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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.

Original LEGO calculation busted by math professor

Original LEGO calculation busted by math professor

This Friday a documentary will be released by the name of "A LEGO Brickumentary," and in it, a math professor will tell you how many different LEGO creations you can make. Of course the real number isn't entirely feasible to calculate. Back in 1958, LEGO estimated and suggested through a patent (as created by the original LEGO creator's son, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen) that six standard LEGO bricks could potentially be stacked in around 103-million ways. According to math professor Soren Eilers, whoever suggested 103-million was about 900-million off the mark. Behold this tiny brick clip.

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Twitter beats earnings expectations by signing up SMS users

Twitter beats earnings expectations by signing up SMS users

Twitter's financial Q2 this year brought the company up just over their revenue expectation range with a cool $502 million in revenue. This put them above a previously forecast revenue range of $470 million to $485 million, with a cool 61% increase in revenue year-over-year. This bodes well for Twitter, whose interim CEO Jack Dorsey suggests that "in order to realize Twitter's full potential, we must improve in three key areas: ensure more disciplined execution, simplify our service to deliver Twitter's value faster, and better communicate that value."

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Galaxy Note 5, Gear A, Edge may add up to Samsung’s biggest Unpacked yet

Galaxy Note 5, Gear A, Edge may add up to Samsung’s biggest Unpacked yet

Earlier today Samsung sent out invitations to an event that'll have three devices (at least) released to the masses. Just following Motorola's event today and before Apple's event later this year, the "Galaxy" giant will more than likely be revealing two smartphones and at least one smartwatch. Given the amount of rumors, leaks, and tips we've received over the past few weeks, we can't help but wonder if Samsung's secrets have all been revealed already. And if they have, is that going to be just fine with potential consumers?

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T-Rex’s serrated, folded teeth used like near-unbreakable knives

T-Rex’s serrated, folded teeth used like near-unbreakable knives

Theropod dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurus Rex have been known to have serrated teeth for some time - today it's apparent why. A study has been published this week by lead author Kirstin Brink, a postdoctoral researcher of biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, which shows how theropod teeth aren't just shaped the way they are to keep them from breaking under pressure, they're made to tear apart flesh the same way our modern knives are today. This awesome feature allows dinosaurs who have it to rip into meaty flesh from birth.

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OK Google now works with WhatsApp, Viber, and WeChat

OK Google now works with WhatsApp, Viber, and WeChat

Google has updated their Android-based voice-command system to include a number of messaging services like WhatsApp and Viber. This update comes to the base version of the Google Now Launcher, available in the Google Play app store to most devices released within the last couple of years. This update, which only requires that you have the newest version of all apps involved, allows users to quickly send messages through a variety of free apps by saying "OK Google, send a WhatsApp message to Alice."

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Moto X Pure Edition: 5 facts you need to know

Moto X Pure Edition: 5 facts you need to know

Today Motorola revealed several new smartphones, the most compelling of which happens to be coming without a carrier. The Moto X Pure Edition will be released in the United States without a carrier starting at four hundred dollars. While smartphones (like Sony's range, for example) have been coming to the United States off-contract and off-carrier in their primary release for several years now, Motorola is doing something different. In addition to making the device affordable (not cheap, but within reason), they've finally released a device that works on all carriers.

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Moto X Style vs X Play vs G 3rd Gen: Spec War

Moto X Style vs X Play vs G 3rd Gen: Spec War

This morning Motorola revealed details on their three newest smartphones: the Moto X Style, the Moto X Play, and the 3rd gen Moto G. These devices have many features which make them similar, but each device is unique enough to cost users several hundred dollars more or less dependent on their needs and wishes. Each device will be released at a different time over the next few months, starting with the Moto G 3rd gen, which is available through Motorola online starting today.

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Moto X Play detailed: smaller screen, bigger battery

Moto X Play detailed: smaller screen, bigger battery

This week Motorola has revealed three devices, the "best of both worlds" model coming in as the Moto X Play. This device has a 5.5-inch display while the Moto X Style has a 5.7-inch display, allowing the Moto X Play to "play longer." You'll also have a 1080p display instead of Quad-HD with a slightly larger battery at 3,600mAh instead of just 3,000. It might just be that the Moto X Play is the best choice amongst the three devices Motorola's revealed today - or at least the longest lasting in the field.

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Moto X Style detailed for summer release

Moto X Style detailed for summer release

This afternoon the Moto X Style was revealed by Motorola alongside the Moto G 3rd generation and Moto X Play. This device has what the company suggests is "one of the best in the world" cameras, a large sharp display, and a new focus on customization - hence the name. This device works with a 5.7-inch quad-HD display, metal rim, and colorful accents. This device also has the same ability to customize with Moto Maker - that means wood backs, leather, and a new coated silicon rubber soft back.

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Hawking, Musk, Wozniak, Chomsky warn of dawn of AI weaponry

Hawking, Musk, Wozniak, Chomsky warn of dawn of AI weaponry

IJCAI 2015 conference starts with open letter on the dawn of the era of autonomous weapons. This letter contains word that the machine war is not decades away, but years away. Too close to go without a hard and fast decision to outlaw autonomous weapons, to ban them worldwide, before they cause all-out chaos. The letter is short, concise, and extremely easy to understand: artificial intelligence can make the battlefield safer, it says, or AI can make the entire world a very terrible place to live.

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Nextbit: Android 1.0 crew to “reboot” mobile with new smartphone

Nextbit: Android 1.0 crew to “reboot” mobile with new smartphone

The software group known as Nextbit is turning into a smartphone company. With this change, they suggest that in today's mobile industry, "it's time for a reboot." They're planning on making a splash with executives from the original Android 1.0 team as well as a designer from HTC's "heyday." That's now-VP of Product Scott Croyle, a fellow who today suggests he's "really excited to work on a phone that 'feels" different from anything else out there. Whether or not that means it'll be made of odd materials, we'll just have to see.

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Google+ cuts ties with YouTube with one important warning

Google+ cuts ties with YouTube with one important warning

Google announces cutting software ties between YouTube and their social network Google+. No longer will YouTube require a Google+ profile for new users looking to upload, comment, or create a channel. No longer will comments posted on a YouTube video also be posted on a user's Google+ profile. Freedom from one or the other is upon us. No longer will Google be pushing Google+ directly in to the comments section of YouTube, and both parties will be the better for it.

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