Pokémon Go Announces In-Game and Real Life Anniversary Events as Niantic Touts Apple’s ARKit

It's just under a month until the one year anniversary of Pokémon Go, which began appearing on the iOS App Store in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand in early July of 2016. To celebrate the occasion, developer Niantic today revealed a few events coming to Pokémon trainers both inside of the game and outside, in the form of real-life Pokémon Go Festivals.

Starting off within the game, the Solstice Event will kick off next week on June 13 and feature Fire-type and Ice-type Pokémon prominently in the wild, increased XP bonuses for accurate Poké Ball throws, and Lucky Egg discounts in the shop. Further updates and events were left vague by Niantic, but the company said that trainers can look forward to a new update soon "focused on collaborative group gameplay."


Gyms will be temporarily disabled for a period of time to prepare for the Solstice Event, but the developer didn't specify when that will happen. Additionally, Niantic announced that its game has reached 750 million global downloads.
We’re celebrating two amazing milestones—Pokémon GO’s one-year anniversary and 750 million global downloads—and you’re invited to join in on the fun! Over the next few months, we’re hosting real-world and in-game events planned alongside some very exciting new features that will get you outside exploring the world with family and friends. Get ready for an action-packed couple of months!
Staying true to Pokémon Go's gameplay, Niantic also announced Pokémon Go Fest Chicago, which will encourage players to get outside and visit downtown Chicago's Grant Park on July 22 to participate in various Pokémon-themed activities. Tickets for the event, as well as more detailed information, will go live on June 19. Similar festivities will be held across Europe from June to September, as well as in Yokohama, Japan where a "Pikachu Outbreak" event will debut in August.

Earlier this week, Apple announced a new augmented reality developer platform called ARKit at its WWDC keynote, describing how the technology will generate more true-to-life AR interactions within games like Pokémon Go. At the Brilliant Minds conference in Stockholm this week (via Bloomberg), Niantic CEO John Hanke reinforced the idea that Apple's push into AR should not be taken lightly.
“I don’t think anyone should bet against Apple,” John Hanke said at the Brilliant Minds conference in Stockholm. "I personally think AR is going to be a really important next computing platform that can succeed the mobile phone. It’s a few years off."
According to Hanke, the new and ARKit-backed version of Pokémon Go will be released this fall. During WWDC, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi presented ARKit and the Pokémon Go update enhancements coming soon, stating, "The Pokémon is so real, he's right there on the ground. As the ball bounces, it actually bounces right there in the real environment. It's AR like you've never seen it before."


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Magikarp Jump Launches as Latest Pokémon Game for iPhone and iPad

The Pokémon Company has launched a new iPhone and iPad game revolving around one of the weakest Pokémon ever: Magikarp.


Magikarp Jump, available now on the App Store [Direct Link], tasks players with raising multiple generations of Magikarp by feeding and training them to increase their Jump Power and overall level. Players can then battle—try to jump higher than—other Magikarp in six leagues to increase their personal Trainer Rank.

As a player's Trainer Rank increases, additional food and training upgrades can be purchased from the Town with coins, which are awarded for various in-game tasks such as winning league battles. A higher Trainer Rank also allows players to fish for additional Magikarp with different designs.


Magikarp Jump is entirely free to play, but diamonds are available as optional in-app purchases for players who wish to buy pond decorations and other items that help Magikarps grow and train even faster.

Magikarp Jump is not nearly as sophisticated as Pokémon GO, but with a number of achievements to complete, it's a decent way to pass the time on a train ride home or a lazy Sunday afternoon. You'll also see other classic Pokémon such as Pikachu and Pidgeotto appear at times for a bit of nostalgia.


Magikarp Jump is a free download on the App Store [Direct Link] for iPhone and iPad.

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New Pokemon are coming to ‘Pokémon Go’

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It’s really happening, trainers.

It’s only been a matter of weeks since Ditto arrived in Pokémon Go and captured our hearts with his sweet little blobby face. Now even more creatures are going to be released into the game.

On Wednesday, following rumors that sprang up on Reddit in light of what appeared to be a leaked Starbucks staff memo referencing “new Pokémon”, the official Pokémon Twitter account posted this:

More Pokémon are coming to #PokemonGO! Stay tuned for details on 12/12, Trainers! pic.twitter.com/KOfScNpKdr

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Pokémon theme songs for Japan, Korea and the U.S. are totally different

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It wasn’t too long ago that the Pokémon Go craze put the anime theme song “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” back in our heads.

But in Japan and Korea, players were listening to very different tunes.

American YouTuber Dave Levene uploaded a video comparing the English, Japanese and Korean versions of the TV show’s opening songs, and they’re each surprisingly unique.

While the U.S. version is straight up rock, the Japanese version (めざせポケモンマスター, or “Aim to Be a Pokémon Master”) had a melodic J-pop style, with a soaring vocal line. 

The Korean version (모험의 시작, or “Start of an Adventure”) was a rock anthem set to a marching beat. Read more…

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7 tech gifts for the filthy rich

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You shun Black Friday and Cyber Monday as discount feeding frenzies that you’d never partake of. And when limited-edition sneakers are immediately sold out just minutes after release, you don’t flinch at paying a $1,000 premium for impossible to get $150 shoes. If this describes you or a friend you plan on gifting, then you’ve arrived the right place.

The following are a few money-is-no-object options to impress your friends and family who are lucky enough to know someone flush with the sweetest holiday nog: disposable income.  

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