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Pokemon GO Starbucks update news official: not quite Gen 2

Pokemon GO Starbucks update news official: not quite Gen 2

Starting this afternoon, approximately 7,800 Starbucks stores will begin to roll with all-out Pokemon GO madness. In this case it means Starbucks - almost every location in the United States - will be transformed into a PokeStop or Pokemon GO Gym. Each Starbucks will remain named "Starbucks" on the Pokemon GO map in-game for mobile devices of all sorts.

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Here are the Sony PlayStation games coming to mobile next year

Here are the Sony PlayStation games coming to mobile next year

Mobile gaming has long been in full bloom (some might even argue it already plateaued), but the big console makers didn’t get the memo in time. It was only in September that Nintendo finally announced its first real mobile game, Super Mario Run, and rival Sony isn’t going to be left behind. Except that, it will, because it won’t be until 2017 when it launches 10 titles for both iOS and Android, hailing from its vast PlayStation treasury of games.

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Bluetooth 5 coming to devices in 2-6 months with these features

Bluetooth 5 coming to devices in 2-6 months with these features

As of today, the December 7th 2016, Bluetooth 5 is within 2 to 6 months away from consumer-ready products. This information comes from the folks at Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG), the most official source of Bluetooth certification information. The headline they chose this week was "Bluetooth 5 Now Available" - though that's largely aimed at manufacturers readying their devices for 2017.

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Tech gift ideas for Moms in 2016 holiday season

Tech gift ideas for Moms in 2016 holiday season

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be over, but the season of giving is far from done. Especially when you consider that gadgets and accessories are really a year round thing. We usually just need an excuse when to give them to our loved ones. If you're still on the fence what to get such a person, for example, your super mom or super wife, take a gander at your lengthy list to fill stockings this 2016. But, mind you, gadgets are really no one gender's domain, and some non-moms might find something delightful in our season's picks as well.

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Apple Single Sign-On for iOS, Apple TV goes live

Apple Single Sign-On for iOS, Apple TV goes live

While Apple fans are still waiting for the company’s next big move in the entertainment space, that is, its own Internet TV service, Apple is at least offering them some conveniences to keep their myriad cable and streaming services in order. Previously only available in beta versions of tvOS and iOS, Apple’s Single Sign-On feature is now rolling out to all users, at least in the US. Now these users will no longer have to be bothered by repeatedly entering their credentials to sign into mobile apps. They can just do it once and forget about it.

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Google Search app separates news and personal info into tabs

Google Search app separates news and personal info into tabs

With the launch of Google Assistant, Google Now may have been upstaged. Not everyone, however, will have access to Google’s spanking new AI assistant, so Google Now is still in need of much loving. As if to prove that it still has a place for it in its heart, Google has just rolled out an update to its Google Search app that makes Now’s contextual information more prominent while also decluttering the app by separating that into a tab of its own.

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Android app update file sizes get shrunken by 65%

Android app update file sizes get shrunken by 65%

There was a time, back in the old Symbian and Windows CE days, when app sizes, were only measured in kilobytes. These days, however, it isn’t unusual for apps to go into megabyte territory, and we’re not talking just about games either. Technology and the price of components have made it far too easy to take file sizes for granted, but just because we can doesn’t mean we should. Especially when it comes to app updates, which, ideally, should be smaller than the original app download itself. Taking up the cause for smaller file sizes, Google has revealed a new technique to keep updates to a minimum, reducing sizes by 65% on average.

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Android distribution in 2016: updates are still a mess

Android distribution in 2016: updates are still a mess

Google has just updated its Android developer dashboard, the last time it will do so before the year ends, and the numbers are in. Android 5.0 and 5.1 Lollipop, not 6.0 Marshmallow, has the largest piece of the pie. Android 7.0 Nougat, which was released to the public back in August, is only installed on 0.4% of the devices in the market, mostly Nexus and some third-party ROMs. While it might seem good, at a glance, that devices and OEMS are converging on just two to three versions nowadays, the numbers show one undeniable fact. Eight years into its existence, Google and its partners still can’t get updates right.

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Leap Motion wants to rid mobile VR of controllers

Leap Motion wants to rid mobile VR of controllers

No matter the visual, and even aural, fidelity of virtual and augmented reality headsets, the illusion starts to break down the moment you want to grab something in the synthetic worlds. You can’t, at least not literally. We are, instead, limited to input devices like sticks or, worse, gamepads, especially on mobile VR with less capable smartphones. If Leap Motion has its way, however, that will be a thing of the past soon. The company specializing in glove-less hand and finger gesture input has revealed a new platform that aims to bring that same freedom of movement and input to mobile VR.

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The Apple Car is more than just four wheels, and iPhone is the key

The Apple Car is more than just four wheels, and iPhone is the key

Apple isn't going to make car innovation faster when it's already slowed mobile device market disruption to a crawl. The newest round of rumors on Apple's dealings with the auto industry got me thinking. Apple hasn't become one of the world's most successful companies over the past 10 years by entering saturated markets. Barring any sort of device we've seen before, I'm crossing my fingers that Apple has the next big market disruptor in the pipeline and coming soon.

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Apple admits what caused your iPhone battery issue

Apple admits what caused your iPhone battery issue

Apple made a statement about the iPhone 6s this morning in China, adding details to a battery issue reported by users in China and the USA. This battery issue has affected a "small number of iPhone 6S devices," said Apple. In addition to what was reported by Apple earlier, they've revealed details on the exact cause of the device switching off as it reaches 40% battery. It would seem that this is not a bug, but a sort of feature - as Apple says: "an iPhone is actually designed to shut down automatically under certain conditions."

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Minecraft Pocket Edition greets 5 years with Ender teaser

Minecraft Pocket Edition greets 5 years with Ender teaser

Minecraft was perhaps not intended to be many things when it was first conceived and created. It wasn't intended to be an educational tool, much less a tool for education artificial intelligence. It was certainly not intended, at least at first, to be used on smartphones. And yet, Minecraft now does all that and, in fact, the Pocket Edition just celebrated its fifth year of existence last month. As both a congratulations and a gift to faithful mobile crafters, Mojang, now under the auspices of Microsoft, is teasing what is soon to come: the big version one-point-oh. Also known as, "get your butt kicked by the Ender Dragon".

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