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Luxury smartphone maker Vertu debuts three models starting at $4,200

Luxury smartphone maker Vertu debuts three models starting at $4,200

If you've never heard of Vertu, it's a luxury smartphone maker that puts extra focus on the use of premium and expensive materials. For example, some of their previous devices include phones wrapped in handcrafted leather or woodcraft, and not one but two phones designed in partnership with Bentley. Even if you have heard of the company, it's unlikely you could afford any of their products.

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Pokemon Go arrives in 15 Asian countries, Niantic confirms catching difficulties are a bug

Pokemon Go arrives in 15 Asian countries, Niantic confirms catching difficulties are a bug

Pokemon trainers across Asia are rejoicing this weekend, as 15 additional countries in the region have seen Pokemon Go rollout to their app stores for iOS and Android. Niantic, the game's developer, explained earlier this week that the controversial decision to shut out popular third-party mapping services, such as Pokevision, was in order to reduce strain on their servers, and give them the freedom to focus more on bringing Pokemon Go to other parts of the world.

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Facebook takes another swing at Snapchat with MSQRD selfie filter test

Facebook takes another swing at Snapchat with MSQRD selfie filter test

Don't look now, but Facebook is making another move to attempt to woo some users away from Snapchat. After Instagram introduced a Snapchat-inspired Stories feature, Facebook has rolled out a new Olympics-themed test in Brazil and Canada that features selfie filters from MSQRD, a company the social media giant acquired earlier this year.

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Pokemon GO API’s latest update victim: a “real” Pokeball

Pokemon GO API’s latest update victim: a “real” Pokeball

This week it's become clear that Niantic has gotten serious about stopping hackers and cheaters from ruining the vision they had for Pokemon GO. They've gone ahead and modified their game's API - and will continue to do so - to stay one step ahead of 3rd-party interlopers. One of the most awesome - and simple - projects we've come across that's been making use of this API is this Pokemon detecting Pokeball. This device is effectively a smartphone inside a sphere.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 release date and Galaxy S7 price war

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 release date and Galaxy S7 price war

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 shipping dates span from late August to mid-September, depending on the carrier each user chooses. This includes each of the major carriers, the lot of which each have their own end retail price for the smartphone. For instance, ordering a Blue Coral 64GB edition Galaxy Note 7 from T-Mobile USA will cost a user $849.99 USD. If that same smartphone with Verizon connectivity were purchased - 64GB edition, Blue Coral Galaxy Note 7 - it'd cost $864.99 USD. Strange how that works.

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Skiplagged Pokemon tracker leads pack of GO update map tools

Skiplagged Pokemon tracker leads pack of GO update map tools

Today we're taking a look at the latest batch of Pokemon GO tools for modifying the game experience intended by Niantic. To be clear, we do not endorse the use of any of these tools, we're reporting the facts in the evolving phenomenon that is Pokemon GO. We'll be getting more into the ethics of Pokemon GO journalism later - for now, let's have a peek at what Skiplagged's tools are all about - and have a peek at a few more tools for mapping and organizing Pokemon GO assets as well.

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Spotify launches Release Radar, a playlist dedicated to new music

Spotify launches Release Radar, a playlist dedicated to new music

If you consider yourself something of a music aficionado, then you know that keeping up with new releases isn't exactly the easiest thing to do. The music industry is constantly releasing new albums at a ridiculous rate, making it easy to miss a few gems in a sea of new music. Spotify is rolling out another curated playlist that might help with some of those new release blues, introducing the world to Release Radar today.

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Pokemon GO’s latest bug makes monster catching much more difficult

Pokemon GO’s latest bug makes monster catching much more difficult

Pokemon GO's latest patch did more than just take away the game's tracking feature, as it's also introduced a bug that makes Pokemon more difficult to catch. Niantic confirmed the bug after players noticed that Pokemon were escaping Pokeballs and running away from battles much more frequently, saying that it's working on a fix for the issue.

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The Android PC – Revisiting mobile productivity

The Android PC – Revisiting mobile productivity

Last week we took the iPad Pro again for a spin, trying to verify, or refute, Apple's claims about the tablet being the ultimate PC replacement. And just in time, the company just released a video ad just few days ago that tries to make the same point again. But iOS is hardly the only game in town, especially on mobile. And while Google hasn't exactly made a similar claim for Android, others have spoken for it instead. But before go off on another crazy adventure, we first have to look at the few, of course unofficial, attempts at making Android the ultimate PC replacement, as far as OS is concerned at least. Yes, this is the so-called "Android PC".

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Povie puts a smartphone around your neck

Povie puts a smartphone around your neck

People like to take selfies and share videos with others on social media of what they are doing. The catch is that sometimes you need to have your hands free and a selfie stick doesn't do the job. This is where a new device called Povie comes in. Povie is made by a firm called Edelkrone and even if it looks really weird, it's sort of a cool idea.

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Galaxy Note 7 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage tipped for China

Galaxy Note 7 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage tipped for China

If you were among the many who hoped that Samsung would launch the Galaxy Note 7 with 6GB of RAM and were a bit disappointed when it landed with only 4GB, you aren't alone. A new rumor is making the rounds that Samsung may have a version of the Galaxy Note 7 up its sleeve that does pack 6GB of RAM under the hood. The catch is that the rumor claims that the 6GB device might only be for the Chinese market.

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Pokemon GO rollout delays blamed on third party apps, services

Pokemon GO rollout delays blamed on third party apps, services

Looks like Niantic Labs is not going to back down from stirring the hornet's nest, despite the growing disdain Pokemon GO fans have for the company. The game developers just released a statement regarding the recent events and issues clouding the still popular augmented reality game. In a nutshell, Niantic is putting the blame of the slower and delayed rollout of the game on third party sites and apps that, for legitimate reasons or otherwise, try to scrape data off Pokemon GO's servers.

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