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PokeVision alternative FastPokeMap returns for Pokemon GO

PokeVision alternative FastPokeMap returns for Pokemon GO

One of the few developer crews still working on Pokemon GO mapping of monsters is FastPokeMap, and today they're back in business. Every few days the service has gone down for the count, but for the time being, it would seem that FPM is ready to roll. This is the latest in a long line of replacements for the first big name in Pokemon GO mapping, PokeVision - a service that was taken down by a request from Niantic, The Pokemon Company, and/or Nintendo.

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Pokemon GO update fixes your Pidgey problem

Pokemon GO update fixes your Pidgey problem

Encountering an endless sea of Pidgey and Rattata has long been a frustration of Pokemon GO players, but that's all set to change. Niantic has detailed a new update that will significantly decrease the number of super common Pokemon like Pidgey, Rattata, and Zubat in the wild. This, as you may have already guessed, paves the way for more uncommon ones to spawn.

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Android closes in on 90% market share

Android closes in on 90% market share

As the battle between iOS and Android rages on, we're seeing Android pick up some market share in quarter three 2016. Strategy Analytics has published a new report for the quarter that shows Android making some gains while iOS loses a little ground. On top of that, the smartphone market as a whole showed some modest year-over-year growth.

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Pokemon GO Daily Bonus “Streak” update detailed for release

Pokemon GO Daily Bonus “Streak” update detailed for release

A new update for Pokemon GO is on the way with "Daily Bonus" streaks for all players. This "x day streak" bonus structure will encourage trainers to get up, get out, and play as often as possible. Each bonus appears at a minimal level for the first day through the 6th day. On the 7th day, the bonus becomes large - larger than it'd been any day before.

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The cool new tools Instagram won’t let you use

The cool new tools Instagram won’t let you use

Instagram has ramped up its efforts to monetize the photos users upload to their photo-based social network. Instagram is currently testing a system where brands are able to insert tags in photos. These tags link direct to a product page, which in turn allow the user to buy. Consumer-ready and aimed at making certain you're able to buy things as easy as possible.

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This is how to control Sonos from the Spotify app

This is how to control Sonos from the Spotify app

As announced earlier in the year, Sonos has rolled out new features focused on Spotify integration. Assuming you use Sonos speakers in your home, you can now use the Spotify app to control them directly. It's a nifty function, but it's launching in beta, meaning it's still a little rough around the edges and signing up can be a little confusing.

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The best mobile MMORPG games of 2016

The best mobile MMORPG games of 2016

Before mobile gaming was a thing, before even smartphones were a thing, gamers have been playing on the Internet in what was commonly regarded as MMORPGs, short for the wordy Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games. Games like World of Warcraft, Guild Wars, Lineage, and more filled gaming news and chats, The advent of mobile devices, as well as the rise of MOBAs (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena), have mostly pushed MMORPGs to the sidelines.

As smartphones become more powerful, Internet access move ubiquitous, and mobile users mode engaged, MMORPGs have started to make a comeback, but on a smaller screen and with somewhat fewer controls. Here are our top picks for this year’s best MMORPGs, with some dating back even older, proving their massively multiplayer appeal.

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Check out Apple’s new emoji in the iOS 10.2 beta

Check out Apple’s new emoji in the iOS 10.2 beta

If you've been frustrated over the past few months by the absence of a Harambe emoji, or being forced to shrug in backslashes and brackets, then the iOS 10.2 beta is for you. Apple's freshly released update for iPhones and iPads may be targeted at developers and those on the cutting-edge of the update cycle, but there are new emoji with mass-market appeal in there too. That includes a fresh batch of pictures, updated art for existing icons, and a welcome balancing of gender roles.

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iOS 10.2 beta 1 now available for developers

iOS 10.2 beta 1 now available for developers

Apple has released iOS 10.2 beta 1 for developers, something that follows the public release of iOS 10.1.1 earlier today. The latest dev beta is, of course, only available for those registered as developers; the download is available OTA or via the Apple Developer Center. Joining the new iOS 10.2 dev release comes macOS 10.12.2, watchOS 3.1.1 and tvOS 10.1, all of them also for developers.

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iPhone 8’s top weapon could leapfrog Android’s best

iPhone 8’s top weapon could leapfrog Android’s best

Apple's iPhone 8's earliest round of detail rumors appear courtesy of anonymous Foxconn tipsters. What the next iPhone may come with, according to these tipsters, is a new way to charge. A new way to charge, that is, if the user using said iPhone hasn't tried Android before. Companies like Samsung have had wireless charging in their smartphones for generations.

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Google’s Pixel cords go “Pro” while MacBook wavers

Google’s Pixel cords go “Pro” while MacBook wavers

Google's Pixel and Pixel XL include a set of cords that put the new MacBook Pro to shame. Even Apple's newest iPhone includes a dongle which connects Lightning to a headphone jack. Now, here in 2016, as Google makes its best effort at a consumer-grade phone, they've gone Pro. Meanwhile Apple has released a MacBook "Pro" with some distinctive non-pro features.

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iOS 10.1.1 released: What you need to know

iOS 10.1.1 released: What you need to know

An update bringing iOS to version 10.1.1 is coming down the pipeline today, just about a week after we received the update to iOS 10.1. Being such a quick follow up to the rather significant iOS 10.1 update, the patch notes for 10.1.1 aren't exactly long. However, 10.1.1 does bring with it a rather important fix for the Health app.

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