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Why Nintendo deserves credit for Pokemon GO

Why Nintendo deserves credit for Pokemon GO

It should have been clear from the start that Nintendo did not create Pokemon GO. The Pokemon Company did that with Niantic, a company spun off from Google after creating the game Ingress, a game on whose engine Pokemon GO is built. I say Nintendo deserves credit not just because they helped Niantic spin off from Google, and not just because they own part of the Pokemon Company. I say Nintendo deserves credit because of their inevitable mega-growth in the very near future, due in a big way to the success of Pokemon GO.

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PlayStation Vue: the downsides

PlayStation Vue: the downsides

I've previously reviewed Sony's livestreaming television service PlayStation Vue, and as I said at the time, it's largely a great service. I still use Vue and still enjoy it, but as with all things in life, there are some aspects I'm not terribly fond of and they tend to surface over time. That's not to say any of them are deal breakers, not personally, anyway. But there are some downsides that may be more than an annoyance for some prospective subscribers, and it's best to know about them ahead of time.

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How Pokemon GO tips make cheats – and a plea for good

How Pokemon GO tips make cheats – and a plea for good

Pokemon GO cheaters have arisen. Hacks have been initiated, and spoofing of data has begun to be sent to Niantic. Not long after this revolutionary game has been put out into the world, users have taken advantage of its loopholes. With Niantic busy putting out server fires and keeping the game online as long and as constant as possible, there's ample space for exploits. What I'd like to do today is speak with both the cheaters and Niantic, and send a plea out into the world for some reasonable action.

UPDATE: Niantic has taken some big steps toward stopping cheaters! Have a peek at the most recent update report.

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Pokemon GO tips and “cheats” for the weekend

Pokemon GO tips and “cheats” for the weekend

Next in our multi-part Pokemon GO tips series is a set of Pokemon GO tips and tricks for a hot summer weekend such as the one we're about to have. This game is addictive. Super addictive. As such, we're aiming to let you in on ways to play it fast, and play it well. Don't get caught up in Ratatats and knocked down by your opponents fully charged Gyarados! There are "right" and "wrong" ways to play the game! If you just want to have fun, there's nothing wrong you can do... unless you don't want to run out of Pokeballs.

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It’s not too late to get started with Pokemon GO

It’s not too late to get started with Pokemon GO

Whether you're reading this when it's first published or a few years down the line, it's not too late to start playing Pokemon GO. This game quickly became the most-played mobile game in the history of mobile games, handily overtaking Candy Crush Saga, Draw Something, and Clash Royale in peak daily active users just a few days after launch. Despite this, users thinking they've missed the boat needn't worry. This game isn't one a new user can get behind in irredeemably.

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It’s the right time for a Nintendo phone

It’s the right time for a Nintendo phone

Nintendo has traditionally been steadfast in its dedication to hardware, even as rival consoles have out-performed, out-exclusived, and eventually out-sold it in the process. It's taken the company years to concede that yes, smartphone gaming and leveraging the value of its game IP might be a good way of making money, and sure enough Nintendo's stock price has soared as Pokemon GO became a must-have on iOS and Android.

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Using picture-in-picture on your Mac

Using picture-in-picture on your Mac

Watching a video on a Mac while doing other things can be tricky. In some situations, having a small media player window floating in the corner is the best option; in other cases, you may use Split View to keep the video visible. Both of these solutions are annoying, though, and you've probably looked at iOS 9's picture-in-picture feature with a hint of jealously. While Apple doesn't offer that feature in macOS (yet), there are some apps that add the functionality and they're a breeze to setup.

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Oculus is losing the VR war – bleak outlook ahead

Oculus is losing the VR war – bleak outlook ahead

VR is one of those technologies that we've dreamed of for decades, but has only just become a reality. Sure, we had the Virtual Boy back in the 90's, and a handful of other “virtual reality” games over the years. However, there is really one company that's responsible for the current state of virtual reality. Yet somehow their grip on VR dominance is slipping.

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OnePlus: the unexpected rise of a new superstar

OnePlus: the unexpected rise of a new superstar

There are literally dozens of smartphone brands in the market today, even more so in China, where the mobile market thrives on cheap components and knock off designs. That is why very few smartphone makers from that region ever gain international renown. Even the likes of OPPO and Vivo, long time players in this game are overshadowed by the big league players. So when a never before heard Chinese startup named OnePlus dared to challenge the status quo, some wonder if its execs were smoking something. It turned out, it wasn't all hot air after all.

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Siri is the star of macOS Sierra

Siri is the star of macOS Sierra

macOS Sierra may not be short on new features, but the biggest change from OS X is that you're now encouraged to talk to your Mac. Siri's arrival on the desktop is more than just an extension of the now-familiar virtual assistant from her previous roles on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, however.

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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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How dare you take photos of fireworks with your phone

How dare you take photos of fireworks with your phone

If someone shared this article with you today, it's because you're already mentally preparing yourself for the cameras to come out before the fireworks even begin. "I know what's going to happen," you'll say. "Jack is going to start taking pictures about 5 minutes into the show, trying to snap a picture every time a gosh-darned firework flashes." Every year he does this! He knows GOOD AND WELL he's never going to do anything with those pictures anyway!

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