Jun 19, 2017

Pokémon Go details its big summer update

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After promising a big summer for months now, the creators of Pokémon Go on Monday offered up details on new features coming to the popular, but not as popular as it once was, mobile game. In a blog post, Niantic said it is overhauling the gym feature to be more interactive, including "raids" where up to 20 players can work together.

Also in the works: Niantic is holding its first real-world event in July in Chicago and, at Apple's developer conference, showed how it could use Apple's newly introduced augmented reality tools to improve that part of the experience.

Why it matters: Pokémon Go was an overnight success, but Niantic has said it wants the game to be a years-long hit. To do that, it will need a steady stream of new features and challenges to keep people from moving on.

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Kenan Thompson and Hasan Minhaj to headline White House Correspondents' Dinner

Kenan Thompson on "SNL" in 2018. Photo: Rosalind O'Connor/NBC via Getty Images

Kenan Thompson, the longest-tenured "Saturday Night Live" cast member, will host the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on April 25.

And Hasan Minhaj — host of Netflix’s "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj," and the entertainer at the 2017 dinner — will return as featured entertainer.

"Billions": Season 2020

Mike Bloomberg speaks at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond, Va., on Saturday. Photo: James H. Wallace/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP

Money alone can’t buy a presidential election, but it surely gets you VIP access.

Why it matters: Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is duking it out with Billionaire Donald Trump, often on Billionaire Jack Dorsey’s Twitter and in ads on Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook, all chronicled in Billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post. 

Biometrics invade banking and retail

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Banks have been quietly rolling out biometrics to identify customers — verifying them by their fingerprint, voice or eye scan — and retailers like Amazon are getting into the game.

Why it matters: These companies are amassing giant databases of our most personal information — including our gait, how we hold our cellphones, our typing patterns — that raise knotty questions about data security and privacy.