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Pokemon Go is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a real-world festival in Chicago this summer — and tickets sold out in minutes Monday.

Pokemon Go Fest, planned for July 22 in Grant Park, was announced in an email to game-players earlier this month. But details were slim except for the event’s time, place and the fact that tickets would go on sale June 19 at noon.

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Facebook’s artificial intelligence already knows a lot of things, such as who or what is in your photos, and what your Messenger conversations are about.

Now the social network’s algorithms know how to negotiate. In a study published Wednesday, Facebook revealed that it has taught chatbots to bargain with humans–and that they did so successfully. So much so, that Facebook claims the human opponents often didn’t realize they were interacting with bots.

Facebook A.I. research (FAIR) used transcripts of negotiations between real people to teach the bots to imitate their responses. FAIR then had them practice negotiations against fellow bots, rewarding them for positive outcomes and thus reinforcing words and behaviors that led to those outcomes. Over time, the bots learned to go beyond simply mimicking humans and instead became more unpredictable with their responses.

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It seems like the Galaxy S8 is the top-ranked smartphone by Consumer Reports, well, to be more specific, the Galaxy S8 Plus is. The Galaxy S8 is second placed, and it is followed by the Galaxy S7 Edge and the LG G6, which means that the first three smartphones on the list are all manufactured by Samsung. For those of you who are wondering where does the iPhone 7 fit in, well, the iPhone 7 Plus is takes the fifth place on this list.

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Lenovo brand Moto just recently launched its Moto Z2 Play smartphone with Moto Mods support in India. However, the company plans to release three more smartphones into the market before the end of summer, a fresh leak hints. It claims Moto G5S Plus, Moto X4, and Moto Z2 Force are all launching in India real soon, and the prices of all the three smartphones at launch have also been tipped.

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In April this year, a report suggested that Google was planning to introduce an ad-blocking feature to its Chrome browser on both mobile and desktop platforms. As this report came from a credible source, it created quite a buzz in the tech industry as the search giant not only earns a huge chunk of its revenue from ads but serves a huge chunk of online ads on entire Internet. Now, Google has confirmed that this report was true as it is planning to introduce native ad-blocking to Chrome browser, starting early next year.

In its official blog post, Google has announced that it has joined Coalition for Better Ads, an industry group dedicated to improving online ads. Instead of native ad-blocking, the new feature could be seen as native “ad-filtering” as the search giant will only be removing the ads on the Internet that are non-compliant with ‘Better Ads Standards’.

 

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Nokia relaunched its simple but classic 3310 phone in its home market of Finland on Wednesday, hoping a wave of nostalgia may boost the brand as it expands into newer smartphones.

Once the world’s dominant phonemaker, Nokia Oyj sold its handset operations to Microsoft in 2014, leaving it to focus on telecoms network equipment.

But its brand has gone back on the mobile market across much of Europe and India thanks to a licensing deal with HMD Global, a new company led by former Nokia executives and backed by Chinese electronics giant Foxconn.

HMD has sole use of the Nokia brand on all phones and tablets for the next decade, and it will pay royalties to Nokia Oyj.

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The iPhone 8 rumor machine has been running at a high gear, so much so that Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks it’s affecting current iPhone sales. Even though it doesn’t work and isn’t Apple’s final iPhone (we don’t even know where this mockup came from), the unofficial prototype gives us an idea of what the iPhone 8 could look like in real life, and not just in a rendering.

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Instagram is testing a new archive feature that lets users save their older posts to view them privately. These posts can later be made public anytime a user wants. An Instagram spokesperson told TechCrunch the “archive option creates a private space for personal viewing of old posts.” The feature will be rolled out for everyone in the next few months.

Instagram will add a new encircled clock icon on the top right of user’s profile that will let them view archived posts. A photo or a video on Instagram can be archived by clicking on the three dots besides a post or holding down on a post. All archived posts will remain private. Instagram’s archive feature will likely reduce the number of posts users delete after they do not get enough likes or due to some other reason.

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Well that didn’t last long. A fresh patent spat between Nokia and Apple which fired up at the back end of last year when Cupertino accused the former world number one mobile maker of making like a patent troll appears to have been resolved already.

The two companies said today they’ve reached agreement to settle all litigation pertaining to the dispute, inking a multi-year patent license.

Nokia will be getting an upfront cash payment, followed by further revenues over the term of the agreement. Its suit had covered a swathe of patents, including from NSN and Alcatel-Lucent (following its full acquisition of both), related to technologies including software, video coding, chipsets, display, UI and antenna.

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If you’ve always stayed away from the Instax experience because you wanted more control, you’ll be glad to know that the new Fujifilm Instax Square SQ10 will allow you to tweak your shots.

Not only does the camera now come with an LCD screen for you to preview your shots, it also allows you to also preview the effects that you can apply to your shots. You can choose from ten different filters, adjust vignette intensity for your shot to border on the dramatic, and tweak brightness, too. These effects can be applied before and after the shot before you commit to the print. It’s almost like having Instagram on paper, or film in this case.
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