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Pokémon Is Making a Game You Play by Sleeping and I’ve Never Felt More Sure of Myself

During an announcement-packed press event in Tokyo this week, the Pokémon Company unveiled a handful of new services and hardware, including what I believe is the clear standout in this collection of new products: a game called Pokémon Sleep. And based on the limited information I have about how it works, I’m confident that I’m going to absolutely kill it at this game. Read More >>

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Nintendo’s Poké Ball Plus Made Me Wish I Was a Kid Again

With Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee, trying to decide if you want to get in on the latest Pokémon game is a relatively straightforward affair. You’re either someone who will get a kick out of a reboot of the original Pokémon games featuring all the new visuals, updated mechanics, and multiplayer features that entails, or you won’t. The more difficult question is for figuring out if you should spring for Nintendo’s new Poké Ball Plus controller for the game because depending on how deeply you love those little pocket monsters, this accessory is much more than a spherical hunk of plastic. Read More >>

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Pokémon Go Developer Niantic is Being Accused of Abusing Android Permissions to Fight Device Rooting

There's a bit of a love/hate relationship that goes on with Android rooting, especially where developers are concerned. While some people may have the attitude that rooting is pretty dodgy, there are plenty of perfectly innocent things you can only do on a rooted device - removing bloatware being the most obvious. The latest news in this arena is that Pokémon Go developers Niantic have been accused of abusing their permissions access to crack down on rooted devices. Read More >>

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Pokémon Go Will Finally Let its Players Trade Monsters

When Pokémon Go first launched there was a lot missing from the game. The key feature that had seemingly been pulled was the ability to trade monsters with other players, something that would have made collecting all the region-exclusive Pokémon an awful lot easier. Well it's just been announced that trading is on the way. Read More >>

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Latest Pokémon Go Challenge Is Literally Just Picking Up Garbage

Pokémon Go developer Niantic thinks being the very best like no one ever was should include a bit of community cleanup in honour of this year’s upcoming Earth Day. Read More >>

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Niantic Will Reportedly Settle for Nearly £1.1 Million Over Bungled Pokémon GO Festival

App developer Niantic has settled a lawsuit over a botched Pokémon GO festival in Chicago’s Grant Park in July 2017 for nearly £1.1 Million, TechCrunch reported on Saturday. Read More >>

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Pokemon Go’s New AR+ Mode Finally Puts Apple’s ARKit to Good Use

More than a year after its initial launch, Pokemon Go is often remembered for its rabid players that overwhelmed parks and swarmed streets looking for cute little pocket monsters. But people tend to forget that Pokemon Go was also many people’s first experience with augmented reality. And while today’s trainer count is down from peak numbers last summer, Pokemon Go creator Niantic says the game’s augmented reality features were noticeably improved thanks to an integration with Apple’s ARKit on iOS. Read More >>

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New Paper Suggests Pokémon GO Was Responsible For a LOT of Accidents Last Year

Cast your minds back to ye olden days of summer 2016. Suicide Squad was stinking up cinemas everywhere, Portugal were about to win Euro 2016, and we were still months away from a certain Home Alone 2 cast member taking the White House. Also, tonnes of folk were playing Pokémon GO... and apparently wrecking shit while doing so. Read More >>

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Pokémon Go’s Launched the World’s First AR Wildlife Photography Competition

Pokémon Go is still a thing, even though the very large amount of the initial playerbase gave up a long time ago. It's going strongly enough that Niantic has launched a brand new competition, asking players to submit their best AR photos from in the game. Read More >>

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Science Says Pokemon Go Really Has Made a Positive Difference to Our Health

Since Pokemon Go's launch in July last year, the Augmented Reality phenomenon has been downloaded over 750 million times and made more than £900 million. That's not a typo. While more than 80 per cent of players (myself included) haven't opened the app in months, 60 million people are still playing today. Read More >>

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How Niantic Should Fix Pokémon Go So That We Want To Catch ‘Em All Again

Over the weekend, Pokémon Go developers Niantic ended up with Exeggcute all over its face as it stood in a rather large Miltank pat of a PR disaster. Read More >>

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Pokemon Go: How Britain’s Parliament, Museums and Transport Responded To The Madness

Today marks a year to the day since Pokémon Go took the world by storm. Initially restricted to Americans, British trainers spent the first week installing workarounds to get their hands on the game. Read More >>

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Russian Blogger Sentenced to 3.5 Years in Prison For Playing Pokémon Go in Church

Ruslan Sokolovsky, a blogger who was arrested for played Pokémon Go in a Russian church, was found guilty today of charges ranging from “violating religious feelings” to illegal possession of a pen that contained a video camera. Read More >>

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This Colour-Coded Map Of London Street Trees Is Our New Favourite Thing

Lots of interesting applications of London data have come out of the open-access London Datastore since its launch, but our new favourite is an interactive map of street trees. Read More >>

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Reminder: April Fools Is Tomorrow, Lots Of Fake News Around Today

Whether you love or hate the yearly parade of daft ideas and 'new products' for April Fools' Day, it's worth remembering that it falls on a Saturday this year. Which means that a lot of companies are releasing theirs today. Read More >>