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Pokemon Go Guide for Absolute Beginners

Pokemon Go Guide for Absolute Beginners

It doesn’t matter if you are a Pokémon fan or not. You need to try Pokémon Go- the latest trend in the mobile industry. If you are following the news you already know how popular Pokémon Go has become in the last month or so.

Millions of players are playing Pokémon Go daily and it has already beaten the likes of Twitter and Tinder in terms of daily active users and number of app installations respectively. It has also gone past the average time spent in an app beating the likes of WhatsApp.

Its popularity has already been answered around the web, but that’s not the point of the article. The point of the article is to guide you through the amazing world of Pokémon Go.

This guide is aimed at the beginner who is about to play Pokémon Go for the first time.  A beginner will have many questions including what is Pokémon? Not everyone is familiar with Pokémon and how it works, and that’s why we take a dig at the topic.

If you are a developer and wondering about Pokémon Go’s development, check out live development videos about Pokémon Go Trading Marketplace development here.

So without any further waiting, let’s get started with Pokémon Go Guide for Absolute Beginners.

Pokémon and Pokémon Go? What is it all about?

Pokémon Go is an augmented reality (AR) game developed by Niantic. Niantic has been in the business of making AR games for the past three years. They developed Ingress, a similar game to Pokémon, but one that is inherently complex in nature. Pokémon Go has been installed in more than 5% of the Android devices and is going strong. In the game, you need to catch Pokémon using balls known as Pokéballs. There are other game mechanics including gym battles, PokéStops, etc., which we will cover in the rest of the guide.

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Before we move further, let’s understand augmented reality. Augmented reality is all about using your surroundings to enhance the game experience. In more technical terms it superimposes computer-generated video, audio, or image to the real world and makes your experience in a completely different way.

The Pokémon brand has been there for the past 20 years. It has made millions of fans until now, and the brand name has helped Pokémon Go reach millions of players already!

From the Wikipedia article, “Pokémon is a media franchise managed by The Pokémon Company, a Japanese consortium between Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures. While the franchise copyright is shared by all three companies, Nintendo is the sole owner of the trademark. The franchise was created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1995, and is centered on fictional creatures called “Pokémon”, which humans, known as Pokémon Trainers, catch and train to battle each other for sport.”

In Pokémon Go, you become the Pokémontrainer and try to capture all the available Pokémon.

Getting Started

If you are new and don’t know where to start.,the first thing you need to know about Pokémon Go is that it is not released worldwide, but is seeing incremental release cycles around the world. To find out if it has already been released in your country just go to this link. If you see a green sign(i.e. released), you can proceed to your mobile OS app store, iPhone or Android and download it from there. Oh yes, it is free, and you don’t have to pay to download the app.

Once installed, you can proceed to the game and start playing.

Note: App not available in your country? You can either wait for the release or go to 3rd party websites to download the .apk(for Android) or .ipa(for iOS) and install it on your device. Niantic, for now, is not doing any regional checks, which means that the app will work without any limitation.

Caution: Downloading .apk or IPA file from 3rd party websites can lead to problems. Please check thoroughly before downloading as there are reports of the installation files being infected. If you are worried about security, then it is better to wait for the official release.

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Creating Avatar and GPS

When you start up the app for the first time, it will ask you to create your avatar. Avatar creation is straightforward as you need to select the sex, the hair color, and other avatar attributes. Once done, you can now proceed to the main game screen!

The game will showcase a map. If you are not able to see the map instantly, wait for a few seconds before it gets updated with all the information. If the map is not loaded with your avatar, double-check whether or not your smartphone GPS is working. Try to switch it off and on and that should do the trick.

Getting Your First Pokémon

If everything worked fine until now, you would be able to see three Pokémon on your screen. The three Pokémon are Squirtle, Charmander, and Bulbasaur. Choosing one of them will start your journey. Before you choose one, it is a good idea to understand the types of Pokémon.

Currently, there are many types of Pokémon in the game. They are water, grass, steel, ghost, bug, rock, poison, flying, fighting, normal, ground, psychic, dark, fairy, dragon, and ice. Among all the types, the three available Pokémon are water (Squirtle), Fire (Charmander), and poison/grass (Bulbasaur).

Wait, you can still get a Pikachu, an electric-type Pokémon as your first Pokémon. All you need to do is walk away from the initial place then come back to the same location. On third or fourth try, you will be able to see Pikachu on your map. Go catch it!

Capturing Pokémon With Pokéballs

The core mechanics of the game revolve around capturing Pokémon. You can catch them using the in-game element, Pokéball. When a Pokémon alert arrives on your mobile, you need to walk the avatar to the location and point your phone camera at the location. The Pokémon should appear jumping wildly. Point your Pokéball to the circle surrounding the Pokémon and throw the ball with the right curve. If you did everything right, you would be able to capture the Pokémon.

