Pokémon Go hacks and tips to help you catch ’em all

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Beware Pokémon GO's latest update.
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The entire U.S. has contracted a serious case of Pokémon Go fever, with millions of would-be Pokémon trainers hitting the streets in hopes of becoming the very best like no one ever was.

Becoming a Pokémon Master ain’t easy, but if you know what you’re doing you don’t even have to leave the house to do stuff like hatch eggs, lure in Pokémon and toss a wicked curve ball.

Here are the Pokémon Go tips you need to know to dominate the hottest game in the world.

Yelp makes it easy to find five-star PokéStops

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Yelp will help trainers catch em all.
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Want to chow down at a five-star restaurant while luring Pokémon to your location and battling other trainers? Finding the perfect spot is about to get a lot easier thanks to Yelp.

The popular location reviews app is ready to capitalize on the Pokémon Go craze by adding new filters that show players whether a restaurant, store, bar or other venue has a PokéStop or gym nearby.

When will Apple take gaming seriously? [Friday Night Fights]

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Gaming isn't great on most Apple devices.
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Less than two weeks after making its debut, Pokémon Go is already the most popular mobile game in U.S. history, earning developer Niantic millions of dollars every day. Apple takes a 30 percent cut of that, but is it doing enough to make gaming great on its own platforms?

Friday Night Fights bug It’s hard to argue gaming could be better on iPhone and iPad — though we could use better gaming accessories — but platforms like tvOS and macOS seem somewhat neglected. With Mac sales finally falling, should Apple do more to appeal to gamers?

Join us in this week’s Friday Night Fight as we throw virtual hands over gaming on Apple devices.

Get 10 new games a month, delivered straight to your inbox [Deals]

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It’s a great time to be a gamer, with countless new titles coming out regularly from developers big and small alike. That also makes it hard to keep up, which is why Steamcrate is such a great service for hungry gamers. For one low price they deliver 10 new games to your computer every month, from indie releases to flagship titles, to keep forever. Right now you can sign up for a full year of Steamcrate for just $139.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

T-Mobile lures Pokémon Go fans with free data

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Pokémon Go players might want to switch to T-Mobile.
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Pokémon Go players have been busy laying lures at Pokéstops across the globe for the past week, but T-Mobile CEO John Legere just baited his own trap to draw in new customers.

Starting on July 19th, T-Mobile will offer all Pokémon Go players free data when playing the game for the entire year, giving you no excuse to not catch ’em all.

Pokémon Go update fixes Google security issues

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It's now safe to catch 'em all.
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Catching Pokémon on your iPhone just got a lot safer thanks to the first-ever update to Pokémon Go.

Developer Niantic Labs pushed out a fix today that resolves the security issue that gave Pokémon Go full access to some players’ Google accounts without their knowledge, or providing a way to revoke access without losing progress in the game.

Big, comfy headphones make Mac gaming even better [Reviews]

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The Siberia 350 heads phones are light and comfortable.
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Massive over-ear headphones are the best way to immerse yourself in a video game, whether you’re managing the minutiae of Civilization V, hiding from the xenomorph in Alien Isolation, or blasting your way across multiplayer maps in Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Huge sound is a big part of gaming on your Mac, PC or PS4, and these fantastic-sounding and incredibly comfortable Siberia 350 headphones from SteelSeries are the best way to get your game on without sacrificing on comfort.

Apple quietly killed Game Center app today

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Farewell, Game Center. We hardly knew (or used) you.
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Game Center finally met its demise this morning with the unveiling of iOS 10, which effectively kills Apple’s attempt at creating a gaming social network.

Starting with iOS 10, the Game Center app will no longer be found on iPhones and iPads, after having been preinstalled on devices for years. Apple isn’t just adding it to the list of stock iOS apps you can delete, though. It’s actually getting rid of the platform altogether in favor of GameKit.

Beastly all-in-one proves the iMac could be great for gaming

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The Aura is spectacular inside and out.
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Apple doesn’t have gamers in mind when choosing components for its latest Macs, but PC maker Digital Storm has proven that it’s possible to build a beastly gaming rig into the iMac’s gorgeous all-in-one form factor.

Check out the company’s stunning new Aura PC, which puts NVIDIA’s latest GTX 1080 graphics card behind a 34-inch curved display.