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Pokémon Go Plus wearable is out, doesn’t really do much

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The Pokémon Go Plus accessory is finally available, and it’s here to rid users of the nuisances Pokémon Go players have been experiencing since its launch. No, the wearable won’t cure the broken tracking system or the in-game errors, but it’ll make creature catching a little less of a headache.

With a single button that lights up for notifications, the accessory allows players to leave their smartphones tucked away while both devices are connected through low-energy Bluetooth. It can be attached to any part of your clothing or the bundled bracelet — really depends on how proud you are of your Pokémon Go addiction.


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It’s all as simple as it looks. Once paired with your phone, the Plus will flash a blue light when a PokéStop is in the vicinity. Press the lonesome button at that moment, and you’ll acquire all the available goodies. When a green or yellow light comes up, that means a Pokémon appeared in your area. Green means you’re about to catch a Pokémon you’ve seen before; tap the button, and the game will automatically throw a regular Poké Ball for you. Yellow signifies a pocket monster you’ve yet to own, so you’ll have to bring out your phone in order to catch it.

Successfully collecting from a PokéStop or securing a Pokémon will be confirmed by multiple flashing colors; failure leads to a string of red lights. Since there’s no screen to speak of, you have to check your phone’s notifications or the game’s journal to find out exactly what happened.

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As you can tell, the Pokémon Go Plus is essentially a supplement to the mobile game, and can in no way stand alone. There’s also a bunch of functions you can’t pull off, such as battling gyms and sorting your items. On the bright side, users will have a much easier time hatching eggs, as the wearable device can record distance without the phone’s display being on.

Excited to purchase one of your own? Hold on, because here’s the bad news. Availability is quite limited, and even if you do find one, it’ll cost you $35. That’s an outrageous amount for a piece of blinking plastic with nothing but a button.

If you must have it, Nintendo’s Official UK Store, Amazon.com, and GameStop.com might have it in stock.

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Source: Pokémon Go

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New Huawei phones are suspended from having Facebook out of the box

Another blow to Huawei, but this is minimal

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Here’s more news about the US trade ban against Huawei. The latest American company to take action is Facebook. The popular social networking company is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones.

The latest blow to the Chinese tech giant doesn’t necessarily mean users won’t be able to access Facebook. According to a report by Reuters, customers who already bought Huawei phones will still be able to use Facebook apps and receive updates. Although, new Huawei phones will no longer have Facebook pre-installed. Other Facebook-owned apps are also affected including WhatsApp and Instagram.


If you purchased a Huawei phone lately, you might have noticed that your phone came with a few apps pre-installed — aside from the native apps, of course. Usually, smartphone vendors have deals with developers like Facebook to make their app widely available. Aside from Facebook, Huawei phones also come pre-installed with Twitter and Booking.com in many markets.

While Facebook’s move to stay away won’t badly hurt Huawei, it could affect the partnership sales outlook. Again, the Facebook ban only affects Huawei phones that have yet to come out of the factory. Also, Facebook can still be downloaded from the Google Play Store assuming Huawei will not lose access to it soon.

SEE ALSO: Huawei inks a 5G developmental deal with Russia

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Google: Cutting off Huawei is an even bigger threat

Could lead to less secure apps

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For three weeks, Huawei’s biggest concerns were the loss of Android and ARM architecture support. The recent Trump ban created pandemonium for the Chinese company. Since the ban’s announcement, Huawei has struggled with solutions and appeals. Unfortunately, the company’s troubles are not stopping.

In a Financial Times report, Google argues that Trump’s ban will ironically open Huawei to more cybersecurity issues. Likewise, an Android ban will cascade down to the operating system’s supported apps. Users will likely resort to less secure installation methods for their lost apps.


Google further explains that using an Android hybrid (since the platform is open-source by nature) could result in more holes in the system’s security. Huawei’s alternative — either their own custom OS or a forked Android variant — will not offer the same amount of protection.

In related news, Facebook has banned their app’s pre-installs on their future smartphones. Currently, Huawei’s phones come installed with Facebook’s slew of apps — Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp. Arguably, all three apps are essential pieces of a smartphone’s ecosystem. As such, smartphone makers often strike pre-installation deals with app developers, allowing devices to come with these essential apps.

Of course, Huawei users can still install them manually through the Google Play Store. However, this method is also in jeopardy. By August 19, Google is forced to sever support for Huawei, pending a permanent resolution. The ban can feasibly take the Play Store with it. If that happens, Huawei users can no longer install Facebook through the usual means. Users will start resorting to Huawei’s own store or APK installs.

Huawei’s continued dealing with bans rings an ominous death knell for the Chinese company. Without a conclusive resolution, the world’s number-two smartphone manufacturer is facing an uncertain, dangerous future for its phones, inside and out.

SEE ALSO: Huawei inks a 5G developmental deal with Russia

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Final Fantasy’s music officially comes to Spotify

From every game in the series!

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Square Enix has done something we’ve all been wishing for: Uploading a collection of official Final Fantasy soundtracks to Spotify and other music streaming platforms.

News began spreading around the web as Spotify users noticed that there are heaps more FF songs available. It’s also been reported that Apple Music and Amazon Music have them, as well.


The uploaded tracks span all main FF entries plus direct sequels and spin-offs. If you’ve ever been in the mood for a gaming nostalgia trip at home or on the road, this may be the best time.

While there has been FF-related music on Spotify in the past, this is the first time it’s been made official. And yes, it includes songs from Final Fantasy VIII.

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