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Uber planning to map the world with $500 million investment

Uber planning to map the world with $500 million investment

Since it first hit the scene, Uber has relied on Google Maps to get its drivers to folks who need a ride, but that may not be the case forever. A new report from unnamed sources speaking to The Financial Times say that Uber is planning to drop a cool $500 million on mapping the world as part of an initiative to focus on long-term growth. With mapping cars already on the road in the US and Mexico, Uber rolling out its self-made maps could be a reality sooner rather than later, too.

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Google Maps for iOS gets multi-stop road trip capability

Google Maps for iOS gets multi-stop road trip capability

iOS users with Google Maps on their devices haven't been able to use something that Android users of Google Maps have taken for granted for a while in the form of the ability to setup navigation for road trips that have more than one stop. iOS users can now make those multi stop road trips using the iOS Google Maps apps so you can route yourself to stores, restaurants, or other points of interest on your way to your final destination.

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Pokemon GO unofficially comes to Windows 10 phone via PoGo-UWP app

Pokemon GO unofficially comes to Windows 10 phone via PoGo-UWP app

While Android and iOS users are having a field day, or days, over Pokemon GO, those in the Windows world who have neither kind of device remain left out in the cold. Despite garnering thousands of votes in a petition to bring the game to the Windows platform. Some say necessity is the mother of invention, but in some cases, it's desperation that gives birth to it. Like this new PoGo-UWP app that finally, but also unofficially, allows Windows 10 Mobile users to enjoy the thrills and insanity of Pokemon GO on the oft ignored platform.

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Pokemon Go update adds avatar editing, removes footprints & screen dimming

Pokemon Go update adds avatar editing, removes footprints & screen dimming

One of the first big updates for Pokemon Go has been released on both iOS and Android this weekend. The good news is that along with bug fixes and overall stability improvements a few small new features have been added, while the bad news is that a couple have been removed as well. Before we jump into the details, check your phone's app store for updates to version 1.1.0 on iOS and version 0.31.0 on Android.

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Miitomo, the other Nintendo-related mobile app, gets first update in weeks

Miitomo, the other Nintendo-related mobile app, gets first update in weeks

Remember Miitomo? That kinda-sorta mobile game from Nintendo that already had its brief moment in the spotlight before fading from popularity even before the behemoth of Pokemon Go was released? Well, if you still happen to have it installed on your phone, there's an update for iOS and Android available that introduces a new mini-game for earning clothing items. Assuming you still want to play, that is.

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WhatsApp still isn’t as secure as you might think

WhatsApp still isn’t as secure as you might think

Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp in early 2014 raised all sorts of red flags for security and privacy interest groups. Facebook, then and to some extent now, isn't exactly the epitome of those two values. Over time, WhatsApp has tried to assuage fears by implementing features such as end-to-end encryption. Apparently, that may be futile after all. Forensic scientist Jonathan Zdziarski revealed that, while the app does encrypt the messages it stores, it doesn't actually completely delete them and its backups still leave users open to spying or law enforcement.

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Twitter launches stickers feature, bringing a taste of Snapchat to tweets

Twitter launches stickers feature, bringing a taste of Snapchat to tweets

Following in the footsteps of Snapchat, it seems like just about every social media service is adding a stickers feature to their photo-sharing capabilities, regardless if it's something users are asking for or not. Apple's revamped Messages app in iOS 10 is getting stickers (along with a bunch of other annoying visual effects), and now Twitter is jumping on bandwagon.

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Microsoft Pix aims to bring better photos to iOS

Microsoft Pix aims to bring better photos to iOS

The camera on the iPhone 6s is already fairly impressive in terms of quality, but Microsoft is looking to improve the photos it takes with its new app, Pix. The app launches today on the iOS App Store, and it comes with a number of features that make it worthy of consideration by folks who have decided to use an iPhone as their day-to-day shooter.

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Pokemon Go Plus wearable delayed until September

Pokemon Go Plus wearable delayed until September

Bad news for Pokemon Go players looking forward to an enhanced way of playing the mobile game: the wearable accessory that pairs with players' phones and notifies them of nearby creatures, called Pokemon Go Plus, has been pushed back to a September release. The optional device was originally due to be available towards the end of July — around now, basically — but Nintendo revealed the delay on Twitter today.

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Firefox steps up its iOS game in latest update

Firefox steps up its iOS game in latest update

After one or two false starts, Mozilla was finally able to bring Firefox to iOS for good last November. But while it did bring essential features like bookmarks and password syncing, the Firefox that greeted users on Apple's mobile platform was a far cry from the smooth experience they have on the desktop or Android. More than half a year later, Mozilla is pushing out an update that is small in size (less than 50 MB) but big in features, bringing a much needed interface and functionality revamp that puts Firefox on par again with Apple's Safari or Google's Chrome on iOS.

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Microsoft Researcher, Editor for Word set to replace Clippy

Microsoft Researcher, Editor for Word set to replace Clippy

There is perhaps no Microsoft feature as ridiculed and as reviled as Clippy, the not so helpful, overzealous, and obnoxious "Assistant" that Microsoft introduced in its Office suite. Although Clippy has long been buried, its legacy continues, albeit in split features. Part of its mission now lives on in the Researcher and Editor features for Microsoft Word, which, as the names say, help users in their research and editing tasks. Thankfully, they are less unsavory and even less visible than Clippy.

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Twitter for Android adds a night mode option

Twitter for Android adds a night mode option

Do you like browsing Twitter before bed? If so, the Android app was just updated with a feature that makes doing so a bit more friendly: night mode. When activated, the bright Android app for Twitter is toggled over to a theme that's much easier on the eyes in a dark room. Turning the night mode on is as simple as flipping a switch; you can turn it off whenever you want, as well, to get the light theme back.

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