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Nintendo should take Pokemon GO away from Niantic

Nintendo should take Pokemon GO away from Niantic

Nintendo's released Super Mario Run for mobile devices and Fire Emblem Heroes soon approaches, but today we're talking about what could be. Today we're going to create the ideal game from scratch, without direct regard for how it'd get done. Today we're going to imagine what Nintendo could do to make the perfect game for mobile devices - one that'd capture the imagination and the coin from gamers and non-gamers alike, all around the world.

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Instagram multi-photo albums being tested on Android app

Instagram multi-photo albums being tested on Android app

Instagram is testing a new feature that will enable users to share multiple photographs in an album, doing away with the need to create collages to group photos together. The feature isn’t officially available in any capacity to the average user, but it has begun cropping up for some Android users in Instagram version 10.7.0. The albums created with this feature cannot be published live at this time.

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MIT wearable app determines the emotion behind conversations

MIT wearable app determines the emotion behind conversations

Researchers with MIT have detailed a new wearables app that determines the emotions behind a conversation. The app is billed as a possible future ‘coach’ of sorts for individuals with Asperger’s or general issues picking up on emotion and social cues. The app was created in part using the Samsung Simband, a wearable device that picks up high-resolution waveforms on physiological metrics like heart rate and blood pressure.

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Pokemon GO Valentines Day update: events plus conspiracy

Pokemon GO Valentines Day update: events plus conspiracy

Pokemon GO's next update and big event could reveal several Gen 2 Pokemon to the world, available for capture and use. On the other hand, if the Pokemon Company is putting up a temporary block for the game's regular updates, there could be something fishy going on. Realistically, we won't be expecting anything to happen in Pokemon GO until just before the 14th day of this month of February: Valentine's Day.

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Starbucks tackles voice ordering on iOS and Amazon Alexa

Starbucks tackles voice ordering on iOS and Amazon Alexa

You can already place your Starbucks orders using your smartphone, but today we're seeing the massive coffee company expand on that functionality by rolling out a voice ordering feature. For the moment, the feature is only available on iOS through the Starbucks mobile app, and only a select number of customers will have access to it at first. In other words, this is a small-scale beta test before a larger launch later in the year.

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Shazam speeds up song identification with new Android shortcut

Shazam speeds up song identification with new Android shortcut

Shazam, the app for identifying songs, has just made it easier to get an ID before the song ends. Both the Android and iOS apps have been updated with new features, and the Android app in particular has received a firm-press shortcut to instantly start to 'shazaming,' cutting down on both taps and time. There's a small catch, though, if you want to use this feature.

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Ninja Spinki Challenges is Flappy Bird creator’s latest mobile game

Ninja Spinki Challenges is Flappy Bird creator’s latest mobile game

Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen has launched a new mobile game under his .Gears studio, and it is called Ninja Spinki Challenges. Like Flappy Bird before it, Nguyen designed the game to be ultra-challenging, the same feature that caused ample lamentations and more than a bit of drama at the time. As of Thursday, the new mobile game is available to download from both Google Play and the App Store.

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Snapchat update 10 is here (and you’re gonna need it)

Snapchat update 10 is here (and you’re gonna need it)

This morning the official Snapchat app was updated for both Android and iOS. Seemingly spurred into action by the oncoming waves of update movement from services like Instagram, developers are Snapchat have delivered a quality update of their own. As a number of our readers using the Android version of Snapchat have attested, this update makes all the difference.

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Pokemon GO update: Gen 2 event transfer plus Valentine’s Day

Pokemon GO update: Gen 2 event transfer plus Valentine’s Day

Plans for the next Pokemon GO event have been made for Valentine's Day - and the time is ripe for more Gen 2 monsters. All code changes up unto this point in APK updates suggest the imminent release of another wave of Gen 2 Pokemon. As we've heard little of updates from Niantic since the last "in coming weeks" before the end of the year, one could safely assume some sort of big update is coming soon.

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Google’s AR translator turns Japanese into English in real time

Google’s AR translator turns Japanese into English in real time

Google has made it easier than ever to read Japanese: all you need is a phone. Using the Google Translate app’s camera feature, users can point their phone at a bit of Japanese text and see it on their screen in real-time, only with English where the Japanese text previously existed. In that way, it functions essentially as an augmented reality translation app, marking another step toward breaking down the language barrier.

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realMyst, the classic puzzle game, arrives on Android

realMyst, the classic puzzle game, arrives on Android

The iconic, beloved, and now-classic puzzle game Myst has made its way onto the Android platform via the new mobile game, realMyst. In it, players can head out into Myst Island, where studio Noodlecake Games says they can ‘explore anywhere, unfettered, and in realtime.’ You’ll find beautiful scenery throughout the island’s various regions, including lakes, forests, and other landscapes. The developer says gamers get 'full Myst gameplay and interaction.'

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Facebook Messenger ad tests begin in Australia and Thailand

Facebook Messenger ad tests begin in Australia and Thailand

Facebook is kicking off a small trial of advertisements in Messenger, the company has announced, with those tests taking place in Australia and Thailand. The ads will be placed on the Messenger homescreen below the user's recent chats, making them visible but not entirely intrusive. These ads won't appear within your Messenger chats, though, unless you do something specific to invite them in.

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