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1 week ago

Watch Georgia Dow and Russell Holly discuss the Pokémon craze on Tech News Today

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Our very own Georgia Dow and Russell Holly were on Tech News Today on TWiT to join host Megan Morrone in discussing the latest tech headlines, as well as some Pokémon for good measure. News stories covered in episode 1557 of the show include the purchase of ARM Holdings by Softbank, Microsoft's Xbox One S and the CBS Star Trek series coming to Netflix.

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1 week ago

Nearly 4,000 show up for Pokémon Go launch event in Toronto

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Close to 4,000 people attended an event in Toronto on Monday to celebrate the Canadian launch of Pokémon Go, formalizing a practice that had been going on unofficially, and on a much smaller scale, since the game launched in the U.S. on July 6.

In the intervening two weeks, it's believed that nearly 6% of Canadian Android owners downloaded the game, though that number has certainly spiked since its official launch on Sunday.


Monday's launch event was organized over Facebook by eSports events company Legacy Gamers. Held at the CN Tower, a well-known Toronto landmark, players rushed to the venue after 8pm in search of friends, enemies, and rare Pokémon.

As we've told you in our many guides, Pokémon Go is at its most exciting and dynamic the more people congregate in a single area. That dynamism is heightened by the presence of Gyms and PokéStops, the reason for the CN Tower's selection, since there are several of both nearby.

There was even a real Pikachu in the crowd.


Some companies were taking advantage of the hoards of people to promote their wares, like this gaming store offering free ice cream to those on Team Valor (go red!).

Despite the crowds there were no security-related issues (the area was cordoned off and protected by police) and everyone seemed to have a good time — the result we want to see after a fortnight of robberies, accidents and negative press.

Thanks to friend of the site @gilbertp23 for the on-site photos.

Pokémon Go

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1 week ago

Nintendo's market value has doubled since Pokémon Go release

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Nintendo's shares soared another 14.4% on Tuesday, with its market cap more than doubling to $42.5 billion (4.5 trillion yen) since the launch of Pokémon Go on July 6. To put the numbers into perspective, Nintendo is now worth more than Sony, which has a market value of $40 billion.

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1 week ago

LG X Screen with dual display launched in India for ₹12,990

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LG has announced the LG X Screen in India, which packs in a dual display – a 4.93-inch primary display with another 1.76-inch always-on Second Screen. The LG X Screen also features a panic button feature aligned with Government of India's initiative.

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1 week ago

AT&T rolling out July 1 security patch to the Galaxy Note 5

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AT&T is rolling out the July 1 security patch to the Galaxy Note 5. The update comes in at 22.6MB, and increments the build number to MMB29K.N920AUCS2BPG1 and the firmware version to N920AUCS2BPG1. The release notes mention that the build was compiled on July 4, and the patch itself contains fixes from the July 1 update and not those from July 5 (which will likely be rolled into the August update).

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1 week ago

LG's 4K-enabled Action CAM LTE is now available in South Korea

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After announcing the Action CAM LTE earlier this year, LG has commenced sales of the accessory in its home market. The camera has built-in LTE connectivity, letting you stream live video to YouTube without the need to pair with a smartphone.

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1 week ago

Android 7.0 Nougat Developer Preview 5 actually comes with an awesome Easter Egg

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Android 7.0 Nougat Developer Preview 5 actually comes with an awesome easter egg

So, about that article from earlier...

Earlier, we said there was no new easter egg in the Android 7.0 Nougat Developer Preview 5. We were totally wrong; sorry about that.

In our defense, though, this thing is pretty hard to spot. In fact, the entire game — if one can call it that — is basically a giant test of patience.

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1 week ago

B&H Photo offers free wireless headphones, $75 gift card with ZTE Axon 7 pre-order

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If you're looking to get your hands on a ZTE Axon 7, B&H Photo is currently offering a solid bundle deal when you pre-order the phone.

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1 week ago

Not everyone is playing Pokemon Go

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In last week's poll we asked if you're playing Pokemon Go. Catching those tiny pocket monsters has turned into a craze that has swept the world. Not everybody is ridiculously excited about this game though, and that's fair. While this game has exploded and pulled in thousands upon thousands of people, it isn't up everyone's alley.

That's why we wanted to know whether you were playing Pokemon Go.

In first place, with 38.9% of the vote was "I'm not playing and I wish people would stop talking about it." Pokemon players managed to snag second place, with "Of course I'm playing" getting 33.4% of the vote. "I'm not playing Pokemon Go" managed to grab third place with 16.7% of the vote. In last place, with 11% of the vote was "I've downloaded it, but I haven't played much."

So adding all of those votes up, means that 44.3% of you have at least given Pokemon Go a shot. However, 55.7% have decided that Pokemon Go isn't your thing and you aren't playing. Do you know a lot of people who aren't playing? Want to tell us why it's worth it to play? Drop us a line in the comments and let us know about it.

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1 week ago

Microsoft rolling out long-awaited Groove Music update for Android

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Microsoft is rolling out an update for its Groove Music app for Android. It's the first such update for the streaming music app since September 2015.

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1 week ago

ZTE ZMax Pro hits Metro PCS for just $99

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ZTE ZMAX PRO

ZTE today in New York City unveiled the ZMax Pro, which will land on Metro PCS in August. The 6-inch, 1080p phone sports a fingerprint scanner and comes in at a mere $99 after rebate.

The first 5,000 people to pre-register will receive a free leather case along with the phone.

This one's powered by a Snapdragon 617 processor and has a mere 2GB of RAM. The battery perhaps is the standout feature, weighing in at 3400 mAh. In addition to USB C, the ZMax Pro has 32GB of internal storage and a microSD card for expandable storage. A 13MP camera is on the back, with a 5MP shooter up front.

