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Pokemon GO is down today: here’s what to do

Pokemon GO is down today: here’s what to do

When you find yourself on the wrong end of a Niantic server, you'll be unable to log in to Pokemon GO. When that happens, you'll want to follow the steps we've got below, starting with a calm approach toward learning more about the game instead of hammering the login button. What's great about Pokemon GO is that you aren't going to find yourself monumentally behind your best pals when you're logged out - mostly because they'll be logged out, too. We're all in this together!

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WhatsApp blocked once more in Brazil for failing to hand over user data

WhatsApp blocked once more in Brazil for failing to hand over user data

One of the wonderful things about end-to-end encryption in messaging apps is, as long as it's implemented correctly, nobody but you or the person you're chatting with should be able to see those messages. Unfortunately for WhatsApp, judges in Brazil don't seem to understand how that works. Yes, Brazil's at it again, as the office of Judge Daniela Barbosa Assunção de Souza in Rio De Janerio has ordered five carriers to block WhatsApp until it turns over data associated with a criminal case.

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Snapchat’s plan to use your snaps to advertise to you

Snapchat’s plan to use your snaps to advertise to you

Today it's come to our attention that Snapchat has a plan to use a system called "object recognition based photo filters." With this system, Snapchat would effectively scan the snaps you capture to find objects that they then match with their own database of recognition filters. A photo filter would be "associated with satisfaction of the object criteria," and you'd begin to receive "options" for editing these photos and/or receiving advertisements based on content.

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Withings Thermo connected temporal thermometer launches

Withings Thermo connected temporal thermometer launches

It used to be when you went to the doctor's office they would put a thermometer under your tongue and measure your temperature. Then doctors and many moms at home went to ear thermometers that would give temps quicker than the oral style. The next move in thermometer tech is to temporal thermometers that you simply press against the temple to get a reading. Withings has a new WiFi connected temporal thermometer that will interface with an app on your smartphone called Thermo.

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Poke Radar app crowdsources the hunt for Pokemon

Poke Radar app crowdsources the hunt for Pokemon

At a loss for where to find your next Pokemon catch? Or are you trying to find a particular favorite? On your own, it's going to be difficult trying to check every nook and cranny of every place you, intentionally or not, visit. Fret not, because a whole ecosystem of apps, tools, and forums have set root around the Pokemon GO phenomenon. One of the newest ones which goes by the humble name of Poke Radar, harnesses the power of the crowd, and your own selflessness, to make catching Pokemon a tad faster and easier.

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How Pokemon GO tips make cheats – and a plea for good

How Pokemon GO tips make cheats – and a plea for good

Pokemon GO cheaters have arisen. Hacks have been initiated, and spoofing of data has begun to be sent to Niantic. Not long after this revolutionary game has been put out into the world, users have taken advantage of its loopholes. With Niantic busy putting out server fires and keeping the game online as long and as constant as possible, there's ample space for exploits. What I'd like to do today is speak with both the cheaters and Niantic, and send a plea out into the world for some reasonable action.

UPDATE: Niantic has taken some big steps toward stopping cheaters! Have a peek at the most recent update report.

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CrossOver for Android on Chromebooks run Windows apps, games

CrossOver for Android on Chromebooks run Windows apps, games

In the future, a Chromebook might be the only computing device you'll ever need. Well, maybe together with a mid-range smartphone. Google has recently added official and fast-running Android app support to at least three Chromebooks and, unsurprisingly, some people are taking that to the extreme. Take for example the folks at CrossWeaver, developers of the CrossOver software, who just successfully got a game launched from a Windows version of Steam running through the Android version of CrossOver running on Chrome OS on a Chromebook. Yes, OS-ception at its finest.

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Pokemon Go comes to 26 additional countries amid server woes

Pokemon Go comes to 26 additional countries amid server woes

Heard enough news about Pokemon Go over the last week? If you live in America, there's a good chance the answer to that is 'yes.' But if you're in Europe, the mega popular mobile game just began rolling out, starting with countries like Germany, Spain, the UK, and Italy. Fortunately there's more good news this weekend for eager players in the region: Pokemon Go is now available in an additional 26 European countries.

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CBS News app arrives on Apple TV with live streaming, Siri search

CBS News app arrives on Apple TV with live streaming, Siri search

While most TV networks have yet to launch an Apple TV app offering full access to live content without an additional cable subscription, CBS is at least making its news freely available. The network has just rolled out a new CBS News app for the latest Apple TV model, available now on the App Store. With the app, users can live stream news content from the network, as well as watch playlists on specific topics and on-demand video.

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Pokemon Go hits Italy, Spain, and Portugal, global rollout ‘soon’

Pokemon Go hits Italy, Spain, and Portugal, global rollout ‘soon’

Pokemon Go has officially arrived in its sixth, seventh, and eighth countries: Italy, Spain, and Portugal. This increased European availability follows the app's release in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Germany, and the UK, with the latter two added just earlier this week. Now players in the three new countries eagerly awaiting to get their monster-hunting fix on can download Pokemon Go from their region's iOS and Android app stores.

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Google Photos for iOS gets a new cropping tool

Google Photos for iOS gets a new cropping tool

Earlier this month, Google pushed out an update for Google Photos on Android, and now it has followed it up with an update for iOS, taking that app up to version 1.12.1. The update is a relatively small one, though it’ll prove useful for most users: there’s a new cropping tool, which is the big change, as well as some “improved support” for taking photos in a burst. The app is available from the iTunes store now.

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Messenger on Android gets Instant Articles

Messenger on Android gets Instant Articles

Facebook Instant Articles, the articles from participating publications that load instantly when clicked, have made their way to Messenger. The social network opened up Instant Articles to all publishers a few months back; it only makes sense that they’d expand them to cover Messenger, too, as they've done today. Kicking them off are Instant Articles on Android, but they'll be coming to iOS in future weeks, too.

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