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Pokemon Go players are furiously protesting Niantic’s new exclusive raids

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The Pokemon Go community on Reddit has unanimously cried out against Niantic’s plans to make raids an invite-only activity in the next version of the popular game.

Yesterday, the game maker revealed in an official blog post that, following an upcoming update, trainers will get the opportunity to capture the newly added legendary creature, Mewtwo. But there is one drawback: The only way you could catch the Pokemon is to get invited to an exclusive raid – and this could be a hassle.

Unlike standard raid battles, exclusive raids will require players to have successfully defeated the raid boss at the gym where the exclusive battle will be taking place. This will entitle you to an invite. Once you’ve claimed an invite, Niantic will notify you in advance so you can coordinate the attack with fellow trainers.

But it appears Go-playing Redditors are not too crazy about this new change.

“This is absolutely ridiculous and makes no sense to me.” said one irked player. “What if I’m traveling to a new place that I haven’t played before? I’m just not allowed to do exclusive raid battles because I’m new? Niantic is splitting its player base more than ever.”

Others had different worries. “I’m less concerned with the invite and the recent part and concerned with the advanced notice of a raid at a certain time,” another user said. “It doesn’t matter how much advance notice you give me, if the exclusive raid is scheduled during my work day I’m screwed. I can’t and won’t call off work to do a raid.”

Still, some Redditors remained optimistic. “I think the concept of the Exclusive Raids is great, just drop the Exclusive part and make it Mega Raids… with a countdown long enough for people to travel there, and everyone within a large radius of a city gets invited with a Legendary/Mega raid pass.”

Niantic says that for now Mewtwo will be the only legendary Pokemon available to battle at exclusive raids. It does, however, tease the possibility new critters might start showing up “over the next several weeks.”

The question is: Does that even matter if the players hate the game?

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How Slack uses a raccoon to keep distractions on Slack at bay

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Slack has undoubtedly changed how employees at many companies communicate. But more and more, it feels like Slack’s focus on immediate responses is far more distracting than the asynchronous emails it often replaces. As Slack CTO and co-founder Cal Henderson noted at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin today, we still have to figure out how Slack can fit into many a company’s culture and how to keep Slack discussions from going off topic despite the existence of GIFs and emoji. Internally, at Slack, the company mostly uses a raccoon for doing this.

“Internally, we have this idea of the polite raccoon,” Henderson said. Whenever a conversation goes off topic, the raccoon means that it’s time to take that conversation into a different channel (or maybe offline).

Henderson noted, too, that a lot of the work that Slack is putting into machine learning is about making people more efficient and reducing the number of unnecessary messages. “There is definitely more we can do in terms of filling up people’s time so that can better separate between work and outside of work,” he said.

Henderson himself, too, uses Slack’s do-not-disturb setting to keep messages at bay during his off time, but throughout today’s panel, he noted that it’s very much up to the individual and company to set their policies. He also very much defended the existence of Slack itself.

“Something like Slack would have existed even if we didn’t build it,” he said. That’s in part due to the rise of consumer messaging in general and the fact that businesses are now comfortable with buying their software from multiple vendors, which has resulted in a situation where there is no obvious center for business software.

“Communication is the only obvious location to tie those together.”

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20 critical startup truths no one will tell you

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Some knowledge is so important, everyone assumes everyone already knows it. But they don’t, especially in the tech world where things move so fast that most people are faking. But Stripe’s Patrick McKenzie spends his time helping the payment platform’s startup customers survive, and now he’s laid out 20 crucial learnings everyone should read. Click or scroll through for tech’s dirty shouldn’t-be-secrets.

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Apple releases iOS 11.2 with ‘I.T’ autocorrect fix, faster wireless charging and Apple Pay Cash

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Apple released an iOS update in the middle of the night (Cupertino time). iOS 11.2 brings Apple Pay Cash, but the feature is not live yet. The company still needs to flip a switch on its servers to enable it.

Today’s update also enables support for faster 7.5W Qi wireless charging. If you have an iPhone 8 or an iPhone X as well as a wireless charger that supports 7.5W or more, your phone will now charge more quickly as Apple first limited wireless charging to 5W.

Some users have had some issues with the autocorrect feature. The default iOS keyboard would change ‘it’ into ‘I.T’ for no apparent reason. iOS 11.2 should fix that too.

In iOS 11, if you tap on the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth icons in Control Center, iOS doesn’t disable Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Instead, your phone disconnects itself from Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth accessories until the next day at 5 AM (or you restart your device, or you go to a new place for Wi-Fi).

Apple doesn’t disable those features so that you can connect your Apple Watch or Apple Pencil, enable Personal Hotspot from another device and use Wi-Fi for more accurate location features. With iOS 11.2, the icons are no longer greyed out. You’ll now see white icons to indicate that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth still work, you’re just not connected to any network or accessory.

In smaller news, iOS 11.2 brings a couple of revamped emojis, new wallpapers, a new indicator at the top right of the lock screen to help you find Control Center and better Wi-Fi and Bluetooth indications.

Releasing iOS 11.2 on a Friday night is a bit odd, but that might be because some iPhones keep rebooting themselves because of a time bug. After your device’s clock passes 12:15 AM on December 2nd, 2017, apps with local notifications crash your phone (workout or meditation apps for instance). Apple may have rushed iOS 11.2 to fix this bug. You can probably expect a macOS, tvOS and watchOS update next week.

So you should update your phone when you get a minute before you encounter this weird clock crash. Head over to the Settings app, then hit General, then Software Update.
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