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Google Play Indie Games Festival kicks off in San Francisco this September

Google Play Indie Games Festival kicks off in San Francisco this September

Competing as a game developer on the Google Play Store can be a tough proposition, especially as we see more and more professional game developers leave their big studios to start or join studios dedicated to mobile games. If you're one of those small-time game developers, good news: Google has announced that it will be giving independent developers a chance to have their moment in the spotlight later this year, when it hosts the Google Play Indie Games Festival in San Francisco.

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DJI introduces Zenmuse Z3 aerial zoom camera

DJI introduces Zenmuse Z3 aerial zoom camera

Drone maker DJI has been in the news quite a bit recently for its camera technology, announcing just a couple of days ago that it would be teaming up with Hasselblad to offer drone and camera bundles for aerial photography. Today the company is at it again, this time introducing us to its new Zenmuse Z3. DJI says this is its first integrated aerial zoom camera, offering operators up to a 7x zoom and compatibility with a few of DJI's more popular drones.

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Pokemon GO players can now suggest Gym and Pokestop locations

Pokemon GO players can now suggest Gym and Pokestop locations

If you're a Pokemon GO player living in a metropolitan area, chances are you're surrounded by Pokestops and Gyms. For those in more rural areas, though, stocking up on items by visiting Pokestops or duking it out at Gyms proves to be a little more difficult. That might all be changing soon, as Niantic has given Pokemon GO players the tools to suggest locations that would make for good Pokestops or Gyms.

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Android Pay is now available in Australia

Android Pay is now available in Australia

Last month, Android Pay broke into Asia by launching in Singapore, and today the service is turning its sights south and launching in Australia. Android Pay will be launching with support from 28 banks across the country, but of the largest four banks in the region, only the Australian and New Zealand Banking Group is supporting the roll out from the beginning.

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Fallout Shelter arrives on PC at long last

Fallout Shelter arrives on PC at long last

We heard earlier this week that the PC launch of Fallout Shelter was imminent, and now it appears that Bethesda has made good on that promise, finally bringing its charming little mobile game to the PC masses. The launch coincides with the release of Bethesda's version 1.6 patch, which has been revealed to be Fallout Shelter's largest content update ever.

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NES Classic Mini announced for November release

NES Classic Mini announced for November release

Nintendo's console woes have dominated talk of the Japanese company lately, with proclamations that the Wii U has failed popping up left and right. When the going gets tough, the tough apparently fall back on something that's worked before, with Nintendo today introducing the NES Classic Mini. The Classic Mini is a tiny NES that comes pre-loaded with 30 games from the 8-bit era, including the first three titles in the Super Mario Bros. series.

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Astronomers catch first glimpse of water snowline around young star

Astronomers catch first glimpse of water snowline around young star

Astronomers have announced a rather big discovery today, as the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile has captured what appears to be the water snowline around V883 Orionis, a young star that has taken up residence in the Orion Nebula cluster, about 1,350 light years from Earth. This is the first time the water snowline has been seen in the disk of debris that forms around young stars and will eventually come together to form new planets.

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Look at the crazy lengths Facebook goes to in testing its mobile app

Look at the crazy lengths Facebook goes to in testing its mobile app

Social media giant Facebook has one of the most popular mobile apps in the world, and today it's showing just what it takes to comprehensively test the changes it makes to that app. Constant testing is something Facebook needs to take seriously, as it frequently rolls out new updates for its mobile app. Should those updates break something - even if the problem is present on just a few of the many phones available today - the app's popularity could have pretty dire consequences for a sizable portion of its users.

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Prime Day 2016 becomes Amazon’s biggest sales day ever

Prime Day 2016 becomes Amazon’s biggest sales day ever

Amazon held its second annual Prime Day event yesterday, and it looks like it was a smashing success for the online retailer. In a statement today, Amazon said that worldwide orders were up 60% over 2015's Prime Day, with orders in the US jumping an impressive 50%. The increase in orders helped turn Prime Day 2016 into the single biggest sales day in Amazon's history.

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New Pokemon Sun and Moon trailer arrives packed with gameplay footage

New Pokemon Sun and Moon trailer arrives packed with gameplay footage

If you Pokefans can manage to pull yourselves away from Pokemon GO for a few minutes, Pokemon Sun and Moon have received a new trailer that you'll probably want to see. The trailer features quite a hefty amount of gameplay footage, giving us a longer glimpse at features like four-way battles. This new type of Pokemon battle, which was revealed last month at E3 2016, has four trainers going toe-to-toe in a Pokemon battle royale and has proven to be one of the new installment's most interesting new features thus far.

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Google Fiber offers up three new plans for small businesses

Google Fiber offers up three new plans for small businesses

Google has revealed new information for small businesses taking advantage of its Fiber internet, signaling the end of the program's early access period. That means we're getting our first look at what internet plans for small businesses will offer, complete with pricing details. Google says it will offer small businesses three different options when it comes to internet speeds, with plans ranging in price from $70 a month to $250 a month.

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Pokemon GO shows signs of life in Europe, launches in Germany

Pokemon GO shows signs of life in Europe, launches in Germany

Pokemon GO may just be the best mobile game we've ever played, but so far, only folks in the US, Australia, and New Zealand have been given an official release. It's been a week since the game first launched, and other eager players around the world are chomping at the bit to get in on the action. Today, it would appear that players in at least one European country will finally get that chance, as developer Niantic Labs has announced that Pokemon GO is now available in Germany.

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