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Pokemon GO Update: Water Event postmortem and Shiny Easter Secrets

Pokemon GO Update: Water Event postmortem and Shiny Easter Secrets

Overnight masses of Magikarp have disappeared from the game Pokemon GO, and fish-hunters everywhere have fallen to their knees in despair. Why, they ask, why wasn’t I one of the select few to find a Shiny Magikarp? Why couldn’t I find that Gold Magikarp so I could make a Red Gyarados? How do I get a Red Gyarados now?! The answers lie in the water, my friends - and in how well Easter will treat the world of Pokemon all around the world.

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Things to know about the Samsung Galaxy S8

Things to know about the Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung has finally shown its hand with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ and, quite honestly, there's quite a lot to take in. From the nearly all-screen front to the desktop-like experience, the Galaxy S8 is jam-packed with features and promises, some of which might have gotten lost in marketing speak, bullet points, and specs sheets. Here are 8 of Galaxy S8 features, and even some misfeatures, you may have missed.

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T-Mobile says Galaxy S8 and its LTE make the perfect pair

T-Mobile says Galaxy S8 and its LTE make the perfect pair

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is out and, naturally, carriers are jumping at the opportunity to announce their availability and promos. Ever the Un-carrier, T-Mobile is doing more than just revealing dates and prices. It is also saying why you'd want to get a Galaxy S8 from them. And that reason will be to achieve the smartphone's full gigabit potential on T-Mobile's trifecta of LTE technologies, allowing the Galaxy S8 to reach downloads of up to 900 MB/s on average.

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HTC U with Snapdragon 835 shows up at AnTuTu

HTC U with Snapdragon 835 shows up at AnTuTu

Samsung's deal with Qualcomm seems to have thrown OEM's launch schedules into disarray. Since the Snapdragon 835 won't be available to any other smartphone maker until May at the earliest, companies are left with only two choices. Risk being late to get the Snapdragon 835, like the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, or launch early but settle for a Snapdragon 821, like the LG G6. HTC, it seems, has another strategy. Launch one device early and another a bit later, which seems to be the implication behind this HTC U that popped up at AnTuTu.

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Galaxy S8’s Bixby will feature Pinterest’s visual discovery tech

Galaxy S8’s Bixby will feature Pinterest’s visual discovery tech

Samsung has finally, fully, and officially unveiled the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, and with them comes the first iteration of Bixby, Samsung's homegrown voice-controlled personal assistant. Naturally, Bixby is promised to be able to do more than your average voice-controlled personal assistant, but while we still have to wait for confirmation of its greatness, it will at least be able to do one thing others can't. It will be able to visually identify objects in the real world and then let you do all sorts of things with that information. Like searching for related things on Pinterest, thanks to Pinterest's own Lens visual discovery tool.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 release date USA and price (plus USA pre order)

Samsung Galaxy S8 release date USA and price (plus USA pre order)

This morning Samsung revealed the Samsung Galaxy S8 in all its glory - now we’ve got the details about its release. In stores, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be joined by the Galaxy S8+, or Galaxy S8 Plus, if you prefer. This will be the larger of the two devices, both having very similar insides as they’re released to the public at the same time.

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Huawei Honor 8 Pro, a.k.a. Honor V9, seen in Russia

Huawei Honor 8 Pro, a.k.a. Honor V9, seen in Russia

A rose by any other name, as the quote goes. Huawei sub-brand is not above using different names for the same phones that are available in different markets, whether to keep things exciting or confusing. Case in point is the Honor 8 Pro, which, by name, seems to take after the Honor 8 and Honor 8 Lite. But you won't be blamed if it looks and sounds familiar, because it is pretty much the same Honor V9 that was launched in China late last month.

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Android O video details what’s coming for devs and users

Android O video details what’s coming for devs and users

Google has just recently released the first developer preview for Android O, and, as the name so plainfully says, it's meant more for developers to try out. Of course, it doesn't mean there's nothing for end users to enjoy as well. Google released a video to help developers prepare their apps for Android O, but it also holds clues on what waits users once Android O lands. That is, if apps have been updated to take advantage of features like Notification Channels and Picture in Picture mode.

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HTC U (Ocean) has a new kind of touch surface

HTC U (Ocean) has a new kind of touch surface

Even though tomorrow will be all about the Galaxy S8, HTC is sneaking into headlines this afternoon with a couple of interesting new rumors about its upcoming phone. Specifically, we're hearing about some features that will be present in the next phone in the HTC U lineup - confusing called simply "HTC U."

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Moto X 2017 leak reveals dual cameras, Snapdragon 625

Moto X 2017 leak reveals dual cameras, Snapdragon 625

Both CES and MWC 2017 have come and gone but Motorola has been relatively silent on its other smartphone lines. While it did unveil the 5th gen Moto G, it hasn't said a word yet about a new Moto X or even a new Moto E. This latest leak, however, seems to reaffirm that, yes, the 2017 Moto X is still a thing. But more than just giving a glimpse at its near final body, we're also seeing some confirmation of features, which include a dual camera system.

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OnePlus 3T Midnight Black limited edition now in the US

OnePlus 3T Midnight Black limited edition now in the US

Black is the new black, or at least as far as high-gloss black smartphones are concerned. Ever the contrarian, OnePlus is adding a different twist. It's not glossy mind you, but not its usual matte or old standstone either. It's all black but still also all metal, giving the new OnePlus 3T Midnight Black a very dark visage while still keeping the surface free of fingerprints. But if you have your heart set on this, better be quick on those fingers. There's no telling how long this limited edition will last.

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T-Mobile refreshes prepaid plans with $45, $55 and $75/month options

T-Mobile refreshes prepaid plans with $45, $55 and $75/month options

T-Mobile is rolling out refreshed prepaid phone plans, one coming in at $45/month and the other at $55/month. Both plans offer users unlimited everything -- talk, text and data -- with their own respective limits on high-speed 4G LTE data. Both of those plans are also being joined by a new T-Mobile One prepaid plan set at $75/month; that option includes unlimited 4G LTE data.

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