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Pokemon is coming to Apple Watch, and there's a rumoured Nokia Android phone on the way.
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Pokemon Go comes to Apple Watch

Nokia P Android phone leaked in photos

Leaked photos have emerged showing what appears to be the Nokia P – Nokia’s first ever Android phone. The leaked pictures - reportedly from China - reveal a metal unibody design.

Rumoured specs include a 23 MP camera with a Carl Zeiss lens. Reports say Nokia could officially launch the device at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February 2017, so watch this space.

Google Maps now shows you wheelchair-friendly locations

Google Maps has been updated to tell users whether buildings are wheelchair accessible. The information has been gathered thanks to local guides providing the information to Google.

To find out whether a location is wheelchair-friendly just find a place on Google and click into the info on that building. The update is currently US only, so fingers crossed it hits the UK soon.

Nintendo’s Super Mario Run a record-breaking success

Super Mario Run - Nintendo’s first smartphone game - has proved to be a massive success after it was downloaded more than 40 million times within its first four days on sale on the App Store.

The game broke the previous App Store record for the same number of days. It’s free to download, but you’ll need to pay £7.99 to unlock all six of its worlds. Not played it yet? Then read our Super Mario Run guide for all you need to know about it.

UK could introduce tech to stop phone signals while driving

The Department for Transport is exploring technology to prevent drivers using their smartphones while behind the wheel. How so? Two possible options include forcing phone manufacturers into building a ‘driving mode’ into their handsets similar to airplane mode only letting you make emergency calls.

The other option is to use GPS data to block smartphone signals once a certain speed limit is reached – which could be a problem for passengers wishing to use their smartphones in the backseat. Here’s hoping a safe solution is found that doesn’t render smartphones completely useless for those not at the wheel.

Prisma photos just got better

Photography app Prisma has received an update removing the 1080 x 1080 pixel square resolution on Prisma photos, so you can now crop photos in the app. Prisma-filtered photos will also have twice the resolution as before for better-looking shots to share with your friends.

Oculus and Samsung Gear VR make VR more social

Oculus has launched two social-based experiences called Rooms and Parties to make the VR world a more social one. Currently available for Samsung Gear VR, the experiences will aim to bring people together in life-like chat rooms in a virtual space, and watch movies together, or play games on a shared TV. The best part is you’ll be able to search for your friends by username or via your Facebook account.

Pokémon Go ‘coming soon’ to Apple Watch

Pokémon Go-loving Apple Watch owners will soon be able to catch Pokémon from their device, after the game’s developer tweeted: “Pokémon Go for Apple Watch is coming soon,” before asking us to “Stay tuned.” Watch this space, Poké fans.

Uber turns friends into destinations

Uber is planning an app update to turn people into destinations. Currently you can specify locations for your cab driver to steer to, but with the update you’ll be able to tell Uber to drive to your friends, as long as they have the Uber app installed. The friend(s) will automatically be sent your estimated arrival time.

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