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Pokemon Go to introduce buddy system with next update

Pokemon Go to introduce buddy system with next update

While the number of active users has been on a slight decline over the last few weeks, Pokemon Go still maintains a significant user base, and remains a big hit for developer Niantic Labs. We've known for a while now about new features coming to the game in the near future, including new Pokemon and gameplay mechanics, thanks to various data-mining attempts into the app's code, but now Niantic has specifically announced an anticipated feature that will debut later this fall.

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Alcatel POP 4 tablets debut alongside XL phone at IFA

Alcatel POP 4 tablets debut alongside XL phone at IFA

Joining its wearables and VR gear come some mobile devices from Alcatel, a trio of POP 4 slates including a 6-inch “phablet” smartphone and two tablets with 7-inch and 10-inch displays. The 10-inch model is the most notable of the bunch, coming with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 rather than the MediaTek offerings found in the two smaller models. All three models offer LTE support, and tap Waves MaxxAudio for their audio experience.

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Galaxy Note 7 recall instructions: What you need to know

Galaxy Note 7 recall instructions: What you need to know

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall is official, with Samsung making clear that all models of the Galaxy Note 7 should not be used from this point forward. Users that own the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 should take care not to charge their devices nor, if possible, even use the devices at all until replacements can be distributed. Samsung has issued an official statement on the subject and all major carriers of the device in the United States have issued instructions for early buyers.

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IFA 2016 Round-up: hands-on with the best

IFA 2016 Round-up: hands-on with the best

Over the past week we've seen everything from car technology to smartphones, cameras to notebooks at IFA 2016 in Berlin. This week revealed what might have been the most diverse mix of newsworthy devices in recent memory, not least of all because so few companies are delivering truly new, different, innovative products. We've scoured the full lot to look for the best of the best - below you'll see what's been delivered in Europe for the whole world.

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Pokemon GO gross revenue hits $440 million worldwide

Pokemon GO gross revenue hits $440 million worldwide

Earlier reports of the demise of Pokemon GO may have been a little premature. According to app analytics firm Sensor Tower, the game has just passed $440 million in worldwide gross revenue. Instead of comparing it to other popular mobile games, Sensor Tower has taken a different approach this time around, putting Pokemon GO's revenue up against some the summer's biggest film releases.

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Archos 133 Oxygen with 13.3-inch 1080p screen wants to draw crowds

Archos 133 Oxygen with 13.3-inch 1080p screen wants to draw crowds

With IFA 2016 underway smartphones and tablets are rolling out at a furious pace and the latest product to debut comes from Archos. The device is a tablet that packs a massive 13.3-inch screen and is called the Archos 133 Oxygen. With a screen so large, the tablet is aimed more at use in the home than mobile use on the go.

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TP-Link Neffos X1 and Neffos X1 Max are super thin smartphones

TP-Link Neffos X1 and Neffos X1 Max are super thin smartphones

TP-Link has trotted out some new smartphones that slot into the Neffos line at IFA 2016 in Berlin. The smartphones aim for a premium design with metal unibody exteriors that are designed to look as if they were smoothed over time by water in a stream. The dual-curved back design tapers towards the sides for an ergonomic fit in the hand. The tapered design also means these are some of the narrowest devices in the smartphone realm with the X1 Max having sides 2.75mm thick and the X1 being slightly thicker at 2.95mm.

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The Galaxy Note 7 recall is official

The Galaxy Note 7 recall is official

The proverbial excretion has just hit the fan, though perhaps to no one’s surprise. Samsung has just made it official: it is recalling the hundreds of thousands of Galaxy Note 7 units it already sold worldwide. It really can’t do otherwise. In case you missed it, this recall follows Samsung’s investigations into reports of phablets bursting into flames while being charged. Which is to say the company has just confirmed those reports to be true.

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Nexus phones to be called Pixel, Pixel XL, debuting October

Nexus phones to be called Pixel, Pixel XL, debuting October

The HTC-made, Google sold “Nexus” smartphones won’t be called Nexus anymore, according to sources. Instead, Marlin and Sailfish, as they were believed to be codenamed, will be called the Pixel and the Pixel XL. This would seem to corroborate earlier insider tips that the Nexus line is practically being put to pasture. The indications of that may be strong but it doesn’t sufficiently answer the questions on why Google would suddenly change direction and what the move means for its OEM partners.

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Samsung rumored to recall faulty Galaxy Note 7 units

Samsung rumored to recall faulty Galaxy Note 7 units

Samsung may have counted its eggs far too early and now things are turning for the worse. That is, if the rather dire situation painted by Korean media is close to reality. Responding to claims of exploding batteries of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung was reported to have halted shipments in order to investigate quality issues. But that’s not the end of it. Korean news outlets are saying that Samsung may in fact issue a recall of devices already in the market, which will, of course, hurt not only perception of its latest flagship but also cost it no small amount of money.

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Pokemon GO update news: Eevee, IV calculator, egg chart, Reddit cheats

Pokemon GO update news: Eevee, IV calculator, egg chart, Reddit cheats

Today hacking Pokemon GO has set a number of next-generation updates free for the public, including but not limited to a Buddy Pokemon system, a new IV calculator, and a remixed Egg Chart. What more could a hardcore Pokemon GO user ask for? I say user because I've accepted the reality of the situation when it comes to developers of desktop app for the game (some of them hackers as such), and people who follow those trends (like me), are digital users - addicts with a need to see how far this global game can go. Not to cheat, of course, but to compete in a global software modification race! With Pokemon, of course.

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Facebook Messenger rolls out Instant Video feature

Facebook Messenger rolls out Instant Video feature

Facebook is looking to make video chatting a little easier its Messenger platform, today announcing that it's made starting a video message with friends a lot more seamless. The new feature is called Instant Video, and it essentially allows for two people to quickly begin a video chat without the need to first place a call.

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