The Good The Pokemon Go Plus turns some of the most monotonous parts of Pokemon Go into simple button presses. Saves phone battery. Discreet, easy-to-identify vibration patterns let you play without others noticing.
The Bad Loses connection often, and has to be manually reconnected. Doesn't make Pokemon Go a better game. Chunky plastic design leaves something to be desired.
The Bottom Line The Pokemon Go Plus might seem like an expensive accessory for a free app, but it can make Pokemon Go addiction symptoms more bearable.
This monster-catching button makes you less of a Pokemon zombie
If you're seriously thinking about buying a Pokemon Go Plus, there are few other explanations.
It's a $35, £35 or AU$50 wearable pin that quietly alerts you to nearby Pokemon -- that way, you don't need to pull out your phone to play the uber-popular Pokemon Go game.
What it's like to play Super Mario in AR, and why it matters
Mario on a HoloLens is weird and tiring -- and it's also the future.
Always be yourself, unless you can be Deadpool or Hulk
We tried Marvel's official VR game early. Now our colleagues hate us.
A mind-blowing VR arcade won me over. It’ll get you too
The VR arcade -- yes, an arcade -- is designed to get you to try virtual reality headsets without getting sick. You might even like it. I did.
Are gadgets going to get more fidgety?
Commentary: Will the craze for fidget-spinner toys inspire a rebirth of buttons and moving parts on smartphones and other devices?
Valve, of Half-Life and Portal, is making 3 full VR games
So says Gabe Newell, Valve co-founder and head honcho.
Apple Watch speed boost coming Sept. 13 with WatchOS 3
Apple will give its smartwatch core software better performance and a streamlined interface. New Apple Watch models are coming too.
Fitbit gets fashionable, Nintendo teases next mobile game (CNET Update show notes)
Yet another Fitbit joins the flock, but the Alta goes for style -- and bugs you for being boring. Also, Nintendo gives more details on Miitomo, coming next month.
Kizon kid-tracking wearable heads to Europe
LG's GPS-equipped wearable straps to your child, letting you keep track of their location. They, in turn, can call you with a single button press.
Microsoft and Nintendo jump into health tech
The Microsoft Band goes beyond fitness tracking and works with Android and iPhones, and Nintendo reveals plans to track your sleep with a bedside gadget.
Moto 360's best watch face borrows from James Bond in GoldenEye 007
It won't let your wrist fire a laser beam, but this watch face design will transform your time piece into the classic smartwatch of N64-era James Bond.
Google smart contacts come into focus with Alcon
Google finds a partner to work on contact lenses with built-in sensors, LeapFrog creates a video game console for little kids, and Fitbit gets fashionable with Tory Burch jewelry.
Why Nike is pulling the plug on FuelBand
Fitness-tracking wristbands are a hot gadget category, but Nike doesn’t see a future in FuelBand hardware. Also: Microsoft tests a new Office program and Nintendo’s Game Boy celebrates a noteworthy birthday.