Raids are coming to ‘Pokémon Go’

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For its first birthday — can you believe it’s almost been a year? — Pokémon Go is getting a massive update. With it comes a revamped Gym system and…raids! 

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Under the shade of some trees just outside the Los Angeles Convention Center last week, I got a tour of the new features coming in the Pokémon Go updates that will be slowly rolling out as of today.  

Gyms, Your Defending Pokémon, and Gym Badges 

In an attempt to balance Gyms, Niantic will be introducing a few changes, summarized in these two paragraphs from a press release: 

You’ll be able to see all six defending Pokémon in one shot, as opposed to the current Gym system which has players swiping through them one at a time. Of the six, each has to be of a different species to ensure variety in each Gym.   Read more…

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Mark Wahlberg gives impressively blunt advice to Tom Holland about being famous

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Mark Wahlberg has been a Hollywood name for over two decades now, so it only seems right that he’s the one to give advice to a younger actor just entering the business.

Or maybe not.

SEE ALSO: 5 things to know about your new Spider-Man: Tom Holland

“I’m the last person you should ask for advice,” Wahlberg says to new Spider-Man Tom Holland in the clip above. “You’ve never been to jail, have you?”

You know when a speech starts with a rhetorical question about jail it’s going to be an interesting one. Read more…

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Kylo Ren’s weird yet soothing ASMR video will give you all the dark side tingles

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If you are a massive Star Wars fan and find ASMR videos strangely soothing, this nine-minute video is definitely your thing. 

What more than Kylo Ren’s husky voice to send you into shivers and tingles? 

“Kylo Ren will get the information he needs from you, even if he has to find every one of your ASMR triggers,” the description from the video, created by YouTubers Craven Moorhaus and Zak Koonce on their account Auralnauts, reads.

ASMR or autonomous sensory meridian response is a technique immensely popular on YouTube that uses audio to cause a physical response in a person. 

It changes from person to person, so we’re sure many people will find Kylo Ren’s exhaling and leather sounds too creepy/disturbing/annoying for soothing purposes.  Read more…

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John Oliver goes on epic rant about Trump’s promise to help coal miners

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Although there are many good ranters out there on the internet, no-one does ranting quite like John Oliver.

This week his sights are firmly set on Donald Trump — and, more specifically, his promise to help coal miners.

SEE ALSO: John Oliver breaks down Trump’s ‘Stupid Watergate,’ one dumb detail at a time

“If Trump really cares about miners he would be putting a plan in place for their futures as mining continues its long-term decline,” says Oliver during a segment for Last Week Tonight

“But he isn’t doing that.” Read more…

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For $28, you can hack into a stranger’s internet-enabled webcam

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If you have an web-connected camera, you should change your password ASAP.

For just 188 yuan ($28), you can buy software that would allow you to hack into connected cameras, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV warns. 

SEE ALSO: Apple’s new acquisition wants to watch you while you sleep (but not in a creepy way)

Such software can easily scan for and access vulnerable devices, which are commonly used as baby monitors and surveillance cameras in the home.

Hackers in China have also set up large groups on social networks such as QQ, to offer usernames and passwords to compromised devices.

(Left) A list of users offering a means to hack into webcams; (Middle) A user proffering means to hack into a webcam; (Right) Lewd pictures taken off webcams that are being used to advertise compromised webcams

(Left) A list of users offering a means to hack into webcams; (Middle) A user proffering means to hack into a webcam; (Right) Lewd pictures taken off webcams that are being used to advertise compromised webcams

Image: Ng Yi Shu/Mashable Read more…

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LG launches super-powered version of its G6 flagship

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About three months after launching its G6 flagship, LG is updating the smartphone with a few new software features, and launching a new version with a stronger set of specs, the LG G6+. 

The new device is not a radical departure from its predecessor; it shares the same form factor, including that elongated 18:9 screen, and the same processor. It does, however, have 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

SEE ALSO: LG G6 is a beautiful phone with a supremely fun dual camera

The LG G6+ will also be bundled with a pair of B&O earphones that should, ideally, take advantage of the phone’s 32-bit Quad DAC.  Read more…

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Commuters are sharing this powerful sign after London mosque attack

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London is waking up to yet another terrorist attack that struck the Muslim community in Finsbury Park when a van drove into a crowd of worshippers killing one man and injuring 10.

But the diverse community in north London refuses to give in to terrorism, as this picture tweeted by a commuter shows: 

My local tube worker Finsbury Park pic.twitter.com/oDRRHQr7J1

— Charlie Robertson (@RencapMan) June 19, 2017

At many Tube stations across the city, it’s tradition to write a “thought of the day” on whiteboards inside the station.

Following the Finsbury Park attack, this London Underground worker wrote the quote of the day urging people to stick together after the attack. Read more…

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Woman makes her own makeup with food lying around, and the results are surprisingly good

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Who needs Sephora when you can just look for makeup in your kitchen? 

Ms Yeah, a Chinese YouTuber best known for her unorthodox cooking videos, figured out how to creatively whip up some elaborate makeup as well.

She uses everything from tomato sauce to Oreos to complete her look — and the result is pretty amazing.

How’s that for skill? Read more…

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Japan to use cancer-sniffing dogs to help early detection

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A town in Japan with high rates of stomach cancer is turning to sniffer dogs for help.

Kaneyama, a town in northeastern Japan with 6,000 residents, has Japan’s highest fatality rates stemming from stomach cancer, local reports say.

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The town is now taking part in a research programme, in which residents’ frozen urine samples are sent to the Nippon Medical School, just east of Tokyo. At the school, dogs are trained to sniff out signs of disease.

Dogs have some 300 million sensors in their nose, compared to five million in a human. They also have a second smelling device in the back of their noses, the combination of which allows trained dogs to detect cancerous tumours — which is said to give out a specific odour. Read more…

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‘Game of Thrones’ characters sing ‘I Will Survive’ and oh, the irony

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If there’s one thing the characters in Game of Thrones almost certainly won’t do, it’s survive. Not all of them, anyway.

Still: that doesn’t mean they can’t remain optimistic.

SEE ALSO: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 trailer is finally here and we’re still shaking

The impressively-edited video above from Sung By Movies features all the main characters singing along to Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive”.

Who knows? Maybe there’s the potential for a musical spinoff in there somewhere. Read more…

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