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Pokemon GO is finally, once and for all, available in Japan

Pokemon GO is finally, once and for all, available in Japan

It was perhaps the ultimate irony. A franchise that originated in Japan and a game that started its beta test in Japan has only know arrived in Japan, after around 30 countries have enjoyed the insanity first. But at least for the Pokefaithful and the Pokemaniacs, the long, painful wait is finally over. Yes, Pokemon GO is now available at long last in Japan, which means we're probably about to get overloaded with all the wacky antics and ads that the country is famous, or notorious, for.

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Superbook blasts through Kickstarter to turn phones into laptops

Superbook blasts through Kickstarter to turn phones into laptops

That went by really quick. Superbook, the "thin" shell that practically converts your Android smartphone into a laptop has zoomed past its crowdfunding goal in less than 12 hours. Unsurprising given its $99 base pledge. Not so small a feat either in comparison to the team's previous crowdfunding attempt with almost the same goals, albeit with a dock limited to certain smartphone models. With funding now secured and more still coming in, all that's left is to see if they will be able to deliver, on time or not, unlike so many other failed similar promises.

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Periscope adds tweet embeds, replay highlights to its list of features

Periscope adds tweet embeds, replay highlights to its list of features

Periscope has signaled a significant update to its live streaming platform today, announcing three new features that users will almost certainly get some mileage out of. The first is the ability to watch replay highlights from streams you missed. Now Periscope will automatically create highlight "trailers" covering the broadcasts you missed over the last day and put them in your home feed, meaning you don't need to watch entire streams just to get caught up.

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BBC iPlayer Radio app arrives in US for iOS and Android

BBC iPlayer Radio app arrives in US for iOS and Android

So, you're a fan of BBC Radio and all of the content it puts out, but there's just one problem: you're American, and those broadcasts can sometimes prove difficult to tune in to over here in the New World. The good news is that the BBC is looking to make it quite a bit easier for folks living outside of the UK to listen to its radio broadcasts, today launching its new iPlayer Radio app on iOS and Android in the US.

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Google Maps editing features released today

Google Maps editing features released today

Google Maps apps on both Android devices and iOS devices like iPhone and iPad are receiving an update to Google Maps this week. This update will be available through Google Search as well as Google Maps, allowing users to make edits and add locations to Google Maps easier than ever before. This update will be coming to users across the United States as early as this morning.

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Verizon Moto Z release date details set for USA

Verizon Moto Z release date details set for USA

Both the Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force will be launching at Verizon this month. These devices will both be branded with Motorola's "Droid Edition" moniker when sold through Verizon - and as of now, they'll only be available through Verizon in the USA. Around the world they'll still have the same name, minus the DROID bit. Verizon will be selling these on pre-order starting on the 21st of July, 2016.

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Verizon to cut off “extraordinary” unlimited data users [UPDATE]

Verizon to cut off “extraordinary” unlimited data users [UPDATE]

It's not exactly surprising that there would be some humans who would abuse an unlimited supply of resources. That's especially true when it comes to unlimited data plans, which has normally been cited as the reason why ISPs are suddenly removing their unlimited data offers. Now Verizon is reported to be preparing for a somewhat drastic move to weed out abusers. By August 31, it will disconnect unlimited data subscribers deemed to have used up an "extraordinary" amount of data. That is, unless they migrate to one of Verizon's newer, and pricier, plans.

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Mesuit case lets iPhones “run” Android with its own SIM

Mesuit case lets iPhones “run” Android with its own SIM

Despite how media and stereotypes portray them, not all smartphone users have brand or mobile OS issues. Some do find benefits, even joy, in using both iOS and Android. While some are forced into using both, whether they like to or not. Both types, however, would probably prefer to carry just one device for both, something that is impossible to do. Until now. With the Mesuit iPhone case, you can have your iPhone and run Android on it no sweat. Or at least that's the promise.

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Huawei honor Note 8 could sport a 6.6-inch QHD screen

Huawei honor Note 8 could sport a 6.6-inch QHD screen

Huawei's honor sub-brand is commonly seen as the Chinese OEM's budget level smartphones. It shattered that stereotype with the honor 8, which practically rivaled Huawei's own P9 flagship. It's next smartphone might make yet another paradigm shift. For the first time, honor is climbing the Quad HD mountain. But that comes at a price. Spotted at TENAA is what is names as the honor Note 8 comes with a ginormous 6.6-inch screen, less than an inch away from becoming a tablet with phone functionality.

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Galaxy S7 Active manufacturing defect now fixed, says Samsung

Galaxy S7 Active manufacturing defect now fixed, says Samsung

It is utterly ironic that the Galaxy S7 Active, a smartphone that is advertised to be the utmost in survivability, isn't as immune to water as Samsung would have us believe. And yet that is what some tests have tried to prove, which, naturally, Samsung has claimed not to be the case. That said, now it seems that the manufacturer is admitting some of it, albeit indirectly. The company reached out to Consumer Reports, who first broke the news of the Galaxy S7 Active's less than stellar underwater performance, that the manufacturing problem that caused that issue has now been addressed.

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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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