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News Article | April 25, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

‘Pokémon Go’ third-party trackers are being shut down by Niantic, and ‘PokeSensor’ and ‘PokeSearch’ are the most recent victims. Are Niantic’s attempts to stop hackers getting too aggressive? Pokémon Go players using third-party trackers to find the game’s rarest monsters may want to take notice. Niantic has demanded that the creators of PokeSensor and PokeSearch discontinue work on their apps immediately. The request was upheld by both teams. According to separate blog posts, the trackers are formally shutting dawn. The news went live Monday evening, and it’s sending shockwaves around the Pokémon Go development community today. Perhaps the most in-depth explanation of the events came from PokeSensor’s Patrick Ballard. To make a long story short, Ballard reportedly received an email from Apple this weekend suggesting that The Pokémon Company had taken issue with Sensor’s use of the Pokémon Trainer Club API.  As a result, it was mandated that the project be removed from the App Store immediately. Fearing future repercussion and less need for an Android build, development has ended. Despite the forced shutdown, however, Ballard admits that he has “no ill will toward The Pokémon Company or Niantic” for the decision. The app was able to exist unfettered for nearly a year, and for that he is grateful. While equally appreciative of what’s been a “good” ride, the creator of PokeSearch was slightly less kind. The developer didn’t provide any explicit details about the closure beyond receiving a Cease and Desist request. “Hopefully one day Niantic will realize the reason people flock to external maps isn't because they're all cheaters,” the final blog post concludes. PokeSearch will likely have stopped working by the time you read this article, while PokeSensor will remain active for current users until API changes eventually render it useless. Third-party trackers for Pokémon Go remain popular due to player dissatisfaction with Niantic’s official implementation of the feature. The current Nearby menu works fine, but many enthusiasts feel it’s not nearly as helpful as the defunct “three-step” system. Trackers have long been perceived as a semi-legit alternative to fix that problem. This news is one of many recent developments involving Niantic’s ongoing commitment to stopping unsanctioned play of its app. While some trainers may not consider third-party trackers a form of cheating, the game’s development team feels they tarnish the experience just as overtly as GPS hacks. Not only have we witnessed frequent ban waves over the past few weeks, but tweaks have also been made to gameplay mechanics to discourage the use of outside tools. As Pokémon Go nears its one-year anniversary, any means of gaining an unapproved advantage is being taken offline. Pokémon Go is available now on Android and iOS. Do you think it’s right for Niantic to shut down Pokémon Go trackers? Should they be viewed in the same vein as cheats or hacks? Tell us in the comments section!


