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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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Early Pokemon GO estimates suggest absurdly high player retention

Early Pokemon GO estimates suggest absurdly high player retention

Most detractors of Pokemon GO will tell you that the game can't keep up its wild success forever, and while they're right in that regard, early estimates on things like player retention, downloads, and the amount of money players are spending on the game can only be described as unpecedented. A new report by SurveyMonkey Intelligence shows us that Pokemon GO's success might not be overstated like so many people seem to think. In fact, if anything, it may somehow be understated.

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Amazon Video now lets you download movies to SD cards

Amazon Video now lets you download movies to SD cards

If you're an Amazon Video or Prime Instant Video user and you happen to be using an Android device, Amazon has rolled out a new feature that you'll probably be pleased with. Today the company announced that Android users can now download movies and videos to an SD card, removing the need to manage your device's (sometimes small) on board storage when you want to download a new movie or TV show.

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iPhone lineup lands at MetroPCS stores across the US

iPhone lineup lands at MetroPCS stores across the US

If you're one of the many who have been waiting for the iPhone to arrive at MetroPCS, your time has finally come. The carrier announced today that most of the current iPhone lineup will be launching at stores across the US this weekend, giving customers the chance to buy one in-store or (presumably) online. The iPhones available at MetroPCS include the 6s, 6s Plus, SE, and 5s, with the standard iPhone 6 and 6 Plus notably missing from the list.

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Five Pokemon GO accidents that stress the importance of paying attention

Five Pokemon GO accidents that stress the importance of paying attention

It's time to crack open the "this is why we can't have nice things" file, as reports of Pokemon GO related injuries have been hitting the internet left and right since the game launched last week. While it is great to be able to hunt Pokemon in the real world, it can also prove to be dangerous to those who aren't willing to pay attention during their Pokemon hunt. Despite warnings coming from everywhere (even the app itself warns you every time you boot it up), people seem to be getting so enthralled in catching Pokemon that they end up losing focus on their surroundings, and some of those people inevitably end up injured.

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Amazon bolsters AWS with Cloud9 acquisition

Amazon bolsters AWS with Cloud9 acquisition

Amazon Web Services is looking to bulk up its development tools, with the reveal today that it has acquired Cloud9. For the uninitiated, Cloud9 is a service that allows developers to collaborate and code in real time. Developers from around the world can use Cloud9 to write code together in an integrated development environment (IDE), offering up a full, cloud-based Ubuntu workspace.

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Twitch HTML5 beta now available to select users

Twitch HTML5 beta now available to select users

It's been a long time coming, but Twitch is finally signaling that it will soon leave Flash in the dust. Today the streaming site announced that a beta for its new HTML5 video player has gone live, which we're sure is something that will make a lot of longtime Twitch users happy. After all, even Twitch is forthcoming in saying that HTML5 support has long been one of its most requested features.

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