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2 weeks ago

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

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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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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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2 weeks ago

How to get the Huawei Watch stainless steel mesh band look for less

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How to get the Huawei stainless steel mesh band look for less

Is there a cheaper version of the Huawei mesh band?

The stainless steel mesh band for the Huawei Watch is a beauty. It's modern and classic at the same time, looks great with every outfit, and it's popular. But with a starting price of $129, it's not exactly nice to your wallet. We have some options that will still look great for way less.

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2 weeks ago

Pokémon Go: Track your accidental Pokéxercise with these simple apps

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Loveable animated critters have tricked you into leaving the house. Now it's time to put a number to that coincidental exercise.

Across America (and Australia, and New Zealand, and other places unofficially), gamers are being coaxed into exploring the real world in pursuit of Pokémon. Pokémon Go is relatively unique in that progressing and capturing the eponymous critters (mostly) involves leaving the house and moving around.

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2 weeks ago

Mobile Nations Weekly: Pokémon Going

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If you're reading this you're not catching 'em all.

I'm not sure if you've heard, but there's this new game called Pokémon Go and well, everyone is playing it. Everyone. Including you.

Out now for Android and iPhone, Pokémon Go brings the classic Pokémon into the modern smartphone world. Not only do you capture and train your Pokémon to fight others, but you can actually go out into the world and capture Pokémon — it is perhaps the most intrinsically mobile of games.

Apart from that, Verizon fiddled with their data plans, giving customers more data but demanding more money in the process — at least there's now roll-over data and throttled overages. Speaking of Verizon, the launch-exclusive Moto Z Droid Edition and Moto Z Droid Edition are coming on July 14.

BlackBerry killed the BB10-powered Classic, but don't fear — the BlackBerry keyboard is here to stay. And even though it seems like WWDC 2016 was only a few short weeks ago, but the public betas for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra are now available for you to download and try.

New builds and rumors abounded for the Windows crowd, with fresh Windows 10 Anniversary Update builds for PC And Mobile and the addition of double-tap to wake on the Lumia 950. Rumors are continuing to swirl about the next Surface, supposedly due in the fall, and the anticipated HP Elite x3 will evidently come in blingy gold.

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2 weeks ago

Pokémon Go not available in your country? Here's what's going on

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Pokémon Go still isn't officially available in some countries, as devs deal with overwhelming demand in other parts of the world.

You'd be forgiven for thinking the entire world seems to have lost its mind over Pokémon Go. And while the game is now available in many Western countries, some have yet to see an official launch. That's due to developer Niantic's staggered launch for the game, as its servers struggle to hold up to the demands of millions of players around the globe.

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2 weeks ago

Chat for Pokémon Go keeps you in touch with other Pokémon trainers

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While Pokémon Go is still only in beta, one enterprising developer has already come up with a way for players to communicate with each other. With Chat for Pokémon Go, players can easily chat with one another when they are close by.

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2 weeks ago

Does Pokémon Go work on your phone or tablet?

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So Pokémon Go has had a bit of a rough start. Server problems, mostly. A hijacked APK. (Seriously, folks. Be careful out there.) Limited regional availability.

The burning question for most people? Will Pokémon Go work on my phone. Let's take a look at the official requirements.

Here's what you need to play Pokémon Go:

  • Android 4.4 and up: So you'll need to be running KitKat or higher. Niantic — the company that developed Pokémon Go — says that it'll support Android 7.0 Nougat once it's officially released later this year.
  • No Intel processors: Bad news for those of you using a number ASUS phones, or a couple of Dell tablets. Intel processors are not supported. That sucks. There's a change.org petition making the rounds. (Yes, really.) But the thing is Intel is getting out of the mobile business. Why would a developer spend time and money on it at this point?
  • A strong internet connection: Seriously, this thing's going to suck down the emm bees. Pokémon Go is not an offline game. So keep an eye on your data usage, and your data plan. That means Wi-Fi only tablets aren't really going to work, since you have to walk around ... even adding in a hotspot is sub-optimal.
  • GPS and location services: Pokémon Go also needs to know where you are. So if you've got your tinfoil hat turned up and your location services turned off, this isn't going to work.

That's it for now. Happy hunting!

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2 weeks ago

Pokémon Go tips, tricks or dilemmas? Our Pokémon Go forums are now open!

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Show us your pokey mans.

Pokémon Go is shaping up to be one of the biggest mobile games of the year so far. But the launch hasn't been without its share of issues, with servers struggling to keep up with demand, as well as bugs with refreshing, failing gym battles and lure patches.

And that's before you actually get down to the nitty gritty of catching them all.

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2 weeks ago

When words just won't do

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There's not a single word I can type here today that doesn't feel trite after the week we all just had.

We've seen us at our worst. We've seen us at our best. We've all got a lot of work left to do.

We won't fix ourselves in a day. There undoubtedly will be more horror. More heartache. We'll allow ourselves to forget just long enough for it to happen again.

But I do have hope.

And I continue to marvel at the importance these little computers in our pockets played this past week.

A few other thoughts on things infinitely less important:

  • Holy crap, who'd have thought Pokemon Go would have blown up the way it did? Maybe I'm just in the wrong generation. (Again.)
  • Apparently there's a change.org petition to get Niantic to put Pokemon Go on Intel devices. Sorry, but if you've got an Intel-powered phone you're basically hosed. Sell it while you still can.
  • I'm using a OnePlus 3 the next few days. It's really good for a $400 phone. Hell, it's really good for a $600 phone.
  • Basically it's what Huawei wants to do in the U.S., but hasn't.
  • If price isn't an issue, though, it doesn't beat the GS7 for me. But HTC has a real problem on its hands here.
  • I can't do it. I tried, but I just can't bring myself to care about Huawei's dumb Google+ post, in which an image attached to an exhalation of the Huawei P9's camera was, in fact, sporting EXIF data showing it was taken with a fairly high-end DSLR. (Nice spot by AP.)
  • Dumb? Absolutely. But is it an indictment of a phone, or of a company? Nah. More likely just a screwup from a marketing agency. It's not the first time that's happened. Or the second. It won't be the last.
  • If you're judging a phone's supposed capabilities by a company's post on Google+, well, I can't really help you anyway.
  • Where I can help you is to point you to our Huawei P9 review. Lots of actual pictures taken by the P9 in there.
  • That was a lot of words for something I don't care about.

We've got a busy week coming up. Y'all be good to each other. See you Monday.

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