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    The Top 10 Apps of the Year Will Not Surprise You

    It’s been like this for a while, but the Wild West has been tamed. The world of apps has been whittled down to a few giants, and it’s those giants that dominate the top 10 apps of 2016. Nielsen has been getting into mobile analytics lately, and they’ve put together the list based on average […]

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    Spotify Brings Touch Bar Support to Its Mac App

    When Apple announced the new MacBook Pro, one of the ways they tried to sell the new Touch Bar was with contextual media controls. The Touch Bar, an OLED strip that replaced the function keys with touch controls that change depending on what app is in use, has finally gotten some of those promised features […]

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    Finally, an App to Make Your Cat Take Good Pictures

    As has become well-known, developing a solid social media game for your cat is an excellent way to secure at least a couple years of steady income from the internet. Up until now, that’s been reserved for the lucky few who have been blessed with cooperative cats, but boy is that market ripe for disruption. […]

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    Pokémon Go Finally Makes it to the Apple Watch, as Promised

    Apple made a bad habit of promising things at the iPhone 7 launch and seeing them get delayed longer than they’d like. After mysterious setbacks, Apple finally released the AirPods earlier this month, and now we’re seeing one of the big Apple Watch guarantees — Pokémon Go is now on Apple’s wearable. When Apple discussed Pokémon Go for the Apple […]

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    Super Mario Run Leaps to 40 Million Downloads in Just Four Days

    Turns out that day one total of 2.85 million downloads was nothing. Per a press release in Japanese directly from Nintendo, Super Mario Run was downloaded a stunning 40 million times in the four days after its launch on December 15. That’s far more than what Pokémon Go had in its launch window, although that game had a staggered […]

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    Jean-Claude Van Damme’s iMessage Stickers and Emoji Are Brutal

    You read that right. Splitsmaster and ’80s-’90s martial arts movie mainstay Jean-Claude Van Damme is doing his part to contribute to the one true world language (get out of here, Esperanto). Tomorrow, both the App Store and Google Play will be made better for the presence of VanDammemoji, an app that will bring JCVD stickers […]

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    It’s Now Possible to Order Shake Shack Ahead of Time Using an App

    Things are about to get dangerous. Shake Shack, the new fast food burger joint hotness sweeping the world, is dangerously easy to order thanks to a new mobile ordering app the chain just released yesterday for iOS (the Android version is still in development). After a successful beta test in Manhattan, Shake Shack has released […]

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    Super Mario Run Was Downloaded 2.85 Million Times on Its First Day

    After a surprise reveal at the iPhone 7 announcement, Super Mario Run, the first Mario game made for mobile devices, arrived on iOS yesterday. And, what a debut it was — the game blew past Pokémon Go‘s day one downloads, notching 2,850,000 copies downloaded to Pokémon Go‘s 900,000. In the world of smartphones, Mario’s already off to the races. […]

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    Facebook Developing Response to Proliferation of Fake News

    Fake news — shorthand for news content produced to go viral without regard for sourcing — has become a buzzword since the United States elections in early November. At the heart of the matter is Facebook — since its early days as a social network, Facebook has evolved into a content distribution platform governed by its users and, now, […]

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    Someone Studied Pokémon Go’s Health Benefits, and the Results Won’t Shock You

    Today in science that probably didn’t need to be done (but why not?), we have a study published in the British Medical Journal about the health benefits of Pokémon Go. Researchers from Harvard and the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden lived the dream this year, pulling off a weeks-long study to test whether or not playing Pokémon Go led to […]

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    Google Allo Lures in Users With Star Wars Rogue One Stickers

    We can make plenty of jokes relating Google to the Empire and the Death Star, but it turns out they’re having some problems with the irresistible attraction part. Their Allo messaging app launched in September, but has stalled out at five million downloads since then. Aside from the users they pulled in from sales of […]

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    Starbucks Officially Joins Forces With Pokémon Go

    Starbucks is officially joining Sprint in the push to make Pokémon Go magic happen all over again. The Sprint announcement revealed that new Pokémon are to be introduced to the game next week, expanding the number of Pokémon that can be collected by as many as 100. It’s looking like developers Niantic are attempting to better capitalize on […]

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    Pokémon Go Chooses Sprint as a Partner Before Launching New Pokémon Next Week

    Remember the massive crowds that Pokémon Go generated back when the game first launched in the summer? Sprint’s hoping they start forming around their stores next week. That’s when the game’s developers, Niantic, are expected to announce new Pokémon (likely from the series’ second generation), the latest and most significant update in the game’s attempt at a […]

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    Instagram Finally Allows Users To Disable Comments

    Instagram is detailing their plans to help users prevent online harassment today, announcing a set of new account and commenting tools that will soon be available to all users. According to a blog post, the features should roll out to users over the next few weeks in an app update. Until now, it was only […]

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    DoneGood Chrome Extension Makes Sure You Only Shop at Ethical Shops

    Ethical shopping (itself a slippery concept) is difficult in practice — once you’ve taken a step in that direction, staying consistent takes a remarkable amount of research, dedication, and commitment. A public benefit corporation called DoneGood has created a Chrome browser extension to automate the research part by straining out bad companies and directing you to […]

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    Netflix Finally Adds Offline Viewing

    It’s not quite the Holy Grail of Netflix, but it’s close — an update to the iOS and Android Netflix apps is enabling downloads for offline viewing. There are plenty of restrictions, unsurprisingly, but it’s a step toward finally having Netflix on flights or ground-bound public transportation without running through your data cap in the span […]