the family manager, so if you’re in a large family, think carefully about which members can get in on the group. If you have to make two groups to accommodate your whole family, you’ll have to have another account moderate the second group, as you can only be in one Family Group at a time.

You can also only switch family groups once every twelve months, so don’t go thinking you can just switch in and out of groups between your friends and your family.

Once you’ve figured out who’s gonna be in your group, get invites out and accepted quickly. Invitations can expire, and that’s exactly what happened when I sent out my invites while setting up the Family Group for Google Play Music’s Family Plan. You don’t want to hassle with sending and resending everyone’s invites and making sure everyone accepts and gets set up. Sit down and do it after a family dinner, or during movie night while everyone’s watching Frozen for the billionth time.

2. Turn off automatic adding

You probably don’t want your kids watching that copy of Deadpool in your Play Movies library, and you’d rather they not read your copy of 50 Shades Darker, you’re not going to want Google Play adding everything from your library to the Family Library. If you did this during your setup already, no worries, let’s just turn it off right now.

In the Google Play app (or the website), select Account from the left-hand menu, then under Family open Family Library settings. Here, we have settings for whether to automatically add each of the three type of Play content shareable in your Family Library: Movies & TV, Books, and Apps & Games.

When you tap on a content type, it’ll explain how automatic sharing works and ask you if you want to use it. If you don’t, select Don’t add automatically, I’ll do it myself. You’ll also see a little warning below telling you that if you want to remove individual content from the Family Library, you’ll have to go to that item’s listing in the app.

If you want to carte blanche revoke every app or video of yours from the Family Library, you can remove all purchases with the Remove purchases button at the bottom of the page. Depending on how many things you need to remove, it might be quicker to wipe everything out and add them all back.

3. Curating your Family Library can get tedious

You can revoke everything in a hurry, but adding things back takes time. To individually add a movie, TV show, or app, you have to go find that movie/show/book/app on either the Google Play Store, Play Movies & TV, or Play Books. When you find the item you want to share, they’ll be a toggle on that item’s page (except in Play Books, where it’s in the dropdown under the cover in your Library).

If you didn’t add everything initially, you’re going to be spending a lot of time scrolling through your library finding what you do and don’t want to add. There is no batch adding — except for things you purchased as a bundle, and television shows, which are all or nothing when it comes to adding them to Family Library. So if you wanted to share JLA Trapped in Time with the kiddies but not Batman Under the Red Hood from the DC Animated collection, you’re out of luck.

4. Switch the family payment method to Google Play credit

When you set up a Family Library, you have to set up a payment method for purchases that the whole family can use. While Google accounts registered at 13-17 years old will need the family managers approval before using the family payment method for any purchase, adult Google accounts in the family group don’t need permission to use it for anything but in-app purchases by default — and the only other option is to not need approval for those either.

While most of us probably picked our credit card during setup, you can change the family payment method to your Google Play balance. This way, that rather than chipping away at your credit/debit card balance, they can only use the pennies you’ve racked up in Google Opinion Rewards to fund their Google Play binge.

5. Not everything is shareable — especially when it comes to apps

While most if not all movies and TV shows are shareable, the same can’t be said for books and apps. See, movies you got for free during promotions on Google Play can be shared, but books you got for free in Google Play cannot. Free apps cannot be shared, nor can in-app purchases — nor most paid apps at the moment. Of all the paid apps on my phone at the moment, only two are available to be shared in the Family Library.

However, that may have more to do with when I purchased the apps rather than their actual ability to be shared. Developers cannot completely opt out of Family Library, but they can opt out any purchases made before July 2nd of this year. Any app purchases you made before that, you are at the mercy of the developer as to whether or not you can add them to Family Library — thank you, Radarscope for enabling that on your app so quickly.

Because app purchases are shareable but in-app purchases are not, we may soon see a larger push to in-app purchases from apps that previously had paid and unpaid versions. It’s also a shame that developers cannot opt out of sharing apps, as that could deprive them of thousands and thousands of purchases from one family member seeing another’s app and deciding to purchase it themselves. However, this also gives family members a chance to try paid apps recommended by their brother or sister before they buy it themselves — and you should pay for apps that you enjoy using. Support developers!