Note 1: Higher-level Pokémon have higher chances of fleeing the scene. Don’t get disappointed and try capturing it again! It is just part of the game!

Note 2: To make sure you don’t miss any nearby Pokémon in the future, turn vibration on. By turning the vibration on, you will be able to do other tasks and still not miss a single Pokémon!

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Improve your chances

You can improve your chances of capturing a Pokémon by using in-game items such as Lure Modules and Razz Berry. Razz Berry improves your chances of catching a particular Pokémon. Lure module, on the other hand, attracts Pokémon toward a PokéStop.

Tip: Turn off your phone camera if you don’t want to get distracted by the background and save battery at the same time.

Leveling Up

Leveling up is all about progressing in the game. You need to do different activities within the game such as capturing a Pokémon, winning Gym matches, evolve Pokémon, etc. Each level has its own rewards, and you can check the full list here. As you gradually progress through the game, you will unlock different items and other key aspects of the game. For example, when you hit level 5, you will unlock Gym battles where you can battle other Pokémon. Potions and Revives are also unlocked at level 5.

You can gain experience points (XP) in the following ways:

  • Capture Pokémon
  • Evolve Pokémon
  • Hatch Pokémon eggs
  • Doing Gym battles
  • Get free items at PokéStop.

Progressing through the game from level 1 to 20 is easy and less time consuming. But, after you hit level 20, leveling up becomes harder due to high XP requirements. The steep curve has already been seen as a drawback to the game progression system, and many players have already started leaving the game at high levels.

Evolving Pokémon

Another cool part of the game is evolving Pokémon. You make your Pokémon more powerful by using candies on them. The power of a Pokémon is gauged by Combat Points (CP) points. The higher the CP points, the better the Pokémon.

To get started, you need to capture as many Pokémon as you want. But don’t just evolve them yet! The idea here is to save your candies for the higher level CPs that you will later capture. To get candies, you need to capture tons of Pokémon and exchange the low CP ones with Professor Willow for candy.

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PokéStops

Want to receive free items and capture Pokémon? Then, you need to go to PokéStops. PokéStop is a marked place on the map where you can get free items and also increase chances of capturing Pokémon by using Lure modules. To get free items, you need to walk to the landmark and swipe left to right. Once done, free items will flow. You now need to tap on them to take them! If you are feeling lucky and want to capture Pokémon, you can use Lure Module to increase the Pokémon’s activity in that zone. Other players can also take the advantage of the Lure Module and capture Pokémon!

Gym Battles

Even though the game revolves around capturing and evolving Pokémon, you can still battle Pokémon in Gyms. Gyms are special places where you can fight other players’ Pokémon and engage in healthy competition. Also, it should be noted that Gyms are colored according to red, blue or yellow. The color signifies different teams in Pokémon Go. Grey color means the Gym is empty, and you can capture it. Once captured, you can defend the Gym against other players from different teams.

Fighting another Pokémon is rewarding even though most of the combat is automatic in nature. To ensure that you have better chances, use higher CP Pokémon. During the battle, your Pokémon will lose health, and you need to use in-game items to replenish its health.

 

That’s all for now. Pokémon Go is great for casual players who want to engage in social interactivity, exploration, and also want to feel nostalgic.

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Published on November 9, 2018

How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

Technology has taken the business world by storm. People and businesses are progressively reliant on technology world these days. As a result, the people with impressive knowledge and experience with a computer are in demand.

Considering this growing market trend, if you too wish to bag a profitable job, this article is apt for you. Here, we will dig deeper into the business and technology world to look into what are the best computer skills one should invest in and what resources to get help from.

So, are you ready? Here we begin.

6 Most-In Demand Computer Skills This Year (and Beyond)

When talking about computer skills, following are the 6 computer skills that can fill your mailbox with endless job opportunities (besides, having an English and Hindi typing speed of 40+ WPM):-

1. Spreadsheets and Databases

Considering the treasure trove of data companies are handling these days, Spreadsheet and Database management skill tops the list. It is considered the most wanted job skill in the market, with a salary of around $53,129/yr for an entry-level position. However, the spreadsheet skill does not confine to auditing data from cells.

To get hired based on this computer skill, you need to become a Spreadsheet ninja. From storing data to organizing them, applying complex mathematics formulas, and creating complex macros, you need to be an expert at all.

In other words, you need to have an expertise at working with:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Access
  • Statistics
  • Data Analytics
  • Adobe Campaign
  • Quickbooks
  • XML Database management system
  • Filemaker Pro
  • MATLAB
  • Hive
  • FORTRAN
  • RDBMS (Relational Database Management System)
  • SAS

2. Social Media, Email, and Blogging

Though people are socially active, not everyone knows how to use the social media tools on the professional front. In such a scenario, having an expertise at writing engaging yet professional emails, writing blogs, and managing social media activities is a ticket to entry in reputed organizations.

