UK MVNO giffgaff has launched a mapping tool that lets Pokémon Go players locate and catch Pokémon in the United Kingdom. The carrier has teamed up with geocoding service what3words to identify hotspots that contain Pokémon.
Japan’s SoftBank is acquiring ARM Holdings for $32 billion. The British chip design firm dominates the smartphone market, with its lineup of chips used in 95% of handsets today. The number of devices running ARM-designed hardware has crossed 15 billion last year.
France was rocked by yet another senseless tragedy earlier tonight when a lorry ploughed into crowds watching a fireworks display as part of Bastille Day celebrations. U.S. carriers are offering free calls and texts to connect with family and friends in France, and Google is joining in.
Sprint is getting in on the Pokémon Go action by placing lures at its stores. Sprint and Boost Mobile stores will offer free charging stations should you need a quick top-up before heading out. Sprint will also have "Pokémon Go experts" on-site that can provide assistance with nearby PokéStops.
In what seems like a far-fetched rumor, Apple is apparently considering a bid to buy Formula One. F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone said last year that he was interesting in selling the 35% stake in the racing series he controls through holding company CVC Capitol Partners for £6 billion ($8.5 billion).
Barely a week into its debut, Pokémon Go has clocked 21 million daily active users, edging past Candy Crush Saga's 20 million users recorded in 2013. The data comes from online survey company Survey Monkey, which pegs Pokémon Go as the biggest mobile game in U.S. history. The game already surpassed Twitter when it comes to daily active users.
Emberify's lifelogging app Instant has picked up a major update to version 4.0 that adds a coach feature, delivered in the form of a chatbot. The feature analyzes your iPhone usage trends and gives you a daily overview of time spent on particular apps, places visited, sleeping and fitness activity.
As part of Amazon's Prime Day, SanDisk is offering heavy discounts on SSDs, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 flash drives, and microSD cards. You can pick up a 960GB Ultra II for just $165, a discount of $60 from its usual retail price of $60. SanDisk is also selling the 480GB Ultra II for just $94.
Amazon's Prime Day is back for its second showing, with the retailer offering heavy discounts across categories. The rarely-discounted Echo Bluetooth speaker is down to $129, which is $50 off of its retail price of $179. The Amazon Tap has also been discounted to $99, a $30 savings.
The fervor around Pokémon Go is understandable. Ever since the game made its debut earlier this week, people have been out on the streets trying to find and catch Pokémon, often leading to hilarious outcomes. However, things went awry for a 40-year-old user trying to hunt Pokémon at 3AM.
Edward Majerczyk — a hacker who used phishing scams to gain access to celebrities' iCloud accounts — has pleaded guilty, and will face up to five years in federal prison. Majerczyk was able to access over 300 Gmail and iCloud accounts, and at least 30 accounts belonging to celebrities.
The Messenger Platform — which has over 11,000 chatbots — has picked up an update that adds a slew of new features, such as a persistent menu that lists a bot's commands, quick replies, ability to respond with GIFs, audio, video, and other files, and a rating system to provide feedback
KFC India has come out with a brilliant promotion to advertise its 5-in-1 meal box. Dubbed "Watt-A-Box," the meal is packaged in a box that contains a portable battery along with micro-USB, USB, and Lightning connectors, allowing you to plug in your and charge your phone as you eat.
It looks like Netflix may offer an option to download and watch videos offline, much like Amazon's Prime Video. According to LightReading, the ability to save videos for offline viewing should make its debut by the end of the year.
WhatsApp users are now making over 100 million calls every day, translating to over 1,100 calls per second. The popular messaging service crossed 1 billion users earlier this year, with recent reports stating that the app is now used by 95% of all smartphone users in India.
After announcing that it has over 500 million users, Instagram has shared that it is working on a text translation feature that will go live next month. Once enabled, you'll see a "See Translation" button that automatically translates text in posts, comments or bios to your preferred language. At launch, 24 languages will be supported.