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Google Maps gains WiFi only mode and delay notifications for busses and trains

Google Maps gains WiFi only mode and delay notifications for busses and trains

Google is currently rolling out some new features for Google Maps users and so far, only a handful have the new features. The new features bring Wi-Fi only mode and the ability to get notifications when mass transit will be delayed. That means if your bus or train is late, Google maps will let you know. The roll out is a staged one and there is no indication of when the features might be available for everyone.

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Pokemon Go launches in Hong Kong and France

Pokemon Go launches in Hong Kong and France

Two more countries gained the ability to download the Pokemon Go app and go into the real world to hunt little cartoon creatures over the weekend. The two new serviced countries include France and Hong Kong. The last country that the game app launched in was Japan back on the 21 of July. The worldwide rollout for the game continues as support for new countries likely coming in the future.

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Snowden aims to counter digital surveillance with this iPhone case

Snowden aims to counter digital surveillance with this iPhone case

Edward Snowden and Andrew Huang have published details on a project that is intended to outline a device and methods that can be used to counter lawful abuses of digital surveillance. According to the abstract, journalists and other high-value targets could easily be the target of an enemy with the technology needed to pick up the information that your mobile devices like smartphones put out.

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Pokevision makes Pokemon Go hunting a snap

Pokevision makes Pokemon Go hunting a snap

If you are really into Pokemon Go you may care more about catching them all than you do about all the walking. The idea behind the Pokemon Go game is that you get out, walk, and interact with like-minded people while catching the little creatures. There could be very good reasons why you don’t want to walk around as intended to find those Pokemon though, like the fact that its roughly 197F here in Texas right now.

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Curiosity rover can now choose some targets autonomously

Curiosity rover can now choose some targets autonomously

Now that the Curiosity rover has been cruising around on the surface of Mars for a long time, NASA is giving the machine the ability to choose some of its own targets for more study. Curiosity is now able to select rocks to target its laser spectrometer on autonomously. NASA says that this is the first time that an instrument of this kind has been autonomously operated on any robotic planetary mission.

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Galaxy Note 7 images leak along with iris scanner demo video

Galaxy Note 7 images leak along with iris scanner demo video

Some new pictures, a video and some details on the iris scanner claimed to be of the Galaxy Note 7 have turned up to shed more light on the coming smartphone. The video, which you can see at the bottom of this story, shows the iris scanner in action. I think maybe showing a video of a phone you are leaking with footage of your face unlocking the iris scanner isn’t the best way to stay anonymous, but it's very nice to see how fast the scanner unlocks the phone.

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Apple Watch bands celebrate countries participating in the Olympics

Apple Watch bands celebrate countries participating in the Olympics

Every time the Olympic games are held, be it summer or winter games, you can count on lots of clothing and other tie ins to the games turning up. It’s no different for the Rio summer games kicking off soon. One of the first tech brands to offer something special for the Olympic games was Samsung with a special edition Galaxy S7 edge with Olympics colors and themes. Apple is now getting in on the Olympics fever with some bands for the Apple Watch that support all fourteen countries who are participating in the games.

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Petcube Bites and Petcube Play let you monitor and play with pets from afar

Petcube Bites and Petcube Play let you monitor and play with pets from afar

Pet owners who are forced to leave their furry pals at home alone all day might want a way to keep an eye on them so they know that their pet is ok and happy. A pair of devices that let you keep watch on your pet remotely have hit Kickstarter called the Petcube Bites and Petcube Play. The standard Petcube Play is a camera that allwos you to play with your pet from afar. Users can play with pets by dragging or taping a finger on the Petcube app running on your smartphone.

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AppleCare+ class action suit clams refurb devices aren’t as good as new

AppleCare+ class action suit clams refurb devices aren’t as good as new

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple in California having to do with how the AppleCare+ warranty operates. The suit was filed on Wednesday of this week and argues that Apple isn't meeting the contract that comes with an AppleCare+ warranty. Specifically the suit claims that devices that are replaced under warranty with refurbished replacements don’t meet a specifically clause in the contract.

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Pokemon live-action flick in the works featuring Detective Pikachu

Pokemon live-action flick in the works featuring Detective Pikachu

With the massive popularity of Pokemon Go, the movie industry is looking to capitalize on the craze with a live action movie set in the Pokemon universe. Legendary Entertainment has landed the rights to make a Pokemon movie and this will be the first live action film in the franchise. Legendary is said to be basing the movie on the Detective Pikachu character introduced in a video game in Japan.

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VCR manufacturing ends in Japan this month

VCR manufacturing ends in Japan this month

Any child of the '80s will have fond memories of watching their favorite movies on VHS tapes. You may even remember when VHS and Betamax battled it out to determine the format winner, very much as Blu-ray and HD DVD did years later. While the VCR has been obsolete for many years as far as a format for buying and renting movies with DVDs having replaced the cassette wholesale, VCRs were still being made. That is ending this month.

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Kinsa Elmo smart ear thermometer tracks temps via app

Kinsa Elmo smart ear thermometer tracks temps via app

Everything is connected today from your toothbrush to your TV. It's no surprise that our thermometers are now connected as well. Kinsa has debuted a new ear thermometer that is designed to look like Elmo from Sesame Street and is called the Elmo Smart Ear Thermometer. The connected device mixes the ability to take your temperature along with the ability to track symptoms via the app.

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