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How the Pokemon GO CP increase update rebalances the game

How the Pokemon GO CP increase update rebalances the game

Pokemon Go power is up across the world today as Niantic announces Pokemon CP increase is not a glitch. What Niantic suggests, instead, is that they've done work in balancing Pokemon against one another. Niantic is attempting to make sure the game is fair for all users as our first Thanksgiving event approaches. This means users that aren't next to a water source where they can catch Magikarp, for example.

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Google Search popular times feature gets a boost for holiday shopping

Google Search popular times feature gets a boost for holiday shopping

Google Search and Maps are once again adding a few new features to help you survive the holiday season. While the first round of updates centered around making holiday travel easier, today's batch want to help you spend as little time as possible shopping. Google is bolstering the functionality of the "popular times" feature in Google Search and Maps to achieve this.

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Trump’s CIA chief pick makes encrypted chat popular again

Trump’s CIA chief pick makes encrypted chat popular again

Donald Trump's impending presidency and Pompeo pick for CIA has sent downloads of secure encryption chat apps skyrocketing. According to the makers of the encrypted messaging app Signal, they've had a 400 percent growth increase since election day this month. Moxie Marlinspike, co-founder of OWS, makers of Signal, they've "never really seen any single event that's resulted in this kind of sustained, day-over-day interest." According to Marlinspike, this may be because of fears that Trump's impending control of "the least accountable surveillance apparatus in the history of the world."

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Google doubles-down on WiFi as Apple eyes the exits

Google doubles-down on WiFi as Apple eyes the exits

Google's new home networking system, Google WiFi, may not be actually out juggling internet packets in users homes yet, but that hasn't stopped the company from declaring a premature mesh victory. Announced in early October, the cylindrical router doesn't just aim to replicate what the existing OnHub does, but goes beyond it by allowing multiple units to work together. It's called mesh networking and, while Google isn't the first company to attempt it in the home, the search giant is claiming to be best at it.

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Moto Z and Z Force get Android Nougat, Daydream support this week

Moto Z and Z Force get Android Nougat, Daydream support this week

Good news for those of you with a Moto Z or Moto Z Force in your pocket: Android Nougat is officially coming. Motorola said as much when it announced that it would support the devices with Nougat updates before the end of the year, but it looks like the roll out begins this week. Motorola says this is a global push, so you can look forward to some Nougat goodness regardless of where you happen to be.

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Why Anki’s Cozmo Robot leaps in value this December

Why Anki’s Cozmo Robot leaps in value this December

Anki's Cozmo Robot is set to get an update in December to increase its abilities and expand its intelligence. This will be the first major update to the robot since launch, and Anki suggests it'll be a big one. Anki says their goal is to make the robot grow and learn well into the future so that its owners will never find it boring. At this point it's able to lift cubes, play games with cubes, and speak our name. Next, it gets a whole lot more interesting.

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Pokemon GO Thanksgiving Event update secret details

Pokemon GO Thanksgiving Event update secret details

Pokemon GO's second in-game event was announced today by Niantic for Thanksgiving weekend. This event will be very similar to the first event in Pokemon GO, Halloween, with tricks and treats galore. This next event won't be quite so transparent as the first, but we've got the data you're going to want to dive into to make the most of the event as it's happening. Also take note, those readers new to SlashGear - this is just the latest in a string Pokemon GO updates accurately tipped to us in the past few weeks - stay tuned!

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The Best Google Pixel phone cases: Live, Silicone, 3rd-party

The Best Google Pixel phone cases: Live, Silicone, 3rd-party

Today we're running down the best Google Pixel cases that've been released thus far for the larger of the two devices, the Pixel XL. As Google is in the process of making a very big deal about these devices, both the Pixel and the Pixel XL are enjoying attention with cases from many brands. We've done some syphoning of the best of these cases and bring you the best of the best, as follows.

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Pokemon GO update plus secret events beyond Thanksgiving

Pokemon GO update plus secret events beyond Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is closing in for Pokemon GO and Niantic has a few tricks up their sleeve for the next big event. But first, some less obvious changes made to Pokemon GO over the last week that'll be taking effect this weekend. For starters, there's the switching of the nests - or nest migration, if you prefer. This is the term used for Niantic's switching of places where certain Pokemon spawn in big groups.

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Galaxy S7 Android Nougat update released (sort of)

Galaxy S7 Android Nougat update released (sort of)

This week the folks at Samsung have released the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge in several countries. It's important to note that this update is not the final release, just a Beta. It's also important to note that this Beta release is available to the public - it's not just closed off to certain users with VIP status.

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Google Pixel encryption promised to be stronger, faster

Google Pixel encryption promised to be stronger, faster

One of the biggest criticisms of Google’s open mobile platform is security. For some, especially those looking from the iOS camp, Android’s security framework is a joke. That’s not to say that Google hasn’t been working on improving the situation significantly. Especially in its first ever “by Google” smartphone, the Pixel. Now Google briefly explains some of the added security measures implemented for the device, specifically on the rather contentious topic of encryption.

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Pixel phone flipping scheme: Google’s statement on a ban hammer

Pixel phone flipping scheme: Google’s statement on a ban hammer

This week it became apparent that Google was banning a number of accounts because of a Pixel phone flipping scheme. Google's terms of service says to users: "you may only purchase Devices for your personal use," and goes on to say that they "may not commercially resell any Device." Now a number of users are up-in-arms about how Google has reacted to their attempt at gaming the system, so to speak.

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