How to Limit Child Purchases on Fortnite for Android

Fortnite Download for Android
Justin Duino

Fortnite is loved by teens, but in-app purchases for skins and emotes can leave parents out hundreds of dollars. If you’re worried about any overspending, Android users can lock down child purchases on Fortnite with these steps.

A word of warning before you begin. Because Fortnite isn’t included in the Play Store, Fortnite completely bypasses Google’s own parental controls. That means any parental controls you’ve already applied in Google Play just won’t work.

Creating a Fresh Epic Games Account for Fortnite

When you install Fortnite, you’ll be asked to create or sign in to an Epic Games account. If you already have an Epic Games account, creating a new account for your children to use with Fortnite instead might be the quickest solution to prevent unauthorized purchases.

To start, open the Fortnite app and wait for the loading to complete. You’ll be asked if you’ve played Fortnite before. Even if you have, tap “No.”

At the Fortnite Login screen, click No

Select “Agree” to accept the terms of service.

Accept the Fortnite Terms of Service

Fill in the form, tap the checkbox to confirm you agree to the terms of service, and then select “Create Account” at the bottom.

Tap Create Account at your Epic Games account creation screen

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How to set up the Korla icon theme on Linux

Love the Apple look but want something fresh? Check out Korla, a beautiful, modern icon theme for Linux. Its design is very similar to that of macOS and borrows a lot of design choices from Mac-like Linux themes, yet it differentiates itself by adding in flat app icons (something Mac-like themes don’t do), and a variety of different folder color choices.

The Korla icon theme is available to Linux users for download via the project’s GitHub page. To get the latest release of Korla, you must have the Git tool installed.

Install Git

Installing the Git tool on Linux requires the Linux terminal. Open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, follow the command-line instructions outlined below that match the Linux operating system you use.

Ubuntu

To install Git on Ubuntu Linux, use the following Apt command.

sudo apt install git

Debian

Using Debian Linux? Set up Git with the Apt-get command below.

sudo apt-get install git

Arch Linux

On Arch Linux, Git is installable via the following Pacman command.

sudo pacman -S git

Fedora

To install Git on Fedora Linux, use the following Dnf command.

sudo dnf install git

OpenSUSE

Git is available to all OpenSUSE Linux users. To install it, use the following Zypper command.

sudo zypper install git

Download Korla icon theme

After installing Git on your Linux computer, use the git clone command to download the latest release of the Korla icon theme.

git clone https://github.com/bikass/korla.git

Once the Korla icon theme is done downloading through Git, download the Korla Folders icon set.

git clone https://github.com/bikass/korla-folders.git

When both Korla and Korla Folders are done downloading, they’ll appear in “korla” and “korla-folders” in your home directory (~).

Alternatively, if using the Git tool isn’t your thing, you’ll be able to download both Korla and Korla Folders using wget.

wget https://github.com/bikass/korla-folders/archive/master.zip -O korla-folders.zip
wget https://github.com/bikass/korla/archive/master.zip -O korla.zip

Unzip both “korla.zip” and “korla-folders.zip” with the commands below.

Note: To use the unzip commands outlined below, you must have the unzip tool installed. For more information on how to install unzip, head over to Pkgs.org.

unzip korla.zip

unzip korla-folders.zip

Install Korla icons

The Korla icon theme can be set up on a Linux PC in two different ways. The first way involves installing the icons for a single-user so that only the user that sets up the icon theme can have access to it. The second way is by setting it up system-wide so that every single user on the Linux system can have access to the Korla icon theme. In this guide, we will go over both installation methods.

Single-user

To set up the Korla icon theme on Linux as a single-user, start by using the mkdir command to create a new folder with the name of “.icons” in the home directory (~) of the current user.

mkdir -p ~/.icons

After creating the new “.icons” folder, move the Korla folder into the directory with the mv command.

mv korla ~/.icons
mv korla-folders ~/.icons

Did you download the icons with the wget command? If so, the folder names are different than the ones in the commands above. Try these instead:

mv korla-master ~/.icons
mv korla-folders-master ~/.icons

Once the icon files are placed in the “.icons” folder in the home directory (~), the Korla icon theme is installed as a single-user.

