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Latest Google Transparency Report shows climbing number of requests for user data

Latest Google Transparency Report shows climbing number of requests for user data

Today Google issued its latest Transparency Report, giving us a fairly comprehensive look into how many times in a six month period governments around the world requested data on the company's users. This latest report spans the latter half of 2015, with the period ending on December 31. In the report, we see that the number of government requests has been rising as time goes on, crossing the 40,000 threshold for the first time since Google began offering these reports.

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WhatsApp blocked once more in Brazil for failing to hand over user data

WhatsApp blocked once more in Brazil for failing to hand over user data

One of the wonderful things about end-to-end encryption in messaging apps is, as long as it's implemented correctly, nobody but you or the person you're chatting with should be able to see those messages. Unfortunately for WhatsApp, judges in Brazil don't seem to understand how that works. Yes, Brazil's at it again, as the office of Judge Daniela Barbosa Assunção de Souza in Rio De Janerio has ordered five carriers to block WhatsApp until it turns over data associated with a criminal case.

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Pokemon Sun and Moon’s latest trailer unleashes six new monsters

Pokemon Sun and Moon’s latest trailer unleashes six new monsters

The release of Pokemon Sun and Moon is quickly approaching, and with each new trailer and preview, we're getting a clearer picture of what the games will be offering when they arrive. Today, The Pokemon Company and Nintendo have released a new Sun and Moon trailer that continues their strategy of letting new information trickle out, giving us a look at six new monsters and a couple of new gameplay features.

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Pokemon GO Japan release tipped for tomorrow with first corporate partnership

Pokemon GO Japan release tipped for tomorrow with first corporate partnership

Pokemon GO's eventual release in Japan has been the frequent center of attention lately. Lots of people outside of Japan are interested in seeing how popular the game will be once it finally launches there, while plenty of people who actually live in Japan just want to play the game. According to a new rumor, those eager players will soon get their chance, as Pokemon GO will be launching there tomorrow, July 20.

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Volata smart bicycle puts a computer in your handlebars

Volata smart bicycle puts a computer in your handlebars

As we become increasingly more connected, it seem manufacturers are adding computers and touchscreens to an ever-expanding range of items. Some of these are more successful than others, and now Volata Cycles is testing the waters with a new high-tech bicycle that puts a touchscreen smack in the middle of your handlebars. The bike, which has simply been dubbed the Volata, is available for reservation now and has a few features that cyclists might actually find handy.

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Google signals Android 7.0 Nougat release with final Developer Preview

Google signals Android 7.0 Nougat release with final Developer Preview

This is a happy day for both Android users and developers, as Google has unleashed Android 7.0 Nougat's fifth Developer Preview on the world. The benefits for developers are clear, but why is it a good thing for users? Simply because this is the final Developer Preview for the incoming mobile OS, meaning that the full release just got that much closer.

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Game of Thrones season 7 release pushed back to summer 2017

Game of Thrones season 7 release pushed back to summer 2017

If you're anxiously awaiting the return of Game of Thrones, it's time to get ready for a longer wait than the one you're accustomed to. HBO confirmed today that the series will indeed be returning in summer 2017, marking the first time in the series that a season will begin outside of spring. Of course, we knew this was coming, but this is the first time HBO has given us a time frame for the premiere of season 7.

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Apple’s ResearchKit takes center stage in GlaxoSmithKline study

Apple’s ResearchKit takes center stage in GlaxoSmithKline study

Apple's ResearchKit is making its way back into the news today, with GlaxoSmithKline announcing a new rheumatoid arthritis study that uses an app made with the ResearchKit framework. This is a big win for Apple, as it's the first time a drugmaker has used ResearchKit in the development of a clinical study. The study is already underway and involves 300 participants, who can use the app developed using ResearchKit to input pain and mood levels and run mobility tests that use the iPhone's on-board sensors to determine and collect valuable information like range of motion.

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NASA imagines landing on Pluto’s surface in new video

NASA imagines landing on Pluto’s surface in new video

This month celebrates the one year anniversary of New Horizons' visit to Pluto, everyone's favorite dwarf planet. Launched back in 2006, New Horizons was our first opportunity to get up close and personal with Pluto, and even though the flyby was a brief one, the pictures and measurements New Horizons was able to capture are awe-inspiring. To celebrate the one year anniversary of the flyby, NASA is imagining what it would be like to land on the surface of Pluto with a new video that strings together more than 100 images from the New Horizons mission.

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Xbox One S release date revealed, 2TB console hitting shelves first

Xbox One S release date revealed, 2TB console hitting shelves first

After revealing the Xbox One S at its E3 showcase last month, Microsoft has finally given us a launch date. The company says that the Xbox One S will be releasing in select regions on August 2, along with a standalone wireless controller that comes with a textured grip and Bluetooth connectivity. In order to connect the controller to your computer through Bluetooth, though, you'll apparently need to be running Windows 10 with its Anniversary Update.

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Pokemon GO launches in Canada, Japan release still on hold

Pokemon GO launches in Canada, Japan release still on hold

After an extended wait, Pokemon GO has come to Canada at long last. The game has been met with ridiculous success in every region its launched in thus far, but that success comes with its share of server woes every time the game comes to a new region or country. As a result, those eager to begin playing have been forced to wait as Nintendo and Niantic have slowed the global launch of Pokemon GO.

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Google Search will offer state-by-state guide to voter registration

Google Search will offer state-by-state guide to voter registration

After months upon months of political ads, debates, and news stories flying at us from every direction, the general election will finally be decided later this year. Yet, living through nearly two years of endless political commentary and talking heads analyzing nearly every word each candidate has ever said will all be for nothing if you aren't registered to vote when time comes in November. Google has announced today that it's going to try to make the process of registering to vote at least a little easier for those who want their voices to be heard.

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