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

How to Activate Minecraft online for Android

How to Activate Minecraft online for Android

This morning the folks at Mojang have activated Minecraft Realms on Android - in Alpha mode. That means it's probably going to be broken when you play it - but you get to play it early! How neat will that be, playing a game well before it's made its final release? Never did that on Minecraft before I bet, right? This release comes as a side-update to Minecraft Pocket Edition for Android, but you're going to need to go through a short process to make the activation official. Then you'll be online, chopping trees to your heart's delight.

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Facebook’s Surround 360 camera will cost you $30k

Facebook’s Surround 360 camera will cost you $30k

Another day, another massively expensive 360 (spherical) camera rig you'll never be able to afford as a common citizen. Facebook suggests that this system can be built from camera parts you can buy yourselves, the total cost for the rig reaching somewhere around $30,000. If that's something you're going to be able to toss cash at, you'll be in luck - once you've got the whole system together, you'll be able to use the company's own software to stitch the resulting media you capture together into a single, seamless 3D-360 video. That video will - of course - be easily upload friendly for Facebook immediately after processing.

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Google’s Android Updates Promise, fulfilled at last!

Google’s Android Updates Promise, fulfilled at last!

Back in January of the year 2012, I wrote an article calling out Google for its promise for Android updates on smartphones of all sorts. Back then, Android was an ever-so-slightly different monster. Back then, Google was mad to make the bold and broad Android Update statement that was the "Android Update Alliance." Even just a few months after the Update Alliance was revealed, it was being shot down for its not-so-great results. But NOW, here in 2016, a new program could be the key to timely Android updates for everyone that wants them.

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Nintendo should adopt The Pokemon Company’s attitude toward mobile devices

Nintendo should adopt The Pokemon Company’s attitude toward mobile devices

Did you know that there's going to be an augmented reality Pokemon game launched this summer? It's going to be huge. Nintendo doesn't want to let their most lucrative characters and games to be released as-is on mobile devices - not unless they're being manufactured by Nintendo. Nintendo doesn't own Pokemon. The Pokemon Company owns Pokemon. The Pokemon Company has the opportunity to show Nintendo what they've got waiting for them if they open their doors to 3rd-party device game and app releases.

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Microsoft patents end-to-end encryption, but for what?

Microsoft patents end-to-end encryption, but for what?

Microsoft has patented end-to-end security for hardware running verified software. This comes at a time at which encryption and software security is a big, important topic for not only traditional computers, but mobile devices as well. Windows Phone 8.1 has device encryption - but only if you're got your device set up at an enterprise level. Windows Phone 10 (or Windows 10 Mobile, if you prefer) has Device encryption built in for everybody. Just like a real good device manufacturer should mean it to be.

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iPhone 7 rumors may make you replace your Android

iPhone 7 rumors may make you replace your Android

Could the iPhone 7 be the model that makes the Android-loyal masses make a switch to Apple's iOS platform? Details leaked this week may point in that direction. Based on what we're seeing here and now, the iPhone 7 could jump the shark, so to speak, bringing in a collection of features that appeared on Android-based devices first, starting with a pair of cameras at the back of the device. If the leaked images we're seeing this week end up being accurate, this could also be a real turning point for Apple's industrial design - and maybe not in the right direction.

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Where is the HTC 10 Re 360 and VR headset?

Where is the HTC 10 Re 360 and VR headset?

Where is HTC's missing mobile VR gear? Wasn't this supposed to be the age of virtual reality - desktop VR and mobile VR, too? If you listen to Samsung - who've teamed up with Oculus to create the Samsung Gear VR - then yes, the age of mobile VR has begun. They're the only group in the world that has a mobile VR headset with a burgeoning VR market within, attached to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S6 and Note 4 and eventually the Note 5. But what about HTC? Is the HTC Vive going to be their only VR play?

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HTC 10 detailed: video “confirms” all before official unveiling

HTC 10 detailed: video “confirms” all before official unveiling

It's now under a day before the HTC 10 is revealed, complete with what we expect will be an iconic build and new software to boot. This device will be the second big-name release of the year, coming in right beside the surprise home run in the HTC Vive, a virtual reality headset that runs with Valve's SteamVR. The handset may not have as epic a set of VR tendencies itself, but the details in the release are vital to the image HTC will be projecting from here on out. A video leaked today seems to show the future.

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Titanfall 2 trailer teases swordplay and PS4 release

Titanfall 2 trailer teases swordplay and PS4 release

This morning Respawn Entertainment and EA Games revealed their first teaser trailer for Titanfall 2. It's been a couple of seasons out, now, since the first Titanfall was released, and the companies have been bashing about since then, creating another mech warrior game that - this time - appears to be ready to give you a bit more freedom in how you'll be tearing your opponents apart. In the first Titanfall, it's a lot more about the guns. In this one - we've just seen a sword. It's a big-time sword-fighting action brawler, for that we can cross our fingers without a doubt.

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New Gorillaz Music and Artwork “leaked” by Jamie Hewlett

New Gorillaz Music and Artwork “leaked” by Jamie Hewlett

Don't expect any full tracks out of the Gorillaz Until the time is ripe - but today we're getting a preview. Today Jamie Hewlett released not one, but two videos - very short videos - showing what's going on in the studio with the creators of the next Gorillaz album. One video is relatively short but includes some futuristic musical jams, while the other is long but contains no music. Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn are here - see if you can identify anyone else.

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Game of Thrones Season 6 trailer released with dragons

Game of Thrones Season 6 trailer released with dragons

The newest of Game of Thrones Season 6 trailer is out now - and if you watch it, the entire season will be ruined for you. It's full of spoilers. You're going to be spoiled. Don't say I didn't warn you. There are dragons. Winter is coming? No. Winter has arrived. Up near the wall, at least. Everywhere else it appears that it might still be spring of some time in early summer. Watch out for the watchers on the wall - they've made it up the sides.

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Kindle Oasis leaks with e-reader premium design

Kindle Oasis leaks with e-reader premium design

This week the folks at Amazon appear to have experienced a bit of a leak - on their newest e-reader, the Kindle Oasis. At least, that's what the leak suggests it'll be called. This leak comes from China, and includes details on what the device will look like and act like. There seems to be a case/cover that this tablet-like device will have available with its own power source, and it'll be ambidextrous - with a very unique sort of tablet design.

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