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Pokemon Go has a new nearby tracker in testing now

Pokemon Go has a new nearby tracker in testing now

Pokemon Go launched with a system to track what Pokemon are nearby your location, but that system broke shortly after the game launched. This is in part what led to the hoards of third party tracking services such as Pokevision that have since been banned. The original nearby system showed footprints on the images with three meaning far away and one meaning close.

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Google Photos video ad pokes fun at 16GB iPhone

Google Photos video ad pokes fun at 16GB iPhone

Smartphones these days, even the lower spec ones, are capable of taking high resolution (though not always high quality) photos. That means those photos take up more space on the smartphone's storage. And when you have a measly 16 GB of internal memory, with no microSD card option, you will inevitably run out of space. That is precisely the point that Google is trying to make in a rare and admittedly amusing Google Photos video ad. And it is aiming its guns at, what else, the 16 GB iPhone.

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OnePlus 3 DASH Charge claimed faster than Samsung Galaxy S7

OnePlus 3 DASH Charge claimed faster than Samsung Galaxy S7

Despite advancements in mobile technologies, like processors, data storage, or displays, one component that remains practically unchanged is the battery. In the absence of better battery technologies, consumers and manufacturers are left to tricks that lessen the charging time instead. Fast charging technologies, and there are quite a number of them, have become en vogue in more recent smartphones, and one of the newest challengers is OnePlus' own DASH Charge. But just because it's new and relatively untested doesn't mean it isn't going to fly, as this video, which pits the OnePlus 3 against the Galaxy S7, tries to prove.

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Pokemon GO Pokevision alternatives like Skiplagged and PokeMesh [UPDATE]

Pokemon GO Pokevision alternatives like Skiplagged and PokeMesh [UPDATE]

Pokevision was the first big map and radar for finding Pokemon in the game Pokemon GO. Then Niantic and Nintendo ordered them to shut down - but the name remains. Today we're running down the most updated list of alternatives to the original Pokevision - not so much because we recommend people use them - in fact we don't. Instead, this is a list of Pokevision alternatives made to show legit players that there are tools out there that could be considered Pokemon GO cheats. This isn't a tip line.

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‘QuadRooter’ vulnerabilities put 900m Android users at risk researchers say

‘QuadRooter’ vulnerabilities put 900m Android users at risk researchers say

A research team at Check Point has detailed a new set of Android vulnerabilities that could potentially leave as many as 900 million users exposed to security threats. More specifically, the set of four vulnerabilities - dubbed "QuadRooter" by Check Point - is found within Qualcomm chips, which becomes a major problem when you realize that Qualcomm chips are used in 65% of Android devices.

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Pokemon GO rakes in $200 million during first month of availability

Pokemon GO rakes in $200 million during first month of availability

As if we needed any more evidence that Pokemon GO was a wild, record-breaking success, app analytics firm Sensor Tower is saying that Pokemon GO has managed to pull in an estimated $200 million in global revenue during its first month. Of course, we've all been expecting Pokemon GO to raise a ridiculous amount of revenue, but if this $200 million figure holds true, that puts it head and shoulders above other top earners in the mobile space.

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Chromebook Android support brings location tracking via ADM

Chromebook Android support brings location tracking via ADM

It seems that Google's gift of Android apps to Chromebooks has resulted in more than just Android apps. Whether a secret, silent feature or an unintended side effect, Chromebook owners will soon find that they will be able to locate, lock, or even wipe their device from a web browser. All thanks to the Android Device Manager framework that is now available on Chromebooks as well, and not just the ones that are configured for enterprise or schools.

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Moto Z Force vs. Galaxy S7 Active drop test showdown

Moto Z Force vs. Galaxy S7 Active drop test showdown

One of the big claims with the Motorola Z Force smartphone is that the screen is unbreakable. That is a major claim and it will come as no surprise that someone has stepped dup to test that clam by pitting the Z Force against the Galaxy S7 Active. We've seen the S7 Active make it through a huge number of drops unscathed in the past, you can see that test here. This time out the Moto Z Force is getting compared to the Galaxy S7 Active to see who's tougher.

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Sony Xperia XR “F8331” gets some fancy renders

Sony Xperia XR “F8331” gets some fancy renders

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that holds true even, or especially, for smartphone designs. Once considered sleek and stylish, Sony's smartphones have fallen into hard times design-wise. The latest leaks from the rumor mill about a certain Xperia F8331, now dubbed as the Xperia XR, shows how the company seems to be playing around with designs. And, as expected, it isn't exactly making even Sony's more ardent fans drool with anticipation. Except, perhaps, for the possibility of a new color option.

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Galaxy S8 with flat screen might be eliminated next year

Galaxy S8 with flat screen might be eliminated next year

Samsung produced one of the most popular Android devices it has ever created when it launched the Galaxy S6 Edge with its curved edge screen back in 2015. The next version, the Galaxy S7 edge also proved very popular, in fact, it was so popular Samsung was unable to meet demand. The reason for being unable to meet demand for the device was some sort of issue with the production of the curved edge screen.

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Samsung Pay MST tech shown to be susceptible to theft, fraud [UPDATE]

Samsung Pay MST tech shown to be susceptible to theft, fraud [UPDATE]

Samsung Pay has surprisingly been enjoying a significant amount of popularity and support in the US, rivaling even Apple Pay. Part of its success can perhaps be attributed to its Magnetic Secure Transmission or MST, a technology it acquired from LoopPay, which allows Samsung Pay to be used with traditional magstrip-based terminals. It seems, however, there might be a very high price to pay for that convenience. In a talk at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, researcher Salvador Mendoza showed how easy it was to steal Samsung Pay's MST data so that hackers and thieves can use credit card data with almost no restrictions.

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Sony Xperia XA Ultra also get its price knocked down

Sony Xperia XA Ultra also get its price knocked down

Fastest price cut ever. Barely two weeks in the US market (not counting the pre-order period), the Xperia XA Ultra is already getting a price reduction in the market. And a considerable some to boot. This seems to be Sony's new pattern, launching a smartphone with an inexplicably high price tag, only to pull down the numbers immediately afterwards. While late adopters will probably not complain, it does paint a rather suspicious picture of Sony's smartphones. Which is somewhat unfortunate given how the Xperia XA Ultra might not be that bad for what it was designed to do: make taking wefies/groufies better.

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