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Hit indie puzzle game Fez coming to iOS

Hit indie puzzle game Fez coming to iOS

Indie game developer Polytron has revealed that it's celebrating the fifth anniversary of its hit title Fez by bringing the puzzle-platformer to mobile platforms later this year, mentioning iOS specifically. First released in 2012 for the Xbox 360, Fez has since been ported to a number of platforms, including PC, Mac, PS4, PS3, and even Linux, but has never before been playable on a smartphone or tablet.

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Instagram Stories hits 200m users, celebrates with new camera features

Instagram Stories hits 200m users, celebrates with new camera features

Despite whatever controversy it may have caused when it first launched, Instagram Stories has certainly taken off in the time since then. Today Instagram revealed that Stories has attracted 200 million users, joining the recently announced milestone of 375 million users for Instagram Direct. As a result of these big numbers, both Stories and Direct are getting some new features today.

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Pokemon GO Easter Event Start Time, Details, Strategy

Pokemon GO Easter Event Start Time, Details, Strategy

This afternoon the Pokemon GO Easter Event begins - though you wont find Niantic calling it that, exactly. Instead, Niantic calls this their Pokemon GO Eggstravaganza, and it begins this afternoon. In this event we'll find that a "greater variety of Pokemon can now be found in 2 km Eggs," in addition to additional Candy in every egg hatched. There's a bit more XP to be had at this event as well.

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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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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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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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Pokemon GO prep for inevitable Easter Event

Pokemon GO prep for inevitable Easter Event

How we prepare for the Easter Event in Pokemon GO starts with Ratata and Pidgey and ends with some of the most high-level Pokemon in the game. The methodology is legendary for the most hardcore of Pokemon GO players. The way to get the most XP out of a single Lucky Egg has been a question pondered by all those well on their way to the promised land: Level 40. Once there, the highest-level Pokemon in Pokemon GO can be attained - with Bunny Ears, we're hoping.

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Apple Clips now available to download

Apple Clips now available to download

Apple Clips has hit the App Store, with the new social video editing app a free download for those with an iPhone or iPad. Announced back in March, Clips joins iMovie for iOS rather than replacing it, as a second way to edit videos on the go. In fact, the two are very different animals: whereas iMovie is, like its desktop counterpart, focused on time-based edits, Apple Clips is more freeform in its approach.

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Niantic’s Pokemon GO Easter surprise: Virtual Trespassing Lawsuits!

Niantic’s Pokemon GO Easter surprise: Virtual Trespassing Lawsuits!

This week it's become clear that Niantic isn't easily going to duck a number of lawsuits filed against them in courts in both the United States and abroad. In The Hague (in the Netherlands), authorities were successful in pressuring Niantic to remove virtual monsters from certain areas of their beloved city. Just before a court date set for October of 2016, Dutch authorities cancelled Niantic's appointment in favor of a (then pending) simpler solution. Whether or not this same sort of solution is being sought here in the United States - we'll see very soon.

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Twitter starts testing auto Night Mode in its mobile app

Twitter starts testing auto Night Mode in its mobile app

Some apps automatically dim at night, such as Google Maps. This feature is generally designed to make the usage experience at night more pleasant, such as looking at your phone in the dark without being blinded by bright white backgrounds, and now such a feature may be coming to the official Twitter mobile app. The feature has popped up in testing, and prompts users to select one of three Night Mode options.

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Starbucks for iOS updated with iMessage gift cards

Starbucks for iOS updated with iMessage gift cards

Starbucks has updated its iPhone app to version 4.3.4, adding multiple changes including the addition of a new iMessage gift card option. Those who use iMessage can now send their friends or family members a Starbucks gift card directly within the app, eliminating the need to toggle between apps or purchase a card in-store. Joining this are improvements to Mobile Order & Pay and more.

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Microsoft Sprinkles camera app is fun and not at all depressing

Microsoft Sprinkles camera app is fun and not at all depressing

The developers at Microsoft have successfully created another distraction to our everyday massacre of a modern life with an app called Sprinkles. With the app, users will be able to see how old the machine thinks they are - though that's not a strictly new trick from Microsoft, it's still wonderful to be able to do, if you look young. Another feature is matching your face with the celebrity that looks most like you.

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