News Article | December 7, 2016
Site: www.businesswire.com

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sprint (NYSE:S) and Niantic Inc., publisher and developer of Pokémon GO in partnership with The Pokémon Company International, are collaborating to create a special Pokémon GO experience in more than 10,500 Sprint, Boost Mobile and Sprint at RadioShack locations across the United States. Beginning Dec. 12, just as The Pokémon Company International and Niantic reveal details about new Pokémon coming to the game, Trainers can visit select Sprint, Boost Mobile and Sprint at RadioShack stores and engage with the hugely popular location-based game. For Pokémon GO players, this means: “This collaboration with Pokémon GO brings together two innovative, groundbreaking and creative brands that will offer Trainers greater accessibility and destinations to advance their game,” said Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO. “Pokémon GO is one of the most popular mobile games in history, and now players will be able to visit Sprint, Boost Mobile and Sprint at RadioShack stores to collect Poké Balls, Potions, Eggs and Razz Berries to make them a top Pokémon GO Trainer. We will also provide charging stations in stores so Trainers never have to worry about losing power.” “We’re excited to bring Sprint onboard as our first U.S. partner by integrating Sprint, Boost Mobile and Sprint at RadioShack stores into Pokémon GO, providing an awesome experience to Pokémon GO Trainers,” said John Hanke, Niantic CEO. “As Trainers go out to explore their neighborhoods in pursuit of elusive new Pokémon, they can pop into their nearby Sprint locations to recharge, get great value data plans, collect in-game items, and battle with their favorite Pokémon.” Gamers Never Have to Worry About Data Overages What a great day for gamers! Sprint offers the best value for unlimited data, talk and text so that customers can complete their Pokédex without worrying about running out of data or surprise overage charges. When customers switch at least one line to Sprint and sign up for Unlimited Freedom with AutoPay, they get unlimited data, talk and text starting at just $20 per month/line for a family of five until Jan. 31, 20181. Customers will enjoy unlimited mobile optimized streaming videos, gaming and music, and unlimited 4G LTE data for most everything else, all while on the Sprint network. Because, who has the time to worry about data limits when you’re tracking Pokémon? Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 60.2 million connections as of Sept. 30, 2016, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint. Niantic Inc. builds mobile real-world experiences that foster fun, exploration, discovery and social interaction. Originally incubated within Google, Niantic Inc., spun out in 2015, with investments from Google, The Pokémon Company and Nintendo. The company’s immersive real-world mobile game Ingress has been downloaded more than 20 million times and is played in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Niantic Inc., also developed and published Pokémon GO, the real-world Pokémon game for iOS and Android mobile devices that was downloaded more than 500 million times in its first two months. For more information on Niantic, please visit www.nianticlabs.com. The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing and marketing the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit www.pokemon.com. 1 After Jan. 31, 2018 pay $30/mo./line for the third, fourth and fifth lines. Mobile optimized: video streams at up to 480p+ resolution, music at up to 500kbps, streaming gaming at up to 2Mbps. Premium resolution: video streams at up to 1080p+, music at up to 1.5MBps, gaming streams at up to 8Mbps. Data deprioritization applies during times of congestion. All while on the Sprint Network. Requires ebill. Pricing shown with $5/mo./line AutoPay discount applied within two invoices. Requires new lines of service and port on one line. Other monthly charges apply.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Niantic, Inc. and The Pokémon Company International announced an additional 80 Pokémon will begin to appear in Pokémon GO later this week. These include Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region from the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games, including Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile. Trainers will encounter these Pokémon “in the wild” as they embark on adventures and explore their neighborhoods and cities to catch Pokémon. In addition to Pokémon that will appear in the game for the first time, the latest update introduces new gameplay mechanics for Trainers to master, including new encounter gameplay, new Evolution items, two new Berries, and expanded outfit and accessory options for their Trainer avatars. “ Today is a momentous occasion for our team here at Niantic which has been hard at work to deliver these additional Pokémon and build upon the encounter and capture mechanics for our passionate global community of Trainers playing Pokémon GO,” said John Hanke, founder and Chief Executive Officer, Niantic, Inc. “ Pokémon GO is a live experience which we’ll be continuing to support and evolve in new and interesting ways for years to come with new gameplay features, in-game and live events, more Pokémon to discover and much more.” “ With Pokémon GO, The Pokémon Company endeavored to create a compelling game based on the concept of encountering and catching Pokémon in the real world,” said J.C. Smith, Senior Director, Consumer Marketing, The Pokémon Company International. “ The amazing response to Pokémon GO by millions of existing and new Pokémon fans around the world is remarkable. We’re thrilled to keep the adventure going by welcoming these Pokémon to this engaging new way of experiencing the fun of the Pokémon brand.” With the latest Pokémon GO game update, new Pokémon evolution options will give players the ability to use new Evolution items to evolve their Pokémon into ones that were originally discovered in the Johto region. While catching Pokémon, Trainers can use two new Berries—the Nanab Berry, which slows a Pokémon’s movements, and the Pinap Berry, which doubles the amount of Candy received if the next catch attempt succeeds. Trainers will also be able to customize their avatar’s appearance with a new selection of hats, shirts, pants, and other items. Additional items will be available for purchase from the in-game Pokémon GO shop. To view a new Pokémon GO trailer highlighting the Pokémon coming to the game and the new features, please visit: www.youtube.com/embed/R04u9E5INTI Trainers can download Pokémon GO from the App Store for iOS devices and Google Play Store for Android. A version of Pokémon GO for Apple Watch is also available through the App Store. Nintendo’s Pokémon GO Plus device, which allows Trainers to catch Pokémon and collect items with the push of a button without looking at their screens, is being replenished at retail locations in support of this latest update, while supplies last. The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing and marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit www.pokemon.com. Niantic, Inc. builds mobile real-world experiences that foster fun, exploration, discovery and social interaction. Originally incubated within Google, Niantic spun out in 2015, with investments from Google, The Pokémon Company and Nintendo. The company’s immersive real-world mobile game Ingress has been downloaded more than 20 million times and is played in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Niantic also developed and published Pokémon GO, the real-world Pokémon game for iOS and Android mobile devices that was downloaded more than 500 million times in its first two months. For more information on Niantic, visit www.nianticlabs.com.


