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Pokémon Go Adds Jessie And James From Team Rocket

Team Rocket has been in Pokémon Go for a while (going by the name Team GO Rocket), offering you the chance to battle everything from generic grunts all the way up to the Giovanni himself. Now, developer Niantic is introducing Team Rocket’s most famous members: Jessie and James. Jessie and James arrive via their famous Meowth hot air balloon. Just like with the other members of the team, you can tap them and do battle with their roster of Shadow Pokémon. In addition to these new NPCs to do battle with, you can......

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Superhot: Mind Control Delete Coming Next Week, Free If You Bought The Original

Superhot delivered a unique twist on the first-person shooter when it originally launched in 2016, making it so that when you stood still, everything else in the world did as well. The formula led to a new, more tactical way to approach shootouts, with the cherry on top being the intriguing lore found in the world of Superhot. While players could expand the experience in virtual reality through Superhot VR, an all-new title called Superhot: Mind Control Delete has been announced, and best of all, those who buy the original Superhot before the......

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Stadia adds 'Celeste' and 'El Hijo' to its lineup

As for El Hijo, which Engadget got some hands-on time with during Gamescom last year, that’s a pretty-looking game too. You’ll play as a six-year-old who’s trying to escape a monastery and traverse a desert to look for his mother. El Hijo can hide from his enemies in shadows and distract them with toys and other items so he can sneak by. In addition to Stadia, you’ll be able to check it out on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC sometime in the near future. News Article Courtesy Of »...

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How Facebook found disinformation networks tied to Bolsonaro and Roger Stone

Facebook has taken down disinformation networks linked to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and disgraced former Trump adviser Roger Stone, the company announced yesterday. The network connected to Bolsonaro was “involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior in Brazil” that sought to influence elections and denigrate opponents of the government, according to Facebook. Most recently, the accounts have echoed Bolsonaro’s claims that the coronavirus pandemic has been exaggerated — which even a positive test for COVID-19 has failed to curb. Their network used duplicate and fake accounts to “create fictitious personas posing as reporters, post content, and manage......

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EQT Ventures, the Stockholm-headquartered venture capital firm that invests in Europe and the U.S., is losing founding partner Hjalmar Winbladh, TechCrunch has learned. Rumours that he was leaving the “multi-stage, sector-agnostic” VC fund that he helped launch in 2016, begun circulating within the European startup ecosystem last week, with multiple sources telling TechCrunch that Winbladh has his heart set on starting something new. A serial entrepreneur, in the real sense, Winbladh is a seven-time founder, having previously built and managed global technology companies such as Wrapp, Rebtel and Sendit. Described as the world’s......

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Apple unveiled the next major version iOS a few weeks ago. I’ve been playing around with beta versions of iOS 14 and here’s what you should expect when you update your iPhone to the final release of iOS 14 this fall. The most interesting change is something you’re not going to notice at first. The home screen has been rethought. In some ways, the iPhone now works more like Android devices. You can add widgets to the home screen and there’s a new app launcher called the App Library. If you’ve been using......

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This is your opportunity to get a glimpse of the future of iOS — and iPadOS. Apple just released the first public beta of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, the next major version of the operating systems for the iPhone and iPad. Unlike developer betas, everyone can download those betas without a $99 developer account. But don’t forget, it’s a beta. The company still plans to release the final version of iOS and iPadOS 14.0 this fall. But Apple is going to release betas every few weeks over the summer. It’s a good......

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Kevin Frazier Contributor Share on Twitter Kevin Frazier, a Masters of Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School and JD candidate at the UC Berkeley School of Law, uses his spare time to advocate for better government. More posts by this contributor COVID-19 shows we need Universal Basic Internet now If every California student without an adequate internet connection got together and formed a state, it would contain more residents than Idaho or Hawaii. A total of 1,529,000 K-12 students in California don’t have the connectivity required for adequate distance learning. Analysis......

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Venn, the company looking to be gaming’s answer to ’80s-era MTV, has revealed the first slate of shows to premier on the network when it launches August 5, 2020. Working out of studios in Playa Vista in Los Angeles and New York’s World Trade Center (coming in 2021), Venn intends to use 1,000 square feet and 30 million pixels of LED walls and floors to create its interactive shows and narratives. The company is planning a slate of news and talk shows, game shows and documentaries, according to a statement. “From conception, Venn......

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You just got your first customer! You just hired your first employee! You just got your first VC investor! These are huge milestones in the life of a startup and are extraordinarily exciting. That is, until that first draft of the contract arrives in your inbox and you suddenly realize you are 30 pages of legalese away from getting your deal done. Contracts are the foundation for any business, and getting good at negotiating and understanding these instruments is critical for any startup founder. Asking the right questions at just the right moment......

