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23 June 2017: We've rounded up all the biggest mobile tech stories of the week...
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Pokémon Go gets massive summer update


One year on from its launch, Pokémon Go has been given a big summer update to make the game more social.

Multiplayer Raid Battles lets up to 20 players work together to fight rare Pokémon that will randomly appear at the many gyms scattered across the map. When they do, you’ll have just five minutes to defeat and capture those Pokémon using new items such as rare candies and golden razz berries.

Gyms are now bigger, and double up as Pokéstops where you can obtain additional items and power-ups. A new motivation system changes how you do battle. Pokémon defending a gym can lose motivation, making them easier to defeat. It’s up to you to keep your pocket monster motivated with delicious Berries. New Gym Badges and bonus items make it worth the extra effort.

The new Pokémon Go update is available now for iOS and Android. Have you caught it yet?

Twitter for iOS gets a makeover

Twitter’s iOS smartphone app has been given a new look to make it easier for you to use and keep up to date on the latest Tweets.

A new side navigation menu now provides quick access to your profile and account settings in one place, and links to articles now open in Safari’s in-app viewer. Tweet likes and Retweets will now update in real-time, and you can now add filters and stickers to your profile for a more personal touch. The new Twitter for iOS update is available now.

Microsoft Pix photo app gets arty filter update


Microsoft has updated its popular iOS Pix Camera app with new filters that transform your photos into works of art.

To see your photos turned into masterpieces you’ll need to download the latest version of the app, and choose from 11 unique filters inspired by popular artworks. You’ll even get a short video of your arty photo being created.

For those not familiar with Microsoft Pix Camera, it uses artificial intelligence to make your photos look better by automatically tweaking them for you. Microsoft Pix Camera is available for free on the App Store.

Sega brings classic games to mobile


Sega has brought a selection of its classic games to Android and iOS smartphones. The Sega Forever collection includes Master System, Mega Drive, Game Gear, Sega Saturn and Dreamcast games. As of now you’ll be able to play ad-supported versions of popular titles: Sonic the Hedgehog, Altered Beast, Comix Zone, Kid Chameleon and Phantasy Star II, or pay for an ad-free versions of each. Additional titles will be added every two weeks, so keep an eye out for your favourite Sega games in future. The first games in the Sega Forever collection are available now on the App Store and Google Play.

New dinosaur and food emojis are on the way

The next time you update your iOS or Android smartphone could see new emojis heading to your device. The Unicode Consortium has released a list of 56 new emoji that includes: vampires, wizards, dinosaurs and new food items. You won’t seem them right now though, as your device will need a future update to view them. In the meantime you can head over to Emojipedia to see all 56 emojis in full.

You can now order a Big Mac from your sofa

Food delivery service UberEats has teamed up with McDonald’s in the UK to bring its Big Mac burgers and chicken McNuggets straight to your door. The service is first being introduced as a trial in London, Leeds and Nottingham. In London, 22 restaurants will support the service within a 1.5 mile radius of your porch. If the trial is successful, there could be a possible further roll out across the UK.

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