System-wide

To install the Korla icon theme on Linux system-wide, start by gaining root access using the sudo -s command.

sudo -s

Now that the terminal shell has root access use the mv command to install the Korla icon theme into the icon directory.

mv korla /usr/share/icons/
mv korla-folders /usr/share/icons/

If you downloaded the Korla icon files through the wget download command, and not the git clone tool, the commands outlined above will not work. You must instead use these commands to place the Korla icons in the correct directory.

mv korla-master /usr/share/icons/
mv korla-folders-master /usr/share/icons/

When the icon files are placed in the system’s icon directory, the Korla icon theme is installed system-wide.

Enable Korla icon theme on Linux

Korla is set up on Linux, but the system won’t use it until it’s set as the default icon theme. To set Korla as the default icon theme on your Linux PC, open up “System Settings,” and make your way to the “themes” or “appearance” settings. Once there, switch the icon theme to “Korla.”

Having some issues setting the Korla icon theme as the default on your Linux PC? We can help! Look through the links below for the desktop environment you use to learn all about how to change icon themes.

Read How to set up the Korla icon theme on Linux by Derrik Diener on AddictiveTips – Tech tips to make you smarter

How to Update iPhone and iPad Apps

Apple iPhone Update Apps
Justin Duino

Checking for app updates has been easy for iPhone and iPad owners. It got a little more complicated when iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 replaced the Updates tab with Apple Arcade. Now you have to tap your profile icon first.

Your iPhone or iPad automatically installs app updates as long as the “App Updates” option is enabled from Settings > iTunes & App Stores. That’s why Apple made this option a bit harder to find—you don’t have to install app updates manually anymore.

Update Apps in iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and Above

Start by opening the App Store. If you can’t find the icon on your iPhone or iPad, swipe down on the home screen and utilize Spotlight search to find the app.

Apple iPhone Select App Store

Next, tap on your account picture located in the top-right corner of the display.

Apple iPhone iOS 13 App Store Select Avatar

Your list of recently updated apps can be found hidden under your account information and options to add funds to your Apple ID.

If you don’t see any available apps, swipe down on the screen to refresh the App Store. If any updates are available, they will appear under the “Upcoming automatic update” listing.

Select “Update all” to install all of the available updates or tap on the “Update” button next to each app to only install certain ones.

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How You Can Track Someone’s Location Using Facebook Messenger

The ability to track and locate an individual is no longer as difficult as it appears in the movies. Wiretaps and bugs can be replaced with something as simple as a smartphone – to a certain extent. We live in such a digital age that it has become easier to pinpoint someone’s location using nothing more than a chat app.

Do you need to relay information that can’t be shared over the phone? Just hop on Facebook Messenger to pinpoint their location so you can make the trip in person.

So long as you and the “target” both use Facebook Messenger, location tracking is possible. This means that any parent who thinks their child may be sneaking off to a party instead of a study group, can use Facebook Messenger to “check in” and determine their whereabouts.

Now just imagine that you’re on the other end of this scenario. Someone could be tracking your location right now and you wouldn’t know it. Creepy, huh? 

The Facebook Messenger app actually poses more of a risk than you might imagine. This is especially true for those who have hundreds of friends, not all of which are people you may have ever actually met. We probably put way too much of ourselves on social media, providing more information than we think. Understanding how you can track others may enlighten you on how easy it can be for someone to do the same to you.

Tracking Location Using Facebook Messenger

You don’t even need to be tech-savvy in order to track someone using Messenger. It doesn’t take an elite-level hacker to get on Facebook and see someone has shared their location.

Location Sharing

This particular feature is a more consensual approach to tracking. Facebook Messenger makes it easier for people who want to meet up by allowing friends to share their location.

