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US Congress asks Niantic about Pokemon GO’s mobile data usage

US Congress asks Niantic about Pokemon GO’s mobile data usage

With people coming across dead bodies, walking over graves, or sometimes pretending to get into accidents over Pokemon GO, it was really only a matter of time before US lawmakers start to scrutinized the AR game for all it's worth. And yet, when it did formally send a letter to game developers Niantic Labs, it wasn't about any of those incidents at all. Instead, what it wants to know is whether Pokemon GO will, cunningly or not, cause players to end up with an insurmountable bill over the use of mobile data while playing the game.

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Galaxy Note 7 leaked video confirms curved edges

Galaxy Note 7 leaked video confirms curved edges

After a brief detour towards flat land, we're now back to curved edge screens. This time not from a still photo or render but from actual moving pictures. The video comes from what is supposedly a testing of a screen protector, probably of the tempered glass type, for the Galaxy Note 7. And, as you might have guessed, it conveniently shows how the side edges of that screen neatly curves down. Which also means a somewhat harder installation of screen protectors such as this.

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Razer reveals its own chat app for Pokemon GO

Razer reveals its own chat app for Pokemon GO

Given the almost rabid popularity of Pokemon GO, it isn't really surprising that a truckload of third party apps have sprung around it, from chat apps to map apps and even to dating apps. Sadly, not all of those apps have innocent motives and users would be advised to wait for official apps. And RazerGO, while not exactly from the creators of Pokemon GO, is as official as it will get. From the renowned makers of PC gaming computers and accessories, RazerGO puts Pokemon GO players nearby in touch with each other in order to cooperate, or even compete, with one another.

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“BATMAN – The Telltale Series” launch date announced

“BATMAN – The Telltale Series” launch date announced

There's a new bat in town, and it ain't your older brother's Batman. In development, and teased, for quite some time now, "BATMAN - The Telltale Series" is a video game that takes quite a different stab at the uber popular Dark Night. Because instead of mashing buttons to dish out pain, which you can't do anyway on mobile, you will instead be relying on your wits and decision making abilities to solve crime, beat the bad guys, and maybe catch a kitty by its tail in the process.

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OnePlus 3 reported to have worse battery life after update

OnePlus 3 reported to have worse battery life after update

It seems that OnePlus' woes with the otherwise delectale OnePlus 3 are far from over. The company just recently rolled out, pulled, and then rolled out again an update that addressed many of users' complaints about the smartphone, particularly about RAM management and sRGB support. And while those seem to have been resolved as promised, it might have come at a price. Some users, whose exact numbers have not been revealed, are reporting a faster battery drain after installing the update, seemingly forcing them to trade one bug for another.

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Deezer finally opens its music streaming to all in the US

Deezer finally opens its music streaming to all in the US

Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, YouTube Red, and even Tidal. Those are just some of the biggest names in an already saturated music streaming market in the US. So why not add one more? That is exactly what French company Deezer is doing, finally opening its doors to anyone and everyone in the US willing to tack on another subscription to their monthly expenses. Of course, the service has its own perks and unique features to try and make that worthwhile.

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Elon Musk wants to land three rockets at the same time

Elon Musk wants to land three rockets at the same time

Now that it has a few successful rocket landings under its belt, including two on land, SpaceX is moving on to the next ambitious goal: landing more than one rocket "almost" simultaneously. This surprising revelation was made, and confirmed by Elon Musk himself, when the space travel company was reported to be seeking approval for two additional landing pads on Florida's Space Coast in order to indeed land the three rockets of a Falcon Heavy rocket within just minutes of each other.

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Moto Z Force Droid camera is second best, claims DxOMark

Moto Z Force Droid camera is second best, claims DxOMark

Cameras have become a critical aspect of smartphones for the past year or so, to the point that now almost every new flagship is waiting in line for a DxOMark verdict. While definitely not the only game in town, the name has become synonymous with digital camera benchmarks. Which is why Lenovo, Moto, and Verizon should count themselves fortunate that the site has just given the Moto Z Force Droid the second highest score so far, second only to the HTC 10 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and surpassing any of Apple's iPhones.

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Galaxy Note 7 with flat screen resurfaces, reignites debate

Galaxy Note 7 with flat screen resurfaces, reignites debate

It's almost like watching a ping pong bout. At one point in time, there was speculation that there would be two variants of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, then still the Note 6, one with a regular flat screen and another with curved edges. Since then there has been back and forth leaks and tips rooting for one or the other. Of late, it seemed that the curved variant emerged victorious. But now that might not be the case. A photo of what is billed as a prototype of the Galaxy Note 7 has appeared on the Internet and, lo and behold, it has a flat screen.

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Sony Xperia X Performance, Xperia X now available in the US

Sony Xperia X Performance, Xperia X now available in the US

Say all you want about Sony, but one thing you won't be able to fault it for is not being persistent. Despite garnering not so stellar reviews, the company is still pushing its latest and admittedly its greatest to the US market. Following the main Xperia X model, the higher end Xperia X Performance, as well as the striking Xperia XA are now both available in the US, unlocked from various retailers. Now to wait and see if the market will be changing its tune to a more favorable melody.

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Android Nougat Reddit AMA: Night Mode, Java, and bugs

Android Nougat Reddit AMA: Night Mode, Java, and bugs

Getting on Reddit to hold an AMA ("Ask Me Anything") session is a brave thing to do. Especially when you know that your product is one of the most popular and also often criticized thing in the world. Thankfully, that didn't stop Android engineers from jumping into the frying pan to answer some of Redditors' most pressing questions about the upcoming Android Nougat release. Not surprisingly, there were a few dissatisfied voices with some of the trends in Android, but overall it has been rather civil. Naturally, there were a lot of questions raised, most of them related to development, of course, but here are a few interesting takeaways from the Q&A.

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Samsung Notebook 7 2-in-1 convertible now up for grabs

Samsung Notebook 7 2-in-1 convertible now up for grabs

It has actually been a while since Samsung put out a convertible type of laptop after the ATIV Smart PC (later renamed the ATIV Tab 7). For the first time, however, it is taking on a new form factor. Introduced last month, the Notebook 7 is the company's first laptop that can literally bend over backwards to transform into a rather hefty tablet, in the tradition of the Lenovo YOGA. Although delayed by almost a month, the Samsung Notebook 7 is now available for purchase, but do be prepared to spend quite a sum for it.

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