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Pokemon GO “end of support” messages sent to devices old and new

Pokemon GO “end of support” messages sent to devices old and new

This week a variety of users with all manner of different smartphones received a message from Niantic. The message suggested that the device on which the user was playing Pokemon GO would no longer be supported in the near future. Per this message from Niantic, these users would not be able to play Pokemon GO at all in the future without a new smartphone.

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Which pandemic pizza is your state’s favorite?

Which pandemic pizza is your state’s favorite?

A study was done to discover the top pizza provider since March of 2020. A ranking of preferred pizza brands in each state in the United States was conducted with specific emphasis on orders sent during the still-active global pandemic we're living in today. It would appear that most states prefer pizza with little or no human contact - shocker!

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Shiny Pokemon GO Unown, Clefairy, Jigglypuff, Lunatone, Staryu

Shiny Pokemon GO Unown, Clefairy, Jigglypuff, Lunatone, Staryu

Starting on Friday, August 7, 2020, at 1PM (local time), Pokemon GO will enter Enigma Week. This is a special week of bonuses and odd spawns activated by a successful "Ultra Unlock" during Pokemon GO Fest 2020. In this week, users will be able to attain some very, very rare Pokemon - not necessarily HELPFUL or POWERFUL Pokemon, but rare all the same.

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Two new Pokemon GO promo codes released for pre-Fest items

Two new Pokemon GO promo codes released for pre-Fest items

This week a pair of new Pokemon GO promo codes were released with clues for in-game items. These codes were released in conjunction with the upcoming Pokemon GO Fest 2020 festival and one of several puzzles that'll appear before and during the event. The codes revealed this week don't give us MASSIVE item collections, but they're worth the tiny effort!

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Shiny Pokemon GO update: The best Pokemon in late July 2020

Shiny Pokemon GO update: The best Pokemon in late July 2020

It's time to get your SHINY on in Pokemon GO - they're basically everywhere! If you're in search of your first Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon GO, starting this week you're going to want to keep your eyes on the tiny plant Bellsprout, for starters. The Shiny Pokemon Bellsprout is more common this week than it's ever been before - or might ever be in the future!

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Google Maps traffic lights update released to Android

Google Maps traffic lights update released to Android

If you're using an Android device that was released in the last few years and you use Google Maps, you're in luck. Today, Google started releasing an update that adds traffic lights to maps. This isn't going to be live in all places around the world right out the gate - this is just the start - but it's a major step toward the hyper-accurate future of a fully mapped globe.

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China’s Beidou GPS rival is now complete

China’s Beidou GPS rival is now complete

The shutdown of Chinese facilities earlier this year due to COVID-19 showed just how much the world's products and businesses are dependent on them, perhaps much to the chagrin of the US. That said, the drama surrounding US export bans against Huawei also revealed some of China's own dependence on US and international technologies. One of the lesser-known dependencies is on global navigation systems, commonly (and inaccurately) referred to as GPS. As of today, China may no longer need to rely on the US-based system as it successfully launched the last two satellites to complete its own Beidou navigation system.

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Google Maps update adds COVID-19 safety features, border alerts

Google Maps update adds COVID-19 safety features, border alerts

In a move that further solidifies Google Maps' role as de-facto location and guidance system for all smartphones, the company's added a number of safety features to the app. Centering primarily on COVID-19 issues - like social distancing - Google Maps added alerts about important safety-related information as well as a number of public transit health-related insights.

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Polar Grit X smartwatch released for high-end rugged fitness

Polar Grit X smartwatch released for high-end rugged fitness

The Polar Grit X was revealed today in a world where any that's not bad news is good news, and here the good news is a smartwatch. The Polar Grit X works with a circular full color display, and several hardware buttons (so you'll not be worrying about difficult-to-control touchscreen business when you're wearing gloves, and such.) Unlike some competitors, this watch is focused largely on Smart Coaching, wellness, and exercise.

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Apple COVID-19 mobility trend data released for the public good

Apple COVID-19 mobility trend data released for the public good

Today the folks at Apple released a mobility data trends tool to the public for free to aid in citizen care for COVID-19. Our current global pandemic requires that companies like Apple step forward and offer their tech power to assist the world in avoiding sickness and death. Mobility data revealed by Apple today is not attached to any specific user account, and is based instead on user requests for Apple Maps data for directions.

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Estimote wearables track workers to curb COVID-19 outbreak

Estimote wearables track workers to curb COVID-19 outbreak

The folks at Estimote created a set of devices and software that'll allow a business owner to keep track of their workers remotely. With a "contact tracing dashboard" and Bluetooth devices (worn by each employee), a business owner can keep track of the location and relative health of their workforce. Each wearable device scans for other wearable devices in the area and "registers close interactions."

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Fitbit Charge 4 adds GPS and more focused fitness tracking

Fitbit Charge 4 adds GPS and more focused fitness tracking

Fitbit has officially revealed the new Charge 4 fitness band, and as expected it's a case of new tech hiding inside a familiar wearable. While it may look like the old Charge, the new version adds onboard GPS along with other sensors, and introduces an Active Zone Minutes feature that promises to better track your health.

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