News Article | December 7, 2016
Site: www.businesswire.com

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sprint (NYSE:S) and Niantic Inc., publisher and developer of Pokémon GO in partnership with The Pokémon Company International, are collaborating to create a special Pokémon GO experience in more than 10,500 Sprint, Boost Mobile and Sprint at RadioShack locations across the United States. Beginning Dec. 12, just as The Pokémon Company International and Niantic reveal details about new Pokémon coming to the game, Trainers can visit select Sprint, Boost Mobile and Sprint at RadioShack stores and engage with the hugely popular location-based game. For Pokémon GO players, this means: “This collaboration with Pokémon GO brings together two innovative, groundbreaking and creative brands that will offer Trainers greater accessibility and destinations to advance their game,” said Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO. “Pokémon GO is one of the most popular mobile games in history, and now players will be able to visit Sprint, Boost Mobile and Sprint at RadioShack stores to collect Poké Balls, Potions, Eggs and Razz Berries to make them a top Pokémon GO Trainer. We will also provide charging stations in stores so Trainers never have to worry about losing power.” “We’re excited to bring Sprint onboard as our first U.S. partner by integrating Sprint, Boost Mobile and Sprint at RadioShack stores into Pokémon GO, providing an awesome experience to Pokémon GO Trainers,” said John Hanke, Niantic CEO. “As Trainers go out to explore their neighborhoods in pursuit of elusive new Pokémon, they can pop into their nearby Sprint locations to recharge, get great value data plans, collect in-game items, and battle with their favorite Pokémon.” Gamers Never Have to Worry About Data Overages What a great day for gamers! Sprint offers the best value for unlimited data, talk and text so that customers can complete their Pokédex without worrying about running out of data or surprise overage charges. When customers switch at least one line to Sprint and sign up for Unlimited Freedom with AutoPay, they get unlimited data, talk and text starting at just $20 per month/line for a family of five until Jan. 31, 20181. Customers will enjoy unlimited mobile optimized streaming videos, gaming and music, and unlimited 4G LTE data for most everything else, all while on the Sprint network. Because, who has the time to worry about data limits when you’re tracking Pokémon? Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 60.2 million connections as of Sept. 30, 2016, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint Niantic Inc. builds mobile real-world experiences that foster fun, exploration, discovery and social interaction. Originally incubated within Google, Niantic Inc., spun out in 2015, with investments from Google, The Pokémon Company and Nintendo. The company’s immersive real-world mobile game Ingress has been downloaded more than 20 million times and is played in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Niantic Inc., also developed and published Pokémon GO, the real-world Pokémon game for iOS and Android mobile devices that was downloaded more than 500 million times in its first two months. For more information on Niantic, please visit www.nianticlabs.com. The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing and marketing the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit www.pokemon.com. 1 After Jan. 31, 2018 pay $30/mo./line for the third, fourth and fifth lines. Mobile optimized: video streams at up to 480p+ resolution, music at up to 500kbps, streaming gaming at up to 2Mbps. Premium resolution: video streams at up to 1080p+, music at up to 1.5MBps, gaming streams at up to 8Mbps. Data deprioritization applies during times of congestion. All while on the Sprint Network. Requires ebill. Pricing shown with $5/mo./line AutoPay discount applied within two invoices. Requires new lines of service and port on one line. Other monthly charges apply.