What other tips do you have after setting up your own Family Library? Share them in the comments below and tell us which older-purchased apps you’ve been able to share.




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Once you’ve learned the basics, it’s time to dive deeper into Pokémon Go.

If you’re here it’s because you want to become the best Pokémon trainer that you can be. If you’re just getting started with Pokémon Go, then you should check out our guide to getting started before diving in here. This guide is for those of you who are grinding levels, capturing Pokémon and taking over Gyms.

As you know by now, there is a lot going on with Pokémon Go, and we’re going to detail most of it out for you here.

Are your kids playing this game? Check out our Parent’s Guide for some helpful tips!

Dealing with bugs

This game has grown at a pace never before seen in the history of mobile games. It has been truly incredible to watch as Pokémon Go became larger than Twitter almost overnight, with the average person using the app longer then most people use Facebook each day. The upside is there’s a ton of people playing and loving this game with you. The downside is it’s basically impossible to anticipate so many people using a game all at once, which means the game isn’t always the smoothest ride ever. Unfortunately, these issues can only be fixed by waiting. Niantic is working hard to keep the servers up, but it’s a lot of work to support so many people all at once.

On top of occasional game freezes and offline messages, many people encounter a repeating error regarding the GPS on their phone or problems with the app failing to wake up when you put it in Battery Saver mode. Here’s a quick list of the most common issues and how to triage them!

Pokémon Go for Android: Problems and Solutions

Level Up

To become the best Pokémon trainer out there you’ll need to level up not only your Pokémon, but your avatar as well. You’ll level up by earning experience for actions you take in the game. This means everything from checking in at Pokéstops or Gyms, to catching and evolving Pokémon. This means that most actions will give you at least a little bit of XP, but after the first few levels you’ll see that it starts to take much longer to get to the next level.

That’s when using a few tricks to get as much XP as possible come in to play. To do this you’ll need to use a few different items to maximize the XP that you can earn. The first item that is essential for grinding through a level is a lucky egg. When you activate a lucky egg, your XP earned is doubled for thirty minutes.

Read More: Tips and tricks for Pokemon Go

Read More: How to level up your trainer

Read More: The definitive list of unlockable items (sorted by level) in Pokémon Go

Now while you earn XP for checking at Pokéstops, it isn’t particularly substantial. Especially when compared to the XP earned for catching and evolving Pokémon. There are two easy ways to make that lucky egg even more useful. Waiting to evolve your Pokémon until you have several that are ready to go will get you enough XP that you can make serious headway into the next level. Likewise, if you set off a lucky egg at a Pokéstop with an active lure you’ll reap the benefits.

By wandering through areas that are swarming with Pokémon activity and Pokéstops, you can also make the most of your time. That’s because more Pokemon will appear in areas with a lot of activity, and areas with lots of places to check in attracting droves of players. It shouldn’t be hard to find an area that has several Pokéstops and a Gym all within close vicinity of each other.

Working with your team

After you hit level 5, you’ll be able to join a team. While there isn’t any serious difference between the three teams, you’ll be working with your team members to win and hold Gyms. That means that communicating with your team members can make taking over a gym much, much easier.

As of right now there isn’t a way to speak with other players inside of Pokémon Go, which is a serious shame. What you can do is reach out on other social media, or take a walk with your real friends who are members of your faction. While communicating with other players isn’t mandatory it’s a fun way to enjoy the game and make new friends at the same time.

More: Which team should you choose?

By communicating and working with your team, you can easily take over multiple gyms and make them much more difficult for opposing teams to take back over. You can also find out where specific Pokémon are spawning, or where Pokéstops that you didn’t know about are located.

Check out RazerGo, a chat app for Pokémon Go

Become a Gym master

So you’ve collected some Pokémon and now you’ve got your eye on the Gym around the corner, eh? Well there are definitely a few things that you ought to know before you decide to head over and challenge that level 5 Gym. The first thing that you need to consider is the strength of the Gym that you plan on taking over.

