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Pokemon GO update details: big changes coming soon

Pokemon GO update details: big changes coming soon

This week the folks at Niantic have updated Pokemon GO with several new features that'll affect gameplay. In a big way, users that only have an Android Nexus device, like the Nexus 6 or Nexus 6P, will actually BE ABLE to play the game as it's been updated to include Android N, or Android Nougat in its usability structure. It works on Android N, in other words. This newest update also opens the doors for Germany as well as all Android devices with Intel x86 processors.

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Apple opens casting call for ‘Planet of the Apps’ TV show

Apple opens casting call for ‘Planet of the Apps’ TV show

Back in March, Apple's Eddy Cue revealed that the company was getting involved in original TV content by developing a non-scripted series about app developers and the app economy. Production is being split between Apple and television company Propagate, and the show, titled Planet of the Apps, has now started an open casting call. The announcement, posted on the show's official website, says they are looking for iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS developers.

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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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Polaroid Swing for iOS snaps moving photos

Polaroid Swing for iOS snaps moving photos

Polaroid, the popular but battered company that faced huge changes as smartphone cameras began dominating the consumer photography market, has launched a new mobile app for iOS called Polaroid Swing. The app isn’t a photo app in the traditional sense — rather than taking a picture, applying a filter, and then uploading it to a social network, Polaroid Swing records a one-second-long “moving photo” that's like something out of Harry Potter.

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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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Pokemon GO servers down and frozen screen : What to do!

Pokemon GO servers down and frozen screen : What to do!

It's that time again - the middle of the day on a weekday when vast amounts of Pokemon GO players are playing at the same time. Servers are down and Pokemon GO users are freaking out! Today we're going to walk everyone through the process with which they can attain a better chance at being logged in and playing the game - rather than being left out in the dust. The first of several methods the player should use for staying online is to make certain their phone has as strong and internet connection as possible from the start.

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Pokemon GO player uses drone to catch ’em all

Pokemon GO player uses drone to catch ’em all

Gamers all around the world have been suckered into getting outside and (gasp) walking around in the sun thanks to Pokemon GO. The last time so many indoorsy types were lured into exercising this much was when the Nintendo Wii launched. It appears that one Pokemon GO player has evolved a bit and devised a new and innovative way to catch those Pokemon that allows him to not walk around with the unwashed masses. This guy catches the Pokemon using a drone.

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Fallout Shelter comes to PC later this week

Fallout Shelter comes to PC later this week

Everyone's favorite vault management mobile game, Fallout Shelter, is finally making the jump to PC sometime later this week. That means instead of crafting armor, gathering supplies, and maintaining vault dwellers by tapping on your smartphone's screen, you can actually play it with a keyboard and mouse — on the same machine you use to play Fallout 4, even!

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Malware-plagued Pokemon GO app making the rounds on Android

Malware-plagued Pokemon GO app making the rounds on Android

If you haven't heard by now, Pokemon GO is taking over the world. As the most popular mobile game in recent history, the augmented reality-based app has people out searching their neighborhoods while on the hunt for Pokemon — sometimes even finding things other than Nintendo's creatures. The game is turning out to be such a big hit that its global rollout has been slowed due to overloaded servers.

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Apple is opening an iOS Developer Academy in Italy this fall

Apple is opening an iOS Developer Academy in Italy this fall

Apple's first iOS App Development Center in Europe will be opening in a few months, and it's been confirmed that the Università di Napoli Federico II in Italy will be hosting the incubator. Originally announced back in January, the center will be a place for aspiring developers to better learn about the iOS app environment, as well as for educators to receive additional support. The Apple-sponsored course will run for nine months, and is open to applications from anywhere in Europe.

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Vimeo app update makes purchases available on mobile

Vimeo app update makes purchases available on mobile

Vimeo is a video hosting website known for offering content that skews toward the more artistic side of the medium's spectrum. For this reason, the service attracted a lot of users with high-quality videos, and it soon became a destination for indie movies, short videos, film projects, and such. Over time, the service evolved to offer a for-pay on-demand video store, and now thanks to a recent Android and iOS update, users can access those purchases directly on their phone.

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