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How to get Special Items in Pokemon GO: Some Guidance

How to get Special Items in Pokemon GO: Some Guidance

This week we're tearing through the Pokemon GO Gen 2 update to see how everything works - today's subject: Special Items. What the game calls "Special Items" are also called Evolution Items, or Evolution Requirements by the game. There are several Pokemon which require one of these items to evolve into their next-level Pokemon. That, and a healthy dose of patience to capture many times over or carry along as a Buddy Pokemon for Pokemon Candy.

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Fire Emblem Heroes Tier List updated, Feb Week 3: the Takumi era

Fire Emblem Heroes Tier List updated, Feb Week 3: the Takumi era

This week in Fire Emblem Heroes with the release of a whole new collection of heroes, we've got some adjusting to do. Adjusting to the big Tier List, that is to say - deciding which characters belong on which rank level based on their skills and statistics. For the most part the rank list has remained largely the same. With the rise of overpowered characters like Takumi, however, it's become time to make some changes.

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Comcast Xfinity Stream app will offer live TV streaming and offline downloads

Comcast Xfinity Stream app will offer live TV streaming and offline downloads

Comcast says it will soon launch its new ‘Comcast Xfinity Stream’ app, a successor to the Xfinity TV app that’ll offer a bunch of features including media ratings from Common Sense Media, a Spanish-language guide, and more. The app will be provided for free to Xfinity TV subscribers, and will bring one’s full television lineup to mobile devices over the subscriber’s home WiFi, as well as outside of the house.

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Nest app improves Cam notifications, adds Android shortcuts

Nest app improves Cam notifications, adds Android shortcuts

Nest has announced an update to its Nest app that brings a bunch of improvements, including app shortcuts for those using the Android version. Nest Cam owners in particular are blessed by this update, which improves notifications for Nest Aware customers via things like automatic door detection. As well, Nest Cam owners will get better alerts from Nest Protect, namely an automatic live video feed from your Nest Cam if carbon monoxide or smoke is detected.

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Google Maps now lets you create and share lists of places

Google Maps now lets you create and share lists of places

Most of us have a wishlist of places we'd like to visit, but with a world as wide as ours, keeping them all straight can be a little tough sometimes. Google Maps is coming to the rescue with a brand new feature being rolled out today: shareable lists. Beginning today, you can use the Google Maps app to create lists of your favorite places and share them with family and friends.

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Pokemon GO update has secret features and 3x new Gen 2 spawns

Pokemon GO update has secret features and 3x new Gen 2 spawns

A number of references to features not yet active in Pokemon GO have been found in the latest version of Pokemon GO. We've done another APK mine of the newest version of Pokemon GO and have found quite a few of these rather interesting bits and pieces. Alongside a set of three new Pokemon just a couple of lines of code away from release, a set of adjustments for Gen 2 has appeared.

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WhatsApp two-step verification arriving now for all users

WhatsApp two-step verification arriving now for all users

Your WhatsApp account is about to get a lot more secure, thanks to the roll out of two-step verfication. The security feature has been going through a testing phase with select users on iOS and Android, but now the folks behind WhatsApp have decided to roll it out to all users. It's arriving as part of the latest update, but there are a few steps you need to follow in order to make sure it's activated on your account.

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Google Play prepares to remove apps over missing privacy policies

Google Play prepares to remove apps over missing privacy policies

Beginning next month, the number of apps offered through the Google Play Store may thin out a bit. Google has been sending out emails to developers alerting them to what is likely an incoming purge, and telling them what they can do to avoid it. Apparently, Google isn't too fond of the fact that a number of apps require sensitive permissions from users, but don't provide a privacy policy to explain why the apps need those permissions.

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Pokemon GO Valentines Day event update: Porygon, Lickitung, Candy

Pokemon GO Valentines Day event update: Porygon, Lickitung, Candy

Earlier today the Pokemon GO event for Valentine's Day began, bringing double candy, halfsies on Buddy walking distance, and special event surprises too. Niantic was purposely vague about which Pokemon they'd be making more common in this update, suggesting that it was "Pink" Pokemon that'd be more likely to appear than normal. We've been tracking the spawns since the event was turned on, and there are some oddities!

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Pinterest Lens taps AI to power new visual search tool

Pinterest Lens taps AI to power new visual search tool

Pinterest has introduced a new ‘visual discovery’ tool that uses your phone’s camera and artificial intelligence to find pins related to whatever you’re interested in. Taking a photo of your kitchen, for example, will result in Pinterest quickly parsing the image to determine the various things in it, then presenting pins related to the particular elements and items it picks out of the photograph.

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How Fire Emblem Heroes inspired one guy to spend $900 on week 1

How Fire Emblem Heroes inspired one guy to spend $900 on week 1

This week in Fire Emblem Heroes - launch week, mind you - one fellow spent a whopping $900 (or more, so he suggests) on gacha. Gacha is the monetization technique used in random-toy vending machines around the world, here used to distribute characters in Fire Emblem Heroes. While the game itself is free to play, users are encouraged to attain new characters (heroes) to use whilst playing. Gamer Kookoo22 decided that Fire Emblem Heroes was put together well enough that he'd give the gacha element a go - over, and over, and over again.

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Google Maps update puts real-time commute info a tap away

Google Maps update puts real-time commute info a tap away

Google Maps is a pretty handy app, but if you already know the way to your destination, its usefulness is diminished. Google is looking to change that by rolling out a new update today. There are a few things this update does, but one of the most noteworthy additions is real-time commute information that helps even when you already know the route by heart.

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