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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.

Pokemon GO is down today: here’s what to do

Pokemon GO is down today: here’s what to do

When you find yourself on the wrong end of a Niantic server, you'll be unable to log in to Pokemon GO. When that happens, you'll want to follow the steps we've got below, starting with a calm approach toward learning more about the game instead of hammering the login button. What's great about Pokemon GO is that you aren't going to find yourself monumentally behind your best pals when you're logged out - mostly because they'll be logged out, too. We're all in this together!

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The 5 best Pokemon GO accessories available today

The 5 best Pokemon GO accessories available today

The obvious way to start a list of Pokemon GO accessories top trainers might need would be to bring some external battery action in. We'll go ahead and dispense with the pleasantries there and point everyone toward Anker. They're embracing this Pokemon GO phenomenon just about as fully as they're able without actually going cross-brand with The Pokemon Company. They've got a "trainer pack" that includes a woven-cord-covered USB cord, battery pack, and some wireless earbuds - all of which are well and above the quality their prices suggest.

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Snapchat’s plan to use your snaps to advertise to you

Snapchat’s plan to use your snaps to advertise to you

Today it's come to our attention that Snapchat has a plan to use a system called "object recognition based photo filters." With this system, Snapchat would effectively scan the snaps you capture to find objects that they then match with their own database of recognition filters. A photo filter would be "associated with satisfaction of the object criteria," and you'd begin to receive "options" for editing these photos and/or receiving advertisements based on content.

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Withings Thermo Review : suddenly, a smart thermometer

Withings Thermo Review : suddenly, a smart thermometer

The Withings Thermo is a smart temporal thermometer that uses 16 infrared sensors to take your temperature by sensing heat on your noggin. I've got one right here. A noggin as well as a Withings Thermo, that is to say. The device is surprisingly simple yet complex in its abilities. You can use it with or without its connected app, made available for both Android devices and iPhone.

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Acer Predator G1 release date set with GTX 1080

Acer Predator G1 release date set with GTX 1080

The Acer Predator G1 (aka G1-710-70001) has been made available this week with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card inside. This desktop is being made available on pre-order starting this afternoon at a starting price of $2299. As mentioned earlier this year is the setup users will receive if they purchase this desktop starting today (for a limited time), in which a DVD version of Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's The Division game will be included, as well as a "wheeled carrying case" for the PC.

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How Pokemon GO tips make cheats – and a plea for good

How Pokemon GO tips make cheats – and a plea for good

Pokemon GO cheaters have arisen. Hacks have been initiated, and spoofing of data has begun to be sent to Niantic. Not long after this revolutionary game has been put out into the world, users have taken advantage of its loopholes. With Niantic busy putting out server fires and keeping the game online as long and as constant as possible, there's ample space for exploits. What I'd like to do today is speak with both the cheaters and Niantic, and send a plea out into the world for some reasonable action.

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iPhone 7 Pro photos reveal big details on 2016 release

iPhone 7 Pro photos reveal big details on 2016 release

Three models, not just two, have appeared in photos of what's suggested to be Apple's 2016 iPhone 7 lineup. This would follow along with what's previously been rumored to be released next year, not this one - unless said rumors were squelched by Apple's changing strategies directly in said rumor-mongers faces. While previous tips said that Apple would wait for the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone being released - that'd be next year - now with three devices in a photo lineup, the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 7 Pro could be the biggest release Apple's ever had all at once.

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SoftBank acquiring ARM Holdings for $31.4-billion

SoftBank acquiring ARM Holdings for $31.4-billion

This week the folks at SoftBank have announced plans to acquire ARM Holdings for a cool $31.4-billion USD. An agreement between the companies has been reached which suggests that an all cash acquisition will be made. This acquisition will have SoftBank acquiring ARM, making ARM a "wholly-owned subsidiary of SoftBank." According to the release on this acquisition, "The consideration values the entire existing issued and to be issued share capital of ARM at approximately £24.3 billion."

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Pokemon GO tips and “cheats” for the weekend

Pokemon GO tips and “cheats” for the weekend

Next in our multi-part Pokemon GO tips series is a set of Pokemon GO tips and tricks for a hot summer weekend such as the one we're about to have. This game is addictive. Super addictive. As such, we're aiming to let you in on ways to play it fast, and play it well. Don't get caught up in Ratatats and knocked down by your opponents fully charged Gyarados! There are "right" and "wrong" ways to play the game! If you just want to have fun, there's nothing wrong you can do... unless you don't want to run out of Pokeballs.

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How Pokemon GO will make your smartphone fat

How Pokemon GO will make your smartphone fat

Now what Pokemon GO is the most actively played mobile game in the history of the world, phone makers are paying attention. They're poking their heads out of the ground just far enough to see that this game changes what's expected out of a mobile video game. As Pokemon GO continues to gain steam, these very capable and quick-working manufacturers of smartphones will turn out devices that have features aimed specifically at this next generation of smartphone users - mobile phone users that are actually mobile.

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New Star Wars Rogue One trailer revealed (behind the scenes)

New Star Wars Rogue One trailer revealed (behind the scenes)

Released at Star Wars Celebration Europe was a bit of footage from behind-the-scenes of the next big film: Rogue One. This story takes place immediately before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, and follows the adventures (and wartime battle action) of Jyn Erso, as well as a diverse cast of other humans and aliens. This clip shows some behind-the-scenes action as we saw last year for Star Wars The Force Awakens, with a clip also revealed during Celebration - in that case the USA version.

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Official Galaxy Note 7 cases reveal release details

Official Galaxy Note 7 cases reveal release details

Accessory information has appeared for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 confirming some features of the phone and a bit about the variety of colors it'll come in on its release date. This is not the first time we've seen such information from the folks at MobileFun - they're notorious for getting some of the earliest renderings of devices before reveal or release, using said images to create cases. As we've heard direct from the company in the past, they use sources in Asia to find schematics, then take those schematics to make cases to sell to users as soon as possible. This time they suggest they have legitimate, actually real, Samsung-official details.

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