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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.

Plex Cloud launched for Media Server lovers without hardware

Plex Cloud launched for Media Server lovers without hardware

Now for those users that like the idea of using Plex Media Server but don't want the hassle of actually hosting the server themselves, the company has expanded. Plex has launched Plex Cloud, taking the approach other cloud storage companies have worked with and turning it on its head. While other cloud storage groups have launched their storage first, then their organizational tools, the Plex crew have been creating and refining their organizational software for while now - approximately 8.7-years, at this point.

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Key Google Pixel phone details leak from China

Key Google Pixel phone details leak from China

Earlier this morning a set of specifications were leaked with Pixel and Pixel XL details we'd not seen before. These not-Nexus Android devices, also known by their code-names Sailfish and Marlin have been leaked in parts over the past several weeks, so we've gone ahead and constructed the lot together in a single article, as well. Now we'll be leaving it to the end consumer to decide if these devices are hot enough (on their own, without the details outlined in our Android promise fulfilled article) are good enough to want to upgrade from a Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P. Or if this is a completely different game from the start.

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When is the first Presidential Debate? Live Streaming video detailed

When is the first Presidential Debate? Live Streaming video detailed

Since the year 2008, the last time the United States had a presidential race that the entire world was interested in, a lot has changed in how we're able to access video. The age of Live Video Streams has truly dawned, and we're in a place where it'd more surprising to NOT see the debates available for live streaming online than if they were. And they are. And we've got all the links and video boxes and streamers in the world below, ready for the clicking and the watching.

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5 Oculus Rift alternatives if you’ve changed your mind

5 Oculus Rift alternatives if you’ve changed your mind

Today we're running down a number of alternatives to the Oculus Rift, a device made by the folks who re-invigorated the modern world of virtual reality computing. While no device is exactly like the Oculus Rift, there are a few devices that fit the bill for a wide variety of computing situations - especially gaming. If you've been convinced today that you need to send your Oculus Rift right back where it came from, we've got a bit of info about that, as well.

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Google Wifi router detailed as daisy-chain mesh machine

Google Wifi router detailed as daisy-chain mesh machine

A rumor has surfaced about the next device in Google's oncoming collection of Pixel and Pixel-friendly machines. This one goes by the name Google Wifi, and it'll be a Wi-fi router the likes of which we've sort-of seen before. Google's released what we might classify as a test run of this device before in the Google OnHub for Google On and Google Home. Now it would appear that the device - or something very similar - will do something ever-so-slightly different and will cost a bit less.

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Pokemon GO Update today: download APK

Pokemon GO Update today: download APK

This morning the newest update to Pokemon GO was released with a couple of feature changes. This is the first update to the game since version 0.37, a notorious release due to its major steps against hackers and game mechanic exploiters. Today's update goes by version number 0.39, and it includes an update for the Pokemon GO Plus. This update allows the user of a Pokemon GO Plus accessory to see and capture Pokemon that appear around them as a result of Incense. Before, this was only possible with naturally occurring Pokemon and those appearing near a PokeStop with a lure.

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iOS update 10.0.2 released: here’s what’s new

iOS update 10.0.2 released: here’s what’s new

This morning the first update to iOS 10 was released for all major Apple mobile products. This update will be released to iPhones and iPads in an over-the-air update, meaning users will not need to connect to their notebooks or desktop computers with iTunes to update. This update is relatively minor, but does fix up a number of bugs that've been discovered in the first week the operating system has been out in the world officially.

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Why Nintendo chose iPhone over Android

Why Nintendo chose iPhone over Android

It's become obvious that Apple has somehow shaken hands with Nintendo in a way that's brought the first real Nintendo-made Nintendo character game to their platform first. That game goes by the name Super Mario Run, a game which is a mobile-friendly edition of the first several Mario games mixed into one future-ready package. Today we find out why it was Apple, not Google and Android, that got to get the game first.

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How the Yahoo mail hack affects you, and what to do

How the Yahoo mail hack affects you, and what to do

Today is was revealed that Yahoo experienced a breach of account names and passwords of epic proportions. Now we're running down the ways which users - any user of Yahoo products of all sorts, with Yahoo accounts - should move forward. This includes password changing. This includes the potential use of Yahoo's Account Key. It includes not having a heart attack about the situation while, at the same time, understanding that one's account breach could mean some very serious things.

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Google VR SDK out of beta just in time for Oct 4 event

Google VR SDK out of beta just in time for Oct 4 event

This week Google announced that their very own virtual reality software developer kit was graduating out of beta. This announcement came just in time for the release of their all-encompassing hardware and software event, set to take place on the 4th of October. At that event we'll likely see new software for all Android devices, but specifically for two new devices Google will (likely) introduce as their first Pixel-branded phones. There, Google Daydream can begin to take off.

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Lexar 256GB 633x microSD card ready for 4K video galore

Lexar 256GB 633x microSD card ready for 4K video galore

Lexar has announced a collection of new microSD cards and accessories to work with said microSD cards, including a new 256GB 633x unit this week. This card, they suggest, is able of storing 9 full hours of 4K video at once. Devices without a microSD card slot can also partake, just so long as they've got their own micro-USB port or USB-C port, now that the company has revealed their C1 microSD Reader and their M1 microSD Reader as well.

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With Google Pixel, the Android promise fulfilled, at last!

With Google Pixel, the Android promise fulfilled, at last!

This October Google will have fulfilled the promise they've been making on the Android operating system for the past decade. In the year 2005, Google acquired Android. In 2011, Google acquired Motorola (then, not long after, sold everything but their patents). In 2016, Google is in a position to not only create a set of Android smartphones and control the hardware, sales, and distribution, but the software, too. Google will be panned for copying Apple's game plan with these devices, but these devices will be exactly what consumers want, and will buy.

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