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    While we keep hearing (isolated) reports of real-life trouble caused by the virtual hunt of fictional creatures devised by The Pokémon Company over two decades ago, Niantic and Nintendo remain fully committed to the rapid global expansion of the most popular mobile game in history. No, we’re afraid Pokémon GO is still not available anywhere in Asia, which feels ironic and cruel, instead spreading its wings relatively quickly from the US, Australia and New Zealand to Germany, UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and now, more than two dozen additional territories across the old continent. These ...

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    While you may have been under the impression Apple develops A-series system-on-chips for iPhone and iPad use in-house, these important smartphone and tablet components are actually outsourced to companies like TSMC or Samsung, with Cupertino merely in charge of their designs. From a certain perspective, it makes sense to commission different suppliers for the same part inside a single generation of an iDevice, but even after last year’s “Chipgate” was disputed by reputable organizations, iFans were left wishing all iPhone 7 units and beyond could be created equal. As luck would have ...

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    Pokemon Go no longer needs an introduction at this point. This simple mobile game is now a phenomenon that’s taken the world by storm. I’m fairly certain that nobody could have foreseen just how huge this thing would be. I know I didn’t expect such an intense adoption rate. This will go down as one of those historic things that has captured the minds of so many people like Tamagotchi or Beanie Babies. It’s rare to see something of this magnitude and I’m enjoying every minute of the ride despite the server issues that have plagued the experience thus far. Since the day Pokemon Go ...

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    Even with both iPhone 6s and SE sales reported as disappointing of late, and an iterative 7 variant right around the corner, we all know Apple has no plans to cut prices anytime soon. Most major US carriers and third-party retailers can’t do much about the extravagance of current-gen iOS devices either, though a few BOGO programs have included at least the iPhone SE in the past. But US Cellular, the nation’s fifth largest wireless service provider, hooks up iFans still favoring the 4-inch form factor with a dirt-cheap SE… on prepaid plans. That would be the catch, alongside USC’s ...

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    Loads of fun, massively addictive, and a great excuse to get out in the real world, meet people and make new friends while hunting for virtual little creatures. What could go wrong? Well, a number of things, actually, though no deal breaker for millions of mobile gamers in both countries that are officially supported and that need to wait a few more days, weeks tops. The latter category still includes a host of potentially huge markets for Niantic and Nintendo, from Japan to Korea and China, but not Germany, the UK, Italy, Spain, and Portugal anymore. That’s right, Poké-trainers, a ...

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    Microsoft pulled a very uncool stunt on both Office 365 subscribers and users of its free OneDrive file hosting tier last fall, massively reducing previous cloud storage perks across the board, but in the face of public outrage, some of the controversial policy changes were temporarily reversed in December. This January 31, your window of opportunity closed for good, and today, those that neglected to simply ask Redmond to retain their 15GB digital hoarding room on the house may begin to experience problems accessing their full OneDrive libraries. No point complaining about it now, and ...

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    If you live in a country that supports it on the up and up, chances are you’ve taken it for a spin or know somebody who has. Or perhaps you’ve bumped into a horde of hunters and trainers on the street, in your local park or near a lake or something. But you’ve probably not been able to escape the global Pokémon Go phenomenon outside the US, Australia, New Zealand and Germany either. Sideloading the app did the trick on Androids, albeit with certain risks involved, while iPhone users needed access to an American iTunes account to get the Poké-party started. Still, it’s much better ...

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    While it’s getting clearer and clearer 2017 will be the year of the next big iPhone upgrade, with OLED screen adoption and a build revision likely in the cards for the 7s or 8 model, we can’t help but expect this fall’s 7 generation to also shine somehow. No, a 15 percent battery capacity increase won’t do. And many are still conflicted about the headphone jack exclusion, antenna band redesign, not to mention the new rear camera protrusion on at least the 4.7-inch model. The 5.5-incher arguably has a few intriguing tricks up its sleeve, in a dual lens cam and Smart Connector, ...