We've got more coming. Stay tuned!

ZTE ZMAX Pro

ZTE Defies Expectations with the $99.00 ZMAX PRO Phone Arriving at MetroPCS on August 1

ZTE delivers record-breaking value once again with premium specs in the affordable ZMAX PRO

Richardson, Texas – July 18, 2016 –– ZTE USA, the fourth largest smartphone supplier in the U.S. and second largest in the no-contract market, * today announced the availability of the next generation of the ZMAX series, the ZMAX PRO, at MetroPCS for the affordable price of $99.00 after instant rebate. The ZMAX PRO breaks barriers as the first U.S. carrier supported phone under $100.00 that features a fingerprint sensor, and its 3400 mAh battery, 13MP and 5MP cameras, up to 32GB of internal storage, and a big, beautiful 6-inch FHD display provides unmatched value for consumers. To get the hottest deal of the summer visit MetroPCS in store or online at www.metropcs.com/ZMAXPRO.

"ZTE drives innovation that impacts the daily lives of U.S. consumers by delivering innovation to the mid-tier segment, as seen in the affordable ZMAX PRO that features the latest technology for less than $100," said Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO of ZTE USA. "First, we delivered the ZMAX, the largest phablet under $200 and made it available on T-Mobile. Now, we are delivering a premium fingerprint sensor on the ZMAX PRO with MetroPCS. We continue giving consumers what they want, value, and use at a pace in which they ask for it."

ZTE doesn't sacrifice quality, features, or service – and neither should you. Get the premium experience you deserve at a fraction of the price.

Premium Technology

  • One of the most accurate and responsive fingerprint sensors available today
  • 3400mAh embedded battery that lasts all day
  • 6-inch display that is both big and beautiful
  • 13MP rear-camera captures 1080p video and 5MP front-camera takes perfect selfies
  • 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB with a microSD card providing more than enough room for photos, videos and music

For full list of phone specifications and features visit www.metropcs.com/ZMAXPRO.

Quality Hardware

ZTE phones are quality tested under the most stringent conditions in world-class lab facilities. ZTE phones and mobile devices have been running on America's fastest carrier networks since it launched its first phone with MetroPCS in 2007.

*Strategy Analytics, Q1 2016

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1 week ago

Samsung Pay in the UK: Everything you need to know

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With Samsung Pay expected to roll out in the UK later this year, it's worth brushing up on the basics.

Samsung Pay is coming to the UK! Well, technically it's been coming to the UK for the past several months, with the official announcement coming back at Mobile World Congress in February. We still don't know many of the specifics when it comes to the British launch of Samsung's payment service, but we can keep you informed on everything we know so far.

Read on.

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1 week ago

Get a $15 Amazon.com Gift Card courtesy of Mobile Nations when you sign up for Amazon Prime

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Mobile Nations Exclusive for Members now through midnight PST 18th July 2016!

For a limited time, receive a complimentary $15 Amazon.com Gift Card* from Mobile Nations when you sign up for one year of Amazon Prime ($99). All you need to do is sign up Prime using the link at the bottom — that's all there is to it! With Prime you get amazing benefits like free two-day shipping, access to Amazon Prime Video and Music, early access to Lightning Deals and much more!

Note: Offer good July 12th, 2016 through 11.59pm PST July 18th, 2016. Not valid if you currently have a Prime membership.

Note: This offer has now expired.

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  1. Log in to reveal the special link below
  2. Click through the link below to sign up for a year of Amazon Prime
  3. Receive a complimentary $15 Amazon.com Gift Card from Mobile Nations by email in 5-7 days (usually shorter)

Needless to say make sure your account email address is correct!

Not a member? Not a problem follow the link below to register, it's free. When you've validated your email come back to this post to reveal the link!

Register here to view the link, its FREE!

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* Amazon.com is not a sponsor of this promotion. Except as required by law, Amazon.com Gift Cards ("GCs") cannot be transferred for value or redeemed for cash. GCs may be used only for purchases of eligible goods on Amazon or certain of its affiliated websites. For complete terms and conditions, see http://www.amazon.com/gc-legal. GCs are issued by ACI Gift Cards, Inc., a Washington corporation. All Amazon ®, ™ & © are IP of Amazon, Inc.or its affiliates. No expiration date or service fees.

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  • FREE Two-Day Shipping on eligible items to addresses in the contiguous U.S. and other shipping benefits.
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1 week ago

Android 7.0 Nougat Developer Preview 5 now available

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Android Nougat

Fifth and final preview build for Nexus devices comes with 'near final' system images.

Right on schedule, Google has released the fifth and final Developer Preview of Android 7.0 Nougat. Per the Nougat preview roadmap, these builds include "near final" system images for late testing before the final, stable release of Android 7.0 later this summer. As for build numbers, we're looking at build NPD90G

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1 week ago

Where next for mid-range Android phones?

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Alcatel Idol 4

Tomorrow's mid-range looks a lot like yesterday's high-end, as phones around the $300-400 mark are set to become really good.

It wasn't long ago that in order to get an Android phone worth bothering with, you had to pay top dollar. But in the past 12 months, with phones like the Moto X Pure and OnePlus 3 proving that a relatively affordable handset can be really good.

It's a trend that's sure to continue towards the end of 2016, as evidenced by the arrival of new "premium" mid-rangers like the Huawei-built Honor 8 abd Alcatel Idol 4s.

So where next for Android phones that don't cost an arm and a leg? Here are a few things to watch out for in the year ahead.

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