  • You or someone on your friends list can open up a chat dialog through Facebook Messenger, by tapping on the four dots found at the bottom left portion of your screen.
  • Click Location
  • From there, just select Share Live Location and your friend will get to see your current location. They in turn can share their location with you.

Location Tags and #Hashtags

Search for a location tag of someone on your friends list and their location is all but a few clicks away. The most common way in which to discover a location tag is by checking Facebook Stories.

  • If a location tag has been left on one of the images, you can just tap on it, select show location and have it pulled up on your smartphone screen. 
  • Tap on the tag text and you will be redirected to Google Maps, which will display the target’s location.

It’s not the most reliable method of discovery seeing as the location is not necessarily current, but when the image was originally published. There is also the problem of the location tag providing an incorrect location as the publisher can post any location they choose. But it’s still worth a shot.

Third-Party Apps

Here’s where location tracking starts to become less consensual and more privacy invasive. Although there are applications of location tracking that could be beneficial in a positive way, more often than not, this method has ‘cybercriminal’ written all over it.

Using a free online service like IPLogger can help you to find the exact location of a friend as of the time a post was made. 

  • All you’d need to do is go to the website and choose a tracking option from the list.
  • Enter the URL of the site you’re tracking the location from and copy the provided IPLogger code.
  • From here, it’s all about getting your friend to click the generated URL, which you can send through Facebook Messenger. Once this happens, you’ll be able to use a second generated URL that enables you to view the location statistics directly from your browser.

The Nearby Friends Feature

This feature requires that you have the actual Facebook app installed. You can then enable it by going into the More Options menu and selecting Nearby Friends. Then just tap the option to turn it on.

You will now be able to see all of your other friends who are currently using the feature. Each will be listed by location, showing their physical distance between you. The closest friends will be shown first and will be accompanied by a Facebook Messenger button which you can use to open up a chat with them.

By simply using the feature, you’ve given consent to anyone who is also using the feature, and happens to be on your friends list, an open invitation to your location. This particular feature is primarily used for real-life meetups between friends and colleagues, but can also be used by non-friends you’ve mistakenly put on your friends list.

Conclusion

As you can tell, it doesn’t take much to locate anyone you want to, as long as they’re on your friends list. With a little bit of sharing on both ends, you can pinpoint any of your friend’s whereabouts, and they can do the same. 

Be smart about who you share things with, especially online, as not everyone is as friendly as they may seem.

How to Create Aliases and Shell Functions on Linux

A terminal window on a Linux laptop
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Create your own Linux commands using aliases and Bash shell functions. Tame repetitive tasks, truncate long-winded processes, and configure standard commands with the options you always use and struggle to remember.

Aliases and shell scripts are powerful techniques in Linux and Unix-like operating systems that allow you to hone your command line experience to be just what you want. You can define your own commands suited to your specific needs, and to ease the burden of repetitive tasks.

Aliases and shell scripts do the same sort of job. They allow you to define—and name—a set of Bash shell functionality that is then callable by the name you’ve given to it. Typing the name is easier and more convenient than having to type out all of the steps or commands each time you want to use them.

The difference between an alias and a script is one of complexity and scale. Scripts are better at holding longer and more elaborate chunks of code. Aliases are perfect for holding shorter, more succinct, sets of commands.

Predefined Aliases

Some aliases are predefined for you. To see the list of aliases that are defined in your system, use the alias command with no parameters:

alias

alias in a terminal window

These are the aliases that are defined on the Ubuntu test machine this article was researched on. If I’d defined any custom aliases, these would show up in this list too.

At the top of the listing, there’s a complicated-looking alias called alert. We’ll come to that in a moment. There’s a bunch of different aliases for the ls command, and there’s a group of aliases that provide color output to the grep family of commands. For example, with these aliases defined, whenever you type:

grep

The system will interpret it as:

grep --color=auto

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