News Article | October 26, 2016
Site: phys.org

The Kyoto-based maker of Super Mario games said Wednesday that its net profit in April-September was 38.3 billion yen ($368 million), up 234 percent from the same period the year before. That was mainly due to a 62.7 billion yen ($601.7 million) gain from its sale of the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team. Nintendo said it expects its net profit for the year that ends March 31, 2017, to overshoot its earlier estimate thanks to that windfall. Nintendo's earnings have suffered from disappointing sales of the Wii U and the 3DS handheld. The company said a strengthening of the Japanese yen contributed to an operating loss of 5.9 billion yen ($57 million) in April-September, compared with an operating profit of about 9 billion yen a year earlier. It cut its full-year operating profit forecast to 30 billion yen ($288 million) from 45 billion yen. Nintendo earns over 70 percent of its sales overseas. It booked a foreign exchange loss of 39.9 billion yen ($383 million) in April-September, as net sales sank 33 percent to 136.8 billion yen ($1.3 billion). It cut its sales forecast for the full year by 6 percent to 470 billion yen, citing a paucity of new game software titles. After years of scoffing at the threat from smartphones, Nintendo did an about face last year, launching Pokemon Go during the summer. The augmented reality game, its first success since making that decision, underlines Nintendo's potential. The game, which has players looking for Pokemon creatures in their real-life wanderings, is a good match for the classic Pokemon story. But Nintendo has warned the "Pokemon Go" perk will be limited. The Pokemon Co., a Nintendo affiliate, gets licensing fees and other compensation for the mobile game distributed by Niantic Inc., but that is having a limited impact on its income. The "Pokemon Go" game became available after the first quarter ended, and playing it basically is all free. The company may get a boost from sales of other Nintendo products. Last week, Nintendo it plans to release a new gaming system, Nintendo Switch, in March. The portable handheld device also can be used with a dock to connect to a TV. Nintendo says an exact launch date, price and more specifics will be released later. Explore further: Nintendo reports quarterly profit as sales improve


News Article | December 7, 2016
Site: www.businesswire.com

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sprint (NYSE:S) y Niantic Inc., editora y desarrolladora de Pokémon GO, en colaboración con The Pokémon Company International, se unieron para crear una experiencia especial de Pokémon GO en más de 10,500 tiendas de Sprint, Boost Mobile y Sprint en RadioShack en los Estados Unidos. "Esta colaboración con Pokémon GO reúne a dos marcas innovadoras, pioneras y creativas que ofrecerán a los Entrenadores mayor accesibilidad y destinos para avanzar en su juego", dijo Marcelo Claure, Presidente de Sprint. "Pokémon GO es uno de los juegos móviles más populares de la historia, y ahora los jugadores podrán visitar las tiendas de Sprint, Boost Mobile y Sprint en RadioShack para capturar Pokébolas, Pociones, Huevos y Razz Berries para convertirlos en un Entrenador superior de Pokémon GO. También proporcionaremos estaciones de carga en las tiendas para que los entrenadores nunca tengan que preocuparse por perder carga". Niantic Inc. desarrolla experiencias móviles en el mundo real que fomentan la diversión, la exploración, el descubrimiento y la interacción social. Originalmente incubado en Google, Niantic Inc., se independizó en 2015, con inversiones de Google, The Pokémon Company y Nintendo. El juego móvil Ingress,de inmersión del mundo real de la compañía, ha sido descargado más de 20 millones de veces y se juega en más de 200 países y territorios de todo el mundo. Niantic Inc., también desarrolló y publicó Pokémon GO, el juego de Pokémon del mundo real para dispositivos móviles iOS y Android que se descargó más de 500 millones de veces en sus primeros dos meses. Para obtener más información sobre Niantic, visite www.nianticlabs.com


