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Pokemon GO Grass Event update and a mystery ‘mon

Pokemon GO Grass Event update and a mystery ‘mon

The Pokemon GO Grass Event has begun in earnest and the whole in-game universe is aflutter with Pokeballs flying directly at the faces of green pocket monsters. Much of what this event will bring has already been revealed - mostly having to do with the type of Pokemon that are a lot more common for the next 84 (or so) hours. There's still a question about alternate-color Pokemon in the wild, though - is that Bulbasaur shiny? Or is it just Niantic playing a trick on the Pokemon GO community?

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Pokemon GO grass event start time and Shiny Eevee

Pokemon GO grass event start time and Shiny Eevee

The next Pokemon GO in-game event has been detailed - just in time for what'll be one of the first t-shirt-weather weekends of the year for many players up north. Just as predicted by sources such as *cough* SlashGear *cough* earlier today, it's just the right time for another Pokemon GO event. Now that we've seen a behind-the-scenes update, it's time for the big show - grass style.

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Odd Pokemon GO updates coming soon with Smeargle and Delibird

Odd Pokemon GO updates coming soon with Smeargle and Delibird

Niantic is working on how two of the most complicated Pokemon in the game Pokemon GO will be released in the near future. While we've seen the release of the vast majority of the Pokemon from the original 151 and Gen 2, several Legendary Pokemon and oddballs still elude us. With the release of Ditto as our guide, we're to understand that both Delibird and Smeargle are well on their way to semi-random release.

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Roku smart TV update brings ‘More Ways to Watch’ on-demand feature

Roku smart TV update brings ‘More Ways to Watch’ on-demand feature

Roku has announced an update to Roku OS, the company's smart TV platform. With this latest update, Roku now sits at version 7.6; users can expect this update to arrive over the air sometime in the next handful of weeks. Once it arrives, Roku smart TV owners will have access to a new feature called 'More Ways to Watch,' which determines the cable show you're watching and then scours online streaming services to discover if there's an on-demand alternative available.

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S Health changed to Samsung Health, adds ‘Ask an Expert’ feature

S Health changed to Samsung Health, adds ‘Ask an Expert’ feature

Back in January, we heard rumor that Samsung had plans to change its S Health app to coincide with the Galaxy S8's launch, and that such changes include a doctor-centric feature. It wasn't clear at the time whether the app would be exclusive to the S8 or would be a general update to S Health, but now we have our answer: the app has been updated on the Google Play Store, and it has received a new name.

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Android O Pixel Launcher released (unofficially) [APK Download]

Android O Pixel Launcher released (unofficially) [APK Download]

The Pixel launcher has been torn from the heart of the Android O developer preview update released last week, APK’ed today. The one thing better than getting a whole new version of Android for those with little time on their hands is a launcher. In this case, it means getting the look and the feel of the newest and most updated smartphones in the world without going through the effort - or dishing out the cash - to get that experience in its original form. Today all you’ve got to do is download a file - sort of.

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Nova Launcher Beta Update [APK Download] changes how you use Android

Nova Launcher Beta Update [APK Download] changes how you use Android

This week the folks behind Nova Launcher, the home-screen replacement app, have released an update that will change the way you use Android. It adds a dynamic icon to the corner of every one of the apps it’s compatible with. Each of these icons appear only when a notification appears for each app. Each app’s icon content is based on the sort of notification they’re presenting.

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iTunes ‘rent once, watch anywhere’ removes device shackle

iTunes ‘rent once, watch anywhere’ removes device shackle

iTunes has long offered digital movie rentals, and those digital movie rentals have historically been more or less shackled to the device from which it was rented or, in some cases, required syncing between devices. That changes with iTunes 12.6, an updated version that is bringing a so-called 'rent once, watch anywhere' functionality that removes the limitations. This functionality assumes the user is running the latest versions of iOS and tvOS, however.

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How to download Android O update features for your phone

How to download Android O update features for your phone

Today Google released Android O Developer Preview for smartphones of several types. Users that wish to partake in this download will want to pay attention to the warnings from Google made this afternoon. This release is different from those in the past in that it's specifically NOT part of the Android Beta program - instead, it's meant for developers extra-specifically.

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Instagram enables live video saving to phone (for broadcasters)

Instagram enables live video saving to phone (for broadcasters)

Instagram has announced the addition of a new feature that enables users to save their live videos directly to their phone once the broadcast is complete. The feature is a welcomed (and frequently requested) one that will allow users to hang on to their own formerly-live videos for future sharing or watching, even though the video itself will disappear from the app once the broadcast ends.

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WhatsApp is bringing back its text ‘Status’ feature

WhatsApp is bringing back its text ‘Status’ feature

Since its very beginning, WhatsApp featured a text-based ‘Status’ feature that allowed users to choose a status that their friends and other contacts could see. This feature persisted when messaging functionality was added to the app, but was stripped away late last month in favor of a Snapchat-like ‘reinvention’ of the feature — one that involved sharing videos and photos. Users, predictably, revolted.

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Signal launches encrypted video calling for everyone

Signal launches encrypted video calling for everyone

Open Whisper Systems has announced that its previously launched encrypted video calling feature in Signal has been taken out of beta and is now available for all users to enjoy. The feature first arrived as a beta that users had to opt-in to use; now it is available to anyone using the most recent version of the iOS or Android app, making it easy to make end-to-end encrypted video calls.

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