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Super Mario Run, Pokemon GO face off for most day-one downloads

Super Mario Run, Pokemon GO face off for most day-one downloads

It looks like Super Mario Run might be able to challenge Pokemon GO's meteoric rise to App Store dominance. Pokemon GO launched over the summer and was almost immediately popular, but now that Super Mario Run has hit the scene, those records may not belong to it much longer. If Pokemon GO proved that there was an audience for Nintendo properties on mobile devices, it seems that Super Mario Run confirms that audience isn't a fleeting one.

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iPhone 8’s Apple Pencil connection may go Pro

iPhone 8’s Apple Pencil connection may go Pro

It would appear that Apple is ramping up iPhone 8 abilities with an Apple Pencil connection in anticipation of a Galaxy Note 8. It might seem a bit odd to add a stylus to the iPhone 8 (or iPhone 7s, as it much more likely will be called), but the Apple Pencil has never seemed all that conventional a match with other Apple products. But with a possible iPhone Pro in the mix, it doesn't seem all that out of order.

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Super Mario Run Android APK download (and how not to)

Super Mario Run Android APK download (and how not to)

After we thought we'd learned our lesson with Pokemon GO, Nintendo has decided to release Super Mario Run for mobile devices. But not all mobile devices get Super Mario Run, just the most popular line of smartphones and tablets: iPhone and iPad. So what's an Android user to do, besides clone the app themselves and run it illegally on their own Google Pixel XL? There are a few answers - and most of them are bad.

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Google Motion Stills iOS app gets not so still Motion Text

Google Motion Stills iOS app gets not so still Motion Text

They say a picture paints a thousand words, but who says you can’t have both pictures and words. Google, masters of text analysis etc., definitely isn’t saying so. In fact, it is adding text to moving pictures in the latest update to its still iOS-only and oxymoronic Motion Stills app. Now you can create not just animated GIFs but animated GIFs with animated text. And not just any text, mind you, but text that can follow moving objects around the picture.

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Super Mario Run Review: It is not free, there is a fee

Super Mario Run Review: It is not free, there is a fee

The game Super Mario Run was released today on iOS for free, with a single in-game purchase costing $9.99 USD. My first response to this was - wow, that's a different approach than I'm used to. Most in-app purchases center on coins, extra lives, and filter packs. Here, Nintendo has locked most of the game behind a single pay-to-open door.

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Super Mario Run release is live!

Super Mario Run release is live!

Super Mario Run will be released today, December 15th, 2016, at around 1:30 PM Central Time for both iPhone and iPad. This information may turn out to be off by a few minutes, depending on how close to the wire last-minute preparations go - glitches might also happen, but they probably wont. This is for the iOS version of Super Mario Run, and while iPhone and iPad may be first, Android won't be far behind.

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Evernote’s apology changes nothing

Evernote’s apology changes nothing

This morning Evernote CEO Chris O'Neill sent an email to apologize for and clarify this week's Privacy Update blunder. This apology suggests that two factors make what they're doing OK in their eyes. One of these factors is the user's ability to opt-out. The other is the idea that "select" Evernote employees may see "random content" from Evernote users. This is not good enough.

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Super Mario Run hops its way onto iPhone and iPad

Super Mario Run hops its way onto iPhone and iPad

After a few months of waiting, today is the day that Super Mario Run arrives on iOS. After Pokemon GO, Mario is the second Nintendo property to make an appearance on mobile devices, with more franchises slated for mobile games in the future. Perhaps more importantly, Super Mario Run is the first Nintendo-developed game for iOS, so in a way, this marks the beginning of a new era for the big N. UPDATE: It's out now!

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Evernote will “look at your data” (how to opt out)

Evernote will “look at your data” (how to opt out)

Privacy in saved information in Evernote might not be what it used to be come January 2017. According to the company itself, they'll be updating their service to "process and take action on [your thoughts] - to think." If that weren't creepy enough, they're also updating their privacy policy which now includes an opt-out provision which says Evernote Engineers wont "look at your data to improve the service."

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Apple Support app finally lands in the US

Apple Support app finally lands in the US

Apple has always prided itself for its more personal approach to customer support, especially with its Genius Bar setup. However, let’s face it, not everyone has the opportunity to haul themselves over to the nearest Bar. Or appointments are so packed that it’s near impossible to find an empty slot. Times like those, it might be better to get some self help. Fortunately, Apple is also making that as humane as possible as well, with the Apple Support app that’s finally available in the US, just in time for the holidays.

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Google Drive is making it easy to ditch iPhones

Google Drive is making it easy to ditch iPhones

The smartphone divide between the Apple iPhone and Google Android is one of the fiercest and most vicious in the tech industry. Lately, however, we’ve been seeing some exodus from either camp, dissatisfied with developments (or lack thereof) on either side. One thing that keeps people from completely jumping ship is the anxiety about their data, particularly contacts, appointments, and, more importantly, photos. Just as when it unveiled the Pixel phone, Google is making it even easier to jump from an iPhone to an Android. And all you need is a Google Drive account.

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Samsung Pay Mini for iOS won’t launch following Apple rejection

Samsung Pay Mini for iOS won’t launch following Apple rejection

We’ve been hearing for months that Samsung planned to launch a version of its mobile payment app for iOS, but now it seems those plans have been scrapped. According to a new report, Apple rejected Samsung's mobile app from its App Store, the reasons for which aren't clear, and the South Korean company doesn't plan on resubmitting the app. Samsung will instead double down in its focus on Android.

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