News Article | March 2, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

BARCELONA, Spain--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The GSMA today congratulates all winners of the 2017 Glomo Awards. Glomo Award hosts, TV presenters Suzi Perry and Ortis Deley, announced the awards during a series of ceremonies and Mobile World Live TV presentations throughout the week at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. “Our congratulations to all of the winners and nominees of the GSMA’s Glomo Awards at Mobile World Congress this week," said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. "The Glomo Awards truly showcase those companies and individuals that are driving innovation in the rapidly evolving mobile industry. We thank all of our entrants, judges, sponsors and partners for supporting the 2017 Glomo Awards.” The winners of the 2017 Glomo Awards are: Best Use of Mobile for Retail, Brands & Commerce Shell and MOBGEN, part of Accenture Digital, for Shell Motorist App Best Use of Mobile for Travel, Leisure & Hospitality Orange and Danal Inc. for Check & Go MC Best Use of Mobile for Smart Cities Best Mobile Service or Solution for Enterprise Best Use of Mobile for Advertising or Marketing Best Mobile Product, Application or Service for Women in Emerging Markets Turkcell for ''Hello Hope” Mobile App for İntegration of Syrian Refugees Best Use of Mobile for Accessibility & Inclusion Best Mobile App for the Connected Lifestyle Best Mobile App for Virtual or Augmented Reality Niantic Inc. for Pokémon Go Best New Smartphone or Connected Mobile Device at MWC 2017 Huawei for the Evolution from 4.5G to 5G For Inspirational Efforts in Support of Syrian Refugees For further information on Glomo Award winners and to view the image gallery please visit https://www.globalmobileawards.com/winners-2017/. The 2017 Glomo Awards sponsors and partners include: LeEco, Category Sponsor for “Best Mobile Technology” and “Social & Economic Development”; SK Planet, Category Sponsor for “Best Mobile Services”; Syniverse, Category Sponsor for “Women4Technology”; and Techradar, Official Media Partner. The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with almost 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series of conferences. For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com. Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.


News Article | August 29, 2016
Site: phys.org

The education minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, said Monday that the makers of the popular "Pokemon Go" smartphone game should stop beaming their most avidly hunted Pokemon figures into real-life schools. She has told a Paris news conference that she intends to meet representatives of California-based Niantic Inc. to explain that the game entices non-students to wander into children's schools. She sees the quest for rare, or "legendary," characters as posing the greatest security risk of unwanted walk-ins by strangers. France remains in an official state of emergency following November attacks in Paris and last month's Nice truck massacre. She says principals already can apply online for Niantic to remove their school from the game's global map.


News Article | December 14, 2016
Site: motherboard.vice.com

Niantic Inc., the creative force behind Pokémon Go, announced on Monday that they will be adding second generation Pokemon to their virally popular mobile game. But players will not find these latest battle monsters in the wild. Instead, players must hatch them from eggs that are available at Pokéstops—refueling stations where players can stock up on Pokéballs and unhatched eggs. A Pokéstop is usually a local landmark, such as a food establishment, statue, or playground—even an outdoor art installation will do. That randomness of location, combined with the distraction that the game provides, has made for some ominous news headlines. A player inadvertently stumbled across a dead body in San Diego. Two other San Diego men walked off an ocean cliff while playing the game. There was even a young man in Baltimore who clipped a cop car by playing the game while driving. The most disturbing anecdotes, however, were reports of criminal activity. Police in O'Fallon, Missouri, speculated that robbers used the game's real life gathering spots as hunting grounds. It was this specter of criminal activity and potential danger that inspired the Aizman Law Firm of Encino, California, to conduct a national study of Pokéstops. "Hopefully, our project can serve as reminder for players to pay attention to where they're headed and take precautionary measures," said Katie Chwalik, a project manager for Aizman Law Firm, in an interview with Motherboard. This summer, Aizman began analyzing a comprehensive map of Pokéstops across the United States (accurate as of August 29, 2016) by cross-referencing it with the 2015 crime data of five major cities: New York, Los Angeles, Baton Rouge, Cincinnati, and Seattle. After classifying the criminal activity by type and tallying the number of incidents that occurred within a half-mile of each Pokéstop, Aizman identified the most dangerous Pokéstops—the locations where distracted players could become easy marks for opportunistic criminals. Aizman's interactive website includes a browsable map of each location. The results are often surprising. "While crimes can occur anywhere, it's surprising to hear that even traffic-heavy locations, like the Chariot stop in NYC near Rockefeller Center; or churches and ministries, which comprise 5 of Baton Rouge's 10 most dangerous spots, can be so crime-ridden," said Chwalik. Not every Pokéstop on these maps is explicitly dangerous, per se—some of them are rife with "quality of life" nuisances. Reggie's in Cincinnati, for example, is flush with incidents of possession/purchase of alcohol under 21, public intoxication, and drinking in public. But that's also because Reggie's is a bar near Louisiana State University, the #1 party school in this year's Princeton Review survey. Other Pokéstops, however, are flagged for incidents far worse than drunken behavior. In New York City, players should beware of the St. Nicholas Park in Hamilton Heights; more rapes occur within a half-mile radius of this Pokéstop than in any other Pokéstop in New York. The "Woman Face Mural" at Fordham Manor, meanwhile, is the worst Pokéstop for robbery, felony assault, and murder in New York. In Seattle, there are two outdoor art Pokéstops where players should watch out for unseemly behavior. "Follow the Red Door to Freedom," a mural on the side of the Cancer Pathways building, and "Blue Trees," a downtown art installation, are ranked #1 and #2 for lewd conduct and physical fighting, respectively. Growing pains for Pokémon Go were inevitable; innovations often begin life as wild, open-ended things. Then, when developers identify problems in their creations, they scale back and make refinements in increments. For instance, Niantic recently inked a partnership with Starbucks; now, 7,800 Starbucks stores across the United States are Pokéstops and Gyms. "We appreciate their role in creating safe, welcoming locations for people from all walks of life to come together for refreshment and social engagement," Niantic wrote in a public statement. This Starbucks partnership is a smart, cross-promotional business decision. It's also a savvy move towards respectability—a way to legitimize the game for hesitant consumers and skittish investors, who value the reach of such a social, popular game, but want it to have a reasonable degree of regulation and safety. But even so, players shouldn't let down their guard. A safe store doesn't necessarily indicate that the neighborhood surrounding that store is safe. "The Chipotle restaurant located south of the University of Cincinnati was the fifth most dangerous stop in the city," noted Chwalik. "One would think that going to get food wouldn't pose a threat, but obviously in this area, where crimes such as theft from a car and pickpocketing have occurred, it would benefit players to make sure they're staying aware of their surroundings."


