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The ultimate Pokemon Go trick — score a Pikachu as your starter Pokemon!

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Thanks for nothing, Professor Willow.

It takes about 20 seconds of playing Pokemon Go for your starter capture to become mostly worthless, but that doesn't mean everyone who played the original games didn't think long and hard about choosing between Squirtle, Charmander, and Bulbasaur when going through the initial tutorial in Pokemon Go. The decision is of far less consequence than it seems initially, and that's because you have no way of knowing there's a fourth option waiting for you. That's right, if you know what you're doing you can catch a Pikachu as your starter Pokemon instead of the classic three, and this is how you do it!

  1. Create your Pokemon Go account and Log In.
  2. Create your character and outfit
  3. Walk away from the three Pokemon Professor Willow asks you to choose.
  4. Keep walking until you see Pikachu appear beside you, next to the others.
  5. Tap on Pikachu and capture it.

As you walk away from the classic three, your phone will vibrate and those Pokemon will jump to your location. Just keep walking, and they'll keep jumping to your side. After the fourth or fifth time, Pikachu will pop up next to you. This means you'll get a block or two of walking in before that Pikachu shows up, but it's guaranteed to happen and well worth rubbing it in everyone's face when you capture your first Pikachu!

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2 weeks ago

Where to buy the Sony Xperia X Performance in the UK

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Xperia X Performance

It's not easy or cheap, but it is possible to track down Sony's high-end Xperia X Performance in the UK.

As the Sony Xperia X Performance isn't getting a full launch in the UK, your options for getting hold of one are relatively limited. None of the major UK networks are picking up Sony's higher-specced variant of the Xperia X, and you'll find it much easier to track down a regular X than the X Performance. Nevertheless, if you've gotta have that faster CPU and water resistance, here are your options right now.

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2 weeks ago

How to get a curveball bonus in Pokemon Go!

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Squeeze every last drop of XP out of your Pokemon captures!

Capturing Pokemon of every power level and classification in Pokemon Go requires a little bit of finesse, especially as you reach the higher levels. You need to throw the ball when the colored ring is at its smallest to increase your chances of a successful capture, or you're going to be spending a lot of time hitting PokeStops to make sure you don't run out of Pokeballs.

Once you've mastered capturing using the standard flick of the screen, and most of your captures earn you Great or Excellent bonuses, it's time to give curveballs a shot. Curveball captures earn you an extra 10XP per successful capture, and that can add up quickly especially in the early levels. Here's how you nail a successful curveball while trying to capture a Pokemon.

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2 weeks ago

Xiaomi's phones are heading to 5,000 retail stores across India

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Xiaomi is partnering with Indian brick-and-mortar distributors Just Buy Live and Innocomm to significantly expand its offline presence in the country. The manufacturer has thus far offered its phones exclusively online, but with companies like Oppo and Vivo making a lot of headway in the offline space in Tier 2 cities, Xiaomi is following suit by making its handsets available at chain retail stores like Sangeetha Mobiles, Lot Mobiles, Big C, and more. The Redmi 2, Redmi 2 Prime, Redmi Note Prime, Redmi Note 3, and the Mi 5 will be accessible from over 5,000 retail stores across India.

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2 weeks ago

Xiaomi sells over 110 million Redmi phones globally

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Xiaomi launched its first Redmi phone in August 2013, and the manufacturer has sold 110 million handsets globally in just under three years. Global VP Hugo Barra shared the details via a tweet, stating that a majority of Redmi users are aged between 22 to 29 years.

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2 weeks ago

Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 821 is 10% faster than the 820

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Six months after the first Snapdragon 820 devices made their debut, Qualcomm is announcing the Snapdragon 821 SoC with a 10% performance gain. The Snapdragon 821 will retain a quad-core Kryo CPU cluster, but will offer faster cores clocked at 2.4GHz (the 820 maxed out at 2.15GHz). The first batch of devices powered by the Snapdragon 821 will be launching in the second half of the year, lining up nicely with the expected debut of the Galaxy Note 7.

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2 weeks ago

Armed robbers target innocent trainers attempting to catch some Pokémon

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Police in Missouri have found that four armed robbers have been using Pokémon Go to locate players at specific locations to rob them using a handgun. It's reported that as many as nine innocent trainers have been targeted and robbed by the four men over the past couple of days. Police have since apprehended said suspects.

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2 weeks ago

Police mistakenly identify three Pokémon Go players as drug dealers

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The fervor around Pokémon Go is understandable. Ever since the game made its debut earlier this week, people have been out on the streets trying to find and catch Pokémon scattered around their neighborhoods, often leading to hilarious outcomes. However, things went awry for a 40-year-old user trying to hunt Pokémon at 3AM.

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2 weeks ago

Looking for Pokémon Go outside official launch countries? Beware of fake apps

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Pikachu

Everyone's going nuts about Pokémon Go on Android — but be careful to download the right Android app from the right place.

Update, July 16, 2016: The game has now launched in many new countries, including Canada and the UK!

Pokémon Go, the latest real-world-exploring, monster-catching game from Nintendo and Niantic, has taken the world by storm. That hype machine has been fed in part by the fact that Pokémon Go isn't available in all parts of the world yet, and on Android the only workaround involves tracking down the APK from shadier parts of the Internet.

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2 weeks ago

Nintendo shares skyrocket by 24% thanks to Pokémon Go

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Nintendo shares in Japan have surged after Pokémon Go launched in select markets. The game has turned out to be an immediate success for the company and it's hoped it will boost Nintendo's mobile business. As reported by CNBC, stock for Nintendo closed on Monday up by 24.52% at 20,260 ($199.70) per share. For those unfamiliar with all this Pokémon business and why it matters, it's essentially the world of Pokémon on your phone in virtual reality.

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2 weeks ago

Watch the Mr. Robot 2.0 premiere right here until you can't!!!

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Enjoy.

Catch up on Mr. Robot on Google Play

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2 weeks ago

Android Pay coming to TSB in late 2016

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Android Pay

Q4 launch for Android Pay confirmed by TSB on Twitter.

Despite the UK-wide rollout of Android Pay in May, some major British high street banks still aren't signed up to the mobile payments service. Among those is TSB, and while the bank has made clear its intentions to support Android Pay at some point in the future, there've been no further details offered until now.

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2 weeks ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Between Us, CBC Music, Super Stickman Golf 3 and more

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It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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2 weeks ago

These are the top ASUS phones you need to know

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This is the best that ASUS has to offer.

While ASUS has been making phones for years, it wasn't until the ZenFone 2 that the company was recognized internationally for its good work. Now that we're nearly two years out from that device, ASUS has even more great stuff on the horizon.

Though some models are region-specific, they all have signature ASUS quirks. So which one do you choose? We've done the hard work for you; this is the current list of the best ASUS phones you need to know about.

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2 weeks ago

Check to see if you're covered by the Project Fi network

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Networks, when you think about it, come down to one thing: coverage.

If you're not covered where you live, work and travel ... well, nothing else matters. But in partnering with three U.S. carriers — Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular — Google's Project Fi definitely has an interesting advantage. (And remember you also have calling available over Wi-Fi when you need it.)

But the question stands: Will you have Project Fi coverage where you live? And, of course, there's a handy map for that.

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