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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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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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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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Amazon app adds ‘Package X-Ray’ feature to see what’s inside boxes

Amazon app adds ‘Package X-Ray’ feature to see what’s inside boxes

With the holidays now upon us, the shopping season is about to get into full swing. Like most people do nowadays, the majority of your shopping is done online, probably from a certain retailer by the name of Amazon, and that means plenty of packages arriving within a short time period. To help with this, Amazon has updated its iOS app with a new "Package X-Ray" feature that allows users to see what's inside a certain box with the iPhone's camera.

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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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YouTube Kids lets parents block annoying sing-a-longs

YouTube Kids lets parents block annoying sing-a-longs

The Internet is deceptive in some ways. “Enterprising” people always find ways around restrictions to put up content that would otherwise be illicit in some contexts. Take, for example, videos on YouTube that are supposedly kid-friendly. Well, some of them might indeed be great for kids, but not for parents. Ultimately, it will be parental units who decide what their offspring can or cannot watch. And now the YouTube Kids app makes it much easier for moms and dads to filter out those that might not suit their idea of child-friendly fun.

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Firefox Focus is a super simple private browser for iOS

Firefox Focus is a super simple private browser for iOS

Almost all respectable modern web browsers these days, be they on desktop or mobile, offer a way out of obnoxious ads, activity tracking, and potential invasions of privacy. But more often than not, these features come at the cost of a bit of complexity, which can be intimidating for an already anxious user. Mozilla, who only last year was finally able to bring its Firefox browser in full to iOS, might have a solution. For iOS only as well. It is called Firefox Focus, and not only is it already private by default, it is also dead simple to use.

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Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app can now scan docs, receipts

Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app can now scan docs, receipts

When you mention the name Adobe to most computer users, they will most likely thing of Photoshop and its kin of creative and graphics software. The company, however, has also made a mark in the productivity and office market with products like Acrobat and its more recent Document Cloud suite. Today it is taking another shot at it, threatening the likes of Microsoft and Evernote in the process. Its Acrobat Reader app on iOS and Android has just gotten a new Scan feature that lets users scan anything and convert them into PDFs, all for free.

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Fallout Shelter 1.9 update celebrates Thanksgiving in the wasteland

Fallout Shelter 1.9 update celebrates Thanksgiving in the wasteland

If you've ever wondered if the vault dwellers in Fallout Shelter continue to celebrate holidays like Thanksgiving underground, wonder no longer. Bethesda delivered the answer to that question today, announcing Fallout Shelter's new 1.9 update. In short: Yes, vault dwellers celebrate Thanksgiving, and they seem to do it in style.

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Pokemon GO Thanksgiving update: Secret news for the future

Pokemon GO Thanksgiving update: Secret news for the future

The next event in Pokemon GO will likely reveal Niantic's event schedule plans for the foreseeable future. We've seen them bring on a Halloween event - now whether Thanksgiving is covered will tell us how Pokemon GO events will work with holidays from now on. We will soon see Pokemon GO events' secular nature, as well as how regional they'll be for holidays that are semi-global.

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Google Translate uses machine learning for whole sentences

Google Translate uses machine learning for whole sentences

It’s not secret that Google is obsessed with machine learning and artificial intelligence, especially of late. If it were up to it, those technologies would permeate all its products. It already started with Google Assistant in the Google Pixel smartphone and Google Home speaker. Now it’s bringing a dash of that to Google Translate. The company has announced that it is transitioning from using statistical machine translation to a Neural Machine method to deliver more natural sounding translations that won’t embarrass you or crack you up.

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How I create new PokeStops in Pokemon GO

How I create new PokeStops in Pokemon GO

Creating new PokeStops in Pokemon GO has been a wish of mine since the game was originally launched. As such, I've done everything from submitting queries through Niantic's standard channels to attempting to backwards-engineer PokeStops in the game's code. Only one thing has worked, and the method comes thanks to an intrepid explorer by the name of TheFarix, a fellow living in West Virginia.

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