A Gym’s level indicates how many Pokémon are currently holding it. You can see this by tapping on the nearby Gym. When the Gym opens up on your screen you will be able to see the Pokémon and trainer currently holding the Gym. If multiple Pokémon have been stationed here, you can see each of them by swiping from side to side. You’ll also be able to see the CP (Combat Points) of each individual Pokémon who is inside of the Gym, and that’s the important part.

More: How to capture a Gym

Before you decide to challenge a Gym you need to make sure that both you, and your Pokémon are ready for the challenge ahead of you. Your roster of Pokémon needs to be strong enough to take on the Gym’s defenders. This means taking a look at both the type of Pokémon that you’re planning to use and whether they will be effective, along with whether their CP is up to snuff. Additionally, making sure that you have potions to bolster their HP, and revives for after the battle are also key.

When it’s time to fight for the Gym, a separate mini-game will open up. It’s here that you’ll need to attack with your Pokémon of choice, hopefully defeating the defender and taking the Gym for your team. It’s here that your choice in Pokemon really matters. That’s because certain types of Pokemon are vulnerable to other types, or specific types of attacks.

By being able to see exactly which Pokémon you’re up against, you can tailor your roster to be most effective.

If you can launch attacks that are super effective against the Pokémon you are battling, then even a Pokémon with a lower CP can end up coming out on top. Unlike in the original Pokémon games where many of your battles would be random, Pokémon Go trainers have a leg up. By being able to see exactly which Pokémon you’re up against, you can tailor your roster to be most effective.

Don’t forget that you get a pretty awesome perk for holding a Gym for 24 hours. Each 24 hour cycle that you manage to hold on to a Gym, you’ll receive Pokécoins. Since these coins are how you purchase extra items and upgrades from within the shop, getting them without shelling out your hard earned cash is fantastic. Just remember that after the battle, whether you win or lose you’ll need to use a Revive on any of your Pokémon who fainted.

Tracking Pokémon

Now it won’t take long before you end up seeing a photo of a Pokémon that you desperately want in your roster. Whether you’re after a Vulpix because of how cute it is, or a Snorlax for that fantastic CP, tracking Pokémon will pop into your head soon enough. Now, at the bottom right of your screen is a box that shows nearby Pokémon and you can use this to figure out where Pokémon in the area are. To a point, anyway.

Early versions of the game showed Pokémon inside of the box a set of tracks underneath it, but as of version 0.31.0 that is no longer the case. Instead, you’ll see up to nine Pokémon that change position from bottom right to top left depending on how close they are.

If you head to a nearby pond, lake or beach, then you are going to find more water type Pokémon.

As well as using the nearby Pokémon, you can find specific types of Pokémon in areas that are similar to their Pokémon type. For instance if you head to a nearby pond, lake, or beach then you are going to find more water type Pokémon such as Horsea or Magikarp. There is also a lot of conversation going on in groups online about where to find specific Pokémon spawning.

More: How to unlock Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals for everything in Pokémon Go

Get the most out of your items

There are plenty of items that are in the game to help you out in various ways. Getting the most out of the items that you collect will make sure that you aren’t wasting your precious resources. Now some items, like Pokéballs or revives, are going to be used and refilled on a regular basis just by playing the game. However, making sure to time when you use items like Razz berries, lures and incense will make sure you get the most out of them.

More: How to use a Razz Berry

More: How to buy and use Pokecoins

Using an incense while you are sitting in the living room watching Netflix might make your movie night more amusing, but if all you draw are low level Pidgeys and Rattatas then you aren’t really getting the most bang for your buck. Instead wait until you’re in an area where there are Pokémon that you need to collect for candies, or unknown Pokémon nearby. Likewise, when using a Lure when you’re in an isolated Pokéstop might not be as effective as using it at a Pokéstop with a lot of traffic already.

