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Nintendo insists on calling next mobile games “free to start”

Nintendo insists on calling next mobile games “free to start”

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, Shakespeare did write. But the same is true for undesirable things as well. Nintendo might be trying to distance itself from the ubiquitous but still criticized free-to-play games, but its still ambiguous "free-to-start" model might not fare any better. In fact, given the literal interpretation of the phrase and Nintendo's rather colorful reputation in today's gaming market, the label might do more harm than good in promoting Nintendo's upcoming mobile titles.

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Google introduces Tap to Translate, offline mode

Google introduces Tap to Translate, offline mode

Google created its Translate app and service to help make the world a smaller place, linguistically speaking. While the app does work wonders when traveling abroad or talking with foreigners, it presumes the presence of fast Internet connections in those places. Sadly, that isn't always the case in all the countries and locales that Google Translate supports. Good thing, then, that Google has finally added offline support for its 52 strong languages, allowing most of Translate's impressive features to now work even without an active Internet connection.

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What to expect at Google IO – Android VR headset, Nexus, Tango

What to expect at Google IO – Android VR headset, Nexus, Tango

Amongst other oddities at Google I/O 2016, it's time for a Google-made Android VR headset. Not just cardboard, but hardware, running Android. Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality included. This week it's become apparent that more sources - in the software world - have been given a heads up on Google's VR plans for Google I/O 2016. That is, they've been given the go-ahead on getting excited for what may or may not be a thing Google will reveal at their yearly developer conference. So once again we're going to refer to the bits and pieces we've put together over the past few weeks - and months.

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iPhone 7 Pro “photos” show Android’s big chance

iPhone 7 Pro “photos” show Android’s big chance

With Samsung Galaxy S7 sales on the rise, several rendered images mistaken for photos by the press may, indeed, show what Apple's next iPhone competitors will be like. The iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Pro (or iPhone Pro), and the next iteration of the iPhone SE are all shown by top-notch illustrator and 3D modeler Martin Hajek, all based in schematics such as those we saw this morning, coming from accessory makers and anonymous sources of all sorts.

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Bejeweled Stars tries to bring franchise back to glory

Bejeweled Stars tries to bring franchise back to glory

Before there were shiny sweets, there were shiny gems. Before King stumbled upon the winning formula that would eventually become Candy Crush Saga. PopCap Games was already crushing it with Bejeweled, flushing so many hours, some of them at work, down the drain. Now PopCap Games is trying to once again be the king (pun totally intended) of the "match-3" genre of games. This time, however, it is starting with mobile from the get go, releasing Bejeweled Stars on both iOS and Android, and on the same day even.

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This iPhone 7 “photo” shows a smart connector, new camera, and adjusted antenna

This iPhone 7 “photo” shows a smart connector, new camera, and adjusted antenna

This week we’re having a closer look at what the next iPhone could be - considering especially the multiple leaks and tips we’ve seen over the past several weeks. In this, we’re able to see a smartphone that’s more powerful, has a better camera, and looks marginally different from the last iPhone Apple released. Can you even imagine? This is nuts! An iPhone 7 with a look and feel that’s very similar to the iPhone 6s? Crazy talk!

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Motorola Moto X Tango will let us “see” the future [UPDATE]

Motorola Moto X Tango will let us “see” the future [UPDATE]

It's not long now before Lenovo hosts their "Tech World" event, and with it, a Motorola smartphone reveal of major proportions. What we're to understand will be there is the final iteration - the release-ready version - of the Lenovo Google Tango phone. It'll be Motorola branded instead, says our anonymous source, or at least that's the plan at the moment - barring some last-minute change. We'd be surprised at such a change at this point, as the phone SHOULD be released not long after the event.

UPDATE: Another source close to the project suggests that the Lenovo Tango phone absolutely will NOT be branded Motorola. We might just have to wait for the Moto Tango for another time!

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Et tu, Meizu? Huawei P9, Meizu Pro 6 use pentalobes

Et tu, Meizu? Huawei P9, Meizu Pro 6 use pentalobes

What, you might be asking, is a pentalobe? It's a sort of screw head - a very annoyingly rare screw head, one that's generally only in place to make taking devices apart more difficult. The screwdriver you're going to need to use to get this screw out is available to the public - it's no secret - but why has Meizu begun using it? And why Huawei? Has the screw suddenly become less expensive to use, or is there a more obvious reason?

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Android ads on your lockscreen and how to destroy them

Android ads on your lockscreen and how to destroy them

Today we're going to learn about an Android feature known as SpeedCharge - and why developers should NOT be dropping ads there. If you're the sort of person that likes to pay for apps in order to allow developers to eat food and have a roof over their heads, you'll likely also be the sort of person that's not a fan of advertisements. As such, we're about to tell you how to get rid of a bunch of them from one of the worst places they've ever appeared.

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Jolla secures more funding, refunds rolling out

Jolla secures more funding, refunds rolling out

Jolla had a dream, to take succeed where Nokia failed in the smartphone industry after the latter's acquiescence to Microsoft. The software part was relatively easy. It already had the experience in Nokia's previous failed attempts at creating its own platform. Hardware, however, was probably more than it could chew, which it found out the very hard way. Jolla has practically given up on that and is focusing on software development and licensing instead. In that vein, it just secured $12 million in funding, which would eventually help the company continue refunding its disappointed, perhaps even disgruntled, customers.

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Kohl’s now lets you earn loyalty points through Apple Pay

Kohl’s now lets you earn loyalty points through Apple Pay

Technology is supposed to make things easier, but sometimes having an app for everything can be more of a pain than it's worth. That's why it seems so strange that so far when you use Apple Pay, you still have to use a separate loyalty card or app most places. You'd think that with all of our technology, we could do both things with the same app. Well one retailer is getting on board with this idea.

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GIPHY Keys, the GIF keyboard, launches on iOS

GIPHY Keys, the GIF keyboard, launches on iOS

The GIPHY Keys keyboard has arrived on iOS, giving iPhone users a simple and sleek way to send just about any GIF their heart desires…regardless of what app they’re in. If you’ve ever used GIPHY on Facebook Messenger, you already know how it works — type a word and scroll through the resulting GIFs. Tap the one you want and it’ll be sent off to your talking companion, whether you’re chatting, texting, emailing, or something else entirely.

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