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Pokemon GO Plus is still a go, coming next week

Pokemon GO Plus is still a go, coming next week

Taking advantage of renewed attention it has gotten thanks to its appearance at Apple’s iPhone 7 and Apple Watch event, Niantic Labs is dropping two good news for the Pokemon GO faithful. First, the game has passed 500 million downloads ever since it publicly launched last July. The second is perhaps more exciting: Pokemon GO Plus is actually finally launching, after having been delayed for an undisclosed amount of time. Soon, Pokemon GO players will be able to play the game without actually playing it.

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Apple on iPhone 7’s missing headphone jack: time to move on

Apple on iPhone 7’s missing headphone jack: time to move on

Although the iPhone 7 has a lot of things going for it, it will probably go down in history as the iPhone that killed the 3.5 mm headphone jack. While it was something that almost all had foreseen months away, many refused to believe Apple would pull something so bold, almost heretical, until the very last-minute. Some called it hubris. Apple called it “courage”, which is now, apparently, a meme. For Apple executives, it was nothing but natural evolution that would eventually happen. It just so happened that Apple and the iPhone 7 is setting things in motion.

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AppleCare+ screen repairs just got more affordable

AppleCare+ screen repairs just got more affordable

Disregarding all those excruciatingly painful scratch, drop, and bend torture tests, which now includes freeze plus drop, screen damages are truly the most common reasons users bring in their smartphones for repair. Apple’s iPhones are no exception and are perhaps even more susceptible these days due to design changes. Keeping up with the trends, Apple has decided and, like the iPad price and storage changes, somewhat silently announce a rather substantial change to its AppleCare+ fees, bringing the service price of screen repairs down to earth for only $29.

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Pokemon GO boasts 500m downloads, silent on growth, retention

Pokemon GO boasts 500m downloads, silent on growth, retention

There is perhaps little doubt that Pokemon GO is a worldwide phenomenon. Some, though, prefer to call it an epidemic. It successfully introduced the whole world to a franchise that, before then, was purely gamer and plushie territory. That gamer-only era is now officially over, with The Pokemon Company and Nitantic Labs, Pokemon GO’s developers, boasting more than 500 million downloads across the globe in just under three months. That said, the announcement is unsurprisingly silent about the game’s other stats, like current number of real, human players and its growth rate.

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iPhone 7 gotchas: no liquid damage warranty, scratchy jet black

iPhone 7 gotchas: no liquid damage warranty, scratchy jet black

As expected, the iPhone 7 came with some, OK maybe at least one, controversial feature, but it also has some commendable ones as well. That includes, for the first time, some water resistance and a new “high gloss” black color, the latter limited to higher configuration. But, as they say, the devil is in the details and Apple, to no one’s surprise, didn’t really dive into the fine print. Because, apparently, those two particular new “features” might not be all they’re cut out to be after all.

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macOS Sierra launch date revealed, Siri front and center

macOS Sierra launch date revealed, Siri front and center

To say that Siri is the star of the upcoming new macOS release is perhaps an understatement. Even Apple’s macOS Sierra page dedicates no small amount of space to the feature. Of course, that’s not the only new thing in the new OS version and you will soon be able to experience all of those first hand, for free if you already own El Capitan, when you upgrade to Sierra in two weeks’ time.

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VIZIO SmartCast Crave speakers venture into Sonos territory

VIZIO SmartCast Crave speakers venture into Sonos territory

When talking with tech-savvy people about multi-room speakers, the brand that will probably pop up the most will be Sonos. Players in that market are still few, but the numbers are rising with the prevalence of IoT devices and platforms. Aiming to establish itself as early as now, VIZIO is announcing two new audio members of its SmartCast family, the Crave Pro and the Crave 360, both offering not just wireless audio streaming but also the ability to play the music all throughout the house. On other VIZIO Crave speakers, of course.

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Huawei “Nexus 7P” leak hints at small but high-end tablet

Huawei “Nexus 7P” leak hints at small but high-end tablet

Google might be giving tablets a fighting chance and Android might soon have a champion worthy of its name., According to rumors, a new Nexus, or maybe Pixel, tablet is in the works and, this time, it will be made by Huawei. Of course, details of the tablet are still quite slim, but if this first set of leaked specs is anywhere near reality, then we could very well have the most high-end tablet to date, crammed into a small, 7-inch space.

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iPads get a storage and price shakeup

iPads get a storage and price shakeup

Much attention has been lavished on the new iPhone 7, and 7 Plus, and the new Apple Watch, and rightly so. But that doesn’t mean that Apple isn’t showing the love for some of its existing products, namely its tablets. Behind the scenes, Apple has somewhat silently updated its listings for all iPads currently sold, both old and new, removing old storage capacities and adding new ones to keep them in line with the new iPhone 7. And the net effect is that you get more gigabytes for the same or lower price than before.

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LG V20 is coming to major US carriers, question is when

LG V20 is coming to major US carriers, question is when

The iPhone 7 and friends may have grabbed the spotlight from the LG V20 too soon, but those who remain unfazed by Apple’s products remain more interested in this new, premium Android smartphone. Good thing, then, that major carriers in the US have enough room for both. Of course, it’s no surprise that AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon are all chiming in on how they will be carrying LG’s latest and greatest. It’s really more a question of when, and which carrier features the smartphone will support.

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iPhone 7 could outperform the iPad Pro, says benchmark

iPhone 7 could outperform the iPad Pro, says benchmark

We’re practically just hours away from the iPhone 7’s debut. Bets have been placed, crystal balls have been polished, and seances have been conducted. But so close to the final hour, we come across yet another piece of info. Though small, it’s just too good to pass up. According to a benchmark sighted on Geekbench, the iPhone 7 will have a single-core score of 3379 and a multi-core score of 5495. Of course, that is an improvement over the current titleholder, the iPhone 6s Plus. But, apparently, those scores also trump that of the gigantic 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

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Chrome promised to now use less battery, mobile payments added

Chrome promised to now use less battery, mobile payments added

Google has finally broken its silence and has put out its own “play video until computer dies” timelapse to show just how long its browsers last. But unlike tests from Microsoft or Opera, Google only pitted its Chrome against another Chrome, one from a year in the past. Unsurprisingly, the results do show how much the Chrome browser has improved, adding a little over two hours to “identiical laptops” battery lives. When watching videos on sites like Vimeo at least.

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