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Pokemon GO down time: Here’s when it’ll be back

Pokemon GO down time: Here’s when it’ll be back

Pokemon GO has a planned down-time for maintenance starting today at 1PM Central Time. This game will be offline for approximately 7 hours. Per Niantic, this time will be dedicated to "server maintenance." The game will be "inaccessible to all Trainers" during this time - so don't worry about losing your spot in your favorite local Pokemon Gym - you'll be there when the game comes back.

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New Pixel update promises battery boost, Safety Check and better sleep

New Pixel update promises battery boost, Safety Check and better sleep

Google is adding a bunch of new Pixel features, promising improvements in battery life, better integrations with the Google Assistant, and new personal safety features. The update will see Adaptive Battery get new tweaks to better manage power consumption from apps, and give more insight into just how long your Pixel should last.

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Android 11 reveal may be delayed but the new power button already leaked

Android 11 reveal may be delayed but the new power button already leaked

Features of the next major version of Android have begun to leak courtesy of intrepid developers bent on access as soon as possible. Documentation of the features we're seeing today are public, but activating said features isn't quite so simple as a quick tap of a PDF. This new API and the feature's we're seeing here will be present in a future version of Android, hopefully very soon, but for now they're relatively hidden.

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Samsung Access subscription lets you upgrade a Galaxy S20 after 9 months

Samsung Access subscription lets you upgrade a Galaxy S20 after 9 months

Samsung has launched a new phone subscription, Samsung Access, promising its flagship Galaxy S20 5G phones along with a set of Microsoft apps and services that could end up being quite the deal. In addition to baking in the cost of an unlocked smartphone - plus insurance for it - Samsung Access also includes a way to rapidly upgrade as new phones are released.

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Google delays Android 11 event and beta release amid US protests

Google delays Android 11 event and beta release amid US protests

Earlier this month, Google said that it would announce the first Android 11 public beta on June 3 in a live stream. The live stream was officially announced on the Android developer site soon after, but things have changed. In a brief update on the matter today, the Android team said that Google is postponing the event and the Android 11 beta release.

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Apple acquires Inductiv [UPDATE: Another Christopher Re group]

Apple acquires Inductiv [UPDATE: Another Christopher Re group]

A startup company called Inductiv was acquired by Apple to improve the abilities and functionality of their voice assistant system Siri. Inductiv worked with artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically identify and correct errors in raw data. Engineers have begun working with Apple, according to one report, to improve Siri's speed and accuracy.

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This Google AR app tackles social distancing’s biggest issue

This Google AR app tackles social distancing’s biggest issue

With social distancing for our current global pandemic for COVID-19, augmented reality seems to have found a place to be helpful in the real world. An "Experiments with Google" app called Sodar works with WebXR to show a 2-meter circle around the user, with augmented reality.

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New Samsung Galaxy Watch models revealed by FCC

New Samsung Galaxy Watch models revealed by FCC

The successor to one of the most major competitors to the Apple Watch was revealed today - in part - by the FCC. That is the Galaxy Watch, successor to the device with the same title. This Samsung device looks largely similar to the original, with a new stainless steel case and a new Gorilla Glass DX topside pane of protective glass.

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Before you buy a new iPhone SE check out Apple’s iPhone XR refurb deal

Before you buy a new iPhone SE check out Apple’s iPhone XR refurb deal

If you're in the market for an iPhone but you're not looking to spend a ton of money on it, then it might be worth checking out Apple's refurbished iPhone XRs. The new lineup went live on Apple's website today, and in all cases, you'll spend around $100 less than the original sticker price to pick one up. There are a number of different color and storage options too, giving you even more flexibility on price.

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Galaxy Note 20 colors leaked in two sizes

Galaxy Note 20 colors leaked in two sizes

Today a set of sizes and colors leaked for the next major Samsung smartphone release. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ will bring a set of standard colors like black and gray - but also green, and copper. It'll be an interesting year, where we're not quite as wacky with the brightness that was the Galaxy Note 9, but not entirely basic, either.

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OnePlus says a cheaper phone would sell better

OnePlus says a cheaper phone would sell better

The OnePlus brand made a name for itself with a set of creative endevors in low-cost, high-value smartphones. From the beginning, with the OnePlus One, the company aimed to be a master of the cult classic Android smartphone. In the last couple of years, OnePlus smartphone prices crept upward. In the year 2020, a new OnePlus 8 will cost you around $700 USD off-contract. This price structure may be about to change.

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BIG Shiny Pokemon GO leak: See Galar get bright!

BIG Shiny Pokemon GO leak: See Galar get bright!

Today a wide variety of Pokemon were added to the game Pokemon GO before a set of events that'll change the Shiny Galar region forever. The regular Galarian Meowth will get a Shiny edition - instead of brown, it's a light dandelion yellow - nearly tan. Also in the mix: Galarian Ponyta, Rapidash, Slowpoke, Farfetch'd, Zigzagoon, Obstagoon, Darumaka, Darmanitan, and Garmanitan ZEN MODE!

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