While you can get coins from holding a Gym for 24 hours to use in the shop, the easier way to get them is by checking in at Pokéstops. Each time that you check in, you’ll get a variety of items. In the beginning it’s usually just Pokéballs, and Eggs, but as you level up the type of items that you get will level up as well.

In closing

This isn’t by far everything that you need to know about Pokemon Go, instead it’s what you need to know to really get the most out of the game. As we continue to see updates there is only going to be more to do, see, and discover. This guide is meant to help you get the most out of your experience with Pokemon Go, so that you can be the best possible trainer you can be! Do you think we’re missing something in this guide? Do you have some tips that we should know about? Be sure to let us know about it in the comments!




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You can’t catch ‘em all, if your battery dies.

So you’re all-in on Pokémon Go — hunting through your neighborhood for PokéStops, Gyms, and of course, Pokémon. After a couple of hours, you realize that this game is an absolute battery drainer. But don’t worry, it’s not just you — this game uses mobile data, GPS, your screen and your camera, and that means sucking down a lot of battery every minute you’re playing.

Pokémon Go is a high battery use application, which in more general terms, means that it can eat through your battery faster than you would think. So we’ve spent some time finding the best ways to save, and extend your battery life to get you the most time out there hunting Pokémon.

Check your brightness

While this seems like a no-brainer, the first thing that you can do to help with the battery drain is take a look at your screen brightness. By turning it down you can grab yourself up some more time for gameplay. The big problem with this is if you are playing outside in a super sunny area.

Turning the brightness down can make it much harder to see your screen, of course — but depending on the weather, if it’s not too bright out it may be a worth-while trade-off to make.

Enable the Battery Saver

This game has a special Battery Saver baked right in! It’s designed to dim your screen and slow the refresh rate while you’re walking, and it works really well as long as you remember to use it. When this mode is enabled, all you have to do is point the top of your phone towards the ground, like you would do when holding the phone down at your side while walking. By doing this instead of just turning your phone screen off while walking between ‘Stops and Gyms, you will still get vibration notifications when a Pokémon pops up on screen for you to catch.

To enable Battery Saver, all you need to do is:

  1. Tap your Poké Ball
  2. Tap Settings
  3. Tap the empty circle next to Battery Saver

Turn off Augmented Reality features

Want to know what drains your battery faster than having the screen on the whole time? Using your camera the whole time. Within Pokémon Go you have a choice between turning your camera on or off. If it is on, then when it’s time to capture a Pokémon your camera will open up. You’ll see your intended Pokémon in front of you in AR while your actual surroundings are just behind it. While this is awesome, and leads to some fantastic photos, you’re bleeding battery in this mode, especially during a Gym battle. However, if you turn the camera off you can ensure that your battery will last at least a bit longer.

All you need to do in order to disable this feature is flip the little “AR” switch the next time you go to catch a Pokemon. You’ll see a new background and your battery will thank you.

Invest in a battery pack

If you’re really gung ho about going out and hunting down Pokémon for hours, then investing in a portable battery pack might be your best bet. You can find these just about everywhere, and they can make sure that your phone doesn’t die just as you are about to capture the Pokémon you’ve been hunting for hours. All battery packs are not made equal, so be sure to do your homework before purchasing one. This may be the easiest way to ensure that you can get hours of fun out of the app before being forced to head back to home and recharge your phone.

Read: Best external battery packs for Pokémon Go

For now, there isn’t a single easy way to adjust the amount of battery that Pokémon Go is consuming. Hopefully in time, we’ll see a battery saved added to the app for itself. In the meantime you can use these tricks to help ensure that you can play for as long as possible. Have you had issues with your battery while playing Pokémon Go? Do you have a battery saving trick that we missed and should know about? Tell us about it in the comments below!




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Looking for a thin case to add a layer of protection to your Droid Turbo 2? If so, Amzer’s Pudding TPU case makes for a great addition, as it will prevent any scratches or dents from affecting the phone. Right now you can pick one up for just $3.95, which is 60% off.




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And no update for 2013′s Nexus 5, according to reliable leaker.

