Pokemon Go Gear Essentials

(Disclaimer: Product links do have an Amazon affiliate tag. This is not an advertisement paid for by Anker. I love their stuff and want to see it more people’s hands.)

You’ve no doubt noticed by now that playing games like Pokemon Go that rely on active GPS use do a number on phone battery life. This is an issue Ingress agents have been dealing with for quite some time. While there are countless numbers of external battery manufacturers, one in particular was recommended to me when I first started playing Ingress: Anker. Their 18-month warranty on all products, lower prices, and quality builds make buying their stuff a no-brainer for me.

anker-powercore-20100Anker PowerCore 20100

My everyday carry battery pack is the Anker 20000mAh Portable Charger PowerCore 20100. It’s powerful enough to charge my iPad air, and I’ll easily get several full charges of my iPhone 6s from it. ($39.99, Amazon.com)

PROS: Charge two devices at once. Automatically senses type of device and delivers appropriate charge.
CONS: It’s a little heavy to carry in a pocket or in your hand.

anker-powercore-10000Anker PowerCore 10000

I don’t own one, but I’d have no reservations recommending the Anker PowerCore 10000 as a suitable replacement for those wanting something a bit smaller, and easier to carry. ($19.99, Amazon.com)

PROS: It’s half the size of the PowerCore 20100. Automatically senses type of device and delivers appropriate charge.
CONS: Only has one USB port. Only has enough juice to re-power an iPhone 6s 3.5x or a Samsung Galaxy S6 3x.

anker-powercore-slim-5000Anker PowerCore Slim 5000

The Anker PowerCore Slim 5000 is one of Anker’s newest releases. Designed to fit snugly behind an iPhone 6/6s and match it’s contours, this capable battery pack is thin enough to carry in your hand. It’s nice alternative to having. ($17.99, Amazon.com)

PROS: It’s slim design will easily fit in your hand or pocket with a phone.
CONS: You’ll get maybe ~2 full iPhone charges out of it.

A good battery pack is only half the battle. Bad cables suck the joy out of mobile gaming. Check out Anker’s Micro USB and Lightning cables. The PowerLine+ lines for both are super-durable.


Dear PoGo fans: Chill.

Niantic knows tracking’s important in PokemonGo otherwise they wouldn’t have launched with it. What they launched with wasn’t scaleable. Period.
“I can’t catch them all. Niantic sucks.”
Because apparently managing an international game leveraging real-world locations, active gym battles, hundreds of thousands of concurrent Pokémon capture attempts, and hundreds of thousands of concurrent Pokéstop visits is supposed to be easy.
Which is exactly why no one’s done it before.
People up in arms over PoGo being broken need to take a chill pill. It’ll get fixed. And no amount of complaining will make the issues the game has experienced to magically disappear. If you want the issues fixed and fixed correctly, it’ll take time. And I’m sure fixing it involves a lot more than simply spinning up more servers.
And for those complaining about third-party tracking apps no longer working: there is no public Niantic API, and using those apps are TOS violations. Period. And if third-party abuse was causing the in-game tracking to fail in the first place, players have no one to blame but themselves.

The Code of Conduct Conundrum

“When we see a Code of Conduct the understanding is that those rules will be enforced. In our minds, saying “Code of Conduct” is the same as saying “Enforced Code of Conduct.” If you have that policy in place, and you do not enforce it, then you put your entire organization at risk.“

The Code of Conduct Conundrum

This is a great read. All events should have a Code of Conduct. Period. Conference Organizers have a responsibility to protect their attendees, speakers, volunteers, and staff. A Code of Conduct can’t/won’t stop bad people from doing bad things, but it sets a baseline for acceptable behavior. (Just because people should act appropriately in a professional setting, doesn’t mean they will.) Organizers need to take enforcement seriously as well. Bad behavior shouldn’t be encouraged or tolerated.