Pokémon GO is the most popular mobile game in history, and Sprint has just become its first U.S. partner, promising a better gaming experience for its customers. As a Pokémon GO partner, the carrier will turn its Sprint, Boost Mobile and Sprint at RadioShack stores into PokéStops and Gyms so that its customers can collect items for the game and battle other Pokémon GO players. The hype surrounding Pokémon GO may have died down since the game first launched this summer, but its creators keep improving the experience nonetheless, and plenty of players are still enjoying the game. The Halloween and Thanksgiving events proved to be popular and the new Pokémon tracker released in November was a big plus, but that's not all. The Pokémon GO December update is highly anticipated, and rumor has it that Niantic Inc., the game's developer, is gearing up to unveil the update and 100 new Pokémon on Dec. 12. With its latest partnership announcement, Sprint basically confirmed that the update will roll out on Dec. 12. The carrier announced that just as Niantic and the Pokémon Company International reveal new information about the upcoming Pokémon on that day, Trainers will be able to use select Sprint, Boost Mobile and Sprint at RadioShack stores for an immersive Pokémon GO experience. Starting on Dec. 12, Sprint, Boost Mobile and RadioShack stores will allow customers to collect in-game items such as Eggs and Poké Balls that will help them advance in the location-based augmented reality game. At the same time, Sprint-sponsored Gyms will allow players to battle their Pokémon against others. Moreover, Pokémon Go players will be able to charge their phones at Sprint, Boost and Sprint at RadioShack locations, which is a big bonus considering that the game tends to drain the phone's battery pretty quickly. Sprint also touts that, thanks to its unlimited data offers, Pokémon GO Trainers won't have to worry about exceeding their data allocation when roaming the streets in search of Pokémon on Sprint's 4G LTE network. The carrier currently has an offer for up to three lines of unlimited data, talk and text. The lines will be free until Jan. 31, 2018, for customers who switch to Sprint and sign up for Unlimited Freedom with AutoPay at $20 per month per line for a family of five. Customers who get two lines will be able to add a third, fourth and fifth line and get them for free. Interested customers who want to take advantage of this offer will need to add the lines by the end of this month. "This collaboration with Pokémon GO brings together two innovative, groundbreaking and creative brands that will offer Trainers greater accessibility and destinations to advance their game," says Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, adds that, "as Trainers go out to explore their neighborhoods in pursuit of elusive new Pokémon, they can pop into their nearby Sprint locations to recharge, get great value data plans, collect in-game items, and battle with their favorite Pokémon." With Sprint now on board as an exclusive wireless partner and with more Pokémon to come, Pokémon GO fans can gear up for an exciting experience on Dec. 12. Stay tuned for more information as soon as it becomes available. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

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