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[Update: AR+ is live] Pokémon Go v0.123.1 to bring AR+, Gen IV critters, and more (APK Download)

Pokémon Go is still alive and kicking. Earlier this year, players finally got the ability to trade monsters with friends, a hallmark of the core Pokémon series fans had been asking for since the game's launch. Now, a new update is set to bring enhanced augmented reality (AR+) and creatures from the Sinnoh region featured in the series' fourth generation of games.

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Pokémon GO is locking out users after scanning internal storage for evidence of rooting

Mobile games don't tend to look favorably on rooted devices — i.e. smartphones where the user has root access to the system code — due to the potential for cheating. However, not many go to the extreme that Niantic has just imposed with a recent update for its massively popular Pokémon GO game.

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Weekend poll: Are you still playing Pokémon Go?

Back in the far-off summer of 2016, Pokémon Go descended upon the world in a flurry of unstoppable nostalgia. It's not unreasonable to say that many if not most of us spent a good chunk of that season chasing down augmented reality models of our collective childhood. But not much later, analytics for the game suggested participation might be in decline. Now, two years on, Pokémon Go fest 2018 is in full swing in Chicago, and the summer weather across the US is perfect for the outdoor game. We're curious, how many of you are still playing?

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'Pokémon Go' developer Niantic shows off AR tech that lets Pikachu hide behind real-world objects

An annoying but understandable quirk about the current state of most augmented reality applications is that virtual items imposed on an AR view don't relate to the world in a believable way: they just sit on top of a scene, regardless of whether or not real-world objects should appear in front of them. "Pokémon Go" developer Niantic showed off its impressive solution to this problem today in what it's calling Codename: Niantic Occlusion — using of course, Pokémon.

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Two years on, Pokémon GO finally gets trading, ways to interact with friends in-game

When Pokémon GO first launched almost two years ago, people downloaded the game in droves. It was arguably the first game whose gameplay relied heavily on interacting with the real world, enabling players to explore new places and capturing Pokémon through an AR lens. However, for all its emphasis on getting players off the couch and exploring the world together, Pokémon GO never truly supported any way for players to interact with one another — no kind of in-game chat exists, and trading, one of the most central parts in the original game series, has never received more that a passing hint or mention from Niantic.

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Poké Ball Plus accessory announced for Pokémon Go and Nintendo Switch

Pokémon Go enjoyed immense popularity in the weeks and months following its 2016 release. It's since tapered off, but the game is likely to see a resurgence this fall with the release of two new Nintendo Switch games that borrow heavily from Go's gameplay and feature some cross-platform elements. One of those elements is the Poké Ball Plus, a spherical Switch controller that doubles as a Pokémon Go Plus-style smartphone accessory, allowing players to catch monsters in the mobile game without interacting with their phones.

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[Continuously Updated] 2018 April Fools' Roundup: All the jokes from around the web

April Fools' day is almost upon us, but each year at least a few companies are unable to restrain themselves, pushing out their pranks early as the remainder dribble out over the day itself. Google's various divisions do some decent work each year—last year's Google Gnome was itpretty good, and the Maps team's 2014 Pokemon prank was memorable. OnePlus even has a history of pulling off a decent prank. But, there are a ton of individual companies and gags to follow.

It can be tough keeping track, so let us handle the work while you enjoy the jokes.

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[Update: Coming March 30th] Pokémon Go getting in-game 'Research Tasks' to let players finally catch Mew

Players of the original Pokémon Red and Blue series will no doubt recall hearing and sharing countless stories on how to obtain the mythical Pokémon, Mew. The creature was only available on the Game Boy through official Nintendo events (or with a glitch discovered in 2003), but that never stopped anyone from spreading rumors about how there was a Mew hiding underneath the truck near the S. S. Anne. This was a time when the internet as we know it was still in its infancy, and it wasn't as easy back then to look up and refute a hoax — though to be fair, things aren't much different now that it is.

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Pokémon GO to get in-game quests, hints at possible future mythical Pokémon release

In an APK teardown on the Silph Road Pokémon GO subreddit, user and moderator dronpes has published a wealth of new findings in version 0.91.1 of the popular AR game. While Niantic's official changelog is just a simple three-pointer on in-game news, search, and bug fixes, the teardown goes into a lot more depth and reveals a lot of what Niantic has planned for Pokémon GO, the most substantial of which could be the new Quest functionality.

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