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Pokemon GO causes Nintendo shares to rise another 25%

Pokemon GO causes Nintendo shares to rise another 25%

Pokemon fever, it seems, has caught on in a very big way. Realizing that Nintendo may have a massive hit on its hands with Pokemon GO, investors have been treating the company well, sending its stock up by around 9% on Friday and by another 25% on Monday. That's a massive gain, and it means that Nintendo's stock has added around $7.5 billion in value in the past two days of trading.

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Alexa’s role in Amazon Prime Day revealed

Alexa’s role in Amazon Prime Day revealed

Amazon's second Prime Day is quickly approaching, with the online retailer kicking off the massive sale on July 12. Those with an Alexa-enabled device can get in on the action a little early, however, as Amazon is offering $10 off your first order of $20 or more when you place it through Alexa. That promotion runs from today, July 8, through the end of Prime Day.

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DEKA LUKE prosthetic arm to see commercial release in 2016

DEKA LUKE prosthetic arm to see commercial release in 2016

Mobius Bionics has announced that it will be bringing DEKA Research and Development Corporation's LUKE prosthetic arm to commercial markets later this year. The LUKE has the distinction of being the first arm to be cleared by the FDA for its new integrated prosthetic arm category, passing certification back in 2014. Mobius and DEKA say the prosthetic will be available for folks with forearm through shoulder-level amputations in late 2016, though a more specific date wasn't offered.

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How Summer Games Done Quick 2016 makes speedrunning a marathon

How Summer Games Done Quick 2016 makes speedrunning a marathon

As I write this, I'm watching a group of three guys sit on a couch as one plays through the Illusion of Gaia, an old SNES action RPG that was released way back in 1994. The person playing the game is a speedrunner by the name of Adam "puwexil" Dunn, and his goal is to do a 100% run of the game – which is defined as finding all of Illusion of Gaia's 50 collectible red gems in addition to completing the game itself – as quickly as possible.

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Facebook Messenger begins testing end-to-end encryption with Secret Conversations

Facebook Messenger begins testing end-to-end encryption with Secret Conversations

Back at the end of May, we heard that Facebook may be rolling out encryption to Messenger sometime this summer. It looks like that day has arrived, as Facebook has announced that it will be testing end-to-end encryption in Messenger through a new feature called Secret Conversations. Not everyone will have access to Secret Conversations at first, but assuming the tests go well and Facebook doesn't need to make any big changes to the feature, it shouldn't be long before it rolls out to everyone.

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Pokemon GO release puts Nintendo stock on the rise

Pokemon GO release puts Nintendo stock on the rise

It would appear that would-be Pokemon trainers aren't the only ones who are pleased to see Pokemon GO arrive on the scene. The launch and subsequent success of the game has sent Nintendo shares up, in a time when investors were wondering if Nintendo had lost that magic touch. It hasn't exactly been a secret that Nintendo investors have wanted the company to break into the mobile games scene, and now that Pokemon GO has had a successful launch in a few regions around the world, they seem to be rewarding Nintendo with a surge in stock prices.

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Estimote improves its Proximity Beacons with programmable NFC

Estimote improves its Proximity Beacons with programmable NFC

Today Estimote has announced a rather significant update to its wireless Proximity Beacons. The Google Eddystone-compatible beacons, which aim to give users contextual experiences on smartphones and bridge the gap between the real world and mobile devices, have been updated to include programmable NFC chips. NFC seems to be a huge addition that will help Estimote's beacons stand out from the crowd.

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iOS 10 public beta rolls out to Apple Beta Software testers

iOS 10 public beta rolls out to Apple Beta Software testers

Hot on the heels of the release of the macOS Sierra public beta, Apple is giving the same treatment to iOS 10. The company has announced that the long-awaited public beta of iOS 10 is now available to download to those who are part of the Apple Beta Software Program. iOS 10 has been the domain of developers for about a month now, but that's all changing today as the operating system has been deemed stable enough to roll out to regular consumers eager for an early look.

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Final Fantasy VII finally arrives on Android

Final Fantasy VII finally arrives on Android

Fans of Square Enix's long-running Final Fantasy series might be pleased to hear that Final Fantasy VII has finally made it to Android. The game - considered by many to be the greatest Final Fantasy game in the series - has been available on iOS since last year, with Android users left waiting while Square Enix finished the port for their platform. That wait, it would appear, is over at last.

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Pokemon GO battery life drain is not just your problem

Pokemon GO battery life drain is not just your problem

Pokemon GO has started rolling out around the world, finally giving long time fans of the franchise an opportunity to roam the world and capture the charming little monsters. What's the first thing you should do as a new Pokemon trainer? Buy a portable battery pack, it seems.

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Walmart Pay rolling out in all stores nationwide

Walmart Pay rolling out in all stores nationwide

Well, that didn't take long: just a few days after we hear that Walmart was increasing the number of its stores offering Walmart Pay by about 600, we get news from the massive retailer that Walmart Pay is now available across every one of its stores in the US. If you're wondering, that means Walmart has increased this launch to include a grand total of around 4,600 stores.

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Data from lost Hitomi satellite suggests black holes may be galactic regulators

Data from lost Hitomi satellite suggests black holes may be galactic regulators

Earlier this year, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched its Hitomi satellite into space. The x-ray satellite was intended to study, among other things, the Perseus cluster, a massive cluster of galaxies more than 200 million light years from Earth. Hitomi was the most advanced x-ray satellite to launch successfully into space and had the potential to lead to a number of excellent discoveries, but unfortunately, it was only a month before the satellite started to spin out of control and break apart, with JAXA announcing it had failed in its attempts to reconnect with the satellite not long after.

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