Pokémon Go Now Lets You Catch Them All—in Augmented Reality

The time has come to live out those (semi) real-life Pokémon dreams. As The Verge reports, Nintendo has finally launched the augmented reality game, Pokémon Go. First announced last year, the Android and iOS game lets players catch, train, and fight with the virtual pocket monsters in glorious computer-generated environments. You always wanted Charmander in your living room, right?

Pokémon Go is free to play and works with a smartphone's GPS and camera, displaying the Pokémon on a map for players to follow. According to Ars Technica, the app officially launched in Japan, New Zealand, and Australia, but for now, those in the UK and U.S. will have to wait. Even then, you probably won't technically be able to catch them all: Some Pokémon are being kept as location-exclusives and others are bound by their type (water, leaf, fire, etc.) or geography.

Many have already spent hours playing the game (not counting the lucky few who have been testing it for weeks), and some locations have had to get used to the increased foot traffic. One (real-world) police station in Australia had to put out a message to players who were wandering around nearby in search of pokéballs and Sandshrew:

[h/t Ars Technica]

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The Richest Person of All Time From Each State

Looking for inspiration in your quest to become a billionaire? This map from cost information website, spotted by Digg, highlights the richest person in history who hails from each of the 50 states.

More billionaires live in the U.S. than in any other country, but not every state has produced a member of the Three Comma Club (seven states can only lay claim to millionaires). The map spans U.S. history, with numbers adjusted for inflation. One key finding: The group is overwhelmingly male, with only three women represented.

The richest American by far was John D. Rockefeller, repping New York with $257.25 billion to his name. Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Microsoft's Bill Gates clock in at the third and fifth richest, respectively. While today they both make their homes in the exclusive waterfront city of Medina, Washington, this map is all about birthplace. Since Gates, who is worth $90.54 billion, was born in Seattle, he wins top billing in the Evergreen State, while Albuquerque-born Bezos's $116.57 billion fortune puts New Mexico on the map.

The richest woman is South Carolina's Anita Zucker ($3.83 billion), the CEO of InterTech Group, a private, family-owned chemicals manufacturer based in Charleston. Clocking in at number 50 is the late, great socialite Brooke Astor—who, though a legend of the New York City social scene, was a native of New Hampshire—with $150 million.

[h/t Digg]

Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook
There’s a Ghost Hiding in This Illustration—Can You Find It?
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

A hidden image illustration by Gergely Dudás, a.k.a. Dudolf
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

Gergely Dudás is at it again. The Hungarian illustrator, who is known to his fans as “Dudolf,” has spent the past several years delighting the internet with his hidden image illustrations, going back to the time he hid a single panda bear in a sea of snowmen in 2015. In the years since, he has played optical tricks with a variety of other figures, including sheep and Santa Claus and hearts and snails. For his latest brainteaser, which he posted to both his Facebook page and his blog, Dudolf is asking fans to find a pet ghost named Sheet in a field of white bunny rabbits.

As we’ve learned from his past creations, what makes this hidden image difficult to find is that it looks so similar to the objects surrounding it that our brains just sort of group it in as being “the same.” So you’d better concentrate.

If you’ve scanned the landscape again and again and can’t find Sheet to save your life, go ahead and click here to see where he’s hiding.


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