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As iPhone 8 release date nears, Apple tests wireless charging waters

As iPhone 8 release date nears, Apple tests wireless charging waters

Without explicitly saying the next iPhone will have wireless charging, Apple has essentially tipped off the world this week. They've joined the Wireless Power Consortium, one of the world's foremost authorities on wireless power standards. This is the same group whose members include Samsung, Qualcomm, HTC, LG, Nokia, and Verizon - at this point they're essentially the winners, if this were a competition.

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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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Fire Emblem Heroes tips: seek the free secret bonus Orbs

Fire Emblem Heroes tips: seek the free secret bonus Orbs

There's a button many users miss in Fire Emblem Heroes, a button that requires the assistance of Nintendo to activate. Today we're having a peek at one of the most often-overlooked elements in the many menus of Fire Emblem Heroes, a game that's nothing if it isn't far more complicated than Nintendo's mobile predecessors. Today we're talking about the Blue Button - have you seen it?

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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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How to get 10,000 Fire Emblem Heroes Hero Feathers this week

How to get 10,000 Fire Emblem Heroes Hero Feathers this week

Nintendo has been giving out a lot of free stuff to celebrate the launch of Fire Emblem Heroes but what's coming later this week is by far one of the biggest prizes. Nintendo held a promotion on Twitter, asking for a Fire Emblem Heroes-related post to get 10,000 global retweets. So long as that goal was achieved by February 7 (today) at 7 PM Eastern, Nintendo said it would reward all Fire Emblem Heroes players with 10,000 hero feathers.

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Pokemon GO Update: time to start all over again

Pokemon GO Update: time to start all over again

Pokemon GO has reached a point at which reading news, checking Reddit, and waiting for Valentine's Day (or whatever other event is next) has gotten old. Niantic's lack of a significant update is a clear message to hardcore users. That message is, as the ODB might have said, "Niantic is for the children." In other words, a large amount of players don't play because of software updates or additions to the game, they play because they're kids and don't know the difference.

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There’s a ridiculously easy way to get thousands of Super Mario Run coins

There’s a ridiculously easy way to get thousands of Super Mario Run coins

If you find yourself short on coins in Super Mario Run, then the latest promotion from Nintendo is absolutely for you. Nintendo is giving away 2,222 coins in Super Mario Run to pretty much anyone who wants them. The company is doing this in celebration of the launch of Fire Emblem Heroes, which released for iOS and Android last week.

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Fire Emblem Heroes Tier List, Launch Week, February 2017

Fire Emblem Heroes Tier List, Launch Week, February 2017

The first collection of characters in Fire Emblem Heroes has been ranked and tagged, making it simple for users to decide on which heroes to keep, and which to send home. Here in the first week of the game's launch, some of the rankings are relatively obvious. If I roll a 5-star base unit, I'm going to want to keep it - that's the top of the charts no matter how we slice it.

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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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Nintendo’s Fire Emblem Heroes reaches nearly $3M in first day revenue

Nintendo’s Fire Emblem Heroes reaches nearly $3M in first day revenue

We've come a very long way from the times when Nintendo refused to consider coming to smartphones. The third mobile game based on the game giant's franchises, and the second from Nintendo itself, was released this week in the form of Fire Emblem Heroes for iOS and Android. And just like that it's already proven itself a hit, with data from Sensor Tower showing the game earned $2.9 million in gross revenue within its first 24 hours.

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Pokemon Go Valentine’s Day Update and big news event for February

Pokemon Go Valentine’s Day Update and big news event for February

While Reddit chatter dwindles in the main Pokemon GO forums, diehard fans badger Niantic for clues on the next big update. This update is tipped to come at around Valentine's Day - but the possibilities aren't quite so solid as they once were. Our anonymous source with knowledge of the subject suggests that Niantic is far less likely, now, to follow the end-of-month event schedule they'd more or less set in motion in the last several months of 2016.

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Outlook on mobile is now 2 years old, add-ins added

Outlook on mobile is now 2 years old, add-ins added

Microsoft Outlook is popular (or notorious) among desktop users back when Personal Information Management suites, or PIM for short, were the hottest thing in software. That shifted a bit during the mobile revolution but now Microsoft is trying to make up for lost time. While still just a fraction of its full self, Outlook mobile is gaining what Microsoft calls add-ins that turn Outlook on your smartphone or tablet into more than just an e-mail app. And just in time, too, for the app’s second year on mobile.

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