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Deus Ex GO gives cyberpunk a diorama-esque board game flair

Deus Ex GO gives cyberpunk a diorama-esque board game flair

Square Enix definitely has a new-found obsession for turning its franchises into "turn-based puzzle games", a.k.a. board games. Perhaps emboldened by the success of Hitman GO and Lara Croft GO, the game publisher is giving the same treatment to another major title: Deus Ex. Capitalizing on the upcoming launch of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Deus Ex GO will cater to mobile gamers who might not have that much time or resources for a full on Deus Ex game but still want to be immersed in the fictional cyberpunk universe of the game.

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Apple’s Road to iPhone 7 Pro

Apple’s Road to iPhone 7 Pro

Rumors, leaks, and tips from unnamed sources lead the way to the next big thing from Apple: an iPhone Pro. While we have yet to see any sort of confirmation from Apple itself, the prospect of an iPhone Pro is so exciting to some, the actual much more likely release of an iPhone 7 Plus pales in comparison to the possibilities of a Pro model. We've been watching the throne since the iPad Pro was first revealed - it was inevitable! Now we have only to recount the steps and count on Apple to bring the heat.

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iOS App Store update will make you subscribe and see ads

iOS App Store update will make you subscribe and see ads

WWDC 2016 will play host to Apple's big update to the next generation of their App Store. Inside the app store, Apple hopes to change the way app developers make money from their apps. While traditional one-time-fees for apps will remain, Apple will open the doors to subscription costs for apps of all sorts. In addition to this, Apple will be changing the amount of cash they make from subscription costs on apps sold by developers.

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Google’s new iOS app makes iPhone magical again (with Live Photos)

Google’s new iOS app makes iPhone magical again (with Live Photos)

This week Google launched the iOS app Motion Stills, making iPhone's capture of Apple Live Photos useful. While generally you're only going to see Live Photos appearing in your Photo Roll, Google's software takes what you've captured to a new level. Below I'll show you what the company's app can accomplish. It's simple. It's worth it. It'll make you think your iPhone is magical again. It'll make you feel like you've got a magical device capable of magical things - thanks to Google's computation on top of Apple's camera captures.

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Google’s iOS-only Motion Stills turns Live Photos into GIFs

Google’s iOS-only Motion Stills turns Live Photos into GIFs

Apple introduced the new Live Photos feature in iOS 9 but, aside from being limited in what devices you can create them, they can only be viewed on other Apple devices as well. So sharing those artistic, if not wacky, animated photos with those on Android or other platforms is a no go. Until today, that is. Google Research has just launched an iOS-only app, which is already surprising in itself, that converts those Live Photos into silent, looping animated GIFs that you can more easily spread around.

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Instagram adds one-touch sharing to iOS devices

Instagram adds one-touch sharing to iOS devices

Since the original announcement back in March, Instagram users have been unhappy with the upcoming changes. After all, now instead of seeing posts displayed in chronological order, the app will deliver content in the order of its own choosing. However, there is another update coming to the service that might have you excited.

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Apple updates WWDC app with new Apple TV version

Apple updates WWDC app with new Apple TV version

With Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) just around the corner, the company released an updated version of its official companion app yesterday. Just like in previous years, the WWDC app continues to provide a schedule and maps for the June 13 - 17 event, along with access to watch the keynote presentation and developer sessions being live streamed. But new for this year is support for tvOS, allowing the app to be used on the latest Apple TV model.

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Facebook is forcing Android users to download the Messenger app

Facebook is forcing Android users to download the Messenger app

It's been roughly two years since Facebook decided to strip the chat functionality from their smartphone app. Instead of letting users just download a single app for all of their Facebooking tasks, the company forced users to install a new app to chat, called Messenger. Of course, you could get around that by choosing to go to the mobile Facebook page and chatting there. But even that is coming to an end.

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These are the 72 new emoji coming in Unicode 9

These are the 72 new emoji coming in Unicode 9

Brace yourselves, heavy texters, there's new emoji on the way! The Unicode Consortium, which oversees the official library of emoji in use, has revealed the 72 new characters that will make up this year's addition. Most of the new designs fit into the categories we're all familiar with, such as food, smileys, people, and animals, but there are quite a few that are direct reflections of actions and responses that have only developed in the last few years among mobile users. Namely, the selfie and the shrug gesture.

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Smartphone Shipments leveling out: everyone already has one

Smartphone Shipments leveling out: everyone already has one

A smartphone unit shipments report released today suggests that basically everyone in the world who wants a smartphone already has one. This week Mary Meeker from VIA Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers have released her annual Internet Trends report for 2016, showing - in the process - how growth has slowed in smartphone unit shipments. This does not mean end sales, mind you, just shipments from manufacturing plants to distributors. This is not sales - but it's certainly indicative of some interestingly dire trends.

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Galaxy Note 5 beats all other phones in customer satisfaction index

Galaxy Note 5 beats all other phones in customer satisfaction index

Today the ACSI Telecommunications Report 2016 has revealed consumer satisfaction in smartphones in the United States. This American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) report is run on "interviews with roughly 70,000 customers annually", asking questions about customer satisfaction in brands including Apple, Motorola, Samsung, LG, HTC, and more. Measures are reported on a scale of 0 to 100, 100 being the most satisfied. You might be surprised who holds the number 4 spot - it's not a phone released this year, nor last year, believe it or not.

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Google My Account can now locate Android and iOS devices

Google My Account can now locate Android and iOS devices

Google landed the My Account hub a year ago with the goal of giving users access to controls for protecting their personal information and data in one place on Google. My Account put lots of privacy and security controls in one location including controls for privacy and security checkups. Google says that in the year since it launched, over a billion people globally have used My Account.

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