It’s looking more and more likely that Android 7.0 will hit stable release status in the coming month, with the usually reliable Evan Blass (a.k.a. @evleaks) claiming that Nougat will land “next month” along with the Aug. 5 Android security patch.


That’s not surprising given Google’s regular rollout of monthly Nougat developer previews over the past five months. The most recent preview hit on July 18, so mid-to-late August is a decent bet for a stable Nougat release on supported Nexus devices, as well as an open-source code drop to AOSP (the Android Open Source Project.)

The new Android version should arrive comfortably ahead of the usual release window.

A new Android version is usually closely followed by new Nexus phones. There’s no word on when the rumored HTC-built Nexuses might land, but given that Nougat is running ahead of Google’s previous yearly schedule, it’s probably safe to expect them comfortably before the normal October launch window.

As we welcome new Nexus phones to the mix, it could be curtains for the Nexus 5, as Blass also says the three-year-old phone won’t be getting an official update to Nougat.

Android 7.0 releases next month, with the 8/5 security patch. Sorry Nexus 5 owners, no Nougat for you

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 30, 2016

The Nexus 5 will continue to receive Android’s monthly security updates — for now.

That’s in line with the official Google update advisory for Nexus devices, which puts the last guaranteed update for the LG-built device at October 2015. (The 2013 Nexus 7, which received Marshmallow despite having a “last update” date of July 2015, is almost certain to remain on Android 6.0.1 as well.)

The Nexus 5 will continue to receive security updates for the time being, in line with Google’s promise of monthly patches for three years from availability, or 18 months from when the Google Store last sold the device.

Even though the N5 may be reaching the end of its life, the open nature of Nexus devices — and internal similarities with the officially supported Nexus 6 — should mean there’ll be plenty of unofficial Nougat ROMs for the phone.

Whoops! Someone’s Nexus 6P was mistakenly sent a Googlers-only testing build.

In other Nougat news, there are further signs of an impending stable release, as one Nexus 6P owner on Reddit appears to have inadvertently received an over-the-air update to an internal Google testing build. Poster Brian Moyano received the 49MB OTA when attempting to revert back to the Marshmallow from the Nougat developer preview; instead of going back to Android 6.0.1, it pushed him to 7.0, build NRD90M.

The “R” in that build number means it’s on the “release” branch (as opposed to P for preview), suggesting it’s almost ready for prime time. Moyano says the “Android Beta Program” widget no longer displays in the quick settings area, and that the phone shows the Aug. 5 security patch level. Besides that, no major changes have been reported — not surprising since the fifth developer preview was supposed to be “near final” anyway.

Despite the best efforts of commenters, neither the build itself nor the OTA to get there have been pulled from the phone for wider release. So we’ll have to wait a little longer to get our hands on updated Nougat bits.

Bottom line: We’re getting closer to the final release of Android 7.0, and that means new Nexus phones probably aren’t far behind. So strap in — the usually quiet month of August is about to get a whole lot busier.




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Did all this stuff work? Am I rooted? Here’s how to tell.

So you just went through a bunch of instructions you didn’t fully understand, or downloaded some program to your computer and let it run, and your phone is supposed to be rooted. (And yes, naysayers, this is more common than you think — not everyone lives and breathes this stuff.) How can you be sure it worked?

Because the people who make our phones (most of them, anyway) don’t want us to be able to root them it’s not as easy as installing an app from Google Play, and sometimes it doesn’t work out like it should. You’ll need to verify that it worked — and is working properly — before you use root to do whatever it is you wanted to do with it. Thankfully, that’s pretty easy to do.

  • Look in your app drawer for a program that controls root access. There are several good ones, and most root methods install one during the process. If you don’t see one and you did get root permissions, you should install one right away. If the app is there and present, open it and make sure it tells you everything is A-OK.

  • Install a root checker app from Google Play. Open it and follow the instructions, and it will tell you if your phone is rooted or not.

  • Go old school and use a terminal. Any terminal app from the Play Store will work, and all you need to do is open it and enter the word “su” (without the quotes) and hit return. You might get a dialog asking you to allow the terminal app to run as root (that’s what you’re doing when you enter su) from a root control app. That’s a good thing. In any case, if your login prompt changes from $ to #, you are the super user. You can even do this via ADB from your computer.

