How to Check if Pokémon Go is Down

If you’ve paid any attention at all to anything going on over the past few weeks, you probably know that Pokémon Go is huge (Seriously, even Andrew tried it out!). And with the servers constantly going down, it has become apparent that the response this game has received is way more than the developers had expected. Impressively, the game is so big after only being out a week it had more daily users than Twitter and people have reportedly spent more time on the Pokémon Go app than Facebook. According to TechCrunch, 5.92% of the Android population in the U.S. engages with Pokémon Go daily. That’s A LOT of people playing this game, no wonder the servers can’t handle it. And now with the game finally being released in Japan, the servers are really getting out of control with constant crashes.

There has to be a way to be able to check if it’s worth it to go outside to start hunting some Pokémon. Well, here’s a website that some developers made that will check for you whether or not the servers are down or about to go down – IsPokemonGoDownOrNot.com. The site runs on a pretty simple algorithm. Basically, it uses an automated account that attempts to log-in in thirty second intervals. If the log-in takes over fifteen seconds, most likely the Pokémon Go server is down or about to go down.

We’re glad we found this because we’re sick of getting stoked to play the game only to unfortunately realize once we’re outside that the server is down. Pokémon Go is addicting, so knowing when it’s available to play makes it even better.

Are you going to be checking this site before you go hunting for Pokémon? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter!

 

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Save Money on Your Car Insurance

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Okay, quick survey. Raise your hand if you would like to save money on car insurance. Get ‘em up. One, two…okay it looks like everybody is sick of paying an arm and a leg on their car insurance. Well then we have got just the thing for you. Metromile is a pay-per-mile car insurance producer that helps you save money based on the amount you drive.

 

Metromile is the easiest way to save money on your car insurance. By simply attaching a plug-in to your car’s OBD-II port, Metromile can track how much you are driving and bill you accordingly. What is amazing is customers typically save an average of $500 a year using this system. Seriously, think about what you could be doing with all that extra cash. Metromile is a great and cheaper alternative to traditional car insurance. It is especially great if you are someone who does not really rack up many miles on their car as much as someone living in a more rural area might. Metromile also comes with an accompanying app that allows you to check and monitor things like how your speed varies on a trip, how much you spend on gas, how long your drive takes, and where you parked your car. What’s more is you can even check in with a mechanic with questions if something like your check engine light comes on. Pretty cool, right? Currently Metromile is available in seven states: Oregon, Washington, California, Illinois, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Are you ready to start saving money on car insurance and feeling more protected? The free app is compatible with iOS and Android devices. Go check out metromile.com/insurance for more information and to sign up today.

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Real-time Playlist Collaboration

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Sharing music with friends is always fun, but sometimes when there is no control it gets a little hectic. Not sure what we mean by that? Well, picture this. You are on a road trip with friends and you go to plug your phone in to play some music but somebody has already beat you to it and basically hijacks the speakers. Before you lose your cool, check out a great solution called Flo Music.

Flo Music is the must have music app for listening to music with friends. You might be asking yourself, “Why do I need another music app?” Well, this app is a little different than your generic music app. It connects smartphones with WiFi networks or WiFi hotspots and allows the connected devices to create a real-time collaborative playlist. This playlist is called a “Flo.” And what really sets this music app apart from the competitors is any device connected can add music to the playlist. This turns group listening sessions into a democracy, not a dictatorship. However, there is still some control because otherwise it would turn into an anarchy. The host or creator of the playlist is the only one who has true control of skipping, pausing, and approving who joins a Flo. And if there are no speakers present the phones can be linked up in “Sync Mode” to create a giant loudspeaker. That means no more having to put your phone in a cup to amplify the sound if your speaker ends up running out of battery. The app works with SoundCloud, Spotify Premium and downloaded iTunes– and will be adding even more streaming services for you in the near future.

Think you are ready for sharing music with friends? Flo Music is a free app and is compatible with iOS devices, Android coming soon. Head to your app store to download it today.

Everything You Need in Case of an Accident

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Accidents happen. And whether or not you have ever been in a car accident, everyone can agree that it is something they would rather avoid. Being prepared for an accident is critical. The personal injury firm, Cummings Andrews Mackay LLP observed this need and developed a solution with their Auto Accident App.

Although we all know what you are supposed to do when you are in an accident, all too often when the time comes people end up freezing, and forgetting information is needed to make a claim. This is where the Auto Accident App comes in. In the unfortunate event of an accident, simply open up the Auto Accident App. The app will provide you with a five-step accident report. The accident report allows you to take pictures and video of relevant data such as weather conditions and the position of the cars. Then the automatic GPS locator records important information such as location and traffic patterns. If needed, the emergency service locator assists in finding help nearby. Once a claim has been filed there are different sections of the app that can log important information. The My Data section can be used to record expenses, The Pain Journal can track your pain since the accident, and the Lost Wages Calculator will track wages you have lost due to the accident. This detailed app is all about helping you stay in control after things have gone out of control.

There is no reason not to download this app, as everyone wants to be prepared in case of an auto accident. The CAMLLP Auto Accident App is currently free to download on iOS and Android devices so make sure to head to the app store today.

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