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Imagination PowerVR Furian could give future iPhones a boost

Imagination PowerVR Furian could give future iPhones a boost

Unlike in the world of PCs where you have the likes of NVIDIA and AMD/ATI butting heads over graphics cards, the mobile graphics chip scene is often less sensational. It does still have its big names, though, like Qualcomm’s Adreno, NVIDIA’s Tegra, and ARM’s Mali. Predating these, however, is Imagination’s PowerVR, which traces its roots back to the early days of desktop graphics hardware accelerators. The company has just announced its latest gen GPU architecture, the Series8XT, a.k.a. “Furian”, that could give next year’s iPhones 4K and VR capabilities.

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WikiLeaks’ Vault7 CIA dump prompts Apple reaction and more

WikiLeaks’ Vault7 CIA dump prompts Apple reaction and more

Apple, Microsoft, and others in the tech industry have responded to Wikileaks' claims of CIA hacking abilities, pushing back on fears of federal agents turning smartphones and TVs into spies. The leak-focussed group, which has prompted controversy in recent months for the role it played in the US presidential election, released a cache of data earlier this week that it claimed proved the US Central Intelligence Agency could routinely eavesdrop through many of the connected devices people have in their homes or pockets. Dubbed "Vault7", the nearly 9,000-strong document drop has prompted chaos among many, uncertain whether their devices are in fact working against them.

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Here’s when and where Apple’s iPad event might take place

Here’s when and where Apple’s iPad event might take place

Apple has never been one to compete for space at big tech events, be it at CES, MWC, or IFA. It always holds its own conferences at its own pace, though those usually do coincide with some major events. Around this time last year, Apple was preparing for an iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro. This year, however, Apple’s traditional Spring gathering might be running a wee bit late. According to speculation, Apple could be holding that event, where it is expected to launch three new iPads, in the first week of April and at its brand new campus.

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Pokemon GO: Eevee evolutions and Special Items update

Pokemon GO: Eevee evolutions and Special Items update

The most common question asked by Pokemon GO users since the dawn of the game involves Eevee. How do I evolve Eevee to get the evolution I want? Originally we'd been relying on three names to get each of the three different Eeveelutions - now there's a couple more. Our most recently updated list of Eeveelutions includes Umbreon and Espeon, and we've got some news on the "how to get Special Items" for evolutions as well.

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Pokemon GO’s “Big 3” updates for 2017: Special Items need not apply!

Pokemon GO’s “Big 3” updates for 2017: Special Items need not apply!

We now have a list of the three game-changing updates for Pokemon GO in the year 2017 - and they're huge! While we do not know the order of the 2nd and 3rd update, the first will center on the Pokemon Gym. While we've had Gyms and Gym Battles since the start of the game, these battles have been notoriously simple and devoid of the complexities of battles as they've existed in core Pokemon games - all that's about to change.

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Pokemon GO trading update is almost here

Pokemon GO trading update is almost here

A Pokemon GO Trading update, one of three major upgrades to Pokemon GO for the year 2017, has been revealed to SlashGear this week. In addition to a strong indication of this notion from our own anonymous source with information on the subject, an interview with Niantic this week seems to seal the deal. In the interview published this week, Niantic suggests that the trading update is indeed scheduled to be released this year, and will include user trading within a certain set proximity - real life up close and personal deals, that is to say.

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Pokemon GO: all the updates shared by Niantic CEO this week

Pokemon GO: all the updates shared by Niantic CEO this week

Niantic CEO John Hanke spoke at Mobile World Congress today about Pokemon GO with a brief barrage of facts. He began his chat speaking about how unexpected the game's success was. "It was probably the worst job of forecasting of my career," said Hanke, referring to the relatively large number of times Niantic servers were down in the first few weeks after Pokemon GO launched and millions of players logged on.

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iPhone 8 will reportedly have curved OLED, use USB-C instead of Lightning

iPhone 8 will reportedly have curved OLED, use USB-C instead of Lightning

Get ready for another report about the iPhone 8, because The Wall Street Journal has published a doozy today. According to the paper, the next iPhone will sport a curved OLED display, though we've heard some kind of variant of that claim frequently over the past few months. What's really surprising about the WSJ's report is the claim that Apple will ditch Lightning with the iPhone 8 in favor of USB-C.

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Pokemon GO update: Eevee evolution charts tweaked

Pokemon GO update: Eevee evolution charts tweaked

For those in Pokemon GO about to evolve their Eevee into the first Espeon or Umbreon they've ever had, pay attention. The most recent chart of Eevolutions, methods, and best potential outcomes has arrived. Barring all Pokemon GO hacks and whatnot, we're having a look at the insides of the software to show you exactly what's possible for Eevee in the wild.

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Apple backtracks on third-party iPhone screen repairs stance

Apple backtracks on third-party iPhone screen repairs stance

While Apple is still fighting proposed “right to self-repair” on one hand, it is somewhat softening its stance on unauthorized repairs on the other hand. It isn’t a full U-turn, mind, but one that only covers a very specific and limited case. Previously, Apple would flat out declare that an iPhone screen repaired or replaced by a third-party fully voids the phone’s warranty, no questions asked. A leaked internal memo to Apple Stores and authorized service providers now instruct them to honor the warranty but under certain conditions only.

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Apple investigating video of exploding iPhone 7 Plus

Apple investigating video of exploding iPhone 7 Plus

Earlier this week a video began circulating on the internet of an iPhone 7 Plus experiencing its own Galaxy Note 7 moment: emitting a large amount of smoke as it partially explodes. The device belonged to Arizona-based Brianna Olivas, who shared video of the event on Twitter. Fortunately no one was injured, and the 18-year-old says it the phone was functioning normally up until the day before. Now Apple has stated that it is taking the malfunction seriously, and looking into what happened.

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MyKronoz watch hands “attached by a hole cut through the color display”

MyKronoz watch hands “attached by a hole cut through the color display”

A smartwatch with a touchscreen display and a set of mechanical hands is exactly what we did not expect from MyKronoz. It didn't seem to make a whole lot of sense to continue to try to make smartwatches look like traditional watches in the first place, given the lack-of-market for the devices. But here they are, complete with elements from both the traditional universe and the new-age smartwatch world, made by MyKronoz.

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