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Pokemon GO Easter Event: details tipped early [UPDATED w/ Confirmation]

Pokemon GO Easter Event: details tipped early [UPDATED w/ Confirmation]

The Pokemon GO Easter Event begins tomorrow and will last one full week with a set of benefits for all users in the game. Information on this event will likely be announced by Niantic either later today or midday tomorrow when Easter Weekend starts - if you're getting a very early start on Easter Weekend, that is to say. This event falls in line with previous Pokemon GO events in that both Pokemon Eggs and Experience Points (XP) are affected! NOTE: Information on this event was, indeed, announced by Niantic less than 24 hours after this initial article was released, and our sources (and insight) were given additional street cred. We missed one thing - half-priced Lucky Eggs!

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Galaxy S8 Pre-order shipping dates released

Galaxy S8 Pre-order shipping dates released

The wait for the Galaxy S8 is almost over, as it launches in just more than a week. This is a particularly important release given the fact that the Galaxy Note 7 turned out to be a dud, so the Samsung faithful have been waiting quite some time for new (usable) flagship phone. Some of those who pre-ordered a Galaxy S8 might actually see it arrive before the phone's April 21 release, as at least one carrier will be shipping it out early.

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iPhone 8 vs Galaxy Note 8 : release of Apple’s beast

iPhone 8 vs Galaxy Note 8 : release of Apple’s beast

Android devices of all sorts are coming up in the world, rallying these last couple of years with features that rival even the iPhone. That's a strange thing to say as someone who's supposed to be unbiased about which smartphone is best - but looking at sales numbers, it's clear Apple's been quite dominant since 2007, while devices like Samsung's Galaxy S and Note series as well as Google's Pixel lines are coming to take a piece of the action. With the iPhone 8, otherwise known as or code-named iPhone X, Apple may show that they're not simply holding back features from power users - they've just been lying in wait.

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Sony isn’t that interested in phones anymore, looks to VR

Sony isn’t that interested in phones anymore, looks to VR

Sony's smartphone business has always been seen as on the verge of folding. After a brief period of fame, Sony's flagships have mostly failed to secure a foothold in the market, thanks to a combination of high prices and less impressive features. When Sony sold its VAIO PC business to a Japanese company, it was expected it would do the same with its smartphones soon as well. The good news: Sony President Kazuo Hirai thinks that smartphones are still a viable business. The bad news: it really doesn't care that much anymore.

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Google AutoDraw tries to make sense of your doodles

Google AutoDraw tries to make sense of your doodles

They say a picture paints a thousand words, but not everyone is confident they can even paint a picture at all. Almost all, however, would concede they can at least draw stick figures and shapes. The problem is that they don't think they represent the real thing they wanted to draw. Just as we "google" things we don't know these days, we can now also "google" scribbles and sketches. That's thanks to Google's new AutoDraw website and a whole lot of machine learning.

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Chrome browser’s new anchors will keep pages from jumping

Chrome browser’s new anchors will keep pages from jumping

Isn't it just annoying when you're in the middle of reading a rather engrossing web page only to have it suddenly jump back to the top or elsewhere? In this day and age of the modern web, websites still have a problem of jumping content, which, ironically, is a side effect of technologies designed to actually make the web more efficient. To make the web a better place, Google has added a new feature to Chrome called scroll anchoring to keep what you're currently seeing locked in place.

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Galaxy S8’s Bixby will have a confusing, convoluted rollout

Galaxy S8’s Bixby will have a confusing, convoluted rollout

Gone are the days when you could expect most smartphone features, save for network support, to be uniform across all devices everywhere. These days, you have to be more aware of how certain features might be available for one market but not for your market. Or that those features might not come all at the same time, if at all. That mess is what will greet new owners of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ when the smartphones rollout next week without one key feature: Bixby voice control.

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Samsung ‘Galaxy X’ dual-screen foldable smartphone prototype tipped in testing

Samsung ‘Galaxy X’ dual-screen foldable smartphone prototype tipped in testing

We've been hearing rumors about a foldable Samsung smartphone for months, and the latest rumor is no exception. According to industry insiders, Samsung will soon start testing a prototype of a phone being called the 'Galaxy X' that features two screens instead of one. This phone is said to be hinged horizontally in the middle, enabling the lengthy handset to be folded in half when not in use. This would be made possible, in part, by using the company's flexible OLED panels.

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Dropbox’s doc scanner finally arrives on Android

Dropbox’s doc scanner finally arrives on Android

Dropbox has finally brought its document scanner feature to its Android app, enabling users to scan documents directly into their Dropbox account. This feature arrived first for iOS users, and works by saving scanned documents as PDF files. The scans can be adjusted directly on mobile when necessary, including cropping and rotating the images.

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Pixel 2 XL “confirmed” by Google release

Pixel 2 XL “confirmed” by Google release

Google has revealed that they'll be releasing at least two new Google Pixel devices on dates likely set for Autumn of 2017.* This year's reveal could come very close to the Pixel release date from last year - October for the reveal and release a couple weeks later. We're crossing our fingers for a slightly smoother launch - and more realistic expectations for demand - this time around!

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Misfit Flare is a wearable with a single LED

Misfit Flare is a wearable with a single LED

The folks at Misfit have another fitness tracker up their sleeve, this time with a single LED and some high fashion sense. The Misfit Flare is the latest in a line of minimalist fitness tracking wearable devices from Misfit, this time keeping with the trend of offering the lot up for rather inexpensive prices. The Misfit Flare is a device that the company suggests is great for people "on the fence about jumping into activity tracking."

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Instagram Direct gets disappearing photos and videos

Instagram Direct gets disappearing photos and videos

Instagram announced today that its Direct feature has pulled in an additional 75 million users since November 2016, bringing the total number of users up to an impressive 375 million. To celebrate that milestone, it's making some changes to Direct that are centered around making the feature more streamlined and seamless.

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