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    The latest Kantar Worldpanel ComTech numbers are in, and as always, both Google and Apple can see bright spots and negatives in the box-office feats of smartphones running the two most popular operating systems. But there are arguably more positives to notice in the March-to-May sales results of Android handsets, which not only dominated the charts from EU5 markets to the US and China, also reporting yearly growth essentially everywhere. Check that, it’s literally everywhere, the gains compared to the same three-month period of 2015 ranging from a measly 2.4 percent on Chinese shores ...

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    We sincerely can’t remember the last time a mobile game launch caused as much excitement (and controversy) as Pokémon Go’s limited debut on Android and iOS devices last week. Maybe Flappy Bird came relatively close out of nowhere a couple of years back, though it rapidly lost steam and ultimately slipped into anonymity, which probably won’t happen very soon for Nintendo and Niantic’s highly anticipated collaboration. While game servers in Australia, New Zealand and the US are likely still under a lot of stress, the show must go on, and at-risk trainers in countries forced to take ...

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    While yesterday felt like an early Black Friday of sorts, between Amazon and Microsoft’s 24-hour-limited deals and the introduction of sweet HTC and T-Mobile promos set to last a little longer, today is tech customer satisfaction-measuring day. After surprisingly hearing precocious digital wallet adopters are more content with Samsung Pay than market veteran Apple Pay, separate May-June surveys conducted by J.D. Power found Cupertino in the lead in the smartwatch landscape, and its Korea-based rival the recipient of the fitness band gold medal. The former was to be expected, given the ...

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    The bullet points are practically etched in stone, even a few small details, but not all of them, so it’s time for a new round of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus speculation, based on leaked pics that may or may not be the real deal. We’re mostly inclined to believe they’re not, with a couple of them smelling decidedly fishy, as they hint at an oddly positioned rear-facing camera on the 4.7-inch model, plus for some reason, no mute switch on the 5.5-incher. Then again, we have to stress that even if legit, the images depict non-functional replicas of the upcoming iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, used by ...

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    Catching them all isn’t going to be easy, requiring way more physical activity than most other games on your mobile device, desktop and even VR headset, but we probably don’t have to stress how a lot of Pokémon Go’s appeal lies in the journey as opposed to the destination, plus the whole real-life sense of community. Unfortunately, with great success comes great responsibility, and Nintendo and Niantic will soon need to address inherent security concerns for players of the hottest current Android and iOS title. These are pretty diverse and some outright bizarre, ranging from APKs ...

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    Those of you who’ve been around the block, perhaps doing the new iPhone rumor dance every year as an unusual form of self-torture, probably know Apple likes to keep a few cards close to the chest for as long as possible. Then again, there’s rarely smoke without fire, and boy, have tipsters and leakers fumed of late, telling the tale of a pair of familiar overall iOS handsets, featuring just one or two aesthetic novelties. For convenience’s sake dubbed iPhone 7 and 7 Plus despite maybe still carrying 6-derived branding, these bad boys have shown their faces, profiles and backsides ...

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    US law enforcement may have inadvertently done the tech industry a favor by fighting Apple so hard on iOS data protection, arousing the consumers’ interest in encryption at previously unprecedented levels. This offered companies like Google and Facebook, in addition to the iPhone makers, great leeway in their efforts to enhance mobile security, and Mark Zuckerberg’s social media giant in particular deserves praise, first for bringing WhatsApp up to Signal standards, and today initiating Messenger’s own “Secret Conversations” rollout. For now, only a tiny fraction of the IM ...

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    It’s not pretty and circular, like the fall 2015-released Time Round, and it can’t monitor your heart rate, which is probably the key selling point of the recently unveiled, crowd-funded, and soon-to-be-commercialized Pebble 2 and Time 2. Nonetheless, last year’s Pebble Time Steel arguably has enough going for it to warrant its $200 MSRP. In fact, the premium-built, “marine grade” stainless steel chassis and bezel-sporting smartwatch has presumably been selling so well lately that a few configurations are currently listed as out of stock on the manufacturer’s US website. ...

