Pokemon GO update adds Sapphire and Ruby characters & lifelike weather effects

Pokemon GO creator Niantic is updating the popular mobile game with a glut of new features. For its most significant bump in quite some time, Pokemon GO adds a number of characters from the Sapphire and Ruby era including Mudkip, Treecko and Torchic, as part of a rollout that will see the introduction of some 50 creatures from the Hoenn region. Additionally, dynamic weather support means that a Pokemon hunter’s own climate can influence the game itself.

The world of AR, shorthand for augmented reality, is a truly fascinating one. It’s been …


Twitter expands its character cap to 280 characters per tweet for most users

Twitter announced today that it is satisfied with the test it started in September that allowed some users to double the character cap on tweets from 140 to 280. The new character limit for most Twitter users globally is now officially 280 characters per tweet. During the test period, people still kept under 140 characters, and as Twitter put it, “the brevity of Twitter remained.” The number of English language tweets that hit the limit dropped from 9% to 1% with the expanded cap. Twitter says that this reflects users editing posts less often with the new higher limit.

Twitter says that …

Trump threatens North Korea and slams three past presidents in less than 140 characters

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It’s amazing (and truly terrifying) the things Donald Trump can accomplish with less than 140 characters to work with.

On Sunday morning the Commander/Tweeter/Golfer-In-Chief fired off several tweets about North Korea’s Kim Jong-un — who he now apparently only refers to as “Rocket Man” or “Little Rocket Man” now — and casually called three former presidents failures like it was NBD.

*nervous laughter*

Trump kicked off the day explaining to Twitter users he told Secretary of State Rex Tillerson he’s “wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man.” Read more…

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Characters like this are why 'SNL' star Kate McKinnon has won 2 Emmys in a row

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The three alien abductees with wildly different experiences have returned to Earth — and Saturday Night Live, reprising their first appearance from 2015. This time, at least poor Kate McKinnon gets a Ryan Gosling gropefest out of the deal.

Gosling and Cecily Strong returned to form as unassuming rednecks recounting blissful experiences of meeting beings from beyond the stars.

“One minute we’re drinking beer in a Kohl’s parking lot and it’s like, now we’re cosmic curiosities,” Strong said.

“Cookie crumbled a little different for me here,” McKinnon started. Read more…

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We ranked the most dateable Harry Potter characters because the world needs to know

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In honor of the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book June 26th, Mashable is reminiscing about the series. Enjoy.

If you grew up with Harry Potter, there are certain things you know about yourself — like that you never got over not receiving a Hogwarts letter, that midnight book releases are the most lit parties of all, or that one should exercise caution when dating a Slytherin.

And of course, like so much fiction, Harry Potter probably ruined dating for many of us. At a surface level, I can never be with anyone who doesn’t like it (don’t @ me), but if I’m being honest, it goes deeper than that. Without further ado, Mashable presents: The top 10 ultra-specific, most dateable Harry Potter characters — complete with the book in which they are at their most desirable. Read more…

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This free app lets you snap AR-like photos and videos, and put 3D characters or people into your shots

AR/VR company called 8i has released a smartphone app that allows you to experience AR through your mobile device and turn your pictures into sci-fi-like snaps. The Holo app, free on Google Play and App Store, lets you put animated characters and people into your photos and videos, almost as if they were there for real. Almost.

The app is pretty cool for what it does, but does feel a little stiff at times, even though taking pictures with Spiderman by your side can’t really get dull, ever. Nonetheless, if you take Spidey, for example, and decide to put him into your shot, …

Fire Emblem: Heroes gets 4 new characters dressed in wedding gowns

Nintendo has just released a trailer video of its latest update that introduces new characters to the Fire Emblem: Heroes saga, as part of its ‘Bridal Blessings’ in-game event. The event runs from May 30th till June 13th and brings four five-star female heroes, Caeda, Charlotte, Codellia and Lyn – all dressed in wedding dresses. It’s the wedding season after all!

The video shows off different offensive and defensive skills for each ‘bride’, and offers a few clips of the animation of their unique skills. All ladies have their own battle …

Star Wars: Force Arena gets Replay feature and four new characters from the Rogue One movie

The folks over at Netmarble have just announced Star Wars: Force Arena is getting a major update on both the Android and iOS platforms. The main highlights of the update include four new character cards, new features in Guild, Replays, and a newly balanced 2vs2 play.

The four new characters from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story are now available in the game including the Imperial Death Trooper and the TX-225 Assault Tank from the Galactic Empire, as well as Keredian Partisans and Rebel Demolitionists from the Rebel Alliance.

Developers have also added a new …

Super Mario Run for iOS gets new playable characters, tons of new content

Nintendo pledged to bring its Super Mario Run game to Android in March, and the Japanese company has delivered on that promise. The game is now available for download via Google Play Store, and you’ll be able to play the first three stages for free.

In the meantime, the iOS version got a consistent update that brings lots new game features and improvements. Super Mario Run 2.0.0 comes with new playable characters, new buildings, and enhanced tutorial.

The “new playable characters” are in fact just one that you can have in four different colors. Super Mario Run now allows players to …