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iPadOS 14 hands-on: Design updates galore

That really shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Apple has been encouraging developers to build iPad apps with Mac Catalyst, which ensures that the same code runs on Mac computers as well as tablets. In other words, some iPad apps are essentially Mac apps, so a little cultural crossover was inevitable. What makes this particular situation more interesting, though, is the fact that none of the redesigned apps I mentioned are built on Catalyst — Apple just felt that merging some historically desktop-y elements into its mobile software was the right way forward.......

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Apple's iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 public betas are available today

Apple announced plenty of dramatic changes to iOS and iPadOS during its WWDC keynote — there’s expanded widget support, an App Library for iPhones, a suite new of Apple Pencil features for the iPad, and a whole lot more. While the final versions of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 won’t be available for a few months yet, Apple officially opened its public beta program today for anyone who can’t wait to see what all the fuss is about. And don’t worry: You don’t need the latest and greatest hardware to start getting a......

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Netflix is making a sixth season of 'The Crown' after all

Earlier this year, it emerged that The Crown, one of Netflix’s biggest shows, would wrap up after its fifth season. But it has reversed course, as it’s returning to creator and writer Peter Morgan’s initial concept of a six-season run for the Royal Family drama. News from the palace: we can confirm there will be a sixth (and final) season of @TheCrownNetflix, in addition to the previously announced five! — Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) July 9, 2020 “As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that......

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Apple is offering teachers a free coding course

To help advance computer science education in the US, Apple is launching a new, no-cost coding course for teachers. The course is offered through Develop in Swift, Apple’s educational coding program geared toward high school and higher ed students. “The course is designed to supplement the need for computer science educators in the US, and helps instructors of all skill levels build foundational knowledge to teach app development with Swift,” Apple wrote in an announcement. News Article Courtesy Of »...

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Earlier this month, Spanish early-stage venture capital firm K Fund officially launched its second fund, which sits at €70 million, up from €50 million the first time around. Targeting Spanish startups with an international outlook, the seed-stage firm plans to invest from €200,000 to €2 million, writing first checks in 25-30 companies. Meanwhile, a portion of the fund will also be set aside for follow-on funding for the most promising of its portfolio. Described as business model- and sector-agnostic, K Fund currently has a mix of B2B and B2C companies in its portfolio......

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Docker and AWS today announced a new collaboration that introduces a deep integration between Docker’s Compose and Desktop developer tools and AWS’s Elastic Container Service (ECS) and ECS on AWS Fargate. Previously, the two companies note, the workflow to take Compose files and run them on ECS was often challenging for developers. Now, the two companies simplified this process to make switching between running containers locally and on ECS far easier . “With a large number of containers being built using Docker, we’re very excited to work with Docker to simplify the developer’s......

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Amie, a new productivity app from ex-N26 product manager Dennis Müller, has picked up $1.3 million in pre-seed funding to “kickstart” development and hiring. Backing 23 year-old Müller is Creandum — the European VC best known for being an early investor in Spotify — along with Tiny.VC and a plethora of angels. They include Laura Grimmelmann (Ex-Accel), Nicolas Kopp (CEO, N26 U.S.), Roland Grenke (Dubsmash co-founder) and Zachary Smith (SVP of product at U.S. challenger bank Chime). Founded early this year and with a planned launch in early 2021, Berlin-based Amie is developing......

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As the world continued to cope with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, the second quarter of 2020 became the largest yet for mobile app downloads, usage, and consumer spending. According to new data from app store intelligence firm App Annie, mobile app usage grew 40% year-over-year in the second quarter of 2020, even hitting an all-time high of over 200 billion hours during April. Consumer spending in apps, meanwhile, hit a record high of $27 billion in the second quarter. And app downloads reached a high of nearly 35 billion. The growth......

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It’s hard to believe that Alexa was only announced in November 2014. In few than six years, the smart assistant has gone from consumer electronics curiosity to a nearly ubiquitous tech phenomenon. Launched alongside the first Echo device, Alexa has helped definite a new paradigm of voice computing, alongside Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant. According to recent numbers, 29% of U.S. internet users also use a smart speaker. With that demographic Amazon has been utterly dominant, with roughly 70% of all U.S. smart speaker owners using an Echo. Alexa’s reach spread far beyond......

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Today, the U.S. exceeded three million COVID-19 cases and 132,000 deaths. In several states, new hotspots have rolled back plans to reopen businesses. The novel coronavirus has — and will continue — to profoundly impact the way we live and work. For the moment, that includes a shift in the employment status of many Americans. More than 50 million people have filed for unemployment since mid-March. And while many states have made efforts to reopen businesses and return some sense of normality, these moves have led to a spike in cases and may......

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