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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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iPhone 7 goes up for early pre-order at one Chinese wholesaler

iPhone 7 goes up for early pre-order at one Chinese wholesaler

Despite the fact that we don't have any official iPhone 7 details from Apple just yet, the hype surrounding the rumored phone is definitely growing. That hype has gotten to a level that one Chinese wholesaler is willing to risk making Apple very upset by putting the phone up for pre-order. That takes guts, especially when the worst-case result could be as bad as Apple pulling iPhone 7 distribution deals with the wholesaler.

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Google Ventures founder Bill Maris announces departure

Google Ventures founder Bill Maris announces departure

Google Ventures founder and CEO Bill Maris has announced his intention to leave the Alphabet subsidiary he helped bring to life seven years ago. Under his leadership, Google Ventures - known simply as GV since last year - grew to become a venture capital firm that has $2.4 billion in assets, investments in popular companies like Uber and Nest, and offices dotted around the US and UK.

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No, Twitter is not shutting down next year

No, Twitter is not shutting down next year

If you have a look at Twitter right now, you might notice a particularly strange trending hashtag. #SaveTwitter is currently at the top of the trending list, and clicking it displays a whole slew of people who think Twitter is going to be shutting down early next year. Such a notion, as you may have already guessed, is making these people freak out.

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iOS App Store predicted to host 5 million apps by 2020

iOS App Store predicted to host 5 million apps by 2020

Earlier this year, Apple announced that the iOS App Store is now home to two million apps. That's an absurd number in its own right, but a new report from app analytics site Sensor Tower predicts that number could more than double to 5 million apps by 2020. That's a pretty huge prediction when you consider it took the App Store eight years to reach its two million milestone.

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PokeLoke for Pokemon GO brings nearby notifications and scanning to iOS

PokeLoke for Pokemon GO brings nearby notifications and scanning to iOS

If you've been following Pokemon GO news, you've almost certainly heard about Pokevision and similar apps, along with the controversy Niantic caused when it took some of those tracking apps offline. While the game's tracking feature was broken beyond usefulness, players turned to Pokevision to help them hunt down Pokemon, and called foul when Niantic moved to take the service down. Now a new iOS app called PokeLoke could fill the void Pokevision left behind, only this time around, it's also bringing notifications to the table.

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Facebook Messenger’s new bot allows you to message the president

Facebook Messenger’s new bot allows you to message the president

Revealed back in April, Facebook Messenger's bots have taken off in a big way. Now numbering in the thousands, these chat bots do all sorts of things, from helping you find travel deals to bots that allow you to send whatever feedback you may have to brands and corporations. Messenger is adding another bot to the list today, but this one definitely stands out from the rest, as it lets you send a note to President Obama.

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