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Niantic releases official statement on Pokémon Go global rollout

Here’s a breakdown of what we know about Pokémon Go‘s global release so far in order of date:

  • The game is out now in the Philippines and 14 other countries in Asia and Ocenia. Swing by this page for the full list.
  • As of today, August 4, Pokémon Go is now available in Central and South America. The news comes just in time for the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil. The world’s best athletes training in Pokémon gyms could be a thing now. Yay!
  • Nintendo announced on July 27th that Pokémon Go Plus, the watch-like companion device that alerts you of nearby monsters, will be available in September, not late-July.
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ASUS ZenFone 3 unboxing

As many of you know, we’re only a few short weeks away from seeing ASUS’ signature smartphone series hit the streets in many parts of the world.

As of this month, it’s reportedly already available in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. Next up are Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines in August. A ZenFone 3 launch event is expected to take place in India sometime in September. Shipments could be headed to Europe, Japan, and the United States later in the year.

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Sony PlayStation VR gets global release

Virtual reality platforms have the potential to be the future of entertainment, so it’s only natural that so many companies, like Samsung, HTC, and Facebook-owned Oculus, are getting in on the action with their own VR gear that were made available earlier this year. Sony, one of the most reputable names in the entertainment industry, is also trying to burst onto the scene.

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#TBT: RIP, Yahoo. You had a good run

News broke out on Monday that Verizon, one of the giants of the U.S. telecom industry, is acquiring Yahoo for a small fraction of what it was worth during the dot-com boom glory days. Reports said the agreement was worth five billion dollars in cash — which is a lot but still nowhere near Yahoo’s $125-billion valuation in 2000, when it had enough in the coffers to buy Google.

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Of disruptors, flagships, and price points

What makes a smartphone a flagship phone?

Just the other day, during a weekly chat over drinks, the GadgetMatch team found ourselves in a conundrum.

While a few years back the answer was simple, these days, the imaginary lines that separate phone classes are getting murkier. That’s especially true in 2016, a year where up-and-coming brands are disrupting price points by introducing the same kinds of phones for less.

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Finally: Japan welcomes Pokémon Go

Pikachu is home, and by that we mean you can now catch Pokémon’s iconic yellow mouse where it all started.

Pokémon Go is “finally broadcasting” in its native Japan, Niantic Labs, the company responsible for the now-wildly popular mobile game, announced. It was only a matter of time; in fact, the game was supposed to launch in Japan on July 20, but its release was postponed after a leaked email that gave the public a heads up became viral.

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ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser hands-on

Besides the ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Ultra, and ZenFone 3 Deluxe, there’s another ASUS smartphone you should watch for in 2016: the ZenFone 3 Laser.

But unlike the other ZenFone 3 models launched in May, the newly unveiled Laser feels less like a luxury phone and more like a step above most phones in the budget category. It’s certainly an upgrade over its predecessor, last year’s ZenFone 2 Laser, not just in looks—the 2016 version is easier to hold and use, and is encased in a metal unibody construction—but also in performance.

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