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Pokemon Go used to lure players into armed robbery

Pokemon Go used to lure players into armed robbery

A malicious group sets up an elaborate trap in order to entice hopeful Pokemon trainers to venture into shady spots and corners. They then spring up on the unsuspecting victims and quickly deprive them of their valuable possessions. That may seem like a script out of a Team Rocket heist, it is actually happening in the real world, in more dangerous and life threatening ways. Missouri police report arresting four suspects who have allegedly abused Pokemon Go's game mechanics to lure and then rob players of more than just their Pokemon.

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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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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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Yahoo’s Facebook Messenger chatbots talk money, weather, monkeys

Yahoo’s Facebook Messenger chatbots talk money, weather, monkeys

If you felt that talking with Yahoo's recently launched Radar traveling planner was more of a constrained, scripted conversation, then these four new Facebook Messenger conversation partners might be more to your liking. Riding on the chatbot wave, Yahoo is introducing not just one but four of them, amusingly for Facebook Messenger (because who still uses Yahoo Messenger?). Three of them let you keep up to date with different kinds of news, but one gives you a virtual pet monkey right in your chat app. Because everyone wants a cute, chatty, virtual pet monkey.

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Pokemon GO servers down : What to do!

Pokemon GO servers down : What to do!

This afternoon Pokemon GO is down for the masses - a temporary server issue due to extreme amounts of stress from the first wave of users. As you might have guessed, the game is now out in the United States (as well as New Zealand and Australia), so we're feeling the rush of thousands if not millions of users coming in and playing non-stop from the moment they sign up to the moment they go to sleep. So my first idea is to wait until bedtime to begin your next quest.

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I won’t install the iOS 10 public beta: This is why

I won’t install the iOS 10 public beta: This is why

I know how temptation feels; most of us feel it too. The latest, must-have beta arrives - in this case, Apple's iOS 10, several months before its full release this fall - and before you know it you're hitting the download button and eagerly installing it onto your precious device. Before you get too carried away, though, stop: there is danger ahead.

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Pokemon GO tips and mistakes I’ve made playing

Pokemon GO tips and mistakes I’ve made playing

Before Pokemon GO launched, I had the opportunity to test the game extensively. I played it as often as I could. That was my first mistake. I've found myself diving in to the game headfirst, attempting to take my entire region by storm - which should be easy since I've only seen one other trainer here in Bismarck, North Dakota taking over Pokemon Gyms. But I found out quickly that I needed to take this experience more in stride. And I needed to stop playing Pokemon GO in the car, immediately.

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Pokemon GO battery life drain is not just your problem

Pokemon GO battery life drain is not just your problem

Pokemon GO has started rolling out around the world, finally giving long time fans of the franchise an opportunity to roam the world and capture the charming little monsters. What's the first thing you should do as a new Pokemon trainer? Buy a portable battery pack, it seems.

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Microsoft Thinga.me takes a stab at Pinterest’s market

Microsoft Thinga.me takes a stab at Pinterest’s market

Although Microsoft has had apps on iOS for a long time now, most of those have revolved around its Office productivity suite and related products. Of late, however, it has dabbled in rather strange new ventures, like the Selfie app, literally its name. Now it has another oddly named app, again for iOS only, called Thinga.me. And like Selfie, which sort of stepped on the toes of oh so many camera and social networking apps, Thinga.me is daring to set foot in a "collection" market dominated primarily by Pinterest.

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Pokemon GO US release: Download it now on iOS and Android

Pokemon GO US release: Download it now on iOS and Android

The time has finally come and you can start catching 'em all. Pokemon GO is now available in the US for everyone to download and try to be a Pokemon Master. Or maybe just see whether all the fuss and hype matches up to reality. Available for free on Android and iOS, the augmented reality game will, of course, have its fair (or unfair) share of in-app purchases. But Pokemon fans might not mind in exchange for leaving out their childhood, and not-so-childhood, dreams.

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Pokemon GO is a go, but only in Australia, New Zealand

Pokemon GO is a go, but only in Australia, New Zealand

That didn't take too long. While we were still busy musing the date for the launch of Pokemon GO, Niantic Labs was apparently busy actually launching it. The much awaited, but still doubted, "sort of" augmented reality game is finally rolling out to everyone. And by "everyone", we mean "everyone who happens to be located in Australia and New Zealand". That isn't completely surprising, as these two countries did get the trial run first before anyone else. It does mean that it will only be a matter of time before it becomes available to everyone in the world, legitimately or otherwise.

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Pokemon Go release date breakdown

Pokemon Go release date breakdown

Today we're having a brief look at what's possible for Pokemon GO for Android and iOS, launching on a date set within the next month. Before we go too far, we'll do some myth busting: there's been an image floating around that suggests July 6th will be the date of launch, supposedly "leaked" by IGN. That's not accurate. The image shows a feature story which will appear on Snapchat - the game will not be launching tomorrow. Instead, we've got some clues that may lead to the final date.

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