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How to make Pokemon GO even better

How to make Pokemon GO even better

For the moment, Pokemon GO appears to be moving past a lot of the issues it faced closer to launch. Bugs are getting fixed, servers seem to be getting more stable, and the tracking feature that went missing a few weeks back has returned, albeit in a form different from than the one we're used to. Niantic is even getting better at communicating with players, something many Pokemon GO fans have been asking for since the start.

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Iran swings the banhammer at Pokemon GO

Iran swings the banhammer at Pokemon GO

While there are a number of countries eagerly awaiting the arrival of Pokemon GO, it would appear that Iran is not one of them. The country has banned the app due to security concerns, giving Iran the distinction of being the first country to officially ban the popular game. Of course, whether or not such a ban actually stops Iranians from playing Pokemon GO is another thing entirely.

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Skully AR helmet creators go under, founders sued

Skully AR helmet creators go under, founders sued

Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo may have made some dreams, both of the creators as well as backers, come true, but it has also brought nightmares to life as well. There is no shortage of anecdotes about failed campaigns and even lawsuits that flowed from those, but there are some that sound too terrible to be true. One such case is that of Skully, creators of a highly popular augmented reality enhanced motorcycle helmet of the same name. Two years after bagging almost $2.5 million on Indiegogo, not only has the startup failed to deliver, it has also ousted its founders and filed for bankruptcy. And now those two founders are facing a lawsuit for alleged misuse of company funds, most of those raised through Indiegogo.

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Pokemon GO’s latest bug makes monster catching much more difficult

Pokemon GO’s latest bug makes monster catching much more difficult

Pokemon GO's latest patch did more than just take away the game's tracking feature, as it's also introduced a bug that makes Pokemon more difficult to catch. Niantic confirmed the bug after players noticed that Pokemon were escaping Pokeballs and running away from battles much more frequently, saying that it's working on a fix for the issue.

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New Pokemon GO bug may transform the Pokemon you catch

New Pokemon GO bug may transform the Pokemon you catch

Pokemon GO veterans may not want to stop catching those useless Weedles and Caterpies just yet, as a new bug that apparently changes Pokemon after they've been caught has surfaced. Unlike the three-step bug, which was just infuriating, this one actually has the potential to be awesome, but then again it could also end up disappointing a lot of players who manage to track down an ultra-rare Pokemon only to have it change into something different after the fact.

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Pokemon GO developer Niantic breaks silence, issues statement on recent problems

Pokemon GO developer Niantic breaks silence, issues statement on recent problems

If you haven't heard yet, it's been a turbulent few days for Niantic Labs, developer of the wildly popular Pokemon GO. On top of slowing launches in new regions, Niantic has also remained silent on when it intends to fix the "three step glitch," which has broken the game's tracking feature and left players to wander around aimlessly when a Pokemon they want to catch pops up on their nearby list.

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Pokemon GO’s controversial changes might mean refunds for angry fans

Pokemon GO’s controversial changes might mean refunds for angry fans

If, like a seemingly significant number of players, you're upset with Niantic's latest Pokemon GO antics, you might like to know that other users have been successfully been requesting refunds for their in-app purchases through both Apple and Google. This backlash from fans comes after Niantic issued a patch that removed tracking from the game entirely and allegedly moved to shut down third-party apps like Pokevision, which saw increased use once Pokemon GO's in-game tracking feature broke.

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Pokemon GO player hits level cap, but needed a bot to get there

Pokemon GO player hits level cap, but needed a bot to get there

With Pokemon GO developer Niantic remaining tight-lipped on a number of the game's inner workings, players have been left to postulate and discuss what could be going on behind the scenes. One of the most discussed topics seems to be Pokemon GO's level cap, with Niantic never stating outright that there's a hard cap in the game. Well, we now have an answer to that question, as one player has managed to hit the level cap and took to Reddit to share that success.

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Pokemon GO estimated to hit 75 million downloads

Pokemon GO estimated to hit 75 million downloads

The launch of Pokemon GO continues to impress. Niantic and Nintendo's little mobile game has proven to be a major hit in every region it has launched, surpassing 50 million downloads on the Google Play Store over the weekend. That's pretty incredible all on its own, but now app analytics firm Sensor Tower is predicting that Pokemon GO has passed 75 million downloads across iOS and Android.

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Pokemon GO: Five places you should avoid playing

Pokemon GO: Five places you should avoid playing

With Pokemon GO launching in yet another region today - welcome to the party, Japan! - I thought it might be a good time to remind everyone that even though Pokemon fever is still running strong, there is still a time and a place for Pokemon hunting. To be a little more specific, there are a few places you should avoid playing at all costs, no matter how strong the temptation is.

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Pokemon GO is finally, once and for all, available in Japan

Pokemon GO is finally, once and for all, available in Japan

It was perhaps the ultimate irony. A franchise that originated in Japan and a game that started its beta test in Japan has only know arrived in Japan, after around 30 countries have enjoyed the insanity first. But at least for the Pokefaithful and the Pokemaniacs, the long, painful wait is finally over. Yes, Pokemon GO is now available at long last in Japan, which means we're probably about to get overloaded with all the wacky antics and ads that the country is famous, or notorious, for.

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Pokemon GO McDonald’s team up confirmed, Japan launch still nowhere in sight

Pokemon GO McDonald’s team up confirmed, Japan launch still nowhere in sight

Yesterday, two big rumors concerning Pokemon GO landed in our laps. The first said that the game would be getting its long-awaited launch in Japan today, while the other said that the Japanese launch would come with a corporate partnership with McDonald's, which would see some 3,000 McDonald's restaurants across Japan turned into Pokemon Gyms. As it turns out, only one of those rumors was true, with McDonald's Japan confirming the partnership today.

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