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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.

We’re at Google I/O 2015: here’s every wild expectation

We’re at Google I/O 2015: here’s every wild expectation

Developers and press arrive at Google I/O 2015, the company's development-aimed yearly conference. This year the folks at Google will be live-streaming events like their first and only keynote and a number of universally important developer talks. This year's conference is rumored to contain everything from Google VR to "Smart Socks", with predictions of a new Moto 360, Android M Developer Preview, and Chromecast 2 circling the water cooler. Is this the Google I/O where Google finally skips the product announcements and keeps it tuned to developers, like the conference was meant to? Or will this be another wild ride down speculation lane?

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This One Photo: The birth of a star-forming nebula, RCW 34

This One Photo: The birth of a star-forming nebula, RCW 34

Witness the birth of a nebula by the name of RCW 34, complete with the cosmic process called "champagne flow" as young stars cook themselves inside-out. The image you're seeing here was captured by the ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile. This is the birth of a brightly, gloriously light cloud of gas, found in the southern constellation of Vela. Otherwise known as the south of The Sails, this image is the result of the workings of the Very Large Telescope's FORS instrument - that's the Focal reducer and low dispersion spectrograph in effect.

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Eldest human ancestor has Lucy beat at 3.4 million years old

Eldest human ancestor has Lucy beat at 3.4 million years old

The fossilized remains of a jaw and teeth are discovered near the origin of the previous eldest human ancestor, Lucy. This jaw belonged to a species by the name of Australopithecus deyiremeda. This species would have existed between 3.3 and 3.5 million years ago, putting it at an age when Lucy's species Australopithecus afarensis could have walked the Earth. This oldest species is now one of three species that existed in eastern Africa more than 3 million years ago more closely related to humans than to chimps. The third was Kenyanthropus platyops, having lived in Kenya at roughly the same time.

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Mad Max turns Wilton Silver Mist into Amazon review star

Mad Max turns Wilton Silver Mist into Amazon review star

What you're about to witness is the Mad Max-based War Boys taking on the likes of the open market. Searching for the best silver spray paint for their trip to Valhalla, the War Boys have found the most ideal product of them all - Wilton Silver Color Mist. In contrast with the 2015 film Mad Max, this particular can of spray is non-toxic. In the film, the War Boys used chrome spray to end their lives in a blaze of glory. With this product, they suggest they've get the best of both worlds.

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Google indexes Apple’s apps

Google indexes Apple’s apps

Google Search adds indexing of iOS apps for users on both Android and devices like iPhone and iPad. Developers will begin to be able to assure themselves a spot in the indexing limelight sooner than later as Google's search app brings ease in search to the masses. This search indexing will work for not only iOS and Android Google search apps, but Chrome as well. The rolling out of this search results action will take place over the next several weeks.

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Verizon’s DROID 2015 line leaked with curious details

Verizon’s DROID 2015 line leaked with curious details

Likely candidates for the whole 2015 Motorola DROID collection appear in a number of leaked documents. These devices will work with Verizon only inside the United States, appearing with code-name Clark for both models XT1578 and XT1097 and code-name Kinzie for model XT1585. These devices will be working with exceedingly sharp displays, one coming in at a DPI (dots per inch) value of 560, the other coming in with 640 DPI. Both devices will - obviously - be coming with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop as well, with Motorola's very small amount of changes on top.

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Internet penetration stalls out at 60% worldwide

Internet penetration stalls out at 60% worldwide

A report from KPCB this week suggests that internet penetration worldwide is stalling out at around 60%. This means that 6 out of every 10 people around the world have access to the internet - or choose to make use of it. Most of the world's top 15 countries ranked by number of internet users have well over 50% penetration of population, but that's just about as good as it's going to get, according to year-over-year growth rates. People are just being born too fast for internet availability to keep up, clearly.

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League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie reboot in the works

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie reboot in the works

A new feature film reboot of the film "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" has been tipped with Fox entering development this week. Remember that less-than-successful film from 2003 based on the Alan Moore / Kevin O'Neill comic books that began publication in 1999? The one with Sean Connery as Allan Quatermain. No? You'd have to be a real nerd to remember that film, and an even bigger nerd to own the movie right this minute. I think you know where this is headed, oh one other person in the world that's got the DVD, good buddy.

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Splatoon for Wii U appears to be an instant hit

Splatoon for Wii U appears to be an instant hit

The reviews are in - Splatoon for Wii U seems like it's been a hit for both veteran reviewers and the everyday average onlooker. That's good news for you Wii U owners out there looking for a new game to jam on, especially if you're looking for something wholly unique. Below you'll see a number of presentations of gameplay and the like to get a better idea of what this game will bring to you come Friday, the 29th, release day!

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Here’s the “Nexus” Google’s handing out at I/O 2015

Here’s the “Nexus” Google’s handing out at I/O 2015

Google puts their Nexus Player nearer its end-of-life with a change in presentation just days before Google I/O. This isn't a coincidence. The Nexus Player is about $20 cheaper than it debuted at, now coming in at $79 through the Google Store. This and the oncoming rush of Android TV sets like NVIDIA SHIELD and Razer Forge TV may have Google pushing a second generation device just in time for Google I/O 2015. As the operating system gains speed, Google may just put the 2nd generation unit in developers hands this week.

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