Some of the skills related to social media, email and blogging that will have a leg up in the hiring process are:

  • Content Management System (CMS)
  • Google Analytics
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • Email Marketing
  • Web Page Design
  • WordPress
  • Digital Media
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Campaign Management Software

3. Graphic Design and Word Processing

A solid grasp of skills to present the gained information in the much readable form is another market need. When considering this computer skill category, you need to enhance your skills at:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • AutoCAD
  • CorelDRAW
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Maya
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Operating Digital Cameras

4. Software and Hardware Design and Development

The Software and Hardware development, in simpler language, means designing, implementing, and testing the computer software/hardware applications. It is the most profitable computer skill, with a different job opening, including Software Architect, Software Analyst, Software programmer, Hardware configuration, etc.

To be capable of developing and testing the software and hardware, you need to peruse your users’ needs and build an application that hits their pain points. You need to work with different web and mobile app coding languages for gaining the attention of your audience, some of which are:

  • HTML
  • C/C++
  • Java
  • Python
  • XML
  • UI/UX
  • LINUX
  • CISC and RISC architecture
  • Embedded Processor Hardware Design
  • Memory Management
  • PCB Layout
  • SQL

5. IT Troubleshooting

Working on computers is one thing and having a knack of looking into the associated issues and resolving them in real-time is another. There are various employees and graduates who work with computer systems in their daily lives, but get confused when it comes to dealing with frozen programs and performing routine maintenance.

So, if you are familiar with the basic anatomy of computers and machines and know the tricks to perform such tasks to streamline the working process, enter the IT support arena. The prime IT troubleshooting skills one needs to work upon are:

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  • Backup management
  • Diagnostics
  • End User support
  • Client-Server management
  • Installation and configuration
  • Issue tracking system (ITS)
  • System administration
  • Tech support

6. Enterprise Systems

Many Enterprises have their own enterprise solutions like PeopleSoft for managing their data and operations.

Becoming a master at using the enterprise solutions mentioned in their ‘Requirements’ area can also lessen the barrier to get a job.

The Roadmap to Excel Your Computer Skills

Now that you know the 6 most popular computer skills in the market, the first decision, you need to take is which computer skill you want to work upon. All the skills are equally considerable for making a career ahead. So, choose one as per your interest.

Once done, look forward to the following resources for boosting your computer skills and getting a reputed, handsome job.

Depending on the computer skill you opt, here are the online courses you can turn to for elevating your career opportunities:

1. Become a Spreadsheet and Database Ninja

a. Microsoft Excel Training Online Course – Basic & Advanced

Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert at working with spreadsheets, this online course has something new for everyone to become excel efficient users.

Divided into 48 interesting lessons, the course empowers you to learn the technique of using mathematical, statistical, logical and text functions, sorting and filtering the data, creating Pivot Tables, building macros, finding a value with VLOOKUp, and much more.

b. Excel- Online Courses, Classes, Training, Tutorials on Lynda

This is another impressive course to unlock the power of Excel. Designed for people from all walks of life and familiarity with Excel tools. This course helps you gain in-depth knowledge from the experts about this data-analyzing tool and make the magic in spreadsheet creation and management process.

c. SQL & Database Design A-Z™: Learn MS SQL Server + PostgreSQL

Build a successful career in the data analytics world with this online course.

Revolving around the two top databases, MS SQL and PostgreSQL, this course will give you a comprehensive knowledge of the working of the databases and understanding of all the related elements, including how to create, update, organize, and safeguard the data.

2. Rule the Social Media World

a. Free Social Media Course by HubSpot

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Introduced by the top experienced inbound professors from Hubspot, here you will get a comprehensive knowledge of Social media marketing.

From understanding how to build relationships on different social media platforms to creating a perfect strategy to engage them, leveraging the benefits of social advertising, and analyzing your social media ROI, this course will bring out the best out of you.

b. Write Professional Emails in English by Coursera

This online course will be the right weapon to look into the differences and similarities between different email styles, improve your English writing skills, write effective subject lines, maintain the formality tone in emails, and more to make a powerful impact on the receivers with your email.

c. Ninja Writing: The Four Levels of Writing Mastery

Founded by Udemy, this online course will excel your skills to build a masterpiece everytime you write.

Here, you will get the guidance from the editors of the top newspapers and websites, and understand what kind of words and tone to use for leaving a spellbinding impact on the readers.

3. Launch Your Own Software or Hardware Equipment

a. Hardware and Software Courses by Coursera

From Big Data to IoT, Sensor Circuit Design, Embedded Software and Hardware Architecture, and Motor Control Circuit, this course will give you a glimpse of all the hardware devices, equipment, and programming languages to build wonders.

b. Free Software and Web Development Certifications Online by Alison

Become the software developer market demands with Alison’s Java, C#, Python, R, PHP, or MySQL database course. From backend to frontend development and software testing.