No matter how you check, make sure that you have something watching so that apps can’t do root “stuff” without your permission. Any good root method will include something like the SuperSU app to act as a watchdog. If you are rooted and don’t have an app that monitors root access, ask for support from the folks who made the root method you used about it.

And as always, be careful. Using root permissions is a great way to ruin the software on your phone if you aren’t paying attention or do something without knowing what’s gonna happen. Read everything you can find on the internet, then look again and read some more before you break something.




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With the two newest Droids officially hitting the market as this post goes to press, it’s been a big month for the company formerly known as Motorola. So let’s take a break from Moto Z mania for a quick look back at one of the company’s most interesting efforts: the original “Banana-phone.”

The Motorola RIZR Z8 was announced in February 2007, and it bore the design language of a company that still had plenty of swagger. The RAZR, PEBL, and SLVR families were selling like gangbusters in the States, but the RIZR Z8 set itself apart with its characteristic kick-slide hinge that let it cradle your cheek when you were talking on the phone … and lay flat when you weren’t. That combined with the 2MP camera, Symbian UIQ interface and bold black-and-green paint job made for a distinctive package that I coveted from afar – but never managed to get my hands on.

That is, until today. Join me for a look at a mint-condition Bourne Identity edition of the Motorola RIZR Z8! We’ll celebrate its no-holds-barred industrial design, lament the loss of devices like it in today’s landscape, and even catch a second or two of Jason Bourne moping on a fishing boat … before checking in with Erica Griffin for her thoughts on carrying a dumbphone in 2016!

It may not be an Android phone, but the RIZR Z8 is a Motorola from a period we all remember and many of us cherish … and I think you’re gonna like this retro review. Enjoy!

Get social!

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How do I use Snapchat Memories?

Now that you’re getting used to using Snapchat Memories, learn how to navigate and edit old snaps, store videos and photos in a protected My Eyes Only section, and so much more!

Here are a few ways to manage Snapchat Memories for your Android phone.

How to edit an old Snap in Memories on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap on the photo or video you would like to edit.

  4. Tap and hold the photo. A black border will appear around the photo.
  5. Tap the little white pencil in the lower left corner.
  6. Tap stickers, text, or doodles in the upper right corner to edit your photo like you would a standard Snapchat.

  7. Tap the timer in the lower left corner to adjust how long the Snap will show for.
  8. Tap the arrow in the blue circle in the lower right corner.

Just like sending a standard Snap, select My Story or the contacts you would like to share your photo/video with.

How to move a Snap to My Eyes Only in Memories on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap and hold the photo or video you would like to protect.

  4. Tap My Snap in the upper lefthand corner
  5. Tap Move to My Eyes Only
  6. Tap Move.

The Snap will then be moved to your password protected My Eyes Only section.

How to rename a Snapchat story in Memories on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the Stories tab at the top of the screen to access your saved stories.

  4. Tap and hold the story bubble you would like to rename.
  5. Tap My Story in the upper left corner next to the menu (?).

  6. Tap Name Story and title your story.
  7. Tap the check mark in the green circle in the lower right corner.

How to move your Story to My Eyes Only in Memories on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the Stories tab at the top of the screen to access your saved stories.

  4. Tap and hold the story bubble you would like to make private.
  5. Tap the menu (?) in the upper left corner.

  6. Tap Move Story to My Eyes Only.
  7. Tap Move.

How to export individual Snaps from Memories on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap and hold the Snap you would like to export.

  4. Tap the menu (?) in the upper left corner.
  5. Tap Export Snap.
    Select what you would like to do with that exported photo.

How to delete photos and videos from your Memories on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the red check mark in a circle in the upper right corner of the screen.

  4. Tap on the photos and videos you would like to select. A red check mark will appear on the selected photo/video.
  5. Tap the garbage can in the lower left corner.
  6. Tap Delete once the prompt appears.




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