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Here’s why Pokémon Go isn’t available in your country yet

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Pokémon Go has captured the interest of the world, and now it seems the augmented-reality mobile game from developer Niantic Labs and Nintendo has become too popular for its own good.

The always-online game, which is currently the most-downloaded and top-grossing app in U.S., has proved so popular that it has caused sign-up difficulties and server outages, leaving many players frustrated and miffed at not being able to play it some more.

But it turns out the biggest impact of Pokémon Go’s meteoric rise to fame and fortune — think $1.6 million per day in the U.S. App Store alone, according to one analyst — will be felt by those who are still waiting to play it.

Speaking to Business Insider, Niantic CEO John Hanke said the international release of Pokémon Go has been “paused until we’re comfortable.” That means folks outside Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. will have to wait indefinitely before living out their dreams of becoming a pokemon trainer in the real world.

We feel you, Pikachu

Of course, launch-day hiccups are nothing new to online games, but Hanke says the number of people playing the game was much higher than they anticipated. “We thought the game would be popular, but it obviously struck a nerve,” he added.

That’s rather unsettling hear, especially since Go is one of the most promising titles to bear the Pokémon license in recent years — and it’s free-to-play and available on both the iPhone and Android. And then there’s this promo reel that made our hair stand on end.

It looks as if we’ll have to wait a long time before Go reaches a global audience. But it may be worth the wait once it matures a bit, like a pokémon evolving into a powerful new form.

Regardless, we highly advise you against getting it from an unofficial source, as doing so may cause you more headache than you’re willing to deal with.

For the curious and daring, our sources in Malaysia and Indonesia tell us the game is working fine in their respective countries. Some people in the U.K. have reported the same thing after manually installing it onto their Android devices. If you’ve had the same luck, do let us know in the comments below.

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Source: Business Insider

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Twitter expands character limit to 4,000 characters

But not for everyone

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Despite the traditional limitations, the platform’s users have always found a way to express themselves beyond Twitter’s character limits. Whether broken through extensive threads or third-party sites, strict limitations don’t exist anymore. Now, Twitter is essentially getting rid of the character limit by introducing its biggest expansion to date.

Announced today, Twitter will allow users to post tweets with up to 4,000 characters. That’s a gigantic leap from the original 140-character limit and the expanded 280-character limit in 2017. But, of course, some good things come with a price.

Not everyone will have access to the new feature. Currently, only Twitter Blue subscribers in the United States can create tweets of up to 4,000 characters. Besides original tweets, subscribers can also quote tweet with the same expanded limit.

Thankfully, the new feature will not inundate everyone’s feeds with an ocean of text. Any tweets going beyond 280 characters will be cut off with a “show more” prompt.

Through the past few months, the platform has changed a few fundamental elements before Musk took over. Most importantly, Twitter Blue, the platform’s paid subscription service is now much more expansive. Among other things, subscribers now get the coveted blue checkmark attached to their profiles. Now, they also get a massive boost in capabilities when it comes to tweeting.

SEE ALSO: Twitter is teasing an ad-free subscription tier

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Alibaba is working on its own ChatGPT alternative

Joins Microsoft and Google

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The United States isn’t the only country interested in language learning software. After the widespread success of ChatGPT, a few other companies — including Microsoft and Google — are developing their own versions of the popular software. Today, a new contender is joining the fray. Alibaba has officially announced the development of its own chatbot.

Reported by CNBC, the Chinese giant is currently testing its alternative to ChatGPT. Unfortunately, the announcement did not come with any more details or a timeframe for its release. However, the company does assure enthusiasts that it has been working on generative AI since 2017.

Within only a few months, ChatGPT created a maelstrom of hype for language learning models. The software can generate lengthy but comprehensible essays about any topic. Though there is some debate as to how ethical it is, remarkably intelligent software is slowly finding its niche in today’s world.

To compete with ChatGPT, Microsoft and Google have announced their own software this week. Microsoft is infusing the technology into Bing and Edge. Meanwhile, Google has its own software called Bard.

Also, besides Alibaba, Chinese search engine Baidu is also testing a chatbot called “Ernie bot.” With several companies working on generative AI, the technology is undoubtedly here to stay.

SEE ALSO: Google is working on a ChatGPT competitor called Bard

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Google will blur NSFW photos soon

Turned on by default

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When I search for “food porn” in Google, I’m looking for enticing photos of food to whet my appetite for dinner. Sometimes, Google has other plans and shows me more than what I bargained for. Finally, the search engine is implementing a way to save us from those awkward moments. Google will soon blur explicit images from search results.

For Safer Internet Day, Google has announced the feature to help protect users from accidentally seeing graphic images — including both gore and pornography — from a search. The feature, which will start rolling out in the coming months, will turn on by default. Instead of showing the images directly, users will face the blurred version and a prompt to view the image despite the warning.

If you don’t mind an accidental shower of NSFW imagery, you can turn the feature off at any time. Alternatively, as always, users can also choose to filter out all explicit search results, blurred or otherwise.

Though the feature is easily adjustable, Google will not offer the same flexibility to supervised accounts. Any accounts supervised by a parent or a school will not be able to change how they view explicit content. Parents can add supervision to the accounts of their children.

SEE ALSO: Google is working on a ChatGPT competitor called Bard

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