The course helps you to learn how to design, develop and test software and working in a team while contributing to the team success.

c. Free Online Software Development and MOOCs Course by Class Central

The Class Central online course will make you a master of software development. Here, you will learn the basic concepts of development like Agile, Design Patterns, and Version Control with Git, along with gaining experience of working with the top programming languages.

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4. Live and Breathe Creativity

a. Udemy: Introduction to Graphic Design

It is a top-rated program for the new learners and designers to explore the Graphic Design world.

From the history of communication to the design principles, the course will help the students to learn everything specifically and implement in the real world.

b. Canva Design School

From a beginner to advanced level, this course will provide you with an elaborated and comprehensive knowledge of graphic design. In the form of 4 modules, this course will help the interested graphic designers to try out their skills at Graphics, ranging from fonts to colors, backgrounds, images, shapes, and layouts.

c. Microsoft Word – Basic & Advanced

62 personalized lessons, premium video tutorials, and unlimited tests and quizzes – this certified course has everything that will make your entry to the business world easier.

d. Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Access Productivity Bundle

The course will make you productive in Word, Excel, and Access through video lectures, articles, and various other supplemental resources.

Besides, it will offer you exclusive tips and tricks to enhance your skills at using Microsoft office.

5. Raise Your Reflexes to IT Troubleshooting

a. IT Troubleshooting Skill Training by Udemy

IT Troubleshooting Skill Training will upgrade your logical concepts over technical components to find and repair faults.

It will provide you with a methodological approach to learn the basics of troubleshooting, practice them via exercises and drills, and enhance your IT troubleshooting intelligence.

b. IT Help Desk Online Course on Lynda

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The Lynda’s IT troubleshooting online course will train you how to respond to the issues related to Windows 10, Office 365, JIRA software, and more, from a local as well as a remote location.

Mobile Apps and Websites to Enhance Computer Skills

The aforementioned online courses will undoubtedly train you for a successful career ahead. But, in case you want a long-term support, turn towards the following websites and mobile apps:

  • Duolingo – Duolingo app will improve your spoken and written communication skills in different languages. With the magic of gamification added to the study, the app will make learning a fun and addictive task.
  • Hemingway – Hemingway app defines the length, complexity, and common errors associated with the sentences. In this way, it helps you to write effectively and go ahead in the career.
  • Udemy – The Udemy, with its 2000+ courses, is a great platform to master new skills, advance your career and explore the newer technologies and programming languages. Enrol a course as per your budget and make a brighter future.
  • eDX – eDX is yet another commendable platform you can look forward to. The platform offers you the best of the tutorials prepared by the business professionals and technology experts, ensuring a great boost in your computer skills.
  • Excel Easy – Excel Easy, as the name depicts, will make working with Excel easier for you via their detailed tutorials and 300+ real-life examples.
  • GCF LearnFree.org – It is a one-stop platform for accelerating your future in the computer world. From graphic design to Microsoft Office, resume writing, enhancing adaptability, and much more, the top experts will guide you with everything on this platform.
  • QuarkXPress – The QuarkXPress will aid you to add soul to your design with its unparalleled collection of font style, size, and typography. The best part is that it is avails all the options in different languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, and Italian to name a few.

Bonus: Tips to Accelerate Your Approach For a Better Career Ahead

Though these resources will make you stand out from the crowd and get hired at once, you need to focus on various other things, such as:

1. Practice, Practice, Practice

It is common to forget what we learn. To ensure that you do not miss any opportunity just because you forgot, keep practising.

Make it your routine. Polish your computer skills and you will surely end up getting an offer letter from a recognized firm.

2. Work on Your Efficiency

Remembering what you learned is not enough; practice to enhance those skills to do better.

For example, if you take around 50 minutes to create a design, target for 40 minutes.

3. Look for Shortcuts

Smart work rules over hard work more often. So, look forward to learning shortcuts to do any task. This will increase your chances to crack an interview and get selected.

4. Apply for an Internship

Last but not the least, apply for an internship to see what’s trending in the market and how much you are ready for it. While doing an internship, pay attention to your weak points and work on them. This will ensure a success when you apply for your dream job.

By the late, it’s never too late to be an intern or grab whatever opportunity to learn something new! Here’s how:

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The Bottom Line

Seeing the current market scenario, it is evident that having computer skills is a boon for a better career ahead.

So, rather than struggling with thousands of other things and trying to crack interviews, focus on the computer skills mentioned in this article. Utilize the resources and experts’ tips shared and look forward to having a successful and prosperous future.

Featured photo credit: Glenn Carstens-Peters via unsplash.com

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