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    Considering Apple’s worldwide success, as well as the early enthusiasm shown for digital wallet services, you’d have probably expected more than just seven countries to feature on the Apple Pay support list nearly two years after its US debut. Unfortunately, many banks and retailers still need convincing mobile payment solutions are beneficial for all, with Switzerland today finally joining the United States, UK, Canada, Australia, China and Singapore in throwing its weight behind the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch-compatible money app. Not even its full weight for now, as the only Visa ...

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    The second iOS 10 beta for developers is out and people have been digging up little changes from feature recalls, new icons and plenty of options. 3D Touch options have been revised in the Control Center. Your organ donation preference is available to toggle in the Health app. Oh, and we have a new home button action: you can now rest your finger to unlock your device. It's a convenience measure that takes away the enforced extra tap of the home button to get away from the lock screen in the first developer beta. It also feels like a better obviation of the whole "slide to unlock" ...

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    Yesterday we took a look at how to improve battery life on Android phones, but fret not iPhone users! We haven't forgotten about you folks using iOS, and we've got a handful of tips for improving run time on your phones too. In fact we have one EXTRA tip that those Android folks didn't get... We use mobile devices pretty aggressively these days. Think back to where we were five years ago, and we have to acknowledge that we have seen steady and consistent growth in battery technology and capacity. It’s pretty normal these days to have a shockingly thin handset which also backs a ...

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    With iPhone popularity reaching an inherent peak stateside, as well as in many other Western territories, where there’s simply no more room for growth, Apple continues to struggle finding its footing on the all-important Chinese and Indian shores. Among the trouble encountered by the world’s most profitable corporation in the two largest smartphone markets, the refusal of the latter’s government to permit refurbished handheld commercialization and the SE’s prohibitive pricing nowadays headline the list. It’s also not helping that the 6s has rapidly lost its charm with the recent ...

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    Okay, so the blurry “leaked” picture that was supposed to corroborate rumors of the next-gen iPhone moving from a clicky physical home button to a touch-sensitive capacitive one turned out to be as phony as a three-dollar bill. But that doesn’t mean Apple isn’t cooking up such a tweak, alongside the near-certain retirement of the venerable headphone jack, the revisal of antenna bands, and the increasingly likely adoption of a waterproof chassis. Speaking of, that last part would be made easier and neater by the very speculated alteration of the home key. According to Cowen and ...

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    It shouldn’t be that hard to form a mental image of a new iPhone said to closely resemble the old one, only coated in a darker shade of gray, going lighter on the antenna lines, discarding the traditional headphone jack, and adopting both a Smart Connector and dual rear-facing camera as far as the 5.5-inch model is concerned. But just as we saw the rumored “deep blue” iPhone 7 flavor depicted in a number of very different ways, the “space black” version making the rounds now could end up looking more or less classically ebony. Keep in mind the last dark-skinned Apple handheld, ...

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    In the fierce battle for music streaming supremacy, the world’s most popular ridesharing service isn’t keen on taking sides, instead playing nice with both Spotify and Pandora. After letting riders assume backseat DJ duties via the former app for a couple of years now, Uber finally turns its attention to drivers as well, integrating the latter’s ad-free Internet radio resources directly into the Uber Partner app. All “partners” in the United States, Australia and New Zealand have to do is connect their phones to the car’s Bluetooth or AUX, set the stereo as needed, tap the ...

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    The interwebs lit up yesterday with the rumors of a non-Nexus Google built phone due to an article from The Telegraph. Now let’s start this off by saying this entire rumor should be taken about as serious as fables of rainbow crapping unicorns. There are so many reasons why, aside from Project Ara, we will probably never see an in-house Google built phone but let’s set those aside for a bit. Instead, let’s take a look at what kind of possibilities and advantages a 100% Google bred phone would afford. So put on your tinfoil hats and let’s take a quick jaunt into the land of ...

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    Somewhere during the transition between Android Kit Kat and Lollipop, the Android blogs were awash in the discussion about multiple user accounts for mobile devices. If two (or more) people used the same gadget, they could have their own unique user ID’s and passwords. When logging in, their own customized homescreens and app collections would appear. People seemed really excited about this feature, but now on the cusp of Android N’s consumer facing release, multi-user accounts isn’t something much discussed, especially for phones. This is a metaphor held over from the days of ...

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