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Chris Burns is currently head editor for SlashGear and executive editor for Android Community. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Chris Burns responsible for editorial decisions made for the USA-based day-team of SlashGear and sister-site Android Community. Follow him on Twitter @ t_chrisburns and inside Google+ at http://chrisburns.co/+ for tech, gadget, and design news galore.

Moto G 3rd gen 16GB sold out in less than a week

Moto G 3rd gen 16GB sold out in less than a week

While we do not know how much stock Motorola had available of the 3rd gen Moto G, we do know that they've sold out of their 16GB edition in just a few days. Going on sale the first day it was revealed, July 28th, 2015, the Moto G 3rd gen is no longer available through Motorola online. This isn't a limited edition sort of thing, they're going to make more, but the fact remains: this appears to be a continued success story for Motorola, or at least one that they're ill-prepared to handle demand for.

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LG G4 Wins Blind Camera Test vs iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 in low light

LG G4 Wins Blind Camera Test vs iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 in low light

This past week we ran a Blind Camera Test between the LG G4, the Samsung Galaxy S6, and the iPhone 6 with a number of photos taken in low-lighting environments. We placed photos taken by each smartphone next to one another without the names of their devices attached and asked you, the readers, to vote on which photos looked best. Not which photos looked most color-correct, not which photos were sharpest - though those could have been your criteria if you'd wanted. This was a test of objective desires.

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Scientists turn up oldest evidence of animal reproduction

Scientists turn up oldest evidence of animal reproduction

Some of the world's earliest-known macrofossils have revealed evidence of their revolutionary early reproduction. Scientists publishing research with the scientific journal Nature have studied macrofossils from the late Ediacaran age, from between 580-541 million years ago. In these fossils are the oldest examples of diverse complex organisms found by humans. In these fossils has turned up some of the world's earliest evidence of diverse complex organisms' reproductive abilities. As you might expect, the early complex organisms in this study reproduced asexually for optimum speed and spread.

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Star Wars Battlefront’s “Fighter Squadron” gameplay trailer shows potential

Star Wars Battlefront’s “Fighter Squadron” gameplay trailer shows potential

Today EA Games, DICE, and Frostbite reveal "Fighter Squadron" gameplay for Star Wars Battlefront. In this reveal, you'll see a whole lot of potential. We're obviously not going to be able to judge this game without actually playing it first, but it does seem - from this footage alone - that there might be a chance that this game has a good rebirth session in store for fans of the original Star Wars fighter pilot franchises: X-Wing and TIE Fighter. The pixels look a little better here than they did back in 1997.

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Exploding Kittens stop-motion unboxing

Exploding Kittens stop-motion unboxing

This morning our very own box of Exploding Kittens cards arrived, ready to show us what a massively successful Kickstarter campaign looks like. Using the BLACKBOX company (the same folks that ship Cards Against Humanity) along with hundreds of other contributors, the creators of this game have created a high-quality piece of work. This card game is one of the top 5 most-funded Kickstarter projects ever, and certainly one of the most entertaining. This game also holds high esteem for not losing their cool when their original goal was surpassed by an unimaginable amount.

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Amazon Echo heads to Staples as exclusive 3rd-party retailer

Amazon Echo heads to Staples as exclusive 3rd-party retailer

Amazon has officially begun moving units of their hands-free, voice-command home speaker solution "Amazon Echo" with a 3rd party retailer. Staples.com will be the one place online - other that Amazon - where potential users can purchase the device. Amazon Echo will not necessarily be available in Staples physical locations. So in essence, this is just for people who like to shop at Staples online and can't be bothered typing in the full Amazon url to move from one webpage to the other to purchase this very Amazon-centric device.

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Space Peanut passes by Earth: here’s why it’s awesome

Space Peanut passes by Earth: here’s why it’s awesome

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena California release video of asteroid that looks remarkably like a peanut. This "space peanut", as it's being called, is around 1.2-miles (2 kilometers) in length. So we're glad it wasn't headed directly at our planet's surface. Instead this is one of many flybys the nutty rock will be making with the Earth in its life circling the sun. The next time we see this space peanut it'll be the year 2054, and once again it'll be far enough away that we can watch it waffle around at a distance.

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Camera Test: Moto G 3rd Gen vs Moto G 1st Gen Original

Camera Test: Moto G 3rd Gen vs Moto G 1st Gen Original

As the Moto G 3rd generation smartphone is released, second sequel to the original best-selling Motorola phone, we have a look at how its camera stacks up. We're not comparing this device's camera to the other hero phones on the market today. We're not even comparing the Moto G 3rd gen's camera to the budget smartphones it's up against. Today we compare the camera on the 3rd Gen Moto G to the original Moto G from 2013. This is for all the original Moto G users that are 2-years into Moto G ownership seriously considering upgrading.

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Salamander fungus threatens all due to pet trade in USA

Salamander fungus threatens all due to pet trade in USA

Scientists warn of a biodiversity crisis as salamander imports into North America brings a fungal pathogen called "Bsal." This is short for Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, also called "B. salamandrivorans", and it comes from regions in Asia. These scientists suggest that once inserted into wild host populations, there's no effective means of containment for this pathogen. It'll kill at alarming rates. This Bsal is about to join the already-active "ongoing sixth mass extinction" of "more than 40% of all amphibians" as the emerging infections disease Chytridiomycosis takes hold.

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Cecil the Lion 24k Gold limited edition phone revealed

Cecil the Lion 24k Gold limited edition phone revealed

To celebrate the life of Cecil the Lion - and to capitalize on his sudden celebrity after being murdered - a 24k gold edition phone has been plated by Goldgenie. To be SUPER CLEAR here, this is Goldgenie's doing, not the work of the people who made the original phone. According to the company, they plan on donating a portion of the proceeds of this special limited edition phone to Friends of Hwange, benefitting efforts to conserve Zimbabwe. Total proceeds will be around 10-percent of the purchase price of this very extravagant device.

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