Pokemon Go Bug Reportedly Affecting GPS Performance on Android Phones

Pokemon Go Bug Reportedly Affecting GPS Performance on Android Phones

Pokemon Go Bug Reportedly Affecting GPS Performance on Android Phones
Game supposedly disrupts GPS even when running in background
Issue was spotted on the dated Nexus 5 smartphone
Reddit user says couldn’t find similar issue on newer devices
Pokemon Go created tremendous amount of interest and excitement at its launch and the game is one of the most talked about things of the year already. However, that popularity has begun waning. Now a Redditor has suggested that a bug associated with the game reportedly distorts the accuracy of your smartphone’s GPS.

A Reddit user who goes by the name ‘Cameocoder’ has said that a bug associated with Pokemon Go distorts the accuracy of your Android smartphone’s GPS and even prevents other apps from accurately gathering the location when the game in running in background.

(Also see: Pokemon Go Fever Is Fading in the US: Report)

Cameocoder was able to find out the issue with the game while using fitness tracking app Map My Run. “On the first walk without Pokémon Go my device was able to lock on to GPS satellites and track my location fairly accurately. The second walk, which was immediately after the first, I had Pokémon Go in the foreground and my device almost never acquired a GPS lock,” the user said in the Reddit post.

However, it should be noted that the user was using a Nexus 5 smartphone when he discovered the bug, and did not find the same issue on newer devices. It is not yet know if a similar bug is affecting the iOS version of the game.
(Also see: Pokemon Go Eggs Hurting Religious Sentiments’, PIL Filed)

Considering the issues regarding the game, it will be interesting to see how the development of the game moves forward as it is yet to be officially released in many countries including India.

Are you facing a similar GPS bug on your Android smartphone once Pokemon Go is running? What about your iPhone? Let us know in the comments section below.

Tags: Pokemon GO GPS Bug, Pokemon Go, Gaming, Android


Yahoo Investigating Claims of Huge Data Breach Affecting 200 Million Accounts

Yahoo Investigating Claims of Huge Data Breach Affecting 200 Million Accounts


  • Hacker also responsible for selling LinkedIn data dumps earlier
  • Yahoo’s exposed considered to be really old
  • Verizon recently bought Yahoo for roughly Rs. 32,500 crores

After a hacker going by the name of Peace put up for sale a cache of what’s alleged to be 200 million stolen Yahoo user account credentials earlier this week, the Internet company says it has started investigating the matter, claiming that it is taking this breach “very seriously”.

Peace has listed an advert on the TheRealDeal marketplace claiming that about 200 million Yahoo accounts are up for sale for three Bitcoins (roughly Rs. 1,07,000). The cache supposedly contains usernames, passwords, and dates of birth, and appear to be hashed by the md5 algorithm, Motherboard reports. The hacker has also submitted a way to unscramble the hashed credentials as well, and claims the cache contains records that are from “2012 most likely.”

Yahoo has confirmed that it is aware about this data breach, and is investigating it. “Our security team is working to determine the facts. Yahoo works hard to keep our users safe, and we always encourage our users to create strong passwords, or give up passwords altogether by using Yahoo Account Key, and use different passwords for different platforms,” the company told Motherboard.

Peace is also known for selling data dumps of other major tech companies like MySpace and LinkedIn. This data is especially useful for phishers who look to monetize through illegitimate ways. Motherboard got hold of a small sample of 5000 Yahoo accounts, and when it tested about a hundred of them; it found out that most IDs seem to be inactive, disabled, or discontinued.

Because of this, it’s being speculating that either the data is too old to be considered valuable or the advert is just fake. Yahoo gave away very little about the investigations and only said that it was “working to determine the facts”. If real, affected users can expect password reset links to be sent to them at some point.

(Also see: When Yahoo Refused to Buy Google for $1 Million)

Verizon recently bought Yahoo’s core business for $4.83 billion (roughly Rs. 32,500 crores). Yahoo will be rolled into Verizon’s AOL operations and CEO Marissa Meyers will be working again with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, who worked with Mayer at Google for years and tried unsuccessfully to convince her to combine the two companies when they both remained independent.

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Tags: Data Hack, Internet, Peace, Yahoo, Yahoo Accounts Hack