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Pokemon GO shows signs of life in Europe, launches in Germany

Pokemon GO shows signs of life in Europe, launches in Germany

Pokemon GO may just be the best mobile game we've ever played, but so far, only folks in the US, Australia, and New Zealand have been given an official release. It's been a week since the game first launched, and other eager players around the world are chomping at the bit to get in on the action. Today, it would appear that players in at least one European country will finally get that chance, as developer Niantic Labs has announced that Pokemon GO is now available in Germany.

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ZTE Axon 7 brings wallet-friendly premium specs to the US

ZTE Axon 7 brings wallet-friendly premium specs to the US

Around this time last year, ZTE surprised the US smartphone market by launching its first ever high-end Axon smartphone first in the US even before it opened it up to the rest of the world. Today it's doing something similar with the ZTE Axon 7, though the US can't really call dibs on this one. Nonetheless, it is still a bold and definitely groundbreaking move in a market littered with iPhones and Samsungs, offering truly high end features at nearly half the price of bigger players.

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Lenovo C2 lands in Russia with quad-cores and 5-inch screen

Lenovo C2 lands in Russia with quad-cores and 5-inch screen

A new Lenovo smartphone has launched in Russia called the Vibe C2 and it appears to be a low-range device based on the specifications. It has a 5-inch display with HD resolution and the big feature is a reasonable price according to Lenovo. The C2 will be offered in black or white colors and runs the Android operating system.

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Meizu MX6 hits Geekbench packing Helio X20 ten-core processor

Meizu MX6 hits Geekbench packing Helio X20 ten-core processor

The Meizu MX6 smartphone isn't set to get an official announcement until July 19. Ahead of that official announcement, someone who has their hands on the device already just couldn't resist a run through Geekbench to taut those looking forward to the device with its deca-core processor. Specs grabbed by Geekbench show that the ARM MT6796 Helio X20 processor runs at 1.39GHz with all ten cores.

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Andromium’s Superbook turns your smartphone into a laptop

Andromium’s Superbook turns your smartphone into a laptop

While the likes of Ubuntu's Converence and Microsoft's Continuum promise to turn our mobile devices into PCs, there still exists a gap that needs to be filled to make that a reality. To be more specific, those promises don't exactly hold true when it comes to portability, as you need an external monitor, nor does it support one of the world's largest mobile platforms, Android. Superbook is an attempt to address that problem, with a plug and play device that lets you use your Android smartphone like a laptop, complete with a desktop interface and all the productivity that entails.

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Hangouts 11 on Android removes merged SMS, adds video messaging

Hangouts 11 on Android removes merged SMS, adds video messaging

Google just can't make it up its mind when it comes to its messaging services. It adds apps, removes features, merges, apps, removes features, and introduces duplicate features and apps. The latest example of that flip-flopping is with the Hangouts app on Android. Starting version 11, the app, which was initially a purely instant messaging app, will no longer show SMS and Hangouts messages in a single conversation. Before you sound the alarm, though, you can still send SMS from the app. They just won't take up the same space as Hangouts messages.

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Google Play family library lets you share with up to 6 people

Google Play family library lets you share with up to 6 people

Google has finally taken the covers off its family library system for its Google Play services. In a nutshell, the system will make it easier for parents, guardians, or maybe even a group of friends, to share content purchased from the Google Play Store. They also share a single payment method, which might prove to be a headache in some cases. Of course, the feature does have the necessary controls to rein in the spending or to keep the wee ones from seeing some things they shouldn't really be seeing just yet.

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Microsoft CEO: Pokemon GO, HoloLens are a perfect fit

Microsoft CEO: Pokemon GO, HoloLens are a perfect fit

Everything seems to be about Pokemon GO these days and almost everyone has something to say about it. It turns out, that's true even for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Actually, that's not exactly surprising considering Pokemon GO and Microsoft do have something in common: the use of augmented reality. So it's also not surprising to hear Nadella confidently claim that Pokemon GO feels built for HoloLens, even better than any smartphone can ever hope to achieve.

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Moto G4, G4 Plus now available via Moto Maker

Moto G4, G4 Plus now available via Moto Maker

Dying to try Pokemon GO but also want a new Android smartphone to go along with it? As luck would have it, Motorola has just opened up Moto Maker to include its shiny new 4th gen Moto G, a.k.a. Moto G4 or Moto G4, and the Moto G4 Plus. Of course, you can also use any old smartphone (that has GPS) with Pokemon GO, but why compromise when you can get a shiny new Moto phone with a battery that will compensate for Pokemon GO's notorious battery drain, and won't have to spend your Pokeshop money just to get one. Plus, you get to personalize your design as well!

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The official Samsung Galaxy Note 7 launch is August 2

The official Samsung Galaxy Note 7 launch is August 2

The much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will make its debut on August 2, Samsung has confirmed, skipping a number for its freshest phablet. The new Android device will be revealed at an event in New York City at Hammerstein Ballroom, Samsung has confirmed today.

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Pokemon GO estimated earnings top $14 million in less than a week

Pokemon GO estimated earnings top $14 million in less than a week

Since it seems like you can't throw a stone without hitting three or four Pokemon GO players, it's safe to say the game has turned out to be quite popular. Just how popular is it, though? If new estimates from SuperData Research are accurate, the answer to that question is "more popular than air itself." The research firm estimates that Pokemon GO has already raked in earnings of more than $14 million, which is insane when you consider that the game has been available in just a handful of regions for less than a week.

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Pokemon GO update fixes security hole

Pokemon GO update fixes security hole

This morning the folks at Niantic appear to have fixed the security hole on the iOS version of the app, making this fix available to the masses on iTunes. Users will also find a variety of other fixes in the mix, suggesting that they may be on their way to Android imminently. The first of these fixes (after the security issue) is a set of "resolved issues causing crashes." Hooray for that one, without a doubt.

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