Pokemon Go might be released for Android Wear

Also in today’s open source roundup: Samsung will gimp Note 7 batteries, and 5 Linux server distributions

Pokémon Go [public domain CC0 imagery sourced via Pixabay]
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Pokemon Go and Android Wear

Pokemon Go was recently announced for the Apple Watch, and that news had some Android Wear users turning green with envy. No need to fret though since it looks like Pokemon Go might be released for Android Wear too, according to a report on TechCrunch.

Sarah Perez reports for TechCrunch:

Pokémon Go will come to Android Wear, it seems. At TechCrunch Disrupt SF this afternoon, John Hanke, CEO of Niantic Labs – the company behind the most viral and profitable mobile game of all time – confirmed that his team will look into bringing game to other mobile platforms which are interesting in terms of both gameplay and mobility. Asked specifically if Android Wear was on that list, he replied it’s “pretty likely,” which is as close to an official confirmation as we expect to get at this time.

“As other devices come on the market – if those are Android Wear devices or if they are devices from other quadrants that are interesting for gameplay and mobility, and being active – we’ll look into supporting those, too,” he said.

Asked specifically if Pokémon Go will come to Android Wear, Hanke replied, “I think it’s pretty likely, yeah.”

Pokémon Go has far too much interest to be limited to only one wearable platform, so it’s not surprising to hear that the company will work on an Android Wear app in the future, or those for other devices.

More at TechCrunch

Samsung will gimp Note 7 batteries

Samsung’s troubled Galaxy Note 7 phone has been recalled, but there are those who might refuse to part with their Note 7 phones. To encourage Note 7 owners to bring their phones back, Samsung has pushed an update that will limit their batteries to 60% maximum.

Ron Amadeo reports for Ars Technica:

Samsung shipped around 2.5 million potentially explosive Galaxy Note 7s out into the world, and now it needs customers to bring them back. Getting the masses to relinquish their smartphones, even when they can be a danger to them or the things around them, has proven to be a challenge. To encourage stubborn owners to turn in their devices, Samsung will push out an Over The Air (OTA) update to recalled Note 7s that will limit the battery to 60-percent capacity. The hope is that customers will be annoyed into action.

According to the Associated Press, Samsung took out an ad on the front page of the Seoul Shinmun, a South Korean newspaper, announcing the move. The update will arrive in South Korea on September 20, with other countries getting the battery-limiting update pending talks with carriers. The batteries explode after overheating due to a short, so while we can’t imagine a lower charge will stop the batteries from exploding outright, the hope is that gimping the battery will at least remind owners they need to turn their devices in.

More at Ars Technica

5 Linux server distributions

Linux has always been a hit in the server market, as well as being a fantastic desktop operating system. Windows IT Pro has a useful roundup of five Linux server distributions that are worth considering for your business.

Christine Hall reports for Windows IT Pro:

…there have been distributions with no other purpose but to serve files and applications, help workstations share common peripherals, serve-up web pages and all the other things we ask servers to do, whether in the cloud, in a data center or on a shelf in a utility closet.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux


Ubuntu Server

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server


More at Windows IT Pro

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