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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.

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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Razer OUYA acquisition is all about games

Razer OUYA acquisition is all about games

Here's why being acquired by a company like Razer is great: not only will OUYA continue to be made in hardware form, the software will be expanding. According to Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan, Razer has acquired the software assets of OUYA and will start this party off right - by integrating OUYA games and their store into the Razer Forge TV - that's their Android TV device revealed earlier this year at CES 2015. Not only that, but the OUYA gaming console will continue to live on, and maybe even grow!

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OnePlus 2 released in controlled leak

OnePlus 2 released in controlled leak

This morning several images of what we must assume is the final model OnePlus 2 have "leaked" via microbloggers. This device is supposed to be revealed in its entirety later today via a virtual reality launch as outlined earlier this year and pushed with a set of Google Cardboard units earlier this month. These images come with such high quality photography skills apparent that we must assume they've been leaked by OnePlus themselves - though with just a few hours to go before the final reveal, it's not like it matters all that much.

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Why the Apple Watch is heading to Best Buy, not Target

Why the Apple Watch is heading to Best Buy, not Target

Why did Apple choose Best Buy to carry their Apple Watch when so many other stores would jump at the chance? This is the question many electronics stores - many of whom also carry Apple products - will be asking at board meetings this afternoon. Why, Apple, would you choose the one retailer for the Apple Watch, one that allows people to literally take working model smartphones and smartwatches off the rack to test them? Why indeed. The proof is in the pudding - stores like Target and Walmart are making a mockery of the point-of-sale mobile device business.

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Microsoft just released an awesome Android launcher

Microsoft just released an awesome Android launcher

Microsoft's Arrow Launcher is out today in Beta, creating for the Google-made software an environment in which quickness is key. While the app may be in a "private beta" for now, Microsoft has also released the APK to the public - no need to participate in the troubleshooting involved in a Beta if you do not want. Inside this launcher is a reorganization of efforts for the Android universe, making three screens the center of the software: apps, contacts, and reminders. From here you'll find yourself cramped in - in a good way.

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67-year old Schwarzenegger recreates iconic Terminator 2 bar scene

67-year old Schwarzenegger recreates iconic Terminator 2 bar scene

In an effort to promote his special appearance in a wrestling video game (WWE 2K16), Arnold Schwarzenegger has recreated his role as the Terminator from T2: Judgement Day. It is here that he re-enters the biker bar in the nude, demanding of a biker: "I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle." Of course this biker and the rest of the patrons of the bar are all wrestlers - but that's not going to change anything, really. He'll still get the cigar jammed into his chest, and we can assume the rest of the carnage will follow.

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Gogoro Smartscooter pre-orders begin shipping tomorrow

Gogoro Smartscooter pre-orders begin shipping tomorrow

The company behind the Gogoro Smartscooter announces their intent to ship pre-orders as of this week. Customers that ordered the Gogoro Smartscooter earlier this year on pre-order can expect their shipments to begin as early as tomorrow. Just so long as they live in Taipei. As for the rest of the world - not just yet. First cities will need official "GoStation" recharging points, complete with plug-ins to service the machines. Then we can be on our way to fully electric scooter cities!

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Chromecast birthday means Google delivers presents to Android TV

Chromecast birthday means Google delivers presents to Android TV

Happy Birthday, Chromecast! It's been two years since the tiny HDMI-based TV dongle launched at Google, and Google wants to celebrate. To do so, they've delivered a collection of freebies or otherwise interesting trial-offer sorts of gifts to the public. To those that already have Chromecast or Android TV devices, that is to say. These tiny bits include everything from 90 days of Google Play Music Unlimited to a week of Hulu. Meanwhile Chromecast itself is at just about the lowest price it's ever been, sale or no, with deals for doubling down.

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Acer’s bringing gaming PCs and tablets to IFA

Acer’s bringing gaming PCs and tablets to IFA

This week invites are going out to Acer's big event series at IFA 2015 in Berlin, complete with a teaser image. The image you see here has a big ol' power button amid some Batman-looking black swooping lines. The power button and the lines belong to one of Acer's gaming PCs, a "Predator" machine revealed at a small event earlier this year amid a few other early-view pieces of hardware, all in the gaming space. All with sharp angles and an aim for a place in your extravagant gaming PC and Android tablet-loving heart.

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