The 10 best Pokemon of all time

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The Pokemon franchise turns 20 years old today, and in that time there have been a lot of pocket monsters. What started out as 150 fictional critters has ballooned to 721 across six generations of games — that doesn’t even include what new additions are coming in Pokemon Sun and Moon later this year. And, well, they vary in quality quite a bit; for every adorable Pikachu there’s a Luvdisc —literally a heart turned on its side that’s supposed to be a fish. Two decades after the series debuted, the most important question is which pokemon is the best. Using a highly scientific process — which primarily involves measuring how much the pokemon in question makes me say “aww” — I’ve managed to narrow it down to the ten most coolest, cutest…

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How Pokemon took over the world in 20 years

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Today, Pokemon celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the franchises’ first appearance in Japan. It’s hard to imagine a phenomenon began on a humble GameBoy cartridge. In two decades, Pokemon has become nearly as iconic for our generation as Mickey Mouse was for generations before us. Nintendo’s sold hundred of millions of video games, and the Pokemon trading cards have been distributed in the billions. The TV show is still on the air.

This video, above, is a handy timeline of the franchise’s success. The original Pokemon games, Pokemon Red, Pokemon Blue, and Pokemon Yellow are now available on the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS.


READ MORE: Polygon’s chronological history of Pokemon games

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Is 3D Printing The Next Industrial Revolution?

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Collaborative-Glass-Robotics-Laboratory-Virginia-Tech-RISD-glass-3D-printing It was in 1909 when Henry Ford, master of efficiency and standardization, famously said that a “customer can have a car painted any color…so long as it is black.” While the First Industrial Revolution introduced machines to replace hand labor, Ford helped usher in what was ultimately the principle of mass production; using those machines to produce large quantities of… Read More

Bloomberg Predicts EVs Cheaper than IC Engine Cars Within 10 Years

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Lucas123 writes: With the price of lithium-ion batteries continuing to plummet, already dropping 65% since 2010, electric vehicles will become cheaper to own by the mid-2020s, according to a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The report also forecasts that sales of EVs will hit 41 million by 2040, up from 462,000 in 2015. By 2040, EVs will make up 35% of new light-duty vehicle sales, even if the price of crude oil goes back up from $33 today to $70 in the future. The adoption of EVs will displace about 13 million barrels of oil per day by 2040, when the clean-energy cars represent about one-quarter of cars on the road.

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YouTube CEO says ‘we’re listening’ to growing criticisms of complaint system

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YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki tonight tweeted out a message of thanks to the YouTube community at large, vowing that the company is “listening” to recent feedback from creators, who’ve taken issue with the site’s complaint system. A growing number of popular YouTubers have criticized the company’s way of handling copyright violations and, in turn, the appeals process about those notices. Channels impacted by the complaints system can lose out on monetization — sometimes for weeks at a time. That’s proven so annoying that some YouTube users are at least weighing the idea of removing their content from the platform. Wojcicki doesn’t want that to happen.

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Color Switch Falls To The No. 2 Games Slot (But Is Still As Addictive As Ever)

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colorswitch Did you hear about that crazy-popular game that sat in the No. 1 Games spot on iTunes for more than a month and a half? I’ll give you a hint, it has color in the title. Color Switch is a tap-based obstacle game that adds an additional level of difficulty because you are constantly changing colors. The game offers three modes: race, challenge and continuous play. And if you are feeling… Read More

Instagram shuts down access for app that lets you ‘be’ other users

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Only eight days after launching, the app that let people see the Instagram feeds of any public user has lost its API access. Being had gained 40,000 users in the days since its launch and had 11,000 people download the app in the last day. Its popularity could have been its downfall, however, especially now that Apple was putting it on its featured App Store page. The company hasn’t yet confirmed whether the loss of access to Instagram’s API was intentional.

Being aimed to let people see Instagram through the eyes of other users, like celebrities and friends. The app pulled together the different users people followed to recreate their feeds on the app. So, for example, a Being user could “become” Kim Kardashian and see all the makeup…

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This is your next jam: Fifth Harmony, ZAYN, and more

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Welcome back to The Verge’s weekly musical roundup. I’m Jamieson, I’m still your host, and I’m writing this week’s column from the site’s spacious New York HQ instead of my usual Canadian living room. (Of course, this is the week I include a song called “Work from Home.”) I’ve had a blast hanging out with all of my coworkers in the flesh, and we’re going to cap this visit off by covering the Oscars on Sunday night. You should join us!

Remember to subscribe to our Spotify playlist if you haven’t already — it’s updated weekly! Let’s go:

Animal Collective, “Golden Gal”:

This highlight from Animal Collective’s new LP Painting With opens with a sample of an actual “golden gal”: that’s Bea Arthur’s Dorothy Zbornak saying, “No, Blanche,…

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Tribeca Venture Partners Closes Its Second NY-Focused Fund

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EN2A8291 Tribeca Venture Partners, a New York-based early-stage venture firm founded in 2011, is today announcing that it has closed its second fund with $107 million — significantly more than its $65 million debut fund. That’s good news for New York startups. In a conversation earlier this week with Brian Hirsch and Chip Meakem — Tribeca’s co-founders and its sole… Read More

Really understanding Apple’s legal brief in the FBI case

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The fight between Apple and the FBI over the security protections on the San Bernadino iPhone has been fierce for the past few weeks, but it’s mostly been a PR battle thus far. From a legal and procedural standpoint, only two things had actually happened until yesterday: the FBI filed a motion to compel Apple to help it bypass security restrictions on the phone, and a magistrate judge ordered the company to comply. But yesterday Apple filed a motion to vacate judge Sherri Pym’s order, which lays bare the company’s actual legal argument against building a special one-off version of iOS that would allow the FBI to unlock the phone with a brute-force attack on its passcode.

So let’s pull it apart and see what’s going on here. While the PR…

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Luxe Is Raising Tens Of Millions In A Big New Funding Round From Hertz

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Luxe Luxe is in talks with a strategic investor that will infuse the company with “tens of millions” in new financing from Hertz, our sources tell us. Our understanding is that the round is still in negotiations — and, of course, could change at any time — but one source says the round could be as high as $50 million. The Information also reported that the funding round… Read More

Tim Cook says Apple Car speculation will ‘be like Christmas Eve for a while’

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has lately been offering more and more hints that the Apple Car might possibly be a real thing. At the very least, he’s fueling speculation that the company is planning a big play in the auto industry. Speaking at today’s shareholder meeting, Cook took a break from discussing Apple’s rift with the FBI to tease attendees about the possibilities — possibilities that remain several years away, by most accounts. “Do you remember when you were a kid, and Christmas Eve… it was so exciting,” Cook said, according to Business Insider. “You weren’t sure what was going to be downstairs. Well, it’s going to be Christmas Eve for a while.”

So Cook is simultaneously building hype — something must be coming in the pipeline — and…

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Augmented Reality Computer Vision Startup Wrnch Gets $1.8M Series A Led By Mark Cuban

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wrnchTeam201507 Talk to anyone in the AR space right now and the phrase “democratizing x” is bound to arise two or three dozen times. Wrnch CEO Paul Kruszewski says that concept is especially true for the computer vision space with warchest-toting companies like Magic Leap powering their own technologies while dramatically smaller teams are left to piecemeal their own solutions. Today,… Read More

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