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Google Fiber looks for alternatives to building its own network

Google Fiber looks for alternatives to building its own network

If you've been disappointed by the rather slow roll out of Google Fiber, it would appear you're not alone. Alphabet Inc. seems a little frustrated as well, and as a result, the company will begin looking for alternatives to laying its own cable and building out its network at its current slow pace. These new initiatives would include testing wireless technologies, leasing existing fiber networks, and working with towns and municipalities to get them to lay the fiber networks Google would ultimately use.

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Pokemon Snap lands on Wii U Virtual Console in Europe this week

Pokemon Snap lands on Wii U Virtual Console in Europe this week

If Pokemon GO or all of this news about Pokemon Sun and Moon has you feeling a little bit nostalgic, then here's a bit of good news: Pokemon Snap will be launching on the Wii U Virtual Console in Europe later this week. As announced by Nintendo of Europe on Twitter, Pokemon Snap will be arriving on Thursday, August 18, though details on pricing are still nowhere to be seen.

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No Man’s Sky suffers launch issues on PC, patch incoming for PS4

No Man’s Sky suffers launch issues on PC, patch incoming for PS4

No Man's Sky is barely out of the gate on PC and already the release seems to be plagued with launch issues. Users are reporting issues that are negatively affecting performance on the PC version of the game, and there are currently so many negative reviews on the game's Steam page that it may be a good idea to wait a bit before taking the plunge on No Man's Sky.

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No Man’s Sky is now available on Steam and GOG

No Man’s Sky is now available on Steam and GOG

No Man's Sky has been the center of much discussion this week, finally launching on PlayStation 4 after a handful of disappointing delays. If PC is your preferred gaming platform, the wait was even longer (though only slightly), but your time has come at last: No Man's Sky has launched on PC, hitting the storefronts of Steam and GOG just a few minutes ago.

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Pokemon GO IV calculator: three PokeAdvisor alternatives

Pokemon GO IV calculator: three PokeAdvisor alternatives

Niantic has done it again, shutting down another widely used Pokemon GO tool and leaving players scrambling for alternatives. This time, the tool that managed to find its way into Niantic's crosshairs was PokeAdvisor, which players used to track a multitude of things, from the number of Pokeballs they've thrown and their overall catch rate to the total number of Pokemon encounters and even an IV calculator to help trainers gauge the overall power of their Pokemon.

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Xbox One sales beat PS4 in July, NPD reports

Xbox One sales beat PS4 in July, NPD reports

The Xbox One S may be the new hotness, but it looks as if the now-replaced older model went out with a bang. Microsoft's console managed to outsell Sony's PlayStation 4 in July, and though this news is part of an NPD report that won't be out until next week, Microsoft has decided to celebrate its good month a little early.

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Samsung’s new Gear VR now available for pre-order

Samsung’s new Gear VR now available for pre-order

The Galaxy Note 7 is definitely the new star of Samsung's lineup, but the anticipated device is also releasing alongside a revamped Gear VR. Both devices will be launching on the same day, and indeed, it sort of seems like Samsung is positioning these two as complimentary devices, meant to be purchased and used together. While we still have a little while to wait - both the Note 7 and the new Gear VR will be launching on August 19 - eager purchasers can now pre-order Gear VR from either Amazon or Samsung.

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Facebook desktop ads return after Adblock Plus rolls out workaround

Facebook desktop ads return after Adblock Plus rolls out workaround

Well that was quick: yesterday we told you that Adblock Plus had rolled out new filters intending to stop Facebook's new desktop ads, but now just a few hours later, Facebook has hit back. Facebook has apparently implemented code to combat Adblock's workaround, striking back with a speed that even puts the Adblock Plus community's original answer to these desktop ads to shame.

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Facebook tweaks News Feed to show more informative stories to users

Facebook tweaks News Feed to show more informative stories to users

Facebook's News Feed is an interesting beast, and it's been receiving a lot of tweaking recently. From offering up personally relevant advertisements to limiting the number of clickbait articles that make it through, the News Feed has been changing quite a bit this summer. Facebook isn't done with its adjustments, today announcing a new update that will hopefully show more relevant and informative stories to its users.

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Fan-made Pokemon Uranium is here, but it may not be around for long

Fan-made Pokemon Uranium is here, but it may not be around for long

We've still got a little while to wait before Pokemon Sun and Moon arrive for the 3DS, but if you're itching to go on a new Pokemon adventure, a new fan-made game might be just what you're looking for. Pokemon Uranium has finally launched on PC after spending a whopping nine years in development, but you may want to grab it quickly, because it might not be around for long.

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Adblock Plus claims early victory against Facebook’s new desktop ads

Adblock Plus claims early victory against Facebook’s new desktop ads

Just a couple of days ago, Facebook announced a revision to its ad controls that included increased efforts against the widespread use of ad-blockers. In the announcement, Facebook said that ad-block users would begin seeing ads anyway when they accessed the site through desktop. As you can probably guess, the folks behind Adblock Plus, one of the more popular pieces of ad-blocking browser software, took that as a challenge.

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Pokemon Sun and Moon: new Pokemon and Team Skull revealed

Pokemon Sun and Moon: new Pokemon and Team Skull revealed

It's time for another Pokemon Sun and Moon trailer, and this one is just as jammed packed with new information as the trailers that preceded it. This has the new Pokemon reveals that we've all come to expect from these trailers, but it's also showing us a handful of new Alola variants and revealing the evil organization players will have to defeat in their quest to become a Pokemon Master: Team Skull.

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